What are your Opinions and Thoughts on Ferguson, Mo?

First, let me wish you all a Very Happy Thanksgiving to all peoples in the world! Please take just a moment and find one thing you are thankful for … and then tomorrow another! Continue to repeat until we meet again next year at this time. Perhaps together we can reduce the chaos we all see in our communities over the whole world!

I start out to make each post short. It always grows it seems because I ask the question are they (YOU) going to have any idea of what I am rambling about? Often that happens when we are rushed and people tell us hurry up! I ain’t got all day! Is that maybe what happened in Ferguson?

I used to write quite often back in the early 60’s. Now like then there were hundreds of topics daily whether about wars or potential ones (the Cuban missile crises), civil rights (children being murdered), should we keep prayer in school because it’s damaging our children! Some days I wrote many … I think to clarify or make sense of why people are doing what they were doing.

I have a good friend Alonzo and he works at Walmart and at least one other company. Very
industrious and a truly valued friend. We went to the same high school Central Tech. Here in Syracuse. We began there in the 60’s during Civil Rights, fear of nuclear holocaust and then there was me. Then and now naive !

We talked about Ferguson back in August. He asked what was my take on it all! Sadly even back then there was significant information suggesting that Michael Brown must have been impaired hearing and piecing together information that seemed to fit together to show a very sad puzzle and too much emotion with no basis for facts that fit! This was August and Alonzo had more info that I hadn’t thought of or knew. Afterwards, we ended up agreeing that nothing was what people wanted it be but rather way too much mis-information! We both agreed it was too sad and that all things are being made sensationalistic to betray the truth!

Bad news sells … even if it gets people killed. Even back then we agreed Obama and others seemed to have wanted it that way. Facts seemed to be irrelevant. Last night I said he isn’t going to get elected … 2 terms … duh!? Alonzo said he’s got his own agenda! More money, more money! Anything that can help him! We both had to laugh.

It turned out after months of intensive investigation that Michael Brown wasn’t shot in the back and must have been out of his mind for whatever reasons. He was headed to college according to some reports … you don’t run toward a cop with your hand in your jacket or pants and not expect to get fired on! It’s all sad but turned out almost exactly what Alonzo and I had discussed back in summer. We both often lament what is going on with everyone! Greed, selfishness and more!

Alonzo said something that is very important that we all need to consider! I really want to hear your opinions .. Maybe you could contribute to the discussion as well? I hope so since we are all in it together!

Alonzo went on to say that there is no leadership period! Certainly not Obama as none of us knows what he is. Back when we were kids I had Malcolm X , Martin Luther King and others as role models available to help us sort things out. Yeah that’s true … we had the Kennedy’s but you’re right! We had people we could look up to. (I know many had their problems but we didn’t need perfect!).

We need leaders like never before that can help us to look at ourselves .. Putting a mirror before ourselves that doesn’t allow us to lie or fantasize!

We, Alonzo and I, decided not only here in America but all over the world there isn’t anyone
that will stand up and tell the truth as best as he or she can do. Admit to not being perfect but really working at it! This is instead of bringing an emotional pity party saying look how we are abused! We have never been treated fairly … and these are 20 and thirty something … crying we are oppressed ! Alonzo said they should have been around when we were kids! One comment I just heard is that once every 28 hours a black person is shot. Not to minimize this, but in what context? If one is to tell a story they need to tell the whole or as it used to be said … now, here’s the rest of the story!

Thanks for stopping by and we can start helping each other today … right now … !  Oh, please don’t forget to say Thank you and Smile whenever you can!

Thanks & God Bless! Rick =)

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Please tell me what THANKSGIVING is ?

I don’t want to make this long. What little feedback I have gotten and my own quirks some good and some bad … ‘I need to get through things quick! Today that is the way!’ (you can tweet that but I don’t know how to direct you yet … I will).

Is that a good way? Just get through it! Do we want to get through Thanksgiving as fast as possible? I remember families getting together and enjoying games and playing and hearing old stories of our great grandpa’s and grandma’s. We visited to nearby families and farms that had less to really bring a basket. I liked that. The whole thing even in the papers was about thanking God for the blessings we had and how we could help each other now and in the coming year! Darn, it felt good! This happened even with the ‘Black Friday’ hoopla of buying newer and more toys often which we already had as time went by!

I don’t know when Black Friday or the name started but was it a good thing? Thanksgiving and Black Friday are or were two different things. Yes? Depends.

Thanksgiving became associated with the Macy’s Day Parade back in the 20’s. The parade helped to stimulated sales it was hoped and starting right after THANKSGIVING on Friday. Enter commercialism of today.

Now the schedule on Thanksgiving for this year is eat by 1 – 2 at the latest and then divide and conquer! You guys go to Walmart and my brother and his wife will conquer K-mart and the grandkids will get the Bestbuy stuff and you Grandpa will have to babysit the little ones! No wonder I didn’t get to keep the Thanksgiving dinner I ate!?!? Is this better? Did I or you get a chance to express anything we were thankful for?

Why bother to make a big deal! We can launch a new product .. Thanksgiving in a box! Save mom all the trouble! Instant Thanksgiving – $35 to $75 for larger families? – Gee that could generate even at a 30% response a … Billion dollars in sales even before Thanksgiving! WOW!

That’s here in America. What about everyone else? Do we consider anyone else? We used to and I am not out to lay a guilt trip … you are free to do whatever you want. We have free will and power over our decisions. We had the same choices 50 years ago too! I don’t care what faith but most I knew of be they Moslem, Catholics, Protestants … even alcoholics donated to help someone else! Remembering back I always heard it made them feel good. I have 17 pair of jeans – do I need 19? I have a cell phone. Do I need a new smart phone that is smarter than me and will stress me out trying to figure it out? How much stuff do we need when we already have it … even if it is a year old?

Maybe we should just forget about being thankful altogether? Forget about the … Pilgrims? … I think that’s what they were called . I wish I had the money to go somewhere else. Somewhere they thanked the God of their understanding for a fresh water well saving the village from more than we can imagine here. Southern California is one I hear. Wasn’t it a few years back people got killed getting to sales?

We need to start breathing and help someone else! I think that’s what Thanksgiving was meant to be a long time ago! Can we bring it back? Go buy someone a meal today … right now … while they have the strength to eat it. Stay home on Thanksgiving and get to know each other again! Best of all laugh … a big belly laugh and rediscover joy! Hope this makes you ponder …

God Bless! =) Oh, Happy Thanksgiving I hope.

PS. Just got my book to help me post pictures here! Yea!

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What does Transparency mean to You?

I googled ( if that’s a word) transparency and what it means and got more than I bargained for!

I got over 25 million responses. How much time do you have to read? LOL

Transparency is a word that is used in so many ways in business, government, relationships,
religion that perhaps 25 million hits may not seem to cover it all! I’m not joking .

In today’s world we speak of being transparent. I think the main take of it is to be seen as honest and trustworthy! In the past, you didn’t have to really be ‘that way’ because those ‘in the know’ became so skilled at putting it over on so many! That is until too many of us didn’t know which way was UP!

I know I got tired of it too long ago even before my wife died back in ‘96. How about you? We had our midterm elections yesterday (11/4/14) . The 1/2 way point between our US Presidential elections? The governments have always been the best spin doctors around, but now they don’t even try!? They just lie and don’t care if you know it or not!

Headlines like ‘Did you know the Jews made the Nazi’s hunt them down?’ could easily mislead thousand and perhaps even millions today! Look at ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria). Some of today’s headlines similar to ‘Today Israel is the real terrorist plaguing the Moslems and the countries of Iran, ‘Palestine’ (not a real country but part of Canaan), Jordan and many more!’ They have just a bit of truth in them. Even Obama and too many others are getting into it! Transparency?! Too many biased stories out there during the elections here. Certainly, many more in the world, just like the world’s view of say Israel and what she is trying to steal! Who belongs where seems to be the primary question! See why I say question everything!

Transparency? I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box. In fact I am slow and I have had to admit that too often; a joke which evokes laughter every time mentioned! However, I read in many places that Canaan was given to Abraham by His God and it’s even in the Bible! It has continued to be handed down and ultimately as far as I can see G_d gave ownership to the nation of Israel! Shouldn’t that settle it? I’m certainly not going to debate that with HIM! I’m dumb, but not stupid! I am after truth and facts always as you know.

Let’s get back to transparency.

Transparent – allowing light to pass through so that objects behind can be distinctly seen. Another suggestion is it’s easy to perceive or detect what’s happening! You know , it’s easy to see what motives are behind actions. I meant to only write about being transparent and ask how you feel about !

Mine is to be above board without sacrificing personal safety for myself or others. We all do have a right to privacy. Still we will fall over and trip over our own feet if we are not honest and consistent in all our endeavors! Father, mother, boss, soldier, son, or daughter .. you get the idea. Stick to the facts and be consistent; not this way for work, and another way for home and so on. Certainly wouldn’t breed trust would it?

I just submitted a reference for a large company, rather one of their employees ( actually Christine). She cared about helping me! The only thing that matters in this world are people, I think. Isn’t there a song that people who need people are the luckiest! You know I am all about us helping each other! About just one making a difference and it happens all the time! Look around us!

Anyway, I had an order 5 month’s ago with the company I mentioned. It was a small problem, but I was persistent. I got stock answers or ‘lazy answers’ as I called them (transparent) . This firm has too many poor references but mine is 5 star. Why? Even though I had to call back more than a few times I finally found Christine! She is my hero! I want her on my team !

She wanted to help me which I felt and could see it! She had the guts to do what was needed! She took action! She took authority as if it was her company! Accountability along with responsibility part of a winning combo!

I would love to see how far up the ladder she is after 3 or 4 years. She knows how to care and take action! She probably had help to get there … was it you?

Thank you and God Bless! Hugs to you all! Rick =)

P.S. – I asked if you wanted to hear more often. One said it was up to me! I think I will post more often when called for. However, my promise is at least once a month!

P.S.S. – I’d like to find an old friend Joe Snow. He used to work at Chrysler in Syracuse, NY during the 1988 presidential primaries when Pat Robertson threw his hat in the arena. We worked on Pat’s campaign via Grace A/G back then. He had a word of knowledge that God was healing my allergies (God did) and I really would love to see and speak with Joe again!

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