“Constitutional Option…US Senate…January 5, 2011 1


THE CONSTITUTION PROVIDES THAT EACH HOUSE OF CONGRESS CAN SET ITS RULES ON THE FIRST DAY IT MEETS. THE 112TH CONGRESS MEETS JANUARY 5, 2011. WE ONLY NEED 51 VOTES IN THE SENATE TO CHANGE THE RULES AND ABOLISH “SECRET HOLDS” ON BILLS AND TO CHANGE/AMEND OR ABOLISH THE EXCESSIVE USE OF THE “FILIBUSTER.”

Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM)

Senator Udall (D-NM) has a plan to accomplish this. He needs our help. We need to convince 51 senators to vote to change the rules on the first day of Congress.  While enjoy the holidays we need to take 15 minutes to contact our two US Senators and express our opinion on these two rule changes.  Did you know that the House sent over 400 bills to the Senate that went nowhere?  That would not happen if we fix our broken, dysfunctional US Senate! This is a serious matter that you must not ignore.  The easiest way to contact your Senator is through email.  You can also fax them and send snail mail.  However, you do it, please don’t forget.  We don’t want republicans to obstruct the balance of the Obama Administration.

Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid (D-NV)

The House is dutiful about doing the people’s business, but, the work ethic of the Senate is deplorable.  They need us to push them! Also, press Majority Leader, Senator Harry Reid to back us.

HAPPY KWANZAA!


A UNIQUE CELEBRATION

Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration held in the United States honoring universal African-American heritage and culture, observed from December 26 to January 1 each year. It features activities such as the lighting of a kinara[1] and libations, and culminates in a feast and gift giving. It was created by Maulana Karenga and was first celebrated from December 26, 1966 to January 1, 1967.

A HAPPY AND HOLY CHRISTMAS!


https://goodolewoody.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/har-the-herald-angels-sing.mp3

Play “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”

The Baby, Jesus

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. ISAIAH 9:6-7, 700BC

*** BORN TO DIE FOR OUR SINS ***


Twas the Night Before Christmas…


Twas the Night before Christmas Poem
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads.
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below.
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tinny reindeer.
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,
And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name!
“Now Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! On, Cupid! on, on Donner and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! Dash away! Dash away all!”
As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,
When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky.
So up to the house-top the coursers they flew,
With the sleigh full of Toys, and St Nicholas too.
And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a peddler, just opening his pack.
His eyes-how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.
He had a broad face and a little round belly,
That shook when he laughed, like a bowlful of jelly!
He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself!
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk.
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!

He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,
“Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!” [Clement C. Moore]

Damn the Filibuster…or Not


Well, this is a short day for many. As you share you coffee break or “gather around the water cooler,” don’t forget to discuss the wisdom of changing Senate rules relative to the filibuster and secret holds.  Remind your friends that every attempt at passing a bill in the US Senate was held up by REPUBLICANS through the filibuster. OVER 80 TIMES!  The shortage of federal judges is due to their use of the filibuster.  On the first day of the new Congress the Senate can vote to “change the rules.”  With the REPUBLICANS administratively in charge of the House, would it be a good idea to limit or change somehow the filibuster?  And what about the immoral practice of secret holds on bills? Yes, Senators can put a hold from consideration on bills without telling us who did it. IMHO, this must be done away with!  The people have a right to know.

Have you contacted your US Senator yet to express your opinion?

 

A Look Forward


Well, here’s your power team for 2011, 112th Congress, US Senate: Senator Harry Reid, Majority Leader, Senator Mitch McConnell, Minority Leader;US House of Representatives: Rep. John Boehner, Speaker and Rep. Eric Cantor, Majority Leader.

Rumor has it that one person on the team plans more obstruction like during the first two years of the Obama Administration. Let us pray that this was idle gossip.  Our holiday prayers should include blessings for these men who will guide the ship of the Nation in 2011.  May they be given insight and a willingness to compromise on issues letting the ultimate good win out! Let the press of egos be a thing of the past. May they be given the stamina to work throughout the year like they are doing in the “lame-duck.” 🙂  They are working their tail feathers off!

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO THE US CONGRESS!

OBAMA’S MUCH LOVED CHRISTMAS GIFT


 

Today President Obama will sign the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  The Administration will not admit it,  but “no one has been separated from the military since the fall.” [Said a pundit.]  The general public AND GAYS IN THE MILITARY are cautioned that it will take months for this civil right to be fully realized.  The powers that be think that our rough and tough military need to be gently moved into social change. Hooey!  But, it is what it is. Personally, I think that we train our marines, e.g., to be more heroic fighters that are not easily distracted by a gay fellow soldier.   Social change in America is gradual. Before we know it, we’ll remark later, all gay men and women in the military will have come out of the closet.  The beauty of it all is that they will be judged and respected for their character and abilities to perform assigned duties.  They will advance in rank on merit. GOD BLESS THE USA!

THE US SENATE IS BROKEN! HELP FIX IT NOW! 2


A secret-senator reveals that the US Senate is broken.  It is absurd how “the world’s most deliberative body” does almost nothing and has rules which perpetuate doing nothing. One pundit said today that the Senate did more work in the “lame-duck session” than the whole year! AND WE PAY THEM FOR A WHOLE YEAR’S WORK! This blog has been calling for all americans to get involved by calling their US Senator and asking them to abolish or improve the vile filibuster and secret holds. I just received an email from a cool website which looks promising in the fight to fix the US Senate. But, we must be careful that we don’t shoot ourselves in the foot. Thank God, Harry Reid will still be running things in the Senate in the 112th Congress.  Bless him with a way to get more work done in 2011 and 2012.  We must be careful.  If we get rid of the filibuster now, we might regret it if there is a power switch in the Senate come election day. Perhaps there is a way to limit it’s use and effect.  One thing for sure, a gentleman, especially a southern gentleman, should find it cowardly to use secret holds to stop bills and presidential nominations.  Man-up, Senators and face your public! So, if you have not made your phone call, consider emailing your Senator. Use the “US SENATOR” link above to find the email form where you can write to them. God will bless your patriotism.

THE VIRGIN MARY VISITS ELIZABETH 2


MARY VISITS ELIZABETH AND JESUS LEAPS IN HER WOMB

"THE VISITATION"

GOD’S PLAN TO REDEEM MANKIND FROM SIN


 

THE MAGNIFICAT

 

GOD CHOOSES THE VIRGIN MARY TO BEAR HIS SON TO REDEEM MAN