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My Favourite Russian

When I was a child all we ever heard was the Russians were going to get us.  The teacher taught us how to get under our desks in case they attacked.  When I was thirteen, Sputnik was launched and we were all doomed!  My friend Bobby Gibson named his bike Sputnik and started smoking Players Navy Cut  cigarettes.  He said we were all going to die anyway so why not enjoy ourselves!  I never bought into the notion that smoking was having a good time. I was too worried about how I looked and smelled to smoke.

My mother did a stellar job of convincing me only very bad street walking girls and wayward movie stars smoked. She told me they all smell like cigarettes and had bad breath, not to mention yellow teeth and stinky hair. I got the picture. Why wear fancy perfume if you smoke?

It was the Russians I never understood.  Daddy who fought in WW2 and spent two years in York England talked about “The Bear to the North” and said Churchill said never to trust them.  We all knew about Churchill and the Royal Family and how the little British Children were sent on trains to the countryside during the wicked German Blitzes.  We loved and respected the Royal family and we all liked IKE!

We were worldly, Informed and happy!

Yes, I grew up in a marvellous time. We were kids, no video games but hero’s like The Lone Ranger, The Cisco Kid and Snow White!  It was those Russians that stumped me.

Our neighbourhood was very ethnic,  Italians, Irish, Poles and a few Germans but they were all  Catholic, no sense in fighting with people you go to Church with.  They all had stories to tell and that’s what I loved the most.  Far away places, I never dreamed that I would see any of them, growing up in Canada we thought the USA was foreign and very mysterious.

It was those damn Russians.  Didn’t they learn anything from the War? And if they were so bad, why did we go to Madam Fenia’s for dinner every other Sunday and eat Perogi?  She was a Russian and my mother’s best friend!  The Papa was named Conrad and they told stories about how they escaped Russia by travelling to Japan during the Revolution.  I loved reading about Anastasia and all the KIngs and Queens and especially the Fabrege eggs. I was a most peculiar kid!

I learned to give everybody a chance, trust but verify and I have been that way all my life.  Putin is a very bad actor, but he hasn’t jostled with Mr. Trump yet, he just might have a few lessons to learn. My money is on Trump!



The Brilliant Deplorables!

I never gave up hope.  I was addicted to Fox News, Tivo became a way of life for me, roaring through the nightly news programs and picking our the people I wanted to hear.

My husband told me I was going ’round the bend and it didn’t even bother me.

I love History and have always been interested in Politics. I am far too impatient to have ever been a politician and I am not politically correct!  I have no problem telling you where to put it if I don’t like where you’ve got it, but nicely.

I prayed Donald Trump would win this election. Sometimes on my walks I would say things like “God, I know you don’t care about our stupid politics but wouldn’t you like someone in there who would bring You back into our lives?” The art of the deal comes to mind.

I just kept thinking, People are fed up, they simply can’t keep doing the same things and looking for a different result. But, mostly, I worried about the people who would vote for a woman they knew accomplished nothing substantial in thirty years and constantly lied to us. A woman so paranoid she risked the Security of this Nation to hide her nefarious deeds.

I faltered, I couldn’t comprehend it. I justified in my mind they were voting for Bill. They were remembering the prosperous 90’s and forgot what the Clinton’s were really like, the corruption, the scandals, the suspicious disappearances, all forgotten. A man who had oral sex in the Oval office with a 20 year old intern, lied and was impeached, lost his law licence…how could they be so stupid!  Bill had nothing to do with the prosperous 90’s, he was busy chasing the ladies, it was the dot com boom and Newt Gingrich and “the Contract for America” but people don’t do research, they have feelings and emotions and little actual data.

The night before the election my dear husband said to me, “Look, if Hillary wins it isn’t going to change our lives and we only have one vote each so worrying about it doesn’t matter.”  I knew he was right, but it never was about us. It was about the country we are leaving to our grandchildren…we got ours and I want them to get theirs, to feel the power of success…the American Dream for themselves!

And then came the night of the election and after being glued to the television nightly, I couldn’t watch! I put on Netflix and watched “The Queen”.  I love this country and had come to love Donald Trump, warts and all.  Then my husband came into the room and said, “I think Trump is winning.”

And he did!   The best is yet to come and Donald Trump with the smartest people in this country working with him will bring it.  it’s on the way!

God Bless America!

Nation of “Sayers”

We “say” we want real change. 70% of us say we need change. We think the country is on the wrong path!

We “say” we want fair trade and  jobs.

We “say” we want our veterans taken care of.

We “say” we want our cities safe and law and order to prevail.

We “say” we want ISIS eradicated.

We “say” we want America first, we want accountability on money sent to other nations.

We “say” we  are tired of our politicians dooming our children’s futures.

………YET WE ARE BEING OFFERED A SOLUTION  WITH DONALD TRUMP yet we vote for a 30 year corrupt politician with nothing new, nothing accomplished and was complicit  in causing most of the problems?

Keep it simple.  Change will never come from a woman who has had numerous chances to make positive change but concentrated on keeping her face in the taxpayers dinner plate for over 30 years.

Judge people by their family and friends. Acquaintances and Accomplishments. Leadership abilities!

You can tell a lot about people by what they actually do…….not much by what they say.


Nun extraordinaire, Mother Angelica

When I want to feel like a child again, I turn on the television and watch EWTN with Mother Angelica. I know she is old fashioned, but some things never change.  We have the young to teach us the things that change and the old to teach us the important things that never change. She takes me back to the simple life we used to live.  She is almost Always right!  She talks about God and our place here on earth and how God has a plan for us.

We pray it’s a good one!

The world is all hustle bustle today with electronics making us smart and confused at the same time.  We need it, it sometimes owns us, but listening to Mother Angelica it all seems more simple somehow.

I had nuns I did not like, one in particular Sister Dolorosa.  My father picked her as my music teacher because she was Italian, I didn’t like her one bit!  She fell down a flight of stairs and I got a new nun, sister Joseph.  At first I thought I had ” the power” and made her go away with wishful thinking!  That alone should give you an idea of what a handful I was.  I wasn’t a bad kid, just a clever and always thinking one.  My mother had my number  and would say “Judi Mae, I know you are making the balls and  the rest of them are firing  them” and she was right!

When I  grew older I realized I didn’t like her because she was “strict” and was on to me when I didn’t practice. She disciplined me with a tone and a particular look over her glasses that scared the wits out of me. She was in charge and I practiced!  Sister Dolorosa taught me more in two years than any other teacher I had!  Children need discipline to become balanced individuals, we had plenty of discipline at school and are better for it.

Mother  Angelica died on Easter Sunday, she was 92. She had common sense and optimism.  She was a straight talker and a saint.  To me her most  valuable lesson was, Jesus calls us all to be saints , don’t miss  the opportunity!  She never did.

SAME OLD LIP SERVICE DIFFERENT DAY (terrorism is real Mr. President)

He talks a good game.  He tries to make us feel guilty for not wanting refugees from the Middle East in our country.  He talks about American values, he does not demonstrate them and I for one am tired of hearing his same talking points and empty threats. Hillary is scared to disagree with him.  I don’t believe for one second she thinks it’s a good idea, a humanitarian she is not.  She knows where her bread is buttered and also knows the butter can go away pretty damn quick.

The Middle East is a mess and has been for a very long time.  This administration made it worse, no doubts there. She has no answers and doesn’t get the questions. Libya is her creation, she took credit in her book (it’s her very own words). It is sad that people under 50 have no clue about all the nefarious deals she has been involved in, what she has cost the taxpayers and just how incompetent and inept she has been her entire political life.  Bill looks like a deer in the headlights trying to prop her up.  What are her accomplishments?  Besides marrying him, no one seems to know.

People say she has experience.  So what, it has all been bad!

It is going to take a very strong leader, a person who garners attention and has the ability  to lead the fight, engage and involve others and win this damn thing.  Donald Trump was right and just watch how many people say the same things he said in a little gentler way, the same just exactly the same!  He is a bull in a china shop no doubt, but he is our bull and we need him.

In our History we have made a few mistakes but we must never look to Europe for direction. They have never had it together, we got away from them for a reason!  Churchill had guts and they hated him, thankfully he did not care.  He was outspoken, uncouth and smart as hell.  He was a patriot and he saved us and baby we need saving now.

The people have had enough.  Bernie Sanders won by a landslide in Utah and immediately her minions defended her. She lost to Obama in the same fashion.  They say white people won’t vote for her, perhaps she should ask why.  Maybe the working middle class in this country are real tired of paying the bills.  When the people want a communist sympathizer over a sort of socialist it say’s quite a bit!  Remember these for the most part are  single women (with children) and youth, not exactly the people who make America great!

America needs a lesson in economics.  No Country can survive open borders and welfare for all who come.  This is a political revolution, it could be worse and if it doesn’t change I think in our life time we will see just how bad it can get!

Lock up the borders, E verify to all who enter and no one comes without a sponsor.  the way it was for years.  No assistance to anyone who is not a citizen and the sick, the mentally ill wandering the streets and our Veterans must be taken care of.  When I was a kid we had Norwalk and Fairview Mental Facilities and it was rare to see vagrants.  Vagrancy was against the law!  As it should be today.  Why should we pay for parks and clean beaches for bums to sleep in?  What about our kids and our rights?  We just get to pay and put up with it.  It’s pathetic.

We want our Country back.  Liberal politics have destroyed California.  We need a leader who talks straight, expects people to be productive and creates an environment for them to do so.  The rest of the world is demonstrating Liberalism and it isn’t working and never has.  Many of our allies are trying to move to the right, it may even be too late for Europe.  Like us they tangle themselves up in laws and paralyse the entire process with bloated government living off the people.  England may pull out of the Union, they never did go on the Euro proof they didn’t like the idea in the first place.  Angela Merkel has been a disaster for Germany.  Argentina has a ray of sunshine in a newly elected leader, looks like they are figuring it out.  They elected the son of the richest family in Argentina and he is a businessman and a friend of Donald Trump!

I want Trump to win.  I am only a citizen with one vote but the man makes sense to me.  I don’t like anyone coming in without proper papers and hello, we are at war with  Radical Muslims!  The ones who are here that have assimilated are just fine, the ones who aren’t…home they go.  That was the original design of the green card…you had five years to assimilate or you could not be a citizen!  We have become a nation of anything goes and guess what…almost anything does!


Election 2016

Alright enough already! Romney’s dad did the same exact thing to Barry Goldwater, the old republican guard trotted out every scare tactic they could think of…Romney lost anyway but Barry lost too. People are tired of being told who to vote for, this is 2016!

The Democrats are telling us we must vote for Hillary, she is experienced. Does it matter that her experience has been worthless to America? We have all worked with people who have experience and how about experts? How have they done lately? Bernie Sanders cannot win, he would never get his programs done and the Democrats would have a heck of a time explaining how a Socialist ever got into power with the backing of their party! We all know the Democrats are socialists but they don’t want it said out loud!

I would ask Bernie to name one country where socialism is thriving, just one.
I would ask Hillary to name an accomplishment, just one.

Capitalism is the only way….and yes from time to time it must be tweaked. It’s getting a royal tweaking right now!

When you think of why our government was formed in the first place, you wonder how it ever got to be the dog’s dinner it has become. The jig is up kids, you’re only job was to defend our shores and you don’t do it so what do we need you for?

The States would do just fine without the “Washington Cartel” the “Elites” and the “Lobbyists”. The American people want their country back, they don’t want terrorists sent back to the battlefield to kill us and they are appalled that Syrian refugees are being dropped into our cities secretly at night as we speak.

America is not opposed to immigration, they don’t want “Illegal immigration” and 570,000 Muslims being brought in since 2008 is not good…especially when they want to kill us. I realize not all of them want to, but how do we separate the wolves from the sheep?

We are a Country of Laws but we are being run by a lawlessness  like no other time in our History. We are told they know better than us, they are experienced. Really? Bernie thinks there are no poor white people in the country, where has he been? Liberal politics have created plenty of them with hand outs.

We can only survive if we realize we can be better and stick together. There isn’t much difference between the political parties and the people are starting to wonder how this game is played. They don’t understand it completely, but they know they don’t like it.

I am a common sense person, I love this country and I love living in California. California is a magnificent place, liberal politics have brought us from the 9th economy in the world to 30th. We have a river running through Los Angeles (yes a river runs through it) and we dump billions of gallons of water into the ocean and have a drought. Ask Jerry Brown…Oh, I forgot he wants to build a railroad to nowhere. We could have estuaries and reservoir’s, we could have the most beautiful city in the world! Look up Frank Gehry, see the vision. I pray Trump will see it for us and help us be great again! You see, we have politicians who buy property along the “train route” now do you get it? It’s time to weed out the losers and live for the better of all Americans. I want them to stop lying and start trying, and succeeding!

The Establishment Republicans are shameful and if they don’t get behind Donald Trump they are just stupid. I don’t need to like him nor do you, but four years of a real Capitalist just might put these politicians in their places and elevate the American people who have been held hostage since the Reagan presidency, and he was a Democrat turned Republican and the best President we ever had in our lifetime!
I liked Jack Kennedy too, he would like Trump because he too was a Capitalist and a great American.