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Monday, February 25, 2019

Bug (aka Jill) can be Found on Alexandria (aka Just Jill) and Twitter (aka JillsStar)

My posts have been mostly on Alexandria and Twitter lately. As I venture back to my blog posting from time to time, I recall how much I enjoyed writing for this blog, Freedom Lover USA and how much stress it also brought to me. Politics is a difficult beast to rein in all the time and it can lead to comedy acts and violent anger. So much of that is seen on Twitter, isn't it. Oh yes... all the time.

Today, I am interested in linking you to my past posts on Alexandria and possibly getting back to this blog because I truly do love our country and fear for it every day. Let us never forget how much she has done for us and how much past great leaders helped form what we have today. Without this country, the world would truly all be under the thumbs of even fewer than it already is.

Here is my author page: Just Jill

At the moment, there are just two of us posting on the site however they are always taking GUEST POSTS so please feel free to try it out. All points of view are welcome, though admittedly it is geared more towards one side than another. I believe that is just because of the lack of posters at the moment.

I will be posting links and snippets of some posts in a few minutes and will use the dates they were originally written. What that means is that if you view past posts that have this format, know that they were posted recently although written when originally stamped.

Please feel free to comment and let me know if you are interested in sharing links back and forth.

Until next time... and hopefully no additional AKAs. ;0)

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Don't Tread On Me

Gadsden Flag - Don't Tread On Me

In some old dusty attic
Undisturbed for many years
There lies a tattered banner
That is stained with blood and tears
By men who knew that freedom
Must be fought for by the free
And died to save a ragged flag
That said Don't Tread on Me

Don't Tread on Me
I'm a rattlesnake with
Diamonds down my back
When other men retreat
That's just the time that I attack
Because a dream that's worth defending
Is a dream that's bound to be
A ragged flag that said
Don't Tread on Me

Two hundred years of glory
And the glory's just begun
We may have lost some battles
But these colors never run
We drew the line at Valley Forge
We held at Bunker Hill
The cannon smoke is lifting
I can see that banner still

Don't Tread on me
I'm a mountain lion
And courage is my name
I tamed a wild country
But I'm wild just the same
And from that rocky Boston harbor
To the California Sea
A ragged flag that said
Don't Tread on Me

This nation isn't what we've done
It's what we've got to do
Remember that United States
Can only start with you
We better be recalling
What this country's all about
And rally round that ragged flag
And hear the people shout
Don't Tread on Me
I'm a grizzly bear
That's not afraid to bite
I don't look for trouble
But when trouble comes I fight
Because my daddy taught me freedom
Has no lifetime guarantee
A ragged flag that said
Don't Tread on Me

The winds of change are blowing
And they're sure to shake this land
We stood all we can take
And now it's time to take a stand
Let's tell the men who make the laws
In Washington D.C.
Unfurl again
That ragged flag that said
Don't Tread on Me

Don't Tread on me
I'm an eagle
Who is clawing at the sky
I want that banner waving up
Where eagles dare to fly
And blazing in the sunlight
So that friend and foe can see
A ragged flag that said
Don't Tread on Me

Don't Tread on us
We're Americans
And we were born to lead
Our skin is every color
And our faith is every creed
We are 300 million people
But on one thing we agree
A ragged flag that said
Don't Tread on Me

Monday, January 28, 2019

You Do Not Have Permission to Abuse Me

As seen on Alexandria...

Snippet from post made on 01/28/2019...

Several years ago, I moved two states away to be with someone I met online. Much like the sentence “there was once this guy…” or “there was once this girl…”, you assume to know the gist of the story. In this particular case, you would probably be correct. It didn’t go well.

One day, after I had already moved hundreds of miles from my family to be with him, he said to me “I just want you to know that sometimes I can be a real asshole to people”. I looked at him and said “Great… not to me and not to my son!” It was as if he was expecting me to say it was okay and that when that happened, I would just have to accept it.

Needless to say… he is no longer a part of my life.[...]

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Friday, January 11, 2019

A Small Glimpse into the Parental Role of Gender Identity

As seen on Alexandria...

Snippet from post made on 01/11/2019...

In order to dive into this subject, I first needed to look at myself growing up and how unsure I was of my own identity. The conversation of how confusing it is to be a child stepping into their teenage years can go on indefinitely. So many competing areas of information pouring into a person’s mind can mix up the most secure of individuals.

It is difficult enough to discover your own individuality with the average things felt on a daily basis but to add in the factor of gender identity can make anyone question themselves beyond their abilities. People begin thinking about gender in a way they wouldn’t normally think; the idea that gender can be fluid and change just by the power of one’s own mind.[...]

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

You can't know people until you know them!

As seen on Alexandria...

Snippet from post made on 11/29/2018...

We went on our first cruise this year. I got a bit sea sick the first day and then it took over a week to get my land legs back once I was home. That could be the end of my story but there actually is more to this.

Best part of the cruise? Discovering how people can get along no matter what their background. The worst part was watching a lady receive CPR and not make it. Obviously, it was worse for her than for me but it was very disturbing and an up close and personal reminder that we are mortal. I’m not going to focus on the worst part but instead go back to the best part.[...]

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Monkey See, Monkey Do

As seen on Alexandria...

Snippet from post made on 05/26/2018...

It is very easy to influence other people. This is a proven fact based on how many people believe things that are clearly not true. It’s also amazing how groups of people can influence other groups until one large group remains with a similar view.

Ever notice how someone in the entertainment field will branch out to a different opinion from their colleagues until others in their field start shaming them or their fans start bombing them on social media. Back when such a thing didn’t exist, entertainers either didn’t have enough opportunity to step out of line or, when their fans found out, there was no real way to voice your disappointment and thus the entertainer didn’t feel the backlash.[...]

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Monday, January 22, 2018

A Parent's Gender Trophy

As seen on Alexandria...

Snippet from post made on 01/22/2018...

Children cannot fully grasp the meaning of the word gender, let alone what it means to be a boy or a girl. Parents who become headliners while hugging their child and saying “we’re letting little Bobbi decide” are doing it much more for themselves than their child.
That last statement may be a generalization (a fancy way of saying it’s my opinion) but from what is presented today it appears to be more truth than opinion.

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Monday, November 27, 2017

A Lie of Political Choices

As seen on Alexandria...

Snippet from post made on 11/27/2017...

The 2016 election of Donald Trump exposed so much of what so many already suspected. The Dems and the Reps are just one political party. Some say the Dems are socialists and the Reps are Democrats, which seems accurate with each new revelation coming from their own mouths. Whether this is true or not, they are not two separately independent parties; they are one political party simply called politicians.[...]

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Borders and Donald Trump Bobble Heads

As seen on Alexandria...

Snippet from post made on 02/12/2017...

Flipping radio channels is something that happens on a frequent basis in my car. I stop when I find something of interest which means I don’t land on NPR very often. Not that it doesn’t interest other people, it just doesn’t interest me. But a couple of days ago I stopped to hear what was being reported and as usual, ended up rolling my eyes a few times.

One report in particular made me laugh. I’m sure it was intended to make people worry and fret over the potential ramifications of a border wall between the US and Mexico but even the reporter seemed to see the humor. Apparently, she spoke with a man who works in Tijuana who puts items into packages and labels them for shipping. The items are made in China, shipped to San Diego, shipped to Tijuana, and shipped back to San Diego for distribution to customers.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Election Process is More than Fair, It's Freedom

As seen on Alexandria...

Snippet from post made on 11/17/2016...

The Electoral College allows our society to be very democratic when it comes to electing our president. There aren’t two or three states that rule the entire country, there aren’t a few heavily populated counties or cities that decide for everyone, and the election can’t be won by ‘chance’ or by shoving more and more people into the voting pool that shouldn’t vote. Of course that last part seems to happen anyway as we are learning many who legally can’t vote do indeed vote (non-citizens, the dead, etc).

Let’s break it down…

Here is a great website showing the maps dating back to 1789.

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Monday, November 14, 2016

Headlines and Blurbs Need to Change

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Snippet from post made on 11/14/2016...

Headlines like “Five People Shot During Protests” with a comment from the news department simply saying the same thing as the headline with a little twist like “People shot during protests!”. Same message but if you go to the article and read down to the 5th paragraph you find out that it had nothing to do with the protest. The people shot were nowhere near the protest and the man shooting them just felt like shooting a bunch of people.

Headlines like Trump says he will immediately deport or jail up to 3 million undocumented immigrants… with a comment that simply says Trump says he’ll immediately deport or jail up to 3M immigrants in U.S. illegally. Funny how they won’t say illegal aliens… you are not an immigrant if you are in a country illegally.

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How Can People Not Know the USA is a Republic?

As seen on Alexandria...

Snippet from post made on 11/14/2016...

It seems that our public school system must be teaching our children falsehoods about our history, our culture, and our government. There is no other logical reason for so many young people being so ignorant and so angry over things that are so false.America is not a democracy. We are a republic. Democracy in America is simply what people do in their individual lives or when an organization or group is in control by the majority of its members. We do not elect our president using the popular vote for a very important reason.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Trump and the Mexican

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Snippet from post made on 06/16/2016...

Growing up, I lived around several groups of people at different times. Some were Hispanic/Latino, some were Native American, and some were African-American. But you see, back then (and it wasn’t THAT long ago) people weren’t going by those specific labels. People who were Hispanic/Latino often referred to themselves as Mexican (if their ancestors came from Mexico, of course) or Spanish, if appropriate. People who were Native American referred to themselves as Indian. Those who were African-American referred to themselves as black. Now, of course, that is just in the region I lived in… there could be others who considered themselves differently than what I witnessed.[...]

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Rioters: Living on the Edge of Criminal Activity

People can justify just about anything if they believe there is a good enough reason. People can therefore justify criminal activity if they label it with good intentions. If I could not get the things that were necessary to live because there was a world war or everything just went to hell, I would do whatever was necessary to keep my family safe and fed. If that meant taking from the local grocery stores to survive, I would do it. Thus is my own justification for doing something I wouldn’t normally do.

When people riot they dissuade others from taking their side or seeing their reasoning. They cross a line into criminal behavior and it’s hard, if not impossible, to ever go back.

A few years ago something came up on the ballot that I did not vote for or against because I did not have a strong feeling for or against it. Voting just to vote and not knowing the issue or having a reason for voting is foolish. The item was voted down. When it came up on the ballot the next go-around, I again did not vote one way or the other. And again it failed. This time there were riots. People destroyed cars, set fire to buildings, destroyed businesses… all because they did not get their way.

The law abiding individuals who were in favor of it were very unhappy because it harmed their cause. How do I know? Because the next time it came up on the ballot, I voted against it just like so many others. Not because I thought it shouldn’t be passed but because I believe strongly that anyone who gets their way through rioting will only resort to such behavior again and again.

As we go forth in this year’s political process of deciding on a democrat and republican nominee, the people of our country can prove themselves as lawful citizens or criminals. As lawful citizens, they can cheer when their candidate wins, accept when he doesn’t, or even protest when he loses.

As criminals, they can riot. It doesn’t take much for some lawful citizens to cross the line and join hands with criminals, becoming criminals themselves. They justify that their rioting is actually protesting, that it’s for a good cause, that somehow it makes sense to destroy the property of others or even their lives.

Rioting is nothing more than a violent temper tantrum wherein the participants try to do as much damage as possible for the most ridiculous reasons. Let’s be clear…. there is no good reason to riot and a legal protest is completely different. It is a great way for people to make a reasonable point regarding a particular subject and it really can make a difference. A riot only shows that whatever you’re upset about is either not that important, you’re selfish because you don’t care who gets hurt in the process, or that you’re on the wrong side of whatever issue you’re fighting.

The problem with protesting is that there is a strong possibility that some of the people participating are actually there hoping to start a riot. In some cases they don’t even care about the issue. If whatever issue is being protested doesn’t go the way of the protesters, they will riot just for the ability to brag about rioting. The more intensely public the issue is, the more they want to riot. Sadly there are cases where people rioted and caused more damage to property or to other lives than the thing they were rioting against.

The other problem with protesting is that certain protestor organizers take advantage of others who do not understand the law. For example, they can picket on public sidewalks however it must be orderly and they must allow pedestrians to pass or enter buildings. They cannot march down the middle of the street without a permit. They must stay on the sidewalk and not block traffic. There are exceptions, as with anything, but most individuals don’t understand the law and if the organizer says it’s okay, they assume that person knows.

Many times gatherings are considered rallies rather than protests but it’s hard to be clear exactly when a rally becomes a protest or if they are indeed one in the same. A riot however is very distinctive and there is no doubt when a rally or protest becomes a riot.

Make no mistake in understanding the line between lawful citizen and criminal. Some will never cross the line and others are skirting it every day waiting for the justification to step over and do harm.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Dear Mitt

As seen on Alexandria...

Snippet from post made on 03/03/2016...

I have spent more time during the last few months shaking my head in disgust than I can remember (aside from the last 8 years as a whole). What I find most upsetting and distasteful are those who say they would sooner go to the other side than vote for certain individuals who might get the nomination.
To those people I say WAKE UP.

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May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug aka Jill~