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Monday, July 9, 2012

Religion doesn't Hurt Anyone

When I posted my last post, I already knew I would get a thrashing for it, but I never expected it to come from my family.

My family reads my blog?!!

That’s a new one for me, lol.

I didn’t even know they knew I had one, but now I do, and in the most upfront manner, may I add.

Nothing beats waking up to your mother chewing your butt out over something you posted on the internet!

I'm 33 mom!!

But, it wasn't just my mother that tried to chastise me.

I received emails, text messages, and facebook messages asking me what was wrong with me for posting such “vile” stuff.

Just so they know, nothing is wrong with me.

A better question to ask would be, what is wrong with people who believe in something that doesn’t exist, to dedicate their lives and their living to a being that was created to control the masses?

Maybe what they meant was why was I being so harsh? 

Me being harsh?

I’m not being harsh.  I’m being realistic.

If you think what I have to say about religion is harsh, then maybe it’s time to re-evaluate your beliefs because there is nothing harsh about telling people that something that doesn’t exist, doesn’t exist.

Unless they are kids, then that’s different.

I had a hard time telling my daughter that Santa didn’t exist, but it had to be done because Santa couldn’t afford her gifts anymore, lol.

And the toothfairy?  She found that out on her own when she caught me sneaking glitter under her pillow with a dollar bill.  Oops!!

But, like my mom says, “What’s wrong with letting them believe?  Why do you have to try to influence them to believe like you do?”


Because it is not just a harmless game that is being played!

It’s not like saying, “Oh, what’s wrong with letting them play with water?”

This is mass brain washing at its finest!

Do you know who else brain washed the masses?  Hitler!

So, sure, the lady next door might be a great example of a good Christian and she is hurting no one with her prayers, right?  After all, she keeps her religion to herself. Right?


But this isn’t about the nice little old lady next door, or the good Samaritan working at the Red Cross.

This is about the idiot that thinks he can play god just because he read the bible and now he knows what “god wants” and so he wants to shove it down everyone else’s throats.

And while we can sit here and say, “Oh, that’s just one person.  There’s many more good for everyone bad.”

No, that’s not true.

Entire countries have changed their laws to fit their religious beliefs!

Here is a story of a religion that forces little girls to get married to protect them from sin:
"If they have sex and are not married they commit adultery and this is forbidden in Islam. So we allow them to marry and not to commit a crime."
You can find more evidence of harm by religion at the Facebook website called Evidence Of Harm by Religion.

What some people fail to see, or maybe I just don’t make myself clear enough, is that religion has a source. That source is fed to believers as being the ultimate power.

If you believe in the ultimate power, then his word is the ultimate word.

You can’t challenge that!  You just can’t challenge that ultimate power and his ultimate word!

If you do, guess what?

You are a non-believer!!

You are a non-believer, because if you truly believed that there is a god in the sky and that the bible is the word of god, or whatever religion/religious book you’re into, then you cannot change any of it without consent from the Supreme Being.

That’s like me making plans on how to budget your money, but you change them to your benefit. 

Those are no longer my plans.  Those are your plans!!

And you can’t say you trust me with your budget, because if you trusted me, you would have never changed my plans to begin with.

It’s the same thing with religion.  You can’t say you believe in the teachings of your religious book, but not follow it to a T.

Not that I’m encouraging anyone to follow it to a T, but that’s the way I see it.

Now, what does this have to do with the nice old lady across the street?

Well, she’s bending the rules, and when it comes to religion, I cannot trust rule breakers.

It’s not to say that I don’t appreciate the good religious people, but faith is a strong thing.

What I am saying is that these good religious people will one day have to face their faith and it may be something where they prefer to not bend the rules anymore.

They’ll do it because it will make them feel like they are doing good in the eyes of their lord.

It is evident already in today’s society.

Yes, the little old lady across the street has no problems with gay people, but she is not in agreement that they should be allowed to get married.

Yes, John Doe at the Red Cross, is a good guy, and while he can accept gay marriages, he cannot support abortion.

Yes, Jane Doe from the super market accepts gay marriages and supports abortion, but she cannot tolerate other languages.

Yes, Juanita Venado from your yoga class accepts gay marriages, supports abortion, is accepting of all languages, but she believes a woman’s place is in her home, not out there doing a “man’s job”.

Their religious beliefs haunt them and will always hinder progress, because when you challenge those beliefs, they will stomp their feet down and will not budge.

How do I know?

Because I was there before, and thankfully, I saw my way out of it.

What happens to religious people when they bump into the wall of reason?

They begin to doubt your intentions.

Yeah, you religious readers who read my last post, and who are reading this one, you know what I am talking about.

You are wondering if I am Satan tempting you into sin.

Do I not sound like the devil throwing a tantrum because of religion?

To religious people, voices like mine, where once there was reason to them in it, all of a sudden it starts to shift to doubt, because I have challenged their belief.

And when you challenge those beliefs, you become the enemy.  You become the voice of Satan, and like a good religious follower, they must shun the voice of Satan and stay strong by their god.

Remember, they changed the rules of their god to their benefit?  Now it is no longer beneficial for them to change it because I am challenging them against their belief.

Where they stopped believing that god hates gays, or that god hates abortion, or that god wants us to speak only one language, or that god prefers women to be silent and obedient;

Now they want to believe because I sound like Satan when in reality I'm just trying to open their eyes to the fact that they've been brainwashed?

That is exactly why I say that I am trying to convert people to stop believing in religious fairy tales, and start using common sense.

Sure, there are many good things in the bible that we can learn from, but it continues to be just a book.

There are many great fictional books out there that we can learn from too, but we don’t go around worshipping the authors.

“But Myra, I’d rather believe in god and find out he doesn’t exist than to not believe in god and find out that he does!”

Oh my!

What are you worried about then?  That if you don’t believe and it turns out that there is a god you will go to hell?

In that case, you are damned either way.  You believe in god, but you don’t follow his word to a T.  You invent your own religion and you sin repeatedly by not following his commandments. 

If hell exists, you’re going to hell either way!!! 

What?  Do you expect mercy from a god that has no qualms about killing innocent little children just because you kept strong to your faith?

You are out of your mind!

What you are saying sounds just like what I told my husband once, but I said it smarter and it had nothing to do with religion.

I said, “I’d rather checkup on you and distrust you and find out that you are not cheating on me than to trust you wholeheartedly and find out you are cheating on me.”

Which sounds smarter to you?

I would rather not be the idiot who’s sitting at home trusting her husband while her husband is out cheating on her.

That’s why I think it is wiser to not believe while you are living, and find out he exists when you are dead than to live believing and finding out he doesn’t exist.

Not that it matters much.  You are going to be dead anyways.

So what have you got to gain by believing?

Do you think that by not believing you will start breaking rules and stuff?

Do you not trust yourself enough to know right from wrong without religion in your life?

If, by now, you still think I sound like Satan tempting you to turn away from god, then you understand why it is so important for me to abolish all religion.

There is no getting through to people who insist on making the voice of reason their enemy.

Maybe to you there is no harm in believing, and who am I to tell you what to believe and what not to believe in, right?

I am no one other than the gay couple that was not allowed to marry because of the little old lady.

I am the pregnant teen that couldn’t get an abortion because of the good Samaritan at the Red Cross.

I am the immigrant who was taunted at school for speaking a different language.

I am the woman who was denied a job because of my sex.

I am the rule that you broke when you invented your religion.

I am the Satan in your hell, and you are the god in mine. (Not really, but I thought that sounded cool, lol)

So, naturally, you can do as you will, but I do hope you wake up soon.

I might rant about religion some more before moving on to another topic. Religion has been a lot on my mind as you can tell.

In the mean time, I will pray to the Unicorn goddesses that they shine many rainbows in your life.

Take care, and until next time…. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Footprints in the sand

During the past couple of days, I've had this anger that's been festering inside of me regarding religion. 

The feeling is akin to watching a girlfriend getting brain-washed by an abusive boyfriend and not being able to do anything about it because she claims to be happy with him and besides, it's her life, right?

Yet, you want to do something about it because you care.

I believe this feeling began to manifest itself after I watched a documentary (National Geographic: Inside North Korea) in which Lisa Ling travels to North Korea to get an inside look at their oppressive government.

In the film, there's a segment in which an eye doctor is allowed to go in and help some North Korean's.

As each patient has their sight restored, everyone of them thanks their supreme leader, Kim Jong-Il.  Here's the segment I speak of:


That's not much different than how I view religion now a days.

I mean, what's the first thing the majority of us say when we find out everything is going to be ok?

"Thank God!"

If things aren't going well, who do we turn to? God.

If we've tried and we can't succeed, what do we say?  

"Let's just leave it to God"

And it's not necessarily just God, but whatever god that person tends to worship.

In this day and age, we are facing a crisis that is on the brim of becoming out of control, if it already isn't.

We've had politicians who want to use their beliefs to tell us what we can or cannot do and they usually base those beliefs on one thing alone:  The Holy Bible.

Now, here is where I must warn everyone who is religious, because what I am about to say will more than likely come out as offensive, but I am saying this as someone who is on the outside looking in, and who's been there.

What I am about to say is offensive!

If you believe in a god, you are either brain washed or have not grown up yet!

Look, I've been there. 

I grew up reading the bible and going to church and praying to god and there was even a time when I thought I was chosen to be one of god's brides.

It's one of the reasons why I am obsesses with the game Zelda.

I am supposed to be Link, god is Zelda, and I'm supposed to save her from the evil forces of the world by destroying the devil, a.k.a Gandandorf.

When I was about 9 or 10, I forced my parents to baptize me and I went to CCD classes religiously so that I could do my communion, and at one point in my life, I actually considered becoming a nun.

When I went to college, I remember writing on the bottom of the top bunker, "God DOES exist!  Just ask me! He's helped me so much!"

And one time, I was disappointed in my Atheist brother (who oddly enough is now going to church, lol) because he refused to give credit to god for helping him with his eye surgeries.  

I clearly remember him saying, "God was not there for me when I needed him most.  I was!  He did not help me get better through my surgery!  I did!"

It was a crush to my heart!  How could he not see the blessings of our Lord and Saviour!!


That is exactly how I thought, but thankfully, not anymore!

Which brings us back to the title of this post, "Footprints in the Sand".

We've all more than likely heard the poem and seen the picture.  It goes something like this:

Now, this is not an attack on the poem.

This is undeniable a beautiful poem, but to the faithful, it's another cover over their eyes that they do not notice.

It's not just this poem, but every post you put on facebook, every religious picture you share, every prayer you have hanging on your wall, there I see it: Kim Jong-Il!

In other words, brain washed!

What do you mean that god carried you when there was only one set of footprints?  Are you kidding me?!!

God does NOT exist!

Do you know who carried you when there was only one set of footprints?

It was your family!

Your friends!

Your children!

And if there was no one there, guess who it was?

It was YOU!!!

You carried yourself!

These poems are meant to brain wash you into believing that there is an invisible being who is helping you out in your times of hardship, and that you should thank that invisible being when he helps you.

But tell me...

How do you know he exists?

For me, I knew he existed because my parents told me.

And when it wasn't my parents, it was the tv, the neighbor, our church, my friends, our teachers, our schools, and even our money.

The seed of doubt was planted in my head when I was in college taking a sociology class and our professor had us imagine our world without those influences.

It was the hardest thing to over come!

And if you are like me, like I was then, you will think that it is the devil trying to lead you astray.

But think about it...

How do you know the devil exists?

Have you seen him, or have you only heard about him, and if you've only heard about him, can you remember who it was that told you about him?

Wasn't it your parents?

And didn't your parents get that from church, who in turn point to the bible to "prove" to you that he does exist?

Now, I'm sorry if I offend anyone, but I feel that I have to start saying what I believe. 

I know it will offend some people, but I hope everyone takes it as constructive criticism. 

It's just got to the point where I see religion as verrrrry bad, and it should be abolished. 

It's hard to explain, but in my opinion, religion is the root of all our social problems, and it doesn't matter if those who practice it are good people, so long as religion stays alive, there will always be someone who wants to use it for bad, and religion doesn't take people one by one.  

It takes them in masses because most everyone needs something to believe in. 

They need to have a purpose, and when a bad person gives them that purpose, they can easily be manipulated. 

Just look at our current state of politics.  Religion plays in almost every aspect of it.  So many lives are being injured because of it, and in my opinion, I think that enough is enough!

People need to know the truth, and that truth is that god does not exist, so they are basically ruining the lives of others over something that does not exist.

Am I trying to convert people?  

Yes I am.

However, unlike all the other religion's out there, I'm not trying to convince them to believe in something that does not exist.

I am trying to convince them to believe in themselves and to thank themselves.

Life is about common sense.  Do good, feel good, receive good.  Do bad, feel bad, receive bad.

It's not always the case, as I'm sure some of you have had those moment where you do good and people always come and shit on you anyways, then you do something bad to them, like kick their ass, and feel better, lol.

But you don't need a god to feel better and believe in yourself.

Alas, I've reached the end of my rant, plus time is making me cut this short, but I will leave everyone who is religious with a little task.

In the next couple of days, try and catch yourself when you thank your god, or when you bring him up in your thoughts and why you bring him up.

Ask yourself, i.e., why am I thanking him?  Did he really help me, or did I help myself?

Do I really need to leave it up to him, or is there something I can do about it?

Did he really carry me during my most trying periods, or was it my friends and family that stood by my side faithfully?

Does god exist, or do I believe in him only because I've been told to believe?

Take care, and until next time.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Back Again

I want to thank everyone who has called, written, and spoken with me directly about continuing with my blog.

I must admit that it feels nice to have a group of people who are so supportive, but I must publicly announce that I never had the intention of quitting.

Therefore, I would like to apologize for not being around lately.  I burnt out and took a long break, but I have not given up.

Several factors contributed to my burn out.

One was having three computers break on me consecutively (I'm having bad luck with computers), and while I have a smart phone, it's kind of hard to write whole paragraphs with that stupid touch screen that keeps pressing the smiley face every time I want to delete a character (Arrgh!!).

The other is that I have nothing new to report, and the fact that it seems everyone is doing a damn fine job of preventing me from obtaining any new information in the case is a result of my burn out.

The last I heard was from the Attorney Generals office, whose explanation as to why the Sheriff of Zapata has not released information to me, despite having been ordered by the Attorney General's office themselves, is that so long as Sigi is playing phone tag, it is considered him "trying to work things out" with the AGO.

I gave the AGO my new address so they could resend me anything they might have sent to the last address, and the lady, Tamara Wilcox, said she was going to send me something, but to date, I have not received anything from them.

This new address is an address I can trust, so I am positive this time that they have not sent us anything.

I followed up on 3/28/2012 by calling the AG's office to find out if they've heard anything from Sigi.

Coincidentally, Ms. Wilcox claims that she just called Sigi on 3/27/2012, but he wasn't in his office.

Upset, I asked her if there's a timeline.  We've been waiting for over a year for this information!

Alas, she said there is no timeline, and so long as he is trying to contact them, then it is considered him trying to work things out with the AG, and the AG, according to Ms. Wilcox, is not going to spend resources trying to sue the Sheriff when it is evident he is trying to work things out with them.

How it is evident is beyond me, but none of this smells right, and I'll look into the PIA handbook to see how much Ms. Wilcox is saying is true, because as far as I know, this is like paying a bill, and playing phone tag with a bill collector does not mean the bill is paid, and the bill collector sure as hell isn't going to wait around for you to get back to them if your bill is waaay past due.

Update:  I found this article that basically says I may as well give up pursuing the Sheriff with the AGO.  As a matter of fact, I have decided to just give up for now, and if in the future I am contacted or new information is released to us, I will pick it up again.  That's the only thing left to do as no lawyer will represent us, and our only hope, the Attorney General, as is stated in the article, hasn't pursued a case since early 1995.  I highly doubt they'll decide to pick one up now on account of us.

So, for the meantime, I'm thinking about tackling new projects on my blog (something I should have been doing anyways), and putting the Hartley case in the back burner until we get/hear new information on the case.

For now, I have a doctors appointment to tend to, but I will be getting back on shortly to report on other news around web.

Until then, thank you for staying tuned...

Friday, January 6, 2012

Falcon Lake Murder: A Guilty Response

I was at the Dollar General the other day when I overheard the manager and one of his employees joking around.  Apparently, the manager found something that was broken, and before he could say anything, his employee jumps right out of the blue declaring, "I didn't do it!  It was already broken before I got here!"

The manager bursts out laughing and tells him that he wasn't even thinking that, but now that he brought it up...

That scene has been playing in my head for the last couple of days because it so reminds me of what the Texas Department of Public Safety did to us.

They sent us the DVD we requested for the David Hartley Police stop in Rio Grande City, but they made sure to let us know to not look at the closed captioning time stamp because it was wrong.

Geez, I didn't even know the video came with closed captioning so I would have never guessed to look there, but...thanks?

So what's the first thing I do?  I look at the closed captioning time stamp.

Now, when I first read their letter about the incorrect closed captioning time stamp, I assumed that since we requested the video waaay after the incident happened, that what I was going to see was the date the video was uploaded for us to view.

Instead, I get something that I just cannot ignore:  a time stamp that indicates the possibility that the stop might have actually occurred two days before David was supposedly shot.

Here is the letter that they sent us:

Notice they claim to have sent us a station activity log and the audio communications.  We had already previously received those, so it is nothing new.  If you are interested in viewing/hearing them, you can read my previous blog here:  LINK

As for the dash camera video, here is the dash camera video with the closed captioning on (and check out the ending so you can see a close up of the truck "full of marijuana" that ended the stop):

Now, there are several reasons why I have an issue with their claim that the closed captioning has the incorrect time and date.

One of them being, how do they know it's incorrect?  They state that the station activity log reflects the correct time and date of the stop, but how do they know that that is the correct time and date?

Secondly, the time stamp seems to be working just fine.  If the police officer hits the brake, the time stamp reflects a little "B".  When the lights go on, it shows a little "L", and when the microphone turns on, it shows a little "M".  So it seems to be working just fine.  Or do you mean to tell me that the Texas DPS is in the habit of operating units that display the wrong time stamp?  

Third, they told us before that the dash cameras they use do not have a date and time stamp, so what is this?!!

Fourth, to add more to the mystery, if you notice the cars in the video that parked on the side of the road across from where the police stop David.  Where those cars are parked, that's Sanchez Funeral Home.  While it may be nothing, normally, the only time cars are parked there is when there is a funeral service going on.  I called Sanchez Funeral Home to check what times they held services on September 30 and the 28th, but they claim that they had NO services on those days.  Could those cars be parked there because of a funeral service?  If so, the time stamp on the closed captioning might be even more off than we think!

Lastly, and most importantly, had Tiffany kept her story straight from the beginning, I might have not heeded my doubts so much.  But not only did she not keep her story straight, everything and everyone that is involved with this case has been real shady.

Take for example, the Zapata County Sheriff, Sigifredo Gonzalez, who STILL has not answered ANY of my public information requests, with the exception of the half assed response he gave us for the 911 call.

But, I'm not going to be too hard on him just yet, as it has come across my attention that it could be possible that I am the one to blame.

You see, I do live close to the border, so the last thing I want is for anyone to know where I live, especially Sheriff Sigi because if I am correct about his involvement and his connections with the cartel, then he doesn't need to know where I live

So I asked to borrow a P.O. Box from a friend who lives out of state, and I guess my friend just lost interest in this case because he has not responded to my inquiries regarding some pending PIAs.

Long story short:  I might have to re-request everything again and have it sent to a different address just to be on the safe side.

Anywho, I'm sure by now that those of you who have been keeping up with the Hartley story have heard by now that there were some human remains found near Falcon Lake.

This is one of the few times that I agree with Sigi and state that I do not believe those remains are from David.

In one of the first videos aired by Will Ripley, which is no longer available, Tiffany looked amused, almost as if she found it funny that anyone could find David's body, either because she knows there is no body, or because she knows the body won't be found on Falcon Lake.

Whatever the case, I'd really like to get my hands on those photos, but it opens a whole new fresh can of worms.

Why would the cartel go out of their way to drag a dead body up stream?  And, assuming Tiffany's story is true, a dead body to top it off!

And why tie the feet if the man was supposedly already dead?  It's not like they needed to kill him anymore.  Usually the feet are tied to drown the victim, not sink him, even though it is possible for someone to tie the feet to sink a body, but that's not something commonly practiced by the cartel on an already dead body.   Again, it's just not something the cartel would do.

Also, the guy who found the body claims that he saw what looked like a bullet hole on the back of the skull of the remains he found, but he wasn't sure.  While I can't judge what he saw without pictures, it could be further proof that what he found was not David.  

I mean, in several interviews, Tiffany kept pointing to her forehead to emphasize where David was shot, so I'm pretty sure it couldn't be too hard to notice a hole on the skulls forehead.  The back of the head is one thing if the skull is laying facing up, but the forehead, basing on the details he gives, should have been visible and one would more than likely clearly see a bullet hole on the forehead.

But, like I said, without pictures we can only speculate.

Unfortunately, that is all I have for now on this subject considering that I must re-do several requests to ensure that I have not been denied information.

I know that the Texas Attorney General has already received some of my complaints, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am not made to look like a fool for failing to receive the information that they might have already sent out.

But I have a new address now.  I just hope it doesn't turn into a big deal having to request everything all over again.

Until next time, please stay tuned...

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