Gobi HeatEarhoox 20% Off 3-Pack. Use Code: TRIO20 Wakami Global 5-IN-1 CURLING IRON small nail polish Bugatchi We loved blowing bubbles as kids, and somehow that joy never leaves us. That's why so many brides are exchanging bubbles for rice when it comes to the traditional walk from the reception to their getaway car.Kateaspen.com Cheap Flight Sale! Book Now & Get Up To $15 Off*. Use Coupon Code TLCHEAP15. Cheap Hotels Worldwide Sale vudu.com

An Onslaught

 

I must get this off my chest first I’m sorry.  I will place the soft points of this post somewhere in the center of this writing.  “I don’t understand why an elected official can’t grasp the implied meanings in the oaths they undertake.”  When an official raises their right hand, and swears to defend the Constitution of the U.S., their state, city, town, borough, grain shed, or outhouse.  There is ‘peril’ implicitly woven into that short-sworn paragraph that’s repeated verbally. It’s not a job of personal safety or fidelity to yourself.  It is a fidelity to protecting your town, borough, state, federal government.  ‘At great personal danger’ should be added to all oaths of office.  That means standing up for what’s right even if you’re the only one standing!

 

This onslaught didn’t start the last century.  This onslaught started centuries ago when people could rule others with disdain for human decency.  Slavery, exploitation, thievery, corruption, murder was all employed with impunity because no one cared as long as they weren’t in the oppressed class subjected to daily atrocities.  Let me sneak this little bulletin in before I go further.  I’ve lived in Europe for a few years, but I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life there.  Americans, take a look at recorded history (all history isn’t in textbooks).  What are the catalysts that eventually destroy great societies?  The apathy of their leaders not acting on the fact that their country is always in peril.  Plus, their citizens going about their daily lives oblivious to the fact they’re responsible for their country’s destruction as well.

 

I remember wearing the uniform of my country and experiencing great memories.  One time I was on a supply convoy, in a seemingly forsaken land, and one of the locals we hired to haul a truck to a forward base broke down.  Shortening the story, we, all soldiers were out of our armored vehicles pulling security.  A shot (bullet) rang out.  The locals scattered.  All soldiers maintained their discipline.  None of us panicked, raised out weapons, chased ghosts or any foolish action.  It was a beauty to behold.  Contrast that with some police officers and their quick decisions to fire at the citizens they’re sworn to shield from peril.  How come or what oath are they taking?  A soldier knows that swearing an oath means that you may have to lay down your life for your country.  Why is it that police officers are not taught this virtue?

 

Let’s backtrack a minute.  Suppose you needed some plumbing work done in your home and deciding on who to do the work would send you to a local or online source.  After reviewing all the comments and ratings given on several contractors, you decide to go with the worst plumber in the business. The plumber shows up, doesn’t have the right tools.  His pants can’t remember the last time they met in the middle, and he starts to work under your sink.  He bursts the pipes, floods the kitchen and needs to run out to the truck to get the right tool.  You think this is great and vow to always call this man for future plumbing service. This is where America is right now. We seek the worst among us and put them in charge.  It’s like being better than someone is frowned upon now.

 

If you are afraid or scared at the twitching whiskers of a field mouse, you should not put on a uniform of the honored guardians of any people.  A uniform soldier, policeman, special agent supposed to be the example of composure in conflict or extreme stress.  If you feel (anybody wearing a uniform) you can’t perform your duties to protect and defend the citizenry of your sector, then remove your uniform and turn in your credentials.  You say then we wouldn’t have any policemen or policewomen.  Good, we know when they come, they will be the finest among the candidates.

 

Let’s look at the scenario that happened out in Sacramento, California.  A young man standing in his backyard at night on his phone minding his own business. Two police officers approach you hollering, screaming and then they yell gun and murder you.  Back up a minute.  The conditions at the time were dark, private property, voices yelling, black man, white police officers.  Couldn’t the police officers realize they would startle anybody on their property by doing that?  Couldn’t the police officers check to verify if the residence had weapons registered? Couldn’t the officers position themselves behind cover and calmly address the resident on his own property? Couldn’t the officers continue a dialogue behind cover until the resident knew who was calling out to him? I observed the posture of the police chief and it signaled to me that there is zero integrity in that police force.

 

Just an observation from an African American living and learning about religion in America.  I want to save the children for last because the destruction of humanity has reached our (supposedly) last best hope and we’re losing.  First, religion was used to land grab the country from the Native Americans.  Second, it was used to justify slavery and all its’ wanton cruelty and degradation. Thirdly, it was used to (degrade law enforcement) allow the police to become a tool for good (through privileged eyes) in defense of white people only.  I can’t understand why people of color don’t trust the police. (Sarcasm).

 

Fourthly, it is used to dismantle the U.S. Constitution. Here’s how.  When religious leaders (so-called) only teach selective doctrine that is distorted to suit a specific purpose, say, behavior can be forgiven without the perpetrator admitting fault is why the lost among us continue to embrace such an easy abdication of their own responsibility or check what’s taught them with that ‘book’ (The Bible I believe it’s called).  When they profess an absolute right to own guns to the detriment of houses of worship, shopping malls, theaters, places of business, military installations, post offices, concerts, nightclubs, and lastly schools.

 

Fifth, I read somewhere in that book, the Bible, that the children were to be protected and held as sacred.  Something that Jesus said about forbid them not to come unto him, or something about a millstone around a neck and cast into the ocean if you harm a child. Our legacy is being killed off and it takes a child to scream the loudest for us adults to awaken?  Our children must flee from a school when we want them to run toward a school to get an education?  Our children’s innocence is met with irrelevance and disdain as if their right to be free of such adult atrocities isn’t within their right to ask.  Keep it up America.  Historically, no society is immune to self-annihilation.

 

Black Lives Matter.  This fight is about facing down strongholds.  When you stroke the evil or hatred that surrounds all of us, metaphysically, evil doesn’t care if you only wanted to use it ‘for a minute’ and put it down afterwards.  Or that you only wanted to use it to get elected.  Evil doesn’t work that way people!  Once it’s on you, it’s hell trying to get it off.  How can you dip your hand in water and think it doesn’t get under the skin (ever hear of rashes)?  Same principle with evil.  Let evil into your mind and think it doesn’t get under the skin.  Yeah right.

 

What’d you think?  Evil doesn’t play fair.  Once you give evil an opening, the onslaught begins because it will push through as much craziness as it can until your stupidity realizes you’ve made a huge mistake. Guess what people.  It’s too late.  Let’s see what’s happened with our children in recent history, not only current history’, but go back a few decades.  Now we have children running from schools for their lives.  I’ll say again.  Children running from schools for their lives!  Am I missing something.  I thought children were encouraged to go toward schools.  Now we are scarring children for life because once you see the horrors that humanity perpetrates on humanity it’s forever.  The children now have a life sentence, but they didn’t commit a crime.

 

Summing it all up.  To all elected officials, your oaths are your legacy.  America should be your top concern because she is always in peril. Ask yourself why the military is constantly in motion.  Because the military is hyper aware of the fact that to protect a nation you must always believe she is in danger?  If an official (Attorney General, Public Defender, Prosecutor) charged with keeping law and order can’t treat all citizens equally because of a fear of the police reacting negatively.  Resign your post!  The police are not an occupying force immune to scrutiny and above the law.  Every life taken by the police should be reviewed and that goes for all levels of law enforcement activity in all levels of government including the military.  They are supposed to reduce the peril faced by their citizens, not increase it.

Beautiful Competition

 

May I speak first the relief felt by the Gods. The Gods have been denied the wonder and physical majesty of the female athlete in competition since ancient Greece. And you think you’ve been wronged. In this commentary I give congratulations and gratitude to all the female athletes in the world competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Special recognition goes out to my team of astonishing American female athletes as they dazzle our perceptions.

 

As I’ve struggled to process visually and mentally what my eyes tell me I must believe, I’m still struggling to record it in memory and stop the constant playback. Let me start with the swimming competition as I will highlight two athletes in and out of the pool. Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles.

 

The Gods may have been distracted seeing that the Earth is essentially a big pool of water when the American 4×200 relay team started their race. The cheering and the competition elevated their curiosity to come take a look. That was a mistake as this race would accelerate their hearts and make it problematic for their lungs to catch air. Katie Ledecky would not and did not disappoint them. She patiently waited as she watched her team fall behind.

 

Katie was almost there as power began to build up in her muscles. The Gods could sense the crescendo rising in her as she waited to powerfully spring from that platform. Now! Into the water and if my eyes were deceiving me it looked like the water was parting to give her the preeminence. Smashing to the surface did Katie emerge like a shark flinging 15 feet from the depth of the ocean.

 

Arms and legs obeying every command as Katie instructed her majestic body to flow as one form through the laps of the race as victory was the only acceptable culmination. The Gods must be watching I imagine she believed as they are receiving a gift centuries overdue as she touched the wall to end the race. I will chance it to say that there will be a hundred years of prosperity to our world as a gift from the Gods for such an unbelievable spectacle delivered to their dominion!

 

Simone Biles phenomenal floor routine to win the gold medal was a visual myth. How else can you explain a current event as historical lore? It’s as if Simone Biles propelled herself into the air from that beam with power mere mortals dream of possessing. The Gods were jockeying for the best position to watch her as she touched those platforms knowing they were fearful of letting her down much less the Gods.

 

The cameras recorded all of this and still Simone leaves everyone in the world to question what they witnessed. We have been deprived of the contributions of females to the Monolith of Sports and Olympic Immortality for far too many generations. I am glad I was born in a time to celebrate and champion the glory of the female athlete!

Independence & Interference

When the moment arrives for a daughter or son to pay bills on their own, how many parents can say their child will execute these tasks flawlessly? Why? Why not? First day on the job and a stressful situation occurs with a time limit for finding a solution, and it leads to your child facing uncertainty on how to solve a problem. Your child is in the hot seat and facing the prospect of losing or keeping their job in the eyes of the boss. How do you counsel your child? Should your child already have a frame of reference to answer that issue developed from interacting with you, the parent?

Okay, let’s slide those scenarios to a corner of the kitchen table and turn the clock back a few years to when your child was between the ages of 10 and 18. This period I believe holds the key cognitive period of growth and ascension for children for better or worse. It also holds a solemn and ceremonial period of duty for parents. What a parent says and does during this period holds massive consequences for children if not for the rest of their lives, certainly until they get out on their own and disavow some of the programming (yes we are like computers, what goes in determines what comes out).

Independence teaching goes to form, such as responsibility instilled in the child for passing K-12 with the best grades and average as possible. It holds true that the parent should merely supervise and allow the child to feel some pressure to pass each grade and progress in learning. After all, it is not the parent that needs to graduate High School. If the child receives an allowance, it is the parent stressing the need to manage money correctly because money management has implications for a stable adult life.

Interference arises in the development of a child when the parent feels the child needs to be saved from him or herself. Example. A daughter signed her name to a field trip and upon arriving home expects a parent to hand over the fees involved with the trip. Would you as a parent pay that fee without an advanced warning? If you do, you have interfered with that child’s development. A son wants to play football. The son signed up for the team and tells his parents later that day after they arrived home from work. Would you pay the fees associated with him being on the football team? If you do, you have interfered with your son’s development.

Independence is intertwined with interference. Children don’t spend their parents’ money without asking do they? Let’s take a view from an entirely different familial system. A male lion selects a lioness and mates with her. The lioness has cubs and takes responsibility for their care (although the bulk of running a pride lies squarely with a lioness group i.e. hunting, teaching, shelter and so on which sounds a lot like the human females’ duties) and protection. When the males reach adulthood, their father pushes them out of the pack. Why does this happen?

The independence children must attain is ordained in nature and it cannot be interfered with by anyone! By the way, the cubs have now become a threat to the dominant male and must be run off to establish their own kingdom. Interference in this instance can lead to a lion fight with the strongest emerging the victor. The father usually wins if there is a challenge and the cubs (his children) would avoid such a confrontation at all costs.

Independence is not an absolute construct or concept that exists solely in a protected domain of solitude. I would go so far as to say that not one mammal, hot or cold bloodied, walking, crawling or flying makes it from birth to maturity on his or her own dime. I know, many people, mainly Americans, will swear up and down they are a self-made person.

You know, as a kid I used to twirl around in place until I stopped abruptly. The world seemed shaky and unsteady in that moment, but I thought it was fun. Just because I twist the truth or bend the reality behind me that helped me become the person I am today; it still doesn’t make the critical help I received to become independent to be explained away in a footnote.

Take for instance the changing face of the workforce as it concerns manufacturing. Mostly 30 to 40 years ago the jobs to be had were in manufacturing. Machines were repaired with tools like hammers, pliers, wrenches and screwdrivers. Now machines are diagnosed and fixed at a computer terminal. Granted, jobs will never be obsolete to the point where tools are not needed, but we can interfere with the natural gravitation call to train in the skills that have changed the job market.

The bedrock principles of having the right job skills at the right time does not change, only the format does. Hammers and brute strength can’t answer the factory whistle today. The changing face of skills should not be met with interference. If a company, a town, an employee wishes to maintain the status quo, then independent thinking demands risk taking in securing an uncertain future. In other words, change before it’s too late or all you’ll be doing is running to catch a train you see in the distance that’s starting to pull away at an incredible speed.

Listen to this one truth if you choose not to listen to anything else. “Human beings (humanity) becomes closer to each other through shared hardships. If we all believe that the troubles others face have little effect on our lives, then the principle of ‘we’re all in this together’ holds little meaning when applied in our day to day lives.”

I can understand the lure of braggadocious rhetoric to describe how I achieved success alone in a world that prizes such fantastical tales. Only, the reality doesn’t fit the fantasy, which if spoken to the wrong people will arrive on them destructively. Everyone needs a mix of independence and interference, which if appropriately discharged and accepted could signal enormous success to a person’s life no matter their bank account.

An expanded outlook to view things differently with passion and purpose could serve you well. Just try.

Engine Parts Need (______) to Operate

Check under the hood and tell me what you see in an engine compartment designed to power any function critical to human kind. On quick observation, it is clear that the engine has many parts and components that need to work in unison. What is critical to all those parts functioning as one? The answer is space!

The belt or belts that turn the wheel that cools the radiator needs the space (although it is millimeters in length) to do that job correctly as designed. The spark plugs inside the engine that fire to ignite the fuel and push down the pistons need space to move up and down. The bolts that hold the engine in place are supported or gain support from the frame of the vehicle. This design allows the engine to spin the transmission to power the vehicle forward, backward or in any direction the operator wishes to drive it.

Let’s not forget the fuel, oil and other fluids that are necessary to constantly assure the systems (the car) work to provide movement free of undue friction, which stymies motion.

Our human bodies are not very different in design from a machine with many moving parts. Internally our organs are not bunched up like sardines in a can. This allows us to freely bend and have full range of motion of our limbs. Are our lives not the same?

Education from the moment we enter the world as babies I’ve read we are processing the world around us. Our brains imbed the image of our caretakers for ready identification. Aspirations move us all in different directions to achieve many goals in life. Human lives have many moving parts and they are held in place by the energy and effort exerted to achieve them.

Always take care of the engine that drives the body, which is the brain. The brain tells us when our body is hungry. The brain tells us to study the unknown to successfully manipulate it. The brain tells us when we need to stop for repairs. The successful manipulate of knowledge is power!

Learn to control yourself and your emotions and that power harnessed can be unleashed to propel your efforts in life to more satisfying and lasting results.

A Better Option?

Okay let’s be frank here. Everybody wants something better than what they have at some point along the course of their life. A new car or truck that operates better in all weather seasons of the year. The latest and greatest computer that responds to commands at the speed of light (I know you believed I would say of thought, but some people aren’t that bright) because we hate waiting for apps to load.

All the wonder of a new relationship that is going to fix all the mistakes of the past. Well let me turn the dial (the volume down) to the left on your fantasies. Maybe sir or ma’am, the best option is what you have right in front of you. Reality check. You are not the juiciest steak off the rib eye. You are not the chocolate chip cookie that rushes straight to the brain the moment you take a bite.

Practical exercise time. Take a sheet of paper and number it from 1 to 10 with all the qualities we would like to see in a mate. This exam is meant to be unisex. Starting: 1. Good provider. 2. Well groomed. 3. Consistent in actions. 4. A little overweight. 5. Doesn’t bring trouble to my door. 6. Committed to the family. 7. Can cook and clean in the house. 8. Spends too much on clothes. 9. Letting their appearance lapse a bit. 10. God fearing with a unique sense of spirituality.

Now most people would look at this list and immediately check off 2 or 3 things that would put the kybosh on the deal. What the heck is wrong with a person (mate) that has 7 out of 10 good qualities? Trust me, I ran this exercise on myself and got yanked back to reality. The qualities I possess are pretty solid, but I still can’t jump (not at my age) from mate to mate thinking I’m God’s gift to a stable home life. Sh_ _t don’t work like that homeboy!

Maybe the best option is the one you already have huh? Improve on your outlook about life and then maybe your mate will come along for the ride and make you both better partners at home. Option two could be the worst mistake of your life.

Hopefully you are a good person in a habitat with a person that relates to your desires and views about life. If not. Then maybe option two is the best choice for you after you clean up some things about yourself that made you choose a bad option in the first place.

Unleashed!

The exclamation point is relevant to this topic. Let’s accept the fact that we become what our focused energy and efforts make us. If we push education entwined with directed usage requirements the chances this acquired knowledge will increase our life long fortunes rests at stable certainty. Human kind should be inclined to improve societies by addition through subtraction.

Explanation. Celebrating dignity, respect and kindness at all times makes these actions increase their reach beyond all lands and peoples. Help our media outlets understand that when the story is centered on the rudeness and bigotry of humanity this tends to be reinforced (maybe unknowingly) around the world. Add to our world by highlighting the good in us all and human beings will subtract those unsavory parts naturally.

I must begin with my own shortcomings and how I still must be vigilant with my thoughts. Trouble knocked on my door (at school and in the workplace) recently and I was surprised where my mind took me first. Yes, I thought violent solution first. This, needless to say, was highly disappointing for me because I’m not a young man and I’ve spent many years (vigilance I guess requires a lifetime commitment) resisting those instant impulses to solve my problems.

Eventually I chose to use techniques of professionalism and intellect to defuse and defeat my antagonists. Yeah, my first reactions made that life test a failure. That is why it is critical all of us demand improvement from each other. If someone is behaving badly, we need to have the strength to (pull them aside if possible) confront them openly and demand they change those offensive behaviors! Careful what you unleash into the world because the effects of that decision tends to linger long after you think that situation is over.

Pure Silk Carol's Daughter Affiliate Logo