Monday, August 16, 2010

Mosque Mania

my letter makes the Bee.....

In response to those demanding that the proposed Muslim community center be relocated from the ground zero area, I have one thing to say: Right on! A handful of Muslims killed thousands of Americans on 9/11.

And while we're at it, I think we should also call for all Catholic churches to be removed from areas where children gather, since they are responsible for ruining the lives of thousands of young boys.

Also, shouldn't we ban Mormon Temples from anywhere that African-Americans are likely to live, given the church's ugly history of discrimination toward them?

Finally, Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Oklahoma federal building, was a Christian. Is there any possible justification for allowing a Christian church to be built where federal workers would have to see it each day on their way to work? Outrageous! Let's have no more churches near any federal facility.

Let's stop this mosque in its tracks and then get to work on these other ghastly offenses in our society before someone starts to take religious freedom seriously. Who's with me?

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

Rovin Speaks........

Excellent letter in today's paper by local tennis whiz Bill Rovin........

When there was an initiative to establish gambling casinos in California, the Las Vegas casinos fought hard to prevent it. When we tried to ban cigarette smoking in public places, the tobacco companies fought hard to keep that from happening. Any bills to end the criminalization of marijuana usage are met head-on by the manufacturers of alcohol.

The insurance companies and pharmaceutical conglomerates spent tens of millions of dollars to convince the American people, and pressure Congress, to kill the health care reform bill. If you want to know who benefits from the passage or death of a bill or initiative, just follow the money.

Listening to political pundits, or even to so-called news programs, from any political spectrum, will most likely only give you a biased opinion. We need to take back our country from big business because their only goal is to generate more money for themselves, and they are extremely good at doing that.

Bill Rovin


Saturday, February 27, 2010

I'm Just Sayin....

Hardly surprising.....

The study takes the American view of liberal vs. conservative. It defines "liberal" in terms of concern for genetically nonrelated people and support for private resources that help those people. It does not look at other factors that play into American political beliefs, such as abortion, gun control and gay rights.
"Liberals are more likely to be concerned about total strangers; conservatives are likely to be concerned with people they associate with," he said.
Given that human ancestors had a keen interest in the survival of their offspring and nearest kin, the conservative approach -- looking out for the people around you first -- fits with the evolutionary picture more than liberalism, Kanazawa said. "It's unnatural for humans to be concerned about total strangers." he said.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Gotta Give It Up To Roger Ebert

Peace be with you Roger.....

Ebert is dying in increments, and he is aware of it.
I know it is coming, and I do not fear it, because I believe there is nothing on the other side of death to fear, he writes in a journal entry titled "Go Gently into That Good Night." I hope to be spared as much pain as possible on the approach path. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state. What I am grateful for is the gift of intelligence, and for life, love, wonder, and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting. My lifetime's memories are what I have brought home from the trip. I will require them for eternity no more than that little souvenir of the Eiffel Tower I brought home from Paris.
There has been no death-row conversion. He has not found God. He has been beaten in some ways. But his other senses have picked up since he lost his sense of taste. He has tuned better into life. Some things aren't as important as they once were; some things are more important than ever. He has built for himself a new kind of universe. Roger Ebert is no mystic, but he knows things we don't know.
I believe that if, at the end of it all, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn't always know this, and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Now Here Is Somebody Doing Something Positive In Agfhanistan

I watched Bill Moyers interview this guy tonite. An amazing approach that is sure to pay off better than 30,000 more American troops on the ground in Afghanistan.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Alan Speaks From the Mountain Top

Great column Alan. The Sierra Star is now a tool for postive change!

Friday, January 08, 2010

Is Rudy Getting Alzheimer's Already?

What's up with this douchebag? For almost a decade 9/11 was the only thing he could talk about. Now he says there was no domestic terrorist attack during the Bush administration?? Is it really that easy to rewrite history? And what about Richard Reid, the show bomber? What about the anthrax attacks?