Hashem Has A Plan

Sometimes things in life can look very dark. 


In every generation, “they come against us.”


But the Holy One Blessed Be He watches over his children. 


He neither slumbers nor sleeps. 


When the wicked arise in arrogance and evil to hurt us, we must turn to the One Above.


“I will not fear, because G-d is with me.”


Only He directs the course of the world.


Only He determines who will succeed and who will fail. 


The evildoers plot their sinister ways.


But G-d sees and hears, and will disturb their evil intentions.


G-d, my soul crieth out to you in the times of my trouble and affliction.


My mouth begs you for your mercy and your just and swift hand. 


Please G-d intervene and thwart the evil plans of those that hate you and your children and seek them harm. 


L-rd arise. L-rd arise. 


L-rd save us. L-rd save us. 


L-rd make us successful.  L-rd make us successful. 


Vanguish our enemies and let your faithful servants prevail. 


Make G-d turn his fiery and his sword on the enemies of His children.


May He exact ultimate vengeance and bring great discomfort, torment, and travail upon those with evil intentions and doings.


L-rd hear my cries, and swoop down from your Heavenly palace and save your people.


And the evil will be eradicated and the L-rd will bring final justice. 


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

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Always An Evil Cersei

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So Games of Thrones session 7 was fantastic!


And the evil ruler of Westeros in King’s Landing, Cersei Lannister, never ceases to amaze in her deviousness and wrongdoing. 


There is a great existential threat to the 7 Kingdoms as 100,000 strong army of White Walkers and a zombie dragon (as Air Force) invades from beyond the wall in the far north.


And while Jon Snow (King of the North) and Daenerys Targaryen (Queen heir to the 7 Kingdoms) unites to fight them, Cersei seeks to win it all for herself. 


Cersei gives her word to join them with her armies in the fight against the invaders, but instead she backtracks and plans to conquer them from the south as they faceoff with the enemy to the north. 


This is the classic treachery of getting the upper hand and working to divide and conquer. 


As the Queen of Evil, Cersei will torture and kill anyone in her path to power, even threatening her own brother and incest partner, Ser Jaime, so turning on her competition to the Iron Throne is just a walk in the park for her. 


Unfortunately, this is really a tale of everyday life…where people band together to fight big enemies that threaten us–whether from violence, poverty, or illness–and someone always uses the war of the day as an opportunity to benefit themselves. 


Whether it’s arms trafficking, human smuggling, drug profiteering, intellectual property theft, money laundering or someone else trying to get rich, famous, and powerful by exploiting an opening for themselves, there is always a Cersei! 


Cerseis are people that don’t care about solving large institutional or global problems–but instead are selfish and seek to capitalize on them.


While the White Walkers invade, Cersei is counting bodies of her enemies fending them off, while she seeks to take over once the battlefield is full of everyone else’s corpses. 


Cerseis are people you know at work, school, in the community and in politics…they take when others give, and they don’t give back in return, because they want what everyone else has and works for, and that is how they win the Game of Thrones in everyday life.


How do you stop the Cerseis of the world–anyone got some Dragonglass? 😉


(Source Photo: here with attribution to HBO via the New York Times)

The Bully Pulpit

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So I took this photo in the Renwick Gallery.


I believe it is called, “Apocalypse.”


And the miserable misanthrope evil-doers are riding in on their fiery mule to lie, murder, and destroy.


Perhaps what’s not so bad in-and-of itself is to have to face many of life’s challenges and work hard to overcome them.


But what is unconscionable these-days is that we are being often and repeatedly lied to and manipulated.


No longer is the truth and good seemingly on top of the agenda, but rather the script of normalcy and calm is paramount. 


Thus, rather than passion and piloting, we get a lot of spin, exaggeration, manipulation, and some could say outright lies, for example: 


– The “health of the economy” (anyone look at our runaway national debt register or grossly widening economic inequality lately)


– The “security of our nation” (anyone believe that Iran or North Korea are standing down their WMD programs)


– That ISIS is on the run and terrorism is waning (anyone really think San Bernardino or Fort Hood was “workplace violence”)


– The success of the nation’s newest healthcare program (anyone believe that the public “Affordable Care” insurance is giving healthy coverage at great prices)


– The absence of bigotry and discrimination (anyone think that racism isn’t so bad with killings over taillights and at “peaceful” protests)


– The transparency of our government (anyone look at the statements of the FBI versus the former first lady). 


And doesn’t the list goes on and on. 


Listen, we all make mistakes, including leaders, but creating a false narrative for the “stupid” public and media “echo chamber” is beyond immoral–it literally breaks the compass. 


Civilized society and any vestige of positive relationships therein is built of trust and communication, but when these are simply tools to fool the coined dumb-a*s people, rather than lead them, then we are listening only to evildoers on a bully pulpit. 


Maybe that’s why nearly 70% think we’re headed in the wrong direction…because look at the absence of integrity leading the pack. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)