Equal rights for all cannot come soon enough. Shame on us all that this is still an issue. Let’s get it fixed.
Equal rights for all cannot come soon enough. Shame on us all that this is still an issue. Let’s get it fixed.
Although Vatican fears of a possible schism of power might have some ring of tiny truth to them, the main reason for remaining cloistered at the Vatican is most likely the same as the motivating factor in his resignation.
Scandal, and a great deal of it. Once away from the protecting arms of Rome and the new Pope’s regime, just exactly how safe would Benedict be, either in his person or in a legal capacity?
The amount of attention which seems to continue to focus on the Pope Emeritus is a bit disturbing and presents an unfortunate aura of continued silence and non-action regarding rumors and accusations of abuses in the church.
If the church has any real intention of addressing these problems and repairing their deteriorating image, giving gabby reports of bi-Papal lunch dates is not the best way to go about it. This smacks of more sweeping under the rug of concerns and protecting their own.
This, of course, does not address why there is violence in churches, temples, and other nominally religious locations all across our country.
Okay, now I thought of something to say to Mr. Huckabee.
This was a horrific event. Every time something like this occurs, the Right screams about their rights. They circle their wagons and point fingers at everyone else, blaming anyone who speaks up about the elephant in the room (ironic, really) for politicizing tragedies for their own agenda. If the time to discuss gun controls is not now, then when? It seems that they approach gun control in the same way as the couple with the leak in their roof. Wife says, “Please fix the leak, dear.” Husband says, “No need, babe, it isn’t raining.” Later, a rainstorm occurs. Very wet and disgruntled wife says, “Will you please fix it now?” Husband says smugly, “Can’t darlin’. It’s too wet outside.”
Even a cursory look at differing countries will show startling differences in gun fatalities, and even a cursory glance at gun control laws in those countries will show you why. This situation has passed ridiculous and moved into sad and pathetic. If the GOP is such a party of Pro-Life principles, why don’t they care about the numbers of lives altered and lost through their fight against any changes to gun regulation? No, don’t answer, I think we all know the reason for that, anyway.
My heart and thoughts go out to those affected by the shooting in Connecticut I am so very sorry for you. There aren’t any words to ease the pain, but I hope as a country we might finally learn something here.
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A friend just sent me a link to a truly sad and disturbing 24 minute breakdown in response to the election results. I skimmed through the comment section prior to viewing it, like I usually do, just to see if there were any key things I should listen for, then hit start. It took the best part of the morning to get through it.
When I started posting my own thoughts online I had the quite natural fear that if I opened myself up to strangers, I would bring ridicule on myself. I was new at blogging. I was a recovering Stepford Republican turned Liberal. Of course, being me, I decided p-fooey on it, and jumped in with both feet. What I didn’t expect was to find myself enjoying it so much. Feedback, whether good, bad, or indifferent, is endlessly interesting to me. I have met some fascinating people, and gained some perspective I lacked after reading their blogs. I am also endlessly awed by the quantity of talented, interesting, & humorous people blogging and posting nowadays. Y’all so very often say exactly what I was thinking, but you just say it so darn much better.
That being said, I wanted to say three things to the world out there.
For my small circle of readers and commenters, thank you. Y’all keep me coming back. I post what I post because I believe in it, and I stand behind it, but having even one person who actually reads what I write elevates me from crazy cat lady pushing a wire cart and muttering to very, very amateur writer. It’s a small distinction, but an important one to me. As of this morning, I have yet to become an object of ridicule or major harassment, and thank you all for that, as well. I have been fortunate in my freedom from trolls or cyber ugliness to any great extent.
For the unfortunate Nebraska blogger who has inadvertently become an object of lampooning and skewering humor…..I am sorry, ma’am. You obviously believed very much in what you were doing, and you clearly put a lot of work and heart into it. It goes without saying that I completely disagree with most of what you were working for, but respect is still possible even when disagreement exists. I think you are wrong, but I also think those lambasting you aren’t much better.
For everyone, everywhere……. I understand that many are still smarting from a vicious election cycle. Even some outside the US were pulled in and became invested in the shenanigans and mud slinging. The Conservatives have a great deal of work ahead of them if they want to tame and reclaim their party to make it a viable contender. We need them to step up and do just that, because in its current state, the Republican party is a mess. There was a good reason our founders wove checks and balances into our government. It ain’t perfect, but it keeps the crazies from completely taking over.
Thank goodness for that, because the last few years we came perilously close. We need more than one cohesive and functional party to represent us. We need the discord, the arguments, the bargaining, and the pressure from others to compromise. I understand the tendency of some to poke fun at the losing end. Call it schadenfreude, gloating, or the good old standard neener-neener, let’s get it out of our system quickly and extend a hand. The sooner we stop trading insults, taunting, and anger, the sooner we can start working together with the rational folks in every party to cleanse our government of the remaining whack-a-doodles and obstructionists.
For those readers in the US, I have been watching media sites since last night, and I am disheartened by your unrelenting attitude of petulance and hateful jibes. I have something to say, directly to all of y’all…………
C’mon, guys. Can we wind up the self pitying, sad, apocalyptic, and frankly mean posts, already?
I have some news for you.
My president won. Not because of Latinos, although they helped. Not because of enlightened women, although we helped. Not because of those in favor of freedom of choice, religion, and true liberty (for everyone instead of one cherry-picked group), although they helped.
There was no conspiracy. There was no blackout. There was simply a very large segment of the population who wanted to move forward. We don’t want war. We don’t want to pay higher & higher taxes so that the insanely wealthy can pay an even smaller percentage than they do now. We want accountability. We want progress.
We want the right to live without being micromanaged, and we want the same right for everyone else….including those who are currently continuing to throw mud and vitriol at us.
No, we aren’t lazy. No, we don’t want handouts. We want a safety net, for ourselves, and for everyone else. We care about all of our fellow citizens. We want to cooperate, and we want to see bipartisanship.
Let’s do this. Let’s do great things for all of us and stop rolling in the mud.
My President is your President. He is OUR President, so let’s show him the respect he earned and deserves.
Congratulations, Mr. President. I am proud of you, proud of us, and proud to be an American.
A small note on my unusual silence the last couple of weeks…….
It isn’t like I haven’t had scores of things I wanted to shout about. There are plenty. Too many, in fact. I seem to have become buried alive in election cycle stress syndrome. I can’t open any of my multitudinous (I love that word, and never get to use it) news and political sites without being assaulted by an avalanche of offensive and terrifying articles, posts, quotes, soundbites and developments. I have been hiding, frankly. I’m kinda’ afraid if I begin to talk about any current events, I’ll deteriorate into full-on Southern-belle profanity. For those who know southern ladies, y’all know there is no language on this Earth quite like ours when we are good and worked up.
I would like to pose a few questions to the world at large though…….
Who the hell are these undecided voters, and what, pray tell, is the cause of their indecision? Much like Sheldon Cooper, I have the urge to ask them if they have recently received a sudden blow to the head.
Your candidate is offensive, pretentious, obnoxious, and rude. He is boorish and totally impolite. He is completely disrespectful. Now, come the second and third debates ( and VP debate) and the first thing out of y’all’s mouths is that the VP and POTUS are RUDE? Wah. Boo hoo. I have news for you guys. Lies, misconstrued facts, and politicizing events for your own selfish ends and gain–especially when you were pointedly asked not to by surviving family members in the case of Ambassador Stevens–deserve no polite treatment or mollycoddling. What pathology do you guys suffer from, that you all think you are entitled (see what I did there) to set the terms for the way everyone else behaves? Only from the rabid right do we see people whacking others over the head with metaphorical shovels while screaming “Why are you persecuting us?”
DOMA is finally getting put where it deserved to be from the first moment it was thought up…..in the trash can. Case by case, court by court, I love to see it go. When it finally disappears for good, and when lovers all through our nation are ultimately able to love and be loved by the partner of their choice, how precisely will that affect ANY of you? The sacrosanct institution of marriage in our modern times is beset right, left, and sideways by unfaithfulness, separation, and divorce. In a great many cases, multiple-remarriage and divorce. Why deny same sex couples the right to be as happy as all of us straight couples, since we are all clearly ambassadors of nuptial Utopian living?
In reference to the absolutely staggering amount of propaganda, lies, filth, perversion, stupidity, and insanity directed at women and their right to make choices about their bodies and health (specifically reproductive health) : Piss off. I can’t be any more clear than that. You people are insane. You are not rational. You are frankly frightening. An incredibly astute gentleman once said “I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.” Thank you, George Bernard Shaw, for reminding me that you can’t reason with some people.
Yes, I know the last was not a question, but it was certainly a statement I felt needed saying.
I look around and wonder, what on Earth must other countries think of us? I suspect that if the nations of the world were a family reunion, we would be the inappropriate uncle who wears his underwear outside his pants and speaks in non-sequiturs that make everyone uncomfortable.
For anyone who missed all or part of the Presidential debate, here is a link to it in its entirety.
For anyone who might have missed it, here is a link to tonight’s debate in its entirety.
Michael O’Hare has passed beyond the rim, to join Tim Choate, Andreas Katsulas, Jeff Conaway, and Richard Biggs.
He was a phenomenally gifted actor, and by the accounts I have read from those fortunate enough to meet him at conventions, a genuinely nice man. He will be missed.
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