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What Makes Grandmas So Smart?

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I was out walking with my grandson. He picked up something off of the ground and started to put it in his mouth.
I took the item away from him and I asked him not to do that.
“Why?” my grandson asked.
“Because it’s been on the ground; you don’t know where it’s been, it’s dirty, and probably has germs. Sometimes germs make little boys sick and not feel good,” I replied.
At this point, my grandson looked at me with total admiration and asked: “Grandma, how do you know all this stuff? You are so smart.”
I was thinking quickly and said to him, “All Grandmas know stuff. It’s on the Grandma Test. You have to know it, or they don’t let you be a Grandma.”
We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, but he was evidently pondering this new information.
“Oh…I get it!” He beamed. So, if you don’t pass the test, you have to be the Grandpa!”
“Exactly,” I replied with a big smile on my face.
When you’re finished laughing, send this to a Grandma you know!!
~Steve~                       H/T    Eowyn’s Pal  Sol

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My Nomination for Father of the Year

He was not my candidate for president; but, in this season of naked political ambition, how wonderful to see a man who truly has family values. 
Grab a tissue for this one!

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The Difference between Grandmothers & Grandfathers – very touching

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Grandmothers and Grandfathers? Well, here it is:
There was this loving grandfather who always made a special effort to spend time with his son’s family on weekends. Every Saturday morning he would take his 7-year-old granddaughter out for a drive in the car for some quality time — just him and his granddaughter
One particular Saturday, however, he had a bad cold and really didn’t feel like being up at all. He knew his granddaughter always looked forward to their drives and would be disappointed. Luckily, his wife came to the rescue and said that she would take their granddaughter for the drive.
When they returned, the little girl anxiously ran upstairs to see her grandfather who was still in bed. “Well, did you enjoy your ride with grandma?” he asked. “Oh, yes, Pa Pa, it was really wonderful. We didn’t see a single poophead, piece of crap, horse’s arse, blind SOB, dipwad, Muslim goat humper or son of a B….. anywhere we went!”
Almost brings a tear to your eye, doesn’t it?
~Steve~               H/T   Dodger Codger.

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Feds Using Schools to Track Kids & Families

Back in 1992 under George H.W. Bush and Lamar Alexander’s AMERICA 2000 restructuring of public education, a national system to track individual students, including their infant vaccine records, grades, teacher evaluations, test scores, etc. was specified, probably based on the Florida model that was initiated in 1988.   It was called the Speede Express.  It has continued to grow over the years.  This new story clarifies just how much information the Feds now require schools  to provide.

Buried within the enormous 2009 stimulus bill were provisions encouraging states to develop data systems for collecting copious information on public-school kids. To qualify for stimulus money, states had to agree to build such systems according to federally dictated standards. So all 50 states either now maintain or are capable of maintaining extensive databases on public-school students.
The administration wants this data to include much more than name, address and test scores. According to the National Data Collection Model, the government should collect information on health-care history, family income and family voting status. In its view, public schools offer a golden opportunity to mine reams of data from a captive audience.
The department’s eagerness to get control of all this information is almost palpable. But current federal law prohibits a nationwide student database and strictly limits disclosure of a student’s personal information. So the department has determined that it can overcome the legal obstacles by simply bypassing Congress and essentially rewriting the federal privacy statute.
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It's Little Johnny time.. Uh Oh!!

Not sure, but I think bottom row on left is Johnny

Little Johnny likes to gamble.
One day his dad gets a new job so his family has to move to a new city.
Johnny’s daddy thinks, “I’ll get a head start on Johnny’s gambling.”
So he calls the teacher and says, “My son Johnny will be starting your class tomorrow but he likes to gamble so you’ll have to keep an eye on him.”
The teacher says OK, she can handle it.
The next day Johnny walks into class and hands the teacher an apple and says, “Hi, my name is Johnny.”
She says yes I know who you are.
Johnny smiles and says, “I bet you ten dollars you’ve got a mole on your butt.”
The teacher thinks that she will break his little gambling problem so she takes him up on the bet.
She pulls her pants down and shows him her butt and there was no mole.
That afternoon, Johnny goes home and tells his dad that he lost ten dollars to the teacher and why.
So his dad calls the teacher and says, “Johnny said that he bet you that you had a mole on your butt and he lost.”
The teacher says, “Yeah, and I think I broke his gambling problem.”
Johnny’s dad laughs and says, “No you didn’t, he bet me a hundred dollars this morning that he’d see your butt before the day was over.”

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Idaho Legislator Lays It on the Line about The Agenda


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Jimmy – Little Johnny's cousin

Little Jimmy attended a horse auction with his father.
He watched as his father moved from horse to horse, running his hands up and down the horse’s legs and rump, and chest. After a few minutes, Larry asked, ‘Dad, why are you doing that?’ His father replied, ‘Because when I’m buying horses, I have to make sure that they are healthy and in good shape before I buy.
Little Larry, looking worried, said, ‘Dad, I think the UPS guy wants to buy Mom ….
~Steve~         H/T  Sam2

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How the Left Harm America's Moral Character

Dennis Prager has an excellent article that perfectly explains why liberals are narcissists — a conclusion I’ve arrived at from experience and observation.

The liberal entitlement mentality

Ten Ways Progressive Policies Harm Society’s Moral Character

Dennis Prager – July 19, 2011
While liberals are certain about the moral superiority of liberal policies, the truth is that those policies actually diminish a society’s moral character. Many individual liberals are fine people, but the policies they advocate tend to make a people worse. Here are 10 reasons:
1. The bigger the government, the less the citizens do for one another. If the state will take care of me and my neighbors, why should I? This is why Western Europeans, people who have lived in welfare states far longer than Americans have, give less to charity and volunteer less time to others than do Americans of the same socioeconomic status.
The greatest description of American civilization was written in the early 19th century by the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville. One of the differences distinguishing Americans from Europeans that he most marveled at was how much Americans — through myriad associations — took care of one another. Until President Franklin Roosevelt began the seemingly inexorable movement of America toward the European welfare state — vastly expanded later by other Democratic presidents — Americans took responsibility for one another and for themselves far more than they do today. Churches, Rotary Clubs, free-loan societies and other voluntary associations were ubiquitous. As the state grew, however, all these associations declined. In Western Europe, they have virtually all disappeared.
2. The welfare state, though often well intended, is nevertheless a Ponzi scheme. Conservatives have known this for generations. But now, any honest person must acknowledge it. The welfare state is predicated on collecting money from today’s workers in order to pay for those who paid in before them. But today’s workers don’t have enough money to sustain the scheme, and there are too few of them to do so. As a result, virtually every welfare state in Europe, and many American states, like California, are going broke.
3. Citizens of liberal welfare states become increasingly narcissistic. The great preoccupations of vast numbers of Brits, Frenchmen, Germans and other Western Europeans are how much vacation time they will have and how early they can retire and be supported by the state.
4. The liberal welfare state makes people disdain work. Americans work considerably harder than Western Europeans, and contrary to liberal thought since Karl Marx, work builds character.
5. Nothing more guarantees the erosion of character than getting something for nothing. In the liberal welfare state, one develops an entitlement mentality — another expression of narcissism. And the rhetoric of liberalism — labeling each new entitlement a “right” — reinforces this sense of entitlement.
6. The bigger the government, the more the corruption. As the famous truism goes, “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” Of course, big businesses are also often corrupt. But they are eventually caught or go out of business. The government cannot go out of business. And unlike corrupt governments, corrupt businesses cannot print money and thereby devalue a nation’s currency, and they cannot arrest you.
7. The welfare state corrupts family life. Even many Democrats have acknowledged the destructive consequences of the welfare state on the underclass. It has rendered vast numbers of males unnecessary to females, who have looked to the state to support them and their children (and the more children, the more state support) rather than to husbands. In effect, these women took the state as their husband.
8. The welfare state inhibits the maturation of its young citizens into responsible adults. As regards men specifically, I was raised, as were all generations of American men before me, to aspire to work hard in order to marry and support a wife and children. No more. One of the reasons many single women lament the prevalence of boy-men — men who have not grown up — is that the liberal state has told men they don’t have to support anybody. They are free to remain boys for as long as they want.
And here is an example regarding both sexes. The loudest and most sustained applause I ever heard was that of college students responding to a speech by President Barack Obama informing them that they would now be covered by their parents’ health insurance policies until age 26.
9. As a result of the left’s sympathetic views of pacifism and because almost no welfare state can afford a strong military, European countries rely on America to fight the world’s evils and even to defend them.
10. The leftist weltanschauung [worldview] sees society’s and the world’s great battle as between rich and poor rather than between good and evil. Equality therefore trumps morality. This is what produces the morally confused liberal elites that can venerate a Cuban tyranny with its egalitarian society over a free and decent America that has greater inequality.
None of this matters to progressives. Against all this destructiveness, they will respond not with arguments to refute these consequences of the liberal welfare state, but by citing the terms “social justice” and “compassion,” and by labeling their opponents “selfish” and worse.
If you want to feel good, liberalism is awesome. If you want to do good, it is largely awful.

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Man Says No to NFL to Care For Family

A real man. A role model for America.
What an inspiring story!

Former Jets safety Keith Fitzhugh chooses family over football
By Jenny Vrentras – The Star-Ledger – Dec 8, 2010
Yesterday afternoon, Jets director of pro personnel Brendan Prophett phoned Keith Fitzhugh. The team needed a safety, with Jim Leonhard lost for the season and James Ihedigbo injured in Monday night’s 45-3 loss at New England.
Fitzhugh would have been a good fit. He was an undrafted rookie in 2009, and knew the system from three stints with the Jets. But the 24-year-old did something few would do: He respectfully turned down the NFL, and a team in good position for a postseason bid.
“I know I haven’t won a Super Bowl; it would be a once-in-a-lifetime chance,” Fitzhugh said by phone from Georgia yesterday. “But you only get one mom and one dad. That’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I’d rather be there for my mom and dad than go for a Super Bowl chance.”
Fitzhugh has a stable job, with health benefits, as a conductor with Norfolk Southern railroad outside Atlanta. Work involves trips to Chattanooga, Tenn., and back, building trains in the yard or being on call through the night. It’s important for him to have a steady stream of income — more often than not elusive in the NFL — because his father is disabled and cannot work. Keith Fitzhugh, Sr., has had hip replacements and bad knees, and struggles to walk. He has been unable to work since his son left to play football at Mississippi State.
Fitzhugh lives at home and helps support a family that is not big, but very close-knit, particularly since losing his younger sister, Brittany, to the West Nile Virus five years ago. She was bitten by a mosquito when she was 11, and her condition slowly deteriorated as if she had multiple sclerosis: she began losing her vision and hair, developed lesions on the back of her brain and burst blood through her neck. She passed away at age 14, the day before Fitzhugh played his first spring game at Mississippi State.
“That’s why I’m so strong about being around family now,” Fitzhugh said. “Life is short, and you never know what will happen. When I went through the period of time being unemployed, my family was there for me. I didn’t want to take a risk and lose everything again, especially when I have a great job like I do now.”
Fitzhugh told the Jets he was very thankful for the opportunity they extended. But to him, the risk was too great: he might only be on the roster for a couple of weeks, or even less, and as a result would give up the railroad job that can offer him long-term employment.
He knows well the uncertainty of professional football, calling the unemployment between stints with teams “lonely.” He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Jets in May 2009, was waived in August and added to the practice squad in September. In December of that year, he was signed to the Ravens’ active roster and spent the playoffs with them. Baltimore withdrew its tender offer to him this past spring, and he was unemployed until the Jets signed him during training camp. He was waived 11 days later.
That’s when he began working for Norfolk Southern. Choosing to keep the steady job was a mature decision his mother, Meltonia Fitzhugh, left up to him but was moved by when he told her what he had done. She works as an office supervisor for a division of Nippon Express, a freight forwarder. “He’s always been that kind of a kid,” said Meltonia Fitzhugh said. “If you would ever know him and were to meet him, he is that kind of kid. He tries to help everybody. It wouldn’t be just for me, he would do it for anybody. I take it as a blessing.”
Fitzhugh did not want to rule out ever playing in the NFL again. This opportunity didn’t make sense for him, and the Jets will look elsewhere, possibly at Emanuel Cook or Don Warren, who were in camp with them this year. But Fitzhugh didn’t want to speak in absolutes. He keeps in shape, citing Norfolk Southern’s wellness program for employees. Climbing up and down train cars is a workout, he said, and when he can’t get to a gym while traveling for work, he’ll do 100 push-ups and sit-ups or walk a few miles.
He started playing football when he was 8, and the NFL was a childhood dream. But he also says that he was like many young boys who love trains and hope one day to ride them. In that sense, Meltonia Fitzhugh said, he has lived out both of his dreams.
“The kid has more heart than anybody I know,” said Daniel Rose, his agent. “I don’t think this is the last you’ve heard of Keith Fitzhugh.”

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