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Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Spirit Of Christmas

mouse01This past year has been a hard year for our family and friends.  With the drop in the housing market our income has taken a big hit.  Friends have lost work, job opportunities for family have dried up and dreams for a better future put on hold.  To add to the pile, health concerns have hit many of us hard, reminding us of our mortality.

Yet throughout all of our individual trials and tribulations, each of us had the knowledge and security of the love and friendship of family and friends dear to us.  Their strength and encouragement carried us through these times.  So, as this Christmas Holiday comes upon us, we have thought hard the best way to repay  each and everyone back for their love and support. 

It is easy to walk into a store, pluck your money down and walk out with a purchase which just may or may not be the perfect gift.  How easy to open a catalogue, place an order and never have to leave the comfort of your couch.  But, this year is different.  This year requires something different.  It requires a gift that gives as well as honors the recipient.

This Christmas, we are making donations to a couple of worthy charities in honor of our family and friends.  XmasAngelWe have chosen the Wounded Warrior Project and St. Jude’s Children Hospital.  They were chosen from a long list of worthy charities, and they are many.  Some, we had already donated to during the year.  How easy to give a wrapped gift and not care if they place it in a closet or re-gift it.  Your duty was done.  But to say to someone you love and care about, “You gave me a gift of yourself, now I am passing that along to others who need that very precious gift, as well. Thank you!” 

What better gift than to pass on the love and friendship you have received onto others!  What better way to say, Merry Christmas, and Happy Hanukkah.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Razzle Dazzle Legislation & B.S.

Why is it that I feel we are having a razzle dazzle job done on us as the voting public?  Daily we are assaulted with none stop news alerts declaring the latest on the Health Care Bills in both the Senate and House, Cap and Trade Bill, ACORN appropriation and scandal, Card Check, Military appropriations, Unemployment extensions and so on and so on.  My head is spinning and that is the point!

Anyone who ever went to a town carnival or walked down New York City 42nd Street would be dazzled by the non-stop con artists who would cause you to look left when they used their right hand to pick your pocket. Only, today, you needn’t leave the now comfortable chair in your living room to have your pocket picked. We are being fleeced by our elected officials in Congress and the White House as they distract us with glossy speeches as they raise the national debt, to use President Obama’s favorite word, to an “unsustainable” level.

As our country nears bankruptcy, Congress pushes for a Health Care Bill that the national debt can not support, nor the individual citizen can afford.  Fortunately, some Congressional members are now asking, just what is our national priority, paying for the military and their actions across the globe or a pie in the sky 2000 page unpopular Health Care Bill?

Today, Hollywood celebrities jet off to Copenhagen to support a Climate Change International Pact, while disregarding their selfish carbon footprint.  Former Vice President Al Gore sells himself for a mere $1209 per person to guests at the Copenhagen Global Climate event. Meanwhile, Climategate breaks out as the European Union and Australia go conservative and elect anti-Global Warming alarmist to the conference. But, TV commercials still tout the progressives call to personal responsibility in preventing further global warming.  Even GOOGLE’s web search engine turns left and makes it harder to search using the words global warming.  Hum, conspiracy?

Other, international treaties being pushed by the United Nations attempt to not only demand our compliance in a socialist global agenda, but also try to force us to relinquish our 2nd amendment rights to gun ownership and parental control of our own children in our own homes. And the razzle dazzle goes on!

I can’t scratch the surface of the dazzling political dancing being done to confuse and blind us to what is being slide past us.  We must catch on fast to put the brakes on the dizzying dances.

Just read the lyrics from the musical CHICAGO and see past the glitter:

Give 'em the old razzle dazzle
Razzle Dazzle 'em
Give 'em an act with lots of flash in it
And the reaction will be passionate
Give 'em the old hocus pocus
Bead and feather 'em
How can they see with sequins in their eyes?

What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you're just disgusting?
Razzle dazzle 'em
And they;ll never catch wise!

As you read the lyrics and the song plays in your head, just picture in your mind the faces of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank and Charles Rangel.  I’m sue some of you also have your own personal favorites, but I think you already got the point.

If you find a Razzle Dazzle being pushed past us, post it here and let’s see if we can get it stopped!