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Updated: 2017-11-19T10:43:04.395-05:00

 



Will there really be more jobs with a tax cut?

2017-11-18T15:23:40.512-05:00

You are right to be suspicious.  Look what we were told about Obamacare and saving money and keeping our doctors.  But Tax Foundation has crunched some numbers (for the Senate plan) and says yes, but it depends on your state. Stock market went crazy with the news Thursday—not sure that’s more jobs however.  Ohio already apparently has an unfriendly tax climate—I think we’re something like 45th and Illinois is 46th—not a good place to be.  Tax Foundation estimates 35,063 jobs and $2,375 after tax income in Ohio.  For Illinois 38,465 jobs and $2,701 after tax income. A lot more is involved, however.  We all know Mt. Morris jobs didn’t go to Thailand, they went to states in southern USA or to Rockford.   https://taxfoundation.org/tax-cut-senate-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act/

In this example of 9 different filers some get more than others, but the only ones losing are a married couple, Laura and Seth (one earner), with 2 children earning $2 million. Of the nine examples, they have the highest income.  The one who gains the most is the single guy (Jason) earning $52,000.  Of course, if single guy Jason had some children and a wife, he’d be getting EITC and the government would be paying him a bonus of about $6,000.  But only tax payers are covered in this example of 9 households, not the 49% who don’t pay any federal income tax.  https://taxfoundation.org/tax-cut-senate-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act/ 

Democrats of course will point out the gap between $52,000 and $2,000,000 not the change in what each household pays.



The harassment payout

2017-11-18T15:19:01.427-05:00

Congress Spent $17 Million Paying For Its Sexual Harassment Settlements




Friday family photo--life expectancy and risk

2017-11-17T15:24:55.173-05:00

(image)
But it's cold outside.
A recent article in Circulation by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital "found that more moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity -such as brisk walking - was associated with roughly a 60 percent to 70 percent lower risk of death at the end of the study among the most active women, compared to the least active."  Suggested even once a week could make a difference.  So I dug out my winter coat and took a one mile walk in the neighborhood.

I'm not good at math. I was born in 1939 and female life expectancy was 65.4. Then came vaccines and antibiotics. Now I'm 78 and life expectancy for someone my age is about 88-89 (the age at which my parents died). So if I'm reducing the risk of early death by walking where do I start (or end)?

You can tell this photo was taken in my husband's office, all the pencils are lined up. You can't even see the top of the desk in my office.

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/early/2017/10/31/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.031300




Will this tax plan actually create jobs?

2017-11-17T06:33:01.406-05:00

You are right to be suspicious.  Look what we were told about Obamacare and saving money and keeping our doctors.  But Tax Foundation has crunched some numbers (for the Senate plan) and says yes, but it depends on your state. Stock market went crazy with the news yesterday—not sure that’s more jobs, however.  Ohio already has an unfriendly tax climate—I think we’re something like 45th and Illinois is 46th—not a good place to be.  Tax Foundation estimates 35,063 jobs and $2,375 after tax income in Ohio.  For Illinois 38,465 jobs and $2,701 after tax income. A lot more is involved, however.  We all know Mt. Morris jobs didn’t go to Thailand, they went to states in southern USA or to Rockford.  https://taxfoundation.org/senate-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-state-impact/
 
In this example of 9 different filers some get more than others but the only ones losing are a married couple Laura and Seth (one earner) with 2 children earning $2 million. Of the nine examples, they have the highest income.  The one who gains the most is the single guy (Jason) earning $52,000.  Of course, if single guy Jason had some children and a wife, he’d be getting EITC and the government would be paying him a bonus of about $6,000.  But only tax payers are covered in this example of 9 households, not the 49% who don’t pay any federal income tax.  https://taxfoundation.org/tax-cut-senate-tax-cuts-and-jobs-act/ 
 
Democrats, of course, will point out the gap between $52,000 and $2,000,000 not the change in what each household pays.

 

 



The Train, author unknown

2017-11-16T06:11:51.349-05:00

THE TRAIN: At birth we boarded the train and met our parents, and we believe they will always travel by our side. As time goes by, other people will board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends, children, and even the love of your life. However, at some station our parents will step down from the train, leaving us on this journey alone. Others will step down over time and leave a permanent vacuum.

Some, however, will go so unnoticed that we don't realize they vacated their seats. This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations, hellos, goodbyes, and farewells. Success consists of having a good relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of ourselves.

The mystery to everyone is: We do not know at which station we ourselves will step down. So, we must live in the best way, love, forgive, and offer the best of who we are. It is important to do this because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you all a joyful journey.

I've seen this essay and some similar attributed to various people; at this point I don't know who the author is.
 



49% of Americans pay no federal income tax

2017-11-15T09:48:12.561-05:00

Some of them are very wealthy, and therefore aren't employed. They let their wealth work for them. Or they create non-profits with their wealth and contribute to them. But most are on the receiving end.

A worker with a stay at home spouse and 4 children, might earn $50,000/year and receive a check from the government instead of owing--Earned Income Tax Credit. That worker is better off than someone earning $65,000 and paying taxes. It keeps people in the low income bracket.

Our tax system is called "progressive," not in the political sense, but in economic. The more you earn, the higher your rate of taxes. The top quintile is paying for the rest of us. Democrats lie in spirit when they whine that the breaks go to the richest in the new tax plan. The wealthy are paying more than their fair share because of this progressive system.

The top 1% of Americans, who have an average income of more than $2.1 million, pay 43.6% of all the federal individual income tax in the U.S.; the top 0.1% — just 115,000 households, whose average income is more than $9.4 million — pay more than 20% of it. (Market Watch, 2016) Tell me what is fair about 1% paying 43.6%. But it is progressive. Tax Foundation uses different figures--not sure why these figures never match, but the outcome remains the same, the more you make, the more you pay for it. It's the American way.



More babies, longer life span?

2017-11-15T09:45:51.509-05:00

https://academic.oup.com/biomedgerontology/article/61/2/190/542517/Does-Having-Children-Extend-Life-Span-A  The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Volume 61, Issue 2, 1 February 2006, Pages 190–195

I came across an interesting article on using the genealogies of Old Order Amish to see how parity affected life span. Having a lot of children seems to affect both the life span of the father and the mother. Only after 14 (!) children do the pregnancies have an adverse affect on the Amish mother.  You’d have to read it and look up a few words (like parity—means number of deliveries) The advantage that I see in using genealogical records instead of medical records is it ended in 1912, before our current era of modern medicine.

So is it good genes, later menopause therefore affecting life span, or maybe having enough children around to work on the farm and take care of you in your old age? Since the majority of Americans lived on farms before the 20th c. I doubt it is any of today's concerns about diet, GMO, gluten and pesticides.

My genealogy has many Mennonites, some Old Order and some Old Order Brethren, some River Brethren but not sure about Old Order Amish. So far I haven't found another article on health among Old Order sects in American culture, but they are probably out there. You only have to look at a 18th-20th c. genealogies to see the longevity.

If you are related to me on my mother's side, her grandparents were Wengers. There is a database of of Hans and Hannah Wenger, 474,000 - 496,000 names (depending on update) of individuals, mostly descended from 18th century Mennonites, River Brethren (Brethren in Christ) and German Baptist Brethren who settled in Lancaster, Lebanon and Franklin Counties, Pennsylvania, in Ontario, Canada and in Washington Co. Maryland and Botetourt Co. Virginia. In the 1800s a number of the families moved to Darke Co. and Montgomery Co. Ohio and to Iowa, Indiana and Kansas. In the early 1900s there was continued migration to Upland, Calif. and Modesto, Calif.



Women who abort have higher death rates

2017-11-15T09:41:56.404-05:00

Within the first 180 days, the risk of death from any cause is over twice as high following abortion compared to that following delivery. The risk of early death remains elevated for at least ten years.
Both abortion and miscarriage are linked to elevated mortality rates, but the effect is more strongly associated with induced abortions.
 
The largest portion of premature deaths following pregnancy loss are due to suicides, accidents, homicides, and some natural causes, such as circulatory disease, which are known to be associated with stress. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2050312117740490




Some awards are just appeals for sales

2017-11-14T18:19:02.717-05:00

GQ, a magazine that is aimed at the "metrosexual" narcissistic male, has awarded Colin Kaepernick "Citizen of the Year" award.  Who knew a fashion rag had so much political savvy?

Some magazines will do anything to attract advertising. Founded in 1931 it is a fashion magazine promoting metrosexuality for "narcissistic young men sporting fashionable clothes and accessories." It shows men wearing clothes and women mostly not wearing them. There is a Russian edition. Hmmm.
"J.J. Watt is a superhuman. What he does on the field, like playing despite having a bone in his finger cut through his skin, is evidence of such. But it's his recent off-the-field efforts to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey that has elevated him to legendary status. 
The three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year launched a fund on YouCaring.com to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 26 with an initial goal of $200,000. At the time, that seemed like a sizable yet attainable goal. In hindsight, perhaps Watt (and the rest of us) underestimated humanity's goodwill and willingness to help others in need." https://www.si.com/nfl/2017/09/15/jj-watt-hurricane-harvey-fundrasier-37-million



November is prematurity awareness month

2017-11-14T18:10:57.090-05:00

Someone asked me nicely if I could share that November is prematurity awareness month. At first I thought she meant old too soon, ;-)  but no, it's about premature babies.

"Mama B. Designs is official partners of March of Dimes, a foundation that funds lifesaving research-giving every baby a fighting chance. A substantial 50% of every item sold goes to the organization. Premature birth is the #1 killer in babies 0-5."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEURNBZaZjo&feature=share



Forget Russia. What about the U.S.A.

2017-11-14T18:07:05.753-05:00

Let's forget Russia, Russia, Russia for the moment. “They’re here in large numbers, actively trying to penetrate a whole host of sectors—government, industry, and academia.” according to a Obama official in 2016 as reported in the New Yorker. Going on for over a decade--that'd be Bush and Obama. "After neglecting the Russian threat for a decade, the U.S. was caught flat-footed by Moscow’s election operation. Now, officials are scrambling to figure out how to contain a sophisticated intelligence network that’s festered and strengthened at home after years’ worth of inattention." (Politico)

If destroying patriotism and love of country were the goal, the Russians succeeded in academe and the entertainment culture with a heavy boost from the Democrats who failed to see the problem, then added to it.

But then. How much interfering does the USA do in the cultures and elections and businesses of other countries? You know, like Bill and Melinda Gates and birth control? Or big pharma testing its products on brown and black babies? Or removing DDT from the tool box to defeat malaria as demanded by liberals of the 1970s? Or helping with the funding of preferred candidates in Kenya or Egypt or eliminating the leaders like Muammar al-Qaddafi’s regime by Obama? Department of State AID for agriculture? It's endless. We have military bases all over the world through "treaties" and "trade agreements." That's not interfering?



A successful trip to Asia by President Trump

2017-11-14T17:58:29.931-05:00

I was happy to see the President wrap up his trip with a visit in the Phillipines. Filipino Americans are an amazing group--second highest income group in the U.S. just behind Indian-Americans. And Filipinos live all over the world, yet remain loyal to their family homeland and culture. When we ate at a restaurant in Madrid, our waitress was Filipino--spoke good English. Our daughter manages the office for a doctor who is Filipino American. There was a Filipino-American couple on our trip to Scotland--they'd met when both worked in the Middle East.

All the links from the MSM are negative or disparaging.  They haven't learned a thing since the election a year ago.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-asean-summit-song/you-are-the-light-philippines-duterte-croons-at-trumps-request-idUSKBN1DD04O

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-asean-summit/gala-glitz-masks-asias-tensions-as-trump-winds-up-tour-idUSKBN1DC07P

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/11/14/trump-chuckled-as-duterte-called-journalists-spies-thats-no-laughing-matter-in-the-philippines/?utm_term=.d754b2225b3b

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/13/world/asia/trump-duterte-philippines.html

I wonder if the President was served Spam? https://theculturetrip.com/asia/philippines/articles/why-spam-and-rice-is-a-filipino-food-classic/




Going around--don't know source of why Hillary lost, but I've heard them all

2017-11-13T06:00:46.464-05:00

"I still haven’t figured out why Hillary lost.
  • Was it the Russians?
  • Or was it Wikileaks ?
  • Or was it Podesta?
  • Or Comey?
  • Or was it a sexual predator husband?
  • Or was it her chief of staff's husband Wiener’s pictures of his penis?
  • Was it a subpoena violation?
  • Or was it the corrupt Clinton foundation?
  • Or was it the congressional lies?
  • Or was it the Bengazi bungle that cost several lives?
  • Or was it pay for play?
  • Or was it the travel gate scandal?
  • Or was it the Whitewater scandal?
  • Or the cattlegate scandal?
  • Or the Trooper Gate scandal?
  • Or was it the $15 million for Chelsea’s apt bought with Clinton Foundation money?
  • Or Comey's investigation?
  • Or her husband’s interference with Loretta Lynch and the investigation?
  • Or was it stealing debate questions?
  • Was it deleting forensic 30,000 emails?
  • Was it the Seth Rich murder?
  • Was it calling half the USA deplorable?
  • Was it the underhanded immoral treatment of Bernie Sanders?
  • Was it the Vince Foster murder?
  • The Jennifer Flowers assault?
  • The Jennifer Flowers settlement?
  • The Paula Jones law suit?
  • The $800,000 Paula Jones settlement?
  • The lie about taking on sniper fire in Eastern Europe?
  • The impeachment?
  • The $6 billion she "lost" when in charge of the State Department?
  • The $10 million she took for the pardon of Marc Rich?"



C. S. Lewis’ son Douglas Gresham

2017-11-14T18:23:10.694-05:00

Douglas Gresham being interviewed about his step-father, C.S. Lewis:  “I mean, for Jack (Lewis) to even imagine a world in which millions upon millions of babies are slaughtered before they’re even born, simply because they’re too young to defend themselves, that sort of horror Jack would have attributed to hell, not to earth at all. So I think he’d find it difficult to live in today’s world as many of us who care about people and care about the world do. But it’s difficult for me to put words into his mouth, of course, I wouldn’t try to do so.”

Following his mother’s death in 1960 and Lewis’ death in 1963, Douglas and his brother David inherited Lewis’ estate.  Douglas Gresham is an actor, writer, produces films, lives in Malta and is a Christian.  His brother David is an orthodox Jew.  http://bustedhalo.com/features/busted-douglas-gresham

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/12/17/surprised-by-c-s-lewis-why-his-popularity-endures/comment-page-5/  Scroll down for photo of Gresham. “Gresham, though, snorts at the suggestion that his mother damaged Lewis’ friendship with Tolkien. “It never happened,” he says. Gresham says that when he went to visit Lewis in the hospital during his last days, he saw Tolkien. Tolkien told him he could live with him if anything happened to Lewis, Gresham says.”



Fund raising in China

2017-11-11T13:59:25.014-05:00

Why was UCLA playing their basketball opener in China (3 players, Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were arrested for shoplifting)? To fund raise and promote California.
"Yet lost within that story about their arrest is the even more absurd story about why the UCLA men's basketball team was even in China in the first place — during the heart of their fall academic semester. If we are going to call these basketball players "student-athletes," shouldn't they be in class?

From the standpoint of a college such as UCLA, sending the men's basketball team to China makes business sense. China has one of the world's fastest growing economies, and it serves as a fertile recruiting ground for potential college students. By sending the team to China, UCLA gains the chance to expose a whole generation of young Chinese students to its brand and the opportunity to become Bruins." https://www.forbes.com/sites/marcedelman/2017/11/10/everythings-wrong-with-ucla-and-georgia-tech-opening-their-mens-basketball-season-in-china/#4bcd81ed5299
"Side bar: NCAA boycotted North Carolina over a proposed 'bathroom bill' because it violated civil rights. NCAA is promoting itself in China, which is outstanding at violating civil rights." (Ty Walikonis)

The hypocrisy stinks like a stopped up toilet in a public restroom. And a smaller dose of stink, other UCLA players caught in crimes in other years got a slap on the wrist. Different standard for athletes who bring in money.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/pac12/2017/11/11/report-three-ucla-players-could-remain-china-week-two/855020001/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-ucla-basketball-china-20171111-story.html

http://www.ajc.com/sports/ucla-basketball-players-expected-serve-time-china/bPK99olg2LtdtL5MHluo0I/



We bought the tickets; we made them rich

2017-11-11T11:43:44.704-05:00

For decades the entertainment industry has been pushing and eroding respect for sexuality, parenthood, women, men, children, family, and church, inserting its values into sit-coms, dramas and violent crime shows, until they convinced the world their values were normal. And all along, the men were pawing and raping boys and women, and the females were keeping quiet to protect their careers while performing the roles the men controlled and the women wrote in the screen plays. The industry glorified violence and crime while demanding gun control for the average person. They push dropping pronouns, changing the language and opening bathrooms in the name of "social justice." Sick. Too late now; we bought the tickets, we didn't change the channel, we laughed at their smarmy jokes. We made them rich.The women blame power imbalance, the men blame their fathers for poor behavior modeling? Richard Dreyfuss calls it flirting and thought it was consensual. She let it go on for decades; I can see why he might get it wrong. So after 40 years of "I am woman hear me roar" it's still all about sex? Apparently, the Marxist message underlying much of the Feminist movement just didn't have much appeal for the ladies.http://www.vulture.com/2017/11/richard-dreyfuss-accused-of-exposing-himself-to-woman.html? The Clinton News Network (CNN) last night at the Pub was featuring Putin and Trump meeting, making a big deal about it instead of pointing out the latest revelations from the entertainment industry, and all the people who knew all about Louis C.K. who could fill Madison Square Garden and masturbate in front of women and make films about 14 year olds and sex. And they all kept quiet while pointing fingers. I guess the late night comedians are not covering it either--comedians need to stick together, plus the Democrat Party hasn't given them the script. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/09/arts/television/louis-ck-sexual-misconduct.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/01/business/media/mike-oreskes-npr-sexual-harassment.html[...]



The Jardiance Commercial

2017-11-11T06:41:25.804-05:00



Have you seen the Jardiance Commercial called “Big News?” It’s actually quite engaging and I would give it a prize in the ad world (whatever that is). I’d seen it several times in the morning using my exercycle, and finally looked it up.  It begins with a camera crew of 4 strolling in a park, and the 40-something, fashionably gray interviewer with glasses (Jordan Murphy), asking people questions and showing them the ad on his i-pad (which we then also see as though we are there looking over his shoulder). Everyone he interviews is overweight and dressed in oversized clothing—jeans, sweats, slouch caps, sweaters, just the sort of stuff you wear in a park, or to hide the extra pounds. All seemed to be in the 50-60 age range.  The TV ad staff—young black woman assistant and two young white cameraman and sound assistant-- are not overweight and in their 20s.

The ad (on the i-pad) did not say a word about weight.  But it’s all over the ad.  Subtle.  Well played.



Clinton/Comey worse than Watergate

2017-11-10T15:22:45.877-05:00

Former Assistant FBI Director James Kallstrom unloaded on James Comey, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama Thursday, charging that major crimes "20 times bigger than Watergate" are being swept under the rug while Attorney General Jeff Sessions "is in a coma."
 
Appearing on Fox News' Varney & Co., Kallstrom told the host that it "was obvious to anybody that knows anything" that former President Barack Obama was not going to let James Comey indict Clinton.
 
"It turns out -- unfortunately -- he was a political hack," Kallstrom said flatly. "I think he maybe started out in an honorable way. His opinion of himself is sky high --  just an unbelievable guy with just an arrogance about him…. It got him in trouble because I think he thought he was Superman and he found out that he wasn’t."
 
Kallstrom blamed the Clintons for Comey's descent into hackery.
 



Friday Family Photo--Happy Birthday Marines

2017-11-10T12:53:28.925-05:00

Happy birthday to the U.S. Marine Corps, founded Nov. 10, 1775 in a tavern in Philadelphia. My dad, (1913-2002) was a Marine in WWII, and the photo is me in 2007 pointing to his name on a monument in Forreston, IL where he was American Legion commander.

http://myplace.frontier.com/~ricksplumbing/forrestonillinois/id9.html

https://www.visitnorthwestillinois.com/what-to-do/history-and-heritage/forreston-veteran-s-memorial.html

Another memorial, this one in Oregon, for fallen soldiers, dedicated in 2015.

http://www.oglecountynews.com/2015/11/16/fallen-soldiers-memorial-dedicated-on-veterans-day/a24oy96/






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2017-11-09T19:34:46.803-05:00

It seems a few times a week I see a reference on social media or a news story about priests and child sexual abuse. Especially now that there is a lot of attention directed at high profile Hollywood entertainers.  It's part of the toxic, anti-Christian atmosphere we live in (some of it, to be honest, promoted by anti-Catholic Christians), even though it is far more common for a child to be abused by a school teacher than a priest. The Roman Catholic church is a big target, but the prejudice affects all Christians.

"Based on key studies done in recent years, abuse by priests amounted to about 11,000 cases over a period of 50 years, or about 220 abuse cases per year. However, based on a major 2004 study by former Hofstra University Professor Charol Shakeshaft done for the US Dept. of Education (Educator Sexual Misconduct: A Synthesis of Existing Literature ), there were 290,000 cases of child abuse in our public schools over a 10 year period, or about 29,000 cases of child abuse per year committed by public school employees, mostly teachers. In other words, for every one case of child abuse by a priest, there were 130 cases of child abuse by a public school employee. What’s surprising is that in spite of the fact abuse by public school employees occurs more than 100 times as often as priestly abuse, this is rarely, if ever, discussed in our media or newspapers. Why is this ?" https://afany.org/2016/05/01/child-abuse-huge-problem/

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2004/03/10/26abuse.h23.html

http://www.gao.gov/assets/670/660375.pdf




Democrats are concerned about divisiveness

2017-11-09T12:18:18.222-05:00

After 9 years of marches, protests, burning down buildings and disinviting conservatives to speak at colleges, after whiners unfriending relatives on social media, prepared scripts on what to talk about at Thanksgiving, 90 minute CNN specials on how awful the president is for not being Obama, constant Russia, Russia, Russia talk, sneers about faith, sympathy and prayer when an atheist carelessly left out of the NICS database kills Christians, calling the nuclear family "white supremacy," ridiculing western civilization . . . Democrats and Never Trumper non-Democrats announce their concern about divisiveness in the nation and again virtue signal after state and local elections . Duh!



Gun Control

2017-11-08T06:34:13.087-05:00

"It's amazing that Sutherland Springs reignites the gun control debate, when it should ignite the "Why Are Christians Being Targeted" debate."  Rex Tillerson tweet.

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/11/07/dana-loesch-we-need-enforce-gun-laws-are-already-books

She [Loesch] revealed that 38 states report fewer than 80 percent of felony convictions to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which means there are seven million felony convictions that are unreported.

There were so many fails in the gun law protections we have in the Sutherland Springs church massacre.  He was never reported despite having been in a mental facility, he had threatened his military superiors, he had beaten his wife and infant son, he'd abused animals.  All the gun laws failed.  Plus during the 8 years of Obama, the FBI and DoJ were not working together and did almost no adjudication of the offenders.  There's no way to stop the Sandy Hook shooter who kills his own mother and uses her guns, but there is a way to stop those who have already been fingered who try to purchase guns.



Two church shootings, two gun law failures

2017-11-07T12:51:27.105-05:00

"Despite having previously admitted to drug possession, the man, Dylann Roof, 21, was allowed to buy the .45-caliber handgun because of mistakes by F.B.I. agents, a failure by local prosecutors to respond to a bureau request for more information about his case, and a weakness in federal gun laws." July 10, 2015, New York Times

Two church shootings. Two screw ups in background checks. But Democrats won't pray for victims because they want more laws for criminals to not follow.

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/11/06/democratic-rep-walks-out-of-a-moment-of-silence-for-shooting-victims-to-post-on-facebook/  Seth Moulton said the same thing after LasVegas.




Sonya Carson has died

2017-11-07T11:53:43.944-05:00

From Dr. Ben and Candy Carson:Today, November 6, 2017 we lost my dear mother, Sonya Carson. Although she came from an impoverished background with very little formal education, she somehow understood how success was achieved in our society. If anyone had a reason to make excuses, it was her, but she absolutely refused to be a victim and would not permit us to develop the victim mentality either. Whenever we made an excuse, she quoted the poem "Yourself to Blame." The poem is included in this post. May she rest in peace. Yourself to Blame by Mayme White Miller If things go bad for you And make you a bit ashamed Often you will find out that You have yourself to blame Swiftly we ran to mischief And then the bad luck came Why do we fault others? We have ourselves to blame Whatever happens to us, Here is what we say "Had it not been for so-and-so Things wouldn't have gone that way." And if you are short of friends, I'll tell you what to do Make an examination, You'll find the faults in you... You are the captain of your ship, So agree with the same If you travel downward You have yourself to blame https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/05/03/ben-carson-to-postpone-first-rally-to-say-goodbye-to-his-ailing-mother/?utm_term=.1b11d1f1ba9c  [...]



How and to Whom?

2017-11-07T06:18:25.911-05:00

It seems the advice is "if you see something say something" (serial killer Devin Kelley). How? To whom? Easy to say, hard to do. The lowest scum of the earth in the U.S. has rights that can't be taken away. Who commits a mentally ill person to treatment, and does it work? How do you report a relative who lives under the same roof?   I wonder if Rand Paul had reported his hostile neighbor; did the ex-wife of the TX killer have a worthless piece of paper on file; how many have tried to have a driver's license taken away from an elderly parent--unsuccessfully; a barking dog? Good luck.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/06/how-was-texas-gunman-able-to-buy-firearm.html

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/11/06/man-hailed-hero-for-chasing-texas-church-gunman-after-massacre.html

https://www.thedailybeast.com/bystander-shot-devin-kelley-twice-before-suicide

http://www.westword.com/news/texas-church-killer-devin-kelley-and-colorado-springs-connection-9667697