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Updated: 2018-01-22T07:14:50.524-05:00

 



John Corby, 61, dies

2018-01-20T17:40:38.695-05:00

https://www.10tv.com/article/610-wtvn-radio-host-john-corby-dies-61

What a shock.  He's been on Columbus radio for years--obviously not as long as we've lived here (50 years), but I can't remember when I didn't listen to him, usually in the car, usually he was talking about the local scene, what restaurants were good, and "how about those Buckeyes." He had a great audience rapport and kept up the banter taking phone calls.

"With deep shock and sadness we report that long time afternoon host John Corby on News Radio 610 WTVN died unexpectedly Saturday morning. January 20th, 2018. He was 61." 610 WTVN



Request for reviews is up

2018-01-19T20:32:28.746-05:00

I'm not up on publishing cycles, but yesterday I received at least 10 review offers, including children's books, interview opportunities, contemporary music, and one Phd student who needs more for her survey (it was for journalists, so I wrote back and told her a blogger is not a journalist and I was too old). Is this the Trump Bump or is it always like this in January and I've forgotten? A selection of the offers:. I'm writing to introduce author, presidential expert, and leadership-architect Cash Keahey and his new book EIGHT LEADERTYPES IN THE WHITE HOUSE. Kids are growing up in a technological environment, and knowing how to make the best use of good tech is a critical part of preparing them for their future lives. Important 21st century skills such as problem solving, communication and creativity can also be improved with the use of great tech. launch of author Kim Chaffin's new book  'Simply Blessed: Finding Joy in the Little Things www.wycliffe.org/community  Yes, its a 7-day digital devotional released as part of the "A Call to Community" campaign for Q1, the landing page  Donald Lee Sheppard quickly rose through the ranks of major international benefits consulting companies before launching his own employee communications firm, Sheppard Associates. In his new book  The Dividends Of Decency: How Values-Based Leadership will Help Business Flourish in Trump’s America  In Road Rules for Retirement, Mark shares the many challenges you will face getting to and through retirement. He reveals the many risks you must know about and account for to make sure you never outlive your money.  Having worked for thirty-five years as a cameraman and producer for every major U.S. television news network and the Foreign Press Corps, Tim Ortman understands firsthand the television news production process with over three decades of experience shooting, lighting, editing, writing, story editing, and producing.   Newsreal: A View Through the Lens When… [Incorgnito Publishing Press, May 2018]. This spring, the University of Notre Dame Press will publish Flannery O'Connor and Robert Giroux: A PublishingPartnership by Patrick Samway, S.J. Flannery O'Connor is considered one of America's greatest fiction writers. AMIE Cut for Life is a page-turning work of suspenseful fiction that tells the truth about human sex trafficking and female genital mutilation.   At least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone ritual cutting.  Currently, there is an alarming rise of female genital mutilation in America.I appreciate you're busy but I just wanted to follow up on the email I sent you the other day; a copy is included below for reference. Here’s the link - http://ammo.com/articles/founding-fathers-quotes Please let me know if you would like to interview the contest coordinators or need additional giveaway details. https://gives.rockyridgetrucks.com/.   Dr. Ward is available for an interview, to write an article or to provide commentary on this topic.  Please let me know if you are interested. MacDuffie just finished narrating “Unf*ckology” by humorous advice columnist Amy Alkon, which is slated for release this month. She also narrated a documentary about leopards, which will air on the Smithsonian channel later this year. She will soon be narrating Sue Monk Kidd’s latest book, “Dance of the Dissident Daughter: My Journey from Christianity to the Sacred Feminine”; followed by a collection of sharp and elegant essays on faith, values and history by Pulitzer-Prize and National Book-Award-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson. As it turns out, the old, tired trope that "single life sucks" has passed its expiration date and is ready to be washed down the drain. In her new book, SINGLE GIRL PROBLEMS: Why Being Single Isn't a Problem to be Solved, relationship expert and co-host of Canada's award-winning, beloved national talk show The Goods ANDREA BAIN shares her fresh, insightful, [...]



Friday meme--fun to play

2018-01-19T08:43:48.878-05:00

CAN YOU FILL THIS OUT WITHOUT LYING?This was on Facebook, so links may not work for you. HT Jane Baird Lathem, a Methodist pastor’s wife—would she lie?1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth?-water-2. Where was your profile pic taken?-home of Jeanne Poisal-3. Worst physical pain you’ve experienced?-giving birth-spinal block, but mouth surgery is a close 2nd4. Favorite place you've been? -Italy-5. How late did you stay up last night?-11:00 p.m.- (This is really rare.)6. If you could move somewhere else, where would you move to?-Not sure—nice vacation/retirement places in Missouri--7. Which of your Facebook friends lives the closest to you?-Jan Bradley/Joyce Johnson (both neighbors)8. When was the last time you cried? -don’t remember-9. Who took your profile picture?-Jeanne Poisal or maybe Joanie Poynter-11. What's your favorite season? -Summer-at Lakeside, of course12. If you could have any career, what would it be?-Researcher, sort of what I do now-13. What was the last book you read? -Worst Hard Time- book club selection, didn't like it14. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be? - My Mother, d. 2000-15. Are you a good influence? –relative to what or whom?-16. Does pineapple belong on a pizza? -oh yes, if there is ham and cheese on it--17. You have the remote, what channel will you choose?- HGTV, Fox if Tucker is on-18. 2 people who you think will play.-Dianne, Dave-19. Last concert you attended? -New Year’s Eve Jazz concert at UALC-20. Favorite type of food -my mother’s-plain, Midwest, comfort, and especially her pies-[...]



California's poverty rate--highest in the nation

2018-01-18T18:39:15.334-05:00

"It’s not as if California policymakers have neglected to wage war on poverty. Sacramento and local governments have spent massive amounts in the cause, for decades now. Myriad state and municipal benefit programs overlap with one another; in some cases, individuals with incomes 200 percent above the poverty line receive benefits, according to the California Policy Center. California state and local governments spent nearly $958 billion from 1992 through 2015 on public welfare programs, including cash-assistance payments, vendor payments, and “other public welfare,” according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Unfortunately, California, with 12 percent of the American population, is home today to roughly one in three of the nation’s welfare recipients. The generous spending, then, has not only failed to decrease poverty; it actually seems to have made it worse."

City Journal



For the musicians in my life

2018-01-18T17:16:31.532-05:00





The president's health and the media

2018-01-17T20:07:24.178-05:00

"President Donald Trump's in-house doctor reported Tuesday that the President is in excellent health and mentally fit to perform the duties of his office. This is unconditionally good news for the country, but a setback for non-doctors in the media who have been pronouncing our duly-elected President a “neo-fascist sociopath” or at least a “sick man” who is “not mentally stable.” " Wall St. Journal, James FreemanAnd now, fat shaming."President Trump gets a physical and is found to be in very good health. He even takes a test to measure his cognitive ability and is found fit. Good news, right? Well, evidently the MSM thinks there MUST be a mistake. They questioned the doctor thoroughly. They asked, “since he is obese don’t you find that concerning?” The doctor replied that Trump is not obese. They wanted to know if the cognitive test covered signs of early stages of Alzheimer’s. They doctor assured them his mental capabilities are fine. They just wouldn’t stop. President Obama smoked and drank but those things NEVER came up in a briefing about his health.....now, why is that.....hmmmmmmm!!!" Jane Baird Lathem, blogger and Facebook friend. Another sign the Democrats are losing it, along with their cronies in the media. But obviously, it's never going to stop. They are the crazy ones. Next, it will be the color of his ties, or his hair comb over, or his time on the golf course, oh wait, they've done that one.[...]



Sanctimony and smears

2018-01-17T20:02:08.601-05:00

"Foul-mouthed journalists get to pronounce on Trump’s “vulgarity,” pundits who wish him dead comment on his “hate-filled” heart, and pols and celebrities who announce their desire to beat him up are nevertheless treated as experts on presidential “temperance.” "

https://spectator.org/government-by-sanctimony-and-smears/?




California has the highest poverty rate in the country!

2018-01-16T18:19:20.993-05:00

I heard this on the radio today and couldn't believe it, but here it is in the Orange County Register.
https://www.ocregister.com/2017/09/25/california-leads-the-nation-in-poverty/


How can it be that a state which is (I've heard) the 5th largest economy in the world, that has the film and TV industry locked down, that has the tech businesses controlling our lives, that is a lovely tourist attraction both artificial and natural, that has a fabulous climate, gracious purple mountain majesty as well as the amber waves of grain, or at least broccoli and garlic fields, that has all the diversity of race and creed that we are always told is desirable. How? Why?

While the rest of the country is blossoming under President Trump, California is dead last in business expansion. Socialism on the cusp. Environmentalism and climate change hype run amuck. Regulations stifling business out the wazoo. And governor Moonbeam.

Victor Davis Hanson explains how this has happened incrementally.  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/dec/20/mismanagement-in-california-means-heavy-price-for-/




Oregon's assisted suicide law by Joni Eareckson Tada

2018-01-16T17:59:21.359-05:00

Joni Eareckson Tada, Agoura Hills, Calif., Jan. 16, 2018http://www.joniandfriends.org/blog/oregon-assisted-suicide-law/ "Ever since the 1990s when Oregon passed its Death with Dignity Act, I've been working to de-grease its slippery slope. Under the law, physicians may give lethal drugs to patients with terminal illnesses who want to end their lives. The law's proponents have insisted it could only be offered to those who had 6 months or less to live, and was a safety valve when nothing else could be done to alleviate suffering. But not so anymore."The Oregon Health Authority (which studies and keeps records on the Death with Dignity Act) now says, 'the law is best seen as a permissive law... it does not compel patients to have exhausted all treatment options, or to continue current treatment.... If the patient decides they don't want treatment, that is their choice.' In an eerie tone, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) said the law is 'silent on whether the patient must exhaust all treatment options.'"This spells bad news for people with chronic conditions such as muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, ALS, or even diabetes. Many people with chronic conditions rely on medication or other supports to enable them to live for decades. But what if people with disabilities begin to despair of their condition? What if insurance runs out? Citing an example, the OHA said that if you are a diabetic in Oregon and decide to forgo insulin injections, you could qualify for a lethal prescription under the state's physician-assisted suicide law."It is true that no one with diabetes has yet taken advantage of this new interpretation of the law, but the door is now open, inviting any Oregonian despairing of his disabling condition to test the law's new interpretation and request assisted suicide. Such cases are already successful in Canada and in Western Europe, showing how slick the slope is in Western industrialized nations."This is one reason why I recently revised my book When Is It Right to Die? I wanted to give Christ-followers a keen understanding of the arguments surrounding physician-assisted suicide, as well as give them language for articulating a biblical worldview on life, no matter how disabled or elderly one's life might be. People are not 'better off dead than disabled,' and life is worth living until God decides it is time."Christians can provide life-encouraging alternatives to assisted suicide by providing hands-on support to persons with disabilities who are despairing of their lives. Christians can ascribe positive meaning to a person's affliction, prevent social isolation, help them deal with depression, provide spiritual community, and, in short, be a friend. This is compassionate care; not the administration of lethal drugs."In 1997 the US Supreme Court ruled that there was no inherent 'right to die' in the U.S. Constitution. But that did not stop states from creating legislation based on people's perception of a 'right' to die. Oregon was the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide for mentally competent people with terminal illnesses. California, Colorado, Vermont and Washington also have enacted similar laws based on the Oregon model (Montana's Supreme Court ruled that nothing in state law prevents physicians from helping terminally ill patients end their lives)."People who feel overwhelmed by their chronic medical conditions do not need assisted-suicide; they need treatment for depression, good pain management, social community, support, help, hope, and a purpose for living. Christians have the message that gives life meaning, and helps people grasp that life is worth living. I pray Christians will do all they can to expose the dangers behind this new and chilling interpretation [...]



What is time?

2018-01-16T07:07:04.248-05:00

Book XI of St. Augustine is devoted to an extraordinarily subtle analysis of the nature of time and the relation of time to creation.  “What then is time?  If no one asks me, I know what it is.  If I wish to explain it to him who asks me, I do not know.” His analysis of time arrives at the conclusion that time is an aspect of created being, and that, consequently, in the uncreated being of God time has no effective reality. In God and God’s consciousness there is no change, no before or after, but only an eternal present.  (Masterpieces of Christian literature in summary form, ed. Frank N. Magill, Harper & Row, 1963. p. 132-133.

“By the time of Augustine, the Church had settled down in Roman society.  The Christian’s worst enemies could no longer be placed outside him; they were inside, his sins and his doubts; and the climax of a man’s life would not be martyrdom, but conversion from the perils of his own past.”  Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo; a biography. Faber & Faber, 1967. p. 159

Our pastor, Brodie Taphorn, preached this past Sunday on "You have too much to do" part of the sermon series "What to do when. . .insights from ordinary people of the Old Testament."  The scripture launch was Exodus 18:18-23,  but he supplied background from surrounding verses, and the second reading was from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. Jethro gives advice to his son-in-law Moses on how to manage the huge load of responsibility--delegate as we say today.  Brodie addressed the busyness of the modern culture, how most Christians respond, and suggestions from the text.

After the sermon and during the "meet and greet" I told Brodie I was probably the only person he knew who says, "I'm never busy." I almost never have to much to do.  So I offered to write him a note about it, but I'm still working on it. And I think St. Augustine has some of the answers on how we use time.

For me, my non-theological take is that in the English language we use all the same verbs with time that we use with money; invest it, use it, spend it, save it, plan for it, waste it, hoard it, borrow it, lose it, and in the end, you "cash it in" because there is no use for it outside our created world.  As Augustine says time is also a creation of God.  Me?  I tend toward the hoard and save, so I usually have a lot in the bank, but I'm not so good at the spending part, particularly using my time for the Kingdom.




Beyond Impressionism, Monday Memories

2018-01-15T19:52:30.591-05:00

Yesterday after the 9 a.m. service at UALC we went to the Columbus Museum of Art with Joan and Jerry and Howard and Betty, and thousands of others to see the last week of "Beyond Impressionism." (Ends Jan 21) Columbus is the only American city to host this wonderful show drawn entirely from a private European collection. Betty is a 35 year CMOA docent, so she gave us a lot of details and information. We also enjoyed a wonderful meal in the Schokko Art Café, but we hear it is closing in a week. I had the most delicious corn chowder, something I never get at home.  Worth the trip is the wonderful James R. Hopkins "Faces of the Heartland" exhibit featuring his paintings of the Cumberland Falls area of Kentucky 100 years ago. Years ago we vacationed in that area and even tried to do some paintings of the Falls. The busy day at CMOA and the final week of this show was featured on one of the local news shows last night. It's sort of fun to be cheek to jowl in a museum with a lot of screaming children. Hopkins was an OSU art professor and you can see some of his paintings in the Faculty Club. http://www.columbusmuseum.org/art/james-r-hopkins-faces-of-the-heartland/[...]



Good fences make good neighbors

2018-01-15T08:00:20.203-05:00

I’m old enough to have actually attended a poetry reading by Robert Frost, one of the 20th century’s most famous and favorite poets, when I was a student at the University of Illinois. My date that night was someone I'd met at Chinese Student Club, and I'm not sure if he understood anything, but he was polite and listened carefully.  In high school I can remember our English teacher, Mrs. Price, reading to us, “Mending wall.”  One of the most famous lines is, “Good fences make good neighbors,” but the poem actually begins with “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall,” which is his real message.  https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/44266/mending-wallFrost tells of meeting a neighbor who owns the property on the other side of the wall in the spring to repair the damage to their wall of boulders and stones, each one walking his own side, and in some areas because of the terrain, no wall is needed.  But Frost wants to ask his neighbor, why do we need a wall, we don’t have cows who can escape or wander away? “Something there is that doesn’t love a wall” and causes it to fall, like the hunter and his dogs chasing and shooting rabbits, or maybe elves? His neighbor seems to move in darkness, just repeating what his father said, “Good fences make good neighbors.” So it isn’t Frost who says this—he’s too cosmopolitan and sort of sees his neighbor as a rube—it’s his old neighbor born and raised in the 19th century quoting his own father whose wisdom and fears go back even further. (It’s actually an almost universal proverb common in many languages.)So with all the talk about a wall--it’s called a fence in the legislation  Democrats Obama, Schumer, Clinton and Pelosi voted for—what does it keep out and what does it keep in? But like Frost’s neighbor there are reasons, seen and unseen, to believe we need walls.Those who are anti-wall would not deny a security firewall for the Wi-fi at their office or home. It keeps others from cyber mischief, or stealing bandwidth or passwords and codes.  Those who are anti-wall would not deny themselves a guard dog—maybe a Rottie or shepherd mix, or more than one—to protect their home and children.  They may just have a small poodle or Chihuahua to make noise and alert them someone is on their property. Those who are anti-wall have keys or codes to lock their house, their car, their safe, their work files. Yet all those things may first be secured within a gated community, and some gated communities have a guard in addition to walls, fence, gate, treacherous terrain and alarm bells. Those who are anti-wall would not deny us privacy and safety within our own person.  We have Constitutional guarantees that wall off government from telling us where we can go to church or what we can think or say.  Those who are anti-wall believe we have a right to personal behavior codes of modesty and safety that wall off our bodies and which should protect our sexuality and personhood from rape, assault, insult and bigotry, some are even codified in law, even if they aren’t in common sense or tradition. Those who are anti-wall are also in the midst of a big cultural controversy brought about because the only wall left for sexual behavior seems to be “consent,” and that’s a "he said, she said" unwritten law wall. A pat, slap or flirt of 20 years ago has become grist for a law suit or career failure. There were/are no clear boundaries.And then there are the municipal invisible fences or walls, like when I drive one mile north on a snowy day, I clearly know where Upper Arlington ends, and Columbus begins because the streets aren’t plowed.  There’s no sign or fence, but there is an invisible and actual bou[...]



Screen life isn’t real life

2018-01-14T06:50:08.459-05:00

“Unfortunately, TV (any form of information/entertainment on a screen whether phone, video, film, computer)  floods the viewer with inauthentic images of real-life situations. This is why the Church has always had her doubts about theater and other forms of entertainment, not just because they can be bawdy, but because of the false vision of life that they present in such convincing ways. It’s our task to remain vigilant, to maintain a different way of viewing things, even when the spiritual dimension has been suppressed.” Bevil Bramwell, OMI https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2018/01/14/of-television-and-liturgy/

Trying to keep the TV and Facebook off today (a fast), but we do have a trip planned to the Columbus Museum of Art to see the Post Impressionism show after church.  Betty Zimmer, who’s had 35 years as a docent will be our guide, and we plan to have lunch there.

From the CMA website:
"In partnership with the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, Columbus Museum of Art presents Beyond Impressionism – Paris, Fin de Siècle:  Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec and Their Contemporaries. CMA is the only U.S. venue for this extraordinary exhibition. Featuring approximately 100 paintings, drawings, prints, and works on paper, the exhibition explores the Parisian art scene, focusing on the most important French avant-garde artists of the late 19th century, including Paul Signac, Maximilien Luce, Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard, Félix Vallotton, Odilon Redon, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The Parisian fin de siècle was a time of political upheaval and intense cultural transformation."



Elegy for the Victims of the Tsunami of March 11, 2011 in Japan

2018-01-13T15:56:27.112-05:00

WowNobuyuki Tsujii was born blind due to microphthalmia but with a great talent for music. He is now 29.  Although he can read Braille musical scores, he learns most pieces by listening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqoV4ZW7xTA



The media and the Clinton bubble

2018-01-13T15:00:46.565-05:00

“Any voter outside the Clinton bubble who negotiated their way around the who-cares media in 2016 could clearly see that the Clintons over the decades filled a 50-car train of scandal baggage. But our ‘real news’ reporters live in perpetual denial.” Brent Bozell

"But in reality, the latest investigation into the Clinton Foundation was anything but fake news. According to reports, the investigation had been going on for months and was investigating whether the foundation was a part of a pay-to-play scheme in conjunction with Hillary Clinton’s State Department.

“The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes,” a report from The Hill noted.

The Hill also reported that the FBI was looking into the foundation’s tax-exempt assets" to make sure any weren’t converted to personal use.
https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/nicholas-fondacaro/2018/01/07/nbc-claims-new-fbi-probe-clinton-foundation-fake-news?



Former left-wing radical Clarence Thomas discusses his life and what he's learned

2018-01-13T14:42:27.756-05:00

http://dailysignal.com/2018/01/07/justice-clarence-thomas-opens-life-faith-interracial-marriage/

"From a life that launched from economic deprivation, illiteracy, family dysfunction, and even time as a radical leftist, his accomplishments now reach to the U.S. Supreme Court—where he faces constant vilification and defamation. He says he learned the value of humility, patience, and persistence, but the bedrock of his rules for living came from simple aphorisms from his illiterate grandfather.""

He calls his life a miracle.

And he has quite a sense of humor.



The senator who leaks--is it Durbin?

2018-01-13T08:09:23.025-05:00

I suspect Dick Durbin was the senator, the little weasel, who ran to the Washington Post--a notorious fish wrapper--with his story about what Trump said in a closed door meeting in the White House. He's a leaky bucket. He hates him. He also back stabbed President Bush, and our whole country and especially our military over a decade ago. Now he's even come up with the absurd reason that the word "chain migration" is a racist term referring to chains for slaves. Nice try, but we get more Africans as immigrants--about a million--in a few years than all who arrived as slaves (about 300,000). And the chains were fastened by Africans and Arabs who raided their villages, they were the Boko Haram of the 18th century. Chain migration is simply pulling family along to increase migration and create more "diversity."

So what does a man say who has spent years with President Trump under every condition and circumstance. He is not a racist.

Christopher Ruddy writing for Newsmax.

"I don't know what President Trump said at the White House meeting. He may have made some inappropriate comments. But I know one thing for sure: Donald Trump is not a racist.

Inside this great man with a brusque exterior, you will not find a racist bone.

Even in his most off-guarded moments, long before he was running for president, I have never heard him utter any racist remarks, anti-Semitic comments, or ethnic slurs of any type. Sure, he has occasionally used profanity through the years, but it was very rare.

Truthfully, Trump has prided himself on his good relations with minorities. He is someone with a proven track record of developing racial harmony.

But these facts don't matter because we are in fantasy land; everyone sees their own reality. Clearly, people around the world have been hurt — whether accidentally, deliberately, or otherwise."

https://www.newsmax.com/ruddy/ruddy-trump-racist-accusations/2018/01/12/id/836849/



Andrew Klavan on the Trump dustup

2018-01-13T07:46:38.322-05:00

Our president could have found better words to express his frustration for the bill the senators brought back to him which didn’t include the conditions on which there will be relief for DACA.  He says he didn’t say what was leaked to the Washington Post, which publishes almost 100% negative, hateful and easily questioned stories about him.  In my opinion WaPo has become a fish wrapper and I don’t trust it at all.  Please read the article in City Journal by Andrew Klavan. I’ve included an excerpt. https://www.city-journal.org/html/crudeness-and-truth-15668.html “Donald Trump. He is a rude and crude person. He speaks like a Queens real estate guy on a construction site. And because he does not have good manners, he thoughtlessly breaks the rules with which the Left has sought to muzzle those who disagree with them. In this regard, I frequently compare Trump to Randle Patrick McMurphy, the loudmouthed, ill-mannered roustabout from Ken Kesey’s brilliant novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. McMurphy comes into an insane asylum controlled by a pleasant, smiling nightmare of a head nurse named Ratched. Nurse Ratched, while pretending to be the soul of motherly care, is actually a castrating, silencing tyrant. . . . I don’t know exactly what Trump said in a closed-door meeting with senators at the White House this week. Unnamed sources say that he referred to some African countries and Haiti as “sh*!itholes.” Maybe so; sounds like him. In any case, when it comes to a chance to attack Trump, our journalists don’t waste time with fact-gathering or source-identifying. Like Madonna, they just strike a pose. Various media knuckleheads have reacted to the alleged comment by calling Trump “racist,” “Nazi,” “Evil,” and a “terrorist sympathizer.” [But they have been calling him that for at least 2 years for no reason. nb](Personally, my first thought on hearing about the remark was: “What squirrely little tattle-tale of a weasel went running to the press with that?” But never mind. That’s just me.) . . .Let’s state the obvious. Some countries are sh*!tholes. To claim that this is racist is racist. They are not shitholes because of the color of the populace but because of bad ideas, corrupt governance, false religion, and broken culture. Further, most of the problems in these countries are generated at the top. Plenty of rank-and-file immigrants from such ruined venues ultimately make good Americans—witness those who came from 1840s potato-famine Ireland, a sh*!hole if ever there was one! It takes caution and skill to separate the good from the bad.” . . .[My family beat the rush—came from Ireland before the Revolutionary War—some shipped out in a prison ship for crimes against landed aristocracy—stealing fruit from trees on their land.  njb][...]



Bill Cassidy (Rep) Louisiana on the Wall

2018-01-13T07:24:21.386-05:00

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swxTgJ5blKA
WASHINGTON— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) joined Harris Faulkner on Fox News today to discuss the need to secure the border and modernize our country’s immigration policy. He addressed President Trump’s efforts to bring Republicans and Democrats together on a solution that will secure the border, discourage future illegal immigration, and be fair to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, non-citizens who were illegally brought to the U.S. at a young age, usually by their parents.
In 2013, 54 Senate Democrats voted to build the wall, end the diversity visa lottery, double the number of border agents, and move toward a merit-based immigration system. In 2006, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) along with Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Joe Biden voted to increase the size of the border wall.



Pelosi calls your bonus, "crumbs." How condescending.

2018-01-12T15:07:40.284-05:00

In the past, she used non-union and illegal workers on her Napa Valley vineyard, and got excused from the ACA by Obama. She's such a hypocrite. She's an abortion promoting Catholic in violation of what her church teaches who's had the opportunity to enjoy her own children and grandchildren while depriving others of life.   She inherited wealth and power, and is married to wealth.  I think that's fine if one benefits from her family's hard work, but then she shouldn't smack down others trying to "do as you do, and not as you say." She probably also takes all those perks from the USDA for "struggling farmers."Can't see her struggling for words--she's losing it.[...]



More virtue signaling—we’re too good for such language

2018-01-12T12:39:26.734-05:00

I don't know what developers and real estate moguls talk like, but I suspect this latest drama over a word is common speech said during frustration (like the bill they came up with) and it wasn't a public meeting or a tweet, yet someone ran to Washington Post, the biggest hater of this president. Something they wouldn't have done if Obama slipped up with an expletive. What did shock me was stepping on the playground at Tremont, the elementary school my kids attended in our wealthy suburb, and hearing far worse. And that was in the early 1970s. Just get back to work Congress, and stop the hysteria. The Democrats with their lapdog media are stalling big time because they don’t want Trump’s conditions.



Guest blogger Mike on who is actually wealthy (New York Times opinion)

2018-01-11T18:40:22.044-05:00

Commenting on https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/10/opinion/sunday/stop-pretending-youre-not-rich.html?

"I love being controversial when it leads to healthy dialogue, so here's an opinion to really stir the pot.

The overwhelming majority of wealthy and successful people obtained their assets through innovation, hard work, and strategic decisions, despite the claims to the contrary. Yes, there are a very small number of people who became powerful through unscrupulous methods, but this is not the majority that's often illustrated in an effort to mobilize mobs of people who think that something someone else has should be theirs, because after all, it's much easier to take something from someone else than to work for it yourself.

It is well known that once wealth is acquired, the excess obviously transcends future generations, so looking at an heir of their predecessor's wealth and begrudging them of what they have is nonsense because someone, at some point, worked for what they have.

The problem now is that there's this implied guilt and shaming with being successful, nefariously manufactured with its roots firmly originating in envy, and it's all nonsense. Envy is an emotion that destroys the holder, not the target. Getting over the "what's mine is mine and what's yours is mine" mentality is the first step towards a person's own success.

Intelligent people understand that by surrounding yourself with people more successful than yourself, it's a motivational catalyst to do more, and to do better. People who sit and stew in their own juices of jealousy condemn themselves to remain in place, rather than improve their situation, because they've diverted all of their energy into negative emotions and actions that intend to tear others down, rather than elevate their own situation.

Believing that equipoise is achieved by bringing those at the top into the gutter is equal distribution of misery, not success. I know a lot of people across the entire spectrum of income, intelligence, ambition, and overall success. I can say with confidence, that people create their own ceilings through the way they think, behave, and ultimately respond to situations.

Personal responsibility is the genesis of success and a happy life. As long as people continue to believe they can make poor life decisions and it's the responsibility of society to clean up the mess, we'll continue circling the drain as we have since this philosophy gained traction the late 1960's."



Let's get rid of the Department of Education

2018-01-11T18:30:30.200-05:00

Canada is a federation of 10 provinces and three territories. Under the Canadian Constitution, provincial governments have exclusive responsibility for all levels of education. They do not have a Department of Education sopping up tax dollars to feed a massive bureaucracy, and yet Canada's students score much higher in math, science and reading than U.S. students.
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/15/u-s-students-internationally-math-science/

If the Department of Education were eliminated it would be a savings of $50 billion. It hasn't improved test scores and is the main reason for the high cost of college, with student loan debt now over $1 trillion, more than credit card debt of about $700 billion. (The Cato Institute)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXyJ9hpX0Vo





Guest blogger Joel comments on who is unfit, crazy or an idiot, Obama or Trump

2018-01-11T06:16:02.355-05:00

It's  Obama's fault for feeding a Terrorist Regime who has murdered Americans. Now that is "idiotic." The fact you refuse to acknowledge Obama's own idiotic actions shows you're nothing but a hypocrite.

It's Obama's fault for doing nothing for eight years to stop the little tyrant rocket man from his lunacy and Iran for cooperating with North Korea. Obama was a weak-kneed Community Organizer who led from behind while the world went to hell because Obama did not give a damn about anyone else but his own reflection in the mirror.

Trump told a little tin pot dictator precisely what he needed to hear. That his threats are meaningless. He spoke his language right back at him. And you think it's important to rebuke Trump for that. But when did you ever rebuke Obama's idiotic actions?

Obama bends over to a Saudi Prince. Gives money to lunatic mullahs in Iran, the same scum that killed our Marines in Lebanon. Obama halts DEA actions going after Hezbollah in South America pushing drugs across our border. Hezbollah, who worked with Iran to murder our marines in Lebanon! And for what James? A failed nuke deal that insures Iran will get nukes!

This is the insanity of the left that got us North Korean Nukes! Obama's idiotic gesture to Iran's mullahs will create another crazy regime in Iraq with nukes.

That's truly insane as the left repeats the same idiotic mistakes as the past. And you want to focus on Trump factually having more power because he talked down to a truly crazed lunatic who starves his people to death. Oh the self-righteous indignation you spout. What a bunch of watered-down, Kathy Griffin whining you do.

But then, you don't care about Obama's idiotic actions that got our troops killed in Afghanistan under weak Rules of Engagement. Rules that Obama himself demanded and approved. So more Americans could die. Did you complain about those actions? No, you complain about a tweet, as if it's the end of the world.

Did you complain about Obama giving power to lunatic mullahs in Iran by putting down the people of Iran and lifting up insane nutjob leaders there. As Iranians died? No. Instead you defend Obama's past as if it does not matter.
Do you actually care about truth or peace or people in North Korea or South Korea?

Your rage and hatred only leads you to bash Trump. For a tweet. While looking the other way at real actions that led to death of Iranians, that led to death of Americans, and that will lead to a bunch of crazed, idiotic mullahs with nukes.
You're nothing but a hypocrite.

(This was addressed to an actual person on Facebook, one who claims not to be a Democrat or Republican, but who hates Trump and considers him unfit and mentally ill [the current meme after all the rest didn’t work])



Focus word for 2018

2018-01-11T06:12:21.706-05:00

Although I didn't make any New Year's resolutions this year, I did choose a focus word--GRATITUDE.

 Yesterday at the pregnancy center I folded and put away baby clothes--the 0-3 months size. So tiny. And of course, I'm grateful for everyone who helps women in difficult pregnancies, but as I handled tiny little hand made items, I was grateful especially for all the ladies (or maybe some men?) who maybe sit alone or watch TV and knit or crochet these tiny welcome gifts. And all the church ladies who lovingly pack the layettes and leave little Bible verses and notes. May God bless their memories of their own babies or their nieces and nephews or grandchildren.