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Happy Flag Day 2017…

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It was yesterday,  but it’s not too late  to understand  and honor it.   Besides,  one of my favorite cousins used to have a Flag Day party with burgers and chicken on the grill,  beer  int he coolers,  and loads of potato salad,  plus delicious pies decorated with blueberries and strawberries and whipped cream to look like the American flag.

George Washington was prescient,  as it appears some of us are still trying to decide whether we should even be  a nation.

 

 

 

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June 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm

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Mother’s’ Day 2017…

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Patrice Lewis  raises an  interesting question:  is it mother’s or women’s day?   I favor Mother’s Day,  because that’s what it was established for and mothers hold a unique place,  at least in the Western world.   So-called feminists are fond of sneeringly calling actual mothers “breeders”, yet that epithet is reserved for Western women,  and applied even more enthusiastically to Christian women,  whereas they have nothing to say about the women and girls who suffer under shariah and Islam,  and who are,  in fact,  breeders so far as their society’s males are concerned.

Jesus was a  big fan  of children,  as well as their mothers,  which is but one reason progressives and our previous president so despise those of us who cling to our God,  guns —  you know the rest.

A mother of the  duck variety  and all but one of her brood were rescued from a swimming pool and escorted to a nearby lake by a group of volunteers.

This little autistic boy’s parents fell down on their job, but a Kansas policeman stepped up and  saved the  child.

I was invited to a mother’s day luncheon by a family member and happily went and had great food and a wonderful time with everyone.  I hope all of you were as fortunate.

 

 

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May 14, 2017 at 10:18 pm

Easter 2017…

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MSM was desperate  to declare  the White House Easter Egg Roll a failure because it’s Trump.   It seems to have gone  just fine,  if you’re interested, but you undoubtedly headr more abut the egg roll than anything to do with the reason for Easter.   Some of us let go of the Easter bunny tradition with  age,  some with great reluctance,  and some with utter confusion.

Some of us reflected on the  historical significance  of Christianity.   Most of us  celebrated the  day around the world,  many by  attending church services,  as we find ourselves the  most persecuted  religious group on the planet,  a position long held by the Jews.   A few of us managed  even in  the Middle East,  but you have to ask yourself if Christianity will survive in  its birthplace.   Explaining Easter to those without any understanding of Christianity or Western culture can  be tricky,  but rewarding.

By the way, the Shroud of Turin  was authenticated  for the second time last year,  using far stricter scientific methods than have ever been applied to climate change or cholesterol studies.

If you’re not still comatose from too much delicious dinner try finding the egg hidden amongst the floral bouquets  here.

 

 

 

 

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April 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

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Could you pass?

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Could  you pass  the U.S. citizenship test?  I could,  having missed only one question.   From what I’ve seen,  99% of U.S. students would flunk miserably.   I suspect a horrifying number of Congress critters would fail as well.

 

 

 

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November 28, 2016 at 10:11 am

Oldest eateries…

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Here’s  a list  of the oldest restaurant in every state.    My general theory is that if a place has been in business for a century,  it probably serves good food,  so I doubt you can go wrong with any of them.   I have eaten at only two of them myself,  but what an delicious addition to my bucket list!   Who wouldn’t’ enjoy a meal at a place which still has bullet holes in the ceiling from the Wild West days?

 

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October 27, 2016 at 11:55 pm

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Black Sea’s dead zone…

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The dead zone in the Black Sea is an area at the bottom which is devoid of light and oxygen,  which generally preserves whatever happens to land there.   The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project has been scouring the bottom and has located a batch of more than 40  ancient shipwrecks  from the Ottoman and Byzantine periods.

The photos are fascinating,  and we will undoubtedly learn a great deal,  both culturally and archaeologically,  from the discovery.   When I was a child,  I thought being an archaeologist would be the neatest job in the world.   I’m not sure I was wrong about that.

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October 24, 2016 at 11:43 pm

Clarence Thomas still dissents…

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One would not expect USA Today,  with its liberal bent,  to portray Justice Thomas in an entirely sympathetic light in its look back at his quarter century on the Supreme Court,  and  it does  not.    Being an originalist is not a good thing in the paper’s view,  as it expects justices to adopt the progressive view over the years,  and therefore to change their understanding of the Constitution to suit.

Justice Thomas  actually understands the Constitution and sees his job as to look to its original and true meaning when considering cases before the court.   The liberal justices,  especially Obama’s appointees,  believe their job is to ignore original meaning in order to adjust laws to fit what they see as current opinions and mores.   In other words,  Justices Kagan and Sotomayor think,  like Queen Hillary,  that SCOTUS is there to  “represent all the people”.   No,  that is the job of Congress,  you idiots,  though it has largely failed in that duty.   Justice Ginsberg’s fondness for referring to foreign laws shows that she also fails to understand her job.

This is why Clarence Thomas’s dissents are so important —  they represent what the Constitution actually means,  and they blow huge holes in the twisted reasoning and total lack of logic made by the progressive justices.   If you seek a good education in the Constitution and in liberal irrationality,  you would do well to read those dissents.

I will give USA Today credit for pointing out that the .new National Museum of African American History and Culture highlights Anita Hill’s allegations but ignores Thomas’ 25 years on the bench,  a situation I’ll address in another post.

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October 22, 2016 at 11:57 pm