Saturday, March 27, 2010

RC sex scandle

There are two forms of morality. One is secular and the other is spiritual.
Sometimes the two coincide. Other times the two are in opposition.
In the case of these RC sex scandals, the two moralities can be in conflict.
In my opinion, those who believe/know they have been victimized should report the problem to the police, not the church. I also believe the church should tell people to report the problem to the police and not say,"We'll look into it."
To make my point as clear as possible - if you have been shot, raped or robbed by a priest, go to the cops. Don't go complain to the Church.
The Church is not an extension nor is it an arm of the criminal justice system.
If I were to go to a priest and confess that I committed murder, rape or robbery, he might suggest I turn myself in but would never make it a requirement for me to be forgiven before God.
I know many people do not like this but for it to be otherwise would be a violation of the separation between church and state.
By the way, while I do not have the same right to secrecy before the law as does a priest and while the legal justice system would argue I must inform them of any wrong doing done by anyone, on a spiritual moral level I do not have any such obligation. On a secular level I do have the obligation. On a spiritual level I do not have an obligation.
These differences between the secular (sometimes called the mundane) and the spiritual are part of what makes life interesting.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The selfish American

What bothers me about this whole health care debate is the underlying selfishness that seems to be the basis of opposition to health care reform. It seems to be a case of "I got mine. Tough luck if you don't have yours."
I wonder how the vote might have gone if we were to take away the free health care all of our elected officials have. I wonder how it would have went if a law were passed that required all who have health insurance through their job were required to pay the full premium.
I think I know the answer. I think everyone would know the answer. There would be riots.
The fact of the matter is that all health insurance is currently being subsidized in a variety of ways. The problem is that some people are being subsidized more than others.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Attorney Generals waste money

Let's here it for the idiot Attorney Generals.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said Monday, March 22, he planes to file a complaint "the moment Obama signs the (health) bill.
Abbott pledged to pursue the case "to protect all Texans' constitutional rights, preserve the constitutional framework intended by our nation's founders and defend our state from further infringement by the federal government."
Other states planning to challenge the bill are Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington.
If it is really dumb, it usually starts in Texas.
There is no group of self-serving, sanctimonious hypocrites in the good Ol' US of A than attorney generals.
They love spending tax payer dollars to advance their political futures.

Cheers and boos

Well, something called health care reform has passed. As a result, I'm certain there are a lot of cheers and boos out there. Frankly, since I'm 67, still working, have insurance through my job and have, when I need it, Medicare, I really don't care one way or the other.
There is a backup plan available for all, should you get sick and don't have any form of health care/insurance. It's doesn't cost any money but does require some guts.
Rob a bank!
If you get away with it and rob enough money, you can pay for your health care. If you get caught, still not a problem. You go to prison, get free room and board, and health care.
Is this a great country or what?

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Crazy government vs. crazy people

I don't know where you stand but I think we are all going nuts.
We might not agree on this, that or the other thing but I think we can all agree these are strange times.
Energy prices are rising and we are told this is because the economy is improving. At the same time we are told inflation is flat. Go figure.
Health Care. Apparently some kind of bill will pass today or soon. Maybe you are for it or maybe you are against it but I think we can agree doctors, hospitals, medicine and the cost of insurance is way too high.
If you want free health care, your best choices are to get elected or sent to jail. I guess this is because our elected officials want to be covered in our out of office.
Cigarettes. I am a smoker and have been smoking for 50 years. I seldom go to the doctor and I am hardly ever sick enough to stay home. I am not saying you should smoke if you want to stay as healthy as me. I am saying all forms of booze is far more dangerous than cigarettes. So why are cigarettes tax so much higher than beer, wine and whiskey? I know the answer. It's because the government wants money and thinks it is easier to frisk smokers. Anti-smoking is replacing Christianity as the main religion.
One more rant.
Why is it that American men are about the only men in the world who go to the beach wearing long, baggy shorts instead of briefs? The men want the women to wear skimpy swim suits that show as much as the law will allow but they are afraid to show what they have or don't have.
Speaking of what the law allows, why is it that men can go topless but the women can't. Sounds like discrimination to me!