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Friday, July 18, 2014

MY INTERNAL CONFLICT .....


There seems to be a very strange melding of Christianity and the promotion of violence that I don't understand.  It completely misrepresents Christ, the Bible and the God I know.  Not that I KNOW God any more than anyone else, but I do pray and I do believe in his existence and I do believe that he is involved in human history and in our individual lives.  My conflict is this ... how can one profess to call oneself a Christian and approve the use of violence as though God would approve it and then use the Bible to endorse it?  I find it quite arrogant, not to mention hypocritical. 

Case in point:  

I have received this little gem on my Facebook wall more than once. 

and another ...

 
First of all, President Obama is THE PRESIDENT.  As for you and your AK-47 loaded and ready .... please.  And where do you get the idea that no one is going to protect you? 

These types of depictions really bother me.  

1.   WHY should every American know how to use a gun?  Are you afraid that the Taliban are going to storm your condo and make you convert to Allah?
 
2.   How is one supposed to USE the Bible?  I would suggest you read the Gospels where NOWHERE does Christ endorse the use of violence nor the twisting of scripture to ones own agenda.  In fact, he calls out the Pharisees for the very same thing. 
 
3.   Why should this be taught in schools?  I would think that along with reading, writing and arithmetic, teaching kindness, consciousness and doing unto others would be more amenable to producing decent human beings.  Not holding a Bible in one hand and a pistol in the other.

Forgive my sarcasm .... but I posted this on my Facebook page:







And immediately had comments.  One individual asked me if I was for real.  Another said that my post was silly, another gave me two thumbs down, and another went off and informed me that the Democrats would have crucified him too, as would the Republicans, the Libertarians, etc., et al.  And to be perfectly honest, I posted it to get people angry.  But then when I read the comments I felt bad because I did not feel good about inflaming others.  I merely wanted to point out the hypocrisy that exists amongst some Christian people (please note the "some" in the previous sentence).  But all I did was the same thing as others who do not like or agree with what I believe.  I don't like getting posts like the ones I posted above.  Or pictures asking me to repost if I love Jesus.  As if Christ is a fad or a club one wants to belong to.  It demeans who Christ is.  It makes a mockery of Jesus and his life.  Honk if you love Jesus.

Christ's message was one of transformation.  Living as Christ did .... and not living from a dualistic point of view or according to strict and rigid dogmatic rules.  Whatever your religious background, to condemn anyone else's religious beliefs is inherently wrong.  And to tell others their belief system is in error, also wrong.  And to believe that religion and guns go hand-in-hand, again wrong.  We cannot live with an "us" and "them" attitude because it invalidates what Jesus said and did. Christ did not come here to promote any "religion" ... he came to show us how to LIVE. To be forgiving, kind and to love our neighbor as ourselves. There can be no transformation of self if you are too caught up in dogma and literalism. To put more value in the words on the page than actually LIVING the words on the page does not promote personal transformation. 

To place a gun next to the bible as shown above is to me sacrilegious.  To suggest that this ideology should be taught in school is even worse.  And I seriously doubt that Christ would agree with this ideology as well.  It's either one or the other people.  You cannot profess to be a Christian and also be pro-violence.  Especially in the name of God. 

I did not read the "Left Behind" series because right off the bat there was a war mentality where those left behind were arming themselves against coming Armageddon.  The idea that killing in the name of God is justified and something God would endorse is something I do not agree with.  All you have to do is look at history since the beginning of time.  Violence has NEVER solved anything nor converted anyone.


People miss the message.  KINDNESS.  LOVE.  DO UNTO OTHERS.  That's it. 

 
This ideology has also become, for some people, deeply ingrained in American nationalism.  Love of country, love of God.  But it has become quite twisted.  How can the Christian love America but hate the homosexual?  Or the illegal alien?  Instead of looking at the homosexual as an abomination, one should perhaps try to look at the homosexual as the Samaritan.  Another human being, not from your particular tribe, but a human being nonetheless.  Jesus loved the outcast, the throw-aways, those who were different.  Why would he associate with these lowly people?  Why would he love them, forgive them, empower them?  AS AN EXAMPLE TO US.  To show US how to treat others.  Could this be what He meant when he told us to love our enemies?  Those that think differently than you do?  Those who live differently than you do?  Those you judge?  Those you hate?  Jesus said that the way we judge others is how we will be judged.  That right there is enough to scare the crap outta me.    
 
I find it very disturbing that many who profess to be Christian are eager to go to war, eager to send the alien back where he came from, blame the uneducated by judging them as unmotivated and condemning the poor as lazy.  Jesus would do the exact opposite.  He would love and welcome all.  Without condemnation. 
 
Transformation.  Transform YOURSELF. 
I am by no means perfect.  But to hate/judge/condemn anyone different than myself is a sin.  Jesus did not condemn, therefore no one should condemn.  The attitude of being a patriot and a Christian, bible in one hand, AK-47 in the other, disturbs me greatly.  It is NOT how we should live.  It is NOT the attitude we should have. 
 
The peacemakers who came to this earth from Gandhi to Martin Luther King were all assassinated.  Why is that?  Because they made society look at themselves?  Transforming oneself takes courage.  To examine ourselves honestly takes courage.  And to actually change oneself is courageous and honorable. 
 
Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
 
Matthew 25:35      
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.


Remember Who died for you.  Remember what He said.  Imitate what He did.  IF you truly do that then perhaps humanity can make progress ... one person at a time.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

HOBBY LOBBY AND RUSH LIMBAUGH ...



RUSH LIMBAUGH ONCE AGAIN WEIGHING IN ON SHIT HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT. 
 
From Huffington Post
(Italics are my comments)
 
On Wednesday, the radio host weighed in again.  He said one listener called him to point out that the federal government does not require employers to cover eye exams or dental work … to which Rush asked:
 
"Which is worse, to go blind from lack of regular eye exams or to get pregnant? And again, pregnancy is something you have to do to cause," Limbaugh said. "It doesn't just happen to you while you're walking down the street except in the case of sexual abuse." He claimed that women treat pregnancy "like a disease" even though it is the consequence of their actions. "And yet, they wouldn't have the problem if they didn't do a certain thing," he said. "It's that simple."
 
OPEN LETTER TO RUSH LIMBAUGH
 
Dear Rush –
 
First of all, I suggest you purchase a box of Depends prior to reading my letter.  I wouldn’t want you to soil your shorts. 
 
Rush ... let me educate you a little.  Believe it or not women actually LIKE to have sex.  YES.  They do.  Sometimes they have lots of it.  Sometimes they have it with other ladies and sometimes they have it all alone (like you do) and sometimes they have it with MEN.  MEN provide the seed that make the ladies pregnant.  NOW birth control prevents unwanted pregnancies.  Or, the men can wear this thing called a prophylactic.  It doesn’t allow the man to ejaculate into the lady (that means no pregnancy.  Unless of course, the man is like you … STERILE).
 
Pregnancy is not thought of as a disease by ladies.  It is thought of as a disease by YOU.  Responsible ladies take birth control so they don’t have unwanted babies.  I think that is called smart.  I think that is called responsible. 
 
You also stated above, that “women wouldn’t have the problem (pregnancy) if they didn’t do a certain thing (sex).  Let me ask you Rush … how long would you date a lady if she didn’t want to give you sex?  I know I know, you usually pay for it, but you know what I mean.  Men and ladies would not be together for very long if no one was having sex.  If the lady isn’t “putting out” the men get mad.  It’s not always easy being a lady.  Hey – you should ask your wife about this stuff.  She’s a lady right?  Or is she a beard?  Oh well.  Not to worry.  You will not be making any babies any time soon because after three (or is it four) marriages you have never been able to fertilize a lady.  This is because you shoot what are called blanks.  Sperms that are impotent.  You have no good sperms.  And can I just say thank God for that.  But I digress …  
 
So if I may, in the future when you feel compelled to weigh in on subjects you know nothing about, I suggest you serve yourself another gin and tonic and pop a couple of Oxycontin.  Soon, you’ll feel all tingly and nice.  Let that feeling settle in ... and stay away from the computer ... and all will be right with the world. 
 
XOXO
         
   

Saturday, June 28, 2014

STAFF CONFLICT AND WORKPLACE INCIVILITY (repost) ...

Consider these telling statistics from a handful of recent studies and surveys:
(My comments are in italics)

Managers said they spend, on average, 18 percent of the time dealing with staff conflict.
(Isn't that part of
their job description? MANAGING STAFF?)

Forty-three percent of employees said they've experienced incivility at work, according to the "Civility in America 2011" poll conducted by Weber Shandwick. A Baylor University study found office incivility not only stresses people out during their working hours but also serves as a significant source of strain and strife at home.
Now more than ever, it's critical to find ways to effectively deal with stress and conflict at work. Following are some tips:
Take rudeness for what it's worth.
Being on the receiving end of an unnecessarily sharp barb or inconsiderate brush-off can ruin your day. Why let it? Constructive criticism merits reflection; rudeness does not. So, don't overthink the situation. While you can't control how someone else treats you, you can limit how much it affects you. A person's poor manners or behavior says less about you than it does about him or her.
Or you can do it my way. Keep a box of very sharp pencils on hand and when someone decides to be an asshole simply stick said pencil into said idiot’s eye. He will stop harassing you immediately. Guaranteed.
Don't go it alone.
Opening up to supportive friends or family can be cathartic. Likewise, seeking the wisdom of a mentor or sharing work-related war stories with a trusted member of your network often yields valuable insights and new coping strategies.
Or you can do it my way.  Hire my old neighbor Louie who is an ex-con and will break anyone’s knees for a small fee. Very effective.
 
Rise above the fray.
Pessimism is contagious, and it's all too easy for chronic complainers to bring others down. Don't get caught up in the negativity. It's possible to keep tabs on office undercurrents without feeding the grapevine with additional gripes, groans or gossip. Displaying a toxic attitude doesn't solve anything, but it will likely make you look bad -- and feel worse.
Or, you can do what I do. Bake some cupcakes laced with Exlax and hand out to your more negative co-workers and then wait. Guaranteed for loads of laughs!
Give yourself a break.
You might believe you can't afford to take time off. But can you afford not to? Whether you jet off to a tropical island or do a "staycation," stepping away to recharge your batteries is healthy. Getting some distance and decompressing has a way of putting even your biggest workplace woes in perspective.
Finally, take an honest look at yourself. It's very easy to point fingers and identify others' annoying personality flaws. But what about your own? Try to be more mindful of how your bad habits, moods and behaviors might negatively impact co-workers.
Or you can just say what I say ... I don't have to take a look at myself because I am not the asshole.  YOU ARE.  HAVE A NICE DAY.  DICK WAD.   
                                              
                                                            

Monday, June 16, 2014

YOU MIGHT BE MARRIED TO A TIGHTWAD ...

IF, when you have your regularly scheduled hair appointment your husband says ..."BUT YOU JUST CUT YOUR HAIR!" ... YOU MIGHT BE MARRIED TO A TIGHTWAD.

IF, when you return from Cost Co. and your husband asks you how much you spent and you say $46.00 because I needed paper plates and they had a great set of towels for $21.00 but you don't tell him about the $9.00 paperback you also bought ... YOU MIGHT BE MARRIED TO A TIGHTWAD. 

IF, when you tell your husband you're going to Macy's after work to buy Father's Day gifts for your father, your brother and HIM and he asks you ... "how much do you think you're gonna spend?" ... YOU MIGHT BE MARRIED TO A TIGHTWAD.

Yes.  I am married to a tightwad.  His favorite saying?  Count your pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves.  How dorky  is that?  He heard it from Dave Ramsey.    

What I find quite comical is that he is usually more concerned with MY spending habits than HIS spending habits.  So I guess you could say he's a tightwad only when it comes to MY spending.  Case in point:  He had this great opportunity to buy a $10,000 bike for $2,300 (YES.  You read that correctly.  TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS) and he says to me, he says "can I get it?"  And what do you think I said?  I said "yes honey.  You can get it."  BECAUSE I know that when I want something and he starts busting my chops with his questions, questions, QUESTIONS about how much whatever it is that I want is going to cost he'll know better than to say ANYTHING to me because he now has his $10,000 bike and I NEED A FUCKEN SOFA AND A BEDROOM SET SO SHADDDUP!!!

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

POST SCRIPT TO PREVIOUS POST ...

I SWEAR TO GOD!!!  In my last post where I talk about J-Lo and Casper the Friendly Ghost breaking up I WAS going to say that J-lo will be dating someone new ... like yesterday.  Then I thought ... nah ... be nice.  Then I see this on MSN Wonderwall ...  

Is J.Lo dating 'DWTS' pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy?

Look at her looking all sweet and innocent ... like she hasn't effed the ENTIRE WORLD.
 
Let me answer this ... YEAH.  She probably is.  And if she isn't "dating" him, she's dating someone else because J-Lo CANNOT BE ALONE FOR ONE  SECOND.  It's incredible to me ... don't these women grieve?  Mourn?  MISS someone?  She's got to be missing a gene or something because that is just not normal. 
 
When I think of all the nights I cried over some jerk who broke up with me.  Or fretted over breaking someone's heart ... I just don't get it.  That's all.  I have no advice, nothing to say.  No snarky comments.  If you, however, do have a comment, FEEL FREE. 
 

Monday, June 9, 2014

IT'S OVER ...


Don't they look too done with each other?  WOW.  Eighteen years.  Truthfully, I never knew what he saw in her.  However, I like Melanie and I LOVED her in Working Girl.  I can only guess at why they're separating, but if the tabloids are any indication, Melanie has been in and out of rehab countless times and seems to have an addiction to prescription drugs AND plastic surgery ... which, in all honesty, has really fucked up her face.  I'll tell you one thing ... when they first hooked up I was SO JEALOUS.  Antonio was the new hot thing and she got him!  (This was of course WAY before my Viggo obsession) ... with all that said, I always feel bad when a couple divorces ... especially after making a good run of it.  Good luck you two.

And just to be evil... 

Melanie Before ...











Isn't she pretty


 

Melanie After ...


Ay pobrecita. 
 
p.s.  I always thought that STUPID Antonio in the heart tattoo was SO DUMB.

 NEXT ...




Jennifer and Casper the friendly Ghost are separating as well.  He's decided that now that he's heading into junior high he wants to know what it's like to date boys girls his own age.  What a pair of jerks. 

I should probably let you know that this is going to be a snarky post.  Not an uplifting, spiritually wise post.  I'll do that next time. 
 
So I was skimming over the tabloids to find something to snark about and I came upon photos of Kim and Kanye's wedding guests.  This one right here made me want to punch this stupid kid in the throat ...
 
 

Jaden Smith shows up wearing a white batman suit.  To a wedding.  Even Kris is embarrassed and NOTHING embarrasses her!
 

LOOK AT HIM!  What a FUCKING IDIOT! 
 
NEXT ....
 
Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Tony Awards.  OK.  I think she is REALLY talented, but doesn't her face remind you of a baseball mitt?
 
 

And IT'S A GIRL FOR LIL' KIM! 
 
The headline said: 
 
"And guess what she named her?"  Guess?  Mhmmm.  Genitalia?
 
Actually, it's worse.  She named her poor child "ROYAL REIGN."  These folks sure are obsessed with royalty.  Did you know Jermaine Jackson has a son named Jermagesty?  It's true.  Google it.
 
My next post will be a thought provoking, intelligent epistle.  Promise. 
 
Til then ...
 
SMOOCHES!