Cashless Society?


Sometimes catch phrases float through the air, wafting like an airless balloon, yet we don’t stop to pull them down and find out what they actually mean. I began to find out some of that a few days ago when I used my ever convenient bank debit card at a service station in one of the more ‘prominent’ areas of Oklahoma City – 14101 North Pennsylvania, to be exact!

It was a Sunday afternoon and I had the pleasure of taking my granddaughter, a senior in high school, on a shopping trip to find the perfect white dress and white shoes to wear under her white gown for the event. In my haste, I didn’t put gasoline in my car in my neighborhood where all things are familiar! Mistake number one. Noticing the tank was much lower than I normally allow it, I pulled into a Shell station on North Pennsylvania because I’m pretty particular about the type of gas I put into my car. I did not notice the station was an EZMart! Another mistake.

My granddaughter went inside to get us something to drink while I pumped the gas, using my bank debit card. The bill came to $36.46. I obtained my receipt and we drove off happily with both the car and us refueled.

The next day I went online to check my bank account and was shocked to see that the EZMart had not only run through the $36.46 charge, but an additional $75. I called my bank to register my dismay and protest the $75. They told me, “Oh, the merchant did that. We didn’t do it.” I called EZMart and talked to the District Supervisor over Oklahoma City and Shawnee, Jennifer. She informed me it wasn’t EZMart that did it – it was the bank. I called the bank back and spoke to the same person again, only to learn – one more time – that it was the merchant that did it.

Now we have a shoot out at the OK Corral – The bank didn’t do it. The merchant didn’t do it. Maybe I am crazy! Maybe I did it myself. At this point, I am furious. I don’t know which is making me the maddest – the theft of my $75 or the refusal to admit that one of them actually did do it. I am so mad that I decide I’ll get to the bottom of this.

I called Senator Lankford’s office to ask what the law was that allowed either the bank or the merchant to just charge my account without my authorization. The lovely young lady asked questions and said, “As far as I know there isn’t such a law.” She further stated they would post this on their website to alert the public that EZMart was doing such a thing.

In the meantime, life went on but I was determined I would get on top of this. I watched my bank account online to see what would happen. On Tuesday, the “pending” signal came off of the $36.46 charge meaning it had cleared the bank and EZMart had gotten their money. However, the $75 charge was still “pending”. Now I’m really mad. I’m feeling I’ve been robbed and was more than willing to tell that to anyone that was willing to listen.

On Wednesday morning, I checked my account again. The charge was still there. I put on my armor and started making more phone calls. First, I called EZMart and got the most ridiculous, rudest employee you could ever ask for that refused to put me through to Jennifer until she knew all of my business. I finally said, “I’m calling about the $75 you have stolen from me.” That wasn’t enough to get her to put me through to Jennifer! Finally, through my anger and loss of temper I managed to get Jennifer on the phone who politely informed me, once again, that “the bank did it and they could hold my money for up to two weeks.” Now I’m certifiable!

I got the name of the owner of EZMart from Jennifer. By the way, it is EZMart, 602 West Falvey Avenue, Texarkana, TX 75504. I called their headquarters (1-800-234-6502) and left a rather terse message for Sonja Hubbard. Somehow these people are never at their desk – I’m not sure if they even exist. However, once again, the sweet little operator wouldn’t put me through until she knew ‘what the call was about’. I told her it was theft of my money at an EZMart store. She, of course, wanted to know all the details and if I had told the police. I said, “Not yet!” I told Sonja – well, Sonja’s answering machine – my tale of woe and left my phone number. Of course, I didn’t get a call back.

Once again, I called my bank and talked to the same guy. I asked him what the law was that allowed a ‘merchant’ to steal my money and the bank to allow them to get buy with it when I’m protesting and saying that’s not my charge. He didn’t know the law but he would ask his legal department to call me. They still haven’t. It’s been several weeks now. Oddly enough, that same day the $75 was cleared back into my account. Hmmmm. Not sure how that happened. I guess if you appear crazy enough things can – or might – happen. I promised him, and myself, that I would not drop this. I wanted to know what the law was that allowed the bank/merchant to do this. Of course, he continues to tell me it is the merchant.

I had to leave town on business for  a week but I remained determined. On Monday of this week I received a call from Senator Lankford’s office telling me she had checked on it and suggested that I call the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office. I did that. They didn’t know anything about such a law but routed me to the Oklahoma Banking Commission. I talked to a nice man, Dudley Gilbert, who probably thought I was a wacko over reacting to an incident that ‘happens constantly’. Maybe so. But I wanted to know by what authority the banking industry or merchant could steal my money.

I found out from Dudley Gilbert, who had to look things up, that there is not a law that allows the bank/merchant to do this. It is an agreement with Visa/Mastercard. He said, “When you swipe that debit card you are agreeing to let them put a ‘hold’ on your account for whatever amount of money they deem necessary.” Well, who knew that. Small print. Guess I’ll buy a magnifying glass. He went on to tell me that it is the merchant who determines the amount and the bank determines how long it sits on hold, but it can not exceed three days! Well heck. I should have known that. Who wouldn’t know such a silly thing.

From there, the excuses only got worse. He said the ‘service station doesn’t know how much gas I’m going to put in my vehicle, and had it been a pickup or truck, it could have been at least $75 so that’s why they put such a high hold on it. I’m hearing him but angry at the ridiculousness of it. And, I didn’t and still don’t understand how they can justify holding my money after they’ve gotten their payment.

It boils down to what I don’t understand doesn’t matter. They who have the money machines are the ones in control. Perhaps we all need to think about that. Our government is pushing us toward a cashless society. That means every time we swipe one of the magic pieces of plastic someone can meddle with out bank accounts, holding our money. What if it were for a higher amount and what it if was for a longer time. Personally, I’m done with using a bank card at a service station. From now on I’ll trot in and pay cash. That’s how we used to do it and we didn’t think anything about it. I’ve loved the convenience of using the debit card but I’m rethinking that convenience now.

As to EZMart , I pulled into a service station on my recent business trip, looked up and saw it was a Shell EZMart and I pulled right back out. I’m not doing this dance again.

I feel better now that I’ve gotten this off of my chest and I hope it is a warning to you – my friends – not to shop at EZMart !


Don’t forget my book, Who Will Kill the Spiders?, is available on Amazon and at Barnes and Noble.

 

 

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Five Simple Questions


Last night I watched with dismay as Fox’s Jesse Waters interviewed high school students who had skipped school to demonstrate against President Trump. When interviewed, the children said their parents were aware of their skipping and approved it. Their teachers were aware and one of them even said the teacher had said, “good for you”. That, in itself, is shocking from the way I raised my children in the dark ages – skip school and you’ll be grounded one day for every hour you miss.

Most of the children didn’t even know what they were demonstrating for, or against, or even why. One black boy thought President Trump had said, ‘blacks are ignorant’…no proof of that and he didn’t know where he had heard it. One girl was demonstrating against the Executive Order preventing entrance into the United States by undocumented aliens. She was sure these people were not terrorists. When asked what countries the ban was against, she had no idea but named Iran as one of them. When told that it was one of the world’s largest sponsors of terrorism she seemed stunned.

For those who don’t know, the ban is against seven Muslim-majority countries cited by President Trump in his executive order that blocks all refugees from Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Syria for 120 days until a vetting system can be established. For Syria, the suspension is indefinite.

These children, all of whom are young Americans who have no memory of 9/11 and most of whom probably don’t have a clue about the 15+ year war we have been fighting since then, need to go home and be taught truth. I wonder, did their parents or their teachers ever tell them that before they lent their name and person to anything of significance they should ask five simple questions. Who. What. When. Where. Why.

Those five question, when truly asked and answered, can make the difference in our knowing, really knowing, what the fight is all about. In this instance, these children had no idea Who they were demonstrating against. It was simply, “TRUMP”. No President. No leader of our country. No duly elected and inaugurated person into the highest, most respected office in the land – or in the world, for that matter.

Did they know what they were demonstrating about? Not really. TRUMP is a racist. TRUMP is…whatever fit their playbill for the moment.

When. That, they did seem to know. The when of the matter was today – a school day – and they got to skip which was probably primary in their minds.

Where was in front of the White House or on a street corner or in the streets. It didn’t matter. They were acting out and they were enjoying being the center of this movement – whatever it is about – for the moment.

Why – they were totally clueless as was demonstrated by their responses when asked.

There is that part of me that says, ‘oh well, they are just kids and it doesn’t matter’. But it does matter. It matters a great deal. What this speaks of is children who are not being properly educated at home or in school. It speaks of children, and a country, that is out of control for no reason but absolute stupidity and that is sad.

I can’t help but wonder when someone – be it a parent, a teacher, an official will stand up and call a halt to this stupidity. Not just the children demonstrating in the streets yesterday, but the thugs demonstrating in various parts of our country, including those who are demonstrating in Congress of all places. It is called a temper tantrum that someone didn’t get their way.

It is ridiculous. It is wrong. Parents, educators, congressional people, governors, mayors – all of them should be calling for unity and oneness instead of out there leading the charge that will, if not stopped, totally destroy this country. Then the only thing left to demonstrate about will be the loss of freedom, but that won’t be possible because it won’t exist!

Think about it. This is not a game. It is not a popularity contest. It is about America.

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Welcome Back, God!


Today, January 20, 2017, is a day of hope, of renewal, of a new beginning…this is first day of 1,460 days that Donald J. Trump is President of the United States of America. And, this is the first day in 2,920 days that the One True God has been welcome in the White House, in the nation’s capitol, and on the airways of America. What a day this is.

Anyone who saw last night’s pre-inaugural performance had to have their spirits and hearts lifted. After much hoopla about who would and would not perform at the event, America showed up. All three bands were from the heartland of America – Tennessee, Mississippi and Oklahoma – right from the red belly of America where the grass roots bleed red, white and blue.

Following the musical performance towards the close of the evening was the Air Force, I think, choir singing “Battle Hymn of the Republic”! I was actually moved to tears as this song, long since lost from the airwaves of America, was sung with great enthusiasm and gusto while fireworks flew over and above the back of the Lincoln Memorial. America has been awakened from the hazy slumber that we were subjected to for the last eight years.

Today, we watched as the President-Elect and his family went into St. Paul’s Church for a time of prayer and words from the Book of Nehemiah, the Jewish leader who brought is people out of captivity and built a wall! Timely words. Appropriate words for a man who is taking on a colossal task.

The inaugural, itself, was equally impressive as five ministers and one Rabbi offered prayers. No Imam! Yes! No Imam! At long last the confusion of who runs this country is gone – truly, there is a new sheriff in town and he means to clean house! A slight rain shower graced the inaugural just as the newly sworn in President Trump took to the microphone to make his inaugural address. Rain – a blessing, even on an occasion such as this.

The inaugural speech was short but full of promise. Like Lincoln’s, it will be remembered and quoted for generations to come. Perhaps the most poignant line was, “When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice.” A statement with power, without prejudice. A statement that needs to be heard and adapted by those who choose to throw stones rather than be a part of the reborn America.

Hope and change have arrived! They arrived on November 8, 2016. They were seated and cemented into the future of America today. They looked up and embraced the God that was once banished to the backroom closet to wait for a new day. This is that new day and we are grateful, ever so grateful. Welcome home, God.

 

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Six Words Sum It Up!


Happy Hanukkah? Is this the way the United Nations reaches out to Israel to wish them a Happy Hanukkah? On the eve of the eve of Hanukkah, the United Nations Security Council passed UN Resolution 2334 with 14 nations voting for it and the United States, for the first time ever, abstained! The Resolution declared that Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem (biblical Israel) have ‘no legal validity’. Furthermore, the Resolution states that ‘such settlements constitute a flagrant violation under international law.’ It further demands Israel stop building in Palestinian territory and East Jerusalem and declares Israel to be in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention! Really!

This actually makes my head spin! There are so many aspects of this Resolution 2334 that I can and do take exception to, not the least of which is: Israel IS a sovereign nation! What right does the UN have to tell a sovereign nation what they can or cannot do? They apparently don’t have the right or authority to tell Syria to stop killing their citizens thereby taking a “who cares” attitude. However, they seem to think they have the right to tell Israel what she can or cannot do!

Israel has been Israel almost from the beginning of time. Israel was granted the land she possesses – notice I didn’t say occupies – by GOD thousands of years ago. Okay, so most of the people at the UN don’t believe in God, at least not in the God of Israel; but the majority of them are Arabs or Muslims who read the Quran.

I cannot help but think of the biblical story of Korah and his rebellious attitude in the book of Numbers. Korah rebelled against Moses and, essentially, all of Israel. When he could not be reasoned with and refused to believe that Moses had authority granted by God, he and his followers were swallowed up by the earth which then sealed shut over them. Oddly enough, this same story is in the Quran as well, under the name of Kuran! You would think the UN Security Council, which is laced with Muslims, would read this story and learn from it but that doesn’t seem to happen.

The very fact that the United States of America abstained from this vote is absolutely disgusting. A rationale thinking United States has always vetoed such a vote. Now we abstain! I cannot rectify this in my mind – how dare we stand against Israel and the God of Israel. Who do we think we are? As I travel the country on my speaking engagements, I find more and more people who are pro-Israel, in fact, I think it is safe to say the majority of Americans, at least those who live between the parentheses of the two coastlines, are pro-Israel! Yet the United States abstains from such an important vote.

This morning I heard Lt. Col. Ralph Peters on Fox news sum the current Washington administration up succinctly when he said, “It can be summed up in six words: “Praise Islam, Ignore Christians, Blame Jews”. That’s where it is now. Obama, in his skewed thinking has voted against Israel in all things by ordering our UN Ambassador to abstain from the vote. May Obama soon have an up close and very personal Korah experience!

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Calling Cyrus


In recent months, during the 2016 campaign for President of the United States, I have heard many pundits and read many articles about the damages either candidate would do to our country. Some of those pundits have predicted absolute devastation if the current President-Elect, Donald J. Trump, won the race. On the other hand, I’ve also heard many Christian leaders compare Donald Trump with King Cyrus prior to the outcome of the election. It is to this thought that I wish to speak today.

Who was King Cyrus of Persia? There were many names for this king ranging from Cyrus the Great to Cyrus the Elder to King of Anshan, King of Media, King of Babylon, King of Sumer and King of Kings. Regardless of the official title, he was the only king that was thought of as “The Father” by the Iranians who were a different people in those days. Cyrus the Great liberated the Jews from Bablyonian captivity and encouraged them to return to their homeland, Israel and Judah.

The biblical Book of Ezra speaks to Cyrus’ granting of permission for the Jews to return home. Ezra 1, Cyrus states, “Thus says the Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth, and He has appointed me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah.” Although he was not Jewish, Cyrus recognized the God of the Jews as the one true God. In verse three of Ezra 1, he goes on to say, “Whoever there is amoung you of all His people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and rebuild the house of the Lord, the God of Israel; He is the God who is in Jerusalem.”

Cyrus recognized that there was a special mandate for the Jewish people – their God, their Land, their Temple. He understood and he dispatched people to do so and he even encouraged those that were not returning to Israel – by choice – to support the rebuilding of the Temple by their offerings of silver and gold.

Later, in Ezra 6, when people began to question the mission of rebuilding the Temple, King Darius of Persia, ordered a search of the archives to find the truth of the mission. In a Memorandum, written by Cyrus the King, in his first year of rulership, “issued a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, let the temple, the place where sacrifices are offered, be rebuilt and let its foundations be retained, …”

Verse 7 goes on to state, “Leave this work on the house of God alone, let the governor of the Jews and the elders of the Jews rebuild this house of God on its site. Moreover, I issue a decree concerning what you are to do for these elders of Judah in the rebuilding of this house of God; the full cost is to be paid to these people from the royal treasury out of the taxes of the provinces beyond the River, and that without delay.”

Cyrus was not Jewish. He had no Jewish heritage. Apparently he had had a personal encounter with the God of the Jews, at least he understood their calling and their mission, and he was not standing in the way of it. In fact, he encouraged it. Isaiah 44:24-28 speaks to the calling of God on the life of Cyrus. Ironically, these four verses describe almost exactly what happened with the talking pundits, the pollsters, the robo calls, etc., during this election. None of them knew what was happening. The knowledge and wisdom they claimed was non-existent. They were made to be foolish.

In the last verse of Isaiah, Chapter 44, God said, “It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd! And he will perform all My desire.’ And he declares of Jerusalem, She will be built. And of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’

In Isaiah 45, we see God bring it home when he says, “Cyrus is my anointed, Whom I have taken by the right hand to subdue nations before him, and to loose the loins of kings; to open doors before him so that gates will not be shut. I will go before you and make the rough places smooth, I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars…”Verse 4 “for the sake of Jacob, My servant, And Israel, My chosen one, I have also called you by your name: I have given you a title of honor Though you have not known me.”

There are many ways we can interpret these scriptures, interesting as they are. If we pause to consider in the last weeks the UNESCO vote has tried to strip Jewish ownership from the Temple Mount, the Western Wall (retaining wall of the Temple Mount and the holiest site to Jews), Rachel’s Tomb as well as anything else holy to Jews, we have to wonder…Is Donald J. Trump God’s chosen vessel to unravel the twisted cords of the United Nations, UNESCO, and OPEC?

Whether we believe this or not is immaterial. What is important is that God will have His way and we can either go with it and be a part of what He is doing or we can lie in the streets in a pre-natal position, weep, wail and suck our thumbs. Perhaps it is time to prayerfully consider these scriptures, along with others to consider what it is that God is doing. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord and, with His permission, we will be willing vessels in His play book.

What say you?

 

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Results? What Results?


So now the talking heads of the media, who think they know more than anyone else in the entire world, are talking — at length, mind you — about Donald J Trump’s saying he would “look at the results” of the election. ‘Oh my. What a misstatement!’ they are saying. ‘This will finish him.’

Really? Why should Donald J. Trump agree now to abide by the election, no matter who wins. He agreed, as did the other innumerable Republican candidates, to support the nominee. It was a big deal. The GOP leadership even made a big display of going to Trump Tower to get his signature on the line. But what about the other 15 candidates? They said they would stand by the nominee but that hasn’t happened.

Reluctantly, the boy Rubio finally said he would vote for Trump but he withheld his endorsement. Cruz, the seemingly leader of the pack who lost to the biggest Trump, withheld his endorsement, be that as it was, of Trump until September 23, only 7 ½ weeks prior to the election. Although not a gusto endorsement, he did say he would vote for Trump. Now that’s nobility for you.

Since it has been proven that some people, Paul Ryan for instance, are not trustworthy and look for any excuse to Dump Trump why would he agree to such a thing this far out. And, there are already all kinds of proofs that the Democrats are truly rigging the election. I think of James O’Keefe and his Veritas Project videos: http://projectveritas.com/video/hidden-camera-nyc-democratic-election-commissioner-i-think-there-is-a-lot-of-voter-fraud/

Then there is the 2,000 election of President George W. Bush. Remember that one? Gore vs Bush. First Gore conceded the election to Bush then when he found out how close it was he pulled his concession statement. Off to court they went. Finally, Gore surrendered again saying “he felt certain the election was stolen…” There is no question that where elections are considered, hanky panky seems to be accepted. Remember the Black Panthers in Chicago with voter intimidation? Yea, that was in the Obama election.

Then there is the video posted by “Protecting the USA” about two months ago showing 8 people voting on a machine, 6 voted “no”, two voted “yes” but the machine registered 7 yes and 1 no. I can’t find the link to it but it is on my Facebook page if you want to wrangle with that.

The point is, none of us know how this election is going to turn out. What is wrong with waiting to see before we make a decision on whether to stand with the vote or not. After all, last time I looked we still had a little freedom left.

 

 

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UNESCO Hammers it Down!


Sometimes I wonder where the sane people are. Surely there are some out there somewhere.

It wasn’t enough that the UNESCO (United Nations Education, Security and Cultural Organization) had the audacity to put forth a committee vote to re-name all of Israel’s very Jewish religious sites, they pushed it through to a formal vote in spite of the uproar from nations around the world. How can you do that? How can you, in a country that is predominately one religion, go in and say ‘nothing in this country pertains to your religion’? Furthermore, they chastised Israel from trying to protect her holy sites from Muslims!

So what would the world think if suddenly there was a UNESCO vote to deny Brazil’s ownership of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, or China’s Great Wall, or Egypt’s Pyramids or any other sacred site of the twenty-six nations voting against Israel? What would happen then? Most likely, nothing. The fingers always point at Israel. The hatred is always directed toward Israel.

Most likely the causation for this issue to even be brought before UNESCO was the fact that Jews have been trying to pray on their Temple Mount. There has been an ever increasing move, by Jews and Christians alike, that both faiths should have the freedom to pray there just as the Muslims do. The Temple Mount is a Jewish site. It has belonged to the Jews even before King David established his reign in Israel. It has belonged to the Jews through wars, famines, pestilence, and the quietude of no one caring about the barren wasteland for generations. Then the Jews came home!

I am a Christian and frequent flyer to Israel and I have had to get special permission to even go on the Temple Mount. Once on the Temple Mount, if they are allowed to go there, Christians and Jews are followed around. If their mouths move and they even look like they are praying, the Muslims start screaming for the police to throw the perpetrators off the Mount! Yes this peaceful religion called Islam will not allow any other religion the peace and quietude of walking on the Mount let alone praying there.

As a Christian visiting Israel, I have the right to pray anywhere except the Temple Mount. Jews, whether they are citizens or visitors of Israel, have the right to pray anywhere except their own Temple Mount. And Muslims, yep – them too! Muslims have the right to pray anywhere in Israel, including the Temple Mount. Where, or where, does this type of UNESCO vote come from? The depths of anti-Semitism and hatred have to be the source.

Additionally, the Mexican Ambassador to UNESCO, Andres Roemer, a Jew, was the only national leader that had the intestinal fortitude to walk out of the voting session. He seriously considered rendering his resignation to the Mexican government but was talked out of it by the Israeli government encouraging him to stay. He has since been fired by Mexico.

So how will this all end? God knows. In the end, God will have His way! Whether this vote is the torch the lights the fire toward WWIII or the final battle against Israel, I don’t know. I do know, I will remain on Israel’s side as that is the only safe side to be on. I am thankful that I have that knowledge. What about you?

 

 

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