Thursday, March 31, 2016

Consequences

***Something to think about this year - the next president will probably appoint at least two Supreme Court justices, maybe more. It's split right now. Our rights and freedom are on the line.

***Alternative uses for pool noodles. There are some good ideas here!

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Click on the link for more.

***Reagan left liberalism when Communists infiltrated. And they've never left.


NEWLY RELEASED LETTERS SHOW REAGAN LEFT LIBERALISM WHEN COMMUNISTS INFILTRATED: “His feeling of being had, of being manipulated, by communists who poisoned seemingly legitimate organizations and perverted their purposes, always keeping hidden their secret agenda goals, screams off the page of this letter. It would affect his entire life.”
And eventually, many other lives as well, as the section of the Berlin Wall outside of the Reagan Library in Simi Valley stands as a testament:

Toshiba Digital Camera

What a great man he was.

***U.S. States with the highest and lowest taxes. We're filing tomorrow. Mark pointed out to me that while our taxable income went up $50,000 in 2015, we're paying $25,000 more in taxes. In other words, the government is taking half of it. According to Bernie Sanders and his supporters, though, that's not nearly enough...as if any of them would work 14 hours a day. Okay, so I'm a little bitter...

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***The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You can't blow an uncertain trumpet.
Theodore M. Hesburgh
 
 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Upsidedownright Nuts!!

***First Georgia's governor throws Christians under the bus, now Mario Cuomo is banning certain official travel to North Carolina because of their legislation to prevent the vast majority of people from having to share a bathroom with people of the opposite sex. This is what they say "discriminates" against transgender people:

The law, which McCrory signed last week, would prevent local governments from protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity when they use public accommodations such as hotels and restaurants. People also would have to use multi-stall bathrooms that match their birth certificates at state agencies and public schools and universities.

Shocking, right? I mean, expecting a person to use the bathroom which lines up with their gender? We are slowly losing our freedoms to people who don't even know if they're male or female.

***Then there's this: Jesuit University moves to fire conservative professor over his political views. His extreme opinion? That marriage is meant to be between a man and a woman. Horrors!

Marquette University has moved to suspend and then fire Professor John McAdams for backing a student who tried to defend man-woman marriage when a leftist teaching assistant shut the student down.

In the fall of 2014, junior faculty member Cheryl Abbate told a student, who secretly recorded the exchange, that his defense of man-woman marriage was an unacceptable topic in her ethics class and compared his views to racism. She said, “You can have whatever opinions you want but I can tell you right now, in this class homophobic comments, racist comments, and sexist comments will not be tolerated.” And then she told the student he should drop the class.
On this very popular blog, Professor McAdams outed the incident and charged the teaching assistant with “using a tactic typical among liberals now. Opinions with which they disagree are not merely wrong, and are not to be argued against on their merits, but are deemed ‘offensive’ and need to be shut up.”

Who is being discriminated against here? To a liberal, only conservative views are discriminatory. They are exempt because they're so much smarter than the rest of us. This guy should sue Marquette, which by the way is supposedly a Catholic university.

***Essential guide to entertainment media bias. 

***102 things to do on a money free weekend. There are some good ideas here.

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manatees,Memes,Sea Cow

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Where does the General keep his armies?

In his sleevies!


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***Weird paint job - looks like the building is floating!


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***High schooler gets a lesson in hate for giving his opinion on Black Lives Matter. Oh, those tolerant liberals...Even the teachers are involved in harassing him. What a sad thing. He is now being home schooled. Thank you Barack Obama, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, et al.

***“Don't find fault, find a remedy; anybody can complain”
Henry Ford

Monday, March 28, 2016

Coward

***Republican (I'm ashamed to say) Gov. of Georgia Nathan Deal is going to throw Christians under the bus and veto legislation that would have prevented lesbians, homosexuals, et. al. to force Christians, pastors, etc. to do their bidding whether it violates their faith or not. This obsequious coward has bowed to the freak lobby and turned his back on evangelical Christians who are not looking to harm anyone or take away anyone's rights, but just protect their own. This kind of thing makes me sick. I expect stuff like this from a liberal, but not a supposed conservative.

"Some of those in the religious community who support this bill have resorted to insults that question my moral convictions and my character. Some within the business community who oppose this bill have resorted to threats of withdrawing jobs from our state. I do not respond well to insults or threats. The people of Georgia deserve a leader who will made sound judgements based on solid reasons that are not inflamed by emotion. That is what I intend to do."

Oh, I doubt that the bullies who made you do their bidding would agree with that last part. You responded quite nicely to them.

Here's his address, if you'd like to make your feelings known:

Office of the Governor
206 Washington Street
111 State Capitol
Atlanta, Georgia 30334

***This "safe spaces" crap on college campuses is really getting ridiculous. Here is an anecdote from a student at Harvard:

 In a class I attended earlier this semester, a large portion of the first meeting was devoted to compiling a list of rules for class discussion. A student contended that as a woman, she would be unable to sit across from a student who declared that he was strongly against abortion, and the other students in the seminar vigorously defended this declaration. The professor remained silent. In a recent conversation with peers, I posed a question about a verse from the Bible. A Harvard employee in the room immediately interjected, informing me that we were in a safe space and I was thus not permitted to discuss the controversial biblical passage. And these are just stories from the past three months.

What a total crock. The writer makes some good points:

The assaults on free expression have dire consequences. The rise of the microagression movement has been reported to be detrimental to mental health on campus. Students’ emotional distress is increasing as educators presume that fragile undergraduates need to be protected from any form of dissent. Administrators must recognize that the current restrictions are incompatible with the very premise and goal of an education.

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"Just to show you how unfair Republican primary politics can be, I won the State of Louisiana and get less delegates than Cruz-Lawsuit coming," Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.


Oh great, you big blowhard, threaten another lawsuit. This isn't even a done deal. Read the story. Every time he opens his mouth he proves his unworthiness of the office he seeks.

***Obama comes back from Cuba and plays his 281st round of golf since taking office. 

***And now for some classic poetry:




***“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
Langston Hughes

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hope

From The Corner at National Review Online, David French:

This is the age of entitlement. This is the age of the victim. This is the age of the failing leader, the angry citizen, and the vulgar response. This is the age where virtue is deemed too hard — too cruel — so we justify and ultimately celebrate vice. In other words, it’s an age like most other human ages — when our depravity prevails, and Christians are reminded that this world is not our home. Believers are fond of saying that we have hope because we’ve read to the end of the book — that we know that Christ has risen, and Christ is returning. Evil will face its ultimate defeat. This is absolutely true, but it’s important to remember that victory is a past, present, and future reality. Christ defeated death and Hell long ago. That victory regenerates our soul now, and we eagerly await the Second Coming, when the pain of this earth falls away. This truth should give us courage. In the age of entitlement, we should model gratitude. In the age of the victim, we should act as both servants and protectors. Virtue is not too hard because we know that God did not give us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power and love and self-control. No matter the alleged “arc of history” or the outcome of any given culture war, there will always be a remnant, and Christ prevails. He is risen. May God bless you all.


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Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 

Romans 6:4-5

***Passages and truths such as the above are what keep me going in times like these in our nation's history. Evil is everywhere, and sometimes it gets overwhelming and downright depressing. The only way to get through it is to keep looking up, remembering the promises we've been given by a God Who never fails. We have this hope, this certainty that we will get through everything the enemy throws at us, knowing that in the end good will prevail and we will live forever where there is no evil. What a glorious promise! Happy Resurrection Sunday to you all!

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He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.
And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Isaiah 25:8-9

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A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. ~~ Mahatma Gandhi
A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. Mahatma Gandhi
Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/topics/topic_easter.html

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We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine. ~~ Dwight L. Moody 

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Delightful image of cherry blossom

Have a wonderful Easter Sunday!


Friday, March 25, 2016

At Calvary

***My friend reminded me this morning of one of my favorite hymns, "At Calvary." The chorus goes like this:

Mercy there was great and grace was free
Pardon there was multiplied to me
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary

So very true. Very thankful this morning for what Jesus Christ did for all of us on the cross, and even more thankful that he rose again so that one day we can do the same.

***I love these trees. They're starting to bloom all over Richmond. :-)

Magnolia Trees in Bloom - Magnolia Hill


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***Heartwarming story: Woman hears for first time after cochlear implant, boyfriend proposes.


A woman who was formerly deaf heard for the first time recently after receiving a cochlear implant at University of Mississippi Medical Center. The first words she heard? Her boyfriend proposing.
“I wanted to make the first thing you hear was asking you to marry me,” Kevin Peakman told his girlfriend, Andrea Diaz.

Awwww... :-)

***Backyard shed becomes office. Nice.




***I need this: 10 tricks to make yourself look better in photos.

***Breathes there the man with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land.
Walter Scott
 
 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wonderful Promise

***Saw this on Facebook and had to share:

What Happens When You Die
Max Lucado

According to some folks, we bury the soul when we bury the body like a wrapping with a hot dog, never expecting to see either again. Other people propose that the spirit abandons the body as a butterfly escapes the cocoon. Christianity, on the other hand, posits a new startling, surprising idea. What you had before death, you’ll have after death, only better, much, much better. You will go to paradise: heaven, but not home. Then, upon the return of Christ, you will receive a spiritual body and inhabit a restored universe. This is the promise of God. This promise hinges on the resurrection of Christ. The Christian hope depends entirely upon the assumption that Jesus Christ died a physical death, vacated an actual grave and ascended into heaven where he, at this moment, reigns as head of the church.
The Easter miracle, in other words, changed everything.
It was Sunday morning after the Friday execution. The sky was dark. The disciples had scattered. And the Roman executioner was wondering about breakfast, or work, or his next day off. But he was not wondering about the fellow he had nailed to a cross and pierced with a spear. Jesus was dead and buried. Yesterday’s news, right?
Wrong. God shook things up.
“There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.
The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.’” (Matthew 28:2–6)

2 Corinthians 4:16-18King James Version (KJV)

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


Read the whole thing, it's really good.

***How far that little candle throws his beams. So shines a good deed in a weary world.
William Shakespeare
 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Master's Hand

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Wishing to encourage her young son's progress on the piano, a mother took the small boy to a Paderewski concert. After they were seated, the mother spotted a friend in the audience and walked down the aisle to greet her. Seizing the opportunity to explore the wonders of the concert hall, the little boy rose and eventually explored his way through a door marked "NO ADMITTANCE."

When the house lights dimmed and the concert was about to begin, the mother returned to her seat and discovered that her son was missing. Suddenly, the curtains parted and spotlights focused on the impressive Steinway on stage. In horror, the mother saw her little boy sitting at the keyboard, innocently picking out "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." At that moment, the great piano master made his entrance, quickly moved to the piano, and whispered in the boy's ear, "Don't quit, keep playing."

Then leaning over, Paderewski reached down with his left hand and began filling in a bass part. Soon his right arm reached around to the other side of the child and he added a running obligatio. Together, the old master and the young novice transformed a frightening situation into a wonderfully creative experience. The audience was mesmerized.

That's the way it is with God. What we can accomplish on our own is hardly noteworthy. We try our best, but the results aren't exactly graceful flowing music. But with the hand of the Master, our life's work truly can be beautiful. Next time you set out to accomplish great feats, listen carefully. You can hear the voice of the Master, whispering in your ear, "Don't quit, keep playing." Feel His loving arms around you. Know that His strong hands are playing the concerto of your life. Remember, God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called.

***Feeling a little bummed today with the state of politics and the world in general, and I doubt I'm alone. Hopefully today's post will left our hearts a bit.

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See it through

 
When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it's vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don't let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you're beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don't give up, whate'er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!

Edgar Guest 

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Reaching the end of a job interview, the Human Resources Officer asks a young engineer fresh out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, "And what starting salary are you looking for?" The engineer replies, "In the region of $125,000 a year, depending on the benefits package." The interviewer inquires, "Well, what would you say to a package of five weeks vacation, 14 paid holidays, full medical and dental, company matching retirement fund to 50% of salary, and a company car leased every two years, say, a red Corvette?" The engineer sits up straight and says, "Wow! Are you kidding?" The interviewer replies, "Yeah, but you started it."

***:-) Welcome home.

Welcome home.:


***Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain

Monday, March 21, 2016

Shameful

***Obama is in Cuba, lending credibility to a cruel dictatorship. Wonder how much it would take to get them to keep him?

President Obama sat down with Cuban President Raul Castro on Monday for a historic meeting in Havana, a controversial exchange fraught with political and diplomatic risk for the U.S. president – but also opportunity to try and show that engaging the Communist regime can do more to bring about change than isolating it.
Obama and Castro sat down at the Palace of the Revolution after shaking hands and greeting each other during a brief ceremony, which included the playing of both the U.S. and Cuban national anthems.

And pictured right behind Obama was a big mural of Che Guevara.  Like I said, shameful.

***Emily & I really enjoyed Beauty & the Beast at the Palace Theater in Columbus yesterday! Our next show is going to be Wicked at the Ohio Theater in August.

***Chicago. Another example of the corruption and mismanagement of Democrat-run cities and states. When will more people get it?

Another example - and they'd find plenty more rats in their government offices.


***Oh, how presidential. Donald Trump is now calling for a boycott of Megyn Kelly's show. He proves more and more each day how NOT ready he is to be president. This is childish and petty, like something Obama would do.

***No way....

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***Should we only shower once a week? This guy has waaaay too much time on his hands.

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My 90-year-old dad was giving 
a talk at our local library about his World War II experiences. During the question-and-answer period, he was asked, “How did you know the war was over?”
He replied, “When they stopped shooting at me.”

***Interesting facts:

1. If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
2. If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. For when a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
3. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.
4. Your tongue is germ free only if it is pink. If it is white there is a thin film of bacteria on it.

You're welcome.

***The person who writes for fools is always sure of a large audience.
Arthur Schopenhauer




Saturday, March 19, 2016

Pointing Out Hypocrisy

***Saw this at Instapundit:

Salon tweets, “The gangster candidate: Trump & his supporters behave like the mafia, with veiled threats and acting above the law.” But as Twitchy notes, “That’s rich, coming from Salon. When radicals rioted in Ferguson and Baltimore in response to the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray, this was their headline: ‘Violent protesters are right: Smashing police cars a legitimate political strategy.’”

Unfortunately, that kind of doublethink is the norm in the left-leaning media and blogosphere. By the way, I wonder if Salon approves of the mob blocking traffic today? Rank hypocrites.

***More college crybabies:

At colleges across the country, student protesters have been complaining about the names of buildings and demanding that their schools change those names.
At Lebanon Valley College, students demanded the school change the name of the “Lynch Memorial Hall” because it included the word “lynch.” At Stanford, students want the name of Father Junipero Serra removed from buildings and streets because he played a role in assimilating — and apparently exploiting — Native Americans. Harvard Law students succeeded this month in removing the unofficial school seal because it bore the family crest of Isaac Royall Jr., a donor who made his money from the slave trade. At Yale (notice how many of these alleged hotbeds of racism are Ivy League schools), students demanded renaming a residential college because it was named after John C. Calhoun, a defender of slavery.
UC Berkeley perhaps had one of the most mind-numbing demands. Protesters wanted to rename Barrows Hall after Black Panther member Assata Shakur, who was convicted for the murder of a New Jersey state trooper and multiple other felonies. Barrows Hall was named for former UC Berkeley President David Barrows, who protesters claimed perpetuated American colonialism. To replace this alleged menace, the protesters wanted the building named after a murderer who escaped from prison and fled to Cuba.
So while protesters claimed to despise terrible people who advocated for the murder and mistreatment of others, they demanded the school honor someone who advocated for the murder and mistreatment of others.

What are these poor little dears gonna do when they get out into the real world? Oh, right. Become journalists or Democrat lobbyists.

***Wanted to go and shoot my new .22 Magnum revolver today, but we have to go to the outdoor range with it because they don't allow Magnums at the indoor range. Weather looks like it's gonna be pretty cruddy today, so probably won't be able to. Rats.

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***After three year wait, couple finally adopt two boys from the Congo. Great story!

It was an emotional meeting the first time Jennifer and James Grover finally embraced their new sons — more than three years after they adopted the pair of Congolese boys.
Seven-year-old Bronson is a blur as he runs from the airport gate into his mother’s arms and 14-year-old Joseph isn’t far behind giving his new dad a big hug.
Even though the boys officially had been adopted in 2012 after looking at photos, they weren’t allowed to come to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of the Congo because of bureaucratic red tape on both sides of the ocean.
Not sure why they have to make it so hard to adopt foreign children. So glad for these boys!

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I Can't Remember

by Anonymous


Just a line to say I'm living
that I'm not among the dead,
Though I'm getting more forgetful
and mixed up in my head

I got used to my arthritis
to my dentures I'm resigned,
I can manage my bifocals
but God, I miss my mind

For sometimes I can't remember
when I stand at the foot of the stairs,
If I must go up for something
or have I just come down from there?

And before the fridge so often
my poor mind is filled with doubt,
Have I just put food away, or
have I come to take some out?

And there's a time when it is dark
with my nightcap on my head,
I don't know if I'm retiring, or
just getting out of bed

So, if it's my turn to write you
there's no need for getting sore,
I may think I have written
and don't want to be a bore

So, remember that I love you
and wish that you were near,
But now it's nearly mail time
So I must say goodbye, dear

There I stand beside the mail box
with a face so very red,
Instead of mailing you my letter
I opened it instead

***As each day comes to us refreshed and anew, so does my gratitude renew itself daily. The breaking of the sun over the horizon is my grateful heart dawning upon a blessed world. ~Terri Guillemets


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Point by Point Conclusion

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We are on point #7.  Hard to believe we even have to cover this one, everyone with half a brain knows what Obama has done to our economy.  Fortune Magazine covers this nicely. While it's true that the stock market has gained, there is little else to be positive about. Home ownership is way down, wages are stagnant, and labor participation is the lowest it has been in a long time.

Point #8. I think they got him on this one, it's pretty obvious he did know who David Duke was.

Point #9: Really? REALLY? They want to argue that Hillary did nothing illegal? It has been proven over and over again that she had classified information on her phone and on her home server, and emailed it. That is not even in question. Why are some of her aids pleading the 5th, why have they offered immunity in exchange for testimony to one of her computer guys? Why did she erase a massive amount of emails - illegally, I might add? Those are not the actions of an innocent person, yet her true believers will hear none of it. Kind of amazing to watch.

Newsmax has a good story on this.

And there you have it. Again, this exercise was to prove the dishonesty of the Left, not to give Donald Trump a boost. Perhaps you haven't noticed, but I don't like him. If he is nominated, I will vote for him. I will not enthusiastically support him, though. I will not contribute to his campaign or promote him on my blog or on social media. I think he is a train wreck, and the only reason I would vote for him is I think anyone the Democrats nominate would be worse. What a shame when we could have had a conservative such as Scott Walker or Ted Cruz. I still hold out hope that Cruz will pull this out.

***I think I'm going to take a Facebook break. I'll still post my blog and check messages, but I can't stay out of political discussions, and it's getting pretty depressing. I'm seeing fellow Republicans on both sides of the Trump debate acting like moronic Democrats with the name calling and completely unsupported statements. I especially love the well thought out, cogent two word responses such as "Cruz sucks!" Yeah, real substantive argument there. Nobody is going to change anyone's mind, so it's silly to use my mental energy and time on arguments like that. I posted my opinion on a Fox News story about Rick Scott endorsing Trump yesterday - it was not inflammatory or insulting, just my opinion that Donald Trump is not a done deal and Ted Cruz still has a chance, and I had over 400 responses within an hour. 90% of them were vacuous, nonsubstantive diatribes like TRUMP IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE THE COUNTRY! What the heck do you do with that? It's a waste of time to try and talk  sense into someone like that, I honestly don't know why I let myself get drawn into those conversations. The only way not to is to just stop reading these stories and responding.

Yeah, I know what you're thinking..."We'll see how long THAT lasts..."

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***Over $1 billion richer overnight. Good heavens.

Oracle ORCL +3.82% Chairman Larry Ellison is $1.3 billion richer today than he was at the stock market’s close on Tuesday, following a positive response to Oracle’s third quarter earnings report. Oracle stock jumped 3% in after hours trading Tuesday and is trading up nearly 4% from Tuesday’s close as of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in New York. Ellison is currently worth $48.7 billion, making him the 6th richest person in the world ahead of Facebook FB +1.42% CEO Mark Zuckerberg who held that title yesterday.

Can't even fathom that.

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A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…
“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”
Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…
“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”
The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…
“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?”The old man smiled and said…“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.
Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.

***Itty Bitty Snake.

Smol Snake



***Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. ~~ Proverbs 3:5