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Iraq War, ten years on...

Ten years ago, this week, the invasion of Iraq began.

That's a long time, and yet, it was yesterday!

It encompasses the entirety of my youngest son's life-- with a year to spare, and yet, I feel like I barely just turned about. We've had close to a billion people born world wide, and I don't know how many die, in that time. Yet, it was really only the barest of eye blinks on the scale of the universe. For some of us, though, it has been a very long, very tough time.

I cannot speak for those who have been injured, killed, maimed, raped, assaulted, imprisoned, tortured or harmed by this war.

I can't speak for those who have had a different experience than I.

I can only speak for myself. I can only tell you how it has impacted me, and mine.

I can begin by saying I am deeply, truly sorry.
I know that I have blood on my hands, and that I can never wash them clean again. None of us can.

I am sorry that I believed Colin Powell.
Something in my guts screamed that this who…

But Football! Part Eleventy-Billion

Trigger warning:
This one's about Steubenville. If you haven't heard about it by now, you're living under a rock, and need to Google it. You also need to be better informed, how else can you join in the fight against rape culture? Anyway, this will probably be triggering to rape survivors. Skip it with my love, if you have to. I understand, really I do.

Don't forget, the Hotline is there to help, as is RAINN. Get help! We support you, and I love you, even if I don't know your name.

If you can handle it, sob your way through this with me, OK?

But Football!
That's been the refrain since that poor girl, was raped in Steubenville, Ohio. I hear this town is a piece-of-shit town, now that industry moved to Mexico, or China, or the Philippines, or wherever it went (hell, it might have gone to Michigan, or Tennessee, for all I know). This left only football to rally the town, to pull them together. I guess their football team is their church, and although that's a litt…

Meet the new Pope, same as the old Pope

Trigger Warning:
Yes, this is another post about the Roman Catholic Church. No, I don't intend to link shit; it's my opinion, and I can rant about the monolithic, gold-plated charlatans if I want to do so. However, if you don't want to deal with my profanity, anger and annoyance, then skip this one. I figure it's the least I can do, warn you...

I know, I've been lax about writing. I'm mentally preparing the explanation, and you'll get it here soon. Mostly the TL:DR version is: shit has been crazy busy and I haven't had time. This doesn't mean I Haven't been keeping up on current events, however, or that I don't know what the fuck is happening "out there". Oh, I know... and I don't like it. But, what can ya do, right?

Seems that the last Pope, Ratzinger, Benedict the 16th, decided to retire. This is not really unprecedented, but it's surprising as hell. I mean, this is God's Voice On Earth, right? When does God's Voi…