Pope Francis Gets ‘Person of the Year’ Nod and Guess Who’s Crying Foul?


Theme:– Operation J.U.M.P. For Jobs, Justice & Unsung Dreams

The top-ten list came together. It included President Obama, Senator Ted Cruz and Edward Snowden. Some might say the answer was a no-brainer. Cruz was too much of a new-comer and rabble-rouser. Snowden was too much a hot-potato. So Pope Francis named ‘Person of the Year,’ guess who’s crying?

There’re more people cheering than crying foul so let’s stay positive. Time Magazine Editors made the decision with input from readers. Francis also received a majority vote on other more informal surveys. He’s seen as a breath of fresh air in religious affairs. His focus seems less dogma and more karma.

He’s a man who espouses love over fear and hate. He challenges the trickle-down theory of economics. He encourages the religious establishment to think outside-the-box and serve outside the walls. Francis epitomizes the belief of ‘shared purpose, shared pain, shared gain.’ Well so does Operation J.U.M.P.!

It takes shared purpose to turn unsung dreams into a unifying reality. It takes shared pain to know everybody needs help after losing their jobs due to no fault of their own or their homes when there’s enough fault to go around. It takes shared gain to see how less people having more is bad economics.

Since the ‘Person of the Year’ announcement some have been labeling Francis as a Marxist. That’s like saying he’s an undercover Communist. Isn’t it funny that whenever someone rises up for civil rights and social justice they get tagged in a negative light? Francis must know something about that from the past.

Footnote: Operation J.U.M.P. is a mix of economic justice ideals and social-change reveals that might lead to community resolve made of steel.

Edward Snowden and Jon Gosselin Caught Trading Secrets?


Theme:– Operation J.U.M.P. For Jobs, Justice & Unsung Dreams

Remember the reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8?” It was about a family with sextuplets and twins. The show lasted for five seasons before being renamed “Kate Plus 8” after Jon and Kate had a falling-out. Remember the name Edward Snowden? What if Snowden and Gosselin were caught trading secrets?

Snowden is accused of leaking classified government information. He’s been out of a job and in search of a country to call home. He was recently granted asylum in Russia. Now, word is that he’s been hired by a tech company. He’s even asked the U.S. government for clemency. The response was “no can do.”

Gosselin who’s a former IT computer professional has been looking for work since the breakup with his wife and being dropped from the show. He’s been seen waiting tables at a restaurant and says he lives in less than ideal circumstances. Gosselin wants to return to a normal life with a normal job.

What can Snowden say to Gosselin or Operation J.U.M.P. say to those like Gosselin who want a normal return in their employment situation? Sure, it takes focus, drive and common sense to hit the pavement in search of opportunity. But it might also take a social-change system, trading career and business secrets.

Some see Snowden as a traitor for leaking sensitive material. Others believe he’s provided a valuable service in civic duty. While that debate rages on he’s gotten a job in a foreign land while others who kept their noses clean can’t hold their breaths much longer. So, what does that say about our focus on jobs?

Footnote: Operation J.U.M.P. keeps the focus on jobs similar to how a magnifying glass focuses the sunlight on paper to help spark more pockets of opportunity for the unemployed, under-employed and emerging self-employed.”