An uphill battle

I read with much interest your article in The Daily Journal 01-16-05 about the manufacture, sale and use ofmethamphetamine. Your research and interviews with the politicians involved in this venture was commendable. However I have been following the drug war for 20 years and we are saying the same things today we said then. While we have lock up millions, invaded others countries, taken away civil liberties only to find were are no more in control than we were twenty years ago.

Many say the one thing we learn from history is we do not learn. In the 1890s beer was the problem, 1800s & 1900s opiates and marijuana were the problem, 1960s LSD was the issue. 1970s & 1980s cocaine had our attention. The beer (alcohol) issue was addressed with the 18th Amendment to the constitution, and then it was revisited again in the 21st Amendment by tackling the issue as the people really saw it. The problem for most folks was not they did not wish people to drink alcohol; they did not want saloons in their neighborhoods. So compromises were made, alcohol is strictly regulated at its manufacturing. The people choose if they want the sale to take place in areas as small as precincts, and minors could not purchase and many other laws.

I am in no way saying this drug you describe is not dangerous. However it would be off the market in a short order if psychoactive drugs were treated as alcohol laws were conceived in the 1930s.
My position is simple on this issue I do care who uses drugs, who buys drugs, or who sell drugs. But for sure do not do it in my neighborhood. All should obey the law.

Our goals and objectives are not in the proper perspective. We are digging a hole with no resolve.

Author: harold

Thought for Today

It is my belief all religions have some thought that is worth considering in developing my relationship with God. One that I have heard from my Catholic friends:

God is the maker of all things seen and unseen

I hope I never become so arrogant that I believe I know how He does it.The tense of the last “to be” verb is intentional
Author: harold

Thought for Today

The Second Coming of Christ

Waiting for the second coming of Christ in a physical state is similar to living in a cave and waiting for the sun to rise. I have witnessed hundreds of men and women accept the principles of humility, forgiveness & other spiritual thoughts of faith that Jesus Christ taught and within them, the revelation of His work is obvious.

Author: harold

Women’s Rights (Satire)

Pro-Life v. Pro-Abortion

Genesis 38
8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy brother’s wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy brother.
9 And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother’s wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother.
10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD: wherefore he slew him also.Here is a debate created by Catholic deities that really does not exist. One nobody is anti-life (nearly anyway, I wonder about Dubya), nor is anyone pro-abortion. Women should have full control of their own bodies and not allow the state make decision for them. I am one that hold that opinion.

Now Catholic deities and others have come along and redefined life as beginning upon conception. That is a way of tell the masses how much more Holy they are than the rest of the lay people. They can be focused at the same time removing themselves from the issue and placing it upon the opposite sex.

It is time for the pro-women rights people to get in the middle of this debate and deal with it at the heart and end the debate in an even handed manner. Now the framework of this debate is based upon the definition of the beginning of life, which is a religious issue some are trying to make public policy. Now the religious are trying to force a religious tenet upon the legal system via definition of the beginning of life. Okay, then let us offer a more conservative definition of the beginning of life, like when the body produces sperm is the beginning of life. The Catholic deities and the other supporters of this definition should not object since it is a more conservative view and is not in conflict with their own.

Now when one of the previously named deities goes to the Doctor and is told he has testicle cancer and his only hope for continued happy life is to have them removed, but that is illegal. He runs to a judge to get court order and the judge says he will hear the case, but the priest is dead before he does. End of issue.

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by ayotollah on Jun 20, 2004 – 12:23 AM
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You are very strange man. Conflicted. No one can see partially developed fetus and believe that life only start at birth. Your argument about sperm, which you probably are expert on, is just silly. Individual being only possible when sperm and egg both combine their partial components to create entire compliment of chromosomes for creature. Here is argument that is base on what you propose. A woman should control her own body. Fetus isnot part any more than man penis when inside her. Maybe she should be able to murder husband too only while during intercourse and not be in wrong since now he is part of her body. How silly. Everything you write is so negative and angry. Perhaps you are schizophrenic and not even sure what to belive. Are all Americans as negative and selfish? Just when it look like Americans are stop being afraid to lead world into better way there you pop up.
Author: harold

Tha^y’s 14 Precepts:

“Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth.

Do not think that the knowledge you presently possess is changeless, absolute truth. Avoid being narrow-minded and bound to present views. Learn and practice non-attachment from views in order to be open to receive others’ viewpoints. Truth is found in life and not merely in conceptual knowledge. Be ready to learn throughout our entire life and to observe reality in yourself and in the world at all times.

Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education. However, through compassionate dialogue, help others renounce fanaticism and narrowness.

Do not avoid contact with suffering or close your eyes before suffering. Do not lose awareness of the existence of suffering in the life of the world. find ways to be with those who are suffering by all means, including personal contact and visits, images, sound. By such means, awaken yourself and others to the reality of suffering in the world.

Do not accumulate wealth while millions are hungry. Do not take as the aim of you life fame, profit, wealth, or sensual pleasure. Live simply and share time, energy, and material resources with those who are in need.

Do not maintain anger or hatred. As soon as anger and hatred arise, practice the meditation on compassion in order to deeply understand the persons who have caused anger and hatred. Learn to look at other beings with the eyes of compassion.

Do not lose yourself in dispersion and in your surroundings. Learn to practice breathing in order to regain composure of body and mind, to practice mindfulness, and to develop concentration and understanding.

Do not utter words that can create discord and cause the community to break. Make every effort to reconcile and resolve all conflicts, however small.

Do not say untruthful things for the sake of personal interest of to impress people. Do not utter words that cause diversion and hatred. Do not spread news that you do not know to be certain. Do not criticize or condemn things you are not sure of. Always speak truthfully and constructively. Have the courage to speak out about situations of injustice, even when doing so may threaten your own safety.

Do not use the Buddhist community for personal gain or profit, or transform your community into a political party. A religious community should, however, take a clear stand against oppression and injustice, and should strive to change the situation without engaging in partisan conflicts.

Do not live with a vocation that is harmful to humans and nature. Do not invest in companies that deprive others of their chance to life. Select a vocation which helps realize your ideal compassion.

Do not kill. Do not let others kill. Find whatever means possible to protect life and to prevent war.

Possess nothing that should belong to others. Respect the property of others but prevent others from enriching themselves from human suffering or the suffering of other beings.

Do not mistreat your body. Learn to handle it with respect. Do not look on your body as only and instrument. Preserve vital energies (sexual, breath, spirit) for the realization of the Way. Sexual expression should not happen without love and commitment. In sexual relationships be aware of future suffering that may be caused. To preserve the happiness of others, respect the rights and commitments of others. Be fully aware of the responsibility of bringing new lives into the world. Meditate on the world into which you are bringing new beings.

Do not believe that I feel that I follow each and every of these precepts perfectly. I know I fail in many ways. None of us can fully fulfill any of these. However, I must work toward a goal. These are my goal. No words can replace practice, only practice can make the words.

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Author: harold

ENGEL V. VITALE

In 1962 I had just married and was going regularly to a Baptist Church in Magnolia KY, We had a minister that had just finished his degree at the Southern Baptist Seminary In Louisville, KY. This preacher was raised in Clinton, Mississippi. I remember one Sunday morning, his sermon, after the Supreme Court had delivered its opinion on prayer in school. Best known as ENGEL V. VITALE. The preacher gave his account of the situation by saying he thought this would help the churches better understand their roll in social life and stay out of politics. This minister thought as I do today it is the place of the church and the family to teach religious and spiritual values to children not schools nor our government . We cannot live in a heterogeneous society and teach religious material in our schools. This mixes our religion and government. The thinking of the 19 mens that killed and hide the bodies of three civil rights workers believed they did not need to abide by the laws of men because they were acting on behalf of a higher Authority. So did the justice department in the State of Mississippi.

Politicians play upon religious thought to expand power beyond man made law. This this puts them in the same room with Charles Manson, James Jones, David Koresh & Charlemagne and the list go on and on. Without those powers we all can live by the laws man with input from all and change as needed.

We are in the middle of a group of politicians playing those games all over again. Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, and James Dobson are only three, but look for more to come out of the woodwork.From The Text of the New Yorker Article That I blogged

A sign on the narrow road that leads to Edga Ray Killen’s house, in the low hills southeast of Philadelphia, Mississippi, reads “If Yo Don’t Believe in God, the Hellfire Await You.” On the morning that I visited him, a few years ago, Killen, a reputed Ku Klu Klansman, was waiting for me, a shotgun in his sunburned arms. “I told you I ain’t talking wit you,” he said, superfluously. Killen is know around Philadelphia as Preacher. He used to preside over a small church nearby, where he taught the inerrancy of the Bible and the superiority of the Caucasian race, but that day he was apparently caring for his weapons. “My gun’s clean and ready,” he said
Author: harold