Worse than I thought . . .

Between my own limited research, and my wife’s, I’ve found that the agenda of President Joe Biden is even worse than I ever imagined.

The amendment to US banking law that I previously posted about is only a part of the “American Families Act”. This act would, if signed into law, authorize 2 free years of college level education for every US citizen through the community colleges. The problem with that is that there are only 2 ways I can see how he would accomplish that goal.

First – a complete take over of the community colleges by the Federal Government.

Second – a massive increase in something similar to the Pell Grant to underwrite the educations of people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get access to higher education than graduating from high school.

Here is the problem with the plan.

If the “American Families Act” becomes law, no matter which of the vectors I outlined above, there would be a federal mandate of what is “acceptable” as a basic curriculum for any community college. Any community college that accepts any form of government funding would be required by the Biden administration to teach certain liberal courses, including things that amount to revisionist history.

I do not deny that many of the US Founding Fathers were slave owners. But liberals would deny the full truth of the history surrounding those stellar individuals.

Let’s look at Thomas Jefferson. Yes, he was a slave owner. But, the colonies were territories of the British Government, and under Great Britain owning slaves was legal at that time. However, revisionist historians who want to demonize the Founding Fathers would deny that Thomas Jefferson took a slave as his mistress, and not only emancipated her but also several other slaves. One of those slaves became a very successful entrepreneur, and operated a restaurant that introduced Macaroni and Cheese to the United States, after he served as Jefferson’s personal chef for several years in Europe.

Revisionist Liberals would deny this, and cry that Jefferson was entirely evil just because he was a slave owner during a time when owning slaves was not only legal, but necessary to remain competitive in the agricultural farming markets.

Let’s not forget that Thomas Jefferson was the very first signatory of the Declaration of Independence, which began with the words, “We hold these truths to be self evident: That all men are created equal . . . “. The current liberal agenda not only denies this fundamental truth, it denies that people of European decent have any rights to equality with people of any other heritage.

It’s a “divide and conquer” agenda at it’s very most basic. If the liberal leaders can keep US Citizens fighting amongst each other over who has any right to what, we won’t be paying attention while they pass laws that progressively lead to a total collapse of the US as a sovereign nation. The true agenda of the liberal elite seems to be that the United States becomes a vassal of the United Nations, and fully subject to any global government regulations IT would choose to implement.

Recent observations . . .

  1. Are you a person who is gluten intolerant, and has trouble finding a probiotic supplement? So is my wife, and it has frustrated her for years. However, we’ve found a way to naturally get probiotics that she can take without complications. The solution was old-fashioned sour dough bread. Yes, it is more expensive than regular bread, but it is the only bread (or even grain product) that she can eat. Since we switched to that, we’re both feeling stronger and healthier.
  2. I recently read that President Biden is soon to sign into law an amendment to US banking law. The current laws require all banks and credit unions to report interest payments to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) for taxation purposes. The amendment that President Biden is championing will also require them to report the BALANCES of your accounts. Try as hard as I might, I can only think of one reason why the government would want to have that information, and it is not good for any of us. If you’ve studied the financial collapse that led to the Great Depression of the 1930’s, you’ll know what I’m concerned about. If the government wants to know what liquid assets you hold, it’s probably because they want to confiscate them, just as they did back then. It’s probably time to find another way to protect them, instead of leaving them in an account in some sort of bank or community institution.
  3. I respect the fact that the US National Weather Service has a tough job to do, but I’m getting tired of seeing a weather forecast for our area that says we’ll have clear skies for the nest 4 days, and then having a serious weather event the next day. Even worse is that my body tells me the weather is about to change as much as 12 hours before the National Weather Service updates their forecast. Sometimes I think that weather forecasting is just getting a license to be a gypsy fortune teller.
  4. I still think it’s rather humorous how the US government is trying to treat this whole Covid-19 situation as something that can be managed. Recent postings by the CDC and the WHO have acknowledged that not only are the vaccines ineffective, but that the entire event has been blown out of proportion. MD’s across the nation have been pressured into falsifying the numbers of people confirmed to have the disease, just to coerce us into greater compliance with the mandates given by the government. IMHO, because this is a virus – the best protection you can have is a healthy and robust immune system – and I say this as a person who’s immune system was compromised by a bone tumor back when I was barely 18 years old. But, I’m not an MD, so consult your own understanding of biology and human physiology – or someone you trust who has a degree in such things.
  5. I’ve been binge-watching a lot of Netflix Streaming TV shows over the last year. A good chunk of my viewing has been reality shows, including one called “The Circle”. It’s a social media game, where contestants are isolated in one building with each other, and try to become the most popular contestant of the group. I have a huge problem with the game’s formula. They allow contestants to enter the competition while deliberately misrepresenting who they are – a social media activity referred to as “catfishing”. Here is my complaint – if we as a society value honesty, integrity, and the other things that are called virtues, why would we deliberately REWARD people for acting contrary to those virtues? Especially with a prize like $100K for a few weeks of work?

I’m a mess . . .

Once upon a time, I was so in tune with my body that I could continue to function while I had injuries that required stitches. One example of this was something that happened when I was about 10 years old, when I was asked to deliver something from my aunt and uncle’s home to my grandpa’s home, a distance of a few hundred yards at most. During the travel, I accidentally encountered the edge of a rusty shovel, and needed a dozen stitches to repair the injury, despite the fact that until my relatives pointed it out I had not been aware of the damage. I still have a scar on my left calf to remind me of the incident.

That is no longer true.

I just realized that I missed posting my usual “Saturday Posts” blog for this past week. I’ve been dropping a lot of “balls” lately, and that is only the most recent one. I’ve been having trouble keeping track of what day of the month it is, or even what day of the week it is. The closest thing I have to a schedule is by following a regimen of starting a laundry cycle each week based on when my wife’s last workday of the week is. That is the day I start my cycle by doing the white’s of our laundry, usually followed by her work slacks the next day, then the light weight colored clothes the next day, and concluding with the heavy colored clothes the next night (if there are enough of them to need it – in the Summer that isn’t always needed).

I don’t know what I’m doing anymore. It’s likely more due to what I’m doing for pain management than whatever else is going on, but it is still a concern to me. Admittedly, some of the pain I’m trying to cope with is emotional – I am still reeling from the pain of my dad’s betrayal when I asked for his support to end the religious feud between me and the rest of my family. It doesn’t help that my dad’s birthday is only a few days away.

Full disclosure . . .

First, I have to describe the work experience of my wonderful wife. Through most of her professional career as a librarian, she has been engaged in the training of medical professionals in the use of medical databases. This also means that she is an expert at using medical databases to find information.

Beginning about 3 months after my post about the fall I had off of the front porch of our house (almost 2 years ago), I began having symptoms that, to me, were strange and imho hopefully reversible.

I hid them, as best I could, from everyone, until about a month ago. I was going into our kitchen to refill a cup of coffee, with my favorite coffee cup. Instead of putting the coffee cup on the kitchen counter, I dropped and broke it, right in front of my wife. She asked me what was up, and I honestly told her what was going on.

About a week later she came to me with a concern of hers. She’d run my various “weird symptoms” through the medical databases she had professional access to, and her concern verified something I’d privately been concerned about for over a year.

I may have trauma-induced Parkinson’s Disease.

Of course, only an official medical professional can make the diagnosis, but the fact that I have a history in medicine and my wife is who she is, and we both reached that conclusion independently makes it somewhat more likely.

To let you know, there are two different strains of Parkinson’s. One is trauma induced, and the other is ambiguous in origin. An example of the first is Muhammad Ali – the professional heavyweight boxer, and an example of the second is Michael J. Fox – the actor. Both strains are called Parkinson’s Disease.

I have no intention of asking my Veteran’s Administration Primary Care doctor to verify this. There is nothing she could do to reverse it, and I don’t care to submit myself to the required tests to verify it. Let’s be realistic – if Muhammad Ali can’t afford to get it reversed, it can’t be. The man is among, if not singularly, the greatest and most successful professional boxers in history. I’ve admired him since I was a teenager. In addition to the fact that there is nothing to be done about it, there is my personal conviction that “life is what it is” – and I will not bankrupt my wife to treat something that can’t be fixed.

I can still have many years of useful life helping my wife, and I can think of nothing better to do with them. So far, my symptoms are still mild, and mostly manageable. I can live with that.

Family Drama . . .

Is there anything that can throw you off of your game as much as conflict within your own family? That is hard to say.

Still, I’ve realized that I missed the last 2 “Saturday Posts” – and the only reason I did was because of familial drama.

A few months ago I wrote a blog about a letter I sent to my father, hoping to find a path to a neutral resolution to the strain between me and my family. I sent it to my father because he is the person (aside from the fictional character Mr. Spock from Star Trek) who taught me the most about logic and fairness. He is also the oldest living member of my family, so if I could persuade him, it seemed to me that the rest of the family would accept his judgement.

In that letter, I told my dad that I had not supported the Church of Scientology since about a year before my wife and I moved to this area – now 16 years ago. We have no interest in converting anyone to what we believe – yes, my wife believes as I do, and with good reason.

All we wanted from my family was a simple acknowledgement of one thing – that our beliefs were just as valid as theirs. Please stop treating us as pariahs for following a different path. It was based on a comparison of the definitions of 2 words – faith, and opinion. The only realistic difference between the words is that one carries a definite religious overtone.

Well, after I sent the letter to my dad, I waited a month before calling him. He said “I’m still processing it,” about my inquiry of the letter. I told him I felt that it was fair to allow him more time. Three weeks ago I called him again for his response.

He actually begged me not to force a decision. I begged him to realize that, as the family patriarch, he was the only person who could make the decision. He refused to take a stand for neutrality, and by the end of our phone call, I’d been disinherited AND disowned.

I’m a man with no family other than my wife and our cats.

I’m still not sure what this means for my future, but I’m slowly starting to come to grips with my current situation. One thing I’m wondering is if – because of all of this – I need to do a legal name change. Part of me feels that if I’m not part of that family any more, it isn’t ethical to continue to use that family name.

I feel so emotionally screwed up. I can’t sleep the way I should. My stomach is acting like I have an ulcer – which I’ve never had before. I can’t fall asleep without getting drunk on whiskey first, and even when I do sleep, it isn’t restful.

My wife is my anchor, and as much as I lean on her, she’s not big enough to stabilize a passenger cruise ship during a hurricane. I don’t know what I’m doing anymore.

Saturday Posts . . .

I have some updates to share, too. First, since I’m now more than halfway through the year in which I hoped to regain control of my abdominal muscles, I ‘m now forced to admit a partial defeat. I didn’t realize until after I stated my goal just exactly how badly my abs had lost their tone. Even now, 8 months later, I still can’t do a full set of 10 sit-ups. This does not mean I’m quitting, or resigned to look terrible forever. It just means that I’m now realizing that this will be a process that takes more than a year to resolve.

Second, I need to talk about our home improvements. Every year we try to use our tax refunds to do something to fix a problem in our home. One problem that has been on our minds for the 11 years we’ve lived here is water control in the basement. The sump pump has always managed to prevent any severe water build up, but whenever there is extreme weather outside (rain, thunder storms, etc.) it has to work around the clock for several days to accomplish that job. We’ve known about “French Drains” for a long time, and have been looking for someone to install one here, but none of the contractors we talked to would even come over to give us a quote. This past spring we found out about a company from Omaha, Nebraska, that does something similar to those drains – but it’s installed in the floor of the basement instead of putting it around the outside of the house. The company’s name is Thrasher. We called them for a quote, and got it very quickly. Then, thanks to Presidents Trump and Biden (financial stimulus checks), we were able to put together the funds to get the system installed THIS YEAR!. It’s done, and the big take-away is that since the installation, our basement floor has been completely dry!

Finally – last Monday (July 26th) was the 21st Anniversary of my wife and I getting married. Thanks for putting up with me all of these years, honey!