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Get out of my uterus! Fighting for women’s rights

This is the battle cry for women all over the United States that are fighting the invasion on their personal privacy. The right to choose contraception is something that shouldn’t be in the hands of the government or religious groups. In fact, as I as am writing this I thought maybe I was talking about Iran, not the United States.

From political candidates to committees made up of all men, the decision to use contraception is being forced out of women’s hands. Why?

I can’t help thinking that there is a more sinister motive behind this attack on women’s rights. Am I crazy or paranoid? Perhaps. But when I think of how much lives changed after the women’s rights movement, I wonder if there are some people that would like to go back to the time when women remained in the home to clean, cook and make and care for babies. Maybe there are some people that think women are taking over jobs that could go to men. Or maybe there are some people that don’t like the idea of women in the military.

Take away contraception and guess what happens—women end up pregnant. Pregnancy could delay a woman going off to college or taking that promotion at work. And yet, these same people make sure that men can get free supplies of Viagra. With all those erections walking around and no contraception, we are in for a population surge unless we can all learn to master the pull out method.

Impinging on women’s rights probably won’t stop with contraception. What rights will be taken away next? Will women lose the right to dress as they please? Will they be told when and how to have sex? If you still don’t think this is an important issue, read this quote from a 2006 interview with Rick Santorum where he talks about his opposition to contraception:

“It’s not OK because it’s a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be,” he said. They’re supposed to be within marriage, they are supposed to be for purposes that are, yes, conjugal, but also, but also procreative. That’s the perfect way that a sexual union should happen. We take any part of that out, we diminish the act. And if you can take one part out that’s not for purposes of procreation, that’s not one of the reasons, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women, so why can’t you take other parts of that out? And all of a sudden, it becomes deconstructed to the point where it’s simply pleasure. And that’s certainly a part of it—and it’s an important part of it, don’t get me wrong—but there’s a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special.”

Maybe I’m not so paranoid after all. Do we really want the government taking away contraception and telling us how a sexual union should happen?

Please, get the hell out of my uterus!

 

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Killing wolves again

I thought the country was on the right track in the mid-1990s when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released 66 wolves in Yellowstone and central Idaho. Finally, the wolf had returned from extinction. But in April of 2011 Congress removed wolves in Montana and Idaho from the protection of the Endangered Species Act. It didn’t take long for hunters to start killing wolves.

Personally, this is heartbreaking for me to see a beautiful, intelligent animal murdered for no good reason other than for the enjoyment of killing. The opposition to wolves has made false claims like wolves carry a tapeworm that can be transmitted to dogs and humans or that the Canadian wolves that were brought in are a different species and will kill elk, deer, livestock, even humans, for sport. I have never heard of a human killed by a wolf except for in fables. Wolves are elusive creatures and prefer to stay away from humans. They will normally run from people.

Wolves have been painted as demons and witches in myths, fables and in books like Cotton Mather’s On Witchcraft. What I don’t understand is why. It might be because wolves killed some livestock and competed with humans for food, but I can’t see that happening today. The ranchers complaining about wolves attacking their livestock ranch on federal land. Big game hunters don’t want wolves reducing the big game population. Boo hoo. I don’t feel sorry for hunters that hunt for sport. Find another hobby that doesn’t involve killing something just for fun.

If anyone has any doubts about wolves and how they live, I suggest visiting the Sawtooth Wolf Pack website, Living with Wolves, and watching the videos on the Sawtooth Wolf Pack on youtube. See how wonderful these animals live, how they are loving, loyal and intelligent, far from the vicious beasts they are portrayed as by those that oppose wolves. After having wolves welcomed back from extinction only to see them vilified and killed off again, is tragic. We have truly de-evolved as humans.

Note: I want to dedicate this post to my Grandma Betty who passed away recently. She shared my love of wolves.

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More gun-related drama in AZ

Republicans and guns seem to go together like Chihuahuas and tacos, especially in Arizona. As a gimmick to try and raise money for get-out-the-vote efforts in Pima County, the same county as the deadly shooting that seriously wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six people, the Republican Party is raffling off a gun. And not just any gun—a Glock—the same weapon used in that shooting.

It’s hard to tell if this is poor judgment or an intentional affront to the tragedy. Either way, the people in charge of this fund raising event could have picked a different prize to raise money for the Republican Party.

The Pima County Republican Party had held gun raffles in the past, but it seems that in light of the shooting that happened on January 8, less than a year ago, maybe some sensitivity should be in order. It’s not just Democrats or anti-gun advocates that think the gun raffle is a bad idea. There is at least one Republican that advised against holding a gun raffle. James Kelley, chairman of the GOP legislative district that includes southern Tucson, decided not to stand with his fellow Republicans on this issue, stating that “post Jan 8, it’s bad messaging, and its insensitive.”

Is holding a gun raffle in an area still healing after a deadly shooting rampage a good idea?

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Gun rights and idiots don’t mix

This article in my local paper caught my attention: Ariz. lawmaker says pointing gun at reporter was inadvertent. This is the reason that some people are opposed to concealed weapons permits given to ordinary citizens.

According to the article, Republican Senator Lori Klein of Anthem (Phoenix) is taking heat for pointing her raspberry-pink semi-automatic pistol (when did a lethal weapon become a fashion accessory?) at a reporter while demonstrating its laser sight during a recent interview. And this is not the first time that Klein has make headlines in connection with her personal weapon. How many times does this woman have to act irresponsible with her weapon before her license is revoked? Will it be the time she ‘inadvertently’ injures or kills someone? What is really bothersome is that this woman is a lawmaker and should know better.

Subsequent online commentary generally said Klein ignored a basic tenet of gun safety: Don’t point a weapon at somebody unless you’re willing or intending to shoot.

Ms. Klein should not be allowed to carry a concealed weapon and there needs to be a better way to weed out the idiots that try to buy guns. A basic background check won’t reveal if the person is a moron. Maybe a multiple choice question like this would help: If someone asks you to take out your gun, what do you do? a. Take out the gun and point it at them, b. Tell them to F off, or c. Kindly tell them no.

This is another example of why everything we buy has to have a warning label telling people to either not put the object in their mouth or in their butt—because some idiot actually put that item in their mouth or butt. The problem with a gun is that, not only is the idiot in danger of harming him/herself, but the rest of the population is in danger too.

Natural selection hasn’t done a great job of thinning the herd of morons so we have to learn to live with them, but it makes me uneasy knowing that an idiot could be carrying a concealed weapon.

 

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Weiner Fest—What is wrong with our politicians?

Just when everyone had almost recovered from the shock of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infidelity, another politician commits a sexual indiscretion, this time via Twitter.

Congressman Anthony Weiner is the latest to join the large and growing club of politicians that have committed perverted, unethical, childish acts. There have been so many of these lately that I don’t even care about them anymore. So, why am I writing about it? I picked this for my topic because a lot of people do care. They are angry and fed up with men who are supposed to be respected by the American people, but do stupid, immoral things that are anything but respectful.

And how can I pass up the opportunity to write about a Weiner sending out pictures of his wiener? He just happens to have an ill-fated name that is perfect for jokes about sexual indiscretion. One sign held by a protestor calling for his resignation read: Circumcise Congress-Cut the Weiner. Weiner’s incident also proves how dangerous Twitter can be in the wrong hands. If only he had sent the picture via direct message to the person he intended to send it to, instead of sending it to everyone that follows him, he probably wouldn’t have been caught. Yet.

What’s wrong with these grown men that makes them act like teenage boys? These politicians are representing us and should set a good example. It’s hard to respect a man, especially a married man, that sends half-naked pictures of himself and then lies about it. And it’s not just the politicians that act like this. There are plenty of grown men in high-ranking positions that have affairs, email dirty jokes or pictures of their junk.

Should politicians that get caught doing unethical acts be removed? Maybe there should be rules put in place for this kind of behavior—suspension without pay or a fine. If fines were put in place, counting the number of politicians committing sexual indiscretions, bad behavior could help pay down our debt. They could call it the Politician Behaving Badly rule.

The latest news since I started writing this post is that Weiner has resigned. Now maybe we can focus on what’s really important. That is, until the next politician is caught up in the vast wave of politicians gone wild.

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The price of knowledge

Over the course of the past decade and change, I have been involved with a number of different initiatory organizations and traditions. Among them are the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the OTO, and smaller orders here and there. At present I am only involved with two groups, one of which is a synthesis of Arabic mysticism and the Western Mystery Tradition and another which is a local coven which combines Strega with a particular Wiccan tradition. The paths change, the people change, but some debates and concerns remain the same: do you charge for initiation and learning? If so, how much is too much? Or too little? Is there a price that can be satisfactorily placed upon spiritual knowledge? This debate exists in both the ceremonial magick and witchcraft communities, and I suspect will always exist as a bone of contention amongst its members.

I have seen groups charge outrageous sums of money only to learn it was funneled through to their leader so they could have a form of income. In such cases, obviously the intentions and methodology of collecting the money is corrupt, and has led many on a “no charge” policy out of retaliation. I have been in groups which refused to charge a dime on grounds that it was unethical by their standards. And yet a middle ground where the group only charged for the cost of the materials, no more, no less. Some offered a reasonable sum of dues per year to cover web expenses, materials, and the like.

In the world of the Internet, it’s actually quite easy these days to locate an initiatory body and either travel or receive long-distance initiation. The benefit of this has been to unite those who ordinarily would be excluded from the mysteries and obtaining knowledge due to geographic location, but the downside of this has been not truly knowing who you are initiating, and thus would be the equivalent of offering a stranger a place in your family without knowing who they really are and what they truly want.

Then there are the finances involved, and what groups expect in return for initiation. There are some who argue that if someone is willing to pay a huge amount of money then they must be sincere in pursuing the mysteries. And yet there are others who say that this is classist and excludes the poor, the unemployed, and the financially struggling from pursuing their spiritual goals. After all, if people are going out of their way to provide you with a spiritual experience, shouldn’t they not be expected to provide the full costs of that initiation to you out of their pockets? Very few people these days are rich and have the capacity to go to Kinkos and copy study materials for many, many students–and some will refuse to initiate more than a few at a time due to these grounds and more.

For those of you who are initiated, what price did you pay for it, if any? Do you feel that it was fair? For those who initiate, do you charge a cost and if so, why? I personally feel that while it’s reasonable to expect the initiated to compensate for the cost of materials should they exist and help donate their own resources towards their initiatory body at large, that one should not charge for initiation. People may argue that an exchange of energy needs to be made, and I would claim based on experience that if an experience is had by the candidate and they are indeed initiating, they pay back that price in their lives through the alchemy they undergo.

What do you think? Should people be charged to receive initiation into a chosen tradition, or not? Why?

 

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Does Dangerous Political Rhetoric Incite Violence?

It seems that 2011 is off to a rocky start. On January 8, a 22 year-old male shot a bunch of people in Tucson, AZ. His main target was a Democratic congresswoman who was shot in the head. Sadly, I’m not surprised about this tragedy. Ever since Obama was elected president, hate, racism and paranoia has been broadcast all over cable television, radio and the Internet in ways I have never seen before.

Who is to blame for this horrible tragedy? There is one side that is blaming the Tea Party and certain cable news/radio personalities for generating hate with their heated political rhetoric. The Tea Party and their supporters of course are denying any blame, insisting that the shooter was mentally disturbed. Well, I agree with them on that last point, but I’m not convinced that they are completely without blame.

The Internet is buzzing with comments blaming Sarah Palin for this violent act. I recall watching cable news and seeing a clip of Sarah Palin talking to voters about putting political opponents in their sights and showing the picture of a politician in the crosshairs of a gun sight. And she said, “We need to take them out.” It shocked me that someone, especially someone in the public eye, would say such a thing. Okay, so she wasn’t talking about shooting and killing someone, but a crazy person doesn’t know how to distinguish the difference.

It was reported that Giffords had criticized a website by the Sarah Palin Action Committee that posted imaged of crosshairs on a U.S. map targeting congressional seats for the 2010 mid-term elections. Giffords was one of the targets. I would post a link to this website and map in question, but the pictures were taken down right after the shootings. Do you think they are feeling just a wee bit guilty?

This quote from Gabrielle Giffords gave me chills: “We’re in Sarah Palin’s ‘targeted’ list, but the thing is that the way she has it depicted, we’re in the crosshairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve got to realize that there are consequences to that action.”She said this right after her office had been vandalized in 2010.

Americans are lucky to have freedom of speech, but is this freedom taken too far in certain circumstances? Should those in the public eye use common sense and watch what and how they say something? People can speak out against an ideal without causing violence. With so much hate and intolerance sweeping the country, it doesn’t help to have a key political figure talk about taking people out or calling them targets.

Any thoughts/comments on this?

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