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Image result for notre dameThis is one of the saddest days. Notre Dame is a symbol of so much, and the keeper of so much of Western Civilization’s history by way of those buried there. One can’t slight the architecture embodied in this structure as well; the magnificent flying buttresses come to mind—and inside the stained glass, the ceilings, the gold inlays and marble flooring, the kind of work that will never be replaced fills my head. In all, Notre Dame, in all of its glory, has meant so much to so many over the past 800 years.

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The burning of Notre Dame is a loss but I suspect, also, it may be a bad beginning of what’s to come.

Questions about the cause of this fire will arise soon enough. It appears as though there were workers around the top of the building as made evident by the presence of large scaffolding around the structure’s roof.  Could one of them unintentionally started the fire? Could this fire have been set intentionally?  Already these questions have risen from the ash and in the minds of so many!

It’s no secret Paris has been the location of several terrorist attacks. Was the burning down of Notre Dame one of them?  It may not matter whether or not the Notre Dame fire was set on purpose—the heated social climate made of clashing cultures in Paris may not wait for facts before it rears its ugly head, before violence against groups of people take place. This blaze may be only the beginning of more clashes between faiths and ideologies with in the city. And, fires spread.

Some see the immigration problems many countries face as an attack upon Western Society. They don’t focus on the suffering people coming to their country face at home and during their travel, but rather see an influx of strangers they have not asked to meet. The destruction of Notre Dame will not help alleviate those feelings of dislike or discomfort for those who arrive. This blaze of Notre Dame may finally be put out, but I doubt it will be pushed aside by much but for retribution, more hate, and more suffering. Time will tell.

For now, so much has been lost. It’s a sad day, one that will burn in the memory of many and, I think, forever in Time.

Franque23

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Come on, we haven’t had crap like this since the game was invented. Officially, Crap was invented in 1125 A.D., but many historian’s say the game of crap was brought to Europe at that time from Egypt, where it may have been played since God knows when. Still, here, this DOJ appointment by Trump is nothing but crap’s purest form.

Come on….Trump fires DOJ Whitaker, then DOJ Dana Boente, then DOJ Sally Yates and then DOJ Sessions, until he finds, Barr-the -fixer, who will fix anything Trump asks him to fix. You think I’m blowing smoke?

read this link if you want to know the truth about Barr… http://www.wbdaily.com/big-government/22994/

here’s a quote from the article…

“However, as a result of doing business with Clinton, the Feds needed a fixer. That fixer would become Barr, who went by the CIA code name of Robert Johnson.

Bush and Clinton Needed a BIG Fix”…(that was Barr, our current so-called DOJ)

That answer, the man Trump needed was Barr. He has no moral ground….just a fixer from the get-go for either party. What bothers me, maybe most, is that most of those congressmen and women who vetted Barr for the postilion of DOJ knew all of this. They still confirmed this man to clear Trump and about anyone else involved with any possible Russian interference in our election or any obstruction done by Trump.???

Trump is a maze of firing to numb us to the reality that the only person who really mattered was the DOJ. He fired so many people, and at the time I never realized it was to smoke screen the important one.

This is a link to the zillion people Trump has so-called fired. But, mind you, this was to smoke screen the big move, the firing of the DOJ.. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Trump_administration_dismissals_and_resignations

Trump is  a scum bag, we all know it. His propensity to grab,’pussy.’ when he likes is enough to earn him the title. But there is so much more. He is a bully, a man who hates minorities, a disgusting liar, a greedy man who has no soul. Thing is, these are his good qualities.

Support who you like, but this man, Trump , vowed with Bannon to bring down American democracy…go look it up..

“Bannon framed much of Trump’s agenda with the phrase, “deconstruction of the administrative state,” meaning the system of taxes, regulations and trade pacts that the president says have stymied economic growth and infringed upon U.S. sovereignty.”https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/top-wh-strategist-vows-a-daily-fight-for-deconstruction-of-the-administrative-state/2017/02/23/03f6b8da-f9ea-11e6-bf01-d47f8cf9b643_story.html?utm_term=.3e7d19528fa0

People slough this off as a correction to big cats in Government,, but is it? Trump has dismantled an amazing amount of our morals, laws, customs and governmental over sight. And what change did Trump bring to taxes???? All for the upper 1%, that’s where his so -called tax reform went,. Why.. To break our back, to break American workers and society.

Trump means to dismantle the American way of life.

Trump thinks Russian Pr is more correct than our own FBI and Intl. community. This is no mistake by Trump. Just like his constant attack on our FBI people and the Media, Trump is out to break the back of American society….Let’s break him instead.

2020 isn’t that far away. Republican or Democrat…vote in 2020 like America depends upon your vote….it does.

Franque23

 

 


My father loved flowers; I’ve never left his shade.

There’s so much to write about this week—it’s completely mind-blowing!!!! So rather than grouse about cover-up DOJ reports, constant injustices in our tax codes, rampant, illogical behavior by large groups of Americans, I thought taking a quick look at the ‘Spring’ in Life’s force might do us all wonders! Thanks to my good friend and editor of this glob for ten years-Barbara. ( She’s responsible for corrections; I get the credit for errors.)

Meanwhile, please take a moment to view the incredible strength of the living force we all belong to on our planet. Truly, life is a wonder.

Cheers, and happy Spring! Keep blooming!

Franque23


Here’s an interesting, reflective post by a family member. I love her use of observation and reasoning to reach her conclusion. All of us need to reflect and observe more: how were things and how are they now.  Why have things changed for the worse and how can we make things better?  Well founded conclusions need to be followed up with effective action. America, we can do this. I think a posting by the famous actress, Jennifer Lawrence,*(linked here and below https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr5BPRYp8Mw) offers a glimpse into a successful process to bring about change.

Meanwhile, a family member, Cassie Anderson, wrote:

“I remember very clearly when I first noticed this. I was a home health nurse, in a patient’s house and they were watching the news. I hadn’t had cable tv for 14 years and back then the news consisted of the local Portland news stations. I remember my jaw dropping in disbelief as I heard FOX news in the background as I was doing wound care. I couldn’t believe the utter disrespect and tactless comments the people were saying about the president, (at that time, Obama). They were accusing him of being a Muslim (like it was a bad thing) and talking about his birth certificate, it was crazy to me! This patient was so engulfed in this channel that he had it on almost 24 hours a day. To him, this was normal and to me it was surreal. I thought news reporters reported unbiased facts and it was then I realized that this was clearly not the case. I continued to observe this pattern as I worked as an impatient nurse at the hospital. People would turn on their tv, directly to these “news” stations. They were used to this background noise of people arguing and debating fact less theories or the most recent gossip. Now it appears as though people are normalized to the blatant disrespect in the media and they don’t demand facts or evidence, false statements are forgotten and forgiven as soon as they are said. it’s still crazy to me. Now we have a President, The Leader of the United States, that is a walking example of this blatant lack of respect & dignity. Sadly, this is ok to many because they call it courage. To me, courage is the ability to filter yourself. Courage is the ability to do the research before you blabber. Courage is looking at all sides of a situation and seeking guidance from your cabinet and using your resources to seek truth and facts (not firing everyone around you that opposes you). Courage is taking that pause to do what’s ethically right and I think we have the media to blame for this shift on respect. Turn off your TV people! Save money and stop paying those ridiculous cable bills. It’s all propaganda and a form of brainwashing. Teach your kids respect, be kind to strangers and those that are less fortunate. Be thankful for what you have and actually try to improve the world around you. Go to Church or find some form of spiritual healing. It will change your perspective, for the better. This is what we need to focus on and stop buying into the crap on tv!”

Thanks again , Cassie, for posting.

Cheers

Franque23

 


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Dogs are spirit given to our lives…. they know us, help us and protect us… There’s nothing like a dame was once a famous song…(Ha! Now-a-days it might get the deep six, thumbs down action I suspect)… Well yes, I say, there’s nothing like a woman, but there’s nothing like a dog as well:-) Not to equate the two!)

This is my dog, Shadow, smiling bright.

Try dog ownership if you haven’t; your heart-felt energy will enlarge and your life will be a richer experience. Although there are studies that find people who own and love dogs live longer, better, happier lives than those who don’t, there are also similar findings when people who associate with horses or pets of all kinds are compared to those who don’t.

My daughter on her horse, Toby.

Just a guess, but I’m thinking people who open themselves up to loving any or all kinds of life around them find fulfillment in their lives, while those who don’t short-change the scope and breadth of what their own lives might be.

I float better with Shadow in the pool…maybe.

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13: 3 (NIV)

It’s interesting that this idea be termed , ‘A new command,’ at the time of Jesus, as though the thought had never been expressed before.

The American Zen teacher John Daido Loori shows us that Zen practice should include not only meditation, the study of Zen literature and liturgy, and moral and ethical action, but should also manifest in work, artistic, and everyday activities….

Basically, you could pick any major religion throughout the world and find the same advice: love one another. But, to expand this thought, Jesus never said it’s okay to kick the dog as you’re busy loving people. No, everyone and everything is included in, “Love one another…” Of course, Native Americans understood that all of creation is sacred.

What about wars? Wars happen; people are far from perfect.

Empathy is a one to one ratio. The more we notice the life around us and it’s living condition, the more empathy we feel. Turning a blind eye to the suffering of our human condition and our Earth’s situation does nothing but blind us. None of us can solve the world’s problems alone, but the pebble thrown into a lake analogy certainly applies. Every good or bad action we do is that pebble, and the ripples that spread out from its splash may reach shorelines, people and places, we can’t even see as we throw that little stone.

My advice? Be kind to yourself: be as good a person as you can be. If you do this, you will sleep easier at night. I’m thinking if we do manage to strive to do our best (hey-I think that’s a Boy Scout motto?) then we are less inclined to worry about the future. That future will come as it may but when it does we will know we’ve done our best. No worries; you’ve done everything you could’ve to improve life.

Take that leap of faith in love.

Alfred E Neuman: what me worry? I loved Mad magazine as a boy (like now) and my Southern Baptist upbringing aligned my understanding of these words with the church teachings to not worry. Thing is, in truth, the history of Alfred E Neuman’s face and its historical meaning  is something different altogether. In fact, Neuman’s face has been used at least since 1883…and to sell mince Plum pudding.

And, later on…

Worse, another version of Alfred E Neuman’s face was used by the Germans during world War II and captioned, “Kill the Jews.” Honest. (Not the picture above.)

So, my interpretation of Neuman’s, ‘What me worry,’ illustrates how what we think about things is related to our preconceived notions, and those notions are usually based upon what we’ve been taught to think. Self realization derived from observation and deduction is a bit skewed now in the human experience. We are taught to be who we think we are. Often, this is not the case at all.  Most often, we are people just like most, people with needs, wants, hopes, dreams and empathy but we’ve been subtly taught to turn off this understanding. We’ve been encouraged to turn a blind eye to the condition of humanity and our earth.

It’s time to turn ourselves back on.

It’s time to be joyful.

My sister, Sharon Franquemont, published a book, “You Already know What To Do.” * This book, published in nine languages throughout the world, makes many points but my favorite is the concept that intuition should be taught in schools as a subject. This way, we might help our children get in touch with themselves, their inner sense of life’s order and magnitude, and how their lives relate to all growth. The world would be a better place if society expressed a true interest in our inner selves and how that inner self relates to the world around us. Point: Dogs help people do this.

Having a dog, or any pet, helps us express love for something other than ourselves and, in turn, that pet loves us back. This way, people learn how love flows from us and back to us. We learn how good this exchange of love feels. Soon, and not depending on the amount of LSD or pot you’ve smoked in the 70’s, the notion that loving the people, the animals , the trees or even the rocks we pass returns love to us becomes less remote and, in fact, a real life experience.

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Let’s put a bow on this. Yes, try loving your neighbor, but it might be mastering that process is easier done if you start with loving a doggie, or pet of any kind…. good luck.

Cheers, and I hope the ripples from my pebble reach you at a most fortuitous time and in the best of light. Namaste; to your light.

Franque23

 

*https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0874779464/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0


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Hi, Shadow’s here to help me tell you about my year gardening since August 2018

It’s one thing to plant citrus and a garden on your property; it’s another to harvest. Of course, I love it all—I love to be in touch with the changing seasons, the sun angle, the forecast and amount of rainfall. Yep, I love it all. Why? I can’t exactly say. It’s work, that’s for sure. The ins and outs of gardening and growing fruit trees takes time, attention and execution at the right time. These are things that don’t wait for me to be ready but, rather, they have ways of telling me when they are. A farmer has to ,’snap-to,’ when it comes to planting and harvest time.

Case in point, this first picture above. Thing is, it was a mild winter, but one day they put out a 28 degree forecast for extended hours(never came to be at all) So, I raced out after work (I work til about 9:15 PM)with flashlight held in my mouth as I picked a hundred plus tomatoes before they froze. I also picked the lemons, large and small, eggplant, sage and basil….it was a hard night that ended about at midnight. I put these green ones into large super market brown paper bags, about twenty or so in each, and they ripen in them….Some will rot, but if you check every few days and pull out the ripening ones to put on a counter, you’ll get most of them ripe.

But that wasn’t the start of the season, a planting that was made in mid August.

I got a soft(small) crop of bush green beans this fall(why? When I’ve yielded twenty-three pounds recently-that’s farming) but the foot long Asian beans took off. Cheers for my one yellow squash! This was around Oct, 2018

 

The tomatoes starting coming in as well

I started an outside fence line of marigolds early on,,,and they might be part of the reason my tomato plants ended up nine feet tall with up to 25 tomatoes on them per bush in January..I’m not sure,, it may have been more due to this year’s endless growing season.

About this season…from August 2018 until now, Feb. 2019…I’ve never seen anything like it…The garden is still producing lettuce, collard greens, Kayla , and eggplant and a tomato or three here and there.

BTW– have you ever looked at an eggplant flower? Here’s one. I say hello.

Another gift of the weather is a robust growing season for the pineapples,,,.. I’ve about 40 plants growing here and there around the property,, and all from cutting off the tops of one’s I bought, or from a box full from Ward’s who gave me their top cutting on the day they cored their selection of pineapples for the public (you can call them to find out when they might have a box of cut-off tops)….do it.

To a great satisfaction, the pineapples may have done well so far this winter. They take two years to fruit, so getting thru a winter is a must for them… BTW– if you have never eaten a hand-picked ripe pineapple that’s truly golden  deep yellow, you’ve never really tasted one. That’s another thing that gardeners get back: the taste of fresh food ,, like the taste of food picked that day or a couple of days before eating is AMAZING…..much different than even from most farmer’s markets….

and oh, the Camellias—how wonderful. We’ve red and white. We need a blue, right?

Herbs are easy to grow, and don’t take much space. Pots on balconies work well, even. I do use mine fresh-that’s best, but you can dry them on tin foil in the sun to keep year round… just get them totally dried, and crunch them up into old spice bottles..so far, after several years, I haven’t had a problem with this method.

(Basil and a bit of Thyme)

Shadow follows me everywhere I go during the year,, whether I’m working the soil, picking oranges, or smelling flowers.. he is my, Shadow! How could I be so lucky to have gotten him?

Of course, when I read how much nutrients levels drop off from food so many days out of picking, or read about roundup being in our food chain, or any other added chemicals, it spurs me on to get the soil ready without chemical to plant, and then harvest. All of us in Florida, at least, should have a range of food planted around their dwellings—it really doesn’t take much space; just work, patients and some hand done bug squashing.

There’s nothing like listening to the birds chatter as hawks cry from above while being out there working the soil.

Greening is a major problem throughout much of the world now for citrus, and my small 2 acres or less is no exception.*  This means more work for me, and not only in that about 500 hundred citrus won’t ripen this year, but guess who has to pick up all that fruit off the ground? Oh yeah, full-time job now. What had been a 1500 piece citrus crop two years ago is now about 1000, and it will only get worse until the trees only bear blooms(which are heavenly) and sour fruit. But this is what it is.

I bring fruit to work for my workmates several times per week, Nov 1st thru about March 1st;…My grandchildren and their parents get more than they can eat, I think.  My neighbors all get fruit and my doctors do as well! Even my Tax guy gets some:-)  The mail guys and garbage technicians do as well….this makes it all worth the effort.

Lately, I’ve been thinking of planting a pecan tree…seems reasonable. Yes, there are blue berries and pears and apples as an option but, so far, I’ve found the squirrels like those options as well…and they clean out the pickin’s on them.

We recently put in Avocados and have two papayas growing that I hope make it.

Go ahead,,, look into planting this spring. Write me, if you like. Growth is a miracle; join in the effort.

Cheers, and keep growing.

Franque23

 

see you later…

*https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2016/10/12/citrus-production-continues-to-decline-in-florida


“Though this be madness, yet there is method in’t.” (Hamlet Act 2, scene 2, 193–206.)

 

The years have passed but reality still begs the question in my head: who was Eleanor?

The year was  about 1977 and the  Waldo Farmer’s and Flea market was operational. I recall a bigger horse standing at its entrance than the one they use now, pictured here.

But, the ads, “Look for the Big Horse,” were already running on T.V.

It was the start of a profitable 14 year-long  leather crafting career, a path filled with lean times that would eventually get lucrative. At the time, I crammed all I could into back packs and used my thumb to hitch the 13 miles from Gainesville to Waldo to rent five dollar per day tables to display my wares.

It’s true, I went for the money but in the process I learned the lingo needed to attract customers. I was from up North so I entered the realm of southern dialect from another world’s banter: slow worked better than NYC Jewish Deli ordering speed; a friendly greeting was mandatory; conversations about the weather were important. Selling leather as real leather fell flat compared to saying, “It’s Pure leather.” Items could not be broken but were ,’Subject to wear.’ Nothing lasted forever, but they could last for a ,”Good while.” These terms people believed.

There was another advantage to speaking slowly and taking my time when selling leather goods. I actually got to meet my customers and know their stories. This is how I got to know Eleanor…

Eleanor and her husband seemed to be from old money, English I gathered, and so proper. Age was the only thing that would’ve ever gotten the best of her. She often stopped by my table and bought hair barrettes. She’d talk about any improvements she noticed in my tooling,  better prices, or variety. It felt that they both liked to see a young man in his early twenties trying to make a go of it. I always believed they bought things to help me out. That was good, but there was another part to this seller/buyers deal that took place.

Inevitably, as I bantered with Eleanor she’d ramble a bit longer than her husband had patience for . He’d thump his cane, “Now, Eleanor, that’s enough now.”  Eleanor would clutch her purse, “Why, I’m just making conversation on this lovely day. ” Thump, thump, thump went her husband’s the cane. ” Come on, Eleanor, your wasting this man’s time and mine!” This difference of opinion would lead to quicker paced phrasing not so much of the agreeable sort until they both offered that being married too long was, well too long. Finally the pleasantly warring couple would move on having helped me out once more.

But there was another day, another conversation, one you need to read about.

Eleanor and her husband came strolling up to my booth on a weekend day like every other. Her husband had this annoying habit of whistling poorly as Eleanor picked up a few items to buy from my table. It was a surprise when Eleanor paid me and then pulled out an item I’d never seen…”Do you know what this is.” Eleanor asked with a gleam in her eye. “Eleanor, where did you get that?” Her husband seemed to laugh, but through the side of his mouth, as though this was not a laugh at all. Thump! went his cane. “Oh dear, you know I have these items.” Then Eleanor turned to me,” Well, do you know what this is?”

I took the item in hand. It was a clasp of sorts that opened and closed on either end all joined by an elaborate beaded straight 4 inch long center piece. The entire piece was no wider than five inches and it was heavily laden with small Amethyst looking stones throughout. “Well, it’s too heavy , too large to be a barrette?” I marveled at an object I couldn’t identify.

“Eleanor, leave this man alone. Now take that back and let’s go. I told you not to do this sort of thing.” The husband motioned to me that Eleanor was losing it—I figured their daily squabble was not far off.

“Eleanor smiled as she took back the object. “Well, one day this is something you will need. And,” Eleanor paused, “I think it’s the right color, too.”

“That’s it!” Stomped her husband. ” Go, Eleanor, go!” The husband push guided Eleanor away but then he turned and came back to me. “She just a bit nuts; pay no attention to her.” I watched him leave and take with him this memory forever, or so I thought.

Thing is, twenty-five years later, in 2000,  my wife and I bought house in Gainesville that featured fine Levonor blinds to cover the two front living room windows. They worked great until about 2008 when the apparatus seemed to break down. Soon, we just left them open and my wife added beautiful drapes we might close at night or open by day. Things went along fine until about 2012 when I noticed how much I disliked the two drapes remaining spread apart at the top when I tried to close them at night.

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Bingo.  I looked at the color scheme of the drapes and remembered: “This is something you’ll need…and I think it’s the right color, too.” Eleanor’s words hit me like a cold arctic blast blowing on a hot summer day.

“There’s no way….” I stared in disbelief stunned by a memory that now stared me in the face. The butterfly clip Eleanor had showed me was for the purpose of holding the two tops of split curtains together when you spread them apart in the day.

Thing is, it’s been six years since that day. I’ve waited to tell this story, one I’ve thought often to not tell because it is too wild, not reasonable, undocumented, and also I’d waited so long tell it. Why? Well for 25 years the remembrance of the conversation meant nothing, it remained like an unmatched soggy sock in my head mixed in with so many other memories of selling over the years. Then, the match to the experience appeared before me in these curtains. It brought the conversation to my head as though a pin had pierced my brain.

“Something you will need one day…” Eleanor was certain.

“I told you not to do this sort of thing.” Eleanor’s husband.

“I think it’s the right color, too.” Eleanor had been right.

“Don’t pay attention to Eleanor; she’s a bit nuts.” Really?

I watched Eleanor and her husband walk away that day but now I wonder—did they? What is time, and how can someone see the future if it doesn’t already exist? There are thousand, maybe more, recorded situations where people have known the future, but how?

As to Eleanor? Perhaps, she was a bit nuts, I don’t know. But Shakespeare wrote it right: “Madness, but there is a method in’t”

Eleanor knew, but how? Who was she?

Franque23

Tell me, how did so many people know before hand not to board the Titanic? (look that up). What is time…?

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“Just keep the drapes open during the day and we’re good!” (Shadow…)


Democrats have held the white house 25 years over the past 50 plus years; Republican 28.  During those years Republicans have far more arrests and convictions among White House Republican staff and party members than do Democrats. But how many more?

25 to 1…..

That’s the ratio of those within Republican White House Administration who have been convicted of crimes when compared to the number of Democrat staff members arrested during  Democrat White House Administrations….just wow!

It’s just a ghastly fact; a lump sum correct figure that bears witness to the fact Republican administrations are far more corrupt than Democratic ones.

This gives pause to wonder why this astonishing ratio, the vast difference between criminals in these two party’s, is true? Maybe, since the figure spans 50 years or more, the reasons don’t matter while the numbers do. Fact: the Republican party tends to be a corrupt party.

But don’t take my word for it: here’s a quick quote and then link so you can read it and believe it for yourself..

“So, let’s see where that leaves us. In the last 53 years, Democrats
have been in the Oval Office for 25 of those years, while Republicans
held it for 28. In their 25 yrs in office Democrats had a total of
three executive branch officials indicted with one conviction and one
prison sentence. That’s one whole executive branch official convicted
of a crime in two and a half decades of Democrat leadership.

In the 28 yrs that Republicans have held office over the last 53 yrs
they have had a total of (a drum roll would be more than appropriate),
120 criminal indictments of executive branch officials. 89 criminal
convictions and 34 prison sentences handed down. That’s more prison
sentences than years in office since 1968 for Republicans. If you want
to count articles of impeachment as indictments (they aren’t really
but we can count them as an action), both sides get one more. However,
Clinton wasn’t found guilty while Nixon resigned and was pardoned by
Ford (and a pardon carries with it a legal admission of guilt on the
part of the pardoned). So those only serve to make Republicans look
even worse.”

https://www.sheilakennedy.net/2017/07/corruption-by-the-numbers/

Vote the Republican cheaters out in 2020. Trump can dance and sing his praises all he likes, but in 2020 we need to put his lying butt out on the street, if not sooner.

Facts show the Democrats rarely break laws while in power. The Republicans lie, cheat, steal, commit felonies and cast a ,’Damn the Constitution,’ glare over our country when they are in power.

This is why I don’t vote Republican: they work for the upper class only, and cheat their asses off as they do it.

Cheers. (Please share…)

Franque23


This is all a sham. Special counsel Robert Mueller is out to get him — as is the entire FBI. Trump claims they’ve got nothing from Mueller’s investigation. Ha! (The 192 criminal counts, 36 people and entities charged, seven people who have pleaded guilty, the four people sentenced to prison and the one person convicted at trial as a result of the Mueller probe make clear, of course, that Trump is wrong.)

Americans,
and especially our military,
every person who lives in America, we need to call off Trump’s hostage situation.

Trump is endangering us all, but don’t take my word for it…listen to this short clip if you doubt me- https://www.facebook.com/NowThisPolitics/videos/1031709520353754/UzpfSTExMDA5NDExNjY6MTAyMTcyNDE0MjcxMjMzMjc/

Please share this link for the good of America… thanks.

America needs to stop Trump in his tracks; he’s gone too far. His ego is nothing compared to the need for the safety of our country and fellow workers, to ensure the safety of our lives….This Trump guy should be held without bond under military arrest until we find out what he is all about, why he attacks American interests at home and abroad. I smell a rat… a big, over weight, yellow-haired coward of a rat.—Trump. His method is no less than extortion in its worst form. Trump is holding our country hostage by shutting down the government until we give him what he wants, a wall the best experts say won’t help that much at all?!?!?

Extortion is a crime no matter who does it.

Trump’s offer to open OUR government only if he gets money for his wall is pure extortion—there’s no mystery about this. This is what extortion is. He should be held behind bars for this act alone if not for others many suspect he is guilty of arranging or plotting.

Ask yourself: why did Trump order the only person who transcribed the minutes of his meeting with Putin to tear up the minutes they took? Why?

Ask yourself: why is Trump not putting the sanctions against Russia as voted for by our congress into place?*

This man Trump is the crook we all hoped he would not turn out to be. I once wrote a blog/glob shortly after Trump’s election stating that he still had the opportunity to do great things, that the time for change was here in America with great leadership, things like high-speed rails, solar power and a need for new infrastructure were placed in his lap by timing. But, it turns out, the man is nothing but a con-man, one who uses extortion as if that’s politics, as if that’s how a President leads.

I’ll admit it; I’m proud to own it, Trump. I consider you an idiot. Your supporters? There are no words for anyone who’d back this lying, snake oil selling extortionist.

Here’s to 2020 that can’t come soon enough. Here’s to a Blue tidal wave in that election that sweeps Trump and his miserable GOP backing representatives right out of office. Here’s to American Democracy. Don’t just shake your head; drum up support against this crew of pure evil doers. NO joke, Trump’s attack on our environment, our society, American values and Reason is pure evil.

Trump has gone way beyond politics. Our military should do their duty and arrest this man before he brings our country to its knees. Our military should protect us from Trump.

franque23

*https://www.newsweek.com/trump-required-russia-sanctions-no-deadline-1304549?fbclid=IwAR1TL0HYKBbgZvdvW6xhsXHl-GZeoA0O7CN1uUu8ezUQnGFvJuHPqcIsybM


This post is back from 2013.  Readership has gone up to 65 countries now, and more than twice as many people read the glob than did six years ago. I saw someone read this post today, I re-read it and decided to re-post for fun…Plus, I still have these questions?!?!?

(Avatar Magic, by Gerald Franquemont, is out on Kindle and it can be downloaded onto most readers.) *Now, a completed trilogy.

Why do swim suits most often look like fishing lures?

Why are garden hoses so often made to look like snakes?

If men never hear what women are saying why do women keep talking?

If money is the root of all evil why does everyone work for it?

Cain Killed Abel, but most people fear snakes more than politicians.

Here’s some food for thought–if you can afford it. $1 of 1960 dollars would be worth: $7.87 in 2013. $1 of 2013 dollars would be worth $0.13 in 1960.  Shouldn’t the dollar shrink in size in accordance with its real buying power? Think of the money we’d save when buying wallets or printing money!

This well-known saying is part of a phrase often attributed to Benjamin Disraeli and popularized in the U.S. by Mark Twain: “There are three kinds of falsehoods: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”  The odds are even that this is true.

Why are size ten shoes in Japan equal to size six shoes in America? Why can’t one country or the other be happy to be either a ten or six and call it good.

In fact, the sound of one hand clapping can be heard. Try the Clam clap.

Recently, I thought I might have had a tick on my back but I’d fallen asleep and then gone to work the next day forgetting to check on it.  I worried all day about that tick! Turned out when I checked in the mirror that night that I had a nose strip suck to my back.  What a relief, sort of.

You can’t go that extra mile. You either do it or you don’t. Show me an extra mile and I’ll show you an extra dollar.

NO one who was scheduled to retire at 65 for most of their life but then had their retirement age moved to sixty-six should think of retiring at age 65 as an “early” retirement. Dude! Do you want more S.S. money or what you thought you’d get most of your life at age 65?

Statistics boggle the mind while History teaches.

Gary Friend and Sue Patterson know lots of stuff.

Why does the same girl who looks good in a bikini on the beach cause car accidents by wearing shorts while walking on a sidewalk in town?

The following numbers seem right after looking over a number of recent polls: 1/3 of our population, 34%, believe in Ghosts and UFOS; 74% believe in the Devil and 92% believe in God. Have you ever wished upon a star?

Consider: for every shark-related human death, we kill 10 million of them.*

*http://www.discovery.ca/article.aspx?aid=18384

Cheers!

Franque23

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