Hagar Had a Son

HagarIn the beginning, there was Ibrahim and Sarah. God spoke to Ibrahim and told him to be patient and he would have a child. When Sarah would not take with child, Ibrahim took a hand-maiden named Hagar. Hagar was pregnant almost immediately. Then Sarah was pregnant too. God spoke to Ibrahim again and told him he ought to have waited, because no good would come of this.

Many years later, Ibrahim was laying on his death bed. Hard of hearing and barely able to see, he asked Hagar to bring him Isaac, Sarah’s son. It was time, as was his tradition, to pass on all his worldly goods, to the son of his choice. He had promised Hagar, her son Ishmael would inherit also, though he intended to give the best of all his worldly possessions, to his son Isaac.
Hagar had a plan, to make sure that her son was taken care of, since he was first born to Ibrahim and she was very jealous of Sarah and Isaac. She went out into the field and found Ismael. She wrapped his arms in sheep’s wool and told him to come with her, but to remain very quiet. Ismael had very smooth skin and very little body hair, while Isaac was a very hairy man.
She brought Ismael to Ibrahim’s bedside and announced she had brought his son. Ibrahim reached out to grab his son’s arm and feeling the sheep’s wool, he believed Ismael to be Isaac, and bequeathed the best of his land to Ishmael.

Ibrahim then instructed Hagar to bring him Ishmael. When Isaac arrived, finding out what had happened, begging his father to take back what he had given Ishmael, Ibrahim said he couldn’t, because God had witnessed what he had bequeathed to Ishmael and once done, could never be undone, in the eyes of God. So Isaac inherited the desert, which would bear nothing but dust and heat, while Ismael, through his mother’s trickery, inherited the orchards, the river and everything that would be abundant.
That is the beginning of the Middle East Crisis. When I was much younger than I am today, I spent about 5 years ferreting out this information. I just couldn’t comprehend what was so difficult about just getting along. Both peoples are related. The House of Muhammed and the House of David. They are related. They came from the same father. At least, according to the story they did. Historically speaking, I believe it’s probably true however, anyone who could actually verify this, is long since dead.

Since then, they have hated each other passionately enough, to want each other dead, for many hundreds of years, until today.

History shows that the Jewish people were persecuted to the edge of being wiped out, by Hitler and the Nazis. In 1920, the League of Nations ( predecessor to the United Nations ) mandated through the Treaty of Versailles, a resolution to relocate all Jewish peoples, who wished to be relocated, to Palestine, to share the land with the Palestinians. In 1948 Israel was created, to be a Jewish state with a Jewish majority.

Enter the Fathers of Zionism, Theodor Herzl and Nathan Birnbaum. They had good intentions. They wanted Equality for their family, friends, extended family. Today Zionism has been infused with hatred, to such an extreme, there are actual followers of the Zionist teachings, who believe that the rest of the population of the Earth, were put here only to serve them. That other human beings are less than human. They believe they are the Chosen of God, as do many other religions. They believe their way is the only way, as do many other religions. Most of these religions believe, anyone else is no better than the dirt beneath their feet, or other human beings have no soul.

Let’s focus on the story here though. Hagar is an “Anti-Hero” for the purposes of this story. She protected the interests of her son, which I believe just about any mother would do. However, in the long run, she becomes the villain, the one to blame for all of this. The philosophical translation would be, in my opinion, yet another reason to blame women for whatever ails a man. It occurs to me, Ibrahim could have revoked his initial bequeath of possessions and even been forgiven by God, because he’d been tricked. Where would this leave Hagar and her son though? Probably with the same situation as we have today. A no win situation.

Bar none, Israel is the recipient of the most funding for military aid, from the United States of America. To the tune of 8.5 million dollars a day.
I made a point of tweeting to the official IRS twitter profile, that I didn’t want to give them anymore of my tax dollars. Especially when they’re using it to commit genocide.

In my travels through social media websites, I have always been an advocate of “No More Death”. I have come up against several peers on these social sites, who have called me everything under the sun, for not supporting Israel. I stand my ground even now. I’m really not on anyone’s side. I believe there is enough for everyone. That variety truly is the spice of life. Understanding breeds acceptance. There has to be a solution that stops the killing, no matter where it’s happening.

A week ago, I saw a Syrian, holding his headless daughter. Who could do that? Yesterday I saw worse, a Palestinian father, holding his son. The back of his son’s head had a hole in it the size of a softball. There is something wrong with someone who could do something like that.

It doesn’t matter anymore, who started what. What really matters, precious lives are being lost. The lives of innocent children, who had no part in any of this history and now, will make no history at all.

I Will Not Tolerate The Status Quo

Power to the PeopleI’ll start with 2008, at the Nevada State Caucus, I’m the one with the mouth, that yelled over 3500 plus delegates, when they cut the microphone, for a point of order (according to Robert’s Rules of Order), to prevent the State Party from choosing our electorate slate, and thereby insuring that Nevada would choose their candidate fairly. and so we could choose for ourselves by Democratic Vote.

I canvassed, registered voters, arranged events, every day for 10 hours a day, for the Campaign for Change HQ, until the day of the general election, when Obama won his first term.

In 2009 I walked in the Gay Pride Parade in Las Vegas. I am member of UniteBlue, UniteWomen,

In 2010, in conjunction with UniteWomen.org, Cles Saunders and Harriet Schutsch, I helped organize the War on Women March and Rally, in Las Vegas. An event that was taking place in every state.

In 2011, Robert Hanson, Cles Saunders and I were on the Ralston Report, with Derek Washington, to support the legalization of marijuana in Nevada.

Cles Saunders, Robert Hanson, Jannis Saunders and I, started the first Progressive Democrats of America group, who’d been trying to get their foot in the door here in Nevada, from what they told me, for over 3 years, because none of us liked what we were seeing from our “Status Quo” State Party.

And let’s not forget the 99% marches I walked with my friends and fellow Progressives. Again I say, I am a Progressive. I will NOT tolerate the status quo.

An Alternative Point Of View

An Alternative Point Of ViewIs everyone paying attention to the United States Supreme Court now? Good. I would like to interest you in an alternative point of view …

Every political cycle, I get up off my ass and VOTE. Every time I hear someone say, it’s an off cycle, it’s not really that important. It’s not uncommon for me to get up and confront the person who said it, and ask them if they’re insane.
Regardless of what the media might say, or even your party leaders might say … THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS AN OFF CYCLE!

Democracy starts from the bottom UP not the top down. Keep it local. Elect the people you have investigated and trust. The people who you know, will do their best to represent you, because if you haven’t noticed … THIS CYCLE IS WHEN YOU ELECT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES!

When I organize candidate events, I’m fond of opening up the event with the following statement, “I’m counting on everyone in this room to vote. I remember my first time like it was yesterday. My mom took me on my 18th birthday, she told me what to do. She helped me fill out my sample ballot and then said, go do your thing. So today, I’m going to tell you what my mother told me. Make it a family affair. Take your brothers and sisters, take your children and your grandchildren. Take your mother, your father, your aunts, uncles and cousins! And ladies, don’t forget, we outnumber men, 2 to 1 in this country, so I expect to see you ladies Rock the Vote! Every election, is the single most important election you will ever participate in so, GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND GO VOTE!!!

The Last 72 Hours

Red Rock ClockWhat do you call it, when the people who are supposed to be supporting you, instead taunt you? I call it hypocricy. I call it fair-whether friending, to put it bluntly, stabbing a person in the back.

I was invited into 6 different online groups, and in short order, banned, because I spoke my mind, or I spoke out, or didn’t do what I was told. They still try to tell me to quiet down, through channels.. It’s just not in my nature to “quiet down” and I really don’t want to be one of the “cool kids”. I just want to be me and see some recognition for the people who are suffering injustices, at the hands of those who seem to think they are in charge.
Throughout the primary campaigns, I have watched the State Democratic Party do all those things and then ignore the best candidates for the office, because they won’t “behave” accordingly. Because they want to represent the people in the office they’re running for and they don’t care to be, one of the “cool kids” in the State Party either.

To my knowledge, there are 5 of the Democratic Governor’s candidates, asking for an investigation into the majority votes for “none of the above”. From the numbers I’ve seen, it’s statistically impossible for that number of people, to have voted “none of the above” in the primary. Even the candidate who won the primary doesn’t know how he won. There’s more of a story there and I’ll share it when I have more background on it.
So here’s what I have to say about the last 72 hours. I was invited by UniteBlue to participate in a TwitterBomb with the hashtag #ScaliaLaw. Initially this was about women’s right to healthcare, but no more. I saw it coming. I wonder if anyone else saw it coming. Just 24 hours later, these narrow-minded bigots, attacked people who practice lifestyles they don’t approve of. To allow discrimination based on gender and now on gender preference, is outrageous, to say the least. Civil Right’s are supposed to be all inclusive. At least I thought it was. Yet another reason I’m still fighting for the Ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and Equality For All.

I was informed that our illustrious (or should I say illusive and irresponsible) Governor, just might be nominated for Vice President, on the Republican ticket. He and that information, isn’t really worthy of my attention, except for how it relates to the State Democratic Party. I also understand certain lobbyists, have been pandering to certain members of the State Democratic Party. Here I thought we were trying to get the money out of politics. The last thing, plain and simple. It’s time for career politicians to be a thing of the past. It doesn’t matter anymore, how much good or bad they’ve done for their states, or counties, or communities. they all end up being lobbyists themselves and they need to go. Especially since the President can be term limited, I want term limits for every elected and appointed official, now.

Dear President Obama,

2279253649_e571f2b7ec_thumbnailYou asked me to drop you a line, so I am.

After 8 years of going without health insurance, because of the Affordable Care Act, I now have health insurance. I’ve been a type 1 diabetic since I was 9, diagnosed with hypothyroidism when I was 36. Before the A.C.A. there was no way I could have gotten health insurance under $1500 to $5000 a month, in premiums.

Now that’s taken care of, I need to ask you, is there something that can be done about the price of the better medications on the market, for people like me? I’m currently using the Novolin brand of insulin, and my body responds better to Humulin. Novolin is free, Humulin is over $100. There’s this new thing called an insulin pen. I asked my doctor if I could try it, because it supposedly has a better delivery system then syringes. He prescribed it for me, and when I got to the pharmacy I was shocked to find out, it costs $400 per pen.

There’s one other medication I’d like you to review. Armour thyroid. I take Armour Thyroid, it’s a medication I can’t do without. About 8 years ago, the F.D.A. decided to revamp the medication to include synthetic T-4, in what used to be an all natural medication. Synthetics have never worked for me, and now my medication is half natural and half synthetic. This is like trying to fix something that wasn’t broken to begin with. They even went so far as to outlaw any thyroid medication, not containing their synthetic variety. It’s my opinion this is a way for the makers of Synthroid, to hold those of us who have to take this medication, hostage to their profit margin.

Also, is there something you can do about Congress trying to dismantle the United States Post Office? My husband works there and management is making the working environment, increasingly hostile. I’ve been told by the Union representative, this is happening all over the country.

For my part, my friends and I are doing our best to encourage people to VOTE BLUE. I’m an activist in Southern Nevada and no one knows better than I do, in order to make Progress, we have to take back the House.
I will be forever grateful to you and Vice President Biden, as well as all the other elected officials involved, for passing the Affordable Care Act. I’m no longer hanging by a thread, terrified of becoming a statistic. If I could, I’d hug you to say “thank you”.

I hope when you read this letter, everything for you is going better than expected.

Sincerely …

Dear Christine – Candidate for Nevada Assembly District 13

Christine Kramar Condolence Letter

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Aristocracy in #Nevada

Nevada State Flag 2 - CopyMy husband and I have already signed the petition to reinstate the Pahrump Town Board in Nye County, Nevada, as well as several of our friends.

This is why we signed. I do not like all the Town Board members, though I do like some of them too. Each Town Board member, was elected by a majority of voters, when it was their cycle. That is called representative Democracy. When the Town Board form of government expires, the County Commissioners will APPOINT, whomever they choose, to represent the Township, that is called ARISTOCRACY.

When ever I voted for a Town Board member, win, lose or draw, I was happy when the people I voted for won, I was disappointed when the people I voted for lost, and completely surprised when I found out that a draw could be decided, by a card draw or a coin toss.

Whether I liked them all or not, we the people chose them, they were not appointed. As of January 4th of 2015, we will have no representation at all … but the Nye County Commissioners will …

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