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ENDNOTE: Robin Williams, an exemplar of the danger of depression

2014-Aug-16

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/08/12/robin-williams-what-would-have-told-actor-about-depression/?intcmp=obnetwork

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Robin Williams: What I would have told actor about depression
Dr. Keith Ablow
By Dr. Keith AblowPublished August 12, 2014

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Depression is the grand imposter — posing as all powerful. It can be defeated, every time, if you or the person you care about confronts it like the grand imposter that it is. Tell yourself that, if depression is visiting you. Tell any friend with depression. Tell your family members who suffer with it. It is absolutely true. I promise you.

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at info@keithablow.com.

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Here’s why we must be less self-involved. 

I had an old Boss who was depressed because “technology was changing”. It was his perceived “forte”. It turns out he was worried about becoming obsolete. He had over a few hundred working for him in his organization. He was one of the best “People Leaders” I ever worked under. My specialty at the was VTAM. He spent at least a few hours a month chatting with me to “learn the capabilities of the technology”. I was young and too stupid to recognize the signs. He didn’t need to know the “bits and bytes”. Hell, most times I had to consult reference material. He committed suicide and the organization / “his” people were shocked. The organization never recovered. A year later is was split up and reorganized. A year after that it was reconstituted with a new name and new team. But us “vets” recognized it as “identical”.

Robin Williams brings back those days to me like when I missed catch a Pike Street fish. (Back in the day, they would throw to the Customer any fish they bought. Why I bought a fish is unknown? I attribute it to the adult refreshments I consumed. I don’t know what I did with the fish?) 

1 – 800 – 273 – 8255

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Sadly!

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http://www.care2.com/greenliving/robin-williams-final-act-could-save-millions-of-lives.html

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Approaching a loved one who you think might be suicidal is no easy task. The first step is to be aware of the warning signs of suicide. The AAS offers the following mnemonic device: Is the path warm?

I: Ideation
S: Substance abuse

P: Purposelessness
A: Anxiety
T: Trapped
H: Hopelessness

W: Withdrawal
A: Anger
R: Recklessness
M: Mood changes

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ENDNOTE: Dependent and was owned by the Liberal Wing of the Democratic Party

2014-Aug-09

http://www.crimefilenews.com/2014/01/often-my-friends-misunderstand-my.html

Often My Friends Misunderstand My Personal Politics

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Chicago, IL—I was raised in the Windy City under a politically conservative Democratic Administration.  The Party boss and Mayor was the late Richard J. Daley not to be confused with his pathetic son, Richard M. Daley.  

A single mother collecting welfare who avoided parenting at every opportunity raised me.  I was really supervised by various friends of my mother or nobody.   Saying my mother raised me is a misstatement

As a nine year-old I was taught to prepare my own meals, clean up after myself and to never answer the door should someone knock.  I’d not see my mother but for three or four times a week and she’d be quickly gone again.  I always got myself to school and never once did she offer to help me with my school homework.

My mother was destroyed by the Socialist welfare system that simply sent her money with no strings attached.  A little more than once per year we’d get evicted.   Our property would be carried out to the street in the snow.  As a result I had attend 13 different grammar schools.   

My childhood was an ugly experience that ended when I was 14, lied about my age and took up residence in a nearby apartment while working at a hotdog stand after school.  Like most children I just assumed what was going on in my life was perfectly normal and the same for everyone, or at least those without a father in the house.  

My mother was made totally dependent and was owned by the Liberal Wing of the Democratic Party.  All she cared about was the monthly checks and the crappy canned food she was given for me to eat by the state.  To my mother Republicans and Conservatives were evil.

I grew to hate Liberal idealism and embrace the idea of breaking free from any form of dependence upon government. 

I’m a Libertarian at the Conservative side of the political spectrum.  That does not make me uncaring or evil.

I want and demand limited government, taxes and intrusion in my life.  The best government is the one that’s not constantly making  news for new programs and new wars.

I want and demand prosperity and human rights for all.  I want maximum Liberty and Freedom.  I want equal opportunity for a superior education and jobs for every American. 

I absolutely despise seeing America’s children sent off to fight in foreign wars and returning home in body bags or otherwise disabled.  The Swiss have the right notion to stay neutral no matter what.

I simply believe all things happen better without government intervention.

I want to see the end of the deeply flawed death penalty and serious controls on government prosecutors that have lost sight of justice or fairness.

Are the things I want and demand really so radical?  Isn’t this what all politicians promise and then never deliver? 

I ask that my Leftist friends understand where I came from and tolerate my position.

The track record of Communists and Socialists everywhere has become a litany of government murder, tyranny and misery.   I can never understand how empty promises of the Far Left Wing politics can be so popular.  

I have to ask, are members of the Left Wing blind and deaf?  Can they not see the corruption and destruction to our culture and way of life? 

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Very eloquent. What could I add other than to say my life with a single Mom was nothing like this, but then she wasn’t dependent upon any one. She was a “Republican” despite never having done anything formal.
 
So how did I wind up a “little L libertarian”?
 
Pro-liberty, Pro-life, and Pro-choice on every issue every time.
 
“Who is John Galt?”
 
Argh!
 
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ENDNOTE: Gooferment Skrules as the Gooferment “Plantation”

2014-Aug-02

http://buff.ly/1r3o2WF

“Civil rights organizations and their progressive allies, who all but suggest that blacks cannot achieve unless they are given special privileges, grossly insult and demean black people.But worse than that, when civil rights organizations and their progressive allies pursue special privileges for blacks in college admissions and when they attack academic performance standards as racially discriminatory, they are aiding and abetting an education establishment that delivers fraudulent education. They let educators off the hook, thereby enabling them to continue to produce educational fraud.” 

It’s a shame to waste all that talent with a system of Gooferment Skrules that cheat the children of a real education. The Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

RESPONSE BY Apoldo, Lou (MC1963) 

Lyndon B. Johnson was right in secretly predicting that the handouts in the War On Poverty would create a permanent underclass who would become slaves on the Democrat Plantation, and which would keep them voting Democrat for decades. I have no problem with LBJ trying to buy votes, like so many other politicians, except that they have been buying those Democrat votes with my taxpayer money. Should have known that liberals would never spend their own money when they could use other people’s money.

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First, the Democrats and Republicans are different “sides” of the Welfare / Warfare state.

Second, the R’s are responsible for the Federal Department of “Education”.

Third, the R’s and D’s “log roll” welfare for Crony Capitalism and “bring home the bacon”.

Neither side of this coin gives a rat’s tush about anything other than power and control.

I feel for future generations that will suffer by what has been done to this great land since the 1860 / 1913 / 1960 Constitutional and non-Constitutional changes.

For my part, I’m sorry I wasn’t smart enough, eloquent enough, or determined enough to change anything.

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ENDNOTE: The ancient just war tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas

2014-Jul-26

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/07/thomas-dilorenzo/the-american-religion-of-violence/

The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”
By Thomas DiLorenzo
July 7, 2014

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Laurence Vance has coined the word “warvangelical” to describe so-called evangelical Christians who are obsessed with supporting all of the state’s wars and all of the death, destruction, and mayhem that they entail.  They ignore the ancient just war tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, among others, and simply support all war and all military aggression – as long as the U.S. government is the aggressor.

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An illustration of this crazed, murderous philosophy that is offered by Rothbard is a congratulatory letter to Woodrow Wilson from his son-in-law, fellow pietist “progressive” William Gibbs McAdoo, the Secretary of the Treasury, for having plunged America into the European War.  “You have done a great job nobly!“, wrote McAdoo. I firmly believe that it is God’s will that America should do this transcendent service for humanity throughout the world and that you are His chosen instrument.” There were more than sixteen million deaths in World War I, including some 7 million civilians.

Such “religious” fanaticism provided a moral cover of sorts for the armaments industry and others who supported (and support) war for monetary reasons only.  Some things never change.

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I remember studying St. Thomas Aquinas and the Just War in grammar school.

Finally a topic I could relate to. I loved Cowboy and War Movies.

The Brothers were (i think) all WW2 and Korean vets. And they had a very unique insight and urge that this was one of the more important things we could learn.

And then came VietNam.

Early on, I was a chicken hawk. But very very quickly, I became anti-war. As more people I knew went into the meat grinder, or went to Canada, and the bodies mounted up, I realize the Aquinas was of so right.

Even today, the only truly Peace Candidate, Ron Paul, was sneered and labeled a “crazy isolationist”. Our fellow alum, Rudy was destroyed by Ron Paul and “blowback”.

All for naught.

War, more war, and tyranny.

Where will it all end?

The best we can hope for is peaceful secession; the worst is more and escalating violence.

Argh!

Dona Nobis Pacem

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The Birth of America’s “Religion of Violence”

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Laurence Vance has coined the word “warvangelical” to describe so-called evangelical Christians who are obsessed with supporting all of the state’s wars and all of the death, destruction, and mayhem that they entail.  They ignore the ancient just war tradition of St. Thomas Aquinas, among others, and simply support all war and all military aggression – as long as the U.S. government is the aggressor.

ENDNOTE: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973] cites Australia Anglican Confession

2014-Jul-19

FROM: McFadden, Michael J. [MC1973]

John, I read William Brigg’s blog entry today and thought of you, and said to myself, “Xe might be interested in these thoughts.”

http://wmbriggs.com/blog/?p=12957

(See both Confessions and Humpty Dumpty)

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[JR: Turning over the soap box to him for a great find!]

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http://wmbriggs.com/blog/?p=12957

Don’t Go To Confession; Humpty-Dumptying The English Language; More
5 JULY 2014 / MATT BRIGGS

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Go To Confession

But not in the Anglican Church in Australia. The enlightened leaders of that organization are now forcing priests to rat out parishioners who confess to acts which carry jail terms of at least five years.

“Forgive me, enlightened one, for I have sinned. It has been forty-two weeks since my last confession.”

“Go on, my son.”

“I accidentally side-swiped another car on my way home last week and didn’t report it.”

Sounds of pages flipping. “Were you at the time going more than 40 KPH?”

“Um, I don’t recall. Maybe.”

“Hmm….” More page flipping. “Well, was the other car moving at the time?”

“No, it was parked.”

Flip, flip, flip. “Now we’re getting somewhere. Was this on a public street or in a private lot? Such as might be found at a Drake’s Supermarket?”

“Right on the street.”

“One final question. Were you drinking at the time?”

“Well, I might have had one or two beers at the pub. But I was fine to drive.”

“My son, according to the Criminal Code, if you’re found guilty—and you have just confessed to the crime, so that is not really in question—your offense has a maximum sentence of six years. I’ll be sending a recording of this conversation to the police. Slide your ID through the slot. I’d advise you not to attempt to flee. That can add considerably to your tariff…”

Confession no longer means what it used to mean, and this is because of…

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[JR: When the “King” becomes the “owner” of the “Church”, or as in the USA vastly too powerful, this is what happens!] 

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ENDNOTE: Is former Gov. David Paterson serious

2014-Jul-05

http://nypost.com/2014/06/27/the-odds-favor-the-house/

The odds favor the house
By Post Editorial Board
June 27, 2014 | 10:28pm

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When New Yorkers approved a ballot measure to open the state to Las Vegas-style gambling last year, the idea was that the benefits of seven new casinos would flow to an economically depressed Upstate.

The Post has been skeptical about betting the state’s prosperity on casinos, especially for depressed areas such as the Catskills. Our warnings may now be coming to pass as two major developers have pulled out of plans to bid for the right to put up a casino in Sullivan County.

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On top of this is the all-too-predictable political factor. Turns out former Gov. David Paterson, who found himself in the thick of the bid-rigging scandal surrounding the Aqueduct racino, is a consultant for a potential casino operator.

He’s also the new chairman of the state Democratic Party, which is headed by Gov. Cuomo — whose appointees will select the winning casino bidders.

All of which is sadly appropriate: In casinos, after all, the odds are always stacked against the public.

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Sure, no conflict of interest there.

Pepuls Republik of Nu Yuk!

I often rant that Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

But politicians and bureaucrats are worse.

Remember their Rules of Engagement: Reward friends, punish enemies, and feather your own nest.

Wonder when the Pope will get around to the politicians and bureaucrats now that he’s dispatched the Mafia?

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ENDNOTE: It’s “murder” writ large

2014-Jul-05

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/06/david-swanson/to-hide-the-brutality-of-us-imperialism/

So That’s Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret
By David Swanson
War Is A Crime.org
June 25, 2014

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The memo considers a section of the U.S. code dealing with the murder of a U.S. citizen by another U.S. citizen abroad, drawing on another section that defines murder as “the unlawful killing of a human being with malice aforethought.”

David Barron, the memo’s author, needed a loophole to make murder-by-missile a lawful killing rather than an unlawful killing, so he pulls out the “public authority justification” under which the government gets to use force to enforce a law. It’s a novel twist, though, for the government to get to use force to violate the law, claiming the violation is legal on the Nixonian basis that it is the government doing it.

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This is lipstick on the pig.

If I as an individual can’t murder you, then how can I authorize my “representatives” (n.b, the quotes because they don’t represent me) to do what I can’t?

http://www.jonathangullible.com/mmedia/PoL.English.The.Philosophy.of.Liberty.swf

Here’s a real simple explanation of why this is immoral.

As well as ineffective, and inefficient

Argh!

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ENDNOTE: Pope Francis, the Mafia, drug prohibition

2014-Jun-28

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/06/21/pope-denounces-mafia-but-praises-drug-prohibition-the-main-source-of-the-mafias-income/

The Volokh Conspiracy
Pope Francis denounces the Mafia, but praises drug prohibition – the main source of the Mafia’s income
BY ILYA SOMIN June 21 at 6:51 PM

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Today, Pope Francis denounced the Mafia and excommunicated its members from the Catholic Church. But just yesterday, he praised drug prohibition and refused to support any “yielding or compromise” on the issue of legalization. There is an obvious tension between these two positions. As the CNN article on the pope’s excommunication of the Mafia notes, the Sicilian Mafia – like many other organized crime and terrorist organizations – gets most of its revenue from the illegal drug trade.

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But the drug policies he supports are a major cause of the evil that he condemns.

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Interesting that the Pope doesn’t stick to faith and morals.

Once he ventures into politics, economics, and policies, he demonstrates cluelessness.

Unfortunately, how many lives have been lost or ruined due to the stupid “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”!

It didn’t work for alcohol. So why does ANYONE think it would be different for “drugs”.

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ENDNOTE: Notre Dame not Catholic?

2014-Jun-21

http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/3347/Alumni-to-Notre-Dame-Arrange-for-Departure-of-Trustee-Who-Supports-HHS-Mandate.aspx

Alumni to Notre Dame: Arrange for Departure of Trustee Who Supports HHS Mandate
June 9, 2014, at 11:15 AM | By Matthew Archbold 

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The Sycamore Trust, an organization of University of Notre Dame alumni, is calling on the fellows of the Notre Dame Board of Trustees to “arrange for the departure from the Board of Trustees” of a new member who has publicly supported the HHS mandate.

The Cardinal Newman Society broke the news last month that Notre Dame named to its Board of Trustees Katie Washington, who has publicly supported the HHS mandate and criticized the U.S. bishops’ opposition to it.

Washington, Notre Dame’s valedictorian in 2010 and an M.D./Ph.D. candidate at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, contributed in 2012 with fellow Johns Hopkins students to an op-ed which appeared in the Baltimore Sun, saying, “We … strongly disagree with any employer — religious or otherwise —that would refuse to provide full insurance coverage, including contraception, for its employees.”

The Trust, in its latest bulletin, calls the appointment “inexplicable, insupportable, and incriminating.”

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Seems like Notre Dame doesn’t want to be Catholic?

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ENDNOTE: Young man killed

2014-Jun-28

http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/06/20/nh-marine-killed-in-afghanistan-2/

BOSTON (CBS) – A Marine from New Hampshire has been killed in Afghanistan.

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Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant, 19, was one of three U.S. service members killed by a roadside bomb Friday morning.

“The entire State of New Hampshire is devastated by the tragic loss of Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant, who was bravely serving his nation in Afghanistan,” Governor Maggie Hassan said in a statement. “Our service men and women courageously sacrifice every day to protect their fellow citizens and defend the enduring value of freedom that is our very core, and in doing so, Lance Corporal Garabrant made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Garabrant graduated from ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough last year. He had requested to wear his uniform during graduation, but the school did not allow it.

Garabrant was also a volunteer firefighter in Temple, New Hampshire.

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This saddens me on three levels.

One!

Why are “We, The American Sheeple” allowing our politicians and bureaucrats to deploy “our” girls and boys “in harm’s way” in a futile effort that the American Sheeple don’t support.

Afghanistan has been “the graveyard of empires” for all recorded history. Didn’t work out for the British. Nor the Russians a few years earlier.

Two!

The Gooferment Skrules are not even consistent in supporting the Gooferment’s agenda.

What propaganda and incorrect memes did this Gooferment entity pump into his head that he’d volunteer to go half a world away to die.

Did “we” learn nothing from Viet Nam?

Three!

What could this young man done with his life to benefit himself and society?

What about his progeny that now will never be born?

This is a disaster for all of us.

I pray for his soul and his loved ones. We are all a little poorer now. “No man is an island, entire of itself … any manʼs death diminishes me”. 

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