Key West Lou / VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE

Insanity prevails.

One example is the Israeli/Hamas problem.

Jesus said in effect violence begets violence. Matthew 26:52.

Martin Luther King uttered the words in one of his speeches: “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence.”

This past week violence escalated in the Holy Land. Trump made it possible. He did everything to support Israel in the four years he was President. Emboldened Netanyahu. Basically ignored the Palestinians.

Jerusalem took a beating from the Israelis this past week. A person living in the Christian quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem asked, “When will all this madness stop?”

Another example of current insanity is Adeel Raja. A long time CNN contributor. He tweeted: “The world today needs a Hitler.” He withdrew the tweet following the furor it created.

Anti-Semitism has been spreading on a world wide basis the past several years. An example is a recent situation in London where anti-Semitic chants of “Fuck Jews, rape their daughters” were heard in a demonstration.

Insanity has a place in the Catholic Church, also.

The U.S. Conference of Bishops is an extreme right conservative group. Bishops playing politics. Should be a no no. Never the less, prevails.

The Bishops are encouraged by the likes of Steve Bannon and Newt Gingrich. The Bishops Conference has not learned: When you go to bed with dogs, you wake up with fleas.

The Bishops Conference seeks the overthrow of Pope Francis and the existing Vatican. Too liberal in their opinion.

The Bishops’ primary thrust is to formally ban politicians who are Catholics from receiving Communion if they are pro-choice. The abortion issue never dies.

The move is too embarrass Biden. A religious Catholic who attends Church regularly and receives Communion each time.

Francis has had his hand full in fighting the Bishops’ Conference. Fortunately only half the Bishops belong to the Conference and hold the belief. Francis has on his side the other half. Similar to politics in the U.S. today.

A meeting of the Bishops Conference is scheduled for June 16-18. It was intended to be a get Biden time. Francis became aware and has thwarted the move. Francis had a Vatican representative write the Bishops Conference Francis’ position: Such an effort could “become a source of larger discord rather than unity within the episcopate and the larger Church in the U.S.”

A noteworthy decision by the U.S. Supreme Court came down this day in 1954. Brown v. Board of Education. Unquestionably historical.

The decision was unanimous. The Court decided racial segregation in pubic educational facilities was unconstitutional.

Here we are 67 years later, and the black/white problem continues to permeate the nation. A very much today problem as it was in 1954.

My time in Key West is pushing 30 years. I have been fortunate to meet many people and became friends with most.

As time progresses and I get older, I find many of my friends dying. My group of long time friends constantly becoming smaller. Rather swiftly, I might add.

The most recent is Dottie Clements. She died yesterday. Cancer.

I first met Dottie some 25 years ago. A personality. Always helpful. A best description would be she was “good people.”

May she rest in peace.

Colonial Pipeline got hacked. Key West was dry for 24 hours. The pumps should not have been without for any length of time.

Key Westers panicked and filled up! Understandable. However not required.

The eastern Florida Panhandle is the only geographical area of Florida primarily serviced by Colonial Pipeline. Monroe County was not affected. Fuel deliveries continued as scheduled through out Monroe County.

It was the panic at the pumps that caused the brief shortage in Key West and not the Colonial Pipeline hacking problem.

Enjoy your day!