WTF 9/23: The pope… and… politicians

 

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The pope and politics…

…not always two things that go together well…

Why’s that?

Politicians, in one form or another, are kept by the 1%… sorry… but that’s the facts, Jack…

Don’t think so?

Then why’s it always so hard for us so-called middle class folks, and lower, to making ends meet and we all seem to be living from month to month? Seems to me with the way we have seen things get so evloved these days our lives should be easier.Upward_mobility

So, why at the end of the day just when I seem to be able to settle down and say… “Ahhhhh… finally…I’m a little bit ahead….”

AND THEN BAM! I need a new radiator for my truck… the raindrops are falling on my head as I sit in my lving room… baby needs new shoes… and ground  beef is going for $5.00 a pound and eggs are now $4.00 a dozen… why in the hell can’t we ever catch a break? We do the right thing and we still get fucked…

Why is that?

Coming to Amercia…

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The Pope is coming on over to the US to bring his message of working to help the poor and the less unfortunate get a leg up in this all too often hard old world to all of thoae that gots… especially… the rich and the uber-rich… and to speak t othe world and all its politicians that  maybe Robert Zimmerman’s message might ring a bell the hard way if they don’t start doing the right thing…

What’s that message? … Bob-Dylan-The-Times-They-

…. don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’

(Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-changin’)

Ya better watch out; ya better not pout; ya better be good… I’m telling you whyyyyy…. cuz Frankie is commmmming toooo town… ya better not cheat, ya better not lie, ya better not greed… I’m telling you whyyyyy…. cuz Frankie is commmmming toooo townnnnnn…. 

In the effort to be totally above board, honest and shootin’ stright from the heart… I am what would be called a failed Catholic… I was baptized, raised and educated a Catholic… and then I met reality… and “pow… kazowie”  right in kisser everything I believed went south in a hand basket.god

Back in my St Joe’s High School days, I went to a senior class retreat at some up the Hudson River monastery and in a discussion session asked the question…

“What if a bunch of people got together and just made up the whole bible story and that was that?”

And I was told blah, blah, blah… the words didn’t really matter because the answer didn’t satisfy my question and I came back with…  “But, I thought we never taught to never question certain truths? That they were revealed to us by the Church and we need to take them on Faith?”

And, the priest moderating the session said the magic words… “No… the church wants you to question.”

And, so I did and so began my path to how I now believe…bible story

Is there a God? Beats the hell out of me but I do believe there is something more than just us in this world…

…and by that not the “other intelligent life in the universe” stuff but a being that is greater than us all…

But… I also do not believe in any religions whatsoever… I fully subscribe to the theory that religions are the opiate of the masses and that they are just contortions and manipulations of certain so-called grand poobahs, rabbis, priests, imams… what have you… to keep us all… when you come right down to it… under their thumbs… nothing more and nothing less…

There… It’s done and said…

Now then… this Frankie guy…

… he is coming to town… NYC, Philly and DC… and he is turning the entire world on its ass with some of his declarations…

Who’s the man think he is Jesus Christ or something? The man don’t got no sense… going  around saying the Catholics needs to take it to the streets… be with the drunks and whores and the homeless and to minister to their  well being… both spiritual and physical… damn and tarnation… ain’t that some ridiculous radical rhetoric…pope-francis-coming-to-america-

Almost makes me wanna join the Catholic Church or something… almost, I said… so don’t get the old undies in a bunch there…

Frankie’s also caught the attention of a lot of other peeps too… some peeps in some high places to boot… like he’s being asked to speak before the UN… and… an invite to be the first pope to speak before the US congress… from none other than House Speaker John Boehner…

Crying blue eyes Johnny said about Frankie… “(His teachings) “have prompted careful reflection and vigorous dialogue among people of all ideologies and religious views.”

Yep… they sure have and Johnny may be sorry he extended the invite because most of them teachings of Frankie’s are damn near always opposed to stuff Johnny and his elephant pals support or put forth as the elephant dream.

In fact a lot of what Pope Frankie says pisses off a lot of peeps that identify themselves as being conservatives… even Catholics…

On income inequality…  battle hymn of the elephants

“While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules.”

On that good old elephant saw  known as “trickle-down” economics”… “Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacra­lized workings of the prevailing economic system.”frannkie12

On greed…

“The current financial crisis can make us overlook the fact that it originated in a profound human crisis: the denial of the primacy of the human person! We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. The worldwide crisis affecting finance and the economy lays bare their imbalances and, above all, their lack of real concern for human beings; man is reduced to one of his needs alone: consumption.”

And…

 “Money has to serve, not to rule! The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but the Pope has the duty, in Christ’s name, to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to promote them. The Pope appeals for disinterested solidarity and for a return to person-centered ethics in the world of finance and economics.”

And, then, this beautiful and astute leap…Francis-Cartoon-11

…he speaks about how being poor… and under the thumb of the greedy… begets violence…

“But until exclusion and inequality in society and between peoples are reversed, it will be impossible to eliminate violence… When a society… whether local, national or global… is willing to leave a part of itself on the fringes, no political programmes or resources spent on law enforcement or surveillance systems can indefinitely guarantee tranquility. This is not the case simply because inequality provokes a violent reaction from those excluded from the system, but because the socioeconomic system is unjust at its root.”

Or… how being poor can be a death sentence in and of itself…

“Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills…Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.”

So Crying blue eyes Johnny… ya think ya still want the pope of the poor and the homeless and of the weak and the defenseless marching around your halls and speaking words of wisdom that kinda don’t sorta support what your elephant agenda might be?

And just when you thought he would take a break…

Just prior to his trekking across the bounty main and over the to our side of the earth, Frankie was on a Portuguese news show and took the time to soundly chastise Christian churches and institutions that have opted to enter into the hospitality industry while exploiting a legal loophole to keep from paying taxes on their business enterprise operating under the guise of doing “God’s work.”

church and taxesHe said, “Some religious orders say ‘No, now that the convent is empty we are going to make a hotel and we can have guests, and support ourselves that way, or make money.’ Well, if that is what you want to do, then pay taxes! A religious school is tax-exempt because it is religious, but if it is functioning as a hotel, then it should pay taxes just like its neighbor. Otherwise it is not fair business.”

And, just so ya’ll know this Frankie dude is not just spouting words for the sake of hearing his own voice and for the purpose of fluffing out his breast feathers and beating his chest… in Italy the Catholic Church owns more than 100,000 buildings with an estimated worth exceeding $10 billion… in 2013 the Italian Church started paying taxes on any buildings which existed solely as a commercial or  money making business but avoided paying taxes because the facility had a chapel within its environs.

Contrast that with many same types of arrangements in America and it is estimated that the associated churches would generate $83.5 billion in annual tax revenue if the exemption was lifted on their $600 billion in untaxed properties…

What would $83.5 billion do to helping the poor, the indignant, the homeless and the needy  throughout these here United States?

With God on our side…

Oh my name it ain’t nothin’
My age it means less
The country I come from
Is called the Midwest
I was taught and brought up there
The laws to abide
And that land that I live in
Has God on its side

Oh, the history books tell it
They tell it so well
The cavalries charged
The Indians fell
The cavalries charged
The Indians died
Oh, the country was young
With God on its side

The Spanish-American
War had its day
And the Civil War, too
Was soon laid away
And the names of the heroes
I was made to memorize
With guns in their hands
And God on their side

withgodonoursideThe First World War, boys
It came and it went
The reason for fighting
I never did get
But I learned to accept it
Accept it with pride
For you don’t count the dead
When God’s on your side

The Second World War
Came to an end
We forgave the Germans
And then we were friends
Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now, too
Have God on their side

I’ve learned to hate the Russians
All through my whole life
If another war comes
It’s them we must fight
To hate them and fear them
To run and to hide
And accept it all bravely
With God on my side

godonourside3But now we got weapons
Of chemical dust
If fire them, we’re forced to
Then fire, them we must
One push of the button
And a shot the world wide
And you never ask questions
When God’s on your side

Through many a dark hour
I’ve been thinkin’ about this
That Jesus Christ was
Betrayed by a kiss
But I can’t think for you
You’ll have to decide
Whether Judas Iscariot
Had God on his side.

So now as I’m leavin’bobd1
I’m weary as Hell
The confusion I’m feelin’
Ain’t no tongue can tell
The words fill my head
And fall to the floor
That if God’s on our side
He’ll stop the next war

(Songwriter Bob Dylan/Published by © Bob Dylan Music Co)

Lies my candidates told me…

Opinion/writer Linda Stasi points out in her NYDN Sunday editon column…

“Carly Fiorina lied about the Planned Parenthood abortion video, defying the President and Hillary to ‘Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.’ I defy her to watch it herself, since that Planned Parenthood video doesn’t exist. Ooops.”

“Donald Trump lied that vaccines have caused an autism epidemic… The Global Burden of Disease Study determined, in fact, that no clear evidence of any change in autism numbers exists between 1990 and 2010. Ooops.”rain_of_lies_

“Jeb Bush lied when he said his brother kept us safe… The 9/11 hijackers killed more people than the Pearl Harbor attack. The difference? President Roosevelt declared war on the right countries and the U.S. won that war in four years. Ooops.”

“Ted Cruz lied that Iran, under the deal, would conduct self-inspections of nuclear facilities and give no access to certain military facilities… CNN said it’s just not true. Iran’s nuclear facilities will be continuously monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency and military facilities will not be off-limits. Ooops.”

“Chris Christie fudged the truth when he said he defunded Planned Parenthood as ‘a pro-life’ governor. He previously said he defunded it to balance the budget. Ooops.”

“Ben Carson not just lied, but sounded like a crazy medieval land baron when he declared that undocumented people should earn citizenship by being made to work on farms…. that’s called indentured servitude and it was outlawed in 1917. Ooops…”

“Mike Huckabee lied when he said Hillary Clinton was under FBI investigation for destroying ‘government records’… She had the authority to do it. Oopsy.”

So, why am I pointing all of this inane lying stuff out to ya’ll? Because, unfortunately most people, when it all comes right down to it, believe the first thing that they hear… they believe the lie whether later proof comes out that the lie was… well… a lie.presidentiallies

In other words… the first thing they hear they take it to the bank and profess it to be the truth whether the proof is sitting there staring them dead in the eye that it ain’t the truth.

They have no power to think for themselves and they believe the lie because… Jeb said it… Donald said it…  Ben said it… Carly said it…Ted said it…  Hilary said it… or… even, if, the Bamster said it…

They have no capacity to think for themselves and that is a true tragedy in this country that we live in because it’s these people who could very well elect someone who is incapable of leading this country forward, onward and upward into a brave new future… but… instead could actually lead it backwards into a frightful past that needs to be left in the past.

WTF takes a stand…

All politicians are liars… just part of being a politician… some do it well and others not so well…

This brings me to Hillary Clinton…

The woman actually supports a lot of things I support… then she is kinda, sorta wishy washy on others. Its like she never wants to be pinned down or tied to any specific stance.

Fine… be like that… but… as the prez elections come near and nearer… I need to start deciding who the hell I am gonna support.

Now… hold on to your kneecaps here…

I actually have looked at some of the elephants and … eh… they have their attractions… and I don’t mean certain dunces that just like to spout out innuendos and make stupid asses of themselves… but…

I looked at Carly and I said, “Hmmmm.” Then, she had to come out with that lie about the Planned Parenthood video… I mean… I meannn… really?bramhall-0921

Ben started sounding like an intelligent dude, but, then that stuff on the immigrants and his recent take on Muslims? Sorry… no can get behind that shit…

The rest of them elephants… mehhh…. and… nada…

So, it seems it all comes down to this…

Overall the guy who says stuff that comes closest to what I think is the right direction that this country needs to be turned to is Bernie…Bernie 3

Even, if,  Hils gets the donkey nomination, I pledge to vote for Bernie.

Why? Like I said all politicians lie…

I accept that as part of just doing the business of politics… but… Hillary is the worst kind of a liar that there is…a fucking poor one.

Somewhere Bernie has lied or is lying… It’s just that, for some reason, I don’t get bamboozled over the noggin by his lies… so… either he’s damn good at it… which is a big plus seeing he’s in the politics game… OR… he doesn’t lie.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm………

What’a a poor soul gonna do…

I support saving the environment… doing stuff that we need to do to rescue ourselves from our so-called carbon footprint… even making laws that specify what peeps need to do to help stop global warming, etc…

I also support helping out peeps that are poor… making sure we do what we can to help people get out from under poverty, giving folks a helping hand to put food on the table and make sure the children of poor families have the same educational advantages that better off families have…

So… what happens when the two ideals… helping the environment and helping the poor… meet head on and collide in conflict?

For instance…

If, you are a poor person then usually the best vehicle you can afford to drive is probably an old beater and a pollution creator…OldCar1

Along comes Johnny-law and gives you a ticket for a faulty exhaust system…

That’s probably a nice $200 fine… which being poor… you can’t afford… and… being poor means you also can’t afford the likely $600, or more, to fix the exhaust system… AND… being poor means ya’ll gonna keep on driving that car the way it is because if you could have afforded something better than what ya’ll was driving then ya’ll woulda done that in the first place…

So, what all is the fix?

Howzabout, we make it a law that no one… private enterprise… aka car dealers… or private person… can sell any vehicle that would not pass ANY state’s emissions testing?

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