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Trump Commutes Ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich's Corruption Sentence
Posted:Feb 18, 2020 2:16 pm
Last Updated:Feb 20, 2020 11:05 am
I am not an expert on government corruption but I am sure it happens a lot on both sides. I wonder how many Democrats will be caught with their hands in the Ukrainian Cookie Jar and get away with it. Ex-Governor Democrat Rod Blagojevich of Illinois was caught with his hand in several cookie jars, he was impeached, removed from office, prosecuted and sentenced to 14 years. He has served 8 years and would have been eligible for release in March of 2023. Trump commuted his sentence thus he's going home to his family a few years early. Personally, I am more concerned about violent offenders who get less time only to be released and re-offend. I am more concerned about the illegal aliens who get sentenced, deported only to sneak across the border to continue committing more crimes. Blagojevich is unlikely to ever hold a public office and after 8 years, I am sure that he gets the message. 14 years was excessive. The time did not fit the time. It was all about politics.
Posted:Feb 14, 2020 5:43 pm
Last Updated:Feb 17, 2020 4:45 pm
A senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership. Taking off down the road, he floored it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little gray hair he had left. Amazing, he thought as he flew down I-94, pushing the pedal even more.
Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a state trooper behind him, lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, What am I doing? I'm too old for this, and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.
Pulling in behind him, the trooper walked up to the Corvette, looked at his watch, and said, "Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason for speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."
The old gentleman paused. Then he said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with a state trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."
"Have a good day, sir," replied the trooper.

Religion and European versus American History
Posted:Feb 14, 2020 10:29 am
Last Updated:Feb 19, 2020 9:57 am
When researching ancestral history, one common thread that I frequently find in the Quest for Religious Freedom. Once upon a time, England didn't have a clue, one week they could be burning the Catholics and the next week the Protestants. My Catholic ancestors migrated from England to the New World so that they could be Catholics in peace.

I have Quaker ancestors who were banished from Massachusetts by the Puritans. They started their own Quaker community in Lousia County, Virginia. There was a Mary Dyer who stood up to the Puritans and ended up getting hanged. Sometimes, it pays to choose your battles wisely. My ancestors survived. One of my ancestors was Dolly Madison. She was written out of the Pine Street Quaker Meeting after marrying James Madison. She joined the Episcopal Church and never looked back.

My several times great grandmother Mary Small was written out of her Quaker Meeting for marrying John "KW" Waller. They moved to Kentucky and never looked back. Neither of them was Catholic but their married into the Catholic branch of my family.

My younger 's several times great grandfather and his several times great uncle both left England along with their sons because both their wives had been put on trial for being witches. They were tied and bounded, tossed into the river and drowned. They were found to be innocent and given a Christian burial by the crown. True witches would have floated, would have been executed, and tossed into a pit without Christian burial.

This kind of insanity was happening all over Europe. There was the Spanish Inquisition, Reformation battles, and Burning times. It's a small wonder that folks were fleeing Europe and sailing to the New World.

Thomas Jefferson wrote e The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom was drafted in 1777 (however it was not first introduced into the Virginia General Assembly until 1779) by Thomas Jefferson in the city of Fredericksburg, Virginia. On January 16, 1786, the Assembly enacted the statute into the state's law. The statute disestablished the Church of England in Virginia and guaranteed freedom of religion to people of all religious faiths, including Christians of all denominations, Jews, Muslims, and Hindus. The statute was a notable precursor of the First Amendment in the United States Constitution.

The Bill of Rights including the First Amendment was adopted by the States to become the United States Bill of Rights in1791.

Rainbow Cakes and the Constitution or Otherwise
Posted:Jan 19, 2020 8:01 am
Last Updated:Jan 20, 2020 8:54 pm
I have learned fact check more than one source a story and may still not get an accurate account of the story.

There is a story circulation about a 15-year- girl who was expelled from a private Christian school because her mother purchased a cake of "assorted' colors" for the girl's 15th birthday celebration and posted it on social media.

The conclusion was that the girl was promoting a GLBT lifestyle although the mother claims that she does not identify with that community. There are other sources that indicate otherwise.

Meanwhile, the school is being spammed with rainbows on their website and . The school is being sent rainbow flags and the telephone is jammed up.

When the parents enroll the in the school, they sign an agreement live a lifestyle that is in agreement with their Christian beliefs.

The Church has the 1st Amendment rights freedom of religion and believes whatever they see fit. So what happens when a is enrolled in a Christian School as a youngster and traits of being gay develop as the matures. The choice is stay in the closet or move on. It doesn't make it right but it is the Constitution.

Once upon a time, there were churches that believed that black people were the descendants of Cain thus of a lower status than the rest of the world. Most churches have given up that ridiculous notion and have become more inclusive but not before the African Methodist Episcopal Church, usually called the “AME Church was founded.

My husband and I had a nude wedding at a naturalist resort. The nearby bakery refused bake the cake so we went a nearby bakery. We purchased flowers from a gay florist who had no issues with selling flowers for a nude wedding. We didn't discuss the particulars of the wedding with the caterer and bridal shop. They were just happy have the . I belonged a Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship at the time but the minister didn't want do the ceremony mostly because of the distance so we found a minister who willing do the ceremony with no pants.

The same Constitution that guarantees this Christian School and the Church that backs it the right exclude people also gives people the right go somewhere else.

I applaud this mother for celebrating her regardless versus the Christian parents who throw their gay the curb.

Columbus Day and the War on Holidays
Posted:Nov 30, 2019 11:22 pm
Last Updated:Dec 12, 2019 11:28 pm
The War on Holidays is not a new scenario. Yule became Christmas and Ostara became Easter. Samhain became Hallowed - Eve aka HALLOWEEN followed by All Saints Day. It is much easier convert the pagan community by changing their holidays Christian Holiday. The holidays may have changed but the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and kissing the mistletoe remain'

Now there are folks want change Columbus Day into Indigenous Peoples’ Day. The story is that Columbus was a bad man and so were the Pilgrims thus Thanksgiving should go as well.

Do we know the whole story of what happened after “In 92 Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue?” Is it Toxic Guilt to continue "boohooing" about the wrongdoings of ancestors from centuries ago?

The facts of Columbus’ life and the mystery surrounding how he got the New World will lead most conclude that history and the lives of those make history are not orchestrated by humans.

Humankind has a brutal history and Christopher Columbus was an imperfect human being like most of us. Columbus is not a bad guy or a good guy. He played his particular role in history which changed the direction of mankind. The Spanish Quest for Gold and colonization by the Europeans followed.

Europeans unwittingly brought Smallpox to many natives with no immunity to the disease. Conversely, the natives returned the favor by introduced to Europeans a new disease called Syphilis. Obviously, they were sharing more than turkey.

Merry Thanksgiving and assumptionS!!!
Posted:Nov 29, 2019 10:17 pm
Last Updated:Dec 1, 2019 10:52 pm
The story was that folks at Starbucks would order coffee and have the cashier write Merry Christmas on the cup to force the barista to shout out "Merry Christmas!"

This is based on the assumption that the barista and the customers have non-Christian beliefs and object to saying Merry Christmas. There is also an assumption that everyone works at Chick-Fil-A is going to be anti-gay.

It's silly!

I love Lattes and the barista can call me Bah Humbug! and I am fine with that. It is not that easy to find a well-made latte in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. We had one coffee house that has recently closed down.

So when I travel to Washington D.C., I always find a Starbucks. There are a couple of them at the Union Station. I was at a lobbying event in November of 20. My lobbying partner and I found a Starbucks. The barista and I were joking about the "Merry Christmas" scenario. He didn't care what the customer wanted to be written on the cup as long as the customer tipped well. I asked him to write "Merry Thanksgiving" on my cup. This gave him a laugh included with the tip.

Later, we got a that Senator Manchin wanted to meet us personally but would be available on the following Tuesday. My lobbying partner was leaving before that day but I decided to keep the appointment. I could talk to him on a different topic. I talked to someone from FCNL and they paired me up with a staff member worked on the problems with mass incarceration. I was working for a women's recovery house thus I could talk about the drug problem in West Virginia.

My lobbying partner is now in Medical School. Yippee! She told me that the black community where she grew up was vibrant and alive. Manchin ended up co-sponsoring the bill and Trump signed it into law a few years ago.

Posted:Nov 3, 2019 8:12 pm
Last Updated:Nov 29, 2019 10:31 pm
I spent October Weekends wearing a black cape and monster make-up and a gentleman actually asked for a date. I speculated that he might run when he finally saw without my Haunted Farm attire. He may not be the one running. It might be .

I am really skeptical and jaded when it comes to a potential love connection. My last few attempts at love ended up very badly. I was stuck in BumFiretrUCK Texas and another time ditched for an alcoholic bimbo.

The same time last year, I was dating The Republican. He was a very intelligent and interesting man but whatever reason - it fizzled . So last month, I met a gentleman that I will The Democrat. Now that I am in my 60's, I have no expectations about any potential love connection. That ship has likely sailed away but life does have its surprises.

It was a shock when "The Democrat" wanted to exchange numbers considering the fact that I was working at a haunted farm attired as a scary ghost. Where is the attraction?

I called him this afternoon and suggested that we meet at Long John Silver's
Restaurant. I was in town for the Quaker Meeting and knew that the Resturant was close to his home. He mentioned going to the Presbyterian Church that morning.

A casual meeting over drinks is far less stressful than a full-blown DATE. The first half-hour, he ranted about his ex-wife. Dang! That sounds hopeful.

Next, he talked about his job as a security guard and all the youngsters who do the wild thing in their cars. How he knocks on the window and tells them to leave. I asked him if he ever did anything like that in his youth.

Afterward, he told me how he fantasized about me running through the woods at Haunted Farm wearing nothing that cape. Dah! It was FiretrUCKING cold. I should have worn long underwear under that cape.

My impression of the man is that he is stuck on fantasy and he got to know the reality, I would have a broken heart. No love connection and no second date on the horizon. Life on life's terms.

Don't Tell The REPUBLICANS!!! LOL!
Posted:Oct 28, 2019 12:07 am
Last Updated:Nov 30, 2019 2:24 am
Sunday, our spiritual community had our monthly potluck. I was asked if I was still dating "The Republican." No, that potential faded away, some time ago. Every date does not end up being a love connection. I am currently dating a guy may actually be a democrat. I really haven't asked him.

We were leaving and were advised that there is an anti-Trump rally in Lewisburg on Monday. They were instructed NOT to tell the Republicans. I had to shake my head and laugh. I am certainly not going to betray my friends in my Spiritual Community.

So I get home and check my e- and there is a about the anti-Trump rally. Trump in striped or orange jail suit?

Here are a of suggested slogans ideas for signs:

Lock him up, worst president ever, Trump is not above the law,
jail to the chief, not my president, Dump Trump, Trump is a Fake President
Liar, Thief, Traitor Protect our country from traitorous activity

We have requested the police department have a presence so don't be surprised if there is someone in uniform or a car parked near us, we have requested that. We're not posting this on fb, we're hoping to not have a counter-rally/protest from the republican party.

Avoiding a counter-rally/protest from Republican? This is more of an occurrence on the part of the Democrats. A few years ago, Trump and the Republicans went to the Greenbrier Resort. Protestors were in front of the Greenbrier with their signs shivering in the snow. I live a few blocks from the Greenbrier but opted to stay in my warm and cozy abode. A few months before, they were driving around the Fairgrounds, honking their horns and flashing anti-Trump signs when the Republicans had a gathering at the Fairgrounds. The Republicans ignored them and went about their business.

I seriously doubt if any Republican is going to counter-protest the currently anti-Trump Rally. It will all get sorted out in 2020 elections.

Posted:Oct 27, 2019 5:28 pm
Last Updated:Oct 28, 2019 1:18 pm
The Final Week of the Haunted Farm 2019 has ended. The Farm Owner a compliment telling me that I was of the best game operators that they had. Maybe I should have been a Carnie!!!

of the games was shooting corncobs of a cannon at a scarecrow. I joked about hitting the scarecrow in the wiener. I hit the target. Yea Haw!

I was operating a game that consisted of tossing severed heads (obviously fake)into a basket.

There was a little about years old with parents and a grandfather. They were trying get him throw the severed head. He was screaming, crying and obviously scared. "Granny Instincts" kicked in. I certainly didn't want this little be traumatized and have nightmares. I got down his level and told him.

" I promise you that there is nothing here that is going to hurt you. All the spooks are more scared of you than you should be at them."

"Why would they be more afraid of than I am of them.

"Because you're different and also if I take off this make-up, I am just a granny that would you cookies, take you the graveyard and tell you about your ancestors"

"Is that head real?"

"No, sweetie, it's just like at the movies, none of it is real,

After the end of the conversation, the little was laughing, smiling and waving at the haunted granny. His grandfather mouthed a "Thank You!"

What could have been a horrible experience for the turned be fun.

Later that evening, of the customers was landlord and his girlfriend. They purchased shots be split between the of them. I gave them each a practice shot in addition the shots. I assured the girlfriend that the spooks picked on lawyers aka her boyfriend. She made a headshot into the basket while he missed them all. Making a lawyer eat humble pie is a major league challenge. I am sure he loved all the lawyer jokes.

So later this week, I have a wild date with a gentleman was working security. He has never seen without black cape and monster make-up. He says I am cute and sexy. Hmmmmm........I haven't been described in those words in quite some time. Hopefully, he doesn't run when he sees me without monster

Rain, Haunted Farms, Retired Firemen & THANK YOU!!! MrsJoe
Posted:Oct 20, 2019 12:21 pm
Last Updated:Oct 22, 2019 6:45 am
It's been an emotional week but I came home and found a marvelous package. Thank You, MrsJoe!!!!

First, there was the saga of replacing the car key while GM is on strike, and being able make it my temporary job at the local Haunted Farm in time.

It is Week and the rain did not deter folks from coming in. I am working at the Head Toss stand. Tossing severed heads in a milk crate. Frequently, I will let the little have free shots.

So one little boy asked me, "Would you be my friend?" my reply "Absolutely!" "What is your name," he asked. I replied, "Granny," he asked, "Are you a good granny that will make us cookies or are you a mean granny?"
", not only will I bake you cookies but I'll take you the graveyard afterward"
(Realistically, I would buy cookies at the local bakery and take the little boy and his friends the graveyard and tell them about their ancestors.)

The rain kept coming but did the folks wanting to see the spooks. The severed heads were wet, cold and slippery. Water sloshed all over the place when they were being tossed. It was well past midnight when the last group took the tour. We had close to Fifteen Hundred people

One of the security guards approached me. "We should exchange numbers next week and I'd like to take you out to dinner." The security guard definitely merits an "Oh La La" but I have been running around in a black cape and monster make-up all weekend. "If I take off my make-up, I might be older than you think," I advised him. He replied, "I don't think so, I am in my 70's but I don't look it," No problem, I am in my 60's but I don't look it, even if I frequently feel it. My co-worker told me that he's a retired fireman and well respected in the community. He is probably a democrat since he is good friends with the owner of the farm who is a former Democratic State Senator.

I made it home this afternoon and found a magnificent package in the mailbox. Thank you MrsJoe. Do you think I should wear this hat on the first date with the Fireman???


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