Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Living Blue in a Red State

If you're a Democrat living in the south, your are most likely living Blue in a Red state. If you speak out about issues, values, and equality, you are quite often met with scowls, slurs, and vile insults - even from your family and friends.

I salute all of you who join me in this struggle to keep equal rights, justice, and acceptable moral values alive in this country.

Today, I especially want to thank the majority of voters in Alabama for voting their conscience and not their party.


you did the right thing



Values matter.  


Integrity matters.



Honesty matters.



Equality matters.


Thank you Alabama!


Monday, December 11, 2017

Why do white women support and vote for morally bankrupt men

When I was young, I was warned to be particular about what I wore, because how I looked might trigger bad behavior from men.

When I was young, I was warned about whom I should trust, because boys and men were never to be trusted alone with members of the opposite sex.



When rape, sexual assault, or even harassment happened, it was mostly blamed on the female, because males apparently were not considered intelligent or mature enough to take responsibility for their own actions, regardless of their religion, level of education, or their age.

Enough of this nonsense. I am now 63 years old and it's time for this to change. 

Men need to grow up, and women need to hold them accountable. 

 #MeToo

There is a huge difference between flirting and sexual harassment, and anyone who tells you it's similar is simply trying to excuse their own bad behavior, or the bad behavior of someone they care about. Hand them a dictionary marked at #flirting and #harassment

Perhaps then, they will understand that there are #NoMoreExcuses.

This is the year of reckoning.

We are all human beings and we are all accountable for our behavior.

Why do white women support and vote for morally bankrupt men?


Religious dogma has brainwashed many women, especially those in the south, and especially those whom have never studied any subject since high school.

This group may also include women who feel they have too much to lose if they have an opinion that might insult their "man." They are happy with their circumstance and can't be bothered to help or defend their victimized sisters and brothers.

Here are some Biblical items to share with these women: 

Passages copied from BibleGateway.com (words of Jesus in red).


Your God is neither male nor female, therefore males are not superior to females. See the words of Jesus in John 4:24 (KJV).  
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
You are ALL created in the image of God. See your Bible, Genesis 1:27, King James Version (KJV)
So God created man (meaning mankind) in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
A man who oppresses people, is not a man of God, regardless of what he claims to believe. Matthew 7:21 King James Version (KJV).  
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Actions speak louder than words. Matthew 7:20-22, King James Version (KJV). 
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Luke 6:31, King James Version (KJV). 
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

You reap what you sow. Galatians 6:7, King James Version (KJV).
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.



"White women have thwarted the women’s rights movement from the 19th century onward."

NBC News: White Female Supporters of Roy Moore



One more Bible verse and discussion for good measure...

Who is your neighbor? 

Would you agree that if a female (or male - as the case may be) is not your wife / girlfriend / betrothed, etc., that she then indeed belongs to someone else - if not yet, then in the future? Does the circumstance of not being married or engaged entitle your "male" government representatives, pastors, deacons, elders, partners, husbands, fathers, brothers, cousins, friends, and acquaintances, free will to harass, assault, attack and/or abuse her? 
Then why do so many self proclaimed "godly" men believe it is not only okay, but indeed expected and accepted social behavior for them to not only covet said females (or males), but to act on their foolish physical whims and desires - without consequence?
Explain to me how anyone claiming to be righteous, or even claiming to believe in Jesus Christ and his teachings, can justify, applaud, endorse, and vote - for such a feeble excuse for a righteous man as Donald J. Trump or Roy Moore.


Deuteronomy 5:21, King James Version (KJV)

21 Neither shalt thou desire thy neighbour's wife, neither shalt thou covet thy neighbour's house, his field, or his manservant, or his maidservant, his ox, or his ass, or any thing that is thy neighbour's.

As Marcie Blanco, managing editor of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, so eloquently stated in her article at THINK on NBCNews.com:


There are some women—white women in particular—who would rather cleave onto abusive men rather than support other women.


I consider such women to be ignorant, which is to say that they are uninformed because they choose to be, which is vastly different from being stupid. However, in my opinion, choosing to remain in ignorant bliss is definitely not a sign of intelligence.

                              Learn about the Sisterhood Agenda.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Beware of any political party who seeks to limit access to higher education

Beware of any political party who seeks to limit access to higher education...

Here's the headline and story, and actions that I am referring to:

"The GOP bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) on Friday, would eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which erases student debt for those who work for qualifying employers after making payments for 10 years."  (see link at end of article)

When I was living in Phoenix, I remember having a conversation with a young man, a young Christian man who was studying to be a church youth director. His opinion was one that shocked me to the core and provided further proof that our "religious" have been indoctrinated into a system that has little, if anything, to do with the teachings of their Jesus.

This young man said that it wasn't fair for people to get student loans and student grants, because it made his degree less relevant. Yes. He said that, and apparently, it's a popular opinion if the actions of Rep. Foxx are any indication.

In other words, the wealthy think that higher education should be reserved for them because they are the elite, and they want to keep it that way. It's part of what makes them "special."

Regardless of how they justify it, any limitations to higher education are the beginning of a landslide on a slippery slope.

As the apparent dumbing down of Americans continues...

The GOP wants to make it even harder to receive a university degree by crippling current pathways for repayment of college loans....

Only the wealthy should have access to universities... that is the apparent end result of new legislation limiting current help for student debt repayment.

Now if you're wondering if Rep. Virginia Foxx of N.C. considers herself a "Christian," she does. Certainly not by my standards or the standards of Jesus Christ, but definitely by today's standards as exemplified by popular evangelical leaders such as Franklin Graham.

Here's the link as proof of her (Rep. Virginia Foss) religious claims. If you read the book, remember her true colors are shining loud and clear by her actions, which certainly do not embrace the teachings, the life, or the heart of her Christ. patheos.com/gods-people-in-the-house

Say, or write, what you will. 

Actions speak louder than words.


I've never seen such a "lost" group of people as we are witnessing today in the GOP. If they weren't claiming that their religion was at the top of their priority list, then their actions wouldn't be as disturbing. They would still be disgusting, but not as disturbing

"The GOP bill to reauthorize the Higher Education Act, introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) on Friday, would eliminate the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which erases student debt for those who work for qualifying employers after making payments for 10 years." 

GOP bill would eliminate student loan forgiveness for public service

BY JACQUELINE THOMSEN - 

 Here's what it says on the 74 year old Rep. Foxx's government website:

The nonpartisan magazine National Journal has consistently ranked Foxx as one of the most conservative members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation. She also has a lifetime 96 percent approval rating from the American Conservative Union.

Sad, isn't it? But conservatives think this is a good thing.

It's time for progressives to speak out, and we do that by showing up to vote on election day.

SMH at the elitist, conservative, idiocy spreading like the plague in our country.

May the force be with us.


hard core elitists
Trump and Foxx (Hard core elitists)

Beware of any political party 
who seeks to limit access to higher education 
by reserving said access for the elitists wealthiest. 


Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Trump Blames Schumer for Diversity Visa Program

Are politicians and the media truly surprised and uninformed (or misinformed) about the Diversity Visa Program? Or are they feigning surprise to further the drama surrounding the story they wish to tell?



I, a voting citizen, NOT a politician or elected official, knew about the Diversity Visa Program prior to yesterday. I also know that these people were indeed, being vetted.  

The amazement spilling from some of these politicians and journalists is disturbing. 

I am beyond tired of ignorance, or feigned ignorance, which is even more shameful in my opinion. 

Apparently, if people (the media, the president, the citizens) act shocked by the facts that you (the politician) were already aware of, then it's okay to pretend that you (the elected representative) knew nothing about the subject / law / incident. 

The problem with that should be obvious. 

If you are an elected official, and you claim to know nothing about the Diversity Visa Program, then you should resign - it's that simple. There is no excuse for your ignorance. 

Unlike Trump, you cannot get away with blaming one solitary politician for a bill!



Trump blames Schumer for Diversity Visa Program.

This makes about as much sense as blaming Hillary Clinton for Benghazi. 

In other words, it's idiotic. 

It's a ploy to divert attention from one person to another, regardless of the cost - and I, for one, am disgusted by this behavior. 

But I digress...

I guess it's no surprise that our president is ill-informed on past events (and current ones for that matter) in Washington DC. 

While Senator Schumer did sponsor the original bill that included the lottery program, it was voted on and passed by Republicans as well as Democrats. 

Schumer and the "gang of eight" attempted to end the program in 2013 with the Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill. 

They were not successful.

Read more at Politifact:


Gang of Eight from Wikipedia:

In the context of proposed immigration reform, the Gang of Eight consists of the following four Democratic and four Republican senators:[4]


Further Reading at The Atlantic:


While I am not in favor of the Diversity Visa Program, I would be remiss if I did not put this into proper perspective - this single incident by one terrorist, is not enough reason to end immigration, any more than it is a reason to end driving in the city. 





Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wall Street Wins Again




elizabeth warren


Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote Tuesday night to repeal a rule that made it easier for Americans to sue their banks and credit card companies. 
Senators passed the measure by a vote of 51-50, handing Wall Street its first major win since President Donald Trump took office in January.

Wall Street Wins - Again


I totally agree with Elizabeth Warren - 

"This bill is a giant wet kiss to Wall Street."



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Mad at God - Me Too

Interesting.

Bill O'Reilly is 'mad at God' about all of those pesky sexual misconduct allegations.

Well Bill, we're mad at God too, for allowing sexual misconduct.

Mad at god - Me Too.

mad at god


O'Reilly blames this recent problem on his assumption of his success.

I didn't know anything about his online show or his book.

This man's arrogance continues to amaze me.

Does he really believe that anyone will consider him a victim?


O'Reilly said Monday that the success of his web series and his latest book, "Killing England," as well as a recent appearance on Sean Hannity's Fox News program, prompted the Times to declare, "You know, we didn't kill him, so we've got to kill him again."





#MeToo

Sessions Has Questionable Opinions

As reported by Patheos.com in January of 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions believes that "separation of church and state" is unconstitutional. Furthermore, he believes it is a recent doctrine.

It's kind of funny, just looking at Sessions you (or I) come away with the feeling that he is probably harmless... but we all know looks can be deceiving. Unfortunately, Sessions is providing more and more proof of that as time goes by.

Here are just a few of the issues with Attorney General Sessions...

I vaguely remembered my original concerns regarding Sessions' qualifications after watching his  responses last week during a congressional hearing (on Russian interference), at which time I realized that this man is not intelligent enough to be serving his nation in such an important job. His physical demeanor (hesitation and strange smiles at awkward moments) was also quite telling, if not indicating he was lying, certainly and at the very least indicating his consideration of how to best answer the question and keep himself out of the "hot seat."

Apparently, Sessions has no qualms about voicing controversial opinions, unless it's during a congressional hearing.

In 2015, Sessions expressed his opposition to the removal of Confederate statues, as if that action could somehow erase history. Unfortunately, many people jumped on this bandwagon excuse, because obviously, we would know nothing about the Civil War if it wasn't for the Confederate statues.

Sessions is proud of his ancestors who participated in the Civil War. I also have ancestors who fought as Confederates. While I have complete understanding and compassion for their misguided opinions, I could never say that I am proud of them for their participation.

Let us not forget that the Confederates were US traitors - by definition. You can color it any way you want to, it will not change the facts.

There are several more issues on which Sessions has questionable opinions. You can read more about those issues in the Huffington Post article: What People Don't Criticize About Sessions but Should.

Here is a snippet regarding separation of church and state from the Patheos article.

"The actual phrase “separation of church and state” is derived from a letter written by President Thomas Jefferson in 1802 to Baptists from Danbury, Connecticut, and published in a Massachusetts newspaper soon thereafter. The following is an excerpt from Jefferson’s famous Letter to the Danbury Baptist Association:"

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

Read more at http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2017/01/jeff-sessions-rejects-separation-church-state/#6fmRRuzoKkcpH4lM.99


Jefferson on separation of church and state


Question everything.

Challenge ignorance.

Support justice and equality for all.

Consider all aspects of a political candidate before casting a vote. Just because they see things "your" way, doesn't mean that they are intelligent or capable of serving this country.

It is time we expect and demand that all of our public servants are committed, educated, and dedicated to serving for America's highest good.



Saturday, September 30, 2017

Contrived Rituals of Patriotism


Are you angry about the NFL players kneeling during the national anthem?

Make sure you fill your regular pew this Sunday morning. Just be careful not to attend a service where they say things like "Love they neighbor as thyself," because you might feel a tad uncomfortable.

NO. Stay far away from those who speak the true teachings of Jesus from their pulpits, none of which included contrived rituals of patriotism, such as standing for a song. 

God forbid you would begin to care more about human beings than a red, white and blue piece of cloth that serves as a symbol.

And save some time to show your outrage against those who kneel by burning your NFL fan gear. That's a great way to spend an afternoon. Or, you could choose to do something that matters, something that might help your fellow Americans. You could express to your senators and congressional representatives that you care about our people.

You could demand justice.

You could demand help for Puerto Rico.

The outrage should be against wrongful deaths and needless suffering, not against people kneeling.



Take action:
Learn how to get in touch with your federal, state, and local elected leaders.


Critical Thinking:
Thinking NFL players are protesting the flag is like thinking Rosa Parks was protesting public transportation.


Further reading:
Learn how and when football games started playing the national anthem.




 #LoveThyNeighbor

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Kushner Blames Assistant

Scapegoating in the White House is apparently contagious.

New headline:

Kushner blames his assistant for hitting the "send" button too soon.

Hmm. There's a problem or two with that scenario.

Kushner's comment makes no sense - at all - because...

1) you would not be filling out a form via email, therefore no "send" button.

2) If you're filling out a security clearance form online (I doubt seriously it would be done that way), then you would have a "submit" button, not a send button.

3) If you're literally filling out a form on your computer, it would probably be saved as a pdf file and then emailed as an attachment, or printed out and faxed.

Even if we give Kushner the benefit of the doubt by saying he is confused about the "send" or "submit" button, we still have the fact that he did not amend or correct the form.


References

Kushner Blames Assistant

Scapegoating


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Scapegoating


When I was a freshman in high school, I had the opportunity to take Psychology 101, which rocked my world. Finally, I was able to make sense out of the behavior of more than a few people that simply boggled my mind.

The lack of accountability, morals, truth, and simple kindness, was a lack that actually troubled me in my day to day high school existence. I simply did not understand it.

As is the case with most perplexing thoughts, education shed light on the situation.

Today, I'm no longer bothered by the "lack" of the common people, because it is a given, but I am bothered by this "lack" in our President and his administration, which is literally in our faces every single day - and it is NOT acceptable.

I expect better.

We deserve better.


Surely I am not the only one who is tired of the constant scapegoating exhibited daily by any and everyone associated with the Trump administration.

Matter of fact, scapegoating may be one of the few things that these people are really good at.

Sooner or later though, each of them will be held accountable for what they say / said, and what they do / did.


The free press will see to it.

As Frank Lockwood from the Democrat-Gazette queried Sarah Huckaby Sanders:

 “At what point is the president going to put Hillary Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Bill Clinton in the rear-view mirror?” he asked. “He won the election.” Washingtonpost.com/


Indeed. The next time you want to point the finger, look in the mirror and look at your watch.

Live in the present, and plan for a better future - PLEASE.



If you're not familiar with the practice of scapegoating, here are a few definitions:
















Friday, June 16, 2017

The Disrespect of Senator Kamala Harris

The disrespect of Senator Kamala Harris during hearings in recent days reminds us that we are not as civilized a society as some would like to believe. This type of disrespect, especially to someone with such an impressive background, simply wreaks of prejudice and entitlement. If that were not the case, then you would see white male senators and congressmen disrespecting each other. What we see, are male members disrespecting their female counterparts - their equals - and it's time for this to end.

There is no human being alive that is not equal to any other human being by divine right.

If you are of the Judaeo-Christian system, remember that in Acts 10.34, the writer said that God is no respecter of persons.

Just so we're clear, that means that males are not superior, and neither are white people.


Acts 10:34-43 King James Version (KJV) 34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons
Then again in Galatians...

Galatians 3:28King James Version (KJV)28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Religiously speaking, you Bible thumpers, evangelicals, and conservative rule makers who are trying to legislate your religion to all, are actually disrespecting your Lord every time you disrespect women and minorities. Your sin is much worse than the sins you get all worked up over.

Take the log out of your own eye. Or continue in your insane prejudices...


You shall reap what you sow. 

Hallelujah!

STOP with the insanity already. 



You do what you do because of your personal prejudices, 
NOT because of your devotion to God or Jesus, or country. 
OWN it.



During Sen. Kamala D. Harris’s 25-year career in law enforcement, she has established herself as a formidable presence in the courtroom, on the campaign trail and ultimately in government.


hearing
Sen. Harris at a recent hearing.


The following excerpts are from The Washington Post.


Here's what happened:
At that moment, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) cut in and appealed to the committee chairman, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.)
“The witness should be allowed to answer the question,” McCain said.
“Senators will allow the chair to control the hearing,” Burr said, pointing to McCain. “Senator Harris, let him answer.”
Sessions then went on to describe the principle, at length.
Before Harris got her “yes or no” answer, Burr cut her off and said her time had expired.
That was the second instance of the disrespect of Senator Kamala Harris.
Here are some of the comments from the first hearing and notice that Sen. McCain is involved - again. Once again, McCain has lost my respect. The Maverick has lost his kick. 
You can read the whole article at the Washington Post, see link at the end of this post.
Here's what happened:
Harris continued interrogating the deputy attorney general, again pressing him to give a “yes or no” answer. 
Then Burr interjected.
“Will the senator suspend?” Burr interjected. “The chair is going to exercise its right to allow the witnesses to answer the question, and the committee is on notice to provide the witnesses the courtesy, which has not been extended all the way across, extend the courtesy for questions to get answered.” 
As with Sessions, Harris never got her answer before time expired.

Is this simply another case of the disrespect of Senator Kamala Harris?

Or is it dangerously close to obstructing justice by not allowing the proper questioning of witnesses by a member of the Senate intelligence committee?




As if this lack of respect for women as equals isn't bad enough (see article discussing how female supreme court justices speak less than their male counterparts, and yet are interrupted three times as much, by their male counterparts.), we now have the propaganda Trumpeteers whining that Sen. Harris was "hysterical." 

Give me a break!

The Washington Post article continues... 
Harris’s treatment has not gone unnoticed. 
The admonishments from men have in fact elevated Harris’s profile, prompting comparisons of her and fellow female Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass), who was censured during Sessions’s confirmation hearing earlier this year and inspired the rallying cry, “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

CNN's Vega on Sen. Harris. Raise your hand...

Sen. Warren supports Sen. Harris on Twitter.


References:

Bible passages https://www.biblegateway.com/

Washington Post Article

Live Science Supreme Court Justice Females article
Excerpt:In other instances, male justices interrupted female justices to "mansplain," the researchers wrote. That is, the men either unnecessarily explained something to a female justice or explained to a third party what a woman was "trying to say," the study said.

Urban Dictionary - Trumpeteers



Sunday, June 11, 2017

Beck and Call

No doubt we all run into little mistakes every day. It always seems that when I've had a particularly stressful or even a slightly trying day, that some mistakes stand out more than others.

I don't get particularly annoyed by them, but I do wonder why we tend to just accept certain sayings without ever attempting to discover any logic behind them.

For instance, all my life I have heard the phrase "beck and call." Being an avid reader, I have known exactly how to spell the "beck and." However, when I was younger, I did prefer to say beckoned, which was the past tense of beck, which is also correctly worded. But, the popular phrase, used correctly today, is typically beck and call.

While browsing beck and call, I came across a wonderful image aptly portraying the meaning of the phrase, which also happens to be an album cover, for a great group known as Paul Cook & the Chronicles. Click on the cover to hear some of their music. They're good!


 Paul Cook Chronicles

beckon call

This is a fine example of what linguists call “popular etymology.” People don’t understand the origins of a word or expression and make one up based on what seems logical to them. “Beck” is just an old shortened version of “beckon.”

If you are at people’s beck and call it means they can summon you whenever they want: either by gesture (beck) or speech (call).

https://brians.wsu.edu/2016/05/19/beckon-call/

...And then there's the word beck.

beck

beck1     /bɛk/     noun

1. a nod, wave, or other gesture or signal
2. at someone's beck and call, ready to obey someone's orders instantly; subject to someone's slightest whim

Word Origin: short for becnen to beckon

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/beck


... And finally, the word beckon, which is actually related to the word beacon.

beck·on (as found on Google)
bekən/   verb
  1. make a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage someone to come nearer or follow.

    "Miranda beckoned to Adam"

    synonyms:gesturesignalwavegesticulatemotion
    "the guard beckoned to Benny"
    • attract the attention of or summon someone by making a gesture with the hand, arm, or head.

      "he beckoned Christopher over"
    • seem to be appealing or inviting.

      "the going is tough, and soft options beckon"

      synonyms:enticeinvitetemptcoaxlurecharmattractdrawcall
      "the countryside beckons you"

      (Links go back to Google.)



Sunday, May 28, 2017

HoeflerText font alert

Have you seen it?

The HoeflerText font alert is a scam that is associated with a Facebook ad that I clicked on today. I never trust ads because they are so easy for hackers to mess with. Unfortunately, one cannot tell if the actual person that placed the ad is the "bad guy," or if their site was hacked and they actually have no knowledge of it.

On Chrome, it looks like this:

Hoefler Text font not found alert on Chrome


Warning: Regardless of who is at fault...

Do NOT install the font. 




Be smart online.

Whenever you have a pop-up or alert, always open a new browser tab and enter words from the alert into a search engine (I prefer Google), and find out what is really going on BEFORE you download anything.

Do NOT click OK on such pop-ups. 

X out of them.

Close that window.

If that doesn't work, try the ESC button in the top left corner of your keyboard.

If all else fails, reboot your computer. Pressing the windows key should bring up access to your power options.

Be safe.

This alert states that your version of Chrome or Firefox does not have the HoeflerText font installed and then prompts you to download a fake "Chrome Font Pack" or "Mozilla Font Pack" in order to install the HoeflerText font and see the page properly. The names of the downloads that have been distributed by this attack include Chrome_Font.exe, Mozilla_Font_v7.87.zip, and Chrome_Font_v7.87.zip. The downloaded file, though, is actually a malware installer that will install malware.

Get the full story plus instructions on virus removal at
BleepingComputer.com


Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Alexa by Invitation Only

Alexa, a virtual personal assistant marketed by Amazon, is proudly announcing some new features with Echo Look.

I think the new features are brilliant!

Yes. Brilliant, but also a little bit creepy.


See for yourself...


"Alexa, take a video." 





Alexa, you are brilliant.

Yes, brilliant. Especially if your toddler is dancing, or you want to see how you look in a 360 video - and who doesn't?
Sew a Cover

Hopefully, the security features are such that no one can ever take control of the camera.

Easy fix - cover it up when you aren't using it... like you would cover a bird cage at night time.

Then, of course, you will have the added inconvenience of removing the cover before you can use it, but it's a small price to pay for privacy.

Would I buy one? 


If my girls were still young children?

Absolutely! 


If I were dressing to kill every day of the week?


 Absolutely! 


Who am I kidding? 


If I were dressing to kill one day a month!

Absolutely!



Alexa also has some quite useful features that are helpful. Home automation and answering questions such as "What's the weather?" and "How long is my morning commute?" make her an appealing little gadget to add to our arsenal of technology goodies.


Alexa by Invitation Only.

If you want one, you need to request an invitation from Amazon.






Learn more about Alexa at Tom's Guide.


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Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Witch

My love of cultural anthropology and my studies of world religions have enriched and enlightened my life. I am always seeking new information about other cultures because not only is it educational, but it also brings into sharper focus how much we have in common with each other, not only across cultural and national boundaries, but even throughout time. This is particularly true with traditions and holidays.

Imagine my delight to learn of the Easter Witch!

In Sweden and Finland, Easter traditions are similar to Halloween traditions in the U.S.

They combine the use of colored Easter eggs and candy, and the children dress up, mostly as little witches. They go door to door, offering their willow twigs, and in return for treats of candy, they offer a little blessing which they recite.

Virvon, Varvon! (These words indicate the Witch is waving their willow switch!)
Tuoreeks, Terveeks (Fresh, Healthy -)
Tulevaks, Vuodeks! (- Forthcoming Year!)
Vitsa sulle! (Twig for you!)
Palkka mulle? (Reward for me?)

Read more about it at An Arctic Rainbow of Colour.

There is also a more sinister tale of superstitions surrounding the Easter Witch.

Read more about that at The Bitten Apple.

Jezebel.com has also provided us with some history surrounding the Easter Witch.

In the mid-19th century, children began to disguise themselves as witches on Maundy Thursday wearing headscarves, painting red circles on their cheeks, and carrying copper kettles. Then, Petrulis writes, they would go from house-to-house delivering handmade good-luck tokens, usually a sprig of pussy willows, in exchange for candy....

Read the full article Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Easter Witches.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Protecting Americans

We need to get serious about protecting Americans!

Congress is supposed to serve Americans, NOT the other way around. They should receive absolutely NO benefit that is not available to every other American.

If you want to be called a Public Servant, then do your job!


Congress includes both the House and the Senate

Remove health-care subsidies for Members of Congress
and their families

Sign the Petition @ Change.org.


public servant

a person holding a government office or job by election or appointment; person in public service.

public servant. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved March 19, 2017 from Dictionary.comwebsite http://www.dictionary.com/browse/public-servant



  • Health care funding should come out of the defense budget since it is the widest spread threat to our well-being.
  • Health care should not be a luxury allowed to only a few, but rather a right provided to all Americans.
  • End healthcare subsidies for members of Congress, or provide this service for ALL


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