Wherefore Art Thou, America?

 A post Veteran's Day Thought

Everyday heroes is who used to walk past us in the Post Office, the dentist's an' the pumpkin' patch. Folks whose commitment to America was in they bones, never required no long, deep thinkin' to do the right thang 'cause it wuz, right.

Now, after 40 years of UN curriculum in schools, the liberal sway of even "conservatives,"  people is either out an' out anti-American, or, jes' sad, confused about what's happend an' not sure how to do somethin' about it.

So heah is a commentary sent to Uncle, that Aunty wants to pass on. Y'all help out, too, iffin' ya' would, by posting this on yore social feeds or bloggin' 'bout it too.  Thang is, we can recover from this maliase--we jes' need ter do it as an army of individuals.  Speak well of yore American roots, attend patriotic events, teach all the neighbor chillen' what the Bill of Rights be, an' how no folks on the face of the earth ever had such as this  a'fore America wuz birthed, an' how it would take another 1000 years to figure it out again infin' Western history is revised to suit the "citizens of the world."  When the lessons of centuries--the map to freedom- is erased, how is folks to know the road back to freedom? Think on that some, but first, please read below, act accordingly an' pass it on.
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Costco sells Goodyear wiper blades for almost half the price that you will pay
on the outside and they are made in the U.S.A.

Unfortunately our politicians and top CEO's (GE etc) have
pushed for trade to China and Mexico for years so Americans are now out of work.

Did you Know that there is no electric coffee maker made in the US and that
The only kitchen appliances made in the US is Viking?

That is also why I  don't buy cards at Hallmark anymore, They are Made in China and are
more expensive! I buy them at Dollar Tree - 50 cents each and made in USA

I have Been looking at the blenders available on the Internet.
Kitchen Aid is MADE IN The US . Top of my list already...

Yesterday I was in Wal Mart looking for a wastebasket. I found some made
in China for $6.99. I didn't want to pay that much so I asked
the lady if they had any others. She took me to another department
And they had some at $2.50 made in USA . They are Just as good. Same As a kitchen
rug I needed. I had to look, but I found some made in the USA - what a concept! - and they
were $3.00 cheaper.

We are being brainwashed to believe that everything that comes from
China and Mexico is cheaper. Not so.

I was in Lowe's the other day and just out of curiosity, I looked
At the hose attachments. They were all made in China . The next day I was
In Ace Hardware and just for the heck of it I checked the hose attachments there.
They were made in USA ..

Start looking, people . . ...In our current economic situation, every Little thing
We buy or do affects someone else - most often, their job.

My grandson likes Hershey's candy. I noticed, though, that it is
Now Marked "made in Mexico ."My favorite toothpaste Colgate is made in Mexico ..
now I have switched to Crest.

You have to read the labels on everything.

This past weekend I was at Kroger . . . I needed
60W light bulbs and Bounce dryer sheets. I was in the light bulb aisle,
And right next to the GE brand I normally buy was an off-brand labeled,
"Everyday Value." I picked up both types of bulbs andcompared them: they were the same
except for the price . . .
the GE bulbs cost more than the Everyday Value
Brand, but the thing that surprised me the most was
the GE was Made in MEXICOAnd the Everyday Value brand was made in - you guessed it.
the USA at a company in Cleveland , Ohio .

It's way past time to start finding and buying products you use
Every Day that are made right here.

So, on to the next Aisle: Bounce Dryer Sheets... Yep, you guessed it,
Bounce cost more money and is made in Canada.
The Everyday Value Brand cost Less, and was MADE IN THE USA !
I did laundry yesterday AND the dryer sheets
performed just like the Bounce Free I have been
using for years, at almost half the price.

MY CHALLENGE TO YOU IS to start reading the labels
when you shop for everyday things and
see what you can find that is made in the USA.
The job you save may be your own or your neighbor's!
If you accept the challenge, pass this on to
OTHERS in your Address Book so we can
ALL start buying American, one light bulb at a time!


An' y'all, Aunty would add this idea--why not tell the ACE man that ya come to his store on account of his havin' American Made products. An write to the Hallmarks and Hershey's an' tell them to bring their manufacturin' back home.   Then send this info on to your STATE senators an' reps, tell 'em how important  it be to welcome American Made companies to yore state, to offer tax incentives to American Made product companies.  Since a dollar speaks louder than words, put the issue of American Made on the political landscape, let wannabe pols know, yore support goes to the candidate that supports American Companies that manufacture thangs right heah in the USA.

Oh, an' as found on the Back Porch in the past, please support local farmers and craftsmen.

Rediscover the personal--the people in your own community who grow vegetables, raise chickens, make furniture,


weave blankets,  make cheese, craft jewelery, sell their jellies and relish at the Saturday Farmer's mkt.....

one of mah favorite thangs in the kitchen is a wunnerful covered dish I bought from Edifice Rex, a fellow blogger who homesteads in Alabama.

This dish done give me an ' Uncle a lot of pleasure over the last three years.  We could all do with fewer thangs but of higher quality, personal like, ya' know? Support good folks doin' good thangs.

In mah town we have a fair number of Oriental and Latin ladies who be whiz-women wif' a needle. Aunty done took an old blazer to be taken apart an used as a pattern fer a new one (this style bein' no longer in style, except to me).  I got me an eye-full!  Fer slightly less price than a new jacket, Aunty will have her own custom model, made with superior tweed, and not mass produced--probably will go in the coffin wif' me, as it woan wear out much.  An' the local lady an' her local shop will prosper--as it should. An' oh mah goodness, the beautiful thangs she had made--a young lass came to pick up her Homecoming gown, thar be an ethereal Christening gown, several bidness suits....look around yore town an' see whar' ya can spend yore dollar an' it stayes in YORE community.

I bet y'all have some ideas of yore own, experiences ya could share?? Please share yore insight wif' me--I'se aimin' to learn how to practice what I done preached.


Delta Dawn

Every onc't in  awhile, Aunty climbs aboard a flight, that last leg on the way home...tired, cranky, whimpering like a thumb-suckin' wee chile, wishin' I had a blankie -- or a glass of Pinot Grigio. 

What I got was Delta Dawn. Bless her! She was a pro: Her perfect balance of humor an' serious care for all them safety regs saved the day. It be a toy size connector plane, tight quarters sure to cramp the  legs an' tempers. Ever'body wuz jes' lookin' fer a fight. Delta Dawn, why, lemme tell y'all, she had a mouth full of hot grits charm. When a Snide Fella asked her what language she be speakin' Delta smiled an' quipped, "The same sweet talk we shared last night, Handsome."  He had the grace to chuckle. 

When Delta took aholt of her servin' cart, she whipped on her apron.  See it? covered wif' cupcakes???? It be too much fer Aunty. I jes' gotta  blog this, I thought. So, thinkin'  to snap a pic wif'out her haid, jes' to protect her privacy, I clicked it. But, she ain't havin' none of it. "Please text me yore photo Auntybelle"  and then she wrote her phone number n a napkin fer me....wif' a wink she said, "I cain't eat no sugar more, so now I jes' wear it."

By the time we'uns landed, Delta had us all happy an' BFF. 

Sometimes ya' meet a real winner when ya' least expect it.


WE DON'T CARE! Euro freaking out

...( jes' overlook the ditzy girl interviewer)

 A Euro-Skeptic who is rollickin' good fun--watch as much as ya need to hope that the Euro meltdown might be watched by USA and they'll get a clue! " Don't create a state that no one wants to belong to."



Assisted Suicide an' Other Oxymorons


If ya' arrived heah from the Front Porch I hope ya looked first at the Mute Monday archive post.  It were a good laugh....but, the reason comedy is comedy is exactly on account of it havin' a grain of truth, ain't that so? 

 Whar' will government health care take us?  Especially wif' lots of nations wrangling wif' the issue of medical suicide:

Mah idea heah ain't to spark no debate on "physician assisted suicide."   The direction I mean to  point toward is jes' this: 

A nation whar' legalized killin' under the guise of "mercy killing," in an official, clinical, "caring" setting (insert dreamy music), is a nation ripe for killing citizens who are merely a drag on the rest of us.  Once we's accustomed to dispatchin' Uncle Harry because he done went blind from diabetes an wuz depressed, an' muttered that life din't have the same pleasures...well, ya' see whar' this leads. 

Once assisted suicide is legalized, how do ya' throw on the brakes?  WHO can decide what is a reasonable reason to resort to the happy bye-bye juice? If a person is "in their right mind" (what does THAT mean? Are progressives in their right mind??) can they choose the death stick?  If not, why not?  How do we measure "emotional pain" since it is jes' that--emotional not rational? 

" This (euthanasia) is a taboo subject but it really should and needs to be legalised, it would cut a lot of problems. Maybe i would do it cause I dont think I have the guts to top myself. If it did get legalized the rules would have to be more lenient, anyone who doesnt want to live anymore regardless of their sex, age etc should be granted it even if they are perfectly healthy and it should be free, I don't have to tell you the appalling treatment the elderly have been getting and this would solve the problem, although it is sad but when you've got severe alzheimers or whatever, who wouldn't wanna be 10ft under? It'd be used by so many people it's crazy and a nicer way to go. It would benefit so many people, especially in the year 2012. "

How clever of proponents of "death with dignity"  to couch it as a perk, a freedom, a choice.  Because, heaven forbid that you should be deprived of an early death? Right?  What skew of mind perceives being deprived of LIFE as a "right."  Ain't anybody read Tom Saywer?   

ooops...sorry. No rant on the issue of assisted suicide--but a warning of whar' that path takes us as a nation--when we's all comfy wif' dispatchin' folks afore nature takes 'em, then those folks who cost the most on the gubmint health mill scale will be pressured to "choose" the legal option of suicide --wif all the trimmings, of course. They'll be given a visit to the departure spa: radiant exfoliated skin, dreamy tinted eye shadow, hair augmentation for the thin pates, chin-lift, oh, toss in a pedicure too. 

All jestin' aside, when we, as a society,  rule life to be something of limited value that we can dispose of when it pains our collective pockets...well, thar' t'is. We'll accept it. It'll be familiar. It 'll be "compassionate"  and oh-so-tender.

Hmmmnnn....Flannery O'Connor said, "Tenderness leads to the gas chamber."  

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( most of y'all might want to click to the next blog--from this point on this heah post might be uncomfortable)

Today we've perverted the meaning of the word compassion.   Today that word is a cue to whose life has value or power. When we use that word in public discourse it is code-speak for "our lives are pained by your life and we want relief. You have to go--gently, tenderly--but, go you must so that our pain will be relieved."

Here is how the verbiage of compassion is employed in public commentary:  "Better a wanted child than an unwanted child."  
"Nobody should have to bear such disabilities." "Compassion for the terminally ill should include death with dignity."   

 But in all these examples "compassion" leads to death--of the other person, not us.   We dispatch them out of concern for our own comfort. An unborn baby never lives to become a poet,  a disabled baby is neglected by "compassionate" nurses until it dies,  an' Granny,  in daily pain from arthritis, is subtly plied wif'  lists of  her expenses until she  "chooses"  to die a'fore she uses up all her money that could go to pay fer the grandchillen's collich years. 

But compassion has the Latin root co/ com, it means "with," as in companion.  Ideally, the compassionate person is one who comes along side an' makes that journey wif' ya', bearing wif' ya' yore pain' yore sorrow. 

Assisted suicide is an oxymoron, like "only choice,"  "clearly confused"  or "open secret."  Suicide is self inflicted death, it needs no assistance.  

If it is assisted, thas' ....murder. Mebbe second degree, but it is murder. Shocking sentence, ain't it?  Why do it shock us? Because our society is a master at living the lie--we hide our hard truths under fuzzy euphemisms, like "assisted suicide," "compassionate care" "death with dignity."

I know that some folks struggle mightily wif' these concepts--an' they's good folks too.  Trouble is that, as a culture,  we's shifted toward the expedient framework--life is not the high value any longer. Rather expediency is. This coarsens our society, it leads to a lot of hopeless feeling days (because if life has less value it has less meaning, then what's the point of anything?  ).We think we's bein' compassionate, but we's destroying ourselves. 

Let's rethink it.


Religious Liberty is Liberty for All

Miguel Pro, executed by Mexican soldiers under Presidente Calles, November 23, 1927.

The persecution of Christians in Mexico during the 1920s  is a reminder /warning that no nation is exempt from the possibility that religious liberty can be lost.  All liberty is fragile, religious liberty in particular. It  must be defended by all citizens as a cherished foundation of all our liberties. Where the State suppresses religious liberty, it soon suppresses speech, association and economic freedom.