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I am still surprised when I hear wives and young women being criticized by other women as to why they stay with their politician husbands, following the out break of scandal. Sure it may leave our own excuses or defenses a little more weakened as to why we make or made our decisions under similar circumstances, but is that any reason to point fingers, when others decide differently? In 2013 men are 100% responsible for their own behavior.

Yes, we can agree that the young women who are involved in sex or sexting and come forward and acknowledge their own poor behavior, are showing extremely poor judgment in believing they can some how capitalize on the same. To judge young women any farther than this, unless they become so outwardly obvious and acknowledge they are out for the almighty buck or to destroy a career, should not lie in the character of any of us who judge these often naïve and impressionable women; Nor does it further the equality of women to determine what is appropriate behavior when a woman does decide to remain in her marriage.  That choice belongs to the two people who are in the marriage to decide be they men or women.

Women have been manipulated by the powerful and branded as Jezebels since Biblical days in an effort to give men who behave poorly in sexual behavior, an out for their own sick and often narcissistic behavior. As women in America, we if not men, should be able to rise above the continuation of judgments against each other regardless of media exploitation, political leanings, or the circumstances of the same.

I have heard women, who are thought of as being credible accuse Huma Weiner of having political gain for herself and ambitions of her own as being the reason she stands behind her husband Anthony Weiner. Other people are accusing the young woman (I will not give her name credence or blame in my blog) of dressing sexy in order to trap Anthony Weiner. There is much more gossip against the women involved in the Anthony Weiner Sex Scandal but to repeat any more beyond this is to only add to the gossip.  When will women ever be able to dress in the manner they feel the most comfortable with themselves, before we quit judging them for doing so?

Accusing women of the faults that lie in men goes way back to the days of the discovery of the Old Testament of the Bible. When we realize the largest area of the Country in the region where the Old Testament of the Bible was written, was made up of  many Pagans before Christianity, then we need to understand also the culture present in the belief of its people at the time the old Testament was written.

We can understand why people who were raised generations in advance of Science held women responsible for the behavior of men because it was written In Proverbs, Chapter 23, Verse 26:My Son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe My ways, For a whore is a deep ditch and a strange woman is a strange pit. She also lieth in wait as for Prey and increases the transgressors in men.”

The belief was also promoted and still exists today that it was Eve who enticed Adam to eat of the apple instead of it being a mutual decision as we now know transcriptions clearly shows it to have been mutual and these artifacts have been preserved in the archives of the Church. As more Historical facts becomes available along with the knowledge of mankind changes we do need to consider both into our own moral framework as a civilized Society.

The Early Church so believed that married men who had sex with prostitutes were not responsible for the sin of adultery, because they were enticed by women and had no control over their own sex drive. They saw no separation between the animal world and human kind and judged the need of man to procreate or have sex for mankind’s survival as being on the same level between man and animal.

Sex with sheep amongst herders was not only practiced but acceptable behavior in its day. When Science discovered it was leading to madness and death in men due to an outbreak of syphilis then the acceptance of the same changed.

These beliefs were held well into the 17th Century but as the need for man to learn became more prominent it took the knowledge of Science to grow in order to gain knowledge about mankind and what free-will and intellect does as far as understanding the differences in what makes mankind the absorber of knowledge and truth over the animal kingdom.

Even into the Victorian era and yet today some Religions still refuse to give up the idea that even incest that takes place in children is not the fault of child or women entisement. The Conservative following have the numbers of rape due to incest, much lower than what in truth they still remain today. What we now refer to as sexual sociopaths was referred to as sexual deviants in the Victorian era and was just the beginning of the era in which men were being held responsible for their own sexual vulgarities.

Those Religions who throw out all study of Science still cling to the Bible verses of the Old Testament while totally dismissing the knowledge learned of men and sexual peculiarities or sexual predators, that we have gained knowledge of today through the knowledge of Science.

If we still have not learned that women do not create the character flaw in men who think they are too powerful to fail and that Science shows that it is more likely the absence of fathers in the home or early childhood abuse through incest that leads to feelings of rejection that increase the libido in both these women and these men, then what rock have we taken residence under?

Yes, both women and men who have reached adulthood are equally responsible for the choices they make in their lives.  When Anthony Weiner was made aware of his own short comings and illness and still behaved badly, by running again for public office knowing full well he was lying, then how can any of us judge his wife harshly or the women he continued to show his private parts to? If a mother is concerned about what the absence of a father, in the life of her child will make and decides to stay in the marriage, that is her decision to make without being called ambitious or any of us offering her anything beyond understanding.  Todays children need their parents in their lives and if the couple reaches an agreement on how they will deal with their marriage must we always feel their decisions reflects on all women?

If  young adult women are being manipulated or making a poor call of judgment that too should be their decision to make. Why do we so often see or hear those who seemingly have made the biggest mess of their own marriages or those who also behaved poorly when young women or men, too often become the harshest judges against other women or men?  Did we listen or was it our own responsibility to learn for ourselves, what our real values were or where we placed them?  Did we not have that right to do so?

We all should understand the options given all of us to use our own intellect and free-will should be the greatest entitlements that all of us will ever receive, shouldn’t we? What right does the media, un-related people, or pundits have of making any calls in the personal lives of people who use their own hearts and minds to call the shots in their own marriages or personal lives, have in the first place? If you don’t like the man, Anthony Weiner, then do not contribute or vote for him and if you are doing so for fear of what others may think then isn’t that more your problem than theirs?

The Karma we put out is also the Karma we get back, or if you prefer, “what goes around comes around”, and I suspect that was also the Plan of our Maker, when He gave both genders free-will and intellect from the beginning of mankind.  Who amongst us, has not already learned the same or will not learn it before we breathe our last breath? As the saying goes,” An unkempt garden, produces poor fruit”.   Does our own back yard need our attention or weeding?

As women we have enough Conservative movements underway who will deny us the equality already granted us before we have been successful in getting full equality, without attacking or sitting in judgment of each other.  As long as we, women, let the divisiveness amongst us continue to do so, we can all understand it will only cause further harm to those who most need our help. If it does not happen now, then it will tomorrow, or the next time we, ourselves or loved ones, need understanding the most.   I have learned to be a realist and understand what true unity requires of all of us.  Make it count!

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Todays post is based on my own practical learning, experience, and views and is not intended to replace medical fact but to share the knowledge I have learned through life and living.

Too often we think convicts are the only people who are narcissists or who exhibit anti-social personalities. In a court of law mental illness often gets dismissed behind the defendant knowing right from wrong so if they are judged sane then in the minds of too many,mental illness does not exist but instead they are pure evil.

In our own lives we will excuse friends and families for not knowing the difference between right and wrong because they suffer from mental illness, and other times think they are just a little eccentric. over worked, or different from ourselves. Other times when people think they act like we do, we often think they are perfectly normal, because we are normal. No one believes their ideas or lives are anything less than normal because if they do then they may need to expect more or less of themselves. It is when we cajole, shame, or manipulate adults through control, shame, guilt, abuse or threats or we allow it to happen that the whole family ends up dysfunctional.

No family can be complete or mentally whole when ruled by the dictates of one. At the same token every family needs structure that can only be improved upon by both adults agreeing to the achievable standards before they marry or have children.

If there is one term that has destroyed more marriages and is at the root of unhappiness or good mental health than any other, in my estimation, it is the term “soul mate.” There is no such thing as two people sharing an identical thought 100% of the time due to the differences in their own childhoods much less being, “soul mates”, unless one is trying to please at a sacrifice to themselves or only one or neither have a definition of their own goals.

When what we think is cute in each other becomes irritating it loses the magic of what too many once felt were “soul mates’, when it was only fantasy. It is our differences that should compliment the needs of all of us, that makes a family whole. We often see parents who have tried to replace needs with wants to the destruction of our own needs and because of this we destroy our own ability to be happy, that we only are responsible for achieving. A healthy family will all work together to make sure everyone’s needs gets met.

No person is perfectly mentally well, we all have a few idiosyncrasies or dysfunctions that we bring into our new relationships/marriages because there is no such thing as normal. One who does not think as we do but rather shares a broader view than what the group does, is neither eccentric or suffers from mental illness.

The more evolved a person becomes in those things, such as activities, learning, people, hobbies, and occupations or just current events in general and their cultural backgrounds vary the less like us they are. Everything done in moderation is a sign of good health but when one person is limited as to what their interests are while another wants to absorb it and experience it all, we will not always think alike if we are neighbors, friends, married, or related.

This does not make the person who does not behave or think as we do eccentric when they find subjects we do not enjoy or when they are repulsed by gossip, because they find it boring or demeaning. Many people literally find the great majority of conversations as being repetitive or small talk, and a total waste of time, but are instead driven to enjoy so many more facets of their lives yet, unexplored. Some people would rather talk while others would rather do, and both behaviors are totally acceptable behavior when we are both enjoying our lives.

Many times people are called anti-social, snobs, or shy because it is literally stressful for them to enjoy the same old same old as we do. They do not feel obliged to socialize with what has become redundant or familiar. Their interests may be less likely what we would call normal but who is to say that they couldn’t much better adjust to another culture much quicker than we ourselves could adjust to, and in doing so make us and our views look way out of bounds of normalcy or eccentric?

We often find the more social people are before the loss of a loved one, the more difficult time they have when recovering from the lost. Good mental health is being able to accept ourselves and our choices as well as everyone’s else’s right to do the same for themselves, without name calling, labeling, or judging. When we do all three, especially when they do nothing more than wish us well, its ourselves we need to question.

People who hear and use the word anti-Social personality disorder use it too often as a term they think means that these are people who do not like to entertain or leave home and socialize with others. Anti-social and people who prefer the company of spouses or family over socializing with many, have nothing in common.

Instead anti-social personality disorder is quite the opposite as they often times are the most social and charming in our group,family or neighborhood. They often are the first to offer help as long as they get something out of it worth more than they offer us and almost always say the things we want to hear, in an effort to manipulate us.

Anti-social personality disorder or socio-path, is common in the behavior of con and scam operators. They are always very charming and usually very sociable, although there are sometimes loners but both lack any conscious beyond their own feelings of victimization. it is a serious personality disorder that use to be known as sociopath and can be seen in both harmless individuals but is almost always found in murderers and rapists, and goes hand in hand with lying and what is known to mankind, some times as evil.

Todays post then is to clear up misunderstandings too often held and repeated and part of what is often behind the difficulties we, get ourselves into or are led into, and why we too often make judgment calls against others or gossip against each other even knowing to do so is often baring ‘false witness against our neighbors.’

Mental illness if it is bi-polar, personality disorders which can include narcissists and sociopaths, schizophrenia, paranoia, or a neuroses does not mean people who suffer from these illnesses are any more dangerous to a community than is the person who suffers from arthritis or cancer.

Almost always those who act out through acts of rape or murder have any one or several of these mental illnesses present but the seriousness or depravity of their actions is not because they do not know what they are doing is wrong but instead their mental illness is so severe they lack control in some cases, while others are drug or alcohol induced, or they simply choose the behavior.

It is a disgrace in the way people who suffer from mental illness are too often judged by the behavior of the most depraved amongst us and are denied the health care they need. We as a Society still act ashamed to admit that a member of our own personal circle suffers from mental illness and requires our medical help, when they do initially develop depression and mental illness is still acute. It is not just a phase, they will out grow. It needs to be treated. When we consider the numbers of people who commit depraved crimes against those who suffer from mental illness and never do, the numbers are not even close in comparison or degree.

Sometimes due to the person speaking, suffering depression or mental illness own lack of knowledge or ability to understand the effects of their disease, they themselves, will fail to understand the full realm of consequences to others their mental illness have on those who they truly feel has victimized them instead of it being their own behavior that caused them to feel victimized.

I have known people who are feeling lonely or suffering from depression accuse or asks me if I don’t get lonely or accuse me of suffering from depression, when I am getting a real thrill or enjoyment out of life, because they themselves are lonely or depressed.

In the same conversations they speak about another time when everything was simpler or happier without realizing they suffered the same emotions at the same stage as the next generations did, but their imagination becomes better than their memory. They either transfer their own bad feelings on to another, remember a fantasy they held that had unattainable goals that could never exist, or no longer recall the disappointment that followed the broken promises they felt when they were younger.

To mistake lack of rationality from not knowing right from wrong; or to excuse it, will only perpetuate the already poor behavior in those who suffer from mental illness and make them feel even more victimized in the process. Too many friends and families are torn apart because of a member or members of a family or group’s refusal to get medical help for the person who does suffer from mental illness.

When the personality or views of those who suffer from mental illness is closer to our own, than to the rationality of the person who is seeking help for the person who suffers, we often will view the person trying to get help for our loved one as being mentally sick or as an aggressor who is victimizing the person who needs help because they are being honest about the need. It fits into the thinking, “Sometime I think the whole world is nuts, except for you and me, and some days I wonder about you.”

As a family, a friend, and as a Society we need to understand treating mental illness is a much greater need over owning guns, for instance, when we neither plan to hunt or to feed ourselves or to injure another.

the facts are that guns in our homes are rarely used to protect ourselves, but are accountable for third of all deaths in our children, and it can be rationally justified as a reason for stockpiling guns in our homes, then irrational thinking must be a new trend of acceptance and is running rampant in America. if we think the new Patriot or militia groups bred on hate can justify arming ourselves, aren’t we a member of an equally irrational group planning a revolution in America?

When families struggle enough due to insurance companies refusal to pay for the expenses of mental illness, that often takes long term treatments, incurred with hospitalizations or evaluations, shouldn’t we put down the guns and help the mentally ill get the help they need or at the very least understand that all families are effected at some level by a family member who should have gotten treatment but were either denied medical help or the friends and family chose to over-look or not understand the nature of the illness?

If we quit putting mentally ill people into prisons the same way we do drug addicts who also suffer from mental illness, we would have far less crime and a greater appreciation for why arming ourselves while ignoring mental health treatment needs never solves anything but instead brings more grief to our loved ones as well as ourselves.

We have a military, home Security, FBI. and law enforcement, whose job it is to protect us and laws that say they must or be held responsible. If we let go of our own paranoia over them doing their jobs then perhaps we could all find life much less depressing and just down right enjoyable. We need to get back to showing our children and grandchildren that we actually have real family values, in the way we treat others, before we can profess to teach them through our own example.

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Every time I think I can take a break from the lies being told on social media, by the far right, I read yet another lie.  The lie being told in order for the right-wing Conservative movement and the tea party, to be able to hang on to their brainwashing and fear tactics,claiming globalization and a one world view by the liberals and Democrats is,” that the interests collected off our debt goes 100% into the banks.

Do we think that it is possible, they are same people who govern in the Tea party as they seem to have no clue of how government works.  They certainly don’t have experience with governing. Is it stupidity that excuses them from paying the Nations bills for 2 years in Congress? Gee could it possibly be? I  wonder, don’t these hate groups on the internet ever realize that people who know better, reads these lies or don’t they care since the great majority are brain washed anyway into believing what they write?

As I already explained,the Congress is in charge of paying the bills and the Republicans have had control of Congress 15 out of the last 19 years and did not pay for the two wars.  Since before the Tea Party entered Congress beginning in 2010 Congress have not paid a bill.

The largest bill and that which causes the greatest debt is the interests that we own on the National debt, that cost us 220 billion dollars a year.  When we consider the interests rates are at a low, we understand if they do not pay the bills now when the interests rates are low, the debt will keep building when the rates continue to go up, as they must eventually do.  The Federal government cannot continue saving the economy because of the Republicans in Congress refusal to pass the jobs bill  that has already passed the Senate while creating a self-inflicted crises every couple of months because of their refusal to govern.

To correct one of the many erroneous lies, being told by the right-wing one more time, the banks do not get 100% of the interests due on our debt.  Payment is two-fold through the bond market.  The division is  following:

1. Debt is held by the public, such as treasury securities held by investors outside of the federal government, including that held by individuals, corporations, the Federal Reserve System and foreign, State, and local government

2. Debt held by government accounts or intergovernmental debt, such as non-marketable treasury securities held in accounts administered by the federal government that are owed to program beneficiaries, such as Social Security Trust fund.  Debt held by government accounts represents the cumulative surpluses, including interests earnings, of these accounts that have been invested in Treasury securities.

In general, public debt increases as a result of government spending and decreases as a result of government tax or other receipts, though in practice Treasury securities are not issued or redeemed on a day-to-day basis. The amount that Treasury can borrow is limited to the debt ceiling.

Both the lack of Congress to govern and their creating unnecessary crisis, the sequester because the Republican majority in Congress didn’t care if we went over the cliff anymore than it bothered them to close down government, all cost us a slow down in our economy, uncertainty, and added on more debt.

The conservatives thought they could continue to point their fingers at the Democrats in the Senate and President Obama, because it has worked for them for 15 out of 19 years. After all they have the Christian right as well as the media on their side and they work the people over pretty well when it comes to passing off the blame to President Obama, Obama care, and the Senate.  The conservatives just have to blame the tea party Libertarians and the tea party blame the conservatives because if you can’t tell the truth then confuse the people.

After thinking, but not knowing for sure in my past post, I decided to check it out and the United Stares was last free of debt in 1836 which was  quite a while before the civil war in 1860.  I knew it was in the 1800’s sometimes because the government was not giving out free land through the Kinkaid Act*until the 1940’s in the West and immigrants did not start arriving in larger groups until after the crash of the 1880’s. They had a large influx during the Civil war but they were mainly hired as mercenaries to replace the sons of the North from going to war, and escaping the Prussians as well as dictatorships.

Even while the Civil war was taking place that cost our Nation, just as any war does, plans were underway to build the inter-continental rail-road that was paid for by the government issuing bonds to the wealthy, and both incurred a debt that was not achievable to paying off, since there was no middle class and the poor could not pay taxes only the wealthy paid taxes and no one has ever been able to raise a flag out of respect of the majority of them being willing to pay much, then any more than now.  Plus A Country can’t borrow without a good credit rating nor can it have an established credit rating if it has no debt.’

In the 1940’s, It was the combination of the Kincaid act, the Roosevelt programs and the GI Bill,that would bring immigrants to the United States; to own land after making improvements on it in the West and mid west,  returning soldiers from World War 2 could own homes and get an education, and the elderly were cared for through Social Security, that brought back a booming economy, followed by commercial airlines, radio going to television, automobiles becoming affordable and the inter-state giving jobs that established a booming economy and a strong middle class.

During this boom, and a strong middle class, Democrats Roosevelt, Truman, and Republican Eisenhower were in office and it was the last time government balanced a budget until Clinton balanced a budget that he took the  Republicans screaming into with Newt Gingrich’s help because Newt had the dirt on them. The Republican party has refused to stand behind, Newt, since, as a result of it.

Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower are detested by the conservative right and tea party since Joseph McCarthy, just as the far-right today, saw a compassionate Democracy as being no different from socialism.  The right-wing also despises these same Presidents today, because their hero was/is Joseph McCarthy. It would become known as the era of McCarthyism, because Joseph McCarthy claimed the Army, Democrats, and Hollywood were all communist sympathizers and it cost many fortunes and lost of income because innocent people were forced into having to defend their loyalty to the United States and many were never hired again in Hollywood and lost their election bids because of the lies spread by Joseph McCarthy.

All three Presidents also often referred to Joseph McCarthy as a buffoon as he started one witch hunt after the other, but Eisenhower was afraid to confront him in public due to McCarthy’s often told lies and hateful retaliation. Just as moderate Republicans are afraid to confront the tea party today. History has been a little kinder to Joseph McCarthy today due to his friendship with the Kennedys, as there was a bit of truth in some of what he said since the military fought with Russia, against Germany, in World War 2, and also because the people who write history today did not live through the period of hate that is reminiscent with today’s politics.

The two parties fought amongst themselves even to the point of a fist fight, and Adlai Stevenson’s often repeated line to the Republicans when he ran against Eisenhower was, ‘ We’ll quit telling the truth about you if you quit lying about us. ”  Never would either party ever desert the needs of the people in the history of our Nation as this Republican Congress has and continues to do.  Every government up until the last 30 years of Conservative majority, knew and appreciated the fact that an economy was only as healthy as its middle class as was evidenced throughout history, and including our own.

*Although the Kinkaid act was enacted in the East and  humid reasons as early as 1904-1910 in the arid regions out West, land through the Kinkaid Act was still being granted to those who would settle the land and make improvements on it  up until 1941. Since the drought of the dirty thirties and the Great Depression hit at the same time in the Midwest and western regions, many others left land idle during the 1930’s and did not return.  It would be the 1940’s before much of the land became productive enough to produce a middle class existence in families, who were not large land holders. It would take learning better erosion control, rotating crops, and planting of shelter belts.(trees) The last land granted under the Kinkaid act happened in 1941.

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Through out history there has always been a mix between frustrations, amusement, and arrogance that allows mankind to justify their own actions.  The thinking of mankind has always existed, since the beginning of time and is not only prevalent today, but has always been.  The Human mind is not only complicated but also relatively easy to understand once we understand the role of greed that is clearly present in the mind of too many.

When we hear the Tea Party say that government has no rights to establish law on property rights as long as no one is acting against the civil rights of others, it may sound like a very natural belief or philosophy to have, and even inspire some of us who are tired of dotting our I’s and crossing our T’s to join their cause.  It is when we get into the history of why these laws have been passed or have been established, we start seeing that the Tea Party Libertarian’s belief has no depth or morality to it.

We all need water to drink and food to eat, in order to live.  Even soda and sugary drinks require water.  If government allowed property owners to run with impunity over others by dumping toxic wastes in our ground water or our air, then the entire Nation would ultimately die off. Those who produce our food  we eat would no longer be able to produce due to toxic waste, not only in our water but saturated into the soil as well.  Without government deciding the rights of everyone over those who do act out with impunity with the use of their property, no one would be held responsible for their careless or criminal acts against the entire Nation.

These careless property owners could not be held responsible for acting out against our civil rights with the reasoning of the Tea Party, under a dictator rather than a Democracy, since the dictator would decide if it was the right of the property owner to determine the rights of the use of their property over the needs of the people.

With this reasoning any lending institution could charge any interests rates they wanted to charge since it is their lending institution the usury laws against these lending institutions would be unconstitutional, by their justifications. Just as an apartment owner would not have to fix the drains or pipes in their buildings since they own the building and the renters property damage would not be the problems of the property owners because the property owner would have a right to do whatever they wanted with their property despite the rents they are paid, since clothing and the property of the renters  could be viewed as material goods over their civil rights to own property.

In the Tea Party’s attempts to present a picture of utopia to those who are limited by toxic waste, mining, or loaning practices, the presentation of, “We can do whatever we want to do as long as property owners do not offend the civil rights of others,” may sound justifiable in their world or utopia, but it is when we dig further, look at history before us, or even review import practices today, we will see the errors in their thinking. If we don’t want to look back but only deal with the present we only need to look at the recalls on people who are made sick on imports today that are not regulated by their government as our products are, and we can see the fallacy and misrepresentations of the arguments made when the Tea Party says, “Property owners can do anything they want with their property.”

“The Stand Your Ground Laws” supported with money and scare tactics from backers of the Conservative and Tea Party are a prime example of the justifications used by their reasoning.  Where it is true that we as a Nation are sick of drug users and gangs, who only exist because of the sell of drugs, breaking into our homes to steal there are too many of those in favor of these laws that have used justification over sound judgment. We are already seeing those who favor these  laws, who were not of the criminal element before, being able to justify criminal activity to get around hate crimes, to kill the innocent, or against law enforcement.

When it is clear to the World that not all people should be given passes to  the property of guns, we find each time  that fact is proven out,  more money flows out to make certain everyone has a right to arm themselves.  When efforts to pass gun laws against those who should never have access to guns are attempted in order to  protect the innocent, the stronger the lobbyists threats become against those who would pass laws to deny the use of weapons to the disturbed, under-aged, and careless gun users.

Even when a third of all deaths of children in our Nation are as a result of guns in the home, those same politicians who refuse to pass laws to restrict the use of guns in the hands of the unstable and immature are the first to scream out against the tragedy of innocent deaths. Instead these same politicians deflect the argument in favor of gun laws by the majority of us, through passing the blame of lost of innocent life elsewhere or through justification of the rights to bear arms. We all know that as long as there are no or only weak laws against gun ownership, as currently exists, more people will die needlessly, due to those who claim to interfere with the property rights of gun ownership is Unconstitutional,

The property of a gun in the hands of some will always interfere with the civil rights of others much in the same way the carelessness of neighbors in the use of their own property will as well.  Common sense alone should make us all understand that as long as people are careless or have criminal intent all arguments of the Tea Party about government passing laws to protect the best interests of the people through establishing property laws are a necessity in order to prevent further lawlessness .

When it was decided in the 1920’s to take cocaine out of products from cola to cough syrup the medical profession protested against drug abusers as being charged with a criminal offense over an illness and instead said it needed to be treated as an addiction to be treated by the medical staffs for the drug addiction it is. Both government, then, and the Churches said it needed to be prosecuted as criminal activity as they were able to point to and  justify  that families would be charged for an unnecessary expense, the drug addicts would steal to feed their addiction, and making it illegal and prosecuting them in a Court of law  would deter criminal activity.

As drug use accelerates in our Nation and fills our prisons we are seeing all the arguments used then to justify charging drug addiction as a crime fall apart, just as we did when laws were passed against alcohol with the same reasoning. Instead of it deterring people from the use of drugs  as government and the Churches thought it would, it has led to far greater crimes and torn apart families further, who if treated would have had the ability to lead productive lives and been spared from becoming  generational criminals.

Instead of passing mandatory laws to treat the drug addictions as it was suggested then by the medical profession, the justifications used in favor of jails have proven to be false, as it only increased the criminal activity. “The Stand Your Ground Laws” much like the laws passed due to drug addiction, is just  more justification towards lawlessness than it is to protect the rights of all Americans. Without laws passed by government to require mandatory treatment against drug use, however, we also make all the arguments against drug use being enforced as a mandatory treatment, just as problematic.

Without laws passed on property rights or against drugs by government, I will use an example of the predicament that a friend of mind is presented with, today.  With the passage of the loosening of restrictions against marijuana laws, in some States, she and her husband are confronted with problems that never existed before in the State.  They bought land to build a cabin on and to just enjoy both producing their own food and to enjoy life away from emerging population growths.  Since the passage of these bills are relatively new in these States, the laws have yet to catch up with the reality that is happening in these States.

Marijuana producers who have seen that there is money to be made in the trade of marijuana, both legally and illegally, are moving in and producing large amounts of marijuana, near the property sight of where my friend wishes to build their cabin on the property they own, even though these States limit marijuana growth to personal use. Because it is illegal to produce large amounts of marijuana in these States and because of drug cartels  coming across the border to get in on the possible cash cow that exists in legalization of marijuana, they are moving in to produce it in areas that had previously not been hampered by crime, or in what others might refer to as  the Wilderness.

Since it is illegal to produce large amounts of marijuana, due to it’s ill effects on our younger population and has been proven as fact by all experts in their field from medical, to social workers, to employers, and by law enforcement who makes the arrests, the people hired to grow marijuana on  these farms are of the criminal element. The use of marijuana and IF those who grow or smoke it are law-abiding and its use is for medical reasons may be justifiable for a greater need of the ill, but the argument of adult recreational use is only credible to those who already do use it and like alcohol comes with a far greater risk to the innocent and our larger population.

My friends who moved their camper and trailer onto their new property to start their cabin building project cannot hire credible people to come into the area to build because nothing they leave there remains by the criminal element in the area, who have been hired to grow the marijuana. My friends have found that to be true as well with the break-ins of their own camper and trailers and law enforcement has told them that they should clear out as the laws of the State, at this point, says that they can only keep the illegal growers under surveillance and prosecute the illegal people who are growing the crop, but they seem to know when law enforcement is coming and disappear before they arrive. Without laws being passed on the landowner who allows illegal growing of marijuana on his property, my friends are held captive against going ahead with their rights to use their property as they wish.

This was also true when our Nation was being settled by the first settlers in the West.  Large landowners would wait until smaller landholders proved up the land and then burn them out or run them out in order to take  over title to their lands. The same is true in Cities where a neighbor wishes to cut down a tree or limb on their property and it falls and destroys the house or roof of their neighbors. Just as it is with unlicensed builders or Construction personnel who build shoddy products  and require all people in the business to be licensed as well as be governed according to the greed of those who preceded them. Where zoning laws are not part of the towns and cities in the past, other laws have needed to be put in place as there had been a disregard of the cost of upkeep of the Streets and roads paid for others by heavy equipment or in other cases prostitution and the selling drugs and sexual predators have moved into school zones or suburbs.

Since laws are made and passed on property owners, out of necessity to protect all of us, the justifications and arguments that government is denying us our Constitutional rights, made by both the Tea Party and Conservatives, is more justification to aid those who have no qualms against careless or criminal acts than it is of sound reasoning.  The truth is: laws passed by government are always behind the carelessness or criminal activity of others. Property Laws are not made or passed until after other property owners have already had their rights trampled on.

The mind when it belongs to those of us who have little to no understanding of laws, can justify we all should be able to do anything we want with our own property, until or unless we are encroaching on the civil rights of others, can justify the argument made by the Tea Party and Conservatives. We can even be convinced that intrinsically bad laws passed by both the influence and power of the Conservatives  and Tea Party to protect individual rights over laws that protects the rights of all of us, are good laws.

The Tea Party and Conservatives passage of, “the stand your ground laws,” and the “right to work laws” in I believe 32 States now, are bad laws for the poor and middle class, just as imprisonment for drug abusers is.  The wealthy have always been slapped on the hands with 30 days or over-night imprisonment and then sent off to treatment centers, if jailed at all, while the poor and middle class drug abusers often spend years in prison. Both ‘the stand your ground laws’ and ‘the right to work laws,’ will enhance the rights of the wealthy who will ultimately be the only people who can afford to own property.

When we understand that “the stand your ground laws” have already been used as a defense to kill the innocent who only tried to take steps off their trip home by cutting across property, we only need ask if these laws can also be used to justify the killing of those who pick the crops in the field or orchards, do the gardening  work, clean stables, or clean the pools of the wealthy and try to collect their payments, or will meter readers, delivery people, or those who solicit be safe? The way the law reads now is; the property owner only needs to say they felt threatened by anyone who entered their property, in order to shoot to kill. Will hired guards be able to shoot to kill anyone  who comes in to try to help organize the workers to stand up to unfair labor laws in their place of employment, as they did in the 1800’s under,” the stand your ground laws? Will history, as it often does, repeat itself, before we understand just what bad laws these are?

When we take a clearer look at both ‘the stand your ground’ and ‘the right to work,’ laws, we recognize the ability to abuse the rights of the poor and middle class and to get by with doing the same abounds by those who can afford to own property. When we take it a step further we realize as the reduced wages in the poor and middle class is increased following the “right to work laws,” and as such over time the only people who will be able to afford property or to hire others will be the wealthy, it doesn’t take a long stretch of the imagination to be able to understand who will be hurt by these laws and who will be protected by both these laws.

The ‘right to work laws’ in an effort to eliminate government and Unions, adds to the end of the middle class as we know it, as both government and Unions establish rights for the workers.  With ‘the right to work laws,’ in effect to replace both government and Unions the rights of the workers along with minimum wage and benefits for the middle class and poor, is already being eliminated in favor of increased profits with over-seas workers and part-time employment, while the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. With talks going on between Wendy’s and Burger King to trade their workers back and forth to work half days at both places, by working  full-time  and working both places a half day, will eliminate the need for minimum wage, and benefits since part-time workers are not entitled to either. If it is successful we can bet other companies will follow.

It is with common sense and clear reasoning that we are  able to understand the need for property rights, restrictions, and laws that are fair and equitable to all of us, once we understand that not all people are as concerned as we are with a fair days pay for a hard days work, keeping out toxic waste from our land and water, or with the rights of those who do not have the ability to stand up to large property owners, criminal activity, or just careless neighbors, that government does need to intercede on behalf of the people without any of us yelling, “Unconstitutional.”

When mankind does quit using justifications to justify greed, criminal activity, and power over the less fortunate, then the argument may lay more in  favor of the Tea Party but until then, we need to understand that government does not make property law but people who disregard the rights of others, establish law that government is forced into making in order to protect the greater good of all of us.

If any of us are standing around expecting that mankind will change after thousands of years we aren’t really using the common sense we all have an entitlement to use. Have a great weekend and let up on the justifications, as they become to easy and habit-forming, instead just be honest and  accept that sometimes we are entitled to just be lazy and the “honey do” list or the “bucket list” can wait. We are all more complete when we do things as time and energy are part of our day so we can act on what needs to be done and when we confront life with common sense over justifications or excuses. Enjoy!

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How can the United Nations vote that the use of chemical weapons used on any human beings since 1925,has been against International Law and when it is so obvious that it has happened in Syria, set back and do nothing?

In the world of humanity which includes all breathing people of every race and Nationality, when any National representative or World  leader of any civilized Nation  fails to act against war crimes, then that leader becomes a threat to the security of all its people and allies living within and outside of the borders of that Nation.

When no stand, by a leader of a Nation or an ally, is  taken against the use of chemical weapons then every rogue Nation that has stock piled both chemical and biological weapons will use them against,” you the people”, before they attack a Nation that stands up to their crimes against humanity. Any signs of weakness by any Nation or ally is an open invitation to these inscrutable cowards to flex their muscles against humanity as they always hit what they view to be the weak links first.  The threat of National Security that goes  disregarded as “Not being our problem,” becomes the nightmare of all of its’ people and allies in an allegiance or in a Nation that withdraws from its responsibility to pursue war crimes, and therefore the crimes are crimes against all humanity and is not just the problem of the Syrian population.

If any world leader or representative of the people have to ask, “By what authority do any leaders of a civilized world have to act against such heinous acts,” as are taking place in Syria, and they fail to understand the need for  common decency to protect against these crimes of mankind, is the only authority any Nation needs, then they themselves need to be replaced. Civilized and not so civilized Nations have had to stand up against evil throughout the history of the World.  This is not so complicated or difficult for a descent human being to understand.

Where is the courage of these delegates and Nations that belong to the UN and those of civilized governments who believe that such transgressions are the responsibility to defend against by Americans only, and where is the courage of the American people who speaks out in one voice and says, “We will not Tolerate such actions?”

Silence and inactions are the breastplates of cowards.  The greatest tragedy of all is when good people stand by and do nothing more than accept horror as onlookers in the face of evil. When media tries to distract the common decency of mankind to act on such atrocities as are happening in Syria; “as being nothing more than political or simply President Obama’s ‘red line,” and they share no  responsibility as World governments to act, then the price we all will pay for our silence will be greater than the humanity that is lost in the screams of the children.

When any Nation or Leaders place the threat to financial stability over that of in-action against a Nation or Nations who in essence are guilty of war crimes matching that of the Holocaust, then we as a World/Nation of people must certainly acknowledge that we are living in an era of cowards never seen before at any time in the History of the World.

Many things will change over the years but protecting children and women  against a gaseous chemical that can neither be seen or detected in a Country or Nation by the rest of the World should never change.  To protect the innocent will always be the right thing to do regardless of the language  or the voice of leadership of all  Nations. To deny that one simple truth as being the right thing to do  means the beginning of our own destruction as thinking or caring human beings.

When we cannot at least get together as a body of United people and launch a few rockets into a Nation so corrupt as to fry its own children and women even if it is not the Syrian military, which is an insane idea or an excuse to do nothing in the first place, then what good is humanity? We certainly cannot call ourselves people of courage, now can we? Where is that out cry for family values?

When speculation of what can happen before it does, sins of greed of the past, or worship of the pound, lira, Renminbe, ruble,Franc, yen, dollar, Euro, Deutsche mark, etc. drowns out  voices of reason and common decency, today, over actions to save women and children of Syria from another Holocaust, then we can all be certain that the reason to exist in a World of Universal mankind will become inferior to all of us today, tomorrow. When mankind turns a silent voice and a blind eye to atrocity of such depth of despicability as what has happened in Syria by doing nothing, who is to say that any other Nation in the World will find that, “what goes around comes around,” when they or we scream out?

If we sit by and watch any people burn and die from burns as the German people did during the Holocaust then we simply show the World that only some people matter and the rest are not worth saving. The indoctrination of the German people by another terrible man of power and the lost of life when a person of German descent spoke up against the atrocities taking place against the Jews, in their own Country, cannot possibly be compared on the same level  to the silence heard today or the excuses and voices of cowards heard most severely around the World today.

What will we tell our children and grandchildren when they ask, “Why we did nothing, while human beings burned?” The old standard, “It was a different time,” will not work this time as they will know that the World had access to both Social media and Free communications, and were watching children scream out while doing nothing and without threats of hardship or from propaganda. Will we be made to bear the burden of shame, as the German people have been forced to?

As someone, myself, who was taught in private schools by Nuns from Germany, I witnessed often the scars that were still left on the German nuns in their behaviors even when a jet flew over and left behind a sonic boom yet into the 1960’s. It is a life and a burden that follows those who remain remorseful the rest of their lives. Can we look our children and grandchildren in their eyes and tell them that we did not stop the burnings because,” it was a time in the World when  no one cared and all courage of conscious was absent?”

This tragedy taking place in Syria and our actions or lack of actions  taken to correct it, is not just about being President Barack Obama’s legacy but the legacy of the entire human race, around the World.  When the media fails to state that fact emphatically it fails at the accuracy of reporting that should be expected of it in a civilized World.

No matter how many excuses the World or the people of America can invent as to why they/we refused to give President Obama their/our support in military, expenses,  and vote; history will document this as the era the human race burned and no body cared. Hind sight and historians, like truth, are never denied.  No matter how much others try to make excuses, escape into denial, depart from reality, or clean the truth up there will always exist those who refuse to lie.  Bank on it!

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I wrote an earlier post on the rape of Steubenville, Ohio, being treated as an isolated incidence when in truth the fault lies amongst all of us who do not respond, as we should, against the crime of rape.

The news agencies are reporting the cases are old and obsolete and the technology we have today wasn’t available. I’m sure there is truth in that but it doesn’t explain the cases that happened much more recently and as recent as 4 months ago. I will report what I have read and been told many times by those who do serve in police Departments going back many years. What we will never hear reported is that a great deal of politics also lies behind the fact that the rape kits were not sent in to be processed.

To be honest, I did not watch the report done on CNN who brought it to the media attention that 400,000 rape kits were left unprocessed in our Nation. I did watch as one of the women anchors asked, “if the police could be prosecuted or sued for leaving the rape kits unprocessed?” In my own estimation this question, itself, is just more of the finger-pointing and simplifying that is done towards the crime of rape in America.

There are any number of reasons as to why police do not process rape kits, so lets be honest about it. Too many amongst us already take too much delight in finding fault or individuals to blame. I do not understand why police, who for the most part are people of honor, do put in the back breaking hours that too many times ruin their marriages, take them away from their family time and vacations, risks their lives, and often are the most under-paid amongst us, when those amongst us keep finding fault, except for the fact that the majority of the people who serve are people of character. When we point fingers and “pass the buck”, we can at the very least spread the fault out where it belongs.

There are other instances in America where the mayor gets called by the father or mother of the son, or by an alumnus who supports the sports program of their alma mater when the rapist is an athlete, friend, or family member and the Mayors pick up the phone and inform the Chief-of-Police that he will not allow his officers to investigate the crime or process the rape kits or suffer the consequences when it comes to him withdrawing his and his buddies’ monetary support during the upcoming elections.

The Chief of Police then passes the message down the line of command. Rarely is it in that terminology but the words used amount to the same definitions and do not go left unheeded when delivered by those of Status, Power or Wealth.

All these cases did not occur in Chicago, as many are trying to politicize, already. They are spread around the Nation. Just as the Mayors in some cases make the calls, so do Judges receive like calls as do prosecutors have a history of never prosecuting cases after the Police put hours into investigating the crimes and processing the kits; due to similar calls by the elitists in America with threats of withdrawal or support of monetary value at election time. The police are at the bottom of the chain of command, no matter how many would have us believe they are given a great deal of discretion, when it comes to processing rape kits. Intimidation lands the hardest on the backs of the police officers when they are threatened with dismissal if they proceed with the investigation.

If it is some one of importance that can directly influence the jobs of the police, lower their standing in the Department, or demote them to desk jobs then they do not have discretion to process rape kits and anyone who refuses to acknowledge this happens throughout police Depts. regardless of size through out our Nation then we are lieing to ourselves. The same organizations or media who are not reporting accurately, in regards to why rape kits are not processed, are also reporting less than the facts.

The bosses who will lose the political support of the benefactor if they do prosecute or don’t drop the cases are the ones who tie the hands of the police’ in directly much larger cases than it is right to do so. The police many times can only keep the kits until a better or different climate towards the understanding of the “horror” of rape is elected to office by “We the People.”

There are those who are called the “Good Old Boys”, in many but not all Police Departments, in the majority of States who know if its an appointed or elected position and a member of the Clergy or their sons then it is just the girl’s/Woman’s word against the boys/man’s word and they will and do bury rape kits. Without the investigation or rape kits the knowledge is the victims can prove nothing. The only reason many of those kits have been saved is because in many other crimes or cases the police or prosecutors are waiting for the right political climate to be able to prosecute the offenders.

In communities when it comes to the so called “right kind of People”, being charged with rape the Community itself becomes out-raged if the police or prosecutors do try to convict rapists.

As a Nation, too many amongst us still refuse to accept that wives and prostitutes as well as mistresses are indeed raped. Others in a community still refuse to accept the high number of boys who are raped and, often times, refuse to accept that incest and rape exists in the numbers of victims it does in their own families and neighborhoods or amongst their friends.

When the culture exists for adults to call friends “aunties” or “uncles” too many parents will accuse their own children of lying before they will accept that they are telling them the truth. The most protected criminals of all in a community still remains the star athletes, clergy, and “one of their own”. The unfounded belief, that is totally void of fact, is that the streets are the greatest producer of rapists and that rape does not happen in our own back yards by people we know when statistics show just the opposite to be true.(Please Read my Previous Post entitled ,”Steubenville Exposes The Ugly Truth On Rape” for a more comprehensive study as to why rape cases go unrecognized and prosecuted as the Serious Crime it is.)

Some States that are more inclined to be involved in the realities of, “the truth in reporting”, and the life-long seriousness of rape, have jettisoned into the twenty-first Century by taking away the statute of limitations when it comes to the crime of rape. Many others are still living in the dark ages as technology no longer leaves any shred of doubt as to who is telling the truth. Unless the majority of us get past the mentality of “Boys will Be Boys” and instead insist that regardless of the standing in the community; “rapist are not to be allowed special favors,” we all risk re-raping the victims in every State of the Union.

I applaud those who are at least exposing the Ugly truth of Rape but unless we as a Nation tell, “The whole Truth And Nothing But The Truth”, in a Court of Law and in reporting rape, we still bind the hands of the police or those who would prosecute rape.

I do not deny that there are crooked cops just as their are those in Universities and the military who have denied that rape exists in their ranks for generations. It is when we start pointing our fingers at the heroes of all who serve, while blaming them for the rotten apples, we become as guilty as the politicians when it comes to trying to sweep the full tragedy and facts of rape under the rug.

No matter what changes are made in the law, we still run the risk of tying the hands of the police hired to serve us when we refuse to elect those who will and do prosecute rape.

Certainly electing Conservative and Tea Party Members who try to call a child” borned of Rape”, the intent of God or those who pass bills in Congress to define rape as anything but; ” When A woman or child says “NO”, it is rape. When it is a child below the age of 14 to 16 it is always rape since they do not have the brain development to give consent regardless of the situation. When children or women have been drugged, abused, intimidated, forced into having sex it is rape”. When the largest majority of all rapes occur by neighbors, friends, family, or colleagues and we know incest is rape; then who is it that needs to be protected by defining rape? The victims as well as anyone above the age of six already knows the definition of rape

Rape isn’t anything too complicated to define when we get past those who would protect the rapists or the “Right Kind Of People.” Nothing a little common sense and decency couldn’t solve. The solution certainly isn’t to blame those whose hands we help to tie.

None of us like to admit that perhaps we, ourselves, made a mistake when we voted for a candidate and as a result we often leave them in office year after year feeling as though they are responsible for correcting the mistakes they promised to do when elected and then our responsibility is over with as our elected officials will speak for us.

In too many cases when judges are appointed or Sheriffs, and Prosecutors come up for re-election, especially, will they get left in offices before much investigation is done by us, unless they themselves are convicted of crimes or a petition is started up against their ineffectiveness. As a result some will remain in offices doing little to nothing for those of us who sent them there while paying homage to the elitists, year after year. We cannot complain if we deny or ignore the fact that the same happens and simply shrug our shoulders and simply accept the fact:” that is just the way it is.”

“We The people”, only need to be more pro-active about being honest with ourselves when it comes to rape as well as the people who we put into office to represent us,by treating every human being with an equal amount of truth and respect and demanding that all who serve, do the same when technology does not lie. Politics are almost always local and a healthy amount of skepticism, for those who we elect or leave to appoint to office, is almost always good to possess despite those who would advise us to the contrary.

We can also vote the bums out when they profess ignorance because rape hasn’t been defined clear enough. When we become pro-active enough to recognize fact over lies and when we go to the polls each election cycle, we empower the victims so they do not suffer rape again at the hands of the system.

I hope all of us have a nice evening at home tuning in on this terribly violent day of storms. May we all be protected against more devastation that is out of our control while we tune in more to positive actions towards helping those who continue to be wronged by acknowledging their pain. We can make a difference one person at a time, once we commit to the same. First of all we have to want to help.

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