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In the Time it Took for you to Talk About It

About halfway through a long-winded conversation about unfounded and baseless dreams, like most other listeners, I find myself having trouble listening.  We live in a culture where it is a good thing to have big dreams, but not a good thing to have realistic plans or have attainable goals.  That’s weird, because you can do anything you plan to do.

Dreaming is a grand activity, a fantastical practice, a fantasy envisioned, and absolutely not real or tangible.  However our dreams are powerful tools.  We dream about wanting something, attaining our desires, then we talk about achieving it, how it would be!  But there is no goal, no pathway to walk directly to it and take.  We are stuck in the talking about it and that is about it.

So, in the time we listen, in the time it took for you to talk about it you could have written up a plan to go and make and create and have.  Made a step A through finished, fruition, success, completion.  I will attempt to listen though I would rather pull out pen and paper and set things in motion to help you do what you want to do, to help you become the dream master.

I am not therapist, not counselor, I am an ordained minister by request, though I feel I could charge for giving advice about planning.  But I learned it for free in books.  Just make a goals list each day and complete those goals.  I do this because it is simple: nothing happens without being planned.  I heard recently: there is no happenstance.  Imagine.  I think you should stop talking and make plans, you should do and show.  Save the tell.

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Obama’s reemergence into Politics is a Sign of Concern for Democrats in the 2018 Midterms

Recently, in the news, when I Google search Trump or politics, I see a familiar name come up: Barack Obama.  (Maybe Google is being bias towards me!  I better ask Trump.) Obama is the president I voted for twice.  He is the shining beacon of hope.  He is a person of passion, a leader with decency, and someone who always looked great for the cameras, every day, and his staff.  (Am I drawn into the idea that life is a fairy tale… no, I am not, not really.  Nothing is ever that squeaky-clean.  Now, after the fact, after his presidency, this seems impossible, or a charade.)  That being said, Obama’s appearance in the media this time strikes me as a HUGE concern for Democrats across the nation in relation to the midterms.  This concern could spell a “red tide” in November.

Let me try and explain my opinion:  Obama, to me, is the fixer that Hillary could never be for the Democrat Party.  In many, if not all cases, Obama is entirely more likable and he knows how to persuade people better than any other Democrat candidate.  (Politics aside, I would love to have a beer with President Obama.)  He is the person that people can generally get behind, he is compassionate, where as Donald Trump may not appear to be to many.  He is the antithesis of Trump in a plethora of ways: party, planning, and personality.  Where Trump is straightforward and may not be politically correct, Obama is kind, amiable, and he smooths politics over with more politics (which is some cases, after the fact, may seem deceptive and manipulative.)  Obama becoming necessary pre-2018 midterms should be a concern for anyone promoting progressive or blue, he–a man not running for office again (presumably) is in effect running against the man in office and for a party.  Obama will be competing with Democrats for the Democrat party.  His sun will outshine his lunar-like contenders in most situations.  Obama’s void in the midterms as a candidate, after his presence now, could set Democrats back lightyears, he is a massive powerhouse to fill, a resource that essentially only the news media has, he belongs to no party, to the benefit of Republicans.

His reemergence seems more forced than planned, more emergency than by chance.  For one: the former president and first lady said they were “going to take a little break” from politics after his presidency.   It is subjective to try and understand what constitutes as a “little break”, however I feel the break would have been a bit longer had the blue wave become more of a sure thing at this juncture.  I believe there is some internal ideas, within polling–which are really an unreliable guess, that the midterms will not be such a hand out to the losing part of the 2016 election.  Mind you, that election was a sure thing for Hillary and it didn’t work out so well, alas polling said otherwise.  President Obama coming back from his “break” so closely to the midterms makes me wonder, is it out of choice or necessity for the party.  Or maybe he just likes the press relatively speaking–in relation to Trump, accordingly, they, the press, love and love him, Obama.

Those ideas stated, I believe there is more but it’s all speculative, it’s just of an opinion of mind.  I believe that Obama is and was great for the Democrat party.  He promoted ideas that may not have seen fruition but he may have given many Americans hope.  In a time where the news media promotes a lack of hope he seems more than necessary.  But is that hopelessness for the Democrat party in relation to the midterm election, or to the idea that America is exclusively progressive, or that the America people deserve better, or that our times are horrible and changing for the worse, or just the opposite?  I guess it depends on how you look at the equation.  Perhaps things are getting better now–the economy, the authority of the law and how those entities enforce it, politics are being recharged whether anyone likes it or not–and maybe becoming tough and becoming accountable and not just smoothing things over with words and politics and an appearance of perfection is the human way to move forward–or the constitutional, American way to move forward.  Those are just general guesses and in no way of my precise ideation.

I’ll finish up with: I am not entirely sure about the outcome of the midterm elections, but it is telling, to me, that the Democrats pull their (forgive the pun) trump cards at this point in time.  (But I don’t know the exact history of such a thing.)  Maybe it is too soon for Obama.  Maybe he should have come back a bit later, perhaps before the 2020 presidential election and rallied the troops, championed the party, behind the new face of the party.  He could have brought back fond memories.  However, not so.  Now, Obama will be front and center in a media that truly either absolutely loves you, or absolutely-hates-your-fucking-guts.  Which is very unfortunate because it’s easy to see the potential media bias and where those entities want the country to go.  Accordingly, I believe the Democrat party should be more hopeful than certain, more concerned than confident; likewise, the Republican party shouldn’t bet on this concern as well, they should run it as if they were to lose, because everyone, even if they don’t admit it, loves an American underdog story.  And by way of what the news media promotes, that story may come true in the 2018 midterms.

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A Vote for Jeff Johnson is a Vote for Lower Taxes for All Minnesotans

If you are a Minnesotan, you pay the 5th highest tax burden in the nation, that is a fact. That means your taxes are very progressive, which, means your taxes are extremely costly to you.

Acknowledging this fact, Minnesotans cannot afford a candidate who supports additional and more aggressive state and local taxes (like the gas tax and others) especially when we are already paying more than our fair share for all.

That is why in November I, and many others, those who are fed up with high taxes with limited gains, will vote for Jeff Johnson for governor. Minnesota cannot afford another tax-and-spend politician like Tim Walz, or his Democrat cohorts.

Taking from citizens will not solve the problems of the government. Vote for your dollar, vote for your freedoms, vote for Jeff Johnson.

Don’t fall into hand-wringing hot-button topics politics.  We don’t need big government with its heavy price tag. We need accountability and efficiency, a better deal for Minnesotans.

Vote for less government, less taxes, vote for Jeff Johnson.

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A Vikings’ Win when it counts turns Minnesotans into Captain Ahab, hunting his Moby Dick for all Eternity

“This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.” -T.S. Eliot

Last night, after the Minnesota Vikings got DESTROYED by the Philadelphia Eagles, I was flipping through channels on my rabbit ears and found the Gregory Peck film version of the classic American novel Moby-Dick. I found this story to be an apropos metaphor for all die-hard Vikings’ fans at the moment, and for eternity. We are all perpetually Captain Ahab looking for the majestic white whale (a Vikings’ Win when it counts), becoming dangerously obsessed, eventual that idea becomes our mental and physical downfall, to the point of mortal apathy. The game last night ended like the Pequod and it’s ill-fated crew: figuratively eviscerated in a vast ocean of literal Eagles fans and defeatist nostalgia. We, us Ahabs, may never get our Moby Dick–that one win to take our Purple Pride to the Superbowl, especially in our hometown (fuck). Ah, but we will all yell at our TVs, clench our fists, ask the whys and hows, and hope every season, as we scream, THAR SHE BLOWS! that this year will be the one in which we the Vikings will win!

I washed my car yesterday in 40 degree Minnesota cold and then I ate some Ramen Noodles, it cost me nothing and saved me a lot more

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Even notice how a boat with a few holes in it sinks over time and it becomes more worrisome the farther you are from land? I do. Now place this image of a boat sinking on your financial situation. You lose a dollar here, ten over there, $2.50 on that one thing; the boat is your bank account. That boat is sinking slowly and you are out to see, sharks, such as creditors, banks, and lenders are following in the murky deep. We almost sank again, but this time I told my wife instead of paying for a car wash I would do it myself. Watch.

Yesterday day came and went with a car wash in the 40 degree Fahrenheit warm of St Paul, Minnesota. I think people looked at me as though I were crazy, carrying buckets from my basement to splash and lather a car I cannot afford on a side street. Yeah, I feel pretty dumb leasing it, though the lease is up in less than 20 months and we will be on to something new. The whole time I polished this machine I thought of how stupid it made me feel, to live beyond my means. People watched that spectacle, another Subaru driver waved, my neighbor sold a beater and asked me how my day was. Great! Beautiful day!

And that is why I eat Maruchan ramen noodles and rice. (With a price tag of under $5 for a number of meals I can consider myself winning.) SO, imagine now your boat sinking, money floating away, those sharks behind, empty fridge at home, wife wondering what is going to happen, and then $10 is about to go away for a car wash that leaves you wanting better. Yeah, and that car is parked in the garage losing value, begging for insurance to be paid–the expensive kind. I can get a bit cold and wet outside on such a nice day, save us money, buy us time. My debt snowball is about to be rolling, debt avalanche.

After all this, I learned something. If you can’t get creative and do it yourself, it ain’t worth doing. And if your food restrictions do not work with your frugality or goals towards financial fitness, you may need to think about your goals. Because, how I see it, you can either be gluten free or debt free, I know the gluten is asking me to buy their beach house on credit, but that’s just my opinion.  That beach house is where those debt institutions are watching your boat sink slowly from afar, thinking about monetizing your financial death on YouTube (which is another story), so they can earn more.

Under Control of My Ideas

Maybe my ideas suck just as bad as the next person, no matter how hard I try to make them heard or make them law.  And here, I attempt to control my life in all decisions, I wake up and wonder how in control I am about my ideas. Control over other people’s ideas.  Have I tried to control too much? Too many fingers in too many idea pies? A thought I like to reflect on, old and played-out by now: when you focus on everything you focus on nothing. By making my ideas center stage have I taken the light away from other people’s ideas? I am not sure, but I recall this idea of control: When you attempt to control others you lose control of yourself. I wake up from a dream where I am visiting a counselor, she says that same thing, like a past life, as if it’s true. I know it now.  Oddly, I concede and take it all back because I know dreams can be right.  I know because they have been. Who is in control of my ideas, what ways can they show it through listening and relating under control?

American news media unanimously agrees to write shorter articles saving readers time, triggering the advent of journalism without words

 

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Frogtown, USA —This week an official report of an official study found that most people don’t read the news because it’s too long and takes too much time to read. In hopes to counter lack of readership and lack of attention to everything the mainstream media has decided to make all articles one to two sentences long, maximum.

The decision to make news articles one to two sentences long in their entirety was unanimously agreed upon by American news organizations on Monday eve after finding that no one reads anymore, or takes the news seriously, and this looming fact destroys potential for more advertisement revenue.

In what seems to be the demise of true journalism, a bastion of hope has been burrowed out of thin air in true optimism, from the idea of less is more, perhaps, and this sea change may just be the beginning of novel style of journalism that doesn’t require words at all, merely assumptions by inflection of personal interpretation. Not a far cry from where we are today, when journalism already doesn’t require legitimate sources at all.

To the news that all news articles would be only one to two sentences long, purposeful and sage Millennials rejoiced in having more time to like things on Instagram and craft new Facebook status updates, now instead of reading through articles with details and objective facts the reader could simply fill in the blanks to their liking. Creating a double positive: the story would be easier to read, and easier to digest mentally.

In a time where there isn’t much time in our busy lives, shorter articles will become a more positive experience for the reader, for the writer, and for the entire world in general; journalism with words, thought, and details will become a thing of the distant past. With the official announcement of shorter articles, the American news media is truly on course for a new style of the literary form, a new style of journalism without words.