God Only Knows…

3 Sep

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…Or maybe He doesn’t? I may believe that God has a plan for us, but I have recently come to understand that free will MUST be His way of keeping things interesting. I am fortunate to know an exceptional man who recently made me consider how boring divine perfection would be. To know everything that’s to come is an exercise in lackluster humdrum.

[In spite of excellence] The absence of human perfection, tethered to free will and all the psychosis that entails, is what some have come to know as a cruel joke perpetrated by a selfish God. I agree to some extent. However, I have no problem with my God being a selfish God. We were created in His image to serve Him, but also given the choice to go our own way. And this is where I see the joke, not cruel, but cunning. You too can see it, but you first need to put yourself in Gods shoes. I can do this, because I have had a lot of practice playing God in the course of my life and the lives those around me through the years. Thankfully, I have recently given up those reigns.

But I digress. As God; I am Omnipresent / Omnipotent / Omniscient. This doesn’t necessarily make me Omnichronal. I don’t have to know what is going to happen to be God. I don’t want to know what’s going to happen. Inasmuch, I may be all-knowing, but that just means I see everything as it happens. It doesn’t mean I see it coming and can use my Omnipotence to stop it. Many faithful Christians are cringing at this point, if not praying for me, in my moment of blasphemy. But think on this. Why Smite?

If you’re a parent and you have the ability to predict the failings and poor choices of your children, would you not protect them and instead just wait for them to screw up and then punish them after the fact? If you had the foreknowledge that your children would disappoint you to such an extent that you found it necessary to exterminate virtually ALL of them- and in some cases a handful at a time here and there- as a lesson to the righteous few, would you not take the steps to avoid putting yourself, and them, through such a travesty of the soul. Yes you would.

I now speak to those that are angry with God or choose to ignore His presence because they feel he has been absent, or allows bad things to happen. God may know everything, He may have a plan for us, but as we deviate from His will, we make our own way and I have to believe that God has no more idea what’s to come any more than we do.

“Okay” you say, “what about childhood cancer”. My answer may be harsh, but true. Consider the most aggregate understanding of “the sins of the father”. Wait- Wait!! I am not saying that a child gets cancer because his father was a rake and a rouge in a former life. But there was no disease- no pestilence- in the world God made. By our own devices we created an environment that kills us, ingest things that kill us and act on impulses that kill us. Our forefathers-forefathers started us on a tack to which we have tried, but presently fail, to recover from. That’s the heavy answer. And I neither think He saw that coming nor has He any idea when affliction will strike or whom. Showing faith in the healing power of God and the physicians that treat such disease is all that can be done. I cannot believe He LETS such things happen. So I won’t. You shouldn’t either. We’ve done it to ourselves.

Now, back to this free will thing that makes God laugh, cry and smite. God gave us the gift of free will that we would choose to walk a righteous path, just as you would rather your spouse or child love you honestly and genuinely. I do not want a woman that reveres and serves me out of fear. I certainly don’t want that for my children. I can’t imagine an existence where God can see the future we set for ourselves and chooses to do nothing about it. I also have to believe that by Grand design, we provide a fair amount of entertainment,…”what craziness we will they come up with next”, says God.

We humans have learned to take the good with the bad. Trying to balance our Karmic presence in the universe sometimes proves too taxing for some of us as we regularly falter. But we have fun getting wherever it is we think we’re going. God must too. And when you start to think that God has abandoned you , consider this…If you truly got everything you deserve, where would you be right now? A lot of us would be in prison or dead. Maybe we should all be grateful that life isn’t fair after all.

SEX SELLS

26 Aug

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I have always been of the mind that men, in general, would be a society of unwashed minimum wage earners if it weren’t for women. Not because they make us bathe and earn. But because ambition, success and cleanliness are attractive. If there were no need to attract a mate, the absolute minimum for survival would suffice, for most of us. So, that is to say then, that men in general would be unwashed minimum wage earners if there were NO women.

But there are women. And in that, I can argue against those compelled to believe that competitiveness is a dominant gene inherent in most men. It is, surely. But what are you competing for? Absolutely every war story, fact or fiction, holds at its beginning the loss of woman or land. So here still is the chicken or the egg debate. He with the most land wins? Wins what? You have the land, you have the resources, you have the money, you have the power…you have the woman. Because you are an attractive prospect. No matter what, it always goes back to the woman…ask poor Adam.

So, if it is in our true nature to solely address our basic needs, how silly is it to tell us that to become more or better, requires that we do it only for ourselves…OR IT WON’T WORK. poppycock! We men make changes under duress. We change because we are in love. We change because we fear prison. We change because we fear God…or the Devil. These changes may make us better men, but is not better men that must make changes. It is those of us that struggle with the innate, the instinctive. Baser instincts drive the [possibly] lesser evolved male and it is only the promise of companionship, or the threat & reality of losing it, that truly motivates us.

I am simply a hairless ape. I may want to be a better person. I may be willing to wage war against foe or affliction. I may choose to shave and shower every day. But it is to feed my own desire to live and die in the company of a loyal and loving woman. Don’t tell me true change only happens as a result of self-preservation. I can make a bow, shoot a squirrel, skin and cook it just fine on my own…good luck finding a woman that will share that meal with you. However, I do understand those that say if you make a change in the name of love and that love fails you, you too will fail or regress. That is statistically true by all accounts. But beyond accounting for failures, there exist the undocumented successes.

The fact of the matter is, everyone I know who has experienced positive changes in their relationships, got there with the willingness to understand and learn and change together- in tandem. So, men, when you chose to change your ways, do it for the right reasons and don’t ever let anyone tell you that love isn’t enough or wrong. Chances are, you alone are not going to be enough, and that’s just the truth of nature. Coupling is our basest instinct of survival. Its science, look it up.

Idiots Abound

14 Jul

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Leave it to jackwads like Mike McAuliff at the Huff to supplant the word “Ignorant” with “Stupid” in his online Op-Ed, which is regularly hidden behind the veil of true journalism. In a recent [*]article, Mr. McAuliff regurgitates numerous congressional quotes regarding genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) and actually writes little more than his headline. A headline that in its nature deeply resembles an outright lie. I wish I had more time these days to cite the unfathomable amount of erroneous postings, misdirection and absolute lies that have been inundating social media recently. So I will simply say this; Ignorance is not Stupidity. Inasmuch, those too stupid to recognized propaganda disguised as press are doomed to remain ignorant to the facts.

*-http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/10/gmo-labels-congress_n_5576255.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000010

Oh, and I will say this ONE MORE TIME.  The Benghazi inquisition isn’t about how many embassy’s were attacked and how many were killed in a comparison of GW and Obama.  It is about what was done during the moments of the attack…or better yet, what wasn’t done.  To continue to use all of these tragedies as a ball to volley into a court it does not belong is the height of disrespect of those we lost… and those who still suffer.

 

Highway Robbery

23 Jun

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If you’ve began to feel the pain at the pump again or wonder why a pound of butter costs $5.00 these days, you can directly and without reservation blame your President and the likes of Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi.  Oil Rail and conventional OTR (over the road) truck lines out of Canada have descended on our rails and roadways. Why? America is the Land of Opportunity…Unless you’re American. The core of the US trucking ( < 3 truck owner-operators that represent 75% of the American fleet) have chosen to close shop, short sell their equipment and/or return their leases. But really they have no choice.  Subsequently, they are applying for work at companies like CCX, Averitt and SAIA who themselves cannot afford to replenish their fleet or hire all those newly out of business drivers due to increased labor costs associated with Obamacare.

Those who have not taken down their shingle are few and getting fewer still as they try to keep up. I really don’t think the general public understands how integral a part of our infrastructure trucking is. Your milk and fuel are transported in the very semi’s you pass throughout your day and don’t even notice. 40 foot containers lugging down the highway may be a nuisance on your way home from work. But, frankly, you would truly appreciate these trucks and truckers when if you got home, you found your utilities inoperable.  They surely would be if it weren’t for those trucks. These very trucks carrying replacement parts for power turbines and exchanger bundles for refineries. They carry our kid’s clothes and the food we eat. They load and land virtually all the products we use around our homes and absolutely  EVERYTHING we need to perform OUR work.  In a land driven by supply and demand, we are witnessing the catastrophic loss of supply in an extremely high demand market that cannot bear further burden. One that now has been regulated by law to do just that or die. This will not be a slow death.

I wrote a while back about how OBAMACARE was creating a skewed unemployment percentage by forcing companies to re-direct their headcount when they could no longer afford to carry their fulltime employees. Creating a redistributed workforce of part time employees, thus showing more “employed”. This has already happened and continues still. Now phase II is finally rearing its ugly head. I freely state the following just as anyone else in my position would and should….I toldya so!

In this short but sweet summary I ask you to think long and hard before you pull the lever for ANYONE not running on the REPEAL platform:

1) An increase in trucking costs drive up the price of products you buy every day. A shortage of “backbone” truckers and trucks will drive the costs up further. To unattainable levels!

2) Your wages aren’t being driven up, they are being cut because your employer can’t keep you AND your insurance cost.

3) You can’t afford the cost of freight passed down to you when you buy a pound of cheese, on a part-time wage, so you buy less and put someone else out of work. Now you’re both supporting hungry children!

4) It’s a good thing there’s Obamacare. The same hard working truckers who were working full-time, budgeting, saving and paying taxes to support the uninsured before, now have the luxury of enjoying this vital service along with everyone else it drove to the new middle class.

Thank you, everyone that supported Obama…*though your numbers are fast dwindling. You have set this country on a course it will not recover from in our children’s lifetime.

*http://www.politico.com/story/2014/06/poll-obama-lowest-approval-rating-nbc-wsj-107978.html

 

There Are Three Pointing Back At You

5 Jun

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There is so much contrived BS being posted all over Facebook regarding “The Swap”, I have to post a short note. This is the United States of America. We DO NOT negotiate with terrorists. We may aid and abed future terrorists under the guise that the enemy of my enemy is my friend, Such was the case in 1970’s and 1980’s Afghanistan. BUT, we do not bargain or trade with known terrorists. When a call for the release of a POW is made by the people and its Representatives, it is understood that it is done in the course of diplomatic action, and in the face of diplomatic failure, military extraction. No trade, no negotiations. And when someone says, 5years ago, that they are praying for a POW, their families and fellow service men, should they later be called a hypocrite when calling out the shameful acts of that POW as the facts come into public view?  And even in knowing I pray for my enemies.  Righteous mothers of murdered children pray for the families of the murderer, that they too may find peace.

The fact remains, anyone can twist anyone elses words to make that person seem stupid or heartless or hypocritical and, frankly in this instance, I don’t care if Sarah Palin IS stupid or hypocritical. I am just tired of people saying “Obama did what you asked, he got him out” when the proper course of action would be to extract him. Not trade him for 5 captains of global terrorism knowing full well there are now 6 formerly incarcerated terrorists freely roaming the planet.

I was asked 2 years ago to start a blog and stop posting my rants on Facebook. I needed an outlet, they said. Well I got one. And I pay for it with my hard-earned money and make none in return for my thankless service to the ill-informed. Yet here I am with my figure poised over the “unfriend” button. I’m deciding whether or not I want to continue to be inundated by the nonsensical convolution…the rabble that continues to be roused in my otherwise intelligent family and friends by Politico’s that should be using their time and limited grey matter writing something more useful… like romance novels.

My Boots Are Made For Talking

4 Jun

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There are 36 US senate seats and 36 Gubernatorial seats up for election this year and the VAST majority of Americans probably won’t realize it until the commercials start inundating the airwaves. It’s a sad state of affairs when a Presidential election only draws 58% of the eligible populous and even worse then in states like Alabama that can only draw 22% of its constituency to a high stakes primary. But really, they’re all high stakes when the mid-terms of 2014 represent the possible loss of a nationwide GOV. contingency and over a 3rd of our Senate seats, (Republican seats that is).

And when I say possible loss, I mean possible-but not probable. And here is why…Boot straps.

I’m a boot strap kind of guy. A get back on when you get thrown off guy. A stand up when you get knocked down guy. And I live in a country that is full of them. Guys AND gals like me that roll with the punches and refuse to be kept down so long as we have one last breath and two weary legs to stand on. We are the ones that find time for the polls, and PACS and dialogue and blogs. The kicker is that these guys and gals represent a tireless lot on BOTH sides of the isle. Just because you think I beat the drum of the rich does not mean I am rich, or even well off. Just as such, I don’t believe that the only people carrying the flag for the Democratic Socialist party meet once a week to pool and then equally divide their incomes amongst one another …though I wish they would, and keep me out of it.  What I do know is that you are most likely just as tireless as I and equally passionate about your cause. So I step it up.  I boot strap again, and again and agian. Hoping you will tire.

I was raised by a woman that told me I could do and be anything I set my mind to. In many ways I have done just that over the years. She taught me that the word “quit” was not in our vocabulary and “can’t” isn’t a word at all. I thank her every day by remembering this and even more so for being unaware that it is possible to get by doing the absolute minimum or nothing at all. So I do more, and reach higher and with each failure and achievement, I look behind me to establish a keen understanding of how each came to happen.

It may appear that I am getting off track, but the point is this- we must always assume that our opposition out number us and work harder still, towards our goals. Can’t and Quit do not exist. We must speak calmly [with a learned voice] to the angry under-informed masses that a fair shake is far different, and much more dignifying, than a fair share. It is wholly important that our platform explain those differences and qualify the individuals at the local level. In that and on ALL fronts, however, our work must include the language of compassion and understanding for those that cannot do for themselves. Simultaneously we must battle the socialist soldiers that fight for those who simply will not do for themselves. We are a nation united, built on the foundation and genuine desire to serve one another. By taking this tack and Boot Strapping the last 6 years of elections, the possibility of loss becomes much less probable. I serve as I was served, with opportunity. Thanks mom, for the ability to recognize opportunity when it presented itself and the wherewithal to seize it.

Why The Right?

2 Jun

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We believe the strength of our nation lies with the individual and that each person’s dignity, freedom, ability and responsibility must be honored; THE CULTURE OF A PEOPLE THAT PICK THEMSELVES UP AND DUST THEMSELVES OFF IN PURSUIT OF THEIR AMBITIONS IS FAR BETTER THAN THAT OF ONE THAT WAITS FOR THEIR FAIR SHARE TO BE PROVIDED THEM WHILE RESTING ON THEIR FLUKES. (a fluke is the tail of a whale, i.e.: your big fat ass)

We believe that free enterprise and the encouragement of individual initiative have brought this nation opportunity, economic growth and prosperity…INDIVIDUAL(S)….LIKE EDISON, Gates, JOBS, Oprah, FORD- and let’s not forget Harley AND Davidson!

We believe government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn; NOT SPREAD IT ALL AROUND TO ABLE BODIED, UNMOTIVATED, DRUG ADDLED, ASSISTANCE RECIPIENTS!

We believe the proper role of government is to provide for the people only those critical functions that cannot be performed by individuals, LIKE PROTECTING OUR BORDERS AND INTEREST ABROAD.

The best government is that which governs least. BIG GOVERNMENT COST MUCH MORE THAN THE MONEY THEY HAND OUT IN PET PROJECTS AND, WELL… HAND-OUTS.

We believe the most effective, responsible and responsive government is government closest to the people. DO YOU KNOW THE NAME OF YOUR CITY COUNCILMAN AND/OR STATE REPRESENTATIVE? IF NOT, DON’T BITCH ABOUT THE PRESIDENT. ANY PRESIDENT.

We believe Americans must retain the principles that have made us strong while developing new and innovative ideas to meet the challenges of changing times. A STRONG MORAL COMPASS MUST GUIDE ALL ENTERPRISE. WHEN THAT STARTS WITH FAMILY VALUES IT FINDS ITSELF IN BOARDROOMS AND MISSION STATEMENTS.

We believe Americans value and should preserve our national strength and pride while working to extend peace, freedom and human rights throughout the world. WHEN WE SEE A BULLY, ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, BEATING UP THE WEAK FOR THEIR LUNCH MONEY OR SIMPLY TO KEEP THEM DOWNTRODDEN, WE STEP IN…EVEN AT HOME. THERE IS A MORAL OBLIGATION TO DO SO. MONETARILY AND MILITARILY.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable… to have it make some difference that you lived…” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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