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Thursday, September 21, 2017

It's a Call for Better Supervision Thing

Dear America,

t-shirt dogma strikes again...

"In my defense, 
I was left 
unsupervised."

Teehee

toddlers, of course, come to mind.
dogs, too.

and this morning, we might as well go big, and add the entire state of California.

And yet, "unsupervised" doesn't really do the situation justice; it's really more a case of being left in the hands of The Left for way too long.  Thanks to Governor Brown's do-over, giving him a second run at head of state...... as if with a box of rainbow crayolas and all the freedom in the world......in the abstract -- the intentions of bringing California fully into its destiny, remaking the state into a leftist/socialist/utopian masterpiece, is nearly complete.


All that needs to happen now is the "redistricting"-- the state lines being delineated by a thick red line, preferably with a permanent Sharpie.  It's all about marking a line that The Fed can't cross, separating California from the rest of the 49 states, and conceivably, marking a line just as broad and wide as a colorful, graffiti'd wall --  and proudly tagged, of course, by the mishmash majority  --  the leftist elitists, power grabbers, radicals, and progressives all going rogue, and now taking over the lives of every Californian.  Every identity, agenda, and partisan policy wants to leave an impression, an imprint, to validate their worth and secure their position on the canvas.

California simply wishes to ignore the federal supervision that comes along with the privileges of being part of the United States of America -- the one nation under God, indivisible, that it is.

To frame it fully, take a glance here.  

And here.
And here.
And here.

California may as well just begin throwing paint.  But just look at me, now digressing into an expressionists wet dream.

So.....Regarding the Fence.....the one we all agreed upon, before we didn't.

The politics of the state is not only oh-fence-ive to the few, the proud, the conservatives, who happen to remain and call California home, but in a mere ten years, the state's representation has totally done an about-fence, so to speak, for leftists sake. 

Case in point:  the Secure Fence Act of 2006, legislation signed by President Bush with bi-partisan approval (80-19-1).  Then Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer BOTH voted in favor of it.  Then Senator, Barack Obama, VOTED IN FAVOR of it!  For some further background, go here...but beware, for like most things happening in big gov,  it's a little shady.

Now, here's the thing:
As senators, sworn into office -- any reversal of support for the wall, protecting our nation's sovereign borders, is pure, unadulterated contempt of the oath taken to serve and protect this country above all else. To smudge the lines of allegiance, just so, reveals a remarkable fall from duty and responsibility to the whole.  Such actions could easily be considered a disgraceful dereliction of duty -- and fully subject to being held accountable, and perhaps relieved of duty, given its treasonous nature to not nurture the nation's sovereignty.  boom.


Oh my.  Left unsupervised, this girl can sure rule her world, eh?

It's kinda funny, when I consider the possibility of California making her scrappy exit from the nation, my mind wanders into the What IF universe in a Dada nano-second.  

What if North Korea starts to lob missiles our direction? a Thaad is not one of our things -- California doesn't own a single anti-ballistic missile system!  Hello?   The ships, the special forces, the artillery, the army of marines committed to the semper fi...ooh rah...every military asset belongs to the Federal Government.  Has California even thought this one through?

What if -- upon news of California becoming a sanctuary state -- every opportunist south of the border begins to make their trek north?  Why even bother to have a border check point, if in fact, the line of separation is meaningless and completely useless?  At what point do we meet the threshold, unable to take in even one more soul (no matter how kind and hard-working they may be)?  

Me thinks good fences make good neighbors, but maybe that's just me being G.

What if -- under the weight of the massive financial responsibility to care for the whole, California must resort to increasing taxes to European levels, creating reason for a mass exodus to anywhere but here?

What if --  the Leftists become so successful in shouting down and shutting up opposition, whether in Berkeley or San Bernardino, north or south --  be it peaceful speech, contrary policy ideas, or humble gatherings of like cause --  that  any and all opposition becomes non-existent?   Calling attention to a popular movement of leftist origins  -- what a mockery they make of any intent to "co-exist;" as it becomes increasing clear to be more a platitude of plaster of Paris and collage, and an exhibit of the highest form of hypocrisy, than of genuine, bonafide, one love one world, no matter the differences.
  
Is this when we return to burning books and blogs, too?

Oh and just how do we combat the breaking bad phenomenon, be it beginning with California whackadoodles and ending badly?

And then again, maybe this girl is just showing her age, right?  There is that.

Like most people, I thought it would take longer to get here, too -- but now that I'm here, all I can do sometimes is sit in my corner window and pray.  I pray not just for my little world, but on behalf of the entire, magnificent universe of life and love and liberty that surrounds us all.  oh how I pray.

From my favorite devotional, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, this morning:

"Wait quietly in My Presence while My thoughts form silently in the depths of your being.  Do not try to rush this process, because hurry keeps your heart earthbound.  I am the Creator of the entire universe, yet I choose to make My humble home in your heart.  It is there where you know Me most intimately; it is there where I speak to you in holy whispers.  Ask My Spirit to quiet your mind so that you can hear My still small voice within you.  I am speaking to you continually: words of Life...Peace...Love.  Tune your heart to receive these messages of abundant blessing.  Lay your requests before Me, and wait in expectation."

indeed
yes please.
no need to ask me twice -- come to me, BIG G, and quiet my little mind.  

...Supervise Me; supervise my every word and deed and still moment to come.

Make it a Good Day, G

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

It's All About Making the UN Great Again Thing

Dear America,

"The only way
 to deal with the future 
is to function efficiently 
in the Now."

Gita Bellin

amen

and let it begin with a new era in dealing with the UN -- and in turn, the rest of the planet. 

It's all about making the UN great again....

Below are MY highlights --  mostly in big boy blue --  from President Trump TODAY, in his first speech @the UN [the RED being some of MY favorite parts....my go-to G-pink just wasn't strong enough....teehee].  Now carry-on, Mr. President:

"Mr. Secretary General, Mr. President, world leaders, and distinguished delegates: Welcome to New York. It is a profound honor to stand here in my home city, as a representative of the American people, to address the people of the world.
As millions of our citizens continue to suffer the effects of the devastating hurricanes that have struck our country, I want to begin by expressing my appreciation to every leader in this room who has offered assistance and aid. The American people are strong and resilient, and they will emerge from these hardships more determined than ever before."....

"But each day also brings news of growing dangers that threaten everything we cherish and value. Terrorists and extremists have gathered strength and spread to every region of the planet. Rogue regimes represented in this body not only support terrorists but threaten other nations and their own people with the most destructive weapons known to humanity.
Authority and authoritarian powers seek to collapse the values, the systems, and alliances that prevented conflict and tilted the world toward freedom since World War II."...


"We do not expect diverse countries to share the same cultures, traditions, or even systems of government. But we do expect all nations to uphold these two core sovereign duties: to respect the interests of their own people and the rights of every other sovereign nation. This is the beautiful vision of this institution, and this is foundation for cooperation and success.

Strong, sovereign nations let diverse countries with different values, different cultures, and different dreams not just coexist, but work side by side on the basis of mutual respect.
Strong, sovereign nations let their people take ownership of the future and control their own destiny. And strong, sovereign nations allow individuals to flourish in the fullness of the life intended by God."...


"Generations of Americans have sacrificed to maintain the promise of those words, the promise of our country, and of our great history. In America, the people govern, the people rule, and the people are sovereign. I was elected not to take power, but to give power to the American people, where it belongs."...


"America does more than speak for the values expressed in the United Nations Charter. Our citizens have paid the ultimate price to defend our freedom and the freedom of many nations represented in this great hall. America's devotion is measured on the battlefields where our young men and women have fought and sacrificed alongside of our allies, from the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia."...

"If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph. When decent people and nations become bystanders to history, the forces of destruction only gather power and strength.
"No one has shown more contempt for other nations and for the well being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea. It is responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, and for the imprisonment, torture, killing, and oppression of countless more."....

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary. That’s what the United Nations is all about; that’s what the United Nations is for. Let’s see how they do."...

"We face this decision not only in North Korea. It is far past time for the nations of the world to confront another reckless regime -- one that speaks openly of mass murder, vowing death to America, destruction to Israel, and ruin for many leaders and nations in this room.
The Iranian government masks a corrupt dictatorship behind the false guise of a democracy. It has turned a wealthy country with a rich history and culture into an economically depleted rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos. The longest-suffering victims of Iran's leaders are, in fact, its own people."....

"It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran's government end its pursuit of death and destruction. It is time for the regime to free all Americans and citizens of other nations that they have unjustly detained. And above all, Iran's government must stop supporting terrorists, begin serving its own people, and respect the sovereign rights of its neighbors."...

"We seek the de-escalation of the Syrian conflict, and a political solution that honors the will of the Syrian people. The actions of the criminal regime of Bashar al-Assad, including the use of chemical weapons against his own citizens -- even innocent children -- shock the conscience of every decent person. No society can be safe if banned chemical weapons are allowed to spread. That is why the United States carried out a missile strike on the airbase that launched the attack."...

"The United States is a compassionate nation and has spent billions and billions of dollars in helping to support this effort. We seek an approach to refugee resettlement that is designed to help these horribly treated people, and which enables their eventual return to their home countries, to be part of the rebuilding process.

For the cost of resettling one refugee in the United States, we can assist more than 10 in their home region. Out of the goodness of our hearts, we offer financial assistance to hosting countries in the region, and we support recent agreements of the G20 nations that will seek to host refugees as close to their home countries as possible. This is the safe, responsible, and humanitarian approach."...

"In some cases, states that seek to subvert this institution's noble aims have hijacked the very systems that are supposed to advance them. For example, it is a massive source of embarrassment to the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council.
The United States is one out of 193 countries in the United Nations, and yet we pay 22 percent of the entire budget and more. In fact, we pay far more than anybody realizes. The United States bears an unfair cost burden, but, to be fair, if it could actually accomplish all of its stated goals, especially the goal of peace, this investment would easily be well worth it."....

"The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented. (Applause.) From the Soviet Union to Cuba to Venezuela, wherever true socialism or communism has been adopted, it has delivered anguish and devastation and failure. Those who preach the tenets of these discredited ideologies only contribute to the continued suffering of the people who live under these cruel systems.
America stands with every person living under a brutal regime. Our respect for sovereignty is also a call for action. All people deserve a government that cares for their safety, their interests, and their wellbeing, including their prosperity."...

"If this organization is to have any hope of successfully confronting the challenges before us, it will depend, as President Truman said some 70 years ago, on the "independent strength of its members." If we are to embrace the opportunities of the future and overcome the present dangers together, there can be no substitute for strong, sovereign, and independent nations -- nations that are rooted in their histories and invested in their destinies; nations that seek allies to befriend, not enemies to conquer; and most important of all, nations that are home to patriots, to men and women who are willing to sacrifice for their countries, their fellow citizens, and for all that is best in the human spirit."....

"The true question for the United Nations today, for people all over the world who hope for better lives for themselves and their children, is a basic one: Are we still patriots? Do we love our nations enough to protect their sovereignty and to take ownership of their futures? Do we revere them enough to defend their interests, preserve their cultures, and ensure a peaceful world for their citizens?
One of the greatest American patriots, John Adams, wrote that the American Revolution was 'effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people'."....

"This is the true vision of the United Nations, the ancient wish of every people, and the deepest yearning that lives inside every sacred soul.
So let this be our mission, and let this be our message to the world: We will fight together, sacrifice together, and stand together for peace, for freedom, for justice, for family, for humanity, and for the almighty God who made us all.
Thank you. God bless you. God bless the nations of the world. And God bless the United States of America. Thank you very much."
amen, amen, amen
bold and beautiful and brave delivers every time.

[Thank you, POLITICO, for the entire text transcript.]



Make it a Good Day, G


Saturday, September 16, 2017

It's About Godliness and Tidiness Things, and maybe a couple of other things ungodly and untidy

Dear America,

"It's a very strange phenomenon, 
but when we reduce what we own 
and essentially 'detox' our house, 
it has a detox effect 
on our bodies as well." 
 from the life-changing magic of tidying up
by marie kondo; yes, all in lower case.

so true
so true

and this is precisely what America needs right about now -- a good detox. In a less, is more, kinda way.

Maybe starting in St. Louis.

ugh, do not, i say, do not,  meet me in St. Louis....at least not for today.
  
About last night... 

Consider also, if you will, that a look back to Labor Day weekend violence (just two weeks ago)  is deemed, by the general population and duly noted within, just like every other weekend --  St. Louis style.

Just where is the genuine community outrage... outside of the domain of cops and robbers?  To date -- 142 have been killed in St. Louis; last year, this total was nearly the same, at 135.

So just to be clear -- so far, this year, One Hundred and Forty Two people have died by homicide! in St. Louis.   Just who is robbing St. Louis of its peace?

Well, we can't just pick on the picket fences of St. Louis, now can we?   Besides, who doesn't love their ribs?  Let's move on dot org to Chi town, shall we? 


Stunning -- from Chicago Sun-Times News:

"The seven deaths this weekend, including the killing of a 15-year-old boy Monday evening, were the latest casualties of Chicago’s gun violence that has taken the lives of at least 438 people since the start of 2017, according to data maintained by the Sun-Times."
FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY EIGHT people!  438 people have died!  Died.  Dead and buried.  Died.

Just who is robbing Chicago of its peace?

Just love how they refer to it as "gun violence."  As if the gun just did it; one day, the gun woke up and just snapped.  Guns don't kill a soul; people kill... using whatever means necessary and available -- knives, buses, trucks, cars, trains, planes, rope, neckties, hands, poison, water, and yes, sometimes guns.

The toxicity of these urban cities is through the roof -- gun violence, drugs, gangs, assaults, robberies, rape, sexual assaults.

Our living spaces affect our body 
-- marie kondo knows.

To have a conversation about police officers and African-American men meeting up in the neighborhoods of the real world, we must look at the whole picture.  America -- the one big happy family that it is -- must learn to create relationships built upon mutual respect, a healthy amount of space, and pillars of good character, that are conceivably as neat and tidy as the environments we keep, dream, or intend, whether on the micro or macro level.

Though, even if we managed to get everyone into the picture, just when does a family portrait ever tell the whole story, right?

Lighting the town on fire, or pelting a mayor's home windows with rocks, is no way to begin a sit down and find resolution; a meeting of the minds has hardly a chance to come together when the room is chock full of animosity, hate, and prevailing mistrust, with the ill begotten bad sense to start with violence.  Who does that and truly believes its a good idea?   The violent riots begun by Anarchists, Black Lives Matter, Antifa....have no place in a civil society.  None.  [Would just love to see how they all live, just sayin.']

"Cleaning involves energetic movement, 
which would naturally contribute
 to losing weight and staying fit.  
And when our space is completely clean, 
we don't have to worry about tidying, 
so we are free to focus 
on the next issue that is important 
in our lives." 
marie kondo strikes again

And while this girl has blogged extensively about the facts on police shootings, courtesy of such notable and learned people as Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute....I'm not feeling the need to go there now.  Again.  ugh.   [But feel free to read that one about the facts, on big data, from a year ago. It's really good :)]


Now, getting closer to home -- according to Mac Donald's studies, the reality is this in one of California's largest cities:

"In Los Angeles, blacks between the ages of 20 and 24 die at a rate 20 to 30 times the national mean.  Who is killing them?  Not the police, and not white civilians, but other blacks.  The astronomical black death-by-homicide rate is a function of the black crime rate.  Black males between the ages of 14 and 17 commit homicide at ten times the rate of white and Hispanics male teens combined.  Blacks of all ages commit homicide eight times the rates of whites and Hispanics combined, and at eleven times the rate of whites alone." 
"When we put our house in order, 
the air inside becomes fresh and clean."  
just more marie

indeed.

After my girl returns to school in the fall, I play this game with myself, living off of the fridge and pantry for as long as I can without grocery shopping.  It becomes highly obsessive, as all the while it makes cleaning out the pantry in order to start anew all the more challenging as the days and weeks go by; it uses every creative gene in my body to come up with things to make, taking the Food Network's Chopped challenge, complete with its cult following, to a whole 'nother level.  This girl can follow herself like nobody's business...teehee.

It's all about the process of not wasting a single, many-a-splendored thing.  And honestly, I haven't skipped a beat -- now going on six weeks!  Sometimes, I even amaze myself.  [Point of advice:  check expiration dates on canned items....and eat them up in a timely fashion before wasting food and hard spent dollars.]

So in light of this day and where we began -- my heart is crying out across the land, from my home to yours.   What a waste of human life, in all of it's potential and full expression unseen, in the every day -- year over year -- when one human being takes the life of another, and throws it away -- whether in St. Louis, or Chicago, or Los Angeles, or Baltimore, or Charlottesville, or New York City, or Boston, or San Francisco, or Seattle, or Nashville, or Miami....we could go on and on and on.  It's not just one life wasted -- for its ripple effects fan out to the one who committed the crime, the families, the entire community which continues to grieve and take the hits.

Where is the community outrage, outside of the domain of cops and robbers?  That 15 year old, above, was somebody's baby boy -- could have been mine, or yours, or the neighbors, or the kid that lives down the street in the house with the neat lawn and a rainbow of flowers.

Just who is robbing who of the peace and quiet and contentment of a life fully lived?

America's proverbial HOUSE is clearly NOT in order.  Moreover, how can there be any 'restoring of order' when the House of Chaos not only exists, it usurps all justice and power and rule of law in it's path, leaving not a single foundation -- no matter if that path is tree-lined or not?

Wonder what would happen if we just cleaned ourselves all up?

Did you happen to catch the mug shots of the Antifa protesters at Berkeley -- rioting against free speech and Ben Shapiro -- just this last week?  It's like, c'mon dudes, cut your hair already -- maybe get a hot shave once in awhile; did you leave your house with clothes on the floor, too?  Or does your mom still pick up after you?  What's in the fridge,  is it even clean?   Have you ever in your life cleaned a toilet?  On the scale of 1 to 10, how would you characterize the clutter from room to room? [Don't hate; just a bunch of good questions.]

Tidiness breeds more tidy, while untidiness breeds more untidiness --  there's just no other way to say it.  It's the same law that applies to everything in nature; apple trees bear only apples, lemon trees bear only lemons.  We are what we eat, what we think, and go in the direction our hearts and minds take us.  Why would the alt-left, black lives matter folks, of St. Louis commit harm against each other and its city?  What are they thinking?

Part of the process of tidying up by marie kondo, delves into choices we make and how to identify what is truly precious -- and become the things we keep.

The more we tidy, the more we realize that the material world is a lot less complicated once we peel away all the stuff that really doesn't matter to us; that ultimately, we can find contentment in having even fewer things around us, which in turn, becomes our saving grace, a by-product of the process that comes almost out of nowhere, perhaps out of thin air.  Poof!  All of a sudden, we find ourselves complete; suddenly we become just a girl who has everything she needs and nearly nothing show for it....go figure.... and make that with a thinner figure, to boot.  Things that once were deemed toxic -- the broken, the unworn, the unloved, the bad ju-ju of lives and loves past, are all gone.

What would happen if America cleaned herself up?  One room at a time....

Trimmed here.
Cut back there.
Lived within OUR-All American means.
Extinguished entire departments altogether -- commerce, education, energy...
Didn't "buy" anything new, especially on credit
Reduced crony capitalism with term limits!
Made it unlawful to profit off of legislation!
yadi yadi yada...you know where I'm going with this.

Perhaps holding onto the things that truly set us free, the things we love with our whole heart --

 here's some House Rules for you --

A truly Limited Government...being content with growing smaller and smaller.
Be true to the totality of Life Itself, and all that God wants us to be,  being fully aligned with the pure, limitless aspects of the "Free Exercise thereof" of our religion! (what a beautiful thing!)
Right to keep and bear arms -- lawfully and respectfully...

Ah hell, might as well just call it what it is:
to hold tight to OUR CONSTITUTION
and the Rule of Law...our sovereign borders and all.
Respect the flag
Love our neighbor as ourselves
Respect each others persons, places and things
Follow the law
Raise our children well
Conserve energy
Recycle
Say our please's and thank you's
Open the door for each other
Take turns
Give back
Say our prayers

Oh and Stop violent protests of all kinds, and use our words -- calmly, collectively, no matter the conflict!  What a concept.

It would seem, the more we answer in the affirmative to the things that truly matter, the better all the world would be -- starting at home.

Ah from the fire to the frying pan -- America is the best place to live on the planet, as long as we prioritize taking meticulously good care of her.  Generation after generation, it is all about replicating Strong Americans from Strong Americans, in the safe guarding and keeping of America.  And this will take great courage, and time.   Renovations always take longer than we think...

If we take care of her -- she will take care of us; as right conduct multiplies, our duty to God and to country go hand in hand with the privileges and equal rights under the law.  And nevermind that my self-cleaning oven -- working as we speak-- makes even the practical joys of life all the more delightful.

May God bless St. Louis -- just the place where this day had her start; and may God Bless the United States of America.  Come to think of it, Godliness and tidiness may just about be the only two things we will ever need to know and love, inside and out.

Make it a Good Day, G

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It's a Blog that Will Prove Self-Evident --- when you get to the very end, that is -- Thing

Dear America,

"When the cement 
that has held a nation together 
no longer exists, 
the state soon dissolves 
into anarchy."   
from Bob Beltz's adaptation
 of a remarkable read, 
Real Christianity
by William Wilberforce

and we're back....to the return of Wilberforce.  And what a force for good he was, indeed.

little ole' G thing has relied upon the brilliance of Wilberforce to fulfill the duties of making a point many times before, especially circa the olden days of yore; maybe mosey your way back to a day, or two, just for kicks and giggles, starting here:

11/8/10;

11/17/10;

11/29/10;

9/16/11.

[the vintage speaks for itself, considering they were all written in a day before each blog was donned a title to fit the day's scene, as in,  "IT's a (fill in the blank) Thing."]

As I was rambling through a string of happy things on November 29, 2010, this moment jumped out:

"I am happy, that when it came time to saying our prayers last night, my girl piped up and said "for Korea...both of them" -- and expanding on that with a question to me, asking if it was appropriate to pray for North Korea, too?  To which I said, "of course, and maybe more so"...distracted by some kind of Godfather flashback in my mind, "keeping your friends close, but your enemies closer." And if the good Lord willing, maybe they will change their ways, saying a little prayer couldn't hurt (good news, free will leans both ways -- bad news, free will leans both ways)."
So you're welcome; two girls prayed one night and kept North Korea at bay for nearly seven years.  teehee; guess it becomes immediate grounds to pray unceasing.

It's crazy how Christianity -- praying in general or in the particular, praying in a church or in the town square or at the foot of one's own bed at the end of the day -- has become so out of vogue in America.

Now, if you wandered back to the days of yore, citing Wilberforce, then you would know that Wilberforce was addressing a world two hundred years ago, give or take.  And the real Christianity kicker -- all of it, and pretty much everything this Brit said, is still relevant today; and perhaps even more so!

"It would seen that the best view of patriotism recognizes that society and all its numerous elements are best served when the general welfare of the greatest number of people becomes the great objective of all its people, rather than the selfish pursuit of personal peace and affluence of the individual.  A proper response to the call of Christ to love all men, even one's enemies, should produce this outcome in a truly Christian culture.  Universal love produces the highest form of patriotism.  Benevolence and philanthropy that arise from a purely secular framework usually proves deficient:  They always fall short of meeting the full needs of those they seek to benefit.  Cost is always measured against the discomfort that such benevolence might produce in the giver.  True Christian benevolence goes the extra mile.  Its objective is to meet the need even at the cost of self-sacrifice.  It is like an infection -- a good infection -- that first influences its immediate surroundings and then begins to spread outward in ever-increasing circles.... 
Christianity has no equal.  It not only teaches the highest moral and ethical code known to man, but through relationship with the Creator of the code the believer is empowered by the Holy Spirit to keep it.
True Christianity, by nature, seems to be particularly and powerfully constituted to promote the welfare and health of political communities.  Why is that?  The reality is that all other systems are rooted in human selfishness.  They are conceived in selfishness, grow in selfishness and ultimately, perish because of selfishness."
oh talk to me, WW, as we wander down this road hand in hand.

A local preacher, Dr. David Jeremiah, is beginning a new series, based upon his latest book:  A Life Beyond Amazing.  The running theme is based upon nine pillars of character that carry the trans-formative power to change our life, our world:  love, joy, peace, endurance, compassion, generosity, integrity, humility, and self-discipline.  

All of it ties into what Wilberforce refers to as the "public spirit"  and amounts to the overarching desire of creating and instilling and growing and investing in things of character, in order to multiply it...like in a seven billion fold kind of way.

But the truth is, we must start small.

We must start with the power of one -- that is, by definition, you and me, individually and collectively, rich or poor, white, black, brown, boy or girl, young and old alike.

Dr. Jeremiah uses self-discipline to anchor his entire list; and of course, this girl got to thinking....

as society has grown more and more rooted in selfishness, the values of old -- with self-discipline at the core -- have grown tired and worn, like an old pair of shoes off the beaten path and retired to the back of the closet.  The shoes that once met the day buckled up and fully equipped to march through the day of a certain understanding, a certain reverence to a Higher Power, taking heed to that which a life in faith requires of us, both in spirit and in action, are shamed to a life unseen; if they dare poke out the toe into the public eye, they are met with vitriol and mainstream madness, even labeled haters, racists, and driven back into the dark, cedar-lined walls shaking in fear or worse, in unconscionable embarrassment.

Our founders based our entire government on the righteousness of good self-discipline --  and this notion easily lends itself to everything else "self" oriented, things that this nation would be wise to cling to right about now.

Might as well be bold here and move to say that, this list, the string of selfies this girl is about to give you, carries the trans-formative power to change the world, oh yes indeed!

For Good Self-Discipline feeds into the broader sense of Good Self-Government for the benefit of the whole.  IN order to have good self-government, we must be in a word -- SELF-Conscious, fully understanding of who we are and where we came from, respective of our natural birth under God.  It's the kind of self-knowledge with the capacity to set us free, forever.

Good and decent Self-Government -- the very basis of our system of government, built into the cornerstones of our fine republic -- also relied upon self-reliance, self-sufficiency, self-will, self-improvement, self-esteem, being fully self-driven and independent!  Dependency upon big government simply did not exist in the minds of our founders in any way, shape or form!  (That would have been totally and woefully too self-defeating for words, right.)

self-taught, to one degree or another
self-respect to grow in accordance with our level of integrity...to self, to life, and the greater good
self-confidence to propel us to do good things
self-expression to bring beauty, substance, into our community and the world
self-rule to guard what goes in and what goes out, like a castle --- day in and day out -- mind, body and soul, it is a never-ending task forever after.

these are the kinds of things that determine our destiny, for one and for all.

Which surely suggests for a sharp review of something candidate Barack Obama once said to a nation, "we are five days away from fundamental transformation."  And how, now seeing the results of those eight years, and never to get them back.

What happened, right Hillary?  teehee

From the ole' G Thing, September 16, 2011:

"Our founders made America a place for religious freedom ABOVE all else.  It was the very reason we had to leave England and find a new land in order to create a new world. 
The "free exercise thereof" was divined within the framework of our founding documents, namely our Constitution, not as an insignificant gesture, or platform, banking upon the hope that no one would ever live according to one's beliefs -- it was real.  Our founders hoped we would keep our faith in something much greater than ourselves and let that Something rise above, if not truly guide us in our every day. 
This "free exercise thereof"  lawfully protected all citizens to have the right to exercise their full liberty to speak their truth.   While, to be sure, to exercise thereof is hardly stagnant; it is solidifying the real action required of us."
Our connection with the Divine Providence that set America on this path, is self-evident!

Whether in brand new shoes, or of old,  this individual relationship with the Source of All Good -- stood unshaken, above all else!  Our personal selfishness was seen in the ways we elevated this relationship above all else!  Our time set aside to pray, to read the Bible, to read spiritual works written by spiritual men and women, was time set aside in loving devotion,  no matter the demands on the day, above all else!

Is it any surprise, that as the day grows leaner, and meaner, and more and more self-centered and self-gratifying, the occasion to stop and spend even a moment with our Creator grows more and more below all else?

The more we go down the secular path, the more we wander and roam untethered to the only reality that truly matters; being completely unbalanced, we will surely fall.  Surely, the greater good is at stake!

Wilberforce wrote about it way back when in the 1800's, just as we are seeing it play out today, after a long and winding road,  in the new modern world.   Can you hear me now?  Smart phones got nothing on the Smart One, the Creator of all things large and small.  It's an equal opportunity Creator in every way -- the non-partisan, non-denominational,  non-discriminating, non-violent, and lovingly, non-negotiable Entity that It is.... Above All Else!

"Political decay can thrive under cultural Christianity, but authentic faith will bring it to a sudden halt...We are headed toward a society that incurs the multitude of evils that result from living with no religion at all."
The thing is, we will self-destruct if we continue down this path.

and that's not hate; it's just a given.

...I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
That's just the end of The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost; making it the end of the road for me, for today.  This is where I must leave you, unless you take my hand and come along with me in Spirit...and surely, I hope you do.


Make it a Good Day, G

Friday, September 8, 2017

It's Being Awash with Spirit Thing

Dear America,

"God whispers to us in our pleasures, 
speaks in our conscience, 
but shouts in our pain:  
it is his megaphone 
to rouse a deaf world."  
C.S.Lewis

just so you all know, this girl didn't just pick that quote out of thin air; it dropped into my blog in what I would call Wizard of Oz fashion -- after a good spin and taking out the wicked witch -- and thereby paving the way for another day down the yellow brick road of life with me, G!  Thanks to a post @Fox News, by Joshua Rogers, titled "What did Jesus say about natural disasters?";  the idea of just never knowing what's around the bend is where its at today.

Oh and lookout, for here's a turn now -- 

Referring to the consequences of the Trump presidency, Jennifer Lawrence made this remark..."You know, you’re watching these hurricanes now, and it’s really hard, especially while promoting this movie, not to feel Mother Nature’s rage and wrath..."  yeah, Jennifer, that's what's happening. right.  [and beware, that link right there is a funny Reddit feed...]

Equally hilarious, were her continuing comments, weaving perilously from how upsetting the polarization of the country is now, to how foolish it was for America to vote for a guy who doesn't bow to the climate change bunk science of the Left.  Wonder how she explains the umpteen typhoons, leading to landslides, taking out multiple villages of Asia, and the vicinity, every year, -- or the 8.1 earthquake in southern Mexico just in the last twelve hours?   

Do you, Jennifer, consider all of this to be part and parcel of nature's way of showing the entire world's "rage and wrath" against Trump --  be it his logical skepticism of made-up science to feed an agenda, or his natural approach to problem-solving via twitter storms, and simply, because because because because because, because of the horrible things he does?

you are an entertaining filly, aren't you.
[wanted to say horse's ass, but that wouldn't be lady like, now would it?  oops, my bad]

Next up, we will bend and sway with the decades of what I like to call reality, through the eye of a weather wizard, Joe Bastardi.  First, read this:  Is This Really the Worst Ever?  (May 2017, posted on my favorite place to plant myself for a day's delight, @The Patriot Post.


it's so good, huh.

Just love how he wraps up...
"If you are not acquainted with the past, then perhaps you think these are not the best of times, and maybe even worse than ever. But if you expand your vision and look, you will find that if you know other times, it puts it all in perspective."  

and adding,

"There is a common thread to the extremes in life and nature. The elusive mid ground is apt to be just a stopping point for wild swings. You are euphoric when your team wins, but sadness sets in when they lose. Yet somehow it all balances out given time and man’s ability to adapt and progress."
Which sums up how, when speaking of the adversities and pleasures of weather occurrences, we often speak in averages.  Take for example the Old Farmer's Almanac -- its entire purpose is wrapped up around regional averages and statistics as a way to gauge what may lie ahead and understand the full scope year over year, helping to assess plantings and harvest times and what not....surely, Dorothy's Auntie Emm knew all about it.   

Here's an earth-shattering fact to whack us off the yellow brick path:  Things are just not the same from one day to the next -- whether we are talking about the weather, emotions, finances, blessings or challenges.  But somehow or other,  it all averages out over the years...or so we hope, with great gusto, right?  right!

Sometimes weather is a whisper, a soft breeze on a Sunday afternoon with nothing to do but take it all in with glee and free abandon and perhaps an ice cream cone on the side.

Sometimes weather speaks to us deep inside, reuniting us with wonderful memories -- like snow days, blazing hot days on the beach, or that rainy night that somehow ends up (nine months later) with brand new life to show for it.  [teehee, joy to the world!]
Sometimes -- like after a fire or flood or freeze oh my  -- it feeds us with new information as to how to better protect our things, and of course, more important, our loved ones.  Our conscience tells us not to leave that dish towel so close to the stove, to fix the leaky faucet, to leave a trickle of water running through the pipes during extreme low temperatures...Our intuitions kick in just in the nick of time, calling us to listen to what common sense and common experiences and Almanacs tell us.

And just as C.S. Lewis notes at the top,
for believers, 
that thing call intuition and conscience 
is God 
speaking to us in the everyday.

This fast and furious activity, this personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, comes as natural as blinking if we are open to Its graces.  Sometimes it is a whisper and sometimes its a smack across are that God-like, child-like, shining face.

God does not plan natural disasters -- for they truly are, NATURAL disasters, generated by the perfect storm of all the ingredients coming together at once.  Natural disasters are as old as time....and have naturally occurred looooooooooooooooong before leftists began to use the term "man-made climate change" as a way to rage it's wrath against the right -- oh,  that is politically speaking, Jennifer, just in case you don't get my drift.   And by the way, those averages of polarization -- albeit off the charts --  is also nothing new, be it rain or shine.

My Science of Mind offers us another aspect to consider, when speaking of the life force that we call water.  For besides the obvious -- our bodies being of 90% water, our daily need to drink water, and how water washes us clean after a long hard day -- water, itself, is held in rather high esteem.  (doncha just love that pun there)

From my Science of Mind, by Ernest Holmes:

"The symbol of water is used to express the idea of a complete immersion in Spirit.  As water flows in and around, so we are immersed in an everlasting Spirit which flows around, in and through us.  To be immersed in water symbolizes our recognition that we are surrounded by pure Spirit.  It is the outward sign of an inner conviction."

But further, let us be forewarned like a damn good law of averages working with the Divine,  as Holmes continues in saying,

"But water alone cannot make us completely clean or whole.  We must be born of the Spirit, for 'that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.'"   

We can't take part in, let alone create within the realm of our Divine, and all that pure Divinity brings, unless we actually, and consciously, link to that which is Divine --  to GOD!

Ahh now swiftly approaching the last bend on the day, as this girl comes to a close.

All this water, all at once, is immersing us.  It is literally washing over all of us.

There are warnings in its flood waters, yes; but there is Grace in its pools.  It is calling upon us not in whispers, but in conscience running deep and wide and high and low.

Jennifer may have one thing right -- for it is a smack across the face, with rage and wrath; but when looking over the decades -- like good ole Joe Bastardi -- the lesson isn't about the one man everybody loves to hate right about now.  (...President Trump)

It could just be about the one man who saves us all when it really matters (and that's just a second nod of approval to Joshua -- Joshua Rogers, that is, of the link on the first bend)

Yes Houston is underwater, and yes, Miami is about to be; and yet, no one seems to care about how the nation is financially underwater, and on a trajectory that can only lead to bankruptcy.  We are fiscally so far away from solvency that it's no wonder the powers that be are now considering to eliminate the debt ceiling entirely!    Skies the limit, folks, skies the limit.  Happy days are here again.

Maybe Houston being underwater is showing us -- all of us -- that we have lost our way, that we have so lost our connection to Spirit as a country, that we may all be a bunch of goners;  that just maybe only one well timed flood may jog our conscience to change our ways, huh Noah.?  Leave it to the Divine to use a community of so many believers in one place, like Houston, to perhaps see us through to the other side with grace and gratitude and guts...

There are lessons learned and there are lessons not learned; and then again, there are lessons ignored altogether.
(Case in point -- When the news broke on Puerto Rico being underwater...it made me giggle.  Not that there was anything good or funny about it; but honestly?  And the kicker, Irma had nothing to do with it -- asking for bailouts and all, for quite some time now.  It's like, what else is new?)

indeed.

The thing is -- America can't even afford to slip, not even another inch.  There is no magical wizard behind the curtain that can bring us all home, unless you're speaking of THE  Way and THE Truth and THE Life -- that which our founders referred to as our Creator, that which we have known in action as the Intelligent Design back behind Divine Providence.

We have things to do to get right with Spirit, and that's just bringing you the good news.
(You're welcome.)

Make it a Good Day, G


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

It's Just Where is the Awe in Good Law Thing

Dear America,

"We cannot fight the Universe.  It refuses to be budged from Its course.  We can only go with It...Let us restate our Principle.  We are surrounded by an Infinite Possibility.  It is Goodness, Life, Law and Reason.  In expressing Itself through us, It becomes more fully conscious of Its own being.  Therefore, It wishes to express through us.  As It passes into our being, It automatically becomes the law of our lives."  Science of Mind, pg. 46
and thus what we think about, expands.

It not only expands, it is highly contagious; it is subject to group think; and is perilously wrought with human error, miscommunication, and even blatant fraud.  

And good, bad or indifferent, It acts, responds and lives in and around each and every one of us every single day.

so DACA....to the Dreamers who came across our borders, often times unbeknownst to them, illegally -- coming to America with parents seeking a new life, refuge, the American dream....enough.  
If you are of the law-abiding, one love, united we stand/separated we fall, mindset -- as in wanting the best for your adopted country -- then have enough respect for the rule of law in America to secure our border in care of our sovereignty,  and in turn, immediately remedy the absence of following any rule of law when it comes to immigration.  At this point, it is a Constitutional imperative to do so, or welcome the consequences.

Let law be the law.  Otherwise, we have no law, we have no borders, we have no sovereignty, whatsoever.  And then, all we have is chaos, anarchy -- and characteristically looking a lot like the actions of antifa, right about now, if anyone needs an example.


With all due respect, Mr. Past President Barack Obama -- you can't abide by the rule of law and break the rule of law at the same time.  there is no intersection; there is no common law; there is no meeting of even half the minds.   (Of course, this girl ain't telling you something you didn't already know, right.)

here's a good quote that takes us back to a Univision Open Forum, from March 2011:

"With respect to the notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order, that’s just not the case, because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed -- and I know that everybody here at Bell is studying hard so you know that we’ve got three branches of government. Congress passes the law. The executive branch’s job is to enforce and implement those laws. And then the judiciary has to interpret the laws."  Obama


Signing an Executive Order to grace "Dreamers" with a free pass in not following the law, it is breaking the law, usurping the law -- circumventing immigration law and congress congruently --  in order to please your base;  now that's political!     The act of doing away with your lawlessness at the power of the pen, as the Trump Administration has just accomplished, simply corrects the record --  no matter how highfalutin and eloquent your smack down may sound, your position is on shaky ground given precedence and this nation's concrete foundation.   [If interested, take a read of the full text, here.]

[and if you haven't done so already, you must read the link "usurping the law" above; it is written by Gregg Jarrett of Fox News, 2014, and is titled, Three things that are illegal about Obama's Immigration plan.]

Jarrett points out:

"President Obama’s favorite justification for his executive action is that “Congress failed to act.” No, Mr. President, Congress did not fail to act, it chose not to act in granting amnesty.  
There is a difference. A determination not to act is, by itself, a deliberate act. This is how the framers constructed our system of government. Congress considers and debates a great many bills. Not all of them pass. This is not “failure” in the conventional sense, but decision by declination. It constitutes a prudent and calculated process."
exactly

America was designed to move slowly when it comes to both the writing of new law or the amending of old.

Not only that, let's go to Jeff Sessions:

 “We are people of compassion and we are people of law, but there is nothing compassionate about the failure to enforce immigration laws. … The compassionate thing to do is end the lawlessness, enforce our laws, and, if Congress chooses to make changes to those laws, to do so through the process set forth by our Founders, in a way that advances the interests of the American people.”

Unless you take your cue's from a leftist like Danny Zuker, producer of Modern Family (which I love, btw) ---  Ben Shapiro, The Daily Wire, captures it all right here:   'Modern Family' Producer To Christians Who Support Trump Ending DACA: 'Your Christianity Is Bulls***...F*** You'

ew that's a lot of hate, no?


Um, think it's best if we all settle a wee bit down...

Putting 'Christianity and BS and f*$% you'  all in the same thought is just wrong six ways to Sunday and back again.  [And, I will not watch Modern Family ever again.]


Why are people so threatened by following the Law, and in America's Law in particular?
If you really think about it, its acting totally counter-intuitive in being of right action, of right cause, and leading to right results of a vibrant, civil, compassionate society.

Law is not only Mind in Action, it is good, virtuous, moral, ethical, completely sound and upright, when it begins with good, virtuous, moral, ethical, completely sound and upright, thought.

If you have read all the links, and have allowed the logic to seep into every part of your being -- just who sounds more upright, Sessions or Zuker?  Obama or Trump?

Aw, it doesn't matter really; for it's a funny thing --  for according to the laws of law and how it works,  The Law knows exactly what lies ahead, indiscriminate and impersonal as It is. 

Just where is the awe in good Law?  
Without the awe, we will fall.

Make it a Good Day, G

Thursday, August 31, 2017

It's About a Crime Against Country Thing

Dear America,

Peace Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive; it is in the pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.
 yes, this girl has headlined a blog with this one before; let it not diminish its deep and soulful plea, as each and every one of us find our way today.

the prayer just seems to cover it all

but does this really require of us to pray for those we consider to be an enemy -- and further, understand them, pardon them, console them, and maybe even extend an arm of forgiveness?  When something totally evil in nature doesn't jive with our own hearts and minds,  how is it possible to reconcile the two extremes with a loving heart, a peaceful spirit, and a hopeful look to the future for making things better all the way around the globe and back again without going insane in the process?

For me, the Southern Poverty Law Center is what comes to mind.   For here is a place, an organization, a community of fellow Americans, who choose to preach hatred, spread hatred, inspire hatred across the nation....and then, stash millions of dollars off-shore!  (a non-profit, my tiny tushy)

For today, anyway, this is primarily about the organization taking the confederate monument take down, just a wee bit too far.  (Although, if you have been a frequent visitor here, we have covered a wide range of stories linking to the SPLC over the last few days.)

The latest:  see here, at The Daily Caller

Just as 400 soldiers based at Fort Hood are carrying out orders to assist Houston rescue efforts, the SPLC is basically calling for a mutiny against our own domestic tranquility -- and as crazy as it may sound, they are totally okay with inciting havoc while leading parts of America into complete chaos; they are totally okay with seeking ways of violence and brutality and upheaval and civil unrest, as they perpetuate and propagate and permeate a quite irrational approach to dealing with the issues of America's confederate past.  

Calling for all anarchists, Antifa, and Leftist activists to follow through on what may as well be a direct order is fully expected -- and perhaps even supported by the mainstream media at this point....pretty sure the talking points have already been widely distributed.   (like so, with some old news on how Media Marches To Orders,  and like so and so, describing some fairly new news, understanding the Media Bubble, from Politico)

But back to the SPLC staging a coup against the United States of America as an ongoing attempt to take America down, beginning with confederate monuments, moving on to schools and Army Bases, and all the while, not accepting a simple name change as an appropriate answer  ---  this is stunning news.


STUNNING.

And it must be investigated by the FBI, as well as, the Department of Homeland Security; but first things first, this calls for an immediate response:  shutting the doors of the SPLC for conspiracy to band together with the intent to attack the nation's armed forces.  Um.  No. You can't commit conspiracy to commit crimes against country, no way, no how -- and as a non-profit, you can't shelter profits off-shore......

Where are the authorities?????????

Oh my, not sure there is anything else to say on the matter, except maybe this:

The divide of this great nation just keeps getting wider and deeper and broader... vigilante-style.

It almost feels like we are collectively going backwards; and yet, how can that be when we are clearly drowning in a sea of progressives?   Oh the irony is rich indeed; its like scallops beurre blanc, followed by pasta with foie gras and truffles, followed by brown-butter risotto with lobster tails,  and but of course, ending with a simple flan  or a melange of gourmet cheeses for dessert, your choice.

Oh Divine Master, 
grant that I may not so much seek 
to be consoled as to console; 
to be understood as to understand; 
to be loved as to love.

amen
amen
amen

Make it a Good Day, G

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

It's High Time We Get Our Priorities Straight Thing

Dear America,

"As water reflects a face, 
so a man's heart reflects the man." 
Thank you, Solomon...Proverbs 27:19

indeed

Providence, as Divine as It is, is surely with us, enabling us to get through anything and everything -- be it a Clinton presidency, a Bush presidency, an Obama presidency, and even a Trump presidency (which at this present time, is still standing, and standing fierce....well, at least he is.).   Forever a Never Hillary, while Never being a Never Trump-er, my heart and vote were one and the same come election day, come hell or high water.  I may have even said that phrase aloud; surely it came with a prayer. 

Thing is, as I believe anyway, Divine Providence has been with us from the start, built into our hearts and minds and spirit, because our founders recognized something, and something huuuuge.  America has been the exception -- ergo exceptional -- by the making of the INDIVIDUAL king, and as long as the INDIVIDUAL held up to its end of the bargain, all would be well, and well indeed, and there would literally be no end

As long as the INDIVIDUAL stayed on the path of right action -- aiming to move and witness and relate to one another in the same spirit as our Creator, with awesome intelligence built in, being fully made in God's image -- then surely all the days of our life would be good.  Of course, not without adversity -- but all good, all God, as each day would come same as the day before only asking of us one thing: to stay connected to the Source; for a people, individually and collectively, acting in faith, responding with love, and uniting wholly under One God, indivisible, can do anything when we put our hearts and minds together.

So the thing is, just how can this formula continue to work if we take out the foundation right out from under all of our feet?

Newsflash:  It Doesn't

It is no accident that the more the establishment in government has ballooned to promote the idiocy that the government is the one who can fulfill and satisfy and make tangible every individual need, the less the people are inclined to know God and rely on God, first and foremost.

In my favorite read, The Five Thousand Year Leap, W. Cleon Skousen briefly summarizes something pretty profound from John Locke's thoughts in, Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and proceeds to give us this little gem:

"In it Locke pointed out that it defies the most elementary aspects of reason and experience to presuppose that everything in existence developed as a result of fortuitous circumstance.  The mind, for example, will not accept the proposition that the forces of nature, churning about among themselves, would ever produce a watch, or even a lead pencil, let alone the marvelous intricacies of the human eye, the ear, or even the simplest of organisms found in nature.  All these are the product of intelligent design and high precision engineering."  Again, that's Skousen paraphrasing a Locke thought...
and Skousen then added this in the very next paragraph....and I add it now just for our own amusement (because a little levity is good right about now) --

"Locke felt that a person who calls himself an "atheist" is merely confessing that he has never dealt with the issue of the Creator's existence.  Therefore, to Locke an atheist would be to that extent "irrational," and out of touch with reality; in fact, out of touch with the most important and fundamental reality."

wow, right?   
Mind.  Blown.

So I look about now, at the forces of nature afoot -- whether it be the floodwaters and unrelenting rain in the city of Houston and its surrounding counties, or the floodwaters raging within the halls of government, leading America into total bankruptcy in every way -- and my heart bleeds and my mind explodes.

Here is just a mix of stories to churn about in your head --


The greatest fears of our founders is coming about -- the totality of our goodness for which it stands and from which it comes,  is being torn asunder.

Communists have always known the secret in the skillful takeover of the mind, setting up for the moral authority to be handed down by man, allowing for the oppressor to take command:  simply take away thy faith in God.  (For more on that, go to another Skousen read:  The Naked Communist)

Our strength does not come from Washington D.C., people.

Our courage does not come from Mitch McConnell -- or anything close to that.

Our ability to do the right thing, for the right reasons, at the right time comes from somewhere deep inside our being -- for as its been often said before, we are human beings not human doings.

The kind of peace that passes all understanding only comes from one place and nothing can substitute God....even if it sounds almost the same -- as in everything ending with dot GOV dot COM.

Looking to government to act according to its purest of nature is a lost cause completely; for what is government but a group of human beings with human frailties and weaknesses.  And yet our entire culture has wrapped itself around it like its the mother of all mothers, the end all and the be all of every living thing we do.

 This is a good read, although from a decade ago, and it comes via The Heritage Foundation, titled: 

read it.

And now a word from our sponsor, George Washington, from his Farewell Address:

...But this leads at length
to a more formal and permanent despotism. The
disorders and miseries which result gradually incline
the minds of men to seek security and repose
in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner
or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more
able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns
this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation
on the ruins of public liberty. 

and THIS, too:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to
political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable
supports. In vain would that man claim
the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert
these great pillars of human happiness, these
firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.
The mere politician, equally with the pious man,
ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume
could not trace all their connections with private
and public felicity. Let it simply be asked where is
the security for property, for reputation, for life, if
the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths,
which are the instruments of investigation in courts
of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition
that morality can be maintained without
religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence
of refined education on minds of peculiar
structure, reason and experience both forbid us to
expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion
of religious principle. 

Did you know that the U.S. Senate reads George's Farewell Address every year?  It began in the year 1862, being used as a "morale-boosting gesture" during the dark days of our Civil War....according to THIS page, anyway, @ wide world without end amen   dot  senate   dot  gov...  Senator Ben Sasse read it this year.

Given the level of productivity and depravity coming from the flood of oppressive legislation and the clear, unmitigated, unconscionable, usurpation of America's Constitution over the last hundred years, what began in 1862, with honorable intention and providence, has seemingly become nothing more than empty sentiment, for appearances only, my guess.  Wonder if any of our fine gentlemen and ladies are even listening,  with the ears that which our good God gave them?   Are they even aware, with eyes wide open by the gift of God, of all that is seen and unseen through the human eyes and human spirit and human mind of good ole George?  For me thinks not, as his masterful recommendations and thoughts point directly to our downfall, the consequences of our ways are here.... and here to stay unless we do something about it.

And don't even get me started -- it's not just about the waywardness of our fine Senate.  C'mon, now, we are all at fault for the reality we make, good, bad, or indifferent.

-- Things this girl knows today --

twenty trillion dollars in debt, with no end in sight, and with half a nation totally dependent upon government to live -- is a nation underwater

Instagram and Twitter and Facebook are not the Way, the Truth, and the Light.

attacking Christian groups and individuals and getting away with it, takes a nation, once firmly under God, nowhere good  -- it becomes a nation drowning in a soul-less, secular disaster

growing dependency upon government over God, goes against everything this nation was founded upon -- taking with it our firm foundation, taking with it our brotherly love, taking with it our peaceful co-existence with our fellow man, and all the while, taking with it our capacity as individuals to rise above our troubles and adversity to grow good character, taking with it our capacity to excel in our life's work following our God-Given purpose, and in the end, crushes our ability to live in liberty and freedom for one and for all, and albeit, collectively in the end.  This is life underwater and sitting at the bottom of an ocean of a new deity called GOV.

This should smack each and every one of us across the face, just as much as the horrific scenes coming out of Houston.  It's just high time we get our priorities straight.

and to that end, I must depart.

Make it a Good Day, G
 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

It's When the Press and Presidencies Collide Thing

Dear America,

praying for Houston this morning...as catastrophic, Revelations proportion, rains continue to pour down.  upon awakening this morning, the news has spawned my own inclinations to shelter down, to remain in place, to seek refuge in the words of our Creator, and make whatever peace I can with the circumstances thousands of my fellow Americans are facing -- and in that light, here I am.  

It's been a rough ride here in America this past summer.

We can call it past summer, as kids are already returning to school -- like, tomorrow.

And right on cue, this girl has taken down the patriotic bunting that waved handsomely over the doorway for months now; this girl has taken down the baby flags posted into the half dozen flower pots, since Memorial Day; for a new season is upon us, that it is, indeed -- while the irony hangs in the lazy gray haze outside my window, leave it to the month of August to have its light's out like a lion.

For some -- as in Houston and the surrounding areas hit by Hurricane Harvey...Corpus Cristi, Rockport -- this new season begins with unshakable faith that each and every one will rise from the apocalyptic force and unrelenting rain and unimaginable flood waters by the grace of God, while the rest of us bear witness in stunning awe.  While for those Americans who can't just sit back and do nothing, they may already be on the ground -- in spite of whatever horrendous conditions there may be -- with arms carrying bottles of water, provisions of all sorts, and rescuing people from total disaster; while others may simply be sending money to the Red Cross.

This is really and truly who we are --- right, America?  Right.  

We are Houston; we are not Charlottesville, be it scrutinized by our defining moments, by precedent, or by every good deed. (No offense to Charlottesville...it is just about the metaphor of time and place, context and circumstances, alongside the difference a couple of weeks may bring.)

Which, all being said, leads me into an even deeper thought:  no matter what happens around the nation, we, the people, are held captive to the story, to the reality, by whatever point of view that comes via the media source.  [um, duh ---  just a girl meet Captain Obvious -- oh nice to meet you, come here often?   teehee]

Anyway, while the whirlpool of context and catastrophe began to make me dizzy, I finally reached the surface, treading water upon the day after the Benghazi attack, September 12, 2012.  

There we all were -- Americans --  the day after the anniversary of 9/11 and waking up to the news of four Americans dying in a terrorist attack at the American Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  It was a pretty big deal.

This is the first response from President Obama; this is how the president framed it (and bear in mind, this is while HE KNEW it was an actual Islamic Extremist terror attack -- and even, all the while, after abandoning his post as Commander-in-Chief.  For during the entire, real time, terror attack --  when our military and the administration were thrust into an act of war and our response --  the president left the Situation Room to get some rest...as he had a very big day scheduled in the morning....)... so here he is now, in the Rose Garden, with Secretary of State Clinton by his side, saying:
...Yesterday, four of these extraordinary Americans were killed in an attack on our diplomatic post in Benghazi.  Among those killed was our Ambassador, Chris Stevens, as well as Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith.  We are still notifying the families of the others who were killed.  And today, the American people stand united in holding the families of the four Americans in our thoughts and in our prayers. 
The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack.  We're working with the government of Libya to secure our diplomats.  I've also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world.  And make no mistake, we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people. 
Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths.  We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others.  But there is absolutely no justification to this type of senseless violence.  None.  The world must stand together to unequivocally reject these brutal acts...
Then, the president gets on Air Force One and flies to Las Vegas...for a campaign rally

And the press didn't think twice about it. 

So.
I'm thinking about how the press has exasperated all avenues of the Russian collusion story, being clearly unable to leak any evidence of any link with the Trump campaign...even with an army of investigators and insiders at their fancy ----  and then suddenly, almost as if it were orchestrated and planned, the skies opened up and Charlottesville happened.  

Let the Trump Take Down narrative begin! -- beginning with building upon a character attack, the one criminally based upon a lie, with every pail of water carried by the mainstream media, to the extent of breaking every levy, wall and dam built over a career denouncing white supremacy and the KKK and David Duke.  [How many times does he have to say it?]

NO matter.  The trajectory changed overnight....a propaganda ambush is about the only way you could describe it.   And who knew that eventually, the character assassinations would not start and stop with Trump -- as we spoke of just yesterday...within the week, all republicans, all Trump voters, were all thrown under the proverbial, racially charged, narrative bus to boot. (say that ten times straight...)  Calling everyone on the right racists...wow.

And the press didn't think twice about it.

By the time President Obama returned to the White House, a brand new narrative on Benghazi had already surfaced (it was so close to the election, and all, they had to do something to save face, especially after  the Democratic National Convention ran with this motto: GM is alive and Bin Laden is dead, right?)

So after the  "act of terror"/ "by killers" / that we will "bring to justice the killers who attacked our people" -- and after the celebratory rally in Vegas --  and another rally in Golden, CO (with a totally different vibe going...amusing) --  President Obama gets back to the front, to deal with the act of war straight away.   teehee.  And by that time a plan was in place; the new narrative blamed it all on a video (but we have not the time or energy to re-litigate that today, do we now?)

Thing is, the press didn't think twice about that either -- hook, line and sinker, they were sold.

How sad that the press didn't get stuck on something the president said in his first response...the line that went like so:   "The United States condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack."  It's like, really?  There are not words.   Granted, a President Trump would have come out and called it what it was -- radical Islamic Terror at the hands of radical Islamic Extremists; but this "condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack."  Whoa, me thinks you need to settle it down there, Mr. President....

And of course, here on the old G Thing -- we spent months talking about it, so this girl can give it a rest, and she will -- right after I add this observation.... that the press, in no uncertain terms, cowered to their king.   Where was the hell and fury in the president's face, right?  

They just let Obama slide down the 'oh he's just so measured and articulate and measured and articulate...so presidential...so calm....so presidential ...there is not a question in my mind that this president knows what he's doing  AND look at him, being  all transparent and all to the American people....oh my, simply and always, a stunning display of diplomacy' right into the press pool and then offered him a towel.

Oh the press --  the puritanical, pontifical, pretentious place if only in their own minds; just a place somewhere between la la land and hades, where they didn't think twice about whatever President Obama and his administration said or did... or even entirely made up out of thin air. 

And this part too -- when President Obama said this:  "I've also directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world."  AGAIN, where was the "unbiased" press doing their thing then -- for it is of record, that Ambassador Stevens, and his people,  REPEATEDLY asked for more security way before the attack!

Indeed.  The press didn't think twice about it.

And just to be sure you understand the amount of grace given under the Obama Administration -- as compared to Trump -- no one in the press questioned Obama's mental health when he went from the serious Rose Garden moment in the am to the raucous rally expressing everything wrong with republicans in the pm, then waking up to do it again in Colorado, before coming back to the Oval Office....no one questioned the Commander-in-Chief for being, for a no better term, completely AWOL on the best interests of the American people.  Our country, our four Americans killed, were in the middle of clear and present danger and what did Obama do?  He went to bed and got up the next day for a political rally, no questions asked.

The press didn't think twice about it.

In the beginning of the rally in Golden, CO, President Obama said: "To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished."  To which I  must respond, huh.  Did they?  Are we catching these bad guys and are they being punished?  Here is an UPDATE from 2014.  However, what remains to be seen is -- going back to May of this year --  will he actually be "brought to justice" or will he be let off on a some technicality?   America is so generous like that, you know.


Oh, look at me get so carried away.  [And to think, this Benghazi catastrophe is only one glaring example.]

I do love how Obama navigated from the seriousness of the Benghazi attack and into the real reason he was on stage and ready to rally; just before he went all divide and conquer in Colorado, he said this (and not leaving any of it out):

Now, I know that it's difficult sometimes seeing these disturbing images on television, because our world is filled with serious challenges. This is a tumultuous time that we're in. But we can and we will meet those challenges if we stay true to who we are, and if we would remind ourselves that we're different from other nations. We are different not only because of the incredible landscape that God has given us, we're different because we're a nation that's bound together by a creed. We're not made up of a single tribe or a single religion or a single race. We're a collection of people from all around the world who came here because of a certain set of principles: the idea that all men and women are created equal, that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights. That's what binds us together. That's what our flag means. 
But we also believe that these are not just American rights. We believe these are universal aspirations and they're held by people who live in tiny villages in Libya, prosperous cities in Europe. That's our light to the world. And our task as the most powerful nation on Earth is to defend and protect and advance our people, but also to defend and protect and advance those values at home and around the world. That's what our troops do. That's what our diplomats do. That's what our intelligence officers do. 
That's what our citizens do. That's what we believe. Those are the values that we hold to.
And here in America, there is no more fundamental part of our democracy than the fact that all of you get a say in the decisions that are made about our country's future. And that's why we're here today.
good one, Mr. O; allow me to give you a standing O for that right now....

The guy could charm, couldn't he?  The guy could charm.

Question:  wonder how we got from one 'creed...collection of people...[same] certain set of principles....endowed by our Creator....binds us together...that's what the flag means"  in September of 2012 to this, nearing September 2017 -----  
...to this... football players kneeling with no respect for the flag and what we stand for....statues of Christopher Columbus coming down....free speech rallies being shut down....conservative speakers at colleges being shout down and even viciously attacked....Catholic schools having to hide statues of the baby Jesus....Black Lives Matter protests escalating to riots, and killing, the assassination of,  police officers....antifa leftists rising up with billy clubs and face masks ready to fight with an equally violent gang of white supremacists, neither of which were stopped by the police, and was allowed to riot in the beautiful city of Charlottesville.   
[For more on that last topic, and an interesting take,  go to Charlottesville -- Where's the Truth, posted by Michael Giere, TBE.  PS  Never hurts to ask questions.]

Or never you mind, press -- by all means, don't think twice about it.

Context --  Catastrophe --  and the Commander-in-Chief, oh my...

what a difference a day makes;
 
what a difference when the press and presidencies collide, be it for better or worse.

Hate to be too dramatic, given what we are going through in this country right now, but the thing is, it could be said that the very rise and fall of nations have often hung in the balance of one well placed post.


Make it a Good Day, G