Color doesn't matter...or does it?

This past week the news has been rocked by the story of #RachelDolezal a person born of two white parents who says "I identified as being black". 

My question is, HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? You know nothing of the struggle of black people. You know nothing of being deprived as many black people are, you know nothing of having to walk the streets, sign up for various programs and hope your situation warrants you getting assistance for your family. You know NOTHING of being turned down for employment based on your skin color. YOU'RE WHITE!

As a white person who grew up around the globe (in the South Pacific & South China & Philippine Sea areas), I've seen many people of many colors having to deal with many issues. Now, a person who is white has basically snowballed the entire country into believing that she's not of her birth color. Have you seen her parents? GOD BLESS THEM for not executing her under any law for shaming her family as others have done in this country and around the world.

My questions are more around a legal nature. People in this country fight to get benefits and qualify for various programs. Did Ms. Dolezal at ANY time apply for and get approved for any assistance programs in the United States which were only for those who are black? If so, then she lied and she should be held accountable as those programs state when you sign that you are doing so under penalty of perjury, etc.

Now that she is getting her 15mins and then some of fame on the basis of a lie, how does that set the clock back even further? I can see MLK turning over in his grave saying "A WHITE WHAT????" "COME ON PEOPLE!!! I DIDN'T DIE FOR THIS!!"

I look at her and I see a white woman. She's not a dress which was created of black and blue yet people see white & gold. She is a WHITE WOMAN BORN OF WHITE PARENTS WHO LIED. If anyone else did this, you'd hold them accountable. Hold her accountable and lock her butt up in jail for lying and deceiving because that's exactly what she did.

What she did would be like me stepping up and saying "I AM BLACK, SO YOU NEED TO GIVE ALL YOUR MONEY HERE": http://www.gofundme.com/haltelderabuse

I will NOT do that because it would not be right. I have much too much respect for blacks and all that they go through now, have gone through over the years that I have been alive, and how much they'll go through in the future as a result of this woman and her deceit.

Wake Up America!!!! PLEASE!!! COLOR DOES MATTER!!! BE PROUD of WHO YOU ARE & WHO YOU WERE BORN AS. But do stop the barriers between colors because those are not productive. This woman did not break barriers, she made people more suspicious by lying and cheating the system.

Lastly, if she entered a University and on her application and all her documentation claimed she was black, she should have her degree revoked because she did not enter and complete her studies in integrity with the University standards.

Thanks for taking time to read & God Bless Us All.

#orangeroom #todayshow #RachelDolezal


A bigger, broader mission...

I was visiting with someone this day who came to purchase some things from a sale that I am having in the place I used to call home in Huntington Beach and we were discussing what the http://www.gofundme.com/rebirthlife page is all about. I had a chance to share with her that it wasn’t just about raising some immediate money to get me and Sophie (my dog) moved out of where we’re currently living, it was/is a foundation for a broader mission.

When I finished explaining to her, she was very surprised, impressed, and inspired about the mission which I shared with her and now with you.

What gets to me is that many people raising money for things in this life do it for a number of reasons:

a. Money is everything
b. Money allows me to buy toys
c. Money allows me to take people out to expensive places and impress them
d. Money is the key to happiness.

All of those…are the wrong reasons to raise money. That’s why I’ve stayed away from going to these seminars where you run around with funny hats on and blurt out your requests for money. That’s why I’ve not stood in front of large crowds asking for funds. It’s why I created a page and have been promoting it as much as I have because people need to know that this is a handUP and stepUP and a foundation for the broader mission of informing people. Informing them of ELDER ABUSE on our planet.

Here’s what I want to do with the money that is raised, and the $6000 is just the start. How much do I want to raise totally? The answer is EASY - $5,000,000.00 - 5 Million Dollars.

Now, before you start laughing, let me share with you what those funds will be used for:

a. NOT buying expensive toys

b. NOT taking people out to expensive places to impress them

c. NOT claiming that it is EVERYTHING, and NOT using it to proclaim that Money is the key to happiness.

d. WILL be used for education of many about ELDER ABUSE

e. WILL be used to inform MILLIONS about ELDER ABUSE

f. WILL be used to hold agencies accountable for investigating ELDER ABUSE in ALL CARE FACILITIES in the USA

g. WILL be used to hire & train crack teams that can deploy quickly to remedy ELDER ABUSE situations and engage oversight & reporting

h. WILL be used to RESCUE residents from abusive environments to safer ones quickly, documenting everything & engaging law enforcement to proceed with prosecution of individuals responsible for offenses.

i. WILL be used to assist families with resources to protect their loved ones and their assets.

j. WILL be used to engage lawyers to aid families in recovering funds which are appropriated from them for care that their loved ones truly do not require because of improper staffing by facilities.

k. WILL be used to hold facilities that are tasked with taking care of our elders and our Veterans accountable for all of their actions during the time that those people are in their care.

The bottomline is this money when raised will be used for those things that are important around the mission of informing people of Elder Abuse and bringing a huge spotlight to bear on this problem because we’re ALL getting older. There is no cure for age, and even when there is one, there will be a transition period where people still need care. Everyone is going to be in need of elder care and there’s no reason that these places which are tasked with taking care of our elders should be allowed to get away with abusing those in their trust.

What do I need from you out there? Simple. A $5 donation. The minimum that http://www.gofundme.com/rebirthlife will allow you to donate.

Then, after you’ve donated, email, or facebook, or tweet out to every follower you have and ask them to either match or exceed your donation.

Once the $5 million dollar amount is achieved, the donation acceptance will be stopped, a foundation will be formed, and then the battle begins to expose the spectre of this problem which affects our entire PLANET!! Not just this country.

If you know any celebrities out there who have millions of followers, they have some great pull with them, get them to ask their followers to donate just $5. If you know anyone at Starbuck’s ask them to ask 1,000,000 of their customers to give up coffee for one day and donate their $5 to the page. This will get this campaign funded and over with in less than 24 hours.

If you know anyone in the media who can get the message out and encourage people to donate to this, this matter affects more people than those who were affected by a pizza parlor making a stand against gay weddings in Indiana. In fact, those people who own that pizza parlor are also going to get old and they’ll require care and they could potentially end up being the victims of Elder Abuse.

Working together we can help turn the tables on those companies that take money from families, deliver sub-standard care, and at the very same time abuse our family members, and raise the care rates to suck more and more money from families because they can and no one is holding them accountable.

Thank you in advance for reading this, taking it all in, and understanding the broader mission here. I am moving me and Sophie to a smaller place which is less expensive, and if all goes as planned, getting the car fixed, not replaced, and once all these funds are raised, getting us on the road to begin understanding the issues facing many families placing their parents or relatives into care facilities, and helping them with what all they need.

Once again, here’s the link to read more about me & Sophie, and to donate as well as guide others to:


God bless you all for your help. When you donate, please ask others to either meet or exceed your donation and help us get this fundraising segment over with quickly so that we can get moved out, hold a weekend sale at a rented facility to sell everything we don’t need, get moved into a new space, take a week to breathe & grieve the deaths of my parents, and then get to work!

Sincerely yours,

Michael Murdock, US NAVY VETERAN & son of LCDR Walter E. Murdock & Vincenza Murdock (both deceased, and both abused while they were in the care of a famous facility located in Huntington Beach, CA., specializing in the care of Alzheimer’s & Assisted Living Residents (or so they claim).

So how are you doing?

Someone asked me that this morning and my answer to them surprised even me. I am frustrated, depressed, pissed, surprised, sad, and eventually I’ll get angry, I replied.

That bad? Yes, that bad.

Because it’s Monday, I can be, and I’ve not been without a roof over my head since the 1980’s when I took a 6 month road trip in my car to explore the world a bit and in the end had a phone to pick up to call family and say “Hey, I need help”. Now they’re in the clouds watching all of this and I know they’re wishing they could help once again, but everything that they could do went with them skyward, bless their amazing and loving hearts. They taught me to survive. I want to be so much more than a survivor and they taught me that as well. Don’t settle.

Instead what I have is a mound of paperwork that shows my inheritance spent taking care of my folks, and in the end me being forced out of where I live, selling all my stuff (and it is just stuff), but hoping that what I sell is enough to sustain me at least for a while longer until something breaks open to allow more abundance to flow.

Getting into a zen state or a state of zero and rebooting is rough when all around you is chaotic and moving so quickly. There’s no way to put a hand up and command it all to stop and have it obey. Although we’re taught that with the faith of a mustard seed, that mountains shall level themselves or lift themselves from the ground to make a path for us. I am holding a space for such mountains to pick up and move.

So when you call me, if I seem snippy…you’ll know why. Moving after 4 years is a pain under normal circumstances. Not knowing where you are going to be next and where you and your loving dog can call home and feel safe except your car is challenging…but in the end, I shall overcome this as I have every other challenge thrown my way in this lifetime and I shall come out on top once again.

Because I am anointed! And I know that God has faith in me as I in he.

AMEN

Happy Monday to all.

Can you help me over the hump? 

A Social Media Challenge With a WIN-WIN

Okay, so for those of you following me, you know I am raising money to pay Mom’s bills off and looking to finish that fundraising off by 11AM tomorrow morning when she is buried at Arlington National Cemetery with my Father.

The total amount of the fundraising is $20,000.00. Right up to now, over the past month 50 people have contributed to this cause and helped raise just under $2,500.00. 

So here’s where the challenge comes in. There are many Social Media Gurus out there who claim they know their markets, have followers that do things at the drop of a hat when asked, etc…Now’s your chance to show the world what you have, who really knows their stuff, who has the most influence, and who can get people motivated quickly. In the end, if you’re successful getting your people to help you win this, your business will benefit far beyond the amount of this fundraising. I guarantee you that.

My Challenge to you is to get each of those followers to donate just $5.00 to this fundraising campaign, and in the comments section when they make their donation, mention referred by: (your name)

And the GURU with the most people donating once the goal has been reached or exceeded, I will post tweets and facebook postings, linkedIN postings, about your business and mention it in discussions with connections and such for the next 12 months time.

That’s the WIN for you and the WIN for me and actually the WIN for Mom so she can rest in peace knowing all is well here.

IS there ANYONE out there willing to accept that challenge? Do you think your followers will help you with this? After all, you’re asking them to give up their Starbucks for 1 day!!!! What do you think?

And of course if anyone has a celebrity friend who wants to do this all in one jump, the time is until 11AM EST tomorrow, by the time Mom’s on her way into the ground in Arlington, I want to honor her by having attained this goal.

Yes, people can donate ANONYMOUSLY as well, just in the comments mention REFERRED BY and put the name of the GURU who told you about this.

I know someone out there as 4000 people who can do this, I just want to see who will step up and do something for a great cause. My Mother at age 84 was physically, mentally, and financially abused where she was living. I moved her to safety, and she passed away within 3 months of that move. If she’d been able to speak for herself, and defend herself, she’d probably have killed the people who did the abuse because Italians liker her take crap from no one. I don’t desire to see or hear of ANYMORE abuse of Elderly, especially those widows of Veterans which My Mother was, and even behind the curtain of Alzheimer’s she was present, but not enough to speak out against this. Once this campaign is done, my life begins anew, but part of that anew will be for me to be a voice against the mistreatment of these treasures of our country and our world. They DESERVE BETTER.

In advance, I thank you, I appreciate you, and I ask for God to send blessings down from the heavens onto all of you and your families for all time.

Let the CHALLENGE BEGIN!!!

I will update progress as things happen on facebook & twitter as well.

Here’s the LINK which you need to send people to:  http://www.gofundme.com/burymom 

I look forward to seeing who has the most juice with their peeps.

Michael Murdock, CEO
DocMurdock.com (website being redone bit by bit)

Arrivederci Mama!! (farewell, till we meet again Mother)

Today...I am blessed. 

I have always been blessed, but today I am especially blessed by God and the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

I had the chance to spend some time with my Mother as she lay in her casket in the funeral home awaiting my Brother, his wife, and their two kids to come and pay their last respects to her.

I arrived early to the funeral home, after running some errands and getting my head in order, as well as crying my eyes out because of Celine Dion's music, especially the song from the Robin Williams Movie Bicentennial Man called "Then you look at me". I'm including the lyric below and God BLESS Celine and her amazing voice which resonates so purely through me. You have to see the movie to understand the impact.

My Mother has been locked behind the doors of Alzheimer's, a ruthless disease that ROBS people of their memories. Those cherished snapshots of this life that we all take in our heads hoping to go to our graves with them in our heads and yet this disease which is RAMPANT among those who have served our country, their spouses and yes even their entire families robs those memories from us so we forget who people are, where they are, what they were in our lives, and eventually it robs people of their abilities to control their bodies, to do things that we all take for granted and yet the amount of money spent on research to cure this disease is...lacking compared to others. 

An article written in 2013 stated the following which I find unconscionable:

"Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5 million Americans. It’s the fifth leading cause of death in the United States overall, and care costs for Alzheimer’s patients exceed $200 billion. But somehow the government hasn’t made research into this disease a top priority."

To our elected officials, I say "Find a way to MAKE IT A PRIORITY" or we're going to find and elect others who will. Our beloved government is ok with spending billions on wars, and putting the real needs of our country on the back burner. I say it's time for a change.

When Seth Rogen, the actor went before the government and spoke on this, his appearance was slightly comical. Well, I am not laughing. I have lost 2 parents who both served this country with HONOR and DISTINCTION. My Father who served 3 tours in Vietnam, and my Mother who was his spouse for 56 years, 27 of those as a NAVY WIFE dedicated to raising a family, being there for Dad when he returned from War, and helping other families who lost their loved ones and never, ever asked for anything in return. This woman was a Saint in my book and Dad's for that matter, but yet this disease came out of nowhere and took her from us. MORE needs to be done to eliminate this disease from existence. More Veterans, their Spouses, their families have this than others. What does that tell me? Something that we're exposed to somewhere along the way during our "duty" is getting this into our bodies and it's robbing us of that which we deserve to keep, our memories, our intellect, our control over that which we do in our lives.

So Government...Laugh at Seth. Laugh at me and I am in your face more than you care to want me there. I am a Veteran of the US NAVY. I also served with HONOR & Distinction, and I intend to let the world know that Alzheimer's & Dementia need to be more of a priority for this NATION to lead the way to finding a cure, and this needs to be focused in on sooner than later.

As I said, this day I am blessed. I got to say farewell & I will see you later to my Mother. I am grateful that I took the time to do this after caring for her needs over these years after Dad's passing. I am honored to be her Son. I am honored to have had the opportunity to be of service to Mom, to Dad, and to others whose families wouldn't give them the time of day when all they wanted was someone to speak with, to share a story with, to be heard. I am blessed, and I thank GOD for this opportunity to share my thoughts, my words with each of you, especially those who may be embarking down a similar path with their loved ones. You are NOT alone. You ARE LOVED, and you have SUPPORT when you need it. Don't hesitate to reach out and ask for time, or for me to listen. I am here for you.

God bless you all, and may your day be as mine is, nothing short of amazing.

Farewell Mama!!! I will see you in heaven when it's time for me to join you and Daddy. Give him my love as well as yourself, and thank you again for the honor of being my Mother in this lifetime. I love you both always.

Your Son,

Michael

** For ANYONE who would like to donate to the Vincenza Murdock Memorial Fund, this money is being used to pay off Mom's final bills and expenses in this lifetime which were not covered by our wonderful government, please go to the following website, and this is legit, it's not a scam as I have no time for being dishonest to people, and Thank you in advance for your assistance:

http://www.gofundme.com/burymom

This is a long road to reach the goal of this campaign. I wish someone like Seth Rogen, or Ellen DeGeneres, or another celebrity who perhaps has had a friend or relative afflicted with this disease to perhaps help, this campaign could end within an hour of them sharing and asking their followers to chip in. Even small donations help. Once this is reached, I can then wind all of Mom's affairs up, and begin a grieving process that I have been waiting to start since Dad passed away in May of 2013.

In advance, thank you very much for all of your support, and for those who have already donated, thank you as well and God Bless You All.


Then You Look At Me - Lyrics. Celine Dion Singer

Laugh and cry
Live and die
Life is a dream we are dreaming

Day by day
I find my way
Look for the song and the meaning

Then you look at me
And I always see
What I have been searching for
I'm lost as can be
Then you look at me
And I am not lost anymore

People run
Sun to sun
Caught in their lives ever flowing
Once begun
Life goes till it's gone
We have to go where it's going

Then you look at me
And I always see
What I have been searching for
I'm lost as can be
Then you look at me
And I am not lost anymore

And you say you see
When you look at me
The reason you love life so
Though lost I have been
I find love again
And life just keeps on running
And life just keeps on running
You look at me and life comes from you

From you