Monday, December 31, 2012

San Antonio Shooting



On Sunday, 2 days after the CT shooting, a man went to a restaurant in San Antonio to kill his X-girlfriend. After he shot her, most of the people in the restaurant fled next door to a theater. The gunman followed them and entered the theater so he could shoot more people. He started shooting and people in the theater started running and screaming. It's like the Aurora, CO theater story plus a restaurant! Now aren't you wondering why this isn't a lead story in the national media along with the school shooting? There was an off duty county deputy at the theater. SHE pulled out her gun and shot the man 4 times before he had a chance to kill anyone. So since this story makes the point that the best thing to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun, the media is treating it like it never happened. Only the local media covered it. The city is giving her a medal next week. Just thought you'd like to know.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Two-wounded-in-theater-shooting-4122668.php


I refused to accept the first Muslim Stamp and I will refuse this second one


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The "new" FOREVER STAMPS COME OUT IN JANUARY - 46 CENTS BEGINNING 1/27/13
Keep reading under the picture of the stamp.





Pass this on!!!!

46 cent Forever Stamp
Apparently they think that putting hearts and butterflies on the new stamp will make most people not realize that the rest is Arabic and NOT something we want to support.
The second MUSLIM one!!!


USPS New 46-Cent Stamp Celebrates a Muslim holiday.
If there is only ONE thing you Forward today... Let it be this!

President Obama has directed the United States Postal Service To REMEMBER and HONOR the EID MUSLIM holiday season with a new commemorative 46 Cent First Class Holiday Postage Stamp.

REMEMBER: Adamantly and vocally BOYCOTT this stamp, If/when you purchase stamps at a post office.

All you have to say is "No thank you, I do not want A Muslim Stamp on my letters!"
The Flag of the USA Has always been my favorite.

Pass this along to every Patriotic American you know Get the word out!
Honor the United States of America !

Sunday, December 30, 2012

-- Thomas Jefferson


This is amazing. There are two parts. Be sure to read the 2nd part (in RED).

Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British Americaâ and retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence.
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia's legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben Franklin and John Adams.
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical Society.
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active
head of Republican Party.
At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size.
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to Monticello.
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first president.
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A voice from the past to lead us in the future:

John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:"This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to
gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
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"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government
results from too much government."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
--Thomas Jefferson

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
-- Thomas Jefferson

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and
tyrannical."
-- Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property - until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."

I wish we could get this out to everyone!

I'm doing my part. Please do yours.



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10 gr8 Pics of 2012

1. As President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney gathered on October 22 for the presidential debate on foreign policy, Heritage reminded readers of this quote from former President John F. Kennedy: ”Domestic policy can only defeat us. Foreign policy can kill us.”





2. After President Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney debated spending cuts for PBS and Big Bird during the first presidential debate, Heritage released this graphic to put things in perspective. It was published on October 10.





3. Former President Ronald Reagan’s words still ring true today: ”If you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat.” Heritage published this graphic on October 4.





4. Following a disappointing election for conservatives, many looked to Reagan’s advice for inspiration: ”Don’t give up your ideals … recognize that there are millions and millions of Americans out there who want what you want … a shining city on a hill.” This was published shortly after Election Day on November 9.





5. Rounding out our Reagan quotes, Heritage featured this graphic on November 8: ”We have to find tough, bright, young men and women who are sick and tired of cliches and the pomposity and the mind-numbing economic idiocy of the liberals in Washington.”





6. A new movie about former President Abraham Lincoln prompted many Americans to take a closer look at our 16th President. Here’s a quote Heritage featured on November 19: ”America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”





7. When the Iron Dome missile defense system saved hundreds of lives in Israel this year, Heritage recognized its importance. It also helped reveal to Americans why our own missile defense system is crucial to our protection as well. It was published on November 20.





8. As the nation braced for the fiscal cliff and another debt limit debate, Heritage reminded readers of then-Senator Barack Obama’s words in 2006: ”America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership.” It was published on December 5.





9. When teachers in Michigan skipped school to attend pro-union protests, 26,000 children were forced to miss school. This happened in a state where eighth graders in Detroit have a 7 percent literacy rate. It was published on December 13.





10. This classic quote from former Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) should serve as a reminder to conservatives who appear so willing to compromise their principles: ”Compromise, hell!…If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?” It was published on December 16.

Once Obama’s Policies Are Implemented Next Year, U.S. Capital Gains Tax Rate Will be 70 percent Higher than Global Average


December 30, 2012 by Dan Mitchell
Back in September, I shared a very good primer on the capital gains tax from the folks at the Wall Street Journal, which explained why this form of double taxation is so destructive.

I also posted some very good analysis from John Goodman about the issue.

Unfortunately, even though the United States already has a very anti-competitive system – as shown by these two charts, some folks think that the tax rate on capital gains should be even higher.

And it looks like they’re going to succeed, either because we go over the fiscal cliff or because Republicans acquiesce to Obama’s punitive proposal.

But this won’t be good for American competitiveness. Here’s some of what my colleague Chris Edwards just wrote about the issue.

Nearly every country has reduced tax rates on individual long-term capital gains, with some countries imposing no tax at all. …If the U.S. capital gains tax rate rises next year as scheduled, it will be much higher than the average OECD rate. …Capital gains taxes raise less than five percent of federal revenues, yet they do substantial damage. Higher rates will harm investment, entrepreneurship, and growth, and will raise little, if any, added federal revenue. …Figure 1 shows that the U.S. capital gains tax rate of 19.1 percent in 2012 is higher than the OECD average rate of 16.4 percent. These figures include both federal and average state-level tax rates on long-term capital gains. Next year, the expiration of the Bush tax cuts will push up the U.S. rate by 5 percentage points, and the new investment tax imposed under the 2010 health care law will push up the rate another 3.8 percent. As a result, the top U.S. capital gains tax rate will be 27.9 percent, which will be far higher than the OECD average. The federal alternative minimum tax and other provisions can increase the U.S. capital gains tax rate even higher.

The worst country is Denmark, at 42 percent, followed by France (32.5 percent), Finland (32 percent), Sweden and Ireland (both 30 percent), and the United Kingdom and Norway (both 28 percent).

Every other developed nations will have a capital gains tax rate below the United States level. And even some of those above the U.S. level often have provisions that spare many taxpayers from this pernicious form of double taxation.

Some countries have exemptions for smaller investors. In Britain, for example, individuals can exempt from tax the first $17,000 of capital gains each year. Eleven OECD countries do not impose taxes on longterm capital gains, nor do some jurisdictions outside of the OECD, such as Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Thailand.

The nations on the list that don’t tax capital gains are Belgium, Czech Republic, Greece, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Slovenia, South Korea, Switzerland, and Turkey.

I’m not surprised to see Switzerland on that list since that nation has some very sensible fiscal policies. And the Netherlands, notwithstanding its welfare state and long-run fiscal challenges, is very focused on global competitiveness.

But who would have thought Greece had any good policies?!? Or Belgium? Though maybe that’s one of the reasons why many successful French taxpayers are choosing that nation as a refuge.

Heck, even Russia has abolished its capital gains tax.

In his paper, Chris also gives a good explanation of the underlying tax theory in the capital gains tax debate. Simply stated, the statists like the “Haig-Simons” approach because it justifies class-warfare tax policy.

To maximize growth, we should “tax the fruit of the tree, but not the tree itself.” That is, we should tax the flow of consumption produced by capital assets, not the capital that will provide for future consumption. A Haig-Simons tax base—which includes capital gains—taxes the tree itself. Why does a Haig-Simons tax base garner support if it is impractical and anti-growth? It appears to be because the liberal idea of “fairness” includes heavy taxation of high earners. Since high earners save more than others, they would be taxed heavily under a Haig-Simons tax base. …Today, many economists favor shifting from an income to a consumption tax base… Under a consumption tax base, savings would not be double-taxed, and capital gains would not face separate taxation because the cashflow from realized gains would be taxed when consumed. With regard to “fairness,” a Haig-Simons tax base penalizes frugal people and rewards the spendthrift. That’s because earnings are taxed a second time when saved, while immediate consumption does not face a further tax. That makes no sense because it is frugal people—savers—who are the benefactors of the economy since their funds get invested in the new businesses and new capital equipment that generates growth.

The right approach is to have a “consumption tax base,” which simply is another way of saying that income shouldn’t be taxed more than one time (as shown in this flowchart).

My video elaborates on all these issues and explains why the right capital gains tax rate is zero.


Writing about the death tax yesterday, I mentioned that it also is a perverse form of double taxation. And just as with the death tax, it’s worth noting that all the major pro-growth tax reform plans – such as the flat tax or national sales tax – also have no capital gains tax.

It’s bad enough when the IRS gets to tax our income one time. They shouldn’t be allowed more than one bite of the apple.

P.S. Chris makes a very important point about higher capital gains taxes collecting little, if any revenue. Simply stated, there’s a large Laffer Curve effect since investors can choose not to sell an asset if the tax penalty is too high.

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on December 30, 2012 at 11:19 amBK
Obama has already installed himself as the dick-tator as if he is devine providence incarnate. Refresh my memory… John F Kennedy never did anything like this and look what it got him! Given a choice, Americans… Will we settle for this from a completely arrogant insufferable fool who is NOT qualified to hold the office! Or, will our other duly-elected officials do the right thing.and not sell us down the river?The other candidate is still here and ready to serve, and another election may be the only thing that will save the USA!



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Obama Orders Pay Raise for Biden, Members of Congress, Federal Workers

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Remember "O's Tax the Rich"...You are now Rich!


Americans for Tax Reform : $1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1
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Union Arson Thuggery in Philly!


Phila. police tie construction-site arson to union sabotage
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/local/20121229_Phila__police_tie_construction-site_arson_to_union_sabotage.html

Say Piers...Don't let the door hit ya in the donkey on your way out!


Piers Morgan: Deport me? If America won't change its crazy gun laws I may deport myself | Mail Online
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2254758/Deport-If-America-wont-change-crazy-gun-laws--I-deport-says-Piers-Morgan.html
I love these...

Good ones!!!!!





How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.

Venison for dinner again? Oh deer!

A cartoonist was found dead in his home. Details are sketchy.

I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.

Haunted French pancakes give me the crêpes.

England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .

I changed my iPod's name to Titanic. It's syncing now.

Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.

I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid, but he says he can stop any time.

I stayed up all night to see where the sun went, and then it dawned on me.

I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I just can't put it down.

I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.

Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.

I didn't like my beard at first. Then it grew on me.

Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?

When you get a bladder infection urine trouble.

Broken pencils are pointless.

What do you call a dinosaur with an extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.

I dropped out of communism class because of lousy Marx.

All the toilets in London 's police stations have been stolen. The police have nothing to go on.

I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.



Velcro - what a rip off!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Socialism is..... Obama and his Minions Prove this Dally!

"Socialism is a Philosophy of Failure, a Creed of Ignorance, and the Gospel of Envy, it's inherent virtue is the Equal Sharing of Misery." Winston Churchill

Read This for Names, Addresses, etc of Paper Staff that Published Gunowners List!


Gun owner map ricochet: Blogger publishes journalists' personal data - CSMonitor.com
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2012/1227/Gun-owner-map-ricochet-Blogger-publishes-journalists-personal-data?nav=87-frontpage-entryNineItem



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HOW TO START EACH DAY WITH A POSITIVE OUTLOOK




1. Open a new file in your computer.
2. Name it 'Barack Obama'.
3. Send it to the Recycle Bin.
4. Empty the Recycle Bin.
5 Your PC will ask you: 'Do you really want to get rid of 'Barack Obama?'
6. Firmly Click 'Yes.'
7. Feel better?

GOOD! - Tomorrow we'll do Nancy Pelosi

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Contact your Representatives and Senators with "NO MORE GUN LAWS"



Posted by Dave Miller on December 27, 2012 at 9:00am
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Well the gun grabbing socialist are at it full steam. My blog is short and to the point. Contact your Congressman and Senators now! I have written both Senator Cardin and Congressman Harris with regards to the out cry for more gun control by the left. Much to my surprise, Cardin answered back, with a "suspected crafted form letter". That spoke of the Hiller decision. Not the answer I was expecting.Proof to my eyes that he will stop at nothing in advancing the liberal left's gun grabbing agenda. I as of yet have heard from Congressman Andy Harris. Patriots, flood your congressman and senators e mails and jam their phones lines with a "NO MORE GUN LAWS" diatribe.
Demand they support and defend the Constitution. Our Liberty Teeth are facing extraction by the left dentist.

Click Here for contact info for your Congress Critters:
http://patriotaction.net/notes/Elected_Officials_Contact_Info
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Thomas Jefferson
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Comment by william e zimmerman 26 minutes ago
why are Communists and Homosexuals for gun control ?
obama hi-liar-y feinstein etc.
Comment by Norm Donaldson 33 minutes ago


Please forward this to everyone you know. Hopefully, some will be concerned enough to get it to the media and congress.
This is my letter to my congressmen and to some media. Please feel free to use or alter.


To the Honorable (Rep, Sen, ------);
I have yet to hear one person in the media or the legislature frame the debate of the proposed arms ban around our Constitution. John Adams, our 1st vice president and 2nd president, brilliantly framed it in one sentence:
“Arms in the hands of individual citizens may be used at individual discretion for the defense of the country, the over-throw of tyranny, or in private self-defense.”
– John Adams. A DEFENSE OF THE CONSTITUTIONS OF GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, at 475, (Philadelphia 1788)

Please note that he said "individual citizens", "individual discretion" and defense of country, overthrow of tyranny and self defense. Nothing about hunting....this argument is NOT about hunting! Why is this not the end of the argument? It is crystal clear what our 1st vice presidents interpretation of the 2nd amendment was!

Firearms currently available to the American citizen, modern military pattern, semi-automatic rifles provide that constitutional right. Protecting the keeping and bearing of such arms is the heart and soul of the Second Amendment to the "individual". Thus, any attempt to ban their possession, sale, purchase, or transfer to the "individual, is an attempt to disarm the American people and a violation of their rights under the constitution, as John Adams so clearly stated.

Our founding fathers were well aware of the necessity of the 2nd amendment to stop any and all opposition to the disarming of Americans. Sir, will you PLEASE.... stand up and DEFEND the 2nd amendment against these enemies of America.

Isn't it ironic that we have such a contrast between our 1st vice president, John Adams, and our current vice president Joe Biden. Whom do you trust?

"The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it".
-- Thomas Jefferson




Comment by william e zimmerman 36 minutes ago
like Gun Shop in Arizona posted on their door
we do not want customers that Voted for Obama
"you are too stupid to own a gun"

MODERATOR Comment by Bill Bissell Moderator 39 minutes ago
With Obama still illegally in Oval Office even this time more about him and no one in Washington wants or has any guts to do anything about it tells me are government is totally corrupt.These ideas being real good will not work when even when we win ,they have something else already planned.like a tumor that has become immune to the chemo-therapy being applied to it.I am not trying to discourage any of these ideas,just encouraging us to use the LORD'S direction.What is it HE is about to do or let done in removing our nation's tumor that has been here since 100 years ago in Wilson's term when we were first infected.
Comment by Debrajoe Smith-Beatty 42 minutes ago
Well said.
Comment by Bill Jones 51 minutes ago
It's time to start marching and assembling.
Comment by Ginger Lymbery 58 minutes ago
Okay, here are the names of the executives of the NY Journal News that found it imperative that they post gun owners names and addresses regardless of the harms way they put them in. Editors: Janet Hasson, 3 Gate House Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10534 (248)594-2197; Cyndee Royle, 1133 Westchester Avenue, Suite N110, White Plains, NY 10604 (914)694-9300; Nancy Cutler, 9 Woodwind Lane, Spring Valley, NY (845)354-3485..Parent Company, Gannett CEO, Gracia C. Martore, 728 Springvale Road, Great Falls, VA 22066 (703) 759-5954 and the reporter, Dwight R. Worley, 23006 139th Avenue, Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 (718)527-0832. Please feel free to call or write them with your dissatisfaction. Now, for another deceitful person, David Gregory of NBC's Meet the Press....#1, he broke the law last week when he was showing the clips...it is against the law of Washington to even own one of these and hopefully, he will be prosecuted....but the big event is that he is a liar....while he was on the air blasting NRA, he neglected to report that his children go to a school that has not one but eleven (11) armed security guards....more hypocrisy from the left in their agenda to make us servants instead of free men. Please pass this around the internet....everyone in America needs to know the truth.
Comment by Bob HIGGINBOTHAM 1 hour ago
Numb brained idiots like Feinstein, Durbin and Waxman are completely clueless when it comes to firearms. What is worse they don't care one little bit about those slaughtered by mentally unfit or deranged gunmen. All they care about is their agenda which is to gain as much power as they can. They think more stringent gun laws provide them with increased power. They don't care about the victims or the root cause of the problem which, at least in part, resides in the killers limited and/or warped mental capacity. Of course, it is not politically correct to try and help mentally ill people, after all they didn't do anything, the gun did.
Comment by David F. Podesta 1 hour ago
Schumer the gun grabber and Gillibrand, the turncoat, are the senators from my state (NY). Notice I didn't say "my" senators, because I have never voted for either of them, and never will. I could fax, email,snail mail or talk to either of them, and they will vote for more gun control laws every time. When Gillibrand was a state senator from upstate NY she was pro-gu, but when Schumer got hold of her she did a 180. Neither can be trusted.
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The Old Paths
 

I wish the old paths were before us instead of behind us.

THE OLD PATHS

I liked the old paths, when
Moms were at home.
Dads were at work.
Brothers went into the army.
And sisters got married BEFORE having children!

Crime did not pay;
Hard work did;
And people knew the difference.

Moms could cook;
Dads would work;
Children would behave.

Husbands were loving;
Wives were supportive;
And children were polite.

Women wore the jewelry;
And Men wore the pants.

Women looked like ladies;
Men looked like gentlemen;
And children looked decent.

People loved the truth,
And hated a lie.

They came to church to get IN,
Not to get OUT!

Hymns sounded Godly;
Sermons sounded helpful;
Rejoicing sounded normal;
And crying sounded sincere.

Cursing was wicked;
Drugs were for illness.

The flag was honored; America was beautiful;
And God was welcome!

We read the Bible in public;
Prayed in school;
And preached from house to house.

To be called an American was worth dying for;
To be called an American was worth living for;
To be called a traitor was a shame!

I still like the old paths the best! 

'The Old Paths' was written by a retired minister who lives
In Tennessee.
 

Christmas Trees From Around The World
What's really interesting at the end is the real meaning of the 12 days of Christmas - I didn't know that...
Make sure you go all the way to the bottom of the e-mail, the picture and information about Arlington Cemetery in the winter, before Christmas is beautiful!

The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., is decorated with 3,000 ornaments that are the handiwork of U.S. schoolchildren. Encircling evergreens in the 'Pathway of Peace' represent the 50 U.S. states.

The world's largest Christmas tree display rises up the slopes of Monte Ingino outside of Gubbio, in Italy's Umbria region. Composed of about 500 lights connected by 40,000 feet of wire, the 'tree' is a modern marvel for an ancient city

A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo 's nighttime neon display is projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.

Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague's Old Town Square, and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous Christmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains in the southern Czech Republic.

Venice 's Murano Island renowned throughout the world for its quality glasswork is home to the tallest glass tree in the world. Sculpted by master glass blower Simone Cenedese, the artistic Christmas tree is a modern reflection of the holiday season.

Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the Russian Orthodox calendar on Jan. 7. For weeks beforehand, the city is alive with festivities in anticipation of Father Frost's arrival on his magical troika with the Snow Maiden. He and his helper deliver gifts under the New Year tree, or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.

The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than 230 feet tall) can be found in the Pra'a do Com'rcio in Lisbon, Portugal. Thousands of lights adorn the tree, adding to the special enchantment of the city during the holiday season.

'Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree': Even in its humblest attire, aglow beside a tiny chapel in Germany's Karwendel mountains, a Christmas tree is a wondrous sight.

Ooh la la Galeries Lafayette! In Paris , even the Christmas trees are chic. With its monumental, baroque dome, plus 10 stories of lights and high fashion, it's no surprise this show-stopping department store draws more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower

In addition to the Vatican 's heavenly evergreen, St. Peter's Square in Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene in front of the obelisk.

The Christmas tree that greets revelers at the Puerta del Sol is dressed for a party. Madrid 's two-week celebration makes millionaires along with merrymakers. On Dec. 22, a lucky citizen will win El Gordo (the fat one), the world's biggest lottery.

A token of gratitude for Britain 's aid during World War II, the Christmas tree in London 's Trafalgar Square has been the annual gift of the people of Norway since 1947.

Drink a glass of gluhwein from the holiday market at the Romer, Frankfurt 's city hall since 1405 and enjoy a taste of Christmas past.

Against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs, a rainbow trio of Christmas trees lights up the night (location unknown).
There is one Christmas Carol that has always baffled me. What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won't come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?
This week, I found out.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.
-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.-
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke &John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.

-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.

-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness,
 Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.

-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.

-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.

-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

So there is your history for today. This knowledge was shared with me and I found it interesting and enlightening and now I know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol...so pass it on if you wish.'
Merry Christmas Everyone
CHRISTMAS AT ARLINGTON CEMETERY

Arlington National Cemetery



Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.

Know the line has held, your job is done.

Rest easy, sleep well.

Others have taken up where you fell, the line has held.

Peace, peace, and farewell...



Readers may be interested to know that these wreaths -- some 5,000 -- are donated by the Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. The owner, Merrill Worcester, not only provides the wreaths, but covers the trucking expense as well. He's done this since 1992. A wonderful guy. Also, most years, groups of Maine school kids combine an educational trip to DC with this event to help out. Making this even more remarkable is the fact that Harrington is in one of the poorest parts of the state.

Please share this with everyone on your address list. You hear too much about the bad things people do. Everyone should hear about this.






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Here is proof that  husbands do listen to their wives.

Milk  and eggs

This  is a story which is perfectly logical to all males:

A wife asks her  husband,
"Could you please go  shopping for me and buy one carton of milk,
And  if they have eggs, get 6."

A short time later the husband comes back with  6 cartons of milk.
The wife asks him,  "Why did you buy 6 cartons of milk?"

He replied, "They had  eggs."

(I'm  sure you're going back to read it again!)

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......Those don't look like 50 cal rounds to me.







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LMAO! how adorable! Can you imagine?
Can anyone relate?

<3 brandy

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