George Orwell’s name comes up a lot these days.
Just when you think it couldn’t get any weirder…it does! That’s the world we live in today. Wasn’t there a movie called….It’s a Mad, Mad, World….?
The President has invited transgender activists, the first openly gay US Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who promotes abortion to the welcome ceremony for the Catholic pope when he visits our country.
I’m not sure what the president’s motive for this is. Maybe it’s a “let’s all get together and talk” idea. It sure looks like a big poke in the pope’s eye, a deliberate move to provoke. Isn’t it a little bit like inviting the KKK to a welcome ceremony for a black president? Hmmmm…
The pope is already making some noise about this, but I think he shouldn’t. He can win this thing, and win lots of hearts and minds at the same time. What would Jesus do? Jesus loved on people, he didn’t point out their sin so much. And this is about people.
He can be a bigger man than the president. This is a great opportunity. The world is watching. I pray he uses it well.
Anyone else getting a sensation of mob rule going on in America? The problem is, I can’t see the people in the mob; I can only see the dominoes falling down like a big gust of wind is doing it. And they seem to be falling VERY fast. If this keeps up, the French guillotines can’t be far behind. What am I talking about?
Ever since the shooting in Charleston, S.C., which was responded to WITHOUT riots, looting and the burning of private businesses which would put people out of jobs, I have been watching events unfold like dominoes falling. The response to the shooting was very prayerful, and civil. No unrest, no big kerfuffle. Forgiveness was extended to the perpetrator in the courtroom. Methinks there are those who just could not handle that. Where is the scapegoat? We always have a scapegoat?
Used to be, in the very recent past, when the mob (the pc police) demanded something, businesses and people would push back, go to court, etc. Last week, TVLand folded without a whimper, as well as all retailers (that I can find) of the Confederate flag. Were they even ASKED to remove the old, fun, hit TV show, The Dukes of Hazard? Did anyone request it? I never heard one word of any pressure put on them. What is this mighty gale blowing across our land? One governor of one state decided to not fly the Confederate flag due to what she perceived as its message. And she is Republican.
Was that it? I secretly suspect it may be. A Republican made this request. The Progressives can’t have a Republican making this request and being the lead story….the story must be…I’ve got it! Political Correctness! All of a sudden, stores are removing the Confederate flag, TV Land is removing the Dukes of Hazard. I ask, did anyone demand it of them? Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, didn’t demand it. I just heard a commentator on tv say what might be the answer….They want to be on the right side of the issue. Was it an issue? Not before the shooting, not so much. It was like, we had to blame something or someone, so we blamed a flag, an inanimate object. Or is it more than that? It sure feels like it is more than that. Was it because the usual response didn’t happen to this shooting? Ah…that may be where the answer lies. We are so used to a nationwide boogeyman as a response to shooting events. Leftie Progressive types usually start wanting guns banned.
Yes, I agree, there are nut cases with nutty ideas, who fly the Confederate flag. That’s one person’s explanation of why it simply “must” be removed. But there are nutty people who eat Twinkies, and we don’t ban Twinkies. (A Twinkie made me do it…couldn’t resist!) There are others who are interested in the historical value of it. Then there are more who see it as a free speech issue as I do. I am not from the South and never in my life did I want to own my very own Confederate flag…until now. It’s the principle of the thing!
I’ve been talking to people at Walmart today. This is after I came across a shop freely selling the Confederate flag, and I bought as many as I wanted AND posted it on Facebook so my friends can go get theirs. Oh, did I say that? What I want to say to Walmart is this: When the government bans everything on your shelves, what will you do then? One lady at the deli counter said it best, in response to the question I just posed, but it’s not Politically Correct to repeat it. Oh,well, perhaps I can plead ignorance…she said, “By that time, we’ll all be in our homes wearing head scarves.” You sure have to admire her spunk! She is paying attention. She told me she has a vinyl cutter at home and she cut out a little Confederate flag and stuck it to her plastic drink cup. I say, you go, girl.
What I want to say to TVLand is this: When the government bans every program you carry, what will you do then?
I wonder how long Facebook will leave my photo of that flag up?
And poor Donald Trump….he dared to speak some things and look how they are going after him. This is a classic Saul Alinsky tactic…”RULE 12: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions. (This is cruel, but very effective. Direct, personalized criticism and ridicule works.)”–taken from Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky, community organizer. Watching businesses fold right and left that do business with Trump, I predict the end goal is to completely drain him of all his fortune, and thereby minimize him to nothing.
Subtitle: What is happening to our culture?
Our Federal government has done a good job of creating dependency in our country. And we have let them. We have helped in many ways. We have voted for it and we have supported it. It’s good to help the poor and needy. It’s especially good to do it with someone else’s money. Some people choose to do it with their own money (I do and prefer it that way), but ask any good Progressive. It’s far better to do it with someone else’s money. That money being the taxpayer’s money. But the Federal government, because they live in Washington, D.C. and we live thousands of miles away, cannot distinguish a person’s situation. They can’t determine if someone is scamming them, because they live so far away and don’t KNOW the people.
In small town America, people know people, and they know if you are a scammer or not. Because generations live in the same area, everyone knows everyone else. They knew your grandpa and your grandma; they knew your parents, and brothers and sisters. The police know you, maybe some more than others! It’s plain hard to get away with cheating on your spouse in small town America, because everyone knows stuff. There’s just not that many people to keep track of! My point is, small town America is better at taking care of its poor than Washington, D.C. But that’s not the way things are working out right now.
I happen to know a little bit about township government. You’d think that when people need help at the local level, the money that is taken from the taxpayers and put in a local fund for that very purpose would be used to help them. Nope. I’ve been told by credible township supervisors that, if the person qualifies for state and federal assistance, the township can’t use that money. Really? Then what is it for and why is it building up into incredible amounts? (I see state confiscation in our futures.) The state and federal government know the situation better than the local government?
But I digress. The question is, Where does money come from? (Besides printing presses in Washington, D.C.) We currently have a culture where, last figure I heard was, 49% are dependent on the Federal government in some fashion. I am not sure that figure includes the Social Security recipients, but it may. I am not begrudging them getting back what they paid in, because they have paid in specifically for it. At some point in our history, we decided it was a good idea to let the government plan our retirement accounts for us. I disagree with that concept, but nonetheless, it is what it is.
Back to dependency. Our current Progressive administration has done its utmost to increase dependency on government. I could go in to all the ways they’ve done it, but for the sake of time and space, I won’t here, because I need to tell my story.
This whole cultural dependency-on-other-people’s-money thing was revealed to me in a big way recently. And at the local level!
A local 4-H club wanted to do a charitable project for the summer. It was a great idea. You see, when children are home for the summer, their parents still have to go to work. The club wanted to make sure the kids got a meal at noon and weren’t just left to fend for themselves. Apparently, they knew of some local kids in this situation. They made a deal with a local food place to put some sack lunches together for a certain price. But the 4-H club had no money to do the project with.
The project was printed in the local paper and the 4-H club went about applying for GRANTS for their project. I heard about the project (I, being a private citizen with my own money that I have earned by working a job) and decided to jump on board. Little did I know…I decided I would kill a few birds with one stone. I made the club an offer they couldn’t refuse! They needed money, right?
The downtown area of the small town where I work can get pretty trashy on the weekends. We have some, ahem, irresponsible types, who thrown their trash out on the streets and sidewalks instead of in the trashcan that is placed there for that purpose. I decided to offer the club a, wait for it…JOB, picking up the trash on Monday mornings. It would probably have taken a handful of kids an hour to do it. In return, I would pay them the handsome sum of $25, which, by the way, would cover the cost of that day’s lunches. And I would do it for at least a month, perhaps for the whole term of the project. I would also make the mayor happy, because the downtown would be cleaned up of trash. It was a brilliant idea.
Only thing was, the club couldn’t do it. They were waiting on their GRANT money. The leader had all kinds of reasons why they couldn’t do it, but they appreciated my offer of a JOB. I’m not saying the leader’s reasons were not legit. I know people work. But there is a principle at work here, and I think an important teaching opportunity was lost and another one was definitely taught to those kids. Let me tell you the rest of the story…
The village (the government) where the kids lived, came through with a CHECK to help them get going! And everyone got their picture in the paper. Then another government agency came up with a CHECK also…and everyone got their picture in the paper. (See how this is working.) And then last week, the private sector (one business) came up with a CHECK. And everyone got their picture in the paper. So you see how this looks? Hey, the tin cup method works way better than a job. And you get your picture in the paper every time, because, everyone loves the feel good story. Rewards, right? And yeh, it would have just taken too long to, ahem, WORK for that money because, golly gee, that would just take too long and we don’t have time for that! I was heartbroken that they did not accept my offer, but I was determined that I would not just give them the money. (Hard-hearted of me, right?)
Kickstarter is another thing I don’t understand. I know a lady who went on there and started a project to raise the money (from other people) to publish her book. She got the money. I don’t know if they are supposed to repay or not, because I don’t know that much about it. I got a JOB and EARNED the money to publish my book. (Shameless plug for it right here…it’s a children’s book call A Tale of Two Lambs. You can purchase it on Amazon.com.) In the process, I gave someone else some work for several months because I needed illustrations for it. And she earned money. That’s how private enterprise works.
To sum up: where does money come from? What do you think those club kids think now? What did they learn? They learned if you want to do something nice for someone, ask the government and private businesses for a handout. You will be funded. THAT is what they learned. Oh, and you get your picture in the paper when you are successful. Who can compete with that?
Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres has stated that Australia must stop mining coal.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald;
Speaking at a conference in Melbourne on Wednesday, Christiana Figueres drew a parallel between Australia and the oil kingdom [Saudi Arabia] as countries that would need to diversify their economies as the world grapples with global warming.
Ms Figueres said ultimately Australia would have to move away from coal for environmental reasons and changes in global economic patterns. She said nobody was saying this would have to happen overnight, but the transition should be orderly, gradual and progressive.
‘”The science is very clear, there is no space for any new coal,” she said.
Ms Figures doesn’t have any specific advice about how Australia should fill the gigantic hole in her finances, which decommissioning the coal mining industry would create. Perhaps Ms…
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