Tuesday, April 30, 2013

2012 Voting Pattern

***Not to beat a dead horse, but this is interesting:






First of all, it's interesting how much of the country is red, but Obama is President. Secondly, look at where the pockets of the most gun violence are? Yup. BLUE counties.

***The Boston Bombers received ***$100,000.00*** in taxpayer-funded assistance. If this doesn't rile you, I don't know what will. We subsidized these cretins while they were plotting against America.


The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance — a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned.
“The breadth of the benefits the family was receiving was stunning,” said a person with knowledge of documents handed over to a legislative committee today.

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I dunno, I thought it was cute... :-)

***Obama walks back "Red Line" on Syria. Of course he did. Our president is a wuss.

President Obama, who earlier said use of chemical weapons by Syria on its people would be a “red line” requiring action by the U.S., walked the stance back on Tuesday, saying he needs more information on the reported attacks before responding.

The translation for that is, "Gawd, what do I do now??"

***
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Washington Wizards center Jason Collins has become the first American athlete in a major team sport to come out as gay. Do you know what a breakthrough this is? Finally an NBA player who won’t have any illegitimate kids.

Collins said it was not a tough decision to tell people that he’s gay. He said it’s easier than telling people he plays for the Washington Wizards. That’s the hard part.

I had a birthday over the weekend. I turned 63. That is an awkward age. It’s too old for NBC, but it’s still too young to play for the Lakers.

According to a new study, fatty foods can boost your memory. Eating junk food can make your memory better. There was a similar study done five years ago. It was April 17, 2008, at 2 p.m. on a Wednesday. I remember it was drizzling. I had a dark suit with a yellow tie. I remember it like it was yesterday.


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If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost,
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are;
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man;
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.

By WALTER D. WINTLE, “The Man Who Thinks He Can.”
—Poems That Live Forever, comp. Hazel Felleman, p. 310 (1965)
 
 
***“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” ~~ Henry Van Dyke
 
***Have a great day!
 

Monday, April 29, 2013

Why Romney Lost

***I agree with this assessment - he got out-hustled in turnout. I was with most conservative pundits, thinking that there was no way Obama's base could be energized and eager to turn out and vote for him due to his dismal record. Boy, was I wrong.

Black voters "outperformed" their potential share of the electorate in 2012, while every other minority group and whites "underperformed." According to an analysis by the Associated Press, if the racial and ethnic composition of the electorate were the same it was before Barack Obama entered the national stage, Mitt Romney would be President. 

This ought to forever put to rest the lie that voter id laws disenfranchise minority voters. 
Blacks make up about 12% of the total pool of eligible voters, yet they comprised 13% of the overall electorate in 2012. This is a very high turnout, fueled, no doubt, by Barack Obama being on the ballot. The share of the electorate made up of White, Asian or Hispanic voters were all well below their share of the population. According to the AP, for example, 2-5 million fewer whiles voted compared to 2008, even though their number of eligible voters had increased.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Barack Obama is president because he's black. Period. End of story. How is that not racist?

***Bolton: Obama's foreign policy "feckless." Of course it is. He has no idea what he's doing. 

Former UN ambassador John Bolton has slammed President Barack Obama’s threat to act if Syria used chemical weapons against its own people, saying, “his rhetoric has now crashed into reality.”

In an Op-Ed in Monday’s Wall Street Journal, Bolton said Obama has boxed himself in now that evidence is growing that Bashar Assad’s regime has used such weapons.

“No doubt we will soon hear calls for International Criminal Court indictments of Assad and his henchmen for crimes against humanity. That, in State Department parlance, would be a ‘strong signal,’ probably followed by a ‘stiff note’ to Assad's friends in the Kremlin,” Bolton wrote.

“How they will tremble in Damascus.“

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***Gosnell had accomplice in murders - the liberal media. I totally agree.

Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell did not act alone. He has an accomplice who is just as guilty as he is for willfully taking part in these heinous crimes: the media.
The Gosnell trial is possibly the most gruesome, most tragic human rights story of the 21st  century.
The witness testimony coming out of the trial is worse than a horror movie script — babies left in shoe boxes, babies born alive and left to swim in a toilet to die, and worse.  Yet, instead of competing to cover Gosnell’s capital murder trial for the serial killing of newborn babies and the murder of one female victim, the major broadcast networks actively worked to hide the evidence by censoring any and all coverage.  


This is a neat story.










***A successful person is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks that others throw at him or her.  ~David Brinkley
 
***Have a great day!
 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Eat, Pray, Walk

***This is neat. A mother and two daughters take a walking tour of Tuscany - sounds like a great idea!

Our waiter, Giado, covered his eyes in dismay when we told him we were setting off the next day on a weeklong walking tour of Tuscany. "You really want to walk? It's sometimes 16 kilometers [about 10 miles] from one town to the next, with nothing in the middle to eat or drink."
His concern seemed genuine, and given that we'd just demolished two of Osteria le Logge's most amazing desserts, a mascarpone terrine with port granita and a chocolate panna cotta with lavender cream-somewhat justified. Nearly every window in the city of Siena displayed something I wanted to eat: biscotti, lardo, wheels of pecorino, bresaola, cones of gelato. I knew we wouldn't find much of that while footing it through hay fields.
But my mom, my sister, and I had come here to start a seven-day trek through Italy's villages-we wanted to really experience the countryside, not just drive by it. Everyone has a fantasy of what Tuscany looks like: old stone farmhouses, rolling fields, lines of cypress trees. (Admit it: You've seen Under the Tuscan Sun at least once.) 

Kind of a long read, but interesting.



***Second coldest spring start in history.  But...what about global warming??

***Our pastor gave a very humbling sermon this morning. We've all heard the term "body of Christ" over and over. This morning, though, he made me think harder about being part of the actual body of Christ. Not literally, obviously, but work with me here. We are to represent Him to the world. Certainly makes me want to think twice about some of my behavior, even in private. My self talk is absolutely awful. I have been so very discouraged about not losing the rest of the weight I want to lose. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful for the 120+ lbs I've lost, but I need to lose another 75 and it just won't go. It's not because I overeat, because I can't. It's not because I cheat with sweets, etc., because I can't. If I get up and put something on that feels snug or just doesn't feel right, I can let that color my whole day. The phrase "What Would Jesus Do?" isn't just a cliche; if I am really part of Christ's body, I really do need to think on that before I blurt out a cussword because I'm frustrated. Thank God for His grace.

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***Freedom is a possession of inestimable value. ~~ Cicero

***Have a great day!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Deep Breath

***Wow, I'm glad it's Saturday. What a week! Yesterday I had lots to do, but had some technical problems and spent quite a bit of time with the Help Desk of my biggest client. Needless to say, I have some ground to make up. Right in the middle of that Mark called from West Alexandria, Ohio. He was on his way home from a job over there and his van broke down. Great. We had to have it towed back to Richmond. Who knows how much THAT'S gonna cost. This morning, though, there are some yard sales to go to! Gonna pick Mom up and do our thing, then of course our weekly jaunt to the Amish store. For lunch we're going to try those Mighty Minis at Arby's...should be about the right size for me. I can't eat a full size roast beef sandwich, but I'll bet I can eat one of those little thingies! Looking forward to it. I'll worry about everything else this afternoon.

***Critical thinking in higher education: College student thinks Husky logo is "pro-rape." Seriously, where do these people come from...??


The new logo for the University of Connecticut’s sports teams is a terrifying husky dog that calls to mind images of sexual assault, says one student.
The new logo was unveiled last week, receiving mixed-to-negative reviews from UConn fans who preferred the older, cuter husky dog.
But one student went much further, criticizing the new, meaner logo for being a pro-rape symbol.

What kind of sick mind goes right to "rape" when they see the above picture? The sad thing is, it wouldn't surprise me if the powers-that-be bow to her wishes.

***$1139 on the Prom? Are you kidding me? Sure didn't happen in this house.
have a budget of $200 for my dress, because I know from shopping online that most prices are $150 and up," said Anna Brown, 17, while shopping at Macy's in Manhattan this week. Brown, a senior at Newtown High School in Elmhurst, New York, will attend her prom on May 27.
Brown has no idea what her total prom spend will be this year, because it all starts with the dress.
If she is anything close to average, Brown's wallet will be much lighter at the end of next month. Overall spending on U.S. prom events is forecast to rise to an average of $1,139 per family in 2013, up 5 percent over last year - and higher than the 1.5 percent rate of inflation in the United States - according to Visa Inc's third annual survey of prom spending.

***I've posted this before, but it's worth repeating...



Both women are 51. Click to enlarge.

***My nephew put up a video on Facebook of Jon Stewart claiming that Fox News "shreds" the Constitution. I pretty much knew what I was going to see, but I suffered through watching it before commenting. It was as stupid as I knew it would be, as only Jon Stewart can be. See for yourself here, if you can stand it.

He completely and totally forgets that all this talk is about a TERRORIST. No one on Fox News was advocating suspending any civilian's rights. However, this man is a known terrorist who had been planning more terrorism if he had not been stopped, including blowing up Times Square. Yeah, I think we should do what is necessary to protect our nation, and I agree with most of what the commentators on Fox News said. Not unusual for me to disagree with Jon Stewart, I think he is a buffoon in the league of Joe Biden, but it bothers me to see otherwise intelligent people jump on his bandwagon.

***Obama praises Planned Parenthood. Really? Are you surprised? After all, the networks are refusing to cover the Gosnell trial, so as usual, they're covering his sorry butt. He'll get away with this outrage as he always does, with the full backing of our quisling press.

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Anybody besides me remember that cartoon?

***George Jones, RIP.

***New Twinkie maker won't use union labor. Smart move.

***Quenching your spiritual drought, from Focus on the Family.

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***As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ~Terri Guillemets

***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Obama Blind to Terror

***Yup.

Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton says the Obama administration’s reaction to the Boston bombings was similar to its reaction after the attack in Benghazi, in both cases refusing to acknowledge broader links to terror.

“They are so blind to the world that you can’t acknowledge that there is an international terrorist threat,” Bolton said Wednesday night in an interview with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

Bolton’s comments came as Republican House members released an interim report on how the administration reacted after the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, saying the administration “willfully perpetuated a deliberately misleading and incomplete narrative.”

After both tragedies, Bolton said, the administration’s initial position “was there is no international terrorist threat, the war on terror is over. And that is a problem.”


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Unborn and newborn babies aren’t getting much support from the White House this week. President Obama continues to refuse to weigh in on the case of alleged serial killer abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell. Instead, he agreed to give the keynote address at Planned Parenthood’s annual gala dinner on Thursday night.
The White House realized Wednesday that the public outcry was too loud and made up an excuse why Mr. Obama couldn’t give the major address, but would do a smaller speech at a Friday breakfast. It is unheard of for a president to cancel a scheduled speech or event — especially with one day notice — unless in the case of a major domestic or international crisis. Spending extra times with the families of victims of the fertilizer factory in Waco, Texas does not fit those criteria. 

God help us.

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***But the fruit that can fall without shaking
Indeed is too mellow for me.
~Mary Wortley Montagu, The Answer
 
***Have a great day!
 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Making America Suffer

***Make no mistake, Obama wants you to suffer, he wants you to think it's because of the sequester, and he wants you to blame it on the Republicans. There is absolutely nothing honest or worthy about this man, and the fact that he is President of the United States makes me sick. Now a 4% cut to the FAA results in the cancellation of 40% of flights? Really?

Start with the Federal Aviation Administration, better known as the Postal Service without the modern technology. Flyers directly fund two-thirds of the FAA's budget through 17 airline taxes and fees—about 20% of the cost of a $300 domestic ticket, up from 7% in the 1970s. Yet now the White House wants to make this agency that can't deliver what passengers are supposedly paying for even more dysfunctional.
Ponder this logic, if that's the right word: The sequester cuts about $637 million from the FAA, which is less than 4% of its $15.9 billion 2012 budget, and it limits the agency to what it spent in 2010. The White House decided to translate this 4% cut that it has the legal discretion to avoid into a 10% cut for air traffic controllers. Though controllers will be furloughed for one of every 10 working days, four of every 10 flights won't arrive on time.

All part of the plan, people.

***Gotta hurry up - went to a funeral this afternoon and it gobbled up a lot of time. My sister did a nice summary of the funeral on her blog. The only thing I can add is when I see this man's family, who wanted little to do with him in life, all gathered together now that he's gone (he was a very wealthy man), all I can think of are vultures circling.

***Walk or run? Depends on who you ask.

***This is me & my mom...


***
My Cup Has Overflowed

I've never made a fortune,
and it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much,
I'm happy anyhow.

And as I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven't got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going's tough.
But I've got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for his blessings,
and the mercies He's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.

So Lord, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I'll not ask for other blessings,
I'm already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.
-- Author Unknown

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***In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips.  ~Author Unknown

***Have a great day!
 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Bush's Accomplishments

***I get so tired of liberals spouting the same lies over and over about Bush. He got us into an illegal war, he started it, he caused the deficit (even it its current form), 9-11 was his fault, the economy was awful when he was president, blah blah blah. It's obvious not one of them has put any thought, much less research, into these claims. Bush was far from perfect, but he is a good, honest man who loves his country and did what he thought was right. BIG difference from what we have now. Here is a good rundown from Ed Gillespie at National Review Online:

Last week’s tragic terrorist attack on the Boston marathon was a grim reminder that, while our homeland is safer today than it was before the attacks of September 11, 2001, Americans cannot take that safety for granted.
The fact that we have not suffered such an attack in nearly eleven and a half years reflects the skill of our counterintelligence agencies, the FBI, and the brave men and women who are on the front lines of keeping their fellow Americans safe.
But it reflects, too, the policies put in place by the administration of President George W. Bush, whose presidential library opens this week in Dallas, Texas. These policies include establishing the director of National Intelligence, National Counterterrorism Center, and the Department of Homeland Security, and expanding the FBI’s mission from just investigating terrorist attacks to preventing them.

Read the whole thing.

***Hillary trounces Barry in poll. Like she'd be any better...

***Max Baucus to retire. Well THAT'S good news.

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***Senate bill jeopardizes tax-free online shopping. It's what Democrats do, people. Tax, tax, tax.

***Baby survives after being born with half a heart. Wow.

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***If all economists were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion. ~~ George Bernard Shaw

***Have a great day!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Dearth Day

***As in, dearth of common sense. I have no problem not littering, trying to save energy (not because I'm gonna destroy the earth if I leave a light on, but because I like to save money), etc. It's the environmental wackos, the self righteous busybodies I have a problem with who lie, deceive, and extort in order to further their anti-capitalist cause. THAT'S why I don't celebrate "Earth Day." It's a "feel good, does no good" day.

***How about this? The second Boston Bomber won't be treated as an enemy combatant. He will be tried in civil court. Anybody surprised? Just Mohammed Obama looking out for his own.

The White House came out against the demands of some hawkish Republicans to declare Tsarnaev an "enemy combatant," which would give them more leeway in questioning the alleged bomber for the purposes of gaining intelligence about the Boston attack.
"He will not be treated as an enemy combatant," Carney said at Monday's press briefing. "We will prosecute this terrorist through our civilian system of justice."

***University of New York professors says "too much force" was used against the first Boston bomber. These people are teaching your kids. Chew on that. 

Now we have captured the two terrorists from Chechnya who come from the troubled region that is Muslim, but we cannot understand their motives, not yet.  And Obama encourages us to refrain.
This said, the mortuary pictures of the older brother of the two are extremely disturbing, raising questions as to whether the Boston Police Department captured him with too much force. I understand the explanation offered by Katharine Q. Seelye, William H. Rashbaum, and Michael Cooper.  Yet, it does not ring true.  A picture is worth a thousand words that will keep our ears ringing as we recoil from this photo.  Images have a way of searing themselves into our memory in a way that can’t be undone.  We have an emotional memory, not just a rational one that is exemplified by words.

I don't recoil from the pictures nearly as much as I recoil from your idiocy, ma'am.



Losers.

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You know what it comes down to, Barry-0?  People don’t trust you.  Simple as that.  Oh … certainly you do have your supporters.  It’s not that NOBODY trusts you .. just most productive Americans above the median IQ.  The moochers, leaches and parasites still trust you … they trust you to keep forking over the government checks.  When the checks stop coming … when they find that a change of regimes in Washington will necessitate their actually becoming marginally productive again … their fealty to their long-gone here, the great and powerful 0bama, will fade to resentment and scorn.

***How brain training can make you significantly smarter. Okay, all you Obama voters? Form a line...

 Neuroscientists are increasingly showing that there's actually a lot that can be done.  It turns that the brain needs exercise in much the same way our muscles do, and the right mental workouts can significantly improve our basic cognitive functions.  Thinking is essentially a process of making neural connections in the brain.  To a certain extent, our ability to excel in making the neural connections that drive intelligence is inherited.  However, because these connections are made through effort and practice, scientists believe that intelligence can expand and fluctuate according to mental effort.

***Check out the dancing puppy!!



***Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion.  You must set yourself on fire.  ~Arnold H. Glasow

***Have a great day!
 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

"Smart Diplomacy"

***Via Instapundit:

“SMART DIPLOMACY” UPDATE: Obama Losing Control of Middle East Policy. “The Obama administration is losing control of its Middle East policy and with it, Washington’s credibility. Yesterday the State Department and Pentagon gave conflicting accounts of the administration’s Syria policy before a bewildered Senate Armed Services Committee.”

I really think that the purpose of the Kerry appointment was to ensure that Hillary — whose record was nothing to write home about — would look better in retrospect.

There is nothing "smart" about Obama's foreign policy. It's a mess, and getting worse.

***Silver lining: Obamacare may put some unions out of business.

Under Obamacare, small firms don't have to provide insurance to their employees.  That probably describes most of the non-union roofing firms in the country.  Meanwhile, non-union roofers are going to be eligible for heavily subsidized insurance on the exchanges.  Union workers get the health insurance, but no subsidy.  This will mean one of two things:

1.  Union workers will get paid less than non-union workers, as wages are diverted to cover the union health plan.
2.  Union firms will have higher costs than non-union firms, as they cover the extra cost of an unsubsidized union health plan.  
Either way is bad news: it will be difficult to recruit new workers, and/or difficult to find work for the people in the union.  No wonder the union is freaking out. 

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***No Miranda rights for bomb suspect; ACLU objects. Seriously??

The American Civil Liberties Union says it's concerned the bombing suspect will be questioned without being read his Miranda rights.

ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero says the exception applies only when there's a continued threat to public safety and is "not an open-ended exception" to the Miranda rule.

Unbelievable.



Surrender. That’s the underlying message of Gabrielle Reece’s statements last week about marriage. The former volleyball star and current fitness expert—a woman who has literally made a living being strong—has dubbed submission a strength.
“I choose to serve my family and my husband,” says Reece, “because it creates a dynamic where he is then in fact acting more like a man and masculine and treating me the way I want to be treated.” NBC’s Brian Williams called it a “new and provocative take on how to keep a marriage together.”
A "new and provocative take?" Hardly. It's as old as the Bible.

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When Grandpa and Billy entered their vacation cabin, they kept the lights off until they were inside to keep from attracting insects. Still, a few fireflies followed them in. Noticing them before Grandpa did, Billy whispered, ‘It’s no use, Grandpa. The mosquitoes are coming after us with flashlights.’
 

***The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard
 
***Have a great day!
 

Friday, April 19, 2013

What.A.Day...

***What a grueling week. Having people over for a cookout tomorrow, so I gotta get busy on the house. Thankfully, Mark has gotten a lot done, but I still have to scrub our grungy grill. Oh well, I love having company!

***What a stressful week nationally, too. I hope they catch that second bugger before he hurts somebody else. "Religion of peace" indeed.

***Could Obama's gun control push cost Democrats the Senate? One can only hope...

***Great idea!



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When I Whine
By Red Foley

Today upon a bus, I saw
A lovely maid with golden hair; I envied her - she seemed so gay -
And oh, I wished I were so fair.
When suddenly she rose to leave,
I saw her hobble down the aisle,
She had one foot and wore a crutch,
But as she passed, a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two feet - the world is mine.

And when I stopped to buy some sweets,
The lad who served me had such charm;
He seemed to radiate good cheer,
His manner was so kind and warm.
I said, "It's nice to deal with you,
Such courtesy I seldom find."
He turned and said, "Oh, thank you, sir!"
And I saw that he was blind.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two eyes - the world is mine.

Then, when walking down the street,
I saw a child with eyes of blue.
He stood and watched the others play;
It seemed he knew not what to do,
I stopped a moment, then I said:
"Why don't you join the others, dear?"
He looked ahead without a word,
And then I knew; He could not hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two ears - the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I'd go,
With eyes to see the sunset's glow,
With ears to hear what I should know:
I'm blessed indeed, The world is mine;
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine. 


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***
The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch
Jim Rohn

***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A Great Lady Laid to Rest

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  • A friend sent me a recap of this mornings beautiful funeral service for Margaret Thatcher. How fitting that they read from Ephesians 6:10-18 imploring us to put on “the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Certainly Margaret Thatcher wore such armor in her many battles.

    It is so very sad that in this sensitive time of needing to show respect for humanity in general and for “the good guys” in particular our White House did not even send an official envoy to her funeral. Salt in the wound is learning that Senator Menendez, who was recently in the news because of allegations of corruption and even possibly a prostitution scandal, gutted the Senate Resolution honoring Mrs. Thatcher’s world changing achievements. So very sad. Not only is this an insult to our British allies, it’s an insult to women.


    Margaret Thatcher admirably never styled herself as a woman leader. She regarded herself as simply a leader, and got the job done regardless of her sex. But the fact remains that she was the most important female leader of the 20th century and will be remembered as one of the most important leaders of all time. Where is the outrage from American feminists at the obvious official snub of this iconic woman who was one of our country’s most loyal allies? (I guess maybe the American sisterhood is too busy at the moment trying to enforce the media blackout of that Philadelphia mass-murderer’s trial for killing our youngest sisters in the womb.)

    Margaret Thatcher was the epitome of everything feminists claim they support – a self-made woman who rose to power on her own merits without the patronage of any man. It’s time these liberal hypocrites showed her and women in general the same respect conservatives have all along. It’s disgraceful that America’s politicians snubbed her achievements, as Mrs. Thatcher helped secure our own union while setting a mighty example for women around the world. Like all great leaders, she belongs to the ages now, and I trust that time will only burnish the Iron Lady’s shining legacy when all these petty slights are long forgotten.

    - Sarah Palin


    ***Why a solution will destroy the Democrats.


    It’s simple, really. Those on the left don’t want America to find a solution! They thrive and survive on the concept of making sure there will always be a victim.
    A solution would bring peace. A solution would bring harmony. A solution would also be devastating to the Democratic Party, which thrives on misery and conflict.
    I've been saying this over and over - the Democrats need victims, so they'll block anything that might actually work.

    ***

    Did you see the fit the president threw when he didn't get his way on guns? Can you get more unpresidential than that?


    Did you ever see George W. Bush go on a tirade against Congress when he didn't get his way? No, because he has class. Obama has none.

    ***“Our homeland security effort has been running on fumes under President Obama. Ever since George W. Bush left office, we have stopped developing the same kinds of leads and are no longer pursuing them with the same alacrity and √©lan as we did before.”– Retired political strategist and radio host Dick Morris, The Hill.

    ***Awful plant blast in Texas. God be with the victims and their families.

    ***Gun rights champion: "Obama couldn't pass a stone."  Hee hee!

    ***


    ***Tiptoeing around the Boston Bomber's race. Unbelievable.


    ***Spiritual Intimacy. Great article over at Focus on the Family.

    ***

    Because I could not stop for Death –  He kindly stopped for me –  The Carriage held but just Ourselves –  And Immortality. We slowly drove – He knew no haste And I had put away My labor and my leisure too, For His Civility –  We passed the School, where Children strove At Recess – in the Ring –  We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –  We passed the Setting Sun –  Or rather – He passed us –  The Dews drew quivering and chill –  For only Gossamer, my Gown –  My Tippet – only Tulle –  We paused before a House that seemed A Swelling of the Ground –  The Roof was scarcely visible –  The Cornice – in the Ground –  Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet Feels shorter than the Day I first surmised the Horses' Heads Were toward Eternity –  - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15395#sthash.2bwmvZM7.dpuf


    ***Loss of virtue in a female is irretrievable; that one false step involves her in endless ruin; that her reputation is no less brittle than it is beautiful; and that she cannot be too much guarded in her behaviour towards the undeserving of the other sex. ~~ Jane Austen

    ***Have a great day!

    Because I could not stop for Death (712)

      by Emily Dickinson
    Because I could not stop for Death – 
    He kindly stopped for me –  
    The Carriage held but just Ourselves –  
    And Immortality.
    
    We slowly drove – He knew no haste
    And I had put away
    My labor and my leisure too,
    For His Civility – 
    
    We passed the School, where Children strove
    At Recess – in the Ring –  
    We passed the Fields of Gazing Grain –  
    We passed the Setting Sun – 
    
    Or rather – He passed us – 
    The Dews drew quivering and chill – 
    For only Gossamer, my Gown – 
    My Tippet – only Tulle – 
    
    We paused before a House that seemed
    A Swelling of the Ground – 
    The Roof was scarcely visible – 
    The Cornice – in the Ground – 
    
    Since then – 'tis Centuries – and yet
    Feels shorter than the Day
    I first surmised the Horses' Heads 
    Were toward Eternity – 
    - See more at: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15395#sthash.2bwmvZM7.dpuf

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Precious Lord, Take My Hand

A TRUE Story -- by Thomas A. Dorsey
Precious Lord - Thomas A. DorseyBack in 1932, I was 32 years old and a fairly new husband. My wife, Nettie and I were living in a little apartment on Chicago's Southside. One hot August afternoon I had to go to St. Louis, where I was to be the featured soloist at a large revival meeting. I didn't want to go. Nettie was in the last month of pregnancy with our first child. But a lot of people were expecting me in St. Louis. I kissed Nettie good-bye, clattered downstairs to our Model A and, in a fresh Lake Michigan breeze, chugged out of Chicago on Route 66.
However, outside the city, I discovered that in my anxiety at leaving, had forgotten my music case. I wheeled around and headed back. I found Nettie sleeping peacefully. I hesitated by her bed; something was strongly telling me to stay. But eager to get on my way, and not wanting to disturb Nettie, I shrugged off the feeling and quietly slipped out of the room with my music.
The next night, in the steaming St. Louis heat, the crowd called on me to sing again and again. When I finally sat down, a messenger boy ran up with a Western Union telegram. I ripped open the envelope. Pasted on the yellow sheet were the words: YOUR WIFE JUST DIED. People were happily singing and clapping around me, but I could hardly keep from crying out. I rushed to a phone and called home. All I could hear on the other end was "Nettie is dead. Nettie is dead."
When I got back, I learned that Nettie had given birth to a boy. I swung between grief and joy. Yet that night, the baby died. I buried Nettie and our little boy together, in the same casket. Then I fell apart. For days I closeted myself. I felt that God had done me an injustice. I didn't want to serve Him any more or write gospel songs. I just wanted to go back to that jazz world I once knew so well.
But then, as I hunched alone in that dark apartment those first sad days, I thought back to the afternoon I went to St. Louis. Something kept telling me to stay with Nettie. Was that something God? Oh, if I had paid more attention to Him that day, I would have stayed and been with Nettie when she died. From that moment on I vowed to listen more closely to Him.
But still I was lost in grief. Everyone was kind to me, especially a friend, Professor Frye, who seemed to know what I needed. On the following Saturday evening he took me up to Madam Malone's Poro College, a neighborhood music school. It was quiet; the late evening sun crept through the curtained windows. I sat down at the piano, and my hands began to browse over the keys.
Something happened to me then I felt at peace. I feel as though I could reach out and touch God. I found myself playing a melody, one I'd never heard or played before, and the words into my head-they just seemed to fall into place:

"Precious Lord, take my hand,
lead me on, let me stand!
I am tired, I am weak,
I am worn, Through the storm,
through the night lead me on to the light,
Take my hand, precious Lord, Lead me home."
The Lord gave me these words and melody. He also healed my spirit. I learned that when we are in our deepest grief, when we feel farthest from God, this is when He is closest, and when we are most open to His restoring power. And so I go on living for God willingly and joyfully, until that day comes when He will take me and gently lead me home.

Thomas A. Dorsey
Gospel Songwriter

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sadness in Boston

***I'm sure you've heard about the bombs set off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Not a lot is known about the perpetrators yet, but that hasn't stopped several despicable people on the Left from trying to exploit this. CNN was first, natch. 

Followed closely by the buffoon Chris Matthews.

Keep the victims and their families in your prayers.

***Pew Poll: Opinion of U.S. government hits record low. And with good reason.

***Barack Obama snubs Margaret Thatcher's funeral. This is inexcusable. He sent a delegation for the communist Hugo Chavez's funeral, but couldn't spare anyone for this great lady? If that doesn't tell you something, I don't know what will.

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***We acquire the strength we have overcome.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

***Have a great day!
 

Monday, April 15, 2013

What a Wonderful Day!

***...not. I know I've already whined about our taxes this year, so I'll spare you. This is the day we actually have to turn it over. Bleh. Bet Obama's out golfing somewhere. Hey, if Timothy Geithner doesn't have to pay his taxes, why do we?

***Gotta make this quick. I made myself get up and go out and take a walk. Gotta start doing that every day.

***Obama's pick for Labor Secretary accused of cutting a deal costing taxpayers up to $200 million. Hey, just the kind of guy he's looking for!

Labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez cut a "secret deal behind closed doors" with leaders of a Minnesota city, persuading them to drop a contentious lawsuit in exchange for the Justice Department staying out of whistleblower cases brought against the city, according to a congressional Republican report.
The "quid pro quo," according to the report, potentially cost taxpayers as much as $200 million.

 ***McConnell, conservatives push back on gun background check bill. Good. Show some guts, guys.

***Chavez ally wins in Venezuela. Yeah, bet that was an honestly run election...


***                                What the heck is THAT??!!


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The mother giraffe gives birth standing up, so the first thing that happens to a new-born giraffe is a fall of about two metres.
Still dazed, the baby tries to stand up on its four legs, but its mother behaves very strangely: she gives the baby giraffe a gentle kick which sends it sprawling. It tries to get up and is again knocked down.
This process is repeated several times, until the new-born giraffe is too exhausted to stand. At that point, the mother kicks it again, forcing it to get to its feet. After that, she does not push the baby giraffe over again.
The explanation is simple: in order to survive predators, the first lesson a giraffe must learn is to get to its feet quickly.
The mother’s apparent cruelty finds support in an Arabic proverb: “Sometimes, in order to teach something good, you have to be a little rough.”
By Paulo Coelho


FOX 411: Are you born again?
Bernsen: That’s not where I put myself. I consider myself a Christian. It’s the kind of thing I struggle with. I have faith, I believe in God… All I know is I march to my own drummer these days. I stay true to myself and there’s a lot of people who want faith in their lives and I’m more about that. I would like to bring them into the discussion.
I am certainly on a journey of discussion. We’re have a conversation about it and in these days where there’s so much in the world that’s not working and somehow we’ve used faith and religion as a glue for society, something that’s made things work, not drive things apart, I feel there’s a need to celebrate that for the good of what it is. It gets so much bad press.
There’s an assumption if you have any faith you vote a certain way or you’re a conservative and that’s not true. There are very cool, relevant people who have faith in their lives and people who want to have faith who are afraid to enter the conversation.
That’s all I care about, entering the conversation. I have four sons who are basically growing up in a world where basically they don’t believe… that’s not good either. So I’m not saying you have to believe in God or Christ, just come into the conversation for a bit…I find it far more interesting than say, talking about Lindsay Lohan.

Interesting.

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***"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?" -- John Wooden

***Have a great day!