PSA-210110-First Advice of the Year

God Bless America

Its been a couple of days since the storming of the Capitol building, and I am now just beginning to ooze down off the ceiling. If ever there was a stupid thing to do, that was it. The rioters played right into the hands of the Democrats and gave them a giant gift. They have been relentlessly trying to destroy President Trump since 2016 without success, and now they are nailing his coffin shut, maybe.

The left must kill him, and then fill his lifeless body with unnecessary lead to make sure he is dead. Why? Because he is the embodiment of what the right side of the country feels, believes, and prays for. I cringed when I saw the film of the crowd takeover and the damage they inflicted, but at the same time, inwardly my soul cheered them on. What surprised me the most was how unprepared the Capital is for such an event.

Immediately, two things came to mind. First, I truly believe there was an outside leftist squadron of people who breeched the defenses. Second, this was a trailer for how a real government takeover might begin. The biggest problem I see is that the people who are most responsible for this event don’t see how they are implicated. Or, they don’t want to believe they can be implicated. They are too high in office and above the common man to be implicated.

The people who protested that day are all frustrated by the lack of attention given to the myriad of evidence pointing toward election abuse. The Senate, the Congress, and Judicial all refused to give the matter any weight whatsoever. I too, am frustrated with how easy it is to conduct rigged elections in ways that no one can recognize the extent of the problem. I have written about my thoughts on using electronic voting machines. If anything is prone to being rigged to swing votes one way or the other a computer is it. There are also very many computer savvy people in the world who can perform such internal programming.

President Trump made a grand play at trying to use the system to highlight where the problems lie. Our country full of extreme Leftists is against him and could smell blood when the election results swung their way. It was essentially one man against the entire government. My frustration lies with the imbecilic administrators and lawmakers who rejected every attempt to listen to, or give hearing to the many accusations of wrong doing. The worst argument I heard was that the number of wrongly cast ballots was not enough to affect the outcome. Just how much wrong is right? When do we begin to use the amount of wrong as a line of demarcation? We are a nation of laws, but let’s just change election laws by ignoring the law written to define how to run elections.

The left has habitually been pushing the line to ease the burden of punishment on perpetrators rather than do the work of changing the laws to meet the same end result. Let us abolish the death sentance because the murderer didn’t mean to kill the victim, let’s not jail drug abusers as a way to cure their disease, let’s invent ways to keep from sending abusers to prison and to change their behavior instead, let’s remove God from all things so our kids can grow up and choose God for themselves. Let’s hide all examples of the ten commandments from public view, the list goes on endlessly. In the meantime the population gets more and more lawless and behaves with less morality.

I refuse to watch news programs any more because all I hear is an endless barrage of negative accusations against a man I believe will go down in history as one of our greatest presidents. True, his speech at the gathering of the crowd might be construed as an incitement to angry protest. What I don’t understand is why so few people broke into the Capitol building when the reports are that tens of thousands of people were assembled. No amount of Capitol police, or even the National Guard could overcome a charge of that many attackers. What does make sense to me is that an ANTIFA like organization was present at the head of the group and then ambushed a peaceful protest and turned it into a media circus. Of course the anti-Trump press was present in copious numbers itching and ready to record all for the world to witness.

If one message is sent to our government leaders it should be this, you deliberately sidestepped a giant mis-justice in the election which upset half of the country, and as a result to become, distrustful, and frustrated by your lack of stomach to do your job. All it would have taken to keep this terrible incident from occurring was at least one challenge that would have resulted in a recount, or an investigation. You are famous for doing investigations, why not one that the country believes should be done? Your hatred for President Donald Trump is the only reason for not doing so. That is not a valid reason for shirking your duty. My job, by the way, is to make sure that I use every sinew of my aged body to make certain you are never elected into a position of authority again. I promise I will come after you beginning with one Adam Kinzinger whom I trusted implicitly from the very first time I met him, and marked him as a patriot. His true colors have been exposed and he is no different than the money grubbing representatives and senators we call our leaders.

God Bless America, we need His help more than ever.

PSA-210105-With Age Comes Wisdom

With the new year just begun the tendency is to extoll wisdom learned. The following list is not mine, it was sent by a friend. The list is so accurate they convey my own thoughts exactly. It must come with age.

1 After loving my parents, my siblings, my spouse, my children and my friends, I have now started loving myself.

 2 I have realized that I am not “Atlas”. The world does not rest on my shoulders.

 3 I have stopped bargaining with vegetable & fruit vendors. A few pennies more is not going to break me, but it might help the poor fellow save for his daughter’s school fees. 

4 I leave my waitress a big tip. The extra money might bring a smile to her face. She is toiling much harder for a living than I am. 

5 I stopped telling the elderly that they’ve already narrated that story many times. The story makes them walk down memory lane & relive their past. 

6 I have learned not to correct people even when I know they are wrong. The onus of making everyone perfect is not on me. Peace is more precious than perfection. 

7 I give compliments freely & generously. Compliments are a mood enhancer not only for the recipient, but also for me. And a small tip for the recipient of a compliment, never, NEVER turn it down, just say “Thank You.” 

8 I have learned not to bother about a crease or a spot on my shirt. Personality speaks louder than appearances. 

9 I walk away from people who don’t value me. They might not know my worth, but I do. 

10 I remain cool when someone plays dirty to outrun me in the rat race. I am not a rat & neither am I in any race. 

11 I am learning not to be embarrassed by my emotions. It’s my emotions that make me human. 

12 I have learned that it’s better to drop the ego than to break a relationship. My ego will keep me aloof, whereas with relationships, I will never be alone. 

13 I have learned to live each day as if it’s the last. After all, it might be the last. 

14 I am doing what makes me happy. I am responsible for my happiness, and I owe it to myself. Happiness is a choice. You can be happy at any time, just choose to be!

 I decided to share this for all my friends. Why do we have to wait to be 60 or 70 or 80, why can’t we practice this at any stage and age?

A Costco-Walmart Adventure

A couple of days ago I received a call from a friend. She needed to go shopping for groceries. Being a Lion whose motto is We Serve, I jumped at the opportunity. Most sane people would have found a simpler service project, but not me. I had to drive 45 minutes to get to the starting point of this adventure. The friend is a caretaker, and her latest job is taking care of Norma a 101 year old lady without any family. She relies completely on the people she hires to do her favors.

Traffic was light at 2:00 in the afternoon, and I got to the house in forty minutes not forty-five. My friend was waiting for me at the door, and we were ready to go. I asked her if she had a key to the house to get in, She waved the key at me, “good” I said. “Did the lady give you money to shop with?” She dug into her purse and pulled out two blue cards one debit, and the other a credit. “Good,” I said again. “My lady wants me to go to Costco,” said my friend. “Did she give you her membership card?” Again, digging in her purse, she whipped out a Costco card. “Great,” I said, “let’s get going.”

Neither of us had a clue as to where the Costco was. Thank God for cell phones. We both found the address for the nearest one and I pumped the location into the GPS. We were off for an adventure.

I joined a Costco back in the nineteen-eighties when an agent came to our company to sell memberships. I bit on the bait and joined. The store was immense, but not convenient. Prices on things were good, but I don’t buy a TV every week or month. I was more interested in food. The Costco hook is packaging. The prices are good, but one must buy a package. For a can of tuna at a low price I might have to buy a package of twelve cans. My membership ran out and I never rejoined, but I did join Sam’s Club which was much closer to my home.

We started shopping in the meat department. My friend loves chicken wings and drum sticks. She picked up two discreet packages and went home with 32 drum sticks and 48 wings. Thankfully, four drum sticks were packaged in one plastic unit, but there were eight units to a package. The price was low, but who will eat that many drumsticks before the last one goes bad in the freezer? I figure it’ll be June, 2021 before they run out of drumsticks. We spent a lot of time looking for stuff and passing most bargains. My friend told me that the last caretaker was asked to leave. “Why,” I asked? “Norma told me that her last caretaker spent over $400 at Costco. I took a quick count of what was in our basket. “Do you realize we have over $130 dollars worth of groceries in the basket right now, and we have a lot of shopping left to do?” She thought about it for a second and said, “lets check out and go to Walmart.”

At the register I pushed the debit card into the reader and got a message “enter your PIN.” What? Do you have the PIN?”

“What is a PIN?” she asked me. The second card was the same. I reached for my wallet and pushed my American Express card into the reader. “We don’t accept American Express,” said the clerk.

“Oh shit, you mean to tell me the largest retailer in the world does not accept the number one card in the world?”

“Sorry sir.” I pulled out my emergency VISA and paid.

We managed to find a Walmart about five miles away and finished the shopping minus two items, Italian bread, and Biscotti. The total between the two stores was $320. At least we didn’t spend $400.

We spent an hour in Costco, and another hour in Walmart before we began to find our way back. It was dark, and thankfully I had the GPS to guide me. It was about six p.m. when we parked in the drive. My friend said she would go in first, check her client, and then open the garage door so we could unload quickly.

Two minutes later my friend reappeared, “can you help me?”

“What is wrong?”

“I can’t open the door.” I took the key from her and tried it on the two locks. It worked fine on the dead bolt, but it didn’t move on the regular lock. “We need two separate keys to open this door,” I said. “Now what?”

My friend began ringing the door bell. “Norma can wheel herself over and open the lock for us.” After several minutes and a lot of ringing, we peered through the side-light window and saw Norma slouched in her wheel chair and vigorously pointing toward the left. My friend went to the side yard only to learn that the gate was locked. She went to the opposite side and found the same. “Maybe Norma was pointing at the neighbor,” I said. We quickly went to the next house and rang the bell, and told the neighbor our story. It turns out the neighbor didn’t have a key either. The neighbor lady said “I’ll call the police.”

It took about five minutes for a cop to arrive. He listened to our story and said he would be back. He went to his patrol car to get his lock pick. By the time he came back, a fire truck arrived with three firemen. They went straight for the door with a tool that looked like a battering ram. “Oh great, now we will get in, but we’ll have a door that doesn’t close again.” Lady Luck was with us because within two minutes they had the door open and they rushed in to see if Norma was okay. My friend followed them. I stayed outside with the cop who insisted on seeing identification and asked for more information. “This happens a lot,” he said.

“Yeah, well it has never happened to me,” I said. I realized later that he meant this happens a lot at this house. My friend came out to ask me in, and the cop asked if he could go in to check on Norma too. “Of course,” she said. The cop and Norma were acquainted with each other and spoke for a few minutes. After he left we lifted Norma back into her wheel chair. I was right she had slid down while trying to come to the door and was inches from sliding onto the floor.

Finally, I unloaded the groceries into the garage. As we were going in and out Norma kept warning us not to let her cat out. On about the second trip, I looked up and saw the cat at the edge of the garage door looking out. My friend looked up and saw her too. Immediately she ran toward the house to scare the cat back into the house. That is all I would have needed to make the night complete, a missing cat. Thankfully, the cat skedaddled back into the house and we shut the door behind her.

I wished my friend good luck and left. I got home by 8:00 p.m. The first thing I did after relieving myself was to pour a generous shot of whiskey over ice to reward a successful service call.

Believe it or not!

GOD’S Accuracy

GOD’S ACCURACY 

 When GOD solves our problems, we have faith in HIS abilities. When GOD doesn’t solve our problems, HE has faith in our abilities. 

One may observe God’s accuracy in the hatching of eggs. . . . 
those of the canary in 14 days;
those of the barnyard hen in 21 days;
eggs of ducks and geese in 28 days;
those of the mallard in 35 days;
the eggs of the parrot and the ostrich hatch in 42 days. (Notice, they are all divisible by seven, the number of days in a week!) 

 See God’s wisdom in the making of an elephant. . . . 
The four legs of this great beast all bend forward in the same direction. No other quadruped is so made.
God planned that this animal would have a huge body – too large to live on two legs. For this reason He gave
it four fulcrums so that it can rise from the ground easily. The horse rises from the ground on its two front legs first.
A cow rises from the ground with its two hind legs first.  How wise the Lord is in all His works of creation!  Each watermelon has an even number of stripes on the rind.  Each orange has an even number of segments. 
Each ear of corn has an even number of rows. 
Each stalk of wheat has an even number of grains. Every bunch of bananas has on its lowest row an even number of bananas, and each row decreases by one, so that one row has an even number and the next row an odd number. 

 Amazing! There’s more…  The waves of the sea roll in on shore twenty-six to the minute in all kinds of weather.  All grains are found in even numbers on the stalks.  God has caused the flowers to blossom at certain specified times during the day. Linnaeus, the great botanist, once said that if he had a conservatory containing the right kind of soil, moisture, and temperature, he could tell the time of day or night by the flowers that were open and those that were closed.  The lives of each of us may be ordered by the Lord in a beautiful way for His glory, if we will only entrust Him with our lives. If we try to regulate our own lives, we will have only mess and failure.  Only God, who made our brains and hearts, can successfully guide them to a profitable end.  

When you carry the Bible, Satan has a headache; when you open it, he collapses.  When he sees you reading it, he loses his strength, and when you stand on the Word of God, Satan can’t hurt you! And did you also know…  …that when you are about to forward this email to others, the devil will probably try to discourage you, but do it anyway. Life without God is like an unsharpened pencil – it has no point.

 I pray God bless you in ways you never even dreamed. I didn’t think twice about forwarding this one – and I hope you don’t, either. Pass on the blessings!!

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