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I don’t really call it a boycott, what I do.
It’s just that I put my money where my mouth is.
If my faith is the most important thing in my life, if my God is the most important… um, thing, in my life, then I won’t support organizations, companies, groups that do things my God says is wrong.
So, Girl Scouts, Nike, Starbucks, Planned Parenthood (seriously), Pepsi during that fetal tissue testing thing…
I try not to sponsor them with my money. I don’t go to Starbucks, I obviously don’t go to Planned Parenthood. I don’t buy Nike. When I hear of another company having suspect policies, I add them to my list.
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So, the other day at work, when someone suggested I do a mud run sponsored by the Girl Scouts, I told her I didn’t support the Girl Scouts because they aren’t too Christian like.
She asked why. I cited their relationship with Planned Parenthood.
She said, and this is a direct quote, “Abortion isn’t all that they do.”
I was just blown away.
I wish I had thought of this argument then… but hindsight is great, right? Here’s my too-late come-back:
“Murders only kill people part of the time.” OR “Molesters do good things, too.”
I tried to cite the fact that PP doesn’t really even do that much other than abortions. She wanted none of it.
It’s really hard for me to even have a sane argument with someone like that.
She brought up Yoga out of nowhere… which… is another thing that should be on my list…
I don’t even want to write about it, it makes me upset.
Not yoga. I mean, people how do it and are serious about it and don’t know the origins, yeah, that makes me irritated.
But her argument. Out of nowhere.
Do Buddhists recite the Rosary? That should have been my argument then.
I wish that I could pause real life so that I could come up with these better, valid, rational sounding arguments.
I mean, the Rosary, come on.
This is why I usually avoid these types of conversations, though I know that’s not the answer either. Really, I need to find a way to be calmer about the whole thing.
To be rational and produce valid points at the scene of the argument… not 20 minutes later.
In other news… this is supposed to be seven different things… sorry that I don’t do that the right way…
My garden gave me six tomatoes, 1 cucumber, tons of green beans and cat nip today.
That’s right, I grow fresh cat nip for my cats. I may be a cat lady in the making. You’re welcome. I know the world loves us.
Oh. I never made the cheesecake last weekend.
I did make the chili though. It was fantastic.
If you’d like a short version of my non-recipe chili, I use ground pork. It’s cheaper and cooks up faster.
I start the beans, the tomatoes, and green chilies. Then I go to the store because I forget to buy meat sometimes. This usually takes me a while to get to the store, so the beans and stuff cook up a little bit for a while. Oh, in the crock pot. Yeah.
So, come home from the store, brown (not really, because it’s pork) the pork and then throw that in the crock pot, too.
I like the chili smoky, not hot, so I use this spice run for pork… yeah. I just throw some of that in the crock pot, stir it up. Put some more in. Stir it up. You know.
Then I just eat it. No, that’s not true. I put sour cream (or cream cheese is flipping awesome, too) and some shredded cheese.
Yum. I love chili. I could seriously eat it every weekend. It’s so easy and good.
I finally have both tires on my bike inflated… it’s a long story.
So, I’m going for a ride this weekend. Maybe later today.
I just love riding a bike. It’s so freeing. It can be a non-running cardio day workout.
Have a great weekend!
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Remember what Christ said about getting mad?
“But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.”
Right… I remember. Sort of.
I was talking about something today, with someone. (That’s how it usually works.)
He said some things I thought were crazy dumb ridiculous. In fact, I thought it was so ridiculous, I put my head phones on and started to listen to C-SPAN (did you know you could do that online? awesome).
We were talking about politics.
Remember what Christ said about politics?
And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him.
We weren’t even really talking. I asked if he watched the filibuster.
He said, what filibuster? (double take)
Senator Rand Paul regarding drone strikes on Americans on American soil. (backgrounder here)
He said, oh, well don’t you think they should just legislate that? Make it a law?
Interesting, how he automatically jumped to this, not knowing any part of the discussion during the filibuster.
Check this out.
There you go. The Senator from Wisconsin explains the questions Paul was asking, why he was filibustering.
Remember how I work at a newspaper?
Remember how I’m Catholic?
It’s interesting how these don’t seem to be going together right now.
It’s interesting that a journalist would jump into talking about something he doesn’t know. It’s interesting that I have to DEMAND that conservatives that question the president get a fair shake in this newsroom.
He called Paul an idiot.
I would never call the president an idiot. I wouldn’t call any elected official an idiot.
I mean, really. How about a little respect?
How about a little bit of that tolerance for views that are different than your own.
He brought up the oath the president takes when assuming office… to protect the country against all enemies, foreign and domestic.
So, the president gets to decide who an enemy of our country is.
What if he thinks “gun-tooting rednecks” are the enemy? What about people who read the Bible, believe in a higher truth, don’t want to pay for drugs that kill children and create hostility toward natural families?
Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere.
Don’t be so quick to give up your rights, you probably won’t get them back.
Some quotes from the Senator:
“I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA I will speak until I can no longer speak. I will speak as long as it takes, until the alarm is sounded from coast to coast that our Constitution is important, that your rights to trial by jury are precious, that no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime, without first being found to be guilty by a court. That Americans could be killed in a cafe in San Francisco or in a restaurant in Houston or at their home in Bowling Green, Kentucky, is an abomination.”
“When I asked the president, can you kill an American on American soil, it should have been an easy answer. It’s an easy question. It should have been a resounding and unequivocal, ‘no.’ The president’s response? He hasn’t killed anyone yet. We’re supposed to be comforted by that. The president says, I haven’t killed anyone yet. He goes on to say, ‘and I have no intention of killing Americans. But I might.'”Is that enough?”Are we satisfied by that?”Are we so complacent with our rights that we would allow a president to say he might kill Americans?”
“There has been discussion in our country about whether even the courts can sometimes make mistakes. Some states have gotten rid of the death penalty because they have made mistakes and through their DNA testing found that they sometimes convicted the wrong person. Can you imagine with all the checks and balances of our court system, which I think is the best in the entire world, with attorneys on both sides, whether you can afford one or not, there is argument back and forth and you have these procedural protections and you can appeal, and sometimes you can still get it wrong. If we can get it wrong in the best system in the world, do you think one politician might get it wrong? But you will a never know because nobody is told who is going to be killed. It is a secret list. So how do you protest? How do you say, I’m innocent? How do you say, yes, I email with my cousin who lives in the Middle East, and I didn’t know he was involved in that? Do you not get a chance to explain yourself in a court of law before you get a hellfire missile dropped on your head? So I think that really, it just amazes me that people are so willing and eager to throw out the bill of rights and just say, oh, that’s fine. You know, terrorists are a big threat to us. And, you know, I am a so fearful that they will attack me that I’m willing to give up my rights, I’m willing to give up on the bill of rights? I think we give up too easily.”
Find the “Cliff’s Notes version” here.
So, even though I was so upset, even though I wanted to punch him, I didn’t.
I just quieted and left him to his rambling. Sometimes that’s all I can do.
It’s not worth getting more angry. It’s not worth getting red-faced and raising my voice.
He won’t believe me.