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  • A Letter to my Granddaughter regarding the Election of Donald Trump

    Dear G,

    You don’t know this, but America has elected a new president, Donald J. Trump.

     

    This letter is for you to read in ten years or so. At age 5, you are much too young to understand the events of the past 8 years, or what happened during the run up to the election of Mr. Trump.

    In fact, you and your brother have no idea that an election even took place. This is in contrast to the children of others.One woman went on TV and disclosed that her 11 year old daughter is afraid to sleep alone, now that Hillary Clinton will not be president.

    One can only wonder what her parents told her about Mr. Trump and the people who voted for him. Whatever it was, it caused their daughter great fear, and does not speak well of their parenting.

    Others, people on my Facebook contacts list, or friends of friends, have posted that they do not know how to tell their children that Trump won, because of A,B,C,D,E or any number of other things they believe Trump has done or will do.

    Many of their fears are baseless, because they read them in newspapers that told lies about Trump and his supporters.

    You see, the big newspapers and TV news media wanted Hillary to win. And because they no longer subscribe to what were formerly the tenets of journalism, they decided to manage the news.

    They lied by omission many times.They also lied outright, or cherry picked bits of truth and spun them into stories that they wanted people to believe, but were actually the opposite of truth.

    Many people who wanted Hillary to be president cannot accept defeat. They are currently attempting to overthrow the democratic process, and the peaceful transition of power that has been part of our government since it’s inception.

    They have done all sorts of crazy things, including attacking and beating people who they believed voted for Trump, rioting, setting fires, looting, vandalizing businesses, and other crimes.

    They have also made it a point to burn the American Flag.This is a shameful thing.

    All of this may sound like a scary story, but rest assured, it’s true. I would never lie to you, G. If someday you are in high school and are taught history that does not match what I have written here, do not accept it. I am telling the truth.

    Then you will have to investigate on your own. Many teachers did not want Mr. Trump to win. They wanted Hillary, too. Some teachers have even declared that the Electoral College (the system designed by our founders to prevent large population centers in one or two states from electing leaders for everyone in the country) should be abolished.

    Never mind that had the results been different, they would be upholding the Electoral College with every fiber in their being; such nuance does not compute when folks have invested so much in any one candidate. Hypocrisy is now the rule.

    Hillary lost, and they must blame something other than the fact that she was a terrible candidate who was under investigation by the FBI, among other things.

    Again, G, I would never lie to you. The reason I am using only your first initial rather than your full name, is because your Pop Pop and I voted for Mr. Trump.

    I have never posted a photo of your face on this blog. Nor have I ever referred you by anything but your first initial.

    This is not because I am not proud of you. I am very proud that you are my granddaughter. I hide your face for reasons of privacy, because I don’t want the people who do not agree with me politically to know your name or what you look like.

    Because of the way your Pop Pop and I were treated over the past 8 years due to  our politics, I do not feel safe enough to put my own name on this blog or my books. So of course I would never allow you to be known.

    I’m hoping the previous paragraph sounds far-fetched when you read it in the future, but believe me, it is certainly applicable now. You have only to do research if you doubt me.

    Ask me and I will help you find the resources. Or ask your Pop Pop, or Aunt Allie. Aunt Allie is a college student now, and she will back me up.

    Before I write my hopes for you, I need to show you something. The following screenshots were taken this morning, and show headlines of news stories happening today.

     

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    Here are the remainder of the headlines.

     

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    As you can plainly see, the world is in an uproar. You can get the idea of what is going on by looking at different headlines.

    Many people– those in positions of power, with bully pulpits in the news business, in Hollywood, and in the Democrat party–believe things will get worse now, because Hillary Clinton will not  be president.

    The current First Lady, Michelle Obama, even went on TV and told everyone who was watching that she feels like there is no hope anymore, because her husband is leaving office, and instead of Hillary Clinton, who would have continued his policies, the voters chose Donald Trump to lead our nation.

    But I have great hope. I will write a letter to your little brother, E, and your baby cousin, B, some other time. Today I wanted to write for you, to tell you what I would like your future to look like. So, here are my hopes.

    Hope One: I hope the terror attacks will be brought under control over the next 8 years, so you will be safe. Safe to go to school, or to the movies with your friends, or to a part-time job. Safe to play sports or go to dance class.

    And safe to go to church. The people who attack do it because they do not want girls and women to do the the things I hope you will do. And they especially do not like our Catholic faith.

    Other people (Americans) try to suppress Christianity because it clashes with the lifestyles they have chosen. They don’t like Jesus’ teachings, and they don’t want to follow God’s rules.

    These other Americans have decided that they want no restrictions on the brutal practice of abortion, and because our faith forbids the killing of unborn children, they marginalize us and say we are religious freaks.

    At some point you will be told that having an abortion is every woman’s right, and that religion is hateful for attempting to remove that right.

    When this happens you must ask yourself: What about the baby’s rights? Then think long and hard about it. Do not follow along with the crowd, just because they believe this.

    You must think for yourself. Say the Hail Mary and the Our Father while thinking about the horror of abortion, and I know you will find the answer. And again, talk to your aunts if you don’t want to ask your mom or me. They are young, but they know what is true.

    Yes, I understand how hard it is for you to believe the above, because you have loved Jesus and Mary since you were only a baby. Each time I picked you up, you would grab my medal and crucifix, and when you were older you always said hi to Mary.

    This Christmas Pop Pop and I are giving you your very own “Mary Medal”, because you asked for one. And, you like to pray.

    Each night you pray the Hail Mary. I want you to be able to do it for the rest of your life without fear of being attacked for your faith.

     

    Hope Two: I hope that the scourge of heroin is gone from the youth of America. Every day there is another instance of a young person succumbing to this terrible drug.

    It is much too easy for teenagers to get, because America at this time is a country without borders. Drugs snake their way into our country, and kids always end up dead.

    Please, never, ever think that you can try this drug. You can’t. It will take control of you and turn you into a shadow, someone no one will recognize. And then something worse might happen.

     

    Hope Three: I hope you will be able to be yourself. You are a modest little girl. At age 5 you are already shy, and you don’t want to change in front of anyone but me when I am babysitting.

    I am quite sure that you will want to be a little girl who can have privacy. There are some people in America who do not believe girls should have this option, or boys either.

    Because some kids and adults are confused about their gender, activists are pushing for schools to allow boys into the girls bathroom and locker room, and vice versa.

    When girls complain that they are uncomfortable undressing in front of a boy (even if the boy believes he is a girl), the girls are told that they must get used to it, and that they need to become comfortable with letting a strange boy see them getting undressed.

    Yes, I understand that this sounds like the ravings of a lunatic. Nevertheless, it is true. So my hope is that this issue will be settled soon, and that the many kids who feel uncomfortable will not be forced to “get used to it”, just to make one or two kids that are confused feel comfortable.

     

    Hope Four: I hope you do not grow up too fast. The issues I wrote about above are not anything a child should have to deal with.

    I hope you read lots of books. Good books that do not push the messages above into your brain until you believe they are “just the way things are.”

    I hope you will be kind and smile a lot. I hope you will make nice friends. I hope you will have good health care. I hope you will learn to help others, and that you will grow up loving your neighbor and your country.

    I hope that you will have every advantage your own parents had while growing up. I pray every day for this.

    There are many more hopes that I could list, but these are the ones that pertain to President Trump and the people he will appoint to help him make our country great again.

    I prayed every day for the past 8 years that God would help us–we who want to keep the right to practice our religion without government interference, and our right to self defense, and our right to speak our minds without being marginalized or suppressed.

    America is a wonderful place. And now that Hillary Clinton will never be president, there’s a good chance that the headlines above will change for the better, and that our rights will not diminish.

    I have all of this hope not because I believe in government, or in Donald Trump, or in any earthly institution or person.

    This hope has come from God, and I am thankful every day that He, in his mercy, has given us a chance to change things.

    I hope you read these words someday, and know how much I love you, and that I did everything I could to make sure you will grow up to be free.


  • #ImWithHer

    Tomorrow will decide whether America moves toward Liberty or into a hellish Tyranny.

     

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    From “The Crisis“, by Thomas Paine:

    December 23, 1776

    THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but “to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER” and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God.

     

     

    As the old saying goes: Pray and don’t worry. So, here are some powerful prayers.

     

    The Holy Rosary:

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    I used to pray it daily, but have slacked off over the past year. Still, it’s my go to prayer in times of uncertainty.

    O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

     

    The Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel:

     

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    Saint Michael the Archangel, Pray for us.

     

     

    Saint Patrick’s Breastplate- (Lorica)

     

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    This prayer is so lyrical and mysterious. I’ve been praying it almost daily for some time. It’s also beautiful in song.

     

     

     

    Saint Patrick, pray for us.

     

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    Prayer for Religious Liberty:

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    Mary Immaculate, Patroness of Our Country, Pray for Us.

     

    Divine Mercy:

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    Jesus, I trust in you.

     

     

     


  • Happy Independence Day

    Just a short post to wish everyone a Happy Fourth of July.

     

    God our Father,
    Giver of life,
    we entrust the United States of America to Your loving
    care.
    You are the rock on which this nation was founded.
    You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to
    life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your
    people.
    Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation´s
    leaders.Open their minds to the great worth of human life
    and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.
    Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in
    seeking and doing Your will.
    Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate,
    Patroness of our land, grant us the courage to reject the “culture of death.”
    Lead us into a new millennium of life.
    We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
    Please, if you are a praying person, pray for our country. We are approaching an historic election in November, and every prayer is heard.

    God Bless America

     

    I hope everyone enjoys this special day, the commemoration of the day that the founders of our country put their lives, fortunes and sacred honor on the line and broke all ties with Britain, and the Tyrant King George III.

    Please remember the blood that has been shed throughout our country’s history, all of it precious and deserving of respect. Please remember our Military, who sacrifice so much to protect our nation and our freedom, up to and including their own lives.

    We are a great nation. Always remember that fact. Click on the video below, for a beautiful rendition of The National Anthem, sung by Whitney Houston.

     

    Happy Independence Day, and God Bless America.

     

    Related Posts:

    Memorial Day Story
    April Musings


  • Evil Never Rests

    In the aftermath of the tragedy in Orlando, I tried, for a little while, to detach myself from contemplating the evil that roams this world.

    I said prayers and shared truthful articles, but I didn’t allow myself to become an anxious, weeping wreck the way I did every other time an attack occurred. This is because I suspect that such attacks will be more frequent, unless something is done to change the way the government does its business.

     

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    Prayers for Orlando.

     

    But today, here I am again, wondering what the hell happened to America?

    Such a horror… How awful it must have been for those poor people trapped in that nightclub. And their families. And the police and first responders, doctors, nurses and hospital staff.

    Such tragedy perpetrated by that shooter, who, as we all know, is a member of a certain religion which, for some reason, may not be mentioned for fear of being termed racist. So, I won’t mention it.

    On the other hand, I’ve seen numerous accusations leveled against gun owners, Christians and Republicans, with no repercussions whatsoever, though all are either lies or only opinions. A Christian did not shoot up the nightclub and neither did a Republican.

    And as for the guns… the Country is divided. But please, understand that we will not allow anyone to “ban” AR-15 rifles.

    An AR-15 is only a rifle. It’s not an “assault weapon” nor is it an “automatic weapon.”

    It’s a semi-automatic rifle made to look scarier than the one my husband owns.

    • AR-15-platform rifles are among the most popular firearms being sold. They are today’s modern sporting rifle.
    • The AR in “AR-15” rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in the 1950s. “AR” does NOT stand for “assault rifle” or “automatic rifle.”
    • AR-15-style rifles are NOT “assault weapons” or “assault rifles.” An assault rifle is fully automatic — a machine gun. Automatic firearms have been severely restricted from civilian ownership since 1934.
    • If someone calls an AR-15-style rifle an “assault weapon,” he or she either supports banning these firearms or does not understand their function and sporting use, or both. Please correct them. “Assault weapon” is a political term created by California anti-gun legislators to ban some semi-automatic rifles there in the 1980s.
    • AR-15-style rifles look like military rifles, such as the M-16, but function like other semi-automatic civilian sporting firearms, firing only one round with each pull of the trigger.
    • Versions of modern sporting rifles are legal to own in all 50 states, provided the purchaser passes the mandatory FBI background check required for all retail firearm purchasers.
    • Since the 19th century, civilian sporting rifles have evolved from their military predecessors. The modern sporting rifle simply follows that tradition.
    • These rifles’ accuracy, reliability, ruggedness and versatility serve target shooters and hunters well. They are true all-weather firearms.
    • Chamberings include .22, .223 (5.56 x 45mm), 6.8 SPC, .308, .450 Bushmaster and about a dozen others. Upper receivers for pistol calibers such as 9 mm, .40, and .45 are available. There are even .410 shotgun versions.
    • These rifles are used for many different types of hunting, from varmint to big game. And they’re used for target shooting in the national matches.
    • AR-15-style rifles are no more powerful than other hunting rifles of the same caliber and in most cases are chambered in calibers less powerful than common big-game hunting cartridges like the 30-06 Springfield and .300 Win. Mag.
    • The AR-15 platform is modular. Owners like being able to affix different “uppers” (the barrel and chamber) to the “lower” (the grip, stock).
    • And, they are a lot of fun to shoot!

     

     

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    For a more detailed opinion on gun control, please read Larry Correia’s “An Opinion On Gun Control.” You’ll find a rebuttal to every argument out there for restricting gun rights.
    Now, on to President Obama.

    The past 8 years have been less than optimum for our country because more than half of Americans chose Obama twice. He’s leaving in six months, and for that I am grateful.

    But please, be honest… were we as divided as we are now when Obama took office? Or at any time since the late 1960s? If you’re truthful with yourself, you’ll admit that we are much more divided along ideological lines.

    Yet here is again, giving traditional Americans both middle fingers while cowardly refusing to solve a problem he helped create.

    So determined is the president to avoid the subject of Islamist, ISIS-inspired or ISIS-directed terrorism that he concluded his remarks with an astonishing insistence that “we need the strength and courage to change” our attitudes toward the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

     

    So, according to Obama “we” need to work on ourselves. It’s always the same answer with him, and similar statements will be the norm if Hillary Clinton is elected to serve Obama’s third term.

    Why didn’t Obama do something about ISIS two years ago? Back then he was warned about the danger, but chose to laugh at us and refer to these butchers as a “JV team.”

    I guess they have advanced to the big leagues, thanks to Obama and his foreign policy mistakes. Ugh.

    And now, for the saddest article I’ve read since the shooting. A gay activist has written an anonymous article in which he or she confesses switching from Hillary to support Donald Trump. The article states that the Left puts the safety of Gay Americans in the background when it comes to the religion that must not be named. And the writer must remain anonymous because they know exactly what will happen if any one of their progressive associates finds out who wrote it.

    I also now realize, with brutal clarity, that in the progressive hierarchy of identity groups, Muslims are above gays. Every pundit and politician — and that includes President Obama and Hillary Clinton and half the talking heads on TV — who today have said “We don’t know what the shooter’s motivation could possibly be!” have revealed to me their true priorities: appeasing Muslims is more important than defending the lives of gay people. Every progressive who runs interference for Islamic murderers is complicit in those murders, and I can no longer be a part of that team.

    I’m just sick of it. Sick of the hypocrisy. Sick of the pandering. Sick of the deception.

    And you know what makes me angrier still? The fact that I have to hide my identity and remain anonymous in writing this essay. If I outed myself as a Trump supporter, I would be harassed and doxxed and shunned by everyone I know and by the Twitter lynch mobs which up until yesterday I myself led.

    If the above isn’t a wake up call, then nothing is. Stay asleep at your own peril.


  • Memorial Day Story

    Last spring I wrote a short story with a Memorial Day theme, and decided to publish it on Amazon. But in the spirit of thankfulness to our Military and my readers, I have unpublished it and decided to make it free for the foreseeable future.

     

    An All American Short Story with a twist, The Protest is the perfect read for stormy summer nights or those snowy winter afternoons when you’re dreaming of summer.

    After Jordan parties his way through his Freshman year of college, he’s not exactly thrilled to go home. Jordan’s small town is an annoying place to spend summer vacation. His father and stepmother don’t understand what makes Jordan tick, and vice versa. Jordan’s mother works long hours, leaving him with plenty of time to implement a plan to bring up his grade point average.

    Enter The Protest, where small town Vietnam veterans, university professors, anti-war activists, and a college boy who thinks he knows all the answers intersect on Memorial Day, 2016.

    Cover design by Matt Margolis, Logotecture.

    Please see “pages” on the sidebar to your right, or click here to read.

    God Bless America


  • Guest Post: Author Kyle Andrews on Nancy Reagan, Miracles & the America We Love

    Kyle Andrews is a friend and fellow author. I’m pleased to have him here on D Street. Please check out Kyle’s books at the links below, and enjoy this tribute to one of the Greatest First Ladies in American History. 

     

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    Ladies and Gentlemen, the Next Voice You Hear…

     

    Back in the 1980’s, when I was a little boy, my family took a trip to Washington D.C. It was a memorable trip, with monuments and memorials, and the fire alarm in our hotel going off, terrifying me. It was also memorable because we celebrated Easter in D.C. that year.

    To this day, my mother kicks herself for not knowing about the Easter egg hunt at the White House, and the missed opportunity to meet President and Mrs. Reagan. It would have been a great picture and a great memory.

    Despite missing that chance, Nancy Reagan did eventually become part of an Easter tradition for my family. Every year, we watch one of her movies from 1951, called The Next Voice You Hear.

     

    The movie is about an All-American family, named the Smiths. The husband is a hard working man, tightly wound and trying the best he can to provide for his family. They live in a modest home. He drives an old car that barely works. Their son is a good kid. And the wife, played by Nancy Davis, is experiencing a troubled pregnancy.

    We follow the family through a strange, global experience. The voice of God comes over the radio and speaks to the people of the world. Each person who hears this voice hears in their native language, while we the viewing audience never hear the voice at all.

    The story doesn’t center around the global impact of this experience. There are no riots. There are no people jumping off of bridges. What we see is a quiet story, as people go about their lives having heard this voice. Is it a prank? An advertisement of some sort?

    The voice comes back the next night, and the night after that. Disbelief turns into fear, causing people to react poorly. And at the heart of it all, there is this one generic family. They have no choice but to continue with their lives, going to work and school, and fearing for the safety of Nancy’s character and the child that she’s carrying.

    The movie thrives in the small moments. There is one particular moment as Joe Smith pulls out of the driveway, later in the movie. After receiving multiple tickets for backing out of his driveway at dangerous speeds, John decides to take things a little more carefully. As a result, his car starts more easily. His mood is better because of it. The viewer who pays close attention will realize that this small change in his daily routine actually saves a couple of lives, though this fact is never highlighted in the film itself.

     

    The Next Voice You Hear is a great movie to watch on Easter, because it reminds us of the small miracles that surround us every day. It teaches us to slow down and appreciate what God has given us. Today more than ever, I think we could use that lesson. If you have a little bit of free time this Easter, I suggest putting down the cell phone, gathering the family and enjoying this unsung classic together.

    Nancy Reagan has died at the age of 94. Most people will remember her for her work as the First Lady, and her marriage to Ronald Reagan. But before all of that, there was Nancy Davis. An actress whose name wound up on the Hollywood blacklist by mistake, because another actress had the same name.

     

    Rest well, Mrs. Reagan.

     

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    Connect with Kyle at the links below, and please check out his upcoming novel, Freedom Hate.

     

    www.AuthorKyleAndrews.com

    Kyle@authorkyleandrews.com

    @starlettenovel

    facebook.com/authorkyleandrews

     

    Freedom/Hate (available now for pre-order) – http://amzn.to/1UT99HK

     


  • The Trump Phenomenon ~ My Take

    Update: there was some confusion earlier on my account of my husband’s abuse at work. I’m updating that segment to help folks who need clarification.

     

     

    Many people have written about Donald Trump in recent days, and I’ve read some very interesting opinions as to why he seems to have become a sort of savior/instrument of revenge for many Americans.

     

    A complete list of Trump’s endorsements can be found here.

    As you can see, many people do feel Trump can lead America. Some of them are people I respect and agree with on different issues, so I refuse to diss any one of them. (Even the people whom I used to admire but now believe to be putting personal vendettas & revenge against the GOP ahead of America’s well being).

    I’m not a fan of Trump. I don’t support him. I don’t like the way he comports himself. I saw a video clip of Mr. Trump, mocking a disabled person, and that is something I can’t just get past.

    But this post is not about me & my personal distaste for the man. It’s only my opinion as to why he’s “the only one” for his many supporters.

    Please read this Facebook post, “An Epiphany about the appeal of Mr. Trump”, by Robert Bidinotto, author of Hunter. (And please, read Robert’s books if you’re a fan of Thrillers).

     

    Millions of decent Americans, for decades — and most intensely during the past decade — have felt their self-esteem under daily, relentless assault. The attackers are the political, economic, educational, and cultural elites. Americans have heard their values and ideals demeaned, mocked, vilified. They have watched the institutions that are supposed to uphold, symbolize, and protect those values and ideals become subverted, perverted, and corrupted. They have watched helplessly as their own children succumb to the cultural rot. They have tried to protest and fight back — only to have their legal efforts stymied and repelled by morally bankrupt courts, their political efforts crushed by the entrenched political class and thuggish bureaucrats, and their reform efforts betrayed by self-proclaimed political champions, including a venal, self-aggrandizing Republican leadership.

    Decent Americans realize that they have been played and betrayed by all the elites — treated as nothing but pawns to be manipulated, as serfs to be bossed, as sheep to be fleeced — all to keep those elites living in grandiosity and comfort, while they struggle and suffer. They realize that, while all of this is happening, they are being laughed at and treated with cold contempt by that same Ruling Class: insulted as ignorant rubes, demeaned as coarse brutes whose bellowing anger is unworthy of even a hearing.

    Worst of all, they have been intimidated to silence about it. It is now being made ILLEGAL even to protest. Accurate language describing what is going on and labeling those doing it has been banned as “hate speech.” Mere accusations of “racism” and “bigotry” are sufficient to cause individuals to lose jobs. In the face of snarling thugs, decent people are being frightened into silence, knowing that the full force of the law — backed by all the cultural, media, and political elites — will take the side of the thugs.

    Black Lives Matter can chant for the murder of cops…then be invited to the White House. Hollywood stars can advocate banning fossil fuels, and applaud when coal miners lose their jobs…while they are allowed to leave billowing carbon clouds behind their private jets and limos as they flit about to international “global warming” conferences or to embrace Venezuelan and Cuban dictators. College boys are accused of rape, then informed by feminist-coddling administrators that the mere accusations are sufficient to get them kicked out of school, without benefit of any trial or due process, wrecking their future reputations and careers. Christian bakers are forced by law to bake cakes for gay weddings, essentially becoming conscripts in the armies of their adversaries, in violation of the First and Thirteenth Amendments. Millions of consumers are promised they can keep their doctors and health insurance, and that their premiums will go down under “the Affordable Care Act”…then watch videos of the architects of that monstrous act chuckling to each other about how it was all a pack of lies to fool the ignorant masses. Risk-taking entrepreneurs who build the nation’s wealth are told by their president that, no, You Didn’t Build That — and that We’re Gonna Spread Your Wealth Around.

    And on, and on, and on.

    Now, don’t get bogged down in all these particulars. Look at the bigger picture, at what all of these things represent in common. Most especially, ask yourself how these slights and oppressions are EXPERIENCED by millions of Americans.

    The answer is that they are all direct, crushing blows to their sense of personal self-esteem, worth, identity, and significance.

    Such treatment makes mockery of the basic American creed: that all men are created equal and endowed with unalienable rights to individual life, liberty, and the pursuit of personal happiness. Americans no longer feel equal — not in rights, not in opportunities, not in RESPECT. They instead feel dehumanized, viewed and treated like second-class citizens — but too frightened of the consequences even to protest. Each day they feel they must bite their tongues while ubiquitous cultural Stalinists smugly, loudly, insolently insult and trash every value, belief, institution, and freedom they hold dear. Meanwhile, the Ruling Class Elites are enjoying their lives unmolested and indifferent, having completely insulated themselves from all the harm they are doing.

    The above, IMO, is certainly one reason for Mr. Trump’s rise. While the GOP elites, with their ridiculous push for Jeb! (a candidate NOBODY with any modicum of common sense wanted or believed in) bear a good 20-30 percent of the blame, the Leftists who have demoralized decent Americans deserve the lion’s share.

    I believe this because I have been living it. I don’t really like putting all of this out in public, though I’ve written about some of it previously, but now that we’re faced with this behemoth, strutting around, name calling and acting like the worlds biggest bullying ass, I guess it really doesn’t matter. I’ll just write what happened to my family. Each incident I write will be termed a “gut punch” or a “backstab” depending on severity.

    #1 (Gut punch)  On election day, 2008, I was termed a “racist” by a coworker. We were discussing election returns. She was an Obama voter. I voted for Bush. She explained to me that “anyone who doesn’t vote for Obama is a racist.” I made some protest, saying I didn’t agree with Obama’s policies, but it cut no ice with a fanatical true believer like my coworker.

    #2 (backstab) After Obama’s January inauguration, a news story broke about a woman whose face was ripped off by a chimpanzee. My husband and a coworker were in an office, and the story was splashed across the computer. They were horrified, and began discussing it. My husband, as he left office, joked “Lots of crazy things have happened since Obama was elected.” (Paraphrase).

    (Note: My husband’s offhand remark about our President, whom certain people seem to view as a king, was made later in the conversation. Approximately 10 minutes elapsed between the conversation re the chimpanzee and his lighthearted joke about Obama. Again: The accuser was in her own office, 3 doors down & across the hall. She couldn’t possibly have heard the conversation in context, and anyone who supports her and her false accusation is simply a fool, & in no way worth anything but scorn and derision).

    That was it; that was the comment. Imagine his surprise when he was called into his supervisor’s office and told he was guilty of a racial slur. Seems a black woman who worked down the hall had been in her own office and heard a few words of the conversation up the hall. The words were monkey, chimpanzee, and Obama. Therefore, my husband was judged guilty without recourse.

    The woman he had actually been conversing with went to the supervisors on his behalf, and explained exactly what had happened, however, there was nothing to be done at that point. Their immediate supervisor had already called corporate. He did it on the word of the black lady, because he is also a liberal Democrat.

    My husband, who is the kindest and most decent man I know, now had this in his file. He spoke back, and said he was getting a lawyer, but was told: “If you call a lawyer, or say one word, you will be fired.” He’d been at the job for 20 years, and it was our livelihood, so he kept his mouth shut.

    This emboldened the harasser, of course. She became almost intolerable to everyone in the office, yet nothing was done. Finally, after a year, she left the workplace. I feel very sorry for the people she works with now; I’m sure some other family is suffering misery at her hands. And yes… I’ll say it. She’s a progressive. A Democrat. A lying, cheating lowlife Liberal piece of shit. (I think I’ve forgiven her, however, I have to tell the truth. This is what she was, and most likely still is). The supervisor who called corporate without getting both sides of the story has also left the workplace. Thank you, dear Lord.

    #3) (Multiple gut punches, back stabs, and undue stress) My dear friend was publicly shamed and held up as a Nazi at a school board meeting because she went against the school on common core, and then tried to have a pornographic and immoral book placed under age restriction with parental notification. Yes, that’s right. She asked that parents be notified, and that teens be spoken to by counselor before digging into this book. For that she was judged to be a Nazi.

    This filtered into our parish church. 3 board members (Catholics) attend church with us, and all three lied about my friend and incited school kids and parents against her. They went along with this lovely woman, one of my dearest friends, being being publicly shamed. All of this occurred over a piece of trash book very heavy on pro-abortion ideology and no better than an average beach read. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, of which they profess to be members, strictly forbids abortion. But these board members felt so strongly about pushing Leftist ideology in the school that they trashed my friend. To read the full story, click here.

    #4 (assorted gut punches) Click here to read about a parish prolife group I was a part of, and how fellow parishioners treated us. (Pro-choice Catholics, of course.)

    #5 (Gut punch on massive amounts of steroids) Last summer at the height of the Confederate flag controversy, my husband, because he does not agree with the purging of history, be it favorable to America or unfavorable, bought 3 Confederate flags. We never felt the desire or inclination to own a Confederate flag before, however, we bought the flags on principle. We have the right to own whatever freaking flag we want to own. Yes, that’s right. We can do this — we’re free individuals in good standing in our community, and the flags were not illegal, so we bought some.

    Included in the shipment was a 3X4″ bumper sticker, which my husband placed on his car, to show his support for free expression. (Again, free speech. Whether you agree with it or not, we have the right). Imagine his surprise when he came out of the bank one afternoon and was verbally attacked by a crazy left wing loon. The crazy man said: “Take that off your bumper. You can’t drive around with that. Take it off.”

    My husband told him to f*ck off. Then it escalated. The crazy man began screaming “racist! racist!” and my husband continued to cuss him. Finally the man told my husband to get in the car, drive into Wilmington, Delaware (a place where gangs & drugs are rampant) and sacrifice himself. Just go down there so they can “f*ck you up.” As if, because of a difference over a flag, my husband’s life was worth nothing at all. In this Liberal man’s eyes, because he didn’t agree with him, my husband deserved to be put in the hospital, or even to be killed.

    Before it could come to blows, my husband got in the car and left. He wanted to deck the crazy man, however, he was on blood thinners at the time, and if his head had been knocked he might have suffered a brain bleed.

    The above five incidents are not the only incidents that have happened in our family/friends circle. They are just the worst. So, think about it. How many other families throughout America have been subjected to such things? We all know about the bakers who were sued out of everything they owned by Leftist brownshirts over their refusal to bake a cake. That was a national story. But how many more are there? People like me?

    Millions, I’m sure. Some of them may have been ruined. Certainly some may have become ill with anxiety or stress. Who knows how much suffering people have endured at the hands of Obamabots, Hillarybots and other Leftists?

    What if your child were addicted to Heroin, and you are watching them waste away right in front of you? Heroin is one of the stories that doesn’t get a lot of press, however, it’s a scourge. Pure and simple.

    Young people are dying every day from Heroin addiction.Their families are in a shambles, their parents are helpless and perhaps ruined financially. The border is wide open, and Obama and his followers want it to stay open. And the GOP hasn’t done anything about the border situation. It’s status quo. I can’t help but feel some sympathy toward these suffering people, and others who are enduring similar heartbreak.

    Many Americans feel they are almost slaves, existing only to struggle and work and keep their heads down.  They don’t matter to Washington, they don’t matter to the media, and they don’t matter to some of their Progressive neighbors. I can’t really blame them for grasping at a strong man.

    This is what always happens when people are dehumanized. They clutch onto a strongman type. Trump is their savior, or their voice, or their payback. Take your pick.

    I mentioned the media just now, because I’m saving them for last. The media, those who carry Obama’s & Hillary’s water, are the absolute dregs. They are a giant festering boil on the ass of humanity, with their lies and spin and loaded questions.

    Look at the following story from the Charlotte Observer. Video: Bill Clinton spars with Benghazi protesters at SC rally. 

    Note the derogatory tone of the story and it’s insinuation that the protestor might not really be a Marine.

    Now, look at this Biz Pac Review story on the same incident. Shocking video: US Marine booed, removed from Clinton rally for asking legitimate question.

    Watch the video & decide for yourself, but what I saw were frustrated Americans who want accountability for what happened in Benghazi, trying to make themselves heard. And I’ll give the devil his due: Bill Clinton at least attempted to answer the protesters. They, however, seemed so very angry (and rightly so) at the cover-up and lack of justice that they didn’t stop shouting.

    And the Clinton supporters sitting in the audience? True to form, they began telling the Marine and a woman with him to sit down and shut up. That’s the progressive way. If someone doesn’t agree with you, you shut them up. This is what’s been happening, over and over and over, for the past 8-10 years. The people in that audience… I have no words for them. One of them told the woman who was protesting she had been watching too many movies.

    So, please, Liberals, if you’re clutching your pearls while contemplating a President Trump, understand something. YOU helped cause his ascent. If you yourself have acted in a manner similar to what I described above, you have brought Trump on us. You. Or, if you simply looked the other way while your neighbors or other decent hardworking Americans were trashed and decimated by bullying Leftists, as per my linked story regarding my friend who was shamed as a Nazi (by people who knew she she was the furthest thing from it) YOU bear some responsibility, whether you acknowledge it or not.

    I’ve seen an article floating around on Facebook lately. Apparently a town in Canada will  welcome anyone who wants to leave America in the event Trump is elected to live in their town, where healthcare is free, no guns are allowed and you can get an abortion any time you want. So, Leftist Trump haters, if you’re reading this and are contemplating a move to Canada, I have word of advice for you. You better pack your bags.

    If Trump somehow wins the Republican nomination, he will be your next president. He will beat Hillary into the ground and drag her through the mud like a Chairman Mao blow-up doll, no matter how many dead people come out of the grave next November.

    Have no doubts. Trump will win, and you can blame yourselves. The lies, hate, arrogance and brownshirt tactics of the Left are more scary to Americans than Donald Trump.


  • Rest In Peace, Justice Scalia

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is being laid to rest.

    The souls of the righteous are in the hand of God,a

    and no torment shall touch them.

    They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;

    and their passing away was thought an affliction

    and their going forth from us, utter destruction.

    But they are in peace.b

    For if to others, indeed, they seem punished,

    yet is their hope full of immortality;

    Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,

    because God tried them

    and found them worthy of himself.c

    As gold in the furnace, he proved them,

    and as sacrificial offerings* he took them to himself.d

    In the time of their judgment* they shall shine

    and dart about as sparks through stubble;e

    They shall judge nations and rule over peoples,

    and the LORD shall be their King forever.f

    Those who trust in him shall understand truth,

    and the faithful shall abide with him in love:

    Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,g

    and his care is with the elect.

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    Above is the passage chosen for the first reading at Justice Scalia’s Funeral Mass, which was celebrated by his son, Father Paul Scalia. I was able to watch a portion of the televised Mass earlier, while visiting my mother.

    Mom and I marveled at this loving son, choosing to celebrate Mass for his beloved father. The entire Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC was full, everyone listening intently to the readings, Choir, Psalms and Homily.

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    More on Antonin Scalia can be found here, in this Washington Post piece written by another son, Christopher. What a loving family. Americans owe them a debt of gratitude for sharing their husband, father and grandfather with us for so many years.

    He drove us to Mass every Sunday. He brought with him his well-worn Roman Missal, its pages wrinkled from holy water and packed with decades-old prayer cards. His behavior during Mass was not always restrained. If he disagreed with a priest’s point during a sermon, he would lean forward, look toward my mother, and frown or shake his head. That was his dissent from the homily. On the other hand, if he liked a sermon, he’d tell the priest as much afterward. We all saw how important Mass was to him, his eyes closed, head bowed as he moved deep into prayer during the consecration and after Communion.

    He was stricter than we would have liked, and I don’t mean with his originalism. We could have done without the weekends he made us work in the yard. I once tried to beg off mowing the lawn by pointing out that I had a cross-country meet that weekend. So he did it himself — after reminding me that a Supreme Court justice probably had better things to do, too.

     

    The loss of Justice Scalia was huge blow to many Americans, including me. Such a Justice, one who knows the law and rules justly according to the Constitution will be very hard to replace. His loss at this time, such a dangerous time for us, is almost paralyzing.
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    Yet we must trust. Justice Scalia is with Our Lord, whom he served so faithfully. And we, who are reeling at the thought of the months ahead, must remember that God will be with us. This is His decision, and He will bring us safely through the coming storm.

     

    Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil, may God rebuke him we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander through the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

     

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    Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord
    and let perpetual light shine upon him.

    May he rest in peace. Amen.

    May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
    Amen.

     


  • Remembering 9 11 2001

    I was an uninformed, complacent American housewife when I got up on the morning of 9 11. By the time I went to bed that evening and had spent a sleepless night, tossing and turning and trying to forget the scenes of explosions, firefighters going to their deaths and Americans jumping out of the twin towers, I was a different person. For a grim look at the events of this day see National Geographic’s article, Remembering 9/11 in pictures.

    The events of 9/11 changed me. On 9/12 I was the polar opposite of the person I had been just two days earlier, which, in turn,  led to the eventual publication of my books. I’ve written this part of my story on the “About” page of my website.

    For the next 3 months I was glued to the Cable news tickers, and in the subsequent lead up to the Iraq war I began to discern the media bias that I hadn’t been able to see on 9/10. It was the same with politicians, talking heads, and professors in academia. This lead to cynicism and lack of trust, which continues to this day.

    I’m pretty ashamed of my complacency, and my arrogance in thinking that America was safe, and that we would never be attacked. What a fool I was in those days. At least I admit it, though.

    If you’re reading this right now, don’t make the same mistakes I did. Get informed about current events. Don’t depend on only network news, or only one cable channel or a special news site that you love. Go outside the box. If you tend to the Left, try listening to Mark Levin or Rush Limbaugh for a week or two. If you tend to the right try Alan Colmes or NPR. Do the same in your viewing of news and your website choices. Try to spend one day a week looking at the opposite side. Swap The Drudge Report for The Huffington Post, and vice versa. Check out The Blaze or the UK Daily Mail.

    This serves several purposes:

    1. Everyone’s beliefs should be challenged at times, including mine and yours.
    2. You may change your views on some issues, if you were misinformed before.
    3. You can feel confident in your own convictions.
    4. You will be able to discern the lies or lack thereof.
    5. You will recognize truth.

    Please, don’t form an opinion on anything based on extreme positions on either side. Don’t dismiss stories out of hand, especially when videos exist to back up the claims, such as the Center For Medical Progress’ exposés of Planned Parenthood. Watch the videos before claiming they are lies. The same goes for claims made by far Right bloggers or others. Check for further sources to make sure you aren’t being played for a fool.

    The Truth is what’s important, not an ideology. The TRUTH. Things end badly for any society that ignores the truth. It’s been this way since time immemorial and things certainly aren’t any different today.

    Remember 9/11/2001. Don’t believe the truthers who say it was an inside job. They’re either lying for some reason or they are mentally confused. Don’t believe your professors when they tell you America deserved this attack. We didn’t. Don’t believe the people who hate America. They are free to leave if they so choose, yet they stay here, collect salaries and indoctrinate people in lies. Don’t believe them.

    Pay no attention to aging Rock & Roll stars who complain about their music being played by Republicans, and then insult the candidates. This happens every single election cycle. These artists march in lock-step with an ideology that teaches lies and wants to remove YOUR freedoms, all the while collecting your money for shows, music and merchandise. They are playing you for fools.

    Please click here to see my side of  a twitter exchange with Mike Mills of R.E.M. (Make sure you click on tweets & replies. And yes, I do think this band is whining). Then click on Mike Mills’ replies. I can’t read his replies anymore because I blocked him as soon as he played the race card, but others should be able to view them.

    Yes, he insinuated that I’m a racist. It’s patently ridiculous, but this is how elites treat the little people, even those who’ve just complimented them on their music.  Don’t pay them any mind whatsoever-they cannot be reasoned with.  Please understand that this is SOP for people who think the rules should only apply to you, not them. They believe they have more rights than you and I. Such people are not worth my time.

    Just understand that they include YOU in their statements on politics, no matter how much they dissemble & insist they hate only the candidates whose views you support. For these ideological people, living lives in a parallel universe that doesn’t include the struggles you and I face, any Republican candidate would receive the same treatment. Don’t believe everything these people say, and if you feel offended by them, do not support them monetarily. The same goes for Hollywood stars or other media figures. They aren’t living your life–You are living your life. Don’t let people who insult you behind your back influence you. You are an American citizen, and they are no better than you, no matter how much money or fame they may have.

     

    Don’t believe everything out of any given politicians mouth, either, whether they belong to your party or not. Life is much more than political parties. Check, check and re-check everything.

     

    Please remember 9 11 2001.

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    Never Forget.

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    God Bless America.

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    Pray for America and the World.

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  • Up In Smoke

    In order to understand this post, it will be necessary to watch the following. You may laugh, or maybe not. You may feel a bit of nostalgia. Or you may be revolted. Watch.

     

    Okay. So depending on your state of mind, you may be laughing, you may be crying, you may be gagging, or you may be shaking your head, wondering why the hell Daniella is wasting your time and her own on Cheech and Chong.

    And the answer is… I don’t know. However, it makes as much sense to watch these two stoners waste themselves as it does to watch America waste away,  so why not?

    Today I heard that Bill DeBlasio is beginning a push to criminalize smoking cigarettes inside homes in NYC. At the same time, there was a recent call to decriminalize marijuana use in NYC.

    How can two such opposite positions exist in the exact same city? If cigarette smoking is frowned on, possibly illegal in public, and soon to be illegal in one’s home, why the call for legalization of weed? Will people be allowed to smoke it? If not, how will weed be used? Can it be eaten? I suppose…. but who the hell wants to eat weed? New Yorkers can’t bake it into brownies under DeBlasio’s watch; he frowns on sugar and fat, too. So, what to do?

    If cigarettes are so horrible, why launch a campaign to legalize weed? Could it be to medicate the unwashed masses into compliant, stupid idiots like those shown in the above clip?  Maybe.

    This explanation makes as much sense as anything else.

    Too many strange things have happened over the past week or so. Walmart is allowed to refuse to bake a cake, as long as it’s the “right” cake.

    Priests are spat upon by “tolerant” people, and then slandered online for having the temerity to tweet about it. Other tolerant people, though they may feel the abuse was wrong, nevertheless keep quiet. To talk of such things just isn’t done, and while they may sit in pews and go to the altar to receive the Holy Eucharist each week, they don’t want to appear intolerant. So, they keep quiet and tweet about Love, and how it has finally won out over hate.

    It’s enough to make me want to buy a pack of cigarettes and smoke em till I’m sick. Actually, I’ve promised myself that if I live to be eighty, I’m going to take up smoking again. I only smoked sporadically and for a very short time, but I enjoyed it.

    Since I’m currently much younger than eighty, I can’t smoke cigarettes. I have a family who needs me, and no extra money to buy cigarettes anyway, so I guess I’ll just try to get over my shock at the events of the past two weeks by drinking a couple of glasses of wine.

    I actually wish I could jump down a rabbit hole. Maybe I’d find some incense and peppermints down there, to help me cope with all the change. Maybe I’d become comfortably numb. It would be a relief, because up here in America 2015, I don’t see much sanity.

    things_to_take_on_an_acid_trip_by_grubbswriting-d7lrdxxOf course, I could always visit the Big Apple. I bet I could find something to smoke, as long as it isn’t tobacco.