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Football, American Sniper and Apple Pie!

Along with millions of other viewers, I watched Superbowl XLIX which apparently just broke television records.  Since I am originally a Puget Sound resident, naturally I was cheering for the Seahawks.  (No I do not want to re-live the $5 billion mistake at the end – the Hawks had an easy victory…..ahhhhhhh!!!!  Tears streaming…okay, there is always next year Russell!)

But I do want to discuss the $4.5 million commercials. (Wow!  How is such a cost to run an ad even possible?  Especially while poverty is increasing….)  Costs aside, I observed the sentimental aspect this year.  In years past, most commercials produced target the funny bone, however this year, with a couple exceptions, Kleenex was needed instead.  From the once-again-heart-warming Budweiser commercials (they score every year!) to the nostalgic Brady Bunch spot, the trend seemed to be about returning to love and Americana.  Even McDonald’s and Coca-Cola participated with their “tell someone you love them” and “you matter” campaigns.  The wisdom of those who have lived a century was shared while letting girls know they are valued also struck a chord,

Why the sentiment this year?  Even while watching Russell Wilson emotionally pray during the National Anthem and hearing a loudly patriotic cheer from all afterward, I thought, “everyone seems to be longing for values and patriotism this year”.

Although the film AMERICAN SNIPER did not break “Superbowl weekend box office records”, it did rank number one again for the third straight week and just broke records for all time “war movie”, in addition to largest January box office of all time!

The combination of film, sport, advertising, and entertainment reflect a strong desire in America to return to Americana values of God, patriotism, and apple pie!  The recent mid-term elections proved the outrage of the majority who are rebelling against the “Obama-America-Change”.  Turns out most do not want “change” but instead TRADITION!

Like the Star Spangled Banner states, this country is “the home of the brave” and “the land of the free”.  This Free Republic was founded upon principles of God and Liberty.  Deep down, people crave morality and Americana values.  We do have a culture and one that has proved the test of time!  Many with socialist leanings who abhor Christian-Judeo foundations are desperately trying to “transform” this country into a “new world order” or “North American Union” however with the record breaking numbers at this weekend’s game and box office, I believe there is still a fighting spirit which longs for the good ol’ USA!

The Truth Battles Racism

The Black-Female-Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences-President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, stated after the Oscar-nominee-announcements, “the all-white acting slate inspires me to accelerate the academy’s push to be more inclusive.” and “hopes the film industry as a whole will continue to strive for greater diversity.” (Does anyone else see the irony?)

Last year the poignant film “12 Years a Slave” swept the Oscars with the movie winning “Best Film of the Year”.  The film, based on the book of the same name, was directed and produced by the very talented Steve McQeen (the Black gentlemen, not the deceased legendary actor). In addition Lupita Nyong’O won the award for “Best Supporting Actress” for her work in the film.

In fact if you examine the last 5 years of the Academy Awards, one would discover a list of “diverse” nominees and winners including the brilliant Denzil Washington, the lovely Octavia Spencer., the legendary Morgan Freeman, the vivacious Mo’Nique and many more.

Ms. Boone-Isaacs is not the only complaining commentator regarding the nominations, besides film critics, Salon.com, and a few more, Al Sharpton declared that “an emergency meeting” must take place.  An emergency?  Why, was there a terrorist threat against the film academy?  Perhaps a ‘sniper’?

Since Clint Eastwood was an outspoken critic of Obama and supported the GOP Presidential ticket back in 2012, I suspect with his film “American Sniper” earning several nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, and Best Editing, this caused some disturbance within Sharpton and others..  (Frankly, I think it is more perplexing that the film earned almost every other nomination, except for Best Director.)

Will Sharpton and all the other ‘judges’ demand for the call of “an emergency meeting” and diversity after the announcements for the Black Entertainment Television, the Black Vine Entertainment, the American Latino Media Arts, or the Latin Grammy Awards?  I suspect not.  I understand groups wanting to reward their ‘own’ communities and honestly have no issue with the various award shows, But since there is no Caucasian Entertainment Awards (and if one existed, there would be national outrage from special interest groups, politicians, media, and Hollywood), the Academy Awards should be the one show for which TALENT and NOT “race or diversity” be the ONLY criteria.

Now if the Oscars turns into a campaign for ‘race and diversity’ instead of artistry in the future, then it would be only fair for a Caucasian only awards show just like every other group; otherwise the entertainment community becomes just another oppressed, hypocritical, judgmental community – instead of the “free speech”, diverse community they claim to magnify.

Amid all the Academy backlash, the Oprah Winfrey produced “Selma” has been nominated for Best Picture.  Perhaps the real outcry is due to the fact none of “Selma’s” actors were nominated for any of the acting categories.  Since the Hollywood community is really “left of center” in both social issues and politics, I am more inclined to believe the work and the ‘inside-Hollywood Studio-campaign to be nominated’ vs. “racism” are closer to the truth.

SELMA is an historical-drama based on the 1965 Civil Rights March lead by the distinguished Martin Luther King, Jr. As we honor King’s birthday this weekend after a year of ‘hoodies’, Ferguson, riots/looting and rantings from Sharpton,Jackson,Holder and Obama, “civil rights” is back at the top of discussions.  In fact based on the numerous entertainment, media, and political reports, one is expected to believe we are back living in the chattel slavery days with all ‘white’ people wearing pointy hoods and burning crosses on lawns.

Is this the truth?   The President of the United States, the hit ABC show “Black-ish”, top current Billboard artists – Beyonce, Nick Minaj, Big Sean, Usher (and many more), hit film SELMA, the NBA, the NFL….seriously does a list even need to be created?!!

According to the latest *U.S. Census statics 62..6% of America is ‘white’ while 17.1% are Hispanic or Latino, 13.2% are Black or African American, 5.3% Asian, 1.2% are Native American Indian, and 2.6% are a mixture of other races.  Considering these statistics, there is a higher than proportional representation of minority races in media, entertainment, and politics.

While the chanting of “Black Lives Matter” sweeps the nation (and I agree – in fact all lives matter), there is a disturbing statistic which cites the Black community possesses the highest rate of abortion.*  Approximately 2/3 of all abortions are unfortunately amongst the minority populations.

Furthermore, in contrast to public accusations, racial crimes are not an epidemic in America.*  In fact the opposite, every race seems to victimize their own race.  In addition, staying true to the U.S. population, whites commit the most crimes in America today.

So why all the charges of “racism” growing louder?  Plain and simple – AGENDA!  Hitler’s Nazi Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels boldly stated, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”**

One of the Marxism theories insists in the derision of any ruling class and eroding any type of higher economic class. In fact American social and racial community organizer, Saul Alinsky stated in his first of 12 “Rules for Radicals”: RULE 1: “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have. Power is derived from 2 main sources – money and people. “Have-Nots” must build power from flesh and blood.”

Recently a flyer* was posted up at a BART station in the San Francisco Bay area which demanded a communist revolution across America.  The posting stated “…having a Black president does not change shit for us…” and a a couple sentences later demanded a call for “….overthrowing the capitalist-imperialist system…”.  Photos and videos from post Ferguson riots across the country showed communist organization signs proving they were leading the charges attempting to incite race wars.

In addition, to the current radical agenda, back in 1871, Albert Pike, considered an historic Freemason leader, wrote a letter drafting a plan for three major wars to result in both an economic disaster and a ‘new world order’.*  An excerpt from the letter proves ‘communism’ was a tool to accomplish the feat: “At the end of the (first) war, Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions.”   The ‘second war’ portion cites the following: “…International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm.”  And the third war part of the letter states: “…..Then everywhere, the citizens, obliged to defend themselves against the world minority of revolutionaries, will exterminate those destroyers of civilization, and the multitude, disillusioned with Christianity, whose deistic spirits will from that moment be without compass or direction, anxious for an ideal, but without knowing where to render its adoration, will receive the true light through the universal manifestation of the pure doctrine of Lucifer, brought finally out in the public view.”

Christians should not be shocked with Pike’s plan since scripture clearly warns us that Satan is the Great Deceiver, Divider, and Liar.  John 8:44: “..He (Satan) was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies. ” Revelation 12:9: “…the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world….”

Now I am not suggesting that racism does not exist, because then I would be no better than the propagandists, however from my daily experiences I see love and unity amongst the majority,  However unfortunately hate does exist in the world and has since the very beginning of time.  In fact, contrary to a Duke University Professor’s claim – ALL races, not just whites, possess ‘racism’ against others.  Period!

When I was 8 years old, my first ‘boyfriend’ was Anthony.  Of course at the age of 8 it was a completely innocent relationship which really meant we had “puppy love crushes” and holding hands was really the extent of it. We walked home from school with each other daily, sometimes holding hands.  No one flinched until one day Anthony’s grandmother noticed us holding hands.  She literally shouted at the top of her lungs, “Anthony drop that white girl’s hand.”.  It scared the both of us and I ran all the way home crying.  My parents comforted me, but I just could not understand.  After this incident, Anthony never spoke to me again.

Fast forward a decade later, my best friend Lisa and I were sitting in an audience for a live show taping when suddenly the three women behind us shunned Lisa for “sitting with a white girl instead of her own…”.  Not too long after this incident, a group of Black girls, ganged up on me in a grocery store parking lot shouting “white bitch” and other hate-filled words.  I did not know these girls at all.  Thankfully some men stopped them and I was able to hold my own.

A few years back, I was invited to participate in “The Black Round Table Discussions”.  I was honored.  But the very first week a lady took one look at me and said “What is she doing here?  She does not belong here.”  She was informed that I was an invited friend.  She stormed off and never returned.  Unfortunately there was yet another incident when my friend Ted Hayes and I were walking down Crenshaw Blvd. together.  A store owner and a couple employees who were sitting outside their music business sternly declared, “You cannot come into the store”.  We had no intentions of entering their business, but both of us were curious why such a declaration was made.  The owner quipped back, “Because no honky is allowed.”  Stunned, I replied, “So you are a racist?.”  He retorted with an enthusiastic, “YES”.  (Well at least he was honest.)

At some point in one’s life, they will experience hate whether it be due to skin color, gender, faith, viewpoints, nationality, etc…Absolutely no one is immune.  However the Good News is one day “All will profess He is Lord” – all will love!  All will realize we are ALL brothers and sisters of the SAME family under God! God is truth, love, and unity!

Rocker Alice Cooper recently concluded in an interview “The world belongs to Satan”.  Clearly we are seeing signs of this being true.  For those readers who are ‘believers”, it is time to pray for truth, awareness, love, and unity in our world.  For those who do not share our faith, it is time to stop listening to propaganda and share the truth, which the ‘state’ opposes, instead.

Philip II, King of Macedon, is often credited for the statement, “Divide and conquer.”.  Albert Pike, the Communist movement, the “state’, and Satan all share this same agenda.  Thus, “we the people” must unite in TRUTH!  Martin Luther King, Jr. shared “his dream’ and today we must carry out the dream of love, equality, forgiveness, and oneness!

Perhaps it is disappointing to many that none of the SELMA actors were nominated for an Oscar this year, however this is no “state of emergency” as far more concerns are of pressing matter like terrorism, economy, poverty, and child abuse. We as united people should concentrate on these more pressing issues instead of focusing on lies and distortions.

*http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html

*http://www.abort73.com/abortion/abortion_and_race/

*http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/table-43

**http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Holocaust/goebbelslie.html

*http://www.zombietime.com/zomblog/?p=2033

*http://www.libertyforlife.com/nwo/albert_pike.htm

Parents Do Not Take Sick Days

Vicks Vaporizer became my best friend for the past couple weeks!  (Well Vicks, hot peppermint tea, and my pillow!)  Maybe the bad cold would have not morphed into bronchitis with sufficient bed rest, however like the current running Vicks commercials confirms, “Parents do not take sick days”.  Those same little angels, who introduced the germs and viruses to the home, needed my attention and care-giving!

Since this all started during Christmas vacation, I will admit there was a brief moment of “It’s A Wonderful Life” without children, but those few short seconds within my imagination turned into real tears.  Real tears because bronchitis, dueling siblings, toddler temper tantrums, pre-teen rebellion and all, they are my precious gifts blessed by God.

So instead I donned the Wonder Mom Cape (all moms own one naturally) with an artillery of throat lozenges, tissue, and orange juice and managed to tend to their every need. Oh there were moments I wished I could just fold my arms and nod my head like “I Dream of Jeannie” to complete the tasks, but with God’s good grace……many prayers for strength helped.

While wearing the ‘cape’, I used what little steam I could muster to also plan ahead for mommy rest time.  Ice chest – check, snacks – check, juice – check, art and craft supplies – check, basket of toys – check, crockpot of chicken noodle soup – check, Disney films – check, children’s books and games – check….mom’s bedroom basically turned into a kitchen-entertainment-family-medical care room!  Because once I plopped into bed, I would be down for the count!  The usual 16 hour mom day was drastically reduced to just 8 hours and then the cape came off!  Thankfully my children were in recovery mode and more sleepy than normal.  (Lord forgive me for being grateful they were not back to 100% health.)

Fever, coughs, and cranky children actually ended up being a blessing after all.  Perhaps none of us were at our best, yet it was still very bonding…laughing at silly commercials, building empires with legos, giving random hugs, and even just resting confirmed that in either sickness or health, we love each other very deeply!

Maybe God allowed us to all to be ill just to stop for awhile – no working, no writing, no errands, no school and instead just be still.  We all need to take more ‘still’ moments and just enjoy the blessings bestowed upon us.  Sickness should not be the moment of revelation that our lives are too busy, unfortunately sometimes these are the times which bring us back to reality.

Vicks commercials are correct, we parents do not take sick days, however we should all remember to take “children dedication days” – shut all else down and just spend with them!  The time is really all the ‘medicine’ we need to get us through the hectic ‘cape’ days!

Branding Key to Achieving New Year’s Resolutions

Here is the latest blog for which I was commissioned to write for Affluent Life Branding http://affluentlifebranding.com/?p=2766

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My Article Published – “Event Planning 101”

I was honored with a request to write an article for The Solutions Institute.  It was published today:

http://solutions-institute.org/blog/event-planning-101/

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

In our world today, we may not have “peace on earth” however we have the GOOD NEWS!!!  Merry Christmas to one and all!!  One day indeed there will be Peace on Earth!!  Sing Halleluiah!

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Visions of a Not-So-Silent Christmas

Moving heavy furniture and boxes (see blog below) begs one to take a break!  With a tube of Tiger Balm, a reclining chair, and a television remote the one hour break commenced.  Channel surfing discovered a one-hour documentary on PBS titled “The First Silent Night” telling the origins of one of the most enduring Christmas hymns of all time – “Silent Night”.

http://thefirstsilentnight.com/

The German carol’s lyrics were written by Father Joseph Mohr in 1816 and then two years later the music was composed for “Stille Nacht” by schoolmaster Franz Xaver Gruber in the Salzburg, Austria region.  The film mesmerized with history, emotion, faith, and the beauty of Austria which helped diminish any muscle pain!

The one hour program connected with my faith, love for Jesus and adoration of my favorite Christmas song that it immediately motivated me to set a one year goal of visiting Salzburg for Christmas 2015!  In fact, I have the entire itinerary already planned which includes a few days in Wagrain, day trips to Hallein, Vienna, Munich (Germany) and Bolzano (Italy) with several days in Salzburg for all the Noel Festivities!

Visions of a 20 hour flight with children, transportation hassles, bustling crowds, and freezing-below- zero temperatures does not dampen my motivation to achieve this vacation dream!  In fact I can already taste the mulled wine and roasted chestnuts with the scent of fresh pine trees in the air!  No more “Dreaming” of a White Christmas, because the blanket of pure, white crystal snow will be all around requiring a cup of warm-spiced-nog at the end of a cold, but joyous day!

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Although it is still yet Christmas Day, the image of Christmas in Europe next year dances in my head – authentic Tafelspitz, Schnitzel, sweet Apfelstrudel, warm Jägertee, bright artisan Christmas ornaments, festive music, the grand Cathedral, local Advent activities, and even the visit by the Krampusses and Perchten beckons vividly!

However with just one year to reach the goal, this means focus and dedication to earn the funds required for such a jubilant holiday.  Now it makes perfect sense why God lead me to WakeUpNow!  It will take earning 5-6 figures per month to establish the healthy finances needed to even begin planning the trip.  Once the appropriate amount of income is earned, then I can book the entire merry sabbatical utilizing the WUN Vacation Club!  Plus I can use WUN Speak to learn German and refresh my Italian, because when in Rome – or this case Salzburg – speak the local language.

http://www.thewakeupmission.com

The past 7 years has literally been one of the most financially challenging.  In addition, the political involvement and watching the removal of “Christ” from America has dampened my spirit to some degree.  However “The First Silent Night” reminded me that God is always in control no matter how bleak the circumstances may appear.  Plus for the first time in years, I am motivated by a dream – a dream which began with faith and adoration of a hymn which stirs love and peace everywhere!

Perhaps Salzburg is not the location of Christ’s birth, however it is the location of the ‘birth’ of a moving Christmas song describing the most holy night of the year!  And the origins of the lyrics and musical composition inspire faith and enhance the beauty of the region.

Now back to reality and my still sore muscles!!  Merry Christmas!

Amidst the Clutter, Peace!

A long, chaotic few days and now a cluttered house – boxes and excess furniture everywhere.  One would think I just moved in – or worse that a housekeeper needs to be hired and quick!  (Well hired help would be nice right about now – where is that Calgon?)  However in the midst of the clutter and chaos, there is peace of the spirit – a man is now not homeless!!  (See “Reality or Illusion” blog below.)

In the background the sweet sounds of the Christmas Jubilee is filling the home renewing the spirit of the weary.  Many are broken in the world, lost in all the confusion, but the Good News is there is REAL hope!!  Real GRACE!!  Real LOVE!!

The Christmas season should be a reminder for those who BELIEVE to help those in need.  Do you know family, friends, or neighbors how are hurting?  Perhaps they lost a loved one?  Lost their job?  Lost their home?  Maybe they are suffering from depression or addiction.

Someone within your family or community is indeed hurting and the Christmas season creates even deeper pain for many.  We are called to be the “light and salt” in this world.  Bring cheer to someone who needs it and pray with them to bring this love and hope this season!!

The Dream Police of the United States of Amerika

……..I try to sleep, they’re wide awake, they won’t let me alone
They don’t get paid to take vacations or let me alone
They spy on me, I try to hide, they won’t let me alone
They persecute me, they’re the judge and jury all in one………

The year 1984 may have passed 3 decades ago, however the Orwellian story could easily be renamed 2014.  As this year comes to a close, we are faced with a daily barrage of “big brother” news from a Sheriff Deputy in Washington state declaring armored vehicles are needed because of “constitutionalists” to alleged threats from North Korean hackers shutting down a release of a movie.

Nearly 3/4 of a century ago, Charlie Chaplin released his classic and popular film “The Dictator” to rave reviews and box office strength.  Although it has been reported that Hitler was annoyed and controversy was stirred, Americans did not bow to fascist threats.  But in today’s modern world of ‘political correctness’, propaganda, easily “offended” individuals, and encroaching tyranny, America bent over.

The lack of Presidential leadership and the caving of theater chains to not release the Sony film “The Interview” displays weakness of the United States to the rest of the world.  Our country allowed “dictatorship” from foreign entities to silence us.  Is this still America?

One week ago Congress passed the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 which included the granting of rights for the Executive branch to have unlimited access to the communications of ALL Americans.

In addition, another film made headlines earlier this week due to new technology called “Beware”.. The 2002 Steven Spielberg film, “The Minority Report” showed the story of police utilizing ‘thought’ technology to arrest and convict people before committing crimes.  Now the telecommunications company Intrado has developed a “pre-crime” software which can search billions of records, like social media, to ‘find’ and ‘predict’ POTENTIAL crimes.

Even without Intrado’s constitutional violation software, Marine Veteran Brandon Raub made headlines back in the summer of 2012 when FBI, Secret Service, and County Sheriffs swarmed onto Raub’s private property.  His alleged crime?  Postings on his facebook page which were deemed “anti-government”.  So what is considered anti-government?

Three years prior, the MIAC report (Missouri Information Analysis Center) was discovered when a law enforcement whistle-blower sent the document to the Alex Jones show.  The ‘unclassified’ but ‘law enforcement sensitive’ document declared that 2008 Presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, and Bob Barr and their supporters were threats.  In addition any individual who supports the Constitution, but opposes the North American Union, were dangerous, along with Libertarians and Constitution Party members.

The MIAC report also detailed the ‘public safety’ partnership with local, state and federal agencies, which would disseminate information to Homeland Security on these alleged threats to the nation which also included Christians and homeschoolers.  The leaked information also exposed the fact that there were reports across the country sent to other local and state law enforcement agencies;  which might explain the Deputy Sheriffs comments this week in regard to Constitutionalists being a threat.

America officially became a country declaring independence from England in 1776.  Upon this declaration, a Republic form of government was founded with the Bill of Rights and the Articles of the Constitution. It has been alleged that when a woman asked Benjamin Franklin, what these gentlemen had just accomplished, he stated “A Republic Ma’am, if you can keep it.”

The word “republic’ is derived from the Latin ‘res publica’ which literally translates to  ‘public thing’.  In relation to ‘politics’ it means a form of government for which the people conduct their private lives for their own benefit versus the benefit for a dictator or group of politicians.  Thus a Republic form of government allows for FREEDOM and Liberty clearly described in not only the Founding Documents of America, but also in the words, via letters, books, and speeches, of the Founding Fathers.

Back in 2009, I spoke at a Constitution Party event in Arizona.  Others speakers included Chuck Baldwin and former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo.  I clearly recall Tancredo stating (in reference to the Ron Paul ‘revolution’) there had already been a ‘revolution’ and they (the statists) won.

Indeed this seems to be the case if Americans, who adhere to our history and laws of the land, are considered “threats to the state” (or statists!).

Perhaps George Orwell wrote ‘fiction’ back in 1949, but in 2014, his book “1984” reads more like a manuscript of reality.  If we want to be AMERICA again, we must stand up with courage instead of bowing down with fear!

Dreams Do Come True!

Today I must take the “easy path” – true to my blog yesterday, helping the neighbor to move in here for now just to prevent him from being homeless.  My family’s Christmas gift to our community.  So with limited time, today I post a recording from two months ago which really applies today.  How do people end up in their dire financial circumstances?  Sometimes perhaps it is a series of unfortunate events, but most the time we have more control than we believe – so with faith and hard work, we can indeed achieve what we dream!  Enjoy!