Archive | June 2014

SCOTUS got it right, finally

I have seen some significant feelings displayed in regard to the SCOTUS decision about Hobby Lobby and Obamacare. I was a little surprised about this because I have to say this is one time the SCOTUS got it right.

The Affordable Care Act made it mandatory that companies had to provide birth-control, even if the company is privately owned and has strong religious convictions against birth-control. The fact that the ACA actually made it mandatory that we all have health insurance and was upheld by SCOTUS is an abomination, as far as I am concerned, is beside the point. The Federal Government should have no say into what kind of insurance, if any, an employer must provide.

Is health insurance a good thing? Yes of course it is. Should it be mandatory that you have it? No, the Feds should not be compelling citizens to purchase anything. That goes beyond the scope of what the United States Constitution allows. But SCOTUS got that decision wrong. Then to mandate that people had to violate their religious beliefs to comply with a federal statute encroaches on the Feds establishing what religious values it agrees with. That is in violation of one of the big 10.

If the people of the United States elect officials who promise universal health care, and then in fact get government run health care, well then we have other issues. As of now this is a good decision by the SCOTUS. It is not about hating on women, as so many seem to think, it is about Constitutional responsibility. Something recent administrations and SCOTUS justices have ignored for some reason.

We have a process. It is not great, far from perfect actually, hey for that matter it is being ran far from how it should be based upon what the framers had in mind, but we have one. If you do not like the beliefs of the people running a business, do not frequent that business. Do not get mad because they stood up for the rights guaranteed under the Constitution and actually struck a blow for freedom. Get mad about a government overstepping its legal boundaries. If you do not believe the same way I do, great you have that right, and you do not have the right to force me as a business owner to comply with your beliefs. If you do not like mine feel free to take your business elsewhere. Better yet start your own business based upon your values and compete with me. I know free market, what a concept.

For now be happy that SCOTUS actually stood up for the Constitution. It has not been doing so and we are suffering for it. We need elected officials who will actually read, and understand the Constitution, and when necessary, change it. Change it using the process laid out in the Constitution.

If you do not like the Constitution feel free to leave, there are lots of other places you can go.


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The Naive Idiocy of Teaching Rapists Not To Rape

Important stuff

Monster Hunter Nation

Believe it or not, I actually know a bit about beauty pageants. Yes, I know it doesn’t fit my image, but bear with me. Back in college I went out with Miss Utah State and attended several of these things. One thing that I learned was that despite the stereotypes about the dumb beauty queen, most of these women were very smart. Capable, intelligent women understand the need to take responsibility for their own safety.  

So Miss Nevada was doing the Q&A for the Miss America pageant and said something that caused the Perpetually Outraged to get their outrage on.

 “I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don’t want that to come out into the public,”Nia Sanchez said. “But I think more awareness is very important so…

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I am an idiot

Probably I am no better, or worse, than anyone else when it comes to being an idiot. A good friend of mine often quotes “we are our own worst enemy, but we can also be our own best friend.” Ole Johnny is dead on in that sentiment. Sadly I often spend my time as my own worst enemy.

Even worse than being my own worst enemy I am also mostly a giant hypocrite in my day to day life. As a teacher, and a Pastor I am forever telling folks to pay attention. In my political Science classes I harp at my students to pay attention to what the government is doing, state, local, and federal. I admonish the folks in my congregation to pay attention to their spiritual lives, making sure they are focused on doing what God wants rather than what the world wants.

And here I am wondering around not paying attention to my own health. Something so simple and necessary and I blunder around being my own worst enemy. Simply put that although I have been paying much more attention to exercise, I walk 3-4 miles a day, well limp any way, and practice Judo once a week, not very well but as a disabled veteran with bad feet and a new knee I try to stay as physically active as I can.

But I have fallen into a trap, same trap that I have fallen into all my life, the food trap. I do not pay attention to what goes into my mouth. It took over forty years to learn to pay attention to what comes out of my mouth; I have had some success there. But by not paying attention to what I eat I have fallen into the habit that is most dangerous to me.

So with this little declaration of my own supreme idiocy and hypocrisy I give permission to all those who know me to feel free to slap cookies out of my hand if you see me eating one. On the plus side if that happens I will know you read this and on the plus, plus side it will help keep me accountable. So to myself I says PAY ATTENTION, feel free to remind me.

Battle of Midway begins: 1942

Maiden on the Midway

English: The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Yo... English: The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Yorktown  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On this day in 1942, the Battle of Midway–one of the most decisive U.S. victories against Japan during World War II–begins. During the four-day sea-and-air battle, the outnumbered U.S. Pacific Fleet succeeded in destroying four Japanese aircraft carriers while losing only one of its own, the Yorktown, to the previously invincible Japanese navy.

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