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The Truth about what Socialism really is…..

January 31, 2020

Think about this before you accept socialism as something you want to see in America.  READ ON….

Socialism is extremely in vogue. Opinion pieces which tell us to stop obsessing over socialism’s past failures, and start to get excited about its future potential, have almost become a genre in its own right.

“Charting new destinations for humanity”  sounds amazing, right? But what does this mean, in practice? How would “the people” manage “their” economy jointly? 

Would we all gather in somewhere , and decide how many products of one type we should produce? And just exactly – WHO GETS WHAT and how often!  What, and really think about this one,  if it turns out we don’t agree on much, WHERE DO WE GO FROM THERE?

These are not some trivial technical details that we can just leave until after a revolution. These are the most basic, fundamental questions that a proponent of ANY economic system has to be able to answer. 

Almost three decades have passed since the fall of the Berlin Wall – enough time, one would think,  for “modern” socialists to come up with some ideas for a different kind of socialism.  After all those years they have still not moved beyond just staging buzzwords that sound amazing, and oddly enough….just before an election! 

Those authors do not seem to remember, that there is nothing remotely new about the amazing aspirations they talk about! Giving “the people” democratic control over economic life has always been the aspiration, and the promise, of socialism. 

Is it not that this has never occurred to the people who were actually involved in earlier socialist projects?  When facts are placed next to each other, on the pro’s and con’s of socialism, ultimately the majority of countries FAIL miserably when socialism is put into place!

As far as I could discover, there  was never a time when socialists started out with the express intention of creating stratified societies led by a technocratic elite. Socialism, however,  always turned out that way, but not because it was intended to be that way.

Socialism, democratic or not, is just what is/was found in the Soviet Union. It is also found in Cuba, East Germany, North Korea and Nicaragua.   

These regimes are noted to have been, and still are the most impoverished, bleak, brutal, and inhumane in history.  Obviously Democratic Socialists in America do not want to be associated with them at this point in time.

Other nations have been ruined by socialism, which socialists always purports to be for the people.

VENEZUELA

Hugo Chavez was praised by U.S. elitists for seizing the nation of Venezuela’s oil to eliminate poverty and provide free health care and education for all.  In actuality Chavez murdered a nation.

When he died he left the country’s control to someone equally unscrupulous!   This man made things much worse! The economy is in shambles, stores are empty! Many people live without what we consider basic needs; such as toothpaste and toilet paper. 

Citizens are malnourished and sick.  They are desperate.  This country proved its oil reserves to be most plentiful on this oil hungry planet.

The U.N says since 2014, over 2 million people have fled.  Another 800,000 to a million  may leave by the end of this year!  Only those in control of the government in socialism, live well. 

GREECE

Greece, too, is in the midst of many tragedies.  The socialist movement was founded in 1974, and has played a large part in the crisis’ that are still occurring.  Greece has been called Socialism on steroids, by Stephen Moore, an economist who wrote for the Washington Times. 

He said, that it is a place where the government gives a lot of things away for free, few people work, and millions receive government pensions, paychecks, or welfare checks.  As of three years ago, only half of the young people were employed. Many people have been forced to retire early because of no work opportunities.  

The people have hoarded food, money and medicine.  The government had three  international bailouts so as to avoid default on huge debts.   The weaknesses of socialism are playing out right now!

SPAIN

Spain is another country that has experimented with quasi-socialist governments, and citizens are paying a terrible price for doing so!  The country has gone from budget surpluses, and a growing middle class – to wrenching stern and extreme policies, and collapsing wages  triggered by Spanish bank failures.  

Spain had been a modern, wealthy, and technologically advanced European social democracy. Then the Socialists launched the largest stimulus package in the European Union( as a share of the economy.)

The national debt doubled rapidly, banks and governments failed, taxes were raised, and unemployment reached Depression-era levels.  The economy was wrecked.

ISRAEL, UNITED KINGDOM, INDIA

These three countries embraced socialism,  it always, seems successful at first.  But As historian Lee Edwards wrote (the Daily  Signal )-The United Kingdom, India, and Israel have all embraced socialism, however, decades later have moved towards free market capitalism.

At first all seemed wonderful and the countries seemed to be thriving.  But as other countries have discovered, government planners could not keep pace with increasing population, and overseas competition.  

The declining economic growth and rising unemployment in all three countries forced them to abandon socialism. 

 The Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher reported that “the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

NORDIC COUNTRIES

If someone reports socialism as a success in Nordic countries…that is actually a poor example.  Actually they practice mostly free market economics with high taxes exchanged for generous government entitlement programs.

These countries were economic successes before they build welfare states…

the productive economies generated good incomes for workers, which in turn allowed governments to raise tax revenue needed to pay for social benefits.  It was not the government benefits that created wealth, but the wealth that allowed the luxury of generous government programs.

Also, something that reflects the lack of government interference in business is that none of these countries have minimum wage laws.  Workers are paid what they are worth, not based on government’s perception of what is fair.

Government planners were not able to keep up with an increasing population and competition from overseas.  After economic growth declining, the three countries abandoned socialism and turned towards capitalism.

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This has been a very long post- but if you read it all, you should have some truthful ideas of what socialism  is.  It is a flawed system based on faulty principles.  Those principles are not consistent with human behavior, and do not help the human spirit to thrive – it destroys it instead!  

Socialism promises prosperity, equality, and security for all. What it ultimately delivers is poverty, misery, and tyranny! If you have any doubts these words are true….verify them yourself.  I did!

DON’T LOOK HERE…..

April 24, 2018

Amazon - Precursors of the future

……FOR WORK, THAT IS.  A PRECURSOR OF THE FUTURE AVAILABILITY OF WORK FOR HUMAN BEINGS.

THIS IS JUST ONE SECTION OF AMAZON  – LAST WEEK.

(Photo credit:  KRCR Channel 7)

Statistics – Not boring, I hope – Informative

April 9, 2018

STATISTICS:

Brief definition is Collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of masses of numerical data.

Do you rely on statistics to “enlighten” you regarding a subject you are very interested in? WELL STOP IT!

Most statistics are bogus: Fake, spurious, false, fraudulent, a sham, or at least deceptive. Gathering absolutely correct statistics is IMPOSSIBLE.

During this time of healing, I am researching a few subjects to write about, and I have noticed a huge difference in statistical information from website to website.

We can’t just check one or two websites and expect to get statistical clarity. I check multiple websites and read multiple statistical reports. I have already learned quite a bit; never tire of learning new things, or getting new information.

I realize many people, due to which “direction” they lean (if you get my drift) will look for information that agrees with his or her particular thoughts or beliefs.

All I am trying to impart on this post, from my humble knowledge, is that we cannot bet our lives on ANY information we are given. No matter what your beliefs, media presents incorrect information on a daily basis.

So don’t “freak out” if you are told to panic in one direction or another. Do
your own work and check multiple reliable sources.

Lastly, do not just “take the word” of one person if the statistics are regarding something important to you. Bless peoples hearts…someone may have given them bogus material and in passing it on perhaps they inadvertently have given you incorrect statistics…or have a “memory blip” and changed the numbers by accident.

 

California – “Say what?”

January 18, 2018

I read the that the state has 19 billion in reserves . Also 11 billion in a “rainy day fund”…”that is ASSUMING…..lawmakers -“Could” spend 7.5 billion of the surplus, and part will “PROBABLY” go to schools.

The words assuming, could, and probably make me just a tad nervous! I tried for two days to find who does the checks and balances on the government reporting, but to no avail.

Also saw on news yesterday the “projected” (another sketchy word) in the first part of the bullet train – which no citizen voted nay or yea on – has gone up 35% to 10.6 billion. Total cost “estimated” at 67 billion dollars.

Didn’t mention how it is being paid for; I can only assume the 2nd increase in vehicles at the DMV is part, along with property tax increase and such…but even with ALL the monies Ca. has, there is still a huge shortage to reach 67 billion dollars.

The governor’s budget summary – 2018-2019 looks vastly different than anything I have read before. For the governor being so verbally environmentally enthusiastic, the numbers in these
Charts do not reflect it. What they do show is revenues and transfers are huge ,which in actuality lays the burden on TAX paying citizens….some of the highest in the nation! (www.ebudget.ca.gov/2018-19)
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hit://www.marketwatch.com/story
45% of Americans pay no federal income tax

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Who pays income taxes in California?
(calbudgetcenter.org/wp-content/uploads)

…..”it is actually California’s low-income families who pay the largest share of their incomes in state and local taxes….”
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(www.sfchronicle.com)

Jan. 30, 2017. “2.3 million illegal immigrants in Ca.”
“Cost per year ranges to $135. Billion in one year – public funds! (2016)
Some illegals do pay income tax, but only totally to about 11.5 million dollars.
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All in all it was a disappointing day of trying to verify facts, though I spent hours, and went to multiple sources to derive information. I admit I drifted from one subject to another, just a tad. 🙂

Liberal, conservative or there is truly an answer to please whatever it is you support!

Don’t worry too much. Not a helluva lot we can do. Although I would love to see Ca. Roads get some attention. Not everyone will be able to ride the bullet train! Kind of makes me vomit in my mouth a bit when I write about it.

Current events and Aliens

January 17, 2018

The only thing I can say about the thirty-eight minutes of hell Hawaiians faced day before yesterday is I am 100% relieved it was a HUGE error! In my heart, I do not believe that the leader of any country with nuclear weapons wants to start a war that could destroy his or her own country.

Have a beloved son, daughter, and granddaughter living in the islands. It must have been terrifying for all residents.

In the late 50’s and early 60’s citizens of the United States were building bomb shelters and children were practicing “duck and cover” in schools, in case of an attack.

The ONE GOOD thing I think this may have done is make people pay a bit more attention to being at least being somewhat prepared with water, food, and a plan for all family members….
I think being prepared is like having insurance. Hopefully you will never need to make a claim, but if you do – you will be covered.
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As far as the President being accused of a “potty-mouth” I feel there is something to consider.
There was only one Democrat at the meeting, and he is the accuser. Two others at the meeting have said they do not remember him saying anything like that! We probably will never know for sure. Go to a liberal site, he did. Go to a conservative site, and he didn’t.

I acknowledge our President is often brash and brutally honest, but he is NOT the first president by far to do and say regrettable things while in office! He is human. We are all humans.
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Japan had an alert go off inadvertently today – but was corrected in 5 minutes.
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Are aliens here?

There came an alien race to earth, intent on conquering all, and the name of the alien race, is alcohol”

These aliens are slowly taking over the entire planet by disguising themselves as alcohol.

Soon almost all will be so addicted they will have no need to worry. Those who protest will be in such few in numbers, their own human race will subdue them.

Then the invaders will turn into the “real” aliens, and will have the earth, and all humans to themselves. The humans will be slaves, bound to alcohol forever ……and they conquered the planet without a fight!

Now that is an interesting little word “ditty”. Thought provoking, eh…….

 

 

 

December 9, 2017

Because of all the confusing and some inaccurate information about Israel and Jerusalem  I felt I must brush the story. I do remember clearly my grandma and my mama talking about the subject of Israel and Jerusalem, and reading about it over a lifetime…and all the trauma surrounding it, I spent an inordinate amount of time the past week or so, re-affirming what rang in my head as facts and fallacy.
The results of this search has NOTHING to do with whom you like in the political realm, and whom you dislike. It has to do with accurate history.
Jerusalem was historically the capital of Israel for almost 3,000. In 1946 the newly formed United Nations (eleven men specifically) designated new borderlines and areas for Israel and the people of Palestine. Israel was NOT happy about this decision. The countries bristled with anger and contempt against one another.
In 1967 there was a six day war between Egypt, Jordan and Syria – and Israel. Israel had a decisive victory over the Arabs. I had to dig a bit to get good information, as the Arab countries were quite humiliated over this loss.
During the past decades, at least 4 United States presidents have promised to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel..none did it until Trump kept his promise. They were George Bush, Bill Clinton, and barack obama.

Clinton is seen in 1992 saying, “Jerusalem is still the capital of Israel and must remain an undivided city accessible to all.”

Bush is seen in 2000. “As soon as I take office, I will move the United States ambassador to the city Israel has chosen as its capital,” he says.

Obama is seen in 2008 saying, “I continue to say that Jerusalem will be the capital of Israel. I have said that before and I will say it again.”

So this upheaval against Trump is really not warranted. He is just fulfilling the promise he made when he ran for office – finishing the job promised years ago. Of course the Arab communities are up in arms about it, as they have denied Israel the truth for years.

As I said, I don’t care what anyone’s political stance is. I just think it fair when the truth is told and not a bunch of inaccurate hype.

Just One of Those Days…..

November 29, 2017

P1010010Yesterday was just one of those days you spend more time recovering and working to take care of business when you just want to run away….When you should be paying attention to important things – like playing with the puppy!

Away from all the politics, the news, the dissension between peoples, and all the pain life brings to us over the years. I am going to apologize for yesterday’s post because I read it to my husband last night. He is always interested in what I’ve written. As I read it I realized it was
“scattered” – my writing was not up to what I feel it should be, by now!

My opinions were true, but if I am going to voice opinions I cannot do it when I am upset or in great pain. It besmears my thinking.

I fell again two days ago. Not being able to feel most of my feet when I walk is difficult, and sometimes the remnants of drop foot take over. Basically I fell backwards landed on my left wrist and fanny, then my head fell back and slammed hard into the kitchen cabinets. Actually I put my wrist down to break the fall so I wouldn’t land flat on tile on my back. That could have really damaged an already fused back. It worked – just “tweeked” it a bit.

Still I was in immediate pain (nothing broken), with a radical headache. That night I iced everything and sat still trying to get to a position that didn’t hurt.

God is good. The next morning I was stiff like a board, but ready to roll…the mind is a great healer…as the Bible says, “Physician heal thyself.”

So what I want to say is GOOD MORNING brothers and sisters. Good morning to one and all.
We can only affect those in the circle of our own lives. We cannot turn sour and hard because a few are screaming about everything.

Today I am going to concentrate on all the wonderful and happy things in life. If I start to turn a corner to worry or anger, I am going to stop and take a deep breath or two, and just say “Thank you God – let me begin again this moment. I am going to stay on the straight and narrow of changing the world, one person at a time.

I am going to prioritize my “list” of to do’s and let all the rest be in on the desk waiting for their turn!

Lastly I will say, don’t put your family in harm’s way to “buy, buy, buy”! Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, and soon other days dedicated to keeping the people poor while making a few others rich. Be wise. Happy fun and love each other….doesn’t cost a thing!

 

 

God Morning!

October 6, 2017

It felt good to “speak my peace”. It is still an open venue to voice an opinion, at least for the time being.
As I sit here feeling the blessed cooler air and hearing the soft ring of chimes that move with the wind, I want to say, “God Morning”…I want it to be a God filled morning and day.
In writing I released what I know to be a mutual opinion, standing with many millions of people who have little voice in what is happening today. We are the peasants. I say that with no sorrow or anger, it is just the way it is – and I am a happy one! Happy beyond belief the majority of my life. It is a blessing to still be able to recognize the beauty of the earth we live upon, and the magnificence of the stars in the sky above.
I am an American. I love the essence of America, the lands, the individual peoples who live in the different areas, and the diversity of our people. The thing I feel about America that is different than any other country in the world is that for all my life, I have seen, when time is of the essence, ALL AMERICANS JOIN HANDS together, pray together, and work together for the good of America! There has been no division or devise plans when diligence and teamwork are needed to keep America free, and its people melding together for strength, healing and peace.
It has been that way ALL my life, and I want it to remain the same.
The only thing that has changed is the media driven panic and pressing onto any story that will ultimately make money! If we were NOT infringed upon by the madness of the media, we wouldwe would NOT come unhinged when faces of the FEW discontent citizens make a statement, albeit at the wrong time and place, whilst there are millions upon millions who are working side by side, living side by side, and trying to make amends for those mistakes ALL human beings make at one time or another.

Anger begets anger, violence begets violence, and love and peace…..begets love and peace.

If people want to change things then it will begin in the individual core of each person’s spirit.
DO NOT watch or read or listen to the inflammatory things the media presents each moment of the day. I challenge you to go just four days (and nights) without paying attention to the rhetoric presented us that creates discontent, worry, negativity or anger from within us.

If you pray, drop to your knee and humbly ask our Great Spirit (the proper name, if you read the Bible, is Jehovah) – to let the Holy Spirit fill us with love and graciousness. Ask for kindness and humility, and live your moments the best you can in the next four days, breathing and moving in love and peace.

I will offer you a “MONEY BACK GUARANTEE” (oh wait, I don’t get paid – haha) – that in these four days, if you meet the challenge, you will find an amazing four days upon you! The only other thing I suggest is that when you feel ANY negative feelings or worry, take a breath and say to yourself, “NOPE. Not going to wreck my peace and happiness….it will all work out some way!” Then exhale the negative thoughts into oblivion and begin again.

People always want to know why I am so happy…..well, beyond teaching stress management and relaxation techniques, I actually use them! God has given us soooooooo many gifts from within if we just use them! Breathing exceptionally good breaths will also create natural pain killers from within. The TRICK is…….like any habit we get into…..you must believe they will work.

Don’t forget – “money back guarantee!” SMILE just because it will make you feel better. Do not worry, if there is any dire emergency, it will find its way to you – don’t look – LIVE! I love you all! My husband asks how I can love people I don’t know? Easy – we are all brothers and sisters and members of the human family. We all cry, bleed, laugh, and some of us even laugh until our gut hurts! Just sayin’……….

(no I didn’t proof, so fire me! Lord I feel silly today!)

America is still a wonderful place to live.

October 5, 2017

I am really irritated. For you football players that “bend” a knee, GO SOMEPLACE ELSE AND TRY TO EARN THE MONEY YOU MAKE IN THE USA! ALSO, IF YOU THINK WE ARE RACIST – GO SOMEPLACE ELSE – BECAUSE every human being on the planet has his or her prejudices! GOODBYE!
This thing has got me going…These spoiled athletes, who “protest” to make a difference, aren’t! All they are doing is dividing people and causing conflicts.
I won’t apologize or say, “everyone has a right to their opinion! Those who have exposure and liberal media behind them, have more than the rights of the individual peasants who really own and reside and pay taxes and live and honor and love America!!!
I am sick of people making pathetic excuses to be weak and not stand up for what they believe. Humans ALL OVER THE WORLD would give everything they own to have the opportunity afforded them in the USA…prejudice? I am white, a woman, my son says I am attractive, and I lived in a moderately financed home when I was small. My mom and dad paid $5,000. for their home…therefore I am BLAMED for the racial prejudice and horrible things going on today. Neither here nor there. I am not to blame! I had no choice how I was born, how I look, my brains, my position in life, the whole ball of wax- draw of the cards!
These athletes, who are probably too young and too rich to remember World War II or even the Koran War or Vietnam, do not get it! PROTEST you MF’ers (Malfunctioning , Flawed humans) – and stay BLIND! If you want to drop on your knee, you had better be doing it in honor of the greatest Spirit of all, who created us!
FOR ME, to stand with hand on heart during the National Anthem means I honor all those who have suffered and died, and those who have lived with horrible disabilities…to keep us free! I honor their sacrifices and the sacrifices their families made, and still make! Our National Anthem is a symbol of our country, and the flag- another symbol of this great country we live in…of the blood shed to keep us free!
Athletes kneeling to protest brutality and inequality? The only thing they do is cause more difficulty, and more separating of people. Look up TRUE facts and you will find more people of color KILL their own than police! Yes the brutality to blacks by police officers can be harsh, but it is laid upon suspects and criminals by officers that are black too! AND, oftentimes the brutality BEGINS with those suspects and criminals fighting the police first! WHAT WOULD YOU DO??
Oprah is one of the richest women in the world, a man who is proud to be black (though that is each person’s opinion) was president, black athletes are multi-millionaires, black actors are millionaires – so wherein is all the inequality? Poverty is the culprit, and there are very poor white people in this country too!
AS FAR AS THE CLASPING OF ARMS – my personal opinion, “throw-up, gag, vomit.” Purely BS (Brilliant Strategy ) by, I am sure, managers who encouraged players to show “Unity” even if they don’t drop to their knee. Well, DUH, they have to show unity to keep people buying tickets, and to keep misleading the meaning of what their are doing.
SHOW UNITY TO YOUR PROVIDERS:
Drop to your knee to praise God! People are born with physical attributes, so don’t take too much credit for natural skills your were born with-be grateful.
Unify as citizens of the greatest country in the world by standing with your hand on your heart facing the flag “ White signifies purity and innocence. Red, hardiness & valour, and Blue… signifies vigilance, perseverance & justice.”. The stars represent the “union” of the states. Added to the description in 1977: “The star is a symbol of the heavens and the divine goal to which man has aspired from time immemorial, and the stripe symbolic of the rays of light emanating from the sun.”….
Sing our National Anthem! “ An anthem is “A patriotic musical composition that evokes and eulogizes the history, traditions, and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nation’s government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people.”
I admit it is difficult to sing and the range is beyond me, but at least I will stand with my hand over my heart and try!

Korea, the President, football and Prayer.

October 3, 2017

MY PERSONAL OPINION:
I think, NO MATTER how you voted, we should try to be open to support OUR president. If I had been a multimillionaire with a beautiful wife and children – the last thing I would want to do is take on on the headaches and trauma’s some presidents are forced to face. He can always be voted out, and thus far, his sending help to Texas, Florida and now Puerto Rico has been commendable.
I have watched, in my lifetime, N. Korea cause MANY problems prior to this. He did not cause the current problems. I do think he should limit his tweets, but it is his way of trying to reach out to people and state his thoughts. Just because he is president doesn’t mean he doesn’t have free speech. (He should refrain from swearing, I think.) I do love the way he doesn’t pussy foot around and apologize for America. Everyone knows you must stand up to a bull or he will walk all over you!
I agree with his stance on honoring the flag, and National Anthem – which represents all those men and women who have been wounded and died to keep our nation free. As a woman I have enjoyed football, but this was NOT about race. I love my freedom. Hence, I will not honor those who besmear the flag or anthem, and disgrace those who have given so much.
I will live without big time football viewing on television or internet, or in person. These multi-million spoiled children need to know when to protest. If they choose NOT to honor America in these ways, that is their right, but stay in the locker rooms as a sign of respect. If you don’t love AMERICA….(she has made you wealthy), LEAVE!
By the way, “the poor will always be with us”. We are born in bodies we do not choose, and in towns and financial conditions we have no choice about either. Racism was NOT born in the USA. It was born in another place, and grew because someone (of color)- chose money over anything else!
Obama was not my favorite president. It wasn’t because he was black, but because during his time I saw racism bloom again, and disdain for our men in blue grow exponentially. Use the word “decisive”, a word the media has sat squarely on Trump, and you will be just following those who’s tongues hang out on every word that is printed or spoken by them. obama was decisive. “Keep your doctor, keep a plan you like…”
With all the talk of “racism” I still see people of color that are thriving in the USA; I still see the murder rate of blacks murdering blacks way above white murdering blacks. Read everything you can get your hands on if you are interested in “finding” the truth. “The truth will set you free……”
I know Americans are relentless in “giving” to causes that help other humans in need. God bless us one and all for doing what we can. It doesn’t matter if you are grocery shopping, or on line or television, peasants are plagued by requests for CASH. May I say again, ANY of these VERY VERY rich sob’s who have millions upon millions, and billions, could all pitch in and help those in need and they would still be rich….and the matters would be resolved-all around the world could be helped. Come on oprah, bill gates, ANY movie talent, congress members, members of the United Nations, george soros (HAHA), george clooney, comedians, football players, and SO SO MANY MORE!
It has been pointed out to me that many “stars” have given. But I did my homework and for these million and billionaires, their gifts amount to WAY LESS than 10% of their worth. To me that is just paying for advertising for each of them! However, I cannot be the judge of others.
It won’t happen. They may donate time to raise money. They may donate a pittance (and to peasants it seems a lot), when actually it is cheap advertising….alas, we can pray, and volunteer, and do what we can…and we will, for our Spirits are rich.
Last thought for the day….”Football players who feel they must protest – please just leave the space until the “honors” are done. Find another way to protest other than dropping to the knee!
Do not drop to the knee as a show of disrespect, or in a misplaced way of showing displeasure for something that wasn’t even at the forefront of the conversation. Get over yourselves!
I reserve dropping to the knee to humbly pray and show my respect to the Greatest Spirit of All.
(addendum: keep in mind when I do not capitalize names it is because that is my way of showing disrespect.)