Time for Thorns

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There are days for sunny morning walks in the garden, where dew-bejeweled roses release their fragrance on the light breeze.
These are not those days. These are days of harsh realities demanding sharp answers. This is now … time for thorns.

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October 17, 2008 at 4:58 am

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Hell, no!

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Greece has  voted NO  in the referendum,  the EURO has fallen sharply,  and everyone is running around with their hair on fire.   Am I supposed to be surprised that the Euro-zone is a failure?   Should I be astonished that the Greek government,  which doesn’t go after tax scofflaws,  and pays exorbitant pensions,  is broke?

Well,  I am not.   Finer economic minds than mine predicted this from the beginning,  and we are all surprised only by how long it took.   The only reason the USA isn’t technically broke is that it continues to print money, which has lost 95% of its value in the past fifty years.   When Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and the rest of the Democrats call for more taxes on the rich and corporations, they never admit that if the government took the value of every asset owed by the “rich”,  it still would not be enough to pay off our debt.

If you don’t want to be Greece in twenty years,  or Venezuela,  you’d better vote in people who can accomplish simple math,  have balls and a backbone,  and have principles stiffer than pudding.

 

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July 5, 2015 at 11:54 pm

July 4, 2015…Part II

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Debby Witt from The Corner offers an  assortment  of interesting links.   If you haven’t read or re-read the Declaration of Independence lately,  you can do  so here.    Don’t be fooled  — the 56 men  who signed  this document literally risked their lives,  their fortunes,  and their honor by affixing their signatures.   Some lost the first two,  many  the second,  but none forfeited their honor.   Was it one of those brave men who left a handprint on  the document?

George Washington didn’t have many battle victories,  but he responded correctly to each phase of the war,  meaning he  understood strategy  well,  a skill our current president sorely lacks.   Mr. Obama is also clueless about the historical context of the Declaration.   Thomas Jefferson most certainly  was not.

FDR’s  four freedoms  may have been good politics in a stirring speech,  but it veered away from our Founders’ vision to some extent.   David Limbaugh urges us  not to  give up on this grand experiment of a nation,  and Andrew Klavan tells us conservative-minded citizens to  toughen  up and get on with it.   Walter Williams points out that the Founders intended for the  Second Amendment  to enable citizens to protect themselves against government tyranny.

Being an American is the greatest gift possible.   You should be grateful for that privilege and ask for nothing more than the opportunity to make that blessing work for you and your family.   Watch the Hillsdale College choir sing  America the Beautiful and soak in gratitude.   Then see the video just  released by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and violinist Jenny Oaks Baker of Amazing Grace.   The music video ends with the phrase, “May the grace of God continue to shine on lovers of freedom everywhere.”   Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 5, 2015 at 12:19 am

July 4th, 2015…Part I

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We are not so united this Independence Day,  courtesy of the Supreme Court and the Administration of His Oneness,  among other things mentioned in this piece by  Andrew Malcolm.

Dylan Matthews of Vox thinks the American Revolution  was a  mistake,  a viewpoint handily demolished by Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey  here.    Jonah Goldberg  debated this  some years ago,  and it still holds up.   Of course,  our public schools don’t teach American history any more,  as  this video proves beyond  question.   Callista Gingrich offers a quick history lesson here,  and David French declares this is the right time  to be a  patriot.   He is an Iraq war veteran,  so he understands the  vital role  the military played in obtaining our independence.

ISIS thinks this holiday important enough that it  republished  the map of special FBI command posts set up across the country,  presumably to warn the  lone wolves  and  groups of  would-be terrorists.   Will it take another 9/11 for us to  be proud  of being Americans again?

Americans are  more dependent  on government than ever before under the destructive reign of His Oneness.  In counterpoint,  pastors across the nation are calling for a Declaration of Dependence to remind us that our rights come  from God,  not government.

What was the vision of our founders?   Myron Magnet offers some clues here.   Despite what Mr. Obama believes,  exceptionalism  is part  of the  civic DNA of many Americans.   You can choose to eat and  drink like  a president,  or ignore the government’s entreaties to  grill fruit  instead of burgers and hot dogs and ribs.   My crowd will be eating and drinking more like the ancient Romans,  thank you.

I’ll post Part II either late tonight,  or in the morning, depending on what time I get home and whether the satellite stays up.

 

 

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July 4, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Happy Independence Day 2015…

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Who knows when the weather will clear sufficiently for my satellite to pick this up,  so I’m just posting my wish for all of you to have a happy and safe Fourth of July.   I’ve got ribs in the oven on low so they’ll cook slowly overnight and be falling-off-the-bone tender by the time we’re ready to eat.

The expected inclement weather may discourage some,  but the cabin and its porch will hold a bunch of people and children and dogs,  so we’ll manage with plenty of food and drink and laughter.   Right now I’m just hoping the wind doesn’t bring a tree down on the power lines out here in the county!  I’ll put up a special post later,  weather permitting.

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July 4, 2015 at 9:43 am

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Hot-tub guy to jail…

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I wish I could agree with Jazz Shaw that Jeffrey Neely being sentenced to prison for  three months will have a salutatory effect on wasteful government employees,  but this is one of the few instances in which a federal employee has actually been locked up.   Who at the VA has paid a price for failure?   Who at the IRS has been charged with anything?

Still,  it does my heart good to think of the arrogant smirk being wiped off Neely’s face for a while,  even though I regard this punishment as a slap on the wrist in the grand scheme of things.

 

 

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July 3, 2015 at 11:51 pm

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Facebook coloring your world…

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Is Facebook  running psychological  tests again?   If so,  the 26 million people who overlaid their profile photos with a rainbow filter participated.

I was not one of them.  I visit Facebook only to keep up with my far-flung friends and family and see all the adorable pictures of their children.

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July 3, 2015 at 10:13 am

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Happy Birthday, Olivia!

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Gone With the Wind star Olivia de Havilland  has turned  99 years old.   In case you don’t remember,  she played the part of Melanie,  a character Miss de Havilland’s stellar performance made me feel sorry for,  despite considering her a complete wimp.

 

 

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July 2, 2015 at 11:52 pm

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