Saturday, October 15, 2005

Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda

Ok so I said I was going to do a post on Capital Punishment, and I haven't. I'm sorry, but you've found me out I'm a procrastinator sometimes. I simply haven't felt up to rewriting it. Instead I've been making good use of my time by watching some older movie favorites. I just finished watching "Rounders", for probably the tenth time. I love that movie, but it always makes me want to fly to Vegas-lol. Earlier I watched "Swing Kids", which isn't a movie many people seem to be familiar with, but I really like it. It takes place in 1939 in Germany and revolves around a group of teenagers who are into swing music, and are trying to deal with the "new" Nazi Germany. I love history, so it suckered me in.

Tomorrow my Note Dame Fighting Irish face off against. number 1, USC and I'm psyched to see it! Go Irish!!! Hopefully, in between important things like football, movies and lazing around I will get inspired and actually write something worth reading. If so you people will be the first to know. Bear with me--please! Oh and speaking of something worth reading--Take a peek at one of my favorite blogs, listed on my sidebar, Christian, Gay & Confused--for an excellent post on the whole homosexuality, scripture, Christian traditions subject. It's definitely worth a read.

Friday, October 14, 2005

Hanging Out

This is how I'm feeling today. Last night I wrote a nice, long post on Capital Punishment and then proceeded to accidently lose it before it was posted. That is so frustrating! I'm just not in the mood to write anything at the moment, but maybe I'll feel up to it later tonight.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

What is Politics?

Son: Dad, I have a special report for school. Can I ask you a question?

Dad: Sure son, what's the question?

Son: What is politics?

Dad: Well son, let's take our home for example. I am the wage earner, so let's call me the management. Your mother is the administrator of the money, so let's call her the government. We take care of you and your needs, so let's call you the people. We'll call the maid the working class and your baby brother the future. Understand?

Son: I'm not really sure dad, I'll have to think about it.

That night, the boy is awakened by his baby brother's crying, so he went to see what was wrong. Discovering that the baby had a heavily soiled nappy, the boy went to his parent's room and found his mother fast asleep. He than went to the maid's room, where, peeking through the keyhole, he saw his father in bed with the maid. The boy's knocking went totally unheard. The boy went back to his room and went to sleep.

The next morning...

Son: Dad, I think I understand politics.

Dad: That's great son, explain it to me in your own words.

Son: While the management is screwing the working class, the government is fast asleep, the people are being completely ignored and the future is full of shit.

Submitted By: unknown

It's almost too true to be funny!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Lazy Day

It's raining out and I'm feeling kinda lazy. I spent yesterday taking my cousin to and from surgery (for her elbow), and then spending the night at her house to make sure she was alright. Her sofa didn't exactly agree with me and today I feel like I'm 95 yrs. old.

We (my cousin and I) talked a lot about our Moms (they both past away this past March) and death in general. There are a couple of weird coincidences(?) with their deaths. My Mom died at 11:08 in the morning, my Dad died on 11/08. My Aunt died twenty days after my Mom, at 3:02 in the morning-my Mom died on 3/02. I know that this is probably just coincidence, but it is strange.

My parents had raised my Aunt from the time she was eleven and she was very close to my Mom. My Aunt found out she had cancer back in August of last year. They operated on her and thought they had it all. She found out in January that the cancer had spread throughout her abdomen and nothing could be done for her. My Mom was fairly healthy and we didn't know she was even sick until two days before she died. She had pnemonia and became septic. When my Mom died we had all been taking care of my Aunt, in her home, for about two months. The doctors had expected my Aunt to die in early February, but she had an extremely strong will to live and kept hanging on. We didn't tell my Aunt that my Mom had died as my Aunt was too weak to attend the funeral and it would have greatly upset her. She saw my Mom, or thought she did, in her room after my Mom had past away. She said, "Pat(my Mom), I don't know why you're standing over there just staring at me, but it's annoying." Obviously she could have been hallucinating, but I know my Mom would have visited her, if it is possible.

I'm sure this post makes me sound like a flake, but I'm not someone who has ghost experiences or whatever. I've never seen a ghost or heard one etc. I am however convinced that for a few days after my Mom died she was here at the house. A couple of different occurences make me think that. The main one being a ton of static in the air right in front of the chair she always sat in. This static was extreme, and I'd never had it in the house before or since. One evening I had just gotten out of the shower, my hair was still real wet and when I walked past this spot my wet hair stood on end. I mean all of my hair, not just a few pieces. My one dogs hair also stood on end continually for those days. The other thing that happened was my one cousin, who had been there when my Mom died, came over to give me my Mom's watch she had taken off of her. When she went to hand me the watch, we were both shocked from static and visible sparks shot off from the contact. One last incident was the doorbell ringing at three in the morning. It rang and woke me up, and as I stumbled out of bed and downstairs, it rang again. I then looked out this window that is right next to the door, no one was there. It rang again while I was looking out at the empty front porch. I haven't had any further problems with the doorbell since that night. None of this stuff was scary to me, in fact it was kind of comforting thinking she was here.

Sorry I'm rambling. I guess I just wonder about some of this stuff, whether it's coincidence or not I mean. Anybody out there have an opinion or a story about this sort of thing?

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Moses's Hairstyles

Sunday, October 09, 2005

The Bible as a Weapon

This post is for all the people out there, who for religious reasons believe homosexuality to be a sin. I respect people of faith, and on the whole I believe having a stong faith in God and his teaching's is a postive thing. My issue is not with God or his followers, it's with the idea that his teachings and the bible have never been misinterperted or misused.

Many religious people these days, cling steadfastly to their bibles pointing to a few passages in it as an all out condemnation of gays and homosexuality. My problem with this is two-fold. First off, the bible was not written in English. It has been translated many times over, and biblical scholars have argued for years as to what particular phrases and words truly meant in the historical context of biblical times. Could God have been condemning homosexuality in the bible? Sure. Is that an absolute, fact? No, it's not.

The second problem I have with the use of the bible as a weapon to condemn gays, is that it has been brandished in the past and used as a tool to justify some rather unsavory causes; such as slavery, keeping women from voting or working, racism, and anti-semitisim. Lest we forget, biblical quotes and "the word of God," have been misinterpeted and misused for centuries, by people just as positive as todays religious, that they knew what God thought.

In closing I would like to ask one, simple question of my religious readers, if it were proven that gay people are born that way, and do not choose to be gay, would you still view homosexuality as a sin? I realize that, although scientific research is leaning towards this conclusion, it has not been proven yet. I'm asking this as a hypothetical, because I'm curious and because I believe that most religious arguments condemning homosexuality would be moot if people understood homosexuality is not a choice.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Alternative Lifestyle?

Looking at this all I can think of is the, "Thong, thh, thong, thong, thong," song.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Bush is My Sheperd

Psigh 23

Bush is my shepherd. I dwell in want.

He maketh logs to be cut down in national forests.

He leadeth trucks into the still wilderness.

He restoreth my fears.

He leadeth me in the paths of international disgrace for his ego's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of pollution and war I will find no exit, for thou art in office.

Thy tax cuts for the rich and thy media control, they discomfort me.

Thou preparest an agenda of deception in the presence of thy religion.

Thou anointest your wallet with foreign oil.

My health insurance runneth out.

Surely megalomania and false patriotism shall follow me all the days of thy term

And my jobless child shall dwell in my basement forever.

This is freaking priceless! It made me LMAO.

News or Propaganda?

Televison news in America is dying. It's being replaced by propaganda machines, masquerading as news programs. This is not due to liberal bias in the media as some conservatives would have us believe, it's caused by tv stations realizing what the majority of Americans want is not news or facts, but confirmation that their opinions are correct.

Wake up America! News is not designed to make you feel good about your opinions. Why is it that the majority of conservatives in this country watch Fox news, and the majority of liberals watch Cnn? Could it be because each of these stations tells it's watchers exactly what they want to hear? Hey, that's great for entertainment value and it sure does make you feel good to see Ann Coulter, or Howard Dean ripping the other side a new a-hole, telling you, "yup, you're right they really are all idiots", but guess what, that's not a news program. Yes, there is a place for political opinion pieces on the news, but the problem is, with some of these stations, that's virtually all were getting and most of it is being billed as actual fact not opinion. When the stations reporters and anchors are stating opinions as fact or the station is just plain slanting the news with it's choice of coverage, that is propaganda, not news.

I enjoy feeling good about myself and my opinions as much as anybody, but when I turn on the news I don't do it to have some reporter pander to me, and insult my intelligence with some edited version of what's happening in the country. I watch the news to become informed. To learn something I don't know, so I can form well thought out, intelligent opinions on the state of affairs in America and the world. Obviously, if someone on the tv news is simply telling me what they think I want to hear, I'm not getting better informed, I'm simply getting more brainwashed to think one way and one way only.

Tv stations would not be replacing the real news with this drivel if it wasn't causing their ratings to jump, and making them money. Americans are flocking to "their" particular news stations, becoming brand loyal (which proves my point) to a 24 hr. news station and then going out in the world and spouting all the new "facts" they've been spoon fed. Is this truly what we want as Americans, to be an underinformed, over opinionated nation of dupes?

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Reefer Madness!

Is it just me or does it look like this prarie dog is rolling a joint? I think this pretty much proves that the war on drugs is lost.

Labels, Categories and Boxes

I spend a lot of time wondering about strange things. Now by strange I mean things that I don't think most people spend much time thinking about. I'm not sure why that is, perhaps because I'm strange--Lol. At any rate, I've decided to delight you all with my latest weird thoughts! If you're not delighted well, tough nuggies I guess.

Why do human beings feel the need to label, categorize and put everyone into a box? My theory is that the modern world is very complex and people have a great desire to simplify their lives. It makes for a much less complicated existence if everyone's either gay, or straight, black or white, good or bad. The easiest way to simplify the world is to think with the largest possible labels and stereotypes. For example, you meet someone and decide in the first few minutes they're like me or their not. For a lot of people that's as far as the classification has to go because if they're not like me (which can mean a lot of different things), not white, or not black, not Christian, not rich or not poor, not American, not heterosexual or not gay etc. then they automatically fall into the they're not good category, and I know longer have to concern myself with listening to them, thinking about them, empathizing with them, recognizing them. I can also simplify my communication about them, instead of saying I met, and giving a complex description of the person, I can just say I met a **** (whatever-derogatory label) and that tells all the people like me all they want to know.

I believe one of the reasons a lot of humans think and act like simpletons when it comes to labeling, and stereotyping people is that it's the easiest way to look at the world. A lot of people are narrow minded and downright bigoted just because they're lazy and don't want to be troubled to give anything much thought. It's less of a hassle and feels more secure to them to just believe what they've heard or been taught, to accept the "label", or classify an entire group in one box, rather then try to sort through the differences and build a thorough, unprejudice picture of each individual. The world these days is complicated, and humans may very well have the need to simplify their lives, but that does not excuse using broad categories and labels to do your thinking for you.

The Pledge

The deficit is ridiculously out of control! I'm a liberal (a member of the supposed tax and spend democrats) and I find our governments spending irresponsible, and dangerous to the countrys' well being. I'd be curious to hear from any conservatives out there with their take on the subject. Of course everyones comments are welcome.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Then and Now!

I am not a baby boomer, but this caught my eye and no offense to the boomers, but it's amusing!

Then and Now concerns of the Baby Boomer Generation:

Then: Long hair.
Now: Longing for hair.

Then: Keg
Now: EKG.

Then: Acid rock
Now: Acid reflux.

Then: Moving to California because it's cool.
Now: Moving to California because it's hot.

Then: Watching John Glenn's historic flight with your parents.
Now: Watching John Glenn's historic flight with your kids.

Then: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Elizabeth Taylor.
Now: Trying not to look like Marlon Brando or Elizabeth Taylor.

Then: The Grateful Dead.
Now: Dr. Kevorkian.

Then: Getting out to a new, hip joint.
Now: Getting a new hip joint.

Will the Real Christians Please Stand Up!

I'd like to know exactly when Christianity became a religion of, judging others, casting the first stone, and my particualr favorite--Knowing exactly what God thinks and wants on everything from which sinners he hates the most, to which political party he's rallying behind? The Christianity I was taught to believe in stressed loving my neighbor, charity, humility, judge not lest ye be judged, the meek shall inherit the earth. It did not teach, love thy neighbor unless he disagrees with my beliefs, give to charity while I call the poor stupid, useless and lazy, be a humble servant of God while I make self-righteous proclamations that I and only I (and people exactly like me) truly know His will.

A great example of this new breed of "Christians", is Pat Robertson. God apparently speaks directly to him and tells him things such as, who He wants assassinated, how much He hates Democrats and Gays, and of course the ever important message,after the fact, that He decided to destroy an American city (with Katrina), killing hundreds of children, senior citizens and poor black people, to smite the sinners who had visited or might someday visit. Makes you wonder why San Francisco and Las Vegas aka. Sin City- are still around doesn't it?

The thing that really pisses me off, with this whole Christian Right shift, is that it gives Christianity a bad rap. True Christianity isn't about being self-righteous and nodding smugly as you list all the sinners God has in His Hurricane wielding sights. True Christianity is about love, humility, respect, empathy, charity, forgiveness, treating others as you would be treated, honoring God--not using Him and His words as a battering ram etc. It seems to me that a lot of "Christians" these days don't truly trust God, because if they did they wouldn't feel the need to do His job for Him and judge others so freely, so sure that they are His chosen and the rest of us "sinners" are doomed to hell.
“Judge not that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged…” (Matthew 7:1-2).

Tuesday, October 04, 2005


Giraffes are just cool! They're such funny looking creatures. This pic. is sickeningly sweet, but I love it.

Americans First

This is one completely accurate caption (ha ha). Seriously though, I am honestly worried for this country. We are a completely divided nation, and as a wise man once said, "a house divided against itself cannot stand"-Abraham Lincoln

America has become two nations really. On one side we have; the red-staters, conservatives, ultra-christians and on the other the blue-staters, liberals, anti-evangelicals. As anyone who takes a few seconds to look at my blog can tell I am not neutral in this war. I am most assuredly a blue-state liberal, and lesbian to boot-lol. Be that as it may however, I am an American first. I've been giving this a good deal of thought lately, and I'm beginning to believe that until the rest of my countrymen, red-staters and blue decide to embrace the idea that we are all Americans first and political party loyalists second, America will suffer.

Many out there on both sides of the political spectrum probably disagree with my conclusion, but let me ask all of you this, "has this nation ever been more divided, angry, or partisan?" With the possible exception of the pre-civil war, and civil war years I would argue it hasn't. The rhetoric from both sides is at an all time hate-filled high. Doesn't this nation have enough enemies from outside without us tearing it asunder from the inside? Don't get me wrong, I think political discord and debate are natural and positive attributes of a democracy, but when the debates turn into, winning at all cost diatribes that are designed to tear the other guy to shreds, instead of sincere discussions held with respect for differing opinions and a willingness to compromise, they cease to be positive for America and become part of the problem rather than part of the solution. This is one Americans' opinion for what it's worth.

Monday, October 03, 2005

The Next American Idol?

If they put this guy on "American Idol" I'll start watching.-Lol

Vatican Considering Barring Gay-Friendly Politicians From Sacrament

As a gay Catholic, I feel duty bound to speak out about the injust, persecution of gay priests, nuns, and parishioners by our current pope. I know I've been blogging a great deal about this issue lately, and I hope my blogs visitors will bear with me, because while this content may not be overly entertaining I believe it's extremely important to stand up and be heard when you witness an injustice. Thanks for reading.

The following article shows how far the pope's willing to go to force good Catholics into line with his gay-smashing agenda:

Vatican Considering Barring Gay-Friendly Politicians From Sacrament by Malcolm Thornberry European Bureau Chief
Posted: October 2, 2005 12:10 am ET

(Rome) Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero who legalized same-sex marriage in their countries, and about a dozen American politicians who support gay marriage - including San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom who issued marriage licenses last year to same-sex couples - could be refused the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church under a proposal being considered by the Vatican.
Catholic bishops meeting in Vatican City at the first synod led by newly anointed Pope Benedict XVI are expected to consider refusing communion to politicians who pass laws that violate church doctrine.
The synod gets underway today.
Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin called the proposal "unfortunate".
"I am a practicing Catholic, in fact I am a strong Catholic,'' Martin told a Vancouver news conference following meetings with visiting Mexican President Vicente Fox.
"But I am also a legislator and I believe in the separation of church and state.''
Martin said his responsibility as prime minister was to uphold Canadians' rights as defined by the courts and to take the widest possible perspective into account.
"I believe in the Charter of Rights and I do not believe the prime minister of the country can cherry-pick those rights,'' he said.
"Have I discussed (this) with senior churchmen, with bishops? The answer is yes, I have. But as far as any further comment, I'm a legislator and that's public and I will comment on my public position. As a Catholic, that's my faith and I'll keep that to myself.''
Martin's Liberal government passed same-sex marriage legislation in July after courts in several provinces ruled the existing federal marriage law was unconstitutional. Rodriguez Zapatero's Socialist government in Spain legalized same-sex marriage only days earlier.
The ban on the sacraments is supported by bishops from Spain and Canada as well as a number from the US. The proposal reportedly has the endorsement of Pope Benedict.
Before becoming Pope, Benedict had long history of attacking same-sex unions. As Cardinal Ratzinger he was the Vatican's most outspoken opponent of gay marriage.
Ratzinger was the author of the a 2003 Vatican directive to priests around the world calling for a proactive stand to stop governments from legalizing same-sex marriage and for a repeal of those those already on the books that give rights, including adoption, to gay couples. (story)
The 12 page document called on Catholic bishops and lawmakers to oppose the legalization of same-sex unions.
He opposes contraception and the use of condoms to combat HIV/AIDS, advocates a diminished role for women in the Church and has called for mandatory celibacy for priests.
In 1999 he ordered two Americans, Sister Jeannine Gramick and Father Robert Nugent, to end their associated with New Ways Ministry which provides educational programs for gay and lesbian Catholics nationwide.
© 2005

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Adolf Hitler's Cat?

Bizarre, huh?! (I'm sure our new Pope, would be happy to adopt this particular kitty. Maybe it could be his personal mascot).-hee hee

Backseat Driver

A driver is stopped by a police officer. The driver asks, "What's the problem officer?"

Officer: "You were going at least 75 in a 55 zone."

Man: "No sir, I was going 65."

Wife: "Oh, Harry. You were going 80." (The man gives his wife a dirty look.)

Officer: "I'm also going to give you a ticket for your broken tail light."

Man: "Broken tail light? I didn't know about a broken tail light!"

Wife: "Oh Harry, you've known about that tail light for weeks." (The man gives his wife another dirty look.)

Officer: "I'm also going to give you a citation for not wearing your seatbelt."

Man: "Oh I just took it off when you were walking up to the car."

Wife: "Oh Harry, you never wear your seatbelt."

The man turns to his wife and yells, "SHUT YOUR MOUTH!"

The Officer turns to the woman and asks, "Ma'am, does your husband talk to you this way all the time?"

The wife says, "No, only when he's drunk."

This made me chuckle.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Dome of Silence

This cartoon gave me an idea. What say we all get together chip in a couple of bucks each and purchase George W. the best dome of silence money can buy!! In fact, maybe we can even afford domes for his cronies, Rumsfield, Rice and esp. Karl Rove. It would certainly be cheaper than letting them continue to be heard. I have twenty dollars to donate, anyone game?--Lol

Toad Man

Have you ever met someone and your first thought is, "you seem nice, but I wouldn't trust you as far as I could throw you"? I don't meet those type of people very often, but when I do I trust my gut instinct. Unfortunately, not everyone seems to have that same warning bell in their gut. My one cousin, we'll call her Lisa, is a good example of someone who doesn't have a warning bell and instead seems to have a homing beacon for finding every jerk within a hundred miles.

Her first husband, a very charming guy, turned out to be a drug addict who abused her and ruined her credit. There have been a few other examples of her penchant for choosing bad boys. My reason for bringing this up is I recently met her new boyfriend. He's decent looking and polite, but I just have a bad feeling about him. I don't think this frog is any prince. The question is, should I try to warn her or just mind my own business?

The True Sin

As a Catholic, I must say I'm more than a little angry, and disappointed in our current Pope. Apparently the man thinks that going on a witch hunt for gay and lesbian clergy is a Christian calling. It's obvious to me that this is his solution to the pedophile priest scandals. There's only two problems with this "great" idea. One, all clergy take a vow of celibacy, so if a priest or nun keep their vows then why does it matter if they're gay or straight? Supposedly, the sin is in acting on homosexual feelings-or at least that's what the church has taught up until now!! The truth is that homophobes-like our current Pope don't need a reasonable argument to persecute gay people, they do it out of very unreasonable hate, fear and in this particular case political convenience (but, what should we expect from a former Hitler youth?!) Two, being a homosexual and being a pedophile are not one in the same. In fact most pedophiles are heterosexual. Being attracted to the same sex does not make you attracted to children!!

So what will the Popes' decision to oust gay clergy actually accomplish? Well, an already woefully undermanned Church, that has been begging for new priests and nuns for years, will succeed in stretching it's human resources even further toward the breaking point. It will also succeed in cutting itself off from many devoted young Catholics who may have wished to serve their church faithfully and celibately, but are now appalled and grieved to learn that it doesn't matter if their willing to give their lives to God, if they've ever had a homosexual feeling they are not wanted or needed in the church of their Fathers.

On a personal note, as far as I'm concerned this is the straw that broke the Catholic lesbians back. I've never been a perfect Catholic, having struggled as an adult to embrace a religion that has never completely embraced me, but I have continued to believe and follow Catholicism to the best of my ability. I don't think at this point that I will be able to do that anymore. My church rejects me and all the other Catholics, who happened to be born gay, no matter if we act on homosexual feelings or not. I do not believe this is Gods' word or will. Obviously I have no way of knowing for sure, but I suspect that there are many other "gay" Catholics out there who after years of struggling to follow the Churchs' laws will come to the same conclusion I have; God made us, and the Catholic Church rejecting us is the true sin.
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