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I’m just about as happy as a clam now that I’m back to blogging. I truly did miss it a lot, missed you, and missed reading the news from around the world. CNN, MSNBC and FOX get very tiresome after a couple of days. How predictable can they get. You can almost write the scripts yourself after a while.
Did anyone notice as I did in rereading my post of yesterday how God awful shallow I am? I mean, it appears that I do nothing much of substance besides sitting here and pontificating on the world. Like my opinion is of much interest!
I promise, I do actually do things during the day. I clean house, cook some fairly nice meals, (or so the Contrarian claims), attend to my spiritual life, shop, and so forth. Why just this morning I spend a good hour and half making a bunch of meatballs and tomato sauce for spaghetti today. Plenty of meatballs for the freezer and enough sauce for a second meal of lasagna or chicken Parmesan or something. So, I’m not entirely a computer addicted witch.
Today, is St. Joseph’s Day. I was first associated with the Sisters of St. Joseph some years ago, and I recall them with great fondness. I received a prayer card from them one St. Joseph’s day, and I still have it. I thought the poem was delightful and thought I’d share it with you.
Perhaps the mark of greatness
is not the accomplishing of great moments,
great monuments, great works–
as it comes, being content with the daily–
what we call ordinary.
was that kind of man–
a Saint. (Sister M. Madeleva CS)
On the moral front, a couple of things struck me today as I was reading through blogs. Both brought a smile, and a quiet “It’s about time!” response to me. I’m feeling wonderfully mellow for some reason today. Quiet, competent, free, happy.
Hullabal00 reports that Governor Bill Richardson, of New Mexico, has repealed that state’s death penalty. The only second state to do so since the Supreme Court of the US in its infinite lack of wisdom upheld the barbaric practice of state sponsored killing. (New Jersey was the other, in case you were wondering.)
This is a courageous decision, especially in a border state where the mania of “immigration” looms large and plenty of folks just want to kill ’em at the fence. I suspect Richardson was aware that the penalty would no doubt fall most heavily on the Hispanic population, legal or otherwise.
That brings the total of no killing states to fifteen. I’m proud that I live in one of them. Hopefully more will see the uselessness of such barbarisms and end theirs too. Even though with few exceptions, most States don’t execute, the law is still on the books. No doubt Texas will be the last to fall. They seem to do it with relish and pleasure down there. Not sure why, but it’s horrifying all the same.
We are also pleased to see that President Barack Obama has signed a UN statement decriminalizing homosexuality. The Washington Independent reports that in doing so, he joins 66 other countries.
George W. Bush, the bastion of constitutional law expertise, refused to do so claiming it was an infringement on states rights! Of course any rational human being knows that to be a farce, since the US government speaks on issues of race and gender and other such things rather often. Bush was just trying in this simplistic way to appease the far right wing homophobes at no real cost.
Nice, of course since it put him in league with China, Russia, much of Islam, and of course the Roman Catholic Church.
Finally we are beginning to walk the talk of freedom for everyone, upholding those sacred beliefs we claim to hold so dear. I think I hear the world beginning to listen to us once more.
You have to wonder why anyone would object to this. As Lynda at Essential Estrogen states:
It is simply a show of support by the nations who sign on of their belief that criminal penalties — especially execution — should not be imposed on people just because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
I mean don’t we all agree that people shouldn’t be executed or imprisoned for being gay? Yet, Lynda reports the following remarks:
“[This] is a significant step towards the worldwide outlawing of religious opposition to the homosexualist political agenda.” by journalist Hilary White.
[This is] “sad and outrageous” and a form of “modern savagery that will dismantle our society from the inside out.” by Archbishop Celestino Migliori
Read the full article for more.