Too Many Questions, Not As Many Answers

There are some days, like today, that writing does not come easily. No single subject strikes a nerve. Yet, I feel the need to write. I did spend a couple of hours writing today, but not for Grumpa Joe’s Place. I’m still trying to answer a question I posited a few weeks back, i.e. what would the world be like if there was no America? My mind has gone wild with that question. So many new questions arise. What would have become of the thirteen colonies had the Revolution failed? Where would the boundaries lie? Who would have taken the territory known as the Louisiana Purchase? Will Florida still belong to Spain? Would Mexico still claim all the land stretching from the Continental divide to the Pacific up to the Oregon border? Would The Republic of Texas survive as its own country? Would the slaves be free? Will Hitler conquer Europe? Did the Japanese take over the Pacific and conquer China? Is South America a Christian Theocracy? What system of government prevails world-wide? Did Stalin win over the world to his brand of socialism? Do the thirteen colonies finally break away from England? Would buffalo still roam the open plains by the millions? Has a cure for cancer been found?

Obviously, I have some ideas for what the answers are because that is the crux of the story I am writing. The story is also the reason I have not been writing as much original stuff for Grumpa Joe’s Place.

When I get stuck on a particular piece of the story, I just let it rest and eventually, the sub-conscious mind will steer me out of the corner into the right direction. On days like today, writing is work more than a joy. I like it better when it is a joy and my fingers fly across the keyboard without stopping.

To complicate matters, I bought a program called Grammarian. Since I am still learning the stuff I should have learned in grammar school, when I didn’t pay much attention to anything, this program should help me. There are a couple of problems with it that I must mention. First, and most important the font used in the program is so tiny it makes reading beyond difficult. I’ve spent too many minutes trying to unlock the secret of enlarging the print to a readable level. Cataracts do not make reading easy, nor does age. The second problem is the degree of difficulty understanding the detailed instructions for installing and using the stupid thing. After messing with Windows for twenty years, installing a program should be a piece of cake, but Grammarian takes the challenge to the next level of absurd.

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A 1950’s TV with a Screen Magnifier. Yes folks, that is the kind of TV I grew up with.

I have considered getting a giant magnifying glass to install on the face of my PC screen. Yes, just like the ones we saw when we were kids. Every tavern in town had one on their small screen TV to make the picture larger. The magnifier idea is so old-tech even I rejected it immediately. Instead, I will search the I-net for clues about where to find the magic button that enlarges the font with a single tap of the finger.

While searching for the image above, I learned that a bunch of new-tech screen magnifiers are for sale from many sources. A magnifier might be an answer after all

Beware: ‘Useful idiots’ are dangerous on the Left

I’ve posted this before, but it never hurts to review the lesson before you are tested on it. Who will test you? Why the people in power will test your mettle and use your idiocy to their benefit. If you pass the test and know what is happening, you will survive by resistance.

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This valiant lady brought back memories that have taken me eleven years to soften. Please meet up with my Barb in Heaven Gunnery Sergeant Barbie, my Barb will be happy to show you around.

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Yesterday morning Barbie Ritzco died fighting
cancer. Gunnery Sergeant Barbara Ritzco had been
a Marine for 20 years. She was also a mother.

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Shortly before deploying to Afghanistan she felt
a lump in her breast but ignored it to serve our
county. Four months later, in February of 2011,
she was diagnosed with Stage IIIB breast cancer
and left her troops. She had to deal with the
disease and the feeling she had abandoned and
deserted them.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer during one of
her tours in Afghanistan, ran a 27.5 mile marathon
while getting radiation treatments after 8 rounds
of chemo and following a bilateral mastectomy.

But Gunnery Sergeant Ritzco said wake up and leave
your mark on the world. “I aspire to inspire before
I expire.” And she did. Known in the breast cancer
community as the Warrior Queen, instead of
reconstructive surgery got a tattoo…

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Pinocchio Contest

From my baby boy, thanks Mike.

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Famous Presidential Lies Contest
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LBJ:
We were attacked (in the Gulf of Tonkin )

Nixon:
I am not a crook

GHW Bush:
Read my lips – No New Taxes

Clinton:
I did not have sex with that woman… Miss Lewinski

GW Bush:
Iraq has weapons of mass destruction

Obama:
I will have the most transparent administration in history.
The stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.
I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.
The IRS is not targeting anyone.
It was a spontaneous riot about a movie.
I will put an end to the type of politics that “breeds division, conflict and cynicism”.
You didn’t build that!
I will restore trust in Government.
The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.
The public will have 5 days to look at every bill that lands on my desk
It’s not my red line – it is the world’s red line.
Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.
We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.
I am not spying on American citizens.
Obama Care will be good for America .
You can keep your family doctor.
Premiums will be lowered by $2500.
If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.
It’s just like shopping at Amazon.
I knew nothing about “Fast and Furious” gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels.
I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.
I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi .
I have never known my uncle from Kenya who is in the country illegally and that was arrested and told to leave the country over 20 years ago.
And, I have never lived with that uncle. He finally admitted (12-05-2013) that he DID know his uncle and that he DID live with him.
If elected I promise not to renew the Patriot Act.
If elected I will end the war in Iraq and Afghanistan within the 1st 9 months of my term.
I will close Guantanamo within the first 6 months of my term.
I will bridge the gap between black and white and between America and other countries.
And the biggest one of all:
“I, Barrack Hussein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America .”

I believe we have a winner

Do Radical Muslims Rattle Before They Strike?

A good friend sent this to me  and I fell in love with the simplicity of this analogy and logic.. I studied logic in school and have come to believe that many people don’t have a clue about what it is. Most times when a person uses logic intuitively he is practicing what I call common sense. I tried identifying the  author and found only a reference to one Leonard J. Cirilo. I do not believe he wrote this but he did write a short book titled Rattlesnake Logic. Rattlesnake Logic is on many blogs since 2012. Given today’s political dilemma on how to deal with Radical Islam I say we should make this our formal policy.

 

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Rattlesnake Logic

As long as we insist on maintaining the “moral high ground” we will NEVER win the war on terrorism. We’re in a conflict in which we absolutely insist in playing by the rules against a maniacal group
who have no rules.
Rattlesnake Logic
After the Boston bombing the news media spent days and weeks trying to determine why these men
did what they did. They want to know what America did to make these brothers so angry with us.
They want to know why these men were not arrested before they did something so terrible.
The media is in a tizzy about this new era of homegrown radicals, and about why they could
live among us and still hate us.

A friend of mine from Texas explained it all to me: “Here in west Texas I have rattlesnakes on my place, living among us. I have killed a rattlesnake on the front porch. I have killed a rattlesnake on the back porch. I have killed rattlesnakes in the barn, in the shop and on the driveway. In fact, I kill every rattlesnake I encounter.

I kill rattlesnakes because I know a rattlesnake will bite me and inject me with poison. I don’t stop to wonder why a rattlesnake will bite me; I know it will bite me because it’s a rattlesnake and that’s what rattlesnakes do. I don’t try to reason with a rattlesnake…I just kill it. I don’t try to get to know the rattlesnake better so I can find a way to live with the rattlesnakes and convince them not to bite me.
I just kill them. I don’t quiz a rattlesnake to see it I can find out where the other snakes are,
because (a) it won’t tell me, and (b) I already know they live on my place.
So, I just kill the rattlesnake and move on to the next one.

I don’t look for ways I might be able to change the rattlesnake to a non-poisonous rat snake…I just kill it. Oh, and on occasion, I accidentally kill a rat snake because I thought it was a rattlesnake at the time. Also, I know, for every rattlesnake I kill, two more are lurking out there in the brush. In my lifetime
I will never be able to rid my place of rattlesnakes. Do I fear them? No!

Do I respect what they can do to me? Yes! And because of that respect I give them the fair justice
they deserve…. I kill them…”
Maybe as a country we should start giving more thought to the fact that these jihadists’
are just like rattlesnakes, and act accordingly!

I love this country; it’s the damn government I’m afraid of.

 

50 Facts That Show How Far America Has Fallen In This Generation

This is totally unbelievable that our country has slipped to this degree in two generations.

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What has happened to America?  Please show these numbers to anyone that does not believe that the United States is in decline.  It is time for all of us to humble ourselves and face the reality of what has happened to our once great nation.  For those of us that love America, it is heartbreaking to watch the foundations of our society rot and decay in thousands of different ways.  The following are 50 facts that show how far America has fallen in this generation, but the truth is that this list could have been far, far longer…

#1 According to a survey that was just conducted, only 36 percent of all Americans can name the three branches of government.

#2 Only 25 percent of all Americans know how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans know how many…

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A Minor Twist and Pow!

At this point there are four husky fellas pulling, banging, cutting away at my old kitchen countertops. One of them just retrieved a saws-all and is now busily buzzing away between the backsplash and the wall.  At first the job looked too easy, and I thought my god why am I paying such an exorbitant price for this project? Contractor Mark’s crew pulled the old countertops, and then paraded in with pieces of shiny new granite. Most cut so precisely they were perfect as is, and dropped into place without any adjustment.  Then, it began. Little things, like the stove and refrigerator, are in the way, the new sink doesn’t fit.  One of the men disappears, and I see a cloud of granite dust flying past my office window. Frank, the Master Craftsman, is sawing away at another slab to finish fitting the buffet. My front lawn scattered with old countertop pieces which now will no longer work even if I wanted to stop the job and have them put it all back together again. In other words, I have committed, and there is no backing out now.
My early appraisal of the job was the result of not knowing what this kind of job entails. Now, I am beginning to see that I don’t know my ass from a hole in the ground when it comes to installing granite counter tops. Especially ones with multiple angles and notches to fit an architect’s dream of a house.
An aw shit moment occurs when the four men tilt the largest piece to slide the new sink under. Mark gives instructions for how to handle the piece, and in spite of his precautions it happens! One man pushes just a tad bit harder than the others. It was a minor twist, but the slab broke in three places. The crew turned deadly silent. I cannot imagine what went through Frank’s mind as he saw his masterpiece turn to crap in an instant
By the time, Mark’s crew finishes the job I’ll realize that I got my dollar’s worth. The kitchen is not functional until Frank makes a new piece, and the crew again gingerly man handles the three hundred pound piece of granite into place.

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