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Guilt vs Responsibility , the final analysis
Posted:Feb 7, 2019 6:35 am
Last Updated:Feb 8, 2019 7:52 pm

I see that my pointing out how nonproductive guilt is, has generated some issues with the less analytical. Allow me to clarify what most psychologists will tell you.

Guilt is a feeling. It is not a to action to change what caused one to feel guilty to start with. Without action, guilt can go as far as to dominate life. You can sit around wallow in your guilt, thereby excusing yourself from changing your behavior. OR you can accept responsibility for your actions and change them , if you chose.

" The difference between guilt and responsibility is more than an abstract moral distinction; it has a definite psychological reality that profoundly affects our behavior and our well being. On a gut emotional level, it is the difference between personal power and chronic powerlessness. Emotional pollution has made us view guilt not as a result of violating our own values but as something done to us by others. Thus we have expressions like, "Don't guilt me," and, "She's laying a guilt trip on me." Steven Stosny, Ph.D.

Creating excuses and blaming others do not change behavior, but make us angry and defensive. In a study of domestic abuse " help " groups about 30 years ago, researchers found the groups only made the abusers worse. The were not permitted to give any context for their behavior because that was "making excuses, justifying, and trying to blame the victim." The counselors had good intentions, but the unintended side effect was devastating, They tried to control what their thought as well as how they felt and behaved, by dismissing their perspectives and manipulating their guilt, shame, and fear of consequences. In other words, attempting to pin guilt alone, and thinking that will change behavior, didn't work.

So basically, it all comes down to us. You can sit around and " feel guilty" and repeat the same actions again and again. Or you can step up, be responsible and choose to change your behavior. Or not. It's up to you. This is what we should be teaching our - not " Shame, shame, go sit in the corner".
Posted:Feb 4, 2019 7:07 am
Last Updated:Feb 7, 2019 5:35 am
Why no outrage over his two homies in VA?

The Gov and his racist pix, his support of infanticide ?

And the Lt. Gov facing charges of sexual assault ?

Shove this one under the rug? If they were Republicans, we couldn't get on the front page for his blogs about them.

Posted:Feb 4, 2019 6:45 am
Last Updated:Feb 7, 2019 5:40 am

Billionaires used to be great. Democrats loved them. They gave them money to get elected. Now they are evil, some of them anyway. As Bill DiBlasio said “The money is in the wrong hands.” That is, it’s in your hands, not his. Elizabeth Warren says she has a right to your money, also.
“Billionaires make me wonder what our country needs more of: ranches with golf courses designed by PGA players and fireplaces ‘imported from European castles’ — or universal childcare a Green New Deal and the UltraMillionaireTax.”

As a matter of fact, wealth is now evil. money you work for, a company you build from scratch, none of that belongs to you. President Barack Obama was right: “You didn’t build that.”
This is the new diss of wealthy people from the Far Left, the darlings of the media and the Democratic Party. IF they agree with them. Nobody is challenging Oprah's money, or Tom Steyer. They are on the right side- they hate Trump. But , as soon as they step out line, they better watch out. When Mike Bloom­berg took issue with Warren’s money grabbing plan, she shot back that he and Schultz “want to keep a rigged system in place that benefits only them and their buddies.” Didn't Bloomberg used be a good guy, too?

Starbucks CEO found out recently that you better not challenge their little power hungry club. " Until he announced his run for president, Starbucks founder Howard Schultz was one of the good guys, too. He used his business to send liberal messages and spent money on liberal goals. Shareholders were concerned that he was using Starbucks too heavily for his personal liberal platform and alienating moderates and conservatives. " Karol Markowicz of the New York Post says.
They dont even like his Horatio Alger story, coming up out of public housing, and starting the company he did.
Obama administration official Brandon Friedman hissed: “If you ‘grew up in the projects,’ then you’re not ‘self-made.’ The projects are taxpayer-funded public housing. Your friends, neighbors, family members and millions of Americans you never met all worked and paid their taxes so that you wouldn’t have to grow up homeless.” No, you lived in the projects because you were poor, and needed the help the new Power Club ( AOC, Warren Sanders, and their local allies ) says it wants to provide. So if you take the help, you are now a moocher? If you move out of the projects and become a success, this is a bad thing? That says their real agenda is to KEEP people in the projects so they can control them.

Howard Schultz has committed the ultimate sin-he challenged the Power Club with a common sense view that a lot of moderate Democrats can agree with. He could get the votes, running as an independent, that the Power Club claims as theirs. Dare I say it- he will split the vote, and help Trump get reelected. Oh the horror!!!!!

This isn't about money. It never was. It isn't about the ' little people". This is about power. money buys power- just ask the Clintons , the Kennedys, ( I dont include Trump- he got all the free media he needed during the campaign )

Schultz is being treated like minorities and women who became conservatives . He strayed off the plantation. He challenges their perceived right to decide how YOU spend YOUR money. He questioned the orthodoxy. He has sinned, and he must be crucified.
Posted:Feb 2, 2019 8:47 am
Last Updated:Feb 4, 2019 8:50 am

Most of this is copy and paste, but it's short, so bear with me.

In her "Final Thoughts" Friday on Fox Nation, Tomi Lahren addressed the lack of outrage on the left over the security around this weekend's Super Bowl.
Lahren explained that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers will be securing Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.
According to CBP, 149 agents and officers will support local law enforcement at the big game and help secure the grounds and the sky around the stadium.
"Funny, I haven’t seen any of the leftists protesting any of that. Have you?" Lahren asked.

It was also reported that seven miles of fencing will surround the stadium for the game, creating a "pedestrian-only" perimeter.
Some areas of the park near the stadium -- which will hold game-related events leading up to Sunday -- have already been closed off with high, chain-link fences, the Associated Press reported.
Lahren said that the lack of protests over Super Bowl security is odd, given the left's anti-wall stance.
"Where are the protesters?" she asked. "Aren’t you equally as outraged that heavily-armed law enforcement officers with guns will be patrolling the stadium and nearby areas?"

A BARRIER TO KEEP OUT PEOPLE YOU DONT WANT THERE??????? That's IMMORAL. People just want to see a better football game. Why is the NFL and city so racist? So uncompassionate?
But moreover, this won't work. These barriers wont keep people out. They will just get a ladder, a tunnel, so there's no point in building them.
Security checkpoints? OMG they will ask for an ID and to see your ticket !!!!!!!

I am totally outraged.
Posted:Jan 31, 2019 6:40 am
Last Updated:Feb 2, 2019 5:30 pm

It doesn't do any good to make the case to Democrats , that since 2016, things have gotten better . They are too unhinged and too focused on Trump's personality to take notice of how wrong they have been. And, yes, all the 2020 potentials are completely out of touch with Americans. When they support eliminating fossil fuels, the private insurance industry , raising middle class taxes , and deliberately causing massive employment by supporting idiot plans like The Green New Deal and Medicare for all, you have some sort of idea what I mean. THIS is what they choose to run against Trump in 2020? Maybe killing babies after they are born is a winner?

Remember the predictions of the Democrat's Guru , Paul Krugman about the worldwide horrific depression that a Trump victory would guarantee? The US economy would crash into oblivion? Even the most partisan anti-Trumper has to admit the economy is doing well. Why? The past 2 has seen tax cuts, massive deregulation, recalibration of trade policy, tax incentives to bring back offshore capital, and dramatic rises in oil and natural-gas production.
But take heart, 2020 -ers, you can ruin it fast with the " Green New Deal" Might I point out the reason more are not dying in the Polar Vortex is FOSSIL FUELS. They are keeping us warm, oh ye clueless ones.

And speaking of the weather, the world did not end in a fiery ball because we pulled out of the empty and expensive Paris Accords. Being tougher on Iran has not been a bad thing- at least we stopped sending them pallets of money. Also odd, on the foreign policy front, that all those who screamed and cried about how we shouldn't engage in so many foreign wars, had their knickers in a knot over Trump out of Syria. Also of note, the Taliban ( the ones we bankrolled at one time ) is now at the peace table, as is North Korea. AND, working it out among themselves, hopefully.
China has been called out for stealing our intellectual property, unfair trade is now on a more equitable basis, and Canada and Mexico signed a new, also more fair trade deal.

Trump's getting criminal justice reform done, something the Democrats have been hollering about for , barely made a late night news headline, and was buried deep in most papers. Maybe they are pissed it undid a Bill/Hillary law.

And let's not forget the border. This one is easy. Until Trump wanted to secure the border, all the Democrats were for it. Now it is immoral to build the barriers in the US that they all voted for in 2013, 2005, and funded 67 other countries to build. Maybe Trump should just start saying we will tear down all the current border fencing, steel slats, border check points, and open our doors to the whole world, unvetted and unchecked. I wonder how fast the Democrats would pass a border security bill then?
Good thing they sent so much firepower to Roger Stone's house. Who knows what international catastrophe would have happened if he had just gone on in to the FBI office? At least some are questioning the wisdom of the sort of unaccountable, overreaching , and despotic power we have given to the Special Council.

Anyone not sharing in the hate-everything-Trump-does-or-says camp , has to engage in a little schadenfreude when the press DOES get caught with fake news. When asked on “The View” why so often the liberal press keeps making up facts, “jumps the gun” and has to “walk stuff back when it turns out wrong,” Joy Behar honestly answered, “Because we’re desperate to get Trump out of office. That’s why.” At least someone on the Left can tell the truth .
You won't see any positives on the US from the lame stream media, who are still reporting 90% negative about this President. Instead, all you will hear is Russia, Russia, Russia, and what a horrible person Trump is.

Never believe your eyes, just believe what the media tells you, and nobody gets hurt, right?
Just For Hank
Posted:Jan 28, 2019 5:07 pm
Last Updated:Jan 31, 2019 5:53 am
Yes, they go nuts in the South over snow. They already closed the schools, as of this afternoon. But yes, it is time to panic- it was sprinkling on the way home.

Posted:Jan 27, 2019 6:24 am
Last Updated:Jan 30, 2019 7:33 am

There were quite a few things the media got wrong recently. I wonder if I should, like some have the time to do, go back thru the blogs and pull up old ones.
I do get a kick out of reading the latest hate Trump/Conservatives/ Republicans blogs , doing the happy dance over some FAKE news story.

How about a tiny list?

First there was the Buzzfeed story that Trump told Cohen to lie. OOOOO RESIGNATION TODAY !!!!!!!! the hate Trump bloggers gleefully danced. You know who you are. They were picking out his orange suit and everything. Except- it was , again FAKE NEWS.

We had the Covington High School . More hating and vilifying. Catholic who are pro-life are soooo evil. The same media that trashed the , celebrated the NY bill that lets you murder a baby up to its being born. Who's evil again?

On a slightly different note- I am sure Leaf and Company are thrilled they got that criminal mastermind- the one who has so many weapons, guards, and assorted firepower, that it took 29 agents, 17 vehicles, body armor, and every weapon that could be carried to bring him down- Roger Stone. Except Stone does not own a weapon, has an expired passport, and was already talking with the Mueller people.
And the situation was soooooo dangerous, so much so that they needed all that firepower and manpower, that CNN could happily trot along to film it all. Hmmmmm not suspicious leaking going on there, I guess ?

And the shut down news. How about that for fake news? In any other universe, Trump would be hailed as a Statesman, to put politics aside, and ended the shutdown. There would be endless stories about how he put " the American people ahead of politics " and " in a Statesman like move " The lame stream media, were this a Democrat President , would all be reading from the same script, with the same phrases and talking points. He would be the greatest hero since Lincoln. And , the crap came from both sides this time. Oddly enough, both were saying the same thing " Trump caved" The Left spun it like they won some huge victory, the border barriers are off the table, permanently, and Nancy Pelosi is the Queen of the May, the Hindu goddess Durga, fierce demon fighting Goddess and Joan of Arc all rolled into one.

The far right got into the act also- Trump caved, which makes him a huge wussy. Except none of that is true. He gave Congress 3 weeks to get their act together and negotiate. They don't do their job in 3 weeks, we are back to square one.

And how about we give a little shout out to the "Voter fraud doesn't exist " folks ? Right Skariff? I am sure everyone has read by now about the 95,000 on Texas voter roles that have no business being there, and the 68,000 that voted some time in the past. For the umpteenth time, I think I will mention companies, the Government, airlines, schools, doctors, banks, and even UPS ask for an ID for a damn reason. If you guessed because all these institutions are racist and dont want anyone but white males to deal with them, you might be a teeny bit wrong.

All in all, it was not a good week for the media. The phrase " if true" got quite the workout. So did the phrases " the walls are closing in " , " impeachment" , and the Leaf Blower got all hot and bothered every time he typed " resignation".
Posted:Jan 18, 2019 3:34 pm
Last Updated:Jan 19, 2019 5:27 am
Prince Phillip has done it again. This from The Sun:
The fiercely independent royal, 97, was uninjured after the 4x4 he was driving was "T-boned" and then overturned on the A419 at Babingley, Norfolk at 3pm.
The Duke of Edinburgh was pulling out of a driveway onto the rural a-road when his car was smashed on its side.
Eyewitnesses have told how they hauled the Prince from his wrecked vehicle - which had flipped over onto the driver's door.
A royal bodyguard with the Prince at the time also escaped uninjured, it's been reported.

Leave to the Duke to make bigger headlines than politics.

Posted:Jan 17, 2019 6:19 am
Last Updated:Jan 18, 2019 3:35 pm

One thing that is essential when you insult someone , is to have some truth in it, so it sticks. If you call a person insensitive, then make sure they have made an insensitive remark. If you want to call a woman a fat , old hag, then make sure she is not 5'5" , 90 pounds , and 20 years old. You get the drift.
Apparently no one has explained this concept to the oh-so-enlightened Left.
A rather hysterical exchange took place recently between a CNN " analyst" and conservative radio host David Webb.
Webb argued — as conservatives of many different races argue! — that race should not be a factor in such decisions, which should be based strictly on qualifications.
Martin, predictably, leaned on identity. “That’s a whole ’nother long conversation about white privilege,” she sniffed. “The things that you have the privilege of doing that people of color don’t have the privilege of.” Webb, sensing something amiss, asked: “How do I have white privilege?” Her answer: Because he is a “white male.”
Except Webb is Black. BAM Drop the mike.

Kevin Williamson has other examples of the Left going immediately to non-sequiturs. instead of ideas:
" Dennis Prager, relating the story above, mentions that he was denounced — as he must be denounced! — before a college campus speech as a racist, sexist, homophobe, and . . . anti-Semite. Prager is Jewish. He has made opposing anti-Semitism a fundamental part of his public career. The reaction to that news was predictable: “Oops. Well, he’s still a racist, sexist, homophobe . . .”
I’ve heard Charles C. W. Cooke dismissed as a fundamentalist Christian (he’s an atheist) and Guy Benson denounced as a homophobe (he’s gay). I have even heard myself denounced as a sellout self-hating black man (I’m white). "

None of the facts matter to those who go for the ad hominem first. They are not interested in debating an issue, or hearing an opposing view. The differing ideas must be silenced, and their way to do it , is to immediately attempt to discredit the purveyor of those ideas, by pointing out something that generally has zero to do with the ideas in question. Maybe like saying someone is bald, as a way to discredit them? Or overweight is a reason to minimize a person's ideas .

Most of the time, if immutable characteristics are not used, it is some accusatory falsehood, so serious, in their minds, that the person is not worthy to be listened to. Trump is a Nazi. But then so was Bush, so go figure. Sooner or later , the charge is just plain silly, because they have zero understanding that Nazi, the National Socialist German Workers Party , had, as its operative word, " socialist ". So if you accuse someone of being a repressive socialist, all while you are advocating socialism, and shouting down speakers, you just look ridiculous.

So I think I will bask in a little schadenfreude about Ms. Martin, and tell her to do a little research before she opens her self-righteous mouth.
Posted:Jan 15, 2019 6:41 am
Last Updated:Jan 16, 2019 7:59 am
Looks like certain Democrats are falling all over each other to see who can be out of touch with America the fastest. The ridiculous run to the Left of Democrats is a sight to behold.

Leading the pack, is not the AOC, media darling of late, but Bill DiBlasio. Not to be outdone, destroying the quality of life in New York, he has doubled down. First he vowed free health care for 600,000 New Yorkers, half of them here illegally. Next came a plan to force private employers to give nearly all workers 10 paid vacation days a year.
He said recently " “Brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. There’s plenty of money in this city. It’s just in the wrong hands.” And Batman Bill is here to right the wrong- to take away the money from those evil people who earned it, invested it, or inherited it , and give it to those who didn't earn it, work for it, or invest it. His taking direct rhetoric from the Castro, Lenin, Stalin, and Venezuelan play book doesn't even register with him. Why doesn't he just say- I am all for the failed ideas of every socialist/ communist despot that ever took his country down the tubes ?

Next on the list of US Sovereignty Destroyers is new California Gov. Gavin Newsom signaled his virtue by promising his state would be a “sanctuary to all who seek it.” He also expanded free health care for illegal immigrants, apparently hoping to attract more of them. Come on in, all you poor, unskilled, and non-English speaking of the world- we will support you. Screw the citizens. The rest of the world is more important.

And we cannot forget our very own clueless, millennial darling, Russia / Iran / China loving AOC. Her name is too much trouble to type out. Why do I call her out for wanting to help Russia and Iran? Because once the US takes itself out of the fossil fuel business, who benefits the most? Russia and Iran. When you tax the job creators so much , that they create no jobs , who benefits? China, who is left to pollute as much as they want. Who else benefits by her " green energy" ideas? Lobbyists, companies who cannot compete otherwise , and anyone who wants to pay her campaign to push their products- like solar panels, and makers of wind turbines. ( You remember wind turbines- those massive deadly blades that mince up Bald Eagles, and millions of birds every year- all in the name of saving the planet, mind you )

The really sad thing is how all the above and their believers don't listen. Democrat voters are begging for a moderate. One who represents what used to be the Democrat Party- the party of JFK and , dare I say it, Bill Clinton. They don't want someone who is the Party of Karl Marx and Mao. But the Democrats will find someone like this, push him or her out in 2020, and lose, again. Wonder why Biden polls so well? This is why.

All these posturing politicians who pose as the caring, compassionate ones, have plans that will destroy the economy, the sovereignty, and the freedoms of the US . And for what? Just so they can virtue signal? Or is their agenda to really destroy the US? Obama got cheers when he said he was going to " fundamentally transform the United States" He tried. What happened? He gave us Donald Trump. That worked out well for them, didn't it ?

The Democrats need to take a rethink.


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