A ONCE-A-WEEK (or so) LIST OF WHAT I GIVE A DAMN ABOUT. WITH 10 = MOST IMPORTANT; AND 1 = NOT SO MUCH
T R U T H OR D A R E
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”
- Winston Churchill.
“Keep the company of those who seek the truth - run from those who have found it”
― Václav Havel
The problem, as I see it, is that on any particular point, there is usually one lie but there are many truths. A lie occupies the highway, the truths take many side roads to get to their destination.
QQ: 1. THE WISDOM OF 1787
Obama-care is socialism imposed by dictatorial decree.
A RANDOM SELECTION OF TRUTHS (ARS of TRUTHS:):
Three troubling truths trouble me. These are the Deity, the Bible and the American Constitution. They trouble me because within our accepted cultural, religious and political norms, we place the symbol above the content. The Deity is a judgmental, angry super-being who demands worship and subservience. The Bible of any religion is a poorly-translated, badly-edited collection of fables and myths that seek to impose nonsensical dogma. The American Constitution is a utopian ideal that had a vague relevance to the world in 1787.
When the Supreme Court ponders the mores of 1787 as to whether or not society should express compassion towards the sick, they miss the point. Federal, state or corporate is not the point. The point IS welfare and compassion. We should direct welfare and compassion towards our fellow human beings if we wish to lay claim to even the most rudimentary connection to a civilized society.
QQ: 2. BORN AGAIN
The Republican Party position on abortion:
"The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed".
ARS of TRUTHS:
We are primitive beings. Ego supersedes meaning. Jesus is said to have proclaimed,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6) This suggests that the ego of the Deity surpasses any content or meaning. Compassion, charity ethics and morality are put in second place behind the proclamation and acceptance of the Deity's ego. No heaven for you dude unless you fall on your knees and accept the me-me-me. We will deal with ethics later. Me first.
Similarly, the big man in the sky decided to test Abraham. "Don't concern yourself with your natural instinct to protect your son. Kill him to prove that you love me more".
The big man in the sky has a big ego.
The sanctity of life within a woman's womb is a hot topic of debate amongst privileged, white, male moralists who seek to impose a dogma and a fundamentalist absolutism based on the message they claim to have received from the big man in the sky.
I, in fact, prefer to exercise my rights as an individual human being after my birth. Prior to coming in to existence, I had nothing much to say on the matter. I would have preferred that Dick Santorum stay out of my mother's womb. Perhaps, he would extend fundamental individual rights to the un-dead and the post-death population? The population of purgatory may have something to say on the matter.
In that Dick firmly believes in the afterlife, don't the living dead have rights as well?
QQ: 3. GAY PRIDE IN GAZA
Israel practices state-imposed apartheid as mandated policy.
ARS of TRUTHS:
The Jewish population of Egypt is about a dozen, down from 80,000.
Moroccan Jews formed an ancient community. Before 1948, there were about 300,000 Jews in the country. Now a handful remain.
And so it goes. Pick an Arab country, any Arab country and ask what happened to the Jews? Spontaneous combustion? Perhaps, they simultaneously packed their bags, abandoned their homes and businesses and moved en-masse to the war-ravaged peace and quiet of Palestine.
Or could it be a case of ethnic cleansing? Perhaps we should ask the Copts of Egypt or the Christians of Iraq.
Israeli Arabs serve at every level of government and administration. Are there any Jews running for office in Saudi Arabia? Any Christians? Is Saudi Arabia exempt from accusations of practicing apartheid?
Where are the Queers Against Saudi Apartheid policies? Where are the York University marches against Saudi apartheid? When is the Gay Pride Day in Gaza?
By the way, I propose that we return Manhattan to its rightful owners. Or, is conquered or purchased territory a whole other matter? Give that island back to its rightful owners and send the occupiers back to where they came from.
QQ: 4. I AM NOT AN APE
Evolution is a theory.
ARS of TRUTHS::
Tennessee established its place on the world stage in 1925 with the Monkey Trial.
Bill 368 passed in the House last year continues the Tennessee Dark Age of Reason.
Because we are God's creation and unrelated to the apes or the ants, it seems that the entire science of genetics should be banned in Tennessee as it does not conform with the teachings of 'Bubba the Evangelista'.
Of course, the Department of Genetics & Evolution at Geneva University which studies the integration of multiple disciplines such as Classical Genetics, Molecular Genetics, Developmental Biology, and Evolutionary Biology is based on the teachings of Satan.
Such a university department would have no place in a God-fearing Tennessee where we know that the world was created 6,000 years ago. According to William Jennings Bryan, if we have to give up either religion or education, we should give up education. Bryan also declared an absolutism connected to something about a whale and some guy called Jonah. It is written.
QQ: 5. GOOGLE GAGGLE
The Internet has given us a new democracy. Twitter has facilitated the Arab spring and the free flow of information and ideas for the greater good.
ARS of TRUTHS:
The twitter-fest is a superficial, meaningless vehicle facilitating pissing into the wind. The Arab spring has unleashed nothing but more fundamentalism.
The democracy of the blog-o-sphere, YouTube and Facebook can in no way replace the power of real journalism, developed and formed artistic statements and educated commentary and criticism.
Fifty million YouTube hits on the song "Friday" does not constitute a useful or meaningful democratic statement.
The cult of the amateur has sucked up the energy of the available media and spat out the result.
He is Drake.
QQ: 6. MY COLD DEAD HANDS
Guns don't kill people. People kill people .
ARS of TRUTHS
The city of Windsor,Ontario,Canada has not had a homicide in two years. Windsor is geographically a twin city with Detroit, Michigan, separated by a river.
A recent news report from Detroit states: (WJBK) - "It was once labeled America's murder capitol of the world. Sadly, Detroit could once again be headed for that negative title. The murder rate in the city has jumped to the highest level in nearly two decades. There have been 166 murders since January first. That's up 20-percent, and we're on pace for nearly 400 this year. When it comes to shootings, there have been 521 since January first. That's up 12-percent".
How is it that the "people" on one side of the river seem to have a greater propensity to kill than the "people" on the other side of the river.
Could it possibly have something to do with - guns?
These are horrifying numbers. Four hundred murders on one side of the river and zero on the other. Glock that.
QQ: 7. ACCEPTIONALISM
Obama-Bush America is American exceptionalism - business as usual.
ARS of TRUTHS:
This time it is truly different. The SCOTUS has effectively destroyed the very underpinning and principal of the American ideal with its decision on Citizens United. With this one decision, it is game over at every level.
The new corporate democracy does allow us greater freedom. We are permitted to Tweet, MyFace and Blog, however with a cautioning eye on anything that might be picked up by the algorithms that watch over the security of our homeland. Who came up with the word "homeland"? Hitler or Stalin? Fatherland and Motherland were already taken.
In addition, we are permitted to post on YouTube and comment ad nauseous on the endless commentary bilge-fest promoted as a last ditch attempt by newspapers to engage their readers in the new, 'Web 2', great leap forward. I blog, you blog, we all blog into the wind.
What we are not permitted to do:
Get sick, develop art and culture, or use the word "liberal".
We are also not permitted to make a real and reasonable choice in the forthcoming presidential election. I don't know which to choose - between business or business, or rule by corporation or rule by corporation. You say tomato.
Why don't we just hand the country over to the Koch brothers and be done with it.
Perhaps, we already have. What is pink slime anyway?
QQ: 8. NOT SO SUPREME
Canon Two of the Code of Conduct mandates that, "A judge should not allow family, social, political, financial, or other relationships to influence judicial conduct or judgment. A judge should neither lend the prestige of the judicial office to advance the private interests of the judge or others nor convey or permit others to convey the impression that they are in a special position to influence the judge."
ARS of TRUTHS:
The SCOTUS is out of control. Their activist agenda is a humanitarian, fascistic, inconceivable nightmare.
The SCOTUS has decided the outcome of an election, allowed strip searches for minor traffic offenses and determined that corporations are people. Of course, the acceptance of the larger society that health care is a 'product' is not the fault of the court. Is that colonoscopy up on Craigslist yet?
A strip search on Justice Scalia would likely reveal black lace panties and a hot pink lift and separate bra.
QQ: 9. FRACK YOU
Global warming is the result of the Earth's natural cycles.
ARS of TRUTHS:
Fracking causes earthquakes. Eliminating the natural lubricants in the earth's interior creates violent disruption.
The hole in the ozone layer has made exposure to the sun a life threatening hazard in the southern hemisphere.
Tuna used to be food. Now it contains the raw material for thermometers.
QQ: 10. FOLLOW ME DOWN THE RIVER
There is deep cultural and powerful significance to the following twitter statistics
Lady Gaga has 22,000,000 followers.
Shakira has 15,000,000.
Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Rihanna, Britney Spears and Taylor Swift have similar millions of followers.
ARS of TRUTHS:
Hitler, Stalin and Kim Jong Il also had followers. Their accumulated number was possibly in the hundreds of millions.
Could it be that the medium is more important than the message?
Etched on my Stone Tablet
Editing : Batsheva