This is a new time in history with many things on our minds. Your local paper only let you express your opinion maybe twice a year. Some sites on the internet won't even allow you express your opinions on what they have written. That is what this site is all about. Letting you express your opinions. Be civil and agree to disagree because we are all different and unique people.
Married 44 years
Trade 44 years Vending Machine Technician
Degree in Air conditioning and Refrigeration & Appliance Repair
29 years as a Elder and 20 years Board Chair
served 4 years in the US Navy as a ship fitter
Have you ever asked yourself what is missing in this world? I know that great leaders have a Vision on what they want to accomplish. Hitler, Stalin, Mao Tse-Tung, or any great leader had a Vision of what they want to accomplish in their time in history. I believe that is what is lacking sometimes in the people who say they want to lead us in our communities, states and our nation. We were created with Vision in mind. Granted God had the perfect Vision but God gave us a freedom in that Vision of His. A freedom to obey and keep our mangy hands off a pretty fruit or eat it and die. We know the results and we live it out everyday. Yet that is what our fore bares did and it is beyond our control. So it is but yet we are still a people with a Vision for tomorrow even though we might not live another second.
Well let’s talk Vision for a while today. We can sit around and complain about things all day everyday. What does that do? Yea, it does nothing but makes you miserable and anxious. I read about the great inventors and the Visions they had as they worked to invent the things we take for granted everyday. I also read the stories behind those inventions of failures one after another until their final victory. We read about great leaders who came forward in times when countries and even the world was in great turmoil. We see them stepping up to the plate and risking their reputation, time, family well being and even their very health. I read about their not so perfect lives and opposition that they over came. We need that now in our leaders in our nation, our businesses and in our personal lives.
The first question out of a reporters mouth when they interview someone that wants to serve their community, state or nation should be. What is your Vision in what you are about to do? What do you picture for making things better than it is right now? That is one thing I thought Hillary Clinton failed to address. She had a Barack Obama Vision and not her own defined Vision. We should be very careful of choosing people who only have the party line Vision for whatever office they run for. For the Vision of the party view means they come working for the party not the people that voted for them. This of course is my personal point of view. But a person with their own Vision can sometime see the errors of their predecessor no matter if they are in the same party.
Let’s talk about personal Vision and really the reason I write this little blog today. I listen to the environmentalist, climate change people complain and blame every problem we have somehow on man. I know that yes we pollute this world, we live in and somehow without a second thought. I sat in McDonald’s today with my wife and watch some people nonchalantly sit in the drive thru waiting lane and throw the garbage on the floor of their car into the bushes. I wanted to just run outside and tell those people off. I wanted to make them pick it up and tell them they were lazy people. If it wasn’t for the fear in my wife’s eyes and what she said I would have. In our day you never know who might just blow you away even if they are in the wrong. I know my Vision for people controlling their thinking and doing the right thing is out of my control. Yet I do have a Vision for somehow that the world will unite to figure out away to invent away to make plastics that are able to be recycled and even when it isn’t it still will do no harm to our earth. A little bigger Vision than that though. That it will be able to be done economically and easily. I know that man can do it we just need to unite and work day and night until it is done. We see climate change people complaining about the carbon factor. Perhaps we do take a lot of oxygen out of our atmosphere by our construction of buildings highways, housing and all our energy use. Yet if you took a science class in school you know that plants produce oxygen. Why isn’t that a world wide objective to create green space a long with all new construction. I just see new taxes and high cost out of the climate change complainers. I see no Vision just away to make a few people or governments rich and no Vision for change. What do you think is there a lack of Vision in this world or maybe a lack of people willing to take the risk of stepping up to the plate? Where are the Elon Musk’s who want to clean up our world rather than race off to Mars? Your views or opinions are always appreciated. Take me to the cleaners, I’ve been there a few times in my 73 years.
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.
The reality of the China tariffs to a lot of Americans might be very puzzling and pretty scary too. We know as consumers that many of the products on our store shelves are made in China. Many of the things that start up businesses have made are produced in China but not because they can’t be made here in the USA. It’s a matter of cost and the ability to mass produce. It really has been a god send for inventors of new products and specialty things that can’t be made here because the cost and profit margins are to high. These are the guys I feel sorry for but the big businesses that have bought into this idea that somehow China is going to let you come into their country and make vast amounts of money I don’t feel to bad for. First place China isn’t a democratic republic like us. Seconded they aren’t going to let massive amounts of money leave their country. They have one goal and that is to dominate this world militarily and economically. They think they have it figured out or at least they did until President Trump came on the scene. President Nixon in 1972 broke open relationship with China. Since then there has been a steady flow of progress in trade but mostly one way with the balance working in the Chinese favor. President Trump has tried to get them to even that field some with removal of some tariffs on goods that we have had less tariffs on than they did on ours. Probably what really pisses them off more is having President Trump calling them on there thief of trade secrets and technology.
The reality is exactly that though they don’t want to admit to that but to continue on the way it has been going with them inviting companies in taking their trade secrets and still not opening their markets to imports. They have a population of 1.4 billion people and the need to employ people is great. Yet that right there lights up the dollar signs in the eyes of foreign companies and governments. Only one thing these countries have forgotten China isn’t a open society were you can’t just buy something on a whim They also haven’t considered that China isn’t going to allow massive amounts of their money to leave China. The problem with the liberal thinkers in our society is they think that somehow China is playing fair. We all like cheap electronics and household products but at what cost are we willing to continue this game of uneven trade. How long do we watch rockets and jets streak into space and the skies with the technology stolen from us? How long do watch goods we have produce here, copied in China and sold back to us? To top that off not only do they copy the products but they put our people out of work.
President Trump isn’the first one to sound the alarm on this imbalance of trade or the thief of our technology. But he is probably the first to consider this a threat to our national security and a threat to the balance of power in the world. Plus he is the first world leader to recognize the motive behind China’s quest to dominate the world in trade and military power.
President Nixon perhaps opened Pandora’s box and now President Trump is trying to shove it back on a bit. Business in China are not like businesses here. The competition isn’t the same BECAUSE THERE IS NONE! Here if you over produce you cut back or lay off workers. In China you keep pumping out product. You have workers to keep busy. Our societies are different because we have a free one and they do not. You start to protest in China. You just aren’t heard about again. Here unless you cause property damage or personal injury life goes on. The reality is are they willing to negotiate on tariffs and stop the technology thief or just suffer the lost of our American buying power. How much of their pride are they willing to swallow? See other places in the world can make the things we get from China. We can survived without the China’s market. Before their market opened up we survived. There in is our ace in the hole and that is one thing President Trump should make sure that the Chinese leadership should understand. If your game is dominate us, steal our trade secrets and not play on a level field. Then we don’t need you as a trading partner. That should have been the beginning rules when they were allowed to come into our markets.
Will these tariffs change the direction China is taking with its picture of trade with America? Will there pride and the picture of other greedy Americans that don’t see President Trump’s vision make them try to wait out Trump’s terms in office? I believe we are about ready to find out. Between that and pressures from farm groups on the American side. For the farm trade has really been the bright side on the America side. We will see. Agree or disagree feel free.
There seems to be a very obvious thing that is happening in our society today. When you read almost any paper it isn’t news. It is guess work. Reading the tea leafs. Flat bogus writing to sell you a story. Let’s step back to 2016 or perhaps the day Donald J. Trump walked down the steps at Trump tower to announce his candidacy for the run for the President of the United States. There wasn’t a news media out there that gave him a chance. I thought he had a chance and I intended on voting for Ted Cruz in our caucus here in Iowa. Then I check Donald Trump on my voting slip. He came in second in Iowa. Even with that second place finish the media gave him a snow balls chance in hell of winning. He wins New Hampshire and still main media no chance. It didn’t matter how large the crowds were at his campaign stops or the amount of small donations his campaign was getting from the little guys. The Great American Mind Readers. The New York Times, Washington Post and about 90% of the other papers, radio and TV news programs never gave up their negative reporting or their hate for Donald J. Trump even during the convention hoping a miracle would come their way.
The Great American Mind Readers got into the full swing of telling their readers and listeners that Donald J. Trump couldn’t possibly win and Hillary Clinton was their choice. Only couple polls gave Donald J Trump a chance they wrote it off as bogus. Because they weren’t the New York Times or CNN. The Great America Mind Readers didn’t stop their readings right up too the 9:00 pm est. when Donald J. Trump started to blow their weak little minds with winning the 2016 Presidential election. They stalled beat around the bush, cried, complained and cussed to no avail.
You can run your clock forward to 2019. It’s been almost 3 years of constant hate President Donald J. Trump. The Great America Mind Readers have gambled every possible editorial, article and broadcast on Russian Collusion and The Mueller Report. Yet even after The Mueller Report showed no Collusion The Great American Mind Readers continue with their theory of President Trump’s Obstruction of Justice. Our nation proceeds into a count down to the 2020 Presidential Election with 24 Democrats battling it out for their nomination for the Democrat spot to run against President Trump in November 2020. The Great American Mind Readers are still hard at work supporting any kind and all kinds of hate and unproven things about President Trump or anyone associated with him and his supporters. Journalism has been completely been flushed down the toilet. They continue to trash anyone that supports the President in anyway. The 63,000,000 voters that voted for President Trump are the target of The Great American Mind Readers and their put downs continue with no regrets. President Trump could cure all the killer diseases in the world and they’d still hate him because he won’t kiss their hind end and do things their way. The Great America Mind Readers have been around for many years and it really hasn’t been as obvious to a lot of people who these Mind Readers are. Will The Great American Mind Readers convince the American people that President Trump is the biggest phooey in history, biggest liar, worst person created and all around bad guy?
The whole point to this is that The Great American Mind Readers aren’t only spewing this guess work as news but they are trying to Read the American peoples minds to figure out what will stick. The Great American Mind Readers think the American public are stupid and don’t know what’s good for them. Will the Great American Mind Readers be able to pull off this hoax off or will President Donald J. Trump be victorious on November 3, 2020. That is the $64,000.00 question ? You may disagree with this picture I’ve painted. Feel free to comment and take me to task.
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.
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.
Recently I received my renewal for our newspaper subscription. I looked at it once and then twice just to make sure my eyes were seeing right. I’m not a old prude who isn’t use to seeing price increases. Yet from $69.00 to $112.00 is a pretty steep jump. I know they offer all those lovely ads on Sunday’s and the never ending Kohl’s ad through out the week. Plus they offer the people in this small city a local insert once a week. They bought our local paper and offer our city news. That is only for six months plus the digital version each day.
Most people who read our local paper will tell that its got a New York Times or CNN slant to its reporting and editorials. People are different in responding to this digital age. I prefer a Paper White and my wife the physical book or paper in her hands. Advertisers see the cost of printed ads going up and digital internet advertising reach more people. Advertiser aren’t stupid and they see reaching more customers as a wise decision. Just maybe the future for the news business is the digital kingdom. I’m not even sure they can be saved that way. They’ll probably still have their bias reporting and know it all attitudes. When will either papers or broadcast news learn all we want is the news accurately and straight forward. We aren’t from the boondocks of Australia and too stupid to form our own opinions.
The death rattle of printed news might just be in the offing because the majority of newspapers are subscribe to by people that are retired or about to retire. Unless you have some great pension fund your income does take a hit when you retire. Figuring out how to budget you expenses becomes a time consuming task. The digital paper won’t survive if their one sided reporting doesn’t change. Many people have quit just because of that one fact. I really don’t want to see the end of the news print business but we know a lot of the news it brings is a day late. Some very hard decisions are coming for many papers around this country and that is a fact not a dream. Buggy whips, tube television and phones on the walls are evidence of what progress has done and will continue to do. Adapt, modify, change something because the writing isn’t on paper to much anymore. Your opinions are appreciated as always.
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.