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Monday, December 31, 2012

The last day of 2012--Looking forward to 2013

By Amy Goodman, Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now!

"We’re creating our own economic vice here that is entrapping tens of millions of Americans," says the out-going Representative. READ MORE»

This--This is why I believe he is the best choice for EPA Administrator.  After all, he does have experience in administrating, let us not for get that he was once the Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, who many of the same people sent to Congress for multiple terms, many of which he ran Unopposed.

 Hollywood Versus The NRA
 "The industry is fighting gun-lobby claims that entertainment is the root cause of gun violence."Read »

This is where I must disagree with both sides. After all, Hollywood does have some responsibility here with such films as 'Red Dawn' which not only glorifies guns, but also plays up on people's fears that unless they are well armed, something terrible will happen to them.

As far as the NRA goes, there is>>>>

Alexander Zaitchik, Salon

Silencers could give the next Adam Lanza even more time to kill -- but to the NRA, it's got to be protected. READ MORE»
IF Silencers Are Not Already Out Lawed--THEY SHOULD BE!! After all, there is absolutely no justification for civilians to own them. The police, in hostage situations have just causes--a military sniper has just caused. After all, there is no reason What So Ever that We should let criminals be better armed than the Police Departments.

The Tea Party--the NRA--Nor the Religious Right may be down, but it is far too early to count them out. After all, as long as we Humans fear change. As long as we Humans feel the need to claim some kind of Superiority. There will always be the UN-Holy Alliance between Big Business and Religion and Guns. Most especially, in times of economic uncertainty.  After all, it was the alliance between the Pharisees (Religious leaders of the day) and the Sadducees (Those who profiteered from Roman Occupation) which formed the Sanhedrin (Republican Party) which had to go through Rome (NRA) to Crucify Jesus.

The Tea Party Is Down, But Not Out

Why we haven't seen the last of the radical right wing.

Read »

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Movie Night Blog

Poster art for "Les Miserables."
  • Les Miserables (2012)
  • Opened December 25, 2012 | Runtime:2 hr 38 min
  • PG-13
    Suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements
  • Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption—a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Read More
  • Cast: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter
  • Director: Tom Hooper
  • Genres: Drama, Music/Performing Arts

I saw it last night and it was excellent, between this and Lincoln, they both should be sweeping up at the Oscars--Academy Awards.

The next one will be

Parental Guidance  

    Poster art for "Parental Guidance."
  • Parental Guidance
  • Opened December 25, 2012 | Runtime:1 hr 44 min
  • PG
    Some rude humor
  • Old school grandfather Artie (Billy Crystal), who is accustomed to calling the shots, meets his match when he and his eager-to-please wife Diane (Bette Midler) agree to babysit their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents (Marisa Tomei, Read More
  • Cast: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, Marisa Tomei, Tom Everett Scott, Bailee Madison
  • Director: Andy Fickman
  • Genres: Comedy

    After all, I need a comic break from all this seriousness, that has been happening, lately.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Saturday's Mix of Things--For a lack of a better title.

By Danny Kennedy, Berrett-Koehler Publishers
In his new book "Rooftop Revolution" Danny Kennedy writes about the solar boom that is already underway and how individuals can get involved. READ MORE»

Well, I don't know about anyone else, but I have just added another book to my reading list--This Book Indeed Is A Must Read Book that I am looking forward to reading. After all, one way or another it is my 2013 goal to have some kind of Green Energy--more than just having energy saving light bulbs.

By Glenn Scherer, Daily Climate
The world's most authoritative voice on climate science has consistently understated the rate and intensity of climate change and the danger those impacts represent, say a growing number of studies. READ MORE»
 After all, it looks like it is becoming the job of We The People to pick up the slack of saving the Environment one house--one family at a time. God Forbid We hold the Fossil Fuel Industry accountable for all the pollution that Fossil Fuels generate or all the excess carbons that are released in the atmosphere.

By ThinkProgress Staff, ThinkProgress
The bills we could have passed if it wasn't for GOP obstructionism -- from a minimum wage increase to the Buffett Rule. READ MORE»

5. U.N. treaty to protect the equal rights of the disabled.
Republicans blocked ratification of the United Nations treaty to protect the rights of disabled people around the world, falsely claiming it would undermine parents of disabled children. In fact, the treaty would require other nations to revise their laws to resemble the Americans With Disabilities Act and had overwhelming support from veterans and disabilities groups. It failed by 5 votes.

Number 5, IMO is the most dispicable one--Each and Every Person who voted against this Bill regardless of party or anything else NEEDS TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THIS DEED.

Friday, December 28, 2012

T.G.I.F. For Politics.

With Just Days Until The 'Fiscal Cliff,' Speaker Boehner Is Still In Ohio

After failing to even bring his "Plan B" to avert the "fiscal cliff" to a vote before the House adjourned for Christmas, Speaker John Boehner now insists that the "Senate must act" first to resolve the crisis. Though the Senate is in session, Boehner and members of the House will not return to the Capitol until Sunday, a day before tax rates rise and spending cuts begin to go into effect. Find out Senator Reid's reaction to Boehner's comments.

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, New America Media
As President Obama bargains with the GOP to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff,” GOP proposals remain the primary threat to low-income Americans. READ MORE»

Well, it looks like as long as there is a budget before any rich person suffers that would be fast enough for the  Leadership of the Current Republican Party.  This--This is Why This Independent sounds so much like a Democrat.

By Tara Lohan, AlterNet
Despite spending her time fighting Republicans, industry groups and sometimes even the White House, Jackson has had some notable achievements. READ MORE»

Fare Thee Well, Ms. Lisa Jackson--Now to the business of her replacement--We Need A Fighter In That Most Challenging Job--I do not know whether Former Congressman Dennis Kusinich is the best qualified or if I spelled his name correctly or not--Bur I do know He Is A Fighter and He is between jobs at the moment--what the Middle Classes call-Unemployed.  BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY--HE WAS MY CONGRESSMAN AND HE IS A FIGHTER--THIS IS WHY I HOPE THAT HE IS UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION FOR EPA ADMINISTRATOR.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Fighting to Save America From Walmart and From the NRA.

Dear Readers, I am passing on this e-mail because it is too important not to pass on. After all, This is the only way to Get Walmart's attention along with the NRA's who seem to be bound and determine that we Americans kill ourselves off with the Second Amendment;

In the two weeks since the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, more than 82,000 members have called on Walmart to stop selling automatic weapons. Walmart executives, the NRA, and others in the arms industry are hoping all this outrage will just blow over. But military-grade weapons keep taking lives.
On Christmas Eve, a gunman in Rochester set his car on fire in order to lure firefighters to his house. When they arrived he opened fire with a Bushmaster .223 -- the same gun used in Newtown -- killing two first responders.
Now public opinion is at a tipping point, and even staunch gun-rights advocates like West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (who has an A rating from the NRA) are saying its time to get assault rifles off our streets. Walmart’s competitor, Dick’s Sporting Goods announced last week that it would stop selling the Bushmaster AR-15. Walmart already pulled the Bushmaster rifle used Sandy Hook from its online store, so we know the company is responding to public pressure. But Walmart continues to stock deadly semi-automatic assault rifles.
This is the moment to force Walmart to make a choice: will it stand with the NRA and say the solution to gun violence is more guns? Or will it join the religious leaders, law enforcement officers, teachers, and ordinary citizen-consumers like you and me and say it’s time to get assault rifles off our streets?
Let's call them and ask.
Can you call Walmart and tell it to take deadly assault rifles off the shelves?
  1. Call Walmart's corporate HQ at 479-273-4000
  2. Tell the operator you're calling with a comment about Walmart's sale of firearms. You'll probably be directed to a "high-priority customer service associate," and be put on hold for a few minutes (if it takes longer, it probably means lots of us are calling and we're having an impact!)
  3. When you get someone on the phone, give your statement. Feel free to offer your own personal comments or just read off our sample statement.
Once you’ve called, please tell us how the call went. We want to track how Walmart is responding to our calls -- it could give us important insights into how we can put pressure on them!
The fact of the matter is that in America today, almost anyone can just walk into a Walmart and buy a gun that was specifically built to kill dozens of people at once. And while Walmart and other gun retailers rake in the profits, the United States has 20 times as many gun-related murders as the average developed nation.
Walmart can help stop this carnage by taking the deadliest firearms off its shelves. The community has come together in unprecedented ways to press Walmart to get these guns off the shelves. Now it's time to really turn up the heat, and show Walmart we're not backing down.
Thanks for your support
Taren, Rob, Kaytee, and the team

P.S. Lots of us delivered letters to Walmart store managers earlier this week calling for an end to assault weapons sales. If you want to take this fight to the next level and you can drop by a Walmart in the next few days click here to download our letter. And if you’ve already delivered a letter and haven’t let us know, click here to let us know how it went.

Yes, Please Do Tell These Good People How the Phone Call Went--I know I will.

Fighting For Truth and Justice Means Sometimes Fighting Against the Religions Right. Then, again, Is That Not What Jesus Did Also . . . .

Frank Schaeffer, AlterNet
What kind of Christianity is  that? READ MORE»

Whatever happened to mourning with those who mourn? Whatever happened to judge not, lest ye to be judged? When Did Christianity become a Religion of Hate and Condemnation?   Whatever happened to Come As You Are To Worship? Whatever happened to convicting a person of sin being the Job of the Holy Spirit?

I remember once upon a time, Christianity was about clothing the naked and feeding the hungry--in short--taking care of the poor. Now it has become thou shalt jump through each and every hoop of the law--Because The Law Is Every Thing--WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO GRACE--OOOOOPS--FORGOT NOW GRACE MUST BE EARNED BY KEEPING THE LAW. 
Whatever happened to>>>
E--Expense -- As If It is to get a person to believe--but once a person accepts Jesus as the Christ then they are expected to jump through each and every hoop of the law that the Religious Right Deems Necessary as if they have become the Judges of the Living, BUT Thou Shalt Not Judge the NRA.

By Andrew Lam, New America Media
The teachers who died protecting their students speak volumes about what's at the heart of educating our young. READ MORE»


WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ISLAM AND JUDAISM AND EACH AND OTHER RELIGION--I HAVE NO IDEA--After all, since I am a Christian of the Lutheran Denomination--I do not believe that I have the Right nor Privilege to comment on any other religion other than Christianity--Protestant Christianity.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Enough Is Indeed Enough--The Time For Gun Sanity to Come to America Is Now.

Dear Readers, I confess that I do not e-mail, but I do blog, which is why this is here.
I signed a petition to tell the NRA that guns don't belong in schools. Will you sign, too?

On December 21st, the NRA released a statement claiming that the way to prevent another tragedy like Newtown is to put armed guards in every school in America.

Here's the thing: putting more people with guns in schools doesn't prevent mass gun violence. Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, and Fort Hood military post all had armed guards or police forces present at their shootings -- yet they were unable to prevent the mass murders that occurred there.

The NRA needs to stop pushing useless, ineffective programs like the "National School Shield Safety System" as alternatives to gun control.

If you agree, please sign too.


After all, as sure as this is a Conservation blog--It also a Gun Sanity Blog.

Which means nothing gets swept under the rug, Including>>>>>
By Ed Kilgore, The Washington Monthly
The nation might be in a better position to act if medical and public health researchers had continued to study injury prevention, READ MORE»

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Believe It Or Not--Merry Christmas.

By David Muhammad, New America Media
What makes the victims of everyday inner-city gun violence expendable? READ MORE

That Is A Good Question--Most Excellent Question!! Which means that I only wish I had the answer.  Most likely, because they were shot down dead one or two at a time, they fell under the News Radar, which meant only a few people knew about it at the time and over time they are now adding up. This is why We Need and Must Take Action About How Many Guns Are On the Streets. Personally, I believe Registring them and eliminating the Assault/Automatic rifles and Semi-Automatic Rifles that were designed and built for combat, but useless for hunting is necessary--Why Speaker of the House Boener said that he needs one, just proves how crazy he is.  In addition, to the 30 round clips that were designed and built for combat, also do not belong on the  street--No, it will not eliminate death, but forcing a person to reload more often, will slow them down enough to at least minimize the deaths and give law enforcement an opening to arrest the person, so that they can be questioned so that we can begin to understand why people do these most terrible deeds.

After all, We Can Not Continue As We Are With>>>>>
Agence France Presse
Convicted felon apparently lured two firefighters to fire he set, shot them and then himself. READ MORE»

I Sorry for this depressing post. After all, We should be Celebrating Christmas. We who Believe that Jesus was Born to be Among many Names--The Prince of Peace, King of Kings, . . . was born today or at least Celebrated today, should be celebrating. Then again, all those whose lives were cut short should also be given the choice to celebrate it or not--but that choice was taken from them when their lives were cut short. In Memory of ALL Those Who Have Had Their Lives Cut Short--Let Us Make The Streets Of America--Safer, so that many more will be given the choice to Celebrate Christmas or not.  

In the meantime, let us not forget our loved ones who are Thankfully and Blessedly With us by >>>

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Take a moment to think about a friend you haven't seen in some time, and reconnect with an e-card. It's sweet, it's simple and it's paper-free!

Save a Tree, Send e-mail, better yet, Join Care2--Earn Credits with each e-card--Credits that can be used for many useful things such as planting trees and giving bees to potential bee keepers and many many other good causes. Yes, Brighten Someone's Day along with the World, Most Especially on this Christmas Day.

Monday, December 24, 2012

On This Christmas Eve Morning

Ask the Beekeeper: Where Have All the Honeybees Gone?

Ask the Beekeeper: Where Have All the Honeybees Gone?
by Claire Morgenstern
Jennifer Sonntag is NRDC’s resident beekeeper. Here she talks about why we need honeybees, the issues they’re facing right now and what it’s like to be a beekeeper in the middle of busy New York City.... READ MORE!!!!

YES, WE NEED BEES, Because We Need To Eat.

Why Wages Matter in the Fight to End Hunger

In this guest post, Christine Binder of WhyHunger‘s National Hunger Clearinghouse reflects on thinking beyond charity this holiday season.
The holiday season is a time of giving. More now than any other time of year, people feel compelled to donate their time and resources to organizations that feed the hungry. With hunger at the forefront of people’s minds this season, we have a real opportunity to further the conversation and engage people in advocacy addressing the root causes of both hunger and poverty to create lasting change.... READ MORE!!!

YES, I confess I was too preoccupied with the election to pay attention to anything else. This is why we need to limit campaign fund raising--IT DROWNS OUT OTHER CAUSES AND NEEDS.

Well, before I leave for my Mother-in-laws house to spend Christmas with what ever family can make it--After all, the Grand Children have all grown, they have jobs and some even have families of their own--MERRY AND BLESSED HOLIDAY TO ALL WHO CELEBRATE AN HOLIDAY,WHATEVER THAT HOLIDAY MAY BE.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

God Save America From OurSelves.

By Paul Bibeau, Daily Kos
An irreverent look at the NRA's complete irrelevance. READ MORE»

Maybe it is me, But I remember feeling like I was the only one questioning 2 mass shooting in the same week only weeks after the release of the movie--Red Dawn. Sad reality is, After the Fact, is when it is too late.

But, then, again, I not only have the advantage of hind sight, but also the advantage of memories--I remember the 1980's back in the days of the Cold War--back in the days when I was in the U.S.Army Reserve. I was in a now disbanded PsyOp Company--the good old 21st PsyOp Co.--A.k.a. Psychological Operations--a.k.a.--the United States Army version of Propaganda unit--we were tactical--which meant it was our job to keep the enemy from sleeping and to discourage them from fighting us. I remember one December Drill Weekend--December was not only our Christmas Party, but also Dress Green Inspection time--Our training was watching a motivational film--the original Red Dawn.

America--America--Something has to change--If We are all walking around looking for an enemy to kill, before they kill us--WE BECOME OUR OWN WORST ENEMY.  THIS Glorifying of Gun Violence Will Do More To End Us Than To Save Us. ---After all, let us take at what I Believe is a Realistic Look Back at 9/11's Flight 93--Thank God--Red Dawn Was NOT The Movie Playing or else anarchy would have reigned and the target hit. WHY>>>> Each and Every Person Would Have Been Motivated To Being The Leader--Instead of following, which must have happened, because it was a success.

By Mary Ann Swissler, Women's Media Center
New documentary sheds light on the neglect of people with serious mental illnesses, and looks at the hope for ObamaCare. READ MORE»

Actually, this needs to be done because it is the Right thing to do, since a person with mental illness is a far greater danger to themselves than to others.  BUT--IF THIS Really is a major concern than IT IS AN EXCELLENT REASON WHY NO ONE--ABSOLUTELY NO ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO BUY ANY WEAPON WITHOUT A BACK GROUND CHECK--THIS>>>THIS IS WHY LOOP WHOLES LIKE GUN SHOWS AND INTERNET GUN BUYING NEED AND MUST BE CLOSED--THE SOONER THE BETTER!!! After all, we have already had enough Post Newtown, Conn. ShootingS--WE MUST END GUN VIOLENCE BEFORE GUN VIOLENCE ENDS US.


In Honor of Our Lord and Savior, Let us Fight For Peace with the most powerful weapons we have--The 'Pen' and Love.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Why The NRA IS Part of The Problem--NOT THE SOLUTION!!!!

By Adele M. Stan, AlterNet

In his first appearance since the Sandy Hook shootings, NRA leader Wayne LaPierre rolled out a program to help schools arm "good guys," blaming gun-free school zones, video games and Obama for the tragedy. READ MORE»

The Question is By What Stretch of the Over-Active Imagination--Guns In School Would Solve Any Thing??? By What Stretch of the Over-Active Imagination If the NRA should succeed in bringing guns to Elementary Schools--Do they not know that the Guns would have to be kept under lock and key and kept safely away from the children's reach--lest one of the children get hold of it and starts shooting.  Does Not This Wayne LaPierre Understand That His Solution Is Even Worst Than The Problem--Should A Child Get Hold Of The Teacher's Hand Gun--Even More Children Will End Up Getting Killed--BUT THEN AGAIN--IT IS ALL ABOUT THE NRA GETTING AND KEEPING POWER AT ALL COSTS--AT ANY AND EVERY COST---AS LONG AS THE NRA CAN BENEFIT THAT IS THE ONE AND ONLY THING THAT COUNTS--WHAT CAN BE USED FOR THE GOOD OF THE NRA???

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE--TOO MANY GUNS ARE THE PROBLEM--NOT THE SOLUTION!!!!! Even more dangerous than when a shoot breaks in--IS An Armed teacher-If there are weapons that are brought to school schools, the supports of this insanity are counting on the fact that the teacher will be at the desk when the shooter breaks in--They are foolishly forgetting how many times the teacher is away from the desk. In addition to be foolishly forgetting how many sick days teachers get. What happens with a substitute teacher??? Along with forgetting human nature--that unless the person is trained and mentally prepared for a shooter to break in--their first reaction will be to go into a state of shock, which is why the shooters have the initial advantage, since they are the only ones who know that today is the day.

This--This Is America's Biggest Problem--We Have Too Many 'Monday Morning Quarterbacks' who are deluded enough to believe that if they were there with their favorite weapon that they would have been the hero to have saved the day--like 'Red Dawn' movie. We have too many people who walk around with guns with the attitude that they know what they are doing, because they know how to aim and shoot as if that is all that anyone needs to know about defending an area.

I remember there was a manager that was temporarily assigned to our restaurant who claimed to know about guns--who also taught her children how to shoot, who walked around with the attitude that she could defend us from any shooter, all she needed to do was to bring her gun to work--AS IF--AS IF--as if it really went down, she would not be in shock. As If when it goes down she would not be at her many work stations, but at her desk--But Hold it--The Shooter would give her time to get out of shock go to her office and take off her work gloves and unlock her desk drawer and get her gun from her desk and come back and aim and fire and save the day-After all, Shooters are known for their patience and understating--NOT!!!!!!!!! 

P.S.--After all>>>>

Do we need a 7th or a 8th or a 9th or a . . . . ??????
6 Situations Where 'More Guns!' Didn't Help At All

A brief history lesson disproves a favorite post-Newtown talking point.    Read »

Friday, December 21, 2012

This Is Not The End Of The World, But A New Beginning!!!

Muslims Hunt for Buddhists to Kill, and Then Burn Down Buddhist Office Buiilding

Beth -
NARATHIWAT, THAILAND - A gang of Islamic militants burned down the Bacho Tambon Administration Organisation office on Thursday, after failing to find any Buddhist employees to kill. . . . READ MORE!!!

NO, IT IS NOT ONLY CHRISTIAN INTOLERANCE THAT MUST END--BUT ALL INTOLERANCE--We Humans Need To Learn To Agree To Disagree or Else There Really Will Be a Dooms Day--A.K.A.--Global Suicide.

Speaking of Suicide--Let Us Americans Not Continue Our Love Affair with Guns and Gun Violence--Hunting is one thing--But weapons that were built and designed for combat--belong there--in combat--NOT ON OUR STREETS BY CIVILIANS OR WORST--CRIMINALS--THEREFORE-->
Walmart is helping to flood our streets with deadly assault weapons.
Join us in calling on Walmart to keep these guns out of our communities.
Send a Message

Wood Stoves: Just How Many Carcinogens Do They Emit?

Cal -
When it comes to heating with a wood stove, you need to protect yourself and the planet from carcinogenic woodsmoke. . . . READ MORE!!!!

Reason X+1, Why We Need Trees To Be Trees--NOT FIREWOOD!!! After all, the trees most important job is to take the carbon out of the air and perform the process of photosynthesis that results in the oxygenation of our planet, which we Humans and other animals need to breathe.

Understandably, once upon a time, there was no other option than to burn wood or coal for warmth, but those days are over--There are other options. In addition, I believe that there are even more option, yet to be invented or thought of--After all, invention is not a thing that we Humans use to do--but it is a thing that we Humans Continue to do. After all, I believe in my fellow man as sure as I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

Commend Arizona Solar Company for Completion of New Plant ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Cher -
An Arizona energy company, NRG Energy, recently began commercial operations of its new Avra Valley Solar Generating Station. The 25 MW facility located near Tucson, Arizona will generate enough power to supply up to 20,000 homes. Commend NRG Energy for . . .  READ MORE AND PLEASE SIGN HER 'THANK YOU PETITION'--THANK YOU.


Praise Finnish Research Facility for Bio-Based Plastic ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Cher -
The VTT Technical Research Center of Finland recently announced that it has successfully developed a technique for making bio-based plastic packaging. Not only is the material eco-friendly and biodegradable, it is also stronger and heat resistant.. . . READ MORE AND PLEASE SIGN, ONCE AGAIN, THANK YOU.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

No Fracking in the U.S.A.!!!!

California Fracking Rules Won't Protect Climate, Wildlife, Health

California frackingAnyone who hoped that California would actually do something to protect wildlife, climate and public health from fracking was disappointed with extraordinarily weak draft rules issued by state regulators on Tuesday. Fracking is already widespread in California, and with the largest shale oil reserves in the country, the state is threatened with an impending fracking boom that could cause irreparable environmental damage. 

The draft rules do little to reduce the risks. The Center for Biological Diversity's analysis of the proposal found that it provides little protection for air, water and climate; allows well operators to avoid disclosing the use of fracking chemicals; requires no direct notification for people with homes or drinking wells next to fracking wells; and allows public notification of fracking to come through an industry-run website.

"Because even a perfect regulatory system can't eliminate the risks fracking poses to our air, water and climate, the Brown administration should scrap its weak proposal and replace it with a simple prohibition on fracking," said the Center's Kassie Siegel.

Read our press release to see the five reasons the state's fracking proposal is fatally flawed.

Stop Fracking while we are Still--'America, The Beautiful'.  Forest Waterfall 2Giant Stalagmites Thanks to-->;postID=1129228739502575225Mountain Lake MoonriseIcy RockWolvi 6Stream In Canyon 3Since I still do not own a digital camera.

My Own Night at The Opera--In HD.

Greta Christina, AlterNet
Atheists are often seen as crying wolf when they speak about bigotry. But discrimination against atheists around the world is real. READ MORE»

Maybe it's me, but I find it rather interesting---That we Christians whine and cry every time a Christian Symbol is taken off of public lands, but yet there are many states that have laws against Sharia Law.  We whine and cry about Religious persecution, but yet, the candidate running for President of the United State must first and foremost prove that he/she is a Christian.
May be it's me, but last night, I went to the Cinema and saw the Metropolitan Opera perform-->
The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD and Fathom/National CineMedia present Metropolitan Opera Live in HD: Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito ENCORE. Fathom Events is proud ...

The Roman Emperor Tito had a line--That faith that comes from Fear is meaningless--All I could think at the time was--If only we Christians could remember how true that is---Even or Especially in relationship with Jesus--which is why people were given the Free Will to either accept Jesus or reject Jesus--Either way-Judgment is not our job.  Most especially, as sure that being Christian does not secure that the person is a good--honest--trustworthy person, being a Non-Christian does not secure that the person is a bad-dishonest-untrustworthy person, either.  We are each and every one of us individuals--some better-some worse than others--Religion tells us very little--too little for that to be the measure by itself.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Wednesday's Wake Up Call!!!! To Save Christianity From the Far Right.

Dear Readers, I am passing on this e-mail, because it is too important not to--Something must be done before the Religious Right Destroys Christianity from the inside: I do not know what they are thinking, but it looks like they are trying to re-start the Inquisition that was so infamous in Spain, way back when.  This can not be permitted. The United States of America is a Secular Nation--Christianity is based on Love and Compassion--I remember once the hymn was--COME AS YOU ARE TO WORSHIP', because it was the Holy Spirit's Job to pick up the person and clean them up--NOW IT SEEMS THAT THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT NOW HAVE THAT JOB AS IF THERE IS NO HOLY SPIRIT, ANYMORE.
As America mourns the tragic and horrific loss of 20 children and six adults to an act of senseless violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, key figures on the Radical Right have wasted no time in offering the vilest, most offensive rationales as to "why this happened."
Mike Huckabee and the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer both blamed the school shooting on public schools adhering to the separation of church and state -- saying God let the massacre happen because we’ve moved away from things like compulsory prayer.1 (This is, incidentally, pretty much the same reason Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said the shooting occurred.)2
Echoing Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson in the wake of 9/11 (who also, in part, blamed that tragedy on People For the American Way), Focus on the Family’s James Dobson said God has "allowed judgment to fall upon us" because the nation has turned its back on him by accepting things like abortion and gay marriage.3
And Tea Party Nation blamed teachers for the school shooting in Newtown, calling them “radicals in the classrooms,” accusing them of being part of a liberal plot to “destroy the family” and create a society that “coddled” the shooter.4 This is particularly outrageous considering the inspiring heroics of Sandy Hook Elementary’s teachers, some of whom gave their lives to protect their students.
We need to speak out against extremists who are offending the memories of the deceased, as well as their families, to further their own sick agenda.
Thank you,
Ben Betz, Online Strategy Manager---People For The American Way.

Leave it to the Republican Party, which has been 'Hi-Jacked' by the Religious Right to be on the Wrong Side of History, Yet Again.

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE--ARMING TEACHERS IS AN NEW HEIGHT IN REPUBLICAN STUPIDITY--GET REAL!!! After all, Should a Teacher be STUPID Enough To bring a Loaded Weapon to an Elementary School, they would have store it in a Locked Desk Drawer, so that the students do not kill each other with it. In addition, Should a Shooter enter their classroom, they are counting on being in their classroom on that day, not a sick day---in that case they would need to give the substitute teacher the key to the drawer and hope and pray that the sub knows how to use an hand gun. Not only that, but the armed teacher would also need to be at their desk when the shooter enters or that the shooter gives the teacher time to get out of shock and goes to the desk and unlock the drawer where the hand gun is in and can take aim and fire--AS IF THE SHOOTER IS ACTUALLY GOING TO JUST STAND THERE AND WATCH THE TEACHER/ SUBSTITUTE TEACHER SAVE THE DAY---GET REAL!!!!!
The Republican Solution To Gun Violence: Arming Teachers

Why the GOP wants to curtail teachers' right to join unions, but promote their right to bear arms.    Read »

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


Subject: Help me tell the NRA to stand down in the wake of Sandy Hook

Dear Readers, instead of passing this on as e-mail, I am posting this here, with the hope and prayer that posting this petition here, will do more good than if I merely e-mailed it to a very few people. After all, for far too long too many lives are lost due to gun violence, it is long passed time that we Americans grow up and out of the "Old West" mentality of 'Shooting first, asking questions, later.' That time came and went long ago.

In addition, to this non-sense that the threat of hand guns is the only thing keeping our Government honest--GET REAL!!!!---The United States Is a Global Military Power with the Fire Power to destroy all life on this planet--upteen times over--IF God forbid Our Government did decide to turn on the people--What would a few rifles do against Scud Missiles;NOTHING, BUT LAUGH!!! Not to forget, our military has goggles that see through walls, if they turn against us--all they would have to do is wait until most of the people in the house/or whatever are asleep and gas them. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE--WE THE PEOPLE KEEP THE GOVERNMENT HONEST BY OUR VOTES AND THE FIRST AMENDMENT--NOT THE SECOND AMENDMENT.
"Teachers stand up to gunmen, but Congress won't stand up to the NRA." That's what one of the signs read when hundreds of people joined CREDO's Emergency March on the NRA in Washington, DC.

After the shooter Adam Lanza, no one is more to blame for the massacre of 20 first graders and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School than the National Rifle Association. In order to stop the senseless killing we must first stop the NRA.

The National Rifle Association is a powerful lobby that pretends to represent gun owners. But in reality, it represents the deadly interests of arms dealers and gun manufacturers. And it has been astonishingly successful at blocking regulations that would keep our children safe from gun violence.

Tell the NRA to stand down, and allow Congress and the President to pass gun control legislation.


Please Sign Their Petition--IF Possible-->

We petition the Obama Administration to:

Investigate the IRS Tax-Exempt Status of the Westboro Baptist Church

The Westboro Baptist Church is better-known for homophobic displays, suing people and picketing funerals than for providing Christian care to a community. Due to their harassment and politicking, their IRS tax-exempt status should be immediately investigated.
Created: Dec 16, 2012

Yes, It is about time that these 'Christians' who do so much Evil in Jesus Holy Name be held accountable for their actions!!!!!

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH--We Christians complain the Moderate Muslims do not keep Muslim Extremist in check/ under control, but yet, when it comes to Christian Extremist--all we say is--'Oh, well, that is just the way they are.'--Well, Enough is enough--That double standard has got to end. We can not tell anyone else to clean up their houses while our own house is a mess any longer--IT IS TIME WE CHRISTIANS CLEAN HOUSE!!! CHRISTIAN EXTREMISTS MUST BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS OF HATE AND INTOLERANCE--BEFORE ANY MORE PEOPLE ARE LEAD AWAY FROM JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR.

But, In the Meantime--They Need Our Prayers More Than Ever That Salvation and Forgiveness To Come To Westboro Church, along with White Dove Church. These are misguided 'Pharasses' do not realize that by judging and condemning others that are taking on The Holy Spirit's Job of Conviction--That by trying to do His Job, they are not only do more to drive people away from Christianity, but worse--That Is The Ultimate Denial Of The Holy Spirit!!! 

After all, there are only 3 reasons why a person would start Doing The Holy Spirit's Job that I can think of --1) The Holy Spirit is not really there to do it, so they had better or 2) The Holy Spirit Is Not Competent to do His Job, so they had better or 3) The Holy Spirit Is Not Willing to Do His Job, so they had better do it or else it will not get done at all.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The Actions

Oil and Gas Industry Prepare Smear Campaign Against New Matt Damon Flick "Promised Land"

Cal -
Here's what has the industry so spooked.

Please read, why and who doesn't want you to go to this movie and then, please do consider watching this movie, as I am planning to go see it with hopefully one or both my sons.

TAKE ACTION NOW! Stop the Demolition of 700 Mountains in China

Cal -
One of China's biggest construciton companies, Pacific Construction Group, is carrying out the $3.52 billion project that will decimate 500 square miles of mountainous territory to make room for a new urban development  READ MORE!!!

Reduce Air Pollution and Save Lives ! PLEASE SIGN ! !

Cher -
We are on the cusp of cementing a significant reform to the Clean Air Act. The update, which was proposed by the EPA, would place tighter restrictions on fine particulate matter, otherwise known as soot. If adopted, the new Soot Standard would reduce

200-Plus Groups Urge Griljava for Next Interior Secretary

Nancy -
Congressman Grijalva's a visionary leader with the courage and practical skills to solve the long list of pressing environmental issues we face," said Kierán Suckling, the Center's executive director. "There's no better person for interior secretary than. . . READ MORE!!!

There is so much action that is needed that there is no reason what-so-ever for any of us to sit home feeling sorry for ourselves.  After all, the more that we become involved with our world, the less time we have to feel sorry for ourselves or any other negative emotion.   
Most importantly, we can make this a better world for future generations. We can communicate, each and everyone of us can be heard all around the world. We have no more excuses--so we might as well get busy.