Sunday, May 31, 2009
"Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust.." Psalms 40:4
And please take a few minutes to read our posts below on Socialism and how it's affected Germans and Armenians. We'd really appreciate your comments. Thanks. z
Happy Sunday, all....
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I write this because Mr. Z's account about Germans (article just below this) and how the people became so different after having lived in the East or the West really got me thinking of the situation of my own people.
Armenians, the last 100 years or so, came mostly from Turkey. The largest influx was soon after the massacres. The nightmare some call 'the Armenian genocide' in Turkey lasted through and just after World War I. (There are still Turks who deny the murder of 1.5 million Armenians. Just for your interest, I link this also and add that I'm not fighting that war here at my blog. You must draw your own conclusions about whether the death of hundreds of thousands of Armenian mothers and children was just or deserved.)
Armenians, for the most part, are like Germans. One might say they're known for being highly intelligent and successful in the arts, business, sciences, etc. I've always been very proud to be an Armenian, especially here in California, where the community has contributed in many constructive ways, including William Saroyan or California's two-term conservative governor, George Deukmejian.
Ronald Reagan once said, "America is a shining city on a hill whose beacon light guides freedom-loving people everywhere." Armenians were a part of all those immigrant groups who came here to be part of the beautiful dream on that hill. In the early 20th century, we came and learned the English language as fast as we could, even forbidding Armenian to be spoken at home if that would help the children learn their new language faster. I've heard tales by relatives of first setting eyes on that amazing lady in the ocean in New York, the Statue of Liberty, and what that meant to them. They'd arrived! They had a hopeful future, they were actually in AMERICA! They couldn't wait to fit in and wouldn't have taken a handout if they could in any way avoid it, and very rarely did. They are known for their hard work, solid families, and children who went on to higher education. Armenians respected America and were thrilled and grateful to be part of it.
Turkish Armenians aren't Turkish, but it's how we're regarded in contrast to Russian Armenians. What is Turkey now was largely Armenia at one time, many, many years ago. So, those families still in Turkey when borders were moved were known as Turkish Armenians. My mother's family was from Istanbul but, for various reasons, she was raised in Cairo, Egypt. It was during the forties that Armenians in Cairo were encouraged to "Go to Armenia, the land of milk and honey! Go back to your roots!" Many did....only to be stuck there as soon as the Iron Curtain slammed down, with Armenia on the wrong side of it. If it weren't for my mother's brother, our whole family's history would have been rewritten for the worst. He felt something funny was happening and, him being the man of the house after their father had died, he convinced my grandmother not to go there. Many weren't that lucky. They went and joined their fellow Armenians in the Homeland, that land whose capital is Yerevan and which had been the first nation in the world to name Christianity its religion. Mount Ararat, where Noah's Ark landed, was once in the area of Armenia. Those Armenians were stuck there for years, two generations were raised under Communism. (I should say that Armenia hasn't been part of the USSR for about 15 years now, it's its own independent country, so I use the term "Russian Armenians" to classify those who were stuck in the Soviet Socialist Republic of Armenia those years back and even who are there now only to contrast with Turkish Armenians; they are technically not Russian Armenians anymore.)
Those Russian Armenians started to arrive in America about thirty years ago. They started coming in droves and settled in pockets of Los Angeles, a large number settled in Glendale, California. I can only talk for Los Angeles, but I think this story here is probably echoed throughout America. I sincerely hope not. I say that because the Armenians who came here from Russian Armenia, in general, seem to have lost their way, they don't seem of the same stock as the Turkish Armenians. How could that be? Their relatives were here for years, no problems for America; if anything, only good came from that. The Russian Armenian counterparts have changed Los Angeles in a different way.
I once spoke to a policeman who told me "You know, we never had an Armenian in our jails ....not for many, many years! Suddenly, half the jails are full of them. They're the ones from Russia." Did their genes change? Was it something in the Russian water? For years, Armenians came and contributed, never took! Suddenly, I'm told the Armenians are coming with the phone numbers and addresses of welfare offices in the LA area. They're coming prepared to live off of this great country which the earlier arrivals of Armenians had revered and didn't want to harm, only wanted to be a part of in the best possible way. We Armenians here today who see what's happening cringe and bemoan the fact that this is happening to our city. We see first hand how much the people must have suffered in Armenia to have adapted to this kind of entitlement mentality.
The same people, the same genes, same intelligence, but the drive doesn't seem to be there, even dignity and following the laws seem to have gone by the wayside. There are those who won't work, the children are not so encouraged to get a higher education, they've created street gangs! I must qualify this: it seems that it's "the more recent the arrival, the most problems"....many Russian Armenians have fit beautifully into Los Angeles over the last 30 years.
Yes, they lived under Communism, they had Black Market mentality drilled into them from an early age. Hard work had stopped paying off in the Old Country years ago, why bother? One must survive. As much as America was, and still is, the land of opportunity and the place which had welcomed millions of contributing and appreciative Armenians for years, suddenly even those Armenians are stunned at this new influx of people who, in general, only want to take, not contribute.
I like to hope that Armenians born here, whose ancestors had been stuck behind the Iron Curtain, will be influenced by those of us who set a good example for them. I hear some good things in that vain, I pray it's so. As America seems to be adapting, more and more, a socialist mentality of entitlement and government-owned companies, free education, free health care, one wonders which group of Armenians will feel most comfortable in this great land in, say, 10 years.
I don't have the answer for that, but I will say I'm proud to be a part of that group who came earlier, who appreciated all America meant and who, I think, have been part of the building of this great land. Mr. Z said this at the end of his story:
"Same people, same genes, same history; but what a difference under two distinctly different ideologies. America, please benefit from Germany's past. We owe it to you." I'll leave you with this in relating to the Armenian people:
"Same people, same genes, same history; but what a difference under two distinctly different ideologies. America, we Turkish Armenians who've benefited from you will never cease to be grateful. We will try with all our might to make sure America stays the great land it has been; a land which offers opportunity more than any other country in the whole wide world, a land which rewards hard work and integrity, a land that has been so good to those of us who understand your history and live by your laws. We'll try to keep it that way. We owe it to you."
Friday, May 29, 2009
The year 2009 is a big year for
My mother fled the Russians with my brother and me in the waning days of WW II. I remember bits and pieces of Germany in rubble after the war, walking to a British soup kitchen with a lunch pail, stealing some coal from the Brits with my little handcart, only having enough to eat because my grandfather bred chickens and we had a big vegetable garden. There wasn't that much destruction in the little town in
Two more things I remember vividly: The 2 Pfennig blue stamp we put on each letter and postcard to help
While we did not have an abundance to eat, we did not go to bed hungry, unlike the people of
One of the reasons for the action of the Soviets was that the Western Allies (the Americans, for that matter, represented by Gen. Clay) were in the process of setting up a new currency system in the Western part of the country and started to establish the rules for a German government. This is how, in August 1948, 33 selected people (lawyers, intellectuals and members of democratic parties) met on the island of Herrnchiemsee on the Chiemsee lake in Bavaria and ironed out a Constitution for Germany, the so called „Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch“ (BGB, or common law). They did that in only 13 days of seclusion, despite minimal provision of food and drink, in an effort which some people have compared, because of its significance, to the generation of the Constitution of the
This was, therefore, the starting point for two German States, established under very different sets of rules. And exactly here lies a very interesting point in study: What happened to these two States which started from the same German people, but implemented with opposite political systems? We saw the results almost 40 years later.
Because of the rapid build-up after the war,
wealthy and prosperous, life was excellent. The country grew and flourished until, after about 25 years, and because of a creeping social system which finally went too far, it became rather complacent. When I came back to work with a German company in the 90’s after 15 years of working in foreign countries, I couldn’t believe what I saw – the drive and productivity exhibited by the people during those great years after the war was replaced by an entitlement mentality. If government pay for unemployment is of the same order as a normal salary, the system goes bankrupt and morale suffers. In addition, the burden on companies became so large and employee 'protection' so far reaching, that companies avoided hiring additional personnel and started to relocate company headquarters and production. What
had happened? The conservative government had been replaced by a socialist government, and the subsequent conservative government failed to turn these policies around. The subsequent socialist/Green party government made matters worse, and
At the same time after the war, East Germany implemented the communist system under pressure and direction by the Soviets, where everything was owned by the State and planned through a central government organization, and everybody was „equal“, except, of course, the government and party officials who had all the nicest amenities in life. But the rest of the population was suppressed, spied upon (even for trying to listen to Western radio or TV to find out about the West), and had to eat or consume only what the planning department made available, after the officials had been served, of course.
After the wall opened in 1989, the people of the West were stunned to see the results of 40 years of communism. East Germany was an absolute mess on all levels, personal, infrastructure, government, everything.
Here are lessons for the current situation in the
1. The difference of the social and economic situation between East and West Germany provides clear evidence that the free market system is far superior than a state planned economy or, as otherwise expressed – communism/socialism don’t work.
2. A free society like
3. As can be recognized from the evolution in
4. The effect of communism takes at least two generations to reverse.
While Germany is working hard to re-unify the country and to bring increased individual responsibility back to the country through a reversal of excessive social benefits, the United States is doing exactly the opposite under Obama. Each and every one of the actions of this government goes in the direction which East Germany took after WW II, and that does not only include economic actions, such as the nationalizing of companies and putting companies at a disadvantage relative to the unions, but affecting society through trying to suppress civil discourse through the help of the mass media as the fifth column.
While Germany would not have survived the pressure from the Soviets without the unbelievable help of the United States after WW II, maybe the time has come that the U.S. should look back to Germany to see how the West prospered under conservative direction and how the East ruined itself under the Socialist/Communist regime. Same people, same genes, same history; but what a difference under two distinctly different ideologies. America, please benefit from Germany's past. We owe it to you.
By Mr. Z
WHOM WOULD YOU PICK to take over? And WHY? Put yourself below that bubble above and fill in what you're thinking! (by the way..the 'whom' is from Mr. Z, Mr. English Grammar...ugh)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
1. I've never been a liberal and appreciate the thinking behind the many libs who've become conservatives very much because it's gratifying, reassuring, and edifying, particularly when they're as brilliant as Dennis Miller or Evan Sayet (who I got to meet 3 weeks ago! SUCH a great guy). One of my favorite things said to me is "hey, you aren't liberal like I am, but you really listen and don't just scorn what I'm saying right off the bat". I think that's important and it's made people rethink Conservatives. A least favorite thing I'm used to hearing is "My gosh, I agree with everything you said! But, I could NEVER be A REPUBLICAN" . THIS is the background for how important I think media is in politics and why I don't understand those who don't agree with me on that. Perception is everything, sadly. Something along the lines of this first thought for this tag is, also: If I never had to look at or hear Press Secretary Robert Gibbs again, it would be far too soon. Would that Ari or Tony were there, never demeaning, never mocking, very rarely dismissing anything they didn't feel like discussing.
2. My family means a lot to me. Mr. Z is waaay on top of that list. He IS that list. I come from a super family I'd like to talk more about but don't because of anonymity. Not that we're famous, trust me, we're not, but ...... enough said. You'd LIKE them!! :-)
3. I used to say "too bad kittens have to grow into cats" until I was practically forced (long story) to get two kitties. I had one, my Marcello, for 17 years and his sister died at 20... I miss them both as if they died yesterday and it's been 3 years since we lost Musetta. Sometimes, I look down at my feet here at my desk or picture one of them walking across the desk top and feel I can almost see them still. I'll bet you've had that same feeling if you had cats you loved. People say "Get another cat" but I don't want any other cats but them. Still...when it's time, I'll know. Don't ever ask anyone you're buying cats from if they're declawed. And please, I will NOT have that discussion here. I'm tired of it...geeeeeeeZ!
4. I have learned that widows need more caring attention than we give them. That's all I'll say on that matter. No, I'll add...'please do it, contact a widow today, especially a recent one....listen, take her for coffee, have her for dinner.' (medium rare...heh)
5. ABC's commenters and the referrees at the Lakers games are very biased against them. I know, it sounds unsportmanlike to say that so I hesitated, but Mr Z and I keep looking at each other with "What was THAT? Why didn't they compliment the Laker who just did a better dunk than that Nugget did who they just waxed joyously over?" or "what do you MEAN two hands on Kobe's back 'looks like a problem', didn't you see what we saw? When is pushing with two hands while shooting not a problem?" Even Kobe, a consummate professional who doesn't complain, looked puzzled at the calls from time to time the other night. I walk away from the TV feeling like "What's the point?" and wondered if Kobe feels like that. Later, we said this is how we feel about America sometimes. The inmates are in charge of the asylum and fairness is out the window. I felt exactly the same physical feeling watching the bias toward the Lakers as I do watching the media against Republicans, half of this country. As if I were helpless; I have difficulty watching the games now because "what's the point?" At least, with the Lakers, it's just a game. (I'm a huge Lakers fan but this topic isn't something I'd have chosen to write on unless we REALLY noticed the ABC/referree bias...and if I hadn't noticed the similarity between that and our political situation)
6. I love music. People ask "What kind do you like the most?" My answer is "Anything in my key!" Yes, I'm a singer. Mostly, I sing jazz. While I like some instrumentals, I'm more about the words, I guess. But, I love classical, too, and singerless jazz. But, not too heavy jazz........Chet and Thelonius need not apply. And don't pluck piano strings, I don't call that music! There is no better feeling than singing with a big band or four other women, knowing that, if the tight harmonies you've rehearsed 45 times are giving YOU goosebumps, the crowd must really love it. That 'after the concert' feeling is beyond sublime. A secret I'll share is I rarely LISTEN to music. I've never known quite why. I'm more a TV and talk person, I guess. I don't come home and flip some music on and I don't enjoy listening to the indiscriminate music some DJ picks for me over the radio! (except for AM1260 on LA radio on Sundays, when it's all music from the forties, OR that Sunday night country station that plays REAL country classics). I do love MAKING music, whether it's singing jazz/old forties stuff, or playing classical piano, which I do fairly often. Playing two-handed classical piano (anybody want to try the Clementi sonatinas?) and singing in studio is beyond rapture.
7. I'm addicted to blogging. I can't walk by our office where the computers are without 'just checking' for new comments; even if I'm having a dinner party downstairs ( I mean WHILE people are at the table talking and eating, etc.!) or I'm turning in or have bills to pay or HAVE to go somewhere. This once incredibly punctual woman is now late to EVERTHING. I hate that. (sort of!) Mom was here recently with relatives from NY. Ten minutes after they came (they were still standing saying hello to my siblings who were here, etc.) I went upstairs JUST to check on my lipstick or something and just happened to check my emails (for five minutes)! When I came down, Mom said "you weren't on your COMPUTER, I know you weren't!!" ooooh, yes, I was :-)
8. Faith means more and more to me. I was born a Christian and my folks were great in taking us to church, etc. More than great, though I hated it as a teen, oh, brother, DID I!! I've asked myself ALL the questions you nonbelievers (and believers) have asked yourselves and still do...believe me. . But, too many things have happened that I have to stop looking at them as COincidences and start acknowledging GODincidences. The more I do that, the more they are happening. I'm learning the difference between immature and mature Christians and glad to say I'm maturing in baby steps. I believe this level of maturity is what separates the churches and why certain denominations are splintering off...babies from adults; baby food to real food, as Hebrews tells us. We need to get more Christians to read the Bible and get more mature....and fast. And we must stop secularists from taking away the right to believe. Faster, folks!
So...thanks for hanging in there. The minute I publish this, I'll think of far more interesting, funnier stuff, but...........I hope you at least enjoyed reading it.
Always On Watch tagged Mustang, Beamish and The Merry Widow! Great choices all! I can't WAIT to hear from them. I have choices I don't THINK would do it, but am happy to announce 3 blogger buddies I think I have a better chance with.......I hope so:
I am officially tagging...(trumpet music, please!)....Susannah, Heidianne and Bloviating Zeppelin
At New York's Saint Rocco's Catholic Church they have a weekly husband's
marriage seminar. At the session last week, the Priest asked Luigi, who was approaching his 50th wedding anniversary, to take a few minutes & share some
insight into how he had managed to stay married to the same woman all these
Luigi replied to the assembled husbands, "Wella, I've a-tried to treat-a her nicea, spenda da money on her, but besta of alla is that I tooka her to
Italy for the 25th anniversary!"
The Priest responded, "Luigi, you are an amazing inspiration to all the husbands here! Please tell us what you are planning for your wife for your
Luigi proudly replied, "I'm agonna go get her!"
(I don't know, that just cracks me up!) z
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Yes, I'm a big THE BAND fan.........a DIVIDE came up in conversation today (see below) and I couldn't resist a chance to play THE BAND. From THIS ARTICLE:
's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court is a historic milestone for Latinos, but it resonates well beyond Hispanic pride. It is perhaps the most potent symbol yet of a 21st century rapprochement between the U.S.'s two largest minorities, Latino Americans and African Americans, who in the 20th century could be as violently distrustful of each other as blacks and whites were.
Elmer's Brother asked me "IS THERE A (Black/Hispanic) DIVIDE?" apparently.........a GREAT DIVIDE.
I was waiting for the article to say "....and they're all Republicans.."! Ya, all of Hollywood is Republican, right?
Where will these kids go for a kick when they're SWEET SIXTEEN? Marakesh for a year of hookas and shish kebab with 20 friends?? Well, maybe these parties don't leave much carbon footprint.... that'll make the parents feel much, much better.
I have to tell you a little story:
Z: So are WE, WVDOTTR....thanks! And, Mothers and Dads, Grandpas and Grandmas, Aunts, Uncles....you get the picture.............teach the children......America deserves it. And so do our soldiers. BIG time
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Sonia Sotomayor has to be 'empathetic and understanding', she has to feel a woman's pain and a poor person's sadness and a Latina's feelings of disenfranchisement....to be a good Supreme Court JUDGE?
The president said a Hispanic on the court would mark another step toward the goal of ``equal justice under law.'' But, isn't the constitution based on equal justice? How is her appointment 'another step'? All in italics is from the linked article:
In his remarks, Obama made no mention of his earlier statement that he wanted a justice with empathy, although his remark that compassion was needed came close.
``I simply do not know exactly what the difference will be in my judging,'' she said in a speech in 2002. ``But I accept there will be some based on my gender and my Latina heritage.'' Is there a new constitution based on Latina women, or? What's she mean? This morning, Obama said she will serve with 'impartial justice.' oops.
From the moment Souter announced his resignation, it was widely assumed Obama would select a woman to replace him, and perhaps a Hispanic as well. But, he's supposed to just pick THE BEST PERSON, isn't he? darn.
This will be the leftist mantra for the next few months: "She was first appointed by a Republican, President George H.W. Bush, and won Senate confirmation without dissent." Suddenly, those Bushes who the Left despises for erring in war, in the economy, in.....well...breathing.....suddenly just can't have made a mistake in selecting Sotomayor, right? Wait for it.
At least Bush promised "no litmus test"...this new president's all litmus test. A constitutional professsor!? Were his textbooks wrapped in brown paper and concealing Das Kapital or something? He couldn't have been reading the constitution. Bush said, back then, ``I will pick'' someone ``who will strictly interpret the Constitution and not use the bench to legislate.'' I wish Obama could have at least SAID that.
Just found this and thought I should add it here: There's a LITTLE 'light in the tunnel' info here.....but not much. Here's hoping she'll be able to judge by the constitution, not from the litmus test obama seems to have used. And, let's hope he met her another time because one hour seems kind of short to me?
3. When did you first start to get a feeling something was changing for the worse in America?
I don’t have a specific event or date in mind. Obviously 9/11 was a terrible moment to live through, especially because I was in DC and worked close to the Pentagon. However, I did not realize at the time that this event would trigger so many real changes.
It is mostly by talking to friends -- who are mostly Democrats or Liberals since I have lived on the coasts – that I felt socialist ideas may take place in this country. The healthcare issue has made people confused. They confused healthcare with welfare and think they go hand in hand. That is why a lot of people think the European model is wonderful without making the intellectual effort of looking at what it really entails.
But beyond socialism I fear a greater danger is looming: fascism coming from the left, which some people on the right could very well join at some point because they are either opportunistic (big businesses like GE) or do not believe strongly in individual liberties.
History has shown fascistic ideas, wrongly associated to the right, are rooted in Marxists and populist ideologies and are far from advocating free market, globalization and personal freedom. Hitler was a national-socialist. Mussolini started his political journey as a Marxist and even the French revolution, revered by the French left, established years of bloody dictatorship.
The French revolution cannot be compared to the American Revolution, for it was fascistic in nature and replaced a monarchy with State terror. I personally despise what the French revolution did past 1789. It was one thing to freed people from aristocracy, it was another to commit genocide against its own citizens (Vendee) and cut the heads of many moderate opponents (Robespierre’s Jacobins vs. Danton’s Girondins) in the name of enlightment.
Mitterrand is another example of how the fascistic and leftist ideas are intertwined. Mitterrand was the most celebrated man in
Even the current National Front in France and its leaders like Jean-Marie Le Pen or Bruno Gollnisch, defined as right extremists, are for big government and support a strong welfare state for the “true French.” Their electoral success in the 80s and 90s was actually due to their ability to take votes on the left, especially amongst the working class folks used to vote for the French Communist Party (PCF).
You’re getting my point: fascistic ideas are not a right-left thing. It actually blurs the lines created by political parties. When our two party system is becoming pretty much one party, when Specter becomes a Democrat for his career, I think there increasingly are signs we may very well be on our way to fascism. Here are signs that make me think that way:
• Willingness to not only control the economy but also human behavior (anti-tobacco laws, tax on transfats, etc…) to purify society from unhealthy behaviors that are costly to the State. (That is why nationalized healthcare is not a good thing.)
• Increasing criticism of true free-market as a model on the left and the right.
• Anti-CEO or “anti-bourgeois” sentiment helped by rare episodes like the Enron and Maddoff. (Another common trait about extreme ideologues, fascists and the left: they transform rare situations into generalities.)
• Corrupted officials who disrespect the Constitution and think it’s a living document. It would be very convenient to some if freedom of speech was a living concept, wouldn't it? In that case the Fairness Doctrine would be respectful of the Constitution, n'est-ce-pas?
• Increased corporatism of the past and current administration with the banks bailout, the “Goldman Sachs connection”, car makers and GE.
• Fascination and admiration for strong leaders like Chavez and Ahmadinejad, and veneration of Obama
• Increased anti-Israel stance on the left evolving into European anti-Semitism
• Fight to eliminate religions in our society and replace it with State morality, very much like the French revolution and Hitler tried with either the Cult of Reason or Paganism. (I’ll try to address the separation of Church and State through the other questions because I have a lot to say about this.)
Doesn’t it feel like the 1930s and what happened in Europe when fascistic movements in
I hope I am flat out wrong. But when Liberals and Obama sympathize with gangsters like Chavez, organize parties for Ahmadinejad, bow to a Saudi king but don’t show much respect for Western allies or
Am I saying Obama is Mussolini or Hitler? Obviously not. But some of his policies are fascistic. Firing a CEO is an Il Duce-like decision. Having GE serve your purpose and your economic policies to later reward them is fascistic. Even the bank bailout started with Bush and the fact that no citizen can have a say or sue the government for legalized robbery is corporatism, which is of fascistic nature.
If we as citizens don’t react to all of this, this can only get worse. The government will think it can do anything. Socialism, communism or fascism only lead to greater corruption and less freedom. That’s my #1 concern for this country right now.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Pictures from the Westwood VA Cemetery ceremony today....from afar (every one of the 86,000 graves have flags on them), a little closer in the second shot (note the choir to the left and the bandstand), and a little girl running free because of the men lying in rest under her feet. The chaplain closed the ceremony with ".....to God we pray, in the NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES..." No, happily and surprisingly, he was not arrested shortly after the service. 14 Congressional Medal of Honor recipients are at rest very near UCLA. They should have gone there to college instead. School, family, love, joy......all sacrificed.
When I got home to post these, a friend had sent this poem. What could be better?
|A Memorial Day Poem|
By C W Johnson
We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As TAPS began to play.
The Chaplain led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here 'neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you've given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore
God bless them all.
Please see Sparks from the Anvil's AMAZING video.
And now, the annual printing of my poem from 1998......(like it or not, it puts me in the mood for Memorial Day)
Memorial Day at Frank and Ellie's
The lake bumped the sand, causing the water to wrinkle at the end of the long grass slope
that started back up at the house
The slope was lime green and shadow leaves swayed across it in the breezy heat...the barbecue was smoky with hamburgers, and the table was piled with bowls of cole slaw, potato salad, pickles, catsup and mustard
We sat under towering oak trees with black angled branches and a white blue sky that held the heat in like the lid on a pot of corn on the cob
Bessie the dog ran through the trees and into the lake while the four small boys splashed in the water and Grandpa shouted advice about their plastic raft, him being an old navy man
The furniture in the house was American Primitive, dark wood-spoked chairs on an intricate wood floor and bright orange crate labels from the family business hung framed against pine slat walls
A small American flag waved out of the large spoon pitcher on the stove next to Grandma's three layer chocolate cake, and the childrens' popsicles were red, white and blue and left their mouths patriotic with color....It was Memorial Day that warm Florida Monday. We didn't mention it, but it was there. Z
For a really good laugh, don't fail to see Zack's Diversity Lane cartoon..........wonderful.
Enjoy your day....while we have the freedoms our soldiers fight for!
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
The article adds "Not only is it bad form, say Democrats and women's advocates, it's bad politics."
THAT's funny...I found it very bad form when "women's advocates" did nothing for Miss California when a liberal called her the 'c' word and 'bitch'... Or how they shied away from much outrage over Clinton's sexual forays, or when they don't stand up for muslim women's rights .... or when they fawn over and champion Ted Kennedy, the "Chappaquiddick Water Walker".... you pick one, you're probably better at it than I.
I'll add that if this kind of childish behavior by Republicans is what's going to be happening, they don't represent me.....or, probably, many of you. And, don't be blaming the media for unfairness anymore if you agree with what's been said about that horrible Pelosi; this stuff does deserve some indignation. READ the article, don't just guess it's me bashing Republicans, it's BAD. And it has to stop. Now, give me your 'what for'...I can take it. I think!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
1. What prompted you to leave
That day, a dream had come true after years of longing as a teenager who was in love with American sports, including football, and as a young adult who had not much hope for a better future because of the poor economic and social conditions of
Since my youth, unemployment has been around 10% on average. When the economy would get better, unemployment numbers would barely improve. Work regulations were so strict that hiring young people was the last thing on any company’s mind—it was too risky since they could not lay them off if necessary. Note that I’m using the past tense but it hasn’t changed since my leaving the country.
You have to understand how inflexible the French job market is and why so many companies have moved their headquarters or offices to countries like
So, in addition to being in love with the American way of life, I wanted to feel free and flee socialism. I could go on and on but this is a blog, right? So it has to be short.
2. What were your first impressions of
I moved to DC first and loved it right away even though my first two weeks were very challenging. I had to find a place and the dotcom boom was making it very difficult since all the apartments in DC were rented and I had no credit history or social security number yet.
My first impression was the goodness of the people. Everyone was extremely friendly, positive, accepting and ready to help. Then, once I started working, I definitely loved my environment. The work ethic here is incredible, especially on the East Coast.
Through these last 10 years, I’ve been able to get a better grasp of
Despite this lack of comfort, I noticed how much compassion and decency American people have. I've seen more decency here than in
So my impressions were great. I love the American spirit because it makes people focused on creating a better place for themselves or their loved ones. By having the government take care of everything, on top of destroying the religious aspect of society -- whatever the religion is -- I can safely predict this aspect of
Z: Comments, folks?
She added that Californians were obviously "CONFUSED". This is the new mantra of the Left, I guess; disagree with them and you're CONFUSED.
Then they interviewed the head of the Teacher's Union here in Los Angeles. He's none too happy, either! After all, we all know how throwing more money at the teachers helps educate our kids, right.....No matter that the statistics show that's not true? (I can't resist plugging the relevant film FREEDOM WRITERS here, please put it on your Netflix list, or STAND AND DELIVER) But, I digress. He went on to say they might have to cancel SUMMER SCHOOL this year! I love that idea! Kids home this summer might force their mothers home this summer. Maybe they'll tighten their belts and realize they LIKE being home. Let the kids have a summer, let the moms have some time off, too. I absolutely recognize that not all families can afford Mom not to work, but maybe if some families just tried to get creative or fire the nanny or give up an expensive vacation or bigger house or better car? Just a thought. Maybe our kids will do better in hard financial times?
This tightening belts in California or across the whole nation might have been a better solution than throwing nonexistent, or somebody else's, money at everything, don't you think?
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
The only State Measure that passed was banning raises for state officeholders while California is running a deficit. (or until the 9th Circuit again overturns the will of the people, of course). Imagine needing a Measure for that common sense policy?
Here's a guy with no agenda! Looks like the reporters are working overtime to blame the people now. Check out anywhere which might include how many billions Californians are paying for illegal healthcare and other services. This journalist 'forgot' to mention it. Get this, from this article: Worst-case scenarios also call for the release from state prisons of up to 19,000 illegal immigrants, who would face deportation, and the transfer of up to 23,000 other prisoners to county jails. That's a 'worst-case scenario?' Get the buses.
I'm guessing it'll take a year or so before all Americans will be saying NO MORE TAXES. Would that Washington will hear that. I'm not thrilled that California's facing these problems, but I think this sends a message Washington might be fearing long about now......Arnold was there yesterday.
BY THE WAY...YOU GUYS SEE BEAMISH'S STATEMENT BELOW? YOU DON'T HAVE TO COMMENT, BUT THINK ABOUT IT...MAKES SENSE TO ME!!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Germany ranks 10th in the chart above, Americ's 17th. Um........Ever been to Mexico? It placed 6th. Here's what Mr. Z has to say on the subject:
This demonstrates how utterly idiotic the ECO index is, assembled by National Geographic (Are they paid by Gore to distribute lies like this?!).
I recommend we orient our eco behavior to the frontrunners. I demand that their exemplary behavior be integrated into our laws (yes, my tongue's stuck in my cheek here!). Nancy Pelosi can implement that, can’t she?
Z: This is almost as hilarious as WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON as SPECIAL ENVOY to.................HAITI!! I am STILL laughing since I heard it last night.