Scientology in Government

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On September 15th, President Donald Trump nominated Jon Adler to director of the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. Adler is former federal criminal investigator and served as the president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association. He also sits on the advisory board for the Heroes Health Fund.

That sounds all well and good, until you look into the Heroes Health Fund. The Heroes Health Fund claims to help first responders get the medical and physiological help they need. What they actually do is subject them to the blasphemous, often dangerous detoxification program created by scientologist founder L. Ron Hubbard. A man – by the way – who had no medical background whatsoever.  The Heroes Health Fund are a dangerous scientologist organization who is impeding the rehabilitation of America’s finest.

Now, this man with ties to the church of scientology, is in a position, not only to implement similar programs on a broader scale, but also to funnel more money into the cult that illegally imprisons people. Adler now has the ability to do a lot of damage to a lot of people.

 

It is hazardous to have anyone with ties to scientology inside the United States government. It is wrong to have our tax dollars funneled to such an organization. In fact, we should be actively working to get the organization less money instead of more.

For years, The U.S. government saw through Hubbard’s thinly veiled efforts to monetarily benefit himself, and refused to give his organization a religious designation and tax-exempt status. In 1993, however, the IRS decided to grant the so called “church” with the tax-exemption they so highly desired. This needs to stop. Please write your congressmen and demand they look into this.

 

For further reading, check out these links:

https://www.redstate.com/jimjamitis/2017/09/28/trump-appointee-doj-drug-abuse-efforts-strong-ties-crackpot-scientology-based-detox-program/

http://www.mikerindersblog.org/should-scientology-be-tax-exempt/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-hassan/its-time-to-end-the-churc_b_555843.html

https://www.redstate.com/jimjamitis/2017/05/05/tennessee-authorities-shut-scientology-facilities-holding-people-will/

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Human Nature and Natural Disaster

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Hurricane Harvey killed at least 82 people in Texas.

Hurricane Irma killed at least 69 people throughout Caribbean, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

Hurricane Katia and the 8.1 earthquake that struck Mexico killed at least 90 people.

Hurricane Maria has killed at least 17, with 20 people missing.

The second earthquake to hit Mexico within two weeks was a 7.1 magnitude earthquake and killed over 200 people.

People are displaced; homes are ruined; belongings, family heirlooms, and treasures are lost; towns have been ravaged and economies are struggling.

 

America rallied strong after Hurricane Harvey. We took a break from the fighting – the endless bickering – and the things that are dividing us, and we united. We came together with one thing in mind: help the victims of Harvey any way we can. But then another storm hit. And then another. And yes, another one came after that. The news got tedious, redundant, repetitive; and we stopped caring – at least to the same extent – that lives were being lost and homes were being destroyed.

Then, as everyone today does, we disconnected from it. We turned off the television – or at least stopped listening to it – and we forgot to pray for them last night, and we didn’t give any more money. The hurt and the turmoil that is happening right now became old news in our minds. The news of the storms become less important than our fantasy football teams; our Starbucks became more important than donating; and the broken hearts of victims were overshadowed by funny animal videos.

 

And we do this all the time.

 

When the news is too sad, or too aggravating, or too stressful; when our lives are too sad, or too aggravating, or too stressful – when we decide we’ve “had enough,” we immediately look for a distraction. The advent of the smartphone and social media played perfectly into this unfortunate truth about human nature.

 

Now, with at least 458 dead, we cannot become numb or unfeeling to the tragedies, and we cannot become unresponsive to the calls for help. We must pray continuously, give what we can, follow the stories, and never turn our backs while there are still people suffering.

 

“America is great because she is good.” ~Alexis de Tocqueville

Football, Flags and Fidel

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?!

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL COMMENTATORS TALKING ABOUT THE COLIN KAEPERNICK “STORY” INSTEAD OF COVERING ACTUAL SPORTS?!

 

Yeah, me neither.

 

In 2016, then-49ers QB, Colin Kaepernick (who, at this point in time, wasn’t even a starter) lead a protest against racial inequality and black oppression by kneeling during the National Anthem. Other players throughout the league followed suit. Kaepernick finally earned the starting role after six weeks. He was under contract to play with San Francisco in 2017, but he decided to void it and become a free-agent.

Since becoming a free-agent, there has been outcry from activists claiming that him not getting signed by another team is somehow an act of racism. These people must not be football fans, because they clearly don’t understand that there are black quarterbacks playing in the league. It also isn’t solely because of his kneeling, given that there are players kneeling for the Anthem that still have a job.

Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned as the 2017 season kicks off, but he has no one to blame but himself. Not only did he walk away from the 49ers, but he also turned down offers to be a back-up. Then, as Ray Lewis was going to bat for him at the Baltimore Ravens office, his girlfriend sent out a racist tweet – directed at Ray Lewis – and proved that LeSean McCoy was right when he said that he is just “not good enough” to deal with all the chaos that surrounds him.

 

Now that you’re caught up on that, let’s talk about his protest for a minute. Colin Kaepernick would kneel during the National Anthem because he says that it and the American Flag represents the systematic oppression of minorities. Then, just a week later, he was spotted wearing a Fidel Castro shirt. (You can read more about that and his asinine defense here.) If you ask me, that kind of absurd hypocrisy and brazen disregard for the Cuban people immediately and fully discredits his movement.

Yet, he continues to push his slanted crusade and will remain unsigned because of it. He made 1,000% sure he will never play for the Miami Dolphins, as their Cuban population would not take lightly to a Fidel worshipper in their midst.

 

I believe fully that you have to stand for something. I encourage you to stand up for what you believe is right. I do, however, suggest that you be consistent and are firmly planted in a foundation of truth and facts.

 

As we enter football season and approach the anniversary of 9/11, I thought I would share with you something I posted on my Facebook account on 9/11/16:

 I’m so sick of this kneeling story it’s ridiculous. It’s beyond me why we are letting a bench-warming second-stringer, who is the furthest thing from a social advocate that I can think of, lead a crusade like this. If he wants to kneel, that’s his pig-headed prerogative – after all, what could happen to him? He gets benched? Oh yeah… But why other athletes are willing to follow him on this nonsensical journey is ridiculous.

But today, should anyone kneel for our Anthem and disrespect the American Flag, they cannot claim to be doing it in the name of racial or LGBT equality, or for any other reason. If, today, you kneel for our Anthem and disrespect the American Flag, you are dishonoring the memory of all the lives lost fifteen years ago. You are kneeling for the Anthem that brought the whole country together after a terrible tragedy, and disrespecting a flag – not the Confederate Flag that was raised in time of racial division – but the American Flag that was raised of the rubble to declare that all of America was united and that we wouldn’t succumb to the evil that had just crashed into our borders.

The masterminds of this evil plot didn’t orchestrate it against black Americans, or white Americans, or Latina Americans or gay Americans. They orchestrated it against all Americans living in western civilization. You kneel today, you disrespect all of western civilization and your whole movement loses any meaning it ever had.

 

And they did. They knelt on 9/11. They discredited their whole movement.

 

Happy Football Season, y’all!

Hurricane Harvey and Humanity

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In an earlier post I wrote, “I am striving to revive my faith in humanity. This election cycle has not helped with that. It is hard to watch people tear down others over political disagreements; to defriend and cut out others from their life due to societal pressure. It’s hard to see people cutting down other people.” I also wrote, “The American people who just want so deeply to help someone in need, that rallied together after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, who don’t care how you voted but how you treat other people – those people are out there, and they can teach us a thing or two about humanity.”

But still, it was hard to find those stories. It was hard to see that there are still good folks out there who just want to lend a helping hand. We let darkness spread like wildfire over our nation as the media was busy tearing us apart, and we forgot what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. one said; “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Now, in the wake of the tragedy that is Hurricane Harvey, America has found a way to bring the light back. They found a way to forget their political differences and just be Americans. The American people who always rise from a catastrophe stronger, smarter, and unified. People came from miles around with boats – any kind of boat! – to help rescue countless men, women, children and pets! People are showing up big with donations, and families and churches are gathering all around the nation to send up prayers for all those in the path of the wrath.

So, while I am in no way glad that there are millions displaced and several dead, I am grateful for the men and women who pitched in – are pitching in – to do everything that they can to help. I am thankful for this opportunity to restore my faith in humanity. I am also happy to have a chance to challenge my own humanity, and ask, “what am I willing to do? How can I show I care?”

 

If you are asking yourself the same questions, then I am sure you already know about the many ways to donate. I do, however, want to give you some unorthodox ideas of how to give (especially if you are not flush with cash.)

       If you use rebate and shopping apps such as Ibotta or Shopkicks, you can redeem your points for a Red Cross donation

       If you use survey sites such as I-Say or Opinion Outpost, you can redeem your points for a Red Cross donation

       The next time you go to buy a coffee, soda, or meal out, don’t. Skip your morning cup of coffee for a week and donate $10.00 to those who don’t have access to morning coffee

So keep the faith and be the change you want to see in the world.

Political Correctness

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Okay folks, let’s take a beat and talk about “political correctness.” Political correctness is a verbal prison that societal leaders put us in to protect the feelings of people who weren’t even offended in the first place. It was an obvious play to change the terms of acceptable language and claim that racism and bigotry runs amuck throughout the republican party and all across America.

When I joined the crusade against political correctness at the ripe old age of thirteen, I was fighting for the right to say, “Merry Christmas,” and display the nativity without being accused of religious intolerance. I left the fight when it became about targeting “snowflakes” and not taking responsibility for your words.

 

I will fight relentlessly for your first amendment right. I will not identify with the anti-PC movement that seems to go out of their way to say something extreme just to hurt others. I will fight relentlessly for your first amendment right. I will not identify with the anti-PC movement that speaks with such blatant disregard for human decency. I will fight relentlessly for you first amendment right. I will not identify with the anti-PC movement that is represented by indecent, abhorrent bullies.

The fight against political correctness does not give you license to knowingly and purposefully use inflammatory language. It should not be use as a shield or excuse to attack others. Your political crusade does not justify you attacking others, and then teasing them when they get offended. Do you have the right to do and say those things? Yes. Does it make it right? Absolutely not. The anti-PC movement has done an excellent job of exemplifying the attraction for political correctness. I do not believe that anyone should be able to take away your free speech, but I do believe that you should be held accountable for you say.

 

My mother once told me something that I think really applies here: “When you say something, speak as if they will take it in the worst possible way. When you listen, hear their words as if they meant it in the best possible way.” In other words, speak respectfully and be slow to get offended. That doesn’t mean you can’t disagree or offer critique, it just means that if you have to offer a dissent, be kind. Don’t be intentionally inflammatory.

Bringing this back on topic, I am not saying that you can’t use words that society has deemed political incorrect. The fact that people are afraid to say “Merry Christmas,” or that towns are afraid to have Christmas tree lightings when 95% of Americans celebrate Christmas is just ridiculous and wrong. I would not be offended if someone wished me a “Happy Hanukah,” and I wouldn’t expect them to be offended if I wished them a “Merry Christmas.”

 

So, when it comes to political correctness, here is my advice: don’t worry about what is “PC,” but do worry that what you say is true, real and said with respect. Your goal should be to spread truth, not cut others down. Remember; “you catch more flies with honey…”

Looking for Superman in a Superhero World

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“More than 20 million children live in a home without the physical presence of a father.  Millions more have dads who are physically present, but emotionally absent.  If it were classified as a disease, fatherlessness would be an epidemic worthy of attention as a national emergency.”

 

The above statement is an excerpt from the National Center for Fathering website. In a poll that they constructed in 1999, 72.2% of the U.S. population agreed that fatherlessness was the most significant social problem facing America. The number of children living with physically absent fathers has only grown, and will only get worse unless we encourage young men to break the cycle.

The statistics are overwhelming proof that children need a father figure in their life. Children who grow up without a father figure in their life are more likely to have a drug and alcohol addiction, get pregnant as a teenager, commit violent crimes and drop out of school. See these and other heartbreaking truths like 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes, and 85% of all youths in prison come from fatherless homes at The Consequences of Fatherlessness page from the National Center for Fathering website.

Much of the issues crushing society today – suicide, crime, drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, poverty, divorce – could be solved by the physical and emotional presence of a father in the home. It’s amazing to think one person could have that much impact on a life – yet alone society. I’d say, someone who could rescue a child from all that pain may qualify for superhero status. But here we are, living in a superhero world, having no idea it means to be one.

 

Marvel and D.C. Comics are all the rage right now. Superheroes are in the movies, books, television shows; they are everywhere you look. Some with superhuman abilities, like Captain America and the Flash. Some are just your average people who have honed an above average skill set like The Black Widow and Green Arrow. Although, I would argue that super powers are what makes you a superhero, and without them, you are simply a “hero.” Regardless of what your definition of a superhero is, it’s obvious that kids today are craving a hero in their lives.

There’s a saying;To a girl, a father is her first love. To a boy, a father is his first hero.” Young girls need a father in their life to teach them about love. They need to be taught how to distinguish between a boy underserving of their affections, and the man that will become their hero. Boys need a father in their life to teach them how to become that hero. Boys don’t become men by simply aging; they need proper guidance to grow and mature. You see, fathers aren’t simply heroes, their super abilities to love, teach and provide for their children lifts them out of a world of danger and pain and sets them onto the path of happiness and success.

Fathers are real life superheroes. With 20 million kids living without a father, do you still think we live in a superhero world?

 

Don’t leave your child looking for Superman in a superhero world.

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Does Life Imitate Art?

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Insightful post about the way our culture is being shaped today.

Off Kilter and On Point

Oscar Wilde once stated that, “life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” We have seen evidence to support this statement time and time again. In the nineties, Jennifer Aniston’s haircut from the first couple seasons of Friends was so wildly adored that women from all over the world ran out to beauty shops to get their version of “The Rachel.” In the seventies, an article in the Los Angeles Times reported that an episode of Happy Days, in which Fonzie gets his first library card, boosted the number of library card applications by 500%. Although the story about the library cards has been questioned for its authenticity, it’s no doubt that Happy Days set trends. When Fonzie’s cousin, Chachi Arcola, begun wearing a jean jacket, the trend was seen in on every corner.

But more than television and fashion, there are other compelling arguments to make this case…

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