caught in a tsunami of Pope mania. It is
easy to forget that the Pope represents a religion that imposes a broad cavern
between perceived reality and what is actually real.
We now live
in a world where the socio-religious would impose their dogma on all mankind. The purpose of the Catholic Church (and all
religions) is to consolidate ignorance under the banner of immortality. If life after death doesn’t exist there is no
reason for religion; so the Catholic Church deals with death by abolishing it.
percent of the world in Christian and sixty percent of that world is Catholic;
and for that Catholic majority the Pope is the direct, infallible representative
It was Popes
that instituted the Inquisition from 1231 to 1820. Millions were tortured by the Catholic Church
and died horrible deaths, including many scientific notables at the hands of
released his wrath and then changed his mind many time with the succession of
Popes. Even in the last century Pope
Pius XII supported the Nazi rounding up and imprisonment of Jews.
Pope is expounding somewhat limited liberal ideals. Along with addressing climate change he also
states that women who have had abortions and homosexuals may not go to hell if
they return to the church and confess their sins – not well received by much of
the misogynistic Catholic clergy that believe Eve was responsible for original
sin and homosexuality is an abomination.
Church, which this Pope represents, requires blind faith and allegiance.
A belief in
the virgin birth and other outlandish miracles.
of human sacrifice and transubstantiation.
repression of logic and suppression of scientific enquiry – stem cell research...
bigotry and pious outrage – organize opposition to gay rights initiatives.
belief in Gods, angles and demons. Now, in the twenty-first century, the Catholic
Church still has a group priest especially trained to perform exorcisms on the
thrives in the absence of reason. The
greater the absurdity the stronger the beliefs.
Pope is expounding some liberal ideas, but saying that women who have had abortions
and gays may return to The Church is the equivalent of the evil witch of fairy
tales that eats children sending flowers and candy packages to pregnant
women. He is still the representative of
a repressive and indoctrinating religion defending twelfth century dogma in a
twenty-first century world.
both Republican and Democratic pundits, are wondering how Donald Trump is
carrying 27% of the Republican Party in the poles.
I don’t see
what the mystery is. This is the 27% of
the Republican Party base that supported Michele Bachman and Herman Cain in the
2012 election – the same people that elected Louie Gohmert and other
Congressional wingnuts. These are the
same people that marched with the tri-cornered hats with tea bags hanging from
their clothes; these are the same 27% that live on Fox and Friends.
To me it is
no mystery. These people have always
been here but disregarded as nut cases until organized by the Republican Party
and given a platform to scream from in the 2008 election when it seemed that a
black man was going to be elected President.
is poorly educated, not bright and easily manipulated. For years the leaders and shapers of the
Republican Party gave this group lip service – they fed them bullshit and told
them it was cake. They could count on
them showing up at the poles as long as they gave them a piece of red meat to
And then in
2008 they showcased them – used them to create dissension at Democratic events
and to appeal to racist, conspiracy theorist and religious zealots.
the Frankenstein monster the Party can’t control them.
Republican mainstream keep reminding us that regardless of his appeal, Trump
won’t be their nominee and they are probably right; because at some point there
will be a concerted effort to bring him down.
In the meantime they are biding their time to see if he will implode on
Trump, or anyone else, would run as a third party he would have no chance,
because it is not the popular vote that elects the President, but the Electoral
College; and the members of the Electoral College are appointed by the two
The game is
not forget that it is fourteen fucking months left before we have a vote. It is like a fifteen mile marathon and
everyone excited about who is ahead at mile one.
On to a more
important subject: I haven’t cleaned the cats litter box this morning and they don’t
like it when their box is dirty.
I’ve got to
admit Yellowdog Granny got me thinking with her post on her hiatus from sex
(not sure if she was bragging or complaining.)
My only knowledge comes from acting as a willing participant;
so I really can’t say definitively what women think of sex.
Kennedy is quoted as saying, “Sex is a bad thing because it rumples the
think that was tongue in cheek, but I am not too sure that what she said is not
what she meant (ponder this sentence for
My wife and
I have always had great sex, and still do; the woman spins my prop. But, I can be naked in bed waiting for her
and she might stop and feed the cats or wash a glass left in the sink on her
way to the bedroom – If she was in bed waiting for me – hell, a pride of lions
couldn’t distract me.
Maybe it is
me naked – do you think? A man in his
mid-seventies naked: not the most alluring thing I can think of.
Sorry, no pics.
I seem to age, but she doesn’t.She is still the same beautiful woman who’s
bones I jumped standing knee deep in snow, ten feet off a snowshoe trail; what
doesn’t seem to me so many years ago.
About 6 to 7
million years ago humans and chimpanzees diverged from an earlier primate
ancestor, though we still share about 97% of our DNA with our chimp cousins.
around 4 million years ago our pre-human ancestors became bipedal, and about 3.5
million years ago Australopithecus Afarensis became distinctly human.
many evolutionary adaptions that developed and died out, but about 1.8 million
years ago Homo erectus became identifiable with present day humans.
It was Homo
erectus that left the cradle of Africa and spread through Asia and southern
adaptations produced Homo Heidelbergensis and then Neanderthal and finally
modern humans. It is estimated that
about 2.5% of the DNA of humans outside of Africa is Neanderthal.
evolution is not only obvious from physical appearance and mobility, but also
in brain development.
course of human evolution three distinct brains emerged. The oldest and most primitive is the brain
stem and cerebellum (which turns out to be the main structure of the reptilian
brain) which controls autonomic body functions.
The next layer of our brain to develop was the hippocampus and
hypothalamus which records memories and experiences. The final layer is the cerebrum that allows
language and abstract thought.
The brain is
not static, but constantly rewires itself to adjust to new experiences and
demands. The human brain is even known
to repair itself (rewire itself) to bypass effected neurons in stroke victims.
Time on an
evolutionary scale is vast, and if we survive there is no reason to believe
that ‘we’ are the final product of human evolution.
of humans no longer depend on survival skills, size or wit. We live in a society that services our
needs. We are less active and less imaginative. We depend more and more on technology.
evolutionary changes in the human animal might we expect as people move from a
world of personal interaction, required physical activity and survival demands
to a virtual reality world of 24/7 TV, computers and cell phones?
the Donald 100%. He is the best thing
that could happen - for the Democratic
If it wasn’t
for Trump the airways would be full of Benghazi and E-Mail Gate and Bill getting
a blow job in the oval office and Hillary a murderer and …; also, minute to minute 24/7 attacks on President Obama.
But now, all
the Republican’s running for office are playing duck and cover from Trump. The party doesn’t know what to do with him,
and is afraid to confront him.
e-mails are a back page issue for the media while The Donald is running away
with the Republican Party.
Where can I
get a Donald Trump bumper sticker for my car?
The woman started from the north pole She walked three miles south She walked three miles east She walked three miles north She is back where she started It only works at the North Pole If she is at the North Pole the bear has to be a polar bear THE BEAR IS WHITE the Ol'Buzzard
men left their village to attend a talk by the Buddha. It was to be a three day journey so the men
left a day early to insure they would arrive in plenty of time to enjoy the
After two days they arrived at a river only to
find the bridge had been destroyed.
Knowing they had an extra day they set about constructing a boat from
bamboo and reeds. The next morning they
made the crossing and were feeling confident as they still had a day for travel.
man said that it was such a fine boat it would be a shame to leave it, so they
each grabbed a gunnel and started down the road.
arrived in village just as the Buddha finished talking. They approached the Buddha and told him how
disappointed they were to have missed his talk. The Buddha look at the men and the boat and
asked why they dragging a boat. The men
said they had built it to cross the river and that it was such a fine boat they
could not leave it.
smiled and walked away.
I sit here in my den/office/man-cave or
whatever you want to call this room that all the artifacts of decades of my
life are jumbled into and look around at the boat that I have been dragging:
books on sky diving (not going to happen,) books on white water canoeing ( I no
longer own a canoe,) survival gear, hunting and fishing gear, pictures and
artifacts hanging on the walls, three boxes of cassette tapes ( I no longer own
a cassette player,) Sherlock Holmes collections and the list could go on.
I have been dragging most of this
stuff around with me for decades – some for over fifty years.
I tend to think of this stuff as
defining me; but in truth I was a different person at each time this stuff
represents. However, they bring back
You can’t stand in the same river
I guess we all drag our boats, and
perhaps that is only a bad thing when it prevents us from living in the present
or obstructs our future goals.
I often read more than one book at a time. At present I am reading a book on mathematics trivia, a western and a book of logic. The following teaser was from the logic book - though I have heard the same problem before. A woman begins at point A and walks south three miles, She then turns east and walks three miles, Finally she turns north and walks three miles She finds she is back at her starting point What color is the bear? I'm just asking the Ol'Buzzard