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Sunday, November 11, 2018

How Horses Help Veterans With PTSD to Heal


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   How Horses Help Veterans With PTSD to Heal

   After 10 plus years of two wars, America has experienced a significant increase in homeless veterans, wounded veterans and war-related problems challenging our nation as seen in its latest mass shooting.  Unfortunately, under the Obama administration our VA hospitals did a poor job of caring for our nation’s returning veterans and only recently has the situation improved despite anti-veteran sentiments of many of elected leaders [Sen. Stabenow in MI where I live voted against raises and health care improvements for our military and MI voters still reelected her?!]  Here’s a terrific example of how one woman ultimately won her battle…

After suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, US Navy veteran Lois Fritz had lost all hope of ever finding joy again.  But one incredible horseback riding lesson gave her an amazing new beginning and led her to help other veterans heal too.

After serving in the Navy during Operation Desert Storm Lois became an emergency room nurse but began experiencing traumatic scenes from the horrors she had witnessed along with her abusive, poverty-stricken childhood.  Enlisting in the Navy at 18 was her way out.  Afterward, she became a nurse and a mother finding comfort in caring for her patients and her son.

Unfortunately, she began experiencing panic attacks and other terrifying symptoms and had trouble focusing, her anxiety attacks became more frequent and she began to overeat and drink to numb the pain.

Desperate for help, Lois began going to counseling, where she discovered she had PTSD.  During the next several years she continued treatment and joined support groups and read several self-help books to counteract the overwhelming hopelessness that gripped her.

One day her therapist asked her a life-changing question: “What would have made 9-year-old Lois happy?”

Without hesitation Lois blurted out “Riding a horse!”

“Why not do it?” her therapist encouraged.

This is crazy.  I haven’t thought about horses in years, Lois mused, skeptical that riding could make any difference after all she had tried to help her PTSD.  But with nothing to lose, Lois gave it a shot.

During Lois’ first riding lesson, she carefully mounted the horse.  And as he began to trot, Lois felt an unfamiliar feeling rise up within her…a sense of calm and peace, like she’d never experienced before.

Stroking the horse’s silky mane, Lois smiled through welling tears…feeling hope for the first time in decades.

Thrilled, Lois knew she had to keep riding, so with her partner’s help finally bought a horse of her own, naming it Chip.

Through the unconditional love Lois found in riding Chip she slowly began to experience fewer PTSD symptoms, her world brightened, and soon an idea took hold:  if Chip could work this miracle for me, perhaps horses can help other veterans who are hurting.

In 2016 Lois and her partner used their life savings to found New Freedom Farm [NewFreedomFarm.net], a non-profit with 20 rescued horses on 13 acres in Buchanan, VA dedicated to helping veterans recover from PTSD, brain injury, depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
 

For the past two years the farm has thrived, drawing in veterans nationwide.

A female veteran from Maine couldn’t stop crying when she visited as she felt so at peace.  Today at 49, Lois successfully manages her own challenges with the love of her rescue horses and this year she will host their 3rd annual Thanksgiving Feast for homeless vets!

My wife and I have taken in rescue horses and donated them to a children’s rescue when we had to leave AZ to help family in MI and know first-hand how much love and aid a horse can provide to a human as horses are hyper vigilant about their environment and will bond closely with afflicted human providing a calming influence. 

For information you can search “equine therapy for PTSD” online to find programs in your area and if you are a veteran, go to:  OperationWeAreHere.com

Finally, consider becoming a volunteer…many area stables and horse organizations [which you can find online] are glad to welcome you!

Yours for better living,

Bruce ‘the Poor Man’

Sad Postscript

In the United States we take particular pride in recognizing as heroes those who have served in the military.
 
Yet while we honor our veterans with holidays, parades, discounts at retail stores and restaurants, and endless political rhetoric about their sacrifice and bravery, we do a pitiful job of respecting their freedoms and caring for their needs once out of uniform.
 
Despite the fact that the U.S. boasts 
more than 20 million veterans who have served in World War II through the present day, the plight of veterans today is America’s badge of shame, with large numbers of veterans impoverished, unemployed, traumatized mentally and physically, struggling with depression, suicide, and marital stress, homeless, subjected to sub-par treatment at clinics and hospitals, and left to molder while their paperwork piles up within Veterans Administration offices.
 
Still, the government’s efforts to wage war on veterans, especially those who speak out against government wrongdoing, is downright appalling.
 
Consider: we raise our young people on a steady diet of militarism and war, sell them on the idea that defending freedom abroad by serving in the military is their patriotic duty, then when they return home, bruised and battle-scarred and committed to defending their freedoms at home, we often treat them like criminals merely for having served in the military.
 
The government even has a name for its war on America’s veterans: 
Operation Vigilant Eagle.
 
As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, this Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program tracks military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and characterizes them as extremists and potential domestic terrorist threats because they may be “disgruntled, disillusioned or suffering from the psychological effects of war.”
 
Coupled with the DHS’ dual reports on 
Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism,”which broadly define extremists as individuals, military veterans and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely,” these tactics bode ill for anyone seen as opposing the government.
 
Yet the government is not merely targeting individuals who are voicing their discontent so much as it is taking aim at individuals trained in military warfare.
 
Don’t be fooled by the fact that the DHS has gone extremely quiet about Operation Vigilant Eagle.
 
Where there’s smoke, there’s bound to be fire.
 
And the government’s efforts to target military veterans whose views may be perceived as “anti-government” make clear that something is afoot.
 
In recent years, military servicemen and women have found themselves increasingly targeted for 
surveillance, censorship, threatened with incarceration or involuntary commitment, labeled as extremists and/or mentally ill, and stripped of their Second Amendment rights.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Is the American Dream Dead?


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Is the American Dream Dead?

   In July of 2015 I got a letter from the government telling my old personnel file had been hacked by the Chinese along with millions of others…During Obama’s term in office personnel files were stolen by China.

At one time I had a Top Secret Security Clearance and I used to monitor Soviet and Chinese military [mostly submarine] activity.  I left that activity permanently around the time former President Clinton began giving away technology to China [even though the Chinese were already hacking and stealing high tech from US firms such as Boeing at the time]…little reported or believe or reported by amateurs in the press, President Trump has indicated that the Chinese are a bigger threat to the United States than Russia and I agree completely as that nation has ambitions of world domination.

Of course, our President gets little respect from the press and a mainly ignorant population belittles him as well.  Recently Yahoo ran a piece crying about how little progress the average person has made despite Trump’s improved economy.  That is true to an extent but as several polls have indicated it is because the average American does not know how to manage their money and they have reverted back to high credit card debt levels of 2009…not learning their lesson.

Yahoo always runs news which is anti-Trump or somehow negative so here is a nugget of something positive:

Good news on the economic front! A few weeks ago it was reported that the unemployment rate dropped to 3.7%. That's the lowest level since 1969 (back when I was a teenager!). And US Average Hourly Wages have increased by about 5% since January 1st. (source: TradingEconomics.com)

 

If your finances have improved this year, I hope that you've taken steps to make your future more secure. No one can control the future, but there are things that we can do to make future problems easier to handle.

 

One way to do that is to pay down debt. Good times or bad, debt is a drag on your finances. Why not use any increase in pay to reduce your debts? Or if your stock gains aren't in a retirement account, you might want to sell some appreciated stock and apply the proceeds to any debt you might have.


It is true however, most people are people are being squeezed by higher costs such as medical costs continue to head north but the president has nothing to do with that.  Once Obama’s subsidies ran out [which he borrowed from Medicare] insurance firms started raising their premiums and that had zero to do with Trump but the fault lies completely with Obama.

Also, most Democratic led state governments are broke due to their overly generous pension programs to government workers…CA, NY, MD and especially IL which cannot even pay their income tax checks to residents.

During Obama’s second term in office the jobs picture was horrible.  He almost didn’t get reelected.  Hoards of young people were forced to move back in with mom and dad.  Millions were added to the welfare rolls and Democratic voters in cities in Detroit were wooed to vote for him with gifts such as the “Obamaphone.”  Of course, he had help from former President Bill Clinton who campaigned hard for him in exchange for the promise of a job for his wife and for his support for when it came time for Mrs. Clinton to run for the office of president.

A group called Third Way did a study which found:

Third Way’s study finds 62% of jobs fall short of middle-class standards when considering both the pay and — this is critical — the cost of living in the metro area where the job is located. 

Within that 62%, about half are characterized as “living wage” — that is, enough for a single childless adult to share a two-bedroom apartment with another self-sustaining adult. The other half fall below even that modest standard and are considered “hardship jobs.” 

The American Dream Is Killing Us,” is the title of a 2016 article by Mark Manson at the Observer website

 
Manson is an older Millennial (born 1984), author of a book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** 

 “The American dream is simple,” he wrote: “It’s the unwavering belief that anybody — you, me, your friends, your neighbors, Grandma Verna — can become exceedingly successful, and all it takes is the right amount of work, ingenuity and determination. Nothing else matters. No external force. No bout of bad luck. All one needs is a steady dosage of grit and ass-grinding hard work. And you too can own a McMansion with a three-car garage… you lazy sack of s***.” 

In other words, do all the right things — get the good grades, get the degree, get a good job, yada yada — and you’re set for life. 

If it was ever true, it sure isn’t now. “By almost every major statistical measurement,” Manson wrote, “the average American is worse off than they were a generation ago.” 

“Our staggering national debt,” Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Man, Poor Man fame points out, “is due in large part to highly educated politicians and government officials making financial decisions with little or no training in the subject of money.” 

“But my concern is that too many people are counting on President Trump to save them,” says Robert.

 Robert speaks with the authority of someone who’s co-authored two books with Trump. (Robert hastens to add he is neither Republican nor Democrat.) 

“I doubt he can save anyone,” says Robert, “unless they are first willing to save themselves.” 

 “Let he who can, save himself.” Don’t outsource your prosperity to the politicians.  Any politician. 

National politics has become a Kabuki theater battle between parties. Instead of representing the interests of the voters and upholding the Constitution, politicians appear to battle over partisan issues while both sides grow government and take away our liberties. When it comes down to it, American politics is not Republican versus Democrats. It's government versus the people. 

I'm not one for flag worship, but I was very sympathetic toward the "tea" in the Tea Party's adopted name which is an acronym for "taxed enough already." But the Tea Party movement was quickly 
co-opted by opportunistic Republicans, and the anger of Americans at restricted freedoms has been turned on other Americans rather than the government at which it should be rightfully directed.

In MI where I live we have a do-nothing democratic senator [Stabenow] who has been in DC for 20 years who has always voted against military raises and their medical care so I am personally hoping our newcomer, a Black combat veteran and West Point grad, John James, will rally enough of voters –who traditionally vote democrat, despite getting crapped on by those leaders because they are led by unions- to get some new blood into office.

It has been said all politics is local and I support that maxim and therefore urge folks to vote tomorrow…



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Looking for ways to honor our veterans?  The Veterans History Project was established by Congress in 2000 to collect the personal accounts of American veterans from every war so future generations can hear their stories—and you can contribute by donating wartime memorabilia or recording a video interview with a veteran in your family or community.  Find suggestions at:  LOC.gov/vets

You can honor Veterans [Nov 11th] by sending care packages to troops overseas or by sending gift cards from Amazon, Walmart, etc. by donating them to Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services which helps members being treated at military hospitals.  Here are the addresses for each organization:

SupportOurTroops.org/care-packages

Cause-usa.org
Mail to Cause, 4201 Wilson Blvd., #110-284, Arlington, VA 22203






More than half of Americans would consider living in a home that's less than 600 square feet, according to a survey done by the National Association of Home Builders. And among Millennials, interest increases to 63%.

Behind the Latest Rosy Jobs Figures, Here’s the ‘True State’ of Americans’ Financial Lives (MarketWatch)
Despite optimistic metrics like a nine-year-long bullish, if volatile, stock market, higher than expected job and wage growth, and consumer confidence levels nearing record highs, millions of Americans continue to struggle, a study released Thursday from financial consultancy nonprofit the Center for Financial Services Innovation (CFSI) found.


America’s Other Family-‍Separation Crisis (jdargis)

America imprisons women in astonishing numbers. The population of women in state prisons has increased by more than eight hundred per cent in the past four decades. The number of women in local jails is fourteen times higher than it was in the nineteen-seventies; most of these women haven’t been convicted of a crime but are too poor to post bail while awaiting trial. The majority have been charged with low-level, nonviolent offenses, such as drug possession, shoplifting, and parole violations. The result is that more than a quarter of a million children in the U.S. have a mother in jail. One in nine black children has a parent who is, or has been, incarcerated.

Americans Save Less to Sustain Spending as Income Gains Cool (Adam)

Risks to the outlook include President Donald Trump’s global trade war -- which is boosting prices and making some companies hesitant to invest -- as well as a stock-market swoon and a fading of the effects from fiscal stimulus. At the same time, consumer optimism remains elevated amid a tight labor market and lower taxes, providing support for spending in the final quarter.

As the housing market stagnates, American homeowners are staying put for the longest stretches ever (Adam)

Across the country, homes that sold in the third quarter of this year had been owned an average of 8.23 years, according to an analysis from Attom Data Solutions. That’s almost double the length of time a home sold in 2000, when Attom’s data begin, had been owned.
It’s partly the long tail of the housing crisis that’s created stagnant conditions and a less dynamic housing market, Attom spokesman Daren Blomquist told MarketWatch.

America's Social Depression Is Accelerating (pinecarr)

Beneath the rah-rah statistics of "the greatest economy ever," the social depression is accelerating. The mainstream is reluctantly waking up to the future of the American Dream: downward mobility for all but the top 10% of households. A 2015 under Obama Atlantic article fleshed out the zeitgeist with survey data that suggests the Great Middle Class/Nouveau Proletariat is also waking up to a future of downward mobility: The Downsizing of the American Dream: People used to believe they would someday move on up in the world. Now they’re more concerned with just holding on to what they have.

Over Half Of America Gets More In Welfare Than It Pays In Taxes (Thomas R.)

The political implications of this are considerable. As Ludwig von Mises once noted, once we get to the point that a majority of the voting population receives more in benefits than it pays in taxes, then voters will demand more and more wealth be transferred to them through government programs. It will then become politically necessary to extract larger and larger amounts of wealth from a minority in order to subsidize the majority.


 

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

The United States Should Get Rid of its Anchor Baby Policy


 

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The United States Should Get Rid of its Anchor Baby Policy

I’ve stated for years that our nation should eliminate the loophole allowing this easy means of instant citizenship to those who ‘drop’ babies on our borders.  In recent decades that has come to include Chinese, Russian and Hispanic women as shown on a 60 Minutes special…it also provides an all too easy means to grab welfare benefits [which should be changed to a waiting time of at least six months].

[We should also stop subsidizing multiple out-of-wedlock births to the same mother…one is a mistake, two or more is a lifestyle and taxpayers should not pay for that].

President Donald Trump threw another hand grenade into the illegal immigration debate when he proposed this week that he can end "birthright citizenship" with an executive order.

It's not the first time Trump has weighed in on the anchor baby issue, having said in 2015 the practice needs be halted and that an act of Congress would accomplish it. Nor is Trump the only one who's ever proposed such a thing. Representative Steve King (R-Iowa) introduced legislation in the House to end the practice in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Former Democrat Senator Harry Reid (Corrupt–Nevada) introduced the Immigration Stabilization Act of 1993.

History has shown that a feckless Congress beholden to its corporate and union masters has no interest in addressing immigration laws. Trump knows this.

Conventional wisdom holds that the 14th Amendment grants citizenship on anchor babies based on its opening clause:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.

Mainstream legal scholars — also known as "constitutional scholars" in the mainstream propaganda media, implying that scholars who hold an opposing view are not "constitutional scholars" — hold that everyone born in the U.S. is "subject to the jurisdiction thereof," and are, therefore, citizens at birth. But that's not what the 14th Amendment's framers had in mind.

A little history. The 14th Amendment was proposed to combat laws called "Black Codes" that regulated behavior of newly freed black slaves following the War of Northern Aggression. The codes were first implemented by the Union Army occupying the former Confederate States.

Both Southern and Northern states later took up Black Codes of their own. To establish and ensure that newly freed blacks had all the "privileges and immunities" of white citizens (i.e., that they could own property, conduct business, buy and lease land and move about freely in public places), Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1866. When he introduced the bill, Congressman James F. Wilson said it:

[P]rovides for the equality of citizens of the United States in the enjoyment of "civil rights and immunities." What do these terms mean? Do they mean that in all things civil, social, political, all citizens, without distinction of race or color, shall be equal? By no means can they be so construed. Do they mean that all citizens shall vote in the several States? No; for suffrage is a political right which has been left under the control of the several States, subject to the action of Congress only when it becomes necessary to enforce the guarantee of a republican form of government (protection against a monarchy). Nor do they mean that all citizens shall sit on the juries, or that their children shall attend the same schools. The definition given to the term "civil rights" in Bouvier's Law Dictionary is very concise, and is supported by the best authority. It is this: "Civil rights are those which have no relation to the establishment, support, or management of government."

The opening clause of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 reads:

That all persons born in the United States and not subject to any foreign power, excluding Indians not taxed, are hereby declared to be citizens of the United States... (Emphasis mine. – BL)

It's inconceivable that the same group of men that passed a law in Congress that excludes citizenship to people subject to a foreign power, and then overrode a presidential veto on that bill, would turn around and pass an amendment to ensure the act remained in force that granted citizenship status to people "subject to any foreign power."

Congress suspected the Civil Rights Act could be overturned or rendered unconstitutional, so lawmakers drafted the 14th Amendment in order to prevent its repeal and to give it the support of constitutional footing. But the 14th Amendment was never lawfully ratified.

The author of the 14th Amendment, Rep. John Bingham of Ohio, defended the introductory clause on House floor. He said:

I find no fault with the introductory clause, which is simply declaratory of what is written in the Constitution, that every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizen.

Senator Jacob Howard, a backer of the amendment in the Senate, expressed the framers' intent:

[T]his amendment which I have offered is simply declaratory of what I regard as the law of the land already, that every person born within the limits of the United States, and subject to their jurisdiction, is by virtue of natural law and national law a citizen of the United States. This will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons. It settles the great question of citizenship and removes all doubt as to what persons are or are not citizens of the United States. This has long been a great desideratum in the jurisprudence and legislation of this country.

This echoed the sentiments of the Founding Fathers who, though living in a new nation with a population consisting mostly of recent immigrants, recognized the danger of too many aliens arriving at once without the desire to assimilate into the "spirit" of the new country.

"[Emigrants] will bring with them the principles of governments they leave, imbibed in their early youth;" Thomas Jefferson wrote in his "Notes on the State of Virginia," "or, if able to throw off, it will be in exchange for unbounded licentiousness, passing, as is usual, from one extreme to the other. It would be a miracle if they were to stop precisely at the point of temperate liberty."

And writing "an Examination of the President's Message" in 1802 for the New York Evening Post, Alexander Hamilton posited that, "Some reasonable term ought to be allowed to enable aliens to get rid of foreign and acquire American attachments; to learn the principles and imbibe the spirit of our government; and to admit of a probability at least, of their feeling a real interest in our affairs."

I strongly oppose rule by executive order, which is an unconstitutional power grab over congress and running precedent for an imperial presidency. But this seems more an effort at nullifying unconstitutional edicts of the federal courts than a power grab. After John Adams signed legislation that made it a treasonable activity to publish "any false, scandalous and malicious writing" which became the Alien and Sedition Acts, Jefferson and James Madison drafted Kentucky Resolutions and Resolutions for Virginia that  essentially said that when the Federal government assumes undelegated powers — those not enumerated in the Constitution — those acts are "unauthoritative, void, and of no force." These came to be known as the Principals of '98.
 
 

Alexander Hamilton posited the same idea in Federalist #78, writing:

There is no position which depends on clearer principles, than that every act of a delegated authority contrary to the tenor of the commission under which it is exercised, is void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the constitution, can be valid."

That thought is also codified in U.S. law:

The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, though having the form and the name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void and ineffective for any purpose since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it; an unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed ... An unconstitutional law is void. (16 Am. Jur. 2d, Sec. 178)

If Trump does sign an executive order to end the practice of anchor baby citizenship, his goal may be to get the issue before the Supreme Court so it can become "settle law." At least that seems to be the case given one of his latest tweets on the subject.

The Supreme Court has never ruled on a case specifically dealing with the birthright citizenship issue, despite what the mainstream pundits and leftist echo chamber have claimed.

Yours for the truth,

Bob Livingston
Editor, The Bob Livingston Letter™

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Interesting Trends

More Americans than ever are becoming dependent on the government just to survive.  Today, we live in a country where most workers do not earn enough to support a middle class family, and we are seeing the homelessness crisis spiral out of control in major cities on both coasts.

 

Over half the country now receives more in government transfer payments than they pay in taxes.

-According to one recent survey, the cost of living is higher than the median income in 42 U.S. states.  State governments in particular keep raising fees and taxes as they are overextended and are passing costs on to taxpayers.

-Today, 50 percent of all American workers make less than $30,533 a year.

Many families do not know the basics of managing their finances and credit card debt is once again spiraling to levels not seen since the economic collapse of 2009.

 

History has shown that once national governments begin to expand in size, they usually keep expanding until they ultimately collapse.

 


Consider these staggering statistics. Prime-age American men in employment spend 2,200 hours a year in work and work-related activity; employed women spend 1,850 hours; unemployed men spend 400 hours, mostly looking for jobs. But 7 million American men between 25 and 54 spent 43 hours a year working. That averages out to about 7 minutes a day.


Wealth is even less equally distributed, with just three Americans having as much as the bottom 50 percent—testimony to how much money there is at the top and how little there is at the bottom. Families in the bottom 50 percent hardly have the cash reserves to meet an emergency. Newspapers are replete with stories of those for whom the breakdown of a car or an illness starts a downward spiral from which they never recover.

 

 

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