America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- July 6, 2015 – July 10, 2015 Remember 9/11


I hope your holiday weekend was a safe and enjoyable one.

The U.S. women won their soccer trophy! Yay!

In other more important news, the Greeks soundly rejected the EU’s austerity offer. Now what? Second thoughts in light of this choice?

Here is Janet Dailey’s piece in the UK Telegraph :Greece-Eurozone Crisis
It covers the awful choices and mess that country has got itself into. But she’s no fan of the EU, either.

And don’t forget the Iran talks….confusion, propaganda, and self-delusion still in play there.

Iran’s Chief Propagandist and Negotiator PJM….one dangerous, creepy guy

If Libs really cared about Black Lives

Culture 4.0 The Federalist

Confederates in the Attic WSJ

Guns and Ideology NRO

Sanctuary Country Am. spectator

“Emperors New Clothes Global Warming Am. Thinker

Bombing the Enemy with Better Ideas and Codswaddle NRO

Cuba: Beyond the Facade Fascinating portrait of struggling, impoverished Cuba

Estrangement from the Truth Jonah Goldberg

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82 Responses to America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- July 6, 2015 – July 10, 2015 Remember 9/11

  1. The Raven says:

    Wow…check this out. Somebody finally figured out sunspots

  2. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Thank you, thank you for breakfast lysie. I hope it dries out a little today. We were able to get out and walk yesterday, tho…also Wed. between the showers.

    • lysie says:

      Good morning , Molly. Rain here. too. It turned out to be a bad thing. When I was out tending to chores the dogs were running like they always do. Well, one of their “circles” came too close to me and clobbered me. Plop I went on m good hip. I should be fine.

    • The Raven says:

      Morning quiz.

      Every bank, credit card company, savings institution, and retailer in this country has a customer service recording which prompts you to enter your account number and then when you are connected to a human, the first thing they ask you for is your account number.

      Why do they do this twice?

    • lysie says:

      Why do they do this twice?

      ’cause they are hard of hearing like I am???

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Wow, that is some stat. Very frightening. Did you read Ann Coulter’s latest book? I bet there is renewed interest in it right about now…

  3. The Raven says:

    We’ve had a little excitement here locally in Knoxville.

    First there was a train derailment of a chemical.

    Then bank robbers went to the home of the bank executive and kidnapped the entire family…..making him rob his own bank.

    Second time it’s happened here.
    My guess is there will be some future button to push inside the vault. Or at the exec’s homes.

    Other Democrats in the news (4th of July edition):

    Video of Dems given history quiz

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Do the police have some ideas about the kidnappers/bank robbers?? Too much excitement for Knoxville.

    • The Raven says:

      They (FBI and local cops) have no idea who the robbers are. Seems like the way they do business in Columbia. Kidnapping.

      Maybe 10 yrs ago, I had a biz trip to Chile. My company had a car pick me up but the guy left when I had a long wait in customs…….so I ended up in a car service ….. and these guys were taking me out in the country when I decided to call the local office. They convinced the driver to bring me back.

      Probably the guys were honest but at the time I thought I was in big trouble. My boss later told me our company had a policy of not paying ransoms. I told him that changed my policy of traveling to third world countries.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Yes, we have a friend who has some of the same fears about his business trips down there. He’s learned to be very careful. In S. America the concern he has is safety. In India, it’s food poisoning….

    • The Raven says:

      We had an Indian office and one of our guys took a taxi and ended up getting robbed. He wanted to go to the Hilton and the cab driver took him to a place in the slums where there was a water logged shack with Hilton scrawled on it. He gave up his passport, wallet and then had to figure out how to get out of there with no money.

    • lysie says:

      Never knew my County was one.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      I heard there were several in Ohio, but maybe not…per this map, and it appears up to date

    • The Raven says:

      First…The Feds seem to be in the sanctuary mode. Second. It would be nice if States disregarded the Feds where they have a legitimate case. Funny thing….I don’t remember a national debate on this……libs just decide it to be so.

      And these same cities will fine a baker $150k for not baking a cake. Cruel and Unusual punishment? Illegal?

    • edinva says:

      Some years ago Montgomery County, MD, on the ‘other side’ of DC, became a sanctuary county. It was right kind of them. 90% of the illegals who’d been living in Northern VA moved there!!! I think DC itself is, if not an actual sanctuary city, awfully close to it. THey’re more interested in enforcing their ‘carry’ laws.

      I’m wondering if there isn’t a sort of trade off here. They are getting rid of the Confederate flag, and *maybe* we’re getting rid of sanctuary cities? But behind it all is media manipulation. One nut in each case sets a media/political frenzy. Then everyone marches to the requisite tune.

      After a pretty perfect Summer weather week, it’s rainy/dreary today, but that’s OK. This past week reminded me of summers when I was a kid in a far NYC suburb. Hot, not sweltering. Clear skies. Cool nights. And NO ONE had AC. Alas, the past winer reminded me of those winters in NY and of just why I left.

      When does the O family leave town (or have they?) and where, pray tell, are they vacationing on the taxpayers’ dimes this year? I read Malia (? – the older one) is interning for that Dunham thing. Hope she doesn’t treat her like a sister. Argh.

  4. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Very good! You are busy this week. I hope it’s fun stuff! Phase one of the garage work is done, and it looks good. Saw some friends last night….catching up. We seemed to have a tacit agreement not to discuss politics, which would get us all down.

    • lysie says:

      Good morning, Molly. Just busy doing a little of this and that.

  5. Prairie says:

    Hello, hello, hello everybody! Taking just a quick moment this evening to check in, I’ve been thinking about everyone on this list and missing you all. We have been in cool CO for about 10 days….loving that cool weather! Taking some day trips and enjoying the beautiful scenery. God is so awesome!
    I’m only following the news on television, deciding to forego internet news for a while. However, we will be more permanently set up next week so I will be able to keep in touch more, I think.
    Watching the Cubs play the Cards tonight….the Cardiinals coach and their catcher were just ejected from the game….they didn’t like the calls from home plate, heh!
    I’m not able to do much physically yet,, still recovering from surgery. The white water rafting beckons me, but common sense has prevailed for this summer. Same for horseback riding. Same for climbing up cliff dwellings. Etc. Etc.

    Take care all, hope all are well and enjoying their summers.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Good morning, prairie. Glad you are in your summer place. Continue to take care, get stronger. We have had rain threatening for hours, and it’s finally arrived. And speaking of weather & such, are you surprised by the rivers and streams running so high out there?

    • Prairie says:

      There has been a lot of rain in addition to snow melt, so most of the rivers are running at a good clip. That may be an understatement.

  6. The Raven says:

    For those of us in the later years (ahem), here’s a real classic Johnny Carson with dueling drums with Buddy Rich, Bob Hope, Dean Martin, & George Gobel – from the early LA shows when people smoked on camera (and boozed).

  7. The Raven says:

    Soros booted from the land of Putin. Accused of micro aggression

  8. Molly Pitcher says:

    Sargent at the Met a break from the news….Sure wish I could see this exhibit

  9. The Raven says:

    Stocks down, Trading halted on the NYSE

  10. Molly Pitcher says:

    The future of the Dem Party? ….Our future? Let us hope not….The Federalist

  11. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

  12. The Raven says:

    Chris Plante was talking about the suggestion we set up a sanctuary city (or State) for conservatives – where we ignore liberalism. Speaking of which —
    Morning quote

    ” … they’ll need a different candidate than someone who admires Greece as a political model”

    – WSJ ed. as some Democrats desire for an alternate to Hillary

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Sanctuary city/state for conservatives. Please, please let it happen!

    • lysie says:

      Conservative state and ignore liberalism. I’ll go.

    • edinva says:

      G’day, all

      I would move to that conservative sanctuary city in a heartbeat. Imagine! Imagine there’s no liberals, no hard-core lefties, no redistributionists if you can. Imagine all the people, working for what they have. (with apologies to Mr. Lennon who I recently read was, in his later years, embarrassed by his iconic tune and his own former lefty ways).

      We had a perfect summer day yesterday. It was HOT, like 90, with very little humidity, a slight breeze, clear blue skies with puffy clouds. Sure don’t get many like that in these parts. Heat almost always means wilting humidity, so the day was a real pleasure. T-storms today! (well, no way it was gonna last)

      I think the Congresscritters are still out of town, so that helps!

      (Rav, I never even knew you could buy a salt water pool, sounds kinda cool, corrosion notwithstading)

  13. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Oh Happy Breakfast! Thanks lysie.

      I am still shaking my head over the surrender speech at the Pentagon. And If I hear that phrase “whack a mole” one more time, you will hear me screaming all the way over in Syracuse

    • lysie says:

      Good morning, Molly.. He sure takes his job seriously. /s

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Oh yes, verrrry seriously.

      OK! Now here are 3 things that are new to me. How about you?

      Salt Water swimming pools, Cat Cafes, and ta da….Painting Parties!

      The culture keeps moving and leaving me behind, I guess.

    • lysie says:

      Ha! You are 3 steps ahead of me. First I’ve heard of them.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Well..lysie we will march backwards together, I guess!

      Or would you rather go to a Painting Party??!

    • lysie says:

      Painting party? I can’t draw a stick-man properly. Now, if you mean paint a house..I’ll go. I can do that. 🙂

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      I think a little wine or a beer will help you get thru the Painting Party 😉

    • The Raven says:

      Molly P….we had a salt water swimming pool last couple of years in our cheap-o WalMart pool. The salt concentration is only a tenth of the ocean and you can’t taste the salt at this low amount. When we recently replaced our old pool, I asked the salesman if the warranty of the new pool allowed for salt water operation (since it is corrosive). He said absolutely. I said can I see the warranty…he said it comes with the pool when it is delivered (translation – no it isn’t covered). So…we get the pool and sure enough, it isn’t covered.

      The beauty of the salt water pool is you don’t have to dump chemicals in there every day. The chlorine is generated in-situ by electrolysis of the salt (NaCl). The electrolysis also produces a base (NaOH) which requires occasional acid addition to the pool for neutralization.

      We had first run into a salt water pool maybe 7 years ago when our dog was a pup. We took her for training and the facility had a dog swimming pool which was salt water. For a small fee you could take your dog swimming in the pool!!! We did that and our dog was a goof…..flapped her front legs with elbows stiff … not sure how she didn’t sink. But, before that, I had never heard of a salt water pool either. Kinda figured it killed germs like when grandma had me gargle with salt water for a sore throat.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Yes, that is the advantage…no chemicals to maintain on a daily basis, I heard. I forgot you had that experience with it.

  14. The Raven says:

    Morning quote:

    … I’m pretty well convinced it’s a fake document

    – Sheriff Joe Arpaio, once again, on Obama’s birth certificate

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      He was born on another planet altogether. waaaay waaaay out there.

    • tillacum says:

      Good Morning everyone. I’m here Rave. Not only is Obama’s birth certificate a fake, so is he.
      We had a wonderful 4th. Friends from Dallas dropped by, We played some golf then had some BBQ, watched the fireworks. It was a great day. Then on the 5th, we had a bunch over for a smoked turkey with goodies and lots of talk and laughter.
      About nobama and his speech?? He scared the peawaddlin’ out of the ISIS army. I can imagine they almost gave up the American equipment and armament so he wouldn’t “hurt” them. /s

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Good morning till How about this theory? 0 uses words, composed into lies, to deceive us all the time. Hey, he won 2 elections that way, and still has the Rs cowering in the corner…so….to him words can be successfully used to scare and control people. He thinks this will work on ISIS, too? Just a thought experiment to be considered.

  15. The Raven says:

    Where’s Lysie, Jem, Till, Ed ??? [tap, tap, tap ]

    PS…About a month or so ago, I read on Townhall that the Dem controlled FCC was going to minimize robotcalls in time for the election because the Republicans use it effectively to get out their base. And sure enough,….today they announced it – made it sound like a consumer benefit.


    Putin messes with Obama’s head.

    • edinva says:

      checking in, Rav

      had a nice, quiet Fourth … except of course, firecrackers going off till all hours. Not as much rain as expected, but it left a good bit of fog that apparently messed up the “Capitol Fourth” on the Mall. Daughter/son-in-law came over With travel on everyone’s part, we hadn’t seen them since early May. She is now just past the half-way mark in her pregnancy and is officially showing. That’s about as exciting as our weekend got.

      I am astonished, ok, not really, but amazed to read the left’s take on Greece. It’s – ta da – the fault of the RICH! Not a pension system that starts benefits at 50%. Nope. It will be most interesting to see what they do. Speculation now is that Russia will come in to provide a crutch and pull Greece into their sphere. And JFnK continues to spin the Iran treaty deal. God help us all.

      Congress is out for now, so things are quiet, and there’s no federal elections this year, so we should have a quiet Fall before the craziness begins heading into Iowa in January. Not sure I could actually vote for The Donald, but am glad he’s out there shooting off his mouth.

      The USA women’s team capturing the World Cup was a nice cap to the holiday weekend. We need all the good new we can get!!

    • lysie says:

      Been busy, Rav. Maybe tomorrow will be less hectic.

    • The Raven says:

      Greece is because of the RICH? That Marxist cliche is how they got in this mess. Kinda like “Blame it on the Republicans”…..speaking of which…did you know the illegal shooting in SF was the Republican’s fault?

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Didn’t know that about the FCC and robocalls. Good morning.

      What a strong, strong speech 0 gave yesterday at the Pentagon. I am sure ISIS fighters are really worried now.

  16. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Good morning!

      Odds and ends today…expecting someone to arrive soon to give estimate on some masonry work in the garage…maintenance….we’re just trying to keep up with an old house.

    • The Raven says:

      These sanctuary cities are another example of a liberal mistake. They are so insistent on the FDA to bulletproof our medications and consumer bureaus to nitpick car seats and step ladders, and no death penaly, lest the innocent be executed … yet the most dangerous thing you can do today is walk around a city controlled by Democrats. Chicago or Detroit on a typical weekend for example. The criminals are on the street – not in jail. The worst of the illegals are deported and left back in.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      It’s a horrendous situation, and in how many of these cities are the good people not allowed to own firearms, or at least it is very, very difficult to own one, let alone carry?.

  17. The Raven says:

    The libs & black lives link is appropriate. Check out Perry’s recent speech as well. Which reminds me:

    Democrats in the news:

    – A history teacher at Woodrow Wilson High School in Portland, Ore. is lobbying for the school to change its name. Wilson was such a racist that AlterNet, the activist-progressive news outlet, labeled him as America’s most racist modern president.
    Axe thrower misses target, hits band member.
    Women’s restroom sign is offensive

  18. The Raven says:

    The Greek “tragedy” is one example of how the left can get us into deep trouble with catastrophic endings. The list is at least four long:

    1) The unsustainable proliferation of transfer of wealth and accumulation of debt in the aim of equality. When the bubble bursts, the world suffers catastrophic results.
    2) Global Warming policies. Reduction of cheap fossil fuels with no plan for replacement (there isn’t one) can only have catastrophic results.
    3) Since humans gravitate to freedom, the left’s policies eventually lead to totalitarianism and widespread human misery. Then it is a manner of time until a left leader decides there are too many people. Examples are Lenin, Pol Pot, Mao, Stalin, with 100 million murders and the socialism of Mussolini and Hitler with another 25 million. It is amazing how even the smaller communists countries had leaders following the same pattern of Lenin, Mao, and Stalin with smaller numbers of murders.
    4) The destruction of tradition and the resistance of the people to being ruled by liberals. They are nibbling away at our Constitution, traditions, and religions with the courts and the Press.

    Morning Quote:

    … if Mrs. Merkel and her allies cave to Mr. Tsipras, the costs will be even more severe. The message will be that Europe’s other debtor nations can also use political extortion to block pro-growth reform. Parties of the left in Italy, Portugal and Spain will have a new argument to make against the reforms that have begun to show some progress: Vote to reject the reforms that creditors demand, and the creditors will reward you anyway. … If euro membership guarantees a permanent welfare check, then no debtor nation will reform. This is a recipe for permanently slow growth and unending economic crisis.

    – WSJ ed.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Ideally, I think, the EU would say “goodbye” to Greece, and then the EU would reform itself in the aftermath. Chances of that happening?

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