Here is another thought that has been running around in my mind for a long time.  I remember reading many years ago about a study that found that, when it comes to taking care of the helpless within a society, the larger the organization of the society, the poorer the care of the helpless.  (I would really like to know the source of the the article, but I do not remember.) In other words, with villages, the care of the helpless is good.  In big cities, indigents die of cold under bridges.  We really need to take the disparity into account when we form public policy.

A Couple Poems I Wrote

The Normalization of Prostitution Angers Me

It started minor enough –
jokes about hookers –
Letterman –
most nights.

Are the writers being payed off?

The sexual exploitation of women,
men are loath to give it up.

Last night – The Big Bang Theory –
“What are you doing with that girlfriend?
You’re only with her for sex.
Don’t you know you can and
should pay for sex with a hoe?”

To me, prostitution, one of the ugliest
manifestations of a sexist society.

How much did the criminal mobs
lose when women were free?


Our Iowa Motto

From, mostly, the Center for Disease Control,
for 2013, for the USA – some deaths with numbers.

suicides, 41,149
motor vehicle accidents, 35,369
firearms (except suicides), 11,713
mothers’ – from the birth process, 729
war – in Afghanistan – US military, 119

18 from jihadist terrorist attacks

Every life is important – we count each one.

Dr. Low –
the incomparable Dr. Low,
we know that angry temper arises out of
a sense of being deliberately wronged,
not the accidental.

Iowa’s motto,
“Our liberties we prize
and our rights we will maintain.”




USA Chart Comparison: The Ninth House

In this post, I look at the ninth houses in the constitution and Sibly charts for the USA.  In the chart for a nation, the ninth house would contain pretty much what the ninth house contains in a natal chart; foreigners and foreign countries, religious institutions and religion, institutions of higher learning and higher education, the country’s belief system, lawyers and the legal system, the publishing industry – among other things.  Since our country is based on our joint belief system, the ninth house should be strong in the chart of the USA.  First I will look at the constitution chart.

USA Chart Comparison: The Seventh House

The Sibly Chart

The Sun in the Seventh

Venus in the Seventh

Jupiter in the Seventh

Venus Ruling the Seventh and Mercury Ruling the Sign Intercepted in the Seventh

USA Chart Comparison: The Fifth House

In this blog post, I look at the fifth houses of the constitution and Sibly charts of the USA. The fifth house of a nation’s chart represents, among other things, children and children’s issues, leadership, primary teaching, the entertainment industry of the country, the gambling industry too, and speculation in the stock market. I will start with the constitution chart.

The Constitution Chart

In the constitution chart, the fifth house has Aries on the cusp. With Aries on the fifth, our entertainment, stock, and gambling industries would be competitive and assertive. Our approach to primary teaching would be pioneering. We would expect our children to strive.

Mars as Ruler of the Fifth House

None of the points that I am using are found in the fifth house. Since there are no points in the house, Mars, the ruler of Aries, is the only direct influence on the fifth house. With Mars in the third house in Aquarius, our motivation for having fun might be to act in an experimental way on our vehicles; the energy behind our entertainment industries could be described as that of acting electrically on stories; our approach toward our children might come out of energizing children’s teachers radically.

Mars was trine Juno in the eleventh house in Libra and square the Scorpio ascendant, just a couple of aspects. The two aspects indicate the energy behind our childhood issues, our entertainment industry, and our stock market would be a combination of ease and struggle. Since the fifth house contains no points, there would be no energy focused out of our “fun” stuff. With just two aspects to the ruler and not points in the house, fifth house affairs should be uncomplicated.

Mars Square Ascendant and Trine Juno

The square to the Ascendant was covered under the first house, but might indicate that we would struggle in integrating our critically watery appearance with energizing our eclectic vehicles, which would affect our speculations and entertainment. The trine to Juno in the eleventh house would indicate an easy flow of energy between taking action locally and drawing toward ourselves our aspirations. The easy flow would affect our children, stock markets, and entertainment industries.

The Sibly Chart

In the Sibly chart, 29 degrees of Aries is on the fifth house cusp. Since the Sibly chart is strictly a speculative chart – that is, not based on precise timing – I will delineate each of the rulers of Aries and Taurus as the house ruler. Mars rules Aries and Venus rules Taurus. In the Sibly chart, Mars was in Gemini and Venus was in Cancer. Both were in the seventh house. The Sibly chart has just the asteroid Vesta in the fifth house – of the points that I use.

Vesta in the Fifth House

Vesta in a national chart would show what the country devotes itself to, where we center ourselves, and how we burn the hearth fires, among other things. With Vesta in the fifth house in Taurus, we would devote ourselves in a practical and monetary way to our children, speculation, and having fun. Our hearth fires would burn through our entertaining ourselves. We would be centered in our leadership.

Vesta was inconjunct Juno in the tenth house is Libra and trine the mean Lilith in the ninth house in Virgo. The inconjunct and trine would indicate anxious, mixed with easy, energies when we devote ourselves – but none of the active, driving energies of the square, semisquare, or sequiquadrate.

Vesta Inconjunct Juno and Trine Lilith

The inconjunct to Juno might indicate anxiety between culturally drawing alliances towards us and devoting ourselves practically to our leadership role. The trine to Lilith might indicate an easy flow of energy between our analytically feministing about our beliefs and our stably devoting ourselves to our children.

Mars as Ruler of the Fifth House

If Aries is on the fifth house cusp, the house would be ruled by Mars. Mars was in the 7th house in Gemini. The Mars aspects were covered in the post on the fourth house and were a mix of easy and hard aspects, indicating that there would be some struggle and some ease in our acting on our sense of justice, which would drive our approach to our children, our entertainment industry, and our stock markets.

Venus as Ruler of the Fifth House

If Taurus is on the fifth house cusp, the house would be ruled by Venus, which was in the seventh house in Cancer in the Sibly chart. Venus made no aspects to the points that I use, for the aspects and orbs that I am using. Since Venus makes no close aspects, the planet acts on its own without strong influence from the other points. In the seventh in Cancer, Venus would be about sensing our allies and enemies instinctively; about emotionally feeling our policies with regard to marriage and divorce. The emotional energy would affect our children, gambling, leadership, and stock markets.

USA Chart Comparison: The Fourth House

The Sibly chart has Aries on the fourth cusp.  With Aries on the cusp, we would be pioneering with regard to our land, assertive toward our environment, bold as a people, and mechanical in mines, among other things.  Aries is ruled by Mars, so Mars is the ruler of the fourth house.  Mars was in the seventh house in Gemini.  With Mars in the seventh house in Gemini, the roots of our country would come out of competing with or battling, intellectually or civilly, our allies and enemies.

Chiron in the Fourth

Some Comments on Joni Ernst

A month or so ago, the Fort Dodge Messenger published a letter to the editor that I had sent to them which supported Bruce Braley for Senate.  In the letter, I gave reasons for why I feel that Braley would be better for women than Joni Ernst.  A week or so later, a woman sent in a letter to the editor countering my letter.  This is my reply to her letter.

I had said that the right wing of the Republican Party had cynically been putting up successful women as candidates while at the same time working toward a society were men have the right to dominate.  To support my argument, I gave the odds of being a male in the Iowa Senate and House for the Democrats and the Republicans.  For the House, for Democrats the odds are about 1.5 to 1, while for the Republicans the odds are about 8 to 1.  The writer did not comment on that part of my letter.

I said that we need to have women represented in our governing bodies to represent our different life experiences.  She agreed and used the argument to support Ernst.  I am afraid that if Ernst is elected, she will turn back the clock on reproductive rights, will not support policies to financially protect women, will get rid of the ACA – which has given many more women good health insurance.

I went on to give some policies the Democrats had put through to help women – improvements to social security, equal pay for equal work, access to credit (brought to us by a Democratic House and Senate and President Ford – a Republican).  I also mentioned that most Democrats support reproductive rights and that Obama and his first Congress brought us free birth control.  Also, that the Democrats deal with the realities that women face. The writer did not address those comments, except the reality comment.

To end my letter, I wrote that the Democrats tend to base policy on the science of those who study society while the Republicans nominally base policy on fuzzy phrases like “unborn children”, “innocent life”, “big government”, and “tax and spend”.  The writer ignored “unborn children” and “innocent life” but had something to say about “big government” and “tax and spend”.

With regard to the realities that women face, she used the theme to criticize the Democrats.  First, she wrote women want jobs for themselves and others – and the Democrats are responsible for the slow recovery – this after the Republicans blocked the advice of economists who said we needed more spending to get the economy back on its feet.

Second, she wrote women want fiscal responsibility – not acknowledging that the Obama administration has been reducing the deficit consistently for several years now.  She wrote that tax and spend Democrats are responsible for the large increase in the national debt – not acknowledging that the debt comes from years of Democratic Houses refusing to cut services and Republican presidents refusing to raise taxes.

Also, we have the reality that fiscal responsibility for the federal government is different from fiscal responsibility for a household.  When a recession hits, government income goes down since fewer people are working and paying income tax and corporations are paying less income tax with lower profits.  At the same time, demand for government services, like unemployment payments and food stamps, goes up, so the government spends more and the deficit gets larger.  If the government had cut the deficit to zero in 2008, we would be in another Great Depression. It is a Republican big lie to say that the federal government operates like a business or household.

Third, she wrote women want to feel safe – she felt that terrorists are coming in from Mexico with our “porous” border.  We have had one successful terrorist event since 2001 and the terrorists were not illegals.  And the event was quite small.  Obama seems to be doing a good job protecting us from terrorist attacks.  And I have read that Obama has deported more illegals than any president before him.

She ended her letter by calling regulations, the NSA spying, and the harassment of tea party groups by the IRS (she probably does not remember Nixon) big government and by calling on voters to vote for Ernst.  I have already written a short blog on the need for regulations.  I, unlike many Democrats, am not up in arms against NSA spying because I do not think the spying is any more than the spying that businesses do on us through our internet connected world.  I speak with a little experience on this subject since I am a statistician somewhat following data mining.  As to the IRS scandal, I do not think we have the full story.  As I last knew, organizations that support political parties do not get tax exempt status. At least it is true for churches.  Maybe there was a Supreme Court ruling I missed.

Anyway, I feel Ernst would be a mistake and I support Braley.