SMOKINCHOICES (and other musings)

July 29, 2016

Hillary did it for me! — I’m Okay now

Finally, I DO endorse HILLARY for President

To tell the truth, I almost couldn’t make it to her speech — it dragged on so long.  They packed in too many testimonials.  This was the least pleasant of all the nights of the Democratic convention.  I certainly enjoyed all the previous nights of brilliant speeches which in fact, DID increase my appreciation for who Hillary is  and what she has been thru.  Helpful.  And of course, I loved Obama — as I have since that Boston speech. No one compares with him or his intellectual superiority (complete with emotional depth and sincerity).  Michelle stands alone in  stature with regard to anything and everything she has done. Amazing, totally beautiful woman – inside and out.  Joe Biden – ditto no other veep like him,  love him.  Even Bill,  outdid himself and I rather enjoyed it.  For tonite I looked forward to Hillary and her message — did it include a progressive platform?  Turns out it did.  

As a devotee of  BERNIE,  I needed to KNOW she would honor those agreements she struck with him.  Who Bernie is, his ethic, good nature and dedicated life of service in unobtrusive obscurity.. never seeking personal glory or rewards was proof that all he espoused was to improve the lives of all of us common people – the working people  of America;  so clearly not tied in to the establishment  and all which that stands for.  My  mind had been fairly closed to endless discussion  about who Hillary is-was . .  .  . figured I knew enough from all that I knew over the last 25 years or so.

As I allowed my preformed judgemental associations to make room for something new and fresher, I was able to see/hear her, potentially, for the first time.  I was, frankly — amazed.  I now accept that stuff DOES happen for a reason, sometimes.  It seems H.R. Clinton will be in fact, very well equipped to lead our magnificent country forward.  And it doesn’t hurt that she is a woman (she appears to have a good dose of the earth-mother gene as well!)  I am content to endorse her now – whole-heartedly.   Which is not to say, I give up on Bernie,  I have a bond with him which simply can’t be broken and seek to honor him and continue the association.   But, as of now — I’M  WITH HER.       Just thought you aught to know.       (penitant)       Jan

July 25, 2016

Dems Turn

Not a trace of “PROGRESSIVE-NESS to be seen

Guess we’ll have to wait little longer,  see what happens

 

Have no problem with Tim Kaine as Hillary’s running mate. . . would probably even prefer him to her.  The man seems as straight up as a man could be.    Can understand his thinking on Pro-life and honor that,  but he doesn’t feel compelled to impose his preferences  on others.  I of course admire that kind of action. There is much to be said about such a man who has demonstrated such integrity, and whose life has been one of service to others.

When he’s described as a  “progressive,” I take issue with this.   As is true with Queen Hillary, but for different reasons.   These two are both tightly entwined with the “establishment.”  Nothing about Hillary has any resemblance to progressiveness or being one.  Her only leanings were actually “pushings” from Bernie as she saw how the public was responding to him and how they hungered for what he spoke.   No one for a very long time had been concerned or seemingly aware of the plight of the non-rich,  disappearing middle class and all those inequities,  injustices,  and lack of choice or opportunity – – or any way to extricate from their plight.

None of the issues which Bernie elucidated night after night for so long (but people never tired of because it was so important to them)  seem to have any place in Hillary’s platform.  They continue to sing their own praises, touting “their” accomplishments.  For Pete’s sake, they “won” (?) the nomination, stop already and tell us what you plan to do for the people  and how  — let’s hear it.  This is what a “Progressive” is all about!  See the  need and relate your plans to correct it.  This is not  happening!  Does Hillary’s heart and mind remain too close to wall street , it’s hard to break old habits.  

Bernie maintain’s his prominent position within People’s hearts and minds.  (The devious deceit regarding the way he was mistreated and derailed put me in bed which apparently only now is coming to light via Wikileaks email revelations)    My point – – he still has influence.  ALL Democrats would do well to think about that and try to resolve some of the so-called agreements she claimed to have with Bernie!  For my eyes – it isn’t showing.  She must try harder, or its gonna be   PRESIDENT TRUMP!                        Centrist Hillary perhaps can’t get there from here.                   Jan

 

July 24, 2016

Vaccines, what we’re told (or choose ?)

Are you a go-along, or a free thinker?

Perhaps I have radiated my passion on this subject almost more than any other through my 2300 some odd posts over my 8 plus years because I carry an obvious dominant “Earth-Mother” type of gene.  If I could protect them all, I would – – but alas, I’m only one voice in this great human complex.  I am not alone.  There are countless compassionate, learned  among us including clear-thinking physicians who see and speak the truth against this gigantic medical aggression birthed from the greed of the powerful Pharmaceutical  industry whose goal is profit and domination — not the welfare of the end users.  (mostly our children)

In a government which truly desired to serve the public needs and protect them — this would never have been possible — that  such power and authority would be allowed exemption from liability  of harm caused.  It could not happen!  We are not slaves.  We are free citizens with rights and CHOICE IS THE MAIN ONE. The list of vaccinations has grown far beyond the boundaries of reason, and far too many of them are now mandated!  Our children are being maimed, deprived of the lives they were entitled to.   Autism and assorted other neurological diseases have grown at such a devastating rate which has nothing whatever to do in any way with the evolutionary process.  This is injury – pure and simple.  When I was born – these things were unheard of.  two generations later – rare  (no more than 1 in a thousand.  Now of course as much as one child out 6 to 10!  Results: Autism. ADD, ADHD, auto-immune diseases of – endless varieties. And all idiopathic – cause unknown!  Could anything be more bizarre?  Imagine- 12 plus years and closing in on $1,00,000. and doctors don’t know beans about health (or how to protect it) or what causes sickness as it occurs.  It shouldn’t seem odd that we don’t ‘get better’ with  (RX) medicine – – they are chemical-based and generally toxic.  So, reduced to extreme simplicity — its too much bad stuff (sugars, chemicals, toxins) and not enough of the good (pure water, clean wholesome food w/o poisons)

One doesn’t load a newborn with toxins for there has not been  time to develop necessary immunity to withstand ANY invasion — they,  like their toddler brethren just need love and protection from injury . . and natural exposure to their world which is full of dirt, germs and all kinds of bacteria.  Much of this first link to immunity starts with natural birthing down the vaginal canal. . .which far too many women today opt to avoid with a C-section.  Baby’s loss.  Antiseptic surroundings – ditto — baby’s loss!  We need the earliest contact with our natural world, one germ at a time so the immune system can learn to recognize and deal with what is,  . .  .  one germ at a time.  These easy, natural concepts come down to us thru observing history and what was and still is.  

So am I against doctors?  Gee whiz – NO.  Doctors are who we see when we break a piece or part of our body, or something dreadful goes wrong. They have been well-trained in biological function and care. . . kind of like taking your car to the mechanic, just something common sense dictates.  Most of them can’t advise us with proper care of the body. . .what to eat or why.   (YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!  ya shouldn’t be surprised, I’m always saying that!)    Further, I believe that most who go thru all that training and sacrifice ARE well motivated to help.  No,  I blame BIG PhRMA who endows and controls what doctors are taught. .which in the end can lead to many unhappy, unfulfilled doctors suffering burn-out with the stressful lives they lead. (not a good thing all around).  

So what am I saying-what’s my point?    Carping, criticizing and /or “Against-ness” is not the answer.  All have a right to own opinion- CHOICE. But under no circumstance is it alright  to impose our choices onto others — actually, it should be seen as a criminal thing to do.  Whether an individual or a giant corporation — this isn’t allowed, for this is the path of injury and dominance.  We can settle for being told what to do,  what’s best for us and so on.  In that path however – we yield choice and suffer the consequences rightly or wrongly.   S’ the way it works. Or we can chose to be responsible for our actions  This would entail  learning what our body needs.  First, it helps to really love and respect that wonderful body and be grateful for all the continued effort it keeps on giving you.  My own gratitude for this body keeps increasing believe it or not!  Where there is LOVE  and acceptance of what is,  sequeys toward appreciation  which demands doing the best for ourself that we can.  DESIRE is an impetus which drives us  toward our goal.  If I want the best for myself,  my body or whatever. . it is natural to be drawn toward it.  Again – s’the way it works!  First the choice,  then- the seeking > your path >followed by some trial and error,  and on to success and satisfaction.  Clues are everywhere.  So many have come before us and are, in fact — all around us, always.  . .just saying. . .  .  

This following article is loaded with much to think about; its from NATIONAL VACINE INFORMATION CENTER. . brave, courageous people committed to sharing facts.  While I am in “complete accord” with what they present, I felt I was brow-beating my readers with my own preferences, so haven’t run one of them in quite a while.     Just click the link below. . .  .  .you’ll see what I mean. .  .  .   Good people, trying to help others.  

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Published by the National Vaccine Information Center

An enlightened conversation about vaccination, health and autonomy

The Vaccine Reaction

July 15, 2016

Limited offerings , but we have choice – lets USE it

Guess I’ll have to vote for “her” too

You all know how conflicted I am.  Said I’de hold my nose and do it;  then I couldn’t,  . . felt hypocritical.  But is that the most efficacious decision when our country and the way we feel about our way of life garnered by all our hard-won battles over a couple of hundred years not far more important than my wounded sense of right and wrong?  And all this happening when obviously some huge forces are at work globally, rattling, shifting stuff around.

 Our planet may be experiencing major problems of its own,  no doubt brought on by the  human machinations of the myopic orientation of too many leaders in most of the advanced countries which have allowed the Corporate structure to dictate priorities which are profit based rather than what is best “FOR ALL CONCERNED,” which includes the generous planet and ALL the inhabitants within and upon it.  We have befouled the planet and it struggles to maintain balance.  It would seem drastic measures are indeed needed, so I can’t blame ‘Mother earth’.  If we must pay further and deeper costs — so be it!  The planet suffers. Our legislative priorities MUST CHANGE – QUICKLY if we are to protect Earth, and of course- all of us.  All people are stressed and seeking what works, as it should be.  

But, in the end, we must  – MUST strive for  the higher thought.  Thoughts which bring a release of struggle so that clarity has a chance to shine through and allow us to see our way.  In the midst of storms and struggles and other frightful stuff. .   . we can come to acceptance;  release our predilections if they imprison us. . .we can reach for higher thoughts which bring calm and harmony.   From that, we can work.  . . work together, find our way.   Jan

 POLL:  Clinton,  Trump tied in Ohio

by Darrel Rowland,   the Columbus Dispatch

AP FILE PHOTO  Hillary Clinton, left and Donald Trump

You can look two ways at a new poll showing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump tied in Ohio, Peter Brown acknowledges.One is that it’s good news for Trump. That’s because he’s been severely out-staffed and outgunned on the airwaves by pro-Clinton forces, but still has forged a tie in the nation’s top bellwether state.The other is that it’s good news for Clinton. That’s because she’s just come off a rough period in which her truthfulness was questioned by the FBI director, although she avoided criminal charges relating to her private email server.The deadlock at 41 percent in the Quinnipiac University Poll unveiled Wednesday comes on the eve of the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland. The two presumptive party nominees were tied at 40 percent in the Connecticut university’s poll released June 21.At the same time, Trump has moved to narrow leads in Florida and Pennsylvania, states Clinton had led last month in Quinnipiac’s polls of swing states.“Ohio’s close. I know that’s a big surprise to all of us,” said Brown, the poll’s assistant director.He found the most intriguing Ohio numbers in party loyalty.

Among Democrats, 90 percent are backing Clinton. But 77 percent of Republicans say they’re voting for Trump.

The reason the race is a tie is that Trump currently is prevailing among independent voters by 12 points, Brown said.

Both are highly unpopular. Clinton is viewed unfavorably by 60 percent in the Buckeye State, Trump by 59 percent.

Ohio voters say by 47 percent to 37 percent that Trump is more “honest and trustworthy” than Clinton. But the former secretary of state narrowly has “higher moral standards” than the New York developer, 43 percent to 42 percent.

Clinton wins big on who is better qualified for office, but Brown noted “qualifications may not be as big a deal this (election) cycle.”

The Buckeye State is a hotbed of dissent:

  • 73 percent to 24 percent say the old ways don’t work and it’s time for radical change.
  • 59 percent to 39 percent say they are falling further and further behind economically.
  • 59 percent to 37 percent say foreign trade agreements have hurt them personally.
  • 79 percent to 20 percent say public officials “don’t care much what people like me think.”

The poll using cell phones and landlines from June 30 through Monday of 955 Ohio voters has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.2 percentage points.

drowland@dispatch.com

@DarrelDRowland

July 6, 2016

Where to go from here?

ME VENTING. . skip if you like

Dander rising in me!    Can’t just roll with it anymore.  At an impasse and feeling bankrupt  —  that  just won’t work for me.  No not money, not even part of the equation – – been livin’ okay within my means no matter how they are,  . . or compare with others. . . I make do.   I would say this is more about integrity, my own integrity and being able to live with myself. . .  .  .   that what I’ve said,  am in accord with and believe.    Its this political HELL we’re being put through.  How many knots are we as citizens  (who love our country)  expected to put ourselves into?  

I stated that I was going to hold my nose and just do it — vote!  Can’t do it.   Like Bernie, I’m not for sale.  If I were to vote for Hillary, it is tantamount to condoning, endorsing her. . . and I cannot,  will not do this.   It simply is not in me to betray so much of what I believe.   Now the mockery of all that has transpired this week relating to Hillary’s conduct as Secretary  under Obama has culminated so clearly  to prove just how “stacked” the entire  “race” actually was from first inkling to completion.  Didn’t matter what any of us mass-millions wanted;  the established power-structure had it all worked out with infinite detail.    Tho, I remain stunned by the emerging ‘sell-outs’,  including oval office and Justice, . . .  I see the “Clinton’s”as the major string – pullers.  It disgusts me that Hillary is already speaking about the expectations she has for BILL, the projects and fine tuning that he will handle once they are in the Whitehouse.  I’m not Okay with that!  It sickens me that so many, indeed, are conspicuously unconcerned about needs and minds of the American voters — from both parties.  

If our American life has become so  estranged to the original concepts of freedom and choice. . . has devolved into the ‘haves’ leading, deciding and choosing for the ‘have-nots’;   well, we are only kidding ourselves,  we are done already.  We are being forced to “get those shots” (even tho, we know they are maiming us);  we are being informed that Genetically Modified everything is okay – no difference,  food is food – all the same (even tho tons of farmers here and abroad are being injured, cheated and the animal and insect life forms are being destroyed and threatened toward extinction; and our human health is being daily decimated) . .  .  we are being  threatened and defiled for choosing other than standard medically-approved everything –why?  . . .because  to eat healthy, (old-fashioned) organic foods (without poisonous chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides) would keep us healthy as nature intended — but Horrors! — would deprive the medical profession and BIG PhRMA of all that money they are accustomed to having.  What would MONSANTO and  all the other chemical companies do if no one was buying their poisons?  What would life be like if all we had to do was just say NO?   Unimaginable. 

But here we are,  party is still going on and I’m saying – count me out.    Both parties have put forward an unacceptable candidate with truly negative numbers whom nobody wants, . . for many good reasons.  In both cases, the blame falls on the party itself – the leadership or lack thereof.  Never had a clue that D.W. Schultz was such good buddies with Obama.  I need a new party, I guess as the Democratic party has obstructed “progressive” aspirants in every way for years.  My vote won’t be missed, in fact — they probably wish I’d shut up!  Anyway, guess they’ve got that handled too.  

I keep suggesting I’m done with politics, but what does that mean when you love your country and grew up with FDR as your living, breathing hero? Bernie was a uniter and deeply wanted to improve the lives of the working class who have long been short-changed.  He wan’t in the plans, tho people really liked his message and trusted him, relating to his credibility and integrity.  We’ll never know if he could have clinched the nomination as he was maligned by the insiders at every step as an impossible choice, nice guy – but not going to happen.  Every trick was used including calling it over before major states had a chance to vote.  This was inappropriately called by major broadcasters. .  .  .   why?  . .guess, its just how stuff works now.  

So, to be clear,  I’m not voting for the first time since I started to vote.  Why should we have to choose which is worst Hillary or Donald?  Hard to say!

Thank you Barack, Debbie W. Schultz,  FBI Director James Comey, and even highly admired Loretta Lynch who feels she must defer her judgement.  All of you have had a major role to play in the outcome of our nation at this critical time when our world could sure use some ethical sanity.  Had any of you simply called the evidence as presented this week for what it is .  .  .   and is known to be,  it would have been the logical move to select another person — and that choice would have been a resounding BERNIE Sanders.  .  .  the choice of millions with a resounding, enthralled citizenry — ready to do its part and start moving forward to a better tomorrow.  Instead we have a demoralized, frustrated public, who I am hoping has much better ideas about what needs to be done now (than I do).

What with the European struggles and BREXIT.. . never-ending ISIS and its insane cruelty — is all this . . just because?. . . or the end times?. . .are we actually doing ourselves in?    With all pulling apart, where is the path to unity?  Has that as a goal become obsolete?   Passe?  Surely some recall what it’s like to BE for something instead of against everything.   Lets see,  fractious domination and hatred on one side. . .or. . .gentle caring, sharing and cooperation on another.   Seems one stands out as a lot more comfortable and desirous. . . feels better.  This wasn’t easy, but needed to vent,     Jan

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