Bad Weather Outlook – Dashboard Jesus is on sale at Amazon.com!

Hello March 4th, 2015!

Since the BAD WEATHER has decided to double down then perhaps you need to make sure that Jesus travels with you whereever you go. And he is on sale for $3 off — your own Dashboard Jesus … Amazon Prime members can get him for free shipping.

A dashboard Buddha is also available … but I’m thinking that Buddha isn’t so helpful in car accidents … not unless you want to come back as a newer, nicer car in your next life.

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Dashboard Jesus

The Rebel Jesus – Christmas, kindness and … oh yes, the Sermon on the Mount. Maybe.

Well we guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions
And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why there are poor
They get the same as the rebel Jesus

Now pardon me if I have seemed
To take the tone of judgement
For I’ve no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In a life of hardship and of earthly toil
There’s a need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure
And I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus

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Full lyrics:

All the streets are filled with laughter and ligh
And the music of the season
And the merchants’ windows are all bright
With the faces of the children
And the families hurrying to their homes
While the sky darkens and freezes
Will be gathering around the hearths and tables
Giving thanks for God’s graces
And the birth of the rebel Jesus

Well they call him by ‘the Prince of Peace’
And they call him by ‘the Savior’
And they pray to him upon the seas
And in every bold endeavor
And they fill his churches with their pride and gold
As their faith in him increases
But they’ve turned the nature that I worship in
From a temple to a robber’s den
In the words of the rebel Jesus

Well we guard our world with locks and guns
And we guard our fine possessions
And once a year when Christmas comes
We give to our relations
And perhaps we give a little to the poor
If the generosity should seize us
But if any one of us should interfere
In the business of why there are poor
They get the same as the rebel Jesus

Now pardon me if I have seemed
To take the tone of judgement
For I’ve no wish to come between
This day and your enjoyment
In a life of hardship and of earthly toil
There’s a need for anything that frees us
So I bid you pleasure
And I bid you cheer
From a heathen and a pagan
On the side of the rebel Jesus

Would Someone Just Shut The Pope Up?

Would Someone Just Shut That Pope Up?

Some on the political right are going absolutely nuts over Catholicism’s new pope, Pope Francis.

Rush Limbaugh has labeled him a Marxist and numerous rightwing conservatives want the pope to stick to moral and spiritual issues rather than discuss economic challenges of the common man, which he supposedly knows nothing about — it seems that the pope has limited infallibility powers, although Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount was heavy on economics: not an economic prescription but clear recognition that there are those that have and do not work to benefit those with little, and those that are without much more than their soul through the length of their lives.

Pope Francis biography

Yet, not all American conservatives are going bonkers. The American Conservative just published a piece that takes a balanced look at what the pope has actually said and tried to consider his words in context, which is rare in almost any discussion of policy these days.

From the opening paragraphs of The American Conservative‘s story Would Someone Just Shut That Pope Up?

Since the release of Evangelii Gaudium there have been countless articles and commentary about the economic portions of Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation. Some of the commentary has been downright bizarre, such as Rush Limbaugh denouncing the Pope as a Marxist, or Stuart Varney accusing Francis of being a neo-socialist. American conservatives grumbled but dutifully denounced a distorting media when Pope Francis seemed to go wobbly on homosexuality, but his criticisms of capitalism have crossed the line, and we now see the Pope being criticized and even denounced from nearly every rightward-leaning media pulpit in the land.

Not far below the surface of many of these critiques one hears the following refrain: why can’t the Pope just go back to talking about abortion? Why can’t we return the good old days of Pope John Paul II or Benedict XVI and talk 24/7/365 about sex? Why doesn’t Francis have the decency to limit himself to talking about Jesus and gays, while avoiding the rudeness of discussing economics in mixed company, an issue about which he has no expertise or competence?

Pope Francis has done much more than just talk, the pope has made some early substantial changes both in how the church interacts with people (moving homeless centers to where the homeless are) and in how the pope personally presents himself to the public (less bling, more humility, less judgement and more embracing of people as having challenges).

Reality is that Pope Francis is not trying to prescribe economic policies. He is acknowedging that our economic lives have gone a bit of whack. Those that have seem to have much more than they did just a few years ago, and those without seem to have less. This varies based upon locale. In many areas of the world where 25-50% of work-age adults have no jobs then the pope’s message is bound to ring true. Within the USA, with its widespread affluent society, the message will seem quixotic to many as we live life in our zoned affluent neighborhoods and do not have to live with those that fall from economic grace — because when they do they move out and disappear.

Below are some ways that Pope Francis is working to portray himself as a pope of the people:

1. Uses a wooden chair instead of a golden throne.
2. Does not wear the gold-embroidered red stole.
3. Wears his old black shoes instead of the classic Prada red slippers.
4. Wears a metal cross instead of the one with rubies and diamonds.
5. His papal ring is silver, not gold — and he reused a prior design. Tradition is that each pope have a unique design created for their reign.
6. Wears black pants under the cassock, same as he wore when a common priest.
7. Had the red carpet removed.

 

Pope Francis - how he is different
Pope Francis – how he is different in personal style from his predecessors.

Note: I am not a Roman Catholic. As a Unitarian we are taught to investigate and to honor the best of thought and philosophy offered by all of the world’s religious traditions and teaching. Pope Francis seems to be off to a good start on getting a conversation going about where our society is and where it is going. In my personal belief, all actions undertaken in our lives are economic actions no matter how trivial or whether an exchange of money is involved. Economics involves the making of moral decisions, whether that is our intent or not. I look forward to hearing more from Pope Francis. Actions are more important than words.

Bill Golden
aka Bill4DogCatcher

Zen and Christmas Cheer … Baby Jesus’ Birthday Celebration

Dear family, friends and other folks that I get to meet and live life with … except you three folks that drank all of my holiday cheer … Best Wishes for the holidays, Christmas and whatever else you celebrate that’s legal. Please hug a teacher, thank the mailman, and leave an extra tip for that waitress/waiter/table servant that just refilled your cup and toted away your dishes. Please remember most the least among us. There is no shortage. … And if you actually worship the Baby Jesus then please remember that his first miracle was turning water into wine (always a favorite of mine) and forgiving people for various and sundry things … whether they asked for it or were even worthy. Cheers!

Jesus Walks … If I believe … String Theory … To Whom It May Concern

‎”Do you think if you ask God for courage he will give you courage? No. He will give you the chance to be courageous.”

— From a movie “Evan Almighty” with Morgan Freeman narrating God, or God visiting us possibly as Morgan Freeman

Which is more important? Us believing in God, or God believing in us? Does it matter?

Dear To Whom It May Concern,

I believe in you. I am just clueless as to what you (or youse guys) really are. Is there an end plan? A real end plan?

Well … that’s my limit on thinking today.

It makes my head hurt to try to get beyond that. So here is my bottom line: I believe in you/something exists. It is a positive something … or perhaps just a neutral something. If I believe in you then I must believe in me. To believe in both you and me then I must believe that I have purpose. If I have purpose then I need to accomplish something. Since what exactly I need to accomplish is a bit of a murky thought as well … perhaps … I’ll just have to keep it simple: doing something positive for all the folks that you also believe in. Whatever I can.

Note: I’m not so sure about some of the folks that you believe in. I’m just taking it on faith that they are all redeemable … redeemable in whatever way equals good karma .. and if you got any extra redemption then please hit me … am in need.

P.S. Please share any extra with Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt. She’s a friend of mine. Deserving, but may be too shy to ask. I’m shy too but I find shyness doesn’t get you so many things in  life … OK, bye for now!