Friday, April 20, 2018

#FollowFriday to all my great followers. :)

#FollowFriday to all my great followers. :)
by Jm Moran

April 20, 2018 at 11:02AM
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Daily Stoic: Today, let’s root ourselves in what’s real as McCollum does, not in emotions—positive or negative.


The Portland Trail Blazers star C.J. McCollum isn’t worried about a slump. He isn’t excited when he’s on a streak either. Because he seeks, as he’s said in interviews, to maintain the Stoic state of apatheia. “I live with the result, man. I know who I am. I know what I can be out there. I have confidence in myself. I don’t get discouraged over a few poor shooting nights. I don’t get overly excited over a few great shooting nights.’’ He wasn’t always that way, in the past he’s cried over missed free throws. He’s felt his ego bloom after wins. But with time, he’s come to believe that emotion doesn’t play a productive role in his game. Instead, he wants to focus on what’s real. As he told NBC Sports, emotions are unstable, statistics are facts. Today, let’s root ourselves in what’s real as McCollum does, not in emotions—positive or negative. Because when we can do that, we can have the confidence to not only to do our job well, but to, as C.J. has done, resist the temptations and distractions of wealth, of fame, of stress and everything else that stands between us and our happiness.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

ICE arrests 33 with history of human rights violation across the US during Operation No Safe Haven IV Photos and b-roll available here WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 33 fugitives sought for their roles in known or suspected human rights violations during a nationwide operation this week. During the three-day operation that concluded Wednesday, the ICE National Fugitive Operations Program in coordination with the ICE Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center and the ICE National Criminal Analysis and Targeting Center (NCATC), arrested these fugitives via the ICE field offices of Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; New York City; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Seattle; San Francisco; and St. Paul, Minnesota. The foreign nationals arrested during this operation all have outstanding removal orders and are subject to repatriation to their countries of origin. Of the 33 known or suspected human rights violators arrested during Operation No Safe Haven IV, eight individuals are also criminal aliens with convictions for crimes including, but not limited to battery, weapons offenses, driving while intoxicated, and resisting arrest. This operation surpassed the number of known or suspected human rights violators arrested during the first nationwide No Safe Haven operation, which took place in September 2014. “This operation continues ICE’s work to ensure that the United States does not serve as a safe haven for those who commit human rights violations in their countries of origin,” said Thomas D. Homan, Deputy Director of ICE. “We will continue to pursue these individuals as priorities for enforcement— using our agency’s unique authorities to investigate criminal activity and to enforce immigration laws.” Those arrested across the country included: Four Chinese individuals—some of whom were hospital employees—who assisted in or directly conducted forced abortions and sterilizations upon victims in China; A former intelligence officer who surveilled and arrested dozens of targets subsequently tortured in Central America; A soldier in Central America who guided the military to a specific village for the purpose of killing its residents; A ranking intelligence officer from the Middle East whose surveillance information led to the arrest, torture, and murder of those his unit targeted; A group leader in East Africa who used violence to force victims into Female Genital Mutilation. ICE is committed to rooting out known or suspected human rights violators who seek a safe haven in the United States. ICE's Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center investigates human rights violators who try to evade justice by seeking shelter in the United States, including those who are known or suspected to have participated in persecution, war crimes, genocide, torture, extrajudicial killings, and the use or recruitment of child soldiers. These individuals may use fraudulent identities or falsified records to enter the country and attempt to blend into communities in the United States. Members of the public who have information about foreign nationals suspected of engaging in human rights abuses or war crimes are urged to contact ICE by calling the toll-free ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also email HRV.ICE@ice.dhs.gov or complete ICE’s online tip form. The HRVWCC was established in 2009 to further ICE’s efforts to identify, locate and prosecute human rights abusers in the United States, including those who are known or suspected to have participated in persecution, war crimes, genocide, torture, extrajudicial killings, female genital mutilation and the use or recruitment of child soldiers. The HRVWCC leverages the expertise of a select group of agents, lawyers, intelligence and research specialists, historians and analysts who direct the agency’s broader enforcement efforts against these offenders. Since 2003, ICE has arrested more than 395 individuals for human rights-related violations of the law under various criminal and/or immigration statutes. During that same period, ICE obtained deportation orders against and physically removed 835 known or suspected human rights violators from the United States. Additionally, ICE has facilitated the departure of an additional 112 such individuals from the United States. Currently, HSI has more than 130 active investigations into suspected human rights violators and is pursuing more than 1,750 leads and removals cases involving suspected human rights violators from 95 different countries. Since 2003, the HRVWCC has issued more than 74,000 lookouts for individuals from more than 110 countries and stopped over 234 human rights violators and war crimes suspects from entering the U.S. The NCATC provided critical investigative support for this operation, including criminal and intelligence analysis from a variety of sources. The NCATC provides comprehensive analytical support to aid the at-large enforcement efforts of all ICE components. ICE credits the success of this operation to the combined efforts of the U.S. National Central Bureau-Interpol Washington, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

ICE arrests 33 with history of human rights violation across the US during Operation No Safe Haven IV Photos and b-roll available here WASHINGTON — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested 33 fugitives sought for their roles in known or suspected human rights violations during a nationwide operation this week. During the three-day operation that concluded Wednesday, the ICE National Fugitive Operations Program in coordination with the ICE Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center and the ICE National Criminal Analysis and Targeting Center (NCATC), arrested these fugitives via the ICE field offices of Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; New Orleans; New York City; Philadelphia; Phoenix; Seattle; San Francisco; and St. Paul, Minnesota. The foreign nationals arrested during this operation all have outstanding removal orders and are subject to repatriation to their countries of origin. Of the 33 known or suspected human rights violators arrested during Operation No Safe Haven IV, eight individuals are also criminal aliens with convictions for crimes including, but not limited to battery, weapons offenses, driving while intoxicated, and resisting arrest. This operation surpassed the number of known or suspected human rights violators arrested during the first nationwide No Safe Haven operation, which took place in September 2014. “This operation continues ICE’s work to ensure that the United States does not serve as a safe haven for those who commit human rights violations in their countries of origin,” said Thomas D. Homan, Deputy Director of ICE. “We will continue to pursue these individuals as priorities for enforcement— using our agency’s unique authorities to investigate criminal activity and to enforce immigration laws.” Those arrested across the country included: Four Chinese individuals—some of whom were hospital employees—who assisted in or directly conducted forced abortions and sterilizations upon victims in China; A former intelligence officer who surveilled and arrested dozens of targets subsequently tortured in Central America; A soldier in Central America who guided the military to a specific village for the purpose of killing its residents; A ranking intelligence officer from the Middle East whose surveillance information led to the arrest, torture, and murder of those his unit targeted; A group leader in East Africa who used violence to force victims into Female Genital Mutilation. ICE is committed to rooting out known or suspected human rights violators who seek a safe haven in the United States. ICE's Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center investigates human rights violators who try to evade justice by seeking shelter in the United States, including those who are known or suspected to have participated in persecution, war crimes, genocide, torture, extrajudicial killings, and the use or recruitment of child soldiers. These individuals may use fraudulent identities or falsified records to enter the country and attempt to blend into communities in the United States. Members of the public who have information about foreign nationals suspected of engaging in human rights abuses or war crimes are urged to contact ICE by calling the toll-free ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also email HRV.ICE@ice.dhs.gov or complete ICE’s online tip form. The HRVWCC was established in 2009 to further ICE’s efforts to identify, locate and prosecute human rights abusers in the United States, including those who are known or suspected to have participated in persecution, war crimes, genocide, torture, extrajudicial killings, female genital mutilation and the use or recruitment of child soldiers. The HRVWCC leverages the expertise of a select group of agents, lawyers, intelligence and research specialists, historians and analysts who direct the agency’s broader enforcement efforts against these offenders. Since 2003, ICE has arrested more than 395 individuals for human rights-related violations of the law under various criminal and/or immigration statutes. During that same period, ICE obtained deportation orders against and physically removed 835 known or suspected human rights violators from the United States. Additionally, ICE has facilitated the departure of an additional 112 such individuals from the United States. Currently, HSI has more than 130 active investigations into suspected human rights violators and is pursuing more than 1,750 leads and removals cases involving suspected human rights violators from 95 different countries. Since 2003, the HRVWCC has issued more than 74,000 lookouts for individuals from more than 110 countries and stopped over 234 human rights violators and war crimes suspects from entering the U.S. The NCATC provided critical investigative support for this operation, including criminal and intelligence analysis from a variety of sources. The NCATC provides comprehensive analytical support to aid the at-large enforcement efforts of all ICE components. ICE credits the success of this operation to the combined efforts of the U.S. National Central Bureau-Interpol Washington, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
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April 19, 2018 at 05:50PM
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“Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what’s left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting?” – Marcus Aurelius

“Think of the life you have lived until now as over and, as a dead man, see what’s left as a bonus and live it according to Nature. Love the hand that fate deals you and play it as your own, for what could be more fitting?” – Marcus Aurelius
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April 19, 2018 at 12:04PM
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Principled pragmatists as only a Stoic can be...


It is via Robert Penn Warren that we are gifted with this wonderful encapsulation of the beautiful pairing of opposites that embodied Abraham Lincoln. Warren quotes the philosopher Sidney Hook, who said that Lincoln strove to be “principled without being fanatical and flexible without being opportunistic.” This, Hook said, “summarizes the logic and ethics of pragmatism in action.” Stoicism, which held that the sole good was virtue, is not always properly associated with pragmatism. After all, Cato, the hero of the Stoics, was both fanatical and inflexible. Yet it was Lincoln who managed to keep his country together while Cato could not. It was Lincoln who despite his assassination, allowed America to live on as the last great hope of freedom on this earth, while Cato committed suicide by his own hand and with his last breath, saw Rome perish as a Republic. The legacy of Marcus Aurelius leans more towards Lincoln than Cato. Marcus kept Rome together despite civil strife and foreign threats. He was also deeply pragmatic. If the cucumber is bitter, he wrote, throw it out. If there are brambles in the path, go around. He knew that his job as emperor required that he balances principles and compromise, flexibility and responsibility. More, he had to do this not in the theoretical realm, but through actions that affected millions of people. Because, as he wrote, he did not live in Plato’s Republic—he lived in the real world. If we are lucky, none of us will have to face the challenges of any of these men, but we can still follow their example today and be principled pragmatists as only a Stoic can be.

Friday, April 13, 2018

#FollowFriday to all my great followers. :)

#FollowFriday to all my great followers. :)
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April 13, 2018 at 11:00AM
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

American Libtardian Way Of Life... TIME TO DRAIN THE SWAMP !!!


Here's the way it works........ For a guy and his girlfriend with two kids all you have to do is follow these steps: 1. Don't marry her! 2. Always use your mom's address to get your mail. 3. The guy buys a house. 4. The guy rents out house to his girlfriend with his 2 kids. 5. Section 8 will pay $900 a month for a 3 bedroom home. 6. Girlfriend signs up for Obamacare so guy doesn't have to pay for family insurance. 7. Girlfriend gets to go to college for free being a single mother 8. Girlfriend gets $600 a month for food stamps. 9. Girlfriend gets a free cell phone. 10. Girlfriend get free utilities. 11. Guy moves into home, but continues to use moms address for his mail 12. Girlfriend claims one kid and guy claims the other kid on their tax forms. Now both get to claim head of household at $1800 credit. 13. Girlfriend gets $1,800 a month disability for being "crazy" or having a "bad back" and never has to work again. This plan is perfectly legal and is being executed now by millions of people. A married couple with a stay at home mom yields $0 dollars. An unmarried couple with stay at home mom nets $21,600 disability + $10,800 free housing + $6,000 free Obamacare + $6,000 free food + $4,800 free utilities + $6,000 pell grant money to spend + $12,000 a year in college tuition free from pell grant + $8,800 tax benefit for being a single mother = $75,000 a year in benefits! Do you have any idea why the country is $18 trillion plus in debt and half the population is sitting on their butts letting the other half pay their way?

Friday, April 6, 2018

#FollowFriday to all my great followers. :)

#FollowFriday to all my great followers. :)
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April 06, 2018 at 11:00AM
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A beautiful reminder of who created us. Happy Easter " All of nature was never dependent on anything humans Do all the good you can, with all the means you can, in all the ways you can, To all the people you can, as long as you can. A John Wesley statement!

A beautiful reminder of who created us. Happy Easter " All of nature was never dependent on anything humans Do all the good you can, with all the means you can, in all the ways you can, To all the people you can, as long as you can. A John Wesley statement!
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April 03, 2018 at 06:16PM
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Friday, March 30, 2018

#FollowFriday to all my great followers. :)

#FollowFriday to all my great followers. :)
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March 30, 2018 at 11:00AM
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Little Rocket 🚀 Man’s Secret Visit to China for...


Kim Jong-un DID go to Beijing to meet China's President Xi in his first-ever overseas trip as leader and says he's now willing to meet Trump after the 'successful' talks Kim Jong-un DID go to Beijing to meet China's President Xi in his first-ever overseas trip as leader and says he's now willing to meet Trump after the 'successful' talks China's confirmation to South Korean officials followed speculation that Kim had made his first visit to China after a train matching the one his father once used made a round-trip to Beijing. READ MORE →

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Florida School Shooting and Personal Responsibly


Don't tell me it's a gun control issue. Don't attempt to even hint that it's the NRA or Trump that is causing this. This.. THIS is a mental health issue that is NOT being addressed in America. We all had bullies in school, we had "weird" kids but they didn't gun down other students. THIS is directly related to a combination of mental health, Poor parenting, and the pussy-fication of this nation. When our children don't know what bathroom to use, are offended by everything, and see that they are exonerated from their actions because they can blame it on others.. THAT In itself IS the problem. Murder is illegal. Drugs are illegal. Yet they still happen. Calling for stronger gun laws isn't the answer. It isn't the gun.. start holding the perpetrator responsible, and the system that failed them.

Florida Teacher On School Shooting: “I’ll Be the One Brave Enough to Say It”


Florida Teacher On School Shooting: “I’ll Be the One Brave Enough to Say It” Raley says in her post that she’s willing to withstand all the verbal backlash that may come from her strong opinion because she’s a teacher in the schools with our kids every day and it’s her life on the line. Though I think there are a variety of changes that need to be made to stop these terrible school murders from happening, I do think that what Raley said NEEDED to be said, and as a Florida teacher she certainly has the credibility. Here is her powerful post, in full: florida teacher Okay, I’ll be the bad guy and say what no one else is brave enough to say, but wants to say. I’ll take all the criticism and attacks from everyone because you know what? I’m a TEACHER. I live this life daily. And I wouldn’t do anything else! But I also know daily I could end up in an active shooter situation. Until we, as a country, are willing to get serious and talk about mental health issues, lack of available care for the mental health issues, lack of discipline in the home, horrendous lack of parental support when the schools are trying to control horrible behavior at school (oh no! Not MY KID. What did YOU do to cause my kid to react that way?), lack of moral values, and yes, I’ll say it-violent video games that take away all sensitivity to ANY compassion for others’ lives, as well as reality TV that makes it commonplace for people to constantly scream up in each others’ faces and not value any other person but themselves, we will have a gun problem in school. Our kids don’t understand the permanency of death anymore!!! I grew up with guns. Everyone knows that. But you know what? My parents NEVER supported any bad behavior from me. I was terrified of doing something bad at school, as I would have not had a life until I corrected the problem and straightened my ass out. My parents invaded my life. They knew where I was ALL the time. They made me have a curfew. They made me wake them up when I got home. They made me respect their rules. They had full control of their house, and at any time could and would go through every inch of my bedroom, backpack, pockets, anything! Parents: it’s time to STEP UP! Be the parent that actually gives a crap! Be the annoying mom that pries and knows what your kid is doing. STOP being their friend. They have enough “friends” at school. Be their parent. Being the “cool mom” means not a damn thing when either your kid is dead or your kid kills other people because they were allowed to have their space and privacy in YOUR HOME. I’ll say it again. My home was filled with guns growing up. For God’s sake, my daddy was an 82nd Airborne Ranger who lost half his face serving our country. But you know what? I never dreamed of shooting anyone with his guns. I never dreamed of taking one! I was taught respect for human life, compassion, rules, common decency, and most of all, I was taught that until I moved out, my life and bedroom wasn’t mine…it was theirs. And they were going to know what was happening because they loved me and wanted the best for me. There. Say that I’m a horrible person. I didn’t bring up gun control, and I will refuse to debate it with anyone. This post wasn’t about gun control. This was me, loving the crap out of people and wanting the best for them. This was about my school babies and knowing that God created each one for greatness, and just wanting them to reach their futures. It’s about 20 years ago this year I started my teaching career. Violence was not this bad 20 years ago. Lack of compassion wasn’t this bad 20 years ago. And God knows 20 years ago that I wasn’t afraid daily to call a parent because I KNEW that 9 out of 10 would cuss me out, tell me to go to Hell, call the news on me, call the school board on me, or post all over FaceBook about me because I called to let them know what their child chose to do at school…because they are a NORMAL kid!!!!! Those 17 lives mattered. When are we going to take our own responsibility seriously? Raley’s points about parental combativeness when it comes to teacher’s calling out their child’s misdeeds is DEFINITELY an issue. As parents, we are the first line of defense to combat these atrocities, by raising kids who would NEVER commit them — and would never have the resources or privacy to hide their intentions inside our homes. As she states, in her nearly 20-year career as a Florida teacher, compassion has gone down and violence had gone up. That is something we cannot ignore on a fundamental level as we work to pass new laws to keep our kids safe at school. Parents, those of us who follow Christ’s teaching must impress the HUGE importance of teaching our kids to follow HIS command to love our neighbors as ourselves and TO PUT OTHERS BEFORE OURSELVES. Because we need a whole lot more people willing to DIE TO SELF before we can STOP OTHERS FROM DYING.