Friday, December 09, 2022

By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them

Matthew 7:15-20

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Never fear, I haven't suddenly seen the error of my evil ways and switched this into an Evangelical blog. 

No, we are going to talk about the Democratic Party. Specifically how they just threw the working class under the bus. Again. A Democratically controlled House and Senate along with the Democratic corpsicle-in-chief voted to "outlaw" the railroad workers strike without forcing the rail companies to address any of the demands the workers were making. Workers wanted paid sick time (without some ridiculous requirement that they give a months notice of when they were going to be sick) and an end to being on-call 24/7, being required to work multiple back-to-back shifts, etc. "Joe Biden" slapped them down without a second thought. Nice. Sounds like the perfect time to hew that particular corrupt tree down and cast it into the fire....

Speaking of knowing someone by their fruits, Russia continues to demonstrate its bona fides as a conservative nation by shutting down all promotion of LGBTQ+, especially among children. This will play well with the Iranians of course, but it will also draw the interest of other conservative nations in the Middle East and Southeast Asia like Vietnam and Indonesia. I'm sure it will also go over well with Russia's new bestie, China. Of course all the usual suspects here in the States will raise holy hell, but does anyone with a pulse really think Putin cares? In fact, I suspect he takes great pleasure in kicking the impotent hornets' nest called the United States of America.

I don't have much else. This has been the Month from Hell so far with endless doctor visits to figure out what is going on with my right eye. My dysfunctional medical "team" currently has two theories. Both can lead to blindness, one can also cause strokes. The medication I'm on to treat it can also cause blindness and strokes, just somewhat more slowly. Meanwhile, I have a biopsy scheduled for the week of Christmas to confirm, at which point I may continue with the medication that can lead to blindness or stroke, or I may be switched to another medication which can also lead to blindness or stroke, but via a completely different process. Go, modern medicine,,,,

Because of all of that, Christmas plans will likely be low-key; dinner with my parents followed by a rousing game of dominoes. We do have plans to attend the annual Christmas Ball at our Moose Lodge to support Toys for Tots and a small party with some friends, but otherwise not a lot. What can I say; just not feeling it this year. I wonder if I could find a Krampus costume?

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