Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sunny Sunday

AH,Acapulco, I should be somewhere like that for the rest of my life, basking in tropical beauty, far away from the troubles of the world.

Oh well that isn't happening, just a working stiff trying to earn enough to pay bills and stay out of cardboard condo's, that is until some catastrophic event forces my senior citizen butt to the street.

People say the worst part of getting old is watching your friends die. My friend Rob has severe liver issues and luckily has insurance for now to cover expenses and treatment, but the prognosis is not good for a man with an entire warehouse of motorcycle knowledge packed into a size 6.5 hat. He is doing fairly well so far, still able to ride but in quite a bit of pain. Won two awards at last weeks bike show for his bikes that he showed.

Recognition by your peers was never so important.

Nobody gets off this planet alive, not even the chimp or deadeye dick, with those two it will not be soon enough for me.

Every day is meant to be precious but somehow humanity has twisted life into a money grub fest and made us all slaves to it.

Someday the Sun will rise for all of us in a better place, I hope.


DEN said...

Mark your calendars:


The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing on “Preserving Prosecutorial Independence: Is the Department of Justice Politicizing the Hiring and Firing of U.S. Attorneys? – Part VII” for Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Senate Dirksen Office Building.

By order of the Chairman

Witness List

Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on “Preserving Prosecutorial Independence: Is the Department of Justice Politicizing the Hiring and Firing of U.S. Attorneys? – Part VII”

Thursday, August 2, 2007
Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 226
10:00 a.m.

Karl Rove
The White House

J. Scott Jennings
The White House

It remains to be seen if either one shows up.

I'm not holding my breath.

micki said...

My daughter gave me a book, "Grassroots Gardening: Rituals for Sustaining Activism," by Donna Schaper.

It's meant to make me sufficiently angry, humble, and hopeful to sustain an activist life.

micki said...

Off to plants things.

micki said...

Ferns, ideas, and whatnot.

Gerald said...

Here is Jesus' answer to us for eternal salvation.

New Commandment Contains the Entire Law of the Gospel

Jesus, Himself, unequivocally commands precisely this when He says, "I give you a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another" (Jn 13:34). As the one the Church calls "the greatest saint of modern times," St. Thérèse of Lisieux, the third woman Doctor of the Church, writes in her autobiography, The Story of a Soul:

Among the countless graces I have received this year, perhaps the greatest has been that of being able to grasp in all its fullness the meaning of love...I had striven above all to love God, and in loving Him I discovered the secret of those other words "Not everyone who says Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father." Jesus made me understand what the will was by the words he used at the Last Supper when He gave His "new commandment" and told His apostles "to love one another as He had loved them"…When God under the old law told His people to love their neighbors as themselves, He had not yet come down to earth. As God knows how much we love ourselves, He could not ask us to do more. But when Jesus gave His apostles a "new commandment, His own commandment," He did not ask only that we should love our neighbors as ourselves, but that we should love them as He loves them and as He will love them to the end of time. O Jesus, I know you command nothing that is impossible...O Jesus ever since its gentle flame has consumed my heart, I have run with delight along the way of your "new commandment."

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, "The entire Law of the Gospel is contained in the new commandment of Jesus, to love one another as he has loved us," and that "This commandment summarizes all the others and expresses His [the Father’s] entire will."
The internationally esteemed Catholic Biblical scholar, Rev. John L. McKenzie, echoing the understanding of modern Biblical scholarship, states that " No reader of the New Testament, simple or sophisticated, can retain any doubt of Jesus’ position toward violence directed to persons, individual or collective, organized or free enterprise: he rejected it totally…If Jesus did not reject any type of violence for any purpose, then we know nothing of him." Now since Jesus’ rejection of violence, as well as, His teaching of love of enemies are beyond reasonable doubt and therefore morally certain, then that love that is in the Spirit of Christ, that love that is imitative of Christ, that love that is Christ-like, that love that is "as I have loved," that love which "contains the entire Law of the Gospel," that love "which expresses His entire will" is a nonviolent love of friends and enemies.

Both Biblical scholarship and a common sense reading of the Gospel tell us that this new commandment of Jesus to "love one another as I have loved you," is not a throwaway line or an arbitrary insertion of a thought into the Gospel. On the contrary, the new commandment is so placed in the Gospel as to be presented as the supreme and solemn summary of all of Jesus’ teachings and commands.

The importance of all this for Eucharistic understanding and Eucharistic unity is this: Jesus’ solemn new commandment is given and proclaimed not on a mountain top nor in the Temple, but, as St. Thérèse notes, at the Last Supper, the First Eucharist.

At this bitter-sweet Last Passover Meal, poised between time and eternity and about to be pressed like an olive by religiously endorsed, rationally justified and state executed homicidal violence, to which He knows He must respond with a love that is neither violent nor retaliatory, with a love that forgives and that seeks to draw good out of evil, He tells those He has chosen, "I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me and as I told the Jews, where I go you cannot come; now I say to you, I give you a new commandment: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another" (Jn 13:33-34).


Gerald said...

If we take the time to read the New Commandment, we will note that there are Christians who read the Bible but who do not practice the Bible.


Is it all that difficult to "LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU?"

David B. Benson said...

Here's a tongue-in-cheek prediction:

Karl Rove wil show up and testify he had nothing whatsoever to do with it.

Leaving Scott, Harriet and what's-his-name to twist in the wind...

DEN said...

I think Harriet not showing up was testing the waters so to speak and a ploy to help calculate the results.

Next Rover skips out because they found out Congress cannot do a damn thing about it.

These are truly extraordinary times.

DEN said...

Gerald, thanks for the commandment update.

Great advice for ALL of humanity, regardless of religious affiliation.

micki said...

Well, it'll be difficult but Congress can do something about it.

They can impeach Alberto Gonzales, for starters.

Some of us remember the Iran-Contra LAW BREAKING. darth cheney was the Congressman from Wyoming during that scandal. He and his henchmen (in the MINORITY) wrote a report in repudiation of the MAJORITY opinion in Congress that the White House broke the law by funding the Contras.

cheney believed -- and still does -- that the right to conduct foreign policy belongs exclusively to the president. So, fuck you very much, cheney believes, we can do whatever we damned well please because we are the unitary executive, the king has the right, the perogative to usurp the powers of any other branch of government.

Now, I'll make a not-so-tongue-in-cheek prediction: Congress, who LEGITIMATELY holds the purse strings, will vote to defund the cheney/bush war by September. The cheney/bush cabal will find "other" means to continue to fund their adventure -- as happened during Iran-Contra.

Aberto Gonzales has to be impeached. If the effort is mounted, bush will nominate Arlen Specter for Attorney General, thinking that he will be quickly approved by the Senate. And he'll be right. All that collegiality bullshit, etc. will kick in. Arlen Specter is the perfect toady. Y'all know that when he scored a ride on Air Force One the other day, that was all theatre. At the end of the flight, good ole Arlen had come to his senses! No special counsels!

Aw shit, I don't have to explain it here.

DEN said...

Impeach? How? Votes?

DEN said...

Too much fresh air today.....zzzzzz

micki said...

Den, I think the votes to impeach Alberto could be lined up, easily.

Not so easily with the chimp and darthheartless..

But for the Gonzo, oh yeah.

The busheviks would never let the impeachment process go through to conclusion with Gonzo....oh, no. Too much to hide.

Start impeachment of Al Fredo! Pronto!