After four and a half decades, have we learned anything?

ROBERT F. KENNEDY, 1925-1968
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From Robert Kennedy’s speech to the Cleveland City Club, April 5, 1968.

H/T: JFK Presidential Library and Museum

How I learned about capitalism

WE’VE ALLOWED OTHERS TO MAKE A MESS
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By Word of Mouse, 1954, Looney Tunes, Merrie Melodies, Warner Bros.

This 1954 cartoon is where I first learned about capitalism as a child. As far as I’m concerned, ANY derivative…Washington, Wall Street, outsourcing, off-shoring, whatever, is laden with corruption, and is at the root of the financial problems that the people are going through.

It’s really this simple. Once you start overtaking the plumbing, for whatever reason, you end up with job losses, recessions, people not able to meet bills, businesses not able to meet bills, etc.

http://www.b99.tv/video/word-mouse/

13 Things mentally strong people don't do

by Amy Morin, LCSW

A REMINDER

Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life. Check out these things that mentally strong people don’t do so that you too can become more mentally strong.

  1. 13-Things-Mentally-Strong-People-Dont-Do 300They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves
    Mentally strong people don’t sit around feeling sorry about their circumstances or how others have treated them. Instead, they take responsibility for their role in life and understand that life isn’t always easy or fair.
  2. They Don’t Give Away Their Power
    They don’t allow others to control them, and they don’t give someone else power over them. They don’t say things like, “My boss makes me feel bad,” because they understand that they are in control over their own emotions and they have a choice in how they respond.
  3. They Don’t Shy Away from Change
    Mentally strong people don’t try to avoid change. Instead, they welcome positive change and are willing to be flexible. They understand that change is inevitable and believe in their abilities to adapt.
  4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control
    You won’t hear a mentally strong person complaining over lost luggage or traffic jams. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives. They recognize that sometimes, the only thing they can control is their attitude.
  5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone
    Mentally strong people recognize that they don’t need to please everyone all the time. They’re not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary. They strive to be kind and fair, but can handle other people being upset if they didn’t make them happy.
  6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks
    They don’t take reckless or foolish risks, but don’t mind taking calculated risks. Mentally strong people spend time weighing the risks and benefits before making a big decision, and they’re fully informed of the potential downsides before they take action.
  7. They Don’t Dwell on the Past
    Mentally strong people don’t waste time dwelling on the past and wishing things could be different. They acknowledge their past and can say what they’ve learned from it. However, they don’t constantly relive bad experiences or fantasize about the glory days. Instead, they live for the present and plan for the future.
  8. They Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over
    They accept responsibility for their behavior and learn from their past mistakes. As a result, they don’t keep repeating those mistakes over and over. Instead, they move on and make better decisions in the future.
  9. They Don’t Resent Other People’s Success
    Mentally strong people can appreciate and celebrate other people’s success in life. They don’t grow jealous or feel cheated when others surpass them. Instead, they recognize that success comes with hard work, and they are willing to work hard for their own chance at success.
  10. They Don’t Give Up After the First Failure
    They don’t view failure as a reason to give up. Instead, they use failure as an opportunity to grow and improve. They are willing to keep trying until they get it right.
  11. They Don’t Fear Alone Time
    Mentally strong people can tolerate being alone and they don’t fear silence. They aren’t afraid to be alone with their thoughts and they can use downtime to be productive. They enjoy their own company and aren’t dependent on others for companionship and entertainment all the time but instead can be happy alone.
  12. They Don’t Feel the World Owes Them Anything
    They don’t feel entitled to things in life. They weren’t born with a mentality that others would take care of them or that the world must give them something. Instead, they look for opportunities based on their own merits.
  13. They Don’t Expect Immediate Results
    Whether they are working on improving their health or getting a new business off the ground, mentally strong people don’t expect immediate results. Instead, they apply their skills and time to the best of their ability and understand that real change takes time.

Click here for a printable version of the “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do”

The course of America

DESTINY

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People are constantly looking to the president to fix everything, restore the prosperity that they believe was squandered by either Congress or the previous administration, and set right the moral direction of the country. The phrase “turn things around” comes up often. And so we go to the polls. There are always going to be people dissatisfied with a sitting president or a party. We self-identify with the left and dislike and distrust the right. We self-identify with the right and hate the left. Then there are those of us who don’t like either.

Regardless whether you think of yourself as a this or a that, what do you really expect to gain from a Trump presidency? If this man is the one to “turn things around,” just where in Hell do you think we’re headed? Banning any religion is the state establishing religion. Think about that for a while. Let it work inside your noggin for a bit. Muslim, Christian, Atheist, Jew, Buddhist, Taoist, Sikh…it’s all the same from the state’s perspective. And we’re not many steps, once you bar the entry of Muslims into the country, from banning Islam altogether. Now that prospect appeals to some people. There are people out there who’d be quite happy if everyone were just like them. They’re to be pitied. They refuse to see that we’re dealing with demagoguery and manipulation. We’re talking about enhancing the bureaucracy and setting something in motion that cannot be controlled forever by any one group. The state does not care. Once the machinery is in place to bar one it’s very easy to bar another.

You’d better think about the implications of what you’re hearing from this man. This is a weapon you cannot aim and fire without shooting yourself.