Wednesday, December 31, 2014


***I've been in a "discussion" on Facebook about a transgender boy who killed himself. He called himself a girl, dressed like one, tried to act like one, and couldn't figure out why he was made fun of. Don't get me wrong, I don't like anyone being made fun of, but this type of thing shouldn't be enabled. It's no wonder he was confused with people telling him it was okay to try and be something he obviously wasn't. The problem isn't with those of us who understand we are how we were born, the problem is with enablers who perpetuate the confusion, and then wail about the predictable result. There is no way someone like that is ever going to be happy.

***NYPD promises to be very aggressive tonight to keep the peace in Times Square. I hope they arrest anyone who looks at them crosseyed. We have to stop coddling these thugs and throw their sorry butts in jail, no matter what color they are.

***Gruber admits Obamacare might not be affordable. Well duh. It was never meant to be. In other news, no one will cover this but Fox News.

Gruber said that ObamaCare had no cost controls in it and might not be affordable in an October 2009 policy brief, presented here exclusively by TheDC. At the time, Gruber had already personally counseled Obama in the Oval Office and served on Obama’s presidential transition team. Obama, meanwhile, told the American people that their premiums would go down dramatically.
“The problem is it starts to go hand in hand with the mandate; you can’t mandate insurance that’s not affordable. This is going to be a major issue,” Gruber admitted in an October 2, 2009 lecture, the transcript of which made up the policy brief.

Gosh, you'd think this at least would merit a passing mention on the major networks, wouldn't you? Don't hold your breath.

***A Supreme Hypocrite: Rahm Emmanual, Mr. Anti-Gun himself, has a sign in his yard warning burglars that he has armed Secret Service protecting his home. Where to begin...?

Chicago Mayor and gun-control advocate Rahm Emanuel is protected in his home at all hours of the day and night by armed policemen, and a sign outside his house warns would-be burglars that armed Secret Service agents are standing guard.

***This is so true...

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Daddy Fell Into the Pond

Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey.
We had nothing to do and nothing to say.
We were nearing the end of a dismal day,
And then there seemed to be nothing beyond,
Daddy fell into the pond!

And everyone's face grew merry and bright,
And Timothy danced for sheer delight.
"Give me the camera, quick, oh quick!
He's crawling out of the duckweed!" Click!

Then the gardener suddenly slapped his knee,
And doubled up, shaking silently,
And the ducks all quacked as if they were daft,
And it sounded as if the old drake laughed.
Oh, there wasn't a thing that didn't respond
Daddy Fell into the pond!

Alfred Noyes 

***I've always heard stress releases cortisol, which translates to more visceral belly fat, but I didn't know that combined with caffeine it has a 25% greater effect. Hmmm...I've been mixing stress and caffeine for a long time. Maybe I had better rethink that.

***Next time some goofy liberal tries to tell you that previous presidents issued more executive orders than Obama, throw this in his face.

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***I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship. ~~ Louisa May Alcott

***Have a great day, and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 29, 2014


 ***Hasn't this president been growling about how the Republicans won't work with him, causing gridlock, blah blah blah. Well, guess what? He's threatening to veto GOP bills before he even knows what they are. Not a surprise to any of us paying attention, but I sure wish his pea-brained followers would get a clue.

The new Congress hasn't yet been sworn in, but President Obama already is warning he plans to use his veto pen to counter initiatives from the incoming Republican majority.
Obama, despite his near-constant friction with congressional Republicans the last few years, rarely has used the presidential veto -- in part because legislation he didn't like typically died in the Democrat-controlled Senate before reaching his desk.
But with Republicans taking charge of the Senate next month and building their majority in the House, Obama said in an NPR interview he's dusting off the veto pen.

Oh, liberals love to crow about how he hasn't vetoed as many bills as previous presidents, obviously oblivious to the stonewalling of Harry Reid. He's had plenty of help keeping GOP bills from seeing the light of day - then they lie through their teeth and say Republicans haven't offered any alternatives to the laws they oppose. Liberals truly are despicable.

***Han Solo to get his own spinoff movie? can anyone but Harrison Ford play that part?

***Here it comes: Obamacare health fines to rise for uninsured.
Being uninsured in America will cost you more in 2015.
It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama's law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve financial hardships.
Dayna Dayson of Phoenix estimates that she'll have to pay the taxman $290 when she files her federal return. Dayson, who's in her early 30s, works in marketing and doesn't have a lot left over each month after housing, transportation and other fixed costs. She'd like health insurance but she couldn't afford it in 2014, as required by the law.
"It's touted as this amazing thing, but right now, for me, it doesn't fit into my budget," she said.

This is sickening. Thank you, clueless Obama voter.

***I'm gonna go with yes.

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***From Reader's Digest:

None of my grandsons share my corny sense of humor. When the family is eating lasagna, I say, “Lean over your plate, boys. You’ll get 
less-on-ya.” I say to the ten-year-old, “Don’t yell through the screen; you’ll strain your voice.” And when I took another grandson to the zoo, I asked, “Do you know why that snake’s not pressed against the glass? He doesn’t want to be a windshield viper.”
They’ll probably laugh later.

 ***Okay, this is just weird....

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***He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor. ~~ Menander

***Have a great day!

Saturday, December 27, 2014


***Dave Ramsey has some great ideas about starting to prepare now for next Christmas. That's the furthest thing from our minds, I would say, but these are good ideas. I'm happy to say that we did not go in debt for anything this Christmas, and no Christmas bills will be rolling in next month. Here are Dave's first two suggestions:

1. Do a holiday debrief

Now that the Christmas season is over, take a few minutes to make a list of things you spent time and money on . Gather your loved ones around and set a game plan for next year. What events and traditions are important to you? What might you want to skip in the future? Time and money are both at a premium during the holidays. Establishing a simple plan in advance will allow you to focus on the things that bring joy to your family.

2. Toss out shabby decorations

Do you know what it’s like to have a string of lights or an artificial tree hanging on for dear life? Sure, everyone does! Don’t hang on to worn-out decorations. When you pack up, throw out the stuff that’s in bad shape. Then write down what you need to replace.

I'm definitely going to toss out some shabby decorations. My mom & aunt & I did a little after Christmas shopping this morning and I picked out a few things to replace some of my decorations that should have been tossed a year or two ago.

***The most biased media quotes of 2014. Boy, I'm not sure how they narrowed this down. So many to choose from. Here is the most repulsive, in my opinion:

Okay. I’m just going to come right out and say it: This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across — well, come across in a long time anyway. A massive brawl in Anchorage, Alaska, reportedly involving Sarah Palin’s kids and her husband. It was sparked after someone pushed one of her daughters at a party. … And now police have released audio of that interview. It does include some rather colorful language from Bristol. Here now is Bristol’s recollection of how that night unfolded. So sit back and enjoy. — “CNN Newsroom” anchor Carol Costello on Oct. 22, introducing audio of Bristol Palin describing how a man shoved her, dragged her on the ground and repeatedly cursed at her.

Just imagine if someone at Fox News took pleasure in seeing Malia Obama pushed and cursed at. Carol Costello is despicable. Follow the link for more, if you can stomach it.


Question: "Does the Bible say we will recognize our loved ones in Heaven?" Kay, FL
Answer: There are several passages in the Bible that indicate we will maintain our identity in heaven and be recognized by our loved ones. For example, Jesus makes it a point in Matthew 22:31-32 that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were alive and existing as individuals by those names. Also, in Matthew 17:1-8, Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah. In 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 Paul expected to recognize in heaven fellow believers to whom he had been ministering to on earth. In addition, Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13:12, "For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known" (NKJ). That last phrase, "I shall know just as I also am known" would indicate that we shall know others as well as be known by others.

Good answer.


***I guess we should have seen this coming: The Supercarb Diet. Exactly the opposite of the LAST trend. I have to say, though, that low carbohydrate eating is the only thing that has ever worked for me.

***Well, it certainly has been nice to have a little pressure off from my business for a couple of days. Not that I haven't worked, it's just that I haven't had the constant pressure of timeframes, stats, etc. I should be able to have everything completely caught up by Monday. I'm trying to get up and work on putting decorations away here and there, too.

***One of my favorite poems:

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.


***25,000 cops attend memorial for murdered police officer. 

Thousands of police officers from across the country assembled in winter sunshine in New York City for the funeral of Rafael Ramos, a police officer shot to death with his partner in an ambush last week.
The officers in dress blue uniforms stood outside the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens for the Saturday morning services. The sea of blue stretched more than six city blocks.
In his eulogy, Mayor Bill de Blasio offered the city's condolences to the Ramos family.
"All of this city is grieving and grieving for so many reasons," he said. "But the most personal is that we lost such a good man."

Too bad someone who really supports police officers didn't do the eulogy.


***Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees. 

Goats are known to eat just about anything, but it didn't dawn on Vince Thomas until recently that the menu might include Christmas trees.
"They'll eat the pine needles and leave the skeleton of the tree," said Thomas, a longtime volunteer firefighter who has come up with a new use for his family-owned goat herding business, "Goat Grazers."


***My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. ~~ Indira Gandhi

***Have a great day!

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Morning After

***What a wonderful day we had yesterday! Christmas Day is always so busy, traveling to both sides of the family, but it's always a great day. Yesterday was no different. Emily & Peter are still here. We're taking them out for breakfast in a little while, then they'll be heading home. Johnathan had to be at work at 7:00 this morning, so he won't be able to join us. We had a wonderful Christmas - hope you and yours did too!

***Did archaologists discover site where Jesus taught? This is interesting.

***What? You mean Kim Kardashian isn't brilliant? I'm shocked, SHOCKED!

***This is SO me...
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*** Lookalikes!
Kid And Doll

The Human Seasons
by John Keats
Four seasons fill the measure of the year;
There are four seasons in the mind of Man:
He has his lusty Spring, when fancy clear
Takes in all beauty with an easy span:
He has his Summer, when luxuriously
Spring's honeyed cud of youthful thought he loves
To ruminate, and by such dreaming high
Is nearest unto heaven: quiet coves
His soul has in its Autumn, when his wings
He furleth close; contented so to look
On mists in idleness -to let fair things
Pass by unheeded as a threshold brook: -
He has his Winter too of pale misfeature,
Or else he would forgo his mortal nature.


***Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock. ~~ Ben Hecht

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For Unto Us a Child is Born

***From Handel's "Messiah"

For unto us a child is born,
To us a son is giv'n,
The government shall rest on him, 
Th' anointed one from heav'n.
His name is Wonderful Counselor, 
The Mighty God is he,
The Everlasting Father, 
The humble Prince of Peace.

The increase of his government 
And peace shall never end,
He'll reign on David's ancient throne
As ruler of all men.
Upheld with justice and righteousness,
Forever his kingdom will last,
The zeal of the Lord God Most High
Will bring these things to pass.

Lord Jesus, come now and reign in me,
Be Lord of my life this hour.
Come be my Counselor and my God,
My source of wisdom and power.
Watch o'er me with your Father care,
My heart and my mind, fill with peace.
I worship you, my Lord and King,
My praise will never cease.
Written by: TORNQUIST, CAROL / DP, -
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.


***Looking forward to the family time today and tomorrow. We'll have dinner and then our own candlelight Christmas Eve service tonight at Liberty, then come home for pizza and the movie White Christmas. :-)

***Wow! Where's the house??

***Wish we could get some snow for Christmas, but it doesn't look like that's gonna happen. It was 50 degrees here yesterday!

Christmas Day is celebrated on December 25th of each year. It is the day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. The word "Christmas" means "Christ's Mass" - derived from the English term "Christes masse". There are many different customs and traditions around the world. American customs come from many places. Santa Claus has a Dutch origin. He was developed from St. Nicholas who was a real person. St. Nicholas, was the patron saint of school boys. He brought gifts to the children. The idea that Santa Claus comes down the chimney originated in Norway, where children hang Christmas stockings on the fireplace mantel. Christmas trees have pagan origins. When pagans became Christian, they used evergreens (a sacred tree) for the holiday by decorating them with nuts and candles. They sang Christmas carols as they danced around the Christmas tree.
Christmas colors are red and green. Today, traditional Christmas activities include caroling, making and giving gifts, sending cards to family and friends, and enjoying festive dinners and parties. Below are symbols of Christmas and their significance.
Advent Wreath
Four candles placed on a wreath. One candle is lit each Sunday before Christmas in anticipation of Christ's birthday.
An angel told the shepherds of the birth of Jesus. Angels come in many forms for Christmas decorations including the tree topper.
Church bells rang to announce the birth of Jesus. They still ring today.
Camels are the animals the wisemen rode following the star to where Jesus was born.
Candles represent the light that Jesus brought to earth. Pagans who converted to Christianity used candles on the sacred evergreen tree.
Christmas Cards
For many years, private notes of good tidings were sent at Christmas time. In 1843, Sir Henry Cole had 1000 special designed cards printed. The custom of sending Christmas cards began.
Christmas Caroling
Caroling is a medieval custom of singing and dancing around a Christmas tree. Early carols weren't holy enough for singing inside a church, so caroling was done outside.
Christmas Cookies
Originated with pre-Christian Romans who gave sweet cakes to their senators.
Christmas Seals
A Danish postal clerk sold Christmas stamps (Christmas seals) to show that users had given to a worthy cause.
Christmas Stocking
There is a legend associated with the origin of Christmas stockings. St. Nick, who wanted to remain anonymous and help a poor family, threw gold coins down their chimney. They fell into a stocking that was hanging there to dry.
Christmas Tree Lights
The lights represent Christ as being the "Light of the World." Lights also represent stars. Candles were first used as lights on the Christmas tree.


***“Christmas can be celebrated in the school room with pine trees, tinsel and reindeers, but there must be no mention of the man whose birthday is being celebrated. One wonders how a teacher would answer if a student asked why it was called Christmas.”~~ Ronald Reagan

***Have a wonderful Christmas Eve!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Silencing Dissent

***Marquette University has suspended a professor because of his anti gay marriage views. Keep in mind, this is a Catholic university, and the Catholic Church has long been officially opposed to gay marriage. No matter. When they're bound to silence you because you disagree with them, little things like tradition don't get in their way.

Marquette University seems to be sending a message to students and faculty who support Catholic doctrine regarding marriage: if you oppose gay marriage keep your mouth shut.
In November a teaching assistant berated a student and told him that he could not say anything against gay marriage because it might offend other students – and that opposition to gay marriage could be considered homophobic.
“You don’t have a right in this class to make homophobic comments,” teaching assistant Cheryl Abbate told the unnamed student. 
It appears Marquette University is conspiring with Abbate to chill if not silence dissenting campus voices.
John McAdams, a tenured associate professor at the school, was the first to expose the incident on his “Marquette Warrior” blog. He wrote a scathing commentary about Abbate and staunchly defended the young student.
“Like the rest of academia, Marquette is less and less a real university,” he wrote. “And when gay marriage cannot be discussed -- certainly not a Catholic university.”
McAdams soon discovered how true that statement was. On Tuesday, he was placed under investigation, suspended and banned from campus.
“You are relieved of all teaching duties and all other faculty activities,” Dean Richard Holz wrote to McAdams in a letter. “You are to remain off campus during this time.”

Pretty sad.

***The real reason gas prices are falling. Don't give Obama any credit.

***James Woods blasts Al Sharpton as "disgusting pig." Can't disagree with that.

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***Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~~ W.C. Fields

***Have a great day!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Almost Here!

***Hard to believe Christmas is this Thursday. I'm looking forward to the fun and family that goes along with it, but a part of me will be glad when it's over. Don't know why I'm like that this year, but it is what it is. Going to be a busy day today, so I thought I'd do my bloggin' early. Wouldn't want you to miss out. :-)

***Teacher wears same outfit to picture day for 40 years. 

After a good long career in education, Dale Irby has retired. And so have his groovy shirt and sweater vest.
In every school picture for the past 40 years, Dale wore the same 1970s-era polyester shirt and coffee-colored sweater.
And let me just say he aged a whole lot better than his clothes did.
It began as an accident — a product of his sparse wardrobe back in the day.
“I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realized I had worn the very same thing as the first year,” said Dale, 63.

Click the link to see the progression. I dunno, I thought it was a cute story...

***Obama says Keystone would help Canada more than U.S. I don't believe that for a second, first of all because he said it, therefore it's suspect; secondly, he would have approved it immediately if that were true. He's all about helping other countries, enemies or not, and holding ours down as much as he can.

***St. Louis prosecutor says shooting witnesses lied under oath. Of course they did, but it's too late now. This race garbage is out of control, and the first casualty was the truth - facilitated by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton. They should all be in jail for inciting rioting. Right, like that's gonna happen.

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***Breakthrough in stroke treatment. This is great news.

After three decades of failure, researchers have found a treatment that greatly improves the prognosis for people having the most severe and disabling strokes. By directly removing large blood clots blocking blood vessels in the brain, they can save brain tissue that would have otherwise died, enabling many to return to an independent life.
The study, published online Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine and conducted by researchers in the Netherlands, is being met with an outpouring of excitement. One reason the treatment worked, researchers suspect, is that doctors used a new type of snare to grab the clots. It is a stent, basically a small wire cage, on the end of a catheter that is inserted in the groin and threaded through an artery to the brain. When the tip of the catheter reaches the clot, the stent is opened and pushed into the clot. It snags the clot, allowing the doctor to withdraw the catheter and pull out the stent with the clot attached.

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***Jeb Bush exploring a run for the presidency. I have to agree with Paul Mirengoff on this.

I am unenthusiastic about Jeb Bush as a presidential candidate for several reasons: his position on immigration reform, his position on the common core, and the fact that his last name will make him difficult to elect.

Simply put, he is not a strong, principled conservative. That's what we need. My #1 pick is Scott Walker, in case you're wondering.

***Getting a drink of water at Harvard offends Palestinians. They're taking the Made in Israel labels off of their water fountains. I kid you not. This is really getting out of hand.

Well, obviously, this must not stand.  Because, of course “Palestinian” students will be offended.  The term coined for this sort of thing, by the way, is “microaggression.”  Who knew that dispensing a glass of water could become an act whereby a person feels that a small act of aggression has been perpetrated upon him?  But hey, we are, after all, living in the Age of the Victim.

If you don't like it, go back to where you came from.

happy christmas

I rear-ended a car this morning. So, there we were alongside the road and slowly the other driver got out of his car. You know how sometimes you just get soooo stressed and little things just seem funny?
Yeah, well I couldn't believe it.... he was a DWARF!!!
He stormed over to my car, looked up at me, and shouted, 'I AM NOT HAPPY!!!'
So, I looked down at him and said, 'Well, then which one are you?'
…….and then the fight started
***Wish I had a mantle...

“Let Every Day Be Christmas”
by Norman Wesley Brooks

Christmas is forever, not for just one day,
for loving, sharing, giving, are not to put away
like bells and lights and tinsel, in some box upon a shelf.
The good you do for others is good you do yourself.

Peace on Earth, good will to men,
kind thoughts and words of cheer,
are things we should use often
and not just once a year.

Remember too the Christ-child, grew up to be a man;
to hide him in a cradle, is not our dear Lord’s plan.
So keep the Christmas spirit, share it with others far and near,
from week to week and month to month, throughout the entire year!

***"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
Leo Buscaglia

***Have a great day!

Friday, December 19, 2014


***That's our president in one word. Donald Lambro elaborates:

President Obama continues to embrace low-tier, go-it-alone executive actions to pad the last two years of his mistake-filled, empty-agenda presidency in a hopeless hunt for a legacy.
His arrogant decision this week to re-establish diplomatic relations with communist Cuba is the latest example of a president desperately searching for something do without having to deal with Congress.
You can comb through all of the polling data for the top concerns of the American people, and renewing U.S. relations with Cuba’s evil Castro dictatorship is not among them.

 It's hard to understand such a screwed up mindset.

***"War on Christmas" Atheists unveil anti-Christmas TV specials. Well, they're miserable for good reason, it's just too bad they want to make everyone else miserable. 

Conservatives have been mocked for insisting there’s an ongoing war on Christmas, but now it looks like they may have simply been ahead of their time.
American Atheists unveiled Wednesday the “War on Christmas” line-up on its television channel, AtheistTV, featuring “original programs proclaiming the truth about Christmas on December 24 and December 25, featuring scholars and celebrities from the atheist community.”
“Christmas is hard for many atheists, so we will provide programming free from superstition and fairy tales that allows families to watch together and not worry about being preached at,” American Atheists President Dave Silverman said in a statement.

Wow. Can't wait.

I didn't reconize the number
Bet he did.
***I'm having a little trouble getting into the Christmas spirit this year. Probably because I've been too busy to really enjoy the season. I decorated and the whole bit, I'm just not as excited about it as I usually am. Not sure why. I AM excited that Emily & Peter will be staying overnight Christmas night, so I'll have everybody here! I hope Johnny can stay too - they'll probably have him working at Barnes & Noble on the day after Christmas, I just hope it's later so he can be here all night too.

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Oh, Please...

***Is anyone besides me tired of hearing how awful the Clintons and the Obamas have it? The Target story told by Michelle Obama takes the cake.

"I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn't see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn't anything new." 

Seriously, she's calling that racism. I am so sick of these people I could barf.

***Rubio slams Obama's Cuba agreement. Come on, you don't expect him to do anything that would actually benefit the United States, do you?

***Defense Dept. tests .50 caliber bullet that changes direction midflight. Wow. Not that Obama will ever let them use them.

“The objective of the EXACTO program is to revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first ever guided small-caliber bullet,” DARPA officials said in a statement on a YouTube video of the development. “The EXACTO .50 caliber round and optical sighting technology expects to greatly extend the day and nighttime range over current state-of-the-art sniper systems.”

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***Boy's "Chocolate Bar" book raises $1 million to help cure friend's illness.

Dylan Siegel wanted to help find a cure for an extremely rare condition that affects his best friend, Jonah Pournazarian. So two years ago, when Dylan was 6, the California boy wrote a book based around the words he and Jonah use to describe something as awesome as their friendship: chocolate bar.

Inspiring story.

***Cop is asked to stop selling "Breathe Easy" shirts. But...the thugs can continue to sell their "I Can't Breathe" shirts. How long are we going to acquiesce to these losers?

I don't see anything wrong with this at all. In fact, I'm going to buy one.

***Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. ~~ Napoleon Bonaparte

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Keep Calm

***Found this gem online. Yesterday and today I have felt really nervous - you know, the butterfly feeling in your stomach. It's the same feeling I get before I'm going to sing in church. There is really nothing pressing coming up that I can think of, other than Christmas, etc., which doesn't usually affect me. Maybe it's all the unrest in the country and the world, I just can't put my finger on it. I wanted to share this devotional I found this morning from Julia Bettencourt. The last part is me to a "T"!

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye
might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation:
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33

I love all that Subway and Poster Art that has words and a solid background saying, "Keep Calm and...." You fill in the blank. There are so many variations. The original being "Keep Calm and Carry On" which was on a poster issued in the UK as a morale booster during World War 2. I have even seen some that say "Keep Calm and Eat Cake" or "Keep Calm and Eat Chocolate". I could go for that advice pretty easily.

I thought about those sayings and was reminded how much the Lord can keep me calm. It was a little while ago that I first jotted down some of my points for this devotional but now as I sit down to type this out from my notes, there is so much unrest in the world. We have so much happening in Libya, Egypt, and all over the Middle East. It makes me shudder to think what I would do without my Lord to be there for me and keep me calm. 

  • Keep Calm and Pray.
    The first thing I find I need to do when I want to keep calm is to pray. There's nothing like being able to just talk to the Lord when you need to. Knowing He is always there to listen whenever I need Him most is so wonderful. Praying relaxes me because I know whatever it is that the Lord is listening and I can just give all my thoughts and worries over to Him.

  • Keep Calm and Read the Word.
    The Bible is full of calming thoughts for me. Initially I usually turn to the Psalms when I need a little calming down. It's full of calming words for me. Some go-to Psalms for me are Psalm 23, 61. and 91. The whole Bible is really chock full of little tidbits that calm me down.

  • Keep Calm and Fellowship.
    I am so glad for that fellowship with other believers in Christ. Christian friends are a wonderful source of lifting us up when we need a shoulder to lean on. They are a calming force to me.

  • Keep Calm and Have Faith.
    Faith makes things possible even when our hearts may be unsettled. When we have faith, we can let out that breath we've been holding. We can relax in what Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

  • Keep Calm and Sing.
    Singing calms me down, especially when I start singing those old hymns. One of my favorites is "Be Still My Soul" when I need calming. I also like to sing those little kid choruses. There's something about those bright little songs mostly about God's love that calm me down. I love singing "Jesus Loves Me!". Love clinging to the thought that "They are weak but He is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me!".
I know there is so much uncertainty in the world right now. It bothers me and makes me feel so unsettled. Maybe it is because I can sometimes be a little bit of a political junkie, especially in an election year. I want to be smart and know all the details of this and that.

I live in California and where we live we end up with what seems to be about a zillion propositions on our ballots and you have to be informed because those props are all worded so deceitfully.

Sometimes I do get into a little bit of overload of talk radio and news but I think it is important not only as Americans to be well informed but as Christians as well.

With all of this violence in the Middle East and all things that are happening politically, it makes me have a need to keep calm more than ever right now. I'm just so glad that I have the Lord to go to for that calming. The Lord grounds me and helps me to be able to "carry on". After all, He has "...overcome the world." John 16:33. 

There is much more at the link. She says exactly what I feel.

***Taliban attacks children's school in Pakistan, slaughtering at least 130. And the Democrats are trying to tell us we should apologize for "torturing?"

The horrific attack, carried out by a relatively small number of militants from the Tehreek-e-Taliban group, a Pakistani militant group trying to overthrow the government, also sent dozens of wounded flooding into local hospitals as terrified parents searched for their children.
"My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now," wailed one parent, Tahir Ali, as he came to the hospital to collect the body of his 14-year-old son Abdullah. "My son was my dream. My dream has been killed."

I actually saw a comment in a thread about this which equated the United States to these animals and said we are to blame. I decided not to comment, because first, it would be hard to do so without getting really ugly, and second, someone with that mindset can't be reasoned with, so it would have been futile anyway.

*** More proof of media bias: Washington Post buries story of Virginia Democrat convicted of having sex with a 17-year-old. Oh, imagine if he were a Republican! Remember the headline stories when George Allen uttered the word "macaca?" You would have thought he raped a puppy! But statutory rape by a Democrat? Page 7 stuff.

***More on media bias: Monica Crowley tells how the media's #1 priority is protecting Barack Obama. Well, anyone paying attention knows that, but there are still some liberals out there with their heads stuck in the sand.

“I’m a conservative,” she told me, “although I have kept that quiet for three decades because while the liberal bias was rampant, I enjoyed the work and wanted to keep my jobs.
“Here’s the thing, though,” she continued, “the networks have always been biased to the left. But I have never, ever seen the bias as bad or as obvious as it’s been since Barack Obama first appeared.”
When I asked her for an example, she replied, “Every morning, we hold a meeting about how to build that evening’s broadcast. We’ve been doing this for decades. Everybody talks about which stories we’re going to air, what the line-up looks like, and which reporters we’ll have live in the field and which ones will be filing taped pieces. In the past, the left-wing bias was always left unspoken. People just ‘got it,’ because they all thought the same.
“Once Obama pulled ahead of Hillary and certainly once he became president,” she said, “the bias came out of the closet. Now, every morning when we meet to discuss that night’s show, they literally say — out loud — ‘How do we protect Barack Obama today?’

Read the whole thing, if you can stand it.


***I've never been able to get this right - Proper Table Settings

What goes where on the table and which glasses go with what drinks
Real easy to remember, the etiquette experts tell us. The general rule with utensils is to start from the outside of your place setting, and work your way toward the service plate (the main meal plate): soup spoon first, then fish knife and fork, then service knife and fork. 
When to start eating:
Despite what mother told you, culinary experts say you do not always have to wait for everyone to begin – start eating hot food when it is served. For cold foods or buffets, wait for the host to announce dinner and wait until the head guest starts dishing.
Proper table setting
Serviette (napkin) Service plate Soup bowl on plate Bread & butter plate
with butter knife
Water glass
White wine Red wine Fish fork Dinner Fork Salad fork
Service knife Fish knife Soup spoon Dessert spoon and cake fork

Now you know. (Does anybody really use all that??)


You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it. ~~ Margaret Thatcher

***Have a great day!

Monday, December 15, 2014

In Awe

***Our pastor delivered a powerful sermon yesterday. This month we have been studying who Jesus is, and why we celebrate Him. What really stuck with me yesterday was the fact that even as a baby, he was God. He was taken care of by those He created, and what sacrifice it was that the Creator of the universe, Lord over everything, took it upon Himself to become like us with all the hurts, conflicts, and pain in the world. He didn't have to experience any of that, but He did. I love the song, "Mary, Did You Know?" It really captures what James was trying to impress upon us yesterday:

Mary, Did You Know?
Written by Mark Lowry

Mary did you know
That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you've delivered
Will soon deliver you

Mary did you know
That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy will calm the storm with his hand?
Did you know
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby
You've kissed the face of God

Mary did you know?
The blind will see
The deaf will hear
The dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the Lamb
Oh Mary did you know?

Mary did you know
That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know
That your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you're holding
Is the Great I Am 

Those are powerful lyrics.

***The standoff in Sydney is over. No word yet on what happened to the suspect. There were some hurt, but apparently no one was killed.

***"Guntry" club opening near D.C.

Veterans and other gun enthusiasts looking to fire off a few rounds have a recently opened 65,000-square-foot facility just miles from the nation’s capital as a new option.
Elite Shooting Sports, LLC opened up the massive indoor shooting range last month just off of Interstate 66 in Gainesville, Virginia. Managing partner Greg Wodack said they had a great opening weekend and have attracted a significant number of veterans since the opening.
“I have a lot of vets, retired vets who come here,” said Mr. Wodack, saying that they enjoy a “first responder discount” in the way of a reduced rate on annual memberships. “We have a lot of vets that come here during the week, especially when it’s slower.”

I received my Indiana carry permit about a week ago. I need to take my .38 out to my sister's and practice, it has been a while since I fired a gun. I'm going to know it inside and out before I carry it anywhere.

***Mike Lee says Senate will limit Obama's control over amnesty. They had better, that's why we gave them such a resounding victory last month. I hope the Republicans don't squander this chance.

***Okay, I can't help myself...

in the name of Jesus

***Rush on what conservatives believe:

There's so many things that are misunderstood about people who engage in political discussions, because so much of politics is about arguing to win and to lose.  And in politics, when you talk about people losing, there are negative consequences to that.  But my fervent hope, and as a conservative -- and I know I speak for every conservative when I say, we love everybody, and we want everybody to succeed.  And that desire is really the foundation of every conservative economic and social belief. 
We don't want people to have to be dependent on people that really don't care about them.  We don't want people to have to be dependent on people that are really not interested in them.  We don't want people to have to be dependent on people who are using them.  We want people to experience the great things about achievement and accomplishment and success, because that's how we have a great country.  That is how we have a wonderful society.

Follow the link and read the whole thing.

***Dick Cheney was absolutely great on Meet the Press. Remember what it was like to have MEN who loved their country in office, rather than the eclair-spined wusses we have now?

***Obama's bottom line? Acquiescence to Iran. Great idea.

***The Great Campus Rape Hoax.

***I don't know why, but this cracks me up!


***“Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters” ~~ Albert Einstein

***Have a great day!

Saturday, December 13, 2014


***Stumbled across this today from C.S. Lewis.

Before he began work on the memoir, however, Lewis tells Ellis in this letter that “everything is going well”, but goes on to explain that he does not mean “joy” by this. “In fact I meant by ‘things going well’ just that security – or illusion of security – which you also regard as unhealthy. Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony,” he writes.
“It jumps under one’s ribs and tickles down one’s back and makes one forget meals and keeps one (delightedly) sleepless o’ nights. It shocks one awake when the other puts one to sleep. My private table is one second of joy is worth 12 hours of Pleasure. I think you really quite agree with me.”

Follow the link for more, it's really good. I know exactly what he means by joy, which I think can only be felt by those who are saved. Joy is different than happiness. It is not dependent on one's current circumstances or feelings. It is that deep contentment that no matter what happens in this life, it is temporary and one's eternal security is settled. I'll never forget how I felt during my first marriage when I learned that my husband had been having an affair with one of my best friends. I had already forgiven him for betraying me earlier in our short four year marriage, but this was the last straw. Anyone reading this, don't ever do that to your husband or wife. There is absolutely no hurt like it. It is really hard to get through, but I remember that even during the worst times when I was so sad, hurt, and angry, I never lost that inner joy that is so hard to explain to people who don't know the Lord. It was an awful time, but I never considered hurting myself, turning to drinking or drugs, or doing any of the destructive things people do when they're at a low point in their life. I know that was God, staying with me through all of it. I don't believe God brings calamity into anyone's life - we live in a sinful world and bad things are going to happen - but He is there to get the believer through it when it inevitably does. If you've never been told how Christ took our sins upon Him so that we could be saved, I urge you to ask a minister or a Christian friend to tell you about it.

And that's my sermon for this morning. :-)

***Johnny & I did a little Christmas shopping at the Richmond mall last night. I must say, it wasn't very crowded. I think it's a nice mall, but apparently interest has really dwindled. Bath & Body Works was really busy, but none of the other stores were. Kinda sad. Today I'm taking my Mom and one of my aunts to Warm Glow. I could spend a whole day in that place. Whoever does their arranging is a genius, it always looks so beautiful in there.


Surprised by Joy

By William Wordsworth
Surprised by joy—impatient as the Wind
I turned to share the transport—Oh! with whom
But Thee, long buried in the silent Tomb,
That spot which no vicissitude can find?
Love, faithful love, recalled thee to my mind—
But how could I forget thee?—Through what power,
Even for the least division of an hour,
Have I been so beguiled as to be blind
To my most grievous loss!—That thought’s return
Was the worst pang that sorrow ever bore,
Save one, one only, when I stood forlorn,
Knowing my heart’s best treasure was no more;
That neither present time, nor years unborn
Could to my sight that heavenly face restore.

***This is nuts. The University of Maine banned any overtly religious decorating for Christmas, including candy canes. They backpedaled on that, but this  politically correct junk is really getting out of hand.

The University of Maine will allow the halls to be decked with candy canes, after all.
After an administrator sent out an e-mail to employees telling them "religious-themed" decorations -- which he said included the peppermint confections -- could not be placed in common areas on campus, students went into an uproar. And they got their Christmas wish.
School officials told that the incident was a misunderstanding and that the e-mail was sent out by a supervisor after a student had voiced concern over Christmas decorations in a dining hall and a lack of decorations for holidays of other religious faiths.
"We are not the Grinches of Maine, Dean of Students Robert Dana told "It was a big misunderstanding. The e-mail was in response to an issue a student had raised. His intent was to be inclusive."

Oh, baloney. His intent was to squelch anything remotely Christian. That is the opposite of inclusive.

***It's impossible to be unhappy while eating a cookie.

this makes me so happy


Politically Correct Santa

'Twas the night before Christmas and Santa's a wreck...
How to live in a world that's politically correct?

His workers no longer would answer to "Elves",
"Vertically Challenged" they were calling themselves.

And labor conditions at the north pole
Were alleged by the union to stifle the soul.

Four reindeer had vanished, without much propriety,
Released to the wilds by the Humane Society.

And equal employment had made it quite clear
That Santa had better not use just reindeer.

So Dancer and Donner, Comet and Cupid,
Were replaced with 4 pigs, and you know that looked stupid!?

The runners had been removed from his sleigh;
The ruts were termed dangerous by the E.P.A.

And people had started to call for the cops
When they heard sled noises on their roof-tops.

Second-hand smoke from his pipe had his workers quite frightened.
His fur trimmed red suit was called "Unenlightened."

And to show you the strangeness of life's ebbs and flows:
Rudolf was suing over unauthorized use of his nose
And had gone on Geraldo, in front of the nation,
Demanding millions in over-due compensation.

So, half of the reindeer were gone; and his wife,
Who suddenly said she'd enough of this life,
Joined a self-help group, packed, and left in a whiz,
Demanding from now on her title was Ms.

And as for the gifts, why, he'd ne'er had a notion
That making a choice could cause so much commotion.

Nothing of leather, nothing of fur,
Which meant nothing for him. And nothing for her.

Nothing that might be construed to pollute.
Nothing to aim. Nothing to shoot.
Nothing that clamored or made lots of noise.
Nothing for just girls. Or just for the boys.
Nothing that claimed to be gender specific.
Nothing that's warlike or non-pacific.
No candy or sweets...they were bad for the tooth.
Nothing that seemed to embellish a truth.

And fairy tales, while not yet forbidden,
Were like Ken and Barbie, better off hidden.

For they raised the hackles of those psychological
Who claimed the only good gift was one ecological.

No baseball, no football...someone could get hurt;
Besides, playing sports exposed kids to dirt.

Dolls were said to be sexist, and should be passe;
And Nintendo would rot your entire brain away.

So Santa just stood there, disheveled, perplexed;
He just could not figure out what to do next.

He tried to be merry, tried to be gay,
But you've got to be careful with that word today.

His sack was quite empty, limp to the ground;
Nothing fully acceptable was to be found.

Something special was needed, a gift that he might
Give to all without angering the left or the right.

A gift that would satisfy, with no indecision,
Each group of people, every religion;
Every ethnicity, every hue,
Everyone, everywhere...even you.

So here is that gift, it's price beyond worth...

"May you and your loved ones enjoy peace on earth."

This document is copyright (c) Harvey Ehrlich 1992.

Merry Christmas 2014 images


***If the world should blow itself up, the last audible voice would be that of an expert saying it can't be done. ~~ Peter Ustinov

***Have a great day!