Baby Jesus Lies in a Manger in the Ford Car Showroom

So yesterday I take my car in for an oil change at the local Ford dealership. The air is really bad in the waiting area – it has the same smell as rubber glue. It takes an hour and a half for them to accomplish the oil change. At some point – wanting to get away from the bad air – I wander onto the sales floor. You probably all can imagine what this looks like – shiny new cars, shiny floors, shiny windows. And in the middle of all this is a huge nativity scene. It’s unexpected and takes me off guard. I stop and look it over – trying to make sense of a nativity scene in the middle of all these shiny new cars. It does not compute. And there’s Mary and Joseph and the wise guys kneeling next to Baby Jesus. And Jesus has a full head of hair and is half as big as Mary, and I’m trying to imagine her birthing this humongous “infant.” I’m thinking “let the poor woman lie down, for crying out loud – she just gave birth to a fifty pound Jesus.”

Anyway. It was an odd experience. Had to share.

Merry Christmas!


“Who’s (sic) fault is it?”

So a letter came addressed to me from *The Weekly Standard*. Here is, in part, what it said (and those of you who know me might get a good chuckle out of this):
“Dear Fellow Conservative: We have both houses of Congress AND the White House, but important legislation still isn’t getting passed. Obamacare repeal and replace. Immigration reform. Income tax overhaul. And so much more. Who’s (sic – and any respected journalist should know it’s “whose”) fault IS it? President Trump’s? Mitch McConnell’s? Paul Ryan’s? And what about the vicious attacks from the liberal left? The non-stop flow of fake news coming out of the liberal media?”

Karen’s answers to these really profound and erudite questions: “Whose (edit) fault is it? President Trump’s? Mitch McConnell’s? Paul Ryan’s?” Yes. Yes. And yes.

Who’s to blame that things aren’t getting done when Republicans have control of BOTH the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as a Republican President sitting in the White House? SERIOUSLY?!! Well, you definitely can’t blame Obama this time.You can’t blame the Democrats. And you most certainly can’t blame Bernie. The Republicans are in charge. They hold the ball. It’s their choice where they want to take it.The fact that some of them actually want to do good, instead of evil, for their constituents (and the fact that all of the House members are up for re-election in a year) is what is keeping legislation from being passed that would harm the poor and middle class..

Obamacare – aka The Affordable Care Act – has provided health care insurance to millions of people who couldn’t otherwise afford it; The “immigration reform” proposed by the Republican executive branch would cause grievous harm to innocent people trying to find refuge and better lives for themselves in our country; and if Republicans put through their proposal for tax reform the lower and middle classes are going to lose ground terribly, and the top 2% are going to gain. Again.

Thank goodness we have Republicans of conscience and integrity in the House and the Senate who aren’t supporting this regressive/repressive legislation.But do not blame the progressives because things aren’t getting done. They aren’t the ones in control here.

Regarding the “vicious attacks” from the liberal left? That’s like the schoolyard bully calling someone “vicious” for standing between him and his victim. You can’t get away with launching insults and lies and name-calling (libtard, snowflake, etc.), telling people to shut up if you don’t like what they have to say, and then act all innocent and play the victim. That is nonsense.

Regarding the “non-stop flow of fake news coming out of the liberal media”: Fake news isn’t just the news you don’t happen to like. When people are caught in wrong-doing, it is not “fake news” to expose them. It is journalism.

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The Top of Their List

Nazis marching in the streets of Charlottesville. People dying in Puerto Rico. Threat of nuclear war with N. Korea. Mass shooting in Vegas. And what do our leaders make their priority – what do they put at the top of their list? NFL players kneeling peacefully in protest in a football stadium.

What has happened to my country?

“It was the best of times…”

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
– Charles Dickens

best of times

Image of Jimmy Carter:

Image of Donald Trump:

Image of Malala:

Image of Koch Brothers:

Image of Pres. Obama:

Image of Kim Davis:

Guess the Quote: Carter or Trump?

Karen’s quick quiz: How well can you match the quotes below to the person who said them? You only have two people from which to choose your answer – Jimmy Carter and Donald Trump – so you have a fifty-fifty chance on each one. How hard could it be, right? You get five points for each correct answer.  If you score 50 points you are, like, a genius, or something. If you score less than 50 points you are something, for sure. (Answers at the bottom.)

  1. We should live our lives as though Christ were coming this afternoon.”
  2. Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.”
  3. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other’s children.”
  4. We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.”
  5. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
  6. “Human rights is the soul of our foreign policy, because human rights is the very soul of our sense of nationhood.”
  7. “I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words.”
  8. “I think there ought to be a strict separation or wall built between our religious faith and practice of political authority in office. I don’t think the President of the United States should extol Christianity if he happens to be a Christian at the expense of Judaism, Islam or other faiths.”
  9. “…complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
  10. “…we have to go and see Bill Gates, and a lot of different people, that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them, and maybe in certain areas closing that internet up in some way.”

Answers: 1) Carter 2) Trump 3) Carter 4) Carter 5) Trump 6) Carter 7) Trump 8) Carter 9) Trump 10) Trump

Quick Survey (a highly scientific study, taking into consideration the demographics of our readership, and correlated with the general population – not at all): In your opinion, which of the two men below best demonstrates the teachings of Jesus? Which would you rather see sitting behind the President’s desk in the Oval Office? Which, do you think, has most shown compassion, empathy, honor, generosity, and kindness towards his fellow citizens, and mankind?

carter and trump



God and Guns

Editorial comment: I grew up on a farm – I know that rifles are a necessary part of farm life. I also have friends who really enjoy the act of shooting at targets – they describe it as sort of “zen” – and I get that. But guns were designed to kill – whether that is why someone buys them or not – and it seems obvious to me that we need to have control over who has access to them, and what types of weapons are available to the general public. I also feel the need to address the “God and guns” meme – the notion that people who believe in God also must believe in everyone’s right to own assault rifles – there are people who believe in God who also support gun control. Just thought you should know.

(Credits: The picture of Jesus on the left was created by Del Parson. The picture on the right was created by Mario Piperni.)