Monday, November 18, 2019

With All Due REspect




A Book Review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, November10, 2019
Reader Note:  Words appearing in BLUE mean they are links to web sites



In my opinion, when people see who wrote this book and that she is a Republican and if they are left of center on the political spectrum, they will determine it to be not worth reading.  That would definitely be their loss.  This is a great book for everyone to read IF they want to read about a strong and principled woman who rose to be the United Nation Ambassador for the United States.  She is a woman in what typically is described as a “man’s world” yet she not only survived she thrived and America is better for her work not only at the United Nations but also as Governor for the State of South Carolina.

As I read the book, I thought about my three daughters and one son and how they may have benefited by reading Haley’s book when they were teenagers.  The one statement that stands out far more than any other in the book was when she described being the American born daughter of a mother and father who both immigrated to America from India.  She was “not white enough to be welcomed by white groups, and she was not black enough to be welcomed by black groups.”  She said she could have let that deter her but instead she moved on.  That is a lesson for everyone regardless of your ethnic heritage or your skin color.

I particularly enjoyed reading about how she rarely if ever took “no” for an answer.  That she fought the status quo and in spite of tremendous odds managed to convince others to do the right things at the appropriate times.  It also depicts the world as it really is rather than what we may think it is or what we see on television.  Many of her experiences are truly shocking as she describes them. I fully realize this is one person’s view of the time she spent as Governor and then as Ambassador yet as I read it, the truth seemed to shine through.  This is a good book and one that every teenager should read and learn from in their early years as there are valuable lessons throughout the book.  Adults could also learn from the book as it provides a window into the operation of a state government, the United Nations and the White House.

Who should read this book?  Everyone interested in improving their position in life and everyone interested in current events and politics!  It’s that good!
Would I read it again?  Probably not, it is not one of those books you need to read more than once.
Would I give it as a gift?  I definitely would! 

Monday, November 11, 2019





A Book Review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, November10, 2019
Reader Note:  Words appearing in BLUE mean they are links to web sites




Anyone my age grew up in the 50s and we all were well aware of the story of The Alamo, Davy Crocket, Jim Bowie and its many heroes.  What I did not know was the history of incidents leading up to the Alamo and then following the defeat at the Alamo that all resulted in Texas winning its independence from Mexico.  What I also didn’t realize until I read the book was that there were at least TWO Revolutionary Wars in America with the second being in Texas BEFORE it became part of America.  Even so it was a Revolutionary War that was fought primarily by Americans from all parts of the south, east and north.

We all know the story of The Alamo but as famed radio announcer Paul Harvey oftentimes said, “and now for the rest of the story!”  This is the rest of the story about not only The Alamo but also the fight for Texas independence.

I have read other books written by Brian Kilmeade and found them all to be very well written, well researched and held my interest and this book is no different.  It is a history book, no doubt.  It is also to some degree a graphic depiction of what happened at not only the Alamo in San Antonio but also the city of Goliad, Texas and the subsequent battle that lasted just 18 minutes that defeated the professional Mexican army led by Santa Anna.  It is also a complementation of letters, discussions and speeches that redirected the birth of a nation – Texas.  One of the things I was unaware of was the incivility demonstrated by El Presedente Santa Anna when it came to the outright murder of Americans taken prisoner during the war for independence. 

This is the story of a great many American heroes the least of which was Sam Houston and the politics involved at that time in the history of Texas.  It is a book that I really could not put down.  Some books take days, weeks and even months to read and digest; not this one!  It is a great read that I highly recommend everyone read. 

Who should read this book?  I would recommend it to everyone!  It’s that good!
Would I read it again?  I doubt I would read it again but I would certainly look up references contained in the book.
Would I give it as a gift?  I definitely would! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS!





28 Ideas That Are Changing The World
A Book Review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, November 7, 2019
Reader Note:  Words appearing in BLUE mean they are links to web sites




Disclaimer:  This is the oath I took while serving in the U. S. Coast Guard.  Take note, there is NO EXPIRATION DATE on the oath.

I, James R. Brown, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.

I include the above to make is absolutely clear that as I read and subsequently reviewed this book that I most likely had a biased for America and its Constitution.  Having said that…

This book gets into the minds and purposes of the men who are considered our Founding Fathers and why they did what they did and wrote what they wrote regarding the U. S. Constitution.  It literally goes back 5000 years in time to draw from the ideas of people such as Aristotle to formulate their ideas as well as many others throughout history.  They took the best ideas and the successful and unsuccessful historical endeavors and created our Constitution, thus the title of the book. I found this book extremely fascinating.  I keep putting myself in the shoes of the Founding Fathers as they took parts of world history and molded those thoughts and principles into our Constitution.

It would be impossible to read this book without learning a great insight into how America got to where it is today.  Sadly, the information I read defines an America that I personally don’t see today.  This is NOT just my opinion; it is the opinion of a great many of the Founders who more or less predicted that America “could” change if the Constitution were ever changed or its contents were ignored for any reason.

This is an excerpt from the book worthy of re-printing here.  It is a prophecy!

A Prophecy

One of the greatest American historians of the last generation was John Fiske. He caught the spirit of the Founders and studied their writings. He knew the secret to the 5,000-year leap which was then well on its way. He also saw some dangerous trends away from the Founders’ basic formula of sound government. He therefore wrote a prophecy which Americans of our own day might ponder with profit:

“If the day should ever arrive (which God forbid!) when the people of the different parts of our country shall allow their local affairs to be administered by prefects sent from Washington, and when the self-government of the states shall have been so far lost as that of the departments of France, or even so closely limited as that of the counties of England—on that day the political career of the American people will have been robbed of its most interesting and valuable features, and the usefulness of this nation will be lamentably impaired.”
Written by John Fiske, The Critical Period of American History, 1783-1789, The Historical Writings of John Fiske, Vol 12, Houghton Mifflin Company Boston, 1916, pp 282-283

Five Thousand Year Leap; a book that SHOULD be taught in every school in America if not the world. It explains the thinking that gave us our current form of government and why we should all be working to make sure it remains in tack. The handwriting is on the wall!

I started this Nugget with the Oath I took in the Coast Guard for a very good reason.  Over the years I have read the U. S. Constitution and thought I had a pretty good understanding of it.  After reading this book I realized just how wrong that understanding actually was.  We as a nation of strayed considerably from the ideals put forth by our Founders and that is a pity.  Not sure we can ever recover those ideals without first changing a great many minds.  THIS IS A GREAT BOOK!

Who should read this book?  Actually, everyone but I know many won’t even consider it.  IT SHOULD BE TAUGHT IN ALL OF OUR SCHOOLS!  But it won’t!
Would I read it again?  Actually, I will.  Any chapter can be read without a need to have read previous chapters and that makes it both easy to read and instructional now and in the future.
Would I give it as a gift?  I would love to but won’t as it really counts on a person’s desire to learn the history of our great country. 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Desert Pete


Written and Posted Dec 31, 2003; BUT STILL APPLIES!
Desert Pete
Artist: The Kingston Trio (peak Billboard position # 33 in 1963)
Words and Music by Billy Edd Wheeler
Article by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, December 31, 2003

I was travellin’ West a Buckskin on my way to a cattle run,
Cross a little cactus desert under a hot blisterin’ sun.
I was thirsty down to my toenails, stopped to rest me on a stump.
But I tell ya I just couldn’t believe it when I saw that water pump!
I took it to be a mirage at first; it’ll fool a thirsty man.
Then I saw a note stuck in a bakin’ powder can,
“This pump is old”, the note began, “but she works so give’r a try”
“I put a new sucker washer in ‘er, you may find the leather dry.”


“You’ve got to prime the pump, you must have faith and believe,”
“You’ve got to give of yourself ‘fore you’re worthy to receive!”
“Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet,”
“But leave the bottle full for others, Thank You kindly, Desert Pete.”


“Yeah, you’ll have to prime the pump, work that handle like there’s a fire,”
“Under that rock you’ll find some water I left in a bitters jar.”
“Now there’s just enough to prime it with, so dontcha go drinkin’ fust,”
“You just pour it in and pump like mad, bud; you’ll quench your thirst.”


“You’ve got to prime the pump, you must have faith and believe,”
“You’ve got to give of yourself ‘fore you’re worthy to receive.”
“Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet,”
“But leave the bottle full for others, Thank You kindly, Desert Pete.”


Well I found that jar and I tell ya nothin’ was ever prettier to my eye,
I was tempted strong to drink it, cuz that pump looked mighty dry.
But the note went on “have faith my friend, there’s water down below,”
“You got to give until you get—I’m the one who ought to know!”
So I poured in the jar and I started pumpin’ and I heard a beautiful sound,
Of water bubblin’ and splashin’ up outta that hole in the ground.
I took off my shoes and I drunk my fill of that cool refreshing treat,
I thanked the Lord and thanked the pump and I thanked old Desert Pete!

“You’ve got to prime the pump, you must have faith and believe.”
“You’ve got to give of yourself ‘fore you’re worthy to receive/”
“Drink all the water you can hold, wash your face, cool your feet.”
“But leave the bottle full for others, Thank You kindly, Desert Pete.”


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_WUf-SUSzhQ


Desert Pete must have been a successful Real Estate Consultant because he had a firm grip on reality –

YOU MUST PRIME AND WORK THE PUMP TO REAP THE REWARDS!

If you are familiar with the water pumps of old, you know they had a spout and a pumping handle.  You would pump and pump on the handle and eventually water would appear at the spout.  Because the water came from so deep in the ground, two things occurred.  First the water that did appear was unusually cool, kept so by its earthen container.  Second, it did not appear at first, it took time to create enough suction to literally pull the water to the surface.  The deeper the well, the longer it took.  Many a men would pump and pump and give up in desperation thinking the well to be dry.  Fewer men kept pumping and were rewarded with the “water bubblin’ and splashin’ up outta that hole in the ground”

In real estate, the EARTH is your database or reservoir of potential buyers and sellers.  The PUMP represents the tools you have to tap into that reservoir.  The WATER you use to moisten the gasket represents the sacrifices you must make to obtain your desired results.  And the HANDLE, oh yes, the HANDLE represents both your efforts and more importantly, your persistence.

Far too many good intentioned people come to real estate thinking the business literally falls into your lap.  Some are led to believe that the “company” will generate the business for you.  But only a few truly understand, “You’ve got to give of yourself ‘fore you’re worthy to receive”.  You must prime and work the pump!

We can learn a lot from Desert Pete.  Pete must have been a disciple of Zig Ziglar because he lived the phrase, “to get what you want, help someone else get what they want”.  Pete could have drunk his fill of water and simply left.  He choose to help others by not only leaving enough water to prime the pump but to also give instructions on how to do it in case the thirsty traveler did not understand the workings of a pump.  Desert Pete understood “relationships” as he left a trail to himself for others to follow and above all else he was a teacher.   “Give and you shall receive!”

There are literally thousands of books and articles that have been published showing you a “tried and proven” method to be successful in real estate.  I don’t portend to know it all but I can assure you there is no deep secret to being a success at real estate sales.  If you truly want to be successful, here is the recipe:

·         Build a Database of people you know and hope to know (the Earth)
·         Build a Relationship with the people in your database.  Before you can sell them, you must first get them to KNOW you, LIKE you, and most importantly, TRUST you, (moisten the gasket).
·         Obtain the tools of the trade and learn how to use them like computers, database software and the Internet (the pump).
·         Then simply maintain contact (pump the handle until it produces). 


Here is the “Golden Rule” of being a successful Real Estate Consultant:


When the people you know or want to know, think of real estate,
you want them to think of you!
They will not and cannot do it without your guidance!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Just Read It!



For The Salespeople Destined for Greatness
A Book Review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, October 20, 2019
Reader Note:  Words appearing in BLUE mean they are links to web sites




Disclosure:  I was honored to be asked by the author to proof read a couple of the chapters of the book prior to its publication.

This is a very different kind of book.  The authors have captured the backbone of a sales career and what makes the difference between being an average sales person and a great sales person.  Using the 80/20 Rule, it is the difference between being in the 80% who do 20% or less of the selling as compared to being in the 20% who do 80% or more of the selling. 

What is so unique about this book and based on my over 30 years of being a real estate broker/trainer is that you could take any chapter of the book and turn it into a course in sales for any sales office and your sales team would be the better for it.  For sales agents, I could think of no better way than to read something positive before you start your day.  You could turn to any chapter or any page and you will have accomplished starting your day on a positive instructional note.

There are so many “wallable quotes” (my term) meaning you could create a wall poster of quotes by people who should know what they are talking about and you wouldn’t have enough wall space in your home to post them all.

I love this book; said by a retired sales person.  My only negative comment which is actually a positive comment is that the book DOES NOT ONLY APPLY TO PEOPLE IN SALES as we typically define that term.  EVERYONE IS IN SALES!  Most people don’t realize they are in sales but everyone IS in sales.  If you are applying for a job, you are selling yourself.  If you have an idea worthy of consideration, you are selling that idea to someone.  If you have a significant other (hate that phrase) you CONSTANTLY are selling something to each other.  In other words EVERYONE IS SELLING SOMETHING MORE THEN THEY REALIZE.  I say this because this book is NOT just for people in SALES, it is for everyone.  As I read it, I envisioned teenagers who are still in school reading it and benefiting from its content BEFORE they hit the job market.

It would be impossible to read this book and not have it affect your sales career in a positive way!  Think about that for just a second.  What if this book could help you make just one more sale?  How about 10 more sales?  The number of sales is unlimited when you know what you are doing and that is the purpose of this book – to help you know what you are doing and why.

Who should read this book?  Everyone over the age of 13.  Might be a bit much for anyone younger to fully grasp.
Would I read it again?  This is a great question since I am retired.  The answer is YES I would read it again, especially a little bit a time because it is so positive and encouraging.  As stated above, the book applies to everyone, including retirees like myself.  How can you NOT be motivated when you read quotes by people who know what they speak of?
Would I refer the book to friends and family?  Absolutely!
Would I give it as a gift?  Absolutely!  This would make for a great gift for anyone of any age, especially teenagers and people actually in the business of selling products or services.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

United States of Trump




How The President Really Sees America
A Book Review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, October 20, 2019
Reader Note:  Words appearing in BLUE mean they are links to web sites





Special note:  This book was written by a polarizing figure (Bill O’Reilly) about a polarizing figure (President Donald Trump) and therein lies the pity in that some people will see one or both names and make a decision NOT to read the book.  That would definitely be their loss, hopefully not your loss, as you can learn something from almost every book you read but you can’t learn anything from the books you decide NOT to read.

I have read all of Bill O’Reilly’s books and they are all very well written and he routinely documents facts referred to in order to differentiate the facts from his personal opinion.  What makes this book unique is that it was written based on O’Reilly’s personal knowledge of Donald Trump as a result of their relationship.  O’Reilly is quick to point out that their relationship is not one that would be considered as a friendship but rather an acquaintance of two New Yorkers.

I found the book difficult to put down.  It represents the views of an “insider” in regard to someone being in the news media.  O’Reilly sheds light on a lot of subjects throughout the book that someone like me may have had a glancing knowledge of because it was covered or mentioned on his show or on other news shows.  His insights from someone who “knows” President Trump and should be fascinating for anyone following politics.  They should also be beneficial to understanding the news media and why things have happened in the past both good and bad.

It is very difficult to comment on the contents because no matter what I say, 50% will either hate what I say or love what I say based on their personal politics and/or hatred or support for Donald Trump.  The one overriding theme of the book demonstrates on just how bias the news media has been towards Trump and anyone supporting him.  I defy anyone to say they could be accosted by such negativity on a daily basis for well over three years and remain as functional as Trump has done.

Biggest take away for me was that the news media complains about people no longer trusting them but they have given the people no reason to trust them when they are obviously so bias.  What people tend to overlook is that what goes around, comes around.  Meaning, what may serve the media well today may look entirely different when the media turns on a Democratic President in the future.  They have only reported on Russia, Russia, Russia and since that subject is dead, they have turned to impeachment completely overlooking the robust economy, job reports, low unemployment, good trade deals and the fact that we are no longer engaged in heavy military fighting around the globe.  You may not like President Trump the man but that should be no reason to overlook the good that he has done for America but that is what the media has done.  They may never regain the full trust of Americans ever again.

Who should read this book?  Actually, everyone but I know someone won’t even attempt it.
Would I read it again?  Probably not, a second reading would not add or subtract what I have taken away from the book.
Would I give it as a gift?  I would love to but won’t as it really counts on a person’s politics as to whether they would attempt reading it or not.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

A MUST READ FOR EVERY AMERICAN





A Book Review by Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, September 11, 2019
Reader Note:  Words appearing in BLUE mean they are links to web sites


From the book:  It took our species thousands of bloody, torturous, and degrading years to climb out of the pits of hell and recognize the sanctity of life, the value of the individual, and the equality of our fellows.  To this effect, Madison proudly declared, “The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world.”

I could not possibly think of a better book to finish on this infamous date; September 11, 2019.  September 11 when America was under attack by a foreign enemy.

But I do not believe that IF America is to ever fall, it will NOT be from a foreign enemy but rather from within by citizens who know not the history of this great country and fail to stand up when it is the right thing to do.

This book should be read by EVERY American, yes that includes you, with no exception.  It is that important.  As I read the book, I took away many valuable insights into what happened in the early days of America that ended with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Imagine a country with 13 Colonies, no internet, no instant 24-hour news media and miles and days to travel through the 13 Colonies to get people of very different backgrounds and beliefs to agree on such a document that has survived all these years; at least until now.

I could not help but put myself into the picture as I listened to some of the most famous names in our history put forth their ideas regarding the rights of individuals in this new found nation.  As I read the printed words I pictured Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Paine et al debating the wording of the various sections of the Bill of Rights.  I understood how the individual Colonies created their own Bill of Rights and those Bills were eventually incorporated in the country’s Bill of Rights.

I feel I had a good understanding of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights before I read the book but now, I know I have a greater knowledge of the intent of each section and why they are worded as they are.

In 2019 there is an increasing belief that Socialism is our future.  I shutter to think that ever be the case.  It is time everyone STAND UP and be counted to preserve our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy.  One need not look very far to see what the perils of Socialism is – IT HAS FAILED EVERYWHERE IT HAS BEEN TRIED AND MILLIONS OF PEOPLE HAVE DIED UNDER THE YOKE OF SUCH OPPRESSIVE SOCIALISTIC GOVERNMENTS. 

I take the side of the author when I ask that YOU read the book and then get your family and friends to read it.  Give it to them as gifts with personal notes inside emphasizing the importance of reading it. 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

LIFE - SECONDS - DEATH



LIFE – SECONDS - DEATH
Article by: Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, August 4, 2019

The news this week has been horrible.  First there was the shooting at the Garlic Festival, then the shooting at a Wal-Mart in El Paso and that was followed by a shooting at a bar in Dayton and as if that were not enough it was just announced that there was another mass shooting at a “playground” in Chicago.  I put playground in parenthesis because I am unable to tell if it was truly a playground given the ages of the people involved in the shooting, late teens early 20s.  At least 3 of the shootings involved multiple deaths and many wounded.

While watching the coverage today I listened to an official with the State of Texas and he said something that really struck a nerve.  He said to imagine being an Emergency Room Doctor/Team looking down on an unconscious patient who had just been shot or severely injured.  You don’t know their name.  You don’t know their medical history.  You don’t know what medications they are currently taking.  You don’t know what medications they may be allergic to.  In fact, you know very little about the person whose life is now in your hands.  That is what happens following shootings like the ones listed above.

There is not much that you and I can do about any future mass shootings.  They represent evil deeds conducted by evil people and could involve weapons other than just guns.  But there is something I have already done and you can as well to possibly save your life.  As the title to the Nugget suggests, there are oftentimes only seconds between Life and Death.  Those seconds can be significantly extended when the emergency team has information on the patient available to them.

I started wearing an EPIC_ID Medical Alert Bracelet shortly after I had a heart attack as well as other medical issues at that time.  I was concerned that there may come a time when I might be found unconscious and no one would know who I am if I were found without my wallet which could happen if I had been robbed and beaten.  I am in my mid-70s and health is always a concern.  But this is where these shootings opened my eyes.  Most of the deaths and wounded were NOT in their late 70s or beyond; they were young and the medical emergency team working to save their lives knew little to nothing about them unless they were conscious enough to tell them.

That is when I thought about the real value of a medical alert bracelet for everyone but not just a bracelet that might tell someone the person has Diabetes or a Heart Condition, like the ones we have seen for years.  The EPIC_ID Bracelet gives the medical emergency team THREE PAGES OF YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION stored on a USB drive that is part of the bracelet and clasp.  There may be other similar bracelets available on the market but the EPIC_ID Bracelet is the one I use and am familiar with.  You have no idea how impressed the people at the hospital have been when I show them how it works.  I DON’T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT!

Here is a true situation that happened to me.  I found a need to go to the emergency room and I did NOT have access to any of my medical records when I went.  I take a considerable number of medications and correct me if I am wrong but I can’t even pronounce them let alone remember them.  When they asked what medications I was taking, I simply handed them my EPIC_ID Bracelet.  All the medications, the dosage and the physicians who ordered them were all listed on my bracelet.

The bracelet is far more than just a list of medications.  It contains a photo ID, emergency contact information, brief family history of diseases, list of regular physicians seen, prior surgical procedures, plus space to add additional information you consider important that may not have fit in the spaces provided or items such as the presence of a living will.

Anyone could find themselves unconscious or in an Emergency Room at any time in their lives, regardless of their age, and most would be there without this type of information at their fingertips.  Sickness, auto accidents, travel accidents, sporting accidents, violent crimes and yes mass shootings all come to mind after watching today’s news.  The importance of having this information affixed to your wrist available to any medical emergency personnel who have access to a computer cannot be over stated.  IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE OR THE LIFE OF ONE OR MORE OF YOUR LOVED ONES.

This is what they look like:

This is where the USB is concealed and protected in the clasp:


This is where you can find additional information:  https://www.epic-id.com


Note:  If you think this information could save someone’s life, please share it.



Wednesday, July 3, 2019

My Thoughts and Prayers


MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
By Jim “Gymbeaux” Brown, July 4, 2019

How many times have we seen in the comment sections of Facebook and other social media sites posts that a friend or family member or even themselves are having difficulties and is in need of everyone’s support.  Then we see the comments, “My thoughts and prayers are with you.”  Is that true?  Are the posting individuals’ thoughts and prayers really with the person of concern?  Or has the phrase, “my thoughts and prayers” become a standard response that contains little more meaning than the “sincerely” at the end of a letter?

People ARE in need of our thoughts and prayers of this I am certain.  IF you are going to tell them your thoughts and prayers are with them, do as you say! 

I am asking for your “thoughts and prayers” for a sick friend of mine – America.  I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s.  I just missed the free drugs and sex at the end of the 60s and I am so grateful I did.  During my youth, all was well in America in spite of ducking for cover beneath our school desks practicing for the day someone would drop a Nuclear Bomb on America.  Most of us managed to also escape the ravages of Polio and the photos of children lying in the “iron lung”.   So even though it was all well and good we did have our concerns.

For example, in 1958 the divorce rate was 21% and we thought that was high.  Compare that to 1866-1980 when the rate was over 50%. Check the Divorce Rate Chart.  The chart on this link only goes up to 1999 when the rate was slightly lower at 41%.  Later numbers indicate that the divorce rate in America is between 40% and 50%.  Check this out here!

Using simple math, you can easily see that if you were born into a marriage you would have about a 50% chance of growing up with two parents or looking at it another way, you would have a 50% chance of growing up with only 1 parent.  Why is this important?  That has to be one of the dumbest questions of all time.  Raising children is no easy task for two people let alone just one especially when the ONE must also work AND provide for a home.  If you want to read some startling statistics, check out the information provided here.


If you want to know why America is in trouble it can be boiled down to just 3 areas of concern.

  • It takes 2.1 births per woman to sustain a race or civilization.  In America it is 1.8.  I don’t know if the statistics consider a baby born but then aborted. 
  • Children have a 50% chance of growing up and being disciplined and taught what is considered morally right, morally wrong and what is considered acceptable civilized behavior by only one parent.
  • Children are learning more in schools than they are at home.  That would not be an issue if the schools stuck to Reading, Writing and Arithmetic but they aren’t.

You don’t have to be a Rocket Scientist to understand that if there is only one parent in a family, there is only one versus two people providing the training necessary to grow up with a sense of family, a sense of right and wrong and a sense of civility. 

If a child is NOT learning in the home, what they are learning occurs in the schools.  Now consider this said by Vladimir Lenin: “Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.”

Does that scare you?  It does me.  If you are a parent that does not maintain constant surveillance of what your child is being taught in our schools, it is quite possible YOUR child may be learning something you would prefer they NOT to learn.  Who determines the curriculum in our schools?  Do you know?  I can assure you that the government and the teachers’ union determine almost everything taught in our schools and this typically happens without the parent’s knowledge.
Here’s another very scary thought to consider provided by Joseph Stalin himself, “If I can control Hollywood, I can control the world.”
Do you know what happened in 1962?  Prayer was removed from our schools as if it represented something to horrible to learn.  Do you know what happened in the years following the removal of prayer from our schools?

Look for yourself at these charts and you decide if and when the collateral damage to America began and why:

Here’s the defining question.  If a child is not learning about the difference between right and wrong, interpersonal relationships, civility, etc. at home, exactly where are they learning it if at all?  Now look at the charts.  Prayer was removed in 1962.  In a perfect society all the numbers that should be on the rise began to fall in 1962.  All the numbers that should have fallen, began to rise in 1962.

There ARE underlining forces at work that most people are totally ignorant of.  The goal is to take down the one country standing in the way of a one-world-government which is supported by the United Nations.  Here are some Google links that I highly recommend you research to understand what a free people are up against.


The BEST information comes in the form of two documentaries, Agenda, Grinding America Down and Agenda2, Masters of Deceit.  These two documentaries clearly lay out a very unwelcomed picture of what is currently happening in America to take the country down from within and the U. S. Citizens have become the “useful idiots” described by Marx to make it happen.  Hopefully you are not one of them.  Here are two links on YouTube to these two documentaries.  Please, please, please watch them and then you decide if you are or are not a “useful idiot.”

As I was writing this it was announced by Nike® that they were going to withdraw from the market their latest athletic shoes featuring a Betsy Ross version of the American Flag because of a complaint by just one man, Colin Kaepernick.  Millions upon millions of Americans have become a pawn of just one man and Nike® took the bait.  What you may not know is that the Governor of Arizona where Nike® was to be provided with millions of dollars of tax breaks had the offer rescinded.  Thank you Governor Doug Ducey.  This is how you attack the forces causing America to become ill by uncaring individuals.

Some give Thomas Jefferson credit for saying this, others say there is no proof he ever said it.  Really doesn’t matter, it was said by someone who fully understood what the founding fathers feared the most.  "Democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where 51% of the people may take away the rights of the other 49%"   That works in both directions but the one that is most scary occurs when 51% of the citizens who pay no federal taxes and therefore reap the benefits from the government funded by the 49%.  When that occurs, more and more people will prefer to be in the majority of those citizens receiving their very livelihood in the form of government benefits.  That will be the beginning of the end for America.  It is also called a “tipping point.”  We are nearing the tipping point for America as we know it.


On this 4th of July 2019, IF you truly mean that your thoughts and prayers are with a sick patient, then I hope you consider America to be as sick as I believe it to be and seriously give America your “thoughts and prayers” and mean it.  If you don’t believe in “thoughts and prayers” and if you hate America as so many Americans seem to do, then none of what I have written about actually will matter to you and you are quite possibly one of the “useful idiots” Marx described.