Just Let Me -- G -- Indoctrinate You!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

It's a Good Day to be Back Thing

Dear America,

Happy Belated Birthday to the ATB...
 America the Beautiful...
with love and admiration, bae, from the G

so this girl was gone for a good chunk of the calendar...hit the wild blue yonder and never looked back, so it would seem.  Hail to the gap between June 21st through the 10th, yo

But surely, all's well that ends, as my mama says --  so here I am, finally, and all the while still stumbling for the right words in this process of getting all my wheels on the ground and coming to a complete stop before unbuckling my seat belt and jumping back into my life full steam ahead.

Yes, long gone is the steam engine.  good point.  


speaking of steam, oh to celebrating the nation's holiday of America's Independence in the city where it all happens -- in Washington DC!  It surely did not disappoint! 

Timing is everything and talk about fireworks. 

Yikes to the Nike's for caving into a false narrative of our founding and making a total mess of a certain HERstory -- namely, of Betsy Ross (and that link there, is a good one...love my Star Parker, you go girl).   Truth be told, although there were many women doing their thing way in the background way back when, Betsy was, like, you know, the one and only true symbol of women taking an active part in the American Revolution.

Colin, like, I thought your beef was with police brutality against the black man?  How did we go from that to this -- a full blown, knock down, war against America herself?

TO be clear, and to be more bold, offering up a little context that many of you might understand a wee bit better --  this Betsy flag --  the one celebrating our thirteen fire breathing colonies posturing to wreak havoc upon the king and queens across the pond.... that flag...that flag was like the first Rainbow flag!  k, ya dig?  You get it now?

Shame on you, Colin -- and how you got away with it, I have no idea. 

Every women's organization should be throwing down shade one after the other, every which way to Sunday and back,  upon this disgraceful show of disrespect...talk about misogyny!  Where's the ESPY award for that, cuz Nike and Colin are all tied up right about now and it's gonna be a photo finish.   And especially as we are coming into this new season,  of celebrating a woman's right to vote -- the 100th anniversary in August 2020 no less! 

Oh, but to diss Betsy like so, to diss the first flag, to diss our long struggle of fighting for the freedoms every single one of us ridiculously enjoy every day...this first flag, celebrating the 13 colonies joining forces against pure oppression, against England, meant something so much bigger than Colin is even capable of recognizing, let alone understanding.  And same goes for that Nike guy and CEO, Mark Parker.  If you hate America so much, then maybe you two should consider living somewhere else.  Maybe, just maybe, you should stop exploiting Americans by making money off of such lies and steam engine fodder and go live the rest of your days, say, in Venezuela. 

Colin -- would it have been better if the revolution didn't work out so well?  If perhaps, this land and your land, in the company of so much of the royal colonization around the world, was STILL under the control of Great Britain and the Church of England?   Would that have been a better ending to the war that ultimately revolutionized the entire globe? 

Oh let the good steam roll...


You, dear Colin, are an idiot -- an ignorant, left-brained, small-minded peddler of nothing more than perversions of  America's truths, not only dating back to our founding, but including and up through the current day's climate,  which virtually binds us and buries us in untruths and fake news all the live long day.


it's exhausting already.  Calgon take me away.

And in other news in the hot and steam department -- how about this hummahummadamndinger:

picture a girl in a t-shirt, (not wet) and across her chest reads this:

CAPITALISM IS
UNSUSTAINABLE

rich in irony, right?

but quite poor in substantive proof, you know, given what actually happened after the doors were blown off, revealing more wealth and sustenance for more people, for more the world over, through the makings of industry outside agriculture with the industrial revolution!

As one good and steamy revolution turns into another...and another...


Here's hoping capitalism is so unsustainable for y'all who made the shirt, that the shirt doesn't sell!

But seriously, hail to the nitwits bashing capitalism while enjoying the benefits of capitalism, using the tools of capitalism, and marketing through all the capitalized social networks available to sell this kind of nonsense, right?

If bashing capitalism is so woke -- these yokels should at least start with everything "made in china," just sayin' --  at which point, full steam ahead with making your point to Apple, Google, Microsoft, um GEICO...um, Mickey D's....um what else, oh yeah, Nike, that should have been numero uno.....Adidas, Levi-Strauss...then there is Starbucks.... Ford, Chevrolet, Amtrak, United Airlines....yeah yeah.  the list goes on and on and on and on and on. 

let's just stop making everything and live in tee-pees and begin eating off the prairie, starting, like, yesterday.  I'm in.

oh let the good steam roll...

The thing is, THIS is why teaching history, HERstory, is so freeeking important!  CONTEXT is everything.   The era, itself, is meaningful.  The culture of the day gives credence to the day.  And fortunately, all things continue to change over time itself.    Betsy Ross, being a Quaker, was a fighter against slavery; she was on the right side of history, even while history revealed serious faults throughout the struggle of equality for all.

The thing is --  we learn so much when we are learned people and understand from which we all came --  the good, the bad, and the ugly notwithstanding.  (Oh to witness the books from Thomas J's personal library, all I wanted to do was break the glass and smell the pages of a book he once turned; an incredible place the Library of Congress, put that on your bucket list if you have not gone already. but I digress.)

 
Hail to the few and the proud who purchased the Nike Betsy Ross Sneaker before it was pulled; going to their capitalism war chest of tools and ammo, some scored $2000 on the after market collector's market instantly created upon her loss.    Isn't capitalism rich?  indeed.

This girl had a Fourth of July to remember back in the District of Columbia, leaving footprints all over the city, from DAR Headquarters and Constitution Hall, crossing the ellipse umpteen times, to visiting our National Cathedral, to the Library of Congress, to the rooftop of my darling daughter's first apartment (a roof with a view that spans all the way from the National Cathedral, all the way across town... where steeples peek out from the treetops, to the nation's Capitol building rising up against the twilight sky, to the Washington Monument, to the Kennedy Center and the majestic Potomac, all with a fireworks show that lit up hearts and minds in equal portion, no matter rich or poor, all over town).

Although every day was met with an unimaginable level of hot and steamy temperatures, making it unbearably difficult to truly enjoy the great outdoors, I must say, capitalism is alive and well in this fine American neck of the woods.  Alive and well.  What a beautiful thing to behold.

so that's all I got.
time for a hot steam before heading to work; scratch that, gonna go to work first, then return to a hot steam for my reward.   oh life is good.

And the whole truth is -- America is good -- and the more we emphasize the good, the good-er we all get.

Make it a Good Day, G

Friday, June 21, 2019

It's Hail to the Chief's Tempered and Measured Response Thing

Dear America,

.. I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not ... proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world," Trump said. "Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!"
tempered and measured, who'd a thunk?

and people are saying that Iran struck the drone in retaliation to the US pulling out of the Iran Nuclear fraud... to which former NSC Chief of Staff, Fred Frietz, said this:

"That is a fraudulent argument. We don't stay in an agreement because the other party threatens to respond with violence. The president has responded with restraint. He has given [Iran] an opportunity to deescalate the situation, and I think he handled it right today."

and only last week, Tehran is allegedly responsible for the attack on the two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

but just look at this president -- yet again -- respond in tempered and measured ways.

and I like how he phrased it -- softening any assumptions of intentions -- “I would imagine it was a general or somebody who made a mistake by shooting that drone down,” Trump said during an Oval Office meeting Thursday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I find it hard to believe it was intentional. It could have been somebody who was loose and stupid.”

This president is on America's side.

This president continues to act accordingly, and yet, will the media ever rise to the level of respect this president deserves?

Now -- this girl knows full well, this president is not perfect.  But make no mistake, this president's heart is always in the right place.  He loves his country -- our country -- America.

Obama hated America while president, he spent eight years transforming her from foundation to cupola.

Need a few facts--

Although not covering his entire two termsTHIS is a really good review -- going back to 2013 (five years into the Obama Administration) and written by Victor Davis Hanson for National Review.

Like many things that happened under the care of the Obama Administration, Obama was in a position to control the narrative, and that has made all the difference.  And maybe, he didn't need to control a thing -- you know, given his situation that lends itself to being given a pass; you know, when in reality you have an entire media who's got your back.

Although his reflections on race relations during the first five of Obama's years are sound, Victor Davis Hanson neglected to call out the Black Lives Matter protests by name.

Like immigration, the media supports a certain viewpoint.  It leans left.

But the truth is, the facts don't line up all neat and tidy so much...And surprise, surprise, even the Washington comPost couldn't do much about it:
The Post’s reporting shows that both the annual number and circumstances of fatal shootings and the overall demographics of the victims have remained constant over the past four years. 
The dead: 45 percent white men; 23 percent black men; and 16 percent Hispanic men. 
Women have accounted for about 5 percent of those killed, and people in mental distress about 25 percent of all shootings. 
About 54 percent of those killed have been armed with guns and 4 percent unarmed.
To be clear, the Post only began tracking after the Michael Brown shooting, in 2014.  And yet, for the last four years, the numbers have been consistent -- roughly 1000 people are shot by police each year.  And based on those numbers, the Post came to these startling conclusions and stats.

Now, I've never been in a police altercation -- I've been pulled over for rolling through a stop sign, but that's about the height of it.  Even then, I was nervous reaching to get my proof of insurance.  It is an intimidating situation...and during the whole ten minutes at the curb, awaiting his check for outstanding warrants and what not, I tried to politely speak my case.  But he would have none of it.  I went to court to fight it, and he didn't even bother to show up. Ticket ripped up, boom.

But the point is, police are confronted with all kinds of humanity all the live long day.

It is interesting to note that women account for only 5 percent of those killed by police.  Is that because we are generally more polite to authority?  Or could it be that women are less likely to be bad actors in the first place?  Who knows.

But I digress.

Instead of Barack Obama making any improvements in race relations, he took America backwards, and made us all the more divided -- as he emphasized our differences, not our commonality.  He also made no attempt to talk to all citizens in the art of being good citizens, no matter from kindergarten to our death.

He lost such an opportunity for a few civic lessons along the way.

It's simple stuff really -- things like 'go to school'  'do your homework'  'respect your parents'  'respect your children'  'don't do drugs'  'get a job'  'dress appropriately'  'open doors for people'  'read books'  'pick up trash'  'don't litter in the first place'   'salute the flag'  'follow the rules'  'follow the law'  'don't break the law in the first place'  'immigrate to America by standing in line with everyone else'  'don't attempt to illegally cross America's border in the first place'   and on and on we could go.

let's get back to policy undomestic, shall we?

Victor Davis Hanson said this back in 2013, regarding Obama's transformation of America's foreign policy --

Foreign policy. What is the common theme to the euphemisms about terrorism and radical Islam, the failed reset with Russia, withdrawal from Iraq, confusion in Afghanistan, lead-from-behind in Libya, pink lines and pseudo–“game changers” in Syria, the faux deadlines with Iran, mesmerization with Turkey, peace feelers to Nicaragua, Cuba, and Venezuela, as well as the rhetorical tropes found in the Cairo speech, the U.N. addresses, and the Al-Arabiya interview?

Just as, in Obama’s worldview, the 1 percent exercise undue influence in the United States, so too abroad America has exercised exceptional power and influence that either are not warranted by its traditions and history, or do not contribute to stability and social justice in the world at large. Fundamentally transforming the role of the U.S. means tilting toward countries that are suspicious of the Western tradition, and favoring groups and countries like Turkey, the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Palestinians that have supposedly legitimate grievances against the United States. The goal? Probably, the transformation of the U.S. into something like the EU, whose democratic socialism is manifested abroad with soft-power lectures.
The truth is -- the Obama Administration is more to blame for the current climate around the globe.  His entire foreign policy was based upon capitulation, from making blanket apologies in the Middle East, to bowing to Iran's calculated negotiations, allowing for the nonsense we bear witness to today.

and just look how tempered and measured this girl can be, taking in this long look in the rear-view mirror without incident of the f-bomb kind.   oh me oh my, detecting a wee bit of growth, eh?

welcome to the end of this day,
but before I go, I wish to recite a verse from Numbers -- since the truth is, our days are always numbered, according to the Big picture, somehow, someway...so may....

"The Lord bless you 
and keep you; 
the Lord make his face 
shine upon you 
and be gracious to you;
 the Lord turn his face 
toward you and give you peace."


Make it a Good Day, G

Thursday, June 20, 2019

It's a Giving Good Twitter Day Thing

Dear America,

"we are all worms, but I do believe I am a glow-worm."

@AOC
This administration has established concentration camps on the southern border of the United States for immigrants, where they are being brutalized with dehumanizing conditions and dying. This is not hyperbole. It is the conclusion of expert analysis ⬇️


And for the shrieking Republicans who don’t know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps.

to more twitter

Concentration camps are considered by experts as “the mass detention of civilians without trial.”

and the AOC went all in, and to Instagram...

”​I want to talk to the people that are concerned enough with humanity to say that we should not — that ‘Never Again’ means something,” ​the New York Democrat said in a Q&A posted on politicsnowadays’ Instagram page.

to more via the New York Post:

“I don’t use those words lightly. I don’t use those words to just throw bombs,” ​she continued. “I use the word because that’s what an administration that creates concentration camps is.​ A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist and it’s very difficult to say that.”

That's probably one of her best lines,   "I don’t use those words to just throw bombs...A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist."  Seriously?

FIRST, @ AOC, just to get it out of the way:  Just where was this outrage when the OBAMA Administration did it?  Were you just too busy bar-tending to rise up against the atrocities way back when and then?

But also, as a matter of record -- it was YOU who invoked the Nazi into the conversation with simply using the phrase, never again.  Even YOU said it means something.  Yes.  It does.  It means something in relationship with the Jews, and more specifically, Jews being held in Nazi Concentration Camps.  It was YOU who made the dots connect.

And in the second, just who is making these decisions to come to our country illegally --  risking life and limb, risking the separation of minors from parents, risking one's own welfare by having to live in a detention center for however length of time...just who is making these people decide to do this?


@AOC continued:
This is a crisis on if America will remain America – its actual principles and values – or if we are losing to an authoritarian and fascist presidency.”
You mean, like, in an effort to Keep America Great?


Is it authoritarian to know who is coming into our country?  Is it authoritarian to have a system of entering and immigrating into a country legally, like, anywhere?

Because, if you consider it fascist to ask all those interested in immigrating to America to follow the rules already in place, then you must think it absolutely barbarian for what other countries may require --

India
There is no path to legal permanent residency for foreigners who are not of Indian ancestry, except through marriage or by giving up their original citizenship to become naturalised. A person must leave India every five years to re-apply for their long-term visa. Even if you own a business in India and invested heavily in the economy India will never grant you residency.
Gulf States
Gulf states are keen to protect their country's status quo and don’t want to compromise their cultural values or standard of living by allowing foreigners to become permanent members of society. Your only route to becoming a naturalised citizen is by marriage to a national; even this, however, doesn’t guarantee citizenship, particularly for non-Muslims.
China
Chinese citizenship is legally authorised, but in practice is near impossible. According to the Law of Citizenship, if you're a foreigner seeking Chinese citizenship, you must be either: a relative of Chinese citizens, or permanently living in China, making Immigration to China one of the hardest in the world. Despite a population approaching 1.4 billion, during the Fifth National Population Census (2000) there were only 941 naturalized citizens who did not belong to a recognised Communist Party.

Switzerland
To be considered for permanent residency you must live in Switzerland for 10 years. To be eligible to do that, you must either be a high-net-worth investor, married to a Swiss partner or be employed by a Swiss company in a highly skilled and well-paid roll. In short, those who want to emigrate to Switzerland have a mountain to climb.

gotta love those Swiss, right?  talk about strong...teehee "high-net-worth."

OH and if any you happen to have any interest in Mexico -- you may want to start HERE.

But I digress.

The thing is -- we all know what is happening at AMERICA's southern border.  It is part of the Democratic coup, undermining this administration.  It is about breaking America, by way of a humanitarian crisis at the border, allowing an army of unskilled workers to enter our country, receive benefits, and vote on behalf of the democratic party.  This is about control.  This is about the absence of Rule of Law.  This is about bringing America -- and everything for which she stands -- to a screeching halt.

What's fascist, Little Miss AOC  --  [Which by definition, @google -- "A fascist is a follower of a political philosophy characterized by authoritarian views and a strong central government — and no tolerance for opposing opinions"] is how YOUR PARTY -- an army of democrats, progressives, and socialists --  continually band together to attack conservatives --  those otherwise recognized with opposing views.   Generally speaking -- and you should know this -- conservatives abhor any version of strong central government control, governments that micro-manage every facet of our lives.  We conservatives dig freedom and independence in every way, ya dig?

What's fascist, is the constant pull towards the progressive agenda that your party continually inflicts upon the American people -- without a choice, down our throats and against our will.   It's as if there is absolutely no tolerance for opposing opinions,  no room for even so much as a conversation of our differences, let alone ways to improve our immigration system, let alone ways to manage the abomination happening at the border.

Elections have consequences, right?  The American people spoke (and Russia had nothing to do with it).  The American people voted for Trump primarily due to the immigration/humanitarian problem that continues to swell. 

Here's a good piece from Nate Jackson, @The Patriot Post"Everyone I Don't Like is Hitler" for just a little more on what this girl just said.  

exactly

"A presidency that creates concentration camps is fascist."

1.  They are being held in what's called a detention center; additionally, no one is performing hard labor as they occupy the shelter (paid for by the American taxpayer), nor are they awaiting execution (see below).

2.  Detention centers are NOT this:   concentration camps -- a place where large numbers of people, especially political prisoners or members of persecuted minorities, are deliberately imprisoned in a relatively small area with inadequate facilities, sometimes to provide forced labor or to await mass execution. The term is most strongly associated with the several hundred camps established by the Nazis in Germany and occupied Europe in 1933–45, among the most infamous being Dachau, Belsen, and Auschwitz. (thank you Google)

3.  The illegal person(s) are entering on their own volition, knowing they are breaking the law, knowing there is no place to live other than in one of our detention centers, with families separated.  They don't have to do this, these people.

4.  and besides, just like Chris Cuomo  to Don Lemon:  "A guy who says things that I don't like, whose abusive of the truth, who can be obnoxious for effect, and pander to a group of people in this country is not necessarily a step away from a genocidal maniac."

second that, Cuomo -- but different; it's a sentiment similar to how I felt about Barack Obama.

By the way -- guess who said the quote of the day, "we are all worms, but I do believe I am a glow-worm?"

you'll never guess, unless you know already. teehee

WINSTON CHURCHILL!
he apparently said such a thing, after being a real prisoner --  a prisoner of war during the Boer War -- and escaping.  He was looked upon as an overnight hero (much like that of a certain John McCain...just sayin').  For Quick context, go to Quora.


anyway, that's the day in the life for today.
But @the end of the day, all this girl has to say is, keep it up @AOC -- you give good twitter, girl, real good twitter.

Make it a Good Day, G

Thursday, June 13, 2019

It's just a kick in the derriere Thing

Dear America,

Not to point fingers at California, 
but why would you give free healthcare 
to illegal immigrants
 when your streets are littered
 with homeless legal residents, 
trash, and tents. 
California is a beautiful place, 
so let’s keep it that way. 
@CNN @FOX4 @NBCNews @DonaldJTrumpJr

exactly @HerschelWalker  (although, took the liberty to correct a spelling error there, but, other than that, it's all you) so thank you; and a thank you also goes to @ fox news for where I found it.

this is my state, precisely -- be it of the physical or in the shadows of my mind.

But, speaking of football, here's the kicker...

California officials have estimated the benefits would be available to about 90,000 low-income illegal immigrants at a cost of $98 million per year. 
To pay for part of it, the state agreed to start taxing people who don’t have health insurance. It’s a revival of the individual-mandate penalty that had been on the books nationwide under former President Barack Obama’s health-care law until Republicans in Congress eliminated it as part of the 2017 overhaul to the tax code.
yup, you heard that right.

California lawmakers not only wish to cover the healthcare for poor illegal immigrants, they wish to pay for it, in part, on the backs of poor American citizens with no health insurance -- issuing them a penalty tax!  Here's more from Arnold Ahlert, @The Patriot Post.


someone please explain what universe this makes any sense?

explaining the twisted nature of all of this --- let's go to Town Crier Tucker....last night...

"No one is above the law," they thunder. Except, of course, the more than 20 million foreign nationals currently living in our country illegally, all under the care and the protection of the Democratic Party. They are, by definition, above the law. We can't punish them, Democrats tell us; that would be racist. 
...All crimes are no longer allowed to be acknowledged as crimes. There are huge new classes of people who are literally above the law.

for more, go here.

California's illegals are being treated as if they are above the law...and yet, the average poor American living in California...the same Californian who can't afford health insurance... not so fast, suddenly there is a law for you to follow; YOU, my dear Californian, you get punished

For more on the lawlessness at the border, go here.

and for more kicks up the wazoo, here's how Tucker finishes --

What you're watching from the left is really an attack on society itself. The basic bargain in any society is straightforward: People who follow the rules get rewarded, people who don't get punished. If you get rid of that standard, then everything inverts. Suddenly, power flows to the worst people in your society, the most ruthless and aggressive. Decent law-abiding people, meanwhile, are mocked. They're just suckers who can be exploited by everyone else. 
That's where we're heading, by the way and fast. It's pretty obvious when you look around. The threads are frayed. It's coming apart - hundreds of years of hard work and self-discipline designed to create what we used to call "civilization" before the term civilization was deemed racist.
hmmm let's talk civilization, shall we?

CIVILIZATION



  • an advanced state of human society, in which a high level of culture, science, industry, and government has been reached.
  • those people or nations that have reached such a state.
  • any type of culture, society, etc., of a specific place, time, or group: Greek civilization.
  • the act or process of civilizing, as by bringing out of a savage, uneducated, or unrefined state, or of being civilized: Rome's civilization of barbaric tribes was admirable.
  • cultural refinement; refinement of thought and cultural appreciation: The letters of Madame de Sévigné reveal her wit and civilization.
  • cities or populated areas in general, as opposed to unpopulated or wilderness areas: The plane crashed in the jungle, hundreds of miles from civilization.
thank you, @ dictionary.com

what makes America attractive to people from other countries, other cultures, IS our level of sophistication of civilization; our high level of advancement in most areas of importance to a life well lived is here -- from the culture, itself, to the sciences, to the extent of individual and collective industry, to the standard of living, to the very ability to advance in society as an individual, to the highest level of health care in the world and fully available from sea to shining sea. We got it all going on, in America.

The illegal immigrants are leaving a less-civilized society and coming to America to reap her benefits, like a parasite (just keepin' it real, as always, here on the old g thang).  

SO here's a refresher -- as I know this girl has said just so many times before -- 

By definition, a parasite is "an organism that lives in or on an organism of another species (its host) and benefits by deriving nutrients at the other's expense." 

Yes, organism -- as in something best defined as "an individual animal, plant, or single-celled life form; it's synonyms include: living thing, being, creature, animal, plant, structure, life form, entity, body; it's also recognized as the material structure of an individual life form.



thank you @ Google search

There used to be a requirement for ALL immigrants coming to America to have, in place, a host -- someone who would take full responsibility for all costs, all needs, including shelter, healthcare, and welfare in every way, until such time the immigrant could fully assimilate into civilization, the American culture, on their own.

Now -- however -- the individual host mandate has been foolishly replaced by government, like that in California.   And democrats are leading this charge.

Now, illegal immigrants who illegally break the law and cross our border, human traffic, leech government resources, assault border patrol, run roughshod over every law, rule, stipulation to comply, let alone be responsible enough to show up for your very own asylum hearing,  get a pass?!  Are you serious?  All the while, American taxpayers, who can't afford a damn thing anymore being trillions of dollars in debt --not counting personal debt -- have to foot the bill?  Are you serious?  

As the world turns, in America --  as we keep kicking the can down the road, as we keep kicking ourselves up the politically correct butt, as we keep kicking it via the social media mayhem of the world we have created, as we keep kicking it towards the total absence of individual liberty through wanton socialist dreams --  there will come a day when we will all wake up and America will be a civilization that once was.  We will be kicked to smithereens and six feet under; the only trace will live inside the  history books, and right alongside Greece and Rome, under the heading of fallen civilizations we have known and loved. 

what a kick in the derriere...
just a euphemistic term for a person's buttocks :)   
just can't stop google searching definitions...
somebody, make it stop.

anywho...

so this is where we all must take a knee on the sidelines, letting it all just happen right before our very eyes?  Are you serious?

NO.  Not on my watch.

Oh @HerschelWalker !  -- thank you for lighting a fire under this girl this morning!   I love you, man!

To all my muses of the morning -- Herschel, Tucker, The Patriot Post, Dictionary dot com, Google...put it all together and it's just another day the old G thing kicks it out of the park (and apparently, it's also the same day she lost her humility somewhere along the way, not sorry...teehee)

Make it a Good Day, G



Friday, June 7, 2019

It's a D Day all about the WE Thing

Dear America,

THE PRESIDENT:  President Macron, Mrs. Macron, and the people of France; to the First Lady of the United States and members of the United States Congress; to distinguished guests, veterans, and my fellow Americans:

We are gathered here on Freedom’s Altar.  On these shores, on these bluffs, on this day 75 years ago, 10,000 men shed their blood, and thousands sacrificed their lives, for their brothers, for their countries, and for the survival of liberty.

Today, we remember those who fell, and we honor all who fought right here in Normandy.  They won back this ground for civilization.

To more than 170 veterans of the Second World War who join us today: You are among the very greatest Americans who will ever live.  You’re the pride of our nation.  You are the glory of our republic.  And we thank 

you from the bottom of our hearts.  (Applause.)

Here with you are over 60 veterans who landed on D-Day.  Our debt to you is everlasting.  Today, we express our undying gratitude.


[we interrupt this fine address, to offer you a link to the full transcript, go here]

Now continuing with one of my personal favorite excerpts:

Down on the beach, Captain Joe Dawson, the son of a Texas preacher, led Company G through a minefield to a natural fold in the hillside, still here.  Just beyond this path to my right, Captain Dawson snuck beneath an enemy machine gun perch and tossed his grenades.  Soon, American troops were charging up “Dawson’s Draw.”  What a job he did.  What bravery he showed.


teehee...only those close to me will ever know how funny this truly is.


Continuing... really like this part, too:

9,388 young Americans rest beneath the white crosses and Stars of David arrayed on these beautiful grounds.  Each one has been adopted by a French family that thinks of him as their own.  They come from all over France to look after our boys.  They kneel.  They cry.  They pray.  They place flowers.  And they never forget.  Today, America embraces the French people and thanks you for honoring our beloved dead.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you.  Thank you

And of course, there is the make the world great again perfect ending:

Seven decades ago, the warriors of D-Day fought a sinister enemy who spoke of a thousand-year empire.  In defeating that evil, they left a legacy that will last not only for a thousand years, but for all time — for as long as the soul knows of duty and honor; for as long as freedom keeps its hold on the human heart.

To the men who sit behind me, and to the boys who rest in the field before me, your example will never, ever grow old.  (Applause.)  Your legend will never tire.  Your spirit — brave, unyielding, and true — will never die.

The blood that they spilled, the tears that they shed, the lives that they gave, the sacrifice that they made, did not just win a battle.  It did not just win a war.  Those who fought here won a future for our nation.  They won the survival of our civilization.  And they showed us the way to love, cherish, and defend our way of life for many centuries to come.

Today, as we stand together upon this sacred Earth, we pledge that our nations will forever be strong and united.  We will forever be together.  Our people will forever be bold.  Our hearts will forever be loyal.  And our children, and their children, will forever and always be free.

May God bless our great veterans.  May God bless our Allies.  May God bless the heroes of D-Day.  And may God bless America.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you very much.

Well done, Mr. President, well done.

Not one "I" .... As opposed to President Obama's address, given on D- Day's 70th anniversary, when he invokes the great spirit of I, I, I, at least a dozen times.  See for your own eyes, here.  

The thing is -- indulge me --  as this girl is just making a good point, considering the mainstream American media insists that this president of ours is the most narcissistic we've ever had...like, really?  really? 

I'm honored, 
I received, 
although I know, 
I want each of you, 
I want you to know, 
where I first met, 
as I was landing, 
I told my staff, 
I don't think,
 I, I, I....
sure don't miss the I-guy, just sayin'


Do you think there is any possibility that the mainstream left-winged media will ever entertain this kind of comparison?  I think not.

Trump is all about the we, because, as an American, himself, he aims to proudly represent WE the people, as a whole and united.  And his address speaks for itself, for he spoke respective of his small place in history, and left himself out of it, entirely.  well done, Mr. President, well done.

and now, my work is done.

Make it a Good Day, G

Sunday, June 2, 2019

It's a B to the G fit to a T Thing

Dear America,


"God, Home and Country"
NSDAR Motto

indeed

so yesterday, my DAR chapter celebrated its final meeting until the fall; for all intents and purposes, we go dark just when the sun is shining its brightest.  

to honor the last meeting, the intention was to invite someone who would simply inspire us to keep up the good fight, to remind us of who we are and what we do, and send us on our way --  as we all go our separate ways -- with the same kind of spirit and enthusiasm as the year began.   Our speaker was lined up months in advance -- because she is just that special.

Who knew, that from the time we booked her in early January,  that it would cap off such an emotional year, a springtime entrenched in melancholy and loss of one of our own, one of our very best, one of our very brightest.  It was as if the sun, itself, went down, and out, for good.

The chapter was awfully thirsty by the time Chaplain LaToya Zavala LT. USN, made her appearance.

....we didn't even realize how parched.

and what comes to mind when we hear the word parched...
perhaps arid, scorched, withered, and dry -- yes, dry as dust --  a desert comes to mind...yes, yes, lost in the desert.  Thirsty, so so thirsty.

About a month out, she asked of what kind of presentation we were looking for, and we exchanged emails to that end and I forgot all about it.  But lo and behold, just how did she open her remarks on the day?  Poking a little fun at the tall order -- and hearing her tell it, continues to make me giggle still twenty four hours later. For I had asked her to speak of the DAR motto, to motivate the troops after such a blistering spring, and springboard us into summer with enough fire in our bellies to come back in October with bells on and ringing mightily...all in fifteen minutes, LaToya would add.   yeah, yeah, that was the funny part.

And, have to admit, it was all true.  I asked her to move mountains, to bring us out of the desert -- to bring a presentation like no other presentation that's come before, and complete the mission in fifteen minutes.  

And guess what?

SHE DID!

In real life, LaToya personifies the NSDAR motto to a T.

GOD:  By trade, she is a chaplain -- BA in Pastoral Theology, with a minor in Biblical Languages, and Master of Divinity, with post-graduate work in Clinical Pastoral Education...and, after joining the Navy, with tours of duty around the world, she is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton, serving the pastoral needs of our fine marines.   They are so lucky to have her loving council everyday.


HOME:  Per her bio, Chaplain LaToya is happily married and mother of two, while on the cusp of receiving an adoption, thereby expanding her home and family to the power of five, or maybe six (considering they are open to receiving siblings).  And what a joy it must be to have LaToya as a mother, that's all I have to say.  Scratch that.  It's not all -- for this woman radiates pure divinity and grace, all the while keeping at the ready a certain boldness, strength, and command; and this is precisely what it takes to do the good works of motherhood, if you intend to do it well.

COUNTRY:  This speaks for itself; there is a clear love of country when you are willing to give your  own life in its security and protection.  She is so bold in this arena of defending our nation, this country, she swore to the following oath: 
"I, _____ (SSAN), having been appointed an officer in the _____ (Military Branch) of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God."
so help me GOD. indeed indeed.

LaToya IS  God, IS Home, IS Country, all wrapped up in a beautiful, joyful, compassionate and passionate, package.

Our chapter was so blessed to have her for a day.

LaToya moved us from the start, declaring just how much our culture has marginalized our relationship with God, placing this relationship with our Creator, generally speaking, firmly into something less-than, parched by the ever-increasing secular dominance of toning down our faith as a way of co-existing.   It's as if we carelessly say, oh It's around, this God, but essentially, we can't abide by the commandments of our faith when it comes to the day to day.  And above all, we have to be quiet about It.

It's as if, culturally, we are allowed to recognize God, but not really; God is just up there, in the heavens somewhere away from here.  But maybe we shouldn't even be so bold as to say that.  Perhaps, we must tone it down even a wee bit more, and refer to this thing, this so-called feeling of  God, as merely something divine that may, or may not be, high above, that may, or may not, lead us; and just maybe we give this something the glory only when we feel like it.

OH and she is so right.

From my Jesus Calling, just this morning:  

"Relax in My Healing, holy Presence.  Be still while I transform your heart and mind... Do not be like the Pharisees who multiplied regulations, creating their own form of  'godliness.'  They got so wrapped up in their own rules that they lost sight of Me.  Even today, man-made rules about how to live the Christian life enslave many people.  Their focus is on their performance, rather than on Me.  It is through knowing Me intimately that you become like Me.  This requires spending time alone with Me.  Let go, relax, be still, and know that I am God."

LaToya -- the one who fits the DAR motto to a T -- hit this very reality of a certain cultural conformity to a watered down version of our faith in God, with a capital G, to a capital T, and then some.

Within the first five -- of the paltry fifteen minutes I gave her -- we found ourselves screaming shouts of joy and thanksgiving to our faith, to our God.  And it was good, so GOOD.

From one of my favorite books, Real Christianity, by William Wilberforce -- 

"To place the glory of anything over the glory of God is idolatry...Whatever draws our heart from Him, engrosses our minds or holds the number one spot in our affection is an idol.  Only God is to be the object of our supreme worship...
At the risk of repeating myself, let me point out the false thinking that exists about the nature of authentic faith.  True faith is something that so pervades our lives that it affects everything we do.  It is a matter of the heart, where its reality becomes our supreme influence.  It seeks to root out anything that is contrary to its truth and attempts to bring all the heart's desires and affections under control."
The Pharisees got so wrapped up in their own rules that they lost sight of Me...

True faith is something that so pervades our lives that it affects everything we do.

We were a thirsty bunch, indeed. 

The thing is:  It took someone completely outside our bubble to wake us, enliven our spirits once more, and remind us of the good we do and from where it all comes.  With a splash of  water here, and a splash of water there, suddenly a room once brimming with weary faces, came alive again simply by being within earshot of a gentle fountain of faith, trickling up with the fundamentals and the ideals back behind our motto, carrying on with nothing short of exuberance while flashing a smile a mile wide. 

And considering our group is more amenable to these ideals in the first place --  as in, she was preaching to the choir -- it just goes to show that even the best of us need fresh sustenance, a daily dose of manna for the road ahead.

If it's not us declaring to God be the Glory, then what gives us any hope for any kind of future?

Our nation's own history proves, without a shadow of a doubt, that we, as a people, were so full of faith, that we declared it everywhere!   We gave God the glory on buildings, like court houses and municipalities; we gave God the glory in schools, allowing time set aside for personal prayers; we gave God the glory, and printed, as such, on our money, ensuring that God received the credit for our abundance and every good thing, as we exchanged money for goods and services.

Just look at what is happening now -- freedom from religion has usurped the value and security of the greatest, fundamental freedom, the greatest ideal, for which America stands. This freedom from religion nonsense claims "to promote nontheism and defend the constitutional separation between religion and government...."   When what they really want to do is dismantle our very foundation of God, Home and Country, from which America was made...albeit naturally, organically, and with bold reverence!

So are we to believe, that for a country founded on religious freedom, a separation from the Church of England controlling our lives, by taxation and otherwise, we are to cease being mindful of, and exercising, our true faith in God?  That we can only be religious at night, behind closed doors, or better still, in the dark?

When, the fact remains -- if in reference to a people of authentic faith -- there is to be no separation from this God in our daily life; what becomes unconstitutional, then,  is the masking of our faith, the hiding in the shadows of our faith.   Just what do you think will happen, once this butchery of our history,  our beliefs, our founding principles, takes hold without regret?  [Just for the record, all self-righteousness set aside, we are seeing it with our own eyes as we speak.]

God!
Home!
Country!

Truth is, "[W]hen the cement that has held a nation together no longer exists, the state soon dissolves into anarchy."  just another little something from Real Christianity...


God MUST come first, for this relationship is not only the most important, it gives us the foundation, the strength, the stillness, the peace, the home and country -- fit to make our way in the every day, every moment of the day, whether called to the needs of home or country.  

God centers us, and fills us, overflowing,  with everything we need, fit to meet every hope, every dream, every need -- every everyday concern for goodness sake --  with bells on, and ringing mightily, madly, deeply.

For God so loved the world; for God IS the Creator of all the world, of all things, seen and unseen.

It is Sunday.  And it is a good. 

And my heart is full -- thanks to the reservoir of this clay jar -- me -- being filled to the brim through positive words of encouragement based in faith in God.  So, to LaToya, my muse, goes my gratitude. 

But even LaToya would surely agree, that it is To God -- Savior, King of Kings, Jehovah, Creator of ALL Things, fit to a T with a capital G --  Be the Glory, Forever and Forever.  amen.

this is just my blog to the G, fit to a T, Thing.  amen.

Make it a Good Day, G








Thursday, May 30, 2019

It's to Be or Not to Be a Cryin' Shame Thing

Dear America,


"if we had had confidence
 that the president 
clearly did not 
commit a crime, 
we would have said so" 
doink, dare it is.
doink, dare it is.

for the record, this girl purposely chose the CBS link, above, to double down on the level of bullshit of this portion of his full statement; you know, given that this is the part that everyone seems to be slicing and dicing in the media, social and otherwise, in the aftermath.

But let's be clear -- Bob purposely said it this way, when he could have said the exact opposite, going a little something like this:  if we had had confidence that the president clearly committed a crime, we would have said so

You see how different that sounds?

But no.

Bob knowingly calculated the kind of mileage a statement such as this might make, and he said it, doing a marvelous job masking the glee inside his heart, even with the bags under his eyes, looking completely exhausted, and all.  Bob basically, pointedly, strategically, dropped a bomb, taking no time for questions, and then dropped the mic.  End of story (for Bob, anyway).

Bob, knowingly, laid the groundwork to allow the media and the democrats to do the rest.  #fuel to the fire;  # unbiased special council, my ass; # how fast can we impeach the guy now....

boom

But don't take my word for it -- who am I, right? (right....I'm just a girl, an American girl, and this IS a day in the life of an American Girl....exactly)  But moving on dot org....Let's go to an op-ed from The Hill.  Alan Dershowitz, to be more precise.

HERE. Shame on Robert Mueller for exceeding his role....


Until today, I have defended Mueller against the accusations that he is a partisan. I did not believe that he personally favored either the Democrats or the Republicans, or had a point of view on whether President Trump should be impeached. But I have now changed my mind. By putting his thumb, indeed his elbow, on the scale of justice in favor of impeachment based on obstruction of justice, Mueller has revealed his partisan bias. He also has distorted the critical role of a prosecutor in our justice system.

indeed. indeed.

shame, shame.

Mueller's role is to protect truth and justice,  no matter what his personal beliefs.  

But Bob waited for the eleventh hour -- 
after refusing to meet with Congress, 
after making a point to say the report speaks for itself,
and he spoke.  

He spoke without any cross examination allowed.  

He spoke in order to plant the seed.

He spoke to irrigate the channel,  cross-pollinating media and the left, for the continuance of this nonsense --  this outrageous partisanship that all began at the dawn of a fake dossier (and paid for by the opposition party, namely,  The Clinton Campaign).

He spoke in order to germinate the seed to support a case for impeachment, even though there is no proof, no facts, no grounds, whatsoever. 

He spoke and then he promptly stopped speaking...like a big, fat, take that, MAGA nation.

He spoke and then walked off into the sunset -- and he may have well have been totally naked, for that matter, for his motives were that transparent.

what a shame, what a shame.

Here's a good read all about it; it comes from a place called  The Patriot Post.

Here's one more, from Mark Alexander of The Patriot Post, with an even better synopsis of the whole darned thing.

So as the world turns, as we go from days when there was no there there, to today's here here and the unconscionable staging of a phrase that most glaringly takes a side as to whether Trump committed or not committed a crime  -- it's to be or not to be a cryin' shame --  not sure where we go from here, America.  This ain't good.  

The only thing that has become startling clear, is that it's a sad sad day for America, for we the people. 

say your prayers, say your prayers.

dropping my mic for now.



Make it a Good Day, G

Monday, May 27, 2019

It's of Stories Consolidated Thing

Dear America,



“Heroic Americans have answered
 their nation’s call 
and paid the ultimate price 
for our freedom,” 
Pence said of those who died 
while serving in the military. 
“Their duty was to serve. 
Our duty is to remember.” 

indeed it is.

our duty is to remember, not just for today, but for every single day.

and how do we best do that?

Through stories.

Stories that we pass down -- through the family, through attendance at our holiday memorial celebrations (like that of Arlington) ... 

Stories that we pass down  -- from one generation to the next....

Stories that somehow convey the sense of courage, the sacrifice of self, that leads to a greater understanding of just how honored we are, as Americans, to pay our respect this very day -- this Memorial Day.  As Pence noted,  "this is the day that makes possible all other American days.” 

My father, of Navy rank with decades served, is famous for email blasts of war torn stories, woven and worn through the ages; being a great believer in context, an expert in military history and stories going back to the beginning of time, can this guy bring it when it comes to telling the story, the whole story.

Most of his content, shares of his own time in the theater, whether it be in the Mediterranean or in Vietnam; while many times he is sharing comparisons of international relations, of then and now.   But occasionally, it would be of short anecdotal accounts of his own father -- although a civilian and engineer for Consolidated, located in San Diego --  he, too, was called to duty; a "hanger pass," security authorization identification, gave him the same military honors, if he were ever captured.

Consolidated built airplanes -- B24s to B exact -- for the Allied Forces, @Headquarters of the Eighth Air Force, AAF Station 112.  "Pop" was in London from about February to August in the year 1944.  And, if you do the math, that would put him front and center for the day that would forever be engraved in our minds, D-Day, June 6, 1944.  Location:  Normandy, France.

From the post, linked above, "Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which, 'we will accept nothing less than full victory'.”   And eventually, we got that victory, didn't we.  Although lives were lost, many many lives were lost.

Which brings me to another story -- it's of the same caliber, but of a different view; and,as a point of reference, it was initially shared with me by my girl  (attesting to the rare occurrence that the generational story telling can flip once in awhile...teehee).  Quite honestly, she's always had a keen and discriminating eye for things like this, have no idea where she gets that from...but I digress.

This story comes out of our local Camp Pendleton, 1st Marine Division, and goes something like this:

Great Love Happens Once: The Enduring Story of John and Lena Basilone
By Cpl. Teagan Fredericks | 1st Marine Division | February 14, 2019

...so, about the time that "Pop" was returning from London, England, after D-Day, and the days that followed that, John Basilone was heading back out to the Pacific, to join the fight once more.  But, that really comes in the middle of Basilone's story....

And you'll just have to read all about it in Cpl. Fredericks short read.  (No spoiler alert needed)

Fredericks does a pretty darned good job telling the story and that's just how I wish for you to hear it.


America's first celebration of this day occurred in the year 1868, on May 30th  -- after the ugly and contentious Civil war; and it was called Decoration Day.   It was not until 1971, before it became a federal holiday, and was modified to be observed on the last Monday of May, giving all federal employees a three-day weekend and a good excuse to ring in summer and barbecues galore.  But we best all know by now, that it is so much more.

Here's good context from the first Decoration Day.


"I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung...
...And now consider this silent assembly of the dead. What does it represent? Nay, rather, what does it not represent? It is an epitome of the war. Here are sheaves reaped in the harvest of death, from every battlefield of Virginia. If each grave had a voice to tell us what its silent tenant last saw and heard on earth, we might stand, with uncovered heads, and hear the whole story of the war...."
The thing is -- Garfield's inaugural Decoration Day address needs to be read in full, with a moment of silence immediately following, not kidding; so just stop what you are doing right now, and just do it already, k.  It's beautiful. [that guy was president not long enough, in my book, just sayin']

My flag is waving in the breeze...

The sun is shining bright...

And all I know is, I have a nation of honorable men and women to thank for this freedom and this liberty, in which I live all of my days; it is my duty and honor and promise to remember the whole story, forever and ever.

And so, as with all my days here, when things come to the end and when this girl has no more story to tell...I must bid you farewell.

Make it a Good Day, G

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

It's of Things Seen and Unseen

Dear America,

"There is a mysterious evil, 
which surely is not the work of God 
but penetrates silently 
into the folds of history...
at times it seems to take over 
and on certain days its presence 
seems even clearer than that of God's mercy."
Pope Francis, recently

-- and we begin again --
good day

this is blog one thousand and one -- 

but who's counting, right?

anywho, for one reason or another, this pope has annoyed me since day one; but no surprise there.

but this morning, as I read this, over and over....

It's like, seriously -- this is your wheel house, Francis.

Mysterious evil?
where's the mystery? Can't we just call a spade a spade?

This, not so mysterious evil, has a name (many, actually) -- Satan.  Lucifer.  Prince of Darkness. The Devil.  Beast.  And even...and one of my personal favorites, The Dickens.   just to name six.

What Mystery? There is no mystery; for God so loved the world, HE allowed this "mysterious evil" to live among us in perfect disharmony, allowing for the quintessential battle of wills, if you will, to have its day.   Good and evil -- living freely together, side by side, making way for mankind to live in free play, complete with plenty of free falling of our own undoing, while all the while, giving free will free reign to have its way with us.

The beauty of this, is that it gave mankind the freedom to grow in relationship with God on a daily basis, while giving the individual the freedom to make his or her own choices, whether morally, intellectually, physically, or what have you.

The world, as we know it, is not still; it is the conglomeration of all of its parts, in constant motion, constant flux, constant conflict, constant labor, all the live long day; even this thing called climate change isn't anything brand spanking new.  it's been around and around and around. but what ever.

Today's cultural unrest surrounding abortion is a perfect example of the quickening, the continuous reawakening, the re-birthing, of the incredible divide between us; as a number of states are beginning to address this unrest with astounding, even provocative, legislation.   With many authorizing new legislation respective of the first heart beat, which comes to life as early as six weeks,  the most recent move comes from the state of Alabama --  and makes abortion nearly entirely illegal.

Of course, the truth of the matter is, it is purely a gesture of political posturing; for at the end of the day, abortion is still legal and federally protected all the way to Planned Parenthood and back,  from sea to shining sea...even in Alabama.

But let's be clear, shall we: America continues to evolve on this issue, generation after generation.  

That is just a fact.  

While this girl might also add: liberal women do not have the authority to speak for all Americans, no matter the state they are in, physical and otherwise.


What gets me still, is how we ever got this embedded into this thing called abortion in the first place. 

Of course, we know how Planned Parenthood had its origins -- Margaret Sanger, it's creator, systematically set out to extinguish the less-than, and reshape society, being the racist that she was.

But now look at us; arguing over the claims that it's about a women's right to choose, to hold the power to do what she wants with her own body, when in fact,  it seems more about shushing the opposition, the conservative voice entirely.

Conservatives gain labels of being ignorant, backward thinking, and basically, some kind of merry band of un-actualized, half-baked twits.  All the while, liberals, who consider this new age of abortion-on-demand a sign of true progress, get to be the modern day, highly-evolved intellectuals on the side of advancement of women's rights, and perhaps the savior of the entire world -- if only in their own minds.  Speaking of Anne Hathaway which, read Kira Davis, here.  (For more about Kira, go here.)

Good and evil at play.

Abortion is not settled science  when it comes to morality; it's not even settled science when it comes to our culture...  of its clear and present danger in our midst, the damage it represents within our communities and relationships, and most especially, the utter destruction of the African-American population

What kind of advancement of colored people is it, when this miracle of modern medicine has desecrated the black community?

What kind of advancement is it, when we have reduced the unborn fetus to being less than human, just so the conversation can move away from the reality of abortion, for what it truly is --  glossing over the damages to women, to society, to the unborn life itself -- and arrive here, weaponizing abortion in reckless free abandon.

But no one wants to talk about the damages.

Candice Owens, a fiery and articulate conservative woman who happens to be African-American, clarified the numbers for us, as a guest on Fox News last Friday evening -- noting the sad truth, that African-American women, who presently comprise of only about 7% of the population, are responsible for nearly 40% of the abortions in this country; and it explains just how the Hispanic community has grown into being the largest minority in the country (aside from illegal population flooding over the border as we speak).

But no one wants to talk about the damages.

Showing in the state of Michigan, linked in the stats above, 60% of all abortions are to women over the age of 25!  (Only 8% are under the age of twenty.)   This is simply outrageous.

The other outrageous statistic -- 96% of the African-American women having abortions in Michigan are not married -- when you include the whole country, this number goes down to about 86%, but still, this is not good.

When looking at America, as a whole, about half of all abortions happen between the age of twenty and thirty; with less than 0.3% of all abortions nationwide, occurring under the age of fifteen (according to records from 2015).

The thing is, in this day, and in this age -- birth control is inexpensive and it's a far more responsible way of protecting the unborn.  And yet, what we have grown to demand, in America, it would seem -- is to use abortion as birth control, and that is simply wrong every which way to Sunday and back.

Speaking from one girl to another of a different mother:  just wondering, just where are the liberal women willing to effect real change, and be brave enough to step away from this abortion-on-demand mentality, and actually model a modicum of responsibility with our bodies?   This goes a whole lot deeper than just caring for the unborn -- but actually caring for the health and welfare and sanctity of our own lives, our own bodies.  With STD's in this country off the charts, with sexual relationships between men and women becoming so casual, disposable even, you would think one of these days, women on both sides of the aisle, would one day come together on this one, for the betterment of the whole.

Are we really that cool, as a culture, to let free love rule our world?

Good and evil at play.

It's all just a cryin' shame with what we have done with love and marriage and children. just a cryin' shame.

Back to Francis -- leader of the Catholic Church; there is no mystery, the mysterious evil in our midst is getting the upper hand all the way down to the baby toe, and if you sit real still, you can even hear the heartbeat of an entire culture in solid decline, beat by beat.

"I wish to restate as firmly as I can that abortion is a grave sin, since it puts an end to an innocent life," the pope wrote in the letter. "In the same way, however, I can and must state that there is no sin that God's mercy cannot reach and wipe away when it finds a repentant heart seeking to be reconciled with the Father. May every priest, therefore, be a guide, support and comfort to penitents on this journey of special reconciliation."
Penned by the Pope, in a letter, during the Year of Jubilee,  celebrated with a year of mercy; all in all, appearing more like the afterbirth of the sanctity of life meeting up with the new, highly evolved, age.

Are we an educated people?  Are we?
Are we an enlightened people? really?

The answer is educating our girls to live a life that not only protects against the possibility of an unwanted pregnancy, it secures the resources and tools to safeguard their own welfare and prognosis of living a full and healthy life, whether in terms of being in sound relationship with her own spirit, to the boy next door, or to God Itself.

The answer is educating our boys to honor girls in every way; it's as simple as that.

This is how we the people  protect people from the actions of other people, even when in the womb.

On a personal note -- this week has met me wrought with distraught; my mind as been all over the place; perhaps why it has taken me over of a week just to put something down on a page. 

Oh, there is no mystery as to where it comes; it's as clear as the blue sky outside my window, never you mind about a few passing, glorious clouds.

Yup. The girl who believes in embracing all of life with no regrets, seems to have found one along the way; and it's nobody's fault but my own.  It's just one of those things --

I guess, in the ramblings of today, about life itself -- this day in the life of an American girl is taking a sudden turn...winding down into a certain melancholy; perhaps its just a postpartum thing, surely to pass one day.

But woke this morning wishing I went to the funeral.
In tears with deep regret.

Instead, I did what was best for the whole family.   As it made sense, come to think of it, at the time.

But somehow, in the light of this new day, It feels like I just took a bullet.

Much like the angst that came when the decision was made, after the back and forth, it just dawned on me, now that its over,  that it will forever be me -- I will be the one to forever be remembered as the one who wasn't there. I will forever be the one... the sister who stayed behind, the auntie who didn't make the time, as the optics in the aftermath appear a whole lot different up close, in the rear view mirror, in the day after.  [It's so true, things are closer than they appear.]

My presence was not there with good reason, goes the mantra inside my head.

And it's true.  And I know it in my heart of hearts.  But why come it feels so bad?

Whatever opportunity there may have been for starting over, for me, seems to have evaporated into thin air.   Janet is gone -- never able to restore things there; and my brother, well, he doesn't speak to me.  And the kids, my brother's kids, will forever memorialize the broken relationships through their mother's tears -- my word against hers has no place, no purpose, no validity whatsoever.  And besides, it was neither time nor place to mend any of it.

The event became more about things seen and unseen.  And I -- I was not seen.

So, if doing the math,  it leaves me perpetually stuck until God knows when. 

I'm just stuck.

I'm stuck, deep inside the crevasse of a  decade or more, stuck between the crags of ridiculousness and senselessness, feeling no ability to crawl out of it to escape its wretched reality.  I was not graced with a new view of the world just yet, now stuck in this  melodramatic darkness of mine. 

It's just something  that I will carry with me now; reminding me of a great book to read, The Things They Carried.

And yet,  I could feel the joy in my mother's voice as she told of the gatherings, moments that hold the power to effect change, restoring memories and relationship that might one day prove to be long-lasting and permanent.  She was graced with the Holy Spirit of God, hearing that still small voice deep down --  moving mysteriously before her -- given her new life, new hope, and new beginnings a chance to have their day.   She got to witness her boy in a new light... and he, the same.   As exhausted as she was at the end the day, from her travels home, there was a sense of exuberance about her; so much goodness, so much goodness, spinning wildly madly deeply all around her. 

The bonds of motherhood never sleep.

And in spite of the loss I am feeling just now, this chance for more, for her, makes me giddy with happiness.     there is no other mother in the world who deserves it more.

I'm a big girl; all's well that ends.

Make it a Good Day, G

Sunday, May 12, 2019

It's in the pursuit of one thousand days Thing

Dear America,

Happiness
   
Happiness is the realisation 
of God in the heart.  
Happiness is the result 
of praise and thanksgiving, 
of faith, of acceptance; 
a quiet, tranquil realisation
 of the love of God.  
This brings to the soul 
perfect and indescribable happiness.  
God is happiness.

The Quiet Mind
White Eagle

this morning begins with a quote from the last page of The Quiet Mind.

Happy Mother's Day

Being excited about the day itself -- reaching the pinnacle of one thousand blogs -- my deliriously happy heart went to bed marinating on this very thought...and was just hoping that the morning would find me in the very same place.   And it did.

and just as the universe works, in the natural -- while in my corner, in the company of my coffee and that strapping and ever faithful eucalyptus tree of mine -- I summoned my little book of days, the clever collection of questions, Q & A a Day.  Lo and behold, the question this morning was "What are you exploring?"  to which I happened to have replied, without skipping a beat: "Happiness in all forms."

It didn't occur to me, until the moment I sat at my desk, just how much impact the Happiness quote -- the one laid to rest in my mind the night before --  had made on my psyche.  But there it was, in pretty pink ink swirled across the page...the exploration of happiness front and center, as if coming from the wisdom of the heavens.

Happiness -- that thing in which I give this very day -- means something different in all of us.

The thing is -- all I can do is wonder, just why our founders spelled it out, just so specifically, almost categorically...

"We hold these truths 
to be self-evident, 
that all men are created equal, 
that they are endowed by their Creator 
with certain unalienable Rights,
 that among these are, 
Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."

indeed --  endowed by their Creator

For it was, in fact, Nature's Law,
and Nature's God --
when in the course of human events -- 
that gave them license, the empowerment, to separate from the British Crown in the first place.

Happiness is capitalized, as if of principal importance.

And yet, as we've noted probably a thousand times before, this Happiness is neither guaranteed nor promised by way of this declaration, or by way of one's Life, or even one's Liberty -- it is the explicit fruit of one's pursuit.

The brilliance of this seems almost too impossible to put into words, really.

But, really, why did they even mention this Happiness at all?

What did they mean by it?

And given our opening quotation from White Eagle -- was this kind of Happiness echoing the same kind of Happiness as our founders, or vice versa?

With regard to this pursuit of Happiness, could the answer be so simple:  Happiness is the result of praise and thanksgiving, of faith, of acceptance; a quiet, tranquil realisation of the love of God. 

maybe...

Our founders' wisdom came from all points of Light, of Life, of History, of Civilization, of Religion, of Government.  That was the beauty of it.  America's very presence in the world came from the world itself, as if it were an act of God.  We were birthed into existence, with significance, for a reason, from men of reason and enlightenment of the ages.

Our founders recognized the dismal life, a life under the control of the Church of England, the British Crown.  And we, the people, were over it already.

So to how to phrase this mighty fight against the Brits, in a way that makes the common man want to jump in, risking life and limb and whatever liberty they were presently enjoying...and bear arms until the war was won.

Hey, guys, any of you wish to find any Happiness in Life, like, ever?  Anyone?

oh this thing called Happiness...
what a powerful force it is.

In some ways, there may be a pretty good argument on behalf of this pursuit thereof, getting the best of us these days.  am I right?  This thing called Happiness carries the power to destroy many a civilizations over the ages.  there is that.

there's even a Facebook page in its honor:  Happiness Is.


And not to be a debbie-downer, but perhaps we should all be a little more mindful when it comes to pursuing our Happiness, no?

so leading me into the end of this day, and to follow along on a theme of the last couple days, I must say that I am slowly discovering just how simple I am these days, when it comes to things that make me happy...

happiness is a hot bath with a spot of whisky on a Sunday afternoon

happiness is a jelly donut brought to me just this morning on what might as well have been a silver platter

happiness is giving back to the community, with my time, and attention, and through the amazing works of the Daughters of the American Revolution

happiness is having a beautiful relationship with both my mom and my girl, celebrating the uniqueness of our generations, personalities, and family ties, completely and unwavering

happiness is the wealth of manhood that surrounds me -- from my own father, to my man xx, to his boys -- and the sense of earthy security they give me, deep in my heart and soul; so much so, that I easily burst into tears at the very realisation of how lucky one girl can be.  like, right now.

happiness is being an American girl
happiness is writing this Day in the Life of an American Girl

but the highest of all Happiness-es is the knowing, the realisation,  from where it all comes.

This girl is a child of the Most High God, and from here all blessings and Happiness flow.

thank you, God,
and just like the last 999, this one's for YOU.

ONE THOUSAND B's to the G power.

Thank you, God
Thank you, God

this day, this Mother's Day, is in honor of our Creator, the same Creator our founders had in mind, so very long ago.  and may this kind of Happiness be with you, too.

Make it a Good Day, G