Justice Served: Ariel Castro Put Away For Life, But He Chose The Coward’s Way Out

On Thursday, August 1, 2013, a monster was put away for good. A monster that showed absolutely no remorse for the heinous crimes he committed. That monster, Arial Castro only showed remorse for himself and how people viewed him, even the accusations against him, but the key is his only remorse was for himself. He denied the rape, abuse and murder he committed. He was full of excuses, a psychopath through and through.

While justice is wonderful in this case and it is a big story, we cannot lose sight of the bigger story in all of this, the courage, faith and wonderful attitudes of 3 of his victims. Before going any further, I would like to share a video of what these 3 wonderful young ladies had to say, prior to his sentencing.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were put through hell on earth by this monster, but they show qualities to be admired, in spite of it all. Like Jaycee Dugard, Elizabeth Smart and others, finding those young ladies makes us once again question how many of “the missing” could be in captivity right under our noses? How do we overlook the monsters amongst us and what they are doing?

Just over a week ago, Ariel Castro took the coward’s way out. He committed suicide, after serving less than a month of his sentence. He couldn’t even take his own captivity, yet he saw no wrong in the captivity he kept those young women in (which I am sure was far worse than what he faced in prison). Amazing how that works.

I truly hope and pray that those 3 young women and one little girl, that faced his wrath for those years, go on to have VERY BLESSED LIVES. I pray for all 4 of them.

Source of Information:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ariel-castro-dead-20130903,0,3067452.story

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Why I Don’t Trust President Obama On Syria Or Anything Else……..

Like many Americans and others across the globe, I have been paying very close attention to the news of the day and particularly the situation in Syria. I have been very torn on this issue because I do care about innocent men, women and children being murdered. Though I do care about that and it is heart breaking, I have this overwhelming bad feeling about this whole matter, call it a gut feeling, whatever, but while I do care, I am opposed to what President Obama and his administration have proposed. I am not even very happy about Russia taking the lead in fixing the situation. It just doesn’t pass the smell test, none of it does.

It was all I could do to wait this out and not post on it, but I wanted to wait until I fully understood why I feel the way I do. I asked myself some very important questions, which made me look up the things that came to mind that led me to this opinion, making sure that my memory served me correctly. I listened to the Senate hearings and I listened to the President. I did all that I could to make sure I fully understood what I could that led to this point and what made me feel ill at ease on this situation.

Now it is time to make my case on this issue and others that are rather intertwined with this one. I will start with the WMD’s (Weapons Of Mass Destruction). The media and the government would have us believe that Syria has just been collecting them over time and maybe they have, but, we do have to consider the source of these weapons that they possess. Back in 2006, an explanation was given as to what happened to Sadam Hussein’s WMD’s, because we all knew he did have them. He did the same thing Syria is doing. He practiced on his own people. No one believed the following explanation back then, but today, I believe it makes a lot of sense.

Just in case you are a bit apprehensive in believing General Sada……..Take a look at the following article, which quotes James Clapper, Director Of National Intelligence in the Obama Administration and others, that maintain the exact same thing. The WMD’s or chemical weapons were, in fact, moved to Syria before the US invaded Iraq in 2003.

Iraq Chemical Weapons Moved To Syria

I found yet another article siting many sources on the very same subject, saying exactly the same thing. This article even states that it is a myth that Sadam’s WMD’s did not exist. In my opinion that means that all of the people who have repeatedly called George W. Bush a liar on the subject and called that faulty intelligence, that Sadam possessed the weapons, know the truth and they are the ones lying about it, or they have kept their heads in the sand on this issue.

Syrian Chemical Weapons

Most in the media and the government will not admit to that. To me it is very plain to see that is exactly what happened. We have to also remember that Sadam knew we were coming for some time, so the element of surprise was gone and he had plenty of time to clean things up. Do you remember the following “hot mic” moment?

Are we being played here? Somehow, I think we are. I know that the explanation for the “hot mic” incident was that it was about the arms treaty, or missile defense, something to that effect, but I wonder if that was what it was really about. What was President Obama going to be able to have more “flexibility” on after his re-election and how did he know he would be re-elected?

I never warmed up to the President’s idea of just casually dropping a few bombs, whenever, to scare someone into submission. Even more hair-raising was the idea that he and his administration were giving so much warning that we were coming. Not that it hasn’t been done before, which, I believe explains Sadam’s stash going to Damascus in the first place. It is just not a smart way to do things in regards to war. I will say that on this particular instance, I think the American people did need to know about it.

I am not surprised that Russia, Iran and China are against us, nor am I surprised that the United Nations is against us on this issue. These are the biggest four enablers of rogue countries, terrorism and bad behavior on the planet. They don’t even stop at just enabling. Some of them even supply the weapons and they know who they are and so do we. None of them really have our best interests at heart. They never did!

On the other hand, President Obama and his administration have gone around the world to be weak and confusing about his intentions. Which makes us question the facts of the matter, because he has even been quoted as saying they did not have definitive proof that Assad was actually the one who used those weapons. Why would you trust people who are known to be untrustworthy? (on either side of this issue)

So now we have come to the issue of trust. I don’t trust the UN, Russia, Iran or China, but I don’t trust the Obama Administration either. We have to remember that this is the same administration that has armed rebels against other governments, that wound up empowering our staunchest enemies and we shouldn’t have been involved in the first place. This is also the same administration that is responsible for Fast & Furious, Benghazi, the IRS Scandal, the NSA Scandal, Seal Team Six, The Affordable Health Care Act (aka, Obamacare), investing our money into worthless companies, giving us no choice, attacking our energy sources (coal, oil and natural gas industries) and refusing to lead us to energy independence, driving prices through the roof and making it harder for families to make ends meet. I could go on and on, but the truth is that this administration is destroying this country and is responsible for more bumbling, murder and mayhem than any other in history. President Obama is the worst president in US history, just as those in Congress that share his agenda are also some of the worst leaders in our history.

At this point I am sure someone is saying, but he got bin Laden! He didn’t do that. He just gave the okay and watched it in real-time on video. Seal Team 6 did that, based on intelligence that was years in the making and then his administration betrayed them. We also have to remember that the person and his family that gave us the latest intel on bin Laden’s whereabouts, was left in Pakistan, by this administration and the man’s identity was exposed to the world. In case you are unfamiliar with the story of Seal Team 6, take a look at the following link.

Who Betrayed Seal Team 6?

That is not how you treat heroes. Just like every other scandal or debacle, this administration has done its best to cover this up. How can we trust leadership that claims to care about the innocent in another country, when they do not even care about their own people? They don’t even have a record of caring about those who were the most loyal to them, from the Seal Team 6 members to those killed in Benghazi, even our soldiers that have been killed by the Taliban that President Obama released from Guantanamo Bay (the ones he felt we needed to make as partners in peace in Afghanistan)? How can you trust leadership that calls the Fort Hood Massacre “work place violence”, when it was clearly an act of terrorism? How can you trust leadership that ignores repeated warnings from Russia about a family that was clearly trouble, resulting in the Boston Marathon bombing?

Investigating the Boston Bombing

Nothing this administration touches is working out in the best interests of our country. How can we trust them on anything they say, when everything they tell us is a lie? How can we trust them when they are living the high life and everything they touch is disastrous? Do you trust them? I don’t even trust those that side with them, no matter which side of the aisle they are on.

 

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Our Phony President

President Barack Obama is back on the campaign trail, after a very brief pause, because lets face it, that is what he does best…….He campaigns. This is exactly why so many dub him our campaigner and chief, rather than our commander and chief.

In his recent speech he talked about Washington failing us, because it is too focused on phony scandals….

Definition of PHONY

: not genuine or real: as

a (1)   : intended to deceive or mislead (2)   : intended to defraud : counterfeit

b   : arousing suspicion : probably dishonest <something phony about the story>

c   : having no basis in fact : fictitious <phony publicity stories>

d   : false, sham <a phony name>

e    : making a false show: as (1)   : hypocritical (2)   : specious

Source:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phony

This is the exact statement he made:

But with this endless parade of distractions and political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball.  And I am here to say this needs to stop.  (Applause.) This needs to stop.

The entire speech:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/24/remarks-president-economy-knox-college-galesburg-il

As he usually does, the president delivered an interesting speech and if you had no clue what he was talking about and you listened to that speech, well, you would probably be all on board with whatever he said, if you had no clue what he was talking about. If, however, you pay attention to what is going on in the world and you know what he was talking about, then he came across as phony, or disingenuous to say the least.

Scandals of the day that the president’s administration is involved in:

1. Fast and Furious – People died because his Justice Department decided to give Mexican drug lords a pile of firearms, to allegedly be able to track and catch the underworld, but, oops, they forgot to properly track them, lost track and well, no one knows where they ended up. THIS IS NOT A PHONY SCANDAL!

2. Benghazi – People died because the president wanted to prove to the world that diplomacy works and he was up for re-election, therefore, it was all the more important for him to paint his predecessor as a war monger and himself as the ultimate peace maker with an enemy that we have faced for decades, an enemy that cannot be reasoned with. So his State Department put a consulate in a hornet’s nest, and this consulate was not secure by any reasonable standards, much less the standards that our government is supposed to house diplomats in, in areas that others flee from. After the British and the Red Cross fled from Benghazi, because of attacks by the terrorists, way before 9/11/2012, repeated requests for more security that were denied and some of the security was actually removed, leaving the ambassador and others almost naked to the evil, the State Department turned a blind eye and refused to even send help on 9/11/2012, while 4 Americans were brutally murdered and many others wounded. To make matters worse the whole thing was blamed on a video that had nothing to do with it and the man who created that video was imprisoned on trumped-up charges, where he remains today. This whole thing was covered up and blamed on a scape goat, so our president could get re-elected and no one would know that his policy failed miserably. Those 4 Americans died because of arrogance and pride. THIS IS NOT A PHONY SCANDAL!

3. The Drones and the president’s “kill list” – Isn’t that just a bit too much power for the president alone? People have died and while the president and his people want us to believe that it was just a bunch of terrorists, it has been reported that some innocent lives have been lost in that little endeavor as well. THIS IS NOT A PHONY SCANDAL!

4. The NSA – Okay, so whether you believe that Snowden is a traitor or a hero, the one good thing that came from this is that the American People are now aware that Big Brother is indeed watching each and every one of us and I hope that we let our leadership know about how we feel about this. Personally, I disagree that they are doing this to catch terrorists, because they pander to them for the most part and they have dropped the ball in catching the bad guys so badly, that this just cannot be anything but bogus. We need to vote people out of office that are on board with this practice. It is wrong. THIS IS NOT A PHONY SCANDAL!

5. The IRS – These guys and gals targeted the president’s moral and political opposition, to shut them down and silence them, so that he could get re-elected. This has been proven to have gone as high as the White House, itself. That is cheating and THIS IS NOT A PHONY SCANDAL!

I could keep going, if I tried hard enough, but those are the top 5 scandals from this administration, that have come to light over the past few years and none of them are phony scandals. The president is a great speaker and he talks a good talk, but he just cannot seem to walk the good walk. He has done very little to help the truly hard-working, tax paying Americans. Yes, he has helped those that do not pay in, very much so, but he has done an awful lot to hurt those that are honest and work hard and foot the bill for the those he helps. That is scandalous. His words never match his policies. Actions always speak louder than words….So do we have a phony president? Maybe he is just out of touch and has no idea what the people that work for him are doing?

What do you think???

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The Brainwashing Of Our Young People…….

This is a very important issue, that needs to be addressed. Our children, from babies to college age are being brainwashed by digital media and in our educational system. Daily our children’s minds are being fed by television, internet, video games, music and of course what is taught in their schools. Are we fully aware of what they are being taught by all of these things? Do we know what they are watching, playing, singing or who they are talking to online? Do we really know what they are being taught in school?

Have you ever seen the insurance commercial, where the girl is talking to her friend and she tells him that if it is on the internet, it must be true, because they wouldn’t allow it to be on the internet, if it were not true, then she waltzes away with her new boyfriend that she met on the internet, who is supposed to be a French model? Obviously the boyfriend was not a French model, but the scary thing is that kids are innocent like that. They do believe what they read and they would think that if it is on the internet it must be true. We know that there is a lot on the internet that is not true, but our kids don’t and there are a lot of con artists on the internet, like the one that was supposed to be the French model and much worse. The internet can be a very dangerous place for a young person. It truly requires parental supervision and parents should go a step further and teach kids internet safety, as well as using the parental controls to block content and sites that are not suitable for young people.

Do you know what your children are watching on television? Is it suitable for young people? Just because it is targeted at young children, or teens and tweens, doesn’t mean that it is suitable for the target audience. These days content that would make mature adults blush is targeted at young children. If young people are feeding their minds on violence, sex, immoral behavior and things that are too mature for them, they become desensitized to these things, which is exactly why this is being done. Want your children to be good and moral citizens? Be very careful what they are feeding their minds with. The following 2 links are both helpful tools for monitoring all digital media for your children, by giving parents valuable information as to the content.

Parents Television Council

Common Sense Media

It is important to note that if we just forbid our children everything, they will at some point rebel. However, while there are some things that are just out of the question, there are good alternatives to what we must forbid them from when it comes to digital media. At other times, especially when our children are older that we can have parenting moments and watch, read or listen to whatever they are interested in with them, discussing what is right and wrong with it, before making a decision about it. You might decide that the good lesson out weighs the negatives and decide to say okay, but only with me, so that we can discuss it. There will be much that is out of the question of course. Parental discretion is very important. Never let any media be a babysitter for your children and by all means, please make sure they get outside and enjoy the outdoors, not spending too much time on media.

The school issue is much easier to deal with and it requires one very simple act that many families no longer participate in. The family dinner table. Have dinner with your children every evening, as a family and let them tell you about their day. Ask them what they have learned. Another good thing to do, is to help them with their homework. Read those textbooks with them. Also make sure that you attend the meetings with the teachers and go to the open houses. No one is perfect and it is not always possible to do all of these things, all of the time, but if you do them at least most of the time, you will know if they are being taught edited history, or made to read books that do not fit with your moral beliefs, or are being taught about social issues that are not suitable for their ages, or opposed to your beliefs. You do have the right to intervene.

Being brainwashed and desensitized as children, teens, tweens, or even as young adults, leads to bad behaviors, as well as making poor choices in our belief systems, which we can clearly see in our own generations as parents and grandparents. Our generations have fallen victim to this practice and that is a huge reason why the world is the way it is today.

Think About It…………..

Thanks to Pam Runyon for sharing the information about the Parents Television Counsel and for requesting that we discuss this very issue, to which she is very passionate about.

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How Do We Combat The Escalating Violence In Our World?

Recently, I asked for my readers/friends to tell me what they would like to discuss, rather than me just picking the subject. The first request was from our friend Jill From Western Australia:

I wonder if you and your readers would like to discuss ways to combat the escalating violence and shootings that now seem to be the norm not only in America but around the world.  Too many lives are being lost.  :cry:

We had a bit of a discussion on that post about the reasons for it. Reasons ranging from the condition of the hearts of so many, drug use, mental illness, though we were not making excuses for bad behavior, we even discussed the brain washing of our children with the media that is targeted at them. The next issue will have its own post very shortly, the brain washing of our children, through digital media (tv, music, games, computers, etc.), but that one is also happening within our educational system. Yet another reason that we did not discuss was the break down of the family and to me that is a very important one, as the family is the cornerstone of a healthy society and let us not forget the decline in Faith, also a very important factor in a healthy society.

The issue at hand is the escalating violence, as well as the shootings, because let’s face it, all of the violence is not a result of shootings. In fact, while we have episodes of shootings, we do also have a great deal of violence from other weapons, not just guns. Evil people can make a weapon out of anything, from vehicles, to household objects, you name it. On 9/11/2001, some very evil people committed mass murder using box cutters and air planes and on 9/11/2013, in Boston, some very evil young men committed murder and caused debilitating injuries using homemade bombs filled with shrapnel. Evil knows no bounds, and yes, there is evil in the world. While God did not create any human being to be evil, He did give every human being the gift of a free will and unfortunately there are those people who choose to be evil. No one decides to be evil, without knowing what good is, so it is a choice that they made at some point. No one has ever or ever will be sent to Hell without knowing that there is a Heaven and what the Truth is. God is a Just God, no matter what anyone wants to believe. That is the Truth.

I would also like to point out that every evil act is not necessarily committed by an evil person. People can and do have moments of poor judgment, in which they commit an evil act, simply because they lacked good judgment at that moment, for whatever reason. That said, when people commit mass murder or acts of cruel and pre-meditated murder, it is usually because their hearts are filled with pure evil.

Some might say, well the mentally ill did not choose to be mentally ill and that is true, however, they still know right from wrong. They know if they are breaking down and need to get help and they know what they are doing, when they are doing it. Besides, most people who are mentally ill are not violent. Just because someone is evil, does not mean they are mentally ill, even if they appear completely irrational. Being completely irrational does not make someone mentally ill. The mind is a powerful place and a person can feed their mind with evil and irrational thoughts long enough, even knowing they are doing wrong, that their mind becomes an evil and irrational place. Just as a person can feed their body junk for so long that it becomes sick from junk, so can their mind and spirit, if all it takes in is junk. While we know we should be careful that we feed our bodies good things, with junk being an occasional treat, so it goes with our minds and spirits. If all you feed your mind and spirit is junk, sick is what you get. In other words, a person can make their mind and spirit sick, without having any genetic mental illness, whatsoever. A person can make their mind sick when it started out completely healthy.

Many people believe that stricter gun laws will solve all of these problems, but they will not, because guns are not always the weapons of choice and most law-abiding gun owners pose no threat to innocent people. We have the right to bare arms and defend ourselves, when we are being threatened or attacked. Most law-abiding gun owners do agree that people with a serious criminal history, or extensive histories of mental illness, even histories of drug addiction or alcoholism, should not own or possess a firearm, therefore background checks are really a non-issue for law-abiding gun owners, as they do feel those should be good criteria for people who should not own guns, background checks are the way to achieve that, if and only if all of this information is properly reported into the database. Just because someone is at some point depressed, does not make them “mentally ill” and should not be a good criteria, as every human being struggles with a bout or two with depression at some point in their life.

I have put forth some ideas in this post for us to discuss and I am sure that others will have some ideas on this issue, that I may not have addressed. Most of the ideas I have put forth address the reasons why, but I have not really addressed very many ways as to how we should combat this problem. One thing we should do to combat this problem is to make sure that we penalize these crimes the way they should be penalized and quit letting people get away with murder, in the name of tolerance to their religion, or their gender, or their race, or their status, or who they are related to, even how much money they can pay out. The system should be fair, though many times it is not, these days.

What do you think?

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The Jury Is Deliberating In The George Zimmerman Murder Trial UPDATED: NOT GUILTY

UPDATE: THE JURY FOUND GEORGE ZIMMERMAN NOT GUILTY!

 

I have refrained from discussing this case on a large-scale, because it has been so divisive for so many. Between irresponsible media, irresponsible activists and irresponsible politicians, this case has been a powder keg for many, because the media has lied and so have all the other zealots, therefore it was hard to know all of the facts, until they all came out. We know them now, so now is a good time to discuss.

Do you think the State made its case? Do you think the defense succeeded in showing us that we really didn’t know what we thought we did?

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I’m Back, After An Extended Vacation……What Would You Like To Discuss???

Hello my friends! I am back after an extended vacation. I know I peeped in and said I was coming back a few times before, but life just kept getting busier and busier and well, I wasn’t sure where to start, so I just kept getting overwhelmed. I had a number of posts I have started over the past months that are still sitting in draft, one of which I really will be publishing shortly. I finally came to the conclusion that the best place to start might be for you to share what you would like to discuss.

Is there something that is nagging at you in the news of the day, or something positive you would like to talk about in the news of the day? Maybe you would like to share something in regards to your gardens, or recipes you have come across that are really good, or maybe some creative tips or heartwarming stories you would like to share. Funny stories are also welcome. The sky is the limit. You cannot be off topic in this thread at all, so let me know what is on your mind.

I hope that you are all doing well.

Niecey

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A Brilliant Speech Of Absolute Truth

I was so touched by the speech I am about to share with you, that I had to take the time to share it with my friends. This speech was given by Dr. Ben Carson, The Pediatric Neurosurgery Director at John Hopkins Hospital, at The National Prayer Breakfast. God Bless him, as he speaks the truth. Please take the time to watch and listen. I think you will be glad you did.

Not only did Dr. Carson speak the absolute truth, but he did it in faith, with courage and conviction and in front of our leaders from both sides of the aisle, including Barack and Michelle Obama, all of which needed to hear it and I truly hope and pray that they are sorely convicted by it, to a point, that they have to act on those principles that he outlined and put the partisan bickering and differences aside and get back to what is really important, leading our nation and serving the people who elected them, doing what is right in God’s sight and for the good of the people they were elected to serve.

God Bless America………….

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A Thanksgiving Wish For Love……….

To all of my friends, all of my foes, even everyone I don’t know, I have a Thanksgiving Wish For Love just for you………..Whether we agree or disagree, matters not, just that you receive this wish for love, then share it with others in the same spirit that it was originally sent to you. It is a simple wish, with a simple request, sealed with love and prayers. Everyone can afford to send this gift and it is priceless to receive.

I have received this gift before, but it always fits, always in style, always the right color and always brings a smile. I never tire of receiving it and I pray that I will be just as quick to give it, always. The gift is simply LOVE.

For most of us it is very easy to love our family and friends, though there seems to be a growing number of people who have a hard time doing that. For some of us it is easy to be kind to someone you don’t know, some even have an easier time being kind to a stranger than they do being kind to their family and friends. For many it is easy to be kind to those who agree with them, much harder for those who disagree with them.

Times are hard for many and many of us do not have as much to give as we did a few years ago. The poor have always been amongst us, but there are more of the poor now, than ever before. While many of us are Blessed enough to have, we may not have as much as we once did. Times have indeed been much leaner for many.

Where is all of this coming from? Like many, from time to time, the bad news of the world, just gets to me. The corruption, deceit, murder, thievery, hatred, wars, hard times, all are more than a person can bear at times. In this country we have been in election mode for so many years now, it is almost hard to believe that there is a pause. The mud-slinging and bitterness of the sides is also hard to deal with, especially when we have to fact check the way we do now, because we can no longer take politicians at their word.

Like many others, I was just exhausted and frazzled after this election and I just had to turn it all off, blog included. I just needed some time to regroup. I began to look forward to the holiday season, hoping that we could all realize that no matter what happens in this world, no one can ever take our spirit from us, not unless we let them.

I began reaching out to God, for relief from my frustration, answers to my questions, hope for my hopelessness, comfort for my weary heart. As always, He began comforting me, giving me a renewed sense of hope, peace in my heart and He answered a few questions, as well. His answers came through music, love, dreams and the words of others, as much as His Words. My husband bought me a cd some time ago and I love it. It was one that I actually asked for, because I had heard a song on it that was just so inspiring, but in listening to it, there were many more that became inspiring to me. Through the period I just went through, the following song really spoke to me. The song is “Keep My Heart Alive” by Sanctus Real and I highly recommend their music.

Another way that God touched my heart recently was an email from a precious friend of mine, Kelly Sharpton. Those of you that regularly read this blog, know who Kelly is and you know who Megan Sharpton is, Kelly’s beautiful daughter, who touched this world in a very special way. Megan was full of love and life. Love, Hope, Joy, Peace and Charity were all traits of Megan’s. She was a starry-eyed girl, full of life and all of those wonderful traits. Megan is no longer with us on this earth, but her spirit and her life still touch those of us that know her story. Her mother Kelly had a Thanksgiving challenge for me, for all of us……..

The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.― Abigail Van Buren

This Thanksgiving weekend, I plan to honor the empty chair at my dinner table by doing something good or kind to someone that needs it. I don’t have tons of money so I am not feeding the masses or buying bunches of stuff to give to people I know are more deserving than me. What I want to do is share a smile, or a hug, open a door, pick up the neighborhood trash, say a prayer for an innocent child who’s world has been turned upside down, or perhaps buy a small toy or two for a Christmas Angel. You’ve seen that person eating alone. Megan used to invite them to her table to share their meal with her. You’ve glanced at a child who hasn’t been given something of their own in a very long time. Meg always leaned down and told them they were special.
What are you going to do this holiday season? How will you honor the empty chairs at so many tables in so many towns near and far? Megan’s light is bright. Will you help me make it shine for someone who needs a little light? Peace to you and yours…Shine on Meg. We love you all the time.

I was so touched by her request, that it just had to be shared. It was meant to be shared. Will you rise to the challenge? God placed something on my heart recently, “The love in your heart will save you.” His answer to my struggles and frustrations in recent times is a simple one…………LOVE.

It is my prayer that you will all rise to the challenge and have a VERY HAPPY AND SAFE THANKSGIVING………GOD BLESS YOU ALL…………………

(I would also like to thank my friend Jill for her love and concern.)

Love,

Niecey

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2012 Elections: A Tale Of 2 Countries…..But Maybe There Is A Way Forward

The people have spoken and Barack Obama has been re-elected. The Senate is still a Democratic majority, while the House Of Representatives is still a Republican majority. In short, nothing really changed from the day before, therefore the people basically said they like the direction the country was headed in, a stale mate, accomplishing nothing, while small business is being taxed out of business and prices are soaring to all time highs, from gas and all energy, to food and all other goods, which means the price of services has to soar as well, or the service industry will die. Since we make so little of our own products now, basically that means that our economy is dying and the people, as a whole are in favor of that. Just remember that every business that dies, so will the jobs it created and the revenue it put into the economy. Every bit of revenue the economy loses, is that much less the fix it all government that was voted back in has to fix anything with, until there is nothing left. Sure they can print more money and keep wasting it all, but the more they do that, the less your money is worth, until the economy just dies and your money is worth nothing. Under Barack Obama’s first term small business, energy, virtually all business was being punished, with higher taxes and the cost of raw materials soaring, causing costs to soar, until we were left at a point that people will not pay you what it costs for quality and it will not take too much longer, before all businesses will fold in this country.

Countless small businesses went under during the first four years. Craftsmanship is almost dead, it is too expensive and no one wants to pay the price, so the Obama way is to buy it from China and all third world countries. He lied to you about all of these things during his campaigning and many of you bought it hook, line and sinker. This nation is dying thanks to a lack of knowledge in how it all works. They temporarily made the economy appear to be looking better and lowered gas prices just a bit, to make it look like we were on the road to recovery, but the truth is that it was a deception, a farce. Now that the power has been maintained, watch it change. I hope they prove me wrong and step up and do the right thing. I truly do.

If we make it through this next four years, what will be left could be completely unsalvagable, if we stay on the path we have been traveling. The only hope in this is that the government decides to step up and do something right and quit lying and passing the buck, owning up to their responsibilities and putting the people first. Will they do that? Dear God, Please Cause Them To Do That………..

I always look for the lessons that can be learned in all things, because I believe there is always a lesson to be learned in virtually everything. I try not to miss it. I believe after stepping away and thinking about things, that I do see some of the lessons here and some of them I was seeing before the elections, even before Romney got the Republican nomination. What are they?

1. I would like to see the two-party system abolished. I think every candidate should run on their own merit and belief systems, as well as accomplishments and experience, without having the party standards to fall back on, because I think it causes deceit and I think it causes the choices to be taken from the people in many instances, as well as the fact that it causes people who vote party lines to vote for candidates they might not really be for, if it were not for the party affiliation. In short, it is too deceptive and too divisive and too out of control, because both parties seem to have a main element that seems to choose a candidate to lean towards, when the people might lean otherwise. This has happened in both parties over the past 4 to 4 1/2 years.

2. The Electoral College was set up back in the day when the polls might be in cities, but many people lived in such rural areas that they could not always make it to the cities to vote, as it would have been such a long journey, so the Electoral College was in place, so that those people would have a voice in the elections. In modern times, you can vote early, vote on election day or vote by absentee ballot and there is a polling place in every community, that is just minutes from home. It is outdated and the reasons for having it no longer exist. It is time for it to go. It is because of the Electoral College that in many instances we find that our votes really do not count.

3. The debates…….I don’t think the moderators should be openly leaning in any direction and if they are, they should not be moderators. They have no business getting into the debate, if they do not have their facts straight. They should also not have any hand in choosing the questions. I think the people should choose the questions. They could vote online for the questions to be asked. Why Not? I think it would work. I also think that while the debates are in progress there should be fact checkers to check the facts, no spin, to check the facts against what the candidates are saying and before the end of each debate, the information should be announced to the candidates, in front of the audience (both watching by tv and in person), with the candidates being allowed to comment on why they got their facts wrong, when they do, whether deliberately, or inadvertently. This would insure that the public has the facts, no spin, with no concern over disrespecting a president, if there is a current one in the debate, as he is a candidate in that debate, nothing more and that is the way he or she should be treated, a level playing field, would work.

4. The media……..I am tired of their dishonesty and bias. Not only do they rush to get the story out, to the degree that they do not give themselves time to get their facts straight, but in a rush to be the first to make the call, they tend to call elections before, not only the votes are all counted, but before everyone has finished voting. It makes me wonder how many voters they turn away, that could have made a difference, either way, every time they do that. Not only do they do those things, but they also spin and choose not to cover things of importance that they should, when it is not flattering to their choice candidate, but they cover lies and spin as facts in many cases. ALL OF THIS HAS GOT TO STOP! Basically our mainstream/lamestream media has become a huge propaganda machine. They have thrown out journalistic standards to make the country follow the path that they choose. When we allow this, what happens is that we are no longer free, because we are being brainwashed by some very dishonest and immoral people. While they should be ashamed of themselves, they are not. They are laughing all the way to the bank, while they are turning this country into something that was never intended.

5. SUPER PACS need to stop. Why? Because they run ads that the candidates have no control over and if the candidate disagrees with it, there is not much they can do about it, but openly cast it down in the press, but in many cases the ads are seen more than the open disagreement with them. I personally do not like this way of doing things.

Those 5 suggestions are for elections and making them a more level playing field, so that the voters can be more informed and less filled with propaganda. Of course the points ont he media need to be dealt with for the good of the country period, in everything they report on. The country needs far more than just our elections process and our media to be repaired. We need to do a lot of repairing of our entire system. Our economy and our debt need a huge fix. Will they do it? I hope so, but unless and until the voters decide that they should not be allowed to spend our money frivolously and they should have to budget like the rest of us, unfortunately there is no accountability and we are left to hope that God will deal with their consciences.

The corruption has got to stop. No one should ever be above the law or the way things are supposed to work in our system of government. NO ONE. We have come to a point that the media has gone rogue and it does what it wants, with no accountability and the politicians have gone rogue, doing what they want, with no accountability and while they bombard us with “get out the vote”, we find that many times our vote doesn’t even count. Honest people have a hard time running for office because our system has become so corrupt that they are destroyed by the media and their opponents, which leaves us with having to choose between the lesser of two evils. This is not what our Founding Fathers intended and only the people can change it, but it takes everyone coming together and demanding accountability and that these issues be fixed. How do we do that? Bombard their offices with phone calls, emails and faxes, from the White House to the Congress and do our very best to research things and know what they are talking about, so we have our facts straight and we can hold them accountable when they lie. No politician should ever tell the people that they are not going to listen to them, because they know what’s best and I cannot believe that the ones that have done that in recent years keep getting voted back into office. Are we that out of touch with what is going on? Or do we just prefer corruption over integrity?

I didn’t cover every aspect of government spending and programs on this post, but if we get this country back on track in most of these things, the rest will follow suit. We are a divided country and it has become such that it is almost as if we are 2 separate countries, though I do still think we have more in common than we realize, at least I hope we do. For the things that didn’t cover in this post, I’d like to know what you suggest. Let me know what you think about all of it.

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