It’s All in the Way You Say It

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As many of ya’ll know, I have had this blog since September of 2018, I have now made a show/podcast based on this blog.  Yes, I had a show previous to this of which was originally going to be named Ain’t You a Peach, but got talked into naming it something different when I decided to bring in a co-host, therefore, the name was as they wanted it to be.  I have regrets on that now, have ended the show, and have gone back to naming it after my blog as originally planned, with no co-host, but with a lot of backlash from certain parties.  There were some nasty things said last night after my first show and today’s blog is in response to that.

As some of ya’ll know and a lot of ya’ll may not know, a certain unnamed person has presented themselves back into MeWe after the destruction they left behind after MojoCon last year.  Now I do not have a issue with that in itself, it is a free country, but when said person is personally doing things that they know is pissing off certain people, it leads one to believe that they are not back for good reasons.  For a few months several of us have been patiently waiting on the destruction to begin again.  As of right now there are only a few of us that are being singled out by the destruction, they know who they are, and I am one of them. Well, I’ll be…..

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I had a few choices of which I made right off the bat when said person returned, my choice was to not engage, ignore, let it go, I also stayed out of MeWe if at all possible when said people were there.  Then said person and her new sidekick (who also had a dis-liken to said person after all hell broke loose originally, also unnamed), started attacking other friends of mine who felt the same as me, just let it go, don’t engage, walk away.  Well, there comes a point in time where things just go to hell in a hand-basket and it all gets on your last nerve.  So far that has happened a few times with a few people, and me, who have really tried.

Comes my new show and my original idea and naming the show what I wanted to name it originally, there were some nasty comments posted after last nights premiere show.  I have heard how nice it was of me to name my show after some low hanging fruit in MeWe.  Well I can say this to both of ya’ll (yeah I know ya’ll are reading this), don’t flatter yourselves, everything is not about ya’ll.  Then I heard some other crap that was an attack on me personally.  I was told that the other unnamed person and I stopped the show because of “creative differences,” I believe the words were, “I’m creative and she…..different.”  Now wait a cotton pickin’ minute.  I might not be as creative, as entertaining, as well versed, as well of a communicator (yes she said that to me that I have no communication skills) as some people, but I do not believe that I am completely boring either.

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Lets talk about the “creative differences.”  Now I am not saying that she did not once in a blue moon come up with something good to talk about that interested me also, but it was in a month of Sundays and the rest of the time I just got through the show as best I could and let it go, I must say those were the longest hours ever.  I prefer to talk about constitutional stuff, guns, freedom, politics, and current issues, things that make ya go huh, not unsolved mysteries, smoking weed, and/or my childhood to adulthood story (yes I do talk about certain issues with my life, but not in one complete show).  We clashed, total different views and morals.  I tolerated those things as long as I could. I lost my excitement to do the show anymore and it felt like a struggle just to get through it.

Ya’ll know the saying, “you don’t really know someone till you live with them,” well let me just say, you also do not know someone until you do a show with them.  I am not just talking about who the person is, but also their mannerism, how they converse, how they talk about things that are interesting (or need to be talked about), not about topics like myself or how high I might be, I do not think as highly of myself as she apparently thinks of herself.  I ended the show because I was not happy with the person I was doing the show with (she was a good person then), she changed when she started hanging out with the low hanging fruit and things were just getting worse.  You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

Well with having these feelings and the friendshi”t” between the fruit and my co-host, things were really stinking to high heavens.  It was like trying to get along with someone who had a chip on their shoulder because I refused to like or tolerate her low hanging fruits ass.  I tried to make it work, but when my name was brought up in a argument with someone else about how someone supposedly handled shit with me by hanging up on me (she failed to say she texted me back shortly after saying she had calmed down and could we please talk again and on that conversation we agreed to disagree and let it go), I was at a point of being madder than a wet hen and fit to be tied.  I said, “what in tarnation…?” and at that point, the show as we knew it was over.

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So anyway, this is to help people understand the commotion going on in the chats now, why some people are just out to get shit started, and how the division is upon us as to who likes who, who doesn’t like who, and why.  I am not in any way shape or form telling any of you who you can or cannot talk to or hang out with, that is not my place, but at the same time I reserve to make the choice as to who I choose to hang out with, do a show with, or associate with.  I am not saying anyone has to make a choice, whatever suits your fancy, we all have to live with our choices.  For now, with my new show and going solo, I can honestly say that Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise the show will go on.

I hope all you fine people out there understand what I am trying to say here, did we have differences, yes.  Did someone cross a line, yes.  It was not me and I stood my ground.  I am sorry that it happened, but with friends like that, who needs enemies.  So I am going to wrap this up.  I hope you all accept my sincerest apologies and will continue to follow me with my new show, and to the low hanging fruit and her sidekick, well ain’t you a peach.

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How Can We Co-exist Without Humanity?

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I was approached by a friend the other day who asked me a question.  He asked me what was my take on “how important humanity is to the world and the earth.”  Well after giving this a lot of thought, I decided to write what I could on it.  First of all, lets tackle what exactly is “humanity?”  Dictionary gave a definition of: the human race; human beings collectively.  So now how to answer my view about how we, the people, fit into this huge round ball we call earth.

When I think of humanity, what comes to my mind is how we treat each other.  Are we compassionate with each other?  Do we try to lend a helping hand to people who need help?  Do we care about things around us, including things happening on this world we live on?  Now while I do not believe in “climate change” I do believe there are things that we should do to help sustain, to help feed us, to help the animals that also share this world with us.  I believe as far as climate change that the world goes through cycles.  I remember as a child it was a lot colder, we actually had all 4 seasons instead of like now where its either cold or hot.  Do I think that is permanent?  Hell no.  I think the earth’s rotation determines how cold or hot it is.  It has been scientifically proven that we have had ice ages since the original big ice age, but they were not as drastic as that one was, apparently one happens every so many years, we just do not notice because it isn’t as bad as the big one was.  Do I think that farting cows are going to do us in some day? Nope.  I think this whole thing is something that the left is trying to use as a tool to get more voters.

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When I think about humanity and the world, I think that we need more compassion, we need to help people.  Does that include people who just do not want to help themselves?  Call me selfish, but honestly you get what you give.  You do not want to help anyone but yourself then hell no I do not want to help you.  I was watching TV the other night, “The Good Doctor,” and on the episode there was a guy, he saw a girl being attacked and he decided to help her.  In the end the guy helped the girl, but at the same time lost half his face, basically his whole jaw was shattered by the aggressor.  The guy did not lose his sense of humor, even after being told that he may never speak again, may never eat again, instead he laughed and said (on a white board of course) he needed to lose weight anyway.  When asked why he did what he did, he said someone had to do it.  That is humanity to me.  You see someone being hurt, you see someone in trouble, and no matter what, you step up and try to save them.

What would happen if all humanity stopped doing things like that?  Would the world fall apart?  Honestly, in my opinion, I think that it would be everyone for themselves, kind of like anarchy, a dog eat dog kind of world.  For this world to sustained goes way further than just treating the world right, it also goes as far as taking care of animals that cannot help themselves, plants that need help growing, and people who need help to survive.  We have to have a heart, we have to have some type of compassion for the other people who are also just trying to get through the day.  We have to love our fellow human.  When we stop loving each other, stop trying to understand each other, stop trying to give a hand to those who need it, this world will eventually die, at least as we know it.
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I see nothing wrong with volunteering to help others, there are a lot of services out there that take volunteers, so go do your part.  If you see someone fall, help them up.  Ask your neighbor what they need, how can you help them.  It should not be about you, it should be about the other humans, the weaker humans that need a hand.  Volunteer at the hospital, help the sick.  Build houses for humanities (I have always wanted to do that and will seriously have to check it out now).  It should never be totally about you, but you fellow man.  Without love and compassion, this world will fall apart and it will be a dark lonely place.  We need to preserve humanity, not the climate, it will take care of itself.  We have lost humanity, not completely, there is still a chance to save it.  People are becoming all about themselves and not about the people around them.  Go check on your neighbor, see what you can do to help in your community and show some humanity.
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It is a Democratic Republic, Not a Democracy

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Over the past two nights while watching the Democratic Debates I heard them repeat over and over again, referring to our government, as a Democracy.  First off, if they do not know what kind of government we have, they should be disqualified.  We the United States of America are a democratic republic.  A democratic republic is a form of government operating on principles adopted from a republic and a democracy rather than being a cross between two entirely separate systems.  Democratic republics may function on principles shared by both republics and democracies (though I am beginning to wonder if we agree on anything now).  The difference between democracy and republic is the fact that we have limits placed on our government by the law having to do with minority rights.   Both use representatives, whereas citizens vote to elect the representatives that show interest in their concerns.

Here are the definitions of both:  Democracy:  A system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.  Republic:  A state in which supreme power is held by the people and their elected representatives, and which has an elected or nominated president rather than a monarch.  See the difference, see the similarities?  Yes, we allow the whole population to vote to choose, but we are voting for representatives to basically fight for what we, the citizens, believe should happen in our country.  We are not one or the other. As said by John Adams:

No determinations are carried, it is true, in a simple representative democracy, but by consent of the majority or their representatives.

I found this on “The Fringe,” Our founding fathers knew what the effects of a pure democracy would be, therefore they made sure we never had to deal with that.  This disdain for pure democracy in America traces back to the founding fathers. Alexander Hamilton didn’t like it: “Real liberty is never found in despotism or in the extremes of Democracy.” Nor did Samuel Adams: “Remember, Democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself!”” As you can tell a democracy is never fair.

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This is why we have a constitution.  The constitution set down a base, some rules that cannot be changed or taken away.  In a republic our constitutional rights protects certain inalienable rights that cannot be taken away by the government, even if elected by a majority of voters, whereas with a pure democracy, the majority is not restrained in this way and can impose its will on the minority.  If that happened we would lose our gun rights and the crazies would be able to tell us what to do.

Well anyway, there is your lesson for the day.  Please feel free to correct all libtards and Dumbacrats that insist that our country is a democracy, teach them the truth. You know what they always say, “the truth will set you free.”

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Philosophy In a democracy, the community of people are considered to hold power over how they are governed. Kings and tyrants are seen as threats to the innate rights of the people. As such, all eligible citizens get equal say in decisions. Republics are in opposition to rulership by a single person. All eligible citizens get equal say in decisions through elected representatives. Unalienable rights of individuals are protected by law to safeguard against a majority abusing the minority
Definition Rule by majority. In a democracy, an individual, and any group of individuals composing any minority, have no protection against the power of the majority. In variations, people may also elect representatives. A republic is similar to a representative democracy except it has a written constitution of basic rights that protect the minority from being completely unrepresented or abused by the majority.
Political System Democratic. [Note: this is not meant as a reference to a Democratic Party.] Republican. [Note: this is not meant as a reference to a Republican Party.]
Social Structure Democracies are meant to resist separation by class, politically or economically. Class distinctions can become pronounced, however, due to capitalist society. Varies from state to state. Republics are meant to resist separations by class, politically or economically. Class distinctions can become pronounced, however, due to capitalist society. Varies from state to state.
Economic System Democracies tend to be free-market economies. Policies that govern economics are chosen by the voters (or their elected representatives in a representative democracy). Usually capitalist or Keynesian. Republics are almost always free-market economies. Policies that govern economics are voted on by the people’s representatives. Usually capitalist or Keynesian.
Religion Generally, freedom of religion is permitted, although a majority faction may limit religious freedom for a minority faction. Generally, freedom of religion is permitted, especially insofar as there is a constitutional prohibition on interfering with freedom of religion.
Free Choice Individuals may make decisions for themselves except insofar as a majority faction has limited individuals. Individuals may make decisions for themselves, especially insofar as there is a constitutional prohibition on interfering with freedom of choice.
Key Elements Free elections. Suffrage. Majority Rule. Free elections. Constitution. Suffrage. Individual rights.
Private Property Generally, private property is permitted, although a majority faction may place limits on property rights. Generally, private property is permitted, especially insofar as there is a constitutional prohibition on interfering with property rights.
Discrimination In theory, all citizens have an equal say and so are treated equally. However, often allows for the tyranny of the majority over the minority. In theory, all citizens have an equal say and so are treated equally by the government, especially insofar as there is a constitutional prohibition on government discrimination.
Modern Examples More than half of the world, including the US, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, etc. The United Kingdom is an example of a democratic country that is not a republic, since it has a monarch. The United States of America is a constitutional democratic republic.
Variations Direct democracy, parliamentary democracy, representative democracy, presidential democracy. Democratic republics, Constitutional republics.
Constraints on the government No; the majority can impose its will on the minority. Yes; the majority cannot take away certain inalienable rights.
Way of Change Voting. Voting.
Famous Examples Ancient Athens (Greece), Switzerland (13th century) Rome, France, United States Of America
Sovereignty is held by the whole population (as a group) the people (individuals)
Common confusion in the USA People commonly confuse direct democracy with representative democracy. The US officially has a representative style, though many have suggested the US is closer to an oligarchy or plutocracy. The US is actually a democratic republic. It is governed by rule of law. The elected are bound by oath to the written governing limits (i.e. constitution) yet vote “together” and create laws to address concerns of the represented in a democratic way.
Observation in practice People commonly confuse direct democracy with representative democracy. The US has a representative style. But the will of the people shouldn’t easily decide to change the rules that limit power to the government. The U.S.A.’s Constitution defines the U.S. as a Republic, Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution. America’s founders were wary of aristocracy and monarchy, and preferred a democratic republic.
History Originated and evolved in ancient Athens during the 5th century. Numerous important reforms were made by the leader Solon and then Cleisthenes. Greek democracy was ended in 322BC by Macedon. Originated in Rome in 509BC (to 27BC), after a period of oppressive kings. Copying a bit from the Greek leader, Solon, Rome’s leaders created laws (“The Twelve Tables”) and a republican system with a Senate, Consul, and courts.
Key Proponents Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Noah Webster, Solon, Cleisthenes, Karl Marx Cicero, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison.
View of war Depends on the majority opinion. Constitutional republics rarely wage war against one another, and they especially eschew war when a condition of free trade exists between them.
Disadvantages Majorities can abuse minorities. constant debates, deadlocks

When I Grow Up, I wanna Be….

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When we were all little, we used to say “when I grow up, I am going to…..”  What did you say you were going to be or do?  Me myself, I grew up in a day when most women wanted to get married, have children, and be a awesome housewife.  I am not saying that ALL women in my generation said that, but seemed most people I knew did.  As we got older and saw all that there was out there for us to choose from some said doctor, lawyer, and some even said president.  I know fresh out of high school I had no idea what I wanted to do, I was young, dumb, and wasn’t using my head, was not thinking about the future.  In fact, I went back to college 13 years after high school, of which I did not graduate, but got my GED.

When I went to college, I was already 3 children in, all under the age of 9.  I went in for a bachelors degree, did not even really know where I wanted to go with this, what I wanted to be.  Before I completed my first year of college, I had already changed it, decided I wanted to go to law school, wanted to be a lawyer for abused women.  As many of you do not know, I was abused throughout my childhood (they call it sibling abuse), went in and out of really toxic abusive relationships. Well as I was going along trying to complete all that was needed to get to that point, something changed.  A. I chickened out on the whole lawyer thing, mainly because I was scared of investing that much school, I think it is 8 years total, and then B. Failing the bar.  Yes, my self esteem was pretty much in the hole from day 1 and I really did not think that much of myself.

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You have to take core classes in college, mainly your English, History, Science, and Math.  You also have some mandatory classes that are needed that go along with the core that are in different directions depending on what you choose as a degree.  One of the things I had to take as a part of my basic core was “communications classes.”  I never heard of it, had no idea what it was, but I had to take it, so I did.  Well, let me just say, it opened me up to a whole new view of what I wanted to do.  I fell in love with this and then I found out where my passion was.  Communications is broken down into a few areas, there is journalism, social media, radio, TV, newsprint, marketing, public relations, business or social sciences.  I had to take public speaking classes, which I am still not great at public speaking, but I did get through them.  My passion that came from all this though was writing.

I was always a English lover, I loved spelling, grammar, and all the things that came with it when I was in school, hated math, science, and at the time hated history, but came to love that as an adult.  I used to love to read, could read a book really fast, at least within a day or 2, depending on how interesting it was to me.  But the writing thing, I never really thought about it in a sense of loving it.  I do not remember having to write a lot of essays in school, probably because I just did not do them or skipped that day or something, who knows, like i said, I was not a very good student in school, hated school, did not want to be there, but honestly I was  hating my life then too.

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Well anyway, this is how I ended up where I am now.  Am I making any money at it? No.  Do I wish to someday be making money at it?  It would be nice, who wouldn’t?  I am glad that I took that first communications class, I had a lot of fun in it, learned a lot of things, met some awesome people in those classes, and my teacher was hilarious and cool.  He was a Vietnam vet, laid back, joked around with us, but at the same time made us become controversial in our writing and speaking.  I had him for most of my communications classes, one being a public speaking class, I had a business and public speaking class with another teacher not so fun to be around.

This regular public speaking class taught me a lot though.  He really made us reach deep in ourselves and then we had to do a speech on a topic of our choice but had to be something dangerous.  This is where I did my speech on abortion.  I brought in all kinds of visual aids (very offensive material), did a lot of research even so much as going to Planned Parenthood for their opinion.  After looking over my report he actually did a, should we say announcement, before I did my speech.  He allowed anyone who might be offended to leave now, only 1 person left, a girl that was pro-abortion of course, but hey, she missed out on some awesome information that might have changed her mine, but then again some people do not want their minds changed.

Well, that speech actually got a big applause, the teacher loved it, I got a A+, the students that stayed seemed to agree with me, and I felt that I had done a great job, which was odd for me because I usually do not pat myself on the back.  So anyway, I actually started out here leading to something else, but ended up with my story instead, at least part of my story, maybe some day I will write about some deeper darker parts of me as I am lead to and the other story will have to wait for another day now.  So what did you want to be when you were little and did you make it or did something change along the way?  If so, do you ever think about changing things and completing that or are you happy with what you did?  Do you have regrets?  Just remember, it is never too late to change your  mind and you can do anything you set your mind to.

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Difference of Opinion, Sorry It Is Not Allowed

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As many of you know, I had a difference of opinion this week over to eat or not to eat Chick-fil-A this month in regards to celebrating Pride Month.  Now I do not have a issue with people celebrating things that pertain to them, but I do have a issue with people being made to feel guilty for not.  There are a lot of them out there that you probably do not even know exist, for example, January is Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, February Black History Month, March Irish-American Heritage Month, April National Child Abuse Prevention Month, well I think you got it by now, every month is a list of some type of history month.  The way I see it is, if it applies to you, if you support the cause, if you just like to celebrate things then have a blast, but do not put me down or attack me because I do not feel the need to celebrate it.

As above, March is Irish-American Heritage, my mothers side of the family is Irish-Welsh, but hey, you do not see me running out there wearing green leprechaun shirts every day, drinking beer, eating corned beef and cabbage celebrating.  I do not need a holiday to celebrate my heritage.  I celebrate my heritage just knowing that I am what I am.  I live in the south, Georgia to be specific, but yet you do not see me flying my Confederate Flag and making anyone feel bad that does not celebrate Confederate History Month in April.  Why is it that some people feel the need to shove their month of the year or day of the year down everyone’s throat.  If you wanna celebrate then have a blast, enjoy yourself, be all that you can be.

So as we already acknowledged, it is Gay Pride month.  I have friends that are gay, but they are normal, they are not out there making sure that everyone agrees with them, celebrates with them, or even gives a damn about what they are.  I am pretty sure that they also eat Chick-fil-A and do not give it a second thought.  I know a few of them are Trumpers, not sure about some of them.  Some of them have kids, some don’t.  The main thing to me is that they do not make me feel bad for being me and I don’t make them feel bad for being them.

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When I saw the post above, I feel that I did not say anything rude or hateful, I said how I felt, that I was not willing to give up something or punish said business because some people (sound a bit like Ilhan right?) wanted to punish them because of their Christian beliefs. Chick-fil-A is not anti-gay, nor have they ever been.  Why is it if I do not give up something that has done nothing to me, just because some people (Ilhan again) think this place is out to get them or against them.  Well anyway, to top it off, someone actually went so far as to report me to Twitter for my profile.

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Well as you can tell, they really succeeded at nothing, not am I going to stop eating Chick-fil-A, but it was just the fact that they tried.  I remember growing up if you did not like something someone stood for, if you did not like someone, if you were done wrong by someone, it was simple, you just stayed away from them.  If you had different political views then you vote and the most votes wins.  Why is it now that everyone seems to think that if you do not believe like them you are their enemy?  Why is there not a White Pride month?  Oh yeah, that’s racist.  I am an American first, why is there not American Month?

I have nothing against them.  But I will say I do have something against the exploitation of children that has come about over the past few years, example, Desmond Is Amazing.  I feel that his parents have exploited him, instead of nurturing him.  I am not saying he is gay, not gay, transgender or not transgender, but that they are allowing him to dance at clubs and let all these gay grown ups throw dollars at him for doing it, that is child abuse, plain and simple.  That child has not been allowed to be a child.  Let him dress up or play with dolls or whatever, but to allow him to do the things they have allowed him to do is just wrong.

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To me, honestly, there are a lot of these people that make a spectacle out of themselves and make the whole group look bad.  If it were not for the ones I know personally, I would think that they are all strange.  Now I know there are straight people who like to make out in public, do things that draw attention to themselves, and unspeakable things, just like the gay people do, but honestly, I don’t want to see any of it.  A peck on the lips or cheek, holding hands, stuff like that is fine, but to be making out in public, I am sorry, that bothers me and all I can think is “GO GET A ROOM.”  I don’t want to see it, it is bad enough that is all I see on TV, I feel it is being shoved down my throat.

So anyway, what I am trying to say is, be who you are, be proud of who you are, but also allow others to be proud of who they are, make a decision as to whether they want to celebrate with you, stand up for you, stand up beside you, or go their own way.  I live in America, it is the land of the free, I am allowed to say what I want, agree with what I want, and most of all celebrate what I want with who I want.  I would rather celebrate being an American than anything else. Stop trying to force me to stand up for who you are or what you want to be and eat Chick-fil-A if you want to without being criticized and attacked.

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If I Were President

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I know we have all said this, but I decided to share my thoughts on this.  What all would you do if you were president?  I might not hit all the hot topics, but I am going to talk about the ones that really piss me off.  Starting with illegal immigration and immigration in general, sending companies off to other countries and hiring in other countries to do things for Americans, i.e. customer service, tech support, etc, and a few other things.

Lets start with illegal immigration.  I would do exactly what President Trump is already trying to do, BUILD A DAMN WALL, and then like he is also doing, TAX THE HELL OUT OF MEXICO.  We are in dire need of this.  It needs to stop.  We have diseases that we have had under control for years creeping back into our country.  TB is on a rise, as per Centers for Immigration Studies, “ICE health officials have been notified of 236 confirmed or probable cases of mumps among detainees in 51 facilities in the past 12 months, compared to no cases detected between January 2016 and February 2018. Last year, 423 detainees were determined to have influenza and 461 to have chicken pox. All three diseases are largely preventable by vaccine.”  This is dangerous and should be stopped before we have another epidemic.

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I would also put a high tax on any money being wired out of the United States to Mexico and South America, to the point where it is no worth it to send it.  Most work under the table and do not pay any taxes, in my opinion they owe us this money anyway.  I would also go after places that are hiring illegals, quit fining them, shut them down.  I think if the threat of losing their livelihood and business and not just paying a little fine would make them think twice about hiring illegals.

Another thing is high taxes and tariffs on any businesses that hires outside of the United States or move their businesses outside of America.  I would force them to hire Americans or legal immigrants.  These people are paying next to nothing in other countries, pretty much same as child labor, which is why child labor laws were made, back years ago.  It should be illegal in those countries also, but it isn’t, so we are not helping other countries in the long run allowing them to continue to hire for next to nothing slaving people for their product.

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The Fourteen Amendment would be changed.  We need to do away with birthright citizenship.  The reason for the 14th Amendment was to make slaves and their children legal citizens of the US.  As of right now there are about 30 countries in the world that allow birthright citizenship, most of those are in South America.  Most European countries require this.  If we stopped allowing people to just come over and have a baby and that baby becomes a American citizen, then it would take a lot of the reasons for coming illegally.  This cost the US a lot of money, as stated in my last blog, as the baby ends up on government assistance and it also gives the parents a right to be here, even though they came here illegally.

I know President Trump has tried to get rid of DACA, but that is another thing that needs to go.  Illegal is illegal, no matter if you came out of your own will or not.  The parents and children brought here are still here illegally and getting benefits that were meant for Americans and therefore need to go.

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Term limits should be made and enforced.  It is ridiculous that a hardworking man in his 60s, health, strong, and sensible should be forced into retirement, where we have people in the senate that are 20 years past normal retirement that are allowed to continue working.  It is ridiculous that people can come in and not do what they promised and continue working.  Therefore I say term limits just like the president.  They should be allowed two 4 year terms, then they have to go and someone new comes in.  That is the only possible way to “drain the swamp.”  They just sit there and collect a paycheck and do not do a thing to help the citizens of their country, namely the citizens that voted them in to begin with.

Term limits will help America trust the government a little more, these people will be trying to do what they said in the time they have as opposed to sitting there drawing a check laughing at us.  The reason we have a term limit on the president is to keep from becoming a dictatorship, does that not apply to the senate also, because from where I am sitting, they ARE a dictatorship in themselves.  It brings in fresh ideas.  Helps remove people who do not do their jobs.  There is no threat that they will lose their job, therefore they can sit there and do the bare minimum without threat of being removed.

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Give back the states the rights they used to have, stop trying to control everything everywhere.  If it is not in the constitution, then states should have the right to make their own laws.  Get out of parents business, let people raise their children the way they want to.  Let us teach our children the way we want to.  Focus on National issues like immigration, taxes, and jobs.  Go back to separation of church and state, stop harassing Christians and trying to force them to do things that are against their beliefs, stop allowing people to come to the United States and not assimilate and trying to force their religion and beliefs on us, you want to be American then act like it or go home.  No Sharia Law, it goes completely against our constitution.

Well this is a list, there are lots of other things, but these are my main issues.  I am tired of seeing our country be destroyed from the inside out.  I am tired of seeing the senate and house block our President from doing the things he promised to do because they want to see him fail.  We see what he is trying to do, we also see who is stopping him.  We see and hear what they (the left) wants done, which is against most of our beliefs.  I could care less if you are gay, I could care less if you think your a tree, what I do care about if my country trying to force me to stand behind you on it.  I also believe in the constitution, I believe in guns, I believe in life, something of which most of the left seems to have forgotten and wants gone.  We cannot left this happen to our country.  We most of all need to stop letting them control us.  So my question is, what would you do if you were president?

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Free Money? Sorry Not for You

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If you are illegal and in the United States, what exactly are you going to get?  Well I have been doing some research on this and apparently the answer is more than citizens when it comes to taxes.  What else are they entitled to?  Foodstamps, Medicaid, jobs, housing?  Well lets see.  As you can tell above, yes legal citizens are also using them, but there are more illegals than legals, it has doubled what it would be if only citizens were on welfare.

Obama passed a Amnesty bill back when he was in office. Obama’s Bill would allow parents illegally residing in the U.S. for at least five years, and who also have children who are citizens or legal permanent residents, to remain in the country for up to three years without the threat of deportation, if they register and pass a background check.  If they meet the requirements, they would also be given work authorization for the three-year period and would be able to get a Social Security number.  Yes a social security card.  When you have a SS card, that also entitles you to “file taxes.”  You have children you are allowed to claim them and also get the “earned income tax credit” for low income families.  Did they pay in?  Most likely not, a lot of the time they are working for cash money, therefore not claiming all income.  Also, a lot of times they live in a house with several families.

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To me this should only be for legal citizens of the United States.  This cost us a lot of extra money and how much of that they get back are they sending back home?  What about Foodstamps and Medicaid?  Well as most of you know, even if you are not a citizen, just have a bunch of kids, you can get a nice amount of Foodstamps.  Medicaid might be a bit trickier, but the kids that they spit out are eligible, even if they aren’t.  Low-income undocumented immigrants are also eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), which provides food and infant formula assistance, as well as nutritional and immunization assessments.

Lets talk about the money that thru are sending home.  How much do you think it is? One billion? Five Billion?  How about $120 billion last year since 2009, and as per the scale below, it is more and more each year.  Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador all said that natives in the United States sent over $17 billion home last year.  Shouldn’t we tax this money?  I say yes.  That money could go towards a lot of various things that we are being drained of as we speak.  Consider also that most of that money is made tax free, cash under the table.  So basically they are making money here, paying no taxes, and sending that money home to their families and we get nothing in return.

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I, myself, am sick of seeing our jobs taken (this includes outsourced work to other countries, another blog coming soon), our resources for OUR citizens being used and abused by people who have no rights to use them, our future retirement being drained and already so low that barely any American can retire on it.  We should be taking care of our own, not others, then after we are taken care of, especially our homeless veterans, then and only then should we help other countries.  Build the wall, stop illegals from walking across our border, take away any reason for them to want to come here.  No more jobs, start literally shutting down businesses caught hiring illegals.  Tax any money being sent out of the country, make it enough to make them not do it.  No more children born to illegals being American Citizens, most countries do not allow it, why do we?  If at least one parent is not a legal citizen then the children should not be either.  Stop the insanity.  US FIRST.

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Strike You Say? Go Ahead I Really Don’t Care

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Striking has been around for a long time.  They come in the form of strikes, boycotts, and demonstrations.  When striking first became a thing, it was for job rights, pay, and fair and equal hiring.  Then things like boycotting came around, I boycotted and still do Target for the bathroom issue.  Demonstrations are more or less a group of people just bringing attention to their cause.  Lately we have stupidity striking.  We have kids striking (walking out of school) in protest against guns and climate issues.  Then we have Alyssa Milano and her sex strike.

Her is a little history lesson about striking.  The Jamestown Polish craftsmen’s strike of 1619 took place in the settlement of Jamestown in the Virginia colony.  It was the first documented strike in North America. Skilled Polish craftsmen were sent by the Virginia Company to Jamestown to produce pitch, tar, and turpentine used for shipbuilding.  When the colony held its first election in 1619, the Polish workers were not allowed to vote on the grounds that they were not of English origin, so they went on strike.  Due to the importance of the skilled workers in producing valuable naval stores for the colony, company leaders bowed to labor pressure and gave full voting rights to the Polish workers.  The next one was workers and farmers marched to the mill owners’ houses and threw rocks and insults.  This was the first factory strike in the United States and the first strike involving women.  Built in 1793, Slater Mill was the first textile factory in the United States.  Usually striking is related to work, pay, and stuff like that.  Typically, workers cannot be fired for going on strike.  The NLRA protects the right of workers to strike and prohibits employers from terminating employees for exercising this right, but it only protects lawful strikes.

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As everyone has seen on twitter and other social media, there is now a sex strike until as stated by Alyssa, “we (women) get bodily autonomy back.”  Such bills, Milano said, will affect communities of color more than any others. “Any woman of privilege that lives in one of these states, if this goes through, they’re going to be able to travel to a state to get a safe reproductive healthcare,” she told Cuomo. “But for the women of color, for the women that are marginalized, for the women that are (in) low-income communities… these bills are going to be catastrophic.”  Does she not realize why Planned Parenthood, who is one of the largest promoters of abortion was started.  To kill off the black race.  Well if you ask me, making abortion illegal would actually help blacks instead of hurting them.  Also, what happened to being responsible for your body, keep your legs together, don’t get pregnant, in other words, don’t be a damn slut.

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I read yesterday about how the woman who is “Roe” came out and admitted that her whole story was nothing but a lie.  She was not raped.  She said she regrets doing what she did, she feels, now being a born again Christian, this this is her biggest sin because of the death to 1000s of babies as a result of her being the plaintiff to get it legalized.  I understand rape happens, but in all honesty, all legalizing abortion has done is given women another form of birth control.  There is really nothing that can “threaten a woman’s life” when giving birth now because there is better medical technology, you can get a C-section early on whereas the baby and the mother will both be safe.  The only legitimate reason for getting an abortion, and I still don’t believe in abortion for any reason at all, is rape.  In my opinion, have the baby and put it up for adoption, but to abort it is still wrong in any way, shape, or form.

The stats found here show, based on the latest state-level data, approximately 879,000 abortions in the United States in 2017, which is down from approximately 892,000 abortions in 2016 and 913,000 abortions in 2015.  Black women were more than 3.5 times more likely in 2015 than white women.  As you can see before, the lowest amount for reason to have one is rape.  The rest are selfish reasons if you ask me.  Fetal health problems…. most can be surgically fixed before the baby is born or immediately after, physical problem is Down Syndrome or something like that.  The ones after that to me are all 100% selfish reasons whereas adoption is a perfect solution.  In other words, outside of rape, which one cannot help happening (unless you use your 2nd amendment and carry a gun), the rest are doing things that you should not be doing if you are not ready to handle the responsibility that comes with it, A BABY.  I do not believe in abortion at all, but if it must be legalized, it must be for only rape, not because your not getting a perfect child, not because you couldn’t keep your legs together.

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So basically, if you want to stop having sex in order to keep abortion legalized then you are hurting no one but yourself.  In fact, you are helping create less abortions and are doing all us logical Americans a favor by not having sex and risking getting pregnant.  I hope this strike goes on for a very long time.  Our reasons may be different, but the outcome is on our side, not yours.

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On March 15, Strike 4 Climate, tens of thousands of high-school and middle-school students in more than 30 countries skipped school to demand that politicians treat the global climate crisis as the emergency it is.  My opinion about this one is they definitely need to stay in school, take a little more science and learn that the earth and moon are on cycles, they rotate.  We have been having ice ages since the beginning of time, they just are not as bad as they were back then.  It will get hotter and colder throughout your lifetime all because of rotation.  Here is some history of temperatures for you:  Highest temperature ever recorded was 134.1 °F on 10 July 1913 in Furnace Creek (Greenland Ranch), California, United States, notice how long ago that was.  Here is a list of extreme temperatures in the United States and as you will notice, it has been really hot and really cold in extremes that you can not even imagine throughout history.  It will always do that.  The ice caps are not melting for good, they will freeze back up, this is not permanent.  Cows do not need to stop farting.

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Gun strikes are happening, mainly by kids.  This was inspired by the high-school students in Parkland, Florida, who began protesting gun violence after 14 of their fellow classmates and three school staffers were killed on February 14, 2018.  Now I understand your upset, I would be upset too if someone came into my school and shot it up, but it is not the guns fault.  No gun has ever killed anyone by itself.  Protesting the NRA will not stop gun violence.  If you want to blame someone, blame the police who did nothing when they were warned way ahead of time of the shooting.  Blame Mental Health who let him slip through their fingers. There were so many people who could have stopped this, but to say that guns and NRA are to blame is just not right.

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So anyway, as you can tell people seem to think that striking will get you what you want.  In some cases it will, in some it won’t, but when you want to protest about abortion by cutting yourself off from sex, it just reminds me of a kid holding their breath till they get the candy they want.  They won’t die and they won’t get the candy.   They wont even turn blue because they just can’t hold their breath that long.  So go ahead, do what you should have been doing all along, keep those legs together, stop having free sex with anyone you Netflix and chill with, anyone that you have a few drinks with, mostly stop putting yourself in situations where you might get raped (I am in reference to girls who want to hang out along with guys and drink and do stupid shit that they know could get them in trouble, rape is always rape, no matter why it happened).  I say we go back to the basics, make abortion legal only for reason of rape, it must be proven, must be a prosecution, and lets stop using it for birth control, go get some rubbers or birth control pills for that.

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What Is Mojocon 2019?

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I did this thing over the past weekend.  I went to Texas to hang out with a bunch of “strangers” that I had never met before.  Why would I do such a thing you ask, well why not?  The people I am referring to are people I have been “hanging out” with online in a chat for a particular radio station that we all listen to.  Over the past year, give or take, I have gotten to know some of these people.  We have a lot of the same views politically, religiously, and morally.  These people I am referring to are all Jackholes and Jillholes.  We all live across America and were brought together by an awesome man named Doc Thompson.  He did a talk show for a station called Mojo50.  Sadly, he passed away in February.  So, what did I do while in Texas and how was my experience?

I first must thank someone; he knows who he is.  He is an awesome man, whom I had not yet met face-to-face, but wears his heart on his sleeve.  He makes me laugh a lot.  If it were not for him, I would not have gotten to enjoy this time in Texas.  He got me there and made sure I was taken care of.  You know who you are and you know that I greatly appreciate what you did for me so that I could enjoy this awesome time.   I also need to thank another person whom took me into his cabin and made sure I was safe and comfortable.  You both are awesome, love you both.

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This was my first experience there.  I loved getting to meet so many people I hung out with online in this chat room and occasionally on Skype.  I was not sure what to expect, this was the second one and being my first time, it was so exciting to see the studio and meet the hosts and all the other fans.  I got to sit in the studio while they were airing the shows.  There was a lot of food and alcohol, oh and let’s don’t forget the APR coffee.  We laughed and cried together, but overall, we enjoyed sharing our experiences of Doc with each other.  We are like a big happy family; it was kind of like having a family reunion but meeting for the first time.

I asked for others that were there and their experiences.  Some of them had been before, some of them not.  I will paraphrase what each person said about their experiences there and we will keep the identity private as “what happens at MojoCon, stays at MojoCon” 🙂

“In short, I met up with the group at Mi Cocina for the meet and greet and everyone was amazing.  I loved meeting the Jackhole Nation, hugging their necks, and I wished we could have had more time together.  The details are not as important as much as appreciating the amazing family that Doc created.  Looking forward to next year.”

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“What was MojoCon2019 for me?  In a way it was like the best parts of a family reunion. Bringing together the ones you love, from afar, to laugh be jovial, etc., it was in some ways as well, an induction of my wife into the world that is Jackhole Nation.  Kind of like how a teen brings their date home to meet the family.  Overall, it was exactly what I was expecting.  Meeting the listeners, the family we have built, and allowing us all to heal a little more.”

“Ok here we go… MojoCon was an eye-opening experience for me…not in the sense of what goes on at a radio station, although that was cool.  I didn’t learn anything about Doc I didn’t already know.  I didn’t get starstruck by meeting people I watch on TV every day. It was a chance for me to reaffirm some things I already knew about myself and taught me things I didn’t know.  I felt the fear…of traveling, of meeting strangers, of being in a big city, of being completely real about who I am, about eating baby sea animals…and did it anyway.  I’m so glad I did.”

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“It was awesome overall.  Thursday & Friday at the studios was GREAT, so much fun.  Loved getting to meet everyone face to face that I’ve spent my mornings with online for almost a decade.  It was kinda funny, it’s who are you when a new face would walk in & they’d say their name & it was no who are you on Twitter or MeWe?  And then when they’d say that name… The realization IT’S YOU.  My only ughhhhhh was there pub crawl that I didn’t get to go on…. I didn’t know where or when it started and my voice was gone with my throat hurting so while I could complain nobody texted or called me, vice versa I didn’t text or call anyone either… I was in pain breathing, I didn’t think I yelled that much Friday, but apparently… I did.  My only improvement for next year would be if there’s another pub crawl a designated meeting place clearly noted with the time to be there…  So at least at the start everyone knows, I’d have probably shown up since afterwards I found it was like lunch time when it started, my voice was still really raw, but I’d have loved to be there.  There’s also some other stuff that may come out later. let’s just say Jackholes will be Jackholes…But the best part of EVERYTHING was how welcoming & open everyone at the studio was to all of us, to be able to walk into the studio while brad was on air and sit on the couch if there was room or stand next to someone by a mic, it was awesome because they knew we respected them and they showed us that same respect, to be able to walk in and jump on a mic and be a part of the show, not okay go in quietly sit down off camera on the couch and stay quiet…  They welcomed us, they included us, they truly treated us as equals just like they do every day.  I can’t wait till next year it’s gonna be so much better & more fun…  And I’m thinking I’ll be at the KOA next year, for the daily after con party.”

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“I think the best and most memorable moment at MojoCon was when we first got to the Mexican restaurant on day one.  Everyone was so nice and so happy to see us, getting to hug and see everyone in person was truly a wonderful experience.  The second was sitting down with Cows, you and Jillian and then mama, and getting to know each other on a deeper, more tangible level.  An incredibly enriching experience.  Then of course spending time in the studio, that is so cool that they opened their doors to us all.  Such a humble group of broadcasters.”

“I went to Texas to meet friends that are closer than some family, set up a camp to bring people a place to gather, got hugs from gals AND guys. Seen the studios and the great folks there, got to broadcast our show from Doc’s dream, teared up a little and smiled at the folks around me, drank to docs honor, fellowshiped with awesome folks.”

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“The best part of MojoCon was meeting all of the amazing Jackholes and Jillholes (except that one guy and one girl).  I have become closer to this group of people than most of my own family.  My favorite times were sitting around at the campground cracking each other up and discussing the things in our society that piss us off.  I also had a great time having a cigar and a couple beers at Paladin Cigars with a small group of folks.  It was also really cool to get invited into the studio to take part in the recording of Off Track. The Mojo crew were gracious hosts and very welcoming.  It was overall a fantastic time and I look forward to next year.”

“Steven and I flew to Texas. My first big flight, first trip to Texas, first time meeting the majority of the Jackholes and MOJO5.0, along with first trip away from kids in almost 9 years let alone 4 days. I was rather anxious and shy, figuring unless I got time alone with Steven, I wouldn’t enjoy it at all. Meeting Laurie D, Timmy, Mable & James, Chet, Rator and Larky within the first hour made me think it might be okay. Really got to know everyone over the next few days and got to feeling like they were family. It was worthwhile and thankful to have gone to MojoCon and gained a family of wonderful people, whom I otherwise might never had met. Thank you Doc for the dream you started that we are all a part of and thank you Ron and Brad for continuing it and for meeting you both.”

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Well overall, as you can tell, most people had a great time and felt as though it was a family reunion of sorts.  Yes, there were flaws in it, but as this goes along year after year, those flaws will become less and less, and we will eventually get it together how to do things.  Overall, past the flaws, it was an awesome time had by all, next year will only be better.  I cannot wait till then.  I totally feel closer to the people I have become closer to over the past year, I hope they feel the same about me.  I know for me, it was totally getting to meet my awesome extended family, meet some other cool people that I may not have met online yet, and got to get a better feeling of who Doc was and what his dream was.  I hope more of you go next year, I hope that it is bigger and better than this year.  I hope to see all of you next year.  It will always be about Doc and the appreciation we feel that he somehow brought all these people together as one big happy family.  We love you Doc Thompson, we miss you so much, we will always celebrate your dream, legacy, and all that you did for us and still do everyday.  Sic Semper Tyrannis!!

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If It is Broken, I Say Fix It

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As many of you know, AOC made a comment about the VA over the past week.  She said ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’  Well as many of you know, the VA is very broken and needs to be fixed and quickly.  Though we all know that will take time to fix, and it is on its way, people need to understand what the problems are.  I spoke to several Veterans, some of which use it as a primary source of medical needs, others use it but have no serious medical issues so it is just enough to get by, others used it, but then dropped it and got their own healthcare.  After hearing what they had to say, I feel that people need to understand what goes on in the workings of the VA system.

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We will start with my hometown, Georgia.  I have a friend who has used them for quite a while.   There is a main VA in Atlanta and there are several smaller clinics located throughout the metro area and I assume lower regions of the state.  When asked how long it takes when you go to an appointment, “If you have a 8 am appointment usually you’ll be there for a hour or two, the later the appointment the longer the wait is, I try making my appointments as early as possible.”  If you are really sick you can go to the ER at the VA and get moved to the front of the line, but things like broken bones and just being sick with a minor illness is a different story.  He has had 6-7 primary care doctors in the time he has been going, they have a lack of doctors and he is supposed to have a regular doctor, but they usually just move to other hospitals, mostly out of the VA system.  The ER in Atlanta has about 50 plus or minus beds so that makes things a bit tricky when they are full.

If something bad happened to him, if he had to go to the ER, he would go to our local hospital or the closest ER, then once stable he would be transferred to the VA.  The good thing is there is a program called the Choice Program.  Normally getting some type of annual testing, like a colonoscopy or EGD, the appointment would take months to get at the VA, he said he can get approved for a outside doctors facility to have it done in a timely manner, but before that program he could not, he would have to wait sometimes years to get it done.  He also said, “You can say things have gotten better since President Trump has taken office, and I feel they’ll get better in the future as long as a fkn liberal don’t screw it up again!”  He also said they are different in other states, “I’d rather go to the Nashville VA hospital,” hence why I wanted a variety of Veterans in different states to tell me how their VA is.  He said the VA isn’t the worst, but it needs to be better.

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Next lets look at Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.  There is a main one and several smaller clinics.  The main VA hospital is in Milwaukee, which is 100 plus miles away, there is a VA clinic 40 miles away, and another about 30 miles away.  The 30 mile away one is a much nicer facility than the 40 mile away one.  He said, “If I was still on VA healthcare, I would have to use the VA clinics unless I was dying or had a severe debilitating cold, I would still have to call the VA and make sure I could see an out of network provider.  When I used to see a VA psychologist, the session would last about an hour, but I would have a 2, 3, or 6 month wait time between appointments.  I will say that my psychologist was a great therapist.  He was clear and never made me feel like a piece of trash some of the techniques he taught me to deal with my PTSD did help.”  He said they are not perfect, but they were effective.  He said he has not heard of a Choice Program, so I am assuming that some are not offered it and some are, or some states do not have it and some do.  He stopped using the VA and got insurance through his work, when he tried to get back on at the VA he could not because he could not get in touch with the people he needed to talk to and he finally gave up and went back on his healthcare coverage at work.  He also said, “When I first checked into the VA for health care, the Psychiatrist I saw very rudely stated that I will probably never come back here because I’m too proud for his assistance to help me (I feel like I am a pretty humble person), talk about a guy that doesn’t give a damn…as stated before however, the psychologist was the exact opposite and good to go.”  So the VA psychiatrists at the VA are much more understanding than outside Psychiatrist.

He said he would dispute AOC’s comment about “VA healthcare being any sort of an example of government healthcare being efficient and well led.  I know their are some out there convinced she is a socialist hero and the second coming of Christ, but I respectfully disagree and find her to be ignorant of facts and concepts of the reality of our nations issues.  She lives in imagination land.  I do not hate her guts, but I want her to pull her head out of the sand and recognize that she cannot dream her way to her version of utopia….God help us all.”  My opinion is, if you haven’t had to deal with the VA system, how can you really know how it is to have to use them?  She has no idea what she is talking about and therefore should not speak about it.

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Next we will go to Biloxi, Mississippi.  She said there is one within a 50 mile radius and 1 in Biloxi.  The main one is in Jackson, but that’s a 3 hour drive or New Orleans is 71 miles away.  She said “My VA is a full hospital complete with specialty clinics.”  In order to be seen at a VA specialty clinic, you must first get approval and a referral from your PCM (primary care manager).  There is a difference in the types of appointments she needs to make.  She said, “There is no type of acute care for colds at my facility.  I don’t like that, at all.  They say to go to the ER if you want to be seen for a cold, flu, strep, UTI, etc.  Chronic issues are managed by your PCM.”

When asked about emergency situations she said the closest facility is an appropriate facility, cost will be covered by the VA.  Regular check-ups and tests can take about a month to make an appointment, the exception is cardiology, she said, “I was taken care of very quickly for cardio issues. Their cardio care was quite aggressive, in a good way.”  She said her PCM usually stayed same, so she was able to see the same doctor each time.   She knows what the Choice Card is and has one, but has not used it, she said, “In order to use this benefit, certain criteria must be met.  Examples:  You need wait more than 30 days for an appointment, you live more than 40 miles away from the nearest VA.”  Here is a link if you do not know what it is or are unsure of what it is VA Choice Card.

She has been retired almost 6 years and her very first VA appointment was in September of 2018, she says the best clinic is the cardiology clinic, though.  She says they have a “women’s clinic,” most appointments like mammograms are taken care of by other civilian or military facilities.  She lives 25 miles away from her VA.  She even got lectured at one point from her PCM, she said, “It was very inappropriate for her to tell me, a Veteran and obviously patriotic, that I need to be more of a proactive feminist, blah blah blah, President Obama blah blah blah, Trump so evil, blah blah blah.”  I agree, that is inappropriate of a physician to lecture one on anything outside of their health.

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Now we will go to Bellevue, Nebraska (just south of Omaha).  There is a VA clinic in Bellevue and the main VA hospital in Omaha, he said he has been to both.  He said, “As far as being seen at either, it’s happened several ways:
1.  I was seen at the hospital and the VA secluded follow ups at the clinic.
2.  I’ve called the VA for an appointment and they secluded me to be seen at the clinic.
3.  I’ve called the clinic for making an appointment.”

When it comes to something that is life threatening (i.e. life, limb, eyesight, or difficulty breathing), he goes to the VA ER, he said, “The last time I went there, my wife took me in because it was hard to breath.  We were treated like shit by the nurse, like we were an inconvenience being there.”  As far as routine testing and other types of visits he calls and makes an appointment.  He said, “I’ve had to wait a month for some appointments, but the overall average is around two to three weeks.”

He said that he is “drawing about 30% disability from service connected and I also have insurance from work.  If I’m being seen at a civilian hospital for anything NOT related to what I’m getting disability for, it’s out of pocket and just my insurance.  If it’s something that I AM getting disability for then the VA covers down.  So if I have an emergency, I’m going to try to make it to the VA because then I can use my insurance there and not shit a gold brick when the bill comes. It’s confusing.”  For regular testing or annual stuff he says he usually gets into the clinic and will be seen in about 1-1/2 weeks to 3 weeks.

The PCP usually changes, but he thinks you can request a certain one, but your wait time will most likely change, so its the risk of time versus consistency on seeing the same doctor.  Over all, “I’m happy with the VA In Omaha/Bellevue,” he said, “Scheduling my vasectomy through them was interesting, had to make an appointment, to make an appointment to schedule my consultation to schedule my surgery.”  He said the wait times in the lobbies aren’t too long, “longest I think I waited was 20 minutes.  Once I got to a room I can wait anywhere from 3 to 10 minutes.  I definitely have it better than other places I’ve read about,” though he says being seen by a specialist and having something done can take up to a year.   There are sometimes wait lists that can be 6 mo out, if he needs to talk to the podiatrist, it’ll take 6 months to get the appointment, if a procedure is needed, that’ll take 6 months too, so a full year could pass before he got what was needed done.  That is pretty much the main complaint I have heard, the time that it takes to get in, time to get testing done, and time that it takes to get anything done.  Sad thing is, depending on what it is, time can cost some their lives.

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Now lets check out Kentucky.  This Veteran lives right at the bottom of Kentucky, near the Tennessee state line.  He goes to a Clinic in Clarksville, Tn, which is about 20 miles from his home.  The clinic has just been built and is still adding services.  He said, “The VA Campus in Nashville is where I have to go for major work, MRI’s , surgeries ect… It’s a Full service Hospital and is 54 mi away from me.”  He said you have to be in the system before you can go to the clinic, “there are a couple of ways to get in to the system .. D.A.V. Disabled American Veterans, The VFW Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion all can help file claims for eligibility.”

He said there is not much difference in where he goes, “I can go to the Emergency Room in Nashville any time. Lets say I wake up feeling Crappy and need to see someone… I have to Drive 54 mi to the ER. For me personally I’m more lucky, I’ve had the same NP ( Nurse Practitioner ) for more than 10 yrs.  He and I are Friends on FB and I have his cell phone # so I just call him and see if he can squeeze me in.”  That is very lucky, as it seems that most are just a name and number at the VA.  As far as using outside services, “that happened last year actually… I cut my finger… saw my Guy at VA… and then went to the Local Hospital ER… They fixed me and luckily I didn’t have to pay anything.”  He said to get an appointment can take about 3 months, “I have an MRI scheduled for Tuesday… I saw my Dr back in Feb. and he ordered the MRI.”  He has heard of Choice Program.  He said, “The last time I was at the VA in Nashville I talked to a guy who was there from Bowling Green Ky.  He had to drive more than 100 mi to get there.  Bowling Green Ky is 57 mi North east of me & Nashville Tn is 54 South East of me.”  So there seems to be an issue also with availability, they need more hospitals and clinics to help serve everyone.

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Last but not least, I spoke to someone in Virginia.  They said, “As Far as AOC statements goes is she’s ignorant to what Veterans needs are.  Secondly the VA was Broken System for about 20 years but this administration is spearheading it’s recovery I’m so many ways
Thirdly it will take about 10 years to hopefully fix this system but it’s already on the mend.  There are numerous VAs across the country and clinics.  There is a VA Choice program that offers some Veterans the ease of being able to be treated at designated hospitals and the VA carries the cost.  Also what many Veterans don’t know is the Recent Veterans Identification Card ( VIC ) Which they can apply online at The VA.

Now though I only talked to a few Veterans, it seems that they all agree there are issues that need to be fixed.  The length of time to get in to see someone or even talk to someone is bad, it should not take that long to set something up and be able to get in there, especially if it is for something urgent.  Time is of the essence when we are talking about health care and not to speak of early health care to keep from getting to the point of something bad happening, like death.  I have heard of sometimes up to a year wait for visits, procedures, and what not.

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Another issue with most is that they do not keep the same physicians.  I feel that seeing the same provider is something that is not only beneficial for the patient, but the doctor also.  You get to build a knowledge base without it being a book of patient history.  The more you see a doctor the more they understand who you are and other things about you that could be helping or hurting your health.  Every time you have to see someone new, they have to read your history, lots of reports, test, blood work, and to me that makes it very easy to miss something.  I do not know why they have such a turnover, why they are not able to keep doctors, but they need to find out and fix this.  Lastly, I think that they need more full care facilities to reach areas that are further out, at least make it easier for them to see clinics that are closer without having to drive all day and wait all day to see someone.

The VA system is good in some ways, but to a lot of people it is not.  They also need to upgrade their data system, they really cannot tell you how many have died waiting and how many could die waiting, these people are waiting on being seen, getting procedures, and/or treatment.  On a article on Military.com it says, “applications got stuck in a system that the VA has struggled to overhaul. Some applications, the IG report says, go back nearly two decades. The report addresses serious issues with the record-keeping itself.”  It also says that “The report also says VA workers incorrectly marked thousands of unprocessed health-care applications as completed and may have deleted 10,000 or more electronic “transactions” over the past five years.”  I don’t know about you but that is scary.  It is mishandling of records and people are literally falling through the cracks who need medical help.  I understand they are overworked, there is not enough people to help, but it is time they hire more people, get rid of the deadbeat people that are messing shit up, and they need to get this thing running appropriately, especially for our Veterans.  They were willing to give all to protect us and we give nothing in return.  This is the least we can do to help them live a healthy safe life.  Anyone who thinks this system is not broken needs to research it themselves, talk to some Veterans, go visit a VA.  This is not fair at all.

As far as AOC goes, she really has no idea what she is talking about.  This to me is way more important than stopping cows from farting.  She needs to know what she is talking about before she spouts off some insane BS.   I want to tell all the Veterans that helped me with this, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your service, thank you for caring enough about us to place your life on the line to protect us, and I hope to God that they seriously work on this system because you all deserve much more than this for all you have done.  I will leave you with this video that says it pretty good.

Dan Crenshaw Gives The Best Response to AOC!