Unafraid to face the war
Of humans battling one another
Bullets flying, run for cover
Terror plagues this hallowed land
Acts of violence, carefully planned
For what? I have to wonder why.
How many tears must we all cry?
How many others have to die?
Until this carnage, at last does cease
And once again, we can live in peace
Remembering those in Orlando, and around the world, who have fallen to these senseless acts of violence.
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The year 2013 has been one filled with sorrow, lies and cover ups. We hoped for change, for government transparency, for some honesty. We got nothing. What we got were people so desperate that they resorted to violence as the only option. School shootings, mall shootings, knock down games, it goes on and on.
In 2013 alone, there were a total of 25 school shootings. Not all of these made headlines, in most cases the only death was the shooter. It is, however, just as traumatizing to students and faculty when they have to witness a suicide. And if you reflect back, it was most likely a good thing that we didn’t know about these other shootings. Those crazed individuals didn’t get their 15 minutes of fame. Something the media needs to get a handle on. Continuously showing a shooting, and concentrating only on the shooter, glorifies the individual. They deserve nothing. The victims, the heroes, they’re the ones who deserve the spotlight.
The big debate of the year was and still is Obamacare. A healthcare system that doesn’t work and yet continues to be pushed on the American people. Aside from the obvious issues, such as the website constantly crashing, people are speaking out about the high deductibles, some claiming their older plans had better coverage for less. Single, young males and the elderly are questioning why they have to pay for maternity benefits. Last I checked, males and menopausal women can’t give birth. And there is no opt out for this coverage. So what it comes down to is Obamacare is relying on the young & elderly to fund this healthcare debacle. “If you like your health plan, you can keep it. If you like your doctor, you can keep him” ~ Barak Obama. A man who obviously had no idea what he was talking about. Or he did and just blatantly lied to the American people. You decide.
More lack of government discernment saw the cover up of the deaths of US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others during an attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi. We were told the attacks happened because of an anti-Islam YouTube video. What we later found out is that the ambassador and his aides had requested more security, claiming the area was becoming increasingly unstable. Their pleas went unanswered. And yet President Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stood in front of the American people, on national television, and lied. Lied to families of the dead, lied to cover up their ineptness surrounding this tragedy. One year later, questions still remain unanswered.
On a side note, with nothing to do with the politics of America, 2013 also saw the losses of some of entertainments greats such as actors Peter O’Toole, Joan Fontaine, Eleanor Parker, Paul Walker, Marcia Wallace, Karen Black, Eileen Brennan, Dennis Farina, & James Gandolfini, television host Sir David Frost, former South African president Nelson Mandela, musicians Lou Reed, Eydie Gorme, J.J. Cale, Sid Bernstein & Slim Whitman. There were others, too many to list here, but all notable for their craft.
As we come to the end of the year, we can only hope that 2014 will bring about change. Change in the way the media handles tragedy. Change in the way the government relays information. Change, in that Americans take back their country. As long as we allow the politicians to make our decisions, we will be prisoners to their antics. We need to take a stand.
If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under. ~ Ronald Reagan
No truer words have ever been spoken…..
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“Where are you Christmas? Why can’t I find you?” – Faith Hill
The real meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus, where did it go? It has been replaced by ads for Toys R Us, Best Buy, Apple and more. The true meaning has been lost among the marketing gurus of today. Can we find it again?
Look into the eyes of a child, one not old enough to “want”. Watch their eyes light up along with the colors of the season. Watch them wonder what it’s all about. Teach them that Christmas is not about Santa Claus coming down the chimney with a sack of toys. The real story of Kris Kringle gets lost in all the commercialism of the times, and it’s up to us to guide the young in learning about the Christ child. That we celebrate His birthday on December 25th. It isn’t about physical gifts but about the gift of love, the gift of your heart.
Kris Kringle is derived from Christkind, and is different than Santa Claus
A Christmas gift-bringer in Germany. The name “Kris Kringle” is a mispronounciation of the German name; the actual German figure is called “Christkind”, “Christkindchen” or “Christkindl” and is derived from the earlier Christkindl, which was introduced by Martin Luther. All of the German names mean “Christ child” and originally refer to the new-born Jesus.
The figure is distinct in origin and tradition from Santa Claus and Father Christmas. The Christkind (“Christ Child”) is the traditional Christmas giftbringer in Southern Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Südtirol and Liechtenstein. Since the 1990s, the Christkind is facing increasing competition in Germany from the Weihnachtsmann in the American version of Santa Claus.
The Christkind is a sprite-like child, usually depicted with blond hair and angelic wings. Martin Luther intended it to be a reference to the incarnation of Jesus as an infant.
The form “Kris Kringle” is only used in the US. In Germany, it is completely unknown.
“If there is love in your heart and your mind, you will feel like Christmas all the time…”
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Today we celebrate Veterans Day. A day to honor those men and women who have fought in war, fought for our freedoms, so that we may live as a free nation. Originally named Armistice Day, Congress changed the name in June 1954. In 1971, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday in October, but was later moved back to November 11 beginning in 1978.
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany in the First World War, then known as “the Great War.” Commemorated as Armistice Day beginning the following year, November 11th became a legal federal holiday in the United States in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became Veterans Day, a holiday dedicated to American veterans of all wars.1
Veteran’s Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Memorial Day is the day we honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, who laid down their lives so that American’s could be free, free to choose, free to vote, free to live life.
We are and should ever remain “One Nation Under God, Indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for All.”
The next time you see a veteran, shake his or her hand, put your hand over your heart, just say Thank You. You don’t have to support the war, but we do have to support our fellow Americans.
Thank you, to all the men and women of our military. My heart goes out to you and your families. I stand proud of my country because of you.
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