From the EastWing, Introducing Lucy Brown, Sleepless Nights, 7% 93%, Doing It Right.

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

She’s  a baby only 14 weeks old, her name is LucyBrown, she’s a bird dog. In the A.K.C. Sporting Dogs World the German Short Hair Pointer is considered by many to be the winner of the Grand Prize Game. In the Short Hair Pointer World one of the blood lines will or rare occasion produce an offspring with such an intense deep color it is, in low light, sometimes mistaken for black.

 

The color is brown. The most dark deep brown you may have ever seen. The official name of this dark brown color  Liver, yes Liver. In order to be classified as liver there can only be less than 10% of the surface of the dog with any  other color.  That other color being white. The  opposing color must be on the neck and chest. A white star is allowed on the belly between the front legs.

 

LucyBrown has her star. LucyBrown is Liver. LucyBrown is a bird dog.  She will, in the future, be widely know and highly acclaimed, but for right  now she’s baby girl LucyBrown learning the rules of the EastWing. But her time to shine will surly come. The Bird Dog LucyBrown.

 

A while back I had an opportunity to talk about identify theft how different people react to the fear of such. Keep in mind we are bombarded with a never ending stream of “news reports” of identity theft.  Seems everywhere we turn identify theft is a major part of the conversation.

 

A whole new product line of consumer goods have come about as a result of the wide fear of identity theft. Everything from a service to monitor your activity to special magic markers to block out you name and address on every piece of mail you receive.

 

But let’s stop and think right here, how many people do you know who have had their identify stolen? The vast majority will have to say none. Another way to view this threat to you peace and tranquility is from a satirical point of view.

 

The folks who keep track of such things say 7% of the population has had issues with identify theft. 7%, that means 93% did not. And you think you’re gonna be in the 7%, I don’t think so. The odds are for sure in your favor of being in the 93% group.

 

Also keep in mind the vast majority of issues with identify theft are outside your element of control. Remember when the Federal Government said someone stole maybe 5 million pieces of data from the Social Security Administration, but  didn’t get Social Security Numbers.  Now isn’t that the dumbest statement you ever heard. It’s kinda like breaking into the bank, not taking any money but only taking all the  accounts payable you can find.

 

It then turned out that the actual amount of accounts breeched was some 25 million, not 5 million as first stated. The final number was released about 6 weeks after the first announcement so by then everyone had forgotten about the whole thing.

 

In this case none of the accounts involved were notified by the government and to this day we don’t have a clue what if anything was exposed. The point is we can worry ourselves sick over something over which we have very little control or take a few common since steps and then go on with our lives.

 

In my personal opinion,  shredding all your mail is stupid. Why shred something that is already in the public sector. You get tons of junk mail and you’re gonna shred your address from that.  Has that put a stop to anything yet? Don’t think so, and it never will. The question becomes why try to  hide what is already in full view in many different places.

 

A more common since approach is be careful where you expose your Social Security Number, your date of birth, you bank routing number with account number and your credit card numbers.  These are the keys to identify theft. If you protect these pieces of your identify, then you have done all you can do to be secure in the electronic world.

 

When this information is outside your control,,,,,, you’re still in the 93%

Never disclose your checking account number or pay with Western Union/money order Never will Microsoft call you to tell you that your computer has a virus.  Never pay for “Support” because a website told you that your computer is infected Never give personal information over the phone unless you can verify the source Never believe what an internet stranger tells you about your computer status Never use support hotlines from search engines. They are rarely legitimate. Never Never let an unsolicited party have access to your computer

And that boys and girls is the quick and dirty world of identity theft and what we can do to feel secure in our safe and sound tree.

 

From the EastWing, Introducing Lucy Brown, Sleepless Nights, 7% 93%, Doing It Right.

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Talking ‘Bout Words, Mean Words, Big Words, Happy Words, Yonder,

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

One of the fun things about telling stories is being able to choose the words necessary to paint pictures in the minds of those who read the story. Bad choice of words and no pictures, no pictures in minds, no interest in stories from the EastWing. Now words to be written down must be chosen with care.

 

Somewhere I read that a person never really dies until all their written words vanish from this earth. WOW! And so now you know  why we all remember the  names of those who wrote the bible. Matthew Mark Luke and John, just to name a few. I’m sure you too can add to that list.

 

Our spoken  words, on the other hand, tend to have a life expectancy measured in par secs. For those not familiar with par secs, it’s a very short measure of time. A real, real short period to time. An old saying of “In one ear and out the other” kinda describes a par sec. Our spoken word last only as long as those who hear, remember what was said. Our spoken words just don’t last long in memory.

 

Maybe that’s why for many of us, our spoken word tends to flow like water over the dam after a big  rain storm. Many times our words flow free without much thought as to their impact. Many times maybe too free. A wise man once said “The most difficult thing I have to do in life is keep quiet”.

 

Written words on the other hand must be chosen with care. Happy words are always the choice. Fun words to say always are better than harsh sounding words. I sometimes play with words just of the sheer fun of saying words such as “Cumquat” or Antidisestablishmentarianism. Now that big long word is  very seldom ever found in genuine use, but it is most often cited as an example of a very long word, in fact many think it to be the longest word in the dictionary, it is not, that title belongs to, are you ready for this,

pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis which is the longest word in the English  dictionary.

But fun  words and  big long words aside, I love the really fun words that have a whole world of meaning within the word itself. A great example of this being the  word  “YONDER”.

 

Yonder is stone cold Hillbilly. Yonder is also a unit of measure. A precise unit of  the measurement of distance. The only issue with Yonder as a measurement of distance is the distance is only in the mind of those who utter “Yonder”. To be properly used as a unit to measure yonder must be  coupled with a more descriptive words such as “down,  over or out”. These words when accompanying yonder allows one to determine their next step in the process locating the whereabouts of the  elusive yonder.

 

Yonder coupled with down provides a  direction to seek the distance. One should not make the mistake of assuming down yonder indicates a southerly direction. It does not. Nor  does over yonder indicate either east or west. Over yonder simply means what’s being pointed toward. Down yonder on the other hand can mean a direction without it being pointed  out. Or down yonder could also be accompanied by a directional point. Such differences in down yonder and over yonder can be attributed to the whim of the user of the term yonder. Out yonder is, in the minds of many, the holy grail of yonder seekers. This term encompasses a much larger territory and has no possible directional connection what so ever.

 

My earliest recollection of encountering yonder was as child hearing two coon hunters discussing a lost dog. When asked where did  he lose the dog, he  replied “Out yonder”.  Two days later the coon dog came home on it’s own. Then when telling the story of  the return of the dog, “He was just down yonder and came home all by himself.

 

Yonder. Now that’s a fun word.

From The EastWing, Talking ‘Bout Words, Mean Words, Big Words, Happy Words, Yonder,

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, It’s Going Around, Everyone’s Getting It

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

It’s going around, they said. Everyone’s getting it, they said. So there was little surprise when it came to the EastWing. After all, it’s going  around, everyone’s getting it. So it was just my turn.

 

And what a turn it was. Late Christmas Day, after all the kids and family had departed the EastWing, it came around. At first just not feeling quite right. You know what I’m talking about, not yet sick, just feeling that something is happening inside your  body.

 

The stomach ache came first. Then the first of an endless number of sprints toward the bathroom. You’ve heard of a race against the clock. Well guess I could say that’s what I was doing, after all, time was my enemy in those sprints against the clock.  Being diagnosed with COPD, my sprinting ability is limited. Yet there were times the limits of short term endurance were pushed to the  edge.

 

After what seemed to settle into a 15 minute sprint cycle, the chills came by. Of all the different types of issues one must endure from the thing that going around, the chills are the one I hate most. Actually chilling is the human body’s effort to expel too much internal heat.

 

Even knowing the physiology  behind chilling, I like everyone else, want to cover up with extra blankets. A heavy blanket and an equally heavy Ohio State Throw did little to control the chills. What needed to be done was step into a cold shower. Very few ever have the nerve to try such drastic measure, nor did I. Just huddled under the blankets and BuckEye Gear and shivered.

 

With the unrelenting 15 minute stop watch still running, and me under cover so to speak,  it was an effort to make sure I was ready to start the sprint on time. Removing the blankets at an escalated pace presented a challenge I’d not encountered in the past. One learns to plan ahead in times like these.

 

About three hours into the sprint / chill process, the runny nose kicked in. Unannounced and Lord knows, uninvited my nose began to assert its self into the mix. Or maybe I should have said into the leak of things. Most all the time one has some advance awareness of when it’s necessary to attend to your nose. Not this time. At the same speed as turning a water facet Kleenex becomes vital to my overall well being.

 

And then  the cough came by. With my COPD coughing is a part of the process. This cough was not from the COP. This cough came by because it’s going around, and everybody’s got it. The cough proceeded to the forefront of issues to deal with that late Christmas Night.

 

As the clock struck midnight and Christmas became Christmas Past, the 15 sprint minute clock reset to a 10 minute cycle. The chills gained momentum, the nose asserted itself,  and the cough, that dreaded cough began to rattle deep within my chest. At that point the only thing I had going my way was the chills were such that I didn’t feel the pain from the deep coughs.

 

There are times when sleep is not a option. This night was one such time. My fear of sleep manifested itself in the 10 minute sprint cycle. Being late for just one cycle and that’s when good times go bad, or in my case, bad times get worse. Sleep was not an option.

 

Pepto-Bismol was one of the drugs pressed into service to combat the 10 minute sprint cycle. It was well into the 8th hour that some results were noticeable. The sprint time stretched out to 30 minutes. Within another 2 hours, I’d won that battle.

 

The chills followed the sprint cycle and the finish line on that little ditty came not with a bang, rather an awareness of too much covers. Was glad to see that one gone.

 

By daylight, hell night had dissolved into a runaway nose and a cough that shook the very chair I sat in. Having vanquished two of the four major issues, and it being a short work week, there were payrolls to run. And so it was “HiHo HiHo it’s off to work we go”.

 

What I didn’t know at that point was “It’s  going around, everyone’s getting it” would come back in two weeks for round two at the EastWing. But that’s another story for another day.

 

From The EastWing, It’s Going Around, Everybody’s Getting It.

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Happy Days & Happy Nights, In The Wind, The Onions Know

Greetings to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

We toss  “Happy New Year” around like free candy at Halloween. Can’t help but wonder how much is sincere and how much is  saying just because……

 

Now there’s no official right time to start to use Happy New Year in the conversations. Just when it’s close to the end of the year and a little past. Merry Christmas on the other hand has a very distinct end game. You never hear much about  Merry Christmas after December 25th. Happy New Year goes on for some time in both directions from the event.

 

Can’t help but wonder at what point does the year stop being happy? At what point does it stop being new? Guess some things stay new longer than other. Bread being a good example. You never hear of new bread, but everyone has for sure heard of day old bread.

 

So  I’m not saying Happy New Year on January 1, 2017.  Instead I’m saying Happy Days and Happy Nights for 365 days and nights of 2017.

 

Even though I have a highly scientific weather station here at the EastWing, it’s still fun to look at the signs and remember the weather folklore. There’s never a better time than the start of a new year. There are lots of weather folklore surrounding the start of a new year. One of the most popular of these weather folklore has to do with the wind.  Step outside as the sun sets on New Year’s Eve. Feel the wind and recite:

If New Year’s Eve the wind blows south It betokens warmth and growth.

If west, much milk and fish in the sea. If north, cold and storms there will be.

If east, the trees will bear much fruit. If north east, then flee it, man and brute.

 

Guess you could say the answer is blowing in the wind.

 

Others believed the best time to check out the wind was at sunrise on New Year’s Day rather than New Year’s Eve. If you forgot to check the wind on new year’s eve or new year’s morning, not to worry, other lore says that the first 12 days of the year are just as useful. The weather on the first, good or bad, will reflect how January will feel. The second day forecasts February and so on.

 

Now for those who didn’t know  about the new years eve sunset wind of yesterday  or the new year morning wind today, both were calm.

 

Another “Scientific” system that may far exceed the wind system in prognostications of things to come  is the reliable Onion Line Up.

 

Get twelve  large onions. Between 11:00pm and midnight on New Year’s Eve cut off the tops and scoop out a depression in the centers. Get out your compass and line the onions in an east-west orientation.  (Please Note: this step is most vital, without a precise alignment in relationship to the prime meridiem this highly accurate system will predict weather hundreds or even thousands of miles from your location) The eastern most onion represents January and  progressing west thru the onions, the western most represents December.

Place an equal amount of salt in each depression at the top of the onion. Don’t look at the onions before new year’s day at 7:00 AM. The salt has dissolved to varying degrees in each onion. The more water in each onion the wetter the corresponding month will be in the coming year. After this, carefully add potatoes and carrots, rub with olive oil and spices and bake. Whether the onions are right or wrong, you’ll have a nice New Year’s Day vegetable feast.

 

From The EastWing, Happy Days & Happy Nights, In The Wind, The Onions Know

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Typewriter Typing, Quoting Luke, Fiona Walks Alone

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

Can you type? That was the question asked last week  in my office. The response was “Oh sure, every day”. I’m not talking about your computer stuff, I’m talking about real typing. Typewriter typing, that’s what I’m talking about.

The question got me thinking about  how long I’ve been converting thoughts to fingers to words on paper or screens. It’s been a while. Surely somewhere along the way I’ve told the story of my first typewriter. But it’s worth telling again. That’s one of the things about good stories, they’re always  worth telling again.

She was a  retired grade school teacher. Her name was Miss Short. To this day I don’t ever remember knowing her first name. She was forever Miss Short to me. Like me Miss Short was a resident of Down Town Toto.

Now Miss Short must have seen something different in me from the rest of my little band of brothers in Toto.  When she need things done, leaves raked, grass cut, snow shoveled, I always got the job. Miss Short always  paid me for my labors. Always more than I was worth, I’m sure.

It was the start of summer before I was to enter high school that Miss Short changed my life forever. She gave me her Royal Portable Typewriter. It came with it’s own carrying case and a book. Oh my, the magic book that taught one how to type. And so I did learn to type that summer 1957 in downtown Toto.

Keyboarding is what it’s called today in  public education. It’s taught early in the elementary schools. Keyboarding is a basic skill of computer operation. Without keyboarding, computer operations turn into the hunt & peck technique. Even though students today become proficient in keyboarding. I bet they can’t say yes to the question of can you type  typewriter type.

 

Yes, I can load the paper, advance the paper, retract the paper and set the margins both left and right, align the paper and adjust the strength of the strike. Yes, I can release the paper, remove the roller, clean the roller bed and adjust the paper bail rollers.  I can shift with both pinkies, space with either thumb and know which finger goes were on the home row. I can back space, double space, half space or no space at all. I can set to stencil, or set  red over black ribbon. I can install new ribbons or rewind the old. I can use correction ribbon, red/black ribbon  or just plain ole black.

Yep, I can Typewriter Type.

Come to think of it typewriter typing may well be a dying art from of communications. I’ve not owned a typewriter in years, but like they say about riding a bicycle, ya never forget, so goes the typewriter skills.

Luke 2: 8-14  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field , keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo , the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid . And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold , I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes , lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying ,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

And so the  darkness of Christmas Night engulfs the EastWing with most happy memories of shared family fun this Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. A most happy memory this day, the baby, Fiona Ella Ruth Howard, took her first two step this Christmas Day. She walked into the arms of her PaPa. Precious Memory  to keep forever.

From The EastWing, Typewriter Typing, Quoting Luke, Fiona Walks Alone

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, When It’s Right It’s Right, A Legacy Fail, Hope & Change Really, Really

Greetings to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

One of the things we pride ourselves with here at the EastWing is facts. Should we at any time find that we’ve misrepresented facts then every effort is made to set the record straight. And so it is with my criticism of President Obama. It’s time I set the record straight.

 

From the time Obama came onto the national stage, I’ve been critical of his political philosophy. Knowing he came up thru a corrupt political system born in the dark back rooms of  Chicago politics, I’ve not  given this man the benefit of the doubt. That was a mistake on my part. I should have given the president the opportunity to prove me wrong.

 

This man campaigned for the job telling us all what he intended to do. His intent could not have been more plain when he said “This is the greatest country in the world”. “I will fundamentally transform the United States of America.” This is the only man who  had the audacity to offer us “Hope & Change”.  We elected him based on what he told us he would do.

 

President Obama then set about providing us with his concept of Hope & Change.  The first two years of  his presidency were supported by 100% control of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.  Whatever the newly elected Obama wanted, he had the votes to see his wished become the law of the land.

The Affordable Care Act became know as Obamacare. While not a single republican in congress voted in favor  of this social program, it became the only healthcare system besides Medicare available to the public. And so we all kept our doctors and all was well in healthcare

 

“Shovel Ready” became the buzz word for  passing out money  from Washington. A river of cash flowed into the economy with nary a effort to track where the money came or  went. Banks too big to fail received truck loads of money to insure such. Green energy absorbed federal money faster than solar cells turned light into electricity. Wind Mill Farms became liken to garbage dumps. Got to have ‘em but not in my back yard.

 

The President toured the world explaining how this nation had been overstating it’s importance in the grand scheme of things. He informed the world that we needed to be more closer to the nations of the middle east, then all could get along.

 

The  more President Obama tried to bring us change, the more we resisted such change. When it turned out that  a majority of his White House Staff were of the Muslin faith, we were overly  critical and racist.  When the president injected his opinion of reasons for crimes well before any investigation was complete, we wondered if that was the right  thing to do.

 

Self proclaimed Reverend Al Sharpton, who in the eyes and minds of many, is considered a race baiting crook, con man, and tax cheat, rose to the level of importance to set at the left hand of the President at a  meeting on race relations.

 

When the Space Exploration Program was reduced to hitching a ride on someone else’s rocket we let it slid. When NASA was instructed to incorporate more of the Arabic Community into the NASA programs we didn’t object. Our silence was conformity.

 

We were told that we must pay our fair share. That millionaires and billionaires were not paying their fair share. We were told that we had to use a level playing field. We were told that was not who we are.

 

Even the president’s wife got into the act when she became the self appointed savior of the hot lunch program in public schools. Destined to forever change the eating habits of young people by force feeding them “healthy meals” at schools. When the fact that over 65% of such food was not being eaten and thrown into the garbage  by those ungrateful students unwilling to eat healthy became public knowledge, force feeding in public education  became a much less frequent topic of news.

 

It’s been said that for the last two years President Obama has been concerned about his legacy. All president have concern about how their time in office will be viewed by future generations.  And so they all try to do everything possible to leave the nation in good hands.

During the past year we’ve all seen President Obama do  what we thought was everything he could possibly do to  insure the election of Hillary Clinton. President Obama campaigned far and wide for what we thought was his party. What we thought was his efforts to leave the country in good hands. To insure his legacy would be remembered for ever and ever.

 

And this is where the brilliant mind of the president had us all fooled. He knew all the time what he intended when he coined the best ever slogan “Hope & Change” He  knew it would take a full eight years to get his plan in place. But persevere he did, and now it is truly  clear what the  Obama Legacy really is.

Obama vacates the office of President of The United States leaving the following in place:

 

A Republican President

A Republican Vice President

A Republican controlled U.S. Senate

A Republican  controlled House of Representatives

A Republican Governors in 33 of 50 states

A Republican control in 67 of 98 state legislative chambers

A Republican control in the majority of 3,144 county  governments

A Republican control in the majority 19,144  local and city  governments

 

For all the complaining  we’ve put forth during the last 8 years, only a master politician possessing President Obama’s political skills could have pulled off such a feat as to change the political landscape of the nation on such a grand scale. It’s time the EastWing recognize the efforts of President Obama to accomplish such a goal. I too was fooled at the start of his presidency, but with this most brilliant ending, I stand in admiration for such a great president.

 

With all of these accomplishments on record the presidents’ legacy is  now sealed. I’ve still got this nagging question I’d love to ask President Obama in person, should I have the change.

 

How’s that Hope & Change thing working out for ya?

From The EastWing, When It’s Right It’s Right, A Legacy Fail, Hope & Change Really, Really

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From the EastWing, A Big Snow, No White Christmas For You, Bird Watching, Short Days Ending, Growing Stuff Again

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
As the snow continues to fall at the EastWing, it was mid morning today when I received an email asking if I wanted to change my prediction of 50% chance for a White Christmas. Yes I do. Based on new information from my weather forecasting system, I now call it a 100% chance of it NOT BEING A WHITE CHRISTMAS at the EastWing. We’ll see. Kinda sticking my neck out here with 6” of snow on the ground now, and still snowing.
One of the interesting things that happens frequently in the EastWing is when I write a story, someone comments or asks a question and that leads to a different story all together. And so it did last week.
A friend asked did I know that bird behavior can help predict the weather? Actually I did know that. I look at the birds often to help decide what up with the weather. Most every day on the way to my office, I watch for what the birds are doing. When you closely observe nature and look at the birds, you might be surprised by what you learn.
When birds and hawks are flying high in the sky it usually indicates fair weather. But when they fly low, prepare for a blow.
Birds tend to stop flying and take refuge if a storm is coming. They’ll also fly low to avoid the discomfort of the falling air pressure.
When seagulls fly inland, expect a storm. When chickens roost in daytime, expect rain.
Birds tend to get very quiet before a big storm. If you’ve ever been walking in the woods before a storm, the natural world is eerily silent! Birds also sing if the weather is improving.
Birds singing in the rain indicates fair weather approaching. Here are more bird proverbs and prognostics I’ve run across over the years. If crows fly in pairs, expect fine weather; a crow flying alone is a sign of foul weather.
The whiteness of a goose’s breastbone indicates the kind of winter. A red of dark-spotted bone means a cold and stormy winter, few or light-colored spots mean a mild winter. Partridges drumming in the fall means a mild and open winter. When domestic geese walk east and fly west, expect cold weather. If birds in the autumn grow tame, the winter will be too cold for game. When the rooster goes crowing to bed, he will rise with watery head. When the swallow’s nest is high, the summer is very dry. When the swallow buildeth low, you can safely reap and sow. Lots of weather stuff can be learned from the birds.
Have you noticed how dark it is at 4:30 PM this time of the year? These are our darkest afternoons. But, surprise surprise. For most of us, Thursday, December 8, brought the turnaround. It’s a major winter milestone that’s seldom talked or thought about. It’s the day of our earliest sunset. It’s not yet the shortest day of the year, just the earliest sunset.
This kinda puzzles people, but in fact it’s a reliable yearly sequence. First comes earliest sunset, last week. Then there’s the solstice half a month later, the day with the fewest minutes of daylight. Finally, another two weeks later, in early January, we get our murkiest morning. It’s the latest sunrise. Then It all uphill toward spring from that point forward as we can hardly wait to once again feel the sunshine.
So we’re now slam bang at the low point of afternoon sunshine. And since far more people are awake and aware of things at 4:30 PM than they are at 4:30 in the AM, in a very real sense you can forget about the solstice and the “official” shortest day of the year. So far as what most folks actually experience, NOW is the darkest time of the year.
Of course, the degree of darkness varies, depending on how far north you live. As for the time the clock reads at sunset—this also depends on how far east or west your home sits, relative to your standard time zone. For example, here at the EastWing, my weather station calculates the location as follows:
elevation 899 ft 41.19 °N, 86.70 °W in the central standard time zone. Those living east of the EastWing experience progressively earlier sunsets.
Drive just an hour east from where you are right now, and the Sun sets about ten minutes earlier. That’s because going east around the Earth’s curve makes your western horizon rise up to block the Sun sooner. Go a mere 35 miles east, and the sun sets five minutes earlier.
It all reflects the reality that tropical sunsets hardly vary throughout the year, while polar sunsets change wildly through the seasons. If you lived right smack on the equator, like in Quito, Ecuador, your minutes of daylight would never budge throughout the year, not even by one second. By contrast, our northern friends in Minnesota and especially Alaska experience the most radically short days in December.
But wherever you live, after December 8, before winter even starts, afternoons will start getting brighter as the sunsets start to get longer!
Another interesting little fact is by late January, even while it’s still the coldest part of the winter, all things indoors start to grow. Want to get an early start on your next years garden, plant tomato seeds in mid January. Set ‘em in the sunshine of a south window, water as needed. Tomatoes before you know it. It’s a sunshine thing.
Wow! Not yet the start of winter and all ready talking about growing tomatoes again in the EastWing south windows. No matter what or when, gotta have a plan.
From the EastWing, A Big Snow, No White Christmas For You, Bird Watching, Short Days Ending, Growing Stuff Again
I Wish You Well,
BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Winter Coming On, EastWing Weather Forecasting & Bing Crosby, Carrier Indianapolis Vs. Solyndra Won & Lost

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

As the Shades of Autumn draw close around the ever shorting days of December, the world as we know it is preparing  to freeze into the winter time.

As winter approaches, conversations always turn toward discussions of weather. Two questions tend to bubble up in these talks. When is it going to snow? Is on everybody’s mind. But the  other one also most asked is Will we have a White Christmas?

With the new Weather Station just outside the south EastWing Glass  providing weather data updates every 5 seconds I do have a good handle on short term weather. The farther you  want to go into the future, the less accurate any weather prognosticating becomes.  Although I like to think my  skills along those lines are above average, whenever I miss on a prediction of things to come, I just say stuff like “it was due to a slow moving front”. Or sometimes I’ll say, “I’m right, just 150 miles off site”.

I’m going out on a limb  here and thinking this is the day for the first snow that will not stick on the grass, and anything else it touches for very long. It’s just a little too warm for any snow to hang around the EastWing this day.  More snow to come as the week goes on. We will also see a turn to the cold side.  Much more so than the last month. Although winter will not officially  kick in until Wednesday, December 21st  2016 at  2:45 AM. By the end of this week we’ll know it’s time.

Now that the first question is addressed, what about the second “Will there be a White Christmas?” Damn Bing Crosby. Before the song came along no one cared if it did or didn’t snow for a White Christmas. And then came the movie, and from there on it had to be a White Christmas.  Bing Crosby’s recording of White Christmas was his biggest recording success ever.

Actually Bing Crosby sang White Christmas in three movies. Holiday Inn (1942)  Blue Skies (1946) and  of course White Christmas (1954) Here at the EastWing we’ve been watching Holiday Inn and White Christmas every year for a long long time. Guess we’ll be watching again soon. It’s that time of the year.

Oh I almost forgot,,, Will there be a White Christmas? YES! And  like I said up above, if that doesn’t work out, it’s a slow moving front. Or maybe I’m right, but 150 miles too far north.

The other day I had a conversation with a disgruntled electorate  still licking her wounds and trying to convince me how Donald Trump had cost both the State of Indiana and the Federal Government many millions of tax dollars  by caving into Carrier demands to keep 1,100 jobs in Indianapolis IN. So I sat out to enlighten her with a set of facts by the numbers.

With me being in the income tax filing business and in the process of installing the 2016 Tax Filing Software as this conversation started, I constructed a hypothetical tax return on an employee of the Carrier Corp. based on public information on average pay along with  the information on the tax credits offered. All my information was gleaned from the public records.

The results are rather striking. And the results speak for themsel.v

Tax  credit is $7,000,000.00 over 10 years to save 1,100 jobs in Indiana
$700,000.00 per year tax credit for Carrier
$636.36 Annual tax credit  per job saved
$62,400.00 average salary of Carrier Worker Salary
TAXES PAID PER JOB SAVED This calculation is assuming the tax filing
$9,609.60 Social Security & Medicare Tax is married with two kids for a total of 4
$58,400.00 FIT Taxable Income dependents on the tax filing of
$1,985.60 Indiana Tax Paid married filing joint.
$48,000.00 Taxable Income
$7,200.00 Federal Tax Paid Any taxpayer  with less dependents than the
example will pay more tax than illustrated here
  Tax per  Job Total Net Taxes Paid In Per Year
state net $1,384.65 per  job state total net $1,523,115.
fed net $7,200.00 per job fed total $7,920,000.

An important aspect of this deal is a tax break vs. a federal loan guarantee. This agreement provides for a lower tax bill in the future. The federal loan guarantee provided that the government would repay the loan if the company did not or could not repay.

Remember the Solyndra Solar Panel Company that was hyped to high heaven as the next savior of the free world with all it’s  renewable energy. Going to keep the lights on for less than a penny a day they said. Just give us the loan guarantee to get started they said. So the Obama Administration provided the loan guarantee. When that company closed, 1,100 jobs were lost. The American Tax Payer was stuck with the bill of $535,000000.00

Another way to look at that deal. The Solyndra Scandal cost $484,363.00 per job lost. And those folks still were out work.

The Indiana deal under a President Elect nets the Federal Government $7,920,000 per year to save 1,100 jobs. The current administration spent $535,000.000.00 and lost the same number of jobs.

It’s hard to dispel the facts. Although many may line up to try.  Bring ‘em on.

From The EastWing, Winter Coming On, EastWing Weather Forecasting & Bing Crosby, Carrier Indianapolis Vs. Solyndra Won & Lost

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From the EastWing, Losing The Election All Over Again, The Big D Down The Tubes, Truth Could Save The Day, Political Correctness & Bloomington Indiana Potty Patrol

Greetings to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

Two weeks ago I thought we were finished with the this election process. The last comments about the election had been made from the EastWing. Or so I thought. Then it was announced last Friday that Jill Stein had officially filed for a recount in Wisconsin. Now this lady got about 1% of the vote, so she’s  not wanting a recount to see if she picks up another 1%. She’s a Hillary wolf in girl clothes. Then along came yesterday. On Saturday last the Hillary Camp joined in the fray. Oh well, if that’s the way those folks want to play this thing out, then I’m in.

 

Does anyone still remember what a hissy fit Hillary threw when Donald Trump as reluctant to say he would accept the results of the election? Such indignation on her part. Seems she could not comprehend anyone running for the office of President of the United States not agreeing to accept the results of the election. I remember she said “That’s not who we are”. Oh, by the way, Obama uses that phrase a lot also.

 

Hillary’s own people stated they had investigated and found no evidence of any type voter fraud. Yet they agreed to participate in this obvious sham to keep stirring the political pot of “I can’t believe we didn’t win”.

Of all my years of watching and voting in presidential elections, I’ve never seen such sour losers. The actions by these losers demonstrates their true colors. “We believe in diversity as long as I get to identify diversity”. “We believe in equal opportunity as long as we get to define equal opportunity”. “We believe in equal rights for all as long as we get to determine what is equal”. Now you see where this list is going. It could go for many pages.

 

The fact of the matter is these Left Liberal Loony Tone policies have been soundly rejected in  every national election in 2010, 2012, 2014 and now 2016. Look at what has happened to their people in congress, both the Senate and the House of Representatives. They’ve lost seats in every election. Today the democrats have the lowest number of seats in Washington D.C. since the 1920’s.  Now that’s telling you something right there.

And I didn’t even say anything about the fact that there are more that 2:1 ratio of Republican Governs to Democrat Governs  (33 R 16 D) That too the lowest ever since 1928.

 

It’s interesting how Obama was able to get people to vote for him and not able to convince anybody to vote for any other democrats. Can’t help  but wonder what could have happened if Obama has said “we” more than “I or Me”. Even when Obama plainly said he was not on the ballet but his policies were.  The Obama Policies lost right along side  Hillary Clinton as her game plan was to continue the same.

We hear a lot of concern about President Obama’s  legacy, his place in history. Make no mistake about it, his major legacy is the destruction of the democrat party as we know it. Below is a quote that illustrates President Obama’s failure and destruction of the democrat party.

“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt  limit is a sign of leadership failure.  It is a sign that the US Government  cannot pay its own bills.  It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing  financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless  fiscal policies.  Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and  internationally.  Leadership means that, ‘the buck stops here.’   Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs  of our children and grandchildren.  America has a debt problem and a  failure of leadership.  Americans deserve better.”  ~ Senator Barack H. Obama, March 2006  

 

So now the one who proclaimed to the world that she’d accept the results of the election has simply told another one of those for which she’s now famous. And she still says there was never any classified email on the servers. And we still don’t know what was on the Weiner Wagon Lap Top from Hillary. But that’ll come along too. Hopefully without pictures.

 

It’s amazing to me, as an observer of memorable  history in my lifetime, how many times being truthful would have saved the day. There is no doubt in my mind that there was a time when President Richard Nixon could have become the White Knight of Presidents if he simply chose to do so. Once Nixon became aware of the details of the Watergate break in he would have gained the respect and  admiration of most of the country and the world  had he gone on TV and fired ‘em all. He chose instead to construct a cover up. And  as they say, “the rest is history”. It cost the man the Presidency.

 

Hillary Clinton had the same  opportunity to make such a move. Once the illegal computer server was discovered, she could have made a big deal about not knowing and then cleaning house of the ones who where doing such bad things. After all Hillary was quite proficient at throwing people under the bus.  She chose instead to lie to the American People. Everyone could see she was lying.  And as they say, “the rest is history”. It cost the woman the Presidency.

 

Here at the EastWing we’re looking forward to the demise of Political Correctness. Actually I’m looking to forward to seeing Political Correctness kicked in the Kester. Right here in Bloomington IN the mayor in all his wisdom has decided that Good Friday should be called Spring Holiday and Columbus Day called Fall Holiday. Said he wanted to make the city more inclusive.

 

I’m sure  this Left Liberal Loony Tone of a mayor now has those new signs up all over Bloomington IN that tells everyone to go pee in the same room.

 

From the EastWing, Losing The Election All Over Again, The Big D Down The Tubes, Truth Could Save The Day, Political Correctness & Bloomington Indiana Potty Patrol

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Important Things, God Little Gifts, As Seen On TV, Pumpkin Pies Now & Then

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

Many times we put way too much significance on things that are not so important. While at the same time passing over some other things that should’ve made the list. Not saying we have our priorities misplaced, just saying sometimes it’s easy to overlook some of life’s little treasures.

 

A good example happened early this morning. Now  Mr. Bentley is an old dog who no longer does much of what he used to do. Mr. Bentley is no longer the possum terminator he once used to be. In fact, he no longer makes any effort to confront the stealers of cat food from the north deck, be it Opossum or Raccoons.

 

So I make adjustments to my life style in order to accommodate the needs of the old dog. One such adjustment is Mr. Bentley needs to go pee ‘bout 2 -4 in the AM. And so in the darkness I stumble around, find my glasses and slippers then take the big dog to the east door of the EastWing. Bentley’s outside time in the middle of the night is only 3 – 4 minutes at most. It was back to sleep for both of us. And then it happened.

 

It was when I laid back down on the bed and covered up with the still warm blankets that I realized one of life’s little pleasures is having a warm bed to lie in at night. Could not help but wonder how many times such a gift from God has gone unnoticed. I’m betting a lot. The soft comfort of a warm bed is a special gift  be it 10:00 PM or 3:00 AM, it’s a special place of retreat for the soul.

 

Star Showers as seen on TV  are once again sparkling in the EastWing. These lights are so cool. I leave ‘em on during the day just because they look so good. But when the full daylight comes to the EastWing, they shut themselves off. They  then return when the shades of nighttime are drawn around the EastWing. Like most everything as seen on TV there is now a latest greatest new Star Showers. The points of light move around rather than stationary. Don’t know if I’ll do the upgrade, but maybe. Got grandbabies who would love to see the light show.

 

As you all know I’m a sucker for “As Seen of TV” gadgets. Got most of ‘em in the basement. Some still unopened. Now the latest purchase and yet to arrive is a thingy that helps you open eggs, both raw and boiled. Sure hope it comes in the next two days. If so, guess the She will get a surprise birthday gift as seen on TV.

 

With Thanksgiving on the near horizon, thought it would be fun to take a quick look into what folks from an earlier time were doing when they served Pumpkin along  with the turkey. Oh my how the Pumpkin Pie has changed through time. Not only the pie, also the language. Notice the words  taken from the Old English. And for dessert slice in time.

 

Tourte of pumpkin – Boile it with good milk, pass it through a straining pan very thick, and mix it with sugar, butter, a little salt and if you will, a few stamped almonds; let all be very thin.  Put it in your sheet of paste; bake it.  After it is baked, besprinkle it with sugar and serve.

 

1670s – By the 1670’s, recipes for a sort of “pumpion pie” were appearing in such English cookbooks as the The Queen-like closet, or rich cabinet stored with all manner of rare receipts for preserving, candying and cookery by Hannah Wooley and The Compleat Cook – Expertly Prescribing the Most Ready Wayes, Whether Italian, Spanish or French, for Dressing of Flesh and Fish, Ordering Of Sauces or Making of Pastry by W.M.

 

1670 – The Queen-like Closet by Hannah Wooley:

To make a Pumpion-Pie – Take a Pumpion, pare it, and cut it in thin slices, dip it in beaten Eggs and Herbs shred small, and fry it till it be enough, then lay it into a Pie with Butter, Raisins, Currans, Su|gar and Sack, and in the bottom some sharp Apples, when it is baked, butter it and serve it in.

 

1671 – The Compleat Cook by W.M:

Pumpion Pie – Take about halfe a pound of Pumpion and slice it, a handfull of Tyme, a little Rosemary, Parsley and sweet Marjoram slipped off the stalks, and chop them smal, then take Cinamon, Nutmeg, Pepper, and six Cloves, and beat them; take ten Eggs and beat them; then mix them, and beat them altogether, and put in as much Sugar as you think fit, then fry them like a froiz; after it is fryed, let it stand till it be cold, then fill your Pye, take sliced Apples thinne round wayes, and lay a row of the Froiz, and a layer of Apples with Currans betwixt the layer while your Pye is fitted, and put in a good deal of sweet butter before you close it; when the Pye is baked, take six yolks of Eggs, some white-wine or Verjuyce, & make a Caudle of this, but not too thick; cut up the Lid and put it in, stir them well together whilst the Eggs and Pumpions be not perceived, and so serve it up.

 

1796 – It was not until 1796 that a truly American cookbook, American cookery, by an American orphan by Amelia Simmons, was published.  It was the first American cookbook written and published in America, and the first cook book that developed recipes for foods native to America.  Her pumpkin puddings were baked in a crust and similar to present day pumpkin pies:

Pompkin Pudding No. 1. One quart stewed and strained, 3 pints cream, 9 beaten eggs, sugar, mace, nutmeg and ginger, laid into paste No. 7 or 3, and with a dough spur, cross and chequer it, and baked in dishes three quarters of an hour.

Pompkin Pudding No. 2. One quart of milk, 1 pint pompkin, 4 eggs, molasses, allspice and ginger in a crust, bake 1 hour.

What is not said here about the pumpkin, is its contribution to the survival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth Rock. Had it not been for the Indians introducing those folks to the pumpkins, they most likely would not have survived in the hostile land we now call home. But that’s another story for another day.

From The EastWing, Important Things, God Little Gifts, As Seen On TV, Pumpkin Pies Now & Then.

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Historical Times, Saying One Thing & Doing Another, The EastWing Calls ’Em Out, Jell-O Molds & Cubs Baseball

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

Last Tuesday we the  people elected Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States. A most important event in American History.

 

Last week another most important event occurred. I sat in the EastWing and watched the demise of the Democrat Party as had been know in the past. The Democrat Party did not go quietly  into the night. It’s still kicking and wailing and gnashing it’s  teeth. Yet nevertheless this is the demise of the Democrat Party as we know it.  In the minds of many conservatives, not a minute too soon.

 

Now the question becomes who and what caused such a disaster. It’s important to remember that failure of anything, other than mechanical devices, must be viewed as failure of the people involved. When viewing the failures of people one must  look to the top. Failure at the bottom does not cause a political system to collapse.

 

President Obama failed in 2008, when having total control of congress, he insisted the  Affordable Health Care Act be pushed through congress without a single Republican supporting the bill. Obama Care became the law of the land. The President lied to the American People when trying to convince us the Affordable Health Care Bill was good for America. The President was told he was wrong when he said “You will save $2,400.00 per year on health care costs. If you like your doctor, you can keep you doctor”. After being told, he continued to preach the same gospel. He lied to the American People  about the Affordable Health Care Bill. He failed on that issue.

 

Nancy Pelosi failed when she most famously said “We have to pass it to find out what’s inside” when speaking of the Affordable Care Act. It became law. We found out  what’s inside. It infuriated much of the nation. As the years went on, the discontent for  Obama Care grew. Nancy Pelosi also failed on that issue.

 

Hillary Clinton failed when she set out to circumvent the laws and rules of operation for the Secretary of State of the United States. Had all the rules of communications been followed while in this position, a much different outcome may well have occurred last week. She failed on the email issue.

 

The Democratic Party failed when it lost touch with the 60 million plus voters that voted in opposition and elected the 45th President of the United States. As the Democrat Party became more and more ultra liberal thereby attracting the fringe elements of our society, main stream America shared a more conservative view of things political. When the Democrat Party went ultra liberal they created an opposition revolution. The Democratic Party failed to recognize they’d turned away from the people who had kept them in the majority to begin with. The Democrat Party failed on that issue.

 

Another failure in this election is the conventional Republican Party. They too, much like the Democrats lost touch with those who chose to go a different way this time around.  I’m sure  we’ll talk about the failure of the Republican Party some day in the future. It was Trump and only Trump who could rally the troops and truly create a peaceful revolution.

 

The basis of this Trump Revolution are many. The Progressives confused women’s rights with feminism. The Progressives attacked our Christian beliefs. The Progressives constantly referred to us as racists. The Progressives constantly called us xenophobic. The Progressives told us to get on board or get in the back. The Progressives attacked our flag. The Progressives began to emasculate men. The Progressives decided to make our children soft. The Progressives attacked our freedom of speech. The Progressives attacked our right to bear arms. The Progressives allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country. The Progressives decided to vote for extreme progressive ideals. The Progressives forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating. The Progressives attacked our way of life. The Progressives decided to let our government get out of control. The Progressives lost touch with we the people, the silent majority. We became fed up, and we pushed back and spoke up. We did it with ballots, not bullets, ballots. All the while not destroying other people’s property.

 

The Democrat voters failed when they would not  recognize the results of the election. An example from my  email inbox truly illustrates the good faith at least one democrat has in  the system when their choice does not win an election. I reprint these emails, not to gross anybody out,  but to illustrate a point of what I’m talking about:

 

Email received on 11-7-2016  2:17 PM From an EastWing friend in the state of Washington. “Regardless of the outcome, we are clearly a deeply divided and broken country.  So much work ahead to mend, heal, and restore the U back in the USA”.

 

Email received on 11-9-2016 at 11:34 PM  from the same person. “We are now under total Republican rule.  Textbook fascism. F*&k you, white America.  F%$k you, you racist, misogynist pieces os sh#t. G’night”.

 

For these types of outbursts you can thank 50 years of piss-poor education in American civics. Thank the devolution of our constitutional order in the face of a Progressive onslaught against its institutions.  The hyperventilating, lying, unscrupulous press (and their willing accomplices in the Never Trump Republicans like the Bush folks in Texas, low energy Jeb and family).  Plus a handful of other factors I’m probably forgetting right now but all contributing to this result. When significant numbers of people hysterically believe the country just elected Hitler, what more do you expect? Protesters who were never taught how to lose. They were only given trophies for their participation.  A tag line of low information voter may be too kind.

 

I would propose that if you still believe 60 million plus of your fellow Americans are bigots, then perhaps you’re the bigot.

 

In the wake of two Obama victories, I don’t recall the political/media/entertainment/education complex having any abiding concern for the “disappointed half” of the country. There were not psychologists on the morning news programs offering solutions for dealing with depression and anxiety. There were no grief counselors brought into the schools to deal with weepy students, or safe-spaces created for them at the colleges and universities. Professors did not cancel classes and take their students to the LGBT center to make “glitter jars” and “decompress.”

 

Further, I don’t recall sympathetic coverage of the Tea Party rallies (where no violence or vandalism occurred) from those now seeking to “understand” the violence, disruption, and vandalism happening in our streets right now. I do recall mocking and derision of the Tea Party.

 

While I generally oppose and reject the notion that Americans are made of jelly there is, as demonstrated by the protests being orchestrated by the DNC and the Clinton Organization, a sizable group who fit the Jell-O mold. I find strained pleas for civility in the face of things that do not deserve a civil response off-putting by the President. I do have a proposal that could have the desired effect without being a smarmy attempt to paper over our differences.

 

In election years, the baseball folks should move the World Series to begin after the election. Watching the Cubs play baseball again would be good about right now.

 

From The EastWing, Historical Times, Saying One Thing & Doing Another, The EastWing Calls  ’Em Out, Jell-O Molds & Cubs Baseball

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From the East Wing, And the Weiner Is, Trick or Treating with the Toto Volunteers

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

As darkness falls on this Halloween Eve, a melancholy wave of suspense settles over the EastWing. I don’t know why, but a strong sense of foreboding now floods my soul. I do expect significant history to be made in the next five days. I do not expect such history to reflect our most finest hour as the nation who should be leading the free world.

 

WOW! A week ago we decided that all we had to say about the upcoming election had been said. And so our thoughts turned to other things. Then along came Anthony Weiner.

 

Just when everyone thought this election cycle could not get any more crazier, it got more crazier. One of the things I find interesting here is that  a few years ago,  Anthony Wiener was a nationally recognized prominent democrat leader in line to possibly be speaker of the house or even a  presidential candidate. Then along came Carlos Danger.

 

Donald Trump saw this coming from a mile away. He fingered Weiner as a potential national security threat all the way back in August of 2015. Trump said he didn’t like the thought of Huma going home at night and telling Anthony Weiner all of these secrets. When it came out that Huma Abedin knows all about Hillary’s private illegal emails, Trump wrote on Twitter. “Huma’s PR husband, Anthony Weiner, will tell the world.”

 

One of the things worth watching here is how the President of the United States handles campaigning for a person under criminal investigation by the FBI while running for the office of President. Of course we all know how honest and truthful President Obama has been with the American People.

 

And so today the memories of Halloweens past rushed from the back roads of my memory into the bright sunshine of a crisp beautiful Autumn Halloween Eve 2016 with thoughts of Halloween High Jinks, Ghosts and Goblins, Dark Nights and life among my Band of Brothers. We were The Toto Volunteers.

 

The biggest holiday, hands down, in Downtown Toto when I was a kid was Halloween.  Now ya had the other important stuff like Easter, 4th of July, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Memorial Day, Jefferson Davis’s Birthday (some habits were hard to turn loose)  but none of these holidays came close to Halloween.

 

It was the time of independence from family, the time to test your courage,  to face your fears of the nighttime  knowing things were out there and not knowing who what or where. A time to be both horrified and happy in the same heartbeat.  A time to scare little sisters. A time to step into the shadow of the valley and fear evil.  A time to march, to prowl the darkness in the company of the band of brothers, the Toto Volunteers.

 

The Halloween Bounty seemed unlimited, so much so that we, the Toto Volunteers,  never made any attempt to control its access.  We could have, we chose not to. Toto could have become the model Trick or Treat Community for the National Standard of Trick  or Treat, had we choose to make it so. We could have, we chose not to.

 

The reason for such actions on the part of the Volunteers is as valid today as when the  Council deliberated on that very issue.  There was a fraction within the ranks who wanted to do to Halloween what we had been so successful in our summer campaign.  Just the summer past, we had collected more pop bottles then most of the army thought existed in the world.  We’d won the Pop Bottle Wars of Toto.

 

The issue of the Halloween Candy was brought to the  War Council not by inexperienced people with no knowledge of war, but from people seasoned by fire on the front lines of the Pop Bottle Wars.  People who were even  as old as 11 and one even held the rank of sergeant.

 

Now in the Toto Volunteers we had a little different ranking system than the regular army.  Ours was more simple.  I got to be the General, there were two sergeants, and everybody else got to be a private.  That way we didn’t have to spend a lot of time trying to figure out who was in charge. Besides, we didn’t have different uniforms so it was a lot easier to just remember a few to salute, otherwise everybody would be saluting each other all day long for nothing.

 

The Halloween Options as they would become know to the Volunteers were quite simple, two different options. The first option being the Toto Volunteers go Trick or Treating the night before the real Halloween and then go again the next night, that way everybody gets twice as much stuff.  The second option would be for the Volunteers to just charge everybody Trick or Treating in Toto, and not a member of the Volunteers, a nickel. It was just two weeks till Halloween and the council wanted to make a decision right there, but I told ‘em the decision  was too important, it’d have to wait for a while. I had to think this one out.

 

One of the things I learned by being the General of the Toto Volunteers was when I didn’t know what to do, I could always ask my dad. “Cause he was a Preacher, and he’d never tell my something to do that was not in the Bible, ‘cause he read the bible a lot more than I did.  I’d act like I was just a little kid asking a dumb question, not like the general  seeking consultation on an issue of possible war. When I talked to my dad about such important matters we usually done our man to boy talks on the porch swing, even in late October man to boy talks worked better in the swing.

 

As we sat swinging I said “Did ya ever go trick or treating?” My dad said “Yep” “Did ya ever go trick or treating the day before Halloween?” My dad said “Nope” I said “why not?” My dad said “Did ya ever have a birthday party a day before your birthday? Could ya have the 4th of July Picnic the day before? What would happen to Christmas if ya didn’t have the 25th of December, not the 24th but the 25th?” I was starting to see my dad’s point of view on this issue of trick or treating one day early as we swung together on the front porch in the crisp autumn air just nine days before Halloween.

 

I said “Ya think a person could make somebody pay to go trick or treating”  My dad said “Not in Toto, cause everybody that tricks or treats in Toto don’t have any money to start with, and besides who would be dumb enough to even try to get somebody to pay to go trick or treating?” I didn’t say nothing. One of the good things about talking with my dad in that swing was he didn’t make me say anything if I didn’t want to, and right then I didn’t want to.

 

So there is was.  Ya can’t go the night before ‘cause that’s dumb,  and nobody’s got any money and if ya even ask someone to pay that’s  dumb too.  My dad imparted a great deal of wisdom from the confines of that swing.  He made my job of being the general a lot easier on more than one occasion.

 

Well, I had my answers now I only had to deal with the Toto Volunteers. I spent most of that night trying to figure out a way to get the War Council on my side. I knew what I had to do but wanted the them to tell me, not me tell them.  Somewhere in the darkness,  about the time today turned into tomorrow and became yesterday I finally figured a way to present my views to the Council.  The next day I called an after school meeting of the War Council of the Toto Volunteers.  We met on my front porch.

 

Now one of the downside products of victory on the battle field is the overwhelming desire to repeat the same feat over and over again.  I was not about to let that happen to the Toto Volunteers.  As soon as everybody was present I presented my plan.  The plan was simple.  I couldn’t choose which one I liked best so we would do ‘em both.

 

But for the trick or treat the night before Halloween we’d all have to have get our moms to sign a letter saying we could go out after dark just in case someone wanted to know why we were there at their house a night early for trick or treat, so we could tell ‘em our moms said we could come trick or treating early. Also everyone had to ask their mom if she thought it would be ok to charge people for trick or treating in Toto.

 

I had printed out a letter to give every member.  Because I ran the mimeograph machine at California Township School I ran off copies of the letter.  I had printed it on a stencil and it looked really professional.  As the volunteers read the letter, ya could still smell the mimeograph ink, it was the blue kind.  I could tell by their looks that they were gona have a hard time getting their mom to sign that letter.  I know I sure wouldn’t ask my mom to sign that letter.

 

One kid said “my mom’ll  kill me if she sees this letter, I’m not gona take it home”.   He brought his letter back and reached it to me saying “let’s just go regular trick or treating”.  Some of the others thought we could still do both options.  My faith was in the letter.

 

The next morning at the bus stop not a single volunteer who took the letter home wanted to talk about it.  One guy said “I might not even want to go trick or treating this year, I don’t know if I do or not. I’ll just have to wait till Halloween an see”.  The plan was working. Two days later the War Council of the Toto Volunteers made a decision to do regular trick or treating in Toto and to make sure nobody would ever do anything except regular trick or treating in Toto forever in the future.

 

We, the Toto Volunteers, took a solemn  oath to forever protect the unbridled right to trick or treat in Toto Indiana on Halloween without interference from anybody forever and ever.  That right to trick or treat in Toto has been protected to this day.

 

And then came the politicians, regulating trick or treat hours. I think it was a republican thing first, probably too damn tight to buy candy for little kids.  Then the democrats jumped on the band wagon, probably with a bribe of some sort from the republicans.  A pox on both their houses, to even think ya can regulate Halloween.

 

Next thing ya gonna hear is some smart ass in Washington will propose to make Halloween a federal holiday and place on the last Monday in October, in order to bring it in line with the other fake Monday Federal Holidays. It wouldn’t surprise me if Obama tries to move Easter to the day after.  Easter Monday doesn’t have a good sound to it, but one less work day for the democrats.

 

Now towns announce the time to go trick or treating. Trick or treating at 3:00 PM is like kissing your sister at high noon in a public park, it’s just not that much fun.  The question that comes to mind is what ya gonna do if some little monster tricks or treats before or after the set deadlines?

 

Now if ya shoot ‘em all ya get the guilty. The next thing you know it’s a  Halloween Czar from Obama.

 

From the  East Wing, And the Weiner Is,  Trick or Treating with the Toto Volunteers

I wish you well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Bring On The Clowns, Hillary Smiles

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

With Halloween fast approaching I’m thinking about those strange things that go bump in the night. By now everyone’s heard about the creepy clowns terrorizing the countryside since late summer. This craze that sees people dress up in sinister costumes has caused problems for police departments across the country and scared half to death those who encountered these clowns in the dark.

The clown trend appears to have gone global. In the UK, Thames Valley police said it had responded to 14 sightings of clowns over a 24-hour period, while Cambria police said it had received reports of nine clown sightings, including one holding a knife.

 

Now don’t let anyone tell you your fear of clowns is irrational. There are perfectly sound psychological reasons for being creeped out by these nuts with painted faces. Strange and unusual faces makes us feel uncomfortable.  That is one of the reasons we find clowns so frightening. They just look too quare.

 

Clowns are supposed to be fun, playful and reminiscent of childhood innocence. But as far back as the 16th century, Shakespearean jesters were often associated with death and darkness. This image has continued through to today in the way they are depicted in popular culture. So while we want to be lulled into a sense of childlike security with a favorite toy, we sense that something much more sinister lies behind the painted face of a clown.

 

We are social beings and as such we’ve evolved the ability to read themes such as safety and danger based on facial expressions and body language. Clowns hide behind masks, preventing us from seeing what they are feeling, thinking or even guessing their true emotions. A mask not only hides appearance, it hides intent, and when we are unsure of the intent of the person across from us, it makes us scared.

 

Researchers who study facial attractiveness note that most of what we find attractive is socially constructed. Skin color, eye shape and lip size are such things. Two things that are natural are facial symmetry and “averageness,” or not having features that stand out too prominently from the norm. Clowns defy both of these. Their faces are painted to be particularly asymmetrical and exaggerated, so when we look at their face we have a natural aversion to them. We are looking into the face of the unknown and don’t like it. Much of a clown’s  performance repertoire depends on making us laugh and connecting with us so we find ourselves feeling a kind of cognitive difference between being repulsed and being engaged.

 

Our culture has always been littered with references to evil clowns, from children’s entertainer-turned-serial killer John Wayne Gacy to Pennywise, the character in Stephen King’s “It.” The association between clowns and danger has been consistently reinforced over the past few decades, and as such we are more likely to adopt a view of them as being frightening because we have learned to see them that way. We as logical beings naturally fear the illogical. Clowns exemplify the illogical.

They are human enough to be recognizable but removed enough from normality to be odd and unfamiliar. So they ensure that their physical gestures are common but also grossly exaggerated: If a important characteristic such as a tear is present, it’s depicted as flat and comical.

 

Because the image of the clown  is distorted but still recognizable it invites us to try and understand what is really going on. We engage not necessarily because we’re entertained, but because we’re confused.

 

So while we understand a smile, we don’t feel comfortable with one that never fades, and that’s the scary part, the awareness that what we’re  looking at is actually hiding something that we don’t quite understand. So we’re afraid of that face

 

The same facial expression, that smile, used by Hillary Clinton at the final Presidential Debate.

 

From The EastWing, Bring On The Clowns, Hillary Smiles

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Hillary Clinton in her own words

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

Hillary Clinton was shocked at what Donald  Trump  said on the now famous tape. I make no effort to condone what he said. Contrary to what I’ve heard some people say “All men talk that  way in private”. Not all men talk that way. I for one have never had that type conversations ever.  My mother told me “never say  anything that you would be ashamed to say to me”. She made me promise, I’ve kept the promise.

 

Tonight I will not tell stories from the EastWing. Rather I will simply quote what has already been published.

 

In every instance, I’ve included the published book title, author, and page number for your personal reference should you doubt my words.

 

These are the spoken words of Hillary Clinton, the same Hillary Clinton who was shocked as hearing dirty words from Donald Trump.

 

“Where is the G-damn f***ing flag? I want the G-damn f***ing flag up every  f***ing morning at f***ing sunrise.”
(From the book Inside The White House by Ronald Kessler, p. 244 – Hillary to the staff at the Arkansas Governor’s mansion on Labor Day, 1991.)

“You sold out, you mother f***er! You sold out!”
(From the book Inside by Joseph Califano, p. 213 – Hillary yelling at Democrat lawyer.)

‘F**k off! It’s enough that I have to see you ****-kickers every day, I’m not going to talk to you too!! Just do your G*damn job and keep your mouth shut.’
(From the book American Evita by Christopher Anderson, p. 90 – Hillary to her State Trooper bodyguards after one of them greeted her with “Good Morning.”)

“You f***ing idiot.”
(From the book Crossfire p. 84 – Hillary to a State Trooper who was driving her to an event.)

“If you want to remain on this detail, get your f***ing ass over here and grab those bags!”
(From the book The First Partner p. 259 – Hillary to a Secret Service Agent who was reluctant to carry her luggage because he wanted to keep his hands free in case of an incident.)

“Get f***ed! Get the f**k out of my way!!! Get out of my face!!!”
(From the book Hillary’s Scheme p. 89 – Hillary’s various comments to her Secret Service detail agents.)

“Stay the f**k back, stay the f**k away from me! Don’t come within ten yards of me, or else! Just f**king do as I say, Okay!!!?”
(From the book Unlimited Access by Clinton FBI Agent in Charge, Gary Aldrige, p. 139 – Hillary screaming at her Secret Service detail.)

“Where’s the miserable c*ck sucker?”
(From the book The Truth About Hillary by Edward Klein, p. 5 – Hillary shouting at a Secret Service officer)

“Put this on the ground! I left my sunglasses in the limo. I need those sunglasses. We need to go back!”
(From the book Dereliction of Duty, p. 71-72 – Hillary to Marine One helicopter pilot to turn back while en route to Air Force One.)

“Son of a bitch.”
(From the book American Evita by Christopher Anderson, p. 259 – Hillary’s opinion of President George W. Bush when she found out he secretly visited Iraq just days before her highly publicized trip to Iraq.)

“What are you doing inviting these people into my home? These people are our enemies! They are trying to destroy us!”
(From the book The Survivor by John Harris, p. 99 – Hillary screaming to an aide, when she found out that some Republicans had been invited to the Clinton White House.)

“Come on Bill, put your d**k up! You can’t f**k her here!!”
(From the book Inside The White House by Ronald Kessler , p. 243 – Hillary to Gov. Clinton when she spots him talking with an attractive female at an Arkansas political rally.)

“You know, I’m going to start thanking the woman who cleans the restroom in the building I work in. I’m going to start thinking of her as a human being?” – Hillary Clinton
(From the book The Case Against Hillary Clinton by Peggy Noonan, pg. 55)

“We just can’t trust the American people to make those types of choices. Government has to make those choice s for people.”
(From the book I’ve Always Been A Yankee Fan by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 20 – Hillary to Rep. Dennis Hastert in 1993 discussing her expensive, disastrous taxpayer-funded health care plan.)

“I am a fan of the social policies that you find in Europe.
(From the book ‘I’ve Always Been A Yankee Fan’ by Thomas D. Kuiper, p. 76 – Hillary in 1996.)

Hillary Clinton said while addressing one of the Wall Street Banking groups, you have to have both a private and public side. For many years we’ve seen the public side. As of now, you’ve seen the private side of Hillary Clinton.

 

From  The EastWing, Hillary Clinton in her own words

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Cutting Grass, Hillary & The Hurricane, Joining Up, A Red Dot War, Rambo Rising

Greetings to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

Are we there yet? No, not traveling in a car with the kids, I’m talking about an end of of the lawn mowing season here at the EastWing. I started cutting grass before the 1st of  May in the spring time. Last Thursday,  once again  the grass was cut. Some years we don’t get the rain needed for the grass to grow well into the autumn time of the year. In 2016 the rains came by.

 

I’m sure there’s a bunch of tree huggers out there ready to swear on a stack of bibles that grass growing in early October is absolute proof of global warming. After all, last week Hillary Clinton stated  the hurricane that dominated the news for a week was not natural, it was man made, it was the result of climate change.

I’m thinking about joining the climate change group. ‘Cause they  can say the most brainless things in the world and nobody holds them accountable. Calling a hurricane man made is a good example of what I’m talking about.

 

It’s the same thing in the winter. If it don’t snow, it’s climate change. If we get a blizzard, it’s climate change. Did you ever notice it’s kinda hard to please those folks.  Too hot or too cold, too sunny or too cloudy, too calm or too windy, too wet or too dry, it’s always climate change that done us dirty.

 

Now when the President of the United States says climate change is the most pressing danger for the whole world,  you know he’s on to something important, or else he’s a complete idiot. You’ll have to reach your own conclusions on the idiot level of the President’s statements.

 

There’s a thief at the EastWing Mister!  The rascal’s been identified and his days are numbered, or maybe I should say his nights are numbered.  A big fat opossum comes at night and eats the outside cat food. I know when he’s out there by Mr. Bentley  sounding the alarm.  The problem was I had no way to defend the home front from an attack of the opossums. My son Johnny came to the rescue and remedied that situation.

After receiving supervised training on the firing range (Me and Johnny shot cans behind the house), and classroom training in firearms safety, (Johnny said, “don’t point this gun at yourself, else  you’ll shoot your eye out), I’m now armed with a flat black 22  caliber semi automatic action handgun, equipped with laser technology, and two 10 round clips.  A war machine.  A death star of opossums.

 

Best I can figure out, this 22 caliber handgun, equipped with laser technology, this semi automatic weapon of close in destruction,  is kinda like a gun for dummies.  Even after  all my extensive firearms training,  seems it all comes down to just one fact. With this gun, you point that little red dot where you want the bullet to go. You pull the trigger, and that little red dot, well, that little red is replaced by the bullet.  End of Opossum Wars. Wherever you point that little red dot, so goes the bullet.

 

As I sit in the darkness fully capable of defending the EastWing, the home front, from any sneak opossum attack,  the battle plan is flawless.  Should opossums appear on the north deck, and they will.  I follow the protocol identified in the Opossum Attack Manual listed under Code Name:  OPOSSUM STEW

 

  1. Remove gun from  holster
  2. Open north EastWing glass door (Important step here DO NOT SHOOT THRU GLASS DOOR)
  3. Push button to turn on  laser
  4. Pull  hammer of gun all the way back
  5. Point little red dot on  head of opossum
  6. Push safety to off position
  7. Slowly squeeze trigger
  8. Red Dot on target is replaced by bullet
  9. VOP Night in the EastWing. (VOP=Victory Over Possums)

I love being Rambo of the EastWing.

 

From The EastWing, Cutting Grass, Hillary & The Hurricane, Joining Up, A Red Dot War, Rambo Rising

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Hillary Bill & Batman, Harry Reid & and The Donald

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

We’re watching Hillary Clinton make every effort to run this presidential campaign in the presence of lingering, nagging, and forever more troublesome tribulations tied around her neck, tribulations of her own making as this summer fell into autumn.  After many, many years of Bill trying his best to convince the world that his wife is something she’s not, Hillary  appears to finally think she’s a super hero.

 

We’ve all loved Batman from when he first left the Batcave . He truly fights for truth, justice and the American way. Batman has forever captured the hearts of us all. Batman can do no wrong. Now his sidekick is another story. Robin is the odd guy out with Batman. We don’t know for sure what Robin is even suppose to do.  Now when it comes to saving the day, Robin is pure worthless. Robin never saves the day.  Batman is the glory. We all love the glory side of life.

 

We’ve all now come to realize that Bill Clinton is now nothing more than  a friendly, likeable liar, and that’s just the way it is. That’s just Bill Clinton. It depends on what is, is.  For many years Bill has been trying his best to make Hillary into something akin to a super star.

 

Not everyone may remember back  in 2007 Hillary was running for President, the first time. Bill made a 5 – minute TV political commercial for  Hillary in which he starts out by saying he wants to share some things we may not know about Hillary’s background. Bill then proceeded to tell his version  of the Hillary Story. It didn’t take much fact checking to confirm Bill’s effort to turn Hillary into  Batman.

 

Bill says: “In law school, Hillary worked on legal services for the poor.”
The facts are: Hillary’s main extra-curricular activity in law school was helping the Black Panthers, on trial in Connecticut for torturing and killing a federal agent. She went to court every day as part of a law student monitoring committee trying to spot civil rights violations and develop grounds for appeal.

Bill says: “Hillary spent a year after graduation working on a children’s rights project for poor kids.”
The facts are: Hillary interned with Bob Truehaft, the head of the California Communist Party. She met Bob when he represented the Panthers and traveled all the way to San Francisco to take an internship with him.

Bill says: “Hillary could have written her own job ticket, but she turned down all the lucrative job offers.”
The facts are: Hillary flunked the DC bar exam; yes, flunked. It is a matter of record, and only passed the Arkansas bar. She had no job offers in Arkansas – none – and only got hired by the University of Arkansas Law School at Fayetteville because Bill was already teaching there. She did not join the prestigious Rose Law Firm until Bill became Arkansas Attorney General and was made a partner only after he was elected Arkansas Governor.

Bill says: “President Carter appointed Hillary to the Legal Services Board of Directors and she became its chairman.”
The facts are: The appointment was in exchange for Bill’s support for Carter in his 1980 primary against Ted Kennedy. Hillary then became chairman in a coup in which she won a majority away from Carter’s choice to be chairman.

Bill says: “She served on the board of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.”
The facts are: Yes, she did. But her main board activity, not mentioned by Bill, was to sit on the Wal-Mart board of directors for a substantial fee. She was silent about their labor and health care practices.

Bill says: “Hillary didn’t succeed at getting health care for all Americans in 1994, but she kept working at it and helped to create the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provides five million children with health insurance.”
The facts are: Hillary had nothing to do with creating CHIP. It was included in the budget deal between Clinton and Republican Majority Leader Senator Trent Lott. The money came half from the budget deal and half from the Attorney Generals’ tobacco settlement. Hillary had nothing to do with either source of funds.

Bill says: “Hillary was the face of America all over the world.”
The facts are: Her visits were part of a program to get her out of town so that Bill would not appear weak by feeding stories that Hillary was running the White House. Her visits abroad were entirely touristic and symbolic and there was no substantive diplomacy on any of them.

Bill says: “Hillary was an excellent Senator who kept fighting for children’s and women’s issues.”
The facts are: Other than totally meaningless legislation like changing the names on courthouses and post offices, she has passed only four substantive pieces of legislation. One set up a national park in Puerto Rico. A second provided respite care for family members helping their relatives through Alzheimer’s or other conditions. And two were routine bills to aid 911 victims and responders which were sponsored by the entire NY delegation. She proposed to have the US memorialize the Woodstock fiasco of 40 years ago.

Here’s what bothers me more than anything else about Hillary Clinton: She’s done everything possible to weaken the President and our country (that’s you and me!) when it comes to the war on terror.

1. Hillary wants to close GITMO and move the combatants to the USA where they would have access to our legal system.
2. Hillary wants to eliminate the monitoring of suspected Al Qaeda phone calls to/from the USA .
3. Hillary wants to grant constitutional rights to enemy combatants captured on the battlefield.
4. Hillary wants to eliminate the monitoring of money transfers between suspected Al Qaeda cells and supporters in the USA .
5. Hillary wants to eliminate the type of interrogation tactics used by the military & CIA where coercion might be used when questioning known terrorists even though such tactics might save American lives.

One cannot think of a single bill Hillary has introduced or a single comment she has made that would tend to strengthen our country in the War on Terror. But, one can think of a lot of comments she has made that weaken our country and make it a more dangerous situation for all of us. Bottom line: She goes hand in hand with the ACLU on far too many issues where common sense is abandoned.

Despite his best efforts, Bill Clinton has been unable to produce a superhero.

 

Hillary’s not Batman, why she’s not even Robin. And we don’t even like Robin that much anyhow.  Like Dick Morris, a former long time aid to Bill Clinton said, “this country may well be ready for a woman president, but not this one”.

 

But with the FBI fiasco aside, keep in mind the words of that great American, Harry Reid, who said “Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to ever seek the office of the President of the United States”. Guess that tread mill accident messed up more than Harry’s eye.

 

And so we set and wait one more day for the long anticipated debate between Clinton and Trump. I don’t think Donald Trump will agree with Harry Reid.

 

From The  EastWing, Hillary Bill & Batman, Harry Reid & and The Donald

I Wish You Well

From The EastWing, Remembering When, Speaking Up & Speaking Out, A Pilgrim Story

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
It happened in late October 1974, in Columbus OH, at the Ohio State University, in a second year creative writing class, that a student said “I have never written anything about politics or  religion because I don’t want to offend anyone”.

 

The class size was small, so we met in one of the oldest class rooms still in use by the university. We sat in a circle with the professor occupying one of the seats in the circle. Upon hearing that remark, he stood up, walked to his desk and pickup a very large dictionary.  An “ old school” kinda dictionary. Measuring at least 10 x 14” and being some 6 – 8 inches thick, that book weighed at least 12 pounds, if it weighed an ounce.

 

With all the eyes upon the professor, he dropped the dictionary flat on the 100 year old wooden class room floor. To this day, I still remember the sound of that book hitting the old oak floor and the words that followed.

 

“Now that I have you attention class, remember this well,  if you’ve  never offended anyone with your  words you’ve probably never stood for anything worth while. Only those taking a stand on an issue can look themselves in the mirror and know they made a right decision to speak up.  Those of you who do not, will become the sheep of our society, to be led astray by deceit, trickery, corruption and fraud.”

 

And so it is with a remembrance of the long past encounter identifying the importance of taking a stance in life, I once again jump into both politics and religion as a topic of  discussion from the EastWing.

 

The New York City Council voted in May that public urination is not a criminal act. The Supreme Court of Italy just a short time ago ruled that public masturbation is legal (except in the presence of minors). The San Francisco City Council decided, by one vote, one vote mind you, to continue the city’s ban on public nudity  not, of course, on the grounds of “decency” but on the grounds of public health. Since that can easily be resolved by use of a towel on public benches and chairs, it is only a matter of time, probably a couple of years, before people will be permitted to walk around naked in San Francisco.

 

A few weeks ago, teachers in Charlotte, North Carolina, were instructed not to refer to their elementary school students as “boys and girls” but as “students” and “scholars.” The reasoning is presumably for inclusivity  there may be a student who has no gender identity  and that adults should not impose a gender identity on young people. Have you ever heard such carp in you whole life?

 

In a New York Times op-ed column, a professor of philosophy noted his shock at learning that most young Americans do not believe that moral truths exist. They are incapable of asserting that anything, including killing for fun, is wrong beyond personal opinion. These are all inevitable consequences of the death of belief in God and Judeo-Christian values, and of the Bible as society’s primary moral reference work.

 

Europe has been in moral decline since World War I, the calamity that led to World War II and the death of national identity and Christianity in Europe is apparent wherever one cares to look today.

 

There has always been one exception: the United States. But now that too  is eroding. The seeds of America’s decline have been sown since the beginning of the 20th century, and they came to fruition with the post-World War II generation, the baby boomers. Radical and aggressive secularism and atheism have replaced religion in virtually every school and throughout American public life.

 

We have gone from President Abraham Lincoln reading the Bible every day to Alaska Airlines feeling forced to stop passing out prayer cards with meals. In a hundred years, we’ve gone from near-total biblical literacy to near-total biblical illiteracy. One wonders whether half of America’s college seniors could correctly identify Cain and Abel, or whether more than 1 in 10 Americans could cite the Ten Commandments. We have gone from President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaiming the need to save “Christian civilization” in World War II speeches to a virtual ban on American presidents mentioning the word “Christianity.” The current President, and his efforts are the single most shining example of a massive attempt to eliminate Christian civilization from our nation.

 

And, as is widely noted, Americans are no longer supposed to wish strangers “Merry Christmas,” and they must refer to a Christmas party as a “holiday party.”  Similarly, the European Union constitution never mentions Christianity, despite the fact that it was Christianity that formed Europe.

 

The prices that we Americans and Europeans are paying for creating the first godless societies in recorded history amount to civilizational suicide. Boys and girls are not to be referred to as boys and girls; Western elites dismiss national identity as protofascism; the belief that moral truth exists has been destroyed and replaced by feelings and opinions; fewer people are marrying; and more people live alone than at any time in American history.

 

Western European countries have become empty, soulless places. They are pretty and appear materially secure (for now), but they stand for almost nothing (except “multiculturalism” and “tolerance” and “globalism”. The Europeans have replaced a Jewish population that overwhelmingly wanted to assimilate into society with a Muslim population that does not want to assimilate. In fact strives to create their own caliphate within a society.

An example being what happened in Dearborn MI when in 2012 at an Arab Festival, Christians were viciously attacked, verbally and physically, and ultimately stoned. Police stood by as such activity occurred. The mayor of Dearborn MI responded by saying the Christians should not have been there to begin with, and besides the city  did not have enough resource to control the  mob violence.

 

Nearly all European countries are headed to Greece-like insolvency as fewer and fewer workers pay enough in taxes to support those who collect welfare, and as tensions with their Muslim inhabitants increase. All the while the Arab swarm floods  across the continent of Europe.

 

But for the sickos in our society,  the good news is that now, beginning with Italy and New York, they can watch each other masturbate or urinate in public.

 

There’s no way to prove that God exists. We believe in God, and call it faith. But what is provable is what happens when societies stop believing in God. That society commits suicide. So went the Godless Romans. I’m sure you can think of the others also.

 

Sometimes it’s good to bear in mind just how much the people who founded this great land believed in God and how they truly entrusted their lives.

 

On September 16, 1620 (September 6, by the Old Style calendar), the Pilgrims boarded the Mayflower and set sail from Plymouth, England, for the New World. One hundred and two passengers plus crew crowded onto the tiny ship, which probably measured about 100 feet long and 25 feet wide. William Bradford, longtime governor of the Plymouth Colony, left us a flavor of the perilous two-month voyage across the Atlantic in his book Of Plymouth Plantation.

After they had enjoyed fair winds and weather for a season, they were encountered many times with cross winds and met with many fierce storms with which the ship was shroudly [wickedly] shaken, and her upper works made very leaky; and one of the main beams in the midships was bowed and cracked, which put them in some fear that the ship could not be able to perform the voyage. . . . But in examining of all opinions, the master and others affirmed they knew the ship to be strong and firm under water; and for the buckling of the main beam, there was a great iron screw the passengers brought out of Holland, which would raise the beam into his place; the which being done, the carpenter and master affirmed that with a post put under it, set firm in the lower deck and otherwise bound, he would make it sufficient. And as for the decks and upper works, they would caulk them as well as they could, and though with the working of the ship they would not long keep staunch, yet there would otherwise be no great danger, if they did not over-press her with sails. So they committed themselves to the will of God and resolved to proceed.

Sad to say many do not share that level of belief today. Can’t help but feel the world would be a better place if we all shared such a level of faith.

 

From The EastWing, Remembering When, Speaking Up & Speaking Out, A Pilgrim Story

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, A Sad Day, Memories of Friends, A New Big Boy Toy

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

As a nation we continue to share the sadness of that day, 9-11-01. Fifteen years seems like only yesterday. We remember where we were and what we were doing when we became aware. Memories that will never leave.

 

This September 11, 2016 brings extra sadness to the EastWing. Two dear and long time friends have passed.  Rest in peace my friend Jerry Sullivan. I’ve know Jerry longer than I’ve know the EastWing. A long time, a long long time, a dear friend. Jerry, a lifetime military man who served his country with distinction. I too will miss him.

 

Tom Berg was know to many. Tom’s life work was talking on the radio. His last job being on the local radio station, WKVI  at 99.3 on the FM dial.  (www.wkvi.com)  I first met Tom shortly after he arrived in Starke County. He’s been a friend ever since. Not too long after Tom arrived he told me “I’ve found my spot in life. Here I’ll stay”. And so he did. Another friend gone, another sad memory.

 

As many of my old time friends know, I’ve always had special interests in weather and old time sayings for weather forecasting. From time to time there’s been different types of weather forecasting and recording systems to play with. Last week that all changed. High tech weather data collection and forecasting capability  has come to the EastWing. On Tuesday last, I installed a professional grade Personal Weather Station in the front garden of the EastWing, and registered the station at Wunderground. Com.

 

The  weather station is named “At The EastWing”  DUD! What else could it be called when the instruments stand just outside the south window, between the glass and the road. We got our unique identification name: KINNORTH19. We also were assigned a unique password to log onto the participation site. Wunderground.com provides live weather information at over 320,000 stations world wide. At The EastWing is one of those.

 

Depending on what type device you connect to the internet, you can put an app on you smart phone, iPad or other table. The web site is   wunderground.com  or from the app store search weather and select Weather underground.  Once installed just type in your zip code to pull up all stations within your zip code. To find station KINNORTH19 simply type 46366 for the zip code and At The EastWing will be among the list. At that point it’s click and go. And from there on you know when it’s raining on me.

 

The weather station is powered by the sun during the daylight  and rechargeable batteries at night. Automatically connected to my WIFI, EastWing weather is broadcast live and updated every 5 seconds. The rain volume is calculated by measuring raindrops passing a given point and converted to volume per hour, per day, per week, per month, per year. And to think I used to catch rain droops in a flat bottom tube and look at the meniscus matching the painted numbers on the glass. A step up.

 

Last Friday was the real test of the new toy. We watched the rain calculation in real time. Being able to switch back a forth between per hour and per day, we saw calculation as high as 6” per hour in the heaviest part of the storm. The final rain volume was 3.38”.

 

I’m also able to make short term forecasts  (3 days). And  like all good weather prognosticators, if I’m off on my forecasts, oh well, I’ve got another one coming at you tomorrow. Besides it always sunny somewhere.

From The EastWing,  A Sad Day, Memories of Friends, A New Big Boy Toy

 

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From The EastWing, Winding Up & Winding Down, Bad Manners, Freedoms Choice, An Old Time War Story

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

As the birds flock together and the waning days of August are winding down, so too a season is winding up. Now what’s most interesting about that first sentence is both winding up and winding down point in the same direction. With up and down, words that normally mean complete different directions, going  in the same direction, it’s no wonder we had a president who most famously said “It depends on what is is”. That’s an example of  why many think American English is one of the most difficult languages to learn to speak and even more difficult to understand.

Last Friday evening the plan was to watch the Packers play football at San Francisco. The normal pregame stuff was said and done then when it’s time to play the National Anthem, Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers quarterback refused to stand. Said he believes the United States oppresses African Americans and other minorities. Make no mistake about it, his actions were just a very small part of his freedom of choice as  enjoyed by every American citizen. His actions reflected his opinion of  the nation he lives in. Such a  poor choice on his part. Now every time the National Anthem is played in his presence, all eyes will be upon him.

”I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said. ”To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” That was his verbatim quote for his actions.

What was not  said on TV  at this time was this person received a contract to play football and he’s being paid $114,000,000.00 Yep that’s 114 million over 6 years. With a minimum guarantee of 61 million no matter what.  It’s truly amazing that society will pay such sums to people who possess such limited skills outside playing football. Colin Kaepernick  may or may not be able to converse  at a level above 5th grade. I tend to think he would be comfortable at that level of intellect. His actions in this matter supports my inference.

Chances are great that, except for an unusual ability to play football, this man could well be in a much worse state in life, or in jail. Can’t help but  wonder if he has ever one time in his life has given thanks for what  he has received in life. I doubt it.

“There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” That’s such a stupid announcement to make in response to not standing for the National Anthem.  The only place where bodies are in the street is in the urban black community. Those bodies put there by urban black men. Like the facts or not, black men make up less than 10% of the total population and they committee over 50% of all the murders in the nation. That’s FBI fact sheets, not from the EastWing.

Another twist to this sad story that the NFL and political correct news media won’t touch for love nor money is the fact that last off season, Colin Kaepernick converted to Islam and is currently engaged to an activist in the higher echelon of the Black Lives Matter group. Both Islam and Black Lives Matter are both opposed to any recognition of respect for the United States.

The only reason we can have a worthless piece of crap like Colin Kaepernick disrespect not only the National Anthem, but also the whole country is because of those who have fought and paid the price with  their blood for today’s freedom. Even when that freedom is flaunted in the face of the National Anthem, on national TV. Even when the offender may well be to dumb to realize what he’s doing.

Yesterday marked the 240th anniversary of one of the most significant events in American History. An event where the very survival of this nation tittered on the outcome. Yet it’s importance has long since slipped from our collective memories. So now most don’t even know it ever occurred. I tell this story here to illustrate the degree of human sacrifice that was made for generations yet unborn, by the men who fought for the freedom of setting down  while the National Anthem is being played at a football game 240 years in the future.  The first major battle of the Revolutionary War it was.

On August 27, 1776, the Battle of Long Island was fought.  The British force was in excess of 34,000 troops. George Washington’s Army numbered near 12,000.  It was not a good outcome for the Patriots.

Marching through the night, the British took the Americans by surprise and overwhelmed most of their lines. George Washington, watching the enemy cut down his men, cried out, “Good God, what brave fellows I must this day lose!” That day 2,400 Americans died on the battle field.

Only herculean  resistance by some 400 or so Maryland and Delaware troops avoided a total defeat. “If a good bleeding can bring those Bible-faced Yankees to their senses, the fever of independency should soon abate,” one British officer predicted.

The Americans retreated to Brooklyn Heights, where they sat on the verge of total disaster. It was here that General Washington realized that he must somehow get his army off Long Island or lose not only the battle but also the war.

British warships were prepared to sail up the East River, which lay between Long Island and Manhattan, to cut off any retreat. Fortunately for the Patriots, strong winds kept the ships out of the river, but Washington realized that it was only a matter of time before he was trapped.

The general ordered a search for all available boats. On the night of August 29, under cover of rain, oarsmen began ferrying the army across the East River. One Connecticut officer remembered making eleven trips across the river that night, carrying men to safety. The troops hurried along in complete silence. They knew full well that if  discovered in retreat, the Patriot force would be annihilated. The last American to leave the Long Island battle field was George Washington.

Only a fraction of the army had crossed by daybreak. As historian David McCullough wrote, “Incredibly, yet again, circumstances—fate, luck, Providence, the hand of God, as would be said so often, intervened.”

A heavy fog settled over Brooklyn, obscuring the American movement. When it lifted, the stunned British realized that over 9,000 men had slipped into the fog and out of their grasp. The bruised Patriot army would live to fight another day. A new nation had survived it’s first battle for freedom.

I venture to say  Colin Kaepernick never heard that story or any other story of why he can sit on his  rich ass and make disparaging remarks about the National Anthem and the country  who has provided him with so much in his short life.  Shame on him.

From The EastWing, Winding Up & Winding Down, Bad Manners, Freedoms Choice, An Old Time War Story

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

From the EastWing, Khizr Khan, What You Saw Is Not What You Got

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

 

As the fall out continues to boil over from the speech by  Khizr Khan at the Democrat Convention, the question now becomes can this man be taken at his word, or is this yet another ploy by the democrats. In short, can Mr. Khan’s words  be trusted? For that answer draw your own conclusions based on some other things you may not know about Khizr Kahn.

 

It turns out that Mr. Khan was contacted by the Clinton Campaign only after his name was given to them by the White House  just 4 days before the convention was to start.  This after five other families turned down the offer to speak, all of these five families had to sign Non Disclosure Agreements, and each were paid $5,000.

 

Khizr Kahn who is an immigration attorney with his own firm which is deeply in-debt some $1,700,000, he also has HUGE trouble with the IRS going back 6 years now, he appears he owes in back taxes around $850,000 plus interest and penalties. But the story is not done yet.

Mr. Khan has been paid by CNN and NBC News over $100,000 to tell his fake story to them, plus he has been given a bonus of $175,000 by the DNC AKA the Clinton Campaign, but it still not done yet, the IRS as of yesterday has placed his file on hold and will no longer go after Mr. Khan and his wife for the back taxes due.

 

So this Mr. Kahn is an attorney specializing in a federal program call EB5. The EB5 program, which helps wealthy foreigners usually from the Middle East essentially buy their way into America, is fraught with corruption. U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has detailed such corruption over the past several months, and in February issued a blistering statement about it.

 

“Maybe it is only here on Capitol Hill—on this island surrounded by reality—that we can choose to plug our ears and refuse to listen to commonly accepted facts,” Grassley said in a statement earlier this year. “The Government Accountability Office, the media, industry experts, members of congress, and federal agency officials, have concurred that the program is a serious problem with serious vulnerabilities. Allow me to mention a few of the flaws.” Grassley’s statement even noted that the program Khan celebrated on his website has posed national security risks.

 

“There are also classified reports that detail the national security, fraud and abuse. Our committee has received numerous briefings and classified documents to show this side of the story,” Grassley said in the early February 2016 statement. “The enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security wrote an internal memo that raises significant concerns about the EB5 Program. One section of the memo outlines concerns that it could be used by Iranian operatives to infiltrate the United States. The memo identifies seven main areas of program vulnerability, including the export of sensitive technology, economic espionage, use by foreign government agents and terrorists, investment fraud, illicit finance and money laundering.”

 

Khan spoke alongside his wife Ghazala Khan, who stood silent,  at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Unlike when Mrs. Kahn appeared at the White House in 20109 there she was dressed in western fashion and curled hair as she posed with the President, her convention dress reflected the accepted Muslim look for women. Their appearance was said to be honoring their son U.S. Army Captain Humayun Khan—a hero who lost his life to a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2004. The real motive turned out to be much more sinister.

 

On behalf of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, Khizr Khan ripped into Donald Trump’s policies on immigration—specifically bashing his plan to bar Muslim migration from regions afflicted with rampant terrorism into America temporarily until the United States can figure out what’s going on.

 

Khan even brought out a pocket Constitution, claiming inaccurately that Trump’s plans were unconstitutional. That’s not true, as Congress has already granted such power to the president under the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952—allowing the president to bar migration of any alien or class of aliens the president sees as a threat to the United States for any reason at any time. Such a class of aliens could be Muslims, or it could be people from a specific region of the world, or any other class—such as someone’s race, weight, height, age, national origin, religion, or anything else. One would think a attorney, dealing almost exclusive with Muslim migration into the United States he would have known of the Nationality Act of 1952. After all it was written by  and passed into law by democrat majorities in both houses of congress.

 

The media, along with Hillary Clinton and her supporters throughout the Democratic Party establishment, has pushed the line of attack against Trump for days. Now President Barack Obama has said that Trump is “unfit” to serve as President over the matter. Even a group of anti-Trump congressional Republicans has gone after Trump on the matter.

 

But as Breitbart News and other new media have exposed Khan’s various deep political and legal connections to the Clintons—and to Muslim migration—the attack line has crumbled. Now, with Khan deleting his website in an apparent effort to hide his biographical information, the attack is falling apart even more.

 

What’s  interesting also is that on this website that he has now deleted, Khan revealed that he spent nearly a decade working for the mega-D.C. law firm Hogan & Hartson—now Hogan Lovells LLP—which connects him directly with the government of Saudi Arabia and the Clintons themselves. Saudi Arabia, which has retained the firm that Khan worked at for years, has donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation. Hillary Clinton, despite the repeated urging of Trump, has refused to return the Clinton Cash money to the Saudis. What’s more, Hogan Lovells also did Hillary Clinton’s taxes—and helped acquire the patents for parts of the technology she used in crafting her illicit home-brew email server that the FBI director called “extremely careless” in handling classified information.

 

Keep in mind that the sins of political high jinks are forever found out.  Remember Watergate? There’s always someone who’s both  willing and able to shine the light of truth on crap like this. And so, yet another pile of Obama  B.S. bubbles up thru the corrupt Chicago political process from which the community organizer/president came.

 

What’s more, the entire mainstream media has proven negligence with regard to this matter as none of them even thought to look into this Khan guy’s law practice before bandying him about as some kind of magic elixir that cures the country of Donald Trump. Turns out it didn’t work.

 

From the EastWing, Khizr Khan, What You Saw Is Not What You Got

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay