America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- August 15, 2016 – August 19, 2016 Remember 9/11


It’s heartbreaking to see the devastating flooding in s. Louisiana. And it’s not over. Rescue agencies and volunteers from around the state are stepping up to aid in relief and rebuilding efforts.

And it’s maddening to see the violence, destruction and mayhem in Milwaukee. Where are the folks – besides the mayor, elected officials, and security forces -to step up there to call for calm and restraint? Where are the “community organizers”? Oh wait….

Speaking of elected officials and a community working together….here’s a story for you:

A Simple Idea to help the Homeless

Hillary Clinton: Nowhere Girl Stephen Moore

ISIS war on Christians

Politicized Intelligence: Telling the Boss what he wants to hear

The Great Regression  Victor Davis Hanson on Orwell and 2016

What Riots are Good for: extortion as public policy

Trump’s Powerful Wisconsin Speech

The Balkanization of America?

0bama Extraction Countdown: 23 Weeks

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98 Responses to America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- August 15, 2016 – August 19, 2016 Remember 9/11

  1. lysie says:

    Molly, hope it went well today.

    Maybe this will help, too. 🙂

    • Jemian says:

      Saturday morning here. Waiting to hear from Molly. I have about five things I need to do today. Several more I ought to do. But, I am taking it easy. One thing I will do is put more data on my flash card so I can watch videos online. We pay for the internet as we go. I usually buy about 12 gig at a time and that lasts around 4 days. When you must rest a lot, you watch a lot of videos.

    • edinva says:

      Joining in wishes for Molly. I can barely post, much less graphics, so all I can do is send very best wishes to Miss Molly, good golly!

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Oh yummy! And plenty to share…hi lysie, Jemian
      Well glad my second eye is done, yay! Sleepy all day, and things getting less blurry in that eye.
      Hope you have a good evening…[redacted] game tonite

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Thanks ED…good rest last night following an exciting baseball game. Wow!

    • edinva says:

      Molly so glad you’re ok .. knew you would be. I’ve seen notices of that game ‘trending’ all day on Twitter. If only I had twitter or knew how to operate it, or followed baseball!!!

      Wanted to relay a story I heard this week that touched me. Two things by way of background: 1. my married name is Elgin and 2. DH and I have been going periodically to Richmond VA, to the VCU Dental School, for extensive work over the past year or so. Last Wednesday I had an appt @ VCU about implants.
      I reported to one office and they had a tech escort me to where she did the scans. As she looked over my chart, she noted my last name and told me her former mother in law had been lead singer for a 60s Motown group called “The Elgins.”… one thing led to another, and she revealed that that woman had become a drug addict. She gave birth to a son who was born with multiple birth defects due to her addiction. Her son, with his little infant legs in braces, was given as a foster child to a 55 year old woman who was herself unable to bear children. Four years later that woman was offered the opportunity to adopt the little boy, which she did joyfully. Fast forward, the little boy under his adoptive mother’s care, grew up to be a strapping young man who then had a nearly 30 year career as a U.S. Marine !!! How cool is that? AND, the adoptive mother lived to be @ 103. The bio- mother was never able to kick her addiction, even despite a Motown offer to have her in a Motown revival with the Elgins, with tours throughout the US and Europe. Nothing could break the habit. That part is so sad. Listening to the story literally gave me goosebumps!

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Wow! You just never know how God’s mercy will reveal itself. Thanks for telling this story again. Have to say tho…has it really been that long since the Motown years? Yikes…

  2. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

  3. The Raven says:

    I think Ryan Lochte should say something like:

    This robbery in Brazil, compared to the sniper fire I took in Bosnia, is a cakewalk.
    – or
    What difference does it make at this point?
    – or
    I can’t remember.
    – or
    It wasn’t ransom.
    – or
    This is the biggest load of bull I ever heard.
    – or
    My great grandfather was Sir Edmund Hillary
    – or
    The video made me do it.

  4. Molly Pitcher says:

    Did you hear about some restaurant, in NM, I think that’s in trouble because to advertise some new recipe/menu item, it used the phrase “Black Olives Matter.”? Good grief…

    speaking of recipes, while out west we came across this item on two restaurant menus: bacon br. sugar popcorn with cayenne . It was offered as an appetizer. Hey! Curious, I opted to try it, and oh my was it delicious! I couldn’t finish it all at the meal, so was able to take some back to the condo and reheat it for later, too….not quite as good as warm and delicious the first time, but oh well.

    So just to be clear: the popcorn was popped in bacon grease…no bits of bacon, but little bits of br. sugar, yes.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      UH OH Very disturbing for all fishermen and lovers of fish – that’s me – to read….

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      You know…0 really wants Hillary! to replace him, right?

      Well, the Trump people should use this slogan then…
      If you like your pain, you can keep your pain. Vote Hillary!

      Maybe too subtle.? It makes me laugh, tho…

    • The Raven says:

      Mr. Obama, meanwhile, spent August denying that a ransom was a ransom. Since the January “leverage” moment, Iran has taken three more Americans as hostage and is now demanding the return of $2 billion in funds that U.S. courts have ordered held for the victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism. The eyes of the world can simply stare.

      – WSJ ed.

  5. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • The Raven says:

      Man-o-man-o……Steve Strasburg lost again. Four in a row.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      How are you doing Raven? Ok, hoping…
      Good morning all….could Strasburg be injured, maybe?

    • lysie says:

      Good morning Molly and Rav.

      I hope he isn’t injured.

    • The Raven says:

      My tooth pain was minor and short lived

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      That’s good news Raven.

    • edinva says:

      I am still not sure how this site operates, how to put a reply in the proper place .. Earlier I put my “news” in a comment replying, I think, to Rav … so anyway, spoke with the doc and no cancer. Yay! I knew it wasn’t bad and worst case scenario would be a lumpectomy, outpatient. So, seriously, no lost sleep. My real concern was having a gene for breast cancer that I might have passed along to my daughter/granddaughter. Hahahaha, they got enough screwy genes from me!

      Molly, good luck tomorrow … think you will be glad when it’s done. A whole new world opens for you.

      Jem, I heard just today that the FTC denied Aetna’s takeover of Humana. Reading your story, as a Humana subscriber, I am happy to be with Humana and not Aetna. So far, Humana has not denied anything of mine. Even the expensive eyeball shots I get. I have honestly loved my Humana plan: go to whomever I want as I think is needed, no pre-authorization. It was better before Obamacare, but what wasn’t ? Used to be no deductible, now $1K/year. Not the worst, I guess, but a serious increase, in addition to all copays going up and some services no longer included. Oh, and they no longer have our local hospital system in the Humana network. I don’t quite get it .. but I can pay a bit more by going to docs/hospital out of network. So, I shall pay a bit more. Especially since in all of Northern VA there is ONE hospital – ONE – that is not part of the system that now is not in the Humana network. Oh, thank you, President Obama!!! Also read Humana is dropping its participation in the ‘exchanges” in more than half the states where it operates. I think that’s 17 states.

      So our surgical unit will soon have concluded its duties. Lysie, I guess you will be left to ‘turn out the lights.”

    • The Raven says:

      Wunderbar EdinVa……Excellent news. Now I can sleep.

    • edinva says:

      Rav, zzzzzz away to your heart’s content! Hopefully by now your teeth will let you do that.

      Another hot, quiet day here. I just LOVE when Congress is in recess and bozo is up on Martha’s Vineyard. Life is so much more tolerable. 2 more weeks and this lovely break ends.

  6. The Raven says:

    Morning Quote:

    We find that permit holders are convicted of misdemeanors and felonies at less than a sixth the rate for police officers,” the report says. “Among police, firearms violations occur at a rate of 16.5 per 100,000 officers. Among permit holders in Florida and Texas, the rate is only 2.4 per 100,000.10. That is just one-seventh of the rate for police officers.”

    – Fred Lucas in Report Finds These Gun Owners Are Least Likely Criminals. You would think the criminals would be low in NRA numbers since background checks eliminate them, however, the permit holders are 1/6 of policemen !!!

  7. lysie says:

    Molly, how did the pre-op exam go?

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Oh I am good to go. What a doctor. He decided to explain to me how, if I agreed, he would correct some of the astigmatism in that eye. I asked a few questions, but really, after all these years under his care, and not understanding the technicalities he was going into…what can I say. I’m sure it will be fine. He’s an excellent surgeon.
      Wow, the humidity departed a little while ago, and it is quite pleasant outside, so I was able to do some weeding.
      When we came back into CLE the other day, we got to talking to some older guys, who were carrying some unusual boxes. They had been salmon fishing in Alaska and hopping from place to place on planes to do the fishing. So the boxes had salmon in dry ice. What an expensive vacation that must be. But they were all happy, and had done it together every year for a long time. That’s pretty amazing.

    • lysie says:

      I’m happy to hear it will go well.

      What can I say? How about , once a fisherman always a fisherman? 🙂

    • Jemian says:

      I have been praying for teeth, eyes, and hips, and Ed. From the reports it seems that all is going along smoothly. PTL! I do have a story to relate.

      This is about Aetna Health Insurance.

      In June I had some symptoms develop, among them were a tightness and pressure in my chest, very mild pain down my right arm, a constant ache between my shoulder blades, and a choking feeling when I spoke or sang resulting in an inability to do so. No fever.

      I went to a doc-in-the-box recommended by Aetna when I called to pre-authorize. I identified as an Aetna patient and paid the co-pay requested. The doc did an EKG and a chest x-ray. He determined I was not having a heart attack, as my friends thought, but had pneumonia. He prescribed a z-pack and I went home to follow the doctor’s orders.

      In July I called Aetna again to pre-authorize another doctor visit. On the phone this time, I was told that Aetna had denied the previous claim because the doctor had “performed an unauthorized procedure” on me. Therefore, Aetna wasn’t paying the fee and instructed me not to pay the business anything either.

      Although the doctor gave me what I considered to be an appropriate and necessary evaluation, Aetna claims it wasn’t. Suppose I was having a heart attack and the doc had not run an EKG? Or, was it the x-ray that was wrong? The picture clearly showed a lung infection.

      Anyone else have a similar experience?

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Am wondering about ED also. She will let us know. As for Aetna…I haven’t had anything like that, no. Usually doctors try now to conform to insurance directives….that’s my experience.

  8. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • The Raven says:

      If you have some spare time, this is a very good podcast to listen to. Yuval Levin on the fractured republic (click the PLAY button or download). Thought provoking – Levin thinks the left and right are both wrong and aiming at the wrong problem to fix. He thinks the future politicians must focus on the damage the left did to small town, USA (religion, schools, morality, and family) and the cities ( crime, family – 30% of children born to single parent, welfare state). He thinks the right has been horrible at explaining itself.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      I will listen to that…btw, did you get a lot out of the Voegeli book you mentioned some days ago…

    • The Raven says:

      I only read on rainy days…haven’t got back to it

  9. The Raven says:

    ‘Pubs in the News:

    Future President, Liz Cheney to be a Wyoming House Representative

    Morning quote:

    He’s personally unpalatable, of course — a serial adulterer who brags about sleeping with married women and says doesn’t repent, an extreme narcissist with delusions of grandeur. He’s not conservative. He thinks Planned Parenthood does wonderful work, he has no coherent foreign policy, he wants to leave entitlement programs in place, he supports tariffs and government subsidies, he doesn’t care if Republicans lose the Senate and he has nothing to say about religious freedom for business owners, among a myriad of other policy shortcomings. He’s volatile and nasty. He has mocked prisoners of war and a disabled journalist, compared his own sacrifices to those of Gold Star families and gone soft on the Ku Klux Klan. He lies constantly, about nearly everything. If we don’t recognize that the choice is tough — thanks to Trump’s utterly incomprehensible foolishness and vitriol and Clinton’s radical leftist corruption — we’re not taking the question seriously.
    Just as importantly, Trump is doing serious brand damage to conservatism. He’s poisoning the well with female voters, minorities and young people.

    Ben Shapiro, sitting on the fence for the election.

  10. The Raven says:

    Molly. I was doing some nostalgia research and came across the best teams ever site. The Yanks pretty much dominated the list in different decades, but the Cleveland [redacted] were on the list a few times as well. When I was a kid, Jim Perry & Rocky Colavito were prominent in games against my Yanks with Mickey and Whitey.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Yes, Rocky Colavito is still remembered well around here. Well, since you brought it up, I grew up in baseball as a White Sox fan at old Comiskey Park. So my father would always take us to the best teams in those days, which I remember as the Yankees and the Tigers. I don’t remember Colavito and Perry, from those times, but I DO remember Mantle, Ford, Maris, plus Killebrew, and of course Nellie Fox, Minnie Minoso, the knuckleballer Wilbur Wood….Do you remember any of those White Sox? oh my gosh, I can’t remember the great shortstop who tossed Fox all those double play balls…well it will come back to me..

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      The White Sox weren’t on that list…aw….

    • mustknowhistory says:

      Louis Aparicio was the ss. Hoyt Wilhelm was the earlier knuckler.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Yes, that’s right. thank you mkh -:) I also remember an outfielder from around here: Massillon , Ohio…that stuck with me, oddly enough

    • The Raven says:

      I was watching a game where Mickey Mantle hit Hoyt’s Knuckleball into the bleachers.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Well, there ya go…remember the huuuuge mits the catchers used for those knuckleballers?

    • mustknowhistory says:

      In the new vernacular, that would be ‘yuuuuuge’ mitts.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      oh goodness, yes. My mind was thinking that, but my fingers typed something else!

  11. Molly Pitcher says:

    Oh my gosh…lysie, I think you had a tornado go thru your area earlier. Hope all is ok there.

  12. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • The Raven says:

      Morning quote:

      … trust in the government’s ability to handle domestic problems has never been lower in Gallup’s trends, which stretch back to the 1970s.”

      – New Gallup poll

    • lysie says:

      Gosh! I wonder why?

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Good morning…great breakfast lysie.
      that Gallup poll nails it…have an interesting story to relate, but must wake up a bit first…check the forecast, etc. we have now overcome our rain deficit, I think…

    • The Raven says:

      Well, then there is foreign policy as well. Did we know about Gitmo from the main stream media? Or Obama overriding the Senate again on treaties? This time on nuclear weapons

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      lysie..Please tell me again when your surgery is…now everything here will be handled while you recover…but you only have 3 days…JUST KIDDING…we are not covered by 0Care here…thank goodness.
      I have my pre-op exam today…2nd cataract surgery early Friday…

    • lysie says:

      Sept. 12. Can’t wait to get it over.

      You did well with your first cataract surgery , right?

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      the 12th…got it! The first surgery had complications because of a tendency to migraines, and the trigeminal neuralgia which affects the right eye. for the Left eye, I will try to head off the migraine, and the neuralgia will not be an issue with the left eye. So all in all, it should go better. The appt. went well.

    • The Raven says:

      Argh. I have a dental procedure this morning. I gave it some thought whether to hang out here or have a root canal and I chose the root canal (OK, I’m kidding). BBL

    • lysie says:

      Ack! I pray it goes well Rav.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Dang…hope it goes smoothly and at the end of the day…you are relatively pain free Raven …sounds like Surgery Central around here this week.

    • tillacum says:

      What a yummy breakfast, my 2 faves.
      Thinking of you today lysie..
      Molly, aren’t the cataract surgeries interesting? Mine were with all the colors and watching the movements around the operating area. I watched the feet.
      We’re getting some of LA’s rain. Not complaining, but this is the 3rd day. It really isn’t
      that bad, gentle rains. I think the rain will be heading up your way.
      Prayers continue ed.

    • lysie says:

      Good morning till. We’ve been getting rain, too.

    • edinva says:

      Thanks, folks. I read an upbeat update, well, “upbeat,” all things considered, from a man in LA. He’d gone to his house over the weekend, found one of their 3 cats and assumed the others had met their fate. Returned again yesterday and there they were in an upstairs room on a book shelf! House is gone, but cats survived in a tiny air pocket. There will be all kinds of stories, uplifting and heartbreaking, coming from there in the coming days.

      Despite the heavy duty overnight storms and temporary reduction in temps, we’re back into danger zone today. Over the past few decades I’ve noticed that August is usually better than July on the heat front, but not this year. The NOAA is still claiming it will be a bad ‘cane year.

      Did you all read about the Democrat Attorney General in PA convicted on a selection of felonies. I think found guilty on all charges. Total crook. She’s a Hillary! gal, so only the indictment and conviction should surprise.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Afternoon ED, everyone…

      Here’s a story I wanted to relate to Raven’s Gallup poll husband had an errand at an office building “downtown” yesterday. He was meeting someone to exchange some material, and while waiting for his friend to arrive he got talking to a security guard. Somehow the subject of lawyers came up, and the security guard exclaimed, ” Lawyers! I’d like to hire one to sue 0bama over 0bamacare!” Then he went on to describe how much it was costing him and his wife on their small salaries. He was not happy…

      but here’s the thing: this guy is someone you would think would be one happy follower of 0bama. You know what I mean? But noooo…his remarks came quite out of the blue, and my husband just nodded in understanding and agreement, as his friend was approaching for their short meeting. So there you go….some people can connect the dots….Hallelujah!

    • lysie says:

      Yes. I do know what you mean. I’m sure there are many more who agree, but the press can’t have a new’s special on that subject , now can they?

      We are waiting for another t’storm.

    • edinva says:

      Wish there were a way we could get more people to watch/heed the Dinish D’Souza movie to see how badly the Ds treat their constituencies. So many just don’t (or WON’T) get it. Even all those leaked DNC emails seem not to have made a dent. Just amazing. What was it Hillary! said to Genl. Petraeus about willful suspension of disbelief??

      Molly, I kinda (only kinda) chuckled at your comment that this is like Surgery Central. Best to get surgeries over in the warm weather. Especially any elective surgeries. If I could, I think I’d elect liposuction. Alas, that’s not in the offing!

      Jem, glad you’re ‘home’ safe and sound. I have a couple of friends who live overseas and speak to the challenges of having two homes, two cultures, two words that they live in. You seem to adjust really well. Rest up.

      We are also supposed to be getting storms this pm (it’s now 4:45p EDT). Fairfax County has an emergency system whereby they send emails and/or texts to subscribers when there’s a heavy storm or snow or whatever expected here. It is now storming like crazy in the northern part of the county but sunny in the south. Almost like Florida where your front yard can have rain/storm and your backyard is clear. Last night’s storm didn’t start till about 10p, then on and off for hours, five minutes at a time.

      Rav, hope your teeth are feeling ok. I put off a root canal when I was younger. Bad decision. Glad you made the right one, even if short term you may have 2nd thoughts. Ice packs/ibuprofen. If you want to make the dental pain seem relatively mild, put on a Hillary! speech. No comparison! Seriously, DO hope you are doing OK.

    • The Raven says:

      Very, very minor pain. I just got antibiotics – no pain killers.

    • edinva says:

      Rav, you and DH .. he had massive filling done yesterday. Doc said a little longer/larger and it would have been root canal. So glad you experienced minor pain.

      My good news now is just spoke w/doc and no cancer result from biopsy! Good day, eh?

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Ok! It’s a good day in Surgery Central.

  13. edinva says:

    Molly, can you even begin to imagine how the press would cover a President Bush or Trump if he stayed @ Martha’s Vineyard while Milwaukee burned and Baton Rouge was flooded? I feel so badly for the folks in LA, keep getting updates from a relative down there, and some of the stories just break your heart. God bless Sheriff Clarke up in Milwaukee. As always, he’s saying all the right things but it seems there are too many impenetrable skulls. I think it was Newt who said that in the days before this Sylville Smith killing there were 11 shot and 5 killed in Milwaukee, but BLM didn’t care because it was blacks killing blacks. They seem to care only when a police officer is involved. You know, maybe we should have ‘no go’ zones, no police protection in areas where they’re not wanted. But the ‘no go’ residents shouldn’t be allowed outside those perimeters, either.

    Thank y’all for prayers, thoughts, concerns, good wishes re my biopsy this morning. Won’t get results till Wednesday afternoon or Thursday. The procedure today was pretty much a piece of cake. Anesthesia, even the local variety, may be the best thing ever invented. I’ve not had to take even the tylenol to which I was restricted. Nada. So that part’s good. We’ll see about the rest soon enough.

    I am up at this ungodly hour (3am EDT) because we had a power outage earlier amidst powerful thunder/lightning that woke me up, and now … can’t get back to sleep. No fun, that. Need ma zzzs.

  14. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone. Thanks for the start Molly. Prayers for those hit by storms and violence. So sad.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Oh goodie…breakfast, and the strawberries have been very good this year. speaking of similar things….the tomatoes at our favorite farm store are huge and sooo delicious. Picked up several yesterday.
      Good morning everyone.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Did y’all see this joke?


      A man died and went to Heaven.
      As he stood in front of the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, “What are all those clocks for?”

      St. Peter answered, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone who has ever been on earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie, the hands on your clock move.”

      “Oh”, said the man. “Whose clock is that?”
      “That’s Mother Teresa’s”, replied St. Peter. “The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie.”

      “Incredible”, said the man. “And whose clock is that one?”
      St. Peter responded, “That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abraham told only two lies in his entire life.”

      “Where’s Hillary Clinton’s clock?” asked the man.
      St. Peter replied, “We’re using it as a ceiling fan.”

    • lysie says:

      Oh! That is good…..LOL

      Good morning, Molly.

      We have one tomato plant. With so little rain throughout the summer I’m surprised it has survived. We have a well and don’t want to over water. This plant is well over 6 feet tall and is climbing up over or shed. Amazing.

    • lysie says:

      Congratulations to Mayor Richard Berry. Great idea, but it is not a new idea. Years ago my grandparents would hire people who came to the door asking for food. Churches did it, too. Eventually, after showing how work-worthy they were, they were hired by many local businesses.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Yes…an old idea reborn?: work for some money and a fresh start? the Left hates it, tho, and 0’s bureaucrats may come after such an “outrageous” policy.

  15. The Raven says:

    And in other news (in the “who knew column”) did you know there is a Ms. Bum Bum contest in Rio at the same time as the Olympics? See the NY Post for more here or if you are voting — > here

  16. Jemian says:

    Busy day. I made it through the first day without a problem, but I’m woefully jet-lagged. It was wonderful to reconnect with friends and colleagues.

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