Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I Know They Say, You Can't Fix Stupid, But You Can Publicize It

>>>>LOUISIANA -- A charity group called "Hunters for the Hungry" donated 1,600 pounds of freshly processed deer meat, called venison, to local homeless shelters across the state.

But no good deed goes unpunished.

The state of Louisiana refuses to allow homeless people to eat venison under any circumstances. Not only that, but the Health Department officials would not even allow the hunters to take their meat back and gladly use it for something else.

Instead, government workers ripped open every package of meat, put them into dumpsters, and poured bleach on all the meat. They claimed that the bleach bath would prevent animals from getting sick from eating the meat.<<<<< http://houston.cbslocal.com/2013/02/25/louisiana-forces-homeless-shelter-to-destroy-8000-worth-of-deer-meat/


Dear Gov. Jindal,
Are you aware of the atrocity that has taken place in your state? You are aware that your state has been asking for assistance and complaining about not enough help and handouts since 2005, right!
Hunters for the Hungry is a 20 year old group of hunters who pay for their hunting licenses, pay for deer tags, and in many cases, pay for the processing of the meat, they donate. It is stated on the home page, if the entire deer is donated, the hunter is not charged for processing, but portions of packaged meat are paid for before donating, and left at the locker plant. This is how you allow them to be thanked?

If Messiah, himself, were handing out loaves and fishes to feed a multitude and one person didn't like the fish, would you waste the dinner for thousands? I am truly outraged that you are not running your state with any more efficiency than this. I believe I've heard your name dropped in reference to a National level. Well, I'm going to do what I can right now, to make sure you gain national and even international acclaim.

I understand there is now a claim that homeless shelters do not allow the homeless to eat deer meat, in your state. If that is the policy, then why was it accepted? Since it has been determined that the shelter will not keep the meat, what about animal shelters? Don't you have hungry abandoned pets in shelters? These places are always soliciting donations. Why not have a big city cook up for the animal shelter if the people aren't allowed to eat it.

Since it was government workers destroying the meat, why couldn't your state government network and use it elsewhere, since 2005, we've all become aware of "the fact" that Louisiana is ever so self sufficient . . .

Have you read that the wolf population in the great northwest is hungry? There is talk by the global warming warners that Polar bears are starving in the Tundra. I know for a fact, there is a huge large wildlife sanctuary in Arkansas just between your state and mine that are always asking for donations for hungry critters, large ones. You could have called Turpentine Creek Refuge. I'm guessing someone would have volunteered to come get the meat.

Paying government workers to unwrap 1600 pounds of meat to pour bleach on it is outrageous and in that same time and for probably less expense, someone could have driven it to an animal shelter. Or even more outlandish . . . offer it to the public and let people think for themselves as to whether they want it or not. You could have at the very least offered it back to the hunters. How disrespectful to these people who donated. I'm disgusted! You're throwing away food, no it's worse than wasting, you are contaminating food intentionally, so even animals can't have it and yet the state of Louisiana is willing to receive federal aid and charity donations.

In this country, we have empty foreclosed houses and homeless people. What's wrong with this picture, besides STUPID in high places? We have food contaminated while people go hungry. What's wrong with this picture, besides STUPID in high places? We have representatives that cannot agree on anything except their own raises and threaten to financially cut off those they represent every time they disagree. What's wrong with this picture, besides a lot of STUPID in one high place?

There is much food in the ploughed land of the poor; but it is taken away by wrongdoing. Proverbs 13:23 Basic English Version

Thursday, February 21, 2013

There Really Are Four Kinds of Everybody

I've become very aware of how many places Messiah's parable about four kinds of soil, and Torah's teaching of four kinds of men applies in just about every situation involving more than three people. Oh, now, G-d's Word is always true, but sometimes it takes a few more than four to see all four kinds, because good soil and wisdom are rare. For example, I've recently become aware of a fourth kind of organizer.

We are all now familiar with a community organizer for a President. I, for one, am not impressed. He seems to be able to organize the price the rest of us will pay and the hard work required to supposedly reach some elusive goal he envisions, but the reality is, he's a typical organizer that knew the right people or sold his soul at the opportune moment. He is the embodiment of what I've always experienced with organizers and micro-managers. He gets up late, he has plenty of advice and insight about what "should have been done before he arrived" and he has words, lots and lots of words. He is very well spoken, but then organizers are. That's how they hand off responsibility and blame, while I didn't realize until recently just how much time, wordy organizers take from others. If only they'd organize their own thoughts and schedule, maybe their explanations wouldn't take so long and they wouldn't need to keep anyone waiting . . . But I think that has something to do with their opinion of their own importance.

Upon observing our leader, I've noticed many similar traits amongst organizers, but there are differences as well, which brings me to our four kinds of organizers.

Our President is a community organizer, so that means he has some get-up and go, and can work large crowds. Even though he'll stroll in and out on his own schedule and check his blackberry in the middle of someone's conversation with him, he's on top of his game and he knows exactly how to make people feel genuinely cared about and bring them ownership. Of course they have ownership, they are the ones doing the work, but they are happy to do it, for the greater good of the cause . . . and for the "personal" relationship with the "community organizer." A good community organizer makes everyone feel that they have a special bond with the leader for whom they are donating time and basically giving up their life to see succeed. Does anyone really think the hundreds of volunteers who considered it their personal privilege to work for this man, even question the difference in the lifestyle in which they struggle and the one they helped him to attain?

Now I happen to have been "graced" by the acquaintance of other organizers as well. They also share the President's value of timeliness. Their time is important and those of us who get up early and get something done, well they'll get up in enough time to question it, change it, or at least offer their ideas and advice. Those of us who have something actually going on in life besides organizing others often find ourselves waiting upon the one who has organized the event, the meeting, or the conversation . . .

What I love about personally knowing other types of organizers, is being able to mull over the observations I make while they take a text, answer the phone in the middle of the most insane things to interrupt or simply answer the call waiting line and then come back to tell me they forgot about me. These other organizers are just as awesome, in their own minds, as the community organizer we now call our President. These other organizers have advice regarding religious and business choices of others, while not actually accomplishing any endeavors, themselves. I think that's why so many people have difficulty believing in the week of creation. They can't imagine a world without community, religious, or business organizers. It probably would have taken G-d a lot longer than six days, if He'd created an organizer early on, but if there is any validity to the theory of evolution, it is the three kinds of organizers who have evolved, and continue to do so.

I think Lot was the father of all organizers. He tagged along with a man with a vision, Abraham, then chose the best land for himself. He organized two wedding parties for his daughters, but still ended up leaving town with them in tow, still virgins. Even after YHWH G-d rescued him from the judgment pouring down on Sodom and Gomorrah, it was Lot who suggested to the Creator of the universe, a different destination, than where G-d had told him to go . . . Lot was clearly an organizer with chutzpah.

While G-d changes not, most organizers have to continuously change and raise the bar and move the hoop to organize those with a real vision and love for progress. Most organizers realize if they ever got up early and listened, they might have to actually pitch and work also!

I am not an organizer, but I know where my stuff is, by the color of the basket or tub. My filing cabinet is color coded, and when it comes to my computer, my music and videos are organized because the thought of sorting them is overwhelming and I don't just automatically recognize those by the date. Now my writing and my pictures, I don't organize because I recognize them, they are just a a part of me. Since I'm not an organizer, and they are a part of me they are not organized . . . until they are needed for publication. Which brings me to the fourth kind of organizer.

Now, I have met the fourth kind of organizer, and oh my what a blessing! After knowing delegating organizers and the deferring organizers, as well as seeing the dictating organizers, it's so nice to finally meet a diligent organizer! I knew there had to be one that actually organized by example. She lives what she talks and it's refreshing! I have started a number of projects with "organizers" trampling through, and frankly it's work to work around them, but not this gal . . . She knows how to organize and she actually organizes! She organizes papers, she organizes people, she organizes computer files, but the difference is she organizes herself and gets things done! As I've observed, there are really four kinds of everybody and now I'm blessed to be the editor of an Internet Periodical with an executive administrator that is a true organizer the way G-d designed organizers to be! James tells us to not just be hearers but doers. Not to add to or take away from G-d's Holy Word, but I think Scripture has plenty of passages that indicate we're not just supposed to be talkers, but doers, also.

When Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes he didn't say, 'Whatsoever your hand finds to do, tell somebody else how to do it,' he penned, "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might . . ."

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

American Politics - Loss Leaders

A loss leader used to be an advertised special that was actually priced below the wholesale cost, but got people in the door to shop, and hopefully purchase unadvertised items as well. It was the cost of volume shopping, which is not unlike American politics, now. I'm not sure campaign managers operate much differently than sales managers.

We tend to want to see politicians as so different from ourselves and our circle of influence, but amazingly, they are not. They break promises, they divide people, they tell things they will weasel out of, and they judge, oh do they judge, while judging the "other side" and those accusing them of being judgmental! They are people who are willing to sell themselves, their values, and their future to the highest bidder. So, why we'd think for a moment, they wouldn't sell us out as well, is a reflection of our own lack of awareness or delusive self-importance.

Actually, politicians appear to be the embodiment of the values of the voting majority of America. As I listen to the electorate speak of their "chosen" candidate and the way they speak of the opponent; I have no problem not participating in American politics. The people who truly believe they are being represented by their candidate, if elected, have caused me to seriously doubt the values of their candidate. The adamant opposition in American politics has taken on a life all of it's own. We, as a nation, are more divided and oppositional than at the time of the Civil War. The modern difference is not in our civility, but the fact that we are too lazy to actually organize and physically fight over our differences . . . thank G-d. There truly are spirits of opposition over this entire nation, and slovenliness, creating an interesting "balance" in our nation.

Politically, we don't really remember what was important and what we believed in, it's simply enough to know what we don't believe! We diligently monitor and vehemently spew accusations of that, which we are against. We know who we oppose. I shouldn't have made this just about politics. Religion is the same way. I remember realizing, I can read the Bible, people in general conversation will say "thank G-d," the President of the USA has said, "God bless America" just about since I can remember, Congress always had a prayer breakfast before convening a new session, but only at church did I learn about the devil! This focus on the opposition does truly seem spiritual . . . Everybody knows what they don't like, what they don't want, what they don't believe in, and are willing to talk at length about it; but finding someone who truly pursues a vision is rare, very rare.

One of the reasons we don't actually have leadership anymore, is because we don't have leaders involved. We have professional politicians, organizers, wordsmiths, and orators who convey to people what they want to hear, make promises that will get themselves into positions of power, then . . . things begin to fall apart. Things fall apart because they are not visionaries or leaders, but have attained the responsibility of leading, not just power. The so-called elected leaders are followers of the crowd who want special treatment and special attention. That's how we've now come to have career politicians. It's simply narcisism repackaged and relabeled, which brings us back to politicians being the embodiment of our society. We are a me-first, self-serving culture and narcissists looking for popularity and power, are the closest we're going to get to actual leadership.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good . . . writings of the Apostle Paul

Monday, February 11, 2013


I've had my eye on the US Postal Service for some time now, because, to be honest, I just smelled a rat at the inception of the "forever stamp." I made the comment to someone, "How long will it be, before we just don't even know what stamps are costing?" As for myself, I just happened to find out a few days before, inadvertently, that mail went up again in January. I thought there was a specific time or month that increases took place, but that may have just been too many years ago to actually verify. Whatever I think I remember, I'm sure has been revised by now, anyway. Revisionism is a topic for another day, I'll get back to the subject at hand.
If I were given to conspiracy theories, I'd also begin thinking that card makers are "cahootzing" with the USPS because every card I've tried to send as of late requires extra postage. I made that comment at the Post Office, made a few more observations with some of the other folks standing around, then remembered it might be unwise to irritate a Postal employee.
Now, here is my actual point. I am thrilled and have been praying for some time now that the Postal Service would stop Saturday mail delivery, and they have determined it would help their budget to do just that. I've known for a long time, money earned or spent on Sabbath does not help anything, actually, just like the Post Office has determined, working on Sabbath costs money and hinders the budget. I can't explain it, but it's true. G-d said to set the Sabbath apart to rest and be holy, and all I can say is if He says it, we should do it. If He says, don't work, and He has, then any amount of effort we expend will be futile. He said not to work on Sabbath. I'm just wondering if the budget of the Post Office will improve by this decision. I know a great deal of the USPS expense is the health care of their retirees. Perhaps this next generation of retirees will have better health for not working on Sabbath.
I know, and this is going to sound a bit quirky, but that's who I am. I never send any mail on Friday, so I won't cause someone else to work on Sabbath. I've even wondered about Thursday, which is why I started praying about it; and now the problem is solved.
I still don't have an answer to my first question about "forever stamps" which was also to a Postal employee, the very first time I purchased one. He assured me, that stamp would be good "forever" no matter how many postal increases took place. My question was a bit more "down to earth." I asked him if he was sure the USPS would be in business forever . . .
Working Sabbath is a very good way to get bad results.
Neither carry forth a burden out of your houses on the Sabbath day, neither do ye any work, but hallow ye the Sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers. Prophet of Holy Scripture

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I'm Really Trying to Follow Along Here

We all saw or read or participated in the Chick-Fil-A controversy this summer. As a business woman, I've given thought to this as we are really arguing against some very basic freedoms and I'm not quite sure how to stop the unnecessary momentum. First, Chick-Fil-A has changed some of it's donation organizations. Chick-Fil-A got a day of extra customers, but there was also the kiss-in or kiss-out or whatever it was called, and the ongoing gay boycott. I just read an article the other day in which the gay reporter stated they had not been to Chick-Fil-A since the uproar, but in learning about the change of donation policy had stopped for a half and half sweet tea. The end of the article said, they didn't know if they would go back to eating at Chick-Fil-A or not. The tea just left a not so sweet taste or something . . . So another win for the gay community, I guess.

As an openly straight female, I can tell you, I really don't care who is sleeping with whom, but I do have a problem with the whole concept of tolerance becoming so pushy and intolerant.

I just read an article that said a bakery in Oregon refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The lesbian couple went to the Attorney General. Now call me silly, and many have called me worse, but if someone didn't want my business that is their choice and their loss. What's with all the pushing the agenda? For all you gay people that someone called a bad name, I'm sorry, but I've been called bad names too. For all you gay folk that think some people are wrong in the way they feel about homosexuality, well this is still a free country. You should hear what people say about my lifestyle! There are a lot of things I don't have to be comfortable with or approve of, for people to continue to freely exercise their freedom. I don't have to change my political views or religious views because my views disagree with the views of another. And if I'm willing to put my business behind my beliefs, what's that to someone who is coming out to stand up for their beliefs and rights?

Sexual judgment is a favorite here in America, and truthfully, the Bible has quite a bit to say about all of our various "styles" of sinning and the choices we choose to justify and insist that others accept.

Here's the deal folks. The Bible is clear about homosexuality. Believe it or don't. The Bible is clear about divorce and remarriage. Believe it or don't. The Bible is clear about adultery and fornication. Believe it or don't. I didn't write it and I didn't always choose to believe it or obey it. Now I do, and I had to ask forgiveness and change some of my ways, and I know I'm not giving an account for the choices of another. I'm tired of hearing how no one understands each individual's sexuality. Clearly when it comes to some sort of protest or boycott, suddenly individuality is not so important. I'm not saying anyone has to believe what I believe, but someone else shouldn't have the right to belittle my beliefs, either.

I have an odd little insight here, that I'm going to share. I've been called some pretty ugly things over my beliefs and before I was walking in my beliefs. I didn't used to have this perspective, but I've learned the name calling and disrespect reflects on the name caller, not the recipient. As for religious views or sexual orientation, to each his own, but in a free society, if we are going to maintain a free society, people, all people; should be able to choose where and how they spend their money, donate their money, and with the company they prefer to keep.

I may be odd here, but I wouldn't want such an important day as my wedding, and I've had several, so I know of what I speak. I wouldn't want a cake or anything contributed or even furnished at a cost by someone who wasn't wishing me well.
I think it's time for everyone to quit hollering intolerance every time someone has a different opinion or chooses to take a stand. As always, if you don't like the customer service, don't buy their product. If you don't want to participate in an event, don't go. If you don't like the charities a business donates to, don't give them your money, but for crying out loud, if all you want to do is force accommodations of your lifestyle on someone else, you're making homosexuality as much like an annoying religion as the Westboro Baptist Church.

As it turns out, the G-d of the Bible calls a number of things abominations, as it appears in Scripture over 140 times . . . so truthfully no one needs a social tolerance pass. We just need to stop fighting over each other's "right" to commit them, and giving up our freedom to stifle the freedom of another.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

History As It Has Been

I'm getting quite down hearted about the fact that print on paper is going by the way side. With digital documentation, the facts are subject to "updates" and possible hacking. Oh, I know, there is protection in place, but historically speaking there has always been a way around the protection in place . . . Locks keep honest people out. I got a little ranty, there, and didn't intend to, let's get back to the history I remember and don't want it to be forgotten, because I see something on the horizon and we need to remember, blame doesn't help, and memories tend to blur as time goes on. I want to talk about Iran.
The US hasn't had an embassy in Iran since the hostage crisis in 1979. I remember very clearly being a young woman watching Ted Koppel on Nightline, and the beginning of the program was always counting the days. Ted Koppel was not the original host and of course, the counting did not begin on day one . . . but it was a part of American history for over a year. This ordeal was horrible as it truly signaled the world would never be the same. As I watched the presidential campaign in 1980, somewhere the religious leader of Iran indicated if Carter were re-elected, the hostages would die. It was at that moment, I realized our election was being influenced by non-Americans, and from the events that unfolded, I'd say heavily influenced. Although Carter is blamed for the break down of negotiations and Reagan is remembered as the the President who saved the hostages, the hostages were released on the day of Reagan's inauguration. Ronald Reagan had no negotiating power on behalf of America through the hostage situation, but he was the choice of the Ayatollah Khomeini.
I say this because, already, the history is being biased that President Reagan solved the hostage crisis. Actually President Reagan avoided the Middle East quite a bit, except of course for giving arms to Iran, which we all learned about in 1986, as it was termed "The Iran Contra Hearings." Oliver North took the blame for his commander-in-chief, then was exonerated or pardoned or something later, so we really don't have the factual actual account, other than to know Iran was provided with weapons through the Reagan administration.
Now, let's fast forward to another democratic President taking the heat for not being hard enough on Iran, with sanctions, etc. Here's an interesting little bit of history as well. Saddam Hussein stood between Iran and most of the rest of the world, but G.W. attacked his country, unprovoked, and ultimately even knowing it was bad intelligence, had Saddam Hussein murdered in a mock trial by his old political enemies. With the death of Hussein, the world lost it's buffer zone between Iranian leaders with attitude and the rest of the world.
I'm not a complete conspiracy theorist, because I'm seeing this more as prophecy fulfilled, rather than a bunch of guys plotting and planning together; knowing none of them are trustworthy. I am reminded, however; of a man that announced we were moving into a New World Order and interestingly is connected to both of these administrations that have served to allow Iran to gain power and prominence on the world stage. I still remember the day, President George Bush 41 spoke of the New World Order. I also remember him sitting there, as vice president, through the Iran Contra hearings while the President was clearly showing signs of the Alzheimer's that was already invading his abilities. We also know, this same man, was well connected to the 43rd President, operating on bad intelligence, starting wars. This same man is also the son of Prescott Bush, a Wall Street banker, later politician who was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany.
I do not see this as a conspiracy, but I certainly would like the record to show, the history that actually took place, rather than emotional memories based upon political partisanship. I have one of those examples, to share as well, and it also involves George H.W. Bush. He is the only person who was over the age of 5 in 1963 that claims he doesn't remember where he was when he learned President Kennedy had been shot. Now that is emotional information on my part, but the information about Iran needs to be kept in perspective. Iran has been gaining power since the Ayatollah Khomeini told America who could not be our President, and he got his way. America has also ended up with some interesting laws on the books that are referred to as Noahide, but are quite similar, at least in the punishment portion, to Sharia Law. Those were entered in 1991, by the same man who told us we were entering a New World Order.
For G-d hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of G-d shall be fulfilled. Prophecy of the Revelation

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