Shame As An Effective Motivator

This last week protesters against Justice Kavanaugh came up against Senator Manchin (D. WV) in a head on confrontation. 


He was being interviewed by the media. 


But the protesters drowned him out with chants of “Shame” and “Shame on you!”


Similar to the series Game Of Thrones, where the evil Queen Cersis must “Take the walk of shame” for sleeping with and having a child with her own brother. 


She must walk through the city with all the people yelling “Shame” at her, spitting on her, throwing rotten vegetables at her, etc. 


There is no place to hide. 


Her hair has been shorn off. 


Her clothes have been stripped from her. 


Without her clothes and pretense, she is naked, but she is also naked because her soul is bearing her sin before everybody.


This week life imitated art and the protesters stood in judgment over Senator Manchin’s decision to vote yes for and support Kavanaugh.


He was surrounded by shame. 


It was not meant to be politic, respectful, or open any sort of dialogue, but simply to tear the Senator down and humiliate him for his decision. 


I could imagine how he must feel being surrounded by all these people telling him he was a disgrace and that should be completely ashamed of himself. 


There seemed no one left to strand up for him, defend him, and let him save face. 


I am not saying his decision was right or wrong, just that when seemingly everybody passes judgment on you as evil and a disgrace, there is no where to hide or anyone to defend himself in this mob lynching. 


I imagine that this feeling of shame is sort of what happens when we die and we must face everyone we dealt favorably and unfavorably with.  


For those who we wronged, the chant of shame echoes through G-d’s heavenly court. 


There is no place to hide as we must now pay the piper for each and every thing we did or didn’t do.  


Our deeds are no longer hidden, but exposed for everyone to see. 


We cannot pretend to be good when we were not.


The veil and pretense of righteousness disintegrates.


We are exposed for who we really are. 


Our true selves and our sins are there in full sight and for which we must bear out our ultimate shame. 😉


(Source Graphic: Andy Blumenthal)

DISGRACEFUL United Airlines

To all decent human being out there…


Think twice about United Airlines. 


They overbooked a flight and then forcibly removed passengers that had paid for their seats. 


What right does anyone have to sell something that they in essence don’t have to sell?


And then treating their passengers like animals, smashing them and busting their lips, and dragging from from seats they paid for!


These passengers just wanted to go home. 


On top of it, the joke of a CEO of United Airlines, Mr. Oscar Munoz, defended this abhorrent violence against his paying passengers stating:

“Our employees followed established procedures for dealing with situations like this. While I deeply regret this situation arose [not that he regrets that they oversold seats and then beat the sh*t of this passenger], I also emphatically stand behind all of you, and I want to commend you for continuing to do above and beyond to ensure we fly right [this is what he “commends” and consider going “above and beyond” and doing what’s “right”–what a complete moral disgrace!].”


While Mr. Munoz had a heart transplant last year, apparently he truly has no heart at all–these are subhuman actions whose defense can only be considered to be the vacuum of any decency or morality in the leadership of United Airlines. 

If no passengers took their offer of $400 or even $1,000 to get bumped, then let them offer $10,000 or more–whatever the market price is to get the seat–but they have NO MORAL RIGHT to force this passenger out of a seat he legitimately paid for and was already sitting in. 


Either United Airlines should immediately apologize and extraordinarily compensate this harmed passenger, promise never to do this again, and fire their corrupt CEO or the public should boycott this disgraceful airline.


Where is the Federal Aviation Administration? 


Where is the board of directors of United Airlines?


Where is justice for this passenger and protection for airline customers?


Please G-d, justice will be done. 😉

Take One–Even The Table

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It’s so nice when people give things away for free.


Here someone made a table of throw-a-ways and invited people to take what they wanted. 


But there was one catch…

FREE STUFF

Please Take What You Like

Please don’t take the table

Gee, I guess there are people out there that would really take the table or the kitchen sink, as they say. 


We have to remind people where the red lines are.


If only our last President has remembered our nation’s red lines rather than let 500,000 be slaughtered in Syria (and with chemical weapons) and our ambassador murdered in Benghazi. 


But as he said as he commuted the sentence for Chelsea Manning who stole 750,000 pages (including classified information) from the government, “justice was served”–this after only 7 years of a 35-year sentence–just 20%–that’s justice for our exiting President. 


Chelsea Manning took what he liked and the table too!


And we’re the laughing stock of the world again as we let the theft of classified documents leave the country to Wikileaks, but that goes right along with his letting hundreds of terrorists out of GITMO with 30% returning to terrorism


We’re full of free give-a-ways aren’t we–even when we’re being robbed blind–what’s his approval rating again?  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

New York Times’ Credibility Is In The Toilet

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Now that the election is over, a lot of people are saying that the media and polls failed us


They predicted one thing, but were completely wrong. 


However, it wasn’t only their predictions of a sweeping Trump loss that were incorrect, but also that their biased, schlock journalism was professionally and ethically wrong!


Over and over again, I read the harshest of criticisms of Donald Trump, especially from the New York Times–endless rantings about him week after week:


From Nicholas Kristof:


Trump’s actions are heinous


Trump is a misogynist and sexual predator


Trump is a charlatan


Trump is a crackpot


Trump is a shallow egoist who uses people


Trump is for pariahs like ISIS, North Korea, and KKK


Trump is mean


Trump is a liar


Trump is a racist


From Frank Bruni: 


– Trump rants


– Trump makes corrosive conspiracy theories


– Trump is sickening


– Trump and his people are pathetic


– Trump is a narcissist


– Trump is irredeemably sexually perverse


– Trump is crude


– Trump is unfit


– Trump is unpatriotic


– Trump is hot-tempered 


Does the New York Times really call this journalism, and do they expect people to pay for this one-sided nonsense?


It used to be we could go to an esteemed newspaper like the New York Times and get real investigative journalism, and a real analytical and balanced approach to issues–we could learn something and be better off for it. 


But unfortunately it seems that the New York Times became exactly what it feared the most–it became biased, bigoted, and hateful. 


The articles over and over again were full of shameful name-calling, insinuations, and coaxing people that they needed to vote for one candidate over another. 


It wasn’t just an endorsement before the election, it was a barrage of months of superficial and venomous, hate-filled spew and characterizations by liberal journalists against a conservative party candidate–irrespective of what his true capabilities were and hope that he could bring to reinvigorate this nation. 


Of course, candidates should always be condemned for any bias or stupid things they may explicitly or implicitly do or say, but that is an opportunity to set the record and candidate straight, not unilaterally take them out back and shoot them, while giving the other candidate a free ride on corruption, collusion, and lies. 


Over time, people saw right through it, and it became clear that the media was absolutely biased, divisive, and trying to fix the election results for one candidate


The damage to the credibility of the media is done, and before readers renew their next subscriptions, they need to vote with their wallets with the same internal deliberation and soul searching as for their candidate. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

One Nasty Election

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This is one nasty election. 


Forget about getting any real answers to questions of the economy, national security, healthcare, education, the environment, and so on. 


No, instead we have candidates down in the dirty disparaging each other, fighting about what they said about the former Miss Universe and the like. 


This is beyond utterly ridiculous!


While integrity and character of the utmost importance in choosing our elected officials and leaders, I think we need to differentiate between the life of reality television and an election. 


The level of smear campaign, pulling out all the stops, seems to have never been greater. 


The greed and lust for power has taken over all sensibilities, and the people of this country see it and are disgusted by it. 


And to the rest of world, we must look like a complete bunch of imbeciles here.


Power has infected and corrupted our leaders and system putting them above the people and nation they govern rather than for them. 


As to whether there is the slightest genuine concern for the welfare and future of the citizens of this great country–that is a complete roar of utter laughter and despair. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

United Nations, UNjust

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Now I understand what the UN (as in United Nations) really stands for…

It’s predominantly UNjust and corrupt!

The United Nations Secretary once again today called out Israel for it’s “occupation that grinds into its 50th year.

This builds on the other 2,342 times that the UN General Assembly has called out this “occupation” of land that Israel acquired when it’s neighbors (Egypt, Jordan, and Syria) went to war against it in 1967 (after the prior wars of annihilation against Israel in 1948 and 1956).  

And yet as of June 2015, the UN Human Rights Council has condemned Israel 61 times–more than all other nations on this planet combined!

It’s not only UNjust and hypocritical, but underlying it is the core of anti-Semitism for this body that is supposed to be based on equal rights, self-determination, and universal peace.

Ultimately, it’s not an occupation that the UN is trying to deal with, but a preoccupation to deflect how wholly ineffective it is in every genuine major conflict in the world.  

Here are just some examples of the gross inaction by the esteemed UN when it comes to these occupations/militarizations (again, just to name a few):

1) Russia in Georgia and Ukraine

2) China in the South China Sea

3) India in Kashmir

4) Turkey in Cyprus

Moreover, just to put all this in perspective, where is the UN (or the prior League of Nations or other world leadership) when it comes to the hosts of genocides and ethnic cleansing estimates at below: (and this list doesn’t even include the horrifying death tolls from the countless unjust wars, dictatorships, political unrest, purges, repressions and slavery):

Nazi Holocaust 11.0M

Ukraine 4.6M

Cambodia 2.1M

Bangladesh 1.7M

Armenia 1.1M

Rwanda 1.2M

Indian Partition .6M

Syria .5M

Greek .5M

Brazil .4M

Croatia .4M

Darfur .3M

Cambodia .2M

Pogroms .1M

It seems like the United Nations, if in the habit of shameful occupation name-calling and prejudiced resolutions, has missed the boat on millions being slaughtered and occupied around the world. 

Maybe it’s time for the UN to stop picking on the minority, Jewish people (.2% of the world’s population and with the Holy Land state the size of New Jersey), and start dealing with the real big problems in this world or maybe they just can’t handle that. 

(Source Photo: here with attribution to United Nations)

Congressman Hank Johnson Infested With Hatred

Unfortunately, this is why Congress does not get the respect it deserves


Anti-Semites like Congressman Hank Johnson (Democrat-Georgia) are not only hateful and discriminatory, calling Israelis and Jews “termites.”


But Congressman Johnson actually questions whether Guam, an Island of 209 square miles (and U.S. territory in the Pacific with a strategic U.S. Naval Base), is going to “tip over and capsize” in the Ocean. 


It seems like Johnson has a huge issue with termites in terms of both calling people disgusting and derogatory names and thinking an entire Island–almost twice the size of the city of Atlanta–is going to capsize, as if from a big problem of termites.  


This just demonstrates how being hateful and dumb truly go together!


What a disgrace on our esteemed Congress of this great country of the United States of America. 


No wonder the big problems of this country are not getting appropriately addressed and solved, there are too many people on the Hill infested with horrible hate in their hearts and minds. 😉