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Committed To Southern Colorado Seniors For 39 Years And Counting


Beacon JUNE 2021

Vol. 40:5

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88% Of Seniors Want Medicare-Negotiated Drug Prices OLDER AMERICANS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT

legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, according to a new survey by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). The online survey, which had over 1,234 participants, found that 88 percent support tying prescription drug prices to what other industrialized countries, such as Great Britain, Canada and Japan, pay for the same drug. “Reducing the cost of prescription drugs is essential for both Medicare beneficiaries and Medicare’s finances,” says Mary Johnson, a Medicare policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). The average monthly Social Security retiree benefit is just $1,552, while spending on prescription drugs is the fastest growing cost

that most retirees face in retirement,” she says. Over time, drug costs take a growing portion of Social Security income, because prices are rising several times faster than annual cost of living adjustments (COLAs). The Congressional Budget Office estimates that H.R. 3, Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, prescription drug price negotiation legislation which is under debate in the House could lower government spending on Part D by $456 billion over a ten year period, but cautioned the estimates are uncertain, especially if price negotiations are implemented differently that the CBO’s interpretation. Johnson conducts research on the growth of the prices of goods and services that form a major part of a retirees’ household budgets. Ac-

cording to Johnson, Medicare beneficiaries’ out-of-pocket spending for prescription drugs was a total cost of $4,097 in 2020 (including what beneficiaries and their drug plans pay). “Although drug plans vary, under the standard Part D benefit, the beneficiary is responsible for about 25% of that amount, and drug plans cover the remaining 75% up to an initial coverage limit which is $4,130 in 2021,” Johnson says. According to the new survey by The Senior Citizens League, the majority of Medicare beneficiaries (72 percent) report spending for prescription drugs that was less than the Part D initial coverage limit in 2020. But 28 percent of survey participants report a level of monthly drug spending (at least $95 per month and more for co-pays and co-insurance) that puts them at risk of exceeding the Medicare Part D initial coverage limit and hitting the

“coverage gap” or “doughnut hole” — the point at which drug costs can be higher than under initial coverage. In addition, one quarter of survey participants, 25 percent, said they postponed filling one or more prescriptions in 2020 due to high cost or shortages. Under current law there is no annual cap on out of pocket spending in Part D, except for the lowest income beneficiaries who qualify for Medicare Extra Help which covers most of their out of pocket costs.The Senior Citizens League supports legislation that would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices, and limit drug price increases to the rate of inflation. With 1.2 million supporters, The Senior Citizens League is one of the nation’s largest nonpartisan seniors groups. Visit www.SeniorsLeague. org for more information.

My Father’s Silence In 1961 my father was hired as an attorney for a corporation in Dallas, Texas. My parents and I moved into a rental house in University Park, one of the surrounding suburbs. Six months later, they adopted a baby girl and named her Keltie. She was my only sibling. Located in downtown Dallas, Dad rode the bus every weekday to and from work. Momorganized our home and volunteered at the church and other organizations. Since my

grade school was two blocks from home, I walked to and from University Park Elementary. Twenty-five years later, Dad retired, and my parents relocated to Nacogdoches, Texas. The small college town was 150 miles northeast of Houston, where my wife and I resided. For a weekend we drove up to visit them. At the time of our stay, a movie about the assassination of President



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Legacy Bank Opens Fourth Pueblo Location PUEBLO, CO Legacy Bank will open a fourth location in Pueblo County on June 1st. The Regency Park branch at 1301 S. Pueblo Blvd. will expand the bank’s services to southside residents of nearby El Camino, Regency, Ventana, Highland Park, Bessemer, and Sunset neighborhoods while maintaining its reputation as a small town bank with big city amenities. Legacy Bank also has branches in downtown Pueblo, Pueblo West, and on Pueblo’s north side. To celebrate the new Regency Park location, Legacy Bank will have a Grand Opening on Thursday, June 3 with a Business After Hours/Ribbon Cutting hosted by the Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, Latino Chamber, and Pueblo West Chamber from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, June 3. The main lobby will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours at the drive through from 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. A Saturday drive-through option will be available from 9 a.m.-noon. The branch phone number is (719) 501-1400. The new 2400-square-foot Legacy Bank facility will include two offices, a conference room, a

safe deposit room, two drive-up lanes, a drive-up ATM, and night drop amenities. Lobby clients will enter by the front door, while those accessing the drive-through, ATM, and night drop will turn left behind the building and choose one of two lanes. This new Regency location (just behind the bright pink and orange building formerly known as Amy’s Donuts) is convenient for many people to quickly and easily access. Legacy Bank prides itself in being a hometown bank and the bank’s design maintains that approach. Upon entering, customers will see art pieces depicting iconic Pueblo images. And, no Legacy Bank location would be complete without at least a couple of buffaloes on display. Established as the State Bank of Wiley more than 100 years ago, Legacy Bank has been in Pueblo since 2004, contributing over $1 million to a variety of area events and projects. While Legacy has not previously had a physical location on the south end of Pueblo, Legacy leadership have been active participants and long-term partners with neighborhood organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club

of Pueblo County, the PCC Foundation, and St. John Neuman, among others. Pueblo native Rebecca Diaz will serve as Vice President and Branch Manager. She will oversee three full-time employees. Diaz has been with Legacy Bank since 2013, is a 2006 graduate of CSU-Pueblo, and is a 2019 graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Colorado Boulder. She was named to the Pueblo Latino Chamber of Commerce 40 under 40 in its inaugural year. “Our team is excited to lead the newest branch in Pueblo County. As a passionate volunteer in my community, I look forward to being able to serve in an even larger capacity as we expand available services into this part of the city,” Diaz said. She believes Pueblo has welcomed Legacy Bank since the beginning because Legacy it is truly a community bank that gives back both time and money. “We take our position of being a community bank very seriously and will be active and involved neighbors in an effort to continue to have a positive impact on Pueb-

OLIVIA AND LIAM are once again America’s most popular baby names in 2020. It appears parents chose to stick with the familiar during an unprecedented time, with the top three names for both girls - Olivia, Emma, and Ava - and boys - Liam, Noah, and Oliver remaining the same for the second year in a row. In fact, out of both Top 10 lists combined, only two names changed, with the tradition-

al names Henry and Alexander edging out Mason and Ethan. The name Henry has been steadily rising in popularity, last appearing in the Top 10 over a century ago, in 1910. Here are the top 10 boys and girls names for 2020: Boys: 1) Liam 2) Noah 3) Oliver

4) Elijah 5) William 6) James 7) Benjamin 8) Lucas 9) Henry 10) Alexander

lo,” Diaz said. “While it is important to offer technology that makes banking more convenient and secure, it is equally as important to know that you can call your bank and speak to a real person that lives in your city and knows what you are trying to accomplish.” Lead Contractor Teepee Corporation utilized the following sub-contractors in completion of the project: Turner Roofing, LLC, Davis Paving & Sealcoating, Emery Electric, Quality Custom Woodwork, LLC, Cresswell Consulting, Inc., R & R Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., Mountain West Glass, Inc., and DTF Plumbing & Heating Co. “We want this bank to be an asset to the south side by serving as a one-stop shop for everything from straight forward personal banking to merchant services and direct deposit tools for businesses,” Diaz added. “A person can come in and apply for an auto loan, a home loan, a reverse mortgage, a small business loan, learn about SBA loans, or finance a commercial real estate purchase all in one location.”

TOP BABY NAMES: Mason, Ethan Fall Out of Top 10


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Girls: 1) Olivia 2) Emma 3) Ava 4) Charlotte 5) Sophia 6) Amelia 7) Isabella 8) Mia 9) Evelyn 10) Harper Social Security began compiling the baby name list in 1997, with names dating back to 1880. At the time of a child’s birth, parents supply the name to the agency when applying for a child’s Social Security card, thus making Social Security America’s source for the most popular baby names. Each year, the list reveals the effect of pop-culture on naming

trends. Here are the top five fastest rising boys and girls names in 2020: Boys: 1) Zyair 2) Jaxtyn 3) Jakobe 4) Kylo 5) Aziel Girls: 1) Avayah 2) Denisse 3) Jianna 4) Capri 5) Rosalia Please visit www.socialsecurity. gov/babynames to view the entire list.


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4.7% COLA Forecast For 2022 (WASHINGTON, DC) – An

abrupt jump in inflation in February and March wiped out a temporary improvement in the buying power of Social Security benefits, according to a new study released today by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). The study, which compares the growth in the Social Security cost of living adjustments (COLA)s with increases in the costs of goods and services typically used by retirees found that, while consumer prices flatlined in 2020 through January 2021, retires will not be benefiting now.

sumer price data through March 2021 indicate that Social Security benefits have (once again) lost 30 percent of their buying power and “that loss of buying power could grow deeper in 2021, should the current inflationary trends continue,” Johnson says.

The Senior Citizens League, which has been conducting the study for 12 years, typically looks at data from the 12 - month period of January of the previous year to January of the current year. “But we are in an aggressive inflation pattern that I haven’t seen preThe annual COLA increased viously,” Johnson says. “We felt Social Security benefits in January compelled to include this data in of 2021 by just 1.3 percent. While our study findings for 2021, in orthe lack of inflation in 2020 did im- der to learn how this abrupt rise of prove the buying power of Social inflation affects the buying power Security benefits by 2 percentage of Social Security benefits today,” points through the month of Janshe adds. uary 2021 — from a loss in buying power of 30 percent to a loss of 28 This study, looks at 39 expendipercent — that improvement was tures that are typical for people completely wiped out by soaring age 65 and up, comparing the inflation in February and March of growth in the prices of these goods this year,” says Mary Johnson, a So- and services to the growth in the cial Security policy analyst for The annual COLAs. Based on conSenior Citizens League (TSCL). sumer price index data through April 2021, it appears that the next The new study found that conCOLA will be considerably high-

er in 2022. The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) is forecasting that the 2022 COLA could be 4.7%, making it the highest since 2009. But with such a high level of inflation volatility, this estimate could change several times before the COLA is announced in October 2021. Since 2000, COLAs have increased Social Security benefits a total of 55 percent, yet typical sen-

ior expenses through March 2021 grew 101.7%. The average Social Security benefit in 2000 was $816 per month. That benefit grew to $1,262.40 by 2021 due to COLA increases. However, because retiree costs are rising at a far more rapid pace than the COLA, this study found that a Social Security benefit of $1,645.60 per month in 2020 would be required just to maintain the same level of buying power as $816 had in 2000.


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The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued the third round of Economic Impact Payments (EIP) in April. Most Social Security beneficiaries and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients should have received their EIPs by now. If a person is missing their first or second EIP, they need to file a 2020 tax return with the IRS and claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) as soon as possible. Any person who did not receive his or her EIP, or the full amount of their EIP, please read this carefully. To get any missing first or second EIPs, file a 2020 tax return with the IRS and claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (RRC) immediately. People should file the 2020 tax return even if they have no income to report for 2020. When the tax return is processed, the IRS will pay the RRC as a tax refund. The IRS will send any additional third EIP amount owed in 2021 separately. If people already filed their 2020 tax return, they do not need to do anything else. Read the IRS’ April 28 press release at


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else it ceases to be a pardon. In Ephesians 2:8-9, the gift of salvation is contrasted with works. Neither salvation nor forgiveness can be earned. Both must be freely given. God granted us forgiveness which we did not deserve and could not earn. In much the same way, we are to release our every offender from any form of penalty. Unforgiveness is emotional baggage that consumes minds with memories of offenses. Those memories distort emotions and provoke thoughts of revenge and fill hearts with churning unrest. Its tentacles reach deep into the soul, affecting both spiritual and physical health. The inevitable result of unfor-

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giveness is anger, bitterness, and malice. By refusing to forgive we allow the old flesh nature to dominate and produce its poisonous fruit. A refusal to forgive denies God the opportunity to heal the hurt. Every area of our life is affected when we refuse to extend to others the pardon Christ extended to us. In essence, we are treating those around us as we would never want the Lord to treat us. His mercy toward us has no limit. The one who chooses to put on love and offer forgiveness is ready to receive the peace of Christ. Forgiving frees us to live in a Christ-like nature and enables us to see others through the eyes of grace and mercy. We need to release our hurt and anger into God's caring hands then our vengeful thoughts can be transformed into praise and gratitude to the Lord. Thankfully, the gift of pardon is not something we have to manufacture in ourselves. It is a gift that's wrapped in the love of God and tied with the red ribbon of Christ's sacrifice, freely given to us by the Savior. Our job is simply to pass it on to others. The memories of our hurts can have long shelf-life but their power to foster a spirit of retaliation can be disarmed by the salve of God’s healing mercies. He showers them on us to cure our wounded spirits and remove bitterness from our hearts. Because unforgiveness is a violation of God's law, it also causes spiritual turmoil and hinders a believer’s growth. Prayer is stifled because of harbored sin that should be confessed, and worship becomes dry and hypocritical. It's difficult to effectively honor the Lord while trying to hide or justify a sinful attitude. What's more, a resentful person's witness is damaged because others are prevented from seeing God's glory shining through him or her. Forgiving someone means giving up resentment and the right to get even. God insists that this is the only way to go through life. One reason he commands us to forego hostility and vengeance is that they cause so much damage to our own lives. After teaching His followers how to pray Jesus warned them against allowing unforgiveness to reside in their hearts He said that those who refuse to forgive others won't receive the Father's forgiveness. Believers don't lose their salvation when they refuse to forgive, however, their fellowship with God is broken. Their unrepentant attitude gets in the way of that fellowship. The Lord cannot ignore sin and the Holy Spirit will bring wrong behavior to the believer’s attention until it is dealt with. Forgiveness is an act of the will, more than an act of the heart. Often people don't feel like being merciful to someone who has wronged them, but a resentful spirit grows into a terrible burden. The Lord knows forgiveness is best even when it is difficult. We won't deal with sin until we see it as God does. So, we must assume responsibility for our unforgiving attitude and acknowledge that it is a violation of God's Word. We should claim the divine mercy He offers and ask Him to an enable us to lay aside our anger and resentment.



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When Damien Desrocher, 28, decided to "return to nature" in December, it meant leaving his job as an air force computer technician and moving to the northern French town of Wahagnies, where he started raising snails. But they're not for eating, Reuters reported. Desrocher harvests "slime" from the snails and uses it to make bars of soap. A single snail will yield about 2 grams of slime. Desrocher needs about 80 grams of slime to make 15 100-gram soap bars. "It's all in the dexterity of how you tickle," he said as he demonstrated the harvesting technique. "I only touch it with my finger, you see it's not violent, it's simple." Desrocher said snail mucus contains molecules of collagen and elastin, which have anti-aging and skin-healing properties.

May, Prior, who also takes underwater photos, captured a snap of a mullet fish sporting a gold wedding band. Prior remembered that she had seen a social media post about a lost wedding ring in the bay, but she couldn't catch up to the fish to retrieve the item. She did, however, remind others to snip any plastic rings before putting them in the trash so that the fish aren't "slowly strangled."

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After Bryan Thayer, 34, finished up at his bar and grill in Metairie, Louisiana, on May 8, he stopped off at the City Bar, where he and a friend bought a drink for another patron, Andrew Nierman, 32. The first drink they bought spilled on Nierman, so they furnished him with a replacement. But Nierman evidently wasn't satisfied with that. "He grabbed my head and (bit) Put a Ring on It Avid snorkeler Susan Prior of a chunk out of my nose," Thayer Norfolk Island, Australia, often sees told The Times-Picayune, then ran small mullet fish with rings around out and jumped in a car. Thayer, their middles -- usually plastic who was holding his nose together, rings from juice and milk bottles, and other witnesses ran outside she said, according to the New York and flagged down a deputy, who Post. "Mullet snuffle through the stopped Nierman. He admitted to sand looking for food, making it so biting Thayer but said he'd been easy for a ring or a hair tie to flip "accosted" by him. Doctors patched over their noses and get stuck," she up Thayer's nose, but he said his wrote in a blog post. But in early injuries will preclude him from

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Three neighbors of Cara Louise, 28, of Bedfordshire, England, became alarmed on May 12 when they noticed what appeared to be a corpse wrapped in trash bags and duct tape lying in Louise's yard. While Louise was picking up her 5-year-old from school, seven police officers descended on her home. When she returned, she provided an explanation: "The prop in the garden was part of our theme" for Halloween, she said, but she had neglected to dispose of the fake corpse after the autumn holiday. "He" was kept behind her trash bins, but she moved him as she worked in the yard and forgot to put him away. "I have a tip for all parents who go all-out at Halloween like myself -- dispose of props or put them away safely," Louise told the Daily Mail. Laughing with officers, she wondered who might have such short legs, and an officer responded, "You might have cut them." "I was so embarrassed I couldn't believe people thought I was capable of it," she said.

crown, a champion's belt and a tiny trophy at the #JoshFight in Lincoln, Nebraska, on April 24. Josh Swain, 22, a student from Tucson, Arizona, conceived the viral event, which started with an epic Rock Paper Scissors battle and included pool noodles. Swain was apparently unprepared for the turnout: "I did not expect people to be as adamant about this as they are right now," he told KLKN-TV. Participants and spectators brought food items to donate to the Lincoln Food Bank.


Ana Cardenas of El Paso, Texas, woke up around 4 a.m. on May 11 and felt something dripping on her face, KTSM-TV reported. When she turned on the light, she was horrified to see that it was blood. Blood was coming in where her ceiling fan was attached to the ceiling, and the fan had spattered it all around the room. Cardenas called 911, and officers determined that the man living in the apartment above hers had died. "The firefighters knocked down his door and the body was laying exactly where Bright Idea my fan is underneath," Cardenas Ever stepped off a curb unexpect- said. "He had carpet but the blood edly or run into a pole while seeped through to my ceiling." looking down at your phone? Police said the man had died of Minwook Paeng, an industrial natural causes and had been dedesign student at London's ceased for five to six days. CardeRoyal College of Art and nas stayed at a hotel for a few Imperial College, has invented a device that will alert you nights but now has to replace her damaged belongings. She said she to obstacles in your path: the Third Eye. A small translucent was traumatized by the incident: case shaped something like "It was awful, an awful impact." an eye affixes to the forehead Awesome! with a thin gel pad, DeZeen On May 11, police in South reported, and "the black Euclid, Ohio, responded to the component that looks like a Walmart store there after a conpupil is an ultrasonic sensor frontation between Maneka Garner, for sensing distance," Paeng 25, and Precious Jackson, 36. The explained. When the gyrotwo women, who once lived in scope senses the head angled downward, the plastic "eyelid" the same duplex, apparently have opens and warns the wearer been feuding for some time, as of obstacles in their path with Jackson had previously taken out a buzzer. Paeng believes hua protection order against Garner. mans are evolving into "phoWhen they met in the potato chip no sapiens," developing "turtle neck syndrome" and a curved aisle of the Walmart, The Smoking Gun reported, Garner pulled down pinky finger from holding Jackson's mask and tried to spit on our phones. "I hope that the her, then reached into Jackson's act of ironically pointing out what we are doing with our cart and picked up a 10-pound log smartphones can help people of ground beef, which she used to take time for self-reflection," strike Jackson "a couple of times Paeng mused. in the face," police said. In their What's in a Name? report, they identified the meat as a Sorry, Josh, but you've "blunt object." Police said Garner missed your chance to behas a history of violent behavior; come the ultimate Josh -she pleaded not guilty to assault that distinction has gone to and violating a temporary protec4-year-old Josh Vinson Jr., who won a paper Burger King tive order.


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Since 1989, Mauro Morandi, now 81, has been the caretaker of Budelli, an otherwise uninhabited island in the Mediterranean Sea off Sardinia. He stumbled into the job when his catamaran broke down near the island and he learned that its caretaker was getting ready to retire, The Guardian reported. Now known as Italy's Robinson Crusoe, Morandi lives in a former World War II shelter and keeps things tidy on the island, clearing paths and keeping beaches clean for day-trippers who visit. But ownership of the island has passed to La Maddalena national park authorities, who are evicting Morandi and turning the small isle into an environmental education destination. "I have given up the fight," Morandi said. "I'll be living in the outskirts

of the main town (on neighboring island La Maddalena), so will just go there for shopping and the rest of the time keep myself to myself. ... I'll still see the sea."

Weird Science

Angie Yen, 27, of Brisbane, Australia, had her tonsils removed on April 19, a simple surgery that went smoothly, reported. But on April 28, as she got ready for work, she started singing in the shower and noticed something unusual about her voice. "I was singing in a different sound and also talking words in a funny accent," Yen said. She called a friend, who agreed that her accent suddenly sounded Irish and told her about FAS, foreign accent syndrome. Yen went to the hospital, but doctors told her to go


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home and see if the new accent would disappear in a few days. Nearly two weeks later, the brogue remains, and Yen is scheduled for an MRI and a visit with a neurologist. "I'm very lucky to have very supportive friends and family," she said. "If they find something hopefully there is a cure or treatment for it."

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‘FLORIDA WOMAN’ SANER THAN MEDIA No TV personality lavished more attention on Rebekah Jones than MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell

LAST WEEK WE discussed Rebekah Jones, the crazy lady who wrote a 342-page telenovela about her ex-lover, Garrett Sweeterman, then went on to fame and fortune by claiming Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis was faking his state’s spectacularly low COVID numbers. Before the media turned Jones into their next Erin Brockovich, they might have done 10 seconds of Googling to find out that Jones’ past includes stalking, battery on

a police officer, repeated incarcerations, an institutionalization, an ankle monitor, a restraining order and court-ordered medication. And that’s long before the DeSantis administration hired her as a web designer. These infractions are contained not only in police reports and court filings, but in her prolix manifesto about her ex-lover that she herself posted all over the internet. Jones seems to think it’s a point in her favor that during Florida State University’s investigation of her obsessive behavior toward her former student, “Garrett didn’t even bother bringing any evidence — no copies of texts or calls … I brought more than 200 pages worth.” That sounds normal. Even after multiple demands that she stay away from Sweeterman, the still-married Jones writes: Did you know that I would have given anything, truly anything to make things right between us? Did it matter to you at all that I loved you? Did it, Garrett? If the genders were reversed, Jones’ obsession with a former student would be a movie on “Lifetime: TV for Women.” Instead, she attacked DeSantis and became Forbes magazine’s

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“Technology Person of the Year,” Fortune magazine’s “40-Under-40” in health care, and cable news’s goto source for dirt on the DeSantis administration. No TV personality lavished more attention on Jones than MSNBC’s Lawrence O'Donnell, featuring her on his show on Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Dec. 16 and Dec. 22, 2020. As is common at MSNBC, O'Donnell jumped on the horse and rode off into the sunset without a map, directions or a compass. In the first of his blockbuster reports, O'Donnell used a law enforcement raid on Jones’ home for one of his anti-police screeds, informing viewers that they were about to see a video of “outrageous conduct by American police officers” — and I have this hot MILF on my show to talk about it. If she wants, I’ll take her on my sailboat. The MSNBC host scoffed at the basis for the raid, saying: “They were going after the person who sent what they considered, I suppose, some criminally dangerous text.” Ho ho ho. Jones — or at least her lawyer — knows damn well that the charge is serious, which is why, to this day, she stoutly denies sending the text. According to the search warrant affidavit, six months after Jones was fired by the Florida Department of Health, she hacked into the state’s medical emergency notification system from her home computer, obtained the private information of thousands of people, and sent out a mass text, pleading: “it’s time to speak up before another 17,000 people are dead. You know this is wrong,” and so on. She signed the deranged missive as if it were an official communique from Florida Department of Health. Comcast determined that the text came from Jones’ Tallahassee home. Perhaps in addition to cuckolding him, she plans to pin the hacking felony on her husband.

(Then she could run off with Garrett!) On the day of the raid, as infinitely patient law enforcement officers banged on Jones’ front door for 22 minutes, she was inside, setting up a video camera. Donations to her GoFundMe page must have been flagging. O'Donnell introduced her video, saying: “What you’re about to see is almost as bad as American policing gets.” What we see is Jones (finally) opening the door and exiting the house. An officer enters, unholsters his gun, and calls out for anyone else in the house to come downstairs. In other words, standard operating procedure for executing a search warrant. Although no one is pointing a gun at anyone, Jones can be heard in the background screaming, “He just pointed a gun at my children!” This is classic hysterical woman behavior. YOU’RE HURTING ME! STOP HITTING ME! I’m not touching you. I’m 7 feet away. But O'Donnell and the rest of the media repeatedly played Jones’ video while informing viewers that it showed something it plainly did not: officers “pointing” guns at Jones and her children. “The only thing that could have made this worse,” O'Donnell said, “is if one of those recklessly aimed guns killed someone in that house. If one of those guns aimed at Rebekah Jones’ children fired.” O'Donnell on the Zapruder film: As you can see in frame 187, President Kennedy is firing at Lee Harvey Oswald from the convertible. Jones is like the white woman captured on video in Central Park, calling 911 on a black male birdwatcher. As he calmly speaks to her from 20 yards away, she shrieks to the dispatcher, “An African American man … [is] threatening myself and my dog.” O'Donnell voiceover: The only thing that could have made this worse is if the birdwatcher had killed the woman. My voiceover for the entire American media: As you can see, they are liars. COPYRIGHT 2021 ANN COULTER


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Welcome To The Stimulus Bubble IT'S A GREAT TIME to make

money in the markets. Every market, it seems. I’m not complaining just warning. Really, for an advisor, it’s a catch-22. Investors need to be in the markets to get the current great gains. Those great gains make the various markets more and more overvalued. WHAT’S HAPPENING? There’s so much happening all at once in the markets. We have multiple micro-bubbles, a ton of government stimulation, a roaring economy, and fast-moving inflation. For starters. One of the obvious micro-bubbles is Bitcoin and digital currency. The idea of digital currency is fascinating and overdue. Fundamentally, I’d love to see it work. It would create a whole new asset class for advisors to recommend and for investors to buy and profit from. It would also create much-needed competition for all of the weak currencies floated by our over-spending governments. And therein lies the death warrant for this asset: Will governments ever allow true competition to their currency?

So I’m cautiously unoptimistic on the long-term future of Bitcoin. But if you can make money on it do it soon and get out fast. (If you doubt this then rewind to the Tech Bubble and see if anyone still owns Webvan or the thousand other busts of that era. They had 2,000 employees at one point and lost nearly a billion dollars). Anyway, in the last year this hot currency ranged from around $9,000 to nearly $65,000! C’mon. That’s a textbook example of the Greater Fool Theory at work. Here’s the definition, according to


more than 5 million without power, more than 24 million with water loss or disruption and created estimated damages of between $195 billion and $295 billion. This included more than 41,000 Cortland residents and 615 Cortland employees at 77 Cortland apartment communities, who weathered the storm together and helped each other get through the frigid days and nights. “We had many Cortland team members who stayed on-site during the entirety of the storm to make sure all of our residents were taken care of,” said Trey Lopez, managing director for Cortland’s Dallas-Fort Worth, Colorado and Arizona properties. “It wasn’t a request we made. It was a sincere gesture of help and putting residents’ needs above their own.” At Cortland’s Attiva Denton active senior living community, Service Technician Carlos Pollard left his wife and children at their home without water or power so he could prioritize the community’s senior residents. In the single-digit temperatures, he carried five-gallon buckets of water to numerous residents’ apartments so they could flush their toilets. He ▶ SEE APARTMENTS, PAGE 17

In the meantime, I’d buy U.S. stocks and other assets and keep making money. Also, sell your gains as they come up, produce

high portfolio income, and have So how much cash have we printed and given away in the last cousome cash ready for potential ple years?! It’s staggering. Trillions. It’s leading to inflation. It’s getting corrections. It could be years for consumers and the economy ada bear but small drops are around dicted to easy money. Unlike in the Great Recession, there’s no deflation to offset the inflation.

COULD THIS ALL LEAD TO “The greater fool theory argues STAGFLATION? that prices go up because people are able to sell overpriced securities Stag*fla*tion: (noun)(economto a ‘greater fool,’ whether or not ics) persistent high inflation comthey are overvalued.” bined with high unemployment and stagnant demand in a country's This theory is always present in economy. a bubble. Every bubble. You need someone to sell to if you want to Stagflation has three parts. We’ve lock-in your gains, right? They need to believe that asset has some got the inflation part down, okay. High unemployment could happen kind of value, right? Great Fool if businesses are wary of hiring Theory at work. based on a stimulated, rather than organic, economy. And demand Now extend out this idea to commodities like lumber, precious seems sure to go down after printed money runs out. metals, tech stocks, and on and

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on. Again, I think we have several small bubbles moving at once. Not quite on the line of digital currencies but still present.

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New Hope for People with Alzheimer’s Disease (NAPSI)—There could be prom-

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caused by multiple factors. We believe that a systems approach to treating the disease is an important distinction.” NVG-291 is designed to achieve this by liberating the body’s own repair mechanisms to accelerate

coating of the nerves. It should also improve plasticity, which is where surviving nerves take on additional function. There are two additional mechanisms that are seen to be very important in treating Alzheimer’s

er’s disease drugs merely address symptoms, whereas NVG-291 should act at a more fundamental level to let normal repair mechanisms kick in to create a favorable environment for nerves to grow and form entirely new nerve con-

An Answer? One contender is about to start a Phase I clinical trial. It’s a novel drug known as NVG-291 and it’s designed to repair damaged nerves. Originally developed by NervGen Pharma Corp. (TSX-V: NGEN) (OTCQX: NGENF) to treat spinal cord injury, it soon became apparent that the drug may be healing nerve damage at a biologically fundamental level. That suggests it can also help people who have multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Why It May Work According to NervGen President & CEO Paul Brennan, NVG-291 is a truly unique and logical approach to treating Alzheimer’s disease patients. “What differentiates NVG-291 from other drugs in development is that it leverages multiple mechanisms for repairing nerve damage,” he explains, “while most others focus on a single approach. Alzheimer’s disease is a complex condition and likely

nections, according to Brennan. The ability to bring to bear numerous mechanisms of repair, including two that are increasnerve repair. When nerve damage occurs, either as a result of an injury or disease, molecules called chondroitin sulfate proteoglycan, or CSPG, accumulate and inhibit the body’s ability to repair itself. NervGen’s technology is designed to counteract this inhibition and result in the initiation of multiple repair mechanisms, including nerve regeneration and remyelination - the repair of the protective

disease. Data in animal studies show that inflammation in the immune cells of the brain is reduced and autophagy, a cellular cleaning mechanism necessary for healthy neurons, is promoted. Researchers believe the same nerve-rejuvenating biotechnology can be adapted to remedy this mind-desecrating disease. Currently approved Alzheim-

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“ Another Round” earned an Oscar® for Best International Feature Film and a Best Director nod for Thomas Vinterberg. In my opinion, actor Mads Mikkelsen also deserved a nomination for his terrific turn as a boring middle-aged high school teacher who gets involved in an alcohol experiment that goes awry. One of his close-ups shows the saddest face I’ve ever seen on screen. It’s heartbreaking. Alcohol is a funny thing. It makes us merry with a zing. Then takes us down a rabbit hole and causes some to lose their soul.


MADE THE mistake of watching ANOTHER ROUND and “ Days of Wine and Roses” back to back one recent weekend. No wonder I fell into a deep funk. Although each movie does a good job showing the joys and pitfalls of alcohol, it was painful seeing the downhill journey of their main characters. In “ Days of Wine and Roses,” Jack Lemmon and Lee Remick play a husband and wife going through the steps that lead to the bottom of the bottle. They both earned Oscar® nominations for their compelling performances back in 1962. Now many years later (2021),

“Another Round” shows how this works when four men act like they are jerks. “Experimenting” they all say by drinking more and more each day. They think this might their lives improve. and for a while they’re in the groove. They all are teachers. But are they smart? Rationalizing becomes Art. Denmark’s “ Another Round” includes some humorous scenes, especially those showing how four friends celebrating Nikolaj’s (Magnus Millang) 40 th birthday justify their reckless experiment. Martin (Mikkelsen’s character) knows that everyone – even his wife (Maria Bonnevie) and students – can’t help noticing how boring he’s become.

That’s why he agrees to be one of the four participants in the study. All four will try to maintain a constant level of alcohol in their bodies, and they promise to record breathalyzer results to make sure everything is “scientific.” It’s clear to us that these four men struggle with deep emotional issues. Will alcohol help them? Of course, at the beginning each teacher feels more confident and vital and interesting. Martin surprises

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Eligibility for Spouse’s Benefits

SOCIAL SECURITY helps you secure today and tomorrow with financial benefits, information, and tools that support you throughout life’s journey. If you don’t have enough Social Security credits to qualify for benefits on your own record, you may be able to receive benefits on your spouse’s record. To qualify for spouse’s benefits, you must be one of the following: 62 years of age or older. Any age and have in your care a child who is younger than age 16 or who is disabled and entitled to receive benefits on your spouse’s record. Your full spouse’s benefit could

be up to one-half the amount your spouse is entitled to receive at their full retirement age. If you choose to receive your spouse’s benefits before you reach full retirement age, you will get a permanently reduced benefit.

If you wait until you reach full retirement age to receive benefits, you’ll receive your full spouse’s benefit amount, which is up to half the amount your spouse can receive. You’ll also get your full spouse’s benefit if you are under full retirement age, but care for a child and one of the following applies: The child is younger than age 16. The child has a disability and is entitled to receive benefits on your

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If you’re eligible to receive retirement benefits on your own record, we will pay that amount first. If your benefits as a spouse are higher than your own retirement benefits, you will get a combination of benefits that equal the higher spouse benefit. For example, Sandy qualifies for a retirement benefit of $1,000 and a spouse’s benefit of $1,250. At her full retirement age, she will receive her own $1,000 retirement benefit. We will add $250 from her spouse’s benefit, for a total of $1,250.

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Choose a Representative Payee Before You Need One THE FUTURE IS is uncertain. Our Advance Designation program allows you to pre-select a trusted individual if a time comes when you need a representative payee to help manage your money. Advance Designation enables you to identify up to three people, in priority order, whom you would like to serve as your potential representative payee. We recently celebrated the oneyear anniversary of our Advanced Designation program. Since its launch in March 2020, more than one million eligible individuals have opted to participate. You may choose an Advance Designation if you are capable of making your own decisions and are: *An adult or emancipated minor applying for benefits and do not have a representative payee. *An adult or emancipated minor beneficiary/recipient and do not have a representative payee. *You can submit your Advance Designation information when you: *File a claim for benefits online. *Use the application available in your personal my Social Security account at www.ssa. gov/myaccount. Call us by telephone at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800325-0778). In the event that you can no longer make your own decisions, you and your family will have peace of mind knowing you already chose someone you trust to manage your benefits.

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With a personal my Social Security account, you can: * Get your Social Security Statement. * Request a replacement Social Security card, in most states and the District of Columbia. * Appeal a decision. * Find out if you qualify for benTAKE CARE OF YOUR SOefits. CIAL SECURITY BUSINESS * Do you receive Social Security ONLINE benefits or Medicare? If so, you can Have you ever thought you might create or log in to your personal my need to visit a Social Security office? Social Security account to: Chances are you do not. You can * Get your benefit verification probably conduct your business letter for Social Security, Medicare, with us without even leaving your and Supplemental Security Income home. Our online services page at (SSI). pro* Check your information and vides you a wide variety of self-ser- benefit amount. vice options you can use on your * Change your address and telephone, tablet, or computer. You can phone number. even apply for retirement, disability, * Start or change your direct or Medicare online. deposit.

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SOCIAL SECURITY & YOU Question: What are some of the documents Social Security will accept as proof of identity for a child? Answer: While you can use a birth certificate to prove age or citizenship, you cannot use it as proof of identity. Social Security needs evidence of the child’s existence after birth. An acceptable document must show your child’s name, identifying information, and, preferably, a recent photograph. Your child must be present unless the picture ID also shows your child’s biographical information (i.e., age, date of birth, and parents’ names). We generally can accept a non-photo identity document if it has enough information to identify the child (such as the child’s name and age, date of birth, and parents’ names). We prefer to see the child’s U.S. passport. If that document is not available, we may accept the child’s: • Adoption decree; • Doctor, clinic, or hospital record; • Religious record (e.g., baptismal record); • Daycare center or school record; or • School identification card. All documents must be either originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. We cannot accept photocopies or notarized copies of documents. To find out more, visit

ber. There, you can also find out what documents you need, fill out and print an application, and then bring or mail the needed information to Social Security. You may also want to read the publication, Social Security Numbers For Children, available at Question: A few years ago, I lost my Social Security card. Now my credit report shows that someone might be using my Social Security number. I’m afraid they might ruin my credit. What should I do? Answer: Identity theft and fraud are serious problems, not just for you, but for the financial integrity of our agency. It also puts our national security at risk if someone dangerous is using your number to obtain other forms of identification. It’s against the law to use someone else’s Social Security number, give false information when applying for a number, or alter, buy, or sell Social Security cards. Keep in mind, you should never carry your Social Security card with you. If you think someone is using your Social Security number fraudulently, you should report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) right away. You can report it at or you can call FTC’s hotline at 1-877-IDTHEFT (1-877-438-4261) TTY: (1-866-653-4261).

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percent of their Social Security benefits. You must pay taxes on some portion of your benefits if you file an individual federal tax return and your income exceeds $25,000. If you file a joint return, you must pay taxes if you and your spouse have combined income of more than $32,000. If you are married and file a separate return, you probably will have to pay taxes on your benefits. You can read more about tax preparation in relation to Social Security at Social Security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. They don’t include Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable. You can also get a replacement 1099 or 1042S when you open your own personal my Social Security account at myaccount.

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dom shown to Mom, Keltie and me. In reading Colossians 4:5-6, I beJohn F. Kennedy was being shown in theaters. Though, I did not watch lieve my father received his wisdom from God. the movie, I was intrigued by the Questions to Ponder? claims in the movie trailers that the 1. What truths do you reveal to facts about Kennedy’s demise were whom and why do you do it? Whethcovered up. After we arrived at their home, we er it’s to tell the truth or not consider your motive: Are you minate dinner together. As the four sat istering or manipulating? around the table, discussion about the 2. Consider the point as my father Kennedy movie arose. My father was did: Would you rather be silent and silent and only said to me, “Let’s you alive or right and dead? and I talk about it after dinner.” 3. Do you pick your battles using As we finished dessert, my wife wisdom or go full force with little excused herself while my mother consideration of the facts and who cleared the dishes. Dad and I reyour actions may affect? mained at the dinner table and I listened as he quietly spoke. My Father’s Silence is written by “Charles, I will only say this once. Charles H. Castle. His book Where As you know, lawyers are required are the Instructions? is available now to take continuing education classes and another book will be coming out each year to keep up with the changin 2020. If you’re interested in giving ing laws and court case decisions. the author feedback, contact him at In early November 1963, I took a continuing education class located in or CharDallas. During the class a man stood up and asked the lecturer a question. I don’t remember the actual question; I FROM LIGHT PAGE 6 do remember it was an intelligent one Then, as part of our decision to and the man’s accent revealed he was move forward in grace, we should not English-speaking.” pray for those who hurt us. “You remember the day President A bitter and resentful Spirit doesn't Kennedy came to Dallas – it was fit who we are in Christ. Nor is it Tuesday, November 22, 1963. From healthy to carry an angry attitude my office window, up 20 floors, I throughout life. That's why the Bible saw Kennedy’s motorcade pass by on emphasizes the need to forgive. the street below. Five minutes later, If Jesus tells us to forgive one ansomeone shot President Kennedy. other up to 70 times 7, you know That evening after riding home on He does the same and much more. the bus, I watched the television news But ultimately, the forgiveness of all with your mother about the Presisin - even those we do against one dent’s assassination. The captured another - belongs to God. All sin is man that shot President Kennedy a sin against God himself. was Lee Harvey Oswald. He was the Even when someone forgives us, same man who asked the question in we still need God's forgiveness. The my continuing education class three forgiveness of another is like erasweeks before.” ing a chalkboard. The smudge and I asked Dad, “Why didn’t you say eraser effects remain. It takes a wet something about it?” My father calmsponge to wipe the slate clean – and ly said, “Charles, I served in the Army only God's forgiveness does that. Air Force in World War II. SpecifiThrough our sins, we cause irrepcally, I did intelligence with the OSS arable damage to our own Souls. (Office of Strategic Services formed to We can try all our lives to atone for coordinate espionage activities behind what we've done wrong, but we can enemy lines for all branches of the never do enough. United States Armed Forces). It later We need to ask for God’s forgiveness became the CIA (Central Intelligence and for Him to say, “I forgive your Agency). I knew if I said anything sin,” because He alone has the depth about what I saw and knew…the CIA of riches to do for us what we can would have me and my family snuffed never do for ourselves. Sin can only out.” be forgiven by God. We never talked about the very Article is from Tommy Tidbits by serious subject again. My father died Tom Miller. about eight years after sharing the LFTJ© 2021 Jan McLaughlin. Jan revelation with me. can be contacted at 719-649-2937 or Thanks, Dad, for your silence, calm by e-mail demeanor, loving kindness and wis-

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Who is a Father? “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” Genesis 18:19 A good father makes all the difference in a child's life. He is a pillar of strength, support, and joy. A good father loves his children, but he doesn't let them get away with everything. He might disapprove of his children's misdeeds, using tough love to prove a point, but he does so through the power of his words. Let’s look at 8 ways our earthly fathers should show their love to us, and we can see a few of the ways our Heavenly Father loves us! 1. A Father leads his Family “Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for their children it will be a refuge.” Proverbs 14:26 The task of leading a family requires bravery, decisiveness, and devotion to God. 2. Fathers Protect "In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence, and his children will have a refuge.” Proverbs 14:26 They not only lead, they guard. They are charged to protect the innocent. On Father’s Day and every other day of the year! 3. Fathers are Examples "Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old." Prov. 23:22 They are meant to take their kids by the hand and train them to become strong adults. 4. Fathers are Guides "Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged." Colossians 3:21 Tested by time, Dads show their kids how to make wise decisions and serve as a reservoir of wisdom for when circumstances become too

complex for them. 5. Fathers give Stability “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Act like men.” 1 Corinth 16:13 Great dads are the backbone to the family unit. They provide a steady foundation, a firm handshake, and a consuming hug when we need it. 6. Fathers are Loving “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.” Psalm 103:13 Nothing can replace a dad’s love. God meant this relationship to reflect how He relates to us as our Heavenly Father. 7. Fathers take pride in their children “The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.” Proverbs 23:24 There is no feeling quite like that of a dad who sees his child become a woman or man of integrity, love, service, and a good work ethic. 8. Fathers reflect God’s unique love “For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.” 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12 Dads are meant to show us what it’s like to receive love from God. We are made in God’s likeness (Gen. 1:2628) just like we bear the likeness of our fathers. Happy Father’s Day! Kay Owen-Larson is the co-founder and President of Crossroads Ministries and the founder of the Crossroads School of Chaplaincy. This year marks her 58th year in ministry. An author, speaker, teacher and pastor, she has a heart for the elderly and would like to see many of them come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in their last days.

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GLEN VOLLMECKE Author: "Intermission a Place in Time."

Being a faerie favorite has its privileges. Magic skills are bestowed upon the chosen few. Some develop prophecy, or play music exquisitely while others can expertly spin, or weave. Nothing is impossible with their support. Suddenly newly gained capabilities are apparent, all by assist from the noble faerie.

Believe it or not! Who are faeries? We know so little about them. Yet every universal philosophy on the planet can relate with tales of sub human creatures lodging close by or invisibly subsisting on borders of the spirit kingdom. Among their favorite places of residences are burial mounds. Their other choices vary from underground caves to ant hills, which are inhabited in South Africa by the Abativa faeries who enjoy peaceful simplistic lives while coexisting with ants. Respecting their hard work, fortitude and intelligence the faes seem contentedly blissful around these tiny insects. Exceptionally shy, their presence is only revealed to wizards, young children and pregnant women. In Britain the Cornish people relate faes to ants and consider it bad luck to assault or destroy these insects. Mythology considers ants as the final image of old and dying faeries. Faeries are referred to as good people in Britain and Ireland, while in West African Senegal faes are called Bakhna Rakhna also a term for good

people. They seize vegetables growing in the fields. Only two feet tall, their silver hair and pearly skin is accentuated in the shiny light of the full moon as they swarm through crops of corn and kale. Ireland's love of impromptu song is reflected in the 'Daoire Sidhe.' The (People of the Hills) dwell in burial mounds and hills. Feasting and dancing keep their human guests in awe, and their servants are only visible by their hands and feet. Their love of mischief prompts disruption and chaos as they pilfer vegetables from neighboring farms. Once a crop of uncharacteristically enormous vegetables was attributed to the faeries. Soon hordes of individuals arrived at the farm which by now was considered a mecca. It was a constant pilgrimage. During, the eighteenth and nineteenth century writers and folklorists such as the brothers Grimm, Yeats and other celebrated academics systematically collected and recorded faerie lore. For myself, as a child my relentless reading material originated from the Grimm's books. I couldn't read enough of their captivating rhetoric. During the twentieth century two cousins emerged with photos of faeries who inhabited their garden. Many including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle author of Sherlock Holmes a noted spiritualist was convinced of the photo's authenticity. However, after enjoying days of notoriety the two girls admitted to the deception. The photos were fake. Being a faerie favorite has its privileges. Magic skills are bestowed upon the chosen few.

Some develop prophecy, or play music exquisitely while others can expertly spin, or weave. Nothing is impossible with their support. Suddenly newly gained capabilities are apparent, all by assist from the noble faerie. Even today particular relics are cherished such as a flag called Bratach Sith. This piece of unassuming material belongs to the Macleod clan of Skye in Scotland. Faded brown with age it remains in the drawing room of Dunvegan Castle. Legends regarding the families' exclusive possession are extensive. For example; presumably a Macleod married a faerie who gifted it to her husband prior to returning to her kin. Another tale…it was a gift from a water spirit in the holy land. This faerie banner induces victory when unfurled in battle. However it's only to be used three times. Now initiated twice against their enemies the MacDonald's, once at Glendale in 1490 and again at Waternish in 1520, only one more appeal is permitted. During battles twelve sworn champions defended this flag and there remain several conditions concerning its use… A year and a day must elapse before each summons for aid. During the fifteenth century the wife of Chieftain Iain Borb gave birth to a child. Wrapping him in this flag the faerie sang a hauntingly melancholy lullaby. The nurse remembered the words which were passed on through the centuries, and to this day no nanny is appointed to the MacLoed heir unless she's acquainted with the song. Believe it or not!

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TIMEWORN PERSPECTIVES MUST BE BALANCED WITH MODERN JUDGMENT This is the tweet of the year. It's not from a president. But it could be about a president, and about the rest of us, too, if only we will learn the lesson: "I've failed many times in my life and career and because of this I've learned a lot. Instead of feeling defeated countless times, I've used it as fuel to drive me to work harder. So today, join me in accepting our failures. Let's use them to motivate us to work even harder." So spoke Phil Mickelson, about two weeks before he stepped onto the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island and, at age 50, became the oldest person ever to win a major golf championship--and the hero of every American closer to the wisdom age of 70 than to the know-it-all age of 30. This, too, is the lesson of Joseph R. Biden Jr., the hero (or at least the reluctant preference) of 81 million voters. The three oldest presidents in our history -- Biden, Donald J. Trump and Ronald Reagan -- won the White House within living memory (or four of the six oldest, if you reach back to George H.W. Bush). This is a significant departure from our founding -- Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence at age 33, and John Hancock was 39 when he affixed his famous signature to it -- and we still take much of our outlook from the two youngest presidents, Theodore Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy. It turns out that the country is both older and younger. That is true demographically; the two biggest generations are the baby boomers (born 1946-1964) and millennials (born 1981-1996). But it also is true politically: A nation that always thought of itself as young -- and that retains

a youthful energy, and a legacy of its revolutionary past -- now has attributes of the old, with a stake in the status quo as the most powerful nation on Earth. How is this relevant beyond the 18th green? The question comes down to the balance between experience and judgment. Biden surely possesses the former. He has been in public life for a half-century, beginning with his election to the New Castle County Council in Delaware, ordinarily not a springboard to the presidency. (Jimmy Carter began on the Sumter County School Board but ran for the state senate, governorship and presidency as an outsider, a status Biden could never plausibly claim.) So when the Middle East exploded this month, Biden had a playbook and a player roster. The roster helped a bit; he knew Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and so had his number -- his phone number, to be sure, but also his psychological number. The playbook turned out to be worthless; it called for the mind-numbing repetition of boilerplate statements of Israel's right to defend itself, which was correct but limited in its range for the changed conditions on the ground 5,800 miles away -- and on Capitol Hill 16 blocks away. "Experience is valuable," said Roger Porter, who teaches a Harvard Kennedy School course on the presidency and is the only person to have received appointments from the last nine presidents. "Relying too much on it is dangerous."

In Biden's experience, there was little of the sort of rhetoric on Capitol Hill questioning whether, as Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts put it, "our taxpayer dollars (should) create conditions for justice, healing and repair, or ... create conditions for oppression and apartheid?" The perspective a national-security veteran of the Bill Clinton and Obama administrations shared with me as the conflict opened helps explain how it ended, at least tentatively: "Netanyahu is totally seized on how he retains power. This military action plays to his strength. And it plays to Hamas because it shows its superiority over the Palestinian Authority and impresses Iran. Both of their interests are to continue the situation which is devastating for both of their peoples." But Linda Robinson, director of the Center for Middle East Public Policy at the RAND Corporation, holds a perspective that every occupant of the White House has understood for decades. "At any time, the Middle East can wallop a presidency," she said in an interview. Biden knows that some of the customs and art forms that prevailed in his early political years are discordant today. Many of those difficult lessons came within the past hard 12 months. Hugs aren't always welcome. The bids and bleats for bipartisanship no longer resonate. The word "woke" conveys as little of the meaning it held when he was president of his class at Archmere Academy as the word "phone" does now that he is president of the


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United States; each has a modern power Biden's teachers at the Catholic school in Claymont, Delaware, could never have imagined. The wisdom of the old oaks no longer has much sway with the young saplings. Conventional medical advice about vaccinations no longer has the power of yore. Indeed, nothing has the power of yore. So maybe Mickelson had it right, advice from life's white sand traps for the White House: "I've failed many times in my life and career and because of this I've learned a lot. Instead of feeling defeated countless times, I've used it as fuel to drive me to work harder. So today, join me in accepting our failures. Let's use them to motivate us to work even harder."

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