Saturday, March 28, 2015

EVERYBODY DIES

TIME MAG had a good review of a new book of Steve Jobs. (I learned computing on a Mac but never became much of a disciple). In thinking about "Jobs," I think
probably he was a classic asshole. Still thankful that he gave me the Mac, however. 

The cautionary tale for us, however, for someone like Jobs, if we want to have an opinion, is how he treated the "little" people. From what I've read, he failed miserably in this area. But, all of this is relatively bullshit. Jobs is for the moment,  an example that everybody dies. Just that simple--rich/poor, famous, innocents/guilty. Whoever! EVERYBODY DIES. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WALL STREET JOURNAL

I like the way the Journal is laid out. If I can focus, I can read it in 15 minutes. The WSJ is good at reporting the news but are the shits at being objective.   Rupert Murdoch should be home playing with his grandkids, if he has any. Who the f..k, with any sense, would read an editorial page, peopled by bigots.  Everything in existence that is of a "concern" to mankind is the President's fault: Global warming, Mideast debacles, invention of Ted Cruz, loud crinkling of paper. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

OUR IDIOCY FOREIGN POLICY



In an odd set of circumstances, I get the WSJ (Wall Street Journal) every morning. Editorially, way too "right wing" for me but I love the way it's laid it--I can run through news, finances, investing, personal, with ease. Stay away from editorials and good to go. 

Anyway, the thing that got me in this morning's WSJ is our position of paying off the Sunnis. (I think, haven't we done that before? We paid them off, they switched sides. The money ran out, they switched back). HELLO!! We must run the most stupid foreign policy in existence, ever. We are still pumping millions and millions of dollars into Iraq. What the f..k? Here's a great foreign policy: GET THE F..K OUT. 

Sunday, March 22, 2015

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME

In a sad sad episode on 60 Minutes, all the Christians now refugees, like most of Iraq, say they would give anything to have Saddam back. This is beyond disturbing and why politics is so messed up. Do you think George W. or Rumsfeld or Chaney are losing any sleep over f..king up. 

GAY AMERICA

San Francisco remains the capital of Gay America. Historians trace its roll in part to WWll, when the Navy discharged gay sailers because of their sexuality at Treasure Island in the San Francisco Bay. Many stayed in the City, which already had a reputation as a welcoming place for refugees and free spirits. 
From an article in the New York Times. 

POLITICS. God bless "Merica."

Netanyahu. Give me a break! We are pissed because of his "fear mongering and lying."  Please! He is politician. What the f..k do we expect him to do? It is what politicians do. What amazes me is that we take some self righteous attitude when we are as bad as Netanyahu, maybe worse. It is like politicians develop a certain gene. Get elected and then lie to win your next election. Then, of course, do anything to keep being elected. We must tolerate it as we keep promoting the liars. Wouldn't you love to hear some politician for once say, "I am not going to lie to you. If you elect me, I am going to do what's best for the country.  This is the unvarnished truth. Take this to the bank." He wouldn't even make it to the door. 

Saturday, March 21, 2015

ASSISTED DEATH

If I knew I could die at any time I wanted, then everyday would be as precious as a million pounds. If I knew that I could die, I would live. 

Terry Pratchett, an advocate for medically assisted suicide that he preferred to call assisted death. 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

DEATH WITH DIGNITY

The NY TIMES recently did an editorial about dying with the dignity that a terminally ill patient deserves. Their choice. When I was a hospital chaplain in a military hospital with many older retirees, one year we averaged a death a day. Did they all die dignified deaths. No. Many were hooked up to machines and they would have wished for their last days as anything but this. 

The idea that only 8 states have laws that let terminally ill patients end their lives on their own terms, is unbelievable. Last year when Brittany Maynard, a Californian had to go to Oregan to die with dignity,  I could hardly believe it. 

I have always been proud of California, a front burner in terms of attitude and leading the way in being creative, innovative and intuitive. And, I might say, taking risks. And,  yet we do not have a law that allows  individuals to be in control of their own lives. Politics I guess and a f..king bunch of zealots. The late Albert Ellis, my therapist hero said something like this,  "every person's life belongs to them and consequently they choose when, where, how they leave the earth." 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

GAYS and REDINESS


 
I read the Fox News Article that featured Chaplain Modder.  On the surface it does look like the Chaplain was "railroaded" , although, I am aware that some evangelical chaplains, [historically] have not handled such cases very well.  

Having said that I do believe there is growing pressure in government institutions to secularize Christianity and get down to the lowest common denominator.  I would like to see our denominations , including Roman Catholic Church, LDS, (all who believe in the sanctity of marriage b/w man and woman) get involved in order to protect freedom of religion, free speach, etc.  There are issues where most denominations could come together and have a great impact....this being one of them.  (there is power in numbers)  --Tom ---you could organize the effort.
 
I know Tom mentioned that there is "more  to the Story"., and I don't doubt that, however,  the bottom line is, there is increasing pressure on chaplains, especially, in  Navy and AF to adapt their faith to societal and cultural standards. 
 
Last week I preached  a message on "The Law of God in an increasingly Lawless society".  No doubt the sermon needs more work, but I think it has potential.  Part of the thesis is:  The foundational principle behind all of God's laws (speaking of the10 Commandments) is contingent upon the recognition and adherance to the first two:  1) Thou shalt have no other God's before me and 2) Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images.  Once those two commandments are compromised it is easy to disregard the rest.   Result:  Secularism; Judging our behavior and standards on cultural norms (relatives rather than absolutes), etc. 
DP, Col. USA, Ret
 

��Dave, I think you have the right idea but I don't think it will fly. The structure of the military won't allow it. Top generals are too much politicians. Plus, Fox News is so biased by aligning ourselves with them is a "fast train to nowhere." What we need is for the volunteer military to fail and I don't know how to bring that about. Readiness is affected by gays as there is a homophobic nature to it. Same sex marriage, of course, is not a separate issue. I can't conceive that the 82d would accept homosexuality on a wholesale scale. It is not in their nature. And some gay male introducing a man as his husband, these guys would go bananas. 

But, I also think women have hurt readiness, too. 

We don't have any champions. You have the Republicans but they are grandstanding, writing letters to Iran, such bullshit as that. But, we don't have anybody on a wholesale scale who will rise up and say the military is vastly affecte as they are not a social organization. 

Of course, I have no faith in the Navy or AF. To me, we have to figure out how to tie the issue to readiness and I don't know how to do that. Probably all of us, if we are honest, are homophobic. I sure am and find myself making jokes, "fruits," etc. But, none of us would be cruel to gays. 

Being in the gay capital, I see it everywhere but it really is a type of segregation. We have all kinds of gay friends but don't socialize. I kid Jackie, she has this gay boyfriend. She has lunch occasionally but not much interaction. To be honest, I just don't know. I am in line with the EPC mostly but nobody has asked me to perform a gay wedding and so not a problem. 

A dilemma and I don't know the answer. I hate it for the chaplain. He looks angry but I have a sneaky feeling he is a good chaplain. 

LOL. I Have this great war story that relates to this. I will send along sometime. God bless us all. As my dad use to say, "might as well laugh as cry." 
Jda, Col., USA, Ret