Happy New Year!

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Don’t be this guy…

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..or this guy!

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Or this guy… 

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Life is good, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Background – interesting, important or superficial?

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According to Webster: “back·ground,” (b²k“ground”) n. Abbr. bg., bkgd.

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1. The ground or scenery located behind something.

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2. The part of a pictorial representation that appears as if it were in the distance.

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3. A position or an area of relative inconspicuousness or unimportance.

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4. The circumstances and events surrounding or leading up to an event or occurrence.

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5. A person’s experience, training, and education.

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Question: Who attended Columbia and Harvard, ..Barack or Barry?

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According to Webster: “in·ter·est·ing,” A curiosity or concern about something.

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According to Webster: “im·por·tant,” Strongly affecting the course of events or the nature of things.

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According to Webster: “su·per·fi·cial,” (in context) Apparent rather than actual or substantial.

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According to Webster: “i·de·ol·o·gy,” The ideas reflecting the social needs and aspirations of an individual, or a culture.

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According to Webster: “Marx·ism,” (in context) The political and economic system in which Western society is inevitably transformed from (bourgeois) oppression under capitalism to a socialist society and then to Communism.

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According to Webster: “bour·geois,” A person belonging to the middle class.

For anyone that still doesn’t understand… 

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Readers Forum – Another one Bites the Dust!

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A “Quick Recap” of the week just gone by; For our Christmas Dinner, my lovely wife Linda and I shared a rack of delicious baby back ribs, and why not? ..after 8 ½ hours of roasting in a 180° oven, ..the meat not only fell off the bone, ..it literally melted with a minimum of mastication.

The following day of course, was my birthday, celebrated with a piece of pumpkin pie after some oven baked “Fried Chicken,” in honor of my cardiologist who is as opposed to my enjoying cake and fried foods as I am opposed to Barack Obama’s policies.

Weather; from a high of 53° on one day early in the week, to cold and windy this morning, – snow pending. 

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In mulling over my comments received this week, it was no contest as to who was enjoying Christmas and the holidays and who had (nothing better to do) ..other than “share” their dissatisfaction with life.

Thus, since my forum this week is lacking in balance, I will answer all my “detractors” collectively with a simple…

Bah humbug

..and concentrate on the few decent folks that wished me a Merry Christmas, ..a Happy Birthday, and Best Wishes for the coming New Year.

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arlenexxxx@…       (Readers Forum – My Way).

Damn, I don’t think you wrote one word this week that didn’t blow my skirt up. A good friend of mine way down here in Abilene introduced me to your website about three months ago, I can’t speak for the rest of the country, but this part of Texas loves you. Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday and if the coming New Year inspires you to continue to inform America about the stupid happening in our nations capital, I want you to know that me and mine are behind you. Arlene. 

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According to Webster: “zeal·ous,” Filled with or motivated by zeal; fervent.

Hello Arlene, (not complaining), albeit your enthusiasm is an awful lot of pressure for a babbling ‘ol “septuagenarian” like myself. Nevertheless, I will do my best not to disappoint. Chuck.

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ansell421@…          (You Wanna Race).

I am always very pleased to read what you write, I would enjoy it very much living in a country where a person can speak freely their feelings. I have bookmarked your weblog to return. Thank you very much. Ansell.

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Hello Ansell, I’m very pleased to have you “onboard” reading what I write and I’m very pleased that you approve. Chuck.

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darla.xxxxx@…        (‘Twas the night before Christmas).

I love your blog, can you tell me how I can get a copy of your graphics, and is it okay if I use them in a book I’m trying to make for my daughter? 

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Hello Darla, thank you for your adore. As for my graphics, place your cursor over the graphic you want, right click and then select copy. It can be an arduous process, but with patience and a steady hand you can collect pretty much anything on the web, (I do), best wishes for you and your family in the coming year. Hope to hear from you again in the future. Chuck.

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Mildred, Jennifer, Allison and Donna@…  (Happy Birthday).

You need to know that birthdays are never anti-climatic as long as you keep having them, praise God you have many more, we like your site. Mildred Jennifer Allison and Donna.

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Dear Mildred, Jennifer, Allison, and Donna, thank you for the Happy Birthday and for your words of wisdom. One is never too old, (at least in my “considered” opinion), to obtain more wisdom. Chuck.

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eric2299@…         (It’s not just me).

As a liberal millennium, the first time I read your “blather”, I retaliated with some pretty harsh words. My father lost his job in October from cutbacks attributed to Obamacare.

When my parents tried to get insurance through our state exchange, they were told they didn’t qualify for assistance with their premiums because their property is too valuable.

So if my parents want health insurance after December 31, they will have to sell their house. At which point they still won’t qualify, because in America, an individual needs and address to engage in a legal contract.

Please forgive me, I didn’t understand what socialism was because I didn’t want to, nor did I understand who Barack Obama is, because I didn’t want to. 

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Hello Eric, not that I’m an authority on education, albeit in my 72 years on this big beautiful blue planet, I have learned that there are schools, and then there is school.

I’ve also learned, that for a young man, (which you seem to be), it’s never too late.

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tomxxxx@…         (Weasel or Grizzly).

You have outdone yourself with today’s post. Good one, got a bunch of bad guys with one bullet. Top notch.

Mornin’ Chuck, and top o the morn to Linda 

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Thank you Tom, a kind word from you is always appreciated, albeit in truth, ..if it weren’t for my “obsession” with glory and accolades and my “fear” of obscurity in the future, ..I’m quite sure that I couldn’t arrange words the way I do? Mornin’ Tom

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According to Webster: “fa·ce·tious,” Playfully, jocular, in jest; humorous.

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Question of the Day, Weasel or Grizzly?

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According to Webster: “wea·sel,” Any of various carnivorous mammals of the genus Mustela, having a long slender body, a long tail, short legs, and brownish fur that in many species turns white in winter.

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Weasel 2. “A person regarded as sneaky or treacherous.” 

Although I don’t actually (regard) George W., as possessing the intellect of a member of the family, (genus Mustela), I do believe that he’s a good, if not “excellent” example of sneaky and treacherous.

If by no other measure, than those (his Daddy) chose to surround him with…

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According to Webster: “sneak·y,” Furtive; surreptitious.

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According to Webster: “treach·er·ous,” (in context) Marked by unforeseen hazards; dangerous or deceptive.

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Question: How many men women and children, (to include Americans) lost their lives in Iraq so that George “W.” could satisfy his perverted vengeance upon Saddam Hussein?

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Of course when his air National Guard unit in Texas was activated to go to Vietnam, (possibly because his daddy wasn’t in Vietnam), George W. chose to use “his Daddy’s” influence, (Sen. Daddy), to wangle a transfer to a (unit) that wasn’t in jeopardy of being sent into combat.

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According to Webster: “cow·ard,” One who shows ignoble fear in the face of danger or pain.

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Mission Accomplished 

Question: What else did Bush 43 accomplish on his watch? 

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When Al Qaeda attacked New York City, “in the aftermath,” (43) found time for a photo op standing on the rubble of the twin towers to assure the nation that he would keep us safe.

Question: How did (43) go about his quest to make America safe for democracy, and women and children?

Following in the tradition of (providing a façade to appease the fear and ire of his employers, and/or, “We the People,” he tackled the situation by not only creating another law, he went the whole 9 yards and created another monumentally massive government agency, and/or, the “Department of Homeland Security.”

Then of course, to provide his new, (albeit in my humble opinion) “Unnecessary New Agency,” with adequate teeth, he, (43) summarily suspended (habeas corpus) and bullied Congress into passing (his) patriot act.

An act that not only had adequate teeth, it had an overbite that demolished most every freedom an American citizen is guaranteed by our Constitution at (his) pleasure.

Question: So where was our “Commander-in-Chief” while Al Qaeda was attacking America? 

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Why he was where all good commander in chief’s are, doing what all good commander-in-chief’s do, (when they haven’t got a clue) as to what is happening, (not only in the world at large), but in their own backyard.

(Sidebar).

Possible point of interest; note the chalkboard above 43’s left shoulder which reads; “Reading makes a Country Great.”

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Continuing…

I could continue providing examples of (43) tripping over his (lack of intellect) that has cost American taxpayers millions if not billions of dollars, albeit I believe it will suffice to say that pretty much everything Barack Obama is using to screw up America today, was begun behind a closed door during 43’s administration.

(Sidebar).

Although Barack Obama adamantly opposed (43) and most every one of his policies while he sat in the Oval Office when he, (Barack the Impudent) acquired the catbird seat, most all of George W’s,  (or more correctly) “Dick Cheney’s” policies immediately became his policies.

According to Webster: “im·pu·dent,” Characterized by offensive boldness; insolent or impertinent.

Continuing…

Gun walking into Mexico, and/or, (fast and furious), collusion with Monsanto to use America’s population as guinea pigs in the name of progress and profits.

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…just askin’ ? 

Question: Prior to taking his seat in the White House, who was the CEO of one of the world’s largest conglomerates, (Halliburton), and who was a failure at every endeavor he engaged in?

My mother use to always say; “The only dumb question, is a question un-asked.”

Moving right along, as if presidents who believe government is the answer to everything like (43) and (Obama) didn’t cost American taxpayers an arm and a leg while they’re in office, the (sad), as well as (cruel) truth is, ex-presidents don’t stop costing “We the People” money until they ultimately assume room temperature.

Question: Why is an elected official in America presumed to deserve a larger subsidy in retirement than an individual who worked for a profit orientated organization?

My parents didn’t raise any college educated children, albeit we were all taught responsibility, self-reliance and to utilize common sense.

Accordingly, alluding to “common sense” as my measure, I can think of no reason why any individual, man or woman is more deserving than another, simply because they obtained a title, (in my opinion), more often than not, via…

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(George W. Bush Library). 

Question: Was there a time in America when presidents were bears? 

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(Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt).

Theodore “T.R.” Roosevelt, Jr. (October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was the 26th President of the United   States (1901–1909).

He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the first incarnation of the short-lived (“Bull Moose”) Party of 1912.

Before becoming President, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels. Roosevelt’s achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician.

Roosevelt was 42 years old when sworn in as President of the United States in 1901, making him the youngest president ever.

Roosevelt was also the first of only three sitting presidents to have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

Also, “The Teddy Bear” that (generations) of American boys and girls curl up with every night to feel safe, was named for him, despite his contempt for being called “Teddy”.

Question: What made Teddy Roosevelt more qualified to be the President of the United States than George W. Bush or Barack Hussein Obama?

Let’s take a look… 

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Teddy Roosevelt didn’t send men into battle, he led them. 

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Question: Could that be why Gutzon Borglum chose Teddy’s likeness as one of the faces that he carved into the stone on Mount Rushmore, a “homage” that certainly will never befall George or Barack.

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Question: So what’s so great about being a bear?

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Question: So what did America trade George W. Bush for?

…another Weasel. 

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(Opinion), Weasels are un-American. 

According to Webster: “un-A·mer·i·can,” Contrary to the institutions or principles of the United States. 

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It’s not just me..

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(Laura Hollis). 

Hello, this morning my guest is a young woman, (a professor at Mendoza College of business, at Notre Dame.)

Laura teaches “Entrepreneurship and Business Law.”

Although I enjoy exposing Barack Obama’s short-comings and inadequacies every bit as much as I enjoy a supreme pizza with double cheese, … 

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..on occasion, I believe that it’s healthy, (not the pizza), but rather sharing the (reality) that I’m not the only “red-blooded” American who believes that Barack Obama is better suited to “herding goats” like his father, than he is to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office.

(Sidebar).

According to Webster: “trait,” (in context) A taught, learned or genetically determined characteristic.

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According to Webster: “re·spect,” To show deferential regard for; esteem.

Alluding to the “home” environment that I grew up in, I don’t recall a single person that ever explicated it was respectful to put your feet on the furniture, especially furniture that belong to someone else.

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Laura’s Dime…

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I am already reading so many pundits and other talking heads analyzing the disaster that was this year’s elections. I am adding my own ten cents. Here goes:

We are outnumbered…

We accurately foresaw the enthusiasm, the passion, the commitment, the determination, and the turnout. Married women, men, independents, Catholics, evangelicals – they all went for Romney in percentages as high or higher than the groups which voted for McCain in 2008. It wasn’t enough. What we saw in the election on Tuesday was a tipping point: we are now at a place where there are legitimately fewer Americans who desire a free republic with a free people than there are those who think the government should give them stuff. There are fewer of us who believe in the value of free exchange and free enterprise. There are fewer of us who do not wish to demonize successful people in order to justify taking from them. We are outnumbered. For the moment. It’s just that simple.

2. It wasn’t the candidate(s)…

Some are already saying, “Romney was the wrong guy”; “He should have picked Marco Rubio to get Florida/Rob Portman to get Ohio/Chris Christie to get [someplace else].” With all due respect, these assessments are incorrect. Romney ran a strategic and well-organized campaign. Yes, he could have hit harder on Benghazi. But for those who would have loved that, there are those who would have found it distasteful. No matter what tactic you could point to that Romney could have done better, it would have been spun in a way that was detrimental to his chances. Romney would have been an excellent president, and Ryan was an inspired choice. No matter who we ran this year, they would have lost. See #1, above.

3. It’s the culture, stupid…

We have been trying to fight this battle every four years at the voting booth. It is long past time we admit that that is not where the battle really is. We abdicated control of the culture – starting back in the 1960s. And now our largest primary social institutions – education, the media, Hollywood (entertainment) have become really nothing more than an assembly line for cranking out reliable little Leftists. Furthermore, we have allowed the government to undermine the institutions that instill good character – marriage, the family, communities, schools, our churches. So, here we are, at least two full generations later – we are reaping what we have sown. It took nearly fifty years to get here; it will take another fifty years to get back. But it starts with the determination to reclaim education, the media, and the entertainment business. If we fail to do that, we can kiss every election goodbye from here on out. And much more.

4. America has become a nation of adolescents…

The real loser in this election was adulthood: Maturity. Responsibility. The understanding that liberty must be accompanied by self-restraint. Obama is a spoiled child, and the behavior and language of his followers and their advertisements throughout the campaign makes it clear how many of them are, as well. Romney is a grown-up. Romney should have won. Those of us who expected him to win assumed that voters would act like grownups. Because if we were a nation of grownups, he would have won.

But what did win? Sex. Drugs. Bad language. Bad manners. Vulgarity. Lies. Cheating. Name-calling. Finger-pointing. Blaming. And irresponsible spending.

This does not bode well. People grow up one of two ways: either they choose to, or circumstances force them to. The warnings are all there, whether it is the looming economic disaster, or the inability of the government to respond to crises like Hurricane Sandy, or the growing strength and brazenness of our enemies. American voters stick their fingers in their ears and say, “Lalalalalala, I can’t hear you.”

It is unpleasant to think about the circumstances it will take to force Americans to grow up. It is even more unpleasant to think about Obama at the helm when those circumstances arrive.

5. Yes, there is apparently a Vagina Vote…

It’s the subject matter of another column in its entirety to point out, one by one, all of the inconsistencies and hypocrisies of the Democrats this year. Suffice it to say that the only “war on women” was the one waged by the Obama campaign, which sexualized and objectified women, featuring them dressed up like vulvas at the Democrat National Convention, appealing to their “lady parts,” comparing voting to losing your virginity with Obama, trumpeting the thrills of destroying our children in the womb (and using our daughters in commercials to do so), and making Catholics pay for their birth control. For a significant number of women, this was appealing. It might call into question the wisdom of the Nineteenth Amendment, but for the fact that large numbers of women (largely married) used their “lady smarts” instead. Either way, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton are rolling over in their graves.

6. It’s not about giving up on “social issues”…

No Republican candidate should participate in a debate or go out on the stump without thorough debate prep and a complete set of talking points that they stick to. This should start with a good grounding in biology and a reluctance to purport to know the will of God.

(Thank you, Todd and Richard.)

That said, we do not hold the values we do because they garner votes. We hold the values we do because we believe that they are time-tested principles without which a civilized, free and prosperous society is not possible. We defend the unborn because we understand that a society which views some lives as expendable is capable of viewing all lives as expendable. We defend family – mothers, fathers, marriage, children – because history makes it quite clear that societies without intact families quickly descend into anarchy and barbarism, and we have plenty of proof of that in our inner cities where marriage is infrequent and unwed motherhood approaches 80%. When Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, many thought that the abortion cause was lost. 40 years later, ultrasound technology has demonstrated the inevitable connection between science and morality. More Americans than ever define themselves as “pro-life.” What is tragic is that tens of millions of children have lost their lives while Americans figure out what should have been obvious before.

There is no “giving up” on social issues. There is only the realization that we have to fight the battle on other fronts. The truth will out in the end.

7. Obama does not have a mandate. And he does not need one….

I have to laugh – bitterly – when I read conservative pundits trying to assure us that Obama “has to know” that he does not have a mandate, and so he will have to govern from the middle. I don’t know what they’re smoking. Obama does not care that he does not have a mandate. He does not view himself as being elected (much less re-elected) to represent individuals. He views himself as having been re-elected to complete the “fundamental transformation” of America, the basic structure of which he despises. Expect much more of the same – largely the complete disregard of the will of half the American public, his willingness to rule by executive order, and the utter inability of another divided Congress to rein him in. Stanley Kurtz has it all laid out here.

8. The Corrupt Media is the enemy…

Too strong? I don’t think so. I have been watching the media try to throw elections since at least the early 1990s. In 2008 and again this year, we saw the media cravenly cover up for the incompetence and deceit of this President, while demonizing a good, honorable and decent man with lies and smears. This is on top of the daily barrage of insults that conservatives (and by that I mean the electorate, not the politicians) must endure at the hands of this arrogant bunch of elitist snobs. Bias is one thing. What we observed with Benghazi was professional malpractice and fraud. They need to go. Republicans, Libertarians and other conservatives need to be prepared to play hardball with the Pravda press from here on out. And while we are at it, to defend those journalists of whatever political stripe (Jake Tapper, Sharyl Atkisson, Eli Lake) who actually do their jobs. As well as Fox News and talk radio. Because you can fully expect a re-elected Obama to try to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine in term 2.

9. Small business and entrepreneurs will be hurt the worst…

For all the blather about “Wall Street versus Main Street,” Obama’s statist agenda will unquestionably benefit the biggest corporations which – as with the public sector unions – are in the best position to make campaign donations, hire lobbyists, and get special exemptions carved out from Obama’s health care laws, his environmental regulations, his labor laws. It will be the small business, the entrepreneur, and the first-time innovators who will be crushed by their inability to compete on a level playing field.

10. America is more polarized than ever; and this time it’s personal…

I’ve been following politics for a long time, and it feels different this time. Not just for me. I’ve received messages from other conservatives who are saying the same thing: there is little to no tolerance left out there for those who are bringing this country to its knees – even when they have been our friends. It isn’t just about “my guy” versus “your guy.” It is my view of America versus your view of America – a crippled, hemorrhaging, debt-laden, weakened and dependent America that I want no part of and resent being foisted on me. I no longer have any patience for stupidity, blindness, or vulgarity, so with each dumb “tweet” or FB post by one of my happily lefty comrades, another one bites the dust, for me. Delete.

What does this portend for a divided Congress? I expect that Republicans will be demoralized and chastened for a short time. But I see them in a bad position. Americans in general want Congress to work together. But many do not want Obama’s policies, and so Republicans who support them will be toast. Good luck, guys.

11. It’s possible that America just has to hit rock bottom…

I truly believe that most Americans who voted for Obama have no idea what they are in for. Most simply believe him when he says that all he really wants is for the rich to pay “a little bit more.” So reasonable! Who could argue with that except a greedy racist?

America is on a horrific bender. Has been for some time now. The warning signs of our fiscal profligacy and culture of lack of personal responsibility are everywhere – too many to mention. We need only look at other countries which have gone the route we are walking now to see what is in store.

For the past four years – but certainly within the past campaign season – we have tried to warn Americans. Too many refuse to listen, even when all of the events that have transpired during Obama’s presidency – unemployment, economic stagnation, skyrocketing prices, the depression of the dollar, the collapse of foreign policy, Benghazi, hopelessly inept responses to natural disasters – can be tied directly to Obama’s statist philosophies, and his decisions.

What that means, I fear, is that they will not see what is coming until the whole thing collapses. That is what makes me so sad today. I see the country I love headed toward its own “rock bottom,” and I cannot seem to reach those who are taking it there. (Source, Townhall.com).

Come on people, does this woman have her ducks in a row or what?

Final word, and/or, my two cents… 

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As it is not my policy to step on other people’s toes, I sign off today reiterating my admiration for those of you who log on regularly and with a great admiration for Laura Hollis.

Truth forges understanding, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Anti-climatic, and/or, it’s my Birthday!

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According to Webster: “birth·day,” The anniversary of one’s birth.

According to Webster: “an”ti·cli·mac“tic,” Something trivial that concludes a significant event.

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Christmas Day – 2013

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Believing forges faith, I’ll be back tomorrow

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