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2017 Year In Review For We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

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A Zillion Thanks

There are no words to express my gratitude to followers and participants.  According to 2017 statistics as of December 26, 2017, 1139 of this blog’s followers are Word Press bloggers.  We have a fantastic and diverse blogging community.  They, as well as followers who are not bloggers,  are my motivation.

A Slow Year For Writing

This year has been one where I’ve not written as many posts as in the past.  That’s due to more than a handful of reasons, and has caused me to consider how I will continue in 2018.

Since the presidential election, the political atmosphere in America is suffocating, with things happening on almost a daily basis. I try to keep up, but every week it looks like another name is added to the list of those with connections to Russia, or another person in the Trump administration leaving the building.  There is no way of being on blogs and/or Twitter without reading about Trump.  Quite frankly, I’m sick of it.   I see Trump as a dictator and danger to America, our constitution, and equality for all.  In the coming year, I might reblog more posts about politics.

From The Beginning Until Now

This blog began because in February 2012, Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year old, was walking home in Sanford, Florida when he was killed.  That brought me to the internet and made me aware of a world of hate and racial animus that I thought had dissolved into the archives of history.  I followed the trial of George Zimmerman, and I’ve kept the focus of following trials for over 5 years now.

On this blog, a search by category returned 80 posts under “trials.”  Since 2012, media sources have changed.  Trials are not live streamed like they were years ago.  News sources might make some videos available on their website, but not on Youtube where they can be embedded in blog posts.  The best I’ve been able to do under such circumstances is seek trial information on Twitter and post that in the comment section until the jury or judge (if a bench trial), reaches a verdict. Read the rest of this entry

Happy Turkey Day

Thanksgiving Day is actually not a national holiday celebrating Pilgrims being taught about natural food in the new land by Native Americans.   Most Americans have come to realize that it’s just one day in history that no longer applies to peaceful gatherings of people from different cultures sharing a meal.

Truly, I don’t know of anyone who goes to Native American reservations to share a meal with them on the fourth Thursday of November every year and give thanks to God for having wonderful, caring people feed them with food grown on their own land.

History books do not tell us when or how Pilgrims were overtaken by capitalists, changing how Native Americans were appreciated and treated with respect and the love of Christ by Pilgrims.  I suppose that we are to forget the slaughter of Native Americans, the intentional implanting of disease, the slaughter of native animals to starve Native Americans, and the wars to take over their lands.

Americans make their own holiday traditions and they seldom line-up with the real reason for the holiday.  That means, for me, that Thanksgiving is a family holiday because family members who work have the day off.

With that being said, I want to wish everyone a safe holiday.

 

 

9/11 Anniversary–2017

In Saner Thought

Today we recognize that 16 years ago a handful of whacked out turds flew planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania….the worse case of terrorism to ever hit the shores of America.

This is an op-ed written for the Washington Times……a look at what has become of the society since that fateful day…..(I do not totally agree with some of their assumptions but a pretty good piece all around)…….

The approach of an anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 always concentrates my mind. It was, astonishingly, 16 Septembers ago that a team of foreign terrorists hijacked three American passenger planes and used them as weapons of mass destruction. Can anyone forget the images of people leaping to their deaths to avoid being consumed by fire and smoke, the twin towers collapsing, the ashes rising, children struggling to come to terms with the fact…

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This Memorial Day Weekend 2017

Here’s wishing everyone a safe Memorial Day weekend. 

When I was a child, my parents called it “Decoration Day.”  My brother served in the Army and every year on Decoration Day, the family headed out to the cemetery to visit his grave.  As we got closer to the cemetery, there were shops that sold flags and flowers.  My mom always bought a wreath to lay on my brother’s grave that would not get blown away by the wind, and next to it, we stuck the stick into the ground that held the American flag.

When my dad made his transition, he was buried in the same cemetery as my brother.  We kept to the same tradition of a wreath and American flag.  As the years went on, Memorial Day became a day to visit the final resting places of other family members who transitioned but had not served in the Armed Forces.  Read the rest of this entry

Happy Mother’s Day 2017

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

Friends, neighbors, caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and a certain roach,

Happy Valentines’ Day!

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Please have a virtual piece of chocolate candy.

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Here’s wishing you a day of special love.

President Barack Obama’s Farewell Address

“Democracy does not require uniformity. Our founders quarreled and compromised, and expected us to do the same. But they knew that democracy does require a basic sense of solidarity — the idea that for all our outward differences, we are all in this together; that we rise or fall as one.”  President Obama in his farewell address.

On January 20, 2017, President Obama will pass the baton to president-elect Donald Trump.

president-obama-farewellAs this nation’s first Black President, it was anticipated that Obama would address race issues in America.  Some were pleased when he did, and others criticized him and accused him of causing a racial divide.  In his farewell address, President Obama hit the proverbial nail on the head when saying, “Laws alone won’t be enough.  Hearts must change.”

He urged Whites to understand that protests by minorities are “not demanding special treatment, but the equal treatment our Founders promised.”

Acknowledging First Lady Michelle Obama, the President stated,

“You took on a role you didn’t ask for and made it your own with grace and grit and style and good humor.  You made the White House a place that belongs to everybody.”

The President acknowledged how well his daughters grew up and handled the spotlight.  Sasha was not present at the farewell address and as tweets began asking why, the answer came that she had a school exam this morning.

His full address is below.

Hello 2017 – Happy New Year

To all friends near, far, and abroad,

 

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Let us keep our heads up, and continue walking the path of faith, hope, and love.

 

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