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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The More Things Change........

"...there was implied a glaring deficiency in our country's educational processes.  It seemed to me that constant stressing of the individual right and privileges of American citizenship had overshadowed the equally import truth that such individualism  can be sustained only so long as the citizen accepts his full responsibility for the welfare  of the nation that protects him in the exercise of these rights."  General Dwight David Eisenhowser, 1941.  In his book Crusade for Europe.*

Nineteen hundred and forty-one,  a brilliant genius and General was able to perceive this.  A deficiency in our country's educational process.  How is it this deficiency has been allowed to last and prosper for so many years?  When did Conservatism loose control?  The very building blocks of our Great Society are founded on God and Country.  Now, the only place you can mention God is in the country outside the listening ears of the liberals that haunt so many of our large metropolitan cities. God is being removed from the schools, the public buildings, the government offices and the National Day of Prayer has been removed from the Whitehouse and replaced with a Muslim prayer rug.  We have a President who not only refuses to place his hand over his heart when the National Anthem is played but only wears a flag emblem when it fits his political  path.

We have laws against homosexual marriage but same sex marriage is condoned in several states in the United States.  Laws have been and are being passed to the extent that a minister, pastor, rabbi or preacher can't preach the Bible without the fear of being arrested for preaching a so called "hate crime"  Where did we loose control?  We have "holiday trees instead of Christmas trees.  We have winter school break instead of  a Christmas break.  Try finding a Nativity Scene for your yard at Walmart, Lowes, The Home Depot. Drive through your neighborhood and count the number of yard decorations VS the number of Nativity Scenes.  I'll bet you it is 10 to 1, easy.  I personally refuse to buy from any store that sets up Christmas displays before November which is still too early.  Yes, it limits my choices but it's my choice!

I personally am fed up with this complete mess.  I have started bringing the true meaning of Christmas back to my house.  No more bunches of presents from Santa Claus, no more spending a fortune on junk for the grandkids.  On Christmas eve we read a blended story of the birth of Christ taken from the Gospels and exchange one gift in honor and remembrance of the Birth.  Then the little ones are off to bed and most of the adults attend a service at a local church.

I understand it is hard to do, stand up and be counted however, the next time you are in a store and a manager asks you how it's going tell them you really would like to keep Christmas in December and the meaning of it in the store.

I'm all through preaching now.

Pops

*If you ever get the opportunity to read this book it is fantastic!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Obamacare, PLEASE, Give me More!

Needless to say I've been AWOL (Absent With Out Leave) for those of you in Loma Linda, for a while.  Hopefully for  me and what's left of my followers I am back.  The last 6 months have been both trying and fulfilling in the spiritual, emotional and physical ways.  Today, Sunday morning I am hope recuperating from  what was to be a 30 minute in and out the same day surgery.  It took two and one half  hours and I didn't want to leave the Recovery Room.  Seems 30 minutes to wake up turned into 4 hours and breathing tubes and a bunch of other stuff I am glad not to remember from what the anesthesiologists  tells me.  The good news for me is through the Grace of God and some good doctors I am still here to tell my story about OBAMACRARE!

My Obamacare story
It all started last month when I had my monthly check-up for cholesterol.  My Doctor gives me two prescription slips instead of the usual one. Now we all now, Enquiring minds want to know, so I ask.  Ah....what's this?  Well, the long and short of the conversation is, the normal "combo" drug I take for my cholesterol is no longer available after November 1.  Seems one of the drugs in it has a 5% higher rate of causing  something else in my system.  So no more "combo" drug.  Now I have two "scripts instead of one and of course I could be 5% less likely to get something else I might get.  Make sense to me.  

Only one little problem.  I get my scripts mail order.   I just went from one to two scripts.  I just went from $50.00 copay to $100.00 copay per 3 months. As they say in NASCAR, "Do the math Darrel".  I just went from $200.00 per year $400.00 per year in Copays.  Now ya'al help me out but....but... but didn't my health care cost just go UP by $200.00?  Some liberal, Obama supporter, please get back to me on this as I thought my health care was going to go down under this program.

BUT WAIT!  Like any good commercial there's more, much, much more!!

Last month I went to the drug store to pick up a cheap generic script that normally cost me 80 cents for 30 days.  That's right an old drug that cost me 80 cents.  My good friend Janet took me to the drug store after getting out of the hospital since I can't drive to get a re-fill and this month guess what!  It now has a $10.00 Copay!  Now admittedly I get a 3 month supply for my $10.00 and not a paltry 30 day supply for 80 cents.  So I seem to have saved here by only one trip every 3 months to the drug store.  And since it is sooo far away, like less than a mile, I might actually break even on this deal.

Oh please give me more Obamacare.  I can't stand  the thought of not saving all this money!      Folks if I didn't hurt so bad right now I'd cry.  

I would also like to add a little footnote.  Now is time to be vetting our Conservative Presidential candidates.  This does not mean for the candidates to make personal attacks on each other.  I am very saddened by the personal attacks that Ms. Bachman and Mr. Gingrich have be doing since the last Republican debate.  If you support either one of these candidates let them know this is wrong.  Now is the time for them to tell us, the American people, how they plan to  fix this mess. Calling each other liars and harping on TV with year old documents that may or may not lead to a problem being solved is ineffectual and only gives the liberals ammunition for  the upcoming Presidential election.

This is not to say I am or am not supporting either of these candidates.  Frankly I haven't made up my mind.

God Bless America, please.

Pops

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