Thursday, December 22, 2016

For Such A Time as This

This is a little request. What I want for Christmas is for folks to give our President Elect the same opportunity to  mess up as you did for the last President. You all gave him eight whole years worth. All I am asking for is 8 months. 8 months free of pointless protests, angry tweets, comedians taking pot shots, etc. I know this would be terribly hard for some and you may need to join a support group or take up residence in your safe space.  Maybe college students could take a semester off and work in the fast food industry if they don't already. It makes you a much more eager and diligent student when you return the following semester. I would also like to not see the Clintons or Obama for those eight months. Go on another vacation in a remote area and keep a low profile. Wear disguises. Might I suggest Brazil or Honduras.  And finally for pity sake stop trying to start a war with Russia. THEY HAVE PULSE WEAPONS!  Forget about the nukes. No one wants to use those. The fallout drifts dimwits. So 8 months that all. Give Trump a chance. And make the wall a toll road and it will pay for itself.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Did Hillary Really Win the Popular Vote?

This passed on to me by my friend GI John

 
 
 

 


Did Hillary really win the popular vote in all states, as the progressive
Liberal Democrats want you to believe?

So I ask you; do we give Hillary the election because she won the popular vote because of the numbers in one state? Read on you may find these fact very interesting.

We hear a cacophony of blaring and bleating from the media and the Hillary
gaggle that she won the popular vote, therefore she should be president,
60,839,497 to 60,265,847.  47.8% to 47,3% with the remaining 4.9% going to the other candidates.

Let's look at the facts:

Trump won the popular vote in 31 states to her 19 and DC. in numbers this
equates Trumps 62% to Hillary's 19%.

Trump led in the total popular vote for all states except California.

Hillary won California 5,860,714 to Trump's 3,151,821. 61.6% to 33.1% exclusive of the other candidates.

Thus California gave Hillary the popular vote for all states as claimed by the
Democrats and their media stooges.

Now let's deduct her California vote from her national vote leaving her with
54,978,783, then deduct Trump's California vote from his national total, leaving him with 57.113.976; Trump wins (the National popular vote) in a landslide in the other 49 states, 51.3% to her 48.7%.

So, in effect, Hillary was elected president of California and Trump was elected president of the rest of the country by a substantial margin.

This exemplifies the wisdom of the Electoral College, to prevent the vote of any one populace state from overriding the vote of the others.

Trump's Campaign Manager, Kellyanne Conway, whose expertise is polling, saw this early on and devised her strategy of "6 pathways to the White House".

This meant ignoring California with its huge Democrat majority & illegal Alien voters, and going after the states that would give him the necessary electoral votes to win, FL, NC, MI, PA, OH, and WI.  It worked and our country is safe.

And now, we watch Green Parties stunning 1% of vote Dr. Jill's recount! Really?  (SHE'S AN IDIOT)

 




Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thank Goodness for a Simple Meal








This is a reprint of a previous Turkey Day Hint page.


I found out a few restaurant chains offer a good turkey day dinner.  Boston Market, Bob Evans, Denney's, Perkins, and your local family style restaurants often offer a turkey day meal.  The chains offer take away at Boston and Bobs.  Check the others for  hours and if you need to order ahead to insure availability. 

Stove top is a clear bet for easy dressing if you prefer to prepare at home but quick. Instant Mashed varieties of potatoes are better than they used to be and canned and jared gravies are good with a little added sage or bells turkey seasoning.

Maria C's Turkey day frozen dinners are rated well for frozen.

Country Crock offers fresh ready to heat and eat stuffing and mashed potatoes that are quite good.

Consider a Purdue or Butter Ball fresh small turkey or turkey breast.  A Hormel boneless fully cooked half or quarter ham ready to heat and eat.

Every local market is offering great buys on apple and other fruit pies and pumpkin for an average cost of 3.99 or 5.99 in their bakeries as well as BOGOs. 

Feeding a large crowd?  Boston Market caters for pickup or delivery depending on size of order.  They offer both ham and turkey meals but you need to order today.

What am I going to do? Going to attend a group meal. 

Hope you have a good day on Turkey Day.  Many Blessings in the coming year and a big hug from FRG. Now the reprint.




Growing up Thanksgiving was by far my most favorite holiday. All the pleasure of Christmas without the pressure of presents. It also was a holiday that involved thanking the creator for our blessings that year and was a holiday when the Native American was celebrated for helping the white man.

In honor of that I offer up some holiday tips to both veteran hosts and hostesses as well as newbees.

Rule number one remember it's not about the food its about the fellowship. You don't have to have turkey, chicken, a tv dinner, a brisket, Denney's, soup, anything can be a Thankgiving meal. Remember the first one was just a big pot luck meal. In your haste and hurry don't forget to be in each moment for time passes quickly and memories are meant to be sweet and savoured.

If you are alone this year it need not be lonely. Volunteer somewhere that day. Volunteer to work for a coworker. Help out at a hospital,soup kitchen,church, the VA,military base, meals on wheels,etc.

If you are housebound and have a phone start a call tree and wish folks a happy day. Or make it a day of prayer for your loved ones, your country etc. Have a tv, enjoy the parades or sports or Christmas movies on tv.

For those with the task of hosting the day here are a few tips.

Housecleaning. Most import just have a clean bathroom. No one will notice anything else. Hire a merry maid for a day to do the general house cleaning. Have kids. Put them to work. Always include children in prep and cooking. Making memories folks. Mom or Dad can't do it all. TGD is about community.

Need more seating? Rent or borrow from family and friends. Tell them it is BYOC bring your own chair.

Turkey Tips

Don't be stressed about the turkey. Easiest thing to cook in the world. Still a little frozen? Keep it in the wrapper and place it in a clean sink or a large tub with cold tap and turn it periodically changing the water if it gets warm. This speeds the defrost. And don't forget to pull the giblet and parts bag out of the inside cavities. The bags are usually located in the inside cavity and at the front under the neck flap. Purchasing at the last minute, go for a fresh or fully cooked turkey. Avoid discounted frozen turkeys you may run into a bad one. Your turkey is the featured player so buy a good one.

What do you do with those parts. If the heart, liver, gizard  etc look rich in color they can be prepared to use in the stuffing or deep fried etc. If not, toss out. The neck and the tail numb you will remove from the base of spine of the bird are good to boil with the organ parts in about five cups of water with an onion cut in half, some stalks of celery with the leaves and a carrot for broth for gravy and use in stuffing. Boil and then simmer for a 2-3 hours to render the flavor from the meat and the fat from the skin. Strain out the solids and save the organ meats except for the gizzard and throw out the tail. De skin the neck and some of the meat can be pulled off and chopped fine to use in the stuffing. If the heart is tender finely chop it and the other organ meats and it also can be used in the stuffing.

What seasoning means TG? Sage. Sage is that key seasoning that permeates stuffing, turkey and gravies. One of the best turkey seasonings around is Bell's Turkey Seasoning. It has a heavy accent of sage and that's what makes it great on and in your turkey, stuffing and gravy. Now I know you may prefer cajun or injectables, or sweet rather than savory sauces, but for the old fashioned Momma style Sage is the Daddy of TG flavors.

Turkey seasoning is simple salt, pepper, paprika and bells turkey seasoning or sage inside and out after you put a little olive oil on the outside of the bird so the seasonings stick. If you are allergic to any seasonings just leave them off.  Many injectable seasonings are available as well as sweet and savory glazes for the end of cooking. If you stuff don't over stuff and pack in the stuffing. Lightly put in a few tablespoons and put the rest of the stuffing in a baking dish to cook in the oven. Remember stuffing the bird lengthens the cooking time and only stuff just before you put it in the oven. Any turkey will come with temp,time baking instructions based on weight. make sure you write down the weight and when you put the turkey into the oven. Many turkeys come with pop up timers but use a meat thermometer periodically to test for doness. Try to avoid opening and closing the oven too much it will lengthen the cooking time. Figure on basting about every 45 minutes and that is about the time to look at the meat thermometer. Also remember when choosing the bird the smaller the turkey the tenderer the bird. Buying two small birds for a larger group can be a good thing. Cook one the day before pouring the juices over the cut up parts in a reheatable dish and cover tightly and refrigerate. Cook the second bird the day of for presentation and smell. You'll have 4 legs and thighs and 4 wings and everyone will be happy. Also consider using a large roaster cooker and cook both birds at the same time. When open roasting in a roasting pan remember to tent the breast top and put some foil over the legs and wing area as they cook so they don't over cook. When checking temp remember that the turkey will continue to cook as it rests before slicing so if it's about 5 degrees under temp that's not a bad thing. If it's five over it may be a little dry but gravy is wonderful thing. Don't be afraid to use Turkey size cooking bags to cook your turkey. This is a great way for newbee's to have a moist Turkey.

If you don't have one, invest in an electric knife or borrow one. It makes for even cuts and easy cutting of the Turkey.

If you are making pies and stuffing do it the day before. Traditional pumpkin has time to cool and you can papertowel off any beaded sugar moisture before refrigerating. Keep fruit pies out of the frig and place in a secured location with a little foil lightly on top after it is completely cooled to keep the crust crispy. This goes for baked frozen fruit pies as well.

Don't be afraid to ask guests to bring something like rolls, corn bread, vegetable casseroles, salads, deserts etc. It lifts the burden for you and really captures the real meaning of the first Thanksgiving and keeps family and friends recipes alive. Suggest they bring a copy of their recipe to share with the other guests.

For hosts on the go with little time supermarkets have a variety of time savers such as seasonal side dishes ready for the microwave from Bob Evans ,Country Crock or the Deli like stuffing, mashed potatoes, greenbean casserole etc. As I said before precooked turkeys available for reheat are also available. Consider cooking just a Turkey Breast or a Turkey Roast.

Gravy can be a thing. It doesn't have to be. Use a jared sauce or dry gravy packet and add some of the juices from the bird in the gravy and add some pepper and some bells turkey seasoning or sage and your sauce will taste from scratch. Always make twice to three times the amount of gravy you think you will need because folks like it on turkey,stuffing,potatoes, and biscuits. Rule of thumb you can never have enough gravy. Keep a pot on the stove warm and covered to refill and reheat the gravy service.

Mashed potatoes are easy. Plan on 5lbs for 8-10 people 10 for a larger group. Red Potatoes or Yukon Gold seem to be the best choices and the creamest. Pick large ones for less peeling. This is a great job for guests and kids to participate. Go to a dollar store and pick up more than one of those slip style peelers and instruct. And reserve the knive and cubing to a more experienced volunteer. Drop the cut up potatoes in the boiling pot filled with cold water.Then boil in water after peeling cutting up into uniform med pieces until a fork breaks them apart. Drain the water and mash with a masher or hand mixer until lump free add a stick of real butter for every five lbs and then add about a can of condensed milk slowly mixing with a mixer until the potatoes make peaks. Remember not to go too thin because gravy will be added . Add salt and pepper to taste. I use white pepper so as not to put off folks with a black pepper avoidance issue. For more flavor or creaminess you can use sourcream or fresh smashed roasted garlic. But again remember gravy is going to be poured on this so there is a lot of seasoning that is going to be on these potatoes. Got your potatoes too thin or using mashed potatoes from a store bought turkey dinner kit. Instant potatoes can be added to warm mashed to thicken the consistency.

Stuffing Tips

Stuffing is easy today with all the stuffing kits available from stove top to pepperidge farm. And drying out in a low oven any stale bread like hot dog buns etc. to add makes for an economical dish. Everyone has different traditions but if you are looking for standard you can add small chopped sauted in butter celery and onions and then fold in a fresh diced apple with skin on and sprinkled with lemon juice along with enough cups of chicken or turkey broth to saturate the bread moist but not soggy based on the cups of bread crumbs you are using. This is also the time to add any meat from the Turkey or sausage etc . Fold in a beaten egg and season with salt,pepper to taste , a teaspoon of sugar and a tablespoon of Bell's seasoning or sage and a tablespoon of parsley.(Note if you are using stove top or preseasoned stuffing mixtures all you may need is a little salt and pepper and a hint more of sage. Folks also add things like Pinenuts, finely chopped sauted carrot,rehydrated craisins or raisins etc. Cover and let that mixture rest in the mixing bowl in the frig for the flavors to go through and moisture to permeate. When ready see if any more liquid needs to be added or additional bread crumbs. Remember not to overmix your stuffing fold in additions and handle lightly. It should be fluffy. Place in a greased baking dish and top with a few dabs of butter and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 40-50 minutes. Check it at thirty minutes. This is baked when the turkey has been removed from the oven. When complete let rest a bit before serving. And as I said before the stuffing can be made a day a head and refrigerated and baked the day of after the Turkey has finished baking.

Tips for making Pumpkin pie.

To take the pie up a notch. Use part brown sugar for the sugar. Add a tablespoon of black strap molasses. Add two tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice and for thicker more satisfying texture rather than runny add a tablespoon of all purpose flour. Don't overbake or freeze that is what causes crust separation.


Turkey Day Schedule

Monday

Shop for all things needed.
If purchasing frozen turkey put in lower part of frig and let defrost.

Tuesday

Clean house and set up tables and chairs

Wednesday

Clean turkey remove the giblet and neck bone bags. Make broth from parts. Season up bird and place in roaster and cover with plastic tightly and refrigerate so seasoning can marry with bird. Do not stuff bird at this time. If bird and pan won't fit. just wrap bird in plastic wrap and place in large bag. You will have to season lightly on outside when unwrapping to place in roaster for cooking day.

Bake Pies

Prepare stuffing and cover and refrigerate mixing bowl.


Set the tables


Turkey Day morning.

Preheat oven.

Have breakfast and put the Turkey in oven at appropriate time.

Shower and change along with fam. Don't forget aprons for all those cooking.

About an hour and a half before the Turkey is done peel and cut potatoes and place in water and boil.

Get a pan for the gravy.

Get a carving station ready for the Turkey.

Finish making the mashed potatoes place in covered server and hold in a warm area.

When turkey is done take out and remove some of the juices and place in gravy pot.

Remove stuffing from bird if any and place in covered serving dish to stay warm.

Cover turkey let it rest.

Place remaining stuffing in casserole dish along with any others and bake for 30-45 minutes.

Make the gravy leave in the cooking pot covered on warm.

Cut up the turkey and place in large serving container. Pour the remaining juices over the bird and cover.

When casseroles are complete remove them and place on hot pads to rest.

The best way to serve is buffet style for groups larger than 4. Remember elderly or infirm guests still need to be served. This is a great thing for older kids to participate in as well as more able guests. Delegate. Tell the older folks to to take a seat and take their orders. A list of available things on the menu is great to have at every table on either side and things like drinks can be placed on table ahead of the meal placement.

Beverages should be kept simple like water,iced tea sweetened and unsweetened,hot tea, milk, coffee. I don't recommend hard liquor. But if guests want to bring beer or wine to share that can be allowed. Drunkeness should not be a part of any large gathering or party. It's not funny and doesn't set a good example for young ones. Smokers should be directed outside where a table with ashtrays and chairs should be available. This is for the comfort of other non smoking guests and health of little ones.

I hope some of these tips are of a help. If you have tips to share please leave a comment. Have a blessed Thanksgiving and this Thanksgiving I am thankful for all of you.

Websites of Interest.



http://www.bellsseasonings.com/

http://bobevans.com/Grocery/Category/6/Mashed-Potatoes-Sides


http://www.butterball.com/


http://www.mccormick.com/


http://www.mrssmiths.com/



http://www.kraftbrands.com/stovetop/

http://www.pepperidgefarm.com/



http://www.kingshawaiian.com/

http://www.oceanspray.com/

We dodged a Bullet

As more and more information from the FBI investigations as well as the NYPD's into the past administrations surface, the current crop of scared and angry American citizens will come to realize they dodged a bullet. The corruption within our government warned by many individuals as far back as the founders and the 1950s will estound even the most hardened left leaning cynic as well as the complacent right wing blind follower. They will realize having a rude and sometimes crude speaking non politician will be to our advantage to move us forward to a restoration of the Republic and the freedom men and women have sacrificed all to preserve.

My choice had been Kasich. But I remembered very late that God uses fools to confound the wise. His 12 that he chose to spread the gospel, were motley a crew. The least likely anyone would pick. But God knew he needed these kinds of people who were tough and persistant to do the job at a time when the world was fully connected by Roman roads and still small. That good news reached every corner of the world. And in the new world God met with them personally like he did Abraham. The Good news is still transmitted over 2000 years later. That's a long time for an advertisement. He did this with John and James the sons of thunder, He did it with a tax collector half Jewish, half Roman, Fishermen, a docter, a doubter etc.

By the end of Trump's campaign, which really hadn't changed much, people from all walks of life and every gender,race and religion began to see that someone who was not a career politician and who did not try to pass themselves off as perfect was running because even he could see the Republic slipping away. And like most of us ,especially immigrants from countries that aren't free, really love her and can't imagine living anywhere else.

I read a tweet making fun of Trump's surprise at the amount of staff he would have to replace. I venture to say he was surprised that it took that many to do a job that shouldn't take that many. They also said it was something that an experienced black man had to train an unexperienced white man how to do his job. Clearly that individual had no concept of the hand off. Obama was trained and well prepared by his comrade George Bush. He too did not know the operations of the highest office in the land. He said this himself on more than occasion. He had no idea how much work was involved. He had never held a real job or run a business. He ended up surrounding himself with much of Bush's staff before he began loading the deck with Brotherhood operatives,academians,contributors and his friends.

Obama continues to gin up along with Soros the paniced left leaning voter and non voter with no concern for the safety of the citizens of America. He is angry his political career is over and greatly afraid his part in the government wide corruption Kabal will land him in Federal Prison. So like any cornered criminal he will fight and claw is way out of the mess he created for himself without regard for the colateral damage that will result.

Look for Hillary and her crime family to disappear. A large sum of the Clinton fund has already been transferred to a bank in a non extradition country. Obama may not go quietly into the good night because his ego and lust for power that he was cultured into growing up will not allow him to take the money and run.

Strengthened borders thru a combination of physical and other barriers along with American Troops deployed all along these borders and ports of entry will greatly curb the flow of enemy combatants and drugs. Making entrances and exits toll roads will be a means of paying for these improvements as well as the reduced costs that will result in lowered need for local law enforcement,public healthcare due to drug abuse and violence.

The number of illegals charged with violent crime in our prisons will also be deported or their costs for encarceration will be paid for by country of origin or monies ordinarly provided to those countries will be discontinued.

American citizens on both left and right have no idea how much of their tax dollars has been given to countries that violate human rights, keep the dollars for the elite, or propel the violent evil that is Islam and Sharia Law.It has been at it's most insideous during the past eight years.

There will be many industrial jobs that will never come back because of advancing tech and automation and costs. But there is always needs that never go away. People need to eat, shop for food, repair their homes etc. Tradesmen as our population of baby boomers age and retire will have to be replaced. Our military will need to expand and our young people will be needed to fill a variety of positions. Aging populations will need more medical care and needs for caretakers will increase. More preventive and persistent care will be the focus so that hospital stays can be avoided. Personal security tools will be on the rise and building and cheaply retrofiting homes to be more energy independent will also be on the rise. More power plants of various combinations of energy generation will have to be built to replace antiquated and crumbling infastructure. Retraining and apprentice programs will be necessary to fill these new needs for trained personnel.

That is why we need individuals from all walks of life and not career politicians in our brain pool of government. That is why we need term limits so we can have individuals with a wide current pool of knowledge. We are not steering a cruise ship anymore. We need to be steering a speed boat capable of making fast changes to handle the world that through tech is changing daily. It needs also to be a light ship and departments need to be eliminated at the Federal level and returned to the States.

The Federal government needs to return to it's primary role and that is of National Security and local and international commerce facilitating.

Bills should never be more than a page long and should have a time limit. All of them. And stop calling them laws unless it truly is a law. And every session should examine at least a 100 laws on the books for their timeliness and need. Goal over time would be to reduce them by 50%. After all the good lord only had 10.

All these things would never be possible under a government ruled by foreign entities and failed philosphies like Social Marxism and leaders who are in it for their own benefit. We have indeed dodged a bullet. Now let's see how fast we can restore the Republic and American's faith in themselves and each other.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Why?



I  woke up at 6:30AM to see a news report on my twitter feed from a peep that a man had entered a dance club in Orlando with Guns and shot patrons and took hostages. What followed was a tale of horror, hatred and death. If it had not be for the quick thinking of Police officers who had been hired to guard the club and the well trained Orlando SWAT team more lives of the 350 or so that were in the club that early morning  would have died. So far 50 deaths have been documented and still others wounded.  The other key factor in saving lives was social media in which victims trapped inside tweeted out to people they needed help and warned others to run away and stay away,

I can't tell you how heavy is my heart for the tragic loss of life. I have been quite frankly so overwhelmed by grief over these souls that now can not have the fullness of time and love .

It has been clear that this misguided man's actions may have it's roots in mental illness possibly brought on by steroid use known for causing abnormal aggressive behavior as was suggested by a former wife of 4 months. It has been suggested by the man's father that he did not like individuals that were of the LGBT community and this most probably may also been a part of his intentions for this shooting.

His local Mosque can not figure out why the shooter would do something like this.

I believe God will not be mocked.  He is the author of each individuals lifespan and when men try to be God and go out killing his children before their time I venture to say his life will be sacrificed. And sadly this troubled, misguided man was shot and killed by Orlando's SWAT as they broke through a wall in the club to rescue trapped patrons.

And still I am grieved beyond what I can bear for the lives lost in the state I call home.  I have worked in broadcasting for many years and some of the time I worked in Orlando. Orlando which had been a tiny town before Walt Disney came is a big city now. But in many ways like a lot of big towns in Florida it still has that small town feel and when something like this happens every resident in Florida feels the loss.  Many come from someplace else and we cling together to comfort one another and try to make sense why something like this could happen in our state.

The comments I hear from visitors to our state for the first time is how friendly and helpful everyone is and it is true.  I remember many times out and about having some difficulty or another and dozens would offer to help.  I still experience this all the time.  So when something like this happens I can hardly handle the grief I feel. 

My family ran a full service gas station in a tiny little town then in Tampa Bay. My father and grandfather who had experienced various forms of discrimination in their home town were determined to operate a business that was open to all and no one would be treated any different than anyone else. And no one was.  We were known as the place to come.  We also had a large and loyal LGBT client base as a result of our business practices. Every customer became a member of our family.  When I grew older and pursued work outside the family business I had a culture shock that the world was not like the world my family had created. It has been something I to this day have trouble accepting this reality and it has been my lifelong mission to make the world I live in like the world I grew up in under the roof of that corner full service gas station where love abound and hugs were free.

I want to extend my personal sympathy to all who lost loved ones to this tragedy and I pray God will give you comfort and peace. Please know that so many fellow Americans share your grief and praying for you as I write. Much Love and Peace. FRG

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Capitalism Bad Boy?

"Unchecked Capitalism" has been recently coined as the cause of all the ills of the world including the other hot term "Climate Change."  So let's first define "Capitalism." 

an economic and political system in which a country's trade and industry are controlled by private owners for profit, rather than by the state.
synonyms:free enterprise, private enterprise, the free market;
"the capitalism of emerging nations"
                                                                                                                                               
In countries that have tried the alternative like Russia and China people lived in poverty and prosecution.  China has been the biggest violators of unhealthy manufacturing work conditions as well as creator of hazardous impacts on the environment.  Rebellion was the result and now both countries are allowing workers to develop product and industry by and for their own profit. 76% of the people in China believe they are better off in a free market economy. Today the Shanghai Stock Exchange is the third largest in the world through market capitalization. We Americans as the biggest importer are influencing China in product safety and worker safety. China is also a huge importer of raw materials. Materials we can supply. China is basing their monetary system on gold. Sound familiar.  Soon they will be one of the biggest importers of consumer goods.
 
Some of the inequality that people perceive in industry salary and wages are due to two things.  Most large companies are publically traded and therefore without a regular 10% increase in value investment capital shrinks and sustainability of said company dwindles. Investors include the average joe who has a  401k plan.  The biggest expense most companies have is employees and therefore an area which most work to reduce by automation, reductions in salary and benefits. Overregulation and taxation can also move a company to closure. 
 
Even small businesses in American have a difficult time surviving.
 
Companies if they want to survive will follow trends in the desires and needs of the consumer.  Just look at food in the grocery stores. You can find Organic, Gluten Free, Grass Fed, Free Range, Cage Free, and the list goes on.  We are a free market and the consumer directs the producers.  Companies have moved to social media to stay in touch with their consumers to further hone their products. New jobs have been created for social media managers and analysts.
 
America's form of capitalism is far from unchecked.  The market is regulated by government regulations and taxes and by consumers themselves.  Workers themselves determine their salaries by whom they choose to work for, education aspirations, personal choices, and their own consumerism.  We are the captains of our future. Self determination is the hallmark of our Republic.  If it seems unfair to you, change what you are doing. Start your own business. That's America.
 
Wars usually are about envy and greed. People who aren't fortunate enough to be in a free society suffer and are envious and move others in their situation to blame others for their fate and seek to steal, kill and destroy said people thru War and Violence.  If people are able to work freely for everything they need they are less likely to start War for fear of loosing that which they have worked so hard.
 
As far as climate change and global warning. There are industries that depend on this to be true. It's not. Never has been. Key politicos like Al Gore are heavily invested in solar, wind and other boondoggles that are subsidized by u the taxpayer. Working with foreign oil suppliers they artificially raised the cost of traditional fuels.  This cut into their market and now foreign oil suppliers fought back by lowering prices. Remember the so called gas shortages of the 70's. We as voters need to send a message and need to educate our leaders that this climate change and global warming propaganda doesn't fly. I loved it when Kasich said we have to be good managers of our resources but we have to really look at what is reasonable and proper. He gets it.
 
 
 
The only capitalism our government doesn't seem to check anymore is monopolies. They seem to not enforce the antitrust laws on the books because they have heavily invested in or have be supported by said companies. This is something we citizens should keep track of with our elected officials. 
 
Greed and envy are the roots of the ill in the world not capitalism. Love of money is the cause.  Money can help in the right hands and harm in the wrong hands. Thus the check of antitrust laws. And ultimately what directs our hearts is the love of God.  If we love God we seek to emulate him and if we emulate him the whole world is a more peaceful place.
 
 
 
 

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Super Tuesday



The press is telling folks who is going to be the next general election candidates.  They tell folks it will be Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.  For me having investigated these candidates I will for the first time not participate in voting in the general election if that is the result.  Yes, me.  I don't think there is a real choice here and BOTH candidates will bring down our Republic.  I don't want to be one of the people to pull THAT trigger.  With that in mind, I share with you my thoughts about the primary and my the action to take for you consider.

To be president requires more than insane obsession for power, money and fame.  It requires more than surface knowledge or singular points of view.  To be president is to be a selfless servant. Kasich when asked who was his favorite President he said "George Washington because he didn't want the job.  He believed in doing his job and then going back home."  I would have to agree with that choice.

John Kasich was for most of his life a career politician. He took a ten year break working in banking and other activities and gained perspectives from the private sector that he said made him a better leader than he had been.  Ohio has thrived with Kasich in the driver's seat.  I like Kasich very much. He is the best of career politicians who understands he is a public servant and facilitator of the people he represents. Like a boss of a successful company he gets folks of diverse areas to work together for sensible and creative solutions to tough problems that benefits all. He has a balanced personality and a quiet but firm captain with a good moral compass.  I think he'd make a great president.

Marco Rubio is the son of hard working Cuban immigrants.  A boot strap kid who came up the hard way with a quest to pay back the country that gave him the opportunity to thrive.  As a Floridian I benefited from Rubio's years in our Florida Government and I voted for him when he desired to go to Washington.  He is the little engine that could and in a blockaded Democrat controlled legislature he decided to go around rather than thru and work from inside out.  He knew that his desires would have to come piece by piece and that approach probably would not be well received by his hard line supporters.  But they look through a glass darkly.  By being on the inside like the hired help he would be able to see the process and how he might be a positive influence and gain access and respect from hostile appoinents into modifying what originally was a completely far left filled bill. He has boundless energy and drive to preserve the Republic and help his fellow citizens to thrive.  He cherishes freedom.  I think he'd be a great VP.He could step up to lead the country if something happened to the president and perform seamlessly. And, when 8 years are up he would run successfully for the presidency.

Ted Cruz is a strident evangelical legislator.  His ambitions are fueled by his desire to restore a Judeo Christian approach to current legislation.  The Romans initially also saw the value of government based on Jewish codes of governess and based their government on those values.  They prospered initially and became the major player in the world spreading their influence throughout the known world at the time.  It was not until they had deviated from this form of government that they fell into decay and disappeared. Ted is an uncompromising force of nature and someone I am grateful is in our legislature.  There has to be someone there who can spot the flaws in logic and reason in legislation that comes through the portals of the legislative body and is willing to be persistent and resolved to stop it and convince the opposition of their folly.  He has to have a firm grip on confidence and  be unafraid to be friendless.  Often when you don't go along with the crowd you stand alone.  This is Ted's strength.  At this point I think we still need him in the legislature. This is where all law begins.  I don't believe in line item Vetoes. Eliminating that option forces the legislature to stop passing massive legislation in one bill.  This eliminates Socialism and forces lawmakers to deal with issues individually and one at a time.  The Health care issues could have been addressed comprehensively with 5 to 10 targeted bills and we would have solved these problems a long time ago without punitive taxes and government overstepping.  I believe this is what Ted is all about in his activities in the legislature.

I think voters should not let the press or polls with only samplings influence you how to vote.  The press loves Trump and have given him more free air time than any other candidate because he is colorful and a rating booster.  They have created a media monster. A monster I know they will regret as he kills their 1st amendment rights. He doesn't like bad press. No con man does.  He like Obama has never been vetted by the media because that would be like killing the golden goose.  Trump is a skilled media mogul.  Take a look at this revealing and thoughtful piece on the subject. 

http://www.salon.com/2016/02/01/donald_trump_is_a_fraud_report_confirms_the_billionaires_presidential_bid_is_a_long_and_calculated_con_job/

I know you the reader like me do not like being manipulated into how to think.

For Hillary running against a self proclaimed Socialist was a given to guarantee Hillary would look more moderate and level headed than she really behaves.  In other words if you place a 20 year old car that's been well taken care of next to a brand new BMW that has been in a crash you'll choose the older car. 

Hillary is a skilled and polished speaker when reading a well prepared speech that promises every thing and pushes the buttons of her target audiences.  The pointed speech convinces devotees  that Hillary understands their pain and really cares about them. Who does that sound like I wonder?
Hillary has a long well documented history of criminal activity and incompetency and far left Social Marxist tendencies with Elitist ideals that the "People" are too stupid to decide for themselves.  The number of disgusted Obama voters in both African American and White voter blocks blindly following her, sorta proves her point.  The definition of insanity.... The part that bothers me the most ,if God forbid she is elected, she like Obama during her tenure will make it impossible for other women who are qualified and needed to ever be elected president again. Obama has made it equally impossible for persons of color to be elected.  I have hear more than one individual state that they wouldn't even consider Dr. Carson because of his color.  I am sadden and angry by this unfortunate result.

Dr. Carson, a great patriot, man of faith and great medical mind and doctor has stated that if the results of Super Tuesday are not good for him he most likely will consider dropping out.  What we do have in him I think is a strong desire to serve his country and I believe he would entertain an offer to be a part of a conservative cabinet.  I could see him as a dynamic Surgeon General or head of Health and Human Services.

I hope before you vote in your primaries you will take the time to thoughtfully consider ALL the candidates equally.  Look at their work history, their past and present, look at their character and do the fruits of their labor benefit them or others, do they talk the talk AND walk the walk, do they have a criminal background and who are their close business and personal friends. Find out what to believe and not what you ALREADY believe.  LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE.  We are at a crossroads.  Pray for God to guide you and give you supernatural discernment as you make your decision.  All wisdom comes from God.

You know my thoughts and I pray you take this extra time before Super Tuesday to take another look at your choice.

I pray that God gives us the leader that we need and not the one we deserve.






Monday, February 8, 2016

Random Thoughts

The narrowing Republican field, the heated competition between a Socialist and a Social Marxist, the Super Bowl, BeyoncĂ©, Feminism, Birth Control and Wine, and are Drug and Alcohol addictions diseases?

As the field of candidates staying in the race for Republican presidential offering I hope the vitriol of the supporters doesn't turn ugly and folks concentrate on the issues rather than making issues out of rumors and lies.  I know it's important to be confident and act like a winner.  But folks, don't have an inflated view of yourself.  Sometimes the slightly less than slick pocket protector kid that carries a briefcase and has a school picture haircut is the one who leads the guys in the concentration camp out to freedom.   Beware of slick Willies that throw money around who want the job because all the other things they've be striving for have lost there luster.  This is the last hurrah before they die.  Consider the guys that have waited until the country is finally ready to hear the truth, the hard choices and sacrifices they will need to make a free and independent country again.

Hillary and Bernie.  Sounds like a failed sitcom. Hillary she's a unlikable woman living in a sham marriage.  She is trying bond with a daughter raised by nannies. She thought she would finally get to be leader of a big country.  Bernie an lovable old radical grouch who keeps trying to legalize pot for his Glaucoma and still thinks he's eighteen and tax payer revenue should be everyone's sugar Daddy.  Watch how they back and forth until both of them join forces and become co presidential running mates.


Super Bowl losers can either be sore losers or masters at being good sports.  Getting pouty and taking your ball home makes me wonder if the fellow is getting over paid.  The Denver quarterback let credit be given to whom credit was due and that was Denver's defense.  I could tell he did not feel he had much to do with the win.  I think he sees the writing on the wall.  Best to go out on a high note and share your knowledge with the next gen.

Madeline Albright made the comment that there would be a special kind of hell for  women who did not support a fellow woman like Hillary for Pres.  What?  I have know women like Hillary who wouldn't think twice about throwing another woman under the bus if it would benefit them or fulfill some need for vengeance.  Woman have a history of being far more violent and corruptible than men.  I have worked in all female operations and all male operations.  The female operations were not pleasant.  I have found more help and encouragement from men throughout my career than women.  The few women friends that I bonded with were those like myself that did not want special treatment and strived only to be twice as good as others to achieve advancement.  Excellence breeds  success. We also shared the respect for motherhood and homemaking and tried to help those that were required by economics or situation to balance both.  If woman are voted in just because they are a woman and they are a dismal failure it makes it very hard for a talented qualified woman to ever be elected for that position again.  I experienced that when interviewing for a job where previous women performed poorly.  The questions I was asked...  When I heard a special Sunday night talk show guest (a lead news anchor from Fox) say the same thing I was cheering.  Don't vote for someone because they look like you.  Vote for the best person for the job.

The government health folks are advising woman to not drink alcohol if they are not on birth control because alcohol of any kind can harm a baby even at it's start.  Now I'm all for no alcohol for woman and not harming babies.  But is this really what this is about?  Do you think it's more about more woman on the pill and zero population control in the less desirables?

I was watching a forum on addictions at a church that Cruz attended in the Shire.  He related a story about a sibling I think who was an addict and how he tried to help her and take care of her son and then he related how his Dad was an alcoholic and how he had already left one family because of it and how he left his second family.  Then he related how his dad had moved back to Texas from Canada and was invited to church.  Long story short his dad had been saved, stopped drinking and rejoined his family. His dad became a pastor. 

Cruz and others, parents of addicts in particular, mentioned how hard it was to get proper treatment or finding the right treatment.  In this day and age of the internet it hard to imagine that information is hard to find. One man from a faith based program hit the nail on the head that it is a spiritual problem and without God there is no rehab.  Thus the higher success of the 12 step program.  People have to hit rock bottom to be successful at being helped and without God you will not have the power to overcome the addiction.  In God's infinite wisdom he left his holy spirit to provide you the resolve and strength to resist the physical addiction, selfish desires, and the lure of old scratch and stop the self destruction. Then and only then will addicts succeed.  You can't kidnap someone and force them into rehab and expect success.  I've seen it personally time and time again.  God has to be in the mix and you the addict have to really seriously want it. And if you don't want it ask God for help to give you the serious desire to quit.

As a teen I never drank or smoked.  Real different than my friends.  They respected me and never pressured me.  I was blessed with  great parents and a loving home and so I had no need to self medicate. As a diabetic it wasn't a good idea.  Later in my twenties I did try adult beverages like wine, beer, hard liquor mixed drinks. I liked  the flavor and I soon could see that the alcoholism that had plagued my mother's biological father and my father's paternal grandfather could be in me.  That desire.  Sins of the father. I even got real drunk at a party at home. You know blackout in your own puke. I was lucky with the diabetes I didn't die. So I asked God to take the desire from me.  And he did.  I still have an occasional NA beer or NA glass of wine. The real stuff just doesn't taste good to me.  Isn't that neat? I never did like feeling out of control and I definitely did not want to die.

So is addiction to drugs and or alcohol a disease?  I think they classify it that way for insurance coverage.  And like disease, addictions can destroy health and kill the body.  But unlike disease it is not something a pill or medicine or surgery or even mental health counseling can heal.  As Christ told the guys when they came to him about someone they could not heal.  He said that the one they were trying to help could only be helped by prayer and fasting.  In other words he had an illness of the spirit. 

I met a man who had died for 28 minutes and he told me about his out of body experience. While he was in spirit Jesus joined him and they flew into a bar and he watched men and women drinking at the bar and he also saw humans like himself in spirit standing next to the drinkers grabbing at the drinks in frustration.  As soon as someone would pass out the spirit would jump inside the living person and drink.  The man asked Jesus what this was all about.  And Jesus told him remember what I said about be not attached to things of this earth?  Scary Uh? In other words alcohol was the most important thing in their life while on earth.

So I think that calling addiction a disease can be comforting to loved ones because it suggests there is a medical cure for this problem.  But addictions are a far more serious and many times need more spiritual redress.  God did not leave us without a solution.  Even our desire for healing can be provided by the compassionate gift of his very special spirit. His strength of will becomes ours.  It's about that putting on the full armor of God. You can do anything with God.  His specialty is making beautiful things out of what others have rejected.  He is the first recycler. Start your morning not with the thought of taking your next drink or next hit but what adventure or mission he has for you today.  And take it one day at a time.  You will be so busy you will forget about your addiction. I've been living in the moment my whole life and it's never been dull. When people ask me what my plans are I never have answer. But I know what's ahead will be my next greatest adventure yet. And God will be kicking me in the butt to do it.

And a last word to the candidates of faith.  God said be of good cheer if men hate you for they hated me.  His own people rejected him.  I pray that we the people are better at recognizing a Godly savior for this dysfunctional Republic before its too late. 



Monday, January 4, 2016

I Smell a Rat by Eli Gordon




This sent in by my buddy Joe
 
 
This fellow is an Historian who offers an accurate assessment of the root
of the problem the world faces today and likely well into the future.
     (It would be good to get this on the editorial page of the major newspapers.)


  Syria has had a civil war for almost 5 YEARS.     Why all the 
refugees" NOW and why so all of a SUDDEN and why in such VAST NUMBERS?

With an Honors degree in History and a lifelong student of the subject, I
smell a rat.

This is a highly organized, well oiled, mobilized invasion by Muslims and
Jihadists into the Western World. It's been in their plan for a long time.
Momar Gadhafi predicted and explicitly stated that Muslim domination of
Europe would happen without a conventional war and he said it 30 years
ago. 95% of these economic "refugees" many who have cell-phones are men
between the fighting ages of 20 and 40. Very few women and children from
everything I've seen.

Odd that the 5 wealthiest Arab States including Saudi Arabia, Qatar,
Bahrain and Kuwait are taking "no refugees" and feel quite self-righteous
about it. No guilt what so ever? They are even laughing at us for doing
so.

  Ask yourself, why would Germany Belgium, Holland, France, Sweden and
others want to destroy their own cultures from within? It doesn't make any
sense? If this keeps up Europe will be burning daily within a very short
few years if not months. Civil war in the streets between civilizations.
Muslims vs Kafirs, that is to say, everyone who is not a Muslim.

Unfortunately, the reality is that Muslims are just not like any other
immigrants. They don't want to assimilate, they want to set up separate
enclaves and implement Sharia Law. Another problem is that while the
civilized West rightly abhors violence, conversely Muslims daily display
their love of violence. They live it and embrace it. In many Muslim
countries public beheadings and stoning to death for adultery for example.

It's a part of their culture precisely because, dare I say it, Islam is a
death cult.

Islam is a supremacist, totalitarian, bigoted, fascist political ideology
masquerading as a religion. It literally means "submission".
The Quran MANDATES death for blasphamy, for adultery, for apostasy, for
family honour, for being gay, Jewish or a Kafir as well as ten other
"crimes" many not even considered to be so in the West. Death for drinking
alcohol or taking illegal drugs for example.

Why let in vast numbers of these brainwashed people especially men of that
age when past experience has already demonstrated the tragedy, not to
mention the financial, social, and political costs of rampant
multiculturalism in Europe. Ordinary citizens are against this immigration
but strangely, their governments are not?

Someone or some organization is pulling some strings here is what I see.
Is this invasion part of the New World Order's plan to depopulate the
planet? Maybe there's not even any such an organization but it's all over
U-tube and other social media.

The major media are implicit in selling gullible citizens of the West the
righteousness of the "refugees" cause and openly siding against Western
culture. One drowned child's picture in the right places sparks outrage
and sympathy world wide for the movement and resettlement of vast numbers
of Muslims.

However the implementation of Sharia Law, No Go Zone ghettos in most
countries in Europe and Muslim rape gangs go unreported. In radical
Islamist countries honour killings, beheadings, stoning's, cutting off
limbs, whipping and torture, paedophilia, child bride marriages, rape and
misogyny go unreported DAILY and are dismissed as culturally ingrained.

Where is the indignity and the outrage over people doing this every day to
their own populations? Yet a staged picture a drowned baby on a beach
sparks a world outcry?

Muslim birth-rates are 8 children per family while Europeans average 1.4.
When these current millions bring in their multiple wives, children and
extended families 85% of whom live on state benefits (England's
experience) you can multiply their number by at least 10x, maybe 20x or
even more.

By 2050 Europe will be Muslim dominated just by demographics alone.
When their numbers are sufficient they will legally vote in their own kind
and then Sharia Law.

Europe as we know it will be lost forever. Two thousand years of
civilization will be destroyed by the same fanatical bearded, bigoted,
brutal, boneheaded, belligerent bastards who are now slaughtering their
own kind and blowing up ancient and irreplaceable world heritage
buildings, monuments, books, manuscripts and other historically
significant art treasures in Iraq, Syria and other conquered territories.