Inspiring Message from Suparna Dutta During Governor Glenn Youngkin Inauguration Ceremony


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on January 15, 2022 | sundance | 41 Comments

In 1992, Suparna Dutta arrived in the US from India.

In 2020, Mrs. Dutta spoke to the Fairfax County VA school board. They ignored her.

In 2021, Suprana Dutta stood up, took a stand and worked to help Glenn Youngkin win the race for Virginia governor. Today, 2022, thirty years after arriving at the place of hope and opportunity for her family, she speaks at the inauguration of Governor Youngkin.

At the end of her inspiring *remarks Mrs. Dutta proclaims, “God bless the United States of America!

[ WATCH VIDEO HERE ]

A New Year Awaits


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on December 31, 2021 | Sundance | 184 Comments

… “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

~ Robert Frost

2021 has again been a tumultuous year for most of us.  As the eve winds down, we are given to considering everything that has taken place.

Perhaps we have new challenges, perhaps our center is askew, perhaps our faith holds a new perspective, or perhaps our exhaustion weighs heavy as we rush turning to the next chapter…. hoping, praying for a better tomorrow.

It is easy to lose our sense of optimism.  Retaining a joyful perspective while everything around us seems mad isn’t easy.  However, if you accept that you can create something just a little bit better by making a choice, then you have accomplished a great deal.  Regardless of what tomorrow brings, we always have choices.  A new year’s perspective:

I have long felt that life is like a series of links in a chain. You might be driving down the road and you hear a song on the radio, or see a picture, and you feel a memory….

Something triggers within you that reminds of a different time and place than where you are right now.

You reflect.

The memories you consider remind you of a totally different time in your life.

Perhaps you lived in a different place.  Perhaps you were surrounded by different people. Perhaps a different job or completely different friends. You recognize those memories were constructed like frozen moments in time.  They became individual links in the chain in your life.

We never actually realize, in the immediate moment, when one link closes and another link begins. But when we look back, we can clearly see distinct points where things changed, the link closed, and a new link began.

You see, the links are only visible in reflection.

As we reflect, we find parts of the chain in our life where each link closes and connects with the other. A beginning, and an end. At the point where the links are joined, we carry parts of the previous link forward to the next.

For many people those connections are bonded by family, or very strong lifelong relationships. Connections which continue beyond our geographic moments, jobs or temporary acquaintances.

But for everyone, the primary bonding agent brought forward from one link to the next is us, our center, our values and core principles. Our beliefs.

The strength of the steel which comprises the links of our life is forged in the fire of adversity, weakness, challenge, pain, loss, and painful growth. The steel is then cooled with the tears of triumph, hurdles overcome and resolve.

The forging makes the steel stronger and able to withstand the pressures that accompany the additional length. Slowly the chain becomes wiser as it lengthens. Able to reach further, form more significant benefits and become more useful.

Hope replaces fear. Love replaces loneliness. Success replaces adversity. These are successful links began and finished while contributing to the whole.

At times we may manipulate the links with avoidance. We hide from -or choose to avoid- an issue in our effort to begin a new link before the old one was naturally, and spiritually, prepared to be closed.

Eventually, as life continues and the chain lengthens, the weak link can fracture, and we are forced to revisit/repair what we originally chose to avoid.

You see, in life we cannot control the universal laws that guide us. So, if we manipulate circumstances to avoid confronting our own weakness, we cannot fully strengthen our life of links. Eventually, the weakness of our past will impact our future.

So, what principles do we carry from link to link? What core values and beliefs stay with us throughout the journey of our lives? The answers to these questions are what makes us human spiritual beings.

We possess freewill able to make choices about what we do, and how we define our individual humanity; but can we then define ’right’ and ‘wrong’ according to our individual principles? Or are there principles that exceed our influence and definition?

Are there natural laws of right and wrong, good and bad, that cannot be subjected to the determination of man?

These are the bigger questions, perhaps the more important questions; and yet, perhaps the ones we reflect upon the least.

Consider the example of the ‘Law of the farm’ vs. the ‘Law of the School’. Natural principles vs. those made by man.

A student can skip class, take few notes, pay only half attention, then stay up all night cramming for a test and manage a decent grade. It depends on the student’s goal: grades or learning.

The student can choose to manipulate the education, by avoiding the learning and capturing the grade. This is possible in the ‘Law of the School’.

However, a farmer cannot take short cuts. A farmer cannot avoid tending to the soil, preparing the seed, fertilizing and nurturing the crop, and still gain the benefit of an abundant harvest.

The farmer must necessarily do all of the appropriate work in order to benefit from it. Such is the ‘Law of the Farm’, the natural law.

When one considers the weakness remaining within a poorly constructed and manipulated link, perhaps established by selfish choices and driven by avoidance and fear, one can be faithfully assured those who have dealt dishonestly with us will have to visit the issues of their association again.

Conversely, no amount of manipulation or avoidance on our own behalf is going to improve the frailty of any link without first resolving the lack of character which created the weakness.

So, we have choices in our lives. Decisions we each make regarding how we interact and participate in the lives and links of others, as well as how we choose to construct the links that comprise our own lives.

Do we base our sense of purpose around natural principles? Principles based on natural laws of right and wrong, good and bad, truth and lies.  Do we forge strong links by following our heart, our values?

If we can interact with others absent of a prideful self-driven agenda, or manipulative intent, we can then apply such principles and strength to our endeavors.

If we protect the integrity of the soil upon which we build the foundation of our lives, we can live without regret.

If we fertilize and cherish our crop, and the crop of our neighbor, with honesty and sincere appreciation for the souls we meet along our chosen path, we will live a life of abundance.

If we tend carefully to the consideration of everyone, yet holding true to our values and principles, we can strengthen ourselves amid the face of adversity and disenchantment.

If we do not hide from, nor ignore our individual and collective faults, we can build the chain of our life with strength, humility, and purpose.

I wish for each of you a long chain of bold, strong, beautiful links, polished with the reflective brilliance of Love, and the very happiest of blessings for a brand-New Year.

Abiding love to all.

Steadfast,

Sundance

…Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Robert Frost

Florida Accounted for One-Third of US Job Growth During Q3


Armstrong Economics Blog/North America Re-Posted Dec 16, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

Florida is leading the nation in job growth due to eased tax laws and COVID restrictions. Florida alone added 579,000 jobs during 2021, representing a 5.8% uptick in new jobs. In contrast, the national average has been a muted 0.5%. As of October, Florida consistently attracted new labor in the private sector for 18 consecutive months. In Q3 alone, the Sunshine State accounted for over one-third of all new jobs created in the US.

Businesses and employees know that they will not be forced to close due to another lockdown. They won’t be forced to banish customers from entering their establishments. Workers will not have to act as security guards, enforcing face masks or vaccine passports. Protections have been put in place to protect workers from losing their jobs if they refuse the experimental vaccine. Additionally, Florida does not steal state income taxes from worker salaries, and property taxes are significantly lower than other states.

Governor Ron DeSantis has actively recruited fired police officers and underpaid truckers. He vowed to open various ports in the state to open around the clock to combat the supply chain crisis. DeSantis has set an example to other states on how to attract business and expand the workforce by choosing the state’s economy over the broader COVID agenda.

The $99 Billion US Pet Industry


Armstrong Economics Blog/North America Re-Posted Dec 5, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

The pet industry is on the rise in the US, and consumer spending patterns show that pet owners are not reluctant to spend money on their companions. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), around 67% of US households have at least one pet, marking the highest level of pet ownership on record. As a result, the pet industry in America alone reached $99 billion in 2020, and analysts expect this figure to rise.

In fact, pets have become a staple in many American households to the point that one in ten pet owners are actually delaying having children to focus on their pets. Surprisingly, Zulily found that 42% of Millennials admitted that a key factor in becoming a homeowner was the desire to provide a larger space for their dog. Therefore, people are making major life decisions and purchases based on their animals’ needs. The APPA found that the average owner spends $1,380 annually per dog and $908 per cat. That amount could quickly spike if a pet falls ill or has special needs. Grooming, training, and boarding costs would also push this number higher for middle and upper-income owners.

Millennials are also driving sales for pet-related items, with 51% reportedly buying their pet a gift at least once per month. Again, online purchases are driving the trend, and experts expect a quarter of America’s pet supply purchases will be made online within the next two years.

A decade ago, Americans spent only $45.53 billion on pet supplies annually. That number has doubled and is on the rise. Consumers are willing to spend more money on their pets as they have advanced their status in American society from working domesticated animals to well-loved house pets.

President Donald J. Trump Honors Veterans Day


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on November 11, 2021 | Sundance | 60 Comments

President Donald Trump has a message to all the men and women who have served our nation in the armed forces {Direct Rumble Link}

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Republican Glenn Youngkin WINS in Virginia – Overnight Election Result Discussion Thread – Republican Also Winning in NJ at Midnight


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on November 3, 2021 | Sundance | 250 Comments

DC is shook….

As 1:00am arrives, the Republican candidate for Governor Glenn Youngkin has won a massive victory for the people of Virginia.

Additionally, Republican candidate Winsome Sears has won as Lieutenant Governor becoming the first black woman to win a state-wide race; and Republican Jason Miyares appears to have won his race for Attorney General.  The Virginia House of Delegates is still a toss-up, with a very good possibility to flip to Republican control.

How it started……  How it ended:

Trump Launching Social Media Platform


Armstrong Economics Blog/BigTech Re-Posted Oct 22, 2021 by Martin Armstrong

Former President Donald Trump is launching a new social media platform in Q1 of 2022. According to his son Donald Jr., the Trump Media and Technology Group and Truth Social will aim to “counter censorship” and “give a voice to all.” This should be interesting.

Even liberals can see that conservative voices have been muted by Big Tech. Twitter even had the power to completely ban a then sitting US president from its platform. Twitter and other social media sites continually remove all content that does not follow the larger agenda. The internet has become our largest source for obtaining information, but the public at large is only informed on the popular view. Our knowledge and voices should not be suppressed.

The First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

My latest work is using Science and Logic to Prove the Existence of God


Over the past 30 some years I have been studying about the various theories regarding how we exist. By that I mean that we can think and have Free Will; and that allows us to make choices in what we do — we can do what is right or we can do things that are wrong, its our choice. In my studies I found that science doesn’t allow for that to happen its called the Hard Problem!

The attached book contains an analysis of this problem this book is the result of decades of research and thinking. The only conclusion I could come up with is there has to be a God as its the only way we can actually exist. The following image is on the cover of the book and it represents creation. The picture was constructed with God shown as creating the universe, using the art concept discovered by CG Jung and described in his book, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious. Jung found that all cultures had common believes and those beliefs were represented in art. Many of the art works he showed in his book are similar to the one I created here, and they are called mandalas. 

Ever Faithful, President Trump Makes a Surprise Visit to New York Police and Firefighters


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on September 11, 2021 | Sundance | 155 Comments

On the 20th anniversary of 9-11 President Donald J Trump drops by his hometown of New York City to surprise and thank the New York police officers and New York firefighters.

Throngs of people rushed to get pictures with President Trump and he delivered remarks to those present.  Two videos below:

It is remarkable, and yet inspiring and appropriate, to witness the joy provided by President Trump on such a somber occasion.  There is a genuine attribute of patriotic affection demonstrably evident whenever Donald J Trump enters the venue.   Soothing water to quench parched American souls.

The Better Option


Posted originally on the conservative tree house on September 11, 2021 | Sundance | 84 Comments

He stared toward a cloudless sky, a tear was present in his eye.
What did he see I wondered loud – this man of strength did not look proud.

Transfixed we watched through a camera’s lens; strangers before, now oddly friends.
What are his eyes held witness to? What’s stirring such tears of painful hue?

Electronically we were connected, our lives attached, a stopped nation affected.
What horror was there, upon his gaze? – What caused such pain amid the haze?

Some sounds not known were heard aloud – and people screamed amid the crowd.
We struggled to sense what view they saw, the fireman’s face was present more.

His sorrowed eyes bleeding despair – my God, what was he seeing there?
I could not move, we stood transfixed, my view of hell would soon be nixed.

He bore my witness through those flames, this hell on earth from terror planes.
Our Eagle screamed….. the metal cracked, two once proud towers stood attacked.

The human toll still yet unknown, our feeling safe was overthrown.
Finally as I stared I recognized….. what was causing those tears in that fireman’s eyes.

Oh – My – God, humanity was being lost – and helplessly we saw the cost;
The sound of people,… people,… jumping down, from towers strong in our New York town.

Locked in horror, frozen, all there stood – bewildered eyes saw nothing good.
We viewed a scene of great despair…amid evil, smoke, and hate filled air.

Connected witness we became, to terror’s rage and human pain.
Trapped atop a blinding heat, were once moms and dads upon the street.

A “better option“?… caused by hate – to leap the flames and own your fate.
More horrid thoughts we’d never known, not from before the glass had blown.

Theirs was not an option for the stair, their only choice hands locked in prayer.
I cannot grasp the thoughts that crossed – the minds of those loved, soon to be lost.

As victims now…. their life soon ceased, a hurling body – soul released;
and for those who bore witness, my God the pain; those memories seered will long remain.

Connected all we stood aghast, all witness to the terror blast.
Their bodies torn, their spirit lost; memories now……. a priceless cost.

But what we have now to decide; reflecting on this place they died.
The Blood-soaked ground, the empty skies, our throat in knots, our tear filled eyes.

A memory now so deeply burned, their sacrifice for us was learned.
The hurt, the pain, the bitter sorrow, must guide us now toward tomorrow.

For those we loved and families lost, no gold of man can count the cost.
Through the eagles’ tears our nations price, we must honor those of sacrifice.

How do we honor such courage bold, and warm our souls despite the cold.
A daunting charge ‘mid our mortal stage – to reflect that courage amid our rage.

Two decades past and now we find – our hearts, our souls, our tears, our mind.
Still harken back and feel those tears; the wound -the scar- through many years.

Memories honored must remain, our task in life to cherish that pain…
For souls we lost and sorrow bound – we must always respect such hallowed ground.

~Sundance