Monday, August 20, 2012

Updated Vacation Info

A couple of changes to our vacation.  I've altered our route to go through the Grand Tetons and also to avoid Reno and Sacramento on our way home by going over Sonora Pass on highway 108 that drops us down into the valley at Sonora and home through Oakdale.  The other change is that we are going to leave Max at home with his mom and dad.  All involved agree that a 2500 mile + car trip with a 7 month old teething baby was probably not our brightest idea :-)

Larry Devich
I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
Philippians 4:11b

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Standing up to bullies

Standing up to bullies is a good thing.  Go Ecuador.  :-)  WikiLeaks exposed the utter moral bankruptcy of the American Empire and it's vassal states in Europe, therefore he must be punished, well I'm glad at least a few states have the cojones to stand up the Empire.  Not that they are without faults of their own I'm sure, but for sheer gigantic evilness they can't come up to the standards of the corrupt and murderous American Empire. 

"Ecuador will not kneel," says president
* Regional bodies meet over Assange saga
By Eduardo Garcia
QUITO, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Ecuador cast its dispute with Britain over asylum for WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange as a struggle against colonialism on Saturday, drawing growing support from its neighbors in the international diplomatic saga.
  Incensed by London's threat to break into the Ecuadorean Embassy where the former hacker is taking refuge, President Rafael Correa's government has accused Britain of bullying and has formally granted Assange asylum.
  Britain says it will not allow the anti-secrecy campaigner from Australia to travel to South America because it is obliged to extradite him to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations.
  "They're out of touch. Who do they think they're dealing with? Can't they see that this is a dignified and sovereign government which will not kneel down before anyone?" Correa said in his weekly address on Saturday.

Full Story is here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Reconsidering that whole Catholic thing after one too many "Mary saved me from Zombies" stories

Last year in September, about eleven months ago actually, I declared that I no longer believed in God. I followed that up rather quickly with a declaration that I was going to convert to Catholicism. I did that and entered into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church last Easter.

At first I was concerned over a few things like Mary and the Saints. It seemed that Catholics treated Mary as a Goddess almost on a par with the Trinity and the Saints as more minor gods. I found out that this is not really the teaching though. They emphasize the "Communion of Saints" which is said to include everyone, all of the Christians in heaven and those still on earth. The idea is that in the same way that you ask your pastor or a friend in church to pray for you when you have a need you can ask those in heaven to pray as well. I thought that sounded pretty reasonable.

But now, I'm reconsidering that whole Catholic thing after one to many "Mary saved me from Zombies" stories. I really want to go to church and worship with my family and they are not ever going to be on board with the Catholics I don't think, especially since I'm not all that sold on them myself. So I'm doing that "Church Shopping" thing I hate so much, looking for non-Sunday services we might all go to and enjoy together. I'll keep y'all posted as to the outcome. I'm prayerfully considering a couple of options, one in Turlock called the New Life Christian Center and the Seventh Day Adventists here in Ceres, though the Adventists have nearly as much strange baggage as the Papists in my opinion.  Heh, I said Papist.

I'm also bringing back my blog posting, I like the control I have over the posts, the ability to edit them after the fact if I screw up especially :-) So, I'll be posting here a lot more and putting links to what I write on Facebook, then, if you so desire, you can click on that link and read my full posts. Or not as the case may be.

Vacation Next Week!

Woo Hoo! Next week we're taking off on a 2500+ mile loop to visit family, friends, slot machines and bears. "We" being mom, Serenity and me.

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