Monday, May 30, 2016

Honor

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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.

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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.

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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 
feelings.”

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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

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.
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/issues/free-market#sthash.TXQVPvpk.dpuf
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.
- See more at: https://www.conservativereview.com/issues/free-market#sthash.TXQVPvpk.dpuf

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Violation

***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.

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alpaca,puns,funny,vacation


***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.

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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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Monday, May 16, 2016

Another "Hate Crime" Hoax

***This time by a gay pastor (talk about a contradiction in terms). He has withdrawn the lawsuit and apologized.

The Texas pastor who sued Whole Foods in April for allegedly writing a gay slur on a cake he bought withdrew his lawsuit on Monday and apologized to the supermarket chain for perpetrating a hoax, KVUE reported.
"The company did nothing wrong," openly gay pastor Jordan Brown wrote in a Monday statement. "I was wrong to pursue this matter and use the media to perpetuate this story."
Brown said in April that he requested a cake from Whole Foods with the phrase “Love Wins” written on it, but when he received his cake there was a homophobic remark added. Brown made the accusation in an Internet video and launched a lawsuit shortly thereafter.
But alert viewers quickly pointed out that the icing style used to write “Love Wins” and the gay slur appeared to differ, and Whole Foods released surveillance video showing the cake being purchased with the UPC code in a different location than Brown's video, suggesting the cake had been opened and tampered with.

I think the only thing he's sorry for is that he got caught. That's when he came forward with his "apology."

***Whaaat? Shark bite victim taken to hospital with shark still attached.

A woman bitten on the arm by a shark during a swim in Florida on Sunday showed up to the hospital with some company – the shark still attached to her arm.
The unidentified 23-year-old woman was in stable condition at Boca Regional Hospital, Fire-Rescue Spokesman Bob Lemons told The Palm Beach Post.
A bystander on the beach killed the 2-foot nurse shark, but when she was admitted, the 23-year-old woman still had the toothy fish lodged in her arm.
The Boca Raton Regional Hospital operator told the Associated Press that the woman had been treated and was in the process of being released Sunday afternoon.
Nurse sharks are rarely unprovoked threats to humans, according to the National Parks Service. The fish have razor-sharp teeth and will often latch on to humans they bite for several minutes before letting go. Because of the size of their teeth, however, nurse sharks do not generally penetrate deeply into an individual’s flesh.

***Well, our weather in Indiana hasn't been the greatest this spring, but at least we haven't gotten two inches of snow this week.

Updated Monday morning..... It is snowing this morning in northern Maine and so far Caribou has picked up over 2 inches making this the biggest snow for ever so late in the season.

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New Words for 2016

These words are so joining our vocabulary in 2016!
Chairdrobe (n.): piling clothes on 
a chair in place of a closet or dresser.
Epiphanot (n.): an idea that seems like an amazing insight to the conceiver but is in fact pointless, mundane, stupid, or incorrect.
Internest (n.): the cocoon of blankets and pillows you gather around yourself while spending long periods of time on the Internet.
Textpectation (n.): the anticipation felt when waiting for a response to 
a text.
Unkeyboardinated (adj.): when you’re unable to type without repeatedly making mistakes.

***And he wants to be president...

Burlington College announced today that it will close on May 27 after it found itself unable to recover from “the crushing weight of the debt” incurred under Jane O’Meara Sanders, the college’s former president and wife of Bernie Sanders.

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Scorn not thy narrow task. For He who made
The brilliant stars and moon to gild the night,
Placed the small glow-worm in earth's woodland shade,
And bade her too shed forth her tiny light.
~Fanny Charlotte Wyndham Montgomery (1820–1893), "When with a tired soul," 1846


Friday, May 13, 2016

Priorities

***From The Corner at National Review Online:

Regarding Obama's decree that schools must allow students to use the bathroom of the gender they "identify" with:

He’s got other work to do. As noted in today’s Jolt, the country doesn’t lack other, more far-reaching problems. Your wages are probably flat. Your 401(k) is probably sputtering along. The murder rate in the country’s largest cities jumped 13 percent in the past year. A Federal Reserve Board survey finds 49 percent of part-time workers would prefer to work more hours at their current wage, and 47 percent say they couldn’t cover an unexpected $400 expense. Children are starting to come across our southern border in greater numbers again, with fears of another surge coming this summer. Our immigration enforcement remains inexplicably lax; “In 2015, [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] freed 19,723 criminal aliens, who had a total of 64,197 convictions among them. These included 8,234 violent convictions and 208 homicide convictions; 124 criminal aliens released by ICE have subsequently been charged with homicide.” 
But the United States government is patrolling who’s using the bathroom in your child’s elementary school.


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***Next time some pinhead gripes about the "rich paying no taxes," show him this (not that it'll make any difference): 16% of Americans make $100,000.00 a year or more. They pay 80% of the Federal Income Tax. 
That is "fair" to a liberal.

***Iran now has $100 billion freed as part of Obama's relaxing sanctions against them. What could possibly go wrong?

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A few months ago, Hamas “arrested” a dolphin for being an Israeli spy. Readers of Reason magazine came up with titles for the film this action might inspire:
• Orcapussy
• Free Schmuelly
• Goldflipper
• The Porpoise-Driven Life
• Dolphinfidel


***Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. ~~ John Adams
Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it. John Adams
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