Category Archives: One of God’s creatures

Jeb!’s gun

CbXbjS-XIAAU4cJA picture has been circulating on Twitter of Gov. Jeb! Bush’s handgun on Jeb!’s Twitter account, with the word “America” as the tweet. I can say no more than what Michael Moore said about it.

And thanks, Leftover, for this, too.


A pissed-off Southern pastor explains it all for you.

king-james-bibleRight here. And thanks, Cynical, for the link. I found these particularly enlightening:

5. I live my life for God, but I do not think God belongs in our Constitution. Separation of church and state; It’s a thing. Look it up.

6. You cannot be both prejudiced and Christian. One prevents the other. No exceptions. If you are Christian, you don’t hate.

7. There is too much hate and there are too many guns in this country. And, I believe those things do not align with Christ’s command to love our neighbor. You cannot believe that guns are the way to save the world if you study Christ’s teachings. Peace, love, giving, acceptance, forgiveness; Christ taught all these things. I find no red scriptures on gun ownership or arming for peace. They just aren’t there. Get over it. You are not being a Christian if you put your faith in guns. How dare you post pro-gun propaganda after a school shooting. It is insensitive, and offensive, and immoral. Christ would NOT approve. People carrying guns are NOT saving lives. But the free availability of guns in this country is causing deaths which are reaching viral proportions. Enough is enough. I don’t care about your damned right to own guns. I am tired of children dying in this great country.

This is just a reminder that not everyone who speaks with a Southern accent when they talk about Jesus is your enemy.

John McCain? This one’s on you.

I like to think of a time before Sarah Palin, before John McCain let himself get talked into adding her to the Republican ticket in ’08.

And sitting this one out? Not an option, my wrinkly friend.

I’ve posted this once. I’m posting it again

Have a wonderful weekend.

What does “The Walking Dead” have to do with “The Art of Peace?”

aikido-main-1If you saw “The Walking Dead” a few days ago, you saw a character, Morgan, reading “The Art of Peace.”

You can read more here, at Lion’s Roar.

Where we’re from

2015-06-03-1433319897-2887734-DREAMactCheck out some of the origins of immigrants in these American cities, from The Atlantic’s CityLab.

Connecticut has housed every veteran known to be chronically homeless

tumblr_inline_n4rikkyBlq1qgrmiwOn Thursday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut is the first state in the country to house every known veteran who is chronically homeless. That’s every last one of them, and Connecticut is the first in the nation to accomplish this goal, and here’s Stars & Stripes’ take on it.

Of course there’s more work to be done, but reaching this goal is pretty incredible. Here are some of the organizations whose members did the heavy lifting:

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
  • Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) (an unfortunate acronym, I know)
  • Connecticut Heroes Project (CTHP)
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Connecticut’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grantees
  • Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH)
  • Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)
  • Partnership for Strong Communities
  • A host of community-based providers
  • The governor and our lieutenant governor

The amazing thing, too, is that if Connecticut can do this, other states can do. And this means that Connecticut is on target to, as put forward in something called Zero 2016:

end chronic and veteran homelessness outright by December 2016.

Imagine that. Reaching that goal means ending all homelessness among veterans — which, more precisely, means we set up a system whereby when veterans fall into homelessness, they get permanently and effectively housed. That’s more humane. It’s more dignified. And it’s certainly less expensive — significantly so — than leaving people to languish.

And if we can do this, we can house everyone. And that is an awesome thing.