while trump and bannon keep us distracted they slip in new threats

Meanwhile quietly in the background today…..we can’t let resistor fatigue set in and fall for the dodge and distract while they slip thru things that threaten our freedoms and our planet.

1.  House Republicans have voted 235-180 to overturn an Obama administration that blocked Social Security disability recipients with mental disorders from buying guns.
2. The House also voted Thursday to strike down the Labor Department’s blacklisting rule, which requires federal contractors to report labor violations.
3. On Wednesday, the House voted to strike down the Interior Department’s stream protection rule and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s disclosure requirements for oil and gas companies through the Congressional Review Act.
4. The House is also expected Friday to strike down the Interior Department’s methane emissions standards.
5. Today at Prayer Breakfast trump said he would destroy the Johnson Amendment. In place since 1954 ” it’s purpose is to stop churches from using the pulpit to campaign for certain politicians. “Violation could cost them loss of tax exempt status
6. One day after Tillerson approval House is gutting an anti-corruption rule requiring oil companies to disclose payments to foreign governments.
7. In today’s Press Briefing Spicer said ” I think there’s several businesses and several institutions — Catholic institutions and others — that have been mandated or attempted to mandate certain things that they may or may not do or how they have to treat their employees…. There are instances where clearly the pendulum is swinging a different way, where you are not carving out institutions or the ability for privately held businesses to conduct themselves to live according to their faith or their moral compass”. (here is where they sneak in LGBT discrimination and dictate womens issues)
8. This week Gina Haspel was selected by Trump to be Deputy Director of the CIA. now slated to become the second-most powerful official at CIA she was Fired in 2013 because she was “directly involved in its controversial interrogation program and had an “extensive role” in torturing detainees. Even more troubling, she “had run a secret prison in Thailand”
9. “The department said today in a statement it would allow U.S. companies to make limited transactions with FSB that are needed to gain approval to import information technology products into Russia “(meanwhile New fighting between Ukraine and Russia flares up in eastern Ukraine)
10. But Trumps wants us to pray for Arnold Schwarzenegger ratings

trump and the birth of a new political order ….sound familiar? it should

“What we are witnessing now is the birth of a new political order, and the more frantic a handful of media elites become, the more powerful that new political order becomes itself.”  That is from Bannon’s

email response to the Washington Post.  http://wpo.st/z5DY2

My New Order – a collection of Hitlers speeches has been compared to Trumps Strategy .  In a comparative description of the book on Amazon they note the similarities between Hitler and Trump.  

“They repeat themselves constantly, saying the same things over and over again. They never admit they have made a mistake nor do they ever take anything back. To any criticism, they respond by insults and name calling. They use a low form of language, with simple sentences even a person with the lowest level of education or with no education at all can understand.”

We may think this is America it can’t happen here, but that is only if we stay vigilant. We are seeing us toddling on the edge of a Constitutional Crisis. An DOJ Attorney General Fired because she did not fall in lock step with trump. Her action called a “betrayal”.  Even though in her confirmation hearing Sessions grilled her on her ability to say “no” even to the President if need be.

Daily flat out lies by the White House. do they think if they say it wasn’t raining enough we will start to believe it even with our umbrellas in hand? They do and sadly many will.

As Van Jones said,”Just because somebody made a bad vote, doesn’t make them a bad person.” we fight for them too.

We can and must fight, together we are an unstoppable force…

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ”  Edmund Burke

Georgia T

Lady Liberty how we have betrayed her and a call to action

Lady Liberty –  She stands proudly at the entrance to our shores. Loudly proclaiming for all to hear

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

This week we betrayed her as we did in 1939 when we closed our doors to jewish refugees resulting in their deaths in Hitlers Concentration Camps.

The fear mongering of this administration is abhorrent. If we want to conduct extreme vetting on those who are at most risk to our safety we would be signing orders to vet white American Citizen males 18-28.

As Nikki Haley threatened at the UN this week that they are “taking names” of those in UN who don’t have their backs”

We are taking names! Of all Senators and Congressman who stay silent while White House puts in place bans on our rights, our religious freedoms, on refugees.

We are taking names on Corporations who stand silent. Uber saw that quickly last night when they did not stand with the strike of NYC taxi.

This is not the time for cowardice. Our ancestors, our grandparents, the women before us fought, sacrificed, gave their lives for our freedom.

We owe it to them and to our children and grandchildren now to stand together to protect the rights those before us fought to defend.

This is a crisis of conscience. Any little thing, calling your Congressional representative, sending an email a tweet. Sharing the call to action on your social media.  We all have busy lives…but there are many things you can do that take minimal time.  I promise you the pride you will feel afterward is fabulous.

Here are links with ideas on how you can help:

https://www.womensmarch.com/100/

https://www.thenation.com/article/how-to-fight-trumps-racist-immigration-policies/

Call on Corporate America to speak up as several Ceo’s already have

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tech-business-leaders-trumps-travel-ban-discriminatory-vow/story?id=45120903

It’s our turn to honor Lady Liberty’s promise and those who fought before us to pick up the mantle.

Georgia T

 

donald trump and our new #alternative facts world

Yep Mexico isn’t paying for any wall…we are…and that 20% tax donald trump is considering…that’s you….any way you want to spin it your money is paying for that wall

“Lock him up? Trump is still using “his old, unsecured Android phone, In case anyone’s forgotten, for over a year, the political world decided that the single most important story in the United States in 2016 was Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecured email”

Lock them up?” Senior Trump administration staffers including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer and Steve Bannon have active accounts on a Republican National Committee email server.” (a private email server)

The guy being put in as head of epa….who told epa to stay out of his Oklahoma business when they expressed concern “over 644 earthquakes in a year made by the practice of pumping at high pressure wastewater deep into the earth. When the volume of wastewater injection peaked in 2015, Oklahoma was experiencing two or more magnitude 3.0 earthquakes per day. Before 2009, when wastewater injection really started ramping up, the rate was about one per year.”

And what is trumps sick fixation on torture ? Let’s see him get waterboarded and then call it just an “uncomfortable” tactic. Even tho the General’s he chose says it does not work

Now he just pissed off Mexico and apparently his bragged about negotiation skill isn’t so hot after all.. Pena 1 Trump 0

He doesn’t read books…seriously? Or is it he can’t understand content?

He lies….every day…he has the emotional maturity of a toddler in the midst of the terrible two’s  #alternativefacts

We have a bunch of old fart white guys making decisions for OUR bodies

“He tried to “gag” state departments Park service employees launched a Twitter campaign against Trump this week. After three climate-science tweets by Badlands National Park were deleted, several other parks posted tweets related to climate change in an apparent show of solidarity and defiance”
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” Trump is poised to suspend all entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries. Interesting is not on the list are Muslim majority countries where Trump has business dealings. Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Azerbaijan”

The lists go on an on…we are being led by someone not in their right mind….this is not about republican or democrat…think if democrats put up Howard Stern or Kanye….this is about sanity. And this guy is one sick demagogue!

#resistance

GT

September 11, 2001 never forgotten

com-2015-anniversary_18959September 11 already 15 years in the past. As we all do I remember exactly where I was that tragic morning. I was on the east coast and watched the horror unfold on the TV.  My best friend worked at World Financial. I immediately shot off an email asking where she was and if she was safe. 

She had a meeting with her team that morning at the World Trade Center. The meeting room she had booked was on the 103rd floor of the south tower. 

As I waited for a reply to my email I stood in front of the tv, I couldn’t bring myself to sit. When the second plane hit there was no doubt anymore this was not an accident. 

In one of those unexplained life events when my friend went to check into their meeting room that morning she was told there had been a double booking  and would she mind using a meeting room on the 3rd floor. That mix-up would save the lives of her and her team.

 Announcements came over the speaker system for everyone to stay put that all was under control. She could feel the building shake, the announcements to stay put continued. Thankfully she decided to ignore the messages and told her team “we are getting out of here”.  

I saw a reply message from her telling me she had exited the building. She told me she saw people  jumping out of the building, she saw others engulfed in flames. 

Although it took her over 6 hours to find her way home in New Jersey she was one of the lucky ones that made it out that day. 

When I flew up to see her and we went into New York the smell in the air even weeks later I will never forget. It was several years before she could bring herself to work on that day.

Every year I think of all that she would have missed if her meeting was in the originally scheduled 103rd floor.  Her daughters engagement and wedding. Supporting her sisters fight with a rare form of cancer. The trips we took together, all the great nieces and nephews born. Family weddings, Holidays and all the just normal day to day of life that we don’t always notice and cherish in the moment. 

I’m grateful every day that I didn’t lose my friend. It reminds me how life can be fleeting and it is up to us that honor all those who have passed so tragically to live our lives fully. That is how we honor them, live well, live with integrity and most of all live in kindness. 

To all of those who lost their lives that day and all who loved them.

We will never forget.

Georgia T

childhood recipes, oh the memories

Isn’t it wonderful how the recipes our mom or dad made growing up bring back such warm memories.  The traditions of what and the when of the foods we ate.  Was it the homemade chicken soup when you were sick?  Or the tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich on rainy days.  Continue reading “childhood recipes, oh the memories”

When a family member is toxic

 

Do you have friends that feel more like family than your family? Is blood really thicker or is it the value of the relationship in your life?  We let go of friends if they become toxic in our life. Why do we struggle with doing the same with toxic family?

Alanon has a saying “lovingly detach”. If a sibling, cousin etc is is someone who just brings in negativity do you feel bound to endure it because they are “blood”?  It is a hard decision to separate from a toxic family member and there may always be family events that have you in the same room. But to disconnect from active involvement to me is the healthy choice. Continue reading “When a family member is toxic”

Should adult children get paid for helping parents?

Question: Do you pay your adult children for services rendered? In my day family never paid a family member for help given. If an adult child was a painter they painted their parents living room for free. If the adult child was a hairdresser the haircuts were for free. If the adult child was a lawyer legal work was given for free. Supplies were paid for…the paint for the living room wall for example. Continue reading “Should adult children get paid for helping parents?”

Sometimes you need to stop and watch a sunset……..

Recently a friend said to me…”Georgia sometimes you need to stop and watch a sunset”.

It seems like days just whirl by. Laptop is opened to warm up while I go to pour my coffee at 6:30am . Thus  starts a day full of a flurry of activity. Deadlines to keep…meetings to attend…laundry to do….oh and somewhere in there is at least one meal other than the protein bar I call breakfast. Continue reading “Sometimes you need to stop and watch a sunset……..”

plastic surgery…yes or no?

Do you have this battle?  You know the one that says…love yourself-  be one with who you are…and the other that says..where the heck is the nearest Plastic Surgeon!

Aging is a natural part of the lifecycle.  And Lord knows how much happier I am in “my own skin” than I was 30 years ago. How dangerous would we be  if we had the wisdom of our years with the power of our 30 year old bodies. Continue reading “plastic surgery…yes or no?”