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The New Oxycontin – Is It Non-Addictive?

Hey everyone! WOW! I have not blogged quite a while now. I have had a whole lotta stuff going on. I am getting on great these days, in case anyone was wondering.

I did a bit of an experiment with my pain medication. Everyone who reads this blog knows I take pain medication. You all just do not know the type I take. ONE of my pain medications is Oxycontin. Recently the manufacturer of this medication remade the formula for the pill, so as to prevent people from crushing them up, and doing lord knows what with it. This new formula makes the outside mix in so much with the inside of the pill that it is basically unusable for use other than what the doctor prescribed. The manufacturer is also touting this knew formula as being more, or less non addictive. We all heard this same statement when this drug originally came out, and we know what happened with it. It became “Hillbilly Heroin”.

Being the curious person I am, I decided to test this medication to see if it indeed has qualities making it so it is not hard to come off of. I abruptly quit taking it, and stayed off of it for a number of days. I had absolutely NO withdrawals from this medication. I hurt like hell, but I had no withdrawals. It looks like, at least for me, the manufacturer got it right this time.

If you know anyone taking this medication, please be sure to pass this tidbit on to them.

On to other news, we have some tropical systems gearing up in the Carribean, so I have to get off here and make sure I am ready, just in case.

God Bless, and Stay Safe!

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Could Thalidomide Be The Answer For My Crohns Disease?

As I was doing research on treatments for Crohns Disease, I ran across some interesting research where Clinicians are using Thalidomide to treat Crohns Disease patients unresponsive to other treatments. In several studies, even the patients who dropped out of the clinical trials because of side effects, ranging from drowsiness, neuropathy, and constipation, had positive results from the use of this drug, on their disease. The positive effects on Crohns disease were prevalent even in lower doses, with some patients attaining total remission

Thalidomide was banned in the mid part of last century due to severe birth defects, so it would have to be carefully monitored as to who would be able to use it, if approved, and accepted by the Medical Community, for widespread use; nonetheless, for people like me who have had a bad reaction to everything except steroids, to treat my Crohns disease, this may be an alternative I may be able to take. I will be asking my GI doctor. This drug is an earlier version of the new main line Crohns disease treatments, Anti Tumor Necrosis Factor (anti TNF) drugs. I will definitely investigate this.

My GI doctors want me off the steroids, and I fully understand why, but we have not found an alternative yet. We thought we had an alternative, but when I got the prescription, and checked it against my records, I saw where it caused me a significant GI bleed. I was throwing up dry blood from it several years ago, so I cannot use it. Maybe low dose Thalidomide will work, or maybe not. I will keep looking though. Lucky for me, my GI Clinic is affiliated with the University of Florida, and Shands Gainesville, so I get access to treatments before others, if I choose to participate, in clinical trials.

Thanks for stopping by. I still need a car if ANYONE can help me out with a clunker. I would be happy to make payments. I just do not have a down payment. I am planning to move closer to the hospital, but will need a car so I am not stuck, in a new town, with no way to go. I guess we can say getting a car is on my “Bucket List“. I really, really, really need one, and hate to ask, but at this point I am about ready to beg.

Take Care,

mark

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Flipping Through The News – Influenza, Terrorism in Africa, American Military, Economy, Gun Control, Super Bowl 47, Health Tip – Happy Martin Luther King Day!

Hey everyone! I apologise for not writing for a while, and especially for not responding to your blogs. As is par for the course, I have been dealing with health issues, and the personal BS needlessly lurking around me, has not exactly made this a walk in the park. Much has been going on, in the world too, so I am going to kind of flip around the news dial, give a few views, and end this with a health tip, for the day, instead of blabbing about my personal problems. 😀

Looking around the hospital emergency department last week, when I had to be whisked in, for some problems, and looking around the Veterans Hospital when I was there, for some eye appointments last week, I must inform you, if you do not already know, the hospitals are full. Some hospitals are at maximum capacity. Of course this backs up the Emergency Departments, making for long waits. I waited 15 hours for a five-minute exam by a doctor. Turns out I had gotten dehydrated from crohns related stuff. Nonetheless, I have it on good authority the flu has mutated a little bit from what the vaccine was. Most people who got the flu shot are able to shake it, but others are getting really sick. There is a comparison to the H1N1 outbreak back in 2009, just not as severe, for now. For some reason the press has not picked up on the mutation aspect, yet. Needless to say, if you need to see the doctor, try to stay out of the Emergency Department. They are overflowing, and this makes for an excellent breeding ground for influenza. Be careful!

The terrorists are on the move in Northern Africa, Al Qaeda to boot. Apparently they seized hostages, and a natural gas plant, in Algeria. The Algerian government stormed them, some of the hostages got away, and we are waiting for the rest of the details. I applaud the Algerian government for not delaying their attack against these thugs too long. Swift action is a must when dealing with these types. All they understand is brute force, and the swifter they receive it, the swifter the message gets across their actions are futile, that the world will continue to battle against them, and we will find them no matter where they hide. I am very concerned over the location of this incident. North Africa has a power vacuum with the governments of Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt having been overthrown during the so-called Arab Spring. I am mostly worried about Libya becoming a safe haven for terrorists, and the caches of arms left from the Quadaffi regime being used to hurt, and kill innocent people. In essence, I fear Libya may become another pre 9/11/01 Afghanistan. If the United States is forced to occupy Libya, or any other nation, we must reactivate 2 more divisions, of the Army, at a minimum. We may even need to reactivate the draft. We have stretched our professional army to the breaking point. The pain needs to be spread around the entire nation. These wars would not be lasting as long as they have been if more families had to deal with their loved ones being shipped to hostile areas of the globe. The fight we are engaged is a necessary war. If it were not, I would say so; however, we need to use our Armed Forces in a way we are not stretching them to the breaking point. Trust me, the Department of Veterans Affairs, although intending the best, is not geared to help our returning Veterans in a way that will assist them in starting to heal in a way that is dignified, compassionate, and complete. We need more soldiers, plain, and simple. If we are to see the war on terror to a proper conclusion, we will be occupying more nations, in the future. Our professional forces are going on 20 plus tours, per soldier. That is too big of a strain. Please tell your representatives, in DC, to appropriate the funds to activate more divisions, of the Army, so that our men, and women are not being called on to do the impossible. These soldiers, God willing, will have to come back into society, at some point. We want that transition to be as smooth as possible, and one way to see to this is to have more units available for rotation into the war areas without breaking the back of our military. Regardless of what the Pentagon is saying, I know this is smart, and correct strategy. Ask any returning veteran who served front line duty.

Next up, the economy. The answers are not going to be easy, the solutions will be difficult to agree on; however, Republicans, and Democrats need to stop posturing, saying they will/ will not do this, or that, and work out a middle way. The American people want both sides to come together, and for the solution(s) to come from both sides. The key is to bring the left’s solutions, and the right’s solutions more to the center. The middle is where the answers are at. Stop posturing, and start working for the American people. Failure is not an option.

Gun control is unfortunately back on the radar, of the nation, due to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. I can only imagine how the parents of these most innocent victims feel. My heart breaks for them, and my prayers, for their comfort, are being offered on a regular basis. I am not immune to the suffering of this, and similar tragedies. Everyone wants a solution, or solutions, to keep this from happening again. I do too. However, I want us to be really careful we do not rush into anything. Our 2nd amendment rights are there for a reason. Our forefathers had to use the gun to get rid of a tyrannical government, and they wanted us to be able to do the same, should it become necessary. I do not see how we could overcome a tank with an assault rifle, but look at the Syrian rebels, and one can see if freedom is wanted enough, small measures, by determined hands, can effect solutions. The bottom line on gun control, for me, is we need to stay off slippery slopes, and really think this through before enacting draconian measures. The first thing needing the be done is gun owners need to lock their guns up when they are not using them. Being a responsible gun owner can do much to keep them out of the wrong hands. Thorough background checks, which I thought were being done, are a no brainer, and a must before anyone is allowed to purchase a gun. These are just a couple of common sense solutions that will yield results. We want results to come out of our endeavours to prevent another Sandy Hook tragedy; therefore, we must demand solutions that are workable, keep guns out of the hands of crazy people/felons, all the while protecting a key right under our Constitution: the right to keep, and bear arms. Once again, God Bless those mourning the losses of the victims of Sandy Hook, and other gun violence.

The Super Bowl should be interesting this year. Baltimore verses San Francisco, with two brothers head coach of the opposite teams. I totally missed the championship games yesterday because my antenna is not working right, so until I can review some tape, and hear what the sports masters have to say, I cannot call the game yet; however, I would like to see the Ravens win. Middle Linebacker Ray Lewis has overcome many obstacles in his life, and this is his last year playing the game. It would be a good thing to see his team win the Super Bowl.

That is all I have for now. Happy Martin Luther King Day, please take time to remember the sacrifices of the Civil Rights era. Our society is a better one for it. Surely, I would not want to go back to segregation, and Jim Crow. I thank all, living, and dead who participated, on all levels to effect this much better society.

Good luck to President Obama, on his second term.

——–HEALTH TIP—— Can’t sleep? Take a wash cloth, wet it with cool water, wring it out, and place it over your abdomen. This has something to do with blood flow, and the bodies electrical pulses, pulling them to this area, creating a relaxing effect that leads to sleep. I tried this, and had a great night’s sleep. For me that is huge because I am an insomniac! —HEALTH TIP—–

Cheers.

mark

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Jaguars, Fiscal Cliff, and I Need A Car

This is a bad time to be a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars. This season has been, by far, one of the worst since the league expanded and added the Jaguars back in 1995. With only two wins under their belt, and one game left in the season, there is nothing to be excited about.

Injuries have been the main stay this season. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert, Running Back Maurice Jones – Drew, players on the Offensive line, and on the Defensive side of the ball have combined for a next man up, and “can we find a war body to field” scenarios. Having thought we had settled our Quarterback problems, Gabbert got hurt at a key point in his progression, and Chad Henne, although performing heroically, looks to be replaced, or at least made to compete for a job against Tim Teebow. Teebow, by the way, has been warming the bench in New York not because they refuse to play him, he just aint that good. Jaguars owner Shad Khan seems like he will trade-off all of our good draft picks to acquire him next season to have fair weather fans buy tickets for a stadium that has not been blacked out for some time now. I will not buy a ticket to see the Teebow circus. We need a team, not Teebow, and his one man show. The biggest mistake we could make would be to trade away the stock we have in next years draft to acquire him. Certainly, continuing to round out our roster, should be the priority.

Onto other matters. If Congress, and the President do not come together, and agree on something, America will be going over the fiscal cliff come January. Personally, I think they will once again kick the can down the road. I hope they do not. I hope they can stop arguing over their differences, and work out a deal on the points they agree. These are dark times in United States history. I hope the Republicans, and Democrats see the light.

Anyone out there with a generous heart, I really need some help. I need a vehicle to make it to my doctors appointments. I go at least once a month, and the trip is 120 miles round trip. Even if I move there, to that city, I will still need a vehicle. I am having a heck of a time even buying food because I do not have a car to get to the grocery store. I have been living out of the Family Dollar. I see these cars, KIAs, for no money down, and 99 a month. I could afford that, plus the insurance, but they will not approve my credit to get one. I am hoping something comes up for me soon. Trust me, if I could work, and get off disability, I would not be in this position; however, I can’t, and I am really struggling not having a car.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas!

cheers,

mark

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Why I am Voting For President Obama

I know this is a bit late for me to go on record endorsing a candidate for President, but I had many things to contemplate, before I made my final decision. The endorsement of Obama/Biden, by Secretary of State, Former Chairman of The Joint Chiefs, General Colin Powell, as well as the following reasons, have been the determining factors, in my vote for Obama/Biden, and my full endorsement, of the ticket.

One of the things I had to be very sure of was that I would not vote for someone because I do not like the religion, of the other. I had a very bad experience with the Mormon faith, and my only blood related son was stolen from me by my Mormon ex-wife. I wanted to ensure my vote was not a vote based on irrationality, but a vote well thought out. I got over the Mormon religion question by asking myself, if this were my Mormon son running for President, would I want people to not vote for him solely because he is a Mormon? The answer is obviously no. Moreover, in this nation, we have a thing called a constitution guaranteeing the rights of individuals, to freedom of religion. I swore a life long oath to support, and defend the Constitution, of The United States. I cannot, and will not base my vote on a person’s choice of religion, or lack thereof.

My decision to vote for, and support Barack Obama, for President, has been well thought out. I have shaken off the voices, of the fear mongers, who shrieked in 2008, if we voted for Obama, we would lose our nation. First of all, I do not know who “we” are, cause I am not one of “we”, I am an American. Additionally, the last time I checked, the Constitution is still in effect, and Americans enjoy freedom people around the world would gladly die for, to bequeath to their children. Barack Obama, and Joe Biden were elected in 2008, and the world has not ended, nor has the United States of America, nor have the rights, and freedoms all Americans cherish.

The Affordable Care Act means a great deal to me to. Not because I am without insurance. I am well covered, insurance wise, due to my service to my country. It means so much to me because of what it represents. It represents a chance for millions of Americans who are too poor, or who have pre-existing conditions to get, and keep health insurance, thereby securing access to doctors, hospitals, medications, and other healthcare needs. My sister, her name is Joyce, died at the age of 38 because of a lack of health insurance. She wanted to, and did work; however, no one would give her health insurance because she had crohns disease, just like I do. She could not afford the premiums, for even basic health insurance. Yes, she could go to the Emergency Room, and she did go to the Emergency Room, but that is not the place to manage a chronic disease that is very severe. In spite of making good money, and working in the healthcare industry, she was unable to get the medications needed to manage her severe crohns disease. She  could not afford to see a Primary Care doctor, on a regular basis either. For sure she could not afford to see a specialist. She died as a result of intra-abdominal hemoraging, of blood, en route to the hospital, in an ambulance. She bled to death because she did not have access to regular healthcare. I know this because I have internal bleeding with my crohns, and it almost killed me, but because I saw a doctor regularly, it was caught in time. I have been undergoing regular treatments for the past five years. A simple blood test, at a routine appointment, could have caught this early on; however, she could not do this because she had no health insurance. The Republicans are saying they will repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and give us something better. They tell the truth when they say they will repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), yet the lie when they say they will replace it with something better. The Republicans will do nothing, for the health, and welfare, of the working poor, the sick, and people with pre-existing conditions, to attain quality affordable healthcare. How many more people will have to die? One is too many. The Republicans say Obama weakened Medicare by taking money from it to start funding the ACA. That is another lie. I know firsthand Medicare is working better now than it ever has. I have had Medicare since I became disabled, in 1998. When the Part D Prescription Plan was made law, it left many financially insecure (poor) disabled, and seniors unable to pay the upfront costs, for their medications. July of this year I had a severe infection, was in a private hospital, and had to be given a prescription for Vancomycin. The doctor was worried because historically Medicare Part D leaves the patient with a $400.00 gap to cover with Vancomycin. When I filled my prescription, at a private pharmacy, I was only charged a co-pay of 3 of 4 bucks, not the $400.00 people had to pay before the ACA, and the elimination of waste from Medicare. President Obama, and the ACA have made Medicare work better, by eliminating waste. The Republicans are swearing up, and down Medicare was raided, and ruined. The only thing that happened were those who make more on retirement, or disability, and/or have access, to assets, making them richer, are being required, to pay, their fair share. That is only fair. They can afford it. If their prescription drug costs get beyond a certain amount, they are not required to pay the same large percentage. These benefeciaries get a break when their mecication costs reach the catostrophic range, which for a person who is rich, is a drop in the perverbial bucket. I cannot believe Mitt Romney, and Paul Ryan are using this lie, and making it a wedge issue. What troubles me more is some people will believe it.

We are out of Iraq, and are working on getting out of Afghanistan. Osama Bin Laden is dead. Instead of being the foreign policy failure the Republicans said he would be, Barack Obama has conversely handled foreign affairs quite well. I thought he would have had a learning curve, but apparently he is a quick study, and has handled things as good as, if not better than the previous administration. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, is out of touch with who our current enemies are, and may drag us into military adventures, in far flung places. Romney said Russia is one of our main enemies. We may not be able to trust them very much, but they are not a major enemy anymore. The Cold War is over. I fought in it, as did millions of others from 1946, to the 1990s. By the way, we won. Can someone please tell this to Governor Romney, and Representative Ryan? Furthermore, with the way Romney acted when he went overseas recently, inflaming allies, and creating problems everwhere he went, I am scared of the prospect of him handling our foreign affairs.

Last points. Looking back into history we have not had an economic collapse, of this magnitude, since the Great Depression. While it is not as bad as that was, it could have been had quick action not been taken, to shore up the banks, the auto industry, as well as other areas of the economy. Were mistakes made? Yes, but at least something was being done. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) tried many things, some worked, some did not. He said it was like a Football Game, and if one play did not work, we had to try another. Eventually we came out of the Great Depression, and we are eventually pulling out of the Great Recession, even as I write this blog entry. Will we have more bumps in the road? Yes, especially with the havoc Super Storm Sandy has thrown at the Northeast, but we will recover. This is not the time to change teams. I sincerely believe we will  all be better off if we re-elect Barack Obama.

I watched a documentary about FDR today. As our nation, and our people suffered tremendously, during the Great Depression, the Republicans were advocating for the end of Social Security, the WPA, and all of the other programs that helped pull our nation out of those horrible times, and have left a safety net, for future generations, so things do not get to the point of a Great Depression again. Just think about it. If the Republicans had their way back in the 1930s, America would have no safety net. No social programs to help those who fall on hard times, or who are not the rich, not the well-born, nor the able. America would be a worse place, if we did not have the safety nets enacted under FDR, and other Presidents, and Congresses.

As for our current Congress, especially the House of Representatives, they have obstructed the people’s business solely for the purpose of defeating Obama, in the General Election. They have  all been crying about how bad the economy is, yet none of the Republicans, in the House of Representatives, have compromised, for the good of the American people, to make things better. The House has voted, to repeal the Affordable Care Act, 30 plus times, knowing the bill will fail in the Senate, yet the Republicans in the House have not reached across the aisle to effect legislation, for the good, of those Americans still struggling. President Obama cannot sign legislation into law unless it is passed, in the Legislative Branch. For legislation to pass, compromise must take place. This  failure to put partisan bickering aside, is bordering on treason, and is definitely hypocritical, when they blame it all on President Obama.

There it is.  Lies, borderline treason, and hypocrisy. These are some of the reasons I am not voting for Mitt Romney, and will be voting for Barack Obama.

Vote as you please, but please vote. Many have sacrificed their lives, to give you the right to vote. Please exercise your right, whether you agree with me, or not.

mark

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Was 9-11-01 A Conspiracy? – Questions Needing Answers

Hey everyone. Recently, I have had a lot of  extra time on my hands. Time I have obviously needed, and thus far used to rest/re-charge, and study via video medium, and my favorite medium of all, books.

After the incidents of September 11, 2001, I have heard many conspiracy theories, and being a good soldier, could not see how my government, which I swore a life long oath to could be involved in such a thing; however, I left myself open to the possibility of rogue elements enacting such a plan for various reasons, including at the behest of the Military Industrial Complex (MIC). The MIC wields tremendous amounts of power, in our government, and no party is immune.

Tonight’s topic of study was the events of 9-11-01. I decided to listen to the other side, the side many, including me, have labeled the conspiracy side. The totality of the information presented me, has got the old wheels in my head turning.

Here are several items that piqued my interest:

1: The discovery of nano thermite, by an independent lab, from samples taken by a concerned citizen. For those who do not know what this substance is, it is a very powerful, and very hot form of thermite. The samples tested (already been through the explosion, fire, and collapse) were off the charts for their heat producing capability.

2) I have heard structural engineers say the building fell in on itself due to the way it was designed. After looking at many slow motion videos, I can clearly see what looks like smaller explosions shooting out the lower portions, of both towers; furthermore, the buildings imploded the way buildings do when a demolition team takes down a building. It is on record, the center steel structure of the building underwent renovations, to strengthen it. This could have very well been a cover to place nano thermite based charges. I do not know, but someone does, and they will speak out one day, if this indeed was plotted within our own government.

3) The steel from the towers, most of it was sent over seas and sold at bargain prices. Someone may not have wanted this stuff to be looked at closer. I thought it was used domestically to build war ships, and make memorials. I learned very little it was used in such endeavours. Some was, but not much.

4) World Trade Center 7, which was a disaster recovery, and command center used by the city, state, and federal government imploded as if a demolition team had wired the building.  This building also housed the inspection, and work reports, on the work done to the trade centers, as well as being the home to one of the investigating agencies the government hired to explain away  why the towers imploded, as if it were a planned demolition. One of the survivors, of this building has gone on record saying there were explosions popping off in the building. He was rescued. After he gave his second statement about the explosions, on television, he has disapeared, no where to be found, no trace. This is all very queer, in my opinion.

5) The very same day these events took place our military, including NORAD were participating in exercises on what to do if a plane hit a sky scraper, and if the Pentagon were attacked; furthermore, the person who flew the plane into the Pentagon hit it exactly at an area that had been recently reinforced to withstand a hit by an airplane, and this was the ONLY area that had been renovated in such a way.

6) All of the local responders, to the crash of the last airplane, in Pennsylvania, noted how their was hardly any wreckage, for such a large plane, and the crater just did not seem the right size. Looking through other plane crashes, some of which were blown up in the air, the debris fields for those planes were much larger than this one. This is inexplicable.

I am not saying definitively this was an internal conspiracy, but I do believe the American people need to bring up these, and all the other pieces of the puzzle that do not fit, and demand answers. If we have had a coup, this would be tragic. Look at the Patriot Act which has led to us surrendering much of our rights to privacy, and consider the recent passage, and enactment of a law allowing the United States Military to arrest American citizens, here in the states, and hold them with no access to the courts. Taking all of this into account, if it is true 9-11-01 was perpetrated from the inside, of our government, for whatever reason (I suspect weapons, and power, if it be true), we are in a bad way. I pray it be to the contrary, but until I can satisfy my mind on the points I have brought up, along with some other valid points, I will be worried for our rights as American citizens, and the use of our military, in far-flung places.

My heart, and prayers are always for those who lost loved ones on that dreadful day, and for those who have lost loved ones, or had loved ones injured in the subsequent wars. I am in no way trying to diminish their sacrifices.

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Israeli Apartheid – A Path to Genocide?

I use a search feature, for news updates, on certain topics. One of these topics is Israel. I found this summary from Asia News:

“AsiaNews.it Tue, 23 Oct 2012 09:28 AM PDT
» by Joshua Lapide Most want to take away voting rights from Israeli Arabs and deny it to Palestinians in case the West Bank is annexed. They also want separate roads for Israelis and Palestinians and the separation of Jewish and Arab children. This “picture is a very, very sick one” for Israel.”

If this is true, it sickens me, and disturbs me deeply. After what the Jewish people have been through, in the course of their history, with Genocide, and Exclusionism, I have hopes, for better attitudes towards people who are different from them.

Genocide has killed more people than all the wars of the twentieth century. From the Turkish genocide of Armenians, Nazi Germany’s genocide of Jews, Hutus in Rwanda chopping up the totsies with machetes, Serbia massacring Bosnian Muslims, Guatemala’s army executing Mayans, and all the other genocides throughout Africa, it is crystal clear genocide is a cancer, on humanity. A cancer that must be excised, from our hearts, minds, and souls.

Genocide happens because we (the world) let it happen. The perpetrators of these atrocities do it because they know they can get away with it. All the UN does is talk while hundreds of thousands, even millions are butchered.

The sovereign state of Israel should exhibit better behavior because of what the Jewish people have been through, in Nazi Germany, with millions of them being killed just because they were Jewish. The killings did not happen over night. The intolerance, and exclusionism creeped up on those poor souls a little bit at a time. Jews who were citizens, of the German state, some of them Veterans of World War 1, became enemies, of the state. Points of views,  like the ones, in this news flash, led to the German state disenfranchising Jews, separating them, and to the genocide of millions.

I hope, and pray clearer heads prevail, and the beliefs described, in this article, are swiftly abandoned. Regardless of those who wish the destruction of Israel, and the Jewish race, the Jewish people need to take the high road, and not take the dark paths that lead to genocide.

I respect, and defend the right of Israel, and the Jewish people, to protect themselves, and their interests; however, when I see things like this article, I fear the darkness of genocide is dimming the light of humanity once again.

This blog entry is not complete without me pointing out the problems America is facing. With the terrorist attacks on the United States by Muslim extremists, it is becoming easy for Americans to group all Muslims together, hold them in contempt, and even hate them. We must be very careful, in our actions, words, and deeds, to not let the acts, of extremists, lead us down the dark paths of genocide, and exclusionism. We need to embrace those who are different from us, not hate them because they are different. We need to be aware our children hear what we  say, and see what we do. Prejudices are learned, we are not born prejudiced. Prejudice is a seed for genocide. We have the choice, to teach love, and tolerance, instead of hate, and intolerance.

We are all made in the image of God.

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