Sunday, May 31, 2015

Gadgets

***Came across this web site about new gadgets to enhance/monitor the performance of athletes.

Readiband

What it is: This electronic wristband measures sleep quality and quantity, which can help predict a player’s reaction time for the next day. Coaches can use an associated online tool to monitor the sleep patterns and fatigue of professional athletes.
How it works: The band’s accelerometer senses tiny movements of the wearer’s wrist, which reveal whether the wearer is asleep or awake. To predict fatigue, the results are fed through the SAFTE (Sleep, Activity, Fatigue, Task, and Effectiveness) model, which was developed by the U.S. Army. An “effectiveness score” rates the quality of the wearer’s slumber.
Who’s using it: Vancouver Canucks, Seattle Sounders, and Dallas Mavericks
Price: US $22,800 per year for 20 Readibands, including analytics software (individual wristbands are not sold)

Motus Sleeve

What it is: A compression sleeve with sensors tracks a baseball player’s throwing motions. Pitchers who use the sleeves to correct their technique may be able to prevent ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries, which have resulted in an epidemic of reconstructive procedures known as Tommy John surgeries. Previously, quantifying ballplayers’ throwing motions required motion-capture imaging.
How it works: The sleeve tracks arm movements with accelerometers and gyroscopes and sends data via Bluetooth to a smartphone. Based on an estimate of the player’s arm motions and basic biomechanical principles, the Motus app calculates elbow torque—the stress a pitcher puts on his UCL. It also tracks metrics such as arm speed, maximum shoulder rotation, and elbow height at ball release.
Who’s using it: Pitchers with more than two dozen professional baseball teams during spring training this year
Price: US $150

Follow the link for more. Interesting.

***RIP Beau Biden.

***New nationwide crime wave. Well no wonder. Race pimps such as Sharpton, Jackson, and Obama have their followers believing they're being targeted, and have cowed many police departments into standing down more than they should. This is exactly what Obama and the Democrats want. Chaos.

***Bernie Sanders' fossil socialism. Hard to believe this man has been an elected official for so long.

“The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time,” he said. And “for the last 40 years the great middle class of our country — once the envy of the world — has been disappearing.” This economic imbalance creates a political imbalance in favor of billionaire donors. “This is not democracy. This is oligarchy.” What to do? Publicly fund elections. Oppose trade agreements. Break up the banks. Raise the minimum wage to $15. Spend $1 trillion over five years on infrastructure. Raise taxes on the wealthy and on corporations. Establish Medicare-for-All. Expand Social Security, legislate universal pre-K, “make tuition in public colleges and universities free.”

Left winger's dream. One problem: It never works.

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long lost twins


That would also work with a picture of Donald Trump.

***
Luke and Obi-Wan walk into a Chinese restaurant. Ten minutes into the meal, Luke’s still having trouble with the chopsticks, dropping food everywhere. Obi-Wan finally snaps, “Use the forks, Luke.

 
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Despite hopes that weekend thundershowers would help end a raging heat wave in southern India, the rain brought only limited relief as the death toll since mid-April approached 2,200. Officials said Sunday that the intense heat was likely to continue for another day in worst-hit Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.
Daytime temperatures hovered between 113 and 116 Fahrenheit in some parts of the two states over the weekend, 5 to 12 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, said K.Y. Reddy, a director of the Meteorological Center in the Telangana state capital of Hyderabad. Thundershowers brought relief to people in other areas.
Andhra Pradesh has been hit the hardest, with 1,636 people dying in the state from the heat over the past month and a half, a government statement said. Another 561 people have died in neighboring Telangana, said Sada Bhargavi, a state disaster management commissioner.
 
***10 fastest growing job fields.

***We have been warning of this for years. The gay agenda is not going to stop until everyone is forced to accept and legitimize their lifestyle. After their big win in Ireland, they now are targeting the Catholic church. If we don't push back, before long it will be illegal for churches to preach Biblical truth about homosexuality. It will be viewed as a hate crime. Remember "live and let live?" Well, that's not their intention. These people represent less than 3% of the population. Why are they being allowed to dictate what we are allowed to believe and express?

Evidence is coming to light of concerted and covert attempts to coax the Catholic Church into accepting homosexual relationships, principally using an upcoming church synod on the family to achieve it.

A group of influential church figures, mainly from Germany and northern Europe, appear intent on making the meeting about same-sex relationships, while cloaking their agenda in vague and abstruse language.

They speak of “enriching” the “biblical and theological foundations” of the synod (code for ignoring traditional church teaching), creating a “new theology of love” (an abstract concept aimed at legitimizing extramarital unions), and finding a “nonhostile” language to convey church doctrine (a watering down of Catholic teaching).

 They can call it marriage if they want, but in God's eyes it isn't and will never be.

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See Spot



***“…I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve.… It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth, and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country, and of an act of disloyalty toward the Majesty of Heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” - Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

***Have a great day!
 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Shindig!

***Emily & Peter came and spent the night last night, so did Johnathan! We're having a cookout today to celebrate Emily's birthday, which is June 8. So great to have them all here! I have most of the preparations done, but there's always more to do. I woke up tired. Oh well, I'll live. :-) Everybody has to leave by midafternoon, seems to be a busy day for everyone! After I clean up I might just relax for the rest of the day and then hit the transcription tomorrow. I hope it stays nice, we want to get the cornhole game out. Haven't played yet this year.

***The 9 Most Common Misconceptions About Hammers.  Come on, you know you were wondering.

Not so. You might have that one cheap claw hammer you keep in the kitchen junk drawer for everyday fixes, but hammers come in an amazing variety. Claw hammers are built to drive nails and the hardness of their steel is designed accordingly. Brick hammers are designed to split bricks and hit a brick chisel. Ball peen hammers are designed to strike hardened tools such as cold chisels. There are hammers that are shaped to strike into corners, drive upholstery tacks, fold metal—you name it.
Because the hammer's hardness is designed to strike something specific, like soft steel, hardened steel or brick, don't hit something with the hammer that it's not designed to hit. If you're doing serious work, then get the right tool.

***You can buy your very own Navy warship for the low, low price of $180,000. 




This is the Sea Slice, a Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), and the coolest craft a civilian can buy. No one else in Monaco, or even Lake Havasu will have one. For a craft that cost $15 million in the late 90s, it's a steal.

***Not surprising - environmentalism isn't about the environment. It's about power and control.
 
Bishop Hill points us to this video of the Tesla Supercharging station at the Harris Ranch exit of Interstate 5 in California. He writes: “How can one resist posting a video of Tesla electric cars being recharged (so it is claimed) using a diesel generator? These people love the environment you see.”

Follow the link for the video.

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At the airline check in at London Heathrow, Guy has three bags.  He puts them down and says to the young lady, 'I'd like you to send this one to Los Angeles, that one to Hong Kong and the last one to Durban.'  Her face shows signs of confusion before her training takes over and she says, 'I'm afraid we can't do that, sir.'
'Why not?' demands Guy, 'you did the last time I flew with you.'

***I like this: Obama's Gone From Bad to Wuss.

As the days of the Obama presidency dwindle down, bad actors everywhere are in a rush to grab what they can. After all, they are not likely ever again to get such a weak president as Barack Obama, and they know it.
The latest aggression comes from China, with reports that Beijing has authorized its military to project air and sea power farther afield and to use it for offense as well as defense. A Communist Party newspaper warned that “a US-China war is inevitable in the South China Sea” if America contests China’s expansion.
The move fits a worldwide pattern. From the Islamic State to Russia to Iran, America’s adversaries are making a calculated decision. They know Obama will, at most, talk a tough game but in the end won’t do much else.
They also realize that time is running out on their chance to act without consequences. With the raft of foreign-policy failures of the last six years a major issue in the presidential campaign, Obama’s successor is almost certain to be a more forceful leader on the international stage.

Say what you will about Bush - this type of aggression would not be happening on his watch.

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***Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

***Better get busy - have a great day!
 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ex-Speaker Hastert in Trouble

***I'm not condoning whatever it is he did - which we don't know yet - I just can't help but notice the difference in how Dennis Hastert's problems are being covered (he's a Republican), but we can't get the "mainstream" media too interested in the myriad corrupt actions by the Clintons, Obama, Holder, etc. etc. etc. Personally, I'm a little more concerned that our highest officials stood by and let four of our own die in Benghazi than I am how Dennis Hastert withdrew his money. Bothers me a little more that the IRS targeted conservative groups for harassment. How about our President setting terrorists free in order to bring home a deserter? Oh, so many things that are more important. That's just me, though.

More here. 

***The unmaking of a mayor. Never has it been more obvious that liberals cannot govern effectively, especially during a crisis. Nothing this woman has done has been right.

The implication is clear: More people need to be arrested in Baltimore, not fewer. And more need to be jailed. If black lives truly matter, Baltimore needs more and better policing and incarceration to impose order on communities where a lawless few spread mayhem and death.
* * * * *
It is wrong for the police to shrink from doing their job, but the last month in Baltimore shows how important that job is. This is especially true in dangerous, overwhelmingly black neighborhoods. They need disproportionate police attention, even if that attention is easily mischaracterized as racism. The alternative is a deadly chaos that destroys and blights the lives of poor blacks.
It is a paradox that a figure who is anathema to the BlackLivesMatter movement, Rudy Giuliani, saved more black lives than any of his critics ever will. He did it by getting the police to establish and maintain basic order in New York’s neighborhoods and defending the cops when the likes of Al Sharpton maligned them.
Now that Mayor Bill de Blasio has pulled back, shootings are trending up in New York City. But it’s OK, as long as nameless young black men are the ones being shot at. For progressives only some black lives matter.


***Freedom under fire. This is insidious, and the Republicans had better not let it happen.

Gun owners will have to carry liability insurance if a bill introduced Friday by New York House Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney successfully makes its way through Congress.
Rep. Maloney’s The Firearm Risk Protection Act would subject gun owners to a $10,000 fine if they ignored a mandate for liability insurance before obtaining a weapon, The Hill reported Friday.

 Liberals won't be happy until only criminals have access to guns.

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***
A CHILD'S HYMN
Charles Dickens

Hear my prayer, O heavenly Father,
Ere I lay me down to sleep;
Bid Thy angels, pure and holy,
Round my bed their vigil keep.

My sins are heavy, but Thy mercy
Far outweighs them, every one;
Down before Thy cross I cast them,
Trusting in Thy help alone.

Keep me through this night of peril
Underneath its boundless shade;
Take me to Thy rest, I pray Thee,
When my pilgrimage is made.

None shall measure out Thy patience
By the span of human thought;
None shall bound the tender mercies
Which Thy Holy Son has bought.

Pardon all my past transgressions,
Give me strength for days to come;
Guide and guard me with Thy blessing
Till Thy angels bid me home.



And we are finally finding proof of what was known from the start — that the massacre in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 was the inevitable result of an arms-for-jihadists program set up off the books by Clinton and her pals in the Obama administration, in which the CIA was conscripted to oversee the distribution of Qaddafi’s weapons stash to Syrian rebels not favored by the local Benghazi al-Qaeda affiliate, and amid this grand idea Clinton made no effort to provide security to her employees there.
We are finding this out three years later, of course, despite the best efforts of Hillary and her stooges to hide it from the public. We are also finding out, thanks to the exploits of a Romanian computer hacker who exposed her crony Sid Blumenthal’s emails, that Hillary is still hiding the complete record of her emails from the public — and correspondence between the former Secretary of State and her morally vacant henchman with business interests served well by Qaddafi’s ouster, we know, was both material to policy and proves she told bald-faced lies to the public about the origin of the Benghazi massacre.
 
Read the whole thing. You'll be as surprised and dismayed as I am that she seems to be the best the Democrats can come up with.
 
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***Have a great day!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Culture of Corruption

***It really boggles my mind that Hillary Clinton is a viable candidate for president. That family is so corrupt and sleazy it's sickening to see how they're adored by so many obviously mindless people. Take this, for example.

I just thought I’d contribute a detail to the latest news about the Clintons’ byzantine financial arrangements, specifically the limited-liability company Bill Clinton used to channel his “consulting” profits.
The original Associated Press story said that WJC, LLC, the “shell company” in question, was formed in Delaware in 2008.
It’s more interesting when you find out the specific date. I searched the database of the Delaware Department of State’s Division of Corporations. There is one listing for WJC, LLC. According to the information on file, the company was formed December 3, 2008. President Obama had confirmed Hillary Clinton as his choice for secretary of state just two days earlier, on December 1, 2008.
I am not supplying any conclusions here. I’ll simply note that this is a pattern in the ongoing Clinton controversy. For instance, the domain name for clintonemail.com, Hillary’s private email system, was registered on January 13, 2009, eight days before the Senate confirmed Clinton as the country’s top diplomat. Why the rush to arrange all these complex and secretive business affairs immediately after Clinton’s future as the most powerful  Cabinet member was set in motion?

It's really too bad we don't have any objective investigative reporting in this country. They're only interested in corruption if a Republican is involved. If even one of the myriad things the Clintons have done was found to have been done by Ted Cruz, for example, he would have already been destroyed by our leftist media. As it is? Most people don't know the depths to which the Clintons have stooped in their lust for money and power. They should both be in jail, but they're living in the lap of luxury, adored by millions. Unbelievable.

***Street anarchy in Baltimore. This is what happens when you put liberals in power. They are completely unable to govern effectively. They've proven that time and time again, but squeamish Republicans are so intimidated by the word "racist" they refuse to call them out.

Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore.
She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire.
“I’m afraid to go outside,” said Perrine, 47. “It’s so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside. People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They’re nowhere.”

There is no excuse for this. If they're shooting, the cops need to shoot back, and shoot to kill. That will slow this crap down.

***You just can't make this stuff up: "Hillary Pledges to Restore Faith, Confidence, Optimism in U.S. Post-Obama."

I'm speechless.

***Love it!

dressing up the rascal



***Marco Rubio is right about the assault on Christianity, and we had better start listening.


***How to PAY your way to financial contentment. Some good ideas here.

***7 mini meals you can make in a muffin tin.

Lasagna

muffin tin meals lasagna cups

Looks pretty good!

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***Play by the rules, but be ferocious. ~~ Phil Knight

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Snowed Under

***Not much blogging time this week as one typist is on vacation. Thank goodness there are a few doctors off too!

***Obama calls the fall of Ramadi a "setback." What a buffoon.

In war, our military leaders sometimes employ misdirection or outright deception to achieve tactical or strategic gains. Eisenhower’s deception of German commanders in 1944 regarding the Allied invasion of Normandy is one example among many. And then there are times, like today, when our leaders aren’t deceiving anyone but themselves. That’s the best way to understand why the Obama administration continues to assert that its strategy against Islamic State (ISIS) militants in Iraq is succeeding. Now that ISIS has taken control of Ramadi, the capital of al-Anbar province in western Iraq, that delusional argument grows less convincing by the day. Administration officials, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the president’s spokesman, have tried to minimize the May 17 fall of Ramadi as nothing more than a “setback.” But, having served in al-Anbar with the Marines, I recognize the loss of this key city for what it really is: a defeat of strategic consequence with potentially catastrophic implications for the future of Iraq.

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Silence is Golden
by Ryan Duncan, Crosswalk.com Culture Editor

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. – Psalms 37:7 

Recently, while vacationing in Ireland, I managed to visit an old monastery in a place called Glendalough. According to legend, the monastery was originally founded by Saint Kevin, a 6th century priest renowned for his wisdom and piety. Kevin’s fame as Holy had begun to interfere with his Christian walk, so he withdrew to Glendalough in order to pray and meditate in peace. The small monastery was built later by disciples who followed him, hoping the secluded valley would allow them to pray to God without distraction. Tucked away in a small valley, surrounded by mountains and a tiny lake, the silence in Glendalough was almost palpable.

It didn’t strike me until later how unfamiliar that silence was. After all, we live in a world that is filled with distractions: iPads, iPods, TV, Internet, movies... there are so many things demanding our time and attention, often at the expense of our time with Christ. Saint Kevin knew the value of silence, just like Christ,

Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. – Luke 5:15-16
Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." – Luke 22:39 
    
After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. –Matthew 17:1
The world is filled with so much noise, so much distraction, how often do we really get the chance to listen to God? I don’t know about you, but this is something I struggle with on a daily basis. Don’t allow the toys of this world to distract you from your Heavenly Father. Instead, the next time you pray, turn off your cell phone and find a place far away from your computer. Pray to God in the silence and listen to his reply. 
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***Have a great day!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Old Glory

***10 things you didn't know about the American flag:

#1. Betsy Ross is widely credited with designing the first American flag, but there is almost no evidence to support that claim. The only records of Ross' involvement came from her own grandson in 1870, when he presented the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia with affidavits from his own family members as evidence. Instead, many historians believe that Francis Hopkinson deserves the credit, because early journals from the Continental Congress are said to explicitly name him as the flag's designer.
#2. Karen Burke of Walmart's Corporate Communications revealed that Walmart stores sold around 115,000 American flags on September 11, 2001, as compared to 6,400 flags on the same date in 2000. In the year following 9/11 (September 11, 2001, through August 19, 2011), they sold 7.8 million American flags as compared to 2.5 million the year before.
#3. A 17-year old student designed the flag as it appears today. In anticipation of Alaska and Hawaii becoming states, Robert G. Heft created the 50-star flag as part of a history project (for which he received a B-) before submitting it to Congress for consideration. In August of 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose Heft's design over 1,500 other applicants and informed him of the news over the phone. (Heft's teacher also changed his grade to an A).
#4. During the opening sequence (about 22 seconds in) of first-season episodes of "Gilligan's Island," the U.S. Flag can be seen flying at half-staff off in the distance. This is because the show's pilot episode finished filming on November 22, 1963 — the same day that President Kennedy was assassinated.

Follow the link for more.

***Bush didn't lie.  Those of us paying attention, and who have a healthy skepticism regarding the Left and media coverage have known this all along. The Left's narrative and their willing accomplices in the press have successfully planted this notion in the psyche of low information voters, and sadly even a lot of otherwise reasonable people. The damage it has done to this country is immeasurable. Rather than rallying behind our president and our military, the Left did all it could to sabotage Bush's efforts, and endangered our military personnel. They didn't care. They wanted to destroy Bush's presidency and re-attain power. Well, they did. And look what it got us. 




***A nation greater than we deserve. This is the best piece I've read for some time.

 
That’s when I learned — to paraphrase a character in a recent summer movie — that there’s “red in my ledger,” red that I can never turn to black. Christians are familiar with this concept. The blood of Christ grants a gift of eternal life that we cannot possibly earn. Here at home the blood of our warriors — spilled for liberty — has granted us a nation greater than we deserve. Yes, millions of Americans have worked for more than two centuries to build the families, the businesses, and the civic institutions that make the America we live in today, but the predicate for all those actions is a combination of peace and freedom purchased at the highest price. To say that we can’t repay our debt to these warriors is not to say that we shouldn’t be good stewards of the fruits of their sacrifice. Indeed, the knowledge that all of our lives and opportunities are to some degree blood-bought should sanctify them for even our most secular citizens. Honor sacrifice by tending to the tree of liberty, by building something in your own turn that is worth defending.

Read the whole thing. Inspiring.
 
***The real price of freedom.
 
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***Do Not Stand at my Grave and Weep

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow;
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain;
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush;
I am in the graceful rush.
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.

~ Mary Frye
 
 
 
***Hope is the Thing with Feathers
by Emily Dickinson
 
'Hope' is the thing with feathers—
That perches in the soul—
And sings the tune without the words—
And never stops—at all—

And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard—
And sore must be the storm—
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm—

I've heard it in the chillest land—
And on the strangest Sea—
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb—of Me. 
 
 
***Um...well...
 
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***Have a wonderful Memorial Day! Remember the fallen as you gather with family and friends.

***“Modern man is staggering and losing his balance because he is being pelted with little pieces of alleged fact which are native to the newspapers; and, if they turn out not to be facts, that is still more native to newspapers.” – G. K. Chesterton, Illustrated London News, 4/7/23
 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Still Free

***James opened the service this morning with a reminder to remember our fallen soldiers, and be thankful for those who are serving now. He reminded us that we were able to drive to church and gather together to worship without having to worry about being arrested or killed for it. He gave us a somber reminder of Christians around the world who are being jailed or killed for their faith. We need to keep them in prayer, and continue to be thankful for our freedoms. We also need to be vigilant, lest those freedoms are taken away. There are people in this country who seek to silence Christians, and we can't let them win.

***Check out the Home of Heroes web site. It has several stories about people you've never heard of, but they were willing to give their all for their country. Read a couple of these, it will humble you.


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A Soldier
by Robert Frost

He is that fallen lance that lies as hurled,
That lies unlifted now, come dew, come rust,
But still lies pointed as it plowed the dust.
If we who sight along it round the world,
See nothing worthy to have been its mark,
It is because like men we look too near,
Forgetting that as fitted to the sphere,
Our missiles always make too short an arc.
They fall, they rip the grass, they intersect
The curve of earth, and striking, break their own;
They make us cringe for metal-point on stone.
But this we know, the obstacle that checked
And tripped the body, shot the spirit on
Further than target ever showed or shone. 



***RIP John Nash.


***Huckabee defends "Fair Tax," says it won't hurt poor. Well of course it won't - but politicians, especially the Left, certainly don't want to give up any tax receipts. Heaven forbid they actually have to rein in their spending.


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***"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong."
Abraham Lincoln

***Have a great day!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Remember



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Take a moment out of your fun three day weekend to remember those who made it possible.


***From Rush Limbaugh's site:

This is also Memorial Day.  This, to me, is one of the most important Memorial Days, and they're all important.  Even that little characterization should give you an idea how tough this one is to talk about.  This particular Memorial Day, with everything going on in Iraq and the Middle East and ISIS now just running out of control and our leadership seemingly unconcerned and the Iranians nuking up.  But Iraq and what's happening there has got to make this Memorial Day a real challenge for a lot of American families.
Those who had family members who served in Iraq, who were injured and wounded in Iraq or died in Iraq.  I mean, they might legitimately be asking themselves this weekend, this Memorial Day, "Why?  What was the point?  Was it worth it?"  And you wouldn't blame 'em if they did.  It's a toughie.  It still needs to be acknowledged.

It's true. We had the savages on the run. Remember the purple thumbs? The people in Iraq finally getting to vote on their leadership? Remember shock & awe? Remember our military toppling the statue of Saddam Hussein? You don't see reminders about these things in the news, because they don't want the American people reminded of what Democrat leadership since 2006 has cost us. We have lost nearly all the ground we had gained during Bush's War on Terror. They won't tell you about the many victories our military fought for and won, and they won't dwell on Obama's dismal failure as Commander-in-Chief. The only way you're going to find this stuff out is to do some digging and find out on your own. It is your responsibility to do so, because if you depend on the "journalists" in this country for your information, you're just going to be another ignorant low-information voter who will fall for anything the liberals tell you. The truth can be found, you just have to do a little research and check your sources.

***Great story! Georgia high school graduate reunites with soldier who saved her life. 

A Georgia high school student had an emotional reunion Thursday with a U.S. veteran who helped her family flee from Iraq when she was just a month old.
Lava Barwari was 36 days old when her parents were trying to flee Iraq in December 1996, then ruled by Saddam Hussein. The Kurdish family was one of many that found themselves on the dictator’s kill list.
Lava’s mother, Awaz, was on the list of Kurds allowed to leave Iraq, but an official told her that newborn Lava was not.
“I told the man I was not leaving without my baby,” Barwari told Fox 5 Atlanta. “He said I could leave her with other family in Iraq or not leave Iraq. So I said I wasn’t leaving.”
At that point Lt. Col. Greg Pepin intervened
“I told them if the baby’s name was ‘Greg,’ she could come with me under my passport,” Pepin told Fox 5 Atlanta. “They didn’t understand what I was trying to do at first, but then they realized I was trying to help.”
The family were able to leave Iraq that day, grateful to the man who they say saved their lives.
Leva tracked Pepin down recently and emailed him through Boeing, where he now works, and invited him to her high school graduation.
“I’m proud to live in a country that welcomes people in and helps them live a better life,” Pepin said.

***Retired Army general at committee hearing, "We are losing this war."

On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee convened a hearing to evaluate and scrutinize the effectiveness of the Obama administration’s policies in the Middle East, especially in Iraq and Syria. General Jack Keane, who was the first witness to testify, argued that the fall of Ramadi signals—and indeed proves—that the Obama administration's current strategy in the region has failed.
“While there has been some progress and some success, looking at this strategy today, we know now that the conceptual plan is fundamentally flawed,” he stated. “The resources provided to support Iraq are far from adequate. The timing and urgency to provide arms, equipment, and training is insufficient. And as such we are not only failing, we are losing this war.”
“Moreover, I can say with certainty that this strategy will not defeat ISIS,” he added.

Not sure how the Democrats will blame Bush, but I'm sure they'll find a way. This is abominable. Our military could wipe them out if they were turned loose.

***
Close now thine eyes and rest secure;
Thy soul is safe enough, thy body sure;
He that loves thee, He that keeps
And guards thee, never slumbers, never sleeps.
The smiling conscience in a sleeping breast
Has only peace, has only rest;
The music and the mirth of kings
Are all but very discords, when she sings;
Then close thine eyes and rest secure;
No sleep so sweet as thine, no rest so sure.



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Memorial Day


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***Have a great day!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Ted Nugent's Advice for Graduates

***Yeah, he's brash, but he's right about so much.

Some excerpts:

We welcome you all to the unlimited American Dream production zone where your pursuit of happiness and success is now in your hands and your hands alone.

  1. Life is not fair. Get used to it.
  2. Social justice is a commie scam. Read the drivel of Saul Alinsky and fight it with all you’ve got.
  3. Nobody owes you jacksquat. You will either earn your own way, or feel like a helpless leech. There is no middle ground.
  4. Economic equality is for sheep. If you really believe we are all equal in our capabilities you will go nowhere.
  5. The minimum wage is for minimum wage earners. If you believe you are worth more, go get it. Show by your productivity and professionalism that you are better than minimum. Upgrade awaits upgraders.
  6. The government cannot create jobs for you. You must create your own worth by proving yourself to be a gungho benefit for your employer. If you think you can do better, by all means, do better.
  7. Partying should not include dangerous or foolish behavior. Clean and sober always provides the most memorable parties without the danger of puking, stumbling, making an ass of yourself or passing out and dying.
  8. Peer pressure is for sheep. Stand up for what you believe in.
  9. The whole world sucks, but America still sucks less. Learn your history and be the best we the people participant that you can be.
  10. Don’t fall for the curse of political correctness. Feeling good is not as important as doing good.
  11. Posture and hygiene matters. Carry yourself with dignity and treat others as you would have them treat you.
  12. Tell me who you go with and I will tell you what you are. Avoid losers for they will drag you down.
  13. Sometimes you give the world the best you got and you get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you got anyway.

Hard to argue with any of that.

***I'm no Chris Christie fan, but he asks a good question here, "Imagine if it were me who deleted my emails?" Now, we know what the coverage would be like, don't we? Just hearken back to Bridgegate, in case you've forgotten.

***Hillary Clinton got now classified Benghazi emails on private server. Again I say, imagine if she were a Republican? She deserves jail time, yet she's the Democrat frontrunner. Un-freakin'-believable.


***For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Galatians 5:13 KJV

Good reminder.

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***An idealist is a person who helps other people to be prosperous. ~~ Henry Ford

***Have a great day!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Slap in the Face

***Yes, there's President Obama, addressing a class of Coast Guard graduates, telling them that CLIMATE CHANGE is our greatest threat. What a bumbling bag of idiocy. No wonder our foreign policy is a mess.

Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.
In a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Obama underscored the risks to national security posed by climate change, one of his top priorities for action in his remaining 19 months in office.
"The threat of a changing climate cuts to the very core of your service," Obama told the 224 graduating cadets, who studied the impacts of global warming as part of their curriculum.
"It will affect everything that you do in your careers," Obama added, noting that sea levels were expected to rise by 1 to 4 feet (30-120 cm) in the coming century.

I guess he hasn't paid attention to the myriad hysterical predictions that have not come to pass.

A new study by a “group of mean reactionary science purists” at the Journal Nature Climate Change took a look at 117 of the Left’s wild claims.  Its results are devastating for Gore and the Left. They show that 114, or 97.4%, of them were wrong. They weren’t just a little “ooops, I hit the wrong number on my computer – wrong but wrong by a you – don’t – know what – in- the – world – you’re –are talking – about” wrong.  The average “mistake” was an overstatement of global warming by double actual reality.

A liberal will never let the truth get in his way, though.

***George W. Bush didn't create ISIS; Islam did. 

Bush-haters don't care who REALLY created ISIS, they just care about another lie they can tell to damage Bush.

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When you look OUT it may be night;

when you look UP it's always light.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.



O Divine Master, grant that I may not

so much seek to be consoled as to console.

To be understood as to understand.

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive.

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned

and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

St. Francis of Assissi


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***Bin Laden's bookshelf. Surprise, surprise. Mostly lefty authors.

***Ben Carson says it was a mistake for the U.S. to invade Iraq in 2003. Well, I liked him right up until then. I've never thought he was ready to be President, though. Scott Walker is my pick.

***Someone (with too much time on their hands) figured out how far Sam and Frodo walked.

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***Our character...is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be. ~~ George Santayana

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Grand Plan

***Here is a short description of the Cloward-Piven strategy. I truly believe this is what the leftists in this country, led by Barack Obama, are attempting to do.

The flood of immigrants at our borders today is neither an accident nor a surprise. It is an extension of the Cloward-Piven Strategy – the goal of which has been known for 50 years.
In a 1966 article in Nation, Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, sociology professors at Columbia University, wrote that capitalism should be collapsed by overloading the government with financial demands that could not be met.
The strategy is to collapse the financial system. The tactic is chaos. If a crisis does not exist, create one. The more chaos the better. The solution is always couched in empathetic words like “fair,” “equal,” “humane” and “just.”

Sound familiar? Chaos, unrest, "equality," etc.? Obama and his acolytes are also happy followers of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.

Politics is all about power relations, but to advance one’s power, one must couch one’s positions in the language of morality. Community organizers are “political realists” who “see the world as it is: an arena of power politics moved primarily by perceived immediate self-interests, where morality is rhetorical rationale for expedient action and self-interest”

Change is brought about through relentless agitation and “trouble making” of a kind that radically disrupts society as it is.  
Since both the middle and upper classes have none of the organizer’s passion for radical change, he must do his best to “stir up dissatisfaction and discontent [.]”  He must “agitate to the point of conflict.”  The organizer “dramatizes…injustices” and engages in “‘trouble making’ by stirring up” just those “angers, frustrations, and resentments” (117) that will eventuate in the “disorganization of the old and organization of the new” (116 emphasis original).  He is determined to give rise to as much “confusion” and “fear” as possible (127).

There can be no conversation between the organizer and his opponents.  The latter must be depicted as being evil.
If his compulsion to “agitate” makes it sound as if the organizer is disinclined to converse with those with whom he disagrees, that is because, well, he is. Alinsky is blunt on this point: “You don’t communicate with anyone purely on the rational facts or ethics of an issue” (89).    It is true that “moral rationalization is indispensable,” (43) that the organizer must “clothe” one’s goals and strategies with “moral arguments” (36). But there can be no conversation with one’s opponents, for to converse with them is to humanize them.

That's only three points in his book, but you get the gist. Does the above not perfectly describe what Obama and his liberal buddies are doing to this country?  I don't see how anyone can deny it with a straight face.

We have to resist, and refuse to allow them to continue to destroy this country. I fervently hope some elected Republicans get their heads out of the sand and realize that the country is more important than their political ambitions and their fear of being labeled as racists, bigots, intolerant, blah blah blah. None of those words even mean anything any more. They are thrown about by liberals who have no ideas, therefore they use words to try to silence their opponents lest they be shown as the empty suits they are. I keep praying that the GOP will rise up before it's too late.

***Hillary hires illegal immigrant "Dreamer." Does anyone else see the irony here? Rather than deport the ILLEGAL immigrant, she is given a high paying post in a presidential campaign. We're doomed. Come on, Hispanics. Don't you know when you're being manipulated and exploited?

***The once great Boy Scouts of America is banning water gun fights. That's right, water guns. Because "pointing a firearm is not kind." Where to begin...??

The Boy Scouts of America, an organization with semi-military origins, has put out approved activities for its members, and water gun fights are strictly prohibited.
A blog for the organization’s leaders said May 6 that pointing simulated firearms at people is not allowed.
“Why the rule? A Scouter once told me this explanation I liked quite a bit: A Scout is kind. What part of pointing a firearm [simulated or otherwise] at someone is kind?” said Bryan Wendell on the scouting website.

 Get your boys into the alternative, Trail Life USA. I say that with a heavy heart, because my son is an Eagle Scout. There wasn't any of this nonsense back then.

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Six years before he died in a car crash, Daniel W. Quinlan was among the 138 World War I veterans to receive the first Purple Heart medals issued by the U.S. military. His family lost track of the medal he received during a 1932 ceremony held at the Hudson Valley historic site, where historians say Gen. George Washington issued a precursor to the Purple Heart, which is awarded to those wounded or killed in combat. This week, Quinlan's recently found Purple Heart will be displayed at the site before it's draped across his nearby gravestone. Afterward, the medal will be sent to his grandson in Florida.
"It going to be amazing when I put my hands on that medal, to think that my grandfather actually held it in his hands," said William Quinlan, a 58-year-old real estate broker in Key West.

Great story.

***Colonel Sanders is coming back!


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***Don't live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. ~Wendy Wasserstein

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Hindsight on Iraq

***The media loves to ask the "If we knew then what we know now" question about Iraq. So many Republican candidates have fallen for it, and tried to sound all thoughtful and wise in hindsight. Victor Davis Hansen reminds us of a few things.

1. Who authorized the war? The war was pushed by the Bush administration, but it was authorized by both Houses of Congress, with a majority of Democrats (29 to 21) joining Republicans in the Senate (49 to 1). The authorizations of October 2002 sailed through, with especially enthusiastic rhetoric from Senators Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Harry Reid, and Jay Rockefeller, who all had the same access to U.S. and foreign intelligence that the Bush administration did. 
 
 2. Just WMD? The war was not just about WMD. Congress was on record as supporting 23 writs for the removal of Saddam Hussein by force, and at least 20 of them had little if anything to do with WMD. They included Iraq’s noncompliance with the 1991 ceasefire agreement; its “brutal repression of its civilian population,” which included genocide of the Kurds and Marsh Arabs; its 1993 assassination attempt on former President George H. W. Bush; its firing on coalition aircraft enforcing the no-fly zones; its “continu[ing] to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations,” including one of the architects of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; its bounties to families of suicide bombers; its aggression against its neighbors — and on and on.  Again, the vast majority of these “whereas” clauses had nothing to do with WMD, but sought, in a post-9/11 landscape, to reify Bill Clinton’s Iraq Liberation Act of 1998. Clinton’s neoconservative resolution had made it the official policy of the United States to remove Saddam Hussein’s regime and promote a democratic replacement.
Read the whole thing. Very informative, and you can bet that very few of your liberal friends will remember any of it. The most damaging lie ever told by our supposed "news" media was that Bush lied about WMDs in order to start a war in Iraq. There is so much stupidity wrapped up in that statement that it's hard to believe anyone is still repeating it, but boy, they do, and with gusto. The psychotic Bush Derangement Syndrome is still around.


A federal judge on Monday put on hold the District’s requirement that gun owners demonstrate a “good reason” in order to receive a concealed carry permit — saying the licensing scheme deprives citizens of their Second Amendment rights.
U.S. District Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit brought by three gun owners that seeks to overturn the new D.C. firearms law on the grounds that the regulations are so strict that they make it impossible to exercise their right to bear arms.

The Constitution doesn't call for it, so nobody else has the right to. 
 
***The real Stephanopoulos scandal: He was never a journalist in the first place. Well, real journalists are hard to find these days.

No, it’s not his blatant partisanship, his ties to the increasingly thuggish Clinton Machine, or even his complete lack of journalistic ethics. It’s that ABC should never have hired him in the first place.
Back in the Stone Age, before reporters became “journalists” and before “journalists” became politically motivated Fifth Columnists masquerading as members of the Fourth Estate, there was a cardinal rule: a reporter could leave a newspaper and accept a job as a public-relations flack, but under no circumstances could he or she then return to reporting. Ever. In other words, once having forfeited any pretense of objectivity, and having accepted payment for advocating a particular point of view, that guy’s career in real journalism was finished.

That only applies now if you're conservative.

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***Opponents of Arctic oil drilling block Seattle port entrance.  Arctic oil drilling harms *nothing*. These are just anti-American, anti-capitalist hippies with nothing better to do.

Earlier Monday, protesters spent several hours blocking entrances to the terminal where the rig will be loaded before heading to waters off Alaska this summer.
Holding banners and flags, demonstrators marched across a bridge to Terminal 5, temporarily closing the road during Monday morning's commute. Once at the terminal, they spread out across the entrances and rallied, danced and spoke for several hours before leaving the site in the early afternoon.
Organizers had prepared to engage in civil disobedience to stop work on the drill rig, but Seattle police said Monday afternoon that no one had been arrested and the demonstration remained peaceful. A few dozen officers followed the march on foot and bicycle and kept watch at the terminal.

***These pictures were done on a typewriter.








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***"Off the grid" parents lose custody of their 10 children. This is not right. The kids were in no imminent danger.

The residence in question is a tarp-covered shed with no heat, running water, or septic system. While the authorities claim the crude dwelling justified the move, some of the family's supporters wonder if something else was the issue: Joe and Nichole Naugler's educational philosophy of "unschooling," a looser form of homeschooling. Their children, who range in age from 3 months to 15 years old, learn primarily through play and household responsibilities.

I daresay in many ways those kids are better off than a lot of our kids today who are bombarded with sexual deviancy and violence via their Smart Phones and TVs every day. Having said that, neither situation is any of my business if the kids are not being physically harmed, and neither is it any of the government's business.

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***If the Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me ~~ Jimmy Buffett, Song Title

***Have a great day!



Sunday, May 17, 2015

Smackdown!

***Great response from the judge on atheists who attempt to ban "under God."

Some kids could really use a lesson on the Constitution. Take for instance an unidentified high school student who filed a suit last year against the Matawan-Aberdeen school district in New Jersey on the basis that hearing the Pledge of Allegiance in class violated his rights as an atheist.
Judge David F. Bauman, who dismissed the case in February but whose ruling was just published Monday, disagreed with this faulty assertion.
“Protecting students from viewpoints and ideas that may offend or upset them is not and has never been the role of public schools in America,” he wrote.
But he did not stop there. He also pointed out how the phrase “under God,” which is what the student had a problem with, appears everywhere in America.
“As a matter of historical tradition, the words ‘under God’ can no more be expunged from the national consciousness than the words ‘In God We Trust’ from every coin in the land, than the words ‘so help me God’ from every presidential oath since 1789, or than the prayer that has opened every congressional session of legislative business since 1787,” the judge noted.
Furthermore, even the New Jersey State Constitution references God, meaning that “the very constitution under which” the student sought “redress for perceived atheistic marginalization could itself be deemed unconstitutional,” a notion the judge described as “absurd.”
According to BizPac Review, The American Humanist Association, which had teamed up with the unidentified teen, was not too happy with the ruling.
One of their spokespeople claimed that having children recite the Pledge of Allegiance is “discriminatory” and makes atheists feel like “second-class citizens.”
However, Judge Bauman explained that students have “every right to skip the Pledge” if they so desire. What they do not have the right to do is stop other students from reciting it.

There are still some judges in this country with common sense. Thank God!

***What's the holdup? GOP has waited for two years for info on IRS correspondence with Dem Senators.  Wow, those shredders must really be working overtime.

Washington Republicans said this week that their requests to the IRS for correspondences between the agency and congressional Democrats remain unfulfilled after two years, raising questions about whether the Obama administration is trying to withhold information for a third-straight election cycle.
“Instead of holding the IRS accountable, Democrats are trying to cover-up their involvement in the IRS targeting scandal,” National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Andrea Bozek said Friday.

I wish the Republicans would learn to play political hardball. No confirmations, no movement on anything until the Democrats comply with the law. They'll never do it, though. Too many eclair-spined establishment RINOs in power.

***Amtrak crash reignites infrastructure debate. Reference above - Democrats know how to play hardball. Unfortunately, they're also very adept and lies and deceit, and it works. They know this crash had absolutely nothing to do with infrastructure, but they exploited the tragedy to start debate on an issue which will result, if the Republicans cave again, in more spending that we can't afford. It's not like if we allocate the money it will be spent as intended. That's the problem - Democrats are great at bait and switch - get the money any way they can, then pay off their co-conspirators and line their re-election bank accounts and those of their supporters. They have no interest in the infrastructure.

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Once to every man and nation
comes the moment to decide.
In the strife of truth with falsehood
for the good or evil side.
Some great cause, God's new Messiah
offering each the bloom or blight.
And the choice goes by forever
twixt that darkness and that light. 


from a Victorian hymn, name unknown

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***Herein lies the problem: Low information voters are much more likely to vote for corrupt politicians. We've certainly seen that borne out.


Repeated studies have shown that politicians in mature democracies accused of corruption are typically not punished at the polls. Existing explanations focus on rational trade-offs by policy-minded voters and institutionally-driven constraints. I analyze another factor: distribution of electorate's political awareness. A common regression approach likely suffers from bias due to potential underlying selection mechanisms. My identification strategy rests on a simple framework which shows that this bias is invariably downward, irrespective of the direction of the hypothesized effect. Less-informed voters are found to be significantly more likely to vote for incumbents accused of corruption relative to clean incumbents than their well-informed counterparts. An across-the-board increase in political awareness would systematically reduce the support for malfeasant incumbents. Results are not sensitive to omission of potential confounds, endogeneity of voter awareness to scandal occurrence, alternative measurement of incumbent support and voter information, variation in the nature of incumbent corruption, and parametric modeling assumptions.

Pretty sad.

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Ecclesiastes 9:10King James Version (KJV)

10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.


***Have a great day!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Jaw-Dropping Hypocrisy

***I'm sure by now you've read about the George Stephanopoulos fiasco. Liberals can be hypocrites like this and they don't even realize it. I'm sure he doesn't think he did anything wrong and can't understand all the hullaballoo. Let a Republican do something like this, though, and BAM! They're all over it.

The problem with George Stephanopoulos’s Clinton-gate mess is that his own words prove him to be both a bully and a hypocrite, as well as abjectly unethical. Set aside the fact that — if not outed — he would likely never have informed his viewership about his contributions to the Clinton Foundation (and presumably would have continued to grill authors like Peter Schweizer for attacking the pay-for-play Clinton culture). Set aside the fact that, in Clinton Foundation tax-reporting fashion, he “forgot” a $25,000 donation when he initially and erroneously stated that he had contributed $50,000 rather than the actual $75,000. And that he confused the news source that originally discovered his gifts. What we are left with is George Stephanopoulos indicting George Stephanopoulos. When he attacked Schweizer for a supposed conflict of interest in having been a Bush speechwriter for four months, he assumed that his own much longer tenure as a war-room political flak for Bill Clinton could never impinge on his own objectivity — much less provide the context for his recent donations to the Clinton family foundation.
 
Yup, he would have mediated the debates without a second thought, and does anyone think it is possible for a liberal "journalist" to be objective? They have proven over and over that it's impossible. Read the whole piece - liberalism truly is a mental disorder.
 
***Wow, what a week! I was down a typist and it seems all my offices were extra busy. That's the way it always is, huh? My girls and I worked our tails off and kept up with it, though. I'm going to be backing up another office soon (I know, what am I thinking??). My Facebook time is drastically cut down and I miss a day of blogging here and there, but getting out of debt and putting money away for retirement (if that ever happens) is more important. I've thought about stopping Facebook altogether because it seems I'm unable to stay out of a political fight if there is one to be had, which takes time, but I'm doing better at ignoring liberal stupidity and just letting it go. Besides, I love it when my nieces and cousins put pictures of their kids on there, that's the best part about Facebook. I never get tired of looking at kid pictures! I miss a lot since I don't have a lot of time to read everything, but at least I can make sure I see the important stuff. :-)

***Clintons report making $25 million for speeches since 2014. If that's what they reported, you can probably triple it in reality. First of all, I can't believe people actually pay good money to hear either one of them speak. Secondly, this is the woman traveling around the country eating burritos and pretending to be just a regular person. She's a leftist, Socialist, elitist, crooked snob who should be in jail, not running for President. That she is the best the Democrats can come up with speaks volumes.

***Yard sales, Cracker Barrel for breakfast, and Amish store this morning with my mom, sister, and two of my aunts. Really look forward to my Saturday mornings. I hope we don't get rained out.

***Somebody broke the dog...

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***Have you ever visited The Grommet? It's a website for unusual gadgets. They really have some interesting things.


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Follow the link for their stories.
 
***This Land is Your Land.  Good piece.
 
Most all major news outlets in America, if they even cover it, have couched the disturbance between the Bureau of Land Management and Cliven Bundy as one based on the Bundy Ranch refusing to pay for grazing rights on Federal property. Yet, a similar incident between the U.S. Forest Service and Kit Laney in New Mexico, in which the Forest Service claims part of the Laney Ranch is on Federal property, has the same basic principle at stake and it has nothing to do with grazing rights or boundary disputes. Those issues are moot points if we answer a more basic question; what legal authority and for what purpose does the Federal Government have to “own” property in the United States?

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Rules And Regulations

by Lewis Carroll

A short direction
To avoid dejection,
By variations
In occupations,
And prolongation
Of relaxation,
And combinations
Of recreations,
And disputation
On the state of the nation
In adaptation
To your station,
By invitations
To friends and relations,
By evitation
Of amputation,
By permutation
In conversation,
And deep reflection
You'll avoid dejection.
Learn well your grammar,
And never stammer,
Write well and neatly,
And sing most sweetly,
Be enterprising ,
Love early rising,
Go walk of six miles,
Have ready quick smiles,
With lightsome laughter,
Soft flowing after.
Drink tea, not coffee;
Never eat toffy.
Eat bread with butter.
Once more, don't stutter.
Don't waste your money,
Abstain from honey.
Shut doors behind you,
(Don't slam them, mind you.)
Drink beer, not porter.
Don't enter the water
Till to swim you are able.
Sit close to the table.
Take care of a candle.
Shut a door by the handle,
Don't push with your shoulder
Until you are older.
Lose not a button.
Refuse cold mutton.
Starve your canaries.
Believe in fairies.
If you are able,
Don't have a stable
With any mangers.
Be rude to strangers.

Moral: Behave.

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***Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.~ Oscar Wilde

***Have a great day!