Tuesday, April 3, 2018

A PSALM 23 FOR PILOTS

A PSALM 23 FOR PILOTS
The LORD is my co-pilot; I shall not crash.
He lights my way across the darkened skies.
He steers me over high buildings and mountains.
He updates my flight log.
He guides me at night by the star of holiness for His namesake.

Yea, though I fly mid the low ceiling fog and through storms of my life.
I shall dread no danger, for Thou art with me.
Thy Love and Thy Care, they shelter me.
Thou prepares a safe runway before me in heaven for eternity.
Thou anoints the turbulence with His calm, so my aircraft flies safely.

Surely sunlight and starlight shall favor me on the voyage I take.
And I will rest in the airport of my GOD forever. 
 Amen…

By Sir Richard - RCAF & Really Retired  

Friday, March 30, 2018

IN HONOUR FOR “MARCH FOR LIVES”

IN HONOUR FOR “MARCH FOR LIVES”
WHICH BRAVE YOUNG AMERICANS AND
OTHER YOUTH AROUND THE WORLD WALKED.
I SHALL NOT ATTEND THIS YEARS GUN SHOW!
In my younger days a Rolling Stone song “Sympathy for the Devil”
haunted me with these lines:
“Ah, what's puzzling you,
Is the nature of my game?”
Not that I get many biblical references from rock songs, but one cannot help to be affected from moments, that come to your attention through daily events. That we have the evil in us and we seem to Love WAR!

For what War really is, is just a vast open-air factory where the hours are long, unions are not permitted, safety conditions that are routinely flouted and people’s lives wasted for at times neither Good or Bad! No more people have died on this planet then they would have died if they were not killed in a War. Only future potential of all these individuals were lost!

If my penny pinching American Cousins think about it.
In Canada we have a Public Health System but in the U.S. as we know do not so U.S. taxpayers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars each year to care for the victims of gun violence, according to a report from the Urban Institute.

About 80 percent of the cost of treating victims of gun violence from 2010 to today is borne in part by taxpayers, according to an analysis of hospital and insurance data by researchers at the nonpartisan think tank.
That means taxpayers paid for victims' care either through government programs like Medicaid or through publicly-funded programs that subsidize hospital care for those who don't have insurance and can’t afford to pay.
Gun violence claims the lives of 33,000 Americans a year, disproportionately and dramatically taking a toll on the low-income neighborhoods.

Hospitals in the U.S. spent $630 million in 2010 treating the victims of gun violence, everything from minor gunshot wounds to injuries that required days-long stays and public funds provided most of that money.
American taxpayers pay roughly $12.8 million every day to cover the costs of gun-related deaths and injuries— and that is a conservative estimate,
The high figure underlines the need to treat gun violence in the U.S. as a Public Health Issue as well as a law enforcement challenge, according to physicians and advocacy groups,
as one out of every three patients hospitalized for gun injuries was uninsured.

Between 2000 and 2010, 275,939 individuals were victims of gunfire in the U.S., and received 1.7 million days of hospital charges which only included costs after the patient was admitted, according to the APHA study. The study does not cover emergency room costs, which is different than hospital charges, the total cost over the decade amounted to more than $18.9 billion.
The average cost of medical treatment for each hospitalization was $75,884.

Approximately 31,000 people die each year from gun-related injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
The figures show why gun violence needs to be approached from a public health standpoint;
recently, the San Francisco advocacy group and the National Physicians Alliance released “Gun Safety & Public Health,” a set of guidelines and policy recommendations describing the public health approach to reducing gun violence. 

Recommendations included training doctors in gun safety issues as part of their professional training, so
they can engage in discussions with patients about precautions such as properly storing firearms away from the reach of children.

The report noted that such training falls within the tradition of involving the medical community in public health crises as champions of injury prevention policies.

The Center will convene a meeting of experts this month in San Francisco, who have been involved in previous public health campaigns on issues such as motor vehicle safety, smoking and climate change in the hopes of using these earlier campaigns as a  model the medical community can use for preventing gun violence.

The American Medical Association to take a more high profile role on the issue of gun violence.
“If doctors truly could understand the impact of the problem to the health care system, it could change everything,” she said.

Some other research findings from the APHA study:
89 percent of firearm injury patients treated in hospitals were male and more than half (48 percent) were African American.
Over 60 percent of the injuries were caused by handgun “assault;”
22 percent of the injuries were listed as accidental;
8 percent were self-inflicted; almost 40 percent of patients were aged 20-30.

Benjamin Hayes, former chief of the law enforcement branch at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ National Tracing Center, said it’s important for the law enforcement community to see health professionals as allies in curbing gun violence.

“Most people don’t associate medical costs with gunshots,” said Hayes. From Jan 2015 to date 2015, 355 mass shootings have taken place.  

Since the Vietnam War, about 67,000 Americans have died in combat.
In that same time frame, about 1.5 million have died in the US after being shot by a gun.

Gun deaths in the U.S. are just as common as car crashes. Guns kill more people than AIDS, war, illegal drug overdoses, and terrorism combined. And when you look back over the entire history of the country stretching back to the Revolutionary War you learn that guns have killed more Americans than all the wars we've fought in combined.

About 1.17 million people have died in combat since the founding of the US. About 1.49 million have died of a gunshot since Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed in 1968, which is about as far back as we could find good data.
The two World Wars and the Civil War (700,000 deaths) were devastating. More than 100,00 in WW1 and 400,000 Americans died in World War Two, but in the past 47 years, guns have killed more people than every war going back to the Revolutionary War, when battles were fought with muskets and the Second Amendment didn't exist!

During the last administration alone, guns have killed more Americans than World War One did. Most of these gun deaths are suicides. followed by homicides and then accidental deaths. There are about 11,000 firearm homicides each year, which is a big chunk of the approximately 33,000 annual gun deaths in the US.
SO PLEASE PRAY FOR AN END TO ALL GUN VIOLENCE EVERY WHERE!
AS ONE DAY AS PROMISED BY GOD, MANKIND WILL KNOW PEACE!
SO LETS HELP HIM OUT AND START NOW!
“HAPPY EASTER!”
AMEN!
By
Sir Richard…
 
 
 
 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
A WOMAN'S BEAUTY
The attraction of a Woman's Beauty is captured in this capture. 

What I do know is that most men will not see in this capture. 
Is a Woman's intelligence, strength, stamina, adaptability, 
a loving and a nurturing self; for in all, superiority really too most men.
by Sir Richard...
Photo by Antoinette Buwalda
Song by Alice Cooper: https://youtu.be/BWLbHWsncrI

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WHEN LONELINESS SURROUNDS ME…

WHEN LONELINESS SURROUNDS ME…
LONELINESS for Joyce surrounds me today, so forgive me but I say the pox (yet forgive them) on those who find me too depressing, as they are the heartless. For they have not yet traveled as I; Day and Night throughout with broken heart but yet, in their futures they can truly count on me being with them for theirs.
My torment of loss, dreams, just missing Joyce, is a constant loneliness and full of fear.
For me this LONELINESS equals only PAIN UPON PAIN.
Another moment, second, minute, hour, day, month since losing Joyce AS PAIN GRIPS me, yet again and again…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLMW2ZlEG5Q
"LORD GOD; help me make it through this DAY & NIGHT!”
I pray, as my personal depth of Loneliness has me again, as I am tonight wide awake!
Then as I try to lay me down once again too sleep, as I pray;
FATHER GOD, please let me sleep deeply just once, throughout one Lonely Free Night!
Comforted me just like I was when with Joyce all those 28 years; long before this loneliness, of her loss engulfed me.
Then bade me gently awake, upon the Next Mornings Light…

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

HIPPO DAYS

Some days my Doctors help me fly like an eagle. Other times, they bog me down like a chained Hippopotamus.
On “Eagle Days” I’m grateful for my Doctors who have saved my life but yet, not my Wife.
Then there are those “Hippo Days” when I rue the day I had to go visit a Doctor.
As once I have had to contend with a virus that invaded my body. What bothers me most is that viruses are created not maliciously but they are part of our earned inherit right to dwell here, after countless generations on this, GOD's planet.


For there are brighter people than I, who work with these good or bad micro organisms throughout their lives and want to make people well such as you and I, the virus hosts that we are when feeling miserable.
What’s worse, we I permitted these viruses to enter ourselves by nothing more innocent then a bump or a scratch as these micro organisms live on top of our skin always, on our bodies largest organ.


Just as we let a virus into our bodies, we also let darkness into our spiritual lives when we open ourselves unthinkingly to Evil that permeates our world also.


We let down our guard for a moment with self-driven vanity and or pride etc.; hardly noticing that which infects our souls is no different than the microorganisms that surrrond us daily! For there is no good and bad as Evil, is just Bad!
To defeat it we seek GOD by reading GOD’s Word, and praying 24/7 to Him if need be, we build a firewall, or barrier, to safeguard ourselves.


With His help, we’ll keep our minds from becoming unwitting hosts for unwanted Evil guests who like the virus, are part of our existence on this broken world.
So be positive but be aware and guard your minds and hearts as you would with some Doctors cures. Be proactive for yourself or yes, you will fall through the cracks. Then it is to late to repel the invader as you are too weak to fight back!


May the grace of God be with you all always!
With LOVE to you and with all that heaven will allow!
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