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Radical changes in a lifetime

Uploaded: Jul 21, 2015
Rather amazing the world we live in today in the United States.
Gay marriage is the law of the land according to a majority of the Supreme Court?somehow the chief supreme finds no inconsistency between his strong stand for states' rights and the constitution in the marriage case and his inventing law to continue to uphold the travesty that is government-imposed Obamacare.
On that, I think the Rev. Franklin Graham had it right?government did not institute marriage between one man and one woman (that distinction is important because the floodgates are open for unique fresh interpretations of love wins)?God did, and the Supreme Court has no authority over his law.
As a Baby Boomer, I also am cognizant of the stunning social change that has taken place in my lifetime. We went from Ozzie and Harriet to Lizzie and Lizzie or Don and Dan as the sexual revolution took full effect on our society. Traditional values such as fidelity between a husband and a wife or waiting until the marriage day for sex switched to the hook-up culture of today that is trending younger and younger in our society. Check out the 12-year-olds sexting naked pictures to their "boyfriends"---ask the cops who know.
For more, consider that the sports page of the Bay Area Newsgroup recently contained a short item about Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson saying "God spoke to him about remaining abstinent."
He is an item with his girlfriend, Ciara, a musical artist. He told Rock Church that God "spoke to me" and he and his girlfriend had decided to abstain from sex.
That used to be the way of our country---how far we have slid.
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Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek,
on Jul 21, 2015 at 9:56 am

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.


I am waiting for the first couple to file suit after being denied a marriage in a Catholic church. That is when the "S" will hit the Fan. They wouldn't have the stones to try it in a Muslim faith because they know what would happen there, but that's besides the point.

Odds are the justices won't be consistent when it hits the Supreme court and will find a way to carve out exemptions for the "right" churches.

What a mess they've made!

Oh, and let's not forget the polygamists either...!

In parallel, what I despise more than anything else in this discussion is a media which asks me to lie to myself and treat someone like Bruce Jenner as a woman.

Posted by Damon, a resident of Foothill Knolls,
on Jul 21, 2015 at 11:18 am

"On that, I think the Rev. Franklin Graham had it rightâ??government did not institute marriage between one man and one woman ....â??God did, and the Supreme Court has no authority over his law."

I believe that Tina Fey as Sarah Palin said it best: "I believe marriage is meant to be a sacred institution between two unwilling teenagers."

Posted by BobB, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Jul 21, 2015 at 10:02 pm

God is whoever you want him/her to be. We make him/her up.

There are lots of things we used to do and don't do anymore. That isn't necessarily bad.

Things are getting better, not worse.

I'd much rather be living now than in 1920 or 1950.

When I was growing up, certain people weren't allowed on golf courses.

People of mixed races weren't allowed to marry in some states.

Since then, science, technology, and medicine have all advanced tremendously. Quality of life is way. We understand so much more about life and our place in the Cosmos.

Kids growing up today are way better off than kids growing up in America today are much better off than those growing up 50 years ago, 100 years ago, or 200 years ago (especially non-white kids).

Posted by Derek, a resident of Danville,
on Jul 24, 2015 at 1:38 pm

If Russell Wilson is hearing god, I think he might need more padding in his helmet.

Posted by Peter Kluget, a resident of Danville,
on Jul 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm

Lord love us! Cranky old men, mumbling and complaining about how things have gone to hell in a handbasket since that newfangled stuff came to town. Dagnabbit!

Tim and Dan - you're not clever, witty or wise. You're just old coots, complaining that the young'uns fail to cleave to your prejudices and belief that everything was just perfect back in the 50's when you formed your view of "how things should be."

(Oh, and I think Ozzie and Harriet may have talked a better chastity-until-marriage game than they played. Of course, that kind of hypocrisy has taken a hit lately, too. I assume you mourn that as well.)

Posted by Quackula , a resident of Foothill Knolls,
on Jul 25, 2015 at 1:51 pm


This is one of the most delightful bigoted rants I've heard since Archie Bunker. Your second sentence alone would be a Fox-worthy masterpiece if only you had worked in a reference to Benghazi!

However, I'm troubled that you're encouraging people to peruse photos of naked 12-year-olds. Is this something you've...uh, come across a lot, since it seems to be on your mind?

Posted by Play Dough, a resident of Danville,
on Jul 25, 2015 at 6:26 pm

Does this quotation sound familiar? Can anyone recognize its source?

"The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers."

Time's up -- it's Socrates, sometime around 400 BC. Tim is just demonstrating that, thankfully, Some Things NEVER change.

Now, get off his lawn.

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