Obama acknowledges there are still race problems in America

Obama and the race Issue

President Barack Obama gave an uncommonly candid assessment of race  relations during his appearance on “The View,” saying Americans still must confront their “reptilian side” when dealing with people of different races.

“There is still kind of a reptilian side of our brain — that part of our brain that, if somebody looks different or sounds different, that there’s part of us that is cautious. And what we have to do is fight against that,” Obama said on the popular morning show, which aired Thursday but was taped a day earlier.

“When it comes to race, let’s acknowledge that of course there is still tension out there, there is still inequality,” Obama said. “But we’ve made progress, and if each of us takes it upon ourselves to treat people with fairness and be able to stand in somebody else’s shoes and see through their eyes and relate to where they’re coming from, then we can make more progress.”

Why does Obama keep pounding the race issue? No one else is. Even though there are racists out there, on both sides of the color line, most people are accepting of anyone of any race. In today’s world , being accepted by anyone of any race has more to do with common interests and goals than what color someone’s skin is.

In my opinion, Obama keeps playing the race card for three reasons. The first reason being is that he himself has a problem with race, in his own mind he is dealing with it on a personal level so he insists on discussing it to make it right in his mind. He also has an image problem, he is very thin skinned and continually looks for a scape goat other than him self.

The second reason, because of his upbringing , he didn’t grow up in America, he has no idea of what America is all about, he was raised in a communist, muslin home, where issues of race were probably talked about constantly.  To him it is perfectly normal to think everyone would be happy in a Socialist, Marxist society, especially those in  the ruling class, which he pictures himself as being a part of.

The third reason being he fundamentally wants to change America. This may sound good, but upon further investigation one realizes what he means. Never forget Obama spent twenty years in a church with his family that preaches racism and hatred of America. Many in his administration are left over 60’s radicals and muslin sympathizers. Some have ties to the Communist Party and other far left groups that do not have the best interest of the United States at heart. These people all have one common goal, to transform the United States into something that most law abiding ,freedom loving people don’t want. Their goal is to turn our country into a socialist welfare state, where human ingenuity and inspiration would be punished and discouraged.

Without the opportunity for a person to improve themselves and be rewarded for it, most of our countries capability to bring forth new ideas and inventions would vanish, the whole world would suffer. When the desire to improve one self vanishes and the penalty of success(increased taxation) increases , the wealthy no longer create new jobs and everyone suffers.

We have to remember, socialism never works over the long run, sooner or later we run out of other peoples money. Socialism was tried by Governor Bradford at Plymouth Colony, it was abandoned after a couple years because it was discovered that if one didn’t work, someone else would. Soon there was no one left who wanted to work.


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Fear Not

FEAR NOT WHAT MAN CAN DO UNTO YOU

“In God have I put my trust: I will not be
afraid what man can do unto me.”

Ps. 56:11

The first word uttered by a candidate for Masonic degrees upon entering a Masonic Lodge declares his faith in God. Without that declaration the form and beauties of a lodge would be forever concealed from him. So, too, would be the hidden beauties of Freemasonry. That declaration also professes the candidate’s undying trust in God – a trust that is symbolically tested during the ritual used in each of the three degrees of Masonry.

In the First Degree, the candidate is released to the custody of a person whom he cannot see and in a sightless condition is caused to be led in paths he has never before traveled. His conductor is merely identified to him as a true and trusty friend upon whose fidelity he can, with the utmost confidence, rely. The candidate is taught a most important lesson about Freemasonry – it is safe to trust a brother Mason; as safe as trusting in God.

During the Second Degree, the candidate is taught the importance of the symbolic Middle Chamber of King Solomon’s Temple,which he may only enter by demonstrating his worthiness and knowledge.Here, Masons learn that knowledge is the gift of God and that the benefits we receive from knowledge are to be shared with every man,woman and child with whom they come into contact. That is so, because Divine Wisdom is at the root of all we can ever hope to learn and know,the comforts from which are not be denied any of God’s creatures.

Yet,it is during the Third Degree that the candidate learns how to rely upon God – how to fear not what man can do unto him. During the ritual,the candidate learns that he will no longer have someone to pray for him. He must do so by himself. The true and trusty brother who had previously served as his guide is replaced with the invisible presence of the Deity. Here, Masons are prepared for traveling abroad, or in the social and professional circles in his life outside of a Masonic Lodge.

When we reflect upon the progression of the Masonic lessons about trusting in God, we are reminded about the parallel lessons taught during the natural state of human existence. A child is born into the world unable to care for itself. Throughout its early years, it receives the loving care of its nurturing parents and thereby learns how to trust in someone to make it feel safe, secure and very much loved. There comes a time when the child must leave that safe environment and journey alone into the world. It is then that the child truly learns in whom to place its  trust.

Throughout the history of mankind, nothing has rendered men more powerless than fear. Those who either assumed authority over others, or embarked on a path toward doing so quickly learned that the imposition of fear upon men made them easy to subjugate and manipulate.Monarchs, legislatures, churches and employers have at various times used fear to gain power, hold power and gain compliance with their different demands. In so doing, they acted as enemies of freedom, for men who act or fail to act out of fear are never truly free.

What is it that causes you to fear? Is it ill health or the steps you must take to keep good health? Could you withstand the humiliation and pressures of losing your job? Does your religion make unreasonable demands upon your behavior and emotions so that you fear falling from God’s grace? Or, do you fear that others do not like you? Such disordered thinking can also give way to anger and resentment – two products of fear – and result in the loss of friends and the loss of peace of mind.

Albert Pike wrote about how essential it is for man to embrace virtue and honor in their lives. He wrote that good men were made better by so doing and that others around them also greatly benefited from the resulting acts of kindness, charity and goodwill. Heal so wrote about how quickly virtue and honor vanish when fear is allowed to creep into man’s consciousness. A kind word is often quickly and irrationally replaced with an unwarranted harsh criticism. The helping hand is suddenly withdrawn replaced with a vacant uncaring air.Those who ordinarily rushed to instill harmony where bickering once reigned now look over their shoulders to see who is spying on them and who will report them to those who can harm them.

With such consequences clearly in focus, it becomes easier to fully comprehend the importance of fearing not what man can do unto you. As Masons, we learn to pray as though everything depends upon God and to act as though everything depends upon us. Thus, Freemasons have acknowledged from time immemorial that prayer and action are two very well known secrets to aid in achieving good mental and physical health. It is essential to know that both must act together. Prayer without action by he who prays is as useless as faith is without acts.

Fear is a natural reaction to that with which we are unfamiliar. When pain is potentially  involved, it is most natural to, at least, feel a great deal of trepidation. Imagine for a moment the plight of the Grand Master Jacques De Molay as he awaited certain torture, most clearly already having been told precisely which instrument would hurtfully probe which delicate parts of his body. Without doubt, he felt fear. Yet, as we are informed by ancient history, he eventually overcame that fear, declared  that he would not profess the misdeeds attributed to him and his Knights Templar and was subsequently burned alive at the stake.

What is it that enables men to overcome fear? The heroic efforts of the soldiers at Iwo Jima, or those who stormed the cliffs at the Normandy invasion stand out to generations as examples of unflinching bravery. To the military man the answer is clear – he fights because of his comrades in arms. But, why do we resist fear? Most of us are not in combat and thus not at war. The answer is that we have so conditioned our faith and our minds that we know that we, like all men, will die. Our passing from this material life was ordained before we were born. It matters not so much how we die, but how we live.

Freedom is a gift of God. We can accept it, or reject the entire premise. Fear forces us to make a choice. Many select slavery and yield. Others believe that freedom is a matter of choice and therefore choose to act free, even though they maybe in a horrendous state of fear. Man is but of little time here on earth. Yet, his spirit lives forever. We ought not to care so much about our welfare here on earth as to sacrifice the great gift of freedom God has given us.

Men of courage are men of freedom. Men in fear are men in bondage. The Holy Writings is replete with allegories about deliverance from bondage – not submission to slavery. We have been created to become men of God, not men subjugated to the will of those who would use fear to strip us of our natural born spirit of freedom,

When ill health strikes, fear not. You will live. You may even live awhile longer here on this plane. If you do not, it matters not, for you have always been and always will be a life force.

When your fortune fails and you are worrying about how to live one month to the next, fear not. No one has guaranteed you a life without turmoil. However, you have been guaranteed that God will give you strength. Pray and act as though you will succeed. Should you feel threatened, whether by an employer, a priest or holy man, or a bully, fear not. No man has been empowered by God to impose his own selfish desires upon any other man.The only manner in which that succeeds is when the man allows it to succeed.

My brethren, Masonry offers us a plan for how best to succeed in life. That plan is centered upon the four cardinal virtues of temperance,
fortitude, prudence and jus
tice. None of those virtues maybe successfully practiced by a fearful man. Thus, Masonry admonishes us to be steadfast – not fearful. Had Hiram Abif feared death, he would have quickly revealed the secrets of a Master Mason when first assailed by the ruffian at the south gate.

How quickly do you surrender?

Mr. Heisner is the author of several masonic books about Freemason Symbols.He has been a Master Mason since 1968; served as Chaplain, Senior Deacon, Junior Warden, Senior Warden and Worshipful Master of Amity Lodge No. 442 in San Diego, California, and serves presently as an Inspector for Division IX of the Grand Lodge of California. He has written two Masonic Symbolism Books.;is a member of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in San Diego, where he currently serves as an officer in the Lodge of Perfection and has thrice been awarded the Albert Pike trophy for excellence in the performance of Scottish Rite ritual; a member of Al Bahr Shrine since 1976; a member of the York Rite Bodies, Knights Templar, Allied Masonic Degrees, York Rite College and the Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine. Mr.Heisner is also a member of the Societas Rosicruciana in Civitibus Foederatis.

Mr. Heisner has also been a practicing attorney in the State of California since 1973 and is currently a partner and trial specialist in a San Diego law firm where he emphasizes complex business litigation, trade secret litigation, real estate and probate litigation.He formerly served as an Assistant District Attorney, Deputy District Attorney and Special Assistant United States Attorney. As a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Heisner investigated and prosecuted organized crime,public official corruption and major fraud matters.

In his professional capacity, Mr. Heisner has also chaired several committees for the San Diego County Bar Association and been a member of various criminal justice committees.

Within his community, Mr. Heisner has served as president and director of his homeowner’s association,participated in the immigrant nationalization process as a member of Kiwanis. He is married, father to four adult children and grandfather of five young children.

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The Parrot

The Parrot


So there’s this fella with a parrot. And this parrot swears like a sailor. I mean he’s a pistol. He can swear for five minutes straight without repeating himself.
Trouble is, the guy who owns him is a quiet, conservative type, and this bird’s foul mouth is driving him crazy.

One day, it gets to be too much, so the guy grabs the bird by the throat, shakes him really hard, and yells, “QUIT IT !”.
But this just makes the bird mad and he swears more than ever.
Then the guy gets mad and says, “OK for you”, and locks the bird in a kitchen cabinet. This really aggravates the bird, and he claws and scratches, and when the guy finally lets him out, the bird cuts loose with a stream of vulgarities that would make a veteran sailor blush.
At that point, the guy is so mad that he throws the bird into the freezer.For the first few seconds , there is a terrible din. The bird kicks and claws and thrashes. Then it suddenly gets very very quiet.
At first the guy just waits, but then he starts to think that the bird may be hurt. After a couple of minutes of silence, he’s so worried that he  opens up the freezer door.
The bird calmly climbs onto the man’s outstretched arm and says: “Awfully sorry about the trouble I gave you.I’ll do my best to improve my vocabulary from now on.”
The man is astounded. He can’t understand the transformation that has come over the parrot. Then the parrot says, “By the way, what did the chicken do?”

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The wisdom of our ancestors

The wisdom of our ancestors

There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors.

 

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We're Here for Just a Little While

We’re Here for Just a Little While


We are all visitors to this time ,
this place.
We are just passing through.
Our purpose here is to observe , to learn, to grow, to love…
and then we return home.

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He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

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Since time immemorial , humankind has embarked

on a spiritual journey to seek enlightenment.

All travel this path, although not at the same time

and more especially not at the same pace. Each must seek his own path and destination.

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The Greatest

The Greatest.

This says it all!

The most satisfying work … Helping Others
The most endangered species … Dedicated Leaders
The greatest natural resource … Our Youth
The greatest shot in the arm … Encouragement
The greatest problem to overcome … Fear
The most effective sleeping pill … Peace of Mind
The most crippling failure disease … Excuses
The most powerful force in life … Love
The worlds most incredible computer … The Brain
The worst thing to be without … Hope
The most powerful relationship tool … The Tongue
The two most power-filled words … “I Can”
The most powerful communication … Prayer
The greatest asset … Faith
The most worthless emotion … Self-pity
The most prized possession … Self-esteem
The most contagious spirit … Enthusiasm
The most beautiful attire … SMILE
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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world,
I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice more often.
It is in this light I have decided to publish some of my random thoughts based on the views of our ancestors

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Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, his wisdom

I picked this up in an email. I found it extremely enlightening as to the thoughts of our founding fathers.

Especially read the last quote from 1802.

When we get piled  upon one another in large cities, as in Europe,
we shall become as corrupt as Europe .
Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist  When you take away from those
who are willing to work and give to those who would not.
Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every  generation to pay its own debts as it goes.
A principle which if acted on would save  one-half the wars of the world.
Thomas Jefferson

I predict the future happiness of Americans if they can prevent the government  from wasting the labors of the people under the  pretense of taking care of them.
Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me  that most bad government results from too much
government.
Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred  the use of arms.
Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the  people to retain the right to keep and bear arms
is, as a last resort,  
to protect themselves  against tyranny in government.
Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be  refreshed from time to time with the blood of
patriots and tyrants.
Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with  his taxes the propagation of ideas which he
disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.
Thomas  Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in ‘I believe that  banking institutions are more dangerous to
our liberties than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow   private banks to control the issue of their
currency, first by inflation,then by   deflation, the banks and corporations that will
grow up around the banks will deprive the people  of all property until their children
wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers

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Computer Sex

A language instructor was explaining to her class that French nouns,unlike their English counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine or feminine.

Things like ‘chalk’ or ‘pencil,’ she described, would have a gender association although in English these words were neutral. Puzzled, one student raised his hand and asked, “What gender is a computer?”

The teacher wasn’t certain which it was,and so divided the class into two groups and asked them to decide if a computer should be masculine or feminine. One group was comprised of the women in the class, and the other, of men. Both groups were asked to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The group of women concluded that computers should be referred to in masculine gender because:
1. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on.
2. They have a lot of data but are still clueless.
3. They are supposed to help you solve your problems, but half the time they ARE the problem.
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that, if you had waited a little longer, you could have had a better model.

The men, on the other hand, decided that computers should definitely be referred to in the feminine gender because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.
3. Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval.
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories.
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