Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
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
Sunday, November 22, 2009
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!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
"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.
It is obvious to me this American soldier, Major
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
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.
Am I up to the standards of William and Nellie? I don't know. I hope I am. Are you?
Monday, November 2, 2009
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.
Lutheran Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer
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