"God" is not found in churches, mosques, synagogues nor in any places of religious worship. "God" is found in the creative imaginations of men of science. "God'"rides in a space suit in a red Tesla roadster exploring our solar system by virtue of the creative imagination and analytic mind of Elon Musk. The ability to launch and guide Falcon Heavy and to see Spaceman travel in space is an awesome achievement built upon the achievements of scientific minds for millennia. From Aristotle to Archimedes, from Galileo Galilei to Faraday, from Edison to Tesla, from Madame Curie to Pasteur, from Sir Isaac Newton to Einstein, from Bohr to Hawking and many, many more people of science...the creators, the intelligent designers, the "begetters" of this amazing journey. Dreamers...creators...empiricists throughout history now ride in a red Tesla viewing the overwhelming beauty of earth as seen from space as they travel the wonders of the universe and the human mind. Thank you Elon Musk!
No surprise...Trump has not given authorization to release the Democrat's memo about the investigation of Carter Paige.
All Democrat congresspersons, Senators and Representatives, and any honorable Senate or House Republicans who know the Nunes's memorandum to be a mockery of transparency and ethical unbiased disclosure of crucial intelligence must stand together and release the contradicting Democrat's response. Standing together for law, order, justice and national security by clarifing the FISA courts reasons for issuing the warrant to wire tap Carter Paige, is the honorable patriotic action to take. If doing so would be unlawful (ironic), bringing criminal charges against a very large number of members of Congress would be difficult and improbable. All for "one" (US citizens) and hopefully "one" for all.
Trump's Wall-Eyed view for protecting the safety of American's is blind to reality. If one looks inward rather than outward to domestic threats vs. foreign threats, the real menace for the safety of Americans is internal. Foreign terrorists pose a very small threat to Americans. Between 10 to 20 thousand people are killed by drunk drivers every year. Therefore, approximately 170,000 to 340,000 Americans have died on our roadways since 9/11. During the same period of time under 100 Americans were killed in the US by foreign terrorists. A considerably greater number of Americans die from opiate addiction, heart and lung disease, cancer, alcohol related maladies, guns and many other life-threatening risks.
Spending 25 billion on a wall is misguided if saving American lives is the incentive for building the wall strategy. It would be better to put this money to work keeping impaired drivers off of our roads, funding medical research, keeping our environment clean, reducing gun deaths along with the many other much more significant risks to the lives of US citizens.
Me Too Campaign! Misogyny...Preached, Encouraged and Cultivated for Millenia by Religion and Biblical Teachings!
With the growing cultural awareness of sexual abuse, primarily of women, and growing acknowledgment of the necessity for sanctions and penalties for those who commit abuse, it is often questioned why this behavior is so rampant in our society. Many explanations are heard from the media but religion is not one of those accused. The following excerpts from the old and new testaments give testimony to teachings taught from childhood to adulthood that demean women, debase their human equality to men, making them chattel, making them property, to be controlled, handled, mistreated, besmirched at the will of the superior members of the human race...MEN. The quotes that follow proclaim concepts that indict religious teaching as a cause, as sanctioning, male supremacy over women.
Genesis 2:7 God formed only a man: "...the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Realizing that he needed a helper (Genesis 2:18), God marched all of the animals past Adam (Genesis 2:19-20) looking for a suitable animal. Finding none suitable, God created Eve out of one of Adam's ribs. The term "helper" has historically been interpreted as implying an inferior role for Eve.
Genesis 2:27, Adam later asserts his authority over Eve by naming her: "...she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." In ancient times, one was believed to have authority over a person or thing by naming it.
Genesis 3:16: Adam's role is to be Eve's master. The King James Version (KJV), New International Version (NIV), and Revised Standard Version (RSV) use the term "rule" to describe Adam's role over Eve: "...thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee." The Living Bible uses the term "master". The Modern Language Bible uses "dominate". By implication, all of their descendents are would have the same power imbalance between spouses.
A man could marry (literally "become the master of the woman") as often as he desired. In Genesis 4:19, Lamech became the first known polygamist when he took two wives. Subsequent men who took multiple wives included: Esau with 3 wives; Jacob: 2; Ashur: 2; Gideon: many; Elkanah: 2; David: many; Rehaboam: 3; Abijah: 14. Jehoram, Joash, Ahab, Jeholachin and Belshazzar also had multiple wives. Solomon holds the record. He had 700 wives of royal birth, as well as 300 concubines!
Genesis 16:2 : Sarah gave permission to her husband Abraham to engage in sexual intercourse with her maid, Hagar: "Sarai said unto Abram...I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her." Presumably this was done without the consent of Hagar, who had such a low status in the society of the day that she was required to submit to multiple rapes at her owner's command.
Genesis 19:8: The men of Sodom gathered around Lot's house, and asked that he bring his two guests out so that the men can "know" them. This is frequently interpreted as a desire to gang rape the visitors, although other interpretations are possible. Lot offers his two virgin daughters to be raped instead: He is recorded as saying: "I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes." Yet, even after this despicable act, Lot is still regarded as an honorable man, worth saving from the destruction of the city. Allowing one's daughters to be sexually assaulted by multiple rapists appears to be treated as a minor transgression, because of the low status of the young women.
Genesis 21:10: A man could simultaneously keep numerous concubines. These were sexual partners of an even lower status than a wife was. As implied in this verse she could be dismissed when no longer needed: Sarah is recorded as saying: "...Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac." Abraham had two concubines; Gideon: at least 1; David: many; Nahor: 1; Jacob: 1; Eliphaz: 1; Gideon: 1; Caleb: 2; Manassah: 1; Saul: 1; David: at least 10; Rehoboam: 60; Solomon: 300; an unidentified Levite: 1; Belshazzar: more than 1.
In Exodus 1:15-16, the Pharaoh ordered the midwives to kill all Jewish boys at birth, because of the threat that they might pose to the kingdom. "And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live." The girls, being considered less important, were not seen as a threat; they were allowed to live.
Exodus 20 & 21: This is perhaps the most misogynistic pair of chapters in the Bible. A number of verses describe a woman as the property of her father. At marriage, her ownership was transferred to her new husband:
Exodus 20:17 lists the last of the Ten Commandments: "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." It is important to realize that a manservent and a maidservant were male and female slaves. They were not a hired butler and maid. The tenth commandment forbids coveting your neighbor's house, wife, male slave female slave, animals or anything else that the neighbor owns. The wife is clearly regarded as equivalent to a piece of property.
Exodus 21:2-4: "If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve: and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing....If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters; the wife and her children shall be her master's, and he shall go out by himself." A slaveowner was permitted to give a woman to his male slave as a wife. There is no indication that women were consulted during this type of transaction. After serving six years, he would leave, but his wife and children would remain slaves of the slaveowner. Again, there is no indication that the woman was consulted on this arrangement.
Exodus 21:7: "And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do." A father could sell his daughter as a slave. Even though a male slave is automatically given his freedom after 6 years, a female slave remained a slave forever.
Exodus 22:16-17: The first seventeen verses of Exodus 22 deal with restitution in case of stealing, or damage to, a person's property. Verses 16 and 17 deal with the case of a man who seduces a virgin. This was viewed as a property offense against the woman's father. The woman was expected to marry the seducer. If her father refused to transfer ownership of his daughter to the seducer, the latter was required to required to pay money to her father. The money would be in compensation for the damage to the father's property - his daughter. It would be difficult for a non-virgin to marry.
Exodus 21:22-25 describes a situation in which two men are fighting and one hits a pregnant woman. If the woman has a miscarriage because of the blow, the man is punished as the husband decides and must pay a fine for their act - not to the woman, but to her husband, presumably because he has been deprived of a child. The woman had no involvement. Exodus 21:22: "...he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine."
Exodus 23:17 states that only men are required to take part in the feasts of unleavened bread, of harvest and of ingathering: "Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD."
Leviticus: This book deals mainly with the duties of the priesthood, the Levites. Women were not allowed to become priests.
Leviticus 12:1-5 Quotes God as stating that a woman who has given birth to a boy is ritually unclean for 7 days. If the baby is a girl, the mother is unclean for 14 days. "If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days...But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks..." It would appear that the act of having a baby is a highly polluting act. To give birth to a girl is twice as polluting as is giving birth to a boy.
In Leviticus 18:20 adultery was defined as a man having sexual intercourse with his neighbor's wife. "Moreover thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife, to defile thyself with her." Leviticus 20:10 "And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death." Deuteronomy 22:23 extends this prohibition to a man sleeping with a woman who is engaged to be married. If a man has an affair with an unmarried woman, the act is not considered adultery. Married men were free to visit prostitutes. A man who committed adultery did not commit a wrongful act against his own wife, but rather against his male neighbor.
Leviticus 27:6 A child aged 1 month to five years of age was worth 5 shekels if a boy and 3 shekels if a girl. "And if it be from a month old even unto five years old, then thy estimation shall be of the male five shekels of silver, and for the female thy estimation shall be three shekels of silver."
Numbers 3:15 shows that a census counted only male infants over the age of one month, boys and men. "Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them." Females were not considered worthy of being included.
Numbers 5:11-31 describes a lengthy magical ritual that women were forced to perform if their husbands suspected them of having had an affair. A priest prepared a potion composed of holy water mixed with sweepings from the floor of the tabernacle. He proclaimed a curse over the potion and required the woman to drink it. If she were guilty, she would suffer greatly. The passage says that her abdomen would swell and her thighs waste away. There is no similar magical test for husbands suspecting of having an affair with another woman. One interesting aspect to this passage is that if the woman happened to be pregnant, then swelling of her abdomen and wasting away of her thighs would probably induce an abortion as an unintended side effect of this procedure. No concern is expressed in the passage about the death of the embryo or fetus; the life of the unborn appears to be unimportant.
In Numbers 27:8-11, Moses describes the rules of inheritance that God has stated. If a man dies, his son inherits the estate; his daughter gets nothing. Only if there is no son, will his daughter inherit. If there are no children, then the estate is given to the man's brothers; his sister(s) get nothing. If he had no brother, the estate goes to his nearest male relative. "...If a man die, and have no son, then ye shall cause his inheritance to pass unto his daughter. And if he have no daughter, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his brethren. And if he have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his father's brethren. And if his father have no brethren, then ye shall give his inheritance unto his kinsman that is next to him of his family...."
Numbers 30 describes that a vow taken by a man is binding. But a vow taken by a woman can be nullified by her father, if she is still living in her family of origin, or by her husband, if she is married.
Deuteronomy 21:10-13 describes how a soldier can force a woman captive to marry him without regard for her wishes. "When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and thou hast taken them captive, And seest among the captives a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou wouldest have her to thy wife; Then thou shalt bring her home to thine house; and she shall shave her head, and pare her nails; And she shall put the raiment of her captivity from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month: and after that thou shalt go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife."
Deuteronomy 22:13-21 requires that a woman be a virgin when she is married. If she has had sexual relations while single in her father's house, then she would be stoned to death. There were no similar virginity requirements for men. "If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her, And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid....if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house: so shalt thou put evil away from among you."
Deuteronomy 22:28-29 requires that a virgin woman who has been raped must marry her attacker, no matter what her feelings are towards the rapist. "If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife...."
Deuteronomy 24:1 describes the procedure for obtaining a divorce. This can only be initiated by the husband, not by the wife: "When a man hath taken a wife, and married her, and it come to pass that she find no favour in his eyes, because he hath found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house."
Deuteronomy 25:5-10: states that if a woman is widowed, she would be required to marry her former brother-in-law. This was called a "levirate" marriage. Their first-born son will later be considered to be the son of the deceased husband. The man could refuse to marry her. Women were not given a choice in the matter. " If brethren dwell together, and one of them die, and have no child, the wife of the dead shall not marry without unto a stranger: her husband's brother shall go in unto her, and take her to him to wife, and perform the duty of an husband's brother unto her."
Deuteronomy 25:11: If two men are fighting, and the wife of one of them grabs the other man's testicles, her hand is to be chopped off. There is no penalty if a male relative were to grab the other man. "When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets. Then thou shalt cut off her hand..."
Judges 19:16-30 describes an event similar to Genesis 19. Some men in the city wanted to "know" a visiting Levite. The owner of the house offered his virgin daughter and the Levite's concubine so that the men could rape them. Verse 24 states: "Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing." The man sent his own concubine outside to the gang, who proceeded to serially rape her. She died of the attacks. The man only learned of her death when he was leaving the house in the morning and stumbled across her body. The woman was clearly considered expendable and of little value.
2 Chronicles 36:23 mentions the Second Temple which was constructed after some Jews returned from exile in Babylon. It was rebuilt by Herod late in the 1st century BCE. One of its features was women's court, considered the least sacred area. Next was the court of the Israelites (reserved for males), then the court of the Priests, and finally the Temple itself. The courts were laid out in this order to separate the women as far as possible from the Temple.
“It is well for a man not to touch a woman. But because of the temptation to immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband.” 1 Corinthians 7:1-2
“But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of every woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God…. any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head …For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair …For a man ought not to cover his head; since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. (For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.)” 1 Corinthians 11:2-10
“Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands.” Ephesians 5:21-24
“…the women should keep silence in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. If there is anything they desire to know, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church.” 1 Corinthians 14:34-35
“Let a woman learn in silence with all submissiveness. I permit no woman to teach or have authority over men; she is to keep silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. Yet woman will be saved through bearing children, if she continues in faith and love and holiness, with modesty.” 1 Timothy 2:11-15
“Wives, be subject to your husband, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord.” Colossians 3:18-22
“….and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be sensible, chaste, domestic, kind, and submissive to their husbands, that the word of God may not be discredited…. Bid slaves to be submissive to their masters and to give satisfaction in every respect…” Titus 2:4-9
“No one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the earth. It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are chaste…” Revelation 14:3-4
Sarah Huckabee Sander's dismissed the claim of 15 women who have claimed that President Trump sexually assaulted them by calling them liars. Her proof? Is it that he has not tried to sexually assaulted her?
Finding more and more evidence of Russia's covert use of Twitter to influence the 2016 Presidential election should make us wonder if the Tweeter -in-Chief was trained by Russian agents. Are we dealing with a Russian Troll''n Horse?
As two kooks, one the leader of the "free world" and the other the leader of an "unfree world" futz around on the brink of nuclear war, we must remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki. To remember should be linked to never again...but unfortunately the horrors of a nuclear holocaust remain possible.
The leaders of the US during WWII made a decision to drop atomic bombs on civilian population centers knowing that their decision would murder non-combatants...women, children. The expressed reason for their choice was that it would save American lives by ending the war sooner. The war did most likely end sooner but were American lives really saved and were the expressed reasons disingenuous? Could the US have accepted a conditional peace plan offered by the Japanese? The Allies could have maintained an embargo which would have led to surrender. Could the US have shown the terrible power of its new weapon by dropping it on a relatively uninhabited location, perhaps a sacred symbol of Japan such as Mount Fuji? After all, the Japanese did not know how many atomic bombs were in the American arsenal. But then was the purpose of unleashing the atomic bombs on Japan actually meant to bring an early end to the war? Or was the purpose a warning to Russia...we will not tolerate your aggression and have the destructive power to destroy you? A warning killing tens of thousands of Japanese civilians as well as American POWs.
Today, North Korea threatens civilian population centers and the US does the same. Two kooks may bring our nations to the horror of thermonuclear war. Neither, I believe, fully understand the worldwide devastation that could/would occur even from attacks limited to their countries. The US "advanced" warfare against civilians by using nukes...we must find an alternative!
If President Trump wishes to be remembered as a hero, to show some courage, he could go to North Korea along with the heads of neighboring states with mutual concern and interest. He could use his "legendary negotiation skills" with Kim Jong-Un in order to end the current threat of nuclear war. Kook to kook may seem kookie, but then????
Trump: "Iran has not treated us with respect."
Does Trump understand that respect is earned?
Our ignorant President is likely unaware, based on his statement above, that by our past policies towards Iran we certainly have not earned their respect. US policy supported the Shah of Iran, a dictator, whose government, whose secret police, committed terrible human rights atrocities. Large numbers of dissidents were murdered during the Shah's regime.
After the Shah's government fell, the US assisted Saddam Hussein's bloody rise to the leadership of Iraq. Shortly thereafter, the Iran-Iraq war began with the US aiding Saddam's coup and supporting his regime in the war with Iran.
As an Iranian, it was likely that loved ones died or were maimed by either the Shah's secret police or in the war with Iraq-both the Shah and Iraq supported by the US.
Does the US deserve the respect of Iranians?
Russia has minted the largest coin in world history. Vladimir Putin, announcing the coins, said, "They are u...u...uge!" The coins with an orange gold relief of Donald Trump on one side and a rendition of the tallest building to ever be built on the other, are valued at 10,000 rubles. The building pictured on the coin is to be built in Moscow and will bear the Trump name. The coin has been made so large to emphasize the enormity of the new building and Trump's ego. When asked if the building would really come to fruition, Putin responded, "Believe me...it will! It will be great! It will be beautiful!"
The coin, according to Putin, will only be available to oligarchs with very deep pockets. Inspired, Putin noted that the coin's beautiful shiny orange gold surface is one micron thick applied over styrofoam. "We wanted the coins to be very impressive but a light weight."
According to Donna Karan, her new line of burkas will soon, under new statue by the Republican Congress which President Trump stated he will immediately sign into law, will require burkas to be worn by all women working in any jobs where there will be men. President Trump stated, "By having women'Is bodies so completely covered, we will stop sexual harassment." Ivanka Trump announced she will be producing a completing line of burkas made in Bangladesh.
Governor Rick Scott's calls for prayer:
“I do not see prayer as a last resort, I see it as a first resort.”
“Let's just say a prayer we hope we make it through.”
"Pray, pray for everybody in Florida."
“I know a lot of people around the world want to help – the biggest thing you can do now is pray”
“The most important thing is to pray for us.”
So, let us pray…
Thank you, God, for creating or not stopping the destroying winds and the killing waters, for the destruction of lives and communities, for we are sinners and need the proof of your powerful violence, to fear you, so we will turn from evil.
Thank you, Lord, for saving me. But I wonder, way you allowed the fury of your surging waters to kill my neighbors: a pregnant mother, a father, and 3 children ages 2 through 8. The power of your violence is to be feared. Was the death of this family your plan or were they collateral damage? Also, by the way, thank you for all the genocides and terrorists, like the ones who flew planes into buildings, you really got our attention! So, thank you for teaching us the tool of brutality!
Thank you, God, for the near drowning of my 2-year-old who is now severely brain damaged for I know that you give us no more than we can handle. Like Job, we understand the challenge you have given us. Our faith in you is stronger in our ordeal.
So, let us pray…Amen
“The hands that help are far better than lips that pray.”--Robert G. Ingersoll
Donald...Just hoping that you don't End the World before the final episode of "Game of Thrones!"
President Trump seems to be leading the US into a nuclear war with North Korea. It is time for Yellow-bellied Trump, who had multiple deferments from military duty, to show some real courage...Go to North Korea to negotiate with Kim Jong-un a diplomatic solution. What would be the greater win for the US...no more President Trump or no more chance of nuclear war.. After all, the Donald claims he is the master of "The Art of the Deal."..PROVE IT, DONALD!!!
I have a pet peeve about nothing. So I wonder…am I making something out of nothing? NO! I am making something out of SOMETHING!
When learning to count, my grandchildren proudly recite:
Great…but where is zero? Zero, this immensely important concept, acts as nothing more than a placeholder in the number ten. The mathematical term "zero" is neither counted, nor accounted for, nor expressed in its proper place.
After all, when counting backwards from ten, we always reach zero triggering a rocket to blast-off!
So I encourage my grandchildren to count:
Zero---the boundary between the “real” and “abstract”.
Zero---the factor that changes something to nothing…5 X 0=0.
Zero---the gatekeeper of infinity…5/0=∞.
Zero---an important key to the calculus of the infinitesimal.
Zero---shunned by the Church for more then a millennia, its forced sabbatical resulting in the decay of mathematics, science and technology...a significant victim, perhaps partly a cause, of the Dark Ages.
Zero----a concept ironically easy and yet difficult to understand…a concept necessary to modern science, a concept that our children should be comfortable with and hopefully comprehend…a concept that needs to be a part of their earliest learning of numbers.
From nothing comes a vast something…
So we all should count…
Limited vocabulary, not a "reader", primary source of information is television, disorderly thought processing, meager ability to understand situational subtleties., did not pursue advanced degree, repetitive statements, ill-informed....does Trump have a learning disability?
President Trump announced today that all Federal elections, including Presidential elections, in the United States are suspended. This action, Trump stated, is necessary to protect the citizens of our country. As Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser, has previously declared, "Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see, as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the President to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned."
Skyscrapers around the world enblazened with President-elect Trump's name have a high probablity of being targets for terrorists. The name Trump on these towers may be the bull's eye for a major attach like 9/11. If Trump's buildings are attacked, it is predictable that people willl be reluctant to stay or work in them resulting in potentially significant negative impact on Trump's financial bottom line. So as President will he use America's military force to protect his business interests?