Duck Season At KALB

By: Lynne Hart
Yes, it is definitely duck season at KALB and all you have to do is walk in our office door and it will be obvious. We have rubber ducks, Duck and Run 5K ducks, and a cute Little Duckaroo sharing space with us!

Everyone in Limestone County benefits from the work we do, even those who don’t know us or haven’t financially supported us. During our fall fundraising season, everyone has the opportunity to provide financial support while having fun along the way. We know there is something going on that will fluff your feathers!

DUCK AND RUN 5K

Run it, walk it, or waddle it! Just don’t miss it!

The Duck and Run 5K has been taking place annually since 2004. Registration is open for this run taking place on Saturday, September 16th at 8 a.m. Pre-registration fee is currently $20 and must be postmarked by 9/9/17. Late and race day registration is $25. Online registration is available at www.raceroster.com, and a printable form is available at www.duckandrun5K.com.

Late registration and packet pickup will take place from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, September 14 at Fleet Feet Sports in Huntsville, and Friday, September 15 at the KALB Office located at 125 East St. in Athens.

Starting and ending point of this run is Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens. This mildly challenging, certified course (AL10016JD) takes participants through beautiful historic neighborhoods and downtown Athens. T-shirts, race bags, Mid-pack Award, a cash drawing and great snacks are always part of this event.

For information on the Duck and Run 5K, contact Eric or Leigh Patterson at duckandrun5K@yahoo.com.

QUACKY DUCK DECORATING CONTEST

Businesses and organizations are invited to participate in this new and fun event. KALB will provide a “naked” duck to be decorated with imagination! Make it beautiful, make it whimsical, or make it reflect your business. Just make it fun! Participants can paint it, clothe it, cover it with jewels, ceramic, or glass. Ideas are endless. There are only a few guidelines and, of course, decorations must be tasteful.

Ducks must be decorated and on display by 9/1/17 so that votes can be collected for “Best Decorated Duck – People’s Choice” award. There will also be a “Judge’s Choice” award. Organizations without a storefront that would like to participate are encouraged to partner with a business that would be willing to display their duck for more exposure.

For more information on the Quacky Duck Decorating Contest, visit www.KALBCares.com and click the EVENTS tab, email KALBCares@gmail.com or call 256-233-8000.

WACKY QUACKY DUCKY DERBY

KALB’s rubber duck derby has been taking place annually since 2001! Even we can’t believe this is our 17th year to race those cute rubber ducks down the spillway at Big Spring Memorial Park in Athens.

We are currently rounding up our prize list, and we are happy to welcome American Leakless Company as our new Diamond Duck Sponsor! This company has been very supportive of KALB and we are so pleased to share our growing partnership.

Online duck adoptions are now open. Individual ducks can be adopted for a $5.00 donation to KALB. Dunkin’ Donuts Quack Packs are available for a $25 donation and include 6 ducks (1 free) and coupons for Dunkin’ Donuts items! Don’t forget to name your ducks just for the fun of it!

KALB will be at the Grease Festival and at the Old Time Fiddlers Convention and will have duck adoptions available. Our list of prizes is great again this year and includes the $1,000 American Leakless Co. Grand Prize, 4 Park Hopper Passes to Disney World, a $250 Osborne’s Jewelry gift certificate, and many more additional prizes!

Don’t forget, KALB members received a coupon for $5 off 5K registration or one free duck in the Wacky Quacky Ducky Derby. So, come on and have some fun while supporting a great organization!
By: Lynne Hart

By: Paul Forum
In several of my recent articles, I have used the term “defendable position.” Protecting yourself from harm in the home or out on the street is NOT military combat or even a football game. Maybe I should not admit this, especially in Alabama, but I am not much of a football fan. Oh, I do watch an important game or three during the season. I always try to watch when Alabama beats Auburn or Georgia because I love to rag on my brother when either of his teams lose. But I digress. In both football and the military, a certain number of casualties are expected.

In the self-defense world, casualties on your side are NOT acceptable! Another set of terms used in self-defense is “cover” and “concealment.” Cover can be a bulletproof area to hide behind, whereas concealment can be something as simple as a wall or bushes so the bad guy can’t see you. When I was first a cop in the early 70s, we had several damaged old U.S. Post Office mail boxes at the gun range. They were solid steel, welded and riveted and would stop most handgun bullets. These are still around, but you don’t seem to see as many as you once did. BUT, in a gunfight they make excellent cover. Big tree trunks, concrete or brick walls are a few other great “cover” areas.

Not many of us will have a solid steel U.S. Post Office mail box in our living room, but there are other areas in a home that are almost as good. Typical construction in this area is wood frame with brick for the outside walls. Corners are reinforced with extra lumber to support the doors and windows. I have even seen 22-caliber bullets cut right through today’s white pine building lumber. Yellow pine is a lot tougher, and I have seen bullets bounce off and even leave sparks when hitting yellow pine. Driving galvanized nails into yellow pine will break a few hammers.

When faced with defending yourself in your home, plan ahead and seek out corners that will have three or four 2x4s or even 2x6s built into the frame around doors. When retreating to a defendable position, crouch down as low as you can, exposing as little of your body as possible. Use what we call a “quick peek” if you hear the intruder coming closer.

Heavy furniture can also make excellent cover, such as a chest of drawers full of clothes. Beds, the bigger the better, are good cover. Again, crouch down low and gain an advantage. The bad guy is most likely looking at his own eye level for you, not down at his knees. Refrigerators are good for concealment, but today they are mostly plastic or very light weight sheet metal.

The top of a staircase is an excellent place to take cover. You have the “high ground” and the bad guy must enter a deadly area to get to you. If you are building or planning to build a new home, plan to have a “safe room” included at the time of construction. Adding a safe room later can sure mess up a good floor plan and be much more expensive. Many new homes today are including tornado-proof safe rooms which can certainly be used as an excellent defendable position.

Always have a spare cell phone plugged in and charged nearby, in your safe room, or defendable position. Have your address written out and taped on the back of your emergency cell phone. Sounds silly? Our brains can sometimes do strange things during stressful events.

Should you shout a warning? Yelling, “Stop! Police!” as usually required by our buddies in blue, may actually be dangerous for an innocent homeowner and would “give away” your defendable position. If you believe the bad guy already knows where you are, then that’s possibly a different situation. Yelling out, several times, “I have already called the police! They’re on the way!” Even better, “I have a gun, it’s loaded, and I know how to use it!” Now would be a good time to “rack” the shotgun. The sound of a shotgun slide racking back will strike fear into anyone but the most drug-crazed miscreant.

Plan and rehearse your self-defense plan. Actually walk through and practice shouting that warning.
Remember: THE BEST GUN FIGHT YOU WILL EVER BE IN IS THE GUNFIGHT YOU AVOIDED!
By: Paul Foreman

By Shanna Ndong
In part one of this series on epigenetics (“Fundamentals”) we reviewed some general definitions and concepts and gave an overview of the topic. Epigenetics is the study of inherited changes in gene expression that, unlike mutations, are not caused by changes in the sequence of DNA. These are mechanisms that help to turn genes off and on, and include DNA methylation and acetylation, respectively.

Cancer is caused by an imbalance in the mechanisms that control cell reproduction. Loss of reproductive control in cancer cells can occur due to random gene mutations, exposure to high-risk environmental and lifestyle factors (e.g. poor diet, smoking, alcohol, obesity), or rare inherited cancer syndromes (e.g. BRCA mutations and increased risk for breast/ovarian cancers).

The loss of control of cell proliferation can be due to genetic mutations and epigenetic abnormalities. Epigenetic changes are potentially reversible and are targets for the development of future nutritional, drug, or dietary interventions to treat or prevent genetic conditions including cancer.

Nutrition can potentially affect epigenetic processes at multiple points in DNA methylation. Nutrients are the main source of methyl groups or act as coenzymes for methyl transfer and DNA synthesis. A number of phytochemicals found in plant foods and in dietary supplements alter epigenetic processes by interfering with the activities of methylation enzymes. I will review some of the foods that have been shown to have cancer preventative and therapeutic properties with epigenetic targets below.

Folate

Folate is one of the B vitamins and is obtained solely from food (green vegetables, beans, grains, and pasta). Folate regulates the biosynthesis, repair and methylation of DNA, whereas deficiencies in folate can initiate cancer due to disruptions of these processes. Low folate intake is reported to contribute to the development of several different cancers, including breast, cervix, ovary, brain, lung and colon.

Green Tea (EGCG)

EGCG, the major polyphenol in green tea, has been extensively studied as a potential demethylating agent. In cell culture and animal models of lung, colon, bladder, liver, prostate, breast and skin cancers, the most commonly observed anti-cancer mechanisms of EGCG include inhibition of proliferation and induction of programmed cell death.

Soybeans (Genistein)

Genistein is one of the many phytoestrogens contained in soybeans and is a demethylating agent. Several epidemiologic studies showed a relationship between a soy-rich diet and cancer prevention. These studies arose from observations that in Asian countries, such as Japan and China, where diets are high in soy products, the incidence of breast and prostate cancers is relatively lower. Furthermore, migration studies showed an increase in prostate and breast cancer incidence in Asians after immigration to the United States, suggesting that environmental factors and changes in lifestyle, particularly in dietary practices, affect these types of cancer.

Berries (Resveratrol)

Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in grapes, peanuts, and berries. It is concentrated in the skin of grapes, so the process of crushing and mashing grapes for winemaking results in high levels of resveratrol in wine. It has anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, blood-sugar-lowering and other beneficial cardiovascular effects. It has been found to have anti-cancer activity against colon cancer in human clinical trials. Several studies using animal models for non-melanoma skin cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, liver cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and stomach cancer all showed anti-tumor effects.

Cruciferous vegetables

Members of the Brassicaceae family include broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage. They have anti-inflammatory properties and contain chemicals that stop cancer cell growth and stimulate programmed cell death. High rates of cruciferous vegetable consumption have been associated with lower risk for bladder cancer. Laboratory studies on human prostate, colon, and breast cancer cells have all shown positive anti-cancer effects of cruciferous vegetables and their metabolites.

Additional foods that have been shown to prevent cancer through epigenetic mechanisms are human breast milk, extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, selenium, curcumin (turmeric), and caffeic acid (thyme, sage).

It’s important to keep in mind that much of this research is in its infancy and many of these studies have been performed in the laboratory or on animals. In general, most of the foods listed are healthful and would be a great addition to your diet, but I suggest that you speak to your doctor before beginning any supplements as they may interact with medications you are already taking. Stay tuned for part three of this series called “Behavioral Epigenetics” where I review evidence that experiences can cause epigenetic changes, and psychological and behavioral tendencies are inherited.
By: Dr. Shanna Ndong

By: Lisa Philippart
“I cried out as loud as I could, but no one heard me; I was too far from the people.”
From Something by Hans Christian Anderson
This is a sad story. And it needs to be told. A. Man spent many years working at a job that started out being something that he enjoyed, and even found somewhat fulfilling. As time went by though, he realized that he liked what he was doing less and less. He became short with his co-workers. His home life became unhappy. The longer he stayed in his position, the less motivated he became to try to fix anything. It was just easier to stay where he was and complain.

Eventually, A. felt himself becoming less and less connected to the world. He could not express his frustration and sadness. It seemed like no one cared anyway. He could sense what was left of his old life slipping away, being replaced with constant loneliness, isolation, and dread. Some people noticed, some didn’t. But no one took the time to check on A. He came to believe that his life no longer mattered, so he ended it.

At his workplace, the people were shocked. Some even cried. A counselor was called in to meet with A.’s colleagues to help them “process.” The counselor asked for memories and stories about A. No one could think of any. No one really knew him…or took the time to. Their tears were not tears of grief, but rather because that response was expected. Two weeks later, the workplace was back to the way it was before, as if A. had never existed.

What is happening to us? I do not want to believe that we have become so callous, uncaring, and selfish that A. Man commits SUICIDE and his co-workers (some for 20+ years) do not even know his wife’s name! When “friends” said that they had no idea that A. Man was hurting so, I want to tell them that they should have. In most cases, those considering SUICIDE put out all sorts of signs. They want you to notice. They want you to ask if they are okay or need to talk.

The “s” word is SUICIDE. There. I have written it and acknowledged it. Our culture has definitely made strides in recognizing the need for action when symptoms are presented. But treatment cannot be provided unless YOU notice. I can’t make you care, but I can suggest that you spend some time with others, even those you don’t know. Ask how someone is doing and actually listen to the answer. In my next article, I will share some concrete material about SUICIDE attention and prevention. Until then, are there people in your life who might need you to notice them today?
By: Lisa Philippart
Licensed Professional Counselor

By: Deb Kitcnenmaster
Preparation for a 9,000 mile tour was underway. Map, dates, specific connections were being made as a dear friend, Brian, who I met twenty-seven years ago and haven’t seen for 25 of those years, was getting ready to leave Canada and come to the United States. He was going to be involved in an event known as the Awaken Life Tour, 2017. Brian attended Christ for the Nations in Dallas, Texas, the same year my daughter was a student; that’s how we met. Interestingly enough, he is a rapper! Last year he was recording another album and one of the raps brought me to his heart. Silence was broken and a simple phone call reconnected us.

As perfect, unfailing love was tapping out unforced rhythms for each mile of this tour, our presence, our home, and our horses became part of the preparedness. What a joy and a delight to see Brain again, and meet his wife and two beautiful daughters! Their first visit was after they left Arkansas, and their second visit was when they returned from Florida. Each time we enjoyed horse activities.

The youngest daughter is a confident, enthusiastic horse lover with some understanding and limited experience with horses. Groundwork was a new experience and reading a horse’s body language was an entirely novel way of connecting with a horse for this young lover of horses. What was interesting to witness was the outgoing, almost demanding personality of this nine-year-old become respectful once she was in the round pen with her horse. She became attentive and willing to receive feedback from her horse. Confidence is being willing to try, becoming sure of what you’re doing, learning from mistakes, and functioning with an absence of fear. When confidence grows after showing up again and again, being with your horse, demanding is replaced with leading. It’s a process.

As you can imagine, the preparation that was required to tour 9,000 miles took time, focus, and communication. It’s very much like the preparation that takes place when you connect a human with a horse. When you’re traveling that distance, you want to set yourself up for success. Check tires, oil, fluids in your motor home; clothing; food; and water for the journey. When connecting with a horse, you want to set your horse and yourself up for success by doing the following three things:

  • Learn how to read your horse properly. It is here I will talk about the horse’s ears, swishing of the tail, the eyes, head set; things like that.
  • Know how to respond to your horse. Is my horse scared or defiant? Do I smack or do I rub? Am I to be firm or friendly?
  • Utilize equine psychology, as it is an important tool. Simply put, is my horse responding to me because I am making him or because the horse wants to?

What about you? Do you realize there is a preparation involved in learning? Ninety percent of people quit their goals before ever achieving them because of not liking what they “feel.” Many people “want it” but few people “get it.” It’s not about them or the program, it’s a lack of understanding how we learn. We ALL have a comfort zone. It’s a zone where we feel normal and neutral because there aren’t any challenges and we are comfortable. However, all learning occurs outside this zone. It’s my responsibility to step outside my comfort zone, and when I do, to pay attention to what I’m feeling.

Two magnificent opportunities open wide to me when I choose to do so. I become aware when I have a physical sensation of discomfort, which is accompanied by internal rumination. I have to ask myself, “What am I doing?” or, “Am I having a headache, a tummy ache, difficulty focusing; is my heart racing or my palms sweating?” And isn’t it amazing that out of all the names Abba Father could give for the Holy Spirit, it is The Comforter! Almighty God knew we would be uncomfortable in our lives and Comforter would simply make sense. What a great opportunity to build an enjoyable relationship with the Holy Spirit; the exact same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead.

Go ahead, receive comfort from the Holy Spirit as you step out of your comfort zone onto the edge of learning. Once you get there, feel the sensation and stay long enough to give your brain and your body a chance to occupy this new position. Discomfort can change in one of three ways: 1. It can be neutralized, with the result being a sense of well-being. 2. It can be changed to a completely different emotion. Fear/anxiety can become confidence/courage. 3. It can stay, but not control us. An example would be public speaking, which brings discomfort right up to approaching the microphone. We learn to cope with it and do it anyway!

It all comes down to using a lot of Preparation “H,” and “H” stands for horses!

By: Jackie Warner
Value is defined

Noun- the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something
Verb – consider (someone or something) to be important or beneficial; have a high opinion of

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful summer and got a chance to enjoy life just a little bit more than you have in the past. This month my topic is self-worth and how we all have the opportunity to invest in each other. Are you taking too much from someone or giving too little?

I remember when I was a little girl, not more than 7or 8 years old. My grandfather would ask me this question, and I wasn’t quite sure how to answer it but I did. He asked me “Well, did you see anybody you liked today better than you did yourself?” Being 7 or 8, I remember saying to him, “Yes I did.” He scolded me and said that you never want to like anybody better than yourself! Ever! I think back so many years ago and now realize that he was preparing me to love me first and to know that I had worth without any doubt, to be comfortable with myself, and to truly know my self-value.

Today, are we as parents and role models speaking genuine worth into our children, grandchildren and loved ones? This is not a boastful or proud self-worth, but a lesson of love for self that allows them to truly love and care for the life they have. I remember while waiting at the bus stop over the years, I would always tell my daughters to radiate from within – “shining brightly like stars” – just before they would step on the bus for school. I loved them hard, but most of all I taught them to love self and know their worth.

Make the investment because there are so many missed opportunities. Our children look for their worth in all the wrong places – other people as evident in our high divorce rates and bad relationships, drugs, money, material possessions … the list continues.
By: Jackie Warner
Career Development Facilitator “Impact, Engage, Grow” Community Matters

By: Wanda Campbell
We are about to launch our 3rd Annual Lunch and Learn Leadership Certificate Program. This year our theme is Strengths-Based Leadership based on the book – Strengths-Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. This certificate program explores our individual strengths as leaders with a concentration on how to best optimize those strengths in our professional and personal lives.

The Strengths-Based Leadership Certificate Program meets in Athens at the Center for Lifelong Learning on the second Thursday of the month, beginning October 12. There are six meetings scheduled to complete the course. If you are planning to earn the Strengths-Based Leadership Certificate, you must complete the following: attendance / participation in five of the six monthly meetings; complete required reading assignments in the textbook; and submit a text summary (book report). You can also attend the meetings without working towards the certificate program. This year we are expanding the program to the Decatur area. We will meet at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 Second Ave, NE, on the second Tuesday of the month.

This Lunch and Learn features our Coordinating Lecturer, Dr Robert White and several guest speakers. The program begins with a networking lunch from 11:30 a.m. – noon. Speakers will begin their presentations at noon, and you will be ready to go back to work about 1:00 p.m. Lunch is included in the fee for the program.

The series fee is $175, which includes all six sessions, handouts, the textbook, and your lunch at each session. If you are not sure you will be able to attend all of the sessions or you don’t plan to earn the certificate, you can register monthly. The fee for the monthly meeting is $30. You will have to purchase the textbook separately at a cost of $30.

We will begin taking registrations for the series September 1. Remember we are also taking registrations for Dance classes and Yoga.

The Dance classes will start with the Waltz. Waltz is the best dance to learn because it is the foundation for many other dances. Dance lessons increase poise, confidence, and are good exercise. Taking lesson is a wonderful “date night.” Waltz is scheduled on Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., September 7 – September 28, at the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $50/person. You can register online at www.athens.edu/CLL or call us at 256-233-8260.

Yoga is Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., in the mezzanine of the Center for Lifelong Learning. The fee is $5 per session. This is a Level One Class connecting postures (asanas) with breath, flowing from one posture to the next. The class includes standing and floor postures while elevating the heart rate to a moderate level. This means you will be breathing moderately but still able to speak. The teacher will show ways to increase and extend the pose or keep the pose at a beginner level knowing the participants will enjoy the class but see progress in a short time if they stick with it. Bring own mat, wear comfortable clothing.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

Health & Fitness – Fiber

By: Janet Hunt
Eating healthy may improve your health and lower your need for prescription drugs. Dietary fiber is a component in plant based foods that is linked to a wide range of improved health outcomes, including lower cholesterol, better blood sugar regulation, improved intestinal health, greater satiety (feeling of fullness), and lower rates of certain types of cancer. Fiber is found naturally in plant foods that should comprise the greater part of a healthy diet.

The typical American diet includes only about half of the daily recommended amount of fiber, primarily due to the amount of processed foods we eat. A good rule of thumb is to aim for 30 grams of fiber per day in your diet; and here are five great fiber sources.

Legumes
Legumes are a class of vegetables that include beans, peas, and lentils. They are some of the most versatile and nutritious foods available. Legumes are typically low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. They also contain soluble and insoluble fiber. Because they are a good source of protein, legumes can be a healthy substitute for meat, which has more fat and cholesterol.

Canned beans are affordable and a convenient way to get your legumes. Try subbing pinto beans for meat in your next batch of chili (or add less meat and more beans), add black beans to your burritos or canned beans to your salads, or whip up a batch of lentil soup. If you’re concerned about sodium, rinse the beans under running water first. This will eliminate about 30 percent of the sodium. The fiber in legumes ranges from 5 to 8 grams per half-cup serving.

Berries
While fruits and vegetables both contain fiber, fruit generally has more fiber per serving than do vegetables. One cup of berries, for example, contains 4 to 10 grams of fiber (about twice that of an apple). Blackberries and raspberries have 8 grams fiber per cup, while elderberries top the chart with 10 grams per 1-cup serving.

Bran
There are many different types of grains that contain bran. Oat bran, for example, contains soluble fiber, which helps lower bad cholesterol levels. The bran found in corn, wheat and rice is largely insoluble fiber, which can help fight constipation. High-fiber cereals often include bran in their ingredients. Or if you don’t eat cereal, sprinkle bran on fruit and yogurt or add into casseroles or baked goods. One ounce of wheat bran and oat bran yields 12 grams of fiber, whereas raw corn bran packs 22 grams of fiber per ounce.

Pears
Many fruits contain 2 to 3 grams of fiber per serving, but pears contain two to three times that much. A large pear has 7 grams of fiber, while a large Asian pear contains 10 grams. Stick with fresh pears because canned pears usually have added sugars and less fiber (because fiber degrades over time and is generally lost during the canning process).

Peas
Peas are one of the few members of the legume family that are commonly sold and cooked as fresh vegetables. Black-eyed peas pack 6 grams of fiber per half-cup, and even green-pea powder is popping up with 4 grams fiber and 4 grams protein per 1 ½-tablespoon serving.

To check out the fiber content of some of your favorite foods, visit the USDA Nutrient Database website at http://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/search. For more help with a healthy nutritious diet, talk to a registered dietician or a certified Health Coach.
By: Janet Hunt
Janet Hunt is a Certified Personal Trainer and can be reached at 256-614-3530 to schedule an appointment.

By: Rosemary Dewar
For those who have any doubts, if you are ever approached by another who demands your silence and compliance, they are not conservative. America’s pop-culture has shown a blatant example of how they wish the world to be. It is a despotic nightmare. One’s thoughts, words, and expressions are no longer one’s own, according to the left. Any “resistance” is met with scorn and retribution.
A cascade of recent events has exposed the political left’s core.

Senator Bernie Sanders is releasing a book later this month titled Bernie Sanders’ Guide to Political Revolution. I don’t know how much more Lenin-esque one can get, but this is bordering on impersonation. Vladimir is noted to have stated, “Give me just one generation of youth, and I’ll transform the whole world.” The senator seems to have no qualms following in the footsteps of a leader that lead tens of millions to slaughter.

Actress Lena Dunham reported two airport attendants to American Airlines for having a private conversation about the social trans-sexual issue. Since their opinion dissented from her own, Lena felt compelled to hope for a reprimand. After sharing her experience on Twitter, American Airlines stated that they were “unable to substantiate” her claims. Lena operated on the assumption that she could become a covert operative of the group-think of the left.

Actress Chelsea Handler expressed inane appreciation after hearing that Germany arrested Chinese tourists for giving the Nazi salute in front of the Reichstag building. Of course, it is distasteful. So is depriving someone of their right to free expression. The liberty to be stupid is a two-way street, whether we like it or not.

Furthermore, Google first admonished and then terminated an employee by the name of James Damore for distributing a ten-page informative memo regarding Google’s haphazard approach to accomplishing “equality” and “diversity.” Damore’s detractors framed him as a hateful, ignorant, sexist bigot for refusing to comply. So much for diversity of thought. It is reported that fifty-four percent of Google employees did not agree with the decision to dismiss. It can be expected that much of the American public shares this disappointment.

The overindulgent left has yet to reconcile the fact that once liberty is limited to one, it becomes limited to all. It continues to be believed that the hand of totalitarianism will only be ushered in by the conservative religious right. We see this mirrored in culture.

Author Kurt Vonnegut held the opinion that the concept of socialism was simply misunderstood. He stated, “It isn’t moonbeams to talk of modest plenty for all. They have it in Sweden. We can have it here… Even so, I would like to see America try socialism. If we start drinking heavily and killing ourselves, and if our children start acting crazy, we can go back to good old Free Enterprise again.” After his dystopian novels, he didn’t seem much the wiser. Although he meant to create a satire, he depicted precisely what authors George Orwell and Ray Bradbury expressed.

Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta has the same fatal flaw. In this realm, the conflation of religion, conservatism, and totalitarianism is made again. It is an absolute mockery of the concept of conservatism. The character V expresses, “And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors… soliciting your submission.” It should be observed that only one side of our government is demanding conformity and censorship. The petition for safe-spaces from alleged micro-aggressions is strongly resisted by those who hold conservative ideals.

The left’s consistently amorous flirtation with fascism can best be explained by Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism and Dinesh D’Souza’s The Big Lie. Until the left recognizes that they have celebrated division and subjugation that is justified by their own warped view of morality, it is uncertain that they’ll change.

The Judeo-Christian worldview loathes the idea of unwarranted judgment. God doesn’t strike a human dead within the millisecond of the very first sin committed.The left is all too anxious to use their version of morality to judge those who disagree with them. Should the culture remain estranged to liberty, the left will never find the peace it claims it desires.
By: RosemaryDewar