July 2, 2015

Some more thoughts on the Genetic Contract

Posted in Politics tagged , , at 1:24 am by gruundehn

For the last week I have continued to think about the genetic contract when I could, and for the last few days it hasn’t been often. And I think I have come up with some more thoughts on it.

Prostitution is called “The Oldest Profession” and for a reason. Prostitution has existed since recorded history began and there is some indication in the records that it existed prior to the start of recorded history. In spite of all the efforts to stamp it out, it continues to exist even where most harshly suppressed. There must be a reason for this.

I think that the reason has to do with what I call the Genetic Contract. As I explained last week I think that males were guided by evolution into the dangerous jobs of hunting and protecting. Thus there were probably more women than men many times throughout pre-history. I don’t claim that the genetic basis for the contract has evolved enough to eliminate all sexual desires outside of the evolutionary approved contract between a man and a woman. Thus men will stray, although not every man and probably not most men, as will women, again not every woman and probably not most women. But when those times when there were excess women to the available men the women, driven by genetics, tried to keep to the contract but couldn’t. Thus the women would settle for a temporary illusion of the contract in order to survive and provide for her children. And men would buy the favors of these women because monogamy had not been strongly settled in their genes. Thus prostitution is, I think, a slight aberration of the genetic contract that has ensured the survival of the species.

Feminism is another such. As I mentioned last week, feminism is a function of women being selfish as their part of the genetic contract and selfishly wanting to avoid keeping the contract with the male population. So, I don’t blame feminist women for being selfish but I do blame feminist men for not living up to their genetic contract. Especially since I expect that if it ever came to it, males would still get the dangerous part of the contract and none of the good part. Males will march off to war in order to protect “the women folk” and instead of rewards such as their ancestors got, they will get abuse instead because selfish women will not want to abide by the contract. And the selfish women will be merely acting in accordance with evolution.

Gorillas are endangered in part because of loss of habitat but also, and primarily perhaps, because they have carried the few children raised well strategy too far and their young do not replace those who die. Other endangered species are endangered because an evolutionary strategy has gone too far and become counter-survival. An argument can be made that feminism takes the female selfishness in the genetic contract too far and will endanger our survival.

June 29, 2015

5th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 8, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 12:17 am by gruundehn

My eldest brother passed on at approximately 1:10 PM Mountain Standard Time today June 28, 2015. After I write this and do my evening blood sugar test and take my medicines I am going to have a good tantrum or whatever. My brother Dan was six years younger than me (October 14, 1949 vs. December 10, 1955) and even though he was bad off due to his accident where he was knocked off a steel girder into a pile of trusses oh those many years ago he was still younger than I am and that hurts. He died in St. Joseph’s Hospital of a heart attack just as our father did December 2, 1977. As I told my nephew, eldest son of another brother, we Coles have a terrible history with that hospital.

Up until now this last week had been pretty good. I have commented before on my problems sleeping but this past week I have had little if any problem sleeping. Indeed, I rarely get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom. Instead of sleeping for just an hour or so before my bladder wakes me, I have been sleeping for anywhere from three to five hours straight. That is heaven for someone who hasn’t done that for years.

I’m having a hard time thinking. So, if you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St-Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Agok Garang, Jean Keplinger, James Neeley, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Barbara & Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ed, Lee, Que, Soloman, Charles Bower, William Brown, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Vivian Price, Kathleen Santo, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Charles, Edna, Georgie, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Michelle, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Phil, Rob, Tina, W. William; for animal companions in need especially Logan, Vienna; for those who have died especially Betty Rohleder, Krissie K. Davis, Dan Cole; for animal companions who have died especially Jelly Belly, Bear-dog, Frosty, Mishka. I ask that you pray for the millions who have been killed, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that you pray for Leah Still a young girl whose cancer has returned.

What I have been writing: Working on Imperial Investigator and getting little done and will probably get even less done this upcoming week.

What I have been reading: Sister Fidelma and Nero Wolfe

What I have been watching: I started on the mini-series Rome again but haven’t gone far and probably won’t get far this upcoming week either.

June 25, 2015

Genetic Contract

Posted in Politics tagged , , , , , , at 12:15 am by gruundehn

I am going to discuss how the change from genus Australopithecus to genus Homo has ramifications that exist even today. And how ignoring these ramifications does society no good.

Australopithecus was a herbivore, a vegetarian if you will. Most of the species of the genus were about the size of a Bonobo or as it used to be called commonly, a Pigmy Chimp. The change from genus Australopithecus to genus Homo resulted in larger size and more importantly larger brain size. And it is the later that causes the problems. Not that having a large brain is a problem but there are problems in childhood caused by the large brain, or rather the large head a large brain requires.

The birth canal in a woman’s pelvis can grow only so large before the pelvic region becomes distorted and dangerous to the survival of the woman. A large head in a baby requires a large birth canal. So evolution had to compromise and have most of the brain and head growth happen after birth. This leaves the child helpless for some months. A helpless child is dependent upon the mother for more than just milk, the only food the child can have especially among Homo Hablis, Homo Erectus and the other early species. A helpless child needs protection and just about everything else for survival. About the only thing a helpless child can do is breathe. Everything else has to be provided to the child.

So, the mother of an infant has to provide for that infant for a long period, longer than other primates and longer than most if not all other mammals. It may be as long as four years before a Human child is fully weaned from mother’s milk. Why can’t the father take up some of this responsibility? No man can provide the milk a child needs. A man may be able to hold and protect a child but children gravitate to their mothers on an instinctual level. Also a man has other jobs that he must do.

A mother is not as able to forage for fruits, berries, and other food as easily with a child present as without. A tribe may have one woman act as nurse to all the tribe’s children (probably never more than a couple given child mortality rates back then) and let the other women forage but this still reduces the number of women doing the foraging. It also leaves the women and children vulnerable to predators since a woman caring for a baby is less able to fight unless she leaves the child elsewhere and fights. Which may put the child at more risk of the predators work in a group.

This is where the genetic contract begins. Men are not tied down and are free to move about and hunt. This is critical as meat is vital to the survival of the species. Women being limited by children need the Calories that meat provides as their limited mobility may not allow them to forage enough for them and their children. Plus a brain is expensive in term of Caloric needs. It takes a lot to grow a brain and a lot to run a brain. If our ancestors had stayed herbivores the amount of plant material needed would ensure that we would  never have the time to do anything else but graze and even then there probably wouldn’t be enough Calories to sustain us. Eating meat allowed our ancestors to grow a large brain and keep it going. Even today the brain uses as many Calories as the rest of the body combined. It is expensive and modern vegetarians survive only because of modern farming techniques.

So, ancient men had the ability to produce more food, in terms of Calories, than women. They began feeding women and the children of women. Why? What did the men get out of it? Well look at the rest of nature. Males generally compete with other males for the right to mate. This uses up a lot of energy and can result in wounds or death. This happened every mating season except for the very few species that mated for life. So men got two things out of this: 1) the right to mate exclusively with one woman thereby saving a lot of time and effort in competing with other males; and 2) the knowledge that the resulting children were his and thus carried on his genetic legacy. Not that he ever thought in terms of genetic legacy but the idea is the same, the children were his. For this he provided meat for (and protected even with his life) the woman and children even into her old age when she was past child-bearing age.

The woman got food and protection and a retirement in exchange for saving herself for one specific man among the tribe. Later this included decorations and just about anything else she wanted. Why? Because she was damn important to the survival of the tribe or even the species. The man wasn’t.

Why was the woman more important than the man? Think about it. One man, presuming he is fertile, can impregnate an unlimited number of women at a time. Thus several children can grow up at once and overcome child mortality. A woman can bear only one child a year and child mortality can wipe out several years of work. A tribe with twenty-five men and twenty-five women can lose perhaps twenty of the men and still survive. Thus men are expendable even to this day because the contract that men provide what women need and women provide sexual exclusivity is in our genetic code, evolution would ensure that as a social contract may not work strong enough to ensure the survival of the species. I have never married, I have no children and I still understand that it is my job, if need be, to stand in the way of a charging predator to save the life of women and children, even if the children are someone else’s. Living up to that genetic contract used to provide some praise now it provides shame.

Women, especially feminists, still demand that they get what they want because they are women but are increasingly refusing to live up to their end of the contract. At least that is how it looks. Am I wrong?

June 22, 2015

4th Sunday After Pentecost, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , at 1:25 am by gruundehn

I seem to never get settled down in my sleeping habits, which is bad. Either I sleep almost nothing in a night or I sleep long hours as if I was trying to catch up for the nights of little or no sleep. Last night was one of the later. I didn’t wake up until after 10 AM MST, and church started at 10 AM so I missed it, even though I went to bed at my normal time of around 10 PM. Maybe this pattern, or lack thereof, means something. If so, I wish I knew what it was so I could take action and go back to a regular sleep pattern.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors approved their budget for the next fiscal year and it is pathetic. Several Sherriff’s deputies spoke and pleaded for the Board to adhere to the contract between the County Government and the Deputies. According to those deputies they were promised a step increase every year or two years I am not sure which as it was explicitly stated but none have happened for over eight and perhaps ten years. Deputies have had to try and live on starting salary for years with only a 3% across-the-board raise two years ago – a raise that did not match the inflation since the previous across-the-board raise and has fallen far behind since. Those deputies spoke of family and friends having to pitch in and help support them obtain basic foodstuffs because their salary cannot support a single person let alone a family even with two parents working unless the other parent made a huge salary. I now have my theme for when I chew out the Board on a weekly basis, or during the summer a monthly basis.

For those of you who wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Agok Garang, Jean Keplinger, Lois Mervyn, Dick Miya, James Neeley, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Barbara & Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ed, Lee, Marilyn, Yong Ae, Yvonne, William Brown, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Vivian Price, Kathleen Santo, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Edna, George, Jay, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Penny, Peter, Rob, Tina, W., William; for animal companions in need especially Logan, Vienna; for those who have died especially Betty Rohleder; for animal companions who have died especially Jelly Belly, Bear-Dog. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been killed, driven from their homelands or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that you pray for Leah Still whose cancer has returned.

What I’m writing: I got nothing written last week. No specific problem just a lot of little things that kept me from writing. I plan on doubling down this week and getting a lot done.

What I’m reading: Aside from some detective works (Nero Wolfe and Sister Fidelma) I obtained a copy of an old “Doc” Smith science-fiction work – The Skylark of Space – and have been reading that. I prefer his Lensman series but for something from the 1920’s the Skylark series is good.

What I’m watching: Nothing specific but I did watch Cats more than once. The songs are good but it is the dancing and costumes that fascinate me.

June 18, 2015

Human Prejudice

Posted in Politics tagged , at 12:47 am by gruundehn

Everyone has some prejudice in them, the human animal is built that way. It saves time when hunting or avoiding being hunted. One sees a partial form and jumps to a conclusion that it is or is not a danger. And if it is a danger one can take action to defend oneself or run away. If it isn’t a danger one can then proceed to decide if it is food or not and if it is kill it and feed the family. If not then one can ignore it.

It is this survival mechanism that is the basis for human prejudice. One collects a few facts and makes a judgment and proceeds onward. If one is wrong, one can learn from the incident or not and most often it is not. Humans seem to defend prejudices and the more often the prejudice is wrong, at least in modern times as far as I can determine, the stronger the prejudice becomes. And it shouldn’t be that way.

But regardless of what should or shouldn’t be, it is reality that we need to deal with. One of my father’s favorite sayings was: If the refrigerator is broken, changing the tires on your car won’t solve the problem. So we have to deal with the reality that people, especially people committed to a cause, will ignore facts in order to keep their prejudices intact. Not everyone of course, and not all the time of course. Someone may cling stubbornly to a prejudice against all evidence but abandon another one at the first hint that it might be wrong. And the depth of the prejudice may not be a major factor in these actions – I wish someone would do a serious scientific study on this, and if it has been done publicize it more heavily – in my own experience I know that I have fought tooth and nail as the saying goes over something I knew was wrong and abandoned a view without qualm when it was challenged. But I don’t remember how strongly I felt about those positions beforehand.

Agenda-driven political extremists are the most willing to ignore facts that show their prejudices wrong. Once you have committed your ego to something, and to a large public, the idea of changing your position becomes too hard to contemplate. Now such people have a very good use in society because it is those types of people who drive science and politics. The problem is when the prejudices of those people drive science or politics to a wrong end. Junk science is extremely harmful to society. And junk science is driven by people who will not abandon their prejudice when confronted with the facts.

So the ideal would be for everyone to admit their prejudices and move on, abandoning them when wrong. But I doubt that such an ideal will ever exist. So what then becomes the realistic solution? Accept that everyone has prejudices and try to work to eliminate those prejudices while knowing one cannot succeed every time.

June 15, 2015

3rd Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 6, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , at 1:58 am by gruundehn

Another week over and not a lot done. Most of my weeks are pretty much the same in general terms, I think I have mentioned this before but if so, it bears repeating. At my age, 65, I am finished – pretty much – with world travel – that was great when I was on active duty but now it is a bother – and seeking out adventure. I know, a lot of people my age and older go world travelling to see new sights and have new experiences but I think that these people never did much travelling when younger. I am reminded of the bit in A Christmas Carol when Scrooge is told by the ghost of Marley that every man is required to travel and expand his horizons. I may not be saying it right, I don’t have the book at hand and I don’t want to watch either of the two videos of it that I have; but you catch my meaning, and the book’s I hope. I also think that each person has a set store of “wandering miles” and when used up stays at home and if not used up the store of miles kind of ags at the person until they do start exploring.

It was a healing Sunday at church and I took the opportunity and asked for some healing. When asked what I wanted healed, I replied that I was trying to remember what DIDN’T hurt. So I feel a lot better, especially after a nice nap this afternoon. I have personal evidence that healing services work, both myself and other members of my family but I cannot offer scientific proof so I rarely mention it as if challenged I can make no reply and so anyone would decide that I was just telling a tall tale. And I think that is the way God wants it, not proof but faith.

I have to go downtown tomorrow and challenge the Pima County Board of Supervisors. They don’t meet until Tuesday but their advertisement for that meeting is in error, which I caught this afternoon as I was getting ready for Tuesday’s meeting, and so they cannot legally meet; at least, not Tuesday – Wednesday or later, yes they can and that is going to mess up the budget process.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Agok Garang, Jean Keplinger, James Neeley, Danielle Phillips, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Barbara & Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ed, Lee, William Brown, Francesc Jarvis, Tony Jones, Maribel Ortiz, Laurence Pasquini, Vivian Price, Kathleen Santo, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Bill, Charlie, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Nate, Nick & Emily, Peggy Peter, Phil, Rob, Tina; for animal companions in need especially Logan, Vienna; for those who have died especially Claire Price; for animal companions who have died especially Jelly Belly, Bear-dog, Frosty. I also ask that you pray for the millions of people who have been murdered, driven from their homes or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that ou pray for the health of Leah Still – you may remember two years ago her father didn’t make the Cincinnati Bengals team as a rookie but in order to get health insurance for Leah the Bengals put him on the Practice Squad and as a result she has been getting cancer treatments. I have been a fan since Day One and I have never been prouder of the team, not even when they went to the Super Bowl.

What I’m watching: Various DVDs with no real pattern.

What I’m reading: Paris at the End of the World an account of Paris life during WW I. Interesting.

What I’m writing: Still plugging away on Imperial Investigator.

June 11, 2015

Journalists

Posted in Politics tagged , , , , at 5:31 am by gruundehn

I have a fantasy dream. In this dream I win the lottery, one of the big first place prizes where I am supposed to stand up and do a news conference. At that conference I am asked what I am going to do with the money, since that seems to be a standard question. I do not give a standard answer. I answer by saying that I intend to start a foundation that will train people to, and pay them to do this after their training, go out and kill journalists who ask stupid questions. After all, in spite of what teachers have said for generations, there are stupid questions.

Once that little bombshell is out I continue on with a comment that I have decided against that program as journalism schools would replace the dead in a short time and besides, it might get me talked about. But on a relevant side point, what kind of idiot needs to go to college to learn how to ask questions and do research? Until fairly recently journalists learned their trade by apprenticeship programs. But in either case journalists know nothing except journalism and can never report properly on any issue. At least, that is how it seems. Read newspapers, magazines, online articles and whatever else you wish and you will discover a depth of ignorance on issues that is astounding.

I turn 66 years old this upcoming October. For most of my adult life I have read, and casually studied, many subjects. Sometimes I even remember some important material. There are few subjects I haven’t tried to learn something about, even when I was on active duty and in a combat zone. And yes, I did get shot at but it was friendly fire which is never friendly. I still have the occasional nightmare where the bullets get closer and I know that the next batch will hit me in the head. That is when I wake up, thankfully not screaming. So I have some knowledge on many subjects. Journalists seem to avoid learning anything about any subject.

Perhaps some journalist who covers a specific field over a period of years will learn something about that subject. But those seem few and far between. Journalists never seem to know enough to ask questions that might actually inform and educate the populous. Which is why they seem to concentrate on entertainment “news” and even that is covered superficially.

In some ways the coverage of Watergate seems to have spoiled journalism. Yes, Nixon was a crook, but since we now know that “Deep Throat” leaked the information he did because of personal reasons, he had been denied a job he wanted as I remember, and not for some sense of justice. The evidence of psychological studies seems to indicate that no one does anything for altruistic reasons, selfishness is always hiding among the reasons either stated or unstated. But the publicity of the coverage, and the fact that is was the starting point of an avalanche that brought Nixon to resign, gave too many youngsters the idea that any journalist could, and would, be pivotal in major events. And that spoiled honest reporting.

Not that journalists were previously so pure, there are plenty of examples of bigotry and bias on the part of journalists in the past, but it seems to be worse now than before. And that is bad, perhaps even fatal, for America.

June 7, 2015

2nd Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 5, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , at 11:30 pm by gruundehn

I normally make these Sunday posts at about 5 PM MST but because I want to attend an event at 6PM I have to leave home at about 4:30 in order to catch a bus a 5PM so I can make the start of the event. Thus I am making this post at 4PM.

I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube which has seriously eaten into my writing time. It also has made me think a lot since I tend to go for philosophical channels plus a few others. I often re-watch two music videos: the Air Force song and Ghost Riders in the Sky. I watch these for personal reasons due to their connection to my past.

The Pima County Board of Supervisors continues to meet my low expectations. I still attend their meetings but I do wonder if I waste my time. I almost decide to stop when one of the Supervisors makes a comment that shows that I am getting through to them, even when they misunderstand my point. This week was an example of that. Supervisor Elias responded to my point about wages but he missed my point that wages should not be merely uniform for the sake of being uniform but that the wages paid to an employee should be based upon the value of the employee to the employer. He did remember my point using the NBA and WNBA as examples, he just didn’t apply it.

I got my tax refund from the Federal Government fairly quickly but I am still waiting for my tax refund from the State of Arizona. It was about $300 from the Federal Government and about the same from Arizona. I am getting annoyed.

I do get some writing done and I visit several blogs and occasionally post a comment, most recently on a bloggers post about going to Thailand. I spent over two years in Thailand during the Viet Nam War and enjoyed myself there. The Thai people were friendly and fun to be around, and the local towns where the airbases were had a lot of reasons to visit and I enjoyed them. However I have never gone back and probably never will because I do not want to destroy my memories with the present situation. Just as I will probably never go back and visit anywhere I have lived in the past for the same reason. The houses I grew up in look like what now? Is the area a slum or otherwise rundown? And so forth. I’ll keep my memories and make new ones if I do ever travel anywhere.

If you wish to do so, please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop of Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military, especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Eric Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Jean Keplinger, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ed, Lee, William Brown, Francesca Jarvis, Tony Jones, Maribel Ortiz, Kathleen Santo, Peggy Southwick, Amy, Charlie, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Karl, Monica, Roan & Danitza, Nate, Nichole, Nick & Emily, Phil, Rob, Tina; for animal companions in need especially Logan, Vienna, Frosty; for those who have died; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for the millions who have been killed, driven from their homelands or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I ask that you pray for a little girl, Leah Still, whose cancer has returned. And I ask that you pray for the approximately 2,800 veterans of SEA who have died over the past week often from Government abuse or neglect.

What I am reading: Some Nero Wolfe and some religious books.

What I am watching: Some DVDs, especially the Dirty Pair anime, I just got some new DVDs and am watching shows I haven’t watched except on borrowed DVDs.

What I am writing: I do get some writing in and have been working on Imperial Investigator.

June 4, 2015

Government Power Abuse

Posted in Politics tagged , , , at 3:09 am by gruundehn

All governments are made up of people – human beings – and those people act according to the principles of human psychology. Any government bureaucrat has three priorities for example: 1) the bureaucracy that the bureaucrat works for because without that bureaucracy the bureaucrat has no job nor chance for advancement or recognition; 2) the special interests that deal with the bureaucracy on a regular basis and probably provide the bureaucracy with consulting experts, managers, and so forth; 3) and last and least is the public – you.

If bureaucracies have no firm and strong limits placed upon them then the bureaucracy is going to acquire power either lawfully or unlawfully. And if unlawfully the bureaucracy will protect itself, even if it is the bureaucracy of another agency that is acting in a criminal manner. That is why America operates under the Rule of Law and not the Rule of Whim, or at least is supposed to operate as such. However decades of training the public that the Constitution is not a hard and fast document the Rule of Law has been undermined and the Rule of Whim has gained to the benefit of bureaucracies and despots, petty or otherwise.

So, what can be done to restore the Rule of Law and eliminate government abuse? Voting for a Republican instead of a Democrat is probably useless as historically the Republicans are just as eager to advance the Rule of Whim since it gives them power as well as giving it to Democrats. I have a bias here, I am a Libertarian, (indeed I am a Pima County Party official) and you might say that my advocating voting for a Libertarian, many Libertarians, is self-serving. But even allowing for my bias, voting for Libertarian candidates makes sense. Only the Libertarian Party has consistently advocated the Rule of Law over the last 40+ years. Only Libertarians have acted according to such principles when elected to public office. Both Democrats and Republicans have consistently succumbed to the addiction of power and abused that power over the same period of time, indeed much longer.

Watch the YouTube video “Another TSA video to make your blood boil” and others of similar ilk to see what has become normal in America because we have been taught by government agents (public school teachers are government bureaucrats after all) to accept whatever the government does. Joseph Stalin and Adolph Hitler would be proud.

America is no longer “the land of the free” because we are no longer “the home of the brave” and that is sick.

June 1, 2015

Trinity Sunday, 2015

Posted in Personal tagged , , , , , at 1:25 am by gruundehn

Ah, the only Sunday in the Church Year, for those that hold to the Church Calendar, dedicated to a theological concept rather than an event or person.

The choir at church sang for the last time until September, they have the summer off. Some take the summer completely off but most still attend services, at least occasionally.

As a third point about church, there was a baptism today. I love baptisms. Welcoming someone into the Christian community, regardless of their age, is a most wonderful thing. The child cried as the water was poured over her and I was reminded of something Father Dilley used to say on such occasions. He always said he liked it when a child cried because it showed that the Devil knew what was coming and knew he could do nothing to stop it. Of course, that was sixty years ago but I still remember it every time a child cries during baptism.

I wrote up and turned in two short essays on why two of the seven bond packages should be rejected by the voters. I would have done all seven but the Pima County Libertarian Party only authorized two and I cannot afford to pay for the other five myself. I hope that my comments make some difference, Pima County cannot afford the extra debt these bonds represent nor the increased taxes needed to pay off these bonds.

I am still hunting for a monastic organization to join. It seems nothing works and every open door gets closed. Brother Chuck, the Franciscan friar at church, suggested another organization I hadn’t heard of before, the Order of Saint Helena,  so I am going to start checking them out after I finish this post. I have to keep trying, I cannot give up

For those of you who wish to do so please pray for: Katharine the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Kirk the Bishop for Arizona, Steve and the other clergy of Grace-St. Paul’s Episcopal Church; for those in the military especially those in combat zones especially Ronald Berryhill, Christopher Gallo, Michael Hannan, Andrew Harris, Donna Heath, Frederick Jenning, Jordan S. Marks, Erich Osche, Mark Pundt, Terrence Robinson, Laramie Struble, Brian; for those in need especially Catherine Brown, Jill Clements, Walter Collins, Jay Elliston, Phyllis Garver, Oma “Sam” Guard, Sara Heitshu & Terry Friedman, Jean Keplinger, James Neeley, Phyllis Newberry, Danielle Phillips, Barbara Pritchard, Jane Pundt, Doree Ramey, Barbara & Sam Reynolds, Robert Rosenberg, Susan Southwick, Ed, Lee, Edna, Ed Bennett, William Brown, Francesca Jarvis, Jenny Jones, Jessica Jones, Tony Jones, Maribel Ortiz, Vivian Price, Kathleen Santo, Judy Sedgwick, Richard Shumway, Peggy Southwick, Phyllis Ward, Amy, Charlie, Diane, Jerry & Rondy, Joel, Sister Joan, Karl, Kurt, Monica, Roman & Danitza, Marilyn, Nate, Nichole, Nick & Emily, Penny, Phil, Rob, Tina, Tommy, Tristan, Yvonne, Yong Ae; for animal companions in need especially Logan, Vienna; for those who have died especially Sandy Mohr, Christina Nelson, Elizabeth Willot, Sally Shumway, Pat Charlier, Devon J. Doyle, Pablo A. Ruiz; for animal companions who have died. I also ask that you pray for the millions who have been killed, driven from their homelands or otherwise persecuted by Muslims throughout the world. I also ask that you pray for the approximately 2,800 SEA veterans who died this past week, many from Government neglect or abuse. I also ask that you pray for Leah Still since her cancer has returned.

What I’m writing: Working on Imperial Investigator still with some work on the RPG campaign I want to run in the near future.

What I’m reading Various detective novels, mostly Nero Wolfe and Sister Fidelma.

What I’m watching: Various DVDs but nothing really time consuming.

 

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