March 14, 2013-Thur. 4th Week of Lent

The Pope, S.J.
The Pope, S.J.

Yes, we filed our 2012 tax returns and yes, we don’t get any returns. Seems I made too much which cut into my Social Security benefits. I want to work, hopefully in another country, and am working part-time as an ESL instructor. But, I guess, that is the nature of the beast we call taxes. Sad to say, we paid a bit more than Mitt Romney’s 13+%  tax bill but we are still content. As a card-carrying member of the 47%-ers I am doing my bit to pay for my congressmen and senator’s health care. One of these days, maybe next year even, we will get something back from the Feds. Of course, if the Ryan Budget redux gets voted on and passed we, the “entitled” will be paying a bit more while the rest of the folks in the higher income bracket will pay a little less. Math was not my strong suit in school but even an “entitled” person such as myself can figure out the inequities of this latest slight of hand from the Republican Party. The poor are out of sight and therefore out of mind. Speaking of out of mind, we have a new Pope person, Francis I. He is from the Americas and he is a Jesuit. I think there may be a focus on the “poor” with his commitment to, dare I say it, SOCIAL JUSTICE. I can imagine poor old Glenn Beck foaming at the mouth already…you know what? I think I’d pay to see that.  Speaking of Jesuit, I know from my years in the religious order that some Jesuits take a special 4th vow to the Pope to go wherever and to do whatever the Pope asks them to do. Now with a Pope who is a Jesuit, does he look in the mirror and ask himself, where do you want to go or what do you want to do? Should be interesting papacy.

Speaking of stiff necks and stuff…today’s quote comes from Exodus:

The LORD said to Moses,
“I see how stiff-necked this people is.
Let me alone, then,
that my wrath may blaze up against them to consume them.
Then I will make of you a great nation.” (Ex 32)

So, like who’s the stiff neckers I wonder. Well when you run on a budget in the general election and you lose, doesn’t common wisdom say to try something else? Well I guess if you are a stiff necker, you try the same thing but change the cover so it looks new and proceed from there. I believe that the result of all this stiff neckness was pretty severe. But I guess we shall see won’t we. Keep trying the same dumb ass thing hoping for a different result. Well anyway, we have a new Pope and a Pope in the garden as a spare in case we need it and let the Republicans continue to build their Golden Calf down below…this will not end well. As we all lean forward (hee-hee) to a new beginning with Francis the First, S.J. let us reach over to the remote and turn off Fox News…can we all do that?

and so it goes…

A little song, a little dance, a little coffee down your pants... 40 years in the high school classroom and now on my own. A chance to think about stuff and how it affects everyone, not just me. Now residing in Oregon volunteering for a refugee organization.

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