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August 21, 2017

Mr. President please quit working so hard!

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 11:35

I love this post, it addresses so many things I want to scream about. tRump seems to live by do as I say ( or tweet ) not what I do. Anything that enriches himself is great for the country, anything that he doesn’t personally benefit from should be done away with. tRump doesn’t base his decision on what is good for the country, or for the people, but instead he bases all he wants done on his personal need and chance to gain wealth. He seems to think the US treasury is his personal play money. Yet if anyone else were to use it he would be furious. Hugs

Ends and Beginnings

trump-golf“Heading back to Washington after working hard and watching some of the worst and most dishonest Fake News reporting I have ever seen!” – Donald Trump tweet 8-20-17

“Trump’s travel to his private club in Florida has cost more than an estimated $20 million in his first 80 days in office, putting the President on pace to surpass former President Barack Obama’s eight years of spending on travel — in only his first year in office.” – CNN

USA Today is reporting that the “Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump’s family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast.” Do any of you remember this gem of a tweet from our then soon to be President; “We pay for Obama’s travel so he can…

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Non-Natives Are Using This Tribal Law Loophole To Rape Indigenous People

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Harm, News, Political — Scottie @ 09:38

This is horribly wrong and shows a total bigotry.   we need to help the entire reservation situation, but protection of the people is the responsibility of everyone.   Hugs

Source: Non-Natives Are Using This Tribal Law Loophole To Rape Indigenous People

Donald Trump travel, family depletes Secret Service funds for agents

Filed under: Political, News, Economics — Scottie @ 09:15

tRump is bankrupting agencies of the government and seems happy doing it.   One of the problems is he charges the secret service that protects him and his family top dollar prices at all of his accommodations.  He has even kicked them out of tRump Towers, after charging them far over the going rate.

Source: Donald Trump travel, family depletes Secret Service funds for agents

August 20, 2017

HuffPost: The Park Where Families Divided By The Border Can Reunite, Almost

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 07:43

The Park Where Families Divided By The Border Can Reunite, Almost

For families divided by the border, there is one place where they are allowed to come together — almost. Read the full story

Shared from Apple News

Sent from my iPad,Hugs and Best wishes,

Milo is happy and doesn’t want me to get up. Hugs

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 07:19

August 18, 2017

There are no good people who claim to be Nazis. The U.S. went to war against Nazis and we won. The confederacy went to war against the U.S. and they lost. If you support the confederacy you are supporting a war against the U.S.A. Hugs

Filed under: Bigotry, History, News — Scottie @ 10:28

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August 17, 2017

When I do this, people call 911. Yesh. Hugs

Filed under: Animals, News — Scottie @ 13:27

August 13, 2017

The Halloween I don’t remember

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 23:17

I am posting this again because I am having nightmares and bad dreams of my childhood and my abuse. In truth they never seem to leave me, just lessen in strength and then build in intensity again. This was not the most traumatic event to happen to me at this time in my life. In fact this was years into the worst of the abuse at home. That is why when I finally was able to share / write it. If this seems detached and vague it is because this was the only way I could deal with it at the time I wrote it. I am surprised I could write it at all. I know my mind and body wants to scream I was raped and hurt, but also my mind wants to shut it down, hide it deep and deny I was raped and hurt. I guess it is hard to understand. So in my first attempts to share ( because they said if I voiced it /shared it I would heal ) my childhood. So right now I am dealing with the aftermath of surgery on my left hip. I was put in a leg immobilizer and nearly went insane because of it. To be restrained like that I was flashing constantly , living in my nightmares. Anyway. IF you can comment please do. IF this is too much for you, know it is OK to hit like to let me know you were here and to save yourself from dealing with it. Bad enough I have had to , not willing to drag anyone else in with me. Hugs

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I was about 7 as best I can remember, maybe 8 but more likely 7 years old that Halloween.  My family had moved to a small farming town, very rural, and I knew no one.  That was OK, I stayed to my self normally anyway.   Lots of farms and fields and I roamed them freely, I loved to see the cows and horses, and other animals.  My parents had friends who had a boy my age or younger, and a teenage girl .  I did not know any of them.

These people had a very large ranch house with a very large basement.    The man worked for the richest man in the area, a lumber mill owner, as his plant manager.  Next to where they lived was some big fields, and their second driveway went past the house to the horse barns and the chicken coop, some other buildings.  It…

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Fight Bigotry With Dialogue

Filed under: News — Scottie @ 11:49

This post is well thought out and well written. I wish our elected officials and other government members on the news shows yesterday and all morning today were as clear and open. This is terrorism and our country doesn’t give in to it, and we don’t tolerate it, and we should never hide from dealing with it. The only thing I would add to this post is that when confronted by bigots and supremacists if we are silent, that silence is counted by them as support for their position. So whenever possible let them know you do not agree with them and don’t support their views. Be well, be safe. Hugs

Political Vibes

Charlottesville Racist Protest Photo Credit Reuters

Charlottesville VA has been a gathering ground for racist bigots in the last two days. These scumbags came out from the depths of their ignorant holes to participate in the “Unite the Right” march (organized by a horrible man, Jason Kessler, to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee).

The First Amendment is a tough pill to swallow sometimes. Especially, when defending the free speech of bigots like Nazis, white nationalists, and KKK members. Nevertheless, they deserve the right to speak their minds (as long as they do not incite violence). And we have the right and duty to explain to them that they are ignorant racists fueled by hatred.

Those who marched proudly with Nazi flags and KKK garbs yesterday are not protesters, they are domestic terrorists. They use the threat of violence, and sometimes real violence, against their fellow citizens.

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August 12, 2017

I don’t understand the need for fear / racism.

Filed under: Bigotry, Harm, News, Race — Scottie @ 13:44

Good morning and great weekend to you.   This will be a short post as who really wants to hear me rant on and on for longer than it takes to pour more rum in your glass?  Ok I have been well.  After surgery with all the complications I have in other health areas and with being denied my normal medications for so long, I got really ill.   I seem to be coming back, I am happy and have no real issues with my recovery.  I am fighting an emotional distress issue at night with nightmares right now along with unwanted feelings.  But I shake it off and have good days.  That is the thing to take about me, I am having good days and I am happy. 

Now about this race issue and all these white nationals and white supremacists seeming to come out of nowhere.   First what is the difference between the two?  Second what is the difference between them and the older hate groups like the KKK?   

The state of Virginia just declared a state of emergency because the rally / demonstration went violent and got out of control.   I had thought the hate for people of a different skin was dying out with an older generation that we excused as simply not able to understand the false nature of their views.   Seems that not only did these old people keep the hate going in their children and grand kids, they also infected the kids their kids hung around with this hate.   It is spreading every sense some people gave credence to a skin color as the enemy after 9 / 11.  It seems it is far easier to hate than try to understand cultures and motives.  

Motive is what I want to address on racism and what I don’t understand.   I have worked with, been friends with, have respect for, and enjoy the company of people of different skin colors, different first languages, sexualities, and genders.   I never once thought to see a difference between them and me based on skin color alone.   Some people are smarter than me and I learn from them, some are less educated or skilled in an area I am good at and I share that if appropriate.    What I am saying is people spending time with other people are all just people.   What is so hard about the concept or people are people?  

Do people from different areas have different cultures?   Yes they do.  We in the United States of America have cultural traditions also.  I think the July 4th celebration is ours alone.  The people on TV tell me that the white nationalist / supremacists are worried about losing the white majority in society.   They worry that the unconscious privilege white people have even when they do not realize they have it.   The idea that things will be as it was in their grandfathers day, and the frustrations they feel with new accents they feel they shouldn’t have to deal with.   Well I remember as a young man in the 1980’s in Germany I had many German friends.   We would go out places and I would order from menus and talk with people.  I had horrible German.  I really have trouble with languages and I admit I slaughtered German badly.  But no one got angry and everyone spoke english back and helped me, very friendly.   I would listen to U.S. soldiers talk of how hard it was to get stuff in restaurants and stores, how no one seemed to understand what they wanted or would wait on them.   I found this so strange and was confused, it was totally different than I experienced.   One day in the cafe I sometimes went to with my friends they explained why it seemed so easy for me.  I did not treat the German people like they were less than me.  I did not expect them to change their ways and speak my language.  I treated them with respect , and they returned that respect.  See even though I did not speak it well I did try to use German.  The German people saw that as a sign of respect.  I did not give attitude.   So the German people responded to that.  The truth is most people in Germany spoke English far better than we in the military.   I understand their feelings.  Now what does that have to do with what is happening here.   The fact is the nationalist / supremacist are not even seeing the people of different culture or race as people equal to them.   Regardless if the person of color is a citizen or their family has been in the U.S longer than the white person the supremacist feel equality or respect.  

SO they are worried about losing white majority and the white privilege they have come to expect.   They don’t realize the lives they live now have been influenced by others not white and that did not have english as the first language.    Also why are they afraid of us becoming a more homogenous country.    Given enough time it is normal for the country to change and become a generally intermixed country.    I think the people so worried about the loss of majority are afraid that the new  majority nonwhites will treat treat the new minority whites the way the whites treated the non whites when they could.  That is their fear.  They were jerks and now fear those people will be jerks to them.   They got away with treating others as less than, it scares them that they may be treated that way.  

The solution is simple.  So simple even the nationalist / supremacist can easily understand.   Treat everyone the same and regardless of race and treat everyone fairly.   Everyone.  Fairly.   it is easy.   Then no one needs to fear.  We will be one country.  We will be more prosperous and our country will have a better standing with other nations.  

I call on everyone to not accept the fear and hate.  I ask people to stand up to it when you can.  Do not engage in it your self.   If you a race is deficient because of a single person or two, go be around others of the same race.  Find a larger group and you will see they are as different as you and your race are.  

Even with the news people trying to explain it, I guess I am slow of thought because I can’t understand why anyone in this day and age acts like that, on that idea.  I feel ashamed when I see the news reports of what my fellow countrymen do.  I feel anger when they hurt others to somehow prove they are the better ones.   We are stronger together as a place of people of many races, cultures, gifts.   I am sad.   Hugs

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