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Does everyone see the flaw in Sharon Stone’s Karma statement?

I am far from an expert on this, but I belive that karma makes one responsible for one’s own life.  Thus, what you give out to others will come back to you. 

So, Sharon Stone is saying that all those children who died in collapsed schools deserved it because, WHY???

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Thank you, Grandma in Illinois, for saying it: “Precludes a choice”

This has been my biggest objection to FLDS, right after whatever/if child abuse we suspect is going on. I am trying to be unbiased here and this is an issue that is difficult for me as some of my grandchildren are living in a similar environment. The only saving grace in my grandchildren’s situation is that their father is so boring and uncharismatic, that he can’t persuade a mouse to come out and eat. Hence, he cannot get a following to abuse.

If you take a child and raise that child outside the world it lives in (being the world of 2008), and you indoctrinate it to your beliefs only, never teach or allow that child to think for itself or see any other beliefs, you have brainwashing, not religion.

Other religions teach their beliefs, but FLDS, and my daughter’s family, do not allow their children to know any other way. The men in charge (I am not a “man hater” you cannot deny that it is men in charge of the FLDS.), these men are using religion to preclude choice for others. In this case, women and children.

This is selective breeding for humans. It is another form of trying to create a master race. For some time it has been the Jeffs, father and son, who decide who breeds and when. During World War II, it was Hitler.

They are using the term religion to destroy free will.

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Where would you go, if you won a trip to anywhere in the world.

 

My list is almost too long to mention. Alaska to see the Northern Lights, anywhere to watch the whales, Holland/Norway, the Basque Country, to see what really made my ancestors who they were, and Japan to find a long lost friend, Junko Kanazawa.  India to photograph the women in their vibrant sari’s and learn more about Buddhism.  Africa for the music, culture and animals and for fun: New Zealand.  Send me a ticket, and with two seconds to pack my sketch pad and camera, I’m there.

 

I grew up in Indiana, thirty miles outside of Chicago. My father’s reason for never going to Chicago was stated succinctly.  “I never lost anything in Chicago. So, I don’t have to go back to get it.” The Dunes National Park was a short drive east. Couldn’t go there, He heard from someone, who knew someone, who was mugged there once.  He also told me once that anything he wanted to see, he could see on his television.  Dad was not adventurous.

 

Dad worked at Combustion Engineering and the family went to town once every other week, on payday.  They got groceries in Griffith, Indiana, where I would go to the library and carry out a load of books that stretched my arms down like an orangutan. Clothing was delivered by the Sears man.  In the summer, we would eat beer batter Fish and Chips at a drive-in restaurant on payday. I think it was at Broad and Main, in Griffith.

 

I however, wanted to move, since I remember being able to think.  I would look out an office window of a skyscraper and envy every one of those cars zooming by on the expressway, then I would go back to my typing.  I’ve been to 49 of the 50 states, Canada and momentarily in Mexico.  So, the world is ahead of me yet..

 

Mom was there when we got home from school and cooked dinner, until the fateful day in history when TV Dinners blighted the earth.  She was having health problems, so it was quick fix, and, like Twinkies and White Castle, I thought they tasted better then, than they do now.

 

Dad’s big travel was his yearly two week vacation. The first I remember were the trips to cabins in Wisconsin. We spent two glorious weeks swimming, hiking and swatting mosquitoes. I loved it and the woods. Then, they bought a station wagon and camping equipment and my brother and I were in heaven.  I haven’t been camping in years and I really miss it.  I’m never so happy as when I am outdoors, anywhere.

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My Young Adult Fantasy novel is at 61,754 words. It ranges from being the first draft, at the end, to being probably thirtieth draft, in the beginning.  I have three possible openings, none of which I am happy with.

I write nearly every day.  I get in anywhere from three hours to ten hours at my computer.  Some days, the hours are spent in research.  Anytime I do get blocked, I start searching for sites on writing Fantasy for Young Adults, writing in general, etc.  Doing this, I will find something that  strikes a chord and gets me back on track again.  About every three weeks, I will just take two to three days off to step away from the whole thing. 

I had been doing the first edit as a word edit.  It sharpens up the writing but can be tedious. I use MS Words “Find” for Lie and Lay (making sure they were used correctly), and then those little qualifiers that do not add anything:  a Little, almost, back, barely, be, could, down, had, instead,  etc.  I was to Chapter seven, when I realized, in one of those “DUH!” moments, I was going about this all wrong.

Writers are living in a wonderful age of information.  Editors and Writers are some of the most helpful people on earth to newcomers.  Talking Books is the website of Senior Editor, Cheryl Klein, at Arthur A. Levine. It has some great information on it.  My first edit, is now based on  Aristotle, Austen, Plot, and Pleasure by Cheryl Klein.

A few years ago, while I was painting full time, I listened to a book on tape about writing, by Stephen King.  It was in between my Mystery Novel, for adults, completed but not edited, and my Picture Book, just never sumitted.  He gave everyone permission to just write. Do what you have to do.  If you are not a “plot it out in detail first” kind of writter, don’t worry.  Get that story down.   I am a little of both.  Ms. Klein seems to be agreeing with King and it makes a lot of sense to me.  My story is written, now it is time to make sure things are working in it, to make it a book a kid wants to read and can’t put down once they have started.

Ms. Klein’s article (Aristotle, Austen) showed me why the opening I had chosen was the wrong opening.  My protagonist was being too self-centered in it, although he does have a good reason at the time.  But, it si something to fix and that is worth a lot to realize.  I’m not going to spend time here, covering her points.  If you are interested, the link is above.  It will really clear up Plotting for you. 

There is also a link to her web site in my web site links.

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This is a response to H. Millard. If anyone misses the point, as has been commented on, I understand. I do too. Sometimes comments lead to apples and oranges being compared and other times it’s just my brain leading to goodness knows where.

 

The Native Americans were persecuted because the Caucasians wanted their land, not because they abused their children.  In fact, the Native tradition is to cherish and nurture their children.  As still happens, the Caucasians are all about possessions. And, look what a fine mess we have made of this earth. 

 

BTW, I am a Mutt. Dutch and possibly Norwegian, English, perhaps smattering of Native American and Basque.

 

The Jewish people were not allowed to own land, so became diamond merchants.  The Germans then persecuted them because the powers that be were jealous of their wealth. It had nothing to do with circumcising boys or abusing children. After all, you would be hard put to find an American male who isn’t circumcised now. 

 

The Catholics?  Henry VIII wanted more wives and Cromwell wanted more power and see what good that did for Northern Ireland?

 

The Australian Aborigines were persecuted, I think, for the same land reason. They lost their homes, were hunted like animals, poisoned, shot, confined and had their children taken from them and abused; much as the Native Americans.

 

The Roma have contact with their host countries for a livelihood but do not want to integrate too closely, which may cause a loss of their basic beliefs.  Sort of like the FLDS BUT, they treat their children with respect. They were taken as slaves from their homeland and they are persecuted yet. But, they do not abuse children as a tenant of their religion.

 

Yup, it happens. I would hope, in my ever optimistic attitude, that the United Nations would step in, as the Texas Authorities have, and stop the injustices of the world. It’s downright wrong, as long as man has power, it will be like that. Remember, Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.  And, that is why we need other powers to stop the corrupt power and Courts to stop the corruption of the other powers.

 

The FLDS has a corrupt power structure. In 1986, Rulon Jeffs abolished the seven-member Priesthood Council and became Absolute Ruler and Dictator. Absolute power corrupts Absolutely.

 

There has to be a line.  Brainwashing and old men marrying young girls is crossing the line, and you’re never going to convince me that a 50 year old man has any right to marry a 15 year old girl for religious or other reasons.  Heck, a 15 year old girl shouldn’t even marry a 15 year old boy.  That’s just stupid.  They are too young to have an idea of who they are.  Ask any 15 year old girl in the country, not in FLDS, if she would want to sleep with a 50 year old man and see what a disgusting face she would make.  Except maybe Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.  Quite a few would jump at that chance. 

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Please do me a favor.  Close your eyes a moment and pretend you are a child again.  You are a child growing up In the FLDS.

 

In many ways, it is a great childhood. Other kids are not snobby to you because everyone dresses the same.  You are in good health because you do not eat processed food and you play games outside.  You have plenty of people to give you a hug and there is always someone to play with.

 

But, you are approaching puberty.  You always wanted to play a musical instrument or be a geologist or a dinosaur hunter, or study philosophy, or write books.  What is your dream? Did someone give you the chance to follow it? Will you have a choice as an FLDS child?

 

Narrow it down now.

 

You are an FLDS boy of fifteen. You have a crush on a girl your age, but one of the older men has his eye on her.  One day, they take you from your home and dump you outside the gates. That’s it. Your friends, your mothers, the only life you know how to exist in, is inside that gate. You are outside.  You are officially now, one of the lost boys.  Start walking boy, it’s a long walk in a world you have no clue about.

 

Maybe it’s better to be a girl in FLDS?

 

You are an FLDS girl of fifteen.  You had a crush on that boy but he’s gone now.  I don’t know who makes the decision now, but if Warren Jeffs were still there, he decides. He decides who you marry and at what age. Opps! You wanted to be a (insert anything here?). Forget it. You will belong to a husband and be a wife and mother. (Gee, isn’t slavery dead?) You will please the prophet and pray your husband does, because ten years down the road, if the prophet isn’t pleased, you and your children will be reassigned to another man.

 

Also remember, those of you afraid of Big Brother, I agree, look at Texas.  FLDS IS Big Brother for all those people.  The prophet IS Big Brother.  He tells you where to live, who to marry, when to marry, and when you have displeased him, you lose your family. Big Brother is alive in Texas and he has nothing to do with the United States Government.

 

So just be honest with yourself here.  Is this the life you would choose?  What if you had the choice to start life over as an FLDS child? 

 

A quote from NPR: Warren Jeffs and the FLDS : NPR     “A significant means of prophet power is derived from his (the prophet’s) ability to punish followers by reassigning their wives, children and homes to another man. Obedience is highly valued, and it is rare for wives to resist reassignment.”

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This is my second start at this. I am going to try to winnow it down.  I have two new blogs here, so I hope you will read each. I tried to cut these down to the bare facts.

 

1. I do not know, nor have I ever known, anyone in the FLDS.

2. IMHO: Anyone who does not buckle up is an idiot. Anyone who does not buckle up his or her child is playing with that child’s life. We have automobile roll over’s a lot in the winding hills of Brown County. When people are buckled, they live, when they are not, they are thrown from the window and die. So, yeah, I believe not buckling your child is abuse. I was two when I was thrown under the dash in an accident.  I sure wish I had been buckled in.  I live with the pain yet. It did not make me stronger, it made me have the weakest neck on earth, but at least I did not die, like so many do. 

3. I believe the FLDS women are brainwashed. I believe the children are innocent. But, you know what?  If the state gives back an abused child, everyone jumps on Child Services the minute they find out the abused child has been killed with abuse in the home they returned them to.  You can’t have it both ways, folks.  There are bad people. Our choice is, do we let them just do anything they want or do we give the government the power to monitor it? I vote for stopping the abuse.

4. Everyone is appalled at Austrian, Josef Fritzl, who locked his daughter in a cellar and fathered her seven children.  That was his religion. But, the whole world is up in arms about it.  From the accounts of people who have lived in the FLDS compound, they are similarly kept from leaving and older men are fathering their children. They just have a bigger, open air cellar.

5. I am NOT saying these children are physically abused. I do not know.

6. Freedom of Choice, is not just about freedom of what religion you are.  Amish are wonderful. They live outside this worlds influence to a great degree but when their children reach adulthood, they are sent out to experience the world so they can make the decision whether to return to their society. They are given Freedom of Choice.

7. Anyone know of an FLDS compound who is allowed that kind of choice? They even kick out a number of boys, at a young age, because they become a threat to the men who want the young girls.

8. What if this were you? What if you grew up this way? We’ll try to imagine that together in my next posting. Give me a few.

9.      Bitter Hinterlands: You made a lot of good points.  I’m sorry to tell you, but there are evil people out there and unless someone watches out for the children, and the aged, and the abused wives and husbands, it will just go on and on and on.  The Courts are there to correct any abuse of the system. 

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