I am going to start today’s post with a positive and upbeat “HAPPY FRIDAY” to everyone, celebrating the brief work week and anticipating the last weekend in December. And now I am going to slide directly into a rant. If you are easily offended, hit escape now. If you can’t stand the thought of logical thought and ride the Trump Derangement Syndrome train, jump off now and find somewhere else to play because this will “trigger” you, and cause your snowflake personality to melt all over the floor. Who really needs the mess, right? Save yourself a few tears, let’s part ways, and wish each other well.
Ok, deep breath while I pull all my angry thoughts into some semblance of organization . . . Our President and our First Lady are AMAZING and are doing a wonderful job. I submit to all of you that if the predecessor to the office had done even 1/8 as much in 8 years as Trump has done in two years, if the economy had been booming then like it is now, if child trafficking had had as many arrests, if any number of things were as good before as they are now, all of the Trump Derangement Afflicted complainers would have been dancing in the streets and singing the praises of all the glorious things that were being accomplished. If the predecessor were stressing the importance of a wall, so would the masses. More than that though, Wednesday the mainstream media (a joke and an embarrassment) screamed from the headlines that Trump was the first President NOT to have gone overseas to visit the troops at Christmas time. Just a few hours later (meaning that at the time the headlines hit the news, Trump was ALREADY in the air – which had been in the planning stages for at least 6 weeks) Trump was visiting the troops with our beautiful First Lady at his side. All of a sudden, their “gotcha” moment meant nothing, so they flipped their tone and they started bitching that he was disrupting the troops Christmas, finding fault with the practical boots Melania was wearing (Seriously? The woman visits a sandy desert and you are going to find fault with boots?) and making a fuss because some soldiers wanted their MAGA hats signed. Isn’t it interesting that when the predecessor took memorabilia to be signed nobody seemed to have a problem with it. And while we are on the topic of illogical flip flopping and hypocrisy, let’s visit the wall. A 2nd child passed away Wednesday. A child that would likely have been alive if 1) his father hadn’t dragged him across a continent and 2) if the father hadn’t refused a 2nd visit to the hospital before it was too late. See, our border security folks took the boy in for medical care, he was released, but when he got worse the father refused treatment. Finally, the guards insisted, the boy was taken to the hospital again, but by that time it was too late. The imbecilic media and Hollyweird have decided it is Trumps fault. Would you listen to these unstable idiots that you are blindly following as if their words are gospel? If you can’t logically set aside your dislike for Trump’s personality, his tweeting or his past indiscretions, and see the good he is doing for our country, then there is something seriously wrong with you. If you were OK with Clinton having an affair with an intern and doing disgusting things in the Oval Office, but you aren’t OK with Trump having a life that was not pristine before he ever considered running for President, you may have TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome). If you thought Michelle looked great in her “fashion” but find fault with Melania, well, you’re just blind, have horrible taste or both. If you think it’s OK to attack a member of Trumps family but called the Obama and Clinton children off limits, you are a part of the problem! Here’s the deal – Trump is your President if you are a citizen of this country, regardless of whether you voted for him or not. Sadly, Obama was my President, even though I can’t stand one single thing about him or his family, and I wasn’t shy about saying so, but I love my country, and respect the office of the Presidency. I did my part to change things by voting for Trump, and I will proudly be voting for him again. Here’s a thought – stop finding fault, turn off the fake news, and start looking for the good that is being done. If you didn’t hate Trump before he ran for the Presidency, but you do now, you are a hypocrite of the worst kind, one who is following along like a dippy lemming without the ability for cognitive thought. *Phew* thank you. I needed to get that off my chest.
I would have posted this at the start of the day, but my scheduler wasn’t working and I was too busy at work to get it done. So, it’s late! I’m sorry!
Verse of the Day
December 28, 2018
Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
Thoughts on the Verse of the Day
Praise must not just come from our lips. Praise must emanate from deep within our soul, recognizing all the great blessings God has given us. While God is worthy of praise because he is holy and majestic and mighty, we have even greater reasons to praise him. He has been so very gracious to us!
Card Playing Day – I have so many wonderful memories connected to playing cards. My parents played different games with us when we (my brother and I) were growing up – games that helped us learn to count, add, plan strategy, and learn sportsmanship. Today is the chance to spend an hour or so playing cards with family and/or friends. It’s really a great time of year for it – it’s a few days after Christmas, the busy-ness of the season is winding down, and it’s a good time to just relax, slow down, and have a little fun. Card games have been around for centuries as a form of play and entertainment. Yes, there are some people who are serious gamblers and see cards as business, but to most of us it’s all just fun and games. Have fun!
Holy Innocents Day – I have read the story of the birth of Christ my whole life, and for all of that time my heart has ached for the children slaughtered by Herod, but beyond a verse or two, there isn’t much said about the murder of those precious children. The first time I had actually heard of this celebration was when I started writing this blog. I’m not Catholic so it never was one that crossed my path – but I was fascinated and touched to read about this day honoring the children lost to the viciousness of a cruel man. A little bit of background for anyone who isn’t aware of the incident I am talking about . . . Herod the Great was the Governor of Galilee. He was an Idumean Jew that history describes as extremely cruel. He killed several of his wives and his own sons when he suspected they were plotting against him. Challenges to his power were dealt a swift and final response, and he even tried to make his cruelty carry on after his death by arranging that on the day he died hundreds of men in the area would be killed so that there would be mourning at his funeral. His arrangement wasn’t carried out . . . but it did speak to his nature all the way to the last of his days. During Herod’s reign the Magi, whose adoration of Baby Jesus is remembered on the Epiphany on January 6th, saw the Star of Bethlehem and went to Jerusalem, asking where they could find the new King of Jews. When Herod heard that they were asking about the newborn King, he was informed that it was prophesied that the Child would be born in Judea. Herod felt threatened by this prophecy and sent for the Magi, told them to find the child, then report back to him so he could go and worship him also. The Magi found Jesus, but God had told them in a dream that Herod meant to harm Jesus, so they didn’t go back as they were instructed. In the meantime, an angel had warned Joseph to take Mary and Jesus and flee to Egypt. When Herod found out about the betrayal of the wise men, he became enraged and ordered that all the baby boys in Bethlehem who were two years old and younger be killed. The fourth day of Christmas commemorates these baby boys, who were considered the very first martyrs. Bethlehem was a small town, so it is estimated that there were probably no more than 25 baby boys murdered, but this was still a lot of innocent lives shed for no reason. These innocent martyrs died not only for Christ, but in His place. The consolation in all of this is that these children were in the arms of God that day, and their sacrifice will be remembered and honored forever. As a mother, and a grandmother, I cannot help but feel the grief those mothers felt deep in my heart. I can’t possibly know their exact feelings and emotions, but I can imagine the heart wrenching horror at having a mad man rip my child from my arms and slaughter them. It’s a horrific thought and one that has me asking everyone to remember these innocent children and honor their sacrifice, and the pain their parents and families felt.
Pledge of Allegiance Day – I am proud to be an American, and as such, am proud to say that I have always said the Pledge of Allegiance – hand held over my heart – with dedication and meaning every single word of it. This is something that I feel to the core of my being, as do the majority of other proud and patriotic Americans. We were raised saying it in school and at various public events. It is a part of the blood flowing in our veins, and is interwoven with the love of our country, which is as it should be. It seems utterly ridiculous that anyone would object to this Pledge of loyalty to our nation, and to our flag, yet it has been challenged in court that children should not be subjected to saying the pledge, with the ludicrous declaration that it is a violation of their rights. Utter stupidity, in my opinion. The court has ruled that the minority objecting do not have to participate, but that they can also not silence the recitation of the daily pledge, as it is also the right of those who wish to say it, to do so. Thank God for that bit of intelligence on the part of the Supreme Court, since they have made so many bone-headed decisions that utterly desecrate the rights of so many to appease the noise making, liberal squalling that goes on daily, or they did until the playing field was made a bit more even with the addition of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh to the court. Teach your children the pledge, not only the words, but the meaning behind them. Give them the history lesson that we learned as children, hopefully at our parents and grandparents’ knees. Help them to learn the deep and true conviction that love of country and flag fills true patriots; that they may fight to uphold our constitutional rights as they become the next generation responsible for the continuation of our nation. From what I have seen and read lately, we have a very slim chance of coming out the other side unscathed, but where there are people who love our nation there is hope for the future. It is up to us to lead the next generation to where they need to go – don’t leave it up to the teeth gnashing idiots who seem to have turned this beloved nation into a bunch of PC spewing, mind numbed robots.
I Pledge Allegiance to The Flag
Of the United States of America
And to The Republic for Which It Stands
One Nation, Under God, Indivisible
With Liberty and Justice for All.
There are very few things more beautiful or moving, than an entire group of America loving people, hands over their hearts, hats off of their heads, declaring their love of this nation by reciting the pledge. Please take the time to find a flag, and meaning every single word, recite the Pledge today, and every day.
This Day in History –
1869 – William F. Semple patented chewing gum.
Food Celebration of the Day
National Chocolate Candy Day – The Hershey Co. got its start making chocolate coating for caramels in 1894. It wasn’t until 1900 that Hershey introduced the now-legendary milk chocolate bar. Can you seriously think of a tastier food celebration? Me either! I think most chocolate fans will definitely agree.
I’m glad this food celebration happened before the end of the month! I have just a few days to get all of my favorite junk food eaten because Tuesday I start fresh, AGAIN, with nearly everyone else in the country. One of these times it will stick, and I’ll end the year healthier than the way I started it! In the meantime, CHOCOLATE! Well, I’m off to work. We were off on Monday and Wednesday without pay so I’m working to make up for some of the hours. Gotta run! God bless you and I’ll see you tomorrow!
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