At Last

The war is over and as the dust settles, justice stands as the victor. As many have heard, The Supreme Court came back on the gay marriage issue with a close ‘Yes’ and now it is the law of the land. I wasn’t sure if I was being punked when I read the news, but when I saw that it was for real, I felt good in a strange new way. It was like a weight off the world. No more protests. No more debates. It’s over. It’s done. Right?

Well, yes and no. It is over in the actual sense, but the struggle continues with the nutcase Right Wing. They, true to form, do not take defeat graciously. Factions are vowing to disregard the court’s ruling while I’ve heard rumors of trying to impeach the justices who voted for gay marriage, or as it is known now, marriage.

Still we hear the echoed complaints about how it’s a sin and it’s inexcusable how SCOTUS dares to redefine marriage. We hear how it’s an attack on Christianity and on religion in general.

I don’t even know where to begin correcting all of this misinformation. First, marriage has NOT been redefined. Marriage is still marriage. Nothing has changed. There are just more people out there who can get married. And if you want to talk about the definition of marriage, it’s been redefined many times over they years before this. The marriage process is different today than it was centuries earlier. Marriage has already been altered. It’s a little late to bitch about it now. In fact, if you want to go back to the original meaning of marriage, you’re going to have to cut out the premarital sex, make sure you’ve got enough money to buy your bride and we should get to putting those who are divorced to death.

Secondly, I hear so much about religion in this. This topic is not a religious one. We weren’t fighting for the church’s approval. We were fighting for legal recognition. Marriage is not a religious institution. God didn’t create it. Marriage is an invention of man. Animals don’t get married. Only humans do, and Christians don’t hold the market on marriage either. Every culture and religion in the world has a marriage ceremony. To all Christians: Please shut up and stop acting like marriage was all your idea. It really wasn’t. It never was. I’d also like to ask all those Repub haters out there who have been divorced or engaged in premarital sex to also shut up. Once you committed those sins, from your favorite book, you lost any right to speak on this subject. And please, Sarah Palin, Shut the f**k up! Deal with your knocked up daughter. Is she married? If not, are you going to stone her to death like a good Christian? If not, you’re a hypocrite.

I’d also like to point out all those couples who said they’d get a divorce if marriage equality became the law. Keep on those folks. Get that divorce. Teach us gays a lesson. Ouch. And that reverend who said he’d set himself on fire if gay marriage passed. I don’t see those flames going up. Come on, man! A promise is a promise. Flame on!

The Battle For Equality

It comes down to this. All the uphill battles. All the failures. All the victories. Now the Supreme Court is deciding on the issue of same sex marriage. I feel a little less passionate about this issue now, only because based on the direction we’ve been going, marriage equality seems assured at some point. It’s only a matter of time. However, the hate groups still make my blood boil all the same and they are out in force now. It’s their last stand to vindicate their self righteousness. I have tried to veer away from their words just for the sake of my own peace of mind, but I read a recent article about the words of Josh Duggar. This guy is one of the 19 kids on that train wreck of a reality spectacle ’19 kids and counting’. He’s also the head A$$hole in charge of one of the leading gay hate groups in America.  He was out there on Capital Hill spouting off about he and his fellow ‘Christians’ are the victims now. Was he really trying to get people to feel sorry for the plight of the modern ‘Christian’? You guys have  been gaming the system in your favor since day one and now that you find yourselves on the minority side, you’re panicking and this is how you react. You know that your views are not popular and you’re in the thralls of your last death gasp as you try to hold onto whatever control you once had, but it’s over. Now they cry discrimination. They cry religious freedom. Your religious views are your private business and no one is punishing you for having them. You can believe whatever you want, but you can’t dictate the lives of others based on your beliefs. What you believe, may not be what others believe and just as your views are valid, so are theirs. No one is right in the realm of faith or religion. It is just what you believe.
This particular quote caught my eye. From Josh Duggar:
“Right now in America there is an agenda to silence people of faith, those who hold a dissenting opinion,” Duggar told CBN. “That’s not what America was founded on. America was founded on respect, tolerance, and really not discriminating against people based on their religious convictions.”

Really? So, what exactly are you doing? In case you can’t afford a dictionary with all that reality show money, it’s called ‘discrimination’. I can’ believe
this lesson has been so hard to learn for so many, but to repeat for the bazillionth time, discrimination on any grounds is WRONG! It’s wrong to discriminate against
a person’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or nationality. It’s wrong across the board. It’s indefensible, but here are the ‘Christian’ hate lords doing
their damnest to defend it; because apparently discrimination is okay, as long as it’s not against them. They’re fine with it so long as they’re the ones discriminating.
Not that they’re being discriminated against in the first place. Not being allowed to judge and persecute people is not discrimination. You have a right to your opinion and
your religious beliefs, but so does everyone else and there is nothing saying that you ever have to agree with anyone. You don’t have to like it, but you can’t
infringe on their civil rights due to your own beliefs.
I think we can expect these nut jobs to stick around for a while longer. The Religious Right is like a cornered animal now that they see that their beliefs and their
vision for this country are falling into the minority when they used to enjoy a majority rule. They see that they are loosing their grip on this country and are shifting
into panic mode. They will do and say whatever they have to preserve this imaginary utopia they have built up in their minds. Even the younger generation of their ranks
are waking up and realizing that there is no reason to hate or marginalize anyone, for any reason.
I’m just sick and tired of these jerks crying foul when the game isn’t going their way. You guys have ruled the roost for centuries, but you could not have expected
to stay on top forever. You had to see that your ideals would one day become antiquated and despised by a new generation. Your time has come. Now be good and lay down and die already.
BTW, think on this. The Pilgrims came here to escape religious persecution, but once they got here, they did nothing but persecute. They targeted women, people of different faiths, The Native Americans.
They stole, killed and lied to take this land and build it into the country we see today. Please don’t forget that. God didn’t give us this land in a big box with a pink ribbon. It was taken by violence.
Spare us all your holier than thou bull$hit, please! And Josh Duggar, you are an idiot. A world class, A-1 idiot. I hate to reduce this to name calling, but some people just
so deserve it and you are one of them. If you hate a certain group of people, say so. Don’t duck behind your Bible and claim that you are acting in interest of any higher purpose. You shame real Christians who actually understand the teachings of Jesus and put them into practice every day. At the end of the day you should look back and try to name one thing you did in that day that was truly Christian. If you’re honest with yourself, I think you will find your self wanting, but then I doubt that you would be honest with even yourself.

When Freedom Of Speech Fails

I was horrified to read a story today about how a ban on ‘Crushing’ videos had been lifted. I had never heard of these videos, but according to the article, they are videos of women torturing and killing baby animals and people watch these things to satisfy some sick sexual fetish. There was a law on the books that had helped to hinder such videos, as it exempted them from protection under Freedom Of Speech, similarly the way child pornography is not protected, but in a dissenting vote, the Supreme Court ruled to lift the ban, thereby making Crush videos legal again. Justice Roberts was quoted as to say that the law went too far. The Federal government had promised that they would only use this ban in such cases of this kind of extreme profanity, but that didn’t sit well with Justice Roberts. He felt the government (i.e. Obama) couldn’t be trusted to keep that promise, so in order to sidestep that, he and his other cronies proclaimed that Crushing videos were indeed protected.

Champions of freedom of speech have celebrated this decision, but I can’t understand why. I mean, was this something that was worth protecting? Videos of baby animals being tortured and killed holds some deeper meaning that enriches the human condition? No. It’s sick. It’s beyond sick. The people who make these videos are only less sick than the people who watch them; and now thanks to Justice Roberts and our right leaning Supreme Court who clearly saw a chance to stick one to Obama, these videos are now fair game once more. I’m a big fan of freedom of speech, but there are boundaries that are just there. Boundaries that any thinking, reasonable person can see. Videos of innocent animals being killed is not something that needs, nor should be, protected. They’re snuff films. They’re as bad as child porn and unless Roberts is ready to make all that legal, they had better get on the ball and fix this. I mean, how much further down can humanity go? Shouldn’t we try and start doing things that lift up and make ourselves better? It just feels when I see something that is the worst thing a human being could do; something new comes along that takes it all down another rung. Child abductions. Child killers. Abusive parents. Homicidal parents. How much more can we take? How much worse can it get until we start looking at ourselves and realizing we need to start making better choices? When it did it become such a challenge to not be horrible? It’s almost like there are people out there who take these atrocities as challenges and seek to outdo the others by doing something even worse. It’s things like this that make me hope for the end of humanity. We’re not getting better. For a while we had been, but over the last decade or so, whatever progress we’ve made has been lost. Shootings on a near daily basis. People fighting to protect the guns over the victims. Violence spilling out at the seams. I’m telling you, Earth is turning into Pandora and not the James Cameron one. The Borderlands one. Look it up and be afraid.

If You Didn’t Think Humanity Was Doomed Before,

What has happened to the human race? Were we always such monsters or did that come about via evolution? We’re supposed to be the best of all. We have the rare ability to think and make moral judgments, yet the choices we make time and time again make me wonder if we aren’t just evil to the core.
I have been hearing a lot of alarmist talk over the news that California, my home, only has one year of water left. Of course, if our Governor had half a brain, he would have seen this issue coming down the way and done something in the way of finding a solution instead of blowing the state’s money on a light rail system no one will use, but I digress.
I read an article a few days ago about how Nestle Corporation believes that the public has no right to clean water and are doing all they can to lock down as much water as they can so that they can bottle it up and make a profit off of it. I also read just today an article about how some of the big banks and billionaires are doing the same thing. They’re buying up all the water and all the land with water on it. They’re locking down water rights like there’s no tomorrow. The government is even doing their part in this wickedness by punishing private citizens from harvesting rain water that falls on their own private property. Some poor guy got locked up for 30 days for the sin of collecting rainwater that fell on HIS property. Alternatively, corporations are okay to go and buy up all the water and land they can get their claws on. A source from Esquire magazine was quoted as saying that water is the oil of the 21st century. The banks and rich folk are hoarding all the water and are using the influence to prevent the little people from getting on their own so that they can bottle and sell it for 10 times the cost when public supplies run out.
This is how the human race responds to a potential crisis? The rich and affluent hoard and scheme in order to ensure they can make money off the need of the people? Call me a crazy optimist, but I’d think this would be a situation where we would all rally and find a way to make sure everyone will have access to clean water. The rich could use their resources to find solutions to this problem. How about all the snow that fell in the east? Why couldn’t we have packed that all up and dropped it on the mountains over here? Just an idea floated by my cousin. Seems overly simple, but why wouldn’t that work? Cooling systems could keep the snow cold and it could be dumped right onto the mountains over here. Like air drops of water when there are fires.
I just don’t understand why the reaction to a potential environmental crisis is to exploit the situation for profit over the welfare of the people. This is a serious problem in this country. The rich have become cold and sociopathic. They don’t care what happens to anyone outside of their own sphere. Many don’t, but when they don’t care, it doesn’t stop there. They take it one step further and actually take actions that could harm the masses. I don’t know what the future of the world looks like to them. If those they consider beneath them are gone, what will they do? There won’t be anyone to work for them and make them money. There won’t be any servants to tend to them. They don’t seem to get that we all need each other. Whether directly or indirectly, our lives are connected so closely, if there was any major shift, we would all feel the pain. There is no immunity. Money offers no protection.
The government should also take note of this. If they align themselves with the rich and entitled, they’re going to learn they backed the wrong horse. What is a nation with no people? What is a politician with no support?
I’m just having some very sobering visions of a future where basic needs become luxuries controlled only by the very rich. It’s happening before our very eyes and no one sees it, or wants to; but you will see it when it happens, but then it’ll be too late. When will the human race finally start learning from its past mistakes? The problem is just starting now. We can fix this one. We just need to be wise enough to see it and strong enough to do what must be done.

Discrimination IN The Heartland

Okay, Indiana Governor signed into law a bill that legalizes discriminating based on religious freedom. Despite everyone in the world telling him ‘no’. Despite the threat of losing millions of dollars in revenue. He and his holier than thou constituents don’t care. Their righteous indignation is worth more to them. I read an article from a law professor at a university in IN and as I read it, all I could wonder was what kind of morons does this state churn out? You are a student of law and you think this bill is good or fair? It is out and out discrimination. It gives people a blank check to discriminate anyone whenever they want. All they have to do is cry ‘religious freedom’. Let’s not forget this bill, which deals mostly with the private sector, is pointless because any business can reserve the right to refuse service. That’s already a thing. If you don’t want the business, fine. Just make sure you know what you’re getting into when you agree to provide your services. Next, who the Hell is going to determine if any ‘religious freedoms’ are being violated? I mean, is there a stick you can put in someone’s mouth to gauge their religious convictions or can anyone just say that it’s a violation of their delicate nature, when in reality they’re just narrow minded hate mongers? I also wonder if this bill goes both ways. If I were a business owner in IN, and I had a customer I knew to be a ultra-right wing bible thumping nut, could I refuse service to them because their system of beliefs conflict with my ‘religious freedom’? I have a feeling it doesn’t cut both ways. If a gay business owner were to refuse service, they would be persecuting the poor, beleaguered Christian. I love this reverse persecution crap. For centuries the white Christians have pushed and bullied the world and now that they’re getting some push back, they cry like bitches and suddenly they’re the real victims of the evil minorities. I say to them, ALL of them, this world is not yours. You don’t own everything and you’re not always right. Your beliefs are as important and valid as those of someone else. Say that over to yourselves over and over. The main man Jesus Christ himself said ‘Your thoughts are not my thoughts, and my ways are not your ways.’ There! He got it! Why can’t you? Honestly, if even half of you behaved like true Christians, True True Christians, this world would be a much better place. To inform, true Christians do NOT judge or condemn. They accept and love. They do not protest funerals or chant songs of hate in public. They donate their time to those less fortunate, again without judgment. Either get with the program or get a new name for yourselves, because shit like this drags God’s good name through the mud. And if we are on the receiving end of any divine wrath, it’s probably because of all of you using God’s words and Jesus’s teachings to propel hate and wickedness.

A Couple Things

This post may seem a bit rushed and disjointed, but a couple things dawned on me as I was having a conversation with a friend of mine the other night. A little explanation first. I gather a lot of stories through my Facebook feed and while most are run of the mill stories there are a few that stand out. Two in particular this past week. First, I read about a pastor in the south, I don’t know his name and frankly, I don’t feel like finding it and giving him a plug, went on record saying that we could have an AIDS free world by Christmas if we ‘kill all the homos’. This man of the cloth passionately advocates the murder of LGBTQ people because he believes that will cure AIDS. Let that sink in for a moment. Now, when I read this I was naturally outraged and angry. This man is a disgrace to not only his faith, but the human race in general. He is uneducated, hateful and probably gay himself. Let’s get past that because this is the big idea I got. If these people believe in the Bible as they say they do, I’d like someone to explain how they can champion the idea of murdering people when the book they claim to be where all their laws come from actually states, without question, that killing is a sin. Hello! Ten commandments? Thou shalt not kill? I have to believe to laws brought forth by God himself would overrule anything else after it. If God says not to kill, you don’t kill, yet people like this pastor seem to think they get a pass because some other passage of the Bible, written by a mortal man, states that these people in particular must be put to death and the whole thou shalt not kill thing just get set aside. Convenient. I’d love to meet a Christian who believes in the Bible and manages to live with no contradictions. If that exists, please let me know. Just keep in mind, if you believe one group of people should die and others should not, you are a hypocrite and you are not a Christian.
The second thing that’s lit a fire under me is a story about how a group of African-American pastors went out of their way to derail some legislation that would help protect LGBT people from discrimination because they felt gay people have not suffered as they and their ancestors had suffered. First, I doubt these pastors had suffered as their ancestors had either. They had not been slaves themselves. They had never been forced to use special drinking fountains. It was those before them who suffered those injustices and fought and won freedom. They won freedom not only for their children and their children’s children, but for every minority who found themselves marginalized by society. This battle for civil rights isn’t some pissing contest where we have to reach some level of suffering before we get to claim our human dignity. Those great men fought hard and suffered greatly so that this country would become a better place to live for everyone and for these men to come against a group fighting for laws that would ensure they can’t be fired for being who they are is a tremendous insult to everything their heroes had fought and sacrificed for. Yes, the struggle for LGBT people may not have been equally as hard, but that’s thanks to the battles that came before. The civil rights movement has evolved and changed over the decades. The warriors change, but the fight is just the same. No one is seeking special treatment. They are only seeking fair treatment. Equal treatment under the law. After so many years, we should be at a place where this kind of fighting is obsolete. Have we not learned the lesson yet? Black Christians fought against gay marriage, yet not too long ago it was illegal for blacks to marry whites. It was illegal for Latinos to marry non-Latinos. They fought and won the right for their marriages to be recognized legally. Why do you suddenly change course and join those you once fought in order to marginalize a new group seeking the exact same rights you fought so hard for yourself? Because you don’t approve of their lifestyle? Because it goes against your beliefs? Guess what? Their marriage has nothing to do with you! Do you really want a world where your rights are determined by what other people believe? God! Why are people still like this? Are humans just incapable of learning from history now? It would be so much easier if we could just agree to treat each other equally across the board, no exceptions. Your life is your life, my life is mine. Seems so simple. So basic. Yet, there are millions of people out there who just don’t get it and sadly I think they never will. If they haven’t learned by now,

Election Day 2014

The day to clean house has come and gone and it looks like the voters decided to not change all that much. After all the drama and poor decisions and disasters in our nation’s capital, people seemed to have completely missed the point. I’m actually quite surprised at some turn outs. Rick Scott has been re-elected in Florida, thereby maintaining its status as worst state in the country. He adopted a dog to win one of his campaigns and then returned the poor thing after winning. I’m sorry, but that one instance of inhumanity is all I need in order to know what kind of man he is, and that anyone would want him to run their state baffles me. Many other Repub incumbents are keeping their jobs, for some unknown reason. Or maybe there is a reason. Too many people going to the voting booth informed only by rumors or baseless opinions from others. People are just too lazy to research the candidates. They usually will just vote for the guy they voted for last time. That would explain a lot of the repeats I’m seeing tonight. Makes me wonder what’s worse. No vote, or an uninformed vote. Take a look back at all the trouble the Repubs have dragged us through over the past five or six years. A shut down. A credit downgrade. Another batch of wars we’ll never pay off. And then, our president gets tagged as the scapegoat for the woes we now face, when he actually has dragged us up from the muck left by the guy before him. He’s grown our economy, reduced our debt and unemployment but so many people will never know that because they either don’t believe it or just plain won’t hear about it because it’s one of those things you really need to research. If you say that this country is in pretty bad shape now and that’s on Obama, I got news for you. You should check out what shape we were in before Obama. We had a negative GDP. We were bleeding money on a daily basis and our stock market was at its weakest. Today, our debt has been cut (Yes, it has. It’s still huge, but it’s less now than it was six years ago) We have enjoyed a long period of job growth in the private sector. You don’t like how the president has been doing his job? Well, I applaud his work. Especially when you factor in that what he’s had to do, he’s done not only with no support from Congress, but actual opposition from them. He’s been fighting the right wing every step of the way. If you wanted a better country now, you should have voted for representatives who would work WITH the president rather than the ones who chose to declare a war on him. And today, many voters have ensured that we are in for years of more madness. More right wing whackos getting the high sign so we’re going to have people who believe that the Earth is only a few thousand years old and man magically appeared one day setting the rules for the rest of us. It seems like Mitch McConnell and his cohorts could all gather in the street and murder puppies and babies in broad daylight and Obama would be blamed for it.
It also cuts both ways. There are some blights on the left. Gov. Jerry Brown got re-elected tonight and I have no idea why. The only good thing he did was stand up against Prop. 8. After that, it’s been terrible. Rising taxes and we’re still no closer to legalized marijuana. I just would like it legalized for the tax money. With the tax money this state could get from that it would actually put us in the black and Brown could continue with his idiotic projects without dumping the expense on the taxpayer. I mean, really? Was anyone paying attention to what was happening to this state at all?
Maybe after reading this you may think I’ve lost faith in the system and that’s not true. I still believe it can work. It has before. I feel it’s sad that the people who HAVE lost faith in the system are the ones we just elected. They don’t care about you or me or this country. They’re just loading up the lifeboats and then waiting it out until retirement. I’ve always felt there need to be changes. Politicians should be paid the median average income from their district. They should have to live on the same level as those they represent. I really don’t think they should be paid at all, really. It used to be that they weren’t, and now they really don’t need to be paid. They’re all already rich. How many schools could be saved with one paycheck of John Boener’s? I don’t see how our elected civil servants can sleep living as they do while those they are supposed to fight for are struggling. Maybe then we would get people in the jobs who actually want to do the work, not just enjoy the perks.
Well, America. You have spoken. So now, whatever happens after this is on you. God help us all.