Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

On her radio show, Dr. Laura said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any circumstance. The following response is an open letter to Dr. Schlesinger, written by a US man, and posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as quite informative: Dear Dr. Laura: Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate. I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them. 1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians? 2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? 3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24. The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense. 4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9. The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them? 5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it? 6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this? Are there 'degrees' of abomination? 7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here? 8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die? 9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves? 10. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14) I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging. Your adoring fan, James M. Kauffman, Ed.D. Professor Emeritus, Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education University of Virginia P.S. (It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a Canadian.)

Monday, April 29, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Wait for a sunny day.
With a large sharp knife cut out a piece of the sky
and use it as a tablecloth.
Watch clouds and Venus
pass beneath your cereal bowl each morning.

Watch the tablecloth with friends one night
with the lights out
and together see falling stars,
the glint of a full moon in each other's eyes.

If a beloved old pet dies,
wrap the body in the sky tablecloth and
bury them together in your garden.

Plant sunflowers here.

John Starnes 1991
As Luck Would Have It

As luck would have it
the cold white terror of youth
often diffuses, with time,
into warm pastels.
Sharp corners become rounded, 
burnished by a heart
that fears less and less.

This is the grace of growing older.

As luck would have it
the frenzied quest for Another
can leave a trail of cold ashes
leading back to ourselves...
Only then into our own company and comfort
can another quietly enter.

This too is grace.

As luck would have it
Death often waits
until all the wounds have healed
until all the right colors have glimmered
within every darkness,

until at last
grace is a gift of Light
that we can give
and take

with a turn of our eyes.

John Starnes 1984

Thursday, March 21, 2013

 I LOVE this Subaru concept car that I suspect hints at the next Legacy.....aggressive, sleek, futuristic and athletic looking!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Yoko Ono at 80

I loved 'YES Yoko Ono' in Miami in 2002...this new restrospective looks even more exciting!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yoko Ono turned 80 on February 18.....this performance piece by her in 1964 at the Carnegie Performance Hall is remarkable, and at times has me feeling teary-eyed.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Time for this chillingly evil man and Rice and Cheney and Powell and Wolfowitz and Rumsfeld  and more of their cabal to face war crimes charges...anything that Saddam or Qadaffi did pales by comparison to the scale of their crimes against humanity.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Over one thousand people in Russia injured by this exploding meteorite....amazing video and the sound of it exploding explains massive injuries from flying glass. Incredible!

Stunning concept car!

Monday, February 11, 2013

I've remembered my great many flying dreams in morning after one since my teens then early twenties...back then, the scenario was always the being chased by an angry mob and JUST as they'd almost catch up I would be BARELY be able to will myself to float up JUST out of their reach, their fingers sometimes brushing my heels. By my late twenties I started having ones where I could, with no threat, just walk and DECIDE to float up but then sometimes go WAY too high or fast and with little control. Next came really fun Superman flying style ones but still sometimes going to high or fast. In my forties there were many flying dream styles, but all reflected my being relaxed and confident and self directed. My fifties have seen THE BEST ONES ever....magnificent adventure movies on par with 'Lost Raiders', flying stunning scenery, wonderful swooping and soaring like in 'Avatar'. Later came ones where I floated in a position like being in a recliner, 3-5 feet above ground, always moving feet forward...felt like being a hummingbird. But a few nights ago I had a whole new style....was short but delicious. I and a man were standing talking calmly in mid-air a GREAT distance above the of us guessed 12,000 feet the other agreed. We stood as firmly as if we were on a glass floor a few feet from either a hover car or personal spaceship parked there, very rigidly, which is somehow what made it so easy for us to be stable and float and converse. Funnily I was clutching my new Star Trek model and somehow KNEW that if I dropped it it would go right down through that "floor" and fall 12,000 feet and smash. At the end of the dream I told him that usually I was afraid of heights but that oddly I had ZERO fear...he agreed. A great one!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Even now all these years later this stunner STILL looks futuristic! back then a lot of folks thought it could well be the next Firebird...I wish!!!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Their massive fraud cost countless people their homes without cause plus helped to trigger the meltdown....jail these 1% bastards!!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Happy 66th Birthday David Bowie

I liked very little of his music, maybe a handful of songs, but I have always LOVED the original of this that he recorded with John Lennon and this delicious remix....I love his and hers odd "Vogue" dance motions with their hands and arms and head!