Left’s “Safe Spaces”

On rare occasions we all need a place to go and refresh. To allow ourselves a respite from the world and its darkness. Some find religion and church to be good venue. Others, just a good book and still others a few cocktails.

There is noting wrong with finding refuge and respite from society and harsh individuals. Most of us, however, have learned since childhood how to deal with wretched people. For the most part, we stand up to them with a deft word or two or, in extremes, simply walk away.

The salient word here is “learned.” I have never had anything remotely like a safe space and I doubt that you have either. We learn to cope. Now, coping isn’t the ideal mechanism when we know that people should treat each other with courtesy. The fact is,  we know that reality bites and we go through life understanding this. On rare occasions a fist will put things right with a loudmouth. Coping is what adults do.

This nonsense concerning safe spaces is almost laughable were it not so very sad. There might be a good reason for this however. That reason, when one considers the strange aspects of this type of manipulation, is that it is a great way to have children never understand anything other than those who are instructing them. Ie, no outside influence. Just a chamber of hot chocolate and and playdough and kittens playing. How easily massaged are the minds of such young adults? Nothing to realign them from the pablum of their respected liberal adult professors. Only the constant hum of derisive speech day in and day out. Speech which denigrates all things outside the campus bubble. How easy, then, to manipulate these young and malleable adults. Manipulate them out of fear and loathing for all things American, for one. A great way to alter the culture which, right or wrong, has been painfully preserved by those whose children are now being manipulated to hate them.

I have been considering this for some time. Bear in mind that I grew up watching this liberal manipulation as it started in the 50’s-60’s.  have watched it through the eyes of one who knew that this was perverse. When drugs were introduced at the same time as socialism was being introduced this man was wondering why the sudden debilitation of his generation. The prying away of American values for the wonders of LSD. They happened hand in hand and brought about radicalism.

Just a few tid-bits for you to chew on. I could be wrong. I doubt it.

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A Coup?

You know me, I listen to a lot of news sources and one is always Fox. Over the past month I have been paying close attention to the “collusion” discourse of the Democrats and also, yes, I am not a big fan of the Republicans either, the Republicans. I am seeing something that unnerves me considerably. When you see the leaks from Trumps White House and see the press groveling at the trough of the leakers and writing NO POSITIVES concerning The positives of Trump one has to wonder. Not just wonder but come to a conclusion that there is the formula for a Coup brewing of a legally elected President of the United States of America.

I know Trump is not popular with many but he was elected because he did two things that Hillary did not. He ran for electoral college votes and went to states that Hillary wrote off as in the bag. Two monumental mistakes on her and her campaign’s part. This is merely a fact of political stupidity that she should have known better than to let happen. It is also what happens to over confident people all the time. It is called “taking things for granted” and is a very simple thing which we all do in our lives.

So, because of Trump NOT doing this he won. He won and he won according to the laws of the United States. the thing we needed to do was what I did: accept it and make the best of it. What I did not do was get hysterical or start lying about him. As with all I do I try to be patient. Wait and see. And you know what? Trump is not doing bad once one gets over his idiocy of Tweeting. That is something he needs an editor for. The thing is, though, this is why people who voted for him voted for him. He is a non-politician and a maverick. We don’t expect a non-politician to become President so we needed to give him time to adjust from corporate to public office.

Instead, we have a democratic party who won’t let up on the hedging, lying and misspeaking of what Trump has done. For instance, Diane Feinstein said the other day that there is no proof of collusion. She hemmed and hawed about the news stories but finally had to come out with the truth. The truth which I have written about here for weeks. That doesn’t stop the leakers yet and the best guess I have heard is that it comes from the NSA and another intelligence agency or the FBI.

What we have here is decades of liberal planting of deep operatives in the press and government who are not ripe and trying to bear fruit. It is more than an opposite point of view, politically, and it should scare you. It should make you change your mind about what is and is not happening to our country. Most of us did not vote for trump. That’s fine. the hideous thing is that there is a substantial cadre of people who are trying to turn this country towards socialism and are taking whatever measures, legal or illegal, to get us there. George Soros is just one. I believe that many of the software youngsters who are gazillionaires are also in on this. It bears repeating that Trump was legally elected and it is time for us to get behind him; like him or not, as we love our country and I, for one, fought for it. Not just that but if you look at what he is doing he is making laws already on the books get enforced. He is not doing anything re=adical. The radical stuff was endangering our country under Obama by not enforcing laws which protect our children and by not being enforced got Kate Steinle killed. How sad do you wanat this country to get, folks? How much more turmoil do you want to see? Trump waw legally elected. There is no proff of Russian collusion even after all these months and leaks and investigation. Common sense tells us that, in this atmosphere of hate for Trump, that a leak as to his collusion guilt would have surfacd immediately upon its leal=k to the press. IT HAS NOT HAPPENED AND IT IS TIME TO GROW THE “Flux” UP. I mean, don’t you think?

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Have you figured Trump out yet?

After the first “Trump Month” I was still not sure what the heck was going on. All the Tweets and rigamarole that he was up to left me scratching my head for a while. I started to form an opinion based on what I knew of him. Now, what I knew of him was very little. I liked some of the things he said during his campaign but campaign speeches do not give one any real idea of what the candidate will actually do in the future. Go back through the historical record of campaign promises versus fulfilled promises and the ratio is somewhat disappointing.

After another month passed I got a little better understanding of what he was up to. It came to me because of the press. If you follow me you know I think very little of the press. My experience since Vietnam and my security clearance have shown me that lying by the press is common practice when politics gets in the way of objective reporting. So I watched and took mental notes of what the relationship between Trump and the press evolved into. After a whole lot of, shall I say, seemingly errant Tweets from Trump and the reaction by the press to those Tweets I understood. Trump is fishing the press. By that I mean he throws this stuff out there and steers the conversation the way he wants it to go. He has no compunction about being “non-presidential” which, if yu pay attention, is equal to the press’ compunction to be dishonest or negative towards him.

The result of this is that the press is off balance which suits Trump quite well. I think that what we are seeing is how a non-politician, who has a ton of experience with the press over many years, can take the lead on the dancefloor and waltz the gullible egos of the press wherever he wants merely by changing the tune in the middle of the dance. It is artful to watch.

In the meantime, Trump is doing one hell of a good job, if one is objective. If you hate Trump you are missing the history being made. The proof that all the rotten things said about he and his family, all out of bounds, of course, are untrue. This will raise the ire of some of you but, as I stated, objective observation will suit you well as Trump’s presidency evolves. You have a front row seat to history. You should take advantage of it by putting away your anger and watching the “Fred Astaire” of a non-political holder of the Office of President work his magic. Emphasis on “non-politician.”

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Oh, My-My. Can you boogie, can you slide?

Thanks to Ringo circa 1974.

I haven’t posted here for a while. A lot going on as I am getting ready to launch Sonoma Net in a week or so. I have been following the news however. I don’t know about you but, it seems the news goes from OK to what the F***! on an almost daily basis. Comey is gone and, oh my, my. how the Dems are hypocriting his demise. I hate hypocrisy. I figure you do also. What I do is try my darndest not to be one. It’s not hard. Just be honest.

It just goes on and on. What I am waiting for is some really good news. Some news that will make our day! (Yours to, not just mine.) You deserve some great news. You know you do and I know you do. I wish you the best and I really mean that.

This is a tough, tough old world. The news is bound to be just as tough. We need to find shelter in each other and mankind, by itself, has never found a way to do so. Mankind has no answers. It never will have. Anything we do which is great falls apart given time. This is starting to happen in our country: America. What good is a Representative or a Senator who will not do the job they were elected to do? Doesn’t matter the party affiliation. The Democratic congress folks are useless. So were the Republicans back a few years when Obama care was shoved down our throats. How did that work out? (Be honest now.) You and I both know that it tanked because it was front loaded and had nothing attached to it to make it work more than a few years. It was written to fail and its entire intent was to make it an entitlement such as Social Security. I never like Obama. The minute I found out he was an organizer I ticked him off on my ahole list. I could care less about his color. A socialist, sans Democrat, sans progressive, sans communist in drag does not appeal to me.

So, this is all for today. How does this fit to the politically correct’s way of thinking? Hey, I already admitted I was a bigot here! Another fits-all progressive word. BIGOT. I shake my head every time that word or its companion lexicon is foisted into print or media. It is really funny.

 

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F.Y.I.

 

“Introduction” – 1 Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 2 and he began to teach them:

“True Happiness” – 3 “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

4 “Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them!

5 “Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised!

6 “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully!

7 “Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them!

8 “Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God!

9 “Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children!

10 “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

11 “Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted.

“Salt and Light” – 13 “You are like salt for all mankind. But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it.

14 “You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead he puts it on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. 16 In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.

“Teaching about the Law” – 17 “Do not think that I have come to do away with the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. I have not come to do away with them, but to make their teachings come true. 18 Remember that as long as heaven and earth last, not the least point nor the smallest detail of the Law will be done away with — not until the end of all things. 19 So then, whoever disobeys even the least important of the commandments and teaches others to do the same, will be least in the Kingdom of heaven. On the other hand, whoever obeys the Law and teaches others to do the same, will be great in the Kingdom of heaven. 20 I tell you, then, that you will be able to enter the Kingdom of heaven only if you are more faithful than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees in doing what God requires.

“Teaching about Anger” – 21 “You have heard that people were told in the past, “Do not commit murder; anyone who does will be brought to trial.’ 22 But now I tell you: whoever is angry with his brother will be brought to trial, whoever calls his brother “You good-for-nothing!’ will be brought before the Council, and whoever calls his brother a worthless fool will be in danger of going to the fire of hell. 23 So if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God.

25 “If someone brings a lawsuit against you and takes you to court, settle the dispute with him while there is time, before you get to court. Once you are there, he will turn you over to the judge, who will hand you over to the police, and you will be put in jail. 26 There you will stay, I tell you, until you pay the last penny of your fine.

“Teaching about Adultery” – 27 “You have heard that it was said, “Do not commit adultery.’ 28 But now I tell you: anyone who looks at a woman and wants to possess her is guilty of committing adultery with her in his heart. 29 So if your right eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose a part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose one of your limbs than to have your whole body go off to hell.

“Teaching about Divorce” – 31 “It was also said, “Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.’ 32 But now I tell you: if a man divorces his wife for any cause other than her unfaithfulness, then he is guilty of making her commit adultery if she marries again; and the man who marries her commits adultery also.

“Teaching about Vows” – 33 “You have also heard that people were told in the past, “Do not break your promise, but do what you have vowed to the Lord to do.’ 34 But now I tell you: do not use any vow when you make a promise. Do not swear by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by earth, for it is the resting place for his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Do not even swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. 37 Just say “Yes’ or “No’ — anything else you say comes from the Evil One.

“Teaching about Revenge” – 38 “You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too. 40 And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 41 And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles. 42 When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him.

“Love for Enemies” – 43 “You have heard that it was said, “Love your friends, hate your enemies.’ 44 But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may become the sons of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. 46 Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! 47 And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that! 48 You must be perfect — just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

 

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Sonoma Net dot com

Hey, Readers! I want to tell you of something I am doing that will be open this Friday. It is called Sonoma Net.

Sonoma Net is the best opportunity you will have to get yourself on the internet with your own website for the least amount of money. Not only that, it will not require your having hosting and server issues. I take care of all of that background technical issues for you. Were you to build a website such as this one you would have to invest quite a bit of capital just to get a site such as this one on the internet before even being able to post your thoughts or articles or pictures.

If you purchase a subscription for a website on Sonoma Net I put your site up, email you your username (you pre-select your username and website name) and without further machinations, your website is up and running. Truly, it is that easy. From the time you get your email confirmation that your site is up you merely go to it, log in and start building your web presence. It really is going to be that easy. I know, I have done this for a long, long time and this is how I wish I could have started out.

https://sonomanet.com is a multisite complex with Sonoma Net as the hub and your websites are autonomous. Each website stands by itself and most of the complicated work ( the work that stops one from even considering a website, is done by me. All you do is enjoy and build.

Of course, you do have to learn the software but I chose WordPress as it is by far the most logical software on the internet. Once you take a test drive you will see what I mean. Speaking of “test drive”, there is an option for a 14-day free trial. That is more than enough time to see if it works for you. After the trial, you merely pay the fee for the option or level you want to have and you are in clover. I am always available within a few hours or less to help you out should problems arise. It’s going to be fun for you! It will be only a small challenge to learn and one that you will be proud to hav4 conquered as the fun is just beginning.

There are personal, family and “The Whole Enchilada” plans to choose from. Use the trial or go for it. I am there to help. Friday opening: 5/5/17.

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I Thnk It’s Time…

…to bring YOU into the conversation.

I don’t know you and you don’t know me. Duh. Well, I believe we know each other a bit. Not a lot but—-a bit. I write and you do me the real honor of reading what I write. We have that much in common. Some of you like what I write and some of you don’t. The funny thing is that, going into this blog, I already knew that fact just iterated. This is as it should be.

Let’s bring up another point which is taken for granted by many in this country. That point being, I have the freedom to write what I think. You, without censure, have the right to read what I write. Historically, many people throughout this world were not allowed by their governments, be they royal or dictators, to read and write what they believed. It is no small thing, therefore, to mention this as I run up against my first year of this blog. Our freedoms in this country are up against a new threat. The threat from the left. The threat of the anarchists who wear black clothing and destroy other people’s property. As of this writing, it has been only property destroyed and that, only glass breakage for the most part. However, I think it not untoward to warn against the small beginning of this movement. It smacks of “Brown Shirts” in the 30’s in Germany. AS the Nazi’s were putting together their political movement and starting their campaign against the Jews, Gypsies and other cultures they abhorred. “A stitch in time saves nine” as the old saying goes.

You understand this, I feel. Otherwise, you wouldn’t come back to this website. Trump says that we are living in dangerous times and we are. I haven’t seen this type of danger in this country before. The 2nd amendment has been under attack since the 60’s. It was terrible under Obama and would have been much worse under Clinton. Your right to bear arms is one of the most valuable laws this country has in its Constitution and make no mistake about that. It is a fact of clarity that when the people are banned from their right to bear arms it will only be the criminals who bear them; outside the police and military. Ie, a dictatorship is much easier to rise when this happens.

We are not immune to dictators. Our Constitution is already under assault and has been for a few decades. It is not the right who performs this assault. It is always the left. Coincidentally, that is the side the anarchists come from also. They appear to be young men and women who do this. That is who did it in Germany also last century.

So, I write this as a warning. I am too old to fight a new war now but not too old to bear arms. It might be a good idea to think of self-protection. If not a firearm then an alarm of some type. I don’t uphold the thought that we should all be armed and marching the streets with our weapons. I am only saying to you that we should be prepared more now than ever. Firearms is one method of preparation. Vigilance is the better, though. Be vigilant and alert to changes in your neighborhoods. Take care of your children and take nothing for granted.

Of course, you can also dismiss what I write out of hand and stop reading this blog. You have ther right to do so. That is the greatness of our country. A country worth defending. And…it may come down to us to dfend ourselves. Look at the rise of MS-13. Not a good omen.

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The First Commandment

I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt have no other god before Me.

A lot is said about religion and God. this is what God said as the very first commandment to all of us. If you stop and consider this commandment you will see that all structure of the world and the race of mankind fall into direct descendence from this law. This is the first for a reason. Many think of the ten commandments as a grouping unto itself. The fact that this is the first gives one pause as this is how God wrote his law in stone before giving it to Moses. Which “god” would you apply given this law? (lower case)

I find this to be very humbling and I am happy to have a blog to share this with you. Believe it or not, it is God’s law that, if followed, would preclude and make unnecessary every law that mankind has authored throughout time.

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Objectivity versus Emotional Response

We’ve all been through deaths, illnesses and terrible tragedies in life. Some, more than others. My losses of family and friends have been huge. They include not only my mother and father but one of my brother;s, a cousin who was my best friend most of my life and dear friends who made a difference in my life. In the 70’s I handled corpses and I also had business failures.

What made a difference in my ability to handle all of this was my faith. No one can describe what God’s touch is but you know it when you feel it. It is very personal and very caring. It uplifts as no friend or psychiatrist can. What I got out of all of this is an objectivity to life. An acceptance of death and an assurance that, if I stayed upright and true, I would see the other side. This is what has gotten me through.

When my son developed cancer it was but another hurdle. I was emotional as a father could be but, at the same time, I had faith that my son would make it through. How I knew this I cannot say. The fact that he is alive and has a family today is a blessing which I cannot describe.

Why am I writing this? I am writing this to let you know that God is real. also, to let you know that those who ask, “Why would God let this happen?” are missing the crux of life. Life comes with no guarantee. That sounds like a bromide but it needs to be better understood. To God, there is no such restriction as time. He has no time. We do. To Him, one hour is one thousand years for us. We go by in a blink of His eye. It isn’t that He wants this stuff to happen. This is not what He intended in the beginning. This stuff got started in the Garden and you know that story. In the interim, we have developed civilization and He has been having lunch. I don’t mean to be quippy about it but this gives some perspective.

I am objective because it suits me. I realized the other day that I was born conservative. Not the political version but the faith version. The faith version does, of course, spill over into my assessment of politics. that said, I am apolitical. I have no party other than Christian. This not only allows me freedom from emotional support or hate of candidates but broadens my world view and allows my love of people by merely knowing that we are all in the same boat. Crazy men (or wily foxes, if you think the term more apt, such as the guy Un of North Korea are sorry individuals to me. As much as I would like to dislike the guy I feel compassion for him. This does not mean I wouldn’t like to throttle the life out of him should he blow up San Francisco, it only means that I think him unstable and in a position probably not of his choosing. Call it fate, call it what you will.

In essence, my position allows me to be more interested in things rather than getting emotional about them. Not scientific per se, but, objective. Unattached to this world as it spins and takes us all on this monumental “A” ticket through the Universe. It’s a great ride if you think objectively.

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Scriptural Synopsis of Bible Meaning

Ok, let’s hope that I can make this palatable for those of you who groan when I bring up the Bible. I’ve been thinking of this for a few days and rather than do this like the preacher I’m not I thought I would do this starting with a near death experience. “The “Proverbial” light at the End of the Tunnel” theory.

The Light at the End of the Tunnel

You’ve heard people say that, upon almost dying, they saw a light at the end of a tunnel. Ok, I almost died and all I saw was cheap tenement flats in Oakland, Ca. or blackness. (I bet some of you think that is all I should =have seen?) Some, however, claim to have seen that tunnel and that light. I will not argue or attempt to dispute that claim as I see the light and the tunnel as completely Scriptural and not as near death.

For our purposes let’s suppose that any dark tunnel or light at its end, looked at symbolically, equates the tunnel to death and the light equates to life. A tunnel signifies a distance of darkness with the light tells us that there is something wonderful beyond the darkness. “Distance of darkness” equates to time. Therefore, those who see a light at the end of the tunnel are seeing a symbol of the fact that there is life after death. It is a reassurance of a truth long kn0wn by us who believe and have studied the Bible. I look at it this way, we are the only living things on this earth who know of death and are aware of, or consider the possibility of, God. One surely can argue that a deer knows of God but that one cannot prove it. I think of it as an animal has enough to do to stay alive without worrying about the mysteries of the Universe. That is mankind’s bailiwick.

The fact that men or women can get their minds around a supreme being is not within the purview of the animal kingdom. It is nice to think that it is but God plainly says NO to that. That’s good enough for me. After all, I am a thick skulled bigoted white man who knows little and is capable of learning less.

That is the gist of the Bible. We die but it is not the end. Internally, in our minds, we know this to be true. The reason we fear death is because we are aware of it. The Bible was put here to teach us that death is not the end if we believe. How stupid of us! How naive! What a bunch of dullards and myth propagators! Actually, no, we are not. We have been given the ability to perceive that death is not the end and it is up to us to choose to understand it or not. the Bible tells us all about it in great detail and accuracy. Of course, if you can’t bring yourself to read it you are not going to have that promise fulfilled for you. With the caveat that the Bible also says that those of loving hearts will get the chance to prove themselves even after they die. God is a loving and forgiving supreme being. Unlike most of us.

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