Monday, March 31, 2008

US Doctors in favor of universal health care

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I always wanted to believe that doctors actually cared about people's health, and now my faith has been restored.

Dr. Aaron Carroll of the Indiana University School of Medicine recently conducted a survey regarding universal health care and found that more than half of today's doctors are in favor of it.

"As doctors, we find that our patients suffer because of increasing deductibles, co-payments, and restrictions on patient care," said Dr. Ronald Ackermann, who worked on the study with Carroll. "More and more, physicians are turning to national health insurance as a solution to this problem."


I still do not understand why so many conservatives oppose this option. Those who can afford to pay for private health insurance would not be affected, so what's the problem? Now that doctors are speaking out, maybe politicians will pay attention.

The Indiana survey found that 83 percent of psychiatrists, 69 percent of emergency medicine specialists, 65 percent of pediatricians, 64 percent of internists, 60 percent of family physicians and 55 percent of general surgeons favor a national health insurance plan.


Full Story at Yahoo.com.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Peace Symbol

Fifty years ago Easter Sunday, the peace symbol made its debut.


Contrary to what many, especially Christians believe, the peace symbol was never intended to be considered an upside down cross or a sign of satan. Apparently those rumors were started by the Birch society and spread quickly, unfortunately. Nothing could be further from the truth. It's a myth.

The story of the peace sign began in the spring of 1958 when peace activists, clergy and Quakers in Great Britain organized a rally to draw attention to the testing and stockpiling of nuclear weapons by some of the world's most powerful countries. Gerald Holtom, a textile designer and commercial artist from Twickenham, suggested the demonstrators carry posters and banners with a simple visual symbol he had designed. He created the symbol by combining the semaphore letters N and D, for nuclear disarmament.

On April 4, 1958, 5,000 people gathered in Trafalgar Square to show support for the Ban the Bomb movement, then walked the few miles to the town of Aldermaston, site of an atomic weapons research plant. The first peace signs appeared during that march and a second Aldermaston march the following year. From there it took flight, appearing on flags, clothes, even scratched on walls and signposts, all over Europe.


The symbol is still used today to protest war and promote peace.

The semaphore flag system was used as a means of communication between foreign ships and also at railway stations. Before the telegraph was invented, people would use the symbols on top of hills to signal another on a hill at some distance, and thereby send a communication.

Holtom also said that the symbol was a drawing of himself in despair.

I was in despair. Deep despair. I drew myself: the representative of an individual in despair, with hands palm outstretched outwards and downwards in the manner of Goya’s peasant before the firing squad. I formalised the drawing into a line and put a circle round it.


National Geographic story of the peace symbol.

Semaphore Flags

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

I found the bridge

There once was a place created for a family that was beautiful to behold. The people were inately good, without thoughts of selfishness, greed, or other uncomely traits.

As time went by, another group entered the beautiful place who were selfish, hungry for power and rebellious. Mostly they were jealous of the joy of these people and wanted them to be as miserable as they were. You see, they had once lived in a place just as beautiful to behold, but they decided they wanted to create their own world. Their leader was one of the Creators most magnificent creations. His own beauty and perfection led him to sacrifice goodness for ego. He wanted to be adored. Once he and his followers left their beautiful home to try to create another more specatcular world that they could control, they were banned from beauty forever.

Misery loves company.

They proceeded to seduce the naive good natured righteous people and eventually succeeded. Once these people chose the other way of living, little did they know that they were literally giving up their immortality.

Ages went by as the once wonderful family tried to understand the meaning of life. They wandered around existing, but not fulfilling their destiny.

They no longer lived peacefully and happilly. They no longer had the means to live forever. Their spirits died along with their bodies. The spiritual connection they were created to have with their creator had been broken.

Finally, their Creator sent someone to show them how to live. He entered the family just as all the other children entered, and he lived his life among the same temptations and confusion that had bewildered the others.

The difference was that he could remember where he came from and he knew the way home. He experienced the temptations but he never gave in to them. He could see the bridge he was building, but it was hidden from the other's eyes.

He sacrificed himself to crucifixion and death, so he could break the chains of death and make his family immortal again. His death forgave all the evil that had been and would ever be. On the third day after his death, he came back to life, completing the bridge.

Every living person in this place has been saved by him and now has access to the bridge to eternity and immortality.

All they have to do is accept the gift and the bridge will appear. Once a person has seen the bridge, they change their ways and become the generous, loving and compassionate beings that they were meant to be. They are still tempted, but now they have the power to overcome the temptations because they know the future.

I am happy to say that I have seen the bridge and I have true joy and meaning in my life as the Creator intended. Those of us who have found the bridge are mandated by our Creator to help others find the bridge. Many are living now who have heard of this bridge to eternity, but believe it to be just another fairy tale.

As spiritual beings who "can" live beyond this lifetime span on earth, we have access to spiritual enlightenment, miracles and other mystical events that "normal" people cannot understand.

We must "show" them the way by sharing our spiritual experiences and our love for them whenever the opportunity arises. Conversations will sometimes lead us into a chance to help them.

However, we cannot show them the bridge just because we want to. It is a bridge only seen and discovered by the spiritual eye. Those who do not believe in spirit cannot be convinced unless they open themselves to the answers given only by the spirit sent by the Creator. It is not up to us to choose who will see the bridge.

Today of all days, let us rejoice in our discovery and perhaps someone will ask us why we are so full of joy.

Praise God the Creator for sending the annointed one to show us the way.

Thank you Jesus for your sacrifice. We will not forget.

Easter, Resurrection Day, Restoration Day -

While you may not agree with my simplistic explanation, this is the basic truth of Jesus Christ. Different sects may choose to follow certain rules, but that is not what gives them access to the bridge.

God bless.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

incendiary remarks

Incendiary remarks - fiery rhetoric

Both phrases have the same meaning, but I have been fascinated by the sudden onslaught of the phrase "incendiary remarks" by journalists around the world regarding Jeremiah Wright's speeches from the pulpit.

Notice I call them speeches and not sermons.

The only thing his speeches have in common with sermons is the fact that they are or were delivered from behind the pulpit which is located at the altar of the Church, where sermons are normally delivered that serve to encourage, enlighten and every other good adjective you can think of.


Word study - Although I have rarely heard the word used to describe a person, it is an appropriate use of the word, according to the second definition...

2. a person who excites factions, quarrels, or sedition : agitator


The word incendiary has also been used to describe the remarks of Imus, remarks we would all like to forget.

Cynthia Tucker, an editorial writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, also used these words to describe Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

Interestingly enough, a writer for Cox News used the word (not really a word, but a typo or error) "indendiary" which conjures up images of the indentured servant rather than fiery remarks.

Incendiary immediately conjures up the image of fire because of its first two syllables which remind us of the word incinerator.

Now I'm wondering if the incendiary remarks will incinerate Obama's chances of winning the Democratic Primary, or has his candidacy been completely obliterated as if it were thrown into an incinerator?

At any rate, its good that Mr. Wright has retired from the pulpit, because he definitely abused its use by promoting hatred and division.

That said, I actually agree with Mr. Wright on one statement, the country is run by wealthy white men. If he had argued his point for all the poor in America, and not insulted Americans with his profanity from the "place where God communicates," then we would not even be having these discussions.

I live in the south where preachers can get carried away, but I have never heard such inflammatory rhetoric and I have sat on the pews of many churches over my 53 years. And yes, I have stood up and walked out when I heard remarks and comments that were obviously not from God and did not enhance the Christian life.

I have no problem standing up for my convictions.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

Iraq War Protests

Not too sure why protestors would choose to block the entrance to the IRS offices in Washington, DC, but they got arrested.

Seems like people would be protesting the IRS if they are positioned at the IRS building.

All that logic aside, I don't understand the logic of protesting the war at any location.

Protesting the war translates to me that you don't care about the hundreds of thousands of lives that have been saved because we took Sadam Hussein down.

Protesting the war means that you have no compassion for the thousands of young girls who were ripped from their homes to satisfy the sexual fantasies of Sadam's sons and their armies.

Protesting the war meas that you don't think we need to make our presence known in order to deter additional radical terrorists groups from even thinking about attacking us on our own soil.

Protesting the war tells me that you are ignorant, living in a fairy tale world that doesn't understand the evil that lurks beyond our shores.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright

Obama's speech was just unbelievable. How could you compare your relationship with a pastor who has radical views supposedly unlike your own, to your tolerance of your beloved grandmother's views?

I have walked out of a few church services in my time when the pastor abused the authority of the pulpit. The authority of the pulpit is to build up the body of believers, teach them the word of God and bring the good news to the congregation in a manner that enhances their life.

The pulpit is NOT the place for radical personal opinions to be taught to sheep who will follow anyone, nor is it the place for hatred, cursing or anything other than what is mentioned above. Any pastor who is performing such self serving tyrades is not a man called by God to pastor a church, or if he is, he is grossly misusing his calling and will be brought to light eventually.

Such is the case with Wright. Unfortunately, or fortunately, the light is also shining on Obama and his true beliefs. An intelligent person will not allow such a misguided person to become their mentor. I knew Obama's propagandized personna was too good to be true.

I would not listen to such garbage from a pulpit even if it was my brother or husband. I would not attend that church, I would not listen to their rants. I would remain true to my convictions.

I expect the same conviction and action from a leader.

Just in case you haven't heard it yet, here it is...

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sex, the root of all evil?

I Timothy 6:10 (Bible) says... "For the love of money is the root of all evil."

However, I would say to you that the love of money is not the only vice that is propelling this generation to possibly go down in history as one of the most vile and disgusting generations of American history.

Could it be that the love of sex is now the root of all evil?

Unfortunately, the secret sexual lives of people holding prominent postions in government is fast becoming the most disgusting and aberrant abuse of power.

These secret lives are becoming public knowledge now, and I fear that there are many more scandals to surface before this nation, especially mainstream America, begins to scream our outrage and let them know that we are disgusted by their actions and refuse to accept this behavior as status quo.

It matters. Yes it does.

If you cannot govern your own body, how can you govern a body of people?

What kind of mind can rationally take the risks that these people have taken with their reputations? What kind of father can risk humiliating his daughters in such a vile manner? If a father has no more love for his own daughter than this, that he would choose to indulge himself no matter the potential consequences, then how in the world can he be trusted with our future?

John Wesley's commentary on the scripture above gives, in my opinion, a more accurate translation...

6:10 Love of money - Commonly called prudent care of what a man has. Is the root - The parent of all manner of evils. Which some coveting have erred - Literally, missed the mark. They aimed not at faith, but at something else. And pierced themselves with many sorrows - From a guilty conscience, tormenting passions, desires contrary to reason, religion, and one another. How cruel are worldly men to themselves!


Fornication is certainly not new. We have endured such scandals from the Kennedy's, Bill Clinton, national and local servants "coming out of the closet" and now Spitzer and McGreevey. We have also suffered at the hands of the religious hypocrites such as Jim Baker, Jimmy Swaggart and the awful molestation of children from those in places of authority. We cannot even trust our school teachers.

I, for one, am tired of this nonsense. These people are selfish, self-serving individuals with not one iota of moral character deserving of their positions. Once such a postion is abused, I would love to see them brought down to the lowest of humanity. I only feel sorry for their families.

I do not blame Hillary Clinton in any way for her husband's abuse of power. It should not enter into her candidacy for president. That is not fair.

But that's another subject altogether.

My point is that these seemingly powerful and influential people are apparently lacking integrity and character. We have been deceived and we must learn how to appropriately interview and research persons who are seeking to serve our nation in such capacities as senators, congressmen and women, governors and presidential positions, including cabinet members.

I would love to see the media challenge these candidates on their moral beliefs.

Let's not wait for the scandal, let's nip it in the bud.


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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Spitzer uses friend's name to register motel rooms

Poor Mr. Fox, Mr. George Fox that is, who is now known for renting motel rooms with hookers, and formerly Gov. Spitzer's friend.

I say formerly because it appears that the good governor was using his name (George Fox) to reserve motel rooms where he was meeting with his very expensive prostitute.

And another "great" politician bites the dust...

Mr. Spitzer was elected in a landslide in 2006, capitalizing on his popularity he won as the “Sheriff of Wall Street” during eight years as attorney general. With a reputation for personal probity and independence, he pledged to bring higher ethical standards to the statehouse.


The more good you do, the more evil tries to embrace you.

Beware, even democrats can fall prey.

Sad that his legacy will just be one of another hypocrite because his true character was one of just rising to the top of his game and not the integrity he falsely showed to the public.

hypocrite - a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, esp. one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

Full Story at NY Times...

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Law of Attraction

No doubt you've heard a lot about the law of attraction and all those wonderful things they claim you can do with your mind.

However, I don't think they tell you how to actually do it.

Well, there is a secret here for you. You first need to know how to program your brain to attract the things you need and desire.

Silva Life System has been around for many years and is widely acclaimed for helping people learn how to reprogram their thinking.

You've heard the expression, "garbage in, garbage out."

There is a way to stop filling your brain with garbage.

The answer is the Silva life System developed more than 50 years ago that teaches you to take the wheel of your life and drive it.


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Enjoy!


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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Rush decides who is republican

Even if you don't listen to the Rush Limbaugh show, you are surely aware that he has been spewing out irrational comments regarding John McCain and his not being republican enough.

Funny, he did the exact same thing to Arnold Schwarzenegger in March of 2007.

Apparently, Rush and his ultra-conservative cronies are republicans first and foremost, or maybe they're wealthy republicans first, and American citizens second, and then Christians third.

As for the mainstream America, if anybody cares, we are Americans first and foremost.

So, with McCain having an 82% Republican status according to some group who actually measures these things, Rush cannot wholeheartedly endorse him or he would be going against his own beliefs.

Hogwash.

Is anyone else tired of Rush's garbage on McCain and Clinton?

He even spouts off that half of America hates Hillary. Really?

I guess they might if they are ignorant enough to buy into Rush's propaganda against her. If she is such a criminal, why were no charges ever brought against her?

Whatever happened to the American way of "innocent until proven guilty?"

The sad truth is that most ultra-conservative repubs, like Rush, are simply trying to control the money.

A woman, a maverick, a compromiser ... these people do not "FIT" into a mold that can be governed by a small group of people behind the scenes.

They want the wealthiest to be in power because the wealthiest will always be concerned about acquiring more wealth.

Unfortunately these so-called Christian republicans couldn't care less about the poor, sick and suffering on our own soil. They hide it well though. They are against abortion, that's what makes them Christian.

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Rush on Arnold story...

McCain's Temper

So tired of reading about the many exaggerated accounts of McCain's temper. We all know he has a temper, but so far, I haven't seen him angry about anything that wouldn't make me angry also.

Latest media frenzy - McCain loses cool with NY Times reporter who questions him about Kerry asking him to consider becoming his VP candidate during the LAST election.

I believe they use the term "reporter" loosely.

IRRELEVANT ISSUE.

You call this journalism?

Who cares about Kerry?

Aren't there enough "current" issues to ask about?

As an independent, I haven't decided yet but some of the media and other people are just looking for ways to crucify a totally understandable act of indignation towards a naive or just plain ignorant journalist who is wasting, yes, wasting a candidate's valuable time on a totally irrelevant issue.

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Sunday, March 02, 2008

Hitler, a Catholic?

Once upon a time, Hitler indeed, was a Catholic.

Now for the rest of the story...

According to the Catholic League for religious and civil rights,

Hitler persecuted the Catholic Church and was automatically excommunicated in 1931—two years before he assumed power—when he acted as best man at Joseph Goebbel’s Protestant wedding. Hitler even bragged about his separation from the Church. As for doing nothing about the Holocaust, Sir Martin Gilbert reminds us that Goebbels denounced Pope Pius XII for his 1942 Christmas message criticizing the Nazis (the New York Times lauded the pope for doing so in an editorial for two years in a row). Much to Hagee’s chagrin, Gilbert also says that Pius XII saved three quarters of the Jews in Rome, and that more Jews were saved proportionately in Catholic countries than Protestant countries. Indeed, Israeli diplomat Pinchas Lapide credited the Catholic Church with saving 860,000 Jews. No religion can match that.


Full story...

“Senator Obama has repudiated the endorsement of Louis Farrakhan, another bigot. McCain should follow suit and retract his embrace of Hagee.”


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John Hagee, Bigot?

What exactly is a bigot?

Can a person be a bigot regarding just one group of people, yet devotedly supportive of another group, both of which are not of their ancestry?

YES.
From the 15th century on Old French bigot meant "an excessively devoted or hypocritical person." Bigot is first recorded in English in 1598 with the sense "a superstitious hypocrite."

read more on the meanings of bigot, here...

I have listened to John Hagee for many years, not devotedly, and not to learn, but to try to understand how he seems so far off course, yet continues to seemingly be blessed and prosper. Unfortunately, I have drawn no meaningful conclusions.

A prophet or pastor cannot tell us things that the Bible has specifically said we are not to know. Hagee's continuous teachings on the end times is a perfect example of what not to do.

That aside, even if the most awful antichrist does happen to be a Catholic, that in no way diminishes the Catholic faith, the Vatican, or the many saints and martyrs that have gone before us.

Do we condemn all teachers because a few of them are pedifiles? NO.

Do we condemn all law enforcement because some of them are crooked, bigots, or violent at home? NO.

Why then, can a pastor who claims to be called of God, by God, to spread the gospel ("good news" brother Hagee, not condemnation) be so far off the mark?

I don't know the answer to that one.

McCain needs to rethink this endorcement. In his defense, I'm pretty sure he didn't know about the bigotry, and now he is probably afraid of offending evangelicals by renouncing the endorsement of Hagee.

Everything is not as it seems.

Do the research, learn the truth.


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