Back when I was still shorter than a regulation hockey net, I had an occasional issue with the truth. Although generally a decent kid, I periodically did things I shouldn’t (naturally), then made it exponentially worse by fibbing to try to extricate myself from the unpleasant situation I’d created.
Once when I was caught red-handed, my intricate lies having been systematically dismantled by my father (he’d have made an extraordinarily good cop), he told me this:
“Son, I want to be able to trust whatever you tell me, in any situation, always. But when you lie, and then tell lies to cover the first ones, you make it impossible for me to trust you.
No one expects you to never make a mistake, but a lie isn’t a mistake: it’s deliberate. A man takes ownership of his mistakes, every time. First you admit it, THEN you correct it.
Don’t ever forget that.”
And I haven’t.
Posted in Benghazi, government, IRS, Obama, politics
Tagged Benghazi, Dan Pfeiffer, government, IRS, Lies, Obama, politics, scandal, White House
Lucy Jo, age 2
It’s been a depressing news week, as summed up by my brother yesterday. But a conversation with my granddaughter cheered me up considerably, so I thought I’d share it with you all.
We were singing songs before nap time…she has a long list of favorites to choose from, “Amazing Grace” topping the list right now.
They must think we’re idiots.
At the conclusion of a week where we were treated to discovery after stomach-turning discovery, showing IRS abuses that seemed more like Mafia standard protocol than Good Governance, two points were made painstakingly clear:
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Tagged abuse, american tax payer, government, IRS, irs abuses, Obama, politics, scandal, Steven Miller
You’ve felt this way before.
It rises from your gut when you make a cogent, incisive argument in opposition to an aspect of the President’s agenda (Obamacare, for instance), …but the person you are talking with blithely retorts, “Oh, you just can’t stand him ’cause you’re a racist”, or “Why do you hate poor people?”
This person has, out-of-the-blue, attributed the absolute worst motivations to your reasoning, and with no justification other than you disagreed with them.
You know that feeling, right?
It’s the half-shock/half-fury sensation, where you honestly can’t believe someone is that stupid, dishonest or closed-minded that they refuse to acknowledge even the logical basis of your argument. You’ve felt it.
After my post the other day, I’ve been thinking a lot about movies. And last night it hit me: I’ve got an idea for a screenplay that just can’t miss!!
…A group of freedom-loving patriots, ordinary folks hailing from ordinary hamlets (we’ll call them the “TEA Party”), witness their beloved country being taken over by a hostile State.
Rallying around a single man’s call to stand up and fight, they answer in droves. Neighborhood by neighborhood, then town by town, they band together across the entire country, creating an impressive force which positively impacts an election.
Then, the State fights back, attempting to crush and grind these groups out of existence, or intimidate them into silence.
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Tagged AP, associated press, big government, government, Gutfeld, IRS, movie, movies, Obama, politics, scandal, Tea Party
Yesterday we noted that some of our most divisive social issues are predicated on logic which seems childish at best. Here’s another example of the kind of wild inconsistency which is rampant in a society which insists that abortion remain legal, but still seeks to prosecute some of those who kill unborn babies.
I opened today’s paper and read a news brief out of Tampa, Florida, in which a man is accused of tricking his girlfriend into taking an abortion drug to kill their unborn child.
According to the Associated Press, John Andrew Welden, 28, is accused of giving Remee Lee, 26, the labor-inducing abortifacient Cytotec (misoprostol), without her knowledge. Lee had recently had a doctor’s appointment with Welden’s father, Dr. Stephen Welden. John Welden is accused of forging his father’s signature on a prescription for Cytotec and putting it in a bottle which he re-labeled as amoxicillin, an antibiotic. He reportedly told Lee that his father had found that she had a bacterial infection and had prescribed the antibiotic.
My two-year-old granddaughter was happily splashing in her tub, enjoying from head to toe the profusion of bubbles that I’d allowed her. When she announced she was ready to get out, I said, “OK, let me rinse you off first.”
“No! No!” she shrieked. I turned on the water and got the handheld shower head ready, stood her up (not without a struggle) and sprayed the soap suds off her, all while she complained loudly. When I turned the water off and deposited her on my lap in a towel, she said grumpily, “Now I’m all wet!”
Isn’t this just like all us big humans? If we’re in a situation which we have chosen, we’re fine. But if we find ourselves in the same circumstances dictated by someone else, we cry “Foul!”