Women of NASA During Apollo: Poppy Northcutt

Whether you are good at some career has nothing to do with your gender or the color of your skin or the community you grew up in or the language you speak at home or your grandmother’s religion… this is the American Dream, that you succeed on the basis of your efforts!

Blame/Credit Confusion

Blame/Credit Confusion

This one popped up in my feed:

I love Donald Trump. And, I am not afraid to admit it. I don’t always agree with him. 20 percent of the time, I disagree with him. But, 80 percent of the time, I agree with him. I only agreed with Barack Obama 20 percent of the time. 80 percent of the time I was disgusted and appalled by his decisions and positions. He was the worst president in my entire lifetime. Why would I vote for a repeat of his administration? That would be a really stupid thing to do. I would be voting for everyone in Central Florida to go back to massive unemployment and massive underemployment and massive home foreclosures. I am not going to vote for that. I am extremely glad to be done with the Obama years. They were painful, miserable, unhappy years for many, many people in Central Florida. Why would anyone vote to go back to that?

My response:

Nina, I guess you forgot the economic situation Obama inherited from Bush II in 2008, which makes your assertion that the current good economy has anything to do with Trump, understandable. I see a pattern of mistaken blame/credit. You’ve been successfully gaslighted by cult45.

Surprising Numbers Stepping on the Scale After a Few Years

2019-06-14 jbustillos weigh-in

In my many travels yesterday, I picked up a few things that hadn’t survived the move last summer or the move from Florida. One of the items was a weight-scale. Tracking my weight had been important following my illness in 2012-2014, but it just hadn’t registered these past few years. So I picked one up yesterday, and stepped on the scale this morning.

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Our Guy

Our Guy

Seeing this pos, I needed to make the following comment:

“Biblical” meaning that we can use this person for our purposes to promote anti-abortion/pro-theocracy agendas, even though there hasn’t been a moment in this person’s life when the Christian message of forgiveness, reconciliation and reform has been an active principal of action. No, this is bullshit in the name of a bankrupt religious agenda. It’s all built on lies and ungodliness.

Source: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2019/04/michele-bachmann-trump-is-most-godly-biblical-president-in-our-lifetime/

Which Road Are You On? You Should Spend Some Time On “The Road to Edmond”

The Road to Edmond

Which Road Are You On? You Should Spend Some Time On “The Road to Edmond”

Just finished watching “The Road to Edmond.” It’s been over a decade since I’ve watched something that centers on telling a “Christian” story. I just don’t have time for stories with two-dimensional characters where the only “honest” people are the brave Christians who, in the end, have all the Bible-based answers to rescue the sniveling former-non-believers. “The Road to Edmond” isn’t that kind of story. It may have taxed the acting skills of the two main actors and the story sometimes felt like a weird parable, but getting past that, it shows how sloppy and difficult real love can be and the pain left over from lost opportunities when one is restricted by literal religious beliefs. As a former-believer, I appreciate the struggle for human connection despite the objection of orthodoxy and that these film-makers have added their Christian voices to recognizing our shared part in this journey “On the Road to Edmond.” I hope you get a chance to catch this interesting tale on one of the streaming services, now that this recent pay-what-you-want on-demand offers is expiring (on 2/28/2019) at https://theroadtoedmond.lpages.co/the-road-to-edmond-pay-what-you-want/

I love the ending credit song:

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Friends in the New Year

Making Friends by Be More US

Friends in the New Year

I posted this video some time ago… but it still speaks to hopes I have for this new year that is less than 12-hours away… Enjoy

This next (bonus) video speaks to the spirit I want to engage in living this next year:

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Happy Holidays 2018

2018 Memories

Family, Friends, and online strangers passing by,

Happy Holidays. I think I’ve said this before about previous years, but 2018 has been a hell of a year, both good and not so good. Hard to believe that it’s been 10-years since I first left Long Beach and now I’ve bought a place in Las Vegas. Also second year in a row my robotics team is going to compete in the championships. There’s been more music, more adventures, more conversations, more goodbyes and more time wondering what’s next. Thank you for being there. I am hopeful that this next year is going to give us more opportunities to enjoy each other’s company and journey. All my love, jbb

images used in the montage: