Monday, July 10, 2017

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Day 61


 Reader Discussions


On July 7th, 2017 I Blogged to you:

7am - First off, I am not turning my RVing Adventure Blog into some kind of political thing.

But, every once in awhile, I would like to present things here that may prompt Readers to comment on things political.



I know that for myself, sometimes I get a little lazy about my responsibility as a citizen of our Republic. And, sometimes I get to thinking, "What's the use?

Below is #2 in this series




January 30, 2017
International Business Times


Several Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East, including the seven expressing outrage at a U.S.-entry ban for their nationals, have had a ban on Israeli nationals for over five decades.

These include Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, UAE and Yemen. Bangladesh, Brunei, Malaysia and Pakistan also have similar bans on Israeli passport holders.

Is this not a de facto ban on people from another faith?

Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen do not even allow entry to people of any nationality with evidence of travel to Israel. This means that business travelers such as myself needed a second passport to travel within the Middle East if the first passport happened to have an Israeli stamp.

But European governments didn't protest about the stance of Middle Eastern governments, and willingly issued second passports to their nationals requiring frequent travel to Israel and its Arab neighbors.


7:30am - Lincoln City
Yesterday afternoon, The Scampy RV Team headed out of Depoe Bay because the weather there was windy and cold.

Here in Lincoln City this morning, the far sky looking west contains the heavy cloud cover that is common this time of year.  This afternoon is promising to be sunny and around 60℉. 

The Scampy Team is seriously considering remaining here. J's Fish & Chips is here in Lincoln City!


8am - Coleman Camping Oven
The Scampy RV Team just ordered a Coleman Oven from Amazon! Wow! We will be able to make things like "MsTioga's Spicy Meat Loaf!" [Link]

We ordered the Coleman Camping Oven from Amazon. [Link]


9:15am - More music!
Last week, we bought an iPhone 7! Yes, we did! 😎

Around 2014, we bought our first iPhone, the 5s. Over time, our iPhone 5s became dated. It did not have enough capacity. And did not perform up to current times!

So, we now have iPhone 7. And it is great! One of the first things that we did afterwards, was to go to iTunes and buy '70s Greatest Hits. [Link].

Since we got it, '70s Greatest Hits has become our favorite music!

Wonderful Oldies!



12 noon - Isolator installation
After mulling over installing the isolator myself, I decided to get some feedback from a shop here in Lincoln City.

The shop's name is: Car Care Specialists and gets very high marks in reviews.

When I showed the isolator to the shop owner, he told me:
"Looks like overkill to me!"

We have an appointment for 11am tomorrow.



3pm - Solar Panel Accident!
This morning a 15-foot long length of 2-wire 10 gauge cable was purchased for our Renogy solar panel. We need this cable in order to be able to place the Renogy where the Sun is shining. The cable is 10 gauge in order to minimize voltage drop.

The Renogy was on the sidewalk next to Scampy. I was testing this heavy cable, when a young man on a bicycle came zooming down the sidewalk.

[5 to 6pm - Broke off Blogging. Went over to J's Fish & Chips for their 3-piece cod with curly fries and cole slaw] 

The guy on the bicycle was carrying three grocery bags. Maybe balancing those three bags while driving lickety-split down the sidewalk diverted his attention? Anyway, he and his bicycle crashed into me knocking me down on to the Renogy!

The tilting legs of the Renogy got kinda messed up. We went to the Ace Hardware and bought some screws and small blocks of wood to repair Renogy. I'm gonna use Scampy's table for a work bench! πŸ˜€


10:15pm - Finished Renogy repair
It was a whole lot easier to do than I figured it to be. Some of the broken parts actually could be adapted to be usable.

While I was fixing Renogy, my mind drifted to how fantastic life-on-the-road is for me. And easy too!


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30 comments:

  1. (big smile!) George, I love that you will bring up tough topics. Clearly, I have no problem commenting on some of them hahaha. This is a "comment" section...right? :)

    For Israel, travel bans, the religious nuts killing people.....all of it is a bit whacko in my opinion. That is because I am agnostic in my faith. That makes me about 18% of the US population. To me, all spirits, after-life, gods, and miracles are all imaginary things with no evidence. I respect that most have the gift of faith, and have political/religious reasons to be concerned with the topics of the day.....but I see it as creating more harm than good. "In God We Trust" is now a terrorist statement. I will have nothing to do with it.. AND imagine an agnostic running for president? HE/SHE would NEVER be able to become "recruited" by ISIS. Impossible. That would be a safe bet for a president in my opinion. OK, let the pot stirring begin! hahahahaha..

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    1. Hi Point,

      About one week before Plato died, he stated:
      "Better to have faith and believe in God and be wrong, than believe in nothing and be right!"

      George

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    2. If I died and woke up in front of God, I would be scared to death of his madness. Wasn't He the one who allows terrorist to kill innocent? He allowed the Holocaust, 911, all wars, all famine, all viruses, all nuclear destruction? If a war started between all the white people and brown people of the entire planet...would he stop it? Hmmmm? Maybe the reasonable answer is he can't...why? Because He does not exist. Only in man's mind...

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    3. All 3 of the main religions have killed people of other religions. Not one of them is "more safe" than the other. Each of them can very easily (and quickly) become dangerous and take over an entire country either through politics, voting, or laws. If we are worried about "Sharia Law", then we should teach all of our kids to be Agnostic in their faith, and use reasoning/science to explain the universe. We would create a entire generation of kids who were immuned to ISIS influence. Wonderful right? I think it would be....

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    4. Ok, Ok...last fun thought on God. Then you can have your forum back...hahaha :)

      I often think what would the "return" of Jesus (or God) look like. It is said that a big light in the sky shines down and all people just kneel in its presence (yes, I study this stuff). That is ridiculous...hahaha. That is not what will happen. We would shoot missiles at "it", and I for one would unload every gram of ammo on it. Everything would be shooting at it...why? Because it is not likly to be "God" at all, but a alien being pretending to be a god, or just a unknown force or entity that is hostile. It may want the planet. I will start shooting immediately...bam, bam, bam...right when "it" shows up in the sky...hehehe. Have a great forum...:) Thanks for entertaining me :)

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    5. P to Z
      Boy did you just open up Pandora's box
      Take 30 seconds and think about One question
      How do we know WERE NOT the aliens πŸ‘πŸ‘

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    6. Hi Point!

      All by yourself you have taken comments off on a tangent.

      I was intending this Blog post to be a discussion. Not a soliloquy.

      George

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    7. English George English we gave up Latin for lint

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  2. I am Native American and as such our so called religion is closed to anyone but Navajos. No one other than Navajos are allowed to religious ceremonies. But now I see other people starting to practice Navajo style religious rituals I.e. the sweat lodge. Some people tried that in Sedona and killed themselves by using the wrong set up/materials. I agree with Point to Zero, religion is no longer faith based...it has gone beyond that to be used as a weapon to kill and to discriminate. It is doing more harm than good now...creating hate and no longer faith based such as faith that you'll have good crops, rain, health...faith that everything will be okay. Now it's if you're not of my religion and do not do as I do, I will shun you, kill you, isolate you and hate you for your religion. Religion is no longer doing what, I believe, it was intended to do...to give faith for good things to happen when oppressed. As a Navajo, I tend to believe in the universe, the science of it, the mystery, the balance of everything i.e. good/bad, cold/hot, etc. It is beyond our control.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      You are agreeing with Point that:
      ★ Religion is no longer faith based
      ★ Religion is now used as a weapon to kill and discriminate
      ★ Religion is doing more harm than good
      ★ Religion causes people to be shunned, killed, isolated and hated

      Are you referring to all religions? If not, which religions?

      George

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    2. Rita
      if you're a true Navajo you can't believe in one God?
      It's technically not part of your culture.
      If you were raised to believe in one God then you give it up your Navajo culture and religion and became a Christian.
      If you cut and paste here is why I say that.

      http://www.everyculture.com/North-America/Navajo-Religion-and-Expressive-Culture.html

      Before the coming of Christianity, all the native Americans have similar believes to the Navajo. Some were probably a little more Bruiser than others, but believes nonetheless,
      What better way than starting your day, is having a chat for the sunrise. for the butterfly. for the clouds in the sky. or the rain. and for the antelope.or the sunset. Or the moon. or the shooting star.
      If you truly want to practice native American religion and beliefs make mother nature your God. and she's everywhere and called many names .
      But don't get mad if you spit in the wind, that you're doing,
      Now if you really want to take Christianity to another level
      All one needs to do is go back and look at ancient history
      Even George would tell you the Holocaust was a minor bump in the road compared to promoting The slaughter and the genocide for Christianity through its history Dating back 20 17 years?
      If you read True history, it was the popes and bishops that where the power not to kings and queens
      If you really want to understand the Muslim culture and religion. ask anybody that has ever lived an studied in Israel.
      They'll tell you one thing, you need to understand the culture? before you understand the religion.
      Sorry mr. George,, getting ahead of myself.

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  3. The article you posted is mostly accurate but omits the protstations by Obama administration. Nonetheless they are not the models we have normally followed. We have not practicesd two wrongs make a right. There are many wrongs in our world and under Trump we are adding to the list. I hope we can be better.

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    1. Bob,

      You wrote "protestations by Obama?"

      What is that?

      George

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    2. The Obama admin consistently spokeout on all forms of discrimination. Thanks for correcting the typo. I believe Obama deeply understood the need for Israel and need to preserve it in both real and deeper meaning it displays to the world. "NEVER AGAIN". For Trump it appears to be one dimensional just words to get support.

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  4. Not an expert but in Israel they now use a "blue card" which you can carry for ninety days of travel within the country thus voiding the stamping of a passport.

    As for religion, 75.4% Jewish, 16.9% Muslim, 2.1% Christian, and 1.7% Druze, with the remaining 4.0% belonging to minor faiths such as Samaritanism, Baha'iism or no religion.

    So I am not sure it is a travel ban based on religion.

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    1. The blue card is only if you're going to stay longer than 90 days
      From the website
      Do You Need a Visa For Israel?
      U.S. citizens traveling to Israel for stays of up to three months from their date of arrival do not need a visa, but like all visitors must hold a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date they are departing the country.

      If you plan to visit Arab countries after visiting Israel, ask the customs official at the passport control window at the airport to not stamp your passport, as this could complicate your entry to those countries. You must request this before your passport is stamped. If, however, the countries you are planning to visit after Israel are Egypt or Jordan, you need not make a special request.

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  5. So what happened to the panel George!!

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    1. Hi Bill,

      I took the broken panel to Ace Hardware and bought stuff to put it back into operation.

      George

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  6. I am not an expert in history or religion. I form an opinion based on what I see, hear, and what I was taught. Lately news tells me the Jewish cemeteries were vandalized, people being killed execution style in the name of Allah, Christian xenophobia in our country harassing others on college campuses, workplace, and communities. these types of activities make me believe religion is no longer faith based...killing, vandalism, travel bans are in place not entirely because of religion but maybe one of the reasons.

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    1. Hi Rita,

      The present wave of Jew hatred is due mostly to the pressure, lies, intimidation, etc., of the Palestinian/Arabs and countries that surround in the Middle East.

      In the 1948 war that followed the creation of the State of Israel by the United Nations, nearly every country in the Middle East attacked or participated in armed hostilities against Israel.

      And in the end, Israel won over them all!

      This defeat is called Al-Nakba: The Palestinian Catastrophe by the Palestinians themselves.

      George

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  7. OK I've had it that's two words I had to look up in the Google dictionary

    Can we do this tomorrow but with simple words

    Say Good night George

    soliloquy (plural soliloquies)

    (drama) The act of a character speaking to themselves so as to reveal their thoughts to the audience.
    At the end of the second act the main villain gave a soliloquy detailing his plans to attack the protagonist.

    Definition of protestation
    : the act of protesting : a solemn declaration or avowal

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  8. Between myself and Mr. Ed, this place is getting INTERESTING. hahahaha.

    What do you say Mr. Ed? I'll add some ingredients and you STIR! LOL! This forum gets hopping every time...hahaha :) :)

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  9. Bypassing the discussion of religion, I can't get past George boogieing down to Play the Funky Music.

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    1. Hey Tom!

      What Funky Music? You mean the groovy stuff of the 70s?

      If you click "About Me - Profile" near the top-right of my Blog, you may read for yourself my eclectic list of music

      George

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    2. I love it. George blasting the sounds. I need a video of you getting down on the groove of Play That Funky Music. J/K LOL

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  10. If Mexican music counts, You better look out, ton I think Kevin and Ruth have Photos or video
    of Mr. G, doing the electric slide???

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  11. George, Lincoln City is my all time favorite place in Oregon. The best smoked salmon and tuna is down on the south end, on the east side. They make it right there... THE BEST! Then, the casino has some really good fry bread... but upstairs in the Restaurant over looking the ocean... they have the best bread, and a lobster pasta dish to die for.... so very good. Then if you want or need a really clean, and nice RV park for a night or two, the Devils Lake RV park is wonderful. Be sure to shop at the Safeway or Fry's using a card savings because you get gas points!!! Now - my two cents on the Ban. I really think if the so called politicians practiced basic speech there would be LESS problems. There is no reason to ban any one religion, because if America is going to ban one, it should ban ALL then there is NO hard feelings. Each person should be properly vetted, and each should follow the law of America. The real problems are because so many people from all different walks of life, just simply feel they are above the law and do not want to follow, or obey the laws of America. It's really sad because if they did in their own Country what they do in America, they would be in serious trouble with their own country. I do not understand why they think they can come to America and do as they please! People are people, each one has the same insides, only the outside of a person is different. The world, could be a great place for all people if only many could imagine PEACE. As for those politicians, perhaps if we weeded the garden and pull the nasty ones out, planted more kinder ones, we'd have a lovely garden of politicians who would work together. Imagine... just imagine .... PEACE.

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  12. my mind drifted to how fantastic life-on-the-road is for me. And easy too! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

    We're happy for you, George.

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  13. Interesting flip-flop

    I really think if the so called politicians practiced basic speech there would be LESS problems.
    1# What is basic speech?
    There is no reason to ban any one religion, because if America is going to ban one, it should ban ALL then there is NO hard feelings.
    2# We are not banning people on their religion we are banning people from the country region that they come from. religious beliefs just happened to be the majority
    Also the ban is only for 90 days (subject to be rewritten)
    Each person should be properly vetted,
    3# The vetted process is it 2 to 3 year intense process.and about 65% fail
    If they fall under a certain perimeter of rules they are allowed to enter
    (this too was rewritten due to the Supreme Court ruling)

    and each should follow the law of America. The real problems are because so many people from all different walks of life, just simply feel they are above the law and do not want to follow, or obey the laws of America. It's really sad because if they did in their own Country what they do in America, they would be in serious trouble with their own country.
    4# as a civilized society we would like to think so. but small Minority society you would be raised up to a higher status.
    I do not understand why they think they can come to America and do as they please! People are people, each one has the same insides, only the outside of a person is different.
    5# The reason for the ban see. 2# 3# 4# 5#
    The world, could be a great place for all people if only many could imagine PEACE.
    6# This comment is going to be totally negative
    If you Live in a peaceful country you want peace and stability and to be able to prosper.that's your dream
    If you live in a country and your ideologies that promote chaos wars and atrocities,,, is that not your dream

    As for those politicians, perhaps if we weeded the garden and pull the nasty ones out, planted more kinder ones, we'd have a lovely garden of politicians who would work together. Imagine... just imagine .... PEACE.
    7# In the USA isn't that where you go to vote for the person of your choice?

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