Designers & Architects Talk March Preview: Interior Adaptations Across Chicago — IIDA | Design Matters

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Everyone ……wake the hell up!

THIS IS A MUST READ ARTICLE…a real eye opener

“Everyone Is Smart, Except Donald Trump:”
– Rabbi Dov Fischer
October 19, 2018 by Ronald Yates
Friends and followers. This is well worth the read, which is why I am posting on my blog today. Rabbi Dov Fischer makes good sense. Who is Rabbi Dov Fischer? Rabbi Dov Fischer is an attorney and adjunct professor of law, a Senior Rabbinic Fellow at the Coalition for Jewish Values, congregational rabbi of Young Israel of Orange County, California, and holds prominent leadership roles in several national rabbinic and other Jewish organizations.

He has been Chief Articles Editor of UCLA Law Review, clerked for the Hon. Danny J. Boggs in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and served for most of the past decade on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. His writings have appeared in the Weekly Standard, National Review, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Jerusalem Post, American Thinker, Frontpage Magazine, and Israel National News. READ ON!

Everyone Is Smart, Except Trump
By Rabbi Dov Fischer
It really is quite simple. Everyone is smart except Donald J. Trump. That’s why they all are billionaires, and all got elected President. Only Trump does not know what he is doing. Only Trump does not know how to negotiate with Vladimir Putin. Anderson Cooper knows how to stand up to Putin. The whole crowd at MSNBC does. All the journalists do.
They could not stand up to Matt Lauer at NBC. They could not stand up to Charlie Rose at CBS. They could not stand up to Mark Halperin at NBC Nor up to Leon Wieseltier at the New Republic, nor Jann Wenner at Rolling Stone, nor Michael Oreskes at NPR, at the New York Times, or at the Associated Press. But — oh, wow! — Can they ever stand up to Putin! Only Trump is incapable of negotiating with the Russian tyrant.
Remember the four years when Anderson Cooper was President of the United States? And before that — when the entire Washington Post editorial staff jointly were elected to be President? Remember? Neither do I.
The Seedier Media have never negotiated life and death, not corporate life and death, and not human life and death. They think they know how to negotiate, but they do not know how. They go to a college, are told by peers that they are smart, get some good grades, proceed to a graduate degree in journalism, and get hired as analysts. Now they are experts, ready to take on Putin and the Iranian Ayatollahs at age 30.
That is not the road to expertise in tough dealing. The alternate path is that, along the way, maybe you get forced into some street fights. Sometimes the other guy wins, and sometimes you beat the intestines out of him. Then you deal with grown-ups as you mature, and you learn that people can be nasty, often after they smile and speak softly.
You get cheated a few times, played. And you learn. Maybe you become an attorney litigating multi-million-dollar case matters. Say what you will about attorneys, but those years — not the years in law school, not the years drafting legal memoranda, but the years of meeting face-to-face and confronting opposing counsel — those years can teach a great deal. They can explain how to transition from sweet, gentle, diplomatic negotiating to tough negotiating. At some point, with enough tough-nosed experience, you figure out Trump’s “The Art of the Deal” yourself.
Trump’s voters get him because not only is he we, but we are he. We were not snowed flaked-for-life by effete professors who themselves had never negotiated tough life-or-death serious deals. Instead, we live in the real world, and we know how that works. Not based on social science theories, not based on “conceptual negotiating models.” But based on the people we have met over life and always will hate. That worst boss we ever had. The coworker who tried to sabotage us. We know the sons of bums whom we survived, the dastardly types who are out there, and we learned from those experiences how to deal with them. We won’t have John Kerry soothe us by having James Taylor sing “You’ve Got a Friend” carols.
The Bushes got us into all kinds of messes. The first one killed the economic miracle that Reagan had fashioned.
The second one screwed up the Middle East, where Iraq and Iran beautifully were engaged in killing each other for years, and he got us mired into the middle of the muddle.
Clinton was too busy with Monica Lewinsky to protect us from Osama bin Laden when we had him in our sights.
Hillary gave us Benghazi and more.
And Obama and Kerry gave us the Iran Deal, ISIS run amok, America in retreat. All to the daily praise of a media who now attack Trump every minute of every day.
So let us understand a few things:
NEGOTIATING WITH NATO
NATO is our friend. They also rip off America. They have been ripping us off forever. We saved their butts — before there even was a NATO — in World War I. They messed up, and 116,456 Americans had to die to save their butts.
Then they messed up again for the next two decades because West Europeans are effete and so obsessed with their class manners and their rules of savoir-faire and their socialist welfare states and their early retirements that they did not have the character to stand up to Hitler in the 1930s. Peace in our time. So they messed up, and we had to save their butts again. And another 405,399 Americans died for them during World War II. And then we had to rebuild them! And we had to station our boys in Germany and all over their blood-stained continent. So, hey, we love those guys. We love NATO.
Nato Leaders. Who is paying their fair share?

And yet they still rip us off. We pay 4% of our gigantic gross domestic product to protect them, and they will not pay a lousy 2% of their GDP towards their own defense. Is there a culture more penny-pinching-cheap-and-stingy than the delicate constituents of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization? These cheap baseborn prigs will not pay their fare. They are too cheap. They expect America to send boys to die for them in one world war, then another — hundreds of thousands — and then to pay for their NATO defense even a century later. And then they have the temerity to cheat us further in trade
Long before Trump, they set up tariffs against us for so many things If the average American knew how badly Europe has been ripping us off for decades with their duties, no one in this country would buy anything European again. We would say, as a matter of self-respect and personal pride, “I no longer will buy anything but American, no matter what it costs.”
Every American President has complained about the cheating and imbalance — the NATO penny-pinching-cheapness, the tariff and trade imbalances. In more recent years, the various Bushes complained about it. Even Obama complained about it. But they all did it so gently, so diplomatically. They would deliver the sermon, just as the pastor predictably tells the church-goers on Sunday morning that he is against sin, and the Europeans would sit quietly and nod their heads — nodding from sleeping, not from agreeing — and then they would go back out and sin some more. Another four years of America being suckered and snookered. All they had to do was give Obama a Nobel Peace Prize his ninth month in office and let Kerry ride his bike around Paris.
So Trump did what any effective negotiator would do: he took note of past approaches to NATO and their failures, and correctly determined that the only way to get these penny-pinching-cheap baseborn prigs to pay their freight would be to bulldoze right into their faces, stare them right in their glazed eyes with cameras rolling, and tell them point-blank the equivalent of:
The Nations of Nato
“You are the cheapest penny-pinching, miserly, stingy, tight wadded skinflints ever. And it is going to stop on my watch. Whatever it takes from my end, you selfish, curmudgeonly cheap prigs, you are going to pay your fair share. I am not being diplomatic. I am being All-Business: either you start to pay or, wow, are you in for some surprises! And you know what you read in the Fake News: I am crazy! I am out of control! So, lemme see. I know: We will go to a trade war! How do you like that? Maybe we even will pull all our troops out of Europe. Hmmm. Yeah, maybe. Why not? Sounds good. Well, let’s see.”

So Trump stuffed it into their quiche-and-schnitzel ingesting faces. And he convinced them — thanks to America’s Seedier Media who are the real secret to the “Legend That is Trump” — that he just might be crazy enough to go to a trade war and to pull American boys home. They knew that Clinton and Bush x 2 and Kerry and Hillary and Nobel Laureate Obama never would do it. But they also know that Trump just might. And if they think they are going to find comfort and moderating in his new advisers, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, alongside him. Nuh-uh.
So CNN and the Washington Post and all the Seedier Media attacked Trump for days: He is destroying the alliance! He attacks our friends!
Baloney. Obama was the one whom the Left Echo Chamber… Chamber… Chamber — never called out for attacking our friends — Israel, Britain, so many others — while cozying up to Hugo Chavez, bowing to dictators, and dancing the tango for Raul Castro. Trump is just the opposite: He knows who the friends are, and he wants to maintain and strengthen those friendships.
It is no different from a parent telling a 35-year-old son: “I have been supporting you for thirty-five years I put you through college by signing four years and $100,000 PLUS in Loans. You graduated college fifteen years ago. For fifteen years I have been asking you nicely to look for a job and to start contributing. Instead, you sit home all day playing video games, texting your friends on a smartphone I pay for, and picking little fuzz balls out of your navel. So, look, I love you. You are my flesh and blood. But if you are not employed and earning a paycheck — and contributing to the cost of this household — in six months, we are throwing you out of the house.” That boy is NATO. Trump is Dad. And all of us have been signing for the PLUS Loans.”

NEGOTIATING WITH PUTIN.
Putin is a bad guy. A really bad guy. He is better than Lenin. Better than Stalin, Khrushchev, Kosygin, Brezhnev, Pol Pot, Mao. But he is a really bad guy.
Here’s the thing: Putin is a dictator. He answers to no one. He does whatever he wants. If there arises an opponent, that guy dies. Maybe the opponent gets poked with a poisoned umbrella. Maybe he gets shot on the street. Maybe the opponent is forced to watch Susan Rice interviews telling the world that Benghazi happened because of a YouTube video seen by nine derelicts in Berkeley and that Bowe Berghdal served with honor and distinction. But, one way or another, the opponent dies.
Trump knows this about Putin. And here is what that means: If you insult Putin in public, like by telling the news media just before or after meeting with him that he is the Butcher of Crimea, and he messed with our elections and is an overall jerk — then you will get nothing behind closed doors from Putin. Putin will decide “To heck with you, and to heck with the relationship we just forged.” Putin will get even, will take intense personal revenge, even if it is bad for Russia — even if it is bad for Putin. Because there are no institutional reins on him.
But if you go in public and tell everyone that Putin is a nice guy (y’know, just like Kim Jong Un) and that Putin intensely maintains that he did not mess with elections — not sweet little Putey Wutey (even though he apparently did) — then you next can maintain the momentum established beforehand in the private room. You can proceed to remind Putin what you told him privately: that this garbage has to stop —or else. That if he messes in Syria, we will do “X.” If he messes with our Iran boycott, we will do “Y.” We will generate so much oil from hydraulic fracturing and from ANWR and from all our sources that we will glut the market — if not tomorrow, then a year from now. We will send even more lethal offensive military weapons to Ukraine. We can restore the promised shield to Eastern Europe that Obama withdrew. And even if we cannot mess with Russian elections (because they have no elections), they do have computers — and, so help us, we will mess with their technology in a way they cannot imagine.
Tump knows from his advisers what we can do. If he sweet-talks Putin in public — just Putin on the Ritz — then everything that Trump has told Putin privately can be reinforced with action, and he even can wedge concessions because, against that background, Putin knows that no one will believe that he made any concessions. Everyone is set to believe that Putin is getting whatever he wants, that Trump understands nothing. In that setting, Putin can make concessions and still save face.
Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin
That is why Trump talks about him that way. And that is the only possible way to do it when negotiating with a tyrant who has no checks and balances on him. If you embarrass the tyrant publicly, then the tyrant never will make concessions because he will fear that people will say he was intimidated and backed down. And that he never will do. Meanwhile, Trump has expelled 60 Russians from America, reversed Obama policy and sent lethal weapons to Ukraine, and is pressing Germany severely on its pipeline project with Russia.
THE BOTTOM LINE
At the end of the day, Donald Trump is over seventy years old. He has made many mistakes in his life. He still makes some He is human. But Trump likewise has spent three score and a dozen years learning. He has seen some of his businesses go bankrupt, and he has learned from those experiences to be a billionaire and not let it happen again. No doubt that he has been fooled, outsmarted in years past. And he has learned from life.
Trump is a tough and smart negotiator. He sizes up his opponent, and he knows that the approach that works best for one is not the same as for another. It does not matter what he says publicly about his negotiating opponent. What matters is what results months later.
In his first eighteen months in Washington, this man has turned around the American economy, brought us near full employment, reduced the welfare and food stamp lines, wiped out ISIS in Raqqa, moved America’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem, successfully has launched massive deregulation of the economy, has opened oil exploration in ANWR, is rebuilding the military massively, has walked out of the useless Paris Climate Accords that were negotiated by America’s amateurs who always get snookered, canned the disastrous Iran Deal, exited the bogus United Nations Human Rights Council. He convinced Canada and Mexico that he would walk out of NAFTA if they didn’t negotiate a new and fair trade agreement (they did), and he has the Europeans convinced he would walk out of NATO if they don’t stop being the cheap and lazy parasitic penny-pinchers they are
He has slashed income taxes, expanded legal protections for college students falsely accused of crimes, has taken real steps to protect religious freedoms and liberties promised in the First Amendment, boldly has taken on the Lyme-disease-quality of a legislative mess that he inherited from Reagan-Bush-Clinton-Bush-Obama on immigration, and has appointed a steady line of remarkably brilliant conservative federal judges to sit on the district courts, the circuit appellate courts, and the Supreme Court.
What has Anderson Cooper achieved during that period? Jim Acosta or the editorial staffs of the New York Times and Washington Post? They have not even found the courage and strength to stand up to the coworkers and celebrities within their orbits who abuse sexually or psychologically or emotionally. They have no accomplishments to compare to his. Just their effete opinions, all echoing each other, all echoing, echoing, echoing. They gave us eight years of Nobel Peace Laureate Obama negotiating with the ISIS JV team, calming the rise of the oceans, and healing the planet.
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Three G's and a J.

So many folks that I was blessed to have deep conversations with over my many decades, often amazingly answer certain questions the exact same way.Although all were unique in age, professions, gender, wealth status. Yet similarly when asked what was their main goal in life, being happy was their answer. Happy? Happiness is nice, it’s good, sure beats angry, but it’s fleeting. It’s a feeling. A feeling based on subjective matters. Did your day go well? Did you get a raise? Good news? It’s temporary by any reality,

I think that may be why Jesus wants us to have Joy. Not just happiness. Joy is objective. It is not subjective. Jesus gives us Joy when we become His family. Even in sad times, unhappy times. Let’s face it the world we live in today is not a happy place. It’s more of a scary place. But we can have joy through it all. We know who loves us. We know who guides us, protects us. We can fear not.

I heard a story of a middle aged man who was in the hospital with a nasty brain tumor. Treatments were exhausted and he was waiting for death to take him. On the team responsible for his care was a nurse who wrote a note in her end of shift notes that Jim, (a made up name I gave him just cause I could) was inappropriately responding to his

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God gives it, we accept it. ReJOYce!

condition. It was not appropriate for Jim to have Joy to show Joy. She said her new goal was at the end of her life she can also be inappropriate with Joy.

Jesus gives us when we trust only in him, the fruit of the spirit, (Galatians 4). The Holy Spirit imparts it to us, and doses as needed. When we trusted in Jesus, we were through God’s Mercy, given Grace. An absolvement of punishment for our sins. All and any. Jesus bore them for us on the cross. We know this in our hearts, not just in our head. Jesus also gave us A Guarantee of a new life, no death as others know death, no fear. Nor ever being alone in times of trouble, or sadness. His strength and courage is imputed to us if we want it. He is A Guardian of our steps in this world through to the next. When we vere off the path, He comes for us and brings us back. Teaches us, disciplines us and sits us on His lap. I don’t know about you but I really need those three G’s!

That’s JOY!. Jim knew this Joy, I know this Joy. Do you have this Joy?

Thinking again, sorry but…….

It’s New Years eve. Most of the Holiday Hoopla is over. That’s good news.

Holidays are supposed to be a time of family, joy, togetherness, which in some ways it is. Then there is the hurriedness, the shopping, which gift for whomever, wrapping, stress, being careful not to offend the easily offended, so we smile a lot. Tolerate the noise and confusion, which at a much younger age was part of the fun. These days, the wiser, elder days as they are called, not so much.`

Writing out cards (even to the people we see every day and will see at the festivities, Do you understand why we do that?) We lug around car loads of gifts, we put up all matter of decorations, inside, outside, just to take them down again. Grocery shopping,( not to be confused with the gift shopping), preparing, cleaning, cooking, serving, eating, wrapping, wasting, singing, sharing, snapping pictures. And then it’s done. Meanwhile……

This is the thinking part….for me, a Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother I wish for things not so mundane, not just the traditional or obligatory matters incorporated into these Holidays. I thought of the drinking, the eagerness of it. I thought of Jesus at the wedding, making wine out of water. No one it seems gave a thought about it, where it came from and why is never mentioned. The wedding guests were there by invitation. Probably most of the village, neighborhood or town was invited, back in the day.

The Drinking of anything takes no preparation, anyone can do it, if a liquid is available. We are born ready willing and able to suck it right down. At any time in almost any place. God said every thirsty one is welcome. Only one requirement is needed, we must be thirsty. Even if the thirst is of greed, ambition, pleasure, knowledge, sinner tired or the weary, are invited to come to drink. What a gift.! Irrespective of persons God calls us to drink of Him, with Him. We invite friends, family, colleagues to our Holiday celebrations, . He also invites us, we need an invitation to attend, to drink of Him. His call, His invitation is the act of truly being thirsty.

I looked around at my family this year and wondered if any there were thirsty? Really thirsty for more than what was made available by our host. I know a few had drank of Him, truly, but I care about those younger not yet thirsty. How do we get thirsty? We have a built-in need for water, we are actually made up of a lot of water. Pretty clever of our creator, right? However, that is one of the first places our evil nemesis distorted.

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Advertisements for an abundance of thirst quenchers invade our spaces daily. Temporary thirst quenchers with no effect on the soul. Our souls as I look around and listen are very dehydrated, sick even. Where is the teaching, the advertising for the souls thirst quencher? It is to be taught us by our parents, early on, modeled for us every day, what this thirst inside us feels like, the thirstiness that can not be quenched except by Jesus, Our Lord God. The culture of today runs from it, and they seek refreshing in all the wrong places. With beverages that increase

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the dehydration. Our culture, even at the Holidays have seriously dehydrated, nauseous, souls. Sadly those who need it are of the mind set that they are not welcome. Their china, tea cups are cracked or broken, ashamed of the poverty in their souls. Who taught that? A depraved dehydrated lost culture is who.

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There are no requirements, no BYOB, just thirst. Are you thirsty? You need no golden cup, no fine china, to convey the water to the thirsty, The mouth of poverty is welcome to stoop down and drink of the life giving stream.Blistered, dried cracked, leprous and filthy lips may touch the stream of divine love and not pollute the stream, but rather be healed, purified by it.

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Poverty need not keep us from Him

Our Redeemer lives, He loves us, and he calls out to us saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. ” Our sinfulness, our dehydrated souls are not barriers to the invitation to believe in Jesus. Come be purified. Quench the deep thirst of body and soul.

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John 3:16

Unimaginable Promises — Barnstorming

Whatever harm I may have doneIn all my life in all your wide creationIf I cannot repair itI beg you to repair it, And then there are all the woundedThe poor the deaf the lonely and the oldWhom I have roughly dismissedAs if I were not one of them.Where I have wronged them by itAnd […]

Unimaginable Promises — Barnstorming

‘They know they’ve been caught’: Limbaugh nails Dems on Trump spying | WND

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Democratic senators on Wednesday made sure the nation knows that “there was political bias, there was personal hatred bias” in the FBI’s abuse of the FISA system to investigate the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential race.

How?

They’re “making it obvious here by harping on it.”

Talk-radio host was commenting on Wednesday’s hearing in the Senate featuring Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

His investigation found a massive list of failures on the part of the Obama administration regarding its investigation into the Trump campaign in 2016. He also said he found no evidence of political bias, but then without subpoena power he could only investigate what people voluntarily told him.

Rush Limbaugh explained the realities of the situation.

“So [Sen.] Lindsey Graham was great in his opening statement exposing all of this. Then it got to questioning of Horowitz. ‘I think, well, there’s no bias, no documentary evidence, poor Carter…

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The New Gnostics in Today’s Church — Lighthouse Trails Inc

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By Bill Randles
(Author of the new release, War Against the Saints)

I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. (1 John 2:21)

The church is undergoing perhaps her final assault from within, as she has been beset with a new wave of Gnostics who have entered in.

What is Gnosticism? One definition of Gnosticism states:

Gnosticism was built on Greek philosophy that taught matter was evil and the Spirit was good. . . . So-called “Christian Gnostics” said since matter was evil, God could not really incarnate in a human body; He only appeared in human form and only appeared to suffer, but basically, it was an illusion. . . .

Prior to Christianity, the Gnostics taught that man is composed of body, soul, and spirit. The body and the…

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Liberals have become dangerously insane – AIM Truth Bits

Wake Up To The Truth

Tom Fitton tweeted:

HUGE: Impeachment Abuse Expands–Schiff Implicated in Phone Records Spying Misconduct; COUP Against @RealDonaldTrump Can Still Be Stopped In House; FBI “Finds” Clinton Emails; PLUS @JudicialWatch Sues For Ukraine Coup Corruption Info. BIG Update: https://youtu.be/C2LH7T1tb5E

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For those in Rio Linda, Patriot David explained in a comment box to his internet friends:

Hillary allegedly planned and motivated since July 2016, all the alleged corruption of this Coup to frame the President of criminal acts that they actually did. Hillary emails was the alleged communicator to the Clinton Foundation, a large subsidiary of the Globalist who were partnered for many years to bring the United States to a 3rd world status for “more” power/money. IMO; everyone involved in the Coup are all traitors to the Constitution and the American People and the punishment should be Extremely Harsh.

PDJT Retweeted: Tom Fitton

FBI has now lost TWICE in…

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December 8, 2019 Afternoon Verse Of The Day

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The Return of the Conqueror

And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. (19:11–13)

As it did in 4:1, heaven opened before John’s wondering eyes. But unlike 4:1, heaven opens this time not to let John in, but to let Jesus out. The time has come at last for the full, glorious revelation of the sovereign Lord. This is the time to which all of Revelation (as well as all of redemptive history) has been pointing, the time of which Jesus Himself spoke…

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