Monday, November 30, 2015
This is a really short but great look at how an old Walmart was turned into a Public Library in McAllen TX, What a wonderful idea, now if they could take a few dozen more and do it again, as well as turn a few into musical libraries for us to enjoy! See pics and story here....
PigPen, this is for you, while I love Satchmo's version, this is me...and I do love me some horn, I am partial to the sax...I played clarinet for about 7years. I have always wanted to learn to play the piano...had the opportunity to be around one for a bit and taught myself to play Heart & Soul by ear...but it's pretty easy.
This soldier’s story is shocking and heartbreaking, but serves as a serious warning about what we, as a nation are getting ourselves into if we bring hundreds of thousands of people to our country whose beliefs are diametrically opposed to ours. These are also people who have no intention of assimilating in our country, as their actions are justified as part of their faith… I don’t typically go on rants or express my political beliefs here (Facebook), but I just have to get this off my mind. As some of you know, I’m active duty Army. Aside from that, I am a medic. I’ve spent 3 years of my life overseas in both Afghanistan and Iraq. I’ve seen some pretty atrocious sites caused by war, from both sides. I’ve picked up blown up body parts of friends and I’ve saved the lives of guys who were trying to kill me and my guys right before I was keeping them from their 72 virgins or whatever they believe awaits them on the other side. Here is an unbiased truthful view to the Syrian refugee situation. My first deployment to Iraq, in 2006, my unit voluntarily ran a childrens burn clinic outside of the FOB. It was a constant target for attacks. You would think that people wouldn’t shoot mortars or rockets at their own children, but you would be wrong. We saw hundreds of children, from infants to 18 year olds. The overwhelming majority of the kids we saw (90% or better) were clear cases of abuse. These parents were literally dunking their kids in boiling water, or throwing hot chai at their kids faces… Yes, we’re talking about babies, toddlers, kids not even old enough to understand why their parents would do these things to them. HUNDREDS of kids… We saw quite a few of these kids that were sexually abused, both girls and boys. Their parents acted if nothing was wrong with this, even when confronted by our doctors. This is the mentality of their society, not the viewpoint of a few individuals… these beliefs have been accepted to the vast majority of these people. Many were educated, well dressed, well spoken men, but yet, they still raped their own children, and kept chai boys (if you don’t know what that means, google it.) During that deployment, we also captured the 3rd largest EFP cache that had ever been captured. There were hundreds of copper plates, homemade explosives, fake curbs to house the EFP’s, hundreds of mortars and rockets and howitzer rounds, even an anti-aircraft gun. All of these things came from one place, Syria. Almost every single IED or EFP we found or hit could be traced back to Syria… A lot of the terrorists we captured were from SYRIA… Imagine that. Fast forward a couple years, and I find myself in Helmand Province, in Afghanistan… We had a group of Afghani’s that were paid to help guard our little mud hut in the middle of an Afghan village (I wasn’t on a fob) These guys also kept a “chai boy” A boy, about 11 years old, who was there to serve these guys sexually. We heard him being sexually assaulted many times, but there was nothing we could do about it. We asked the police, the Afghan Army, and we were told the same thing every time…. it’s their culture, and accepted as the norm…. Once again, we captured Syrian made explosives, weapons, and other items… We found Syrian passports during raids… And people out there want us to let these people into the US, with our kids, and near our wives. Near our schools, near our churches, synogogues, malls. Places where we should never have to fear being blown up, shot, kidnapped and tortured… Don’t forget what they did to the Egyptian Coptic Christians, or the Jordanian pilot… Don’t forget about what they do to rape victims! They stone these women to death for being raped! They behead their own people. Do you think they will show mercy to you? Look at the rape statistics in Denmark, Sweden, Belgium. Facts don’t lie… 97% of rapes committed in Sweden were committed by Muslim immigrants… And you want 10,000 of these people here? Even if just 1% of these so called “refugees” were ISIS supporters or active ISIS terrorists, would that be acceptable to you? Chew on it… think about it. Take a good look at your kids or your wife and decide if the risk is worth taking. Feel free to share this if you want. -Christopher Allard, Facebook post Nov. 16, 2015
Sunday, November 29, 2015
The Crayon Initiative is an awesome program, this is proving the truth that it can take a village to raise a child, or that one person can make a difference, or planting a single seed can feed many. I just think the arts are important for the brain to function at full capacity. Please check out what this organization is about.
I have had two people in my family pass this month..My fathers sister my Aunt Phyllis...she was the jokester, the one who pulled pranks, some did not find her humor funny, me, well....I have that same type of humor...she said that proves I am a Clark woman..cause I am a bitch...I will defer to that always...I will share her picture in a moment. The other person is Manuel Sanchez, he is my eldest son Josh's Godmothers husband, a wonderfully devout man, very quiet, always ready with a smile, a firm handshake, and a clasp of the shoulder asking if there is anything you need and how you're doing...two very special people, I believe earned their wings and will be missed, will continue to be loved.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Saw this recipe on Facebook, but think I can make it sugarfree...so I am going to do a variation of it and will let you know how it goes but here is the original, my changes will obviously be sugar free pudding,graham crackers and cool whip, and for the choco on top will replace powdered sugar with equivelent of Splenda...I am so proud that I completed the Thanksgiving holiday without touching one dessert....sooo I think a nice sugar free reward is in order...Eclair Cake sounds like a way to go.
I can feel the beat on this one....Ken and I even danced to it one night, I had closed myself up in my room with a quart of Jack and turned up the music...he came in and actually danced to it...lmao...poor man he tried so HARD to keep the beat...hahaha...anyway...here is the deal...the words are STUPID! The song is vapid at best..so I looked up the video to see what the deal was...well damn....a dude is dancing, chicks are throwing alcohol on him, then Caitlyn Jenner throws a lighter on him and sets his silly ass on fire...He keeps singing and dancing like he is Fred Astaire. Now tell me how this benefits the demographic it is aimed towards...and is it too soon to mention Michael Jackson and flames here? Not a positive message in my opinion. The Weekend..the group...good sound, love the guys teeth, cute guy, BAD hair do....but really is it cool to burn till you are a melted pile of goo on the floor? Well, I think NOT! I bet if he drank those drinks she was throwing at him and then slipped, fell down and smashed his face on the curb, he wouldn't be able to feel his face either, at least for a while...and the outcome would be a whole lot better than that melted pile of goo! It would also make a great PSA for the youth today about the dangers of drinking, smoking, and fire. Pay attention people...snicker, Just trying to get my PC on.
I read this poem over 30 years ago, and it resonated with me....so many people are not who they claim to be, everyone seems to wear a mask, therefor I constantly look and listen to see what else is there. Will the world ever be a place that what one says is what one means, and who one portays themselves to be is actually who they are? Who are you?
If you have stopped by my page a couple of times you have already figured out that I love music. I wake up grab my cuppa joe and head to my little room where I can crank the sounds, drink my coffee and figure out what my day is gonna be about. Music can pick me up, sit me down, make me shake my groove thang, bring tears to my eyes, recall past loves, make me wanna jump my hubby, and bring me memories of my past, my father polishing his army boots at 4 in the morning while he drank his coffee and smoked his smokes in his fatigues and preparing for his day, listening to anything from Marty Robbins to Englebert Humperdink or The Stylistics, Gladys Knight and the Pips....he listened to it all. I would sneak and get up extra early so I could sit quietly in the dark to see what he was listening to each morning. I remember being one of those bratty teens that had a boom box, that walked around with it on my shoulder, playing loud, in Japan, off base...gosh...memories,,,anyway, Dad while a drill Sgt. a very serious man...had a strong love of music and he passed it down to me...a gift that I am soooo thankful for...Etta James has mended my broken heart so many times and Floyed Kramers fingers have pounded on that piano for me to get my mind in the right place too many times to count. I have danced my butt off to KC and the Sunshine Band...lol, too many times to count on the bluff abovy Kinnick Middle High School, in Yokohama...in a polyester, red, Yes I did,suit...hahaha..off point..movin on. I have thanked my father for this gift...and to this day we collect albums and turntables together....he will find some at a yard sale and bring them to me and its like Christmas morning each time....I crank up the tunes and clean house, I select an old vinyl and put on the spinner and paint...it just soothes me...now te one thing that my honey does not really care for...is that no matter what kind of music it is...I like it LOUD! You would think I was losing my hearing not my eyesight. I remember when we came back from Japan, Dad let be bring the reel to reel into my room, or maybe he was in Turkey, so I did it anyway, but I had Ronnie Milsap playing and I stood in front of the mirror singing along with my eyes closed, trying to feel what he must feel like singing...lol silly girl.....I stray alot sorry. so..... But he never ever tells me to turn it down, because he knows me and he knows I am either working something out, or rather it is working on me. I hope you enjoy at least some of the sounds you hear, here. I love each and every one...ok well I will put a few that are up for debate, just because I cannot understand why they made this point on their video or whatever...so please feel free to let me know what you like and what you dont.
His album is called TRAVELER AND IT IS WORTH EVERY PENNY!
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