Saturday, September 19, 2015


***Hi everyone! I've made a hard decision. My business has grown to the point where I need to focus on it and cut out a few things that are taking up a little too much of my time. Unfortunately, blogging is one of them. I have already cut my Facebook time way back, and it wasn't much to begin with. I really enjoy blogging, but lately my entries  have consisted of a few hastily put together blurbs from the internet and a little whining about being so busy. I have so many things I'd love to write about, but at this point in time I have to focus on my business. I'm not shutting the blog down, but hopefully as soon as I get the S corporation settled and my new transcriptionists trained and pretty much on their own, I plan to revamp it, change the look, change the name (what was I thinking?), and take time every day to put some quality commentary, political views, humor, and interesting articles up.

Thank you for reading, and in the immortal words of the Terminator, "I'll be back!"

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America must not ignore the threat gathering against us. Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof, the smoking gun that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud. ~~ George W. Bush
***Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Doesn't Make Sense...

***The more people I hire, the busier I get. Something's not right!

***Perjury charge for Hillary? Oh, she definitely deserves that charge, plus many more, but I'll believe it when I see it.

***Price tag of Bernie Sanders' proposals: $18 trillion. Guess where he wants to get it? The eeeevil rich - you know, those folks who have worked their butts off to build something, who provide jobs and prop up the economy. Yeah, they're the ones who need to be punished.

A campaign aide said additional tax proposals would be offered to offset the cost of some, and possibly all, of his health program. A Democratic proposal for such a “single-payer” health plan, now in Congress, would be funded in part through a new payroll tax on employers and workers, with the trade-off being that employers would no longer have to pay for or arrange their workers’ insurance.

Single payer has always been the goal. Even though it has been a colossal failure everywhere it has been tried, our government seeks to replace the best health care in the world with it. Liberals are stone cold crazy.

mmmm...dat was good...  only 4 hours 'til dinnertime...

***The consequences of Obama's weakness. Good piece.

The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.
John Adams

***Have a great day!

Saturday, September 12, 2015


***Great piece over at National Review Online about Lawrence Krauss, who fancies himself a genius but demonstrates his ignorance of the law and religion.

A fanatic,” as Winston Churchill defined the term, “is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” They’re tedious company. As anybody who has spent any time around evangelical vegans, macrobiotic cranks, 9/11 truthers, Trumpkins, anti-Semites, Objectivists, Gamergate partisans, feminists, the Michael Brown Memorial Society for Riots and Sanctimony, or jazz aficionados can tell you, the Bible-thumping born-again Christian fanatic is relatively low on the list of unbearables. But for my money, the militant atheist takes the prize in the oh-for-pity’s-sake-give-it-a-rest-already sweepstakes.

  Love that opening paragraph. The rest of the piece is just as entertaining, and spot-on.

***Justice Department (that's Obama's Justice Department) rules Hillary Clinton followed law in deleting emails. Anyone surprised? Never mind what the law says. She's a Clinton, and female, and a Democrat. That's all she needs to be to get away with whatever she wants to.

Judicial Watch, which had at least 16 active open-records lawsuits against the State Department seeking emails from Mrs. Clinton or her top aides, said the administration is ignoring its own guidelines in trying to clear Mrs. Clinton.
“Indeed, the State Department’s own rules specify that personal records of a departing presidential appointee may not be removed from the government until the State Department ‘records officer in cooperation with the S/ES or appropriate administrative office’ approves of the removal, a process which ‘generally requires a hands-on examination of the materials,’ ” Judicial Watch said in a reply brief.

There's a set of rules for Democrats, and another set for anyone who disagrees with them.

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***Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. ~~ Thomas Sowell

***Have a great day!

Friday, September 11, 2015


***I was just thinking about how grateful I am to live in America. Compared to most other countries, we really have it good here. The current administration notwithstanding, we are still more free, more comfortable, and have more hope than people elsewhere around the world. We have gotten a little complacent and have allowed some of our freedoms to be eroded, but it's not too late to turn it around. I found an article regarding a "gratefulness survey" taken in 2013:

The survey tapped into two different aspects of feeling gratitude, asking what kinds of experiences elicit gratitude as well as how strongly and often people feel grateful.
  • Given a list of categories from friends to education to modern medicine, people were most grateful for their immediate families, followed closely by freedom.
  • Lowest on the list overall was “your current job”—although for people earning annual salaries over $150,000, the gratitude for your job category was as highly evocative of gratitude as “your right to vote.”
  • When asked about personal experiences, people indicated that both positive and negative events can lead to gratitude, with the negative ones helping them appreciate what they already have.
  • When asked why they expressed gratitude, people were more than twice as likely to select options related to the greater good like “it makes the world a better place” than options related to tit-for-tat reciprocity like “other people will be nicer to me.”
  • In response to questions about how often thoughts about gratitude occur and whether they just “happen naturally,” versus requiring “something special or out of the ordinary to occur,” 77 percent said they think about gratitude at least a couple times a week, and 80 percent said that this “just happens naturally.”
  • Peoples’ responses to the Gratitude Scale by McCullough, Tsang, and Emmons suggest that the prevailing majority of people feel lots to be grateful for, and that less than 30 percent endure long periods of time devoid of gratitude.
  • Between spouses, the experiences that people rated feeling most grateful for were “expressions of love and affection,” and “being listened to”; these were more gratifying than flowers or vacations.

Say a little prayer of thanks. We still have it pretty good here.

***Never forget:
Today, September 11th, is the “day that will live in infamy” for ...


Prayer at Sunrise

James Weldon Johnson, 1871 - 1928

Now thou art risen, and thy day begun.
How shrink the shrouding mists before thy face,
As up thou spring’st to thy diurnal race!
How darkness chases darkness to the west,
As shades of light on light rise radiant from thy crest!
For thee, great source of strength, emblem of might,
In hours of darkest gloom there is no night.
Thou shinest on though clouds hide thee from sight,
And through each break thou sendest down thy light.
O greater Maker of this Thy great sun,
Give me the strength this one day’s race to run,
Fill me with light, fill me with sun-like strength,
Fill me with joy to rob the day its length.
Light from within, light that will outward shine,
Strength to make strong some weaker heart than mine,
Joy to make glad each soul that feels its touch;
Great Father of the sun, I ask this much.

***'Tis of Thee

Countless Americans today are confused and perplexed over fast-escallating national and world events, and their obvious accelerating freedom-destroying consequences – such as Obama’s unilateral military disarmament (see blog 2/18/12, “Is There Time To Rebuild Our Military…?”)  to our country and our loved ones.  The ultimate issue concerns what we as citizens can and must do to help our country. That’s what our prior blogs are all about.
First, it is imperative that we understand the source of our priceless disappearing God-given freedoms.  That is, we must understand the minds and intentions of America’s Christian founding fathers, and that “truth”,  including how to confront and be victorious over evil, as set forth by the Lord in the Bible, is absolute and never changes.  Circumstances and events change. Truth does not change!  The extent to which we citizens abandon or ignore our sacred heritage and its eternal laws of liberty is and will be the determining factor in the unthinkable heritage we may soon leave our loved ones.
The convictions of America’s Founding Fathers were set forth in My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, which became a national hymn still familiar to all of us. Consider the first and fourth stanzas:
       (1) My country tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died! Land of the Pilgrim’s    pride! From Every mountain side, Let freedom ring!
      (4) Our father’s God to, Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing. Long may our land be bright With freedom’s holy light; Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!

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If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. ~~ George Washington

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Big Time!

***Okay, well, not really. I did go and read my articles of incorporation, signed the papers, and got my business Tax ID#. A couple more things for my lawyer to file with the IRS, and it's done. I now own Meditran Transcription, Inc. Pretty excited. :-)

***You call that an apology?

“I’m sorry about that,” Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton said six years after seiz­ing con­trol of gov­ern­ment email and after six months of deny­ing wrong­do­ing. Just this week, it took three dif­fer­ent in­ter­views in four days for her to beg the puni­est of par­dons: “I do think I could have and should have done a bet­ter job an­swer­ing ques­tions earli­er.”
You think? By any ob­ject­ive meas­ure, the Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial front-run­ner has re­spon­ded to her email scan­dal with de­flec­tion and de­cep­tion, shred­ding her cred­ib­il­ity while giv­ing a skep­tic­al pub­lic an­oth­er reas­on not to trust the in­sti­tu­tions of polit­ics and gov­ern­ment.
An apo­logy doesn’t fix that. An apo­logy also doesn’t an­swer the scan­dal’s most im­port­ant ques­tions.
1. While apo­lo­giz­ing in an ABC in­ter­view on Tues­day, you said, “What I had done was al­lowed; it was above­board.” You must know by now that while the State De­part­ment al­lowed the use of home com­puters in 2009, agency rules re­quired that email be se­cured. Yours was not. Just nine months in­to your term, new reg­u­la­tions re­quired that your emails be cap­tured on de­part­ment serv­ers. You stashed yours on a home-brewed sys­tem un­til Con­gress found out. Why not ad­mit you vi­ol­ated policy? Why do you keep mis­lead­ing people?

Read the rest. Great article.

***Best pocket pistols for self defense. 

I like this one;

The .45 Springfield XD-S measures only 6.3 inches in length, 4.4 inches in height and 1 inch in overall width.

***A gun "Drop Box." How completely, totally stupid. They say this will get guns off the streets. Yeah, I'm sure the criminals are gonna drop their guns in there. These people are beyond ignorant.

Gun control advocates in Tacoma, Wash., are thinking inside the box -- literally -- with a controversial proposal to set up a gun "drop box" to encourage residents to turn in firearms, no questions asked.
The city of 203,000 has similar collection boxes for drugs, and officials say a secure, steel box can help get guns off the streets without subjecting nervous citizens to police interaction.
"The main intent and goal is just to get these weapons off the streets," Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell told the The News Tribune, stressing that the program is still in its planning stages.

You'd think a cop would know better.

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***Nobody got anywhere in the world by simply being content. ~~ Louis L'Amour

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Still At It

***I can't say "back to it" because I worked all weekend, along with all of my typists. We had a lot to catch up on, but we got all of our offices in really good shape. It's a good feeling not to be behind - but we have to hustle to stay that way.

***There is now no doubt that Hillary Clinton's emails contained classified information. She should be indicted, and if she were a Republican she would be. The double standards of the press and the court system in this country are going to ruin us.

A new review by two intelligence agencies has backed up an earlier conclusion that at least two emails on Hillary Clinton's personal server contained "top secret" information.
The review by the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency went back to the original source documents, and follows the finding last month by the intelligence community inspector general that emails on the former secretary of state's system contained information at the highest classification level. This included intelligence on special programs about North Korea's nuclear weapons.

***She still refuses to apologize or admit that she did anything wrong. The arrogance and smugness of the Clintons turns my stomach.

As she has often said in recent weeks, Clinton told AP it would have been a "better choice" for her to use separate email accounts for her personal and public business. "I've also tried to not only take responsibility, because it was my decision, but to be as transparent as possible," Clinton said.

That's the most laughable statement I've seen in a while.

***The same liberal judge who threw Kim Davis in jail ordered students to be "re-educated" on homosexuality. 

U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning, who jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis for refusing to obey an order to issue same-sex marriage licenses through her office, once ordered Kentucky students to be "re-educated" about homosexuality.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a lawsuit against the Rowan County clerk, in 2003 sued the Boyd County Board of Education to allow a "gay-straight" alliance club to be allowed to meet at a local high school, despite objections from parents, reports

At first, court records show, the board suspended all student group meetings, but Bible and drama clubs met during the ban, so students with the gay-straight group contacted the ACLU, and Bunning eventually ordered the school board to allow the group to meet and be granted the same privileges other groups enjoyed.

In addition, Bunning ordered school staff and students to undergo diversity education, including on "issues of sexual orientation and gender harassment."

 Hell in a handbasket.

***Well, that's one way to cool off...

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***Too much stuff? This is listed in Good Housekeeping as one of interior decorators' pet peeves. Hope they never come to my house...

"Less is more," Kraiem says. "A room looks more put together when it's styled with fewer accessories. I prefer to use larger or the right accessories, instead of many small ones."

***Signs of the Times:

   - Plumber "We repair what your husband Fixed."
      - On the trucks of a local plumbing company in NE Pennsylvania "Don't sleep with a drip, call your plumber."
      - Pizza shop slogan "7 days without pizza makes one Weak."
      - At a tire shop in Milwaukee: "Invite us to your next blowout."
      - Door of a plastic surgeons office: "Hello, can we pick your nose?"
      - Sign at the psychic's Hotline "Don't call us, we'll call you."
      - At A Laundry Shop "How about we refund your money, send you a new one at no charge, close the store and have the manager shot. Would that be satisfactory?"

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Property is surely a right of mankind as real as liberty. ~~ John Adams

***Have a great day!

Sunday, September 6, 2015


***Some colleges are brainwashing students into thinking 9-11 was our fault.

Not all of us will be mourning 9/11 victims and their families this Friday on the 14th anniversary of the attacks. Hundreds of college kids across the country will instead be taught to sympathize with the terrorists.
That’s because their America-hating leftist professors are systematically indoctrinating them into believing it’s all our fault, that the US deserved punishment for “imperialism” — and the kids are too young to remember or understand what really happened that horrific day.
Case in point is a freshman-level English class taught at several major universities across the country called “The Literature of 9/11” — which focuses almost entirely on writings from the perspective of the Islamic terrorists, rather than the nearly 3,000 Americans who were slaughtered by them.
The syllabus, which includes books like “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” and “Poems from Guantanamo: Detainees Speak,” portray terrorists as “freedom fighters” driven by oppressive US foreign policies.

This is sickening, and typical of the America-hating Left. Some on our side seem very reluctant to call liberals what they are - unpatriotic. That is putting it mildly. Most of them are anti-Capitalist, pro-Communist rabble rousers, and the rest are just too lazy or ignorant to figure out what it is they're voting for.  Educate your kids - chances are they aren't getting the truth in school.

Ever notice that the major networks are reluctant to show any of the footage from that day?

I'll never forget it. Don't let your kids be misled.

***Colin Powell supports Iran deal. Never have trusted that man.

***Two sets of laws. Yup.

There seem to be two sets of rules when it comes to breaking marriage laws: liberals get a pass, while conservatives are jailed without bail, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says.

Appearing Sunday on ABC's "This Week," Huckabee said liberal Democrats such as former San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome and President Barack Obama's administration have ignored federal marriage laws without punishment, unlike Kim Davis, county clerk for Rowan County, Ky., who has been sitting in jail since Thursday.

***Tim Tebow cut. Bummer.

***I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once.  ~Jennifer Yane 
***Have a great day!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

School Prayer

***Love this.

BY A 15-year-old SCHOOL KID who got an A+ for this entry:

The Lord's Prayer Is not allowed in most US Public schools any more. A kid in Minnesota, wrote the following: NEW School Prayer:

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange or green,
That's no offense; it's a freedom scene..
The law is specific, the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall
Might offend someone with no faith at all..
In silence alone we must meditate,
God's name is prohibited by the State.

We're allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
And pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks...
They've outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
And the 'unwed daddy,' our Senior King.
It's 'inappropriate' to teach right from wrong,
We're taught that such 'judgments' do not belong..

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires and totem poles...
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It's scary here I must confess,
When chaos reigns the school's a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot; My soul please take!

***Pleading the 5th. This is Hillary Clinton's IT guy. But...I thought she had nothing to hide?

Investigators on the Benghazi Select Committee had hoped to question former Clinton IT specialist Bryan Pagliano over the possible destruction of evidence, known in legal circles as “spoliation,” a congressional source told Fox News.
However, in an August 31 letter to Congress, Pagliano’s attorney said the former 2008 campaign staffer who installed and managed Clinton’s personal server and left his IT job at the State Department in February 2013, the same month Clinton stepped down as secretary, would “respectfully assert his Fifth Amendment right” before the Benghazi Select Committee.

It is absolutely mind-boggling that she hasn't had the decency to at least suspend her presidential campaign (I know, I know, it's really not) - but the fact that she still has a lot of supporters is what really gets me. That's a special kind of stupid.

***Two men claim they have found Nazi gold train. 

Two men told a Polish TV station on Friday they have “irrefutable proof” that they found a Nazi train that is said to be laden with gold.
Identifying themselves as Andreas Richter and Piotr Koper, the men appeared on TVP.INFO. Richter confirmed to The Associated Press he had found the train.
Authorities in the southwestern city of Walbrzych said last month that two men had contacted them through lawyers claiming they had found an armored train that could possibly contain valuables and weapons. The report has sparked a gold rush around the city, where tales have circulated since World War II that the Nazis hid a train fill of gold from the Soviet Army in early 1945.

Interesting if true.


***TIME magazine story about unemployment is an insult to our intelligence. TIME has long been an arm of the Democrat party. This shouldn't surprise anyone.

RUSH: The unemployment numbers are out. TIME Magazine. This whole subject has been a source of great irritation for me.  We now have, folks, 94 million Americans not working.  The labor force participation rate is at an all-time low.  Now, the labor force participation rate is a percentage of able-bodied people actually working, and it's 62.6%, which is really low, it's an historic low.
What it translates to real numbers is 94 million Americans not working, and yet they report the unemployment number 5.1%.  It's an insult. It's an insult to everybody's intelligence, and here we have TIME Magazine, they go through all of these numbers very excitedly.

***Thousands of cancer patients to be denied treatment. This is in Great Britain, where they have nationalized health care. We're following the same path, and the liberals in this country just think it's the greatest thing.
More than 5,000 cancer patients will be denied life-extending drugs under plans which charities say are a “dreadful” step backwards for the NHS.
Health officials have just announced sweeping restrictions on treatment, which will mean patients with breast, bowel, skin and pancreatic cancer will no longer be able to receive drugs funded by the NHS.
In total, 17 cancer drugs for 25 different indications will no longer be paid for in future.

***When black music was conservative. This is a really interesting article.

Nevertheless, the assumption that the state of contemporary black music is part of an unbroken chain of lusty lyrics and social protest leading back to the early days of rock—and even further back, to jazz and the blues—not only plays to the pernicious stereotype of a hypersexualized black culture; it also ignores a rich musical history that can be credibly described as socially conservative. The classic soul recordings of such sixties giants as Solomon Burke, Joe Tex, Percy Sledge, The Impressions, Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, James Brown, and others embodied values at odds with those purveyed in much black popular music today. This music deserves appreciation for reasons that transcend nostalgia and even quality—as substantial as that was—and its decline raises troubling questions about the condition of black America and about American culture as a whole.

Eddie and his wife June are shopping in their local supermarket.  The husband picks up a case of Heineken and puts it in their cart.
'What do you think you're doing?' asks June.
'They're on sale, only $15 for 24 cans Eddie replies.
'Put them back, we can't afford them' demands the wife, and so they carry
on shopping. Husband jokes
A few aisles further on along June picks up a $30 jar of face cream and puts it in the basket.
'What do you think you're doing?' asks Eddie.
'It's my face cream. It makes me look beautiful,' replies the wife.
Her husband retorts: 'So does 24 cans of Heineken and it's half the price.'
Eddie never knew what hit him.
The next thing he heard on the supermarket PA system was: 'Cleanup on aisle 19, we have a husband down.'

***All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. ~~ James Thurber

***Have a great day!

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Duckin' In

***Thought I had better make an appearance. I didn't want you to worry about me. :-)

***Still think our religious liberties aren't being stripped from us? Judge orders Kentucky clerk to jail for not violating her religious beliefs.  When is enough going to be enough?

A federal judge ordered a defiant county clerk to jail for contempt Thursday after she insisted that it would violate her conscience to follow court orders to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis and her deputy clerks were summoned to appear before U.S. District Judge David Bunning after she repeatedly denied them marriage licenses, cited her religious beliefs and "God's authority."
The judge said his only alternative was to jail her because he did not believe she would comply with his order even if she were fined. She was escorted out of his courtroom by a deputy, although not in handcuffs, to be turned over to the custody of federal marshals.
Hundreds of people outside the courthouse chanted and screamed, "Love won! Love won!"

Notice how jubilant those loving, tolerant, inclusive liberals were. I'm glad I'm too busy to dwell on this stuff lately. It's enough to give me an ulcer.

***It's a sad day when the government can tell you what you can and can't build on your own property. This man is fighting back, taking the EPA to court.

What did he build? Was it a bunker? Something dangerous to his neighbors? Well, no. It was a pond.

A rancher is taking the Environmental Protection Agency to federal court, asking a judge to stop the agency from fining him more than $16 million because he built a small pond on his property.
Andy Johnson of Fort Bridger, Wyoming says he made sure to get the proper permits from his state government before building the pond. After all, this is America in the 21st century, and nothing done on your own property -- certainly when it involves the use of water -- is beyond government concern.
Johnson is facing millions in fines from the federal government after the EPA determined his small pond -- technically a "stock pond" to provide better access to water for animals on his ranch -- is somehow violating the federal Clean Water Act.
"We went through all the hoops that the state of Wyoming required, and I'm proud of what we built," Johnson said. "The EPA ignored all that."

The government is completely out of control.

***57 more Hillary Clinton emails were classified at the time. So tell me again why this vile woman hasn't been indicted?

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***Here is my advice as we begin the century that will lead to 2081. First, guard the freedom of ideas at all costs. Be alert that dictators have always played on the natural human tendency to blame others and to oversimplify. And don’t regard yourself as a guardian of freedom unless you respect and preserve the rights of people you disagree with to free, public, unhampered expression. ~Gerard K. O’Neill, 2081

***Back to work - have a great day!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Story of a Hero

***Not a lot of time today, so I thought I'd pass along some facts about one of my favorite historical military figures, George S. Patton:

  • George Patton came from a wealthy family where the military was greatly respected.

  • He was in a line of soldiers who had fought going back to the American Revolution and the Civil War.

  • It is now thought that as a child Patton suffered from dyslexia which made his learning process slow even though he was an intelligent student.

  • He took five years to complete a four-year program at United States Military Academy, West Point.

  • George Patton married Bee Ayer, whom he met at West Point, in 1910.

  • Patton represented the United States in the historic first pentathlon of the 1912 Olympics.

  • In 1916, George Patton worked with General John Pershing in going into Mexico after Pancho Villa.

  • Pershing continued to use Patton in the First World War (1917) and Patton demonstrated his skill in using armored equipment.

  • Patton was also instrumental in setting up a teaching school for armored equipment in Langres, France.

  • During the Second World War, George Patton took on the nick-name "Old Blood and Guts."

  • Patton was said to be a major innovator in the way he introduced armored warfare into the war.

  • During the war, Patton was sometimes in conflict with other military leaders which led him to being given a "desk job."

  • In 1944, after the Normandy invasion, he was again appointed to a field position as leader of the Third Army in Europe.

  • After he had died, a biographical movie was produced named "Patton" which went on to win seven Academy Awards.

  • George Patton was a brilliant military commander earning great respect from his soldiers who were never known to lose a battle.

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We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. ~~ George S. Patton

***Have a great day!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Just a few...

***...minutes until I have to follow Mark to take the car for repairs. Don't really have time to start a transcription file, so I thought I'd use the time to blog. Aren't you excited?

***James gave another "what I needed to hear" sermon this morning. He does that a lot. We are still in 1 John, this has been a great sermon series. This morning's topic dealt with how God protects and defends our salvation. He dealt with how the world has gone crazy, rejecting God and the gospel, and that we need to rest in the knowledge that we belong to Him, and nothing can change that. I have been so very busy with my business for the last couple of weeks, and haven't been able to keep up with the news as much, nor get into discussions on Facebook about different issues. It actually has been a blessing, because some of the stuff that's going on really raises my blood pressure, and bothers me to the point where I lose sleep. How dumb it is to worry about temporal things like crooked politicians when I have a home in heaven waiting for me when this is all over.

***The criminally bad reporting during Katrina. Yeah, the media is another thing that burns my cookies. Make no mistake, the reporting was awful because a Republican was in office. Didn't hear about the awful way Sandy was handled, did you?

Remember the dozens, maybe hundreds, of rapes, murders, stabbings and deaths resulting from official neglect at the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina? The ones that never happened, as even the national media later admitted?
Sure, we all remember the original reporting, if not the back-pedaling.
Here's another one: Do you remember the dramatic TV footage of National Guard helicopters landing at the Superdome as soon as Katrina passed, dropping off tens of thousands saved from certain death? The corpsmen running with stretchers, in an echo of M*A*S*H, carrying the survivors to ambulances and the medical center? About how the operation, which also included the Coast Guard, regular military units, and local first responders, continued for more than a week?
Me neither. Except that it did happen, and got at best an occasional, parenthetical mention in the national media. The National Guard had its headquarters for Katrina, not just a few peacekeeping troops, in what the media portrayed as the pit of Hell. Hell was one of the safest places to be in New Orleans, smelly as it was. The situation was always under control, not surprisingly because the people in control were always there.

Read the whole thing. It wasn't handled perfectly, nothing of that magnitude can be. But it certainly wasn't the hell-hole the media made it out to be.

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***I want to see this, I hear it's really good: "War Room" stuns Hollywood with $11 million weekend. I think Hollywood secretly hates it when a Christian movie does well.

***This is good...

parenting advice

Never trouble another for what you can do for yourself. ~~ Thomas Jefferson

***Have a great day!

I was in a pet store picking up some pet food for my dog when I overheard the following conversation. A cute girl peaks over the counter and politely asks the sales representative. “I’m interested in buying a rabbit.” “Oh sure we’ve got lots of rabbits” gushed the motherly sales representative. “Do you have any specific color in mind? We’ve got some adorable white Bunnies down this isle.” The lady exclaimed. “Oh” said the cute girl with a wave of her hand, “I really don’t think my boa constrictor would care about what color it is!”

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Crazy, Out-of-Control Government

***This article should really raise your hackles: "Micro-mismanaging your daily life: Tales from Big Government on steroids."

A couple of excerpts:

*The federal dishwasher police recently chopped allowable water use from five gallons per cycle to 3.1, a 38 percent reduction. “Manufacturers cannot compensate for less water by pumping the water through higher-pressure nozzles because the energy use is also restricted,” former U.S. representative Ernest Istook (R., Okla.) explained in the Washington Times. “The 2012 regulation reduced energy usage to 307 kilowatt-hours per year for a standard washer. The 2015 proposal drops that to 234 kWh/year.” Despite the DOE’s 24 percent energy cut, consumers could wind up using more power, as they re-run machines to scour not-quite-clean dishes. They also would be likely to use more water to pre-rinse dishes destined for politically correct, but emasculated, dishwashers. Even the DOE recognizes that this costs money. These new edicts will boost each dishwasher’s price by $99. Also, the new mandate states, “DOE expects that manufacturers may lose up to 34.7 percent of their INPV [industry net present value], which is approximately $203.7 million.” Translation: Pay cuts, layoffs, and outsourcing.

*As Cato Institute scholar Chris Edwards notes in his paper “Why the Federal Government Fails,” the National Park Service produced a 2,400-page study on dog-walking options — not from coast to coast, but solely in the Golden Gate Recreation Area. What, possibly, could anyone say, at such length — it would consume as much paper as the entire text of Obamacare — about canine exercise in one park?

There are dozens more examples just like this - from how hard a block of ice has to be in order for ice makers to produce it to fines for employees buying their own health insurance. Obama is a spectacular failure when it comes to foreign policy and the American economy, but boy, he sure knows how to grow the government. I hope we can survive this administration with our freedom intact.

***Just got back from our yard saling/Amish store run. Didn't really find too many treasures today. Mark will be happy. 

***Why liberals can't govern. Boy, that subject could fill a couple of books.

Back in late February, a new contract document revealed that the Department of Health and Human Services would be paying $60 million for the computer cloud that supports back-end data sharing for and state Obamacare marketplaces, more than five times the amount in the original contract. This week HHS revealed that the contract has been further revised — to roughly $120 million, now more than ten times the original $11 million value of the contract when Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services first awarded it in 2011. In most professions, when you end up spending ten times what you budgeted, the consequences are swift and severe. Heads roll. Responsibilities are reassigned. Budgetary authority gets yanked. This, of course, is not how things work in the federal government.
***You can build your own Dome Home! Not sure why you'd want to, but...

kolb – open garage, light flag front 285

The insane popularity of a single sweatshirt has forced its maker to expand into four new factories within the last year just to meet the soaring demand.
The zip-up hoodie, made by San Francisco startup American Giant, costs $89. It had been on the market for 10 months when a December 2012 Slate article declared it "the greatest hoodie ever made" and suddenly sales exploded.
The pace of growth was so rapid that backorder waits grew to as long as four months. But people continued placing orders regardless of the wait. 
This is how easily a good marketing strategy can manipulate people into buying just about anything. It might be well made, but let's face it: It's a hoodie. 

American Giant

Willy-wag and Sparrow
sat on a stone.
Said Willy, it's cold
when the sun is gone.

But my heart beats hot
in my white silk breast;
time enough later
for me to rest.

Said Sparrow, It's dark
in the green willow,
and the cat may lurk
in the shade below.

He fluffed his feathers
and shook his head;
by now the others
are safe in bed.

Said Willy, the sky
is full of light,
and a juicy fly
is quickly caught.

I'll flirt my fan
awhile the cold,
and I won't go in
till the moon is gold.

Said sparrow, the tree
is full by now,
and I'm off to my perch
on the topmost bough.

But Willy said, whether
it's dark or light,
if I feel like singing
I'll sing all night.

finally happy

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast~~ Ephesians 2:8-9

***Have a great day!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Just Imagine...

...if Vester Flanagan was a white Christian male. We'd be hearing a whole lot more about the tragedy when he shot two WDBJ employees, and we certainly would be reading his hate manifesto. However, he was black and gay, so our "news" media is covering it up.

Two days ago, ABC News reported that Vester Flanagan, the murderer of two WDBJ employees, sent a 23-page faxed manifesto to ABC News.  ABC reported bits and pieces of the manifesto.
Yet we still haven’t seen the full document.  ABC hasn’t made it available. Why?
John Nolte and others have been busy hammering away at the racial hypocrisy of many in the media after treating Flanagan’s crimes very differently from Dylann Roof’s.  Unquestionably, they were both racially motivated.  But you’d never know that from reading the headlines in the Washington Post or other mouthpieces that enable the (one way) racial grievance industry.
Some of them are particularly dishonest brokers when it comes to reporting on the racist motives of evil wrongdoers.  Nolte:
A CBS report never mentioned the shooter’s racial comments at all. The piece did tiptoe around the shooter’s problems with race in two paragraphs, but never actually stated his race rhetoric seen in the explicit terms revealed in his manifesto.
Then, a piece in the Chicago Tribune called the killer “off kilter” and “bizarre” but steered clear of fully reporting on his racist ideas.
One reporter, The Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, even took to Twitter to wring his hands over the reporting of Flanagan’s racist manifesto, saying to Breitbart’s John Nolte, “Do you worry at all that the ‘race war’ story does what the killer wanted?”
To be sure, Weigel was far less worried about stirring racial strife when he wrote a Bloomberg piece dissecting the racial motives of Charleston killer Dylann Roof.
It’s understandable, perhaps, that some of them simply lack the courage to confront evil motives in whatever color they come.  Others have been conditioned to believe that racial wrongdoing is a one-way street.  The worst are handmaidens of the ethnic front groups who view racial strife as the means to power and cash.  But no race is free from racially motivated bad actors.
Until ABC News releases the full text of Flanagan’s hate manifesto, the public won’t get the full story of what motivated and animated him.  Perhaps that provides a clue as to what might be in it and why ABC News, so far, has decided to hide the manifesto.

90% of the news media today are leftist hacks. You need to be very careful where you get your news from.

***Not much time, as usual. I do have one of my new hires finally able to connect to the system and work today. She will be a big help. My girls have been working their tails off, but we just couldn't keep up. When we get the other new hire going, we should be in great shape. Looking forward to being able to breathe a bit.

***Taking mom to her eye appointment today for her Avastin injection. My sister or brother-in-law almost always take her, felt like I needed to take a turn. Then Mark's family tonight for pizza. Gonna be a hectic day.

fun fact

***Today in history:

AUGUST 28, 1963: Martin Luther King, J. delivers his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to more than a quarter million people from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The national mall was filled that hot August day with thousands who had taken part in the March on Washington or Jobs and Freedom, and King’s speech set out to place their struggle in a larger context of history, calling on passages from the Declaration of Independence and the Bible. When Mahalia Jackson exhorted him to “Tell them about the dream, Martin!” King set aside his prepared text to deliver what would become the speech’s most stirring calls for justice, words that became a defining moment in the civil-rights movement.


***Fast facts about Domino's Pizza. Just for the record, I don't like it. Mark loves it.

1. Reach the men
Fatherlessness is a root cause of many of the ills plaguing the inner city, so we have to reach the men. The Church needs to teach them biblical principles. Help them be accountable. Programs like Pastor Darryl’s “Boot Camp” helps get men off the streets through a combination of spiritual instruction and practical help, like teaching job skills.
2. Unleash the Gospel
Jesus didn’t send His followers out to create “self-help” groups. “Education is not the salvation of man,” says Darryl. “Education informs us. Prison reforms. But the Gospel transforms.” The Church needs to recognize the power of the Gospel and the blood of Jesus Christ to reach into the darkest pit and save the lost.
3. Help residents of the inner city find jobs
Heart-change alone won’t help pay the bills. That’s why supporting groups like Bob Woodson’s “Center for Neighborhood Enterprise” is so important. The CNE helps community and faith-based organizations with training and technical assistance. It links them with sources of support. Churches would be wise to support groups like Bob’s and provide the practical help families need to overcome the daily obstacles that threaten their success.

Follow the link for the whole story.

***Okay, now there's a different wedding cake...

wedding cake

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

At It Again

***Donald Trump is showing how completely lacking in class and integrity he is. He just can't get over Megyn Kelly. Now he's tweeting childish insults. If you can't handle Megyn, Mr. Trump, you certainly can't handle Putin.

***Hillary Clinton isn't the only one who should be behind bars for using a personal email account for top secret emails. Lois Lerner is guilty, too.

The IRS admitted to a federal court there was a second personal email account that Lois Lerner, the official at the heart of the Tea Party targeting scandal, used to conduct agency business.

The IRS should be totally disbanded. It is corrupt through and through.

***Hopeful news! Florida scientists discover how to "switch off" cancer. Oh, I hope this is the beginning of the cure.

Scientists have found a code for turning off cancer, it was announced today. 
In exciting experiments, they made cancerous breast and bladder cells benign again.
And they believe many other types of cancer should be in their grasp.
They said that their work reveals ‘an unexpected new biology that provides the code, the software for turning off cancer’.
Most importantly, it uncovers ‘a new strategy for cancer therapy’.

***Not much time today, as usual! I hope my Central Indiana friends are enjoying this wonderful weather!

tiny little paw

***At Jack Russell Stadium in Clearwater, Florida, on June 26th 1985, organist Wilbur Snapp played "Three Blind Mice" following a call by umpire Keith O'Connor.  The umpire was not amused, and saw to it that Mr. Snapp was ejected from the game. 
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***Gotta get back to work - have a great day!

Sunday, August 23, 2015


***Wow, I can't believe I haven't blogged since Wednesday. That's the kind of week it was, and the weekend is about the same. We're having the family over for mom's 89th birthday party today, and the last couple of days have been spent cleaning, preparing, cooking, etc. Mark has about killed himself out in the yard, but it looks really great. Got my meatballs in the crockpot, cheeseball done, and I'm going to make a peach cobbler a little later. Really looking forward to having everyone over. My side of the family doesn't get together very often, but everyone always shows up for mom. :-)

***Most in Show. Great story!

Did I win Best in Show?
Of course not.
The winner (not that I'm still upset about it) was a guy who had only entered one thing in the entire fair: baklava. Baklava?! Do you know how boring baklava is? Do you know what color it is? Brown. Let me remind you: I baked a cake that looked like a castle, decorated with turrets made of upside-down ice cream cones, with balustrades crafted from pillow mints. How a brown dessert that doesn't even have frosting stole my prize was beyond me. (I still can't eat baklava to this day.)
I was devastated. Sobbing. Inconsolable.
But then — a miracle!
One of the more attentive judges must have noticed that approximately two-thirds of the submissions in the fair had come from one person, and that this person was a 10-year-old child, because an hour later, I was presented with a special prize — a generic white ribbon, upon which that kind soul had written in Magic Marker: MOST IN SHOW.
Not Best, mind you. Most.
Was I offended by my consolation prize? No! I was consoled! Proud, even. Dammit, I was the Most in Show.
And here's the thing: I still am.
I'm still not the best at anything. Not the smartest, most talented, prettiest, strongest; not the best traveler, best novelist; not the best at foreign languages and not the best yogi. Not the best at anything.
But my heavens, I do show up.

Follow the link for the whole story.

***Fun facts to know and tell...

The largest flower in the world, the rafflesia arnoldi, weighs 7 kg (15 pounds) and grows only on the Sumatra and Borneo islands of Indonesia. Its petals grow to 1.6 ft (1 metre) long and 1 inch (2,5 cm) thick.
There are 16 species of rafflesia, found in Sumatra, Malaysia, Philippines and Borneo. The species is named after the naturalist Sir Stamford Raffles, who founded the British colony of Singapore in 1819. Raffles discovered the parasitic plant with his friend Dr. Joseph Arnold during their travels in May 1818. The rafflesia arnoldi is named after the two.
However fascinating and beautiful the rafflesia arnoldi may be, it is also called “corpse flower” and really reeks, the latter to attract flies for pollination.
Of about 200,000 kinds of flowers in the world, the smallest is the duckweed, which can only be seen with a microscope.

And now you know.

***Now there's an idea...

indoor mall slide


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  


***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 KJV

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I Know Nothing!!

***Love this:

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***I love the "Today in History" feature over at National Review Online. Today's entry:

AUGUST 19, 1812: The USS Constitution defeats the British frigate Guerrière in a battle that would boost American morale and help give the storied ship its famous nickname. Launched in 1797, Constitution was one of the original six frigates authorized by Congress to defend American merchant shipping. A veteran of the First Barbary War, she was quickly swept up in the new conflict with England, and in a famous skirmish a month previous dubbed “The Great Chase” she had slipped away from a squadron of British ships. After the Guerrière was spotted off Nova Scotia, the two ships traded fire at close range, with one observer noting the British cannon shots bounced off Constitution’s reinforced hull as if it was made of iron — thus the nickname “Old Ironsides.” Retired from active duty in 1855, Constitution remains the oldest commissioned warship still afloat. 
***Angry Hillary cornered on emails, flees press conference. She's not used to getting *real* questions. Notice Democrats just can't handle that? They're so used to being handled with kid gloves by the press.
Clinton said there is no news in the server, blaming any information on intelligence agency infighting.

"I pressed her, 'Isn't it also about you leaking classified information?'" Henry said, to which Clinton replied, "That's not clear. The State Department has not determined that."

"I pressed Clinton on whether she tried to wipe the server," Henry said. "She would not directly answer that question."

The video shows Clinton brushing the question off with a joke answer.

"What, with a cloth or something?" she asked.

When Henry said he meant did she wipe the server digitally, Clinton replied, "I don't know how it works digitally at all."

"Ed, I know you want to make a point, and I can just repeat what I have said," Clinton said. "In order to be as cooperative as possible we have turned over the server. They can do whatever they want to with it to figure out what's there, what's not there. "
Yes, you turned it many weeks? after it was requested. Gave you lots of time to scrub it. And this awful woman is the best the Democrats can come up with.

His world got smaller as his God got bigger. He died in complete peace. He knew every sin he’d ever committed was forgiven. He had the hope that he would be with the Lord and we’d someday be as well. That is the foundation of the Christian faith: forgiveness, grace and hope. And those of you who are hurting today and feel hopeless? It might be the answer for you. In fact, I know it’s the answer for you.

Well said.

kids are weird

***Walker and Rubio have both come up with good alternatives to Obamacare. Don't expect to hear much about this on the "news."

***Now there's an idea: New Jersey woman makes last request in obituary:

A New Jersey woman used her obituary to make one last political plea, urging mourners not to vote for Hillary Clinton.
Elaine Fydrych, who died Aug. 13 at the age of 63, included the unconventional request at the end of her obituary telling those who wished to honor her memory:
“Elaine requests, 'In lieu of flowers, please do not vote for Hillary Clinton.’”
Mourners who signed her online guestbook made it clear they would honor Fydrych’s request not to support the 2016 Democratic frontrunner.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fydrych family, she truly was a wonderful person and she will be missed by many!! We will gladly honor your wish also not to vote for Hillary!” one mourner wrote.

Love it!

***Okay, I laughed out loud at this one:

pull the lever

***90% of the racism in America comes from the Democrat party and the Left. Absolutely right.

Ninety percent of the racism in America today comes from the Democratic Party and the Left.  They live off it and exploit it.  It is unconscionable to the degree they do this, ruining the lives and futures of the very people they say they are helping in the process.
I am uniquely positioned to say this because I spent most of my life on the Left and was a civil rights worker in the South in my early twenties. I was also, to my everlasting regret, a donor to the Black Panther Party in the seventies.
So I have seen this personally from both sides and my conclusion is inescapable.  The Left is far, far worse. They are obsessed with race in a manner that does not allow them to see straight.  Further, they project racism onto others continually, exacerbating situations, which in most instances weren’t even there in the first place.  From Al Sharpton to Hillary Clinton, they all do it.

Read the rest. Roger L. Simon is spot on.


Big Mary

Mary had a little lamb,
a little toast,
a little jam,
a little pizza
and some cake,
some French fries
and a chocolate shake,
a little burger
on a bun.
And that's why Mary
weighs a ton.
Copyright; Bill Dodds
Moving right along...

you over slept

***Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself. ~~ William Faulkner

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


***Trying to squeeze a little blogging in between patients here. Man, I hope I survive until my two new girls get started.

***What a deal!!! Iran says it gets to decide which nuclear inspectors are allowed into their country. The disaster that is this current administration goes beyond my ability to describe it.

They've already determined that no Americans will be be granted access to their country as part of international inspections teams under the terms of the US-led nuclear accord, and they've already told the IAEA they won't permit inspectors on the ground to supervise the collection of soil samples at the infamous Parchin nuclear site. Now the Iranian regime is asserting veto power over any inspectors they don't like -- on top of their right under the agreement to contest "snap" inspections requests, triggering an appeal process of up to 24 days.  And even if violations are detected, the matter would be referred to a committee that includes Russia, China and Iran itself for adjudication.

Could it be any more obvious how incompetent Obama and Lurch Kerry are?

***Scott Walker shuts down hecklers.

Is this the Wisconsin Governor's "I am paying for this microphone!" moment? Monday at the Iowa State Fair, a popular stop on the 2016 presidential campaign trail, Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) gave us a glimpse of how he beat Big Labor in his home state.
When a small group of hecklers tried to interrupt Walker's SoapBox speech, he had a swift and compelling response:
"I am not intimidated by you sir or anyone else out there," Walker says, loudly, to a protester in the front row. "This is what happened in Wisconsin," Walker added. "We will not back down."
Walker was referring to his successful fight against Wisconsin labor unions in 2012. When the unions forced the governor into a recall election because of his daring to scale back their collective bargaining rights, he won handily. The years following have not made him any less convincing in his taking down these special interest groups.

I really like this guy.

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

 Yet another example of this administration's disastrous decisions.

***Protecting your home from break-ins. Some good information here.
We are investing in a security system, there have been a series of break-ins in our area. We have our guns in the house, but they won't do any good if we don't have any warning. It's getting crazy out there.

***Humaoid robot goes for a run in the woods. Okay, that's a little creepy.

Boston Dynamics, the robot company owned by Google, has released footage of Atlas, its six-foot humanoid robot stomping through woodland.
Like a scene from a sci-fi movie, Atlas is shown making its mechanical way through nature in footage featured in a YouTube video.
Unlike famous movie robots such as C-3PO, Atlas is shown connected to a power tether during its walk in the woods, although Boston Dynamics says that it is working on a untethered version of the bot.

***Get it??


***Fun little factoid:

Upon graduating from Harvard, John Adams became a grammar school teacher. “My little school, like the great world, is made up of Kings, politicians, divines, fops, buffoons, fiddlers, fools, coxcombs, sycophants, chimney sweeps, and every other character I see in the world. I would rather sit in school and consider which of my pupils will turn out be a hero, and which a rake, which a philosopher and which a parasite, than to have an income of a thousand pounds a year.”

***A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. ~James Dent

***Have a great day!