America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- June 14, 2014 – June 15 , 2014 Remember 9/11 ( Weekend Edition)

Wow! We had quite a rain and wind storm swing through yesterday. No damage, but it looked iffy. Things look calm for today.

The IRS lost Lois Lerner’s emails , yet, they have no problem finding emails of conservatives.

10 Things we’ve learned about Dads Smithsonian Mag.

Getting the Spin Right Jonah Goldberg

America, the Headless horseman PJM

Can the USSC issue 17 opinions in 2 Weeks? Crunch time at the highest court….

Criminal Negligence 0 and Iraq

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22 Responses to America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- June 14, 2014 – June 15 , 2014 Remember 9/11 ( Weekend Edition)

  1. Molly Pitcher says:

    A “Beautiful Day” afternoon to everyone.

    After such a dreadful and concerning week, it was good to be in church this a.m., remembering God’s sovereignty thru it all, and acknowledging our need for Him.

    Plus some sharing about wonderful, much loved fathers, and a strong sermon from our young asst. pastor, who grew up without one, but spoke well on the Biblical model so missing in today’s families: not because of early death, which unfortunately happens, but because of neglect and desertion.

  2. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.
    To all the Dads in our lives …fathers….husbands…sons…brothers…uncles… friends.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Nice! Thank you lysie Hope your weekend is going well.

    • lysie says:

      You are welcome, Molly.

      Yes. The weekend is going well. I hope yours is going well, too. Soon I will visit my dad.

    • edinva says:

      thanks, lysie for yet another lovely breakfast. Getting so spoiled here!

      Y’all know what they say about the best laid plans, right? So round about 2am dh gets sick. Straight thru to 2pm. Could not stop the upchucking, but didn’t want to go to the ER/hospital. I was dispatched to pick up an anti-nausea Rx which eventually worked. By 4p he was fine. (not that this isn’t the 3rd time with the identical thing since late March). Alas, there went Father’s Day dinner plans, so the kidlets came here to visit for a while. It was nice just to visit, who needs a dinner?

      Since son had taken our car, I had to take the bus to the pharmacy. No big whoop. As I left the pharmacy, I saw a bus heading in my direction so I darted X six (6!) lanes of traffic to make it to the bus stop before he did. So as I get to the bus stop it passes me right by as if I weren’t there. Hadn’t noticed it’s an express that doesn’t stop at that particular stop. So, I sat down and within two minutes a lovely woman, nicely dressed, comes to the stop and says “I saw you run to the bus and them him passing you bye, can I give you a ride?” I decided it’d be ok, so she drove me right to the door (turns out she lives less than 1/4 mile away). She had just been to church, so I told her she’d done her Christian duty for the week. It’s always nice when you see these small acts of kindness, especially in a high population area where folks tend not to even notice each other. Equally lovely, and perhaps more surprising … returning from the Marine Barracks by DC Metro on Friday night, DH and I got on a train with no empty seats. Again, no big whoop, we were only going 3 stops. A young black dude, tattoo’d up one end and down the other, dressed stereotypically, offered us his and his buddy’s seats! Amazing. At first blush one would have rather expected a “knock out game.” Appearances are happily deceiving some times. Always nice to see good and kindness in this world.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Goodness! First of all glad your dh is on the mend and y’all adapted well to the situation, disappointing as it was…

      And the bus and Metro stories: Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

  3. edinva says:

    Molly, I think you’re onto something. If anyone faces an IRS Audit, just say your documentation was lost in a computer crash. That actually happened to me. After painstakingly going thru my books and accounts, I was doing one last check before filling out the returns. Damned if my entire drive didn’t blow up. I lost everything, including the tax info. Went to my computer guy who did his best, to no avail. My stomach still aches thinking about it, and it was @ 5 years ago.

    More pleasant thoughts are of last night when we went to the Marine Barracks for the Evening Parade. I realized I went to my first Evening Parade FORTY EIGHT YEARS ago! Yes, I was young once. The basics of the parade haven’t changed in that time, but other parts of the evening sure have. First, WHERE the Barracks is located, 8th & Eye Sts., SE, DC, in 1966 was an oasis in the middle of a high-crime area.* Now, the streets are so gentrified, they have a “Restaurant Row,” with a mix of national fast food chains and some upscale and international dining, including a hookah bar. It’s 3 blocks from a Metro station. Another thing: the Marines are a whole lot younger now! The parade was delayed maybe 20-30 minutes as they let inclement weather pass, and decided whether to proceed or cancel. Weather wasn’t that bad, so on they went. The entire audience was moved to an arcade across the parade field. So, the parade and march… incredible. Musicians have to be top of the top in the country to be accepted into the Marine band. Corporals with Ph.D.s, delighted to have made the cut. The music and march are in perfect precision, including when the field is entirely dark, they don’t miss a beat or a step. Maybe the highlight is the “silent drill” where a team of @ 20 Marines march with rifles/fixed bayonets that gleam in the dark. No instructions called; they fling their rifles/bayonets into the air, at each other. It is – and by its nature has to be – the most precise drill on earth! Just breathtaking. Only one aspect disappointed me, and that was the audience who used to dress for the occasion; now some show up looking like slobs that reflect today’s “culture.’

    Good fortune has shone on DH. All the kidlets will be in town tomorrow to take him out for Father’s Day dinner. A nice dynamic has arisen with our daughter’s and her sister-in-law’s marriages, and the “extended family” that now includes everyone related to each of them and their spouses, all the young people being close in age who enjoy socializing together. My poor kids were 12 years younger than any of their cousins, or lived half a country away, so it’s nice they have contemporary family nearby now (except Foreign Service gal in Mauritania). Most of this new extended family also grew up far removed from family; one part was raised by French immigrants to the US; the others’ families were Foreign Service, raised around the globe. So now they’re all together in the DC area. At least for now.

    *the neighborhood is still high-crime, just another sort of crime. It’s Capitol Hill, after all.

  4. lysie says:

    Rav, Robert Bergdahl , strange man , indeed.

  5. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

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