Saturday, February 06, 2016
Tuesday, February 02, 2016
LaVoy Finicum was killed by government agents attempting to arrest him because he was violating a government mandate by squatting in an unoccupied building. He was harming no one.
Of course there are important differences between the two deaths. But we should be focusing on the similarities.
Government agents are not keeping the peace. They are violently breaching it.
Let's quit arguing about our differences. Let's focus on our similarities. Let's unite against the abuse of government power.
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
#sotu Didn't he start by saying this was gonna be a short speech?
#sotu #potus just put Joe Biden in charge of finding a cure for cancer. May god have mercy on our soul.
Republican AGs in NE & OK begging the feds to crush CO's sovereignty & put final stake in 10th Amdt. #CoPolitics #CoLeg
#sotu Audience gets more excercise standing up and sitting down that at a Catholic service.
#sotu Technology kills jobs. Damn that cotton gin! Damn those textile looms! Damn those computers!
#sotu #potus taking credit for economy is akin to rooster taking credit for the sunrise.
All of the ass-kissing sycophants trying to touch the #potus as he walks in the room is obscene. #sotu Have some respect.
Monday, January 11, 2016
You are losing it, Intercept. Private property is private property.
Or may I hold a demonstration in your lobby next week?
If only we had some way to reach the entire world via electronic means and we could say whatever we wanted to say....!
Sunday, January 10, 2016
Friday, January 08, 2016
"I'm voting for Gary Johnson for President."
"Why? He can't win."
"Not with an attitude like that he can't."
"I'd vote for Gary Johnson if only he had a chance to win."
"You know, if everyone who said that voted for him, he would have a chance."
"I really like Gary Johnson, but I don't want to waste my vote."
"So, you are going to vote for someone you don't really like so you don't waste your vote?"
"Yeah. I want my vote to count."
"Tell me again how you define 'waste?'"
"I believe in limited government, but I want to win, so I can't vote Libertarian. I vote for the GOP nominee: Trump, Christie, Rubio, whoever this year. Mitt, McCain, W, Dole, W's dad in the past."
"I think you should reexamine what you consider 'victory,' my friend."
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Grocery stores in Colorado are allowed to sell beer and alcoholic beverages as long as they do not contain more than 3.2% alcohol. Hence, if you want regular strength beer or wine, or any liquor at all, you must go to a liquor store.
Liquor stores, however, may only sell alcoholic beverages and whatever the State regulatory agency deems a related product, like limes for your Corona.
There is a move afoot in Colorado to allow grocery stores to sell full strength beverages and liquor.
And, by all means, they should be able to do so. Unfortunately, this movement, as currently comprised, would not remove restrictions from existing liquor stores.
This is untenable.
Existing liquor stores should be able to sell potato chips, toothbrushes and snow tires if they want.
Both restrictions should be lifted.
I understand that the initiative process in Colorado only allows for a single subject to be voted on at a time, and this makes it more difficult to remove both restrictions in one vote.
There is nothing to prevent two complimentary initiatives being run at the same time: One removing the grocery store restriction, the other removing the liquor store restriction.
Doing one without the other is hardly an improvement.
Wednesday, January 06, 2016
I remember reading about a time when "progressives" would join a protest about a federal prison sentence that "shocked the conscience" of the very judge forced to hand out the sentence.
Now, "progressives" sound like "law and order" "conservatives:" "Kill them!" "Kick those terrorists out of the country!" "Love it or leave it, teabaggers!"
Tuesday, January 05, 2016
Living according to Jesus' teachings is impossible. He was perfect, and we are not expected to match his perfection. We are merely expected to try. And that is hard enough.
Let us take a segment from the Sermon on the Mount:
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."
-- Matthew 5:43-44 (King James Version).
Jesus tells us to love our enemies, among other things, in these two verses.
How many Christians even attempt this? Not many, I submit. I do not even grasp the concept. I don't think many do.
This is just one example of many of Jesus' teachings that Christians fail to live by.
I think Christians treat the difficult parts of the Gospel in one of three ways:
1. Treat the passage as metaphor that is not to be taken literally.
2. Treat the passage as literal and ignore it because it is too hard.
3. Treat the passage as literal and try to live by it, but fail.
The problem with the first, and I think most frequent, interpretation is that it leaves us in charge of deciding when Jesus meant it and when he did not. We say, "Yes, Jesus said 'love your neighbor,' but what he REALLY meant was . . .." or "Sure, Jesus said 'turn the other cheek,' but what he REALLY meant was . . .."
The problematic nature of this interpretation is self-evident. It is akin to letting a basketball team decide its own fouls. Or letting a politician decide what a bribe really is.
The problem with the second interpretation is that we are giving up. We are excusing our failure because trying to comply is just too hard.
I submit the third interpration is the only legitimate interpretation. This is problematic because it sets us up for guilt, shame and perhaps even despair for our failures. But that is where the concept of Grace comes in. Jesus knows we will fail. He knows we all fall short of the Glory of God. But he forgives us anyway.
That forgiveness is difficult for many of us to accept. But we must try. Just like we must try to grasp the message, and try to live by that message, we must try to accept His forgiveness.
We will fail. But that is ok. We merely have to try. Not half-heartedly, but really try. That is all that is expected.
Further thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.
Monday, January 04, 2016
The Laughing Heart
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
Sunday, January 03, 2016
Should we acquiesce? Should we leave it up to the cannabis industry because it's their fight, not ours? Should we fight in the courts? Should we forcibly protect the private property of Colorado residents from federal seizure? Should we forcibly protect Colorado residents from being put in handcuffs and locked in a cage?
If you think resistance is necessary or appropriate, then you should have at least a quantum orf sympathy for the occupation of the Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge.
Saturday, January 02, 2016
Of course, the Resistance needs all the time available before it destroys the base. The sun is tapped out, but the death ray does not have time to power up before the base is destroyed.
Apparently the Resistance saves this solar system from being blown up. But Starkiller base destroyed the sun! The planets are going to die anyway without a sun. It will just take a few more minutes.
What did I miss? Please, fill me in.