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All of the controversy over former Baltimore Ravens’ running back, Ray Rice, knocking his wife unconscious in a casino elevator has now elevated to the level of distraction. Normally I would not write about these celebrity faux-news stories, but this one in particular has made it’s way into my crosshairs.

I’m going to use this opportunity to explain exactly why this is an exaggerated distraction, an all too common tactic of the mainstream media.

Now, before I begin, let me preface this post by saying that I do not condone Mr. Rice’ actions, nor do I think “she had it coming,” as several commenters have written.

In the early morning hours of Saturday, February 15, 2014, Atlantic City Police responded to the Revel Casino for a domestic dispute call. Uniformed police officers determined that both suspects had thrown, and landed, punches on each other.

The two guilty parties were Ray Rice and his then fiancée, Renay Palmer.

Four days after the incident a video was released by TMZ showing Rice dragging an unconscious Ms. Palmer out of an elevator.

A second video was released just this past Monday showing the happy couple entering the elevator and the altercation taking place. The footage from inside the elevator is a low quality and leaves any fast movements blurred so it is unclear what exactly did happen via the video.

It appears that Renay walks in first and pushes the button as Ray is walking in. As the doors close it looks like she may have spit at him and swung at him. It is unclear in the blue if he actually swings at her then, but he does back up to the far corner of the elevator. Wen he backs away she pursues him and he throws a haymaker that probably knocked her out completely. If the punch didn’t do it, then the elevator wall did, because when she went down, she smacked the side of her head on the rail that goes around the elevator walls.

Ray Rice then appears to try and pick her up onto her feet with no success. The elevator doors open and close while he is trying to get her up. When the doors open again he drags his soon-to-be wife out into the hall by her feet.

The first video released was the vantage point outside of the elevator and it only showed Ray Rice dragging Ms. Palmer out of the elevator into the hall.

Both Rice and Palmer refused any medical attention and were both arrested for simple assault, a misdemeanor offense.

Five weeks later the charges on Ms. Palmer were dropped and Ray Rice was indicted by an Atlantic County grand jury with an upgraded charge of third-degree aggravated assault.

Interestingly enough, Ms. Palmer became Mrs. Ray Rice the following day.

Rice plead “Not Guilty” and requests to be placed in a diversionary program for first time offenders. His request was granted and no further punishment is levied.

It wasn’t until July 24 that NFL Commissioner Rodger Goodell hands down a two game suspension to Rice after having met with him and his new wife at NFL headquarters.

Goodell made a statement saying, “I take into account all of the information before I make a decision on what the discipline will be. In this case, there was no discipline by the criminal justice system. They put him in that diversionary program.”

After harsh criticism the NFL instituted a new rule making any first time domestic violence incident a mandatory six-game suspension, and a second offense means a lifetime ban for all players and League employees.

The controversy is renewed when TMZ releases the first half of the incident with the footage from inside of the elevator.

Hours after the tape is put online the Baltimore Ravens released Rice from his contract and Goodell announces Rice’s indefinite suspension from the NFL.

Now the story really heats up when the league claims that they never saw the footage from inside the elevator until TMZ released it on the Internet on Monday.

TMZ reported that the NFL never requested the footage from the casino. They allegedly only contacted the New Jersey State Police to ask for the full video. They did not release the tape because their jurisdiction is only inside of the casino and the altercation occurred in the elevator in the casino’s hotel, which is Atlantic City Police territory.

Apparently Goodell and the NFL never reached out to the ACPD for the video.

The Associated Press reported yesterday that a law enforcement official told them that he sent a DVD with the entire video to the NFL office. The official even claims that he received a conformation voice mail acknowledging that the DVD was received.

The National Organization for Women and other groups are now calling for Goodell to step down.

Now, does any of that, in any way, lend itself towards being a top news story? The answer is no.

With all of the hype surrounding this story you would think that Ray Rice was Jack the Ripper.

A football player hitting a woman is more important than our border being wide open, ISIS, the IRS scandal, the 9/11 anniversary and the “imminent terror threat” that is set for today, or any other major story of the day.

Right now, on the front page of CNN the Ray Rice story is in four of their top six news stories. Barack Obama just ordered military action against ISIS last night but Ray Rice hitting a woman is top news?!?


I want to talk about something today that people try to ignore. Abortion. Everyone has their own thoughts on the subject but I think most supporters of abortion don’t really know the gritty details of this institution funded in part by the federal government. In fact, it wasn’t long ago that I was of the mindset that I would never abort a child but that people should have the choice. I felt that way before I knew the facts, quite frankly because I didn’t want to know.

There is a man on trial in Pennsylvania for charges including; seven counts of first-degree murder (seven babies), one count of third-degree murder of a mother, as well as infanticide, conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks, abuse of a corpse, theft, corruption of minors, solicitation and other related offenses.

His name is Gosnell and of course he is innocent until proven guilty so I’m not going to sit here and flay him while the verdict is still out but I can give you some of the testimony.

One medical assistant of four and a half years, Ms. Cross, testified that she once saw the accused put a botched abortion survivor in a toilet to drown. Ms. Cross said that the baby “was like swimming,” and was, “basically, trying to get out.”

Adrienne Moton, an employee at the clinic, then took the baby and snipped the back of its neck while the mother was still in the room.

One of the arguments I’ve heard in favor of abortion has been the debate about when it becomes a life. I think if it is fighting for its life it is alive and to cut its spinal cord is murder and not anyone’s right to choose.

Cross also testified that she witnessed Steven Massof, an unlicensed medical school graduate who worked at the clinic, snip babies necks (spinal cords) 25 to 30 times.

She also took pictures of the clinic out of concern. Some of them depicted over fifty jars filled with baby’s feet stored at the clinic, which Gosnell said he was keeping for “DNA purposes.” Others showed bloody equipment and the “doctor’s” cat roaming freely around the clinic, even in procedure rooms.

In the city that birthed a nation founded on the basic human right to life, Gosnell routinely denied life to these infants who survived botched abortions in his unsanitary clinic, prosecutors said.

It is impossible to know how many abortion survivors are out there or how many live birth abortions are committed but there are plenty of stories from these survivors. How would you feel to know that something you survived, such as an abortion, was so heartily defended as a choice.

What can we say to these people to sympathize with them and rationalize abortion at the same time? “We’re sorry that you’re missing a limb as a result of that failed abortion, but that abortion attempt was in your mother’s best interest as well as yours and society’s and the world’s”? Or, “Your injuries are awful; better technology and skill should have been available to abort you correctly so that you would not have lived to either ‘enslave’ your mother or suffer yourself”? D.N. Rivera

These survivors are dehumanized by the defense of abortion and the way I see it, abortion is the last and the most important battle of the civil rights fight. A person who defends abortion is no better than a person who supported the holocaust.

If you still support abortion I challenge you to Bing “abortion images” and see what you think of your so called choice to steal away the life of another human being.

It damn near makes me want to cry to think how carelessly people wipe their feet on our constitution and the bill of rights in this day and age. Our rights are under attack and to many people are all to willing to watch. I forget who said it but the American people will only have the level of tyranny that they allow. When you see the fifth amendment trampled in Boston as police invade and illegally search people’s homes; when you see the President spit on the second amendment by banning the import of firearms and ammunition without approval from congress; when you see the first amendment infringed upon with CISPA trying to erase Internet privacy and giving government the ability to censor the Internet what you see is the slow death of an idea that came to life 250 years ago and it really isn’t very slow because all of this happened just in the last week. Don’t sit quiet. Don’t take it. Don’t allow the American dream to die with little more than a whimper.

Last week Michael Moore went on a tirade, “predicting” that the photos of the victims of Sandy Hook will be released, but the NRA will do everything in their power to prevent them from surfacing. He says that he wants these gruesome pictures of 7 and 8 year old children to be released. I can see him now, sitting there with his tiny hat and titanic jowls wobbling, with a menacing sort of glee as he says, “that’s the day the jig will be up for the NRA. It will be the day the debate on gun control will come to an end. There will be nothing left to argue over. It will just be over. And every sane American will demand action.”

What I find even worse is the way in which this walking slop bucket decided to begin this “call to action”. He starts his blog post with the story of Emmit Till, a black boy from Chicago who was murdered by white supremacists for flirting with a white woman in 1955. His mother let photos of his body be taken and published across the nation. Moore uses this story to compare the NRA to the white supremacists. He fails to mention that the NRA actually helped to arm the blacks in the south against the violent racists.

Moore goes on to say that by not banning weapons after Columbine we are all responsible for every mass murder since. He compares it to Eisenhower forcing Germans to march through the concentration camps that they lived beside to see the atrocities they had turned a blind eye to. He again fails to mention one detail, the holocaust would have never happened had “gun control” not been implemented beforehand.

The same man who is followed by a team of armed security guards at all times is also the same man who claims that we are living in a violent society and that “gun control” is the remedy. Moore says America is “a society that starts illegal wars, that executes criminals (or supposed criminals), that strikes or beats one of its women every 15 seconds, and shoots 30 of its own citizens every single day”. If the United States is shooting that many citizens a day you’d think we may have heard about it, but maybe he has the inside scoop. What he again fails to realize is that “gun violence” is not the cause of this “violent society”, it is only a symptom. Taking guns away (his remedy) from all law abiding citizens will do nothing to curb the violence, it will only make it easier for the ones who break the law. Gun control is a bit like NyQuil, it attempts to quell the symptoms of a cold but does nothing to fight the actual virus. He mocks those of us who want to protect the Second Amendment by saying:

“Most of us continue to say we “support the Second Amendment” as if it were written by God (or we’re just afraid of being seen as anti-American). But this amendment was written by the same white men who thought a Negro was only 3/5 human. We’ve done nothing to revise or repeal this – and that makes us responsible, and that is why we must look at the pictures of the 20 dead children laying with what’s left of their bodies on the classroom floor in Newtown, Connecticut.”

If it is so easy to toss aside one amendment what makes any other special? If we start surrendering our rights how can we get them back? I’ve never liked Michael Moore but after this crap I’ve now added him to my list of people I’d most like to punch in the face. I just can’t decide if he belongs in the second spot behind 0bama or in third behind Tom Brady. I’ll have to think about that one a while.


I’ve already explained how Americans have been lulled into communism today. I’ve already tried to spread the world about the coming of the gun grabbing. I’ve already exposed Barrack Obama and his handlers plans to bring America to her knees. The problem is, I’m only one man, I’ve only got one voice. This blog you’re reading only receives a very limited number of readers. If you read this blog or others of the same ilk and close your browser and go back to your life, keeping your head down and your mouth shut, then this is all for nothing. We need to stand up and speak out and make sure that big brother knows we will not sit down and take our medicine. A great American once said, “There is only one way to guarantee peace, and you can have it in the next second. That is to surrender,” that man was Ronald Reagan and he was right.

I average about forty views per post over a weeks time, if those forty people each spread the word to forty more people then we can make a difference. I say all of this because I’m tired of hearing people discredited for speaking out about the possibility of disarmament of the people. I’m tired of hearing people say it won’t happen. I’m tired of hearing people call supporters of the second amendment crazy. I’m tired of hearing the lies and propaganda from Washington. Do you really believe that they won’t take our guns?

In 2005 in New Orleans, after Katrina, members of the National Guard were sent in and ordered to go through at night and kick in doors and confiscate weapons from everyone. They did this in the flooded areas, but they also did it in the areas that were high and dry. Everywhere from the poorest neighborhoods to the richest. They did not knock, they did not ask nicely, they did not warn. They came around and kicked doors down, as they were asking if anyone needed assistance, then they ordered the residents to surrender their firearms. If they did not comply they were to be killed on the spot, no trial, no due process, no Miranda rights. I’m not making this up, this is straight from the mouth of a member of the 45th Infantry division from the OK National Guard. He said that he was so young at the time and that he was so dedicated to the military that he would have done anything that he was ordered to do. How many of our men and women would do the same? I’m guessing quite a few.


The Democrats’ idea to avoid raising the debt ceiling by inventing a trillion dollar platinum coin has got me thinking. If they are seriously considering this as a viable option they must be hard up for good ideas, so I’ve decided to lead them a hand with a few ideas of my own on a few issues.

First the problem of government spending. Lets start by getting Congress to actually pass a budget. This may be a stretch but I was just thinking that if they were to pass a budget based on the actual amount of money they have coming in, we might not continue spending like it’s not their money. I know this idea is a little extreme since it is their job and all but it may help.

I also have some ideas to help fit all of the entitlement spending into this theoretical budget. Lets take welfare for instance. We could make it mandatory that people excepting welfare work. They should have to present their pay stub or stubs every month. If they fail to meet this requirement we give them a government job, on a road crew, or repairing government housing, or cutting grass, or picking up trash at a park, or whatever we can find them. For the people who have a child and have to get a check to support that child we will help them, because everyone makes mistakes, then we will also teach them about birth control. If they have another child and need more help raising those children, we will consider it child abuse and take those children and find parents that can take care of them. You want kids? get a job and take care of them. When it comes to food stamps, we reimburse grocery stores to put up special signs or some type of marker to signify which products can be purchased with the EBT card. We limit the recipient to the basics, no Little Debbie’s, no pricey cuts of meat, no expensive exotic fruits, and since the liberals are on their health kick why not limit them to healthy foods and no “sugary drinks”, no “sugary cereals”. I’ve went over my thoughts on disability and the like before so I’ll move on.

One of the hot topics today is gun control to try and limit mass shootings, and I’ve got the solution. First we take anyone who has sworn an oath to protect the constitution and has actively tried to limit the right to own a firearm and we try them as a traitors to the constitution. Since we already stopped rewarding single mothers for popping out an endless supply of government dependents, which is a big part of the problem, I think having less neglected youths will really help with the angry, mentally disturbed teens. Furthermore we should have a police officer in every school, and he/she needs to be armed with the standard issue sidearm, taser gun, pepper spray, and hand cuffs, because the people who commit these murders always chose a place that they know won’t have anyone who can stand up to them. They do this because they want to feel in control of these people, they decide who lives and who dies, an armed officer in the building will prevent them from fulfilling their fantasy.

I’ve also got an idea for gay marriage. Quite simply really, lets make a compromise. Let the jokers get married, just give it a different name so that marriage is still man and woman. Let them have their benefits, what harm can it cause? Some Christians would say that legalizing gay marriage would cause America to lose God’s favor, but honestly letting gays play house won’t change anything for any straight people. Whether they are married or not they will still be doing what they do, but if the Republican Party stops dictating what people can do with their lives, something we like to attribute to liberals, we may win an election.

If you have any ideas of your own you can share them with the whole world in the comment section down below, who knows you might come up with a gem like the trillion dollar coin!



Today I’d like to discuss the “ten planks of communism” as Karl Marx wrote them in his “Communist Manifesto”. Marx wrote his manifesto in 1848 after being exiled from Paris for his radical ideas in 1843, only to be exiled from Cologne again 1849. He wrote these ten planks as a sort of guide to tearing down a free enterprise system to replace it with a system of all-powerful omnipotent government. So it could be assumed that if these are a guide for establishing a communist society they could also be used to test whether a society has become communist or not, which means if all ten are in effect and in force, then we are all practicing communism, whether we like it or not.

1.) Abolition of private property and the application of all rents of land to public purposes.

The federal government already owns 1/8 of the total land in the United States. The rights of private individuals to property in America are already being eroded, through taxation, escheat (the state taking over ownership of property if the property owner dies without a will), eminent domain (which does say the government can’t seize private property without payment, but you still don’t have a choice in turning over the property), police power (which relates to things like zoning codes, air and land traffic regulations, and health, safety, and sanitary regulations, these usually are put forth for “general welfare” and while some make sense others are needless intrusions of property rights). It’s with the police power that private property rights are being obviously ignored by the state and local governments, such damaging political action often reduces the owner’s property value without just compensation.

2.) A heavy progressive or graduated income tax

Here in the United states we might know this plank as paying your “fair share” as it has been renamed by our People’s Commissar In Chief. You know that whole thing about the rich needing to pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes (graduated income tax) because…. well he never really says why, but I’m sure there is a really good reason that those people deserve to keep their hard-earned property less than you do. Sounds familiar, does it not?

3.) Abolition of all rights of inheritance

This is known as the Federal & State Estate Tax and limited inheritance due to arbitrary inheritance tax status. The socialists hate private wealth and they believe the thing that makes a nation great is its spending, so if it lets people decide where their money is spent then its a waste. Which is funny because that’s exactly what Barrack Obama said about what makes America great.

4.) Confiscation of all emigrants and rebels property

In America we call this government seizures, tax liens, Public “law” 99-570 (1986); Executive Order 11490, section 1205, which gives private land to the Department of Urban Development; the imprisonment of “terrorists” and those who speak out or write against the “government” (1997 Crime/Terrorist Bill); or the IRS confiscation of property without due process. Asset forfeiture laws are used by DEA, IRS, ATF, etc.)

5.) Centralization of credit in the hands of the state, by means of a national bank with State capital and an exclusive monopoly

We would know this as the Federal Reserve which is a privately owned credit/debt system allowed by the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. All local banks are members of the Fed system and are regulated by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) another privately owned corporation. The Federal Reserve banks issue fiat paper money. (money that gets its value from the government basically just saying, “OK this piece of paper will be $20” and doesn’t have a real world value, basically the same as monopoly money)

6.) Centralization of the means of communications and transportation in the hands of the State

Right here in the good ole U S of A we would know this as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) mandated through the ICC Act of 1887, the Commissions Act of 1934, the Interstate Commerce Commission established in 1938, The Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Executive Orders 11490, 10999, as well as State mandated driver’s licenses and Department of Transportation regulations.

7.) Extension of factories and instruments of production owned by the state, the bringing into cultivation of waste lands, and the improvement of the soil generally in accordance with a common plan

This is what we call the Desert Entry Act and The Department of Agriculture the difference being that the US government has exchanged “controlled or subsidized” for “owned”. This plank is seen in these as well as the Department of Commerce and Labor, Department of Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, Bureau of Land management, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Mines, National Park Service, and the IRS control of business through corporate regulations.

8.) Equal liability of all to labor. Establishment of industrial armies, especially for agriculture

In America we have the Minimum Wage and slave labor like dealing with our trade partner Communist China. We see it in practice via the Social Security Administration and The Department of Labor. Then we have the socialist unions who will do anything to stay in power and have been known to be at the beck and call of the man occupying the office of the president, and are willing to fight in the streets when directed to do so.

9.) Combination of agriculture with manufacturing industries, gradual abolition of the distinction between town and country, by a more equitable distribution of population over the country

This can be recognized as the Planning Reorganization act from 1949, zoning and Super Corporate Farms, as well as Executive orders 11647, 11731 and Public law 89-136. These provide for forced relocations and, believe it or not, forced sterilization programs, just like our pall China.

10.) Free education for all children in public schools. Abolition of children’s factory labor. Combination of education with industrial production.

This is what we Americans call “public” schools, in reality they are force-tax-funded schools. Even our private schools are government regulated. Their purpose is to train the young to work for the common debt system and to indoctrinate them to be loyal to the government and never question what they are told. They are taught propaganda such as “majority rule” and “pay your fair share” which comes from the Communist tagline “from each according to his ability, too each according to their need” pure Marxist jargon. As for the combination of education with industrial production; the “public” school system was instituted for the burgeoning industrial world. They wanted to create a system that would produce a certain amount of skilled labor and a certain amount of unskilled labor, they didn’t want to educate the population to the point that they could ever stand up to the rule of the system, in other words they did not want educated voters, which is where the new term of uninformed voters comes from. The majority of voters don’t even know how the three branches of government work and that’s how they want it. For those who haven’t seen it I recommend ‘Waiting For Superman” it’s a documentary on the government school system that is really touching as well as revealing.

Those are Marx’s 10 steps to Communism and if America doesn’t qualify on all 10 steps we are well on our way to fulfilling the great dream of Communism.





Last month I explained what being a conservative means to me. Now I want to talk about why it is so dang impossible to have an intelligent conversation/argument with a progie.

I could sum it all up with just one sentence, but that wouldn’t be as fun and might not make for a good blog.

The reason that arguing with them is like arguing with a child is because they, too often, resort to an entirely emotional argument. That doesn’t mean I won’t do it, but it does make it an exercise in pointlessness.

Let’s just say the topic is tax reform. Conservatives and proggies both want tax reform but the manner of reform preferred is different.

I would argue that the top 1%, those earning more than $350,000, earn 17% of the total personal income but pay 35% of income taxes. Not to mention those people are the job creators.

The typical liberal argument would be to the narrative of, “that’s not fair.” The rich aren’t paying their fair share. Blah blah blah. I’ve heard it a million times.

In this case the facts are all against them so they resort to the childish argument that it isn’t fair, a purely emotional, factless claim.

Let’s take a look at the entitlement debate.

I may argue that the number of food stamp recipients increasing by 50% during Obama’s first term is ridiculous. We should drug test people on, what I call, “unearned” government benefits, not meaning social security that people have paid into their whole lives. Disability cases should not all be considered a permanent deal, they should have some rating scale and should be reevaluated periodically. People using an EBT card should have their options limited at the grocery store. They shouldn’t be buying steak and shrimp and junk food with tax payer money. If you’ve ever worked in a grocery store you know most of the people on food stamps are fatter and eating higher on the hog than others.

Any argument about food stamps automatically gets the “you don’t care about people, you want them to starve” or “some people need those food stamps to feed their children”.

I know for a fact that you will not starve on a diet of cornbread and peas with a little fatback, cause I’ve done it, and it’s a while lot cheaper than precooked, frozen food. Again they have no facts to back their argument and resort to their emotions.

I’ve argued with proggies until I was blue in the face using facts, studies, and such and I am almost always met with either altered results from a study or absolute emotional dribble. I’m hard headed though so I can rarely make myself realize I’m wasting my breath when I know I’m right, which is most of the time… unless you are talking to my wife.

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I’m sure you’ve all heard the liberals shouting about gun control, “we need to act”, “close the gun show loop-hole” blah blah blah. Well have you ever stopped and asked them what a “gun show loophole” is?

If you have and actually succeeded in getting an answer, you know they’ll start yammering about being able to buy a gun at a gun show without a background check. That’s a load of malarky.

If I, as a private citizen, have a firearm for sell, and you want to buy my weapon, you can come to my house and I can sell it to you without a background check. If I decide to go sell it at a gun show, same deal, no background check.

On the other hand if I am a federally licensed gun dealer, when you come to my gun shop I have to do a background check before I can sell too you. If a licensed dealer goes to a gun show they still have to do a check.

So where is the loophole? There isn’t one. When they say they want to close the “loophole” what they are saying is they want to stop private citizens from selling their property to another private citizen. Now next time you hear that blather, you can have a little fun with it.


I couldn’t help but post this video. FYI there is some vulgar language.

If you’ve not seen it, a bunch of Hollywood d-bags made a video demanding a “solution” to assault weapons. In this video they show what hypocrites these idiots are.

Just another example of liberal hypocrisy. If you make a living off pretending to kill people don’t act like gun violence is your number one enemy. Hollywood has turned into the cesspool of the world and they have the balls to act high and mighty about guns? Wonder what they got paid to do this crappy video?


Christmas Time In The Real World

Posted: December 25, 2012 in Rant Time
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Warning: this is not exactly my usual political post!

Well, Christmas is over and most people have been spending time with their families, as I have. But now that it’s over we all go back to our own normal lives. We take down the decorations, finish off the leftovers, and break in our newest possessions. As we leave behind our day of family, friends, and feasts, it is important to reflect on our blessings this Christmas and, since we are closing on years end, our blessings for this year.

While I was devouring a baked ham at my mother’s house, something that is a blessing in and of itself, some family was digging in a dumpster. While I was having a late Christmas Eve lunch with my dad, some young boy was missing his father who is away fighting terrorism. While I ate an early Christmas breakfast at my wife’s grandmother’s house, someone was mourning the loss of their grandparent. While I was exchanging gifts at my mother-in-law’s house, some mother was remembering a child, tragically lost.

I don’t mean to be a downer, but I feel that it’s important to keep the poor, hungry, and lonely on our minds, even while enjoying our own blessings. Some people go through life never reaching such a low at Christmas, and for those people it must be harder to contemplate that hardship.

For me, at the end of the year, I like to look back at how far I’ve come over the last few years. I have to say that, as far as the big four, not much has changed. I still live in the same apartment, in the same town. I still work for the same company. I still drive my ole Chevy. And, of course, I still have the same lovely wife.

But, though these things matter, it’s the small things that make life worth living. My apartment has nicer things in it. I received, somewhat, of a promotion at work. My ole Chevy is a little ole-er. And, of course, my lovely wife is more beautiful by the day.

Even though I have nothing to complain about I can’t help thinking about the people who aren’t as fortunate as I am. Now I’m not the kind of person to say someone who is having a hard time is “less fortunate”, because I believe that quite a few of the “less fortunate” aren’t unfortunate, only “less capable of making good choices”. The people I consider less fortunate are the children who are born to unwed single moms in the “ghetto” or the parents who gave all they could to their children only to have them taken away by senseless violence perpetrated by a mad man.

With all the bad news of the last year there is plenty to feel bad about, but that also means there is plenty to be thankful for, and without the bad the good doesn’t seem quite so great.