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In related news, Abbott calls for more guns to shoot at the sky to prevent flooding, like Perry. n/t



It goes to show that these guys get their policy points from the National Inquirer and Hollywood.



The Vermonster looks happier everyday!



K&R. Thanks for posting this uplifting speech. Agree 100%. Will there be a video of it? n/t

Misinterpreting a Manís Strength is Our Weakness, Not His

By Joan Ruaiz - September 11th, 2011



"The strength of a man isnít in the weight he can lift. Itís in the burdens he can carryÖ"

http://www.appleseeds.org/strength_man.htm

I do ask myself†how ironic it is that the strongest black man on the world stage today would be described as a weak man by his critics. But rather than denouncing the name-callers simply out of hand, Iím compelled to examine the meaning of this pronouncement and its intent. Are those critics correct in their assessment? What is weakness and what is strength? And who has it, and who doesnít? Whatís the measurement to arrive at such an adjective, one that is either a mean-spirited† put-down or is the unfortunate truth? How do we judge? ...

Strength in character comes from the ability to prioritize what is truly important for the greater good, even when facing opposition from within or from with out. A man who truly cares and tends to his family, while loving his wife madly, is a man who loves strongly. A man who, against all odds, succeeds in obtaining the best education that this country can offer shows strength in determination. A man who rises from nowhere to the highest position in the modern era demonstrates a strength that is undeniable. And yes, a† black man with a funny name who dares to win the Presidency of the United states must have both absolute courage and fearless audacity...


Strengths of Wisdom and Knowledge: Cognitive strengths that entail the acquisition and use of knowledge
1. Creativity : Thinking of novel and productive ways to conceptualize and do things.
2. Curiosity : Taking an interest in ongoing experience for its own sake; exploring and discovering.
3. Open-mindedness : Thinking things through and examining them from all sides; weighing all evidence fairly.
4. Love of learning: Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on oneís own or formally.
5. Perspective : Being able to provide wise counsel to others; having ways of looking at the world that make sense to oneself and to other people.

Strengths of Courage: Emotional strengths that involve the exercise of will to accomplish goals in the face of opposition, external and internal
6. Bravery : Not shrinking from threat, challenge, difficulty, or pain; acting on convictions even if unpopular.
7. Persistence : Finishing what one starts; persisting in a course of action in spite of obstacles.
8. Integrity : Presenting oneself in a genuine way; taking responsibility for oneís feeling and actions.
9. Vitality : Approaching life with excitement and energy; feeling alive and activated.

Strengths of Humanity: interpersonal strengths that involve tending and befriending others
10. Love: Valuing close relations with others, in particular those in which sharing and caring are reciprocated.
11. Kindness : Doing favors and good deeds for others.
12. Social intelligence : Being aware of the motives and feelings of other people and oneself.

Strengths of Justice: civic strengths that underlie healthy community life
13. Citizenship : Working well as a member of a group or team; being loyal to the group.
14. Fairness: Treating all people the same according to notions of fairness and justice; not letting personal feelings bias decisions about others.
15. Leadership: Encouraging a group of which one is a member to get things done and at the same maintain time good relations within the group.

Strengths of Temperance: strengths that protect against excess
16. Forgiveness and mercy: Forgiving those who have done wrong; accepting the shortcomings of others; giving people a second chance; not being vengeful.
17. Humility / Modesty: Letting oneís accomplishments speak for themselves; not regarding oneself as more special than one is.
18. Prudence: Being careful about oneís choices; not taking undue risks; not saying or doing things that might later be regretted.
19. Self-regulation : Regulating what one feels and does; being disciplined; controlling oneís appetites and emotions.

Strengths of Transcendence: strengths that forge connections to the larger universe and provide meaning
20. Appreciation of beauty and excellence : Appreciating beauty, excellence, and/or skilled performance in various domains of life.
21. Gratitude: Being aware of and thankful of the good things that happen; taking time to express thanks.
22. Hope : Expecting the best in the future and working to achieve it.
23. Humor : Liking to laugh and tease; bringing smiles to other people; seeing the light side.
24. Spirituality : Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose, the meaning of life, and the meaning of the universe.


ďThis ainít fun. But you watch me, Iíll get it done.Ē
~ Jackie Robinson

When reading the qualities that enumerate personal strength, I note that† many are qualities easily seen in Barack Obama. As the President of the United States, the Presidentís team is the American people. In this country, he is the leader who, while using his various strengths, acts as the head of our representative democracy. He is to appeal to us, and to offer up his solution to our societal issues. He is not supposed to tower over us while dictating loudly what we shall do. He is not our father, or a tyrant, and if he demonstrated such a capacity, it would not be the strength we seek. He is to negotiate the best position for as many of us as he can under circumstances that we can only imagine but oftentimes fail to appreciate. That is his job.

http://www.democratsforprogress.com/2011/09/11/misinterpreting-a-man%E2%80%99s-strength-as-weakness-is-our-weakness-not-his/

I had so much trouble editing this to fit the rules, it's very long, but worth reading the rest at the link above. This has always defined my view of 'strength' or 'manliness.' It's easier to be a bully like Bush was, with a pack in your corner who will back you up no matter what you do.

To stand up for the greater good against those whose myopia will allow them to be dismissive, is not much of a character trait in my eyes. It's not well rooted. I remember those who idolized the rich, powerful and popular when I was growing up, to me they were shallow.

When I saw a man willing to do the hard work, like a janitor who didn't make much money but made the world work, without the praise or respect of those others, that was my view of a man. In particular, men of color, knowing their honest work was not respected, but did it to take care of their families.

They never lost sight of that even if they had to listen to slurs from white people. Because their goal WOULD be accomplished, with quiet strength appearing humble in public, and got more done than the babbling brooks that made their noise around them. And those brooks were not the still, deep waters that change the world, but just flowed through it or dried up and I looked up to them but not to the proud and haughty.

That requires discipline and love and this is a man who is making use of his limited times as the POTUS. He gets his sleep, does not debauch himself, gets up to clear his mind with exercises every morning, even wears the same clothing to eliminate that vanity and concentrate on his job for all of us. Those who have self-discipline are not weak.

Our president may make the appearance of weakness or fear but does not one tread softly for the lives of those who are under our protection?

I have seen so much disrespect toward him and his wife and daughters, that lesser persons would lash out in public over, because to them their worth is measured in tpublic opinion. That is very foolish, as the public is fickle and liable to turn like the swine in scripture, and rend one without thinking.

So one must hold onto truths and the higher purpose, and do good while one may, whether the childish public knows it or refuses to understand. This part of the article, here, is similar to what I've said in other posts, but I will repeat what this writer said:

Having coherent beliefs about the higher purpose, the meaning of life, and the meaning of the universe.

Such a one may not be given the respect deserved, but doesn't really care. The reward comes from a plane of existance the shallow will never understand. President Roosevelt once said words to this effect:

'I am glad to be living in the same time as you.'

My family went through the good and bad years while FDR was president. I think every time in history, as well as this time in the present, has its own unique spirit, with great challenges and suffering as well opportunites and joy. I'm glad to be here.

JMHO.

Agreed. Zombie Reagan for President 2016:



Here's How Republicans Handed Hillary Clinton a Big Fat Opportunity on Social Security


Brian Cahn/ZUMA

By Pema Levy - Apr. 13, 2015

With Hillary Clinton now officially running for president, progressives* are upping the pressure on her to embrace their policy agenda, including the holy grail of expanding Social Security benefits. As I wrote** recently, Sen. Elizabeth Warren did her part to force a discussion about expanding benefits onto the national agenda by engineering a Senate vote that won the support of nearly every one of her Democratic colleagues in late March...

As things stand now, in the final three months of 2016, the Social Security Disability Insurance trust fund will run out of money and beneficiaries will see an immediate 20 percent cut in benefits. Luckily, there's an easy fix: Congress can simply reallocate a small amount of payroll tax income from the larger Social Security retirement fund to the disability fund. In fact, this routine move has been done 11 times over the past several decades. And because the disability fund is so small compared to the general retirement fund, the fix would extend disability benefits until 2033 while hardly making a dent in the retirement fund. (The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has a handy explainer on this.***)

But just as Republicans in recent years have turned once routine debt ceiling votes into near-catastrophic showdowns, the Republicans' new procedural rule blocks the House from voting on this simple fix unless they also address the long-term solvency of the program by cutting benefits or raising taxes. Progressives expect House GOPers to use the rule to force through benefits cuts in late 2016...

As advocates for expanding benefits will happily tell you, an overwhelming majority of voters support expansion.**** As retirement policy expert Mark Miller wrote back in January, "Mr. Obama and other Democratic leaders have been presented a great opportunity here to re-locate their spines on Social Security and reclaim the legacy of FDR..."

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/04/social-security-2016-campaign

*http://boldprogressives.org/2015/03/ready-for-boldness-iowa-nh-leaders-speak-out-on-2016/

**http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/can-elizabeth-warren-expand-social-security

***http://www.cbpp.org/blog/house-rule-could-hurt-vulnerable-disability-beneficiaries

****http://news.yahoo.com/house-rule-sets-election-battle-over-social-security-082626926--finance.html

Additionally:

http://www.factcheck.org/2008/03/giving-hillary-credit-for-schip/

This is where one of the 'lying' accusations come from.

Are you sure they're there now? I mean, take a look:

Lucky Charms: Diabolically Evil?

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September 24, 2010

Is it just me or does Lucky look incredulously villainous in this picture? Given the eerie shadow trees in the background and his half-mad, half-lustful stare at the contrastingly bright and spring-like pot of lucky charms, what else can I make of this scene?

Maybe that is why kids are always chasing after him for these lucky charms. He perhaps is a criminal, who has done unspeakable acts to obtain these charms. I now understand it; Lucky is not a good guy, and donít confuse his teasing of those kids to find him and his? Lucky charms, he is laughing at the injustice of stealing what perhaps belongs to them.

There is a lesson somewhere here, but I have no idea exactly how to respond to Lucky. I agree with the good taste of the cereal, but can I accept the man behind them. Am I like Lucky behind a bowl of cereal waiting anxiously to eat like a spider working towards a fly. The picture on the box is a warning; that with great tasting cereal comes a great responsibility not to eat the whole box for your self. The lesson is to share the great things with others, not be a miser of anything that is special like your friendship, your affection, your toys, and your cereal as well.


https://ablogaboutideas.wordpress.com/2010/09/24/lucky-charms-diabolically-evil/

I'm sure these have been banned, as well:



http://www.politifact.com/punditfact/statements/2014/mar/19/facebook-posts/united-states-spent-5-billion-ukraine-anti-governm/

Rainbows are subsersive.

They do? Whatta buncha loosers! Discussionist group photo:



During the Bush War on Terra, the thought struck me that he was put there to break America's

addiction to war and make people disgusted with every foul thing his administration did.

I mean, it was so obvious to me how wrong it all was. After centuries of building an economy and social order based on making weapons, justifying the deeds of militarization and pollution and discrimination and genocide. And lying about why. It was to me, as if he was giving Americans their choice:

'Do you love feeling strong by going to war and feeling like a winner? Does the sight and sound of bombs, jet planes and weapons make you feel a sense of pride and powerful beyond your own physical abilities?

Do you love getting rich quick, taking the money and running? Do you believe being cruel and rapacious is what a warrior is?

How evil will you become, to keep your own status quo going? It's your choice, I'm showing it to you, in all of its glory and horror.

Choose the America you want.'


And a great many chose badly.

Then again, I could change my mind and try to fit it into some complicated world view that absolves me. Claiming I never profited personally or willingly from years of warfare and crimes around the world allowing my life in a first world nation, no more than my white privilege.

But I don't believe in doing that.

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