Tj’s HaiKu Challenge… Containers

((( Reposting for the last day of 2016 -kia)))

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In the spirit of Christmas decoration put away, we have our buckets out for the tree ornaments and home interior decorations. I first learned of TJ’s Challenges from Edwina’s Episodes and have been enjoying them since Christmas. and Here and Here. They have given me a chance to stretch my wings a bit and expand exercise my HaiKu.

What usually and traditionally starts for us on the weekend after Thanksgiving now decrescendos into the New Year, waiting patiently and expectantly for the Holiday Season to come again.

Thus, my Quartet of offerings for TJ’s Challenge… Containers.

Containers of Our Love
Red, blue, green and gold
Memories both new and old
Each year, more buckets

We try all season
Think of many reasons to
Reduce what we keep

Simplify is king
But that is really the thing
Christmas joy isn’t.

Each trinket gathered
Tells of one that mattered
Sharing Christmas too.
-KIA

DNC Staff: Arrogance Cost Hillary Clinton the Election vs. Donald Trump | The Run 2016 | US News

http://www.usnews.com/news/the-run-2016/articles/2016-11-11/dnc-staff-arrogance-cost-hillary-clinton-the-election-vs-donald-trump

Arrogance, pride and abuse always have a price to pay. 

Presidents are not Dictators or Rulers 

I honestly don’t think a President Trump will be able to do any of the more controversial or extreme things he promised or said he would do from the campaign trail. He not only has the Democratic Party, the American People and even his own Republican Party that will oppose and fight him from all sides if he tries. 

Even as President, you can’t really do it all yourself, Obama learned that but still tried to ‘Executive Order’ his way past Congressional disapproval into law, being rebuked and rebuffed by the SCOTUS for doing so, his so called Immigration Reform. Presidents are not allowed to make law or create programs. Presidents take a very specific Oath of Office to ‘faithfully execute’, in other words… carry out and enforce the will of the people expressed by Congress in the laws THEY pass.

Presidents don’t rule… they carry out and enforce. If the Dems were really worried about illegal, unconstitutional and Dictatorial actions

(like creating whole cloth programs designed to specifically circumvent and ignore federal immigration laws), 

or Dictatorial ‘inactions’ 

(in refusal to enforce federal immigration laws already on the books) 

… taken by Presidents, they need look no further than the President we have had for the last 8yrs. He’s done plenty of that kind of thing without a peep from the Democrats, because it was their guy and they agreed with him. 

(For kickers… Hillary and the DNC are to blame, not Third Party Candidates or Racism… or the Russians. Watch the Video)

No, I’m not nearly as afraid that a President Trump would be as dangerous and damaging to our country and our freedoms and international relations as a President Hillary Clinton, who has been inching us closer to confrontation with Russia in rhetoric for months and was the architect, along with Obama, of the overthrow of a secular, non threatening Lybia, supporter of the Muslim brotherhood takeover/revolution in Egypt and wanted to overthrow Syria and ended up arming and supporting the Islamic Extremists who became ISIS. 

Constitutional Problems with a President Hillary

From her policies on gun control, which amount to almost complete gutting of the second amendment’s rights for citizens to protect themselves and their families from criminals, to her answers in the Debates regarding how she would consider Supreme Court Nominees… 

not one single word about Constitutional integrity or how they would interpret it, or how the nominee would apply it or the current laws to cases that the court reviews… (by the way that is the constitutional role of the SCOTUS… not to create new laws around congress)

… she didn’t even mention the Constitution that the SCOTUS is supposed to be using as the ‘Supreme Law of the Land’ when reviewing and deciding cases until Trump rebutted her answer.

International Problems…

A President Hillary Clinton would also, almost certainly if she had won, have brought in a majority Democrat House and Senate… not necessarily a bad thing IMO… and had little to no opposition at all to do what she wanted, including going to war in Syria, staying in and expanding our role in Iraq again, staying in Afghanistan, and possibly making good on HER rhetoric of increasing bullying and threats towards Russia as the scapegoat for America and the world finding out what a liar and criminal she and her staff really is due to Wiki Leaked emails.

Economic Problems… continuing our 8 year ‘Non-Recovery’

Aside from all that assumedly completely unopposed damage, she would continue the failed economic policies of the Obama era like…. increasing the National debt and ‘paying for it’ with continued QE… 

Quantitative Easing: ie. printing money out of thin air and borrowing it from the Federal Reserve AT INTEREST! 

No, these people don’t think we have a spending problem… they think we just have a ‘paying for it’ problem. That’s why we have Doubled the debt from just over 9 Trillion Dollars in all the years from George Washington to George W Bush, to 20 Trillion under Obama.

That’s ELEVEN TRILLION DOLLARS spent ‘paying for’ the economic policies of the Obama Era. A President Hillary Clinton would not have changed any of that. And if she would have, she never gave any indication during the campaign of HOW she would differ with Obama economic policies and change them to ramp down spending and the National debt.

Our unemployment rate right now, they say, is a bit over 4 percent. I don’t see how this is possible with the highest level of employment nonparticipation in the history of the United States. Only 62.8% of America’s workers are working. That’s roughly 94-95 million Americans out of the labor force… the highest in history, and you are really going to tell me that the unemployment rate is ONLY just above 4 percent? Bulls#!t.

They are playing with the numbers. Historically the highest numbers of people and families on food stamps, many more on unemployment than you think, and when their unemployment runs out… highest numbers of americans on Social Security Disability… in history.

Democratic and Obama economic policies have failed and have been destroying our country, they’re just really good at hiding the numbers and redirecting your attention from the damage they’ve done. And a President Hillary Clinton wouldn’t change anything. She would probably increase the spending spree, further killing jobs, small businesses and families.

Looking to the Future with Hope and Gratitude

At 70 years old now, a President Trump will most likely be a one term President. He won’t run for re-election because I think he never really ran originally to be elected, just to take out the Republicans main opposition to Hillary… he was originally just a spoiler. Hillary was supposed to win. It was her turn. But somewhere along the way, the Spoiler and his staff realized that there was a Nation being destroyed and that ‘more of the same’ was more than we could take. The Spoiler became a Candidate, then he became a Challenger, then a Threat, and finally… President Elect of the United States.

Will he bring ‘Balance to the Force’ of Government from the Outside? Who knows… let’s see

He will be hounded by both Major Parties and a good portion of the American People. He will either compromise and work with everyone, or be stifled and stuffed and made impotent and ineffective by the process. Either way, he will be in office only four years. He won’t run again and he won’t do all the damage we think he will.

A Preseident Trump may just be the best opportunity for the rest of us to work together for real Hope and Change that we’ve had in decades. Why not give him a chance? Why not give us all a chance?

-kia

“From Russia, I mean Obama, with Love”

((( 12/30/16  On the eve of the petulant lame duck President and his soon to be former Administration’s premature ‘punishment’ of Russia for a ‘crime’ that has not been proved that they committed… Reposting exactly the Facts of the issue. 

Hillary Clinton lost not because of hacking or international interferance, but because the she, the DNC and the Obama Administration themselves could no longer hide who she really is and what she’s done and what she really stands for from the People of the United States. 

The truth is that Putin was the bigger man today in that he chose not to reciprocate the childish and foolish arrogance of Obama and the outgoing Administration, instead choosing to withhold judgment on the insult until the New President is inaugurated on January 20th.

But if our President and the Democrats are soooo concerned about national sovereignty and integrity of our election process from outside, international powers… they certainly have a conveniently short memory. Remember THIS? -kia

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/12/obama-admin-sent-taxpayer-money-oust-netanyahu/
To those who say they are so concerned with possible Russian interferance in our US election… 

Russian involvement with the hacking has not been proven, it’s been ‘concluded’ by the Obama Administration’s CIA over the strenuous objections of the FBI who actually do the investigations.

Neither The Russians, Wikileaks or James Comey made Hillary and her team lose. That’s just BS.

Hillary Clinton lost because the Majority of the Country as a whole found her unbelievable and untrustworthy.

Information and evidence from their own emails gave voters access to what the media, the DNC and the Clinton Campaign was trying to hide from us. It was they who were trying to ‘influence’ voters by restricting our ability to make a fully informed decision. 

In the age of the Internet, you can’t hide who you really are anymore. Hillary lost because the DNC should have picked a better, stronger candidate.

And even if the Russian government was involved, what did they do you might ask? 

Release emails hacked from the DNC and Hillary Clinton that these two parties actually wrote and tried to delete from a Private Email Server (servers) that Clinton wasn’t supposed to be using for Classified Secret and Top Secret materials…

… emails and materials that were only available because her server, and the DNC servers by her backdoor, due to her servers being “less secure than Google” according to FBI Director Comey in the summer. If Russia was involved at all, and again… that has not been proven, it would have been only by making Hillary’s and the DNC’s private ‘dirty laundry’ Public knowledge. Laundry that the major media, the Clinton campaign and the DNC worked hard to keep under wraps and hidden from the American Voters.

But NOW they’re worried about cyber security? Now they’re worried about legal and illegal security protocols? Now they’re trying to fool people into believing that Russian involvement means illegitimate election so they can convince the Electoral College to overturn the election by voting against their states’ election results. And this is Constitutional Democracy? No its not. Not at all. 

Objectivity Test:

If Trump supporters, the RNC and Trump himself were trying to intimidate, harass, lobby and even propagandize the members of the Electoral College, set to vote on December 19th according to the election results of their states in the November election, to change those votes and thus ‘overturn the election’ had the results gone Hillary’s way… 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/in-last-shot-bid-thousands-urge-electoral-college-to-block-trump-at-monday-vote/2016/12/17/125fa84a-c327-11e6-8422-eac61c0ef74d_story.html?utm_term=.1293b630ed25

Think if Trump was doing this…

You better bet your last dollar that the DNC, the major media, Hillary, Jill Stein and anyone else left leaning or even right leaning would be pitching the biggest revolutionary fit the world had ever seen. And they’d be right and appropriate for doing so. 

Encouraging and lobbying, harassing and intimidating members of the Electoral College to violate their Constitutional duty to the people of the States they represent is not a joke. It’s an Unconstitutional Coup Attempt.

Really ask yourself… How would Democrats and the Liberal Left react if it were Trump supporters trying to do this? 

Just let that sink in… they are trying to convince the Electoral College to change their votes from what the Voters in the States they represent decided in November in order to overturn the Election. And they are using the propaganda rhetoric that ‘the russians did it’ to convince them. All the while decrying even the though of “foreign interference” in our Elections.  

That is the Media, the Left and Progressive Democrats trying to ‘interfere’ and manipulate the results of the Election after the fact because their candidate lost. That is the definition of Election Coup by people who only pretend to care about Democracy and the integrity of our Elections.

But they forgot about, or just ignored Obama’s proven attempted interferance in the Israeli elections. You see… that was just fine with them. It was Obama. It was them. “Nothing to see here, move along.”

-kia

Aristotle: On the Pursuit of Happiness

With happiest regards, may we all strive to exercise our virtue to our own happiness and the benefit of those around us. -kia

Sophia Alisa Ali

”Happinessdepends on acquiring a moral character, where one displays the virtues of courage, generosity, justice, friendship, and citizenship in one’s life.” Aristotle

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CTOTD: Last one of the Season

This is the Howler that I was teasing yesterday. It’s my favorite of the non snowman ties and one of the few that I’ve paid full price for. This guy I bought at Kohl’s a couple of years back. I just couldn’t resist the cute little beagles with their Santa hats. 

Before I married, I had beagles for years, my last one passing in July of 2006. We now have Maltese dogs as you know and love them too, but I really miss my Beauregard, Straight Flush. Bo Bo for short.

Have a wonderful day and we’ll do the CTOTD again next year, same Santa time, same Snowman channel.

-kia

CTOTD: Wednesday Haiku edition

It’s almost all gone… but not quite

Tied eyed

Bright colored tangles

Too shiny bangles and beads

We’ll miss you… again.

-kia

There are just a few more days till the New Year and only One more work day for me because I have Friday off. I’m going to round out the CTOTD series tomorrow with a real ‘Howler’. Until then, enjoy a little more Christmas Spirit… and maybe some of that spiked egg nog is left.

-kia

CTOTD: Stretching out the Holidays Edition

Frosty’s not ready to ‘let it go’

There are still more ties than days left in the year and I just can’t stop now. We’re on our way to the end of the year, but not the end of the Christmas Holidays. My plan is to post just two more after this one, since I have Friday off this week as well due to needing to take my last PTO day of the year or lose it… no, they don’t carry over to 2017.

This tie is another of my snowmen ties that have a story to tell. This one of a snowman who, seeing the packages all in the mailbox, just can’t believe that’s it for the season. He stands ready still, arms open wide, heralding the fun and joy of Christmas. He refuses to “let it go”. He’d rather keep Letting it Snow.

Why not stretch out the holidays with us at The Recovering Know It All. The Christmas Spirit of Family, Friends, Love, Life, Generosity and Graciousness can extend to the whole year if you want it to. Why not Live the Reason for the Season. From our Family to yours, Enjoy the Day and Merry Christmas all year round.

-kia