My Rule for Life

I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn't, than live my life as if there isn't, and die to find out there is.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Kristallnacht, Is Ours Coming?

A little background first.  When stationed in Germany, before "the wall" came down, I read a book called the "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich".  The horrors of that book and how easily an entire country was taken over has stayed with me for 40+ years. In my blogging and emails and conversations with others of the public it appears that Kristallnacht and  what  came with it have been forgotten by our public schooled liberal and Conservative adults.  I along with MRG, of the blog, LET THE TRUTH BE KNOWN agreed this story should be told.  The research and writing  was done by the Monsignor and the idea of him doing most of the research and writing was done by me. 


I would only make one point  here.  The resemblance is in this layman's mind scary at least.  May I respectfully request you take the time to read this joint post first, then go back through it and watch the videos as you re-read the post.  If you, as I, feel a nervousness creeping  into you body forward the Conservative Outrage blog link to your friends to see if they concur with you. I personally plan to forward this to my elected officials and any liberal who will give me their email address or allow me to post to their blog.


Kristallnacht* was triggered by the assassination of German diplomat Ernst vom Rath by Herschel Grynszpan, a German-born Polish Jew. In a coordinated attack on Jewish people and their property, 91 Jews were murdered and 25,000 to 30,000 were arrested and placed in concentration camps. 267 synagogues were destroyed and thousands of homes and businesses were ransacked. This was done by the Hitler Youth, the Gestapo and the SS.[2] Kristallnacht also served as a pretext and a means for the wholesale confiscation of firearms from German Jews.[3]
While the assassination of Rath served as a pretext for the attacks, Kristallnacht was part of a broader Nazi policy of antisemitism and persecution of the Jews.[4] Kristallnacht was followed by further economic and political persecutions and is viewed by many historians as the beginning of the Final Solution, leading towards the genocide of the Holocaust.[5]

The article contains the HTML Code for three videos that add emphasis to the article. I couldn't get it to link through so you have to copy and past the HTML to your browser and then view the video.

OBAMA/HITLER -  FRIGHTENING SIMILARITIES

I don't expect the younger generations to know, simply because they weren't around when Hitler was in power, and because they are being given a "white-washed" version of history by the leftist liberals who have taken control of our public school system, but how about some of you older folks, those of you who were born during World War II or shortly after, are you beginning to get the feeling of deja vu? Are you beginning to feel a cold chill down your spine?

If you haven't noticed, there are increasingly shocking Parallels between Barack Hussein Obama and Adolph Hitler.

When Hitler came on the scene, he was a complete unknown in political circles. He had no experience, but he was a glib tongued mesmerizing speaker and nothing more then a nationalist/socialist agitator. Barack Hussein Obama  is much the same.His biggest claim to fame is that he was a "community organizer" (a leftist liberal socialist agitator) with a glib tongue. As far as political experience, he spent a short period of time in the Illinois State Legislator where he had a far less then stellar record (most of his time there, he voted "present" on various legislation rather then taking a real stand). After getting himself elected to the United States Senate, through the use of underhanded dirty Chicago political tricks, he occupied that position for three years, but two and half of those three years were spent campaigning for president.

Much like the German press built up the Hitler messiah-ship, our media is doing the same thing with Obama. We have on air news personalities who proudly and publicly proclaim that they get tingle up and down their leg every time Obama speaks. We have television "super stars" such as Oprah Winfrey, who publicly proclaimed Obama as the ONE.

Hitler managed to mesmerize the youth and young adults of Germany and his regime formed the "Hitler Youth Corp", where the children and young adults became perfect LITTLE NAZIS, snitches who gladly ratted out their own parents and neighbors. Many of the German young adults became members of Hitler's "Brown Shirts', his goon squads who implemented Hitler's aims and programs through the "persuasion of power" (beatings, assaults, intimidation and destruction of property).

You say that can't happen here, well the following video should make your hair stand on end:

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Don't forget, Obama already signed into law the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education Act (GIVE) which will massively increase the Americorps program which will oversee Obama's Civilian Security Force under ACORN.

The powers that be can use this program to cram their socialist/liberal ideology down the throats of the youthful "volunteers", many of whom could be forced into service since the bill creates a Congressional Commission on Civic Service.

Does this look cute to you?

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Now lets look at it in a different light. Is it cute now or frightening?

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Adolph Hitler and Barack Obama are eerily similar. Both men have a dark past and hide their ancestral roots and both claim to be Christian. I fear Obama and I sense an evil all about him.

Claiming to be Christian, Obama's early upringing was as a Muslim. Adolph Hitler was not a German, he was Austrian born to a Jewish mother. Hitler grew up in squalor, Obama was also not wealthy in his upbringing.

While Hitler championed the talk of being poor and having to be a self-made man and claiming to be Christian, he hid the fact that he was of Jewish ancestry. He hid the fact that he was a Godless atheist. Again, just like Barack Hussein Obama hides his Muslim background. This is terrifying.

Every single tyrannical dictator needs the power of charismatic speeches and hordes of young followers to faint in excitement when they hear shallow words and promises.

Obama's political rallies were held mainly in stadiums and large auditoriums, and people followed him blindly without question. People made shameful propaganda videos in his name and worshiped him like he was the "second coming" of the Lord.

Obama’s Youth are brainwashed and taught to hate their Christian American heritage, instilled by their Republican forefathers. As his wife Michelle said during the campaign; "We must change our history and our traditions." She also said; "When my husband is elected, he is going to make people do things they don't want to do...." She was right, wasn't she?

 People followed Hitler blindly without question and his political rallies were also held in stadiums. People like Josef Goebbels made shameful propaganda posters for Hitler. These posters championed dangerous ideas such as universal health care, war-alliances with Iran, denouncement of the Jews and nationalization of business and resources: how odd, Barack Obama supports all of these things as well.

Hitler’s Youth were also secretly trained to support genocide of the innocent and to hate their Catholic German heritage, instilled by their Holy Republican forefathers.

Barack Obama hates it when people pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America; our one nation under God. Obama hates it so much that he refuse to salute our  nations flag in public.


Obama wants crowds to acknowledge him, and almost all of his speeches are about him. Adolf Hitler demanded everyone greet him with a Heil Hitler, as Hitler fancied himself to be a god-king such as the pagan Egyptian pharaohs and Roman emperors.

Often, tyrants need a scapegoat to blame the problems of their county on. In Hitler's Germany, it was the Jews who were blamed for the mess Germany was in following World War I. On Nov. 9, 1938, Nazi gangs shattered windows of Jewish businesses and torched synagogues throughout Germany in the so-called "Kristallnacht", ("Crystal Night," or the "Night of Broken Glass") the first massive display of anti-Jewish hostility that led to the Holocaust, the mass murder of Jews.

In almost all large German cities and some smaller ones that night, store windows of Jewish shops were broken, Jewish houses and apartments were destroyed, and synagogues were demolished and set on fire. Many Jews were arrested, some were beaten, and some were even killed.

What ever the historical facts are, the attacks against the Jews on the night of Nov. 9, 1938, was not a sudden event. Anti Jewish sentiments had been building for many years, starting in small ways such as anti-semitic signs, cartoons, protests, demeaning jokes, growing like a cancer throughout, not only German society, but much of Europe.

So what does this have to do with Barack Obama you ask? Take a close look at what has been going on right here in America over the past several decades. Anti-Christian sentiments have been on the rise, especially around Christmas time, in a nation founded on Judeo/Christian principles.

Step by step, all mention of God or Christ are being erased from the public venue. Prayer was removed from the schools, then all traditional Christmas songs were banned from school programs. Then courts and other government buildings were ordered to remove any displays of the Ten Commandments. Stores and other businesses began to shun saying "Merry Christmas", and the Christmas tree began to be referred to as a holiday tree. Artists began to produce vile and disgusting works of art depicting Christianity, the Holy Mother and Child made out of elephant dung, the Crucifix displayed in a jar of piss, etc. Even our government gives taxpayer money to endow such "art".

These anti-Christian acts have grown more numerous since the rise of Barack Obama. In one of his books, 'Dreams of My Father', Obama stated; "I will side with the Muslims if the political winds take a turn for the worse." Since his inauguration, he has thrown Israel under the bus at every opportunity. During his campaign, he stated; "No matter what we once were, the United States is no longer a Christian nation," he also told an audience in Turkey that if we counted all of the Muslims in the United States, America would be the largest Muslim country in the world.

Upon taking office, Obama refused to acknowledge the National Day of Prayer, but proclaimed June to be National Gay, Lesbian, Transsexual, Transgendered Month. He also opened the traditional White House Easter Egg Hunt to 'same-sex couples' and their "children", sticking his finger in the eye of traditional Christians. When he gave a speech at Georgetown University, he ordered that the Crucifix and other Christian religious statues and art work behind him, be covered up. During an interview he gave a number of years ago, he said; "The Muslim 'call to prayer' is the most beautiful sound in the world."

So, should we as Christians be worried, should we be afraid? watch the videos again and then decide for yourselves. 


* Definition supplied by online Wikipedia.



Monday, December 21, 2009

Friend, I think not, Brother, Yes

This post was originally written in May 2008.  It was not posted for personal reasons.  I now feel I can post it because maybe my prayers were answered or maybe Somebody  else had a different plan.

George Orwell

"We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand
ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm."


This may sound like a strange way to start a posting however, Were the words of Mr. Orwell not true this posting and comments to it, most likely would not now or never have happened. Whether you are on the right or the left we all owe a great debt of gratitude to the men and women who keep us safe and free. Sermon is over, now on to thoughts of an old guy whose friends and some not friends tolerate him on the blogosphere and some even in person.

As I sit here in front of my computer I listen to the music from a blog of a man I have never met. On his blog he has music from a popular musician I have never listened to. This man is much younger than I. Yet, in our emails and blog replies I am somewhat struck that, in maturity and spiritual belief, he has it together in such a manner  I can't describe. This may come to a surprise to those that know me personally as you are aware I am seldom without words.

I know from his selflessness and deeds, he is the consummate professional who puts deeds before words and human kindness before himself. He always has someone else to care and lookout for. I don't know his family however, when he talks about his wife and children you sense the respect, the passion, the caring he has for them. I have developed a respect for what this man does and how aware he is about "his people" that I can't put into words. Yet, I have never met him.

I don't believe if we ever met he would refer to me as his friend, this would not be disrespectful of him and I would take no ill will. I believe I would be welcomed as a brother he had never met. I would feel the same way of him, a brother I had never met. The Internet has brought me in touch with many wonderful and caring people but none has moved me in such a way as this man. I have learned much about relationships from him and much about my self.

Can you really make a friend if you really have never met them,? Can you make a friend if you have never looked into their eyes, felt their handshake, or the passion in their voice? I have thought about this for sometime for my friend/brother has been sent on a journey.

This journey to him is so serious that he has decided he can no longer spend time on his blog. His journey is to "his people" and all his energy and resources must go toward them. Do I envy him? Yes, in a way. Am I sad that our communication will be stopped? Yes, in a way. Am I jealous of him, you betcha Charlie! I only wish I had his internal, spiritual, and physical strength of this young man. Am I proud to call him a friend? Well, as I said I do not believe he nor I would ever call each other friend. I do believe he would not object if I called him my brother.


You see the Internet can be used for evil and ill purposes. As I said before I have met many wonderful and interesting people through this medium. He is one of them. Good luck on your journey my brother. May G-d be with you,watch over you and "your people" where ever your journey takes you.

Do you have such a friend? Reach out to them, tell them how you feel. For one day your friend or brother may say, "I'm going on a journey and won't be able to talk with you" Reach out to them my friends, let them know, you care for them.

Shalom, 

Peace to all the World


Pops *


*Update,
My friend/brother has returned safely from his journey and for this I give thanks.


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

And Now From the Christian Perspective

I am indebted to my friend and fellow blogger the Most Rev. Archbishop Gregori for giving us a view of Hanukkah from the Christian side.


HAPPY HANUKKAH

As an Orthodox Catholic Bishop, I often urge my parishoners to take part in all of the Jewish Festivals. Every year at Pass Over, I hold a Seder Dinner with ALL of the traditional foods. Likewise, besides putting up the traditional Manger Scene and Christmas Tree (it is a Hanukkah Bush to my Jewish friends) I also light the Menorah on each of the eight days of Hanukkah.

Christians, all too often, tend to forget that Jesus, our Lord and Savior, the Son of God, was Jewish. Being a Jew, he observed ALL of the Jewish Feasts and customs, including Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights. It was important to him, so much so that he took himself to the very place where the Hanukkah miracle had occurred.

To those who may not know what Hanukkah is, let be give a little background:


In the second century BC,  Antiochus Epiphanes became the new king of the Seleucid Empire. Under his tyrannical rule Judaism was prohibited as a religion and the Temple in Jerusalem was desecrated while the Jewish people themselves were persecuted.

Matthias, a Levite (member of the priestly chaste) along with his five sons rebelled against attempts to force pagan sacrifices on the Jewish people. Judah, one of Matthias' sons, finally managed to take control of the rebel forces and experienced stunning military success against the Seleucids; as a result, he became known as Maccabeus, which means “the Hammer.” Judah and his rebel forces prevailed and retook the Temple, which was cleansed and rededicated. One problem, however, was there was only enough olive oil to light the menorah in the Temple for one day. Miraculously, this oil lasted for eight days, which was just enough time to prepare a new supply of oil.


Hanukkah celebrates this ancient miracle; and over the course of eight days, Jewish families light a modified menorah, called a hanukkiah, which has eight branches instead of the usual six, to symbolize the eight days of the original miracle. The blessings the family or community says together when lighting the candles acknowledges God as the ruler of the universe, “who made miracles possible for our ancestors in those days at this same season.” Jewish observers then sing the hymn “Rock of Ages” including the words “My God, you are the rock of my rescue and it is lovely to praise you. Restore my house of prayer where I will offer thanks...” Additional traditions include the eating of foods fried in oil, like doughnuts and potato pancakes, and playing with a four sided top called a dreidel.

As a kid, I was always jealous of the Jewish kids in my neighborhood because as a Christian, all I got were presents on Christmas morning, that was it, but them lucky Jewish kids got presents for eight nights in a row! As Christian children we were taught that Christmas is more than gift-giving so, too, Jewish parents teach that Hanukkah gifts are a reminder of the origins of the season’s joy, and not the reason for it.

In Israel, part of the Hanukkah celebrations involve visits to the “Land of the Maccabees” in the foothills of Judah around the modern city of Modi’in, near the ancestral home of Judah’s family. Today, It is common to find Christians, be they Messianic Jew or Gentile Christian, celebrating Hanukkah. For Gentile Christians, it serves as a reminder that our God is a god of miracles, past, present, and future. It is also a reminder of Jesus’ words recorded in John 8: 12: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

So, those who haven't yet done so, get out and shamelessly and in a joyful way, celebrate our Savior's Jewish roots, and If you are in need of a miracle, remember this: God, who performed the miracle of Hanukkah for the Jews in 164 BC and Jesus, who performed miracles in Israel 2000 years ago, is the same One who performs miracles today. So, light those candles and believe in your heart that miracles do happen.

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Most Rev. Archbishop Gregori

Friday, December 11, 2009

Hanukkah

Good evening friends, followers and fellow bloggers.  This evening we have a guest post by Spitfire of  lovelettersfrompapa.blogspot.com/   


Thank you for writing it  Spitfire. I hope you all enjoy a little educational story outside our normal relm of discussion.  
Pops


Hi Everyone! Today at sundown is the beginning of Hanukkah. I realize lots of folks don't know much about Hanukkah and Pops asked me to try to explain a little about it. So let's see if I can 'shed some light' on the subject. (Sorry for the pun, couldn't help myself.) OK, Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights (hence the pun...) or the Festival of Dedication. The story begins long, long ago in a distant land...the land of Ancient Israel. This will require quite a bit of century skipping to keep this short, so please forgive me.

Around 200 BC, which would be during the 'silent' period in Christian Bibles, between the 'old' and 'new' testaments, the Seleucid King Antiochus IV Epiphanes  took over control of Judea and Samaria. He began slowly to outlaw the practice of Judaism and took over the Jewish Temple in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem). This was not received well by the Jewish people. But when he insisted on slaughtering pigs on the Temple Altar to honor Zeus, according to his Hellenistic faith, things reached a boiling point. There was a Jewish priest (yes they were called priests way back in Exodus!) named Mattithius with 5 sons who said "That's enough!" (Paraphrased) He and his sons led a revolt against Antiochus who called in the whole Greek army. Mattithius was killed and his son Judah the Macabbee (meaning hammer) takes over. This begins the Hasmonean Jewish Kingdom. The fight takes 2 years, but this rough and tumble bunch of Jews defeats the Greek army! They immediately set out to clean and resanctify the Temple (this would be Solomon's Temple I believe). When they are ready to relight the Menorah (candelabra), they only find one small jar of sanctified oil. Oops. Now what will they do? Well, they'll gather some olives to make more oil and have it sanctified of course. But that process takes 8 days. Oy vey! Well, they decide they'll have to relight the Menorah to signify that the Temple is ready for YHWH to return and dwell there...and just have to get the fresh olive oil done as quickly as possible....knowing it will take 8 days. When they return to the Temple, they were dumbfounded!! The Menorah was still lit!!! There was oil for one day, but now 8 full days later, the Menorah is still lit!! Oh, what a miracle happened there!!! Quick! A celebration is in order!

Now, jump forward a couple hundred years...it's now the time of Yeshua. He's a grown man ministering around the countryside. In John 10:22, it says He was in Yerushaliyam (Jerusalem) in winter for the Feast of Dedication...ahah! He's there for Hanukkah! SInce Yeshua and His followers were practicing Jews, of course they'd celebrate Hanukkah! Now, if you keep reading He tells folks He's there to do the work His Father had sent Him to do. If you have a Bible with the Apocrypha, the whole battle is found in 1 and 2 Macabees. It's a great story of valor, drama and faith. If you don't have a copy, check out Hebrew4Christians, they have a great sight to find out more about Christianity's Jewish roots.

Ok, so what do we do to celebrate this now??? Well, this is where it gets fun! We light a special Menorah, called a Hanukiah, that has 9 branches. We light a candle adding another one each night till all 8 candles are lit. The ninth candle is the Shamesh, the helper candle. (Psst, see a correlation to the Father in that? The Helper Candle? Lights the other candles to shed their light into the darkness....sounding slightly familar? Kinda like Yeshua??? Hmmm, I thought so.) Anyway, we light the candles, say special prayers that thank Papa for providing for us, protecting us and bringing us to this time of year. Then we eat....and eat.....and eat. In fact, I think we eat more at Hanukkah than any other holiday except Pesach (Passover). We eat sufganiyot (jelly donuts), latkes (potato pancakes) in all different styles, chocolate gelt (coins), cookies and most anything you can fry or bake in oil. Then we play games..,.things like the Dreidel game and family type games that all can participate in. And we sing songs and dance. You've never sung until you've sung "Bubbe had a latke cake!" (It's sung to the tune of Mammy's little darling makes Shortnin Bread...) We spend lots of time together as a family and with friends having fun. Celebrating! It's tons of fun, lasts for 8 days and gives us reasons to truly enjoy the gluminess of winter.

So as all we who observe the Biblical fFeasts prepare for Hanukkah to start, we pray peace, joy and laughter into the lives of all. May your days be filled with His light, as our homes will be filled with the light of our candles that remind us of His light. May your hearts be filled with joy, peace and sounds that remind you how much Papa loves you. And may YHWH, (G-d), our Elohim (the Divine) bless each and everyone of you each of your days and draw you closer to Him with each breathe you take. Shalom and Mozel Tov! Spitfire

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

WIN, WIN, WIN, Where was Win?

As I said on my Mark 1:11 blog last evening I wanted to digest President' Obama's speech before commenting on it.  Well, it's 0523 hours in my time zone, I am somewhat awake, the coffee is brewing and I have just completed reading his speech compliments of The Huffington Post.  Yes, I said the Huffington Post.  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  First off let me tell you I absolutely despise teleprompters.  What ever happened to some notes and speaking from your heart?  Everything is so scripted these days and nothing is real.

He started off with a good moderate beginning then led into blaming the previous administrations for failing in this war effort.  Had the administration of President Clinton taken out or captured USB when he had the chance 9/11 most likely not have happened. You can't un-ring the bell so we move on.The President and I quote: "Then, in early 2003, the decision was made to wage a second war in Iraq. The wrenching debate over the Iraq War is well-known and need not be repeated here."  He then goes on to repeat the same rhetoric from the past etc, etc, etc.    This is unnecessary and has nothing to do with the mission.


Next he goes into the costs involved in the war in Iraq.  In a time of war the cost of a war is not germane.  It is not the cost  of lives, equipment, political liabilities or any other thing.  The focus must be on winning.  If winning is not the objective don't undertake the initiative.   It will only produce wasted time, money, wasted resources and personnel. This was unnecessary in the light of his administration's spend, spend, spend attitude of American taxpayer's $$$$$.

Let me be clear: there has never been an option before me that called for troop deployments before 2010, so there has been no delay or denial of resources necessary for the conduct of the war.   .....Given the stakes involved, I owed the American people - and our troops - no less.

I am not sure of what the first line of the above statement is all about.  I presume it is a political defensive move as to why he has waited so long to make a decision regarding "his" General's request.  The last line I agree with.  He owes the troops 110% of his time regarding decisions that place them in harms way.

The President goes on to announce the number of troops.  This number is only 75% of those requested by his own, hand picked General.  He then goes on to infer additional troops will be coming from NATO allies.  This while it had all ready been reported that some European  countries were not going to send an additional troops. Clik here.  This type of smoke and mirrors I find disturbing.  The lack of a complete truth on something as serious as this, indicates to me a lack of confidence in ones own decision.  I have never, and never, will be a defender of giving a date of exiting.  To me that's like telling a boxer you don't have to win by a knockout.  Just stay on your feet till the end of the 10th round and YOU WIN!  I can dance around the ring for quite a while with those conditions.  

The President went on to infer this was not the same as Vietnam.  He made some valid points. It isn't another Vietnam on his points.  Where it is another Vietnam is that it is being run by politicians and not Generals.  Therein lies the problem.  President Obama last night referred to himself several times, an rightly so, as Commander in Chief.  The Constitution gives him that title. Unlike becoming a Marine, it was a title given, not earned! It does not make him a military genius.  It certainly does not make him competent to make military decisions. His second in command, Vice President Biden has only 5 student deferrals to show for his military expertise. So why would you not listen to your hand picked Generals and send 40,000 of our finest fighting soldiers?  This is suspect to me.

I am not the greatest scholar, many of you will agree with that.  I am not a scholar at all.  However, doesn't the President's ending remarks sound like something I have heard from someone else before?  Perhaps I am wrong but.......  Correct me if I am wrong.
....we are passing through a time of great trial. And the message that we send in the midst of these storms must be clear: that our cause is just, our resolve unwavering. We will go forward with the confidence that right makes might, and with the commitment to forge an America that is safer,....

Oh, by the way, where was the word "win" in this speech?


On a brighter note, why not visit my friend and fellow blogger MRG'S new recipe web site for Tasty Dishes of the World., just clik here!

Pops








Saturday, November 28, 2009

Back to the Basics

Conservative Outrage was started as a platform for Conservative dialog.  It in the past year,since the election of President Obama it has become more of a discussion platform for the tracking of President Obama's inept mismanagement of the office of the Presidency.  The liberal left continues to hammer away at Conservative values in almost a vicious way. We will continue to monitor President Obama's and his  administration's ineptness and work our way back to the original purpose of Conservatie Outrage. Here are a couple of examples:


From the Associated Press: 
The records show a broad cross-section of the people most heavily involved in the health care debate, weighted heavily with those who want to overhaul the system. Among them were Dr. Eliot.... clik here for the rest of the story. 

From World Net Daily, via, the Patriot Depot,
This story revolves around a high school play and is so far out of bounds it requires this disclaimer.

Editor's note: Description of the musical's content includes examples of its profane, lewd and possibly racist material, which may be objectionable to some readers. Clik here

I am sure there will be the usual assults on Santa, Merry Christmas, Nativity Scenes and whatever else the ACLU  can cook up.  Ah well,  we will just keep praying, saying Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah  and putting up our Nativity Scenes.   By the way Hanukkah begins on December 12 this year.  You light your first candle on December 11, Friday.


Enjoy the season in the fullness it was intended, sharing, caring and loving our family and friends and each other.


Pops



Wednesday, November 25, 2009

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

It's that time of the year for overeating, football games, parades and aunts pinching your cheeks saying how cute you are. I suppose all that is true. It's also that time of the year that tugs at the heart strings of most Americans who remember the story of the "First Thanksgiving" taught in the history books. We've all heard it, about the Indians and the Pilgrims together eating wild turkey, corn and whatever was the bill of fare in the 1600's. I have heard several versions on the tube and radio today. To my amazement they all have one central theme. God, Freedom, Self-reliance and Perseverance. How can that be or should I say, "What the He__ happened!

Folks regardless of the price of gas, the cost of health insurance, the morons in Washington D.C. or aunts that pinch you till your cheeks are black and blue we live in the greatest country on the face of this Earth, bar none! Where else can you reach the standard of living we have. Yes, there are some who could be improved, there are some who live extravagantly and there are a cotton picking whole bunch of us who although we struggle from time to time wouldn't trade it for anyplace else!


Most of us will have food in our bellies tomorrow, a fire in the furnace, a roof over our heads and our families near. Nobody gave that to us. We earned it! We fought our Native American brothers and displaced them from "their" homeland, we fought the British, we fought in every major war and we are the giving-est people in the world. Our scientists have conquered major diseases and it was an American who give us this lovely Internet. And, you know what? We did it with the help of G-d, and just plain hard work.


So when you read this, sit back, relax, close your eyes and just for a minute be thankful for everything you have and have worked for and earned!


Happy Thanksgiving Everybody


Pops

Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's About Time!

No offense to my Catholic friends and followers but....
Roman Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin has banned,

Click here!


Now if all Catholics will get on board and put LIFE (of the unborn)before pursuit of HAPPINESS, (casual sex)

Hats off to Bishop Tobin!

That goes for the rest of us also.


Pops

Thursday, November 19, 2009

This just SUCKS! or I'm so Lucky

Many of you may not know of her, then again many of you may.  This evening at approximately 6:45PM Stephanie Spielman, wife of Ohio State great, Chris Spielman lost her valiant battle with Breast Cancer.  She fought the good fight for nearly 11 years.  She was 42. Now four children are without their mother and one husband is without his wife. Read the complete story here.


I'm so lucky.  I was married to my wonderful Gretchen for 32 years.  Our children are grown and she saw all of her grandchildren.  As bad as it may have been and at times continues to be,  I am so lucky.  Thank you G-d for those 32 wonderful years.


Please give up prayers for Chris and the children.


Thank You.


Pops

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

He's Baaacccckkkkk!

That would be me my friends, enemies, fellow  bloggers and followers!  I am back after a self imposed sabbatical from blogging.  No it wasn't writer's block or anything like that, I just decided to step back and take a deep breath for a little self-evaluation.  Got a body scan it was OK.  Got a brain scan, they found nothing.  So apparently all is well with the ol' bod.  No symptoms just a peace of mind thing for me and the family.  NOW, on with the news (?).


Two significant things have happened to me in the last couple of weeks.  Both, gave me something to think about and it has taken several days to sort it all out.  Let me see if I can put you on the same path I have been traveling these last few days.


With all the talk about the health care, horrible happening at Fort Hood, Cap and Trade, and on and  on and on.  I think I may have gotten depressed.  Don't ask why because I don't know but, I picked up my copy of the Declaration of Independence and began to read it.  My thoughts were to read it from the beginning to end in one evening.  A little self re-education so to speak.  Needless to say that didn't happen.  I must report I only got to the about the middle of the second paragraph.  My question to all of you is:  As an adult, have you  read the Declaration of Independence?  Now if you have, have you really? I mean really? Have you thought about each and every word, what it means and what it says?   Let's start with the very beginning.


"When in the Course of Human events".  What does that mean?  To me it says I am a human.  I'm special, we are all humans.  We are all special.  It says nothing about black humans, white humans, Native American humans,  we are are all humans. We are all in the same category.  One that thinks, feels, has emotions, like love, anger, sadness and happiness.  We are in essence all the same.

"...to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them.."  Take up the responsibilities given to this new nation of humans.These responsibilities are given not only by the Laws of Nature" but by those very responsibilities conceded to them by the Almighty God.


"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,"    We believe we are right. We believe in our cause. All men are created equal.  There is no difference.  That all men are endowed by their Creator.  There is something more powerful than man himself.  Something more powerful. Something that cannot be seen, heard, touched or felt.  We may not know what it is but we know it's there.


"..., Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed," To me this is just as plain as the nose on your face.  Governements are granted their powers by the very people they governing.  They are not granted their powers by the title before their name, the committee they man chair, or the lobbyist who takes them out to a $500 dinner.  They are no smarter, intelligent or intellectually more superior than another. "Deriving their powers from the consent of the governed!"


I would go into the next section about the overthrow of the government, however, the Secret Service all ready has a file on me (just kidding, well maybe not, I don't know) so I will by pass that.  My point here is one.  We, as Americans, big and small, short and tall, black, white, yellow, red, whatever your  ethnicity must put our county first.  

I would leave you with this quote from anonymous,

My God, without my God there is no Hope
My Country, without my country, there is no Freedom
My Family, without my family, there is no Reason.

Pops
 







Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Veterans Day

No words can or will ever be enough for what you Veterans have given us, the American People.  Quite simply,

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS


Pops

Friday, November 6, 2009

DAY 69/Tragedy in "the Heartland"

Unless you have been hiding with UBL in a cave somewhere in Afghanistan you know of the horrific tragedy at Fort Hood yesterday. I am reminded of a quote from Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu before the United States Senate in April of 2002.

"I have come here to voice what I believe is an urgently needed reminder: That the war on terror can be won with clarity and courage or lost with confusion and vacillation."


What does this have to do with the tragedy at Fort Hood. Think about it. "an urgently needed reminder" Never before has a United States President made a spectacle of our fallen warriors coming home with TV cameras and news reporters. Remember, just a short week or so ago. Remember, a picture of candidate Obama standing with his hands folded has the Star Spangle Banner is being played. Remember, the one phone call to his hand picked Commanding General who was developing a war strategy for Afghanistan. I am reminding you this guy doesn't give a squat about the military! He doesn't give a hoot or holler about how many of our brave warriors die. IMHO, He cares only about the power of the office of the Presidency of the United States of America. This is your reminder.

"...won with clarity and courage or lost with confusion and vacillation."

There is no clarity nor courage in this administration's support of the war on terrorism. There is no courage in this administration. One that bows to Muslim Kings and does a world wide tour apologizing for the greatest country on the face of this earth. There is only confusion and vacillation. With a leader that shows this demeanor is it any wonder there is confusion in the lives of our brave warriors? I certainly would not want him running Wal Mart.

This is clarity and courage not confusion and vacillation. Read these two excerpts from the Washington Post about our warriors that were there.

When the gunfire stopped, soldiers schooled in battlefield medicine ripped their clothes to make tourniquets and bandages.*

Seven of the wounded were taken to nearby Metroplex Adventist Hospital, while 10 went to Scott and White Hospital about 30 miles away in Temple. Both received a huge turnout for blood donors, so many volunteers that they eventually had to close their doors and turn away hundreds.*

So many volunteers they had to close their doors and turn donors away! When have you ever heard of that happening! That! Mr. President is "courage and clarity"! That! Mr. President is what made this country the greatest nation on earth. That! Mr. President is what will allow you to go so far and then "we the people" will tear the power from your hands and give it back to the people! AMEN, I'm done preaching now.

Lead, follow, or get the Hell out of my way, Mr. President!

It is obvious to me this American soldier, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, projected outward signs that he was unhappy about the role of the United States in the war against terrorism. It is being reported by major news outlets he was also unhappy about his upcoming deployment. It is also know know, he was a practicing Muslim. OK, jump on board. Conservative Outrage is racist. WRONG! My point is what part may political correctness have played in this tragedy? Because he was Muslim is there a chance his words and feelings may have been over looked for the fear of a superior being branded "anti-Muslim or a racist"

I really don't know. Hind sight they saw, is 20/20. I do know this. One of my closest friends is black. He is also my age. He also works with me. If we get the opportunity to go to lunch or dinner together as we have and will continue to do we pick a table away from everyone else. Why? We at times are not politically correct. We call it as we see it! We both were raised to NOT see the color of a man's skin. We talk like brothers not like a black man and a white man. We RESPECT each other for what we do, our moral upbringing, faith to our families etc. It would not matter to either one of us if the other were blue, green, or purple. It is the values that bring the respect. We both agree there are people who would not like to hear our conversations as they may become offended. Phooey!

Where in Heaven's sakes has our respect and common sense gone to? The chance that being politically correct may have been a part of this horrible tragedy is unthinkable! We, as a country, must get back to the basics, Respect and Responsibility.


G-d bless the soldiers and families of those involved in this horrible tragedy.

Pops

*Washington Post

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

DAY 67

Good Evening my fellow Americans. I come to you tonight from the Midwest of this wonderful country where G-d fearing, gun toten, small government lovin' Americans made that first small step to re-claiming this county. Thank you Virginia and New Jersey!!! And a hat tip to the voters in the 23rd in New York. I have the wood pellet stove warming the homestead, the attack cat DC on patrol and the most important luxury any person, bar none can have. FREEDOM Now on with the news!

Lead, Follow, or get the Hell out of my way, Mr. President!

I was off yesterday as I was performing one of the two most important jobs any American can do. I was working the polls, yes as a paid volunteer. Up at 0400 hours, opened the polls at 0630 hours, maned my position until closing at 1930 hours and after doing the paperwork, machine breakdown and truck loading home at 2137 hours. It was a wonderful and fulfilling day! Of course the other most important job is Jury Duty. Being the brat of a Cop and serving as one myself I am seldom called and even more seldomer used. (I love using non-words, it drives the educated NUTS) as a juror.

I'm not going to complain about the lack of a decision by President Obama. We all know where I and most of my followers stand. I am going to write this evening about a truly moving experience I had yesterday. Not about the day but of one incident I had the honor and privilege to observe and assist with.

Late in the afternoon a couple came in that I was told would need some assistance in voting. We have a machine that is set up for persons with hearing and sight disabilities. I made sure it was available and went to assist the couple. I was greeted by a couple who by everyone there agreed was late 80's or early 90's. Let me reset this a little bit. In Ohio we have absentee voting. You can simply request a ballot be mailed to you and return it by election day and your vote will be counted. He are two people who rejected that idea and made the effort to "go to the polls".

As I approached the table where the couple were supplying the proper identification to proceed to the voting machine I heard the gentleman say, "Honey, you know, you need to sign right here." He then gingerly began to help her find the block where she needed to sign to vote. He had to tell her several times to sign her name. She turned and looked at me and said "Brrr, it's cold out here". We were in doors. She would stare and he would try to get her to write her name and finally she made some scrawling that resembled the signature in the box next to it. She didn't have a walker so I and the gentleman named, William, escorted her to the appropriate machine. We were able to get her to sit down without to much trouble. She looked at William and asked who I was. He just replied he is here to help you vote, Nellie. "Vote? Vote, for what?"

It was quite obvious by this time she was suffering from dementia. As the time passed I watched William and Nellie from a safe distance. He would talk with her and help her press the button's on the voting machine to cast her votes for the various issues and people. Over and over again he would patiently explain and re-explain they were voting and what she had to do.

William helped Nellie vote which took about 30 minutes. A process that most people completed in 5 to 7 minutes to complete. He quietly kneeled beside her and voted himself. This took him and extended period of time also, but not nearly as long as Nellie. When I saw he was done I approached and offered my assistance as Nellie was very unsteady getting out of the chair and William was a little unsteady also. I escorted them to the parking lot where we carefully got Nellie in the car. Here's the hard part.

I notice the license plate on the car. It said POW. In Ohio we have specialty plates. With proper documentation you can have Veteran, Retired ARMY, etc on your license plate. William's read simply read POW. I asked him if that was his plate and he replied yes. I was a POW for 18 months in Germany. My father was in WWII and I felt a little close to William at this time. I extended my hand and simply said "Thank you so very much for your service, sir." He replied he was not an Officer but thanked me and shook my hand. He then told me Nellie was in the Air Force also and had retired along with him years ago. I remembered the little blue baseball hat she was wearing when she entered the building. it said Air Force. William again thanked me for my help and said it was nice to meet a young man (I'm 61)who was polite to him and his Nellie. I again thanked him and told him to thank Nellie for here service from me. He assured me he would.

Together he and his bride of 64 years left and I walked back into the building. I could feel the emotion building in my chest and tears welling in my eyes. Two huge emotions had taken me over in those few short minutes. This could have been my father, also a WWII Veteran. Thank G-d he was not a POW. He was in the Philippines. Then a flash of my Gretchen came over me. I wonder if I would have been strong enough and have the patience that William had should she had be in that situation. As I type this I again question myself. Would I, could I be William? Of course we will never know. This couple was one. Complete and true dedication to on another. Truly a love that knew no bounds.

To regain my composure I simply slowed down my walk and returned back to the building. I had a job to do, not nearly to the extent William had but one as important. Yesterday, thousand of Poll Workers got up early, worked all day and got home late for on thing. FREEDOM, Years ago a young man name William most likely got up early, worked all day, and found himself as Prisoner of War, for one thing FREEDOM. One morning a petite young Air Force woman got up, probably worked all day to hear her young husband did not return after his flight. She continued her work November 3, 2009 as she voted for one thing, FREEDOM.


"Freedom isn't Free" is not just a motto. For some it's a way of life.

Am I up to the standards of William and Nellie? I don't know. I hope I am. Are you?

Pops

Monday, November 2, 2009

DAY 65/TOTAL INEPTNESS

Lead, follow, or get the Hell out of my way Mr. President!

You can say what you will about President Bush, 1 & 2. You can say what you will about President William Jefferson Clinton. What you can't say is the level of total and complete ineptness that is in the current Whitehouse was ever remotely reached by either of these Administrations.

I once heard somewhere by someone, a politicians next campaign begins the day after he the night he wins! Surely this is what this Administration was/is trying to do. This Presidents Administration's bungles and bleeps began early. Not first but, one of the firsts was something as small (or large depending on your opinion) was the giving of an iPod* to the Queen Mother. Next we have the bowing incident to the Muslim world. You call it what you will. Which ever side your on it should have never been allowed to happen by the President's handlers. It is now being reported there will be a shortage or Swine Flu vaccine. Didn't the new health Secretary promise plenty of vaccine for ALL Americans. Major news organizations are reporting Chatty Kathy says we will have enough, as soon as supply catches up with demand.* Well yeah! DUH!

President Barack Obama on Friday expressed frustration about the slow pace of production of the vaccine, which has resulted in just 26.6 million doses as of Friday, far below earlier estimates of 40 million by the end of October.

Sebelius said those initial estimates were based on "overly optimistic" predictions by the five contracted vaccine makers for the U.S. market — MedImmune, a unit of AstraZeneca, Sanofi-Aventis, Australia's CSL, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis.

Now let me get this straight, 5, that's 5 major drug companies, that have been in private business for years, totally and completely underestimated their production rate. That would leave Chatty Kathy very,very smart. But, if Chatty Kathy is very, very smart why didn't she tell the 5 drug manufactures their numbers were wrong and that they should increase their production? Hmmm. Does this sound like a "blame game"?

Should the vaccine go to the most at risk groups first. The vaccine has been given away to those less likely to get the Swine Flu than the most likely. The Kansas City Star reports the H1N1 shots are being give to Gitmo Detainees before pregnant women in Kansas City. Is it being rationed? Is that some kind of "Public Option"? Who in goodness sakes is running this administration?

How about hand picking a General to develop a war plan for you and then saying you would have to more Generals review the plan when you began catching heat from your radical left supporters. Oh that's ok, I really didn't trust that General...ah...what's his name. Yeah, I spoke to him....ah....a couple of times. What was the number? Once in 100* days? I'm gonna make a decision after the re-election in Afghanistan. OPPS, nobody thought to ask the contender if he was "down" with the plan. Guess not he just dropped out. Guess who the new President of Afghanistan is? Can you spell Karizi? I can't! Really I can check the net. It's Correctly spelt Karzai. I know spelt isn't a word, spelled, there, OK. Lighten UP!!! What is your excuse now Mr. President? No re-election! TIMES UP! Make a decision, if you can? If you can't RESIGN!



Now the much ballyhooed "Whitehouse Visitors List" has been released. At least part of it and the #1 visitor is the CEO OF SEIU! Didn't President Obama say he wasn't not following the recent ACORN fiasco? SEIU, ACORN, same, same? To top this little gem off it is only a partial list of six months, that according to the Whitehouse! Didn't President Obama take office in January? Let me see, hmmm. February=1 month, March=2 months, April=3 months. Aw shucks, you do the math! Where is the rest of the invisible (transparency) list?

I'm done. I'm tired of the total and complete embarrassment this administration is causing this country! Now, I'm done.

Pops


*http://www.genengnews.com/blog/item.aspx?id=542
*http://www.swamppolitics.com/news/politics/blog/2009
*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/01/obama-gives-queen-elizabe_n_181862.html
*http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/30/world/asia/30policy.html

Friday, October 30, 2009

Day 62



Lead, follow, or get the Hell out of my way, Mr. President!


Several things have happened today that need reporting on. The 1900 pages House of Representives abomination that even covers VENDING MACHINES. OMG! I don't really care at this point if it's a REP, DEM, IND, or JERK! The people in Washington have lost their minds! That's number one.


As I was sitting at the ol' computer listening to tunes and thinking of things that better go unsaid, not bad things, just personal things. One of my favorite CD's got popped in the player. Charlie Daniels. The Mrs and I saw him perform at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, NC. He was born and raised right across the Cape Fear River, in Leland County if I remember right. He had his 80+ year old mother on the stage at the concert. He seems to be very country and down to earth. Well, as I am so prone to say, it started me thinking. Not good! Here's what I cam up with.


Some excerpts from a couple of his sons "struck a cord with me" . Get that struck a cord, Charlie Daniels, that's a joke. How 'bout a chuckle. Here are some of the words I found worth repeating and thinking about.


Some people ain’t afraid to take a stand


What this world needs is a little more respect,


For the Lord and the lawSome good people up front to take the lead


I’m full of American pride

I keep a Bible on my table and a flag out on my

I don’t mind paying taxes, but it makes my temper itchWhen my hard earned money goes to make some politician rich

Now you intellectuals may not like it,But there’s a whole lot more of us common folks,Than there ever will be of you




I ain't nothing but a simple man,Call me a redneck,

there's things goin' on that make me mad down to the core

There's crooked politicians

crime in the street

I ain't gonna take it no more

We tell our kids to just say no,And then some panty waist judge lets a drug dealer

you know what's wrong with the world today?

People done gone and put their Bibles away

I'm the kind of man that wouldn't harm a mouse,But if I catch somebody breakin' in my house...I've got a twelve gauge shotgun

there ain't no excuse For the raping and the killing and the child abuse

I've got a way to put and end to all that mess

You just take those rascals out in the swamp

Put them on their knees and tie 'em to a stumpAnd let the rattlers and the bugs and the alligators do the rest


If you have made it his far you must be a real fan of Conservative Outrage or Charlie Daniels. Admittedly some of it is a bit extreme however, after a fair trial do we really need 25 appeals for a child abuser or murder? I'll type you decide.


HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Boo!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Day 60

Lead, follow, or get the Hell out of my way, Mr. President!

Yes, friends, it has been 60 days since our President has received the report HE requested, by HIS hand picked General. The one that HE is supposed to use to direct HIS war (Afghanistan) HIS way! Not that I am any kind of analyst when it comes to military matters however, it does seem to me, perhaps only to me, the Taliban senses a weakness in our President's lack of resolve to make a life and death decision. It is easy to say what you will do once you are elected. It is totally another to follow through. It appears to me, perhaps only to me, President Obama cannot make the difficult decision. Now that is my ever so humble opinion regarding that.

Breaking news on most media channels The Wicked Witch of the West, Nancy Pelosi, will release her health care package tomorrow morning. I am sure someone all ready has copies. In the mean time for your reading pleasure here is a nice little blurb about said health bill and more of the DC elite MIS-SPENDING our money! Clik here, clik now.

Pops

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Day 59

Lead, follow or get the Hell out of my way Mr. President!

I love retirement, well semi retirement, mustn't forget my 2 or 3 days a week for the world's largest retailer! Retirement does give me ample time to scan the latest news outlets and the ever informing Internet. Talk about a wealth of information(?) or perhaps disinformation.

Keeping with the Conservative theme of this blog I feel compelled to post this latest article. As a Conservative I can't believe it. However, as a person who lives in a what some people are trying make in to a "politically correct" (what ever that is) society it is believable. I'll give you a snippet and you can clik to read the rest if you wish.

Every year Penn State University plays a game called football. Every year since the beginning of the Revolutionary War, Joe Paterno has coached the game. (
Just kidding, only the last 50 or 60 years). Penn State has made the "white out' into a new get behind the team symbol. All Penn State fans wear white. You should the pictures of the stadium on game day. Wow!

Apparently, I believe, a Penn State student has come up with a new T-shirt using the Penn State helmet line and Penn State design. To some moron or morons, whichever, it looks like a, dare I say, a "CROSS" Oh my G__! A "CROSS" on a college campus! What is this world coming to!! You get the gist of this. I can't think of a word ridiculous enough to describe this..., situation. Here is the complete article: clik here

Monday, October 26, 2009

DAY 58

Lead, follow, or get the Hell out of my way Mr. President!

I have searched all the major news outlets for a better Headline Story and alas have found none.

Leading with impotence of the Commander in Chief is not the way I like to start a post however, it continues to be in the forefront of Conservative American. Health Care is now being shopped as "consumer protection" and other ridiculous names. All we need is another government program that cost 85% of the America general public more in taxes. All this to pay for 10% of the public who can get health care at any hospital in this great country. Yes, what about the other 5% you say. Many of them don't feel they need it or want it for what ever their reason.

It appears the Democrats aren't the only party with a chink in their armour. It seems VP candidate Sarah Palin has come out of Alaska swinging. I even heard one commentator suggest she may run as a 3rd party candidate. Now there's is an interesting possibility. I wonder if she could get Ross Perot to back her. According to article here she is backing a more conservative Independent candidate than the Repubs are supporting. G-d Bless her. If there is still a United States of America left by the time President Obama and his communist cronies get done dismantling the Constitution she may actually have a shot. Perhaps she could get Hilary to run as VP.

HOT OF THE PRESS.

Sarah Palin's candidate leads in polls. Read it here, read it NOW!






Sunday, October 25, 2009

DAY 57

Lead, follow, or get the Hell out of my way!

My father used to say that to me when I couldn't make a decision. Well, Mr. President.

Pops
And the rest of the One Percenters Families

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Do We Need Optical Assistance?

I went to church today. How profound you say. So he went to church today. If you don't want a little lecture in living clik out now. If you want to get a lesson in life, stay tuned.

My Pastor is a great guy. I am not saying that to butter him up. I do believe he is. He and his wife and his church have done a lot for me in more ways than he will ever know. He started his sermon this morning poking a little fun at himself. Seems he went to the local grocery store and purchased some items. When checking out the lines were longer than he wanted to wait so he went to the "U Scan" line. After scanning his items he slid his card and then realized he didn't have his glasses. He needs his glasses to read. He backed up a little in an attempt to read what to do next. He backed up some more, and again for a third time. He then heard someone laughing. It was a friend of his who offered his glasses to Pastor. He used them pressed F1 and proceeded with his purchase.

Here's his point, the point I am stealing from him tonight. I am stealing it because I think it's a point we all need to think about. He couldn't see. He backed up and still couldn't see, he backed up again and couldn't see, then a voice said can I help you. It was a friend. I believe he used the term he needed a little optical assistance.

Today we blog and blog and dissect and discuss our personal political ideas. But do we really see? Do we really see the "big picture" What is the big picture? In Pastor's day it wasn't really seeing the F1. It was getting the groceries. In our blogging maybe we should on occasion back up, and back up some more. Wait for His voice to help us get a little optical assistance. He has the "big picture" in focus all the time. We only know what He is willing to let us see. Occasionally He allows us a peek of the "big picture" but that, is His choice, not ours.

Let's all take a step back from our political views and listen for His voice. Maybe then, and only, maybe then will He give us a peek of what's to come. Life on earth is short my friends, eternity lasts for.........well, forever.


God Bless America, America, Bless G-d

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

PRESENT!

President Obama votes Present......again.

Obama Quietly Authorizes Up to 15,000 More U.S. Troops for Afghanistan *


'nuff said.

Pops


*http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/13/obama-authorizes-troops-afghanistan/

Friday, October 9, 2009

Ilegals, YES or NO

The blog title is Conservative Outrage, not what did the President do wrong today. I would like to move away from the current Outrage that will be blasted over the airways for the next couple of days and move to a more controllable issue. Illegal Immigration and the church.

I was somewhat surprised when I received notice of this article but not shocked. I may have mentioned that ABNMOMMA and I left the Evangelical Lutheran Church two years ago. The stand of the church on illegal immigration and other topics was the reason. We had this silly belief the church was there to teach the Bible and not make political advertisement. Apparently we were wrong. I have posted before of my feeling regarding the role of the minister in the Christian religion and state it again. Take care of my spiritual needs. I'll take care of my earthly issues and my illegal brothers from down south of the border.

Here is an article that got this all started. Clik HERE. I will give the ELCA credit, they apparently do not belong to this organization. Having said that the Bishop of Central Ohio has signed a letter stating the same position. It's ok to be illegal. Breaking the law is OK. I think someone better read their Bible.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

My story

I live in Ohio. I am on Senator Sherrod Brown's email list. Every so often I get an email from him. Today I got a health care update. It ask me to share my story. Well, most of you know me well enough by now, if you don't want to know the answer, don't ask the question. Here is my response to Senator Brown's request for my story. I wonder if it will get posted on his web site, hmm.

Senator Brown,

Here's my story. My wife was diagnosed with lung cancer September 30,2008. It had already spread to her liver. She passed away March 30, 2009. Within days of diagnosis, she had the Chemo treatments Doctor ordered. She had all the necessary medicines she needed immediately after I drove to the drug store and picked them up with a minimum co-pay. Her last week she spent in the Fairfield County Hospital with doctors and nurses providing love, care and compassion for her. I was able to be with her in the room 24/7 and even received food and comfort from the staff as the end drew near. She passed away gracefully with her daughter and husband at her side and her Warrior son in route from Ft. Bragg. Thanks to the Red Cross.

My cost for all for all this treatment? A couple of thousand dollars. The total bill for all this treatment. Nearly $100,000. Am I bitching, HELL NO! She got the best care she could without government interference. Her family was taken care of during this time with no government bureaucrat making decisions on what it cost or what medicines she should have been given.

COMMENTARY

Do you, in your right mind, really think I am willing to trade the care she got for a government run agency that cannot manage a Cash for Clunkers, Social Security, Tarp, where's the money?, or General Motors, closing Saturn today news, or anything else it touches. Have you lost your mind?

Will you specifically exclude abortion and illegal immigrants and specifically include EVERY legal American? Will you make it MANDATORY that every government worker have the same health care plan you want me to have, including you, your family, the President and his family?

If you will, you will have my vote when you run again. If not, enjoy your time in Washington, it will be short lived. If you wish to use my story please feel free to do so. You have my permission, as your boss, to leave the COMMENTARY out.

Respectfully,
Gary
Husband of Gretchen

Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Destruction of the embryo in the mother's womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And that is nothing but murder.

Read more about this famous Lutheran Pastor at:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dietrich_Bonhoeffer