Thanks to all my FB friends who wished me a happy birthday and a special thanks to those who had the Баня and party for me. Also, I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Easter day remembering the real meaning Easter. It’s not just about bunnies and eggs, but they do add to the fun. Easter is the time of year for rebirth, new flowers, getting out the lawn mower, etc, but it’s about Jesus dying and rising again for us. Cheers.
It’s time to say goodbye.
So, “Goodbye 2014.” I hope that year 2015 will bring a re-birth of faith, hope, charity, trust, patience, tolerance, security and maybe even peace and happiness to our lives and society.
The past year, 2014, has certainly not been a happiest year to remember. Severe drought in California, floods in the Midwest, ebola cases a threat in USA, the tragic killings in Ferguson, Mo and New York and the resulting mob violence and destruction. And finally, proof that our president and his administration lied about the attack on our Embassy in Benghazi and still continues to lie about this and several other issues. Then there is the threat of a Solar EMT, or worse yet, the threat of an enemy produced EMT, which could wipe out most electronic devices, shut-down our power grids, and effectively cause chaos and set us back years or decades and the chaos could be fatal to many. It is not a matter of if, but of when. We are not prepared and we should be.
I pray that we trade in “common-core” for “common-sense” and realize that “one shoe doesn’t fit all.” All people are NOT equal, even though we supposedly have “equal rights.” We do NOT all have equally developed physical and mental capabilities. The government can’t legislate immediate changes to what evolution has taken millions of years to create. Until we recognize that people ARE different and need to be educated accordingly, there will continue to be those who are left behind as well as those who are held back from excelling. If we did not insist that all elementary school children have the latest in computer technology, then they just might learn the basics of mathematics, writing, thinking and problem solving and we would save billions of dollars in educational cost… and our children would be better prepared for high school, college and career for life.
I hope that we will remember that slavery in any form is wrong, yet rid ourselves of the shame that our great-great-great grandfathers may have had slaves 150, 200 or 300 years ago. We now know that that slavery was wrong. We don’t have slaves anymore, although it still practiced in places in Africa and the Middle East. Our ancestors used to “bleed the bad blood” from a person with difficult to cure ailments….we don’t do that anymore. Physicians used to perform lobotomies on people with mental disorders….we don’t do that anymore. People even burned witches at the stake, old women whom others didn’t understand…we don’t do this anymore. We don’t have slaves anymore…so why can’t we Americans learn to live peacefully together and not be divided by past history that ended 150 years ago. Why must democrats hate republicans for slavery. Remember, it was primarily democrats who owned slaves and it was a republican president who freed the slaves. Why can’t we just accept that as past history and move on? We don’t need to forget it, but we don’t have to be obsessed by it and let it continue to divide and destroy us.
Oh yeah… let’s don’t forget about the election. Enough people have now become un-trusting and disenchanted with the Obama Administration and the way things are going… and realize where things are going, that Republicans won in the House and now control both houses of Congress. This is good… and this is bad. Good, because Republicans are more likely to resist spending money we don’t have and reducing regulations and the size of government, but bad, because if they don’t promptly get their act together and perform miraculously (which is doubtful), Democrats will take back control of the House and Senate and eventually all three branches of government, and we will continue to spend what we don’t have. YOU can’t do that, (unless you on the dole of course) so why should we expect our government to be able to spend beyond our means and survive? Our national debt is now over $18 trillion* and our unfunded liabilities over $127 trillion*, which includes social security, medicare, medicaid, veterans benefits, etc. WOW! $18 trillion… $127 trillion… geeze… that’s almost real money.
There are now just over 320,000,000 people in the USA with an estimated population breakdown as follows: 162.5 million females, 157.5 million males; 210 mil White, 54 mil Hispanic, 45 mil Black,16 mil Asian and 3 mil Am Natives. Approximately 246 mil are Christian (169 m Protestant & 79 m Catholic), 8 mil Jewish, 7 mil Muslim, 5 mil Buddhist. 2 mil other and 50 mil unaffiliated. By age and/or employable status, the breakdown is about: 80 million young children and students; 50 million old and/or retired; and 190 million in the between school and retirement category. Of this 190 million, 160 million are able to work, 120 million* are actually employed and the other 30 million are not able to or have never worked. This means that the true unemployment is ~12.5% and in reality, it’s 22.5% when all non-working people who could work are included. It’s hard to understand the government’s claim of 6.7% unemployment until you realize that they only count those on unemployment, and that makes it “all better” somehow. Yeah…riiightt. 🙁
Now if you take the information from the two paragraphs above, you can see that if our current national debt is *$18 trillion and we have *160 million who can work, then each and everyone of those workers owes $112,500 as his/her part of the national debt and… $793,750 in future obligations. Now folks, does that give you some idea of the $#!+y situation we’re in? If you are not concerned… you should be! When other major countries in the World lose faith in the Petro Dollar and it loses it’s status as the World’s Reserve Currency, then the $#!+ will hit the fan and could result in tremendous inflation. The Stock Market Capitalization is now 2.33 times greater than it was at the start of the Great Depression. The Dollar is on a high now, but only because other currencies are worse off and we are more clever at hiding the facts.
But enough of this!! I do try to be a positive person. Heck, if I was an atomic particle, I think I would be a Proton… or maybe and Electron… or maybe a “Positron,” but they’re short lived, and I intend to hang around for awhile. So, I guess I’ll be a, hmmm…
So, Goodbye 2014… Hello 2015. In the next few days I will again publish my “Jeffress Annual Prophecy,” which has had an average accuracy of 72% over the past 5 years. Watch for it if you wish and believe it is you dare, but you’ll need to get your “PC” vaccination. 😉 Cheers and “Happy New Year.”
Thanksgiving unofficially started 393 years ago as (considered by many, Separatists & Savages) “Pilgrims and Native Americans” peacefully gathered to enjoy and give thanks for a successful crop year, plentiful food and their survival.
A brief History of “How Thanksgiving Started & Why We Celebrate It” is below:
In 1609 a group of Pilgrims left England for the religious freedom in Holland where they lived and prospered, however their children were becoming more like the Dutch than English, so the “Pilgrims” decided to leave Holland after getting financial support from English investors.
On Sept. 6, 1620 the Pilgrims set sail for the New World on a ship called the Mayflower. They sailed from Plymouth, England and aboard were 44 Pilgrims, who called themselves the “Saints”, and 66 others, whom the Pilgrims called the “Strangers.”
The long trip was cold and damp and took 65 days. The trip was difficult and many passengers became sick and one person died by the time land was sighted on November 10th. The long trip had led to many disagreements between the “Saints” and the “Strangers”. After land was sighted a meeting was held and an agreement was worked out, called the Mayflower Compact, which guaranteed equality and unified the two groups. They joined together and named themselves the “Pilgrims.” A landing party was sent ashore to locate a good area to settle and the Mayflower dropped anchor in mid to late November or early December and the Pilgrims settled in Patuxet, which is now called Plymouth, where the legendary Plymouth Rock can be found.
The first winter was devastating to the Pilgrims. The cold, snow and sleet was exceptionally heavy, interfering with the workers as they tried to construct their settlement. They also feared attack by the local Native American Indians, but the Patuxets were a peaceful group and did not attack. March brought warmer weather and the health of the Pilgrims improved, but many had died during the long winter. Of the 110 Pilgrims and crew who left England, less that 50 survived the first winter.
On March 16, 1621 , what was to become an important event took place, an Indian brave walked into the Plymouth settlement. The Pilgrims were frightened until the Indian called out “Welcome” (in English!).
His name was Samoset and he was an Abnaki Indian. He had learned English from the captains of fishing boats that had sailed off the coast. After staying the night Samoset left the next day. He soon returned with another Indian named Squanto who spoke better English than Samoset. Squanto told the Pilgrims of his voyages across the ocean and his visits to England and Spain. It was in England where he had learned English.
Squanto’s importance to the Pilgrims was enormous and it can be said that they would not have survived without his help. It was Squanto who taught the Pilgrims how to tap the maple trees for sap. He taught them which plants were poisonous and which had medicinal powers. He taught them how to plant the Indian corn by heaping the earth into low mounds with several seeds and fish in each mound. The decaying fish fertilized the corn. He also taught them to plant other crops with the corn, and also, to hunt and trap turkeys. Today, the Turkey, which helped save the Pilgrims, is our symbol of Thanksgiving.
The harvest in October was very successful and the Pilgrims found themselves with enough food to put away for the winter. There was corn, fruits and vegetables, fish to be packed in salt, and meat to be cured over smoky fires.
The Pilgrims had much to celebrate, they had built homes in the wilderness, they had raised enough crops to keep them alive during the long coming winter, they were at peace with their Indian neighbors. They had beaten the odds and it was time to celebrate.
The Pilgrim Governor William Bradford proclaimed a day of thanksgiving to be shared by all the colonists and the neighboring Native Americans. They invited Squanto and the other Indians to join them in their celebration. Their chief, Massasoit, and 90 braves came to the celebration which lasted for 3 days. They played games, ran races, marched and played drums. The Indians demonstrated their skills with the bow and arrow and the Pilgrims demonstrated their musket skills. Exactly when the festival took place is uncertain, but it is believed the celebration took place in mid-October.
The following year the Pilgrims harvest was not as bountiful, as they were still unused to growing the corn. During the year they had also shared their stored food with newcomers and the Pilgrims ran short of food and several more died.
The 3rd year brought a spring and summer that was hot and dry with the crops dying in the fields. Governor Bradford ordered a day of fasting and prayer, and it was soon thereafter that the rain came. To celebrate – November 29th of that year was proclaimed a day of thanksgiving. This date is believed to be the real true beginning of the present day Thanksgiving Day. Side Note: When I was asked to explain our Thanksgiving tradition while I worked in Siberia, I told our group who threw a party for us Americans, about how this holiday got started, as described above. I also told them, that in the year 1623, The Jeffress Clan arrived from Scotland & Wales, and that America has prospered from that time on, or at least most of the time. 🙂
The custom of an annually celebrated thanksgiving, held after the harvest, continued through the years. During the American Revolution (late 1770’s) a day of national thanksgiving was suggested by the Continental Congress. In 1863 President Abraham Lincoln appointed a national day of thanksgiving. Since then each president has issued a Thanksgiving Day proclamation, usually designating the fourth Thursday of each November as the holiday. Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving day in mid-October.
Happy Thanksgiving and remember how it started and give thanks for what you have and need, and not just what you want.
Happy 4th of July Independence Day
Happy Independence Birthday America. May you survive to celebrate many more. Since our Founding Fathers declared independence 238 years ago, two-thirds of a million soldiers have giving their lives fighting for our Freedoms including nearly three thousand in the past six years. May we respect, preserve and fight for our freedoms and never lackadaisically or stupidly lose them even for the benefit of a vocal minority or a self-serving political agenda.
Our Freedom is our ability to do… to act, think, speak and write as we wish within the constraints of our Liberty, as defined by our social, religious and governmental structures. As our Nation gets older, more populous and diverse, “We the People,” particularly our younger population, tends to take our independence… our liberties for granted and not realize how privileged we are to live in the Land of the Free, even though or liberties are now being eroded. We should all realize that our freedoms must be respected, maintained and even fought for if our independence is to be preserved for us and our future generations, and these principles and pride should be instilled in all, both at home and in schools if the United States is to enjoy the freedoms that we have had in the past.
The Unites States is truly a “melting pot,” with over 98% of our population descendants from other countries over the past two centuries. But the right of residency and citizenship must be patiently and legally earned and not stolen by invaders encouraged by despots eager to change our Nation to a more easily controlled, government-dependent, self-serving society.
My father, God rest his soul, was a very smart, hard working farmer, and he used to say: “If you have a section of land, plenty of water, pasture and facilities and you have only 20 cattle, you can bring in some more. But, when your pasture is full and resources are over-burdened, then you’d better take care of those you have before you bring in any more.” Our leaders would be wise to use that advise and not endanger the whole population, including the newcomers, for the purpose of advancing their own political agenda.
But I digress: The main purpose for this post, is to wish all of you who read this and follow this website, a Happy, wonderful and safe Independence Day… Happy 4th of July, 2014, from the Jeffress group.
An Ode to Our Flag, Flag Day, 2014
Stand tall. Fly high my friend. I have looked up to you all of my life. My father, my mother are gone. Friends I met when I was a young child, gone. But, you are still here. You have been here since the birth of our nation. You have earned a few more stars over the years and stood as the proud symbol of our Republic… one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
We are proud of you. We, the people, pledge to you, salute you and promise to defend you against all who defy, defame or desecrate you. Wave to me as I walk by you today and know that I am your friend, admirer and a patriot.
I hope that millions of people will raise you to fly high today and will read and share this post and show their pride and respect for our great nation which you symbolize. Stand tall and fly high today and always, for you are the flag of the United States of America.
HAPPY WOMEN’S DAY
Happy International Women’s Day today, 8 March 2014. May women everywhere be blessed today and everyday with peace, love and happiness and may you always have “enough.” May you not expect too much, now accept too little, but always have enough of everything to achieve the wonderful life you so much want and deserve.