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Not ONE more

May 28, 2014

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Sen. Klobuchar’s bill is called the Protecting Domestic Violence and Stalking Victims Act, and it works in two key ways:

  1. It would add stalkers to the group of people prohibited from buying guns, which already includes the severely mentally ill and violent criminals.
  2. It would prohibit all domestic abusers from buying guns, including dating partners — not just spouses.

 

As we saw this weekend, and far too many times before, women are too often the target of gun violence. Driven by misogyny and enabled by lax or non-existent gun laws, gunmen like the shooter near Santa Barbara channel their rage into shooting women.

We can do more to put an end to horrific crimes like this. We can do more to save women’s lives. We can declare #NotOneMore.

Please send an urgent message to your senators now:

 

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Why we vote the way we do

May 18, 2014

Why we vote the way we do

Frightened by Christians

May 16, 2014

Padresteve Has it right. We should question not only our faith (Go ahead God doesn’t mind a bit) But all those who quote a verse of scripture with no thought of what it means or what is behind it.

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“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Mahatma Gandhi

I expect that this article might make some people uncomfortable but it is something that I need to write.

I am a Christian. I am a Priest and I am a Navy Chaplain. But for the most part I am afraid of Christians. There are many reasons for this. Some are more general in the way I see Christians treat others; their own wounded as well as non-believers, the political machinations of pastors and “Christian” special interest groups masquerading as ministries.

But most of why I am afraid is because what I have experienced at the hand of many Christians, some of whom I had counted as friends many of whom are pastors, priests or chaplains. To experience rejection or being shamed by people that you thought were friends that you…

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Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi

May 10, 2014

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This will be my last post on the subject of The blood sport of American Politics for a while which will give you a good six months to recover and go on to something else for a while. I will say this at the outset I hope (and want to believe ) that most of my readers are good Americans who want the best for their families, their neighbors and most of all for our country.

We also know that for the past 5 years our government in Washington D.C. has been dysfunctional. I fully expect that the political out of power to do everything to make the party in power look bad. That’s just the “game” is played. However when you go to vote (as I hope you do this next time) Remember these few things and who you may want to represent your government.

We had a government shut down (by the way I sent Senator Ted Cruse a bill for 24 Billion dollars or your behalf!)

While the house of representives control the purse strings . In this past sessions. They have refused to pass any “jobs, jobs, jobs” bill to help their own people!

Anything to do with helping the county to get out of this recession has not been on their radar. Here in Indiana, Governor Mike Pence (we have a long history-he refused to help any of his constituents with their pressing needs while in congress and now does the same thing as Governor. (If the winds blow in the right direction he will try to run for President ) And why did he get elected? People don’t pay attention and don’t get involved. In reality, Hoosiers should look at the brand of Republican leadership Governor Pence and supermajorities in the legislature have brought to our Statehouse.

Mike Pence’s economic policies are hurting local communities and Hoosier families, while he’s spent most of those 15 months in office championing a divisive social agenda that only tells certain citizens they’re not welcome in the Hoosier State.

Indiana’s household income is lower than it was 10 years ago, women make 73 cents on the dollar for what every man makes in our state and the tax burden for Hoosiers is rising. That’s an economy that isn’t working in Indiana.

In most states in which there is a Republican Governor and a controlling Republican party in power. Voter rights have been restricted to the point that only the very “right people” will get a say in who will get elected!

In our Supreme court we have had by a slim majority rule that “Money talks” and that few who get decide which is called Oligarchy! You don’t get a say! Today’s multinational corporations function as corporate oligarchies with influence over democratically elected officials. So if you are out of work or working at a minimum wage job like Wal mart of other service oriented jobs. You can see that it’s their bottom line that their interested in.

And Congress won’t take up the needs of the many “minimum wage” While in the twenty fourth century In The Wrath of Khan (1982), Spock says, “Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” So when these politicians come around or you see copious televisions for this candidate My advice is “follow the money“! See who want to buy your next politician.

So while congress dithered (read for the most part The house of Representatives) voted more than 50 times to repeal your right to have affordable health care for you and your family (BTW theirs is provided by you as a taxpayer-so why shouldn’t you have health care also?). They refused to grant women equal pay for equal work. They allowed the government to shut down while they continued to receive their $174,000 .

This time around you will hear Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi which is a conspiracy in search of a conspiracy. It will be all laid as usual at the foot of the president and his team. But here’s a spoiler alert. What you won’t be told ( so you can say I told you here first). Why Benghazi was allow to happen was the House of Representatives refused to fund the necessary materials and manpower to provide for the safety of those killed! What kind of people would do that? The same kind who have treated our President with a lack of respect and regard. Don’t think racism is dead. It’s alive and kicking in Washington D.C.

   

  

Constitutional amendment needed now to take back our government

May 2, 2014

SJ Res 19 would directly answer decisions like Citizens United and McCutcheon by restoring the ability of Congress and the states to regulate the raising and spending of money on elections.

16 states and more than 550 towns and cities around the country are already on record in support of a constitutional amendment to restore Government By the People. On ballot initiative after ballot initiative, when put to a vote by the people, three quarters of voters support adoption of an amendment.

We now have a bill that will be voted on in the Senate THIS YEAR — and we all have to step up right now to make sure it passes.