by baldilocks

This is going to be an “I, me, my” kind of post.

I don’t know what to write about anymore. As a matter of fact I have had to re-think my whole way of living and interacting with the world–both the online world and the real one, of which writing is an integral part.

Like all too many Americans, I have had to scale back on the things which require more money: less extravagant food items and more basics. I found out I’m eligible for EBT, but I’d rather starve that sell my freedom for a “mess of pottage.” (Side note: I recently gave up fast food–not for financial reasons, but because my half-century old digestive system said “no más.”) I’ve lost weight and (re)learned to sew because I can’t afford new clothes. I’ve learned tbaldilockso repair rather than replace household items. And let’s not even discuss transportation.

Watching what is happening to our country and to the world at large is the main culprit. And, it’s not merely the myriad signs that our Lord’s return is imminent; nor is it just the temptation to sit back and let it happen. It’s the obliviousness of most people in my sphere. It’s the normalcy bias among many, even as they feel the same financial and (sometimes) spiritual crunch that I do. And, even among those who see what’s happening, it’s the tunnel-vision–the inability to pull the lens back from things like the Ferguson debacle and look at things from a decades-long or even a millennia-long perspective.

So what to do now? I sell many items on eBay; some were items that I owned; others were bequeathed to me by my great-aunt. (When I mentioned on Facebook that I was selling some of her old stemware, one of my cousins teased me, saying that our aunt would not be happy with me selling her stuff. I replied that she couldn’t take the stuff with her and neither could I.) I am using several other means to earn money; it’s a bit easier for me than most, since I only have myself to worry about.

I have been blessed with family and a few good friends who have helped me financially, with transportation and, most importantly, with their prayers. I have people like our host–Peter, Da tech Guy–who gave me this fine gig. I even have a personal drug-dealer; she keeps me stocked in caffeine.

I have God, the Church, my church, my pastor and my fellow congregants. Through this, I’m even learning a fourth language (Hebrew).

In the midst of the storms of the larger world and one’s personal world, grabbing onto the blessings of God seems hard, at first. But, in my experience, once the mind is set to see what is good in life, it becomes easier. So I will continue to be grateful for the blessings–especially when many of my brothers and sisters in Christ have it infinitely worse.

So, the plan: read, watch, wait, and listen…with my spiritual ears and my fleshly ones. And I have faith that God will sustain me and tell me what to do when these abnormal times become even more interesting.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game,
was published in 2009; the second edition in 2012. Her new novel, 
Arlen’s Harem, is due in 2014. Help her fund it and help keep her blog alive!

Every Political season is full of “mis-truths.” The worst part about them is that we, the voting public, let politicians asking for our vote get away with it, again, and again, and again. To make matters slightly worse we allow these lies to separate us and cause arguments in our personal lives. Ok…maybe not all of us engage in those arguments, but I know I have had heated arguments with professional people, in my workplace, over certain issues just because it was on a campaign ad. I decided to accumulate a few, and put them in a list. I hope you agree with me, but I am sure someone, somewhere will yell at me (but what are friends for).

I will stop EBT fraud!

Electronic Benefits Technology is a program that has fraud in it, lots of fraud. Depending on whose numbers you believe the fraud rate is somewhere between $2B and $50B annually. I personally approached members of both political parties here in Massachusetts (at a State level) about a high tech solution to EBT fraud. You can find it over on PJMedia in an article I wrote. The answer I got back was funny in ways. “Oh we need to get this other State Rep.” The reasoning seemed sound. That person is known for screaming about fraud in that system and wanting to make changes. After months of attempting to get them on the phone, I did…They didn’t want to even touch it because “the other party would never…” you know the rest. Funny part is I had members of the other party interested. If we can save the program money, and keep the system around for those who really need it by weeding out fraud and abuse, then why not? Both parties should love that. Unfortunately not really, the long and short of it was that both sides raise too much money demonizing the other on that issue to ever solve it.

I’m going to eliminate wasteful government spending!

I have been an adult long enough to know that you won’t ever drive wasteful spending to zero. It can’t be done. The government is HUGE. If you work for a company larger than 15 people you will know that there are times that waste comes into play. Someone out there will do it, it happens. Given the insane number of employees of the Federal, State and Local governments there will always be examples of waste. Just once I would love to hear someone tell the truth and say “I’ll tell you about waste when I see someone else do it, then look for another thing I can complain about, while getting my face on the news for the free exposure.” The phrase “I’ll reduce government waste” I would believe, but I will never hear that during a campaign. The very that moment these words leave a politicians lips run the other way and vote for someone else.

All Scientists agree that ….

Fill in the blank, I have heard this phrase on a variety of subjects. I am a Scientist with a PhD in Experimental Physics. I have known many scientists in my life. You will never, ever get all scientists to agree on anything (including how gravity works). I can barely get three of them to agree on which book has the best presentation of it, or worse, where to go have lunch. If someone says this assume everything they say after this is just an excuse for a large spending program that will funnel money to someone who donated to a campaign.

I will make sure that we convert everything everywhere to renewable, clean energy sources

Ok, ok…I like clean energy also. I did work in alternative fuels as part of my career early on. I want nothing more than to minimize the use of fossil fuels everywhere. They are dirty, they are dangerous but OMG they are plentiful and cheap. If anyone says “I will make sure we replace all fossil fuels with,” assume that someone who owns a wind, solar, or fuel cell company is a big backer, OR whoever said those words doesn’t understand something. That something is just how much we consume of fossil fuels every single day (natural gas counts also, don’t forget). It isn’t that we don’t want those energy sources, I know I do, but fossil fuels are just so darned efficient and we consume so much of them. The various alternatives are not going to reach the scale of fossil fuels as far as production anytime soon. My favorite one here is people that push electric only cars. That is fun…you do have to charge those cars and most electricity in the United States is generated with coal which burns dirtier than gasoline, so in reality, all you are doing is trading a dirty fossil fuel to charge your electric car, in place of a cleaner one I put in my car. But if it makes you feel good, enjoy…more power to you, that is one of the things that makes this country great. You are free to do as you choose, as am I. I would probably own a Tesla if I could afford one, but I can’t, so I drive a gasoline based car.

My new program will reduce overall government expense

I’m not even sure what to say when I hear this. Let’s think about it this way. This person running for office is going to start a NEW program that will SAVE us money. How? By spending more money? It is new, it is money we didn’t spend before. Will it shut down a different program or will this new thing just run around and collect fees and taxes from us we didn’t pay before it existed. I think we all know the answer to this. If you want to SAVE money you eliminate programs not start new ones.

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed my little rant and rave of this list. It is an election season, and while this is meant as humorous we should all take how we vote seriously. It is important to do so. We should give serious consideration into who runs this country. Please research who you are voting for, look beyond the party affiliation at the person. Elect only the best people to office, not ‘Us Versus Them.’

Tim

You can finding my writing here on DaTechGuy on Tuesday most weeks, or in one of several books on Amazon.com including the best-selling fiction novel Forest of Assassins, and the recently published eBook Laughing at a Military Enlistment, about the jokes various friends and I pulled on people when we were in the Army.  It is amazingly juvenile humor but funny all the same.

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Michael Corleone:  It’s not personal Sonny, it’s strictly business

The Godfather 1972

Yesterday on the Rush Limbaugh show he noted that Bill & Hillary skipped Michael Brown’s funeral and teased the question:

So why not?  Why are the Clintons not there?  Oh, there’s an answer.  It’s a simple answer.  But since I’m kind of in a teasing mode today, I’ll leave that hanging while you ponder it.  

Well since Rush is unwilling to tell you I figured I’d jump on in ahead of him:

It’s because Hillary is running in 2016 & Bill Clinton knows how elections and human nature works.

Bill understands the  low information voter & swing voters think.  They weren’t interested in the Michael Brown shooting and the breast beating it produced but were very interested in the rioting and saw the loop of  a 6′ 4″ Brown shove that little clerk in the last hour of his life.

There were very few if any potential 2016 voters watching the coverage of Michael Brown’s funeral or in the church that’s already aren’t in Hillary’s pocket if she wins the nomination, being seen there wouldn’t earn her a single vote.

On the other hand Images of Bill and Hillary standing with Al Sharpton in Ferguson at Brown funeral would have a definite effect on swing voters in key states whose primary takeaway of Ferguson were the riots and don’t think for one second police unions would forget if Bill & Hillary were standing proudly with the people out for the blood of one of their own.

That’s what it comes down to.   Hillary and Bill were not in Ferguson for Michael Brown’s funeral because they didn’t dare be seen there if she wants to be President of the United States.  That’s reality.

And when it comes to politics, Bill Clinton is the ultimate realist.

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Remember when I said a few days ago that the Western media’s obsession with Ferguson opened a window of opportunity to several players on the international stage

Well it looks like last night Putin just crawled on through:

An apparent incursion of tanks and personnel carriers into southeastern Ukraine Monday, one day before a high-stakes summit, demonstrated just how difficult it will be for Ukraine to reestablish control over its own territory.

The details varied from various sites:

Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security Council, told reporters that the column of 10 tanks, two armored vehicles and two trucks crossed the border near Shcherbak and that the nearby city of Novoazovsk was shelled during the night from Russia. He said they were Russian military vehicles bearing the flags of the separatist Donetsk rebels.

In Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Monday he had no information about the column.

Almost certainly this is a test to see how the west responds.  How and if they do will likely determine the history of the world in general and Europe in particular for decades to come.