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A Jewish Boycott

A short time ago, Iran’s Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people.

In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:

“Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.

“A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.

Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil.

If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew. If one has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.

Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate.

Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.

Should a Muslim child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from the “Schick” reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.

“Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Jewish Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.

They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.

“Muslims must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.

Muslim doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world-renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts.

“In short, good and loyal Muslims properly and fittingly should remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Polio Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be proud to obey the Islamic boycott.”

Oh, and by the way, don’t call for a doctor on your cell phone because the cell phone was invented in Israel by a Jewish engineer.

Meanwhile I ask, what medical contributions to the world have the Muslims made?”

The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world’s population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

Literature:

1988 – Najib Mahfooz

Peace:

1978 – Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
1990 – Elias James Corey
1994 – Yaser Arafat:
1999 – Ahmed Zewai

Economics: (zero)

Physics: (zero)

Medicine:

1960 – Peter Brian Medawar
1998 – Ferid Mourad

TOTAL: 7 SEVEN

The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000; that is FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of the world’s population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

Literature:

1910 – Paul Heyse
1927 – Henri Bergson
1958 – Boris Pasternak
1966 – Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 – Nelly Sachs
1976 – Saul Bellow
1978 – Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 – Elias Canetti
1987 – Joseph Brodsky
1991 – Nadine Gordimer World

Peace:1911 – Alfred Fried
1911 – Tobias Michael Carel Asser
1968 – Rene Cassin
1973 – Henry Kissinger
1978 – Menachem Begin
1986 – Elie Wiesel
1994 – Shimon Peres
1994 – Yitzhak Rabin

Physics:1905 – Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 – Henri Moissan
1907 – Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 – Gabriel Lippmann
1910 – Otto Wallach
1915 – Richard Willstaetter
1918 – Fritz Haber
1921 – Albert Einstein
1922 – Niels Bohr
1925 – James Franck
1925 – Gustav Hertz
1943 – Gustav Stern
1943 – George Charles de Hevesy
1944 – Isidor Issac Rabi
1952 – Felix Bloch
1954 – Max Born
1958 – Igor Tamm
1959 – Emilio Segre
1960 – Donald A. Glaser
1961 – Robert Hofstadter
1961 – Melvin Calvin
1962 – Lev Davidovich Landau
1962 – Max Ferdinand Perutz
1965 – Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 – Julian Schwinger
1969 – Murray Gell-Mann
1971 – Dennis Gabor
1972 – William Howard Stein
1973 – Brian David Josephson
1975 – Benjamin Mottleson
1976 – Burton Richter
1977 – Ilya Prigogine
1978 – Arno Allan Penzias
1978 – Peter L Kapitza
1979 – Stephen Weinberg
1979 – Sheldon Glashow
1979 – Herbert Charles Brown
1980 – Paul Berg
1980 – Walter Gilbert
1981 – Roald Hoffmann
1982 – Aaron Klug
1985 – Albert A. Hauptman
1985 – Jerome Karle
1986 – Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 – Robert Huber
1988 – Leon Lederman
1988 – Melvin Schwartz
1988 – Jack Steinberger
1989 – Sidney Altman
1990 – Jerome Friedman
1992 – Rudolph Marcus
1995 – Martin Perl
2000 – Alan J. Heeger

Economics:

1970 – Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 – Simon Kuznets
1972 – Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1975 – Leonid Kantorovich
1976 – Milton Friedman
1978 – Herbert A. Simon
1980 – Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 – Franco Modigliani
1987 – Robert M. Solow
1990 – Harry Markowitz
1990 – Merton Miller
1992 – Gary Becker
1993 – Robert Fogel

Medicine:

1908 – Elie Metchnikoff
1908 – Paul Erlich
1914 – Robert Barany
1922 – Otto Meyerhof
1930 – Karl Landsteiner
1931 – Otto Warburg
1936 – Otto Loewi
1944 – Joseph Erlanger
1944 – Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 – Ernst Boris Chain
1946 – Hermann Joseph Muller
1950 – Tadeus Reichstein
1952 – Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 – Hans Krebs
1953 – Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 – Joshua Lederberg
1959 – Arthur Kornberg
1964 – Konrad Bloch
1965 – Francois Jacob
1965 – Andre Lwoff
1967 – George Wald
1968 – Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 – Salvador Luria
1970 – Julius Axelrod
1970 – Sir Bernard Katz
1972 – Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 – Howard Martin Temin
1976 – Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 – Roselyn Sussman Yalow
1978 – Daniel Nathans
1980 – Baruj Benacerraf
1984 – Cesar Milstein
1985 – Michael Stuart Brown
1985 – Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 – Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 – Gertrude Elion
1989 – Harold Varmus
1991 – Erwin Neher
1991 – Bert Sakmann
1993 – Richard J. Roberts
1993 – Phillip Sharp
1994 – Alfred Gilman
1995 – Edward B. Lewis
1996- Lu RoseIacovino

TOTAL: 129!

The Jews are NOT promoting brainwashing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non-Muslims.

The Jews don’t hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, orblow themselves up in German restaurants.

There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church.

There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people. The Jews don’t traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels.

Perhaps the world’s Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.

Muslims must ask ‘what can they do for humankind’ before they demand that humankind respects them.

Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel ‘s part, the following two sentences really say it all:

‘If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel.”

Benjamin Netanyahu: General Eisenhower warned us. It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect: ‘Get it all on record now – get the films – get the witnesses – because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened’

Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it ‘offends’ the Muslim   population  which claims it never occurred.

It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

It is now more than 65 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.

Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be ‘a myth,’ it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center ‘NEVER HAPPENED’ because it offends some Muslim in the United States?

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BILLY GRAHAM’S SON IS TELLING THE SAD TRUTH – NEVER SAID BETTER

“Time is like a river.  You cannot touch the water twice, because the
flow that has passed will never pass again.”  Franklin Graham was
speaking at the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida, when he
said America will not come back.  He wrote:

“The American dream ended on November 6th, 2012.  The second term of
Barack Obama has been the final nail in the coffin for the legacy of
the white Christian males who discovered, explored, pioneered, settled
and developed the greatest republic in the history of mankind.

A coalition of blacks, Latinos, feminists, gays, government workers,
union members, environmental extremists, the media, Hollywood,
uninformed young people, the “forever needy,” the chronically
unemployed, illegal aliens and other “fellow travelers” have ended
Norman Rockwell’s America.

You will never again out-vote these people.  It will take individual
acts of defiance and massive displays of civil disobedience to get
back the rights we have allowed them to take away.  It will take
zealots, not moderates and shy, not reach-across-the-aisle RINOs
(Republicans In Name Only) to right this ship and restore our beloved
country to its former status.

People like me are completely politically irrelevant, and I will
probably never again be able to legally comment on or concern myself
with the aforementioned coalition which has surrendered our culture,
our heritage and our traditions without a shot being fired.

The Cocker spaniel is off the front porch, the pit bull is in the back
yard, the American Constitution has been replaced with Saul Alinsky’s
“Rules for Radicals” and the likes of Chicago shyster David Axelrod
along with international socialist George Soros have been pulling the
strings on their beige puppet and have brought us Act 2 of the New
World Order.

The curtain will come down but the damage has been done, the story has
been told.

Those who come after us will once again have to risk their lives,
their fortunes and their sacred honor to bring back the Republic that
this generation has timidly frittered away due to white guilt and
political correctness.”

IN GOD WE TRUST

Abortion and Babies

From conception, s/he is alive. Abortion is murder.

A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said, “Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year old and I’m pregnant again. I don’t want kids so close together.”

So the doctor said, “Ok and what do you want me to do?”

She said, “I want you to end my pregnancy, and I’m counting on your help with this.”

The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady, “I think I have a better solution for your problem. It’s less dangerous for you too.”

She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued, “You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the same time, let’s kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we’re going to kill one of them, it doesn’t matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.”

The lady was horrified and said, “No doctor! How terrible! It’s a crime to kill a child!”

‘”I agree,” the doctor replied. “But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.”

The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.

He convinced the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that’s already been born and one that’s still in the womb. The crime is the same.

Love says, “I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person.’ Abortion says, ‘I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself.”

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Don’t like the term being used at all — infanticide. Too soft by design! We cide / kill plants and bugs. We murder babies. The U.S. has murdered more human beings by abortion than all that Hitler & Stalin murdered combined. Somebody isn’t happy with us! Are we now on the order of Molech, Baal, Ashtoreth? There is no difference in any of them; all from the same source. So, are we? Long ago nations used to place babies on a big hot iron furnace to burn them alive. As the babies were being burned to death in front of massive crowds the people made loud noises with drums to drown out the babies screaming. Can we not hear the drums of today? We are pleasing the same god! The goal of this “one” is to deplete all morality of humanity which then render no appetite to fight tyranny to become his slave. In the mean time, we just grow children like we grow chickens and sell their body parts. All the nations of old that practice baby murders no longer exist, but the prince of these practices still roam freely. He was in NY & VA yesterday. Christian values have not left us, we just refuse to defend them or even acknowledge the evil that is invading our foundation. Drums, Drums Drums!

I cannot do everything, but I can do something, and what I can do, I must do or my existence is as stone. Void and without form.

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WHAT IF ALL ILLEGALS LEFT THE STATES?

Considering the Denver Post is a very liberal paper I’m surprised they published this. This really shows how the hiring of illegals is a false economic practice.

Tina Griego is a Free-Lance reporter for the Denver Post. She writes some really good stuff and she is a strong advocate for LEGAL Immigration.

What if they left?

Not Democratic, not Republican, not liberal, and not conservative. Just the facts by a good reporter!

What if 20 Million Illegal Aliens Vacated America ? I, Tina Griego, journalist for the Denver Rocky Mountain News have written a column titled, “Mexican Visitors’ Lament.”

I interviewed Mexican journalist Evangelina Hernandez while visiting Denver last week. Hernandez said, “Illegal aliens pay rent, buy groceries, buy clothes. What happens to your country’s economy if 20 million people go away?”

Hmmm, I thought, what would happen?

So I did my due diligence, buried my nose as a reporter into the FACTS I found below It’s a good question…it deserves an honest answer. Over 80% of Americans demand secured borders. What would happen if all 20 million or more vacated America ? This may surprise you!

In California , if 3.5 million illegal aliens moved back to Mexico , it would leave an extra $10.2 billion to spend on overloaded school systems, bankrupt hospitals and overrun prisons. It would leave highways cleaner, safer and less congested. Everyone could understand one another as English became the dominant language again.

It means 12,000 gang members would vanish out of Denver alone. Colorado would save more than $20 million in prison costs, and the terror that those 7,300 alien criminals set upon local citizens. Denver Officer Don Young and hundreds of Colorado victims would not have suffered death, accidents, rapes and other crimes by illegals.

Denver Public Schools would not suffer a 67% dropout/flunk rate because of thousands of illegal alien students speaking 41 different languages. Denver ‘s 4% unemployment rate would vanish as our working poor would gain jobs at a living wage.

In Chicago , Illinois , 2.1 million illegals would free up hospitals, schools, prisons and highways for a safer, cleaner and more crime-free experience.

If 20 million illegal aliens returned ‘home,’ the U.S. economy would return to the Rule of Law. Employers would hire legal American citizens at a living wage.

Everyone would pay their fair share of taxes because they wouldn’t be working off the books. That would result in an additional $401 billion in IRS income taxes collected annually, and an equal amount for local, state and city coffers.

No more confusion in American schools that now must contend with over 100 languages that degrade the educational system for American kids.

Our overcrowded schools would lose more than two million illegal alien kids at a cost of billions in ESL and free breakfasts and lunches.

We would lose 500,000 illegal criminal alien inmates at a cost of more than $1.6 billion annually. That includes 15,000 MS-13 gang members who distribute $130 billion in drugs annually and would vacate our country.

In cities like L.A. , 20,000 members of the ‘ 18th Street Gang’ would vanish from our nation. No more Mexican forgery gangs for ID theft from Americans! No more foreign rapists and child molesters!

America ‘s economy is drained. Taxpayers are harmed. Employers get rich. Over $80 billion annually wouldn’t return to the aliens’ home countries by cash transfers. Illegal migrants earned half that money untaxed, which further drains America ‘s economy which currently suffers a $20 trillion debt. $20 trillion debt!!!

At least 400,000 anchor babies would not be born in our country, costing us $109 billion per year per cycle. At least 86 hospitals in California , Georgia and Florida would still be operating instead of being bankrupt out of existence because illegals pay nothing via the EMTOLA Act.

Americans wouldn’t suffer thousands of TB and hepatitis cases rampant in our country – brought in by illegals unscreened at our borders. Our cities would see 20 million less people driving, polluting and grid locking our cities’ greenhouse gasses.

Over one million of Mexico’s poorest citizens now live inside and along our border from Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, California, in what the New York Times called, ‘colonias’ or new neighborhoods. Trouble is, those living areas resemble Bombay and Calcutta where grinding poverty, filth, diseases, drugs, crimes, no sanitation and worse. They live without sewage, clean water, streets, roads, electricity, or any kind of sanitation.

The New York Times reported them to be America ‘s new ‘ Third World ‘ inside our own country. Within 20 years, at their current growth rate, they expect 20 million residents of those colonias. (I’ve seen them personally in Texas and Arizona ; it’s sickening beyond anything you can imagine.)

We already invite a million people into our country legally/annually, more than all other countries combined- with growing anarchy at our borders.

It’s time to stand up for our country, our culture, our civilization and our way of life. Interesting statistics below!

Here are 13 reasons illegal aliens should vacate America, and I hope they are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them:

  1. $14 billion to $22 billion dollars are spent each year on welfare to illegal aliens (that’s Billion with a ‘B’)
  2. $7.5 billion dollars are spent each year on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
  3. $12 billion dollars are spent each year on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they still cannot speak a word of English. $27 billion dollars are spent each year for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.
  4. $3 Million Dollars ‘PER DAY’ is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. That’s $1.2 Billion a year.
  5. 28% percent of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens.
  6. $190 billion dollars are spent each year on illegal aliens for welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
  7. 200 billion dollars per year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
  8. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens. In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US .
  9. During the year 2005, there were 8 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our southern border with as many as 19,500 illegal aliens from other terrorist countries. Over 10,000 of those were middle-eastern terrorists. Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin, crack, guns, and marijuana crossed into the U.S. from the southern border.
  10. The National Policy Institute, estimates that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion, or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.
  11. In 2006, illegal aliens sent home $65 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin, to their families and friends.

13 The dark side of illegal immigration: Nearly one million sex crimes are committed by illegal immigrants in the United States !

Total cost – a whopping $538.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!

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LeBron James calls President Trump a “Bum” and thinks that Obama was the best. His fans listen to him because he has a talent for basketball and buying big mansions. The letter writer below, by a sports journalist, tells the truth and that truth applies to most celebrities on the left. A GREAT Letter to Lebron James from former Houston news reporter Hal Lundgren.  People really need to know these things.

August 6, 2018

Mr. Lebron James
The Los Angeles Lakers
2275 E. Mariposa Ave.
El Segundo, CA 90245

Dear Mr. James,

No one in my circles discusses French Modernist artists. That comforts me. Such a conversation would expose me as an illiterate on French Modernism, just as I am an illiterate on how to cook.

When I know nothing of subjects, my mouth stays closed. That’s at least one difference in us. You are an economics illiterate. You prove it often. The dishonest “reporters” who cover you want to be your buddy. They won’t embarrass you by being honest journalists and treating your words as economics illiteracy.

When you call Trump “a bum,” none of them will tell you that statistics rank him as one of our best presidents for black Americans. His tax cuts and freeing us from absurd regulations have resulted in — after only 18 months — the lowest unemployment numbers ever for Hispanic and black Americans, and one of the lowest numbers for women.

DURING THOSE 18 MONTHS, TRUMP’S POLICIES CREATED ABOUT FOUR TIMES OF THE MANUFACTURING JOBS CREATED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S LAST 18 MONTHS. Remember when Obama mistakenly told us “Our lost manufacturing jobs are not coming back.” Maybe manufacturing job growth depends on a president who knows what he’s doing.

As a professional journalist, I cringe at some of Trump’s buffoonery, like repeating sentences and wearing us out with “great,” “fantastic” and other empty adjectives. He is often coarse. He was not my candidate. But there’s no question his policies have helped many more minority Americans than Obama. It’s not even close. Today, he’s working to free many black and Hispanic prisoners who, in his opinion, have been in prison too long for relatively minor offenses. Are you aware of that effort?

You need to look up Gross Domestic Product, adjusted for inflation, and learn what it means to everyday Americans. Learn what one GDP point means to employment, and see how Trump has kept the number climbing.

Your buddy Obama? In addition to being our worst foreign affairs president and worst military commander-in-chief, his economic numbers all deserved an “F.” He is our ONLY eight-year president who failed to give us at least one 3% or higher year of adjusted GDP growth. EVERY other president achieved at least one year of 4.28% or higher growth. Aided by Vietnam spending, Johnson had an 8.48 year. The best peacetime year — 7.83 — belonged to Reagan. and Obama couldn’t even score a 3!!! Look it up.

You say you would speak to Obama but not Trump? How tragically uninformed you are. Obama had BY FAR the worst debt accumulation record of all our presidents. His economic blunders added about $9 trillion to our debt. NO OTHER PRESIDENT EVEN CAME CLOSE. That indebtedness will fall to you and your children.

Poor families suffered most. Obama’s awful job numbers forced a record number of people to take food stamps. Black household income under Obama fell steeply as black unemployment rose. Look that up, too.

But the worst part of what Trump inherited is that Obama, like Bush and Clinton before him, thought bribes and sweet talk were the best ways to deal with North Korea. As the North Koreans neared being able to wipe out Los Angeles with a nuclear-tipped missile, Trump became the first president to stand up boldly to the rogue nation. Notice North Korea, because of Trump, has stopped launching missiles over Japan? Notice North Korea has released political prisoners? Notice North Korea has begun to return remains of U.S. Service members? Absent sturdy spines, Clinton, Bush and Obama could not approach those major achievements.

Obama naively bribed the planet’s worst terrorist nation, Iran, with what was supposed to become a $150 billion handout. Did Obama not know many of those U.S. Tax dollars would help fund Hamas and Hezbollah terrorism? Of course he did. He just didn’t care.

Remember the $800 billion of your and everyone else’s tax dollars in his early stimulus for “shovel-ready jobs.” Most of those tax dollars went to political cronies. He handed $500 million to Solyndra, a solar company run by boosters. The company soon went bankrupt. Our half-billion in tax money vanished with it.

Trump is often obnoxious, but people with courage can have that hangup. Obama always talked big, then feebly stood by when Putin infringed on Ukraine and annexed Crimea.

But Obama’s most cowardly move came when he warned Assad not to cross “the red line” in Syria. When Obama’s warning was ignored, which Assad knew would happen, Obama did nothing. Does that make him a “bum?”

It makes me sad that you, as someone with a national voice would be so ignorant of economics, and also presidential decisions. I encourage you to do more reading and thinking as you watch the nation’s GDP numbers rise and minority employment rise.

* Read about “Right To Try,” which frees terminally ill people to sign a lawsuit waiver and take an experimental drug that might not be approved for many years. Democrats fought this sensible plan for years because it would cost them donations.

* Read about a Navy Obama left to Trump that struggled with about half its carrier aircraft unsafe to fly.

* Read about Trump’s giving the VA the right to fire any employee who neglects or abuses a patient.

* Read about Trump’s courage in challenging, actually demanding that, NATO partners to pay their fair share rather than keep mooching off the U.S.

You might also read the wisdom of two of the world’s brightest people, black intellectuals Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter Williams. They have written many books. Sowell and Williams’ integrity, remarkable insights and clarity of expression cause their common sense to soar off the page to readers.

Or, you could ignore vital Trump decisions and remain an illiterate on both presidential achievement and economics. If you disdain knowledge and keep calling Trump or any other U.S. president a bum, people will begin to wonder who’s the real bum.

Sincerely,
Hal Lundgren

 

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17 INCHES
An excellent article to read from beginning to end.
Twenty years ago, in Nashville, Tennessee, during the first week of January, 1996, more than 4,000 baseball coaches descended upon the Opryland Hotel for the 52nd annual ABCA’s convention.
          While I waited in line to register with the hotel staff, I heard other more veteran coaches rumbling about the lineup of speakers scheduled to present during the weekend.  One name kept resurfacing, always with the same sentiment — “John Scolinos is here? Oh, man, worth every penny of my airfare.”
           Who is John Scolinos, I wondered.  No matter; I was just happy to be there.
           In 1996, Coach Scolinos was 78 years old and five years retired from a college coaching career that began in 1948.  He shuffled to the stage to an impressive standing ovation, wearing dark polyester pants, a light blue shirt, and a string around his neck from which home plate hung — a full-sized, stark-white home plate.
           Seriously, I wondered, who is this guy?
          After speaking for twenty-five minutes, not once mentioning the prop hanging around his neck, Coach Scolinos appeared to notice the snickering among some of the coaches.  Even those who knew Coach Scolinos had to wonder exactly where he was going with this, or if he had simply forgotten about home plate since he’d gotten on stage.  Then, finally …
“You’re probably all wondering why I’m wearing home plate around my neck,” he said, his voice growing irascible.  I laughed along with the others, acknowledging the possibility.  “I may be old, but I’m not crazy.  The reason I stand before you today is to share with you baseball people what I’ve learned in my life, what I’ve learned about home plate in my 78 years.”
Several hands went up when Scolinos asked how many Little League coaches were in the room.  “Do you know how wide home plate is in Little League?”
          After a pause, someone offered, “Seventeen inches?”, more of a question than answer.
           “That’s right,” he said.  “How about in Babe Ruth’s day?  Any Babe Ruth coaches in the house?” Another long pause.
           “Seventeen inches?” a guess from another reluctant coach.
           “That’s right,” said Scolinos.  “Now, how many high school coaches do we have in the room?”  Hundreds of hands shot up, as the pattern began to appear.  “How wide is home plate in high school baseball?”
           “Seventeen inches,” they said, sounding more confident.
           “You’re right!” Scolinos barked.  “And you college coaches, how wide is home plate in college?”
           “Seventeen inches!” we said, in unison.
           “Any Minor League coaches here?  How wide is home plate in pro ball?”…………“Seventeen inches!”
           “RIGHT!  And in the Major Leagues, how wide home plate is in the Major Leagues?
           “Seventeen inches!”
           “SEV-EN-TEEN INCHES!” he confirmed, his voice bellowing off the walls.  “And what do they do with a Big League pitcher who can’t throw the ball over seventeen inches?”  Pause.  “They send him to Pocatello !” he hollered, drawing raucous laughter.  “What they don’t do is this: they don’t say, ‘Ah, that’s okay, Jimmy.  If you can’t hit a seventeen-inch target?  We’ll make it eighteen inches or nineteen inches.  We’ll make it twenty inches so you have a better chance of hitting it.  If you can’t hit that, let us know so we can make it wider still, say twenty-five inches.’”
Pause.  “Coaches… what do we do when your best player shows up late to practice? or when our team rules forbid facial hair and a guy shows up unshaven?  What if he gets caught drinking?  Do we hold him accountable?  Or do we change the rules to fit him?  Do we widen home plate? “
The chuckles gradually faded as four thousand coaches grew quiet, the fog lifting as the old coach’s message began to unfold.  He turned the plate toward himself and, using a Sharpie, began to draw something.  When he turned it toward the crowd, point up, a house was revealed, complete with a freshly drawn door and two windows.  “This is the problem in our homes today.  With our marriages, with the way we parent our kids.  With our discipline.
We don’t teach accountability to our kids, and there is no consequence for failing to meet standards.  We just widen the plate!”
          Pause.  Then, to the point at the top of the house he added a small American flag.  “This is the problem in our schools today.  The quality of our education is going downhill fast and teachers have been stripped of the tools they need to be successful, and to educate and discipline our young people.  We are allowing others to widen home plate!  Where is that getting us?”
           Silence.  He replaced the flag with a Cross.  “And this is the problem in the Church, where powerful people in positions of authority have taken advantage of young children, only to have such an atrocity swept under the rug for years.  Our church leaders are widening home plate for themselves!  And we allow it.”
           “And the same is true with our government.  Our so-called representatives make rules for us that don’t apply to themselves. They take bribes from lobbyists and foreign countries.  They no longer serve us.  And we allow them to widen home plate! We see our country falling into a dark abyss while we just watch.”
           I was amazed.  At a baseball convention where I expected to learn something about curve balls and bunting and how to run better practices, I had learned something far more valuable.
From an old man with home plate strung around his neck, I had learned something about life, about myself, about my own weaknesses and about my responsibilities as a leader.  I had to hold myself and others accountable to that which I knew to be right, lest our families, our faith, and our society continue down an undesirable path.
           “If I am lucky,” Coach Scolinos concluded, “you will remember one thing from this old coach today.  It is this: “If we fail to hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard of what we know to be right; if we fail to hold our spouses and our children to the same standards, if we are unwilling or unable to provide a consequence when they do not meet the standard; and if our schools & churches & our government fail to hold themselves accountable to those they serve, there is but one thing to look forward to …”
           With that, he held home plate in front of his chest, turned it around, and revealed its dark black backside, “…We have dark days ahead!.”
           Note: Coach Scolinos died in 2009 at the age of 91, but not before touching the lives of hundreds of players and coaches, including mine.  Meeting him at my first ABCA convention kept me returning year after year, looking for similar wisdom and inspiration from other coaches.  He is the best clinic speaker the ABCA has ever known because he was so much more than a baseball coach.  His message was clear: “Coaches, keep your players—no matter how good they are—your own children, your churches, your government, and most of all, keep yourself at seventeen inches.”
           And this my friends is what our country has become and what is wrong with it today, and now go out there and fix it!
          “Don’t widen the plate.”
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TWO STATES IN THE MIDDLE OF AMERICA!
Illinois & Oklahoma:
These two states make an interesting contrast. The first is about Illinois and the second one is about Oklahoma!
PART 1 – Illinois
“A State with No Republicans”!
Some interesting data about the ‘state’ of the State of Illinois.  There are more people on welfare in Illinois than there are people working. 
Chicago pays the highest wages to teachers than anywhere else in the U.S.   Their average pay is $110,000/year.  Their pensions average 80-90% of their income. Wow, are Illinois and Chicago great or what? Be sure to read till the end. I’ve never heard it explained better.  Perhaps the U.S. should pull out of Chicago?
Body count:
In the last six months, 292 murdered in Chicago.  221  killed in Iraq   ; AND Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire US.
This was Chicago´s chain of command:
President: Barack  Hussein Obama.
Senator: Dick Durbin.
House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr. .
Governor: Pat Quinn.
House leader: Mike Madigan.
Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike).
Mayor: Rahm  Emanuel.
The  leadership in Illinois – all Democrats.
Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago.
Of course, they’re all blaming each other.
Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!
Let’s get ALL  the facts out while we are at it:
Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country. Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!    Can’t blame teacher pay as it is the highest in the country.
State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, worst in country. Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!
Cook County (Chicago) sales tax 10.25% highest in country . Can’t blame Republicans; there aren’t any!
This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois. And he was going to ‘fix ‘Washington politics for us?
George Ryan is no longer Governor, he was in prison.
He was replaced by Rob Blagojevich who is, by the way, also in prison.
And Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned and, that’s right, he and his wife are both in prison.
The Land of Lincoln, where Governors and Representatives make the license plates.  What?
As long as they keep providing entitlements to the population of Chicago, nothing is going to change, except the state will go bankrupt before the country does.”Anybody who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the Government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.”
PART 2- Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA    – may soon have plenty of new residents!
THIS IS REALLY INTERESTING, AND TRUE…
Oklahoma is the only state that Obama did not win even one county in the last election…  While everyone is focusing on Arizona’s new law, look what Oklahoma has been doing!!!
An update from Oklahoma:
Oklahoma law passed, 37 to 9 an amendment to place the Ten Commandments on the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with the ACLU, said it would be a mistake. Hey this is a conservative state, based on Christian values.. HB 133
Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway. 
Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate      all illegal immigrants and ship them back to where they came from unless they want to get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered. HB1804 This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and the ACLU, they said it would be a mistake Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.
Recently they passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all illegal’s to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes. Pelosi    said it was unconstitutional SB1102.
Guess what… Oklahoma did it anyway.
Several weeks ago, Oklahoma passed a law, declaring Oklahoma as a Sovereign state, not under the Federal Government directives- Joining, Texas, Montana and Utah as the only states to do so.
More states are likely to follow: Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, the Carolinas, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia, Mississippi and Florida.  Save your confederate money, it appears the South is about to rise up once again. HJR 1003
The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns. 
Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have the right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles I’m sure that was a setback for the criminals   .      The Liberals didn’t like it            But   Guess what … Oklahoma did it anyway.
The state has voted and passed a law that ALL drivers’ license exams will be printed in English and only English and no other language.  They have been called racist for doing this, but the fact is that ALL of the road signs are in English only.  If you want to drive in Oklahoma, you must read and write English. Really simple.
By the way, the Liberals don’t like any of this either.
Guess what… who cares… 
Oklahoma is doing it anyway.

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2 Tough Questions

Question 1:

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who
were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had
syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

Question 2:

It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts.
Here are the facts about the three candidates. Who would you vote for?

Candidate A
Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist
He’s had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B
He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in
college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C
He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an
occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be our choice?

Decide first.. no peeking, then scroll down for the response.

 

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:
If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.

Pretty interesting isn’t it? Makes a person think before judging someone.
Wait till you see the end of this note! Keep reading…

Never be afraid to try something new.

Remember:

Amateurs…built the ark.
Professionals…built the Titanic

And Finally, can you imagine working for a company that has a little more
than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

* 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
* 7 have been arrested for fraud
* 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
* 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
* 3 have done time for assault
* 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
* 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
* 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
* 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
* 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year…

Can you guess which organization this is?

Give up yet?

It’s the 535 members of the United States Congress.

The same group that crank out hundreds of new laws each year designed to
keep the rest of us in line.

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“Subject: 319 Square Miles”

In their infinite wisdom, the United States’ Founders created the Electoral College to ensure the STATES were fairly represented. Why should one or two densely populated areas speak for the whole of the nation?

The following list of statistics has been making the rounds on the Internet. It should finally put an end to the argument as to why the Electoral College makes sense.

Do share this. It needs to be widely known and understood.

There are 3,141 counties in the United States.

Trump won 3,084 of them.

Clinton won 57.

There are 62 counties in New York State.

Trump won 46 of them.

Clinton won 16.

Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.

In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump. (Clinton only won 4 of these counties; Trump won Richmond)

Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.

These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.

The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.

When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a national election.

Large, densely populated Democrat cities (NYC, Chicago, LA, etc.) DO NOT and SHOULD NOT speak for the rest of our country!

And…it’s been verified and documented that those aforementioned 319 square miles are where the majority of our nation’s problems foment.

Well worth the 39 seconds to read? God bless America, the founding fathers, and President Trump!

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LLA charges a fee? Yes, it is still $500 per manuscript. If you are thinking this is not standard for the industry, I ask you this: According to whose rules? As an independent agency and company, I create my own contract and model, which is fair to both the agent and the author. Working strictly for commission does not pay the bills. 15% of 15% of $0 is what? $0. Even if you sell a MS to one of the Big Five, there are minimal advances and then you have to wait for them to earn out that advance to see any royalties. I have authors who are in that scenario; have been since 2011. It matters not how big the house but how well the publisher creates the book, then markets and promotes. And what about agencies who have contracted freelancers who charge $5k to edit the manuscripts before they even read them, much less take them on, without guarantee of acceptance. That is a racket.

A day does not go by that I am not working, no matter the day or time of day, sometimes upwards of 12-14 hours a day. If I charged per hour, I would be sitting pretty. Lawyers even have a timer on their desks or an app to track how long they work on a client’s case, and you see where that gets you. Broke. When I polish a MS, it is ready for self-publishing should the work not sell in a year. What a deal!

As you know, it takes upwards of three months to get one edited and ready for submission, then even when they sell, you have to wait years to see it published and making money. I have to pay the operating costs regardless. No one chastises freelancers who have no dog in the fight after they do a bad editing job and charge thousands to do it. They will leave you floundering in rejections from agents and, in turn, editors with no recourse. I, on the other hand, work for an author for a whole year and do everything for $500, and I am inspired and motivated to make it the best book ever.

For some reason I felt compelled to explain.

Jeanie

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God Bless America!

SOME STATES (Maryland, Michigan & Arizona) ARE INEXPLICABLY ALLOWING MUSLIM STUDENTS TO PRAY DURING SCHOOL HOURS!!!!

IF THAT’S OKAY, THEN WE MUST DEMAND THAT OUR FLAGS BE RETURNED TO OUR CLASSROOMS AND ALLOW OTHERS TO PRAY AS WELL!  IT’S PAST TIME FOR THE CHRISTIANS TO BOLDLY SPEAK UP & DEMAND THEIR RIGHTS.

When we get 100,000,000, that’s one hundred million, willing Christians to BOND together, voice their concerns and vote, we can take back America with God’s help.

Become one of the proud One hundred million Then let’s get 200 million. It can be done just by sending this email to your friends.

Do the math. It only takes a single willing heart and a fed-up SOUL. God Bless America and Shine your light on Her!

In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as a “National Day of Prayer

In 1988 President Reagan designated the first Thursday in May of each year as The National Day of Prayer.

In June 2007, then Presidential Candidate Barack Obama blatantly declared that the USA “Was no longer a Christian nation!

In May 2009 President Obama dismissed our 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House under the ruse of “not wanting to offend anyone”

Sept. 25, 2009, a Muslim Prayer Day was held on the West front of the U.S. Capitol Building, the site where U.S. Presidents have been inaugurated since 1981.. There were over 50,000 Muslims in D.C. that day President Obama dismissed our National Day of Prayer and now it’s okay for an event at our capitol for Islamists?  I for one was offended. But wait, it didn’t stop!!!

February 17-19, 2015, a Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the second day of the White House summit on “Countering Violent Extremism,” but, oddly, no other religious text was presented during the portion of the event that was open to the press. Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, MN, recited a “verse from the Quran” following remarks by Obama administration officials and Democrat members of Congress.

Former President Obama boldly encouraged schools to teach the Quran for extra credit, while at the same time, we’re forbidden  even talk about the Bible, God, pray, or salute the American Flag.

The direction this country was headed should strike fear in the heart of every Christian.

How refreshing and beautiful our wonderful First Lady Melania Trump was in Melbourne, Florida on February 18, 2017. Instead of the normal “pumping up” of the crowd, Melania chose to initiate the rally with the Lord’s Prayer. It sounded more like the start of a football game after the National Anthem rather than what we would expect to hear after a prayer.

Make a “joyful noise unto the LORD thy GOD!” The “sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” of Madeline Murray O’Hair and ACLU efforts in 1962, “School Prayer was removed from the U.S. public education system by slowly and insidiously corrupting the meaning of the First Amendment through a number of court cases over several court cases should be confronted and reversed.

Worse than we thought

Interesting read of the state of Hillary

December 21, 2018 Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, MD, PhD

Everyone Should Read this. Slowly, and Patiently.

From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
A Grand Jury had been empanelled.
Governments from around the world had donated to the “Charity”.
Yet, from 2001 to 2003 none of those “Donations” to the Clinton Foundation were declared.
Hmmm, now you would think that an honest investigator would be able to figure this out.
Guess who took over this investigation in 2002?
Bet you can’t guess.
Non other than James Comey.
Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?
Guess who was transferred in to the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS?
Your friend and mine, Lois “Be on The Look Out” (BOLO) Lerner.
Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?
It gets better, well not really, but this is all just a series of strange coincidences, right?
Guess who ran the Tax Division inside the Department of Injustice from 2001 to 2005?
No other than the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein.
Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?
Guess who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this time frame?
I know, it’s a miracle, just a coincidence, just an anomaly in statistics and chances, Robert Mueller.
What do all four casting characters have in common?
They all were briefed and/or were front line investigators into the Clinton Foundation Investigation.
Now that’s just a coincidence, right?
Ok, lets chalk the last one up to mere chance.
Let’s fast forward to 2009.
James Comey leaves the Justice Department to go and cash-in at Lockheed Martin.
Hillary Clinton is running the State Department, on her own personal email server by the way.
The Uranium One “issue” comes to the attention of the Hillary.
Like all good public servants do, you know looking out for America’s best interest, she decides to support the decision and approve the sale of 20% of US Uranium to no other than, the Russians.
Now you would think that this is a fairly straight up deal, except it wasn’t, the People got absolutely nothing out of it.
However, prior to the sales approval, no other than Bill Clinton goes to Moscow, gets paid 500K for a one hour speech then meets with Vladimir Putin at his home for a few hours.
Ok, no big deal right?
Well, not so fast, the FBI had a mole inside the money laundering and bribery scheme.
Guess who was the FBI Director during this time frame?
Yep, Robert Mueller.
He even delivered a Uranium Sample to Moscow in 2009.
Guess who was handling that case within the Justice Department out of the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland.
No other than, Rod Rosenstein.
Guess what happened to the informant?
The Department of Justice placed a GAG order on him and threatened to lock him up if he spoke out about it.
How does 20% of the most strategic asset of the United States of America end up in Russian hands when the FBI has an informant, a mole providing inside information to the FBI on the criminal enterprise?
Guess what happened soon after the sale was approved?
~145 million dollars in “donations” made their way into the Clinton Foundation from entities directly connected to the Uranium One deal.
Guess who was still at the Internal Revenue Service working the Charitable Division?
No other than, Lois Lerner.
Ok, that’s all just another series of coincidences, nothing to see here, right?
Let’s fast forward to 2015.
Due to a series of tragic events in Benghazi and after the 9 “investigations” the House, Senate and at State Department, Trey Gowdy who was running the 10th investigation as Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi discovers that the Hillary ran the State Department on an unclassified, unauthorized, outlaw personal email server.
He also discovered that none of those emails had been turned over when she departed her “Public Service” as Secretary of State which was required by law.
He also discovered that there was Top Secret information contained within her personally archived email.
Sparing you the State Departments cover up, the nostrums they floated, the delay tactics that were employed and the outright lies that were spewed forth from the necks of the Kerry State Department, we shall leave it with this…… they did everything humanly possible to cover for Hillary.
Now this is amazing, guess who became FBI Director in 2013?
Guess who secured 17 no bid contracts for his employer (Lockheed Martin) with the State Department and was rewarded with a six million dollar thank you present when he departed his employer.
No other than James Comey.
Amazing how all those no-bids just went right through at State, huh?
Now he is the FBI Director in charge of the “Clinton Email Investigation” after of course his FBI Investigates the Lois Lerner “Matter” at the Internal Revenue Service and exonerates her.
Nope couldn’t find any crimes there.
Can you guess what happened next?
In April 2016, James Comey drafts an exoneration letter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile the DOJ is handing out immunity deals like candy.
They didn’t even convene a Grand Jury.

Like a lightning bolt of statistical impossibility, like a miracle from God himself, like the true “Gangsta” Homey is, James steps out into the cameras of an awaiting press conference on July the 8th of 2016, and exonerates the Hillary from any wrongdoing.
Can you see the pattern?
It goes on and on, Rosenstein becomes Asst. Attorney General, Comey gets fired based upon a letter by Rosenstein, Comey leaks government information to the press, Mueller is assigned to the Russian Investigation sham by Rosenstein to provide cover for decades of malfeasance within the FBI and DOJ and the story continues.
FISA Abuse, political espionage….. pick a crime, any crime, chances are…… this group and a few others did it.
All the same players.
All compromised and conflicted.
All working fervently to NOT go to jail themselves.
All connected in one way or another to the Clinton’s.
They are like battery acid, they corrode and corrupt everything they touch.
How many lives have these two destroyed?
As of this writing, the Clinton Foundation, in its 20+ years of operation of being the largest International Charity Fraud in the history of mankind, has never been audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

Let us not forget that Comey’s brother works for DLA Piper, the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes.

And,

See the person that is the common denominator to all the crimes above and still doing her evil escape legal maneuvers at the top of the 3 Letter USA Agencies.

WHO IS LISA BARSOOMIAN?

Let’s learn a little about Mrs. Lisa H. Barsoomian’s background.
Lisa H. Barsoomian, a US Attorney that graduated from Georgetown Law, is a protege of James Comey and Robert Mueller.
Barsoomian, with her boss R. Craig Lawrence, represented Bill Clinton in 1998.
Lawrence also represented: Robert Mueller three times; James Comey five times; Barack Obama 45 times; Kathleen Sebelius 56 times; Bill Clinton 40 times; and
Hillary Clinton 17 times. Between 1998 and 2017, Barsoomian herself represented the FBI at least five times.

You may be saying to yourself, OK, who cares? Who cares about the work history of this Barsoomian woman? Apparently someone does, because someone out there cares so much that they’ve “purged” all Barsoomian court documents for her Clinton representation in Hamburg vs. Clinton in 1998 and its appeal in 1999 from the DC District and Appeals Court dockets (?). Someone out there cares so much that the internet has been “purged” of all information pertaining to Barsoomian. Historically, this indicates that the individual is a protected CIA operative.

Additionally, Lisa Barsoomian has specialized in opposing Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of the intelligence community. And, although Barsoomian has been involved in hundreds of cases representing the DC Office of the US Attorney, her email address is Lisa Barsoomian at NIH gov. The NIH stands for National Institutes of Health. This is a tactic routinely used by the CIA to protect an operative by using another government organization to shield their activities.

It’s a cover, so big deal right? I mean what does one more attorney with ties to the US intelligence community really matter. It deals with Trump and his recent tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports, the border wall, DACA, everything coming out of California, the Uni-party unrelenting opposition to President Trump, the Clapper leaks, the Comey leaks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusal and subsequent 14 month nap with occasional forays into the marijuana legalization mix …. and last but not least Mueller’s never-ending investigation into collusion between the Trump team and the Russians. Why does Barsoomian, CIA operative, merit any mention?

BECAUSE….She is Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s WIFE….That’s why!!

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President Trump knows what he is doing… All the former presidents, Pelosi, Waters, and Schumer have been pro wall/border/crack down on illegal aliens. The only reason they are not now is they are JEALOUS. Plain and simple. Trump is right, they are wrong and they want to save face. In actuality, they are getting quite muddy and looking ever so stupid in the eyes of the world. My suggestion is for all of them to recant their evil words and actions and back President Trump 100%, unite this country, and show the world we are #1. Quit fighting him. He knows what he is doing. Pray for him and his family. He works nonstop for the whole world by making us great again. He is a numbers man and knows all other countries want to deplete the U.S. to make us weak. Cut off the leeches that are sucking the life out of us. Stop the illegal infiltration of our homeland. Put our families and children first. You do not want to leave your cars and homes unlocked so anyone can take them or come in. NO! So why would you let them cross our borders or stay here without permission to do JUST THAT. People who have no money will take yours at any cost – rape, murder, theft, free healthcare, driving without a license or insurance (have one run into you or kill a family member and see what compensation you get – 0), free food through WIC or other government programs, free education (we are already 30+ children to 1 teacher and many of those children do not speak English, so how do you teach them?), and the list goes on and on. When you come to the U.S., you come to assimilate, to become American, not to wave your old flag and curse this country. Come here legally, learn to speak English, our native language, take the immigration classes, and pledge the Oath of Alligiance: I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.

https://www.westernjournal.com/ct/trump-digs-old-obama-quote-mercilessly-troll-democrats/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=afb-pac&utm_campaign=dailyam&utm_content=ps

FATHER-DAUGHTER TALK

A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.

The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.

He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?”

She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”

Her father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the conservative side of the fence.”

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Keep guns away from crazies.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced.

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

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California – LARGEST INSANE ASYLUM IN THE WORLD

By the LA Times
1. 40% of all workers in LA County (10.2 million people) are working for cash; and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants, working without a green card.
(Donald Trump was right)
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals; they are here illegally.
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in LA are Spanish- speaking.
10. In LA County, 5.1 million people speak English; 3.9 million, speak Spanish. (There are 10.2 million people, in LA County.
Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States’ annual population growth, (and over 90% of California, Florida, and New York), results from immigration. Also, 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.

We are fools for letting this continue.

Windfall Tax on Retirement Income… Adding a tax to your retirement is simply another way of saying to the American people “you’re so darn stupid that we’re going to keep doing this until we drain every cent from you”. Nancy Pelosi wants a Windfall Tax on Retirement Income. In other words, tax what you have made by investing toward your retirement. This woman is a nut case! You aren’t going to believe this

Nancy Pelosi wants to put a Windfall Tax on all stock market profits (including Retirement fund, 401K and Mutual Funds)!

Alas, it is true – all to help the 12 Million Illegal Immigrants and other unemployed Minorities!

This woman is frightening. She quotes… ‘We need to work toward the goal of equalizing income, (didn’t Marx say something like this?) in our country; and at the same time limiting the amount the rich can invest. (I’m not rich, are you?)

When asked how these new tax dollars would be spent, she replied:

We need to raise the standard of living of our poor, unemployed and minorities. For example, we have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in our country who need our help along with millions of unemployed minorities. Stock market windfall profits taxes could go a long way to guarantee these people the standard of living they would like to have as Americans.

(Read that quote again and again and let it sink in.) ‘Lower your retirement; give it to others who have not worked, as you have’ for your money. Send this on to your friends. I just did! This lady is out of her mind!

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Healed through food.

Absolutely true! In pain for years (GI, joints, etc.), then God told me, “Let me heal you.” I tried to figure out what He wanted me to do; ate what I thought was healthy and took handfuls of supplements. NOT. Then He said, “Let me heal you with food.” Again, good healthy food, lots of water, no junk. NOT. Lying in bed at night I would pray for Him to heal me, telling Him I would cut out even coffee if it would help. He said, “Remember Shadrach, Meshack, and Abednego.” Yeah, they did not eat the foods King Nebuchadnezzar sacrificed to the pagan gods, only fruits, veggies, and what God approved. Okay… Then I had to go to the ER because the pain was outrageous. All tests, including a CT scan, came back negative. The doc said I had all the symptoms of agent orange, which has the same chemicals as Roundup (which is used in the US for preventing insects and weeds in agriculture and eventually gets into our meats — cows, chickens, pigs = glyphosates). His last words before walking out the door with his arms crossed, “It is all about what you are putting in your mouth. Stay away from glyphosates.” Okay… I then went to my GP who agreed. She said to eliminate gluten, milk, and sugar for six months and just see how I feel. Well… Guess what? In less than three (3) days, all symptoms gone. It makes SENSE. Don’t try to put out the fire with more gasoline. If you don’t feed the beast, the bloating, pain, and fatigue will disappear. Drink decaf teas instead of coffee, water instead of sodas or fake-flavored fluids, and buy only from the perimeter of the grocery store and organic (non-GMO green label), hormone-free, free-range, and grass-fed. No need for hundreds of dollars in supplements, doctors, DVDs. Think of the savings right there. I have spent thousands!

Just stop putting the bad stuff in, actually get up and move (exercise, yes, walk more, take the stairs, park your car at the far end of the parking lot, lift your legs if seated), and stretch. But more than anything, trust in the Lord, listen for his voice. If He says, “No,” don’t. You will feel it and you will hear His voice. It is called conviction, consciousness. He does not want you to depend on your own knowing but His wisdom. Avoid processed foods in all the middle isles, except the organic/gluten-free section with whole grains, coconut, almond, and flax flours, Swerve or Stevia, and baking/cooking ingredients that won’t stress your immune system/GI track.

Eliminate OTC drugs (pain meds), which can cause ulcers, kidney failure, constipation or diarrhea and more, antacids, and caffeine. There are so many great teas that don’t leave a funky taste in your mouth or irritate your stomach (ginger crystals, peppermint, chamomile, sleepy tea for nighttime, etc.) The things you crave most are what your body has issues with. I love milk, bread, and cheesecake, but they are poison to my body. It has to be mind over desires.

To think a pill will override what you have been doing to yourself for years is ludicrous. If it took years to get here, like this, it will take a little while to get your body back. It is invasion of the body snatchers from fork to mouth. It is so very hard when your mind says, “Oh, one bite won’t hurt.” The one bite becomes the whole box and then guilt. The devil laughs like Ernest T. Bass on Andy Griffth. That one bite is a brick thrown through your window.

Read labels. MSG comes in the form of yeast extract. Sugar comes in MANY forms. Just because it is gluten free does not mean it is calorie free. Milk comes in many forms, too. Casein and lactose are just two. It also means all milk products: cheese, sour cream, creamer, ice cream, half & half, etc.

If you are having GI trouble or joint pain, do the elimination diet first. I quit dairy, gluten, and sugar all at once, but you can do one thing at a time to see how you feel. Heck, I could just be dairy, but I feel better without all three.

We are all going to die. No doubt. It is the quality of life that is important. Why live, no exist, feeling bad? You may be hit by a bus, but the days leading up to that could be excellent, not yucky. Quit giving the healthcare system all your money. Spend it on good food instead. I would rather buy organic than purchase a new house for my doctor, who really has no vested interest in me at all.

Like Bon Jovie says:

It’s my life
It’s now or never
I ain’t gonna live forever
I just want to live while I’m alive
(It’s my life)
My heart is like an open highway
Like Frankie said
I did it my way
I just want to live while I’m alive
It’s my life

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“American citizen. It’s a sacred name. Its sanctity attaches itself alike to his person, whether he journeys over the scorching sands of Florida or wanders in the deepest forests of our Northern frontier; throughout the Republic, or in his native state; in the bosom of civilization or in the wilderness of savage life; still he’s an American citizen.”

“So long as that flag shall bear aloft its glittering stars — bearing them amidst the din of battle, and waiving them triumphantly above the storms of the ocean, so long, I trust, shall the rights of American citizens be preserved safe and unimpaired, and transmitted as a sacred legacy from one generation to another, till discord shall wreck the spheres — the grand march of time shall cease — and not one fragment of all creation be left to chafe on the bosom of eternity’s waves.”

  • Sam Houston

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Sam Houston and General Lafayette on Liberty and the United States of America

Sam Houston and General Lafayette (an excerpt from I Am Houston by Syd Young)

Except for Houston. He escaped the house to watch the sun set, to see the first stars come out. He felt happy, despite the lack of a tete-a-tete. He felt alive. Thankful, and surprised at his life, his rise from no one to a bit of a someone, in five short years after leaving the army and showing up on Judge Tremble’s doorstep. How had this happened? How had his circumstances so changed? And yet, thank the gods, the stars were just the same.

“Ah, excellent, another star-gazer.” There stood Lafayette behind him, the French accent making him like no other.

“Sir.” Sam found himself inclining his head, even though it was dark. Then his mouth took charge. “Forgive me. I’m simple. It amazes me, how they are the same, the stars. They are so constant.”

Ah, oui. C’est vrai. So very true. When I gazed at the same sky, as a young gallant, serving le magnifique Washington, I wondered, how can it not be liberte est vivant equality of man. How can it not be? And this Constitution, how doubt it? Des droits de l’homme et du citoyen.” He shook his head. “The rights of man, how can they be in question? Why, les etoiles, the stars, the night skies, do they not profess liberte? La liberte, elle est vrai. Elle est constante. Non? Oui, La Dame Liberte, vive La Dame Liberte!”

Sam smiled. He agreed with the great man. Still, he wondered. “Do you still believe in us, so much, sir? After what you’ve seen?”

He’d noticed the pinched French faces when they saw not just the perfection of the Hermitage, but the enslaved, the bent backs who made it so. The Frenchmen stopped, frowned, looked at each other, then looked down, upset, embarrassed, confused. An imprisoned man, even when free, can never fail to notice misery he’s left behind. Lafayette could never blithely overlook it. He could never play the game.

At Sam’s words, Lafayette grasped him on the arm. “Ah non, Monsieur. Do not doubt her, vous, le member du Congress. Why, you must believe her, La Dame Liberte, for her to be so. Vous est l’homme de guarde. Listen! You are the men who uphold her, La Dame Liberte. Je suis comprende. I, myself, I know. I learned this the hard way, with the tears and blood of my people, of myself. C’est vous! Vous! L’homme du Congress your body, those of you who serve the people, c’est vous who must defend La Dame Liberte et La Constitution.”

Houston stared at the beloved Frenchman, mind racing.

Ah. Non? Non? You doubt me? Mais, Mon Dieu, mon amie! Vous est le guerrier, non? But yes, you were, we established this truth earlier.”

Houston felt his cheeks grow hot with a mix of pleasure and pain flashing across his face. Yes, Lafayette honored him as a fellow soldier, as a soldier wounded for his country.

His right arm was still stiff and practically immobile, except with the vilest of emotions. He should be proud of this and his other injury. But, walking with a cane before finishing his first quarter of a century, despite his best struggles, along with the stiff arm keeping him from hunting, these didn’t feel like badges of honor, even here gazing at the night sky, smelling the beauty of the country, with one of his heroes.

Ah, oui.” Lafayette dug in his pocket for a little tin. “You, I remember from La Capital. I could never forget you and your love of your General, just as I loved my General. La devotion, tres bon. And yet vous est extrordinarre. In your moment of sorest disappointment, even though you wanted to fight, I saw you. Oui, je vous ai vu. When le General Jackson shook le Presidente’s hand, Monseiur Adams. Rein de vous. In my devotion to Mon General, I am unsure of my response. And yet, he would have.” Lafayette opened the tin and took a big sniff of fresh snuff, and sneezed three, precise and measured times. “Oui. Le magnifique Washington. Pour La Liberte, le fenatique. And Le General Jackson? He went and shook hands. He could have called La Revolution, non? But no. Monsieur le General Jackson, Il est pour La Dame Liberte. Gaze upon stars in the sky, and behold those in your flag, Monsieur General Houston. Constant, they must be. America is a new constellation, and her light must not go out. Vous comprenez? We soldiers think it is we who guarantee freedoms.”

“Yes.” Houston could not move, there under the stars, taking in the words as if from the best school master of all.

Ah. Oui. Oui, mais non. This mistake, I have made. Do not make it yourself. Any military group can take freedom away. But no military can make a governing body act as it should. Not under true freedom. That body must always be willing to sacrifice its desires, its cliques, its seats, even its parties, to uphold the rights of the people. Without such a body, quelle frommage, the military knows only one way to rule. This you did, when you and Monsieur le General acquiesced to the election. Mon General Washington would have applauded you.”

Finally, Lafayette summed himself up. He pointed to the throngs of people following everywhere he traveled.

“They want freedom, non? They want to see the emblem of what their ancestors achieved. Non? They want their country to live to posterity. Non? Do not the crowds that follow me teach you anything?

“Listen to me, l’homme de Congres. America, she must survive. She’s the light of freedom to the world. She’s the great guiding star. When you hear my name, think of this. If you do, my purpose, I will have lived. Mon General, I will have championed.”

 

Freedom is not free. Do not take being able to do as you wish for granted. Put the United States first. It is just like the oxygen mask rule on airplanes. Put yours on first so you can help others. God bless America and God bless President Trump!

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Prager University on Democrats vs Republicans – A MUST WATCH! https://www.youtube.com/embed/OURy5WFp0zk

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39 Seconds to understand the Electoral College!

It should finally put an end to the argument against the Electoral College.

Do share this. It needs to be widely known and understood.

There are 3,141 counties in the United States.

Trump won 3,084 of them.

Clinton won 57.

There are 62 counties in New York State.

Trump won 46 of them.

Clinton won 16

Clinton won the popular vote by approx. 1.5 million votes.

In the 5 counties that encompass NYC, (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Richmond & Queens) Clinton received well over 2 million more votes than Trump.  (Clinton only won 4 of these counties, Trump won Richmond)

Therefore these 5 counties alone, more than accounted for Clinton winning the popular vote of the entire country.

These 5 counties comprise 319 square miles.

The United States is comprised of 3,797,000 square miles.

When you have a country that encompasses almost 4 million square miles of territory, it would be ludicrous to even suggest that the vote of those who inhabit a mere 319 square miles should dictate the outcome of a  national election.

Large densely populated Democrat cities  (NYC,  CHICAGO, LA, ETC.) DO NOT and SHOULD NOT speak for the rest of the country!

And…it’s been verified and documented that those aforementioned 319 square miles are where the majority of our nation’s problems foment.

Well worth the 39 seconds?

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I Think My Dog’s a Democrat Bryan Lewis Official Video https://www.youtube.com/embed/H3VLqLLWxbQ?rel=0

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Listen, open your mind, and know this is the truth!

President Trump: Our immigration laws are incompetent

https://video.foxnews.com/v/5856485564001/?#sp=show-clips

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MOST POWERFUL TRUMP VIDEO EVER – THE VIDEO YOU WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO SEE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7A1b0g9EKO8&feature=youtu.be

God bless America! God bless President Donald Trump!!

In my mind, President Trump is a sign that God has not yet given up on the most powerful country in the history of humanity, founded on the basis of LIBERTY, which is embedded in every document in our history — the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, The Federalist Papers, THE CONSTITUTION, and the Bill of Rights. Just think what would have happened to us had we been cursed with another Bama or Billary? It would have been certain DEATH of a great nation and an insult to our fathers that gave blood and life to protect this GIFT. Therefore, we must drain the swamp!

President Trump may not be St. John, but he is my John; a voice crying out in the wilderness of a foundering world. The name JOHN means ‘God’s has been gracious and shown favor!’

Without a doubt, Satan is alive, evidenced by his snakes in our system. ‘But let not your heart be troubled. Greater is HE!’ There is NO middle ground! There never was! Either you are with HIM or you are not. President Trump is a man of God and a speaker of truth.

‘He who sits on the fence is not only an easy target but will surely develop painful hemorrhoids causing the nearby intellect to further diminish.’

  • C Cody

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I believe God wants you to know …

… that there is a solution. There is. But you must keep

going to find it. You cannot stop, you cannot give up.
This is about more than just patience. This is about
more than just persistence. This is about absolute
knowing that God is on your side.
When you know this, you never give up…and the
sense of struggle goes away. You simply keep moving
forward knowing that, in the end, all will work out.
And that along the way there will be great insights
and wonderful remembering.
Love, your Friend …
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… that there is a book, waiting for you to read. It

carries a wonderful message for you.
This may be a book that you started, then set aside.
Or it may be a text that you have just heard about
and that is now calling out to you.
Whichever it is, listen to the calling.  Follow the
impulse.  Read the book.  Its time is now.
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“Fireworks & Freedom” by Bud Hearn

“And it shall come to pass afterward, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions…”  Joel 2:28

What we have here is a minor 9th Century BC prophet projecting his prognostication of great blessings which God promises to pour out on His people in the future. While he probably did not have America in mind, per se, who can ignore the fulfillment of this prophesy in the founding and maintaining of our great land? And tomorrow we’ll again celebrate this blessing.

Soon the skies of our Homeland will explode in celebration of the birthday of Independence Day, a dream come true. It marks the 242nd anniversary of our Republic. But what exactly will we be celebrating?

Freedom, that’s what, fruit that has matured from the Tree of Vision nurtured by courageous men and women, young and old. These patriots pledged their lives and fortunes to fulfill the deepest dream of mankind…Liberty. The Declaration of Independence is the Word, the seed of that powerful dream, a dream that beats in the heart of every citizen.

What is Freedom? A chimerical wish-list envisioned by idle daydreamers? Some romantic notion devised by Utopian idealists? Hardly. The poet, Gibran, writes, “(Vague) and nebulous is the beginning of all things, but not their end…that which seems most feeble and bewildered in you is the strongest and most determined…and if you could hear the whispering of the dream, you would hear no other sound.” Thankfully, our ancestors heard that whisper. Do we?

From what compost is Freedom conceived? Often from the exploited detritus of oppression, enslavement, tyranny and brutality. It seethes in obscurity. It endures beneath the turf of tyrants, despots and dictators. When it can no longer be suppressed, its collective voice shouts, “No more!” It then rises from darkness into a tsunami of unrestrained power.

All births are bloody. Travail precedes each. Ben Franklin and a friend once watched a hot air balloon exhibit in a field of France. The balloon rose slowly from the ground, floated over trees, and landed in a nearby field.  Peasant farmers with pitchforks, ignorant and fearful, attacked it.

The friend remarked, “What good was that experiment?”

Franklin replied, “What good is any new-born baby?”

Freedom begins as a baby. But it grows, changes, dreams of its own destiny. America’s experiment with Freedom is older now, but no less vibrant. The baby is maturing, and it’s changing.

How does Freedom consist, hold together? Is it by milquetoast methods of submission to the winds of fortune? Or is it by, as Churchill said in England’s dark hours of WW II, “…blood, toil, tears and sweat…?” All revolutions and preservations of Freedom are achieved not by slick rhetoric, but by the shedding of blood. America’s experiment with Freedom is no different.

Is our dream of Freedom in jeopardy? Has it become a faded billboard for rent, cheap? A fast-food court of entitlements, tawdry trinkets and handouts to appease the masses? A nation of freeloaders and pilferers of the public treasury? Free everything…healthcare, food stamps, welfare checks, mortgages, you-name-it? Are we like drunks, sucking the dregs of the Dream at the bottom of a bottle of debt, celebrity politics and self-gratification? Scary thoughts.

Again, this year the fireworks extravaganzas will bring to remembrance Francis Scott Key’s words, “…and the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.” And that’s what we need…a constant reminder that the horror of darkness has not extinguished our flag, the symbol of enduring Freedom.

On Wednesday the Spirit of Liberty will blow softly in the breezes. Firecrackers, both real and symbolic, will beat back the night for a little while longer. After the parades, picnics, BBQ, hot dogs, beer, watermelons and heartburn, we’ll sleep soundly, nurtured in the comfort of Freedom. But not all of us.

Somewhere on a dusty desolate plain a soldier with a weapon will keep a night watch. Somewhere a baby will be born. Their lives will merge with old men who still dream dreams, and with young men who still see visions.

Every generation has the power to retain or forfeit this Dream and Vision of Freedom. Which will we choose?

But for today, The Dream and the Vision live on. Now, begin the parades. God bless America.

Bud Hearn

July 3, 2018

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Old Post Cards 

Courtesy of Eugene Lovett

The post cards are a piece of history, but the NARRATIVE at the end really tells the story of the current culture…..

While being a Helicopter Crew Chief Instructor, I’d go to Washington DC, with a few buddies almost every weekend.  We’d do the Smithsonian and all.

On the way back to  Ft. Eustis (125 miles), we’d often stop for something to eat.

One time, it was getting late.  We landed in  Falls Church, VA.   We saw an old general store that was still open.  We walked around on the old creaky floors looking for Frito’s or something?  I came across, an old wire frame post card holder.  It was full of WWII post cards …. Penny a piece!

I asked the guy, “How much do you want for the Post Cards?”  He said, “A penny.” He explained that they had been there ever since he was a kid.

I counted them … 300 plus.  I gave him $4.00 and I got the rack, too.

In San Diego , I sold a bunch for $1.00 each.   I still have a bunch to hand down.

I know some of you are too young to recall these posters and WWII, but they were a part of my life and others who are now “older than dirt”.  These are great.  Pass them along, especially to your older e-mail friends.  I wonder whatever happened to this kind of thinking.

I got a lump in my throat when I read this.  I “grew up” thinking: patriotism, it is the AMERICAN way!   I am glad to see that somebody saved them.  The statement at the end says it all!

These were our parents.  What in God’s name have we let happen?

I guess we are the last generation to see, or even remember anything like these!

Whatever happened?

Political correctness (or “re-education”) happened,
Lack of personal responsibility happened,
Lack of personal integrity and honesty happened,
Lack of respect and loyalty to our country happened,
Lack of being an American happened.

Did all of these things die along with common sense?

I for one am still proud to be an American!

If you are too …. Pass this along,  so others can show their pride.

“Let me control the TEXTBOOKS and I will control the state.”……Adolph Hitler

 

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The Weakly Post

 

The Tongue is a Fire

 

    “The tongue is a fire…and it is set on fire of hell.”

 

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It was a long time ago and far away when the Apostle penned this theorem. He was sitting under a date palm near the Dead Sea discussing women with his tongue-tied camel.

 

The validity of the theory was confirmed later that day when with a slip of the tongue he mentioned to his wife something about, “That’s woman’s work.”  His tongue ignited a flame that burns in infamy to this day.

 

The tongue is a torch. It ignites.  Sparks from words fly off and can set on fire the course of nature. The tongue is an unruly evil. It’s impossible to tame.

 

I learned this lesson the hard way. I was born with a forked tongue. It manipulated facts and fabricated untruths. I was five or six at the time. I had discovered some packets of what looked like candy.  Like a dog, I ate anything. I remember exactly how the events unfolded.

 

Son, what are you eating?” Mama asked.

 

Uh, candy grandmama gave me,” I said. The deceit slid off my tongue like greased lightening. I didn’t even have to think about it. There I stood, drooling. Five packs of empty Rolaids wrappers lay scattered about my feet. The severe tongue-lashing and stinging switch-thrashing convinced me that the tongue was not my friend.

 

Tongues wag uncontrollably. They’re attached in the mouth but lack connectivity to the brain, clearly a flaw in the original human design. No doubt it originated in some mythic fruit tree garden. Sadly, medical science cannot correct the glitch.

 

Tongues boast great things. This is the main use of it among men. It becomes quite lively after vast infusions of firewater. The context of such wagging tends to be centered on exaggerated achievements concerning money, athletics and embellished, tongue-in-cheek youthful dalliances. Not necessarily in this order, and nothing believable!

 

Shakespeare made this discovery by accident while nursing a hangover. He passed it on to Polonius who warned Ophelia, “…(when) the blood burns, how prodigal the soul lends the tongue vows.”  The tongue boasts more than it can back up. Ask any politician.

 

The tongue’s fire begins as a spark in the back of the mouth. It roars forward at warp speed, gathers a host of demons and exits the tongue’s tip with a searing flame…too late for a recall.

 

My friend Marvin, a renowned deep thinker, forgot to bite his tongue when his wife asked him how her new dress looked. His tongue betrayed him. His knee-jerk response went something like this: “It makes you look fat.”

     “Just kidding,” he added, tongue-in-cheek. His apology was so shallow it was like trying to put out a house fire by spitting on the roof. Marvin now lives alone in Ludowici, thinking about what went wrong.

 

Last September was the anniversary of Einstein’s profound equation: E = mc2It simply states that a tiny mote of mass can yield enormous energy. In fact, the nuclear bomb that exploded over Nagasaki contained less than an ounce of plutonium. Einstein made this discovery by accident.

 

One evening he came home, frustrated from thinking.  The equation was eluding him. A stiff nip of rye sharpened his tongue. In his best Yiddish he snapped at his wife, “Velkh iz oyf varmes, eyfele?” Translated, it’s “What’s for dinner, baby.”  E = mc2 came to him at the precise moment when the matzah ball exploded on his forehead.

 

Others have made such discoveries. I once remember commenting to my wife with a smug, silver tongue that nobody made banana pudding like mama. For some reason banana pudding has not been in our refrigerator since that comment. Such is the power of words.

 

Is there hope for the taming of the tongue? Nothing yet has been discovered that will mitigate the damage caused by this double-edged sword. I found this out again the hard way only last week.

 

We’re pulling out the Halloween paraphernalia. Among such is a sign board that reads, “The Witch Is In.” I show it to my wife.  We laugh. She leans it against the pumpkin on the front steps. My tongue suggests we should nail it to the door permanently. Only a pitiful, “Oops” escaped my lips. Too little, too late.

 

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Out there in the vibrations of digital arcana the tweeting tongue twitters…and the fires of hell begin to rage.

 

 

Bud Hearn

October 20, 2017

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First Drafts are Imperfect. It’s a Fact. Embrace it!
Whether we are talking about my revised website or your novel-in-progress, neither is going be perfect in the first draft.
And as if being a writer doesn’t make you crazy enough, thinking every word must Zing! the first time around will put you over the edge, for sure.
I have an article scheduled for WriteToDone.com coming out soon about this very subject.
But I wanted to share these important points with you now. Because too many writers are struggling with getting that first story out:
  • You don’t need to use every tool and speck of an idea in your current story.
  • Pick only what this particular story needs or overload can break your creative back.
  • Lay out enough of a plot to get you going and stick to it.
  • Sidestep potholes as you must but stick to your plan or you’ll likely careen off the road altogether.
  • Skip over troublesome words and jump over awkward scenes. Put a XX placeholder in those spots and just keep writing.
You Can’t Improve a Story That Isn’t Written Yet
Complete your first draft. Afterwards you can remove those XX’s, fill in any blanks, and adjust the things that simply didn’t turn out like you wanted. Until you reach the end of version #1, and re-read it, you may find it difficult to fully grasp just what needs to be fixed or improved in version #2.
As for me, I’m thrilled with my website revisions. My heartfelt thanks to Peter Calabrese who took my first versions of my websites (three of them!), rolled them into a single website, and executed the changes I envisioned.
And for opening my eyes to important and needed changes as well.
Which brings me to my next point:
Seek the Help You Need
You don’t have to go it alone and you shouldn’t! We never have the perspective on our own writing. We need a second (third and fourth sometimes) pair of eyes. That is where experts come in darned handy.
Peter helped me make my revised site responsive on various devices, informed me of new trends in formatting, and yet respected the intentions I had in mind.
As an editor, I’m glad to provide that for you in your stories.
Need help? Have questions on your first–or umpteenth–draft? Let me know! I’d be glad to help.
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Sandra Haven, Writing Coach

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The Sacrifices of Women Soldiers

We see lots of pictures of wounded male veterans but women in the military get wounded and maimed too.

You may need to take a second, closer look though.  The first thing I saw was a bunch of beautiful smiles.

 

Study this picture again. Let the story it tells sink in.  These women and many others, as well as their male comrades, paid this price for our freedoms.

 

And, they did it for less than what welfare recipients are paid!!! 

 

DID YOU GET THAT?!?

 

And a lot less than those over-paid athletes who choose to “take a knee” when the National Anthem is played!!!

They risked these injuries (or death) FOR AMERICA!

MAY GOD BLESS ALL OF THEM!!! https://t.co/wbIjQ0ix4X

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A way to help victims of Harvey

 

No color, no religion, no nationality should come between us, we are all children of God.

  • Mother Teresa

For those who at a loss for what you can do to help those who have lost it all, please donate to the American Red Cross or Joel Osteen Ministries noting ‘Harvey victims’ in the memo line.

If you are able to shelter a pet or allow a family to stay with you until they can find accommodations, you would be the hands and feet of Jesus. These people have lost it all. I am unable to imagine my loved ones left in a nursing home flooded with water, my pets or livestock unable to get away, all my cherished possessions floating out to sea, my car or home under water, etc. Yes, I was once told by a wise woman whom I love dearly, “Don’t get attached to anything that is not breathing.” Well, so many have.

Pray, donate, open your minds to what is possible and just do it. Use the money you would have wasted on a lottery ticket, a bottle of wine, a carton of cigarettes, a dinner and a movie, the pair of shoes you did not need, etc.

Mother Teresa was so right. No matter our differences, we are all children of the Most High God. He told us the most important things we can do is “To love the Lord thy God with all your heart, your mind, and your soul, and to love thy neighbor as thyself.” If you were cold, wet, and without your home, car, pets, food, what would you need?

God bless you all, and God bless America!! (Remember, all donations to either are tax deductible.)

Where to Donate for Harvey Victims

In response to the outpouring of community generosity, the City of Irving wants to remind residents it cannot accept any donations – monetary or in-kind – for Harvey victims and evacuees. However, individuals can make donations to Irving Cares, The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. * Irving Cares: IrvingCares.org * The Salvation Army: SalvationArmyUSA.org * American Red Cross: RedCross.org In addition, blood and platelet donations are in serious need by medical facilities. Healthy individuals who want to donate are encouraged to contact: * American Red Cross: RedCrossBlood.org * Carter Blood Care: CarterBloodCare.org; (800) 787-3621 Lively Pointe cannot accept donations. Please contact the organizations listed above for all donations. The city is currently hosting Harvey evacuees at Lively Pointe Youth Center that arrived via plane from affected areas. However, the facility is not accepting walk-ins or evacuees in private vehicles. Individuals needing shelter are encouraged to call 211 for a list of available shelters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Reflections on America this 4th of July 

As I edit the manuscript Treason on the Mississippi by Jack Martin, and ponder the hell our great nation has gone through — all the birthing pains, learning to walk, to run, and to soar — I am reminded of so many great men, leaders and grunts alike. As in any chain, we are only as strong as the weakest link. “One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”

Many great, original quotes in this novel were profound for that era, but they can also be easily applied to us now. Here are a few I would like to share:

  • “It is well to remember, some days are better than others, and there is a world of tomorrows.” — Bierce
  • “There are all kinds of slavery; not all of them involve physical chains and formal bills of sale.” -— Lot
  • “I bore it, for my father’s sake. He told me this was now the white man’s country, and that I should go to his schools and learn his ways, for it was no sense to wish for yesterday to come again. Still, it was years before I understood fully what he meant when he said it would take more courage to live than to die in battle.” — Major Parker
  • “Sir, I mean no disrespect; but I would pose this question: if someone cannot resist the pull to treason, how can they be expected to show gratitude for mercy?” — Clay
  • “I would answer your question with a question, Captain. If someone has once killed to no purpose, how could they be relied upon not to do so in the future? Well, Captain, if it consoles you, it may come to what you desire. If they surrender, most will live to see their homes again. But if they do not surrender, then I will maintain this siege until every, last one of them starves, if that is what it takes to possess Vicksburg. Someone must want mercy before it can be granted. Let’s hope that Pemberton realizes the hopelessness of his situation.” Grant took a pull on his cigar and grimaced.
  • “Alphonso, there’s been cruelty and injustice since the Fall,” said Lot quietly to his cousin and friend. “You can’t solve it all; you can only keep from adding to it.”
  • “This whole war is inappropriate, Captain. One can either jeer at the folly of man or go mad with the tragedy of it; I prefer to jeer.” — Bierce
  • “Here, here,” chimed in the fidgety Sherman, who was constantly shifting about in his chair, thin fingers drumming incessantly on the table. “I’ve supply difficulties to attend to. Steamer with all kinds of things destined for my corps blew up today, somewhere south of Memphis. Only good thing about the disaster is there were half a dozen newspapermen aboard. I guess we’ll have the news from Hell by breakfast.”
  • “There is a great truth hidden in those lines. People who commit treason seldom admit, even to themselves, they are so doing. They justify it by appeals to ‘states’ rights,’ ‘the people’s will,’ ‘the greater good,’ etc., and know if they are successful, they will be hailed as great men, not traitors. However, it is still treason in my eyes.” — Clay

Now consider how political parties and the media are forcing a united country to choose sides yet again — not North and South, but Democrat or Republican. Parties be damned! We are all Americans who want this country to thrive, not survive. We must think of it as our HOME. No one wants druggies, burglars, robbers, rapists, murderers, or terrorists in their homes, nor do we want them in our land. Extreme vetting is necessary. It’s hard enough policing legal citizens, but when you have those here you can’t account for, how can you? Look these words up: nefarious and malevolent. Those who come here and seemingly assimilate into our society with nefarious and malevolent intentions are not our friends. They are here to harm us.

In the same way, the media or celebrities that do not tell the truth (Walter Cronkite has gone to be with Jesus and he was the last true journalist) and assist in blocking, disrespecting, and hindering the president on every turn, is not a loyalist but a traitor. If they despise the USA so much, they can turn in their passports and leave. You are either with us or without us.

All President Trump wants is the best for us, just like President Lincoln did, who was determined to keep the Union, no matter the cost. We must adhere to the Constitution, which was founded in Biblical principles, support President Trump, and stand united against all evil, political and spiritual, around the globe.

We have come a long way for such a young country, endured many wars and hardships, but only together shall we move forward with confidence to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

  • Jeanie Loiacono

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I believe God wants you to know…

…that what your heart thinks is great, is great.
The soul’s emphasis is always right.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said that, and he was correct.
The mind is the last part of yourself to listen to.
It thinks of everything you can lose. The heart thinks of
everything you can give, and the soul thinks of
everything you are.
I will leave it up to you to decide which of those

three is the most important…

Love, your Friend …  Neale Donald Walsh
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True Friends

“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”   Proverbs 17:17

There are a wide variety of friends. Some are your friend when you have something to offer them. Others are friends as long as you ask nothing of them. Still others offer their support as long as times are good and they can share in your success. But what about when you fall on hard times?

One of the many benefits of difficult times is that it reveals who your true friends are! They are the ones who draw nearer to you in difficult times rather than moving to a safe distance. They are the ones who suffer with you rather than letting you endure your pain alone. They are the ones who would not think of you facing your trials alone. They are also the ones who believe in you and know you will overcome your adversity.

Think about the last time you went through a difficult time. Who was the first person you wanted to call? Who was the first person to call you? Who meant the most to you when you suffered hardship? When times are good, friends are relatively easy to come by. But how grateful we are for those friends who stick by us when we enter into times of adversity!

— Blackaby Spiritual Leadership, Shari Black

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Memorial Day

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Today we honor and remember those who have dedicated their lives to democracy and the United States of America. Although we see and hear from some veterans that are determined to keep those soldiers’ memories alive, there are millions of other vets we will never know of; names that are not on the walls or in history books, those who did not wear a uniform but supported our troops and defended our country. Some have not and will not ever come home. Buried in mass POW graves or at the bottom of the sea, their families have only photos and stories; nowhere to lay a wreath. Their service was not in vain…

Today, across this home we call Earth, we can go to sleep knowing we are protected in “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” — because of them. A moment does not go by that I am not thankful for being a child of our Most High God whose love endures forever, and to be an American citizen, a proud and humbling privilege. Yes, privilege, not entitlement. Servicemen and women have sacrificed all so we can be free. It is an atrocity for anyone with their feet on American soil to complain, defame, criticize, or terrorize ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave.’ Let us stand unified in blessing and encouraging our President, our troops, and The Greatest Nation in the World, The United States of America. God bless America!

  • Jeanie Loiacono

WE SHOULD REMEMBER…
1. The American Cemetery at Aisne-Marne, France.. A total of 2289
2. The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium… A total of 5329
3. The American Cemetery at Brittany, France… A total of 4410
4. Brookwood, England – American Cemetery… A total of 468
5. Cambridge, England… A total of 3812
6. Epinal, France – American Cemetery.. A total of 5525
7. Flanders Field, Belgium… A total of 368
8. Florence, Italy… A total of 4402
9. Henri-Chapelle, Belgium… A total of 7992
10. Lorraine , France… A total of 10,489
11 .Luxembourg, Luxembourg… A total of 5076
12. Meuse-Argonne.. A total of 14246
13 .Netherlands, Netherlands… A total of 8301
14. Normandy, France… A total of 9387
15. Oise-Aisne, France… A total of 6012
16. Rhone, France… A total of 861
17. Sicily, Italy… A total of 7861
18. Somme, France… A total of 1844
19. St. Mihiel, France… A total of 4153
20. Suresnes, France… A total of 1541

Apologize to no one. Remind those of our sacrifice and don’t Confuse arrogance with leadership. The count is 104,366 Dead, brave Americans.

And we had to watch Obama, an American elected leader who apologized to
Europe and the Middle East that our country is “arrogant”! HOW MANY FRENCH,
DUTCH, ITALIANS, BELGIANS AND BRITS ARE BURIED ON OUR SOIL… AFTER
DEFENDING US AGAINST OUR ENEMIES?

WE DON’T ASK FOR PRAISE…BUT WE HAVE ABSOULUTELY NO NEED TO APOLOGIZE!
THANK YOU.

 

” Courage is being scared to death – but saddling up anyway.” John Wayne_

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EDITING FOR STRONG WRITING

By Linda Kasten, literary agent, Loiacono Literary Agency, and author of Castle of Cards

You’ve completed your novel, worked and reworked your plot, subplots, setting, characterization, point of view, theme—all elements required to create an alternate universe. Once you’ve done the heavy lifting, you’re now ready to tackle the real work: editing.

Editing can unfold in many forms. Scenes may need to be rearranged, paragraphs deleted, clearer settings rewritten, and viewpoints fixed. But what many writers fail to apply to their editing is strong writing—fixing the words and sequences one uses sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph.

What is strong writing, you may ask? It’s the difference between a writer and an amateur.

Lazy verbs. In today’s world, the search function on your software program will become your best friend. One of the most overused words in a manuscript is “was.” Reword every sentence possible to eliminate the words “are/was/is/were” and paint a more visual picture using strong verbs.

Example:         John was the team’s best player and had a gift for fastballs.

John’s fastballs made him the team’s best player.

Present participles. When writing in past tense, do not confuse completed action with continuous action. Present participles used incorrectly detract from the meaning and from the action’s immediacy.

Example:         Eliza was running through the field with her kite.

Eliza ran through the field with her kite.

Or even better: Eliza charged through the field with her kite.

Always look for the strongest verb for the most precise image you want to convey.

That/Who(m)/Which. Nine times out of ten, you do not need these crutch words. Use that as an adjective only, or use that when the sentence needs clarity. A writer might be surprised how many times that shows up in his manuscript.

Example:         The wind roared so ferociously that the windows in the dining room flew open.

The wind roared so ferociously the windows in the dining room flew open.

The man who is training for the job scored well on the test.

The man training for the job scored well on the test.                        

Gestures: Keep body language to a minimum when using dialogue. No need for smiling, nodding, shrugging, looking, eyebrow raising, head shaking, sighing, etc. There’s nothing interesting about them unless you are unable to convey body language through the dialogue. Sometimes action with dialogue adds more drama and serves as a better choice. Breathe, inhale, exhale, and adrenaline are also becoming redundant in writing. Describe emotions more creatively.

Speaking of Dialogue: Minimize dialogue tags. When two characters chat back and forth, you can limit the use of ‘she said,’ ‘he said.’ Also, inserting action to break up dialogue provides a better option.

Example:         “That was a great show,” said Margaret.

“It was entertaining,” said John.

Margaret asked, “Would you like to hang out a bit?”

“I don’t have to get home just yet,” John answered. “I’m game.”

“How about some pizza?” asked Margaret.

                                    “That was a great show,” said Margaret.

                                    John stuffed his cell phone into his pocket. “It was entertaining.”

                                    “Would you like to hang out a bit?”

                                    “I don’t have to get home just yet. I’m game.”

                                    “How about some pizza?”

Also, be stingy on addressing characters in dialogue. When we speak, we do not say:

Example:         “Well, John, what did you think about the show?”

“It was entertaining, Margaret.”

“John, would you like to hang out a bit?”

“I don’t have to get home just yet. I’m game, Margaret.”

Etc.

It is reasonable to have a name addressed occasionally in dialogue to remind the reader who is speaking, but when the reader knows which character is speaking, it is not necessary to have one character address another in every statement. Be frugal.

Delete Redundancies: Past history, sky above, hung down, ceiling overhead, whispered softly, end result, etc. You’d be surprised how many of these combinations invade a manuscript.

Be Specific: Whenever the opportunity arises for improved descriptions, use specific images. Instead of saying dog, name a breed. Instead of car, tell us the make.

‘Of’ phrases: Another fun task for your computer search is checking your manuscript for of the and make them possessive.

Example:         The arc of the rainbow showed four pastel colors.

The rainbow’s arc showed four pastel colors.

However, avoid double possessives – grandma’s cat’s food bowl.

Would: Whenever depicting habitual action, use the past tense rather than would.

            Example:         Each afternoon, Aunt Bev would fix tea and cookies.

Each afternoon, Aunt Bev fixed tea and cookies.

Appear to/seem to: These are weakeners. Reword you sentence.

Example:         The sun appeared to shake in the sky.

The sun shook in the sky.

The sun seemed to shake in the sky.

The sun shook in the sky.

There was/there were: Eliminate sentence structures using there was and there were.

Example:         There were doves flying in the sky.

Doves flew in the sky.

Adverbs: Most writers have heard strong verbs can do a better job than using adverbs.

However, an o casional “ly” word is fine where appropriate. Adverbs to ax from your sentences as they will never be missed are: very, actually, totally, completely, absolutely, definitely, certainly, perfectly, probably, basically, literally, virtually, etc.

More Qualifiers and Vague Words: Eliminate these unnecessary words: a bit, a little, fairly, highly, just, kind of, mostly, pretty, quite, rather, really, slightly, so, somewhat, sort of, some, interesting, almost.

Prepositional phrases: When using out of, you do not always need of. All of the should be all the and sometimes just all. The same for off of; remove of.

Examples:        He went out of the door.

He went out the door.

He went all of the way to the store.

He went all the way to the store.

He took the pot off of the stove.

He took the pot off the stove.

Also, prepositions and conjunctions are described as glue words. If your sentence word count contains more than 45% of these glue words, time to rework it.

Body Parts: This is a fun one, right? Never have body parts act on their own.

Examples:        Her hand waved.

                                    She waved her hand.

Her eyes fell on the page in front of her.

                                    Her gaze fell on the page in front of her.

Began to/Started to: Your characters shouldn’t begin to or start to do anything unless a specific task requires.

Examples:        She began to cry.

                                    She cried.

He started to brush the dog.

                                    He brushed the dog.

Sentences Beginning with It: Limit referring to everything as “it.” Using specific words or word variations provide clearer images.

And and But: Starting sentences with and or but isn’t necessary unless used to create a specific effect.

The and A: These two articles are not always necessary either, especially when using plural words that qualify as ambiguous.

Examples:        The rats scampered from the house.

                                    Rats scampered from the house.

                                    A joy came over her.

                                    Joy came over her.

Other words that prevent your reader from connecting to your characters are: Wonder, ponder, think, thought, feel, felt, understand, realize, decide, know. When in limited third person, the reader knows who is speaking and understands the character is thinking, feeling, realizing, etc. The reader doesn’t need the intrusive reminders.

The following list (although some have been mentioned above), are words for search and replace: A little, almost, anyway, at the present time, began to, by means of, certainly, considering the fact that, definitely, even, exactly, fairly, in order to, in spite of the fact that, in the event that, is/was/were/are, just, perfect, perhaps, probably, proceeded to, owing to the fact, quite, rather, real, really, seem, slightly, so some, somewhat, sort of, start/started to, such, that, the, usually, very, which, who.

Redundant words: Two-wheeled bicycle, 6 a.m. in the morning, absolutely perfect, blistering hot, climbed up the stairs, crept slowly, drop down, eased slowly, exact same, fall down, long-necked giraffe, long-lasting durability, nodded his head, ran quickly, red in color, rise up, rose to her feet, sat down, shrugged his shoulders, small leprechaun, stomped heavily, stood to his full height, stood up, terribly bad, the reason why, tiptoed quietly.

In summary, nailing strong writing takes much more than listed above, but this provides a solid beginning. As a writer tackles these writing ‘tricksters,’ he’ll soon find himself subconsciously avoiding or replacing them. When the end is typed on the final page, he will also notice his writing has advanced to another level and will garner more agent interest. Strong writing and strong stories make for smooth reading.

  • Linda Kasten is a novelist who writes thrillers and romance suspense. Having received a literature degree, with minors in journalism and creative writing from Newman University in her hometown, Wichita, Kansas, she has continued studying and working on honing her craft, taking advantage of writing workshops and retreats, networking through conferences, and working with critique editors. She also belongs to several writing groups within her state’s radius. Her novel, Castle of Cards, is available for acquisition.

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Hire a Freelancer or LLA? by Jeanie Loiacono

The question of whether to hire a freelance editor or not has been posed to me so many times. It is a matter of how much work needs to be done on the manuscript and how much money you wish to invest before you submit to an agency. Or should you submit it to LLA and let them edit and sell your book to a traditional publisher? Ahhh, that may be the answer.

The difference between a writer and an author is publication. The difference between an agent and a freelancer is the agent has a vested interest (long-term) in the author and their work(s). Freelancers get the money and run! No matter what kind of quality job was done, they are done. LLA is not just a literary agency. On top of submitting your work(s), negotiating a publishing contract, helping authors and publishing houses reach an agreement on editing or cover issues, and providing mentoring for an author, LLA agents “shepherd” every author and manuscript indefinitely—marketing, publicity, moral support, attending book signings and conferences with the author, and personally promoting LLA books.

I have had so many manuscripts submitted to me that were great concepts, but the writing needed major editing. Major is when you cannot get through a sentence without fixing something. This is a sure sign the writer did not proof or polish, much less had anyone with a keen eye for English grammar or literature proof it for them. After working on a manuscript for years, you tend to have an anxiety attack at the thought of having to read it again or rewrite. Works have been known to sit in desk drawers for forty years due to this, or fear of rejection.

If truly interested in having your ‘baby’ published, you have to make sure it is ready for Pre-K first. Yes, there are many steps to becoming an author. When good enough, it has to be submitted to an agency to be taken seriously. Agents are the ‘gatekeepers’ who vet the manuscripts and make sure they meet all the criteria before taking it on, then submit to publishers on behalf of the writer. Most do not take submissions from authors directly. If they did, what a bottleneck that would be!

There are competent, honest, well-educated, freelance editors, then there are the con artists. Hard to distinguish sometimes, especially when then send you an impressive CV. The proof is in the pudding, though. I have only a handful I recommend because they have proven themselves worthy. Others have taken authors for an expensive ride, charging $1200-$5000 to edit a manuscript. Outrageous!

I recently had an author submit a manuscript that needed a good deal of work. I sent him to a freelancer who charged him $2500 to ‘edit’ his manuscript. OMGOSH!! I just finished re-editing it and it took me over a month! It is now ready for submissions. That freelancer will not be taking advantage of anymore LLA authors. You can count on that!

The good ones know what is expected. They read the agency submission guidelines and know what the industry standards are. When I get one they’ve edited, I only have to read and double-check. This expedites the whole process.

So, you send it to LLA, then what? If it is a genre and topic that we take and it is unique, (no other titles or similar topics out there) we put it in queue. It is when we pull it up and actually delve into the content do we see what the writer is capable of; what potential the work has. Will it be fine as is with a bit of tweaking here and there? Is it something that will sell and, hopefully, sell big? Is it worth a month of my time getting it polished? Is the writer worth the time? There are great works and sorry writers, great writers and sorry works, and then there is the ultimate, great writers with great works. Of course, there is always the possibility that you have the latter, and, when you get them acquired by a publisher, then they nut up on you. Oh, boy! They grow an ego and think they no longer need you or that their work is good enough as is. This causes massive issues with the agency and publisher.

Most agency contracts cover this as their contracts are contingent upon the publisher’s contract, which is 2, 3, 5, 10, 15 years, for the copyright of the book, until sales are less than 100 books a year, the publisher cancels contract, or the publisher goes out of business. If the author refuses to do what is required of them, the publisher may or may not cancel, but the one who is the most affected is the author and subsequently the agent, since agencies only get 15% of the net. What is 15% of $0? See? It is a collaborative effort when it comes to a successful book.

The bottom line is this: send it to us first! Let us work with you on making it a marketable manuscript. If it does need extensive work, together we will make it a great book.

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Submissions – Not as hard as you may think…by Jeanie Loiacono

After being an agent for nearly ten years, I have seen quite a few submissions. Some budding authors actually read the LLA Submission Guidelines, but the majority do not. The Submission Guidelines page starts with this:

Below are templates of how we wish to have submissions sent to us. Those not submitted according to the guidelines will not be read until submitted correctly. Please read all the way to the end for helpful information.

You may send all submissions to Jeanie Loiacono @ Jeanie.L@llallc.net  or peruse our agents to see what their genre preference is and submit to them directly.

 The query in the body of the email. Must include complete contact information (legal name/pseudonym, address, phone number(s), email(s), and website), title, word count, book blurb, and short author bio (pertinent literary history only).

Synopsis as a Word doc attachment Times New Roman 12 pt. – one-page, single-spaced, beginning, middle, and end.

Complete manuscript as a Word doc attachment Times New Roman 12 pt. double-spaced – formatted per the below LLA submission guidelines, proofed, and spellchecked.

It is not complicated nor hard to understand. If anyone has questions on how to do an attachment, a Word doc. or how to copy n paste, ask a teenager. Good golly, they know more about computers than any adult ever will. The rest of the page gives detailed instructions should this be your first rodeo (pun intended, this is Texas). I am even going to give you a priceless tool: a conversion link. You can convert any doc or pic to whatever and as many you want for FREE. http://pdf2doc.com/

There are many important things to remember:

  • Professionalism at all times (in person, on the phone, or in emails)
  • Proof your work no matter what it is
  • Research what the agents are interested in
  • Go to the library or book store and see what is selling and how the books look inside and out. Take a notebook!
  • Look at the examples of how LLA wants it done. This is standard in the industry, so it would be good for anyone after you do it once. Save everything.
  • Send the submission and wait for a response. We will reply to your email by either an email saying it is in queue to be reviewed or rejected. If rejected, it is because of one or all of the above.
  • Be patient. It takes upwards of a week to read and edit a well-written manuscript; sometimes three months for one we are interested in that needs a ton of work. (Yes, we do a full edit. We work with the author to ensure it is as good as we can get it before submitting to publishers.) LLA’s policy is that the established LLA authors who have sequels have priority. Publishers are waiting on those manuscripts and we have to go through them first so the publisher does not receive an unpolished work.
  • When we do take one on, all of the prerequisites have to be met before the submission package can be completed.

So, it is a long process. Patience is a virtue that must be cultivated, encouraged, and utilized.

Keep writing!

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Creating Mood Within a Novel’s Setting by Johnnie Bernhard

Emotional impact may be created within the setting of a novel by the simple rule that environment affects people. Mood may be created through weather, typography, even the age of a building or a home. In writing ​A Good Girl, ​I often used the emotional and physical impact of a hurricane to create mood within the setting. As a life-long resident of the Gulf Coast, I am all too familiar with what a hurricane can do. As a child, my grandmother told me stories about the hurricanes that wreaked havoc in Calhoun County in South Texas. I used her stories combined with historical facts to write the following scene in Chapter Six of ​A Good Girl.

“The white head stone of Anna Grace was never meant to last, nor was the town of Indianola, Texas. The bones of the little Irish girl were washed to sea on August 20, 1886, when a 150-mph hurricane made landfall. What the howling winds did not blow away, a fifteen-foot storm surge from Matagorda Bay drowned. To ensure all traces of man were swept clean from the port city forever, a fire roared through the remaining buildings, trapping citizens in two story structures and burning them alive. The recently built school by the Sisters of Mercy of New Orleans disappeared in a frenzy of wind and water. All that remained of the town were snakes and bloated bodies hanging from broken trees.”

  • ​A Good Girl, (Texas Review Press, March 2017)

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RIGHTS OR ENTITLEMENT? by Jeanie Loiacono

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Obama did this? He should have been impeached.

It is an atrocity to burn the American flag. It stands for the country we live in and love; that some, me being one, served to protect– military and law enforcement. You should stand up at attention and salute it or put your hand on your heart. So many have died and continue to die so you in the publishing world can sling venom then go home and sleep safe and secure. There would be no ‘freedom of speech’ without a “United States of America, for which we stand UNDER GOD, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.” It is not a right nor freedom of speech to destroy property, hurt innocent people, or be rude and disrespectful to President Trump.

Leave this country and see what you have to protect you, a United States Passport, which gives you ‘rights’ as a US Citizen. Most of you reading this have been abroad and had to come back through customs. How did it feel to have your passport scanned and stamped, then walk FREELY through to go home to your two-car garages, protected by our military and police, whom you now spit on with your words, hiding behind ‘freedom of speech’?

If you are driving the speed limit, there is no fear of a ticket. If you are in or coming to the USA legally with nothing nefarious to hide, there is NO FEAR. Only someone who is doing wrong should fear the law. Others should respect it. Respect and uphold God’s laws and the laws of the United States of America! All the celebrities and protesters should let illegals and refugees live with them, in their homes, with their children; feed them, clothe them, give them their beds, transportation, help get their green cards, and be here legally. AND IF they are not who they say they are and rape your wife, stab your husband, molest your children, steal your car and run over a crowd of people or use it to blow up a building, and then laugh at what is left of your family, you will SCREAM for President Trump to do something. Well, he has already seen this happen and is doing something NOW. God bless President Trump and all those who love and support him.

I do not think President Trump has the time to read some of the smut novels that are being published today. The man barely has time to sleep. As a literary agent, I see what is being accepted; immoral, hedonistic fodder. Why would he waste his time with that when he has to protect this country; not from Muslims, Christians, or any other religion, but from evil criminals hiding behind those monikers, blowing up innocents and pitting nations against nations. They do not care who gets hurt as long as they get their 15 minutes of fame and are brought up time and again for killing however many by the media. The more destruction, the more famous they are.

Trump stands for TRUTH, which the media seems to know nothing of. I bet Walter Cronkite is disgusted with it all, watching from Heaven, right alongside the founding fathers, shaking their heads, saying, “They know not what they do,” just as Jesus said to the Pharisees.

President Trump is finally doing what needs to be done. We must support him. We must unite as Americans, build the wall, vett all incoming, and “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

Building a wall is not wrong. Do you lock your car, your house? Do you have a security system? Would you leave it all open and allow anyone to use it? NO. Why would we do that with our country? We founded this country on our freedoms, but to keep them we have to protect them. To protect them, we have to have a strong military and borders. To have that security, we must have a wall to the south and even north eventually, and those coming in this country must be checked thoroughly. If you are concerned with the veterinarian you use for your pet, the boy your daughter dates, the person who washes your car, the doctors who treat you, then you should be CONCERNED with the terrorists coming into this country; some of which may pose as your innocent neighbor. They do not have to have dark hair and eyes nor come from one of the five countries under scrutiny. You are all smart people. Use your common sense. President Trump would never do anything to harm us, for if he did, he would be harming himself and his family. No good father would do that to their child, nor would he do that to this country.

No one is holding you here as a hostage. Anyone can leave anytime. And if you decide to actually do what some celebrities have threatened to do but have not, which is leave, I would ask you to destroy your US Passport. Why come back when you hate the US so much? That is my ‘freedom of speech.’

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Agenting in 2017

 

After being a literary agent for going on nine years, I have seen some great works with great authors, great works with shoddy authors, and not-so-great works with fantastic authors. Which would I prefer? The first, of course, although that is rare. Most writers must be molded and honed, creating people and works you can be proud of. Then there are exemplary writers whose quality wanes or good authors who learn from mistakes and create books like Monet paintings; timeless. The latter are much more appealing and shine.

As the publishing industry evolves, as it has exponentially in the past twenty years, so does the agenting role and model. It used to be that agents could work strictly for commission and actually put food on the table. That was when the quality and quantity of books were rationed, meaning you got more for the money. With self-publishing, a myriad of micro publishers, and small houses that are staying afloat while bailing, agents are no longer able to wait for the check that is six to eighteen months coming; no longer able to work tirelessly for a writer who expects everything for nothing. Who in this world works for free? Philanthropists and volunteers, neither of which are agents.

Loiacono Literary Agency has changed its company model/policy in step with the times. LLA is a comprehensive agency that takes writers and turns them into published authors; sometimes upwards of four months to take a manuscript from raw to well-done, then years to sell it. The competition is vast, so it must stand out as a sunny banner in a sea of gray.

It all begins in the mind of the author; their concept and ability to put into words, articulately and with flare, a story that draws you into the rabbit hole and does not allow you to escape until the final word, leaving you breathless and wanting more. The manuscript must be formatted, polished, and proofed by the writer and hopefully someone with skills in content, grammar, and punctuation. By the time it is submitted to an agency, it should be glowing. Yet, this is not always the case. If it was, our job would be so much easier.

That is where having an agent who is passionate about the job is essential. I have read of agents who reject great manuscripts because they are not formatted right, in the wrong font, or don’t have a title page. Poof! Gone! Deleted! Not at LLA. We review submissions on every level, beginning with the query. Is it the genre we are interested in? How many words? Is the subject unique? If not, is the story? Is the writing top-notch? Is the writer professional in presentation? Have they done their homework? Have they submitted per the LLA Submission Guidelines? Have they submitted in a blast email? How seasoned is the writer? How long has it been since they have had anything published, if ever? So much relevancy! So much to take into consideration.!

With endless energy, resources, time, and unwavering diligence, the agents at LLA—Johnnie Bernhard, Linda Kasten, and myself—spend countless hours on manuscripts in hopes of landing a contract for the writer. Then when a publisher makes an offer, we go over the contract in finite detail, negotiating if it is negotiable, always asking for the highest percentage possible, with the best benefits we can get. We work closely with the author and the publisher to ensure a seamless editing and publishing process. When it is time for launch, we crack that bottle of champagne on the bow of that book and start the marketing and promoting. As long as the book is in print, we keep moving forward, striving for bigger sales. It is never ending. One of my authors once said it was akin to spinning plates; you keep adding and adding and spinning and spinning.

There isn’t a step that we do not take alongside the author. The last three words are so important: alongside the author. Without an author’s positive attitude, cooperation, faith, work ethic, resourcefulness, motivation, and persistence, the book will not go far, even with one of the top five publishers. It is a joint effort on all fronts—author, agent, and publisher.

So when you submit to LLA, know you are getting so much more than an agent. You are entering a relationship with someone who has your best interest at heart. Your success is our success. We don’t contract a manuscript and say, “Next!” We do take on more, but we keep your plate(s) spinning as a member of the LLA family of authors.

I hope everyone has a joyous and prosperous New Year!

 

  • Jeanie Loiacono, President, Loiacono Literary Agency