Friday, January 31, 2014

"Reaching Out?"

***Obama says he will "reach out" to Congress. Liar. He has already said what he intends to do - bypass them if he doesn't get his way. It's hard to believe there are still airheads out there who believe anything he says.

***I didn't have time to blog today until now, at nearly 5:30 p.m. Business is good right now, I gotta say. They're really keeping me hopping. No complaints!

***Now he's bossing around CEOs, telling them to hire the long term unemployed. If it's Obama's idea, it's a bad one.

President Obama on Friday formally announced a deal with some of the nation’s largest companies to institute new hiring practices that do not “disadvantage” those who have been jobless for several months or longer.
The new initiative, agreed to by more than 300 businesses including giants such AT&T, Apple, Wal-Mart, Ford and others, also will extend to the federal government and its interview processes.

Great idea. Can't believe these companies are going for it. 

***Pretty cool:



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Messy Room

Shel Silverstein 
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
His underwear is hanging on the lamp.
His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair,
And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp.
His workbook is wedged in the window,
His sweater's been thrown on the floor.
His scarf and one ski are beneath the TV,
And his pants have been carelessly hung on the door.
His books are all jammed in the closet,
His vest has been left in the hall.
A lizard named Ed is asleep in his bed,
And his smelly old sock has been stuck to the wall.
Whosever room this is should be ashamed!
Donald or Robert or Willie or--
Huh? You say it's mine? Oh, dear,
I knew it looked familiar!


***Kinda neat: Map of the Internet




***"Tomorrow will be better for as long as America keeps alive the ideals of freedom and a better life." -- Walt Disney

***Have a great day!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Typical

***I was involved in a typical debate with a liberal a couple of days ago. It goes like this: Someone I know and respect put her opinion on Facebook that she is dismayed that so many people didn't watch the State of the Union address because they don't like President Obama. She said we needed to put our feelings aside to stay informed, etc. I wrote, not in an aggressive or argumentative way, that we already knew what he would say, and that his speech would be filled with lies and empty promises, and that I couldn't stand to watch him, but read the transcript instead. Enter the obnoxious liberal, saying, "Says the lady who watches Fox News." That has nothing to do with the conversation, but that's not unusual for a liberal troll. I said, "That's right, because I like to be informed, not subjected to leftist bias and free commercials for Democrat candidates." He said, "No, you hear propaganda. You are brainwashed." Notice no citations, no attempt to address the original post. I said, "I'm assuming you can back that up? Because I can certainly hold up my end of the argument." I gave him a chance to prove his statement, but in true liberal I-got-nothin' fashion, he quoted Mark Twain, “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”You can always tell when they don't have anything substantive to add. I said, "In other words, you don't have anything. Got it." His next post called me a fool again, so it was obvious there was no reason to continue the conversation. This is how liberals "debate." They have no ideas and nothing substantive to back up their rather vacuous opinions, so they resort to personal attacks. Every single time. 

***State of the Union speech gets lowest ratings since 2000. For good reason. See above.

***Henry Waxman, Pervert-CA, is stepping down. Thank God. I'm sure California will send someone just as bad, though. Some people never learn.

***Gotta have one! A "Ted-Tea" bear!


Yes, I ordered one. Don't judge me.  :-)

***WHAT? You know all the articles telling you how wonderful antioxidants are, how they'll make you live forever, blah blah blah? Whenever I see some of this stuff, I just wait for the next wave of hysteria saying the exact opposite. It's here. "Vitamin E, Other Antioxidants Linked to Lung Cancer."


If you haven’t already dumped your daily multi-vitamins, yet more research is out questioning the benefits of vitamin supplements. New research shows that some antioxidants, including vitamin E, can actually promote lung cancer.
“Taking extra antioxidants might be harmful and could speed up the growth of (any) tumors,” biologist and co-author Martin Bergo of Gothenburg said. “If I had a patient with lung cancer, I would not recommend they take an antioxidant.”

Sheesh. Sorry to be Debbie Downer here....



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***"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

***

Author: , © 2012
One of the sure things in life is that there will be countless concerns and adversity will visit time and time again. For those people who do not believe this fact, maybe it is only because you have not yet reached that point in life. Those who had had to face adversity, there are several things that we all have in common.

One of these commonalities is that each adversity can be viewed as a total setback, or as an opportunity to overcome the problem. There really is no other way to look at the issue. You either take the adversity square on the chin and fold, or you take the hit, keep standing, and find a way to move around the adversity.

Don't Do It Alone
If you try and overcome adversity alone, you can have a bad time of it but if you turn to God as your first option, an option that gives you peace and strength to help you see the situation as different, you have a hope of getting through this problem.

Not To Be Feared
Adversity in and of itself is not to be feared - it is only the lack of knowing what to do, how to approach it, and what view for the future you hold that presents a concern. Adversity is nameless, blameless, and devoid of any emotion unless you give it.

When you decide that adversity has no power over your choices, and when you put your faith in God, all adversities are no more than inconveniences that can be overcome.

Power of God
Not everyone, unfortunately, has the natural ability to overcome issues of concern but with the power of God, there is hope in the form of friends or family to help you on your way. God did not plan for you to go into any situation alone and armed with his love and with your faith, you will be able to find those that will stand with you on this earth in the presence of God.

A Last Thought
The other aspect of adversity that is known to those who have the ability to know they have choices is that each occurrence of adversity is one, if not, the best teacher about life there is. There is no life that sees only good times where there are no valleys of despair or hurt. Life is not a bed of roses without the thorns being active.

Take heed in knowing that adversity need not rule you for it is you that rule adversity armed with God and your given talents and abilities to overcome.

Read more at http://www.wow4u.com/adversity-what/index.html#SEcYd4hoArAJvTi9.99



Author: Byron Pulsifer, © 2012
One of the sure things in life is that there will be countless concerns and adversity will visit time and time again. For those people who do not believe this fact, maybe it is only because you have not yet reached that point in life. Those who had had to face adversity, there are several things that we all have in common.

One of these commonalities is that each adversity can be viewed as a total setback, or as an opportunity to overcome the problem. There really is no other way to look at the issue. You either take the adversity square on the chin and fold, or you take the hit, keep standing, and find a way to move around the adversity.

Don't Do It Alone
If you try and overcome adversity alone, you can have a bad time of it but if you turn to God as your first option, an option that gives you peace and strength to help you see the situation as different, you have a hope of getting through this problem.

Not To Be Feared
Adversity in and of itself is not to be feared - it is only the lack of knowing what to do, how to approach it, and what view for the future you hold that presents a concern. Adversity is nameless, blameless, and devoid of any emotion unless you give it.

When you decide that adversity has no power over your choices, and when you put your faith in God, all adversities are no more than inconveniences that can be overcome.

Power of God
Not everyone, unfortunately, has the natural ability to overcome issues of concern but with the power of God, there is hope in the form of friends or family to help you on your way. God did not plan for you to go into any situation alone and armed with his love and with your faith, you will be able to find those that will stand with you on this earth in the presence of God.

A Last Thought
The other aspect of adversity that is known to those who have the ability to know they have choices is that each occurrence of adversity is one, if not, the best teacher about life there is. There is no life that sees only good times where there are no valleys of despair or hurt. Life is not a bed of roses without the thorns being active.

Take heed in knowing that adversity need not rule you for it is you that rule adversity armed with God and your given talents and abilities to overcome. 


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***True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes, but the firm resolve of virtue and reason.  ~Alfred North Whitehead

***Have a great day!
 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Small Speech From a Small Man

***I can't stand to watch him, and having to look at the clown of a Vice President we have sitting behind him adds insult to injury. I have to just read the transcript and the breakdown from sources I trust such as the writers at National Review to get the gist of the speech. Nothing new. More class envy, more empty promises, more lies.

My general impression was this was a remarkably boring speech, intellectually and rhetorically. Not every idea was terrible. But no idea was particularly exciting, or all that significant. Because it lacked ambition, it was a far less offensive speech that I thought it would be. He soft-pedaled the inequality schtick, preferring instead to talk the more optimistic topic of “opportunity.” I thought this fell flat, at least in part because he tried to make it sound like the economy was going, if not great, then really well. That’s a hard message to sell against the backdrop of Americans’ lived experience, not to mention the White House’s insistence that America desperately needs “emergency” extensions of unemployment payments, etc.
His defense of Obamacare was short and almost perfunctory. I did find his mocking of GOP alternatives nothing less than galling.

From Jonah Goldberg at National Review, follow link above.

***A video response to the SOTU speech from the Cato Institute.

***REALLY? I hope you're sitting down.

“We did not treat President Bush this way,” she said. “We thought we had a responsibility to work with the president to get a job done for the American people and we did. This obstruction to President Obama is something quite stunning. It’s something quite different.”

If you didn't just spit your coffee all over your monitor, you can't be drinking any.

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***There WAS something to cheer about last night. This brave Army Ranger got an extended standing ovation. God bless you, sir.

***What never to put on your pizza. Tuna? Kimchee? Lettuce? Ew, I have to agree.


  • The loudest land animal is the Howler monkey whose deep growls can travel up to 3 miles in the forest.
  • At 188 decibels, the Blue whale is the loudest mammal of all with its deep sound traveling hundreds of miles across the deep oceans.
  • The only state in the U.S that grows coffee beans is Hawaii in what’s known locally as the Kona district. Hawaiians usually call coffee Kope and hawaiian coffee is some of the most expensive in the world.
  • England is smaller than the state of Florida by 15,409 square miles.
  • USGA regulation golf balls have 336 dimples which add turbulence for more distance.
  • The Mona Lisa doesn’t have eyebrows or eyelashes.
  • Honey is the only food that doesn’t spoil. To make 1 pound of honey, bees would have to visit over 2 million flowers.
  • The Oilbird (oil bird) is the loudest bird with it’s high pitched clicking sounds.
  • According to a new study, next day soreness after hard work or exercising can be greatly reduced by drinking watermelon juice prior. Watermelon juice is rich in amino acid.
  • It takes about 7 strawberries to equal the amount of vitamin C in one orange about 3 inches in diameter.
  • The very first food eaten by a U.S astronaut in outer space was applesauce.
  • Did you know that the very first lemon seeds were brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus?

***                                      BRRRR!!
 









Good Lord.


***Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

NOW It Makes a Difference?

***NOW she cares about Benghazi, because she knows her chances in 2016 depend on public perception of how she handled the situation. It's certainly not that she really cares. She's a political animal, interested only in furthering her power and her agenda. We all need to buy "What Difference Does It Make?" T-shirts and wear them during the entire presidential campaign. I also want one that has her picture with the word "Killary" underneath it.

***McCain "fired up" to run again? Oh yeah, how'd that work out last time??

***I've had a rather depressing discussion in Facebook with a young college student who proudly calls herself a Marxist/socialist. She spouts the same tired leftist rhetoric about how evil corporations are, how the country is run behind the scenes by rich Republicans like the Koch Brothers (ever notice they never mention George Soros?), how the poor are downtrodden because of the rich, how capitalism is evil, blah blah blah...same old crap we've heard for years. Then she had the nerve to say she loved America. Right. Even though she hates everything America was built upon. She's like Obama...she will only love America when she is as poor and miserable as the third world countries who also thought socialism was a good thing.

***My niece, Amy Pelletier, wrote this and put it up on Facebook. I think it's really good.

The next time you’re having a bad day
I’ll ask you to remember
That you’re not cradling your newborn baby
As he struggles to take his first breaths
His skin adorned with a blue tinge and
The hum of machines a haunting accompaniment
To the priest
Uttering blessings through the glass windows
Of a crowded nursery room

That your hands aren’t clasped together
Tightly holding onto a loved one
Who suffers from the nightmares and hallucinations
Of time served in a war zone
Watching them silently weep for the family
They are leaving behind
As they throw a duffle bag over their shoulder
and board that eerily familiar airplane
to a land whose parting gift is often a flag-draped casket

That a cardboard box on a busy street corner
is not your home
Like the unemployed father of three
Who was employee of the month
Right before the layoff
Unable to do anything but cry
When his children ask why they have no money
Or why they have to wait
Until the restaurants close for the evening
To scavenge for their next meal

That your best friend isn’t in a coma
Mere hours from being taken off life support
By a grieving family
Because someone had one drink too many
And selfishly got behind the wheel
The newspaper headlines a constant reminder
That invincibility is often wasted on the ignorant
And we never realize how beautiful things are
Until we are moments away from losing them.


***Media bows to Obama. You know that. I know that. But there are a lot of pathetically uninformed people out there who don't. 


For those of you paying attention – and capable of understanding what is staring you in the face (not a huge number considering how many Americans were educated by the government) – we are now seeing a prime and brilliant example of just how deep in the Democrat pocket the mainstream media is.
            Democrats say “frog” and the media jumps.
            Democrats say “jump” and the media says “how high?”
            Right now the media owes 0bama and the Democrats.  Considering the scope of the 0bamacare roll-out cluster&#@k the media simply had to report on it or all semblance of credibility would be lost.  Now it’s payback time.  Now it’s time for the media to pay 0bama and the Democrats back for this insurrection, and they’re coming around big time.
            How?  Just how is the media paying 0bama back for their offensive 0bamacare reporting?  How do we know the media is back on track promoting the Democrats.

***


***Did you know there's a "Deport Bieber" petition? It's actually getting a lot of signatures!


***Nuclear "Perfect Storm" gathering on Obama's watch. This is scary. I mean really scary.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that a Defense Science Board task force has completed a three-year review of U.S. intelligence capabilities with respect to emerging nuclear threats and found them seriously wanting.
The Beacon’s Adam Kredo says the board found: ” ‘The nation is not yet organized or fully equipped’ to detect clandestine nuclear activities across the globe, and in most cases, ‘current solutions are either inadequate, or more often, do not exist.’ “
This conclusion is all the more alarming, given the current strategic environment. The panel concluded: “The actual or threatened acquisition of nuclear weapons by more actors — with a range of motivations, capabilities and approaches — is emerging in numbers not seen since the early days of the Cold War.
“Many of these actors are hostile to the U.S. and its allies, and of greater worry, they do not appear to be bound by established norms, nor are they deterred by traditional means.”

***             YUM!


***
People are like stained-glass windows.
They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within
Author Unknown


***Have a great day!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Outta Time

***Man, I've really paid for not being able to get much work done over the weekend. I'm behind, and I *really* hate that. I'm gonna get up at 2:30 a.m. tomorrow, hopefully I'll be able to catch up! We had a great time yesterday at our Secret Sisters Reveal party, though. What a bunch of great ladies I go to church with! Mom & I ran out to the Amish store a little while ago, I brought her back home with me. It's gonna be so COLD tonight, didn't want her to be by herself.

***This is gonna have to be quick - chicken's in the oven!

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Luke 10:27-37

King James Version (KJV)
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?
30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

***It's kind of fun to do the impossible. ~~ Walt Disney

***Have a great day!
 

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Gobs of Money

***This is a great article! "9 Ways to Make Gobs of Money." Definitely not a "get rich quick" article, but a really good one if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and  a good work ethic. Here are a couple of examples:

Own your own business and live like a monk. Two thirds of America's millionaires are self-employed. The vast majority are small business owners who live on budgets well below their means, invest their money, and never received any kind of inheritance, according to the book "The Millionaire Next Door." Do you really need that new car or iPad? Nope.

Take risks, make mistakes and trust your gut. Most people are either ridiculously risk averse or take dumb risks they know they shouldn't take. Take smart risks, the ones that make sense to you. Trust your gut. You'll be wrong more often than not but that's okay. Nobody ever got ahead by playing it safe.
Follow the link for more.


***Recently finished the book "Hadassah: One Night With the King." It's a novel based on the story of Esther from the Old Testament. I really enjoyed it.

***    Right?



***Duh. He's been doing this since he's been in office. Obama uses political intimidation to silence opponents.

Conservatives say recent federal action against filmmaker and author Dinesh D'Souza and former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell are examples of the Obama administration's strategy of using its power to silence critics on the right.
 It started when he ran for State Senator in Illinois, and he's been doing it ever since. 

The machine’s henchmen working at the CBOE showed Barack Obama’s four 1996 state senate opponents no mercy. The CBOE ruled that 62% of the signatures that these opponents submitted with their nominating petitions were invalid. Two of Obama’s state senate challengers were so outraged, they filed federal court lawsuits. However, the two Obama opponents who sued could not present the evidence nor make the arguments below because in 1996 ballot access information wasn’t readily available on the Internet. Whether it is a future U.S. presidential candidate or candidates for other offices, unjustly denying anyone their inalienable right to run for office is unconstitutional and no laughing matter.

Our president is corrupt, and always has been. The media chose (and still chooses)  to ignore the obvious evidence, and his fawning voters refused to find out. Now look what we have.

***Shooting at Maryland mall. This is tragic...have you noticed this always happens in "gun-free zones?" Think liberals will EVER figure it out?

***Sheriff Joe Arpaio puts inmates on bread and water for desecrating U.S. flag. Good for him, but he'll be hearing from the ACLU soon...

***

***I didn't know this was a poem first! Everybody's heard the Johnny Cash song, but here's how it all started:




Well, my daddy left home when I was three,
and he didn't leave much to Ma and me,
just this old guitar and a bottle of booze.
Now I don't blame him because he run and hid,
but the meanest thing that he ever did was
before he left he went and named me Sue.

Well, he must have thought it was quite a joke,
and it got lots of laughs from a lot of folks,
it seems I had to fight my whole life through.
Some gal would giggle and I'd get red
and some guy would laugh and I'd bust his head,
I tell you, life ain't easy for a boy named Sue.

Well, I grew up quick and I grew up mean.
My fist got hard and my wits got keen.
Roamed from town to town to hide my shame,
but I made me a vow to the moon and the stars,
I'd search the honky tonks and bars and kill
that man that gave me that awful name.

But it was Gatlinburg in mid July and I had
just hit town and my throat was dry.
I'd thought i'd stop and have myself a brew.
At an old saloon in a street of mud
and at a table dealing stud sat the dirty,
mangy dog that named me Sue.

Well, I knew that snake was my own sweet dad
from a worn-out picture that my mother had
and I knew the scar on his cheek and his evil eye.
He was big and bent and gray and old
and I looked at him and my blood ran cold,
and I said, "My name is Sue. How do you do?
Now you're gonna die." Yeah, that's what I told him.

Well, I hit him right between the eyes and he went down
but to my surprise he came up with a knife
and cut off a piece of my ear. But I busted a chair
right across his teeth. And we crashed through
the wall and into the street kicking and a-gouging
in the mud and the blood and the beer.

I tell you I've fought tougher men but I really can't remember when.
He kicked like a mule and bit like a crocodile.
I heard him laughin' and then I heard him cussin',
he went for his gun and I pulled mine first.
He stood there looking at me and I saw him smile.

And he said, "Son, this world is rough and if
a man's gonna make it, he's gotta be tough
and I knew I wouldn't be there to help you along.
So I gave you that name and I said 'Goodbye'.
I knew you'd have to get tough or die. And it's
that name that helped to make you strong."

Yeah, he said, "Now you have just fought one
helluva fight, and I know you hate me and you've
got the right to kill me now and I wouldn't blame you
if you do. But you ought to thank me
before I die for the gravel in your guts and the spit
in your eye because I'm the guy that named you Sue."
Yeah, what could I do? What could I do?

I got all choked up and I threw down my gun,
called him pa and he called me a son,
and I came away with a different point of view
and I think about him now and then.
Every time I tried, every time I win and if I
ever have a son I think I am gonna name him
Bill or George - anything but Sue.

***Jay Leno:


President Obama announced today that America's No. 1 domestic terrorist has been apprehended. They finally arrested Justin Bieber, ladies and gentlemen. He is in custody. We don’t have to live in fear anymore.
Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach on a DUI. He was also busted for resisting arrest and drag racing. Justin was clocked going 60 miles an hour in a Lamborghini. Wow, 60 miles an hour in a Lamborghini? Hey Justin, it’s called second gear. Try it sometime.
Really, 60 miles an hour? But to be fair, Bieber was in Florida. Anything over 20 miles an hour is considered drag racing.

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***Have a great day!
 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Big Squeeze

***That's how my day's gonna feel. I'm having a get-together for our Secret Sisters group here  tomorrow, so today is going to be spent cleaning and getting ready. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'm very thankful for my very patient, very willing-to-help husband! This morning, though, I promised to take my Mom and my aunt to the Amish store, and then to Dillard's. She has a gift card that's burning a hole in her purse. :-) That'll take up the morning, then I'll be all over it for the rest of the day. How I'm gonna get any work done this weekend is a bit of a mystery.

***This is a great slideshow about the movies which came out in 1939 - Gone With The Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, etc. Check it out!

***Earth-shattering news which of course won't be covered in our "mainstream" media. Can't have word getting out that conservative policies work, now can we?

The state of Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is “rapidly falling” and the government’s budget ended the year with a $912 million surplus, Limbaugh explained. He says the dramatic turnaround is due in large part to the conservative policies of Gov. Scott Walker.
What’s even more amazing, he continued, is the fact that Walker is going to “rebate the money in the form of tax cuts to the people, who he said own the money.” Limbaugh says the news is “earth-shattering” because, in one of the bluest states, Walker was targeted for removal twice but continued to implement conservative policies that he was confident would help his state — and his strategy appears to be working.
“They did everything they could to gin up hate, anger, tried to destroy his reputation, his career, and his life,” he said. “He hung in there. The state of Wisconsin instituted his policy reforms, de-emphasizing the role of unions in the state.”

Get the word out.

***

***This makes me sick: Bibles removed from University of Wisconsin lodge.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation isn’t objecting to bedbugs, nor is it objecting to stained bedsheets. But when it found out a lodge owned by the University of Wisconsin had Bibles in its rooms, all hell broke loose.
“We atheists and agnostics do not appreciate paying high prices for lodging, only to find Gideon Bibles in our hotel rooms, sometimes prominently displayed, knowing they contain instructions, for instance, to kill ‘infidels’ and ‘blasphemers,’ among other primitive and dangerous teachings,” FFRF Co-President Dan Barker said in a statement.

It always amazes me how ignorant atheists are regarding what's in the Bible, as they're trying to show how knowledgeable they are. Of COURSE those Bibles are going to jump up in their faces and force them to read. What a bunch of children. Never mind that 99% of the people staying in those rooms are just fine with the fact that the Bibles are there.

***Victory for Little Sisters of the Poor. Our government is persecuting Christians more and more, and it has to stop. The only way is to throw the liberals out and replace them with conservatives. No, we're not perfect either, but stuff like this crap won't happen.

***100 best first lines from novels. This is interesting.


1. Call me Ishmael. —Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)
2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
3. A screaming comes across the sky. —Thomas Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow (1973)
4. Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. —Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967; trans. Gregory Rabassa)
5. Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. —Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)
6. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. —Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett)
7. riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. —James Joyce, Finnegans Wake (1939)
8. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. —George Orwell, 1984 (1949)
9. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. —Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

More at the link (obviously). 

***Romney: "Putin has outperformed our president on world stage." Yup. What an embarrassment.

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***In Sickness and in Health: Renewing your Commitment. Good article.

God delighted in gifting you with your spouse – a man with all the wonderful qualities that initially attracted you to him. But just as God refuses to love you and leave you as you are, He challenges you to become more like Jesus through qualities of your spouse, and situations in your marriage, that aren't as alluring.
Marriage isn't a fairy tale, and it isn't forever. Aside from the production of children and pleasure, God practically designed it for spiritual growth and companionship. Adopting this practical view makes it easier to take in stride the not-so-picturesque moments of marriage.

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"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
Charles Dickens


***Have a great day!

 
"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some."
Charles Dickens

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