As Food Costs Reach All Time Highs Use Smart & Easy Shopping Tips

Food prices have seen about a 20 percent increase in prices, the highest cost increases since the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began measuring it three decades ago.

Their Food Price Index is bleak enough, but the United States forecast (USDA) indicates much more increases will follow.

Tips for Grocery Shopping

Note: As a 25-year executive for the highest rated grocery chain in America, writer Jack Dennis was over the Facilities Management Division of H-E-B FOOD/DRUGS. The Texas based retailer is prominently known for their friendly people, clean facilities and good prices.

The Tuesday Benefit

If you want to shop on the least crowded day of the week, pick Tuesdays. Often you may find discounts on meats, chicken and packaged produce that are close to their expiration date. We select such items that are freezeable at a cost of 25% to 50% off regular prices.

Never Shop Hungry!

Plan your grocery shopping trips to take place after a meal, or at least an hour or two before the next one. If you shop when you’re hungry, you’re much more likely to come away with food and snacks you didn’t plan on buying.

Even if the price increase is subtle, the yearly cost for your weekly supermarket trips will be substantially more. If you depend on restaurant take-out and delivery, the price surges will be even more eye-opening.

Keep your mind and body focused on the food you need. Don’t fall victim to the traps of grocery store marketing and product placement.

🔹Make a list of the items you intend to purchase to keep you on track.

🔹Plan your meals. Prepping a batch of meals will save on time, money, and unneeded calories.

Pick The Shortest Line

No one likes waiting in a long line at the checkout stand. Experience shows it is best to choose the line with the least amount of people in it, regardless of how full their carts or baskets might be.

At H-E-B and some other chains, checkers are graded by their IPMs (Items Per Minute) across the checkstands. It takes at least a minute or two to check someone out, even if they’re buying just a couple of things. Each item only adds about 3 seconds to the total checkout time, so a cart full of items doesn’t actually take that much longer to scan.

Look Up (And Down)

Only about one-third of in-store purchases are generally preplanned. Believe me when I say grocers and product experts know where shoppers look and even which patterns their gazes follow, in order to find the optimum position for products and to drive sales.

There’s a time tested adage in the grocery industry: “Eye level is the buy level.” These shelves are prime real estate at stores, but not every manufacturer can afford to stock their products there. When you’re shopping, be sure to scan the higher and lower shelves too.

When you see items on a supermarket shelf, you are actually looking at a planogram. These are diagrams that indicate the placement of products to maximize sales.

Get Cheese Sliced

Some of the best prices on cheese are on large blocks of it, but if you’re using it for sandwiches or burgers, slicing it at home can be a hassle. Instead, head over to the deli counter and ask if they’ll slice it for you.

Be Sure About Savings

If your grocery store has a 10 for $10 promotion on an item or items, be sure to check the original price of the item. While it probably won’t be that much more than $1, you definitely want to be sure it wasn’t less.

Use Meat Department Services

The meat department at your store may offer free services that many customers don’t even know about. Most butchers are willing to slice, tenderize, trim, and even grind cuts of meat for you. All you have to do is ask.

Compare Seafood Prices

When checking out the offerings at the seafood counter, look at the small type on the labels. If a product is labeled “previously frozen,” it’s worth it to head to the frozen section of the store to compare the two prices. Occasionally seafood is slightly cheaper when still frozen, so it’s an easy way to save some cash.

Coupons

Of course, couponing is still a good idea as long as it is for an item or brand you need. Don’t forget to check in-store and online coupons.

Check The Clearance Shelves

Keep an eye out for your grocery store’s clearance section and visit it often. The marked down items you’ll find there are not necessarily about to expire—the store or the manufacturer may be discontinuing them.

Don’t Assume Bulk Is Cheaper

You know what they say about assumptions, and it’s just as true when it comes to bulk pricing. While larger quantities do often cost less, that isn’t always the case—for instance, produce items like peppers, apples, and avocados are often cheaper when purchased individually than in pre-packaged bags.

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Can You Combat the Bone Debilitating Comeback of Rickets?

Because a generation of inactive children are not getting enough sunlight and not consuming enough milk and dairy products, we are experiencing a resurgence of rickets.

Researchers in countries like the United States, Canada, and Britain are worried. Rickets also persists as a major health problem in many less affluent countries.

Experts say hundreds of children are developing the disease every year and they fear many more go undiagnosed because doctors no longer recognize the symptoms.

Rickets is a condition that causes children to have soft, weak bones,” states the National Center for Advancing Transnational Sciences. “It usually occurs when children do not get enough vitamin D, which helps growing bones absorb important nutrients. Vitamin D comes from sunlight and food. Skin produces vitamin D in response to the sun’s rays. Some foods also contain vitamin D, including fortified dairy products and cereals, and some kinds of fish.”

🔹Rickets causes bone deformities—think bowlegs and knock-knees—as well as stunting growth, causing pain and muscle spasms, facilitating the easy fracture of bones, and delaying motor development. 

🔹Scoliosis, a spinal deformity affecting an estimated four million Americans, can also be a feature of rickets, along with malformations of the cranium or pelvis.

Synthetic vs. Natural

In an age when most vitamins on the market are synthetic, they are made by a chemical laboratory from coal tar and other chemical sources instead of from foods.

🔹They are imitations, man-made instead of being the product of plant or animal cells.

The question arises: Are synthetic imitations equal to the genuine, which cost far more?

Many so-called “experts” say that there is no difference. Notoriously, as we have especially seen lately, experts can usually be found to express any opinion commercial or government interests need to promote their products or keep people out of jail. This is a case for everyone to carefully examine the facts for themselves.

🔹National studies conservatively estimate that about 20 percent of Americans over one year of age are at risk of vitamin D “inadequacy” and another 5% are at risk of deficiency.

🔹Others have indicated vitamin D deficiency an “epidemic for all age groups.”

🔹In Europe, studies propose that anywhere from 20% to 60% of Europeans are deficient.

🔹Similar studies elsewhere have prompted researchers to describe vitamin D deficiency as a worldwide health problem.

These studies, along with the rising incidence of rickets and other conditions associated with vitamin D deficiency, have persuaded many clinicians to recommend across-the-board vitamin D3 supplementation, despite growing awareness that this approach may not be evidence-based.

A number of reasons have been put forth to explain rampant vitamin D deficiency and to justify the reliance on supplements,” says Claire Viadro PhD:  

🔹”The first has to do with the relatively limited number of naturally vitamin-D-rich foods, which, besides cod liver oil, include pastured egg yolks, fatty fish, and (to a lesser extent) organ meats and pastured lard.”

🔹”A second explanation concerns modern populations’ inadequate sun exposure, whether due to indoor lifestyles and fear of the sun, overuse of sunscreen, or phenomena such as reduced sunshine duration and increased cloud cover,” she continued.

🔹”Additional risk factors for vitamin D deficiency (and, therefore, rickets) include dark-skinned ethnicity, residence in northern latitudes, certain medications, and chronic kidney disease.”

🔹Some research suggests that exclusive breastfeeding can be a risk factor for the infant when the mother is vitamin-D-deficient. Vitamin D adequacy in the mother is also vitally important during pregnancy, determining “fetal skeletal development, tooth enamel formation, and perhaps general fetal growth and development.”

Key Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

The Resurgence of Cod Liver Oil

Today, we know vitamin D with cod liver oil produced using traditional, time-honored methods preserve powerhouse foods full array of nutrients.

Dr. Weston A. Price and other researchers of his generation understood the difference, conducting experiments showing that administering vitamin D in isolation produced harmful effects not seen with the administration of cod liver oil.

Then and now, those familiar with high-quality cod liver oil know through direct experience that vitamin D is most effective when it is allowed to work synergistically with vitamin A and all of cod liver oil’s other valuable constituents.

Additional Benefits of Cod Liver Oil

The content of this article is for educational and informational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult with a qualified health care professional before acting on any information presented herein. Any statements about the possible health benefits of any subject discussed may not have been evaluated by medical professionals or the Food & Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness..

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It Takes Village Idiots to Ruin American Cities

Democrat’s ‘Model City’ in Shambles

It takes a village of Democratic idiots to promote devastated communities as model cities. When their corrupt policies fail, they blame these violent and impoverished hellholes on “systemic racism”.

Good or bad, Malik Evans took over the office of mayor in Rochester, New York on January 1, 2022. Incumbent mayor Lovely Warren was voted out after numerous controversies that led the once thriving city to a destiny of high crime, poverty, homelessness and other such Democrat hallmarks.

On April 25, 2022, Warren’s husband pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine from his arrest at their home last year. Timothy Granison now faces a possible sentence of 5 to 40 years in prison and a fine of $5 million.

Today, gas prices in Rochester average $4.30 a gallon, up from the $3.29 citizens paid by Joe Biden’s fourth month in office. When President Donald J. Trump left office, they enjoyed $2.12 gallon.

1 in 25 Chance of Being a Crime Victim

“With a crime rate of 41 per one thousand residents, Rochester has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes – from the smallest towns to the very largest cities,” reports the NeighborhoodScout. One’s chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 25. Within New York, more than 98% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Rochester.”

There is a 1 in 125 chance of being a victim of a violent crime within the city with an extremely high (compared to the nation) murder rate. It’s not getting any better. Last year they suffered through a 56 percent increase in murder. 2022 is not looking so good either.

Rochester murder per 100,000 population

Welcome to the future. With Democrats in charge, this is typical. (If you live in Rochester, your chances of having your car stolen is one in 230!) Their fraudulent and illegal elections, immigrant policies and mafia-like control, consistently lead to corruption at the highest levels.

Ultimate Village Idiots

With now over 1 million illegal aliens encouraged by the Biden-Obama-Harris Administration to breach our borders, the nation is turning into a Rochester, a Los Angeles, a San Francisco, a Baltimore, or a Chicago.

Like in many other large American cities, traditionally the local government has been completely dominated by the Democratic Party.  

Once the 32nd largest city in the country. Rochester is at number 114 and falling. Its population shrank 6.5% since 2000. The poverty rate is at 33% and the only thing going up is STDs with gonorrhea up 78% and chlamydia rates placing second in the state.

While Democrats spotlight Rochester as the model for America, barely a week goes by without someone in the media, who has never been to Rochester and wouldn’t go there at gunpoint, describe it as the first city to conduct some socialist experiment.

Last year, the media heavily promoted then Mayor Warren’s push to use drug revenue for racial reparations and basic income. In typical Democrat fashion, the last thing the city–with open air heroin markets–needed was the government handing out free money financed by drug sales.

Of course, the New York Times chimed in, touting Rochester’s war on highways under the headline, “Can Removing Highways Fix America’s Cities?”

According to not only the Times, but mockingbird media across America, Rochester continuously does something excitingly progressive like defunding the police or being designated by ex-Governor Cuomo and now Gov. Kathy Hochol as a “model EV city” and setting up electric car charging stations across a city with few electric cars and a plague of deadly carjackings.

The cheapest Rivian (Biden’s and George Soros’ favorite) electric truck price is $77,000. That’s over two times the average household income in Rochester.

Prior to being designated Cuomo’s model city for charging the electric cars it doesn’t have, Rochester was his pick as a “model city” to fight global warming by building 10 miles of bike routes.

Those routes now offer Rochester’s bike thieves different options for making their getaway after over 100 bikes were stolen from a neighborhood biking program giving away free bikes.

“I just want to ensure that the people that did this know I love them and that our program is open to them,” then Mayor Lovely Warren assured the thieves. “We’re just extremely sorry that life’s circumstances led them to a place in which they had to make a decision like this to rob a free neighborhood program of bicycles.”

Warren

The free bikes program shut down within a year.

Fresh off the efforts to make Rochester into a model city for electric cars and bikes, Warren, Evans and the rest of the Democrat controlled council embarked on a social justice spree of police defunding and reparations.

In 2020, Rochester police tried to restrain Daniel Prude, a career criminal who had been arrested 37 times and convicted 9 times,who had taken PCP and was wandering the streets. Prude shouted, “Give me that gun”. Police tried to restrain him by hooding him and he died.

One observer described the aftermath as “morbidly obese white socialists showed up naked in white hoods and sat on the steps of City Hall with ‘Black Lives Matter’ written on their on their bottoms to protest a black mayor.”

“Not even the most dedicated white supremacist could have come up with anything more racist.”

Warren, Evans, and the Rochester City Council defunded the police, cutting millions from law enforcement in a city with hundreds of shootings. Police Chief La’Ron Singletary warned this would hurt the black community, but the media cheered Warren’s move. A BLM organizer insisted that, “police make neighborhoods more dangerous.”

“Murder, Carjackings, Violent Crime Surge in Rochester NY. Why?” a Democrat Chronicle article asked.

Evans

It was a mystery no one could solve. Especially the police who weren’t allowed to solve crimes.

As murders rose 56% and shootings shot up 90%, Rochester decided to offer iPads in exchange for “working handguns and assault rifles”. No questions asked. A week after the “largest gun buyback in Rochester history”, four people were shot in just one day.

Five months after announcing that she wanted to reimagine the police, Warren was indicted on campaign fraud charges. Then her husband, Granison, was busted in the takedown of a drug ring and a semi-automatic rifle was found in their home. Warren, who had allied with Bloomberg’s Everytown gun control group, claimed that she knew nothing about the weapon.

It couldn’t have been too shocking since her husband, was previously convicted of armed robbery.

Warren, of course used the Democrat’s favorite mantra and blamed it on racism. “Things are not that different from the 1860s and 1950s,” she insinuated. It’s just like the 1860s in Rochester under its black female mayor, black female police chief, and 60% black city council with only two white members.

Warren then doubled down on racial reparations and police defunding.

It’s important to “invest in the people, in the neighborhoods that suffered from the criminalization of marijuana,” she had claimed earlier.

Rochester isn’t suffering from excessive criminalization, but decriminalization. And the last thing a city overrun with drugs needs is more drugs, or police defunding, EV chargers, demolishing highways, or any of the other “progressive” gimmicks that Democrats keep jumping on.

The media is right. Rochester is a model. And a cautionary tale.

The former booming industrial city is a model for what the Democrats want to do to America, gutting industrial bases, replacing work with welfare, and then using black people as lab rats for radical social experiments like drug legalization and police defunding with deadly results.

Being a “model city” now means having every toxic leftist policy idea tested on you.

Democrats have failed at the most basic elements of governance in Rochester. And yet they keep rolling out exciting new ideas to fight global warming or transform society when they can’t even handle their existing responsibilities.

Evans raised over $175,000, twice as much as Warren, in campaign money thanks to donations from organized labor including the local teachers union.

Where does this leave Democrat model city Rochester? Let us count the ways:

🔹4th poorest city in the country.

🔹Top 5 dirtiest city in America.

🔹Worst rated schools in the state.

🔹Lowest literacy rated in New York.

🔹Graduation rate consistently between 40 and 50 percent.

🔹75% of Rochester’s children are being raised by single parents.

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Why Soros-Owned Biden Scorns Elon Musk’s Tesla Electric Vehicles

Soros Lost $65 Million So Far in His Investment With Rival Car Company

Why did the Biden administration sign orders calling for 50 percent of all new vehicles to be Electric Vehicles (EVs) or plug-in hybrids by 2030?

Most recently the White House earmarked $5 billion for the creation of a nationwide network of EV-charging stations. They are now proposing dramatically expanding tax credits for electric vehicles that benefits Rivian, but not foreign competitors.

In November 2021, Soros, in his largest possible investment ever, put in over $2 billion to acquire shares in Rivian Automotive, a start-up electric vehicle manufacturer. It was built up as an extraordinary new competitor in the electric vehicle market. Soon after Soros bought in, significant shares were acquired by Amazon (20 percent of the company) and Ford (12 percent).

🔹Publically, it is noted that shares of Rivian make up almost one-third of Soros Fund Management’s total assets, an enormous investment gamble to make on just one entity.

🔹When Soros bought in, Rivian shares were priced somewhere between $100 and $170 per share. On April 20, 2022 their shares sold for less than $34 and ended the day at $36.26.

🔹Soros’s shares have decreased by more than 65 percent ($1.3 billion) in just a few months. This is tragic, even for Soros, whose net worth is $8.6 billion according to the latest estimates.

Biden Hates Musk

Despite the strong reputation of Tesla–the nation’s largest EV manufacturer–Joe Biden has refused to work with Elon Musk at every turn, in favor of the Democrat’s favorite sugar daddy investor, Soros.

Biden continues to frequently cheer for Rivian and Ford, one of Rivian’s largest shareholders, inspite of their far lower production.

🔹In February 2022, Biden applauded Rivian, calling it “an innovative younger [company]” that builds electric trucks.

🔹In March 2022, in his State of the Union address, Biden cheered Ford, which owns 12 percent of Rivian, for investing billions in electric vehicle manufacturing, while clearly neglecting to mention Tesla.

Rivian Plummets

Like Disney, windmills, vaccines, mainstream media, and other Biden recommendations, the value continues to plummet for Rivian.

🔹They have only been able to deliver less than 2,000 EVs in the first five months, well under their promised projections.

🔹They increased the price by about 20 percent of their two vehicle models, a pickup truck and an SUV.

🔹Gravely concerned, investors have filed a class action lawsuit against the company.

George Soros is always in the back seat giving directions.
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Concurrently, Biden continues to help the Soros investment with two unpopular initiatives:

1. Keep the costs of gas and deisel automotive fuel increasing.

2. Signing an executive order to force government fleets to be all electric.

According to the General Services Administration, the federal government owned 645,000 vehicles as of 2019, just 3,200 of them fully electric and 1,260 gas hybrids.

Meanwhile, 280 million vehicles are traveling on US roads in 2022. Of the 17.1 million vehicles sold in the US in 2019, only 1.4 percent were fully electric.

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Lord of the Flies and The Table of Wisdom Knights

Sometimes serendipity has a way of appearing to us even when we are not realizing it at the moment.

Don’t miss flies appearances on Obama, Hillary, Pence and more below.

Such was the case recently when I overheard two teen students at the library discussing a homework assignment regarding the symbolism in a novel they both read.

It was the Lord of the Flies, a William Golding book first published in 1954. Two movies have been based on the novel, in 1963 and 1990, but I haven’t seen them.

What I learned, from my eavesdropping and later research, is that the story is both a physical “manifestation of the beast, a symbol of the power of evil, and a kind of Satan figure who evokes the beast within each human being.”

Looking at the novel in the context of biblical parallels, the Lord of the Flies recalls the devil, just as the character Simon in the story recalls Jesus. I learned the title “Lord of the Flies” is a literal translation of the name of the biblical name ‘Beelzebub,’ a powerful demon in hell sometimes thought to be the devil himself.

The story is basically about some boys stranded on an island after their plane crashes. No adults survive the crash. They are left to fend for themselves on an island that has everything they need to survive. At first, the boys maintain order and are civilized, but as time wears on, they grow savage and anarchistic.

That very day, I’m eating lunch at a quaint Texas Hill Country cafe listening to some local farmers and ranchers complaining about the return of the flies this season.

“Those damn flies are satanic, you know,” one of the older ranchers said as his plate arrived on the table. The others listened seriously.

“The Bible and even many great works of literature has plenty to say about the symbolism of evil regarding flies,” the respected man continued. “Look it up, you might learn you a thing or two.”

“What will it tell me,” quickly replied the usual loudest of this regular lunch group. “So what does it mean when Obama, or Hillary and even traitor Mike Pence all have flies buzzing on their heads or in their face on TV for all the world to see?”

The rancher knights around their Table of Wisdom all laughed, but the wise one simply deadpanned, “Let us know after you read the Bible.”

I’m not sure about the Table of Wisdom Knights, but I looked it up in the Bible.

Then I looked up the rancher’s question about flies and politicians. It appears that the fly appearances in politics and media began during the Obama Administration years.

Flys then began making cameo presentations on Mainstream Media broadcasts.

Suddenly, they began making additional political appearances.

Social media chimed in:

…and then, along came Pence:

All hell broke loose.

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Lessons From Noah’s Ark We All Need Right Now

During the height of the pandemic in 2020, we went on a 32-day roadtrip. We refused to lockdown.

Jack & Dodie Dennis at Ark Encounter

One of the most fascinating days was spent at the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky. It is a type of historical and biblical theme park centered around a life-sized reconstruction of the massive ship, built at God’s command, that saved Noah, his family, and representatives of every kind of land-dependent, air-breathing animal from a global flood.

“The ark was 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high and it housed the several thousand animals God brought to Noah,” their literature reads. “The global flood lasted about one year. The ark came to rest on the “mountains of Ararat” (Genesis 8:4), and Noah’s family, with all the animals that were saved from the flood, eventually spread throughout the world.”

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.”

Genesis 6:11-13

Years ago, I came across this poster in one of my son’s Sunday School classrooms and always thought the lessons applied to adults as well as children. This wisdom is worth applying and sharing.

1. Don’t miss the boat

Ask for guidance from the Almighty, He will help you get through whatever obstacles you are facing right now.

Matthew 11:28 (NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

2. Remember that we are all in the same boat

As the old saying goes “No Man is an Island” just means were are connected with each other. Some people will leave a huge amount of memories, and others will cause us pain, both though will contribute to our learnings for us to become a better person. Every time you meet new people, it will become part of you forever because it can leave good or bad memories that will stay on your mind for the longest time.

Ephesians 1:3. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

3. Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark

Ephesians 5:16 (KJV) “Make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days.”

Lay down plans about your future regarding what you want to become in life. Make room for errors. Do not just rely simply on Plan A. Make some sort of Plan B and Plan C to deal with setbacks.

Ark Encounter (Jack Dennis)

4. Stay fit. When you’re really old, someone may ask you to do something really big

1 Corinthians 9:26-27

26 “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”

Work to remain healthy physically and mentally. You might need to be part of something amazingly big that is life-changing at least for the people around you.

Stay fit so that you may be able to live a longer life to see your children and grandchildren fulfill their dreams and become successful in life. Many grandparents are not able to see because they lead an unhealthy life and leave this world too soon.

5. Don’t listen to the critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done

1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

Be reminded not to listen to skeptics when you experience setbacks from time to time. Focus on what you want to achieve in life. Years after, the words that critics have said against you won’t even matter anymore.

6. Build your future on high ground

1 Corinthians 3: 10-11 10 “By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care.” 11 “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Make your future to be foolproof. Abraham Lincoln once said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

7. For Safety Sake, Travel in Pairs

Romans 8:35-37. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?”

Ark Encounter (Jack Dennis)

8. Speed Isn’t Always An Advantage. The Snails were on board with the Cheetahs

James 1:19 “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

Who remembers the race between the turtle and the hare? Consistency is more important than speed—or at least have both speed and consistency work together.

9. When You’re Stressed, Float a While

James 1:2-3 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

Having trouble dealing with your personal issues? Take a deep breath, and relax. Learn to unwind for a while to cool down. Afterward, go back to the drawing board and deal with the issue again. A rested mind is more creative than a weary one.

10. Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals

1 Corinthians 1:20 “Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”

Be humble. It doesn’t matter how mighty you perceive yourself to be, know when to tame your ego. Sometimes a low profile is best as situations may backfire on your part.

11. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

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CleverJourneys 2nd Anniversary: Thanks to Our Readers

Loralyn “Dodie” and Jack Dennis wish to thank all of our faithful readers for your support. On the eve of our second anniversary for our CleverJourneys blog, we reached 1,110,011 unique viewers. Our best yet.

We began on May 1, 2020. Although I previously wrote articles for Examiner, AXS Entertainment, The Rowdy and my own News Legit, CleverJourneys is my dream come true (well, one of many thanks to God).

This is not too bad for two young seniors that have known each other since our first year of school way back when. To celebrate, we hope you enjoy these:

Here are some our regular features in leadership popularity order.

JackNotes: Summaries of books, classes, conferences, speeches and knowledge of over 40 years.

Another of our most popular articles series are JackNotes, executive summaries of books, articles, speeches and other useful information that may save you the expense and trouble of reading the entire publication….or it may spur you on to seek more information from the original source.

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Another feature, Accounts of the Old West is a tribute to Jack’s great, great uncle Charlie Bassett, the first marshall of Dodge City, Kansas…and James Allison Morgan–a cattle driver and cowboy, Jack’s great grandfather. (You thought TV’s ‘Marshal Matt Dillon’ was the first didn’t you?) We feature tales and history of the Old West.

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Caution: For Cute Dog Fans Only

Every thinks they have the best dog and none of them are wrong. Dogs do speak but only to those who know how to listen. Scratch a dog and you’ll find a permanent job.

Our dog, Mr. Beefy

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Biden, ‘Big Climate’ & DC Collude: Hoaxes For Profits

The D.C. Climate of Corruption

In March 2019 near the South Pole, a Russian ship carrying scientists and tourists traveled to the bottom of the Earth so pro-climate change alarmists could gather more ammunition to document global warming and shrinking ice caps. With hundreds of thousands of dollars pumped into the expedition, the return on investment backfired.  The ship became stuck on ice that was thicker than at any time since records started being kept in 1978.

A year later, also in December, a Russian military vessel, Sparta-III became lodged in ice due to record breaking cold with temperatures of -58F and below reported.

Then, in November 2021, 18 Russian cargo ships were trapped, some for weeks, by another freeze.

It seems like these Big Climate scientists and propagandists would have learned a thing or two about previous attempts. Like the one in December 2013, when the Russian vessel M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy, with 74 people on board for a polar expedition, was stuck in ice near Antarctica for days.

Similar to what the world is currently experiencing with the false narratives of government and Big Pharma related to disease, viruses and vaccines, the Big Climate industry has pulling the same types of scams for decades.

Unfortunately for the John Kerrys and Al Gores of the world, the real truth is that Arctic ice “recededing” wasn’t accurate. In fact, between 2012 and 2013, the ice actually grew by 29 percent into an unbroken patch more than half the size of Europe and within 5 percent of what it was 33 years ago, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Over time, millions of Americans have wised up to Big Pharma and Big Climate. They have especially learned and rightfully concluded that “climate change is a hoax.”

The economic consequences of Biden’s global warming policies can already be seen in electricity and fuel prices, which are currently the highest in U.S. history.  Remarkably, Biden’s global warming policies are increasing electricity prices even while new natural gas discoveries, revolutionary advances in natural gas production technologies, and a dramatic resultant decline in natural gas prices would otherwise spur a dramatic decline in electricity prices.

The Biden Administration habitually recite Big Climate global warming alarmists who argue that changes in the biosphere make it richer, lusher, and more conducive to life are changes to be feared and opposed.

If barren ecosystems and deserts constitute their ideal planet, then the alarmist fears of more plant life make sense. On the contrary, global warming realists understand a climate more conducive to richer, more abundant plant life is beneficial rather than harmful.

We learned and agree that severe storms, floods and agricultural losses do indeed cost a great deal of money, but such extreme weather events – and their resulting costs – are dramatically declining as the Earth modestly warms. 

Documented by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, severe storms are becoming less frequent and severe as the Earth modestly warms.

This is especially evident regarding hurricane and tornado activity, which are both at historic lows. Similarly, scientific measurements and peer-reviewed studies report no increase in flooding events regarding natural-flowing rivers and streams. Any increase in flooding activity is due to human alterations of river and stream flow rather than precipitation changes.

🔹The fact is NASA satellite instruments have documented a great greening of the Earth, with foliage gains most prevalent in previously arid, semi-desert regions.

🔹Although forests and plant life are expanding globally, this is particularly true in the western United States. 

🔹Regarding food and water supplies, global crop production has soared as the Earth gradually warms. Atmospheric carbon dioxide is essential to plant life, and adding more of it to the atmosphere enhances plant growth and crop production. Longer growing seasons and fewer frost events also benefit plant growth and crop production.

🔹Big Pharma and their puppet politicians and universities make a big deal about icebergs breaking off the Antarctic ice sheet. They deliberately ignore the overall growth of the Antarctic ice sheet.

Icebergs break off the Antarctic ice sheet every year, with or without global warming, particularly in the Antarctic summer. However, a particular iceberg – no matter how large – breaking off the Antarctic ice sheet does not necessarily result in “Shrinking Glaciers.” To the contrary, the Antarctic Ice Sheet has been growing at a steady and substantial pace ever since NASA satellites first began measuring the Antarctic ice sheet in 1979. 

🔹Big Climate’s assertion that polar ice sheets are melting is simply false. Although they often point to a modest recent shrinkage in the Arctic ice sheet, that decline has been completely offset by ice sheet expansion in the Antarctic. Cumulatively, polar ice sheets have not declined at all since NASA satellite instruments began precisely measuring them 39 years ago.

🔹Objective data show there has been a gradual increase in global precipitation and soil moisture as our planet warms. Warmer temperatures evaporate more water from the oceans, which in turn stimulates more frequent precipitation over continental land masses. The result of this enhanced precipitation is an improvement in soil moisture at almost all sites in the Global Soil Moisture Data Bank.

🔹The Biden and leftist’s preferred electricity source – wind power – kills nearly 1 million bats every year (not to mention the more than 500,000 birds killed annually) in the United States alone. This huge death toll occurs even though wind power produces just 3% of U.S. electricity.

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🔹Lyme Disease is far more common in northern, cooler regions of the United States than in southern, warmer regions. Asserting, without any supporting data or evidence, that a disease that prospers in cool climates will become more prevalent as a result of global warming defies objective data and common sense.

While it might sound cynical, global warming has been used politically in order for governments to gain control over the private sector…As a former government employee, I can attest to the continuing angst civil servants have over remaining relevant to the taxpayers who pay their salaries, so there is a continuing desire to increase the role of government in our daily lives.

In 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was given a legitimate mandate to clean up our air and water. I remember the pollution crises we were experiencing in the 1960s. But as those problems were solved, the EPA found itself in the precarious position of possibly outliving its usefulness.

So, the EPA embarked on a mission of ever-increasing levels of regulation. Any manmade substance that had any evidence of being harmful in large concentrations was a target for regulation.

I was at a Carolina Air Pollution Control Association (CAPCA) meeting years ago where an EPA employee stated to the group that “we must never stop making the environment cleaner” (or something to that effect).

There were gasps from the audience.

You see, there is a legitimate role of the EPA to regulate clearly dangerous or harmful levels of manmade pollutants.

But it is not physically possible to make our environment 100% clean.

As we try to make the environment ever cleaner, the cost goes up dramatically.

As any economist will tell you, money you spend on one thing is not available for other things, like health care. So, the risk of over-regulating pollution is that you end up killing more people than you save, because if there is one thing we know kills millions of people every year, it is poverty.

Global warming has become a reason for government to institute policies, whether they be a carbon tax or whatever, using a regulatory mechanism which the public would never agree to if they knew (1) how much it will cost them in reduced prosperity, and (2) how little effect it will have on the climate system.

So, the policy prescription does indeed become a hoax, because the public is being misled into believing that their actions are going to somehow make the climate “better”.

Even using the IPCC’s (and thus the EPA’s) numbers, there is nothing we can do energy policy-wise that will have any measurable effect on global temperatures.

In this regard, politicians using global warming as a policy tool to solve a perceived problem is indeed a hoax. The energy needs of humanity are so large that Bjorn Lomborg has estimated that in the coming decades it is unlikely that more than about 20% of those needs can be met with renewable energy sources.

Whether you like it or not, we are stuck with fossil fuels as our primary energy source for decades to come. Deal with it. And to the extent that we eventually need more renewables, let the private sector figure it out. Energy companies are in the business of providing energy, and they really do not care where that energy comes from.

Dr. Roy Spencer, former NASA climatologist

And here are words of knowledge from another former NASA scientist:

“The term ‘climate change’ is meaningless. The Earth’s climate has been changing since time immemorial, that is since the Earth was formed 1,000 million years ago. The theory of ‘man-made climate change’ is an unsubstantiated hypothesis [about] our climate [which says it] has been adversely affected by the burning of fossil fuels in the last 100 years, causing the average temperature on the earth’s surface to increase very slightly but with disastrous environmental consequences.

The theory is that the CO2 emitted by burning fossil fuel is the ‘greenhouse gas’ causes ‘global warming’ — in fact, water is a much more powerful greenhouse gas and there is 20 time more of it in our atmosphere (around one per cent of the atmosphere) whereas CO2 is only 0.04 per cent.


There is no reproducible scientific evidence CO2 has significantly increased in the last 100 years. Anecdotal evidence doesn’t mean anything in science, it’s not significant…”

Dr. Leslie Woodcock, former NASA

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Are You in Danger Because of This List of Controversial People?

President Donald J. Trump released this statement today.


I immediately call for the release of all text messages sent to and from Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff during their attempt to overturn the 2016 Presidential Election. They spied on my campaign, they spied on my transition team, and they even spied on the White House while I was in the Oval Office. They did everything they could to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power, and stop the “Will of the People” with their Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax, Mueller Scam, and more. I wonder what the texts would reveal? Unlike my Chief of Staff, which show patriotic Americans concerned about illegal and massive Election Fraud in 2020, I say bad things would be revealed.”

THE LIST

In 2020, prior to the presidential election, Senators Ron Johnson (R- Wisconsin) and Chuck Grassley (R- Iowa) released documents listing the declassified names of Obama-era officials who were part of a growing list of those behind what would come to be known as “Spygate” and the “unmasking” of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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The List included:

🔹former Vice President Joe Biden

🔹President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough

🔹former FBI Director James Comey

🔹former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper

🔹former CIA Director John Brennan

🔹former Ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power

It is now clear that Barack Obama knew even though he was not originally directly named in 2020.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham, held hearings on Spygate, Crossfire Hurricane and as well as issues related to unmasking requests made by Obama officials against General Mike Flynn.

GREATEST POLITICAL CRIME

“It was the greatest political crime in the history of our country,” President Trump said at the time. “If I were a Democrat instead of a Republican, I think everybody would have been in jail a long time ago, and I’m talking with 50-year sentences. It is a disgrace what’s happened. This is the greatest political scam, hoax in the history of our country.”

“People should be going to jail for this stuff and hopefully, a lot of people are going to have to pay. No other president should have to go through, and I’ll tell you, Gen. Flynn and others are heroes, heroes, because what’s happened to them. They weren’t after Gen. Flynn. They wanted him to lie about me. Make up a story.”

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When Truth is a Threat

Ask Who is Threatened and Then We Know Who the Criminals Are

Obama knew. Clinton knew. Biden knew. Comey knew. Brennan knew. McCabe knew. Strzok knew. Clapper knew. Rosenstein knew. FBI, DOJ, CIA, State knew. They all knew Donald Trump was innocent but they smeared and spied on him. Worst scandal in our nation’s history. Obamagate.” Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch.

Official US COVID Vaccine Exemptions

🔹All of Congress and congressional staff.

🔹6,000 White House employees.

🔹120,000 Johnson&Johnson employees.

🔹2,500 Pfizer employees.

🔹1,500 Moderna employees.

🔹15,000 CDC employees.

🔹14,000 FDA employees.

🔹8,000,000+ Chinese students (85% PLA).

🔹2,200,000 illegal immigrants.

🔹670,000+ homeless people.

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Muskatears Liberals Can’t Take What They Forced on Others

The liberal twits on Twitter are going berserk to the point of cancelling their beloved accounts in protest of Elon Musk’s purchase of the social media giant.

Apparently hypocritical, these “Musk-a-Tear” morons, including George Soros groupie Rob “Meathead” Reiner, are incapable of accepting true free speech and welcoming other people’s thoughts or opinions or hearing the truth about today’s issues.

It’s a reflection of their sad and pathetic thinskinned way of thinking. Their brainwashed and indoctrinated minds have left them out in the cold of dependency requiring them on being told on what to think and how to behave. They need to be deprogramed to the max!

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