Monday, November 16, 2015

Who Has The Correct Mythology?

I have come to the realization that Islamic Revivalism, that some use as an excuse for Jihadism, is the same thing as Christian Fundamentalism, which has only been practiced during the past 200 years, which also is an excuse for conservatives to start wars in other countries. They are the same thing using different mythologies.
From Wikipedia:
Evangelism is the preaching of the gospel or the practice of giving information about a particular doctrine or set of beliefs to others with the intention of converting others to the Christian faith.

This term is not restricted to any particular Christian tradition, and should not be confused with Evangelicalism, a common term for a wide range of "Evangelical" Protestant churches and groups.

Christians who specialize in evangelism are often known as evangelists, whether they are in their home communities or living as missionaries in the field, although some Christian traditions refer to such people as missionaries in either case. Some Christian traditions consider evangelists to be in a leadership position; they may be found preaching to large meetings or in governance roles.

Christian groups who actively encourage evangelism are sometimes known as evangelistic or evangelist. The scriptures do not use the word evangelism, but evangelist is used in (the translations of) Acts 21:8, Ephesians 4:11, and 2 Timothy 4:5.

Islamic revival or Sahwah (Arabicالتجديد الإسلامي‎ aẗ-ẗajdid l-ʾIslāmiyyah, also Arabicالصحوة الإسلامية‎ aṣ-Ṣaḥwah l-ʾIslāmiyyah, "Islamic awakening") refers to a return to the fundamentals of the Islamic religion. Revivals have traditionally been a periodic occurrence throughout Islamic history and the Islamic world.
Preachers and scholars who have been described as revivalist or mujaddideen in the history of Islam include Ahmad Sirhindi, Ibn Taymiyyah, Shah Waliullah, and Muhammad ibn Abd-al-Wahhab. In the contemporary revival, Hassan al-Banna, Abul Ala Maududi, and Ruhollah Khomeini, among others, have been described as such. Contemporary revivalists have often been referred to as "Islamists".
The most recent Islamic revival is thought to have begun roughly sometime in the 1970s (although strong movement began earlier in the century in Egypt and South Asia) and is a reversal of the "Westernization" approach common in Arab and Asian governments earlier in the 20th century. The revival has been manifested in greater piety and in a growing adoption of Islamic culture among Muslims. It is often associated with "re-Islamisation" and the political movement of Islamism. Among Muslim immigrants and their children who live in non-Muslim countries, it includes a feeling of a "growing universalistic Islamic identity" or transnational Islam, brought on by easier communications, media and travel. One striking example of it is the increase in attendance at the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which grew from 90,000 in 1926 to 2 million in 1979.
(Please pay close attention to this next part.)
Two of the most important events credited with inspiring and/or strengthening the recent resurgence were the Arab oil embargo and subsequent quadrupling of the price of oil in the mid-1970s, and the 1979 Iranian Revolution that established an Islamic republic in Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini. The first created a flow of many billions of dollars from Saudi Arabia to fund Islamic books, scholarships, fellowships, and mosques around the world; the second undermined the assumption that Westernization strengthened Muslim countries and was the irreversible trend of the future.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Could You Live Like This?

I live at a condominium complex that won't do anything about the pigeons that I keep complaining about. I am disabled and live by myself. I can't spend all day trying to keep the birds out sitting on my balcony and I can't afford to keep buying bamboo screens (that most places don't sell anymore) or the imitations that I bought in the past. My patio furniture and tools are covered in bird crap and this is what I found on my balcony again.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Progressives Need to Remember These Points

Hi, folks, I am writing this in response to the smear campaign that everyone in the corporate media has been launching against Bernie Sanders, especially Salon's latest article by Amanda Marcotte, that I read, in it's entirety, this morning.
I want to say something very important to us, as progressives, that I see, concerning Hillary Clinton (and her supporters) - compared to Bernie Sanders.
We have to remember that most of the corporate media is owned by the same people who own everything else and they want us to vote for whoever serves them the best, not for everything that would benefit the middle class American workers.
Most of the mainstream news has almost ignored Sanders, especially FOX NEWS, other than to mention the word "socialist" about him.
Anderson Cooper even did a real hatchet job on Sanders during the Democratic Debate, asking, "Who, on that stage, is NOT for capitalism?" That was a complete non-sequitur, and a logical fallacy, which you should realize, if you have ever read ANYTHING about what Bernie Sanders calls " Democratic Socialism ".

I wish to make a point here, so I divided the remainder of this post into ten points that, IF you are a Hillary supporter, I think you really should read and consider before the election - if you want her to have any chance of winning.

1) Bernie Sanders is a constant component in the history of Civil Rights and Human Rights in this country and IS NOT FOR gun violence, just because he once voted against a gun control bill,
2) But he does live in Vermont.
3) Vermont is in New England.
4) New England, like the Mid-West is one of those sections of the United States where a lot of people hunt for food - so sane people there depend on that source of food.
5) Sanders voted once against a gun control act that had some non-gun control sideline earmarks stuck in the middle of it by Republicans.

(Here is the part that the Hillary propaganda department keeps forgetting to mention.)
6) He voted FOR "FOR" THAT SAME BILL - ONCE IT WAS MODIFIED, and the irrelevant modifications removed.
7) He ALREADY explained that during the debate and still, the mainstream media keeps bringing it up as a talking point, although Clinton herself is attacking him as if that point has something to do with sexism. (WTF?)
8) IT HAS BEEN PROVEN THAT DEMOCRATS, UNLIKE REPUBLICANS, DO NOT VOTE FOR NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNERS, SO, I used to want to vote for Hillary. But the more I hear the dumb things that her supporters (one issue voters) on the left keep whining about, ...that I see are nothing more than contrived delusionally zealous statements, the more I want to vote for Sanders.
9) (ALSO: Please remember.) Clinton's habit of NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN ATTACKS against members of her own party was what lost her the election when she ran against President Obama.
(I hasten to add here that I voted for Obama twice, not because he was the black guy who happened to be smart, but because he was the smart guy who happened to be black. Those of you who want Hillary and are disappointed in the Obama administration for not reigning in the corporations and oil industry better, you can bet you will get MUCH MORE OF the same thing from Hillary Clinton. If you are voting for Hillary simply because you want a woman president, you might want to check your actual priorities about being progressive.)
10) If you want Hillary to win, knock off the STUPID and leave the nonsensical droning of irrelevant talking points - to the GOP.

Thank You For Paying Attention.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The Left Ideology of 'Let's Compromise'

Let me make this clear for anyone who isn't paying attention. There are people on the right who are talking about voting for Bernie Sanders instead of Hillary Clinton because most of them realize they are NOT the same type of Democrat.
Hillary Clinton is rich and powerful and experienced. She has been secretary of state - which trumps Bernie on experience. But he hasn't had experience in buckling to anyone. The present administration sees this pie in the sky version of Bi-Partisanship from the GOP that they will NEVER GET in it's true form.
Just like the fact that on race, it is always the minority who is told to forgive and move on. That thinking has caused some racists to think, "Yeah, we won, the law proves again that it sides with us." When it comes to Republican policies, they aren't to be "compromised on", they are WRONG and need to be done away with.
Hillary Clinton has some bad habits. Clinton has been compromising with WRONG for a long time. Bernie doesn't get bought out by anyone.
My point is this: Compromising with WRONG and STUPID isn't compromising, it is giving up.
ANALOGY: (think about this)
If a wolf backs you into a corner and you have been cut off from any defense, is it alright to let him take your arm, hoping he stops to eat that one part, while running towards a fortress where you are safe, hoping he won't come back tomorrow and eat you whole the next time you leave your fortress to feed yourself?
We have already compromised ourselves into disaster and then worked our ways back, at OUR expense, without any penalties for the wolves on Wall Street that created the economic failures at OUR expense, so, please remember this: that isn't good for anyone other than a few people who don't really NEED more money but keep raking it in, because they are stricken with UNLIMITED GREED.
Without the term "conservative bubble", as the media like to call it, (which means we allow political correctness to color our virtues and values, while people live in a delusional state of non-reality) we have what it actually is, propaganda aimed at making stupid people believe it works. (Stupid people never ask for facts and figures, those only confuse them.)
Barry Goldwater said it best, "Politics DEMAND compromise." The right never compromises, because no matter the number of times they are WRONG and proven wrong, they don't want to admit that all today's "conservative" is, is someone who "works around" reality and somehow makes that work in their own minds.
The one point I wish to make here about Hillary Clinton. When, during the debates, she buckled on the one point that Elizabeth Warren has made abundantly clear, the Glass-Steagall Act, I realized that she has been beaten down past greedy moneyed interests or corrupted by money, that she is buying the whole "Just because the people who gamble at the casino on Wall Street wrecked our economy AGAIN, that their invention of the "bubble and bust cycle" that conservatives use as an excuse and which is actually executed by the banks every eight years because Ronny RAY GUNS let them do it, when we actually NEED to return to the policies of the Eisenhower administration on taxes and business, instead of the idea that if business is doing really well, that is the benchmark of what America considers "successful", so there  is NO ROOM FOR COMPROMISE when the other side has already pushed you into a corner.
WE CAN'T BE THE ONLY ONES TO COMPROMISE. That is why I fear Hillary Clinton's experience.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Idea Behind the Message

There is an age old struggle between the ideas of Republicans and people who believe in Democracy. Elitism vs. Egalitarianism, as expressed in William A. Henry's essay, "In Defense of Elitism". 
Let me explain, one, the idea of a "republic" (a state in which the supreme power rests in the body of citizens entitled to vote and is exercised by representatives chosen directly or indirectly by them.) is that some people are the "entitled to vote" elite deserve to be treated as superior
elite: the choice or best of anything considered collectively, as of a group or class of persons.
The idea of a "democracy" (government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.) is that egalitarian ideal. 
egalitarian  asserting, resulting from, or characterized by belief in the equality of all people, especially in political, economic, or social life.

I hope this clears up the differences for those who haven't bothered to look the actual words up before.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tired of the Propaganda, Leviticus 20, The Whole Un-Cherry Picked Version

Hey, readers! Let's look at Leviticus 20, the entire, thing, shall we?  This is the part about the people who cherry pick from the Old Testament, that pisses me off.
A) this is the book of Judaism, not Christianity, the only reason King James included it was to allow Christians to understand that ancient Judaism was NOT better than Christianity and that was the Jewish church that Jesus was a reformer, protesting about. That was why he was killed, for speaking out against the Jewish church of his birth. Jesus, was, after all, a Jew, despite what misguided Christians still mouth.
You will also notice, if you check closely enough, that the same people who mouth these things are funded by insurance companies also. Insurance companies are at the heart of this whole issue, in the background, not wanting you to know that their getting away with screwing gay parent families out of spousal benefits for decades, is the real reason they don't with gay people to get married. They didn't raise their ugly heads, publicly, until after gay marriage became legal, causing many of them to scream how they now need to rewrite the "spousal coverage" part of their policies.

OK, here is Leviticus 20 from THE JEWISH RABBINIC (meant for rabbis, not laymen) LAW of ancient mythology in the bible.
Leviticus 20, King James Version (KJV)
1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, (Today's Christians are NOT the Children of Israel of the bible.) Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones. 
(Moloch. Moloch, also known as Molech, Molekh, Molok, Molek, Melek, Molock, Moloc, Melech, Milcom, or Molcom (representing Semitic מלך m-l-k, a Semitic root meaning "king") is the name of an ancient Ammonite god.)

3 And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.
(So this passage is about Molech, not anything else, who was a mythological deity, represented at the time, by a graven image of an ox.)
4 And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:
(Are you starting to see a pattern here?)

5 Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.
(Same crap, different line. Are today's Christians incapable of reading their own religious text? Have any of them actually been under threat because they were whoring around for Molech?)

6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
(Whoring again. the actual line, that was written in Aramaic, that today's Christian ministers haven't even read, that King James rewrote, said that Temple Priests committing prostitution with other men was wrong and didn't give a punishment, but don't let facts slow down your excuse for your own hate and discrimination, people.)

7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God.
(Holy? We devote whole volumes of literature to the "holier than thou" hypocrites that think they are perfect human beings. This was merely a way of saying that EVERYONE is a sinner and therefore impure, as if ANYONE could be more than a mere human. The rabbis who wrote this, obviously assumed they were considered holy, although, that would mean more than they wanted to admit.)

8 And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I am the Lord which sanctify you.
("Do what I say or I will kill you." Sounds like Christianity mixed with the law, which is the reason emotionalism and mythology of religion, that most real Christians want to believe is only in the Old Testament, has been given a wall of separation, per Thomas Jefferson.)

9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him.
(That would include every human being as a child. Go ahead and try to tell me that God from the New Testament. that Jesus spoke of, said, "Kill EVERYONE!")

10 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
(Makes you wonder how many men's wives in those days got pregnant by their neighbor, who was supposed to be married to another woman. You have to remember that this was a morality law.)

11 And the man that lieth with his father's wife hath uncovered his father's nakedness: both of them shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
(That would include Cain, who killed Able, then populated the world, when there was just him, Adam, and Eve that God had created, according to the bible. Christians don't touch on that point much, do they?)

12 And if a man lie with his daughter in law, both of them shall surely be put to death: they have wrought confusion; their blood shall be upon them.
(Think about how many times you have about heard this from supposed Christians. Can you say, "Jerry Springer"?)

13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
(This was originally, in the actual Aramaic law this was supposed to be saying that Temple Priests were not supposed to commit prostitution, but King James, wanting to divert from his own homosexuality, perverted the language to this version. Any of these that say, "If a man lie with...", you can pretty much bet it came about because of some sick thing that King James was secretly disgusted with himself for doing.)

14 And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you.
(OK, all you mother f***ers, out there, this one is for you.)

15 And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast.
(Slay the beast? Why, what did the beast do? Oh, well, some mornings I woke up (came to) after drinking and woke up with some women I didn't know, I might have thought about that one.)

16 And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.
(More sick jealous rage from the homosexual king.)

17 And if a man shall take his sister, his father's daughter, or his mother's daughter, and see her nakedness, and she see his nakedness; it is a wicked thing; and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people: he hath uncovered his sister's nakedness; he shall bear his iniquity.
(So, everyone who has ever wanted to see another woman who was not his wife by church law, naked, was guilty of this one.)

18 And if a man shall lie with a woman having her sickness, and shall uncover her nakedness; he hath discovered her fountain, and she hath uncovered the fountain of her blood: and both of them shall be cut off from among their people.
("...having her sickness"? Oh, he means if you have ever had sex with a woman on her period. That includes just about every man I know. Her fountain or "fountain of her blood"? What kind of sick virgin who NEVER saw a woman naked, wrote this stuff?)

19 And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister: for he uncovereth his near kin: they shall bear their iniquity.
(OK, those of you who have ever looked a picture of the opposite sex, this includes YOU. Porno freaks are going to "bear their iniguity". And for those of you who don't know, inequity means: "...inequity [in-ek-wi-tee], noun, plural inequities for 2.
1. lack of equity; unfairness; favoritism or bias.
2. an unfair circumstance or proceeding.
So, bearing their unfair circumstance will be reversed, sounds like karma to me.) 

20 And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: they shall bear their sin; they shall die childless.
(Yo, hey, all you aunt f***ers, you won't be able to have kids ever. How does one enforce this one? Oh, that's right, he works in mysterious ways.)

21 And if a man shall take his brother's wife, it is an unclean thing: he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness; they shall be childless.
(Is that really a curse? So, this would mean all those men who screw their brother's wife can't get her pregnant, huh? Obviously the person who wrote this never watched daytime television.) 

22 Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out.
(Show me one instance of this happening. Have you ever been spued/spewed out?)

23 And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them.
(About this time, you are probably getting bored but finish reading this whole thing or you have missed the point.)

24 But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the Lord your God, which have separated you from other people.
(And then when they arrrived, he told them they weren't worthy and weren't allowed in. This is also when God told Moses that the Jews were to assimilate into the nations of the world and never have their own state, which the state of Israel today, clearly defies.)

25 Ye shall therefore put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean: and ye shall not make your souls abominable by beast, or by fowl, or by any manner of living thing that creepeth on the ground, which I have separated from you as unclean.
(Separated as unclean? Hmm, obviously he forgot to tell the meat industry. Obviously, if you died when you ate it, that was considered unclean.)

26 And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.
(That, once again, includes the Children who were called Israelites, them only, not the people who call themselves citizens of Israel today, because that is a colony created for the Jewish Germans by the U.S. after WW II. And if definitely does NOT apply to Christians. )

27 A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.
(So, all you who have ever played with magic, professionally or not, this includes you.)
Simply put, Leviticus is unrealistic in today's world. Quit trying to quote it as an excuse for hate and discrimination because it doesn't apply to you and never did.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Inspiration For My Book "The Point of No Return, or, "The Wisdom of The Arizona Mildman"

I am writing a book. I will collect many parts of the ideals from the past writings on my blogs. This is the deal. Today I am inspired by one thought. The thought is that I will do the research, and as Bernie Sanders has taught us in his recent presidential campaign, the words "conventional wisdom" actually mean, "The Wishful Thinking (what they wish it to be) of The American Media". Journalism in America has been twisted by many for a long time, and the idea that not telling the American people the truth is being "politically correct" is now known by it's technical term: "BULLSHIT"
Today I am inspired to write a book about 63 years of standing on the outside of the population that calls themselves normal, while trying my best to sound like them, act like them, and become them, while in my deepest inner self, there will always burn a fire of discontent that some will try to rationalize, make excuses for, and blame incorrectly, but in my heart of hearts, deep in my soul, I know that I am not a conspiracy nut or a stupid person.
To those of you who join me in this feeling that something is wrong, that everything we are being told is useless drivel that makes good "politically correct" press, I say one thing. It is, "Get the hell out, get as far and fast as you can away from the people who tell you what you are supposed to believe because you are getting ready for a wild ride."  That includes the news media, the people in your social circles, your relatives, and especially your clergy, because they are "selling you" your reality.
I know some people will have a real hard time understanding this. If you call yourself conservative, then you are actually saying, "I don't believe in reality and what I can see in front of me. I listen to conservative news, conservative clergymen, conservative press, and conservative friends and relatives that tell me what I want to hear instead of the reality the rest of the world lives in." It may feel more comfortable to you, but it won't do you any more good than pissing in your own pants on a cold windy day. In other words, it will give you a warm feeling for a little while but warm feelings of feeling safe in non-reality won't do you any good when the next cold wind blows.
To those of you who wish to live in the world or "liberal bias", a 'Pollyanna' type world of wishful thinking with no forethought to what is feasibly possible in actual practice, I warn that your "bubble" is as real and visible as the "conservative bubble" but you don't see it.
I invite all of you to join me in standing on the front line of reality without press, news media, political speeches, or religious bias (all parts of cultural conditioning that are part of the blocks to critical thinking) and wish to right now, today, change the lives of those around you, I say, "Please join me."
I know some people call themselves many things, including religious, or culturally steadfast, but the example I will give of one of the most ignorant politicians that has been in history, proven to be pretty dumb, said, "...stay the course..." which is really stupid because one of our smartest scientists and physicists, and one of the world's most renowned geniuses, Albert Einstein, said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and each time expecting different results."  He also said, "We can't expect to solve our problems using the same thinking that we used to create them."  The question is, "When are we going to stop the insanity?"
Today I have decided to do the actual research and instead of just saying, "This congressman (substitute television pundit, talk show host, news correspondent, clergymen, friend, relative, etc.) thinks this way, even though he says something completely different, I am going to do the research, find the voting records, find the connections, find the people who invest in war, find the people who invest in killing the planet and it's people, and expose them to you, and to those who would like to buy me off of threaten me, I will say this.
"I already have been disregarded, kicked to the curb, seen as an outcast, had their backs turned on me, by everyone I have tried to get to help me, except for a few people who really don't care about my knowledge and know that respecting and helping others is good for one's soul, so they did so for their own benefits but with the same results, I was made whole again. To those people I give thanks and credit what I am trying to accomplish."
Today I declare a personal proclamation that "good enough" is not just good enough from now on and that I am going to find the sources of our nation's problems and hand you the list. Then it will be your choice to, and duty to, do something about them or not. I hope you choose to help the change. If not, you are part of the problem, not part of the solution - and you are also in the way.