End of the (this) World

I am not a conspiracy theorist. I am not a Bible fanatic. I’m rather a passionate-in-ideals, but lukewarm-in-action Christian who has very progressive notions. (Don’t be like me.)

But I would like to talk about Revelation 13 for just a moment. The first part of it.

Revelation 13 NIV

The Beast out of the Sea

13 The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?”

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.
Whoever has ears, let them hear.
10 “If anyone is to go into captivity,
    into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
    with the sword they will be killed.”

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.


I have my opinions about what this means, but I won’t bore or frighten you with the details. Plus, I don’t want you to think I’m totally batshit crazy. I will say–many people believe the beast is a multi-national organization that will rule the world given its power (funding) by China (the dragon). Nations that might be part of the multi-headed beast: Russia, sounds like the USA, and possibly old English territories such as Hong Kong or others. The lion, the bear, etc. The part that really jumped out at me:

The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months.

If this ain’t Trump, then I’d hate to see the beast John’s talking about.

This is just shy of a full presidential term. 42 months. 3 1/2 years. If charges are brought against Trump, it will probably take the rest of this year (to elect new officials willing to impeach him) and next (an entire year to prepare and try a case in the House and Senate) to bring him to justice.

This guy. This freakin’ guy. He cheats on his wife. He’s cheated on all of his wives. He steals. He lies. He has no concept of morality. He’s been handed money and acts like a spoiled child. He’s never had to answer for anything in his whole, horrible life. He breaks the backs of poor people, sues at the drop of a hat, hires people and never pays them, and takes advantage of anyone who will let him. And now that anyone is our country. Next? The world. He doesn’t show anyone respect except for Putin. He meets in secret. He takes dirty, stolen money. He whines and bitches about persecution, but makes fun of women, the disabled and anyone who is different. He taunts foreign leaders with Twitter. He is the face of America. He represents us and I am disgusted. We do not bow to him. He serves us. Or should.

Look for his resignation in July-ish of 2020. Let’s hope. Let’s hope he doesn’t incite war by then. He’s a cornered beast, lashing out while struggling for air.


Another thing that jumped out at me:

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.


I have no idea what the future will bring. I’m not even sure that John’s dream/vision in the first century can be interpreted by mere humans, or has any meaning at all on this current world stage. But I am paying attention. I am trying to live my life as if Jesus could return at any moment. Even if there is no return. I have the hope of going home. I am trying to live by Jesus’ command–LOVE.

But this life is wonderful, too. I am loved here, too.

I am the better for striving for Heaven. The world is the better for my fear of God. So I will continue to live this way. I have no reason not to.

I hate the world sometimes, but I’m doing my best to love the people in it.

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Mighty Mueller

I admire Mueller very much for what he’s enduring. I can’t believe no one has made one of these. 🙂 Remember Mighty Mouse?

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A hero.

Thank you for doing your job, Mr. Mueller. Continue!

had it up to *here* haikus

Progress in Congress?
Endless regress to nonsense.
Tax cut transgression.


White-collar version
Of looting and coercion–
Congressional bill


Congressmen make laws
For those who can foot the bill
With boots on our necks


Middle class kidnapped
Held ransom by Congress thugs
Don’t be/get taken

Enough!

I wish the MEDIA would stop saying things like “Trump just ruined another Obama legacy.”

NO! He didn’t. He’s ruining our legacy! The American people’s legacy! If he’s ruining anything, it is our collective history, achievement and future. If Obama did anything, he did it for the American people.

It’s not a matter of politics, partisanship or petty presidential problems. This is OUR country. And we are the only ones to save it.

Thank you, Obama, for whatever you did. For protecting things that needed protecting. But it is up to us, our House, our Senate, our nation to do the things we need to do to make the planet a better place. Climate, energy, conservation, kindness, patience, reason, rationale. And that’s not happening.

I believe the Senate will slowly be replaced with Democrats over the next 4-year period because of the damage Trump is doing to the Republican party. But it won’t be soon enough to stop these insane rollbacks, setbacks and f-ups.

This isn’t a Trump/Obama thing. This is a real people in the USA thing. Anything that’s happening is our collective responsibility.

We still hold the German people of the 1940s somewhat responsible for what happened in their country because, “What did they do to stop it?”

What have we done to stop this guy??

We are distracted by the cock while the fox is in the hen house!

The media IMO, overall, is doing a poor job at reporting the facts on both sides. Less opinion, please. It doesn’t help.

Duh-merica

SO! MAD! GAH!

Okay. So I was driving to my interview today (it went well) and I saw a Trumper sticker on the back of a luxury convertible Volvo. It read:

Trump 2016: Make America Strong Again

WTF??!

The driver was a bald, old, white guy. Let me just break this down for y’all.

What would make America strong again?

Well. For starters. Stop buying foreign-made cars, Dill-wad.

I own a Toyota Camry which is built right here in Kentucky, employing United States citizens. Do you know where Volvo is made? NOT IN THE USA! It’s built in 4 different places (none of which are in the US), and according to the article I cited, Volvo is owned by Ford. At the time of the article, that was true. Now, guess who owns Volvo? Chinese multinational globo-corp. GAH!

His Trumper sticker should have read:

Make China even stronger by buying this POS foreign-made luxury car.

How did this genius get enough money to own a convertible Volvo?

It made me so mad. So flipping mad. I wanted to kick that Trump sticker right in the wig.

Does this Floridian truly not understand what would make America strong again?

Jobs. Money. Economy. Hard work. Fairness. Transparency. Better representatives! Honesty. Integrity.

Does this jackhole know:
Where his car is made?
What side his bread is buttered on?
His ear from a hole in the ground?

So frustrated at the people who put this prrrr–esident in office. And they thought he would have the power to change things? He’s a puppet.

How can anyone believe that we are making America great again by electing a man with interests all around the world, including China? Trump will always put money and power above the US. Always. And he will lie right to your trusting, little face. And it’s not just him. These congressmen have stonewalled the American people for almost a decade for kickbacks and power. Now they want to make America strong by taking away our healthcare? Make America sick again.

I am sick. Sick of these Trumpsters.

I can’t believe that this Trump supporter puts materialism and ownership above the US! Even though his sticker says otherwise. Put your money where your mouth is. Don’t buy a flashy car. Don’t buy foreign. Support US jobs and OUR economy. Make America strong again, Jerk, by putting Americans back to work.

America isn’t great because we buy things. Or own things. Or own people, places or transportation. It started that way, but America is great today because we love and support one another. We are UNITED. Indivisible. Liberty and justice for all. Not just those who can afford it. That’s what makes America great. Or did. We were founded on Christian principals, but where are those tenets now? I see the faded stars and stripes of democracy.

I see the tattered remains of our American ideal whipping in the wind after an embattled election and further division. I am not heartened by our flag on the dawn. I am often disgusted by the misguided sentiment of those who don’t truly understand that America is currently owned by outside interests. America was sold to the highest bidder and we let it happen. The confusion I see on a daily basis regarding the willful ignorance of the Republican party is disturbing.

It’s less about fearing China, Russia or any foreign government. It’s about believing a congressman, president or politician when they say they are working for me. It’s a lie!

I will teach my daughter what happened and why. She’s my hope. I will talk about this problem as often as I can. As often as I understand what’s happening. I will say something if I see something.

I’m not afraid of terrorists. I’m afraid of my own government.

Gotta go kick something. Something orange.


If I’m incorrect about some data, please leave a respectful (or at least non-profane lol) comment below. And please cite sources.

Trumpster Fire

Dissidents kicked by decadence.
Moral luxury: unapproved expense.

Consider history, their time is small.
Just a few years, they won’t BE at all.

Gandhi, Lennon, Jesus said,
“Love will win.” Even IF we’re dead.

Don’t worry. Don’t waste. Vengeance divine.
Karma of Kismet says, “This one’s mine.”

Lies, Criminality, and Foreign Interests

Or, the opposite. Honesty, Fairness, and the American Ideal-sound familiar?

How about-truth, justice, and the American way?

So cliche, right? But it’s not just a catchy phrase. Who said it first? Super-friggin’-man. That’s right. SUPERMAN. He was fighting for it. But he never got it. Except for a short, gleaming moment at (maybe) the beginning and definitely by the end of every episode or comic book. But an oh-so brief respite in the ever-undulating pit of human depravity we call Earth. I’m surprised Superman didn’t just give up and head to outerspace for a less needy planet. But he had pity on us. Like a regular Jesus Christ.

Have you ever noticed the parallels between Superman and Jesus? The only son of a God-like being, who sacrificed himself for all of humanity to save the weak and powerless? I’m pretty sure that’s why Godspell Jesus (Victor Garber) wore a Superman t-shirt. Right? I’m sure someone has already penetrated the deep meaning of the Superman-Jesus connection. Anyway, I’m a Christian, but that’s not what this post is about.

It’s the ideal, Christian or not, that America is a place for honesty, fairness and freedom (American way). That’s what it means to me anyway. An ideal of modern human existence. Where anyone can be anything that they want to be. Reach for the stars! Be anything they were born to be. A right to fulfill their personal destiny and choice. Let’s face it, even God gave us choice. God-given right to choose.

But what I see, more and more, is the refusal to see or acknowledge another’s choice. Or right. Misguided as it may be. On both sides! So what if you don’t agree? You don’t have to live that choice. Right? What does it hurt you to love someone where they are? So much hatred and anger on both sides. Toward each other. You should be upset with those in office. Not your fellow citizen.

Trump said he would drain the swamp. When? Waiting. Appointing a billionaire (Amway) to Secretary of Education is not a great start. Did you know her father-in-law was the co-founder of Amway?? USA’s education system is now a pyramid scheme: co-founders Trump and DeVos. IMO! And why can’t we investigate his ties to Russia? They wanted to fry Hillary Clinton for emails, something they are guilty of themselves. Ahem, Pence. So why the unending hypocrisy??

I listened to Trumpy’s speech last night. Reasonable. I agree, he finally did not sound stupid. But I remember G.W. Bush’s state-of-the-union in which he addressed pursuing renewable energy. Way back in the 2000s. We didn’t see that, did we? He talked about fuel cell technology and running after it. When the Republicans take office, it seems we see decades-long obstruction to forward progress with renewable energy, conservation and planet protection. They talk a good game, but it’s just that, a game. Even if you don’t believe in climate change, why wouldn’t you move toward planet-friendly energy that’s cheaper and cleaner? We are seeing a move toward this, but it’s taken 16 years? And not through Bush, not through Trump, but through Obama and Earth-friendly legislation. Taxes and laws that promote industry to accept the challenge of treating our world with care and thought. REGULATION!

Fuel with only a by-product of pure water? Which would you rather drink? Water or used oil? Which would you rather breathe? Air or carbon dioxide? I think it’s a simple decision.

After Trump’s speech, I can only conclude one thing. He’s accepted the game and is playing like a pro. Except, the game is rigged and we all lose. He’s going to fumble this ball and then Congress will cry foul. The two teams playing in DC are the Donkeys and Elephants. They are trying to kill each other out there. But we don’t have to. Let’s stop playing this game. They work for us. They have us distracted with partisan policy. The Democrats are no better on many issues. Let’s demand more from our public servants.

I’m tired of having a wait-and-see attitude. It doesn’t get better. We have to do something. And if you are tired of seeing my political posts (Facebook), I’m sorry that it makes you uncomfortable. But, we don’t change until we are uncomfortable. People will die without medical care. We have to have more than access to care, we need a way to pay for it. I hope that Trump means even half of what he said last night, but I fear it’s all smoke on which we will choke.

No Superman is coming to save the day. We have to save ourselves and our way of life.

FYI-if the muscular man waving a flag in a skintight outfit (above) doesn’t disturb you because it’s Superman and the American flag, but a gay man waving a rainbow flag in the same skintight outfit does? You might be a bigot, homophobe or downright un-American. Get it, Superman!