Open Letter to Starbucks Corporate

I remember that, recently, you shut down all your stores to give your “partners” (employees in stores) some extra “sensitivity training”.  This training was prompted by a little kerfuffle involving some freeloading black men, sitting around not buying anything, then asking to use the bathroom.  Admittedly, the employee involved could have been more circumspect, but the uproar on social media meant that the Company had to do a bunch of fancy footwork in order not to have the entire social media-sphere blow up.

Well, Corporate, it seems that you did NOT do enough training.  On Thanksgiving, in a store in Oklahoma, one of your so-called Partners who served a police officer, wrote the word “Pig” on his cup.  Normally, the employee writes the customer’s name on the cup to identify it.  It seems that you might need to do some additional training about being respectful to all customers.  I know your management is all big Leftists, and many were young in the 1960s, when police officers were called Pigs regularly.  And you support the Black Lives Matter movement, which regularly slanders the police who protect our communities.

I noticed that the employee in question has been fired, which was the correct thing to do.  But it would be a good idea for Starbucks Corporate to have their store managers do a little more training, in Respectfulness in the Workplace.  That means respectfulness to ALL customers, not just the oppressed and downtrodden, and minorities (even though there are a very large number of minority police officers).  We will be watching, and recording where necessary.

Thank you.

A Bullet Dodged: Thanks Given

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RushBabe dodged a bullet recently.  I had a health scare, which started in June with an itchy place on one shoulder.  Where it started was easy to remember, since it took place on the street in Leavenworth, when Hubby and I were there in June for the International Accordion Celebration. Gradually, that itchy place took on the appearance of a blood-blister.  It was a red, spongy blister-like thing, and it sometimes itched a lot.  It didn’t worry me too much, since I assumed that it was the result of a bug bite (quote common in the mountains of Washington State).

It didn’t go away, and it sometimes interfered with my bra strap.  So, I decided to make an appointment with my personal doctor, to see if she could lance it (drain it) and make it go away.  She agreed to see me, and I went to her office.  She did poke it, and drained off some blood.  She gave me a big bandage to wear for a while, and I went home.  Well, that thing didn’t go away.  So I went back, and she took a big piece of it and sent it to her lab just to see what was inside.  This time, she had to put in some stitches.  Again, I went home with a bandage on.  When the lab results came back, I went back to have the stitches out and get the results.  The lab found some Lymphocytes, but nothing definitive.  And the darn thing still came back.

So, next step was to make an appointment with a dermatologist.  I did that, and went in for an exam.  The Dermatology Doctor read the lab report from my doctor, and she looked worried.  So, she took another big biopsy sample, and sent me home with some more stitches.  And something about T-Cell Lymphoma.  Oh, and she also told me not to do any “internet research”, since I might not get the right information that way.  I took her advice.

About a week later, she called me on the phone, and asked me to come in.  It turned out that they found two different kinds of T-Cells in my sample, and I might have a lymphoma, though she wasn’t very informative about what that might mean. [OBTW, that lesion on my shoulder had mostly gone away-maybe the big biopsy sample scared it!]  She asked me if I would approve her sending my sample for evaluation to the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, which works with the University of Washington.  I told her to go ahead.

So, yesterday I braved the I-5 freeway at morning rush hour, to visit the SCCA and speak with a Dermatological Oncologist there.  It took me an hour and a half to drive the 25 miles in to Seattle.  The office was on the fourth floor of their building in the South Lake Union neighborhood, and had a gorgeous view of the lake.  I spoke with two doctors, one an Internal Medicine Resident, and one a Dermatological Oncologist.  They had had time to look at all my records, and the bottom line was, I probably did not have a Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, but  “Pseudo-lymphoma”.  Weird, but I was happy to hear it.  They did order a complete blood count, just to make sure.  On the way out, I went to the Lab, and had a big blood sample drawn.  The crowd waiting in the lab area was large, but I only had to wait a few minutes.  While waiting, I was internally giving thanks that my health scare was probably just that, a scare.  And I was impressed by the mood of all the patients waiting for lab work.  I could see that many of them obviously had cancer, but they all looked pretty optimistic, and all the staff were very encouraging.

I suppose when you get to be 70 years old, you begin to think that your time left is shortening.  This incident really brought it home for me.  I thought about all the things that I might need to get done in a short amount of time.  And I gave thanks for being pretty healthy for an old lady.  I almost never get sick, and I don’t remember the time when I last called in sick to work.  Geez, I’m still working more than full-time!

So this Thanksgiving, I will really have something to be thankful for.  My life, my Hubby, my Kitty, my job, my friends.  And I especially am thankful for being born in America.  If I really had had cancer, there is no better place to be than the Seattle area, with all its health care resources. We really do have the world’s best medical system here in America, and I hope that we will never be subjected to the “socialized” system like in Europe, where outcomes are never as good as they are here.  I never take things for granted, and I thank God that I can still be a productive member of society.  I’m thankful for all of my followers and readers on my blog (and the Freedom of Speech that allows me to express myself without being censored), and I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving this year.

 

 

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

I have a wealth of things to be thankful for this year.  No health problems, no home disasters, no natural disasters.  A promotion and big raise, and lots of praise at work, where I make a difference every day.  I am so fortunate to have been born in the United States of America, the very best place on Earth, the place that everyone in less-developed parts of the world wants to come to. [If the USA is such a bad, racist, misogynist, homophobic, capitalistic, place, just why do so many “migrants” clamor to be admitted?]

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Tulip Fields near Mount Vernon, WA

And it helps that I live in one of the most beautiful corners of the United States, the Pacific Northwest.  My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary last month, and we are lucky to be in good health and fine spirits.  And here’s a toast to the superlative American medical system, which got him through knee-replacement surgery in fine style-he is mostly recovering, and back at his squash workouts again.  I love my Sweetie!

I have been a member of two warm, welcoming conservative blog sites, Ricochet and Ratburger.  I have posted both places, as well, as here, and garnered comments and friendly argument (ONLY on conservative sites and with conservative people can “friendly argument” not be an oxymoron).  I am especially thankful for all the members from both sites, for keeping me sane in an increasingly insane world.  And Thanksgiving can’t go by without mention of the One who inspires me each day, the Doctor of Democracy, Rush Limbaugh.

And here’s a little Thanksgiving present for the followers and readers of Calling-all-RushBabes.  Thanks for helping make my blog a success!  Click on the link below.

Thanks to My Loyal Followers and Readers!

God Bless America, the Greatest Country on His Green Earth.

I wasn’t going to do a Thanksgiving post this year…

I wasn’t going to do a Thanksgiving post this year…

But it’s just too important for me to miss.  We (hubby and I) have so much to be thankful for, this year and every year.  We both have been incredibly fortunate to have kept our jobs all through the financial crisis period after 2007, and even advanced.  Hubby will celebrate 38 years at Big Aerospace Company in January, and I will celebrate 10 years at Supplier to Big Aerospace Company on January 2.  I was absolutely convinced that I would be toast when our big layoff came in November of 2008, since I had been there less than a year, but nope, I was spared.  We sure had something to be thankful for that year!

We are so lucky to have been born in this Greatest Nation on God’s Green Earth (hat tip to Michael Medved), whose exceptionalism nurtures native-born and immigrant alike.  We have been allowed to make our own way, choosing our own careers and living arrangements, with minimal interference from the Big Brother State (even though it was touch-and-go during the Obama years).  And we never take for granted all the benefits of living in a country governed by a Constitution which protects our right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  No country, ever, in the entire history of humanity on Earth has ever been as prosperous and free as the United States of America, and I give thanks for that every single day.

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This year, I give special thanks to God for the tenuous health of my brother-in-law, who suffers from end-stage liver disease.  He is on the waiting list for a liver transplant, which could give him many more years of life.  Just think, this benefit has only been available for tens of years, and was developed right here in the USA (along with many other places).  It has been difficult for brother-in-law, but he is still around and livening up the holiday meal.

We give thanks for our beautiful cat, Kikyo, who keeps us smiling with her antics.  I love sitting, reading, with her on my lap purring.  Even when she has to go to the vet for a checkup, she explores the exam room and captivates the tech and the doctor.

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Kikyo, keeping me warm while I read

I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, one of the most beautiful places on the planet, and I never forget how magnificent our mountains, lakes, and prairies are.  We travel all over the state in our private automobile, taking advantage of our Liberty.

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Diablo Lake from Overlook on Highway 20

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Winding Road-Eastern Washington State

We give thanks for our fellow men, who help us every day, who build, maintain, and inspire all the infrastructure around us.  Whenever we drive over Stevens Pass to Leavenworth on US Highway 2, I always marvel at the ingenuity of the road-builders whose work enables us to drive in comfort many miles without even thinking about it.

We thank God and our families, friends, and fellow Americans, past and present, for allowing us to prosper, and live comfortably in the greatest, most unusual nation ever conceived by men on Earth.  Oh, yeah, and thanks to God for putting us on this beautiful planet in the first place!

[Featured Image by Michael Ramirez]

Born in the USA, and Grateful – Happy Thanksgiving

Born in the USA, and Grateful – Happy Thanksgiving

On the Thanksgiving holiday, we give thanks for all our blessings.  Here in the United States, Thanksgiving has been a national holiday since the 1860s.  Yes, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln declared the last Thursday of November Thanksgiving Day.  I want to declare how very grateful I am for having been born in the Greatest Nation on God’s Green Earth, and to live in one of the most beautiful corners of that Nation, the Pacific Northwest.

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Mount Rainier

My family and I really have everything we need for a comfortable, happy life.  We have good jobs, so we can be productive members of society.  Our Capitalist economic system here in the USA, even in spite of the onerous level of government regulation, gives us the freedom to work for one employer, rather than another; to quit our job and move to a new town to take a different job; to own, and sell, our primary residence when we move or grow out of it, or want to downsize; to save our money to buy something big like a car or a boat, from whichever source we choose; to go to our preferred store to buy our food and clothing; and to make any other economic decision for our own reasons. Any American with enough initiative can start and run his own business, and help it grow to employ others, and satisfy customers.

We are thankful for the Republic we have here, whose founding document, the Constitution, is the first, and the best ever, Law of the Land, laying out the most remarkable form of government ever invented.  We just had another eventful National election-another peaceful (well, mostly), transfer of power from one President to the next.  Never before in all of human history has any nation had such continuous, ongoing changes of administration with as few difficulties as the United States of America.  We in America are the freest, most prosperous, most generous people in the world.  Each American has at his or her fingertips the means to enlighten and enrich himself and his family.  Every single American has public schools where he can learn what he needs to be a productive citizen, if he will take full advantage.  Every American has the freedom to worship as he chooses, with whomever he chooses, or not.  Americans have the freedom to band together with their fellows to try to influence their government, at all levels, or to run for office.  I am also thankful for the all-volunteer military, whose members protect our Liberty, at home and in many places overseas.  They truly are America’s Finest, and they truly reflect the spectrum of Americans-they are black, white, Asian, male and female, and they are the Brave among us.

The people of the United States of America, more than citizens of any other nation, give of the fruits of their labor, to support others who have less, both at home and abroad.  America is the First Responder of the World, always at the ready to help out in a natural disaster anywhere.  Even Americans of modest means find it in their pocketbooks and their hearts to donate to every conceivable form of charity.  Religious Americans are the largest donors to charity in the world, and their support builds roads, schools, and wells in poorer countries everywhere.  I am thankful that the American Spirit lives here, and I am proud to be a part of it.

This year at Thanksgiving, I will be grateful for our Founding Fathers, who bequeathed to us a most remarkable Nation, built upon an Idea:  Liberty and Justice for All. May the United States of America be a beacon to the world forever!

 

Properly Grateful…Joy of Giving

Properly Grateful…Joy of Giving

I like to think that I count my blessings every day, not just on Thanksgiving Day.  This year, I’ve had numerous occasions to reflect on the manifest blessings in my life, and my country.  I was fortunate to be born in the United States of America, which has, since its founding in the 18th Century, been a beacon of light, hope, and goodness in the world.  Up until the founding of this great country, the lot of the vast majority of human beings on Planet Earth has been squalor, poverty, disease, backbreaking work, and often early death.  Families had to produce many children in order for a few to survive birth and childhood.  Few were educated at all, and even fewer attained a high level of education.  Farmers destroyed huge forests to clear fields for planting, and those fields sometimes lost their fertility quickly, necessitating more forest destruction.   Plagues regularly decimated entire populations, and no one knew why or how to stop them.

How different is our world today!  How many people now consider it a right, to grow up healthy and happy, graduate from college, and pursue a lucrative career doing whatever makes them happy.  Our Founders bequeathed to us a Nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that All Men are Created Equal (hat tip, Abraham Lincoln).  Contrary to sometimes popular belief, Americans are the most generous, most virtuous, and happiest people on Earth.  The USA has been the greatest force for Good ever imagined, and millions of people in many countries have US generosity and help to thank for their position today (we virtually rebuilt Germany and Japan after World War II, and they are some of our greatest allies today).  When a natural disaster occurs anywhere on Earth, everyone looks to the United States first to jump in and make things right.   Minority groups such as my people the Jews, and black people, have found their lives immeasurably improved here in the United States, where we can go to school, live well, and earn a very good living just about anywhere.  Did you ever stop to think about why so many people from all over the world are clamoring to get into the United States?  As much as others may denigrate the USA, they still view living here as the best place to live!

I am properly grateful to God for allowing me to have been born in the USA, lived in a beautiful area for most of my life (the Pacific Northwest), and having health, earned wealth, and a family (though no children).  I am married to a wonderful man who has a great job, and is an excellent provider.  I myself have a pretty good job, at a company that makes products that improve peoples’ lives every day.  We both derive great joy from being able to play music, which enriches our lives and others’.  I own my house free and clear, both of our cars are paid off, and we are able to put away money for the future, while being able to buy just about anything we need today.  We have many friends, especially our musician friends, and our Ricochet online (and offline) family.

One of the benefits of being fairly well-off is the ability to give some money away.  I find that it is delightful to be able to donate to causes that we believe in.  Just last week, I was thinking of how much I am going to enjoy writing a “Christmas present” check at the end of the year to Hillsdale College.  It’s actually fun, deciding whether to donate to the Music department, the College Library, or the History department.  This year, I gave donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the American Friends of Yad Vashem (the Holocaust memorial museum in Israel).  Yes, the Joy of Giving is real.  And I find that the more I give, the happier it makes me.

So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for everything I have, and the people I love, and our great country, which is the Greatest Country on God’s Green Earth.  And for everything my fellow humans have done to make this world a better place to live for everyone.

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Thanksgiving

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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Rush Revere

Besides the usual things I have to be thankful for this year, you may add the above. Rush Limbaugh, my hero, has written a book for young people (first of a series), to show them the truth about the founding of America. Since the 1970’s, public education in the United States has been basically Liberal Indoctrination, teaching our children that the people who founded this great nation were evil, white, rich people who destroyed the gentle, cultured, peaceful Native American tribes in their effort to enslave everyone else already living here. “Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims” tells the real story of the people who founded Plymouth Colony, and the story of the true “first Thanksgiving”. Please note that the original colonists tried socialism first, and it failed miserably, like it always does.

As you sit down to your turkey dinner on Thursday, keep in mind that you are among the most fortunate people on our planet, living in this most extraordinary country, founded on an IDEA of human Liberty. And you and your ancestors did NOT lie, cheat, steal, or murder your way here, and you should not in any way feel guilty or ashamed to be an American. Both of my grandfathers were born in Russia in the 19th Century, and their people were persecuted, subjected to brutal pogroms, and murdered in the gas chambers of the Holocaust. They came to America seeking a better life, and they found it. On their own labor, they found it, they earned it, and they passed this better life on to their children and grandchildren. Give thanks every day for the brave men and women who made this country the most prosperous, the most free, and the most generous nation in the entire history of mankind.