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Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

November 26, 2015

 Well, today is Thanksgiving Day and I would like to wish all my readers a very happy day surrounded by family and friends.

  This Thanksgiving Day has a special meaning to me because one month ago I was not sure I would be here with my family to celebrate the day for reasons that most of you know about. I am so thankful for this day and now I make an effort to make sure I am thankful for every day, I will never take another day on this earth for granted no matter what challenges I face during the course of that day. Every day is special in its own way.

  This is going to sound a little strange but now that it is over I am also thankful for my illness in a way because it gave me the opportunity to begin a new relationship with God. I am still working on that relationship, it is a long process after years of neglect but it is a process that I am taking on to the best of my ability and I am learning more every day about what it means to be a follower of Christ.

  Again, I wish you all a happy Thanksgiving and I hope that you all have a wonderful day.

frui diem

Marco Rubio claims if there is a terrorist attack it is because Ted Cruz voted against NSA surveillance

November 25, 2015

  With Ben Carson now floundering in the polls two candidates appear ready to take his place as the main challenger to Donald Trump and they are Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz. Marco Rubio is the Republican establishment’s Plan B candidate while there is no love lost between Ted Cruz and the establishment.

  Earlier today Marco Rubio, while not mentioning him by name, attacked Ted Cruz claiming that if there was a terrorist attack tomorrow it would be because of the people who voted against the NSA’s domestic surveillance program.

  Here is the video:

  You can chalk Marco Rubio up as one who pays the Constitution lip service when it benefits him but one who is willing to ignore the Constitution when it comes to fighting terrorism. He is clearly one who believes Americans should give up essential liberty for some perceived security and we all know what Benjamin Franklin had to say about just such a person… 

  I cannot and will not vote for any candidate which supports the NSA domestic surveillance program and just for the record Donald Trump supports, or at least at one time did support, the NSA’s domestic spying program. He also once suggested that Edward Snowden be executed…

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

Iran never signed the nuclear deal, State Department admits it is non-binding

November 25, 2015

 We are just now learning of an interesting little twist in Barack Obama’s much ballyhooed nuclear deal with Iran–Iran has not signed the deal and it turns out the deal is non-binding.

  Here is more:

President Obama didn’t require Iranian leaders to sign the nuclear deal that his team negotiated with the regime, and the deal is not “legally binding,” his administration acknowledged in a letter to Representative Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) obtained by National Review. “The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document,” wrote Julia Frifield, the State Department assistant secretary for legislative affairs, in the November 19 letter.

“The success of the JCPOA will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures we have put in place, as well as Iran’s understanding that we have the capacity to re-impose — and ramp up — our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments,” Frifield wrote to Pompeo.

  Read more…

German professor confirms NASA has been changing historical data to create global warming

November 24, 2015

 oxcycleAs Barack Obama prepares to take a heroic stand against ISIS by attending the upcoming global warming conference there is a story which has been ignored by the mainstream media which calls into question the legitimacy of the whole global warming movement. And that is the fact that NASA and NOAA have been adjusting the historical temperatures to make it appear as if the world is warming when it is not.

  Some of these adjustments have been called “breathtaking” and yet the mainstream media has ignored this new scandal and so have the politicians who are pushing this radical agenda of control and global wealth redistribution. Now a German professor and retired geologist, Dr. Friedrich Karl Ewert, has confirmed that NASA has indeed fudged the number to hide the decline in the global temperature over the decades.

  Here is more:

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New Iowa poll has Ted Cruz in a virtual tie with Donald Trump

November 24, 2015

 Two days ago a poll was released which showed Ted Cruz moving into second place in Iowa, behind Donald Trump by 9 points while Ben Carson dropped into third place. Now another Iowa poll is out which shows the Senator from Texas in a virtual tie with Donald Trump with Ben Carson dropping yet again.

  Here is more:

Ted Cruz, buoyed by tea party support and the backing of the conservative wing of the Republican Party, has surged to a virtual tie with Donald Trump in the first caucus state of Iowa, according to the results of a Quinnipiac University poll surveying likely Republican caucus-goers released Tuesday.

Trump took 25 percent of support, followed by 23 percent who opted for the freshman Texas senator, more than doubling his support in the same poll from October, when he earned just 10 percent. Trailing the two leaders is Ben Carson, who dropped from first to third, falling 10 points to 18 percent.

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Ted Cruz moves into second place in the latest Iowa poll

November 22, 2015

 Ted_CruzTed Cruz seems to be gaining a bit of momentum in the Republican primary according to some recent polls. Last week a national poll showed Ted Cruz tied with Ben Carson for second place at 18%, behind Donald Trump who had 28% support. This poll had Ben Carson losing 8 points from the last poll. 

  I think you all know how I feel about national polls; they do not mean much because we do not have a national election, state polls present a much more accurate picture of how the election is likely to go. But today a new Iowa poll is out which seems to reflect what last week’s national poll indicated.

  According to this new Iowa poll Donald Trump leads the Republican field with 30% of the vote, followed by Ted Cruz at 21% while Ben Carson lost 8 points and sits at 19%. 

  Read more…

November 22th open thread: ‘Hallelujah’

November 22, 2015

  This is officially the open thread for the week however I am dispensing with the normal formalities of the post because last Sunday evening my family suffered a great loss and we are all still coming to terms with it. My Mom was watching the Patriots game with us when she got the call–my stepfather, Bob, passed away suddenly.

  Bob had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for many years and he fought bravely but now his suffering is over. Parkinson’s is a horrible disease, watching what it did to Bob over the years was heartbreaking but we all remember Bob as he was, and he was one of the kindest, gentlest, and caring people I have ever known. There is nothing Bob would not do for anyone and there is nobody who ever met him who had a bad word to say about him. 

  I still remember meeting Bob for the first time–me and my brother and sister were outside playing when my Mom introduced us. I think it is safe to say we all liked him immediately, although we had no idea he would someday be a member of the family. 

  That Summer Bob and my Mom rented a custom van and we took a vacation to Lake Winnipesaukee where he taught us all how to water ski. That lake became a very special place for our family and eventually we had a condo on the lake. We had so many great times there!

  Bob loved the water, he grew up on it and at one time was actually offered a job in Florida as a professional water skier, and even after the condo was sold we always had a Summer camp on the water. I remember all those days fondly.

  Bob was the master of the corny joke and he loved to repeat them whenever he had a chance: one of the jokes I remember the most has to do with my singing. I always loved to sing but those who know me know that I have probably the worst singing voice in the history of mankind, but Bob always got a kick out of my singing and he loved to tell people that I was a rock singer because when I sang people threw rocks at me. My wife and I were married on Bob’s 55th birthday and I decided to surprise him by getting up on stage and singing Happy Birthday to him. I am chuckling now as I think about it…

  We all knew this day was coming but still it was unexpected because it happened so quickly. Bob was having a good day, in typical Bob fashion he was joking with the other residents and the nurses when he suddenly drew a breath and let go. It is a relief to know he did not suffer and it was not drawn out but it is still hard to believe he is gone.

  I could go on and on about Bob and still never do him justice and honestly I cannot come up with the words to describe him and what he meant to me accurately. Goodbye Bob, I will love you and miss you forever but you will live on in my heart.

  Bob loved the song “Hallelujah” and so I dedicate this to one of the greatest men I have ever known.


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