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2012 Index

Posted by MacZad
Dec 17 2012

For my final entry for 2012 I thought it would be good to index the year's entries. A little checking of page popularity and some organization produced the index below.

Credit for the popularity of many of the pages goes to my Twitter followers who have viewed, and often re-tweeted, them to their followers. @MacZad thanks you all, and I wish all a happy holiday season and a great 2013.

Blogging again in January!

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MacZad's Musings - 2012 Blog Index

There are 5 categories below. The cartoons are at the bottom.

MacZadsMusings - Latest 5 Posts ------ Too late in the year to rank

This Index
Contraception and Religion
Seven Quotes Appropriate to Our Current Situation
My "Fiscal Cliff" Letter to President Obama
A Different Take On The "Fiscal Cliff"

MOST VIEWED - ROUGHLY IN ORDER OF POPULARITY:

Slouching Toward Theocracy By Our Votes
The Rise of Inequity Since 1980
Pity the Poor GOP Strategist
Who creates jobs? Surprise- we do.
The Grand Con
Creating Realities?
Thoughts About Money and Motivation
A Christian Nation?
Some Wisdom From The Mouths Of Republicans
The Wisdom of Henry Ford
Father Charles Coughlin, et al
Do You Get Your "News" From Fox News?
Some Quotes Of Note
The Rejection of Knowledge
Debt Reduction Isn't Paul Ryan's Goal
Grover Norquist's Anti-Tax Pledge
Some Links Of Interest

OTHERS - LESS POPULAR - UNRANKED:

The Foundation - The Fellowship - The Family - C Street
On The Need For Political Engagement
Books - Greedy Bastards & Why Nations Fail
Wisconsin's Recall 
The Two Faces of Regulation
The Danger of Disillusionment
The Second Amendment Craziness Of Our Leadership
Motivation Revisited - With a Focus on Wall Street
The Democrats Won, But Citizens United Still Matters
It's A Grand Old Flag
Because They Can - Part 1
Rail Transit - A Local Issue

ELECTION RELATED - OUT OF DATE?:

Election 2012 - Questions for Candidates
Not In The Top 1%? - Then Why Vote Republican?
A Most Interesting Thing About The Political Convertions
Nikki Haley's Hard Sell
Romney - The Businessman?

CARTOONS:

The Sunday Funnies - Congressional Style
From An E-Mail - Awesome Humor!
Conservatives Embracing Evolution?

Categories: Miscellaneous

Contraception and Religion

Posted by MacZad
Dec 10 2012

What is it about contraception that raises the hackles of the religious? The Catholic Church and many Fundamentalist Christian sects are strenuously opposed to it, but, as discussed below, their objections seem quite illogical.

Quote from an earlier post:

Rick Santorum (Speaking with CaffeinatedThoughts.com, Oct. 18, 2011) "One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.... Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be."

What he is saying is that contraception is "against nature" which are the words that I have seen others use. I'll agree that this is correct, but it is illogical to pick just this one thing that is "against nature" and subject it to prohibition while passing on many other things in the same category.

A few things that are also unnatural: We are the only creatures that wear clothing, flying, caesarean section birth, plastics and much of modern medical treatment.

Why is just contraception condemned? Perhaps it's just that the illogicality of the prohibition isn't apparent to them or that there are scriptural restrictions, but it also could be that some religions quietly wage a "War on Pleasure." Despite promoting the "Life is Good" stickers seen on many cars, deep down, many religions don't want us to find things too nice here on earth lest we abandon the quest for a heavenly reward. Consistent with a "War on Pleasure" dancing and music are also sometimes condemned.

I must thank my good friend S. P. who pointed out that I was missing a very important reason: To continue the faith religions need lots of births so they have a generous supply of children to indoctrinate. This goal makes their condemnation of contraception quite logical to them. (Updated 2/7/13) However, fortunately for the world's rapidly growing population, people massively and increasingly ignore the religious dogma and use birth control if it is available to them.

When the history of the triumph of contraception is written religions will, once again, be shown to be intransigent inhibitors of progress.


Categories: Seeking Truth - Debunking Dogma

Seven Quotes Appropriate to Our Current Situation

Posted by MacZad
Dec 05 2012

I intended to write something about the current Fiscal Cliff struggle, but quickly realized that smarter men than I have been saying things relative to it for centuries. If only the GOP would read and heed.

"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men." ~ John Adams

"Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~ Thomas Jefferson

"If there are men in this country big enough to own the government of the United States, they are going to own it." ~ Woodrow Wilson

"There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." ~ Warren Buffet

"The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises; the moral justification for selfishness." ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." ~ Frederic Bastiat, (1801-1850) French economist, statesman, and author

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them, and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both." ~ Frederick Douglass - American abolitionist, newspaper publisher, orator, author, statesman, and reformer

Categories: Opposing Plutocracy and Corporatocracy, Seeking Better Governance, Seeking Truth - Debunking Dogma