WE DON’T WANT TRUMP AS PRESIDENT?!?

Whenever there was a transition of power among ancient people who connected with Yahweh as shown in Second Samuel 1:12, some people were confused, upset, or downright angry and split (see I Kings 11:26-33).  America is facing that now and the American people are asking for substantial changes in government which is carrying some treacherous waters.  We have reached one of the lowest points of immorality that the Creator will have to do something as we pass on to our children, grandchildren, and others a debt of over $20 trillion dollars.  We are almost at a point of no return as politicians squabble while the country crumbles.  Is Rome (America!) slowly burning while the politicians and wealthy party?

President Trump is working to see if he can turn the nation up into a better position.  He has chosen some of the brightest (and riches!) people to help him.  Maybe he thinks he can run the country like he ran his businesses (before learning from bankruptcy!).  Many in America are saying that President Trump is NOT their President.  I don’t quite understand that—as long as they live in America and Trump is President, he IS their President whether they like him or not.  Maybe many of the disgruntled people will join others who left America when Obama was President.  If enough people leave, and take their money and other resources with them, perhaps they will be happier when America becomes the newest Third World country!

If President Trump is successful in lowering our federal deficit, improving health care for all, building a wall to cut down on illegal immigration, and developing more jobs for America’s unemployed millions, maybe those who don’t like him will reconsider their actions.  Of course, President Trump cannot make all the improvements America needs by himself—he will need the support of Congress, as well as the help from millions of American taxpayers of all political parties.

Well, it has only been a week since President Trump took office.  And, he has certainly hit the political road running.  Of course, he has had to use some Executive Orders to get some things rolling.  This sounds like something former President Obama did and was severely criticized for it for the party now in power.  Time will tell if President Trump can get cooperation from the President of Mexico to build the wall; get the President of Russia to stop killing people in Syria; bring improved relations with Israel; get our so-called Allied friends to pick up more of the U.N. bill; get more students to attend college without heavy debt; get China and many other countries out of our wallets with their cheap products while American stores pay such low wages that workers stay stressed and unable to enjoy the American Dream; and get women to forgive him for his crassness when speaking about them; and really do something to turn America’s inner cities and urban communities into an oasis for all Americans to enjoy.

Since the great civilization of Rome was not built in a day, it could take President Trump two terms to get most of his agenda completed.  Of course, then the next President can just undo about anything that he or she doesn’t like what President Trump has accomplished, and we will start from scratch all over again and make the poor American taxpayers pay for it!

 

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GETTING YOUR IDEA TO MARKET AND MAKING MONEY

“Helping Others to Get More Green Using My Ideas in 2017!”

Yeah, this is my homey goal (or at least one of many!) this year.  I have been blessed to have been exposed to many industries, entrepreneurs, and have read many books and attended a bunch of workshops and seminars on making money.  Unfortunately, I have spent so much time working various jobs, reading books on making money, and attending training and speaking events that I haven’t made much money.  But, I have finally learned enough, including the “Multiple Streams of Income,” by Bob Allen.  Now, it’s time for me to teach others what I have learned so that they don’t waste the 40+ years  that I have invested in education, training, and learning about money-making.  And, I plan to make my own green (at last!) in 2017!

One thing I have learned is that some people (like me!) have great ideas, but didn’t do much, if anything, with our ideas.  An idea is just an idea that is worthless unless it is put into action to bring about change, improvement, make money, or help others make money or have a better life mentally, physically, morally, spiritually, or financially. Well, anyway, I do have a plan to do something with all of this information, knowledge, and input on at least having a home business whose expenses will allow me not to pay taxes.  Now, I have nothing against paying taxes; I just think that I have paid enough, and am willing to pay my 15% – 20% after I have made my millions!  Perhaps with Trump as President, there will be more opportunities for small businesses, and home businesses that can have a fair shot at becoming profitable entrepreneurs.  I learned some of this when I did income tax preparation for some fairly wealthy people.  When I did the income tax for a somewhat very wealthy man, he didn’t pay any income tax.  When I finished my first draft, I called him to give him a report.  When he asked me how much taxes he had to pay, I told him nothing.  I thought he would be shocked.  He asked me what was his taxable income.  When I told him, he said I was $10 off!  I had worked hard, figured, and re-checked my figures from his company income, his rentals, and other income, and was sure my figures were correct.  Then he blew me away with some information.

This client’s information floored me!  He told me that his daughter was his company’s bookkeeper and that she was married to an accountant who had already drafted his income tax return!  Then he told me he had a CPA who annually checked their work, and that he had a tax attorney.  Noting my silence, he then told me that every year the IRS audited him, and that he always hired someone each year who didn’t know anything about his operations in order to get a fairly honest tax return that he knew would be audited!

When I returned this client’s books to him and his final tax return, I was curious about how he could make SO much money, and not pay taxes.  I will never forget that conversation.  I will share a little with you, the reader:

ME:  How could you make so much money, and yet not pay any income taxes?

HIM:  I pay my taxes by paying my daughter, by paying her husband, by paying my CPA, and by paying my tax attorney.  They, in turn, spend the money in our area which helps our economy.  If I pay a lot of income taxes to the federal government, they don’t use good economic sense.  They just give away money into worthless social service programs, and help foreign governments, but don’t invest the money to really help the American economy.

ME:  But don’t you feel bad by not paying federal income taxes?

HIM: No, I spend my time doing everything legally because I know I am going to be audited EVERY year.  I keep a log of all of my travels locally and globally and track every penny earned and deducted.  I don’t do anything without thinking of a tax advantage.  Even when I need some groceries or anything, I figure out how I can go pass the store or stop, talk to someone about business, and on the way home, I make my stop.  The entire trip is tax-deductible and I keep a log of my mileage, where I went, and who spoke to.  When I want to take a vacation with my family, I don’t take a vacation; I take a business trip.  I figure out where I want us to go, check out to see when the location has business seminars, sign us up for seminars, attend at least ½ day of each day of the seminars, take the other 1/2 day enjoying ourselves, and then take people out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  The entire trip (vacation) is a tax write-off.

ME:  I want to do that.

HIM:  You can’t.

ME:  Why?

HIM: America was not made for wage-earners; it was created for entrepreneurs.  You have always worked for others so you are a wage-earner.  I am an entrepreneur, and America and the tax laws were made to benefit entrepreneurs.  Only entrepreneurs can benefit from our tax laws!

At first, I was angry with him, and at those who made a lot of money and didn’t pay taxes.  Later, I realize that he was right.  As long as I worked for others, I was helping them to bring their dreams come true, and I was a tax write-off.  If I didn’t make enough to cover my wages, AND make the other person or the company I worked for a profit, they didn’t need me.  But, as long as I was making them money beyond what they paid me, they would keep me on, paying me just enough to keep me on, perhaps giving me awards, but not enough money for me to really get ahead and stay ahead.  Usually, they didn’t care about my family, my needs, or my dreams—that was my responsibility.

I am glad for that conversation with that client.  I am glad for the books read, meetings I attended, and getting experience from a lot of different jobs.  I know a lot about how much (or little!) people make from a lot of industries.  I have seen hard-working people lose their homes, lose their cars, unable to help their children get into college, and not have enough money to take care of their own health, or pay for great legal advice when needed.  If these people would have had a successful home business, and/or had some entrepreneurial training and had a great money-making business, there would have been a different ending for these families, and would have set their descendants on an entirely different financial path.

Many late-arriving immigrants seem to have learned what many native-born Americans have not learned: share housing as much as possible with others living together, save money until they can really afford to get a place of their own; work whatever job they can, including working a second job, and learning how to have their own business (often with help from other native-born business people and/or their countrymen).  Perhaps if more native-born Americans would spend fewer hours watching television and listening to music, and more time learning on a second job, AND attend meetings on how to have a home business or make extra money, they could be as successful as many legal (and illegal!) immigrants.

At the same time, many native-born Americans have great ideas as has been shown in developments in the space age, in music, in agriculture, in technology, and in so many other areas.  Others have had great ideas, but didn’t know how to protect their ideas and became discouraged; some others shared their ideas, and had them confiscated; and then there were many others who didn’t know the steps to get their idea from conception to successful marketing and gave up.  Well, at least, I can help some of them with some steps that I learned from a recent AARP Bulletin:

GETTING YOUR IDEA TO MARKET AND MAKING MONEY

  1. Believe that your idea will lead to a product that can solve a problem for many people
  2. Begin saving money for fees ($65 for a provisional patent application; $400 for most people; $800 for nonprofits and small businesses; and $1,600 for regular application; and several thousand dollars to hire a patent agent and/or patent attorney)
  3. Research on Google Patents or the United States Patent and Trademark Office website (uspto.gov) to make sure your idea has not already been developed, or is somewhat very different from a patented idea like your idea by looking at drawings of other similar inventions
  4. Do a detailed drawing of your idea
  5. Create a prototype and a marketing plan
  6. Get connected with a professional patent agent and/or a patent attorney
  7. Apply for a patent within a year of sharing your idea with others at uspto.gov, utilizing all of their resources, including the Inventors Assistance Center, as well as connecting with the United Inventors Association of America (an inventor club helping members)
  8. Get input from trusted family and friends who will not reveal anything, and if necessary, get nondisclosure agreements
  9. Be patient, as the process of steps one through seven can take at least twelve months; step eight will take another year and a half before you hear back with a provisional approval; and then another six months before receiving a final decision—if over 65, ask to be fast-tracked
  10. Shop your idea around for licensing and manufacturing partners now that you have applied for a patent
  11. Connect with other production and distribution experts
  12. Develop a product name that people will easily remember and submit application to the USPTO (plan on spending anywhere from the $35 registration trademark fee to several thousand for legal protection fees)
  13. Settle on a company to license, manufacture, and market the product, and
  14. Work to get inventors’ royalties, which may be between 7 and 10 percent.

(Adapted from “How to Patent Your Million-Dollar Idea” by Kimberly Palmer, AARP Bulletin, October, 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

Thinking About Some of America’s History

Over the years, many Reconstructionist historians, atheists, and others have bashed Christopher Columbus, the Pilgrims, the Puritans, the nation’s founders, European and other early entrepreneurs to America, explorers in America, slave owners, and Christians for their part in destroying Native culture, and expanding the free enterprise system.  They remind me of women who have been abused in relationships, and blame all men for everything wrong around them!

But, just like ALL men are NOT responsible for the abuse done to women, neither can we blame those above for the abuse done to Native Peoples, African slaves, or to the environment.  Yes, some of those with the above labels have done wrong—they just happen to be human, or greedy, or even evil.  But to blame entire groups is not accurate.  Let’s take Thanksgiving for example.

Some of the early settlers in America were looking for a place where they could practice their belief in the Creator without being abused by those with power.  When they found a measure of peace and survived harsh winters after burying many others, they were thankful to be in a new land.  They didn’t come to take over land from the Native People; they heard it was a New World, and that they could start a new life without powerful people controlling their lives.  They even tried to make peace with the Native Peoples, and find agreement to live together.  Some of the Native Peoples helped them survive in a weather to which they were unaccustomed.  Some of the Native Peoples welcomed them as new neighbors as there was plenty of land.  And, some of the Native Peoples taught them how to plant food, go after game, and survive in a land new to the new arrivals, but well-known by those who had long history in the land.

The Pilgrims gave thanks to the Creator for the help from the Native Peoples.  They gave thanks for those who had survived a cruel winter.  They gave thanks for the opportunity to start a fresh, and free, life in a land with so much potential.  Whether people were religious or not, the Pilgrims were religious, and thanked the Creator for all, for food, survival, and opportunity.  They had a time to sit down with the Wampanoag Native Americans at their thanksgiving table July, 1623 for three days, thankful for life, fellowship, the rain that saved the harvest, and good food as a result of the rain.  Unfortunately, this fellowship only lasted a few years as more people came to these shores, ignoring the ways of the local citizens, and turning to their god of Greed. Some historians say that celebrations in Florida, Texas, and Virginia happened before the gathering at Plymouth and came to be known as “Forefather’s Day.”

It was one of the Founding Fathers, President George Washington, who recognized the time and set the time aside to give thanks on a national day, October 3, 1789, even though there were those who opposed his religious inference.  However, he emphasized that the holiday would be inclusive for Americans of all faiths. Then, along came President Abraham Lincoln.  His desire was to keep the Union together perhaps more than to set the African American slaves free.  And, like President George Washington, he really didn’t want to arm ex-slaves and free African Americans to fight the English, or even to fight Anglo Americans in the South.  However, he was pushed to arm these men after considering the South was arming slaves to fight those from the North, and so many African Americans wanted to fight that he was forced to put them in uniform, and then forced to concede to some of the demands of the South if he wanted to bring healing to the nation.  So, he called the Nation to prayer during a time of Thanksgiving to ease the transition of the South into forming one country again.

Another President, Franklin Roosevelt, recognized Thanksgiving, but caused a firestorm by changing the date to fourth Thursday in November to allow more shopping days for Christmas, from the fifth Thursday, to which people were accustomed.  But, Thanksgiving survived and even grew when magazine editor Sarah Josepha Hale, a widow and penniless, worked diligently to make Thanksgiving a national holiday for all Americans.  Later in the 1970s, Native People learned to hate Thanksgiving, Christopher Columbus, and all that stood for progress over them.  Many saw the time as a time of betrayal by the descendants of the early Pilgrims, Puritans, and settlers.  Instead of working with Native Americans and respecting their laws and customs, including their burial lands, late arriving immigrants and some greedy Americans began taking more land from the Native Peoples, continuing to kill and disrespect them, cheating them, and pushing more of them onto lands that were not suitable for the sustainability of their livelihood.  Native Peoples could not see any thanks for them during the season of Thanksgiving.  While others prospered, their way of life quickly diminished, and their wealth was taken away.  However, the o92nd Street Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in New York did manage to take the Thanksgiving season as an opportunity to do some good for those who were in need.  Just how much good has been done for the Native Peoples is still up for discussion.

Nevertheless, many Americans who honor Thanksgiving have become thankful for their prosperity; thankful for an opportunity to share with others; and thankful to be able to learn how to learn from different cultures, and thankful for their contributions.  Many Americans (including myself and my children) over the years leave their Thanksgiving dinners and serve in soup kitchens, help out in food banks, or do some acts of charity.  For some, it is very difficult to become thankful, walking past homeless people on sidewalks around Macy’s or other stores, or enjoying peace by watching the football games being interrupted by news of war overseas, girls caught up in human trafficking, crime in the inner cities, and high unemployment in this land of plenty.

So, in 2017, when you sit down to a fine meal of veggies only, or fish and rice, or turkey, cranberries, mash potatoes, gravy, green beans, varied salads, pie, cake, ice cream, and a drink (or several!), remember some of the words of Ben Franklin who expressed as only a pundit could regarding gratefulness for “…full Enjoyment of Liberty, civil and religious.”  However, since Native Peoples and many African Americans lack such “full enjoyment,” America still has some work to do to really honor the time of Thanksgiving in 2017, and each day in every way.  We can review the history of Thanksgiving and how those who came up with the phrase “thanksgiving,” can include prayer and worship as we move forward.  Of course, prayer and worship should include helping those less fortunate as an outward show of the outgrowth of prayer and worship.   This was illustrated by Representative Elias Boudinot to allow the citizens to do such after an arduous time of the ratification in 1877 of the Constitution.

America has come a long way in honoring the holiday of Thanksgiving, now with the Macy’s Parade, football all day, feasting, and sometimes, helping others.  Perhaps in 2017, we will remember the pain of the Native People during this holiday, understanding that not all of them own a share of a casino or smoke shop, many have become addicted to some form of drug, causing them to bring abuse on family members, and that many STILL don’t feel respected in the land that was formerly owned by their ancestors.  Perhaps, instead of feeding a homeless person or giving a blanket, each of us can adopt a Native family, adopt a homeless family, adopt an African American family, or adopt a newly-arrived immigrant from a war-torn country, and help them develop their talents into providing them with a real Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  [Adapted in part from Melanie Kirkpatrick’s book: Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience]

Save Some Green in 2017!

Yep!  That’s right!

In 2016, a lot of people paid a lot of money unnecessarily just because they didn’t have the proper information.  Some overpaid in purchasing automobiles.  Some overpaid in signing contracts that they should not have signed.  Some overpaid in getting credit cards that were so plentiful.  And, many overpaid in getting child custody, child support, or in getting a divorce.

Well, 2017 can be the year where many can save some green!  There is a report that I can send to anyone who will send me their email address.  This report shows that everyone can now have access to legal advice even when they didn’t know that they could have such access by getting the proper information. Here is some of the information from that study:

A national probability sample of males and females aged 18 to 64 was drawn from American Consumer Opinion® Online, Decision Analyst’s worldwide panel of over eight million consumers. The sample was balanced by geography and selected demographics such as gender, age, ethnicity, and household income. Panelists were invited by email to the screening survey, and those employed full-time were invited to Decision Analyst’s DAISurvey™ website to participate in the study.

Decision Analyst is one of the largest marketing research and analytical consulting firms in North America, and serves an array of Fortune 500 companies around the world. The firm specializes in strategy research, product testing, advertising testing, and marketing optimization using advanced simulation techniques. The firm is headquartered in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Legal Needs Of American Families Study (Legal Needs Study) shows that working Americans and their families face a myriad of legal issues on almost a daily basis. The study shows that 57 million full-time working Americans experienced at least one significant legal event in the past 12 months, but only 60% of those who experienced such an event actually sought out the services of a lawyer to help them.

For the full study sent to you by email, request it by email, and it will be sent to you right away.  After reading the study if you have questions, email me your questions and I will be glad to give you answers to your questions.  In the meantime, plan to save some green in 2017!

 

 

WINTER HOLIDAYS

I don’t know all of the winter holidays around the world, but I do appreciate the three holidays that affect millions in America, and many around the world.  Those three are Hanukah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.  I discovered much of this from Wikipedia, so take what I am sharing with a little salt!

This year, December 24, 2016, Hanukkah (sometimes transliterated Chanukkah, or spelled Hanukah) is a Jewish holiday custom based on facts, celebrated for eight days and nights, beginning  on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev.  This year, Hanukah begins tomorrow, on Christmas Eve.  The Jewish word “Hanukah” means  “dedication,” and is a reminder to commemorate the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.  The Syrian-Greek emperor Antiochus wanted to kill any Jews who observed Judaism. To enforce the new religious law over Jews, a high-ranking occupation officer  ame to a village to enforce rules that Jews needed to worship Greek gods, and to eat the flesh of a pig.  The residing high priest stood his ground and refused, but another villager told the officer he would speak on behalf of the village and would obey.

This residing priest, Mattathias, killed that villager, killed the high-ranking officer, and his five sons and other resistant villagers helped to kill all of the other officers and soldiers of this occupation military.  When the Greek army invaded and retaliated, the high priest, his sons, and others went into hiding, but trained all who were tired and wanted to take back their land.  They eventually won their war, took back their land, and became known as the Maccabees, or Hasmoneans.  When they went to purify their temple that had been desecrated by the invaders who also worshiped pigs in the temple, they discovered it might be impossible to follow the ritual of burning oil in the Temple’s menorah for eight days.  There was only enough oil for one day, but miraculously, the oil burned for the required eight days, leading to the celebration of lighting one candle in a menorah each night for eight nights, lighting one candle the first night, two the second night, and adding a candle each night until all eight candles have been lit.  Although there are many different types of menorahs, and from seven branches to nine branches, and many parents give their children gifts so they don’t feel left out of the Christmas cultural holiday time around many of them.  Much of the material for this came from these web sites: http://judaism.about.com/od/holidays/a/hanukkah.htm, and from Hanukah’s videos from http://www.history.com.

The second holiday, Christmas, officially beginning on December 25th (but may be celebrated by merchants right after Halloween, or before Thanksgiving) is based on more fiction than facts.  This holiday, or holy day, was started by the Catholic Church, and is now spread over much of the Western world, and even celebrated in some form in many eastern countries.  The real (?) story began when a somewhat thin, tall, dark-skinned wealthy priest, Nicholas, would go around at night on a horse being led by a somewhat short, chubby fair-skinned servant.  Born in 280 AD, in a place called Patara, which is a city of Lycia in Asia Minor (now Turkey).  This amazing man was known as the gift giver of Myra.  He is also the patron saint of children, sailors, Russia, and Greece as his influence spread from Asia to Europe.

When Nicholas heard of three sisters unable to marry due to the low economic standard of their father, he arranged to get into their house and dropped bags of gold into their stockings that were hanging up by the fireplace to dry.  When the sisters awoke and found the gold, they now had a dowry so they could be married.  As this story was told across the globe, children became glad to get to bed early so that Saint Nicholas (later made a Bishop) would bring them a present (which became a family tradition for families to buy or make gifts for children, then for each other, and later, for others).

The name “Nicholas” became pronounced “Sinter Klass” by the Dutch who brought their traditions to New York (earlier known as Amsterdam).  Such a pronunciation morphed into Santa Klass, and then became Santa Claus. The clothes of Bishop Nicholas morphed from mitre, jeweled gloves and crozier into a red suit which we see now.  There is more history on how an emperor wanted him worshiped as a god, but Bishop Nicholas rejected the idea and went to prison for several years.  When he was released by Constantine, the new emperor, and power controlled by the Catholic Church, Bishop Nicholas continued his former work of giving to others; the Eastern Catholic Church recognized him as a saint in 800; France made December 6 a day of celebration in the 1200s; and by the end of the 1400s, Bishop Nicholas was the most beloved holy figure after Mary and Jesus with over 2,000 chapels and monasteries named after him.  However, the English people stopped seeing Bishop Nicholas as their saint and chose to give more loyalty to Father Christmas, ignoring the Catholic tradition that Christmas means “the Mass of Christ.”  It was also at this time that the Catholic Church used artists to create drawings, statues, and all art to depict biblical characters that looked more like them.  The Lutherans followed deceptions in their art, as did the Swiss Christians, the English Christians, the American Christians, and even the original Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas) morphed from brown and black and other pigmentations of the Asians, Africans and others into colors that matched those who were more European-looking.  Thus, Christmas and much of modern Christianity is based on some facts, mixed with legends and fiction, which is covering most of the world. [based on information from several web sites, including Wikipedia]

The history of Kwanza, celebrated on December 26th is based on the travels and research of a former African American militant from the 1960s— Dr. Maulana Ndabezitha Karenga (born Ronald McKinley Everett), July 14, 1941, the 14th child and the 7th son of Baptist preacher.  After helping his father with sharecropping duties, Ron later moved to Los Angles to join an older brother who was a teacher.  Ron attended Los Angeles City College (LACC) where he was active in several African American groups, becoming very interested in Black Studies and African History, connecting with Jamaican anthropologist and Negritudist Councill Taylor who contested the Eurocentric view of alien cultures as primitive. Ron was soon named the first African American student president of  LACC, earned BA and MA degrees at UCLA.  While in college and active with several African American and African organizations, Ron took the name Karenga (Swahili for “keeper of tradition”) and the title Maulana (Swahili-Arabic for “master teacher”).  He was awarded his first PhD in 1976 from United States International University (now known as Alliant International University) for a 170-page dissertation entitled “Afro-American Nationalism: Social Strategy and Struggle for Community,” and a second Ph.D., in social ethics, from the University of Southern California (USC), for an 803-page dissertation entitled “Maat, the moral ideal in ancient Egypt: A study in classical African ethics.”

Dr. Karenga verbalized a set of principles called Kawaida, a Swahili term for normal, and called on African Americans to adopt his secular humanism and reject other practices, including Christianity, as mythical.  He fell in disfavor with the Black Panther Party, but was a champion of the sayings and work of Malcolm X.  He was imprisoned for what he felt were injustices based on lies told by other African Americans, but was pardoned after four years of a ten-year sentence.

Dr. Karenga created Kwanzaa in 1966 as America’s first pan-African holiday. Looking at Christmas, his goal was to “give Blacks an alternative to the existing holiday and give Blacks an opportunity to celebrate themselves and their history, rather than simply imitate the practice of the dominant society.” However, one might find some similarity between Kwanzaa and Hanukah.  Kwanzaa is inspired by African “first fruit” traditions, a name from the name for the Swahili first fruit celebration, “matunda ya kwanza.” The ceremonies of the holiday promote African traditions and Nguzo Saba, the “seven principles of African Heritage” that Karenga described as “a communitarian African philosophy”:

  • Umoja (unity)—To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
  • Kujichagulia (self-determination)—To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves, and speak for ourselves.
  • Ujima (collective work and responsibility)—To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
  • Ujamaa (cooperative economics)—To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
  • Nia (purpose)—To make our collective vocation the building and development of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
  • Kuumba (creativity)—To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
  • Imani (faith)—To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.

Dr. Karenga is the Chair of the Africana Studies Department at California State University, Long Beach. He is the director of the Kawaida Institute for Pan African Studies and the author of several books, including his “Introduction to Black Studies”, a comprehensive Black/African Studies textbook now in its fourth edition. He is also known for having co-hosted, in 1984, a conference that gave rise to the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations, and in 1995, he sat on the organizing committee and authored the mission statement of the Million Man March. In 2002, scholar Molefi Kete Asante listed Maulana Karenga on his list of 100 Greatest African Americans.

This is the only holiday of the three where the founder is still very much alive, and can be contacted directly.  Dr. Karenga still speaks at various functions and is available as a special speaker on things involving African history. [based on various web sites, including Wikipedia, and my own personal knowledge of this holiday.]

 

 

OH, MY ACHING BACK!

Ever since I got hurt in high school intramural football by having a very heavy guy fall on me after I caught a TD pass, I have had back issues. As a former agricultural worker, I was hurt again on two job projects, and was laid up for 40 days a few years ago with my back.

 

One doctor told me that I had a 50/50 chance of doing better if I had back surgery. After prayer, discussions with family and others, I chose not to have the surgery. Other doctors encouraged me to build up my back muscles through special back exercises, improved diet, more water, and more general exercises.

 

Dealing with a lot of different health issues myself while watching my mom deal with more serious health issues than what I had increased my desire to read more about health and nutrition. As I moved around across the country, I noticed that a LOT of people suffered from health issues that could have been prevented if they would have had access to better resources. This led me to want to share with what I had learned myself, and from my ongoing health readings.

 

If you have trouble with your back, here is some good news from Todd Sinett, DC, Midtown Integrative Health & Wellness, and author of 3 Weeks to a Better Back…:

  1. Check your stool — if it is hard, eat more fiber from organic fruits and vegetables (fewer pesticides and inflammatory chemicals, and more antioxidants to reduce free radicals that damage cell molecules), and drink 4 to 10 more glasses of water (the less water you drink, the more you will lubricate your spinal discs and can reduce  fissures and cracks in your discs that can cause pressure against nerves);
  2. Drink little or no coffee — the hormone cortisol from coffee increases inflammation, and along with caffeinated beverages can cause muscle cramps and spasms;
  3. Stop using sugar in soft drinks, desserts, and packages foods like white bread, salad dressing, ketchup, and pasta sauce to cut back on cytokines in proteins that increase inflammation, and irritates your digestive tract which can cause back pain

The Trump Revolution

American voters have elected their 45th president—Donald Trump—a political revolutionary, and the most least likely person to have been elected to preside over a much divided, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-agenda people.

When the dust has settled and pundits examine how a person with better political experience, and more money—former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton—could have lost, they may find that the general mood of the American public was distaste.  There was distaste for the debt that the professional politicians have allowed America to fall into.

Such distaste has had many fronts.  Distaste for the in-fighting and long-term control professional politicians have had among themselves, without showing much interest for the mass of Americans not connected to the political machinery.  Distaste for how the professional politicians have allowed such poor treatment of its veterans.  Distaste for the debt that many American students have found themselves in, while the professional politicians have grown rich with their connections.  Distaste for the ever-increasing employment and support for illegal immigrants while native-born Americans lose homes, cars, and even their own self-respect due to severe underemployment, or growing unemployment.  Distaste over the abundance of goods bought from other countries, making some American retailers very wealthy, while American factories continue to shut down and/or fail to regain profitable operations.  Distaste over how many foreign governments America has helped without a sufficient reciprocal return on the investment of capital and loss lives.  And, distaste on the inability of America’s professional politician’s inability to negotiate the safe return of American citizens taken captive by ruthless dictatorial groups.

The win for Donald Trump for President may have been a vote against the professional political machinery, as well as a vote FOR the Republican Party.  Many Republicans did not (do not!) like Donald Trump.  However, many faithful Republicans voted Republican which helped to carry Mr. Trump into the White House.  They might not like Donald Trump, but they would rather have any Republican as President as an attempt to have a return to more sensible and historic American values that honor the traditional nuclear family; hard work up rather than a weak hand down; strong economic development over socialist-type social programs; a stronger military; favor for 2nd Amendment rights; and an opportunity to use one’s potential to make as much money as possible without the frustrations of government controls that inhibit such.

Donald Trump has made a lot of mistakes as a husband; some serious mistakes in dealing with contractors; created serious human rights’ errors in dealing with immigration, Muslims, and Latinos; angered women with his statements and too much “hand’s on” with them; frustrated the Republican Party; and made many in the media turn against him.  However, he presented himself as a much-needed (and wanted!) political revolutionary that the masses of the American populace wanted.  And, these voters were willing to take him with all of his personal and social faults in order to join him at snubbing their bruised noses at the professional pollsters, professional politicians, and even the professional media.  Only time will tell if they made the right choice—beginning with his cabinet choices, advisors, his first 100 days in office, and his positive accomplishments during his term (or terms) in office!