From special occasions to memorable moments give them a gift they will never forget.
Remember when Will Slapped Chris? For a Black man to resort to violence is the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black AuntKaren0 condones this type of violent behavior… yes yes yes hunty the cape crusader of #racism – she’s going to stop ALL racism by making sure the racist gets fired – she’s not worried about the children going hungry or the rent being paid. You see no matter how many clips you post racism will NEVER end. But when you condone violence- you’ve crossed the line.
No story just a question- what’s up with the stairs appearing in the woods?
Left-foot braking is the technique of using the left foot to operate the brake pedal in an automobile, leaving the right foot dedicated to the throttle pedal. It contrasts with the practice of using the left foot to operate the clutch pedal, leaving the right foot to share the duties of controlling both brake and gas pedals.
It is most commonly used in auto racing(simultaneous gas and brake keeps turbo pressure and reduces turbo lag.
Today is Bereaved Mother’s Day.
If you didn’t know this day existed, you might be one of the lucky ones. If you did know this day existed, please know that you’re not alone.
Today is the day we honor all of the Mothers who have heavy hearts.
❤️ We honor those still waiting for their miracle.
❤️ We honor those who have had failed fertility treatments.
❤️ We honor those who have lost their embryos.
❤️ We honor those who have had a pregnancy end too soon.
❤️ We honor those who have suffered a stillbirth.
❤️ We honor those who have lost their babies.
❤️ We honor those who have lost their children.
We acknowledge that not all mothers will enjoy Mother’s Day. It’s a painful reminder of what they’ve lost, what they no longer have, or what hasn’t come easily.
Once a mother, always a mother.
Loss doesn’t change that.
Zoey is a modern spelling variation of Zoe, the Greek Jewish translation of Eve. Despite its Jewish origins, Zoe was historically more popular among Christians. Two early saints were named Zoe—Saint Zoe of Rome and Saint Zoe of Pamphylia. Zoey has been a consistent favorite for girls in the 21st century.
Blessed are you who realize there is simply not enough – time, money or resources…
Blessed are you who are tired of pretending that raw effort is the secret to perfection. It’s not – may you know that now.
Blessed are you who need a gentle reminder that even now, even today, God is here, and somehow, that IS good enough.
Some of us are still searching for the answers to why God would take the life – before it’s born – yup that’s me; I can speculate until the cows come home – but alas I will/may not know in this lifetime -but I will continue to trust Him.
Happy Birthday – Zoey from Grandma…
Note: It’s actually tomorrow – March 8, 2022 – but I may not have time to share my thoughts….
Just testing the share buttons, this will be removed when testing is complete, carry on.
Listening to the news is not always easy, think, for a moment, about where you get your news, are you still reading the newspaper or perhaps the dulcet delivery of your local NPR host is the only thing that gets you through your commute. Maybe you’re a bona fide Twitter or Facebook addict. Or maybe, like half of American adults, you learn about the world through your television.
If you are new to watching the news, it can be very disorienting. It seems most media nowadays tailor their delivery to a particular party. For example, we know Fox News, unlike its name, is not very crafty or clever (In folklore, the red fox is often characterized as a cunning, wily or crafty animal), they are simply betrothed to Donald Trump everything they say or report is either in favor of #tRumpismn or egregious because it goes against #tRumpism. CNN and MSNBC appear to be unbiased but alas they favor the Democratic point of view.
Hey listen if you want biased news not from a reporter or a pundit and you want news that is always Black and Petty as Hell – check out Doubledeemuva. Yes, yes, yes hunty she is Black and petty as hell. She only reads the news as she get’s it from other sources but she caters to an audience who (1) does not read the news; (2) does not have time to read or watch the news; (3) does not understand the news and how its delivered; (4) folk who have a lot of time to be on social media. I think she is great for our young folk and older folk who want to stay up to date on what’s going on in the world from the perspective of (our block). Folk are not and don’t necesilary (make shift word) understand why Putin is going after Ukraine or who are not watching the changes in the behavior of animals across the globe.
If you want the news that is “Black and Petty as Hell” check out DoubleDeeMuva also for you TikToc fans Doubledeemuva please be careful with TikTok there’s an all out full scale war between some big content providers- but that’s another story.
With the current issues between Russia and Ukraine I thought it was a good idea to help folk understand NATO and it’s importance.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is an alliance of 30 countries that border the North Atlantic Ocean.1 The Alliance includes the United States, most European Union members, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Turkey.
Keep reading to learn more about why this organization was formed and how it functions today.
Definition of NATO
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a military alliance between the United States, Canada, and their European allies. It was formed in the wake of World War II to keep the peace and encourage political cooperation on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.2
NATO’s 30 members are Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Montenegro, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States.3
Each member designates an ambassador to NATO as well as officials to serve on NATO committees and discuss NATO business. These designees could include a country’s president, prime minister, foreign affairs minister, or head of a defense department.
On December 1, 2015, NATO announced its first expansion since 2009, offering membership to Montenegro. Russia responded by calling the move a strategic threat to its national security. Russia is worried by the number of Balkan countries along its border that have joined NATO.
How Does NATO Work?
NATO’s mission is to protect the freedom of its members and the stability of their regions. Its targets include weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, and cyber-attacks.
A key aspect of the alliance is Article 5, which states that “an armed attack against one Ally is considered an attack against all Allies.”4 In other words, if someone attacks one NATO nation, all NATO nations will retaliate.
The only time NATO invoked Article 5 was after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
NATO’s protection does not extend to members’ civil wars or internal coups. During a 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, for example, NATO did not intervene on either side of the conflict.5 As a NATO member, Turkey would receive its allies’ support in the case of an attack, but not in case of a coup.
NATO is funded by its members. The United States contributes roughly three-fourths of NATO’s budget. Only 10 countries have reached the target spending level of 2% of gross domestic product (GDP).6 The United States was forecast to spend 3.52% of its GDP on defense in 2021.
The founding members of NATO signed the North Atlantic Treaty on April 4, 1949. It worked in conjunction with the United Nations, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund. The organizations were created during the 1944 Bretton Woods Conference.
NATO’s primary purpose was to defend member nations from threats by communist countries. The United States also wanted to maintain a presence in Europe. It sought to prevent a resurgence of aggressive nationalism and to foster political union. In this way, NATO made the formation of the European Union possible. U.S. military protection gave European nations the safety needed to rebuild after World War II’s devastation.
During the Cold War, NATO’s mission expanded to prevent nuclear war.
After West Germany joined NATO, the communist countries formed the Warsaw Pact alliance, which included the USSR, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany. In response, NATO adopted the “Massive Retaliation” policy. It promised to use nuclear weapons if members of the Pact attacked. NATO’s deterrence policy allowed Europe to focus on economic development. It didn’t have to build large conventional armies.
The Soviet Union continued to build its military presence. By the end of the Cold War, it was spending three times what the United States was spending, with only one-third of the economic power. When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, it was due to economic as well as ideological reasons.
After the USSR dissolved in the early 1990s, NATO’s relationship with Russia thawed. In 1997, they signed the NATO-Russia Founding Act to build bilateral cooperation. In 2002, they formed the NATO-Russia Council to partner on shared security issues.
The collapse of the USSR led to unrest in its former satellite states. NATO got involved when Yugoslavia’s civil war became genocide. NATO’s initial support of a United Nations naval embargo led to the enforcement of a no-fly zone. Violations then led to airstrikes until September 1999, when NATO conducted a nine-day air campaign that ended the war. By December of that year, NATO deployed a peacekeeping force of 60,000 soldiers. That ended in 2004 when NATO transferred the function to the European Union.2
NATO participates in three alliances that expand its influence beyond its 30 member countries. The first is the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, which helps partners become NATO members. It includes 20 non-NATO countries that support NATO’s purpose. It began in 1991.
NATO itself admits that “Peacekeeping has become at least as difficult as peacemaking.” As a result, NATO is strengthening alliances throughout the world. In the age of globalization, transatlantic peace has become a worldwide effort. It extends beyond military might alone.
The Mediterranean Dialogue seeks to stabilize the Middle East. Its non-NATO members include Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia. It began in 1994.
The Istanbul Cooperation Initiative works for peace throughout the larger Middle East region. It includes four members of the Gulf Cooperation Council. They are Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. It began in 2004.
NATO also cooperates with eight other countries in joint security issues. There are five Asia-Pacific countries, which include Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, and New Zealand. There is one in South America (Colombia), and there are three cooperative countries in the Middle East: Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan.7
Why is Ukraine not part of Nato?
Ukraine is applying to become a Nato member, but it is yet to be formally admitted. However, it is one of the body’s “enhanced opportunity partners”.
This status is afforded to non-member nations that have “made significant contributions to Nato-led operations and missions”, such as Australia and Sweden.
Given Ukraine’s current instability, Nato membership will not happen any time soon.
A new country has to be unanimously approved by Nato members and factors taken into account will include, among others, “unresolved external territorial disputes”.
In 1997, Nato established a Ukraine-Nato commission, which allowed for discussion on security issues and enabled the furthering of the Nato-Ukraine relationship without a formal membership agreement.
Alastair Kocho-Williams, professor of history at Clarkson University in the US, says Nato membership would “significantly increase Ukraine’s international military backing, allowing for Nato military action within Ukraine and alongside members of its military”.
Without membership Nato’s support is limited. For example, it does not commit to deploying troops to non-member countries. However, it has sent troops to neighbouring countries and has publicly backed Ukraine.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is a 30-member alliance formed in the wake of WWII with the goal of protecting democratic freedom.
NATO includes the U.S. and Canada, as well as dozens of nations in Europe.
In addition to the core NATO alliance, NATO has partnerships with countries in other regions.
What is a God Box you ask, that’s a good question. Like prayer is just a conversation with God a God Box is just a (real box) in which you put your request to God in. Get a box with a lid and in the box, you put your requests.
In my box which was average size (years ago) I wrote, I wanted a husband, a relationship with my daughter, a home with a garage, and a few other things. Low and behold a few years later (I had even noticed) that I had a husband, a relationship with my daughter and a Condo with a GARAGE!!!!!
Why the emphasis on the garage because He heard the smallest detail and provided it. Yes, I hear you asking/saying, “you could have just prayed”, well you are right – however with requests that magnanimous as a human, I would be fretting every day about when it was going to come to pass.
So how it works is like doing your laundry – when you put the dirty clothes in the washer machine you add your detergent close the lid or the door (for all you fancy folk) and walk away. I don’t know about you, but I trust the machine will do exactly what it is designed to do – wash my clothes. I don’t go back and check that’s it’s spinning, I don’t go back and check to see if the detergent is correct, I don’t keep checking on it during the cycle to see that it working – I TRUST THAT THE MACHINE is doing exactly what it is designed to do. So when I put my request in the box, I leave it there until all the cycles are complete…