Sunday, August 30, 2015

Just a few...

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

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

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

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

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

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

***This is good...

parenting advice

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

***Have a great day!

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

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Crazy, Out-of-Control Government

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

A couple of excerpts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

kolb – open garage, light flag front 285

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

American Giant

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

finally happy

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

***Have a great day!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Just Imagine...

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

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

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

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

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

fun fact

***Today in history:

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


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

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

Follow the link for the whole story.

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

wedding cake

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

At It Again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

tiny little paw

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

Sunday, August 23, 2015


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

***Most in Show. Great story!

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

Follow the link for the whole story.

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

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

And now you know.

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

indoor mall slide


Everyone grumbled. The sky was grey.
We had nothing to do and nothing to say.
We were nearing the end of a dismal day,
And then there seemed to be nothing beyond,
Daddy fell into the pond!

And everyone's face grew merry and bright,
And Timothy danced for sheer delight.
"Give me the camera, quick, oh quick!
He's crawling out of the duckweed!" Click!

Then the gardener suddenly slapped his knee,
And doubled up, shaking silently,
And the ducks all quacked as if they were daft,
And it sounded as if the old drake laughed.
Oh, there wasn't a thing that didn't respond
Daddy Fell into the pond!

Alfred Noyes  


***And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. ~~ Romans 8:28 KJV

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I Know Nothing!!

***Love this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Well said.

kids are weird

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

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

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

Love it!

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

pull the lever

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

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

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


Big Mary

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

you over slept

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

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


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

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

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

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

***Scott Walker shuts down hecklers.

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

I really like this guy.

Political Cartoons by Nate Beeler

 Yet another example of this administration's disastrous decisions.

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

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

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

***Get it??


***Fun little factoid:

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

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

***Have a great day!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Don't Get Your Hopes Up

***I see over the weekend they keep finding more incriminating evidence in Hillary's emails. Now, we all know what would have already happened if she were a Republican. I saw this story on Allahpundit:

Just in case you thought Hillary might be indicted, Obama spent the weekend socializing with her and Bill.Not just socializing, I should note, but socializing in public, an implicit reminder to the DOJ and intelligence community that Hillary Clinton’s prospects are important to him and his party. When was the last time the subject of an FBI investigation that’s on the front page of newspapers across the country got to party with the president the same week?

And their low information voters still love them.

***Had a wonderful day Saturday! Got to spend most of the day with Mark, Emily, & Johnathan. We got to see Johnny's new apartment, had lunch and Max & Erma's, then went shopping at Sam's Club. :-)

***Prosecuted ex-officials charge the Obama administration with "double standards" when it comes to Hillary Clinton's email scandal. Well come on guys, liberal double standards are certainly nothing new. I don't blame you for being upset, though. Look what they did to Petraeus, for far less.

Ex-officials who were prosecuted and had their lives upended for allegedly mishandling sensitive records are accusing the Obama administration of a "double-standard" in its approach to the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
This administration has charged more people under the Espionage Act, a World War I-era law once used to go after major breaches, than any other in history. While the FBI is looking into Clinton's server amid revelations of state secrets potentially passing through it, some critics -- including those charged under that act -- doubt the Democratic presidential candidate will get the same treatment.
Of course she won't.


***Racial relations are much worse under Barack Obama. And I posit that it is by design.

Why do polls show that racial relations have gotten much worse under Barack Obama, who won the White House with over 95% of the black — and 45% of the white — vote?
A recent New York Times/CBS News poll just revealed that about 60% of Americans feel race relations are not good. Some 40% think that they will become even worse. Yet when Obama was elected, 66% of those polled felt race relations were generally OK. All racial groups, according to recent polling, believe that Obama’s handling of racial relations has made things worse since 2009. Another recent Pew poll confirms these tensions, and suggests whites are now about as pessimistic as blacks.


(My budgie has recently started molting and is very irritable. This takes place over texting with my friend.)
Me: “Hey, [Friend], how do you make a budgie comfortable when they’re molting?”
Friend: “Try scratching her on the head or belly; it works with my one.”
Me: “Okay, I’ll give it a try.”
(I scratch my budgie.)
Budgie: “SQUAWK!”
Me: “I don’t think she liked that.”
Friend: “How can you tell? Budgies love that!”
Me: “I’m bleeding.”

***Are right and wrong convertible terms, dependent upon popular opinion? ~William Lloyd Garrison

***Have a great day!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Wise Words

***Ben Carson:

"I realize that the government can play a role in providing a social safety net, and it is one of the things that I really love about our country. But I am much more focused on how high we can rise than how far we can fall," writes Dr. Ben Carson. "The government has spent more than $19 trillion by some estimates on the 'war on poverty' since 1965. And yet the social pathologies plaguing our society are far worse today than they were when I was a child growing up in Detroit. This points to the fact that the progressive model has largely failed — and it is past time that we try something new."

Absolutely right. The Left hasn't been waging a war on poverty, they have been waging a war on poor people. I know I sound like a broken record, but their aim is to KEEP them there, give them just enough to be dependent on the government, then make the rules so that if they try to get out of their situation, they are punished. Most on government assistance are afraid, or unwilling, to try and lift themselves out of poverty because they will lose some or all of their government benefits. Some do that, there are those who have the will and courage to educate themselves and become self sufficient. But far, far more stay where they are, and vote for the candidates who promise to keep their assistance coming. That is not compassion, it's the opposite. Conservatives want to create a climate and economy that makes it easier for people to rise up out of poverty and take care of themselves. There is absolutely no doubt that people feel better about themselves if they're not dependent on others for their daily existence. This false compassion by the Left has destroyed more lives than any war has.

***Sometimes you just gotta shake your head in disbelief - Parents sue hospital for failed abortion. Their daughter is now 14.

***Well, I've been wanting to go to IKEA....but after this story I'm not so sure.

On Monday a 57-year-old Swedish woman and her 22-year-old son were reportedly stabbed and killed (one actually beheaded) by an Eritrean Muslim asylum seeker in the nation’s largest branch of IKEA.
Security camera footage from the brutal attack reportedly shows the 35-year-old man grabbing two knives from the kitchenware section just before two shoppers are attacked, according to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.
The Express reports the suspect had met with migration officials just hours before the attack, and was soon to be deported.
Too late for the woman and her son.
But not too late for IKEA to take bold and swift action.
The Swedish retailer announced it will, for the time being, no longer sell kitchen knives in the store.

This happened in Sweden, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if it happened here.

***Wow. I could get used to this:

Luxury Awaits in the Land of Awe ~ Soneva Fushi Resort in the Maldives


Havasu Falls, Arizona, USA

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***Just found this - I like it!

***Sanders drawing record crowds. That is every bit as disturbing as a Hillary Clinton run. What is wrong with people?

When Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders packed a Seattle arena last Saturday night with 15,000 people, it was the biggest rally of the early campaign season for either party.
But the record didn’t last long. The very next day, in Portland, Sanders almost doubled that. The crowd of 28,000 aging baby boomers and millennials ate up Sanders’ theme of income inequality.
“Almost all of the wealth is controlled by a handful of people, and together, we are going to change that,” Sanders roared, to thunderous applause.

Again I ask - how can people be so gullible?


In case you may be considering doing some camping this spring or summer, please note the following public service announcement:
In Alaska, tourists are warned to wear tiny bells on their clothing when hiking in bear country. The bells warn away MOST bears. Tourists are also cautioned to watch the ground on the trail, paying particular attention to bear droppings to be alert for the presence of Grizzly Bears.
One can tell a Grizzly dropping because it has tiny bells in it.

***Rejoice not at thine enemy's fall - but don't rush to pick him up either. ~~ Jewish proverb

***Have a great day!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Just Not Right

***The IRS seized $60,000 of this dairy farmer's money - for doing what the bank told him to do.

Randy Sowers built his dairy farm over three decades into a thriving business. After kick-starting with a $100,000 loan, today the South Mountain Creamery has 1,000 cows and 70 employees delivering milk, ice cream and other products to homes in the Washington, D.C., area.
But the Maryland farmer’s operation suffered a big setback when the IRS swooped in to seize tens of thousands of hard-earned dollars from his account, claiming he violated an obscure banking law.
And despite the federal agency all but admitting the law they used to seize the cash is flawed -- and at least one member of Congress calling the move unconstitutional -- Sowers is still fighting to get his money back.
“We work hard for what we get, and the government can just come in and take that. It's not what it's supposed to be,” Sowers told Fox News.

The IRS should be completely dismantled and a flat tax initiated. Makes too much sense, so it'll never happen.

***Diplomacy for show. Well, the U.S. Embassy is open again in Havana. Wonderful. Did you hear that Castro claims the US owes his country "millions?"

In a reminder of the rocky road ahead, Fidel Castro said in a newspaper column on the eve of the ceremony that the U.S. owes the island "numerous millions of dollars" for damages caused by the embargo. Americans, too, also want to resolve billions of dollars in half-century-old claims over property confiscated after the Cuban revolution.

Wouldn't surprise me if the Democrats agreed.

***Obama Administration threaten states that defund Planned Parenthood. Yes, because that's what the Founders had in mind, of course. The states under the federal government's thumb. Dang, I wish this man could be run out of office tomorrow.


***There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


***Well, I'm pretty proud of my little business I built from the ground up! I'm meeting tomorrow with a lawyer to get the process started on becoming an S-corporation. That will help save on the obscene amount of taxes we pay on my business. It's a little bit more of a pain - I have to pay myself a salary and withhold, but I won't be subject to the self employment tax, which is awful. Meditran, Inc. Kinda has a nice ring, doesn't it?

***"Climate change industry" now a $1.5 TRILLION global business. It's never been about the environment.

The plaintive calls about global warming and loss of polar bear habitats, the stern warnings about rising seas and flooded coastlines - this is what the public hears about. Then there’s this pesky, inconvenient truth they don’t hear about: $1.5 trillion.
“Interest in climate change is becoming an increasingly powerful economic driver, so much so that some see it as an industry in itself whose growth is driven in large part by policymaking, notes Don Jergler, an analyst for Insurance Journal, an industry publication
“The $1.5 trillion global ‘climate change industry’ grew at between 17 and 24 percent annually from 2005-2008, slowing to between 4 and 6 percent following the recession with the exception of 2011’s inexplicable 15 percent growth, according to Climate Change Business Journal,” he writes.

So many people have been duped by these snake oil salesmen.

***Hillary Clinton turns over private email servers. So many are speculating that there will be damaging emails found. Bunk. She would not have turned them over if she hadn't had them scrubbed first.

***This is great. Hillary Clinton says "governors like Scott Walker are making it harder to afford college and pay off debt." Scott Walker tweets:

This attack coming from someone who charged universities $225,000 to give speeches.

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Game, set, match!

we're there

***This couple has been married 12 times - to each other!

Karl Fix and wife Sandy Beug really enjoy being married. But it's the act of tying the knot that makes their bond really special. So special that they've done it 12 times — from Las Vegas to Timbuktu.
It all started when they planned their first wedding in 2004, CBC News reports. The Canadian couple opted for three ceremonies: first in South Africa, then near Fix's German birthplace, and finally at their home in Regina, Saskatchewan.
But then Beug lost their South African marriage certificate. So on a trip to Timbuktu in Mali two years later, they got a local Tuareg official to marry them again — this time in an Islamic ceremony in a tent on the sub-Saharan desert, dressed in traditional clothing.
"It was a fascinating cultural experience," Beug, 55, told CBC News.​

***History is a symphony of echoes heard and unheard. It is a poem with events as verses. ~Charles Angoff

***Have a great day!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Wasting Time on Trump

***Great piece by David French over at National Review Online: Enough With the Trump Outrage.

Does anyone seriously think that Erick Erickson — a blunt-speaking radio host and pundit last seen urging his supporters to mail fake testicles to John Boehner and fake dog poop to Democrat Earl Pomeroy, and saying all manner of vile things about political opponents (he’s apologized for some of his worst statements, including calling Supreme Court Justice David Souter a “goat-f**king child molester.”) — is offended by Trump’s statements? Does anyone seriously think that Megyn Kelly, one of television’s most talented and powerful personalities and one of the most feared and respected interviewers in the news business, has been emotionally wounded by Trump?

Exactly. This is the type of thing that takes attention away from the disastrous Iran deal that Congress is days away from voting on. That is just a tad more important than a blustering buffoon's stupid comment, something that we really should expect from him. The idea that Fox News is "out to get" Donald Trump is patently absurd, but some people I know who are otherwise quite sensible believe that's what is happening. 

Personally, I'm sick of hearing about Donald Trump. Just as so many did with Barack Obama, many are doing with Donald Trump - blinding themselves to the glaring actions in his past which should render him completely out of the race. In the past he has come out for single payer, supported Hillary Clinton, lobbied for amnesty, and at one time he claimed to be pro-life, but now supports "a woman's right to choose," in other words, pro-abortion. 

How anyone who calls themselves a conservative can support him is beyond me.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump continued to double down on Fox News star Megyn Kelly on Monday, saying that he is the one who deserves an apology from her — not the other way around — because of the question she threw him during last Thursday's GOP debate and the way she reacted to his answer.

"The fact is she asked me a very inappropriate question," Trump told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "She should be apologizing to me if you want to know the truth."
Awwww....let me get you a tissue.

***Obama alone bears the blame for the mess in the Middle East. Glenn Reynolds is right. "IN 2008, IRAQ WAS STABLE, SYRIA WAS STABLE, YEMEN WAS STABLE, LIBYA WAS STABLE."
***Okay, I'd never have a nasty cat in my house...but this is cute!
cool cat house


The Perfect Friend
by Shannen Wrass

Today I found a friend
who knew everything I felt
she knew my weakness
and the problems I've been dealt.
She understood my wonders
and listened to my dreams,
she listened to how I felt about life and love
and knew what it all means.
Not once did she interrupt me
or tell me I was wrong
she understood what I was going through
and promised she'd stay long.
I reached out to this friend,
to show her that I care
to pull her close and let her know
how much I need her there.
I went to hold her hand
to pull her a bit nearer
and I realized this perfect friend I found
was nothing but a mirror.
well that doesn't look good

***Have a great day!