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.

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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
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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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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.

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
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When did standing up for freedom become a bad thing?

This is a fascinating time to be alive. Also surreal. Guys, freedom of speech is part of why we get to be free. People must be able to disagree! Also, guess what, it’s not illegal to be wrong. We are ‘allowed’ to have individual thoughts. We are allowed unpopular opinions. Just because people disagree doesn’t automatically make one side wrong for all topics. Without sharing opposing ideas, how will we ever grow?

Tech monopolies exist because we allow them to. Censorship is happening because we allow it to. And people are being criticized for speaking out, and doing something about it. Standing up for freedom used to be valued, honorable, praised. Now it’s selfish, and all sorts of ‘ists.’ Fear and shame have now become the character traits that people praise and seek. Even the word ‘freedom’ is becoming a frowned upon word. I feel like we are living in a movie.

Freedom is easy to give up, especially when people get scared. Just a little here, just a little more. Only for a little while. They tell the kind-hearted people that it is, “for your safety, or for your neighbors safety,” How can anyone go against that without feeling like a jerk, right? Pretty smart huh? Never in my life did think I would hear people being ridiculed and put down because they got sick. I’ve heard people hoping others die or saying flippant comments about how that one deserved their death, because they did (fill in the blank here.) Remember…15 days to flatten the curve? That slowly turned into 9 months to flatten our constitution, our country, jobs and our lives.

What about people dying to increased addiction, or mental breakdowns, or suicide because of lockdowns and losing jobs? What about the people who didn’t go to the doctor at the first sign of cancer because they didn’t want to catch the virus, or their doctor wasn’t open for awhile, or elective surgeries were not being done?

Here’s a thought: We know how to prevent pregnancy. It only takes 2 individuals to prevent one. Sperm are big compared to a virus. We have plenty of things to prevent sperm from doing what it was designed to do. But we, as a society, still haven’t figured out how to stop unwanted pregnancy. Yet, we are being groomed into thinking we can control the spread of a highly contagious virus? With a VERY high survival rate. We ridicule and shame (certain) people for getting sick because they must have done something to bring it on themselves, right? We don’t treat people with unwanted pregnancies the same way. Interesting isn’t it? Have we lost our minds?!

Wake up guys! Freedom is so very hard to take back. I know posts like this are like talking to a wall, so I don’t know why I’m writing this. But the optimist in me thinks it’s worth trying.

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Conservative Christianity – a bad name?

I feel frustrated that everyone who agrees with the political left is automatically assigned “good” labels, while those of us on the right are assigned the “bad” labels. My eyes see a different reality when I look at the actions of the differing groups.

I am tired of worrying what others will think of kenw of they knew my beliefs. That way of thinking makes it sound like I have something to hide. Well I don’t. God says to boldly speak of Him, and so I will.

I am a proud Conservative Christian and I am done being silent.