Monthly Archives: March 2013

The End of Life or Beginning of Living?

When I was diagnosed with Gleason 9 prostate cancer I thought it was the end of the world. For the first time in my life I had to face the realities of my mortality and confront the demons of darkness and death. I always had a morbid fear of death and now was confronted with that possibility. This is how I overcame the fear of death and dying. Continue reading

Posted in Life's Lessons, Personal Perspective | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Of Modern Times and the Caveman

The brain of man is an absolutely fascinating organ designed well ahead of its time and seems in a way to defy evolution. Its development was a quantum jump in evolutionary development. Though our brains have changed little since man lived in caves the amount of new information needing to be processed by man today is many orders of magnitude more than our caveman ancestors. Continue reading

Posted in Social Issues, Society | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

Confusing Political Ads – time for “California DISCLOSE Act” SB 52

AB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, would fight back against unlimited hidden spending on campaigns by letting voters know who REALLY is paying for political ads — on the ads themselves. Continue reading

Posted in Government, Legislation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Is there a God out there?

I reveal my struggle with a faith based God and my break with my Christian roots. I don’t know if there is a God, the creator of all, but I have curiosity about the possibilities. I feel that if there is a God like some Christians profess, Christians in general are extremely poor representatives of that faith and fail to understand the meaning of grace, compassion, forgiveness, unconditional love, turning the other cheek, and letting God be the judge. Continue reading

Posted in Religion | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Economic Power of the Middle Class

The top 1-2% would like the public to think that they are responsible for stimulating the economy and thus deserve tax relief so that they will have more to stimulate economic growth. It truth it is those who spend not those who are wealthy that stimulate the economy. The very rich spend only a small percentage of their wealth on goods and services. The middle class spends the majority of their income on goods and services thus creating the demand that contribute the greatest share towards economic growth. Continue reading

Posted in Economy | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

A Failing Democracy

The US Congress is inept and unable to function as a body that enacts laws. The polarization of the two parties results in nothing being accomplished. Congregational leaders are driven by ideology instead of compromise. Our country is fighting wars abroad and trying to spread democracy yet democracy at home is a dismal and embarrassing failure. Those who we are trying to become democratic must be laughing behind our backs at our non-functional government. Continue reading

Posted in Domestic Issues, Government | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The President’s Power to Declare War

Because the United States has the most powerful military in the world, the power of the President to declare war makes him the most powerful man in the world. That much power in the hands of a single man can make for dangerous situations. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. It makes it too easy for the US to become a bully country. Continue reading

Posted in Constitution, Do No Harm, Foriegn Policy and War, Government | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Women’s Right to Equality Way Overdue

Women have made great strides in equality over the last 100 years but there are still areas where they are not yet the equal of men. They constitute 50% of the population yet still do not play an equal role in government, business, and management. More than half college students are now women yet there career aspirations are still less then men. Thus inequities still exist. Continue reading

Posted in Inequality, Social Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Spending on War and Destruction vs. Investing on Building a better America

What if we did not go to all the wars or meddle into the affairs of other countries since the end of the Korean War and instead focus all of that Defense money and effort into education, energy development, infrastructure … Continue reading

Posted in Do No Harm, Domestic Issues, Foriegn Policy and War, Government | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Nuclear Power, one Solution to Global Warming and a Change of Heart

As an environmentalist I have been a strong long time opponent of the use of nuclear power for the generation of electricity.  This stems from the partial meltdown at Three Mile Island in 1979 in the US, the explosion and … Continue reading

Posted in Alternative Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Science & Technology | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The War on Drugs – Another Losing Battle

The war or prohibition on drugs has been raging since the early 1900’s but was not seriously addressed by the federal government until the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970 was implemented by the Nixon administration.  During … Continue reading

Posted in Crime & Justice, Domestic Issues, Government, Social Issues | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Global Warming – A real threat to all Life on Earth

Global Warming and Climate Change are phrases that have been increasingly tossed around by the media for the last decade.  But I do not believe that the true consequences of nature’s wrath are adequately understood.  Its universal acceptance by the … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Environment, Global Warming | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 31 Comments