Sargent Shriver, Great American!

Sargent Shriver

Sargent Shriver


Obama, Boehner,Cantor: Get Along!

Hey, Mr. President, Mr. Speaker & Mr. Leader: GET ALONG!!!

President Obama, Speaker Boehner and GOP Leader, Cantor

State of the Union Address

You are cordially invited to view the US House of Representatives on January 25, 2011,  6:00pm ET, the Annual State of the Union Address by President Barack H. Obama. [Check local TV listings]  Last year’s address was powerful and provoking.  Can this year’s address top the last one?  Pray for the President of the of the United States of America. Pray for the leader of all the people.

Play “America, the Beautiful”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday



South Carolina’s Shame

South Carolina State Flag

Remember the Civil War? (It wasn’t very civil. Was it?) South Carolina started that war by succeeding from The Union in the 1800s over enslavement of blacks. In 2009 South Carolina (represented by Rep. Joe Wilson) insulted our first black President in the well of the US House of Representatives by calling him a liar.  The anniversary of that shame will occur soon. Will South Carolina insult the President again?

Rep. Joe Wilson of SC

Rep. Wilson was in the news recently in a positive way.  Thank you, Congressman, for doing the right thing.



What do we need large capacity magazines for on a hand-held gun use for sporting activity?  I am not a “gun person,” but recent events illustrate that clips with a capacity of 10 rounds are more in line with public safety. What do you think?  Recently a little girl in Tucson was buried…the victim of a Glock 19 with a large capacity clip.  God bless her soul.

Speaker Boehner Begins His Reign

Newly elected US Speaker of House John Boehner


Newly elected US Speaker of the House John Boehner is pictured during the opening session of the 112th Congress in Washington, DC. A day after retaking the House of Representatives, US Republicans moved Thursday to make good on a campaign vow to slash spending with a mostly symbolic vote to cut lawmakers’ office budgets.(AFP/Tim Sloan)
I was really impressed when Speaker Boehner included humility, openness and “giving the House back to the American people.” I was turned off by the pure theatre of having The Constitution read out loud in open session.  What was the purpose?  If it was not to educate, then it was a stunt, theatre.
Boehner says their goal is to give the government back to the people and provide honesty and accountability.
He says with nearly one of 10 Americans looking for work and debt threatening to eclipse the economy, Congress faces tough decisions.
Boehner says “a great deal of scar tissue” has built up on both sides of the aisle and cannot be ignored, but both Republicans and Democrats believe they are working for the common good.
The Speaker managed to get an interesting package of rules approved for the New regime. But immediately violated the rules by not allowing debate and amendments on the infamous bill to repeal “Obamacare” on January 12, 2011. What other exceptions to the rules will follow?  Time will tell.
There’s talk about The Constitution, guns and tyranny. Let’s look at the definition of TYRANNY. I don’t think we haven’t had a tyranny since at least 2 years ago. (Remember torture?) ================================================================================

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chairman, House Budget Committee

Also, the Speaker has given the Chairman of the Budget Committee alarming latitude in running his show and making budget limits.

In an unusual grab of budgetary power, the incoming chairman of the House Budget Committee will be able to unilaterally set limits for categories of domestic spending until a budget resolution is passed this spring, as a budget enforcement measure. [NY Times]
Let’s hope that the republicans are not birthing a new despot who talks a good game and then runs roughshod over The House ignoring the agreed upon rules.  The minority party has been silent and impotent. It will be interesting to see Minority Leader Pelosi, Assistant Minority Leader, Clyburn and Whip Hoyer battle to make democratic voices heard in the 112th Congress.  Please keep them in your prayers. God bless The US Congress and God bless the American people!

Giffords Is in Our Prayers

Representative Gabrielle Giffords Though Shot Tries to Recover

Please Pray for a Full Recovery

First they came…

They came first for the Communists,

and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists,

and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews,

and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.

Then they came for me

and by that time no one was left to speak up.

via First they came… – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Play Kumbaya:

President Obama and the First Lady to Observe Memorial Service 1

“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. …I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you…This I command you, to love one another.” -John 15:12-13, 15b, 16a, 17

Today the President and the First Lady take all of our prayers for the victims of the Tucson Massacre to a memorial service to be held on the campus of the University of Arizona. The service can be viewed at 8:00pm EST on MSNBC.