A week of wild news loops

The DC news loops twirled into so many tangled knots this past week, that Tuesday’s bombshell firing of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, by today feels like ancient news.  The era of Trump increased the speed of the 24/7 news cycle dramatically, with the news media spinning out of control, often reporting hours of poorly vetted and unvetted information via tweets and retweets on Twitter, which the cable and print media then circulate.  It leaves many Americans consuming incomplete or false information sold as “news”, but even more than that it creates such a large volume of information piled up, that it becomes a daunting task to even sift for facts.

A very disturbing effort at character assassination took place this week too.  With the announcement of Mike Pompeo as President Trump’s choice to replace Rex Tillerson, came the announcement that Gina Haspel, a Deputy Director of the CIA was nominated to become the CIA Director.  Haspel became the target of a concerted media effort to destroy her reputation and tar her as a war criminal, who oversaw torture of prisoners at a CIA black site.

Once Haspel’s good name and reputation were completely sullied, ProPublica, which ran the damning report, which sent the mainstream media into its full-throated smear effort, issued a correction.  They admitted they got the story wrong and Haspel wasn’t in charge of that CIA black site during the alleged interrogations (the ones the media dubs torture).  Then in the most amazing feat of hypocrisy and self-delusion, these very same “journalists” began tweeting praise for ProPublica’s transparency and how wonderful it was that they corrected the story.  There seemed to be no awareness that they and ProPublica deliberately spent days destroying the good name and reputation of Gina Haspel and NONE of these other journalists bothered to get off their butts and independently investigate the FACTS in ProPublica’s story.  They all ran with ProPublica’s story.

Once Tillerson was fired many big name reporters also began a high-pitched, non-stop whispering campaign, about which other cabinet officials President Trump was going to fire next, citing unnamed sources naturally.   Reporting like this, from ace Trump whisperer, NY Times journalist, Maggie Haberman highlights this type of reporting:

Your head will literally be spinning with some of her breathless innuendo, always presented as “facts” and always cited as having numerous WH sources close to the matter.  When her innuendo doesn’t pan out, she excuses it as Trump changed course, because of their reporting…  It’s really risky to report as “fact” things people have NOT done yet.  It’s also risky to report on the “thinking of one person” based on second and third hand sources, but this SPIN effort to deliberately paint the White House in chaos was a full-court mainstream media effort from Tuesday to Friday.  The mainstream media was determined to present the White House as crumbling.

Within the White House, this type of mainstream media SPIN effort fuels distrust and anxiety among the President’s staff, which is what the mainstream media SPIN effort was intended to do.  It is part of the Left’s effort to take down Trump.

President Trump plays into a lot of this chaos and he also seems to feed on the power trip of having his staff walking on eggshells, wondering if they might be next to be fired or perhaps in Trump’s reality TV presidency production, cliffhangers like this staff chaos are good for viewers.  He doesn’t seem to be able to view the presidency as a serious position of trust, which demands he behave befitting the Office of the President.  With him, the presidency plods along as a reality TV production, to the detriment of the American people, but even more to the detriment of himself, because he has done nothing to bridge any of the divides in America or win acceptance among of over half of the country.  He also has not managed to defeat the Left’s #Resist effort, so he is stuck in this endless, death-match SPIN battle.

Friday almost passed with no big bombshell Trump news, but then late last night news broke of Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, firing Andrew McCabe, the FBI’s #2 top guy.

Today has the mainstream media railing about how badly McCabe has been treated, quoting Eric Holder and John Brennan as moral guideposts and pretty much in a state of hysterics.  So much for any objectivity.  And of course, within hours, there was President Trump throwing more fuel on the fire, tweeting:

Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI – A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!

The Left, which includes most of the mainstream media and Trump are still locked in this scorched earth information war and it’s still a war where neither side seems to be able to win.

The clear loser, as usual, is the American people.  We are held hostage to their SPIN and trying to sort through the mountains of distortions, disinformation, misinformation and downright fabrications spewed by both sides is an almost impossible task, unless you have plenty of spare time to devote to fact-checking and research.

No end in sight anytime soon…  The 2016 scorched earth information war flickers on and on and on…


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The real agenda

Kurt Schlichter Retweeted Ryan Nobles

Who thinks people so weak they sit in their cars and cry because they didn’t get their way in an election ought to be representing Americans to foreigners?🤔

Kurt Schlichter added,

In other blog posts I have taken a dim view of Kurt Schlichter’s no holds barred support of Trump and also his slash and burn tactics when it comes to attacking liberals.  However, yesterday he made a comment on a retweet, which goes to the heart of the an issue much larger than the one mentioned in this tweet and retweet exchange.

My youngest daughter, the baby of our family, is 30 years old.  Back when she was in middle school, she came home one day and informed me that her gifted teachers needed all of their parents to show up at some meeting at her middle school.  The topic was the school board had decided to move the middle school gifted program from my daughter’s school to another middle school less than 5 miles away and still right here in our same town.

When my daughter and I arrived, the gifted teachers had invited the local newspaper to cover this meeting and that infuriated me almost as much as these gifted teachers manipulating my daughter and other gifted students into a state of anxiety and anger about, what really was a piddly issue – moving the gifted program to another middle school, right here in our podunk GA town.  It wasn’t an earth-shattering move.   Most of the students, my daughter included, were Army brats, who had spent their lives moving all over the world, and they were seasoned movers.

The meeting began with the gifted teachers lamenting how terrible this move would be for “gifted students”, who are “special needs” students – read that as  “emotionally fragile and delicate snowflakes”, who can’t deal with a lot of changes.  Then the parents started raising their hands citing how delicate their gifted child was, in ever-increasing pathetic details.  I listened to this for a good 45 minutes to an hour and then I raised my hand.

What I said infuriated the gifted teachers and the gifted students’ parents.  It mortified my daughter too.  I expressed my outrage that gifted teachers were getting gifted students stirred up, because they didn’t want to move to the other middle school, which was the truth.  This whole charade was about those gifted teachers not wanting to move to the other school.  I also pointed out the school district was moving some truly disadvantaged special needs elementary students and busing them to another outlying school in the county, more than 10 miles away, yet no one was getting worked up about how those students will adjust.  Then I pointed out that these gifted students are America’s future leaders and if they are too delicate to handle riding a bus a few more minutes to another middle school, then our education and parenting are a total failure.

You could have heard a pin drop when I said my short piece – it was short too – just a few minutes, whereas many of the parents highlighting their snowflake kids’ sensitivities and “special needs” had gone on much longer.

My daughter was mortified and she whispered to me that I was supposed to be there to “support her gifted teachers”.   She was hanging her head in shame when the meeting ended, very soon after I spoke, and we headed to the car.  In the car, I told her that her teachers were wrong for manipulating their students into a frenzy about this move and that teachers should not play politics, using their students.   I also pointed out that if being “gifted” means being a total ninny, who can’t cope with a bus ride to a different school (a perfectly nice middle school in a nice building), then America is doomed.

It sounds like the U.S. State Department, like much of the U.S government, and academia, now have a sizable part of their workforce, which has been indoctrinated into this snowflake culture, my daughter’s gifted teachers were selling in the early 2000s.

It does not bode well for America, if those who are, supposedly, our best and brightest can’t cope with not getting their own way, working with others who hold different views, or even listening to people who hold different views.

Schlichter is right about these snowflakes not belonging at the State Department, but the problem goes much further than the State Department.  You can see it with the hysterical pink pussy hat crowd, you can see it with the hysterical college campus protests about “hate speech”, you can see it almost every time a liberal tries to stake a claim of moral superiority and silence other Americans from expressing a differing opinion.  You can also see it with the constant mainstream media stream, casting those who disagree with liberal orthodoxy as “racists”, “bigots”, “hate mongers” and tarring those with opposing views as people whom, we should not only not be listening to, but as people who must be silenced in America.

These snowflakes didn’t just become snowflakes when they got to college.  They have been cultivated in American public schools across America, for decades, where the liberal agenda controls every aspect of your child’s education.

Stella Morabito has written numerous articles about the cult-like indoctrination taking place in American schools and here are a couple of links:

Ask Not Who’s Running For President, Ask Who’s Running For School Board

13 Ways Public Schools Incubate Mental Instability In Kids

Morabito’s #6 explains what happened with my daughter’s gifted teachers stunt:

6. Public Schools Are Increasingly Politicized

Identity politics and leftist politicization in the schools is pervasive these days. It especially piles on young men the label of guilty oppressor. Schools are becoming hotbeds of all sorts of political activity instigated by administrators and teachers. Privilege theory is now morphing into a new stage in which students engage in tell-all criticism-and-self-criticism sessions disguised as exercises in empathy. The message is loud and clear: take part in this political activism, or your social and academic standing will suffer. It’s now commonplace to get students to take part in political marches and protests, getting them acclimated to acting in concert with a mob.


As I type, the news is blaring about the nationwide student school walkout…  What groups are behind the scenes organizing, promoting and funding this effort is the information reporters should be investigating, but expect only empathetic hand-holding and promotion from the mainstream media, as they help SELL this leftist anarchy.

Yes, they are fomenting anarchy – “tearing down the system”.  That is the real agenda at play.



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Short Sharyl Attkisson YouTube video

This Sharyl Attkisson Ted Talks video  on fake news is just under 10 minutes  and worth watching:

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Quit buying into other people’s bullshit

Heather Wilhelm wrote an interesting piece on the growing attacks on masculinity and boys in America.  She states:

In short, in our culture, International Women’s Day was pretty much like any other day. In America, cheers for women abound. Girls are often praised, in fact, just for being girls. They’ve been long oppressed, we’re told; we need to eternally shore them up. “Girls today are told that they can do anything, be anyone,” actor Michael Ian Black recently wrote in a much-discussed New York Times op-ed.

They’ve absorbed the message: They’re outperforming boys in school at every level. But it isn’t just about performance. To be a girl today is to be the beneficiary of decades of conversation about the complexities of womanhood, its many forms and expressions.

For boys, it’s a dramatically different story. The title of Black’s op-ed, in case you’re wondering, is “The Boys Are Not All Right.”

If you’re a parent to multiple boys in this day and age, perhaps you know the drill: Every once in a while, a friendly-yet-awestruck stranger will approach and publicly note the apparently terrifying gender of your children. It happens more often than you might think. On planes. In restaurants. At Target. “Oh, my goodness! You have all boys? ALL BOYS? I’m so sorry!” Insert a pause, a dramatic gasp, and a knowing/troubled look here. The weirdest part comes when they stand and wait for you to agree.

“Boys are fantastic,” I usually say, moving right along. Alas, not everyone thinks so.

The Growing Attack on Boys

As one who grew up in the midst of the great feminist revolution in the 60s and 70s, where we are at with gender issues is exactly where the rabid feminists of the 60s dreamed we would be.  It’s a world controlled by harping feminists dictating, using the most “dickish” antics, propaganda and shameless mob tactics to silence men and enforce their feminist dictates.

Any who dare to challenge the strident feminist sanctified mouthpieces will be attacked, face having their character and career viciously attacked and have their very job threatened.  The feminist witch covens will seek to destroy you or anyone else, who dares challenge their views,policies or mob tactics.  And the mainstream media, Leftist establishment and even many conservatives and Republicans (especially women) will fall right in line with the feminists’ propaganda stormtrooper media blitzkriegs.  New buzzwords and semantical word games always play big in these feminist attacks. (Like in the overwrought “MeToo” charade designed to cast all men as rapists).

Masculinity was a target of the feminist movement from the start, so those who decry that feminism was about “equal opportunity” for women or about promoting “women’s rights” are sadly deluded.  The movement was always about destroying traditional male norms (the evil patriarchy) in regards to male behavior and replacing male roles in all aspects of society, from the nuclear family to the highest positions of power with new feminist-approved feminist behavior and feminist-designed feminist roles.  Males have no standing in the feminist utopian power structure, but serve only as useful henpecked supporters of feminist causes.

This attack on boys and masculinity has been going on in America since the 1980s – it’s not new.  I wrote a blog post recently titled, Boys, and it’s the truth about how my sons were little hellions, as toddlers.   What I didn’t state was I was glad they were active, curious and exploring their world.  In 2013, I wrote a blog post, Control of the Home Roost.  Upon rereading it, I admit to making some sweeping judgements on ADD and ADHD, which I think were a bit too strident, like stating I think ADD and ADHD are total bullshit, made-up ailments.  However, there’s growing research to support the assertion that the abuse of misdiagnosis and overmedication of  boys is very high in America.  I wrote:

“We’ve got way too many parents who have never learned any self-restraint, self-discipline or how to follow a routine and then you stick kids into this chaotic mix and naturally the more disordered the home routine, the worse the kids behave. Set some rules and a routine and the vast majority of kids thrive and kids with problems benefit the most from a structured routine and consistent discipline.  We all  thrive if there is order in our lives”


Well, I still believe this is the truth and I ended that blog post with some blunt statements, which I also still believe are the truth:

“You want a simple solution – Quit buying into other people’s bullshit!  Think for yourself!  Quit listening to so many celebrity experts, mental health experts, and commercials selling magic pills.  Make your family the central focus of your life.  Start by learning to live by a routine and some rules yourself, then expand out to getting some organization in your family’s routine.  American culture is in chaos, because American homes are in chaos – it’s way past time for American women to regain control of the home roost.”


Now there’s some advice that should be emblazoned on billboards all across America in loud caps:


Heck, if enough Americans embraced and took that advice to heart, it could revolutionize America very quickly, LOL…


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My good cheer message: “Be Kind”

Ran to my local Walmart this morning and I found the perfect good cheer message with this $1.44 little wall plaque in the Easter section:

It’s so cute,  I had to buy it, of course.  Now, to figure out where to hang it near my desk here:-)

Home found – on hutch above my computer desk, so  I can look at it as I blog, lol:



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Pie in the sky musings…

In many past blog posts, I’ve mentioned my PA Dutch (not Amish, but PA Germans) heritage.  My father’s family settled in northeastern PA, before the Revolutionary War, making my family tree’s roots in the Pocono Mountain soil very deep.  While many of these PA Dutch relatives and neighbors greatly influenced my life, I have always felt truly fortunate that God blessed me with what I have always considered a wise, Jewish grandmother figure too (mentioned in previous blog posts: here, here, here, here).   My childhood UCC Reformed pastor was married to a lovely Jewish lady from New York City, who was educated at Teachers College Columbia University.

The parsonage for St. Matthew’s UCC Church in Kunkletown was not next-door to the church, but was on the edge of the village (yes, Kunkletown was officially designated a “village” in PA):

Hamlets and Villages[edit]

Villages in Pennsylvania are often small communities within a township that chose not to incorporate into a borough. Many villages are identified by the familiar PennDOT sign along a state highway. Lahaska is an example of typical village in suburbanPennsylvania.


The parsonage was directly across the road from my childhood home.

Our pastor and his wife.  Rev. and Mrs. Boehner,  had collected a very nice home library, which Mrs. Boehner kept meticulously organized and maintained.  They also subscribed to several magazines, some of which their subscription went back to the 1920s.  When Rev. Boehner retired in 1969, he turned a large building next to the parsonage, which  he had built for his woodworking, into a small retirement home.  In this small open floor plan design, with a small kitchen area, dining area, and living room area, they designed a long wall of floor-to-ceiling bookcases, with a built-in desk area centered along the wall, to showcase their home library.  Mrs. Boehner had her piano on one end of the living room too, which added to the air of culture, when you walked into their home.

Mrs. Boehner dedicated her life to doing good works, in a tradition long familiar in pastors’ wives.  She also became neighborhood children’s go-to source when writing school reports or needing information.  Kunkletown did not have a public library and I believe the nearest public library, when I was a kid, was in Stroudsburg, PA. (half-hour drive away) Later there was a local branch in Brodheadsville, PA (10 miles away).  Mrs.Boehner allowed us to use their home library like our own personal library and she graciously served as our volunteer librarian, project advisor and mentor with teaching us how to research topics.

Often, if we told Mrs. Boehner  our report topic, she would search her home library and magazine collection, which she had organized on small bookcases in their attic, and she would have the stack of books and magazines, with article pages bookmarked, waiting for us.  If we wanted to do some sleuthing ourselves, she allowed us to scamper up their attic ladder and spend hours up there looking through her magazine collection.  She often would climb up to check on us or join us in our efforts.  She was a great teacher.

By the time I was a teenager, she had singled me out as her favorite pupil and I am thankful everyday for the efforts she put into teaching me to think about many things larger than my little village.  She would often have books and magazines, neatly stacked, waiting for me, where she would smile and say, “Susie, I thought of you when I read this.”, then she’d proceed to explain an article or a book or often a quote she had jotted down, which she thought was memorable or important to what she believed was the best education –  a classic liberal arts education.

She allowed me to borrow her Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations and of course, I have a copy of my own now.  She told me that it would be a good idea if I started a notebook to keep my favorite quotations all in one place.  I immediately got a Mead spiral organizer notebook, with pockets to serve as my very own quote notebook.  I still have it:

Mrs. Boehner subscribed to Yankee Magazine, often having articles marked, in the latest one, waiting for me to read.   I developed a soft spot in my heart for that Yankee Magazine and later their books.  Even though Yankee Magazine is about New England, I felt a deep connection to much of the homespun advice and stories.   Her love of Yankee Magazine led to my love of it too, but also my interest in learning how “everything” was done in the “olden days”.  I acquire books like:

And, another fascination of mine is what nowadays they call  “repurposing”.  That is the process of taking old junk and turning it into some sort of other usable item.  I think this  book title is more honest:

However, you might find real gems, so a book like this is handy too:

All of this brings me to the one thing that I laid claim to as a definitive PA Dutch habit – one I grew up embracing wholeheartedly and one my husband never understood, no matter how often I told him, “Pie is the best thing to eat for breakfast. PERIOD!”  I grew up eating pie for breakfast, even though my mother cooked traditional breakfast spreads and we had plenty of cold cereal, oatmeal and even Cream of Wheat options to choose from.

My favorite pies for breakfast were shoofly pie, which is the PA Dutch molasses crumb pie and funny cake, which only the PA Dutch would embrace, with its total disregard for piling in as many extra calories and fat into one dessert as possible.  Funny cake is yellow cake, marbled with chocolate syrup, which pools in a nice gooey layer on the bottom, inside a flaky pie shell – yes, it’s a cake baked in a pie shell.  I used to bake both often when my kids were little.

Funny Cake

Cake batter:

2 1/4 c. flour

1 2/3 c. sugar

3/4 c. milk

2/3 c. Crisco vegetable shortening

1 tsp. salt

3 1/2 tsp. baking powder

Beat, then add:

1/2 c. milk

3 unbeaten eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

Pour batter into 2 – 9″ pie plates lined with unbaked pie shells.  Pour funny cake liquid over each pie and bake at 375 degrees or 30-35 minutes.

Funny Cake Liquid:

1/2 c. cocoa

1 c. sugar

1 c. boiling water

1 tsp. vanilla extract

(Do not cool before pouring over batter)

Then I realized that eating pie for breakfast wasn’t really just a PA Dutch thing…

“A Yankee, to a European, is any American.  To a Southerner, it’s  a Northerner; to  Northerner it’s a New Englander; to a New Englander, a resident of Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont.  But to those of us who are still not excluded by other definition, it’s someone who eats pie for breakfast.

The breed is getting rarer, since most people don’t eat anything for breakfast anymore — or not so’s you’d notice.  Pie for breakfast is a custom from the days when breakfast was a full and hearty meal eaten after a couple of hours of pre-dawn work had already taken place.”

Pie For Breakfast by Barbara Radcliffe Rogers, p. 168, The Yankee Magazine Cookbook

Well, even if eating pie for breakfast isn’t just a PA Dutch thing, let me assure you that shoofly pie or funny cake are way better with a cup of hot coffee in the morning than apple pie or some other not-PA Dutch pie selection;-)

Failing that, my mother baked homemade cinnamon rolls that were to die for…

Have a nice day:-)

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Angels among us…

Today’s Little Book of Virtues quote…

I don’t know if I mentioned before, that along with teddy bears and bunnies, I also like collecting angels here and there.  Here are a few of my favorites:

My October angel (my birthday is Oct. 17th)




My “Norma” mother angel, which is special, because my mother was also a  “Norma”.  I asked my husband if it was okay if I bought 6 of these angels years ago, so that my three sisters and two brothers would each have their own special “Norma” angel .




This small glass shelf is in my bedroom:


Favorite items on that shelf:

Sweet little girl angel:


My childhood Bible, given to me on Dec. 25, 1966, at St. Matthews Sunday School  in Kunkletown, PA – Jesus teaching children on the cover:



A guardian angel given to me by a Wal-Mart co-worker, who is also a young single mother (she is living with her daughters’ father now, thankfully).   She is an inspiration, who proves that with faith, hard work, despite having a drug addict mother and all the odds stacked against her, she is succeeding at providing a stable, loving home for her two daughters.  She is a true inspiration to me and I am so thankful that I have been blessed to have her as a friend:



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