Freedom… or Persecution?

Okay folks, pull your head out of your politics.

People, by and large have little, if any, grasp or concept of laws in this country. They think the First Amendment applies to everybody, government, businesses and individuals, when it in reality only applies to the government. Only the federal government is prohibited by the Constitution from restricting your speech. If you say something stupid and it costs you your job or whatever, that is NOT a First Amendment matter.

If course, a law entitled “The Puppies and Kittens Act of 2015″ everyone would support it based on its title alone. After it becomes law, then we find out that it that lets the feds to “detain” anybody they want, for any reason and for as long as they want.

Before you go and get upset over a law or act, Read. The. Effen. Bill.

Now, the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act prohibits the Indiana State government and its “political subdivisions (counties, cities and towns, etc.) from discriminating against a person or business based on the religious beliefs of a person, no matter if it be an individual or business owner.

That’s it.

And before you get all up in arms about this, let’s look at the States that have already passed similar laws:

Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Indiana is the twentieth state to pass this type of law.

To top that off, Alaska, Hawaii, Washington State, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin, that’s eleven more states, by the way, have had state courts set down rulings that are similar to RFRA laws.

Thirty States had this in place before Indiana. Where is the hue and cry over these laws and rulings?????

Now for the flip side of things:

In Washington State, one of those “protected” by court rulings rather than law, a lady who owns a florist shop stands to lose her business and all of her assets because the government is persecuting her on her religious beliefs. Here is the story.

The events, in a nutshell, are this: Two gay men wanted to get married, one of them went to this florist to purchase flowers for their ceremony. The business owner, who has religious beliefs against such things, declined their business and suggested they patronize several other florists willing to accept their business.

The business owner, a lady who has had this shop for 30 years, has to pay Washington State a fine basically for standing up for her religious beliefs. This judgement has also opened her up to a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and could destroy her business and her finances.

So, who is the injured party here? If this gay couple were denied services by all of the florists in the area, that would be one thing. One business declined their business and suggested other places to go. If that happened to me, I’d walk out with my money and not bother with that business any more. To demand a business offer their services violates the freedom of the business owner.

Now, if Gen Con, et. al., wants to move out of Indiana because of this, that’s perfectly acceptable because it is the choice of the Board of Directors of Gen Con to do so, for whatever reason the BoD sees fit.

I will however call them idiots if they land in a state with similar laws.

 

Can’t… or Won’t?

There is a difference between can’t and won’t.

Before the next time you say you “can’t” do something, consider this:

Dashrath Manjhi lived in a poor village in India. His village was less than a mile from a neighboring village that had a lot better services (schools, doctors, etc.) The problem was… that “mile” took you over a mountain. so, the people of Dashrath’s village could either climb over the mountain (very dangerous), or walk 45 miles around the mountain. When his wife was injured trying to go over the mountain, Dashrath decided he had to do something about it.

So, he picked up a hammer and chisel and took after the mountain.

Every morning, he started pounding away at the mountain at 4 AM, until 8 AM, whereupon he went and worked in the fields to support his family.

For twenty-two years. Over eight thousand days.

And he succeeded.

MountainManRoadIf a single man can carve his way through a mountain with hand tools, I don’t want to hear you “can’t” do something.

 

Ringtone Update

I’ve added some additional ringtones and I’ve added a column that shows when I’ve released the ringtone. I have also updated the zip files for both the mp3’s and the m4r’s.

Enjoy!

TOBAL

When I was growing up in the 70’s, my local newspaper had a one panel comic in the opinion section called, “There Oughta Be A Law,” or TOBAL for short.

I was picking up *two* items at the local store tonight, and I was standing in the “10 items or less” line. One of the shoppers ahead of me had about 30 items in their basket. When I got up to the cashier, she asked me, “Does that sign say 10 or 20 items?”

So while watching this other customer who either didn’t care and/or was illiterate, I came up with my own TOBAL:

If you have more than the proscribed number of items, you will be charged a progressive $1 fee per item. So, if the limit is 10 items and you have 15, you are charged an additional $15 ($1+2+3+4+5=15). Instead of the company getting that money however, that “inconvenience fee” is applied like a gift card to the customers behind you who have 10 items or less.

Just a thought….

Imperial President

The mountain of irrefutable facts grows. President Obama is steadily marching toward crowning himself Emperor Obama while the Republicans are paving the way by refusing to make any significant effort to impede his progress.

Case in point: Iran.

Here we have a country who held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days, who’s President has repeatedly stated they want to “wipe Israel off the map” with nuclear weapons, who has supplied insurgents in Iraq and is currently supplying ISIS with the tools of war.

President Obama, in a horrible imitation of Neville Chamberlain (who negotiated a “peace at any price” agreement with Hitler) is currently negotiating with Iran, to delay them having a nuclear weapon “for 10 years.” Which means the 46th President (unless Obama refuses to leave the White House) will have to deal with a nuclear mushroom cloud over Jerusalem or Washington, thanks to the Iranians.

Let me explain why a nuclear-armed Iran is A BAD THING.

We have stood toe-to-toe since the 60’s with the Soviet Union/Russia and China because they are reasonable men. They have not launched missiles at us, nor have we at them. We both want to survive and in a full scale nuclear war, there are no winners. We could use that to make sure the Soviets/Russians and Chinese would not attack us, because they know thousands of missiles and bombers would quickly retaliate.

Iran is not rational. They are perfectly willing to sacrifice themselves and their people to achieve the goal of killing most if not all Jews on the planet. You cannot talk them out of that. There is no incentive you can use to dissuade them from that goal. If they manage to acquire a nuclear weapon, they will use it the first chance they get.

What Obama and the Republicans seem to forget, any treaty or agreement negotiated by the President must be ratified by the Senate. Obama thinks this agreement can be binding with just his signature, and by the laws of our country, it cannot without the consent of the Senate. But then again, considering how much Obama has ignored the laws of this country, and how the Republicans refuse to do anything about it, the Senate just might rubber stamp the treaty.

Right now, I am holding out zero hope that the Republicans will grow testicles and refuse to ratify this agreement. Because on the off chance they do actually refuse to ratify, Obama will sign the agreement despite the refusal of the Senate, then the Congress will not act to hold Obama to any account for violating the Constitution for the umpteenth time.

 

Hacked

My apologies, there is a link below the header I didn’t put there. I will take it down as soon as I can. In the meantime, please ignore it.

UPDATE: I don’t know how it happened, however some code was injected into what looks like my CSS files. I deleted and reloaded my theme and it went away. I guess this adds onto the other 396 things I am supposed to be working on, trying to tighten up security on here. *sigh*.

If you know of a way to give up sleep without going psychotic shortly thereafter, please let me know. I need it.

Added a new top Page

I collect ringtones. They show my nerdy side. When someone is bothering me, I whip out the “Go away, or I shall taunt you a second time” ringtone. or the “I’ve been ionized, but I’m okay now.”

I have a ringtone for just about anything. And I’m going to inflict them on you. They are here, or click on the “Ringtones” in the black header bar above.

The Discretion of the Bureaucrat

I am very scared. Not too much personally, rather for the country as a whole. We are seeing the Chief Executive of the United States turning from a President into a dictator.

It started with the “Affordable Care Act.” The next chapter is “Net Neutrality.” In each case, onerous regulations are enacted, mostly from the power given to the Executive Branch by Congress in the phrase, “The departments tasked with enforcing this Act may issue additional regulations as needed” or words to that effect.

The Law enforces draconian laws, however, if you are willing to endear yourself to those in power (bribes, campaign contributions, doing their bidding, whatever) you can obtain a “waiver” which exempts you from said onerous law.

Through this mechanism, we depart from a nation of laws, where all are equal before the law, to most are crushed under the law, except for the privileged few who do not have to follow the law.

Then the new chapter, “Ammunition Bans.” Just because the BATFE has “decided” to ban .223/5.56 ammunition, they are going to do it. Of course, BATFE “decided” APCP (the fuel used in high power model rockets and the Space Shuttle SRBs) was an explosive, it took 20+ years of bullshit to store and use something that is clearly not an explosive.

I have more to say on this, I have to find the proper words.

Integrity is important

In the end, everything boils to your word. Did you speak the truth? Did you do what you said you were going to do? If you failed in those, what did you do? Self-disclose and do the right thing, or had it discovered by someone else, where you denied even more?

Your integrity is the record of your word. One who constantly deceives has no integrity. He cannot be trusted. You don’t have to be 100% perfect, no one is. However, if you are wrong and you don’t address it and make it right, I want nothing to do with you.

This is why I do not believe in “GLOBAL WARMING/COOLING.” I remember in the 70’s when scientists were begging the President to sprinkle coal dust over the entire Arctic ice cap to stop “GLOBAL COOLING.” Considering the screaming over “GLOBAL WARMING” we have today, imagine how much worse it would have been if we had covered the Arctic in coal dust.

I am intelligent enough to know the planet has cycles where things heat up and cool off. These cycles are thousands of years in length and the power to significantly affect them is way beyond our moral abilities. Humans trying to “stabilize” the climate is like an ant trying to stop an elephant.

Then we have this: The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever. The data has been “fudged.” Changed. Altered. Modified to show something that is not happening, in order to say that what is not happening really is happening.

This lie, and there is no other word for it, ruins and forever taints the word and integrity of every scientist involved in the study of the climate.

When the very data that is used is untrustworthy, because of mis-collection or outright manipulation, those who did this will never convince me that they are correct. Any chance that existed went right out the window, and we’re on the 87th floor.

If I can’t trust you, I will have nothing to do with you.

 

New Links

In my job, my hands are busy but my mind is mostly idle. Letting my mind roam free is a very bad thing. I have 729 songs in the playlist in my iPhone, which means I go through all of them in less than a week.

So, I looked into some podcasting. I found a Masonic one, Whence Came You. I have been doing a total binge on this, and I am currently on episode 76. I have 103 to go before I am “current.”

I have added the website for the podcast, as well as Midnight Freemasons, where Brother Johnson is also a contributing writer.

I have added both links to my bar to the right. Enjoy!