Homosexuality and the Bible

First we are going to talk about Homosexuality.  Scientist still haven’t found a gay gene but, they have found that a Homosexuals genetic make up is different that that of a heterosexual.  Most scientist still think there is a gay gene but it still has yet to be discovered.  Homosexuality appears in every species.  So it goes to be understood that it is not natures mistake but a genetic disposition.  Just like having brown hair and blue eyes.  There is no choice involved.  They are just born this way.  And as the song goes “God doesn’t make mistakes!“.

If you believe in the Bible being the word of God written through man, then it stands to reason that you believe that God created some people with a Homosexual disposition.  If you take the Bible literally then you cannot just pick and choose which teachings are convenient for you.  You must believe it as a whole and follow it’s teachings.  I am getting sick of hearing homosexuality being compared to cannibalism, mental illness, and bringing on the wrath of God in the form of every horrible thing that has happened in the United States.  From 9/11 to hurricane Katrina and more recently hurricane Sandy.  It is unfortunate that the people making these statements are getting on the news.  Obviously the news doesn’t screen the people they interview they just want the sensationalism.  These people are mentally ill and really, really need to be medicated.  My God is not about Hate.  My God is love.  God needs no rhyme or reason to bring on storms, diseases, or mental illnesses.  According to the Bible we are not supposed to understand everything that God does nor should we question him.  We are also not supposed to condemn we are supposed to pray.  Approximately 80% of our nation claim to be Christians.  One of the ten commandments is “thou shall not kill”.  Yet we send troops over to kill our so called enemies and we didn’t even send them to the right country.  50% of all marriages in the United States end in divorce.  “You shall not commit adultery”.  I am sure that you see where I am going with this.  There are many things in the Bible that address many so called sins.  There are a total of 7 passages referring to homosexuality.  Most of them are questionable.  You see it is based on the absolute translation.  When you go back and study those who translated the Bible you will see that most of those scriptures can and may be translated to refer to Male Prostitutes and not Homosexuals at all.  And Jesus said nothing about homosexuals at all.  But back to God.  Let’s say God did create Homosexuals this way.  Would God have condemned Homosexuals before they were even born unto this earth?  If God created homosexuals this way then who are you to question God’s will?  The Bible was written Thousands of years ago and translated by Thousands of people over the years.  Maybe God changed his mind.  Maybe it is in the parts of the Bible that were never translated or in the portions not released to the general public but hidden by the Catholic Church.  Which is often dealing with pedophile Priest and other issues within their church.  If you believe the Bible is the word of God then you must not eat shrimp, for instance.  But I guarantee there are a large number of so called Christians that are enjoying shrimp cocktail probably even as I write this article.  And you will notice the demand for shrimp is pretty high here in America.

In the short, I guess that what I am trying to say is if you so strongly believe in the Bible.  And you believe it is the word of God.  Then put your actions where you mouth is.  Follow it to the letter.  Don’t just sit around judging Homosexuals and pick and choose what portions of the Bible you are going to live by.  Live by the entire word of God as it was written Thousands of years ago.  For someday God will sit in judgement of you!!!

China VS the United States of America

Welcome all to my next rant !

I would like to start out by saying that I have nothing against other countries.  As a matter of fact I have been to a great number of them and always enjoyed myself.  Their culture is rich, their people nice (normally), and their food very different than our own.  But today I would like to take a moment to look at the trade situation between China and the United States.

In 2006 China exported to the United States 287.8 Billion dollars worth of products.  While the United States imported to China 55.2 Billion dollars worth of products.  What is important to understand here is that the products we imported to China were mostly used in the creation of Electronics.  Our imports from China were mainly Electronics.  This pretty much goes along with the exporting of jobs that has been going on for as long as American Companies have realized that moving the jobs to China would cut down and the cost to the companies and increase their profit margin.  The only exception to the export to China rule was tobacco.

Now in 2012 there are really no electronic products made in the United States without using part that were made in China with few exceptions.  The exceptions are Department of Defense products mostly weapons technology.  Right now if you purchase a laptop, cell phone, most toys, video game systems, computer monitors, printed circuit boards, flat screen tv’s or any computer parts you have bought something from China.  Of course this is not the only area that we are having our butts kicked.  Most any other product that you name can be produced in China at a lower cost and their sale price at stores show that.  While American products suffer.  For instance look at crayons, something that every school child in the USA needs.  If they are made in China you can get a box of 24 crayons for as low as $.57.  If you buy the American counterpart you will pay as much as $2.50 for the same number and same colors.

If you are in doubt, please next time you go to a store check and see how many products are made overseas and how many are made in the United States.  You will see that I am not far off the mark.  What is causing this is GOOD business practices believe it or not.  Let’s face it.  Companies are in business to make money so they will have high profits and high dividends to investors.  That is what business is all about.  But is it really helping our country to import Billions from one country so we can sell them products for a fraction of what they are selling here in the United States.  It really doesn’t work out in the end.

Our problem is that we are not doing enough exporting and too much importing.  We have made it more profitable to send jobs overseas or just buy discount products from overseas.  And as I hope you can all see there is only one way to deal with this problem.  You see, we have to keep the lines of import export open.  We don’t want to create an unstable marketplace.  Especially with countries carrying a portion of our National Debt.  So you can’t really raise the tariffs on trade with that or any other country.  But you can raise the taxes companies pay for importing the product for sale.  You can restructure the tax code for businesses shipping jobs overseas.  Remember Diplomacy is the key.  Instead of trying to take our aggression out on the business overseas you take it out on the real players in this game and tax the hell out of business here in the United States.  Enough so, that it is more profitable to them to keep the jobs and production in the United States.  You may ask yourselves if this practice is fair to free enterprise?  The answer is a simple “YES” !

Over the course of the last few decades we have seen America go from a thriving industrial country on the cutting edge of technology.  To a country with millions out of work, companies buying up small industrial companies moving their entire production overseas and selling off the assets.  We have seen the decline for decades but didn’t really understand or care what the effect it would have on the country in years to come.  Yes there are some areas that we are still the leaders in technology.  But when you ship the jobs overseas and have the parts made there we have given away the design technology.  We as a country have to put our heads together and work out a way from this natural disaster.  Not only with making it more profitable to make the products at home but to keep product support at home as well.  Every Time I have to call Technical Support for an electronic product.  The call normally goes to a phone overseas because it is a heck of lot cheaper to have the phone banks overseas than at home.  This is really frustrating.  I have been to a large number of countries overseas and dealt with a great number of foreign accents.  But there are times that the accent just is not able to be understood.  A classic example is America and England.  If you were to go to England and speak American slang they wouldn’t be able to understand you without the aid of the American Urban Dictionary and visa versa.  Now supposedly we both speak English but there is a distinct difference between our two languages.  When I call technical support I want to speak to an American.  I want someone that understands what I am talking about and how to solve my problem.  I don’t want to have to repeat myself 42 times to get a simple answer to a simple question.  In the short, we have to keep the phone banks and technical support here at home.  This part I really have no idea to correct except once again lay it at the doorstep of the company in question and make it more expensive to hire someone overseas than here in America.

Please keep in mind there is no immediate actions that could be taken in changing the tax code that would move the jobs back to America.  You have to hammer it out between both parties in Congress and the Senate.  Which could be and will be a nightmare for any President.  The second thing that could be done is to start those public advertisements promoting “buy made in America”.  And third you have to rely on the public to demand products made only with American parts and only Made In America.

Lastly, we the people can take action to make this happen and write our Congressional and Senatorial Representatives as well as the President himself.  All you have to do is go online and look up Congress, Senate, and the White House.  There is a listing of all Representatives by zip code and the email address for the President of the United States.  Of course, it will be an aid looking at the letters and responding but if enough of them come in they will finally do something.

Money, Money everywhere !

I know that most of my post have been politically inclined.  I would apologize for this but this elections is super important to me as it should be for you.  It literally decides if Lesbian,Bisexual, Gay, and Transgender rights are going to go backwards or forward.  But we are not the only group to be discriminated against.  There are also Women, and everyone of every race except White, Age, and many other groups.  The reason I say many other groups is because there are too many to mention.

The reason for this post is to let you know what is really running this election.  It is not just the Candidates it is the money they raise for their election.  Please check the link below and see what I mean by Money, Money everywhere!

http://elections.nytimes.com/2012/campaign-finance

When you add up all the money collected you will see we are in the Billions.  Now that isn’t necessarily a lot of money if you are comparing it to the United States Budget.  But that money could make a huge change in helping the poor and homeless across the nation.  You could practically build a new improved homeless shelter with individual rooms across the nation.  Please keep in mind this is all donated money.  I am a strong believer that charity begins at home.  If these two men can raise that kind of money just to get into the oval office then why not use their status to raise money to help the homeless?  I know this sounds silly but what about a National Telethon to raise the money.  We as human beings have an obligation toward helping the homeless.  We are living in tough times.  Foreclosures, Veterans, Families thrown out into the streets, and a series of other reasons.  Most of these people aren’t bad people nor are they lazy as most people assume.

President Obama proposed a plan for Veterans returning from our wars to help them find jobs and work again.  Now the plan would have cost the Government about a billion dollars.  That is a smaller fraction of the budget than our support of PBS.  Of course, it was shot down by the Republican Congress and Republican Senate because it wasn’t in the original budget.  But isn’t that what a leader is supposed to do?  Sometimes you have to find the money in the budget and make it happen.  Senate Majority Speaker Boehner, while not being aware his microphone was on, said that he wasn’t worried about creating jobs in America.  He was only concerned about putting Obama out of a job.  We all have times we stick our foot in our mouth, but do you think that he didn’t really mean that?  Obama was trying to take care of our Veterans coming home from war.  That is what a true leader is supposed to do.  As most of you know or maybe don’t know our armed services put their life on the line each and every day.  And we as a country should do everything in our power to ensure their transition back to civilian life is as easy as possible.

When I look at the money being spent by these two campaigns I get really upset.  There are so many other things it could be used for other than explaining why their opponent is not worthy of the office.  I am not naive to the fact that money makes the world go round.  But I am also not naive to the fact that if they can raise this much money just for a campaign then they could raise Billions for other programs and help those hit hardest  by what will be referred to in history books as “The Great Recession”!

Gas and Oil in America

The cost of gasoline in America has gone up drastically over the past few years.  Just like any industry it is based on supply and demand.  Now let’s just say that oil production is running at 60% here in America.  That keeps the cost of gasoline up because of the demand.  There were oil companies that had the rights to drill on Federal land but weren’t using them.  Therefore keeping the price of gasoline up.  Big oil companies process the oil into gasoline and make billions of dollars a year.  They also get billions from the government.  It is in the best interest of the oil companies to keep the prices up artificially.  It leads to larger income therefore, more profits for investors and the companies themselves.  If you have a lease for Federal land to drill for oil and you aren’t using it.  It should be revoked and then leased to a company that will drill for oil on that land.  During the past four years there was no need to allow additional leases of Federal land for drilling.  What they had already leased wasn’t being used.  With the need for oil dropping in America due to cars getting better gas mileage and alternative energy sources big oil companies need to start looking toward other revenue streams.  One such company is BP.  They have wind farms in seven different states and control them for the thirteenth floor of a building in Houston TX.  BP will come out ahead of the game.  They are realizing that other streams of revenue is what is going to keep the company alive for decades to come.  There is no reason that other oil companies cannot follow BP’s lead.  They have the money to invest into research and development for alternative green energy.  When you are profitting billions a year you can put some of the money back into the company.  Wind, solar, and hydrodynamics are going to be around for hundreds of years and will never run out.  We only have a few hundred years of oil under us.  One of the best ways to provide energy to the country is through natural gas.  We have hundreds of years supply just under our feet and it is more environmentally friendly that other industries.  In Iran they converted all the automobiles to run on natural gas just so they could sell off their oil and make more revenue for the country.  When you use green energy there are times when the wind isn’t blowing, or it is overcast and you don’t get the sun necessary to power your solar plant.  Therefore, you have to have another source of energy to keep power on the grid.  One of the best ways is natural gas.  I really don’t have anything against coal.  But there is no such thing as clean coal.  Yes it doesn’t pollute the environment as much as it did but it still pollutes non the less.  Think of it, we could power the entire country on green energy mixed with natural gas and save the people huge amounts of money on gas.  You also have to keep in mind that we as a nation produce gasoline for other countries to buy.  The cost of gasoline would go down here in the United States and we would have all the energy we need for a few hundred years.  That would help save the environment and allow us to develop other forms of green energy to power the country with little to no cost.  It is time the big oil companies step up to bat and start investing in green and clean energy.  It is not going to take away from profits because everyone knows they are going to pay an electric bill.  Now what the electricity would cost would be much lower that what we have now.  Of course, this would put a lot of coal miners out of jobs.  But that doesn’t mean that they couldn’t be trained in other areas of energy.  This is just something to think about next time you open up your electric bill or gas up your car.  My electric bill in Las Vegas is around $400.00 a month yet we have many miles of desert for sell and an endless supply of sunlight.

America’s Water Problem

Today I will be discussing Water.  I know that seems like a strange topic but it is a very important topic.  Especially since humans have to have fresh water regularly.  Below are some facts that I found on the World Health Organization Website.  It is severely disturbing for the future of our country and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.  For the future generations to come.  As we should have learned with Global Warming.  We shouldn’t wait till the last minute to fix or address this problem.

In the United States, people living in Southwestern states like Arizona could be facing severe freshwater shortages sooner — than 2025.

Seven states (Colorado, Wyoming,Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California) that share water from the Colorado River have began negotiations on how to manage the river’s limited water.

Even though the earth is mostly water, less than 2 percent of it is fresh (and of that small percentage, much of it is polluted, unsanitary or dependent on cyclical rain patterns).

The shortage is further compounded by an extreme amount of wasted water when it comes to irrigation practices throughout the world. According to the World Water Council, 66 percent of water withdrawals are for irrigation, and in arid regions      irrigation accounts for 90 percent of water withdrawals (other water withdrawals are for industry (20 percent) and household use (10 percent), while about 4 percent evaporates from reservoirs).

This is extremely disturbing to me.  We have the technology to use sea water and convert it into fresh drinkable water.  At one time there was a plant near San Diego that took the salt out of the water and converted it to fresh water.  Drilling will not work because it is expected that the population of the earth will grow by 50 percent.  There is the same amount of drinkable water now as there was a million years ago.

How do we correct this problem.  It will initially be costly to the government but it will pay for itself over the course of time.  We need to start taking water from the ocean and processing it to make it fresh water.  As I said it will cost in the beginning but I think that everyone pays for water right now unless you live in the country and drill a pump into an underground source.  Unfortunately that really isn’t possible in the desert.  We all depend of the Colorado River for our fresh water.  But let’s just say that we take sea water desalinize it and pump in into the Colorado River.  Or even pump it through a pipeline to the areas in need.  Since 80% of the earth is water we would have an endless supply.  It will increase the number of jobs and the government could sell off the processing plant to private enterprise.  But I think that initially it has to be started by the government because the cost will be outrageous.  It is the same principle as pumping oil from state to state.  But it will be something that we cannot survive without.  There are currently plans in Nevada to drill for water near Reno and pump it down to Las Vegas.  The reason for this is that the water in Las Vegas is contaminated and it is not in Reno.  This is the same principle except we know where the water will be coming from and the process that it will be going through.

It is unfortunate that I believe our government will have to get the ball rolling so to speak but I do think that is the only way to spark free enterprise to take over.  It will create thousands of jobs just like the Alaskan Pipeline.  But this is a necessary purchase for generations to come.  You may ask why start it now.  We have clean water to live.  But look at Global Warming.  If we would have made production standards and exhaust from cars more environmentally friendly then we wouldn’t be in the situation we are now.  Oh and by the way if you don’t believe in Global Warming then you are not relying on research scientists have already proven.  Think about your summers and winters this year alone and how different they were compared to summers and winters say 10 years ago.

The need for water is a never ending process.  If private industry were to apply itself to do just what I have said they would have a never ending stream of income.  Unlike the oil industry.  We will find other ways to power the grid our nation uses for electricity.  We have already begun by using wind, hydro, and solar power plants.  As far as how a car would run without gas.  Well we will just have to see but I am sure that it is possible with everyday discoveries.  It is just a matter of time that the oil industry is practically out of business in this Great Country.

We were the leaders in industry at one time but we have gotten off track.  Other countries have been stealing our ideas for decades and we haven’t really done anything about it.  A great example is a certain country reverse engineers our technology and sells it on the open market in that country.  How much money has American businesses lost due to patent infringement?  How many jobs have been sent overseas because you can have the same thing made but for pennies on the dollar.  The idea of new types of power, new ways of bringing water to those who need it, and creating and production of new items in the United States will make America strong again and perhaps create a new industrial age.

When I make a phone call to technical support I want to speak to someone that I can understand and that understands me.  I don’t want to speak with someone from a foreign country.  I want to speak with an American.  I don’t think this is much to ask of companies.  I mean really the minimum wage here in the United States is pretty low especially when the company that contracts out is expected to earn Billions of dollars.

I am sorry but I got on a rant.  Back to the water problem.  Why wait until the last minute to create a solution when it is as simple as using what covers 80% of the earth.  Lets be innovators in this type of technology and let other countries buy the information from us for a change.

This is just something to think about.  We are not just all about “Me” anymore.  We have to be about “Us” and that includes our future generations.

I hope that I have stimulated the brain cells and welcome criticism, complaints, concerns, and of course conversation.  My ideas are sometime seen as radical.  Which is why on my tag line it says “from my warped mind”.

Keeping the Money at Home

The facts about Money.  First it is important to know how money works.  Damaged or outdated money is taken in by the United States Treasury.  It is destroyed and new bill are printed and introduced into circulation.

  • During Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing delivered approximately 35 million notes a day with a face value of approximately $1.5 billion.
  • During Fiscal Year (FY) 2012, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing delivered approximately 8.4 billion notes at an average cost of 8.7 cents per note.
  • Ninety-five percent (95%) of the notes printed each year are used to replace notes already in, or taken out of circulation.

This information was taken from the United States Treasury.  Now what you don’t know is that we print billions of one dollar bills each year and they last in circulation approximately seven years.

If the United States were to engrave one dollar coins instead of bills they would stay in circulation for about thirty years prior to being collected and destroyed.

I know that you are probably wondering where I am going with this.  The point being is that:  If the United States went to coins for one dollar we would save millions of dollars each year because of the coins longevity.  That millions of dollars a year could be put to better use.  Like helping fix the Social Security Trust or even Medicare.  I know that is not much money but it reminds me of an old Howdy Doody song.  Save your pennies soon you’ll have a nickel.  Save your nickels soon you’ll have a dime.  And so on and so forth.  You see every single cent that we as a nation are able to save helps.  Maybe not a quick fix but help non the less.  Think about this.  If we had stopped printing dollar bills 20 years ago and just used one dollar coins we would have billions in savings to put toward our entitlements.

I sent a suggestion to my Congressional Representative to cut Foreign Aid.  The reason that I suggested this is because I feel that charity begins at home.  I drive around Las Vegas and see all the homeless Veterans, Children, and Families.  He actually called my house and we spoke about it.  He explained that our Foreign Aid only takes up about one percent of our budget.  We spoke and finally saw that we weren’t going to agree so we just hung up.  Needless to say I am voting for him this election.  But back to the point.  I think about that one percent of the budget and get really ticked off because I still drive around Vegas and see the same faces.  I personally can’t get these people off the streets nor can I personally fix this problem.  But one percent of the National Budget could.  Please don’t get me wrong I believe that there are people in other countries starving and that is why they need aid.  But our Farmers in America are being paid not to farm portions of their land.  They are being paid to just let it set for ten years.  What if we actually let our Farmers farm their land and the Government pay a fair price for whatever they grow and ship that overseas in the form of aid.  Right now our aid is in the form of dollars and the governments that get the money in most cases keep the money and let their people starve.  One percent of the United States Budget is only a few Billion dollars as my Representative told me.  Imagine what we could do for the homeless with a few Billion dollars.

One of our Presidential Candidates said that he would cut funding to special programs.  He named PBS as one of the programs he would cut.  PBS only consumes .012% of our budget.  I know it sounds mean but they could follow the model of the REST of television and have commercials.  It is not going to kill a kid if they have to sit through a commercial.  They do it all the time on Nick, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.  I really hate to say this but I think that he has the right idea as far as cutting funding to programs that don’t really need it nor should they get it.  Cutting funding to oil companies is another area.  Oil is old news, they are reporting Billions in profit each and every year so they really don’t need the money.  What does need the money is Green Energy.  It will always be there and is endless and does need the money to research and develop ways to make it better.

I guess the point I am trying to get across is there are ways to save money in the government and take care of things that are more important at home.  We have an obligation to the People of this great country.  Our Veterans coming home from war should not have second rate health care.  They shouldn’t have to fight to get the benefits they deserve after putting their life on the line so we can enjoy our Constitutional freedoms.  Representatives of our Government are saying they are working with christian charities to help the homeless.   Let charities and the churches take care of the world, not our government it has to take care of the people at home.  Which they currently are not!

The problem with Religion and the Constutition

I know that it says in the Constitution that there should be a separation between Church and State.  Unfortunately when the Constitution was written Religion was a huge part of the drafting of it.  For instance our legal tender is stamped with the words “In God we trust”.  Does that sound like a separation.  The fact is that Religion has played a huge part in the running of this country.  The real question is “Does Religion have a place in the running of a country that has freedom of Religion?” supposedly.  I really don’t think so.  President G.W. Bush actually added an amendment to the Constitution to discriminate based on his Religious beliefs.  What was amazing was he go it passed through Congress and the Senate.  That says a lot about how Religion has influenced what and how the leaders of our “Freedom of Religion” country lead.  Don’t get me wrong I think that it is wonderful that people have beliefs and something that motivates them to try to do the right things in life.  But to be a leader you also have to try to be unbiased.  You cannot let your beliefs lead you into harming a percentage or part of the population of the Country that you are leading.  The United States is supposed to be a superpower and the rest of the world look to us for leadership by example.  However, now most of the countries that did that are not following our lead because we are moving backward in time instead of moving forward.  A large number of Countries have made Same Sex Marriage legal and it hasn’t disturbed the institution of marriage.  If you really want to protect the institution of marriage then outlaw divorce or even place large fines on the cost of divorce like a few hundred thousand dollars.  According to the current divorce rate we should have that National Debt taken care of in no time.  Let us just say that you believe in the Bible.  You must also believe that women were put here to serve man.  You must also believe that their place in life is to make babies and take care of them while man takes care of the family.  It also says in the Bible that slavery is alright.  One of the most important things that it says in the Bible is that man was created in the image of God.  Well according to science that means that God is or was an ape.  I am sorry but evolution is a scientific fact and can be seen throughout time on many, many species.  There have been many religions throughout time and most of them were wiped out because man discovered the answer to the questions that he couldn’t answer at the time the religion was created.

The Bible was written by man.  Strange that God didn’t pick a woman to write one of the books in the Bible.  Were they not worthy?  I don’t know the answer to that question.  But I do know that today women can do pretty much any task a man can yet they normally get paid much less for doing it.  Normally 77 cents on the dollar.  They get passed up for promotions because they don’t belong to the “good ole boys club”.  Is this really what God had in mind when he wrote the Bible through man? or is it man that didn’t think women were capable of doing what a man could do?  This is a huge question in my mind.  Oh, yes and why does the Catholic Church hold back books to the Bible and let them be seen to the public?  There are many questions that Religion has to answer for if you think the Bible is the word of God.  That is one of the reasons that Religion has no place in the running of our great Country nor the decisions made toward the running our Country.

No matter what Religion is going to play a part in running this country.  But that is with the President, Congress, the Senate and their God.  Not with a country full of people that have the freedom to practice whatever Religion they choose.  It is not time to rewrite the Constitution whenever it doesn’t follow your belief.  Now is the time to embrace the Constitution that so many people have died for and the values set forth in the Constitution.  Use your Religion to enrich your life.  Don’t impose your beliefs on me or the rest of the country.  Religion truly has no place in the running of the “Melting pot of the world”.  But it does have a place in your heart and hopefully to treat each and every individual equally.  I know this is not an easy task.  To set your Religious values aside and do the right thing for all the people that you represent not just some of them.  Now is the time for the United States to follow the lead of other Countries and allow same sex marriage.  It is not going to ruin the institution of marriage the thing ruining the institution of marriage is divorce.  And this Religious persecution or this abomination on homosexual Civil Rights does not belong in the Constitution.  As a matter of fact all it does is undermine the Constitution by not treating all men as equals.

On closing to sum things up.  I think that all individuals should be treat equally that includes Women, Latinos, Asians, Homosexuals and the list goes on because EVERYONE is different!