Sunday, February 23, 2014

So Many Terms

In all the lists in these two links, I couldn't find my gender identity.  I am a celibate heterosexual female who does not identify capability, interests, and traits with gender.  With the exception of putting on a bra, most everything I do in any given day can be done by either gender.  I identify as a woman, because that's what I am, but I am so much more than my anatomical identity.  I am a servant of YHWH, I work from home on a computer, I'm a writer, I love to garden, I have livestock and pets, and I care about people, all kinds of people.  I'm truly not drawn to people on a sexual basis, I refer to myself as platonic.  I am human, so, of course, I do have my favorites!  I've always had more male friends than female, but friendship doesn't require sexuality or gender identification.  Actually, friendship requires someone to care about understanding another human being, rather than being understood.      

I am troubled in all this gender labeling which seems more a matter of narcissistic confusion; that heterosexuality is being redefined.  I figured it was coming, but to see it in print is troubling.  Why does all the so-called "gender openness" and political correct tolerance require what was once defined, to be redefined?

>>>Heterosexuality: Sexual, emotional, and/or romantic attraction to a sex other than your own.
Commonly thought of as “attraction to the opposite sex” but since there are not only two sexes (see
intersex and transsexual), this definition is inaccurate. <<<

The full glossary of terms covers 8 pages.  The link is below.

Although I haven't found the new options on Facebook, I have seen others making comment.  What I find interesting is even by the "open tolerance" of all this redefinition, gender is listed as an option, rather than an absolute!  So, if it's an option, it's a matter of choice.

No one is assigned their sex or gender at birth, the sex of the baby is identified at birth, or now often before birth with a sonogram, but it's not assigned.  Most prenatal studies suggest the sex of human embryo is determined on the 40th day of gestation and continues to develop upon that basis.

So G-d created man in his own image, in the image of G-d created he him; male and female created he them.  Torah of Holy Scripture

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Relative Age

America is historically so young to have risen to such a powerful height.  Many say it's the blessing of our Creator, but He didn't raise Israel up that quickly at all!  I do believe our Creator has allowed America's rise, though; in fulfillment of the end of days prophecy.  As a creationist, I figure the world to be just less than 6,000 years old.  With America being a little over 200 years old, this analogy seems to make more sense than I even care to consider.

We'll start with a little math.  Let's remove 2 zeroes  from each figure.  Now we have 60 and 2.  Including the figures of the Great Flood, we lose about 1500 years off of history, so that brings about an even more startling comparison.  Say the nations around the fertile crescent are the oldest at about 45, while Rome is about 25, with Europe a little younger as the empire expanded.

Since nations are comprised of people, let's consider the ages of power.  At 45, the brute strength is ebbing, but knowledge and wisdom have accumulated, and there is still strength to bring implementation.  This is probably the age at which physical strength and acute sensibility are probably at their optimal combination.  Although wisdom and experience continue to increase, the strength and individual power to implement wanes.   The Middle East and Northern Africa, with some of southern Asia would be in this "age range." Clearly, long established traditions, but the power lies in their resources rather than their military.  This truly makes the oldest nations right at their prime of knowing what has worked and implementing the change for expanding power.  Although we know Israel is also in this age group, the removal of Torah for their national laws has left this nation in a severely vulnerable position.

Anywhere between 16 and 25, which is basically where Europe and western Asia would be; the physical strength is paramount, but knowledge and wisdom have not reached a level of maturity.  We can see by the headlines, these countries are often fickle in their decisions.  There should still be questions and leadership beyond that age.  European tradition, with the exception of Greece and Italy are still young compared to tradition of the Middle East.  Brute force only works for the immediate conquest, but unready leadership cannot sustain the operations of a Sovereign nation.  That's why we see so many young nations established by conquest collapse after gaining independence, because they don't yet know, how to function outside of war.  Many of the empires since ancient Babylon have been examples of this.  Alexander the Great was a mighty warrior, but he led in battle and conquest, not in the peaceful running of a nation.

Realizing this is quite simplistic and isn't really including much of the southern hemisphere, the example will still be well made, I believe.  We now come to our historic new kid on the northern hemisphere block, America.  Now, if the European immigrants hadn't changed it, I'm not sure where it would be, but the truth of the matter is, the US Constitution is the law of the land.  A land that historically is a toddler.  Even at a stretch, it's still a toddler in the "terrible twos."  It is my personal belief that America is just the attention grabbing toddler while the real powers that be go into place . . . and as for the blessing of YHWH, well . . . a baby is always handled gently.  Seems once the toddling began the tantrums against our Creator have magnified.

I always end this blog with a Scripture, but there is no Scripture to justify the behavior of America.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Isolated Incidents

Reports of police brutality, common core programming, school lunch insanity, and denial of health care coverage, are all being presented like isolated incidents, yet these isolated reports cover most of the contiguous US on a pretty regular basis.

I literally do not know what to do to stop this on a national level, but I can do something locally.  Every incident further divides our nation.

Is this how Germany started in the late 20's and early 30's?

Much of the power grab in Germany began in medicine, a.k.a. health care.  As I've read the atrocities that began as medical experiments or disease control, I can't help but see a correlation.  Of course, digital history and revision will play a part as well, but we really are heading into a society that will seek the solutions of man to be "saved."

The concern I have, now, is the fact that we have access to world wide information, and that somehow seems to cushion the fact that these seemingly isolated incidents are really at our own back doors already.  After reading about the authorities throwing the children's lunches away, I began to really contemplate just how far this could go, and . . . how far it's already gone.  The heaviness is nearly overwhelming.

I called the local school in my area, and they have a program in which donations can be made specifically for families who make too much to qualify for free or reduced, but sometimes fall a bit short.  Whether this new program and the headline are a manipulative coincidence or an opportunity, I don't know and I don't care.  I cannot just read, report, blog and stand by, when the words of Martin Niemoller are coming to mind so often.

Martin Niemoller is credited with the following:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-- Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me--and there was no one left to speak for me.

I realize this parallel may not necessarily set well with everyone, but Messiah fed thousands and healed many.  Remember He was politically accused as a dissident against "The Empire."  He was the son of a "trade" carpenter.  He clearly was a Jew . . .

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.  Acts 1:8

Sunday, February 02, 2014

The State of the Union

Increased division and economic decline is the state of this union.  Unfortunately, division is the distraction for the people while the powers that be, go for the power grab . . . for our own good, of course!  If there is anyone who is still even remotely entertaining the idea that a change of party will bring any real change, they don't understand the problem.

By that same token, for those who actually believe Obama has brought hope and change, I genuinely feel sad for you.  

When the Bush Republicans all repeated the Limbaugh and Hannity sound bites, it was annoying, but not unexpected.   I have been surprised, however;  that the party who touts themselves to be free-thinking and progressive have become so lock-steppy through the Obama administration.  

America is not experiencing an economic recovery.  The stock market and banks have enjoyed a resurgence, but then they also enjoyed the bailout.  This President has increased his net worth exponentially and enjoyed quite a lavish lifestyle at no expense to himself.  I realize all Presidents enjoy a very posh lifestyle in office, and most of them have already attained that before making their way to the Oval Office, but the outrageous expensive trips have seemed to be a bit of a slap in the face to Americans who can't afford heat, much less a trip to Hawaii. 

What truly floors me in this political hostility is the division is in the people.  The politicians are enjoying a lavish lifestyle at the taxpayer's expense.  The only thing that concerns Congress is getting re-elected.  The State of the Union is dismal and it really doesn't matter what the President says, he'll only say later that someone misunderstood or feign tied hands and victim.  We've got to see past the political division that is being perpetrated on us and realize we're all in the same boat.  It matters not what the average citizen has earned, saved, or invested, our government has already proven "we the people" are not too big to fail . . .  The powers that be aren't clueless as to the circumstances of what used to be called the Middle Class, the powers that be on both sides of the aisle have systematically torn down the Middle Class.  Regardless of the (R) or (D) behind the name, we've been able to see since the Reagan administration, our government is parasitic of it's own people.

I've watched for too long now, the exact same policy presented by one party and hated by the other, then the power shift and that same policy becomes embraced by those who previously hated it and despised by those who accepted it from their party.  I'd like to offer two perfect examples of what has divided our nation by both parties in power.  The USA Patriot Act and NSA are simply two different ways to spy on Americans and invade our privacy.  When Bush enacted the USA Patriot Act, the Democrats despised it and the Republicans simply shrugged and said, "It's no problem if you've got nothing to hide."  NSA, on the other hand, is not an invasion of privacy for Republicans, while Democrats simply shrug and applaud.   

This final example has just made me sick every time I eve think about it.  When photographs of abuse at Abu Ghraib appeared, the left was horrified and Cheney was an ogre.  I agree, forbidding cameras was a ridiculously callous solution.  But now we've had Benghazi, and Hillary can say, "What difference does it make?" and that's somehow acceptable to those same people who found Cheney reprehensible?    Right and wrong do not change according to party!

When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.  a Proverb of Holy Scripture

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