Monday, December 26, 2011

Absence of Religious Expression

I've been rather despondent about writing this particular blog post, due to content matter. This last holiday, it seemed there was little religious influence at all. It would seem in the name of tolerance, religious expression has become nearly mute and invisible, or a muddled pile of mishmash. Oh, there are trees and Santas, but few creches and even fewer menorahs. My daughter and I were trying to find just little decorative odds and ends and both of realized the retailers where we had found these small items just a few short years ago, this year, had very little even on the shelves. As I said, there was tinsel, wrap, tree decor, Santas and snowmen, but little else. Now, a few days after Christmas and the day following the last day of Hanukkah, I feel I have a better perspective, or at least can verbalize the one I do have. Although I kind of miss the days when every religious festival had a few items on the shelves, I was truly saddened to read so many posts and hear so many accounts of the celebration of MishMash. MishMash is like Christmas tree ornaments that look like Hanakkiahs and a Star of David tree topper sort of thing, and we certainly can't omit Santa on one knee at the manger . . . and the discussions over a Christmas Tree, which for the most part were anything but heartwarming. It does seem that regardless of what anyone is celebrating there is still lots and lots of materialism and consumerism. It seems the mishmash celebration is even more anti-beliefs than a purely secular celebration. I've come to feel that the celebration of MishMash seems to be offensive in the name of tolerance. Even young Mr. Tebow, more famous for his "down on one knee in the end zone" than his actual football skills, when asked about how he celebrated Christmas . . . Something to the effect of: Oh, I haven't even done that yet, we're waiting til after my season ends. How nice. Leave it to us, people, to find a way to ensure that we ourselves are blessed with gifts in celebration of our own opinion and of our own interpretation and self-expression of our faith or lack thereof; and weave just a bit of mockery into the festivities while we're at it!
And I, of course, like the others, believe my priorities are in order.

Glory to G-d in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. New Testament

Monday, December 12, 2011

GOP Update

I just can't help but discuss this topic. I wish Rick Perry had been more well spoken in his statement, because he made a very good point about Newt Gingrich, and I think it bears discussion here at write-wing. I simply must address Newt's infidelity. Oh, I heard him tell us, "Now he's a 68 year old grandfather and we should judge him for who he is now." Well, I've met way too many of the GOP that are still judging way too many of us that did something stupid years ago, and let me add . . . Newt didn't just cheat on one wife, but on two, and he left each of them after discovering horrendous health issues. That's right, the man that pursued the impeachment of William Clinton for a tryst in the oval office, actually cheated on his first wife and asked for a divorce while she was recovering from cancer. Sounds like morals a little similar to John Edwards rather than the party of "family values." Now the next time around is a bit more poetic. He was still dead wrong, but the woman that broke up his first marriage was on the receiving end of the next round of infidelity. And to look at his present wife just really nauseates me that she can face America, knowing what she did, as if it's all okay now, because I think Newt became Catholic and the first two marriages have been annulled by the Pope. I think that's how it worked for one of the Kennedy's. See Newt just doesn't really seem to be all the GOP claims to be about. He just really falls short of the whole "Family Values High Road" and yet, I haven't heard any of the GOP refer to Newt as a RINO. I don't get it . . . I can only imagine what the Newt supporters would have to say if someone outside of the GOP abandoned an ill spouse, much less left that ill spouse for their adulterous partner. I know if I'd left an ill or disabled spouse, the GOP would still be casting stones. Now, I'm all about forgiveness, G-d knows I needed it and still do on occasion, but I do agree with Rick Perry on this issue. What good would an oath of office be from a guy that promised to love, honor, and cherish in sickness and in health? If a man will cheat on his wife, he'll cheat on his business partner, and I have no idea how he would treat those of us beneath the title of "partner."
And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. New Testament

Monday, December 05, 2011

Doing the Math

We, here in America, treat this entire economic calamity as if we are not a part of the problem, and in that perspective have also determined, someone else needs to come up with a solution. The old saying, "if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem . . ." Well, according to the going trend here in America, most of the citizenry appear to believe we are all simply victims of the error or lack of responsibility of someone else. That simply isn't true. I can prove mathematically why our economy is where it is and not likely to change, regardless of the smoke that's blown out of DC or Wall Street. The economy will not recover doing the same old thing and it cannot sustain what we are doing. After crunching the numbers, here's what I have and it has nothing to do with the top 1% or the 99, although there are percentages and fractions, it's why the 99% cannot continue to sustain itself or be sustained. I will say this, though. I think the 1% should be ashamed to collect any social program, since taxation is a requirement of citizenship! I've heard them defend it though! Now, back to the math. 1 in 9 Americans are over the age of 65, so that means 1 in 9, which is a little over 11% are eligible and most likely collecting Social Security with or without other pension options or inheritances. 1 in 5 Americans claim a disability. That is 19% of our population, but about half of them are over 65, so only about 10% of the would-be workforce are disabled . . . Keep in mind, though, expense wise, everyone on disability for two years under or over 65 is eligible for Medicare, which is an abyss of it's own. One in six Americans are on food stamps, which is about 15% of the population and one in 10 is unemployed, which is 10% of our nation's work force. We certainly cannot omit the percentage of Americans that do not even belong in the work force, unless Newt Gingrich gets his way, which are children and that figure is 26%. A number of the boomers have done such a fabulous job of teaching values that a vast portion of those between 18 and 25 are not working full time, either, but are wracking up student loans . . . America has incarcerated 1% of it's population and that cost is minimally $18,000 per year. Just when all this seems overwhelming, let's factor in the work force that also requires tax dollars. Eight percent of all jobs in America are government jobs, so that means even of the few that are working, some 12 million paychecks are provided by tax dollars. So, how does this add up or break down? I, personally, know of two situations in which women are in their 90's living on social security and doctor's appointments are basically their social life, and they have the benefit of family inheritances that include not one but two horizontal inheritances. By horizontal inheritances, I mean from siblings or contemporaries that were childless. Let's consider that for just a moment. The boomers remember grandparents or great grandparents that literally did not pay into a social security program at all. Not because they were dead beats or tax evaders, but rather the Social Security System did not exist until 1935. My great grandparents were in their 50's and their kids all raised. When social security was started, it was figured to be funded by the next generation. So when the first generation collectors turned 65, families were larger their kids were all paying in. In that next generation, though, someone got the idea they were paying in for themselves . . . And for those that had no children and lived to be 85 or more, the deficit was already established. The idea that someone is paying in for themselves does not make it a mathematical or economic fact! Now, fast forward to the present. I actually know families in which there are two generations already retired and doesn't every family have at least one person with some sort of disability? Let's not forget the incarceration rate in this country and the decline of employment . . . We've got basically, in a good economy, a work force of about 150M. Now figure, subsidizing nearly 10% of that figure, as well as another 10% of that figure has simply fallen off the stats, because unemployment is figured upon those collecting. Once someone has searched and collected until they are no longer eligible, they are no longer part of the statistics . . . If my math is anywhere close to right. Roughly speaking, we have about 35% of the country, supporting the other 65% and we're still not changing our ways. The real problem here, is the inheritances that are being given to nursing homes will no longer exist for the next generation, and the generation after that will inherit only debt.
The fact is: someone is going to have to bite the bullet, pay the taxes, pay FICA withholding, refrain from debt, and not collect any social benefits . . . and not be in the top 1%. Somebody simply has to take the high road!
. . . Y'hhsuwah said to him, What is your opinion, Simon? from whom do the kings of the earth get payment or tax? from their sons or from other people? And when he said, From other people, Y'hshuwah said to him, Then are the sons free. But, so that we may not be a cause of trouble to them, go to the sea, and let down a hook, and take the first fish which comes up; and in his mouth you will see a bit of money: take that, and give it to them for me and you. words of Messiah in the New Testament

Thursday, December 01, 2011

I Sense Another Political Shell Game

While the country divides over the Tea Party, wild GOP candidates, poverty and OWS, I read and hear of several situations, and see pictures that indicate we are heading to a place of being protected by force. I've been reading the opposing views of legislation that indicates some of our representatives believe even citizens should soon be abler to be detained without being charged. Of course, there have been some ways to already make that happen in our country up until now, but can you imagine what America could become if we could be detained without being charged? I remember when the USA Patriot Act was first passed, these thoughts came to me. It was the foundation to build a new America, a scary America, and now we see more folks are ready to act upon it. I have to admit, from what I've read, President Obama says he will Veto this piece of legislation if it passes, and that will make me pretty pleased with him on at least this one issue. The fact that our Congress is even passing this around to look at, tells me, we've already gone too far away from the Bill of Rights. I grew up hearing how scary the world was and really had very little freedom for a kid in that era, and let me tell you, once I tasted freedom, two things happened. First, it took me awhile to even be able to handle it. I made some mistakes, but second, I knew I'd never ever be able to live without freedom again. I still feel that way, all these years later. With the number of laws already on the books, we all know we're about 1/2 step away from being criminals anyway. I've heard pundits declare that OWS should be treated as a mob and handled like Kent State. That made me realize, we've had a taste in the past and clearly the possibility of martial law for years. I know martial law is coming, and it looks like it will be arriving wrapped in flag-draped "conservative" politics with the blessing of the self-declared moral high roaders.
. . . but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Friday, November 25, 2011

Blame Europe . . .

This headline regarding the Stock Market triggered a thought in my mind. The stock market is not doing well, but it's not our fault, it's Europe's . . . This same week-end, a couple hundred years ago when the Indians fed a group of starving white people, I'm guessing those same words could be heard.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Super Committee - Super Fail!

Only in the US Congress can a group of people produce so little, fail so much, and call it a career. Washington DC is full of career politicians that get paid quite well, both in salary and let's not forget all those benefits. Anyone else in any other line of work with this performance record would be called "unemployed." It's not just Congress. Our President has enjoyed pointing the finger of blame backward in time and over to Capitol Hill. The fact that most politicians appear comfortable with being paid to do nothing tells me more than I truly care to know about the depth to which our country has sunk! These members of this Super Committee had done nothing else but meet together, well, probably had dozens of lunches with lobbyists, maybe a spa day or two, and who knows how many wines and dines, and then to simply walk away and say, "We failed, it's time for a holiday!" I realize we can't really make them stay and do something, and actually when they are on holiday or vacation, at least they are saving us the light bill, but this is outrageous. It almost seems that our current politicians are actually getting along and aiming for the same goal. It really does seem that they are all in agreement in their refusal to represent "we the people." To be honest, I don't think a new round of politicians would make any difference, and I certainly don't want them scaled back to part time. A part time legislative branch would mean less resistance for the executive branch and I don't see that as a good thing any time soon. With the choices we have going in, I'm really developing the attitude that perhaps we're better off with them doing nothing. If only America's politicians were the true public servants they profess to be. They'd be doing this for the good of the country, not their own selfish plans or the agenda of their big money contributors. If Congress people would simply serve their terms and have real jobs to go home to; they could keep right on doing what they are doing now and we could pay them what they are actually worth while they are in Washington. That would reduce government spending. . . .but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Monday, November 21, 2011

Now I'm Sure the Government is Involved

This Occupy Wall Street movement has been a bit baffling for me. For one thing, it has served to further divide our country in a somewhat new way, and yet it has remained, of course, along party lines. To be honest, I'm just not fully buying this situation. Although, I believe the origination of this grassroots movement had very good intentions and a great message, more has been added to the mix and the message has become a bit muddled. When I read, though, that the 1% is now divided into the .01% and that's based upon tax breaks, I smelled a rat of governmental proportion. We're already divided politically, we don't need any more rhetoric to widen the division between us. Besides, how are the 99% affected if the rich people are all buying and selling each other real estate and investments none of the rest of us can afford anyway. It's been common knowledge for years that the corporations get more tax breaks than the small business man and the real estate that I read about moving is exceedingly high end in the market. We also know that the wealthy can afford more tax breaks than we average citizens. How many of us non-1% can even get a loan from any bank for real estate right now, much less the top of the market? In case we all forgot, this nation, which is about to celebrate such, was truly founded by people that couldn't really take care of themselves so well, were afraid of the native dwellers, and wanted to be aristocrats in their new land. Capitalism does not thrive in wealth redistribution and regulation. The lack of industry ought to indicate that! Besides, even if only capital gains tax reductions were to blame for the wealth gap, it's pretty much common knowledge that if the wealth were suddenly, redistributed evenly, it would end up falling through the same fingers as it is now and land in the same hands that are holding it now. We really need to see that we the people are being played against each other again! For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. New Testament

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The "Other 1%"

It's time to "Re-do" the math:
Over 300 members of Congress are in the 1%. That is 50% of Congress looking out for whose best interest?
We need to keep in mind that many of the 1% are actually closer to my net worth than the net worth of Bill
Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch. Even Barrack Obama is in the 1%, so while he
was talking and writing about hope and change, what would he truly “hope to change?”
Although I see what they are saying, I don’t believe I’m in the 99%, because I don’t think the 1% is changing
my lifestyle and I’m not indebted to them. I don’t have the stats on this, because I guess we are a little hard
to track, but I’ll call the folks like me “the other 1%.” Some call us religious nuts, some refer to us as
survivalists, and some call us anti-establishment. The fact of the matter is, some of us just didn’t ever
embrace the American dream as it was being packaged and sold.
How in the world did we ever buy into the idea that we all needed to have the same dream? You can’t put 10
people in the same room and have them all prefer the same color, flavor, or style of anything, so what’s with
mass producing the American dream?
Crabs in a barrel. We’re all getting crabby! The 99% all in the same “container” are just clamoring over
each other to get up . . .
So, here’s my idea if we really want to let the 1% know how you feel.
Many Pro athletes are in the 1% - stop going to the stadiums!
Most stars are in the 1% - stop going to their shows.
Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch are in the 1% - turn off the TV and disconnect the cable!
Mark Zuckerberg is 1% - stop playing Farmville and go outdoors and plant something . . . Edible.
CEO’s of Big Corp that outsource are 1% - make your own “whatever”
Big Pharma is 1% - take better care of your body!
Banks - Let them keep their money. We’ll just buy what we can afford. Most folks don’t even think they’ll live long enough to be debt free. When death is the end of debt, that’s not living!
There is a huge gap in the 1%. The lower tier of the 1% and the top tier of the “99” is usually the dividing of an inheritance, somebody who didn’t work and amass it frequently uses their inheritance for collateral or to fund a lifestyle they can’t manage which places the 1% in control. Of course, that step moves them from the top 10% tier of the “99” into closer to real life, while they cling to their “status quo,“ so by the next generation, the inheritance is average or even debt ladened.
We can’t stay in the barrel trying to clamor to the top without becoming crabby.
Move out, join “the other 1%!”
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. words of Messiah in the accounts of the Gospel

Monday, November 07, 2011

No Anita Hill!

No kidding! Some woman coming out of the woodwork, 15 years after the fact, to remain anonymous and sling accusations. Honey, don't worry about not wanting to be Anita Hill, you are no Anita Hill. She faced her accuser! Whoever you are, you are just, well, I can't help but wonder who put you up to this. I would say you are just one of the many that want your 15 minutes of fame, but since you have chosen to remain anonymous, you won't actually be embraced by fame. In my eyes, you're just some sniveling coward that if this situation is true, didn't have the guts to do anything then, and don't have the guts to stand up and be counted now. Until you actually present your case, which by the way is years beyond the statutes of limitation, but until you actually present your accusation in person, you are no more than a gossip or talebearer. This is for certain, without showing your face or voicing your issues, you honey, for sure, are no Anita Hill.
Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people . . . Torah of Holy Scripture

Friday, November 04, 2011

I Made a Terrible Mistake

I've not been as active on this blog recently, because, well I just got tired of being snarkastic about politics, when I don't intend to vote. It seemed rather hypocritical to make comments when I don't intend to back them, but then again, I've misjudged myself before and this was one of those times. I, as an American, have every right to make comment, and if I believe casting a vote doesn't make a difference, I have a right to not waste my time. Worse than that, we've been calling it "voting for the lesser of two evils" for two long. The lesser of evil is still evil, so with all that being said, I was wrong to let this blog rest. I made a comment to a friend a while back that somehow in all this GOP Tea, I had a real gut feeling that wasn't a good thing. What I felt was a frightening combination of Perry/Palin to rally and bring the party together in "right outfield." With Sarah's decision to not run, and Perry lagging in the polls, I'm beginning to see that this could indeed come to pass, at least from a campaign perspective. I've got high hopes that Sarah is enjoying the lime light way too much to consider VP again, but she could certainly stay in front of the cameras if she did a bit of campaigning for the Teavangelical candidate. I can't help but wonder if Sarah hasn't stepped back just a bit to see which candidate would need her, Michele or Rick? Looks like Rick has a better chance of passing Romney than Michele, and Sarah's had enough of that "losing ticket" business in 2008. Now that I think Herman Cain has been taken out by "un-friendly fire" of his own party, looks like it's going to take a real rock star like Sarah to rally the party behind the most formidable candidate. To be honest, Romney looks quite presidential in appearance, but most of his policies in power have been quite similar to Obama, and then there's that whole Mormon thing that the Teavangelicals don't like. Sarah's been quiet for quite a while for Sarah . . . I'm thinking the former governor from the north is going to participate with the governor from the south and see if the combination of the two biggest states in the union doesn't land another Texan in the White House. Then again, I could just be overly pessimistic by now.
. . . but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Friday, October 28, 2011

Another Warning Day has Come and Gone . . . or Has It?

I'm not a follower of Harold Camping, but I have found some interesting coincidences to be taking place. First, it was October 21st when he crossed my mind and I thought "that's right, this was the back up doom's day." In retrospect, I just can't help but wonder about some things. First, what if he was right about judgment and just wrong about the rapture, because; everyone that believes in a pre-tribulation rapture is wrong. But what if he did get some of the rest of it right? I mean the worst tornado on record in over 50 years ripped through the US the day after May 21st. Then there was the worst drought on record this summer in Texas and Oklahoma, not to mention an excess heat index over half the country. We can't forget the flooding and crop failures of all magnitude based on both extremes. We lost crops and livestock due to flooding and drought. Then there was the hurricane that ripped up the east coast. I've lost track of earthquakes happening in strange places . . . And of course, our economy continues to flail through this "slowed recovery." What if he was wrong about the rapture, but we're just too blind to see that we are living in judgment? If this isn't judgment, shouldn't we at least consider all these facts as Warning and heed the message?
For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. words of Y'hshuwah Messiah

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Campaign Observations

I've noticed just a couple of things that I feel the need to point out. One, I find President Obama just too elite to represent myself and the people I know. He just comes across above "it all." That would be great, if he wasn't also one of the many folks digging the hole while making ridiculous, empty promises. Now, setting aside empty promises, we have Michelle Bachmann making talking points of empty issues. I look at her and think she seems even more superficial and shallow than Sarah Palin, if that's even possible. Next, we have Herman Cain, who I really was kind of liking until he came up with this 9-9-9 tax deal. That only helps the big corporate guys and is going to make everything cost a fortune with a national sales tax. Wow! Can you see it now? A national sales tax on top of state and local? So a loaf of bread or dozen eggs would have say, about 17% tax on top of it's inflated price. Great plan there, Herman! The GOP has come up with so many "winners" that Newt Gingrich's numbers are actually climbing . . . And finally, in nearly last place comes Rick Perry, who just last month was the "man of the hour." He is suggesting a 20% flat tax. I'm not sure where the teavangelicals get their doctrine, but this is exactly the tax that Pharaoh placed upon the people through the time of the famine. Anybody else seen the pictures of Texas? Looks like famine country to me . . . How can folks talking about being so Scriptural not see that Pharaoh was on the wrong side of the plan? To impose the exact same plan as Pharaoh and call it blessed is ludicrous. By the way, one fifth is the same as 20%!
Where are the reasonable, respectable politicians?
And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones. Torah of Holy Scripture

Friday, October 21, 2011

I Hadn't Thought Of That

When I heard today, that President Obama has promised to have all troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, it was such a strange deja vu. I clearly remember President Nixon promising to end Viet Nam the year before the elections. Now he sweetened the pot a bit more by allowing the 18 year old vote. We'll see if this current president takes any more leads from what seemed to work in the past. I am quite surprised to continue to see President Obama take action that rings of the republican play book. I'm still thinking he needs to do something major concerning the economy and debt, but this administration seems to not mind high living and high debt. Promising to end a war worked in the early 70's, although President Nixon had to resign and was out of office before the last troops actually left Viet Nam. We'll see how it works out 40 years later.
Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but YHWH pondereth the hearts. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Thursday, October 20, 2011

My Observation So Far

It would seem, the GOP cannot come up with any candidate their constituents like for more than about a month. For the past several months, each has taken his or her turn at being the rising star of the GOP, only to open their mouth or reveal their track record, to begin declining in the polls. The Tea Party doesn't seem open to Herman Cain, and of course, many were hoping to hear the declaration from Sarah P., but alas, Sarah is smart enough to realize her real fame and fortune are not in solutions and leadership, but rather in rallying the dissatisfied. Now to the other side of the aisle. President Obama isn't doing so well, either. As it turns out, President Obama is not nearly as effective or stirring as Candidate Obama. As a matter of fact, his only real security as a candidate, is the fact that the other party can't agree on one. Here's my thought on his re-election hope. It appears he's going to need some of that hope and change he promised four years ago. He could declare a forgiveness of past student loans and legalize pot. Short of that, considering his inability to actually lead, his main hope is a disconnected GOP.
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick . . . a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Friday, September 23, 2011

Politics As Usual

I thought the last showdown over the budget was supposed to keep the government "OPEN" until the 2012 election. So what's the uproar about now, not even two months later? Are they really that bad at money management? Sorry, I guess we already know the answer to that question. That would be, "affirmative!"
Clearly it's time for some new blood and new brains in Washington. I'm not really buying into the "outsider" business from a number of career politicians, but I guess that's what we're stuck with, in that any self respecting individual with brains doesn't stand a chance to win. Why do we want this time after time, election after election? Is there some sort of weird breakdown of conscience and common sense when they take the oath of office, or is it after their victory speech? What happens? After watching politics in this country for a number of years, I've just really come to the conclusion, the best beggar gets the most funding and support and the best liar gets the most votes. That could be what's wrong with our elected officials and why they simply cannot handle money.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. New Testament

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Big Business and Powerful Politics

I believe it was called fascism in mid 20th Century Europe, but now it's called working together for the children. I'm really having a hard time here with a headline I read about Olive Garden and Michelle Obama. The parent company and all the "sibling" companies of Olive Garden were also mentioned in the article, so for the fanbase that is big big advertising at no charge. Next, since the subject is children, that has even more people paying attention, and to be honest, that is what caught my eye, but I've got a different view apparently than the writer/promoter of the article. First the promise seems hardly worthy of headlines. All the big promises of change, from Washington to salt content in food seems to take anywhere from five to ten years to actually implement. So, let me stop all the tangent opinions and comments and get to the "weight" of the matter. Olive Garden is promising to reduce it's sodium count in the kid's menu by 10% over the next 5 years! Breaking headlines, right? Here are some breaking thoughts. Many of these children that Michelle is so concerned about will already be teenagers by the time this actually happens, not to mention this is getting very close to government oversight of corporations, and it's not the right! Next, I couldn't help but wonder just how involved the corporate owners of the Olive Garden are in regard to restaurants lobbying to be able to take food stamps. Seems a potential connection, not to mention a campaign season is upon us, and what better time to exchange favors than when everyone wants something. Now, to be honest, the democrats always seem offended that anyone suggest any sort of regulation on the purchasing power of food stamps and EBT cards. I mean, they don't want to take pop and chips off of the available purchase items, for government subsidized spending, but our government wants the children eating better. I have a much easier solution than strong arming or promising corporations anything. Why not simply make food stamps and EBT cards usable for the "outer aisles" of the grocery stores. You know, the produce, meat, dairy, and grains. When corporations and republican government comes together, we have big oil and Wall Street bail outs. When corporations and democrat government comes together, we have mandatory health insurance and regulation of food consumption for the people who are actually buying their food with their own money.
Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty . . . Torah of Holy Scripture

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

What Will Happen as the Campaign Season Unfolds?

We've had the first GOP debate on the heels of President Obama's drop in the polls, on the threshold of a shaky gold market, on the brink of unemployment upheaval, and at what could be the final fork in the road for much of the Middle Class. And we are having another GOP debate tonight. I've been thinking about these primary debates and I think there's more than meets the eye, to these events. First, when there is a sitting incumbent running, usually only one party does these primary debates. I think it immediately puts the challenging party at a disadvantage, mares than just the fact the other party is already in. As I read about Rick Perry upstaging Michelle Bachmann on her straw poll win and Rick Perry sparring with Mitt Romney about employment and health care, and now all three are bickering over social security, because they realize the Tea Party is a force to be reckoned with, and since a great number of the Tea Partiers appear to be screaming "less government but don't take my social security!" and "we don't want socialized medicine, because that will wreck up my Medicare!" These three candidates have to hash it out or risk geriatric jihad on their campaign.
. . . but fools despise wisdom and instruction. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


This blog is still one of my priorities! I'm truly not ignoring it, I am concerned about repeating myself, but considering the message, perhaps I should repeat myself at every opportunity. I'm promoting my book, "Can We All Be Wrong?" and I'm doing blog talk radio. I invite you tune in Monday through Thursday at
I think you have to join, but listening is free and it's a call in show, so join me, if you can. We'll be discussing the economy tonight! My show title is taken from Isaiah 1:18. "Come Let Us Reason Together . . ."

But G-dliness with contentment is great gain. New Testament

Friday, August 26, 2011

Politics These Days

The Obamas are coming home a day early from Martha's Vineyard. Well, at least the President is, I'm not sure about the first Lady. They went separately, so I'm not sure what's going on there. I read this in an online paper from the UK, and a couple of democrats I know got all defensive and off the beam over my question, so I'm guessing it did happen, and at a time like this it makes no sense at all, if President Obama doesn't want to join the ranks of the unemployed, next year. I'm just really having trouble getting used to democrats being elitists. Hillary was the first one I noticed, and I thought it was because she made Bill look more personable and less like a scalawag that way. I mean Bill Clinton seemed to be in touch with the common folk, too much touching according to the reports, so I figure Hillary sort of envisioned herself above his behavior and she came across as an elitist, which I really think cost her the nomination in 2008. You know how every time she would try to act like she was just like the people she was talking to, she sounded stupid or crazy or even like she might be mocking them. So, on to the Obamas, who simply openly appear to believe they are above the rest of us. I, personally, didn't think it played all that well in the good times of the 90's, but I really don't care for it, in tough times. I'm wondering if he's got bigger plans than US President, and it does appear that he'll be running against a guy that's never lost an election. I've had the idea for awhile that even though President Obama is a great campaigner and eloquent orator, he doesn't usually run as an incumbent. His political career for the most part is moving upward all the time. He was a freshman senator that had to resign half way through his term to take the oath of the highest office in the land . . . just sayin.' The fact that he and Michelle are not making many public appearances together does make one wonder. Only time will tell and politicians only tell us what they think we want to hear and the media only tells us what sells, so they are coming home a day early from Martha's Vineyard because of the storm, I believe I read, and there was further inference that they were not traveling together. Our politicians really are getting too high maintenance.
The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Complaining About . . . or Noticing the Food

I'm not usually one to complain about food. I enjoy a good meal, especially with delightful company. Today is not the day I'll blog about the silence married people dine in, but rather this is about fresh veggies. Our heirloom corn did not do well this year, at all, so when I saw the sweet corn my husband likes, on sale at the market, I picked up half a dozen ears. It was beautiful, pristinely near perfect, as a matter of fact. The appearance was "too good to be true." And it was. I shucked it, and prepared it as usual, but when I bit into it, I couldn't believe it. Sweet corn was an understatement. It literally tasted as if it was already syrup. I mean no disrespect to the KARO syrup makers, because they clearly label their product and you know that's what you're buying. With USDA, Farm subsidies and CRP grants, and so much of our food now containing high fructose corn syrup, I just have to wonder if the high fructose has not gotten higher . . . While I'm on the topic of corn, with so much of it being lost to drought, I mentioned to a friend last week that I really was concerned that even in rain abundant Nebraska and Iowa, that that crop could be lost to too much rain.
The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted . . .

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

It's Going to Get Interesting

I don't plan to vote next year, but I'm having a terrible time staying out of the latest tickers and posts and blogs about the candidates. I think this campaign is going to be riveting, especially if it comes down to Perry and Obama. Two career politicians that both rally the extreme leanings of their parties. It should make for some interesting debates and headlines. I can honestly say, and my blogs are still available from the Bush years, these current politicians are really making him look pretty good in some areas. Not all mind you, but I did feel that he was straightforward in his intent. He was going to do what ever darn thing he decided because he was "the decider in chief!" I was always used to Republican Presidents seeming like elitists, but I can't get used to a Democrat President that openly doesn't relate to the common people. He really showed some bad timing, rolling around the country in "the beast" to talk about jobs, a.k.a. stump and downgrade the GOP candidates; after he'd threatened Grandma's social security check just three weeks ago! He's really lost his mojo or giving it up for other interests. I truly believe our next President has already been decided by TPTB and it's obvious by now, it's not "we the people." I have some theories about all this, but only theories at this point, with one exception. If, in fact, we are looking at the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, it matters not who is sitting in the oval office when the appointed time arrives. Besides, I think if it looks too ominous to our sitting President, he'll be making other plans before next year, like maybe checking out the head chair at the UN. At any rate, if it comes down to Obama vs. Perry, it ought to make for some great political theatre.
. . . every man did that which was right in his own eyes. history of Holy Scripture

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Something Just Doesn't Add Up

The price of gold has exceeded the cost of platinum. Something is definitely up! Like the driving force behind gold . . . fear mongering. Oh, there's plenty going wrong, but if you're going to be afraid of anything, worry about this. The price of gold is what's experiencing inflation and that is dangerous to the economy. The fear is actually now consuming itself!!! Another thing to keep in mind, in the face of the inevitable collapse of the economy: you can't eat gold, and between drought and man made floods, millions of acres of farm and ranch land will be producing nothing or very little this year! Meanwhile, many of the upper middle income folks that lost in the stock market, moved out of stocks and into gold. There were many ads on talk radio for one gold selling company or another. And we know, it's the upper amassing middle class that listens to talk radio. They have their stuff, they want to keep their stuff, and they like to listen to some guy that has a bunch of stuff tell them exactly what they want to hear . . . and for the last couple of years, the talking heads have been well sponsored by gold companies, so as far as the listeners were concerned, the talking heads were buying gold, therefore they should buy gold. I remember listening to some of the ads just to see what was on the next horizon. I figured the government would keep track of the major gold investors with this new 1099 law in the health care reform bill, then I suspected that gold would have to be recalled when our fiscal irresponsibility affected the rest of the world, and I figured the fear mongering alone would drive the price up, but never in a million years did I think the inflation factor would go unnoticed. So, just in case it has, I'm posting here! Maybe this imbalance of value is merely to set the last of the middle class up for a fall of what's left of their investments.
Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. New Testament

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Ancient Rome Revisited . . .

I've got a sinking feeling about this next election cycle. I'm thinking this is where the Strong Delusion mentioned in II Thessalonians really comes into focus. The problem with delusions, is those that are taken in, have no clue. Since we, Americans, are pretty sure about our politics and our religious beliefs, we may really have a problem getting along at all! I'm seeing and hearing more about the New Apostolic Reformation movement and frankly it makes me very uneasy. The combination of religion and politics has had devastating results in history. Granted, our nation is a mess, but watering down Scripture to blend it with American politics is not the answer. It is one of the steps toward the religion of the New World Order. G-d's Word clearly states in Ezekiel, that HE abhors holy mixed with profane. Is there anything more Holy than G-d's Word, His love, His forgiveness, His Son, His grace? I can think of nothing more holy. Now is there anything more profane, more dishonest, more disrespectful than American politics? Clearly, the two should not be intertwined. Constantine created a union between bits and pieces of various belief systems and his government. This New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a mixture of half verses of Scripture, mysticism, numerology, and Phariseeism and if this movement actually gains political power, there'll be no return to G-d, but rather a religion that is unrecognizable. The kick off rally was Saturday.
Thou hast despised mine holy things, and hast profaned my Sabbaths. Prophet of Holy Scripture

Monday, August 01, 2011

As the Drama Subsides . . .

From the headlines, it would appear all the politicians won, so that means . . . we the people have probably lost more than we already don't have! This debt ceiling deal was a production and nothing more. Our money is virtually worthless, our food prices are going up. Now we are being told cost of living didn't really edge up, so I'm guessing the social security that was saved, won't be receiving much if any in the way of COLA. Two things have caught my attention though. One is, many Middle Class democrats are more than willing to have a tax increase, so I'm guessing there will be one, and the second thing. Gold is still going up, while silver and platinum remain relatively unmoved. Oh, there are dips and spikes, but the January to end of July totals just don't figure the same for the precious metals. My guess is gold is being "sold" and manipulated in value and has replaced the stock market investments of the upper Middle Class. Unfortunately I am not real sure just how much time we have before the next gold confiscation of the US government. I've said for years that I believe there is an IOU in Ft. Knox, well, now I've got more to add. I still believe there is a great big IOU sitting there and the gold has been used to mint all those "gold companies'" coins, bouillon, and bars. Now somewhere in this new debt ceiling, I just can't help but wonder if the IOU in Ft. Knox will come due. The incredibly rich are protected with their precious tax cuts still in place, but what's left of the Middle Class is about to take the hit once again. And in all this, NO job creation. Our President has been talking job creation for how long now? Well, he's doing what he does best which is TALK. The raising of the debt ceiling hasn't secured anything, and political math makes no sense. It's turned our economy upside down. Raising the debt ceiling has placed a huge debt over our heads. We're in so deep and so far, we'll have to reach up, when the economy hits bottom.
Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living G-d, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; New Testament

Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Unbalanced Equation

We've got an economic problem that isn't going away. We have an interesting dilemma and you politicians want to get dramatic and have theatre. See, here's the real deal. We the people have not felt the so-called "economic recovery." Jobs are still elusive. Houses are still losing value and owners. Groceries and gasoline continue to go up. And now you're telling us, the government is as broke as the citizens. But all your guys said it was getting better! Okay, so now that you Congressmen realize the government is as broke as your constituents, what are you going to do about it? Now, here's the kicker to the deal. You Congressmen are still raking in your salaries and benefits. The residents of the White House are still enjoying their wealth and elite standing and big business has been reporting profits. Now, since you government folks assured us the bail out has been repaid, then you've squandered that too? I don't understand how the big business corporations continue to do so well, while we are facing yet another melt down. I realize the government is a non profit organization, well, more like a parasite, I guess, but the big corporate guys need to remember, if nobody can afford to buy anything, their profits will begin to fall. And whether any of you politicians want to claim this or not, everyone in office is ultimately facing re-election . . . some sooner than others. Mr. Congressman, your main priority should not be making sure President Obama is a one-termer. Your main priority should be "we the people." Senators, do your job and quit looking for the next big corporate lobbyist to take you out to lunch or on vacation. You work for us, not them. Mr. President, you've done a lousy job and keeping your promises. I'm not surprised, but I'm telling you, you've got no idea what real people deal with on a day to day basis. You didn't grow up black in America in the 60's. Even though your mom was from Kansas, you didn't grow up in the Midwest. Even though you are bi-racial, you didn't experience the unrest of civil rights. I could care less where you were born, you didn't grown up in America, well, except for the time in Hawaii, which is hardly mainstream Americana; and once you landed here, you've had it pretty cushy! Community organizer is the longest "job" you've held without using one office as a stepping stone for another. So, Mr. President, I'm not sure where you obtained your basic mathematical knowledge, but I'm telling you, things just aren't adding up to any sort of balanced budget. You spend money like it isn't yours for a very good reason, it isn't yours. It's time to pay the fiddler, and you've been the only one with all the amenities. Let's get this figured out and then seriously, stop spending money we don't have!
I've thought of ancient Egypt since 2009 and Mr. President, I compared our last administration to the Roman Empire, frequently referring to President GW Bush as Emperor. Well, President Obama, I'm no happier with a Pharaoh than I was with an Emperor and you have brought this nation to a very serious similarity. Scripture tells us that ancient Egypt drown in the Red Sea and current headlines tell me, this modern Egypt is drowning in Red INK! Without a doubt, we are definitely in over our heads.
And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. Torah of Holy Scripture

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Grieving Mother Faces Stupidity

Raquel Nelson has faced something I just can't fathom. Her four year old son became a traffic fatality and she was charged in his death. There are several details about this case that caught my attention and to be honest, I wasn't following it until yesterday. It was a headline yesterday, that she would be sentenced today, and so I had to see a bit more about this bizarre situation. First, let me say, the judge, although still a bit harsh by my perspective did spare the grieving woman any jail time, so she will not be separated from her two surviving children. The woman was given 1 year probation and 40 hours community service. All this because she crossed the road, with her children, outside of a cross walk. I can't get over this! Maybe she and I are the only ones that have ever done this, but I don't think so. Does everyone always cross a street within the white lines of the cross walk? Even the article indicated several people had gotten off the bus when she did and many of them crossed right there, rather than walking on down to the crosswalk, but that's not all . . . I am very saddened that her four year old darted away from her and heading into the traffic which caused his death, but even if she was in the cross walk, he darted away. He'd have still been outside the "white lines." Granted, maybe the traffic would have been stopped, but none of us will ever know. The real grabber in this mess was one of the charges this woman faced. Among other charges, this mother was charged with vehicular manslaughter. She was a pedestrian!!! I was also shocked that a jury found her guilty of vehicular manslaughter. Juries are comprised of voters, so in light of what we have in Washington, I guess I shouldn't be so surprised about their verdict. I'm glad the woman didn't face any jail time and I'm sure she'll never cross a street outside of the cross walk again, but I simply can't imagine with all the real crimes in this nation, why our legal system would take the time and spend the money to add insult to injury to this bereaved mother.
Come now, and let us reason together, saith YHWH . . . a Prophet of Holy Scripture

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The New Win/Win Idea . . .

with the same old results. Every time the politicians win on both sides of the aisle, or even come to some sort of agreement, it seems "we the people" lose. It appears we are about to do that again with this debt ceiling business. I'm going to share my idea of just what we are facing and we'll see how it all plays out, but I'm thinking our dollars are about to be like tissues, abundant and of little value. I also think life as we know it is about to change drastically, except of course for the entitled and the elite. First, all this "economic recovery" talk was really only trying to get us all to get comfortable in government managed debt and allowances, like extended unemployment benefits and EBT cards for over 40 million Americans. That's not independence and that's not economic recovery, that's government handouts to people that truly were working and contributing to the economy and would again, if it truly was improving and recovering, but, only the bankers and Wall Street enjoyed a brief increase after their bail out. It didn't get better for the rest of us and now we're just looking at even more debt to keep the situation running until the politicians are re-elected. They are literally voting on more budget than usual to get past the election of 2012. I can see a real problem with transparency there. It is transparent that our elected officials do not appear to be concerned about the folks they promised to represent. If the republicans get themselves off the hook with handing it to the president to use the 14th amendment, then our government proves it still doesn't work. If the President makes the decision by Executive Order, then he's proven who and what he is. Either way you stack it, this debt mess is causing all of the ordinary people to lose, and to pass that loss on to the next several generations. It really is time for some fiscal responsibility and by definition, responsibility doesn't "take mine first" and pass the problem on to someone else. I can't justify leaving this debt to my grandchildren, but then again, I can't stand the thought of listening to all the old and disabled entitled people gripe about not getting "what's their's." We've made a mess and even raising the debt ceiling is not going to fix it. Until we manage to actually generate some revenue and as a country live within our means, government entitled and elite, included, this will not be resolved.
There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Thursday, July 14, 2011

In Regard to Raising the Debt Ceiling

First of all, referring to debt as raising a ceiling misses the point that debt is actually digging a hole. When I was a kid we used to dig with silverware and talk about digging to China. Well, we're all grown up now and the politicians are using our grandchildren's spoons to do that very thing! I would like to include an interesting oration, I happened upon today. It is amongst the wisest of sayings to come out of Washington in this past decade.

>From Sen. Obama’s Floor Speech, March 20, 2006:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that “the buck stops here.” Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

Yes we certainly do, Mr. President . . .
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. New Testament

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Most Questionable News in Our History . . . So Far

Today I read the most bizarre news stories and the fact that they were both the same day makes it that much more bizarre. A boy leaves a blow up doll in the school bathroom as a prank and he's looking at huge felony charges. Casey Anthony was acquitted . . . Actually, I guess our news hasn't made sense for many years, but today it just made me sit and stare. I was speechless. It's as if America is beyond redemption . . . I began to think of all the ridiculous things I've read since our new approach to safety has been tied around us . . . We have six year olds that are now called "sex offenders" for kissing on the playground. People are actually willing to be "virtually strip searched" to ride an airplane. We now have gay marriage in many states, but the heterosexuals have all but given up on marriage. We live in a country where people talk about G-d and heaven, but are apparently afraid to actually leave the earth for this better place . . . so our nation's medical costs are soaring. As a matter of fact, people used to be sort of timid, almost ashamed to discuss their ailments. Now, maladies are some sort of badge and "procedures" are described in vivid detail. The one thing I feel we can count on in this country is our Supreme Court. I believe they will always render a verdict in favor of Monsanto and Walmart. Of course, it is with utter disdain that I believe this to be true. It seems we can count on backward to be the direction and bizarre to be the chosen reality. So, in regard to my two original topics. I hope this young man's senior prank doesn't leave him a felon for life by the powers of our judicial system and I do find it sad, that little Caley Anthony's death appears to mean nothing to our same judicial system.
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! a Prophet of Holy Scripture

Thursday, June 30, 2011

New Book, Revised Cover

Here I am discussing other authors when I should be promoting my latest book.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. words of Messiah

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bristol Palin . . . another 15 Minutes of Fame

I really don't like to give this bunch any more attention than they already get, but I just couldn't resist commenting on Bristol Palin's book; her memoirs . . . Imagine, a 20 year old feeling she has enough life experiences to fill a book with memoirs. I haven't read and it and don't intend to, but from the excerpts and interviews, it sounds more like "What I've Done Between the Time I Started Sleeping With Levi and Dancing with The Stars." Just for the record, lying to your parents, having a few wine coolers, does not make for a "stolen virginity" scene, which really eludes to the "R" word, but rather it sounds like Bristol, like most young women gave herself to the first guy that said the right stuff . . . And let's not forget the mention of birth control. If someone plans to retain their virtue, why be on birth control? Not to diminish her moment here, but for the record, by the time I was 20, I also had a two year old, had been a single teen mom, gotten married, became a bereaved parent, and it never once occurred to me that someone would want to read about it. I was very clearly still searching for answers. At 20, I was wise enough to know, I still lacked the wisdom needed for life. I also find it interesting that her fan base is made up of the same people that 30+ years ago thought girls like her were harlots. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at Sarah P's tweets about the book. I mean, really, does this family ever tire of attention? Looks like Bristol is following in her mom's footsteps, except Levi isn't as accommodating as Todd was when Track was on the way. Ah well . . . So Bristol is 20 with a baby, a TV show, and a book. She is indeed young, too young to being on the brink of becoming a "has been."
Women are to be serious in behaviour, saying no evil of others, controlling themselves, true in all things. New Testament

Friday, June 24, 2011

I Was Wrong!

When I'm wrong, I say I'm wrong. I used to think mothers that relinquished custody of their children were just about the lowest life form in the country, but . . . I was wrong. Sometimes these mothers simply do not have the funds to feed the lawyers to keep the custody battle raging. Sometimes these mothers put up with hostile kids griping, complaining, and throwing fits, about wanting to live with their Disneyland Dad. Sometimes these mothers are faced with a man choosing to pay an attorney rather than his child support. Now with that being said, let's move on to the lower life forms. Lower than women that give up physical custody of their kids are the deadbeat dads that neglect their responsibility while demanding their rights. Oh, they have plenty of money for the latest fads and entertainment, but they just don't seem to be able to earn or keep track of the child support that is owed. They are also usually the ones that determine that the money wouldn't be spent properly . . . like it's their call anyway. But then, usually, these deadbeat dads were either married or at least lived with their child's mother, so all he has to do is look in the mirror to know, his ex doesn't always make the best decisions . . . But lower still than these self-aggrandizing fathers of the year, are the bottom feeding attorneys that represent them. I can't name names, because well it's not that I'm concerned about a law suit, there are just so many of these attorneys around. They have no trouble "representing" squabbling parents and depositing what could be college tuition for the children caught in the mess, into their account. At any rate, sometimes single mothers just can't afford to keep feeding the legal frenzy, and more often than not, some deadbeat loser dad can find some new woman to believe he's completely wonderful and his ex lives to make his life miserable; but there is no excuse for a bottom feeder lawyer. On that, I am not wrong.
He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears. a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Friday, June 17, 2011

Just What are Our Kids Learning about Free Speech?

If this young man had given credit to say a sports star or particular author, even a a politician, would he have then been free to speak? What if he'd had a "coming out" statement to make through his speech?

I can't help but wonder, every time I read something about a good Christian accepting the mandate of silence on behalf of their integrity. Wouldn't the apostles have survived if they had just stopped "teaching in the Name?" Rome was the government at the time, not to mention the crafters of crucifixion. What if Y'hshuwah had been so submissive? I've got a problem with religion being politically quieted and politically correct agendas being promoted!
I don't usually use the term "Jesus," I use Y'hshuwah, but it really draws the story and the Scripture together. It's as if that young man were dealing with the same group of guys the apostles dealt with . . .
And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. the book of Acts in the New Testament

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Is This Really the Direction of Choice?

I'm reading and hearing more and more about gated communities. And the term "campus" is thrown about quite a bit. I've seen some "work compounds," I mean campuses that loom pretty ominously toward our future.
It would appear those living in the land of the free and the home of the brave seem to feel secure "gated up" and "locked down!" Do we see the potential destination of this lifestyle being embraced? I actually saw a video of some city council meeting in which the residents were resistant to the city protection agencies, that is fire and police requiring keys to all the commercial property! For safety reasons, of course! Shall we consider the logic in this at all? Suppose, just suppose, the building was on fire through business hours . . . I'm guessing the door would already be open or at least unlocked. So, let's say a fire breaks out and the business is closed. Is the fire department really going to worry about using the key as flames engulf the building? Would the business owner worry about replacing the lock and door over life and inventory? Moving right along to the police. Again, let's presume there is some criminal activity going on through business hours, again; the doors are open or unlocked. After hours, I'm going to guess, the lock is picked or something is already broken . . . This supposed move toward safety enforcement is really nothing more than an invasion of privacy. I'm thankful the people were asking questions about carrying too far and if this was simply the slippery slope into invasion of private households. Which brings us full circle back to "campuses" and gated communities. The entire concept of the use of campus now, appears to be a place of a concentration of people . . . and take the "us" out of campus and we've got a camp of concentration, as in hospitals, privatized prisons, and work places. Moving right along the gated community, that is if the powers that be at the campus let you go home. The gated communities are all high tech locking system anyway. One guy can flip a switch and unlock or lock down the whole joint, not to mention, where technological provision exists, hackers exist. So one guy could also hack the system. Truthfully, it's pretty easy to see where we're going, so let's not pretend the "oncoming train" is light at the end of the tunnel.
. . . Fear not . . . over 60 times throughout Holy Scripture

Monday, June 06, 2011

History, I Guess it's Open to Interpretation???

I just have to blog about Sarah P's short bus tour. She's a hoot, always! I just don't know how she comes up with so many off the wall comments. Her last one was reminiscent of when one of Rush L's faithful followers explained to me that he had explained the truth about the first Thanksgiving. It sort of boiled down to the Pilgrims supposedly saved the Indians. So, I guess according to Rush or at least his fans, it's okay that the land was stolen and the Native Americans were killed because were it not for those 6 Pilgrims that survived the journey, the Indians would have starved anyway. Now, here in America, there are really people that believe this new version. But back to Sarah. She has now explained the famous ride of Paul Revere. It was to warn the British . . . I'll paraphrase because frankly, she's hard to follow with all her "yeahs" and "ums." Apparently Paul Revere warned the British that they would not be able to take all of the guns of the revolutionaries, and the patriots were well armed. Wow! To hear Sarah explain it, you could almost envision Paul Revere being the founder of the NRA and explaining the Second Amendment years before it was written! I'm no Obama fan, but the way the other side relays history we all are familiar with, it sort of makes me wonder how accurately they grasp and explain current events! I remember Obama's major faux pas. I truly do think you should be required to know how many states there are, if you want to be President. The talk and reporting there of, is only going to get goofier through this campaign season. Of course we love it when Obama misspeaks and Sarah blathers, and Joe Biden says something stupid, but keep it in context. So, politicians, pundits, reporters and the like, "we the people" would like to hear just the facts, please.
Thou shalt not bear false witness . . . Torah of Holy Scripture

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Giving the Word

I had a most interesting week-end, that I just have to talk about. Of course, if you've been aware of any news at all, you know about the tornado in Joplin. Please keep those folks in your prayers, life is nowhere close to normal. And if you've followed this blog, you know that I had some choice words for the Westboro Baptist Clan. I called my daughter, who is an amazing networker to see how to get a large group that could stand between them and the grieving town of Joplin. Well, several people had my idea and we had quite a turn out. The WBC didn't show up, but I got to chat with someone claiming to be of the same faith. He wanted to argue with us, so we shared Scripture and he wandered off, only to attempt to rabble rouse elsewhere. I do have to share the bright spot in this entire ordeal. My daughter brought her family down to assist in the endeavor. It made this baby boomer proud to have three generations bearing signs of love. My daughter and grandkids all held signs quoting Scripture. As this cultist looking for his ilk, was talking about all of his programming, and as we shared Scripture, I couldn't help but think . . . The Westboro Baptist Clan didn't keep their word. I'm going to say, everything else they have to say is just as meaningless, but it is for sure; MEAN! I had no idea I'd ever meet a person outside the Phelps family that wanted what WBC offered, that shared in their beliefs. America is in trouble, no doubt. We have gotten a long way from G-d's plan, but rubbing salt in the wounds of the devastated is not Scriptural.
Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of G-d leadeth thee to repentance? New Testament

Friday, May 27, 2011

Shirley, We Need to Talk

The Shirley to whom I refer, is Shirley Phelps Roper, of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. According to their press release they plan to come taunt and spew their vitriolic venom at the victims of the Joplin tornado. That's right, they claim to be coming to add insult to injury. I've been to Joplin twice this week to offer what I could and I've been in awe of what I've seen as the town pitches in and as strangers have come from miles around to help. In the midst of devastation, these people just keep on keeping on. I'm listening to the radio right now as they continue to give updates. The station owner has disrupted all of his regular programming to continue with the updates. That means his income is not happening. The announcers are amazing as well. Many of them continue to broadcast and listen to calls coming in, and they themselves have no homes to go to. The grocery store has given over their parking lot and shopping carts for the victims to come to trucks to receive supplies. It's amazing, truly amazing. Money and self-focus are unheard of in Joplin and yet there's one group that plans to come to do nothing helpful, whatsoever. I thought a lot of the radio personality that promised an half hour of his show to these people if they would not protest the little girl's funeral in Arizona that died when the Congress woman was shot. I felt like he "threw himself on that grenade." So, now I'll throw this blog on the proverbial grenade and give some attention to the Westboro Baptist Church. These people make all sorts of Biblical claims, but as a minister, myself; I don't remember reading about any men of G-d hiding behind women, kids, and internet screens. I find it interesting that Fred has so much hate to spew on line, but he doesn't attend the protests. As a matter of fact, I never see the men there. It's always the women and kids. I would expect as I believe most Americans would, that the religious man or men would lead. Well, a real man would! Shirley is a case, but then she is Fred's daughter, that according to many reports actually gave Fred a grandchild before giving him a son-in-law. Their statements of judgment are almost always based upon sexual sin . . . Could be issues . . . HUMMMMMM Me dost think they do protest too loudly.
He that loveth not knoweth not G-d; for G-d is love. New Testament

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Joplin, Missouri

I'm not originally from this area, but I'm proud to be counted amongst the residents of southwest Missouri. I went to just the south side of Joplin yesterday to take some supplies and what I saw was both overwhelming and amazing. Now, I didn't see anywhere near the areas that have been shown in the news. I just saw the very south edge the path, in which power poles were snapped in half, huge oak trees were uprooted, some tarps on the roofs. I saw nothing of the true devastation just a few blocks to the north of where we were. Now, I do have to tell you what else I saw. I saw people everywhere doing whatever they could and whatever they thought needed to be done. I listened to radio announcers giving updates and taking calls round the clock, that literally no longer had homes to go to. I read about the Fire Chief that lost his home, both his vehicles, and yet he's working and coordinating with others for the rescue effort. I saw huge trailers full of supplies and dozens of people working each one. I saw a tent pitched in a parking lot, with dozens of volunteers preparing food. The calls into the radio station were heart touching. The ingenuity and spirit of these people is literally breath taking. As I unloaded the hundred plus dollars of supplies we brought, which was nothing in the big picture, I was met with so many hands to help unload the back of the van and the thank yous were abundant. We got in to leave, when I remembered the sack of things I had gathered from the house, so we stopped at the next drop-off point. I'd gathered the few batteries, lighters, and rolls of duct tape we had because it had been announced that many of the stores were already sold out of those items. I was a bit sheepish about that sack, because it wasn't much and the only thing still in packages were the batteries, yet as I handed it to the volunteer with explanation she just smiled and thanked me like it was a great gift! Now in the midst of all this, let me share about a divine appointment. Through a business transaction, we became familiar with a young family. When I heard about the storm, I commented that I thought their address on the contract was in the path of the tornado. I tried to call, tried to e-mail, of course to no avail, and I prayed. That prayer availed much. Of all things, in that parking lot as we were heading in to drop off supplies, they were on their way out with supplies. Their family, although had lost much, were all alive and well.
And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house . . . the book of Job in Holy Scripture

Monday, May 23, 2011

False Prophecy?

There was no doubt that Harold Camping was wrong about a rapture on May 21, 2011. The reasons for him being wrong were numerous and obvious. First, he didn't really focus on the Second Coming of Messiah, but rather this "rapture" concept. There is no mention of the word rapture in the Bible. Second, Y'hshuwah clearly and distinctly stated that no man knew the date or the hour. Third, I posted last week, that his math was beyond questionable. Fourth, the date he claimed to correlate with Scripture was Friday, the 20th of May. So, whether believer or skeptic, I guess everyone but his followers knew there would be no grand exit of people, Saturday. You know, not to mention Sabbath is G-d's day of rest . . . But what if Harold Camping was only wrong about the date of his proclaimed rapture? What if we are facing judgment? Our basic food supply has been either blighted by drought or washed way by flood waters. That's right, a great portion of America's farmland is not producing this year, from the wheat crop to the rice and cotton crops. Not only that, but the drought has also caused poor pastures and ranchers are simply getting out of the beef business. To go a step further, there is weather of Biblical proportion going on in many places. I very clearly heard G-d tell me to warn about "cloud seeding." Cloud seeding is man playing god and altering the weather pattern. We need to stop, the alterations are devastating!
. . . he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; and thy cities shall be laid waste . . . Prophet of Holy Scripture

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Rasing the Debt Ceiling?

The illusion of looking up, when in reality, debt is a deep pit and apparently here in America it would appear our government will actually make it into a bottomless pit. We cannot pay our bills without borrowing from the future. It really is that simple. America has so many government programs, agencies and bureaucracies, we can't maintain them, much less afford all of our imported trinkets, we simply must have. The fact of the matter is the terminology is misleading in itself. Raising implies gaining and I guess the fact that our leaders are determined to raise the amount we owe is basically factual, but still misleading. If we continue to choose arbitrary figures of more borrowing to maintain our current standard, all we are really doing is choosing to deny what we have chosen to do. Raising the debt ceiling to continue to accommodate those that are deemed "entitled" is nothing more than robbing from our children and grandchildren. Raising the debt ceiling is the same thing as "all of us grandmas" breaking our grandchildren's penny banks so we can go out to lunch and have a senior discount. Now, our grandchildren's working parents don't qualify for any discounts, because they are busy and producing . . . I'm on this soap box again. Some generation has to stop the madness and bite the bullet, it may as well be mine. The boomers have been an annoyance to every generation so far. When we didn't want to join the establishment, we were told we were wrong! Then most of the boomers did cave and join the establishment and now that it's crumbling, that's our fault too. So be it. I'm sure most of us boomers really don't mind continuing to pay FICA and self-employment tax, so our Grandmas and Moms & Dads can enjoy their social security on top of pensions, investments, and inheritances. I've really decided somebody who feels entitled might as well enjoy themselves and feel like they have it coming. It makes sense for it to be the boomers that take the hit, since all we've ever heard is how spoiled we are and how good we had it. The boomers are already basically out of pension options, sitting on half of their previous 401k, and being phased out of the work force, anyway. We might as well just take it on the chin and become the hippies we all planned to be to start with. We'll just let our hair grow long and silver, live off the land, but I guess without Medicare D, the pharmaceuticals for free love won't be an issue. The one thing we will be able to live with is we can actually teach our grandhcildren that their future is important to us. We can teach our grandchildren where "lunch" really comes from and we can do that without breaking their penny banks. If Washington continues in this well established tradition, we aren't raising the debt ceiling, we're digging an abyss for our granchildren.
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children . . . a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Friday, May 13, 2011

Campaign Declarations, Already . . .

I say already, but actually the declarations of candidacy are several months later in '11 than they were in '07 for the 2008 elections. There were just about as many senators on the campaign trail by this time in 2007 as there were in Washington, still doing business. And I would dare say, our current administration appears to have proven, little experience is actually needed to be President of the United States. I believe he was a freshman senator, just 2 years on post and often voting with the comment "present," when he declared his presidential candidacy. He was the first to declare this round, but now three contenders have been added, and two being recognizable members of the GOP. I can't remember the first guy to declare, so that gives me insight as to the level of success I would expect for him, but I do think he's a libertarian. Now there's Newt and Ron Paul added. I'm not expecting big things out of either of them. I'm thankful that there are less than 18 months until the election, and I'm thankful I don't have a television. I am sickened that an incumbent believes he needs to raise $1,000,000,000, that's 1 Billion dollars to campaign against a bunch of late coming virtual nobodies to win a job that pays less than 1/2 a million a year! With investment thinking like that, it's no wonder our budget is in the sad state it's in. It would be interesting if our politics became unusual and wasn't just same ol' same ol', but I'm not holding my breath. I can't imagine the day when a real person that actually balanced a personal or business budget, whose word is their bond would ever run for the highest office in this land.
Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Monday, May 09, 2011

Political Agendas

I've made a few comments and posted a few blogs as to the credibility of having gotten the kingpin of terror, Usama bin Laden. And by the way, did the spelling of his first name change because we were spelling it wrong before or because the GOP associated Osama with Obama? Another matter about this spelling business. President Obama has been in office for more than two years, why hasn't spell check caught up yet? Yet I digressed, back to the topic at hand. I'm sure the Navy SEALS did accomplish a heroic feat that resulted in at least one less terrorist, but I still do not believe one guy that's been hiding for nearly ten years has been calling all the shots. But, I do think, just like G. W.'s plans for Iraq, President Obama had a plan for Pakistan, and we have yet to see that unfold. But I think we will before the next election. I'm really getting a bit frustrated and not so much with the politicians any more, but we the people just keep running back and forth as if the party leaders are saying anything different. I truly believe the political agenda of both parties is virtually the same. The politicians want to live an extravagant and comfortable lifestyle with all the power they can acquire and we the people keep nibbling at their offers every 4-6 years. Between Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and now possibly finally Pakistan, I'm not sure we'll have enough military in the states to even keep the lights on . . . Or will we soon be looking at a draft? Or perhaps automatic service to offset those student loans everyone has been offered and most everyone has embraced. We're not out of Pakistan yet . . .
And number thee an army, like the army that thou hast lost, horse for horse, and chariot for chariot: and we will fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be stronger than they . . . History of Holy Scripture

Friday, May 06, 2011

Do We Ever Tire of Being Foolish?

We just spent big money to blast a levee so flood waters could destroy at least 130,000 acres of Missouri farmland to save a town that has been moving out since the 2000 census. I looked up Cairo, Illinois to discover it went from about 3600 people in the 2000 census to around 2800 in 2010. I couldn't find any major industry there and considering the drop in the housing market, compared to land to raise crops, I just can't figure out what the powers that be were thinking. There was time to consider this. The entire town had already been evacuated. There was no life at risk!!! What is wrong with the decision makers at this time? I heard this morning that it may be years before the farm land is tillable again to produce anything. What have we become? Where are our priorities? All the people have left safely, the town has been dwindling for the past several years, and we've wiped out thousands upon thousands of acres of farm land that would have produced and continued to produce for what? man made STUFF??? Or the flip side . . . Our foolish arrogant materialism has finally landed us in judgment . . .
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. New Testament
For thus hath YHWH said, The whole land shall be DESOLATE . . . Prophet of Holy Scripture

Monday, May 02, 2011

Correspondent's Dinner

It's just not the same, without G.W. The press correspondent's dinner used to be the one night to roast and toast the President. The Bushes definitely made it a fun and memorable occasion. Laura was really funny, as I recall, and G.W. . . . the best sport on the planet, that one night. Now, it's just not the same. President Obama appears to have no sense of humor, but he's snarky and intimidating. I just don't call that funny stuff unless you're Roseanne Barr making fun of her own life, but then again, that's the operative. If someone cannot make fun of themselves, they aren't funny when they make fun of someone else. Well, I can't say the correspondent's dinner is the deal breaker with this administration, but it's certainly one more thing to add to the list. If President Obama, who can say whatever he likes, whenever he likes has to use this opportunity to harpoon someone, then he's just not as classy as I tried to give him credit for being. Now, as for the comedian that compared himself and his father to Ron and Rand Paul, loved it, simply loved it. I believe it was Mike Meyers that said he and his father were like Ron and Rand Paul, in that they would never be elected President either. I think what makes me the saddest about these latest correspondent dinners is the number of people that do think the President is funny while he's using a bully podium. We are really getting to be a mean bunch of folks that appear to like to see people put on the spot and made uncomfortable. I just don't think that should be classified as humor.
Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. New Testament

Thursday, April 28, 2011

More Economic News . . .

We purchased gasoline yesterday. I can remember in my lifetime when gasoline was not even figured into the household family budget. Seriously, gasoline was an incidental. I should sit down and crunch some numbers as to how it compares with the income and costs of the 60's and 70's, but regardless of that comparative information, there are some things that simply need to be factored in. In the early 70's gasoline became part of the necessary expenditures that needed to be figured into the budget. That was also about the time most family households became two income. So now we fast forward 35 to 40 years and realize, nearly all family households have two incomes, but it's not enough to maintain the mortgage. As for buying a car for cash, for the most part, forget about it. So, it takes two incomes just to keep a roof over a family's head and maintain reliable transportation so both parties can get to work to make the money to pay for the house and cars. Now, we have mandatory insurance laws which will be taking more out of the pocket of the employees, groceries are skyrocketing, and now gasoline is nearing $4.00 a gallon. Yet, according to the headlines, the economy is improving and consumer confidence is up. Doesn't it make you wonder where the stats come from? I guess this is based on the information that Wall Street is up, Exxon is showing record profits, and there is no rioting in the streets. People just go ahead and move out of their homes when the foreclosure is official and they realize one morning their vehicle has been repossessed. Rather than an improved economy, I'd say we are simply accepting our lot in life.
Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth. Torah of Holy Scripture

Monday, April 25, 2011

My Aha Moment!

I think we are all well aware of our light coming on, when we suddenly see something new in something we've been looking at all along. Well, last night, I had one of those moments while watching "the Ten Commandments." I'm not a big fan of watching the screen, but every year, I watch this movie, and do my best to stay awake for four hours and pay attention. The movie is not boring by any means. It's colorful, it's truly full of Scripture, and it's exceedingly meaningful, I'm just not good at watching movies. Yet I digress . . . Last night as I watched the dramatization portion of the movie, which although is not found in Exodus, per se, much of the conversation consisted of Scripture, found mostly in the New Testament. What I realized last night was the fact that indeed Moses had access to the throne of Egypt, from within. Although he was born to Hebrew slaves, he was raised the son of Pharaoh's daughter. Most of us know the account of Pharaoh's horrendous edict to kill all the baby boys, so Moses' mother placed him in a basket and it floated down the Nile on the day of the Princess's bath. She opened the basket and claimed the baby, and raised him as her own. Now, the point I saw here, was Moses was already in the palace. He could have been politically correct or lobbied or whatever our terms would be now, to change things from within and by his earthly governmental power, but that's not at all how the account reads. So, as I saw that, I fast forwarded to our current messes, because last year I realized Yul Brenner, in his role, reminded me of President Obama. I mean same expressions, everything! As I considered my observation, I realized, whether we have religious lobby organizations, or so called conservative Christians in office, it's not going to change the direction of the country. There is no Scriptural account in which to base this religious tradition that has developed in Washington DC. I realize some will use the example of Esther to say G-d changed the politics and the outcome. Again, G-d saved His people, but the Medo-Persian empire was not changed, nor was it preserved. Egypt was not changed by a religious leader from within. The Medo-Persian Empire did not destroy the Jews, but did itself fall to another empire. As this next election cycle rolls around, I can now clearly see. I am not suggesting an Exodus, but just making the observation that the religious attempts to challenge and bring change from within are not found in Scripture.
. . . unto Pharaoh's daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water . . . Now Moses . . . came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb . . . G-d called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses . . . Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Book

And I'm going high-tech. I cannot believe I'm actually working on HTML and PDF, with the direction of heading for Kindle. Oh, I'm doing the very basic simple stuff, but it is happening. According to what I've read, the tutorial videos I've watched, and the agreement I made, my book should be available within 24 hours after I get it uploaded to Amazon. I still like paper books, though and we will be publishing those as well. This book has been awhile in the mulling . . . so it feels good to have it in print and will feel even better when it's available electronically. Considering the way things are going, it might just be time to ask the question: "Can We All Be Wrong?"
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but . . . a Proverb

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Let's Talk Priorities

So, our elected officials and representatives can't get along well enough to balance the budget and the White House says the troops will pay for this derision with their paychecks. That's right, if the House and Senate cannot come to some sort of deficit agreement, President Obama says the troops involved in 3 wars will not receive their paychecks. First, let me say this. President Obama campaigned on the "promise or pretense" we were getting out of Iraq and Afghanistan, which so far he has not delivered, but of course that's not his fault, nothing ever is . . . and now we're in Libya. From everything I've seen in the past couple of years, this administration isn't much different from the last, except the money is now going to Health Insurance along with Big Oil. The Middle Class was immediately termed the working class by this President and to restore the job market, McDonald's is hiring 50,000 people. I just love the way things are being fixed, don't you? I went to town yesterday and noticed gasoline seems to be going up about a dime a week as of late and all the fresh veggies Michelle O. wants everyone to eat, well they've doubled in price since her proclamation. I told someone yesterday, when I saw that avocados were $1.78 a piece, TPTB better watch what they price, or the farm labor will end up going back to their own country. Now back to the people that are supposedly trying to fix the budget. And I say supposedly because the sock puppet theatre is getting pretty dramatic. It's about time for the Prez to get all pensive, Boehner to start crying and Nancy to start "melting" and Harry to have some sort of spell or tizzy. I don't know that I could fix this problem permanently, but I can certainly tell you why these people cannot come up with a budget, and I could move this drama right along. President Obama summed it up well in his announcement to run again for President. He plans to raise $1,000,000,000 [1 Billion] to get a job that will only pay $1,600,000 [1.6 million] over the next four years. Campaigns cost more to run than the elected person can earn in the term, that's both sides of the aisle and the "wingy fringe." Therefore, all of these elected officials have no concept of what it is to have a bottom line. Considering their concept of spending, they have no business messing with anyone's budget! Now, long before the people that are serving the country in three wars get no paycheck and long before the ticket ladies at the museums get laid off, and before the workers of the all the various concession stands and restaurants shutter over the lack of tourists, let's simply make sure the politicians who are so concerned about "we the people" give up their paychecks first. What do they really need a pay check for anyway? We know the White House is the highest level of government housing available and we also know who pays for Air Force 1. The roles have been openly reversed. This administration has taken "transparency" to a new level and it's really more like "in your face." Our so called public servants from both sides of the aisle are positioning themselves to be this nation's plutocrats. Politicians are now American aristocrats! I'm having a real problem with the idea that our own military would be treated as has been suggested by the leader of the Free World, and I'm having a real problem with over 500 representatives that don't seem to care how their silliness impacts our fragile economy. We've already accepted they aren't really going to fix anything, but do they have to make things worse?
Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of thy brethren, or of thy strangers that are in thy land within thy gates: Torah of Holy Scripture

Friday, April 01, 2011

Ncotine Gum

I'm thinking I might be heading in an interesting direction here at CoP. Since our current President seems to just be heading the same direction as his predecessors after all the "hope and change" talk, I just don't find that much to discuss. I can't see that he's less war-mongering than George W. Bush. I can't see that he's any more fiscally for the Middle Class than Reagan was. And from what I can tell, he's as good at juggling statistics as any politician, so I find him the exact opposite of "hope and change." What is that "despair and repeat?" Anyway, something occurred to me this morning after hearing more places that are going "smoke free." The first thing that occurred to me is that I'm glad I quit nearly 20 years ago. I just don't think I'd do well having nic-fits in a virtually smoke free society. The next thought was, I'd just have to be a nicotine gum chewer. So far, as I can tell, gum chewing is still legal, although the way some folks do it, there should be a fine or permit involved! Then it hit me. Tobacco has been a controlled crop for a number of years. You know, a special 3 letter government agency keeps tabs on it, only too many people were either getting sick, or so they say, costing the insurance and pharmaceutical companies out of their profit, so . . . Cracking down on smoking in public is yet another way to control the tobacco farming industry, thus farmers losing yet another crop, but Big Pharm actually makes money making and selling chemically produced nicotine gum. So now, we have smokers that are chewers, but the old fashioned "chaw" and spit isn't so socially acceptable, especially for women, so again, there's the socially acceptable gum. It won't be long, til the big pharmaceutical companies have it all to themselves. By the time all of our vices and addictions can e chemically manufactured, they'll own us all! And we'll be happy to pay to pay for the "fix" that is legal.
Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. Torah of Holy Scripture

Thursday, March 31, 2011

An Interesting Generation

I've started this blog several times, but after the first paragraph, I just sound like a cranky old lady, so I'll try yet again. I've taken notice of a type of man that is in the generation younger than myself. These are the men, if you can call them that, that are mid-thirties. Please hear me, I am not talking about the entire lot of them, but I do see a thread that runs pretty connected through a particular group of these guys. They were the first to have electronic video games. They grew up with working moms and either absent or pre-occupied dads. So, they apparently retreated into their own shell of an existence, because now here twenty some years later, they seem to have the social skills of belligerent third graders that think Mario brothers are reality! They still socialize like frat boys, many of them manage to attract and live off of a woman with a fairly good job, and many of them spend their free time with more videos and for reality, they obsess over guns. I think what I find so sadly amusing is how little respect they show, while expecting others to listen to them and treat them like men. Well, today, I've just seen enough of these little bully boys in men's bodies, that I felt the need to blog. They like everyone to consider them a presence to be acknowledged, and so I do. I realize there are many in that age group that are still living in their parent's basement spending inordinate amounts of time on a computer or Wii. I'm glad these guys realized they weren't really interested in participating in polite society and KUDOS to the parents that let them stay in the basement and not make the rest of society deal with them. Now to the parents who couldn't provide a basement room for their loser boys, thanks so much. We parents, neighbors, friends of parents, and employers of the young women that support these losers really think our society will not recover from their input. Surely there's a politically correct term for them, or there will be soon. They are heading for 40 without any sense of responsibility or contribution. But they have big trucks, guns, and some woman, so they think they're men. If these boys represent a sizable percentage the next generation of men, this country will truly never recover.
For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. New Testament

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