The 25TH Amendment and Its Importance

I have come to the realization that my silence may be construed as agreement, consensus, and support of things I have never, could never, and will never believe in. I get that this is a hot topic right now, and my one voice will be lost in the crowd of millions who feel similar. But I must speak it, or forever feel guilty for not standing up for what is right, and good, about this country.

And stand up to those who are so very wrong, and confused, and twisting rules and laws as they see fit, in order to fulfill their agenda. There is only one agenda for this one side. Hate. Pure, unfiltered, in-your-face, HATE.

When my 25 year old daughter tells me that when she goes out in public with her African-American fiancé, whom is the most wonderful young man I could ever hope for her to be marrying in less than two months, she is afraid of getting shot.

Afraid of getting SHOT. My heart broke right then and there, sitting on my front porch steps with her.

They get looks, they get remarks, they get ignored at restaurants because no one will serve them. She fears for her fiancé who has been stopped for driving while black, in a nice vehicle, in a nice neighborhood, because they both have very successful careers and are financially responsible and comfortable. They have opted to not go out to certain events due to where it was being held, and when it would be ending: late at night.

My beautiful, amazing daughter is living in fear in a country where the “president-of-the-united-states” will not say Nazi’s are bad people.

Who says there are good white supremacists. That is not even a possible thing. It is NOT possible to be a white supremacist, and be a good person.

Yes; I intentionally did not capitalize one single word of the above title of the leader of this nation because he is not worthy of that title, and this country never deserved to be burdened with this kind of leader.

I did not see this coming as I have had and raised four daughters.

I am done with my rant; but below you will find a very important section of the 25th amendment of the United States of America. I do not know how, or who can get this ball rolling, but this amendment needs to be put to use now, right now, before we lose even more.

Section 4 addresses the dramatic case of a President who may be unable to fulfill his constitutional role but who cannot or will not step aside. It provides both a decision-maker and a procedure. The initial deciding group is the Vice President and a majority of either the Cabinet or some other body that Congress may designate (though Congress has never done so). If this group declares a President “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office,” the Vice President immediately becomes Acting President. If and when the President pronounces himself able, the deciding group has four days to disagree. If it does not, the President retakes his powers. But if it does, the Vice President keeps control while Congress quickly meets and makes a decision. The voting rule in these contested cases favors the President; the Vice President continues acting as President only if two-thirds majorities of both chambers agree that the President is unable to serve.

Section 3 and (especially) Section 4 are long and complicated by constitutional standards. Nevertheless, they leave a number of issues unsettled—most significantly, what counts as presidential “inability.” At the Constitutional Convention in 1787, delegate John Dickinson asked, “What is the extent of the term ‘disability’” in the proposed presidential succession clause, “and who is to be the judge of it?” No response is recorded. By giving the President, Vice President, and Congress important and distinct roles, the Framers of the Twenty-Fifth Amendment went a long way toward answering the second part of Dickinson’s question, rather than try to resolve the first part.

Accessed at: The 25th Amendment

Nancy Drew – The Series

Can you believe that I had never read a single Nancy Drew book while I was growing up? The same goes for The Hardy Boys. I’m not sure why, as I saw them every time I was in the library. Which was a lot.
What I was reading included The Boxcar Children, Encyclopedia Brown, and Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators. Throw in some Beverly Cleary and Judy Blume, and you get an understanding of how I spent my younger years.

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I picked up 4 Nancy Drew books at my library this weekend; books 1, 3, 5, and 6. Of course books 2 and 4 were nowhere to be found. I’ll get those later if I come across them. I enjoyed reading these books. They are quick, and easy to read. I love the old-school storytelling and the nostalgia of the stories. No cell phones, internet, social networking, etc etc. All the things we cram our lives with now to make ourselves busier than we should ever be, are nowhere to be found here. I find a sense of comfort in these stories as well as the others I read while I was growing up.
My very favorite book growing up? This one~

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What was your favorite series growing up, and like me, do you go back on occasion and read them again?

The Ghost Chronicles – Marlo Berliner

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Michael Andrews has his very promising young life cut short just as he is about to graduate high school. We get to journey with him as he learns how to live in the afterlife, continues to visit his family and girlfriend, and meets others like him in the afterlife. Except for his father, who died well before Michael. Did his father go to Heaven?

He has many questions, but is not getting the answers he wants. Why didn’t he cross over? Do people really go to Heaven, and is there a Heaven? Michael meets Sarah, who also suffered an early death. The two teenagers grow close, even though they have been warned of the dangers of a relationship.

To make matters worse, Michael is being chased by demons who are after his soul. He does not know why they are after him, but it becomes clear that someone he met knows more than they are telling. Can he find the answers he so desperately wants, and keep himself and Sarah safe as well?

You can visit the author’s website here: Marlo Berliner Website

 

 

The Lincoln Conspiracy – Timothy L. O’Brien

I found this book while I was wandering up and down the aisles of my library looking for a different book. Most of you probably know I am a HUGE Lincoln fan (I may have a problem!), so I always like to read books that revolve around him, his family, or his presidency.

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This one did not disappoint. Temple McFadden is a Detective in Washington D.C., and happens to find himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. From the beginning to the end, Temple, his wife Fiona, and their friend Augustus are doing everything in their power to protect two diaries. One is Mrs. Lincoln’s; the other belonged John Wilkes Booth.

They have assistance from some other friends, are double crossed, and every day seems to bring a new battle. It is believed that both diaries contain information on the possible real reason Mr. Lincoln was assassinated. Many want to see the diaries destroyed, in order to protect themselves and their business interests.

I always try to avoid spoilers at-all-costs, so I will have to leave this review here. If you enjoy history, this book is a must-read!

Night Mask – William W. Johnstone

Well, I know for a fact I have never read this horror story by Mr. Johnstone. When I bought it, I noticed many of the reviews discussed the high level of violence and depravity in the story. I was expecting it to be much worse than it was. It was right in line with most of the other horror novels he had written. I am guessing that those reviewers have likely not read anywhere near as many of Mr. Johnstone’s horror novels as I have.

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It is a rather lengthy story, but it certainly engages you right from the get-go and keeps those pages turning. I will not get into too many details since it really is quite graphic, and I always try to avoid spoilers whenever possible.

The main thing to remember about these stories is that they were written before there were computers in every home, DVD players, and cell phones. It is definitely part of the charm of why I enjoy these books.

Lani and Leo are police officers who are put on a case that will change their lives. What seems like one gruesome incident is just the tip of the iceberg. They are about to discover a killing club that has been active for decades.

As more and more bodies are discovered, more help gets brought in to assist the two officers. They soon realize there are people everywhere whom they should not trust, even in their own department.

Someone is using the local radio station to introduce subliminal messages to the listeners, who in turn fall under the control of a very evil pair of twins. What begins in one small town takes you from the East Coast to the West Coast, with a body count so high, it is the worst in history.

There are many characters involved in the story, so you definitely need to pay attention to all the different angles going on. In the end, it all comes full circle, and everything is tied together.

Definitely an intense read, but well worth the efforts!

If You Could Have Dinner With an Author?

Before I post my author, and I will tell you, I was arguing with myself for days; if you could have dinner with one author, living or not, who would it be?

I am expecting some familiar names, and please do not let that stop you from posting, because I would honestly love to have dinner with JK Rowling, Stephen King (hold the meal), or Mr. Patterson.

I would have loved to have had a face-to-face with Mr. William W. Johnstone, whom stoked my fire for writing when I wrote to him as a young teenager, obsessed with his books, and he replied, and we had a friendly relationship for several years.

That book right there; Sweet Dreams, put me on the path to loving books for the rest of my life!

And now I have a personal library in my house, and I am constantly hunting for the books I loved as a child. Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators? They are gold now, because I cannot find a single one under $30.00, and my local library does not even carry them anymore 😦

So about that dinner…..who is it?