Book - Reflections: What I Know to Be True, by Jema Hill Cook

Listen to the interview about the book here:

Jema K. Hill Cook is a wife, mother, trainer and motivational speaker. She and her family are very active at their church. She serves on several ministries. Jema believes that every behavior has a purpose and that we have to teach people how to treat us. She is a dynamic and inspirational speaker and has a unique way of connecting with her audience regardless of the setting.  She is currently pursuing her second Master Degree in Professional Counseling from Amberton University in Garland, Texas.

Reflections:  What I Know to Be True."  is a book that takes a journey through the joy and pain of life; it looks at how one can find peace and security amidst the constant assault of life’s trials;  and how one can find sunshine through the hovering dark clouds above. It is more that a book, it is an experience.  Reach out and connect with this awesome author.  Visit her Facebook Page: and press the Like Button.

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The Case for War: Is there ever any GOOD reason?

According to a recent report, Secretary of State John Kerry contends that blood and hair samples collected from first responders yielded the definite proof that Assad unleashed globally banned chemical weapons that killed over 1400 people - including a bit more than 400 children [DAILY NEWS].

Sure, one can argue if you attack our country - "THE GOOD OL' US of A"  we should strike back - and strike back with a vengeance!   However, when it comes to anything outside of that - should we REALLY get involved.  Besides, the ones that are making the decisions are NOT the ones that end up on the front lines, flying above the skylines, or out in the deep blue sea.

So, when you hear The Obama administration has increased the pressure on Congress to take action in Syria - simply because there is "evidence" that Bashar Assad’s regime used sarin gas on its own people - how does it make you feel?  Is this a GOOD reason to go to war?  What are our interests in Syria?

If your question is, "what is war?"  I encourage you to look at a few definitions:

War is an organised and often prolonged armed conflict that is carried out by states or non-state actors. It is characterized by extreme violence, social disruption, and economic destruction. War should be understood as an actual, intentional and widespread armed conflict between political communities, and therefore is defined as a form of political violence or intervention.

1  a (1) : a state of usually open and declared armed hostile conflict between states or nations (2) : a period of such armed conflict (3) : state of war
    b : the art or science of warfare
    c (1) obsolete : weapons and equipment for war (2) archaic : soldiers armed and equipped for war

2  a : a state of hostility, conflict, or antagonism
    b : a struggle or competition between opposing forces or for a particular end
    c : variance, odds 3

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John Kerry gets the nod for Secretary of State

Early reports say that President Obama has given Sen. John Kerry the nod to be next Secretary of State.   Of course this news comes on the heels of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, as a consequence, the official news will likely be formalized in the coming days.  However, something about this nomination strikes me as odd - especially when it comes in the shadow of current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's "concussion" suffered.  

Reportedly, Secretary Clinton had been expected to testify on December 20 before the House and Senate foreign affairs committees on Benghazi but has taken ill to a stomach virus and ended up having severe dehydration and fainting.  I truly hope she does well,.... but as my mother use to say, "Something in the milk and clean"


Sandy Hook Victims’ names released

Twelve girls, eight boys and six women were fatally shot at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., as well as the gunman. Here is a list of the victims, their ages, and their gender, as provided in alphabetical order by authorities:
  • Charlotte Bacon, 6, (F)
  • Daniel Barden, 7, (M)
  • Rachel Davino, 29, (F)
  • Olivia Engel , 6, (F)
  • Josephine Gay, 7, (F)
  • Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 6 (F) 
  • Dylan Hockley, 6 (M)
  • Dawn Hochsprung, 47 (F)
  • Madeleine F. Hsu, 6, (F) 
  • Catherine V. Hubbard , 6, (F) 
  • Chase Kowalski, 7, (M)
  • Jesse Lewis, 6,  (M)
  • James Mattioli, 6, (M)
  • Grace McDonnell, 7, (F) 
  • Anne Marie Murphy, 52 (F) 
  • Emilie Parker, 6 (F)
  • Jack Pinto, 6, (M)
  • Noah Pozner, 6, (M)
  • Caroline Previdi, 6, (F)
  • Jessica Rekos, 6, (F)
  • Avielle Richman, 6 (F) 
  • Lauren Rousseau, 30, (F)
  • Mary Sherlach, 56, (F) 
  • Victoria Soto, 27 (F)
  • Benjamin Wheeler, 6, (M)
  • Allison N. Wyatt , 6 (F)

Hillary Clinton Recovering After Concussion

Hope there is nothing seriously wrong with Secretary Hillary Clinton, but reports are coming in from multiple sources that Secretary Clinton is recovering at home after suffering a concussion.  Now, it is unclear how a stomach virus can cause one to become dehydrated and faint, but this is what's being "reported".  
Secretary Clinton is planning to step down from her post at then end of President Obama's first term - but no one is speculating that this illness is connected to her leaving or anything else.   At any rate,  Philippe Reines said in a statement. “She has been recovering at home and will continue to be monitored regularly by her doctors.”

Source:  Huff Post
Hope everything is ok.. Your thoughts?

Obama, buoyed by reelection, faces stark fiscal battles with Congress in second term

When I closed my eyes last night, I wondered how long it would take the Republicans to start up with their nonsense.  Well, it doesn't seem like it has taken them that long.  I sincerely hope that Speaker Boehner will take a bold stand against his party and stand with the people. As my mother used to say only time will tell.

Hours after Barack Obama’s soaring victory speech and a gracious concession by Mitt Romney, Republican leaders in Washington made clear Wednesday that whatever mandate the president won for his second term will be sharply limited by the losing party’s starkly different view of the nation’s challenges.

After an election in which the nation essentially ratified the status quo — keeping an embattled but broadly admired president, a Democrat-controlled Senate and a Republican-run House — Obama called for healing and cooperation on key issues such as the deficit, tax reform and immigration.

But Senate Minority Leader    Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who said during the president’s second year in office that his party’s chief objective was to make Obama a one-term president, quickly announced that “the voters have not endorsed the failures or excesses of the president’s first term.” He urged Obama “to propose solutions that actually have a chance of passing the Republican-controlled House.”


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Top 100 twitter followers (VIDEO)

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The Common Denominator: You got questions, I got answers.

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