We are moving

After some deep thought and profound soul searching, we have decided to move our desired topics and subject matter to a different site known as AnimatedMud.com.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The name Obamanator.com just seems to be expressive of subjects dealing with President Obama and other political issues.  We realize it is a bit late in the game, but we want this site to be more specific for topics and news focused on the President or related matters.

We are in search of two political authors that wish to post on Obamanator.com.  One in support of President Obama, and the other that does not support him.
Your postings will need to be factual and without prejudice.

Obamanator.com gets top ranking in Google and most other sites when you just search the name obamanator, so you will have high visibility.

If you should have (or know someone with) an interest in political postings please send us an email link of your current work along with contact information to info@obamanator.com

For continued reading of the topics and postings done so far please visit AnimatedMud.com


License to have children?

The idea of a child license has been written about before, but a recent news report of a woman that left her baby in a (120 deg) car struck a nerve.

My wife works for the County Mental Health Dept and sees (first hand) the devastation to minor children at the hands of incompetent parents.  She does not divulge any personal details, but shares the destruction they suffer day after day.

They are most likely born addicted to crack (or some other substance) and then left to fend for themselves while mom goes out and pimps herself… for more crack.

“Where is Dad?”, you ask.  I forgot to mention he is in jail, or there are so many different guys it would be impossible to find out who the father is.

By the time social services steps in, the kids have been imprinted to a life that we can’t even comprehend.

It takes every bit of her skill and training to bring them back to reality and help them decide to become whole again.

It’s completely mind numbing how irresponsibility affects a multitude of people… mostly the victim though.

So…  Here is where it gets Real controversial. 

Yes, we all have rights and a don’t tell me how to live my life attitude, but when it comes to our choices that hurt someone else… small children at that… Is it right to just do as we please when there are consequences waiting to happen for others?

At what point can someone else decide what others can do?

We require people to get a permit for a pet dog.  We train our young ones to pass a test for a driver’s license, but then turn them loose to go make babies in the back seat of the car…  All without any thought or regard for the welfare of whom they produce.

Think about it, if someone passes their driver test and then goes out and crashes, causing horrible devastation to others.  Who is ultimately responsible?  Hopefully the driver is.  They were trained, tested and released to be responsible with their choices.  If they decide to drink and drive or be distracted, it should fall on them.  Sure, there is compassion for true accidents…and should be, but… what if they are repeat offenders?  They go steal a car and do it all over again.  What then?

The same should go for people that destroy their children though neglect or outright abuse.  Did they ever get tested  to see if they can handle the responsibility?  Why should the system take the burden?  Even mentioning this gives me chills.

On one hand, having an agency test and decide whether a person is qualified to parent is a scary thought.  Who needs more big brother telling us what to do?

On the other hand, would it be wise to require prospective parents to pass some kind of class or test for the right to produce a baby, and then impose limitations or consequences if they don’t meet an acceptable standard of care?

 Wow! This is like discussing gun control.  Regulations that limit even the good people, but the criminals will still get them and do bad stuff.

It is sad enough when people do harmful things to themselves, but who will defend the innocent?  At what point does society stand up and say enough!

It’s hard to picture the nightmare of having some sort of sex police come into people’s lives to see what they are up to.  Abortion certainly is not the answer either.  Imagine sending the message…

Go have irresponsible sex and then (let the government) kill your children since we don’t want to raise them either.

Sheez… this is getting harder to write about with each typed character.  It makes me want to vomit,  hit the delete key and go watch a movie instead…

Maybe the reason it is what it is… is, this topic is so large and touches so many deep nerves that even the smartest minds can’t comprehend it… I certainly can’t.
What about you?

Do we license parents to have children?

Do you need (or want) peace that money and fame could never buy?

Read this if you suffer from anxiety.  There are some things in life that just can’t be obtained with all the money in the world… Peace is one of them, and maybe the most important one at that.

How do I know this? Because, I have received it in the most distressing of times and not through wealth or power.

If you think about it, sickness and death is our real enemy during this lifetime.  It does not care what gender, color, race, language or religious preference you are.  It just indiscriminately moves too and fro claiming it’s next victim.
So how is it possible to have peace in your heart and soul when the unthinkable comes to visit?

If you want to find out… keep reading… this will be the hardest easy thing you will ever do from this point forward in your life.  The benefits absolutely outweigh the effort.

By the way, I’m not going to lead you down some trail and get you all excited then ask you to send me money for…. “the secret.”  Nope, if you have a need for peace in your life, then it’s free to you. Just be courageous with an open mind.

One of the reasons there is so much “angst” in people these days is because of the expectations we hold. People (maybe you too) have built expectations for everyone and everything around you. You become upset or anxious when things don’t work out according to your plan.  Do you lead your thoughts, or do they lead you?

The first step in our journey is to acknowledge that you are not God!  I know I know that is a tough pill to swallow, but last time I checked, they weren’t taking any applications in Heaven for that position…. It seems to be filled already.

Now I certainly don’t want to offend my atheist friends, so let’s just start with the idea that whatever you believe has to be your foundation of life. Whether you believe in God or not, it is the place you go for your own absolute truth.

“Believing in something you can never prove, isn’t that faith?”

So let’s let “faith” be our friend.  Anxiety comes with uncertainty like holidays, job interviews, dates, speaking engagements, tiling the bathroom floor…. and yes, more so with sickness and death.

I have been with people in their last moments of life and seen a stark difference of peace connected to their faith.

When we can’t control the outcome or meet self imposed expectations, it’s possible for anxiety or maybe even anger to rule within us.  It does not need to be that way!  You have a voice in this.

It was Jesus who said “My peace I give to you, not as the world gives.”  He made a distinction between what the world gives and what He offers.

Here is the actual definition in the Strong’s concordance:

Strongs Greek 1515 eirḗnē (from eirō, “to join, tie together into a whole”) – properly, wholeness, i.e. when all essential parts are joined together; peace (God’s gift of wholeness).

When my kids were very young it seems they did not worry about anything.  They laughed, played were fed and knew peace in the house. What more could they ask for?  It wasn’t until later that the demands of life (or this world) crept in and instilled worry and anxiety.  Up until then everything was fine and dandy.  How did it change for you?

When Jesus said… 
“My peace (or wholeness) I give to you, not as the world gives.”  What was He saying?
Two things… First, it is possible to be restored to wholeness and second, this world will fragment you…. if you let it.

Imagine some very rich person offering you 20 million dollars. Just let that sink in for a second. He wrote a check with your name on it, and is holding it out for you to accept. You would have to decide if you wanted it, then get up, walk over and reach out to take it from him… Right?  I mean, you would have to do something in order to get the money into your bank account.  What if you did not like the rich person or believe he was really legit in his offer.  Would that influence whether you accepted his check or not, and let his offer change your life?

Same thing with the offer of peace (or wholeness).  You need to believe and accept it… You need to believe and accept Him who offers it. In all fairness, I did mention this will be the “hardest easy thing you have ever done.”  Peace comes from Jesus… Period!  You just read the hard part.   The easy part follows…

I’m so confident in the peace He gave me during my battle with cancer that I’m going to do something crazy…. This will work for those who truly want to replace anxiety with peace, but may not with the doubters and negative minded people.

Anyway, God designed your body to relax naturally. You actually keep yourself from relaxation… (or the world does).  Notice your breathing and what happens when you exhale. You will relax as your breath comes out. This may sound like a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but just try it first before you judge.

In a moment we will start leading your body, mind and soul down a path of relaxation by counting from 10 down to 1.
The most important thing to do, is count on each exhale.  Don’t force the count; just let it flow each time you let your breath out.  What begins happening right away is your lungs, chest, neck and shoulders will start relaxing.  Each time you cycle a ten count, your body and mind will relax deeper.

Go ahead and do this.  It’s OK to read it as you go, but once you know the routine, you can close your eyes and achieve more profound levels of relaxation.

Anyway, get comfortable and say the “numbers” in your mind, “10” while letting out an exhale, “9” let your breath flow out nice and natural, “8” let it flow out slowly again, “7” draw in a deep breath and, relax as you exhale, “6” relax deeper with each exhale, “5” let your lungs and heart rate become normal, “4” let your body relax, “3” relax deeper, “2” relax even deeper, “1” relaxation, peace and wholeness is yours.
Try it again and remember not to force the count, just say the numbers each time you naturally exhale.  Practice it each night you go to sleep.

Whenever you are faced with anxiety producing information, make a choice to find a semi-quiet place and let your body return to wholeness… that which God designed and offered you.
Remember… It’s all in your heart, and you do have a say.