family, Social Issues

Lowering standards and changing the rules

The war of language continues. I wrote a somewhat ranty blog discussing the many problems I see with coercing one to take an experimental drug. In this blog, I quoted the definition of the word vaccine, as written by the CDC. I wrote this on August 14th, and pulled the definition with a link to it the same day. This is the definition nurses and doctors were taught during their training.

You can read it here if you’re curious: “Is this about antibodies or compliance?” https://wp.me/p5wMVu-4O

Doug also made a podcast about this blog if you would rather listen: https://open.spotify.com/episode/7cVxtATzl3OHLbkx4J41av?si=urAeAtfAR5eex95IKx5J7Q&utm_source=copy-link&dl_branch=1

On August 14th, 2021, the CDC defined a vaccine as, “Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but can also be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.”

Did you catch that? A vaccine is used to PRODUCE IMMUNITY. At least, that is how it used to be defined.

If you click the CDC link in my blog, or look it up for yourself, you will see they have quietly changed their definition of vaccine. It now says, “Vaccine: A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but some can be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.”

No longer are vaccines supposed to help us achieve immunity. They now only need to stimulate an immune response. There is a difference here that matters in a big way. Vaccines have been redefined, quietly, and the new definition has lower standards to ensure this new technology can be called a vaccine. The people were becoming too smart, and waking up to the fact they were being lied to. They resorted to doing what they so commonly do, they changed the rules to fit their narrative.

Christianity, Politics, schools, Social Issues

Is this about antibodies or compliance?

My skepticism began after the “2 weeks to flatten the curve” turned into preventing anyone from ever getting sick or dying again. Here is a tiny sampling on one narrow topic of why I, an educated person with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and over 20 years in healthcare, don’t buy into the rhetoric.

Me: We no longer recognize passive immunity, which is when a person develops immunity by becoming infected, then recovering from something.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/immunity-types.htm

Them: Oh, no, no. Immunity received the old fashioned way doesn’t last as long as the vaccine.

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/lasting-immunity-found-after-recovery-covid-19

Me: Wait, why are we still calling it a vaccine anyway? According to the CDC, (please note the use of the word immunity)

“Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but can also be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.”

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/imz-basics.htm

Them: It’s not going to be mandatory, conspiracy theorist!

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/inslee-vaccine-mandate-state-workers-health-care-personnel-covid-delta-washington-emergency/281-66d68fd8-f569-46e2-a94e-c5f56d70911d

Them: That’s not mandatory. You DO have a choice, you can find a different job.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-mcdonalds-mandate-covid-19-vaccine-20210811-iyy6jale2ng2dgenlz7ig3na6m-story.html

Me: That’s not really a choice though, here is the definition of coercion.

"The intimidation of a victim to compel the individual to do some act against his or her will by the use of psychological pressure, physical force, or threats."

https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/coercion

Them: Well, the only way to ‘End Covid’ is for everyone to get immunity from the shot.

https://www.businessinsider.com/carnival-cruise-27-vaccinated-guests-tested-positive-covid-19-2021-8?op=1

Me: That’s just one incident.

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/data-tables/420-339-VaccineBreakthroughReport.pdf

Me: I can see where this is going, soon we will have to have papers to go places. (them: conspiracy theorist!)

https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/key-questions-about-covid-19-vaccine-passports-and-the-u-s/

Them: But, the variants!!!

Me: Yes, viruses mutate, and always have. Each new variant will have it’s moment in the spotlight, with more prevalence. That’s how and why they mutate. There will be more…

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5075021/

Them: The delta variant is killing people!

Me: Yes, no doubt, but so have other variants. For perspective look here and play with the data.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendsdeaths

Everyone: Hospitalizations are going up!

Me: With people delaying having medical concerns addressed, and avoiding routine medical care last year, combined with Covid, yes, hospitals are super full. Did you know this happens every flu season, and news outlets and the public never cared before? I actually wrote an an entire blog on this point. Except in 2020 there was NO flu season. 😏

Everyone: But there are no beds!

Me: Some places are having to transfer patients, reduce elective surgeries, and frantically search for staff to hire. Some places have beds, but no staff to open the bed.

Them: I see. Let’s fire healthcare workers for not taking the shot.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/28/get-vaccinated-or-fired-ken-langone-says-his-businesses-will-mandate-it-after-full-fda-approval.html

Them: The shot protects people against getting it and they won’t spread it.

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/07/30/1022867219/cdc-study-provincetown-delta-vaccinated-breakthrough-mask-guidance

Them: If we all get antibodies and immunity, it will go away!

(Please scroll to top and repeat)

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/immunity-types.htm

Them: All of you people should just die then. We have ideas to help. Also, we call kids we don’t agree with names. (Photo is the comment of a teacher in our school district and supporters)

These people should not be anywhere near children. But they are, and this is only one reason to pull your children from public schools. See our archives for more on this topic.

Is this about antibodies or compliance?

Christianity, family, Politics, Social Issues

Are we already at war?

I see people casually saying that they are ready for civil war.  That they even want it.  They want someone to just say the word, and it will be, “Go time!”  I have not made the sacrifice to serve in a war.  I am not a veteran, but I have spoken to them.  I am grateful to them.  I hear them when they say that war is not something we as humans, or as Christians should desire.  Certainly, there are times when war is unavoidable and must be fought.  War should be a last resort.

There have been conflicts in history that did not take place on an official battlefield.  The Cold war, for example.  This time we are in feels monumental.  This is no ordinary era of conflict we are going through.  As I was discussing this with my husband, and how we dread the thought of civil war happening in our country, it dawned on me, we are already at war.  I believe we are in the middle of a Cold Civil War.  The battle is being fought on many fronts.  From something as seemingly insignificant as definitions of words, all the way to the presidency of the United States.

“… it dawned on me, we are already at war.  I believe we are in the middle of a Cold Civil War.”

The Cold Civil War.  This battle didn’t begin with one specific shot fired.  It crept up slowly from the periphery of our awareness.  It began as a slow burn, and the ramping up accelerated in 2020.  “They” counted on changing things, small things, that are too insignificant seeming to really complain about.  All these insignificant things have built up into a time bomb, and if it has not already exploded, it feels like the time is near.

Someone recently said that they don’t see how the two sides of the country can be united any longer.  With sadness, I now think they are right.  As time goes on, the divide feels greater than it did the day before.  It feels like divides as great as these are generally only wiped away after suffering some great tragedy.  Was the lockdown of 2020 the tragedy we will see as we look back in time?  Or are we barreling toward a more significant event?  Only time will tell. 

Schools are a battlefield.  The minds of our children go to the victor.  From BLM at school, to comprehensive sexual education to social justice on all topics, the war continues on. 

We as a society expect to drop our children off on the front lines at school, and expect them to be capable of resisting the bad and absorbing the good.  Without guidance from parents because we are prevented from knowing what is really going on.  They call a class health class, and what they really teach is how children should accept and affirm transgenderism, just to give one example. They start with the youngest learners who do not have the emotional capacity to process such ideas.  They are taught they can have medical procedures and vaccines and medication without parental consent.  Don’t worry, they school will take care of everything.

Science is a battlefield.  From conflicting opinions on the “science” of covid, to new and experimental shots to prevent it, to lockdowns that destroy businesses and people.  I have already written about masks, so I won’t go there again.  Schools now offer healthcare to our children without parents knowing. 

Yet science says we are born male or female.  Science knows viruses are designed to survive by infecting.  Science has studied mRNA vaccines for decades, and there has not yet been one approved.  Science used to encourage questioning things, and open debate.  Now, if you follow science that disagrees with the narrative, you are labeled a “science denier,” or a”cov-idiot,” or any other number of lively things. 

Even social media is a battlefield.  Something that began as entertainment and a way to casually pass the time, has turned into a propaganda machine where a few people are trying to alter the way we think.  Censorship is rampant, and this also applies to mainstream media.

Our businesses are a battlefield.  Our communities, our constitution, our vocabulary and definitions, and even our churches are all battlefields.  I believe we will look back on this period of time, and see we were in a slowly building Cold Civil War.  Until we stand together and boldly speak out against corrupt agendas, we will not win this war.  Until we stand together, and put God back into all of the places we have allowed Him to be erased, this war will not end.

One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

For more discussion on Christianity and Politics, go to our podcast, “Uncommon Sense – Christianity and Politics.”  This can be found anywhere you listen to podcasts, or click the link below.

Uncommon Sense – Christianity and Politics, by Doug Morgan
family, Social Issues, Uncategorized

Waiting for answers about Covid and the new vaccines. Keep it voluntary.

It has been a year since I first heard stories about the new virus coming to get us all.  The panic spread quickly, people gripped by fear.  Fear, I now know, is a powerful tool.  It is easy to scare people, but very difficult to unscare them.

No good news

The few voices that came forward with messages of reason and hope were quickly squashed.  For example, there appeared to be a glimmer of good news because hydroxychloroquine was thought to be a good medication to help treat Covid if it is given early enough.  That idea was quickly blocked without taking the time to look into it any further. There is still debate among providers about this. Any ray of hope from our then-president was called a lie.  Any doctors who brought forth anything that went against the fear pushing objective were quickly discredited.

Another piece of good news should be how Covid killed the seasonal flu, right? In the image below, taken directly from the CDC website, you can see all of the colored lines that represent past flu seasons compared to this flu season, with the red triangles. Interesting we are not hearing more about this, and how or if it relates to the rise in Covid.

To those of you attributing this data to the fact people are doing an amazing job of wearing their masks and social distancing, spare me. I have already seen this argument. These are the same people who are screaming to the world that every time a person tests positive for Covid, it’s because “Nobody knows how to mask, socially distance or follow rules!” You can’t have it both ways.

Covid deaths are not always from Covid

There are states which count a death as a Covid death if they had a positive test, no matter how they died. I understand the impact comorbidities have on illnesses. However, there are cases in which the person died of a clear, alternative cause, and the person was counted as a Covid death.

“If you were in hospice and had already been given a few weeks to live, and then you also were found to have COVID, that would be counted as a COVID death. It means technically even if you died of a clear alternate cause, but you had COVID at the same time, it’s still listed as a COVID death. So, everyone who’s listed as a COVID death doesn’t mean that that was the cause of the death, but they had COVID at the time of the death.” Dr. Ezike outlined.

https://hoiabc.com/2020/04/20/idph-director-explains-how-covid-deaths-are-classified/

I point this out because I want people to understand that we need time and answers. Time to know the actual survival rates. Which appear to be very high. (More good news not being touted.) And time to know how safe and effective a new vaccine is. Knowing these pieces of information will help people to make an educated decision on taking the shot or declining.

They are safe and effective… Trust us…

Yesterday, I read an article discussing how the new Covid vaccines are as safe as they thought they would be. This article discussed how, “everyone who experienced an allergic response has been treated successfully.” And, “no other serious problems have turned up among the first 22 million people vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

I work away from direct patient care now, and have for 2 years. I have a small team, and they are offering the vaccine to us. A few of my colleagues have excitedly and dutifully opted to take it. This week, 2 members of my team received the second dose. At our meeting a few days ago, one person said she was behind this week because a few days after she received the second dose, her arm, axilla and shoulder were very swollen and red. She couldn’t even apply deodorant for 3 days. She spiked a 103 degree fever that lasted over 24 hours, and her headache made her feel like she was going to throw up if she sneezed, coughed or bent over. Once she was finished talking, the other person quietly said she had the same types of things happen. They both hesitantly agreed, “but, it’s worth it.”

…Is it though? Who determines that? I do. No one else determines risk versus reward for me or my family except us. It is the same with any other medical treatment. I recently had my gallbladder removed. Among the risks of surgery are death. When they ask for my informed consent, they explained the statistics of each possible complication, and I had to decide for myself if I was willing to take that risk. That is as it should be for any medical procedure or treatment. And, until recently, was the standard to which we in the medical field were all trained.

If you continue through the article, you will see,

“Vaccinated people have suffered major health crises and even death within a few days of receiving a shot, but the rate of those events is no higher than would be expected in the general population and cannot be connected to the vaccine, the review found.”

USA Today

Whenever anyone else has suggested to look at Covid related deaths in such a manner, they are called anti-science, and any number of other derogatory terms. If we measured vaccine related deaths in the same ‘scientific’ way we measured Covid related deaths, why wouldn’t we, for example, call all deaths in the 30 days after a Covid shot – a Covid shot death?

Double standards. The narrative. Fear peddling. That’s why.

“Shimabukuro did not address the several people reported to have died after receiving a vaccine, including a Florida doctor and a California X-ray technologist.”

USA Today

These are only the ones made public at this moment. Nothing to see here. Everything is just fine.

Vaccines

I realize I probably sound like an anti-vaxxer. That’s far from truth. I and my family are all vaccinated for the typical childhood things. I also take the flu shot every year after having the flu so badly one year, I thought I would literally die. I am also very much in favor of medical choice and informed consent. Over the years, I have educated many people on vaccines, but always respected their decision to go whichever way they felt was right. I have never in my career witnessed so much guilt, shaming and peer pressure to have a medical treatment as I have seen with this experimental shot.

We are reassured things are safe and effective. But, we are barely coming upon a year of Covid vaccines, and a small trial phase. Clearly my definitions of ‘safe’ and ‘effective’ differ from other’s definitions. As do my definitions of ‘hate,’ ‘love,’ ‘truth,’ and many other vocabulary words. But that’s for another time.

mRNA vaccines are not a new idea

Did you know that the technology for the new mRNA vaccines has been around for decades? I didn’t either. “mRNA vaccines have been studied before for flu, Zika, rabies, and cytomegalovirus (CMV).” Yet, despite the length of their existence, and the purported ease of creating new vaccines, one still has not been approved by the FDA. Why is that?

The answer is we don’t know. There are so many things we don’t know. I pray this vaccine is the next good thing in medical technology. I really do. But, until we answer more questions, the answer will remain a “No thanks” for myself and my family. This experimental shot should remain a choice, and not a mandatory medical procedure.

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Creating racism to fight racism

How do people think that fighting racism with more racism will solve our problems? If it is racist if ‘white’ is used somewhere, then it is also racist if ‘black’ is used to determine who gets something. For this blog, I’m going to use black and white since that seems to be the current focus. Although you should be able to insert any race and get the same answer.

I want to be sure we are on the same page, so here is the definition of racism:

racism rā′sĭz″əm►

  • n.The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
  • n.Discrimination or prejudice based on race.
  • n.The belief that each race has distinct and intrinsic attributes.

Allow me to share some examples…

Here is a headline that I saw yesterday, “After permit approved for whites-only church, small Minnesota town insists it isn’t racist”

Is it racist? Yes! Replace ‘white’ with ‘black’ in that headline. Is it still racist? Yup. Okay, that was am easy one. Let’s look at another example:

“New, $62 million fund for Black Oregonians attracts nearly 7,000 applicants in 4 days…”

Guys, that’s racist too. What if the headline read, “New, $62 million fund for White Oregonians attracts nearly 7,000 applicants in 4 days…” Racist. If it is racist with one color in it, it is racist for any color to be singled out.

My husband made a podcast discussing how we in America decided to vaccinate frontline caregivers first for Covid. It sounds noble. But a deeper look into the reasoning behind the decision is disturbing. The elderly are at greatest risk of dying to Covid. But it is mostly white people who live to be old. There are many reasons this could be true, but instead of trying to solve underlying issues that cause such things, we should just let the whites die off. It will give us an opportunity to level the field. This is not my opinion, it is the opinion of professor Herald Schmidt.

“Older populations are whiter, ” Harald Schmidt, a professor of ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, told The New York Times. “Society is structured in a way that enables them to live longer. Instead of giving additional health benefits to those who already had more of them, we can start to level the playing field a bit.”

https://reason.com/2020/12/18/vaccine-cdc-essential-workers-elderly-racial-covid-19/

When Doug brought this up, I was skeptical. But, a quick search brought up many articles covering this topic. Not only is this racist, it is tiptoeing along the border of eugenics. If you want to listen to his podcast on this topic, you can find it below.

Can I be too white to save?
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What should churches do during Covid times?

My family has done a lot of praying over this question.  At first, we were all for locking things down for a few weeks.  Remember 14 days to sloe the spread?  Flatten the curve?  It’s just for a little while to make sure we don’t overwhelm the hospitals.  I bought into it, slightly skeptical, but I did.

Our churches closed down and went to online services.  It was okay… for a short time.  But I really struggle with immersing myself in an online service.  Here is how it looks for me:

1. I’m going to actually PAY ATTENTION today.

2. What? *looks at child* Okay I’ll grab a snack for you really quick.

3. *glances at the dishes in the sink as I walk to the pantry* It won’t take me very long to load the dishwasher if I go fast.

4. *notices chocolate smeared all over the dish towel*  I’ll just toss it on top of the washer and come right back.

5. I can’t just leave ALL of these towels on top of the washer.  I’ll just pop them in and start a load.

6. *sees washer full of clothes from night before* I will just switch over laundry so I can start this load then I’ll be done.

7. Bet you know what happened with the dryer.

8. I can fold clothes while I watch the last part of service. 

And on, and on.  Online church is not the way it was meant to be.  It should be a tool that you can use when you need it, but it should not be what a church relies on as the main way of coming together.

Churches should be open, taking whatever precautions they decide to use. It is Biblical to gather together, worship together and stir up one another to love and good works.

Take a listen to Doug’s latest podcast here, “What should Churches do during Covid times?”

Click the image to be taken to the latest podcast

https://anchor.fm/foruncommonsense/episodes/What-should-Churches-do-during-Covid-times-enq4c0

We always welcome comments, questions or feedback.  If you would like to email foruncommonsense@gmail.com Doug will get back to you, and possibly answer your question on his podcast. 

Christianity, Social Issues

When the mundane becomes forbidden

It’s not normal to be masked all the time. Our natural immune systems are built by being exposed to germs. It’s how we are designed! I read an article by a health department somewhere that illnesses of all varieties are increasing. Who didn’t see this coming with all the hand sanitizer, mask wearing and isolation from one another?

We are blessed to attend a church that remains Biblical in it’s views on gathering together, and also in worshipping. Last night we went to a Christmas party held at our church. They have a sign at the door that talks about how the governor says we should wear masks, but if you don’t – they assume you have a medical reason and that’s that. Almost everyone in our church is allergic to illogical mandates, and has a case of common sense. Wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick, don’t wipe boogers on one another. Wear a mask if you want to, don’t if you don’t.

It felt almost surreal to enter a building with others without masks. Like thieves stealing away into the night or something. It’s forbidden, but it should be mundane. I’m a very non-confrontational person, so being bold makes me squirmy. Soon I noticed that nobody was even giving anyone a second glance or judging anyone about their choice. It was just Christians sharing some Christmas love and having a good time.

Every day of our lives, we make risk versus reward decisions. Whenever we get into a car, have a surgery, when we cross a street, when people smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol, when we go swimming, or even when we sit down to eat a meal. There is risk to every single thing we do in life. We judge wether or not the risk of doing the thing is worth the personal reward. Nobody but you can decide that for yourself. That’s called freedom.

Could we get the Rona? Yes. We could. It is a contagious virus. With an extremely high survival rate. We could get the flu, or pneumonia, or food poisoning, or… You get it. If people want to stay away from our family because of our risky behavior, by all means, do that. In fact, I encourage you to stay far, far away from us. In the meantime, we will continue to live our lives and enjoy this short time we have in earth.

2020, Social Issues

The most offensive 4 letter word of 2020 – M A S K

Mask. I’m not sure that any other word at this time can elicit such a passionate guttural response from people when it’s mentioned. Where to even begin?  I have worked in the surgery department for most of my life.  For over 20 years I have been around masks in one way or another. In surgery we are trained and have continuing education on all sorts of masks. Surgical masks, laser plume masks, N95s, PAPRs, etc. I am so old that I remember back when cloth masks were used in the operating room.

I remember the backlash that happened with the staff when we were told that we were no longer going to be allowed to wear cloth masks.  We liked our masks, and OR staff are somewhat resistant to change. But we were taught that studies showed that the cloth ones did not actually prevent droplets from falling into the surgical field (ie: your guts) like we thought they did.

This was back before the internet was what it is now.  (I know I’m dating myself here)  I tried to do a search to bring up the studies that were done back then, and had little success.  Every single thing I could find related to masking is more recent, as though cloth masks were never a thing.  Trust me, they were, but they are so outdated that they weren’t even a consideration anymore before 2020. In order for a study or mask article to be free of bias, I recommend finding one that is dated before the end of 2019.

It looks like studies must be done to determine the effectiveness of cloth face coverings doesn’t it?  Do you really think no-one has ever thought of cloth masks before?  Nobody has ever looked into them?  You are being played and manipulated.

Have you noticed that they don’t call them masks in many official places?  They refer to them as “face coverings,” and at least I can agree with that term. The word mask is being used too generally when there are really very intricate differences in them. The purposeful muddiness of this word is the cause for a lot of mistrust and arguments.

Types of face coverings

cloth masks: these are junk. Unless you are following some sort of thread count and multiple layer design with a filter, complete junk. And most people are wearing single layer cloth masks or gaiters. Thin, stretchy, comfortable neck gaiters are the worst of these.

blue over the counter masks: I guarantee you the hospitals don’t get their stock from Costco or Walmart. If they are really worried about healthcare facilities having enough stock, do you think they are selling the high quality surgical grade masks to you? I have read the boxes on some of these and they clearly state they don’t offer protection from, well, anything. I would assume these are cheap knockoffs made to look like surgical masks, and not trust it to protect someone I love.

surgical quality masks: These are actually designed to protect droplets from flying around. We use these in surgery to keep our droplets out of you, and your body fluids out of us. However! They MUST be changed at regular intervals because over time their effectiveness wears off. That means they no longer stop droplets. The moisture from simple normal breathing compromises the integrity of them over time. So when people use these for an entire day, a week, or more, they are not working anymore.

N95: the best protection for you and for me. But they are supposed to only be for healthcare professionals. Seems like if they are what healthcare professionals need, they should be what we all need if they really want to protect us, and care about our health right?

One more detail, not even surgical grade masks can stop a virus particle all on its own. My descriptions here assume that every single virus particle is attached to a droplet because that is what we are being told. Although I’m not entirely convinced of that either.

Deadly droplets or not?

Another interesting point to consider is disposal. When we take off contaminated masks in surgery, we follow a careful procedure to remove them, and have special places to dispose of them. Supposedly your mask is stopping my deadly droplets from getting into your respiratory tract. That means they are caught up in the fabric of your mask. Instead of being taught by the health officials how to carefully remove them and having hazardous waste bins everywhere, people pull them off with bare hands and stuff the dirty masks into their pockets for later. I have even seen people driving around with them on their rearview mirror like an air freshener.

“My mask protects you and your mask protects me.” This is a flat out lie. Either your mask protects you or it doesn’t. If you have a cloth mask it does not protect you OR me. If you have a knockoff blue mask, it does not. If you have a surgical grade mask, it protects both of us slightly. One or the other of us does not change the effectiveness of it by much. But viruses can still get around it if they skate out on a smaller particle. If you have an N95 you are actually in a pretty good place, and don’t need to worry about others masking status. The idea that all masks work is pure propaganda.

Someone asked me how I can see mask wearing as political and have no empathy for others. It IS political. When we are being asked to do something that is a lie, to make other FEEL better, it is violating my rights. When we are being asked to comply or risk fines, arrest, or other things, it IS political. We are watching our freedoms slowly trickle away. I do have empathy for others, and I show this by speaking out.

We should not be forced to comply with a lie. Here’s where I start to sound like a wacky conspiracy theorist. I never saw myself like that, but I don’t care anymore. I have read “The Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn. It is a non-fictional account about the Soviet forced labor camps that led to the imprisonment, brutalization and very often murder of tens of millions of innocent Soviet citizens by their own Government. I highly recommend this book. Here is a quote that gave me chills:

“At what point, then, should one resist? When ones belt is taken away? When one is ordered to face into a corner? When one crosses the threshold of one’s home? And arrest consists of a series of incidental irrelevancies, of a multitude of things that do not matter, and there seems no point in arguing about any one of them individually – especially at a time when the thoughts of the person arrested are wrapped tightly about the big question – “What for?”

“The Gulag Archipelago” by Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

Incidental irrelevancies, a multitude of things that do not matter… Sounding familiar yet? We have to speak up. Even on the things that seem small. When people talk about how it’s ‘just’ a mask. Or it’s not really a big deal. Or how about needing to just wear it to show empathy to others. Guys, this is manipulation. Trust me, I lived inside a manipulative marriage for years. The deceit, manipulation, and gaslighting that is occurring reminds me of that phase of my life. But that’s a story for another time.

Obey and comply?

I hear talk of how we should be loving and not hateful. These words are used in ways where love = silent compliance, even with a lie when necessary, and hate = speaking out any message that disagrees. I value truth. I value my friends and family, I trust them. Those I don’t trust don’t have a place in my life for very long. I expect loving but difficult discussions to be had when needed. If I ask my husband if I look fat in these pants, it means I’ve considered that the answer could be, “I love you, but maybe those could be house pants.” Followed by a hug and kiss. I’m prepared for the actual truth spoken in love. I’m asking for truth, not lies, because I know I can trust him. If he lies to me to be ‘loving,’ I will find out eventually, and the trust I have in him is tarnished. Truth IS love. Truth always comes out eventually. Encouraging or participating an untruth us manipulative and wrong.

If you think I’m crazy for drawing parallels between our situation and the Soviet union, imagine this. If someone sat you down in October of 2019 and explained what 2020 would look like to you, would you have believed them? I would have laughed thinking there is no way the United States of America would willingly fall into lockstep with mandates like we have. Look at how much has changed worldwide in less than one year. One year.

And Christians are passionately getting on board with the madness! Church leaders are even lecturing their congregations on complying with everything our government tells us to do. Because it is how a Christian should behave. No! Christians have been timid and silent for too long – myself included! It is HARD for me to speak out. This blog was started to be a fun place to post about recipes, my kids, gardening and camping. Not this. It was never created for this. But here we are.

The USA is a unique country and it was designed this way on purpose. We are a representative republic, and we are governed by our Constitution that was written by men who had incredible foresight. We elect our representatives. To represent us. If the mayor says one thing, the governor another, and the president yet another, who do we obey? One is following this scientist, the other follows this one, who to go with? Do we just pick the one whose ideas we like the best? No! We follow our chain of command up to the top and there we find the Constitution as our top authority.

It is not, and should not be the government’s job to protect us from every single thing! It almost seems like people want to be treated as uneducated little children who must obey, or be grounded. We should read, learn and make our own grown up decisions. We weigh personal risk versus reward every day on so many things. When we get into a car, when we ride a bike, when we walk down the sidewalk. Living life can kill you! So can the flu, pneumonia, heart disease, depression, alcohol, cancer, drugs……

Live your life, get educated and take responsibility for yourself. For some people, they might be high risk and choose to stay home, wear a mask, etc. We should support that! Others know they are low risk and decide their family can do things outside the home. This is freedom of choice and personal responsibility.

I will close out by recommending that you listen to the podcast called, “Uncommon Sense – Christianity and Politics” by Doug Morgan, my husband. His podcast this week is a 3 part series covering Christians responsibility to obeying our government. Part one was released today. If you have questions or comments about my blog, or this podcast, feel free to write to: foruncommonsense@gmail.com and we will reply to anyone who writes.

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Social Issues

Another round of lockdowns, we knew this was coming

I wrote the post below on social media on October 31st, 2020. I want to move it here before I either get deleted or deactivate my Facebook account. I was wrong about one thing. Not only are they using high capacy times to push fear, they just used it to force Oregon into a “freeze.” Can we just call it what it is and stop trying to use gentler words? We are not stupid. It is another lockdown. I fully expect my state of Washington to do this also since our governor just told us it is dangerous to go to other houses. And to have virtual Thanksgiving instead.

Remember: We get busy to overflowing in hospitals every year. You can read more below.


Facebook post:

I am an RN, and I have worked for the surgery department in different capacities for most of my life. 2 years ago I stopped working in direct patient care, and I now work entirely from home. Remotely. 100% of the time. Every year we can choose to get the flu shot … or we must mask (with medical masks, not cloth “face coverings”) for the flu season to protect our patients. This year, for the first time, they changed our policy, and we have to get the flu shot or we will not be scheduled. In other words, it is mandatory.

Even for my team and others like me who never step foot into a medical building. It is mandatory. They aren’t protecting patients from us because we we don’t go near patients. So then, why? When I asked this at an open forum held by our facility on a conference call, I was told that we can’t overload the hospitals with flu patients so we can have room for covid ones.

I will say that every year, the flu (and other reasons listed below) fill hospitals so full that most go off and on divert as the season rolls on. So they know that by saying this, they can make healthcare workers feel guilty for choosing not to get the shot. Nurses and most healthcare workers, by nature, care about others to a fault sometimes. That is a super smart way to take away another choice. I, and my family, do get the flu shot, but I support the choice of others not to.

Then, I started thinking about the headlines that will come out about hospital capacity soon. Because every year, even before all this, the same routine happens. We fill up! Every year. Hospitalizations go up, they go down, back up… and on and on.

The public almost never hears about these full capacity, no beds, divert status times because it is a normal yearly occurrence, and we have ways of shuffling people so everyone gets care. Every year behind the scenes we are scrambling for staff because the staff gets sick, there are no more physical beds, there are not enough people to staff all the beds, everyone is trying to get elective surgeries done before the end of the year insurance coverages are reset, more hospitalized hip fracture patients in the winter, acuity is higher, etc. Healthcare workers work extra shifts, long hours, and sometimes are asked to sleep at the hospital when a bad snow/ice storm is expected to hit. Yes, sometimes we even get so full that patients must receive their care in a bed in the hallway until a room opens up. But they are being cared for. This is nothing new, and it won’t be new when it happens this year. Nobody in the public really cared before. That’s okay! They shouldn’t worry because we know how to work around all of that. This is what we do!

I bet this year though, it will be headline news. Trust me, it’s coming. Hospitals fill to capacity in fall and winter. Every single year. Staffing is short – every single year. We have a few months of chaos… every single year. We run out of different supplies here and there, every single year. Nurses and healthcare workers also get sick, every single year. We have “surges” of illness, every single year. Patients are transferred to other places because of a bed shortage, every single year. So keep that in mind when the headlines start rolling out as the normal busy season kicks in. When headlines start coming out that are carefully crafted to make you feel fear, keep this in mind. Could it be worse than normal? Sure, it could be, it’s hard to tell yet. Be encouraged though that hospitals juggle and work through this craziness every year.

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Today my prayer is that we search out our own wisdom from reliable sources. Such as your local health department and hospital sites. We stop accepting mainstream media and social media as our sources of truth. I pray that we disobey these unlawful lockdowns. Do not be afraid to live your life wisely. I pray we protect the vulnerable by allowing them to stay home and help provide for them where needed. We should make our own choices about whether or not to stay home and what precautions to take. We should not participate in blind obedience just because we were told to. I’m praying for health and peace for each one of us.

I keep hearing how as Christians, we should obey authority. And I do agree to a point. What I don’t agree with is who the authority is in the USA. Our country was founded with our Constitution above any human held position. That document and We the People are the authorities. Not our mayors, not our governors, and not our president. There are just too many conflicting authorities to know who to obey. But that is a topic for another time. Soon.

I will leave you with this:

For God did not give us a spirit of fear. But of power, love, and a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7