Today’s Debate

Is kneeling during the National Anthem disrespectful? Today’s debate on social media because of the coverage of the NFL players and owners that are kneeling or not standing or not evening coming out on the field.  Well here is one thought on the kneeling:IMG_6146So then, kneeling isn’t disrespectful at all. However, there is something going on the country that these people are concerned about and are sending out positive vibes into the universe for a full recovery? Recovery? That would suggest that at some point this “problem” wasn’t there. So if its racism or inequality that they are hoping the country recoveries from…well that would be so much as a recover as it would be a first time cure.

Personally, I don’t have a problem with protesting as long as its peaceful. How much more peaceful can you get than to just kneel or sit or stay away during something. This isn’t the first time there has been kneeling…MLK Jr. did it. This isn’t the first sit in either, 1961 Greensboro college students. At least there isn’t tiki torches, yelling, signs, or violence. Therefore, their kneeling, sitting, or staying in the locker rooms are all freedom to protest and covered by the First Amendment. So…that part is a non-starter. What we really need to be focused on and figuring out how to how is WHAT they are protesting.

They say it isn’t the flag, its not the veterans, its not the President…its the inequality and racism in the country. Now I’m not saying there isn’t all those things but I have to insist on definitions of the terms as they are being used here.

Inequality to gays? Females? Blacks? Immigrants? All minorities? If not all, which minorities? Married people? Single People? Gingers? I need more!!!

Racism against Blacks? Asians? All minorities? Some minorities? If a white guy is the only white guy in a company of 50 people doesn’t that make him the minority? Is it racism as a whole/ across the country? In pockets? In industries? I really need more!!!!

I need more information before I will pass my person opinion or judgement on the issue.

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Recycling…it isn’t that hard

Sometime in my high school career I started to really care about the planet and the affect we humans have on it. It might have been that science project I did where I deprived goldfish of light and they turned white and were itty bitty. I realized that I could have an effect on other things. And that is when I went from loving wildlife to wanting to protect it for what harms it….us and our need for disposable lifestyles.

All of my children’s lives I have been recycling. I have tried to teach them to separate the recyclable materials from the trash. What is recyclable, what is compostable, what is actual trash and what has to go to hazardous waste for disposal. Now, I have a job where that is what I do….I go around to all the 87 schools in our school district and make sure they have the tools they need to recycle the items the school district recycles.

I wish I could say that my children all recycle all recyclable materials, but that would be a lie. I am constantly catching them throwing away some recyclable material in trash can. So how I am to teach other people’s kids to recycle when the adults in their lives don’t.

I run on the precise that I touch the heart of at least one kid a year. That I spark the love of the planet in at least one of them. If so, that I am doing my job.

But really….recycling isn’t that hard. It takes some time to find out what is recyclable in your area. What can go in the curbside verses what you have to take to drop off center. What’s free and what has a fee. Then, just like brushing your teeth, make it a habit with everything you have. Before you throw it away take a few minutes to recognize what it is and how best to dispose of it.  Taking that couple of minutes to think about what you are about to throw away just might make you ask yourself if you needed it in the first place. The best thing we can do for the environment is to reduce our consumption…. consumption of everything. Next, reuse what you can and recycle the rest.

Are we at the beginning of the end times?

I am not a religious person by any stretch of the imagination. I am a humanist through and through, but everyday I feel that our governments and our humanity is failing us. This morning I awake to hear of another mass shooting in Orlando, Fl one week before the one year anniversary of another shooting that happened in Orlando. There was a terrorist bombing the night before a fundraising concert for a bombing in Manchester that happened only a few weeks ago.

Who is doing the bombing and why? So far the major player taking responsibility for the bombings is ISIL. So in other words….religion is causing end times…a self fulfilling prophecy?

Religion, doesn’t matter which one you chose so long as the Old Testament is in their library of holy scriptures, talks about the end times and the signs that go along with it.

Now let’s take a look at some of the signs.

War on a large scale.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:4. There is no way not to say there is war on a large scale going on. There are civil wars in several countries and the religious are constantly bombing those who do not believe what they believe.

Famine.—Matthew 24:7; Revelation 6:5, 6. With the droughts there is famine.

 

Great earthquakes.—Luke 21:11. Fracking is a major cause of earthquakes in the US where there is no fault line likely.

Pestilences, or epidemics of “terrible diseases.”—Luke 21:11, Zika, measles coming back, cancer increasing…

Increase of crime.—Matthew 24:12

 

Ruining of the earth by mankind.—Revelation 11:18. The US just pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord. We are fracking up the earth for natural gas to replace our coal all of which is polluting our air and our water.

Deterioration of people’s attitudes, as shown by many who are “unthankful, disloyal, . . . not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness, betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride.”—2 Timothy 3:1-4.

There are other “signs” but they become more subjective then the above mentioned. I think that religious or not we can agree that the above “signs” are definitely upon us.

But end of times, doesn’t necessary have mean the end of the world, or mankind. Maybe just the opposite. Maybe it could mean the enlightenment of the world to the unnecessary trials and tribulations of religion. That man and woman are enough and that no supernatural being controls us or our destiny. That we alone hold the keys to happiness and we alone have the rights and ability to protect our planet. And that the planet is worth protecting. How about we make that a self fulfilling prophecy?

2012 Presidential Election

 There are several reasons people vote.  Not all are good.  Some vote based on party lines, some on the character of the candidate, some are one issue  and some are for the underdog.  I, however, vote based on the stand of a candidate on all the issues.  The issues is what causes me to vote for someone for president/vice president.

Although some believe that we should only base the decision on the number one on the ticket, but the number two on the ticket must meet the same qualifications as they are in fact second in line should something happen to the number one.  It has happened in our history that number two becomes number one without being elected in their own election to the position.  So both the number one and the number two have the same or close to stands on the several issues I find important for me to vote for them.

Those areas of importance that I base my vote on are: education, economy, energy, health care, defense, government and civil rights.  However, I do tend to groups some issues together.  For me, economy includes corporations, jobs, budget and taxes.  Another example of grouping on my part is defense; I include war, homeland security and immigration in this one.  Health care includes (again for me) private and public health care, social security and welfare policy.  Civil rights will include civil rights, family values, and abortion.  In education I group technology and education together.  Energy is both energy and environment.  And last is government, where government reform, free trade, foreign policy, drugs, crime and gun control are lumped together.

I say all that so that the read will understand that every issue on the table is used to determine the best candidate for me.  I have taken into account all issues on the government table and have grouped them together for ease of analysis.  Once I have determined the stand of the candidates on the issues the issues themselves must be arranged in a way so that more weight is given to one over another.  Therefore, I offer the next bit to understanding the priority of the issues as they pertain to me. 
Weighted most heavily is education, followed by energy, then civil rights, next up is economy, then health care, followed by government, and defense.  Now I will explain why I chose to put them in this order.

Without education we are a nation of idiots…as Benjamin Franklin said “Genius without education is like silver in the mine.”  Nothing can be accomplished if the idiots make the choices as the statues quo will remain and we will fall behind the educated of the world.

Second on the list would be energy.  I choose to give energy the second position because without a sustainable energy source we will destroy all that we hold dear (the planet and its resources) while we take ourselves back to the stone ages.

Third place is civil rights.  If this great nation was in fact built with the individual in mind and that “all men are created equal” than we have to ensure that all rights are afforded to all citizens regardless of sex, color or gender.

Fourth is economy. Without a thriving economy we are dead in the water.  We will be unable to have health care, the government will continue the shut downs and the defense will be unable to move from one land to another.  But without the three above there can be no thriving economy, which is why its number four.

Health care is called the “entitlement programs” but in reality they are essential programs.  If our citizens are unable to get affordable, excellent health care they are unable to stay in the labor force, which lowers the tax revenue the country makes which in turn limits the programs the government can sustain.  But more than that, the health care group is a “pay for it later” program.  There was money taken from the current tax payers to pay for elderly at the time…so the elderly never put into it.  It is not a retirement program you put money in for yourself…you children have always paid for you.  And the welfare programs are to aide those that need a hand up…I do understand that people take advantage of the program and are given a hand out at the tax payers expense, but for every one that is getting a hand out there are at least three that were given a hand up.

Government has a list of what they are to do and what they can’t do and if there is a need for clarification we have that branch too.  Government is there because we as a nation of 300 million can’t possible get together once a week and go over all the foreign information needed in time.  Personally, I don’t know enough about Turkey to determine if opening a trade route is beneficial.  I don’t know enough about Finland to determine if we should ally with them.  And I don’t know if all the states have enough money to pay for all the programs necessary to secure their people.  And that is way we have a government.  We have ambassadors to other nations for trade and security.  We have committees to determine if there is enough money from the 670,000+ people in North Dakota to pay for the border security with Canada or labor cost. 

The least weighted issue is defense.  Now I am aware that defense is important which is why I do take it into account.  But I also believe that the increase in defense spending is mostly greed on the part of the capitalistic society that we are.  There is no reason for the defense department to have to pay $42 each for a hammer, when they could buy one from Home Depot for $10.  I don’t think that they need to order and purchase 187 planes when the military itself is saying it’s not necessary then it’s not necessary to continue to pay for their production. 

And so there is my list, my priorities in determining my vote.

Next time we will go over the GOP nominees…if they are ever really decided on.