HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Three notable things happened this holiday season. Phil Robertson called out the gays and the public/Christians pushed back . . . . hard. See link: http://www.humanevents.com/2013/12/30/duck-dynasty-defeats-the-thought-police/
The President of the United States has violated his own “showcase” law repeatedly since it bombed on its debut, by backpedaling on the law’s stipulations with multiple executive orders as band aids. And he’s overstepped the U.S. Constitution’s intent re: separation of powers. Substantial damage to constitutional norms has resulted as evidenced by the fact that only a handful in the Congress have pointed out how audacious and unlawful this behavior actually is. The dire consequences of this legislative behavior (lack of courage to act) are just beginning to surface now. See link: http://www.humanevents.com/2014/01/06/stop-the-bailout-now/
Third, the Xmas economy confirmed that the actual economy hasn’t recovered yet! However, the stock market rips along daily. Go figure.
Personally, I have lots to be thankful for. Eight and a half months ago I received a new aortic valve, had my heart beat restored to 4/4 time and had a preventative procedure with the hope that my a-fib would disappear. That didn’t happen, but the occurrences have subsided substantially. The road to recovery has been revealing, to say the least.
I had heard on numerous occasions that you didn’t really know how sick or how bad you felt until you started to consistently feel well again. So true. Also, during the extended re-entry threshold, the post-op effects of anesthesia, surgical meds and post-op protocol treatment, lull you into a feeling that you are in fact well. The truth is, you aren’t well or over this trauma until you’ve felt well for several months in a row.
I have successfully shed the rat poison - Coumadin (blood thinner) which I’ve been on for five years, and three other interim meds. I’ve also stumbled on some very important info re: memory loss.
After my surgery I suffered frequent short term memory loss, moments of blank recall and annoying instances of word or phrase mis-speak; meaning to say one thing, while involuntarily saying another.
Re: Bad Meds: The brain regenerates like our liver. If you are in a-fib, have an irregular heartbeat, and/or degenerative heart valve, then you’ll know about these drugs: Statin drugs for cholesterol control like Lipator and beta blockers like Metoprolal inhibit brain cell regeneration, retention and communication between other brain cells. These drugs could lead to Alzheimers, dementia and permanent memory loss. Ask your doctor about alternatives.
On the home front, some glimmer of hope for Florida water resources is beginning to hopefully, take hold. Public awareness is way up as the press gives copy space to reasoned and plausible arguments for government honesty in scientific application and for taking the conflict of interest out of resource management. And citizens take the initiative in local restorative actions i.e. Art Jones’ One Rake at a Time clean up of Kings Bay, Crystal River.
You know that a matter of public concern is beginning to get traction when political do-nuthin’s start beating a new drum about resource restoration and protection. Not for one moment should we stop advocating for government reform until after the fact, as history shows irrefutably that real change can be swallowed by big money in a nanosecond!
Dan Hilliard of the Withlacoochee (River) Area Residents, Inc. is right on, in a recent column, when he talks about the future depletion of our most valuable resource, water. It’s not just the drinking and flushing aspect but, the foreseeable loss of one of Nature’s majestic beauties, our natural springs system, the priceless wildlife that depend on the system’s basic function, and the monetary value which is exceeded only by the intrinsic value of a resource once regarded as finite. Bureaucrats, who owe their entire existence to the political “process” and politicians who systematically continue to exploit, pretend and foster the concept that things natural are less valuable than “progress”. Living long enough to see the consequences is now a distinct probability for a lot of us.
The time worn, political mantra of growth and economic progress is the poison pill for natural resource preservation and quality of life accommodation in Florida and elsewhere. Like it or not, more people is not the answer. Are we really going to pave over every last blade of grass, and plow under every tree before we say enough is enough?
One last political observation: On today’s Human Events website is an article by John Hayward about the President’s newest socialist ploy - - -dumping more $ millions into cultural black holes now renamed “Promise Zones” The link follows. Here is the best summary of this renewable economic blunder of many names, by our government:
Everyone struggling to escape poverty should turn to those who would increase the size of the private sector that would give them jobs, not the size of the government that would give them benefits. Otherwise, you’re not really trying to escape poverty… you’re just trying to make it more tolerable.: http://www.humanevents.com/2014/01/10/ted-cruz-all-of-america-needs-to-be-a-real-promise-zone/
Last note: My new book, The Rednak Chronicles is finished, being proofed, and will be available on Amazon in early February. The digital e-book will be available soon after, in the Kindle format and the audio book on CD, will be available on my website by March – I hope.
See ya soon.