Thursday, April 30, 2015

Today in History

***From National Review Online:

APRIL 30, 1789: George Washington takes the oath of office as the first President of the United States of America after being elected on a unanimous vote. A hero of the Revolutionary War, Washington had presided over the convention that drafted the new Constitution two years earlier, and his support was crucial to its ratification. Of the awesome task before him, Washington wrote: “I walk on untrodden ground. There is scarcely any part of my conduct which may not hereafter be drawn into precedent.” He reluctantly served a second term of office before retiring in 1797.

1975: North Vietnamese forces storm the presidential palace in Saigon, symbolizing the final fall of the South Vietnamese government. After making one final stand against the advancing Communist forces at Xuan Loc the week before, South Vietnam’s army could make no further defense of the republic, and resistance quickly crumbled. With the enemy at the gates, American embassy and military personnel had evacuated the city the day before. As news of the surrender was broadcast, thousands more South Vietnamese jammed ships and aircraft trying to escape.
   

1945: Adolf Hitler commits suicide in his underground command bunker in Berlin. Trapped there since January as Russian forces advanced relentless from the east, Hitler had continued to issue orders even though the tide of the war had long since turned against the Third Reich. His body was burned on the chancellery grounds alongside Eva Braun’s, and eight days later his generals surrendered unconditionally to Allied forces, bringing an end to the war in Europe.

1803: President Thomas Jefferson concludes negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase, adding some 828,000 square miles to the young nation. The vast expanse of land west of the Mississippi — which would make up the territory of 15 future states — had been explored by France and controlled by Spain for nearly 40 years before returning to French control under Napoleon Bonaparte, who ended up selling it for less than three cents an acre under financial pressure from his impending war with England.
More at the link. Interesting stuff.

***From the "Stating the Obvious" section: Ted Cruz: Obama had enflamed race relations. Yup. And he has done it on purpose.

"I think he has not used his role as president to bring us together. He has exacerbated racial misunderstandings, racial tensions, from back at the beer summit to a series of efforts to pit Americans against each other. And, part of the problem is the way he advocates for any given plan, is to build a straw man of the opposition and then to vilify their position. So that, in the president's telling, anyone who opposes Obamacare wants people to be denied healthcare and to get sick and pass away. That's the only reason someone could oppose Obamacare, is because you malevolently want people to suffer," Cruz said. "When you come to the Iran deal, anyone that opposes this terrible Iran deal, must be because they want war. Dividing us over and over and over again is a dangerous approach for a president. It's an irresponsible approach for a president. I think we need to be looking to unity."

***Kristol: Orioles playing in empty stadium is a disgrace.  This is a podcast.

He's absolutely right. Letting these losers dictate whether or not fans can watch a baseball game? It's too much to ask for a Democrat to take control and do what needs to be done here. Much better to whine about how tough these innocent little flowers have it and how we need to make allowances...blah blah blah. I think the National Guard should give one warning, give them a chance to clear out, and if they don't, start shooting. That's the only thing these people understand, apparently.

***This is good news: 160 women, children rescued from Boko Haram.

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My granddaughter was 
graduating from college, so I asked about any plans she had for the 
future. She hadn’t any, but she 
did know this much: “I certainly don’t want to sit in one of those 
cubicles and think all day.”
***During a visit with my grandmother, my husband noticed a birthday card from a local funeral parlor.
“That was nice of them,” he said.
She was unimpressed. “They only want me for my body,” she grumbled.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told attendees of a music festival "we need you," in between groups who rapped, "Looking at that white girl, trying to get that white money," and "Got a super bad b-tch, no ass, no t-ts, but I really do love her like sh-t."
McCarthy appeared at the "environmental justice" Broccoli festival on Saturday to raise awareness about climate change.
"It's great to see so many young people who are so passionate about issues like the environment, keeping our communities healthy, and the issue of climate change," she said. "I want you to know that your voice is incredibly important and that's why I am here to ask you to raise your voice every chance you get. There you go, because we need you!"

God help us.

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Man must cease attributing his problems to his environment, and learn again to exercise his will - his personal responsibility in the realm of faith and morals. ~~ Albert Schweitzer
***Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Reason

***It makes me sick to listen to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton among others bemoaning the terrible state of the inner city, blaming Republicans, veterans, white people in general, everyone other than the people doing the rioting. What is it they continually leave out? Baltimore has been a one party city for decades. From the mayor to the city council to the police chief, they've been Democrats since the 1960s. So, how is it that the plight of their city is the Republicans' fault? Same story in Ferguson, Missouri; Atlanta, Georgia; San Francisco, California; and of course, Detroit, Michigan - wherever you see abject poverty and black rioting (let's call it what it is: Lawlessness for the sake of lawlessness), you see long time Democrat rule. They talk a good game about how awful it all is, how it shames them, how something really needs to be done - but they never, ever have a plan to fix it. If a Republican comes along with a plan that might actually work, why, they must be shot down and destroyed. Democrats feed on the misery of their base, and so many of their base are so low information and dumbed down they believe the Democrats really do care and are going to do something for them. Not sure what it's gonna take to wake them up.

***Did you know the same people who organized the Ferguson riots on Twitter organized the riots in Baltimore? Do you really think this wasn't contrived?

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***Just wanted to get my 2 cents in - not a lotta time to blog today!

***A love for tradition has never weakened a nation, indeed it has strengthened nations in their hour of peril. ~~ Sir Winston Churchill

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Saints in Circulation

***Came across a great devotion today by Chuck Swindoll:

During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, the British government began to run low on silver for coins. Lord Cromwell sent his men to the local cathedral to see if they could find any precious metal there. After investigating they reported: "The only silver we can find is in the statues of the saints standing in the corners."
To which the radical soldier and statesman of England replied: "Good! We'll melt down the saints and put them in circulation!"
That brief but direct order states the essence of the practical goal of authentic Christianity. Not rows of silver saints crammed into the corners of cathedrals, but melted saints circulating through the mainstream of humanity. Where life transpires in the raw.
On campuses where students carve through the varnish of shallow answers. In the shop where employees test the mettle of everyday Christianity. At home with a houseful of kids, where R&R means run and wrestle. In the concrete battlegrounds of sales competition, seasonal conventions, and sexual temptations, where hard-core assaults are made on internal character. On the hospital bed, where reality never takes a nap. In the office, where diligence and honesty are forever on the scaffold. On the team where patience and self-control are checked out.
The cost factor of being a saint occurs on Monday and Tuesday and throughout the week. That's when we're "melted down and put in circulation." "Sunday religion" may seem sufficient, but it isn't. And pity the person who counts on it to get him through.

I like that.

***What a great story. The only living Medal of Honor recipient says he's no hero. I beg to differ. Read his inspiring story here.

***Obama's clean energy loans leave American taxpayers $2.2 billion in the hole. Nice job.

Taxpayers are on the hook for more than $2.2 billion in expected costs from the federal government’s energy loan guarantee programs, according to a new audit Monday that suggests the controversial projects may not pay for themselves, as officials had promised.

 You don't say.

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***Snorting cocoa? You gotta be kidding...

In 2007, Belgian chocolatier Dominique Persoone created the Chocolate Shooter, a cocoa-sniffing device that promises “a blast of chocolate pleasure.” It was originally created for a birthday party for Ron Wood and Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones, but sales of the gadget have since cracked 25,000 — with chocoholics around the globe high on the device.

Wow.

***12 things you should never microwave.

Do you have a lot of fancy China or metallic-trimmed bowls? Keep them far from the microwave. Even if the metallic trimming is miniscule, it may still react in the microwave, according to the USDA. If you use the microwave a lot, it’s best to invest in a plain colored glass plate for microwave use only.

Not just plates! Mom gave me my grandmother's china, and the cups have gold around the rim. I didn't even think about it and was trying to warm her coffee up for her in one, it started sparking like crazy! Won't do that again.

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We used to have a car just like that. 


***Have a great day!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Bush Speaks Out

***I'm glad to see this. He has been the perfect gentleman, a classy ex-president who didn't feel the need to criticize his successor's every move, though he would have been justified. (Too bad Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter didn't afford him the same courtesy, but I digress.) I think he has finally had enough. When the president is putting the country in mortal danger, the right thing to do is speak out.

"You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That's how Americans should view the deal," he said, according to Bloomberg.
Bush also reportedly accused Obama of putting the U.S. in "retreat" and criticized Obama's efforts to check the rise of the Islamic State.
Bush, according to the report, criticized Obama's decision to take all troops out of Iraq after 2011, and called ISIS Al Qaeda's "second act."

It has to be so frustrating to Bush to see all the progress made on the war on terror during his tenure just thrown away by Obama and the Democrats. Remember shock and awe? Remember the taking down of Hussein's statue? Remember the democratic voting, the purple thumbs? It's sickening what he has done, and it's even more sickening how many people still defend him.

***Fleeing Hillary: Top Dem money man departs because Clinton hasn't answered ethics questions. Kinda surprising to me that he hasn't figured out before now that she has no honesty or character in her.

A top Democratic moneyman recruited by Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign has put fundraising activities on hold, saying he can’t do it with a clear conscience because the former secretary of state has too many unanswered questions swirling around her.
New York businessman Jon Cooper, who Team Clinton enlisted for its elite corps of early fundraisers known as “HillStarters,” said that he decided not to tap his donor network for Mrs. Clinton because she hasn’t provided enough answers about foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation while she ran the State Department, her exclusive use of private email for official business as America’s top diplomat and her commitment to liberal priorities.

He probably realizes that if you roll with the pigs long enough, you're going to get mud on you.

***Here's how I feel at the end of the day...

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***Think your kids are yours and you can raise them how you see fit? Ha!

So, if you parents think that you have some measure of control over your children’s education, Obama’s Secretary of Indoctrination wants you to know that all your kids belong to Obama and his Common Core Scheme.
Ed Sec Arne Duncan–an old Chicago hack and Obama buddy–is warning states that they better stop this drive away from Common Core. He also warns that if this business where parents and local citizens think they have control over education continues, why, Obama is going to come down like a ton of bricks on all of you. You better drop that silly notion that your kids belong to you, America.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a veiled threat to the parents and students who choose to opt out of Common Core testing – The Feds “have an obligation to step in.”
 
Geez, I hope we can survive until the next election.
 
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Messy Room

by Shel Silverstein

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

 
Sure reminds me of Johnny's room when he was home. Sheesh. :-)
 
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Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell
 
 


The way to a man’s heart may be his stomach but one devoted husband has proven that women's love can come from a man who can cook.
Yin Yunfeng, a solider in the Chinese army, pre-cooked a year’s worth of dinners for his busy wife to keep her happily fed while he is deployed, reports the Daily Mail.
Yunfeng, who is stationed in a remote location in Tibet, only sees his wife once a year. On a recent visit home, he noticed that Zhao Mai, his wife who works as a teacher in China’s southwest Guizhou province, was often too busy to make herself dinner when she got home.
Instead of handing Mai a year’s supply of take-out coupons, Yunfeng took matters into his own hands, cooking 12 months worth of dinners so his wife would be able to enjoy homecooking every night while he’s away.

Now THAT'S love!

***Charles Pinkney

Charles Pinckney, the second cousin of fellow-signer Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, was born at Charleston, SC, in 1757. His father, Col. Charles Pinckney, was a rich lawyer and planter, who on his death in 1782 was to bequeath Snee Farm, a country estate outside the city, to his son Charles. The latter apparently received all his education in the city of his birth, and he started to practice law there in 1779.
About that time, well after the War for Independence had begun, young Pinckney enlisted in the militia, though his father demonstrated ambivalence about the Revolution. He became a lieutenant, and served at the siege of Savannah (September-October 1779). When Charleston fell to the British the next year, the youth was captured and remained a prisoner until June 1781.
Pinckney had also begun a political career, serving in the Continental Congress (1777-78 and 1784-87) and in the state legislature (1779-80, 1786-89, and 1792-96). A nationalist, he worked hard in Congress to ensure that the United States would receive navigation rights to the Mississippi and to strengthen congressional power.
Pinckney's role in the Constitutional Convention is controversial. Although one of the youngest delegates, he later claimed to have been the most influential one and contended he had submitted a draft that was the basis of the final Constitution. Most historians have rejected this assertion. They do, however, recognize that he ranked among the leaders. He attended full time, spoke often and effectively, and contributed immensely to the final draft and to the resolution of problems that arose during the debates. He also worked for ratification in South Carolina (1788). That same year, he married Mary Eleanor Laurens, daughter of a wealthy and politically powerful South Carolina merchant; she was to bear at least three children.

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***There is no expedient to which a man will not go to avoid the labor of thinking. ~~ Thomas Edison

***Have a great day!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Thankful

***I am so grateful to worship with a pastor who understands the message of Grace and teaches it on a regular basis. There are so many out there preaching nonBiblical gobbeldygook - prosperity gospel, works based salvation, charismatics, Universalists, and some well meaning but so off the mark pastors who preach that you are saved by grace, but you keep it by works. Huh? One of the points James started off with today was keeping your word. Boy, does that hit home at this time with our political climate. My Dad taught us about keeping our word - not so much with words, but with his actions. He was always willing to help people out, and if he said he was going to do something, he did it. That seems to be a lost character trait in the world today. Our political leaders make promises they never intend to keep. Some people are okay with that - after Bill Clinton was elected, his lies and broken promises were pointed out, and his followers said, "Well, he had to say that to get elected." Seriously? Whatever happened to honesty, character, honor, etc.? We need truthful representatives, but they are getting harder and harder to find.

James' main point was that when God makes a promise, he keeps it. He focused today on the promise of eternal life, and the fact that we have it not because of anything we do, but because of what Jesus did. Once we place our faith in Christ's finished work on the cross, our eternity is settled once and for all. What a wonderful promise!

***Top 10 Classic Dramas


1. “Gone with the Wind” (1939)

The classic drama is not only the top-ranked movie in terms of box office revenue for drama, but is the top-ranked movie of all time with adjusted gross revenues at $1.67 billion. The film starred Clark Gable and won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

2. “Jaws” (1975)

The Steven Spielberg-directed blockbuster ranks seventh of all time in all genres, with $1.06 billion in adjusted revenues. The Universal Pictures Studio film had a handful of sequels, all of which kept people from wanting to enter the ocean. “Jaws” won three Oscars and one Golden Globe award.

3. “The Graduate” (1967)

Directed by Mike Nichols and produced by Avco Embassy, "The Graduate" ranks at No. 21 in all genres, bringing in $710 million. The film was a launching point for actor Dustin Hoffman’s career.

4. “Forrest Gump” (1994)

Starring Tom Hanks, the Best Picture Oscar-winning film directly by Robert Zemeckis ranks No. 24 on the all time list, with receipts of $654 million.

5. “Love Story” (1970)

Produced by Paramount Pictures, "Love Story," starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw had $581 million in box office receipts. The film ranks No. 35 on the list of the the top 200 movies of all genres and received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.

6. “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946)

Released by RKO studio, director William Wyler's Best Picture Oscar-winning drama ranks No. 75 in the top movies of all time. Adjusted gross receipts for the film put earnings at $456 million.

7. “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957)

A war drama starring William Holden, Alec Guinness, the film, produced by Columbia Pictures, ranks No. 80 all time, and has receipts of $451 million.

8. “M*A*S*H” (1970)

Produced by Fox Pictures , the Robert Altman-directed film ranks at No. 85 on the all time list. The film, which focused on the lives of surgeons serving during the Korean War, has nearly $446 million in receipts.

9. “Ghost” (1990)

Produced by Paramount Pictures, "Ghost" ranks at No. 91 on the all time list and has receipts of $427 million. The film starred Patrick Swayze as the deceased husband of actress Demi Moore. Swayze “returns” to help his wife find his killer.

10. “The Caine Mutiny” (1954)

The Columbia Pictures drama, starring Humphrey Bogart as a mentally unstable Naval captain, ranks No. 127 on the all time list and has receipts of $368 million in adjusted revenues.
 
 
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***Gotta get busy...lots to do today! I'm glad for the business, but it sure keeps me hopping. 

***Decisions become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please the world. ~Anso Coetzer
 
***Have a great day!
 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Where is the Outrage, Indeed

***Here's what a black police officer said about targeting white boys:

There’s a lot of hypocrisy in liberal media, especially when it comes to race relations in America, where it’s almost guaranteed if a white police officer does something to a black person — even if it’s justified — he or she will be publicly ripped to shreds and shamed for their actions.
As you can imagine, the same doesn’t hold true if roles are reversed.
Take disgraced black police officer Jeffery Walker for example.
Walker testified against his colleagues — members of a drug squad — admitting to stealing drug money, planting evidence, and lying on his paperwork numerous times.
What’s really sick though, is how he said he and his squad targeted “white college-boy…khaki pants types” because they were “easy to intimidate.”

Where’s the outrage from mainstream media?

Bet you haven't heard anything about this on the "news."

***Liquid armor? That's interesting.

Researchers in Poland have developed a liquid that’s super-light and flexible... until you shoot a bullet at it that is. Upon impact, their specially designed 'shear-thickening fluid', or STF, turns into a solid that's reportedly not just more comfortable than Kevlar - the most widely used material in bulletproof armour - but also offers even better protection against bullets and other projectiles.
Created by the Moratex Institute of Security Technologies, the liquid is what's known as a non-Newtonian fluid. Unlike regular Newtonian fluids like water, which only change their structure according to temperature or pressure fluctuations, non-Newtonian fluids change their viscosity under stress. In other words, they can quickly change from liquid to rock-hard solid when they're hit with something forceful, like a stray bullet, for example.

***Looking forward to a relaxing morning AWAY from my computer. It has been a very busy, hectic week business-wise. Mom, my aunt, and I are going out to breakfast, hitting some yard sales, then hitting the Amish store! I'm so glad yard sales are starting up again, we have a great time treasure hunting every Saturday.  I'll have to catch up some work this afternoon, but this morning is mine!

***Boomer Esiason pushing back against the University of Maryland after it cowtows to a few Muslim students and cancels a screening of "American Sniper." Good for him. We have got to stop letting these people push the rest of us around.

Current talk-show host and former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason says he is cutting off the University of Maryland, his alma mater, after it decided to cancel a screening of the movie "American Sniper."

Esiason tweeted that he is "never donating another dime to the U of MD" after learning about the cancellation of the film, which profiles the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

"I'm deeply saddened and insulted," Esiason added. Chris Kyle, he emphasized, "is a HERO!"
 
***Now there's an idea...

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***Bruce Jenner says, "I'm a woman." No sir, you're a freak.


Charles Krauthammer told viewers Thursday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that he was struck “by the unbelievable arrogance of the Clintons.”
Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor, was reacting to new reports the Clinton Foundation allegedly received donations connected to business deals, while Hillary Clinton was the secretary of state.
“They burn the tapes, they eliminate the email. Yes, you might not have had a direct quid pro quo in the emails, but there might have been hints of things going,” said Krauthammer. He added that American people may never get to the bottom of it, because all the evidence is “gone.”
Krauthammer said he was surprised by Clintons' “full expectation [that] they’re going to get away with it.”
“While you are walking the line,” Krauthammer said while referring to Clintons.  He added that ongoing scrutiny is not a big concern for the Clinton family because “they think in the end, they’re going to get away with it.”

They always do.

***Someone finally found something a cat is good for...

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Do kids need marriage?
The Centers for Disease Control released data recently that shows cohabiting parents now account for 59 percent of all births outside marriage. The children born from these relationships are losing out on, among other things, the financial benefits and stability associated with marriage. Read more at The Wall St. Journal.

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Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
'I live with my brat in a high-rise flat,
So how in the world would I know.'



***I guess this makes sense to somebody...Youngstown State University student government takes down "Straight Pride" posters. Well, because, they want to be inclusive...

Posters promoting a “straight pride” week at a northeast Ohio university were removed this week after student leaders determined that the message went beyond free speech.

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***Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.~~ Arthur Ashe

***Have a great day!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Democrats

***Well, I'll bet the Democrats are chuckling at their good fortune today. 10 Republicans helped put Loretta Lynch over the top, she is now confirmed as our next Attorney General. The Republicans caved because they're scared little puppies over being called "racist." When will they learn that it doesn't matter what they do, the press and the Democrats are going to lie about them? One wonders if they'll ever get that.

The 10 Republicans who voted for her:

Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Orrin Hatch (Utah), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), Susan Collins (Maine), Jeff Flake (Ariz.), Mark Kirk (Ill.), Rob Portman (Ohio), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Ron Johnson (Wis.) and Mitch McConnell (Ky.).

If you live in one of those states, I hope you let them know that they let the American people down. We sent them there to stop Obama, not help him destroy this country.  Lynch said she would support Obama's openly unconstitutional amnesty executive order, and would not commit to investigating Hillary Clinton's many scandals. She will be an Obama rubber stamp, exactly what we do not want. The excuse that anyone he picked would be awful doesn't hold water. These Senators swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, and instead they spit on it. Makes me sick.

 ***Here's something you don't see everyday: An Op-Ed extolling the benefits of animal testing. I'm all for it if it helps humans.

Unfortunately, the story requires an account, but the gist of it is there have been some major medical breakthroughs due to animal testing.

***Oh, but they said this would never happen: ACLU sues feds to force Catholic charities to provide abortions for illegal immigrants. FIRST of all, why is ANYONE providing abortions for illegal immigrants? The larger question though, of course, is the basic right to practice one's religion.

The ACLU is demanding government records detailing reproductive healthcare policies for immigrant children and teens in shelters operated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The USCCB has been contracted by the federal government to care for the surge of unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S.
The group claims that the USCCB has been denying reproductive care for immigrants based on its religious doctrines and that by doing so the organization is breaking the rules of its contract with the federal government to provide necessary healthcare for immigrants.
The suit has sparked outrage among religious, anti-abortion, and civil rights groups who argue the ACLU is more concerned with bullying the Catholic church than helping vulnerable immigrants.
“Lawsuits like the one the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) just filed demanding all of the records on a faith-based provider of care and services to vulnerable children are destructive and divisive,” said Brian Walsh, president of the Civil Rights Research Center in a statement. “When it comes to religious freedom, some organizations that have had a laudable history of defending Americans’ religious civil rights and liberties are looking less and less like their former selves.”
The ACLU is just another arm of the Democrat party.

***Just can't think of the perfect caption...

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The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island were both been evacuated Friday afternoon after parks police received a report of a suspicious package, law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York.
Tourists were ferried off of the island after parks police patrolling with dogs near a visitors’ locker area picked up the scent of a suspicious package shortly before 1 p.m, sources say.
The NYPD’s bomb squad was called to the scene, along with EMS workers. A security sweep of the island is also being conducted.

***Our Founding Fathers loved books.

George Washington accumulated and read many books about agriculture, farming, fishing and even building. You may still see some of his book collection at his home, Mount Vernon.

Benjamin Franklin’s favorite books were the Bible and “Pilgrim’s Progress.” Franklin’s own book about electricity was the most popluar book in Europe and all the world for years. Ben was apprenticed to his brother, a printer, at an early age, which gave him an unusual access to a world of books. And he took advantage of it.

Patrick Henry didn’t take to books at an early age. He preferred fishing and hunting to learning. At least until he decided to study and become a lawyer.  We know he borrowed Thomas Jefferson’s lawbook, “Coke Upon Littleton,” wherein he made notes for his most impressive “Brutus” speech, which he gave after only 5 days as a member of Virginia’s House of Burgesses. Thereafter books became much more important to him.

John Adams, our second President, love and acquired many books. When John and Abigail were moving from Braintree to Boston, they leased a house on Battle Street, ironically enough called the “White House.” John set aside one of the rooms there to be his study. He agreed that he wouldn’t attempt to move his whole library, only those books he should need. Abigail responded:  “The books you don’t need have yet to be printed!”

More at the link.

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***The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker

***Have a great day!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Dereliction of Duty

***Loretta Lynch will be granted a confirmation vote, though she shouldn't be. There are five Republican Senators who have said they will support her, almost certainly giving her the 51 votes needed for confirmation. This is an abomination. Think the Democrats would play nice like this? I wish we had more fighters on our side, but apparently we don't, and it's gonna be the end of us.

Although Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Republicans who control the Senate are under no obligation to do so, they have agreed to grant a confirmation vote to Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to replace Eric Holder as United States Attorney General. Ms. Lynch has testified that she supports and would implement President Obama’s executive action providing de facto amnesty to illegal immigrants. This edict, which blatantly violates Obama’s oath to execute the laws faithfully, also unconstitutionally confers positive legal benefits on illegal aliens, something only Congress has the authority to do. Yet, five Republican senators have announced that they will vote to confirm Ms. Lynch. Three have already supported her in the Judiciary Committee: Orrin Hatch (Utah), Lindsey Graham (S.C.), and Jeff Flake (Ariz). The two others are Mark Kirk (Ill.) and Susan Collins (Maine). If they follow through in the vote now scheduled for Thursday, Ms. Lynch would almost certainly have the 51 votes needed to be confirmed.

  The author makes six very good points regarding this, here's the first one:

1. Violation of the Senatorial Oath of Office As mandated by the Constitution, every United States senator takes a solemn oath to support the Constitution and to bear it true faith and allegiance. Ms. Lynch has forthrightly told the Senate, under oath, that she will undermine the Constitution. A senator cannot support and defend the Constitution by voting to confirm — to the highest law-enforcement position in the federal government, no less — a nominee who has announced that she intends to undermine the Constitution. A vote to confirm such a person, therefore, would plainly violate the senator’s oath.

Read the rest at the link. Please contact these five Senators - heck, forward them this story. Apparently they're forgetting why we sent them there. It certainly was not to continue what Obama has been doing to this country.  If you are in one of these five Senators' states, it is especially important for you to contact them and voice your opinion. This woman would be as bad, if not worse, than Eric Holder. 
Follow the link and check out the mess they left. And oh my goodness!! Are those plastic bottles and styrofoam containers??? To be a liberal is to be a hypocrite.

***13 failed predictions of environmental catastrophe. Look, I'm all for being good stewards of the earth God gave us, though I'm not sure recycling is all it's cracked up to be, but the environmental movement is not about the earth. It is about power and control. That is obvious when Mr. Global Warming Al Gore lives in an energy devouring mansion and rides around in limousines and private jets. Gimme a break. 

  1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.” — Harvard biologist George Wald
  2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner
  3. “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial
  4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich
  5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich
  6. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day
  7. “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter
  8. “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine
  9. “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
  10. “Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich
  11. “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt
  12. “[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek Magazine
  13. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt

See how ridiculous they are?

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***Attack of the leftist snowflakes. 

 If the couple were alive today, one wonders if they could have retained their trademark pluck. On college campuses across America, an army of leftist snowflakes — a generation long told they’re special, fragile, and never, ever wrong — is on the march, aiming to squelch any threatening idea that “triggers” uncomfortable thoughts. On the downside, these marauding bands have sparked an epidemic of protests, hysteria, and Nathaniel Hawthorne-style banishings. On the upside, they’re doing a heck of a job alerting the nation that a significant portion of the “leaders of tomorrow” might be one tick short of a working cuckoo clock.

Couldn't have put it better myself.

***The Constitution, intended to endure for ages.

At times it seems we have forgotten the inspired, magnificent and noble history that gave us this grand document.
As a business attorney, I have often compared our founding documents to those documents which are necessary to create a company, a corporation, or a limited liability company. To begin a new company you must first have “Articles of Incorporation” or “Articles of Organization.” These words establish a new company.
Just like those, our Declaration of Independence sets out the words to create a new company–or in this case, a new country. A war was even fought over those words. They were so important. And a new country was created. The United States of America.
Then to determine the rules of operating the new company, an additional document must be agreed upon. The next needed document is a set of “corporate by-laws” or an “operating agreement.”
Your new country  will also require such rules or by-laws. That is what our Constitution of the United States was drafted to do. Present the rules for operating the country.
Please notice the document is titled:  “The Constitution of the UNITED STATES.” (emphasis added.) Some citizens, history teachers, and even politicians have forgotten this is a country made up of 13 original sovereign States–now 50 sovereign States.

Read the whole thing. Very informative.

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***Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him. ~Booker T. Washington

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Fine Example

***THIS is what a good man and great Commander-in-Chief does. I guarantee this will bring tears to your eyes and make you long for someone of character, principle, and compassion in the White House again.

The CNO held the medical team back and said, “Hold on, guys. I think he wants the president.”

The president jumped up and rushed over to the side of the bed. He cupped the Marine’s face in his hands. They locked eyes, and after a couple of moments the president, without breaking eye contact, said to the military aide, “Read it again.”

So we stood silently as the military aide presented the Marine with the award for a second time. The president had tears dripping from his eyes onto the Marine’s face. As the presentation ended, the president rested his forehead on the Marine’s for a moment.
Now everyone was crying, and for so many reasons: the sacrifice; the pain and suffering; the love of country; the belief in the mission; and the witnessing of a relationship between a soldier and his Commander in Chief that the rest of us could never fully grasp.

Read the whole thing. As you may have guessed, this certainly does not refer to Obama, but President George W. Bush.

***Obama celebrates Earth Day by using 9180 gallons of jet fuel, and that's just the start. To be a liberal is to be a hypocrite. It's in the DNA.


***French cops thwart terror attack on churches. The religion of peace almost strikes again.

A suspected Islamic terrorist's plans to mount attacks on French churches were thwarted when he accidentally shot himself and called an ambulance, leading to the discovery of loaded guns, bulletproof vests and chilling notes about his intended targets, authorities said Wednesday.
French police believe the 24-year-old Algerian native was planning an imminent attack Sunday on one or more French churches in Paris when he shot himself, France’s top security official announced Wednesday. The suspect, who was not named, is a computer science student who was flagged as a risk by security officials last year, said Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve. He is also accused in the death of a young mother.

At least the paper refers to him as Islamic. That's a step forward.

***Thanks, Hillary: Chipotle sales plummet. I resolved not to eat there after their anti-gun rhetoric was discovered.

***The brownshirts are back - and they're in our universities.

In his seminal history The Coming of the Third Reich, Richard J. Evans explains how, in the early days of National Socialist Germany, the universities became centers of Nazi indoctrination in which students collaborated with stormtroopers (brownshirts) to terrorize dissenters:

Sound familiar?

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***Lyrics updates...

The baby boomer Rock stars are revising their hits with new lyrics. They include:
  • ♬ Bobby Darin's: "Splish, Splash, I Am Having A Flash!"
  • ♬ Herman's Hermits: "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Walker!"
  • ♬ Ringo Starr: "I Get By With A Little Help From Depends!"
  • ♬ The Bee Gees: "How Can You Mend A Broken Hip?"
  • ♬ Roberta Flack: "The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face!"
  • ♬ Johnny Nash: "I Can't See Clearly Now!
  • ♬ Paul Simon: "Fifty Ways To Lose Your Liver"
  • ♬ The Commodores: "Once, Twice, Three times To The Bathroom!"
  • ♬ Procol Harem: "A Whiter Shade Of Hair!"
  • ♬ Leo Sayer: "You Make Me Feel Like Napping!"
  • ♬ The Temptations: "Papa's Got A Kidney Stone!"
  • ♬ Abba: "Denture Queen!"
  • ♬ Tony Orlando: "Knock 3 Times On The Ceiling If You Hear Me Fall!"
  • ♬ Helen Reddy: "I Am Woman; Hear Me Snore!"
  • ♬ The Beatles: "I Get By with a Little Help From Depends"
  • ♬ Steely Dan: "Rikki Don't Lose Your Car Keys"
  • ♬ The Rolling Stones: "You Can't Always Pee When You Want"
  • ♬ Credence Clearwater Revival: "Bad Prune Rising"
  • ♬ The Who: "Talkin' 'Bout My Medication"
  • ♬ The Troggs: "Bald Thing"

    • And, last, but NOT least,

  • ♬ Leslie Gore: "It's My Procedure, and I'll Cry If I Want To!"

I think my favorite one is "I Get By with a Little Help from Depends."

***8 musicians and bands who are secretly literature nerds. This is interesting. 

***Oh my gosh...

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***You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic. ~Author Unknown

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Moral Schizophrenics

***Love that title. It's the name of a Victor Davis Hanson piece over at National Review Online. Take the time to read it, if you can stomach it.

Everything Ms. Clinton has said recently seems to be demonstrably untrue: Only one of her grandparents, not all four, was an immigrant. One does not need to have two smartphones to have two e-mail accounts. She did not regularly e-mail her husband. One does not secure a server by having a guard on the premises. A cabinet officer does not communicate exclusively on a private e-mail account via a private unsecured server. High government officials do not themselves adjudicate which e-mails are private and which public — and then wipe clean their accounts to avoid an audit of such decision-making. The multimillionaire Ms. Clinton, fresh from jabs against hedge funds and inordinate CEO pay, also just bought lunch at a fast-food restaurant and left no tip in the jar, before parking her car in a handicapped zone at another stop. How is all this connected? Ms. Clinton’s private ethics are, as usual, a mess, both in the sense of failing to follow legal protocols and tell the truth, and in the less formal sense of price-gouging cash-strapped universities, failing to show some tiny generosity to the working classes, and abusing accommodations intended to help the disabled.

Everything about the Clintons is phony. It really does boggle my mind how any thinking person can support them.

***Obama is mute as Christians are slain. So is our national "news" media. 

Kirsten Powers, author of the upcoming book, "The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech," lays out a series of examples in which Obama has failed to speak out against the killing of Christians for their faith, most recently after a group of Muslims threw a dozen Christians overboard from a migrant ship traveling last week from Libya to Italy.

"Obama was mute on the killings. He failed to interject any sense of outrage or even tepid concern for the targeting of Christians for their faith. If a Christian mob on a ship bound for Italy threw 12 Muslims to their death for praying to Allah, does anyone think the president would have been so disinterested?" Powers wrote in the column.

She noted that when three North Carolina Muslims were killed by an atheist, Obama spoke out against the killings.

"But he just can't seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians or the eradication of Christianity from its birthplace," said Powers, whose book is due out on May 11.

It's really not hard to see whose side he's on.


"After 64 years on the seafloor, Independence sits on the bottom as if ready to launch its planes," James Delgado, chief scientist on the Independence mission, said in a statement. "This ship fought a long, hard war in the Pacific and, after the war, was subjected to two atomic blasts that ripped through the ship. It is a reminder of the industrial might and skill of the 'greatest generation' that sent not only this ship, but their loved ones to war," added Delgado, maritime heritage director for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

Fascinating.

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***      COWABUNGA!!

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While cleaning the attic, Joan and Harry found an old stub for some shoes they left at the repair shop 10 years ago. They thought it would be funny to go to the shop and see if the shoes were still there. So they did. They handed the stub to the repair man who took it and looked in the back. He came out again and said, "They'll be ready on Wednesday."

***Wisconsin's dirty prosecutors.

But in Wisconsin, Democratic prosecutors were raiding political opponents' homes and, in a worse-than-Putin twist, they were making sure the world didn't even find out, by requiring their targets to keep quiet. As David French notes in National Review, "As if the home invasion, the appropriation of private property, and the verbal abuse weren't enough, next came ominous warnings. Don't call your lawyer. Don't tell anyone about this raid. Not even your mother, your father, or your closest friends. ... This was the on-the-ground reality of the so-called John Doe investigations, expansive and secret criminal proceedings that directly targeted Wisconsin residents because of their relationship to Scott Walker, their support for Act 10, and their advocacy of conservative reform."
Is this un-American? Yes, yes it is. And the prosecutors involved — who were attacking supporters of legislation that was intended to rein in unions' power in the state — deserve to be punished. Abusing law enforcement powers to punish political opponents, and to discourage contributions to political enemies, is a crime, and it should also be grounds for disbarment.

Those families should sue these bottom feeders. Here is the story in National Review. Warning, it will infuriate you.

***Charles Carroll


With the Revolution gearing up, in 1774 Carroll found himself approached by Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Chase to help gain the support of the Canadian government for their cause. Carried out by all three men, the eventual mission was not a success, but two years later Carroll was appointed to the Continental Congress, where he was an influential member of the Board of War and an early advocate for armed resistance and the ultimate severing of governmental ties with England. (He was nominated again in 1780 but decided not to accept the post.)

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Although Carroll was not present to vote on the issue of independence, he was present for the signing of the final Declaration of Independence. Soon after, he resigned from the Continental Congress to serve in the Maryland State Assembly, where he was part of the group that drafted Maryland's constitution.
In 1777, Carroll became a Maryland state senator, serving until 1800. In 1789 he was elected U.S. senator, and he served as both a state and U.S. senator until 1793. In 1800 he retired from politics to concentrate on business matters: managing his vast real estate holdings, expanding his interests in the westward canal system and later helping to establish the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Company.
Charles Carroll, the only Roman Catholic to sign the Declaration of Independence, was also the last surviving signer, dying in Baltimore in 1832 at the age of 95.

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***I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. ~~ Steve Jobs

***Have a great day!



Saturday, April 18, 2015

Up & At 'Em

***Well, I was hoping to sleep in a little this morning since I'm driving to Columbus and back today. Can't wait to see Emily & Peter's new home! I was hoping to sleep until 6:00 or so, but I was wide awake at 4:00 a.m. My body obviously doesn't realize it's Saturday. Oh well, I'll have time to blog and get a little work done before we go.

***Read an interesting quote in a blog this morning:

“The Christian life is a life characterized by true and spontaneous creativity. Consequently, a disciple is subject to the same charge that was leveled against Jesus Christ, namely, the charge of inconsistency. But Jesus Christ was always consistent in His relationship to God, and a Christian must be consistent in his relationship to the life of the Son of God in him, not consistent to strict, unyielding doctrines. People pour themselves into their own doctrines, and God has to blast them out of their preconceived ideas before they can become devoted to Jesus Christ.”
~ Oswald Chambers

I like Oswald Chambers, but I have to take exception to this quote. God's doctrine *is* "strict and unyielding" in the sense that it it His intent that we believe the Bible is true and He means what He says. Perhaps Chambers meant that those of us who are practicing extraBiblical rituals, believing them to be necessary for salvation, need to be "blasted." At first blush, though, the quote seems to be saying that Christians should be flexible in their beliefs, and that I vehemently disagree with.

***Obama calls delay of his pick for attorney general "crazy." No, it's because she would be an unqualified disaster, just as Eric Holder has been. Stay strong, Republicans. You know the race and gender accusations are coming.


"This is embarrassing, a process like this," Obama said.

No sir, YOU are embarrassing.

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***Iran's Zarif vows unlimited nuclear enrichment unless sanctions end. Right, and we believe he'll stop if they are ended? He's managed to push Obama around up until now, no reason to believe this latest threat won't work.


***Throw them all in jail. Of course they're going to cry RACIST, that's how they get away with their thuggery. Time to stop caring about what they call you and enforce the law.

The best explanation for black mob violence just might come from a place where it is an everyday fact of life: Memphis.
“It’s fun,” said one black person to a local reporter inquiring about why so many “teens” are so eager to be so violent.
But the central organizing feature of the violence is not age. It is race. The members of these mobs are black.
That goes for Memphis, Louisville, Indianapolis, and the hundreds of other cities big and small where black mob violence has resisted every other explanation. And solution.

Lithwick contends that “dismemberment” is a “completely nonmedical term” employed because it has no practical referent, and because it is emotionally charged. Nonsense.

Here is the definition of “dismemberment abortion” from Kansas’s “Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act”: ‘Dismemberment abortion’ means, with the purpose of causing the death of an unborn child, knowingly dismembering a living unborn child and extracting such unborn child one piece at a time from the uterus through the use of clamps, grasping forceps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments that, through the convergence of two rigid levers, slice, crush or grasp a portion of the unborn child’s body in order to cut or rip it off.

Even if it is not the terminology used in the medical journals, the proscribed procedure is unmistakably clear. But note, more importantly, that Lithwick objects to Kansas’s using the word “dismemberment,” but she does not suggest that the word misrepresents what actually happens. So what Lithwick really objects to is calling abortion-by-dismemberment what it is.
Pure evil.
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In 1775, Hamilton joined the local militia to help fight in the Revolutionary War like many students from King's College. His study of military tactics led him to the rank of Lieutenant. His continued efforts and friendship to prominent patriots like John Jay led him to raise a company of men and become their captain. He was soon appointed to George Washington's staff. He served as Washington's untitled Chief of Staff for four years. He was a trusted officer and enjoyed a great deal of respect and confidence from Washington. Hamilton made many connections and was instrumental in the war effort.
Hamilton and the Federalist Papers:
Hamilton was a New York delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. After the Constitutional Convention, he worked together with John Jay and James Madison to try and persuade New York to join in ratifying the new constitution. They jointly wrote the Federalist Papers. These consisted of 85 essays of which Hamilton wrote 51. These had a huge impact not only on ratification but also on Constitutional law.

***

Creation

An atheist scientist came to God and said, "We've figured out how to make a man without you."
God said, "OK, let me see you do it."
So the atheist bent down to the ground and scooped up a handful. But God stopped him and said, "Oh, no you don't. Get your own dirt!"

***
A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, were talking at a reunion and decided to go visit their old university professor, now retired.
During their visit the conversation soon turned into complaints about stress in their work and lives.  Offering his guests tea, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of tea and an assortment of cups - porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite - telling them to help themselves to the tea.  When all the alumni had a cup of tea in hand, the professor said:
"Notice that all the nice-looking, expensive cups were taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves, that is the source of your problems and stress. Be assured that the cup itself adds no quality to the tea. In most cases it is just more expensive and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was tea, not the cup; but you consciously went for the best cups.... and then you began eyeing each other's cups.
Now consider this: Life is the tea; your job, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain Life. The type of cup one has does not define, nor change the quality of life a person lives. Sometimes, by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the tea. The happiest people don't have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.
Live simply.  Love generously.  Care deeply.  Speak kindly...... And enjoy your tea.

***Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you. ~~ Henri-Frederic Amiel

***Have a great day!



Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wrong Choice

***Loretta Lynch, Obama's pick to succeed Eric "The Red" Holder for Attorney General, won't commit to investigating Hillary Clinton for her email debacle. Gosh, wonder if her answer would be the same if it were a Republican in the hot seat? Oh, she would be morally outraged and swear to get to the bottom of it! This woman would be as bad or worse than Holder, and I hope the Republicans don't cower beneath the cries of Racist! and Sexist! and confirm her. She is a very poor choice, but she's exactly what Obama wants for this country.

President Obama’s long-stalled nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, has refused to commit to investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s email secrecy scandal if confirmed as America’s top cop.
Responding to a question submitted by Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, Mrs. Lynch said in a letter Thursday that she didn’t have enough information to form an opinion about investigating Mrs. Clinton’s exclusive use of a private email account to conduct official business at the State Department.
“In my current role as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, my awareness of this issue has been limited to media reports and therefore, I do not have enough information at this time to determine whether action by the Department of Justice is warranted,” wrote Mrs. Lynch.

Oh look, she doesn't know what's going on until she reads it in the paper! Who does that sound like?

***U.S. military hostile to Christians under Obama? He has been the most divisive president ever.

Soon there may only be atheists in the foxholes.
Christians are leaving the U.S. military or are discouraged from joining in the first place because of a “hostile work environment” that doesn’t let them express their beliefs openly, religious freedom advocates say.
Michael Berry, senior counsel at the Liberty Institute, a Texas-based legal organization dedicated to defending religious liberty in America, said recent high-profile cases of military chaplains facing punishment for private counseling sessions that reflected the teachings of their religion could cause devout Americans who are qualified for military service to think twice about joining the military.
 

Our job isn’t simply to teach our kids to obey a set of household rules (although learning to follow instructions is important, too). It’s to empower them to use their judgment to make good decisions in life.
How do we do that?
Well, according to Dr. Kevin Leman, it all starts with that familiar passage in Ephesians 6 (TLB): “Children, obey your parents; this is the right thing to do because God has placed them in authority over you.”
The key word here is “authority.”
Throughout the Bible, we see God directs us, His children, as our authority, but not as an authoritarian.
In other words, He doesn’t grab us by the neck and force us along a particular path. He gives us free will and helps us learn to make choices that honor Him and that benefit ourselves and others.

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                    YOGA DOGGIE

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***
Hillary Clinton died and went to heaven. As she stood in front of Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates, she saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. She asked, "What are all those clocks?"

Saint Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock.
Every time you lie, the hands on your clock will move.

"Oh," said Hillary, "whose clock is that?"

"That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved indicating that she never told a lie."

"Whose clock is that?"

"That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have only moved twice telling us that Abe only told 2 lies in his entire life."

"Where's Bill's clock?" Hillary asked.

"Bill's clock is in Jesus' office. He's using it as a ceiling fan."

***Here's the new "Star Wars" trailer!

 That music!

***This is kinda neat...

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***The year’s at the spring
And day’s at the morn;
Morning’s at seven;
The hillside’s dew-pearled;
The lark’s on the wing;
The snail’s on the thorn;
God’s in His heaven -
All’s right with the world!
~Robert Browning


***Have a great day!