Monday, December 30, 2019

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

Its funny life has never given me lemons. Anger issues, anxiety, stress, reasons to drink, a serious dislike of stupid people, but never lemons.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Something Wonderful

A couple in Australia who have been married for two years experienced a heartwarming Christmas in Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Last year, in early December, Victoria Millar had an MRI to determine why she had been suffering with bad migraines that were waking her from her sleep. The results revealed she had a 6 centimeter tangled mesh of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries to veins in the brain known as an arteriovenous malformation (AVM).

AVMs form accidentally prior to birth and can form almost anywhere in the brain, brainstem, or spinal cord, but they are most common in the main cerebral hemispheres.  An AVM near or on the outer surface of the brain can cause bleeding and damage to brain tissues and may be fatal or disabling.

On November 14th, she had brain surgery to remove the AVM, but the surgery took longer than expected.  After 20 hours in the operating room Victoria was moved to the recovery room.  A scant 20 minutes later her brain began to hemorrhage, and she was rushed back into the operating room.  The doctors worked on her for six more hours but decided to stop when they realized they were “doing more damage than good.”

Her husband Richard was told the next morning that Victoria would not make it through the day.  The doctors said she might live about two more hours and he needed to “call the family to say their goodbyes.”

Victoria defied the odds.  She was placed in a medically induced coma for a couple of weeks and has steadily improved.  She is still unable to speak due to her tracheotomy but is able to communicate in writing.  The thing she’d been asking for was to see her three dogs Marlin, Jackson and Rosie.
“Vic's everything is animals. Her dogs are her babies until we have real babies,' her husband said. 

On Christmas Day, Richard brought the beloved dogs to the hospital to see his wife.  The hospital staff orchestrated the visit.  Victoria was given the best Christmas present ever when she was wheeled outside to greet them.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Because He Came As A Babe

Hebrews 2:14-18h
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 
15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 
16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 
17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 
18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being [d]tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

Christ was completely human in every sense of the word for He was born of flesh and blood as we are and shares our same nature. He understands suffering and temptation as we suffer and are tempted. 

As the First Adam was created sinless, so Christ, the Second Adam, was also sinless. He was born of the Lineage of Abraham so He too could assume the position of High Priest. 

The Old Testament High Priests could only enter the Holy of Holies once a year on the Great Day of Atonement, but they had to first offer a sacrifice for their own sins before they could enter,

As our Heavenly High Priest, Christ needs no additional sacrifice for He was/is sinless. For the past 2000 years He stands before God the Father to offer continuous propitiation for us.

His birth is the greatest event in all history. Everything pales in comparison.

So Merry Christmas! We have already received the greatest gift of all!

NOTE:  Propitiation—the act of atoning for sin or wrongdoing especially appeasing a deity, the act of placating and overcoming distrust and animosity; placation, conciliation.

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

I must have a really nice backside and I know this because every time I'm finished talking to someone at work and I turn to walk away I hear them mutter, "What an ass."

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Who’s Up For A Spectacular Christmas Lights Show?

And Now For Something Completely Different

Two weeks ago I was introduced to Doodle Chaos and the mesmerizing music visualizations of a young man named Mark.

Today, I’m sharing Tchaikovsky's ”Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy”.  Hold on.  I know what you’re thinking.  Rest assured this piece is as quintessentially Christmas as mince pies, fir trees and carols.  It captures the magical world of children, toys, snowflakes and candy all set to an abundant and perfect score.

The music has found it's way into such movies and television shows as Home Alone, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Pet Sematary, The Knight Before Christmas, The Forevers, The Hustle, Monty Python's Flying Circus, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Simpsons Christmas Stories and even the wildly popular video game Tetris.

I hope you enjoy the little guys on sleds whooshing down the lines of the sheet music.  I admire and envy the uniqueness of Mark’s ability to create something so entertaining.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Pinocchio Pelosi Takes A Polygraph Test

On Wednesday, as the U.S. House of Representatives prepared to impeach President Trump, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said, trying in vain to squeeze her Botox-injected grill into a somber pout, “I solemnly and sadly open the debate on the impeachment of the President of the United States.

Her caucus broke out into raucous celebratory applause as she read the vote count on the Articles of Impeachment forcing her to “sternly” shut them down lest the charade be revealed.

The following day during her weekly address, Pelosi gloated, “We’ve been hearing from people all over the country since last night and this morning; it seems like people have a spring in their step because the President was held accountable for his reckless behavior. No one is above the law and the Constitution is the ultimate law of the land.”

Pelosi continued, “I have a spring in my step because of the moral courage of our caucus,” adding “because the vote was carried out so prayerfully and so solemnly but so definitely.”

Even Stevie Wonder could play a game of “Spot The Liar.”

Wake Me Up When Durham Actually Indicts Somebody

So, the guy who voted for a communist for President of the United States of America in 1980 is being closely scrutinized by United States Attorney John Durham.  Not for that. No.

Brennan literally cast a vote for Gus Hall, the Kremlin’s man in Washington, to become the next president.  That was the year Ronald Reagan challenged incumbent President Jimmy Carter.

When Brennan was asked a standard question (Have you ever worked with or for a group that was dedicated to the overthrow of the United States?) for a security clearance when applying for a job with the CIA, Brennan recalled at an annual conference for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation that he “froze”.  “This was back in 1980 and I thought back to a previous election where I voted for the Communist Party candidate,” said Brennan.

In pre-Obama America that little tidbit would have been a sure-fire disqualifier.

So, here we are today and U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal investigation into the origins of the FBI’s ”Russia investigation” is “taking a close look” at former Obama CIA Director John Brennan.

The New York Times reported, “He wants to learn what Mr. Brennan told other officials, including the former FBI Director James B. Comey, about his and the CIA’s views of a notorious dossier of assertions about Russia and Trump associates.”

Durham is also reportedly taking a close look at whether Brennan made contradictory statements between his private and public remarks about the anti-Trump Steele dossier and about “any debate among the intelligence agencies over their conclusions on Russia’s interference” in the 2016 presidential election.

Brennan was CIA Director during President Trump's transition into the White House and left office the same day he was inaugurated on January 20, 2017.

Once out of Langley, Comrade Brennan tore into the President, accusing him of “treason” (among other crimes) in countless television appearances and bitter tweets. It got so vicious the President ordered the revocation of his security clearance.
In addition, the Administration pulled clearances for former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose security clearance was deactivated after he was fired and Bruce Ohr, who is still in the Justice Department.

Part of the President’s statement reads:
“Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility. In 2014, for example, he denied to Congress that CIA officials under his supervision had improperly accessed the computer files of congressional staffers. He told the Council of Foreign Relations that the CIA would never do such a thing. The CIA’s Inspector General, however, contradicted Mr. Brennan directly, concluding unequivocally that agency officials had indeed improperly accessed congressional staffers’ files.” 
“More recently, Mr. Brennan told Congress that the Intelligence Community did not make use of the so-called Steele Dossier in an assessment regarding the 2016 election, an assertion contradicted by at least two other senior officials in the Intelligence Community and all of the facts. Additionally, Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations – wild outbursts on the internet and television – about this Administration. Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct, characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary, is wholly inconsistent with access to the Nation’s most closely held secrets and facilitates the very aim of our adversaries, which is to sow division and chaos.”
You’ll pardon me for being highly skeptical about Durham’s criminal investigation into the unprecedented FBI probe of a presidential campaign, the egregious abuse of law enforcement responsible for an attempted silent coup and three years of media and political hysteria.

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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Pelosi Is Not Suited To Play Three-Dimensional Chess With Mitch McConnell

During the protracted impeachment clown show on the floor of the House of Representatives yesterday, we heard Democrats proclaim our democracy is in a “clear and present danger” from a president who has turned around a sagging economy adding 266,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5% matching a 50-year low.  Consumer confidence is up and so is bond market confidence.  Our military is now stronger than at any time in our history.  I could go on, but these are things you already know.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), the second-ranking lawmaker in the House, said Wednesday that Democrats must discuss a last-ditch gambit to delay sending Articles of Impeachment to the Republican-controlled Senate to prevent it from summarily discarding the case against President Trump.

Politico reported that senior Democrat aides said the House was “very unlikely” to take the steps necessary to send the Articles to the Senate until at least early January.

“So far we haven’t seen anything that looks fair to us,” Pelosi told reporters at a news conference just moments after the House charged Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. “That would’ve been our intention, but we’ll see what happens over there,” she said.

If Pelosi holds onto the Articles of Impeachment, some Democrats hope it will put pressure on Mitch McConnell to negotiate the trial rules with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.  Its abundantly clear to this observer that House Democrats got hit over the head with a clue bat when they realized their tenacious hold on the process and the narrative of impeachment would end the moment the Articles go over to the Senate.

Any delay in transmitting the Articles will make this sham impeachment process look more political, not less.  Talk about being in a pickle.

Three-dimensional chess requires a higher understanding and mastery of politics, diplomacy and warfare that goes far beyond the comprehension of ordinary observers.

If Pelosi and her minions want to play hardball, Mitch McConnell could open the trial and then litigate subpoenas for Hunter Biden, Adam Schiff, Schiff’s staff, the whistleblower and the dirty cops at the FBI if he were inclined to be mischievous.  There goes their narrative and Trump challengers Pocahontas and Commie Sanders would be precluded from campaigning.   That would be a pity. [snicker]

Following a Trump rally in West Virginia in August of 2017, Charles Krauthammer made an appearance on Fox’s Tucker Carlson Tonight show.  Its relevant to what has been happening to this president for three years.  Krauthammer died ten months later.  He couldn’t know his warning would be prophetic.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Swamp Wars: The Rise Of Trump

When last we left a galaxy far, far away, rampant Trump Derangement Syndrome had landed a decisive blow against the forgotten men and women of America. However, a heroic act by Jedi Master Donald Trump to drain the swamp was set to inspire the deplorables to defeat the vast array of coastal elites hellbent in overturning an election through impeachment.

The Force be with you always.

Dear Sen. Schumer, In An Era Of Video, Everyone Has Receipts

Cryin’ Chuck Schumer is painfully aware his colleagues in the House of Representatives failed so miserably in their impeachment inquiry that they managed to steer public opinion away from removing President Trump.

Democrats are staunchly in favor of impeachment.  Republicans staunchly disapprove of the farce.  Among independents, their support for impeachment, much less removal, erodes by the day.  Worst of all for Democrats, the battleground states and Congressional Districts won by President Trump in 2016 are even less supportive.

His pleadings to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to compel testimony from witnesses the House didn’t pursue through the courts and additional White House documents fell on deaf ears.

The House Intelligence Committee through the malignant liar Adam Schiff insisted “the evidence of the President’s misconduct is overwhelming, and so too, is the evidence of his obstruction of Congress.”

Not so fast.

On the very same day Sen. Schumer was playing the role of the Red Queen in Alice In Wonderland (Sentence First…Verdict Afterwards), Judge Rosemary Collyer of the FISA Court blistered the FBI declaring it misled the Justice Department and the court when it sought permission to wiretap a former Trump campaign aide.

"The frequency with which representations made by FBI personnel turned out to be unsupported or contradicted by information in their possession, and with which they withheld information detrimental to their case, calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable," Collyer wrote. 

The judge ordered the FBI to outline by Jan. 10, 2020, any changes it has made or plans to make to improve surveillance allowed under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The law, enacted in 1978, outlines procedures investigators must follow when they ask judges for permission to conduct electronic surveillance of people suspected of acting as foreign agents. 

Sen. McConnell isn’t going to give in to Schumer's demands. "The Senate is meant to act as judge and jury, to hear a trial, not to re-run the entire fact-finding investigation because angry partisans rushed sloppily through it," he said.

Let’s hop in the Wayback Machine after the House took its historic vote to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998 when Schumer warned, “We’ve lowered the bar on impeachment so much that it will be used as a routine tool to fight political battles.  My fear is that when a Republican wins the White House, Democrats will demand payback.”

Monday, December 16, 2019

A Christmas Carol For The Trump Era

On a frigid evening in the nation’s capital just days before Christmas, a mean-spirited and ruthless fibber named Adam Schiff works meticulously on a speech he plans to give on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Despite the harsh weather, Schiff refuses to pay for another lump of coal for the fireplace to warm his office.  His cruelty and bitterness have a chilling effect on his toiling staffers.

Suddenly, Eric Swalwell bursts into the office offering holiday greetings with an exclamatory, “Happy Festivus!”  The grumpy Schiff responds with “Bah! Humbug!” refusing to share in his Festivus cheer.

The hour is quite late, but Schiff follows his same old routine of taking dinner in his usual Beltway bar and returns home through the dank Washington streets.  Just before entering the house, the doorknocker on his front door, the same one he has passed through every day catches his attention.  A ghostly image in the curves of the knocker gives the scoundrel a momentary shock.  He looks away then refocuses and sees nothing but a doorknocker.

Slipping the key into the lock the doorknocker comes to life.  It’s the peering face of President Trump.  Unsettled by the vision, Schiff mutters to himself, “You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato.  There’s more gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”

He plods up the wide staircase to his bedroom.  He prepares for bed when the carvings on his mantelpiece suddenly transform into visions of voters shouting their disgust with him and the role he has played in the impeachment proceedings.  Determined to dismiss the strange visions, blurts out, “Humbug!”

Moments later Schiff hears footsteps thumping up the stairs and, in a flash, a ghostly figure of Jonathan Turley floats through the closed and locked door.  He tells him he is there to save him from the growing contempt Americans have for all Democrats in 2020.

Turley leads Schiff to an open window and gestures to him to look out.  He sees a throng of spirits each of whom is bound in chains.  They wail about their failure to lead honorable lives and their obsession with impeaching a president simply because they hate him for winning in an electoral landslide.

Turley warns that Schiff will be visited by three spirits and quickly leaves him trembling alone in the dark.

In this retelling of the classic Dickens tale, the Spirit of Impeachment Past recounts Schiff’s egregious lies about the FISA warrants, the Russian witch hunt and the deceitful Articles of Impeachment he and his minions rammed through their committees.

At the stroke of one, a second spirit, the Spirit of Impeachment Present, appears before him.  He whisks him away to a number of Christmas gatherings of Americans who are better off than they were four years ago and are dismayed with the Democrat Party and their railroading of a duly elected president.  Finally, the Spirit takes him to the White House where President Trump is hard at work for the forgotten men and women of this country.  Schiff is bewildered at the sight.  He wonders aloud, “How, in the face of all the forces arrayed against this man, can he continue to successfully make the country great again?”

As the clock strikes two, Schiff is visited by a hooded phantom coming toward him.  Schiff kneels before him asking if he is the Spirit of Impeachment Yet To Come.    

The menacing wraith takes Schiff to the New York Stock Exchange where a group of businessmen discuss the death of the economy; a dingy pawn shop on the Southside of Chicago where shady characters sell the personal effects from a dead man; the dinner table of a family who were forced to go back on food stamps and the husband and wife expressing relief at the death of an unforgiving man to whom they owed money.

Schiff struggles to understand the lesson of the silent ghost.  In that moment he finds himself in a churchyard where the Spirit points to a freshly dug grave.  Schiff draws nearer and reads the inscription on the headstone:  2020 General Election.

Schiff inquires if nothing can be done to change the future.  Mockingly, the ghost quotes the Mueller Report. “No collusion.  No obstruction.”  The ghost reminds him the Horowitz Report revealed his own lies about the FISA warrants and his contact with the whistleblower.

Unlike Scrooge who faced an imminent moral reckoning, our character is faced with the very real prospect of a quick death in the Senate of the Democrats’ impeachment dreams.  They do not have the bipartisan takedown of this president and the public tenaciously resists impeachment over the Ukraine fantasy.

In the end Tiny Tim, perched upon President Trump’s shoulders, shouts for all to hear “God bless us everyone!”

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Flowing Curves Of Beauty

I would never join an online dating website. I prefer to meet someone the old-fashioned way—through alcohol, poor judgment and bad life choices.

Saturday, December 14, 2019

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Democratic Presidential Debate News

The sixth masochistic Democratic Presidential Debate scheduled for Thursday, December 19th has run into trouble.  What trouble you ask?  Just the worst.  Its awful.  Just plain awful.

Last week contract negotiations between a food service operation at Loyola Marymount University, the site of the debate, and Local 11 of Unite Here broke off.  The collective bargaining talks had been ongoing since March of this year.

Biden, Buttigieg, Klobuchar, Sanders, Steyer, Pocahontas and Yang who all qualified for the debate have threatened to skip the event vowing they would not cross the picket line of the striking workers.

The Democratic National Committee said in a statement that it was working with all parties involved to find "an acceptable resolution" that would allow the debate to go forward.

"The DNC and LMU learned of this issue earlier today and it is our understanding this matter arose within the last day," Xochitl Hinojosa, the DNC Communications Director said.  "While LMU is not a party to the negotiations between Sodexo and Unite Here Local 11, Tom Perez would absolutely not cross a picket line and would never expect our candidates to either."

What the hell are eager Democrat debate watchers going to do now?  I’ve got it!  Watch the football game.  It’s on a Thursday night, right? [checks schedule] Dammit, they’re aren’t anymore Thursday night games scheduled.  Maybe they could admire their lint ball collection again.

Well, there’s always Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Sequel”.  It must be streaming on Amazon Prime or Netflix or Hulu, right?  Wasn’t that climate panic brat on the cover of Time as their Person of the Year the other day?  Yeah, that’s the ticket.

On the plus side, Uncle Joe won’t be bumbling and stumbling, and that annoying geriatric communist won’t be shouting at clouds, so there's that.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Hillary’s New Face: Ooof!

According to a published report appearing in the Daily Mail UK, Granny Clinton looked “wonderfully youthful” and “radiant” at the Imperial Theatre in New York City recently.

Her glowing skin was noticeably smoother and her plumped-up cheeks more defined than earlier in the week, when she spoke at the Jewish Labor Committee's Annual Human Rights Awards Dinner.
An aesthetic expert claimed “it could be the result of Botox, injectable dermal fillers and a procedure known as Blepharoplasty.
It would have been cheaper to just put a brown paper bag over her head.  Why spend all that money on cheeks that look like ass cheeks.  Why didn’t she go ahead and spring for the mustache bleach too? 

I still recognized her though.  The hairy witch’s wart on her nose was a dead giveaway.

MOBILIZE NOW: Let The 31 House Democrats In Trump Districts Know They Will Be Voted Out

Tell the Democrats listed below if they vote for impeachment they will get voted out.  PERIOD! 

If you visit their House website, they provide a generic email contact form you can fill out.  I suspect these will be largely ignored.  So, included in the list below is each representative’s Washington, DC office phone number.  If you prefer, you can also send them a tweet advising them you oppose their sham impeachment of President Trump and expect them to vote NO.

We have until Wednesday, December 18th to put maximum pressure on these vulnerable legislators.

Cindy Axne IA 3rd CD (202) 225-5476 @RepCindyAxne

Anthony Brindisi NY 22nd CD (202) 225-3665

Cheryl Bustos IL 17th CD 202-225-5905

Matt Cartwright PA 17th CD 202-225-5546

Angie Craig MN 2nd CD (202) 225-2271 

Joe Cunningham SC 1st CD (202) 225-3176

Antonio Delgado NY 19th CD (202) 225-5614

Abby Finkenauer IA 1st CD (202) 225-2911

Jared Golden ME 2nd CD (202) 225-6306

Josh Gottheimer NJ 5th CD  (202) 225-4465

Kendra Horn OK 5th CD  (202) 225-2132

Andy Kim NJ 3rd CD (202) 225-4765

Ron Kind WI 3rd CD (202) 225-5506

Conor Lamb PA 17th CD (202) 225-2301

Susie Lee NV 3rd CD (202) 225-3252

Dave Loebsack IA 2nd CD (202) 226-0757

Elaine Luria VA 2nd CD (202) 225-4215

Sean Maloney NY 18th CD  202-225-5441

Ben McAdams UT 4th CD  (202) 225-3011

Lucy McBath GA 6th CD (202) 225-4501

Tom O’Halleran AZ 1st CD 202-225-3361

Chris Pappas NH 1st CD (202) 225-5456

Collin Peterson MN 7th CD (202) 225-2165

Max Rose NY 11th CD (202) 225-3371 @RepMaxRose

Mikie Sherrill NJ 11th CD  (202) 225-5034

Elissa Slotkin MI 8th CD (202) 225-4872

Abigail Spanberger VA 7th CD (202) 225-2815

Haley Stevens MI 11th CD (202) 225-8171

Xochitl Torres Small NM 2nd CD  (202) 225-2365

Lauren Underwood IL 14th CD (202) 225-2976

Jeff Van Drew NJ 2nd CD (202) 225-6572