Wednesday, August 16, 2017

This Is Where I Stand Period.- Author Unknown

Copied and pasted from a friend who asked that this be passed on.

I make no apologies to any or all of my FB friends for this. I know some are tired of political postings and rants. But apart from non-committal posts of recipes, meals, flowers, dogs, seashells, balloons, pictures, cats, drama, humor, our own art, and even beautiful expressions of spiritual beliefs, FB is (until it gets taken away) a vehicle to express our outrage at how far our country has currently fallen on the humanitarian scale.

To me, FB is a useful vehicle for my passion and activism. The fevered ego currently occupying our White House, his power hungry cronies taking positions of authority in his Cabinet and administration, and the majority of Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. And unless you are worth billions of dollars, they are a threat to you and your life, too. So, I will Resist and I will continue to be a part of the resistance, and proud of it. If you can join in or hang with it, fine. But, I refuse to "play nice" in the face of what these people are doing. Our country's well-being demands that we stand and resist.
Some people are saying that we should give #45 a chance, that we should "work together" with him because he won the election and he is "everyone's president." This is my response:

• I will not say #45's name.

• I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for EIGHT YEARS...

• I will not "work together" to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid.

• I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from ANYONE.

• I will not "work together" to destroy marriage equality and make it a states right to deny love between two people.

• I will not "work together" to allow men to make choices about a woman's own body, or to restrict health care for women.

• I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it.

• I will not "work together" to increase the profits of the insurance companies.

• I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged or actual "pre-existing condition."

• I will not "work together" to build a wall.

• I will not "work together" to persecute Muslims.

• I will not "work together" to shut out refugees from countries where we destabilized their governments, so that we could have something more agreeable to our oligarchy.

• I will not "work together" to lower taxes on the 1%.

• I will not "work together" to increase taxes on the middle class and poor.

• I will not "work together" to help #45 use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his cronies.

• I will not "work together" to weaken and demolish environmental protection.

• I will not "work together" to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands.

• I will not "work together" to enable the killing in any way of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them.

• I will not "work together" to waste trillions more on our military when we already have the strongest in the world.

• I will not "work together" to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive.

• I will not "work together" to slash funding for education.

• I will not "work together" to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder.

• I will not "work together" to allow torture and "black op" prison sites.

• I will not "work together" to "take their oil."

• I will not "work together" to get rid of common sense regulations on guns.

• I will not "work together" to eliminate the minimum wage.

• I will not "work together" to support so-called "Right To Work" laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way.

• I will not "work together" to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that #45 and his supporters are wrong on the facts.

• I will not "work together" to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons
• I will not "work together" to put even more "big money" into politics.

• I will not "work together" to violate the Geneva Convention.

• I will not "work together" to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred.

• I will not "work together" to increase voter suppression.

• I will not "work together" to normalize tyranny.

• I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical oversite at any level of government.

• I will not "work together" with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators who murder their opposition.

• I will not "work together" with #45 because I will not allow one man to feed upon the fears of the populace, blaming minorities for their condition or their inability to thrive.

This is the line, and I am drawing it.

• I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the compassion and humanity that is the center of Life itself.

• I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN for what's really so dangerous about #45, his friends and the Big Lie they spin to the world:

• That "winning", "being great again", "rich" or even "beautiful" is anything more than nothing when others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.

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Trump Has Lost Any Morsel Of Moral Authority To MAGA.

 Some people say to know thy enemy is to love him. Well, not so in the case of Donald Trump. Your Commander in Chief is a man of flawed character. The embodiment of the 21st century American dream. A child of the 1% with no discernible talent, skills or virtue beyond that of self promotion. A self aggrandizing narcissistic sycophant with an unhealthy obsession for celebrity and fame. A self hating man child who over compensates for his shortcomings by bullying, intimidating and surrounding himself with "yes men and women." A man in constant need of validation because deep down he fears he will never live up to daddy's expectations, never be truly loved. A man with an ego so fragile he can't deal with dissent or opposition. Who spent a lifetime avoiding accountability and consequences by silencing critics with bribes, quid pro quo's and empty promises. Who justifies his deplorable behavior through incredible displays of cognitive dissonance; scapegoating, and otherwise shifting blame to the underprivileged, the disenfranchised, and those less able to defend themselves.  Did I miss anything?

Like most bullies your so called President stands for nothing. Is driven by vengeance, looking for the next score to settle. All he knows is how to marginalize, belittle, conflate, delegitimize and, if necessary, squash dissent and opposition. Doing so allows him to continue presenting alternative facts, only now without the alternatives. Lies then become truth, and perception reality.
All Americans need to carefully consider their next move. Reflect on your history. Get informed. Ask yourself; when has the leader who ruled through fear, intimidation, propaganda and slogan been on the right side of history?  I'll spare you the research.  The answer is never.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Trump Supporters: Regrets. Some Have A Few...

Although deep inside, I'd love to tell all those who now regret voting for Trump that they all should have listened to the smart people.  That all of his destruction and havoc on our country is all on you.  Don't expect forgiveness or sympathy now or anytime soon, if ever.....I'll keep silent.
We need to stop mocking and teasing Trump supporters who have come to finally see the light.  It won't help with anything. We have to make them feel welcome to the Resistance. So many people have already joined us, and we should keep our movement growing.-  If you're a Trump supporter who is still living in the dark, I ask that you read the passage below. -CCB

To my conservative family and friends: You have been given a gift. The gift is this: Your guy won, your team has the house and the senate. And it's going....not great.
My charge to you: figure out how you want to be represented in history. You are on the cusp of being the party that rose up and fought for what you told us you stood for, or you can be the people we have to explain to our children, when they asked why no one fought the breakdown of our democracy.
If you voted for the president or a republican senator because you believe in fiscal conservatism, you should be furious that your tax dollars are going to build a wall that will have zero impact on the effects of immigration.
If you hate the left because of "Political Correctness," you need to be asking yourself if you're okay with the President censoring communications from MULTIPLE government organizations like the National Park Service, the EPA and more.
If you voted because you hated Secretary Clinton's email server, I expect you to be calling your representatives to ask why Steve Bannon and others continue to use their unsecured personal emails and why your president is using an unsecured android device still.
If you voted because you believed they would be better protection against terrorists, you need to ask yourself why it's okay that your president just took away $130 million in anti-terror funds from New York with his punishment of Sanctuary Cities.
If you are angry that your insurance is too expensive, you should ask why your senators are repealing ACA without a replacement, an action that will leave 20 million people without insurance at all.
If you believe the Clinton initiative provided unequal treatment to countries that supported their foundation, you should be livid that your president has moved to block visas from Muslim countries like Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, but not places where he has business ties like Egypt, Qatar, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
This is an opportunity to prove that you voted for the reasons you told me you did. I am taking you seriously, I am taking you literally.
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~ Kelsey Lynn Kreiling - original author, shared with permission

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Dear Westside San Antonio Texas: District 5 Lives Matter

Dear Westside of San Antonio Texas:

Hola mi gente! Is everyone getting ready for Fiesta San Antonio Week?
Carnivals, Food Booths, Parades, Pageants and the lists goes on and on.  Puro Party right?

There's another important event that's coming right around the corner and that is Voting Day for our local government. We are voting for individuals who represent our communites and the city as a whole.

Why am I writing to the people of the Westside? It's disappointing to say that in District 5 alone, there are over 500 thousand registered voters and each election only 3 to 5 thousand people show up to the voting polls. What's up with that? Can you see why the westside, especially the 78207 zip code area is still the poorest district in all of San Antonio? You shouldn't be okay with that. The only way to make the changes is to get out and vote. There is "NO" excuse. We are one of the fortunate cities that does have early voting and citizens fail to take advantage, therefore these same citizens fail it's community.

I hear many of you complain that our representatives don't listen, only show up around election day and you know that date is right around the corner when all of a sudden streets and sidewalks are being attended to that should have been taken care of after the last election. Of course we're appreciative of the upgrades to Elmendorf Park at the Lake, but what does that really bring to you as an individual. It surely doesn't put any money in your pocket as opposed to new businesses offering jobs that would.
District 5 is in need period. Improved Infrastructure, Crime Prevention, Businesses, Youth Programs and the lists goes on and on? Have you ever wondered why the Eastside has gotten development grants for their area? It's because their representative cared enough to ask and apply for those government grants.

District 5 needs someone who cares about their community and the people who live there. We need someone who will go after every opportunity available to them in order to help our district and its people. We can't move forward as long as we keep voting in the same people in office over and over. This district has great possibilites. This district needs a fresh new face, someone familar with our neighborhoods, someone with fresh new ideas to improve and move this community forward. Not people who make promises and never deliver.

After much thought and research of all the candidates, it is our pleasure to endorse District 5 City Council Candidate Mr. Richard Montez. Mr. Montez was born and bred in District 5 and familar with our wants and most of all needs. He is our beginning in bringing our community up to speed in San Antonio. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of our district being left behind other neighborhoods. Our community deserves better and this starts with District 5 Candidate Richard Montez.

Read more on Richard Montez here:
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Remember, the changes District 5 begins with you. Register to vote and exercise your right to vote by actually showing up to the polls. I especially call out to the young adults. This is your future we are talking about. You deserve better than what you're getting now. Do your research and VOTE!

Find out where your early voting locations are and view a sample ballot here:

Dementia Doesn't Descriminate: Taking Care Of Mama

Some readers have asked why I haven't written as much in the past 2 years.  The answer is, as of 2014 my lovely mother was diagnosed with Dementia and I am her only child and sole caregiver. 

Our family knew that within my mother and her siblings that someone would inherit this horrible disease since my grandmother had Dementia.  I was so sad that it happened to my mom.  My mom, Mary Louise Minjares was the brightest of all the siblings.  I recall my grandparents praising her and how that when she was a child, she loved school and always was a straight A student.  She graduated from high school a year early and worked at a bank right after.  She continued with some college courses so she could advance in the banking world.  Long story short, she eventually rose to several administration positions, her last being Vice President of a bank she helped open.  My mom was always my hero.  She made local history by  being the first Latina bank officer and she made her mark in a male dominant business.  So you can imagine my shock that such a strong and smart woman could get this disease.  Dementia does not discriminate and I am slowly losing my mom.  The once bright, loving, and everyones friend no longer exist as this disease turns her into a sometimes scared, sometimes helpless and yes even sometimes combative and angry woman. 
At this stage of the disease, it's difficult to leave her alone too long because she gets scared.  That fear causes her to repeatedly ask the same questions or statements every 5 minutes.  Every day, I make sure she gets her numerous medications that help slow down the disease.  Make sure she gets her nutritious diabetic meals and of course she gets to cheat on sweets sometimes.  She can still take a bath on her own and dress herself, so I'm lucky in that area.

A good day is when she can happily do her puzzles, read her newspaper and magazines.  Those days are far and few between as the disease progresses.  Other times, she'll be upset and it's normally because she misplaces and hides things.  She'll become paranoid and accuse myself or this make believe person that we're stealing from her.  She becomes combative because she's hallucinating and believes I'm trying to make her go crazy.  I never imagined that this disease could get any worse, but as time goes by, it will.  All of this goes on 24-7, day after, no, I don't have the time to write, much less keep up with current events. 

So please bear with me.  I also ask for your prayers for all caregivers.  Pray that God gives us the strength, courage and patience toget through this journey with our loved ones.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Dear Trump Supporters

Dear Trump supporters:

Mexico isn't paying for the wall.

 He's not refusing the salary.

 Your healthcare will cost more.

 He's not showing his taxes.

 Obama didn't tap his phones.

 Your taxes aren't getting cut.

 His crowd wasn't bigger.

 He's not draining the swamp.

 3 million votes weren't illegal.

 He didn't have a secret plan.

 He collaborated with Russian hackers.

 And you didn't inherit $12 million from a Nigerian prince.

 You got scammed.
Admit it.  Geniuses!!!!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Come Together To Support Heather Kralj's Fundraising For Autism

  1. a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder, which is why events such as these are so important and beneficial for those affected by this disease.   
There is a need for more autism awareness.  All children have challenges. We must choose to concentrate on their strengths instead of dwelling on possible heartbreak.   Autism is like life. It's different for everyone. There are positives and negatives in both. It's how one deals with the positives and negatives that matter. One of the most important part of giving our Autistic children a better future, is to operate from a positive mindset, educate, love and teach all our children how to be kind humans.  
How can you help?  You can help by making donations to  Heather Kralj's Fundraising Organization Event.  
Your donations will help families who have kids with autism get the treatment they need.  They will also provide supplies that families need for early intervention, which can make a huge difference in the lives of kids with autism as they grow up.   
So I ask you to please join Heather Kralj's Organization that will help children with autism get the  appropriate therapies as soon as possible after the diagnosis so that the children can lead the fullest possible life.  Thank you in advance.
Organization for Autism Research
Heather Kralj's Fundraising Page
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Welcome to my fundraising page!

Running has been a passion of mine for the last 8 years, but an even greater life long passion has been my desire to give back to my community and causes that are near and dear to my heart.  Over the years running has given me the opportunity to raise money through my racing for the Chicago Children's Hospital, St Jude, Michael J Fox Parkinson's Disease, a dear friend's daughter with cystic fibrosis, the Boston One Fund, Team Fox, Susan G Komen, and now the Organization for Autism Research.

Autism has touched my life through my own family members managing it and close friends of mine with autistic children.  According to the CDC 1 in 68 children are affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder with boys being more affected than girls.  I know so many beautiful children and adults managing this disorder and the challenges they and their family members are confronted with daily. Your donation will help continued efforts to learn more about autism, prevention, and treatments that could greatly benefit the lives of those living with it.

I chose to run for OAR for a lot of reasons, but the main being that 87% of their money rasied goes directly to help their research and services.  Not all chairties can say the same and when you give to them you know your money is going to actually help their mission. This is a great event and an even greater cause and I hope you can help me make a difference when I toe the line at this year's London Marathon!

ABOUT 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon
Name Date Amount Comments
Anonymous Friend 04/02/2017 $2,500.00  
  Total $2,500.00