More shootings

When is it going to end?  More untreated mental illness, societal ills and anger.  Some attacks are by terrorists, disgruntled people, racists, deranged, etc. Our government does nothing. They talk about declaring war on ISIS, asking for prayers, moments of silence, vigils, constant news coverage with opinions.  hashtags # blue livematter, #all lives matter, #blacklives matter.  Politicians chiming in on what they would do if they were in power.  The NRA declares better and more guns would solve the problem.  If police lives matter, you wouldn’t give guns to civilians that have repeating rounds.  If black lives matter, you wouldn’t call to hang president obama or call black people thugs.  If all lives matter, you wouldn’t dimish the deaths with an I’ll pray for you.  No one ever said only black lives matter.  We are acutely aware that black gangs kill each other.  The difference is- if Tyrone kills Damone in the street, Tyrone is apprehended and prosecuted.  No one mentions anything disparaging about Damones past or if he smoked a joint in 2014.  If Damone is shot by a white or a cop, they dig into his past to justify it.  They run his name through the mud.  They find every excuse, mental illness, feared for their life,etc for the shooter who may or may not go to trial. Thats what it is about accountability.  If I shoot someone, even in self defense, they should at least look into it.  Anyone can say I am afraid and I thought he had a gun.  Who can challenge it?  Dead men tell no tales.  When they don’t find a gun, oh they reached in their pocket.  I thought they were going for a gun.  There hands were up, well they reached for something and then put them up.  Cops have tasers, clubs, cars, and many weapons at their disposal.  Why is the gun the first choice to solve any problem?  I don’t think all lives matter, or we wouldn’t be so quick to choose a gun to solve a problem. I want my own hashtag.  #Anne for peace.

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Super Tuesday not so super

I was watching the results of super Tuesday and kicking myself for doing it.  Everyone is claiming to be Americas choice and savior.  I noticed that my state; the state of Monroe, Jefferson, Washington, Madison, Wilson, Tyler, Taylor and Harrison picked Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The Presidents who railed against political parties, gave woman suffrage, formed the constitution to separate church and state.  They created the Monroe Doctrine, the declaration of independence and the bill of rights.  This is what they have chosen to represent out state.

I hate to tell Donald Trump but my Irish great great Grandfather hid on a boat to come here from Ireland to keep from starving.  He didn’t have a passport or a visa.  He was treated like crap in New York and migrated to the mountains of VA to remain and impoverished laborer his whole life. He married a local woman and had 8 children, one was my great grandfather.  He was not a rapist or a drug dealer.

I have relatives that did Loftin Walton, Great Grandpa wiggington, Robert bohon, and a bishop.  Two died leaving widows and numerous children. That war was the worst in our nation and we still suffer from it.  I look at statues for the confederate dead with mixed feelings.  They fought for a cause that was wrong with slavery, but correct in terms of states rights. They fought for Virginia.

I remember tales of my mountain relatives working along side the negro trying to survive and they all helped each other.  They didn’t need food stamps and grew their own food and shared with others.

My Father, my uncle and my husband are veterans and gun owners.  We hardly are what you would call extremists, richies, bigots.  We don’t have to take our gun to chipotle or Walmart to show how patriotic we are to others.  Their service and actions show that, not a gun.  And by the way, Obama hasn’t come for them and never will.

My Grandpa Doyle was my favorite human being on earth.  He was a lifelong union democrat.  He would argue politics with his republican sons.  I grew up in a house where woman could speak their mind.  I was college educated and it was encouraged that I do so.  I remember taking my grandma to vote and we each voted for a separate candidate.  Everyone discussed points of view and got along.   My Grandpa had black people in his house when it wasn’t cool.  He worked for the rail road and thought Jim Crow laws were stupid as he had to separate the passengers when they left WV into VA.  He loved JFK and thought his death was the greatest tragedy of his life. He worked his ass off from a small child until he was 72 years old.  Yet, he didn’t begrudge people being poor and getting help.  He helped many of his poor relatives, his church without complaint.  He sent nephews and nieces to college. He died a man with money in the bank and his funeral at the age of 93 was standing room only.

I wish I could ask him about the candidates running for president and get his take on it.  I guess he would be a Hillary supporter since he is a Democrat.  Yet I am not sure he would like a woman president.  He would not like Donald Trump because he is a Yankee.  He tended to prefer people that worked hard, not behind desks.  He didn’t like racists.  He also told me his Mother died from having too many children.  He would have thought the crap about birth control was stupid.  He lost his mother when he was 12, when she and her 9th child died together.  He attributed too many kids to poverty.  He only had two children, because he didn’t want to lose my grandma to childbirth.  They were married 59 years.  He wouldn’t have liked candidates that were divorced.  That was a moral failing to him to not keep your wife happy and not to cherish her.  He read the Bible every day for 53 years.  He would not recognize who we call Christians today. I am quite sure he would be for immigration.  His Mother was part Cherokee. He was very family oriented.  He talked about Ireland fondly, even though he never went there.  It was a part of him.

He would not like all the debates with yelling and name calling.  Men act like gentleman.  He always wore a hat and tipped it to a lady.  He could get the point across without  being an asshole.  He never had a gun that I knew of, but I also know anyone that would have crossed him.  When the blacks moved into his neighborhood, he was the last white to move out.  He didn’t see why he had to move, just because some black folks moved in.  He made friends with them.  He eventually had to move because the neighborhood became dangerous.  He missed his house and called the owners every day until he died to check  on it.

I cannot vote for any of the Republican candidate right now.  They are too extreme for me. I don’t think walls will keep anyone out of our country.  I don’t think corporations are people and they aren’t a religion.  Gay people are not the enemy and big government interventions in my bedroom are not needed. I don’t want to hear someone’s religious testimony at a political rally. I don’t care about your religion to govern me.

 

 

My religion vs. your religion

So much is in the news about religious freedom, sharia law, tyranny.  It is enough to frighten people into thinking they are losing their rights.  People are scared they won’t be able to worship or we will be forced to be Muslim.  Then they start the war on Christmas. Kim Davis a law breaking clerk making 80,000 a year in Rowan county KY to not do her job is used as a political tool for Christianity.

First I want to be clear.  The war on Christmas is capitalism, when people camp all night in front of best buy instead of spending time with their family at Thanksgiving.  The constitution prevents sharia law from being the law of the land and we cannot have a state religion, so we won’t be Muslim.

That being said, we can’t force people to be Christian either.  I am a Christian.  There are a lot of things that people do that I don’t approve of or wouldn’t do.  In my practice, my faith is how I act and treat others.  It isn’t a forum for me to preach and judge.  I do believe in an individual church and a person’s home, you can do what you want, but not the public square.

Personally, I do not care one way or the other about gay marriage.  If I don’t like it, I won’t have one. Don’t force me to be gay, I won’t force you to be straight. Live and let live.  God decides in the end and we each answer for ourselves.

Kim Davis is not a martyr for Christ.  I find it convenient after 3 divorces, twins conceived out-of-wedlock, she finds Jesus so much that she wants to enforce the one man one woman marriage rule on everyone else.  I am glad she found Jesus.  I hope everyone finds Jesus.  If this is her true belief, then she needs to repent and return to her first husband.  Render unto Ceasar what is Ceasars and what is Gods to God.   She has every right in her church to not have a gay marriage.  She is elected to a public secular job to serve everyone in her county.  If she can no longer do this, she needs to resign.  The law of the land has spoken, whether we like it or not.

I have some examples of what it would be like if everyone did this behavior.

I won’t ring that ham up for you.  I am Jewish and ham is unclean.

I am sorry I cannot sell you alcohol, because I am a Southern Baptist and drinking alcohol offends the temple of the Lord.

You cannot drive a car. I am a Muslim and woman cannot drive.  I am sorry you must wear a hajib to come into my establishment and have your husband with you.  You aren’t married, well you have to leave, because I cannot look at a single woman.

No I will not move the cow out of the street.  I am a Hindu and that cow is sacred.  You need to worship that cow now.

No I will not issue you a gun.  I am a pacifist Quaker and guns kill people.  No we will not go to war, because the ten commandments say do not kill.

You were caught in adultery your stoning is at 2 pm. I don’t care that your husband beats you, divorce is against God.

I am an atheist so you cannot have a Bible in my presence and turn that God music off.

No I will not sell meat, I am a vegan.  No we will not turn down our Satanic music because we are worshiping  the devil now.

You need to start having children right away, birth control is evil.  I don’t care that you can’t afford children.  NO I will not sell you condoms.  I am Catholic and answer to the Pope.  I don’t care that you aren’t Catholic.  No porn in the store or lottery tickets.  That is sinful and it offends me.

I want a special menu with no pork on it.

No you can’t mix fabrics in your clothes.  Leviticus specifies how you should dress.  I don’t care that you are cold, you can’t wear that.

Today we fast.  I don’t care that you are diabetic, we are fasting.

We need to close the hospital because the 7th day Adventists are going to pray and heal us.  Oh your son died, well I guess you didn’t pray enough, or was a sinner and deserved Gods punishment.

Your Father raped you, well you have to honor your Father, so we can’t prosecute him, he asked for forgiveness. You have to keep the baby God blessed you with, slut.

Does this sound absurd to you?  If it doesn’t move to a country without religious freedom.  Iran is nice this time of year.  Saudi Arabia might let you in.

Religious freedom.  I have a book of my religion in my house I can freely display and read.  I can carry my book everywhere.  I can pray in public.  I go to church on Sunday.  No one comes to my church and tells me to leave. I can marry someone of my faith. I am not told I can’t work somewhere because of my faith or lack of faith.

Religious tyranny.  I am a specific religion.  My religion is better than yours and you have to follow it. Sorry our country doesn’t roll that way.  Kim Davis resign or give out licenses.  Quit making KY look stupid.  Don’t hide behind my Jesus for your own media circus and personal gain.

Amen.