Jan 262016
 

No matter what we do or don’t do, the Earth will be just fine. It’s mankind that is in jeopardy.

When Scientists talk about Climate Change they aren’t speaking to an immediate catastrophe. This is real life not a Hollywood movie. The Earth moves much slower than humans, it takes time for an earth shattering catastrophe to occur.

What Scientists are looking at is 150 years worth of data that shows a pattern of gradual warming worldwide. Just like the stock market, there are ups and there are downs, but there is a steady rise.

What will happen over the next 150 years? In my opinion, if we don’t take action now it won’t be pleasant.

When CA first introduced unleaded gas and catalytic converters it was predicted the economy would be destroyed. Nope. Air got cleaner, engines became more gas efficient. People adapted their life styles for a better environment and the whole country has benefited. The world took notice and is slowly but surely following our lead.

Profits must take second place to the future of our children’s children’s children. Because greed tends to win over decency, we need world wide regulations, laws, and watch dogs. Trees need to be planted and protected, new heating and cooling energies found and put into place, insecticides killing our bee banned, and all the other inconvenient but very necessary activities to nurture our planet.

Jan 232016
 

The USA has a tradition of Judeo-Christian values. In my opinion this does not mean our churches should take on the burden to be the safety-net for those in crisis, no matter what the crisis. It is up to everyone and the best way is through our social programs which is funded through our taxes. How about the Government tithe 10% towards the care of those who cannot care for themselves? Imagine the work training, education, medical assistance, housing assistance, food provided to our Military families, our Veterans, children, the working poor, the jobless, the homeless. None of it for the Corporations or Financial Institutes who are “too big to fail” or their poor widdle executives who have to give up millions in bonuses.

If there wasn’t so much greed and fear we wouldn’t need to fund this through the Federal Government. Sadly that’s exactly what must happen.

Jan 142016
 

I’ve been abandoned by my GOP Debate texting buddy, she went on vacation. Beyatch. That leaves me to brave, all alone, another evening of doing my best to wade through the muck and mire for the gems that will help me understand the Republican stance.

There will, no doubt, be at least three on the stage that fall short of intelligent (intelligible?) commentary. Watching Rand Paul on The Nightly Show with Trevor Noah the other night has given me a leg up in my endeavor to find Republicans I can respect while disagreeing with them.

I watched a few minutes of the Junior Varsity so I’m not expecting much beyond what I’ve seen in the past. There are still too many candidates on the main stage for any of them to have time to clearly state their position, therefore I expect too many sound bites, Obama is evil/caused all the problems, or “this is why you should elect me” responses.

This is a crazy political year. Politics as usual on both sides is under attack. The Republicans have their (to me) obvious too extreme contenders. The Democrats have Bernie. (At this time it would be prejudicial of me to extoll how intelligent and witty he is).

Regardless, I am grateful I live in a country where we can have lively disagreements without fear of reprisal. (Social Media notwithstanding).

 Posted by at 8:54 pm
Jan 132016
 

If Social Media had been around when GW Bush was President, no doubt there would have been nasty memes and heated arguments. I wouldn’t have shared or re-posted those. I probably would have shared why I thought he was wrong, what I would prefer or think would be a better choice. I respect the post of Presidency in this country no matter who is in office.

I am deeply disappointed by the hatred and venom spewed at President Obama. No thoughtful “this is why I think he’s wrong” or “I think we should do this” but rather epitaphs and nasty sound bites, half truths and lies.

I haven’t heard anything from the GOP about alternatives, improvements, or why something is “not good for the people of this country”. That is where some of my frustration lies. I accept there will always be a difference of opinion on what’s best for our country and lively debate is necessary for us to move forward. However, deafening silence or words of derision is useless and counter-productive.

 Posted by at 7:23 pm
Jan 132016
 

Watching President Obama giving his last SOTU was satisfying. He affectively called out the Republicans on several issues.

GOP presidential candidates act like the USA is doing nothing about ISIL when in fact action is being taken. He let the American people know this.

He let the public know the GOP heavy Congress has been uncooperative (surprise surprise) and ineffective. He also reminded Everyone that Founding Fathers never, ever expected everyone to agree, but did expect compromise. Personally, I’m fed up with arrogant, ego driven, uncompromising politicians.

 Posted by at 12:52 pm
Jan 092016
 

I thought blogging would be easy. Just write whatever I thought was important. It’s not easy. First, I’m an OK writer, not a great writer. Second, I have lots of opinions but in writing them I find I want to discover the facts which means spending time researching. Third, I’m still not sure what direction I want to go. There is so much going on in the world that needs healing, but how do I participate in that healing? Do I say soft nice things?? Do I present an opposing argument? Do I treat this like Facebook and re-post shtuff?  What is my intention? Am I trying to teach an empty audience? Am I preaching to the choir? Do I just want a relatively safe place to explore my opinions, my ability to improve my writing, and maybe learn a few things about myself?

Purpose. Some people find their purpose with ease. Others, like me, struggle their entire lives to discover it. I remember a class where we were to meditate and discover our purpose. What came through for me was to “live life”. Oh goody, that helps…not. Just another way for me to wander aimlessly through life, taking each day and each experience as it appeared instead of creating something to be proud of. Just like this blog, Is that my purpose? To wander through my thoughts and feelings and put them out there for the world to see someday? To accept I have nothing profound to offer?

Questions and more questions that lead to questions. I’m well beyond middle age and still not sure what I want to do with my life. In this case, still not sure what to do with my thoughts.

 

 Posted by at 3:09 pm
Jan 082016
 

Entitlements. Get it straight, it’s a crock to say food and shelter assistance are entitlements.

Ranchers receive government subsidies. That is Entitlements.
Members of Congress receive government pensions. That is Entitlements.
Corporations receive tax credits for a variety of reasons unknown to most of the general population. That is Entitlement.
Bail Outs are Entitlements.

Keeping the minimum wage below the poverty line is entitling business owners who take advantage of this to get wealthier.

Social Security and Medicare are not Entitlements, they are earned by being a productive member of society for decades. They are paid for by the employee and employer putting funds into a Trust Fund with the Federal Government. Congress needs to repay those loans with same interest rate as the average Student Loans.

Food stamps and housing assistance (no matter what the current model is actually called) are not Entitlements, they are SAFETY NETS. If generations are living at this poverty level we need to find solutions to break the cycle other than killing people by stopping the benefits.

The Veterans Administration is not an entitlement. It was earned by participating in Military Service and a bigger chunk of our Military Budget should go to housing and health care for Veterans.

I’m pissed at politicians saying Safety Nets are going to bankrupt this country. I call BS.

 

Jan 052016
 

OMG. The minority gun enthusiasts are in a tail spin because President Obama is making small steps towards safety from guns.

“WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce executive actions on Tuesday intended to expand background checks for some firearm purchases and step up federal enforcement of the nation’s gun laws, White House officials said Monday, once again trying to sidestep a gridlocked Congress on a politically divisive issue.

But faced with clear legal limitations on his authority, Mr. Obama will take modest steps that stop well short of the kind of large-scale changes to the gun trade that he unsuccessfully sought from Congress three years ago. That legislation would have closed loopholes that allow millions of guns to be sold without background checks at gun shows or in online firearm exchanges.

Instead, Mr. Obama will clarify that existing laws require anyone making a living by selling guns to register as a licensed gun dealer and conduct background checks. White House officials said the president would note that criminal penalties already exist for violating those laws.”

They spent months determining first steps. And first words out of Republican Presidential candidates “the first thing I’ll do is reverse every Obama executive action”. Doesn’t matter if they’re good, bad, or indifferent.

I am so sad the color of his skin has brought the slimey worst of our society above ground.

 

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