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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Last Update on November 21, 2014 10:07 GMT

WEIRD WEATHER

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- With much of the nation digging out from snowstorms -- you might figure Anchorage, Alaska, must be buried. But folks in Alaska's biggest city are asking where's the snow? As a large swath of the Lower 48 shivers, Anchorage is unseasonably warm. The little snow that has fallen has already melted. Not so in western New York, where Buffalo is being buried. There's so much snow on the ground, the NFL has decided to move the Bills' home game against the Jets. The game had been scheduled for Sunday in the Buffalo area, but will be played Monday night in Detroit. The Lions are at New England Sunday.

UNCLAIMED LOTTERY PRIZE

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A lucky $1 million Powerball winner could soon turn very unlucky. Virginia Lottery officials say the clock is ticking on a winning ticket sold for the June 21 drawing. The ticket hasn't been turned in yet. It will expire at the close of business on Dec. 18 if the jackpot isn't claimed. Virginia Lottery officials note winning tickets are only good for 180 days after the drawing.

CENTENARIAN-FIRST OCEAN VISIT

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) -- Ruby Holt has seen a lot in her more than 100 years. But one thing she never saw was the ocean -- at least not until this month. Holt got a chance to go to the beach, visiting the Gulf coast in Alabama. The trip was made possible by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions, where Holt lives in Columbia, Tennessee, and the Wish of a Lifetime organization. Holt says she had always heard about how wonderful the ocean is and wanted to see for herself. She got a chance to walk across the white sand with a little help and dip her feet into the cool Gulf waters. Holt turns 101 Dec. 13.

GIANT NUTCRACKER

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) -- It's nuts! A giant nutcracker will be the centerpiece of the annual holiday festival near Roseburg, Ore. Toby Johnson created the monster cracker using a chain saw. It will stand more than 40 feet tall and the nut-crushing power comes from a motor. Cranes are being used to assemble the nutcracker at the site of the festival, which opens Sunday. Sponsors tell The News-Review they're sending documentation to the Guinness people to earn a world's record for the biggest nutcracker.

 
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