Is America Following the Roman Empire?


ImageIs America following the same path that the Romans marched on to their downfall?

A young man in America – the country for which he fought for in World War II – did what enemy bullets and artillery couldn’t on Okinawa sixty-eight years ago.

This young man in America beat this 88 year-old veteran to death.

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2013/aug/22/two-teens-suspected-north-spokane-killing/

Mr. Delbert Belton – wounded in the leg on Okinawa – was killed on the same soil he fought for.

Another Day Another Dollar


A touching story and remembrances for an Army wife now widowed. A very nice message…

Thoughts From An American Woman

“Another day another dollar” is the saying my dad would often say.  Although today it could be said another day another pittance.  Even back when I was growing up the dollar did not seem to stretch far and today it seems that we are unable to even stretch it.  There are taxes to pay, groceries to buy, the necessities of clothes and shelter, gas for the car, heat for the house and the list goes on and on. As the prices of everything keep going up and up the value of our hard work and the dollar keep going down and down.  The “dollar” made is soon spent even before it gets to the bank.

I have heard different meanings for this saying but the one I prefer is the one meaning that I am setting off to the same ole routine of making a living only to see my…

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CNN’s Cleaver


I received this light-hearted story with a brilliant sally in an email today…and thought it was apropos as we have a tremendous racial divide threatening to cleave a deeper valley into our US of A.  And as I’ve posted earlier, I feel CNN is behind some – if not a lot – of this cleaving.

So here it is.

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A biker… Once a Marine, always a Marine.

A Harley  Biker is riding by the zoo in Washington, DC when he sees a little girl leaning  into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.

The biker jumps off his  Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful  punch.

Reeling from the pain, the lion jumps back, letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her  terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A reporter has watched the whole  event.

The reporter addressing the Harley rider says, “Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I’ve seen a  man do in my whole life.”

The Harley rider replies, “Why, it was nothing, really.  The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt right.”

The reporter says, “Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed.  I’m a reporter for CNN, and tomorrow’s headlines will have this story… So, what do you do for a living and what political  affiliation do you have?’

The biker  replies, “I’m a U.S. Marine and a Republican.”

The journalist leaves.

The  following morning, the biker checks CNN to see if it indeed brings news of his actions and sees:

U.S. MARINE ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS  LUNCH

…and THAT pretty much sums up the media’s approach to the news these days…

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Afghanis Cannot Scale a Fence


Sorry…  On my soap box once again.

Here we have illegals scampering over fences at the border in plain sight.  Some make it and are now part of the “undocumented” population…  And they don’t speak English adding to our problem.

But we have a true Afghani hero who fought alongside Sgt. Dakota Meyer in Afghanistan.  His main responsibility was to serve as translator – like my Dad’s Military Intelligence Service unit in WWII.

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(Click here for news article.)

But… Sgt. Meyer is a living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.  He is living on account of the devoted service of this Afghani translator, codenamed “Hafez”.  He protected Sgt. Dakota during his unselfish heroics by firing weapons against the Taliban.  He was left behind due to the pull out of American troops.

Hafez has been hunted by the Taliban – for the last three years.  They know he exists because he taunted them over the radio during the deadly battle. 

Hafez has LEGALLY applied for a visa – instead of scaling a border fence in broad daylight – and Obama’s Administration is DRAGGING THEIR FEET.  Hafez still does not have his visa!

And he does speak English!

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An Afghani translator is in the middle.

 

Criminy.

Obama can get the Justice Department to re-open the case involving “he could be my son” young man… but won’t raise a finger to expedite Hafez’s visa application.

Obama, get your priorities right.

Spread the word, folks.

Please…

In These Eyes


A lovely story…and message…

The Chatter Blog

In these eyes

In A Child's Eyes

Are visions we leave them.

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They see the past we create for them.

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And the life we build with them.IMG_0102

If we show them beauty.

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If we show them love.

They will see love.

If we show them compassion

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If we paint our world for their eyes to see-

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And behave in ways-

We hope for them to witness-

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To emulate-

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In these eyes.

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Spunk


Spunk.  It’s not a word per Merriam-Webster.

But since English is my second language, I can use it out of naivete.

And I feel it means “internal spirit” or “internal push to do something”…

Like “Man, it took a lot of spunk to work like that.”

Of course, I understand it can refer to something else… You know, foreigners learn bad words first.

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So why bring up this word?  Are you afraid of getting spunked?

Well, America now has 478 million people that need to be spunkified.  That’s 478,000,000, folks.

Why?

All of these 478 million people are on food stamps.  That’s a lot of missing spunk.

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Original food stamps.

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I don’t know how many of them are citizens or have green cards or are “undocumented”.

Of course, there’s a number of the 478,000,000 folks just down on their luck…  But for the most part, the remainder have no spunk.

That’s how they live day to day.  On food stamps.  That the people WITH spunk for the most part are paying for.

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Did you think 478 million was a big number?  Well, how about 78 billion…  That’s in dollars.  $78,000,000,000.  Three more zeros than 478,000,000.

That’s how much this food stamp program is costing us.

That’s how much of us “with spunk” are losing out of our paychecks.

Would you like to hear something more sickening?

$3,000,000,000 – three BILLION dollars – of that $78,000,000,000 is spent on ADMINISTRATION.  To me, that is plain sick.  Stupidity.  Unnecessary staff to meet stupid legalities.

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Obama said at the beginning that he believes food stamps is an economic stimulant.

Bull pucky.

The food stamp program started in 1939.  We were in the Depression.  People were hungry and crops and food stuffs were stockpiling on the farmlands.

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One of the original food stamps poster. Circa 1939

So FDR came to a startling and brilliant idea – let’s give out free money to those that are hungry.  It’s free to them as working people had taxes taken from their pay.  Then the hungry can then buy the food stuffs stockpiling on our farms!  Win-Win-(Lose)!

Well, thank goodness, World War II began.  The Depression ended with the American will power to… work.  The food stamp program – which was experimental – officially ended in 1943.  About 4 million Americans received assistance in those four years.

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Well…  Guess what JFK did in his first day in office in 1960.

Yup.  He signed an Executive Order.  (The same type of directive that put my father into those prison camps during WWII.  I hate those suckers.)

This Executive Order reinstated the food stamp program.  After, it was one of his campaign promises.

…And that’s all she wrote.  Now, one out of seven six Americans are on food stamps (called the SNAP program now).

1 out of 76.

And you know what?  It is true.  You can live a better life with food stamps and NOT working.  You even get free health benefits!

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To some, this post will cause irritation if not anger.  For others, they are irritated or angry.  They are angry because the country’s majority has voted for this, in one way, shape or form… This minority of voters didn’t believe in an endless entitlement mentality…nor want it.

Indeed, a heckuva a people need to get spunkified.

Face it.  Our country is clearly headed in the wrong direction.  We are even furloughing our military.

Damn the lawyers and damn the minority rights activists.  It has moved too far towards the extreme in the past six years.

Make it hard to get free food.  Make them work for it.

This needs to be stopped…

(ps  This is just an opinion.  There is no right or wrong.  There is no intent to rile anybody and all constructive comments will be appreciated.)