Tuesday, June 30, 2015

You Guessed It...

***...I'm covered up. The good news is I was able to hire an experienced transcriptionist today, so once we get access for her to the recording system, etc., she can jump right in. I won't have to train her, which of course I have zero time to do. That makes 7 transcriptionists working for me, I'm beginning to feel like a conglomerate! :-)

***This is sickening, and a direct result of Barack Obama and the Democrats' race baiting, failed policies.


A group calling for the immediate disarmament of the New York Police Department plans to burn American flags in a Brooklyn park on Wednesday, just days before the Fourth of July holiday.
“Disarm NYPD” announced the “Burn the American Flags” event on Facebook, inviting individuals to join the organization at Fort Greene Park to “set fire to this symbol of oppression.”
An American flag burns during a 2011 protest in Pakistan. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
An American flag burns during a 2011 protest in Pakistan. (ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Organizers said accused Charleston shooter Dylann Roof wasn’t an “isolated actor,” but a “product of a consistent pattern of state-sponsored terrorism and radicalized dehumanization in America.” The event originally was aimed at burning the Confederate flag, but later changed to focus on the stars and stripes.
“There will be no peace until we tear down this system of oppression,” the group wrote on Facebook. “It isn’t enough to take the flag down; we must put an end to white supremacy once and for all.”

 Hey, guys, don't forget to go pick your EBT cards up after the rally.

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

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Words From the Fathers

***I'll let them say it. 

James Madison
“The powers properly belonging to one of the departments ought not to be directly and completely administered by either of the other departments. It is equally evident, that none of them ought to possess, directly or indirectly, an overruling influence over the others, in the administration of their respective powers. It will not be denied, that power is of an encroaching nature, and that it ought to be effectually restrained from passing the limits assigned to it.
The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”
John Adams
“A question arises whether all the powers of government, legislative, executive, and judicial, shall be left in this body? I think a people cannot be long free, nor ever happy, whose government is in one Assembly.”
Thomas Jefferson
“[N]othing in the Constitution has given [the judiciary] a right to decide for the Executive, more than to the executive to decide for them. Both magistracies are equally independent in the sphere of action assigned to them… the opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional, and what are not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action, but for the Legislature & Executive also, in their spheres, would make the judiciary a despotic branch.”
Alexander Hamilton
“[A] limited Constitution … can be preserved in practice no other way than through the medium of courts of justice, whose duty it must be to declare all acts contrary to the manifest tenor of the Constitution void. Without this, all the reservations of particular rights or privileges would amount to nothing … To deny this would be to affirm … that men acting by virtue of powers may do not only what their powers do not authorize, but what they forbid.”

They would be utterly horrified at what the government of this country has become.

The Founding Fathers - artist unknown


***The dignity of Charleston flies in the face of the Left's uninformed, anti-South bigotry. Great piece by Jonah Goldberg. You won't see this comparison made in the media. Look at the difference in the way Ferguson and Baltimore were handled thanks to race pimps and violence hustlers compared to Charleston, who weren't interested in their tactics, but kept their focus on God. Big, big difference. You would think that would be news, wouldn't you? Unfortunately, not if it doesn't fit the narrative.

"Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us,” the Reverend Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic. Not being a Christian, I can only marvel at the dignity and courage of the victims’ relatives who forgave the shooter. If I could ever manage such a thing, it would probably take me decades. It took them little more than a day. Less shocking, but almost as uplifting, was the conduct of the broader Charleston community, which has been unified and dignified, despite the expectations of some in the media — and the accused gunman, who had singled out Charleston because of its success at racial integration. And this points to Goff being right, not just about Charleston but about the South in general.

 ***Wal-Mart wouldn't bake this customer a Confederate-themed cake, but it DID bake him a cake with the ISIS terrorist group flag on it. With this kind of ignorance, America's days are numbered.

ISIS cake


***I woke up with atrial fibrillation last night, I've only done that twice. Kinda scary, actually. Finally got back to sleep about 2:00 a.m. This morning I feel groggy and tired. Like I have time for this...!



“Ultimately, however, no court can change the eternal truth that marriage is, and always has been, between a man and a woman. Regardless of today’s decision, Focus on the Family will continue to address the importance of one man, one woman marriage to families, society and especially for children who have a right to both a mother and a father. We praise God for the opportunity to shine a light on His divine plan for the family during the years ahead.
“In the days to come, we must remember to season our words with salt. It’s time to be a light in these dark times. It is not time to be combative and caustic. Now, more than ever, we must emulate Jesus Christ. We must continue to show that loving kindness as we talk with our neighbors and friends who see this issue differently.”

Amen. I'm having a little trouble with that last part.

***Oh my...

hot in texas



***"The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite." - James Madison, 1788

***Have a great day!
 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Scathing, Biting, and Completely Accurate

***From Antonin Scalia's dissent in the disastrous King v. Burwell decision:

1. “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare … [T]his Court’s two decisions on the Act will surely be remembered through the years … And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”
2. “This case requires us to decide whether someone who buys insurance on an Exchange established by the Secretary gets tax credits. You would think the answer would be obvious—so obvious there would hardly be a need for the Supreme Court to hear a case about it.”
3. “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’”
4. “Under all the usual rules of interpretation, in short, the Government should lose this case. But normal rules of interpretation seem always to yield to the overriding principle of the present Court: The Affordable Care Act must be saved.”
5. “The Court interprets §36B to award tax credits on both federal and state Exchanges. It accepts that the ‘most natural sense’ of the phrase ‘Exchange established by the State’ is an Exchange established by a State. (Understatement, thy name is an opinion on the Affordable Care Act!) Yet the opinion continues, with no semblance of shame, that ‘it is also possible that the phrase refers to all Exchanges—both State and Federal. (Impossible possibility, thy name is an opinion on the Affordable Care Act!)’”
6. “Perhaps sensing the dismal failure of its efforts to show that ‘established by the State’ means ‘established by the State or the Federal Government,’ the Court tries to palm off the pertinent statutory phrase as “inartful drafting.’ This Court, however, has no free-floating power ‘to rescue Congress from its drafting errors.’”
7. “The Court’s decision reflects the philosophy that judges should endure whatever interpretive distortions it takes in order to correct a supposed flaw in the statutory machinery. That philosophy ignores the American people’s decision to give Congress ‘[a]ll legislative Powers’ enumerated in the Constitution. They made Congress, not this Court, responsible for both making laws and mending them.”
8. “More importantly, the Court forgets that ours is a government of laws and not of men. That means we are governed by the terms of our laws, not by the unenacted will of our lawmakers. ‘If Congress enacted into law something different from what it intended, then it should amend the statute to conform to its intent.’ In the meantime, this Court ‘has no roving license … to disregard clear language simply on the view that … Congress ‘must have intended’ something broader.”
9. “Rather than rewriting the law under the pretense of interpreting it, the Court should have left it to Congress to decide what to do about the Act’s limitation of tax credits to state Exchanges.”


Not much you can add to that. He is correct, and I fear America is in a death spiral. The Court is obviously corrupted, and cannot be trusted to interpret the Constitution rather than legislate from the bench. It's a sad day.

***To deepen my depression today, the Supreme Court has made up another right just as it made up the right to have an abortion. Now, same sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, the will of the people be damned. States rights and the rule of law are dead.

Pastors will soon be forced to perform these "marriages," you know that's next. All of that "live and let live" crap gays always spout no longer applies now that they have gotten their way. You will be forced to accept them, or you will be punished.

Come, Lord Jesus.

***
There is a contest old as Eden, which still goes on - the conflict between right and wrong, between error and truth. In this conflict every human being has a part.

 
***Have a great day! And pray for our nation.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dilemma

***I have some new clients and my already too busy day is even busier now. I've been thinking about giving up my blog and closing out of Facebook. Thing is, working so many hours here at home, those two things are my links to the outside world. I miss a lot on Facebook because there's no way I can read all of that content, but I do seek out the posts from my family and friends whom I know post pictures and updates that I'm interested in. Plus, I really enjoy writing in my blog. I wish I had more time to really write, rather than just give short opinions and thoughts because I'm always in a hurry to get back to my clients. I'm very happy that business is good, and even happier that I can provide an income to the girls who work for me, all of whom are fantastic. I am so fortunate to have them. I get a bit tired of spending so many hours working, but there will come a time when school loans and other bills are paid off, and I'll figure out a way to work fewer hours. For now, I'm going to keep my blog and Facebook because I really don't want to give them up, but I may find that I have no choice eventually.

***Is he serious? Obama is forwarding a policy to pay ransom to terrorists? This is brazen, even for him.

The Obama administration was accused Wednesday of giving terrorists an incentive to kidnap as it unveiled a hostage policy overhaul allowing families of U.S. hostages to pay ransom -- and allowing the U.S. government to help families communicate with captors.
"This doesn't fix anything," Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., a leading critic of the administration's hostage policy, told Fox News. "The money that we're going to be paying ISIS is going to be used to buy arms and to buy equipment to fight Americans and to fight the Iraqis."
But the White House said the changes are being unveiled with the families and victims in mind.
"We're not going to abandon you. We're going to stand by you," Obama said of hostages' families, speaking at the White House on Wednesday.
The policy review was formally released shortly before noon, and includes a host of changes beyond the clarifications on ransom discussions -- notably, the creation of a new bureaucratic structure for handling hostage cases.

You've never stood by anyone in the military in your life. I firmly believe this is just a way he has found to use taxpayer dollars to fund terrorism AGAINST THE UNITED STATES. If that is not aiding and comforting the enemy, I don't know what is.

***White House blames white male resentment for Obama's failures on guns, race. Oh, of course. Nothing is ever your fault, is it? What a petulant, whining child.

We get an insight into the thinking of the president and his party from a WaPo piece on his many frustrations with his administration’s failures on gun control and race relations:

“‘If you are a white man in America, this country is changing dramatically. You have always been in charge,’ said a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity [to] be candid. ‘So there is something to white men feeling like something has been taken away from them.’”

Not one in 1,000 white males cares about the presence of a Confederate war monument on the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse. Not one in 1 million would share the racist worldview of the Charleston killer. The overwhelming majority are focused on keeping themselves and their families afloat in the face of enormous challenges.

But focusing on them as villains is revealing and attributing the resistance to gun control and other issues as a personal response to Obama’s African heritage is an unintentionally damning revelation.

There’s nothing the president can do about the real issues, so finding and blaming a boogeyman becomes job one.

***Okay, now that's funny right there...

Donald trump running for president


***One-liners:

  1. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
  2. Britain has invented a new missile. It's called the civil servant - it doesn't work and it can't be fired.
  3. I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
  4. Marriage is an institution in which a man loses his bachelor's degree and the woman gets her master's.
  5. Confucius say, 'Man who sinks into woman's arms; Soon has his arms in woman's sink.'
  6. I intend to live forever - so far so good.

***Liberals are gonna hate this, but they'll lie about it and just keep pushing all this "green" baloney:

Electric cars are worse for the environment per mile than comparable gasoline-powered cars, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. This contradicts the common assumption that electric cars are cleaner. In spite of this, the federal government still pays $7,500 for every electric car purchased — a subsidy the nation would be better off without, say the authors.
The study was authored by four economics and business professors: Stephen Holland (University of North Carolina, Greensboro), Erin Mansur (Dartmouth College), Nicholas Muller (Middlebury College) and Andrew Yates (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).
In monetary terms, electric cars are about half-a-cent worse per mile for the environment than gas-powered cars, on average. This means that if a government wants to tax a car based on how much it pollutes, electric cars should be taxed half of one cent more per mile driven than gasoline cars.

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***The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own.You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny. ~~ Albert Ellis

***Have a great day!

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Texas Barn Find

***Remember that story about the old cars a couple had collected that had been in a barn for over 40 years? Well, they sold them at auction. You won't believe the prices some of them fetched.

The 1908 REO was up first. The car is unique in that its three-person back seat can be removed and replaced with a wooden rear section, turning it from a five-person touring convertible into a two-person boattail. When the hammer came down, it had been sold for $104,500 (which includes a 10-percent buyer’s premium).
The ’23 Milburn, one of only three in existence, went next. It was built during the company’s final year, before General Motors bought their competition and dismantled the factory. Like the REO, the Milburn cruised past its pre-auction estimate, selling for $165,000.
The three Cadillacs followed -- $308,000 for the ’32 Victoria; $55,000 for the ’33 Town Coupe; and $46,750 for the ’38 Limousine. The ’37 Kozy Coach also found a new home for $66,000.

Neat story about the couple who had them.

***Well, it took me a week, but I wanted to share with you some of what James preached on Sunday before yesterday. One of the verses in the text was a familiar one, from 1 John 4:4:

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

That is a very comforting verse. There is so much evil in the world, and there always has been. It's wonderful to know that no matter what is gong on, God is greater than whatever it is, and the victory will be ours in the end. James gave us these reminders:

*There is no temptation greater than the power of the Holy Spirit.
*There is no diagnosis greater than the comfort and provision of the Holy Spirit.
*There is no Satanic deceit greater than the life-giving truth of the Holy Spirit.
*There is no circumstance greater than the wisdom of the Holy Spirit.
*There is no life journey greater than the sustaining strength of the Holy Spirit.
*There is no rebellious, stony heart greater than the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

Great words to memorize and remind ourselves with on a daily basis. 

***Cheap, must-see attractions in all 50 states. In case you haven't planned your vacation yet. 

***Surprise!!!

cute dogs gifs Surprise!


***Royal Caribbean building world's largest cruise ship. Wow.

When it's done, it will have 16 decks, encompass 227,000 gross registered tons and measure over 1,187 feet—164 feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower.
According to Royal Caribbean, the ship will have seven neighborhoods, including Central Park, Boardwalk, the Royal Promenade, the Pool and Sports Zone and and Youth Zone, with the capacity to carry over 5,400 and 2,747 staterooms.

***Great American Patriot Molly Pitcher.

Mary Ludwig Hays' noble selfless actions in the Battle of Monmouth during American Revolution earned her the endearing name of Molly Pitcher by the American troops she was aiding . . . She was and remains a Great American Patriot!And the best way to honor Molly Pitcher (1744–1832) is the following account of her efforts during the Battle of Monmouth...
Molly Pitcher's fame began two years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the American Colonies. The fight for independence had yet to take a favorable turn toward the Colonials. As the war continued, 28 June 1778 proved to be another day of fighting with stories of bravery.
Monmouth rocked with musket and gun fire. The colonial cannon line under General Stirling aimed the barrels of its guns straight down on the British Redcoats as they attempted to cross a causeway. Stirling's left-wing cannons bought time for General Washington to take command and regroup General Lee's scattered forces. The gun line met the demands of the mission.
The heat of June 1778 soared to 96 degrees as the guns barked at the British. The cannon barrels smoked, and men fell from heatstroke.
In this stifling heat, a woman, Mary Ludwig Hays, walked back and forth from a well (or possibly a nearby
creek) carrying water to the hot men and smoldering guns. Her husband, William Hays, manned one of the valuable cannons. They were making a difference by holding the causeway.
Great American Patriot Badge Sample - smallAs American men fell from wounds and heat, the woman's bucket of water (or "pitcher") became precious. The men among the cannons began to call her ... Molly Pitcher. A large woman, she reportedly carried wounded men away from the line to shade trees as she made her trip back to the well.
During one of her many returns to the line, she saw her husband fall. A Colonial officer ordered his gun moved to the rear to make room on the line; he had no one left to man it. But Molly Pitcher stepped forward to keep her husband's gun roaring - every cannon was important.

As if she had been trained for the task, Molly kept the cannon booming. The artillerymen around her noticed her swift, accurate action in keeping the gun firing. No longer were they asking for water from her; she had become one of them - a gunner. The tale of her efforts passed among the men that evening, and as each gunner spoke, the story's details changed.

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***It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried. ~~ Sir Winston Churchill

***Have a great day!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Remember the Outcry?

***Remember when liberals were keeping track of every dollar spent on the War on Terror when Bush was in office? We got into a war we couldn't pay for (as if liberals are ever worried about what something costs), how it caused the recession, how irresponsible Bush was, blah blah blah? They certainly are strangely silent about this: We have spent billions on the war against ISIS, and by the president's own admission we don't even have a strategy.

Despite mounting concerns in Congress over the Obama administration's strategy for defeating the Islamic State, the U.S. already has spent billions on the war -- with recent Pentagon figures showing just how costly and complicated the operation has become. 
A Pentagon breakdown shows the military has spent more than $2.74 billion on the fight against ISIS, amounting to about $9.1 million a day, from August 2014 through early June 2015. The breakdown of operational costs is only part of the picture. Pentagon officials testified to Congress earlier this week that the military's training and airstrike missions make up just two planks of the administration's nine-point strategy for confronting ISIS -- a strategy that involves several other departments.
But, even as lawmakers continue to debate the legality and funding for the war, the billions already spent may be just a drop in the bucket. Administration officials acknowledge a years-long effort ahead. "Nobody said this is going to be easy," State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters this week. "We've long said three-to-five years, and I think we still hold to that."

I remember Bush calling for patience, warning that the War on Terror was going to take time, and I also remember the liberals wailing and howling about it. The biggest difference is we actually made progress in the War on Terror. Now, Obama and the Democrats are spending more while squandering what our military fought so hard for during Bush's tenure. The hypocrisy of the Left is jaw dropping.

***In yet another example of what passes for debate to a liberal, I got into a "discussion" regarding Obama using the recent church shooting not to mourn, but to further his gun-grabbing agenda. One of the Einsteins in the thread called me a white supremacist. Sometimes all you can do is watch what they post, shake your head, and laugh at them. Discussion usually is not possible.

***Well, I didn't want to get up at 4:00 a.m. on a Saturday, but I have a lot to do today! Lots of transcription, as usual, and company coming tomorrow so that means cleaning today. First, though, I'll pick up the Golden Girls and do our breakfast/yard sale/Amish store run. Didn't get to do it last week because of our yard sale. On another note, doggone if it's not raining again. We're gonna have to grow flippers soon.

***Mona Charen says bumping Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill is arrogant, ignorant, and stupid. I agree. 

Here’s the arrogance: The Treasury Department is downgrading Hamilton, without whom there might not be a United States currency, just because they yearn to check a “diversity” box, and without consulting the American people. Hamilton was a poor kid from the West Indies who immigrated to New York, joined the patriot army at age 17 or 18 and organized an artillery company, became an aide to General George Washington, authored more than half of the Federalist Papers, and served as first Treasury Secretary of the United States where he structured the finances of our infant republic so that we didn’t drown in debt. He was also a fierce opponent of slavery.

Read the whole thing. This racism, sexism, drama-ism stuff is really out of hand. Everybody's looking for something to be offended about.

***Ready for the day!

cute dogs image Allllmost Ready for Work 
 
***The church massacre that ended differently. You didn't see much about this on the news, did you?
 
 A former police officer, Assam, 42, was on security duty Sunday morning at New Life Church here. Hours earlier, a 24-year-old who had been rejected from a missionary school in a Denver suburb had shot and killed two staffers there. Now he was spraying New Life's parking lot with gunfire and pushing through the doors to the sanctuary.

Assam hid and inched toward the gunman, Matthew Murray, as dozens of terrified worshipers fled. She waited until he got close enough, revealed herself, aimed her pistol and fired. Murray dropped to the ground. He was carrying an assault rifle, two pistols and a backpack holding more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

"I just prayed to the Holy Spirit to guide me," Assam said at a packed news conference Monday. "I give the credit to God. This has got to be God, because of the firepower he had versus what I have."

Right. So if we take guns out of the hands of people like this former police officer, everything will be fine! Liberal logic.

***

Reassurance by Alison Stormwolf


reassuranceYou are loved
Let the realisation settle on you
As the dew in the morning
Refreshes the flower

You are loved
Let the comfort of the knowledge
Enfold you in warmth
Like a soft blanket
You are loved
Let the truth strengthen your heart
A strong shield
Against life's blows
You are loved
In the darkest night
In the bleakest dawn
When your soul cries out
In pain or doubt
NEVER fear
You ARE loved

© Alison Stormwolf



***Gold Medals or Gold Stars?

This is a good one.

***Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn

***Have a great day!

Can you identify this person?
Bruce Jenner Vanity Fair
What about this one?
Major General Harold Greene
One of these individuals is revered as a hero for sacrificing his life for the freedom of the other to wear a dress and a wig. You probably could easily identify the first image of Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner, but the second may have presented a challenge. Major General Harold Greene is the highest-ranking officer killed in combat since 1970. A two-star U.S. Army general, Greene was shot to death in August 2014 in one of the bloodiest insider attacks of the Afghanistan war when a gunman dressed as an Afghan soldier turned on allied troops.Neither President Obama nor Vice President Biden attended the funeral of Major General Greene.
However, President Obama’s official twitter account tweeted that “it [took] courage to share your story” quoting Caitlyn Jenner’s first tweet where Caitlyn “introduces herself” to the world.
And therein lies the problem.
- See more at: http://www.cwfa.org/gold-medals-or-gold-stars/#sthash.a6K5GRJv.dpu

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Pathetic, As Usual

***Obama used the tragedy of the church shooting in South Carolina to advance his gun grabbing agenda. What a surprise.

"Let's be clear —this kind of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries," he said. "It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. It is in our power to do something about it. I say that recognizing the politics in this town. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it. At some point it is going to be important for the American people to come to grips with it and shift how we deal with gun violence collectively."

What? There's no violence like this in other "advanced" countries? Really? Ever hear of Charlie Hebdo, Mr. President? You're acting less and less like an American president and more and more like a fringe lefty group president. I'm sure MoveOn.org will need an agitator like you after Jan. 2016.

No doubt had guns been illegal, this nutjob wouldn't have had one, right? Perhaps if a couple of churchgoers had guns on them, there would have been less bloodshed.

***
Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail


***New Clinton phrase for tax increases, "Revenue Enhancements."

***McDonald's to shrink for first time in 40 years.


***
A suspected car thief was tracked down by police after he left his false teeth at the crime scene. Police say Wojtek Lekowsky, 54, broke into a car in Czarna Dabrowka in northwest Poland and stole a stereo, but lost his teeth when he tried to make a quick getaway after the car alarm went off reports the Digital Journal.
He was tracked down using dental records and police charged him with robbery. Police spokesman Roman Krakowiak reported, 'He tried to tell us that while the false teeth were his, they had been stolen from him. He had not been anywhere near the car at the time of the theft, but we knew he was lying through his dentures.'

***
if you ever feel stupid


***Never promise more than you can perform. ~~ Publilius Syrus

(Should have thought of the above before I took on these new clients...)

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wow!

***Gonna have to be another quick blog entry. I have some really good material to share, but I want to be able to do it justice and I'm just too squeezed to do it today! I have a couple of new clients, so if you think I was busy before... :-)

***Million dollar one person companies?

It can still be done in America. If we don't wake up soon, though, the opportunities are going to be less and less.

For most aspiring entrepreneurs, starting a solo business that generates $1 million or more is a fantasy. But a small but growing number of people bring in sales in that ballpark before they hire a single employee. According to the U.S.Census Bureau, there were 30,174 “nonemployer” firms—those that employ only the owners--that logged $1 million to $2,499,999 in 2013. What’s the secret of these ultra-lean businesses? “Learning as much as you can,” says Rachel Charlupski, founder of The Babysitting Company, a babysitting network in 13 cities with seven figure revenue. Many of the entrepreneurs behind them are avid students of strategies like automation and hiring independent contractors that keep their businesses pared down and are fans of gurus like Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek.

Interesting piece.

***I like this...




***U.S. Debt has worsened dramatically. Yet, get into a debate with a liberal, and they'll tell you that the economy is better under Obama. Now THAT'S denial.

"The long-term outlook for the federal budget has worsened dramatically over the past several years, in the wake of the 2007-2009 recession and slow recovery," the Congressional Budget Office reported in its long-term budget outlook for 2015 released Tuesday.

***Southern Baptists are standing firm on gay marriage.


Prepare for civil disobedience.
That’s the message one prominent pastor is sending to some 16 million members of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas, said American Christians should be prepared for massive fallout if the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex unions.
“We want to stay in the system,” Graham told me in a telephone interview. “We want to work in the system. We want to support our government. We want to obey its laws.”
But.
“But there’s a coming a day, I believe, that many Christians personally and churches corporately will need to practice civil disobedience on this issue.”

***I will not allow yesterday's success to lull me into today's complacency, for this is the great foundation of failure. ~~ Og Mandino

***Have a great day!
 

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Flag Day

***Busy day, but I wanted to be sure and acknowledge Flag Day. There are way too many people in this country who disrespect the flag and/or are ignorant of what it stands for. The same people stomping on it are taking advantage of EBT cards and other government handouts, I guarantee it. The sad thing is they have no idea of the hypocrisy.

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.
On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.
Following the suggestion of Colonel J Granville Leach (at the time historian of the Pennsylvania Society of the Sons of the Revolution), the Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America on April 25, 1893 adopted a resolution requesting the mayor of Philadelphia and all others in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th. Leach went on to recommend that thereafter the day be known as 'Flag Day', and on that day, school children be assembled for appropriate exercises, with each child being given a small Flag.

More at the link. I'd be willing to bet there is hardly a passing mention of Flag Day in our public schools today.

Flag Day Poems

Long may she wave!

***We are still in the 1 John series, and James is doing a wonderful job of explaining the assurance of our salvation, and how to recognize false teachers/teachings. Part of the text today was 1 John 4:4:

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

This is a good thing for me to remember when I get so disappointed/anxious/angry about what is going on in the world today. James pointed out that the world is acting as it always has and always will. We will always be hated and/or ridiculed for our faith, because they will not understand it until they yield to the Holy Spirit and open their eyes to the truth. We just have to keep praying for that, and understanding that ultimately, we have the victory. 

Did you know the Greek word for "overcome" is "nike?" Bet you've heard that before. :-)

***"There is nothing virtuous about being offended." Oh, so many liberals need to realize that.


Self-censorship or forced censorship on college campuses is growing, with recent instances of progressive speech suppression ranging from protests against Bill Maher at Berkeley to Brandeis University’s reneging on the conferral of an honorary doctorate to the Somali-born feminist and ex-Muslim Ayaan Hirsi Ali over their criticism of Islam. Rejecting the accusations of racism leveled at Hirsi Ali, McEwan forcefully expounded that “all thought systems, all claims to truth — especially the grand claims to truth — must be open to criticism, satire, even, sometimes, mockery.”

Too many are willing to trade liberty for the false promise of a utopia where no one is ever offended. Hopefully these weenie liberal college kids will get out in the real world and realize it's time to grow up and get over themselves.

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Yup. I just went through the drive through at Arby's for mom after church, got her coffee, and took off without her sandwich. Fortunately I remembered right away and went back and got it. Pretty sad.

***Clinton campaign staffers make RNC staffers turn "Stop Hillary" T-shirts inside out. Well, Hillary's not a big fan of the 1st Amendment, you know.

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  • Two fish swim into a concrete wall.
    The one turns to the other and says 'Dam!'
  • Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. 
    The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent.
  • I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day. But I couldn't find any.
  • 'Deja Moo': The feeling that you've heard this bull before.
 
 ar ar ar...


 
 

 
 
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"Use the Force, Fluffy!"
 
Jedi Cat

***If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him - it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known - the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties.  ~Henry Ward Beecher
 
***Have a great day!
 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Whew!

***Well, we pulled it off. It has been an unbelievably busy week, but we got a lot of yard sale stuff together and it has been a great success this morning! I'd say we've sold about 75% of what we had out there. I price low so we're not getting rich, but I got a little more of the garage cleaned out. The best part is talking with the people who come in. Lots of nice people come by, everyone today has been very friendly and fun to talk to. Two of our neighbors also had sales today, so we've been walking over to each other's sales, talking, and just having a good time together. It has been a really nice day, too. Mark's holding down the fort now, I have to get some work done!

***Hillary Clinton lies through her speech today in New York. She's still trying to sell the "I"m for the little guy" image, and believe or not, there are thousands of fools who believe her.

Marc Markley of New York said he showed up at 2:30 a.m. and waited in the dark for the gates to open, with only a police officer for company.
"I was about to fall asleep earlier, but now it's totally worth it," he said. "I can't wait to get inside."

 You blithering idiot. How can you support such a corrupt, crooked, evil person?

***Dallas Police Headquarters attacked. Brought to you by Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Barack Obama.

A police sniper shot a cornered suspect in an overnight attack on the Dallas Police Department's headquarters, and authorities were checking Saturday to see if he was alive or dead. The sniper shot the man following a standoff of several hours in a restaurant parking lot in the suburb of Hutchins, where he had fled in a van after the early-morning shootout outside of police headquarters near downtown Dallas, Dallas police Chief David Brown said at a news conference.
Investigators found a package containing pipe bombs near the headquarters building and the suspect told police negotiators that he had "C4" explosives in the van, Brown said. The chief said police were using a camera-equipped robot to inspect the van and to try to determine if the suspect was alive or dead.

 Better hope the police sniper is not white and the suspect is not black, or there will be riots and shouts of Black Lives Matter!

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Please Stop Singing



***Just FYI:

Q. I've noticed that after I do a search with Google, the ads on Google's pages, and other sites, are related to what I searched for. Is Google tracking and storing my information?

A. Of course! Google records everything you do with its services, from searches and locations (Google Maps) to the videos you watch (YouTube), and it even reads your email (Gmail). It uses this information to "customize" your searches and the ads you see. You can see the search and browsing history Google has stored on you at history.google.com. Click here to learn how you can wipe the information Google records and stop it from recording your information in the future.
 
 
***Obama says voting again on the trade bill "the right thing to do." As if he knows. His resounding defeat is an embarrassment, but you'll never know that from the news coverage.
 
 
I gotta admit, I've never seen a double barreled pistol.

Whether it's a gimmick or a gun you just have to own, these double-barreled .45 ACP 1911 pistols made by Arsenal Firearms pack some serious punch. 
 
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Yup - you look fat in that   from this angle, too.
 
 

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Winners embrace hard work. They love the discipline of it, the trade-off they're making to win. Losers, on the other hand, see it as punishment. And that's the difference. ~~ Lou Holtz

***Have a great day!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

***I'm sure you've heard about the Al Sharpton/Tawana Brawley fiasco back in the 80s. They both lied through their teeth, and the loathsome Sharpton still dares call himself a "reverend." I will never attach that title to him. They should both have been thrown in jail, yet MSNBC gave this professional liar and race baiter his own show. His actions led to the death of seven people in the Freddie Fashion Mart protests. Why does anyone listen to this man? I have yet to figure that out.

Follow the link and read. Unbelievable.

More recently, there have been many instances of black people smearing racist taunts on their property, only to be found out later to have been done by themselves in order to cry racism. This kind of behavior is also partly the fault of vermin like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.

Here's a story I read just this morning: "Civil Rights Leader Disguised Herself as Black When She is Actually White."

Do they ever apologize? Of course not! They rationalize, lie, and pervert the truth to try to squirm out of it. Yet, they are celebrated by many blacks as examples to look up to. No wonder we're in such a mess race-wise. It's EXACTLY what these people want. Chaos.

***Well, thanks for the reminder:  WHO warns: Don't Drink Camel Urine.


***18 awesome things that were invented by mistake.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

In 1930, Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn, just wanted to make some chocolate cookies, but discovered she was out of baker’s chocolate. As a substitute she broke sweetened Nestle chocolate into small pieces and added them to the cookie dough. She expected the chocolate to melt, making chocolate cookies, but the little bits stuck.
At the time, she called them “Toll House Crunch Cookies” and they became extremely popular locally. Because her cookies increased sales in Nestle’s semi-sweet chocolate bars, Andrew Nestle and Wakefield came to an agreement that they would print the recipe on it’s package and she would be given a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate.

Slinky

In 1943, Richard Jones, a naval engineer, was trying to figure out a way to employ springs aboard navy ships to keep sensitive instruments from bouncing around. He accidentally dropped one of them, and to his amusement — and that of kids everywhere for generations to come — the spring immediately righted itself and landed upright on the floor.
Since then, kids everywhere have enjoyed playing with what is now known as the “Slinky,” named for a widely-used synonym for “sleek and graceful,” but also as a verbalization of the sound the toy made.


Velcro

Swiss engineer George de Mestral was on a hunting trip with his dog when he noticed how burrs would stick to its fur. When he got home, he put them under a microscope and saw all the small hooks that enabled the seed-bearing burr to cling so viciously to the tiny loops in the fabric of his pants.
This inspired him to design a unique, two-sided fastener, one side with stiff hooks like the burrs and the other side with soft loops like the fabric of his pants, to rival the zipper in its ability to fasten.
He named it “Velcro” — a combination of the words velour and crochet.


Follow the link for more.

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***George Mason

During these years Mason also pursued his political interests. He was a justice of the Fairfax County court, and between 1754 and 1779 Mason was a trustee of the city of Alexandria. In 1759 he was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses. When the Stamp Act of 1765 aroused outrage in the colonies, George Mason wrote an open letter explaining the colonists' position to a committee of London merchants to enlist their support.
In 1774 Mason again was in the forefront of political events when he assisted in drawing up the Fairfax Resolves, a document that outlined the colonists' constitutional grounds for their objections to the Boston Port Act. Virginia's Declaration of Rights, framed by Mason in 1776, was widely copied in other colonies, served as a model for Jefferson in the first part of the Declaration of Independence, and was the basis for the federal Constitution's Bill of Rights.
The years between 1776 and 1780 were filled with great legislative activity. The establishment of a government independent of Great Britain required the abilities of persons such as George Mason. He supported the disestablishment of the church and was active in the organization of military affairs, especially in the West. The influence of his early work, Extracts from the Virginia Charters, is seen in the 1783 peace treaty with Great Britain, which fixed the Anglo-American boundary at the Great Lakes instead of the Ohio River. After independence, Mason drew up the plan for Virginia's cession of its western lands to the United States.


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MyThighs

They may go down in history
for their gigantic size.
I may exercise until I hurt,
but still, like lard, my thighs!

Does their chubbiness delight you?
Must you laugh like you were smashed?
'Cause I walk like I've got saddlebags
That are surgically attached.

Just like yeasty rising dough
expanding to twice its size,
all dimpled, white and jiggly:
Ugh! My thighs!

Would you rather see me slender,
with my legs so long and lithe
and a shapely turn of ankle?
Believe me, so would I!

Does their wide girth make you giggle?
You shouldn't laugh so hard,
'cause it looks like you are stowing
baggage in your own backyard.

I may try liposuction
or diet until I die.
I may do step aerobics,
but still, so fat, my thighs!

Are you humored by the friction
of the rubbing of my thighs?
Do you fear I'll start combusting
right before your very eyes?

Peeking out from the edge of cut-off shorts:
My thighs
Flaring up from calves that look like storks:
My thighs
I'm a beached whale, washed in by the tide.
Stuck in the mud, 'cause my rear end's too wide.

Leaving behind dreams of corduroy,
My thighs
Soft talcum powder - their only joy,
My thighs
These are the genes my ancestors gave:
stout trunks that take many hours to shave.
My thighs
My thighs
My thighs!

Copyright; Juliana Taliaferro
Email: julianatalia@ivillage.com
Web Site: http://pages.ivillage.com/julianatalia/julianacreates


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***About the only thing that comes to us without effort is old age. ~~ Gloria Pitzer

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Today in History

***Saw this at National Review:

JUNE 10, 1692: Bridget Bishop is hanged in Salem, Mass., in the first execution of the region’s notorious witch trials. Fear had swept the small village earlier in the year when two children began exhibiting strange symptoms and were compelled to accuse those who had allegedly afflicted them with witchcraft. After three other young women are charged and begin naming names, the circle of alleged witches quickly widens to more than 150 people. Bishop would become the first to face a trial, having been accused by the largest number of alleged victims — and having what some considered low moral character. In all 19 women and men are executed before the inquiry and trials are halted by Governor William Phipps.

 
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God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty. —1 Corinthians 1:27
Fanny Kemble was a British actress who moved to America in the early 1800s and married a southern plantation owner named Pierce Butler. Fanny enjoyed the life afforded by the wealth of the plantation, until she saw the cost of that luxury—a cost paid by the slaves who worked her husband’s plantations.
Having written a memoir of the cruel treatment slaves often suffered, Kemble was eventually divorced from her husband. Her writings were widely circulated among abolitionists and published in 1863 as Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838–1839. Because of her opposition to slavery, the former wife of a slave owner became known as “The Unlikely Abolitionist.”
In the body of Christ, God often wonderfully surprises us. He regularly uses the unlikely—people and circumstances—to accomplish His purposes. Paul wrote, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen” (1 Cor. 1:27-28).
This reminds us that God, in His grace, can use anyone. If we will allow His work to be done in us, we might be surprised at what He can do through us!
 
 
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a dog watching netflix
 

***Gotta get back to work - what a week!

***The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family. ~Thomas Jefferson
 
***Have a great day!