Sunday, January 18, 2015

It is a real adventure when listening to the Amerian press when one knows they are playing with life and don't even care if their ratings line up right.

This article will provide some insight to The State of the Union address. President Obama is correct. The country needs tax reform, but, there is no room to cut taxes. The Middle Class is the economy in the USA and needs a benevolent measure of taxes, not the primary taxpayer that compromises their children's future without the hope of an education. That is the reality of the current Middle Class. The focus on strengthening the Middle Class is not politics. They need better wages.

June 18, 2015
By Neil Irwin

Here are three facts (click here) that are a useful starting point for understanding the tax proposal that President Obama will pitch in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, about which the White House released details Saturday.
1. The proposal would increase the capital gains tax rate both by raising the rate and by making it harder for families to avoid the tax entirely by passing on assets in an inheritance.
2. A central organizing philosophy of the Republican Party over the last generation has been that keeping the capital gains tax and other taxes on investment as low as possible is a key to unlocking rapid economic growth.
3. The Republican Party will control both houses of Congress for the remainder of Mr. Obama’s presidency.
It takes no masterstroke of political prognostication to conclude that this proposal is very unlikely to make its way back to Mr. Obama’s desk. But in some ways, that fact makes the president’s game here that much more interesting....

I suppose Grover Norquist instead of Miss Piggy, should be giving the reply to the President's State of the Union address.

"What we've also already begun doing at our committee level is putting together opportunities to talk about a porfolio of funding sources. The fact of the matter is the gas tax and relying upon the gas tax is going to be a dwindling source of revenue"   

The value of the gas tax has been eaten away by inflation and by decreases in gasoline use caused by more fuel efficient and electric vehicles. Davis says successful efforts to pass a farm bill and a water resources development act last year have given lawmakers a road map on how to approach a deal on transportation. - See more at:
The USA's reality is changing. It is significant. It's income from taxes in fuel such as gasoline or items such as cigarettes is becoming less and less with each passing year. 

..."What (click here) we have already begun doing at our committee level is putting together opportunities to talk about a portfolio of funding sources."...

I am worried about the power brokers in the USA. They are finding more and more devious methods to effect the outcomes of average citizens. They are causing hardship they should never have the power to cause. There is political overreach because of vast vault of monies within their reach. They can buy and sell their influence with ease.  

What really astounded me was the leverage there can be within our states to attempt to create an illusion of a wayward President. It is an illusion, nothing more. The Republicans have nothing else and they will stop at nothing to bring about suspicion of President Obama. It is not right and now there are approaches to power I have never seen before. The idea Hispanics are carrying such a burden in their lives because the Republicans are fearful for their power within the electorate.

I am concerned for the future of the USA because it's right wing politics have become so intractable. The rhetoric is a danger to the country. The dialogue is all wrong. The Paris attacks were not in the USA. It was an ally, not us. Europe is a very short distance from Syria. The Mediterranean Sea shares a border with Syria. Europe is far more susceptible to home grown terrorists than the USA. 

There is also the right wing propaganda wagon. Fareed Zakaria spent a good amount of his Sunday hour dispelling the lies of Hannity.

January 17, 2015
By Randy Krehbiel

Of all the things Americans (click here) are likely to die of, terrorism is pretty far down the list, CNN commentator Fareed Zakaria said Friday.
“The chances of an American dying from an international terrorist attack are lower than the chances you will drown in your bathtub,” Zakaria told a group of high school students prior to a Tulsa Town Hall lecture at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
“The number of people who die from terrorism in the United States this year is probably under 25,” he said. “The number who will die because of guns is 30,000. The number who will die because of fatalities on highways is 40,000.”
Zakaria’s point, also made during his Town Hall lecture, was that reactions to terrorism largely determine whether it continues....

This is an article that will challenge thinking. It is accurate for as much as it is, there are also other factors in spending that benefit the average citizen but it's as tangible as the teachers in the classroom or the traffic light at the dangerous corner. There are government employees and independent contractors that receive government spending which ultimately effect the average American. The National Parks are open because we spend money on the treasures of our country. That sort of thing.

"What we've also already begun doing at our committee level is putting together opportunities to talk about a porfolio of funding sources. The fact of the matter is the gas tax and relying upon the gas tax is going to be a dwindling source of revenue"

The value of the gas tax has been eaten away by inflation and by decreases in gasoline use caused by more fuel efficient and electric vehicles. Davis says successful efforts to pass a farm bill and a water resources development act last year have given lawmakers a road map on how to approach a deal on transportation. - See more at:
...Governments (click here) at all levels throughout the United States impose taxes in order to finance spending programs intended to benefit their citizens. A common question posed about these fiscal policies is how their costs and benefits are distributed across different subgroups of the population, most notably by income group. In other words, how much do people pay in taxes versus how much do they receive in government spending?...

At least folks will have an idea of why the President is asking for the changes in the USA tax structure. 

One other thing. All this war mongering and idea the USA can simply send in the troops or what is the expression? Oh, yeah, can send in boots on the ground is completely nonsense. To begin we are still in Afghanistan.

January 19, 2015

The pilot who met Britney Spears (click here) at Alcoholics Anonymous and helped her recover from a very public breakdown has been killed by a Taliban missile in Afghanistan.
John Sundahl, 44, was working as a private pilot for visiting dignitaries in Afghanistan when a missile struck his helicopter near Kabul last week.
Sundahl met Spears in 2007 and the pair briefly dated. After splitting, they remained friends and reportedly rekindled their romance briefly last year....

There is also the sequestration. Preparedness is down. That can't be good. I think the military needs to be given freedom to restructure their priorities. The sequestration was arbitrary, but, the USA has to replace jets and not with F-35 Strike Fighters. They have to be replaced with reliable aircraft.

May 6, 2015
By Claudette Roulo, American Forces Press Service

...Airmen have performed spectacularly (click here) well over a period that included numerous routine deployments and contingency responses, Welsh said.

“I believe they've earned every penny they've made,” the general added. But per-capita costs for Airmen have grown more than 40 percent since 2000, he noted.

“Last year, our readiness levels reached an all-time low,” Welsh said. “As we struggle to recover, we don't have enough units ready to respond immediately to a major contingency, and we're not always able to provide fully mission-ready units to meet our combatant commanders' routine rotational requirements.”

The Air Force’s modernization forecasts also are bleak, the general said. About 20 percent of its aircraft flying today were built in the 1950s and 1960s, he noted, and more than half of the rest are 25 years old or older.

“And now, due to sequestration, we've cut about 50 percent of our currently planned modernization programs,” Welsh said.

The fiscal situation has forced the Air Force into some very difficult decisions, the general said, particularly in the area of pay and compensation reform....

So, the idea the USA military can simply set up a No Fly Zone in a moment's notice isn't exactly realistic. The USA military needs to look at what is important and what works and what is adequate to protect the USA plus room for error or better said, room for the unexpected.

I hope the President once again addresses the cost of college. It isn't as though most American students have stock dividends to rely on.

Ann Romney in 1994: (click here) When Mitt Romney was running for Senate in 1994, his wife gave a candid interview with Jack Thomas of The Boston Globe, published October 20, 1994. She told Thomas that after their Hawaii honeymoon, Mitt transferred to Brigham Young University. Back then, she still thought of that time as tough. But she wasn't as good at describing it, suggesting that it was rough living off stock options: 
"They were not easy years. You have to understand, I was raised in a lovely neighborhood, as was Mitt, and at BYU, we moved into a $62-a-month basement apartment with a cement floor and lived there two years as students with no income... Neither one of us had a job, because Mitt had enough of an investment from stock that we could sell off a little at a time."
And I have yet to hear the words Climate Crisis spoken by any Republican. The video to this article is brutal. The cars slid under a tractor trailer.

January 16, 2015
By John Bacon

A deadly "flash freeze" (click here) swept through much of the Northeast on Sunday, causing crashes that killed at least five people and forcing flight delays and closure of all bridges linking Philadelphia and New Jersey.
Parts of the Northwest suffered a similar fate: Twelve people were injured in a massive wreck involving more than a dozen tractor-trailers on icy Interstate 84 near Baker City, Ore.
But the most pervasive problems were in the East. In Connecticut, Hartford's Bradley International Airport closed temporarily due to ice on the runways. Morning flight delays averaged almost an hour at Philadelphia International Airport; John F. Kennedy International delays were almost 40 minutes.
A crash involving 30 to 50 vehicles on Interstate 76 outside Philadelphia killed one person, and two others died in a crash involving multiple vehicles on nearby Interstate 476, police said. In northeastern Pennsylvania, a man was killed after his car overturned on an icy road and he was thrown from it and hit by a commercial vehicle. In Connecticut, police cited slippery conditions in a crash that killed an 88-year-old woman who struck a utility pole in New Haven....

So, with all the problems facing the USA, both domestically and internationally, the political lies continue. The power playing is unbelievable. And this is the USA. It doesn't look like it to me anymore.

Oh, yeah. And I almost forgot, Europe has to worry about the war between Russia and Ukraine, too.  

"What we've also already begun doing at our committee level is putting together opportunities to talk about a porfolio of funding sources. The fact of the matter is the gas tax and relying upon the gas tax is going to be a dwindling source of revenue"

The value of the gas tax has been eaten away by inflation and by decreases in gasoline use caused by more fuel efficient and electric vehicles. Davis says successful efforts to pass a farm bill and a water resources development act last year have given lawmakers a road map on how to approach a deal on transportation. - See more at:

There has been one judicial decision in regard to the most recent Executive Order regarding the Undocumented.

I am somewhat concerned about the etiology of the course of constitutional challenges to President Obama's authority. This is a Pennsylvania hearing regarding the President's Executive Order on Immigration. But, the basis for the judicial decision is from definitions submitted from a Texas proceeding.

Basically what is occurring is designer decisions manufactured in Texas. As a result other courts have to consider the evidence in other decisions as it is submitted during the proceedings.

It is rather amazing to have all this mess chronically appear to change the direction of power within the Executive Branch. This isn't the same as Prop 8 as it was passed by a voting majority. In this case the Texas legislature created concepts and words which made it's way through the judicial process to a higher court.

The political right wing is rigging the system though the Texas legislature. This level of hatred of the Undocumented can't go without notice. The Texas Republicans are going through rather extreme measures to defeat an Executive Order. This is more than hatred, it is manipulation of the power structure for reasons still unclear to me.

...II. Procedural Posture (click here)

A. How Defendant's Case Came to be before this court,

Defendant appears before this Court, in part because ofarguably unequal and arbitraryimmigration enforcement in the United States.

As noted above, a New Sewickley Township Police Officer arrested Defendant andHomeland Security was notified of his potential undocumented status following his arrest. TheCommonwealth of Pennsylvania is not a “sanctuary state.”  

There is very little “official”information concerning “sanctuary cities” or “sanctuary states.” In Veasey v. Perry, 13-CV- 00193, 2014 WL 5090258, *17, fn 149 (S.D. Tex. October 09, 2014), a Federal Judge for theUnited States District Court for the Southern District of Texas defined “sanctuary cities” as“cities that have refused to fund law enforcement efforts to look for immigration law violators,leaving that to the federal government. S.J. of Tex., 82nd Leg., R.S. 8 (2011) (designating theelimination of sanctuary cities as a legislative emergency).

Had Defendant been arrested in a “sanctuary state” or a “sanctuary city,” local law enforcement likely would not have reported him to Homeland Security. If Defendant had notbeen reported to Homeland Security, he would likely not have been indicted for one count of re-entry of a removed alien in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1326. 

Further, neither a federal indictment nor deportation proceedings were inevitable, evenafter Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), a division of Homeland Security, becameinvolved. In 2013, ICE personnel declined to bring charges against thousands of undocumentedimmigrants who had previous criminal convictions. 

Therefore, Defendant possibly would not be facing sentencing and/or deportation if hehad been arrested under the same circumstances, but in another city/state or if different ICEpersonnel had reviewed his case....

And then there is this bullshit.

November 21, 2015
By John Boehner

(CNN) -- Every member of Congress (click here) swore an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. So did President Barack Obama....

All that and more while in the USA there is still this disaster of a political rant.

According to (click here) the Constitution of the United States of America, Article 2, Section 1, "No Person except a "Natural Born Citizen", or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the signing of this Constitution, shall be eligible to hold the Office of President."
Whereas, The Second Session of the First Continental Congress, back in March of 1790, defined "Natural Born Citizen" to mean a child born of two parents who must both be American Citizens”;and
Whereas, The wording of the definition of “Natural Born Citizen” as established by our First Continental Congress in 1790 states:
"And the children of "citizens" of the United States, that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States shall be considered as natural born citizens; Provided, that the
right of citizenship shall not descend to persons whose fathers have never been resident in the United States."

Whereas, Our Constitution is the supreme law of the land and the written will and authority of We the People; and
Whereas, We the People contend that Barack H. Obama, AKA Barry Soetoro, has failed to meet the requirement necessary to hold the office of President of the United States of America; and...

I suppose abuses by the Nigerian military is still the least of worst considering the deaths by Boka Harem.

January 18, 2015
By Kathleen Caulderwood
Boko Haram members (click here) have killed thousands of people, kidnapped hundreds of children and claimed responsibility for increasingly violent attacks around northern Nigeria for more than five years. Hundreds died during the Islamist militant group’s latest and deadliest massacre in the city of Baga.

A week later, one reporter asked the White House an obvious question at a briefing, “Why haven’t we seen U.S. intervention in Nigeria?”

The U.S. has employed military intervention to stop brutal campaigns before, and recently announced plans to send 1,000 soldiers and personnel to help Syrian rebels fight the Islamic State group, another terrorist organization known for widespread brutality, as the New York Times reported. But Nigeria presents a difficult case.

Although Boko Haram is an obvious problem, a U.S. decision to work with a government associated with corruption and possible war crimes presents a dilemma. But experts say there are ways to intervene without a military presence. It will just take time....

...Although Boko Haram’s abuses are horrific, Nigerian security forces aren’t blameless themselves. 

Amnesty International recently documented large-scale human-rights abuses by the Nigerian military and police forces in a report titled “Welcome to Hell Fire.” These abuses included torture, enforced disappearances and the deaths of people in custody. But even more troubling for Amnesty researchers was the impunity with which Nigerian forces operate.

“Security officials are rarely held accountable are rarely held accountable for failures to follow due process or for perpetrating human-rights violations such as torture,” Amnesty International said in the report. “The absence of acknowledgement and public condemnation of such violations by senior government officials further assists in creating a climate for impunity and raises serious concern about the political will to end such human rights violations."

Earnest pointed to this problem at his press briefing. “We’re going to keep the pressure on the security forces to do a better job of protecting their population from the violent extremists, while at the same time those security forces do a better job of respecting basic human rights,” he said.'''...

To align with the Nigerian military is to realize most of the country opposes them because of their atrocities in killing villagers to benefit the petroleum industry. There are vast legal monetary settlements from the petroleum industry that was suppose to benefit the villagers. The money disappeared. The small circle in control at the capital city made use of it without doing anything to benefit the people. 

How does the USA make a choice in where to begin with this mess? First Lady Michelle Obama attempted to unite the country behind the President to find the will to oppose this scourge of insurgents. It has yet to work while the sentiment is strong because of the upcoming elections. If the Nigerian people would unite and find the will to act against this insurgency the place for USA aid and training for soldiers would be clear, but, there is no structure that is remotely decisive.

Nigeria's future is even worse than that of Syria's. Syria has a coalition of countries willing to act to contain the violence while soldiers to fight on behalf of the people of Syria are being trained. None of that is remotely possible in Nigeria because of it's violent history among the people. 

There must be a reason why Boka Harem is sequested in northern Nigeria.

The militants aren't expanding into Nigeria or Cameroon. They occupy the northern region of Nigeria with raids for hostages into Cameroon. They return to Nigeria after the raid.

January 18, 2015

...A security source (click here) told the BBC that it was the villages of Maki and Mada in the Tourou district near Mokolo city in Cameroon's Far North region, about 6km (four miles) from the Nigerian border, that came under attack.

The suspected militants arrived in the early hours of Sunday morning when it was still dark and left in the direction of Nigeria with scores of hostages.
Cameroon's Information Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary confirmed the attacks saying between 30 and 50 people were taken in the raids - although he said an exact number was difficult to establish as investigations were ongoing.
"They burnt to ashes almost 80 houses," he said.
A police officer told the AFP news agency put the figure of hostages at around 60, saying "most were women and children".
Officials told Reuters that as many as 80 people had been kidnapped. Those abducted included about 30 adults and 50 children between the ages of 10 and 15, an army officer deployed to northern Cameroon told the agency.
Cameroon has criticised Nigeria for failing to do more to confront Boko Haram....

Meet General Buhari. This dialogue was after the June 2014 attacks by the insurgents known as Boka Harem.

Basically, Buhari called for Jonathan's impeachment along with a few governors. I am sure there were many that agreed with him, but, this is the state of play in Nigeria. Rather than the country coming together over the tragedy of the kidnappings, it divides along political lines that are mostly opportunistic. 

July 22, 2014
A leader (click here) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), has raised the alarm over what he described as the deployment of federal might and the country’s resources by President Goodluck Jonathan in his bid to fuel partisanship, subvert the system and punish the opposition.
The impeachment of governors of opposition states, just to decapitate the opposition, he said, does not augur well for the survival of a fragile nation like Nigeria or the survival of its tenderfoot democracy. It is indicative of the fact that the president has declared war on his own country, Buhari noted.
But in a swift reaction, Jonathan told Buhari that his statement was a descent from the elder statesman he had once commended him to, saying that rather than blame him for the woes his party, the APC had inflicted on itself, Buhari and his party should work harder in putting their house in order and resolve the leadership crisis therein.
Jonathan said, “It is most unfortunate that instead of working to put their house in order and resolve the leadership crises and internal contradictions that have plunged their party into a downward spiral, General Buhari and his opposition allies have resorted to blaming a blameless President for their woes”....

These countries have sincere problems in maintaining their sovereignty. There are insurgencies all over Africa. That is why the United Nations has called for the Small Arms Treaty. If the supply of weapons fades the opportunity to become an insurgency will be dim and people will be forced to work with each other or fight with sticks and stones.

This kidnapping by Boka Harem was the not first time. They successfully kidnapped 500 men, women and children in 2009. Basically, when they run out of people after they execute them for whatever reason they do, they kidnap more. 

These are the methodologies of the insurgent groups in Africa. Now, Boka Harem and the Islamic State believe they have much in common. Their methods are the same and neither have proven to be beneficial to any people or successful at establishing a sovereign state that is peaceful and capable of trade. They steal all they have. They are international criminals and the only product they export is terrorism.

This is the region in question in the country of Nigeria.

Where does The West begin? Send in troops to yet another front of instability?

January 16, 2016

A former American ambassador (click here) subtitled the book he wrote about his experiences in Nigeria Dancing on the Brink. “The federal government has failed to provide basic security for its citizens,” he wrote, “and has lost its monopoly on violence, two basic attributes of a sovereign state.”
John Campbell ended his study of a country he both admired and deplored with some hopeful words about the future. But five years after those words were written, Nigeria, facing a northern insurgency which has grown in size and viciousness, and coming up to elections which could go chaotically wrong, still teeters on that dangerous edge. The threat from Boko Haram is only the most dramatic aspect of a situation in which almost every line on the chart of national stability is heading in the wrong direction. Falling oil prices are eroding government revenue, leading to raids on the sovereign wealth fund and pointing to a not too distant moment when the federal authorities may be unable to pay those who work for them or even to maintain essential services. And this is in an energy-rich country where most regions are, for example, already without reliable electricity supplies, something disastrous for both industry and modern agriculture....

There is an election coming up in Nigeria. The country is finally down to elections with only two parties. The parties are divided along ethnic and religious differences. President Johnathan is suspected of corruption and his opponent, General Muhammadu Buhari is considered inarticulate. However, the General has a reputation of being honest and the best intentioned of all it's military leaders. 

The Nigerian forces lack uniforms in some instances and are viewed as ineffective. With divisions politically along ethnic and religious lines there is always the concern by most observers another Rawanda lies around the corner if Nigeria's resources are stretched too far and leadership is made to make choices that would protect some people, but, not all. Obviously, in the case of Boka Harem there are no definitive choices to stop the killing. Boka Harem is exerting unmitigated violence. That in itself could mean many things, but, in the beginning the girls were suppose to become their wives and fulfill their lives with children. But, the reality of months later is very different. Now, the girls have become the weapon of choice.

Very strange and almost demands speculation of the stability of the regime.

I am sure many have seen these satellite pictures globally. It is reported being caused by suicide bombers.

The reports and pictures coming out of the region state the despot of Boka Harem has sent kidnapped girls into villages to kill themselves and there own people.

January 7, 2015

...“Up until now, (click here) the isolation of Baga combined with the fact that Boko Haram remains in control of the area has meant that it has been very difficult to verify what happened there. Residents have not been able to return to bury the dead, let alone count their number. But through these satellite images combined with graphic testimonies a picture of what is likely to be Boko Haram’s deadliest attack ever is becoming clearer,” Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International, said in a statement....

Congress has no appetite for war, albeit, Lindsay Graham and his brother by another mother John McCain.

October 10, 2015
By Aaron Blake

...That's because, (click here) however many Americans feel Congress should approve military action, very few of them are speaking out against the decision to go into Iraq and Syria without congressional approval. To be sure, Americans would like for their duly elected representatives to sign off, but they're not exactly incensed that Congress hasn't been asked. And people largely approve of what they've seen so far, as far as the airstrikes go.
Congress has approved funding for the arming and training of moderate Syrian rebels, but the administration hasn't sought new approval for the use of force in either Iraq or Syria.
In addition, neither the White House nor Congress wants anything to do with another use-of-force resolution.
Obama saw how dicey this could be a year ago when he asked for approval to launch airstrikes in retaliation to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people. Congress was primed to reject that request before the White House opted to negotiate a deal, under which Syria would turn over its chemical weapons, rather than pursue the airstrikes....

It was Congress that decided the Syrian outcome. It was Senator John McCain that sought to supply arms to unknown entities without training or organization.

The USA doesn't act alone.

British prime minister (click here) tells the UN general assembly the world must learn the mistake of past military ventures in Iraq, but 'must not be frozen with fear'. Cameron says there is a place for Iran in the fight against Isis, but in the case of Syria's leader Bashar al-Assad, 'my enemy's enemy is not my friend – it is another enemy'. 

The political spectrum in the USA is very limited. It only seeks to the President regardless of the truth and it's facts.
The words from Sunday's media are President Obama is weak. 

Listening to Lindsay Graham "The sky is falling!" Still? Why does anyone bother providing him air time? He never has anything to say except "The sky if falling!"

I'll try to close the gaps, because, there is no interest by anyone to make the state of USA politics known.
It is Sunday Night and the Republicans' new code word for women is anxiety. Republican strategies are very predatory. Making anxiety a Republican cause is a herd call for sympathy for women.

Forget about the glass ceiling or empowerment, the Republicans prefer women as basket cases to pander to for votes.

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP (click here)
Many women operate in an ever-present state of low anxiety or worry, also called generalized anxiety that may blossom into episodes of full-blown panic attacks, phobia or anxiety disorders during times of psychological stress or biological change — like menopause.
A majority of my patients with chronic anxiety are so accustomed to living with it – often since childhood — that they don’t even mention it until I ask or until they begin perimenopause and their anxiety symptoms worsen.
Anxiety and worry are knots of both emotions and physiology feelings. Most psychologists look at anxiety as purely emotional: the outward sign of repressed negative feelings and inner conflict. But over 30 years of scientific research into severe anxiety disorders and panic attacks has established that all anxiety has a real, physiological cause that is just as important to treat — especially for relief of anxiety related to hormonal imbalance....

Anxiety by Black Eyed Peas (click here)

I feel like I wanna smack somebody
Turn around and bitch slap somebody
But I ain't goin' out bro (no, no, no)
I ain't givin' into it (no, no, no)
Anxieties bash my mind in
Terrorizing my soul like Bin Laden
 But I ain't fallin' down bro (no, no, no)
I won't lose control bro (no, no, no)
Shackle and chained
My soul feels stained
I can't explain got an ich on my brain
Lately my whole aim is to maintain
And regain control of my mainframe
My bloods boiling its beatin' out propaine
My train of thoughts more like a runaway train
I'm in a fast car drivin' in a fast lane
In the rain and I'm might just hydroplaine

I don't fear none of my enemies
And I don't fear bullets from Uzi's
I've been dealing with something thats worse than these
That'll make you fall to your knees and thats the
The anxiety the sane and the insane rivalry
Paranoias brought me to my knees
Lord please please please
Take away my anxiety
The sane and the insane rivalry
Paranoias brought me to my knees
Lord please please please
Take away my anxiety

My head keeps running away my brother
The only thing making me stay my brother
But I won't give into it bro (no, no, no)
Gotta get myself back now
God, I can't let my mind be
Tell my enemy is my own
Gots to find my inner wealth
Gots to hold up my thoughts
I can't get caught (no, no, no)
I can't give into it now (no, no, no)
Emotions are trapped set on lock
Got my brain stuck goin through the motions
Only I know what's up
I'm filled up with pain
Tryin' to gain my sanity
Everywhere I turn its a dead end infront of me
With nowhere to go gotta shake this anxiety
Got me feelin' strange paranoia took over me
And its weighin' me down
And I can't run any longer, yo
Knees to the ground

 I don't fear none of my enemies
And I don't fear bullets from Uzi's
I've been dealing with something thats worse than these
That'll make you fall to your knees and thats the
The anxiety the sane and the insane rivalry
Paranoias brought me to my knees
Lord please please please
Take away my anxiety
The sane and the insane rivalry
Paranoias brought me to my knees
Lord please please please
Take away my anxiety

Pope Francis is getting a full dose of the climate crisis with his visit to the Phillpines.

January 17, 2015

A storm has forced Pope Francis (click here) to cut short his visit to the Philippine city of Tacloban, which was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan just over a year ago.
Amid strong winds and pouring rain, he celebrated Mass with thousands of worshippers earlier on Saturday.
He was due to go on to meet survivors of the typhoon but had to leave early because of worsening conditions.
An audience at a cathedral gave an anguished gasp when he told them he would have to go....

Super Typhoon Haiyan did catastrophic damage, but, it hasn't stopped.

Kassy Pajarillo is among a number of flood victims who have used Twitter to give rescuers their location

September 20, 2015

Rains and floods (click here) from tropical storm Fung-Wong have left at least five dead in Philippines, and hundreds of thousands of people displaced.
Almost a month's rain fell on the capital Manila in less than 24 hours, as Denise Hammick reports. 

The Climate Crisis has been a profound reality in this area of the world. I am sure the faithful turning out to the Papal visit was seeking a blessing. His visit is important to let the people know they have not been forgotten, although their suffering tells them otherwise.

December 30, 2015

Malaysia, southern Thailand and parts of the Philippines (click here) have been battered by heavy rain and flash floods in recent days, killing dozens of people.
Malaysia's worst flooding in a decade forced nearly a quarter of a million people from their homes, authorities said, with the government coming under renewed fire for its perceived slow response.
The National Security Council said that "exceptionally high" water levels had cut off rescuers from relief centres, as the death toll rose to 21 across the northeast....

The Climate Crisis is effecting people differently across the world. Most leaders have reacted to the increasing sea level, but, little did they expect the chronic flooding of the Pacific islands.

January 18, 2015
By Floyd Whaley and Austin Ramzy

MANILA — As he celebrated Sunday Mass (click here) before a crowd of millions here in a cornerstone of Catholicism in Asia, Pope Francis stressed the need to care for the world’s poor, a theme he has repeated throughout his five-day visit to the Philippines.
He also touched on the subject of the environment, a topic he is expected to address in depth in an encyclical later this year.
God “created the world as a beautiful garden and asked us to care for it,” Francis said. “Through sin, man has disfigured that natural beauty. Through sin, man has also destroyed the unity and beauty of our human family, creating social structures that perpetuate poverty, ignorance and corruption.”...