America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- August 29, 2016 – September 2, 2016 Remember 9/11


Oh my….the last week in August….hurricanes and election season are upon us.

Forecasters are watching 2 potential storms, one affecting the East Coast, and one the Gulf as the week proceeds.

The Trump and Hillary! campaigns are positioning their candidates for any debates that might take place. Who knows? In this unconventional year, there may not be any debates.

The Cascading effects of Student Debt

Illinois Tyranny

The DiBlasio Nightmare continues…

Do Lib Policies Produce Growth??

Those Benghazi Emails…

Private Pensions, Public Risk

Gamble a huuuuuge Win for Trump

Mike Ditka is not PC

Sanctuary for the Civilized

Hermine makes Landfall on FL Gulfcoast

0bama Extraction Countdown: 21 Weeks

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96 Responses to America the Right Way -Staying Vigilant- August 29, 2016 – September 2, 2016 Remember 9/11

  1. The Raven says:

    T G I F

    World’s longest line dance here

  2. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone. Early car app’t. Back later.

  3. The Raven says:

    Jem….we barely won in overtime. Many mistakes by our best players. Plus – the media ranked them number 9 in preseason and put the hex on ’em. But, Appalachian State is a tough team. They beat top five ranked Michigan in the 2007 opener to make a name for themselves if you remember that upset of all time. Last year they had one of the best offensive lines and most are returning as seniors. At the end – the Knoxville weather played a part. A lot of their players had leg cramps (they practiced in the Mountains all week and weren’t used to the heat & humidity). Before the game, I had stumbled on a story about Florida State’s great Bobby Bowden and found myself wondering why our coach, Butch Jones, had a team so unprepared. “… listless, undisciplined and disinterested ..” as ESPN’s Chris Low said. Especially the offense. It seemed our favorite offensive go-to play is running into the other team’s defensive line for no gain.

    Next week we play a special game — Virginia Tech at the Bristol Speedway. It seats 150000 and they are converting the infield to a football field. Tailgater’s heaven.

    Molly – re: that Mike Ditka link. He was the one who declined to run against Obama for the Senate seat. If he would have run, we’d have John McCain as outgoing President.

    Morning quote

    Labor Day is an appropriate moment to reflect on a quiet catastrophe: the collapse, over two generations, of work for American men. During the past half-century, work rates for U.S. males spiraled relentlessly downward. America is now home to a vast army of jobless men who are no longer even looking for work—roughly seven million of them age 25 to 54, the traditional prime of working life.


    • Jemian says:

      A win is a win. You now have the momentum.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Good morning you two…enjoy your football season. Something to look forward to.
      I had forgotten about Ditka’s decision..ugh. If only…..

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      That is one sad quote.

    • tillacum says:

      I’ve been watching since I was a child. My uncle, a military man, was very upset with the press, in those days, showing pictures of European women working to help build their
      cities and nation by climbing over debris to find unbroken bricks then separating bricks and stones to be used in rebuilding their buildings. All the while showing American women
      staying home drinking coffee. Check the number of women on tv compared to the number of men. Yes, our press has worked diligently to put the bread winners out of

  4. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • The Raven says:

      Morning quiz:

      Which football coach said…..

      ” …there are more ways to score on defense (interception, fumble, kick and blocked kick returns) than on offense (run, pass, kick), and that the psychological shock of being scored on any of those ways is so profound that a team so scored on rarely is able to rally for victory.” ???

      [˙ɯnᴉpɐʇs pᴉɐs uᴉ ʇɥƃᴉuoʇ ǝɯɐƃ ɐ s,ǝɹǝɥʇ puɐ ɯᴉɥ ɹǝʇɟɐ pǝɯɐu sᴉ pǝɥɔɐoɔ ǝɥ ɯɐǝʇ ǝƃǝlloɔ ǝɥʇ ɯnᴉpɐʇs ǝɥʇ – ʇuᴉH ]

    • lysie says:

      Robert Neyland .

    • The Raven says:

      I read on Drudge that the Dems are putting up fake news bits and hoping Conservatives make fools of themselves by linking to them
      Here’s some to avoid

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      And good afternoon!
      Hope the appt. went well lysie. I cleaned out more closets today, wondering all the while what Hillary’s! response to Trump’s Mexico trip and speech would be.

      The paper here is big Dem supporter, 0 lover, Hillary! all the way. It’s been running a harrowing series all week tho on the terrible drug problems sweeping the state, the country. And of course yesterday ran the story about 0 pardoning a local drug dealer who will get out of jail in just a few short years, thanks to 0bama. I can’t help wondering if the paper people notice the Big problem here…the contradictions in the stories. What their guy is doing to aggravate the drug problems. Hello!

      But then I remember what my son the psychologist says: never underestimate people’s ability to tolerate cognitive dissonance. To acknowledge it requires too much change, rethinking and pain. Nope, can’t go there, and you must be the crazy one to point it out.

    • lysie says:

      My appointment went well. He is a great doctor.

    • edinva says:

      Great news, lysie! Always so important to have a doc we feel confident about. Glad you have that.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      I wish that Dems themselves were the fake news…didn’t really exist, ya know? That would be a Snopes report for all time.

    • Jemian says:

      Go Vols! I want you to do well this year.

    • Jemian says:

      Yay for good doctors. (There are plenty of bad ones around.) I’m glad the appointment went well.

  5. The Raven says:

    Morning all. Well, it’s been 3 months since my wife got hearing aids and 3 months since I have been frequently asking her to repeat things. My theory was as soon as she could hear better, she started talking softly and I couldn’t hear what she said. She claimed, however, that I probably needed hearing aids myself (hah!). So yesterday, we were walking by the hearing aid booth at Sam’s and she pointed to the free walk-in test sign so I accepted the challenge to put the whole thing to rest once and for all and placate her. The results? Now I have hearing aids – one in each ear, damn it. Seems my hearing of high frequency sounds has diminished with time. The audiologist’s low voice didn’t change at all with or without the hearing aids. My wife’s voice was crisper, however. And, testing the radio on the way home, Blake Shelton’s voice morphed from a once mellow, manly cowboy to a girly, whiny Democrat-like travesty. I haven’t listened to Hillary yet. I have a headache and nausea.
    And speaking of Sam’s, since we moved out to the lake, we are about an hour from major stores like Sam’s, CostCo, and larger grocery stores. Which sometimes makes it a problem to purchase frozen goods – since in the summer, we have to head home immediately and not go to more than one store even with the flexible coolers. So I invested in a Redneck Rolex (the Yeti cooler- clone Igloo Sportsman) !!! Now, the frozen stuff stays frozen and problem solved (except the cooler walls are so thick, the inside volume is small). And – even better – some of the stores now sell dry ice !!!

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      You are busy solving problems…I think my husband’s hearing is going, but I also know I mumble and talk too softly esp. when tired. So then I speak up and he says ” You don’t have to shout!”….HA!

    • lysie says:

      Sorry to “hear” that, Rav. 😉

    • The Raven says:

      Oops…that pun took me a second, Lysie. Maybe I have other old age problems as well. Speaking of which, there is an experimental Alzheimer’s drug showing signs of reversing the plaque and/or preventing it in the first place.

    • edinva says:

      Can you hear me now???????????

      Glad you got a problem you didn’t know you have resolved. You’ll adjust in time. I was with a friend who had a new hearing device, sitting in a subway station in NYC. You should have seen her every time a train blew thru! But, in time, she did adjust and they were able to work on her device, too, to make it work better. Be sure to go back to the Sams for adjustments until you’re happy with your hearing.

      Moving to a remote area is an equally big adjustment, but you are working that out. Check the bags at Costco for transporting cold/frozen foods. They *claim* the bags keep food fresh/frozen for up to 5 hours. Sell for $6 or 8. I use them all the time, tho it’ no more than half hour from checkout to home.

  6. edinva says:

    G’day, all
    Soooooo, The Donald is going to Mexico today. Fascinating. Say what you will but the man is totally fearless, and that’s what I think many of us like about him. We are so used to pols focus-grouping every statement they make. Not The Donald. So it’s leaving Hillary! hard pressed to find a debate practice stand in. Hear they’re calling on Mark Cuban? That’s only a rumor, Oh, well, big announcement tonight in AZ.

    Speaking of AZ, guess there’s no way to get rid of McCain. Or, really, any long-entrenched incumbent. Cantor was that rare miracle. (And he’s now drowning his sorrows in a $600K+ job). So all this talk about “primary him/her” is pretty much nonsense. Who votes in primaries? Party regulars who know the incumbent, usually personally.

    Is there a reason Huma is not stepping aside for the sake of her child? Who’s taking care of him now? I have NO, repeat NO, sympathy for her. She knew what she was marrying and what she was married to before she had that kid. Best thing that could happen to that little boy would be for CPS to take him and turn him over to the federal protective service who’d give him to a nice REAL family someplace in flyover country. THO, given Colin Kaepernick, maybe nature overtakes nurture? Did you all see CK’s birth mother came out, guns blazing, at him ? AND, did you see him go after Hillary!? What an unusual world we live in. Maybe next year we’ll be reading that former 49er Kaepernick is transitioning to Colleen. Yeah, our world’s a MESS!

    Nonetheless, hope we all have a great last day of August!

    • edinva says:

      I stand corrected! Incumbents CAN be defeated. Best news of the day: Alan Grayson AND his beloved bride both lost their primary races in Florida yesterday. Could it have happened to a better couple? (Other than the Clintons, of course)

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Thanks ED…didn’t know that about the Graysons…maybe an R pickup come Nov.??

    • edinva says:

      Molly, I really don’t know much about the Congressional district’s demographics. But if I recall correctly, a few elections ago, Col. Allen West beat Grayson, then the FL GOP legislature redefined its boundaries to knock out West, and to make room for Grayson to return.

      I am now listening to the presser of Donald and ENrique. Fascinating!!! Just fascinating.

  7. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    I have an early morning appointment at the hospital for pre-op testing. Back later.

    • The Raven says:

      Rubio (72%-18), McCain (54-36), Wasserman Schultz (100-0), Yankees (5-4) & [redacted] (5-4) all won last night

      Morning quote:

      When caught with your hand in the cookie jar in this way, there’s only one thing to do, and last week the Columbia School of Journalism did it, awarding a prize to InsideClimate News.

      – WSJ’s, HOLMAN W. JENKINS, JR. after it was public that both the L.A. Times (via a collaboration with the Columbia School of Journalism) and InsideClimate News failed efforts to indict Exxon for climate change were partly underwritten by a Rockefeller family charity while Rockefeller and other nonprofit groups were simultaneously stoking NY Atty General Mr. Schneiderman’s investigation.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Good news on some of the wins then, and the humor is much appreciated, too…
      Good morning everyone.
      lysie , take care, and very good..the surgery date is getting closer, help is on the way!

    • tillacum says:

      You’ll pass with flying colors.

    • lysie says:

      Molly and till, what a complete waste of time and money. For cryin’ out loud I had the same tests done today that I had 8 days ago with the same results. Stupid! Stupid.

      Now, tomorrow I have to see my ortho surgeon. Will the same dang tests be given. Better not. Grrrr!

      And to think I signed a form saying my records could be shared with all three places. Why?

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Oh how frustrating in so many ways. Sounds like 2 different practices are involved, and not communicating? Around here, the Cleveland Clinic is gobbling up medical practices, and then there is Univ. Hospitals, another biggie, but not the only ones…lots of consolidation. It’s almost scary how well the communication takes place then….if in the same large organization….

    • lysie says:

      I guess I just the dang thing over. Plus, I don’t remember all this testing 8 years ago with my left hip.

    • Jemian says:

      I’m thinking of you, Lysie, and waiting for a good report.

    • lysie says:

      Thanks , Jem. Today the ortho at 1:30.

    • Jemian says:

      Oh. I’m out of practice making the time zone switch.

    • lysie says:

      No you are not out of practice. I had an appointment at the hospital yesterday for blood work, etc.

    • lysie says:

      I can imagine. Yikes!

  8. Molly Pitcher says:

    Afternoon everyone…couple of primaries today…1 in Florida and Rubio is on the ballot.
    Well, baseball…the Twins have a player, improbably…German American. He was born in Berlin. He is 23, but looks more like 13, and especially when near any of the other players. Then he looks about 10

  9. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

  10. The Raven says:

    What a great headline!!!!!

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Oh my.

    • edinva says:

      Took her long enough. It’s hard to believe she didn’t know he was some sort of perv BEFORE she got pregnant and had that baby. At this point, conservative tho I may be, CPS should take the kid and put him into the federal protective service, away from both parents, to be raised by a nice family in ‘flyover country.’ Neither is quite suited to the job. (on the other hand, that didn’t end up working out too well for Colin Kaepernick. Maybe nature over nurture does prevail).

      Don’t want to be a ‘weak sister’ but am getting concerned about this election. Trump has not only the filthy Clinton machine, all the dems and their constituent blocks (media/academe) lined up against him, but now it’s also Wall Street and those big corporations that have an extensive presence in Washington. Everyone is afraid he will upset their apple car, which he will. Never saw such a no holds barred election in my life. I’m hoping the “silent majority” is still in business. So I sent in yet another paltry donation. I should think the debates would favor Trump but does anyone remember her debate vs. Lazio? He stepped from behind his podium to hand her a petition to sign, and you’d have thought he raped her on that stage the way the media played it. I DO think it’s funny the Ds can’t find anyone to play Trump in the debate prep. No one can anticipate what he will say/do. Let’s hope he and his campaign come out blazing after Labor Day.

      On the sunny side of life .. another lovely day here in your Nation’s Capital. Tho, admittedly, I am grateful for AC.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      ok…well last night we won one with some of June’s energy and skill

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Good morning till…lots to do today, so I better get moving. Some of it moving things around in the garden…always fun, right?

    • The Raven says:

      I saw the 1-0 ten innings win!!!

      How about this. Martin Luther King’s daughter endorses Trump.

    • lysie says:

      Rav , it’s MLK’s niece. His daughter said this “As the daughter of a leader who was assassinated, I find #Trump’s comments distasteful, disturbing, dangerous. His words don’t #LiveUp,”

  11. lysie says:

    Good morning everyone.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Oh that is good, and I hope all works out with your son and his Jeep.
      We should start a Club of Anxious Sleep, right? One of those nights again, but the day is a fresh start…
      We did get some rain last evening, so it will be interesting to me, at least, to see how far it soaked in.

    • lysie says:

      Between this and the pain I’m having, I’m out of it. Don’t get me wrong. It scared me. After all, his dad was killed in a similar thing. I know what could have happened. I thank the Lord it turned out like it did. Still 😦

      Greg and son have to deal with it. Too much for me. What gets me is……the Jeep is new for him. He bought it less than 2 weeks ago. It’s a used Jeep and when he bought it there was a warranty BUT, how does he prove it was mechanical? Guess what? He has a witness who saw the incident.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Completely understandable…completely. Anxiety can easily go into overload mode, so best to draw a line earlier rather than later.
      My friend from yesterday’s event? She barely made it thru the week….almost didn’t cause she tried to do too much, and worried all the time about it.

    • lysie says:

      Thank you Molly. I think we should post stories like that weekly or daily. I’ll find some, also. Too much sadness out there and many overlook the goodness.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      I agree

    • edinva says:

      Thanks for breakfast lysie. I was recently reminded by one of my adult children that I am not “creative” in the cooking dept. Never, ever think to have a stuffed baked potato for breakfast. Such a traditionalist. Your offerings make my day! And a beautiful day it is here so far. Heat should break and it looks like a glorious couple of days, and Labor Day weekend ahead. Enjoy yours.

    • lysie says:

      You are welcome, ed. I haven’t checked our forecast. I hope the humidity drops.

    • The Raven says:

      Lysie. Here in flyover country, we don’t seem to get the quality of Congressmen that you do in New York.

    • lysie says:

      Ewwwwwwww! Gag!

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      Listening to details of the Colin K story….his poor parents, observing this transformation from what he as raised to be

  12. The Raven says:

    Greetings all [back home again]. Just reading about the latest Obama misadventure. They are taking the $11 billion they got from the bank settlements and giving it to left wing community organizers who support the Obama agendas. Again, no Republican opposition.

  13. edinva says:

    G’day, Molly, all,
    Labor Day upon us, hard to believe. Most parts of the country already have school back in session. Not here! In VA any school or school district that wants to open before Labor Day has to get a special dispensation. We have what’s known as the “Kings Dominion Law” lobbied for successfully by a large amusement park near Richmond that wanted to extend its season and keep its young workers. There are, however, more dispensations granted now than in the past due to the ‘changing demographic’ of the Old Dominion.

    Can’t say I am looking forward to schools opening (not that it impact me directly any more). The buses clog the already overcrowded roads and this year we have “Surges” being conducted on the Metro system. Some might call the “surges” “major repairs and maintenance” but who’s to quibble? People are being encouraged to drive to work! Seriously. They do suggest carpools and slug lines, but when the Metro system offers shuttle service from a closed station to the next one down the line that’s open, why encourage more traffic on the roads? Personally, I live my life around traffic here. No going out before 9:30am, home by 3pm and no going out again till after 7p. Isn’t that awful?? Having your lifestyle dictated by traffic??

    The bright lining this year: Malia is taking a “gap year,” as the Brits call it. So we don’t have to see page after page after page about her leaving for Harvard. hahahah, I’m sure she was admitted because of her amazing self-discipline, grades, SAT Scores and powerful essays. Or something.

    • Molly Pitcher says:

      “Or something”….lol, you are funny. Yes, life dictated by traffic. We experience a little of that in Portland, but we are just visiting , so it isn’t an all the time inconvenience for us.
      I think the growth in/around the DC metro area is hideous since it reflects the size of the federal gov. and bureaucracy. There are so many aspects to it, and the stagnant or shrinking economies in so many other places, as a corollary, and I call it sickening…hideous.

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