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?]
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.
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In the past 8 years, two major events have totally soured me on anything that bills itself as a “transformation”. The first one happened back in 2008, when Barack Hussein Obama was elected president. His mission, stated boldly before the American people during his campaign, was to “totally transform America”. He basically was dissatisfied with the way the United States was founded and had developed, and he did his level best, in his eight years in power, to bring that about. From his first “apology tour”, to the fight to socialize the medical care industry with Obamacare, to the tight leash on the banking industry with Dodd-Frank, he succeeded fairly well. And we, the American People, are still feeling the adverse effects of that success.
Excuse me, but America did not need to be transformed, and we are now a demonstrably weaker, less-satisfied, and less-capable country. More and more ordinary citizens have felt the yoke of Big Government ruling their everyday lives. The US economy has been hobbled by more intrusive regulations, and no, you were NOT allowed to “keep your health plan” or “keep your doctor”. Millions of self-employed and small business owners lost their medical plans all at once, and were forced to purchase unwieldy, very expensive, “approved” plans that did not meet their needs.
Barack Obama learned very well from his Communist father that America was a nasty place, where black people were mistreated at home, and abroad; and other countries were beaten down by that terrible US foreign policy. He did his best to make the majority of Americans (those of us who are white and US-born) feel guilty for oppressing all those downtrodden (illegal) immigrants.
So that ‘s the first Transformation that has made me cringe whenever I hear the word, and prevented me from ever again supporting anything that bills itself as transformation.
The second major event took place at my place of work, a medium-sized company that makes items for the aerospace industry. In late 2014, the company hired a new chief executive, who came from a huge conglomerate. With him, he brought other executives, and a big plan to totally transform our factory to make things more efficient and profitable. In October of 2015, our plant underwent a “total transformation” of the factory floor and production processes. The plant was basically shut down for what was supposed to be a week and two weekends, but ended up as two full weeks, and minor shutdowns over the next year. We employees were issued safety gear (hard hats, vests, steel-toed galoshes, safety glasses), and were directed to help move things around where needed. I spent a day helping pull up carpet tiles, but mostly stood around and watched. Oh, and the Customer Service department, while we were destroying and rebuilding the factory (while not engaging in any production), was in a conference room taking new orders from our customers at normal lead time. No mention of the factory shutdown-they were basically lying to our customers about when their parts would be ready. More on that later.
Those high mucky-mucks from the head office were convinced that they knew exactly how to run our factory, and they changed everything with NO input from us peons. Big noisy machines, which had been behind a wall, were brought out into the main factory, so production employees who assemble small parts now had huge machines right next to them. The ambient noise level in the factory rose by 100%, and many of us were forced to wear earplugs so we could hear ourselves think. Production procedures were altered so operations were done in different order, and components that used to be stored close to the production areas were moved back to the main stock room.
Well, funny thing, that total transformation was a fiasco. Production levels suffered, on-time delivery plummeted, and we had a bunch of unhappy customers. Many of the new production procedures had to be reversed when they were found to make the process worse instead of better. And now, two years later, some of those big noisy machines are being moved back behind the wall! Over the past two years, dozens of employees quit the company, and those of us who are left are forced to take on more and more of their work.
So you can see why anything that is billed as a total transformation makes me frown these days. Sorry, but no photo challenge this week. I have had enough of transformation.
Every day, I give thanks to have been born in the Greatest Country on God’s Green Earth. Our country is one of the most beautiful on Earth, with terrain ranging from blazing hot deserts, to grassy prairies, to high snow-capped mountains, to chains of beautiful blue lakes. The American people are the most generous in the world, voluntarily supporting thousands of charities in the US and doling out the largest share of ANY country, of aid to needy folks in foreign nations. The Left in the US likes to portray everyone other than themselves as racist, sexist, bigoted (fill in the blank)-phobes, who are only out for themselves, literally taking food from the mouths of needy babies everywhere. But we’re not. So, herewith, is a celebration of the beauty of the United States of America, and its people.
Western Washington, this is Deception Pass, looking East from the (scary) Deception Pass Bridge. That’s Mount Baker in the distance. You can see why Washington’s nickname is the Evergreen State.
Boats in Friday Harbor, on San Juan Island, in the Straits of Juan de Fuca (separating the US from Canada). Millions of families in Washington own boats, from simple rowboats and small motorboats to huge yachts, and sailboats. Puget Sound is crowded with boats on any sunny summer day. I know a rabbi who has seven children, and his big extravagance was a motor boat, on which he and his family traveled whenever they could get away.
This is Diablo Lake, in the North Cascades. It’s about a one-hour drive there from our house, and we love to go on a day trip when the weather is nice. Out of view is Diablo Dam, which provides hydroelectric power to the Greater Seattle area. I have always marveled at the ingenuity it took for people to design and build a hydroelectric dam.
And the people. This is a crowd of accordionists, at the Gazebo in Leavenworth, Washington, at the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration. Players ranging in age from 7 to 77, playing music for the sheer joy of it. And there is as much variety in the accordions as in the players.
The Eastern part of Washington State is much drier than the Western part, its landscape showing the effects of receding glaciers, and ancient floods. Millions of years ago, this was a giant waterfall. Nature sculpts for us to admire.
Even in the harshest desert climates, plants grow, and feed birds, insects, and other small animals. This is the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.
There are places where people like to gather, to place their bets, and to just marvel at the beauty and power of thoroughbred horses. The Sport of Kings, indeed. Emerald Downs, near Tacoma, Washington.
Of course, a celebration of America would not be complete without a stop at the Grand Canyon. Think about it. Through millions of years, the Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon. Remarkable what running water, and time, can accomplish.
Beautiful, blue, Lake Tahoe.
And friends, from all over this country, meeting for the first time on the shore of Lake Tahoe. Ricochet Meetup.
A true National Treasure, Hillsdale College in Michigan. Teaching Truth, Defending Liberty, since 1844.
Another National Treasure. Saint Joseph’s Polish Catholic Church, Camden, New Jersey. Celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2012. Polish-language Mass is still celebrated here daily, by the Polish priest. The parishioners and former parishioners at Saint Joe’s have supported it, and kept it maintained in all its glory for a very long time.
Proof that even amateurs can make it to Carnegie Hall. We went in the summer of 2006, and played Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony. You can spot me right in front of the tympani.
I just couldn’t let this opportunity get away. Me, in my Rush Limbaugh Club G’itmo t-shirt, in front of the Democratic Party booth, Fourth of July in Albany, New York. Sometimes, if you search on RushBabe on Google, this picture appears!
From Sea to Shining Sea. The Atlantic Ocean at Cape May, New Jersey.
Celebrating the Magnificence of the United States of America and its people.
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.
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.
Is Memorial Day weekend just a day off from work for you? Just the first weekend the pool is open, and the official start of barbecue season? Or is it a time for somber reflection on the many men and women who gave their lives for their country. Who gave the United States of America their “last full measure of devotion” (Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address). Here is some information you might want to take a look at this weekend.
Take a few moments this weekend to stop and contemplate the “reason for the season”. And if you should happen to see an active-duty military member, thank them for their service.
Here is how a friend of mine celebrated Memorial Day in Washington, D.C.
Courtesy Of Mr. Dave Carter, on Ricochet this morning. Dave always gets it right, and this is just excellent. The family that lives in the White House (gee, I’m wondering why they haven’t re-christened it the “Black House”) is squandering YOUR money on lavish parties and vacations, while you sweat and toil every day to keep your family simply fed, clothed and sheltered. This makes me spitting-angry.