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Born in America - 05/28/14

  I often wonder why God decided I should be born here?  One day, I'm going to ask Him that.  I'm so grateful that I and every other American won the lottery on this.  What are the odds?  Consider there are more than 7 billion people in the world and just 313 million Americans.   Born in America....  where we can say what we want to say, do what we want to do, worship how we choose to worship, work where we want to work and live where we want to live.  This is not a slight on any other country.  I've visited many and always appreciate a new culture.  It's just to say... we've got it pretty darn good here and that's due in large part to our military and their selfless service.

  After witnessing abject poverty in other countries... kids living in boxes for example in the Philippines.... I'm overcome with a sense of gratitude every time I reflect on how relatively safe we are here.   Case in point: I can send my children to school... an amazing school... where I don't have to worry about a terrorist group barging in, stealing them and all of their classmates and ushering them off to a life of sexual slavery.  The 200 Nigerian girls have been missing 7 weeks now.  Once again, our US men and women, are offering up their services to help find the girls. We have 80 US troops there at present trying to help wrestle the girls away from the Islamic fanatical group, Boko Haram.  Its leader, Abubakar Shekau has said, "Allah says I should sell.  He commands me to sell.  I sell women."   That quote makes me want to puke right here, right now.
  

   America may take some flack as some accuse us of acting as the world's police, but we're the first everybody calls when they need help. So many countries want what we have.  Civility.  Safety.  Law & Order.  Peace.  It may not be perfect, but it's better than the alternative.  Memorial Day isn't just one May day a year.  Memorial Day is every day.  Omnipresent... seemingly just like our military.

 

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GRANDMOTHER-GETAWAY DRIVER

ROCKAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- It's not exactly quality time with grandma. Police in northern New Jersey report busting a grandmother they say was the getaway driver for her grandson and his friends. According to authorities, a tip after a home rip-off led them to stop the car driven by 78-year-old Vera Buniak. She's been charged with possession of stolen property. Her grandson, 18-year-old Timothy Buniak, faces burglary and other charges. Police tell the Daily Record she may not have known a crime was being committed, but she was part of the process.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-PRICES

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Medicinal marijuana users in Minnesota are in for some sticker shock. One of the state's legal pot producers is raising prices after less than a month in business. Dr. Kyle Kingsley of Minnesota Medical Solutions tells the AP prices on pills, vapors and liquids are up by as much as 20 percent. The company is also reducing the discount for low-income users. Kingsley says low demand is one factor in driving up their pot prices.

TAXIDERMY RIVALRY

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- It's Michigan State versus the University of Michigan -- as played by stuffed chipmunks. Lansing-based taxidermist Nick Saade has created a football display with 22 stuffed chipmunks wearing little Spartan or Wolverine helmets. The chipmunks are in passing, throwing, catching and tackling positions. Saade tells the Lansing State Journal the chipmunk Spartans are about to score the winning touchdown. He adds, "everybody knows MSU is better -- even the chipmunks."

HOT WORK

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Think you're hot? Don't trade places with Robert Carpenter. He's the pit master at The Grille, a Memphis restaurant. His day starts at 6 when it's relatively cool. But he can't stop grilling as the day heats up. Every time he opens the outdoor barbecue pit, the temperature spikes. Carpenter says a wet towel and an industrial fan help a bit. But he tells the Commercial Appeal newspaper, the real key is, "Water, water and more water."

 
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