Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tis the Season

Another year of politically correct celebration! I simply cannot wait. I've already heard a few comments that simply make me say Hummm? I heard on the radio this morning a DJ read some "thought for the day" which stated we should know something about three other religions besides our own beliefs. He then proceeded to share something from his youth. He had asked his parents about a child at school that didn't have a Christmas tree and didn't talk about Santa like Christians. The child was Jewish and so this Christian child's parents were able to share with him a little about Hanukkah. I just can't help but be surprised and saddened, though, that according to Christians, the Christian holiday celebration seems to revolve around a tree and old fat guy that supposedly knows as much as G~D. But their Jesus is the reason for the season! Now most Biblical scholars claim that the Messiah was not born in winter and we can clearly see that the tree described in Jeremiah appears to look alot like a Christmas tree, which was obviously around long before any baby was born in a manger in Bethlehem. I don't understand why Christians would embrace the way of the heathen to celebrate a birthday that didn't really happen at that time and then call it persecution when the rest of us question it. I celebrate Messiah, but I'm uncertain when his actual day of birth was. I'm pretty much with most of the Bible scholars, though, in that I believe it was through the fall holy days. Since his death aligns with Passover, I'm guessing His birth aligns with Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur or a day through Sukkot. At any rate, as the season unfolds, I'm really sure that whenever His birthday was, He's not thrilled that it's being celebrated with materialism, heathen customs and some old fat guy in red whose name contains the same letters as the enemy Messiah came to defeat. Meanwhile, I'm going to celebrate a feast that Messiah celebrated and I would invite all those that follow Him to do the same.
And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter. New Testament

Monday, November 29, 2010

Quietly on the Alaskan Front

Joe Miller isn't graciously conceding at all! He's doing exactly what Al Gore did, only he looks even more ridiculous because it is his so called base that supposedly doesn't believe in this sort of legislative challenge. Well, except, now that it's on the other side of the aisle, there are good and proper reasons for this . . . Which side of the aisle ethics is a lot like right or wrong based upon which end of the stick one ends up holding!
At any rate, Joe's camp says Lisa's people are not presenting the truth. I'm not the legal eagle here, but it would seem, if the "write in" oval has been filled in, it's a certainty the vote does not belong to Joe Miller. Then it's a matter of all illegible handwriting, if there is an obvious "M" & "k" and name ends in "i," the intent is clear. As for the rest, I'm guessing obvious misspellings could be cast aside and Lisa Murkowski would still win. All this whining makes Joe sound like the two Als; Al Gore and Al Franken. I, personally am thankful neither of them are representing me and I put Joe Miller in the same category. I'm guessing, according to the apparent victory by Murkowski, a large number of Alaskans would agree with me about Joe.
Joe Miller needs to realize, just like the democrats taking a beating, sent a message to the White House, Alaska has used the election to send a message to their former governor. Most Alaskans who are "mad as he**" seem to be mad at the leader of the Tea Party. And we are all sick and tired of hearing about upholding the letter of the law when the truth is ridiculously obvious!
Now, clearly the only thing to do that doesn't seem like being a democrat would be to man up, concede, and wish Lisa well.
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law . . . New Testament

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Five Stages of Captivity

We have "known" for some time now, there are five stages of grief as depicted by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and I guess the premise is really similar, but the terms are different.
As Kubler-Ross explained the stages of grief, we have five basic labels for the stages of the loss of a loved one or the diagnosis of a terminal illness. The stages of grief are as follows: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance

In all of this American fear mongering, war mongering, and giving up our way of life, TSA has made it official. We have been ushered into the "safety of captivity," with the USA Patriot Act and Health Care Reform, and with captivity, just like grief, there are also five stages. We watched it unfold as a nation, just this past couple of weeks. Here are the five stages of captivity as explained by another Elizabeth. First there was disbelief that our government would actually impose this and surely someone in authority would step in and rescue us from the TSA, but that didn't happen. Next there was outrage that such a thing could happen in America and Ben Franklin was quoted on blogs across this nation. Then several of us left sarcastic comments on the news articles and late night comedy stepped in and as we've seen before, laughter is quite soothing . . . so then came the compliance. Over 80% of the passengers did not have a problem with this sort of invasive loss of their civil rights. They were willing to sacrifice rights and dignity for a little reassurance, which brought us to the last step today and it will no longer be an issue. Those that have accepted it are actually voicing anger at the non-compliant. That's right, those of us that find this unacceptable have been invited to "not fly." Well, in all fairness, I gave up flying in '04, when I realized my underwires posed a threat to national security, and since the freedom to move about is not one of our Constitutional rights or amendments, I guess I'll just accept Elisabeth Kubler-Ross's last phase of grief; and accept the death of liberty as it was once proclaimed.
When I saw the pictures of airport security in the headlines, I sat sadly and realized, the terrorists really have won. The American culture of freedom is gone.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. words of Messiah

Monday, November 22, 2010

Happy **** Thanksgiving

I think most of America is anxiously awaiting their travel plans for this Thanksgiving. Frankly as a Native American, I'm not so sure about the way things turn out when you make it comfy for the immigrants, yet I digress. I can't help but wonder if the pilgrims and founding fathers were watching all this hoopti-la today, what they would be thinking. Of course we know that Ben Franklin has already said "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." I can only imagine the thoughts that would go through George Washington's mind, but I'm sure if he were here today to watch us all cowering and submitting, he'd think the bitter cold, endured at Valley Forge was wasted on us. I can't imagine Thomas Jefferson even giving us the time of day. And as we look to this travel nightmare that everyone that has bought a plane ticket must endure, I can't help but wonder just what the Puritans would have to say. Can you imagine those guys with the big hats and big muskets letting some dimwit that is "just following orders" grope about? And what about the "working girls of TSA" feeling up under all those Quaker skirts. Yes, America has certainly progressed . . . I'm proud to say I decided I was finished flying when my underwires posed a "national threat" to air travel safety, several years ago. I remember fondly, receiving real silver ware on European flights and simply walking through and speaking with security in Israel. Israel knows a lot about security and dignity. America appears to know little about either. I'm happy to not be in the fearful throngs this holiday and I truly am sorry for those that are. I'm simply shocked at the number of comments I've made on this blog through the years about TSA, and how many of them are just no longer tongue in cheek. Our American society is starting to seem like a really bad Tech-no Sci-Fi movie. I've concluded that if we are willing to give up this much freedom, Osama bin Laden is probably watching all this in his cave, laughing his butt off and declaring victory. If he is actually the one responsible for 9/11 . . . If bin Laden is responsible for 9/11, then we have him to thank for TSA.
TSA is now Terrorizing Sensible Americans. To be honest, there is a part of me that would like to buy a ticket to somewhere close and just do my part as an American to OPT OUT on Wednesday. And by the way, since TSA and the powers that be have stated they are working on changing some policy, do not, I repeat DO NOT expect it to get better or reclaim any dignity in the mess.
Because I thought, Surely the fear of G~D is not in this place; and they will slay me . . . Torah of Holy Scripture

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

According to TPTB, We Apparently Cannot Have Dignity and Safety

Let's talk airport security. I've been k'vetching and complaining about this for years, and it now looks like several folks have just had enough! So many ideas have run through my mind as I read the comments made by TSA and Homeland Security. And for those Republicans that still insist the USA Patriot Act hasn't infringed upon our freedoms or robbed us of freedom, let me tell them, not only has it infringed upon our freedom, it's also robbed us of our dignity and apparently all sense of logic. Here are a few ideas for those that are traveling through the holidays. First, for those with perfect bodies, put on your best bikini instead of underwear, then a regular ensemble for the day's travel, suit, jeans, whatever. I've even thought of doing it myself, considering my imperfect body, for the shock and awe impact! When you get to the airport an hour early like a good sheep, plan your strategy well. As the move toward embarking takes place, determine just what you will say pleasantly, that will allow you to opt out. Then, once you are in the line that has opted out and you know your sexual groping is imminent, begin disrobing and folding your clothes very carefully and apparently oblivious. Remember, underneath it all, you are acceptable for a day at the beach. It may be chilly, but it is not indecent . . . Then when airport security asks you about private screening, refuse. You will want witnesses. For the sake of sane humanity, do not opt for a private pat-down, a.k.a.: sexual groping in a skimpy bikini. No one will see the ludicrousness if you allow airport security their privacy without accountability.
In reading the commentary on the articles about technical strip searching, one man hoped under all the stress and duress, when the time came for the full body scan or the pat down, he would be able to "rise" to the occasion. Others hoped to make some sort of innuendo that would return or deflect the intimidation presented by airport security. Remember for those of us that saw "When Harry Met Sally," we can always embrace the opportunity . . . to "have what she's having!" The bottom line is this: we have given up our liberty for the presumption of safety and now we have neither. The definitive verdict for me was when the man, Mr. Tyner, could not opt out without incurring invasive intimidation, and then could not opt out without civil suit or federal fine. Clearly our government has run away with authority when a person can face a fine which is criminal and a suit which is civil. The TSA officer that dealt with Mr. Tyner is quoted to have said something about losing some rights when he bought his ticket! It's really over, for all practical purposes; there is no going back. I don't even believe there was an underwear bomb and who knows how many US citizens share my opinion about that. Even if they don't share my opinion about the alleged bomb which just happened to "appear" the day after a suit was filed against the invasiveness of body imaging scanners. That's right! December 22, 2009, a suit was filed that claimed the body imaging scanners invaded our right to privacy and had not passed the rules of 'transparency': https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=e384470f-e185-43a7-9432-0702cd9a57a8 Sure enough, the next day, supposedly, somebody had a bomb in their boxers, which of course would lead to the unquestioned need for body image scanning . . . Our freedom, our dignity, and our safety are no longer secure in the hands of our government or our Federal Agency of Transportation & Airport Safety & Security, that's F.A.T.A.S.S. Oh, that those initials would be emblazoned upon their shirts and badges. I wondered what I could come up with for D. U. M. B. Airport Safety & Security, but I'll have to get back to you on that one. Off the top of my head: Dominant & Unaccoutable Militaristic Bureaucrats for . . . Meanwhile, I hope each of us does what we can to express and demonstrate that this security business has simply gone too far and we the people will not stand for it, nor will we be virtually strip searched for it!
When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Friday, November 12, 2010

Love the Spin, and Hoping for the Best

This blog is obviously not written by a die hard republican, or even a political conservative for that matter, but I have to admit, I've been following the Senate race in Alaska between the two conservative candidates. There are a number of reasons this is important to me. To be honest, I really didn't care in the beginning, except . . . I was curious as to whether or not it really was possible for a write in candidate to win the election. So, if Lisa Murkowski wins, we'll know it is possible, or a least TPTB want us to believe that! I officially entered the Murkowski camp, not when I watched Joe Miller act like Al Gore, but when I heard the Joe Miller, Sarah Palin fan club explain to me how this was so different from Al Gore in 2000. That's when I became a true supporter of the Murkowski campaign. Not that it matters, I don't live in Alaska, but it's done my heart good to watch. First the official write-in ballot counting didn't begin until November 10, and by noon Joe Miller had filed something to reject some ballots. Handwriting arguments sounded a lot like pregnant chad to me! Considering there are many Native American or Eskimos in Alaska that truly could be disenfranchised by handwriting and language issues, it seemed all the more petty that he would start the day looking for loopholes and technicalities. It was entirely too funny to hear the very same people that just loathed Al Gore and his whining, defend this guy. I was even asked if I didn't think Al Gore was wrong in what he did. I said, of course Al Gore was wrong, and so is Joe Miller. They just look, both of them, like sore losers. American politics is truly nothing but spin and right or wrong depends upon which side of the aisle your candidate sits and which end of the stick they are holding at the end of the contest! Spin . . . gotta love it. But, to my cynical delight, it looks like for now, the system is still working. It is possible to run a write in campaign. Hopefully Joe Miller will "man up" as Sara P. says, and congratulate the winner.
Scornful men bring a city into a snare . . . a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

American Politics

Elections seem to bring out the best or worst, or I guess, the "real" in people. They stand up for what they believe and are willing to argue for their candidate or at least against "the other" guy. Running for office is stressful! I only ran for a county level office and I learned more than I ever wanted to know about politics and people. I certainly found out who my friends were, and discovered I had a few anonymous fans that I didn't know. I've been amazed at the blindness in politics, and I'm not talking about the politicians. It's just flabbergasting to see and hear people talk about a particular candidate or party and the same trait or event is viewed completely different based upon the favor of the party and person. I find it interesting that both sides of the aisle now have a favorite "quitter." Our President didn't finish his term in the Senate to become President and Sarah P. quit being governor to "be a famous tea partier." Now, to hear those Sarah P. fans, President Obama never had a real job and quit everything to move on to bigger things. Which is true. To hear the Obama fans, who of course, are no fan of Sarah P. she's just an attention starved quitter. Which from my perspective, also appears to be true. So, can both sides be right? When it comes to manipulating, maneuvering politicians, I have a terrible time telling them apart, other than the attitude of their fan clubs against the other party. So, now that we're again hoping for change, I'm guessing it will be more of the same. I have noticed that both sides seem to be increasing in their anger for the other side, though . . . not the change I was hoping for.
He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty . . . a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Excited, Angry, Proud

What great adjectives to use in referring to voters, today! Are we supposed to be excited because the aristocracy is allowing we peasants to participate in the Sock Puppet Theatre, by casting our ballot? Excited, like the circus is coming to town? Excited, because this is our way of being heard in Washington? Excited, because we are once again, hoping for change? How much change can one hope for, if we vote back in the last people that made us angry? Which brings me to the next adjective, angry. I'm not happy with the way our government runs, but I don't think angry describes it either. I'm not a die hard fan of either party and I think you'd have to be in a coma to not see that the Tea Party is nothing more than the angry, desperate fringe of the GOP. Angry fringe is just not something I want to deal with or be a part of. Now, as to proud. You'd think a nation that keeps talking about G~D would get a clue as to what HE says about being proud. So, if excited, angry, and proud are the attitude adjectives for election day, things really won't get any better!
Proud and haughty, scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Monday, November 01, 2010


Usually corrections don't appear in the same place of prominence that the error occurred, but CoP is different. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we have taught our young people debt is part of the process of accomplishment . . . and many American children have also learned that bankruptcy is a "new beginning," but student loans cannot be absolved in bankruptcy. Well, I mentioned a statistic that was wrong. I believe I stated that 37% of college graduates return to their parent's home after graduation. while looking for that great career their college degree affords them. I was wrong, the figure isn't 37%, it's 85%! And it isn't just for the summer while they are sending out resumes. The article I read said the average time back home was a year and a half. So, parents of college students, just when you thought Obamacare had you financially trapped for insurance until your college student is 26, fear not, you'll be able to supervise their health and habits because they'll still be living at home, anyway. On the bright side, this should alleviate any concerns you may have about experiencing empty nest syndrome. Now, the other correction is sort of startling. I didn't realize in all the years of Halloween horror, that the only two documented cases of children being poisoned by candy were actually done by family members. One was a horrible deal involving a little girl's father and the other was a little boy that got into a family member's drug stash and the family member, then to avoid prosecution for the drug, sprinkled it on the already deceased child's candy. So, has the media simply hyped this up to raise the fear factor in Halloween? I don't know, but the article was thought provoking if not compelling. Do we just feel like better people if we fear the imagined and protect our children, while casting them out in darkness to celebrate demons and witches? Now that whole idea could use some correction!
Because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the wellfavoured harlot . . . that selleth nations through her whoredoms, and families through her witchcrafts. Behold, I am against thee, saith YHVH of hosts . . . a prophet of Holy Scripture

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