18 thoughts on “News/Politics 11-29-16

  1. It was mentioned on yesterday’s thread about the high rate of drug abuse and divorce in the “Rust Belt” or flyover Red states. Well what do people who have lost hope do? They turn to something to numb the pain. It is no big shock to anyone that there might be a high rate of drug abuse and alcohol abuse…it’s called self medicating.
    As for the high rate of divorce? No big shock there either. One of the major contributors to divorce is money or the lack thereof. A man can’t support his family. Either his long suffering wife makes him feel like less of a man because she steps up to carry the burden or she turns into a shrew.
    These idiots still don’t get it. No, it wasn’t fair but a white man generally had an expectation that he could support his family and retire comfortably. Now he has lost it.
    We are headed for even more chaos and no one is willing to stop and listen to the other side. The “right” is tired of being talked over and down to and has turned passive aggressive and the “left” can’t hear anyone else over their own voice.

    I am sick of the politics we have going on right now. I keep promising myself I won’t participate in the conversation/argument but then I find myself doing just that.

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  2. And so very interesting the truly progressive states like Colorado, California and Washington, among others, legalized marijuana. I guess our little Utopia isn’t as perfect as people think it is.

    We lived for four years in an area commonly referred to as “the Emerald triangle,” here in Northern California because of all the marijuana growing that goes on. The illegal marijuana growers have taken to public and private land way off the roads to grow their crops. Two years ago, at the height of drought, they DRAINED the Eel River dry. The very river the conservationist have spent the last two decades filling with migrating salmon.

    I haven’t heard if they got any salmon spawning in the river this year. It’s a big river.

    But the real crisis–you would think someone would have commented on the ecological crises other than the poor ranchers who have been held up by illegal growing on their own back property–is how the teenagers in the two have been destroyed.

    The dropout rate from high school when we lived there was 33%. It has soared since then, according to a teacher friend, but it’s hard to imagine how high it is now. One thing is clear, the students have lost any work ethic over the availability of easy money through the marijuana trade. You can earn $10K for a summer of camping/guarding one of those marijuana patches.

    I tried to explain this to one of my relatives, who didn’t blink an eye–though in the past I’m sure he would have at the destruction of the kids–and talked about the money aspect. You know, taxes and controlling it.

    When I mentioned what a mess Colorado has caused the states around it, it didn’t seem to bother him at all.

    Tragic.

    Sometimes I pick up the paper and pretend it’s all new to me–that I’m no longer the frog in the warming water. Or, I pretend I’m the parents of my foreign exchange student (I thought of this when we had one). What do you make of the sociological CHAOS in our country? The murder rate in Chicago, the rampant use of drugs, the opiates mess, families breaking up and the ugliness of what people say in public.

    Sometimes I feel like the angel Clarence in It’s a Wonderful Life, almost bewildered by the horrors of the town, yet ever hopeful he point George Bailey back to truth and goodness for the love of his family and friends.

    Yikes, I’m a downer today.

    When you look at the world through a macro lens, it’s easy to overlook the problems until they are enormous. When you look at it through the lens of the individual–which as a believer, I’m called to do–you can see the sin and the resulting despair very easily.

    Bind up the broken hearted wounds. Love justice and mercy–for all–walk humbling with your God and love your neighbors as yourself. I’m trusting in the Lord my God, not the chariots of power and might currently dominating the world.

    I’m also teaching on 1 John 5:13-21 this morning–which is all about trusting God while living in Satan’s world. Join me at 9:30. 🙂

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  3. “Sometimes I feel like the angel Clarence in It’s a Wonderful Life, almost bewildered by the horrors of the town, yet ever hopeful he point George Bailey back to truth and goodness for the love of his family and friends”

    Great image

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  4. Regardless on all those nonsense statistics, it is the red states that carry the blue areas. When someone in red wants to buy a stock or save some money. The transaction is in a blue area. The blue gets it food and energy from the red.
    The red is carrying the blue and we’re fed up with it.

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  5. I have often told my children, in addition to telling them that normal is not all it is cracked up to be, that diplomas and degrees are not the point. It is the ability to think and work and respect people that will get them through. And I strongly encourage looking into life with Christ.

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  6. We have a pretty good mix here of folks who voted for Trump, and those who for various reasons, did not. So I’d like to hear what ya’ll think of his cabinet selections thus far.

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/factbox-meet-trumps-picks-to-fill-top-cabinet-posts/ar-AAkG0Ce?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U452DHP#page=1

    Keep in mind that Price has now been named for DHS. Also, Romney hasn’t been chosen yet, so he’s not on the list. Personally I’d rather see Bolton as Sec. of State than Romney. I’d send him packin’, and tell him to take his plant McMuffin with him. But that’s just me I guess…… 😆

    But if reconciliation of the party is the end game, I guess I could live with it.

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  7. Why do I have the feeling this won’t end well?

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/veterans-to-serve-as-%E2%80%98human-shields%E2%80%99-for-dakota-pipeline-protesters/ar-AAkTOnE?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=U452DHP

    “As many as 2,000 veterans planned to gather next week at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to serve as “human shields” for protesters who have for months clashed with the police over the construction of an oil pipeline, organizers said.

    The effort, called Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, is planned as a nonviolent intervention to defend the demonstrators from what the group calls “assault and intimidation at the hands of the militarized police force.”

    Opponents of the 1,170-mile Dakota Access Pipeline have gathered for months at the Oceti Sakowin camp, about 40 miles south of Bismarck. The Standing Rock Sioux and other Native American tribes fear the pipeline could pollute the Missouri River and harm sacred cultural lands and tribal burial grounds.”

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  8. What has happened to us? The South isn’t used to dealing with wildfires like the other areas of the country. I was just reading on Yahoo about the fires in Tennessee and how many buildings have burned in Gatlinburg (rest assured the insurance company has some sort of clause in the policy so they won’t have to pay out) but the comments were the worst. “They are a state of deplorables let them burn” “They voted for the Big Orange they should burn” Our politics are not supposed to spill over to being non-compassionate to our fellow man. I am afraid we are headed for a revolution of some type whether it is race or class. I am afraid it is going to get really ugly.

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  9. Things got ugly for my daughter on Facebook when she reposted something she’d seen on Instagram after the election. What was intended to be a peace-making kind of gesture, encouraging everyone to get along, whatever your feelings about who won, continuing to love on the people you love, no matter how they voted…etc…

    …turned one of my daughter’s former coworkers, a liberal with no tolerance for any views opposed to her own, into a raging shrew over the repost. My daughter never said anything about who she voted for (and it wasn’t Trump), but the former coworker, and then some of that person’s emboldened friends, jumped on my daughter, attacking her for the repost, saying vicious things not only about Trump voters, but also telling her that anyone who does not refuse to speak to their Trump-voting relatives is part of the problem.

    Wow. Disown your family, or you’re part of the problem. Daughter’s boyfriend, and also my sister-in-law, stepped in to defend my daughter, I heard (I’m not on FB), and daughter has unfriended that woman.

    I am amazed at that level of vitriol — though I suppose I shouldn’t be — that could lead to a person who is only trying to be a peacemaker, focusing on what unites rather than what divides, getting raked across the coals like she was.

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  10. Kim, That sort, mocking of red state disaster victims, is pretty common on Huff Po. You don’t see it as often. I suspect that they are deleting a lot of the worse comments. Sometimes there are like 200 comments and when you go back there are only about 60.

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