Saturday, January 30, 2016

A Little Calmer...!

***Okay, I've calmed down a little from my rant of a couple of days ago. Just to clarify, it wasn't aimed at those people whom I consider friends who like Donald Trump. People can disagree and be civil. What I was so mad about was the people who thought it would be great to bring down Fox News because Donald Trump pitched a fit and they went right along with him. Just doesn't make any sense. Turns out the debate wasn't the train wreck they were hoping for, and actually had very good viewership. I'm sure they were disappointed.

***"Better rapists and racists." Really?

A Facebook page for the radical left in Germany had a message for young women: “diversity is more important than your security.”
Rote Antifa posted a picture of young feminist on Thursday, holding a sign that stated she preferred rapists from Syria and North Africa over nationalists in Germany who have demanded Chancellor Angela Merkel stop taking in more refugees.
“Prefer sexually active fugitive as German racists,” was featured as the pictures caption.
Good heavens. Now THAT, my friends, is just raw stupid.

***Ever hear of solygamy? That's the practice of marrying yourself. The world has gone nuts.

***Pretty much...

Iran political cartoon
 


***There are rays of light here and there...Texas Supreme Court rules cheerleaders can display Bible verses on banners.


The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled in favor of high school cheerleaders who claimed that their free speech was being violated by their school district when it told them they couldn’t display banners with Bible verses at football games.

The justices determined their ruling was still necessary even though the Kountze school district later allowed the banners. The court said the decision will protect the future display of religious-themed signs because the district has argued it retains the right to restrict them. The banners featured some Biblical verses such as, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me."

How can that offend anyone? If you don't believe it, fine. Why do you feel the need to prevent others from expressing their faith?

***GOP debate 2nd highest rated show in Fox News history. I can't help but chuckle at this. The Trumpeteers were all predicting nobody would watch and Fox News would take a huge hit. Nope. Guess The Donald isn't "all that" to as many people as they'd like.

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***“The Seven Social Sins are:

Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.


From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.”
Frederick Lewis Donaldson

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Troubling Phenomenon

***I don't know if you've been following the drama regarding Donald Trump deciding not to attend the Fox News debate because he got his feelings hurt by Megyn Kelly. He's mad at them because they wouldn't bow to his will and kick her to the curb. Now his nearly psychotic followers are all threatening to abandon Fox News and are coming up with a bunch of new world order nonsense about how they're owned by Saudis, etc. Good Lord. Barack Obama and the Democrats have been trying to destroy Fox News for years. Think there might be a reason for that, those of you howling about how "biased" they are against your Messiah? Where else did you get the whole story about Benghazi? Who else has covered the email scandal? Who else has extensively covered the Planned Parenthood debacle? Do you see HALF of the damning evidence against Hillary Clinton reported anywhere else? How Obama and his followers must be laughing, watching some of you say you're going to start watching CNN. BRILLIANT plan, guys. Brilliant. The only news outlet even remotely fair to both sides, and you're going to do the Left's bidding and help them destroy it. I'm sorry, but you *idiots*.  I wouldn't be a bit surprised if this was Trump's plan all along - say what a bunch of you want to hear, get you riled up enough to do WHATEVER he wants you to do, and then draw you away from Fox News. Heck, he might be getting a hefty paycheck from Obama himself if he succeeds. This blind loyalty puts me in mind of Obama's and Hillary's followers. Always making excuses, rationalizing, turning a blind eye to huge red flags that should have any conservative running in the opposite direction. We have pitted ourselves against each other instead of the Democrats, and it wouldn't surprise me if we squander the best opportunity we've had in a while to take the White House again. All because so many refuse to think rationally.

***Apparently there are a few veteran's groups not interested in Trump's antics.

The head of an Iraq and Afghanistan veterans group says they will decline donations from the fundraising event Donald Trump plans to hold Thursday night as he sits out the Republican primary debate.

This was hastily put together and was obviously a political stunt.

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***“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Ministry Made

***I have always admired Steve Alford, ever since his days on the great I.U. basketball teams he was a part of. Here is a great story on him, and how he came to be great at basketball and strong in his faith. Really worth the read.

“Steve’s parents had already established a very strong spiritual base in his life, as he was active in church and Sunday school and raised in a strong Christian home,” Nielsen says. “During that week at camp, we’d discuss everything from spiritual issues to the anxiety he had about where to play college basketball and the challenge of being a superstar athlete already in high school. 
“I think Steve knew he had some incredibly important choices to make and began to recognize the platform the Lord had given him as one of the top basketball players in the country. Then he made a complete commitment to Christ, to actively serve Him and make Him his top priority and Lord of his life.”

***Getting rid of clutter? I always say I'm gonna do this, but sometimes it just comes back as if it has a life of its own, especially in my office. Since it's in the back and nobody comes in here but us, we tend to use it as a "catch-all," especially when company is coming over. I'm really trying to get organized, buying see-through stackable plastic tubs and all, but getting the time to get it done, not to mention the "want-to," is proving a little elusive. This article makes it sound easy.

1. See the clutter. What don’t you like dealing with or putting away? (Receipts? Papers? Cards? Random objects?
2. See where you pile up that particular clutter. Where do certain things tend to land? (Receipts on the bedroom dresser, junk mail on the kitchen island, cards on the coffee table?)
3. Strategize a convenient organizational system in the spots that you naturally want to throw the clutter. What could be an easy alternative to this? (Receipt folder in the top drawer of the dresser, a paper shredder in a pull out cabinet in the kitchen, a “card album” on your coffee table?)
4. Make it happen. Your organizational systems are in your go-to locations, now you just have to make a habit of using them. DO IT!

If it were only that easy...

***Excited about redoing Johnny's room, which is now Mom's room when she comes to stay with me a couple of times a week. I've always wanted a daybed, and ordered one yesterday, along with this to go with it:

Orleans 7-piece Daybed Cover Set
Found the daybed on eBay, and the above at Overstock.com. They have a really good selection. I didn't think I'd be able to sell Mark on the bedspread and pillows because it's a little busy, but surprisingly he liked it. Can't wait to get the room put together!

***Seven ways snow in Washington is like our government. This is good.

"It prevents businesses from operating freely."
"It issues a lot of empty threats."

Follow the link for more.

***Love this prank! Guy in Minnesota froze his jeans and then stood them up outside his house:

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Bravo.

***Trump weighs lawsuit over Cruz eligibility. One might think he's a little worried.

***Duty to God, to ourselves, to Posterity, enforced by the cries of slaughtered Innocents, have urged us to take up Arms in our Defense. Such a day as this was never before known, either to us or to our fathers. ~~ Matthew Thornton, 1775


Friday, January 22, 2016

Criminal Charges Justified

***Well of course they are. Whether or not they will be brought is another question.

"The simple proposition that everyone is equal before the law suggests that Mrs. Clinton's state of mind — whether mere knowledge of what she was doing as to mishandling classified information; or gross negligence in the case of the mishandling of information relating to national defense; or bad intent as to actual or attempted destruction of email messages; or corrupt intent as to State Department business — justifies a criminal charge of one sort or another," Michael Mukasey, former attorney general in the President George W. Bush administration, wrote in The Wall Street Journal Friday.
"[F]rom her direction that classification rules be disregarded, to the presence on her personal email server of information at the highest level of classification, to her repeated falsehoods of a sort that juries are told every day may be treated as evidence of guilty knowledge — it is nearly impossible to draw any conclusion other than that she knew enough to support a conviction at the least for mishandling classified information," he wrote.

We all know charges would have already been brought against a Republican, heck, he/she would probably already be in jail.

***An amazingly ungracious era

 He plunged ahead using party line votes and procedural tricks and managed to set the template for the seven years to come: uncompromising and unproductive. Simply put, by being ungracious, Obama let his opponents off the hook. He tried to crush them but instead forged a hard and unyielding resistance. Welcome to House minority, Democrats.

Occasional triumphs, like killing Usama Bin Laden only occasionally bubbled Obama back to majority support, quickly deflated by the next partisan gambit. His grind-it-out, scorched earth election of 2012 was a fitting midway point. He became the first president re-elected with a smaller electoral vote margin than he was originally elected.

Good piece. Obama is the most unlikable president I can recall. The only reason he sits in the Oval Office is the color of his skin.

***Blizzard warning for DC area. Gonna get bad out there. Somehow the Republicans' fault, no doubt.

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***Found this little snippet about one of my favorite authors, Charles Dickens:

Charles Dickens was probably one of the most famous writers of the Victorian era, and anything that resembles his work has now been granted the honorable title “Dickensian”. Although his stories usually have happy endings, his own story most certainly did not start happily. Dickens’ early life was spent mostly in debtor’s prison because his poor dad couldn’t pay off his debts so the whole family had to join him in the slammer, a fairly typical practice in Victorian England.
He eventually worked in a factory to help pay off the debts, and the terrible working conditions were a major inspiration to his writing. As an adult, he appeared to be a more lighthearted guy, often pulling practical jokes. He had a fake bookcase with books that were hilariously titled, including Noah’s Arkitechture and a nine-volume set titled Cat’s Lives.

***From Instapundit:

With about two-thirds of Americans thinking the country is on the “wrong track,” I’d say Hillary’s attempt to run on a message of doing “even more” of what Obama has done–and selling herself as “truly revolutionary”–is about as useful as teats on a bull. Bless her little shriveled, lying progressive heart. 

***It's that time again - 10 common tax filing mistakes to avoid.

***Yup.


 
***Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.
Dr. Napoleon Hill
 
 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sad Turn

***National Review is writing on The Death of the Tea Party. Sarah Palin is endorsing Donald Trump. That makes absolutely no sense.

Today brought news that Sarah Palin is endorsing Donald Trump. Trump’s an odd figure to win the heart of a public figure once so synonymous with the tea-party movement. He boasts of the influence his money has bought him with politicians, including Charlie Crist, Arlen Specter, and Harry Reid, some of the movement’s biggest enemies. He supported the TARP and auto bailouts and praised socialized medicine. He’s currently touting ethanol subsidies to the rafters in Iowa, and his tax plan would increase the deficit by $10 trillion, according to the Tax Foundation. The day the Tea Party debuted, he praised Obama as “a champion.”
He's saying everything conservatives want to hear. That's the problem - I think he's just saying it. It doesn't jive with his past positions or actions. There are conservatives backing him as rabidly as liberals backed Obama and are now backing Hillary. Sensible people are making excuses for Trump's past positions and giving him a pass. Just as so many blacks still believe the Democrats care about them other than for their votes, Trumpeters believe he actually believes what he says and will act on his promises. I don't, and furthermore I don't believe the majority of Americans will elect him as president. That opens the door for the awful, vile people the Democrats have to offer. In my opinion, Donald Trump will be a disaster if he's the nominee. I will have to hold my nose to vote for him if he is...but I will if I have to. I still think he's better than the socialists/Communists being offered by the Democrats, but not by a whole lot.
***"Fast & Furious" rifle found in El Chapo's lair. Nothing to see here, move along...I bet you don't see this story anywhere but Fox News.
A .50-caliber rifle found at Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman’s hideout in Mexico was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, sources confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.
A .50-caliber is a massive rifle that can stop a car, or as it was intended, take down a helicopter.
After the raid on Jan. 8 in the city of Los Mochis that killed five of his men and wounded one Mexican marine, officials found a number of weapons inside the house Guzman was staying, including the rifle, officials said.
When agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives checked serial numbers of the eight weapons found in his possession, they found one of the two .50-caliber weapons traced back to the ATF program, sources said.
Federal officials told Fox News they are not sure how many of the weapons seized from Guzman’s house actually originated in the U.S. and where they were purchased, but are investigating.

Wonder how quickly Obama and his crooked Justice Dept. will shut the investigation down, or at least keep it under wraps?

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

AMEN!!

***Boy, does this nail what good government is supposed to look like:



***THIS is what we're importing to America. At least 300 killed in Islamic state massacre.

Islamic State militants killed 300 people in an “appalling massacre” in eastern Syria, the government said on Sunday.
The state-run SANA news agency said that most of those killed in day-long attacks on Deir el-Zour Saturday were elderly people, women and children. The killings are some of the worst carried out by the extremist group, which controls a large portion of Syria and Iraq.
The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, a British-based group which monitors the violence on all sides of the Syrian conflict, confirmed the killings. Activists for the group said at least 135 were killed in the assault, at least 80 of them were soldiers and pro-government militiamen and the rest were civilians.

Sickening.

***6 household tricks everyone should know. 

Unclogging a drain, hanging a picture, etc.

***Oh, now they want to call it "gun safety" instead of "gun control." Kinda like when "pro-abortion" went to "pro-choice." They're just trying to hide what they really want. 

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***He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Party Time!

***Our Secret Sister reveal party is today at my house. Always lots of fun. I think I'm ready... :-)

***What does it take to host a Super Bowl? Sheesh.

Tee time: The league requires exclusive access to three area golf courses (at no cost) so it can host a tournament on Super Bowl weekend.

Bowled over: The NFL also requests the use of two “top quality” bowling alleys (at no cost) for a bowling tournament the Wednesday before the Super Bowl.

A crazy junket: Sixteen months before the game, the NFL will send 180 people to the host city for a “familiarization trip” to inspect the region. The host city must cover all the expenses.

Show me the money: The NFL must be allowed to install ATMs in the stadium that accept “preferred” credit and debit cards. The league may also cover up or remove ATMs belonging to other banks if they wish to do so.

There's more - follow the link for the article.

***Check out what they used to wear in women's sports:

 Golf:
Golf

Swimming:
Swimming


Tennis:
Tennis

Basketball:
Basketball


***This is another reason I don't like Donald Trump. He knows Cruz is an American citizen, yet he is willing to lie for political gain. No different than a Democrat. Here is a close look at what he really stands for.

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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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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!”
 ***Thank you, clueless Obama voter. Iran close to collecting $100 billion in frozen assets. Wonder what they'll use that for?

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Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. ~~ Psalm 31:34


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Animal Worship

***This is just crazy. I have to really hold back sometimes on Facebook when I see people fawning over their animals, attributing human emotions and value to them, spending thousands of dollars on them when they're sick or have something terminal, such as cancer. This latest post, though, went beyond my ability to keep my mouth shut:



Seriously? There were some in the thread accompanying this advocating the death penalty for someone who shoots a dog, just as if they had shot a cop. I had to read through to make sure it wasn't sarcasm. Nope. There are people who equate animals, especially dogs, with human beings.  I like animals, wouldn't mistreat or harm one for anything, but they are animals. They are here for our use, whether it be for food, work, or yes, companionship. I have no problem with people having pets. I grew up on a farm and loved my horses and our beagles. But they were outdoors, and they had a purpose. Never have liked animals in the house, but that is an individual choice. That's not what I'm talking about here.

Matthew 6:26 - Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Luke 12:24 - Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

There is not a lot in the Bible about animals, and I don't remember Paul talking about his brother Spot. What can be found, though, makes pretty clear the order of things. There is one verse I found, though, that speaks against mistreatment. This verse specifically speaks about animals, but in context is speaking about kindness in general:

Proverbs 12:10 - A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel.

I think cockfighting, dogfighting, etc. are barbaric and reprehensible and people who engage in those activities have some serious mental/emotional problems. But sentence them to long jail sentences and/or death as I have seen people advocate in Facebook threads? No. Fine them, perhaps ban them from ownership of animals, but ruin their lives? That is placing the lives of animals on a much higher plane than was ever intended, in my opinion.

Genesis 9 And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, q“Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. rThe fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth and upon every bird of the heavens, upon everything that creeps on the ground and all the fish of the sea. Into your hand they are delivered. sEvery moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And tas I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.

Okay, I guess I've spent enough time on this. I just couldn't believe it when I saw that meme above, and had to comment. Onward to other subjects!

***Why Daughters Need Their Dads. This is a powerful article.

Men, we need you. We—mothers, daughters, and sisters—need your help to raise healthy young women. We need every ounce of masculine courage and wit you own because fathers, more than anyone else, set the course for a daughter’s life.

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***“I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.”
Oscar Wilde, The Happy Prince and Other Stories 

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Grate of the Union

***You have probably already surmised what I thought of the State of the Union address. No, I didn't watch it. I refuse to put myself through that. I don't know what's worse - looking at Obama or his buffoon of a vice president. Here's Jonah Goldberg's take.

***As expected, the U.S. apologized for entering Iranian waters. Never mind that they detained 10 of our sailors. I don't know a lot about this yet and obviously there may be more to this than meets the eye, but I do know I'm tired of apologizing to savages.

***Mark Cuban gives some good advice to Powerball winners.

Here's the tax bite if you win.

I don't buy lottery tickets. I'm too cheap!

***As usual, the Democrat answer is always higher taxes. Heaven forbid the government actually cut spending.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is calling for a 4 percent "surcharge" income tax on people earning more than $5 million annually, a plan expected to raise $150 billion over a decade, a Clinton aide said on Monday.

That woman should be speaking from a prison cell.

***Hitchin' a ride...

This post isn't related to Spongebob or the UBER company

***Founders' facts:

Thomas Jefferson died broke. Before his death, Jefferson was able to alleviate part of his financial problems by accepting $25,000 for his books from Congress. Those books were used to begin the Library of Congress. Friends even tried to organize a lottery to sell part of his land to help, but it was not enough.

John Adams was the only president to be the father of a future president (John Quincy Adams) until George W. Bush became president in 2000, making George Bush Sr. the second president to have a son also be a president.

In terms of entertainment George Washington enjoyed raffles and lotteries, card playing, fox hunting, duck hunting, fishing, cockfighting, horse racing, boat racing, and dancing.

Alexander Hamilton was killed by Aaron Burr in a duel in Weehawken, New Jersey on July 1804. Hamilton’s son, Philip, had died in a duel three years earlier (1801) at the same location.

Benjamin Franklin died on April 17, 1790. His daughter asked him to change positions on his bed to improve his breathing and his last words were: “A dying man can do nothing easy.

***“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~~ Winston Churchill

Monday, January 11, 2016

Cautiously Optimistic

***Well, I really hope something comes of this, but every time I get my hopes up, nothing happens. Hillary Clinton should be in jail, not the Democrat frontrunner for president. That still confounds me. Apparently, though, the FBI is expanding its probe into her email scandal.

The FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as secretary of state has expanded to look at whether the possible “intersection” of Clinton Foundation work and State Department business may have violated public corruption laws, three intelligence sources not authorized to speak on the record told Fox News.
This new investigative track is in addition to the focus on classified material found on Clinton’s personal server.
"The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source said.

 It has been pretty obvious for a while she broke the law on numerous occasions, the question has always been, will anything be done about it?

We'll see.

***Tourist tries to kiss a python, gets bitten on the nose. Not a whole lot of sympathy from me.

***"As Mark Steyn wrote in March of 2009, when the scales began to fall from the rubes at the Economist, “This is the point: The nuancey boys were wrong on Obama, and the knuckledragging morons were right. There is no post-partisan centrist ‘grappling’ with the economy, only a transformative radical willing to make Americans poorer in the cause of massive government expansion. At some point, The Economist, Messrs Brooks, Buckley & Co are going to have to acknowledge this. If they’re planning on spending the rest of his term tutting that his management style is obstructing the effective implementation of his centrist agenda, it’s going to be a long four years.”
It’s been a long seven years — but at least those of who didn’t buy Barry’s conman shtick in 2008 weren’t under any illusions as to how “long, bitter, brutal” things were going to be."

Glenn Reynolds, Instapundit

***True story!

Charles D. McKinley, 25, of Brooklyn, N.Y., had four weeks of vacation coming, so he decided to visit his parents in DeSoto, Texas. Rather than buy a plane ticket for $320, McKinley, a shipping clerk, packed himself into a shipping crate and air-expressed himself home, charging the fees to his employer. When the crate was delivered to his parents' front step, McKinley pushed out of the box and shook hands with the "shaken and frightened" delivery driver. The driver called the police. After an investigation by the FBI, the U.S. attorney, postal inspectors, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Transportation Security Administration, McKinley was charged as a stowaway, a federal misdemeanor. (Dallas Morning News) ...If he had only waited for the driver to leave, he would have been home free.

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If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. ~~ Milton Berle


In a Monday morning bombshell, Fox News is reporting that the FBI has expanded their investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. The FBI is now investigating whether or not public corruption laws were broken by Clinton for doing favors for the Clinton Foundation donors.
There are questions as to whether donors to the Clinton Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, benefited from having contacts inside the State Department.
The new focus goes beyond whether or not classified emails were shared by non-secure means.
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/01/fbi-investigating-hillary-clinton-for-corruption#sthash.trjn4I7i.dp
In a Monday morning bombshell, Fox News is reporting that the FBI has expanded their investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. The FBI is now investigating whether or not public corruption laws were broken by Clinton for doing favors for the Clinton Foundation donors.
There are questions as to whether donors to the Clinton Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, benefited from having contacts inside the State Department.
The new focus goes beyond whether or not classified emails were shared by non-secure means.
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/01/fbi-investigating-hillary-clinton-for-corruption#sthash.trjn4I7i.dpuf
"The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source said.

The development follows press reports over the past year about the potential overlap of State Department and Clinton Foundation work, and questions over whether donors benefited from their contacts inside the administration. - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/01/fbi-investigating-hillary-clinton-for-corruption#sthash.trjn4I7i.dpuf
In a Monday morning bombshell, Fox News is reporting that the FBI has expanded their investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. The FBI is now investigating whether or not public corruption laws were broken by Clinton for doing favors for the Clinton Foundation donors.
There are questions as to whether donors to the Clinton Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, benefited from having contacts inside the State Department.
The new focus goes beyond whether or not classified emails were shared by non-secure means.
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/01/fbi-investigating-hillary-clinton-for-corruption#sthash.trjn4I7i.dpuf
"The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source said.

The development follows press reports over the past year about the potential overlap of State Department and Clinton Foundation work, and questions over whether donors benefited from their contacts inside the administration. - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/01/fbi-investigating-hillary-clinton-for-corruption#sthash.trjn4I7i.dpuf
"The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source said.

The development follows press reports over the past year about the potential overlap of State Department and Clinton Foundation work, and questions over whether donors benefited from their contacts inside the administration. - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/01/fbi-investigating-hillary-clinton-for-corruption#sthash.trjn4I7i.dpuf
"The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source said.

The development follows press reports over the past year about the potential overlap of State Department and Clinton Foundation work, and questions over whether donors benefited from their contacts inside the administration. - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/01/fbi-investigating-hillary-clinton-for-corruption#sthash.trjn4I7i.dpuf
"The agents are investigating the possible intersection of Clinton Foundation donations, the dispensation of State Department contracts and whether regular processes were followed," one source said.

The development follows press reports over the past year about the potential overlap of State Department and Clinton Foundation work, and questions over whether donors benefited from their contacts inside the administration. - See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/01/fbi-investigating-hillary-clinton-for-corruption#sthash.trjn4I7i.dpuf

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Wise Words

***It's the weekend!! But...here I am at my computer! No complaints, though. My business is really doing well, so the long hours are paying off.

***James Madison said it best:





Obama's Executive Orders are completely unconstitutional. You cannot change the Constitution without going through Congress, nor should you even want to if you care anything about our system of government. We the people are supposed to have the final say, and we vote for people to represent us in Washington. Obama is completely bypassing the legislative process in order to create laws as he wants. I realize liberals have little understanding of how the Founders intended laws to be created, but you would think even the most uninformed would be able to see that America was never to be ruled by a king, which is exactly what Obama fancies himself. Congress - elected by the American people - doesn't see things his way, so by golly he'll just go around them to get his way. This is going to be a very long year.

***From Todd Starnes:

The White House says Obama will leave a seat empty at the State of the Union to honor victims of gun violence.
How about an empty chair to honor victims of Islamic radicals?
How about an empty chair to honor the millions of unborn babies killed by the abortionists?
How about an empty seat to mourn the U.S. Constitution -- bludgeoned by the Obama Administration?

Good questions.

*** Can you believe it has been 25 years since Desert Storm? It started in 1991. Remember shock & awe? Remember how quickly our awesome military advanced? Remember the taking down of Saddam Hussein's statue? Remember the purple thumbs when the Iraqi people voted? Remember when we had a Commander-in-Chief who knew what he was doing and did what was best for America?

CLARIFICATION: My husband pointed out that I wasn't clear above - Desert Storm did indeed start in 1991, but we didn't get rid of Hussein and free Iraq until 2003. Sorry!

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***True story!!!


Wow.

***Tiny school bus home. Kinda cute, but no.

The Tiny School Bus House


“After living the typical, fast-paced Western lifestyle, the idea of living simply  intentionally began to appeal to [my husband] Jeremy and I more,” Mira Thompson tells Yahoo Real Estate. “We wanted more time to set aside for family, travel, and to live in the moment. So, after eight years together, we got married and hit the road, living nomadically for a couple of years, part of which we spent in a converted mini school bus. We fell in love with our new lives and the freedom we had found, and decided not to go back.”

***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

 

Friday, January 8, 2016

Dumbest Statement Ever?

***Well, there is a lot of competition for that title, but this is certainly in the running:

Mark Penn, who owns a public relations firm handling communications for the Barack Obama Foundation, credited Obama with uttering the “stupidest thing ever said by a president in foreign policy.”
In a March 2012 email sent to Hillary Clinton’s private email address, Penn lambasted Obama for his statement to then-Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that he would “have more flexibility” on missile defense issues after the 2012 election.
“This could be about the stupidest thing ever said by a president in foreign policy,” wrote Penn. “To explicitly say that he is laying low on nuclear defense policies because of his election right now and tell your opponent that is to politicize all foreign policy, evidence weakness that can be exploited by others, and undermine the administration’s credibility."

I honestly don't believe Obama cares about the country. I think he cares about Obama, period.

***President mocks NRA, gun enthusiasts. He never tires of skewering his fellow Americans, does he? He has absolutely no class - not to mention no facts to back up his stupid claims. None of his proposals would have stopped any mass shooting. Doesn't matter, because this isn't about guns and it isn't about safety. It's about power and control. Always has been.

 ***Still think Islam is not barbaric? Islamic state member executes his mother in Syria. 

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***Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way. ~~ Dr. Seuss



Thursday, January 7, 2016

What We Need

***Our pastor asked for people in our church who were coming to the Christmas Eve service to tell about some way the Lord had blessed them in that year, some way He provided, something He did to let them know He was there, etc. I didn't get to go to the Christmas Eve service because we have our own on Mark's side of the family. I know what I would have said though, it would have been providing Mark as my husband. My dad had some anger issues and one of my brothers was pretty verbally abusive, and so was my first husband. Mark is exactly what I needed. I can do some pretty dumb things, but he has never once raised his voice to me. I'm very thankful for him.

***A Megadrone big enough to carry a passenger!

EHang is building the world's first 'Autonomous Aerial Vehicle' for transporting people. Unveiled at CES in Las Veges, the 184 flies itself

Wow.

***According to the CDC, owning a swimming pool is more dangerous than owning a gun.

Well, Democrats seldom let the facts get in the way.

***Now that is one ugly cat...

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***Real computer quotes:

"Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons."
-- Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949

"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
-- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943

"I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won't last out the year."
-- The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957

"There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
-- Ken Olson, president, chairman/founder of Digital Equipment Corp.,1977

"So we went to Atari and said, 'Hey, we've got this amazing thing, even built with some of your parts, and what do you think about funding us? Or we'll give it to you. We just want to do it. Pay our salary, we'll come work for you.' And they said, 'No.' So then we went to Hewlett-Packard, and they said, 'Hey, we don't need you. You haven't got through college yet."'
-- Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs on attempts to get Atari and HP interested in his and Steve Wozniak's personal computer 


***Entrepreneurs and their small enterprises are responsible for almost all the economic growth in the United States. ~~ Ronald Reagan

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Unconstitutional Actions

***Completely in opposition to current law, Obama issued unconstitutional executive orders regarding background checks on the private sale of firearms, among other things. Here is what the law says:

The current law is very clear. Only federally licensed gun dealers are required to conduct background checks, and only sellers whose “principal objective of livelihood and profit [is] the repetitive purchase and resale of firearms” are required to obtain a federal license. Anyone “who sells all or part of his personal collection of firearms” is specifically exempted from the licensing requirement.

John Lott has a good piece up at National Review Online, dissecting this latest abomination by the Dictator-in-Chief Obama.  It really amazes me (but it shouldn't) that his minions are saying how he can basically do whatever he wants with Executive Orders. Well, no he can't. He cannot rewrite the Constitution. 

But that doesn’t matter to Obama, whose actions today will require many sellers to get a license if they sell even a single gun. White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett told reporters that licenses would now be required based on such things as, “whether you sell firearms shortly after they’re acquired or whether you buy or sell in the original packaging.” In an era when private individuals can set up their cell phones to accept credit cards, accepting credit-card payment for one gun will now make selling firearms your “principal objective of livelihood.”

Read the piece. It will infuriate you. I think this EO will go the way of his immigration EO, as the author does. It will be blocked by the few judges left who understand and respect the Constitution. He is replacing them with his underlings as fast as he can, but he hasn't gotten to all of them yet.  If we don't elect a conservative this November, we are really throwing America under the bus. 

***I am so sick of this: School Stops Saying "God Bless America" after ACLU threat. When are we going to stop letting the minority dictate our actions? This is from a letter the ACLU sent to the school:

“The Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the government from not only favoring one religion over another, but also from promoting religion over non-religion,” he wrote in a letter to the school district’s attorney. “The greatest care must be taken to avoid the appearance of governmental endorsement in schools, especially elementary schools, given the impressionable age of the children under the school’s care and authority.”

No, it doesn't. It says, "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of a religion." That means Congress cannot make a law requiring all Americans to follow a certain religion. It also says, "...or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."  Which do you think the above action does?

We certainly can't have children acknowledging the greatness of America or God's role in it, can we? Like it or not, our early documents clearly acknowledge the Creator and His hand in the formation of our Republic. That is not indoctrination, it is history.

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***Amazon robots. This is fascinating.

***Brooklyn restaurant sells $100 donut. Seriously?

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A Williamsburg, Brooklyn restaurant is offering some pricey donuts covered with icing made with Cristal champagne and 24k gold.
The donuts from The Manila Social Club will put you back $100 each... or get a dozen for a cool $1,000.

So now you can eat 24k gold?

***The Real You by Richard Jordan. This is a good study regarding who we are in Christ.

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If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too:
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

If you can dream---and not make dreams your master;
If you can think---and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same:.
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build'em up with worn-out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings,
And never breathe a word about your loss:
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings---nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much:
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And---which is more---you'll be a Man, my son!

Monday, January 4, 2016

She's Baaaack!

***After being gone for four months, I'm ready to try to squeeze some blogging time back into my day. I've changed the look a little, changed the title, and I'm looking forward to writing about things that interest me.

***Check it out, a pink hippo!

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***Todd Starnes: Obama wants to disarm America.

Well of course he does. That has been one of his main goals since taking office. Since he's about out of time, I think he's going to do one crazy thing after another this year. I'm hoping the Republicans we sent in 2014 will have the guts to do something about it.

***Iowa's three possible scenarios. Interesting.


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