Does this sound like America today?

I read Ayn Rand's huge novel, Atlas Shrugged, in high school, and I liked it then.  And it seems pretty pertinent now.  Here is a quote from that book.  To me, it sounds like what is going on in our country today. In my opinion, Americans need to wake up and resist the not-so-gradual enslavement …

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Book Report: “Marching Along”, by John Philip Sousa

I just finished reading my first-edition, first-impression copy of John Philip Sousa’s autobiography.  It was published in 1928 by Hale, Cushman, and Flint of Boston.  Its subtitle is Recollections of Men, Women, and Music.  The book itself is in very good shape, for nearly 100 years old.  Its paper is a bit fragile and yellowed, …

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Promoted! We get results on Ricochet

In the past week, your humble RushBabe49 has had multiple posts over at Ricochet.com promoted from the behind-the-paywall Member Feed, to the public-facing Main Feed.  I have been a member of Ricochet since December of 2012, and it is my go-to web site now for real news and commentary.  Ricochet members are from all walks …

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It really hurts to say this. Parents, it’s time for you to abandon Disney. They are behind harming your children.

Mine (the Baby Boomers) is the first generation of Americans to grow up with Disney.  We went to the theater to watch Fantasia, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and all the other iconic Disney animated movies.  We sat eagerly in front of our TVs and watched the Mickey Mouse Club.  We begged our …

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Are you fascinated by Ancient Egypt? Have I got a Podcast for You!

A couple of years ago, a Ricochet friend turned me on to author T. Lee Harris, who wrote a short novel  (The Eloquent Scribe) set in ancient Egypt in the time of Pharaoh Ramesses II.  The hero of the detective story is a young apprentice scribe named Sitehuti.  In the first chapter, he acquires a …

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Quotes of the Day: Presidents Day with Washington and Lincoln

Today is a holiday to celebrate the birthdays of two of the greatest presidents in the 250-year history of the United States of America.  Just so it's not reduced to a simple day off from work, here are some quotes from both presidents. Washington Said: If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and …

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #161: Feet and Shoes

No way could I miss this little ditty, composed many years ago by one of my favorite cartoonists. Speaking of tiny feet, we should all remember a line from a Robert Frost poem: The Fog comes in on little cat feet. All four little cat feet, visible at once.  That kitty is pretty relaxed, isn't …

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Happy Birthday to Harry Potter

Since it's still July 31 where I live, it's not too late for me to wish Harry Potter, born on July 31, 1980, a very Happy Birthday.  Over on the Wizarding World Web site, and in the app, there was a very good story ranking all of Harry's birthdays.  Of course, his eleventh birthday was …

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The English language is weird.

How can a word have two entirely opposite meanings, one good and one bad?  Well, the word Sanction is one that does.  This is a word that many people don't use at all in their day-to-day lives.  But its meaning changes, depending on whether it is used as a noun, or a verb, and depending …

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Guest Blogger: Brian Watt’s excellent alternative disclaimer for “Gone With The Wind”

We all know that the movie, Gone With The Wind, was about the Civil War, and its effects on some wealthy families in the Deep South.  That movie is perhaps the best-loved movie of all time, and it is forever fresh.  Generations of Americans have viewed the film, on every possible screen, from huge IMAX …

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