Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Note and a Prayer

***I just wanted to ask my readers to send Mike Pence a message. He is being  unfairly bombarded and attacked for trying to protect our religious liberty. The lies and hysteria are just jaw-dropping. I sent him an email encouraging him to stand strong and telling him I'm praying for him. Here's his email address:

http://www.mikepence.com/contact/

Thank you.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Ephesians 6:13-18

In Defense of Indiana

***Great op-ed in National Review Online:

All the Indiana law says is that the state can’t substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion, unless there is a compelling governmental interest at stake and it is pursued by the least restrictive means. The law doesn’t mandate any particular outcome; it simply provides a test for the courts in those rare instances when a person’s exercise of religion clashes with a law. Nineteen other states have similar protections, and they are all modeled on a federal version of the law that passed Congress with near unanimity in 1993 (Indiana’s law is arguably a little more robust than the federal version, because it also applies to private suits). If these Religious Freedom Restoration Acts were the enablers of discrimination they are portrayed as, much of the country would already have sunk into a dystopian pit of hatred.
 
This is simply a platform the Left is using to attack an effective conservative, Mike Pence. They have no ideas or principle to fight back with, so they must destroy...then call the OTHER side "haters."  What insanity.
 
***The Indiana law is even being vilified in states with similar laws on their own books.

“When new laws turn back the clock on progress, we can’t sit idly by. We are sending a message that discrimination won’t be tolerated,” Mr. Malloy said on Twitter.
Lori Windham, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said the reaction shows “just how much misinformation is out there about this law.”
“It’s similar to laws in 19 other states. The federal government, of course, has the law that all these were modeled on,” Ms. Windham said. “There are other states like Massachusetts that use the same standard under their state constitution. This has been the case for at least 20 years, and the sky hasn’t fallen yet, so why would it fall tomorrow?”
 
Democrats have completely lost their minds.

***Dozens of student loan recipients go on "debt strike." Really? Does this mean we don't have to pay our college loans back? Because of course we were *forced* to take them out. Irresponsibility and no personal accountability - that seems to be what we're teaching kids today. It's someone else's problem, let them clean it up!


Sarah Dieffenbacher is on a debt strike. She's refusing to make payments on the more than $100,000 in federal and private loans she says she owes for studies at a for-profit college that she now considers so worthless she doesn't include it on her resume. The "debt strike" sentiment is catching on.
Calling themselves the "Corinthian 100" -- named for the troubled Corinthian Colleges, Inc., which operated Everest College, Heald College and WyoTech before agreeing last summer to sell or close its 100-plus campuses -- about 100 current and former students are refusing to pay back their loans, according to the Debt Collective group behind the strike.

Again, did someone hold a gun to your head and make you take those loans out? Did anyone guarantee you would get the job you want? No. Grow up and take some responsibility, or be a loser for the rest of your life. Your choice...and so far you're not doing very well.

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counting,eyes covered,hide and seek,horse,horseplay,leapfrog,puns,ready or not,tree


***Taco Bell now has a Biscuit Taco breakfast sandwich. Hmmmm...



Really doesn't sound too bad!

***Woman finds kidney donor via plea on car window. Well, whatever it takes, I guess!

  It's not everyone who appeals to strangers they pass on the road to give them an organ, and it's definitely not everyone who spots such an appeal, turns to his wife, and says, "Did you get her number? Text her right now." But two such strangers found each other on a road in Maine, reports the Portland Press Herald, after 24-year-old Christine Royles scrawled this plea on her car window: "Looking for someone to donate me their kidney. Must have type O blood." Diagnosed with lupus-related kidney failure early last year, Royles went on a waiting list of 100,000; of those, some 17,000 a year get transplants. Not liking her chances, Royles tried her unusual approach. "My fiance thought it was kind of weird," she says. Josh Dall-Leighton did not; he got in touch with Royles, and has since been identified as a potential match. "I started crying," Royles says of getting the news, "because, oh, my God, I can’t believe he’s gonna do this for me."

***From Oddee.com:

Founding Father John Hancock is probably best remembered these days for his flamboyant signature on the Declaration of Independence. The term “John Hancock” has since been synonymous with “signature.”

As president of Continental Congress, the convention of delegates that emerged as the first national government of the United States during the American Revolution, Hancock was the first person to sign the Declaration of Independence. Hancock signed the document in his now famous large, bold signature. (Hancock was one of two men who signed the finished draft version of the Declaration on July 4th, 1776. Most of the others signed the parchment version later.)

Legend has it that after Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence and said “Gentlemen we must all hang together,” meaning they should all sign the document together, Benjamin Franklin supposedly said, “Yes, or we shall assuredly all hang separately.” Not to say that he didn't have an ego – Hancock was reportedly disappointed when George Washington was nominated to command the Continental Army instead of him, even though he had little military experience.

Hancock became treasurer of Harvard in 1773 and was entrusted with the school's financial records and about £15,000 in cash and securities. The Revolutionary War quickly followed making Hancock unable to return the money and property due to his commitments in Congress. Harvard's leaders repeatedly wrote to Hancock requesting the return of the materials, and received no response. Hancock eventually paid the money back minus interest, but it wasn't until after his death that the matter was completely settled.

***Best.Costumes.Ever.

cutest little costume



***Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. ~~ Henry David Thoreau

***Have a great day!

Monday, March 30, 2015

25 Greatest Americans

***Pressed for time today and really tired of the ignorance surrounding the RFRA bill, so I'm going to refer you to an interesting list, 25 Greatest Americans.


John Hawkins has polled 44 conservative bloggers to come up with a list of the “25 Greatest Figures In American History.” Compared to his much-panned “25 Worst Figures In American History” list, this one should be rather uncontroversial.
Indeed, the selections pretty closely mirror mine:
22) Douglas MacArthur (6)
22) John Wayne (6)
22) Ayn Rand (6)
22) Lewis & Clark (6)
22) Susan B. Anthony (6)
21) Norman Bourlag (7)
19) Bill Gates (8)
19) Audie Murphy (8)
18) Alexander Hamilton (9)
15) Thomas Paine (12)
15) Albert Einstein (12)
15) Jonas Salk (12)
14) Mark Twain (13)
13) Henry Ford (14)
12) Dwight D. Eisenhower (15)
11) George S. Patton (16)
10) The Wright Brothers (20)
9) James Madison (22)
8) John Adams (24)
7) Ronald Reagan (27)
5) Thomas Edison (31)
5) Abraham Lincoln (31)
4) Benjamin Franklin (32)
3) Martin Luther King (34)
2) Thomas Jefferson (36)
1) George Washington (42)
Those in bold were on my list as well.   Everyone on my list (which only had 15 people) made the Top 25 except for Alexander Graham Bell and George Marshall.
Notable of those that made the above list and didn’t make mine:  I’d have included Einstein, too, but don’t consider him an American.  I strongly considered Adams but the Alien and Sedition Acts were sufficiently evil to keep him off.  King probably should have made my list, too, but his personal baggage is pretty heavy and I think he actually gets too much credit for changes that the Supreme Court and the American people were in the process of making, anyway.
It’s also noteworthy that Teddy Roosevelt, who’s on Mount Rushmore, made neither my list nor the consensus list.
As with the 25 Worst list, it should be noted that the list is ordered by total number of mentions.  Our submissions were not rank ordered.   Unlike the other list, however, this seems to mostly work out for the 25 Greatest list.
I am, however, puzzled that two people omitted George “The Father of the Freakin’ Country” Washington from their lists and eight omitted Jefferson.   What’s a brother got to do to get some love around here?

***Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ~Newt Gingrich

***Have a great day!
 

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wiped Clean

***Nothing to hide, huh? Hillary Clinton defied a subpoena and wiped her server clean, deleting all emails. If that is not proof positive of criminal activity, I don't know what is.

"While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the secretary to return her public record to the Department," Gowdy said in a statement. “Not only was the secretary the sole arbiter of what was a public record, she also summarily decided to delete all emails from her server ensuring no one could check behind her analysis in the public interest.”

Her ample rear should be thrown in jail, but it won't happen. She's a Clinton, a woman, and a Democrat. The media won't pursue it. Imagine, just *imagine*, if she were a Republican. Talk about a feeding frenzy in the media. There wouldn't be anything left of her.

***More examples of Democrat lunacy:

Dem resolution warns global warming could force women into prostitution.

Dem Nebraska state senator compares police to ISIS, says he'd "shoot a cop."

Oh, there's so much more, but let's move on...

***Obamacare death spiral begins?  We need to speed that along.

The Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the Obama administration’s decision to award tax credits for health insurance sold through federally established exchanges, could turn on the question of whether a ruling that ends the tax credits on federal exchanges might cause something known as a “death spiral” in health insurance markets.
The good news is the answer is probably no, but the bad news is that’s only because the death spiral has probably already started.

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animal pictures (26)


***Organizing tricks for a small office.  I've used the idea for closet space. We took the doors off, took the bar for hanging clothes on out, and now use it for storage. We put a pressure rod and pretty curtains up to hide everything. Works out really well!



George Washington, America's first president, can claim 1,513 namesakes alive in the US today, according to a new WhitePages analysis, but that actually ranks fourth on the list of most popular Founding Father names. Second president John Adams tops the list with 9,893, while Revolutionary War financier Robert Morris comes in second at 7,367 (perhaps both are a coincidence given John and Robert as well as Adams and Morris are common to begin with). Congressman and famous signature-writer John Hancock, meanwhile, claims a far more modest (but likely more intentional) 1,616 namesakes, ranking a distant third.

Okay, that's not exactly what I had in mind while browsing for interesting stories about our Founding Fathers, but I thought it was interesting anyway!

***Ethan Allen

Ethan Green Allen was an American Revolutionary War leader who fought for Vermont's independence. Born in Litchfield, Connecticut to Joseph and Mary Baker Allen, Ethan had eleven siblings and moved with his family to Cornwall. Ethan had aspirations to go to college, however, upon the untimely death of his father was required to look after the family and his younger siblings.
Ethan had a colorful military record, first serving in the colonial military during the French and Indian War. In the early 1770s, he emerged as the military leader of Anti-New York dissidents, known as the Green Mountain Boys(see link below), who were fighting New York over the New Hampshire grants. As a forceful organization, they successfully created the Republic of Vermont (1777–1791) and later the State of Vermont.
In the Revolutionary War, Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold led a successful raid to capture Fort Ticonderoga(see link below).
Ethan died twenty-two days after his birthday on February 12, 1789 at the age of 51, in Burlington, Vermont. He was buried in Green Mount Cemetery, Burlington, Vermont.


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***You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart. ~~ Fred Allen

***Have a great day!

Friday, March 27, 2015

TGIF!!

***Not a terribly original title, I know, but boy, am I glad it's Friday!




***Had a great reminder this week of how important it is to encourage one another and lift each other up. I sang this past Sunday, and just didn't think it went that well. Didn't make any big mistakes or anything, I was just more nervous than usual for some reason, even though I know the song very well and have done it before. Lo and behold, I got a note this week from one of the sweet ladies from our church telling me how much she enjoyed the song and what a blessing it was. Well, THAT certainly made my whole week, and makes me want to pass along the joy to others. God always knows what we need, even in the little things.

***Best news I've heard in a long time: Harry Reid is retiring next year.

***Senate follows House in passing conservative budget

Republicans muscled a balanced-budget plan through the Senate early Friday, positioning Congress for months of battling President Barack Obama over the GOP's goals of slicing spending and dismantling his health care law.
Working into Friday's pre-dawn hours, senators approved the blueprint by a near party-line 52-46 vote, endorsing a measure that closely follows one the House passed Wednesday. Both budgets embody a conservative vision of shrinking projected federal deficits by more than $5 trillion over the coming decade, mostly by cutting health care and other benefit programs and without raising taxes.

Saving money? Fiscal responsibility? Shrinking government? ANATHEMA to the liberals! We'll see who the obstructionist is now, won't we?

***The U.S. (read: The hapless Obama administration) caves to Iran in nuke deal. Anybody else feel we're heading toward a cliff and can't stop?

The Obama administration is giving in to Iranian demands about the scope of its nuclear program as negotiators work to finalize a framework agreement in the coming days, according to sources familiar with the administration’s position in the negotiations.
U.S. negotiators are said to have given up ground on demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal, a concession experts say would gut the verification the Obama administration has vowed would stand as the crux of a deal with Iran.
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made a mistake


***Famous last words: Here are purportedly the last words of some famous Americans:

                                                        JOHN ADAMS:



                                                        THOMAS JEFFERSON:


                                                         JOHN QUINCY ADAMS:


                                                       ANDREW JACKSON:


More at the link.

***Mississippi lawmakers OK vouchers for special needs students at faith-based schools. This is good news.

Parents with special-needs kids in Mississippi could soon use taxpayer dollars to send them to faith-based schools, under a new bill approved by the state Legislature on Thursday.
The legislation would allow parents with disabled children to take them out of public school and put them into a religious academic institution, with the help of government vouchers. The bill, which already passed the House, cleared the Senate on Thursday and now heads to Gov. Phil Bryant -- who is expected to sign it.
“Special needs students deserve the opportunity to succeed,” Bryant said in a statement. “This bill gives parents the power to provide additional resources to help their children obtain the education and support they need.”

***Storms make oaks take deeper root. ~~ George Herbert

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Again??

***Guess what? A group of Democrats want Obama to delay a portion of the Obamacare program which takes effect in 2016 (hmmm...why does that number have such importance...?).

A group of Democratic senators is urging the Obama administration to delay a key portion of Obamacare because the results could be “harmful and disruptive.”
In a letter exclusively obtained by The Daily Caller, Senate Democrats pleaded with Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell to delay an Obamacare rule change that puts companies with 51 to 100 employees in the costlier “small group” market instead of the “large group” market. The rule change, which will result in higher premiums for many companies, goes into effect in 2016.
The letter was signed by Democratic Sens. Claire McCaskill, Heidi Heitkamp, Chris Coons, Joe Manchin, Joe Donnelly and Jon Tester and independent Sen. Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats.

Do I really need to state the obvious? If Obamacare is so wonderful, why do they keep delaying it? Oh, and there's the small matter of the unconstitutionality of changing established law without the consent of Congress. It's like the writer says, Democrats want all the trappings of power and none of the responsibilities. They love to pass laws, and never think about the consequences. Or, they DO think about the consequences, and create chaos in order to swoop in and save the country from the disastrous policies that they themselves came up with. The problem is they have a lot of ignorant people who will continue to vote for them because they are under the mistaken impression that they care about them. Right. They care enough to give you just enough to keep you under their thumb and voting Democrat.

***Gotta make this quick. Having one of my transcriptionists off is always tough!

***A shape-shifting frog? Wow.

from-1


***Archaeologists say they have found Nazi "secret lair" deep in the jungle.

As the Nazis began to suffer battlefield reverses in World War II, they secretly began building a network of hideouts so remote that one of them has only just been discovered, according to archaeologists in Argentina.
A University of Buenos Aires team says it believes three ruined stone buildings in a jungle area near the border with Paraguay formed a lair that Nazi leaders planned to escape to in the event of defeat, the Telegraph reports.
They say that after months of exploring the site, which they had to cut their way to with machetes, they've found items including Nazi-era German coins, "Made in Germany" porcelain, and Nazi symbols on the walls.

***Wacko nutjob lawyer says, "Animals are people too."  Gimme a break.

Lawyer Steven Wise is on a crusade to prove that, as a matter of law, chimps are people too.
For that matter, so are dolphins, elephants, gorillas and orcas.
Wise made his argument at the TED Conference that wrapped up in Vancouver, Canada on Friday.
"I had to invent the field of animal jurisprudence," Wise told AFP at TED.
"Coming here is implicit affirmation that people are interested in what we have to say."
Wise argued that apes, chimps, elephants and orcas are as entitled to the rights of "persons" under law as are people or corporations.
 Idgit.
 
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ebay,lolcats,pug,sell,sold
 
 
***Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted. ~Paul Pearshall
 
***Have a great day!
 

Monday, March 23, 2015

Never Say Die

***Love this. Five phrases Navy SEALs never say.

Entrepreneur Magazine interviewed a former Navy SEAL who talked about how in the SEALs they are some phrases you just don’t say.

“I can’t do that.”
If somebody had said this in the team room then he would’ve found himself cold, wet and duct taped. Unless a physical handicap is present, replace your “can” or “can’t,” with “will” or “won’t.” There’s always a way. Find it.

“Sorry I’m late.”
You don’t hear this in a culture of accountability because expectations are set, and if they’re not met then there are repercussions. Not to say that expectations don’t change, but it’s not for a lack of effort in fulfilling them.

“I’m sorry I hurt your feelings.”
Feelings? What’s that?

“I don’t know.”
While admitting uncertainty is perfectly fine, the statement alone leaves much to be desired. Instead, try saying “I don’t know yet, but I’ll find out and get back to you.” This latter part is what demonstrates a proactive mindset and a willingness to work, rather than leaving your ambition open to interpretation.

“Let’s talk this out.”
There is nothing like the camaraderie between SEALs. Nothing else even comes close to paralleling the tight bond, unity and cohesion found amongst men who live, eat, train and fight together. Having said that, some people just need a good whoopin’ once in a while to keep egos in check, and teammates are no different. Confronting difficult issues and learning from them is what turns mediocrity into greatness.

***I was trying to program the remote in our extra room where my mother and mother-in-law stay sometimes. We had cable activated in that room so they could watch TV in there if they want to. When I turned TV on, it was on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. Benny Hinn and some other charlatan were on there and I could only stand so much. I don't know the other guy's name, but he was saying that God was impressing upon him that everyone needed to pick up their phones, call in and give $300.00. Oh, that was going to "release" their "Passover Blessings." I wanted to box his ears. No wonder it's so hard to reach the cynical and the lost. They hear people like this and understand what fakes they are. If God wants me to give $300.00 to someone, He'll tell me, not some TV preacher. Furthermore, you don't have to give money to "release" any blessings. God can't be bought. These shyster preachers irritate me more than out and out scam artists, because they're pretending to be oh, so righteous and above it all, when they're simply conning people out of their money. I believe they're going to have a lot to answer for.

***Cruz is running! I like him. Liberals are afraid of him, which tells me he's doing something right. My first pick is Scott Walker - a Walker/Cruz ticket sounds pretty good.

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take a minute



***Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. ~~ Anais Nin

***Gotta get back to work - have a great day!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Spring!

***Well, it's officially spring. Doesn't that sound good? Sure, we'll still have some cool days and probably another frost or two, but we're just about out of the woods for a few months. I'm going to get my bike out of storage, pump up the tires, and ride or walk at least 4 days per week. I sit way, way too much. I do have some weights here in the office and get up and do some lifts during the day - not enough, but better than nothing. I feel so much better when I'm exercising regularly. I'll never be a gym rat or obsessive - I'm happy if I get 20 minutes in. :-)

***Going to breakfast at Cracker Barrel and then to the Amish store with some special ladies in my life today - my mom, sister, and hopefully two of my aunts. I always look forward to Saturdays. Sure, I have to do some work, but I also always take some time away from my computer. I noticed a yard sale in yesterday's paper. People will probably be all over that like a swarm of ants. Mom & I are so ready to start yard saling again!

***Benghazi panel demands Hillary Clinton's email server. If she had nothing to hide, she would have already turned it over. We all know she has something to hide though, don't we?

The chairman of the congressional committee probing the Benghazi terror attacks has formally asked that Hillary Clinton turn over her personal server -- warning that the House could take steps to pressure her if she refuses.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., sent a letter, released Friday, to Clinton's attorney requesting that the former secretary of state "relinquish" the server to a "neutral, detached and independent third-party" for review.
The server has become a point of controversy after she admitted to exclusively using a private email account and a personal server while secretary -- yet insisted her server would remain private, though some lawmakers want access to it to ensure she's turned over all official emails during her tenure.

Perfectly legitimate request, and again, she would have already turned it over if there were nothing incriminating on it. She probably has people diligently scrubbing it right now.

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new diet


***Your mom must be so proud....

abraham drinkin


***Hope they don't put this in the kids section. That could scar a kid for life!
cool spider



***From Founding Fathers blog:

I recently came across a copy of a newspaper called “Globe Leader,” dated January 13, 2013.  It’s a newspaper from New Wilmington, PA. In it there is an article about a Christ Church in Alexandria, VA, where George Washington had a family pew. It’s still there, and it’s the only pew left with a swinging door and a little metal plate with the name “George Washington family.”  Visitors are welcome to sit in it.  There is a list of George’s honorary pall bearers for his funeral, which must have been at this church.
The Church is still an active church, which had a full crowd for its services on Christmas Eve. The author of this article said it was a very nice service. It was an hour and a half long, conducted by a woman, and included communion.
The brochure about this church said it was also attended by Robert E. Lee (who also has a marked pew, but no swinging gate), who, of course, used to live where Arlington National Cemetery is now. During the Civil War, many of the local churches were taken over and turn into hospitals. However, the reputation of Christ Church as George Washington’s place of worship preserved it as a church. It’s reputed to be the oldest church in one of the original 13 colonies.
And the brochure said that it is a tradition for the sitting U.S. President to attend at least one service at Christ Church during their administration, often on a Sunday near Washington’s birthday celebration. No mention of whether or not our current President has attended, or intends to visit. But Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill sat together there on Sunday, January 1, 1942, to observe the World Day of Prayer for Peace.
The construction of this church began in 1767 and was completed in 1773. It still has a vibrant congregation. It can hold up to 550 people, including those who may be seated on the balcony.
There’s a beautiful color picture of the church building on the front page of this newspaper. Might be nice to visit sometime.



***Lilacs -  my favorite flower! One of the best things about spring. :-)



***Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day. ~W. Earl Hall

***Have a great day!
 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Journalistic Malpractice

***I am so tired of the media's continual leftist, sensationalist spin on the news. My mother stayed with me last night, and the news was on. Yet another story about how police were too hard on a black man they were arresting. You've seen it - all the hype, all the interviews with black students about how cops are racist...blah blah blah. Oh...there was an afterthought, a little short blurb tagged on to the end of the story - the guy was drunk and aggressive. Apparently that doesn't matter. If you're black, the cops are just supposed to let you go on about your business whether you're breaking the law or not. The media, Sharpton, Jackson, Obama - they are all to blame for the stupid "hands up, don't shoot" line of thinking, even though that has been proven incorrect. Doesn't matter, the seed has been planted. These despicable people don't care who gets hurt as long as their narrative is promoted. After all, where would Sharpton and Jackson be if we all got along?

***Kinda unbelievable she's even considered a candidate, isn't it?

The former secretary of state summoned reporters to the United Nations, made a statement on Iran nuclear negotiations, then admitted deleting more than 30,000 e-mails she had deemed personal from the account she exclusively used while in office. This was the culmination of a deliberate, multiyear end run around congressional oversight, the Freedom of Information Act and the archiving of federal records. Documents she found inconvenient to sort while in government were convenient to destroy after leaving office.

Oh, to have a news media who was as interested in coverups and lawbreaking like this as they were in insipid stories such as how Dan Quayle spelled "potato."

***Former janitor who lived modestly lives $6 million to library and hospital.

A Vermont man who sometimes held his coat together with safety pins and had a long-time habit of foraging for firewood also had a knack for picking stocks — a talent that became public after his death when he bequeathed $6 million to his local library and hospital.
The investments made by Ronald Read, a former gas station employee and janitor who died in June at age 92, "grew substantially" over the years, said his attorney Laurie Rowell.
Read, who was known for his flannel shirt and baseball cap, gave no hint of the size of his fortune.
"He was unbelievably frugal," Rowell said Wednesday. When Read visited her office, "sometimes he parked so far away so he wouldn't have to pay the meter."

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And then she said... "Stay off the couch while I'm gone!"


***Netflix has a new series, "Bloodline." Sounds interesting.


***13 inventive ways to use your microwave.

Save Stamps

Messed up the address on an envelope? To remove a stamp from a mislabeled envelope, put a drop of water on it, then microwave for 10 to 15 seconds. It should peel off easily, but might need a bit of extra glue to stick to the next envelope.

Boost Your Perennials

Most bagged soils come pre-sterilized, but as soon as you open the bag, the soil is exposed to pathogens in your house or garden that could kill your blooms. Instead of waiting for sunlight to kill off the bad bacteria, you can sterilize soil for potted plants with your microwave. First, fill a container with a thin layer of soil, then microwave for 60 seconds per pound of soil.

Disinfect Sponges

According to the USDA, one of the most dangerous sources of disease-causing bacteria in your home is your dish sponge. Stick your damp sponge in the microwave and zap it for 60 seconds. Doing this each week can help destroy 99.9 percent of most household general germs and around 99.8 percent of E. coli and salmonella.
 
 
More at the link.
 
 
First and foremost, successful couples in the Bible had God at the center of their relationships. That’s evident when they made wise decisions, of course. But it also shows up in their mistakes. They learned from their blunders and relied on God to right their path.

Follow the link for more.

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*** From the Founding Fathers blog:

On July 4, 1776, 56 representatives from the original 13 colonies in America chose to begin a new nation. They declared our independence from Great Britain with an inspired document. That was the beginning of the United States of America.
Eventually the leaders of the new nation realized that they needed a new “rule book” with written rules to govern the new nation. Fifty-five representatives from these States created a new rule book. They provided the States with the new Constitution of the United States, adopted September 17, 1787. This new Constitution was 4,543 words long.
These Founding Fathers created a government that was so structured that all the power was to lie in the hands of the People. The People were to remain supreme and the government was to have ONLY those powers granted to it by the People and written into this Constitution. This was a brand new concept. It had never before been attempted.
As one of our Founding Fathers, John Adams, said:  “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
And James Madison, who is known as the Father of the Constitution warned future generations:  “We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves according to the Commandments of God.”

Oh, how far we have fallen.

***Character is much easier kept than recovered. ~Thomas Paine

***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

As Leftist as They Come

***Boy, Obama's really showing his true colors. He mentioned mandatory voting in an interview recently. Mandatory.Voting. He really has no concept of freedom, does he? Of course, the more people who vote, the more votes the Democrats can steal. Not hard to figure out the underlying thinking here.

He's also continuing to flip the bird at our strongest ally in the Middle East.

The historic victory for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week in a campaign defined by hard-line policies is prompting the Obama administration to consider a major shift in its strategy toward Israel.

The White House on Wednesday suggested it could reverse its decades-old policy of using its veto in the United Nations Security Council to protect Israel. It could refuse to veto resolutions related to the Palestinians or introduce a measure of its own, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The U.S. could also lend its support to a two-state solution based on Israel's 1967 borders, a senior White House official told The New York Times.

"We're currently evaluating our approach," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, according to the Journal. "We're not going to prejudge what we would do if there was a U.N. action."
What fools we have in high places in this country! "We're not going to prejudge..."? That doesn't even make sense. We all know what they mean, though. They're planning to abandon Israel. If he tries to do anything unilaterally with the stroke of his pen, the Republicans had better be all over it.

***THIS is how Democrats win many elections, and get by with it.

A judge has voided the results of a 2014 Kentucky county election over allegations that votes were bought with driveway gravel and beer money.
Incumbent Democrat Charles “Doc” Hardin tallied a slim 28-vote win over Republican challenger John Montgomery last November in the race for Judge-Executive of Magoffin County in the eastern part of the state, 3,281 to 3,253.
But last week Circuit Judge John David Preston refused to declare Hardin the winner, ruling the election outcome was the result of fraud and bribery, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported the other day.

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His name is "Pompous Albert."

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The Founders wanted the turkey as our national symbol, and not the eagle. While turkeys clearly had one fan among the Founders, Benjamin Franklin, it appears that the birds weren’t close to challenging the eagle as the nation’s proud patriotic symbol. The real debate over the Great Seal started in 1776 and it lasted six years.   Franklin’s idea was a design that featured a Biblical scene featuring Moses and Pharaoh. Jefferson wanted a scene depicting the children of Israel and two Anglo-Saxon mythical figures, and John Adams wanted another mythical figure: Hercules. Eventually, the eagle won out as the national symbol.

***Please, mind your own business...

The First Lady of these United States is now urging Americans to stop drinking sweet tea.
Yes – friends – you heard correctly. Mrs. Obama has declared war on the House Wine of the South. It’s all part of her anti-obesity campaign — called Let’s Move.
The website Free Beacon was the first to report on her latest culinary atrocities – urging us to wash down our lettuce and bean sprouts with unsweetened tea.
The First Lady also told Americans to stay away from all-you-can-eat buffets — which I’m sure is great news for all those folks employed by all-you-can-eat buffets.
Mrs. Obama also wants us to consider rustling up some tasty eats from the Department of Agriculture’s Pinterest page. Among her personal favorites are entrees like bean-kale burgers  and curried pumpkin with peas.
I just got a little throw up in my mouth, America.

***

Dreams

Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
by Langston Hughes
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Yup.

***Best handguns under $500.


***The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, 1996

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Big Win

***So glad Benjamin Netanyahu was victorious in Israel yesterday. I'm sure Obama is disappointed.  Want to see how unpresidential and petty our president is?

Spring may be days away but don't count on a thaw in the chilly relationship between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  and the White House -- which, even after election results showed Netanyahu's party scoring a major victory, congratulated the Israeli people but ignored the winning candidate.
Our strongest Middle East ally, and this despicable administration not only pointedly fails to congratulate Netanyahu, but also actively participated in trying to secure his defeat. Shameful, but predictable behavior from this president.

***Have you heard about Medi-Share? It's a Christian alternative to Obamacare, and more and more people are turning to it in light of Obamacare's disastrous failure. 

Faced with the rising cost of insuring their family of five, Lisa and Jonathan Adams canceled their high-deductible health insurance policy and put their faith in Medi-Share, a Christian organization whose members help pay one another's major medical expenses.
Five days later, their 7-year-old daughter fell out of a bunk bed and broke her arm. Medi-Share covered nearly the entire cost of her surgery and rehab therapy and provided something the Adamses had never received from an insurance company -- prayer.
"When I called to let them know that Jordan had broken her arm, the last thing they said was, 'Can we pray for you right now and pray for your family?'" Jonathan Adams recalled. "And they did, right there on the phone."

I have excellent insurance, I kept the coverage I had at the Post Office. However, I'm going to look into Medi-Share because I want to be a part of this - you know, before Obama finds a way to shut it down.

***Here's where part of your Obamacare taxes are going:

Massachusetts Health Connector officials behind the state’s failed health care website have racked up more than $170,000 in taxpayer-funded expenses, including a Boston Harbor summertime boat cruise, luxury hotel stays, “appreciation” meals for staffers and contractors — and a $285 Obamacare cake commemorating the launch of the Affordable Care Act, a Herald review has found.

Geez. As one of Glenn Reynolds' readers says, Let them eat Obamacake!

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***THIS is what we sent them there for: GOP budget repeals Obamacare, cuts $5.5 trillion. It balances the budget in less than 10 years.

House Republicans unveiled a 2016 budget Tuesday that would cut $5.5 trillion from spending over the next 10 years, repeal Obamacare and change Medicare into a voucherlike system — key parts of a fiscally punishing blueprint designed to end red ink in less than a decade.

 Now stick to your guns, guys.

***From the Founding Fathers blog:

The resolution that the American colonies should break from Great Britain and become free and independent states was proposed by Richard Henry Lee, of Virginia, in the Continental Congress, and was unanimously adopted by Congress on July 2, 1776.
The adoption of this resolution on that date caused John Adams to write home to Abigail. He thought that date, July 2, would become the great day of American celebration for independence. He wrote to her:

“Yesterday the greatest Question was decided, which ever was debated the America, and a  greater, perhaps, never was nor will be decided among Men . . . .The Second Day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha [sic], in the history of America.– I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews [sic], Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires, and Illuminations from one End of the Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”  (His capitalization retained.)



Easy come, easy go.

Whether we win $500 million or $1 million, about 70 percent of us lose or spend all our money in five years or less.
 

You will be exploited—possibly by your friends.

I had one friend who told me this sob story about how behind she was on her local taxes, how they were going to take her house because she couldn’t pay. After she left, I got on my computer, looked up her tax records, and saw that she wasn’t behind. When I printed out that page and sent it to her, well, that was the end of our friendship.
 

We answer for our impulse purchases.

After we won the lottery, we bought an eight-bedroom, seven-bath, 10,000-square-foot mansion because we could, and it sounded amazing. Well, now we’re selling the eight-bedroom, seven-bath 
mansion because it’s impractical for a family of four.

 
More at the link.

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***Have a great day!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Victims

***This is a great story. "Rape Survivor asks Moms Demand Action: Why Are You Turning Women into Powerless Victims?"

The campaign by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America (Mom’s Demand Action) against concealed carry on campuses (“campus carry”) has gotten the attention of a rape survivor, but not the kind they may have hoped for.

The activist group claims that allowing campus carry will increase the number of rapes that occur. Data from Colorado Springs University following their legalization of campus carry disputes this claim, with a 90% decrease in sexual assaults.

Liberal activists don't usually want to be bothered with the truth. A 90% decrease? Wouldn't you think people who were genuinely concerned about the safety of female college students would want to adopt a policy with those kinds of results. Well, apparently not. They're either willingly blind, stupid, or they have another agenda...or all three.

“At the time of my attack, I had obtained my Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permit for the personal choice of not wanting to be a defenseless target. In Nevada, permit holders are not allowed to carry firearms on campuses. As a law-abiding citizen, I left my firearm at home, which means that the law that is meant to ensure my safety only guaranteed the criminal an unmatched victim.
. . . Had I been carrying my firearm, I would have been able to stop the attack. Not only that, but two other rapes would have been prevented and three young lives would have been saved, including my own.”

Before being caught, her attacker had raped two other women. Again, the activists don't let stories like this affect them. They have tunnel vision, and what they see is control.

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Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel



***Yep, they're still touting "climate change." The Myth of "Settled Science."

Forty years ago the experts warned of a coming ice age, now they are absolutely certain the earth is warming — and some of the same “experts” were onboard both scares. National Geographic even acknowledges this inconvenient fact, but it explains that this somehow actually helps make the case for global warming. If a scientific theory isn’t refutable — i.e., warming and cooling both prove climate change — then how is it science?
The magazine is incredulous that so many skeptics “believe that climate activists are using the threat of global warming to attack the free market and industrial society generally.”
Wait. Climate change activists are using the issue as a means of attacking free-market capitalism. This past summer major environmental groups gathered in Venezuela to solve leading environmental problems like global warming, concluding: “The structural causes of climate change are linked to the current capitalist hegemonic system.”

Good piece, read the whole thing.

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Illustration by Michael Ramirez for Creators Syndicate


***Love this:




***History of the Gadsden flag:

Benjamin Franklin is famous for his sense of humor. In 1751, he wrote a satirical commentary in his Pennsylvania Gazette suggesting that as a way to thank the Brits for their policy of sending convicted felons to America, American colonists should send rattlesnakes to England.
Three years later, in 1754, he used a snake to illustrate another point. This time not so humorous.
Franklin sketched, carved, and published the first known political cartoon in an American newspaper. It was the image of a snake cut into eight sections. The sections represented the individual colonies and the curves of the snake suggested the coastline. New England was combined into one section as the head of the snake. South Carolina was at the tail. Beneath the snake were the ominous words "Join, or Die."
Franklin's Join or Die snake woodcut
[Benjamin Franklin's woodcut from May 9, 1754.
Newspaper Serial and Government Publications Division,
Library of Congress.]
This had nothing to do with independence from Britain. It was a plea for unity in defending the colonies during the French and Indian War. It played off a common superstition of the time: a snake that had been cut into pieces could come back to life if you joined the sections together before sunset.
The snake illustration was reprinted throughout the colonies. Dozens of newspapers from Massachusetts to South Carolina ran Franklin's sketch or some variation of it. For example, the Boston Gazette recreated the snake with the words "Unite and Conquer" coming from its mouth.
I suppose the newspaper editors were hungry for graphic material, this being America's first political cartoon. Whatever the reason, Franklin's snake wiggled its way into American culture as an early symbol of a shared national identity.

***"I Pray Heaven to Bestow the Best of Blessing on THIS HOUSE and on ALL that shall hereafter inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof!" - John Adams, 1800

***Have a great day!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jail Time?

***I keep seeing stories about Hillary Clinton doing jail time for her email fiasco. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see it as I think she deserves jail time for so many things, I'm just having trouble believing it'll happen. The Clintons seem to get away with everything; they are protected by their cronies in Washington and the press. Here's the latest:

The Obama administration will soon find itself in court having to explain to federal judges why it never told anyone former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used a secret email address, potentially spoiling dozens of open records requests, experts said Wednesday.
And Mrs. Clinton could face up to three years in prison per message if she is found to have broken her word and handled classified information on the secret account, one open records expert told The Washington Times.
The legal challenges have already begun, with The Associated Press filing a federal lawsuit saying the State Department has foiled five years’ worth of requests for Mrs. Clinton’s emails, but never told them or the court that she kept her own server — meaning that her emails weren’t being searched.

 Well, we'll see.

***Going here today with my sister and cousin. Admittedly, gardening isn't really my thing, but I just want to get away from the house and the computer for a day. Should be very pleasant. 

***God is present in pain. What a heartwrenching, beautiful story.

What does dying with dignity look like?
At 38, Kara Tippetts is answering that question as she faces her final days on earth.
In recent posts on her popular blog, “Mundane Faithfulness,” Kara shares how she now uses a wheelchair (which she named Norman), sleeps on a hospital bed at home, and is in hospice care.
These are harsh realities for a wife and mother of four young children to face. Yet she does it with God’s grace – a grace that has allowed her to give to others through her blog and book, even while she battles cancer.

Read the rest.

***In case you think you've heard everything...."Trans-men hopping mad that feminists are focusing on abortion rights for "women." 

Specifically, a "trans man" is a woman who now claims to be a man. So I guess maybe that, um, being could become pregnant, if her female reproductive system were still intact.
But becoming pregnant would sort of demonstrate that she was, in fact, a woman, which is something these militant lunatics will not permit to be said in any possible context, even in discussing pregnancy, something that only happens to women.
Thus the argument that the left's fight for abortion rights must extend that battle to fight on behalf of men who need abortions.
The media loves pointing out that the right has become more extreme in ideology.
Do they ever cover things like this? No, of course not, that would embarrass the left and the media's precious Democratic party.

If that's not enough to make you lose your lunch, follow the link and read the rest.

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***54-year-old man smashes world pull-ups record.

If you can do 30 pull-ups in 10 minutes, you're probably in pretty good shape—and if you can keep doing them at the same rate for 24 hours, you will equal the feat of Mark Jordan, a 54-year-old Texan.

Guinness World Records confirmed this week that the Corpus Christi resident set a new world record for pull-ups in a 24-hour period with an amazing 4,321 pull-ups during a charity fundraiser last fall, KRIS TV reports.
"This is about a message that it's important to be able to take care of your health, address your health in many ways, no matter what age you are," Jordan tells the station.
Jordan, who trained for a year before attempting to set a new record, says that after passing the previous record of 4,210, he decided 4-3-2-1 was an easy target to remember.

Wow.

***Illinois man says fiery hot sauce saved his life.

Variety literally became the spice of life for an Illinois man: While sampling the wares at a hot-sauce shop in Myrtle Beach, SC, Randy Schmitz had a seizure that ended up being a blessing.
Schmitz was visiting the Pepper Palace while on vacation last August when he decided to try Flashbang, one of the venue's most fiery flavors—and after he did, he ended up convulsing on the floor, the Chicago Tribune reports.
He eventually had a brain scan, and the results were shocking: He had an early-stage malignant tumor on his frontal lobe. Schmitz cut short his vacation, went back to Illinois, and got the tumor removed within days—and finished his radiation treatment just before his wedding.
"If I didn't try [the sauce], I think something eventually would have triggered the seizure and I would've found out, but that … tumor would've grown in my head," Schmitz tells the paper.

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***Part of the secret of success in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. ~~ Mark Twain

***Have a great day!

Friday, March 13, 2015

"Embarrassed?"

***Obama says he is "embarrassed" for 47 Senators who signed Iran letter. I don't believe it. I don't think he has the capacity for embarrassment, not to mention shame, humility, character...oh, so many.

"I am embarrassed for them," Obama said in an interview with Vice media, which is expected to be released Monday.
"For them to address a letter to the Ayatollah who, they claim, is our mortal enemy and their basic argument to them is: don't deal with our president because you can't trust him to follow through on an agreement. It's close to unprecedented."

 Well, they're absolutely right. You can't be trusted, Mr. President. You have proven that on many occasions. 


The United States hit yet another record in taxes and spending, as the government raked in nearly $1.2 trillion in revenue but spent $386 billion more than it collected, according to the latest monthly report from the Treasury Department.

The Monthly Treasury Statement for February shows the government collected $1,185,613,000,000 in taxes since the beginning of the 2015 fiscal year in October.
However, the United States spent $386,537,000,000 more that it brought in, CNS News reported Friday.

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***John Rutledge, South Carolina. Delegate to the Continental Congress

In 1774 Rutledge was sent to the First Continental Congress, where he pursued a moderate course. After spending the next year in the Second Continental Congress, he returned to South Carolina and helped reorganize its government. In 1776 he served on the committee of safety and took part in the writing of the state constitution. That year, he also became president of the lower house of the legislature, a post he held until 1778. During this period, the new government met many stern tests.
In 1778 the conservative Rutledge, disapproving of democratic revisions in the state constitution, resigned his position. The next year, however, he was elected as governor. It was a difficult time. The British were invading South Carolina, and the military situation was desperate. Early in 1780, by which time the legislature had adjourned, Charleston was besieged. In May it fell, the American army was captured, and the British confiscated Rutledge's property. He ultimately escaped to North Carolina and set about attempting to rally forces to recover South Carolina. In 1781, aided by Gen. Nathanael Greene and a new Continental Army force, he reestablished the government. In January 1782 he resigned the governorship and took a seat in the lower house of the legislature. He never recouped the financial losses he suffered during the war.

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Daffodils
by Henry Wordsworth



I wandered lonely as a cloud
  That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
  A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
  And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
  Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
  Outdid the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
  In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
  In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
  Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

***6 worthless foods to cut from your diet. Well, the only one I use is the flavored coffee creamer, and I ain't givin' that up. :-)

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***You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~~ Eleanor Roosevelt

***Have a great day!