—-That once upon a time, Russia and America were friends.
That’s right. We actually got along with Russia. The young republic got along fabulously with the Tzars. And according to Suzanne Massie, a Russian Historian, the young republic not only got along fine with them, Russia’s support helped us win the Civil War.
From a speech delivered to the 15th annual Wirth Washington Seminar at a luncheon meeting in the Russell Caucus Room of the Unites State Senate, Washington D.C., at noon on April 21, 1989.
In 1860, Alexander II wrote admiringly of the United States as “presenting a spectacle of prosperity without example in the annals of history” and the Tsar and his ministers were firm in the belief that the Union must be preserved. When the French urged the British and the Russians to join them in full recognition of the Confederacy, the Imperial Government refused. And when in 1865 at a critical moment in the Civil War, a Russian Frigate and two Russian corvettes steamed into New York harbor, the event cause as mu joy in the United States as it did surprise and consternation in France and England.
The timely appearance of the Russian Fleet caused the French and English to hesitate in giving support to the Confederacy.
Most of the speech was about how after the Berlin Wall fell down, the United States didn’t really do much to become closer friends with Russia. And I must admit, I remember how excited everyone was at the time, the two peoples of each country wanting to be enemies no more, TV shows and reporters were doing big programs, everyone was amazed and happy about making friends with Russians, and yet Daddy Bush acted mostly like…okay…it wasn’t MY victory, and didn’t talk much at all about Russia.
That was Reagan’s legacy, and he needed one of his own.
To this nobody, it seemed to be a horrible loss. But, you can’t make much money if you don’t have an enemy, can you?
I can’t put up the whole speech here, but I will tell you that Al Gore was in the audience that day.
Now, pay attention to the first two suggestions she gave, and remind yourself, this was said, not in 2015, but in 1989.
What was at the top of the list?
Ms Masses said:
- We should, I believe, energetically propose a generous and comprehensive plan to join forces with the Soviet Union to combat the problems of environmental degradation which threatens our common planet. We are being told today by environmental experts that we have ten years to turn the situation around. In the Soviet Union the situation may be even worse: their expert are saying that for them it is now and perhaps even yesterday.
- We should more vigorously explore the possibility of joining forces to combat terrorism as was proposed recently at an international police conference.
- We could perhaps be a little more sensitive to certain pressing regional concern of the Soviet Union. As one speaker at a recent conferences I attended asked, “How would you like to have Iran on your border?”
Guess what? Ms Massie…the planet is still here…26 years later.
If you go by the usual Washington power politics, you can say that global warming scheme to get everyone into a One World Government, happened on George W.H. Bush’s watch
And— you have to wonder…IF the United States had helped Russia deal with Iran so long ago, would we be in this mess now?
We didn’t help Russia then, but Putin asked us NOW to help deal with the problems of terrorism.
Obama says uh….no. So, the United States and Russia are back to slipping into a cold war again.
And that’s a shame.
Germany…has gone nuts. We aren’t hearing much about the chaos that Germany’s leader, Angela Merkel is forcing upon her country….
Her SOCIALIST country. Of course we wouldn’t. They don’t want Americans to think about it.
Yes, Angela, a WOMAN, is asking the German people to take care of the thousands upon thousands of Muslims that are rushing into her country. That’s how a woman rules; With kindness. With compassion, with heart….because they’ve been mothers and grandmothers and mothers take CARE of the world, so much better than a man would—and yada, yada…or so we are told.
Widows are being forced out of their homes and apartments to make way for the Muslim masses.
And the masses are getting impatient. Angela, being a woman, being motherly, has decided that everyone who comes into the country can become a citizen. Automatically. Citizen. Wow. That caused half of the Kingdom to rush in for her free goodies.
And now, so many people are flooding into Germany, they can’t find places for them fast enough.
There were almost 6,000 new arrivals EVERY DAY in September as frontline EU states buckled under the weight of record numbers fleeing war and poverty. Around 20 Syrian migrants have filed a case against the Berlin state Government demanding immediate access to shelter and benefits after waiting for more than a week to be registered by the authorities.
Rapes are being reported. Lots of rapes. No one feels safe anymore. It’s bad enough that you are introducing cultures which have nothing to do with each other, it’s quite another to make the kids take care of them.
That’s right. Some of the parents are complaining.
The Kiel Ministry of Education has made it clear that starting this week, 13-14-year-old eighth-graders from one school in the city of Lübeck have been putting fresh linen on refugees’ beds, helping out in the kitchen of the asylum seekers’ center and sorting clothes collected for the migrants. The chores last from 8:30am till 1:30pm.
A school in Lübeck, Germany, included “practical work experience” at a local asylum center into a week activities. The plan angered parents opposed the idea of their children changing linen on refugees’ beds, helping to cook food and sorting clothes.
Can you imagine any President in our country doing that?
Jeb Bush? Hillary? Rubio?
Sadly, I can. Yes.
In socialist Germany, if you refuse to NOT take care of these ‘refugees’ you will regret it. The social media would come after you. And then…you would be labeled radical and xenophobic, which eventually could cost you your job and your children.
Germany may be a wealthy nation, but what price do the German people pay for their socialist leader, Angela Merkel?
Nobody Wins when the world leaders are embracing tyranny, and disguising it as compassion.
And if Hillary becomes President, that ‘compassion’ will be in full display.
If Andrew Jackson gets taken off the twenty-dollar bill, there is only ONE person to blame: Hillary Clinton. During the debate last night, CNN asked the candidates what women should be put on the twenty-dollar bill? The men all gave politically correct answers, but Carly Fiorina gave the right one: We shouldn’t change it.
The complaint from the left? Too many white men faces on our currency. Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman are both women and black…and Obama will probably have the last say, even though, if he could, he would pick himself.
A few of the men suggested Rosa Parks (Including Trump)
Now, no offense to Rosa Parks, but that “I’m not giving up my seat on the bus” incident didn’t happen in a vacuum. It was, by most accounts that I’ve read, well organized…it was meant to make headlines.
Let’s compare Rosa’s life to Andrew Jackson…a man whom both John Adams and his son John Quincy, despised: Andrew Jackson was a tough ruthless killer….and it was Jackson who took care of American’s “Indian” problem. Never mind that their land was taken over by those horrible white Europeans who basically invaded their country…and the rest is history.
The way he treated Indians is why both the Adams hated him. But…in the light of history, he DID do some great things for America.
After the revolution, Americans thought, well…those ‘savages’ must either assimilate or move west. Americans were organized in townships, and states. The Indians were organized into tribes, and the hunt for game. Two different cultures. Two cultures that were not going to mix.
Now, remember—- the British had a policy of organizing and arming Indians against the United States. In the region of the Apalachicola River, the British major Edward Nicholas, with four officers and 108 Royal Marines, armed and trained over 4,000 Creeks and Seminoles, distributing 3,000 muskets, 1,000 carbines, 1,000 pistols, 500 rifles, and a million rounds of ammunition. That it was the British arming the Indians was left out of most American history books.
Most of the Indians thought it was a bad idea to attack the whites, but the Shawnee Chief Tecumseh wanted blood:
‘Let the white race perish! They seize your land. They corrupt your women. They trample on the bones of your dead! Burn their dwellings, destroy their stock, slay their wives and children that their very breed may perish! War now! War Always! War on the ling War on the dead! “
If ONLY he could have said Allah Akbar!
Anyway, Tecumseh got war. The Creeks came upon some settlers in Ohio, and murdered 553 men, women, and children and took away 250 scalps on poles.
“The children were seized by the legs and killed by battering their heads against the stockading, the women were scalped, and those who were pregnant were opened while they were alive and the embryo infants let out of the womb. “
Well, they were so ruthless in their attack…America was appalled.
Enter stage left: Andrew Jackson. He got up an arm of 5,000 strong and attacked their main fortress at Horseshoe Bend. Jackson won that battle and killed a total of 557 plus another 300 drowned. After that, he went on a rampage, burning villages and destroying crops and the Indians just gave up.
The people of the NASCAR South can thank Andrew Jackson, and he wasn’t finished. But it was in the Battle of New Orleans that Andrew Jackson did his most impressive feat.
When he reached New Orleans on December 1, he found it virtually undefended. He worked swiftly. He formed the local pirates, who hated the Royal Navy, on whose ships they were periodically hanged, into a defensive unit. Hundreds of free blacks were turned into a battalion under white officers. He paid them well. When his paymaster protested, Jackson told him, “Be pleased to keep to yourself you opinions…without inquiring whether the troops are white, black or tea.”
By the time the British got there, with sixty ships and 14,000 troops, New Orleans was strongly defended. (A History of the American People)
The British land commander General Sir Edward Pakenham, “not the brightest genius” as his brother- in -law the Duke of Wellington put it, planned a two-pronged assault, up the almost undefended left bank of the Mississippi to take the rampart from the rear, while his troops in front kept the defenders occupied. They got lost, and delayed, so he proceeded with a frontal assault.
The result was a pointless slaughter of brave men. The advancing redcoats met a combination of grapeshot, canister shell rifles, and muskets all skillfully directed by Jackson himself. All three British generals were killed. Jackson lot only thirteen killed. The British lost 291, with 484 missing and over a thousand wounded.
Codrington, watching from HMS Tonnat could only shake his head in disbelief at the debacle. “there never was” her wrote to his wife, ” a more complete failure. “
The Battle of New Orleans put the final nail in the coffin of Britain and America fighting each other. They made a deal…Britain could have Canada, and we got the rest of the country in the Treaty of Ghent.
And it was.
And this is all about electing a woman president. If it was just about too many white men being on our money, Obama would have put Martin Luther King.
Whether you thought the man was a ruthless killer or a moron, the truth is, it’s changing our history once again. All this burning of the Confederate Flag is no different from ISIS going around destroying ancient historical monuments.
I think Jackson earned his spot in history AND on our twenty-dollar bill.
It’s silly move, it’s a insidious move, and it took a conservative woman to say it.
The last time anybody north of Miami thought of Cuba was in Godfather II–the scene where the Mafia Jew, Hyman Roth, gathered his Mafia friends in Cuba to celebrate his birthday.
I’m so excited. But not as much as John Kerry. For the first time in history…John Kerry can actually give a speech where everybody HAD to stand in line and listen. After the Iran daily meetings, John finally got to do what he loves to do best: PRETEND he won the election, and pretend that the world cares—-
“The United States will always remain a champion of democratic principles and reforms,” he said. “We remain convinced the people of Cuba would be best served by a genuine democracy, where people are free to choose their leaders, express their ideas, practice their faith.”
Ha ha ha ha ha….Right. The people in Cuba will be free to choose a new cell phone plan, and some more Apple I-phones, and sell some of those fabulous cars to some really rich liberals, but the leaders are going to stay in place LONG after they die. I can see Castro and his brother being stuffed and preserved in perpetual rule for at least another hundred years.
While most of us see this as a simple money grabbing play from BOTH sides…Castro will get his millions, Obama will get his millions by selling GITMO, and some major companies will get to sell their fast food franchises while smoking Cuban cigars legally in their Havana hotel rooms, the rest of us still remember watching our dads dig fallout shelters in the back yard, and think:It could STILL happen.
What did the Republicans say?
“Instead of embracing democracy and changing their oppressive behavior, the Castro regime has countered with a list of expensive demands and continued to deny basic freedoms to its own people,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement Friday. “Opening the door to an embassy in Cuba will not open the door to democracy for the Cuban people.”
Cuba will remain communist. We deal with China every day and THEY remained communist. Do you really think this is going to change Cuba?
What is really happening is instead of democracy spreading into communists countries..America is turning communist!
Gee. It wasn’t suppose to work like that, was it?
So, Nobody Cares if I don’t get too exacted about an embassy opening in Cuba.
In the end it’s just another place that can be crashed and burned…until then, VIVA Comrades! How much do you want for that 1969 Corvette Stingray? It’s okay, just put the REST of the merchandise in the trunk, pack it on the boat, and come on up!
Better pack some diapers. You never know.
One of the reasons Franklin opposed slavery was because he didn’t want the blacks overpopulating the country:
“The number of purely white people in the world is proportionately very small. All Africa is black or tawny: Asia Chiefly tawny: America (exclusive of the newcomers) wholly so. And in Europe the Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians and Swedes are generally of what we call a swarthy complexion: as are the Germans also, the Saxons only excepted, who with the English make the principal body of white people on the face of the earth. I would wish their numbers were increased…But perhaps I am partial to the complexion of my country, for such kind of partiality is natural to mankind.”
Now…you might right away go “SEE! The founders were racists and the white people are still racists.”
“Why should the Palatine boor be suffered to swarm into our settlements and, by herding together, establish their language and manners to the exclusion of ours? Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a colony of aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us, instead of us Anglicizing them? ” He wanted them to speak English “for any Post of trust, profit or honor.”
He also didn’t want Englishmen to marry German woman.
He wasn’t alone. Neither Washington nor Jefferson wanted large scale immigration. Today, they would be right up there with Donald Trump trying to stop the mass migration of the rest of the world.
Benjamin got his way: the wise decision of our early leaders said that immigrants had to assimilate into the white culture. They had to speak English at school. That’s…no longer true. And it’s made a horrible mess, as all our founders would have predicted.
Nobody Thinks we can safely say, that ALL races are tribal, and prefer their own race to others. Scientists. will tell you it’s even in our DNA….so how do we all get along? Maybe we’re…not meant to that much. Has anybody ever even considered that? Does the ostrich want to hang out with the Eagle? Not the same thing Joyanna….really?
The elephant in the Benjamin Franklin room, is that while social engineers have been trying for YEARS (and are now mandating it) to mix the tribes into one big happy human race, short of altering our genetic code, it’s not an easy task. They tell us we are all equal genetically speaking, but have you ever taken a look at the NBA lineups? And now they are trying to take something that is not found in even human nature very much, and insist that it’s “normal.”
And we deny that humans….are all snowflakes, and really DO like to hang out with their own tribes…on the whole.
And while the brown people of the world want to rejoice that soon the white people will disappear, there might come a day when they will remember…..
The vast wonderful world of inventions that white people have invented for the rest of humanity to survive.
When the white farmers in Africa were run out of their farms by the blacks..
The blacks starved.
I wouldn’t be so quick to get rid of the white race if I were the rest of the world….just yet. After all, some of us can even dance.
Here’s an excellent comparison of Jihad VS the Crusades.
Bill Warner (Ph.D) shows the facts about Islam….and of course, our President doesn’t deal in facts.
Hey, I thought this was informative ..
Enjoy….and pass around.
Let’s go back to the glory of England, before the revolutionary war, shall we?
King George II, was by all accounts, a pretty good King. He was a sensible man by all accounts.
And then, war came. George Washington basically kicked off the world war, known as the Seven Years War (1756-63) by attacking the French near Pittsburgh. (Wow, ONLY seven years?)
“The volley fired by a young Virginian in the backwoods of America set the world on fire.” Horace Walpole
The war between the French and the English raged in North America, in Central and South America, in the Caribbean and in India and the East AND in Europe…it was King George II, who stepped up to the plate. This was the final conflict between England and France for the United States.
Of course, England had the advantage by sheer population here. The French were scattered, into Canada, and the region of the Great Lakes, and thinly throughout the center of the country, where they claimed to have the whole Mississippi basin.
It was the fear of France which bound the Americans together. The French taxed heavily, and were Catholics, which did not practice tolerance at the time. The Catholic Church was NOT popular in colonial America.
So the British won that war. Thanks to a William Pitt, whose armies conquered Quebec.
In 1763, in the Peace of Paris, there was a treaty signed. Britain had defeated the French, but at the time, they didn’t think America was so important.
They spent most of the peace process arguing over the Caribbean sugar island, which made them ready cash. Britain seize St. Vincent, the Grenadines, Tobago, Dominica, St. Lucia, but then thought again, and handed BACK Guadeloupe, Martinique, and St. Lucia.. The French surrendered the whole of Canada, Nova Scotia, and the Ohio Valley.
Britain handed Cuba and Manila BACK to Spain. (Another BIG mistake.) Yes, those islands once belonged to Britain. France gave Spain all of Louisiana to compensate it for the losses in Florida to Britain.
More American territory changed hands in this settlement than in any other international treaty before or since.
George the II had done well.
But then came…George the III. He was “young, self confidant, ignorant, opinionated, inflexible” and most of all, he employed second-rate men to manage a corrupt House of commons.
He placed the most incompetent men throughout his empire.
Among his bad picks were : The Earl of Bute, George Grenville, the Marquee of Rockingham, the Duke of Grafton, and Lord North.
Unfortunately for England, the colonies had one of the most remarkable group of men in history to lead them. At times, they were genius. They were sensible, broad-minded, courageous, well-educated, mature and long sighted
Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Hamilton, Madison, and Adams. The group as a whole was more formidable than the sum of its part.
In the words of British historian Paul Johnson
“Great events in history are determined by all kinds of factors, but the most important single on is always the quality of the people in charge: and never was this principle more convincingly demonstrated than in the struggle for American independence.”
To sum it up: Leaders can make or break a country…Hitler being the best example. Churchill saved England. We had Eisenhower in WWII. Great leaders make all the difference in the world, and history proves that again and again.
Yes, before the revolutionary war– England had it all, but King George III was much like Obama.
He blew it.
If we think about anything this weekend, we should remember, that only great leaders can make a country, and since we are being warned that an ISIS attack is bound to happen this weekend, Americans all know…Obama has left us totally opened for attack.
So, let’s put the blame where blame is due: It was King George III that lost America, in 1776, but to make amfortas feel better, in 2015, it will be Barack Hussein Obama.
This week, we have the people around a California Beach, VS the people in downtown Austin, Texas.
Which group of Americans have less brain matter floating in the frontal lobe?
For this…I will need your help. First, watch the above video where Mark Dice gets a lot of young kids to sign a petition to replace the American Flag with a New World Order Flag. Notice, one guy is wearing the American Flag on his tee-shirt.
And then below, watch as some young people in Austin, Texas are asked to sign a petition to get rid of that racist, and treasonous, statue of George Washington.
And if you watch both, tell me…which bunch of morons wins the Nobody’s Perfect Award?
Is it the beach bums, who seem to not even care what they are signing? Or is it the Austin university students that…according to one guy:
“It’s so bad it’s like as if you’re having a statue of maybe Hitler or someone like that.”
Well, basically the American people all lose because our country is FILLED with idiots…but I have to say that we all expect kids in California to be stupid, but the people of Texas?
Wait…isn’t that where X President George W. Bush has his presidential library? Isn’t this the state of Rick Perry? What DID these guys do to their educational system?
Look, Nobody Wins this contest. That’s it. After watching these two video’s, I’m running down to my local dollar store and stock up on American flags…
I want to be prepared.
And maybe I’ll start a petition to finally get a monument to John Adams, who, was the ONLY founder who had no slaves, if you go by their messed up reasoning, John Adams should get a monument bigger than the White House. In John Adams house in Braintree, in the family dining room, was a picture of HIS idol…George Washington.
I’m just saying.
This is a really funny short video about the five strangest battles of WWII….as far as I can tell…all stories are true. They have to be. Snopes be damned. (LOL!)
The last one, presents the only battle that Germans, Americans, and a French man, fought side by side.
The joke about Australia is that it was founded by a bunch of criminals. And from 1788 until 1868, Britain did send roughly 164,000 convicts to the land down under. America’s dirty little secret? The same exact thing was happening here. In fact, experts estimate that over 52,000 British prisoners were shipped off to colonial America.
Britain had been shipping convicts to America for decades before they started sending them to Australia. In fact, it was precisely because of America’s fight for independence that the Brits had to start sending their criminals to Australia. But from 1718 until 1775, convict transportation to the American colonies flourished. Some estimates claim that almost 10 per cent of migrants to America during this time were British convicts.
Nobody can only think that it’s one of the reasons most Americans LOVE the Australians. We do! We adore them.
So, England was smart. Why put up with your murderers, thieves, and poor?—– Ship them off! Feeding all those crooks takes too much money—-money best spent on ships, castles, and jewels.
Cuba and Mexico is STILL sending it’s criminals here…except back then, the criminals had to work when they got here…now, they get free food, free college, and they get hired over the local citizen.
Mighty nice of them, I’d say. They didn’t expect those criminals to outgrow them, did they?
Maybe we should start sending our criminals back, to show our thanks—
Think they’d take Obama?
(Thanks to amfortas for pointing this very fun fact of history out.)
“It’s no use.” Ruth said, as she came inside the public bathroom after our swim at the local pool.
“You’re STILL ugly, and you always will be!”
I was combing my wet hair out, and her comment stung me to the core. I had only been introduced to Ruth that day…and I was the new ‘girl’ at the adult swim class. I loved to swim, and thought it would be a good thing to join up. Most of the woman, were older than me, and had been swimming at noon, every day in summer, for a good twenty years. She said it with such seriousness, I could only assume that she meant it. Did I take it wrong? No, I told myself, this woman really hates me for some reason.
What did I do wrong?—I thought to myself— I tried so hard to be nice to everyone, introducing myself, and everyone was nice, but this Ruth lady. She looked mean. She talked mean to me—always throwing insults at me. No matter how hard I tried to talk to her, she ignored me or insulted me.
“Oh, that’s just Ruth” said the other women. “She’s just like that.”
One night I was telling my husband, how bad I felt. “Why does she say such mean things? ” I decided to stay away from her. I started to REALLY dislike her. She was sort of the silent leader of the cocoon ladies of the pool.
And then one day, she said to me…”Do you want to read a book?”
Out of the blue. “Sure! I said.” And she brought me the story of Dresden, her home town. How it was during WWII. It was an old book, one that was out of print years ago. From Wikipedia:
The bombing of Dresden was an American and British attack on the city of Dresden, the capital of the German state of Saxony, that took place in the final months of the Second World War in the European Theatre. In four raids between 13 and 15 February 1945, 722 heavy bombers of the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and 527 of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive bombs and incendiary devices on the city. The bombing and the resulting firestorm destroyed over 1,600 acres (6.5 km2) of the city centre. An estimated 22,700 to 25,000 people were killed. Three more USAAF air raids followed, two occurring on 2 March and 17 April aimed at the city’s railroad marshaling yard and one small raid on 17 April aimed at industrial areas.
After I had read the book, I asked her about it. She went on to describe the day the bombs fell in Dresden. When the allies destroyed the whole city. They had heard the bombs dropping when she and her mother and sister were in the kitchen. Her father worked at the railroad station, loading food and guns for Hitler’s army, so he wasn’t home. They ran out the back door of her house, and when they turned around they watched not only their house go up in flames, but the whole city block. Fire was everywhere. She was 16. She had only the clothes on her back—so they ran, and ran, and she was told to go find her father at the railroad station by her mother. She never saw her mother or sister again.
That was one swim day’s conversation….I couldn’t wait to hear more.
And then she stopped. Like bits and pieces of a puzzle, she left out pieces…her story would stop. As if, the memories were too painful. Later on I learned that she had a friend that roamed with her through the streets, trying to find food… but then, the Russians came in. And every woman they saw, they raped. And they raped you in the most horrible way. Two men would hold on to your arms, and two men would hold your legs, and hold you up against a wall…and take turns. I’m not sure how many times Ruth was raped, but the anger…was still there.
The Russians took her and her girlfriend to a far off Russian prison camp. She said it was in Russia, so she had to walk, and it was cold, and their feet froze, and she had a coat, but no more. She said they were in the prison for a good six months, but they ‘dug’ their way out. Under the dirt. It took them a long time to dig the hole, and they dug it with their fingernails…but they got out and walked back to Dresden to look for her dad.
She found her dad. He was still at the station, but the trains were destroyed.
When they got back to Germany, she said the allies MADE all the German people pick up the dead Jews and carry them to their graves. She had to write all the numbers on all the arms. It was some of the hardest work she had ever done, and she had to do it day after day, she said.
That’s all she said that day…the next day, I asked her about her husband.—Who had died years before.
“How did you two meet?” I asked.
“He just saw me one day…he was an American Soldier, and he was Italian. ”
She told me how far he would come just to see her. Whenever he got a day off, he’d drive out to meet her, and she said she always dressed very proper. She wore white gloves, and her best Sunday dress every time he came.
Her father PUSHED her to marry this young American. Her father wanted her to live in America…so she did.
She lived happily here…had a son, and a grandson. She taught swimming at the local pool. She became an American citizen…but I could tell, at heart…she was still a German. She still thought the Jews caused the war, and she still admired Hitler…go figure. And she was convinced there WAS no god.
Who could blame her? My god. Who could blame her? I’m sure the few things she told me were just the tip of the misery she endured.
After I gave her the book back, she didn’t talk anymore about the war.
She talked about her current boyfriend…and how he had a ranch with horses, and they would stay in the same hotel room and she didn’t care what people thought…they were boyfriend and girlfriend.
I saw them once, drive pass my house. He was in his nineties, and she was driving…and they were just adorable. Ruth was 85. They looked so perfectly cute together, and she talked about him all the time.
As each summer came and went, we started to talk more. We talked about many things, but mostly I just admired her outlook. She walked every single morning, and swam, and belonged to a music group who got together and played each other songs. She kept busy.
They’d learn a new song every week in her music class. Her biggest pride was her $50,000 organ sitting in her living room. Learning to play, “To Dream the Impossible Dream” was a big challenge for her.
The swim ladies don’t keep in touch over the winter, but last winter, I called her before Christmas–bad news: Her boyfriend had died. She had fallen in her home. Got a big gash on her head and broke her arm in three places. When I went to see her, she looked defeated. She couldn’t put up her Christmas tree. It was just too sad. I would have done it for her, but I kept thinking…where is this family of hers? Where is her son?
The death of her boyfriend did what the Russians couldn’t do…break her spirit. After all…she lived alone. So, I went to see her again in March. She sounded so upbeat…she said she was driving again, and going back to her music lessons, and going to parties…she sounded fine. No…she sounded great!
And so, when I’d heard she died in April, and didn’t show up at the first day of adult swim, it was…the feeling that you always get: I should have gone more often to see her…I should have this, I should have that…but now, it’s too late. Oh Ruth.
One of the ladies, (Chloe) who had been her friend for over twenty year came today. She didn’t even know that Ruth had died.
It was the only thing she looked forward to…because she was taking care of her husband who had Alzheimer’s ..but he had bought her a pool pass because he AWAYS remembered, how much she loved to see Ruth. She is…88. She is not going to ride her bike anymore because her doctor told her that older people who break bones, usually die within 6 months….and Ruth just proved the theory now, didn’t she?
You know, we all think life in America is so bad, but Americans have never had to go through what Ruth went through, and what many people are going through right now all over the world.
To hear some idiot complain that some business refused to bake them a cake, or some feminist whining that their company didn’t want to pay for their contraceptives, …it makes you wonder….what in the hell happened to people? Don’t they realize just how good they have it?
I’m so glad God introduced Ruth into my life. She was brave, smart, confident, and lived life as it should be lived…to the fullest each day. Ruth made me appreciate MY life more. What a great gift.
I will miss her. To me, she was a real somebody. She might not have believed in God, but God believed in her, and I was so lucky that he shared her a little bit with me.
I don’t think it has really hit me yet. …you know how that goes.
Now, that painful memory of her calling me “ugly” is now….one of my most favorites of my life. And she was right: Her kind of beauty I could only hope for, and I could never even come close to.
Funny, isn’t it?
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
I think, it would entirely disrespectful for me to write anything today. Today, we remember all those who fought for America…and each and every one of us should remember that—-.
And it’s the soldier, NOT THE POLITICIAN, who keeps us safe.
For a change…instead of my usual Nobody musing on history, I could not pass up these wonderful historical pictures sent to me by my friend Mona…while I can’t post them all, I picked out the ones that I thought really struck me as being pertinent to my nobody mind, and hopefully yours! See the rest of the pictures ….
Thanks to Mona, and enjoy!
When you pour sugar on your morning breakfast cereal, do you feel like a racist?
Somebody forgot to tell Al Sharpton.
From A History of the American People:
The Portuguese entered the slave trade in the mid 15th century, took it over and, in the process, transformed it into something more impersonal, and horrible, than it had been either in antiquity or medieval Africa. The new Portuguese colony of Madeira became the center of a sugar industry, which soon made itself the largest supplier of western Europe. The first sugar mill, worked by slaves, was erected in Madera in 1452. This cash industry, was so successful that the Portuguese soon began laying out fields for sugar cane on the Biafran Islands, off the African coast. As the sugar industry expanded, salves began to be numbered in thousands
The Portuguese were soon selling African slaves to the Spanish, who, following the example in Madeira, occupied the Canaries and began to grow cane and mill sugar there too.
Next time I see a black person eating a snickers bar, I’m going to shout at them:” In honor of you ancestors… DON’T EAT THAT!”
So, slaves became a big business all because of the demand for sugar. And now, sugar makes slaves of us all. Nothing can bring me to my knees quicker than a freshly baked glaze doughnut.
Nobody talks about Portugal anymore. In fact, it’s been downhill for that country since the 15th century. Tell me, what is Portugal good for besides being hard to locate on a map?
If blacks want to try to get reparations for what happened to them so long ago, then they should take it up with the Portuguese…they started it.
Yes, it was the Portuguesa merchants that made slavery the vast institution that it became. (To be fair, the Muslims had more slaves, but you didn’t hear it from me.)
Remember that next time you hear anyone claim that America is the most racist nation on the planet.
America got RID of her slaves…but…for better or worse, we are still slobbering slaves to that little crystal sweet heaven in a spoon…called sugar. Let’s hope the Chinese workers making all those Apple phones get their fair share.