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Rats! I WANTED them to shut down the government!


shutgovtDuring the tense negotiations in DC a while ago, where the D’s and R’s “negotiated” (scare quotes intended) a spending bill to keep the sainted government running for yet another fiscal year, I was rooting for the R’s to simply say NO.  I want them to shut down the government, since much of it is totally wasteful anyway.  I wanted them to propose and pass in the R-controlled House a couple of bills to fund the very most important parts of government, and wait for OTL to veto it.  Ds shut down the government!  OTL, the D president, vetoes funds for continuing the really important parts of government, because the petulant baby who is beholden to Wall Street and Environmentalists didn’t get his lollipop slush funds.  So the same crap that’s been going on for the last six years, with really important additions like amnesty for millions of illegal intruders into our country, get funded again.

It major pisses me off that the establishment that runs the R party thinks that WE, their BASE, are the enemy, instead of the real enemy, the Ds.  They expend untold quantities of energy and consultant fees thinking up ways to defeat US, instead of responding in kind to those who wish our country ill and continually diss our allies while cozying up to our sworn enemies (Fidel, we really love ya!).  Hey, Boehner and Graham, you need to cater to your base, and bring the fight to the traitors on the other side of the aisle.  No more limp-wristed letters to the IRS head, politely asking for emails.  Issue subpoenas!  Make them testify under oath, and get charged with contempt of Congress.  We are sick and tired of getting squished by our own party!  De-fund Immigration, Planned Parenthood, Education, and EPA.  Speak up for the people who really make this country work!

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Easy One! Photo Challenge: Twinkle

I must have hundreds of pictures of the beautiful Christmas lights in the “Bavarian Village” of Leavenworth, Washington.  Here’s one of my favorites.


Leavenworth is in the Cascade Mountains, just west of Wenatchee on US Highway 2.  Every summer, my husband goes there to the International Accordion Celebration.  We try to drive up there a couple of times more each year, to enjoy the beautiful scenery and eat at our favorite restaurants, and watch the lighting festival on a Saturday night in December.


Just some thoughts on blogging…what do readers like?

I’ve been doing this here blog for a few years now, and I have noticed some things.  Like, I seem to get new followers whenever I do a post that’s not relevant to the theme of my blog (conservatism).  And a goodly number of other WordPress bloggers seem to blog about their personal lives, and the challenges they face.  Like, how I survived a dread disease, or in-laws, or unemployment.  It seems to me that a lot of younger bloggers are very self-centered.  Maybe it takes age, or experience, to make you turn your eyes outward, to the bigger picture.

I could expound on the dental ordeal I’ve endured for the last three months, but do people really want to hear my tale of woe?  Yes, I haven’t been able to chew on the left side of my mouth since September, but why should you care?  I’m not asking for sympathy, I have a husband for that.  I tend to blog about current events, since there’s so much going on that disturbs me greatly, and I fear for the future of our country and its people.

It’s funny, I got a lot of likes on my story about taking my cat to the vet.  But I don’t get so many likes on my posts dealing with issues that are very close to my heart, like liberal media bias, and the growth of government putting us in a straitjacket, and taking over the best medical care system in the world and destroying it.  These things will affect all of us, right where we live.  You younger bloggers might have noticed that it’s harder to find a job when you graduate from college, IF you graduate.  Why do you think that is?  Maybe it’s getting much harder to start a business, or grow your existing business.  Government regulations make hiring new people very expensive, so employers work their existing employees harder.

Or would you rather hear about the worst year of my (65-year) life?  The year when I had knee surgery, my mother died, I got a mouth infection, and I lost my job?  That’s in the past.  The future matters more.  Keep blogging, and try to turn your attention outward.


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Something Different-My Own Recipe

Have you ever invented your own recipe for a main course or side dish for your family?  I did, while I was single, and couldn’t afford to eat out.  Since I cooked all my own meals, I had to introduce some variation to my somewhat monotonous menu.  I actually came up with this one while half asleep on a weekend morning.  It sounded so much fun, I had to try it, so I found the ingredients in my pantry, and came up with this.  It’s easy to make, and very tasty and versatile.

RushBabe49’s Craisin Pilaf


1 Cup long-grain brown rice

1/4 Cup wild rice, rinsed well

2 Tbsp. minced onions (the dried variety)

1 chicken bouillon cube

1/2 Cup Craisins (sweetened, dried cranberries)

2 Tbsp. butter or margarine

2-1/2 Cups water


In a heavy saucepan, over medium heat, cook both kinds of rice and onions in butter for approximately two minutes.  Add water and bouillon cube and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and cook approximately 15 minutes, until the water is almost absorbed.  Add Craisins and mix well.  Re-cover and cook until water is completely absorbed.  May be served as a side dish, or makes a great poultry stuffing.

I hope you like it.  Merry Christmas!

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World Turned Upside-down…Headlines after Thanksgiving

Here are some headlines found on Fox News today.

Prisoner Bogus Tax Refunds

The Next Housing Crisis runup (relaxed mortgage lending standards)

Black Friday shooting at Chicago Nordstrom

Social Security benefits for illegal immigrants?

UN scolds US on record of “torture” and police brutality.

Employers have incentive to hire illegal immigrants (over native-born Americans)

New regulations require calorie-counts on restaurant menus and food-sellers’ displays-costing hundreds of millions of dollars

I wonder, does the “land of the free” exist any more?




I subscribe to the RushBabe49 Properly Grateful Theory of Life.  Often throughout the year, I stop and think about how fortunate I am to live in this Greatest Nation on God’s Green Earth.  By the accident of birth, I had upper-middle-class parents, in one of the most beautiful parts of this country (Pacific Northwest).  I grew up in the 1950’s and 1960’s, got a good education, and managed to make my own way in the world, even though via a somewhat twisty path.

So now I’m 65, gainfully employed at a job and a company that I like, married to a great guy who’s also a musician, own my home free and clear, have a really cute, fun kitty, and play in a community orchestra.  I have always been quite attentive to my surroundings, and like to watch the sky, and the back yard bird-feeder.  Stopping to smell the roses is second nature to me.

So, here’s what I’m especially thankful for this year:

New friends (and old) from Ricochet.  In-person meetups are just wonderful, since sometimes we conservatives feel like we’re all alone out here in the deep-blue wilderness. In my humble opinion, the people of Ricochet are simply the cream of the cream of humanity, and I am humbled to be a member.

Evergreen Community Orchestra, and our new conductor.  We have our concert next Tuesday, and our Polish conductor brought a fun Polish Christmas carol for us to play. Here it is, “Bog sie Rodzi” (God is Born).

My health.  In spite of having a chronic disease, I’m still remarkably healthy, and it’s been nearly four years since I have called in sick to work.  My wonderful doctors are a big help, too; my rheumatologist and my nephrologist both won “patients’ choice” awards at our clinic.

My husband, who supports me through thick and thin.  He also vacuums, cleans his own bathroom, and does his own laundry.  And he loves to go shopping!

My investments have done pretty well this year, in spite of the volatility in the stock market.  They tell you to sell your losers at the end of the year, so you have losses to cancel out your gains.  Well, I’m in the enviable position of having no losers!  Every single stock and mutual fund I own has gains.

Rush Limbaugh, who has again helped me to retain my sanity, in a time when average people are increasingly beleaguered by high taxes, cancelled medical insurance policies, higher deductibles on the policies you keep, government agencies thwarting an economy that should be recovering, and a president who has been acting like a king.  Listening to the daily podcast on my iPod at work goes a long way to help me understand the crap being dished out daily.

My country, which is still the very best on Earth.

And, finally, this here blog!  I have gained followers, had interesting conversations, and added some new features that have, by and large, improved the experience for me and my readers.

So when you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, be sure to thank God, who motivated the Pilgrims and the Founding Fathers.  They began the most remarkable country in the entire history of humanity, founded upon an idea, the idea of individual human dignity, and Liberty.  This country has allowed its citizens to become the most prosperous and free nation ever!  Don’t ever forget that.


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