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January 7th, 2012 (12:22 pm)
contemplative

current mood: contemplative

The picture on the left was half way through a blizzard that continued for another 10 hours.  The snow totals for that ay was a little over 3 FEET of snow.  The picture on the right was taken at noon today.  Last year all the Goddess's critters were hiding until after the storm.  Today, the bluejays are squawking, the squirrels are playing tag in the yard, and the sparrows are mobbing the bird feeder.  What a difference a day makes!


Happy New Year, Everyone!

January 1st, 2012 (12:10 am)
hopeful

current mood: hopeful


May 2012 bring you joy and prosperity!



I'm confused...

December 11th, 2011 (10:46 am)
confused

current mood: confused

Okay... I know I'm just a simple Pagan and maybe this why I don't understand what's going on with the GOP and their supporters these days with their constant yammering about how this is a "Christian nation," their incessant prattling about what "good Christians" *they* are as opposed to everyone else, and their maniacal campaign to abolish all government programs designed to provide aid and comfort to the poor. Their own book, which they love to quote when it comes to denying equal rights and privileges to gays and non-Christians, says in Deuteronomy 15:7, 11

"If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the LORD your God is giving you, do not be  hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land."

And in Proverbs 28:27
He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.

And finally in 1 Timothy 6:17-19

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life

So here is where I'm confused: If all the above is the true "word of God" and these people are the TRUE followers of Christ, and this is indeed a "Christian nation" like they claim... shouldn't these people be pushing for MORE programs designed to help the poor and needy, not less?
 

They love to say that it's this country's growing tolerance for "perverts and heathens" (in other words gays and non-Christian faiths) that has caused God to turn his face from America. But they don't seem to see what, to me, are some pretty straight forward admonishments against turning your back on those in need and the consequences you can expect if you do: " I give you wealth so you can help the less fortunate among you. Refuse to do so and I will take that wealth away from you and give it to someone who will."

All that conservative Republicans and the Tea Party seem to be interested in is trying to find clever ways to convince themselves that while that may be what God and Jesus supposedly said, that NOT what they meant. But after watching the recent Republican presidential debates on top of all they've been screaming about since Obama took office in 2009, they have not so subtly accused Obama of being an evil secret Muslim bent on "destroying this country" and as proof they point to his "socialist agenda" of providing affordable health care to those who are sick, food and shelter to those who are hungry and cold, and trying to ensure our elders can live their twilight years in peace and comfort. My gods, what a BASTARD Obama is!!!!

I do not understand how any person of moral decency can continue to vote for these people...

Dear Santa...

November 26th, 2011 (02:11 am)
annoyed

current mood: annoyed

Dear Santa,

This year please give me a government where the politicians actually:

1) give a shit about their constituents at times other than when they are campaigning for office,
2) work to ensure a FAIR free market economy, not one manipulated by greedy people who already have more money than god
3) uphold the ideals of the US Constitution (including the freedom to love whom we choose and worship as we please so long as we aren't hurting anyone else)
4) know that "supporting American service personnel and veterans" requires more than just lip service
5) understand that the less fortunate in our society truly would prefer a sincere hand UP rather than a begrudging hand out
6) understand that fixing the crumbling infrastructure and maintaining corporate tax breaks and loopholes ARE in fact mutually exclusive
7) understand which category in point 6 is genuinely important
8) understand that corporations and big banks are NOT "people" for the simple fact that it is illegal to buy and sell people
9) understand wanting all US citizens have access to the best healthcare this country has to offer regardless of income is called
being a HUMANITARIAN not a communist or a socialist
10) accept that Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robertson, and Glen Beck are all fucktards who should be scorned not worshiped.


I know this is asking a lot, Santa, but I believe in you because you have a better track record delivering on your promises than those asshats in Washington...

Thank you and have a happy holiday season,
An Average American, Patriot, and Voter

Bah... humbug! Already!

November 14th, 2011 (02:27 am)
aggravated

current mood: aggravated
current song: The Night Santa Went Crazy

Is it really too much to ask that stores, malls and advertisers wait until AFTER Thanksgiving is over to start will all of the Christmas shit?  Want to know why so many people "hate Christmas?"  Because the annoying commercials,irritating music, and snide innuendos that if you "really love _____, you'll sell a kidney to get the money to by THIS!!!" starts before Halloween!!!  I mean. seriously... what 7th grader actually needs a $400 iphone?  Or does your spouse really need that $50,000 Merc or do they just need a safe, reliable means of transportation?  By the time Christmas gets here is it any surprise people are just fucking sick of it?

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Besides... it's not like anyone actually gives a shit anymore about what this time of year is supposed to mean.  It's nothing more than a gross consumer orgy and a time for over indulged yard apes to whine about how they will "just die" if they don't have the latest and greatest, cutting edge, overly expensive (ultimately useless) bullshit displayed at the mall.

Why should they care if mom and dad have been laid off for a year, the electric bill is 2 months past due, and one parent or the other has secretly harbored thoughts of having a fatal "accident" so their life insurance can save the family home from foreclosure?  As long as they aren't the only spoiled brat not to have the latest X-box, or play station it's all good, right?

So yeah... here I sit, a mere 10 days before Thanksgiving and I ready I say "fuck Santa and the reindeer he rode in on"  And on that note, let me leave you with one of my favorite holiday songs

And they just get stranger and stranger...

September 23rd, 2011 (01:05 pm)

| Thu Sep. 22, 2011 7:20 AM PDT

Does this tornado look gay?

Earlier this week, Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his leadership team for the "Presidency 5" straw poll in Florida, scheduled for October. Although most of the other major candidates have decided to skip the event, Perry is hoping a strong showing there will give him a boost ahead of the state's important early primary. So what's his strategy for voter outreach? It looks a lot like The Response, the prayer and fasting festival he organized in August at a football stadium in Houston.

Take, for instance, his new co-chair: Pam Olsen, founder of the Tallahassee House of Prayer (dubbed the "prayer lady" in her home state for
reasons that should be self-evident) and a leading anti-abortion activist in the state. As Right Wing Watch notes,though, Olsen also believes that gay marriage, and its increasing acceptance among American Christians, is causing destructive natural disasters across the country. Here's what she said back in July:

God is shaking. If anybody looks at the news and has just seen what's been happening recently with the floods, the fires, the tornadoes, God is shaking. Yeah I think you have God shaking, sure you have the Enemy shaking, you have both and I don't want to say oh that's the judgment of God or that's the Enemy. But the reality is God is judging us, and I think it's going to get worse.

It's somewhat unclear why Texas, whose governor supports criminalizing gay sex,would be punished with raging wildfires for having too high a tolerance for gay rights. But Olsen's view is wholly consistent with Perry's other allies on the religious right. The Response, you'll recall, featured a number of controversial pastors who believed that, among other things, 9/11 was God's way of punishing America for tolerating homosexuality and the blackbirds that died suddenly in Arkansas last winter were a harbinger of the End Times.

Tim Murphy is a reporter at Mother Jones. Email him with tips and insights at tmurphy [at] motherjones [dot] com. Get Tim Murphy's RSS feed.

A rising tide of radical Christanity?

September 15th, 2011 (01:23 pm)
pensive

current mood: pensive

We all know that over the last several years Pat Robertson has lost his marbles.  Saying the 9-11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, the Hatti earthquake, and the more recent midwest tornadoes, the eastcoast earthquake and the devistation of Hurricane Irene are "god's punishment for tolerating sin"  (you know gays, pagans... feminists) implying, if not stating outright, that those who suffered death and loss some how "deserved" what happened to them. 

We won't even go into the Westburo Baptist church protesting at the funerals of US  military members carrying signs that read "Thank God for another dead soldier."  That level of batshit crazy speaks for itself.

Now, Pat Robertson has told his "700 Club" viewers that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer's is justifiable because the disease is "a kind of death.  This was in response to a viewer who asked what kind of advice he should give his friend who was seeing another woman while the man's wife was dying from Alzheimer's.  Really?  Wonder if he would have had the same advice if it was a woman stepping out on her husband with Alzheimer's? Is it okay for women to divorce their sick husbands, or is this yet another "Christian" privilege reserved for men only?  What's next?  Saying it's okay to dump your mentally or physically disabled children in orphanages as long as you can justify it by saing they aren't really living?

Then you have the "New Apostolic Reformation" (NAR) a fanatical group of Christians who are out to supplant the U.S. Constitution with bibilcal law... you know, kind of like a Christian version of Sharia law.  They want to place biblical law (as interpreted by the NAR) over the "Seven Mountains" of society: arts and entertainment; business; family; government; media; religion; and education. 

In their "Declaration of Light" they state that they have "no power to purpose or accept any compromise of the promises of God, and we declare illegal in the earth any action of any people, Nation or nations that undertake what is contradictory to the Word of God.  But they aren't looking to create a theocracy, you understand...  they just want a country where gays are imprisoned simply for being gay, women are completely submissive to their husbands, and where any faith not in "storm trooper lockstep" with theirs are allowed only as much freedom of practice as they choose to permit. 

They are also advocating book burnings, the smashing of Native American antique pottery and all symbols of native spirituality," destroying Buddha statues (you know, like the Taliban did), statues of Catholic saints (because the Catholic Church is the "Great Whore" don't ya know), and religious and spiritual writings of all non-Christian, and "false Christian" groups (False Christians, btw, are anyone who don't believe exactly as they do).  And starting in October they are planning to lauch "spiritual warfare" (known in Pagan circles as malific magic) with somthing called "DC40" where they will pray for the overthrow of all politicians and institutions who aren't willing submit to the will of God... as interpreted by the NAR, of course.

And us "evil, godless Pagans?" We are calling for freedom, wisdom, and equal justice as laid out in the Constitution to be the law of the land in the United States, for people to be free to live their lives as they choose, to worship (or not) as they choose, and to love whom they choose as long as they aren't hurting, or infringing on the personal freedoms and liberties of anyone else.
 
So tell me? Who is the REAL threat here? The so-called "Christians" of the New Apostolic Reformation, or Pagans?

Nah, the squirrels in our yard aren't spoiled at all...

August 25th, 2011 (03:15 pm)



The joys of webhosting...

August 11th, 2011 (10:19 am)
annoyed

current mood: annoyed

Well, the other day I received an email from Yahoo Web Hosting informing me that as of Sept 12, 2011 they will no longer be supporting MS Front Page.  Basically this mean you will no longer be able to automatically publish updates through Front Page, and Front Page "extension" like hit counters and forms will no longer function.  But I don't use any of those kinds of things, but I do use "themes."  Unfortunately I don't know if themes would be considered an "extension" or not or if that is simply an old way of referring to a cascading style sheet.

If I can continue to use Front Page simply as a basic HTML editor and continue to do live edits, that would be great!  It would save me a lot of headaches.  If not... well, that's a different story.  Yahoo Web Hosting does support Front Page's replacement (Expressions Web 4 Professional) so now I'm trying to decide if I want to go ahead and buy it ($99 via Amazon.com) or wait to see if I can still get by with Front Page 2003.  I don't do anything really fancy with my websites, so I don't need a fancy piece of software for them.  If I did... and had the cash... I'd go with Dreamweaver. 

I have downloaded the 60 day free trial of Expressions Web 4 Pro to play around with, if Front Page is out completely I'll be ready to go with something else, but if I can save myself the expense I'd prefer to.  Although, Expressions does have something cool to recommend it:  you can design web pages in Photoshop and import them directly into Expressions.  That has some rather intriguing possibilities.  Guess I'll just have to wait and see how big a pain in the ass learning Expressions is going to be and if I'm actually going to have any problems with Yahoo and Front Page after Sept 12th.  I probably will eventually upgrade to Expressions, but I'd rather wait until later this winter when I don't have the temptation of playing outside in the garden to distract me from a major update of my websites. 

Guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens next week...

Happy Lughnasadh!

August 1st, 2011 (10:58 am)
contemplative

current location: Salem, MA
current mood: contemplative

Today is the first of August, and in many modern Pagan traditions marks the celebration of the First Harvest in the Northern hemisphere.  Known both as Lughnasadh and Lammas, this the season when we should start seeing the first fruits of any projects and/or spell workings that were begun at Imbolc/Candlemas back in February.  While there is still work to be done in preparation for the final harvest at Samhain, now is the time when we can relax a little... slow down and take our ease during what is in many places the hottest time of the year.  Now is the time to strike a balance between between work and play.  Put forth enough energy to keep the magic moving, but taking care not to run the risk of stretching ourselves too thin in any direction.

This also marks the turning of the Wheel becomes more obvious as we start to see a more drastic reduction in the length of daylight each day as we turn closer to the Autumn Equinox.  By the end of August, the daylight hours will have been reduced by nearly an hour.  Sunset will progress from around 8pm (EST) to 7pm (EST).  As such we have also entered into the time when we should start making mental notes on what we need or want to discard from our lives before the darkness of winter sets in. 

Lughnasadh is a time of both outward celebration and inward contemplation.  It is a time to enjoy the first fruits of a year's worth of labor, while also taking a moment to look within and lay the groundwork for the final winnowing of old and outmoded thoughts and ideas that may hinder or harry us through the dark of winter. 

So enjoy the fruits of the First Harvest, revel in the languid heat and lingering sunshine of August, but also remember to start making plans as the Wheel of the Year continues its slow turning towards the dark half of the year...



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