Saturday, June 18, 2016

G'Bye Again!

***Well, I just don't have time for blogging. As much as I love it when I do have the time, my company is growing and something's gotta go. Maybe sometime in the future things will slow down and I can do this again. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Great Weekend!

***It has been a nice weekend. Yesterday there were a ton of yard sales to visit (yes, I'm that easy to please), and Mom & I had a great morning shopping. Elder-Beerman has perpetual sales, so of course we went there and picked up some bargains. She loves that store. My aunt always asks us to bring her some tomatoes from the Amish store, so after our Amish store run we visited with her for a while. I spent the afternoon working, then Mark & I went looking at cars yet again. We have narrowed our search to the Honda CRV, the GMC Terrain, and the Chevrolet Equinox. They're all starting to run together now, I'm at the point where I told Mark to just pick one, & I'll be happy with it. Today we get to see Emily & Peter & Johnathan! After church Mark's family & us (we? need to look that up) are going to meet them at the Cheesecake Factory at The Green to celebrate Emily's birthday. Hard to believe she's 29, where did the years go?? It just so happens that the Cheesecake Factory is right across the street from a huge bookstore. Since I only have about 20 books in line to read, I'll obviously have to get a couple more.

Birth of a Song
A TRUE Story -- by Thomas A. Dorsey

Precious Lord - Thomas A. DorseyBack in 1932, I was 32 years old and a fairly new husband. My wife, Nettie and I were living in a little apartment on Chicago's Southside. One hot August afternoon I had to go to St. Louis, where I was to be the featured soloist at a large revival meeting. I didn't want to go. Nettie was in the last month of pregnancy with our first child. But a lot of people were expecting me in St. Louis. I kissed Nettie good-bye, clattered downstairs to our Model A and, in a fresh Lake Michigan breeze, chugged out of Chicago on Route 66.
However, outside the city, I discovered that in my anxiety at leaving, had forgotten my music case. I wheeled around and headed back. I found Nettie sleeping peacefully. I hesitated by her bed; something was strongly telling me to stay. But eager to get on my way, and not wanting to disturb Nettie, I shrugged off the feeling and quietly slipped out of the room with my music.
The next night, in the steaming St. Louis heat, the crowd called on me to sing again and again. When I finally sat down, a messenger boy ran up with a Western Union telegram. I ripped open the envelope. Pasted on the yellow sheet were the words: YOUR WIFE JUST DIED. People were happily singing and clapping around me, but I could hardly keep from crying out. I rushed to a phone and called home. All I could hear on the other end was "Nettie is dead. Nettie is dead."
When I got back, I learned that Nettie had given birth to a boy. I swung between grief and joy. Yet that night, the baby died. I buried Nettie and our little boy together, in the same casket. Then I fell apart. For days I closeted myself. I felt that God had done me an injustice. I didn't want to serve Him any more or write gospel songs. I just wanted to go back to that jazz world I once knew so well.
But then, as I hunched alone in that dark apartment those first sad days, I thought back to the afternoon I went to St. Louis. Something kept telling me to stay with Nettie. Was that something God? Oh, if I had paid more attention to Him that day, I would have stayed and been with Nettie when she died. From that moment on I vowed to listen more closely to Him.
But still I was lost in grief. Everyone was kind to me, especially a friend, Professor Frye, who seemed to know what I needed. On the following Saturday evening he took me up to Madam Malone's Poro College, a neighborhood music school. It was quiet; the late evening sun crept through the curtained windows. I sat down at the piano, and my hands began to browse over the keys.
Something happened to me then I felt at peace. I feel as though I could reach out and touch God. I found myself playing a melody, one I'd never heard or played before, and the words into my head-they just seemed to fall into place:

"Precious Lord, take my hand,
lead me on, let me stand!
I am tired, I am weak,
I am worn, Through the storm,
through the night lead me on to the light,
Take my hand, precious Lord, Lead me home."

The Lord gave me these words and melody. He also healed my spirit. I learned that when we are in our deepest grief, when we feel farthest from God, this is when He is closest, and when we are most open to His restoring power. And so I go on living for God willingly and joyfully, until that day comes when He will take me and gently lead me home.

***In my day, we didn't have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned.  ~Jane Haddam

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Hope it Helps!

***Just ordered one of these:

Standing Desk VARIDESK Pro Plus 36

It's a sit-to-stand desk. I can't get the full desk because I have a big glass L-shaped desk and it's not going anywhere! I read the reviews on this desktop model though, and everyone says it's very sturdy. It ought to be for what it costs! I especially like that I can get two screens on it, that will be more convenient than my setup now. I've never been really interested in one before because I didn't think I would be able to comfortably use my foot pedal. Now, though, I do more proofreading and posting to the EMR than typing, I let my girls have the lines, so I should be able to stand about 75% of my day. That should help my back and legs. Looking forward to getting it and seeing how it works out.

***These kinds of judges are what you get when you elect liberals: Appeals court rules Americans don't have the right to carry concealed guns.  These is the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, known for its liberal leanings and high rate of having their rulings overturned. Still, it's disturbing that there are judges on the bench who haven't the first clue about the Constitution.

***Obama endorses Hillary Clinton, then has private meeting with Attorney General. Gosh, wonder what that was about?

The corruption of this administration is jaw-dropping, and will only continue if she is elected. Amazing that so many don't see that.



My Heart Leaps Up

My heart leaps up when I behold
A Rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the man;
And I wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.
William Wordsworth

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Good Points

***As sad as it is, Jay Nordlinger makes some great points in his latest piece at National Review Online. It gives me no pleasure to agree with 90% of what he says. I have not left the Republican party, but I am certainly disappointed in it.

A few excerpts:

In my view, Trump is grossly unfit to be president, in both mind and character — especially the latter. Even if I agreed with him on the issues — even if I thought his worldview sound — I would balk at supporting him, owing to the issue of character. But let me spend a second on the issues. His tendency is toward big government. He says no to a reform of entitlements. He says no to free trade. He threatens to withdraw from NATO. He likes Obama’s unilateral opening to Cuba. He sings the praises of Planned Parenthood. And so on. What he calls for, mainly, is strength, plus “winning.” This is not the mentality of a constitutional conservative or a liberal democrat. Then, overshadowing everything, there is the issue of character. Trump mocks the handicapped — physically mocks them — for the enjoyment of his audience. He insults women on the basis of their looks. He brags of the women he has bedded, including “seemingly very happily married” ones. He mocks the religions of others. (Distinctly un-American.) He implied that Ted Cruz’s father had a link to the Kennedy assassination. And on and on.

  It really does make me sick that he is the Republican nominee. 

***Electronic Medical Records has been a flop so far. I work for a lot of doctors offices, and I have yet to hear one positive word about it. It's all about documentation, not patient care. This is a long article, but worth the read.

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***The price of greatness is responsibility. ~~ Winston Churchill

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

They Just Can't Help Themselves

***A liberal can't just give a commencement address with congratulations and well wishes, no, they have to advance their agenda: First "Lady" Obama takes swipe at Trump during address. (quotes added by me).

Obama made the remarks in a commencement speech at City College of New York, in Harlem, praising the school for having a diverse student body, which she said “some folks” fail to value.
"They seem to view our diversity as a threat to be contained rather than as a resource to be tapped," she said. "They tell us to be afraid of those who are different, to be suspicious of those with whom we disagree.”
She also said Americans “don't build up walls to keep people out because we know that our greatness has always depended on contributions from people who were born elsewhere but sought out this country and made it their home."

False statement. Our greatness depends on Americans being Americans, no matter where they came from, and on the government staying the heck out of the way. Liberals will never, ever get that, because they think they know best.  Diversity is just a trumped up term designed to divide us. It doesn't matter, or it shouldn't. A person's worth is not determined by his or her ethnicity, but by his or her character, determination, and work ethic. Yet another thing liberals will never get.

***Here's how liberals do things: Vox editor suspended for encouraging riots at Trump rallies.

 You can rest assured that this coward would never been seen anywhere near the violence, he just encourages it from the safety of his office. I'm glad they suspended him.

Imagine the outcry from the Left if a conservative encouraged rioting at a Clinton rally.

***This is what happens when a Republican goes squishy. Republican governor Nathan Deal of Georgia has recently vetoed gun rights on college campuses and a religious liberty bill which would have protected people who don't support same sex marriages. As a result, his poll numbers are plummeting. Good. He needs to be voted out.


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You Promised!
Every father figures out a cheap solution to kid problems—promise them anything. Works every time—at least at first. Every father also overpromises, going to that well just a little too often, and then the kids call your bluff. “Hey—you said we were going to McDonalds.” “Hey—you promised to take us to the state fair!” “Hey—you said this was the year we were going to see the ocean.”
When you’re busted by your kids, you realize that some damage has been done. Your credibility is shot, at least for now. Your ability to buy family peace with a promise is gone—they don’t believe you anymore. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).
How’s your heart doing right now? Have you been severely disappointed? lied to? let down? One of the most beautiful aspects of our relationship with God is that he never overpromises. He means everything he says. He delivers on time, every time.
Think back to the blessings that only God could have sent—the financial relief, the love of friends, the joy of family—and pause to remember and enjoy the fulfillments of your longings. God is good!


***“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
Oscar Wilde

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sanctimonious Boobs

***This incident with the gorilla and the child gets more mind-boggling by the day. The mother involved has been raked over the coals, maligned, called awful names by people who call themselves compassionate and  have no idea what really happened. That there should be this much outrage over a friggin' ape when there was a child's life at stake is amazing - and maddening. Now they want to bring the parents up on criminal charges. I'm SO glad these people were the perfect parents and had perfect children. Now they want the government telling us how to parent? I would kill 1000 gorillas if it saved one child. I've seen people tweet that they think it would have been better for the mother to have been shot and let the ape live. That person should be institutionalized, as should everyone who agreed with her. I've seen otherwise reasonable people (except when it comes to animals, then they have no sense at all, but that's another post), put up a meme with a picture of the gorilla and the caption "I had to die because some bitch wasn't watching her child." That is just hateful and vile. Again, nobody knows for sure exactly what happened, but by golly a gorilla was killed and that's a national catastrophe. Apparently those people chiding the mother have never had a small child who disobeyed them. Anyone who has had a child knows how quickly something can happen. Use that compassion you claim you have and try to imagine the mother's horror at seeing her son being dragged around by a 450 lb gorilla. Let's throw your kid in there and see if you think the zoo should have hesitated before shooting him.

***If you're wondering how low the Democrat party can sink, here you go: 71% of Democrats think Clinton should keep running even if indicted.

Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel.

***Venezuelans wait 7 hours for water. This is what the Left wants to bring to America, folks.

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***“In the present case it is a little inaccurate to say I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible to any public office of trust or profit in the Republic. But I do not repine, for I am a subject of it only by force of arms.”
H.L. Mencken

Monday, May 30, 2016


In Your Honor

Unselfishly, you left your fathers and your mothers,
You left behind your sisters and your brothers.
Leaving your beloved children and wives,
You put on hold, your dreams-your lives.
On foreign soil, you found yourself planted
To fight for those whose freedom you granted.
Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost
 But you carried onward, no matter the cost.

Many horrors you had endured and seen.
Many faces had haunted your dreams.
You cheered as your enemies littered the ground;
 You cried as your brothers fell all around.

When it was over, you all came back home,
Some were left with memories to face all alone;
Some found themselves in the company of friends
 As their crosses cast shadows across the land.

Those who survived were forever scarred
Emotionally, physically, permanently marred.
Those who did not now sleep eternally
 'Neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free.

With a hand upon my heart, I feel The pride and respect; my reverence is revealed
In the tears that now stream down my upturned face
 As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.
Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave
Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid.
Every day, I give my utmost admiration
To those who had fought to defend our nation.
~ Author Unknown ~

***Honor what they died for, and fight liberalism at every turn.

***Our soldiers aren't fighting for America to become socialist, they are fighting for the very opposite - so that we can remain free and America can be what the Founders intended. Remember the fallen today as you enjoy time with family. Remember the families of those who didn't come back.

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.
13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

John 15:12-13

Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Nation of Peter Pans

***Good piece, and a good explanation of the entitlement attitude of so many of our young people.

According to a new study by the Pew Research Center, men and women between the ages of 18 and 34 are now more likely to be living with their parents than living on their own or in any other living situation [such as sharing an apartment].
This is the first time in American history that young people—32.1 percent of millennials—have been most likely to live with their parents.
While the researchers theorize that this trend is due to the fall in the number of men and women settling down romantically before the age of 35, I disagree.  Even single people like their space, especially if they intend to use it for dating and romance. 
I think the trend is a calamity that reflects the erosion of real self-determination in young people, fueled by their unfounded, rocketing, wafer-thin self-esteem.

We need to stop putting them in a bubble in school, scared to death of hurting their feelings or making them feel inferior. If they do inferior work, they should receive inferior grades, and vice versa. But no, now some schools are even stopping the practice of having a valedictorian because it's just so hurtful to everyone else. Bunk.  Competition is good, winning and losing is good. Where is the incentive to do your best if there is no reward? Basic human nature.

***Here's what top CEOs studied in college. In case you're interested.  There's not a Women's Studies major in the bunch. Finance, electrical engineering, computer science, etc.

***Here's the Conservative Review position on the Free Market.

In a free market, individuals and companies are free to innovate and sell their products free from government intervention or control.

In the 21st century, many parts of the American economy are heavily regulated by the federal government. Subsidies and special financial protections have distorted economies in the housing, financial, energy, healthcare, and aerospace industries. Congress rewards politically connected special interests at the expense of small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to grow their own companies.

Read more at the link. The federal government has been chipping away more and more at the free market, over-regulating and over-taxing to the point that many small businesses just give up and shut down. That is crazy, small business is the backbone of our economy.

I was at the customer-service desk, returning a pair of jeans that was too tight.
“Was anything wrong with them?” the clerk asked.
“Yes,” I said. “They hurt my 

It’s amazing how a person can compliment and insult you at the same time. Recently, when I greeted my coworker, she said, “You look so gorgeous, I didn’t recognize you.”

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The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~~ Walt Disney

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In a free market, individuals and companies are free to innovate and sell their products free from government intervention or control.

In the 21st century, many parts of the American economy are heavily regulated by the federal government. Subsidies and special financial protections have distorted economies in the housing, financial, energy, healthcare, and aerospace industries. Congress rewards politically connected special interests at the expense of small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to grow their own companies.
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In a free market, individuals and companies are free to innovate and sell their products free from government intervention or control.

In the 21st century, many parts of the American economy are heavily regulated by the federal government. Subsidies and special financial protections have distorted economies in the housing, financial, energy, healthcare, and aerospace industries. Congress rewards politically connected special interests at the expense of small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to grow their own companies.
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Thursday, May 26, 2016


***State Dept. finds that Hillary Clinton Violated Government Records Act.

Anybody with half a brain knew she did, they just made it official. Having said that, I won't hold my breath waiting for her to be held accountable. You know what would happen to any Republican if they did the same thing. They would be jailed, and rightly so. But she's a woman, a Democrat, and a Clinton. I don't understand what it is about her that makes her so slippery and able to escape the prosecution she so richly deserves, but there it is.

Politico reports that the State Department inspector general has concluded that Hillary Clinton violated State’s recordkeeping protocols. The finding is contained in a much anticipated report provided to Congress today. Significantly, the report also reveals that Clinton and her top aides at State — Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, Huma Abedin, and possibly others — refused to cooperate with the IG’s investigation despite the IG’s requests that they submit to interviews. The report is devastating, although it transparently strains to soften the blow. For example, it concludes that State’s “longstanding systemic weaknesses” in recordkeeping “go well beyond the tenure of any one Secretary of State.” Yet, it cannot avoid finding that Clinton’s misconduct is singular in that she, unlike her predecessors, systematically used private e-mail for the purpose of evading recordkeeping requirements.
There must be something to this if Politico is reporting it. They are certainly no friend to conservatives. Guess we'll just have to wait and see if there is any fallout. It amazes me that she still has so many who support her. 
***IRS took $43 million from Americans under "structuring" law without evidence. The IRS needs to be completely disbanded. It is hopelessly corrupt.
In 2012, two armed IRS agents went to the farm of Randy Sowers, a dairy farmer for over three decades, to notify him that the IRS had seized the business’ bank account, which held more than $60,000. The agents told Sowers the IRS had done so because of structuring laws.
When an individual conducts a cash transaction in excess of $10,000, according to federal law, the bank must file a currency transaction report with the Treasury Department. It is unlawful for an individual to break up or “structure” cash deposits into amounts below $10,000 to avoid federal currency reporting.
“At that point, I had never before heard the term ‘structuring,’ and I had no idea that depositing cash in the bank could even potentially be a federal crime,” Sowers said. “Nobody from the bank or the government warned me that under-$10,000 bank deposits could lead to the seizure of our bank account. Indeed, nobody from the government contacted me about our bank deposits until after they seized our bank account.”

This is a blatant abuse of power.

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A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.
Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren, February 12, 1779

Monday, May 23, 2016

Anyone Surprised?

***The FDA approves Michelle Obama's new label demands, but scientists are saying they're not science-based.  Who cares? Certainly not attention craving Michelle Obama, who shouldn't have the power to demand anything.

A controversial regulation to update the nutrition facts label that is part of the first lady’s Let’s Move push was finalized by the Food and Drug Administration on Friday, and scientists are warning the new label is not based on sound science.
The changes to the nutrition facts label, which first lady Michelle Obama will announce Friday when she speaks at the Let’s Move-aligned Partnership for a Healthier America, requires food manufacturers to list added sugars, which scientists say lacks “scientific rigor.” The label will also cost companies at least $640 million to update, and a net social cost of $1.4 billion.

This is what happens when a bloated government is headed by a power hungry, America-hating man and his awful wife. Ugh!

***Gay Men's Chorus is SUING because they didn't get to sing the National Anthem at a Padre's game due to a technical glitch. They are alleging - wait for it - a HATE CRIME. Somebody get them some big girl panties and hook them from the stage.

The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus is criticizing the San Diego Padres for mishandling the group's scheduled performance of the national anthem.
The chorus said on its Facebook page that 100 of its members gathered to perform the song before the game Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers when the Padres instead played the recorded voice of a woman singing the anthem. Their statement said no attempt was made to stop the recording and that the group received "homophobic taunts" while being escorted off the field.
Chorus members called for the Padres and Major League Baseball to investigate whether anyone intentionally played a woman's voice "with the purpose of denigrating and/or ridiculing gay men."

Stop. I'm in a pool of tears here.

***Battling for Fallujah AGAIN. 

Iraqi forces backed by airstrikes from a U.S.-led international coalition pounded Fallujah from the ground and the air Monday, marking the start of a bid to retake one of Islamic State’s last major urban strongholds in the country.
Iraq’s army and counterterrorism forces, police, tribal fighters and the Popular Mobilization Forces joined in the assault, the military’s Joint Operations Command said.
Fallujah, about 40 miles west of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, has been held by Islamic State since the Sunni Muslim extremist group captured it in early 2014.
The tragedy is that this city — hard won by Coalition forces led by US Marines in 2004 — was largely at peace before President Obama abandoned Iraq in 2011. Three years later, Obama dismissed ISIS as the “jayvee” days after the group had taken Fallujah. The people there have suffered under ISIS rule since, and now find themselves once again in the middle of a war zone.

This morning, the Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt wrote that “it does not require hindsight to appreciate the recklessness of his decision” to leave Iraq.

Hindsight is preferable to remaining blind, I suppose.


***A Short History of Democrats, Republicans, and Racism.  Good read.

Why is this indisputable fact so rarely mentioned? PBS documentaries about slavery and the Civil War barely mention it, for example. One can certainly argue that the parties have changed in 150 years (more about that below), but that does not change the historical fact that it was the Democrats who supported slavery and the Republicans who opposed it. And that indisputable fact should not be airbrushed out for fear that it will tarnish the modern Democratic Party.
Had the positions of the parties been the opposite, and the Democrats had fought the Republicans to end slavery, the historical party roles would no doubt be repeated incessantly in these documentaries. Funny how that works.
Fact: During the Civil War era, the "Radical Republicans" were given that name because they wanted to not only end slavery but also to endow the freed slaves with full citizenship, equality, and rights.
Yes, that was indeed a radical idea at the time!
Fact: Lincoln's Vice President, Andrew Johnson, was a strongly pro-Union (but also pro-slavery) Democrat who had been chosen by Lincoln as a compromise running mate to attract Democrats. After Lincoln was assassinated, Johnson thwarted Republican efforts in Congress to recognize the civil rights of the freed slaves, and Southern Democrats continued to thwart any such efforts for close to a century.
Fact: The 14th Amendment, giving full citizenship to freed slaves, passed in 1868 with 94% Republican support and 0% Democrat support in congress. The 15th Amendment, giving freed slaves the right to vote, passed in 1870 with 100% Republican support and 0% Democrat support in congress.
Regardless of what has happened since then, shouldn't we be grateful to the Republicans for these Amendments to the Constitution? And shouldn't we remember which party stood for freedom and which party fiercely opposed it?

Lots more at the link.

***If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. ~Anne Bradstreet

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Thank You

***It's Armed Forces Day, a day set aside to thank all those who serve in our military.

America appreciates you.

***You just can't make this stuff up - DiCaprio takes private jet an extra 8000 to collect environmental award.

I don't think they even see the hypocrisy. They're so important, so above the rest of us that allowances must be made. The rest of us are supposed to sacrifice for the planet, but not those who go around looking down their noses at us, sneering that we're not doing enough. Nothing worse than a bunch of rich liberals trying to be relevant.

***Life in the 1800s. This is interesting.

Food: Because these innovations in transportation were still in their infancy in 1815, however, most Americans ate what they grew or hunted locally. Corn and beans were common, along with pork. In the north, cows provided milk, butter, and beef, while in the south, where cattle were less common, venison and other game provided meat. Preserving food in 1815, before the era of refrigeration, required smoking, drying, or salting meat. Vegetables were kept in a root cellar or pickled.
For those who had to purchase their food, one record notes the following retail prices in 1818 in Washington, D.C.: beef cost 6 to 8 cents a pound, potatoes cost 56 cents a bushel, milk was 32 cents a gallon, tea 75 cents to $2.25 a pound. Shoes ran $2.50 a pair. Clothing expenses for a family of six cost $148 a year, though the record does not indicate the quality of the clothes.

Lots more at the link.

***Heard about the Obama/Holder crimes? Probably not, if you get your news from America's major news media.

They should both go to jail...but you & I know they won't.


You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. ~~ Abraham Lincoln

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln
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