The West Virginia GOP Has it Right

People seem to be getting all worked up and outraged at this poster that was displayed at a West Virginia Republican booth.

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They have the right idea, in my opinion.  As I recall at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks, members of the rather-large “Somali community” in Seattle were seen rejoicing at the horror of the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York by a gang of Islamist Terrorists.  None of the terrorists was Somali, but they were all Muslims.

Islam is an Evil Religion.  The two Muslim women elected to congress from the states of Michigan and Minnesota have continually displayed their Muslim hatred of Israel and Jews.  They belong to Evil, and the one pictured above demonstrates it every day.

2015

2015

So what kind of year was 2015?  Statistically, not too bad.  But statistics can be misleading (in both directions).  Financially, I earned about as much in 2015 as I did in 2014, but my earnings went further.  Much to my surprise and delight, I was able to sweep a fair amount of money from my checking to my savings account, and have more than enough in checking to pay all my bills.  It sure does help to have no mortgage!

The stock market has taken us all on a wild ride this year, but I did not panic, and continued contributing to my 401(k) account at work.  I am at full retirement age now, so I did slightly reduce the percentage of my contributions, but still have over 15% of my wages withheld for retirement.  So, when I look at the total of all my investments, every single account has gains!  Even if I wanted to harvest losses to cancel out some of my gains, I couldn’t do it, as I have no losses!

I gave mightily to charity this year, and the people at Hillsdale College, Curtis Institute of Music, and the American Society for Yad Vashem happily received increased donations from me in 2015.  I can’t emphasize enough how good it made me feel to write those checks to causes I believe in. [Here’s a statistic.  People self-described as Conservative donate a higher percentage of their earnings to charity than people self-described as Liberal.  Liberals depend on the Government to help the needy.]

This was my first full year reporting to a new boss at work.  That made work more congenial, working for a boss who I knew liked me, instead of working for someone who I knew would have liked to be rid of me.  As a member of a new department, it was extremely gratifying to know that all my coworkers were happy that I was in their group.  I worked a lot of overtime, and really didn’t mind too much.   On the “minus” side, the company is engaged in a “total transformation” directed from the corporate level, and this is having many uncomfortable consequences for most employees.  Entire departments have been re-formed, and physically moved, resulting in a much higher level of stress.  Production employees have half the “personal space” they used to have, and since some heavy machinery has been moved from behind a wall out into the main production floor, everyone’s environment contains more noise and bad smells.  “Standard work” practices will be applied more commonly, and I have heard some employees objecting to being made into machines.  It’s no fun, and morale-lowering, to have less control of your work situation.  I consider myself extremely fortunate that my department so far has been less-affected in this than most, but we know what’s coming for us.

I did some traveling in 2015, and both trips were delightful.  In April, we went to Denver for a Hillsdale College National Leadership Seminar on Churchill.  We connected with some Ricochet friends there, and had a great time.  After the seminar was over, we went down to Colorado Springs for a few days to connect with some more Ricochet friends.  Our visit there, and to the Garden of the Gods Park, have been documented here.

In September, we went down to Reno for another Ricochet meet-up, and met some wonderful people who will be lifelong friends.  We got a look at some beautiful country, and felt the effects of the wildfires in California.  From the air, we were able to see the effects of the five-year drought, too, with the level of Lake Tahoe way lower than normal (leaving some docks high and dry).

Back home, there was a windstorm in November that caused a big tree to fall across our driveway, taking out a section of brand-new fence.  During that storm, we were without power for 12 hours, but that did not stop the people from our neighborhood from getting out their chainsaws and cutting up the tree so we could get into and out of the driveway.  My car was in the garage and undamaged, and hubby was away, so the main effects were a chewed-up lawn, a damaged pear tree in front, and a roof full of cedar droppings.  Later, heavy rains caused the gutter over the garage to become detached from the edge of the roof, and we went through a week of anxiety before it was finally repaired, before it had a chance to fall off.

Our holiday party this year was a rousing success, and we made the acquaintance of more local Ricochet members.  Our Ricochet memberships have been great to have this year, as we are able to document our meet-ups, and make many new conservative friends.  Living in an area that is deep-blue like Seattle, it is very gratifying to know that others who think like us are just around the corner!

Around the world, 2015 was a year filled with Islamic Terrorist attacks, on their home countries in the Middle East, and on countries in the West.  Paris came in for more than its share of Islamic Terrorist atrocities, with a satirical magazine, kosher supermarket, concert hall, and street cafes being attacked, and dozens of innocent French citizens slaughtered.  Boko Haram continued its reign of terror in Africa, murdering hundreds and wiping out entire villages, basically with impunity.  And Islamic State, Al Quaeda, and the Taliban continued to dominate entire swathes of territory in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, slaughtering men and enslaving women.  Europe found itself inundated with waves of “refugees” from the Middle East conflicts, and proved incapable of handling all the crowds of essentially illegal immigrants supposedly seeking asylum.  We already know that a huge percentage of those migrants just happened to be military-age males, and we wonder how many of them are not-so-well disguised jihadists.  We actually found out, as at least one of the November 13 Paris attackers had recently entered Europe as a “refugee”!  The United States also was attacked by Muslims who were sympathetic to Islamic State, and haters of the American way of life.  Garland, Texas, successfully dodged bullets, and San Bernardino, California, was devastated by the married Muslim couple who attacked a holiday party.

And through it all, the president of the United States and his party, refused to acknowledge the source of those attacks, and to lie about the possibility of a “backlash” against “peace-loving American Muslims”.  The denizen of the White House is a Muslim-sympathizer, and continues to ignore the imminent threat to Christians everywhere in the Middle East.  He delights in accepting hordes of Muslim “refugees”, while ignoring the religious cleansing being carried out by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.  His behavior is despicable, and he does not support the basic American values that he likes to tout.  He also encourages hordes of Hispanic illegal immigrants to illegally cross our southern border, and claim services they have not earned and do not deserve.  He continues to release “detainees” (terrorists) from Guantanamo Prison, to return to their terrorist ways overseas.  He values Muslim Terrorists over innocent civilians.

Our country was roiled this year by the “Black Lives Matter” demonstrators, who caused mayhem, interrupted presidential candidates’ speeches (Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders!), and made policemen’s jobs more difficult.  Funny how they totally ignore the thousands of blacks shot and killed by other blacks!  Baltimore and Chicago saw huge increases  in their murder rates in 2015, largely black-on-black crime.  And they continue to deflect attention away from their own problems, toward policemen who are trying to protect them.

The US Supreme Court distinguished itself this year, ruling against the values that still motivate a majority of Americans.   They found a right for homosexuals to “marry”, canceling out dozens of state laws affirming the institution of marriage as being between one man and one woman.  And they again ruled ObamaCare constitutional, so it can go on to ruin the best medical care system in the world.

Still, we here in the United States of America are still the world’s most prosperous and peaceful nation.  More downtrodden people all over the world still wish to come to America, where they know they can make a better life for themselves by their own hard work and determination.  In spite of all the cultural degradation taking place daily, children not being taught in government schools the real history of their nation, and college campuses being turned from institutions of learning into glorified day-care centers, this is still the Greatest Nation on God’s Green Earth.  I am proud to be an American.

On Calling-all-RushBabes, 2015 was a very good year.  I discovered the Weekly Photo Challenges at the Daily Post site, and participated in many of them.  I am thrilled that so many professional photographers seem to like my strictly-amateur photos, and follow my blog.  I thank everyone who follows and comments on my blog.  This year, I posted two important efforts, my paper on Medieval Music, and the photo essay on my 1991 Cambridge trip that spawned that paper.  I had fun doing photo essays on my two big trips, too.  Now that I have learned to use my home scanner, I plan on more photo essays, on the Everett Symphony trip to Vienna in 1996, and our New York trip in 2006.

Happy New Year, everyone!

What the Mainstream Media Keep from You-The Iran Deal

So, what do you think of the “deal” the Obama Administration has “negotiated” with Iran (the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism)?  The people whose opinions I value most ALL think this will be detrimental to world order, arm more terrorists who shout “Death to America!”, start a Middle East nuclear arms race, and spell the possible death of the State of Israel, the ONLY working democracy in the region.

Did you know that there was a huge rally in Times Square, in New York City (whose population is heavily Jewish), on Wednesday evening, AGAINST the deal?  Funny, neither did I.  Well, now you know.  Copy this story.  Send it to all your friends.

How are Homosexual Activists like Islamist Terrorists?

How are Homosexual Activists like Islamist Terrorists?

…and, for that matter, like most big Liberal groups and organizations.

If someone disagrees with them, or  seems to threaten them in any way, they try to (and sometimes do) destroy them. They can’t simply write an op-ed in the New York Times or Washington Post.  No, they undertake boycott campaigns against businesses which deny their services to same-sex “weddings” [see, Arlene’s Flowers and Memories Pizza].  They put up Facebook pages devoted to such boycotts (yes, there is really a Facebook page entitled Boycott Arlene’s Flowers, which I will not link to).  They file lawsuits, the intent of which is to drive out of business Christian small firms like the flower shop, bakery, and photographer who dare to not serve ceremonies which violate their religious beliefs.  They drive CEOs of tech companies out of their jobs, for supporting the peoples’ initiative affirming traditional marriage as the norm.

The homosexual activists’ latest target is the Boy Scouts of America.  For quite a while, the news has been of the strife within and outside of the BSA, relating to their rules against homosexual male leaders.  The homosexual lobby will not be appeased until the Boy Scouts, the majority of whose troops are sponsored by churches, agree to admit homosexual scouts and leaders.  Since this would violate the scouts’ pledge to remain “morally straight”, it puts the national and local leadership into quite a bind.  One of my fellow Ricochet members put it this way “The BSA fears the anger of the gay lobby more than it fears the anger of its membership and the churches”.  Yes, many parts of society these days fear the anger of the homosexual lobby.

Almost as much as people in the Middle East and elsewhere fear the anger of Islamist Terrorists like Islamic State, and Al Qaeda.  It is nearly impossible for any Muslim to leave Islam, because that puts a target on their back.  Apostates are regularly gunned down or otherwise murdered.  When they take over a place, the first thing the Islamic State terrorists do is murder Christians.  And, they are HERE, in the USA.  I’m betting you didn’t hear of what happened in Jersey City, NJ.  Get a load of this story.  If you dare to draw cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, this is what happens to you.  Or this.

The reason?  Homosexuals, Muslims, and Liberals are that first, everything else later.  Liberal Jews often disparage the State of Israel, because their Liberal ideology urges them to support the so-called Palestinians over their own people.  Homosexuals are homosexual first, even “freedom-lover” later.  They are so invested in being thought “normal” that they will attempt to tear down civil society, starting with the institution of Marriage, moving on to the Boy Scouts, and … What’s next?  Religion, of course.  Muslims demand total obedience from their followers, and murder those who don’t conform.  If the world’s great religions teach that homosexual behavior is “an abomination unto the Lord”, well then those religions need to be brought to their knees.  And the homosexual lobby has made a good start at that.  

The big question is, who will stand up to them?  Not the leadership of the Catholic Church in Ireland, which stood by while the population voted overwhelmingly in favor of homosexual “marriage”.  Will you have the courage to stand up to the rabid homosexual lobby?  Will YOU?

 

 

What Obama Hath Wrought-is there ANY part of the Federal Government that is NOT Corrupted?

What Obama Hath Wrought-is there ANY part of the Federal Government that is NOT Corrupted?

Sigh…Have you noticed lately the increasing rate of government scandals coming to light?  I have given it much thought, and it seems to me that, since Obama and his minions took power, nearly every part of the huge (and expanding by leaps and bounds) federal government has been corrupted in some way by the Democrats, who seem intent upon putting every American citizen in a straitjacket, reducing our freedom of movement in every single facet of life.  Along with their boot-lickers in what used to be the Press (now just a propaganda arm of the State), this administration has ruined nearly everything it has touched.  And there are two more years left!

Starting with things here at home:

Early on, there were the many bankruptcies of “green energy” companies propped up with our taxpayer dollars, such as Solyndra

and A123 Systems.  And then, the Obama EPA’s various scandals, including the War On Coal .  Last year, there was the scandal at the Veterans Administration, where the medical care system (100% government run) was found to be hazardous to the health of our retired warriors.

There is the continuing saga of Obamacare, the federal government’s effort to take over and control over 6% of the US economy, starting the world’s best, most-advanced medical care system on the road to socialized medicine, with its constrained budgets, meddling in doctor-patient relationships, huge cost increases (affordable? no!), and rationed care.  Plus, millions of Americans LOST their medical-care insurance, when the liar-in-chief stressed over and over again that if they liked their policy they could keep their policy.

How about the  president’s “recess appointments” to the National Labor Relations Board, which were struck down by the Supreme Court.

Now, the Internal Revenue Service  IRS

has been made into a political organization, auditing the president’s and the Democrats’ political enemies, and harassing conservative organizations seeking tax-exempt status.  The 2012 election result might have been different if this scandal had come to light sooner.  No one is safe-anger a Democrat, and they destroy you (yes, it’s been done).

Of course, the biggie is the president’s “executive action” which gave millions of ILLEGAL immigrants the right to stay in this country, and receive government benefits.  With a stroke of his pen, Obama has attempted to override the laws and Constitution of this country, in a blatant effort to instantly create millions of new, dependent, Democrat voters.  Oh, and managed to introduce hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant children, who brought strange new diseases with them, and perhaps re-introduced a disease (measles) which had previously been eradicated!

Just last week, the Democrat-dominated Federal Communications Commission acceded to the demands of Obama to regulate the Internet like Ma Bell (yes, under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934).  Please notice all the taxes and fees on your electric bill, because they will soon be coming to your Internet Service bill.

And on the foreign “policy” front, let’s count the ways:

Benghazi, where four American Citizens were allowed to die at the hands of Islamist Terrorists, while the administration blamed it on a stupid YouTube video.

The rise of the terrorist group called Islamic State.

 

The world watches as they take over huge swathes of Syria, then entire towns in Iraq, where Obama withdrew American troops and declared victory.  The horrified public watches videos put out by this group, showing the mass beheadings of Egyptian Christians, and one-by-one American journalists and missionaries.  The government of Yemen falls to Islamists.  Gaza and the West Bank lob rockets into Israel on a daily basis.  Terrorists murder journalists of a satirical French magazine, in their office in broad daylight; then proceed to a Kosher market and shoot Jewish shoppers.  And the US president does not attend the rally in support of the victims.  Pathetic.

The North Koreans test long-range missiles, for their nuclear bombs they already have.  And the Obama Administration does its level best to “negotiate” a nuclear agreement with Iran, while basically giving the Terrorists of Tehran whatever they want.  Note to Kerry: in a true negotiation, both parties have to give up something.  Israel’s Prime Minister is invited to give an address to Congress, to remind us all that their country’s survival is at stake-Tehran has stated plainly that their goal is to wipe Israel off the map.  And the sleazy Democrats boycott the speech.

And just this week, it comes out that Hillary Clinton, while she was Secretary of State, used a personal email account for ALL her State business, which directly violates the law.  It is coming out now that she was able to delete email at will, and also have her aides do so.  So it will now be virtually impossible for congressional investigators to find out what kind of nefarious dealings might have taken place in the State Department on her watch.

In summary, it now appears to me that the Rule of Law in the United States of America has given way to the Founders’ worst nightmare, the Rule of Men (and women).  No law can stand when the government flouts the law and the Constitution at every turn.  The Federal government has turned into government “OF THE EXECUTIVE, BY THE BUREAUCRACY, FOR THE CRONIES”, and the People suffer.  And both parties in Congress have let this happen.  I fear that this country is in for many years of strife, turmoil, and pain for most Americans.

 

The Real View from Israel

Here is the link to an essay by Ricochet Contributor Judith Levy.  She is in Israel, where rockets rain down on her family and friends daily.  If you can read this without weeping, you have no heart.  And if you can read this without getting very, very angry, you have no soul.  I am sitting here at my computer with tears in my eyes, screaming and waving my arms at the scenes of innocent children in their bomb shelters, and crowds of mourners at funerals for brave young Israelis killed by the barbarian “Palestinian” terrorists.

Be careful, because if Hamas wins this one, we are next, here in the US.  We are still the Great Satan to them.

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We Stand With The State of Israel

US-Israel flags

 

For the past week, Hamas Terrorists from Gaza have been raining their rockets down on the State of Israel.  Their rockets are fired from within civilian residential areas of towns.  And they have the unmitigated gall to demand a cease-fire from the Israelis!  Hamas has absolutely no problem with targeting Israeli civilians in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Rishon L’Zion, and Haifa.  They have brought the Israeli airstrikes on themselves.  Hamas is evil.  It is time for Israel to finally put them out of business.

And the One that inhabits our White House bears a huge portion of responsibility for the failure of the United States to support the only working democracy in the Middle East.  His behavior is despicable.  And with his declining approval ratings, one religious group supports him and is policies: Muslims.