Thursday, January 31, 2013

FOCUS; is this true?

Snopes says this story is "undetermined," which makes me believe it's true, since this is usually the terminology for stories they don't want to admit are true.  I Googled this quite a bit and it's apparently a story first reported in August 2012.  And Snopes still says "undetermined?"  :-)  
How can this not be true?  The amounts seem right in what this woman's getting.   How do we handle this situation?  We certainly can't afford to continue payments like this to people who won't work.  The woman leasing a Focus  certainly isn't an enigma.....Here's the Facebook entry:

This is is exactly why Mitt Romney said that 40 something % of the people are too dependent on the government. They have learned to work the system.
A Ford Dealer's Report - From Tom Selkis' (Latham Ford) Facebook - True story yesterday at the dealership.
"I'll try to make this as short and to the point as I can.
One of my salesmen here had a woman in his office yesterday wanting to lease a brand new Focus.
As he was reviewing her credit application with her he noticed she was on social security disability.
He said to her you don't look like you're disabled and unable to work.
She said well I'm really not. I could work if I wanted to, but I make more now than I did when I was working and got hurt (non-disabling injury).
She said the gov't sends her $1500.00 a month in 1 check. And she gets $700.00 a month on an EBT card (food stamps), and $800.00 a month for rent. Oh yeah, and 250 minutes free on her phone. That is just south of $3500.00 a month. When she was working, she was taking home about $330.00 per week.
Do the math and then ask yourself why the hell should she go back to work.
If you multiply that by millions of people, you start to realize the scope of the problem we face as a country.
Once the socialists have 51% of the population in that same scenario, we are finished.
The question is when do we cross that threshold if we haven't already, and there are not enough people working to pay enough taxes to support the non-working people? Riots?? Be prepared to protect your homes.
She didn't lease the Focus here because the dealer down the road beat our deal by $10.00/month.
Glad to know she is so frugal with her hard earned money."

So...what does America do?  "Do the math!"


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yesterday's post.......... enough.  Long, passionate, and enough for two days' posts.
Please chime got a pretty good conversation going and we'd love to have you join!


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Right CAN never be matter how right they are

Monday morning, Carol Costello of CNN was almost smiling as broadly as on Inaugural Day, when leftwinger news-readers could show their blissful glee at the coronation of their hero without seeming TOO biased...after all, it IS an inauguration;  it would be unpatriotic not to be thrilled, right?

This time, Ms Costello was smiling at the "intolerance" and "extremism" of the Republican party and, particularly, the Tea Party, which seems to have a joke attached to its name as she could barely contain her mocking smug leer every time she said the words. (I'm glad it's FOX that's biased, right? :-)

Most geeeZ readers know that I can't STAND Sarah Palin.  I was a fan when she first came out on the scene because she was right in what she said, she was energetic, and she was exciting to the crowds.  But, I've been over her for a long while now.  Did the media have a big part to do with my disinclination to continue liking her? Possibly.  But less than my buying into their nasty trash-picking annihilation of "everything Palin" was my realizing that this had happened;  They had managed to make her look like a fool.  AND they managed to make her be the face of Conservatism.  Now, most people know she's no fool.  Let's put it this way;  all of my commenters except a couple of libs are really bright people and nobody knows their names, but everybody knows Sarah Palin's, right?   No, she's no fool.   But, she was labeled and mocked and ridiculed from the time the leftwingers saw her power and that was that.  She is gone, except to REALLY rabid Conservatives who could still listen to her speaking twang ("you betcha!" wink wink).

Carol Costello's question she wanted Tweeted in to her was "What's killed the Tea Party?" Along with that question across the screen was video of the fattest, most ridiculous red/white/blue members of the Party that they could find, of course.

What's particularly hilarious is that Costello, if she was remotely honest, would realize the answer to her question is HER.  She referred to Palin as someone who gives "homespun lectures" and was absolutely rejoicing over her break up with FOX News.  She equated the Tea Party with Palin and her hatred for both was palpable.
We all know that the MEDIA killed the Tea Party with their insults, their mocking. And either Costello really doesn't see it, or she's laughing all the way to the bank over it and acting coy.  You see, as most of you know, there is no room for free thought here in America, the "land of the free,"  anymore; free thought is insulted.  Anybody who disagrees with the left is insulted, and they paint it as if anybody who:

-doesn't like Obama is a RACIST
-believes women are truly equal and can pay for their own damned birth control wants to HURT WOMEN'S HEALTH ISSUES
-believes that plenty of scientists feel the left's GREEN thing is WAY overblown and all about GRANT MONEY is a MORON and THE RIGHT HATES HATE CLEAN WATER!!!
-believes we just plain can't afford to treat illegals to more goodies than most of us get HATES IMMIGRATION
-who works on Wall Street is a Republican (absolutely the other way around)

etc etc. (I won't bore you with a list you could do much better on with your points...adding way more than I could think of).

Heck, I have liberals here at geeeZ who think I'm anti woman when I AM A WOMAN.  And, did you know we also hate the middle class though I presume most of us are middle class?  OH, and even though some of you have told me your dear wives are Black, and my new nephew is Black and we all have Black friends, we hate Blacks.  They honestly think that way.  WHERE IS THE LOGIC?  Oh, and if you like a Black person and they're Conservative, that's because they're not  REALLY BLACK, right?  Or they'd THINK LEFT!  :-)  BIG minds, the left's got, huh? :-)

Then CNN Monday morning then moved to IMMIGRATION, and the new bill Lindsay Graham apparently called for right after the election.   (By the way, I'm only using CNN as an example here in this post of all leftwing media because what I saw yesterday SO affected me, and I'd say they're a pretty good example of it all). The implication was that the Right never EVER gave a thought to immigration.  Did you read that correctly?  Yes, you did.  CNN said that the Right never gave a thought to the huge amount of people coming in illegally, the huge amount of hospitals closing under the strain, ...etc etc...and, of course, the Right NEVER gives a damn about hard working immigrants who came here years ago and are still illegal.  Now, I'm on the Right, and I care very much for those people.  My hairdresser's sister has been in America for thirty years and Immigration is deporting her  because she didn't keep her papers in good order!  She let something lapse.  ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME?  We have no more problems than a woman of about 40 who's raised 2 fine American children here, who works hard and pays a lot in taxes, and her papers are a little off?   She's never taken a DIME of our money in her life and our government's going after her instead of all the poster children we see coming over the border with their big fat palms open for FREEBIES?   Un Freaking BELIEVABLE.  And, yes, we DO care about immigrants who have contributed to our country.  I've been told I hate immigrants here and I'm first and second generation!?  And those who confronted me with my supposed hatred know that!

But CNN's take on why the Republicans are acting now on an immigration bill is because they need votes;  it's ONLY about the election.  According to CNN, the Right NEVER EVER spoke about immigration until now!! (smile).  They showed Bush got 44% of the Hispanic vote, Romney apparently got 17%.  Think that was ROMNEY'S FAULT?   It's the way the Obama thugs SPUN what Romney was saying.  Marco RUBIO from CUBA agreed with much of Romney's rhetoric;  Does CUBAN RUBIO HATE HISPANICS, TOO!? :-)If you don't throw the doors open and give food stamps, free healthcare, drivers' licenses and everything else, you're RACIST? WHAT??

ANYTHING the Right does re most subjects now is painted as only "to win votes again" if immigration was ignored in their platform?  As if they don't want women and babies protected from abortion but only to get pro life votes?  As if they're not interested in better segregation for Black American than we have now (except it was pretty damned good until Obama came in and started the ball rolling down hill with that Harvard Professor BEER SUMMIT crap, remember?)  Suddenly, we all know that RACE was going to be an issue again, though we thought America was pretty much past it.

If you're not a LIBERAL EXTREMIST who can't understand SPENDING HAS TO STOP and immigration is a big part of that, you're a HOMESPUN YOKEL who hates immigrants, hates blacks, hates EVERYTHING but MONEY, right?   THAT is the picture many Americans are getting.........and they will not even LISTEN anymore to sanity.  They're afraid their goodies will stop if they don't vote Democrat.

Costello went on to talk about the 'Fiscal Cliff' and laughed at the very idea that Republicans aren't too happy about the huge debt.   SHE IS HAPPY ABOUT IT?   Where do these people get their information?  Does she not realize we're in BIG TROUBLE?

Costello...who cares about her?  Not me.  But, all these, and so many other, thoughts came to me while I watched and kept wanting to turn her OFF.....turn her off, because I knew that she is the future of journalism and, therefore, the future of AMERICA;  hateful, mocking, Right-bashing....smug.   THAT is the future.   And our kids are learning that same thinking in schools.  Abraham Lincoln said "The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of the government in the next."  Think THAT isn't TRUE? 

We weren't watching and the Left won.  No, it's not 'winning', it's WON.  They simply don't care about true equality, honesty, an open exchange of ideas.   They HATE and they DIVIDE.  And WE are the benefactors of the hate, but America is the sad benefactor of the hate and misinformation and dishonesty.

Can we turn it around?


NO.  I don't see that happening.

do you?  I just read my rant again to edit it and I want to add (in a way any writing teacher would be proud of since it really ties this whole mish-mosh of thoughts better together) something about Palin;  I am just realizing that I resent her mostly because of the face she gave for the media to SMEAR.  She was made by the media to be the face of Republicanism for a while and brother, did the media rag on her............ergo, US.  Am I right?  You betcha (wink wink!)

end of rant.    But, I have SO MUCH MORE TO SAY................So...CAN we turn this around, folks?


Monday, January 28, 2013

David Mamet and 'brain dead liberals'

David Mamet says some interesting things in this video, one of which is how it was a new California neighbor who brought him to Conservatism:

I know some of my more left leaning commenters will not watch this but comment disparagingly anyhow (mostly insulting Mamet's career or one of his plays so's to smoke over his political conversion) but, really...let's start thinking, folks. 
The video speaks for itself.
Mamet's book might be interesting reading for those of you with an open mind.

Do any of my readers have left-leaning friends who suddenly became Conservatives?  We'd like to hear what brought them around...


Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sunday Faith Blog

"Our love is the only thing God could not give himself." 
I was in a classroom Saturday morning and heard those words from a 16 year old during a Socratic Seminar on the word FREEDOM.... I wish you could have heard what got them from freedom to that statement.

Later, I asked the teacher where the student, might have got that and he said he has mentioned it in class.  He added that he's sure it isn't exactly from him but doesn't remember where he got it.  The important thing is it made that big an impression on Georgia and she used it in just the right place in that discussion.

"Our love is the only thing God could not give himself."   I found that compelling and hoped it might be an amazing entree to some great conversation here at geeeeZ today.  I hope so...please tell me what you think.   Do you believe the statement?   If so, why did God set things up in that manner? 

"I love those who love me, and those who seek me, find me."  Proverbs 8:17

Have a gorgeous Him. 


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Which president?

If you could pick one American president (dead or alive) to COME BACK and lead America again, who would it be?


Friday, January 25, 2013

The "DUH" Theory

A friend emailed me this and I couldn't resist posting it..........Somebody, please, tell us how being disarmed protects anybody.    And, please, let's talk about how we can be armed safely and protect our children, for example.
Any adult knows that shootings are very, very rare, and even leftwingers must finally understand there is no utopia where no bad things happen.  Well, okay, they don't understand, but maybe they'll start?   I would have hoped that we could live without armed people at schools, etc., but it looks like we've got nuts in this country who need psychological help and feel killing is a good idea.   Do we stop all people from having guns, from protecting themselves, because we can't take care of our nuts?  Do we start banning knives and only serve mashed potatoes in the future instead of meat that needs cutting because people stab others to death?

Leftwingers seem to hate guns.......they don't like war, they don't admire soldiering:   In the meantime, a liberal president is arming Muslim-run Egypt with F-16's. 



Thursday, January 24, 2013


Computer Geeks:  What causes sudden BSOD?   When the computer screen goes vivid cobalt blue and big white letters basically tell you "YOU ARE IN SUCH TROUBLE WITH THIS COMPUTER YOU WON'T EVEN BELIEVE IT!"?    (Well, I'm paraphrasing, but I think the actual words were even more foreboding than that!)
So, I turned it off, then rebooted and all was well with the world.
Why's it do that?  My computer gal says it's happened to her, too, and nothing of any consequence occurred again.  She said maybe geeky hardware guys might know but "they'll probably just BS you that they know." :-)

Anybody got a real reason why that happens when it all clears up right away? 



Women in COMBAT.............

WOMEN IN COMBAT.............Good or Bad?
I was thinking about this 'women in combat' thing and how much it would cost for separate gender-specific housing, bathrooms, etc., and then it dawned on me that we live in a time where women ARE men, where they'll probably be sleeping right next to the guys and using the same toilets.  Which means we'll probably have to pay more for abortions and give them birth control pills, etc.  I didn't like women on submarines and I don't like this.  I know we're as smart as any man, but stronger?  That's so obvious it's not worth asking.  Will this work?  Then there's this:
Exactly my point...........what the heck IS the difference anymore?   I know there's a difference, do they?  
How do you feel about it?  ARE women women anymore?  ARE THEY?


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

THE DEBT...cut, cut, cut? but..............

Most of us are all for "stop the entitlements! What's it TAKE to realize we can't afford them!?"    But, commenter Dave Miller and I discussed a little yesterday (on the comments page of the post below) how stopping government checks to entitlement seekers actually stops income from coming to the government and to private businesses, which we sorely need, because those people can't spend if they don't have the money.  On the other hand, we're pouring out money which we desperately need to pay off the debt, etc., to entitlement seekers
 etc., so which works best?
Do we cut, cut, cut government/entitlement spending.......thereby giving people less money to spend in our economy?  Or do we cut, cut, cut, knowing that we're saving money from our government that we don't really have anyway?

I'm us out here!!

Thanks, Z


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Obama doesn't even TRY...........

I don't know who JILL LAWRENCE from the NATIONAL JOURNAL is, but she does fairly well below in showing Obama's attacks on Republicans in his Speech yesterday, which I discussed on the Comments Page of my post below where I wrote what I thought Obama's Inaugural speech would look like in my dreams.......I disagree with Ms Lawrence quite a bit, but she is pretty fair and she did enumerate (see the bullets) the phrases that riled me.  She spared me an hour of writing a piece from what I heard yesterday and she mostly gets it right:

At least 10 times during his second inaugural address, President Obama made unmistakable allusions to Republican ideas that he rejects and wants the country to reject – even as he wrapped the critiques in a call for togetherness.
Progress in the past has been a collective enterprise, Obama said, whether it involved transportation, education, caring for the vulnerable, or ensuring fair play in a free market. To realize the “limitless possibilities” of the current moment, he said, Americans must move forward “as one nation, and one people.”
In defining his vision of forward, Obama did not spare conservatives. Here are some of his more pointed remarks:
  • “The commitments we make to each other,” such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, strengthen people rather than sap their initiative. “They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great,” he said. Those were direct rebuttals of claims by conservatives, topped by the Republican ticket he defeated. (Z:  what kinds of risks are available anymore when the gov't's calling all our shots?  And how are entitlement seekers not takers?)
  • “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science,” but the nation must respond to the threat of climate change. That was a reminder of the antiscience strain of the GOP (Z: WHAT?). “We will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God,” he said, invoking a stewardship principle popularized by some evangelical Christians.
  • “We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries.” It was a defense of his administration’s investments in clean energy, in the face of GOP attacks on the failed investment in Solyndra and picking winners and losers in general. (Z: Attacks or truths?  I wish they'd show some of Obama's 'winners')
  • “Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.” That was aimed at George W. Bush’s foreign policy and Republicans who want to extend the 11-year U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. (Z: as do so many soldiers we've heard telling us we could be successful if we stay.  And who in world history tells an enemy when he's leaving?)
  • “Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.” An attempt to pin those lines on voting restrictions imposed by Republican legislatures. (Z: actually, it's not restrictions, it's following the laws and making sure everybody only votes ONCE and legally).
Obama also mentioned income inequality, equal pay for women, equal treatment of gay people, a warm welcome for immigrants, and safety for children in Newtown, Conn., and elsewhere – an indirect reference to his gun-control agenda.

Every one of these issues fractures Republicans. The speech, devoid as it was of olive branches, played into the emerging Republican consensus that Obama is trying to divide and destroy the GOP.
They are right about the division part, though likely mistaken when they impute a motive to destroy. As in, he is proposing comprehensive gun control and immigration reform – instead of teeny slices of those packages – in order to set GOP factions against each other and blow up the party. New York Times columnist David Brooks recently made that argument, yearning for the “learn to crawl” piecemeal approach but anticipating that Obama would choose “kill the wounded” instead. (Z: I doubt anybody could 'blow up the party' but it is more sane and careful to not institute bills without discussion and picking laws that work, not just sweeping laws)>

By that logic, coming from Brooks and others, you could assume a president was aiming to destroy the opposition party every time he or she did anything that attracted some opposition votes but not all of them. Bush-era initiatives that divided Democrats would include tax cuts, the Iraq war, and his Medicare prescription-drug program. Did he propose invading Iraq because it would pit Democrat against Democrat?
Please. It’s far more likely that Bush believed in those causes and peeled off as many Democrats as he could in order to win passage or, if he had enough votes, to earn a bit of bipartisanship and justification for his “uniter, not divider” campaign slogan.
The same likely holds true for Obama. The difference is that for most of Obama’s first term, the GOP resembled what Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan called a “grim monolith” – no differences of opinion or conscience votes allowed (Z:  As if Democrats do that more? :-). She pleaded with Republicans to think and vote for themselves.  (Z: hint to Peggy:  If this means just going along with Obama, WHY?  Man, I thought Noonan had finally awakened again, but I guess not)

On Monday, Obama pitched his speech over the heads of Congress and directly to citizens, prodding them to get involved and “set this country’s course.” He did that secure in the knowledge that not only did he win reelection, but that public opinion polls show majority support for most of his goals.

That includes a path to legal status for illegal immigrants, a “balanced” budget approach that includes both tax hikes and spending cuts, and universal background checks for gun purchasers. Brooks lamented that last proposal as “inviting a long battle” with the National Rifle Association, yet one poll found 90 percent support for it. (Z: and polls, of course, largely hinge on how questions are asked about gun safety...)

Republicans clearly have some choices ahead, and Obama is not making it easy for them. He did not in his inaugural address speak soothingly of sitting down and reasoning together (though he did sit down for coffee at the White House with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday). Instead, he called out Republicans with this declarative sentence: “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.”

While that may not be the best relationship-building technique, it's a fact that Republicans did not make the past four years easy for Obama. The unanswered question is how hard they will make it for themselves, and him, over the next four. (end of article)

Z:  and, of course, it may be less about "making things hard for everyone" than "sticking up to their principals".

Advice to the author:  David Brooks?  Don't quote from David Brooks...he's the token "Republican" Meet the Press uses and it's just ridiculous to call him a Republican at all.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Oath of Office..............

"I, Barack Hussein Obama, promise to start putting America first.  I promise not to champion half of America and insult the other half.  I promise to learn from and to fix crises instead of creating philosophical nightmares from them.

One of the most important things I will finally turn my attention to in really meaningful ways is JOB CREATION.....not  federal jobs but jobs which hard working Americans will start creating because they're allowed to run their companies without the myriad job-killing restrictions I've placed on them.  I am starting to see sanity in that regard. 

I am also more sanely viewing Black on Black killings....I should have made an effort to help stop this a long time ago but, instead, I put getting votes above doing the right thing.  As the first half Black president, I should have realized I had a unique pulpit from which to try to help kids stop killing each other....I will work on this but, as far as gun control specifically, I will put that aside for now, stop the silly new, very costly study I ordered, and actually finally devote myself to JOBS;

I have been belittling to the Republicans and want to stop that.  I saw a few minutes of CNN Sunday during which they were all discussing the "silliness" of the last four years, pretty clearly implying it's the GOPs fault that I haven't got my (and the media's) way on everything (though I have been able to pass quite a bit and am sorry about a lot of it now) and that it has been all their fault and I realized how silly that sounds.  And immature.  John Boehner's being blasted for saying he won't talk with me but, really, the truth is that I've never even spoken to most Democrats in Congress let alone Republicans.  I've sent Reid and Pelosi to talk to them but I'm thinking that's created an Ivory Tower image of my presidency that truly IS silly and I need to push my sleeves up, really listen, and give the GOP credit for their good ideas and actually implement them.  We all need to put aside politics and work for our great country.  Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and Abraham Lincoln, whose Bibles I swore on today, would have wanted it that way.

I will stop all pork.  When a bill is written, nothing will be attached.  There is absolutely nothing good that's come of that and, if my presidency leaves nothing else good behind, doing this alone will be worth it.   And I promise to stop letting Republicans take the blame for bills that, on the surface, sound so good, like "save the water," or "save the hurricane victims," making the GOP sound BAD for not signing on, when I knew very well that the public would never learn that on those bills were impossible things the GOP was right in not passing.

I will try to forget my past because I have realized that nothing in it has promoted any remote sense of understanding, truly understanding and appreciating, the constitution or the amazing foundations of this country;  I've been too busy buying into the Left's constant chipping away at anything which shows America's greatness.  I picked America-hating  friends and mentors my whole life and that's stopping. I actually bought into the harangue that "America isn't  a good country so it doesn't deserve to be the world power."   This kind of thinking has to stop if we and the world are to continue benefiting from everything good America TRULY is.

Yes, I attended a Black church again Sunday, yesterday, to honor Dr King, but I suppose most people have noticed that it's a rarity that I go to church anywhere, and when I do it's always  a "black church"...  I think most Americans are fair-minded enough not to care what church their president attends, but I did lie about immediately finding a church in D.C. upon my first inauguration and haven't done so.  And I should not only attend Black churches because this does nothing for trust, but I should start attending Asian, White and Hispanic churches, too.  Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior and, while other religions have always been welcomed in the States, I forgot that the huge majority of Americans are Christians of any color.    

There are many things I've done wrong and I regret them.  One thing I know I must do is to insist that American teachers stop indoctrinating our children to leftwing ideology in schools.  We must teach to THINK not to THINK LEFT.   And we must remind children something I fear I contributed to helping them forget:  Success is a GOOD THING.  Morality is a good thing.  Indeed, America is a GOOD THING.

And, finally, though I could enumerate a thousand more points like those above (to my shame), I'd like to remind us all that we must tighten our belts and get the debt down if we are to survive and it might take some awfully disappointed entitlement-seekers to finally understand and I might lose votes for that, but I am going to try to get everyone to understand what Romney was trying to say.   Entitlements are going to be stopped.  We will find other ways to help needy Americans but it will not be through robbing other Americans against their will.   JFK was right when he said "Ask not what your country can do for you but what YOU can do for your country."   Our country can't keep doing for its citizens, we all have to chip in and help others, not depend on our neighbors forced into unsustainable medical plans or forced into putting a cap on their earning power.  We need to make ALL Americans stronger and that should not include crippling the already-strong.

God bless this country.  I am reelected and some were hugely disappointed, including the owner of this blog, Z, but I want to promise her and her readers and, indeed, the whole country, that I will be everyone's president in the next four years, not just Black America's president, or Leftwing America's president, and I want to thank her and other Conservative bloggers for having made me see the light" (Z: Okay...i had to throw a little levity in here!!)

I CAN DREAM!! :-)  Z

don't you just WISH!?


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Confucius Say.....Sunday Faith Blog

No, I don't usually quote Confucius on my Sunday Faith Blog, you're right.   But I ran across a piece of paper in a drawer the other day and wanted to share it with you;  it's a quote which my uncle said fit my father very well.  I'm proud of that because Uncle was right; Dad, his older brother, was an amazing man of virtue, intelligence and great humor.   And more.

"The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business and success only a subsequent consideration;  this may be called perfect virtue" ...Confucius.

My father was never an extremely wealthy man but he considered he was because he had a beautiful wife he adored from the time he set eyes on her, and many children who thought he was the best man ever.  He had a lot of very good friends and the utter and complete respect of every community he was involved in whether it be our church, Kiwanis, the building trade, etc.   That's pretty wealthy in my book; and Dad's, too.

"For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."  Matthew 23:12.

Dad was raised by wealthy parents who owned 3 stores in Troy, New York.  He got a car during WWII because his father said he had to have one.  He said they walked through a warehouse in NYC with a flashlight and the salesman because it was even dicey to buy a car during the war.  He was embarrassed to have the luxury of a car in those days at all.  Dad couldn't go to war because he'd had rheumatic fever so bad, 3 times, that the doctors wouldn't allow it.   He once shared with me how utterly humiliated he felt that he couldn't go to war and his friends from the engineering university RPI were going in droves. "Honey, I should have fought;  it was so hard to walk around town knowing some people didn't know I had been so sick and might wonder why I'm not fighting." (one bout of rheumatic fever kept him in a painful bed for a whole year). The family moved to L.A. when he was 22 to get him out of the cold Troy winters.   The experts said he'd die at 40 otherwise, and we got him till he was 67 because of the move. Grandpa went from being "a big fish in a small pond" to being a "small fish in a big town" but he didn't mind.  He loved his son.  He was a virtuous man, too.

So, I leave you with that Confucius quote and the quote by Matthew because it is my belief that Dad's faith in Christ created the humble, kind and amazing man he was and that that is the ultimate virtue. And the ultimate help in our lives.  Dad almost never talked about Jesus but he and other young couples in the area actually started our church, then he built the family church without charging at all (we almost had to sell the big home he'd just built for us because of it), held about every office in the church at one time or the other, led the choir for twenty-five years, and his Bible was dog eared; something I didn't know until after he died.  I wish I had known that.   And I wish I'd understood how important that is back then.

A man of virtue is rare these days: who stands up to a decaying culture and stands up for the Constitution, and stands up for others in need, and stands up for all else he knows is right...   The definition of "virtue" is even questioned these days.

God help us and be with us........we need you now almost more than ever, and we need more men like my father in the America of 2013.