Monday, March 30, 2015

Mellow Monday despite

Actually, I don't have much to say here but got tired of seeing the title showing up so negatively. I am not happy about Indiana but it does prove that the conservatives, who say they aren't about changing social issues to suit their religions, are not telling the truth. Whenever they get power, they go after their religious causes. Some may only vote for them based on economics but it's not all they will get.

I have often asked myself what makes Indiana as it is. It sets right between states that are either liberal or can go either way. Not Indiana. And this story says something about the mood that is encouraged there-- tormented for being gay in Indiana.  Here's the thing-- every single Republican candidate defended this law. What does that tell you about them and sharia law?

Overall though, it's not a time I have much to say about anything. I'm in a pretty mellow mood. Like everyone else, I was horrified by the co-pilot who deliberately flew a plane into a mountain to kill himself and 149 other people. But I am hopeful that the airlines will use this to change their regulations; so it can't happen again, as it's pretty obvious it has happened before.

One place I got into a debate about whether this guy was a psychopath (my take) or sociopath (the take of the other person). Both are levels of psychoses where the person doesn't have empathy for others and can commit criminal acts. It is a question of what level. My thought on the airlines is when a pilot signs up, he should lose privacy with his physicians. Sending a note to work with a guy who is psychotic is pretty much pointless. It's hard not to take what happened personally as we all fly or have loved ones who do. We want it as safe as possible.

Last night we watched Scientology-- Going Clear. It was well worth watching for human nature and how people end up following someone who has charisma but has decided to create their own ethics. Sociopath or psychopath either one fits L. Ron Hubbard. Egomaniac fits the guy who has taken over for him. Once people get into Scientology, it can be difficult to get out but it can be done.

The one political element to the film is how the cult got declared a religion which left it free to not pay taxes and to have donations be tax free. That means it now has many billions of dollars. How it's using that is uncertain as it does not appear that accountable. Of course, many, me being one, would end tax deductions to churches too...

10 comments:

Rain Trueax said...

Adding to this was something I read this morning about Indiana's law. what makes Indiana's religious freedom law different. I had seen a quote the day before about religion and doing good-- or bad. It said (paraphrased) that religion is the one place where often good people will do bad things in its name. They do it thinking they are pleasing their version of god and what someone else told you he wanted. Arkansas is going to follow Indiana. Big surprise there after they voted in Cotton...

Rain Trueax said...

So Arkansas backed off and the governor is sending it back to the legislature to make it mirror federal law. IF it mirrors federal law, why do they even need it? The right wing is totally deceptive for what they want versus what they try to claim they want. And he backed off because of Walmart threatening results if he signed it. That's too big an economic loss. It just shows their values :(

Ingineer66 said...

Kind of like when Barack Obama said that he had the exact same viewpoint on gay marriage as John McCain.
No deception there at all.

Rain Trueax said...

What was McCain's view on gay marriage? I am not familiar with the quotes.

I do know a lot of people changed their mind on gay marriage. At one time, I remember thinking all marriages should be called civil contracts and that would solve the problem. Then I came to see how the word marriage mattered and adults in love had a right to marriage. I changed. Was I deceptive earlier?

Ingineer66 said...

barry said what he needed to say to get elected. Who knows what his true feelings are. Most blacks in California voted against gay marriage. One of the reasons the law banning it passed. Luckily the courts found that everyone has the same right to get married.

Rain Trueax said...

Why call him Barry? Would you like Jimmy? lol I think it's following the right wing agenda and loses any point that comes after it!

Ingineer66 said...

I do not prefer Jimmy but I don't stop listening when somebody calls me that. Barry Soetero was the name he used to use. I use it to illustrate the point that he will do whatever it takes to further his own interests.

Rain Trueax said...

He used that name in school and changed it for his move into the adult world. Ted Cruz has gone the other way with his from a foreign sounding name, Rafael Edward Cruz, to a nickname. Barack had been called Barry by family but he came in 1980 (I just looked it up) to prefer the more structured name and asked them to call him by it. I have a daughter who has a name that can be nicknamed. She always preferred the full name-- but not everybody listened to her wishes.

In this case though, it came across for the same reason Rush calls it the 'regime' and whether you meant it as derogatory, it's how the right wing usually means it. At that point, the conversation deteriorates. If someone prefers to be called Ted rather than Rafael or Edward, I think people should respect it.

The whole issue about the proposed nuclear agreement should be whether he would deliberately make a deal that might end up with a nuclear bomb being delivered from Iran in a rocket to us, Europe, or Israel. Would he want to be known as 'that' president? He has children; would he put them at risk?

And keep in mind the deal is being brokered by more countries than us... But i wish the right would wait and see what the details are. But the Congress prefers war. Read what they say, those far rightie Repubs. How they will pay for it is another issue-- they never will. they put it on the tab!
The American tab and a war not fought by their children but by the children of those who are too poor to get an education in universities that are pricing the middle out of them without either time in the military or huge debt.

Ingineer66 said...

I commented on Hattie's blog about the Iran deal. I am optimistic. An Iran expert on Fox News Radio the day the deal was announced was happily surprised by the level of inspections. Hopefully something good will come of it. Not holding my breath but it seems to be a step in the right direction if it works out.

Rain Trueax said...

I sure hope so, Ingineer