"What I know for sure is that you really don't become what you want. You become what you believe."
Does this mean that women really believe that they are subordinate to men in all three monotheistic religions?
Does this mean that women really believe that they need to buy billions of $ of cosmetic products, including that newest scented tampon! (Sandalwood Rose Ambrosia, anyone?)
Does this truly mean that the millions of women glued to the obnoxious, asinine show "Live with Regis and Kelly" believe that Kelly Ripa should get $36,000 per show?
I'd like to post some more, but I need to go take a bubble bath, read the latest from Oprah's women-overcoming-victimization book club, and then hang myself from my jewel-encrusted thong that I bought at Victoria's Secret's "Semi-Annual, Try To Get Your Conservative Husband To Notice You" sale.
Unlike most Americans, I won't be celebrating my Memorial Day with a 3-day sale at Macy's, a Burgerking-hat clad NASCAR race rerun, or even a cholesterol cookout.
I have a strict regiment of freedom-loving self-flagellation, a meditation upon how we became that despised and illegal occupation, and a dumbfounded wonderance at the idleness and unwillingness to change the current course.
Almost 1,000 more troops and countless more Iraqi civilians dead since last Memorial Day. But hey, anything to keep the status quo, to keep fat America's place at the peak oil supply table, and to keep the patriotic boxers made by Chinese dissidents selling.
Q:"My boyfriend and I are Christians. I recently found out he is addicted to pornography. What should I do?"
A:"I think it's important to gain a spiritual and practical understanding of what sex addiction is. As you proceed, ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance on what to do. Sex addiction usually involves some tremendously powerful evil forces that are typically very deceptive. Helping people break sex addiction is spiritual warfare, and you need to be adequately equipped!"
As the video reminds us:
"If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away." Matthew 5:29
But be careful men:
"He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD." Deuteronomy 23:1
The search for the so called "War Czar" was embarassing. Not only because it was denied by many retired generals and drew attention away form the what was happening on the ground, but also because of the mere concept.
It's often been stated by Bush that leaving Iraq: "substitutes the opinions of politicians for the judgement of our military commanders."
But by making Lt. Gen Lute both director of operations and "assistant to the president" so that he even will be in the awkward position of having four-star generals answer to him, doesn't that "substitute the opinions of politicians" (Bush and the deputy national security adviser) for the judgement of the "military commanders" (the few left that didn't quit)?
Despite a supposed criticism of the "surge"(escalation), Lute seems to have a conflict of interest.
the War in Iraq? Healthcare? or the economic divide?
No...She'll go for the American Idol crowd.
"The sharp divide between public opinion and public policy, one of the reasons for the fear, which cannot casually be put aside, that, as Gar Alperowitz puts it in America Beyond Capitalism, 'the American 'system' as a whole is in real trouble - that it is heading in a direction that spells the end of its historic values [of] equality, liberty, and meaningful democracy.'" Noam Chomsky
With the average cost of a funeral now over $6500, it isn't surprising that some capitalist in America would profit off things that should not be profited off...like death. But this company takes it one step further.
I recently went to a keynote address given by Demetria Martinez (life coach, activist, and award winning non-autobiographical and non-confrontational writer and poet)...and I was disappointed.
She mainly spent the time reading/hawking/shelling out of her books, which were novels and poems. Some of her statements were almost quoted word for word from the interview that I read from an article earlier.
She did make one good point with, "America has a schizophrenic outlook." She went further to say America needs someone to pick on, but also needs someone to pick their lettuce. Corporate schizophrenia, that's is a good description of America.
Her Q and A session was a bit better...except for one important exclamation that she made. When asked if she had an FBI file and was ever hampered by it, she replied, "They have bigger fish to fry." But she continued on saying, "I am Glad they have bigger fish to fry."
Now, Demetria never went to prison...much less Guantanamo...she stood on trial for conspiracy against the U.S. government for trying to help people cross into the U.S. border about twenty years ago. One of the women she was helping cross over was pregnant and was due around Christmas. She said it would make a "good Christmas" story...how trivializing.
She stood trial and was found "innocent." However, the "Bigger Fish" that she's glad the government is after don't get a trial. She may call herself an activist fighting for human rights, but her human rights doesn't seem to extend to the "terrorists," the many people stuck in limbo for being in the "wrong" group...at least not at that address.
Every once and a while, that special Bible verse comes along and brightens your day:
"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of Godcame in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." (Genesis 6:4).
Seriously, misogynistic "MIGHTY MEN?" It most likely was trying to relate to pagan and Roman mythology. Obviously the Bible should not be taken literally.
In a discussion with a wishful freedom lover of the military persuasion, I was shocked once again to hear that same media bias argument applied to Bush's "Surge" (Escalation). Apparently we are making real tangible progress...only the media isn't reporting it.
To say nothing of the American media's flag waving up to the invasion, the muting of the anti-war movement, and the under counting of the Iraqi dead, the media has done a horrible job and can be accused of many things, but not reporting the US military aggression in a favorable light just isn't one of them.
Dawning my American flag lapel pin, I am going to suspend disbelief and reason and facts. This post is dedicated to progress. Four Months of a Escalation and I am happy to proclaim the first "benchmark" of Progress:
Dick Cheney, one of the men behind this four years of war, spent the night in Iraq for the first time, staying in Tikrit, the former hometown of Saddam.
Because it is Sunday...we need to talk about something very, very serious.
You have just been enlightened by the #1 porn site...for christians. xxxchurch.com So that whole thing you heard in high school...the message "sex can wait, masturbate".....is totally wrong now. The thing is, xxxchurch.com doesn't really specify what to do instead of masturbating....so I'm thinking the slogan is now "masturbation can wait, cuz sex is really great!"
Oh, and they are pretty witty when it comes to the issue of masturbation...
"We have heard all the scenarios. 'Well if I think about fruit while I'm masturbating, then that is not sin.' Well isn't that clever. Or...'If I'm giving glory to the Lord while I'm doing it, then that can't be wrong.' Hmmm. Why don't we just make that part of our Sunday morning services then? We have heard all the Pro-Masturbation Christian arguments and I wonder if these people are really dealing in reality."
Hmmm... I don't see how one can't masturbate while reading the Bible, whichever persuasion you suits you, especially with verses like this:
"Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times;and be thou ravished always with her love"(Proverbs 5:18-19).
"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of Godcame in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men" (Genesis 6:4).
And this is my favorite, a perfect line for a porno:
"For she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses" (Ezekiel 23:20).
"I am driven with a mission from God'. God would tell me, 'George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan'. And I did. And then God would tell me 'George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq'. And I did." --George Bush, Israeli-Palestinian Summit Transcripts (Disputed, but then Bush reaffirmed them saying, "I stand by what I said.")
Like Ahmadinejad, Bush Talks to God. And, in case you forgot, his spiritual advisor was Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son.