Update: Work, CNN, Biden’s Picks for Judge

After almost two months of no work, and also suffering from covid, I finally got some—two jobs in a row. It feels good to be back to work (I’m a painting contractor). I’m wondering how I will survive when I finally am fully retired. And it felt so good to be working, because in both jobs the people were so nice. In fact, on my second job the lady was sort of following me around talking to me. But I like talking to people, even when I’m working (I can work and talk at the same time). It shows me that people think I have a good listening ear—and that makes me feel good.

Anti-Trump Talk At CNN

On my first job (painting a bathroom and hall) the people (older people) had CNN on non-stop. It   was a little annoying, because about 80% of the talk was about Trump—anti-Trump: saying things like, that he and his supporters were guilty of the “BIG LIE.” That is the term they are using now to tell the public that when they say that the election was stole that that is a big lie.

But let me tell you something. Just saying that we are guilty of the Big Lie is evidence in itself that they are the ones lying. Also, the fact that CNN spends so much time bashing trump is also very suspicious. Yes, I believe that those at the top of CNN are desperately seeking to cover up a lie (their lies) by pushing the blame on us and on trump.

I don’t want to suggest that I know everything, but after getting my ears full of CNN for two full days, I have come to some conclusions. There is a diabolical reason why CNN is talking so negatively about Trump and his supporters and his family for so long. Here are three reasons: 1) they are trying to cover up their own lies by misdirection; 2) they are diabolically trying to convince the public that they (the press) and the Democrat party are innocent and that the election was fair (they are saying that it was the fairest election ever; what a joke); and 3) the way they are doing it is to try to convince the public that trump and his follower are the guilty ones, the liars.

I also spent some time researching a liar’s behavior. And in this case, it is the lying of an entire news company. Anyway, here is

The Typical Behaviors of Liars

  •  They are very rehearsed, that is, they are all together, saying the same things. No one gets out of step. They all use the same words.
  •  They repeat certain words and phrases over and over again for emphasis, such as “the Big Lie,” and just the name “Trump.”
  •  They talk a lot. In other words, CNN is constantly talking negatively about how Trump is lying, about how he is the cause of Jan. 6th, about his crooked business dealings, and much more—Trump, Trump, Trump. And so, what they are doing is desperately trying to relieve themselves of any guilt by pushing their guilt on Trump. And they are also trying to convince the public of this.
  •  They sound arrogant. A liar, in his effort to sound truthful, comes across as arrogant: very self-assured and extremely opinionated. And also notice how CNN news people sound so professional. I think that many of them have actually convinced themselves of what they are saying.

Biden’s pick for Supreme Court Judge

With Justice Stephen Breyer planning to retire, Biden is now making plans to elect a replacement. Who will it be? Well, since a Supreme Court judge is such an important job, we all would expect that he would want to select the most qualified person, right? And that person should be selected not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

But apparently, Joe Biden doesn’t believe that, because he has announced that he will pick only a black woman for the position.

Work Vs. Welfare: America Needs to Be Working

I grew up with a good work ethic. My Dad was a farmer and his dad was a farmer. On my mom’s side her dad was a house painter. Now I’m a house painter. I can truthfully say, I’m most happy when I’m working.

I have been reading Beyond Biden, by Newt Gingrich. He has a few chapters on this subject of work and welfare. I will just give you the sections that I highlighted.

  • Historically, America has been on the side of earned freedom, and the heart of that is work.
  • We need to help poor people learn how to get a job, and to get better and better jobs.
  • Benjamin Franklin: “It is the working man who is the happy man. It is the idle man who is a miserable man.”
  • The left (the socialists) wants to make poor people comfortable in poverty. They are willing to pay you more to do nothing than you can earn by going to work. Why? Because they want you to be dependent on the government. They want to control you.
  • Welfare teaches you to learn how to get money rather than how to earn money. They want you to find out all the ways that the government will pay you to stay home. They want you to find all the ways to get free money. Unfortunately, this welfare mentality creates a growing sickness of theft and corruption. For example, in the recent COVID bailout distributions in California, an estimated $31 billion was stolen from the unemployment compensation program.
  • Nationwide, during the COVID crisis $400 billion in tax dollars is now in the hands of criminals. But the sad thing about this is that they think they are just being smart or thrifty.
  • A culture that teaches people to get money without effort teaches a culture of indolence, poverty, and that looks for others to take care of them. But a culture of work leads to a constant search for learning and self-improvement.
  • Remember this adage? “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
  • When people come to expect something for nothing, it leads them to indolence. When they are used to getting something for nothing and have been reassured that they deserve the money just for being alive, many of them begin to believe it. Then they become aggressive in demanding money.

America is now on the brink of a decaying culture that demands to be taken care of without going to work.

Update: My Work, My Writing, the News

I bought these Petunias to brighten up my apartment.

My Work

Lately I’ve been staying busy, more than I want to be. For some reason I have gotten a lot of calls for jobs this year. I’m a house painter. That’s what I have been busy with. Though I am retired, I just keep working. But I’m not complaining—too much. The main complaint this year is the terrible heat. We are having a lot of 90-degree days.  Too hot to paint!

My latest book, The Tribulation

I’ve written a few books on prayer, a few books on bible prophecy, and my memoir.  Now I’m back to bible prophecy. I’m just getting started on this book on the Tribulation. I’m excited to know how it will turn out. I’ve done some research, but I know I will do more as I go along. I do have an outline, so I know what the content will be, but I also know that I will have some surprises—I will learn as I go. And, as is my custom, I will blog the content as I go. That will start soon.

The News

As Christians often say, “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through.” That has more and more been my attitude, especially since the news is so bad. I listen to the radio—probably more than I should—to get a conservative slant on things. But you know, since the Dem’s control everything, there is not much good news. And can you believe this Critical Race theory they are pushing? Terrible. And there seems to be no end to the upsurge in crime and murder. The only good news of it all is that the Rapture will be coming soon!

Update: sadness, faith, walking, working and writing

Sadness. Lately I have been feeling depressed over the shootings and rioting. I’m not really on one side or the other, but I think if people would respect the police more and if parents would instill that respect in their kids, things would be better. If the police aren’t immediately obeyed, there is bound to be trouble; things could get out of control fast. I’m sick about all the riots and the deaths. But we can’t cancel the police. They are here to keep law and order and most of them do that well.

I should also say that God knows all about what is going on in the world, and so we (I) need not be anxious. So, I will pray about it and leave it to Him. I can only so much according to how He directs me, and then He will finish it up according to His will. God is in control of all things, and when we (I) understand that we (I) will have more peace.

Faith. The idea that most of our troubles result from our little faith has been churning in my mind. When Jesus was speaking about how to overcome anxiety and worry by observing the birds and the flowers, He concluded by saying, “O ye of little faith.” And that is the summation of most of our problems, isn’t it? We just fail to believe in Him, that He will take care of us and bring us hope and good things; that He will show us His love and put us at peace and in His joy.

The paths of the Lord are mercy and truth.

He pardons our iniquities

and teaches us to fear Him.

He tells us to keep looking to Him

and to trust Him to deliver us.

(from Psalm 25)

Walking, working and writing. I walk most to enjoy nature and to photograph nature. You will see my photos in my blogs. But I also walk for exercise and to feel better.

I’m a retired painter, but I still work once in a while just to keep busy and to see my customers. I have a few clients that I know and have worked for for a over twenty years. It is good to see them and to keep painting for them.

I’m also a writer and a self-publisher. I enjoy writing books, but I haven’t sold too many. Hopefully that will change soon when I go with a different publisher. I’m thinking of Xulon. They are a Christian company so I think that will help. I’m writing a book now on the Tribulation. Hopefully it won’t take long to write, and I’m sure you will soon be getting some of the book excerpts.

My Update (10/3/2020): Cleaning, Publishing, Prayer, Work

Its been a couple of weeks since I’ve given you an update. I’m not a diary person; I find that this personal blog kind of fulfills that purpose—and more. Anyway, I will start with my apartment…

Cleaning the apartment. I have been in my apartment for just over 20 years and now we have a new management company; and they are stricter. They recently came in—while I was gone—and did an inspection. They said I needed to clean my fridge and bathtub and bathroom floor; and they are coming back in a month to check it.  Well, I’m feeling kind of upset over it, but now that I’m getting busy cleaning, I think it’s a good thing for me—God’s will.

Publishing my book. I’m a self-publisher and I’m now in that process with my last book. Editing is easy, just reading it through and checking things. But yesterday I spent about three hours trying to delete the header info from a blank page! I finely figured it out. It helps to click on “help” on my MS word. They gave me a five-point answer, and it worked! Next, I will check it over one last time and then put it in a pdf form and send it to Lulu (a printing co.) to be printed and bound. Oh, and I also have to send them my designed cover page. Lulu does a good job at making the books, but they don’t do much to sell it for you. I’m gonna half to think of ways to sell my books myself. I just have to do it—even though it really isn’t my gift.

Trump and Country. I have a blog with that name, but I quit on it a few months ago. It was too stressful for me. But though I don’t blog on politics much anymore, I do keep up with watching the Fox videos and also some reading. More and more these days I have been feeling a strong burden to pray for President Trump and this country—in that order. Every morning when I pray, he is the first item on my list: for his health, strength, and wisdom. I also pray that just judgment would be done on all those evil forces (evil people) coming against him and this country. Please pray with me. Christians, please pray. It is your most important duty. Nothing but prayer will work to come against the darkness; only God is strong enough to come against it. And He chooses to work mostly through our prayers.

My healthy and work. I want to keep working in my painting business, but I am retired and I’m slowing down. In some respects, my work is good to give me exercise. But if I overdo it, which I always tend to do, my arthritis flares up and my muscles get really sore for a few days. The key is to find the right balance between work and rest. It’s kind of nice to not be bothered by work for a few days, because I like to just sit and read and do my writing. I hope and pray that my writing will be a benefit to others, that it won’t be a meaningless or just a self-fulfilling exercise.  I’ll be praying about it, and then commit it to Him—and wait for His peace.

God bless you my fellow bloggers and followers. Keep up your good work and encouraging words. Prayer to you always.

Stephen

What Black Lives Matter Wants, by Bill O’Reilly

In a minute I will tell you what facts O’Reilly has discovered about the organization Black Lives Matter. But, at the start I just want to say that I believe in the words, “black lives matter.” That is, I believe that all black lives do matter—because blacks are people created in the image of God. Also, I believe that many people who support the organization Black Lives Matter, support it because they believe, as I do, that black people are people, and they do matter. But I suspect that many don’t know what the organization stands for and wants.

Bill O’Reilly, in his Morning Edition said, “[Black Lives Matter] is perhaps the most radical organization in the United States of America.” Then he gave these facts about what the organization wants.

WHAT BLACK LIVES MATTER WANTS

* No public funding for police. That means all police forces to be eliminated and replaced by private police forces.

* Reparations for slavery for every black American.

* Guaranteed income for every black American. And they don’t even have to work.

* To all blacks, free college and open admissions to any college they want.

* All blacks in jail to be released—because they are in there due to white oppression.

* The voting age to be dropped to age 16.

MY COMMENTS

If these things were to go through you would have chaos. Law and order would disappear due to the lack of police. Since blacks would be getting paid anyway, many will choose not to go to college, and who know what they will do with their idol time. And since all black criminals would be released from jail (yes there are black criminals), the crime rate would go sky high. Yes, I agree that Black Lives Matter is a very radical group that need to be understood for who they are and stopped. America can’t tolerate this group for the good of the country and also for their own good.

My Work: House Painting

This is my work truck. I had a small painting job at this location.

My work. It’s been a while since I had work. But I’m retired. I started a house painting business in 1981. At the beginning it was just me and one employee—a good friend. We had no contacts so I had to advertise. I put adds in the local newspaper, and I also made small, half-sheet fliers to distribute. Sometimes I distributed them by hand, door-to-door, with help from nieces and nephews. Other times I paid to have them delivered as an insert. That kept us busy, just busy enough.

The summers were good, but the winters were spars. After the first couple years I hired more help. That was fun during the summer time, but during the winter months I had to lay them off. There was just not enough work. So in the spring time I usually had to rehire and retrain people—because the ones I had before, had gotten other jobs. But then there were a couple guys who kept coming back—the faithful.

Well, I don’t want to bore you by giving you a year by year run down. But there were some interesting stories to tell. Working with a crew of guys is always fun—but sometimes aggravating for me, the boss. I remember, one of my guys would always call me Boss, or Boss man. I hated that! Because I didn’t think he was genuine. Yea, I had some characters—all different. Those were the days.

I retired when I was 63, seven years ago. But I didn’t totally stop working. At first, I cut about a third out of my hours. Today my hours are cut about in half. I have never had so much work that I was able to save a lot. So I figured that with my Social Security payment I still need to work some.

But you know, I really think it’s for the best. I like working a little. At 69 I don’t feel much like working full bore, but I think its good for me to work a little. And I like seeing faithful clients. I have some clients that I have done work for, for over 30 years. For some of them, I have painted their entire house 4 or 5 times, or more. Some of them call me for work almost every year. And I try to call all of my clients once a year, just to keep in touch—but of course I will ask them if they need any painting. Out of about 30 calls I get roughly one job out of it.

 I’m waiting for someone to call me right now. I am ready for a job. A small job. This retirement at times sucks! All I do is sit around writing, blogging, reading, and doing my chores. Other things too, and it’s getting very routine. I need a job. I’m getting too lazy.

I’m afraid retirement for me will never be typical—like rich folks. You know, traveling and golfing and going on cruises. I will have to keep working as much as necessary to have enough in savings for when I get too old to work. I have to keep a tight budget. And it will always be, for me, a life of trusting God. That sounds good to me. He will provide and keep me joyful.