Econ 101

Read it, and understand government intervention. Don’t blame the employer – they are doing what they are supposed to, ie, cutting costs. The markets will decide if the employer is hurting their business or not….

https://www.dailywire.com/news/44106/nyc-implemented-minimum-wage-hike-fast-food-hank-berrien?utm_source=shapironewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=030219-news&utm_campaign=position4

Cohen’s plea deal and Manafort’s conviction

On Twitter this morning, Brit Hume referenced this article, written for the National Review by Andrew C. McCarthy.  It is a very good read on the recent convictions of Trump’s campaign manager and his attorney.

I, for one, am not alarmed at the these events, outside of the fact that Democrats will try to make it a hill to die on.   I don’t really care about the man’s intimate relations (as long as they are consensual, of course).  What I do care about is protecting our Constitution, and getting big Government out of our lives. #MAGA

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/08/what-to-make-of-the-cohen-plea-and-manafort-convictions/

NFL’s hypocrisy

I realize I have been silent for quite sometime – just didn’t have much to say given our current climate of a vitriolic left advocating violence.  But this showed up in my in-box today, and after verifying its content, I wanted to share it.  The issues listed below deal with the NFL’s strict uniform code, while kneeling for the flag is not a violation of the uniform code.  But if you can have a uniform code, can you not have a code of conduct?

 

NFL History…history not often reported or leaked to the ticket holders.

 I hope this helps you; it opened my eyes, to understand just when the public’s respect for the NFL organization started to crumble….

  • In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling for each game to pray they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part of his eye-black to avoid glare, and made him take it off.
  • In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.
  • In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said “Know Jesus Know Peace” but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium.
  • In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing “Find the Cure” eye black for breast cancer awareness.
  • In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. (Not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem..).
  • In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty.
  • 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

So tell me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression, all of a sudden…

It seems quite clear based on these facts that the NFL has taken a position against any action by NFL players demonstrating RESPECT for any issue:

For God, social causes such as mental health, cancer, domestic violence, for cops killed arbitrarily for being cops, for the Memory of 9/11…

BUT they will allow demonstrations of DISRESPECT for our National Flag, our National Anthem, for America, and for the American People, if it will help mollify a particular Group and its supporters.

That is who and what the NFL now is shown itself to be.

Honor our military; too many of whom have come home with the

American Flag draped over the coffin.

The New Normal

I almost said this, the other day, to my friend, as she was burying her beloved sister.  But I thought better of it – it sounded too cruel to remind her of her new normal – life without her best friend, her sister.

At the same time, I have often thought of my own “new normal”.  I am old. At 63,  almost 64, I am old.  Not in spirit, and not necessarily in capability – I can still benchpress at least 100 pounds, and still do the splits.  But I am constantly reminded of my age by something as simple as my hands.

First of all, they ache.  Secondly, they are puckered.  Gone are the smooth fingers and plump hands.  Left behind are well-traveled roads, so to speak. Or in other words, well-worn limbs that have served me well, but show the ravages of time.

While I wish to remain youthful, time marches forward, and we all have reminders of that tune.  There have been many “conversations” in my head about this aging thing.  Should I deny it and keep myself trim and fit?  Should I accept it and allow a little bit of fudge factor (a little bit of fat) onto my body?

What I have found is what I think most people who survive this long have found – be comfortable, be in the moment, and just love.  This requires that you let go of certain disciplines of the youth (that never-ending quest for the perfect body, for example), and that you just accept life as it appears on your doorstep. It does not mean you forsake common sense – you still have a body you must keep healthy through diet and exercise.  But stop obsessing on it, and start enjoying what is truly important in life – loving people and being loved by people. Even momentary love – that moment of kindness when you let a busy person go in front of you in line.  Or when a friend wants to have dinner (and you are on yet another diet), or when someone just needs you to be there at that funeral.

It’s the little things in life that count.  It is not the needs of the flesh that count, but the needs of the spirit that matter.  Our soul, while embodied in flesh, needs to be nourished more so than our physical bodies need food. Find your peace in this, and the world will be at your feet.

Inner Child

I took this from Instagram, from thinkgrowprosper.  It is a beautifully poignant comment about how we should be living.

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thinkgrowprosper“It demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature. Their inner selves are executed in the form of transparent children, who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark (night falls) the children start to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives.”
#AlexanderMilov (artist)

A word to the wise

Once again, I post other people’s words.  They are far better at putting pen to paper than I am, yet they resonate so strongly within me I am compelled to share them with my tiny circle of friends.  Be inspired, be motivated, be loved.

Here is the first, from 2005, 11 years ago.

And here is the second.  Most of my friends are familiar with, and perhaps tired of, my fascination and delight in Hamilton.  But Lin-Manuel Miranda is exceptional, in that he so meticulously followed through on one of his life choices.  And here is his 2016 commencement speech.

https://heatst.com/entertainment/full-transcript-lin-manuel-mirandas-commencent-speech-at-upenn/

Nature

Nature can do a lot to soothe a brain burp.

Here, in Oregon, amid trees, waterfalls, and wildlife, I take refuge from the world.

Here, things seem calmer, quieter, and more acceptable.

Here, I can hear myself think, I can feel my heart swell with love, and I can see wonders I usually overlook.

Here, the house beckons you to stay.

www.whisperingpinesoregon.com

 

 

There is no explanation

Ever wonder why we even exist?  I do.  But there are no answers.  No explanation. Nothing.

So then I wonder “where we are going?” on this journey through life.  And I marvel at how man has developed life, with its many inconvient complications and unintended consequences.

Despite whether one agrees or disagrees with our evolvement, here we are, in all our glory, so to speak.

“America” has been tossed around a lot, and what many fail to understand is that we are not just a nation, we are an idea, conceived by those who sought freedom from tyranny, freedom from government, freedom from oppression. And we achieved it.  Now what?

Now it appears we in danger of going full circle, and losing what others fought for and gifted us.  The men who established our country knew this was a risk, and forewarned of it, but unfortunately, we humans have short memories.  And our foes count on that.

I take our freedom seriously, especially in light of Russia’s aggression, Syria’s unrest, ISIS, Hamas attacks against Israel and the resulting battle.  This is a very serious time we live in, and to my dismay, many do not seem to recognize this. Recently, a young FaceBook friend lamented politics being posted on Facebook.  Politics! The one thing that has the power to control your life, and this youth and others want to avoid discussing it?  Are we a world gone mad?

There simply is no explanation for such irreverence, except innocence (in the case of the very young) or ignorance (in the case of the not-so-young).

There is a good book out now – Things That Matter, by Charles Krauthammer.  I can only hope people will read this book, and others, that encourage the study and examination of politics in the name of freedom.

If we do ultimately lose our freedoms to those who wish to oppress us, there will be no good explanation except laziness.  There will be a new way of life, one that none of us imagined possible in our current reality of a free lifestyle, but make no mistake, we will regret we were not diligent with our politics.

It is moments such as these, when these thoughts whirl around my brain such that I cannot sleep, that I am glad I am older and on my way out. It is painful to watch the masses elbow or crowd out the ideas our country was founded on.  Personal liberties, freedoms and responsibilities are being traded for self-indugencies and dependencies.  I fear we are the spoiled child, and it is only when we are denied our blessings that we will realize the error in our ways.  I also fear that at that time, it may be too late, and we will be submerged in a long, dark period.

And while there is no explanation of this – I do hope for a new youth that will rise up before too long, and bring political discussions back to the dinner table and the coffee houses, and the forefront of our national conversation. We need to keep a firm grip on matters that shape our nation.

CSPAN – not your usual soundbite

I love CSPAN. Can’t get enough of it. When my husband is traveling, I have it on all the time. When he is home, I watch it in snippets.  At the gym, I always get one of the channels tuned to CSPAN 1 2 or 3.  But come the weekend, I watch it in batches.

On the weekend, Booktv.org is aired, and this show features non-fiction writers. Their stories are fascinating. For example, we just watched Catherine Neal on her book about the Tyco Executive who was sent to prison for a number of felony charges tied to compensation. Ms. Neal, who is an Associate Professor of Business Ethics and Business Law, often used the case as a case-study for her students, but often times was left with feeling she didn’t fully understand what the wrong-doing actually was. She used her sabbatical time (plus) to investigate, and her findings are outstanding. Here is a snippet http://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/2014/01/17/truth-and-justice-eluded-former-tyco-execs-kozlowski-and-swartz/.  When you hear her discuss her research on BookTV.org, you first feel incredulous, then almost fearful, as it can happen to any one of us – regardless of race, gender, or religion.  All it takes is some class-envy and complexities beyond the normal complexities one might encounter when purchasing a house.  Here is the link to her Booktv.org interview.  If the video is unavailable, as it sometimes is, the interview will next be aired again in a few days, March 29th.

Then there was the interview for the book titled ‘A Nation of Cowards; Black Activism in the Obama’s post-racial America‘.  The title came from  Eric Holder’s 2009 speech, and while I am not a fan of Mr. Holder’s, I am beholden to these authors for their succinct insights and remarks on race and racism in America.  I found the interview with Mr. Ikard and Mr.  Teasley interesting enough that I ordered their book and am in the process of reading it.  Very insightful.  Their interview can be seen here: http://booktv.org/Watch/15467/BookTV+in+Tallahassee+Florida.aspx

When I share these experiences with others, I am amazed no one even knows about BookTV, much less how great CSPAN is.  I must confess I myself was under-informed prior to my retirement, but now, having discovered this wonderful source of unfiltered information about our nation, our country as it is happening on the Hill,  I am beside myself with enthusiasm.

It is this enthusiasm that drives me to my computer to write this little blog, when in these quiet early-morning hours, I could be elsewhere, doing more self-indulgent things.  I urge all to listen the proceedings in the Senate and the House whenever you can (google CSPAN LIVE to stream or go to http://www.c-span.org/schedule/ to find your local listings, (mine are 350 and 351 for DirectTV in my area), then compare what you heard to the soundbites we are fed via MSNBC and FoxNews.  You will soon realize how much we are being spoon-fed by our system, and hopefully this realization will have many of us seeking stronger information sources so that we may form our own opinion, and not parrot someone else’s opinion.  One final note, a good news agency I have found is The Hill.  Try it, and evaluate their information for yourself.  TheHill.com

Happy learning!

Meteoric Demise

They came in, heralding their expertise. Halfway through it, I knew one was a self-indulgent con, the others just plain conceited and ignorant, a deadly combination. Yet “meteoric rise” was a phrase the con liked to use, but truth was, he’d executed a “meteoric demise”.

Sadly, others believed in them, despite the warning signs. Some believed because they were too junior to know better, others because they felt they were too senior to start again, and others just because they wanted to believe – the promises sounded so good and it all sounded easy.

I have a poem for you, and later, I’ll write the book – a “How NOT to….” versus a “How to…”. Because I have witnessed first hand how not to do certain things in life. And some things should not remain a secret.

In the meantime, here is a post that they (and I) should have read before agreeing to do ANYTHING together. I think the first point would have signaled all that this was not going to be a good move.

“When your ego is too big to manage a company”