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NOT MANY GOT THE MEMO RONALD S. PHILLIPS Author of two books, teacher & trusted columnist

in the sand: We are experiencing a slow-down. That’s the memo, folks.

And, really, I don’t want to be a party pooper but we’ve had nine strong bull years in the market and more in the economy. We’ve experienced many, many new stock records and the party is winding down. Things are changing. ECONOMIC GRAVITY


es, I’m trying to bring that good old one back (“Did you get the memo?”). That’s about all I can incredulously come up with when reading the financial news. It’s as if most of the world collectively has their heads sunk

It also has to be said that the financial media are underestimating the effects of inflation. We’ve printed up about $6 trillion in two years. This is an extra 40 percent added to our money supply. That’s a big deal! In my August 2021 article, this was highlighted and back then the writing was already on the wall: Inflation was going to happen. Print a lot of money? Expect a lot of inflation,


ONE FOOT IN A REC***SION I don’t even like to mention the r-word (recession). Yet we have one foot in already. U.S. GDP has dipped for the most-recent quarter. It was initially down 1.3% and then revised down even lower to1.5 percent! Now that’s not earth-shattering but after factoring in inflation that’s pretty weak. But don’t they already factor-in inflation? Yes, but do you believe the government numbers? So we can safely assume even larger inflation and therefore even larger GDP weakness. I also don’t want to be alarmist but we, as investors, have to dig down and get prepared. Unfortunately, there are other cracks in the dam. Retail weakness is happening. The biggie was when

Wal-Mart missed their earnings numbers. The pros expected one number and it came in lower. That’s a miss. Other retailers, too. Many hit or beat expectations, though. Housing has been a big, big driver of the economy and usually always is. For good or bad. This time around it’s been helping us out a lot, though. When you add direct and related real estate industries, housing is a good 20 percent or more of our economy. And we’ve got just a small bit of weakness now, from existing home sales to pricing drops and a few more negative indicators. The Federal Reserve is also pushing along a slow-down. They’ve raised rates and it looks like they’ll do it again and maybe more after that. So…that’s just not good for the economy. Cost of borrowing increases for businesses, consumers decrease spending and refinancing, companies start really missing earnings, it’s a large snowball effect. WHAT TO DO? There’s quite a bit to do to reposition your portfolios. As mentioned last article, consider selling gains, lowering risky and volatile investments, upping your low-risk and shortterm bonds, keeping cash, switching to value stocks, and making sure your investments produce above-average income. There’s a lot of detail that goes into those move but, for example, DON’T LOSE HOPE As far as any potential r-word goes, it might be a small or medium event but it won’t be big like the recession of 2008 and 2009, in my opinion. We can be ready for opportunities by adjusting a bit and maybe profit from volatility.

Written on 05-31-2022 This article is for illustrative purposes only. Ron is not recommending any investment security for you but just trying to educate the community. INVESTMENTS CAN AND DO DROP IN VALUE; THEY HAVE NO BANK OR OTHER GUARANTEE. Ron is licensed and regulated by the great State of Colorado. Ron Phillips is a Pueblo native and an independent financial advisor. Order a free copy of his book Investing To Win by leaving a message at (719) 220-3005. Visit or email RonPhillipsAdvisor@gmail. com


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Getting To Know ProLube of Pueblo HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS? In this business? In

other businesses? Prolube was established in 2021. I have been in the auto repair business approximately 15 years. I have also worked in corrections as a counselor and a supervisor for 10 years. What did you do before this business? I worked in corrections for 10 years as a supervisor and a counselor and operated as a mobile mechanic and for multiple oil change and tire companies as my second job (Have always worked 2 jobs as we have 5 children). I loved helping people in corrections and made it my career choice over mechanics for ten years….and now I am returning to my roots as a mechanic. Why are you in business? We are in business because we have created a service that people want and many people need. By coming to our customers we eliminate them having to adjust their schedule for oil changes. We feel that our customers appreciate having more of their time for

themselves and once they compare how much time they saved to how much money they spent they call

us again. We also enjoy talking with customers. My wife and I (22 years married, since I was 17 and she was 19) find that we have a lot in common with customers and we love talking about traveling experiences. How did you get started in this business? My grandfather in Pennsylvania owned 2 auto repair shops outside of Pittsburgh. My father was a mechanic at one of his shops and I started as a child helping him

work on cars and trucks and have never stopped. My wife and I were always looking for a way to have more time together as it is tough when we worked 3 jobs between the 2 of us and raising 5 children. One day we went out to the garage to do our usual oil change routine for our cars, I change the oil and check everything else out and she goes inside the cars and cleans them out. This was always something we enjoyed doing together since we were teenagers, so we started doing it for friends and family, and are still doing it together now as Prolube. Can you describe your customers? Our main customers so far have

been people with very busy work schedules and retired people. Both like our services because their time is valuable to them. Our general age group of customers seems to be 40 and up. We do get customers with Rv’s as well. It seems that it is hard for people to get their RVs in the shops around town because of the size of the vehicle. Being mobile gives them sometimes a next day appointment with us. We also clean the insides of the Rvs and change the on board generator oil and customers really like this. We do get disabled customers and customers with health issues that prevent them from doing oil changes or getting around to the shops. Our customers are generally in the Pueblo West and Pueblo area. We also get business owners that have fleets. We can do multiple vehicles at one time after hours which saves the owners a lot of money in labor. Why do your customers select you over your competitors? Because we are mobile. Scheduling is very easy and is a time that is convenient for the customers



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ew things surpass the power of a mama’s prayers for her wayward daughter. Could it be they are potent enough to close an airport. Here is my story. You decide! The series of events prior to my flight to St. Louis were not coincidental but God’s divine

orchestration motivated, I believe, by a mother’s powerful prayers. My flight was scheduled for Thursday night. As my husband drove me to the airport, we saw smoke in the distance and learned shortly that the airport was closed due to a prairie fire. I rescheduled my flight for Friday. Although Frontier Airline tickets are reasonable, all that is lost when you begin paying for selected seats and carry on and/or checked luggage. I had not paid for a seat on the flight from Colorado Springs to Las Vegas. However, God had my seat assigned on this flight from the beginning of time. I was on His mission. The agent checking my bag gave me seat 3A, a window seat which would have cost me $80.00 if I had reserved it. I was thrilled to have a seat with extra leg room near the front. My layover before my next flight was brief. Once on board, I stepped past a gentleman in the aisle seat and settled into my window seat. A pretty 40ish blond plopped onto the center seat, batting thick false eyelashes and flashing long nails with glittering rhinestones. She was on her way to gamble and party in Las Vegas. Due to technical complications, our plane was an hour late

taking off. God provided an hour extra to talk to this young woman who has a praying mom. Have you ever prayed your wayward child would encounter a Christian to share Jesus with them? God answers those prayers. I asked if she was supposed to be on the Thursday night flight that was cancelled. “No, this is my flight.” The Lord quickly turned our chit chat into discussions about faith. I shared my involvement in prison ministry with *Diana. She said, “You remind me of my mama! She has a big faith like yours. Would you pray that God will give me a big faith like yours and my mama’s?” She asked me when I was saved. What an open door. She got the whole nine yards. I shared that before I was saved, I had two church memberships and was baptized twice and still wasn’t saved. I told her how God came to me while I was reading Hal Lindsay’s book, Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth and told me point blank that I was on my way to hell without a relationship with His Son. That those pieces of paper would burn, and certainly wouldn’t get me to heaven. I shared with her the passion God instilled in my heart to reach prisoners with His love and message of freedom though Christ’s shed blood. I’ve learned the prisoners He sends me to are not always behind bars. She asked, “Oh, you sound just like my mama. Will you pray that I would get saved?” I shared with her the urgency to get her life

right with Jesus and that her time is running out. Look at the world right now. Even unbelievers are recognizing something is terribly wrong. Things are rapidly going downhill. Evil gets darker by the day. “Diana, tomorrow isn’t promised. This plane could go down and we could die tonight. Would you be ready?” She didn’t have an answer. She really didn’t want to get saved right then because she was on her way to Vegas. She wanted to party. I held her hand and prayed fervently for her salvation and that God would open her eyes to truth. That truth would set her free. I thanked God for her mama’s prayers and how our encounter was part of the answer to those prayers. After praying several minutes for her, I said, “Diana, think of this. Your mother is praying. God heard her prayer. He shut down the Colorado Springs airport last night so I could be on this Friday flight with you and remind you that your time is running out. Your mama’s prayers are moving the hand of God. Are you listening?” God will not allow Diana to forget our encounter. She acknowledged it as a divine appointment. God’s Word does not return void. Our plane landed in Las Vegas. Diana and the gentleman in the aisle seat blocked for me to get off the plane first to make my next flight, which God had also delayed so I wouldn’t miss it. I hugged her and promised to continue to pray




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Anniversary Edition of "IT HAD TO BE US" Available in June

(Conifer, CO) — To celebrate the 12th Anniversary of It Had To Be Us, an award-winning Kindle memoir by Harry and Elizabeth Lawrence will be available in paperback format on Amazon beginning June 1, 2022. This popular book won first place in the E-book category at the 2006 Hollywood Book Festival and was made into an award-winning short film titled CAKE: A Love Story, which can be seen on YouTube.

In this heartfelt romantic memoir, Harry and Elizabeth (pen names of Betty Jo and Larry Tucker) share their passions and feelings about the poignant events that brought them back together after being divorced and estranged for almost twenty years. Filled with emotion, suspense, and humor --- plus a surprising Las Vegas encounter, this true story proves genuine love can survive any of life's problems. The authors also include an amusing honeymoon revelation plus selected reviews of their favorite romantic movies and several vegetarian recipes (because Elizabeth “can’t eat anything that once had a face.”) Below are comments from four readers. “In this heartwarming and true story, the Lawrences prove that true love really does stand the test of time.” --- Missy Andrews, Romantic Times Magazine “This slender but sturdy novelette offers an extraordinary portrait of the power of love and forgiveness. The Lawrences are an uncommonly intelligent and sincere couple, and following the slow but eventually triumphant story of their rebuilt lives together is a true delight. Their tale packs more of an emotional kiss than many a supersized book.” --- Phil Hall, The New York Resident “I loved it!” --- the late great Debbie Reynolds “It Had To Be Us is a beautiful and touching tale of how true love can span decades, generations, marriages to other people, and the entirety of a lifetime. This is a story that, however brief, is an awesome saga of two lives brought together that were never really apart.” --- Chris Mansel, The Daily Art Source Publisher: Long Story Short Publishing Company, Inc. Price: $12.99 Amazon Page Link: Betty Jo Tucker is an award-winning film critic


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For Alexander Leszczynski, 22, of North Redington Beach, Florida, it wasn't enough to be charged with wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa claimed Leszczynski might face up to 30 years in prison for making up charitable entities to receive Payroll Protection Plan loans totaling almost $200,000 and trying to deposit fake checks to the tune of $2.7 million, among other schemes. But wait, there's more! "When he discovered that the money had been frozen, he attempted to have it released by producing a fabricated pardon purportedly signed by former President Donald Trump," the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release. One of Leszczynski's fake charities was trying to seize control of two properties that belonged to Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who died in prison while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges. Leszczynski is being held without

bail at the Pinellas County Jail.

Wait, What?

During a preliminary hearing on May 16 in Saginaw County (Michigan) District Court, a 32-year-old unidentified woman testified that her "friend with benefits," 29-yearold Cortez L. Gill, accidentally shot her once on Nov. 11 -- but then proceeded to shoot her eight more times as she and her child struggled to escape him. MLive. com reported that the victim explained that she and Gill "tussled" over some car keys and he pulled out a gun, which he lowered to the ground. "The gun goes off and the bullet hit me ... in my abdomen. ... I was like, 'Cortez, I got hit. You have to call the police or get me in the car and take me to the hospital immediately.'" Instead, she said, Gill replied, "You see what you made me do?" and fired again at her, hitting her in the chest. She and her daughter ran outside, where she collapsed in a neighbor's yard. The next thing she remem-

bers is waking up in a hospital on the day before Thanksgiving, where she learned that she had been shot nine times in total. Gill was bound over for trial.

I'll Just Have Water, Thanks

Investigators in Vancouver, Washington, looking into the sexual exploitation of children uncovered another nasty habit of Stephen Sharp, a night manager at an Arby's restaurant there. On May 10, Fox11-TV reported, Sharp admitted that he had downloaded and distributed child pornography. After conducting a search of his digital devices, police also found a video of him urinating into a container of milkshake mix from Arby's. He confessed that he had done so at least twice for sexual gratification. Sharp said it would have been added to another bag of mix and used during the next shift to make shakes for customers. Officers are seeking people who might have ordered a shake on Oct. 30 or 31, 2021, and still have a receipt; Sharp is facing multiple

charges and eating institutional food at the Clark County jail.

Crotch Shot

Kingsland, Arkansas, about 70 miles south of Little Rock, is the birthplace of Johnny Cash, and the town has honored him with a silhouette of the Man in Black on its water tower, The Wichita Eagle reported. But when Betty Graham, water office manager, arrived at her office early on May 11, she noticed what she first thought was a leak from the tower. Later she realized a sharpshooter had hit the tank right at Cash's sweet spot, creating the illusion that the famous singer is relieving himself. Graham said it could take at least a week to repair the damage; in the meantime, comments on a local Facebook page ranged from "would be a better tourist attraction than Old Faithful" to "Someone here knows who did this. I hope they'll come forward and turn the vandal in." "People think it's funny, but a lot of hard work and effort went into getting the grant to get this painted," Gra-


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Ayumi Takada, 37, of Tokyo, has been compared to Elastigirl from "The Incredibles" because of her incredibly elastic earlobes. Oddity Central reports that Ayumi can stretch her earlobes up to 4.5 centimeters, or about 1 1/2 inches -- enough to, say, wrap them around a selfie stick, a calligraphy brush or the shaft of an umbrella. It's practically like having another hand. "People always ask me if it's painful," she said. "But there's no pain at all when pulling them or holding an item. The earlobe naturally bounces right back into place straight away."

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During an electrical storm on May 16, 15-year-old Giana Scaramuzzo of North Huntingdon Township, Pennsylvania, was inside her home when she was struck by lightning, WTAE-TV reported. At least four other homes


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Olaf Brewing in Finland is launching a new brew to celebrate the country's likely acceptance to NATO, the Associated Press reported. The "OTAN" lager's blue label, with its cartoon medieval knight and NATO's compass symbol, uses a play on the French abbreviation for the multinational organization, OTAN. In Finnish, "Otan olutta" means "I'll have a beer." CEO Petteri Vanttinen said the new lager has "a taste of

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When the draft Supreme Court opinion overruling “Roe v. Wade” leaked on Monday, my first thought was: WHY COULDN’T THEY WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR? (“Roe” is in quotes because Planned Parenthood v. Casey already overruled Roe, but “Roe” is still used to describe the

nonexistent right to abortion.)

Yes, it’s human life we’re talking about. Millions of babies are killed in their mothers’ wombs each year — it’s a massacre. On the other hand, I thought, ending late-terms might end the midterms. But then I read Justice Samuel Alito’s opinion and was intellectually offended all over again by the idea that one of our precious constitutional rights, enshrined in a founding document, is the right to kill an unborn baby. Anyone complaining about the decision should be required to cite the exact parts Alito got wrong. Be specific. And keep in mind, no important discussion of constitutional law has ever begun with the words, “My vagina …”

have noticed it. In groups of liberal women, apolitical women, black and Puerto Rican women, no one is talking about the case.

about freely in the womb;” and — at 12 weeks the “unborn human being” has “taken on the human form in all relevant respects.”

They’re probably right. The end of a court-managed “constitutional” right to abortion isn’t going to produce the Roemageddon Democrats are predicting.

After 15 weeks, the legislature found, most abortions involve crushing and tearing the fetus apart.

More than half of the country already live in states where abortion will always be legal, subsidized and sacralized. For those who don’t, Harvard should set up an abortion scholarship program. Instead of spending $100 million “investigating” slavery, the university could buy bus tickets for girls who need to go to another state for an abortion. The Mississippi law being upheld in this case — contrary to everything I’ve heard on MSNBC — is shockingly reasonable.

The Nation magazine’s Elie Mystal took a stab at it by completely misstating Alito’s argument, then saying, “the Founding Fathers were racist, misogynist jerkfaces.” (I was planning on writing a scholarly and nuanced treatise on the framers, but Mystal just stole my title!)

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I also noticed that, outside of the media, no one seems especially bothered by the decision. Or to

“Except in a medical emergency or in the case of a severe fetal abnormality, a person shall not intentionally or knowingly perform or induce an abortion of an unborn human being if the probable gestational age of the unborn human being has been determined to be greater than fifteen (15) weeks.” The Mississippi legislature provided a series of factual findings:

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— at eight weeks gestational age the “unborn human being begins to move in the womb”; — at nine weeks “all basic physiological functions are present”; — at 10 weeks “vital organs begin to function,” and “hair, fingernails, and toenails begin to form”;

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Laws should always err on the side against the decision-maker, and the decision-maker on the length of gestation is going to be the abortionist. (Which is also why “rape” and “incest” exceptions swallow the whole law. By the way, whatever happened to the morning-after pill?) So we’re really talking about four to five months. That’s not enough time? Give me a break, you freaks. I don’t think voters are going to say, Ukraine, inflation, the border, crime, transgenders in kindergarten — OH MY GOD, I CAN ONLY GET AN ABORTION FOR FOUR MONTHS??? Some states will surely roll back the right to abortion more than 15 weeks. Oh well. The abortion ladies will have to travel to other states the same way gunners do now to practice their marksmanship, shoppers do to get plastic bags, or breathers do to take off their masks. With a patchwork of laws, we’ll be able to see which regulations do best at reducing abortion, illegitimacy (which soared in lockstep with the legalization of abortion), venereal diseases, suicides and false claims of rape when women are pressured into having sex, undeterred by the risk of pregnancy. We’ll call it “federalism.”

— at 11 weeks “an unborn human being’s diaphragm is developing,” and he or she “may move

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Social Security Benefits Lose 40% of Buying Power

(Washington, DC) – High inflation has caused Social Security benefits to lose 40 percent of their buying power since the year 2000 according to the latest update of an ongoing study by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). “That’s the deepest loss in buying power since the beginning of this study by The Senior Citizens League in 2010,” says Mary Johnson, a Social Security policy analyst for The Senior Citizens League who conducted the research. Based on the most recent consumer price data released today, the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for 2023 could be around 8.6 percent,” Johnson estimates. Social Security purchasing power tracked by this study plummeted by 10 full percentage points, from a 30 percent loss of buying power in March of 2021 to 40 percent in March 2022 — the largest such drop ever recorded by Johnson’s study. The study compares the growth in the Social Security COLA adjustments with increases in the price of 37 goods and services typically used by retirees. While prices rose in almost every spending category, benefits were most impacted by sharp increases in energy costs for home heating, gasoline, and higher food prices, and a steep 14.5 percent increase in Medicare Part B premiums in January of this year. This study examined expenditures that are typical for people ages 65 and up, comparing the growth in the prices of these goods and services to

the growth in the annual COLAs. It includes cost increases in Medicare premiums and out–of–pocket health care costs that are not tracked under the index currently used to calculate the COLA. The study found that since 2000, COLAs have increased Social Security benefits by a total of 64 percent, yet typical senior expenses through March 2022 grew by more than double that rate — 130 percent. The average Social Security benefit in 2000 was $816 per month. That benefit grew to $1,336.90 by 2022 due to COLA increases. Because retiree costs are rising so much faster than the COLA, this study found that a Social Security benefit of $1,876.70 per month or $539.80 per month more than currently paid would be required just to maintain the same level of buying power as in 2000. “Retirees know all too well that, Social Security benefits don’t buy as much today, as when they first retired,” Johnson notes. To put it in context, for every $100 of goods or services that retirees bought in 2000, today they would only be able to buy $60 worth,” Johnson says. To help protect the buying power of benefits, The Senior Citizens League supports legislation that strengthens and protects the annual cost of living adjustment and Social Security benefits. To learn more about these initiatives, visit www.

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The Father’s Love “Surely Your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 36:6 Do we know the love of our Heavenly Father? Are we passing it down to our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren? Father’s Day is the perfect time to take a look at our fathers and the opportunity we have to tell them we love them and to also look at how we are passing that love down to future generations. I would like to tell you a simple story that illustrates His love. When our son, Steven, was three years old, he came into the kitchen one day and asked my mom if she would teach him how to make biscuits. She smiled and said “sure” as she reached down, picked him up and placed him on the counter so he could get a birds-eye view of what she was doing. As she was mixing the ingredients, he interrupted her and asked, “Granny, how much flour and stuff are you mixing up?” She replied and said, “Oh, a little bit of this and a little bit of that.” And that was the truth! Granny never measured the ingredients, and little Steven did not question his grandmother’s answer. As I look back on this simple event, I realize what a wonderful picture it is of the

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love of our Heavenly Father. When we come to Him, as Steven came to granny, the Father picks us up, places us before Him and shows us His love by answering the simplest of questions. And, when He gives us an answer, we will not question it when we know He loves us. Rest in His love today because He loves you with an unfailing love! Our son, now 48, still makes biscuits just like granny -- “a little bit of this and a little bit of that.” He will always have happy memories of this event and the love shown to him as a young child. Let us not miss a single opportunity to pass on our own love and the love of our Heavenly Father to the next generation and the generations to come.

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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 59th 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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Catherine Keener (narrator) voices one member of a polar bear family as she looks back on how her mother bear took care of her cubs during difficult times. Keener may not be Morgan Freeman, but she does an excellent job here. Her voice comes across as soft and manner-of-fact, just like we would expect in this life-like situation. A hard-luck life for polar bears as ice melts away these past years.


A female bear cub lets us know

OLAR BEAR, a Disney Plus nature documentary film, makes us sit up and take notice of the tremendous challenges these beautiful animals must face because of global warming. It’s a bit sad to watch, but the eye-popping photography keeps our eyes glued to the screen from beginning to end.

about herself, her mom and bro. The mother teaches her cubs well. Swimming, hunting and where to dwell. Finding food takes most of their time. It’s scary when we watch one climb. Though “Polar Bear” lacks much in plot,

awesome vistas is what it’s got. Plus, visual lessons that we need about the Earth’s dangers indeed! While watching “Polar Bear” my husband and I felt awed by the wonderful photography of these animals playing together in the snow and ice. We did not know seals were the major source of food for polar bears, so the bloodshed between these two species surprised us. And the daring climb mentioned above is one of the most exciting scenes in a movie so far this year. Marvelous cinematography showing unhealthy changes taking place in polar bear land is also a highlight of this timely offering. Kudos to directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson as well as to writer David Fowler for their caring approach to “Polar Bear.” Cinematographers James Ewen and Rolf Steinmann also deserve praise for the impressive look of this Disney nature movie.

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Gap Grows Favoring Hanks in U.S. Senate

(PUEBLO, CO)– WMay 20, 2022, Colorado Springs - Republican State Representative Ron Hanks won the top position on the primary ballot in April after defeating five candidates at assembly. Hanks is staunchly conservative on pocketbook issues, and on social policy. Hanks has been clear: Roe v. Wade should be overturned. He was instrumental in the longest debate in the history of the Colorado House, fighting against the abortion bill that made Colorado one of the most liberal abortion states in the nation. In stark contrast, Hanks’ opponent, a wealthy businessman, Joe O’Dea, had been trying to avoid the issue early in his campaign. On Denver’s KNUS radio with host Jimmy Sengenberger, O’Dea said, “I’m not running on social issues. It’s in place right now, Roe v. Wade, I wouldn’t vote to overturn that. I’m not running on social issues, that’s not what is important to working Americans right now.” But O’Dea moved much farther to the left by stating on air that not only does he refuse to vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, “I would probably vote to codify it, along with Casey”, into federal law. That vote to codify Democrat Chuck Schumer’s pro-abortion law would take away states’ rights and force Christian doctors and nurses) and Catholic hospitals perform abortions. O’Dea identifies as Catholic and told the host, “he and his wife had prayed about this.” Pastor Garret Graupner, Pastor of Fervent Church in Colorado Springs, said, “At first O’Dea was double talking, trying to keep Republican voters from finding out he wasn’t a social conservative. He doesn’t get to support abortion industry policies and still call himself a conservative Republican. O’Dea’s public statements saying he would vote for Roe, are jarring to pro-life voters and that reaffirms my decision to back Hanks.” O’Dea has already burned through hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign ads trying to portray himself as a conservative blue-collar candidate. Initially Hanks campaign feared conservative voters might struggle differentiating between the two candidates on the Republican ballot. But O’Dea’s camp is targeting unaffiliated voters and skipping many rural events attended by the conservative base of the Republican Party. This week, O’Dea released a list of endorsements which was comprised entirely of elitist establishment Republicans. One endorser took a swipe at Hanks not being wealthy like O’Dea. Much of O’Dea’s wealth came from government paving contracts. Hanks retired from the Air Force

to Canon City and won the District 60 State House seat on his first try in 2020. Hanks told the delegates at state assembly that he sought no endorsements. He asked only for the endorsement of the voters and he received the majority of votes from 64 counties, eliminating all other candidates. Hanks accepted the Republican nomination by saying, “Money does not move me. This country does.” Hanks joined the US Air Force immediately after high school and went on to serve 32 years in the military as an enlisted man and commissioned officer on active and reserve status. He served as an Arabic linguist, an intelligence officer, counterintelligence agent, and counterdrug officer, among other duties. Hanks is proud of his blue-collar upbringing and is uniquely positioned to bring hard working Americans into the Republican fold. Hanks said, “I’ve lived as an enlisted man, as a frack hand in North Dakota, working heavy equipment. I still have my truck driving license. The Republican Party is a better fit for Blue-Collar America.” Hanks believes this race is not about money or the arrogance of power. “This Grassroots campaign is about the silent majority voting to return this country to our traditional American roots, without the compromise of Liberty on social issues or mindless compromise with socialism.” O’Dea, a relatively political unknown, ducked out of the typically conservative Republican State Assembly. Instead, he chose to embrace the backing of establishment Republicans and petition onto the ballot rather than face Hanks’ strong, grassroots ground game full of blue-collar volunteers. Conservative support helped him defeat five other challengers, including wealthy self-funded candidates. After O’Dea’s jarring, pro-abortion statements over the past few days, it appears that he had been avoiding the overwhelmingly pro-life crowd at the Republican State Assembly as well. O’Dea gave an interview on the George Brauchler talk radio show in Denver where he said, “I couldn’t, um, support, um, putting limits on, on, uh, women earlier in their pregnancy. That’s between them and their doctor. That’s not my role.” In comparison this is what Hanks said on the Roe issue,

“I’m passionate about restoring America to the place we were when I grew up, a place where individual rights were cherished, and our Constitution was an example to the rest of the world. But in order to benefit from all of our wonderful constitutional rights, one must first be born. Everyone deserves to get a birthday.” This week, Hanks began advertising O’Dea’s pro-abortion positions and encourages voters to listen to O’Dea’s own words online. Those are sure to be eye-opening revelations for the majority of undecided Republican voters who vote for pro-life candidates. Joe

O’Dea is now not only running as a pro-abortion candidate in a Republican primary, he’s siding with the radical Democrat lobby set on taking away states’ rights on the issue. O’Dea’s pro-abortion position defies the Republican National Committee’s and the Colorado GOP’s pro-life platform. Democrat incumbent and proRoe U.S. Senator Michael Bennet has advertised polling numbers that show if he faces Ron Hanks in the general election in November, Bennet loses. Contact: HanksForUSSenate@ | Web: www.


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Francis Sylvester Mahoney wrote: Legend. There is a stone that everyone kisses, he never misses to grow eloquent: 'Tis he may climb to a ladies' chamber or become a member of parliament. A noble spouter. Don't try to hinder him or be wilder than he for he's an Irish pilgrim of stone.

As promised in May, for our latest encounter we now discover this extraordinarily celebrated yet enigmatic structure. Still standing sturdily among cultured gardens, emerald grass and rolling hills, in County Cork. Blarney castle is a testament to the Irish 'gift of the gab.' This inevitable and relished verbal dialogue of chatter, could influence a sale of swampland in Florida. Bizarrely even the storyteller believes his/her patter. Evidence of his strength of ego and certainty in his culture/ history…known all over the globe as the Irish blarney. Originally built in1200 AD it was renovated in 1444. Today, a tourist haven, Blarney castle with its crumbling algae laden walls sharply contrast with its surroundings. Partly hidden is its cave like- interior where shafts of light linger in daylight only to reveal ghostly shadows at night. A sample of rock was achieved by either an

antiquarian, or geologist, hanging upside down from the battlements no less….no easy feat. (I'll explain that accomplishment later!) Presently few samples exist, except a microscopic slide ground so thinly it was transparent to the light. Included were evidence of fossil brachiopod shells, all unique to the region where it's based. This particular unit of stone was created long before safeguards were installed. We've all heard the expression 'kissing the blarney stone.' However, this required an act of heroism… a gamble with life or death. I kid you not! Prior to complex safeguards now in place, originally participants dangled precipitously held only by their ankles as family and friends cheered them on. Soon they bravely puckered up for a snatched kiss on ancient stone, ready to relate this story in local pubs back home. Inevitably in the year 1946 the unavoidable happened. By ascending the castle's peak this naïve vacationer valiantly leaned backwards on the parapet's edge, and possibly the victim of a sudden fear of heights he swiftly plunged to his death. Beginning in the early 19th. Century fallacies flew regarding reasons for such acts of heroism such as kissing a stone. Francis Sylvester Mahoney wrote: Legend. There is a stone that everyone kisses, he never misses to grow eloquent: 'Tis he may climb to a ladies' chamber or become a member of parliament. A noble spouter. Don't try to hinder him or be wilder than he for he's an Irish pilgrim of

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WISDOM IN THE WORDS LEFT UNSPOKEN Americans often reflect on Robert Frost’s meditation on roads not taken. Today, we might reflect on speeches not given — and on truths unspoken. One was from 1963, when President John F. Kennedy planned to speak of “ignorance and misinformation” and characterized Americans as “watchmen on the walls of world freedom.” He was killed an hour before the luncheon at the Dallas Trade Mart, but the slain president’s words speak to us today. One was from 1969, when President Richard M. Nixon had at hand remarks to address the nation if the Apollo 11 astronauts were stranded on the moon, left to perish in the lonely lunar landscape. Speechwriter William Safire wrote for him, “the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.”

The world breathed in relief that there was no need for these words to be spoken, and for that moment, humankind was united in a way unimaginable a half-century later. Now let us consider the remarks President Lyndon Johnson’s speechwriter prepared for the commencement at the University of Michigan 58 years ago this weekend, some of which were cut — perhaps by Johnson, perhaps by itchy-fingered members of his staff — from the original version. That first draft of the 1964 speech set out the 36th president’s ambition and vision for the Great Society. It was crafted by Richard Goodwin, the gifted speechwriter who wrote several of the most poignant speeches of the 1960s. He can be credited with Johnson’s words before a joint session of Congress in support of voting rights, with its stirring opening (”I speak tonight for the dignity of man and the destiny of democracy”) and its unforgettable refrain that brought Martin Luther King Jr. to tears (”We shall overcome”). Goodwin is responsible for Robert F. Kennedy’s fabled 1966 speech in South Africa (”Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope ...”). Goodwin’s first draft of the Great Society speech — offered in the sixth month of the Johnson presidency and in many ways setting forth the great themes of the 1960s — came to light when his widow, the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, donated her own papers to

the University of Texas along with her husband’s. In that draft was a passage that never was uttered but that captures the purpose of the presidency with more precision than hundreds of pages of meditations on the presidency by commentators, former White House aides, political scientists and historians: The presidency is a relentless place. It is beset by the clamor of current crisis, the insistence of immediate issues, the demands of developing danger. To steer the nation through momentary pressure toward fixed purpose is one of the highest duties of my office. Goodwin wasn’t finished with a three-sentence prescription for greatness in the presidency. He went on to speak of the challenges of the office, and the dividends provided when the president is infused with a sense of purpose — and destiny: He must sense amid the welter of events and prophecies the shape of things to come. He must look beyond impending hazard to widening horizons, beyond today to tomorrow. And he must set his course so that, in decades to come, Americans will be the masters and not the victims of their times. Other recent presidents have succeeded to the Goodwin standard, but only in part: Kennedy in his ambition in space, his summons to national sacrifice, and the vision of peace that he set out in a remarkable speech in June 1963 — but not in his reluctance to give a full embrace to the civil rights movement for the first two years of his presidency;

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Nixon in his (much-forgotten and under-praised) inaugural address of 1969 — but not in the conduct that led to his Watergate resignation; George W. Bush in his grit in the days after the 2001 terrorist attacks — but not in his adventure in Iraq; Barack Obama in his determination to win an overhaul of the health care system — but not in redeeming his repeated promise to change the direction and character of the country. Even so, the Goodwin standard remains the gold standard, always sought, seldom reached. And so it is a shame that his prescription for greatness in the presidency was lost, unspoken and, alas, unattained. But it turns out that history, like the presidency, can be measured in part by what was not done.

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