Monday, September 30, 2013
"Giving to the church has remained at the same levels since 2009. But costs of operation have increased, so each dollar given is not going as far as it once did."
Not mentioned: salaries have remained stagnant for middle class families for 6 years. Earnings have not kept up with increases in costs or inflation. Essentially, families are bringing home less money now than they did before the recession. Yet, earnings for the upper class have grown faster than they ever have.
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
But for other Oklahomans, the outlook isn't so bright. The Tulsa World reports on a study done by the Violence Policy Center that ranks OK as 3rd in the nation on women being murdered by men. Numbers 2 and 1? Alaska and South Carolina, respectively.
More bad news for Oklahoma women, the state ranks 48th for women's health overall, with only 1 OB-GYN for every 18,713 women. To top it off, OK has the 3rd highest maternal mortality rate.
Ranked 48th in nursing home care...
Ranked among worst 5 in education for decades...
Ranked 38th in Congressional influence... (wait, that might be a good thing, we elected some weirdos)
So what all this leads to of course, is that we're really focused on private business people making more money off the backs of middle and lower-class workers; and that we don't care about the health problems of women, and that we don't care about educating our kids. After all, we're gonna need more oil drill operators and semi-truck drivers to do the heavy lifting for the out-of-state, Harvard educated, hydro-fracking engineers.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Monday, September 16, 2013
As news broke today of the mass shooting in DC, the 6th of the year, I remembered this image I saw recently. It's a distinct reminder of a way to live life, even in the midst of turmoil and chaos.
I'm always deeply troubled when these kind if tragedies happen. It's the type of incident that rattles my comfort cage because it's so spontaneous. We cannot prepare for these events. We can only make good on our calling as Christians to seek God's justice, love with kindness and to walk in humility with God.
Pray for peace.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
If military involvement in Syria is solely about maintaining the credibility of the United States as a global military power, then the focus of the attacks are equal to that of a schoolyard bully. We'd be picking on an easy target in order to flex our muscles to show other would-be bullies who is boss. Is this the mission and goal of US diplomacy these days?
If military involvement in Syria is solely about punishing the regime for alleged use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, then any civilian casualties (a certainty, in any situation) as a result of the punitive attacks cannot be justified under any circumstance. We cannot morally punish a dictator for killing Syrian civilians while incidentally killing more Syrian civilians ourselves by errant rockets and bombs.
If military involvement in Syria is solely about sending a message to other 'hot bed" nations in possession of chemical weapons, then we have already committed resources to future US military involvement. Any time a dictator, despot or military regime acts out of fear, the US will be looked upon to act in response.
I mention these scenarios because they seem to be the leading reasons given for justifying military strikes. But as I've demonstrated, they're also easiest to poke holes in.
Perhaps Congress will come up with better, more reasonable and thoughtful justifications for bombing Syria. I'm not holding my breath.
I do a lot of my blogging from my iPhone. It's handy. Many of the pictures and images I post are stored on it. I can edit photos on the phone without having to transfer them to my computer. One drawback to writing and posting from the phone is my propensity to not proof-read. So I end up typing things like "Kawkeye Pierce" instead of "Hawkeye Pierce". Or, "middle attacks" instead of "missile attacks". I could blame it on the auto-correct function on the phone, but that'd be too easy. I need to take responsibility for my typos - and when I find them - correct them.
So I've gone through and made a few quick edits. Thanks for not noticing / caring about the typos.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
You know it's rush week at UCO when things like this start appearing:
That's a giant foam & bubbles explosion coming forth from the landscaped water feature in front of the hospital.
Crazy frat kids doing crazy frat pranks!!
*secretly wish I'd thought of it first*
I wonder how many bottles of Dawn they dumped in there? That's pretty impressive.