Building Compassion

Now that the 2017 Great American Eclipse has been experienced and Hurricane Harvey has become another reality in our collective consciousness, I came across a timely website which I thought worth sharing!

Uplift is dedicated to bringing inspiring and original media aimed at co-creating a better world. They have some great articles that I think you will find interesting and inspiring.

Currently there is one by Dr. James Doty, “The Neuroscience of Compassion.” He states, “Many of us are in a constant state of stress and anxiety, reducing our capacity for compassion. Yet when we do behave compassionately, it has a powerful healing effect on our bodies.”

Another one is “Holistic Treatments For Autism,” among so many other worthy ones worth exploring!

http://upliftconnect.com

They are also presenting an online film premiere on Peace Day, September 21, entitled “Building Compassion” for which you can sign up. You can also get a free music download if you subscribe.

Do you have Compassion Fatigue? I know I’ve had to struggle with it between my animal rescues and daily onslaught of news about wars and disasters. Here’s a good youtube video to watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfIRq-hvYxchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfIRq-hvYxc

Really worth checking out, as we all need support and some compassion for ourselves as well! This website is meant to be a community of informative information to bring inspiration, light and healing to each other! Please share with others, and post any insights and offerings which will help us get emotionally and spiritually through these challenging times.

Lorrie 

Suffering-Consciousness

 

 

 

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The “Great American Eclipse” on Aug. 21, 2017! Change is coming…

Everyone is anticipating the upcoming Great American Eclipse with varying degrees of anticipation, excitement, fear, and speculation. A multitude of articles are being written by scientists and astrologers about the significance of this eclipse whose shadow divides the U.S. in half.

I am reposting the following article by astrologer Donna Woodwell entitled, “What Astrologers Know About Eclipses That You Don’t” because it is one of the most well-written ones I’ve come across! She gives a fabulous explanation of what eclipses are and the history of similar eclipses in the past history of the U.S….“The Great American Eclipse is part of Saros series 145. So, to get a sense of how August’s eclipse may play out, astrologers look to past events in the series.”

“This eclipse is the cosmic reflection of what we already know: We are at a crossroads in American history.”

She shows how astrology fits in very nicely with interpreting the meaning of the energy expressed within the eclipse and what changes we can expect it to bring to this country “…the location from which an eclipse is visible indicates the areas of the world ripe for changes in society, cultures or leadership” and—in particular—to the current president…”It’s all about The Donald!” Not to mention the next major eclipse which ties into this one on April 8, 2024…

I especially loved Donna’s educating us about “Remembering Eudaimonia.” I know you will find her article as fascinating as I have and most enlightening!!

I welcome any posts you may have to share regarding this extraordinary event which we know will be memorable in many ways, whether we experience it consciously or as a ho-hum event. May all change be for the highest and best good for us personally and collectively…

Blessings,

Lorrie

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Update about Pookie, the hospice kitty…

Here is an update about my little hospice kitty, Pookie. In it are lessons of why it’s important to strengthen our inner guidance and listen to that wee voice which is our Highest Self. In retrospect, I realize that I would have missed one of my life’s most rewarding moments had I not done so…

As many of you know, last August I felt a need to take a break from the shelter environment after seven years due to compassion fatigue and a feeling of futileness. In September, I officially resigned. I explored other opportunities and followed a recommendation by a former fellow shelter volunteer to a cat sanctuary dedicated to providing shelter and loving care for older felines made homeless due to the terminal illness, incapacitation or death of their owners.

Unbeknownst to me, in August they took in a cat whose owner had died and ended up at a local shelter. Pookie lost a potential adoption when her blood work revealed she was in end-stage renal failure, so Hearts That Purr came to the rescue and took her in to provide hospice care for what little time she had left.

Visiting one or twice a week, I ventured from room to room, visiting all the kitties, including Pookie, spending a little time with each. Some were more reserved while others enjoyed the attention. One day in early December, I happened to sit on the couch in the main room and Pookie climbed up to say hello, sat in my lap, looked at me with her beautiful green eyes, said her unique “Maa!” (more like a bark), and promptly fell into a deep relaxed sleep. She was usually rather restless, often caused by the kidney disease. I was so honored that she chose me for this little ceremony, that I sat like a frozen statue for about two hours!

This became our usual ritual, and I found myself visiting five days a week to sit with this sweet little girl. She was so engaging and vocal, and would greet me eagerly by joining me on the couch for our special time together every time she saw me. Needless to say, our bond became deeper over the ensuing months, as we would sit in quiet meditation with her on my lap or next to me curled up in my arm.

As I previously posted, Pookie gave me a safe space in which to open up my heart and heal. At times, I would envision a man lying in a bed with breathing tubes. I also noticed that whenever I coughed, Pookie would look up even from a deep sleep with a concerned look and bark her “Maa” in an inquisitive manner, as if to say “Are you okay?”

A few weeks ago, I began seeing slight changes that indicated she was starting to decline. I told someone there that I felt there was someone waiting for her. Earlier this week, we discussed whether it was time, as we feared her going alone and afraid rather than in a peaceful manner. As I prayed and meditated on the situation, I was impressed that there was peace, love and light around the decision. I also sensed that the man who had died, whose name I couldn’t quite capture but knew it had three letters, has not been at peace because of his concern for Pookie and he was waiting for her.

I told this to the other caregivers and we agreed that it was time to let her go peacefully. She passed while I was holding her, surrounded by those of us who loved her for these past eleven months, much longer than we ever anticipated!

The following posts fill out Pookie’s story in more detail, filling in the blanks. I was comforted to learn that my impressions were confirmed and that this most deserving little kitty was going home to someone who really had loved her.

I feel privileged that I played a big part in her story! I believe we were fated to meet and heal each other’s hearts. I’m so happy I “listened” to my wee voice which serendipitously guided me to her and this organization at the very same time she arrived, where we could quietly pass our days together. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss this wonderfully loving experience!

Hearts That Purr Feline Guardians, Tucson, AZ: 

“Yesterday, with great sadness, we said good-bye to Pookie. Almost a year ago, we rescued her from PACC. She wound up there after her owner died and the friend who promised to care for her, didn’t. At PACC, it was discovered that Pookie had renal failure and she was scheduled to be euthanized. We took her in, knowing it was for hospice care, but we never dreamed she’d be with us for almost a year!…’

“Pookie had such a will to live and everyone loved her. She was not shy and alway…s had something to say, but over the past few weeks we knew her little body was fading and the time to set her spirit free was getting near. It’s always hard for everyone here to come to love a kitty and then have to say good-bye, but our volunteers have the biggest and strongest hearts. We want to especially express our gratitude for all the love and time dedicated to Pookie by our volunteer, Lorrie. We have no doubt that her love for Pookie helped this chatty, little calico have a good life far longer than anyone ever imagined. When it was time, Pookie passed peacefully in the arms of her devoted friend, Lorrie.’

“We’re sure Pookie’s dad, who loved her very much before he died, was patiently waiting for her on the other side, and that thought will always make us smile. Good-bye Pookie! You will always be a part of our Hearts That Purr family!”

Yesterday, with great sadness, we said good-bye to Pookie. Almost a year ago, we rescued her from PACC. She wound up there after her owner died and the friend who promised to care for her, didn’t. At…

Here is the link to their Website where you can read about the importance of planning for the ongoing care of our beloved pets should we no longer be able to do so…https://www.heartsthatpurr.org/

Posted on FB by daughter of friend after HTP adopted Pookie:

“First of all thank you for taking Pookie. She lived with my mother for awhile after her owner Lou begged us to foster her before he died of stage four lung cancer. Lou was an older gentleman and a veteran whose adult children moved away so his only company was Pookie. She is very male oriented and loves to sit on peoples’ laps and watch TV. She is super talkative and sassy….She would do fine with a smoker since Lou smoked heavily and I’m pretty sure the cat is nicotine addicted…She likes chasing lasers and was an indoor only cat. She is a good hunter and loves catching bugs and rodents that might wiggle their way into the house though. She will tell her human when it is time for bed and insistently herd them to the bedroom for snuggles…She is so sweet and sassy, she was lucky you saw her.”

Posted by the same person in response to the above FB post by HTP:

“I am sure Pookie has been reunited with her old owner Lou. Lou’s last wish before passing of lung cancer was that Pookie be given the chance at life that he was going to lose. He didn’t want to see her put down simply because he wasn’t healthy enough to live. Lou had asked his co-manager at work to look after Pookie, Lou was long divorced, estranged from his children, and had no friends except for this sassy little calico and the people he worked with. I spent some time fostering Pookie with my family after things didn’t go as planned for her, she loved to use our dog as a pillow. Unfortunately I moved and had to say goodbye to this sweet girl in favor of leaving her with her snuggle buddy for the time being and before my mother had to give up fostering her due to personal medical issues, I never thought she would wind up at PACC and am so thankful that Hearts that Purr gave Pookie a beautiful ending to a very sad story.”

 

~ In Loving Memory of Pookie ~


 

Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2017We the People

As someone who strongly believes in the right of each and every being to autonomy over their own life, I cherish freedom. I also recognize that in order to have autonomy, it should not impede the autonomy of another person or else we violate their rights of equality. We have to ask ourselves, does my right for my own being infringe on someone else’s right? Where does independence have to give way to compromise for the higher good of all concerned?

The principles upon which our country was founded were visionary, but in reality, we see so much wrong with our present-day society. We are brought up believing in equal rights and justice for all, my country right or wrong, and desire to continue in those beliefs even though we often see inequality and injustice, and often perceived wrong action by our government.

Daily we hear politicians misspeak our Founding Fathers and governing documents, and condemn our government for its actions. Too much government! Not enough regulation! Extremist views holding our country hostage from moving forward. Our way is best! You are wrong and we are right! My ideology is superior to your ideology! We are drowning in a cacophony of voices, and no one is hearing or listening any more. How do we resolve issues then???

In order to better understand our beginnings as a country, I decided to reeducate myself since it has been more than a little while since I studied history in school and, admittedly, it wasn’t my best subject. The following from Wikipedia is an abridged history to refresh our understanding, but makes me think that the more things change, the more they stay the same!

“The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union were the first constitution of the United States of America. The problem with the United States government under the Articles of Confederation was, in the words of George Washington “no money”.’  [Hmmmmm, sounds familiar!]

Congress could print money, but by 1786, it was useless. It could borrow money, but it could not pay it back. Under the Articles, Congress requisitioned money from the states. But no state paid all of their requisition; Georgia paid nothing. A few states paid the US an amount equal to interest on the national debt owed to their citizens, but no more. Nothing was paid toward the interest on debt owed foreign governments. By 1786, the United States was about to default on its contractual obligations when the principal came due.’ [History does indeed repeat itself!]

Most of the US troops in the 625-man US Army were deployed facing British forts on American soil. They had not been paid; they were deserting and the remainder threatened mutiny. Spain closed New Orleans to American commerce. The US protested to no effect. The Barbary Pirates began seizing American commercial ships. The US had no funds to pay their extortion demands. States such as New York and South Carolina violated the peace treaty with Britain by prosecuting Loyalists for wartime activity. The US had no more credit if another military crisis required action. In Massachusetts during Shay’s Rebellion, Congress had no money; General Benjamin Lincoln had to raise funds among Boston merchants to pay for a volunteer army.’

“Congress was paralyzed. It could do nothing significant without nine states, and some legislative business required all thirteen. By April 1786, there had been only three days out of five months with nine states present. When nine states did show up, if there were only one member of a state on the floor, that state’s vote did not count. If a delegation were evenly divided, the division was duly noted in the Journal, but there was no vote from that state towards a nine-count. States, in violation of the Articles, laid embargoes, negotiated unilaterally abroad, provided for armies and made war. The Articles Congress had ‘virtually ceased trying to govern.’

“The vision of a ‘respectable nation’ among nations seemed to be fading in the eyes of such men as Virginia’s George Washington and James Madison, New York’s Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, Pennsylvania’s Benjamin Franklin and George Clymer, and Massachusetts’ Henry Knox and Rufus King. The dream of a republic, a nation without hereditary rulers, with power derived from the people in frequent elections, was in doubt.’

“In September 1786, commissioners from five states met to discuss adjustments to the Articles of Confederation that would improve commerce. After debate, the Congress of the Confederation endorsed a plan to revise the Articles of Confederation on February 21, 1787. It called on each state legislature to send delegates to a convention ‘for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation’ in ways that, when approved by Congress and the states, would ‘render the federal constitution adequate to the exigencies of government and the preservation of the Union.’

“Twelve states, Rhode Island being the only exception, accepted this invitation and sent delegates to convene in May 1787. While the resolution calling the Convention specified that its purpose was to propose amendments to the Articles, through discussion and debate it became clear by mid-June that, rather than amend the existing Articles, the Convention would propose a Constitution with a fundamentally new design. The Constitutional Convention voted to keep the debates secret, so that the delegates could speak freely. Current knowledge of the drafting and construction of the United States Constitution comes primarily from the diaries left by James Madison, who kept a complete record of the proceedings at the Constitutional Convention.’

“The Virginia Plan was the unofficial agenda for the Convention, and was drafted chiefly by James Madison, considered to be ‘The Father of the Constitution’ for his major contributions. It was weighted toward the interests of the larger states. Roger Sherman of Connecticut brokered The Great Compromise whereby the House would represent the people and a Senate would represent the states.’

The contentious issue of slavery was too controversial to be resolved during the Convention. As in many of its issues, there was a compromise. The Articles of Confederation did not allow for the abolition of slavery, but the Convention would provide for its regulation and eventual extinction. On the other hand, the cost of keeping Georgia and South Carolina agreeable to the Constitution eventually required that the original Constitution contain four provisions tacitly allowing slavery to continue for the next 20 years. Just as in the Convention debates, the anti-slavery delegates began as anti-ratification votes. But those opposed to slavery were persuaded that the evils of a broken Union would bring worse consequences than allowing the fate of slavery to be determined gradually over time. Virginia’s Federalist George Nicholas dismissed fears on both sides. Objections to the Constitution were inconsistent, ‘At the same moment it is opposed for being promotive and destructive of slavery!’ But the contradiction was never resolved peaceably, and the failure to do so contributed to the Civil War.

“After a year had passed in state-by-state ratification battles, on September 13, 1788, the Articles Congress certified that the new Constitution had been ratified. The new government would be inaugurated with eleven of the thirteen. The Articles Congress directed the new government to begin in New York City on the first Wednesday in March, and on March 4, 1789, the government duly began operations.’

“The United States Bill of Rights consists of the ten amendments added to the Constitution in 1791, as supporters of the Constitution had promised critics during the debates of 1788. The Constitution consists of a preamble, seven original articles, twenty-seven amendments, and a paragraph certifying its enactment by the constitutional convention.

“The way the Constitution is understood is influenced by court decisions, especially those of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has indicated that once the Constitution has been extended to an area (by Congress or the Courts), its coverage is irrevocable.’ [Hmmm. Tell that to our present day SCOTUS!]

The framers of the Constitution were aware that changes would be necessary if the Constitution was to endure as the nation grew. However, they were also conscious that such change should not be easy, lest it permit ill-conceived and hastily passed amendments. On the other hand, they also wanted to ensure that a rigid requirement of unanimity would not block action desired by the vast majority of the population. Their solution was a two-step process for proposing and ratifying new amendments.’

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Constitution

two american children celebrating independence day

This brief summary of a very complicated process was a good refresher course for me to better understand our American history on this Independence Day as I witness controversial issues which keep us divided and imperil our country’s future.

Basically, I come away with the impression that our beginnings were just as divisive then as they are today. However, what also comes through for me in a glaring manner is that our country was founded on COMPROMISE for the good of the country and its citizens. Had our Founding Fathers gone down shouting at each other instead of finding solutions which honored all opinions and desires, we would not be the United States of America. Maybe we would have been a lot of smaller countries, much like Europe, if we had not found ways to compromise, similar to the uncompromising attitudes which led to the Civil War.

And, truthfully, I believe that we could still end up going in that direction unless we resolve our differences and find common ground in which all lifestyles and belief systems are honored and embraced. Our country began as a mixed bag of immigrants and diverse religious beliefs, so why we are now infighting about such matters suggests to me that we are not evolving as a people but regressing in our mindsets. Why? Where did we go off message as a country?

So, on this Independence Day, July 4, 2011, I call upon all of those who were elected to serve their constituents, as well as we the constituents, to put aside personal and political ideology, personal prejudices, and faith-based beliefs, for the good of the country by finding a way to COMPROMISE in order to solve our manifold dilemmas and controversies.

Help those of us who elected you to feel good about our country and the way it honors all of its citizens on this day of celebration, instead of feeling weary of all the bickering and political posturing, which dampens any enthusiasm for pride in a country for which our Founding Fathers fought so tirelessly to perfect. While I differ in opinion on many matters with family members and neighbors, I still wish to live in peace with them and honor their rights without relinquishing my own.

Let’s honor our Laws and governing documents which were founded on fairness for all and keep our courts impartial when weighing judicial matters. Certainly the United States is a very free country, but it is not totally free—we need laws, unless you like anarchy and chaos. While I recognize the States’ Rights concept, I believe we do need centralized Federal standards since there is such a wide injustice from state to state when dealing with citizens’ rights.

And we, as citizens, have an obligation to become educated in the intricate workings of our government and its laws so that we can make informed, thoughtful choices when selecting those we ask to represent us, making decisions based on facts rather than 24/7 sound bites and biased media saturation or opinions of others. It may require some due diligence to make sure we have the best qualified candidates from which to choose, but isn’t it the least we can do to have our country grow in a constructive manner in a complicated world for future generations. Our children are counting on us to get it right!

May everyone have a safe and blessed 4th of July, as we celebrate our country and our freedom to express our individuality–without persecution–in a land which promised us the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness for all!

Blessings and wishes for a safe 4th of July! And, don’t forget about the dogs–keep them safe, too!

Lorrie

 

 

 

Catching Up…

June 20, 2017

Hi, there! I just realized it’s been about two months since I’ve had the inclination to give any thought to a blog post. There are several factors for my lack of motivation. I volunteer at a cat sanctuary for cats who have become homeless mainly due to the loss of their owners through death. I have spent the past weeks giving my spare time to sitting with one of the cats who captured my heart in December when she sat on my lap and claimed me. I’ve been a goner ever since!

Last week, I doubted she would make it through the week, but Pookie has an incredible spirit and loves life, even though her little 5-lb. body is fighting a losing battle. She ended up at the local Pima Animal Care Center when her owner died after 11 yrs. A friend was supposed to care for her, but brought her to the shelter instead. She was in the process of being adopted, but when her blood work showed advanced renal failure, the adoption fell through. A local cat sanctuary rescued her to give her time to live out her life in a homelike setting, receiving medical care until the end. That was last August, and although she is slowly declining, she is still eating and happy. She sat on my lap one day in December, looked at me with her beautiful green eyes, and spoke to me. She has owned me from that moment and I am privileged to be her special person.

           Pookie Closeup 6-17           Pookie Sleeping on Hand

“A cat’s eyes are windows enabling us to see into another world.” ~ Irish Legend

After spending seven years at an animal shelter, I was burned out by the ongoing stress of caring for and trying to place homeless animals. Animal rescue is a very emotionally-draining enterprise and compassion fatigue happens to almost everyone who works in this field. You tend to put protective armor around your feelings in order to cope. I began volunteering at the cat sanctuary where the stress is reduced and the setting is calming, being situated on an old estate with windows looking out at the Catalina Mountains.

Pookie has been instrumental in healing my battered heart, giving back as much as she gets. Having some vocal Siamese in her DNA I’m quite sure, her loud “bark” rather than a soft “meow” welcomes me and speaks to me throughout our time together. While I have cats of my own, they tend to take me for granted unless it’s time to eat.

In a time of such distressing, turbulent world events with so much suffering for my fellow humans and our animal kingdom, Pookie has pierced the armor and touched my heart and given me a gift that is beyond measure—-restoring my ability to let go of the sorrows and allow myself to love again in a safe space.

I consider every day that she is still with us as a special blessing! I’m thankful that we were brought together to have this special healing time, and I know that when her time comes, she will be gently received by the Angels. I will miss her terribly, but she will live in my heart forever.

Happy Summer Solstice!    White Cumulus Clouds

 

Understanding the History of North Korea & Why It’s Important!

Following is another brilliantly written article by John Laurits–a must read!!! John Laurits makes us think! Think about things we either didn’t know about or don’t remember. Maybe we were never given all of the details, or perhaps we were given a version which our history books preferred.

His article and the resource article from which he derived much of his information were eye-openers to me. I knew that Korea had been divided into two separate countries, but I really wasn’t completely aware of the circumstances which led to a North Korea and a South Korea, with different alliances.

The Truth About North Korea: Why Is Trump Provoking the DPRK? by John Laurits

Excerpt:
The Korean Holocaust Forgotten by the US Public

Over the next 3 years, the United States dropped 635,000 tons of bombs on North Korea, including 32,557 tons of napalm — up to 3 million North Koreans died, or 10%–15% of the population. The 85%–90% who lived mostly lived underground, coming out to farm at night.

According to the records of the US Air Force, they were forced to stop bombing because there was literally nothing left to bomb. After erasing every city — including 8,700 factories, 5,000 schools, 1,000 hospitals, & 600,000 homes — the USAF’s last targets were the irrigation dams on the Yalu River, which flooded a few thousand acres of farmland, destroying the North Korean rice crop that millions depended on ( which is a war crime, by the way ). An armistice was signed in 1953, ending the fighting — but US forces never left. Soon, they will be joined by Donald Trump’s new aircraft carrier & naval strike group.

https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/04/15/truth-north-korea-history-united-states/

A source of much of his history comes from this site:…

The Destruction and Reconstruction of North Korea, 1950 – 1960

The Japanese Occupation: 1910-1945

When Japan took control of Korea, demands for independence were met with repression, prompting Koreans to form resistance groups that waged a guerrilla war against them for 35 years. Koreans were brutally oppressed — Japanese landlords swiped their land, villages suspected of hiding resistance members were massacred, & Korean newspapers were banned. By the end of WWII, Japan had forced 450,000 Koreans into labor camps to assist the war effort, in addition to an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 Korean women were forced into sexual slavery as “comfort girls” for Japan’s military.

The Korean resistance was pushed into Manchuria, China, & the Soviet Union, where they allied with the Chinese & Russian communists who fought Japan until the end of WWII — but, after 35 years of resisting, the Korea they had fought for was not to be…

The Korean Holocaust Forgotten by the US Public

The act which inflicted the greatest loss of civilian life in the Korean War by far, one which the North Koreans have claimed ever since was America’s greatest war crime, was the aerial bombardment of North Korean population centers…The long-term psychological effect of the war on the whole of North Korean society cannot be overestimated. The war against the United States, more than any other single factor, gave North Koreans a collective sense of anxiety and fear of outside threats that would continue long after the war’s end.

Most of the destruction occurred in 1950 and 1951. To escape the bombing, entire factories were moved underground, along with schools, hospitals, government offices, and much of the population. Agriculture was devastated, and famine loomed. Peasants hid underground during the day and came out to farm at night. Destruction of livestock, shortages of seed, farm tools, and fertilizer, and loss of manpower reduced agricultural production to the level of bare subsistence at best. The Nodong Sinmun newspaper referred to 1951 as “the year of unbearable trials,” a phrase revived in the famine years of the 1990s. Worse was yet to come. By the fall of 1952, there were no effective targets left for US planes to hit. Every significant town, city and industrial area in North Korea had already been bombed. In the spring of 1953, the Air Force targeted irrigation dams on the Yalu River, both to destroy the North Korean rice crop and to pressure the Chinese, who would have to supply more food aid to the North. Five reservoirs were hit, flooding thousands of acres of farmland, inundating whole towns and laying waste to the essential food source for millions of North Koreans. Only emergency assistance from China, the USSR, and other socialist countries prevented widespread famine.

http://apjjf.org/-Charles-K.-Armstrong/3460/article.html

I think I can now better understand why North Korea has its fears and why it has the support of Russia and China. Knowing our “enemies” and their motives can only help, not hurt! Understanding the roots of our current conflicts and biases in a dark part of our world’s history can perhaps shed a new light and help lead us to a new, more comprehensible realization of why things never change.

Our country has been at war for most of its existence. We are tired of war, we are tired of seeing our youth constantly being asked to pay the sacrifice, while old men make billions of dollars from war.

I also highly recommend the book “War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier” by Major General Smedley Darlington Butler — “A few profit – and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can’t end it by disarmament conferences. You can’t eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can’t wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.”

Blessings for love and peace,

Lorrie

Want to Impeach Trump? Why That’s A Terrible Idea

Following is another great article by John Laurits! I’ve noticed a lot of wishful thinking of getting rid of Trump by impeaching him. I think the dream is that it would install Hillary Clinton as President instead, but that is unrealistic and impossible. John Laurits takes it step-by-step to show us the reality of such an action. Thank you, John Laurits, for your passion and dedication!

This is a nightmare which will not go away the easy way. It will take each of us to take an active role if we are to have any hope of overcoming the erosion of our rights as citizens of this country. No staying home and playing video games or watching football instead of fighting for our children’s future on this planet! We must fight for the right to keep our right to vote by voting! If you think it’s too hard to get the time to educate yourself about the issues or to get out and become proactive and vote, let me assure you that it will be a whole lot harder to survive when you no longer can vote or allow the continued erosion of our government by oligarchs.

Bernie Sanders gave us the clear truth of the matter, and there are many people who have taken up the banner to lead us in the right direction. It is up to us to learn who we can trust, support them by becoming activists, and stand up to the establishment elites of both political parties who continue to cave to big-money and self-interests! It’s easy to be an armchair critic and bemoan our fate at the hands of Trump and his ilk, and the lack of honest candidates being able to overcome the establishment. The time for easy is over! It’s now or never, folks! Our children’s and grandchildren’s futures are depending on us!…

Democrats Want to Impeach Trump? That’s a Terrible Idea & Here’s Why… by John Laurits

Want to Impeach Trump?
Might Want to Re-Think That Idea…

Let’s start from the beginning. First off, “Impeachment” does not remove the president from office. When someone gets impeached, it means that congress wants to interrogate them & anyone else who was involved before making a decision about whether or not they should be removed. Now — let’s assume that the Tiny-Fingered Tweet-Machine was successfully impeached, then actually removed from office by a GOP-controlled congress — what happens next…?

The Line of Succession

Let’s get one thing straight — there is zero chance whatsoever that Hillary Clinton would be assuming the throne. Sorry, democrats — but there are no happy endings, here ( well, no happy legal ones, anyway… ). If Donny Spray-Tan were to be removed, the oval office would simply pass to the next in the line of succession, which, in this case, would be…Mike Freaking Pence

Mike Pence is the type of person who writes op-eds that start with the words, “Global warming is a myth.” If Trump goes, we would be looking at a President Pence and the only good thing about a Pence administration would be the fact that we could call him “the big PP.” Not only does this guy oppose abortion but sex education, too — he also opposes gay marriage & voted against expanding medicare. This dingbat praised Citizens United, sees zero problems with free-trade, & sponsored legislation to expand all of the most terrifying parts of the Patriot act.

There is no way that the Big PP would be an improvement over the Toddler-in-Chief — in fact, it is arguable that Pence, as a more “likable” insider, could be much, much worse…Next in Line — Paul Ryan

OK, let’s say Trump and Pence were both impeached & removed — up next, we have the speaker of the house. Mitt Romney’s former vice-loser, Paul Ryan, is a student of Ayn “F#@% the Poor” Rand’s evil economic theories and a sworn enemy to welfare, food stamps, & other stuff he suspects might be helping struggling people to get by. Like Pence, he is a GOP-insider who supports free-trade & opposes gay marriage. However, in contrast to Pence, who at least has the nerve to admit he is willfully ignoring science, Ryan is infuriatingly “unsure” about climate change and — even more infuriatingly — he is sure that climate scientists are “unsure” ( whether they know it or not ).

Ryan would be terrible for the exact same reason that Pence would be terrible — he would be a more tactful & effective salesperson for the same crappy agenda. And — after Ryan — it would be Orrin “OMG-Please-No” Hatch & Rex “Big Oil” Tillerson…

If Democrats Know How Bad Pence Is, Why Do They Want to Impeach Trump?

What we have here is a giant line of scumbags & plutocrats, as far as the eye can see — certainly enough to exhaust 4 years of impeachment hearings. There is no hope in that direction — only the possibility of jumping out of the pan & into the fire. And the democrats in the house & senate know it — so, why all the fuss about impeachment? If they impeach Trump, we get Pence — and, if they fail to impeach Trump, their party looks increasingly ineffective & irrelevant on the national stage. The democrats’ strategy seems to be custom-designed to fail — or, perhaps, to succeed at reaching a different goal…But what might that be?

#ImpeachTrump Is a Public Relations Campaign

Just like their fake “#resistance,Russia-Gate, & the New Red Scare, the petitions & donation campaigns of democrats & their think-tanks is designed to prod us back into the democratic fold. The neoliberal democrats want you to believe that our system can fix itself, that wealthy politicians can save us, & that there is still some sort of hope. They want you to overlook the fact that the democrats also did everything that the Toupee’d Tyrant is doing now — from mass deportations & pilfering the planet to unleashing Wall Street, laying pipelines, & murdering civilians in countries we never declared war on. The democrats & their lackeys in the puppet-show media are peddling the false hope of a happy ending — not because they want to build a resistance to Trump’s agenda — but because they want you to fall in line behind them.

If the people are ready to create a true resistance to Trump’s agenda, they should abandon all hope…

It Is Useless to Impeach Trump— Impeach the System, Instead!

To fix the problem, the people must first admit that there is a problem — that is why we should abandon all hope. Abandon all hope that the system which creates Trumps will also destroy them — it is a broken machine that produces broken results! Abandon hope that help will come from democratic politicians who take money from the same hands that purchase the republicans — the usurious bankers will not be reined in by their own dogs & the war-factory will never be closed by the cowards who applied to be on its payroll. What — will the same broken elections that offered you two evils somehow not do the same in 2020 or 2024? Or do you think the winners will correct the very flaws which they exploit to win?

No — the only hope left is the hope that you — that we — will abandon hope in this system which is rigged beyond hope! Enough is enough. The country is being run by wealthy psychopaths and we must summon the courage to remove them or suffer the consequences of our inaction…

In solidarity,
John Laurits

https://www.johnlaurits.com/2017/04/01/impeach-trump-line-succession/

Of course, my “dream” is to see this whole election cycle and outcome just go away. I know it’s too much to hope for, but there is a case before SCOTUS. Probably no chance in hell, but it would be great to see it advance to a full trial!…

Full Supreme Court to Hear “2016 Election Nullification Case”
Case to be heard in conference March 17 2017.
All eight justices will decide which cases will go to trial before the Supreme Court. If four of the Justices believe that the case has merit, they can bind it over for a full trial before the justices. The Supreme Court has the power of Injunctive Relief and can order a new election if they deem that the process was corrupted by a foreign power.

Allegations are that the U.S. government knew that hackers from Russia had successfully attacked and penetrated the election databases of at least 12 states and did not protect our democracy.

If thousands of us show up at the Supreme Court and demand that the Court do it’s duty and protect us from foreign invasion with the intent to install their chosen President into office, the Court might see the importance of taking action. The President has attacked the Judicial Branch of government, our Intelligence Services, American Journalism, and defended the President of Russia.

If the Supreme Court decides that the election was tainted it can issue an order to remove the President, the Senators and Congressman chosen in that election and call for a new Election. Plaintiff Toman stated that they are asking for a “Special Election as soon as possible.”

http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/full-supreme-court-to-hear-2016-election-nullification-case-435261.php

With love & blessings…

Lorrie