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Published in: on November 30, 2010 at 10:57 am  Comments (4)  
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“War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.”

Fleeting moments

Has President Obama fallen to the Dark Side of the Force? Nay! He has crawled below the Dark Side all the way to the Tea-Bag bottom. He wants to freeze the pay of all Federal workers, less Congress, of course. He is taking a step backward toward a deeper recession than what we now have. Mr. President, create jobs. Jobs will pull the nation out of the economic slump and into declining deficits; it is a win-win scenario. Alas, I fear it is now too late; you have fallen completely into the clutches of political absurdity from which there is no return. Sir, you are bordering on making George W. Bush look like a genius statesman. You and your Democrat Congress had two years to do something positive, yet you allowed the hardest right-wing Republicans to dictate the fortunes of our nation. You promised us better than this and you owe us better than this. Well, you can always resort to what has worked in the past; get us and the world into a bully big war. We can hope that our creditor countries are whipped by the countries who owe us and that our National Phoenix will once more arise from mankind’s oldest malady. That’s what war is good for.

“Naturally the common people don’t want war; neither in Russia, nor in England, nor in America, nor in Germany. That is understood. But after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”
~Herman Goering, Adolph Hitler’s second in command and head of the Nazi Luftwaffe.
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Friend Kevin says he is on the mend from a severe bout of pneumonia. Don’t rush things, Kevin; the worst thing that can happen is a relapse. You have many caring friends sending healing vibes to you.
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I suppose that beginning sometime in July, you can append great-grandpa to the long list of things I’ve been called over the years. Ashley found out she is pregnant. She seems to be very happy but anxious; a few years ago they found pre-cancerous lesions on her uterus and she did not think she would be able to become pregnant.

The person whom is happiest is Carolyn; she has been on cloud nine since she heard. For myself, it is just another day in a long life. You do believe that, don’t you?
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I downloaded a voice recorder app for my Droid only to find out I still cannot sing!
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Title quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Have a Tom Terrific Tuesday!
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Published in: on November 30, 2010 at 9:38 am  Comments (7)  
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Make My Day

Waiting for spring

Saturday, Carolyn decided to clean carpet in the office and she temporarily evicted me, so I watched a football game on the telly. I am still having internet problems and I was relegated to using the Droid for the remainder of the day. Yesterday, she put out her office Christmas decorations and again I was forced to relocate, using the Droid for net access. Later on, we went to Fall Branch where she cleaned the building there and it was getting close to dark when we returned. A pretty lousy weekend for me, but except for the carpet cleaning and Fall Branch, Carolyn enjoyed getting out the few decorations we have left. The ones I like most are the hand-painted Bisque figures which Bro Hill created for us before he died. Steve would have been a very good artist for such if he had not had a stroke which left the right side of his body paralyzed. He did do some work afterward, but the quality was not there for him so he gave it up.
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Obama is wanting to find a way to stop the diplomatic leaks, which he should do, but the best thing is tell the diplomats to keep their mouths shut when they have nothing positive to say about foreign leaders. Besides, why doesn’t the countries on the Arabian Peninsula attack Iran and destroy their nuclear program and threat? These nations have more money per capita than does the US, but they squeeze our oil dependent balls and we come running with our hands full of nukes to take out their enemies. If you don’t have a military, rent one seems to be their reasoning. I suppose we deserve our Rambo reputation because we have the mentality of apes.
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Have a Wiki-Worshday, dear children.
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Published in: on November 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm  Comments (5)  
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… Thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail

Nandina

I think I died in bed last night, but I was too contrary to stay among the unliving. It was a normal night for me; sleep awhile and lay awake for awhile. Toward dawn in one of the wide awake periods and as I was thinking deep thoughts of universal salvation via my Loose Laces ministry, I suddenly heard a soft and very short grinding “Pop” and the world went completely blank and dark and then it was back to normal. How long the absence of Cosmos lasted I do not know; it could have been a split second or minutes, but it seemed very rapid. When I came back from the darkness, the noise went away as quickly as it began; that is to say, “instantly”. No, the noise was not there while the blackness was overpowering me; there was nothing and darkness was upon the face of the deep—there was not even a sense of “I”.

Did I really die? I cannot answer that as I have never knowingly been dead. Was it all just a dream? Definitely not! If I did die, was I resurrected? Maybe; I hear it happens. Do I feel divine? I always have. Did the incident scare me? Nope, but it did get my attention. Could it have been caused by a physiological problem? Quite possibly. Did I see a bright light which I was compelled to walk toward? No. Did I feel a hot pitchfork prodding my butt? Nay. Can I walk on water? Haven’t tried. Do I feel that I am now a zombie? I can’t imagine desiring brains for breakfast. The evidence suggests I don’t know what happened, but happen it did. I checked the obits this morning and will continue to do so for the next few days; I want to be sure before I bother to take a shower and shave.
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Title quote by Martin Luther.
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Have a lively weekend, dear Brothers and Sisters.

Published in: on November 27, 2010 at 11:09 am  Comments (8)  
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Frenzy and food

Autumn forsythia

Was yesterday the holiday or is it today? This Black Friday crap is out of hand; is it an American-only rite of passage or is it in more capitalist countries? Christians, rein in your holiday; you started this Christmas bit and it is up to you to control it; you have placed a curse upon the world. For anyone not familiar with our Sacred Black Friday Service, it denotes the biggest shopping day of the year; many retailers make as much as 50% of their yearly profit on the day after Thanksgiving holiday; big discounts all on a first come, first served basis. The past two Black Fridays were a disappointment sales-wise, so this year they began having Black Friday sales two weeks ago, especially online retailers. Even the big chain stores “leaked” info about their discounts; when Target let it be known that it would have 32″ TVs for $299, everyone else began cutting prices to match or beat them and now you can find plain-jane 37″ models for $300. We have a basic Vizio 37″ which we bought for the bedroom four years ago and it was a bargain then at $899.
I like tossing Christians to the lions by blaming them for everything.
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Carolyn prepared quite a meal yesterday, but not as elaborate as usual; instead of tater salad, we had mashed taters and she didn’t make baked beans. Her four best dishes are meat loaf, tater salad, dressing, and baked beans. She made broccoli casserole, green beans, macaroni and cheese, turkey breast, gravy, dressing, cranberry sauce, corn on the cob, deviled eggs, sweet tater casserole and store-bought rolls. She bought punkin and sweet tater pies and made a jello desert. She began cooking at 6:30am and we ate at 2:30pm. She did it all herself; no one but I offered to help. The amounts of food were generally less this year and some were missing, such as ham, candied sweet taters, pecan pie, and the aforementioned baked beans. Other than the fact that we had to buy all the food and Carolyn had to do all the cooking and cleaning up, it was a fairly good gathering. We had only four guests, so there is enough food left over to eat on today. Hope y’all had a good day.
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The photo was made this morning.
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Published in: on November 26, 2010 at 10:50 am  Comments (2)  
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