Sick and Tired

IMGToday, I cleared my desk and did it quick enough to allow time for some of my news sites. They made me sick. I’m tired of reading article after article about lies, fraud, losses of liberty, and gay rights. When will this commotion end? Probably not in my lifetime. Remember I’m only at middle age so I have another seventy-five years to see this crap roll around the news everyday. Some of you youngsters have many more years than I do, and I hope you are as tired of hearing the same BS too.

Most of it is the result of the Progressive movement. They are good at team work, I give them that. One jerk speaks out and declares me a racist because I spoke negatively about a black, and their entire nation of Progressives jump in to support.

To me that is good and very bad. It is good because it supports the Progressive movement, it is bad because it supports the Progressive movement. I wish Republicans would develop the same team building ability. Our guys rely on logical argument even if they have to argue with one of their own. Catch a Republican in a lie and another Republican will call him on it.  Democrats catch a colleague in a lie and they will build on it.

There is a lot of talk about the division among the Republican party, but it is the Democrats that are making hay with that. I believe within the Republican group they are strategizing to beat Democrats. Republicans berated House Speaker John Boehner and Congressman Paul Ryan for selling out to the Dems on the latest budget deal. I contend that they put forth a strategy which looks forward to the 2014 election. Warring factions within the Republican party criticized Boehner for missing a great opportunity to beat back the Democrats. Again, I say Boehner put forth a strategy of sucking in the Dems by giving them something they can use at the elections. They reached across the aisle in a noon-partisan way. It’ll sound good. Hopefully, a united Republican party will drive the knife into the heart of the beast with the healthcare devil. The Dems won’t have a leg to stand on. The Republicans will only remind them of the gift they got during the budget deal.

Christ the King , Christmas & Saint Nicholas

An excellent essay on the meaning of Christmas and the tradition of gift giving.

Peggy & Joe’s Christmas Letter

December 2013

2013 Christmas Tree

2013 Christmas Tree

Last Christmas Joe had a lazy-attack and didn’t write a traditional letter summarizing the year’s events. This year he is having a guilt-attack and will offer some irrelevant trivia about the excitement of life in Frankfort.

This account begins three months after a very brief visit with Joe’s son in Texas, twelve weeks of very bright Arizona sunshine, and a few days in Moab, Utah. By the time he and Peg arrived back in Frankfort, the magnolias, tulips and daffodils were all bloomed out, but the thistle was strong and spreading like crazy, the farmer in Joe began the yearly war against terrorists in the garden.

Peggy couldn’t wait to visit her sister Alma at Saint Patrick’s in Naperville and they did so before a single weed got pulled. Thank God for that, because the following week Alma had a series of seizures which ultimately took her home to the Lord.

Joe finally planted a garden in middle June, but wound up doctoring back pain which put a huge damper on the 2013 Monet Vision. The color theme this year was white with dabs of pink and salmon. The Wabbits attacked the petunias almost before they were planted and caused Joe to lose interest in spending so much for Wabbit food; the Vision suffered.

Their kids continue to amaze them with boundless energy and drive to live life to the fullest. Mike’s oldest is a sophomore at University of Texas studying to become a Pharmacist. His middle daughter is a senior at Woodlands High School, and Danny the youngest is in eighth grade. Jacque’s son Joey is a sophomore at Lincoln Way-North, her daughter Jenna is in fourth grade at Saint Jude’s. Steve, Joe’s oldest, still designs lab equipment while his two boys are becoming avid fishing enthusiasts. Jacque works with cancer patients at Loyola, and the Joliet Hospice.

Joe celebrated his official middle age birthday(75) in August and was gifted with a day of fishing with Steve, Ben, and Brad on the Saint Joe River. He wrote many stories about childhood fishing experiences in his book Jun-e-or, and this middle-age fishing story will sound the same, skunked again. The boys just kept on reeling them in while Joe watched them have a ball.

On Peggy’s side, her son Larry retired in September, and daughter Lynn is a year from doing so. We can’t imagine how these kids are growing so old right before our eyes. Her three grand daughters are young women with careers. That means they work one, two, or three jobs, drive ridiculously long miles to and from work, maintain animals, and fit in a social life too.

After they returned from Arizona, Joe parked his car in the garage and drove only the necessary miles required to go to church, buy food, and visit doctors. When he left the Valley of the Sun the temps were just under 100 degrees. As usual, he swore never to return, but then October arrived in Frankfort with a single chilly day. That sent him scurrying to the computer to find a rental for 2014.

Peg and Joe thank God for giving them reasonably good health that keeps them mobile and active. Joe even rode his bike 150 miles this year. He called it his “mile a day” plan. On the very first ride, he negotiated a slight incline leaving Brown Drive. His knees felt like they were going to explode. They also thank God for all the wonderful friends they have who keep in touch, and go out to play with them.

Peggy and Joe wish you and your family happiness, and great health in the new year, and a joyfully blessed Christmas.


A New Religion


Duck Dynasty is my favorite program. I like it because the characters are real and don’t care what I think when they say something or do something. If they believe something is true or good, they say it or practice it.

The controversy over Phil Robertson’s comment regarding homosexuality shows me that A&E is a new religion practicing in America.  I looked up the definition of religion and found there are several. One of them is this,  a “pursuit or interest to which someone ascribes supreme importance: consumerism is the new religion.” The Arts and Entertainment network is pushing their religion on those of us who watch their programs. Without realizing it, they are apostles for gayism, political correctness, and diversity.  They claim to have corporate values which they pretend to live up to, but what they are doing is no different from the Jehovah’s Witness who knocks on your door and tries to convince you that what they believe is the one true way to achieve redemption.

The writing on the wall became clear about a week ago when they chastised Phil Robertson for using the word Jesus in his prayers. A&E claimed Jesus is offensive to Muslims. Well no shit big boys, but why would you care? Why would any true Muslim watch a program based on Christian values? Most likely, if they do watch it is to learn new ways to kill Christians and Jews. So A&E is for Muslims but they are against Christians. How is this showing diversity?

It is okay to watch programs based on gays but not programs based on Christian values and heterosexuality. By choosing gays over heterosexuality A&E openly espouses their religion and pushes it on us.

My guess is that the big guys at A&E are all Muslim gays. I am in total agreement with Phil Robertson’s statement that he cannot see why any man would prefer an anus to a vagina. I guess you must be gay to understand that. So A&E is decidedly pro-gay and anti Christian which is another mockery of their diversity policy. If A&E were truly interested in diversity they would abandon their crappy Progressive policy and embrace the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. Instead they have walked all over the First Amendment which assures us the right of free speech and religion. They have denied Robertson of both.

A&E lost me as a viewer and that is sad, because I will now have to  give up watching Duck Dynasty, at least until they move to a network worthy of their popularity.

Quote of the Day

Wiser words never spoken.