So Facebook Made A Mistake…They Sent Me a Survey On Bullying…

As Everyone Knows…YOU NEVER CEDE GROUND TO THE ENEMY.

That is why I am on Facebook, and Twitter. Because unlike many, I realize that if we intend to change the course this nation is on, WE MUST SECURE THE INFORMATION STREAM–ALL OF IT.

And today, facebook asked me to answer a survey on bullying on their platform. The last question was an open ended answer, asking me to describe the issues I am dealing with–in detail.

This Was My Diplomatic Response….

As ALWAYS–FOR THE LAST YEAR+, VERBAL ATTACKS AND ACTUAL THREATS FROM THE LEFTISTS/DEMOCRATS, UP TO AND INCLUDING DEATH, RAPE, AND DOXXING. And now lately, tons of porn spam in messenger, and being added against my wishes to disgusting/obscene porn groups, that often feature illegal activities as well. I have complained to facebook multiple times. I keep my messenger OFF now, and check it as seldom as possible. I have reported people, I have avoided people, I have reported people TO THE POLICE WITH SCREEN SHOTS.

I HAVE REPORTED MULTIPLE USERS IN THE LAST DAY ALONE DIRECTLY TO THE SECRET SERVICE AND THE FBI, AS WELL AS THEIR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT WHEN THEIR PROFILE SHOWED LOCATION–I didn’t bother reporting them to you because you have zero interest in discouraging the terrorism the left is practicing.

Frankly, were it not for the fact I use your platform for work and social research, I would have abandoned facebook years ago. Your choices of reasons for reporting are pitiful, and your supposed “community standards” even more so–as they are never enforced. why are they not enforced? WELL, APPARENTLY, IF YOU ARE A VIOLENT, MENTALLY DISTURBED LEFTIST WHO WANTS TO MURDER FELLOW AMERICAN CITIZENS FOR THEIR POLITICAL BELIEFS, OR ASSASSINATE PUBLIC FIGURES, YOU GET A FREE PASS.

Why is it that you do not include being bullied or threatened for your political beliefs as an option in the harassment category?
I can guess–BECAUSE IF YOU ACTUALLY DID SO YOU MIGHT HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT YOUR “SOCIAL MEDIA” PLATFORM IS A HAVEN FOR ABUSIVE THUGS, THE MENTALLY ILL, AND DOMESTIC TERRORISTS, along with the usual assortment of disgusting and obscene perverts.

I find your deliberate blindness when it comes to the highly toxic political environment you help encourage to be beneath contempt. If Facebook as a business entity showed even the slightest concern for the welfare of members, or simple common DECENCY, the community standards would clearly prohibit threatening people over political views–BECAUSE TO USE THREATS OF VIOLENCE, OR DIRECT VIOLENCE, TO TRY AND EFFECT POLITICAL CHANGE IS DOMESTIC TERRORISM. Which makes your “social media company” AN ACCESSORY BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE FACT, to any crimes committed by members on your platform that you do not even give us the means to report to you.

And when you allow your members to meet up, and plan terrorist acts in the real world–as happened during the last campaign when groups like BLM and Occupy were openly setting up Facebook groups to organize violent protests, the blocking of FEDERAL AND STATE HIGHWAYS (a felony, you know) and other miscellaneous acts of domestic terrorism, and when people OPENLY SWEAR ALLEGIANCE TO ISIS AND POST THEIR ACTS OF TERROR LIVE ON YOUR PLATFORM, YOU ARE FACILITATING DOMESTIC TERRORISM.

But, I suppose it must be worth the money and support you get from your evil, degenerate, mentally unbalanced liberal member base–and the business and hate groups they enjoy. And the tax breaks and H1B visa abuse you get for being a de facto arm of the DNC is probably just a fringe benefit.

If I don’t get banned for this–I will be surprised. Just in case, I gave my facebook friends a heads up, and posted this rant as my status.

Thoughts On Memorial Day….

Today, Stores across the country are having sales. Car dealerships are draped with red white and blue banners where I am. Many of our game websites offer us the chance to get lots more virtual coins, so we can have a shot at winning “the big one”.

The grocery store shelves are picked bare of hotdog and hamburger buns, the delis can hardly keep up with the demand for potato salad, and if you forgot to buy your charcoal, you might be out of luck.

And that is the nature of this day– that they have returned to the Earth, and to that source from which all things were born. That we who are here remember them. Some remember them with prayer, and flags, wreaths placed on their graves. Others remember them in celebration–living and enjoying time with family and friends, savoring the freedom that carries the highest price tag of all.

A MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE

For freedom requires not only personal responsibility, morality, and the assumption of duty before pleasure, payment before reward–freedom also requires, far more often than should be the case, the blood of our parents. Our children. Our spouses. The surest way to lose freedom, forever, is to forget that is IS a treasure, a gift, and must be guarded.

The surest way to lose freedom, and render the sacrifices of our fallen soldiers worse than meaningless, is for the common man to assume “somebody will fix it”. To assume that “the government” will preserve it. To assume that you are “doing your part” by voting, working, and paying taxes alone. These things are only the beginning of preserving this treasure.

Preserving freedom requires each and every citizen, of any nation, to resist at all costs ANY form of government intervention, social “justice”, or shaming that removes the inherent freedoms all are born with. We must be willing to say NO to tempting visions of “FREE” services–be they healthcare, student loans, housing–promised by governments.

Because a government, by its very nature, is a parasite. It does not create, it only consumes. It is, by its very nature, the antithesis of freedom–for it restricts, it regulates, it takes from some to give to others.

Does this mean we must have NO government? No–because there are some things that work best if done by one agency, in one place. But it DOES mean that to allow ourselves to rely on a government to provide those basic necessities required to live comfortably–or live at all–is a dangerous road to travel. Because the government consumes all things, without distinction. And the appetite of government is insatiable.

So whenever D.C.–or Any government seat says they will give you something free, remember: it is only free because someone else is paying in your place. And—what happens when the people run out of sustenance to feed this beast we have allowed to flourish in our midst?

And when we have been sacrificed to the beast that is our government–if there is a hereafter, and our fallen heroes are there….How can we apologize for the way we treated the treasure they died to preserve?

A Letter To Michael Reed–A Gatlinburg Story

The Gatlinburg Story Timeline <–CLICK HERE

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Dear Mr. Reed:

Since Monday night, I and tens of thousands of people around the world have been watching the tragedy unfold in Gatlinburg. We saw your plea to the people there to help you find your beloved family, and we prayed for you and for them. We prayed that they would be found, and you would be reunited.

And today, we’re crying with you. We’re crying with your family. And I have seen some comments from hateful people, mocking us for our faith, saying our prayers didn’t work. That “the imaginary sky fairy” doesn’t exist.

And I know from personal experience that when the pain is so deep it freezes your blood, when the despair is so wide and so strong there seems to be no light, love, or life left, even those with deep faith may question–Why? Why does our Father not hear us, not answer us? I say he DOES hear us–but his plans as a parent to ALL, don’t always seem fair to one. Or even many.

I am NOT saying that is how you feel. But I do know that right now, when the pain is the worst, it can be so very hard to breathe, to endure, to take one. More. Moment.

Your Story, And Your Family, Matter.

At the beginning of this tragedy, the big networks didn’t care. Most regional networks didn’t care either. News coverage was almost non-existent. But then, you gave an interview about your missing family–and something happened. People saw you–your honesty, your deep grief and fear, the obvious love you have for your wife and daughters, and they responded. The interview began spreading on social media.

Then the MSM began to notice, and the press began reporting. And around the world, people became aware of the horrible tragedy that has taken so much from the people of Gatlinburg, and Sevierville, And Pigeon Forge. Donations began pouring in to both local charities and Red cross. YOUR story, and the awareness it brought, has helped raise money to pay vet bills for a little autistic girl’s therapy pony. Your honest face, the face of a loving, frightened grieving father, has moved literally hundreds of people to contact me and ask–“What can I do to help Gatlinburg and Michael Reed”?

Were it not for your story, sir, who knows how many people wouldn’t have CARED enough to help? I don’t know. But I do know that it was YOUR story that is still leading people to my facebook, asking me how they can help.

Believe me– had prayer been enough, your family and the others who died would have been wrapped in the prayers of hundreds, then thousands of people, and they would still be with you. And the others who have died would be alive also. But The Lord called your family, and the others who we all mourn now, home to him. And all the prayers we had couldn’t change HIS will.

But He never gives us a burden greater than we can bear And he never closes a door, without opening an even bigger one. The heart-wrenching video your wife made is already going viral, and only The Lord knows how many little girls, innocents in harm’s way, will be saved by it. And your personal story has brought so much attention to the Gatlinburg Story. The Lord is using that story to call people to help, to give. Your story is showing people how important it is to love your family, to never take life or those you love for granted. Your story is drawing many people from around the nation to Gatlinburg, to help you, and your fellow citizens, get back on your feet. To bring Gatlinburg, Sevierville, and Pigeon Forge, new life, new hope, and a brighter future.

And much of that came because of your initial interview, Mr. Reed. Your interview, and your family, are such a force for good. Constance, through her video, will be a continuing force, for good. Heavenly Father, for reasons only He knows, has called your beautiful wife and daughters home. But he also made sure, when he did, that he made their plight and your count for something far larger than any of us can see right now.

And I hope that when times are hard for you in the future–on those special days when the memories are strongest–you look around and count all the blessings. Count the new homes and businesses, the opportunities, the people, and realize that a part of that came from you. And know that just because they have been found now doesn’t mean we won’t all still be praying for you, your son, and the rest of your family–because we will. they’re our family now, too, you see.

 

80,000 Weddings–A Gatlinburg Story

The Gatlinburg Story Timeline

The Reverend Ed Taylor lived 89 years. When his family last heard from him, he told them he was at home, and had been told there was no need to evacuate.

But when they were unable to contact him again, they knew that something was wrong–and when his teacup poodle was located at a veterinarian’s office, they knew that he was in all likelihood, dead.

80,000 Weddings….

Reverend Taylor probably had all of the usual ups and downs in his ministry that happen to any man of God–after all, not everyone who turns to a Reverend does so for GOOD reasons. But Rev. Taylor also can be noted for something else–in his long service to God, he officiated at 80,000 weddings.

What an amazing, and wonderful, thing to try and imagine–in this man’s life, he had 80,000 couples, all ages and walks of life, come to him to share what is one of the most profound moments in the lives of two people–the moment they stand together in the sight of God, to pledge their lives to each other. To pledge to stand together, in sickness and in health, not to part until death.

While we all have probably hears the statistics concerning marriage–especially the sad fact that almost half end in divorce–that doesn’t change the impact that Reverend Taylor and other men and women like him are participating in something that is profound, something meaningful, something central to a person’s life.

This man worked in a part of the world that doesn’t typically take marriage lightly, either. Having watched this story develop, one of the striking things about the people of Gatlinburg, and the many people in the USA and internationally that are showing up on the news sites to follow the story, is the deep level of faith they exhibit–which is for the next article.

But even if we take basic statistics from the USA, this man touched a LOT of lives. Consider that statistics–1/2 of all marriages end in divorce, and the average couple in the USA has 2 children.

That means, statistically–about 35,000 of the couples married by the Reverend are likely still together. And Then go the children–statistically, most people get married between 20 and 35–so most of his marriages ere probably people in the child rearing age group.

Not I am not a math whiz–but it’s possible this one man had an indirect role in the lives of around 80-100,000 children being brought into the world. And folks–that’s the equivalent of a small American town. If you want to get technical, the wedding couples ALONE, no children counted, amounts to a town larger than Yuma Arizona where my brother in law lives. With any luck, some of those couples will see this post, and contact me with their stories :-).

Who Are The People?

Here is a testimonial on the Reverend, found on WBIR’s comments on his passing:

He performed marriage ceremonies for many years and he has performed over 80,000 wedding ceremonies. Like us, there are many other couples that were fortunate enough to get married by this wonderful man, and many that can also say he performs one of the prettiest ceremonies I have ever seen. The words that have stuck with us and we will never forget are the words that were spoken to us on our wedding day by Rev. Taylor, “Never go to bed mad at one another.” He offered so many words of encouragement for our marriage that day and we will carry those words in our hearts and minds forever. We have pictures, as well as a video to carry with us, but no amount of material things could replace his beautiful presence on this earth. We are sending our condolences out to his family that have endured this tragic loss. May you find peace and comfort in the days ahead, knowing that Rev. Taylor has grown his wings and is now watching over us from above. R.I.P. Rev. Ed Taylor. You will be missed by many.

And that is just one I have found so far.

A Celebration Of Life…

There will be more coming on the Reverend–but in the meantime, the mere fact that he participated in the weddings of 80,000 couples is the real story here. 80,000 couples, with hope and love in their hearts, stood before this man in what is a celebration of life–their wedding day. 80,000 beautiful brides walked down his aisle, with that stomach tightening mixture of love, expectation, and dreams rising up so strong they probably wanted to just scream it out (I’ve been there). 80,000 grooms stood watching the woman they love coming to them with trust, faith and love–trusting them to be there. To be strong. To protect and cherish them.

Who knows how many christenings this man performed? Who knows how many people received comfort from him when loved ones were ill or had died? Who knows how many people in the community turned to him on days less happy than their wedding day? Probably noone knows these things. But I do know one thing–The Reverend Taylor was probably one of the happiest men on Earth. Because when you stand in the presence of love as often as he did–how can you be anything other than happy?

Rest In Peace, Reverend Taylor–your life was one well lived, your rest deserved. And you will be remembered.

On The Egregious Conduct Of Ms. Kim King, WLOS, Asheville N.C.–A Gatlinburg Story.

ENTER THE FIRST OF THE FAKE NEWS “JOURNALISTS” 

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END. Up to this point in the Gatlinburg Story, we have been truly blessed–because the majority of the coverage has been provided by three highly professional, dedicated, compassionate teams of journalists courtesy of WATE,WVLT,and WBIR, along with 2 newspapers, The Knoxville News Sentinel, and The Tennessean–and an occasional piece from FOX WZTV. From the first chaotic night, despite the firestorm, tornadoes and scattered flooding, these true journalists have held to the highest standards of journalistic ethics–they have been compassionate, thorough, professional and unbiased, while still diligently seeking information for the public.

Watching from Arizona I have come to look forward to seeing their familiar faces, watching how naturally they interact with the people in Gatlinburg and the surrounding areas, and how they manage to balance their obvious empathy and involvement with the reporting of the news. They are truly amazing people to watch, and eastern Tennessee is fortunate to have such a concentration of talent.

Then Along Comes Ms. King–One Of NYC’s “Finest” (NOT)…..

Now isn’t she just special, bless her heart? She exemplifies what certain failed presidential candidates meant when they so snidely referred to “New York Values”. And then she decided to start pushing for the name of the person or persons who “dropped the ball” and whose incompetence, by inference, led to the 13 tragic deaths. She was establishing a false narrative–fallaciously comparing this unprecedented firestorm in Tennessee to an entirely different type of fire in North Carolina, acting as though she actually knew something about forest management, or meteorology, or the science and physics behind firestorms. Additionally, she referred to an inaccurate piece of weather information as though it were established fact.

Needless to say, she likely knows little or NOTHING about these subjects, given the narrative she was trying to create. But the complete breakdown of the firestorm and analysis of available information is for another series of articles. THIS article is about the harpy who actually thought it would be a good idea to state, in so many words, that it was the ineptitude of the National parks people, or the Mayors, or first responders or boogymen that caused thirteen people to die.

The Video Clip Again

And….THE PETITION TO FIRE THE HARPY.

But..But…1st Amendment! Democracy! The PEEEPUL’s Right To Know!

HOGWASH.

  1. She was insinuating DIRECTLY–BY STATING A BALL HAD BEEN DROPPED AND DEMANDING A NAME–that there was incompetence at the root of the deaths, WITH ABSOLUTELY NO PROOF THIS IS THE CASE. With several layers of government involved and the fire encompassing private property, federal land, and who knows what other land ownership is in the midst–county? city? State? Saying ANYTHING OTHER THAN–“THE MATTER IS BEING INVESTIGATED AND WE WILL NOT COMMENT AT THIS TIME, AS WE DON’T WANT TO POSSIBLY TAINT THE INVESTIGATION ” would be idiotic. AND I HAVE SEEN NO SIGN EITHER OF THE MAYORS IS AN IDIOT.
  2. SHE VIOLATED JOURNALISTIC ETHICS AND INTEGRITY: HERE IS THE CODE
  3. The Mayors and other officials have spoken before about the various steps that will be taken, and ARE being taken, to determine what, IF ANYTHING, could have resulted in a better outcome. THESE PRESS CONFERENCES ARE MEANT TO KEEP PEOPLE INFORMED ON THE THINGS THAT MATTER TO THEM NOW. With the governments investigating possible arson along with the failures in emergency warning procedures, this would not be the time to be discussing the issue anyway.
  4. Now, let’s just think what would happen if the mayor had given her the name of the person in charge that night–and the investigations reveal that person was NOT responsible for anything. Well, the city, county and state would, at the very least, probably be facing a MASSIVE lawsuit for placing the person in a position where they were presumed “guilty”.   Because in most government jobs, if you are NAMED in anything that might turn out to be a problem, then you’re placed on administrative leave. And then the rumor mills starts up, and the gossip flies–and even if your name is cleared–you can’t get back your reputation.
  5. Frankly–THE LAST THING WE NEED IN THIS EVENT IS THE LYING MEDIA. AT THE VERY LEAST SHE WAS DISRUPTING THE DELIVERY OF IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON OTHER MATTERS, OR PERHAPS TRYING TO CREATE A SENSATION TO BENEFIT HER CAREER–Which judging from comments in the comment section of WLOS’s Facebook Page is hardly one worth bragging about. And one could make a case that her blatant implication of CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE defames the characters of everyone associated with this disaster.

Demanding to know the name of the person who “dropped the ball”, when THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THE BALL WAS DROPPED, is NOT “journalism”, unless of course we’re looking at the YELLOW Kind. That is simple slander and scandal mongering, of a level one would have expected from tabloid trash papers back in the good old days. I wouldn’t be surprised if she sleeps with a copy of Megyn Kelly’s abysmal new book under her pillow….

It Is Time To Draw A Red Line In The Sand, Here…NO MORE FAKE NEWS.

We’ve spent the last 18 months or so being bombarded with the lowest forms of yellow journalism, and suffering with a main stream media that has on more than one occasion suppressed news, distorted news, delivered news that hasn’t even been remotely checked for facts–and in more than one case–ABSOLUTELY FALSIFIED NEWS. And I for one am NOT going to tolerate it any longer.

And for the record–it has now been CLOSE TO 6 HOURS SINCE THE HARPY DID THIS–AND WLOS HAS YET TO ISSUE A STATEMENT. AND SHE, OF COURSE, HASN’T EITHER.

How much do you want to bet the big boys over there are closeted in some boardroom with their lawyers, trying to figure out the least expensive way to dig themselves out of the manure, without having to admit it was a setup? Because these “journalists” seldom are asking questions they thought of themselves.

POST SCRIPT : THE MSM REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM:

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AND THERE YOU HAVE IT FOLKS–FIVE HOURS FOR THIS INSULTING NON-APOLOGY. THESE GUYS ARE AMAZING, THEY SHOULD BE NATIONAL AND COMPETING WITH CNN ANY DAY NOW!

80,000 Weddings

Investing In Gold and Silver Part 3–The Markets Option.

Time To Look At Other Investing Options…

In Part 2, We went into more detail about directly buying silver and gold. Now, let’s look at the investment side of precious metals.

You have other options for investing in gold and silver–the stock market and the futures/commodities market. These options are two that I personally am not using at the moment, though it IS on the table for the future. There are also gold based retirement funds and general gold and silver funds–which are NOT on the table, and shouldn’t be.

Investing In Mining Company Stocks

Investing in mining stocks is often a long term proposition–as mines themselves have a “lifespan”, and a new mine can literally take a decade or longer to begin operating. Traditionally, mining stocks appreciate in value when the confidence in the dollar is LOW, and decrease when confidence in the dollar is HIGH.

The advantage to buying mining stock is a fairly simple thing to understand–most are not expensive, and many pay dividends on a quarterly basis. When buying ANY stock, it’s a wise idea to go for the option that offers dividends over one that does not, and arrange to have the dividends reinvested automatically. This not only avoids the taxes on dividends earned, it greatly increases your investment leverage without costing you more out of pocket.

Choosing A Stock, For Newbies

Here is the really really simple checklist:

  1. If you have a choice between a stock paying dividends and one that doesn’t–get the dividends, and arrange to re-invest. In a “bear” market (negative), the worst that happens is no dividends. In a “bull” market (good) Higher dividends. As a rule the dividend stocks retain more value as well.
  2. Next, look at the PRICE TO EARNINGS RATIO. That link explains in simple terms. A BIG number means  it will take much longer to get a return on your investment, barring unexpected events. a SMALL number can be EITHER a company in trouble, or an undervalued company–so research.
  3. DO NOT DAY TRADE! Set up an account with a reputable trading company online, and plan on holding your stock. Day trading can wipe out your nest egg.
  4. ALWAYS keep some ready funds available somewhere that you can transfer to your stock fund. There WILL be market corrections coming, and when the market crashes, you’ll have funds to take advantage.
  5. RESEARCH THE COMPANIES WELL. A good place to start with stocks is on stock exchanges themselves like THIS ONE Another good option, and worth the subscription, is YCHARTS. Ycharts and Marketwatch are my go to sites. Note the link to marketwatch takes you to a gold mining stock, and the NASDAQ link takes you to their outlook for mining stocks. 
  6. DON’T put all your “eggs” in one basket. For instance, for the “gold and silver/mining” percentage of your portfolio, invest the cash in 2 or 3 different companies. Same with any other sector. That way, if companies experience a hostile takeover or are bought and sold, you can also profit :-).

Wow–Looks Scary Complicated, But ….

Actually, it isn’t–when you are buying and holding, which is what you should do. You’ll find gold mining stocks running anywhere from 3.00-30.00 or so per share on the list at the NASDAQ industry outlook link above.

Mining stocks should be handles the same way physical precious metals are–DOLLAR COST AVERAGING. Add a chosen mount to your investment account on a bi-weekly or monthly schedule, and LEAVE IT ALONE. But keep funds available for market corrections!

Remember this: AMERICA CREATED THE LARGEST NUMBER OF MILLIONAIRES DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION–because smart people got assets and BOUGHT land, businesses and stocks at pennies on the dollar.

BTW–There’s An App For This!

Here are some links to information on various apps for investing:

  1. Huffington Posts’s Top Ten Investment Apps list. If you’re not into just buying mining stock, I HIGHLY recommend the Acorns App. It truly is set and forget, and the mix of stocks is a good one. Also, as it rounds up debit/credit card purchases and invests the change, if you’re a heavy card user you’ll build value quickly.
  2. STASH INVESTMENT— This app lets you invest as little as 5.00 at a time in a basic portfolio, or build your own, and it automatically debits your bank account of choice at regular intervals. The app is very easy to use, and fees are low.
  3. EXPLORE THE INVESTMENT GAMES! Google play is loaded with games that teach investing, and other more serious apps to turn you into a guru in baby steps. Other good search terms are “investment training”, “investment courses”.

 

All of the above options give you the ability to “set and forget”–which also helps you avoid the urge to day trade. And with mining stocks well priced right now, you have a good opportunity to begin building a portfolio for the future.

OK–So How Much Is Good?

If you’re using Acorns app, then you’ll never notice–it’s funded by the rounding up method. To give you a basic idea, in our house we are daily card users for the most part–debit card, and the “keep the change” savings option typically adds about 40.00 a month to our savings account/ Acorns account.

If you are using stash, then dedicating 50.00/month–25.00 every 2 weeks–works very well if you can afford it. We also dedicate the same amount of money to a savings account linked to the app, so when the market corrects, we’ll have a nice chunk of cash to buy stocks.

THIS IS THE SINGLE BEST THING YOU CAN DO TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF LONG TERM STOCK INVESTMENT! Regular investing, with matching funds for larger buys available, allows you to profit both from the current strong bull market AND from any corrections.

In the next installment, we’ll look at things to avoid–the “paper gold” market.