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“Under God” Under Fire…..

Atheists are all agitated and upset about the inclusion of “so help me God”, and a prayer at President-Elect Obama’s inaugeration later this month.  I’m listening to Laura Ingraham‘s program and she is speaking with Michael Newdow, who has filed a lawsuit on behalf of atheists.

“We’re hoping to stop prayer and religious rituals at governmental functions, especially at the inauguration,” Don Barker, president of Freedom From Religion Foundation stated to FOX News.

Well, hmmmm…..So, do you think these folks are offended by the Declaration of Independence?  It mentions God a time or two.  They want so badly for this to be a secular country, they just can’t stand that it isn’t.  They ignore history, and the plain truth that this country was founded by believers in God, and the language of the Declaration of Independence reflects that.

People like Michael Newdow are tiresome to listen to.  He can’t answer the question, “how does this harm you?”  He can’t answer because there isn’t an answer.  It doesn’t harm him.  He just doesn’t like it.

More and more people are confusing “I don’t like it” with “that is offensive, or harmful to me.”  Not liking something is not the same thing as it being offensive to you.  We are beginning to use “offend” in all things, and are forgetting that sometimes we might just “dislike” it.  There are many things I don’t like, but I think I recognize the difference when something is truly offensive to me, and when I just don’t like it.

Michael Newdow is not offensive to me.  I don’t like listening to him, nor do I agree with his premise.  But he is not offensive to me because I just brush him off like a gnat, and go on about my day.  See the difference?  His beliefs are not mine, but his beliefs are not harmful to me.

My beliefs, and the beliefs of about 80% or more of the American people should not be offensive to him either.  My suggestion to him would be to find a new hobby, or take up gardening, and just ignore all those “offensive and harmful” references to God in our daily culture in this country.

How unfortunate for him, to be born in this country.  (sarcasm, for those of you who don’t know me)  The irony is, these atheists are safe and free to NOT believe as they wish, because of all the believers who founded, fought for, and built this country.

As I said, he and his statements are not offensive nor harmful to me.  But I’m watching.  Closely.  Just to make sure that these statements don’t start to take hold.  Then it will be harmful to me, and I will begin my own fight.  I suspect many of you will join in that fight to keep God in our language and our culture.

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Arne Duncan, Your Junior High English Teacher Called….

Mr. Duncan, it’s “gave me”, not “gave I”.

I admit it.  I’m not exactly proud of it, but it’s just part of the way I am.

I am a grammar snob.

I blame my schoolteacher mother, several very good and particular English teachers from fourth grade on, and all that reading I did as a child.

Oh, I don’t mean that I’ll drop a friend because they misspeak, or even because they might habitually speak “grammatically incorrectly”.  I also won’t refuse to become friends with someone who uses poor or less-than-perfect grammar.

We all misspeak from time to time.  We all have learned some things incorrectly and find ourselves with a hard habit to break.

But, we aren’t going to be the next Secretary of Education.  Of the NATION!

I was ready to overlook it as a slip, but then I remembered that he was reading from notes.  So, he wrote it down that way?  Or someone else did, and he didn’t catch it?

I’m probably just overly tired tonight, which often makes me picky.  But is it too much to ask, that our big national head of the whole Education system in our country use correct grammar?  Maybe it’s part of all that change Obama campaigned on.

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I Couldn’t Have Said It Better Myself……

“You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.

You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.

You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.

You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.

You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.

You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.

You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.

You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.

You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.

And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.”————-William Boetcker (1873-1962)

As I said above, I can’t say it any better.  I continue to believe that lack of personal responsibility and a sense of accountability is one of the biggest problems in our country today.

If you agree, feel free to pass on the above quote.  And if you don’t agree, then study the quote above until it makes sense to you.

Pup out.

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Dead Batteries and Flat Tires……

Well I’ve been away from here much longer than I intended. Farm life is just full of constant surprises. And it seems that for some reason, even after 50-someodd years of living on this planet, I can’t seem to remember that winter follows fall. I seem to find myself each year about this time suddenly rushing around winterizing outside faucets, putting away hoses, stocking up on feed for the goats, and countless other little chores.

Which is all bad enough, but then there’s all the small engines. A farm usually has several to many devices that run on gas or diesel.  Lots of little engines to prepare for storage, or else, you’ll have nothing start in the spring.

So I’ve encountered four dead batteries and two flat tires on various machines designed to make life easier. It’s never a simple fix either. Tires have to removed and taken down to the local tire fix-it shop. And, as I mentioned above, since I wait until it’s already cold to begin my preps, I have the unmatched pleasure of working in thirty degrees with a wind chill of something in the teens. The biggest problem is that my eyes won’t stop watering long enough to see anything.

I could try goggles, I suppose.

So, that’s where I’ve been lately, recharging, removing, replacing, repositioning. And you know what? I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

It would be nice though, just once, to do all these things while the temps are still in the fifties.

Maybe next year.

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“Take to the oars..”

“I would not send a poor girl into the world, ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till, deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself .”Anne Bronte


I’ve been thinking about self-reliance a lot lately.  Maybe because we are, at our house, in the very beginning of some new endeavors, new “projects” I call them, wild and some would say crazy ideas to bump up our income.  No, no, nothing illegal.  We want to start a business, and maybe that’s crazy in this critically ill economy, but what the heck, we can’t just curl up.

It’s a scary thing, in a way, to be self-reliant.  You aren’t at all sure what your self is capable of.  You aren’t certain how hard you’re willing to work, and though you’d like to think that “I’ll do whatever it takes!”, you know that you just plain get tired sometimes.  You hope, and believe, that your self can be trusted and depended upon, and so you proceed.

Your gut instinct tells you that this is the only option.  Any dependence on others, whether it be family, friends, or government, is not acceptable to you.  (“Dependence” meaning permanent support, which is different from temporary assistance)  Whether it’s starting a business, or seeking a better job, or performing your existing job on a higher level in hopes of getting that promotion, or getting more or different education to advance in your career or launch yourself into a brand new one—this is how you were brought up.  This is what your parents did, and your grandparents, and their parents and grandparents before them.

You want to do this because, while uncertainty lies ahead, and you might fail, you also might just succeed.  And if you do succeed, your potential is unlimited.  If you fail, you fail, and learn some lessons, and get up and have another go at it.  Because you know, deep down, that success is possible.  And if it’s possible for some, then it’s possible for you.

Sometimes life events place you on an altogether strange and unfamiliar path, one not taken for increased wealth, but for pure survival.

I read a wonderful post Thanksgiving day, that I found on Michelle Malkin’s site.  A woman named Jennifer had written to Michelle talking about her own family’s experience with sudden unexpected hard times, and what they had learned from it.  Please read about Jennifer and her family, who sold their nice home and moved to a different state with a lower cost of living, bought a fixer-upper farm, and started walking down an unfamiliar path.  A path which led to deeper love, joy, and inner strength.  I’ve also linked to Jennifer’s own blog, wonderful reading, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

I applaud people like Jennifer and her family, and all the many, many other folks like them.  They inspire me, just as memories of my grandfather have inspired me throughout my life.  A man who saved for and finally  bought a bit of land so that he and his family could move from share-cropper to farmer.

Jennifer, all my best wishes to you and your family, and may God bless you.

“If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.”–Latin proverb




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I Will Sing to the Lord….

…..For He has been good to me.—Psalm 13:6.

I have so much, so many good things in my life.  No, not money.  But I am so thankful that without great monetary wealth and riches, I am not hungry, nor cold, nor without clothing to wear.  My heart is full to bursting with love for and from family and friends, who would do anything for me, and I for them.  

I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the piece of land upon which I live.  The same acres my grandfather purchased over a half-century ago, with hard-earned dollars, give me space and room to roam among the pecan trees, the hay meadow, alongside the creek.  I give thanks to our good Father for allowing me to just be here.

I am extremely thankful that God gave me a heart that loves dogs. So many people missed out on this, and I am sorry for them every day.  My dogs are my tangible, earthly, everyday reminder of a God who loves us no matter what.  My dogs are the very embodiment of love and joy in living, and I am a better person because I love them.

I am thankful beyond words that I live in America.  This country is a gift to all of us, despite problems, big and small.  Infinite opportunities abound, and I am thankful for those opportunities available to me and to everyone.

“I will sing to the Lord for He has been good to me”.  So very good.

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

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