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Monday, April 30, 2012

What About Us?



You know? We, the people, individuals. What about who we were and who we all are now? We're not just our politics, though some of us behave like they've forgotten that. We are not our careers or our jobs. We were each born to someone. We began with our parents, who, right or wrong, first taught us how to be in this world.

As I look around and see the way our lives have become complicated with rules and money and possessions and politics, I wonder about those of us who may stop and wonder about the big picture we're all in. No no! I don't mean which side wins or the planet's inevitable plunge towards destruction. Geez! Lighten up! I mean looking closely at the pieces which make up the whole.

Have you examined your life lately? Without self-examination, we are merely puppets on a string. Reacting to stimuli instead of responding to our own minds of original thoughts and ideas. When you think about it, we've gotten so caught up at life's constant turns.

The kids are sick. React, decide! The car breaks down. React, decide! The mortgage's is due. React, decide! Romney's the GOP nominee. React, decide! Obama is pushing his healthcare boondoggle. React, decide! Parents are too ill to care for themselves. React, decide! The dog got into the neighbor's flowers. React, decide! Family members need a place to stay. React, decide! Dinner needs cooking. React, decide! The wife or the hubby is in a foul mood. React, decide! The utility bill is past due. React, decide!

We're so often reacting, it's hard to tell where our own ideas come into play!

What do we look like? To our children, for instance? Or to our elderly? One group takes the baton towards America's future, another group's handing it off. What does an anthropologist have to say about us these days, I wonder.

I bet one of the adjectives used to describe us would be "spirited." Ya know? Yes, yes, we seem to be a firey group, we Americans. We've become increasingly emotional as a society. Emotions can serve us if we harness them correctly, I believe. As humans, we can't help but emote. Even animals emote. But emotions should not drive us.

As I observe the physical surroundings in my daily life, I confess to feeling disconnected from my immediate and more distant neighbors. And I also confess to not feeling good about this disconnect. I'm not so uncomfortable with it that I'm gonna initiate a love-in or openhouse on my lawn. But this every-man-for-himself, mind-your-own-business, kind of life is not what this country was built on. It's completely self-defeating, I believe. It makes us oh so vulnerable to our enemies.

At the very least, for the sake of my children, I have got to figure a way out of this. And I don't think it's as simple as volunteering in a soup kitchen. Yes, there is a little bit of connection among Americans. Not every community looks like mine. There is also some semblence of brotherly love among of my fellow patriots in this blue state. We do have an awareness of each other. We're flying our flags and showing our military love with markers on our cars.

But what about we, the people? ALL OF US. Though we may have philosophical differences, we still should basically want the same things as human beings. Don't we? And what was the plan for America, in case we arrived at a point in our history where we realized we no longer want the same things? Or realized some of us would relish our hatred more than our love? When we realized some would relish an appetite more for vengence than forgiveness. What about this disjuncture?

I don't know.

What I do know, I know about ME. In this world, I began with my heart and my mind (in my opinion, both are God). My parents showed me how to exist among other men, and I thank them very much. Going forward, I know best what my own needs are.

What I also know is, I refuse to give up on America. So we made a mistake! Barack Obama was a mistake. And so what if everyone agrees with us or not on that! So what if everyone doesn't love Mitt Romney! He's the best man to correct the mistake America made by choosing B.O.

I didn't know we could all devolve into such big babies! Our emotions are beginning to choke the piss out of us as citizens. We need to reign these emothions in and and start learning how to stick to with just the facts, one of them being this. Among sheeple and patriots, and everything in between, we're all human. We each must find ourselves in the solution.

Each of us may want to take a moment. We can't keep reacting. We need to tune out from the world and tune in to our own thinking. We also need to get control of our emotions. I remember a time when the excuse used to keep women out of high powered jobs was they were too emotional. So yah! Emotions are still bad for business. Truth be told, no one cares about your feelings, Americans. So let's go!

That's my truth and I'm sticking with it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mitt's Ready to Take Back Our White House! Yesss!!


Tonight is the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years and the start of a new and better chapter that we will write together...

Oh yes! Come on November! Our country is sizzling with hostility! Our citizens have become so divided against one another, thanks to the most divisive and antagonistic leader this country has ever seen. Who knew that the events leading up to the "beer summit" would be the beginning of so many intrusions by an American president into the private lives of citizens?!

With the election of Obama, the left-wing mainstream media abdicated all responsibility, leaving us no alternative but to take to our blogs. Breitbart is here!

More from Mitt Romney's speech last night:

Four years ago Barack Obama dazzled us in front of Greek columns with sweeping promises of hope and change. But after we came down to earth, after the celebration and parades, what do we have to show for three and a half years of President Obama?

Is it easier to make ends meet? Is it easier to sell your home or buy a new one? Have you saved what you needed for retirement? Are you making more in your job? Do you have a better chance to get a better job? Do you pay less at the pump?

If the answer were “yes” to those questions, then President Obama would be running for re-election based on his achievements…and rightly so. But because he has failed, he will run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions. That kind of campaign may have worked at another place and in a different time. But not here and not now. It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid.

Don't get lost in any disdain you may have for Mitt Romney. Our country's future is at stake. America is under severe attack and the enemy is sitting in our white house. There are smoking mirrors all around us. We must stay focused and stay connected to one another. We need to keep bringing the message to each another. As I read other blogs, I can feel the pulse of America's vein. We've been here before. We fought the British and we won. We had traitors among us then, just like we do now. Today, however the treachery is being stepped up a notch.

As Mitt said in his rousing speech, Obama has failed as a president, therefore he will resort to tactics to detract. We know Obama is desperate to stay in office, which makes him and his sychophants dangerous and formidable. But guess what, America, we're not all stupid. We may be clinging to our guns and religion, but we can also get also pretty ornery about protecting our families and our land.

We can't let ourselves be divided. Those are the flames Obama and the MSM are trying desperately to fan. These are their fake-out attempts, pitting the rich against the poor, blacks against white, corporations against small businesses. Pre-disgruntled citizens who've done nothing but sat on their behinds whining about what they feel they're owed have been excitedly waiting for their opportunity to jump into a skirmish. Obama is counting on their ignorance. We do not plan to fail America.

Mitt Romney for President in 2012!!

That's my truth and I'm sticking with it.

"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force, like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearsome master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action." -- George Washington

Monday, April 23, 2012

My Great Escapes- Part 2

So this post is about a T.V. show. You may want to skip it. Or maybe NOT since politics and culture in America often overlap. If you want to know what's going on in a country's era, you don't just read the news. You read the books, listen to the music, even the poetry, and where applicable, you watch the T.V. shows.


My apologies in advance for focusing on just one show in this post, thereby narrowing the scope of reader interest. It can not be helped because Mad Men is simply that good. It deserves more than a just a Facebook status update. Its storyline takes a prismatic look into the lives of employees of a rising industry star, an ad agency, circa 1962.


And the reason I love this show so much is I am an avid people-watcher. Watching these episodes can feel like the fly-on-the-wall people-watcher's wet dream. Of course, you have to be willing to suspend reality for a bit to enjoy it and try not to be too rattled by the occasional insertion of the writer's slanted - occasionally retarded- political opinion. But that's everywhere in our world. If you're that pure, save yourself and find a cave quickly!


So let's talk about Mad Men's Far Away Places episode.

Roger and Jane- Taking LSD to save their marriage and fit in with elite intellectuals? Ok. I know we humans make many childish, risky choices, especially in your youthful age. But this scene freaked me out! Don't get me wrong! It was awesome with its insightful humor and outrageous dialogue. But, man oh man! And it's official. Roger's character is TOTALLY stealing the show. I love him!



Peggy- I think the writers are trying to get us to hate her. Originally many of us were routing for Peggy because she's a woman trying to compete in a male-dominated business. She's kind of wierd, but you respect how she scraps and demands to be taken seriously. And yet!?! In last night's episode we see her in a dark movie theater sharing a joint with a male stranger and giving him a hand job. What the hell?!


*Sigh*

And now I have to be the bad guy ....

Don and Megan- I hate Megan, she needs to go. Since when does being a committed married man translate to being a whimp? Whatever. I don't like Don-the-panty-waist. So Megan needs to continue on her petulant path, snowballing this relationship into a sweet, firey ball. This way everybody wins and we get our savvy, slutty Don Draper back.


So there you have my take. Is Mad Men an accurate reflection of the 1960s? Of course! It's one version of the truth, whether we agree with it or not. As far as I can tell, the main ingredients of the prevailing habits of the times are evident: sex, drugs, money, alcohol and cigarettes. The show is not about whether the behaviors of the times were right or wrong, IMHO. It's about flawed humans and their choices. It's a show meant to make us think and talk about it. It's working!


What did YOU think?


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Keep Your Eye on the BALL!!



Amercians are getting really pissed off. The issue of racial discord is no longer invoking mere eye-rolls and sighs. I'm offended because you're offended and now you're offending me, has gotten old. There's only so much poking human beings can take without feelings chagrined. This is becoming personal. Neck-hairs are raised, teeth are set on edge.

After all we've been through, despite what we thought were our best efforts, we stand accused .... again. Either we did it or someone else did it and we just let it happen. Doesn't matter who or what. The fact is we're at it again. What a cluster-muck it is .... again.

What we have here - what it's always been - is the power-grab game. And we continue in our roles as the movable pieces on the game board of life. But here in 2012 the game is on a new level of beguilement and the stakes are higher than they've ever been.

I stood in line at a bank, recently, watching a few of the patrons steal glances at a t.v. screen, hung on the wall above the teller area. On the screen were talking heads and back-drop pictures of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. Martin was shown in his early teens, smiling warmly, sitting on a horse! Zimmerman's photo was of a mug shot! At the time just before the shooting, in case everyone doesn't already know, Trayvon Martin was a suspended 17 year old high schooler who called himself "no-limit-nigga" and Zimmerman was a man patroling his community due to a rash of recent robberies. Amazing how that story got twisted!

The way I see it, in this power-grab game, some years ago men in white hoods, faces hidden, once terrorized a group of people because allowing them equal citizenship under the law, hit the hooded men and their co-horts hard in the pockets. Equal citizenship forced them to share in the wealth opportunities of our nation. The larger majority of citizens had varying reactions to these thugs, who were not just reigning havoc and terror on blacks, but also on whites who dared intervene to help.

We're human. How does any of us react to brutish, thug-like behavior? Whether last week, last decade, today or tomorrow, we feel shock, fear, anger, at the very least. The mindful power-grabby players of the game are always counting on our predictable reaction.

But it's important for us to keep our eye on the ball. Power-grab is the name of the game. So since the racial offenses and discord in American life today are minimal to non-existent compared to what it once was and since most of us are living in basic harmony, game pieces need inspired movement, otherwise it's game over.

Now let me say something about harmony for the vigilant naysayers among us. America will never be a utopia. If you're living a mostly unhappy life, that's pretty much your choice. Sadly, no amount of writing or discussion will prevent anyone, so mightily focused, from unearthing dirt and separating its suspicious grains.

So if we're keeping our eye on the ball, it's as plain as our own noses to see! In the absence of cross-burnings on lawns and in the absence violent threats and acts of violence against blacks and whites, they need something! Where there is racial quietude, our power-grab players will bang the drums!! So we must bang them back!!

The media will slant their stories into concoctions which can be perceived as American reality. Even if it's not! And in this instance, Zimmerman versus the citizenry, we know the proposed racial offense, concocted by the media, is an outright lie.

The reality is, in our society the majority of people are lazy. They want to be told what to think and how to do. They don't like to have to fill in their own blanks of who, what, where, when and why. They prefer their information spoon fed, which is why television is always winning. As a result and for the present moment, it would appear that the power-grabby players (the media, race-baiters, opportunists et al) have the ball. We, others had better stay in this game or America will lose. We can no longer whisper quietly amongst ourselves.

Once ago a white person calling a black person "nigger" was common place, until one by one, Americans began speaking up and made it unacceptable. We are in a game for our lives, our country and we must counter every play with our blogs and in our in person lives.

That's my truth and I'm sticking with it.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Real Life Runs Interference....



There's so much in real life crap going on right now, I can barely think. I want to post, but I am a little distracted. I want to talk about gas prices or Zimmerman as a sacrificial lamb or Axl Rose's thumbed nose to the Rock Hall of Fame.

But right now, I've got visions of transmission fluid, spark plugs, timing belts and dentures floating around in my head. Dentures?! Even though my birth certificate indicates I am 45, my brain is finding it difficult to keep up with my body's aging process. I wanna say, wait! Slow down! I'm still a baby for pete's sake!

We went from an ordinary 100,000 mile tune-up to possibly fixing everything under the friggin hood. And of course something's leaking under there! Why wouldn't it be? Duh!

So yah! I can't think to write a regular post right now. I want to. I've been trying since I opened my eyes this morning. Today I've read dozens of news stories, perused blogs, and I even checked out morning t.v. news (pure torture watching those perky irritants so early). But between my car dying enroute to work and hanging up with my husband, who just hung up with the mechanic for the third time today, ugh! And that dentist appointment, which I've been avoiding to make, but it's circling my thoughts, cuz a front tooth has been slowly giving up on life. And yet, I'm such a scaredy-cat about going to the dentist.

And I'm not even going to talk about the outspoken liberal-democrat family members who are coming to spend three nights and three days with us next month. I have been successful in not thinking about it, but the time is approaching with warp speed? Yes.

Ok! Belly-aching-fest is done. Thanks for your patience.

I had to get it out of my head. I could talk about the good stuff that's happening in my life, but I don't want to jinx anything. I am thankful though. God has been very kind and loving to us.

I proffer these real life thoughts of mine as a reminder of how much we have in common and to show you how serious I am about showing up here with my voice. Some times I'll struggle and sometimes I'll soar.

That's my truth and I'm sticking with it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

THIS IS IT!!

Mitt Romney gets my vote. Rick Santorum's out, so Mitt gets it.

And if both Mitt and Rick were out, Newt Gingrich would get it. And if all three were out, Ron Raul would get it. If all four of those men were out and the republican nominee became Don Draper or Daffy Duck or Bambi or Hello Kitty or Katniss Everdeen or Santa Claus, then I'd vote for one of them. Am I coming through?

Loud and clear.

Yes, I simply want the child-president out. Let's never again put a person in office who hates their country. We can sort the rest out later.

Mitt Romney for president in 2012!!

That's my truth and I'm sticking with it.

Monday, April 9, 2012

White House Quietly Begins Obamacare Spending










Read the rest HERE.





I had no idea what to post about today (so this is kind of ramble-y). But then I found the above article on Drudge Report. More surrealness going on in our world. You'd think I'd be used to it by now. To watch a sitting president trample all over our Constitution with his swan song. At least, I hope it's his swan song.

Bad behavior has become so much the norm in our culture. It makes me think back on what used to be the almost deaf ears of my children as I warned them about our society's reality. Just because so many people are doing it, doesn't make it right. What a challenge our world has become for kids these days.

We say one thing while our media and society seems to say another. Teen pregnancy, teen violence, culture of entitlement, child president, sexually explicit television, spirituality as a punchline. Surrr-rrrreal.

When they were teenagers and I squared off against them, nearly frothing at my mouth, cuz it was two against one, I knew I was fighting for their survival. Yes, it was pretty ugly. Who knew their world would be so rank with sexting, nigga-lyrics in rap songs, and Badgirls Club viewing parties to go along with the usual suspects of sex, drugs and rock n roll. I, for one, did not get that memo, nor did I get the invite for sanity restoration and support meeting for parents. Heh.

In times of strife, our strength of character is tested. During my daughters' teenage years I found out, I have no need to be liked by my children. Not if it means the death of a future for them. Does that sound braggalicious ? (yeah, i totally made that word up) Maybe it does. But it's to make a point, our metal gets tested and re-tested as parents. And I'm thinking that period in my life was a pre-requisite for more of the surreal to come in our country.

If I could stomach the temporal hatred I endured from my sweet little girls, I could stomach some other unpleasantries. Not to worry, they love me now and thank me very much. And if I had it to do all over, I'd be just as slightly-psycho-with-a-fat-dollop-of-bitchy. Cuz they're so awesome today, it was totally worth it.

As for Obamacare? We have this fight on our hands. The Obama administration, as usual, is playing fast and dirty with taxpayer money. And it falls on us to do the job the MSM refuses to do by reporting it to our fellow Americans.


So yeah, my ramble became random thoughts about Obamacare, parenting, and our strength of character. Some say this is Obama-derangement syndrome. I say, maybe it is. My kids sure thought I was crazy and that didn't turn out so bad.






That's my truth and I'm sticking with it.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

AN ORDINARY JOE

You ever ask yourself what you're doing here? For example, you walk into a room, such as your kitchen, open the pantry door and then just stare at nothing in particular. And after a few moments, you say to yourself, What was I looking for?

That ever happen to you?

Has it ever happened on a deeper level, such as with your life?

The alarm clock sounds, you go into the bathroom and begin your morning rituals, ablutions and such. Next you get dressed, drink coffee/tea/juice and/or eat breakfast, and you're off to begin your day, which is mostly the same as yesterday and the day before. And these days have become your accepted routine when you think about how similar they are to the days of last week, last month and last year. Do you ever say, What am I really doing here?

No? Yes? Well I asked recently. About myself, I've learned, there's no one, all encompassing answer. Of my life, I can say there are compartments, one which is dedicated to blogging. On that note, here is my About Me.

Family
I'm a conservative mother of two young adult daughters, married to my BFF husband. I'm the oldest of three, grew up with married parents who divorced when I was in my thirties.

Politics
My parents are both registered democrats. I was also a democrat up until a little over a year ago. Now I'm a registered republican. The truth is my parents vote democrat because it's simply what they've always done, towing the liberal line, trusting whole-heartedly in the news delivered by the left-leaning MSM. My family values - love of God, family first, strong work ethic, pride in self-sufficiency - have always been conservative.

Personal
I have two years of sobriety and as a result I'm experiencing a clarity in my thinking that is simply amazing. I am resolved with living in my head and I show up here on regular occasions to release some of the noise of my thoughts. In my early adult years, I stumbled often because I talked, not too much, but too freely. I learned the hard way to be selective with my truth-telling, not because of politics. I was sheltered by parents with strong personalities, therefore out in the great big world, I was pretty much a social retard. Heart on sleeves, head in ass. Not to worry, I'm smarter today. I live in a blue north-eastern state where I am out-numbered by liberals. I don't talk politics with anyone outside my family.

And finally....

I began blogging in 2007. It had been one year since my youngest, 14 at the time, was in a car accident which put her in a wheelchair for six months and placed me at her beck and call for almost a year. One of her bestfriends died in that accident and I was unprepared for how that experience would morph and fuel into rageful teenage rebellion. So I began writing. Some of you followed my family drama during those early years. Good times. Meh. My interest as a writer went from the typical parenting worries to concerns about larger social issues. My writing became reflections on my life as an American concerned about her children's future.

Like you, I am just an ordinary Joe. This is my blogger compartment of life. I am here because we need each other, so the world will always know, we took none of life's ills lying down. How can a person claim to know how to love, who does not love their own country? We not only love America, we are fighting for her survival, each of us in our own, special way. This is our legacy as conservatives.

That's my truth and I'm sticking with it.









Monday, April 2, 2012

I Am So Disgusted and Annoyed....






..... to learn that buffoon, boy-toy and twitter-whore Ashton Kutcher has been chosen to play Steve Jobs in a film feature about the technology giant. Ugh!




Even though I've come to expect deteriorating products from Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general, it doesn't lessen my grief when they do stupid stuff that reflect on people I admire.






Like this traitorous skank, Jane Fonda, also known as Hanoi Jane, playing Nancy Reagan!!?!! in another film feature The Butler, which chronicles the experiences of a butler during his years of employment in the White House.




Alright fiiinne. Let them have their fun! Why should I care?! It's not like I'm gonna watch either of these movies.




They're just so annoying with their slanted story-telling and outright lies. Oiy!

Ok I'm done. Thank God for blogs and not having to rely completely on the twisted main-stream media whose story-telling ways should have them tied up in lawsuits for libel! And shame on the dummies who believe everything the MSM has to say without question!




That's my truth and I'm sticking with it.