Saturday, March 03, 2018

Cutting Ties With the NRA

Amazement continues to wash over me almost daily as more corporations take a humane, moral, and common sense stance on gun control in America by cutting ties with the NRA.

Just to make things clear, the 2nd Amendment includes the words "well regulated" militia. No matter how one defines "well regulated," remember that when those words were written, the government was not as capable (pertaining to weapons) as they are today. There is literally no logical method by which individuals could successfully fight the government.  Below is a photo offering a little proof of their superiority, taken in 1994. As for those who say they are aware of this fact, but at least they will go out in a flame of glory - you are part of the problem. Grow up. Stop letting the NRA put the fear of tyranny in you. 

cutting ties with the NRA
Be careful what you fear, because people tend to attract their worst fears. Why? Because they spend so much time thinking about it, and it elicits a powerful emotional response. 

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Words of Paul from Philippians 4.8, NIV Bible)

Even though congress cannot seem to muster up the courage to go against the NRA's wishes, we can at least have hope for a safer future as we witness true change in the corporate world.

DELTA, for one example, has stopped offering discounts to members of the NRA. The state of Georgia is lucky to have Delta, as it is the largest private employer in Georgia.

However, some lawmakers seem to cherish their NRA money, more than they do their constituents,

Georgia lawmakers have ended tax breaks for DELTA, because in Georgia, guns are more important than jobs and life itself. apparently.

Here's a list of companies that have made their own rules pertaining to selling assault weapons and to raising the age limit for purchasing guns.

  • Dick's Sporting Goods (Field & Stream)
  • Kroger
  • Walmart
  • LL Bean

REI does not sell guns, but they have cut ties with Vista, a vendor that supports the NRA. 

After also hearing from members, Mountain Equipment Co-op, a Canadian outdoors equipment retailer akin to REI, said it would also stop ordering products from Vista, which in addition to firearms makes a range of products among its roughly 50 brands.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Political Opportunists

Two school shootings in Kentucky in two days.

After the massacre in Las Vegas, Kentucky's Governor, Matt Bevin, posted on Twitter, labeling those concerned about strengthening and enforcing our gun laws as "political opportunists."

Today, Gov. Bevin and the state of Kentucky are dealing with back to back school shootings that occurred Monday and Tuesday.

One can only hope that Governor Bevin does some deep soul searching. It is unconscionable to me, that he can call those of us who are alarmed, disheartened, and heartbroken over school shootings as "political opportunists."

Our stance on tightening the gun laws has nothing to do with politics, and everything to do with protecting our children.

Our state and local governments need to understand this. After all, isn't that one of the functions of government, to protect our citizens?

Image from Sonoma County, California, website.

To all those political opportunists who are seizing on the tragedy in Las Vegas to call for more gun regs...You can't regulate evil...

Excuse me, Gov. Bevin, but regulating evil is exactly the purpose of creating and enforcing laws. We may not be able to eradicate evil, but we can certainly attempt to minimize the effects of evil doers. 

(CNN) Another high school has turned into a scene of carnage, this time in western Kentucky. Sixteen people were wounded, two of them fatally, after a shooter opened fire Tuesday morning at Marshall County High School, authorities said. Four others sustained various injuries.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Practice turning people into trees

Taking a lesson from nature as food for thought this Sunday.

I love this lesson from Ram Dass...

When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.

The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are. 

Regarding judging others... and even ourselves (in my own words).

I shall "practice turning people into trees."

Meaning I will have appreciation for them as they are...

Understanding and acknowledging that we are ALL victims of circumstances at times.

Remembering that circumstances can create an environment that is nurturing - or destructive.

Everyone gets through their circumstances the best way they know how. 


No one is perfect.

No one truly wants to be a "problem."

We are all just walking each other home.

It's time for a little empathy, compassion, and love.

Now from Ram Dass...

turning people into trees


Monday, January 08, 2018

Medicare Caps on Therapy for 2018

There are new Medicare caps on therapy for 2018.

Medicare 2018 Caps -  

Outpatient therapy caps:

For occupational therapy, the cap is $2,010.

For physical therapy and speech-language pathology combined, it's also $2,010.


You can apply for extensions in some circumstances.

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