Daily Archives: February 26, 2012

Hating America

When I went to YouTube to get the link for:

A City Upon A Hill: The Spirit Of American Exceptionalism – Official Trailer

I noticed the comments posted under it included this:

Native American: lol
African slave: say what?
Filipinos occupied by US empire: GTFOOH
Mexico: LMAO
Middle east: ROFLMAO
Evidence: wtf?

Another comment says:

They’re not talking about AMERICAN exceptionalism, they’re talking about WHITE exceptionalism.

Okay. I get it. The United States was founded mostly by white Europeans who haven’t been perfect.

But you know what else? I’m SICK TO DEATH of hearing about it!

This has been a burr under my saddle for a long time. The other day, the Lord brought it up during my prayer time and showed me how much resentment I had about it. So I asked Him,

“What should I do?”

“Forgive them for harping on the sins of your forefathers and blaming you for having white skin and European ancestors.”

“And them?”

“They need to forgive the people who did bad things in the past. But that’s not your problem. It’s between me and them.”

So, I’m working on it.  And maybe because I’m at least trying to be faithful about it, I had a little “Ah ha!” moment today when I saw those two comments on the Gingrich video.

Suppose you have had a brilliant career that has enriched the lives of countless human beings around the world and you’re sitting on a dais, in front of hundreds of people, at a dinner in your honor. But instead of recounting even one of your many accomplishments, every single speaker talks on and on, in excruciating detail, about every one of your most embarrassing moments, biggest mistakes and worst wrong choices, from the time you wet your pants in kindergarten to the parking ticket you got last week.

Isn’t that just what America Haters do?

I’m not saying we should sugar-coat our history by any means. But the fact is that the United States of America is an EXCEPTIONAL NATION with an EXCEPTIONAL HISTORY that we should study and teach to our children.  We have more than a right, we have a need as a nation to be both proud of the good stuff and enlightened by the bad stuff.



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NY Rep thinks her constituents are idiots

My guess is that they think she needs to be replaced.

Chrissy’s Site Bites: http://news.webshots.com/photo/2291609270056011884SFwzkK

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Filed under Catholic Church, Obamacare, Religious Liberty

UPDATE on HOPE plagiarism case

Feb 24, 2012: Shepard Fairey, the creator of the Barack Obama “HOPE” poster, pled guilty to destroying some documents and fabricating others to cover up his use of an Associated Press photograph to make the poster.

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PROUD to be American!

This is worth every minute!

Trailer for the movie he mentions in the NRA speech.

Netflix doesn’t have the movie. You can buy the DVD at http://www.cityuponahill.com/ but it’s not clear to me if it’s been released yet or if these are pre-orders.

Wow! Newt has authored 24 books, including 13 fiction and non-fiction New York Times bestsellers!

The books he mentions in this speech are:

To Try Men’s Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom By Newt Gingrich and William R. Forstchen (2009)

A Nation Like No Other: Why American Exceptionalism Matters By Newt Gingrich (2011)

Sweet Land of Liberty by Callista Gingrich (Author) and Susan Arciero (Illustrator) – Picture book: “In Sweet Land of Liberty, Ellis the Elephant sets off on a quest to find out. Through an amazing afternoon at the library, Ellis travels through time and discovers the pivotal moments that have shaped our nation’s unique history.”

I’m going to look for these in my on-line library data bank. I recently discovered I can get books at no charge from ANY of the MANY libraries that belong to the Finger Lakes Library System. I put a hold on them via the FLLS web-site and when they come in, I get an email. Dearest does the pick-up and delivery for me.

The only thing I can’t do is browse the shelves, so I’m paying a lot more attention to title suggestions, like Newt gave in this speech. I think I’ll also look for Lynne Cheney’s picture books. They popped up when I searched Callista Gingrich’s picture book and they look wonderful!

Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America

We the People: The Story of Our Constitution

A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women

When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots

America : A Patriotic Primer


Filed under Newt Gingrich, NRA, Patriotism

God made us male and female

Mama Buzz writes today:

“Bunny loves her big brother :). Whenever he’s around, he gets most of her attention! Last night, she was crying and wasn’t stopping even though I was with her, then Buzz came out to say goodnight and she stopped and was all smiles for him, lol!”

You can see “That’s MY big brother!” on her face in this photo from today.

This seems to be the theme of our week-end. Last night, Dearest and I watched “Courageous”, which is all about male spirituality and the importance of men fulfilling the roles God has laid out for them as protectors, providers and spiritual leaders.

It’s good drama, not dry or preachy. Dearest hit the kleenex at least 3 times. 🙂


It’s by the same people who did Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof, if you liked any of those. I own them all and I’m really fussy about what I’ll have on my DVD shelf.


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Filed under Barack Obama, Islam

2012 Volt vs. Focus X-Country

Approximately 3 gallons worth of this 2,790 trip came from green fuel.

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BTW, I got the idea for this in an email about the cost of the Volt. If you get this email, it will say it costs more than $18 to recharge the battery. The author got the cost of electricity WRONG by a factor of ten. Using the average cost of electricity in the U.S. for January 2012, the battery should charge for less than $2.00.

When I was creating my very simplified data set above, I bent over backwards to favor the Volt, allowing the tax refund off the purchase price for which not everyone is eligible, ignoring that the Volt only seats 4 where the Focus seats 5, not counting the cost of parking yourself somewhere during seven ten-hour battery charging sessions, the difficulty of finding a place to plug the car in and/or fees such a site would charge on top of the cost of the electricity, or the cost of just ignoring the battery and driving cross-country with a gas tank that is 25% smaller than the Focus tank is.

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