Monday, June 27, 2016

Straining out Elephants and swallowing Gnats

I peeked at the news this morning, after seeing the Supreme Court ruled on guns and domestic abusers. I applaud their decision to uphold the law depriving domestic abusers of their rights to own a gun.

Here is a selection from the news on the latest ruling:

"The plaintiffs pleaded guilty in state court to misdemeanor assault charges after slapping or shoving their partners. Later, each man was found to have firearms and ammunition in their possession in violation of a federal law affecting convicted domestic abusers." [from NPR - Oregon Public Broadcasting]

 Both plaintiffs argued that the weapons ban should not apply to them because their misdemeanor cases were for "reckless conduct" rather than intentional abuse.

Five of the Supreme Court Justices upheld the law: "34 States plus the District of Columbia—defined such misdemeanor offenses to include the reckless infliction of bodily harm," Kagan wrote." [Huff Post]

Justice Thomas asked the attorney defending the conviction of the two men whether any other misdemeanor conviction could cause a defendant the loss of "a constitutional right.

"He inveighed against the majority for agreeing to allow a single minor reckless assault deprive a citizen of an enshrined constitutional right to own guns. "We treat no other constitutional right so cavalierly," he concluded." [from Mother Jones]

Since no other Constitutional right can deprive some other innocent person of their lives in one second, I can only conclude that Justice Thomas and those who agree with him have stopped engaging with the elephant sized arguments over gun rights, and settled for battling gnats.

An acquaintance recently lost his driver's license because illness and aging made him unable to pass a test for logic and coordination.  But we do not test gun owners for rational thinking or for coordination.  Do we take away their gun permits if they become senile or lose their eyesight? Where is the logic in that?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Seek Peace and Pursue It


This morning at  Daily Gracelines I found this quote from a well-beloved saint, Francis of Assisi:

"While you are proclaiming
peace with your lips, be careful
to have it even more fully in 
 your heart."

What is the opposite of peace? Anger? There's a lot of that going around these days. I avoid reading the news, it is so full of anger - angry quotes from angry people sharing their anger at events staged to increase the anger. 

Anger is a luxury we cannot afford in a world filled with nuclear bombs. Pray for peace, speak peace, hope for peace in people of power - the alternative is too terrible to contemplate.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A Break

A twelve day break from tracking habits, blogging, doing anything but counting calories and babying the right leg. Thankful to be retired and able to 'play turtle' once in awhile.

Cookies still the best tool for weight loss ever. "Shopping" in my own closet for what I enjoy wearing, now that it fits again, is fun, fun, fun.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Bad Hair Day

After a decade of grey and salt/pepper hair color, I followed an impulse to 'go blonde'. It is always a happy coincidence when one of my impulses works out well, but this was not the case on Friday.

The package said 'medium blonde'. It looks more like faded brown.The best that can be said for it is that it matches my age spots.  Ah well, it will grow out in a few months.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

John Muir - Father of our National Parks

John Muir Quotes and vistas

Our family toured many of the great National Parks when I was a child:
Mt Hood, Carlsbad Caverns, Yellowstone and Old Faithful, the Painted Desert, Mt Rushmore, the Ozarks, many other works of nature. I didn't know then what an unusual chance it was for me to see, up close and personal, a living buffalo, a brown bear, deer, elk, eagles, prairie dogs, sea lions, the variety of wildlife.

To read of politicians seriously urging the selling of our national lands, the destruction of public lands in exchange for coal, tar oil, and mines,. is to find a gap of understanding too vast for me to bridge. What poverty of spirit will trade untrammeled nature for dollars?