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Oh Those Printing Press are Running

Don’t you hear those printing presses running ? I don’t mean your local news papers or Time , Life , Readers Digest or any other of your normal news print. I mean those printing presses at the Treasury Department. The Fed is feeding the banks and business community with a few Trillion dollars. All those checks that are being sent people that file a tax return in 2018 or 19. All the businesses that will be getting tax breaks , government forgivable loans. I don’t even know if I remembered or even touch on the tip of iceberg on the things the government is doing or printing money for. I have a problem with all of that but yet again. I’m not sure what all this printing of money does to the inflation rate but I can’t imagine it’s though. Don’t get me wrong that I’m not saying that everything the Federal government has done didn’t need to be done. Because the choices weren’t many other than to let this Covid-19 virus run wild with no cure or vaccine or make the choices they made. Maybe for you like me and most people all this Covid-19 virus thing is like something so surreal that is hard to believe it is happening and we are all wondering when it will end. There is another scary part State’s can’t print their own money.

State’s have budgets and they collect taxes to run state budgets. Some state’s have rainy day funds for down years when tax revenues aren’t enough to cover all parts of their budgets. Yet most state’s won’t have enough in their coffers to cover this big a hit without income taxes coming , limited gas taxes coming in and sales taxes coming in. All those taxes are taking a hit . The big question is how long can states stay shut down and operate with limited taxes coming in. So I ask myself which state is going to start to break the stay at home and all these directives first ? That is a very realistic question something most governor’s are thinking about. We know most doctors or medical scholars would want us to stay shut down until this Covid-19 thing has passed. Many scary factors are being tossed around by these medical experts on how we open states up and how soon. Will we all need to be tested for Covid-19 ? Will we just have to be checked for antibodies ? Will you need those things done before you can return to work ? So many things for our leaders to consider.

We may have many changes in the way we prepare for pandemics and disasters after all this Covid-19 virus experience finally comes to a end. I’m not a real fan of taxes and especially taxes that let some people escape them and others not. For instance people who ride buses don’t pay a fuel tax but they do use transportation. What I’m trying to say is preparedness is going to be a big subject and paying for that preparedness is going to be a big question. People are never happy with paying taxes but we aren’t happy with this Covid-19 situation either. But being prepared with more PPE on hand and ready to go is important. Perhaps having a cushion of money to help play for a pandemic or disaster relief.

So with the printing presses running at the Treasury full speed ahead and we thank God our government can do that. We just pray for the future and the planning for other disasters than come a long in our country and in our world. For this world has had many calamities and a little old Boy Scout ” Being Prepared ” is a good thing.

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Great American Mind Readers 2

I started to write this blog the other day. In fact I had it completed so I thought because of the automatic save feature in WordPress. Well guess what it didn’t work but so it is with technology. Then I thought to myself that perhaps this blog wasn’t to be at all. Yet I feel this blog needs to be written. For to long the American people have been treated like little children by the government, large companies and a good part of the news media. Whom I call the Great American Mind Readers. Government has a tendency to not share things they feel will have a negative effect on society. (At least the way it use to be) Large companies are different in they share their progress on things they produce in stages because producing the final version with all the improvements limit their profit. The media has a evolved from journalism to a copy and paste media. When you turn on your news network it doesn’t matter which one it is. They are all the same. A few years ago during the George W. Bush Presidential term in office the term gravitas was used referring to George Bushes lack of it. That in itself wasn’t bad but on every news show the same term and same statement. It was like the news shows had all the SAME writer. Rush Limbaugh played montage of news reports of all the main media with that exact statement in it. Fast forward to 2016 – 2019 and the Great American Mind Readers have completely changed journalism to the tabloid news of the day.

I’m not sure about you but when I go to the grocery store and get to the check out lane, I see the tabloids and I laugh at their headlines and wish somehow that the celebrities who are written about would sue the heck out of those rags, if the things they write about them isn’t true. Once in a while they do and win a retraction and a few bucks. We as a public have learned that these tabloids aren’t worth paying for and we don’t buy them. After the out come of the 2016 Presidential Election our news media has turned a new page of not reporting news but tabloid-ism and one sided reporting at its worst. I call it the Great American Mind Readers. You would think that the leadership at these media sources would consider themselves as businesses and as profit making organizations. It was reported the other day that not one single show on CNN had million viewers. For more than two years they have laid all their money on President Trump and Russian collusion. If it wasn’t for President Trump their broadcasting would be nothing but empty space. I know that had some peoples attention but they weren’t prepared for the Mueller dud report or the lack of evidence for obstruction of justice charges against President Trump. I firmly believe that if there was a clear case for obstruction of justice charges impeachment hearings would be well on there way. I’m looking just at CNN but it isn’t just CNN. I could say the same for The New York Times, Washington Post, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC and the rest of the main news channel except Fox News. These are the Great American Mind Readers. They think that all they have to do is make up things and say unnamed sources gave them their information. The real unfortunate thing is that they have lied so much and put all their eggs in one basket. That they can’t humble themselves EVER to say we were wrong. They are like a guy that uses a 10 hour slow drying paint and starts at the one door into the room and paints himself into a corner. And then wants out. But there is no way out without ruining his paint job and shoes. After the last two years plus of reporting how President Trump colluded with the Russians without leaving themselves a out or a possibility of being WRONG. They just keep their butts bent over with theirs BS flowing out through the fan to splatter on the walls to see if anything can possibly stick to President Trump. They did much the same to President Bush but it wasn’t a constant 24/7 attack like it is on President Trump. Some of you will say well they still report the disasters and stuff and yes I’ll agree. But if they can in all things hate President Trump, they’ll somehow try to make it his fault.

One last thing to say about the American Great Mind Readers. Even as you have joined the Democrat Party to slide us off the left socialist coast in the long run you will lose. You have taken God out of control of everything even if you claim to believe in God at all. Somehow you have bought into that we are the gods and can control everything without any help from God who has kept this country safe for over 200 years. We have made our mistakes and believe God knows but you don’t give God that credit. God is paying attention even though you don’t believe. God knows that He is in the the back of the bus and being pushed into the fan on the engine. Oh He isn’t being push there by everyone but the results are showing in our schools and our society. For God’s believers have somehow have thrown in a lot of the towel. The true face of evil is showing clearer than ever before in this nation. Evil isn’t always ugly but in somethings it looks good but when its proposals are put into play the results are a disaster for man kind. We keep on hearing that somehow in the next 10 years. If we don’t act on climate change this earth is doomed. I don’t get that or how mankind could possible change enough to effect the worlds climate for the better in 10 years. We control our own destiny as much as Adam and Eve controled theirs. It hasn’t changed the snake is still saying I know better than God, you can do better. Will we continue to believe in those lies or will we at least slow this fall for a little while for a generation or two. Will we return to God who protected our fore fathers and put God in control and not the Great American Mind Readers who think they are the only ones that know what is good for us! This is strictly my opinion and unlike the Great American Mind Readers I’m not always right.

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Everyone’s Enemy

George at the house at 1315 Farnam St., Davenport, IA

There is a Enemy we all have in life and no one is without our common enemy. We are born it starts. It stops the day you die. I may have to correct that people who don’t believe in the after life believe their time ends at death. Yes, that Enemy is TIME. Time isn’t a bad thing of course and some of us receive more Time in life than others. The choice isn’t ours of course but you’ll find a few arguments on that. Some will say you can somehow add more Time to your life by your style of life. If you read the bible Proverbs will say you can live a longer life by your faith in God.

George in cowboy shirt – school pic

Let’s talk about Time after all we battle that ticking thing each day. Yea I’m going put few little pictures of myself as we travel through this blog. Some of us have been blessed and don’t seem to age that fast. I can only speak for myself ( I think people are pulling my chain when they say that to me.)

You see a lot of change from my first communion, boy scouts, Senior year, and US Navy years. That is life though. There are vast differences as we age. Some of us go a long with the crowd a little and some a lot. I don’t remember my dad ever pushing me to join the Boy Scouts and definitely he never push a bit on my enlistment in the Navy. Yet he once was a Eagle Scout himself. He left those decisions up to us as youngsters. That is the way I really think it should be, We push our kids into to many things that we want them to do and they really don’t want to do some of them. A little off subject of our common enemy. We learn a lot about time and the use of it as we grow older. I can say that but I know people who still live for the weekend and getting drunk. I’m not sure if there is any difference between last weekends hang over than the one before. The way we use time is a matter of choices though. We can live a life and believe in nothing or we can believe in something. We can believe in God or not. We can believe this whole thing came to be by atoms flying around and just coming together randomly.

We don’t know when our time is up or how much time we have left. We know people that ate all the fatty foods the so called experts said we shouldn’t but they live to 100 or more. I do know that the older you get the less things you desire to buy. Things become a less important and friendships and family take center stage. We reminisce and look back at our lives but you can’t change yesterday So what is done is done. You learn your mouth has been your worst enemy through life because once you say something you can’t take it back. It’s not that you can’t try but once you say something you can’t suck it back even if you never meant it. I believe that as you battle the enemy of time that you use it as wisely as you can. Recently listened to a Andy Stanley seminar and the main point was this. ” Direction not your intentions determine your destination in life. Direction always out trumps your intentions. ” Point is this keeping focused on your direction is the most important thing you can do. This is hard because life has so many distractions. I wish I’d heard Andy Stanley speak when I was 18 and not 72. That is life and it is never to late to learn or pass something on. I’ve tried to pass my faith a long in life but I know many people don’t have that same faith. One last thing to say about our enemy time. If you have hope of better things to come no matter your situation. You’re better off than someone with no hope. For no hope makes living no sense at all. Hope of a better tomorrow even if it is in the after life is better than living for nothing. Surly we don’t go through all this up and down in life to just evaporate to nothing. What a cruel thought and what would be the point to all this we’ve went through. Your opinions are welcome and yes I’d argue with any atheist out there who says God isn’t. Feel free to write.

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What is Evil ?

How do I start to answer the question I pose? For you must understand that we have struggled with it since the Garden of Eden. Evil doesn’t have a bad face or even give you the indication that it is bad for you. The fact is it will appear to be good for you and society. It might even do just a little good or like the fruit in the Garden of Eden taste delicious, so why not share it. I’m not sure why God created the devil but I know that everything comes from God. Every human or thinking spirit has free will. So it isn’t hard to understand how the devil came to be. Maybe the devil came to be because God doesn’t make robots that cannot go against Him. We have a choice to love God or not. So do the spirits or angels that were created before we had a choice too. Some had that pumped up pride and choose self instead of God. I’m getting away from my own question but yet I’m no

I’m writing this and look around this world and I see blatant things that are evil and it isn’t no way hidden at all. But you’ll see the ones that perform these evil things claiming it is good or in the name of god. Now I can’t give my God credit for these evil acts, so no capital ” g ” for their god. Was 9/11/2011 a blatant act of evil? Is every bombing in cities throughout this world evil? Yes for sure but that is the end signs of evil. It is not the hidden evil that tries to suck innocent and weak people into its grasp to rip us apart from one another. It isn’t the evil that turns sister against sister and brother against brother. See or perhaps you won’t see. Evil makes something like a peace treaty with an evil empire look good and beneficial for all. Where in all you have done is give the evil empire a cloak to continue planning for your demise. Evil makes your yes a no and your no a yes. You’ll sometime hear a kid tell you that in a joking way. Yes is no and no is yes. But that is exactly what evil is. It flips bad for good and vice versa.

We deal in sight and the appearance and evil aren’t ugly but inviting and mesmerizing. Read the book of Genesis on the creation of this world. Read with a vision of the Garden of Eden where God put man. Was it dark or uninviting in any way? It wasn’t and everything in it was perfect and beautiful and even the tree which God told Adam not to touch or eat from looked good and harmless. Good is like dynamite which can be used to move mountains and save time in construction but also can be used to kill people and damage things. Evil is like a drug that cures a certain disease but has side effects that kill you if given wrongly.

Evil today even though still appearing to be good has been drawn into a panic mode. It isn’t as hidden as before. In fact, it is wide out in the open claiming to be the sole speaker for the majority of the human race. It points at those who stand for God’s unchanging ways and says God has changed and the Word’s He had our fore father’s write aren’t completely right. That somehow the hidden evils of old that weren’t talked about much aren’t really evil at all. That the ones that want a completely verifiable peace with the evil empire are wrong and it doesn’t need to be as long as there isn’t a war. Evil today is more visible than it has ever been. From the front pages of our newspapers, magazines, radios, and televisions. All claiming that evil is good and having people that will step forward to lie to say that it is so. We live in dangerous times where evil is in a panic mode because it has been called out on many fronts and sees it ultimately lost to a God of good and righteousness. So What is Evil? It is anything that appears to be good but in the long run, it is bad for God and mankind. Now is this plagiarist writing because I’m sure Evil has been written about many times before? I say no because this has come straight from my heart and what I see in our society and churches. It is an alarm that every good God loving man, woman and child should sound. Will this stop evil or change the war on evil? It isn’t supposed to but opens a few more eyes, ears and minds to the deceiving way evil continues to work but today in a much more open way than the past. Your comments are always welcome, in fact, I encourage them because we can only grow by communicating our beliefs and different views.

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Thinking About God

Have you ever really sat down and thought about God? Most people would probably say no. Think of the billions of people on this planet and God knows the very next thought in each of our minds. He knows the next word you’ll say. The next thing you’ll do. He knows you better than you do. I realize that many people don’t believe in God and that is perfectly okay because they have a free will. Somehow this world and all we see and touch just magically came to be is fine with them. The awesomeness of God amazes me and why God would put up with such an ungrateful people is beyond my understanding. I say that but in a sense I do understand in my human mine why God keeps this world turning. It is a love beyond all love that man can’t possibly comprehend. See because to us someone who would spit in your face and say you are a piece of crap, you wouldn’t keep around. Yet everyday and day after day people don’t give God a first thought or second thought. God isn’t in their hundredth thought of the day. Yet God keeps them breathing, watered and feed, roofs over there heads and their world turning round and round. Jesus said the way to heaven is a narrow way and few will reach it. I read what I just wrote and I know exactly why.

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People will say I believe in God. I ask when! When a baby is born. When you get real sick. When your in a accident. When you get married. When you are on your death bed. There are a lot of whens there and what about the in between times. Isn’t there a time other than those that God crosses our minds and hearts. Don’t you look at the things in your life that God has brought you through when you thought you wasn’t going to make it. To those that don’t believe I know you did it all yourself and when you die that is it you die. Darn what a waste to go through life with nothing in the end to look forward too. That makes me sad better get off that subject.

Think of this for a minute if you will. If you was Bill Gates or any billionaire and gave it all away expecting you could get into heaven. You wouldn’t make it without faith in Jesus and excepting His death, resurrection and confessing your sins and asking forgiveness. Simple and clean but you have let go of your pride and humble yourself. That is why it is harder for some to get into heaven.

Sometime no matter who we are we take this all for granted. We get up in the morning don’t give our Creator a second thought or a thought through out the day. Now I’m guilty as charge God and no I’m not proud of it but I’m being honest. It isn’t because I don’t believe every single word I’ve written but because I’m in this human skin, and somehow I just take everyday for granted. Yet God is so Amazing, Awesome and loving God. He understands and Jesus blood has washed me clean even though I don’t deserve it. This isn’t where I intended to go but you can’t speak of God in my writing without mentioning Jesus or vice versa

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A New Day Coffee Please!

Ah yes, my morning cup of coffee. I’m not sure about you but there is something about that first cup in the morning, I’ve read where you shouldn’t have a cup right away in the morning. Something about taking away from your just finished nights sleep. But regardless old habits are sometimes hard to break. I’m not a guy that finds long term habits hard to break. I smoked for about 20 years and threw them out the window of my service vehicle one day and quit cold turkey. When my dad was having by-pass surgery

I work for over 44 years for one of the largest vending companies and in the last ten years, I’d say coffee has became our saving grace. Our company became a multi-service company. We carried about every type of coffee you could think of and the same with the machines that brewed them. You could have a Starbucks machine in your office and one of our clients had one in his home basement. Sometimes I wonder how people could afford to buy some of our coffee. K-cups really are pretty expensive at almost 40 cents a cup. Yet what is nice is not having to mess with the coffee grounds. The little machine you see in my picture above is a Hamilton Beach Flex-brew. You can use either grounds in a little cup or the k-cup adapter. I can’t drink a lot of coffee upsets my stomach after a few days of too many cups of my favorite brew. There is only the two of us too, so it makes sense to use a machine like this. I’m sure I could fix a machine like this but basically, they are a throwaway machine because they are so cheap to buy. I’d recommend this one to anyone really particularly if there’s only a couple of you at home.

There are other trends in the vending and refreshment trade that have breathed a little fresh air into its limp sails. I didn’t retire because it wasn’t interesting or couldn’t keep up with the technology but driving in the Winter began to really suck. With wifi,scanners, debit cards and remote cameras the trade was taking on a new look when I retired. Was looking forward to getting rid of all the service manuals (at least paper ones ) and using a iPad and laptops. With all the coffee makers we serviced iPad’s were going to make a world of difference.

Hope you are enjoying your favorite morning coffee as you read this. Have a great rest of your day. Your continued reading of my opinions are greatly appreciated and your comments are encouraged.

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Dealing with the Sick

Dealing with sick people has a lot to do with cost and cost has a lot to do with health insurance, hospitals, medicines, research, doctors,nurses and all the other things required to keep us well. Dealing with the continual sky rocketing cost of care for the sick is a mind boggling problem.

This isn’t the day of mom going to the hospital and having a baby, then coming home a week later. With a bill for a few hundred dollars. When that was the case when health insurance was a pipe dream and the only one paying the bill was the patents family. People that went to the doctor with cancer or serious things like that were basically given very little chance of survival for any length of time.

Here we are 2019 and we have made great strides in treatments for a lot of mankind’s killer diseases. With the insurance companies help and the continual rising cost because someone has to pay for the great strides in our medical care. When I sold health insurance in 1970 Blue Cross and Blue Shield was the top of the line insurance carrier. They would pay when no one else would. Also it cost more than others because it paid for more. I’m not sure who is the Ace of the health care insurance companies today but I know there is one. Holding the cost on health care is pretty hard with ever advancing progress in treating of diseases we thought were almost never going to be cured.

With the recent passage of the the Affordable Care Act I can see one thing it has done. And it really isn’t anything to do with lowering medical cost. The older doctors have retired in droves. It’s like a rush to see how fast they could close there medical practices. I believe this was brought on by the payment limits of the Affordable Care Act and the choice of doctors in the plans. Many of older doctors were considered to high a cost for the new plans to absorb. Some that stayed would allow people to pay about 60% to 75% of the office call if it was paid on the spot cash or charge. I know this for a fact because my wife who is 7 years younger than me wouldn’t go to any of the doctors in the new plan that we could afford. So she went to her doctor and we paid around 75% cash for her visits. He doctor she had before the Affordable Care Act took hold, retired so fast the door didn’t hit him in the butt on the way out.

The great strides we are making in all sorts of fields of medicine both drugs and treatments is amazing to the average person like me. But the cost and who and how we continue to pay for these advances is a great concern for all. Like taxes even though some people say business are the ones who pay there own taxes. Taxes are a cost of doing business, as is energy, wages and everything else. It is all passed on to the consumer don’t kid yourself. Health insurance premiums pay for a lot if not most of these new advances. I started out writing this thinking of all the things Blue Cross and Blue shield use to pay for in 1970 and how sometime I thought if they just said no to paying for some of the advances. That premiums for health insurance would been less. I’m looking at what I’ve written and I see the position we are in. We can say no to paying for these advancements in medicine and limit ourselves to cures now instead of 10 years from now. We are in a capitalist society though and our lines and waits for treatment isn’t as long as it is in England, Canada and many other countries were government controls the cost and makes believe that you somehow aren’t paying for it. What do you think is there away to control our sky rocketing health care without cutting out the great strides we are making on treatments for so many things I can’t list them all. You opinions are welcome.

Have We Change Our Minds Yet ?

With our national election drawing near and it looks like it will be President Trump and ex-vice president Joe Biden as our choices. I know the lines are drawn in the sand and I see no difference than 2016. President Trump is still the pro job growth and pro make in America and pro legal immigration. He has been pro-life and pro-Israel . Basically President Trump hasn’t changed his views or his principles. Okay fine and dandy. So has the Democrat side change to challenge President Trump to draw his voters to the Democrat point of view ? The Democrats continue to promote open borders with basically open immigration. Anti-Israel and pro-China.

The picture I get from the Democrats is they have either kept their issues the same or made them more radical . They have tried in everyway to get rid of President Trump . They have had the aid of the main line media and newspapers across this country. It’s been like a copy and paste media and there is no resemblance of journalism. Even without a chance at impeachment they have continued to put this country through a constant focus on unproven charges against President Trump. They have made any supporter of the President a target of their disdain for President Trump. Somehow they think that they are drawing pro-Trump people to their side with this continued unrelenting hate campaign for President Trump. Since the Covid-19 pandemic you have thought they’d drop their hate Trump thing for a while and rally around a campaign to get rid of this virus and help the American people. Yet it hasn’t been like that but like little children saying I can do better than you can to solve this problem. Where President Trump has been on the phone and encouraging every possible institution to develop a vaccine and medicines to relieve the effects of this corona virus. The media and the Democrats have done everything they can to create havoc in the group that President Trump and Vice President Pence have brought together to lead the fight against Covid-19. So with all President Trump bashing has the Democrats done anything to draw Trump supports to the Democrat side on voting day November 3rd 2020 ? Nothing that a Trump supporter can see to change our minds. We can go through the list of things which I suppose are suppose to have change our minds about President Trump. Let’s do that just for kicks. Number 1. the Mueller investigation a nothing burger no collusion. Number 2. Michael Flynn lying to the FBI another nothing burger a setup by the FBI . Number 3 Impeachment another nothing burger no proof everything President Trump did was legal . Number 4. Supposed affairs nothing burger no proof and even with proof not paid for with campaign money. Number 5. Covid- 19 mishandling only in the eyes of the Democrats another nothing burger. Between the Democrats and the media they have thrown everything at President Trump including the kitchen sink, bath tub and the toilet but has all bounced off and landed squarely on their heads.

In conclusion the Democrats have to provide NO good alternative to another four years of President Trumps solid leadership. I know you stern Trump haters are convinced he has not lead but your point of view comes out of partisan dislike that only a blind person couldn’t see but thank God they got ears to hear. The answer provided by the Democrats will not be Joe Biden and a platform of liberal policies. You’ll have to do better your broken record is about ready to shatter.

The Blame Game

Are you tired of the Blame Game yet? I’m only tired of it because it is one sided. I believe in giving credit where credit is due. An by that I mean either credit for the good they have done or the bad. The left and right political spectrum isn’t always right in their opinions but they think they are right because of their ideological points of view. Both sides are stubborn and both sides have that right to be just that way. Why would you compromise with someone when there is no middle ground to compromise too? I get that really if someone want you to go against everything you believe and say they are right and you are wrong it is political suicide or personal betrayal. I would like to know if there is one thing that President Trump has done that the left has given him credit for doing right. I can’t think of anything even when what he has done served the interest of both parties and they even help getting it through Congress. I can think of things that the Trump administration has given the Democrats credit for helping to get through Congress. That has been few and far between because 99% of what the President wants they want the opposite even if it hurts this country.

The latest Blame Game comes down to the economy under this pandemic of the Covid -19 virus. Before the Covid-19 virus came into nations midst. Our economy was purring along like perfectly tuned car. Even though the other side said it wasn’t or gave President Obama credit for it. Everything from day one of the Trump administration has been knocked, condemned or made fun of by the left. The left just isn’t the Democrats alone. The true picture of the left has to included the major media channel and even the major newspapers and magazines. Let me give you one example. For the last 5 administrations or at least in the campaigns to get to the White House candidates have all profess to move our embassy to Jerusalem in Israel. President Trump was no different in his campaign promises. The difference being President Trump actually did it and moved it. Yet in the media except for Fox, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity you have thought no other President hadn’t ever mentioned moving our embassy to Jerusalem. One thing that is very nice about the internet is that you can fact check most things. In this case you can literally go back in the archives and watch the videos of the candidate all promising to move the embassy if they where elected to the office of President. Anyone with a third of a brain would understand why our unemployment rate is high right now. An anyone with a third of a brain wouldn’t blame President Trump. But no because he took credit for a economy that was doing things in record numbers for the good , They want him to take the blame for the bad numbers now. In normal times with things looking so bad as the employment we say yea blame Trump or who ever the person leading the economy is. Yet in this case President Trump and his administration has done nothing to cause this high unemployment situation. We haven’t ever blamed a President for bad unemployment numbers when hurricanes caused them or Winter storms or earthquakes. The American people aren’t stupid and we understand that given a good choice President Trump would never have ask us to stay at home or social distance unless it was a choice between life or death. Facts are facts and when you have virus that is going to kill many people even though a lot of people may not get deathly sick. You error on the side that saves lives. In this case mainly grandma and grandpa lives but as we have seen many others too. Unless those trailers and coffins in New York are empty and it is all a lie then President Trump did what he thought was best for the common good of our country. In a normal flu season even though we do lose many people. The coffins aren’t stacked up in refrigerated trucks or mass graves. We may get as many deaths but they don’t come in theses numbers so fast but are scattered through out the year. They do not come like that because we have vaccines and vaccines work for the majority of people. I am tired of the blame game when it is one sided and unfair.

We be far worst off if our governments had done nothing. If we just went about our business and went saw grandma in the nursing homes and then went to ball games. The numbers would be more staggering that they are now. Even sixty some thousand is bad enough in this short a time here in the USA but left without anyone doing anything those numbers could easily be 10 times as many. Play your blame game media but I’ll say our governments have done a pretty good job. Has there been errors yes and has some of this gone to far yes but to do nothing would have been a real disaster.

Speed

A simple enough title but you know Speed is the key ingredient that counts in many things we do. Sometimes Speed works for us and other times against us. In racing it usually is a matter of Speed that wins the race. Seem like in this day of fast changing technologies we rely on Speed one heck of a lot. The emphasis on Speed in getting things done forces more errors and less correctness. Have you ever notice in newspapers , TV and radio the likeness in the same news story. It’s like they just copy and paste the stuff they print and say without doing any leg work or even any eye work. The emphasis on Speed and keeping that time line seem more important than the accuracy of what they are presenting. This is a story about Speed and it has two points. One there is good Speed and Two there is bad Speed.

Each year we have 1000’s of people die from the flu in this country and around the world. I’m not talking really about a small number and in this country it amounts to 40 to 60,000 deaths each year even with our vaccines . That isn’t a good thing and we should try to lower those numbers. Yet those deaths don’t overwhelm our health care system but the they don’t come like a waterfall of people but rather a few here and a few there, scattered through out our country. I know that most of us are fed up with staying home. Yet we aren’t the ones watching the patients wheeled into hospitals and seeing the dead being wheeled out at record Speed. Morgues and cemeteries that can’t keep up with the numbers to bury fast enough. I don’t think anyone could imagine the Speed of the Coronavirus or the swiftness of the death it has brought.

Sit back for a moment and imagine that the NCAA Tournament wasn’t cancel and colleges , schools and everything just continued on as normal. Visitations to hospitals , nursing home and daycares all just continued to go on with no interruptions. Airline kept bringing in foreign visitors and no one pulled that emergency cord to stop us from dragging this silent killer to all our businesses and through out our society. Just say to yourself what if no one step forward and said a word. Oh yes sooner or later someone would have seen the disaster coming. With people getting sick all over and hospitals filling up to over flowing. I just mention a few of the place we would have continued to go to go and to drag this silent virus too. If that would have happened in that way bad Speed would have caused complete chaos in our society.

We all know that isn’t the way things have played out. We had a President who got some information and analysis it and saw a potential for a great disaster. They were saying 2 to 4 million people could have died if what they have ordered hadn’t been done. Personally I think it could have been far worst than that if all the cancelations and stay at home orders hadn’t been made. It has cost everyone a lot. Businesses , government and individuals have all lost freedoms , money ,economy and probably a lot of sleep. We lost family members , friend , foes and this silent virus hasn’t skipped any race , color or creed. The Speed at which things were shut down and general obedient following of the shut downs rules has saved lives. I understand this being a election year coming up and I look at President Trump and the decisions he has made knowing that the economy was going to take a hit that makes 9/11 look like child’s play . Above all people in political power his willingness to do what he has done and still catching the political flake was courage’s . Whether he could have done things faster I don’t know . But if he had left the airlines running from China and the EUROPE our shortages of PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT or PPE would have been even worst that it was or is.

We are not through this Covid-19 virus thing yet and we all understand the calls to open up. Many of the small businesses are going to go broke unless something changes pretty soon. Flooding the streets with people and hand shaking , hugging our friends and neighbors isn’t a wise idea with this virus still killing so many people. Travel to places were the out break hasn’t receded is still weeks away. Our prayers to God should be traveling with the Speed of light . If people will turn from themselves and pray to God He will answer them and end this nightmare of these last few months. He answers those that are faithful to Him and acknowledge Him as God and His Son as Savior.

Just as usual your opinions are welcome and these are mine and directed by no one but a unseen Spirit that has touch my fingers and heart. I pray for your safety and the safety of all man kind because we are brothers and sisters in this small world God created for us.

The What if Factor of the Covid-19 Pandemic Part 2

I’m reading my own writing on the What if Factor and I realize one great big what if I left out. The way this pandemic looks right now this pandemic in the United States isn’t going to turn out as bad as projected. That being said don’t rush to your doors and drive to you favorite pub.

There are so many what if that many things would be quite different without the things government has done . I thank God for the those few people who sounded the alarm in Wuhan , China and I ask myself what if no one had raise that alarm ? What if China just said we can afford to lose a few million people, after all we are over populated and it’s hard enough feeding all these people. Just what if President Trump never closed travel to China or Europe when he did ? You’d have people coming back going to all parts of the United States . You’d have people walking into nursing homes , hospital, sports arenas , visiting children and every place you can think of. This pandemic would be ten times as bad as it is now or worst. President Trump is going to take a lot of heat if this only cost America say 60,000 lives. Why ? Because a annual flu outbreak only cost that many lives and we take it as normal. Now the President had to think of this what if scene himself. We have this great economy going and every aspect of it is running like a fine tune car. What if I shut this economy down ? What’s going to happen ? Will I lose in the 2020 election ? Will people understand ? Can I make people understand that we have no vaccines , drugs to cure it and if you are around someone with it , all they have to do is breath on you.

In times past when we had no vaccines for Yellow Fever or any of the thing that nearly wipe out towns . What grew to be understood almost like seventh sense is the only way to avoid dying was to stay away. Basically what President Trump and his advisers decide on doing was that exact thing called mediation or stay at home and distancing. It is more than that but the basic hygiene thing as well has been plan A.

So the what if President Trump did this or that to combat Covid-19 is going to be debated for many years to come. But instead of throwing stones we should be thanking God for all the blessings He pours out upon the this world as a whole. He has bless this generation with a mass media , computers , advances in medicines and PPE. Instead of looking at what President Trump did wrong or right really . We should be looking at what we can do to make us ready for any future pandemics or disasters. The problem there is no one can tell if that will be next year or in 100 years . We as humans don’t like spending money on the unseen. This pandemic should be a lesson in being prepared for the unseen coming down the road of life . Stay safe out there and don’t jump the gun be patient this will end.

The What if factor of Covid-19

I know many of us are praying that the death total from the Covid-19 virus are going to be lower than the CDC is forecasting. There is always the what if factor that comes into play. What if it far exceeds the highest numbers in the forecast ? What if it is lower than the projected lowest number ? In the United States everything seems to be a political game especially with Donald J. Trump as President. The average person doesn’t want this to become a political issue . We just want it over and our lives back on track. Well let’s explore the what if factor of Covid-19 ?

We came out of the Impeachment Trial of President Trump in which he was found no guilty. Straight into the Corvid-19 pandemic set off in China. We were seeing the numbers of people dying in Wuhan China and the President shut down air travel to and from . Allowing for some returns of our citizens and theirs. But yet we knew that Covid -19 was probably already here because the secrecy of the China government. This was rather a no brainer that we were going to have a real problem on our hands. Maybe it could have been lessened but the Chinese are very proud people and don’t rely on outside help very often, It is sad because we would only like to have helped them stop this invisible killer and maybe help exploring early on how to defeat it. So here we are in our 3rd or 4th week in either a modified stay home orders or direct government order to stay home, I believe the numbers now are around 330,000 infected people and 12,000 deaths in the United States. That doesn’t seem like many but the testing is increasing with better test and number of cases keep growing. So the peak isn’t that near but we don’t know exactly how far away from that peak we are. With most state having closed most big gathering places and places people hang together like bar, restaurants , gyms , and almost any place where human to human contact can pass a long a cold or Covid-19. It’s almost to the time to say what if this turns out with either more deaths than forecast or less. Then what does the political climate look like. I believe this a no win situation if you are on the Republican side. Because if we see say less than 100,000 to 150,000 deaths you’ll see the liberal crying that President Trump shut our economy down for just a minor bump in the road or that he just should have had certain areas shut down and left others open . If those numbers climb say 200,000 to 260,000 deaths you’ll here the liberal say that Trump didn’t do enough or he didn’t care about grandma and grandpa and acted to slowly.

That is the way politics have worked from even before President Trump took his oath of office, At least that is what I expect and with the way the liberal media and Democrats have acted in the pandemic situation it looks like I’m right on the the money. While most of us just want this pandemic over with and to go back to work and make this country even better than before. There are those selfish people breeding on power and want control everything especially the money coming out of Washington D.C. and they can’t do that with President Trump in their way. And that my friends is a fact. But we will see if I’m right or wrong and what twist the Democrats put to their attacks on President Trump in the coming months.

In a Society of Instant Satisfaction

We live in a time when people expect to see almost instant change For answers to their problems as fast as technology grows. Things aren’t that simple and humans are more complex than the most sophisticated machines we have invented. Poverty is still here. And even more rampant than before technology growth. Where technology have blessed us in many ways it has isolated us in others. Our parent and grandparents saw gradual changes in technology and but with the 60’s and the space program our technology world has taken off at the same rocket speed. We now carry around in our hands smart phones which in the early days of computing would have taken up a room of equipment to do a little of the same thing. Now in a day of great technology growth we see it’s limits and question on what good is it in a world of pandemic.

In this day of instant satisfaction. We see a use of good old common sense. Yet getting that to sink in our heads might take a little time. We look around us and depending where you live you either see people not coming down with the Corona virus or we see deserted street and maybe portable hospitals with paramedics bringing covid-19 patience’s. A lot of us understand that our scientist are using all our technology to figure our treatments , quick test to tell you if you have it or not. More technology is being used develop a vaccine to prevent a recurring of this pandemic next year. We want answers and we want it now but it isn’t the way things really work in life.

Somethings just can’t be replace and somethings can’t be solved instantly. What has help even though some people will argue that it hasn’t but good old common sense. I think when our national scientist and medical society said the best way to slow this thing down would be to isolate yourself and family from other people and wash your hands , distant yourself from other is the best individual plans. I grant you it is to late for those who have been exposed but for the rest of us it isn’t to late to stop the spread by our self imposed isolation. You may not think you are strong enough but you see you have to be because it is the safest way and a proven way. Our forefathers ended their pandemic in that way and even though it might have taken years to come up with vaccines and successful treatments it worked. You can call President Trump anything you like but someone gave him the wisdom to do a lot of what he has done.

So in this day of instant satisfaction something else trumps it and that is good old common sense and prayer. The later you may not have any belief in or faith in, Yet through out history prayers have been answered in one way another but not always in a speedy time frame that we want.