Games on the Hill: The DC Crowd at Play

whistleThe DC Crowd is on the field prancing around, flexing their muscles and making sure their ear-muffs are firmly in place.  Watch out — there it goes — first insult slammed into right field.  Cruz runs wide… back… back… there he goes… he jumps… and it’s a leaping catch right into his corner.

Reid calls it an incomplete and declares no points for Cruz.

Next ball down the center… oh… whoa… look at it go!  Lee jumps up catches it… passes it down the court to Cruz… Cruz does a jump shot… in it goes… a basket in one!  The crowd goes wild!

Reid calls out, “I told you I wasn’t going to let you make that play, so it doesn’t count.”

Volley over the net and no one on the other side to send the ball back.  Instead, they are sitting on the sidelines waiting for the touch down they think they have no hope of stopping.

Reid calls out again, “Time for a break.”

Confused yet at exactly what game the DC Crowd is playing and what the rules actually are?  Most people are.  The rules keep changing depending on the team up-to-bat in would seem.  After all, it appears to be an unquestionable line-drive right down the winning lane and someone in power calls it a “foul ball” and readily dismisses it.  Umpire goes with the power-person and everyone else is standing around going, “Huh?  How did that happen?”

Instant and long term replay doesn’t seem to have much influence over what was versus what is said to have been.  (Kinda Orwellian history in the making.)  So, while the DC Crowd is at play, playing whatever it is they are playing, it’s the other crowd that is being turned away from the stadium gates and left in limbo to pay the price for however these games turn out.

I wonder how much those ear muffs have cost “We the People” thus far?

 

Pulling the Plug

plugIt is mind blogging how some people are so ready to suggest the plug should be pulled on others. What if the pluggee doesn’t want the plug pulled? Pull it anyway?

There you go. One more down. Who else can we get rid of?

The thought brings to mind a picture of an eager face with a vile grin and some drool running down the chin for good measure. “Oh look, that little old lady in Aisle 4 doesn’t have quality of life. I wouldn’t want to live that way, walking with a limp. Let’s get her. Boy, this legal murder is empowering. Look at me! I have power over life and death. Why didn’t we start doing this before now? Oh, good another one back by the frozen foods. Such a good day for plug pulling.”

Think it can’t ever happen?

Who would have thought we would ever be where we are today? Who would have thought we would be so ready to say that helpless people “aren’t in there”, and thus believe it is simply okay to starve and dehydrate them to death? Who would have thought, but that is where society has arrived at. Society is killing off the weakest without thought to those who have fallen victim to illness, injury, disability or age. It is outrageous at how cold and cruel our society has become.

It is easy to say someone has no hope, when no therapy or attempt has been made to help the person get better. It’s causing the problem and then having the problem be our supportive argument as to why not to take any positive actions.

For those who might not get what I just said, it would be like a husband taking the one and only family car and then blaming the wife for not driving to the grocery store for something he wanted while he was gone with the one and only car that prevented her from being able to drive to the store to get what he wanted while he was gone with the one and only car.

Or, how about a teacher not giving an assignment, but then blaming the class for not completing the assignment not given?

Likewise, people can’t always get better without the tools and treatment being made available to them.

They can’t wheel themselves down the hallway, if they don’t have a wheel chair to wheel.

They can’t do physical therapy if none is offered, nor anyone to tell them how.

They can’t take the necessary medications to cure their illness, if no medication is made available.

They can’t eat or drink if no food or water is provided.

They can’t look out the window if there is no window to look out of.

Simply put, people can’t get better if they aren’t allowed to get better, because all things that will (or might) make them better is denied them.

But none of this appears to matter in this day and age, when the so-called “Enlightened” seem to feel they are the anointed and have the power of a god to make life and death decisions in spite of what the person or family might want.

Listening to the arguments of many is a waste of time. They justify with issues that are irrelevant to the case at hand. I liken their arguments to:

Spot — the dog — pooped in the yard, so Spot’s owners aren’t going to feed the cat bird food.

So, one asks this person what any of that has to do with anything or even with each other, and the person might come back with the righteous question — “What? Are you trying to say that Spot didn’t poop in the yard?”

Or, maybe the response will be, “What? Are you supporting feeding the cat bird food?”

Sometimes I wonder if the irrational is to drive the rational over the edge or wear them down where they give up the fight against this madness. I don’t know, but I do know that I get tired of it and would like to put the irrational in a padded room with all their irrational statements played back to them throughout the day and night and see their reaction to their own words… their own arguments… their own enjoyment at playing these games with others.

I guess I should ask for forgiveness for wishing such on even them, but it doesn’t take away the truth that something really does need to be done to shake up this world and get it (and us) back on track. This craziness has simply gotten all too boring and quite too dangerous for all too many people.

Those who think they are gods and anointed to make choices between life and death for those who aren’t asking for their services, should be demoted to Spot’s poop scoopers and making sure the cat isn’t fed the bird food, while those who respect life — should be the ones moved into the position considered “Enlighten” and given the courtesy of a listen.

Once “non-responsive” is not necessarily forever “unresponsive”.

Unable to speak or move is not necessarily a sign that a person is gone and that the brain is dead.

Those who believe the garbage being spit out in this day and age to suggest otherwise of what I just said, should read the story of Kate Allatt, Mother-of-three left ‘locked in’ by a stroke last year WALKS down the aisle to renew her wedding vows . By Daily Mail Reporter Created 10:15 AM on 25th May 2011. It might just be an eye opener and give a person wonder of what if they were in a situation as she. Would they, too, like the opportunity to return to their life? Or, would they rather Spot eat the bird food and the cat poop in the yard while the bird makes the decision just before he goes to work to consider giving the rat still another loan to pay for his teeth so he can chew up the constitution and any good works that might have once shown us to be compassionate human beings trying to make this world a better place for all?

Pulling the plug on any, should be a something taken very serious and it has nothing to do with what Spot did in the yard today or yesterday or any day before!

It has to do with the issues at hand!

It has to do with a human life we are talking about and deciding about!

What if we are wrong?

Ask Kate Allatt and her family about the consequences of wrong and what might have been if continued!

Ask her if she rather have been unplugged or allowed to walk down the aisle to renew her wedding vows. Her answer might astonish our “enlightened”, but it certainly doesn’t astonish me or the rest of us “unenlightened”.

We know.

We just hope the realization spreads.

~*~

 

Pulling the Plug originally published on Dakota Voice – August 26th, 2011

Carrie Hutchens is a former law enforcement officer and a freelance writer who is active in fighting against the death culture movement and the injustices within the judicial and law enforcement systems.

 

Hot off the keyboard: Press Release of Senator Cruz

puter from clker site 093013Reid Tables Bill to Fund Government, Refuses to Come to Table with Republicans

Contact: [email protected] / (202) 228-7561
Monday, September 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to block consideration of the House-passed Continuing Resolution to avoid a government shutdown.

“Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had the opportunity this afternoon to avert a government shutdown. Instead, he chose to kill the House’s bill to keep government open, a deliberate act to move towards a government shutdown. This is no surprise. After the House acted Saturday night, Sen. Reid refused to call the Senate back to service, instead leaving senators at home on vacation while a shutdown loomed. And he has apparently advised the President not to meet with House and Senate leaders of both parties. Harry Reid wants a shutdown, because, sadly, Democrats are putting politics above the needs of the American people. The New York Times explained why: because, as the Democrats believe “now is the time to break the power of Tea Party Republicans.”

“This is exactly the kind of DC-based thinking that makes Americans disdain Washington, DC. Democrats need to listen to the people and start working for the millions of Americans who are losing their jobs, wages, and healthcare benefits because of Obamacare. This is not a debate over a government shutdown; it’s a debate about how Obamacare is plaguing our economy. I will continue working to make sure the government stays open and Americans receive the same benefits as giant corporations and Congress under Obamacare. Until then, I hope the American people will continue to speak out against this disastrous, train wreck of a law and make DC listen.”

Divide & Conquer: A Statement We Desperately Need to Remember

divided we fallDivide and conquer is what an organized enemy does before going in for the win.  It’s perhaps time that “we” take note of what has been happening in our world.  We have been divided and we are being defeated at every turn.  “We” meaning all of us that are not on the elite pedestal of exemption.  “We”, the ones who will be first to feel the results of this run-away train of arrogance, ignorance and lack of empathy for all but their special and chosen groups of whom — “we” are not a member, nor ever shall be.

People are stepping forward and letting it be known that they do not want ObamaCare as it now exists.  The voices are not only ignored, but to listen to the MSM, and speeches from Obama down to his lowest communication agent — the citizens are instead quite elated.  It’s those bad Republicans that are trying to do mean and dirty things.  Just who is it that is not living in reality?  Perhaps they hope we will believe it is us, rather than they.  And truthfully… if they are able to isolate us — so we can’t or won’t compare notes — they have a very real chance of creating their illusion and presenting it as authentic.  That should give one a shiver or two.

Racism does still exist today, just as sexism does.  However, it isn’t as it once was.  It isn’t the dominate trend — it is the exception.  However, there are those who stoke the fires and attempt to make everything about racism or sexism or whatever other “ism” necessary, so as to create an illusion of victimhood that can be utilized to herd the targeted person or group towards whatever belief and action is beneficial to the agitators goal. 

Sadly, too many fall for the scam and eagerly follow to whatever hate and discontent they were assigned to be a part of.  Yes, assigned to.

Can any actually believe this chaos simply happened on it’s own?

We must remember that the enemy strives to divide so they might easily conquer.

Our world, as it now is, is being driven and directed for the benefit of someone, or someones, who definitely are not looking out for the best interest of “We the People”.  Whoever these specific people are — they have proven to be masters of deception, division and defection.  Their mastery is our threat — our realization is theirs.

Divide & Conquer —  A Statement We Desperately Need to Remember!

Stop Trying to Deal Me Into Your Card Game

ace of heartsAll these racism and discriminations claims have gotten a bit old and I truly wish people would stop trying to deal me in.  I don’t want to play and I’m not gonna play.  Can I make it any clearer than that?

The other day I referred to “rude & lewd in public”.  It was immediately assumed I was referring to homosexuals.  Does this mean that deep-down, the accuser feels the homosexuals’ behavior is (or is often) “rude & lewd” or did the person immediately have a memory flash of seriously “rude & lewd in public” by some from the homosexual activists of the world?  Either way, I don’t care what was behind the accusation — the accuser was way off base.

When I say “rude & lewd in public”, I am specifically referring to people — anyone — who acts “rude & lewd in public”.  If I am referring specifically to homosexuals ONLY acting “rude & lewd in public”, I will be very clear about who I am referring to.  There won’t be any need to assume or guess or make false accusations.  I will say it outright, plain and clear, because I have nothing to hide about my reactions.  They are reasonable.  Yes, I said — reasonable.

In other words:  I do not like nor appreciate being exposed to “rude & lewd”.  There are no exceptions.  “Rude & lewd” is “rude & lewd”, no matter who the participants are.  It’s that simple.

I do not base my likes and dislikes upon the color of a person’s skin or their sexual orientation.  I base it upon the person’s attitude and behavior.  My life proves this to be so.  No Harry Reid or Al Sharpton types can change the truth — they can only change the perception in the minds of people who often don’t think for themselves or are to quick to react to the emotional game so often played upon them.

In the past, I have tried to rationally respond to false allegations, but those days are numbered, if not absolutely done with.

You want to call me a racist — you prove it!  I have no obligation to prove your lie to be a lie.

You want to say that I have somehow discriminated against anyone — you better get some creative writers on your team.  You might even need a teleprompter or two.  Yes, and you might even need some Botox remover to get rid of the “give-away” smile — you sly one, you.

Life can be a wondrous thing.

People can be happy.

Neighbors can enjoy each other.

Family, friends & neighbors can readily be there for one another.

All these things can be, unless we allow “self-serving” activists to continue to divide us with their distortions and lies and expensive public relations campaigns and/or media opportunities.

To falsely accuse people of discrimination is no different than being discriminated against.  It is one and the same — just done differently.  Both are wrong.

People need to take a step back and really take a good look at this world and what is happening in it.  They need to think about the cards dealt to them and do some weighing in on who is truly responsible for things that have happened and are happening that just aren’t right.

I guess the short of my story is…

Maybe more people ought to take notice of the stacked deck and decide that they don’t want to be dealt into the irrational game thrown at us.

Maybe more people ought to take note and decide not to play into the hands of the activists and wanna-bee dictators that seem to love to toy with us all and try to isolate us from one another.

Maybe… just maybe… we ought to throw in the hand they dealt us and start with a fresh deck — one that isn’t tainted and slanted and stacked against us — US — We the People!

Write Fearlessly!

Book 1 Writing In Overdrive - smallA few years into my career as a fulltime freelance writer, I got a phone call from an editor. I had written several books for her in the past, and she liked my work.

“Jim,” she said, “are you sitting down? I have a celebrity autobiography I want you to co-write, and you just won’t believe who you’ll be working with.”

She said the name of a celebrity. She clearly expected me to be thrilled.

I had no idea who this person was.

Nevertheless, I managed to sound properly impressed. After all, it had been a long time since my last paycheck, and I needed the job.

As she explained the project to me, I felt a tingle of dread. I had never written a book like this before. I didn’t know if I could pull it off. But I had to pull it off. I had a family to feed and a mortgage to pay. I took the job.

By the time I flew out to meet with the celebrity, I knew his story inside and out, and I was able to ask hundreds of intelligent interview questions. The guy was very impressed with my knowledge. He never suspected that, just a few weeks earlier, I had never heard of him. It was an enjoyable book to write, and having that book on my résumé helped me line up many more celebrity gigs.

The moral of the story: Take risks. Accept new challenges, even if you aren’t sure you can pull them off. Step into the unknown and write fearlessly. You’ll be glad you did.

As writers, we have many fears, insecurities, and self-doubts. But writers can’t afford to be ruled by fear. We have to be fearless. As Anne Rice said, “If you’re writing, you need courage, you need faith in yourself that’s as strong as any talent you may possess.”

First, we need to overcome self-doubt, the fear that we don’t really have what it takes to be a writer. John Gardner said, “Nothing is harder for the developing writer than overcoming his anxiety that he is fooling himself.” Self-doubt is a universal writer’s affliction. All great writers have doubted themselves. They became great by persistently continuing to write in spite of their doubts.

John Steinbeck battled intense self-doubt while writing The Grapes of Wrath. “My many weaknesses are beginning to show their heads,” he wrote in his journal. “‘I’m not a writer. I’ve been fooling myself.'” Despite Steinbeck’s doubts, the novel he agonized over went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and helped him secure the Nobel Prize for literature. So focus on your dreams and goals, not your doubts. Keep writing.

Second, we need to overcome the fear of exposing our souls to the world. Anne Sexton won the Pulitzer for her deeply personal poems about her struggles with relationships and depression. Yet her fears nearly kept her from becoming a poet. As a student, she was so afraid of exposing her poems to criticism that she couldn’t bring herself to register for a poetry workshop taught by a renowned poet. So she had a friend register for her. The poet at the workshop liked her work and opened doors for her in the publishing world. Within a few years, Anne Sexton became one of the most honored poets in the world. But first she had to conquer her fears.

Novelist Erica Jong once admitted, “I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged. . . . I was afraid to take risks.” Don’t listen to your fears. Take risks. Write bravely.

Third, we need to overcome the fear of getting started. Before Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez could sell 30 million copies of One Hundred Years of Solitude and win the Nobel Prize for literature, he had to work up the courage to write the first line. “All my life,” he said, “I’ve been frightened at the moment I sit down to write.”

I once taught a writer’s workshop and a young woman came to me afterward and said, “I just can’t get started. I know what I want to write about. But when I try to write the perfect opening line, nothing comes to me. Without a great first sentence, I can’t write the rest of the story.”

Let me share with you the advice I gave her. I told her that her fear of starting came from unhealthy perfectionism. Sure, the first sentence is important—but it doesn’t have to be the first thing you write. Why not save your first sentence for last? Write the first draft all the way through—and by the time you’re done, a brilliant opening line may occur to you. Just get the words down any way you can. As Nora Roberts has said, “I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.”

Book 1 Writing In Overdrive - smallIf you are a perfectionist, it’s time to give yourself permission to write badly. Loosen up! Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to get it perfect. Have fun with your writing. Play with words. Write quickly—a fast, messy, joyful, exuberant first draft. Sure, it will be filled with typos and some bad sentences—but it will also have energy and compelling honesty. (For more information on how to write brilliantly by writing faster, see my new ebook Writing in Overdrive.) Give yourself permission to write badly, and soon you’ll be writing quickly and brilliantly.

Fourth, we need to overcome the fear of rejection and failure. We fear putting our work in front of editors and readers. We are terrified that they will condemn our work—and us with it.

In 1983, Margaret Atwood rented a fisherman’s cottage on the English seacoast. She went there to write her sixth novel, a complex dystopian tale. She soon discovered that the sheer scope of the project intimidated her. She spent the first six months at that seaside cottage bird-watching, reading bad novels, and suffering from the cold damp weather. Throughout that time, she didn’t write a single sentence.

Finally, frustrated with herself for procrastinating so long, she took action. She began to write. She started by writing fragments of the story. She sketched in characters, wrote a few patches of dialogue. At first, nothing hung together—but at least she was doing something. After a few more months, she finally achieved her goal. She had written the first draft of what would eventually be her most acclaimed and successful novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

The only way to beat the fear of rejection and failure is to bulldoze your way through it by sheer force of will. You must write. And what do you do when you receive a rejection slip? You write some more!

“It does help,” Neil Gaiman observed, “to have the sort of crazed ego that doesn’t allow for failure. The best reaction to a rejection slip is a sort of wild-eyed madness, an evil grin, and sitting yourself in front of the keyboard muttering ‘Okay, you #&@$%s. Try rejecting this!’ and then writing something so unbelievably brilliant that all other writers will disembowel themselves with their pens upon reading it, because there’s nothing left to write.”

We writers must learn to face our fears and embrace our fears. We must dare to do the thing we fear. We must acknowledge the fear—but take risks anyway. Every time you do something challenging and scary, and you succeed, you ratchet your confidence up another notch. “Do the thing you fear,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson, “and the death of fear is certain.”

So ignore your self-doubt. Discard your perfectionism. Write brilliantly, submit your work, and dare any editor to reject it. Live courageously, and write fearlessly.

 

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Jim Denney is a writer with more than 100 published books to his credit, including the Timebenders science-fantasy series. He has just released an inspiring new Kindle ebook for writers, Writing in Overdrive: Write Faster, Write Freely, Write Brilliantly. He has written books with supermodel Kim Alexis, Star Trek actress Grace Lee Whitney, and two Super Bowl champions, quarterback Bob Griese and “The Minister of Defense,” Reggie White. He has co-written many books with Pat Williams (co-founder of the Orlando Magic), including Leadership Excellence and The Difference You Make. Jim is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Follow Jim on Twitter at @WriterJimDenney, and follow his blog at http://unearthlyfiction.wordpress.com/.

 

There Was a Time

timeThere was a time when courtesy was expected and the rude people were looked at rudely. 

A time when sexual matters were kept private (by most) and definitely not shouted from the roof-top or announced on public television for all to hear. 

A time when we weren’t hearing commercials involving Pleasureville and blowing someone’s hair back. 

A time when women didn’t flaunt their nursing boobs (uncovered) in public to the discomfort of others trying to dine. 

A time when manners meant something. 

Strangely, it wasn’t really that long ago.  What happened to that world?  I miss it.

I’m in a really bad mood…

grumpyYesterday, I was quite ticked off because I truly don’t like people writing to me and suggesting that those who are somewhat like-minded with me are something I know for a fact they are not!  Oh, that really ticks me off.  Not that you would ever guess.

But… it didn’t begin there… nor does it end there.

Not long ago, I was suspended from a site.  I received one thing that said I needed to agree not to do something anymore.  Problem was… I hadn’t done it in the first place.  And, for various reasons, I wasn’t about to confess to something I did not do.  Like… if I had taken the easy way out just to get back on the site — it would have been on record that I said I wouldn’t do it anymore?  Duh, the false confession could later be used against me with someone saying I had admitted to doing it prior, regardless of the fact I really hadn’t ever done the deed (in question) ever

Let’s put it this way…

I would rather never be on that site again, than to say I did something I did not do!

Needless to say, I don’t believe in false confessions.  Oh, did I say that already?

Nevertheless, I wrote to the site in question and they did let me back on, but it sounded as though they still thought I did whatever because their system supposedly said whatever it was it said.  On the other hand, I wondered if they had gone and taken a “physical” look, which would have shown what I was saying was true.  Maybe they even found out there is a flaw that the bad people figured out and used to their advantage to get rid of the opposition?  (The latter being what I think actually happened – the radicals and silencers found the flaw & were using it to their advantage.)

Then we come to today.  I started out the day finding I’m suspended from still another place.  (I wish I could say who.  Maybe later, I will.)  Once again, I am at the mercy of a group that can’t (or won’t) tell me specifics, but can hold me accountable for what I have no ability to control, even if it did happen.  But what if it didn’t… or what if it was a setup because I had ticked someone off?  After all, I do write and I do tick off radical liberals quite often, don’t I?

Might they set me up for punishment?

Naw!  They wouldn’t do something like that, would they?

 

Oh, that ticks me off…

madI just love it when people send P.R. (propaganda) mail and call me names or otherwise insult me in their little pep talk aimed at getting money from me , no less.  I guess I’m supposed to be one of their Zombie followers or too stupid to get that I’ve been insulted or that insulting me will make me feel I must be wrong and must rush over and become a Zombie, too.  Who knows.  Who cares?  Whatever they are thinking — they are WRONG!

It reads:  “We are the largest grassroots movement organizing every day to knock down those roadblocks, one by one.”

They call people in Congress — who are actually representing their constituents — roadblocks?

They are going to knock them down one by one?  Really?  And just what’s the plan?  How are they going to do that?  Will they pull a Harry Reid on the roadblock Congress people?  You know… throw some “misinformation” out there about the person, in an attempt to challenge his or her credibility?

It goes on…”We have an aggressive plan for the months ahead — that’s because building the kind of organization that can stand up to the powerful interests and the obstruction -focused members of Congress takes a lot of grassroots power.”

Takes a lot of arrogance, too.

The “powerful interests” in this situation happens to be you and me and anyone else that is a citizen.  People have spoken and some Congress members are actually doing what they are supposed to be doing — LISTENING & ACTING ON THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.  Then we have this grassroots group that is going to aggressively knock down any of these Congress members who have dared represent their districts… who have dared represent US and our wishes?

Am I to be impressed or something?

Oh… oh… and then they put… “Since we launched ___, we haven’t slowed down.  You’re the reason for that…”

Beg pardon?

I’m what?

I think they have mistaken me for someone else.  I deserve no credit for their existence or anything they have done or attempted to do, nor do I want any.  As a matter of fact, I consider their efforts to be insulting to the American citizens and representative of nothing more than “Bully Power”!

Government isn’t supposed to be a playground with everyone going around, “Let’s pretend this is true…” or “Let’s pretend these are the facts…” or “Let’s pretend I’m the good guy and you are the bad guy…”  This is REAL LIFE and REAL LIVE PEOPLE are being affected by decisions being made.  Needless to say — the games need to stop!  The games need to stop and people need to take a REAL look at what is taking place right in their face!

The “roadblocks” are Congressmen & Women, who are listening and responding to those they are representing.  How dare anyone suggest to remove them one by one.  That sounds like a threat!

Oh, that ticks me off…

No Commandeering Invited or Allowed

hackerThe article, Why Does My “Invisible Friend” Bother You So Much, has resulted in a touch of frustration, entertainment of the day, and pure validation.  Yes, validation.  Validation of what so many of us have come to see as the new reality people are attempting to impose upon the masses.  To suggest many of us are tired of it, is the understatement of the century.  It’s old.  It’s used up.  It’s a game no longer selling with ease, as the boycott membership swiftly grows.

Why Does My “Invisible Friend” Bother You So Much was dealing with the need of SOME to get rid of anything and everything that suggests Christianity, while either supporting, or ignoring, rude & lewd behavior in public (possibly in front of children).  And, let’s not forget the Mosque/Islamic “exception” and demand for tolerance not afforded the Christian churches, though they (the Muslims), too, have an “Invisible Friend”.

Rather than deal with the topic at hand, the reaction was an attempt to slide the discussion elsewhere and totally away from the point.

I did not ask why people didn’t simply believe in God.  I asked why it bothered them so much that they had to remove any sign of my “Invisible Friend” from view, while demanding tolerance for the Muslims and their “Invisible Friend”?  What did (and do) they fear that they can’t simply let Christian believers believe?  What did (do) they fear that made, and makes, it necessary to demand removal and exclusion of anything thing that resembles Christianity, while often promoting (with a passion) anything that is non-Christian or blatantly against Christianity?

A person tried to get into a conversation about the wrongful things that happened in the guise of Christianity, but… that wasn’t the topic.

I kept trying to remind the person what the topic was.  It was useless.

It was suggested that I am delusional.  I was asked if I was stupid.  Well, most readers know the drill and how the conversation went – ‘cause it was like they always go.  It was also suggested that I made it all up.  Straw man illusion, if you will.  No one was actually trying to take away anything and everything that might suggest a Christian theme.  So, I presented an article dealing with a Christmas tree ban.

Needless to say, but I will…

The person, at times throughout the conversation, responded by repeating a particularly offensive word over and over.  (Now there’s an intelligent argument.)

Likewise, the person said that I had failed to address all that he/she presented about Christianity, but I had dared to bring up a Christmas tree ban.  Then there was the laughing and so forth as he attempted to mock me.  EXCEPT… things such as a Christmas tree ban was the major point of the particular article.  Yes, In regard to the article, Why Does My “Invisible Friend” Bother You So Much — Christmas tree banning was quite relevant to the issue presented.

Straw man illusion?  Wouldn’t that apply to someone pretending to be rational, while trying to commandeer a discussion and ignoring the actual question presented?  And yes… wouldn’t that apply to that same someone who was suggesting no one is trying to remove signs of Christianity except maybe from schools?  Oh, and wouldn’t that apply to that same person who was trying to tell me the point of the article?  You know, the article I personally thought up and wrote all on my own without his input or guidance?  (Somehow, I think I am the most qualified to know what point I was trying to make.  Whether I made it or not, is an entirely different issue.)

My question again with the examples spelled out for the little mocker types, who deny even the obvious when it doesn’t fit their agenda…

Why Does My “Invisible Friend” Bother You So Much that there is a problem with having a Christmas tree or saying something so simple as, “Merry Christmas”?  What is it that is feared?  What is it that you fear — that makes all these things so dangerous to you that you can’t just let them be?  Why is it necessary to remove and destroy anything you feel is even remotely related to my “Invisible Friend”, while promoting tolerance for the Muslims or the rude and the lewd?

That is the question.  No commandeering invited or allowed.

Why Does My “Invisible Friend” Bother You So Much

CrossI can’t help but wonder why my “Invisible Friend” bothers you so very much.  It isn’t as though I’m requiring you to talk to him, nor do I drag you to church and force you to sit next to me in the pew pretending you are.  So just what is it that so upsets you about me having my “Invisible Friend” that you have to mock and insult and try to take away anything that might remind you that there are many people, who are friends with my “Invisible Friend”?

Do you likewise mock the people who are acting rude and lewd in public, or do you cheer them on and defend their right to flaunt their sexuality all over the place?  Oh, that’s right, instead you mock my “Invisible Friend” and me for daring to feel the public display is inappropriate.

MosqueDo you likewise mock the Muslims for their Islamic beliefs and for having an “Invisible Friend”, too?  I didn’t think so.  You wouldn’t dare.  You’re too chicken to mock them, because you know some don’t take such mockery lightly and do play for keeps and forever.  So, instead, you spend your energy lecturing that everyone should be tolerant and embrace a Mosque being built at the Twin Tower site or some other such place that might be considered an insult to some non-Muslims, while demanding the Ten Commandment tablet be removed immediately from the public square.

I don’t force you to stand with me and talk to my “Invisible Friend”, but you strive to silence my ability to talk with him or about him, except in the shadows hidden from your sight and hearing.

What is it that makes you willing to embrace anything non-Christian and destroy anything that is?  What is it that makes you so desperately in need of destroying all the reminders of my “Invisible Friend”?  Why not consider it art and mythology and leave it at that?  What is it that you fear — that perhaps my invisible friend isn’t a myth after all?

Common Sense vs The Now Common Behavior

holderIt appears that the Holder Fast & Furious contempt case remains on hold, as everyone waits on a judge’s ruling.

So does that mean that Holder is on leave pending the outcome?

No.

If a cashier was caught stealing from his boss, would the boss leave him at the cash register, until a judge ruled on his guilt or innocence?

If a nurse was caught harming patients, would the supervisor keep scheduling the accused to work shifts caring for patients, while waiting on a judge to rule?

If a fast food employee was caught poisoning food, would the boss keep him preparing and serving food, while waiting on a judge to make a decision?

If a police officer was caught stopping cars and robbing the drivers, would the Police Chief keep the officer on traffic duty, as a judge ponders a decision?

If a prosecutor was caught doctoring evidence, would he be allowed to handle cases, while waiting on a judge to rule on his?

Then why is Eric Holder acting as Attorney General and making decisions on who will and won’t be prosecuted for whatever his heart desires, while someone waits on a judge to rule?

Does this then mean that the boss, knowing what Holder has been caught doing, is complicit or is it short-sightedness?  Either way, there is a question we all should ask and ponder upon…

Where is the common sense in this now common behavior?  Do we simply accept that there is none and go on about our business?

What do you think?

Embarrassed Yet: The People Want to Know

eagle blueWell, Congress, many things have been left up to you as representatives of “We the People”.  Sadly, many of you did it your way in spite of all the outcries and questions that loomed right in front of you.  The people weren’t smart enough.  The people weren’t aware of all the facts.  The people were over-reacting.  The politics and political careers out-weighed any of the bad stuff the people might be enduring.  And that is only a portion of it all and many of you know it. 

It is to the many of you that I address this…

You are in Washington, DC and you didn’t know (or believe) the IRS was targeting the Tea Party or Christian groups?

You didn’t know about the New Black Panthers intimidating voters and that it was ignored?

You didn’t have a clue about Fast & Furious?

You didn’t know that video line was a hoax, when an excuse was thrown out there for the Benghazi attack and the failure to act?

You didn’t know about the spying on journalists?

You didn’t know about problems with NSA, until Snowden announced it to the world?

You didn’t know that Holder was held in contempt?

You didn’t know the president wrongly inserted himself into the Professor Gates & Trayvon Martin cases, stirring racial tension?

You didn’t know that no one was allowed to disagree with the president or his administration least they be called racist?

You didn’t know that Sandy Hook — a tragedy — was utilized for political gain and an attempt to gun grab?

You didn’t know that people were bragging about having voted more than once?

You didn’t know that Henry Reid campaigned against Romney with an untruth when he claimed the candidate hadn’t paid taxes?

Where were you that you didn’t know these and other things that happened on your watch?

The world has been watching.

The world has been paying attention.

The world has been wondering at your lack of integrity and backbone.

Are you embarrassed yet?

You should be!

Stop the Bullying: The One-sided Affair

crossing fingers 2I’m not going to mince words.  I’m tired of the radical agenda driven peoples, claiming special consideration for gay teens, while then claiming they are fighting “bullying” of teens.  No, you aren’t.  You are fighting the bullying of specific groups — not bullying itself.

That’s wrong!

That’s as wrong as the act of bullying.

Let’s have some real discussion here…

Gay teens are bullied?  Only gay teens?  Yeah, right!

If the supposed grown-ups would fight the act of bullying — then it would be a fight to stop bullying of all.  That would include gays. However, when only gays are the protected group of kids — it not only leaves out the other bullied kids, it adds to those who are. It is, after all, a protection at the expense of others.  What part of this picture can’t these activists see or comprehend?  Or, is it that it doesn’t matter to them?  Is it that it doesn’t fit their true agenda of promotion?

It doesn’t matter if gay teens have been bullied for a hundred years — so have the nerds and others — that doesn’t make this wrongness any righter.

A woman said to me that it is a matter of “respect”.  Yeah, and people should be taught to be respectful just because they should be respectful.  There should be no need to isolate the gays into some special group that everyone must respect, while not demanding the same respect for all others be returned.

I tried to make the point to one person, that teens, who do not believe in open sexuality, should not be forced to “embrace” open homosexuality.  They shouldn’t be forced to take part in things such as “Gay Pride Day”, or, if they are, that they are then the ones being bullied.  And we don’t get this because?

Oh, it doesn’t fit the true agenda?

From what I have seen of Gay Pride parades, it is a show of perversion — and a demand of that “in your face” perversion being accepted or else — not individuals attempting to show they are like everyone else.  Nope!  It’s shock and hostility at it’s best.

It appears that teens are being taught they have a “right” to be rude and lewd in public.  It appears they are being taught that if someone is offended by the public rude and lewd behavior, that person is an intolerant enemy to be punished.  After all, how dare someone think “certain behavior” is inappropriate in public no matter who is involved in the performance?

A man once told me that all he and his activist friends wanted was to be treated equally.  Fine, then accept the consequences equally for the “behavior” that is not acceptable in a public setting.  Stop doing the “in your face, I dare you to say or do anything” actions, while then crying intolerance because someone was offended.  Stop demanding special treatment, especially at the expense of others.

Not everyone likes my hair color or the way I wear it.  Are they intolerant?  Shouldn’t they be forced to love it?  Shouldn’t we have a Carrie’s Hair Day at school each year?  That will force everyone to be more tolerant of my hair, won’t it?  Ridiculous?  Well, so is a day celebrating homosexuality.

It’s one thing to teach teens they are special and to be there for them during those rough years, but quite another to indoctrinate them into the world of hostility and victimhood, and suggesting they now have rights they don’t afford others.  They have the right to be intolerant while demanding tolerance.  They have a right to behave in public as though they walked out of an XXX rated movie, while in a “G” public setting.  That’s wrong!  That’s simply wrong!

If I saw a teen (or anyone) being bullied, I would step-in (or call for help) to stop it.  I wouldn’t even be thinking “why” the bullying was taking place.  That’s because I see bullying as wrong regardless of the victim of it.  Not so for some of those I speak of.  These so-called righteous activists, seem to think it’s quite okay to bully the Christian teens because they don’t want to take part in something they feel is offensive — a Sex Day at school — while supposedly crying out against bullying.

I don’t see these activists, I speak of, doing the kids any favors at all.  They aren’t teaching kids self-respect and how to be respectful to others.  They are teaching hate, hostility, victim-hood, lewdness, rudeness, self-centeredness, blindness,deafness, intolerance, disrespect for self and a life centered around “sex”, rather than centered around self and all that the person can be.  Sex first — all else later, if ever.

Yes, let’s stop the bullying, some activists say, as though the ONLY victims are, or have ever been, gay teens.  Yes, let’s stop the bullying for ALL, unless they happen to be Christian teens (for example), who don’t want to take part in a celebration of sexuality (that has no business being in the school experience anyway).  Now, in that case, it is quite okay to bully them, call them names and demand they give up their beliefs or else.  Yep, that’s different. It’s also why this is a one-sided affair.  An affair that has little to do with an attempt to stop bullying because bullying is wrong in and of itself, but rather — stop the bullying of a select group ONLY, even if it is at the expense of other teens.

Yes, these activists worry so much about the “bullying of teens” and how it so negatively impacts them.  Well, if they are gay teens that is.  Christian teens being bullied and vilified is, in this one-sided affair, quite a different story.  So, I guess this alleged “anti-bullying” movement isn’t really about “anti-bullying” after all, is it?

Write Fearlessly!

Book 1 Writing In Overdrive - smallA few years into my career as a fulltime freelance writer, I got a phone call from an editor. I had written several books for her in the past, and she liked my work.

“Jim,” she said, “are you sitting down? I have a celebrity autobiography I want you to co-write, and you just won’t believe who you’ll be working with.”

She said the name of a celebrity. She clearly expected me to be thrilled.

I had no idea who this person was.

Nevertheless, I managed to sound properly impressed. After all, it had been a long time since my last paycheck, and I needed the job.

As she explained the project to me, I felt a tingle of dread. I had never written a book like this before. I didn’t know if I could pull it off. But I had to pull it off. I had a family to feed and a mortgage to pay. I took the job.

By the time I flew out to meet with the celebrity, I knew his story inside and out, and I was able to ask hundreds of intelligent interview questions. The guy was very impressed with my knowledge. He never suspected that, just a few weeks earlier, I had never heard of him. It was an enjoyable book to write, and having that book on my résumé helped me line up many more celebrity gigs.

The moral of the story: Take risks. Accept new challenges, even if you aren’t sure you can pull them off. Step into the unknown and write fearlessly. You’ll be glad you did.

As writers, we have many fears, insecurities, and self-doubts. But writers can’t afford to be ruled by fear. We have to be fearless. As Anne Rice said, “If you’re writing, you need courage, you need faith in yourself that’s as strong as any talent you may possess.”

First, we need to overcome self-doubt, the fear that we don’t really have what it takes to be a writer. John Gardner said, “Nothing is harder for the developing writer than overcoming his anxiety that he is fooling himself.” Self-doubt is a universal writer’s affliction. All great writers have doubted themselves. They became great by persistently continuing to write in spite of their doubts.

John Steinbeck battled intense self-doubt while writing The Grapes of Wrath. “My many weaknesses are beginning to show their heads,” he wrote in his journal. “‘I’m not a writer. I’ve been fooling myself.'” Despite Steinbeck’s doubts, the novel he agonized over went on to win the Pulitzer Prize and helped him secure the Nobel Prize for literature. So focus on your dreams and goals, not your doubts. Keep writing.

Second, we need to overcome the fear of exposing our souls to the world. Anne Sexton won the Pulitzer for her deeply personal poems about her struggles with relationships and depression. Yet her fears nearly kept her from becoming a poet. As a student, she was so afraid of exposing her poems to criticism that she couldn’t bring herself to register for a poetry workshop taught by a renowned poet. So she had a friend register for her. The poet at the workshop liked her work and opened doors for her in the publishing world. Within a few years, Anne Sexton became one of the most honored poets in the world. But first she had to conquer her fears.

Novelist Erica Jong once admitted, “I went for years not finishing anything. Because, of course, when you finish something you can be judged. . . . I was afraid to take risks.” Don’t listen to your fears. Take risks. Write bravely.

Third, we need to overcome the fear of getting started. Before Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez could sell 30 million copies of One Hundred Years of Solitude and win the Nobel Prize for literature, he had to work up the courage to write the first line. “All my life,” he said, “I’ve been frightened at the moment I sit down to write.”

I once taught a writer’s workshop and a young woman came to me afterward and said, “I just can’t get started. I know what I want to write about. But when I try to write the perfect opening line, nothing comes to me. Without a great first sentence, I can’t write the rest of the story.”

Let me share with you the advice I gave her. I told her that her fear of starting came from unhealthy perfectionism. Sure, the first sentence is important—but it doesn’t have to be the first thing you write. Why not save your first sentence for last? Write the first draft all the way through—and by the time you’re done, a brilliant opening line may occur to you. Just get the words down any way you can. As Nora Roberts has said, “I can fix a bad page. I can’t fix a blank page.”

Book 1 Writing In Overdrive - smallIf you are a perfectionist, it’s time to give yourself permission to write badly. Loosen up! Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to get it perfect. Have fun with your writing. Play with words. Write quickly—a fast, messy, joyful, exuberant first draft. Sure, it will be filled with typos and some bad sentences—but it will also have energy and compelling honesty. (For more information on how to write brilliantly by writing faster, see my new ebook Writing in Overdrive.) Give yourself permission to write badly, and soon you’ll be writing quickly and brilliantly.

Fourth, we need to overcome the fear of rejection and failure. We fear putting our work in front of editors and readers. We are terrified that they will condemn our work—and us with it.

In 1983, Margaret Atwood rented a fisherman’s cottage on the English seacoast. She went there to write her sixth novel, a complex dystopian tale. She soon discovered that the sheer scope of the project intimidated her. She spent the first six months at that seaside cottage bird-watching, reading bad novels, and suffering from the cold damp weather. Throughout that time, she didn’t write a single sentence.

Finally, frustrated with herself for procrastinating so long, she took action. She began to write. She started by writing fragments of the story. She sketched in characters, wrote a few patches of dialogue. At first, nothing hung together—but at least she was doing something. After a few more months, she finally achieved her goal. She had written the first draft of what would eventually be her most acclaimed and successful novel, The Handmaid’s Tale.

The only way to beat the fear of rejection and failure is to bulldoze your way through it by sheer force of will. You must write. And what do you do when you receive a rejection slip? You write some more!

“It does help,” Neil Gaiman observed, “to have the sort of crazed ego that doesn’t allow for failure. The best reaction to a rejection slip is a sort of wild-eyed madness, an evil grin, and sitting yourself in front of the keyboard muttering ‘Okay, you #&@$%s. Try rejecting this!’ and then writing something so unbelievably brilliant that all other writers will disembowel themselves with their pens upon reading it, because there’s nothing left to write.”

We writers must learn to face our fears and embrace our fears. We must dare to do the thing we fear. We must acknowledge the fear—but take risks anyway. Every time you do something challenging and scary, and you succeed, you ratchet your confidence up another notch. “Do the thing you fear,” said Ralph Waldo Emerson, “and the death of fear is certain.”

So ignore your self-doubt. Discard your perfectionism. Write brilliantly, submit your work, and dare any editor to reject it. Live courageously, and write fearlessly.

 

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Jim Denney is a writer with more than 100 published books to his credit, including the Timebenders science-fantasy series. He has just released an inspiring new Kindle ebook for writers, Writing in Overdrive: Write Faster, Write Freely, Write Brilliantly. He has written books with supermodel Kim Alexis, Star Trek actress Grace Lee Whitney, and two Super Bowl champions, quarterback Bob Griese and “The Minister of Defense,” Reggie White. He has co-written many books with Pat Williams (co-founder of the Orlando Magic), including Leadership Excellence and The Difference You Make. Jim is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Follow Jim on Twitter at @WriterJimDenney, and follow his blog at http://unearthlyfiction.wordpress.com/.