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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

It's in Honor of Philip Mathews and to the people who can relate Thing

Dear America,

"Observe the wonders 
as they occur around you.  
Don't claim them.  
Feel the artistry 
moving through, 
and be silent."  
Rumi

so not the blog Just a Girl intended to write...
meets up with not the column he wanted to write....

but often, when living in a reality where worlds collide or run parallel, in living color or specks of detail, this day is dedicated to that which we all share, as living humans, at the very core:  the heart.

Hearts breaking; hearts loving; hearts grieving; hearts celebrating; hearts memorializing...

Just read Alexander's column, as this girl calls it a day.

Make it a Good Day, G

Friday, October 25, 2019

It's Raising the Barr Thing

Dear America,

"We have staked our future 
on the ability of each of us to govern ourselves..." 

This was Attorney General William Barr, quoting Founding Father James Madison...in one of the best speeches to have ever been told.  Location:  South Bend, IN, at the University of Notre Dame.

And yet, this quote -- included in Barr's remarks just like so -- was actually taken from Madison's speech to the General Assembly of the State of Virginia, in the year 1778, and went something more like this:

"We have staked the whole future of our new nation, not upon the power of government; far from it. We have staked the future of all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments of God."
Alrighty then.

Now, in some respects, Barr was preaching to the choir; he is Catholic, and he was making his address before a room full of Catholics, and the like, so, there is that.

And given Barr is living as an individual in this country -- he carries the same liberties as everyone else in this country -- he has the right to say what he wants to say, to believe in what he wants to believe, and to walk his talk in his daily life.  And these liberties hold true no matter the audience, no matter if at work or play, for these liberties are all encompassing and walk with each of us, as individuals.

And yet, as Barr emphasizes throughout his remarks, he notes how the nation is losing its religion across the board, across state lines, across the continent, and delves into making further observations as to what this truly means for America.  And it isn't good.

Barr says:

On the one hand, we have seen the steady erosion of our traditional Judeo-Christian moral system and a comprehensive effort to drive it from the public square. 
On the other hand, we see the growing ascendancy of secularism and the doctrine of moral relativism. 
By any honest assessment, the consequences of this moral upheaval have been grim.
and in about the next breath, details said consequences like so:

In 1965, the illegitimacy rate was eight percent. In 1992, when I was last Attorney General, it was 25 percent. Today it is over 40 percent. In many of our large urban areas, it is around 70 percent. 
Along with the wreckage of the family, we are seeing record levels of depression and mental illness, dispirited young people, soaring suicide rates, increasing numbers of angry and alienated young males, an increase in senseless violence, and a deadly drug epidemic. 
As you all know, over 70,000 people die a year from drug overdoses. That is more casualties in a year than we experienced during the entire Vietnam War.
And as the story of America unfolds, just how do we respond to our growing issues of a fallen, desperate, sick, morally corrupt, addicted society?  We call in "the State to mitigate," as he says.

Are you ready for it?  Here it goes -- Barr, speaking to the mitigation process:

So the reaction to growing illegitimacy is not sexual responsibility, but abortion.
The reaction to drug addiction is safe injection sites.
The solution to the breakdown of the family is for the State to set itself up as the ersatz husband for single mothers and the ersatz father to their children.
The call comes for more and more social programs to deal with the wreckage. While we think we are solving problems, we are underwriting them.
We start with an untrammeled freedom and we end up as dependents of a coercive state on which we depend.
Interestingly, this idea of the State as the alleviator of bad consequences has given rise to a new moral system that goes hand-in-hand with the secularization of society.  It can be called the system of “macro-morality.”  It is in some ways an inversion of Christian morality.
Christianity teaches a micro-morality. We transform the world by focusing on our own personal morality and transformation. 
The new secular religion teaches macro-morality. One’s morality is not gauged by their private conduct, but rather on their commitment to political causes and collective action to address social problems.

there it is:
That thing called self-government, to govern ourselves accordingly, for the benefit of the whole.

The truth is, this is a story as old as time itself.  The Rise and Fall of Civilizations is nothing new, right?  It's just new for America.  And just who could ever have imagined it would come to this?

Well, for starters, heeding to another quotation [by Barr] of one of our Founding Fathers, John Adams -- our founders saw this day coming and made their own fair warning, right up front:  “We have no government armed with the power which is capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Which explains why things have become so unglued in less than twenty five years.  The secular missionaries of the Left -- the radicals, progressives, socialists, community organizers --  have not only made secular advances in replacing, if not totally dismissing, the essential elements of religion in daily life, but have also made nearly routine, the unethical, amoral advancement of undermining the Constitution, itself.

Without a smidgen of doubt, the use of judicial power from state to state, has grown into a leftist machine -- making radical changes to society without so much as a second opinion.  As Barr notes, even Catholic institutions are being called out on being too Catholic, abiding by their faith too much!

AGAIN,  just who could ever have imagined it would come to this?

Let's head back to the year 1947, when a sociologist from Harvard wrote a book about just this topic, Family and Civilization, by Carle C. Zimmerman.  In simple, easy to understand words -- Zimmerman predicted this day would come, too...seventy-two years ago.  Cataloged between the binding, Zimmerman frames the fall of civilization by the following characteristics:


  • increased and rapid "causeless" divorce
  • decreased number of children, population decay, and increased public disrespect of parenthood
  • elimination of the real meaning of marriage, marital ceremony
  • popularity of pessimistic doctrines about the early heroes
  • rise of theories that "companionate" marriage, couples living together, and allowing for a permissible looser family form would solve the problem
  • the refusal to maintain family traditions
  • breaking down of most inhibitions against adultery
  • revolts of youth against parents, making parenthood more difficult
  • juvenile delinquency
  • common acceptance of all forms of sexual perversions
Our issues, in America, stem from this kind of breakdown of the family unit, in concert with losing our religion, which can only lead to fundamental and detrimental changes to society as a whole.

And, as you can well imagine, Zimmerman quickly lost all respect after this book was published; ostracized by his community of peers who believed to know better and, ironically, chocking up his warnings to that of near heresy. 


Ah, but Zimmerman was right.  Along with all the other historians over all time, who not only recognized, but truly understood, just what the Fall of Man -- the fall of Civilization -- looks like, acts like, talks like, and walks like, no matter in the light of day or dark of night. And for some of us, this realization is historically made significant the day Jesus was nailed on the cross, and ultimately glorified by His resurrection on the third day.

Barr continues speaking of faith, hope and love, much like that of a famous letter to the Corinthians...taking this address to great heights, while making clear of his intentions moving forward, being a man in his position -- the top attorney in all the land.

There is some glimmer of light:

Because this Administration firmly supports accommodation of religion, the battleground has shifted to the states. Some state governments are now attempting to compel religious individuals and entities to subscribe to practices, or to espouse viewpoints, that are incompatible with their religion. 
Ground zero for these attacks on religion are the schools. To me, this is the most serious challenge to religious liberty.  
For anyone who has a religious faith, by far the most important part of exercising that faith is the teaching of that religion to our children. The passing on of the faith. There is no greater gift we can give our children and no greater expression of love. 
For the government to interfere in that process is a monstrous invasion of religious liberty.
and continuing,

We understand that only by transforming ourselves can we transform the world beyond ourselves. 
This is tough work. It is hard to resist the constant seductions of our contemporary society. This is where we need grace, prayer, and the help of our church. 
Beyond this, we must place greater emphasis on the moral education of our children.
Education is not vocational training. It is leading our children to the recognition that there is truth and helping them develop the faculties to discern and love the truth and the discipline to live by it. 
We cannot have a moral renaissance unless we succeed in passing to the next generation our faith and values in full vigor.
still
it is all about transforming ourselves, one by one, from the inside out.

The fact is that no secular creed has emerged capable of performing the role of religion. 
Scholarship suggests that religion has been integral to the development and thriving of Homo sapiens since we emerged roughly 50,000 years ago. It is just for the past few hundred years we have experimented in living without religion. 
We hear much today about our humane values. But, in the final analysis, what undergirds these values? What commands our adherence to them? 
What we call "values" today are really nothing more than mere sentimentality, still drawing on the vapor trails of Christianity.

indeed

It's called raising the Barr, raising the bar, raising the Barr bar and it's all good.


"THE FACT IS THAT NO SECULAR CREED HAS EMERGED CAPABLE OF PERFORMING THE ROLE OF RELIGION."  Period.

"What we call 'values' today are really nothing more than mere sentimentality, still drawing on the vapor trails of Christianity."

Which begs the question, wonder how much longer it will last...this wee little vapor trail of Christianity, with the potential of vanishing into thin air almost any day now.

At least we still got  our Free Speech, right. right?   right?  right?

Make it a Good Day, G

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

It's to the Power of John D. Thing

Dear America,

“What gets measured gets managed.”


indeed.
and while this day will turn out to be a different kind of day for the ole G Thang, it will surely be a simple day to measure and manage.

what started out as just a random visit, intending to be just in and out while checking in with an old muse of mine @The Art of Manliness --  a couple clicks later, I became fully engrossed in the reading of a short biography on John D. Rockefeller.  (Written by Brett and Kate McKay -- and first published in 2016; it was updated in October of last year).

The thing that caught my attention was the hook -- Be Your Own Tyrant...and  from there, this girl was thoroughly engaged to the very end.  And to muse upon the muse just briefly, the post by the McKay's reflected their captivation with a book on Rockefeller, written by Ron Chernow. Thus, here we are --  thrice removed, Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller; the Art of Manliness:  Be Your Own Tyrant; to little me, G.  

And if I may be so bold -- it's real men like John D.  who have made America what it is today.
(teehee, there's a personal bit of wit in there, but you'll never know :)

“I would rather be 
my own tyrant 
than have some one else 
tyrannize me.”

that makes a whole lot of sense.  thank you, John D.

Be your own tyrant...brilliant.

From Practicing Persistence to Paying Attention to Details to Living Frugally (even after amassing great wealth), if you read nothing else today, let it be this.

No, silly; not me. 
Stop reading me full stop and read the full post by the McKay's; but wait, there's more...click on the link directing you to Amazon and order the book, Titan...!

These are the very things, the ideals, the motivations -- through the mind of John D. -- that truly are the key to success, that work equally and without prejudice, if applied daily.

America's leaders need to be reminded about these things, especially that little thing at the top of the morning, "what gets measured gets managed."  Our leaders hesitate to measure anything in real numbers, over real time, and that is a problem.  More on that to come; the thing is, it may take days to finish my thoughts on John D....days. maybe even a lifetime.

Make it a Good Day, G

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

It's True -- there is no governmental solution -- Thing

Dear America,

"...to decide the important question, 
whether societies of men 
are really capable or not 
of establishing good government 
from reflection and choice..."  
Alexander Hamilton, 
The Federalist Papers, No.1


To the first paragraph, in its entirety:

To the People of the State of New York: 
AFTER an unequivocal experience of the inefficiency of the subsisting federal government, you are called upon to deliberate on a new Constitution for the United States of America. The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world. It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force. If there be any truth in the remark, the crisis at which we are arrived may with propriety be regarded as the era in which that decision is to be made; and a wrong election of the part we shall act may, in this view, deserve to be considered as the general misfortune of mankind. This idea will add the inducements of philanthropy to those of patriotism, to heighten the solicitude which all considerate and good men must feel for the event. Happy will it be if our choice should be directed by a judicious estimate of our true interests, unperplexed and unbiased by considerations not connected with the public good. But this is a thing more ardently to be wished than seriously to be expected. The plan offered to our deliberations affects too many particular interests, innovates upon too many local institutions, not to involve in its discussion a variety of objects foreign to its merits, and of views, passions and prejudices little favorable to the discovery of truth.
I have started this morning's musings based upon the September issue of Imprimis, the readers monthly from Hillsdale College.  This month, featuring an adaptation of a speech made by Myron Magnet, the author of the book, Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution.

Being just a few pages, it's surprisingly a difficult read; expect to become engulfed in a rather tight weave of the finer points of a few hand-picked Supreme Court cases -- dabbling in precedence, findings. and usurpation of the law, if any, and tying the knot with a brief biography of Clarence Thomas (advancing the belief, his grandfather saved him from a life of victim-hood and despair). 

At the end, Myron confirms what Clarence Thomas grew to know firsthand, and what very well could serve as the saving grace in the days ahead:  "there is no governmental solution."

Exactly.


..to decide the important question, 
whether societies of men 
are really capable or not 
of establishing good government 
from reflection and choice..."

...in conjunction with the understanding that there truly is no governmental solution to most things.

As Magnet magnifies in his final words:  "Regardless of race, everybody faces adversity and must choose whether to buckle down and surmount it, shaping his own fate, or to blame the outcome on powerful forces that make him ineluctably a victim -- forces that only a mighty government can master.  The Framers' Constitution presupposes citizens of the first kind.  Without them, and a culture that nurtures them, no free nation can long endure."

The establishment of good government requires that it's most precious content IS not only it's citizens, but good citizens -- good, honest, hard working, conscientious, kind, citizens, with the integrity and wherewithal to behave appropriately in all places in society, especially within the powers of government.

To that end, we have lost touch with this kind of service to God and to country.  We have totally lost touch with establishing good government from reflection and choice.  We have totally lost our sense of responsibility to be self-reliant, dependent upon the virtues and outcomes of what may come simply by being a nation elevated in good, decent self-government, fastening the security of a nation from one generation to the next.

This nation was intended to be built upon GOOD people.  

No law can take the place of just being good decent people; and every solution to our problems lies within our own, purely independent, power to change behavior.  Like George said just yesterday:

“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”
― George Washington

I'm alarmed by what is happening in D.C. these days.

The more light shed upon the swamp, the uglier it gets.  Our Framer's would be so ashamed of us.

Just imagine how the history books will tell it in the years to come....speaking of which, while bouncing around La Jolla on Sunday, hitting an art show and the local farmers market, my baby and me walked into a used book store -- always a good move.  Talk about falling down a rabbit hole and losing an afternoon amid musty bindings, and all the while sensing it would be a marvelous way to go, being buried in books with one wrong move (picture a game of Pick-up Sticks, only with volumes of good reads stacked to the ceiling and three rows deep).

Lucky me, though, I came away with what is titled, the Concise Dictionary of American History. printed in 1962, by the Editors of Charles Scribner's Sons, New York (first printing in 1940).  It amounts to about 1050 pages from A to Z and begins with what was called "A.B.C. Conference, which met at Niagara Falls May-July 1914, after Argentina, Brazil and Chile tendered mediation to prevent a conflict between the United States and the Huerta regime in Mexico" and ends with ZOUAVES -- "The Zouaves were a class of light infantry regiments of the French Army serving between 1830 and 1962 and linked to French North Africa, as well as some units of other countries modelled upon them. The zouaves, along with the indigenous Tirailleurs Algeriens, were among most decorated units of the French Army".

Put in another light -- this girl is proudly in possession of this Concise Dictionary, weighing in at all of 4.8 lbs,  for only a dollar!  And I haven't even got to the best part; its previous owner signed the inside cover --  "Leslie & Sam Hinton"  -- written in fancy script.   

And, of course -- I had to Google it.

Lo and behold, discovered a sweet biography through Sam's obituary at the LA Times.  He died ten years ago -- at the age of 92! -- after making La Jolla his home (apparently Leslie passed away five years earlier).   In matters of context and life intersecting life, Sam died about the same time this thing called It's a G Thing came to be; Obama was president and we were knee deep in the creation of a brand new entitlement program, better known as Obamacare.  And I just couldn't keep my mouth shut any longer, that summer of 2009, I just couldn't.

I can appreciate how Sam's life seemed a wee bit all over the place -- what a kindred spirit of mine, right.  I loved this part about him, too:  "In 1942, he became a director of the Desert Museum in Palm Springs. In 1943 he took a post doing war-related research at the University of California’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. The research involved helping the U.S. Navy find better ways to carry the fight to the enemy or, as Hinton later put it, 'how to sink and not get sunk'.”  The personal overlap of family ties to Palm Desert and the Navy solidifies that feeling of interconnected lives we all weave, all our lives.  Indeed, how to sink and not get sunk...familiar with that kind of old-school humor.

The thing is -- establishing a good government from reflection and choice requires us to respect this kind of societal interconnection; every move we make bears an outcome, be it by one or by all.

Proving my ongoing theory meeting up with the amusing, age-old Monty Python skit--  it's my theory, and mine alone, and my theory is that we connect in the beginning, disconnect in the middle, and reconnect in the end.  (say it with a slightly high-pitched British woman's voice)

The Forward in my new Concise Dictionary of American History notes the following:

"Twenty years and more have passed since the Dictionary's first publication, years full of event and shock, glory and anxiety, the widening of our horizons and the deepening of national responsibilities.  Amid the complexities of our present course, a clear, accurate, unprejudiced knowledge of what we have been and what we stand for is demanded of every intelligent American.  Realms of knowledge which were once comfortably regarded as of value only to the teacher and scholar are now of immediate importance to us all.  Those for whom the Dictionary of American History was originally planned -- thinking, concerned men and women who wanted to know the facts of our national being so that they might make their present judgments with wisdom and without prejudice -- are counted no longer by the thousands but by the tens of thousands..."

The more history changes, the more history stays the same.

yet, again, there is emphasis on the thinking, concerned men and women -- this thing called reflection and choice continues to come up, no matter what happens.  And event and shock, glory and anxiety continue to play together, politely like taking turns.  The widening of horizons and the deepening of national responsibilities ever clear, ever present, and ever more important.

Yes, There it is again, that called anxiety.  It's like I'm back to the good old days, running on a theme.

Deep, deep breaths.

Everything will be okay, eventually. 
For a good start -- just aim for being good, in general.

Make it a Good Day, G


Thursday, October 10, 2019

It's to the Real Crisis Concealed Thing

Dear America,

"Do not be anxious in anything, 
but in everything, by prayer and petition, 
with thanksgiving, 
present your requests to God.  
And the peace of God, 
which transcends all understanding, 
will guard your hearts 
and your minds in Christ Jesus."
the Apostle Paul, near the end of his address 
to the Philippians (Ch. 4:6-7)

can I get an amen?
“Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.”
― George Washington

Thank you, George. Love that.

Moving right along to being more to the point, probably my favorite verse in the whole Bible, comes in the advice immediately following.  So to the Apostle Paul speaking to the Philippians one more time:

"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praise worthy-- think about such things,  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me -- put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you," (Philippians Ch. 4:8-9)

These are anxious days in America.  Newsflash: again.

While my Jesus Calling of daily devotions noted this just today: "Don't divide your life into things you can do by yourself and things that require My help.  Instead, rely on Me in every situation."

To which my reply is, yes, please. 

Summer is over.  
And given this stark reality -- my responsibilities to family, job, service organization, my own welfare, have collided into a whirlwind of activity from dawn until dusk.  But strangely enough, I'm finding that the more I slow down, the more I can accomplish; to be sure, this girl is venturing to capture the very essence of less is more in all things no matter where life takes me.   

And to that end, the sheer demand of being present with one thing at a time has allowed me to meet this intersection -- this continuously running four-way stop, juggling day to day things, pulling me this way, and that way -- without collision, and without so much as a ding (aside from the rather off-putting run-on sentence)  (cuz it's what I do!) (what ever)   

Moving right along...

It's not me; it's letting God do God's thing with me. What's the point in fighting it anymore; truth is, there is nothing that I do all by myself that I do very well.

Moving right along some more...

And this is just my observation (duh) -- but America, as a whole, seems to be in this place.   

No,  Not the position of letting God to God's thing...as we slip further and further away from that day in the life of America, losing our religion and all...; but the place called collision.  

And never you mind the logic, or the dictionary, but this place called collision happens to appear just after collusion.  I know.  weird, right?

Those links, plucked from my one of my favorite things -- The Patriot Post -- just gives a nice snapshot of the scene of the accident.  And to have it make sense, you need to read the second link before the first.  k?  And if you have already read the first before the second, it will be okay; no need to look back.  The further you get away from it in the rear view mirror, the better.  (Just say a little prayer and keep going, that's what I always do.)

Moving right along.  Be mindful of who you are listening to and the ulterior motives in the mix...

SYRIA.

What a mess.  

But I kinda like where this president is going with it.  

The thing is, people -- Trump said he was not in favor of this thing called Endless Wars.  And it's a pretty big deal in America.

Honestly, I'm confused by all the grief Trump is getting on this one.  The reality never changing on these Endless Wars, year in and year out, has been a horrific scene on the side of the road that nobody seems brave enough to walk away from, and I mean, nobody.  

America is not responsible for being the leader along the avenue of providing security forces for the entire world!  

It's like, how did we get here?  Why did I highlight that sentence as if rainbows and unicorns are dancing in my head? 

Moving right along,,,,
as a matter of fact, I think the president should do more of this.  

Pull out! Bring our troops home.  Let all the world provide their own security...if only for a nano-second in the great scheme of things.  

Better yet, start sending an invoice for services provided.  If you want American troops, with heavy artillery and a spirit of leave no man behind, we will comply and properly send all the world a bill.  How would that be?  

And yet, where would that invoice to the Syrian Kurds go?  Seriously?  Where would you send it?

Love this headline from The Washington ComPost:  "Trump downplays U.S. alliance with Syrian Kurds, saying ‘they didn’t help us in the Second World War’"

What amuses me, in this age of most Americans having war fatigue for quite some time now, is that we have finally come to a point of decision under Trump, to loosen the grip we have in the Middle East just an itty bitty bit, and suddenly people respond with oh my word, no, we can't do that...Seriously?

Now -- I have always believed that you go into war to win.  I have have always believed in peace through strength.  I have always believed in defending human rights, whether next door, or around the world.  I have always believed in keeping a strong military, national sovereignty, and secure American borders.  I have always believed that our national security, and the intrepid keeping of a well-regulated militia, is the MOST important, and quite possibly the MAIN, responsibility of our Federal Government...

And with that being said, I believe the world has taken advantage of America and her security resources.

The thing is,  it's Americans, everyday Americans, who have paid dearly for this good fortune all over the world -- in body, in limb, in mind, in soul, in assets and tax payer dollars!

I believe this aspect of policing the world's peace and security has got to come to a better understanding; it's just a consideration, don't hate.  

See more background at Nate Jackson's piece on Trump's Turkish Test.

In any event, between Trump's lack of eloquence, in general, and his natural ability to look like a bull in a china shop on any day, this whole Syrian scene is hard to ignore; the damage has been done and we can't seem to look away, let alone un-see it.    What else can we expect with the election of a mover and a shaker, and quintessential New Yorker, to the highest office in all the land?  This is Trump doing Trump things, as only Trump can do.  (Just hoping Trump prays on all things, too.)

Moving right along.  The whole world is a basket case.

Ah boy, the more I think about it, it's not so much the little things happening in my own little world that make me anxious, so much as the other things going on around me -- in the macro.  

And then again, this too, must be let go.

God is still in charge.

God has a plan.

God is not dead, no matter how many people around us act like it.

And this TRUTH gives me pause at every turn.  Awe, G, look both ways before you cross the street and then look up.

Look up. Indeed.  Look up.

And, look in; close your eyes and look inside and know that God is doing God's thing.  Rely on God in every situation, large and small, and all things will be well.  No matter what happens.

The drive-by media makes matters so much closer than they appear in the rear-view mirror; and not only that, the drive-by loves to accentuate the negative when it comes to any story, any decision, any thing and every thing this president does.  That is just a drive-by fact courtesy of yours truly.

Moving right along.  Collision, collusion, tomayto, tomahto.  It's all the same.  We survive by the Grace of God, large and small.  And to that end, it would be wise to be disciplined in the reliance of God in everything.

It is through this reliance that we are assured true peace, every day.

“The turning points of lives are not the great moments. 
The real crises are often concealed 
in occurrences so trivial in appearance 
that they pass unobserved.”
― George Washington

yes, a cryptic message at the end of this day just seemed like the right way to go.

Make it a Good Day, G


Thursday, September 26, 2019

It's Gossip Gone Awry Thing

Dear America,

there is no there there


here's the whistle-blower's complaint, blown way out of proportion, if you ask me.

the call between the US and Ukraine was like old friends chatting it up, and yet we are talking about a conversation between two international political powers.

There is definitely is no makings of a quid pro quo; there isn't even a threat to take military aid away...hello?  Who started that rumor, lame-stream media?

And the primary subject of clarification gathering was specific, and in reference to things that happened during the previous administration, namely the Vice President of the United States and his son  -- willing to bet President Obama had a few of those conversations while on the phone with world leaders, discussing aspects of the Bush Administration's response to 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and including defense secretaries, national security advisers, ambassadors, presidents of foreign countries, kings of foreign countries, Benghazi, the Arab Spring, the removal of powers in Egypt, Libya... and all kinds of key players in the US and abroad.  

I wonder, just how many things the Obama Administration investigated from behind closed doors?

A current presidential candidate wants America's blessing to have a go at the helm, and we are to believe that his proprietary involvement of financial dealings that benefited his son, along with having direct involvement with having a Ukrainian prosecutor released from his post (after getting too close to a clear and present international corruption) is not of interest?

This isn't about meddling with the 2020 election, but a full disclosure of the tarnishing of Joe Biden's integrity.

And that's what the Left is up in arms about.

And I can't believe this phone call and the so-called whistle-blower Intel does anything more than make a mockery of the lengths the Left will go to create a reason to impeach this president.

The whistle-blower complaint is a riot to read.   And yet, if this complaint is solely based on what this "whistle-blower" heard, hearsay, having not even been party to the room that keeps the records -- the room where intelligence officers/White House personnel record every presidential phone call in the first place -- then how in tarnation does a complaint like this go anywhere? It's a serious question.

The ridiculousness of this is off the freaking charts!  I mean, really, after all this time, and so much emphasis on collusion and campaign interference -- just who's colluding with who?  DNC anyone?  Hillary campaign anyone?  Adam Schiff anyone? Comey, McCabe...the list can go on and on and on.

 READ the phone call, and you be the judge.   And while you're at it -- just imagine living in a world where every conversation you have is being recorded, and at any moment, could be disclosed for all the world to hear?  This is all gossip gone awry, and it's horrible.   horrible.

Make it a Good Day, G

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

It's about Climate Change Kings, Queens and Pawns Thing

Dear America,

it's getting pretty ridiculous


Carol Roth: Stop scaring our kids – the world is NOT about to end and we are NOT all about to die

all my life,
there has been one provocative statement after another.

See HERE for some fine examples, all well documented and linked...

50 years of failed doomsday, eco-pocalyptic predictions; the so-called ‘experts’ are 0-50


but noooo, this time it's all for real.

right.

We know what is really going on here, don't we. It's a statement, not a question. 

 It's about globalism, a global economy, a smack down against national sovereignty of every nation.

Cue the president of the UNITED STATES, the UN-king of the bunch convening at the UN this week: 



indeed.  indeed.

Back to the political climate on climate change, from Carol Roth --- "Now, the adults who are supposed to be shielding kids from unlikely doomsday scenarios are forcing those beliefs upon them and using the kids as political pawns."

exactly. 

cue Greta.

not even her own parents are shielding her from this circus....matter of fact, they wrote a family memoir, being packaged and marketed just after Greta's 3am nightmares began (October 2018) -- and yet, the truth is, her mother wrote the memoir before Greta became so afflicted by this thing called climate change.  hmmmmmmm  isn't that interesting.

So is Greta a potential victim of climate change --- or ?  Thank you, Matt Walsh at Daily Wire.

And yet, here we are, experiencing en masse, a global meltdown, with children like Greta who will never forgive world leaders for their reckless, irresponsible, shameful response to climate change worldwide...because children like Greta have been led to believe they have less than 12 years to live now.  Right, AOC?   

She's the little miss from Queens who famously declared:  “Millennials and people, you know, Gen Z and all these folks that will come after us, are looking up, and we’re like: ‘The world is gonna end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change, and your biggest issue is how are we gonna pay for it?”

it's getting pretty ridiculous.

it's making my head spin.  

and yet, it's real.  this is really happening.  Our kids, the pawns, are falling victim to the most vicious kind of fraud.

there are not words.

Make it a Good Day, G  

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

It's a Thoreau Down Day Thing

Dear America,


"When I was 5 years old, 
my mother always told me 
that happiness was the key to life.  
When I went to school, 
they asked me what I wanted
 to be when I grew up.  
I wrote down "happy."  
They told me I didn't
 understand the assignment,
 and I told them, 
they didn't understand life."  
John Lennon
#262, from "Nothing is worth more than this day." book

indeed

now, it's not like we can run around being happy all the time, but the general sensation of happiness, satisfaction, contentment...in life... is definitely a fine aspiration, and one to hold close to our hearts and minds.

Granted, this thing called happiness seemed so essential in the early days of our founding, that it was mentioned within our Declaration of Independence..."we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."

In proper context -- as it's declared, HAPPINESS, in and of itself, is NOT one of our "unalienable Rights;"  it's the PURSUIT of this thing called happiness, that is distinguished -- and even more than that, a prerequisite of action is in place, to chase this somewhat elusive quality of happiness and its full, individual, embodiment.

And really, what an enigma, right?   One person's idea of happiness can be quite different from another's...

[imagine a long pause between]

oh, pardon me...
I was just in the midst of getting lost on the BrainyQuote website, trying to hunt down the famous Henry David Thoreau quote about happiness...you know the one, "happiness is like a butterfly...yadi yadi yada...if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder."

Turns out, Thoreau may not be its author after all -- not that google portends to make that truth known.  Gotta love the fact checking.

It's a perfect example of how something takes hold, and becomes something real, even when its not even close.   Just plug in "happiness is like a butterfly" and see what happens.

The Quote Investigator website made a thorough search for proof, it would seem, aiming to get to the bottom of it.  Kudos to QI.  

The closest reference to something close to this butterfly/happiness relationship seems to have come in around 1848....and it was in a column defining a few precious things, things like love and wealth and happiness. 

AND wouldn't you know it -- the definition of wealth jumped out at me as if it came with fireworks and a sky of splendor; and I'm quoting now:  WEALTH.—The sum which gives content, whether one dollar or a million.

i just love that.

any thoughts, Thoreau, like really, any of your thoughts on this?

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.

There is no value in life 
except what you choose to place upon it 
and no happiness in any place 
except what you bring to it yourself.

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

mind blown again and again and again.

These are the kinds of things that should be ingrained upon every American, to its fullest extent, in mind and body.  These are the kinds of things, ideas, that can change lives, for real.

Instead, Americans are being fed all kinds of untruths and false promises and wayward appeals in the latest wave of contenders meeting up with the 2020 presidential election.

Whether it is upon the woes of climate change, medicare-for-all, or illegal immigration -- the price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it, whether we are talking one to 300 million.

all I want to do today is sit and listen to HDT hit me with his best stuff.

but alas, that isn't going to happen. 

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
 ...thank you, HDT, and it would seem that I have a busy one going at the moment.

so now, given that I spent way too much time tootling around brainy quotes. I need to make my way into the rest of my day of responsibilities...you know, because.... "not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something." (also Thoreau)

Make it a Good Day, G

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

It's of Things RESOLVED and FURTHER RESOLVED Thing

Dear America,

and so it begins...
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors
 unanimously passed a resolution 
Tuesday 
declaring the National Rifle Association 
a domestic terrorist organization
 and 
urging other municipalities to do the same.


and it's written so well...they didn't leave anything out nor skimp on the stats.

wait
scratch that.

Even though they spent a fair portion of Resolution #190841 outlining the specifics of their grievances with the NRA -- including phrases pulled from our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution -- they conveniently left out the stipulations within the Second Amendment, which clearly states:

"A well regulated militia,  
being necessary to the security of a free state, 
the right of the people to keep and bear arms, 
shall not be infringed."

It's a basic, fundamental right to keep and bear arms in America.

And given that the National Rifle Association is an organization that primarily focuses upon the great responsibility, as free citizens, to act responsibly with regards to keeping and bearing such arms, this resolution is ridiculous and a stunt. 

The membership of the NRA are a force of actively participating hunters, gun owners, and average citizens, who believe that the right to keep and bear arms is a duty and privilege, of which Americans cannot take for granted, nor ignore the opportunity to teach and model appropriate gun use.

Guns are not the problem.
The NRA is not the problem.

The person pulling the trigger is the problem. 

And that is the result of many variables, including but not limited to, mental illness, drug usage/abuse, gang violence, domestic violence, general accidents, and of course, acts of terror by an individual, or group.  All mass shootings are acts of terror.  All shootings are acts of terror...whether it's on the streets of Baltimore, Chicago, or at the Gilroy festival last July.

None of which is the fault of the NRA.

and yet...ready for the big finish:

RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco intends to declare the National Rifle Association a domestic terrorist organization; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships our vendors and contractors have with this domestic terrorist organization; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the City and County of San Francisco should encourage all other jurisdictions, including other cities, states, and the federal government, to adopt similar positions.

seriously?

That the City and County of San Francisco should take every reasonable step to assess the financial and contractual relationships our vendors and contractors have with this domestic terrorist organization; 

So the blacklist method moves from Hollywood against Trump voters, to San Francisco against NRA members and its associations; wow, who ever would have thought this would happen... in America?

Like, what happened to coexisting?

Why so much hate against the one organization that preaches responsible behavior comes hand in hand with gun ownership?

Like, what, did the Gilroy shooter call up the NRA and seek its blessing before committing such a heinous crime?   Does the NRA promote mass shootings on its website somewhere?  Just how does this board connect the dots and bullets with any sense of logic? 

Based upon their logic, documented in this resolution, just maybe the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is guilty of domestic terrorism -- simply knowing that they have looked the other way to actual acts of violence against its own citizens, at the hands and handgun of UNsupervised illegals.  LIKE the STEINLE case, for example....HERE....  News gaining this kind of response from Ken Cucinelli:
"Kate Steinle was tragically killed because San Francisco proudly proclaims itself a sanctuary city," U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli tweeted Friday night. "How many more innocents will die b4 [before] sanctuary cities stop harboring violent criminals? This defies common sense, public safety, & human decency. #NoJustice."

Clearly, this Board of Supervisor's stunt appears to be more about fulfilling its radical agenda; initiating further action, as controversial as it is, should not surprise any of us.   This day was bound to come.  It's part of the natural progression in the evolution of leftists, in the staging and execution of a modern day coup from the inside, to overturn America's foundations; it's just what happens after San Francisco has already declared itself a sanctuary to illegals, and has become the poster child (Los Angeles being its twin) of a total non-nonsensical, reckless, open door policy to Americas homeless. 
Come one, come all.

I would carry a license to carry -- and carry everyday -- AND be a card-carrying-member of the NRA  -- if I lived in San Francisco right now.  just sayin'

This move by this board is ludicrous.

Dangerous.

And more than anything else, the sad truth is, these efforts will have no positive effect upon the actual issue of gun violence, whether it comes one person at a time, or via a mass shooting. 
----------------------------
RESOLVED, that it is the individual who needs the healing and the help.

FURTHER RESOLVED, it is at the level of family where this all begins.

FURTHER RESOLVED, by the extension of the proper education, we strengthen the making of our fellow citizens to be of good character, with an emphasis upon the safe keeping of not only guns, but also sound thoughts and right action --  given our natural and essential duty to God, to country, to one another as responsible citizens and members of one community.

FURTHER RESOLVED, by virtue of the order of all things, a simple life heeding the authority of a Higher Power, as in One Nation under God, recognizes our duty as individuals to be in relationship with the ideals of a virtuous society built upon trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship...and maybe a little brotherly love, too.  A sound adherence to natural law breeds a sound nature, sound body, sound whole.

FURTHER RESOLVED, this day in the life of an American girl is finished.


Make it a Good Day, G



Friday, August 30, 2019

It's the Prick Pit Pray Day

Dear America,


"His smarmy act has failed to conceal 
that he’s a sanctimonious prick. 
Make that a sanctimonious, dishonest, basically corrupt prick, 
who subordinated his duty to his country 
to selfish and shallow political and personal motives. 
He is a disgrace, 
and it’s a disgrace 
that he’s so far escaped 
prosecution."

teehee
Reynolds was responding to a piece at the New York Sun, It Seems Trump Was Right to Fire James Comey, posted just yesterday.

Just for the record, this girl didn't feel comfortable repeating his choice of words there...but just had to do it, you know, for the love of country, right Comey?

would love to read this piece, at the WSJ...
but alas, I can't.  As this girl doesn't have a subscription.  Guessing it's pretty good.

And yet, that boy comes out and says this stunner:

“I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a ‘sorry we lied about you’ would be nice.”
Thank you, Nate Jackson @The Patriot Post.  And you, too, can receive a wide variety of post, and it all comes to you free! if you just sign up on THE PATRIOT POST  mailing list....

Okay, so Comey is asking for a non-apology apology... after leading a total defamation investigation of his own, against a sitting president, lasting two years and wasting 35 million taxpayer dollars?  Seriously?

He cannot be for real.

My hope is that this IG report is holding back on the real treasure trove of illegal and obscene abuses of power yet to be revealed, and allowing this pompous fool to step in it for a wee bit.  

yes, this girl can dream.

Where is Comey's apology to Trump?   

After all is said and undone -- after purposely, and mindfully, setting up the president for a fall following the infamous Trump Tower meeting, after collecting data on the president, after telling the president to his face that he is not under investigation WHEN  IN FACT THE INVESTIGATION WAS WELL UNDER WAY  --  AND after finding that there is NO evidence of collusion, or obstruction of justice, and  after Comey's entire case was based upon a false dossier, paid for by democrat operatives....Comey expects the apology? 

Just gotta love this from The New York Sun:
Mr. Comey shouldn’t wait up for The New York Sun. We’re completely comfortable with our own concerns about Mr. Comey, which are sketched in a number of editorials about him in various jobs going back 15 years or more. They include, among others, “James Comey’s Chutzpah,”Comey’s Original Sin,” and “Comey’s Overreach.” All our concerns echo in the latest report.

Chutzpah meets original sin meets supreme overreach meets Trump IS RIGHT to FIRE Comey meets prick. it's a good day in America, no?  

Exactly, no.  No it is not. 

Can we all shake hands now and admit that America and the Office of the President have been taken down a rabbit hole surpassing all other rabbit holes, to date?   

Talk about insanity.

Talk about defamation.

Talk about the loss of unbiased journalism.

Talk about the elaborate framing of a sitting president that almost worked!

Talk about a lot of pricks in the ole pork-opine.

ugh.
it's all dirty....
a lousy, stinky, dirty corruption of power in the worst way. 
prick prick prick prick prick.   so many pricks and so little time.
  
Seems I've somehow fallen into a pit of pricks...

I can totally see why Glenn chose this word.  
It kinda feels good to say it.  
It almost carries the power to relieve the knot in the pit of my stomach.

now. let's talk about meeting up with the end of this day, shall we...
this day in the life of an American girl.

all that's left to do is pray.

It's the prick pit pray day, hope you enjoyed it.

Make it a Good Day, G


Wednesday, August 28, 2019

It's Reading is Fundamental Thing

Dear America,

"how cool is it that the same God 
that created oceans and mountains and galaxies
 looked at you and thought
 the world needs one of you too"

words found on a table decoration,  in a catalog called  natural life...give, love, laugh

i will shop here, one day, not just because it sells pretty things, it puts GOD is the cool category! can I get an amen?

you know what's not cool, is how things have changed.


Need another view, read Star Parker, here.  (it's also featured at The Patriot Post)

Here's a good part -- 

The founders of the country saw the nation’s existence, its faith and its posterity as a package deal. It all went together. 
Now we have a young generation, our future, that dismisses the importance of all the elements of that package. What might this tell us about where we’re headed? 
The operative questions are: Does the country have a future, a posterity, without children? And will there be children if there is no marriage and family? And will there be marriage and family if there is no religion and God?

good questions, Star.

And from Gary Bauer's piece --

The left’s war on faith has been going on since the 1960s, and it shows no signs of letting up. (The left has adopted radical environmentalism as its religion, and Big Government is its god.) Those on the left are only interested in the Bible as long as they can distort it to promote socialism and more government...
The Founders did not rebel against King George III because they wanted big government telling them what to do. They rebelled because they wanted limited government and individual freedom. If the Founders intended us to be a socialist nation, we would have been a socialist nation since 1789.

and talk about context as to what kind of government our FOUNDERS intended...another MUST READ -- also found @The Patriot Post -- comes from one of my all time favorite people, Walter E. Williams.  In this post, he is responding like a total gentleman to an absurdity happening under the direction of the New York Times, and a thing called "1619 Project."

Here's Williams --

There are several challenges one can make about Hannah-Jones’ article, but I’m going to focus on the article’s most serious error, namely that the nation’s founders intended for us to be a democracy. That error is shared by too many Americans. The word democracy appears nowhere in the two most fundamental founding documents of our nation — the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution...
The founders had utter contempt for democracy. James Madison, the acknowledged father of the Constitution, wrote in Federalist Paper No. 10, that in a pure democracy “there is nothing to check the inducement to sacrifice the weaker party or the obnoxious individual.” At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, delegate Edmund Randolph said, “that in tracing these evils to their origin every man had found it in the turbulence and follies of democracy.” John Adams said: “Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There was never a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall observed, “Between a balanced republic and a democracy, the difference is like that between order and chaos...”
 In addition to not understanding our Constitution, Hannah-Jones’ article, like in most discussions of black history, fails to acknowledge that black Americans have made the greatest gains, over some of the highest hurdles in the shortest span of time than any other racial group in mankind’s history.

so much of America's fundamentals, and what, precisely, America has accomplished over its last nearly 250 years, is so misunderstood or misaligned today.

Case in point, returning to the AOC for some chuckles...ya right, "young people are more informed and dynamic than their predecessors...they actually take time to read and understand our [world] history." And then also say, "I think this new generation is very profound, and very strong, and very brave, because they're actually willing to go to the streets..."  as if that's never happened before.

And Bernie is no help at all.  Talk about village idiots... 65 million Chinese later.  Yes, Bernie, leadership, like, under Chinese leaders, like Mao, is quite the legacy to follow.

so clearly, this girl has fed you many things to read today.

it's all good, matter of fact, how cool is it that the same God 
that created oceans and mountains and galaxies
 looked at you and thought
 the world needs one of you too

and you can read!

so read up, buttercup, and see you again real soon.  And thank you very much to the coolest place on the web for good reads every single day, @The Patriot Post!  

Make it a Good Day, G

Friday, August 23, 2019

It's in Review of a few Views Thing

Dear America,

"After centuries of extensive research, biologists admit that they still don't have any good explanation for how brains produce consciousness.  Physicists admit that they don't know what caused the Big Bang, or how to reconcile quantum mechanics with the theory of general relativity,"  (just part of page 252, of the book this girl is struggling to read, Sapiens... by Yuval Noah Harari)
as it turns out, as the pages have turned, I have lost count on the number of times the words 'we don't know,' or some variation thereof, have surfaced.

AND, as it may turn out, there is a God, Yuval;  God, that very THING who thought about making a universe and then some.  But whatever, let's agree to disagree and move on dot org.

Thing is, Yuval is just a guy; and the absolute truth is, he is limited just as all the rest of us are limited, as  people, you know -- to know everything.   Newsflash:  We will never have all the answers to all the questions of all the curiosities and imaginations and wondering our human consciousness produces, nor to all the problems we Sapiens face on planet earth.   That's what makes life so fun, right?

But what has become quite striking in the last few weeks -- in correlation to just yesterday's blog -- is the number of times climate change of thousands of years ago is referenced; it's as if the current climate and conversation on climate change has totally forgotten, if not blatantly dismissed and erased from memory, all of the periods of climate change (warm and cold) that has come before us.  And why?  To satisfy an agenda, pure and simple.  

Among this and other man-made myths, Yuval's book is rooted in bias, growing stronger and stronger as the pages turn.

And the irony is hard to ignore, given his in-depth study, the plethora of imagined absolutes in which mankind have fallen to, substantiating his history of humankind and all the while declaring just how much our Homo Sapien ignorance is based upon myth, imagined by the very limitations of our own small minds (and much smaller than our predecessors, mind you).    But I will keep reading your propaganda anyway, only another hundred pages or so to go.

This is interesting, from the chapter suitably titled The Flood --  "[A]t first, glaciers blocked the way from Alaska to the rest of America...around 12,000 BC global warming melted the ice and opened an easier passage."

And yet, according to mainstream media and leftists and elitists today, climate change is a direct result from the horrors of mankind TODAY, and from just yesterday, and the day before that, and forewarn that we have only twelve years to live before we meet our demise.  

While just before the chapter comes to a close, Yuval adds this observation:  "Don't believe tree-huggers who claim that our ancestors lived in harmony with nature.  Long before the Industrial Revolution, Homo Sapiens held the record among all organisms for driving the most plant and animal species to their extinctions.  We have the dubious distinction of being the deadliest species in the annals of biology."

The contradictions that all of us current day Sapiens are surrounded with, leveled by hypocrites, are weighing on me.  

I do applaud Yuval's efforts to effect change, I do.  He sees areas where humans can be better humans, indeed.  So true, so true.  I choose to buy cage free eggs; I love free range chicken and prefer to purchase Open Nature brand beef from my local Vons, alongside a bushel of organic kale that my family eats like it is candy.

Yuval, personally, tells us that he avoids association with the meat and dairy and egg industries, and as a matter of record, and what, quite possibly, precipitated his life's mission, he's hellbent on not getting "bogged down with mundane things," you know, things centered around money, career or mortgages (like most of us little people); he wants to tackle things falling under the uber-caption of what is commonly called the big picture -- because clearly, Yuval feels well equipped to educate us on such.  All of this precious incite, by the way, to the man, Yuval,  is found openly and purposely, in Sapien's final pages, as if he, himself, is an open book.  (yes, I jumped ahead to the Q&A at the back.  shoot me)

Yuval is anti-capitalist, anti-American, and anti-carnivore, to name a few.  

What Yuval is missing, among probably a few things, is a true understanding of what made America truly different (yet not perfect) from the start.  America was the exception, separated and standing alone from all other forms of government found round the world to date (you need to refresh your context page, Yuval).   We the People had more say, more control, more independence, more freedom to create a life of hard work and happiness than at any other time in the history of humankind.

Hence, the creation of a middle class heard round the world, and growing; hence, the creation of more millionaire millennials than ever before; hence, the movement of more women in business for themselves than at any other time in history.  

Hey, and just this week, my latest issue of Shape includes a spread titled, "WOMEN RUN THE WORLD."  Yes; it is nice to be recognized.  Finally. teehee

And yet, as expected, the list highlights 15 women (of which three work together, being founders of Her Campus Media, a leading college marketing and media firm) seems a wee bit one sided, to say the least.  Four out of the fifteen happen to be actors turned advocates of one thing or another; while the remaining eight are found on the cutting edge of a mission of their own, from fighting hunger to fighting for equality in fields of sport, investment, medicine and wellness.   Not sure if any of these fifteen movers and shakers happen to vote conservative, it doesn't appear so (but that could be a totally invalid assumption, right); be that as it may, the article prompted me to do a quick search on the stats of women in business today -- since everything evolves, and all.

And the latest stats are quite encouraging.  Four out of ten businesses are owned by someone who calls herself a female; this reveals a growth of 58% since 2007, generating 3.1 Trillion in revenue.  

And even more interesting to me is the happiness factor.  On a scale of 1 to 10, those women considered to be in the Boomer category (+50) are found to be 69%  at an 8 or higher;  millenials  are found to be 68% happy, being of an 8 or higher;  and generation x (those 40-49), are at a whopping 73% happy, measuring on the scale at an 8 or higher.   Stats courtesy of Guidant Financial. xx  

Now is this information reflected and discussed anywhere other than on this website?  Where is the media and the headlines?  Is there a reason that this solid majority of happy women are being overlooked, only to be outnumbered by the mass hashtags of the moment, like #metoo?  Or the popular narrative of the day... that the white man sucks, bigly.

And this just in --  heterosexuality is just not working.
thank you, Marcie Bianco; are you and Yuval in cahoots with one another?

brilliant.
um.  Without the heterosexual homo sapiens doing their thing, there are no sapiens.  Um "compulsory heterosexuality?"  Being a girl attracted to men all my life, how can you dismiss the majority of women in this country, and reduce our life, our natural inclinations and choices in lifestyle, to something equal to oppression, smacked with unhappiness, and a host of other woes? How intolerant and ignorant of you.
Patriarchy is at its most potent when oppression doesn’t feel like oppression, or when it is packaged in terms of biology, religion or basic social needs like security comfort, acceptance and success. Heterosexuality offers women all these things as selling points to their consensual subjection.
wow.

I'm all in for women -- of all walks of life; but I sure am sick and tired of feminists speaking for me.

anywho,  what a view, what a view.

as the world turns into a mosh pit echoing the wrongs, the inequalities, the inequities, the injustices, of the whole of mankind against the plants and animals, of male over female, maybe the lesson falls back to the essential liberties of the individual.

America is rooted in  individual rights and duties; our prosperity and societal order requires each of us to find our way, be self-reliant, and be responsible for our own sound, principled and decent self-government.   This is the very foundation that gives empowerment to people, all people, to speak, advocate, promote, and write whatever they wish.

From Benjamin Franklin, in a snippet from The Way to Wealth:  "But without industry we must likewise be steady, settled, and careful, and oversee our own affairs with our own eyes, and not trust too much to others...Trusting too much to others' care is the ruin for many; for In the affairs of this world men are saved, not by faith, but by the want of it;...


oooh this girl loves a real, learned man...

Make it a Good Day, G











Sunday, August 18, 2019

It's to the Provocateur in Question Thing

Dear America,

happy August.

it's been a
busy
adventurous
squirrelly
and, mostly happy, couple of weeks, close to a month, since my last post.
alas, here I am...having returned from Big Pine, the Bristlecone Pine Forest, Yosemite, and breathing in a giant sequoia named Grizzly.

here's an interesting bit of knowledge and perspective -- you know, given the latest climate on climate change at the hand of mankind....

"California's western Sierra Nevada had more frequent fires between 800 and 1300 than at any time in the past 3,000 years, according to a 2009 study based upon tree-ring research. Scientists reconstructed the history of fire during this droughty period by dating the years in which fire scars were found in ancient giant sequoia trees in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park. The result: These 500 years, known as the Medieval Warm Period, had the most frequent fires in the 3,000 years studied. During this period extensive fires burned through parts of the Giant Forest at intervals of about 3 to 10 years. Any individual tree was probably in a fire about every 10 to 15 years."

what?
you mean all that happened, fires burning "more frequently" and at intervals of "3 to 10 years"  coming at the same time of what has been named  the "Medieval Warm Period"....a droughty period, with a long list of fire scars to prove it?  Fires happening MORE frequently than at any other time in the past 3000 years?

like, seriously?

How thought provoking.

and not to leave the Bristlecone Pine out of the conversation:
"This bristlecone pine chronology, developed here in the White Mountains by University of Arizona researchers and Dr. Henry Michael of the University of Pennsylvania is the longest in the world and provides an unequaled look into past climatic and environmental conditions. 
For many years now, scientists, archeologists, and historians have relied on a dating system known as radiocarbon dating. It was discovered back in the 1960s that this process was flawed and needed to be calibrated. The wood from bristlecone pines helped correct this process by providing samples that could be precisely dated. Scientists dated these samples by counting their growth rings; they then measured the amount of carbon-14 (C-14) in those same samples. They discovered that the radiocarbon dating process was providing dates that were "too young" and established a calibration factor to correct the dating process. 
Faulty C-14 data obtained before the bristlecone pine calibration was then re-examined and corrected. Archeologists found that some artifacts discovered in Europe were actually 1000 years or older than previously thought. This revision of archeological site dates led historians to a reinterpretation of cultural diffusion throughout the Mediterranean and European areas. Because the bristlecone pines of this grove provided the wood to recalibrate the radiocarbon dating method, they have become known as the trees that rewrote history."

And yet, more thought provoking things.

And before I go on, just as a matter of record, my thanks to the National Park Service and to the United States Department of Agriculture/Forest Service....for the quick links to this history and information.  If you are keeping track, the U.S. Department of Agriculture manages the US Forest Service which manages the National Park Service...can't help but notice that there are almost as many layers of management as there are rings in the trees in them parts; what else is new, right?

But check that out -- that bit about the Bristlecone getting the credit for re-calibrating the dating methods and being recognized as THE tree that "rewrote history."  I just love that; we humans don't know everything, even when we think we do.

Which brings me to a crazy, provocative new book I just started reading:  Sapiens -- A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

Here's something interesting, from only the second chapter  --

"Ever since the Cognitive Revolution, Sapiens have thus been living in a dual reality.  On the one hand, the objective reality of rivers, trees and lions; and on the other hand, the imagined reality of gods, nations and corporations.  As time went by, the imagined reality became ever more powerful, so that today the very survival of rivers, trees and lions depends on the grace of imagined entities such as the United States and Google."
try and tell that to the Bristlecone Pine, Yuval.

Wow, Yuval.  Thought provoking and hilarious. Can hardly wait til chapters nineteen and twenty. 

We get so full of ourselves sometimes (myself included).

No wonder Bill Gates is quoted on the front, while Barack Obama is quoted on the back.

Wait, don't walk, isn't that racist?  

And never you mind that in the first chapter, Yuval says this:  "Like it or not, we are members of a large and particularly noisy family called the great apes...Just six million years ago, a single female ape had two daughters.  One became the ancestor of all chimpanzees, the other is our own grandmother."  Moving forward with some modicum of caution, it might make sense to you that I had to take a break before venturing into the third chapter, when Yuval begins to examine the fictitious nature of Adam and Eve. oh joy to the world that will be...

The thing is, in this very moment, this girl is more captivated by the cover of the book -- all of a sudden, all I can do is gaze upon a single smudge of a thumb print, dotting the letter i of Sapiens...and given how this day all began, all I see is tree rings.

Yuval and the rings are making me dizzy.  so so dizzy in thought.

Yuval -- page 28 -- "Yet none of these things exist outside the stories that people invent and tell one another.  There are no gods in the universe, no nations, no money, no human rights, no laws, and no justice outside the common imagination of human beings."

Wow.  How so very absolute of him,  there are no gods in the universe, the little man said.

As if, Yuval.
How in tarnation do YOU really know that?

Like for real; how can this guy speak as if God is absolutely, without a doubt, totally fiction,  simply myth created by man to control man.  Sure, on one level I understand where he is coming from --  he's this  somewhat cynical, learned man questioning culture, questioning the little sheep following the Shepherd, questioning the very foundation of everything we believe, lambasting our ignorance and in proper turn, the unprecedented destruction upon the earth, of both resources and our fellow man.  We get it.

and on another level, something tells me that all of this is just part of the plan, and prophesied thousands of years ago, too.

Thing is, I question anyone who speaks in terms of proclaiming there is NO GOD unless imagined in our own small minds.

Oh, and yes, I will tell you what Obama said, quoting the quote from the back cover verbatim:

"Interesting and provocative...It gives you a sense of perspective on how briefly we've been on this earth, how short things like agriculture and science have been around, and why it makes sense for us to not take them for granted."

very nice Barack.  I love the use of the  dot dot dot; it gives us the sense that quite possibly more was said, and yet, I believe there wasn't.   It's an endearing flashback to that long pause, and that occasional stutter, as you reached out into the air to pluck each and every word off the tree like an apple.  It's stylistic,  smart -- allowing the reader to get a sense of just how deeply you think about things, because you do; because you care so much; because we've been brainwashed to believe you are really really super intelligent, the smartest president we've ever had. 

Just one more way this book reminds me just how much this world is run by narcissistic, haughty, intellectuals who just want to control the entire universe already; because they, truly, know what's best for all of us lame humanoids.

but my question is -- what is Barack talking about?  Who takes our science and agriculture for granted these days?   when all we really do is analyze how we Sapiens can be better caretakers of this world? 

Isn't it better, Yuval, that we Sapiens are not still running around being hunters and gatherers, or even all farmers and herders?  Looking at it logically, especially from a logistical standpoint, there just isn't enough real estate on God's great earth for all of us to farm and herd and hunt and gather our days away.

And what is with the inability to embrace human advancement, in areas of science and industry?  Since when did the evolution of humankind become such a dirty topic?  I sure as heck don't want to be living back in the dark ages, or even two hundred years ago!   I might go as far back as the early 1900's, just to take part in the suffragette movement --  and of course wear those clothes -- there is that.  But really, I kinda like where I am, I am.

I guess in some ways, this girl is looking forward to reading more about the history of Sapiens through the looking glass of a guy with a PhD from the University of Oxford -- even if it kills me.  Which it won't; just being a wee bit dramatic.  (Yuval started it.)

Ahhh looking back, I talked to a few trees in my journey of the last few weeks; and it was good.

TO smell them
TO touch them
To gaze all the way up and down their magnificent stature, and to hear the rustling of the leaves and needles, all under the backdrop of a glorious, big blue sky...God Is.  Indeed God Is.

Everything begins in thought.

We create and we destroy with first a thought to create or to destroy. (Which also supports the argument that it's not about more gun control; SAPIENS, very bad sapiens, are to blame, but I digress.)

Humankind is made in God's image because God made it so.

Even the Universe was created with a thought, a thought to create a universe.
And all the while, the Big Bang Theory is NOT settled science. Why?  Because NOBODY on this planet knows everything.

And the funny thing is, no PhD is needed to question the day's provocateur, Yuval.
And isn't that a good thing.

and on that note, this is the end.
Not THE end, but just the end.

thank you for listening...
and with a nod to the great outdoors, to the high Sierra, to the air, the stars, the energy, the quiet, a road trip come and gone, this girl is happy to be back in the saddle again.

Make it a Good Day, G