Thursday, March 31, 2005

Sunday Funnies

Two little old ladies were attending a rather long service at their church. One leaned over and whispered, "My butt is going to sleep." Her friend leaned over and said, "I know. I heard it snore three times."

So, the day begins with a little laughter and at whose expense? Some poor little lady who has the winds something fierce and doesn't seem to realize it. This is, however, humor and not gossip because it isn't a true story about someone. Harmless in everyway and completely inoccuous. Gossip on the other hand may seem harmless but to the contrary may be very damaging.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
Eleanor Roosevelt seems to have been a very wise woman. Much of what we attribute to her makes heaps plenty sense. I have found these words echoing in my head in many instances when a conversation degrades and turns to a discussion about another person.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Are we ruining the only home we've got?

According to a landmark international study, our activities as a species is putting more strain on the earth than it can handle.
The consequences of humans activities are severe and include: new diseases, sudden changes in water quality, creation of dead zones along the coasts, the collapse of fisheries, and shifts in regional climate, according to the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Synthesis Report. - News Staff
I'm not a tree-hugging environmentalist. In fact, I'm probably one of those guys that environmentalists consider the enemy. This, however, is quite disturbing.

So much in our world we take for granted. So much could be different if the goals and purposes we set to were less selfish and more altruistic. Seriously, our species is doomed to fail unless more people consider the bigger picture.

Monday, March 28, 2005

What were they thinking?

Congress, why do you believe you have the right to interfere? What is your motivation?

Apparently, I don’t seem to understand the manner in which the constitution provides for checks and balances between the different branches of the government, nor do I understand the rights of states to govern. The actions of the House of Representative, the Republican Party in particular, has left me awe-struck!

As a life-long Republican, I cannot remember when I’ve felt such betrayal or when I’ve sided with the Democrats on an issue. We preach small federal government. We believe in states’ rights. We complain about how the Democratic Party wishes to meddle too much in the daily affairs of the people, yet here we are making a local issue, which should be settled by local courts, a national issue. Not only did congress usurp the constitutional powers of the judiciary branch but they also trampled the rights of the states to govern.

Why did the Republican Party have to take this action? The political gain in Florida certainly cannot outweigh the long-term consequences.

I am appalled.