Monday, April 21, 2014

Authoritarian Aristocrats

Whether it's Halliburton, ENN or Contracts with Big Oil, politicians fair well when the government flexes its authoritarian military muscles.  What truly boggles my mind, though, is the blind loyalty based upon political party.  I've gained the perspective and it is my own bias, that if anyone can truly see a different direction from opposite sides of the aisle, they have an amazing imagination.  Whether warlords or landlords or just bought and paid for aristocrats, American politicians appear to be concerned with their own self-interests, and they all seem to share a common perspective of the citizenry.   I believe the leadership of both parties view their constituents as gullible serfs or peasants to be controlled.

I was truly disgusted by the pass given to Halliburton by the Cheney fans.  I am equally disgusted by the open disdain toward Bundy by the fans of the current administration.  I cannot understand how the loyalists of both wings cannot see what is happening.  Whether it's Halliburton or BLM, the average person is now ruled by an oligarchy.  The BLM already controls a great deal of Nevada, and makes contracts with the same companies that blow up nukes and justify fracking.  There are 29 contracts for Oil in the northern part of the state, already, and between Big Biz and Big Gov, what was once the free and open rangeland of "the Ponderosa" is now under federal management.


I, personally, see Harry Reid and Dick Cheney cut out of the same bolt of cloth.  If it's good for them and their "people" the rest of us simply do not matter.  Harry Reid is supposed to represent the people of Nevada, not lord over the constituents on behalf of the Federal government.

Just as Dick Cheney's people made a fortune on a war based upon "bad intelligence," Harry Reid has already vowed regarding Cliven Bundy, "it isn't over."  Granted, Harry Reid is supposed to be representing the entire state of Nevada, not just Cliven Bundy, but Harry Reid does not represent the federal government over Nevada!  Besides, from one interview I saw, the Cliven Bundy family does make up a fairly large segment of a sparse population.  With 14 children and spouses, and 48 grandchildren, that's a sizable number of related taxpayers in Clark County.

The pretense that this is to protect the desert tortoise is as ludicrous as Cheney's intelligence on Iraq.  The Department of Conservation is closing the center designated to protect the desert tortoises due to a lack of funding and only the ones deemed "healthy" will not be euthanized . . . For those who would consider any "animal adoption" via BLM, that is truly a life commitment of them breathing down your neck.  Perhaps, if the BLM had spent just a fraction of the money used to surround the Bundy ranch, the tortoises could have been funded.  The EPA will undoubtedly step in at some point to preserve water rights or something in the desert, because Cliven Bundy's cattle will need to be rationed regarding their water consumption or something outrageous!

We as American citizens have got to stop allowing the aristocratic politicians to continue to keep us divided along party lines.  I've seen some heinous comments and memes in regard to this situation; that have caused me to truly lose respect for some people, and I don't want to do that, because then I'm responding in exact accordance to what "the powers that be" have set out do.

http://www.policymic.com/articles/87719/princeton-concludes-what-kind-of-government-america-really-has-and-it-s-not-a-democracy

. . . when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.  a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Monday, April 14, 2014

Big Biz

A wide spread division in this country is becoming quite alarming.  It's as if the majority of the citizens applaud the aristocrats of one party, while being unable to see both parties are reveling in the same wallow.  Then to add insult to injury, much of the American citizenry seems actually jealous of the people who have succeeded in business.  I'm not talking the Wall Street money movers, I'm talking the shakers and movers who started businesses in their garages or at their kitchen table!

What is wrong with these people enjoying the fruit of their labor without the rest of America trying to legislate into power, their own jealousy?  While one side of the aisle is blamed for not "producing" jobs, the other side of the aisle is blamed for small business destruction, and while both of those facts are true, the real problem lies beneath the superficial layer of this new blame game.  The reality is, the small business man has been struggling since the early 80s.  The mom and pop businesses can't compete with big box stores.  Even though the labor force cries about job outsourcing, the majority of the labor force takes their buying power to the big box store.

Washington will continue to play this game, because it is job security for politicians.  Politicians don't have to worry about making an honest living, as long as the lobby exists.  Now that we have career politicians, they don't worry themselves with coming back to face their constituents.  We the people are going to have to determine at some point, if we want to work, that's a big IF, but if we want to work, we'll have to just roll up our sleeves and get to work.  We are quickly approaching the time in which there will be no middle ground, which means no middle class.

As a business owner, I have given this some serious thought.  On one hand, I'd like to become large enough to be able to offer others an opportunity for income, but on the other hand, I don't want to be an employer.  An honest day's wage for an honest day's work is just no longer the priority in America.  The benefits package and the withholding truly do make attempting to employ others, a real hardship on a new business.  To cover all the extras, prices have to go up, then when prices go up, wages have to rise to afford the product being manufactured.  It truly is a vicious cycle that will not be legislated away, while the work force "waits."

Waiting for politicians to produce jobs is completely illogical, regardless of party.  Most of these politicians could not hold real jobs and are clueless to the everyday struggle of Americans.  I am surprised, however; at the willingness for the people to sit back, play the political blame game and accept this.  We can't all be entrepreneurs, but I truly believe we all have a talent that can be used to sustain our existence.  An employee doesn't put in the same blood, sweat, and tears, as the employer, or self-employed; which is the difference in what is now called "the playing field."  Minimum wage laws, education, and regulation will never "level the playing field."  Besides, not everyone wants to "play" the same game in the same level field!  When this idea of leveling the playing field became general terminology for the standard of living, "work" and "accomplishment" were eliminated from the concept.

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might . . .  Ecclesiastes of  Holy Scripture

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The Division of the People

What if both sides of the aisle and religious vs. non religious quit calling each other hypocrites or heathens just long enough to consider this idea.

How much genuine good could be done for the people both groups claim to care about, if the money spent on the "Obama vacations" and the Sunday morning "take of the mega church" were used to actually help people?  Then if we got just a glimpse of how well that went, we could consider expanding that plan to all of the political leeches in Washington, and the big religious names that don't have a church and just travel extravagantly for their "living."

If one stops and listens, not necessarily, even closely, the difference, is yet similarly striking.  It's both political and religious, even sounding like a core passion for many.  I'll start with the "conservative" label first, because I know more of them, and they call me a liberal.  The people who find the Obamas to be financially extravagant and irresponsible to voters, defend to the death, the right for the big ministry names to have their extravagance and owe no accountability to government or to those who donate.

Now, on to those who identify as liberal, who by the way, call me conservative . . . These folks loyally defend the Obama's extravagance with every breath, and are very quick to point out the mega name religious millionaires, and the financial mismanagement of the conservative political party.   Every time Nancy Pelosi says something outrageously ridiculous, a businessman who is outspoken about his religious beliefs finds himself in the crosshairs of the media.

Then, of course, there are the hot button issues that spin every election cycle, and both sides appear to be oblivious to the fact they are being played.  What I've noticed, is the division in the people is over the exact same issue.  What's okay for one group is based purely upon who they like, not the reality of the action.  Meanwhile, some real behind the scenes power continues to press on toward "the agenda."  While the divided people argue over their opinion of what is wasteful spending, wealth and power are being accumulated and exercised behind the scenes.

The political parties are two wings on the same bird, and most reports of the big name ministries are openly flagrant about their love of money.  I realize, both sides of the aisle can accuse the other of mismanagement of funds and extravagance, but the accusations don't change the fact that widows are struggling and children go to bed hungry.  The average people are being divided for the conquering . . .Time to stop being "played."

There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.  a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Monday, March 31, 2014

Programming

Our society is literally filled with sources for programming.  How much has it affected us?  The evidence appears to be overwhelming.  In less than three generations, we've bowed down to most of it!  "It's just the way it's done here, in our society."  What's truly amazing is the number of people who believe themselves to "think outside the box" en mass.

Less than 100 years ago, people worked to provide for their families.  Most worked the land, while some were businessmen, usually in family businesses.  After WWII, people worked for money.  Most of the next generation continued to provide for their families, and many today continue to do so, but working for "my money" and things "I want" lasts long after the teen years, now.  There are grown men in their 20s and 30s who are satisfied to let the mamas, grandmas, and the government provide for their children.  When our society left the farm, money and materialism began to define our society, and health care took a serious turn. This country now has the most unhealthy aging generation in it's history, the Baby Boomers, who were also the first generation to be vaccinated.

Both sides of the political aisle embrace the concept of programming, by promising to either provide or protect the best interests of the citizens.  For anyone who wonders if the political machine doesn't understand programming, consider the cost of campaign advertising.  The citizenry has literally been programmed to be divided against ourselves, while embracing the political promises.

Also in the last three generations, the citizens of this country have been programmed to be dependent upon many things besides our Creator, yet the programming has "included" Him.   As in G-d wants you to be wealthy, G-d uses doctors, G-d's blessing is bestowed materially.  The concept of actually living like the prophets or apostles is explained away as "another time and culture."   I won't even address the concept of faith and insurance at this time, but, we've certainly been programmed to believe they are compatible and complimentary.

Religion and Secularism, which is a belief system as well as atheism, all have their indoctrination procedures.  Programming works on people, so it's used to control the masses.  With spiritual programming, the basic concept is superiority in the chosen belief system.  I didn't include a true relationship with our Creator in this paragraph because a relationship with our Creator takes the focus off of our own opinion and ideas in order to seek His Will, His Instruction, and His Son.  Actually, Scripture states, in a genuine relationship with our Creator, He provides health, provision, peace, and contentment.  All those things, most of the world is paying for.

News is very politically divided, and sponsored by pharmaceuticals, or was; last time I viewed a televised news program.  Between the ads for class action lawsuits against pharmaceutical side effects, were the pharmaceutical ads promoted for the treatment of a variety of syndromes, symptom list included.  We have been programmed to give up our G-d given instructions for health to embrace witchcraft and sorcery!

Regardless of the problem, here's the answer.
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of YHWH thy G-d, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am YHWH that healeth thee.  Torah of Holy Scripture



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Two Very Different Roads Less Travelled

Two women, now well past 50 both began their journey on this earth in Northeast Kansas.  As much as I hate to admit it, our zealously strict upbringing may have even caused us to be school chums in our early years.  The Gregorian calendar dates are interesting in that she was born October 31, 1957 and I arrived in March of 1958.  The calendar of our Creator places our arrivals in the same Biblical year with hers in the 8th month and mine, the 13th day of the 12th month.

In Kansas there seemed to be very little differentiation between the various religious independent fundamental groups, back in the 60s and 70s.  The difference was in leadership control only.  There had to be several small groups to accommodate so many independent "leaders."  The offspring had the dubious honor of simply being outcasts in the public school system, and yet, even in being made fun of and bullied, school was a refuge for some of us.  One was ultimately freed of the zealous bondage, while the other remained.

Obviously, one of these women is me, and the other is Shirley Phelps-Roper.  As the title of this article indicates, I'm not in agreement with Shirley, but rather have found an interesting "opposing parallel" in the lives we've lived.  Although, I don't think we have yet come to the end of our earthly journeys, the difference in our paths now seem to reflect a remarkable difference in our countenance.  As mentioned previously, we are very close in age and have even attended a few of the same events, but on opposite sides of the signs and sidewalks.

We grew up in very strict households and as even recent headlines show, Kansas is all about corporal punishment, and the religious households fervently cling to that thinking.  Kansas Christians are free from the law, but religiously uphold their Old Testament right of corporal punishment, yet I digress.  Back to Shirley and I.  Although we didn't know each other or grow up in the same small Kansas town; I'm guessing, by High School, she and I were both aware that we really didn't fit in well, and still somewhat naive, as to why.  For those unaware, there was a time in which Fred Phelps was a respected attorney quite active in the fight for civil rights.  By definition, we were both religious odd balls at school, and yet our parents still wanted more.

I planned to graduate after my junior year, but in a school transfer, the new school did not allow 1/2 of a credit from my junior year, so I decided I'd had enough, obtained a GED to go to college, but instead of college, became a teen-aged unwed mother.  Shirley also became an unwed mother, although I believe she was a little older.  She returned home in her pending motherhood.  I tried to return after my child arrived, but I simply could not raise my child in fundamental zealotry, so I left.  Sadly, I had no real plan of direction, just determination to not be a conservative Kansas fundamentalist.  Also sadly, Shirley stayed in the fundamental zealotry until the line between fundamental and "funny mental" has been made overbearingly apparent to most of the rest of the onlooking world.  Both of us did, however; continue further education.

In her staying, she married a man who adopted her child, and I believe they had ten more.  In my escape, I also got married, and married, and married; ultimately seven times, buried two children, lost pregnancies to miscarriage, and adopted three children.  Family wise, although very different stress; I'd say we've both experienced rather extreme family stress, as well.  My twenties and early thirties were not lived in a G-dly way, but at age 36, I came to YHWH in Messiah, and was indwelled with His Spirit.  That changed everything!

Shirley and I are both grandmas now and here's a little view of the way we've influenced the future generations.  These photos are images of events we shared with our grandchildren.  The first photo does not specify which of Fred's great grandchildren they are, but they are children of WBC, participating in a protest.  This photo of three of my grandchildren is for the front cover of a cookbook,"Sweet Memories and Happy Plates."  They tested the dishes, I wrote the recipes with vignettes and Scripture, and we published it together.

 

Both Shirley and I greatly resemble our fathers, and even though my father is considered a very handsome man, even in his 70s, he would not have made a pretty woman . . . Shirley and I are not beautiful women, but it's not our features that I noticed, it's the countenance.

In all fairness to her, I am not sure how recently these photos were taken so, I've done two of each of us that I think are about the same time frame, and under similar circumstances.  We were both, hopefully trying to look our best for the press . . .

Here is Shirley giving an interview, and mine is the back cover of one of my books, "Simply Abundant," published in 2009.


















The next two images are later, in which she is participating in some gathering covered by the press, and my photo is for the press release of "Can We All Be Wrong?" published in 2011.


                                                                                         






To be as accurate and fair in establishing the time and age in our photos, I have also included one recent "selfie" taken as I was preparing for my press pass photo in January of this year.  Shirley and I are not Facebook friends, so I don't know if she has a recent "selfie."




Clearly I have more gray, but Proverbs doesn't indicate that to be a bad thing at all!  The different paths of nearly 40 years definitely shows on our faces.  We may have started in the same place, but our direction has taken us a world apart.  The difference of our countenance is literally the difference between hateful religion, and a loving relationship with our Almighty Creator.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of G-d; and every one that loveth is born of G-d, and knoweth G-d.He that loveth not knoweth not G-d; for G-d is love.In this was manifested the love of G-d toward us, because that G-d sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  ~ words of the beloved Apostle














Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Ultimate Conundrum

To be completely honest, I've never really known where I stand on the adoption/abortion issue.  I don't believe in doctors, so I wouldn't consider an abortion, but from what I've seen, heard, and read on the subject of adoption, I have issues with that too.  I've known of too many young women who were virtually forced to give their child up for adoption, then had to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps under the judgment of the religiously inept, move forward and start a life; only to be "found" years later by that birth child.

Naturally the adopted child is only concerned with their own issues around the adoption, and appear to give very little thought to the parent that made a most heart wrenching decision at their birth, or the parents that did everything within their power to give that child a life, a home, and a family.  The child seems to have an insatiable void that must be filled, regardless of the fallout, so I'm not so sure adoption as we know it, is the answer.  A personal pet peeve of mine is to listen to some old lady give the church family rundown and hear about some college graduate and qualify the information with "he was adopted as a baby."     As life in the US continues to devolve, I think we are about to be faced with the rock and hard place of all times, religiously and politically speaking.

This is not about race, but there are facts that simply exist.  For years now, it's been a very difficult journey for a Middle Class white couple to adopt a white newborn.  It seems by the time a couple, any couple, realize they are having fertility issues, they have exhausted a great many funds and spent a number of years trying to conceive and trying to discover the problem.  Last I researched the situation, a couple could qualify for in vitro fertilization procedures at an older age than they could remain on an adoption waiting list.  Wealthy couples opted for surrogacy, but now families have worked some of those details out for themselves.

Scripture has laws about inheritance and a man dying childless.  Esther was what we would term "adopted" but that was by a family member, so we really don't have a great deal to go on, Scripturally, in regard to adoption.  What I do see coming though is the political/religious civil war of all times in America.  The same people who are against abortion are also against gay marriage.  Every time another state and the Supreme Court recognizes gay marriage, the reality that gay couples are biologically unable procreate, comes to mind.  As things have gone in this country, I don't think it takes incredible insight to see that adoption laws will follow these new laws of the land very soon.

It's truly time to stop making noise about what we are against, and offer a bonafide solution.  One of my thoughts is to return to "private adoptions" and get the government out of the adoption business, entirely.  Let the expectant mother make the home study.  Let the adoptive couple use their funds toward actually enhancing life, rather than lining legal pockets.  We can blame planned parenthood, but abortion would have never become the huge industry it has, without those "abusive religious whack jobs" that used to run homes for unwed mothers.  I'm not saying they were all bad, but the reputation of the bad ones were horrible, and they bragged about it!  Unwed mothers often felt like they had no choice, which is where the abortion industry ran away with the PR calling it pro-choice!

From the time in the Garden of Eden, blame did not solve the problem or resolve the guilt.  We are about to be faced with actually needing to provide a solution, rather than just a protest.
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  Torah of Holy Scripture


Friday, March 07, 2014

Truth and Lies

Scripture tells us, knowing the truth sets us free, so conversely, accepting lies holds us in bondage . . .  Sometimes the very things we hope for and cling to, are nothing more than lies we tell ourselves, or the lies we "choose" to believe from others.  I'm not suggesting we're running around intending to lie to ourselves or others, but rather; our society has redefined so much, it's as if the foundation of our culture is held together by a mortar of dishonesty.  It has become socially unacceptable to speak truth or to reject lies.

We already know an honest candidate will not be elected to any high office in the land, and on the rare chance it does happen, it's a given, they will either not remain honest or leave politics.  Many of us also believe our news is filtered and reports are biased.  I believe it was Sarah Palin, or her press agent, who coined the phrase "lame-stream" media in reference to mainstream media.  While many have chosen to repeat that ad nauseum, the truth of the matter is, Sarah Palin resigned from her office to become a part of the media . . . the 'lame-stream' mainstream media.  That fact alone should cause some to scratch their heads, but instead, it's merely coined a phrase and further divided the political theatre.

When I read that bloggers may be "written out" of free speech or freedom of the press, I decided to plunge headlong into the profession of journalism.  I've joined the ranks of alternative news.  As more and more alternative news is becoming available, I've been a bit bewildered about something that continues to happen.  The mainstream news, although "lame and biased" is still considered "the final word" on information.  People have actually told me, they only have one news source, and appear to be quite sure, their source would publish or report anything deemed newsworthy.

My own mother, who is openly disgusted with any news sources beyond her own single source, asked me how I knew my information was accurate.  My own mother!  We continuously choose to believe what we want to hear.  We choose information sources that make us feel good about the views we hold and the opinions we foist upon others.  The majority of our society has stopped seeking truth, if we ever did, and have chosen to listen to the reports that reinforce our perspective.  Once we realize the information is filtered and biased, it's no longer truth, but mere opinion at best, and programming propaganda at worst.

As our foundation of false security continues to crumble, we need to realize, blame will not work like super glue!  Finding the truth, the whole truth is virtually impossible, but it should be getting easier to recognize the spin on the information we are being fed.  I'm proud to say, I'm not part of the mainstream media, but I don't choose to call it lame-stream.  Media is a power in our society, and as with any earthly power, power is best maintained by telling the people what they want to hear.  Whether we're bound to a particular source, a particular party, a particular religion, or a particular perspective; we need not be bound at all!

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  ~ words of Messiah

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