Sometimes You CAN Learn Something From TV Show “Family Guy”

Wouldn’t it be ironic if the politicians, pundits, and elitists who spew anti-immigration rhetoric, who fan the flames of fear and hatred towards immigrants, and brainwash people to embrace an “us versus them” mindset, actually had THIS experience:

https://watchcartoonline.io/family-guy-episode-606-padre-de-familia-2

 

Why You Don’t Know You’re Being Bamboozled by (Many) Politicians and Unfortunately Even the Media

Every time we near an election in the U.S. we get bombarded with the same ole’ same ole:

1. Reproductive Rights
2. Immigration Reform
3. Religious mish mash (and total contradiction of the Constitution)
4. A bunch of mess we didn’t think much about beforehand

Now is no different.

Thanks to the media (thank goodness I changed my major in undergrad), we get to hear the ignorant blabbering of many politicians and wannabe politicians, who all want the same thing—power, and to pretend that their motives are anything but.

You have to understand one fact that politicians and the media understand about the general public:

We are like microwave ovens. Just push our buttons, program us, and tell us when to start and stop.

Our short-term memories are fragmented. We won’t use our critical thinking skills. We won’t use our common sense. We think that every person with a title must be an expert (even that title gets us), and should never be questioned—unless of course, someone tells us to question them. We are so inundated with noise that we can’t slow down long enough to fact-check claims and statements that people make. We have multitasked our brains so much that we’re not far from carrying around a pile of mush. That is why so many of us vote (in elections) based on what’s easiest—Pick the candidate who:

Is the most popular candidate;
– Represents your political party;
– Swore he/she would keep their promises;
– Claims to be of the same religious denomination as you;
– Is the attractive candidate (or the one with the attractive family);
– Is the underdog or the outlier (or both);
– Seems to have the same values as you;
– Seems to be just as “sick and tired of being sick and tired”, as you

Most voters don’t pay close enough attention to candidates before they enter the political ring. They don’t know their track record, beliefs, and values, before they threw in their hat to run for a political office. They don’t look closely to see if these individuals actually walk the walk or merely talk out of their backside. We have all of this technology at our disposal, yet we don’t use it to research the people who claim to be honorable enough to serve as our leaders. Instead, we line ourselves up like sheep ready for slaughter.

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Bernice A. King Trying to Stop the Sale of Her Father’s Prized Possessions

Yes, you read the title of this post correctly. Elder Dr. Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, is trying her best to keep her brothers, Dexter King and Martin Luther King III, from selling their father’s Nobel Peace Prize medal and his personal Bible to a private buyer. Both of these items were his prized possessions.
 
 Wouldn’t they be for you?
 
 It’s not his floss or hair brush, it’s his Bible (road map, tool, accountability source) and his Nobel Peace Prize medal (for sacrificing everything in hopes of a better, more dignified life for all people worldwide).
 
 If you don’t already know the background details about Dexter and Martin suing Bernice, their aunt, Christine King Farris, other family members, loyal friends of their parents, and the King Center (where all three children serve on the board) then read more about the lawsuit and this most recent travesty here
 
 Then share your thoughts.
 
 I wonder what their parents wish they could get them to do and say to stop this madness. I wonder how their parents feel about the legacy they left behind. I wonder what it will take to right these wrongs, set things where they need to be, and build the King legacy where it should be.
 
 Martin Luther King III, is the only child to have offspring, his daughter Yolanda (named after their late sister by the same name). The King legacy will be left to Yolanda and in some ways (if they are willing) her cousins (from great aunt Christine’s side of the family—on the Farris side).
 
 But unless Martin III, Bernice or Dexter have more children (by blood), and more specifically, boys, the King name will end with Yolanda, when everyone else is long gone. Think about that.
 
 I just wonder how what happens today, this year, will impact their parents legacy 10, 15, 20-plus years from now. What will the King name be worth in 50 years?
 
 The King legacy impacts generations yet unborn, worldwide, or so it’s supposed to…
 
 I just wonder.
 
 What about you? What do you think?
 
 ~Natasha
 
 
 Source:
 http://saportareport.com/blog/2014/02/bernice-king-my-brothers-want-to-sell-my-fathers-nobel-peace-prize-medal-and-bible/
 
 Copyright 2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. The Paradigm Life. Some Rights Reserved. theparadigmlife.com
 

NYC Stop-and-Frisk Program Ruled Unconstitutional by Federal Judge

Judge, Shira A. Scheindlin of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled that the police department’s “Clean Halls” stop-and-frisk program in the Bronx was unconstitutional. She wrote in her decision that the officers were routinely stopping people outside of New York City buildings without reasonable suspicion that they were trespassing.

“While it may be difficult to say where, precisely, to draw the line between constitutional and unconstitutional police encounters, such a line exists, and the N.Y.P.D. has systematically crossed it when making trespass stops outside TAP buildings in the Bronx,” Judge Scheindlin ruled.

There’s of course mixed feelings about this ruling and about the Clean Halls program.

Read more here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/nyregion/judge-limits-nypd-stop-and-frisk-program-in-bronx.html?_r=0

Copyright 2013. Some Rights Reserved. Natasha L. Foreman. Paradigm Life.

The Hotel Bill

I received this earlier today and just had to share it with all of you. This message has many lessons, especially in financial literacy and dignity. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did! Feel free to share it with others, and bring a smile to their face as it hopefully brings one to yours.
-Natasha
A married couple are traveling by car from Victoria to Prince George . 
Being Seniors, after almost eleven hours on the road, they were too
tired to continue, and decided to take a room. But, they only planned
to sleep for four hours and then get back on the road. When they
checked out four hours later, the desk clerk handed them a bill for $350.00.
The man explodes and demands to know why the charge is so high.
He told the clerk although it’s a nice hotel; the rooms certainly aren’t
worth $350.00 for four hours. Then the clerk tells him that $350.00 is
the ‘standard rate’. He insisted on speaking to the Manager.
The Manager appears, listens to him, and then explains that the hotel has
an Olympic-sized pool and a huge conference center that were available
for us to use.
“But we didn’t use them,” the husband said.
”Well, they are here, and you could have,” explained the Manager.
The Manager went on to explain that the couple could also have taken in
one of the shows for which the hotel is famous. “We have the best
entertainers from New York , Hollywood , and Las Vegas perform here”, the Manager
says.
“But we didn’t go to any of those shows,” the husband said.
“Well, we have them, and you could have,” the Manager replied.
No matter what amenity the Manager mentioned, the husband replied,
“But we didn’t use it!”
The Manager is unmoved, and eventually the husband gave up and agreed
to pay. As he didn’t have the check book he asked his wife to write the
check. She did and gave it to the Manager.
The Manager is surprised when he looks at the check. “But ma’am, this is
only made out for $50.00.”
”That’s correct. I charged you $300.00 for sleeping with me,” she replied.
“But I didn’t!” exclaims the Manager..
“Well, too bad, I was here, and you could have.”
Don’t mess with senior citizens. They didn’t get there by being stupid!

Passing on an Important Message from Women for Women International

I am a supporter of Women for Women International, and have been for a few years now. So it is always an honor to share messages and news from this incredible organization. Below is their latest release that I hope you support fully. If we are to truly be global change agents then we must do something to bring about positive change around the world. It begins with exposing the truth that is oftentimes hidden. Women for Women International is doing an amazing job at revealing the truth, and helping women and children in war-torn countries regain and maintain their dignity, so that they can become self-empowering and self-efficacious.

Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

Angelina Jolie’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” Movie Released Nationwide

-A moving portrait on the struggle of women in war-torn nations
Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie’s new film, “In the Land of Blood and Honey,” is being released nationwide today, Friday 1/6 and next Friday 1/13 in selected cities. The film sheds light on the hugely important issue that rape is still a fundamental weapon of war.

The Bosnian War claimed over 100,000 lives and over two million people were driven from their homes.
Set against the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s, “In the Land of Blood and Honey” tells the story of Danijel and Ajla, two Bosnians from different sides of the brutal ethnic conflict. The film portrays the incredible emotional, moral, and physical toll that the war takes on individuals, as well as the consequences that stem from the lack of political will to intervene in a society stricken by conflict.

More than 15 years after the end of the Bosnian War, women continue to struggle with the effects of the brutal conflict that shattered lives and destroyed communities. Women for Women International has been on the ground in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1994.

Now, nearly two decades later, we have served over 316,000 women worldwide and distributed over $51 million in loans to enable more than 28,000 women to start their own businesses and increase their daily income.

We’re glad to see a film portraying war from womens’ perspectives. Though not on the front lines of battle, women often endure the scars of war just as much, if not more than, men. It’s important to shed light on the unseen victims of conflict.

The film is currently playing in selected cities. We encourage you to check your local theaters for show times, and see it with your friends and family.

On behalf of the women we serve, thank you for your continued support.

-The Women for Women International Team

Women for Women International
4455 Connecticut Ave NW Suite 200 Washington DC 20008

Natasha’s Thought of the Day 11.25.11

“A cheater  is a very insecure and  fearful person no matter if in a relationship, in business, with their taxes or on an exam. They don’t think they can measure up or handle the responsibilities and risks, so they take the coward’s route and try to slide by in life without having to put in the work, and without having to fully commit. Their pumped up arrogance eventually gets them caught and leaves their loved ones devastated.”

“They should instead work towards getting past their fears and insecurities, try doing their best and giving life their very best, even if they fall short. It pays to lead and live a dignified and honorable life rather than to be known as a cheater, slacker, half-stepper, fake, and fraud.” – Natasha L. Foreman, MBA

Copyright 2011. Natasha L. Foreman. All Rights Reserved.