Sunday, November 11, 2018

DAVID vs. GOLIATH: Your Liabilities are really Assets

Remember DAVID vs. GOLIATH? What is seen as a liability is an asset. David was smaller and didn't have heavy armor like Goliath. He was quick, agile. He had faith that Goliath didn't have. Two huge studios had films in development about Aimee Semple McPherson and Roberto Clemente when I was making dramatic feature movies on their lives on a shoestring. They said I should quit because they were doing it. But as a small filmmaker, not hampered by needing to get hundreds of people in a big organization to approve everything, I was the first to put out both biopics on lives of Aimee Semple McPherson (http://facebook.com/SisterAimee) and Roberto Clemente (http://www.facebook.com/clementemovie) while the big boys projects still languish in development hell to this day. When David faced Goliath, everyone around him was talking about the giant. They were saying, "Goliath is so big." They said, "David, are you crazy? You can't fight Goliath. You're too small. You don't have any experience." But David shook it off. He went out to face Goliath, and Goliath began to laugh. No matter what you may be facing, no matter how big those goals and dreams may seem, move forward in the freedom and blessing in store for you!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

KAVANAUGH/FORD: ONE LAST THOUGHT ON CONFIRMATION BIAS AND IRRATIONAL THINKING

The hearing this week, is an example of what neurologists and those who study critical thinking call "confirmation bias." In other words, we interpret what we hear and see to confirm our beliefs. For example, some of those on the right who adore Trump, have called Dr. Ford a witch and a liar, and friends on the left who hate Trump call Kavanaugh a rapist. They are listening to the same hearings, but without the honest realization that none of us were there thirty plus years ago and know exactly what happened. Only God does. The two parties don't even recall or know completely all details. Even the religious lens is skewed.

For example, I've received posts and messages from "Christians" that we must pray for Brett Kavanaugh and his family. If they were truly Christlike, they would be asking me to pray for both Kavanaugh and Ford's families. Both families and their spouses and children have suffered. There is also a lot of irrational thinking which is the demonization of others. The right demonizes Dr. Ford as a liar and part of an anti-Trump conspiracy. She is a professor, and research psychologist at Stanford, a wife and a mother. She is not a witch.

Left-wingers demonize Kavanaugh as an evil rapist. If he did molest Ford as a teenage drunk jock, it was a horrific act, but that doesn't make him forever, 100 percent evil. He has a nice family now and is not 100 percent bad. Humans do bad things, all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but that does not damn them beyond the possibility of redemption and forgiveness. This is my last post on this because you've already heard more than you want to and probably need a break from it this weekend.

Friday, September 07, 2018

SEPTEMBER SELF CARE

Don't forget your self-care this month. You can't pour out of an empty cup. Take time for exercise, solitude, and fun.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

TRUMP, STORMY, AND EVANGELICAL HYPOCRISY

Some of my self-righteous Religious Right evangelical friends who damned Clinton for his affair with Monica without a shred of grace or mercy, and spent millions to expose it, are now defending Trump with Stormy Daniels, an adult film star, showing their hypocrisy to condemn sins if its in the opposite party but defend it in their own party. Their irrational argument to give Trump a pass while damning Clinton is to parse and split hairs as to the where and when sex happens ("Clinton's was worse because it happened while in Oval Office," etc...) If we like someone, or voted for them, we are more likely to give them grace than if we don't like the person. It's part of our humanity. Fortunately, I believe God has grace for all and isn't like us in that regard. He has unconditional love and grace for Trump and Clinton. And Stormy and Monica. And you. And me. And everyone. The Bible doesn't say "A B.J. in the Oval Office while President is a far worse sin than cheating after your wife recently gave birth to your son. Then, trying to silence Stormy. Trump is more deserving of a greater grace extension." That's FOX News thinking, but not God's thinking. God's thinking is "as by one man sin and death came into the world to all, also by one man Jesus grace and salvation comes to all, and all shall be made alive." (1 Corinthians 15:21, 22) Christ shed His blood to cover ALL sins, Republican and Democrat. Man's fallibility is not partisan.
ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Forgiveness is for ALL, not just Democrat or Republican.

Monday, March 05, 2018

WHO ARE YOU?

WHO ARE YOU? WHAT ARE YOUR PASSIONS?
A few questions to help you find yourself and your passions. You don't have to answer on this thread, you may prefer to journal your answers privately. 1. What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? 2. What would you do if money was no object? 3. If you won the lotto and had $30 million dollars, and didn't have to work any job you didn't have to do, what would you spend the rest of your life doing? Your passions lead you to your purpose.

Monday, February 12, 2018

LETTER FROM SENATOR BOB CASEY TO RICHARD ROSSI

Thank you Senator Casey for allowing me to share my heart about our cause "Families Fighting Fentanyl," our seeking justice on behalf of my deceased brother Pete Rossi, and for your gracious follow-up letter:
LETTER FROM SENATOR BOB CASEY, PA.
Dear Reverend Rossi:

Thank you for taking the time to share the story of your brother Peter and inquire about drug policies. I am sorry for your loss and appreciate your interest in improving outcomes for those who struggle with substance abuse.

Pennsylvania laws relating to homicide charges for drug dealers are primarily in the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. As your United States Senator I am unable to take any direct action in this area, though I encourage you to reach out to your state senator and representative. At the federal level, I have taken steps to address the issue of substance abuse during my time in the Senate. I am a proud supporter of the Drug Free Communities (DFC) grant program, which encourages local citizens to get directly involved in solving their community's drug issues through grassroots community organizing and data driven planning and implementation. Research shows that effective prevention hinges on the extent to which the entire community works comprehensively and collaboratively to implement education, prevention, enforcement, treatment and recovery initiatives. Funding for this grant program is crucial in promoting drug free communities.

Heroin and prescription opioid abuse has become a crisis that is engulfing families and straining the capacity of public health professionals and law enforcement across our state and throughout our Nation. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, there was evidence of opioid use in 3,945 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2016. This is a 37 percent increase since 2015. It is clear that we must do more to address this significant public health threat.

On October 25, 2017, I introduced S. 2004, the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act. This legislation will allocate a total of $45 billion over ten years to addressing the opioid crisis. The funding through S. 2004 includes $44,748,000,000 over ten years for state efforts to address the crisis, and $252,000,000 over five years for research on pain and addiction. Ultimately, $45 billion is not enough, but it is a reasonable start and a foundation that Congress and the administration can build upon in the future. S. 2004 has been referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP), of which I am a member. I look forward to working with my colleagues on HELP to move this legislation forward.

During the 114th Congress, I voted for S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) of 2015. This legislation passed the House and the Senate and was signed into law by President Obama on July 22, 2016. Upon its passage, CARA created evidence-based opioid and heroin treatment and intervention programs, reinforced prescription drug monitoring programs and expanded prevention and educational endeavors to prevent opioid abuse. It also increased the availability of naloxone, which can help prevent overdose deaths, for first responders and law enforcement agencies to use, expanded the resources that are available to identify and treat inmates suffering from addiction and increased the number of disposal sites for unwanted prescription medications.

During consideration of CARA, I was proud to cosponsor and vote for S.A. 3345, an amendment that would have added $600 million in emergency funding to aid the public health professionals and law enforcement personnel who deal with the challenge of addiction daily. When this amendment did not pass, I signed a letter to the appropriators calling for them to provide the necessary funding to address the opioid abuse epidemic in a comprehensive manner, along the lines of the initiatives called for under CARA. I later signed a second letter, this time to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, calling on the Senate to reconsider legislation to provide $600 million in emergency funding to help communities tackle the opioid abuse epidemic. Following these efforts, H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, allocated $1 billion in funding to address the opioid crisis when it was signed into law in December 2016.

Sadly, the national increase in the abuse of opioids, including heroin, has led to an increase in the number of children born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). This condition occurs when infants are exposed to opioids during pregnancy, and can include seizures, fever, tremors and dehydration, all of which are extremely painful and can require months of hospitalization. In response to the dramatic increase in NAS, I worked with Majority Leader McConnell to introduce S. 799, the Protecting Our Infants Act. This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to conduct a study and develop consensus recommendations for preventing and treating prenatal opioid abuse and NAS. I am pleased that S. 799 passed the Senate and the House and was signed into law by President Obama on November 25, 2015.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.

For more information on this or other issues, I encourage you to visit my website, http://casey.senate.gov. I hope you will find this online office a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.

Sincerely,

Bob Casey

United States Senator

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

OUR FAMILY IS OFFERING $$ REWARD TO SOLVE DEATH OF MY YOUNGEST BROTHER PETE, A GREAT GUITARIST

$$$$ We're offering financial reward for any tips that lead to an arrest of the individual(s) that gave my youngest brother Pete Rossi a fatal dose of fentanyl. Please direct questions/info to our friends at the police, specifically Detective Eric Egli (412) 369-7992 Ext. 137, email: eegli@townofmccandless.org

All information collected will be reviewed for validity, and if the submitted information leads to an arrest/conviction in Pete’s case, the submitter(s) will receive the total reward amount in the form of a cashiers check.* For reward tracking purposes, information must only be submitted through this manner.

Confidentiality: The identities of those who submit information, will be kept in strictest confidence, never being released at any time, except to appropriate authorities for further investigation, or as directed by the submitter at the time of the submission.

Pete’s Cause of Death: Pete, like many of us, had his struggles and experienced difficult circumstances within the last year of his life, including his telling some of us he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. While the family will never know for sure, we believe the physical and emotional pain he suffered, led him to illegal street drugs for pain management. In Pete’s case these drugs were laced with Fentanyl and caused an accidental overdose, which is punishable by law. His death serves as unfortunate reminder that it only takes just one dose to be lethal. Pete was a great musician, and we are sad to have his presence and music taken from us.

Help Is Available: If you personally suffer from addiction or would like to help combat the opioid crisis, please join the free Facebook group “Families Fighting Fentanyl”. This group which was started by the Rossi family, hopes to enact positive social change worldwide through political advocation, while providing emotional support and helpful information to those who battle with addiction and their loved ones. https://www.facebook.com/groups/familiesfightingfentanyl/

Rossi Family Message: The family respectfully asks for privacy at this time, and cannot answer any questions regarding the investigation as all case details are confidential, and we do not want to jeopardize the case in any way. We’d also like to thank our family and friends, and are ever grateful for the continued love and support shown to us.

*Notes: The submitter is responsible for any and all applicable taxes/fees. If more than one submitter is eligible for the reward, then the reward may be divided among all eligible submitters.