The Mind’s Signs; You’ve Got to Have a Membership Card to Get Inside

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In the mind of all human beings you will find etched virtually unbreakable, arcane incantations. Amidst stray rituals, smells evocative of meaningful moments from life, and a variable number of intense emotional memories swept under mental furniture to prevent their being included in the ‘files‘. That is where they are found, shining out like neon signs along an oft traveled, drab neighborhood lane strung with bars and the occasional restaurant; engraved on the walls of the soul may be found a human’s personal, subjective, and mostly inviolable, ‘n Commandments’:

I MUST ONLY POOP WHERE I AM SUPPOSED TO!!!

 

NO ONE MUST DETECT BAD SMELLS FROM ME!

 

[Put your own related hang-ups, kinks, realizations or coping mechanisms here] IS DISGUSTING!

 

SEX IS…  [Put your own related hang-ups, kinks, realizations or coping mechanisms here]!

 

SEX MUST BE…  [Put your own related hang-ups, kinks, realizations or coping mechanisms here]!

 

SEX MUST NEVER BE…  [Put your own related hang-ups, kinks, realizations or coping mechanisms here]!

 

To Be Seen NAKED is…  [Put your own related hang-ups, kinks, realizations or coping mechanisms here]!

 

To See Someone Else NAKED is…  [Put your own related hang-ups, kinks, realizations or coping mechanisms here]!

 

Stealing is [Worse than or the Same As] stealing when you never [are/were] caught [variable intensity of punctuation]

 

I AM BAD IF I…  [Put your own related hang-ups, kinks, realizations or coping mechanisms here]!

 

I AM GOOD IF I…  [Put your own related hang-ups, kinks, realizations or coping mechanisms here]!

 

An attentive student cannot help but begin to get the picture; though only comprised of “software” modeled during our lifetimes on our psyche’s we are rarely even aware that they exist; let alone that we can change them with understanding and will.

Do you know what bars line your mental street of unforgettably forgotten habits, rituals and automatic, “natural” reactions? If you do have a mental map of your life’s ‘programming’, what are you doing with this understanding?

How are you treating Life anyway?

–       Be Prepared to Appreciate What You Meet. (Taoist proverb)

Dumbest (uncorrected) Choices in American History: Shortlist

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My list of REALLY STUPID CHOICES made in American history; just a short-list I am afraid:

Diet Food” that is more chemicals than food

Having the Soviet Union an “ally” in WWII – better to have let them go it alone; email for full argument

The Electoral College in the Age of Communication; direct election of all offices should be the norm; Political Parties are OBSOLETE and COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE

Public Sector Unions

Adding “under God” to the Pledge making it a point of division instead of unity

Lotus and Apple’s Patent-the-Universe Syndrome making the courts accept patents on things never meant for patent

Failing to live up to Dr. King’s vision and refusing to stop being prejudiced regarding race

Private campaign donations of any kind other than labor

Campaign donations by businesses

Supreme Court deciding that money= a right to a louder voice for YOUR ‘free speech

Dropping the no-partisanship requirements for radio talk-shows and ‘interview’ programs

Letting Lawyers advertise

Supreme Court declaring that nothing of value is earned by the recipient of a military award or decoration

Women’s, Chicano, Black “Studies” propping up people selected, distorted and lionized with blatant prejudice; taking away self-respect while pretending to help by ‘giving the poor things a hand’, and White Studies designed to rip on Western Culture for the same purpose – removing its self-respect – it seems non-whites are too dumb or clueless to run their own lives or stand up to whites and that whites are just intrinsically demonic – welcome to the enlightened world of PC education

Failing to settle on the point in a pregnancy where a woman’s choice is MADE and she must be held responsible for an infant rather than a piece of owned tissue. (6 month preemies regularly survive today and the Radical Right’s agenda on abortion would make women all but chattel)

Worrying more about which consenting adults, what age, color or how many may legally get ‘married’; ignoring the concept of duty, honor and responsibility anyone brings to their marriages

Bilingual Education as a policy

Helmets, knee and elbow-pads for tricycle riders

Peer promotion in school

Affirmative Action after 1990 – where was the transition to color-blind government?

Worrying more about what actual people have DONE with their guns than trying to get law-abiding folk to not have any at all

Electing Andrew Jackson, Jimmy Carter, George W., and Obama

Forgetting that ALL countries do best with immigrants if they pick from the TOP of the pile instead of the bottom

Paying a private group to print/coin money like a product to be bought forgetting that money has no ‘intrinsic’ value’; dollars are just counters for the economic game; increasing or decreasing the supply by fiat to ACCURATELY reflect the production/wealth of a nation is the ONLY reason when deciding when or if to print more money, or let the cash pool contract

Deciding that political consensus and no working model or scientific theory that has been tested is sufficient when making decisions in haste that could wreck the world’s entire economy/infrastructure; in the 70’s it was the next Ice Age that was imminent… no models then either

Making an “eco-friendly” light-bulb containing hazardous amounts of mercury

Adults stealing Halloween from the children and making it another grown-ups party holiday

The Writer’s Strike

ANY serious university or college that “emphasized” sports to make money and enabled ‘tails’ that can wag Great Danes with ease

Obama Set to Undo ‘Conscience’ Rule for Health Workers

By DAVID STOUT NYT
Published: February 27, 2009

(HH here: I like this one! whether you are a doctor or nurse or a taxi driver or shoe salesman I have always felt that if you take a job you agree to DO that job. IF you are a pharmacist who refuses to dispense drugs your faith doesn’t like then you need to find a new job. If you are a doctor that refuses to have anything to do with an abortion then do not apply to work at any facility that performs them. Ditto taxi drivers who decide that service dogs and passengers carrying alchohol, or even just drunk, need not be served. My answer remains the same, find a new job if your faith constrains you from participating in secular society. In the past the devoutly faithful withdrew from “the world” in order to be more faithful to their religous rules. IF faced with a “do this or quit” situation they simply quit. We are not talking about something like child labor in factories! We are talking about people who bring their personal, particular religious rules to the workplace and expect a larger society that does not share them to conform in order that they might not have to “suffer” for their faith. If passionate faith is never supposed to cost YOU anything then how do you distinguish it from a simple power trip?)

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved on Friday to undo a last-minute Bush administration rule granting broad protections to health workers who refuse to take part in abortions or provide other health care that goes against their consciences.

The Department of Health and Human Services served notice on Friday, through a message to the White House Office of Management and Budget, that it intends to rescind the regulation, which was originally announced on Dec. 19, 2008, and took effect on the day President Obama took office.

When the administration publishes official notice of its intent, probably next week, a 30-day period for public comment will begin, after which the regulation can be repealed or modified.

But opponents of the regulation, including the American Medical Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and Planned Parenthood, said it could have voided state laws requiring insurance plans to cover contraceptives and requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraception to rape victims. It could also allow drugstore employees to refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives, critics of the regulation have said.

Moreover, opponents of the regulation have said, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 already offers broad protection against discrimination based on religion, spelling out that an employer must make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s practices and beliefs.

“Today’s action by the Obama administration demonstrates that this president is not going to stand by and let women’s health be placed in jeopardy,” Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, said on Friday.

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