Puerto Rico

The news coming from the ruins in Puerto Rico is not encouraging.  Last report which I read says 50 % of the island continues without power, over 200,000 have moved to the mainland.  Hurricane Maria not only devastated the resources of the tropical United States territory, she also brought pain and misery to millions of citizens.  Whether our government’s response has been appropriate and adequate or an abject failure continues to be debated.  However, we do know with certainty that a large segment of humanity, American brothers and sisters, suffer through a long and tedious restoration.

Israel in 722 B.C.E. also suffered a national tragedy with the fall of its Northern Kingdom leading the psalmist to write:

“Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” Psalm 80:3CANDLE

Throughout recorded history the world’s peoples have endured unfathomable misery either from natural disasters or man’s depravity.  The Israelites of King David’s time, whether praying to God for relief or cursing God for his anger, acknowledged that a power greater than themselves had the capacity to restore or punish.  We have that same choice today.  Do I pray to God for deliverance or curse God for hardships?  Do I honor God for mercy and goodness or blame God for pain and misery?

Therefore, when I say, “Restore me, God; let your face shine, that I may be saved,” I have chosen to embrace the power of a restorative, compassionate, saving God instead of a vindictive, harsh, wrathful God.  My choice, my free will, has enabled a power greater than myself to enter Larry’s world and perform the miracles of restoration upon a lost and wretched scrap of humanity rescued from the seas of addiction.  Certainly God was waiting in the wings for the opportunity to take center stage, but, Larry had to raise the curtain.

“Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God.” AA, twelve and twelve

It all makes sense.  It is a choice; so, why would anyone choose an angry God over a loving God?   Ultimately, why would anyone choose to live without the comfort and grace of a Father who is readily available to whomever would ask?

“Ask and it shall be given to you; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7smiley 3

 

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Larry and Gabby have argued over which of them should write the post covering this recent tweet from Trump while golfing in New Jersey.

“Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help.  They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.”

Well, howdy, howdy y’all.  Seems like I won the argument.  Larry just ain’t got the necessary range of adjectives to cover this tweet from the twat-in-chief.  He agreed that there comes a time in a man’s life when nice talk, sweetness, love, and compassion don’t stand up to the job that needs to be done.  Larry said, “Go for it, Gabby.  But remember I got the editing pen.”

Let me see here, buckaroos, where can I begin?  Naw, that word will get censored fer sure and my next thought is just too trashy even for a good ole boy like me, and I sure as hell don’t want them women folks out there to blush over any kind of reference to Trump’s genitalia….although a lot could be said about not much of anything.  Ever tell y’all the story ’bout the trucker with a master-blaster CB?  His  radio was so powerful it would shake folks outta bed living in the next state.  Turns out his bigggggg  radiooooo just compensated for a tiny doohickey.  Well, Gabby can’t confirm it but that’s the story and I’m sticking to it.  Whaaaat? The driver had a small 2 way transmitter for talking to his co-driver at the loading dock, a DOOHICKY.  “Hey Jim, you got the doohickey on ya?”  It’s kinda like a thingamajig.  Gawwwwwwd, you folks got some dirty minds!

But, I digress.  What brought driving truck to mind was them drivers had a need to boost their own weak egos by belittling other drivers.  They blamed everyone else on the highway for their own stupidity.  Never took responsibility for their own shortcomings.  Hell, according to them, they had no shortcomings.  They lived in that small-minded,  closeted world that screamed me, me, me, look at me.  I am somebody. Dammit, I am better than you and you need to agree with me.

Momma, bless her heart, called folks like them piss pots.  Y’all know about poor folks who’s so poor that they don’t have  a “pot to piss in”.  Well, Momma called them hi-falooting, showoffs that lived on the other side of town “pisspots”.  “Why,” you might ask?  I don’t know, she just didn’t like ’em.  Has nothing to do with my story.  But, here’s a shout-out to Momma, bless her soul.  Went home to be with the Lord in 1992.  Now, there was one sweet hearted woman.  Went blind when she was just shy of 30 years old, husband left her with a young’un, me, to care for.  And, with Jesus hisself as my witness, I swear I never went hungry or without clothes or without love growing up.  Didn’t have much, but, I knew I had a helluva lot more than them pisspots on the other side of town.

Me and Trump is the same age give or take a few months.  I hear his mom and dad sent him off to military school when he was a young’un.   Maybe that’s part of the reason he don’t know how to get out of hisself and show feelings for other folks.  Then daddy gave him a couple million bucks to play with out of college, so he really didn’t have much chance to grow up like the rest of us.  Kinda stayed in that military school mindset, college boy shenanigans, country club privilege.

Larry was a lil bit  concerned that I would unload with a barrage of nasty insults on Trump.  Hell, I’d like to even now as I write.  But, we all know he’s a poor excuse for a human being and anything I could add is just beating a dead horse.  But, it scares me what his message is to our young’uns.  What do they see when he goes into his rants on Twitter?  What kind of role model is he for our kids?

When we see on the screens all across America the Mayor of San Juan standing waist-deep in shit water pleading for help and Trump’s tweet in reply from the luxury of his golf club in New Jersey is that she shows poor leadership qualities and that the people of Puerto Rico ought to show a little more community spirit….well Gabby’s heart cries for justice on Trump, immediate and swift.  And I ain’t asking that of any human powers.  NosirreeBob, Gabby’s taking that directly to God Almighty.

Folks, contrary to popular opinion, I ain’t just another pretty face in the crowd. I’ve been educated in the finest of schools, the school of hard knocks.  I like quotes.

“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche”

Let them eat cake.  Supposedly a great French princess said that when she was told that the poor people had no butter and eggs for brioche and bread was less expensive.  Just like our POTUS today, the great princess had no concern or regard for the peasants.  Trump puts on a great show, he surrounds himself with the best clowns, and he manages to divide the people with utter chaos, but, we know he’s just a pisspot……..hey, speaking of body fluids, did y’all hear the one about the Russian prostitutes?

 

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NEWS FROM GABBYGRAYWHISKERS: Puerto Rico

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Here’s a shout out to Dr.Rex :

Gabby’s been heavy hearted since Maria destroyed our friend in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico.  Dr. Rex on her blog has tirelessly campaigned for the United States government to step up relief efforts and emergency supplies.  We get it on with the prayers and whatever support we can muster.  Sometimes, it just seems that it ain’t enough.

Dang it all, nobody deserves the supercilious remarks out of the head cheez whiz when he said Puerto Rico was in bad shape before the hurricane and has a huge amount of debt to reconcile.  C’mon, butthead-in-chief, where’s your compassion?  Aw hell, I forgot, you have none.  Never grew up with the rest of us who learned to face life without a silver spoon stuck in our mouth or other orifice.

Well, my fellow buckaroos, Gabby’s got a solution to the money crisis Trump referred to.  BANKRUPTCY!  Hell yes, what’s good for the goose is just as good for the gander.  Actually we’re talking turkey here but I don’t want to split hairs.  Four Trump bankruptcies shafted us between 1991 and 2009.  Shoot, bankruptcy is as American to them high financiers as apple pie is to us.  If deadbeat billionaires can do it, why not Puerto Rico?

And then buckareets, how about them taxes?   Why should Puerto Rico pay its taxes to a federal government that don’t support it?  And again, let’s just look to the tax-evader-in-chief.  Gobble, gobble!

Gabby might slaughter English usage and he might use inappropriate language, but he ain’t stupid.  NosirreeBob.

 

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in crisis mode: PUERTO RICO

Trump Tweets Puerto Rico Was ‘Broken’ Before Hurricane Maria

After criticism that he had not tweeted about hurricane devastation in Puerto Rico, President Donald Trump on Monday night appeared to blame the island for its suffering.

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“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” Trump tweeted. “It’s [sic] old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much of the Island was destroyed, with billions of dollars owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with.”

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Must I read between the lines to see the POTUS offering condolences, empathy for the suffering citizens of Puerto Rico, support for the rebuilding of the American territory?  Or perhaps, he has taken a cue from his evangelical support base……God takes revenge on those who offend….geez, what the hell did Carlos and Roberto do?