Do Deals with Iran = suicide by US, Israel… Yes or No?

I have for the past year and longer, watched world events and listened to thousands of responses! Read thousands and thousands more! At least 2 dozen times a day and often more I read and I listen. I keep hoping I would hear more truth and at least some common sense!

I wish more of you would sign in and at least comment if you are aware. We all need to be awake more than ever in recent times! Those of you I speak with around here and the few places I travel know me casually and many for decades. I love to write about anything that lifts everyone’s spirit but sometimes it’s hard. This seems to be one of those times.

Overall, we need to continue to find the best life has to offer! Hopefully we discover the passion, talents that we each have been given by God. Then we all can go out and help so many others in so many ways.

The final result I hope will be our own discovering greater joy and success in our own lives!

In the last 6 months there’s been many who have known me for so very long, saying, ‘You’re back to your old tricks I see’! As I have said, I believe we need to help and encourage each other wherever we are from. More now than ever before, we are all sinking in so many ways. I think we are all failing to look toward the long term as a majority of us did. Too many look at what can we get now.

In the last few years suicides increase among our children like growing brush fires!

I won’t go into that divorce, depression, murder, thoughtlessness, abortion, child abuse, human trafficking, suicide among all groups are growing and it seems we care less and less. We can even get help to do so (commit suicide that is and pay someone for it!)! Forget about miracles, and those old wives tales?

Can we fix this? Can we enlist our local, state and federal government to step up? How about the churches and their clergy? Just around here there are so many churches turned into apartments, office space, restaurants and what else? Even government offices are rented as the government outsourced their buildings and private companies take over their work.

Private companies are devoted to profit and even worse than the agencies they replace! The government doesn’t care one bit for you or about you, if they ever did. Only that they keep their jobs and budgets! That’s from the highest level to the lowest. Haven’t you begun to suspect this already? I used to hear talk about it all the time but now, it’s more than our usual whining. The corruption (deadliest) is growing more than in any other time I can recall or have read about!

I want to increase smiles, joy and excitement about good things happening! I want us to start looking at each other and smile! I’m not proposing for us to stick our heads in the sand like an ostrich but the opposite! We used to just pretended all was well and if a problem was over a 100 miles away it didn’t matter. That was then. Now, 10,000 miles away visits our homes daily.

I want us all to help develop good news that makes us smile! Here’s a for instance from the past!

Grit was a newspaper that was called a good news newspaper. Used to be published in Williamsport, PA also noted as a birthplace of little league baseball, just a dozen or so years after building Bowman field. The second oldest field in the US for minor league baseball!

I’ve spoken with the editor after he took over Grit. He hoped to preserve it and while I was watching he worked really hard at it and I suspect still is. He along with Grit and other publications found their hope and home in Topeka Kansas. Not so far away nowadays!
What’s my point? I like good news and yet it’s still said only bad news sells. I don’t believe it! We can change it but it won’t be easy.

For example, I see the American people going along with helping Iran develop their nuclear agenda to help themselves prosper and who knows what else? Many here won’t miss their favorite program Scandal! A part of their lives! Heck just check the news, radio, newspaper, local and international along with TV any time of the day and you can see a real ‘Scandal’ brewing in our real lives!

I can’t believe that there isn’t a larger outcry! I’m truly dumbfounded!

As a youngster, I believed , “that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.” as Lincoln said at Gettysburg. We will need another graveyard of incredibly monumental proportions if we allow our(?) government now to proceed with these Iran talks proposed and being forced forward by President Obama!

Aside from the Jihad, Hamas, and all other radical sects of Islam and even some more sensible sects they have always proclaimed the death and destruction of the peoples of Abraham’s God ! Why? Mohammed said so in the Koran. Those peoples born from Isaac being the jews and those born from Ishmael being the arabs born from Sarah and her handmaiden Hagar, fathered by Abraham.

I invite you to discover more truth in that Abraham had another half dozen children after Sarah died. Anyway this whole debacle goes so far back. I invite you to discover more truths in your search for truth about this whole mess! By the way this includes Christians later that followed Abram’s God … (Jesus and the Cross?). Yet, the Islamic beliefs include a great deal about the Bible as well. Is there a conflict here? As I say, question everything!

Right now we need to be aware of what is at stake for all our futures. Again, are we awake? Iran declared their position right out loud; “Iran Marks Revolution Anniversary With Calls of ‘Death to America, Israel’ and it won’t stop there! Next we have our President Obama visiting Saudi Royal Family on Holocaust Remembrance Day. He’d made travel arrangement to avoid Poland’s World Holocaust Remembrance Day, noting the 70th anniversary liberating the prisoners of Auschwitz! Additionally, during finance talks I believe he (president Obama) bows to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia?!

Internationally they are equal leaders (maybe?) Why is Obama bowing to any Leader, King or other Head of State? I read, it is because he believes in Islam above all other faiths. It’s his own faith and understandable I guess. It reminds me of President Kennedy’s response to the question of what if the Pope ordered him to do something … ? He responded that he would disobey him! What would President Obama do? Obama already favors any Islamic utterance as being misunderstood and unrelated to terrorism?! Nothing that should be construed to be directed toward the US or Israel certainly! Check your own search of Obama’s relations with Israel and the Islamic countries and theirs with the US.

Is President Obama our President and leader helping enemies of the US put a gun to our head? Think about it and please and ask others to check things out too! I read again that the US denied that they were not including Israel in talks with Iran . Then the US admits they have done just that, so … it becomes a he said she said. I need help to clarify all this. Now you understand my belief or warning to question everything!

Hence, I am wondering a lot more now? If anyone else in authority behaved like this I would think they would be questioned and perhaps arrested. Yet this is our own government? Now that‘s scary to me! I question any positive successes that might come of this path we are on. Are we all driving toward a brick wall?

Go to if you’re not reading this there, and let me and the others know what you think. Better yet, what can we all contribute to all our successes ! God Bless! Rick =)

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What’s Valentine’s Day?

I think if you had asked my wife she would have said either a chore or a teaching assignment! At least for the first 5 or 6 years we were married! Though not for the reasons you might think! First if you hadn’t caught on yet I am slow. Slow to reason things out. Perhaps a post down the road can help with understanding that, but it takes me awhile to get it!

You see I would get her maybe the best and most expensive Kitchen aid mixer from Macy’s or a Neiman Marcus ‘something’ which took me awhile to discover that anything from there would cost me 6 month’s of my wage! (j/k)

It got me the reply … what’s this Dick?! Why it’s the latest and … Never mind! Thank you! This went on for many holidays including birthdays I’m sad to tell you! How many Valentine’s holidays work out just right?

Something Connie (my wife) and I used to talk about. We’d wonder if it really was a holiday promoted to keep greeting card companies in business to feed their families ? Someone else said that I think?

Valentines Day isn’t that bad and hopefully it brings a little more understanding at least for one day a year here, but what about people in Ethiopia, West Virginia, Laos, the Congo and so many more that don’t or can’t celebrate!

We were most interested in the kids … Can you imagine being a mom or dad and your baby is sick and maybe dying for lack of food, water or worse! I hope not! Rather you or I would like to just think of the great dinner and the movie we’ll see. There’s nothing wrong with that! Honestly! I just want all of us to realize how lucky we truly are on this day. But what about the other billions. I think we can love them too!

Again I would come back to you and ask what can we do? I see kids of all ages along with moms and dads and aunts, a majority of workers here who have a little bit extra! Could we go the extra mile and spare a quarter for each member of our family making up a dollar? A gift from our families only once a year? Connie and I thought so. We even started working at that and Connie’s most heartfelt concern were the Chinese kids … girls especially! What if we could love those few children in the almost 200 countries in the world. The love we could share and give today would be about $320 million ONCE A YEAR ! That’s a $160,000 per country! Just from only a $1.00 extra to take care of as many kids as we could that might not make it otherwise! Yeah our concerns were mostly for kids – our hearts went out to those who were least able to help themselves and kids always jump to the top of the list!

Imagine Love from just one day and only from one country in the whole world! How’s that song go … “What the world needs now is love sweet love … “ . Valentine’s Day is a good day for that here in the US as we will do this Saturday! Can we afford both? Who of you can help us do this?

Charity water ( )gets it all done without using any of the donations. Who can tell us how they do it .. Maybe we can do the same here !

That would be nice and as those of you who know me, I am a helper, giver and a ‘prayerer’ … is that a word? My love is to protect kids and those less able to protect themselves! I know there’s so many more of you out there and it’s great what each one of us can do! However many of us want to do so much more! We can together! We can do amazing things even with little money. Haven’t you seen kids raising hundreds and even thousands from their allowance, bake sales or car washes. We only have to get involved and share ideas. The only one stopping us is you and me. You know what trips us up so often in the course of all our lives and endeavors is fear! However, that which rescues us is always Love! That is what Valentines Day has meant for the past centuries.

There’s a scripture ”And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: FEAR NOT, neither be dismayed.” ~ Deuteronomy 31:8.

That verse goes back even further. I think a great many of us believe that God is Love!

In most of our hearts I truly believe we want the absolute best for one another. I am convinced that God definitely wants the best for all of us!

This Valentines Day I pray is the most loving, memorable and fun day you’ve all had ever!

Can we make a difference? Can we help each other have richer and more fulfilling lives! Can we all increase our successes and joy together?

Go to and let me and the others know what you think and can do to contribute to everyone! God Bless! Rick =)

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