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Open letter to Rep. Chris Smith

19 Aug

Redefining Rape?!

Congressman,
Murder is the foulest of all offenses, yet we at times find mitigating circumstances and we find the foulest of them all justifiable. Rape, however, can not be deemed justifiable or excusable under any circumstances.

Sir, You have failed and defiled the American Constitution by joining the interests of the church with those of the state. You have failed your constituents, who are women or men who have mothers, sisters, and daughters; and you have failed yourself, the author of Public Law 106-386.

Many tax payers pay for government spending that they do not support. That is Democracy. Your bill suggests that tax payers can selectively fund issues that coincide with their private religious beliefs. Americans are a peaceful folk but will support war with their tax dollars because that is the covenant we agreed to in our Constitution.

Men need to recuse themselves from discussions and decisions that affect women only; it would be ethical. Should you be successful in this hateful and un-American endeavor you will have proved that God is either dead, or never existed, and that you are a misogynist.
Shame on you!

Women Unite

10 May

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Calling on all women!

15 Mar

Calling on all women! It is time for the women of the world to realize their power. Isabel Allende has sounded the battle cry, and Bunker Roy has laid out the ground work. On a TED talk Allende talks of the passion that inspires action, and Roy tells how the power of women in the so called developing world has transformed entire villages in rural India and other places through grass roots, high tech training. It is a must see at TED talks. (The links are at the bottom.)

This world, with its male dominated religions and political systems, is at the brink of destruction. We are closer than ever to nuclear annihilation that will begin in the Middle East. Men are just not inclined to really live in peace–too much ego and alpha-male complex combined with wanderlust.

It is not to say that men are evil, they are misguided. That is to say men are led by other men, which is like the blind leading the blind. Worse, it is often the ethically blind leading the ethically ignorant. Men are capable of great feats when pointed in the right direction. The cliché that states that behind every successful man there is a woman is basically accurate.

The terrible state of this “man’s world” is a very good reason to  seriously consider women’s points of view and work with them in leadership positions.

Unity is powerful. Take note, each one of the fingers on the palm of the hand can be bent easily and even broken, but when the fingers curl tightly into a fist, there is invincible strength. So all together now ladies (and gentlemen). The time to act is now. Start a conversation: locally; on line; through demonstrations; write to your Congress person; make yourself heard; get involved.

Please take the time to watch the TED talks, which will take only half an hour for both presentations. It will be time well spent.

http://www.ted.com/talks/isabel_allende_tells_tales_of_passion.html

http://www.ted.com/talks/bunker_roy.html

Of Politics and Policies

29 Feb

Adaptability is the key to survival in the long-run, dogma opposes adaptation. Every living organism adapts to a changing environment or perishes. We the people often change the environment to fit our needs, and it works… in the short run, and then realities catch up with us.
The ability to adapt is crucial in almost every aspect of our life. “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” is a neanderthal way of thinking. I fact the neanderthals must have had it as a motto. For thousands of years they used a stone knife that   had a point and some sharp edges, and it worked. The one-piece stone knife was never developed to more than that. After all, it was not “broke”. And then the homo sapiens came to the neighborhood and added a stick to the stone knife, and the spear was created;  the axe and the arrow were soon to  follow. The neanderthals have perished, but some of there genes are still with us, and the state of this here “man’s world” is the proof of that.
The “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” philosophy practically drove the American auto industry to extinction, and it was only drastic reform and change that saved it. The ability to revise one’s beliefs, as fundamental as they may be, is a strength, and sometimes it is the only thing to do.

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew.”
–Abraham Lincoln