Seven Important and Ignored News Stories by the “Mainstream” Media in 2019 [Video]

MSM, Leftmedia, Mainstream mediaAs we approach the end of one year and the dawning of another, it is customary and prudent to examine the past year’s events and their effects upon the world today, as well as what that might portend for the future. 2019 was a tumultuous news year dominated by the Left’s efforts to take down President Trump and concluding with the House of Representatives sort of impeaching him.

However, there were many other newsworthy stories in 2019 that got little or no coverage from the Leftist MSM. With this in mind, here are my picks in no particular order for seven important news stories that were undercovered or ignored in 2019.

No. 7: Continued Leftist Bias in the MSM

MSM, LeftmediaThat the MSM is biased toward the Left is not news to conservatives all over the world. However, there are millions of people in America and billions around the globe who have no clue such bias exists because they cling to Leftist news and the MSM doesn’t admit the bias to their viewers.

The ways that such bias is exhibited are varied, but perhaps the most often used and effective method is simply to ignore news that doesn’t fit their narrative. This works even better if there is also a concurrent event that the Left favors, which is exactly what happened in January of 2019 with two different events, the annual March for Life and the Women’s March both held the same week in Washington D.C.

The 2019 Women’s March received roughly 15 times more news coverage than the 47th March for Life on broadcast television, according to the Media Research Center. …NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck examined the coverage each event received on the ABC, CBS, and NBC morning and evening newscasts — and the results are staggering. …“Between Wednesday morning and Saturday evening, the Women’s March fetched 14 minutes and 26 seconds of coverage… this stood in stark contrast to just 58 seconds for the March for Life,” Houck wrote. “For the March for Life, ABC and CBS were especially pitiful.”

This is despite the fact that by conservative estimates, the March for Life had about 100 times more people participating than there were at the Women’s March. Look for this bias to show up again later this month.

No. 6: The Crimes of Ilhan Omar

Ilhan OmarMany readers of this publication will be aware of at least some of the crimes that Representative Ilhan Omar stands credibly accused of committing during her life in America. However, this important story has been virtually ignored or dismissed by the Leftmedia MSM.

One of the stalwart conservatives working hard to expose Omar has been Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch. In a JW post, Fitton explains the reason an ethics complaint was filed with the House of Representatives in July of 2019.

Substantial, compelling and, to date, unrefuted evidence has been uncovered that Rep. Ilhan Omar may have committed the following crimes in violation of both federal law and Minnesota state law: perjury, immigration fraud, marriage fraud, state and federal tax fraud, and federal student loan fraud.

The evidence Fitton writes of comes as a result of a long investigation of three years by investigative reporter David Steinberg with the cooperation of the U.S. and U.K. governments. Here is an instructive flow chart explaining the potential crimes of Ilhan Omar uncovered by the investigation.


This evidence is still unrefuted. Though this has been largely ignored by the MSM, should these charges be used in any attempt to remove Omar from Congress and perhaps prosecute her for her crimes, rest assured the Leftist MSM will go into outrage overdrive and accuse conservatives of being ‘racist.’

No. 5: The #WalkAway and #Blexit Movements

#WalkAway, #BlexitTwo large and rapidly growing political movements have been taking social media by storm in the years since President Trump was elected. The past year has seen both the #WalkAway and #blexit movements become substantial forces in political discourse, and the MSM has barely acknowledged it.

The #WalkAway movement is a grassroots effort founded by self-described ‘former liberal,’ Brandon Straka. He began in May of 2018 and the movement has gone from zero followers on Twitter to over 300,000 followers today.

Straka describes the mission of #WalkAway on the campaign’s website.

The #WalkAway Campaign encourages and supports those on the Left to walk
away from the divisive tenets endorsed and mandated by the Democratic Party of today. We are walking away from the lies, the false narratives, the fake news, the race-baiting, the victim narrative, the violence, the vandalism, the vitriol. We are walking away from a party driven by hate. We are walking toward patriotism and a new, unified America! We are the future of this great nation!

If you have never visited their site or social media posts, then a treasure trove of personal “Walk Away” stories awaits, and it is both instructive and encouraging to view. On the heels of #WalkAway, a similar movement has begun asserting its place on social media and beyond, the #Blexit movement.

The founder of the movement is conservative black activist Candace Owens. She began #Blexit in late October of 2018 and described the reason behind it at the time.

“BLEXIT is a national movement of minorities that have awakened to the truth. It is for those who have taken an objective look at our decades-long allegiance to the left and asked ourselves ‘what do we have to show for it?’” Not much, save for increased racial tensionoverwhelming unemployment (until recently), rampant crime and broken homes and families galore.

Owens launched the movement for the national stage almost one year ago with an “inaugural rally,” in Los Angeles, California at the Globe Theater. In this brief video, another conservative activist, Joy Villa, speaks with an interviewer at the rally.

4: Scott Presler and “The Persistence”

Scott PreslerThis is what I would call the ‘feel good’ story of 2019, yet the MSM desires to downplay or misconstrue it because young Scott Presler is the Left’s worst nightmare. With his long hair and obvious youth, his appearance belies his determined grass-roots conservative activism.

Make no mistake, however, for Presler is a man driven to action with an innate ability to bring people together for positive efforts demonstrating that incredible results can be achieved. He began this by calling for a day to clean up the trash in Baltimore, Maryland last July.

Presler’s Twitter handle is #The Persistence, and it aptly describes his personality. His photo on the Twitter account shows him wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with two phrases, “Stop Talking” and below that “Start Doing.”

Moreover, Presler decided that the cleanup project was also going to involve the crucial step of teaching locals how to register voters for the GOP. This dual effort was so successful that Presler went on to conduct more cleanup and voter registration education in other major cities around the country including Los Angeles, which Presler has noted was so filthy they had to wear hazmat suits during the cleanup.

Presler’s work has now taken a life of its own and he is getting requests from all over the nation to come and clean up cities and instruct others about voter registration. He has stated that the following cities are already scheduled for this 2020: Detroit, Milwaukie, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco.

Presler is showing that ordinary people can make a real difference and that depending upon the government for help is often a waste of time with little or nothing to show for it. The Leftmedia tries to ignore Presler because they are heavily invested in making sure that ordinary people do not take action to improve their lot, and are dependent upon governmental authority.

The hopelessness of the individual is what the Left desires because that makes a large central control by the government easier to justify and obtain. Presler is among a growing number of citizens who reject that notion and are doing something about it. The same is true for the next organization on this list the MSM wishes would go away, Judicial Watch.

No. 3: The Work of Judicial Watch

Judicial Watch

If you are not familiar with the organization Judicial Watch, my strong advice to everyone is to become familiar and informed about this private organization which is literally doing the work the federal Department of Justice should be doing. As their president, Tom Fitton, always says, “Judicial Watch is doing the heavy lifting,” for justice on a national scale.

The method that JW uses is quite simple. Through the avenue of the Freedom of Information Act, FOIA, JW first requests information from government agencies, on both the national and state level concerning compliance with or violations of federal law.

Often those requests are refused or ignored, which means that JW must then apply the legal mechanism of FOIA lawsuits in court to demand that the agencies comply with the law. JW has already been mentioned as essential to exposing the criminal activity of Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Moreover, JW has accomplished some rather remarkable things by proactively pursuing documentation and pushing for judicial action in a legal manner. This has resulted in the last year of JW receiving formerly hidden emails from the infamous private server of Hillary Clinton that reveal illegal and unethical acts including some concerning the intentional effort to lie about the cause of the Benghazi debacle that cost the lives of four Americans including Ambassador Stevens himself.

Through further investigation by JW, Fitton has revealed what he calls JW’s “most important disclosure” to date. They have documentation from the Department of Defense confirming that the Obama administration was involved with arms deals providing arms to terrorists in Syria through Libya, which may well have been part of the reason Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lied for weeks about the cause of the Benghazi attacks.

JW’s latest update on YouTube with Mr. Fitton shows just how much of the “heavy lifting” is currently being done. He mentions that JW has over 50 lawsuits pending with the federal government and states either asking for information or demanding that current laws be followed. This includes 6 new lawsuits demanding more information about the corruption in Ukraine and its dealings with the Obama administration.

One of the most consequential efforts by JW concerns the illegal failure to clean voter rolls in various states. Fitton notes in his video update that so far, they have discovered over 3 million voters illegally registered to vote under the national ‘Motor Voter’ law passed during President Bill Clinton’s administration.

JW’s efforts since 2012 have so far resulted in about 1 million of those names being removed from the rolls, leaving more than 2 million names illegally remaining on voter rolls. 500,000 of those illegal registrations that were removed came from San Diego County in California alone.

The aforementioned YouTube update has much more about JW’s continuing work for justice on behalf of the American people. There is no organization I know of that is more deserving of support than Judicial Watch.

No. 2: The Real Number of Illegal Aliens in America

Illegal AliensThis news item has been obscured and covered up by the Left longer than any of the stories mentioned. That’s because for over a decade the public has been told that the total number of illegal aliens in the country is 11 million people, which simply cannot be true.

Since it is known that illegals have been breaking into the country in increasing numbers almost every year for at least 10 years, it is not possible for the number to stay at 11 million. Nor have the numbers of people deported been large enough to offset the increase.

As was noted in this journal last April, the real number of illegal aliens in America is far larger than 11 million.

Millions upon millions of illegal aliens, perhaps as many as 40 million now already strain the limits of our government’s assistance capabilities. A recent study by Yale University put out an estimate of about 22 million illegal aliens residing in America today. However, …that figure is a huge underestimate.

By applying the additional variables of those who leave and repeat offenders, a more accurate number has been estimated by retired Border Patrol chiefs at 40 to 50 million illegals in the United States today.

The Leftmedia people in the MSM have a vested interest in suppressing this information. The real numbers would shock most of the uniformed and then support for putting the clamps on illegal immigration would rise dramatically in response.

This is a threat to the Left’s task to increase the number of Democratic voters in America through courting illegal aliens. We know this is their intent because, in March of 2019, the House of Representatives voted against condemning the notion that illegals should be allowed to vote.

No. 1: DOJ Discovers Millions in Illegal Campaign Contributions for Obama in 2012

ObamaThis story came to light in May of 2019 and was reported on by Freedom Outpost, yet it has been non-existent in MSM outlets. According to a quote from the U.S. Department of Justice report on May 10th,

Prakazrel “Pras” Michel, 46, and Low Taek Jho, 37, also known as “Jho Low,” were charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States government and for making foreign and conduit campaign contributions.  Michel also was charged with one count of a scheme to conceal material facts and two counts of making a false entry in a record in connection with the conspiracy.  Michel appeared today for his arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey in the District of Columbia.  Low remains at large. According to the indictment, between June 2012 and November 2012, Low directed the transfer of approximately $21,600,000 from foreign entities and accounts to Michel for the purpose of funneling significant sums of money into the United States presidential election as purportedly legitimate contributions, all while concealing the true source of the money.

It is against the law in the United States for any foreign interests to contribute to a presidential campaign. What is not mentioned in the DOJ report is that it is also illegal to knowingly accept such contributions from foreign sources.

Did the Obama re-election team know that 21.6 million dollars had come from foreign sources? Did they actively solicit those contributions?

It is almost certain that the former president will not face any questions concerning this, especially from any of the MSM. However, if the MSM were truly honest and objective, they would be howling for an in-depth criminal investigation of former President Obama.

This completes my list of the most important and ignored stories of 2019. It was a difficult task to select just seven, as there are many others deserving of a mention, such as the work of Project Veritas and Turning Point USA. Please let me know if you have other such stories that you would nominate for this less-than-auspicious category in the comments below.

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. Romans 1:18 [ESV]

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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Love is not complicated, people are

Love is not complicated People are

These days…Relationship means…                                                                                                     Any where without you is better than any where with you

How individual lives are changing ,relationships are thrown into the dust bin,people forgetting the meaning and value & sacredness of ‘LOVE’,

Thanks to addiction to social media & smart phones !

Relationships are harder now!

“Conversations became texting,

Arguments became phone calls,

Feelings became subliminal messages,

Sex became easy,

The word ‘love’ is used out of context.,

Insecurities became a way of thinking,

Getting jealous became a habit,

Trust is hard to come by,

Being hurt became natural.

Leaving became the only option,

Sad but true,

So if you have something…that is worth it,..don’t take it for granted,

Fight for it,don’t let it go”       pinterest

Summary –

Be selfish,thanks to the inventions. indulge in your likings,Drink till you drop dead,fight without any reason,Ego is your life,jealousy is your partner, Greedy is your nature,Killing innocent is your taste,care not anybody,you owe the happiness you deserve,forget about dieting & exercises which are all money-making machines,,cheating is your mantra,money is everything and enjoy dying your own death,you owe nothing to anybody!

Is this the lesson modern-day life style teaching us ? Is this the meaning of advancement in human life ? Is this what all about relationships ?

And what about ethics,values,respect,responsibilities ,family relationship ?

Please share your thoughts.

Thank you.

Philosophy Through Photography

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People go where they find love and self worth by Ngobesing Suh Romanus

Do you know why more and more people are spending more and more time on social media? Because that is where they find love and a sense of self worth. This is a sign that not enough love is circulating in the world. Many people are not helped in the real world to have a sense of self worth. Many are starving of love and a sense of self worth. What we find more is hatred, competition, rivalry, quarreling, fighting.

Hence, people escape into the virtual world to get love, comfort and a sense of self worth.

Tell me if you agree or disagree.

8 Hopeful Trends Entering 2019

New Year 2019

The last piece focused on the ‘bad’ news as 2019 rushes upon the world. Here we will examine the ‘good’ news of hopeful trends at the conclusion of 2018.

These are the eight most hopeful trends in society entering 2019 as I see them, from 8 to 1. What do you think?

8 The New ‘Populist’ Movement

One hopeful trend is the emergence of a new ‘populist’ movement worldwide. The Leftmedia is not fond of this term which they use in a derogatory manner, as if it was evil to be a populist.

However, the term has a specific definition which varies according to whether or not it applies to a specific political party. Populism when it is used as a general term is defined as follows,

  • ( lowercase ) any of various, often antiestablishment or anti-intellectual political movements or philosophies that offer unorthodox solutions or policies and appeal to the common person rather than according with traditional party or partisan ideologies.

The key item in this definition is “antiestablishment.” It is important to note that from Brexit to the presidency of Donald Trump and any number of political upheavals, all are opposing the political “establishment.”

The Left is caught in a bit of a role reversal, as they are now the ‘establishment,’ of both parties. After five decades of trying it the Left’s way, the people of many western societies have had enough.

It is a populist revolt against the Left which has been gaining steam in 2018. Though the opposition is fierce, it is heartening to see freedom loving people around the world pushing back as 2019 is upon us.

7 The Rise of Alternative Social Media

New Year 2019In the last piece, I chronicled a bit about the disturbing habit that the MSSM (Main Stream Social Media) had of banning conservative accounts. A hopeful trend countering this was the rise of several alternative social media platforms in 2018.

The negative attention garnered by Google, Twitter and Facebook in 2018 spurred many to seek other online outlets for expression. Here is a little bit about some alternative social media sites I spotted in the past year.

Alternatives to Google include DuckDuckGo as a search engine and for Gmail. They both take steps to ensure privacy and exclude censorship of viewpoints.

There are some good alternate sites to Facebook and Twitter which emerged strongly in 2018. One is and the newest from Canada is the Underground Social Network.

Other promising social media alternatives gained prominence in the past year, such as along with In all of these cases and others which will appear in 2019, people are searching for social media that honors both privacy and real freedom of speech.

Finally, a new social media platform which merits a mention is It uses blockchain technology to assure the freedom and anonymity of its users and is the same tech behind cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.

This is but a partial list of social media choices outside the MSSM purview. Hopefully, 2019 will see more competition blossom to challenge the Silicon Valley corporate Left.

6 The Growth of Conservative Media

New Year 2019

By ‘conservative media’ I don’t mean Fox News. They have exhibited leadership and garnered the #1 ratings in cable news for many years by giving conservatives the opportunity to compete in television.

Fox News is the cable news king in ratings, but they remain one conservative port in the sea of leftism. They are outnumbered on television by the MSM and other cable networks.

Other media arenas, such as talk radio and online video saw enormous growth in 2018. Talk radio itself has undergone significant changes with the spread of satellite radio like Sirius XM.

The big news in the ‘talk’ world has been podcasting. The rise in podcasts and live internet streaming of radio programs has been the most significant new factor in this media during 2018.

In every arena, established or newer, conservative talk shows dominated the airwaves in 2018. According to, 7 of the top ten “heavy hitters,” in talk media were conservative.

Most know the familiar names such as Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, and Laura Ingraham. However, new young faces arose in 2018 to carry the mantle including my pick to watch for in 2019, Buck Sexton.

The most important development of 2018 in the talk media arena was the recent merger of CRTV, a conservative online network, with The Blaze TV, a competing conservative network. As of December 3, 2018, the two became Blaze Media and it is now,

the largest independent conservative multi-platform media company in the U.S.

5 The Persistence and Growth of Anti-Jihadism

New Year 2019Here is another little-noticed beacon of hope in 2019. Anti-Jihadism is reflected in the increasing number of watchdog organizations dedicated to bringing the truth about radical Islamists and their heinous goals.

Three such organizations making waves online are “The Geller Report,” by Pamela Geller, “Jihad Watch” by Robert Spencer, and “Winds of Jihad.” The main author on the last website goes by the humorous nom de plume Sheikyermami.

One story from December 30th at Jihad Watch demonstrates why an alternative like that exists. The title was “Facebook bans Franklin Graham as Palestinian Mission to Berlin glorifies jihad murderer on Facebook.”

Yet Facebook will deny any bias against Graham or for Islam. The account honoring the jihadist is gone from Facebook, but not because they took it down.

Facebook has just banned Franklin Graham, apparently for the crime of posting Christian material. But note that Facebook did not take down the Palestinian Mission to Berlin’s post glorifying Leila Khaled. The Mission took it down itself under pressure from the German Foreign Ministry. Jihad is fine with Facebook; Christianity, not so much. …The mission removed a Facebook post featuring the image of hijacker Leila Khaled, a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization.

In another recent instance, Pamela Geller writes about an ISIS “Muslima” in Germany who is charged with murdering a 5-year-old ‘slave girl.’

A German Muslima first left Germany in August 2014 and traveled to Iraq to she joined the Islamic State. She worked for Islamic vice, the group’s self-styled morality police, where she would patrol the city parks of the Isis-occupied cities of Falluja and Mosul. ..The 27-year-old German citizen and her husband purchased the child as a household “slave” when living in then Isis-occupied Mosul in northern Iraq. “After the girl fell ill and wet her mattress, the husband of the accused chained her up outside as punishment and let the child die of thirst in the scorching heat,” they said in a statement. “The accused allowed her husband to do so and did nothing to save the girl.”

Without anti-Jihadists like Geller, many would never know that slavery is legal under Islamic law. It is a hopeful sign that these voices are out there, sounding the alarm and will continue to do so in 2019.

4 The Rise of the ‘Watchdogs’

2018 was a year that saw the emergence of various ‘watchdog’ organizations keeping tabs on the government, corporations, and the media. Two noteworthy such watchdogs are Project Veritas and Judicial Watch.

Project Veritas specializes in video ‘stings’ of organizations which deceive the public. Judicial Watch uses the legal system to expose corruption in government.
During 2018, Project Veritas began to focus on voter fraud in anticipation of the mid-term elections. Here is one of their videos exposing the political corruption in 2018.

Judicial Watch uses the courts extensively to hold the government to account concerning following the law. In particular, JW wants to make the government legally accountable and transparent.

Their motto is, “Because no one is above the law.” One example of their sterling work in 2018 involved suing the Department of Justice to force them to reveal costs associated with the Mueller investigation.

“The Justice Department, the FBI, and Special Counsel Mueller continue to operate as if they are above the law,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The American people have a right to know how much taxpayer money is being thrown at Mueller’s massive investigation. Judicial Watch has never before seen this level of secrecy surrounding the operation of a special or independent counsel.”

Both JW and PV are doing yeoman’s work in helping keep government the servant of the people, and accountable as such. It is encouraging to see that they and others will be continuing such watchdog efforts in 2019.

3 Trump Continues to Reshape the Judiciary

New Year 2019The political battle of 2018 was certainly the confirmation hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Time will tell whether or not he rules consistently as a constitutionalist, but this seems to ensure a conservative SCOTUS.

However, it is the large amount of Trump judges appointed and approved at the next federal level that is a hopeful trend. According to the Washington Times,

President Trump is smashing the record for appointing judges to the powerful federal appeals courts with 29 picks confirmed…The 13 circuit courts of appeals, which have 179 judgeships, are the key middle ground between the district and the Supreme Court. With the justices hearing oral arguments in perhaps only 80 cases a year, that leaves much of the heavy legal lifting in the circuit courts, where rulings set precedent on issues such as gun rights and immigration in their respective parts of the country.

Should this pace continue as it has, largely under the leftist radar, it has the potential to make the judiciary conservative for decades to come. Though the Republicans lost control of the House of Representatives in 2018, they gained seats in the Senate.

Since the Senate is in charge of the confirmation process for federal judges, the president has the opportunity in 2019 to exceed his remarkable totals in 2018. He has the chance to keep America tethered to the Constitution and its principles, and that is hopeful indeed.

2 Donald Trump Is Still President

New Year 2019When Donald J. Trump was elected 25+ months ago, there were a lot of people who didn’t think he would last this long.

In fact, desperate plans to prevent him from even taking office cast doubt upon whether or not Trump would officially assume the presidency. Remember the attempts to persuade electors not to vote as the people they represent voted and overturn the election?

President Trump has survived the worst onslaught of media attacks and bias in the history of modern politics. That is indisputable fact.

In the face of the Leftmedia’s maniacal assault, the president has thrived in most areas of actual performance. Moreover, his political foes on the Left continue to desperately try anything to take Trump down.

President Trump has proven more than capable of dealing with such pressure thus far. From the Russia ‘collusion’ narrative without a shred of evidence to the ridiculous charges of racism, sexism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, he has withstood the storm.

As we plunge into 2019, a challenge against Trump’s promised border wall is taking place in the form of a partial government “shutdown.” With God’s continued blessing, the president will stay the course and the wall will happen.

Which brings us to the first and most important hopeful ‘trend’ into 2019. The fact that the Lord God is still on the throne.

1 God Is Still on the Throne

37749571852_1b6424edb9_qThe best of the hopeful trends is saved for last. Of course, this fact is not really a trend as much as an eternal reality.

Here is the everlasting fact to bring hope to the most hopeless. God is still and forever will be on the throne of all creation.

This is a wonderful hope when in the midst of troubling times and when encountering hardship. God reminded Job of His presence and power when Job was frustrated and suffering.

From chapter 38 through 41, God presents the argument of the sovereign Creator. It opens Job’s eyes and he sees that God is about,

…things too wonderful for me which I knew not. Job 42:3 KJV

God is on His throne and working in all kinds of ways that we “know not.” What we do know from His Word is that He causes all things to,

“work together for good to those that love the Lord, who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 KJV

God’s purpose is the ultimate good for all things universal and personal. He is not thwarted by any turmoil in society, nor by any schemes of the enemy.

Let 2019 be a year of hopeful expectation that God is working His purpose for good. And may we all come to be among “those that love the Lord.”

D.T. Osborn

Sources: The Holy Bible, King James Version, Public Domain

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Annoying things 4 – Lies everywhere

A most annoying reality in our present times is that lies are everywhere. In both social and traditional media, lies flow like water in an ocean.

It’s like liars have seized power in all countries of the world and are determining the information that circulates. They tell lies shamelessly.

Sad to say the voracious and gullible population does not only believe the blatant lies but goes on to spread them.

What is your take on this? Are you aware that there are too many lies in circulation? Isn’t it annoying?

Something Useful no 5 (as shared on social media)

2 1 N U G G E T S of

Learn to ignore and overlook many things if you truly want happiness in life because the easiest way to a miserable life is to think that everybody is talking about you.

Never allow anyone to steal your joy from you.

What people say behind your back is none of your business as long as you are true to yourself. Never worry yourself about that.

Sometimes minding your own business does not keep people out of your business.

No matter your situation in life people will always talk. You can never stop people from talking about you, what you can do is to stop giving them what to talk about.

There is a time limit for every rumor in life. Never allow freelance broadcasters to vput your life on hold. Do what makes you happy. Anyone who cannot feel your pain, has no right to judge you in life. Seventy percent of those who talk bad about you behind your back, wish to be like you.

When people can’t be like you they try to bring you down and condemn what you have. Those without money will sarcastically say money is not everything in life. (Is poverty anything?)

Never allow anyone to put you in a position of depression and self pity in life. Those whose libes have no joy will always find every means to remove happiness from other people’s lives.

If there is the GRACE of GOD in your life, then enemies are inevitable. If no one has ever gossiped or talked bad about you, it means nothing good has ever happened to you.

Never feel bad when old friends become new enemies. They are just tired of pretending to be friends.

Never allow the opinions of people who didn’t see your tears stop your laughter in life. 😬You don’t owe anybody an explanation to be happy.

Never see yourself through the eyes of those who don’t value you.
To be beautiful means to be yourself. To stand out is to be outstanding. You do not need to be accepted by others. You just need to accept yourself.

Never beg anyone to accept you for who you are. Anything you acquire through begging will require begging to maintain or retain.

Be humble but selective. Being selective doesn’t mean you are arrogant or proud. It simply means you know your worth. If you are conscious of your personality avoid too much familiarity.

Sometimes when you treat people too much like celebrities, they end up treating you like an ordinary person. You are equally important.

Never downgrade yourself while trying to upgrade anybody in life. Anyone who sees you like an option doesn’t deserve to be a priority in your life.

The dream of a fool is for everybody to become a bloody fool like himself. Avoid negative people if you have a dream. Those without mission will say your vision is just an illusion.

Negative minds will never give you a positive life. Anyone who is always reminding you about what is wrong with you has a personal problem which he/she wants to take out on you.

Most people spend half of their entire life analysing the faults in other people’s life, when their own lives need urgent repairs.

Never worry yourself about enemies and friends, because everybody in your life will eventually fall into one of the two categories.

Some will hate you and some will love you. Loving you or hating you are both in your favour.

When people love you, you live peacefully and happily in their hearts, and when people hate you, you become the landlord in their head living painfully in their brain everyday and giving them sleepless nights.

Be a Blessing to someone.
Pass it on!

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Something Useful 4 (shared on social Media)

Time to laugh

What a life! 😱

The lawyer hopes you get into trouble;

The doctor hopes you fall sick;

The police hopes you become a criminal;

The teacher hopes you are born stupid;

The coffin maker hopes you die soon;

Only the thief wishes you prosperity in life

(so that he can steal from you).

Please hug the next thief you meet. Isn’t he your only true friend?

What do you say about this? This was sent to me on social media and asked to share. 😎😊😊😊😊😊😂😂😂😂😂

Something Useful 3 (sharings on social media)

Police Questioning a Robber:

Police: How did you come to know that there was no one in the house.

Robber: The update of the entire family with 15 photos was available on facebook enjoying Holidays away from home for one week.

Think about this seriously.
Be careful what you put on facebook.

Discuss this with your children & friends.

Stop sharing personal information on the social media.!!

📛 Don’t advertise your happiness on social media.

📛Don’t advertise your happy marriage on social media.

📛Don’t advertise your holidays on social media.

📛Don’t advertise your kids achievements on social media.

📛Don’t advertise your pregnancy on social media.

📛Don’t advertise your expensive buys on social media. (Car, house etc)

No one is going to be happy for you.

Most of the “nice” comments you get when you advertise these things are fake.

You attract the evil eye on you & your family.

You attract jealous people into your life.

You don’t know who’s saving your pictures & checking your updates.

You really need to Stop this as it is going to ruin your life, family, marriage.

Social media is the devil’s eyes, ears & mouth. Don’t fall into the devil’s trap.

May God help us & save us from social media disaster !!! Please pass it on to everyone in your contact list 👍✌

This was sent to our social media page.

Fake news based on assumption

The Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis, has launched a vibrant appeal to media men and women the world over, to desist from spreading fake news. The call was propmpted by the fact that a lot of what is reported in the news is based on assumption. In a mad rush to have primacy of breaking news, reporters fail to take time to do a proper investigation of their information. Hence, news editions in both the audio-visual and print media and in a greater dimension on social media, are saturated by unverified information.

We do hope that not only reporters but citizens of the world will pay heed to the call of the Vicar of Christ so that we can put an end to, or drastically curtail the flow of fake news which has become a threat to the stability, security and the very existence of the entire world.

That aside, since we have mentioned the Catholic Church and the Catholic Pontiff, let me not end this take on today’s prompt without mention of the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven. Though many others find fault with it, Catholics, the world over, believe that Mary was actually assumed into heaven.

This dogma has caused much ink to flow. Many non-Catholics think it is a mere assumption while Catholics defend it energetically; and it is clear that nothing can make Catholics depart from this belief.

The Solemnity of the Assumption comes up on the 15th of August and is one of the most important celebrations in the Catholic Church’s annual Liturgical calendar.


How much time do you spend on the web?

Have you ever sat down to think of the amount of time you spend every day on the web? It may shock you.

The web seems to have taken the world captive. But what is intriguing is we don’t seem to be aware of it.

We are prisoners without a crime of the web. This, I call self-imprisonment. We seem to be helpless.

But what is it that we do when we get on the web? How useful are the things that we do?

Most of the times, people are on social media. How useful is the time spent on social media? What impact is it having on us? And on the world?

I am not against spending a lot of time on social media but I am against spending it wastefully. I am thinking of chatting aimlessly endlessly.

If judiciously exploited, social media can bring immense benefits to us. Unwisely exploited, it Can become destructive.

You have to know what you want when you go on social media. Get it, and off you go; to wait for the next time you need it.

It is a good thing to share and enjoy good moments with friends acquaintances on your favourite sites; but you can do that alongside pursuing some other useful goal.

The long and short of it is:

Do not be a slave to social media;
Do not be a captive or prisoner
of social media;
Do not be a toy of social media.
Use social media wisely;
Use social media positively;
Not negatively;
Use social media in a way that you will reap enormously.