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Posted by: Helen Philpot | December 16, 2015

The question is not whether Trump is a serious candidate.  The question is whether the GOP is a serious party?

Margaret, I’ve been doing a lot of musing lately about things that just don’t add up in my head. Of course, at my age lots of things don’t add up anymore, like why I keep a shopping list but then forget to bring it with me when I shop. But lately it’s been about bigger things like guns, wars and the stupidity of the Republican Party.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights, a document that gave me the right to call Sarah Palin a bitch (1st Amendment) and idiots the right to own guns (2nd Amendment). And it’s hard for me to cherish my right to free speech while chastising others for reveling in their right to bear arms. Of course, there’s just one little problem with that. There is supposed be a little something called a “well regulated militia” bearing those arms.  Instead what we’ve got is a bunch of unregulated bigots. In their delusional belief that guns make us all more safe, the NRA has succeeded in its self-fulfilling prophecy of creating a world filled with more guns. No one seems to ever consider the idea that a world with fewer guns might make for a world that needs fewer guns.  

And to prove my point, even Christmas has been turned into a war.  Honestly, is it really that offensive to just wish someone Happy Holidays?  After all, Merry Christmas doesn’t exactly evoke images of the birth of Jesus as much as it does a fat man in a red suit with a bag of toys.  Realizing that counting down the number of shopping days to his birthday might be a little off-putting to Jesus, I think I’ll gladly stick with my Happy Holidays regardless of some haughty born-again’s desire to hear Merry Christmas.

But what I find most confusing these days is the Republican Party’s constant insistence that banning Muslims and Mexicans is not a Republican value and that Donald Trump’s extreme views are not representative of the GOP. Funny. Maybe in their efforts to roll back the Voting Rights Act,  Republicans have forgotten that votes actually mean something,  and currently the one Republican counting the most votes wants to ban Muslims and Mexicans.

Sometimes you might not like where you end up, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t actually there.  Like it or not, the place they have landed is a debate stage filled with angry politicians calling for more wars.  And Trump is what you get when  card-carrying NRA members hell bent on wishing everyone a Merry Christmas are the largest voting block in your party. Nine of the GOP’s finest were debating on that stage but I swear there’s a tree stump in a Louisiana swamp with a higher IQ than all of them.

If you ask me, it’s time for a new party, but sadly nobody asked me. Happy Holidays everyone.  I mean it.  Really.

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  6. ” Missouri itself is not getting “10,000 Syrian refugees”; that’s the anticipated number FOR” chrispy’s refrigerator

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  8. OH….

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  9. Geez….
    WAWAWA…..
    Christians did this—–Christians did that——–It’s Christians fault—-next it will be Bush’s fault…..
    OH
    Hope everyone had a great holiday season, or a Merry Christmas & and a Happy New Year,, or PUT 5 IN THE 10 RING
    Whatever works for you

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  10. The real voices behind the NRA are the gun and ammo manufacturers.

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  11. […] help you start the new year right, here’s an excerpt from Margaret and Helen, by Helen […]

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  12. Trump is THE WORST choice since Palin. There really are no good choices on the Tea Party side of the aisle. Sadly there are no longer any sane Republicans. Money has made them puppets to those who now control the party of hate, fear and incredible ignorance. Their handlers manipulate the polls, they lie about everything and there are no lengths to which they will go to get what they want. The Tea Party Repubs have sold themselves and no longer have freedom of speech, thought or deed.

    It is time for term limits for the congress. Being in congress was never meant to be a “career”. Presidents have term limits, governors have term limits. Why do we insist on no term limits for the Senate and House who essentially run the country ? The Supreme Court should have term limits as well. Of course, if they took the money out of politics that would go a long ways to balancing the scale.

    It is a little bit funny but terribly scary that the Tea Party can do nothing about this raging idiot, Trump. If he doesn’t get their nom, he will run as an independent and ruin the chances of the candidate they ultimately choose. They have opened up Pandora’s box and now they have to live with the consequences. And tragically, so do we.

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  13. Thank you Pi and Gato,
    I could not have said it better myself. Life is about experiences, cultures and families/tribes. In learning about each other we broaden our own horizons and strengthen our bonds with humanity. I find most organized “religion” to be controlling and in the end all about money and property. If we do not learn to take care of one another and our little blue planet, we all lose. All the money in the world will not save you from death. Money is what drives the “evil” on this planet and will eventually kill us all if we do not stop these fanatics.
    I wish you all peace, joy and happiness in the new year, but remember, you must fight for it. A good place to start is to VOTE out the climate deniers, money grabbers, haters and Career politicians. Lets make 2016 a year for Healing.

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  15. SING IT SISTA!!!!!! I’m so glad I found this blog. Please keep it coming. I’m not completely late in saying this – Happy Holidays! (Since Christmas and New Year’s come so close together it even makes sense for Christians to say Happy Holidays, don’t it?)

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  16. Ya know Chrispy- Ra was an ancient Egyptian god, not Roman.
    And Zeus was Greek… and Constantine DID stop the persecution of early Christians… and a whole lotta other things you don’t seem to include in your race to OWN what Christianity/religion is.
    And contrary to your snarkiness about the so-called Roman worship of stuff, it was a lot simpler than that :
    “To the Romans, religion was less a spiritual experience than a contractual relationship between mankind and the forces which were believed to control people’s existence and well-being”
    http://www.roman-empire.net/religion/religion.html

    Folks here in the Arctic do not worship the sun- never have. Not for the 10,000 years my mother’s people have been here.
    We do keep track of the light and dark and the chores which come with each season.
    We rest in the dark time of the year and work endlessly in the light time of the year.You likely have no idea what 20 hours a day dark or light does to the fabric of everyday life and certainly not what no sun above the horizon for a couple months is like.
    Barrow will have less than an hour of daylight around the 3rd week of January after setting about the 3rd week of November.
    Get over your snottiness about folks and the light, eh, and look around at a world where folks have a myriad of experiences different than yours and just as “true” and “real”… maybe more so 😉

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  17. Wishing all here a Happy Solstice! A belated Happy Hanukkah, an early Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season’s Greetings….and whatever. Just remember – don’t get your tinsel in a tangle this time of year. Enjoy life.

    Peace.

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  18. Excellent point, Terri! If you want to see a REALLY cool sun-worshipping setup, check out the sacred place at the top of Macchu Pichu, in Peru. How these people knew these things, and we still refer to them as “pagan,” is absolutely beyond me…

    IMO, what’s really “pagan” is strip mining, deforestation, swine offal pools, fracking, standing around with signs saying “God hates fags,” belching CO2 ceaselessly into the air, dumping all kinds of s**t into rivers and the sea, and a culture where any wingnut who wants one can get a gun. (Oh, and a culture of which an alarming percentage of the populace thinks Bad Hair Boy is a viable Presidential candidate…)

    On that cheery note, have an eggnog!

    Gato

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  19. Just for the record: Sundials are for telling time, not worshipping the sun.

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  20. Ummm… I believe there’s a fair amount of history BEFORE “the Romans,” as well. You might want to check that out… (But don’t feel you need to tell us about it, please!)

    Thanks for the Solstice Greetings. Just wish they didn’t come at the tail end of another lecture. (Oh, perhaps I’m too hard on you sometimes, Chrispy. This is the “season of good will,” after all, so here’s some for you…)

    Gato

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  21. You are right, Gato. To the Romans, it was always about the light.( the sun god, Ra ) . It was always pagan and about worshiping the sun and all the other pagan gods. The proof is in the Vatican with the sundial in the center of St. Peters Square, and St. Peter, and all the saint’s statues. St Peter was actually Zeus, the god of the sea with the trident. Embracing the Christian religion was merely a political ploy to unite the empire, and get the Christians calmed down, becoming part of empire, while joining rhe pagans of all the conquered nations with a familiar ring to their ancient religions, as well.
    Jesus was never meant, by the romans to be honored at this time of year, at all. It was always about the soltice of the sun.
    Actually, I read that December 25th was Lucifer’s Day. Check it out!
    Real Christ followers have always been killed off, and an enemy of the state, no matter which state. They were fooled, once again by truly Godless peoples. If one did not believe in the state approved changes to the beliefs about Jesus, and the new roman religion, you were still killed crueling by the romans.
    Man always worshiped that which he feared and lacked understanding of, in his search for his creator. Fire and Light were some the first idols man worshiped. The so called illuminated ones still do. They just have not been, yet, inspired by the true God. They may never be.
    We, Christians must remember what this season is to those who celebrate it. It has nothing, yet, everything to do with Jesus and His Birth!
    God shall prevail in the end. If you skip to the end of the book, God wins!
    His Son was sent as Messiah for a purpose. We are now free from Adam’s sin of not believing and trusting, to go directly to the throne of God, to ask for forgiveness of our sin, and have a reuntied relationship with the Father. All this because of Jesus’ Birth, Death ( of our sins) and Resurection ( we can be saved, for an everlasting life, with God, in spite of our past sins.)
    We are now, because Jesus was sent as the Messiah, the Children of God, whose inheritance is life everlasting in Heaven with God, the Father, and Jesus, who sits at the right hand of the Father, who is the Real Light of the World.
    There are two Sons ( Suns), which one will you fall down and worship!
    One gives light which goes away at night, or, the Light of the World, which gives everlasting Light, and everlating Life!
    God Bless You, All, and Have a Blessed Christmas!

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  22. Right on, Pi ! And well said… Good reminders for us all. (We’ll be reminded; Chrispy – probably not…)

    And a happy Solstice to you and Sitters All, as well. This is what it’s always been about, anyway: The return of the light.

    Gato

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  23. Chrispy- Jeez- here you are and oh so busy calling us all sheep and idiots and forgiving us out of the goodness of your pea pickin’ lil heart . Ya think you could go down the street and around the corner for a bit and let us whoop it up on our own here on the porch for a bit?
    You are completely full of hooey about not sense danger.
    “People in America have never had to fight for freedom on this land, since the North vs. South.”
    You dinglefritz- people are fighting every day for freedom on this land, every day, across the whole of the land we call America. Civil and political rights are yet to be secured to all, minorities are still suffering the excesses of majority one-size-fits-all legislation, etc, etc, etc.
    And if you meant actual combat on American soil- hon, get it together . Hawaii and Alaska were both attacked in WWII. The fallout of the Alaskan dealie affects my family still.
    And I invite you to think carefully about what AMERICAN Aleuts dealt with as regards freedom during their 100 years of servitude to the American government , most of which occurred AFTER the civil War- when slavery for African Americans was terminated.
    http://arcticcircle.uconn.edu/HistoryCulture/Aleut/Jones/jonesindex.html
    Look at reservations the country over and ask yourself if no American has had to fight for freedom…

    You keep running round doing your Henny Penny-sky-is-falling xenophobic, conspiracy theory heaven horsepunky and never ever worry you might be off a smidge about any of it??

    Written by a friend of mine who grew so very weary of self-satisfied Christians…

    Helen- thank you yet again!!
    Best wishes to all of the porch visitors today on this solstice day.
    tomorrow we turn and run back toward the light…

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  24. Ann Marie, the Right Wing Nut Jobs are just that. They are also highly suspicious of their own shadow and frankly, believe that rain makes applesauce. They do not make good patients for therapy, either.

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  25. Just listened to Jim Hightower’s check-in on nearly the same subject this morning. The only add-on he mentioned was that now the Republican Right Wing is saying that Pope Francis is Marxist because he cares for the poor. What part of the Sermon on the Mount didn’t they understand?

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  26. […] The internet’s feistiest 80-somethings surface to open a can of holiday whupass: […]

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  27. Glad to know you are so much better and smarter than us Chrispy. I would worship you but I am just too small to truly appreciate your vastness. By the way, I assume you meant in-bred rather than the confusing bakery reference you made. No worries. With all you have on your plate, I can easily understand your not paying attention to little things like spelling and grammar. Happy Holidays however you celebrate them.

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  28. […] The internet’s feistiest 80-somethings surface to open a can of holiday whupass: […]

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  29. Hi Gato,
    Good to hear from you. My tolerance for those kinds of rants is pretty low these days.
    I hope you are doing well.
    Best wishes to you and the rest of the folks here for a peaceful, lovely holiday and happy 2016.

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  30. As usual, I am up to my eyeballs here so let me take this moment now to wish Margaret and Hellen and all the pie eating gang on the front porch a safe, fun and even joyous Christmas and New Year! Keep on keeping on!

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  31. Thanks Helen! I have been waiting for this post! It is so surreal, what is happening this election season and I am glad you are bringing your brand of humor to the debate. Is this still the land of the free?

    Hope you, Margaret and your families have a happy holiday season. I will all porch dwellers the same. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all!

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  32. Ooohhh… I LOVE “Gatmo”…

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  33. Terri..and Gatmo
    I never said ALL the Jesuits, Catholics and Moslems are BAD. The majority, like you sheep, merely beileve their leaders and never look behind the scenes, nor do they read and quest for REAL history.
    Secret Societies are running things behind the scenes, and were not just made up during the middle ages, they were known of and better understood by earlier peoples, especially from Europe.
    They still exist, but more hidden because they control the medias which could bring more light to the masses on the subject. Those in HIGH places within those and most other organizations ARE those making up the secret societies, which I speak of.
    Sheeple are people who are blinded by traditions, and lied to throughout history, in various ways; having in-bread notions which make up a truly dumbed down society.
    Remember, what Patriots Jefferson, or Hamilton, once said ” Many times, the smartest man in the room, Is one most hated.” ( Probably because the information being given is beyond the sheeples capabilities of understanding? Or is it that they cannot accept ever being wrong? Anger during discussions towards others with different information or opinions shows a lack of knowledge or fear of NOT being right. ). It is a sad note that humans can be so small so as to not see beyond what they already embrace and understand as a truth.
    I do not take offense to your unbelief in the study of any and all things that really matter. Do not just chatter. Have an impact on the human existence.
    Scientists ALL have had that same uphill battle to finally have their studies and understood knowledge finally accepted by mankind. That is normal in a world of small people. It seems that never ends in this imperfect world.
    No Matter What You Say about my understandings on every subject, I still forgive you during this holy season, and every other of the 364 + holy days.
    I Wish You All a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holy Days to Everyone !
    Chrispy

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  34. Hey, Terri – Happy to see that your smack down skills are still fully operational! Sort of a weird way to say Happy Holidays, but here it is…

    Very best to all on The Porch for the New Year, and enjoy however you celebrate the yielding of darkness to light, once again – which is what this is all about, anyway, IMO. Winter Solstice is Tuesday PM; from then on, the days start getting longer. Yay!

    Blessings, hope, and courage all around, please – and not one word of hate or fear… That would make for an excellent year to come, for all.

    Gato

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  35. Crispy–you are one uneducated, nonsensical, irrational ranting hater. I have no idea where you get your so-called facts, but if I had to guess you either pulled them out of your ass or you read/listen to people who are similarly unhinged. Disparaging the Jesuits and all Catholics and Muslims is just plain stupid. Bigoted people like you are the biggest threat to this country. Real Christians abide by the word of Christ and show compassion and kindness to all refugees, including Syrians. And no, Europe has not turned away refugees. Germany, France, Italy and others have welcomed many Syrian refugees. Facts are facts–but I guess you don’t pay much attention to anything that doesn’t reek of a conspiracy theory.

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  36. Yeah, well the last attack on Planned Parenthood was by a middle-aged white dude ranting about “no more baby parts,” oh, Ye of the Highly-selective Memory. And Sandy Hook was perpetrated by a (young) white guy, and Aurora, and on and on and on…

    Have you ever been to an Apple store when a new iPhone comes out? I have, and there is inevitably a looong line of people, with cash, waiting to buy as many of the item as they possibly could, without a service contract – which makes them much more expensive, BTW. When I asked an Apple employee about why they were doing that, she said they take them back to their home countries, where they can sell them for way more than they paid. (And no, those countries are not generally in the Middle East.) There is no law against doing this, BTW, nor should there be.)

    As far as I recall, the first Americans DID have to fight for their freedom here. “We” slaughtered them, and their descendants now live on whatever land “we” have graciously permitted them to inhabit.

    The most dangerous aspect of life in this country is the insane proliferation of firearms, the ease of obtaining them, and the absolute refusal to enact any sort of reasonable restrictions, registration, or regulation. THAT is what more than 70% of our citizenry really wants, INCLUDING members of the NRA. Period.

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  37. I love you guys!

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  38. “Sometimes you might not like where you end up, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t actually there.” And that right there is the blaring reality that everyone can see except the not-so-crazy crazies in the Republican party. When the most boldly racist xenophobe is leading YOUR party’s vote then…yeah…if THIS doesn’t make you sit down and truly reflect on who you really are, then…hell…maybe all of y’all really are certifiably crazy.

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  39. The large numbers of cell phones were sold to a very few buyers..That is what alarmed the folks at Walmart enough to limit the sales one to a customer. The media did not state that it was to Middle Easterners, as it could have possibly construed as politically incorrect….by the idiots who do not sense danger.
    People in America have never had to fight for freedom on this land, since the North vs. South. Europeans have a completely different view on the refuges and the terror that they bring by those radically indoctrinated by ISIS.
    Americans need to awaken from the American Dream. We are at risk by our open borders.
    The last attack in San Bernadino ? WAS made by radicalized immigrant Moslems. They ARE a threat to the homeland.
    Watch the PBS Frontline Video I linked a few minutes ago. While the talking heads continue with their Left rhetoric, and how we are all immigrants..the the imminent danger is overlooked by those that chose to keep their heads buried in the sands. Europe sees and understands…..not the silent Americans.
    I will recheck what was reported on the cell phones, d on St. Louis NBC, CBS, FOX Newsfeed…The Post does not always re-iterate and regurgitate the media mind control we are fed.

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  40. Try to hold your apocalyptic horses there a second, Chrispy… Missouri itself is not getting “10,000 Syrian refugees”; that’s the anticipated number FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY. It is, at the moment, unknown how many will be resettled in any particular state. (I read the St. Louis Dispatch article, BTW, for this information.) And, no, they are NOT mostly “young men of fighting age”; they are families, with children, and sometimes grandparents.

    You don’t suppose the alleged “run on cell phones” at Walmart could in any way be related to the impending holidays, do you…? (There has also been a recent “run on gun sales,” too. Does that bother you, even the tiniest bit…? I’m betting those sales weren’t to “Syrian refugees,” either; I’m betting they were to “American Patriots,” defending their misinterpreted “second amendment rights”…)

    And keep in mind the recent Texan BS about Walmart basements being converted into “deportation camps” as part of the dreaded secret “government takeover”… (But, yes – tell those lies often enough and people will believe them.)

    Every time anyone opens his/her mouth and starts talking about how threatening “the Muslims” are, and how we need to watch out, it just provides narrative for all that indoctrination that so alarms you. Of course ISIS is doing its damnedest (deliberate choice of word) to convert people – but WE DON’T HAVE TO WRITE THEIR MATERIAL FOR THEM.

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  41. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/children-of-isis/.

    Until I watched this PBS Documentary, a few weeks ago, on the ISIS Indoctrination of Pakistani Children, I would have said Trump may be harsh in his thinking, concerning the limiting of immigration of refuges from the Middle East. After seeing this documentary, I better understood the danger of the ideology of the radicalization of the young Moslems in Pakistan. changed my mind on that matter.
    In 1798, a law was enacted to protect the newly formed United States from the dangers of letting in the British as immigrants. This law was used in WWII. No enemies were allowed to enter, America for a time, from the enemy countries, until the war was over.
    These poor radicalized children will never think well of America, in any terms.
    We must protect our homeland from any threats, from within, and without! A lax thinking is what caused the fall of the Roman Empire, along with the same ideals are being promoted in this country, today. According to polls, ( whatever that is worth ? ) 70% of Americans feel that the borders must be secured and the bringing in of Syrian refuges are an eminent threat to America! It is NOT forever to not allow them into the country, only for a short time, until we access and combat in some form the attacks being carried on around the world by ISIS.

    Here IS the documentary….Real Eye Opening…You will never think the same.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/film/children-of-isis/.

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  42. Hitler once said if you tell a big enough lie for a long enough time, people will believe it. The lie is older than any one of us.
    I believe Jefferson once said no need to lie, just put off telling the truth, for a long enough time. It works the same.
    That is just what has happened to the world, today. Lies and misinformation has created chaos in the minds of the majority of men, not knowing the truth.

    Also, Missourians are getting some 10,000 Syrian refugees, with most being younger men of fighting age! Just the other day, as reported by the mainstream media, in Mid Missouri, there was a run on the purchase of cell phones at a Walmart Store, by a very few buyers, AND also, gone missing in Missouri, were many empty and otherwise, propane tanks, in large proportions.
    I was told by a military man, 15 years ago, that the center of all communication trunk lines to all parts of America is in the Mid West.
    It would be the most vulnerable part of America to attack, as necessary, to disconnect and isolate without communication, all the other conjoined parts of our nation, in order to take us over.
    ISIS is a great threat to this country. The radicalization of recent VERY YOUNg Moslems in the Middle East is the threat, not so much those Moslems of yesteryear, coming to America! of earlier times are NOT the problem. Islam is not being used a religion, but rather, with the radicalization of even tiny babes, in Pakistan, it has turned into an ideology of hate and death.
    Europe knows of the dangers and how the ideology works, and refuses to be damaged by the ideology. Most of Europe refuses any refugees. The men of fighting age should be fighting for their country, not running away. I am not sure how many men refuges of fighting age, would be leaving their countries and running away during any war in history? If that happened in our country, the young men would be thought of as traitors, no? I will post the link to a PBS Special on “the Children of Isis… “

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  43. Hate to break it to you Chrispy but you are no better than the organized.

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  44. Happy Holidays to you as well!

    “Carpetbombing” ISIL is one of the dumbest things I heard in that joke-of-a-debate and dont get me started on that lyingifIsayitenoughtimessomeonewillbelievemefiorina.

    I am convinced he who shall not be named is just #1 medialand manufacture. We are very politically involved, we’ve been getting feedback from neighborhoods across the land; libertarians, conservatives, independents, libs are more supportive of Bernie than bought and paid for media wants us to know. They are scared.

    A Bernie/Hillary ticket would be great. Hillary can run later. We should not divide the ticket. Together we are stronger than any of those idiots.

    Dems need to vote midterm and local elections, the abysmal turnout is why we have the disgusting good for nothing congress we have today. The crazies always vote and they count on Democrat apathy.

    Great reading from you Margaret & Helen. Keep up the good work.

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  45. Jesus was born in spring, we are told. After the crucifixion of Christ, thousands of many small sects of followers who were scattered, were killed off? They were fed to lions, and killing them was considered a sport of the time.
    The Roman pagan government embraced Christianity in about 320 A..D. and created the roman church as a political ploy to unite the many peoples, having been conquered, most of which were pagans. They incorporated all the known pagan gods and goddesses into Christianity to be eventually accepted as a lie, by those who were not even allowed to read the words of God, His story, the Bible. Many more man made traditions were also woven into the beliefs and dogma over the last 1700 years.
    Even the protestors movement of 1520. A.D. carried with them, into their newly founded churches, many of the man made traditions, like the cross,
    ( the romans used the cross alone, and was known as a roman cruel means of death ) and many other beliefs, from the times of the Roman Empire. Many of the man made lies, accepted as truths over the centuries, which should have been scrapped, but were not, so we can really say the reformation was never really totally completed.
    We should not even honor the cross, as Jesus died, once and for all. Any replay of his death, over and over, again, is actually a denial of the and discounts and shows disbelief that we are set free from condemnation and death, by his death for our sins. We are free of death, now and God loves us so. Much; he wants the relationship with man that the death of Jesus allows. We are free of sin, by forgiveness, so as to go to be able to go directly to the throne of God for a relationship. Man no longer needed an intercessor such as the Jewish High Priests, between him and God.
    Easter and Halloween and even Christmas are satanic….pagan holy days, honoring the various gods. Even the Vatican STILL has in its courtyard, the sundial and the obelisk to honor Osiris and is a Phaelic symbol.
    We should honor God, Pray and Put Him First. Man does not have a right to make any man higher than the rest. Only God has the authority to do things like that. We are all brothers.
    Being politically correct seems to be the norm, today, but that is not what Christianity is. We are different, and we do not want to be of the world, only in the world. Like the Jewish peoples who were set aside from all men, at the time, to proclaim the one true God; Christians are set aside by the way we live and Love One Another. We were never meant to just rollover, however. Our love of God is to stand firm..

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  46. Heather, talking politics has no value. We get whatever leaders are placed in positions which the powers that be decides for us. They are doing whatever it takes to realize their goals of world domination.
    The 83 districts of Jesuits are under the Superior General who calls all the shots. The 12 families are the men behind controling the banking, educational and medical aystems of the world, and are direct decendants of the original Kings and Courts of Europe and the other Continents.
    Our own President Lincoln wrote a letter to his son, held and later a copy found by his Secretary, stating Lincoln feared and knew the Jesuits were dangerous to all countries. Everywhere they went under the guise of educating the poor, their natural resources were stolen, and the countries always stayed as third world countries. The poor could never utilize their own countries natural resouces to become more affluent, and break out of poverty. Lincoln said the Jesuits brought war, and chaos, and poverty, everywhere they went, to control the politics and printing and controllng their money. There were those back in the 1860’s that thought the Jesuits had him killed. Assasination was and still is their specialty. They take oaths to do whatever the Superior General tells them to do. ( he is called the black pope, and runs the church ) They are always to be given forgiveness for everything they are brainwashed to so as to meet their ends.
    They have infiltrated every organization, political party, and government, and religion around the world. That is why everthing has changed. They are also demon worshipers. They fund BOTH sides of every war since 1812. Very interesting, if you like history, and really care about mankind, and want to save it.
    The average person joining ANY organization, today, and throughout history has no knowledge of the goings ons of these organizations.

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  47. Is it true that no one knows the exact date of the birth of Jesus?

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  48. You’re right, not everything has to be about Santa and gifts. But also, not everything has to be about Jesus. There are lots of wonderful things about this season that we can ALL enjoy together – the pretty lights, the time with family and friends, etc. Stop trying to draw lines in the sand.

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  49. Evidently dishonesty is a Democrat value and Hillary Clinton’s lack of integrity is representative of the Democrats.

    The dishonorable Democrat candidate also gunning for regime change in Syria, dumbasses.

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  50. This year it seems the GOP is itching to lose. I hope. But maybe they have a more accurate read on the voters than I do.

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  51. Happy Holidays to you as well and your posts are THE BEST!! Thank you.

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  52. It is amazing to me that people who should be in a time out chair are running for President and are taken seriously by the media.

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  53. Christs birthday !!!! It’s nothing more than adults Santa claus … Compare and you’ll get the answer , omg this is the 20 th century …

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  54. Happy Holidays to you, as well!

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  55. Helen, I really love your posts and your gift for telling it like it is. But, as a Louisiana resident, I must defend our swampland tree stumps. Even they’re not that stupid.

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  56. Thanks for the post, Helen, and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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  57. I watch for your posts on my blogroll. I always get a chuckle and a whoop out of each and every post. Ya’ll are the best. Feliz Navidad from an expat in Mexico!

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  58. Bless your heart, Rebecca, if Christ had a birthday it would not be at this time of year, following evidence in your own Bible. The Catholic church, the earliest incarnation of the Christian faith, decided that coopting the holy days (hence holidays, so where is the objection again?) of faiths in countries Christianity spread to was a way to ensure people were comfortable. Easter- Oestre. Look up the Yuletide traditions. The middle of the dire winter turning point celebrations.

    Please at least TRY and educate yourself, rathe than treating your mind like a steel trap – all shut and rusting, buried under detritus?

    But please – you have a happy holidays, and stay safe:)

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  59. Merry Christmas to All ! And Happy Holy Days to All !
    Helen, I used to like everything you said like in 2008. You do not seem to be the same person. Your writing has become way more blasting, and mean spirited ! What’s Up?
    You all were totally Republican, and now? You seem to be Left and way more Progressive in your thinking! What’s up with that?
    I will have to check. In a search? ???? I do not think you are the same dame, this year !

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  60. Rebecca, you are wrong. We say “Happy holidays” at Hanukkah.

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  61. Rebecca, how about taking a kind remark at face value and answering it with kindness in return? Being inclusive doesn’t mean you’re losing anything.

    Does it actually hurt you in any way to say “Thank you! Same to you!” if someone doesn’t use your terms? I’m a Christian. I celebrate Christmas. I say Merry Christmas.Sometimes I inadvertently say it to a Jewish person and they say, “Thank you, but I’m Jewish.” I smile and wish them a happy Hanukkah. Kind wishes are kind wishes. Accept them with a smile, and give them back in return. Jesus might like that, right? Peace on earth, good will to ALL. ❤

    PS – Merry Christmas!

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  62. Helen, my aging and sometimes addled brain has difficulties with lists as well! Not only do I forget to bring them with me, but even when I I remember, I don’t always check it twice…forgetting stuff that’s right on the list….Oy!!
    And I’m with you on the Rethuglicans’ penchant for war…why is including everyone’s seasonal celebration considered a war on Christmas? Now they’re attacking the concept of being (too) PC….more war! Including everyone…being PC… sounds like a move towards a more peaceful and kind world to me.
    Which brings me to wishing Helen and Margaret and all the porch folks Happy Holidays and a healthy, happy and saner 2016.

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  63. Debate? These yahoos wouldn’t know a debate if it kissed them! Its all just a lot of playground stupidity! And I still say Trump plans to run as an independent and he has all the $$ and lawyers to turn the legislation around in states that forbid an independent candidate. I bet that is exactly what his legal squad is quietly doing right now which is why he is unrelenting in his psychotic campaign. He obviously has only contempt for the other simians on the stage with him. In his eyes they are all losers and he is the only winner.

    As for seasonal greetings, why not just grunt at each other and avoid any possible fight fights? I mean it. Really!

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  64. I am a USA citizen who has lived in the UK for 40 years. In the UK we are constantly baffled about the NRA stance in view of all the massacres of innocent people by single gunmen. Our police don’t carry guns! Donald trump has to regarded as a joke and I find it so scary that he is still in the game and bring taken seriously. I guess when only 1 in 10 Americans holds a passport this xenophobic attitude is more understandable. Keep the posts coming. Cheers!

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  65. Thank you for your common sense in a world where it has become so rare.

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  66. How wonderful to find a little sanity in this country! I lived 40 yrs in California where I participated in the first successful march on Los Angeles City Hall for Gay rights (early 60’s). Before that, I was the first full time RN hired in Planned Parenthood in ’64 in N.Oklahoma. Then after 40 yrs in California I retired in Texas and found this part of the country had completely lost their collective minds. Thanks to a friend I found you. These idiots in Texas have open carry and are trying to get in all the restricted areas and have set Women’s Rights back to the dark ages. I was a nurse on an Indian Reservation and started a black Planned Parenthood before desegregation and I didn’t even carry a bow and arrow! Keep up your good work! (I’m 81, by the way!)

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  67. Happy Holidays does not cut it. Merry Christmas puts Christ back into the reason. And Jesus is the real reason for the season. What is so wrong with calling each holiday by it’s given term. Nobody says Happy Holidays for Happy Chanukah ! Let’s quit being polictially correct with the celeration of the birth of Jesus. Not every thing has to be about Santa and gifts.

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  68. There’s one thing I like about The Donald. I am a practicing psychologist as well as a professor of clinical psychology. Donald gives me a great deal of material when it comes to honing my diagnostic skills and having a lot of material for my group of graduate students.

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  69. I live in San Marcos, I have known many people who came here from Mexico , I beg them to become citizens so they VOTE. So they will matter. LIKE THEY SAID BACK IN THE 60’S IF YOU DON’T VOTE THEN YOU CAN’T COMPLAIN. ALMOST EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO A COMPUTER. If not go to the nearest library and find out what is going on who to e-mail to let them know you are WATCHING them. You are a voter THAT IS OUR POWER.

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  70. Seems likely the other posts were drafts that weren’t intended to be published. Thanks, Helen!

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  71. You say exactly what I have been thinking. I only hope America is smart enough to avoid giving these fools any more power than they have. Cruz stupidly even revealed classified information just to argue a point that only he and Rubio even cared about. Ugly.

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  72. Helen you’re my shero. I mean it. Much love to you.

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  73. By not being more critical of the front runner and others over bigoted and xenophobic comments, the party owns them. Our ideals and freedoms are what make us who we are. When we cede the higher ground, we are just another country. These comments betray those ideals and make us less safe in the process.

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  74. Happy Holidays back at you. I hate what the Republican party has become! You like to think that who ever gets elected is smart enough to come in out of the rain, but with that crop that was on stage last night, well, maybe three of them would pass that Litmus Test. That’s scary!

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  75. Is not the word ‘holiday’ a derivative of ‘holy day’ which is a positive greeting for any and all religions?

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  76. I also received duplicate mail but when I came here to read got a blank page so sent off an email to Margaret. Now I get a page.

    Margaret I have spent more time on FB telling people Christmas and New Years is the Happy Holiday everyone is complaining about and quit fussing. Any nice greeting is fine.

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  77. Happiest of Holidays back to you Helen and keep up the good fight.

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  78. I’m 81 & I want to thank you two for proving that even though we get older doesn’t necessarily mean we lose it!!

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  79. This is the 4th version of this I’ve received. Please check with your email provider.

    Best, Mark

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  80. Love it! Yes, this is where the GOP is now, regardless of those who claim otherwise. The Republican people have spoken, and the Grand Poopah of Narcissism and Bad Hair is their choice. Own it, GOP.

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  81. This is the 4th time I have received this

    Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S® 6, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

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  82. I’m with you, Helen

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