Learning Russian, Yet?

Learning Russian, Yet?

I’m going to make this quick and painless, hopefully.

Russia Is In The White House.

Russia Has compromised Congressional GOP.

Russia is laughing at the chaos and disorder currently displayed in the United States.

Why should we be concerned about Russia?

Just in case anyone is taking notes, the issue of Russian involvement in our government was raised near the end of 2016, if not before (I don’t remember exactly). But once it was known that Russian interference actually influenced the outcome of the election (and it did no matter what the naysayers have to say), we should have been preparing to learn Russian. Actually, I started with a language app that taught Russian. I didn’t get very far because I thought (silly me) that I was simply over-reacting to the situation. Now, I know, intuitively, I was on the right track.

Recently a Russian fighter jet was heckling one of our military jets–the White House knew and did and said nothing about it.

A few weeks ago, a Russian Spy Ship was noted in the Atlantic, headed up the East Coast to Florida. Nothing was said. I wonder why? No, that’s not the truth, I know why. Someone on that ship was trying to make it to the Mar-A-Lago party. It has been interesting to note that was not the first time a Russian Spy Ship has entered our borders with nothing said.

It has also been noted by those in the White House that #Rumplethinskin and Putin have an actual relationship going–they converse on a regular basis. Hmmm!

Yesterday, the sanctions Congress voted for last year and he signed were supposed to be implemented, but they weren’t. The White House says, they’re no longer needed. Hmmm!

Mike Pompeo, the CIA Director states Russia will meddle in our election again and are probably preparing to interfere with the 2018 mid term elections. But the White House is not concerned. Hmmm!

As often as Kelly Anne Conway and others in the White House disdain the notion that the only reason #Rumplethinskin won the election was because of Russian interference, it would appear they’re worried if sanctions are implemented, Republicans will lose in the mid term elections. Hmmm!

On top of all that, Devin Nunes and his secret society which includes: Mark Meadows, Kevin McCarthy (more McCartheism?), Jim Jordan, and Matt Gaetz and apparently sanctioned by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell–are scared to death of the Mueller Russia-Probe and are now attacking the veracity of the FBI and DOJ. I wonder why? We can’t forget that Nunes was seen heading to the White House and sharing classified information and then made it known, publicly. After which, he supposedly recused himself as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee (since he was on the transition team), but we now discover, he’s been behind the scenes conducting every move–orchestrating the outcome or at least trying to make sure if it got to close to him. Boy, I tell you, fear will make fools of the best of men (in this case–the worst of men) and truth is causing them to act as frantic as someone who’s head is on fire and they can’t put it out. Hmmm. “Head on fire!” I’ll have to remember that.

So let’s recap!

Russia is in the White House!

Russia has compromised the Congressional GOP!

Putin is thrilled with the chaos and discord sown in our democracy!

Time to learn Russian, yet?

Stay tuned and watch to see if I’m right or wrong. If I’m wrong, I’ll repent, confess and publicly acknowledge–but I don’t think I will be.

We’ve been sold a bill of goods by a Russian plant and many refuse to accept that truth so they’re to regurgitate: We got our pro-life supreme court judge, we got tax cuts so we can ignore all the rest of the dumb stuff and the economy growth–is the result of Obama policies, not this administration. On top of all that–93K jobs are still being outsourced, many companies who gave bonuses are laying off or outright firing people, so are we really better off? I think most of those who lost jobs would rather have their jobs rather than a bonus.

Pay attention: You got a stolen SCOTUS seat because a corrupt Mitch McConnell refused a vote on a nominee made by Obama (and don’t bother with the crap about a lame-duck appointment); you got a pittance for tax cuts while the corporations and very rich, made out like bandits (unless you make over $100K a year); and you got regulations repealed so that now, we no longer have access to clean air and water and our food is probably contaminated with pesticides that negatively impact the brains of children.

Happy yet? There’s more to come–including government controlled Internet–so only certain people will have access to social media and only for certain times of the day. Sound like any countries we know? How about China, North Korea and you guessed it–Russia!

Well, there’s hope for the future–and that includes every voter becoming educated to how Russia interferes with elections with the promotion of false propaganda–on ads on social media, kind of in-your-face stuff and the gullible will believe it. I won’t! I’m still planning my run for President in 2020. Need to know where I stand on the issues? Visit http://www.facebook.com/YesIAm2020 and let me know if I’m addressing your concerns.

Speaking What Is Right!

Speaking What Is Right!

Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice? At the highest point along the way, where the paths meet, she takes her stand; beside the gate leading into the city, at the entrance she cries aloud: To you, O people, I call out; I raise my voice to all mankind. You who are simple, gain prudence; you who are foolish, set your hearts on it. Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right. My mouth speaks what is true for my lips detest wickedness. All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse. To the discerning all of them are right; they are upright to those who found knowledge. Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies and nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 8:1-11 NIV

Before we get too far into the meat of this text–this is not going to be an exegesis of this segment of Proverbs, but it is fitting to note, just how apropos it is for the following promotion of my potential candidacy in 2020.

For the last few months, if not longer, most who read my blog know, I’m exploring a run for President in 2020. I’ve talked to a number of people–some who think it’s a great idea and some who don’t; I’ve run online surveys to get a sense of the issues that concern most people; I’ve participated in marches and will continue to do so; I’ve researched state requirements to get on the ballot in all 50 states; I’m participating in training sessions to get it right, and getting more involved in my community so I’ll know I’m speaking on behalf of the people and not myself.

For the next year or so, until June 2019, I’ll be working on putting together a coalition of Everyday Americans who want to see significant changes in Washington and are willing to work for it to happen. We’ll have to cover a lot of territory and as of this writing, I have yet to attempt to raise funds for a campaign. I am cautiously optimistic that when the time comes; we will have presented and promoted such a dynamic case of why I should be in the White House, money will come so we can turn things around and reclaim our position as leaders to the world. I’m convinced we can do this and the world will think better of us.

However, I want the masses to make that decision, not me. I believe in me and I want others to believe in me, too. So watch for all the updates on http://www.facebook.com/YesIAm2020 and my tweets @educatormary on Twitter. I encourage comments because I want to know what’s on your mind. I will respond to legitimate, serious comments, questions as quickly as I can. I will not respond or react to hateful, bigoted, misogynistic rhetoric because that would be a waste of my time, talent, and wisdom.

For what it’s worth, I will not lower my standards or values to interact with people who simply want to disdain, malign or belittle others–for any reason–and especially not because some–are simply bigoted racists. Am I perfect? Not hardly. A friend of mine coined a phrase that I’ll use often (I told her I would); I am flawed with fortitude in my commitment and passion to make a real difference in this country that will benefit all.

Are you ready? If so, don’t hesitate to join us in being the change we need to make this a better world, while we can.

 

Here’s my “practice” video. Others will be coming soon, so watch for them!

Can We Know Peace Again?

Can We Know Peace Again?

Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal. He humbles those who dwell on high, he lays the lofty city low; he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust. Feet trample it down— the feet of the oppressed, the footsteps of the poor.The path of the righteous is level; you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth. Isaiah 26:2-7 NIV

False alarms about in-coming nuclear missiles, unfiltered race-baiting comments from the person in the Oval Office, silence from the Congressional leadership, and uproar from the majority of people-loving Americans–all of this–disrupts hopes of peace residing in the land. But all is not lost as long as we, who have a right relationship with Jesus, hold onto our faith in Him, instead of another human being.

Don’t get me wrong–I’m not saying we should do nothing while we earnestly wait to live at peace within our borders and outside of them. We must change the individual in the Oval Office–not attempting to change him or racist attitudes, but with another person who is far more compassionate, insightful, and intellectually capable of thinking before speaking. This is what we must work to do–knowing that this is right in the sight of God who above all things–wants us to live in peace, loving one another, defending the rights of the poor and needy.

When people take their eyes off God and have more faith in riches and celebrity and in a person’s ability to manipulate the masses with lies and gaslighting techniques that lead to the overwhelming spread of false propaganda–we lose. Many blinked–taking their eyes off God–and looked upon the person who was the most vile creature we’ve ever seen mislead millions. Some blinked because of their hatred of Hillary and didn’t bother to vote at all. Some blinked because they were misled by all the false propaganda. Others proved they have never known God because they promoted the blatant, hateful bigotry spewed by drumpf to the point they wore very telling political gear, proving their hatred of women and other ethnicities. Anyone who has ever had a right relationship with Jesus could never wear a T-shirt calling a woman a dog, or using racial slurs as it relates to other people.

I am convinced–the same people who were shouting, “Lock her up” without cause, will be the same people will be groaning and complaining, claiming, “fake news” when and if it is proven that their “savior” is a traitor to America. It is the poor and educated masses in Red States who are going to suffer financially as we have already seen with the advent of the “criteria-based” ability to receive Medicaid. Now, anyone receiving Medicaid, must pass a literacy test and pay higher premiums for healthcare insurance. The same people will see no benefit from the TaxCutScam that benefited only the wealthy–those who make millions, own private aircraft and golf courses.  In fact, it has just been revealed that drumpf had no idea that Black people were not the ones who were who received the most welfare (White-40%, Black-27.7%). But then again, he has no interest in facts about much of anything and has admitted his own net worth is contingent upon his “feelings” at the moment.

For people who are capable of critical thinking and understanding the value of research from credible sources, they understand our current dilemma. If the person in the Oval Office is not interested in facts about reality–how can he make good decisions about the welfare of the country? Short answer–he can’t and unfortunately we have an impotent Republican Congress who won’t exercise their authority in keeping him in check or removing him completely.

But this is what happens when we take our eyes off God–we believe the lies propagated by those in authority in a vast number of places–particularly the church–or rather the rich, White Evangelicals who convinced a few Black church leaders to believe their lies on one specific issue–abortion. Those in positions of leadership–primarily White men, have convinced people that God is not Pro-Choice and wants to control what women decide. That’s the biggest lie ever promoted by those in the church. God wants us all to live a life that is honoring to Him and obeys His commandment of love. What we have to remember is God is Pro-Choice in that He gives us the right to choose the paths we take and the consequences we face. He does not control what we do and we should not allow others–mere human beings–to take that choice from us. Those who profess to be Pro-life really indicate they are merely “fetus-lovers” because they care nothing about the life outside the womb and we know because of the policies they support–in their support of the malignant narcissist they elected (with the help of the Russians). If these same people were actually “pro-life” they would fight tooth and nail to protect the poor and vulnerable and be more willing to see tax dollars spent on helping the poor and vulnerable than in supporting tax dollars spent on golf outings (over $90M spent so far in less than a year).

When people do not have a right relationship with Jesus on their own and count on those in leadership in churches, they can be misled–we know because of the number of cults that have caused people to lose their lives. And with this administration–it has become a cult. The supporters of this administration see no wrong in anything he does–whether it’s perpetually lying about the obvious, maligning women or other groups of people or spending tax dollars needlessly and only considering the rich with his policies. Their blind loyalty to a bigot also keeps them from seeing they have forsaken the premises on which Christianity is built–loving one another unconditionally.

I have not lost my faith in God, my relationship with Jesus has never wavered and I know, like most true Believers, when we pray–expecting Him to respond–we must also do–giving our prayers–feet. I have faith that we–the true Patriots in America, those capable of loving others regardless of what they look like–will change the landscape in Washington and provide an atmosphere of peace again in the nation.

No matter who wins the next presidential election–I am confident it will be a person–man or woman–who understands the tenets of humanity and civility and they will protect protect the rights of the poor and vulnerable, reestablish our position on the global stage and work to maintain and preserve peace–globally.

My name is Mary Hall-Rayford, and I’m planning a run for President in the 2020 Election. If you believe I can indeed make a difference that will lead to a better life for all, I welcome your support. Please visit http://www.facebook.com/YesIAm2020 and leave a comment or just “Like” the page.

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We Know A Person’s Heart!

But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.” Matthew 15:18-20 NIV

You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Matthew 12:34 NIV

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45 NIV

I am so tired of people saying–in defense of trump–“we don’t know his heart” and all who are saying this, profess to be Christians, with supposedly–a knowledge of God’s Word. Really? They don’t know his heart? Perhaps, it’s because they are not Christians, but hypocrites who have their heads so far up Dooflebutt’s behind they can hardly breathe. IF YOU BELIEVE THE BIBLE, YOU KNOW TRUMP’S HEART! PERIOD!

I challenge any and all so-called Christians to deny this truth–based upon The Word, not my opinions or theirs–whatever comes out of trump’s mouth is a demonstration of what’s in his heart. What we hear him say or see him tweet that fits the pattern demonstrated for a long time now, is who he is–a bigoted racist–and no matter how many photo ops are arranged with people of color surrounding will ever change who he is. He’s a con man, a manipulative gaslighter, and a pathological liar. If you think I’m wrong, prove it with something other than–your feelings. Document it.

Quick Review:

Obama wasn’t born in America and maligned him until Obama produced his birth certificate to shut him up and that didn’t work.

There is documentation of his racist views in denying people of color to occupy his apartments.

There is the documentation that he wanted 5 men of color executed–for no reason (after they were exonerated) other than their skin color.

He called Black NFL players SOBs because they dared to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem in protest of the racial injustice in this country. Note: The Black NFL players know the lyrics to the song–trump doesn’t and that’s documented as well.

He’s offended Gold Star families (Khan and Johnson).

He’s maligned a Congresswoman–Fredericka Wilkerson.

He belittled a judge because of his Hispanic heritage.

And with the latest comments–calling countries and the entire continent of Africa–s**thole countries, but wants immigrants from Norway (predominantly white nation), Everybody with a functioning brain–knows his heart–because whatever is in there–consistently–comes out of his mouth or his fingers. He loves the support he gets from his white supremacist base and that’s not going to change. Only people with low-functioning intelligence will continue support this hateful bigotry residing in the White House. But then, if people are supporting him and his racist agenda, it tells a lot about them.

It’s time to get real folks! We don’t need the rest of the world being contemptuous of us because of the malignancy haters elected with the help of Russia.

Get educated about all candidates in all elections.

Know the difference between factual information being presented and fake/constructed information–designed to con and manipulate emotions and actions.

Do the research and stop relying upon Fox Entertainment Network–no real news is coming from them–they entertain their audience with hateful rhetoric and scorn truth when others dare to present it.

Get out and vote! Complacency never experiences victory–only passion wins the day and people driven by passions, are driven into action.

America Votes

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When To Judge?

When To Judge?

The Goldwater Rule Psychiatrists who belong to the American Psychiatric Association are constrained in their public comments by the Goldwater rule, which guides them to speak mostly of diagnostic categories and people in general. (Psychology Today)

Recently, while watching a number of news shows discussing the “mental fitness” of Donald Trump, I was reminded of a couple of things when the news hosts, always qualified what they were saying by invoking the Goldwater Rule, as did other pundits.

Here’s what struck me about people saying, “we can’t diagnose without an examination and an assessment without an examination, is based upon our perceptions of the observations” (or words to that effect). They also acknowledged they were just “lay persons” having the discussion–no expertise in the matter.

Here’s my issue and it’s more “civil responsibilities” in jury selection. To my knowledge–very few people selected for jury duty have any expertise in the matter before them, yet they are expected to listen to attorneys arguing their points, witness testimony, judge’s instructions and make a decision regarding a person’s life or a company’s continued existence. More often than, the people serving on a jury may or may not have a high school diploma, maybe a college degree, but most don’t have medical or legal expertise in matter they’re asked to judge.

If jurors are expected to render a decision in a trial situation without expertise, why can’t news commentators and hosts, render a conclusion about a situation they observe up close and personal on a daily basis? This is extremely curious to me. Most of the journalists who accompany trump or are in the White House on a consistent basis, know exactly what is behavior is and whether or not–he should be deemed, “mentally fit” to be in the Oval Office. After all, none of them are psychiatrists who have to worry about being removed or humiliated by the field of psychiatry.

From my perch–usually from sitting in my recliner (arm-chair psychiatry, I guess), I observe what trump says and does on a fairly regular basis since March 2016. As an educator with a background of special education knowledge, I noticed from the beginning there was something wrong and I stated it on more than one occasion through my blogs here and on Medium. I listened to the speech pattern and knew there was a disconnect between neurotransmitters in his brain. “Through research, we know that mental disorders are brain disorders. Evidence shows that they can be related to changes in the anatomy, physiology, and chemistry of the nervous system. When the brain cannot effectively coordinate the billions of cells in the body, the results can affect many aspects of life” (The National Institute of Mental Health).

What I’ve observed is that his limited vocabulary, inability to clearly enunciate certain words or pronounce them correctly is a clear indication of something not functioning properly. His inability to demonstrate empathy and appropriate responses in specific situations was another indicator that a disconnect exists which is resultant of a malignant narcissistic personality disorder (again, chemical development or lack thereof in the brain). His recent bouts of forgetting where he is (documented on video on at least three different occasions) and struggling for words along with his incessant gestures while “reading a speech” speak volumes about his lack of confidence in his ability.

Now, for those who have read most of my blogs you might think I’m being nasty since I have no respect for him. I’m not being nasty, I’m simply stating my observations which have been discussed by many others. Am I offering a psychiatric opinion? No. I’m concerned that the opinions that have been offered are being ignored simply because he won’t submit to a neurological examination to determine what’s going on inside his brain and those psychiatrists who have offered opinions, haven’t examined him.

My point to all this is–why should jurors determine the conclusion of a matter when they have no expertise when we won’t allow the experts to weigh in on a situation that could be detrimental to our entire society or the world (nuclear codes access)? That seems to be an oxymoronic dichotomy that should be rectified. Will we ever see it? I don’t know, but I’m going to continue to observe and write my conclusions so that if there comes a time that something horrible happens, I’ll have to find a media outlet and scream about the conclusions drawn when no one else–would.

I’m standing my ground as I prepare to make a difference in our society (if we survive a nuclear attack).

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How Blue Will Win The Day!

How Blue Will Win The Day!

For the like-minded Christian Democrats, Independents, and Regretful Republicans who want to see “real change” in Congress and lawmakers who work for the benefit of all Americans:

Greetings all! Just a word of caution for 2018. In discussing elections, please be mindful that “trashing trump” won’t get us a win. We must be “inclusive” and discuss how the election of Democrats will be better for the country because Democrats care about all Americans. If we don’t pound that message–we’ll have to deal with Republicans for quite a while.

My focus will be on educating voters–getting them to understand the difference between false propaganda and real information. Then, encouraging them to get out and vote, no matter how difficult the republicans try to make it for them. People are angry, but the anger must be tempered with good information and a reason to vote blue. Let’s give it to them w/o mentioning #Dooflebutt who I pray won’t be with us much longer, but enjoying the comforts of a jail cell. For those who might take issue with this statement, I suggest you research true new sources and stop wasting your time with an entertainment network who has no clue as to what journalistic integrity is or how to report fair and balanced news–since they are not a licensed news network. Treason–on the part of many in GOP leadership, the White House staff and cabinet and the Oval Office will be revealed soon. They know it which is why some are not planning to run for re-election. Watch for it!

Since this is an election year, GOP will be focused on getting back in office, not in completing much of an agenda after March. So, we’ll make the necessary phone calls, write the needed emails, but more importantly, it’s about getting to the voters and making sure they understand how important this election will be for them and the future of their families. We can’t afford to lose this election cycle since it will establish the framework for 2020. Are you ready? Let’s do this!

I’m ready for change and will work to help all the candidates who are truly concerned about the welfare of all, the status of the United States on the global stage, and the diversity Congress reflects–representative of all Americans, not just some.

Educated Voter

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