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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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Last Update on November 27, 2014 10:10 GMT

WINTRY WEATHER-SKIING

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- The winter storm that hit much of the East made it tough for Thanksgiving travelers. But it's good news to New England ski areas. Dave Meeker of Mount Snow in Vermont says it's a "dream come true." The resort opens for the season today. Noelle Tuttle, spokeswoman for Maine's Sugarloaf, says even the rumor of snow generates a lot of excitement. Area ski resorts say the early storm is getting people to think about skiing for their Christmas vacation.

BREWERS BARE IT

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- These brewers are baring more than their beer. Brawny beer makers are stripping for charity. The 2015 Brew Men Calendar features 11 brewing pros from the Sheboygan, Wisconsin, area. Not too surprisingly, the idea was hatched over some beers. But the brew men don't expose too much. Strategically placed pieces of beer making equipment protect their modesty. Sheboygan Press Media reports the calendars cost 20 bucks each, with the proceeds going to local charities.

SANTA BANK ROBBER

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Say it ain't so Santa! The FBI is looking for Santa Claus in a San Diego County bank robbery. Actually, Ol' Saint Nick isn't the suspect. Authorities are on the hunt for a robber who was wearing sunglasses, a fake beard and a Santa Claus hat. This evil elf was armed with a gun and demanded large bills from a teller at a Chase bank branch. Officials say no one was hurt and the gunman escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

ANIMAL MASSAGE

UNDATED (AP) -- Dog lovers want their best friends rubbed the right way. Shelah Barr is a San Francisco dog massage therapist. She says massage can give the four-legged members of the family "a high quality of life." But don't expect incense burning around the massage table. Barr says she'll often give her patients a bone to chew on. On Barr's Happy Hounds Massage website, an initial house call is listed at $90. Follow-up visits are 75 bucks.

 
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