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Trump Administration “Making Progress”

Classic Satire Made by Susan Keller:

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it looks like Rump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress made since the election: LOL

1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement.
2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google.
3. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They’re holding signs and marching every week.
4. Alec Baldwin is great again. Everyone’s forgotten he’s kind of a jerk.

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5. The Postal Service is enjoying the influx cash due to stamps purchased by millions of people for letter and postcard campaigns.
6. Likewise, the pharmaceutical industry is enjoying record growth in sales of anti-depressants.
7. Millions of Americans now know how to call their elected officials and know exactly what to say to be effective.
8. Footage of town hall meetings is now entertaining.
9. Tens of millions of people are now correctly spelling words like emoluments, narcissist, fascist, misogynist, holocaust and cognitive dissonance.
10. Everyone knows more about the rise of Hitler than they did last year.
11. Everyone knows more about legislation, branches of power and how checks and balances work.
12. Marginalized groups are experiencing a surge in white allies.
13. White people in record numbers have just learned that racism is not dead. (See #6)
14. White people in record numbers also finally understand that Obamacare IS the Affordable Care Act.
15. Stephen Colbert’s “Late Night” finally gained the elusive #1 spot in late night talk shows, and Seth Meyers is finding his footing as today’s Jon Stewart.
16. “Mike Pence” has donated millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood since Nov. 9th.
17. Melissa FREAKING McCarthy.
18. Travel ban protesters put $24 million into ACLU coffers in just 48 hours, enabling them to hire 200 more attorneys. Lawyers are now heroes.
19. As people seek veracity in their news sources, respected news outlets are happily reporting a substantial increase in subscriptions, a boon to a struggling industry vital to our democracy.
20. Live streaming court cases and congressional sessions are now as popular as the Kardashians.
21. Massive cleanup of Facebook friend lists.
22. People are reading classic literature again. Sales of George Orwell’s “1984” increased by 10,000% after the inauguration. (Yes, that is true. 10,000%. 9th grade Lit teachers all over the country are now rock stars.)
23. More than ever before, Americans are aware that education is important. Like, super important.
24. Now, more than anytime in history, everyone believes that anyone can be President. Seriously, anyone.
– Susan Keller

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S H A L O M

Shalom =

  • Peace
  • Health
  • Welfare
  • Tranquility
  • Prosperity
  • Perfectness [what ever that is]
  • Rest
  • Harmony
  • Absence of agitation or discord
  • Fullness
  • Completeness
  • Wholeness

In fact, it is the joining of opposites. Shalom to you!

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Full Moon Rising – Monday, December 12, 2016 – Estrella Vista Ranch near Terlingua, TX

FBI / NSA Fail to Sanction Clinton Cronies – Repeat the Same Misfeasance – Security Clearances Should Have Been Revoked for HRC’s Guilty Staffers

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Back in July, if it was anyone else security clearances would have been yanked.

Today, federal agencies did not act differently.

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Irony is Killing US – Four Kinds of Politics Identified by VP Joe Biden

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Vice President Joe Biden and his father have identified four kinds of American politics:

  • Labor Politics
  • Religious Politics
  • Regular Politics
  • Cancer Politics

In a concerted effort to get everyone involved and cooperating on-the-same-page, the Vice President [and I wish Joe would become our 45th President] has coined a “Moon Shots Program” for the Cancer Community.

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Legendary Basketball Coach Jimmy Valvano

This Cancer Community appears to be operating in its own individualist self-interest. If only researchers, doctors/oncologists, colleges and foundations, patients and their codependents and helpers, philanthropists, and others would work together to find cures for many types of cancer, we Americans who suffer – and the human race – would be better off.

Joe is not far off by comparing the American effort during the 1960s to a current emphasis on cancer solutions and prevention for our current decade, which has only four years remaining.

The urgency is now to get egos and financial incentives directed toward non-selfish results . . . and hurry before my best friend dies!

As national champion Coach Jimmy Valvano said weeks before his death, “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!”

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Obama and Bo the Dog
President Playing Football with Bo;

Too bad he cannot run for president again.

Obama was good at running away from Republicans, too.

America does have a choice in this election: Vote Libertarian or Green Party

Last Night in “Glentucky” – New Year’s – 2000 Hours – Five Degrees Above Farenheit – Waxing to a Full Moon on 1-5-2015

I am warm inside a bed and breakfast close to downtown Glenwood Springs, Colorado. My friends who I have met in the regional homeless community are either staying in the basement of a Christian church in West Glenwood or in the basement of a Catholic church in Aspen. Each overnight program has many more than 20 participants. This does not include the multitude of families and children who locally receive food assistance. Dozens of other homeless people are ‘camping out’ even though the location they end up sleeping at may be a criminal defense.

Glenwood Springs Amtrak Station near the Colorado River
Glenwood Springs Amtrak Station near the Colorado River

In “Glentucky” alone, over 60 adults attended tonight’s Extended Table dinner hour in the basement of the First Methodist Church Tonight it was hosted by St. Mary of the Star Roman Catholic Church of Carbondale, Colorado, which is located about 15 miles south of Glenwood Springs and 25 miles north of Aspen. In Garfield County, there are four towns that serve some evening hot meals. Glenwood Springs and Aspen have daytime shelters for homeless and disadvantaged adults.

I will write more about how it was living almost seven consecutive months in this region of the United States of America. Right now I have to resume my packing… the next freight train going west leaves Glentucky about Noon.

P. S. On 12/31/14, I left a Janzsport backpack in the 1st Methodist Church basement dining room. It had a smartphone, 15 year old address book, passport, banking documents, and other personal effects. I never saw it again.

I tried to contact the church and the town’s homeless daycare center… no luck.

So hard, if not impossible to replace stuff like that.

Less than a week later, I got off the Amtrak train ill. Went to a hospital in Reno.

A day after that, my wallet was pickpocketed across from Harrah’s Casino on Reno’s Virginia Street. [needless to say, in retrospect 2015 sucked!]

Honestly, Reno Nevada = the worst city in the USA to be homeless!

Your Opinion Counts Here – Voice It Until it is Too Late – What Hysterical/Historical American Woman???

Who on the Ten Buck Bill???

Question of the Month: Woman to Replace the First Secretary of the Treasury

Patriot Alexander Hamilton on the $10 Bill?   

                                August 31, 2015

By: DaileySun@outlook.com

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You may be a registered voter from all 50 states and U.S. Territories

to participate in this national referendum [select the one best answer]:

Betty/Betsy Coleman (1910s)

Rosa Parks (1960s)

Oprah Winfrey (2000s)

Harriet Tubman (1860s)

Maya Angelu (1990s)

The First Lady [new design every 4 yrs.]

Michelle Obama (current)

Hillary Clinton (current)

Eleanor Roosevelt (1940s)

Mother Elizabeth Seton (1800s)

Catherine McCauley (1900s)

Mother Theresa [not an American}

A Mirror Image (one will be able to see yourself on the bill)

Caitlin (Gold Medalist Bruce) Jenner (2010s)

Kim Kardasian (2010s)

Miley Cyrus (2010s)

David’s Grandmother (1970s)

Janis Joplin (1960s)

Mrs. Santa Claus [perhaps an American icon]

Mrs. (Robin Williams) Doubtfire (1990s)

write-in:  ______________________

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Max’s Scout Services & Communications of the Americas, LLC –

(for musement only)

President Playing Football with Bo
President Playing Football with Bo

PTSD is Not Recognized in Colorado — Recovering from LAST Summer

By the grace of God, David has survived.

The late winter period in Reno was close to hell on earth. The city has a terrific ghetto that includes three dining rooms and three shelters on Record Street.

During his nine and a half months of homelessness, by faith and Christian practice he has survived. Fortitude, prayer, and attempting to live like a saint was difficult. How in the world did he make it through it all? By dealing with chronic illnesses, mental anguish, sleep apnea, physical pain, and keeping God first in his life.

Similarly to his patron saint, St. Francis of Assisi, he lived an austere life among the poor and homeless. It seemed appropriate that he not resort to begging or complaining; but be humble and grateful for the regular hot meals offered five times a week by the Extended Table at the Methodist Church and daytime support of the Feed My Sheep ministry.

Brown Bear After Dad
Brown Bear After Dad

He came to Garfield County seeking help from emergency rooms. Within eight hours after getting off the eastbound train, he was seen at Valley View Hospital. After three consecutive nightly visits, he was ordered not to come back or the local police would arrest him for trespassing.

In two months, he was more than 15 pounds underweight!

Similarly to the life of St. Francis, he did not care for his health like he should. Food was regularly eaten that caused gastrointestinal problems and often stomach aches.

His weight dropped to the lowest it has been since high school. In March 2015, he weighed only 162 pounds (in 2004 his weight was 335 lbs.).

David remembers sleeping under the stars and waking up several times many nights. His exposed ribs were so sore on the left side for lying on top of them on the hillside.

You might think that he had nowhere to turn; the priests of St. Stephens were there for counseling and celebrating mass every day.

He did not complain, prayed to stay in a constant state of gratitude, helping those disadvantaged, keeping out of harm’s way, denying himself eyeglasses, clothing, dental care, and footwear that he needed, making do with what he had, saving money from his monthly Social Security check, searching for affordable housing, and keeping a positive attitude.

Psalm 142 demonstrates the petitioner’s trust in God:

1 I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy.

2 I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble.

3 When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who know my way. In the path where I walk men have hidden a snare for me.

4 Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.

5 I cry to you, O LORD; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”

6 Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.

7 Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name. Then the righteous will gather about me because of your goodness to me

It was in June that he got off the eastbound California Zephyr with health problems. He has remained in town getting good medical help. Recently, he was diagnosed with three cavities. When you are homeless, you don’t have much control over what is available to eat. Dental hygiene suffers, too.

One morning he awoke soaked by a hard and heavy falling nocturnal rain. He had attempted to sleep inside two trash bags that night on Lookout Mountain. Shaking uncontrollably, David was able to walk back at daybreak into town with his wet sleeping bag and suitcase and backpack filled with rain-saturated clothing.

This was not his low point.

One day, the GSPD woke him up at 2:20 a.m. in front of St. Stephens Catholic Church and threw him in jail. It seems like by being homeless in Glenwood Springs, he was also a criminal. That 16-hour Friday (August First) stay in County Jail was very painful. His jailers would not offer him any of his prescription medicine. So painful and disoriented, he lost all track of time and laid in the cell cold with chronic back and gastrointestinal distress.

By the grace of God, a municipal judge opened court on a Friday afternoon and arranged for bail on his own reconnaissance. Thus he would not have to spend the entire weekend in lockup.

The local police department had been bird-dogging his homeless activities since the second day he was in Glenwood Springs. Near the Phillips 66 station, he was stopped while walking by. He was questioned and the police officer took his photograph – no crime had been committed, though.

He first came to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver on June 24. On October 2, he returned and received three bags and one box of groceries from Lift Up.

In the 15 weeks of homelessness, he survived:

  1. bear attacks,
  2. waves of bugs and insects,
  3. sunstroke (twice),
  4. hunger and thirst,
  5. getting run over by trucks that could not have been seen,
  6. skunk sprays,
  7. cold night temperatures,
  8. inclimate weather,
  9. thefts,
  10. getting shot by a waitress at a Rifle restaurant,
  11. homeless profiling,
  12. police brutality,
  13. falling off a cliff while sleepwalking,
  14. ill-prepared food and dysentery,
  15. misplaced anger and violence,
  16. religious prejudice,
  17. mountain lions,
  18. the municipal judicial system,
  19. local jails,
  20. unreliable public transportation,
  21. verbal threats,
  22. poverty,
  23. drunken drivers,
  24. being thrown out of the emergency room,
  25. allergy reactions and anaphylactic shock,
  26. running out of medicine,
  27. or being swept downstream in the rapidly flowing river.

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D. A. D. Publishing & Associates of Colorado

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Artist Gets Her MoJo Back at Mel’s Diner in Westside Reno

Mel’s Diner with Our Outstanding Waitress Miss Morgan at the Sands Hotel & Casino of Reno, Nevada (Saturday Night, February 21, 2015) – Rachael Mastrangelo Senko of Magnolia, Texas, delighted the dinner guests with her artful talents at the dining table. In a matter of minutes, Rachael inked a remarkable drawing of Lazarus in a Lenten-colored sash.

The thumbprint included the paraclete, sacred spirit, dove of the Holy Ghost alongside the Son of Man [also known as the Lamb of God (note that the Chinese New Year of the Sheep began last Thursday) Jesus Christ’s rugged cross. It has already been entitled, “The Passion of Christ.”

Copies of this Eastertime masterpiece on a medium background color of your choosing may be ordered directly from the artist. You may reach Rachael Mastrangelo Senko on her cellular, presently working in Northern Nevada, at (415) 720-6939.

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Thankx. Love…kisses…and dance like there is no body watching!