Nov 25, 2014

Criminal Hypocrisy by The GOP on Capital Hill (Must See!)

Sometimes I Feel Like I Am Being Smothered by PTSD

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Anonymous letter from the wife of a Vietnam Vet

R.J.S. is 68yrs old. She is married to a veteran who suffers from PTSD since his service in the Vietnam war in 1967.

It suffocates me 

It rears it's ugly head and screams out at me. It's hard to breath. How do I go on? How do I survive? I just want peace and happiness. Something I have realized I will never get in his world. Recently the VA has acknowledged that the wives are suffering too. No kidding. Fifty years is a very long time, more so in the last 17 years. Recently the VA gave us marriage counseling for PTSD. It helped with some of the stresses I had held in for so long. Sad part is, it still controls our life every day.

This sickness is different for everyone who suffers from it. One painful realization was his triggers are silent on my end. I had no idea I caused them sometimes. He expressed that I was the cause of his flashbacks. I go over every bump on purpose when I'm driving. We live on a very rough road. He sees the ship to shore vessel that he was in, in Vietnam. That's my fault. He hates flashing lights on electronics. I have to respond to any message on the phone, that flashes, the minute I walk in the door.

He once duck taped the microwave because the time wasn't cleared and the numbers were flashing. I was watching the news and a mother had lost her son. I mentioned how sad that was. He told the counselor I did that on purpose to upset him. I had no clue. We have to set facing the door when we eat out most of the time. He is sure the feds are coming to lock him up, for the orders he was forced to take in Vietnam.

I live with this every single second of every single day. He panics when we get a VA letter. He is sure they are going to want the money back that helps support us. He trusts NO one. Not even me anymore. The most painful part now is, that our oldest son caused a trigger he has no idea about it. So his father has taken revenge and attacks him at every event. They haven't talked in 2 years of so. He tells people horrible things that are not even true. He has made up things in his mind and rants and raves about them.

Is our son perfect, who is? A while ago he told our youngest son he was a fake and a lier. Now, he accepts him because the VA has finally taken responsibility for his damaged knees. My boys don't deserve this painful hurt. They are wonderful men that I am very proud of. The sad part is I can never fix it. I am there mom and I have no answers. I can't make him love his boys. He doesn't love himself. He says, "They are her kids, men can't have kids, so they are not mine."

My thought is, then he doesn't have to be responsible for the heart ache he has caused them. Someone once said under their breath, "She chooses to live with him." He is mentally ill. He doesn't take responsibility for his actions. Vietnam took the cute, fun filled, happy go lucky fella I fell in love with. He fakes it very well. It took all our dreams and destroyed them. Life's a game and we all must play our part. I feel like it's time to stop hiding what PTSD is like.

He will never forgive himself for the lives he had to take. He feels he needs to be punished. Sad part is, that we are punished too. I feel like it's time to wake up our world, so they will see this ugly nightmare for what it is, painfully "devastating".

Nov 9, 2014

Poll: Atheists More Moral Than Believers, Religion More Harmful Than Good (VIDEO)

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Religion More Harmful Than Good
An eye-opening survey conducted in the UK reveals a truth many in the United States will find shocking. When asked if atheists are more or less moral than religious people, our allies across the pond favor atheists.

"The British feel those who identify as atheists are more likely to be good people. In fact, 12.5% of Britons believe atheists are more moral, while only 6% say atheists are less moral.

Fewer than a quarter of Britons believe religion is a force for good. On the contrary, over half believe religion does more harm than good. Even 20% of Britons who describe themselves as ‘very religious’ are on record stating religion is harmful to society.

The poll, conducted by Survation for the HuffingtonPost UK’s series Beyond Belief doesn’t address why Britons have come to this conclusion, however faith in God and religion is falling in America as well. Jerome Baggett, a professor at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California told The San Francisco Business Times why he thinks people are retreating from religion in the United States,"
“Religious institutions themselves have lost their legitimacy in the eyes of many Americans due to sexual and financial scandals, or political overreaching ‘by the so-called Christian right.”

Oct 13, 2014

If Jesus Never Existed Would There Still Be Love

Learning love from the bible, you have to be choosy, avoiding the genocide, infanticide, rape, incest, ethnocentrism and godly hypocrisies. Could I not also learn about love by enacting all the virtues inherent in the execution of the principles of love? If I seek the understanding of compassion, isn't a world of knowledge available in countless written forms, conveying fundamental concepts of the golden rule? Why is the bible the highest culmination of learning when it so riddled with fallacy? 

If Jesus never existed would there not be love? 

Those that lived on this good Earth died without salvation before the coming of Jesus, yet they raised families, learned to write, developed framing techniques, created music and survived long enough as a culture to create multiple forms of religion. Religions that spawned the monotheistic form of worship we debate now.

Certainly the bible cannot be a source of love for your fellow man if god himself lacked the will to 'turn the other cheek.'

In the old testament God's law proclaims that we must put to death any man who joins with another man:
Leviticus. 20:13, If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltness is upon them.
Yet in the same scripture of God's unbreakable laws:
Luke. 12:47, The servant who knows the master's will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows.
As a people we have rectified the inhumanity in the owning and punishment of slaves. Yet, right wing christian's chose one of these laws over another to suit there ideological agenda.  
The bible brings nothing to the table of human endeavors that man cannot ascertain for himself. -D. Mitchell Sweatt

  Dr. Michael Shermer, The Science of Good & Evil

"THE SCIENCE OF GOOD & EVIL, the third volume in his trilogy on the power of belief (the first two volumes were Why People Believe Weird Things and How We Believe: Science, Skepticism, and the Search for God), psychologist and historian of science Dr. Michael Shermer tackles two of the deepest and most challenging problems of our age: (1) The origins of morality and (2) the foundations of ethics. Embedded within these two problems are questions that have occupied the greatest minds in history: Is it in our nature to be moral, immoral, or amoral? If we evolved by natural forces then what was the natural purpose of morality?"
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Oct 2, 2014

Terrorists To Strike U.S. Malls on Halloween?

Rumors of terrorism on American shopping malls will begin in a flurry of twitter posts and e-mails this year. To get ahead of the panic that may set in for some people, here is the basic premise of another terrorist attack on the United States. Basically most rumors of an attack will look like this.

"Hi All -
I think you all know that I don't send out hoaxes and don't do the reactionary thing and send out anything that crosses my path. This one, however, is a friend of a friend and I've given it enough credibility in my mind that I'm writing it up and sending it out to all of you.

My friend's friend was dating a guy from Afghanistan up until a month ago. She had a date with him around 9/6 and was stood up. She was understandably upset and went to his home to find it completely emptied. On 9/10, she received a letter from her boyfriend explaining that he wished he could tell her why he had left and that he was sorry it had to be like that.

The part worth mentioning is that he BEGGED her not to get on any commercial airlines on 9/11 and to not to go any malls on Halloween.

As soon as everything happened on the 11th, she called the FBI and has since turned over the letter. This is not an email that I've received and decided to pass on. This came from a phone conversation with a long-time friend of mine last night. I may be wrong, and I hope I am. However, with one of his warnings being correct and devastating, I'm not willing to take the chance on the second and wanted to make sure that people I cared about had the same information that I did."


I checked on Snopes to see what their take on this was:

An anonymous internet e-mail message has been widely circulated pertaining to an Arab male who warned his wife not to fly on September 11, 2001 and not to go to any shopping mall on October 31, 2001.

The e-mail further states that the Arab male disappeared prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks. The FBI has conducted an inquiry into the source of this e-mail and determined that the alleged threat is not credible.

A public information officer at the FBI's National Press Office told us that they've fielded many phone calls about this message, they've checked it out, and they have received no letter of warning from a girl with an Afghan boyfriend. This story fits neatly into the genre of a number of similar rumors about helped terrorists or compassionate Arabs who are moved to offer specific warnings about upcoming attacks, and thus should most likely be dismissed as just more of the same. Helped terrorists of lore offer such heads up by way of thanks for a kindness done them. "Compassionate Arabs" of rumor offer such intelligence to favored neighbors, usually just before they themselves pack up and leave in the middle of the night. Dozens, if not hundreds, of versions of such tales abound, each told by someone who swears he heard it from someone who knows the person who had the encounter.)

Such snippets of lore swing on the belief that those who have foreknowledge of  destruction to come would jeopardize the outcome of those events by warning others. Terrorists may very well form friendships among the folk they've temporarily taken on the coloration of, but friendships stop at the line where they might interfere with operations. To think otherwise is to surrender to a form of that can only be characterized as appallingly wishful.

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