RushBabe49 and Hubby’s Excellent Arizona Adventure

From February 13th through the 18th, hubby and I flew down to Arizona for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar in Phoenix.  We attended the Seminar Tuesday and Wednesday, then did some sightseeing the rest of the time.  Monday’s flight was uneventful, and we arrived at our hotel in good time.  Upon unpacking, however, hubby discovered that he had forgotten to pack some necessities, one of which was very important for our Seminar.  So we broke out the GPS for directions, and went shopping.  We made our way to the Desert Ridge Marketplace, an outdoor mall near the site of the seminar.  Fortune was smiling on us that day, because we found what he needed the very first place we stopped.  Once that was done, we could go find dinner.

On the way over to “restaurant row”, we stopped by an interesting amenity at the mall, a shallow “fountain” designed for people to wade in to cool their feet.  I sat down on a bench, under the palm trees, and looked up.  I couldn’t resist taking this picture with my iPod camera.

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Tuesday morning, we checked out of our hotel, and headed down to the Arizona State University Research Park, to visit the offices of my professional association, the Institute for Supply Management.  I have been doing the Report on Business for the Western Washington Chapter since 1999, and I thought it would be good to visit those at the National office who manage the National ISM Report on Business, to whom I send a summary of my data every month.  I found them to be a delightful group, and we had a productive meeting.  I thank them for their excellent hospitality, and their ongoing support of my efforts for Western Washington.  As a result of this meeting, I was invited to complete the National survey for my company; my boss and I agreed to do it.

When we were done there, we had a nice lunch at the local Chick-Fil-A, then drove over to the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa (long name, huge property!), the site of the Hillsdale Seminar.  We found our very nice room, got unpacked, and relaxed for a while.  Our room had a balcony, and this was the view.

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Once we settled in, we went downstairs to meet one of our online Ricochet friends, who was also attending the seminar.  As with all of our Ricochet friends, she was a very nice person, but busy so we couldn’t talk very long.  Next, we went to the President’s Club reception before dinner, where we greeted friends from Hillsdale, including, of course, their President, Dr. Larry Arnn.  RushBabe also got a chance to cross an item off her “gotta do before I die” bucket list.  I got to speak with, and shake the hand of, the “Last Un-documented Guest Host (for Rush Limbaugh) Before the Border”.  That would be Mark Steyn, who was one of the conference speakers.  He is a very tall, very gracious guy, and I was lucky to get to talk to him.  We also met another of the speakers, Mr. Herbert Meyer, who just so happens to live in Friday Harbor, Washington, not too far from us. And, he is the father of one of the Ricochet editors-a twofer!

After the reception, we went in to dinner, and were bowled over by the size of the crowd.  This seminar had over 700 attendees, enough to fill the entire ballroom.  At our table were seated two more of our Ricochet friends, one of whom flew down from our neighborhood to attend.  We had a nice dinner, heard Dr. Arnn and Mark Steyn give excellent speeches, and then called it a night.

On Wednesday, we had a nice breakfast out on the lawn, and were joined by Mr. Meyer.  The rest of the day was filled with  speeches, a nice lunch, and more speeches!  In the afternoon Elaine Donnelly gave a very interesting talk about women in the “Obama social experiment” military, and how that may be reducing the readiness of the US military for combat.  The seminar ended in mid-afternoon, and our Ricochet friends went home, so we were free.  Wednesday evening, we drove into Scottsdale, through ugly rush-hour traffic, to have dinner with yet another Ricochet friend, who we’d met before.  We had a great pizza dinner at Grimaldi’s, and caught up with everyones’ doings.

Thursday was to be our “drive south” day.  In the morning, we had a nice breakfast in the hotel, and strolled around the grounds for a while.  The resort has some very beautiful landscaping; in fact, a river runs through it!

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After our stroll, we checked out, and headed south toward Tucson.  Along the way, we stopped at a rest area, and I got out the trusty camera.  This is really Arizona.

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And then, there’s this:

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In Tucson, we had a very nice lunch, at the Gringo Grill, with a couple more Ricochet friends, one of whom is a former Portland, Oregon police detective, and the other of whom is a graduate student in Physics, from Cambodia.  Can you say “great stories”?!  Well, they had them, and we spent a very pleasant hour.  Then, it was back on the road.  We drove to the border town of Nogales, caught a glimpse of the border with Mexico, turned around and drove back to Phoenix.

Friday was our “drive north” day.  We had a Ricochet dinner meet up scheduled that evening in Prescott.  We headed north, and stopped at the Sunset Point rest area to stretch our legs and get some pictures.

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Northern Arizona obviously gets more precipitation than the south-just look at that green grass!

We arrived in the town of Prescott a little early, so we strolled around the Old West-looking downtown area.  We stopped into Jersey Lilly’s Saloon for a drink.  Jersey Lilly was the famous Lilly Langtry, and here is her portrait.

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Under her portrait on the floor is this cool old potbelly stove.

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I was taken with these beautiful old buildings across the street.

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Next door to the restaurant where we had dinner, there was this tiny establishment, and I was intrigued with the combination of services this small business offers.  CDs and bike repair?

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We had a yummy dinner of Indian food at the Taj Mahal restaurant with our Ricochet friends, then headed back to Phoenix.

On Saturday, when we were scheduled to fly back to Seattle, we awoke to something we had never seen before in Phoenix.  Rain!  It was raining lightly, very similar to what we have most of the winter in the Seattle area, so we felt right at home.  I imagined that there must be a lot of very happy vegetation in Phoenix that day.  We had been warned about the danger of flash floods, but since the rain was pretty light, there didn’t seem to be much danger of that.  We got to the airport in plenty of time, and went to our gate to wait for our flight.  It was nearly an hour late taking off, due to trouble with the aircraft (which turned out to be a software issue).  The flight was another uneventful one, and we arrived back in Seattle to nearly the same weather as we had left in Phoenix, only 20 degrees colder!

In all, it was a nice, relaxing vacation, with no real crises.  We made new friends, saw new scenery, and got away from the rat race for a while.  Definitely worth the price of admission!

Borrowed with permission from a Ricochet friend. How many of these phrases do you Disagree with?

Hello, Visitors and Followers of RushBabe49..

I’m hoping you’ll help me with a very simple data-gathering project! It will take maybe five minutes, and should be painless.

Instructions

a.) go down through the following list of statements and count up those with which you DISAGREE.

b.) don’t overthink it. Even if the phrase doesn’t precisely match your view, if you generally agree, don’t count it.

c.) let me know ONLY the number of items with which you DISAGREED (e.g. somewhere between 0 and 25!) . You don’t have to tell me which ones or why!  *Put your answer in the comments below*

I am not making any presumptions of your political leanings-just list a number, how many of the following statements you Disagree with.  Thanks!

AGREE OR DISAGREE:

1.) Sexism remains a very significant obstacle for women in America.

2.) Racism remains a very significant obstacle for Americans of color.

3.) Race-based affirmative action is necessary.

4.) The minimum wage protects workers from exploitation.

5.) To be white and male in America confers significant unfair advantage.

6.) Climate change is a real and urgent problem.

7.) Islam is no more likely to inspire violence than Christianity or Judaism.

8.) Systemic racism explains the disparity in arrests and imprisonment of black men.

9.) Systemic racism is a significant factor in recent shootings by police of black people.

10.) Income inequality is a problem in the United States.

11.) Abortion rights are good and necessary.

12.) Same sex marriage is a human right.

13.) Americans have a right to good quality healthcare.

14.) Diversity on college campuses confers significant educational and social benefits.

15.) Republicans are ideological rather than practical in their approach to things like controlling gun crime, reducing poverty, increasing affordable access to good quality healthcare and bringing down rates of teen pregnancy and abortion.

16.) Stricter gun laws are necessary to prevent gun violence.

17) Corporations are not people and thus do not have First Amendment rights,

18.) Government led educational standards are the best way to make sure the next generation is well-educated.

19.) Social problems are usually the result of prejudice/hatred/discrimination against that person’s “group” rather than character failings or poor choices on the part of the people involved.

20.) Government regulations protect citizens against harms caused by profit-driven corporations.

21.) Fossil fuels are a threat to the climate and must be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

22.) Israel is at least as responsible as the Palestinians for the continuing hostility between Israelis and Palestinians.

23.) The tax code should be used to redistribute income from wealthier citizens to poorer ones.

Thank you!

America in the Trump Administration

The Dream.

President Trump (yes, all you scared-rabbit Liberals, HE WON), goes to Joint Base Andrews, to greet the return home of a flag-draped casket of a Seal Team member killed in action.  No pomp, no circumstance, just bowed heads and prayers for the soul of one brave man killed in action.

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Trump selects Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016.  He has chosen a well-respected Constitutional Conservative, aged 49, for a seat on the highest court in the land.   And he prays with the widow of Antonin Scalia, his family, and the new nominee.  This is Class.

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In his first two weeks in office, President Donald Trump has done something that few presidents do, and that startled some in the so-called mainstream media.  Thanks to cartoonist Michael Ramirez for this pertinent cartoon.

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The Nightmare.

i-wont-go-away-iRush Predicted This (above)  Obama to Anti-Trump Protesters “March on”.

Anti-Trump Protests break out everywhere.  Liberal Temper Tantrums, heads exploding everywhere.  Unfortunately, it’s not always just the heads exploding.  Innocent citizens’ private property is destroyed by the rioting cry-bullies of the Left.  Peaceful transfer of power?  Not for these Liberals.

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Liberal parents are exposing their children to this garbage.  Deplorable!

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This is what college students are learning these days.  Pathetic.

He is the new President.  More Power To Him.  More Power to the Working Citizens of the United States of America.

 

RushBabe’s Top Ten First 100-day Trump Administration Wish-List

On January 20, Republican Outlier President Donald Trump assumes office.  Many segments of American Society have expectations for his administration.  Liberals’ heads are exploding everywhere, just thinking about the demise of ObamaCare and other Liberal Welfare-State favorites.  Conservatives are holding their breaths, just waiting for President Trump to do something stupid, and confirm what many of them think-that he has no idea of what a president should do, or how.  Many of us, however, have high hopes for a Trump administration to undo many of the things that the Obama Administration has done to strangle American businesses, and put American citizens in a strait-jacket, reducing our liberty as much as possible.  Following are the Top Ten things I would like to see the new President initiate within his first 100 days.  Please note, degree of difficulty NOT taken into account, and all ten are of equal importance.

  1.  Call off the Justice Department trying to run local police departments.   Immediately cancel ALL “consent decrees” that hamstring local law-enforcement and assume that they are all racist pigs.
  2. Return the Internal Revenue Service to its stated duties of collecting taxes from US individuals and businesses.  Immediately fire ALL political appointees from all prior administrations, and replace them (not all, there are probably way more IRS employees than needed for their tax-collecting duties) with impartial civil servants.  Fast-track all delayed applications for non-profit status from conservative groups.
  3. Cancel the previous enabling of public employees unions.  Invalidate all public employee union contracts.  This will save the American people the millions of dollars it is costing to pay union reps who do NO productive work for the government.
  4. Work with the new appointees for heads of the Education (Betsy DeVos) and Energy (Rick Perry) Departments to close them in an orderly fashion, to be completed within four years.
  5. Work with Congress to repeal the Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank financial legislation.  To start with, disband the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which is accountable to no one.  Look into returning to the big banks some of the huge shakedown payments the government extracted from them for their “wrongdoing” in the financial crisis.
  6. Begin the repeal of the (Un)Affordable Care Act.  First up-cancel the Individual and Employer Mandates, since it is unconstitutional for the federal government to mandate that citizens buy any product.  Immediately invalidate every single Obama Executive Order delaying or changing particular parts of the Act to benefit the Democrat party’s friends in organized labor.
  7. Cancel all Obama executive orders having to do with illegal immigration.  Immediately begin enforcing ALL current federal laws relating to immigration and border control.  Remove discretionary Federal funds from any city, state, or university that declares itself a “sanctuary city”.  Seattle and San Francisco, here’s looking at you first.
  8. Begin the process of de-funding Planned Parenthood.  Not one cent of taxpayer money should go to the nation’s premier abortion provider.
  9. Begin the process of de-funding the United Nations.  Deny the UN any US funds for any but the allied organizations like the World Health Organization.  Do not renew the UN lease on its building in New York City-kick them out and lease the place at market rates to productive businesses.
  10. Re-establish cordial ties with all the US allies whom the Obama administration has dissed over the last 8 years.  Starting with Britain, ask for that statue of Churchill back for the Oval Office.  Then, emphasize to Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States is Israel’s greatest friend, and that we will fight for their right to exist and defend themselves, and support them in any way possible.  Return to active support of NATO, and rededicate ourselves to supporting Ukraine against the Russians.

After the Election

After the Election

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I have to say, I had a great time on Tuesday night.  I spent 2.5 hours in front of my computer, participating in the live chat with my Ricochet friends.  There must have been over 200 of us, from all over the world, chiming in and giving reports of how the voting was going in their areas.  People would come back from casting their ballots, and mention lines around the block at the polling stations.  Many people were watching other broadcast and Internet media, and they would tell us what MSNBC and ABC and CBS and CNN were doing and saying.  One member from Florida was very enthusiastic about how well the Republicans were doing in his state, which was considered a battleground.  Many people mentioned how depressed the mainstream media folks were acting, as Donald Trump pulled ahead in state after state.  Those who live in a bubble of liberalism were finally being hit with a big spray of cold, hard reality.  I thought it was a joke, but it seems that the Canadian web site for potential immigrants actually went down under the weight of Hollywood and other celebrities and liberals making good on their threats to leave if Trump was elected. [I say to them, don’t let the door hit you on your way out!]

So, now it’s the Great Aftermath, and lots of liberals out there, especially the coddled young snowflakes, are reacting just like you’d expect them to.  How?  By protesting, of course!  These cry-bullies seem not to know how to do anything except protest.  In Seattle, they hit the streets.  In California, the CEO of a tech company suggested very strongly that any employee who voted for Trump should resign!  They are so blind, they who emphasize “tolerance and inclusion” proceed to exclude and discriminate against those who don’t think or vote like they do!  Oh, and the Stock Market!  Thursday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up over 200 points.  But the Nasdaq Composite Index fell over 42 points-another Liberal tantrum (tech companies are run by liberals who don’t know what side of their bread is buttered).

Cornell Students Hold ‘Cry-In’ Over Trump Victory

UCLA Diversity Chancellor Holds Therapeutic Event to “Process” the Election

Protesters Block Entrance to Trump Tower

There are a lot of happy Republicans today.  We hold out hope that Trump will really make a start on draining the swamp of Washington D.C.  There are multiple posts over on Ricochet, with suggestions for a Trump Cabinet, and who he should nominate for the Supreme Court.  We hope to say good-bye to ObamaCare in the new year.

I live in Deep Blue Washington State, where most western Washington voters voted for Hillary Clinton.  I have a really hard time understanding why anyone would want an old, tired, sick, corrupt woman as president.  If you really look at her record, such as it is, you will see that she had absolutely nothing to recommend her, and she had a whole litany of immoral, illegal actions for which the fawning Press will never hold her to account.  Hillary Clinton demonstrably caused the deaths of four brave Americans in Benghazi, then lied to their relatives about how and why they died!  She played fast and loose for years with confidential, classified State Secrets, for which many others have lost their jobs and gone to prison!  I am disgusted with how the politicized FBI let her off scot-free.

We are fortunate that the Clinton Crime Family won’t be running this country.

I wish only for the best of a Trump Administration.  I think he will do well as president, rolling back the misdeeds of the Obama years.  Onward to Liberty!

Nostalgia…The best weeks of my life

My readers will be familiar with my magic three weeks in Cambridge, England in 1991, from my post on that trip.  Thinking back on my long life, those three weeks are the only time in my life that I can say I’m nostalgic for.  I lived through the hippie 1960s and 1970s, and I’m not nostalgic for the early days of rock ‘n roll music-I just don’t have any warm feelings about that era, even though final exams were cancelled my senior year at college, due to “demonstrations” on campus.

Cambridge, however, always awakens feelings of nostalgia.  I long to return there and visit the colleges and the town, where I had such a wonderful time. I think these photos capture the places that make me the most nostalgic.

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A punter on the River Cam, which forms the back boundary of Trinity Hall.

The river, right in back of our college, was always wide, shallow, and peaceful.

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Dining Room at Trinity Hall College, where we stayed.

Some of my happiest memories of that time were dinners in the gorgeous dining hall, laughing and talking with my UCLA friends, and learning from our many distinguished guests.

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Kindertotenlieder

Songs on the Death of Children. In his book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, Michael Walsh opines that the German Romantic Movement of the late 19th and early 20th Century, foretold the decline of Western Civilization. Two stories in the news today perhaps reflect how far we have fallen. Both stories are horrifying.

Dad Admits Killing Daughter Who Beat Cancer is a story from New York. Reason? Kid hogged all the attention.

Belgium sees the first case of a minor being granted Euthanasia.

And the stories are on the same page of the same news site. Civilization? Not so much these days.