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It’s Only A Poem, Alan M. Dershowitz

Alan M. Dershowitz. I admire you … but … you are smart enough to know that the Emma Lazarus poem (and only a few lines from the original) was just that … A POEM!

She was asked to write “A” poem for a fundraiser to obtain money for the pedestal of which the Statue of Liberty Stands.

The POEM was not a part of the statue, given to us by the French. In 1903, a few lines of “The New Colossus” poem were engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the pedestal’s lower level, AFTER she died because of her friends … and, at others … insistence … in her honor.

This “Lazarus” liberal argument is as old as the biblical Lazarus. It’s a tireless, baseless argument. The words are a few lines from a poem. It is NOT a law … a declaration … or a directive.

It may even, NOT, reflect the general consensus of the American people, at the time. It is impossible to know what the consensus was. There were no polls (accurate or false) … no T.V. …. no Social Media … where Americans actually spoke their minds. The Newspapers did that for them. This poem reflects how Emma Lazarus felt.

The few lines of this poem do NOT say to by-pass Ellis Island … come in illegally … bring your family members … forget about learning our language or respecting our laws … and, we will take care of your financially.

Yes, Alan M. Dershowitz … you are a brilliant man … and I respect you … until you bring up this baseless argument, in order to bask in your warm and fuzzy self … and, remind me that … yes … you are also still a liberal.

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Debbie Barth: 1/13/2018 at 3:03pm EDT
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CONGRATULATIONS ALABAMA: YOU JUST LET IN THE TROJAN HORSE-MEET DOUG JONES

Congratulations Alabama. You were heard loud and clear. And, you are getting what you asked for. But then, I know you are aware of the “be careful what you asked for” cliché. In many regards, this applies to the Alabamians who voted for Jones.

I have to ask, did any of you who voted for Jones, go to his website and see what he stands for? That alone should have stopped you.

Jones talks of morality, but he is pro-abortion. He has a problem with someone accused of sexual misconduct, but has no problem with killing a fetus for the convenience of the … “carrier.”

He supports modifying the “three strikes law” for some who “perhaps” can lead a “productive” life as an alternative to life in prison. I’m wondering how many “strikes” are needed in order to ascertain someone is a criminal who chooses not to reform?

Jones supports reform by reducing prison time … for people of color because … they make up the highest percent of individuals (within their race) in prisons. So instead of tightening laws and community outreach programs … he is going to give criminals of color (“of color” are his words) lighter sentences to get them in and out and “save tax money.” I would be more concerned about “saving lives,” but, that’s just me.

He states, “More spending on education could be less spending on prisons.” I wonder how that works? Apparently, Jones is not sure, either … since he using the speculative word … “could.”

Jones is pro-Obama Care. He believes no woman should be denied coverage of services based on the religious beliefs of her employer. What that means is … yes … an employer has to provide for abortions and birth control needs, whether this is in his/her religious beliefs or not.

He was against withdrawing from the Paris Accord. That means more regulations, stunting job growth, expensive solar panels, and ugly, small, electric cars.

But … that is only a little bit of what awaits Alabamians. Understand … those who supported Doug Jones, are not getting some guy named Doug Jones.

They have elected Barack Obama and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. Doug Jones is the mere puppet who will nod his head and shake hands with his constituents. That … is where it will end. It will be Obama and Booker who pull the strings that make Doug Jones dance. It will be their bills that Jones may write and co-write or support. It will be their words spoken and not the thoughts of Doug Jones.

Congratulations, Alabama … you have just elected a puppet … a shell of a man who is no more than what Obama and Booker want him to be. They own him. He doesn’t work for you. He works for them. And … have no doubt … they will remind him of that every day.

Congratulations Alabama … the trojan horse has now entered the building.

 

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Debbie Barth: 12/13/2017 at 3:53pm EDT
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The Woman In The White Truck Is No Example … And She Just Got Busted!

The woman who thinks she is so cool because she put up the F/U Trump on her white truck and who lives in Houston, TX is Karen Cook Fonseca.

While I do agree in Freedom of speech … there are consequences that go with that speech. Also … freedom of speech says a lot about one’s character, their values, manners, and … lack of decorum.

She does have a Facebook page. It looks like she has small children. I don’t care about what she thinks of our President. I do care about children. Her children, in this case … are riding around in her white truck, with an obscene word boldly in place, on the truck … for other children in other cars to see.

I remember a time when adults … parents … willingly … took on the role of setting an example for small children to follow.  Examples of good manners, how to express oneself without the use of foul language, being respectful of others … and … yes … even how to be a good loser.

Perhaps this was not passed on to Ms. Fonseca.  It is evident, she is not passing it on to her children.  I  don’t think the issue should be how adults, in cars around her, process her tasteless message.  If I were in traffic, I would probably shake my head at her low-class demeanor, and then laugh … knowing President Trump is the one sitting in the Oval office.

I  think the issue should be focused on the example she is setting for other children who see this crude decal … and … exposing them to bad language that parents (hopefully) discourage in their children.

Perhaps, my title was misleading.  She is setting an example for children.  She is setting a very bad example.  A very bad example for everyone in a car in Houston, with children who see her flagrant profanity…  and … think this is how someone should act in a civil society.

My issue is not what she thinks of Trump.  My issue … with her … is her flagrant disregard for other children who also see her profane decal … and … what they think.

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Karen Fonseca was arrested about 2 p.m. on an outstanding fraud warrant issued in August by the Rosenberg, Texas, Police Department, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office records show.

Mike Fonseca, her husband, posted her $1,500 bond Thursday night 11/16/2017 and she was released an hour later, Houston’s KHOU-TV reported.

 

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Debbie Barth: 11/17/2017 at 3:21pm EDT
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Meet Ann Schneider; Your best choice for Oak Ridge Town Council

I love the community in which I live.  Oak Ridge is a beautiful community, with long-time, small town appeal.  That doesn’t happen by accident.  It takes people, living in the area, willing to serve and protect the interests of that community.  And, it takes people who share the love of this community and who get involved in the local elections/politics, to ensure those candidates who best serve our community are elected.

On November 7, 2017 Oak Ridge will be electing/re-electing new members to the Oak Ridge Town Council.  Let me tell you about one of those candidates.  She is my neighbor, the President of the Home Owners Association … and, I believe … the perfect choice.  Here’s why:

Ann Schneider is presently a Chair/member of the Historic Preservation Commission and has been since 2010.   She has Developed Historic Heritage Grants and her first-ever Explore Historic Oak Ridge event was a tremendous success.

She was a spokesman on the Oak Ridge Land Use Plan Committee (2015-2016).  She has been a Board member of the Merchants of Oak Ridge, member of Preservation Oak Ridge, and Oak Ridge Lions Club.  As I mentioned earlier, she is currently the Twelve Oaks HOA President, and has been for the last twelve years.  As a resident, I can say that there could not be a lovelier place in which to reside and I feel she most certainly has something to do with that.

Ann has also served 10 years on the PTA/PTSO boards; and twice named Volunteer of the Year.  She has 25 years of strategic planning and leadership for nonprofits and 25 years of volunteer experience and service.

In all honesty, this information is already available to Oak Ridge residents.  But, unless you know Ann and/or have worked with her in some capacity, there are some things about Ann of which you would not know.  In my discussions with Ann, I can feel her passion about Oak Ridge and her excitement about the future of Oak Ridge.  Ann has all the necessary qualifications to be an outstanding councilwoman, but … she also has a clear-cut vision for Oak Ridge.  It’s not a vision of “change” as much as it is of the preservation our historical areas and our small-town feeling, along with engaging the interests of business owners to Oak Ridge.  She sets a solid course for the future of Oak Ridge by considering events that might have an adverse effect on Oak Ridge, in the future … and … putting in place options and solutions to alleviate any adversity, before it happens.

So, there you have it … my choice in November.  I cannot think of a better person to serve on the Oak Ridge Town Council, than … Ann Schneider.

 

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Debbie Barth: 10/16/2017 at 6:49pm EST
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BOYCOTTS: THE UGLY SIDE

Boycotts have proven to be effective in getting the results certain groups … political and social … want to obtain.  The boycott targeting Great Britain in 1769 in opposition of “taxation without representation,” resulted … ultimately … in our American Independence.  This is an example of the good side of boycotts … from my point of view.)  There were those in out-raged opposition.  But … once resolved, life went on and Great Britain is now one, if not our closest … ally.

There are ongoing boycotts against certain corporations.  Target, is an example, by the American Life Association, because of Target’s stance on Mixed sex bathrooms and changing areas.

The end-results of the boycotts will appease some and anger others.  Either way … boycotts can ignite awareness, can preserve social culture … and can change social culture.

I am not a fan of what I call “total boycotts.”  What I mean by this is that I am not a fan of boycotting total entities for the indiscretions (in my view) of a few, within an organization.  (To be clear … I do despise “hate groups” and I will, without hesitation, participate in boycotting these groups … in their entirety.”)  And, I will call out anyone who does not respect our flag.

The NFL boycott is my example of an entity that I will not completely boycott.  And, this … brings me to … the ugly side of boycotts.  And, I will provide an example.

Boycotts can bring out the worst in people.  I have watched people evolve from a commitment to boycott a team, all teams, etc. … to a “let’s get ‘em” mentality in overdrive.

In the case of Jerry Jones, who listened to the demands of his fans and public, he is still being attacked by some of the same boycotters … although, he has made it clear his team will stand and respect the flag.  But, now, that is not enough.  It’s “too little, too late.” “It’s about money.” (It’s always about money.)  The boycott was successful …demands met … but still not enough.  Is this a boycott to preserve or make change … or to destroy?  Has it become a “blood sport?”

There is the “hypocritical” side of Boycotts.  People are proudly proclaiming they have turned off the football channels … having never watched football, in the first place.  That is not “boycotting.”  These people are not counted in rating or sales, anyway.

There are people in social media who will demand that everyone connected with them participate in the NFL boycott (the organization, the teams, all individuals … even those who have shown no disrespect) or they will chastise and demean the culprits, and call them names.  That is intimidation.  This is another ugly side of boycotts.  My example:

A realtor … let’s call him “Mike” … responded to a timeline post I made regarding the husband who lost his wife of 32 years in the Las Vegas shooting.  It was a tribute to him and others.  “Mike” chose this post to make a derogatory comment about the NFL which had nothing to do with the timeline.  I deleted it and responded to “Mike” to let him know why I took it down.  The next response was his “Disappointment” in me.  He had seen my “Gooooo Panther” … comments in Facebook, called me derogatory names and accused me of “caving.”  His comment was that 98% is not good enough … you must be all in … or … out.

To be clear … I have written blogs on the NFL and a response to Green Bay’s call for its fans to ‘link arms” … in which I expressed my disdain for the actions.  I have called the NFL, I have left tweets for the players who disrespect the flag.  And … I praise the players who have always stood and respected our Flag and Anthem.  I have never said I was completely boycotting the teams.  I will speak out against all who do not respect our flag.

The irony in this situation is that this realtor (broker?) is associated with one of the largest Real Estate companies in North Carolina … who has had a relationship with the Carolina Panthers for the last 11 years (according to K.M., their P.R. spokeswoman) and, have sponsored many of the Panthers events.  Most recently the “Prowl the Den Contest.”

The obvious question for “Mike” would be, if you so strongly hate the NFL and will go on other people’s profiles in social media to chastise and berate them … why are you still associated with a company who has an 11-year relationship with the Carolina Panthers, and … who shows (in my opinion) no signs of stopping?  I guess it’s just easier to intimidate people into doing what you think they should do.  (And, of course … it’s about the money.)

As I said earlier, boycotts can be a very good thing.  Boycotts can preserve culture and stop the decay of that culture.  Boycotts are a part of our American fiber.  I admire those who are committed to righting the wrongs they perceive.  And, usually … I agree with the purpose of the boycott.  And, I often get involved.

It’s the “blood-letting vendettas,” the hypocrisy, and the forceful intimidation of some that for me, at least … show the ugly side of boycotts.  I have no illusions that this will ever change.

I will leave you this to ponder.  I believe the players who choose to kneel and disrespect our flag, Anthem, country and soldiers should not be allowed to play … at all.  This is my personal belief.

I also believe that we are at a very dangerous point in our American society when people feel they must not comment or celebrate in social media, must lower their window shades, and turn the volume down, or lie about their current activity … because … God Forbid … they are watching a T.V. program of their choosing.

Now that … is ugly.

 

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Debbie Barth: 10/13/2017 at 5:01pm EST
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JERRY JONES: DAMNED IF HE DOES-DAMNED IF HE DOESN’T

I’ve seen so many reactions to Jerry Jone’s latest statement, stating the players will stand or stay … in the locker room.

I think those that didn’t like Jerry Jones will still not like Jerry Jones.

Those who hate the Cowboys … will continue to hate the Cowboys.

I believe those who never liked Football, will still not watch football.  Some of those are sure to say it’s a “boycott” instead of admitting they don’t like the fact that it interrupts their prime television shows. Or, maybe they just don’t like football.

Those who never stopped watching football … will continue to watch football.

Those who refused to watch players who disrespected our flag and country, but do like the game of football, are delighted that Jerry Jones has finally put his foot down … on the kneeling down.  The message sent and acknowledged.

There is one group, however, I find … perplexing.  This is the group who is calling on a total boycott of the NFL organization … the coaches and players who kneel … and, even the coaches and players who have never knelt and have always shown respect to the flag and our country.

I have never been a fan of an all-out, total boycott … of anything.  I don’t understand why people who have always paid their respects to our flag and country should be punished because of the players … coaches … and the NFL Organization … at the Corporate level … who don’t.

But … I digress … my main frustration or … perhaps … wonder … is why people who are demanding the players (rightfully so), the coaches, et al … pay respect to our flag and country, are now … again … upset with … Jerry Jones.

He knelt with his team before the National Anthem and stood for the Anthem.  But the boycotters were not satisfied.  Most of his “Cowboy” fans and the general public, overall … demanded more, before they would watch a Cowboy’s game again.

So, Jerry Jones … listened to the people.  He publicly made it clear that the flag and this country do supersede the players on his team.  He made it clear that the players will stand during the National Anthem or they can stay in the locker room.

He did what was asked … no … demanded of him … and “lo and behold” … the same boycotters are even more upset with Jerry Jones.  I’ve seen statements accusing him of only doing this for money … or that “it’s too little, too late.”

My question to the boycotters (as it relates to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys) is … what is the point?  What are you trying to accomplish?  Are you sending the message to those who disrespect the flag that this is unacceptable and use it as a “teaching moment” for those morons … or … are you wanting to completely and relentlessly destroy people’s lives, with no regard to the actual results … even when your demands have been met?

In this case … Jerry Jones is damned if he does and … damned if he doesn’t.

 

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/jerry-jones-nfl-cant-tolerate-players-disrespecting-flag-013539091–spt.html

 

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Debbie Barth: 10/09/2017 at 9:31pm EDT
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LOOK WHO’S “HONEST AND ETHICAL”; EXCEPT … WHEN SHE IS PUSHING FAKE NEWS IN FACEBOOK

Weeks ago, I was happy for one of the members in Facebook for being honored at some event for her successes in business, her community service … her “ethics, and … being a person of character.”  She had posted this, and I had no reason to doubt that it was true.

Yesterday, while browsing the news feed, I saw a post about President Trump on her timeline.  I didn’t believe the headlines … but, I read the article, anyway.  Low and behold … the headlines said one thing … and the actual article from The Hill said the complete opposite.

This is the perfect example of why I ask people … no … I implore … people to please read the entire article before commenting or going away with a misconception of the truth.

What really surprised me, in this case, was that it was brought to this person’s attention (giving her the benefit of the doubt and keeping her honesty intact.”  She didn’t take it down, in respect for the truth.  Instead … she left the post up, and said she still stands by her hateful comments.  Point taken … out of sheer hate for our President … she will be complicit in the lies being pushed, thus helping to increase the divisiveness in the country.

I’ve included screen shots of the posts and comments, to back up this post.  I have also the link to the article from The Hill.  What were they thinking?

When you wonder how this country became so divided and can’t understand why people hate this President so much … just spend a day in Facebook.  Take some time to read and check-out the articles … understand that most of what is being posted are deliberate lies to discredit our President and others.  Then … take one more step … call out the fake news for what it is.  Let’s stop rewarding the fake news for their … “creativity” and, start demanding that truth prevail, with a side of … real … “integrity and character.”

 

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/353685-trump-admin-denied-puerto-rico-request-to-let-hurricane-victims-use

 

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Debbie Barth: 10/04/2017 at 3:14 EDT
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Meet the Satanist Who Demands Christians Bake His Cakes

Meet Douglas Mesner, from Detroit, Michigan … aka … Lucien Greaves … a self-professed “Satanist” who is suggesting that his “followers” demand Christians bake cakes, with “satanic themes,” for their cult celebrations.  I am assuming the “Devil’s Food Cake” would be most popular with this group.  I believe this demand really has more to do with Greaves’ misguided greed for some sort of sick and perverse power.  Of course, a financial “windfall” from a civil lawsuit by the so-called “Satanist” is probably a motivator, as well.  And … the fact the Greaves could be responsible for ruining the livelihood of a Christian … would be the … icing … on his cake.

He is also encouraging LGBT rights supporters to order Satan-themed cakes from bakers who oppose same-sex marriage because of their religious beliefs.  I frankly find that an insult to the LGBT supporters, simply because … it implies that none of them believe in God, and … all … are Satanist.

I am not sure which is an uglier, scary thought … his face … or the fact that he is the “leader/founder” of the Satanic Temple (with a small following) … and, that he has 12K followers (at least “like”) his page, in Facebook.

I agree with Tucker Carlson that this person is … probably … no more than a bitter, hate-filled, individual who led an unhappy life, filled with rejection.  More than likely, his only way of dealing with the fate life has dealt him … was to create a “persona” that would draw people to him, who had similar unhappy experiences, and/or lack of self-esteem.

Greaves is also the co-founder and spokesperson for the After School Satan program created in 2016 by The Satanic Temple.  So, parents … seriously … you may want to take more notice of the after-school programs offered by your local schools.

So … this is Douglas Mesnar …   Doug from Detroit, Mi. … using the self-esteem issues of others and, those whose social culture differ from others …  to promote his own sick hatred for a God, for whom … he holds nothing but contempt.  There will no picture shown of “Doug,” in this blog.  I feel “unclean” enough, just writing about him.  As far as his suggestion to harass Christian bakery owners and to demand they bake “Satanic-themed” cakes … let him bake his own cake.  And … I hope he chokes on it.

 

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Debbie Barth: 09/30/2017 at 5:58pm EDT
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MY MESSAGE TO GREEN BAY FANS: They Don’t Care About You

Green Bay fans … the NFL and the Green Bay Packers do not care about you.  They care about their players.  They care about money … their prestige … their ownership of their Packer fans.

They care about filling the seats, high ratings, and Championships.  They do not care about the person who is the fan, nor do they care about this flag or country. (In my opinion.)

The owners and coaches care about players who have been pushed through schools and colleges, without knowing how to read a book, let alone read our U.S Constitution … and … that disrespect our soldiers, our flag and our country.  The players are their precious commodity … until, they aren’t.

Aaron Rodgers is calling for Packer fans to … show up (uppermost in his mind) … and link arms in solidarity for the players (who disrespect our flag) … not… in solidarity for our flag, Anthem, country and soldiers.  His plea to the public is:

“This is about equality,” (Rodgers said.) “This is about unity and love and growing together as a society, and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people. But we’ve got to come together and talk about these things and grow as a community, as a connected group of individuals in our society, and we’re going to continue to show love and unity.” (excerpt from USA Today)

My response to Aaron Rodgers (I was a huge fan, at one time) is … that our flag is about unity, love and our solidarity … as a country.  How small Rodger’s request is, in comparison.

To be clear … this is my opinion.  Instead of kneeling outside the door on the Green Bay locker room, I will express here, in my blog.

I will not be watching the game tonight.  In my opinion, this “plea for solidarity,” is simply a ploy to get people in their stadium seats … and, in front of the cameras; and, to get their failing ratings back up.  I am not going to participate in that.

The Green Bay Packers … to my knowledge, at this writing … are the only publicly owned football team.  That means there is a high percentage of the Green Bay Packer fans who own stock in the Packer’s team.

It is my hope … given the blatant disrespect of this team … that the stock-owning fans will not show up tonight.

As for me … I’m putting all my stock into my flag, my country, and our brave soldiers.

 

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Debbie Barth: 09/28/2017 at 3:19pm EDT
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THE NFL THOUGHT THEY OWNED US

The NFL thought they owned us.  The team owners had beautiful stadiums built, reminiscent of Roman arenas … which evolved into glorious Coliseums.

The pageantry of the pregame ceremonies whipped up the crowd into a frenzy, filling the stadium with loud cheers for their team, and boos for the visiting teams.  We loved our NFL and our NFL teams.

The football players would run onto the field like gladiators running toward a life-or-death match.  Those “football gladiators” … many of whom we bestow our respect and adulation … and …  forgive … easily…  the players who beat their wives and girlfriends, who shoot themselves in their own thigh … while drunk at a club, and who kill passengers in their car, while driving under the influence.  We even forget those … who are in prison for arranging the murder of a pregnant girlfriend, which caused mental and physical injuries to the unborn child, who … miraculously… was saved.  (Rae Lamar Wiggins … aka …Rae Carruth-former Carolina Panther.)  We love our NFL and the NFL teams.

We have not flinched at the inflated ticket prices or the cost of purchasing all the NFL paraphernalia, to show off our favorite teams and players.  We loved the NFL and the NFL teams.

And, the NFL and teams knew it.  They knew that whatever they did had no bearing, because the fans loved them.  The NFL owned us.

But then … one day … a player decided to take a knee and disrespect our National Anthem, our flag, soldiers, first responders, and … our country.  Then … twelve more players decided to “take a knee.”  And, when our President spoke out, passionately, against the disrespect … entire teams, complete with their coaches … “took a knee.”  And, then something the NFL hadn’t expected … happened.

Fans started to burn their jerseys, fans declined going to the games, sales at the NFL store slowed down … fans cancelled their NFL Ticket on Direct T.V. … and, fans turned off their T.V. at game time.

The NFL thought they owned us.  They thought we loved them.  And, we probably did.  What the NFL didn’t count on was that fans … AMERICANS … loved their country … more.

 

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Debbie Barth: 09/27/2017 at 12:01am EDT
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