Skewed Priorities …

Today, as more than a thousand people are injured and at least 52 dead in the Gaza Strip due to the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, and the violence continues, the following was the only “Breaking News” update to cross my screen this afternoon:

“Breaking News: Melania Trump, the first lady, had a surgical procedure for a kidney condition. It was successful, and she will stay in the hospital to rest.”

I received this notification from three separate media entities, but not a single one about the violence in the Middle East.  Yep, folks, our priorities are seriously skewed.

40 thoughts on “Skewed Priorities …

  1. While eating lunch on our roadtrip In Nebraska today, I witnessed an outdoor evangelical Christian Bible rally with Israel flags lining the area. What’s going on? Lao , why are the flags flying half mast in this state?

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  2. Dear Jill,
    What the press is not saying is that President Trump with the hawkish Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu have cut off millions of Palestinians from having any hope for a better future, and this is after they have been treated as less than dirt for about 2 plus years. These are now a peoples who have just been hit with the reality that there is no future for them.

    That this could have been handled better is an understatement both both leaders didn’t give a hoot.

    As for Melania, I wish her the best as well as a speedy recovery.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • You are quite right. The Palestinians are not without fault, for sure, but they have gotten the short end and been abused by Netahyahu, so I think their anger is well-justified. And now, Benjamin has an ally to help him … shudder.
      Hugs!!!

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  3. In the long run it is very bad publicity for the Jews making them look dictatorial and heartless to use such unwarranted force against protesters but I’m sure there are many in Israel who are outraged by this action. The claim that they were protecting themselves rings very hollow ; how does shooting children protect armed men? Donald Trump claims he has not taken sides but once again it is a hollow claim it is very obvious he sides with the Israelis. I believe it is religious bias since it is a common Christian belief that the Jews are God’s chosen people.
    Even this belief does not stand scrutiny since we know the Jews sought to have Jesus Christ crucified.

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    • Since the Holocaust, Jews have been seen as victims and the world took pity on them … those who weren’t anti-Semitic, at least. But now, they appear more as bullies, though certainly it is wrong to judge a whole group by the actions of some. Netahyahu, however, is definitely a bully and is determined to have his way. And now he has an ally who can help him. When I hear him say this move will help bring peace to the region, I just shake my head and wonder who he thinks he is kidding. Oh wait … he is fooling his lemmings, the majority of whom are evangelicals. And as for Trump’s religion? He worships, I believe, at the alter of the dollar. Yes, I am cynical.

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      • No not cynical , but Christianity and all religions make allowances for wealth , they have to because the religious leaders and politicians are among the wealthy. Money is fine but the love of money is the root of evil ; note the subtlety of this scripture who is to say if any individual loves their money? King Solomon was very rich but Jesus Christ had no money. The average UK citizen is very rich compared to those poor Jews and others who listened to the early sermons given by Jesus Christ.

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        • Ah yes … we can always modify the question to fit the desired answer, yes? Or be so vague that the answer can be molded to answer the question. I’m too much of a pragmatist. I like facts. I like to see and understand precisely ‘why’. I was about 4 when I first asked questions my father could not answer about religion and the universe. Perhaps that was when he took up drinking!

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  4. Yeah, the media is screwy. It freaks out about the latest mean thing someone said about someone else, but ignores Christians getting beheaded and imprisioned in the Middle East. It’s hard to find good news sources…

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  5. Listening here on CBS radio, I heard lots about Palestinian deaths and only a brief mention of Melania’s treatment.

    This is why I stopped watching TV news many years ago. It gives a very distorted picture of what is happening.

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    • I don’t watch television either, but get 99% of my news from a wide variety of internet sources. But you’re right … BBC, Reuters et al did not fixate on Melania’s kidney stones as did the U.S. outlets.

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  6. Indeed, Jill, seriously skewed. I see it as a deflection by the monkeys in the White House zoo – “let’s not concern ourselves with the deaths of Palestinians…” Unfortunately, I think this is just the beginning of a new war that will engulf the Middle East thanks to Donnie and company.

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    • I fear you are right about fueling the fires of a new war in the Middle-East. I am disgusted when I hear somebody say, “Oh well, at least it’s not happening here.” AAAAAAaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggghhhhhhhhhh.

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  7. The news item in Canada, though not long, noted CNN as their source for the following stata: at least 50 dead, including 6 children, and over 2000 wounded or injured. Injuries to the Israeli soldiers were reported as zero.
    And Kushner was videotaped saying the Palestinians were not protesting anything, and deserved whatever they got. Meanwhile, Trump and Netanyahu were praising each other with creating history today. Maybe so, but not the kind of history anyone wants them to create!

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    • What a @#$%-ing circus!!! Kushner & Ivanka shouldn’t have even had a role here, since they are under investigation and have no security clearances at present. But go they did, and while people were dying in the street, they danced and partied as if there were no tomorrow. And as for Trump and Netanyahu … they are both under investigation also! I lay those deaths in the Gaza Strip firmly at the feet of Donald Trump.

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      • Me too, but what can we do but scream and kick our feet. Until he loses his power, he will keep on screwing up this world, and our lives. What he does effects the whole world, and that is something that most right wing Americans do not understand!!

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        • They don’t understand, or they just don’t care. Far too often I have heard people, when reacting to something horrific outside the U.S., like the severe drought in South Africa, they say, “well, thank goodness it’s over there and not here!” What a heart, eh?

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          • Yeah, really. But I’m no better in my own way. I’d rather buy a homeless person a good meal than send my money across the world. Or, as I once told you, pay someone’s pharmacy bill for drugs that aren’t covered under Medicare. Random acts of kindness. Nobody else needs to know about them, sometimes not even the person I am gifting. It’s all spur-of-the-moment things. And that’s how I like it.

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            • Granted, we all do more for the causes in our own backyard (well, those of us who give at all, that is). I am the same … I help at a homeless shelter, support the local humane society, and St. jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. That is only natural, but to just not care about lives being lost because they aren’t in your own backyard is what disturbs me. It’s that mentality of … oh well, not my monkey, not my circus. When we can say that, then I think we have lost our humanity. Sure, if a tsunami hits off the coast of Japan, I would be thankful it wasn’t here, but still, I would have deep compassion and sympathy for those affected. That is what I see lacking in our society today.

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              • You speak the truth, as usual, though I doubt I have ever expressed it quite that way. Reality is what is there to be thankful for when anyone suffers? It is not a concept within me, as such. I am thankful I was born in Canada, but I am not Canadian though I often say I am to distinguish from being from anywhere else. But truly I hate being Canadian, Canada might be one of the best countries in the world to be born into, but it is not a nice place in all reality. We have racism, bigotry, hatred, violence, etc etc etc here just like everywhere else. We have a system of goverment that favours the rich, just like anywhere else. We pay through the nose for food and shelter, just like anywhere else. And we demean and debase our poor, just like everywhere else. If there was somewhere better to be in this world, I would go there in a flash. But there isn’t. As it is I hide 800 kms or 500 miles away from the nearest supercity, Edmonton. I only go there when I have to for medical reasons, but otherwise I avoid population centres. As a younger person I used to love cities, I tried living in many of them. But as I grew older, and I hope wiser, I started to hate cities, they crushed my spirit. Even the little town I live in crushes my spirit. All those things I hate about humanity are heightened in this small community of 3500, but there are a few others like me here, people who have been crushed by their surroundings. Jill, I cannot believe what I just wrote, I thought I was over most of that. But it exists in me, just below the surface, and you seem to know how to bring my Truth out of me. This I thank you for. I like to be honest at all times, but there are degrees of honesty just like everything else.
                What I expressed above is the true me, the deep dark inner me. I love being alive, and having the change to improve who I am spiritually, but I hate being human, because humans are the worst species on this globe we call home. We don’t deserve what we’ve been given, as we continue to rape our world every day. When will this end? It cannot go on forever!

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                • Ahhhh, my friend. Where to start? There is this ‘thing’, for lack of a better word, built into us called self-preservation, and it keeps those dark thoughts deeply buried most of the time, for to dwell on them all the time would be to drive us insane … or suicidal. I think some people are too shallow to have such thoughts, and it is those of us who look around and don’t always like what we see, the deep thinkers, who have to keep their darker side put in a closet most days. I do not like the human race. That is not to say that I don’t like some people, for there are some whom I like very well. Many I love. But overall, I find the animal kingdom to be far more honest. Animals do not kill other animals because they don’t like the colour of their fur. When animals kill, it is almost always either for food, or defense. Humans kill for any or no reason, mainly greed or arrogance. No, it will not go on forever, for every day, humans are bringing themselves closer to either extinction or annihilation.
                  Hugs, my friend

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                  • It is sad when two people who don’t really know each other both see the same future. Do we deserve to survive. Right now we don’t. The universe is better off without us.
                    Can we survive? Yes, but huge changes need to be made, and I do NOT mean the kind of changes Trump is making. Yes, I used his proper name this time to emphasize who our worst enemy is.
                    Will we survive? Probably, because there are too many humans to have every one of us killed off, and we have no known enemies other than ourselves to kill us off.
                    Also because we adapt so well to whatever forces act upon us. But if we survive, we have to get back to basics. Survive and multiply until we again reach an age where it is possible to mature as a race. I wrote a poem in the 60’s called “Not Yet a Man”. I don’t remember the words today, but it was about coming of age as a species. A man to me at that time was a mature person who did not fight with anyone, but who acted peacefully to the benefit of all humans. Humans were not “men” yet, but I could see us getting there. I see that no longer. We have devolved rather than evolved. And the most devolved among us is one Donald Trump.
                    We need to go back and start over.

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  8. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This is what we get …. elect a clown, expect a circus!!
    ‘ … as more than a thousand people are injured and at least 52 dead in the Gaza Strip due to the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem … ‘
    Yep indeed, folks, our priorities are beyond seriously skewed!!

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