Goodbye, Old Friend

Yesterday morning, we had to put to sleep Tigger, our 14 1/2 year old cat.  He was diagnosed with lung cancer around three weeks ago.

He wasn’t in any pain, but his appetite declined, and was finding it harder to breath.  While he was first my son’s cat, and then my wife’s, it doesn’t hurt any less.

Goodbye, old friend, you will be missed.


Other Thoughts

Yes, I’ll admit to having a moment or two of schadenfreude watching the Liberals lose their minds over the election of Donald Trump.  Now I’m more than a bit annoyed.

Incivility appears to be the soup de jour of the political Left.  Anything from protests & riots to death threats to outright calls for the President-Elect to resign.  Announcements by the President-Elect for appointments to his cabinet are met with unsubstantiated charges of racism and other accusations.  Even the Vice-President-Elect is heckled and booed at a theater.

For some reason, I cannot for the life of me remember any similar actions on the part of Conservatives or Republicans when Obama was elected.

The political and progressive Left are throwing what I would call a full-blown hissy-fit tantrum.  They have been in charge for the past eight years, lording it over the opposition without even trying to compromise, and they absolutely do not like that their chosen flawed candidate was defeated (for the second time) by a person with no political experience.  They are in shock that Felonia von Pantsuit went down in flames, and haven’t a clue why.  Perhaps this should help:

Clinger Tshirt

Perhaps this is where the politicians of both parties need to understand that the American in “fly-over” country is tired of being talked down to, ignored, and generally screwed over.  These are but a few reasons why Trump was elected – we’re tired of the career politicians pandering for votes and not representing the interests of the American People.  Ramming through Obamacare amid public opposition is but one example.

Perhaps this is what the political system has needed – an outsider to come along and shake things up.  If Trump puts forth an agenda that is obviously for the American People, but the political elites of one or both parties block the agenda, fully expect the rise of third-party candidates to supplant the two main parties in power and support.

This is a short post for this week.  Hopefully, I’ll be out of the food-coma by next weekend to post another one.

Post Election Thoughts

To say that I was pleased to see Donald Trump defeat the Hildebeast for the Presidency would be an understatement.  As readers of this blog know, I was not a fan of the Democratic nominee for a plethora of reasons.

What is so surprising (or maybe not) is that over 60 million people voted for her.  This is despite the admissions of the Hildebeast of using a private email server for State Department business, which is illegal to start with, and allegations of using her position as Secretary of State for influence peddling using the Clinton Foundation as a money laundering entity.  As stated before, should we not elect people to the highest positions of government that have demonstrated integrity and do not have multiple scandals associated with them?

The Hildebeast had help – the Media – covering for her and attacking Trump.  We The People have had enough of the Media skewing the news coverage in favor of one extremely flawed candidate.  I think that the results of the election can be summed up by the following:


Media War

But there are those who do not see it that way.  There are protests and riots by the same people who have preached love, patience, and acceptance simply because they did not get their way.  I’ll admit that when Obummer was elected not once but twice, I was upset and may have shed a tear or two because I knew what his election was going to do to this country.  I also like to reminisce on the protests that we Conservatives did when the elections were over:

2012 Riots

That’s right – there weren’t any.  We accepted the results and vowed to soldier on.  We didn’t collapse in on ourselves needing safe spaces, Play-Doh,  and participation awards to make us feel better.  We didn’t go on crying jags and threaten the President-Elect because we didn’t like the results of the election.  We didn’t protest (much) and go on property destroying riots like a bunch of maniacs.  To the perpetually offended sour-grapes out there, I have this to say:

Suck it up, Buttercups.  Your antics only show that you are a bunch of immature whiners that have absolutely no business in the serious activity of voting for who will govern this country.  Grow up!

I’m sorry if I’m not more sympathetic to those who are upset that Trump won and Felonia von Pantsuit lost.  I have watched President Obummer disrespect and tear apart this country, and the Hildebeast promised to do much the same and more.  Quite frankly, I’m pleased to see that there is a chance that things will get better under Trump.

Only time will tell – Now the real work begins for the President-Elect.

Veteran’s Day 2016

Not many people realize that 100 years ago the world was in the middle of what became known as World War I.  It was thought to be the war to end all wars, but in reality, was a precursor to the conflict that occurred some 30 years later – World War II.

For the past few weeks on my way to work and back, I have been listening to Dan Carlin’s “Blueprint for Armageddon” series on audiobook (free at iTunes).  This series captures the horror of the war, the strategies, and nuggets of knowledge that show that this conflict did indeed form the world that we live in.  I would encourage all of you to listen to this series – while long, it is worth your while.

On this Veteran’s Day, remember the people that have died in the wars that this country fought to give you, the citizen of the United States, one of the greatest freedoms known to man that we exercised this past week – the ability to vote for the leaders of your government.

In tribute to our Veteran’s and the sacrifices they have made, we present the poem “In Flanders Fields”

IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army