Archive | November 2016

Happy Headlines

 

As promised:

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama have been in regular communication, a top Trump aide said Sunday.

 

 

NASHVILLE – A lottery player who bought a ticket in Lafayette, Tenn., has won a $420.9 million grand prize, the Tennessee Lottery announced early Sunday.

 

 

Online sales overshadow stores in 4-day shopping frenzy

After a booming Thanksgiving weekend, retailers are indeed on track for holly jolly sales to cap the year.. Deep discounts wooed more than 154 million shoppers from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, up from 151 million last year, according to the …
Ohio State-Michigan scores ABC’s 2nd-highest rating in 25 years
ESPN announced Sunday that Ohio State’s 30-27 double overtime victory over Michigan scored a total audience of 16.926 million viewers across all platforms and 16.647 million viewers on ABC.
Physicists plan to test a new theory about the speed of light to explain what Einstein’s theory can’t

One of the oddest things about our universe is that it has some fundamental constants. These constants—such as the speed of light in a vacuum—have numerical values that don’t change no matter what conditions you test them under.
Fijian ants began farming 3 million years ago

An ant colony nurtures a Squamellaria plants in the crease of a Macaranga tree. Photo by G. Chomicki/LMU. MUNICH, Germany, Nov. 27 (UPI) — Ants have been farming for at least 3 million years.

 

Jordan Morris was the star who put the Seattle Sounders in MLS Cup
Arizona grandma keeps promise to feed teen she accidentally invited to Thanksgiving Dinner

 

Rare geological formation discovered

 

Parents of separated twins focus on gratitude
Nicole and Christian McDonald are amazed by an outpouring of support
They urge people inspired by their sons to use that energy to do good for others

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Come for a Visit

I started a new blog after the US election.
It’s at
http://patriotsvoiceblog.wordpress.com

I called it that because of a statement by Barack Obama, “WE are all patriots.”  The definition of this word is interesting:  “a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.”

It does not mean one who follows the party line and supports it, even when it’s wrong.

The idea of Patriotsvoiceblog is to offer my readers a chance to comment on political matters.  I also hope to encourage and facilitate some reclamation of our power as citizens.
Here are titles of posts over there:

I Don’t Know

November 14, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, Uncategorized

I have asked a few people in the past week, “Who would you like for president in 2021?”
Pretty much unanimously, they have said, “I don’t know.”
What happens in your country?

November 16, 2016, posted in articles, discussions

In the United States, candidates run for President every four years.  This time, the campaigns started relatively early in 2015.
Grassroots

November 17, 2016, posted in articles, Uncategorized

Bernie Sanders says, “The Democrats need to become a grassroots party.”

I find myself wondering if this is possible.  Nations are run by the wealthy elite; the common citizen has limited information and power.
The Trump Administration: America’s “Third Reich”?

November 20, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, In the news

“Energized By Trump’s Win, Alt-Right Extremists Gather In Washington To ‘Change The World’ : NPR
Do Our Votes Count?

November 23, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, In the news
“Hillary Clinton has widened her lead in the popular vote to 1.5 percentage points, a spread not seen for a losing candidate since the disputed election of 1876.” (New York Times)
Trump won the electoral vote; Hillary won the popular vote.
Setting the Tone

November 26, 2016, posted in articles, discussions, In the news
When Barack Obama was first elected in 2008, the mood of the nation was hopeful, cooperative and quite inclusive.

This time, however, anger, violence, racism, prejudice and aggression are in the forefront.
Take Back the Power…

November 27, 2016, posted in articles, discussions
…Raise the Standard

The notion that our government is “Of the people, for the people.”  is basically obselete.
Admittedly, some of what I write is controversial; I hope so!  That’s a good thing:  That we come at things differently is part of the beauty and struggle of government.

Come read, comment and raise questions of your own.

 

Reactions Run Amuck

What is happening?????
Why are people acting out so violently?????

 

Perhaps it’s time for one long time out:  Take a break from all of the things that anger, distress, worry or frighten us; find some quiet, nurturing peace and calm down.  There does seem to be a corporate unrest in the air these days.

 

Some of this seems more like attitude run amuck than simple anger.  Just read these news briefs:

Religious leaders in California are calling for a police investigation after identical letters were sent to local mosques hailing President-elect Donald Trump and calling for death to Muslims.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Police in Philadelphia say three men hanging Christmas lights were shot after getting into an argument with a passing motorist.

A 62-year-old white man accused of shooting a 15-year-old black teenager to death Monday night in Charleston, W.Va., allegedly told police after the murder, according to the Charleston Gazette-Mail: “The way I look at it, that’s another piece of trash off the street.”

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – Coral Springs Fire Rescue reports that one person died and another was wounded in a shooting at Coral Square Mall on Saturday morning.

A Good Samaritan who tried to stop a woman being assaulted was shot to death outside a Texas Walmart packed with shoppers on Black Friday while another man in New Jersey was also killed outside a mall, authorities said.

(CNN) One person is in custody after three Starbucks coffee shops were vandalized in Albuquerque, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A gunman wildly fired shots into the air in a Long Island hospital parking lot early Saturday, officials said. John Gamble, 35, pumped off multiple rounds from a .9 mm handgun about 5:50 a.m.

I couldn’t find it again, but there was a story about someone shooting a teen who bumped him.
There was also another one that read something like, “Trump gives Democrats reason to stay angry.”  (Really, they need to stay angry???)

The best antidote I know is to step away from all of the rhetoric, news stories – whether professional or just plain gossip – and clear your own head.
I also think it is important to set your boundaries at the point where you still deal with things well.  I, for example, limit the amount of news I read or listen to.  Remember, a lot of what we here on the news is distorted at best, so don’t let it all under your skin.

 

Another strategy I use is to stay away from conversations that will produce nothing except anger, frustration and disagreement.  Don’t get me wrong; I love a good, well informed debate.  My point:  If it is stirring up more displeasure than your soul can take, step away, regroup, get your own balance back.

 

So much of what we hear about is way over the top in terms of reaction.  Hmm, somebody bumps you; don’t shoot him or her, okay?  You have an arguement; leave the pistol in its holder…or better yet, in the gun safe at home.
Next time, I’ll find some happy headlines for you.

The Party Everyone Wants to attend

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Thursday is a national holiday in the US: Thanksgiving.

This year, I am in charge of the community dinner, which will feed around 200 people.

It’s my first time doing this.  At first, I thought we could make things a little smaller, but the community is so enthusiastic about it, we’ll have to do the whole banana.  Even the entire university football team is coming!

Historically, community Thanksgiving dinners have been for “those who have nowhere to go.”  I have been in that group:  It is a real drag!  It’s also a dilemma:  Somehow, going to the dinner for ones with nowhere to go makes the loneliness more difficult, even though the intent is good.

I am already thinking that I want to change this up for next year:  A real event.  Instead of buying all the stuff, cooking for three days and cleaning up, come party with us!  If there are just two of you and you would like something a bit festive, come on in!

This idea is inspired by one family who is doing just that.  Normally, they go out to the local truck stop for Thanksgiving, but they decided that it would be more fun to come join the community meal and help out.

The football team also inspires this.  They won their playoff game and are headed to the finals, so they had to stay in town.  It will be so much fun to have them.

Then, there are people who have stepped up to help by volunteering, donating and cheering us on.

This year’s dinner will be festive indeed; next year’s?

The party everyone wants to attend!

How Can We Have Hope

How can we have hope
In times so full of fear;
When troubles seem to boil,
Robbing us of peace and cheer?

 

How can we hold on
When violence is brewing;
Pouring into our streets,
Its hateful venom spewing?

 

The answer is this;
Its secret not hidden:
Surroundings can’t stop her,
For hope is born from within.

Invitation

I would love to hear from you:

If you live somewhere other than the United States, please come tell about your country; if you do live in the US, add to the conversation.

Go to

https://patriotsvoiceblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/16/what-happens-in-your-country/

I look forward to hearing from you.

The Paradox

There is truth on both sides of the abortion issue:

 

Yes, according to the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the US Constitution, a woman has the right to choose when it comes to her own body, including the tragic and sad matter of having an abortion.  The two amendments cited are #9 and #14.

 

Yes, to have an abortion is to kill the baby in her womb.  The word fetus is Latin meaning, “little one.”

 

How do we unload this so that we can wrestle with this difficult, very emotional paradox?

My own thoughts are that we start by respecting both sides.  As long as each rejects, judges and points fingers at the other, there can be no conversation.

Next, let’s get it into context.  By the time a woman is choosing to end the life in her womb, plenty has happened.  While I have met one or two women who could make this choice with little or no concern, that is not the case overall.  Almost every time, this is a serious, heart wrenching struggle.

All sorts of factors come into play, including but not limited to relationships, economics, medical concerns, mental health, beliefs and culture.

AS we try to address such a difficult subject, let’s also recognize that everyone involved is vulnerable; there is no such thing as neutral, intellectually, politically, emotionally, spiritually or otherwise.

 

There are people who have invested time, energy, money and home in putting their actions where their beliefs are.  Gold stars to each of them.  There are also people who have dedicated themselves to fighting for women’s rights; gold stars to them as well.  To all who have done more than philosophize:  Who have offered support, comfort, counsel and resources, thank you.

 

Again, the reason for discussing this at all is to find common ground, solutions and progress.

What are your thoughts?