07 July 2020

I’ve been holding back this post for a while, a lot to say let’s begin:

  1. Mask or no mask?

For research that will show you one should not wear a mask, one can find research saying that one should wear a mask, and vice versa. 

The question of whether one should wear a mask, or should not wear a mask should be based on certain factors. Are you going to go exercise? I don’t think wearing a mask in that situation is really the best of ideas. Do you need to be understood in your work? Again, not advisable to wear a mask in my opinion. Are you sick? I’d definitely recommend wearing one. In the medical field? Yep, definitely wear a mask. Are you going to be spitting on people and not following proper social etiquette? Definitely, most definitely wear a mask. In a place with dangerous chemicals? Wear a mask!

It's probably a bit much to compare the sterilised environment of a hospital to the non sterilised, non controlled environment of everywhere else. That is to say; the hospital environment is designed so people can wear masks all day to minimal effect. Our everyday surroundings, not so much. In addition every person's biochemistry is different, and people will be impacted differently. Some people can wear masks without a problem, others have major issues while wearing them, one size does not fit all peoples.

The idea that there must be.a one size fits all solution into how to take care of one’s self during a virus seems a bit ridiculous to me. There are many ways to keep oneself from getting sick. Wearing a mask isn’t the only way to accomplish this goal. Washing ones’ hands with soap and water a good thing to do as well. It seems to me, having as many strategies as possible to solve a problem seems to me a good thing. The equivalent would be having tons of tools in the tool box to build something, but being only allowed to use one tool. It’s not that it could’t be done, it more than likely could be, would it be as efficient? Absolutely not!

I’m not going to be a dictator and tell you to wear a mask. My assumption is that every person is making risk calculations and knows what they are doing. If you choose to wear one, let no one stop you. If one does not choose to wear one, let no one stop you. The assumption that it is selfish to not wear a mask I think is a bit much, I do not prescribe intention when I do not know the heart of a person….

b. Pausing life because of a virus that its in the same family as the flu and the cold?

Society has had millions of viruses since the dawn of time, and this one is the one that gets society to pause? It’s in the same family as the flu and the cold. (Obviously different in how they infect people and such, but the base is the same) That seems quite a bit suspicious to me. Even during the Spanish flu, society didn’t stop functioning, and the idea that everyone is sick until proven otherwise wasn’t a thing. This is the virus that has transformed everyone into germaphobes? Brings me back to that episode in Recess that is called germ warfare, Gretchen gets sick with a cold. Gus overreacts and seeks everything to be disinfected, and Mikey wants to be friends with every germ. Gus even goes all out and gets a hazmat suit. There is propaganda printed, and as usual everyone freaks out, and starts super cleaning in masks. Leading to the mass disinfection…The friends Mikey and Gus get into a huge fight…At the end Gretchen says “You’re both behaving ridiculously…Germs are everywhere, and you have to learn to live with them.” I tend to think there is wisdom. We have to learn to live with in this case Wuhan 19. Stopping society was the wrong decision in my opinion. Although deep cleaning of stores and other places is a good thing…The contactless things can stay. That’s how things should be done.

Keeping lockdown is living from the virus rather than with it. Safety has always been to a degree an illusion. That is to say, viruses are everywhere, there’s literally nothing is one can do about that. We have all have to learn to just live In the moment, take precautions as need be…No need to get all freaked out over something that isn’t under our control….

c. Black Lives Matter?

I’m asking this as a sincere question…what do any of the following things have e to do with police brutality? 

(Quoted from the black lives matter website)

  1. We are guided by the fact that all Black lives matter, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status, or location.
2. We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.
3. We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
4. We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.
5. We practice empathy. We engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts.
6. We make our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.
7. We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.
8. We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).
9. We cultivate an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, show up with the capacity to lead and learn.
10. We embody and practice justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another.
11. We work vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension, all people
12. We intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting
13. We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a prerequisite for wanting the same for others
14. We see ourselves as part of the global Black family, and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black people who exist in different parts of the world.
15. Every day, we recommit to healing ourselves and each other, and to co-creating alongside comrades, allies, and family a culture where each person feels seen, heard, and supported.

Does anyone have a clue on what these things have to do with police brutality? I really want to know what’s going on with that…

I don’t see here anything relating to the topic of police brutality. They’ve taken a phrase which I think everyone can affirm.  Black lives DO matter! But they have put an agenda behind this phrase which I can’t support. 

Comrades? Who recognises this word? Sounds like the words of the Bolsheviks…Communism, Socialism…Those of you familiar with history know that it did not end well under the Bolshevik revolution. 

Disruption of the Western prescribed nuclear family? Apparently Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East don’t count…Those also have the same family structure, arguably even more so, in particular how they treat the elder generation. All of you, my friends who are married or in relationship, they don’t want that. 

Queer affirmative network? I’ll say this, if being queer was normal, one would not have to have it blasted everywhere and on various media platforms. Things that are normal don’t need programming or exposure to be made normal. 

Cisgender privilege? What in the world is this? Seriously…Something to say, whatever name one wishes to be referred to, I’m happy to do so, I however will not conform to something that doesn’t exist. One may feel a certain way, but that doesn’t imply that those feelings are always connected to reality. In the human species, men do not get pregnant, women do. That is that. 

Presuming that there’s a monolithic voice for blacks, and that this speaks for me, it’s very patronising. This movement does not speak for me, or the issues that I stand for. 

Maybe there is something that I am missing, but none of these issues as far as I can see connect to police brutality.

d. Actually addressing police brutality

A lot of incidents have been quite troubling, but I’m going to start with the obvious thing…Real reform begins by not placing oneself in a situation where it might be suspicious. By no means am I saying that this will solve everything, or prevent officers having a bad day taking things out….But chances are things will run smoother if one doesn’t shoot at the cops, one doesn’t resist arrest, etc. It is better to be tried by 12, then carried by 6. If nothing wrong has been done on your part, show that in court, and never presume intention when you don’t know the heart of a person. 

We can reform tactics all we wish, but at any situation things can change. What happens if a social worker is sent into a situation, and it escalates unto violence, and they don’t have the training for that? It seems to me that things will return to that way of thinking soon enough. 

Situations are never quite black and white, flexibility must be allowed to be able to handle all situations in due prudence.

f. Trump's fault? Time to fire Newsom

While Trump is not a saint by any means, the media bias against him, is so blatant, it gets to a point where you almost feel bad for him. Trump didn't call a lockdown. The media calls him a failure. Trump does call a lockdown, they'd (rightly) call him a dictator. I certainly think he can phrase things better, but a lot of what he says, the substance of what he's getting at is on point, even if a few details are off. I do not like when people assign him blame, when it's not his fault. I admit, him thinking that China would be honest about Wuhan 19 was a failure. But he did not call for lockdowns of the economy. That is on local governance. In the spirit of doing something about this, I have signed the Recall Gavin 2020 petition. It's about time people who are sick of how things are being run, institute a recall. Get organised, and do something, enough is enough.


28 April 2020

We've been lied to and the FSM is the reasonn for it.

Let's talk lockdown...here are the actual words of the lockdown:

EXECUTIVE DEPA RTMENT STATE OF CALIFORNIA EXECUTIVE ORDER N-33-20 WHEREAS on March 4, 2020, I proclaimed a State of Emergency to exist in California as a result of the threat of COVID-19; and WHEREAS in a short period of time, COVID-19 has rapidly spread throughout California, necessitating updated and more stringent guidance from federal, state, and local public health officials; and WHEREAS for the preservation of public health and safety throughout the entire State of California, I find it necessary for all Californians to heed the State public health directives from the Department of Public Health. NOW, THEREFORE, I, GAVIN NEWSOM, Governor of the State of California, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the State Constitution and statutes of the State of California, and in particular, Government Code sections 8567, 8627, and 8665 do hereby issue the following Order to become effective immediately: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT: 1) To preserve the public health and safety, and to ensure the healthcare delivery system is capable of serving all, and prioritizing those at the highest risk and vulnerability, all residents are directed to immediately heed the current State public health directives, which I ordered the Department of Public Health to develop for the current statewide status of COVID-19. Those directives are consistent with the March 19, 2020, Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response, found at: https://covid 19.ca.gov/. Those directives follow: ORDER OF THE STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICER March 19, 2020 To protect public health, I as State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health order all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors, as outlined at https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19. In addition, and in consultation with the Director of the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, I may designate additional sectors as critical in order to protect the health and well-being of all Californians. Pursuant to the authority under the Health and Safety Code 120125, 120140, 131080, 120130(c), 120135, 120145, 120175 and 120150, this order is to go into effect immediately and shall stay in effect until further notice. The federal government has identified 1 6 critical infrastructure sectors whose assets, systems, and networks, whether physical or virtual, are considered so vital to the United States that their incapacitation or destruction would have a debilitating effect on security, economic security, public health or safety, or any combination thereof. I order that Californians working in these 16 critical infrastructure sectors may continue their work because of the importance of these sectors to Californians' health and well-being. This Order is being issued to protect the public health of Californians. The California Department of Public Health looks to establish consistency across the state in order to ensure that we mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Our goal is simple, we want to bend the curve, and disrupt the spread of the virus. The supply chain must continue, and Californians must have access to such necessities as food, prescriptions, and health care. When people need to leave their homes or places of residence, whether to obtain or perform the functions above, or to otherwise facilitate authorized necessary activities, they should at all times practice social distancing. 2) The healthcare delivery system shall prioritize services to serving those who are the sickest and shall prioritize resources, including personal protective equipment, for the providers providing direct care to them. 3) The Office of Emergency Services is directed to take necessary steps to ensure compliance with this Order. 4) This Order shall be enforceable pursuant to California law, including, but not limited to, Government Code section 8665. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that as soon as hereafter possible, this Order be filed in the Office of the Secretary of State and that widespread publicity and notice be given of this Order. This Order is not intended to, and does not, create any rights or benefits, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity, against the State of California, its agencies, departments, entities, officers, employees, or any other person. IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Gre t Seal of the tote of d his 19th day ATTEST: ALEX PADILLA Secretary of State

The references of law are here: (You can research the rest of the laws individually)

Gov’t code: Government Code sections 8567, 8627, and 8665

(a) The Governor may make, amend, and rescind orders and regulations necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter. The orders and regulations shall have the force and effect of law. Due consideration shall be given to the plans of the federal government in preparing the orders and regulations. The Governor shall cause widespread publicity and notice to be given to all such orders and regulations, or amendments or rescissions thereof.

(b) Orders and regulations, or amendments or rescissions thereof, issued during a state of war emergency or state of emergency shall be in writing and shall take effect immediately upon their issuance. Whenever the state of war emergency or state of emergency has been terminated, the orders and regulations shall be of no further force or effect.

(c) All orders and regulations relating to the use of funds pursuant to Article 16 (commencing with Section 8645) shall be prepared in advance of any commitment or expenditure of the funds. Other orders and regulations needed to carry out the provisions of this chapter shall, whenever practicable, be prepared in advance of a state of war emergency or state of emergency.

(d) All orders and regulations made in advance of a state of war emergency or state of emergency shall be in writing, shall be exempt from Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2. As soon thereafter as possible they shall be filed in the office of the Secretary of State and with the county clerk of each county.
During a state of emergency the Governor shall, to the extent he deems necessary, have complete authority over all agencies of the state government and the right to exercise within the area designated all police power vested in the state by the Constitution and laws of the State of California in order to effectuate the purposes of this chapter. In exercise thereof, he shall promulgate, issue, and enforce such orders and regulations as he deems necessary, in accordance with the provisions of Section 8567.
(a) The Governor may make, amend, or rescind orders and regulations during a state of emergency that temporarily suspend any state, county, city, or special district statute, ordinance, regulation, or rule imposing nonsafety related restrictions on the delivery of food products, pharmaceuticals, and other emergency necessities distributed through retail or institutional channels, including, but not limited to, hospitals, jails, restaurants, and schools. The Governor shall cause widespread publicity and notice to be given to all of these orders and regulations, or amendments and rescissions thereof.

(b) The orders and regulations shall be in writing and take effect immediately on issuance. The temporary suspension of any statute, ordinance, regulation, or rule shall remain in effect until the order or regulation is rescinded by the Governor, the Governor proclaims the termination of the state of emergency, or for a period of 60 days, whichever occurs first.
(a) During a period for which the Governor has issued a proclamation of a state of emergency under this chapter based on drought conditions, a city, county, or city and county shall not impose a fine under any ordinance for a failure to water a lawn or for having a brown lawn.

(b) A violation of this section is not subject to the criminal penalties set forth in Section 8665.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter or who refuses or willfully neglects to obey any lawful order or regulation promulgated or issued as provided in this chapter, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punishable by a fine of not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000) or by imprisonment for not to exceed six months or by both such fine and imprisonment.
The department shall examine into the causes of communicable disease in man and domestic animals occurring or likely to occur in this state.

120130.(c) The department may from time to time adopt and enforce regulations requiring strict or modified isolation, or quarantine, for any of the contagious, infectious, or communicable diseases, if in the opinion of the department the action is necessary for the protection of the public health.

120140. Upon being informed by a health officer of any contagious, infectious, or communicable disease the department may take measures as are necessary to ascertain the nature of the disease and prevent its spread. To that end, the department may, if it considers it proper, take possession or control of the body of any living person, or the corpse of any deceased person.

The department may establish and maintain places of quarantine or isolation.
The department may quarantine, isolate, inspect, and disinfect persons, animals, houses, rooms, other property, places, cities, or localities, whenever in its judgment the action is necessary to protect or preserve the public health.
The department may destroy such objects as bedding, carpets, household goods, furnishings, materials, clothing, or animals, when ordinary means of disinfection are considered unsafe, and when the property is in its judgment, an imminent menace to the public health.
Each health officer knowing or having reason to believe that any case of the diseases made reportable by regulation of the department, or any other contagious, infectious or communicable disease exists, or has recently existed, within the territory under his or her jurisdiction, shall take measures as may be necessary to prevent the spread of the disease or occurrence of additional cases.
a) During an outbreak of a communicable disease, or upon the imminent and proximate threat of a communicable disease outbreak or epidemic that threatens the public’s health, a local health officer shall do both of the following:

(1) Promptly notify and update governmental entities within the local health officer’s jurisdiction about communicable diseases listed in Section 2500 of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations that may affect them, if, in the opinion of the local health officer, action or inaction on the part of the governmental entity might affect outbreak response efforts.

(2) Make any relevant information available to governmental entities, including, but not limited to, the locations of concentrations of cases, the number of residents affected, and the measures that the governmental entities should take to assist with outbreak response efforts.

(b) In addition to the actions required under subdivision (a), the local health officer may issue orders to other governmental entities within the local health officer’s jurisdiction to take any action the local health officer deems necessary to control the spread of the communicable disease.

(c) A local health officer that provides the notification and information to a governmental entity pursuant to subdivision (a), and the governmental entity that receives the notification and information, shall comply with all applicable state and federal privacy laws.
The department may advise all local health authorities, and, when in its judgment the public health is menaced, it shall control and regulate their action.
Notice what is absent...
1) Churches, or houses of worship
2) Places MUST  close.
3) Must wear a mask.
4) Must stand apart (however many feet it is presently)
The word used in the executive order is heed, which means to pay attention to, or give consideration to. An interesting choice of words isn't it? To heed is not require, or must do, but to give consideration. Therefore, once again, we have been lied to, and been manipulated for the sake of power. I will take precautions as need be, but I will not stop living because of this. 

14 April 2020

Life lessons in sentences...

1. Numbers never lie, except when they do.
2. Never underestimate the ability of the powers at be to cover for their own crimes.
3. There is no news in truth, and there is no truth in news.
4. The government would absolutely never lie to cover for itself ;)
5. Question the narrative, regardless of who says it.
6. It isn't conspiracy when it is fact.
7. There isn't anything hot wine can't fix :p
8. There are many things to be scared of, corona isn't one of them
9. Jealousy is the biggest sign of insecurity
10. Always imagine the worst case scenario, of the position opposite of what you hold.

20 March 2020

If one is going to argue something, argue it well...

I've been hearing a lot "it's not about you" it's about others...and if one leaves the lockdown one is selfish, and one has no concern about others.

As I much often say, it's not what one says, it's how one says it...

With this logic, one might as well never leave the house. There are billions of viruses that are out there. And ANY of them, one can carry, and one can bring to elderly people, or to those who are compromised....(Don't confuse my thoughts, I do indeed believe the elderly and those compromised should stay home....and people should be closer to their families...)

Some Coronaviruses are airborne, and that means one really can't do anything about it. Being sealed in a room will do nothing about it. (Viruses can get through small spaces). Some Coronaviruses are by person to person contact....obviously minimise contact in these situations.

Where does it explicitly say that the churches must close? A church is there to worship God!, Not to gather. We gather at home, we gather at parks. We worship God at the church! Of course, the state knows well that it can't prevent the free exercise of religion, so it uses deception to try and get one to fear.

Do we not see the bigger picture? This is about encroachment upon our rights. To fall for this is to give consent to the view that the government is the one that giveth and taketh our rights. Utter stupidity! The right to get together is not given from the government! The right to worship God is not given to us by the government!

How much are we willing to give up in the name of "safety" or security? We have already done so at the airport. We are now presumed to be guilty or to have weapons. We can't carry on large amounts of soap, water, or other thing. All this because people from outside of the country did an attack on the US. Do we really think the next time a mutation of a virus comes, they're not going to tighten the screws further? They're going to remember how easy it was to get us to give ourselves up, and push the boundaries more.

I will not live in fear! They will not take the Church away from me! I will take caution where I see necessary! I will venerate the icons, and receive the Sacraments, I will not fear while in the Church, or the church! I'm absolutely sick of the fear...people need to stop falling for it, before even more is taken away from them.

We should not fear, let us live.

13 March 2020

Coronavirus...nothing new under the sun...

It seems as if during this whole panic, the world is ending, the use of the brain has fallen.

a. Coronaviruses are nothing new...a rant on panic culture.:

Here's a link to a page about them: https://www.sciencealert.com/coronavirus

Here's a link to different types of coronaviruses here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/types.html

First things first, if one feels sick in any way, stay home...period.

Habits that you should already be doing, continue doing those...alright,  enough of the PSA...

Mass panic tends to bring the stupidity of of people and bring it to the forefront. This seems to work every time....and it's not even limited to sicknesses...

A major terror attack happens in our country, by a non American citizen....suddenly a few weeks later, poof, we're taking off shoes, emptying bags, limited on the amount of soap one can carry on a plane, treated as if we are all guilty of a crime even though none of us did anything wrong, or the vast majority of people would even think to use a plane to crash into a building....All in the name of security, while in reality our right to presumption of innocence has been taken away. (At least at an airport)

Someone goes shoot a bunch of people with a gun...Boom, we need to pass a law forbidding "mentally ill" (an ambiguous term that can be used on anyone or anything without a cause), or we need more of a background check. (Where anything and anything could be used against people), or someone on a particular medication, or has issue here...As if allowing ambiguous terms to be left undefined won't be taken a mile, by those that are in power.

Now the world is on lockdown all because of a different strain of something that we know. All the things are being canceled, the mass hysteria is ridiculous in my opinion. It's even carrying over to many churches East and west...

God Himself is greater than our human knowledge and understanding. God himself is not the source of sickness. Come to the church without fear. We receive Our Lord in the Eucharist, if one doesn't believe that, one should not approach the chalice.

Obviously take precautions as need be, but do not fear, God is with us.

28 February 2020

I think we need to have a conversation

Well, it has been a while since I've blogged, I guess we have a lot to talk about from politics to life, to all the things....let's see where this goes.

a. Politics.

1. I am not here to tell you who to vote for, if you happen to be an American reader of this so called blog. I'm only going to say a few things. Despite some of the ills that we do have within our capitalistic system, I do not think that overthrowing this system, and replacing it with a socialistic/communistic system is a good idea. I do not believe that there would be any way to guarantee that it would not become a repeat of the Castro's or the Bolshevik's, Mao's, and the other so called leaders of this movement. I know far too many people that have suffered either from them directly, or the descendants of the movement. I do not wish for a return to the "coffin problems" or becoming one of the undesirables. I will not forget the story that a dear friend told me about the hell that her husband went through....Nor will I forget other stories that I've been told about the horrors of such a movement. Anyone who dares to defend Fidel Castro probably is not worth one's time. So, no I'm not feeling the bern thank you very much.

2. I find myself in a rather strange position. One could perhaps say that my viewpoints are not that of those that are in my age group, but I also do not buy into the paradigm of right versus left. I don't necessarily think that a healthcare system that covers more people is a bad idea, but I also realise that we don't have the homogenous population, nor the cooperation of the state governments to pull off a nationalised system. Ultimately, the ills that I see in society can be fixed with a few minor tweaks rather than a whole entire system overhaul.

3. On point one a bit further,  I do not believe that it is good to create an economy of envy just because some have earned much money, and some have not. The only way that one can get people to use resources the same is by force. I believe it is better to show how one can get from point A to point B, rather than to take from those who have earned. (Any charity that is forced is no longer charity)

4. Since the 2 legged creatures have had their opportunity, and have failed....it's time to elect the cats.. At least you know they are bosses and don't take any crap. ;)

b. Life

1. Obsession is bad! Not having a life outside of certain things is really bad. There is nothing that will turn me away faster than jealousy....Nothing.

2. Great Lent begins on Monday (I'm on the old calendar now). I beg forgiveness for those that I have wronged, and those I have hurt. I'll try to be better. I wish for everyone to have a blessed Lent. (And for those of you already in Lent, may it be blessed and penitential)

3. While I do not wish to get into specifics, please pray for me. Thank you!

4. Forgive me while I'm not freaked out about the Coronavirus....I have plenty of Modelo Negra, and take plenty of the normal precautions. Receiving Our Lord the Divine Physician at Holy Communion is the last place I'm worried about catching the virus from.

5. Please pray for an intention...although I don't wish to publicise it. Thank you!

c. Other

1.. Never underestimate the ability of a government to show its incompetence.

13 January 2020

Thoughts with Joe, the Julian New Year edition.

Happy New Year! (on the Julian Calendar...the Liturgical New Year started in September). I suppose I have quite a bit to say, so here we go.

a. It is important to have various outlets. Reality is that relationships in general whatever their type can be quite complex. It's good to have multiple outlets in terms of being able to express onesself. That is to say it can be quite a burden for one person to do all the things....It's okay for the world to revolve around one person, it is not okay to be obsessive towards this end.

b. Jealousy will drive anyone away. In particular when it is not necessary to be towards that end. I believe that anyone with work can do nearly anything. I believe that it is very possible to have friendships without being attracted romantically to a person, and animals are different from people. (As adorable as they can be at times)

c. For quite a while I have not bought into the paradigm of right versus left, or liberal versus conservative. I often think that we fail to listen to one another. Even more than this, I think that we're caught up in ideology that we won't grant a point. For example, if abortion is to be legal, shouldn't there be an appeals process because life is being denied without due process? Yes, if abortion were illegal, there should be a way for the mother to have access to resources...

d. May I advise the pope of Rome to imitate the words of St Joseph in the Gospel?

e. If push came to shove, I could give tons of arguments as to why I love my Faith and such things, but I can only say one has to experience and then proceed to live. My days of giving super academic arguments are over. (It was spiritually and physically draining)

f. If I was to be called to be a priest, there is ZERO way I could do so without a Matushka. I'm not going to say I'm not open to going back though.

God bless