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I Love America

I’m asking you to stop right here. Hold your place. Mark the page. Cast your eyes left and note the picture of Joni Ayn, who not only is beautiful, but is a splendid singer. In a minute I will ask you to press the play button and to listen. Not to Joni Ayn, though, at least not at first. Instead, listen carefully to the opening words, and you will hear the delightful prayer of 4-year-old Kacey Lynn, who is the daughter of Joni. Oh, if you want to, you may go ahead and listen to Joni Ayn for a minute. Come to think of it: Please do. Let the music play while you read the rest of my post. Ready? Hit the play button.

Is that not awesome. Kacey Lynn is as beautiful as she sounds, precocious and charming. If someone will send me a picture or a video of her performing this patriotic recitation I will post it here.

I love America. I love our countryside and our cities, our oceans, rivers and streams. I love the mountains and the deserts, the jets that scream overhead, our churches, schools and universities. I love Washington DC, and New York and Los Angeles, and Crestline and Detroit. I love our borders and the national parks and political rallies and Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and Pasadena on New Year’s Day. I love Sea World and Mickey Mouse, and Knotts Berry Farm and Six Flags and Las Vegas and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I love our troops, our politicians, and our President, G e o r g e W. B u s h.

I love the Smithsonian, the Statue of Liberty, taxi cabs and the subways and Times Square at Midnight. I love our history, our Framers, and our principles. I love our speeches and symphony halls, the wheat fields of Kansas and the vineyards of Napa Valley. I love our neighbors, Mexico and Canada, and cruise ships and the Appalachians and neonatal nurseries. I love America.

I love the Changing of the Guard at Arlington and 21 Gun Salutes and Taps and valedictorians and Tom Sawyer and New Orleans. I love Independence Day and Christmas and Sage sitting on the roof with Steve to celebrate and St. Patrick’s Cathedral and sawmills in Louisiana.

I hate it when people run down our country.

I detest the fact that patriotic talk is scarce.

I abhor fatalistic talk concerning America.

For you see, I Love America. Long may She live, one nation, under God, indivisible.


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Striking Picture of President Ford’s Casket

I’m posting this picture of President Ford’s casket because it is such a striking picture. It came from Cameron’s site, and he did not reveal the original source.



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Pelosi and Ellison Make For A Momentous Day in America

Today is a momentous day in America:

House Minority Leader John Boehner, right, hands gavel over

1. The first female leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, is sworn into office. Recall with fear and trembling that she is now third in line for the presidency of the United States.

2. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim ever elected to serve in the U.S. Congress, takes his ceremonial oath on a two-volume set of the Koran.

Picture from Think Progress

I continue to be shocked that we Americans have elected a Muslim to represent us. While I have not personally read the words, it seems to be undisputed that the Koran calls for the extermination of the “infidels”, a term which include us here in America. That such a person would be elected to serve in our Congress is completely astounding to me.

Edit: 7:45 Pacific Standard Time You may wish to read this enlightening article regarding these teachings in the Koran.

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And Christmas Cheer Goes On

When I read this beautiful account on Sarah’s Stories, I knew I had found yet another reason to prolong Christmas on my blog. Read it and smile. (I believe the word Mexico here refers to a town in Missouri.)

MEXICO – A Mexico man is enjoying an early Christmas present that was very unexpected.

Ray Heilwagen’s mailbox may not look amazing but its contents were the other day

Ray is an 83-year-old WWII veteran with a story that spans from France to his front lawn.

“We went from November through July without any hot food at all,” said Ray.

During war, a wallet can be a soldier’s most prized possession, chock full of pictures and family memories. Like many other veterans Ray was carrying his wallet on the battlefields of northern France in 1944.

Shortly after D-day, a mortar shell hit him in the leg. The explosion was so powerful it blew him into a river. Ray survived the attack, but somewhere between the battlefield and the tent hospital, he lost his wallet.

Ray spent about a year recovering in hospitals, But when he got out he thought his wallet was gone for good. It wasn’t.

Last month, Ray got a phone call.

“Wanted to know if I’d ever served in France during WWII. I said yeah, and he said did you ever lose a billfold? I said yeah I sure did. It just kind of shocked me,” said Ray.

“I didn’t even know that he lost his wallet so he calls and says that this man that he doesn’t know calls and says he found his wallet from the service some 60 years later,” said Kayla Subrock Ray’s granddaughter.

“And then he went on to tell me that his father was a WWII veteran and he found the wallet but he didn’t know where I was to return it,” said Ray “So, he took it home with him and stuck it in a drawer some place where it’s been for 62 years.”

Decades after Ray lost it on the battlefield the wallet arrived at his house in mint condition. With his original social security card, all his money, and the memories still intact.

“This is a newspaper clipping that my parents sent to the Hannibal Courier Post,” said Ray.

The fact that he got his wallet back after 6 decades is amazing, but so too is the timing. As the Illinois man found it on Veteran’s Day.

“Finding it on that day is so ironic,” said Kayla “That he found his wallet from the service on Veteran’s Day.”

“I couldn’t hardly believe it,” said Ray

Ray earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for his efforts in France, and now adds another prized possession from the war.

Ray always knew Veteran’s Day was special, but perhaps this reunion shows just how much. Steve Breitenstein of Illinois used the internet to locate Mr. Heilwagen in Mexico, something his father couldn’t do 60 years ago.