Archive for September, 2011

Miracles do happen! – Love, devotion, to a dying breath

September 26, 2011

This is a most inspirational story of devotion of a dying man to an infant that needed a family and the love of the extended family, community and church members that moved mountains to ensure a future for this child.

 

Read here.

I am Troy Anthony Davis – “May God have Mercy on Your Souls.”

September 21, 2011

May God have mercy on your souls. May God bless your souls.  — Troy Davis’ last words to his executioners

The State of Georgia has executed Troy Anthony Davis despite no evidence but witnesses, seven of nine who have recanted their stories. We are not a civilized country. We are a totalitarian police state and it is time to hold our elected officials and judges accountable. We must stand together and remove every last one from office who does not support abolition of the the death penalty.  The death  penalty when carried out without absolute proof proves we are barabarians.

I am Troy Anthony David. We are Troy Anthony Davis. You are Troy Anthony Davis.

Americans are murderers, each and every one for having failed to end the death penalty.  We have executed innocent people.

I will now boycott everything to do with Georgia and Texas.  We must hold these states accountable.  I pledge to vote against any politician who does not pledge to end the death penalty.

This is a sad day for our uncivilized country. We are a totalitarian police state.

May God rest his soul!   The irony  is that the true killer is still  at large!  How can the officer’s family really have peace except as a delusion!

Death from lack of dental care increasing in United States

September 18, 2011

Tooth and gum disease is a leading cause of infections, heart disease, and poor nutrition, especially in the elderly.  The fact that our supposedly civilized country has so neglected this necessary health care is a sorry fact.  A country is judged by the way it treats the least among it.  Poor people in the United  States have lost man of their teeth before the age of 40 and the  percentage who need dentures despite advancements in dentistry is appalling.

Several years ago our church janitor, a gentle man who had a tough life with some personal problems, lived in our church apartment and cared lovingly for our church building.  He didn’t have the money to pay for dental care and had a horrible abscess and pain from rotten teeth.  he kept buying ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil are the brand names).  He took large quantities of this drug for a long time.  The end result was that the drug caused a bleeding ulcer and we found him deaf in the church school in his 40s, having bled out from his bleeding ulcer in a  pool of blood.  This was a preventable death.

The number of Americans dying of preventable complications of dental caries is rising at an alarming rate.  There is no excuse for our country  to neglect its citizens like this.  Health care should be a right and not a privilege and this should especially be true of mental health care.

How much money are we going to waste paying for persons who come to ERs with advanced terminal illness that was preventable? How many productive years will be lost?  How many kids will grow up without a parent, under financial stress and inadequate supervision?

This news article paints this grim picture in more detail.

I don’t believe Rick Perry – he’s misleading us

September 11, 2011

Jim Hightower, a National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author . . .  has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be – consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks. [from CommonDreams.org, republished article on 9/11/11]

After reading this article by Hightower, I don’t believe Rick Perry and I won’t be voting for him.  I want honesty and transparency in government, not hype, hypocrisy, and misleading statements.  Rick Perry appears to be the opposite of this ideal.

The following are excerpts from his article Published on Wednesday, September 7, 2011 by Creators.com and republished on CommonDreams.org. Folow the links to the full article.

Perry Tales: Rick Is Not Who He Says He Is

Presidential wannabe Rick Perry is . . .  spreading little “Perry Tales” about himself . . . claims that his Texas Miracle is the result of him keeping the government out of the private sector’s way. . . During Perry’s decade, the greatest job growth [in Texas] . . .  has come from the public sector . . . more than doubled the number of new jobs created by the private sector.

His top Perry Tale . . .” While the rest of the country is mired in joblessness, says the miracle worker, his state has added 1.2 million jobs during his 10-year tenure.”

. . .  the Lone Star State ranks a middling 26th, behind New York, Massachusetts and other states whose “liberal” governments he routinely mocks.

. . . .

On his watch as governor, Texas added more minimum wage jobs than all the other 49 states combined. More than half a million Texans now work for $7.25 an hour or less.

. . . .

he’s running around ranting about President Obama’s stimulus program, but he gladly accepted the third highest amount of stimulus funds taken by the 50 states. There’s his miracle.

. . . .

Perry personally took $80,000 in farm payments. . . . [govt] financed his college education at Texas A&M,  [allowing him] to be a cheerleader. . . .  he spent four years on the federal payroll as an Air Force transport pilot who never did any combat duty. . . . [he’s been in elected office] for 27 years . . . . getting regular paychecks from taxpayers for nearly three decades as a state representative, agriculture commissioner, lieutenant governor and governor . . . [receiving benefits including] platinum-level health care coverage and a generous pension from the state, plus $10,000 a month for renting a luxury suburban home, a covey of political and personal aides and even a publicly paid subscription to Food & Wine magazine.

Perry has been living high on the hog, on Texas tax dollars, keeping Texas citizens in poverty with very little benefits.  He’s not just made government “inconsequential” in Texans’ lives – he’s made it unresponsive and irresponsible in Texas. He’s  trying to sell the rest of the country this bill of goods!

Perry literally puts the “hype” in hypocrisy. Forget his tall tales and political B.S. — look at what he actually does.

© 2011 Jim Hightower

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