Politics

#Ivanka US Ambassador – #Nepotism

What does the US Ambassador do…

An ambassador serves as a personal representative of the President of the United States. Stationed in a foreign country, this position runs a U.S. Embassy that’s typically located in the capital city. Strong communication skills, an understanding of governmental relations and the ability to manage complex situations is essential for this job. Often, an ambassador is called upon to provide advice and information about the political climate and happenings in their assigned country. Similarly, an ambassador represents the United States’ standpoint on policy and all issues related to American interests. Supervising and protecting embassy employees is an important part of this job. Vigilance about national security and terrorism is of critical interest to a U.S. ambassador. At all times, an ambassador must be a role model for the United States and exhibit behavior befitting of a national diplomat.

Does Ivanka have experience as an ambassador, can she manage complex situations, does she have current knowledge of customs of  other countries and political expertise? 

Becoming an ambassador requires several years of experience along with extensive political connections. A track record of humanitarian work, alignment with a political party and working for a governmental agency are some of the key steps to becoming considered for this position.

Ivana Marie  born October 30, 1981 is an American businesswoman, fashion designer, author and reality television personality. She is the daughter of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, and former model Ivana Trump. Ivanka is her father’s senior advisor and is also the first Jewish member of a First Family, having converted before marrying her Jewish husband, Jared Kushner.

What if Ivanka has trouble with a person or country – what will her father do?  Remember the tweet about Nordstroms – “My daughter Ivanka has been treated so unfairly by @Nordstrom. She is a great person – always pushing me to do the right thing! Terrible!” Will he go after those that disagree with her on Twitter?

Let’s not forget about that New York law suit – New York state’s attorney general is accusing the four Trumps of violating not just norms but laws. It says their foundation made payments that were “unlawful because they benefited Mr. Trump or businesses he controls.”

Oh and another thing I’m concerned about – Nepotism

Remember the bilateral meeting between Trump and British prime minister when he asked Ivanka to briefly take his place at the conference table between Prime Minister May and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping. It’s not abnormal for a delegate to take the seat of a world leader at such an event. But when a conference aide tweeted a photo of Ivanka at the table, Twitter reacted with disdain at the clear nepotism, a response Ivanka must be getting used to. “This is strange,” noted Michael Mc-Faul, the U.S. ambassador to Russia under Barack Obama. “Very strange.” Even among some Trump loyalists, the breach of protocol was too much. “Excuse me,” said one former Trump adviser. “This is not a royal family, and she’s not the princess royal.” (In fact, “princess royal” is a term that some West Wing advisers apply to her, though never to her face.)

What is the big deal about self-dealing?

All nonprofits, including the Donald J. Trump Foundation, pay no taxes on income, earnings or assets. This exemption is made in exchange for their mission to serve the public good.

I’m not sure about Ivanka’s resume – is she capable of fulfilling such a tall order?

What are your thoughts.

 

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The #Playground & #Redemption

I went in the playground to have some fun with friends and sometimes I went alone;

I met some new friends and saw some old ones;

I got on some of the rides, they seemed to be so much fun;

Then the clouds rolled in and I was blinded;

I slid off the slide and fell;

I was thrown midair from the swings;

I got dizzy on the whirl-around and lost my balance;

I was drowning in a sand-box that was only 1 feet high;

The horse went crazy on the rocking horse – I was jolted to the otherside of the playground;

I tried to run out but the gate was closed;

Have you ever been saved by Grace and backslid?  It’s like going into Satan’s playground full of fun and amazing things until they break and/or they break you?

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

 

I was lost, but now I’m found…

Addiction, Bible, Purpose, Spirituality

#Spring #Cleaning

When it comes to organizing your home, Spring is not the only time of year  when you should declutter your home – in fact, if you want to keep your property tidied and clean, you should put things in order daily.

But who has the time and motivation to organize their home every single day? Unless you are a  clean or neat-freak, you won’t find it necessary to straighten out your property on a daily basis. Nevertheless, to declutter is important – if not on a daily basis, then at least on a weekly basis. Because clutter is not only ugly – it can seriously damage your health, too – both your physical and mental and spiritual health.

If you live in cluttered placed, you’ll may be less motivated, you may have higher anxiety levels and you may become easily irritated. That’s not all – clutter can even lead to depression and of course, bacteria and germs love clutter and dirt –that’s why those who live in dirty places are 10 times more likely to become ill  than those who live in clean homes.

Now that you know cleaning is mandatory, and decluttering is really important, let’s set some rules. In essence, to declutter means to get rid of the things you no longer find useful. You can do that in two ways – either you can reuse the things you no longer find useful and turn them into something useful, or you can simply throw those stuff away – or donate them.

What can you reuse?

You don’t need to throw away everything you no longer need. A lot of your stuff can be reused, or they can be turned into irreplaceable possessions once again.  You can reuse any glass object – any jar you don’t use can be turned into an adorable candle holder, or you can store your dry goods or your construction tools in these reusable glass jars.

You can also reuse your old clothes. Throwing away a stained blouse is not your only option – in fact, you can use your old/ripped/stained shirts to make a new shirt artfully add more stains. Your old towels can be recycled, too – you can turn your old towels into handy washcloths.

And that’s not all – you can also recycle your broken china and turn it into art.  Try gluing pieces of a broken plate to your  flowerpots and make them stand out, or you can add them as an ornament to a coffee table and even make a chandelier from your broken glasses.   So, go ahead break a few plates and glasses and turn them into beautiful items your home needs.

What about items you can’t see or touch?

There’s another aspect of house-cleaning that involves the removal of things that will make you sick and your home smell something awful.  These items show up not through your window or from old garbage in the bin, but through our behavior and sometimes those we come in contact with.  You will know you have been contaminated because you will be angry all the time, never feel satisfied, need human validation all the time, sometimes your voice will  sound like light funny sarcasm – but it will most assuredly sting the hearer.  You’ll know  your home has been invaded because there will be an unidentifiable odor of stench that bleach, and vinegar won’t be able to clear or mask.  Even bugs yes bugs, may appear out of the blue for no reason.  If you have observed some of the signs and symptoms know this – this dirt stems from sin.  Are you involved with drugs or  over indulgence in alcohol, are involved with someone’s husband or wife, are you engaging in sex with multiple partners, do you spend more time on social media than reading positive messages that are healing to you and your family, maybe you pretend you’re ok as you imitate other happy folk, do you now detest your best friend for no real reason?  Don’t be fooled either thinking attending church once a week will do it or praying when you find yourself backed up against the wall or when things go wrong, this kind of cleaning requires us to really understand that we have  no control – we must surrender all our ugly ways to God, our unforgiveness, our standoff-ness, our unwillingness to let things go, our inability to believe that our carnal way of dealing with a situation is  better than your way, my pastor is the greatest thing since sliced bread, stop believing that since we know everything about the Word we can now fix you.  Are you self-centered and unforgiving, perhaps you forgive and then say to yourself, “…but I won’t forget…”  If so, then there may be a lil’ sin in your life and if you are like me and countless others, you may find that Spring cleaning in this area is not something we can get away with once a year or once a month, but this housecleaning must occur daily.

 

Let the declutter begin.

 

 

 

Addiction, Black Lives Matter, Faith, Judging, Law Enforcement, Prison Reform, Redemption

#KennethFoster #Deathrow #Inmate – A Story of #Redemption

Death Row and Redemption – Kenneth Foster Jr

One night in August of 1996, four black men were arrested in connection to the shooting of Michael Lahood Jr., a white 26-year-old San Antonio law student. They were also found guilty of two robberies that took place hours before the event that changed many lives forever.

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Addiction, Faith, Mental Health, Purpose, Reading, Salvation, Social Injustice, Spirituality, The Bus

#MorningMeditationForYourSoul

Losing my sanity

Good morning folks, apparently I got quite a bit side-tracked from my #journeytofreedom and let the cares of this world deter me from my purpose.

I got caught up in Trumpism, the Mueller Investigation, Lies, Russia, Racism, Police Brutality Against Black Folk, Injustices in the Government, Rand, Giuliani, Pirro and yes even #FakeNews.  I was researching other stories that would show every supporter in a negative light (hmmm who was I following for – surely not God]  I got physically tired and overwhelmed with responding verbally to every #Tweet and #FacebookPost…. until I had a [moment of clarity] and realized I was fighting a #battle that was not mine – if I believe in the messages from God in that #Book.

 

I decided to unplug for a day of rest and feed myself with positive and uplifting messages – soon, the clarity returned.  So I’m here to testify that it only takes one day in some situations for God to move and turn-it-around!! I’m determined more than ever to stay on track.

How did you get off track and how did you return to #sanity?

 

Black Lives Matter, Journalist, News, Politics

#PasswordProtected #News #RolandMartin #

What is it when you are required to enter a password to read the news and there are no options to create or retrieve a #password @NewsOne. Roland Martin what’s up with that, what about our young children that somehow stumble across this topic – maybe doing a research paper or just want to see what’s going on as a first timer and the article is password protected – it’s News man – not a social media post about someone you hated in middle school!

Veterans

#Veteran Friendly

                                 As a former Marine I’m taking the opportunity to let folk know if an establishment is Veteran friendly or not.  If you know of a business this is Veteran friendly or is not let me know and I will add it to my list (currently in review) for distribution.

For Example

Veteran Friendly – For example Howard K. Hill Funeral Services provides  Veterans Services

Non-Friendly Veteran The Residences on Bedford does not accept applications from women Veterans that have been homeless.

 

 

 

Addiction, Healthcare, Mental Health, Veterans

#MentalHealth and #Alcohol

President Trump selects Jake Leinenkugel to lead VA commission focused on Veterans’ mental health treatment

[Well that nice but did you know – In cases where a person has a genetic predisposition to alcohol, underlying emotional or psychological issues can easily become a driving force behind excess alcohol consumption. While drinkers may not start out with a full-blown psychological disorder, alcohol’s effects on the brain can cause psychological dysfunction to develop. Unfortunately, mental illness caused by alcohol abuse is a common occurrence. According to the Medical University of South Carolina, nearly 40 percent of alcoholics suffer from one or more psychological disorders.]

Today the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that President Donald J. Trump has selected former VA White House Senior Advisor Thomas “Jake” Leinenkugel to lead a key commission focused on the department’s mental health care programs.

“Jake is a veteran; two of his children are veterans. He certainly knows first hand the challenges and opportunities men and women who leave the military face,” Dick Leinenkugel said Monday. “This will allow him to impact the policies that will impact veterans.”

“Jake has been an ambassador for change at VA, working to implement President Trump’s policies throughout the department over the past year and a half,” said Acting VA Secretary Peter O’Rourke. “As leader of this important new commission, Jake will continue to advocate for better care and services for his fellow Veterans.”

At VA, Leinenkugel has been instrumental in the creation of the department’s “ChooseVA” branding campaign and the implementation of November’s National Veterans and Military Families Month. He has also worked to promote VA’s efforts to reduce Veteran suicides.

Lastly – Leinenkugel’s #brewery in Chippewa Falls was built over natural springs in 1867 but now uses about 70 million gallons of water a year from the city. In the past eight years, the brewery has spent more than $12 million on improvements that, said Jake Leinenkugel, the brewery’s president. The company is also donating $500,000 to help preserve wetlands in Chippewa County.

That’s right the man overseeing the Mental Health of #Veterans owns a brewery!