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Note to readers:  Sorry I have been away so long.  I may share about that with you all at some point, but tonight I just have something to say.


I admit that I’ve been a little nervous about the rise of ISIS lately, specifically their threats against America.  But I’ve had a change of heart these past few days, mostly since hearing from the animal who decapitated James Foley.  I penned a letter to him.:

This is an open letter to Abdoola  Baboola al Babalouie, or whatever your name is.  I don’t have any interest in looking it up.  You’re not worth it.  It’s not your real name anyway. The one I made up has as much merit as the one you did.  Besides, I don’t want to make any contribution to your notoriety.

There’s a piece going around the internet, another open letter to you and your friends.  If you haven’t seen it yet, you can click right here to read it.  I suggest you do.  It’s attributed to a retired Marine, who has had enough of you and your threats to attack America.  He points out that there are over 21 million veterans in America, and every one of them will be waiting for you.

Well I would like to see that Marine’s 21 million vets and raise it a couple hundred more million citizens.  That includes all us chubby, middle-aged grandmas.   We’re armed.  And we’re pretty ticked off right now.  Are you game?

I don’t think so.  You hide your face.  You change your name.  You talk big but you butcher babies.  You’re nothing but a sick punk kid.  Heck, I have shoes older than you!  Someone should have spanked you and sent you to bed without supper ten years ago.  Maybe you wouldn’t be in this position now.

You’re just a coward.  You saw off the head of a man with his hands bound behind his back?  That makes you a subhuman barbarian, not a warrior, and not brave by any standard.  You fight like a girl.  No!  I take that back.  Even little girls have more backbone and certainly more humanity.

Were you too afraid to take on Foley mano a mano?  Couldn’t win a fair fight?

Probably not.

So, no, I’m not afraid of you anymore.  Because I see now who you are – a  coward, too afraid to use his real name, show his face or even fight like a man.  You’re only a tough guy when your opponent is too young, weak or restrained to fight back.  Without that advantage, you’ll most likely wet yourself and surrender in under ten minutes.

Americans won’t cower in fear of savages with some warped ideas about their god, and a sick lust for blood.  We simply won’t stand for it.  You can try it, but consider yourself warned.  We grandmas will be right here.  Come for our grandbabies and see how far you get.

Your choice.



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For those not familiar with how WordPress works, when you comment on something I have posted, that comment is sent to me in an email.  I have the option of approving it or trashing it.  Once I have approved that first comment, you are free to post at will.  I do, of course, have the option to delete any comments at any time.

I believe this feature is an effort to fight spam.  And the only comments I have ever trashed have been spam.  Even when someone posts a comment I don’t agree with, I have always approved them and never deleted any comment from a legitimate poster.

I am a strong supporter of free speech.

Today I have a dilemma.  I received an email from WordPress with a comment and it is awaiting my approval.  The post is from someone who has some amazing ideas about government.  He or she seems to believe that a super-secret group, including our elected leaders (past and present) planned and executed the attacks of 9/11/01, the bombing at the Boston Marathon, and generally has some ideas that are way out in the fringes.

Again, I’m a strong supporter and defender of free speech for all.  But I found myself hesitating to hit that “approve” button.  This lengthy comment could really be classified as fantasy, not opinion.  My focus here is all about the truth.

So for now, the comment sits.  I have not trashed it.  Nor have I approved it.  I am conflicted.  This is my blog and I work hard at keeping myself and readers focused on the truth, no matter where that may take us.  I want to protect this.  I don’t want it to turn into a stopover for those in the tall weeds of the far out fringes to dump their conspiracy theories and get in the way of our pursuit of real truth.

Does free speech cover kookery?  By trashing this comment am I stepping on this person’s freedom of speech?


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I saw a political cartoon today.  It wasn’t particularly memorable, but what caught my eye was the first comment from a reader, just below the caption.  The writer asked why people watch these political soap operas.

I laughed out loud.

My mom’s generation called soap operas “My Stories.”  The women tuned in every day to watch the continuing saga of a bunch of people who were perpetually miserable as they lied, cheated and back-stabbed their way through life.



Yup, sounds just like Washington.

Tune in to see what they have lined up for our entertainment today.


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Merry Christmas



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Well, so far, so good.


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Pearl Harbor Day

On December 7, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy attacked the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  21 U.S. ships were damaged or destroyed.  2,402 Americans were killed.  1,282 were injured.  And America became involved in WWII.








This year is the 71st anniversary and survivors of that horrific day are dwindling in numbers.  I couldn’t find a solid number but estimates range from 2,000 to 3,000 and most are in their nineties.  Take advantage if you get an opportunity to speak to one of them.

And be sure to thank them for their service.


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Don’t Blame Capitalism

Capitalism:  an economic system in which investment in and ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange of wealth is made and maintained chiefly by private individuals or corporations, especially as contrasted to cooperatively or state-owned means of wealth.

I’m a believer, so I have to agree with those who say that retailers luring customers in on Thanksgiving is simply capitalism at work.

That doesn’t mean I endorse the insanity.

I’m told they are fighting over phones.  At a Victoria’s Secret location, they rumbled over ladies underwear.  The glass doors at an Urban Outfitters in California were broken by the surge of the crowd wanting to get in.  An argument about parking led to shots fired at a Florida Wal Mart.  A woman in one crowd bit a man who was trying to take some battle-won item from her.

What is this all about?

We need production and exchange of goods and services if our economy is to flourish.  The more activity there is, the better it is for all of us.  But bad behavior and violence isn’t how we would like it to play out.  I’m certain that most of what’s been posted on You Tube is the exception, not the rule.  Plenty of folks went shopping after Thanksgiving dinner and the worst they experienced was waiting in long lines.  We didn’t have a nationwide rampage of crazed shoppers.

It seems to have become a social event, even sport.  And some retailers, like Target, appeal to those folks.

I am personally offended by this particular series of commercials with the crazy woman in the red spandex.  It tells me that this retailer thinks their customers are ignorant drones who fashion their lives around the big sale.  But it must work for some, as they get a big response.

I’ll bet a lot didn’t even go to actually shop on Thanksgiving night, but to watch, like rubbernecking while passing an accident on the road.  Humans are oddly drawn to watching the proverbial train wreck.  And perhaps it has to do with Warhol’s 15 minutes of fame theory.  People want to be included.  They want to be a part of all this – maybe see themselves on the evening news.  And if they happen across a rumble, their cell phone will bring You Tube fame.  These are the same people who have made reality TV so popular.

But some of this is related to the breakdown of our society.  This is the scarier, darker side.  Respect, kindness and patience too often seem to take a back seat these days to greed, violence and inhumanity.  I’m sure most of those people in the videos normally don’t behave in such an unseemly manner.  Yet there they are for all to see, pushing, shoving, yelling and even fighting – over a phone.  There’s a mob mentality to it and otherwise average folks get caught up in it.

I’ve heard people blaming this bad behavior on evil capitalism, corporate greed and retailers who put profit above all else, even our families and the tradition of Thanksgiving.  But the truth is that if people didn’t show up, they wouldn’t open the store.  They would all be at home with their families too.


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