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Taking flight…

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Among some memorable transportation firsts,  on October 11, 1910,  President Theodore Roosevelt becomes the  first U.S.  president to take flight in an airplane.   Many other interesting things happened on October 11th,  so check them out.

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October 12, 2017 at 4:49 pm

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A real ocean beast…

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Ever heard of the Seawise Giant?    Neither had I,  but I can’t imagine why since it’s such an interesting story.   See  what you  think.

 

 

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September 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm

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Independence Day 2017, Part II…

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You won’t be shocked to hear that Trump supporters  kicked off the weekend with  a march  at the Texas capitol.    Nor will you be stunned to hear that a group of about 100 pro-Trump folks crashed a weekend Impeach Trump rally in San Diego,  and despite being outnumbered between seven and ten to one,  managed to  drown out  the scheduled speakers by chanting “USA!  USA!”

I doubt you’ll be surprised that former president Obama is abroad on another of his wildly expensive vacations,  not  directly apologizing  for America’s past actions,  but warning  against nationalism.   I don’t view  patriotism  as a bad thing. President Trump will spend today honoring military  families,  unlike  the leader  of the Southern Baptist Convention,  a rather repulsive little man who despises the country he lives in.

Contrast that sour,  warped view of our nation with  that of  a Swedish woman who loves it and wants to rescue it.   Pat Buchanan wonders if America  is still  a country.   Or is Frank Lavin  correct when  he says that America is still the best place in the world to have an idea?   There is  some debate  about that.   Jason and David Benham have  some ideas  on how to save it.  Personally,  I see little actual discussion from the Left,  which has become so accustomed to emotional thinking it can no longer conquer the rigors required by logic and reason.   For me,  reading thinkers such as  Ayaan Hirsi Ali on freedom is  far more instructive.   Former Congressman Ron Paul can be a bit of a loon sometimes,  but he gets that Americans should be free from the  tyranny of  bad government.

We could certainly use  some modern patriots with the courage of the Founders.   It’s far more difficult to play around with such basic principles than it is the meaning of   our flag,  which the Left hates.     Liberals   universally loathe  Lee Greenwood’s song,  “God Bless the USA”,  which is a bit syrupy for my taste,  but I’m pleased to listen to it now and then.   “America the Beautiful” is a  bit less  sweet,  but no less uplifting.   Our national anthem is more militaristic and hideously hard to sing,  leaving a large collection of  various attempts  at its rendition.

Our troops get some scant recognition from a liberal,   here.    Some will even get a brief respite to enjoy  a celebratory  meal.   They should all be outraged that you  can’t carry  an unfurled American flag at Arlington National Cemetery.   Of course,  the intent of the federal statute was to prevent protests at military funerals,  but as is so often the case,  it is worded rather broadly.

Considering that the Left has run public education for many decades,  it’s no shock to learn that  only 52%  of Americans consider themselves  “extremely proud” to be American,  and a mere 34% of millennials do.   Of course,  23% of us  don’t know  who we achieved independence from  —  thanks liberals and progressives who burrowed into education!    I knew the correct answer before I hit first grade,  and what the hell is wrong with these peoples’ families?

I don’t think it should be the federal  government’s job  to tell people to handle fireworks carefully,  and it certainly doesn’t appear to do much good since 11,000 of us ended up in emergency rooms for related injuries last year,  but I freely admit it was exciting  to watch the Consumer Product Safety Commission spend $27,009 for video production in its annual demonstration about fireworks safety on the national mall last Tuesday.

Leave it to polymath Larry Kudlow to  point out  that freedom is the reason for the celebration on the Fourth of July.   President Trump tweets out a  video of  a band and chorus playing some unusual music,  and our First Lady thanked  the military  for preserving that freedom.

It is fitting that an injured bald eagle should  be rescued  in Washington D.C. this weekend.    So far our gathering has no injuries to pets or people,  and only a few slightly singed hot dogs  —  the penalty for allowing an adolescent to be in charge of the grill for more than 10 minutes.  I hope that wherever you are,  you are enjoying the freedom my own family and those of so many others through the years have been willing to fight to give you.   I hope you have plenty of tasty food and something ice-cold to drink to fend off the weather and that you come home safely.   Happy Birthday,  America!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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July 4, 2017 at 9:04 pm

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