Turkey Day Open Comments

Turkey wild

Turkey cooked

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Things I am thankful for (in no particular order):
God – For life and salvation, a future of hope
Husband – he ain’t perfect, but he loves me and does what he can to care for me
Family – even those that bug the ever-loving crap out of me
Blogger family – y’all keep me sane
Health – everything works, ‘ceptin a few aches and pains
Friends – there are actually people who put up with me on a regular basis, God bless ’em
Church helpers – Couldn’t do what I do without my faithful entourage helping me manage my class
Students – Seeing the light bulbs go off over their heads is truly fulfilling. And they amuse me.
Shelter – I have a roof over my head, there are those who don’t
Vehicle – I have the ability to move and go whenever and wherever I wish. There are those who can’t.
Appliances – I live in a house with all sorts of machines that make my life easier, and it’s easy to take it for granted
Job – I have something to do, and I have money to manage. On good days.
Clothing – I can keep warm in the cold weather. I don’t have to pick them out of a trash dump or donation pile
Leisure – I can take some down time to feed my soul and be creative.

This is only part of what I am thankful for. Please feel free to add your own.

Wednesday Lighten It Up Open Comments

War. Murder. Mayhem. Bad hair on questionable political candidates.

I thought I’d lighten up things on this hectic pre-Thanksgiving Day.

One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her small boy into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, “Mommy, will you sleep with me tonight?” The Mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug. “I can’t, dear,” she said. “I have to sleep in Daddy’s room.” A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice: “The big sissy.”

A mother took her three-year-old daughter to church for the first time. The church lights were lowered, and then the choir came down the aisle, carrying lighted candles. All was quiet until the little one started to sing in a loud voice, Happy birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you…

It was that time during the Sunday morning service for “the children’s sermon,” and all the children were invited to come forward. One little girl was wearing a particularly pretty dress and, as she sat down, the pastor leaned over and said to her, “That is a very pretty dress. Is it your Easter dress?” The little girl replied, directly into the pastor’s clip-on microphone, “Yes, and my Mom says it’s a *itch to iron.”

Finding one of her students making faces at others on the playground, Ms. Smith stopped to gently reprove the child. Smiling sweetly, the Sunday School teacher said, “Bobby, when I was a child, I was told if I made ugly faces, it would freeze and I would stay like that.” Bobby looked up and replied, “Well, Ms Smith, you can’t say you weren’t warned.”

The preacher was wired for sound with a lapel mike, and as he preached, he moved briskly about the platform, jerking the mike cord as he went. Then he moved to one side, getting wound up in the cord and nearly tripping before jerking it again. After several circles and jerks, a little girl in the third pew leaned toward her mother and whispered, “If he gets loose, will he hurt us?”

A father was reading Bible stories to his young son. He read, “The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city, but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.” His son asked, “What happened to the flea?”

Tuesday “France is Right” Open Comments

It is obviously not as obvious to our Dear Leader:

Gérard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the United States, said Sunday that joblessness is not a contributing factor to the terror waged by the Islamic State and other Islamic radicals.

“It is not because you are unemployed that you are blowing yourself [up] in a theater,” Araud told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. “It is something which is much more particular – the problem is radical Islam, very, very obviously.”

But one of the commenters refuted one of the reasons given by Dear Leader:

It’s just silly to think that unemployment is causing people to turn to terrorism…. EVERYONE knows that it’s Man-Made Global Warming’s fault.

I’m sure there was supposed to be a “/sarc off” tag there.

Monday Hopeful Open Comments

I was reading my Bible and devotionals this morning, and there seems to be a confluence:

John 14:18 “I will not leave your orphans; I will come to you.”

Devotional: “During difficult times it is critical that we are walking in fellowship with other Christians. When a crisis hits, it is overwhelming to face it alone. But if we have cultivated supportive friendships, we will find strength in the comfort and encouragement of those who care about us. Interdependence is also a safeguard for us when we are lured by temptation…You must link your life with others who are seeking God’s will. Seek to be a person who willingly joins others in carrying out God’s assignments. Strive to be the source of support and encouragement that those around you need.”

Devotional: “If my mind is clouded by nameless dreads, I will track them down and expose their unreality. I will remind myself that God is in charge of me and mine and that I have only to accept His protection and guidance.”

Wednesday Savagery Open Comments

From the jihadi handbook, “The Management of Savagery” (Note: “Umma” is the term for collected society under Islam):

The management of savagery is the next stage that the Umma will pass through and it is considered the most critical stage. If we succeed in the management of this savagery, that stage (by the permission of God) will be a bridge to the Islamic state which has been awaited since the fall of the caliphate. If we fail – we seek refuge with God from that – it does not mean end of the matter; rather, this failure will lead to an increase in savagery!!
But the interesting thing that happened is that these two superpowers [Russia and America] believed, for a time, their media deception: that they are actually a power capable of completely controlling any place in the entire world, and that (this power) bears the characteristics of the power of the Creator. According to the media deception, it is an all-encompassing, overwhelming power and people are subservient to it not only through fear, but also through love because it spreads freedom, justice, equality among humanity, and various other slogans. When a state submits – whatever the extent of its ability – to the illusion of the deceptive power and behaves on this basis, that is when its downfall begins. It is just as the American author Paul Kennedy says: “If America expands the use of its military power and strategically extends more than necessary, this will lead to its downfall.”
Several elements that cause the collapse of this entity are summarized in the statement, “elements of cultural/civilizational annihilation” such as the
corruption of religion, moral collapse, social iniquities, opulence [al-taraf],
selfishness, giving priority to (worldly) pleasures, the love of the world over all values, etc.
n summary, the contemporary renewal movement was purified after momentous events and battles severely damaged it and it accumulated experience during more than thirty years. It must (now) undertake some of the specific operations arranged systematically and (carry out) what began with the operation of Nairobi and Dar al-Salam for the achievement of the following goals (by the grace of God):
A – The first goal: Destroy a large part of the respect for America and spread confidence in the souls of Muslims by means of:
(1) Reveal the deceptive media to be a power without force.
(2) Force America to abandon its war against Islam by proxy and force it to attack directly so that the noble ones among the masses and a few of the noble ones among the armies of apostasy will see that their fear of deposing the regimes because America is their protector is misplaced and that when they depose the regimes, they are capable of opposing America if it interferes.
B – The second goal: Replace the human casualties sustained by the renewal movement during the past thirty years by means of the human aid that will probably come for two reasons:
(1) Being dazzled by the operations which will be undertaken in opposition to America.
(2) Anger over the obvious, direct American interference in the Islamic world, such that that anger compounds the previous anger against America’s support for the Zionist entity. It also transforms the suppressed anger toward the regimes of apostasy and tyranny into a positive anger. Human aid for the renewal movement will not dry up, especially when heedless people among the masses – and they are the majority – discover the truth of the collaboration of these regimes with the enemies of the Umma to such an extent that no deceptive veil will be of use and no pretext will remain for any claimant to the Islam of these regimes and their like.
(C) – The third goal: Work to expose the weakness of America’s centralized power by pushing it to abandon the media psychological
war and the war by proxy until it fights directly. As a result, the apostates among all of the sects and groups and even Americans themselves will see that the remoteness of the primary center from the peripheries is a major factor contributing to the possible outbreak of chaos and savagery.
– Diversify and widen the vexation strikes against the Crusader-Zionist enemy in every place in the Islamic world, and even outside of it if possible, so as to disperse the efforts of the alliance of the enemy and thus drain it to the greatest extent possible.
For example: If a tourist resort that the Crusaders patronize in Indonesia is hit, all of the tourist resorts in all of the states of the world will have to be secured by the work of additional forces, which are double the ordinary amount, and a huge increase in spending. If a usurious bank belonging to the Crusaders is struck in Turkey, all of the banks belonging to the Crusaders will have to be secured in all of the countries and the (economic) draining will increase. If an oil interest is hit near the port of Aden, there will have to be intensive security measures put in place for all of the oil companies, and their tankers, and the oil pipelines in order to protect them and draining will increase. If two of the apostate authors are killed in a simultaneous operation in two different countries, they will have to secure thousands of writers in other Islamic countries. In this way, there is a diversification and widening of the circle of targets and vexation strikes which are accomplished by small, separate groups.

There is lots more, if you can bear to read it. It’s an interesting insight into the enemy’s mind. Scary, how much thought they’ve put into this world wide caliphate.

Monday Shopping for Kids Open Comments

VW Club Shopping 2

I spent my Sunday evening shopping for toys with Hubby’s Volkswagen Club. Remember the car I was selling raffle tickets for earlier this year? The car Hubby “found” in a customer’s old barn? With the turtle shell on top of the engine?

Well, after they raffled the car off, they decided to use the money to buy toys for kids. A local Toys ‘R Us allowed us in after they closed and we had the run of the store. We bought $5,000 worth of toys. We had a long train of baskets loaded with bags of toys and 3 bikes.

The store manager had Geoffrey the Giraffe come and join us for a bit, and we got pictures of him in one of the VW convertibles that was there. One little boy got up close and personal, hugging and kissing him. Too cute. Then the scramble was on to buy, buy, BUY! We maxed out one register (couldn’t scan indefinitely, it seems) around the $4,300 mark, and they opened a second one. It was challenging, because a lot of the 2-for-1 or “buy one get one x% off” couldn’t be calculated until after the amount was totaled out. We eventually fulfilled the $5K limit and closed out the shopping.

The whole Star Wars game thing had me cracking up. Star Wars “Operation”?
Star Wars games cracked me up
And here’s Geoffrey the Giraffe, for those who were asking.
Geoffrey in a VDub

When it came time to pay, the bank/store wouldn’t accept the checks. It seems that a $5000 check being cleared at 10:30 pm is a problem. So the club leader pulled out a credit card, while his wife shouted “make sure it’s one with reward points on it!”. He then had to take a call from the credit card company, assuring them that it was an approved charge. Eventually, the toys were paid for and it took almost all of us present to push the baskets outside to load into the cars.

For once, Hubby didn’t mind shopping or being in a store. It wasn’t crowded, and it wasn’t his money, either.