Rant....

Nov. 4th, 2007 11:51 am
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It’s an ongoing pet peeve of mine…Psychopagans, though I mean the term in the Generic. These Atheists use the Ways of others as tools “for Personal Growth and Fulfillment”. If cornered, their Usually Honest about not Believing that the God/desses, Afterlifes, etc. of the Way their “borging” Exist. What you hold Holy, they consider something for them to Use until their Bored with it…
Wicca. Paganism, Heathenry Hinduism, Buddhism, Native American and Aboriginal Ways, etc. all are fair game to these shites. And yes, the God/desses can take care of themselves(and do…look at these folks’ Lives…). One of the biggest damages they do is to the Reputations of our particular Ways.
One, Outsiders think THEY are the Rule, not the exception. When they hear our Ways spoken of, they think about that flake, who usually by now is off using yet another’s Way, tossing yours like a used Rubber…
Two, they “explain” our Ways in Atheist language, AS Atheists. We’ve all had to do “clean up” around this. “Yes, They DO Exist…THANKYOUVERYMUCH!!!!”. I HATE “Silly Season” because it’s often these doofusses that will be Interviewed in Garb, showing how the Way that they’re presently Using is used as a Self-Help tool….often pointing out that “Even Christians can, it’s not a religion, it’s a tool for Personal Growth”.
Three, if they’re not young, they’re Immature(this doesn’t mean Atheists are. I Know some damned Smart ones, some of who are older by quite a bit than me;>). This means that we Believers have to “deal” with folks who think that it’s time we grew up and stopped “playing religious D & D”. Outsiders accept it like they do Rocky Horror, D&D and LARP…fine until you get your 1st real job. Our Ways aren’t taken seriously often because we have folks explaining them AS games. Self-Help games but still…
Four, in particularly Paganism they can get positions of Power either within a group or as a “Spokesperson”…spreading the Lie. In Paganism particularly PC is so Ingrained that you are afraid to say anything . I remember the blow-ups in the early 90’s with the Religious Pagans Association. Even non-Atheists were Protesting because they felt that saying Atheists weren’t “real Wiccans or Pagans” was Separatist. It always amazes me why some folks don’t “get” why our Ways aren’t given the Respect they should. If you yourself don’t, why should another?
Troth,
Pat
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I haven't figured out if there just are more non-native English speakers on some of my lists or that they just are that BAD. I mean, I can Understand mispellings(though I don't Spell-checkaphobia) but Grammar?
Troth,
Pat
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I Hate “Closet Cases”. I’m also not all that Happy when they finally DO “Come Out”, esp. after the age of 25. Why? Because of the damage these bastards and bitches do(though usually they are bastards…).
Unless the Family comes from Money, the usual reason is religion and this makes their crime worse, IMO. They get married to “Save themselves” at an early age. The wife, usually as or more religious thinks she is “Blessed” with the perfect husband. In fact, her “sisters in Christ” will tell her so. He doesn’t “bother” her, stays home, works hard and is very active in their church. In fact, it’s almost like he’s a “best girlfriend”. If she as any doubts, her religious Beliefs will be used against her to maintain his deception…
When they do finally come out, they leave ruined lives behind. Their wives, their kids and yes, even their own. You see, their Emotional & Sexual development stopped when they went into the Closet. Teens for most, younger for Catholic Religious. Even if they wanted to, they can’t “relate” with their contemporaries, not for yrs, if ever. Their wives have to “deal” with the fact that they wasted usually decades of their lives and that their social skills are seldom beyond high school….limiting their functioning in the smaller “pool” of available Singles in their age group.
One that Gay and Lesbian folk have to is that of the Active Enemy. The old saw about “Scratch a Homophobe, scratch a Closet Case” is often true. It’s even worse for couples. After all, you’re what they gave up for “Cheezits”, a Happy, full life and NOTHING Pisses them off more. The God(dess)es help you if you have one of these with Power over you. As far as they’re concerned, they did what’s Right and it’s not fair that you’re Happy in your “Sin”. You must PAY….
Troth,
Pat
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I reallllly don't like changing addys. No matter how "easy" it's supposed to be, it never is. Yahell's being even more Yahellish than usual. It's refusing the new and old e-dress. I'm still recieving listmail. Actually, to my new addy. Just mail sent comes back with an invalid addy. I Know this is normal and I've gone through this before but I just wish these eejits would tell the truth when then they say that all you have to do is change things at your acct level. We won't EVEN start with my collegate and Smithsonian lists. Good thing there's beer in the fridge;>
Troth,
Pat(pduffy7@cox.net)
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Been pretty Stressful around here lately. One of Chuck's jobs apps is closed and the other we'll find out Monday. The others have brought a HUGE level of frustration because they've all got to those computer kiosks and ALL have crashed or locked up TWICE! I Wish that if folks are going to a computer employment system, they'd have a paper fallback. The only one that got through was one through my computer. Another that had the home option did not...TWICE.
We have got him Intaked to the local Public Mental Health org. Sadly,things like a Head Injury don't qualify you for even assistance to find Assistance but being a Druggie or Boozer does. Luckly(NOT!) CHuck has a Severe Storm Phobia, which in Hurricane Alley and the Land of Afternoon Storms(well, before the Drought)was a BAD THING but will at least get him in the door and access to a Social Worker. Sure, he could have gone on DIsability when he was Disabled but he Refused to let it Define him, one of the many things I Love about him. Of course, not that it's becoming harder to function, there is no Help. As Usual, Doingthe Right Thing get you Punished.
I don't Know what we're going to do though financially. We're throwing everything "against the walls" and getting nowhere. The garden's not going to have anything beyond Squashblossoms to eat for at least another 4 weeks and I Hate the sort of food at foodbanks. Everything's Processed. Canned veggies, beans and pasta's about all that we use and they're not high on the "Poor Preferred" list that most Stock around here. Besides, there's the Attitude you get if you're White, Male and not someone's "Babydaddy"....that you're "Stealing" from the really Needy. You Know, the ones with the cell phones, Bluetooths, fancy clothes and gold jewelry...
Troth,
Pat
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A friend of the family reported Drug-dealing next door to her. The husband was arrested. The cops, in proper “Hazard County Sherriff’s Dept” tradition told the dealer who “ratted” them out. Now, she’s being Verbally Harassed(the cops won’t do anything…) AND they called Child Protective Services on her. CPS Knows the reason, as well as that her kids are spending the Summer with her ex-husband but she is still being put through hell. Being a good citizen ain’t worth squat anymore….
Frith,
Pat
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It's really getting old. We're trying to get Chuck a job. So many businesses have gone to computers, yet have put little into "the care and feeding" of them. Three companies I've filed to have locked up or crashed before finishing...two from both my home computer and the instore terminal.
Of the one that did upload, there is no confermation. Did it, or did it disapear into the ether?
Troth,
Pat

Vacation?

May. 22nd, 2007 07:43 am
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Well, it was fun but I’m glad it’s over. 10 days at a family reunion on a cruise. Sounds great until you realize that you can’t get away when you Wish. Don’t get me Wrong, I love my family….BUT. The 10 hrs to-n-fro, 6 packed in didn’t help either. The scary part was that my brother and his wife act IDENTICALLY to my folks;>
It was great meeting my oldest bro’s wife Muan(sp), a Thai woman that he’d dated off-n-on for about a decade. A Widow of a Serviceman, she didn’t Wish to get married after having a brain tumour removed because she “didn’t Wish to be a Burden”. Thankfully, Gary finally talked her out of that nonsense. A truly Lovely person….
It was weird seeing all the Security though, actually made me very Uncomfortable. There were gunboats about the ship in Mexico and in Costa Rica and Panama I felt like I was an extra on ‘The A Team’. It was sad seeing such Beautiful and Resource-rich countries with such Poverty. Everyone “bitches” about the Evils of English and Dutch colonialism yet the Bloodiest, the Spanish are given a free pass. Many British colonies(including the States;>) have done well but I can’t Think of a single Spanish one that has. “But that’s Different, they have Spiritually-coloured Skin?!!”……
Troth,
Pat
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One of my big “Pet Peeves” is Hypocrisy and I’ve been getting it in droves lately. One that triggered this rant was a pretty standard, “America is a bigoted country” harangue….as Usual, from one of those “Evolved” countries that even Leftist orgs consider continual Human Rights abusers….
There’s something PURE about these folks, wrapped in their Sanctimoniousness. Members of their country’s Elect whose Ancestors came, Enslaved the Indigenous Folk, destroyed their Native Ways and when they died of Imported diseases on their Slave Plantations, they Imported “Replacement Workers” from other continents and still keep the majority of their population in Poverty and Ignorance telling Americans how Evil we are. Sure, their Ancestors committed Greater Atrocities that we did(and still do…) but at least They didn’t come from N Europe….
Troth,
Pat
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I Love Progressive Bigotry. Yes, I said Progressive Bigotry. This Belief is generally stated as, “We’re all alike. Our Differences are Superficial”. What is Usually meant is, “Everyone is really just like us, just with different costumes”….
This is not True. Peoples ARE Different. Even within the same geography there can(and usually is) be great differences in Ethnicity, Culture and Gender Roles. Accepting someone’s Differences is different than acting as if the Other is simply You in an Exotic Costume…one that once they take off shows them no different than yourself. Accept or Don’t Accept the Differences between Peoples, just don’t pretend that they don’t EXIST.
After all, a Doberman and a Dachshund are both dogs but their differences are more than “skin deep”. They can also Breed;>…..
Troth,
Pat
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It’s really Depressing looking at what we’ve got to Choose from for “08”. We’re going to need someone along the lines of a Washington, Roosevelt(Teddy) or Lincoln to fix the mess the “Lil Dipshit” made(and that’s what my Texas Republican friends called him back when he was Gov…)….
Last time I was a McCain guy but not with the “hummers” he’s been giving the Christofascists this time around. Our low-cal McCain rep told me just to Ignore it, that “he’s just playing the Game” to get elected in the Primaries. Well, Considering the main reason I was for him last time was that he was the most Honest…
No Reps and the top three Dems give me Heartburn. At least I’ll be able to Vote for some Bottom tier candidate that fits my Values in the Primary because it’s not going to make much of a difference. After the last two Pres cycles I can’t trust the Reps and none of the Probable Dems are worth a “Warm bucket of Piss”. Looks like another “FUN” election. Better put in a couple bottles to put myself out of my Misery next yr…..
Troth,
Pat
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I was out Mowing today. Perfect Spring day….Hot Sun, Cool breeze. Then I noticed that the usual “Guardian” car had company. As I continued to Mow, another, then another appeared. Looked like Word had got out that one of the Faggots would be outside when the school bus arrived….
Most I Know would find this behavior Upsetting but I have Lived in “Churched” areas before and Reality isn’t something they’re big on. Ever since the neighborhood figured out that we weren’t “brothers”, there’s been at least one car to Protect the Carpet Vermin from “Predatory Homosexuals”. I guess because I’ve only Dated a couple of guys my Age and only once under(never did that again!) that I find it funny. I’m more of a Sam Elliot type anyway;>
I Love It. I’ve got two neighbors across the street. One holds Drinking parties almost nightly and whose friends have made sure no one Parks on street. The other couple get into Drunken brawls weekly, ending up with her at 0200 with one of the babies on her hip, cig in the other hand Screaming that she’s Leaving him(if only;>) and we’re the Bad Guys….
Troth,
Pat
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I really Hate having to deal with the Public Health system. Thanks to my Foolish Idealism, I spent my Adult Life doing Activette stuff and Working in a Profession that has Poor Bennys and Pay but “Helps” folks. Well, now that I’m Disabled, that has come back to bite me on the ass HARD!
In Truth, the biggest problem I have is that of Perception. You see, I don’t “fit” the client profiles. A Middle-aged Disabled White Guy here is supposed to be at least an Alcoholic and an ex-Con, probably with a grade school education. Most are more…”Colourful”. This means that lil ol Goody 2shoes Army Brat here gets treated like the default setting….even when they Know better. After all, they can’t treat one client different than another, that would be DISCRIMINATION.
What triggered this rant was a refused request for a med. I don’t like taking drugs and do so as little as possible, so when I ask for something, it means I’ve tried all non-medical interventions 1st and they’ve failed. I’m a bit Stressed out from all the stuff going on in my life right now and to add Insult to Injury, threw out my back. All I asked for was 6 low-dose Valium…take care of two problems at once. Nope. Those are Abuseable. Gee, the “Tweakers” I Knew in San Francisco could have taken that much in a single gulp to bring them down enough for Work Monday. Oh Well. Then the MD got “bitchy” when I said perhaps I should turn to Stoli shots. Wouldn’t do anything about the back but who’d care;>?
An aside. Interestingly, if I’d BEEN that Profile, I’d be entitled to more help. There’s plenty for Substance Abusers of all kinds and for ex-cons but for someone who hates the smell of Grass and has had one Speeding ticket in 30 yrs?
Troth,
Pat
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Personally, I’m getting a bit tired of many Heathen’s “Christianitiaphobia”. Not that I don’t think it’s a disgusting, Soul-destroying, Malevolent Belief-system, just that I’m tired of this automatic tossing of anything Culturally “Christian”….because in Truth it usually isn’t very Christian.
While Wiccans and Modern Pagans will complain about Christian’s “Stealing their Religion”, Heathens who actually have a valid Right to those things tend to ignore them.
Any Reading of the Bible, Early Christianity, early Roman Church etc will show you how LITTLE the common Beliefs of European Christians ARE Christian.
A good example would be that of Angels. In Hebrew, Biblical and early(read pre-European Influenced) Christianity, They are, as one author succinctly put it, “YHVH’s Stormtroopers”. They strike Terror in the hearts of the Transgressors of His Laws. In actuality, if you read the early descriptions to a Modern Christian and don’t give the source, they would think you’re describing a Demon. They aren’t the Dead, they aren’t Guides of Individuals of Families and they are always described as Male. The Modern Christian Angel(sans Wings:>) describes better an Idis or an Alf.
Another would be the Afterlife. Again, nothing like the modern C view(well, with exceptions of small denominations such as JW’s…). In these you are DEAD. You remain DEAD until YHVH decides to bring your Body back to life…if you are of the Elect AND your corpse is still Intact after all those yrs….PERIOD. The Idea that when you die your Soul goes to be with your Dead Relatives or to the Halls of Divine Being(s), even that there is a place of Punishment(Sheol is literally the garbage dump. You burn the body of the Evil-doer, negating even Divine “clemency”. That’s IT.) for the really Evil.
We won’t EVEN start on the Holy Days;>!
So when you hear some Eejit online blowing off Lore because it was written down by Christians, Remember who really won the war of Ideas in the long run…
Troth,
Pat

“We’re probably talking about a New Age kind of Angel;” Claire sighed. “human-appearing, frighteningly powerful, smug … a sweetly sanctimonious busybody”. “The Second Summoning”

Argh!

Apr. 1st, 2007 11:46 am
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I Know I'm Anal-REtentive but it reaaallly annoys me when Writers don't do basic research on their subject.
Case In Point:
I'm reading a book from a fairly popular Sci-Fi/Fantasy author. It's set at the end of the last Ice Age, in the "Conan" type genre. Now, I don't mind the Iron-Age stuff that much because one ofthe main bits is that there was a more advanced civilization before...BUT. What's "ticking" me off is all the American crops these N Europeans are Growing and Using. Maize(corn) and Tobacco are the two most glaring. I'm waiting for our Heroe to set down to a nice Potato dinner....
Grumble, Grumble:>
Troth,
Pat

Jealousy?

Mar. 15th, 2007 07:37 am
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Listening to General Pace's rant on Homosexualiy brought me back to those "joyful" yrs living in DC....land of Hypocrasy. During that time , among my boyfriends was included a dept head and a General at the Pentagon. Like Mark Foley and Pete Williams their Sexuality was well-known to everyone except the Public. The Hypocrasy always annoyed this incipiant Tyrssman. What was worse was that not only were these guys promoting anti-Gay agendas, they were being given "Outs" from it by their compatriots. It's OK to be a Gay General(well, technically Bi since you're Married;>) but not to be a Gay soldier below Colonel.
I Hope that Pace comes by his bigotry Honestly and not because of Jealousy, since ______ was a heckovalot more Masculine and with more actual Combat experience than him...
Troth,
Pat

Support...

Feb. 21st, 2007 10:23 am
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The scandal at Walter Reid brought to the attention of a number of folks a number of issues. A couple of related issues deal with the FACT that seems to have escaped our Glorious Leaders. Things have changed since Florence Nightingale, MASH and ‘China Beach’. Mortality rates drop as technology, esp. medical tech increases. Remember how “pleased” the Talking Heads were about the “low” level of American casualties? Those who would have been are now surviving.
Yes, this is “A Good Thing”. One thing that I have a bit of experience with and many families are now and will be discovering is that one of the things that used to kill now are more often survivable are Head Injuries. One of the things that few are warned about is that now matter how minor, they almost always involve what could be best described as a decrease in Emotional Maturity of varying degrees. A Temper Tantrum in a 6 yr old is annoying. One in an adult can be terrifying….esp. one with combat training. Also, like a kid they “blow up” and then are fine and often can’t Understand why you’re upset about what they did or said. Sometimes, just like a kid they don’t even remember what they did or said….
Support the Troops there and here as well as their families, both when they are gone and after they come back. Even a shoulder or ear is a greater support than “slip-covering” your car with stickers. This batch of wars are going to have the greatest number of surviving wounded percentage-wise than any of the previous and that esp. goes for Head Injuries. It used to be that there were two survival forms, Mild and Institutionalized. It’s a new world with a big middle ground….
Listen to them, Love them and don’t take it Personally….
Troth,
Pat

Well, the angel remembered the few days he’d been essentially a human teenaged male, but since that had mostly involved being confused, hungry and obsessed with genitalia, it wasn’t much help. “Long Hot Summoning”
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It’s sad how Responsibility has become a “dirty word”. I’ve paid attention to this since the early “80’s”. A lot of it can be laid at the foot of the “Self Actualization” movement. A quarter century ago, if you Violated something, (another person, property, law, etc…) you Apologized for Doing so. That’s not the “Rule” anymore. Think about the last few times someone’s Apologized to you. How many times did the above happen? More than likely, the “apology” was not that the other digressed upon you but about how you felt about their Actions. The implication was that the problem was you, not their actions that were….
A Prime example was one that happened over 7 yrs ago. My best friend and roommate at the time left our wedding early. When we got back, we found our home wrecked, drug paraphernalia scattered about(including a syringe in the couch…) and people not just fucking in the apt but in our bed! His response, “I’m sorry you feel that way”. He also took umbrage that I had spoken to him “as if I was a kid”. He was the “victim”;>….
While that was an extreme example, the basics are the same. An apology is about how it made you “Feel”, as if it’s really your problem…not that they did anything really Wrong…
Troth,
Pat

“Life is hard. Then you die. Then they throw dirt in your face. Then the worms eat you. Be glad it happens in that order.”-Solomon Short
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So, “S/He said S/He was a God/dess”. How do you tell whether the “Voices in your Head” are not just hiccups in chemoelectricity?
Objectively, you can’t. Subjectively? You’ve got some help, if the chatterbox has a recognized Name. It’s called generically, “Mythology”. Read up on what’s written about Them. Their Personalities, likes/dislikes, enemies, etc. This allows you to get a “gist” of Who they are as Individuals. This allows you to tell if something’s “out of character”. If it is, just like with us, if something sounds out of character for someone to do or say, it probably wasn’t Them who did/said.
Descriptions help, but only so far. Both They and our “Vision” of Them change over time. Let’s face it. Do you really Think that Landvættr/Nature Spirits world-wide look like Winged Victorian children;>? Also, remember that a “rule of thumb” with God/desses is that They’d be a piss-poor one if they couldn’t do what we can. “Just for Men” when “The Old Man” Wishes to go out among the Ladies:>? Freya going for the Jane Mansfield;>?
I’ll give a personal example. My 1st experiences with Freyr and Freya. In both cases neither looked as the Lore described, yet I accepted Freyr at his Word, but not “Freya”. Why? Because while He looked more like a healthy handsome version of a Bog man(Oak-coloured Skin, Hair, eyes and Clothing) His Actions, demeanor, etc were in-line with the Lore. “Freya”, while saying that’s who she was, didn’t Look OR Act like the Goddess presented in the Lore. ‘Course, some who subscribe to the “fun and frolicsome” Interpretation that Thorsson gives in his books might disagree with me. Me? I’ll take the source material over the personal interpretation of someone who practices Sex Magick with a naked woman as an altar;>…..
Now, there is no way to “Prove” your experiences but to yourself. Groups can help because in theory multiple people having the same experience makes it less likely to “be all about you”. In Practice, groups tend to focus your views before AND after the experience. I’ve been in groups where everyone when they’re together state the same thing but Individually have a more varied experience.
It’s also VERY IMPORTANT to remember this is your “stuff”. What a Deity states to you may not be what They state to another and may not be applicable to the Lives of others. If “The Old Man” tells you you need to do “A”, don’t expect that everyone’s supposed to do so as well. You also have to remember that you have the Right to not do so. Actions have Re-Actions. Listen, Think and Act in what you think is in the best Interest of You and the Folk. We are not Thralls….
Troth,
Pat
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I Confess. I am a Serial Monogamist. Always have been. This makes what what I’m about to say sound very Judgmental. I am not a big fan of Polyamoury. As a Theory, fine…just not for me. In Practice?
I’m a Gay man(nnnnooo!?!). What this means in this case is that like all of my kind that have Het friends, both the men and women “vent” on our shoulders and over the yrs, esp in California a core subject was Polyamoury….
Now, I’ve been around it for a while. Knew the Zells back when they were both together and Otter was still calling himself Zell. Also, my 1st boyfriend worked in CAW’s office. What I found is that what one thought it was about depended on what Sex and Sexuality you were. Gays ended to think of it like Het women, one large Loving family…working together in Communal Harmony(tm, pat-pending). Het guys tended to think of it as harems where everyone else did the Domestic work(basically Polygamy;>). Being mostly a Leftist movement Gays were “welcomed” but the women tended to try to “cure” them while the Het men saw a bad Porno with the Lesbians. “Bi”, at least for the Het men meant more than one woman having sex with him…never another guy…
The women tended to complain that the guys(Het) held a very “60’s” Hippy view of them as “Old Ladies” to fix them meals and be there to fuck. The Het men complained that half the time they were treated as “friends with benefits”/boyfriends and half as a Traditional Husband(work outside and bring the money home, fix things, discipline the kids, etc), with no warning which one each woman in the household wanted him to be, times the number of women in that household…
Sadly, most end up with the women/woman and the kids as a household with a couple of guys that come in and then leave, to be replaced by a new batch. In the highest form, these guys were/are really “friends with benefits”. The worst are Users that play on the Romantic Image(in some folks heads) of a happy commune of extended sexual Intimacy.
Personally? I’ve never seen a Polyamourous group last more than a couple yrs. Now, some will say that’s it’s Strength. ‘Course, some think long-term relationships/marriage are crippling…..
Troth,
Pat

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