Monday, September 11, 2017

Remembering

It's September 11th. A date we all remember, at least those of us old enough to have witnessed it. Today I was driving to work and there is a bridge overpass that every year parks firetrucks with the ladder's raised high and fly a flag between them. Driving in to school today (just as I was doing 16 years ago at that time) it was very heartwarming and encouraging to see this display. I get goosebumps just talking about it.
Shortly after that, the radio station I was listening to interrupted the song that was playing to have a moment of silence at the time the first plane hit the tower, and then prayed. What a good reminder that God is God in all things. It is important to remember.
When I got to school, and as I drove, I saw flags at half staff. We must never forget the tragedy, nor the hero's that rose up.
With all turmoil and tragedies going on it's good to see Americans having pride in our country. 9/11, tragic as it was, showed how Americans can come together to help each other.  It's paramount we pass those traits onto the next generation.
Sixteen years ago I was driving to school to drop off my daughter at school, listening to kid songs on the cassette player, oblivious at the time, about this huge tragedy. Same school but different building that I was driving to today. I learned of it shortly after when I stopped at a friend's house.  I was in complete shock when I turned on the TV to see the tower collapsing. I could barely take my attention away from it all day, on TV or the radio. Back then I had a 1st grader and a preschooler. Now they are both adults. They grew up in a post 9/11 world. I hope the generations coming up learn a love and respect for this great country of America.




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Brothers All

Emergencies and tragedies like Hurricane Harvey brings out the true American spirit. As difficult as the circumstances are in Texas, Americans are coming out in droves to help those affected. To see how we care for each other gives me hope that America's roots are still strong.
People try to pull politics into tragedies like this, but it has no place. We are just Americans helping each other in need. Government has a place, but for the most part it's the local people that do the most good. In times of trouble communities rally and it's a beautiful thing to see. No one wants those disasters to happen but when they do, Americans answer.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Spinning Off The Axel

I see that I titled my last post sanity returns, well I take that back. It's not news that the world has gone crazy. I'm daily amazed, though, at the depth of crazy going on. Every time I get any news of the outside world it's about tragedy, the perpetually offended or just plain loss of all common sense.

Ok......here's my stump speech of realities.

There are two genders, one male one female, anything more or different than that is a problem that needs to be dealt with not encouraged. I'm tired of the trend to turn illness and fringe behavior into the norm. It's not. Satan takes what God made and twists it and perverts it to sin and sickness, and tries to get us all to say it's normal. What's good is bad and what's bad is good. Stop forcing us to share bathrooms, bake cakes or sanction what we don't believe in. We can't tell you what to do. Stop telling us what we must believe and accept.

Our history does not need to be erased because someone is afraid it hurts their feelings or it talks about something other than a shining past. Stop tearing down statues. Who's the ultimate authority on what's offensive and what's not? Where does it stop? There are plenty of things out there I don't agree with but I still don't have the right to tear it down. If we don't remember the good AND the bad we are destined to repeat the bad. Seeing where we were and what we've become is a healthy thing. We can't change the past but we can learn from it. This country despite it's ups and downs is the greatest country there is and if you don't think so, Move. No one is making you stay.

I get so frustrated when I see young people and even older ones who should know better claiming capitalism is bad, socialism/communism is good. To those that think that, we've utterly failed in educating them about history. Taking the power away from the people and giving it to the government is Never a good thing, and never works to better a society. They wouldn't be so eager if they really understood what loosing their freedoms would look like.

Terrorism is bad. We need to stomp it out. We need to stop letting them in our country and we need to deal harshly with the ones already here.
Islam is not a religion nor a religion of peace. It is a political ideology. Islam teaches death to infidels. Devoted muslims want you dead. Sure you may know muslims who are very nice people and want peace, maybe they don't adhere to all the teachings of their religion, good.  But the ones who follow and believe are just biding their time with every intent to take over. Sharia law and the Constitution are incompatible and we cannot coexist or allow sharia in America.

Even the weather is going crazy. The storms have increased in frequency and intensity. Birth pains anyone?

Trump is not a racist. See what he does not what the media wants you to think. Stop blindly absorbing what the mainstream wants you to think. They lost and they can't accept it and they will lie twist and pervert the truth to try to get their way. They falsely accuse conservatives of doing exactly what they are doing. Things like racism, fascism, Nazi's, everythingPhobic, intolerance, blocking free speech. This is what they are. Which side is the one trying to squelch the speech of the other?

There is no need to protest violently and threaten violence because someone has a different opinion or viewpoint than you. Suck it up buttercup. Stop being offended at everything. Move along. And don't be payed to protest, it's meaningless to do that and know nothing about why you are there.

Yes there is discrimination in America and stupid people. There are also people of every race who are in very successful jobs who worked hard and made something of their lives.

The media would have us believe everyone is fighting in the streets, hates each other and no one gets along. That may be the fringe that they are showing (or the paid protesters with an agenda to destroy us)  but I surely don't think that's what is happening in main stream America.
There is sin in the world so there will always be struggle and pain and crime. Without God we are not going to eradicate it, but it's time to be serious and stop letting evil overrun. Stand up and speak out for our country. I, for one, love America.






Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sanity returns

Today President Trump pulled America out of the Paris Climate Treaty. Thank you! I am weary of hearing about climate change. It is nothing more that a liberal agenda to gain control and money. There is not science to back it up..real science. This treaty was entered into illegally anyway. Just because obama called it an Accord and bypassed congress doesn't mean it was ok to do. It's a treaty and should have gone through congress in the proper process. But either way it's a bad deal and bad for America. I'm thankful for a President that cares about America and is doing all he can to bring back sanity and values despite the constant barrage of attacks and lies about him.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Snowflakes

Enough already! When did America loose it's backbone and turn to safe spaces, perpetually offended, drama addicted people. If I read one more article about someone being offended or needing a safe space I'll loose my mind. When did one person's feelings dictate a change in rules or society to appease and protect them, and who cares about the multitudes negatively affected by that. Because one person doesn't like something or is afraid to hear something they want All others to abide by that, rather then remove themselves from the situation.
 "That book offends me therefor we need to ban it for all."
"That phrase hurts my feelings so you should be punished."
"I don't agree with that belief so you can't talk about it.:
There are so many examples in society now that I wonder what happened to common sense. What kind of society do we have if no one can have a different opinion? Not the America I know.
America was built by people with a backbone. Pioneers, hard workers and people with goals and visions grew this country. They didn't need a safe space and weren't afraid of a challenge.
 A college campus planned to offer a certain fast food selection due to student request, but because someone is afraid of the beliefs of the owner of that company they cry their "safe space" may be threatened and the school shouldn't allow it. Too bad to the majority of students who do want it there.
Freedoms and freedom of speech in particular  is one of the foundations of America. Take that away, take away peoples right to think and say what they believe, then you crumble the foundations that make us who we are as a country and a culture. We don't all have to agree but we all need to be respectful.

Patriot

I work at a school. Each Monday morning we start the day by all saying the Pledge of Allegiance. How lucky we are to be born in this great country,or to come here legally and make it our own. It's important for kids to learn respect for America and for the flag. I'm glad we keep this up in our school.It is so important to teach our children about America. This is lacking in the schools to the point where kids do not know how America came to be, why she is great and how our government functions the way it was meant to be. My hope is that this will change and Civics in schools will make a comeback.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Neighbors

America is full of neighborhoods. Some good, some not so much. I miss the days when a neighborhood was a family and communities came together. Now I know there are still some places like that but it's not the norm like it was in decades past.
I was blessed to move next to neighbors as a young child. They would become not just neighbors but life long friends. The kind where there is a permanent path between houses. The kids play, the adults talk and all of you would drop anything to help each other out. We played night games and ran around the neighborhood always feeling safe. A  soccer game in the back or a game of pickle in the middle could happen on any given day. We built forts and went sledding in the winter, puttered around the summers playing whatever our imaginations could come up with. Our families intermingled as if we were of one family. We grew up together, learned about life together and how to be a friend. Childhood memories are sacred. They are something that shapes us and something to look back on. The friends and experiences we have as kids tend to shape us into who we are. I'm thankful for the gift I was given. The friends we make early on whether we keep in touch or not will always remain a part of us. No matter the time or distance between us, the bonds will always remain as if no time has passed.



Monday, February 20, 2017

Nostalgia

It's a rainy day. I have the day off and the house to myself. Perfect. I decided to pull out some DVD's that I like to watch but no one else in the house enjoys. It's no secret I love history so I have a lot of video related to that. Today I watched part of a 2 set about D-Day. It is all actual footage and a lot of voice over from soldiers of the day.It's interesting to see the actual men and women of the time, and more real than just reading about it. Some of the bonus features included how America was pulling together to help "our boys over there," as well as war bond commercials. It's nice to see how we American's banded together for a common cause. Sure things weren't perfect back during that time period, but we were definitely unified, and our Christian roots were much more evident across society. I hope we are headed back to that.
As I write this I have "The Little Rascals" playing, not the updated movie but the good old black and white originals. Makes me long for simpler times. A time of innocence, when communities were more bonded and connected than we are now. Sometimes I wish I had lived back in those days despite the hardships. But alas we are placed in the time we are in, by God, for a purpose. (and I do enjoy our modern conveniences that I wouldn't have had back then!) There have been such amazing advancements in the last 100 plus years, that I wonder what Spanky, Alfalfa and the gang would think if they saw where we are now!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Oy

It breaks my heart to see what's going on in America today. I have no fear because I know God is in control but it's hard to watch the utter chaos that is portrayed. Every deviant behavior is made to look normal and every moral and traditional belief is portrayed as deviant and extreme--something to be squashed out.  The ignorance or blindness of people is incredible. I watched and interview clip of a news program and the host could not get his guest to answer a straight forward question. Does abortion kill a human? He would just go back to "well it's her choice it's her body-- if she doesn't want it etc." People can't admit simple truths if it won't advance the agenda they want.
People marching and rioting--yes rioting-- smashing windows, burning things, attacking people is not protesting. They march and don't even know why, but it's out of pure hate by some and just a job they are paid to do by others-- whose goal is to destroy America and American ideals.
America is such a unique country, I can't say that enough. She is exceptional in her beginning, different from any in the span of history. I hope she survives. I hope we can make a comeback, but I am certain that we the people will survive because God is in control.
The Bible tells us there will come a day when wrong is right and right is wrong. "People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--having a form of godliness gut denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people." 2 Timothy 3: 1-5
A true spiritual battle is going on and don't doubt that Satan is grimacing at our resolve to fight him and that he's doing all he can to eradicate God from the world. Too bad for him we know he looses in the end!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

45

Yesterday was quite the day. Donald J. Trump was sworn in as our 45th President. An historic day for sure. As I was reflecting on our great country, last night I decided to watch The Patriot. If you haven't seen it, it's a good one. I can't remember when it came out, but it's probably been more than 10 years because my first copy of it was on VHS. It's about a man who, for various reasons, resisted going to war. He was widowed with 7 children. He fully supported becoming independent from Britain but had seen war in the past and didn't want to resort to that. He eventually gets pulled into the war when a British commander captured his son who was serving in the Continental army and killed one of his younger sons. He paid a huge price to fight for freedom. He losts sons and they burned down his home. Other characters in the story also paid deeply for supporting American Independence.
This is but one example of the many sacrifices our founders made to secure this exceptional country. We have come a long way from those battles, in good ways and bad. Government has become so much bigger and more intrusive that they ever intended. In fact, fought so hard to get away from. I'm so thankful for the sacrifices those men and women made so long ago. Many never even were able to enjoy the results.
Whatever people think or say about President Trump, I know that he loves America. I believe he will fight in the spirit and values of our founders to bring us to where we need to be. I hope and pray the successes will benefit and win over all the naysayers and haters, and that we will be United in America again.