Friday, December 15, 2017

Christmas in ‘Nam by guest blogger Bill G.

Christmas of 66, my unit received a bunch of letter from 4th graders in Des Moines.

At the time, the public wasn't getting a lot of anti war media but it was building.

The 1st sergeant handed out 2 letters at random and told us ...”Reply and be thoughtful.”

My two kids had the same last name, Green, so I assumed they were related, somehow (they weren't).
The letter from the little girl was as one would expect ...thanking me for fighting for my country, wish you could be home, etc.

The boy wrote the same type of letter...but added the following:
“I wish that I could take your place so you could be home ...”
With a P.S. ... “Can you send me a machine gun?”

Any way...I sent the young girl, Denise, a dress ... And the boy, a  silk jacket that had a tiger embroidered on the back.

Some weeks later, I am told to report to the commanding officer ...

Turns out the teacher spoke to the Des Moines paper and there was a front page article about the letter project and my letters back to the kids.

Those were the days.

Note:  Bill and I have never met, except in an e-mail group.  He posted this story and I asked permission to share since so many of us remember the VietNam years.  He served as a helicopter gunner  in the Mekong Delta from 1966-68 when he was 19.

What do Democrats hate most?

What do Democrats hate most? 

1. President Trump.
2. The electoral system.
3. The Bill of Rights.
4. White men.
5. Free market.
6. Tax cuts.
7. Small businesses.
8. Israel.
9. Fox News.
10. Unborn babies.

Of course, it's #1, but the others are being used in the rage. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, something Clinton, Bush, and Obama all promised, well, that's the reason there's violence in the middle east, not Iran's threats, or Hamas' bombing women and children.

Of course, it's #1, but all white men are in there too.  Everyone on the left is so deep in identity politics that all things bad about the U.S.A. can point back to white men.

Of course, it's #1, but unborn babies have been the target of the Democrats hate long before Donald Trump said he might run for president.

We all know #1 is the biggest, most expansive, intense, and bigly hatred we've ever encountered. Hatred for Trump is bigger than 20th century nationalist or communists or socialist indiscriminate hatred for groups. It's a hate that has brought long time enemies on the left and right together to bring him down. The hate for Trump is eating brains and diminishing people. He's accused of being boorish and bumbling, yet the haters exceed all his faults. Hatred for a race is condemned, or for sexual preference, or for a religion (except Christianity--that's OK), but hatred for an individual is condoned and encouraged. Hate eats the soul; makes the hater ugly.

What do the haters fear most--that he might really deliver on his promise to make America great again.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Now for a little snow humor

The deadly politics of assault

Yes, Roy Moore was the better of two bad candidates in Alabama, but this way the Democrats AND Republicans can’t pound on him and drive him out of the Senate.  Hopefully, the winner will have only 2 years to vote to kill the unborn, raise taxes and destroy the military. There is still a Republican majority in the Senate, although with all the RINOs, and losing on the Obamacare mess where millions lost their health insurance by one vote—McCain, who hates Trump—I’m not sure it does much. There are many Republicans in the House and Senate who hate Trump and will do anything to stop anything that sounds like it’s legacy material. He’s gored their elephants as well as the Democrats’ asses.

The sexual assault thing isn’t going to go away, and all the white men you know are possible targets. Eventually, it won’t matter his age or profession, if he ever made a suggestive remark or leaned up against a woman, or told a dirty joke he will be outed.  There won’t even have to be a clever Washington Post reporter snooping around. There will be no trial, just accusations. The most recent NYC bomber will have a trial, but not these guys.  Count on financially supporting your sons and sons-in-law even if you make it through the ground glass barrier.

I watched a video Tuesday of the 19 men in media/entertainment who have been accused, and since I didn’t know any of the movie or TV stars in the video, I just picked one and googled the story.  One woman making the accusations had received a call at 2:30 a.m. to come to her ex-boyfriend’s apartment and bring a friend for the other guy, which of course, any sensible person would have refused, and she couldn’t find anyone still awake, so she went alone!  From there she weaves a great story of assault. Have her brains fallen out from drug use or been pickled by alcohol? But the guy lost his career (couldn’t even tell you his name but I guess he’s famous).

The Democrat team  has nothing but -isms, identity politics, and that doesn’t fund the military, protect the border, educate the children, bring jobs to low income rural areas, rebuild the infrastructure, reduce regulations, reduce graft and corruption in all large agencies, protect the environment, or allow us to keep our precious Bill of Rights, which includes freedom of religion and speech.  Their team’s focus on race, gender, color, sexual confusion and same sex makes the nation just a bunch of treacherous mole holes to break an ankle in.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Identity politics--what else does the left have?

Matthew Continetti dates the problem of identity politics to 1973 when the Leftists faced the problem that socialism was dying and fading. How to carry on the fight against capitalism? Make everything about victim and victimizer, oppressor and oppressed. View everything through the prism of race, gender, and class and begin in the universities to destroy any sense of national spirit, identity or cohesiveness.
When I returned to my career at the university in 1978, the movement was well underway. The grandchildren of those students are our modern day "snowflakes" who now think socialism is a better plan.
"The American people are united by our creed of freedom and equality, and also by our habits, our manners, our national language, our territorial integrity, our national symbols—such as the National Anthem, the Flag, and the Pledge of Allegiance—our civic traditions, and our national story. We should tell that story forthrightly and proudly; we should continue our traditions of local government and patriotic displays; we should guard the symbols of our heritage against attack; and we should recognize that the needs of our citizens take priority."

The Trump investigation

The investigation is tainted with swill from the dossier, the spying by Obama Administration, adulterous and marital relationships within an overwhelmingly biased team, with the Trump hating media at the teats recycling the whole mess to the American people, it's little wonder that half the electorate are regurgitating slop.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Snowball cookies my mother never made

When I'm at a party, I usually reach for one or two of these.  Don't recall that Mom ever made them, nor have I, but they do appear at Christmas parties.

Snowball cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup pecans, chopped
powdered sugar

Blend softened butter with powdered sugar. Add vanilla.
Mix in salt, flour and chopped pecans.

Form dough into 1 inch balls or flattened cookies and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in a 325 degree oven for 20 minutes. While hot, roll in powdered sugar. Let cool and roll again in powdered sugar.

Practicing to be happy

You can practice being happy--it's a choice.

"1. Gratitude Exercises. Write down three things you're grateful for that occurred over the last 24 hours.
They don't have to be profound. It could be a really good cup of coffee or the warmth of a sunny day.

2. The Doubler. Take one positive experience from the past 24 hours and spend two minutes writing down every detail about that experience. As you remember it, your brain labels it as meaningful and deepens the imprint.

3. The Fun Fifteen. Do 15 minutes of a fun cardio activity, like gardening or walking the dog, every day. The effects of daily cardio can be as effective as taking an antidepressant.

4. Meditation. Every day take two minutes to stop whatever you're doing and concentrate on breathing. Even a short mindful break can result in a calmer, happier you.

5. Conscious act of kindness. At the start of every day, send a short email or text praising someone you know. Our brains become addicted to feeling good by making others feel good.

6.Deepen Social Connections. Spend time with family and friends. Our social connections are one of the best predictors for success and health, and even life expectancy."

Speaking of having a purpose

Most women I know over 60 have one purpose in life--the grandchildren and/or great grandchildren--men go another direction, either still working or they are on boards or the golf course. I don't have any of those in my life, and I'm not huge on volunteering (I have a few activities in that category). My FBF tell me posting at my blog or Facebook just won't count. But having a purpose is really good for you.

Sample of questions asked of participants in the study over 7 years.  "Effect of a Purpose in Life on Risk of Incident Alzheimer Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment in Community-Dwelling Older Persons" 
1I feel good when I think of what I have done in the past and what I hope to do in the future.
2I live life 1 day at a time and do not really think about the future.
3I tend to focus on the present because the future nearly always brings me problems.
4I have a sense of direction and purpose in life.
5My daily activities often seem trivial and unimportant to me.
6I used to set goals for myself, but that now seems like a waste of time.
7I enjoy making plans for the future and working them to a reality.
8I am an active person in carrying out the plans I set for myself.
9Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them.
10I sometimes feel as if I have done all there is to do in life. 
"Cognitive and Social Lifestyle: Links with Neuropathology and Cognition in Late Life"  This article is more skeptical.

Woman of color is whiter than I am

"To the casual observer, [Elizabeth] Warren, now the Democrats' Senate candidate, might seem a 100 percent woman of non-color. She walks like a white, quacks like a white, looks whiter than white. She's the whitest white since Frosty the Snowman fell in a vat of Wite-Out. But she "self-identified" as Cherokee, so that makes her a "woman of color." "
Mark Steyn, Washington's Redskins,

Monday, December 11, 2017

Ten tips to keep your brain young

A team of neuroscientists reviewed 17,000 medical studies on keeping the brain healthy as we age. This speaker at a Ted talk (works for a game company) reviewed what they found.

1. Physical exercise:  especially brisk walking 30 minutes a day,  5 times per week, vigorous aerobic exercise pushes out waste.

2. Brain exercise : brain fitness games / New language /ball room dancing/ music lessons / chess / bridge ; good if it’s fun, but you don’t have to be good—grows new neuro connections.

3. Eliminate toxic substances : Cigarettes / Alcohol / Toxic substance in household products like shampoo, soap;  Cosmetics database dot com will reveal toxicity.

4. Socialize:  5 social ties are good for the brain / isolation is bad for you / volunteer /

5. Have a purpose: pick a cause and it’s good for society

6. Relaxation : Spa / Meditation / read a book / walking in nature

7. Manage stress: stress causes brain shrinkage

8. Pick a good doctor: prevention oriented

9. Protect head from injury ; people who text while driving have 23x the accident rate; equivalent to 4 drinks

9.  Recommends Mediterranean Diet :  lots of colors; Fish / Almond, nuts / Vegetables / Fruits

10. Positive outlook:  way of thinking and responding matters.  Nun study,  most positive lived longer, had neurological signs of Alzheimer’s in brain, but not the disease.

The Bayeux Tapestry

The challenge of the internet: you start looking for one thing and then find another.  I was browsing the course offerings at Coursera which has 3 levels of offerings taught by instructors at different universities, and came across the Age of Cathedrals under general interest (not a degree program).  When I looked up the instructor, M. Howard Bloch, I decided to look for videos and found one on the Bayeux Tapestry.  I'm not particularly a craft person, but I do following quilting, crocheting, knitting groups on Facebook.  This is history in embroidery.

The Bayeux Tapestry is the world’s most famous textile–an exquisite 230-foot-long embroidered panorama depicting the events surrounding the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is also one of history’s most mysterious and compelling works of art. This haunting stitched account of the battle that redrew the map of medieval Europe has inspired dreams of theft, waves of nationalism, visions of limitless power, and esthetic rapture.

Blood transfusions from women to men

If further study shows that men receiving blood transfusions from women who have been pregnant is more risky than receiving blood from men, I wonder if the research will be accepted or condemned as transphobic. It would show that men and women aren't interchangeable based on feelings. Just in case history and biology haven't shown that to be obvious.

A rank, fly bitten codpiece . . .

Insults in Shakespeare--perfect for today's social media.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

On the first day of Christmas. . .

Actually, the first ten days of December we had eight events!  Everyone seems to have wanted to get a head start on the holidays.

Dec. 1:  Retirees from OSUL Christmas Lunch at the OSU Golf Club (I was hostess), Mary Jo, Eleanor, Graham, Gerry, Mary, Beverly
Dec. 2:  Birthday party for Rob and Lynn at the Depot
Dec. 3:  UALC SALT group brunch at Jane's; Carol, Kevin, Donna, David
Dec. 6:  Conestoga Christmas dinner at the Boat House Restaurant in Confluence Park, sat with Betty,  Jerry and Joan, Christine and John, and Harry
Dec. 7:  PDHC Christmas dinner and party at the Amelita Mirolo Barn in Upper Arlington, sat with "young people" who are instructors for teens in local schools
Dec. 8:  Dinner at the Rusty Bucket with Phoebe and Mark
Dec. 9:  Dinner with Rod and Judi at their home with Bruce and Marty
Dec. 10: Condo Christmas party at two of our neighbors' homes

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Homelessness in a growth economy

"Los Angeles County's homeless population has soared 23% over last year despite increasing success in placing people in housing, according to the latest annual count released Wednesday. ... Homelessness also increased sharply in the city of Los Angeles, where the count of just over 34,000 was up 20% from 2016. ( LA Times May 31, 2017)

The city government had promised an additional $138 million this past year for homelessness, and I know it's a shock, but sometime governments don't deliver on their promises. But isn't it odd that the homelessness increased by 20% after the budget increase was announced in 2016? In Ohio where homelessness was decreasing all over the state (down 17%), it was increasing in Franklin County (24%) where I live. 

Low to zero unemployment, economic growth and soaring housing prices, which look good for marketing your city or county, also mean less affordable housing. And no one seems to want rotting mattresses, blanket tents and human waste in their neighborhood.