Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who reads this.  You are truly special in my life.

Lord, I thank you for the blessings you have given.  Let us remember those who first celebrated this day after the first year in a new land;  they lost more than half of their family and friends and endured hardships that today we cannot imagine.  They made new friends and solemnly gave You thanks for their harvest.   I give thanks, Lord, for the wisdom of our founding fathers in establishing this great country.  Thank you Lord for the men and women who sacrifice their lives daily to ensure our freedoms – the freedom to practice our faith, the freedom to speak our thoughts, to be secure in our homes and persons.  Watch their steps, ears and eyes as they defend and protect us.  Seneca wrote, “Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart.”  Let us all be grateful for our loved ones, safe travels for those travelling today, and bless the hands that prepare our meals as well as the hands that work to bring food to our tables.  I pray, Lord, for a grateful, humble, loving and wise heart. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dining Experiences

While neither one of these great ideas are in the US, I would dearly love to see these trends take off.

Restaurant Offers 50% Discount To Turn Off Phones 
Includes texting.
I enjoy going out to eat - white table cloths, polite wait staff, etc.  I usually go out on my own and have done for eons.  I am comfortable with myself and bring a book when I remember.  I like people watching.  What I truly shake my head at (other than men wearing hats indoors-but I already covered that) is seeing table after table with everyone at the table on their phones.  When I do dine with someone, I like the conversation.

Restaurant Plays Opera To Deter Teens Late At Night
This is not a new concept, but I think it is a great idea.  The fact that these teens should be home in bed is an entirely different post.   Maybe some swing music would encourage the wrinklies for dancing.  That should improve any late night run at a fast food joint.

Manet: Chez Le Pere Lathuile, 1879

Thursday, November 14, 2013

In Defense of Fruitcake


I used to love fruit cake. My father's mother made it every year, soaking it for a year in rum. I think Dad and I were the only ones to eat it.  That is ok because when one comes from a family of 6 children, having NOT to share is extraordinarily delightful.  It was particularly tasty with vanilla ice cream or cornish cream. I can't eat it anymore due to a young adult onset of nut allergies, but I still enjoy the memory of the taste.  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


I had always known this about the BBC and the Guardian, but naively thought rational thinking Brits wouldn't fall for it.  That was my problem - "rational thinking Brits".  Now I understand why my friends in Britain parrot the palestinian lie.  It is all they know.
Purveyors of antisemitism (from PJ Lifestyle)

Which leads to this article from spiked-online  Kristallnacht Then and Now
The narrative of European anti-Semitism had no place for the individual Jew. Jews were Jews, and any perceptible differences that may have distinguished one from another were of marginal significance. This stripping away of the individuality of the Jew allowed for the dehumanisation of an entire group, seen to consist, not of different persons, but of an homogenous people. That’s what Goebbels meant when he talked about the justifiable punishment exacted on the German Jewish community – the entire Jewish race was responsible for the behaviour of anyone associated with it.
In most European circles, the old, poisonous idea of guilt-by-blood, which was applied to earlier Jews for the crimes of individual Jews, is no more acceptable than that of guilt by association. However, over the past 10 to 15 years there has been an important shift in the evolution of European attitudes towards Jewish people. One important development has been the impact of Middle Eastern and Islamic politics and conflicts on European societies. Since 9/11, Europe has become more sensitised to the corrosive effect of these conflicts, and the growth of significant Muslim constituencies in Europe has ensured that the crisis of the Middle East is not simply an external issue but rather one that has great domestic influence, too.
The Islamisation of Europe and the acceptance of the natives is truly mind boggling.  I guess Europe needs its own 9/11 - no I wouldn't wish that on anyone.  Muslim societies in Europe do not bring anything positive, yet Europeans turn a blind eye to the destructive all in the name of not being perceived racist.  How many young soldiers need to be beheaded on the streets, how many young girls raped before governments wake up to their ludicrous immigration and "human rights" rules and send the thugs back to the hell hole they crawled out of?

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Another Good Grief Moment

A war anthem?
I always thought it to be a testimony to hope.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Friday, November 1, 2013

Another "Oh Good Grief" Moment

How stupid is this government?
department of homeland stupidity

more stupidity
mainly because the majority of "voters" will never see this stupidity they voted for