The Pink Flamingo http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com Life is tacky. Deal with it! Mon, 13 Aug 2018 13:03:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Screen-Shot-2017-07-29-at-5.50.08-PM-150x150.png The Pink Flamingo http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com 32 32 The Beauty of Hate http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/13/the-beauty-of-hate/ http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/13/the-beauty-of-hate/#respond Mon, 13 Aug 2018 10:30:55 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49536 Hate is a wonderful thing, if you want to destroy, not only the hated but the hater.   It is a tool to manipulate others, especially if you teach them to hate.  It keeps the haters feelings raw and gives the hater a purpose.  It ruins what it touches, people, places, families, careers, lives, and even nations. It is the opposite of love.

We are in the process of watching the Democrats and the political left gorge themselves on a blood bath of hate to the point, where, like brainless predatory herd animals, they are going to explode.  But first, they are going in for the kill. While they will destroy numerous innocent lives and careers, they will eventually do that very thing – to themselves.

It is already happening.  In order to have propped up a demigod, a narrative was created.  The narrative allowed the incompetent to get away with whatever he wanted, because he was the product of almost political and ideological purity.  Anyone who dare contradict the narrative created around Barack Obama was a racist.

The racism canard was necessary to maintain the veneer of hope and progress, of a brand new world where anyone who dared to oppose could be manipulated and destroyed by the charge of racism.  By charging anyone who dared think outside the box, or attempt to expose the emperor’s new clothes as nothing but flowery but manipulative rhetoric, as racist, or threaten to charge them as racist, they were controlled.  In order to prevent racism, well, anyone who might be a racist must be eradicated, one way or another.

The canard of racism was turned into a beautiful way to create hate.  Irrational hate is a magnificent creature. It causes the washed of brain and low of information into a useful machine. The younger the haters are, the better.  The more ideological a person is, the easier it is to manipulate them.  Hate needs hope an dreams.  It eats them, devours them.  For the weak of mind, those who want to be popular, well, they adopt the hate.  They go along with it.

More and more people buy into the irrational hate. They buy into the fake narrative.  They cannot question their emotions, for fear they might be prove wrong.

There are rules that cannot be broken.  Once one has accepted the narrative, sources cannot be questioned.  You cannot examine motives.  An acolyte does not deviate from the source.  If approached with contradictory evidence, they declare the past is not relevant.  They question the purity of sources.  They then fact check with their own fact checkers who were created to confirm what they already knew.

Their hate grows stronger and more irrational until they turn on family and friends.  They will allow people they’ve never met in their lives to attack and destroy people in their lives who have a different opinion. The new friends and associates step in and attack family and friends who truly care about that person until the attackee basically withdraws from their family member or friend after being bullied to the point of tears.

It has happened to me, numerous times on social media.  The problem is the person who is being defended doesn’t realize how badly their former friends are being treated.  Like someone who is being pulled into a cult, they disassociate from their former friends or family members, totally assimilated by their hatred and the certainty their former friends or family have become horrible people propping up an agenda of pure hate.

This is what is happening here in the United States.  I am seeing it every day.  I see it in the actions of people for whom I care.  They are turning into proponents of hate.  They can only love those who follow the selected political agenda. The rest of us must be removed from their lives, bullied, insulted, or treated like we are idiots.

I feel for people.  I feel for friends who have been engulfed into this scenario.  They truly hate.  These are women who are allegedly Christians.  They know better.  But, now they do nothing but support a specific agenda.  If you do not agree with their agenda, you are to be minimized. Their new friends and associates will assure them that you are a bad person.

Do you know what happens to people who hate?

They are destroyed.

Hate destroys everything around it.

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Sunday Morning Opera: Crazy Relatives http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/12/sunday-morning-opera-crazy-relatives/ http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/12/sunday-morning-opera-crazy-relatives/#respond Sun, 12 Aug 2018 10:30:04 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49533
Beverly Sills (Lucia)
Patricia Kern (Alisa)
Carlo Bergonzi (Edgardo)
Piero Cappuccilli (Enrico)
Justino Diaz (Raimondo)
Adolf Dallapozza (Arturo)


Joan Sutherland (Lucia)
Luciano Pavarotti (Edgardo)
Sherrill Milnes (Enrico)
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Raimondo)
Ryland Davies (Arturo)
Huguette Tourangeau (Alisa)


Anna Maria Canali (Alisa)
Valiano Natali (Arturo)
Giuseppe di Stefano (Edgardo)
Tito Gobbi (Eurico)
Maria Callas (Lucia)
Raffaele Arié (Raimondo)

THE LEGENDARY VERSION:

Enrico Caruso
Amelita Galli-Curci
Marcel Journet
Minnie Egener
Giuseppe de Luca
Angelo Bada

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS: Let’s be honest, Caruso steals the show.

NOW COMPARE:


Natalie Dessay (Lucia)
Joseph Calleja (Edgardo)
Matthew Plenk (Arturo)
Ludovic Tézier (Enrico)
Kwangchul Yuon (Raimondo)

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A “Feel Good” Story http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/11/a-feel-good-story/ http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/11/a-feel-good-story/#respond Sat, 11 Aug 2018 10:30:56 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49531 We all need this story.  It is one of the best I’ve heard in a long time!

“…Kayla McKeon may be Washington’s most unlikely powerbroker. As the first registered lobbyist with Down Syndrome, the 31-year-old roams the Capitol advocating for the National Down Syndrome Society.

“She’s an incredible asset to this organization,” said her boss, Sarah Hart Weir. “She’s extremely articulate. And she’s quick on her feet.”

“And I’m not going to take no for an answer,” Kayla said. 

They hired her for her communication skills. 

“That too,” Kayla said. …”

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Jihad in New Mexico http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/10/jihad-in-new-mexico/ http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/10/jihad-in-new-mexico/#respond Fri, 10 Aug 2018 10:30:24 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49529 For the past day or so, I’ve been going back and forth with a friend from New Mexico.  Funny thing about the memory.  Sometimes it takes an event and a few days to start the gray matter churning.  She confirmed what I thought I remembered, that there were rumors, back in about 2002, that there was a Jihad training camp in the Arabella community located in the Hondo Valley.  She seems to remember rumor has it they relocated toward Pine Lodge Road and had a ranch in that direction.  I remembered something about Roswell.  But – that’s in the same ‘general’ location, if you think in New Mexico terms – it’s one very big state and distance is almost irrelevant.  She said she’s also heard there were/are training camps on the other side of the border.  I’ve heard that one, too.

The problem with the Hondo Valley Rumor Mill is that anything was possible, ergo, no one paid attention to the rumblings of a group of individuals who may or may not have been sober.  As in most things New Mexico, sightings of UFOs, aliens – that sort of thing, are highly alcohol dependent.  The problem with that theory is there are times when Hondo Valley minions who may or may not have been sober at the time, might not have been all that wrong – about some things.

I remember a time when one of the more infamous barflies was ranting on and on about giant catfish near the dam at T or C.  Everyone thought he was crazy.  Well, come to find out, he was ahead of his time.  If River Monsters had been on Animal Planet at the time, maybe someone would have believed him.  The guy was obsessed with fishing at Elephant Butte.  He kept bragging about how good the fishing was.

So…maybe all those rumors about jihad training camps in Arabella or up Pine Lodge Road might not have been so crazy, after all, considering the latest out of Taos.

“…Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe said Tuesday that authorities initially did not have enough evidence to search the compound. Wahhaj and his son were not spotted on the property. A breakthrough came last week when authorities received a tip that a starving child might be living at the compound.

Wahhaj’s father, also named Siraj, is a controversial cleric with close ties to Muslim rights groups like the Islamic Circle of North American, the Muslim American Society and the Center for American Islamic Relations. The elder Wahhaj was also an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing case. He was a character witness for Omar Abdel Rahman, the so-called “Blind Sheikh.”…”

This is terribly alarming.  I’m wondering how many more of these so-called training camps are out there, and how many additional children are being abused and allegedly training to slaughter people in school shootings.  These people are not members of the NRA, BTW. The liberal media isn’t covering the story.  Do they even care that the remains of a child have been found?

What also bothers me, and makes me just a little snarky is the Linda Sarsour connection.  You need to remember, she was one of the co-founders of the anti-Trump Women’s March.  Her mentor is the father of Siraj Ibn Wahhaj.  The other part of this is that George Soros helped fund the Woman’s march. If we were dealing with white supremacists and radical racists, the media would be all over it, blaming the NRA.  They would be making all manner of links to President Trump.

There are some things here I don’t like, and Linda Sarsour is at the top of the list.   The left and the media has turned her into some sort of cultural wonder woman.  I have friends who think she is amazing. They think her movement and battle against the evil that is Donald Trump is admirable and consider themselves part of it. While they would think there was a link between the NRA, radical white supremacists, and this group in NM, blaming it on Trump, they will deny any sort of vague connection between Sarsour and that is obviously a terrorist training camp.

The irony is that there are those on the left who are already trying to blame this on the NRA and President Trump.  The minute the story broke, they were all over Twitter, blaming it on the NRA and Trump voters. Yes, the left is that stupid.

As far as UFOs in New Mexico, well, I’m not holding my breath.

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The Accused http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/09/the-accused/ http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/09/the-accused/#respond Thu, 09 Aug 2018 10:30:00 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49525 As I mentioned previously, I have been accused of heresy by a well-meaning, very intense, and honorable ‘associate’ pastor of a very small church, of heresy.  I am a heretic because I am in sin because I think that women should be ministers.  Yep, it’s a sin and a heresy because the Apostle Paul says in Corinthians and Timothy that women must be silent in church.  Because I disagree, that’s a sin. It is heresy.

This is not a discussion about sin or heresy.  It is a discussion about accusing women of heresy. Once upon a time, one of the great tools to control women and to destroy them was to accuse them of heresy. Unfortunately, it is about manipulation and a determination to stop women from thinking for themselves. It is about destroying women.

Strangely enough, this is not what this person wants to do.  He is sincere.  He texted “…scripture is not for argument.  If  you would truly like to understand better, I am willing to sit with you and converse.”  A wise person would let this go, which is what I am doing.  But, what bothers me is the fact that because this person is male, he thinks he is superior to me, spiritually.

He is disgusted with me “I’m far more speaking about a statement saying that Jesus was a rich man.”  Lord have mercy.  I told this woman that Christ was a carpenter.  Anyone who knows anything about Roman history and the time frame knows that the role of a carpenter was that of a craftsman.

“…As perhaps themost studied man in ancient history, Jesus represents a fascinating slice of life. While he was by no means rich, his family was able to afford a certain amount of leisure and he had well-to-do friends. We can be fairly certain that he did not suffer under extreme poverty, but neither was he self-sufficient….”

So, I’m a heretic.

The charge of heresy against a woman was to control and destroy.  It annoys me because I do enjoy Roman history and the sociology of the era.  I don’t like being subjected to ‘prayer’ for my imagined sins – period.

I truly want to say what I think, but I can’t.  As a Christian, I can do nothing that will harm the this person’s faith.  I’m now accused of meddling because I’ve tried to expose a very ignorant woman to some learning and historical perspective.

Mea Culpa

As far as accusing me of heresy?

You don’t own me…

 

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Men, Religion, and Shaky Scholarship http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/08/men-religion-and-shaky-scholarship/ http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/08/men-religion-and-shaky-scholarship/#respond Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:27:14 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49520

1 Timothy 2:11-12  Let a woman learn in silence with full submission. I permit no woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she is to keep silent.

“…A friend of Xenophon’s described his ideal marriage partner this way: “She was not yet fifteen when I introduced her to my house, and she had been brought up always under the strictest supervision; as far as could be managed, she had not been allowed to see anything, hear anything or ask any questions.” Bristow, John T.. What Paul Really Said About Women: The Apostle’s Liberating Views on Equality in Marriage, Leadership, and Love (p. 7). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

This is what Paul was dealing with when he wrote that passage in Timothy.  He was writing to a Greek community where the women were purposely required to be abjectly ignorant.  He was writing to a world where philosophers waxed poetic that women did not even have souls. They did not think women had the intellect to read a book, let alone teach about Christ.

I am in the middle of an argument with someone who means well.  He is an Baptist minister who strongly believes women are not to have a teaching roll inside the church and cannot teach men.  He’s also currently ‘aggravated’ with me because I dared tell a young woman that Christ did not teach women were not to be teachers and ministers.  So, I’m a heretic because I disagree with his version of Timothy.

Without being a total jerk, I have a problem with this approach.  First, I think women are the equal to men.  I don’t want to do anything to screw up his faith.  That is something which is wrong.  But – his party-line approach against women being ministers is hurting this young woman.  I feel sorry for her.

Me and my big mouth…

I explained the context of the passage in Timothy.  I have a very real problem with anyone who thinks they are a ‘minister’ and don’t know their history.  You can’t be a teacher of any subject and do it from ignorance.  The historical context and sociology of the Bible are incredibly important. It’s like reading up on manna, to learn that it caused chronic constipation.  No wonder the Children of Israel (Jacob) spent forty years bitching while they wandered around the desert.  When you realize there were at least a million of them, and the column of travelers stretched for a hundred miles, well, if they were not chronically constipated, the human waste would be the stuff of nightmares.

Context is everything…

“… I desire, then, that in every place the men should pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument; also that the women should dress themselves modestly and decently in suitable clothing, not with their hair braided, or with gold, pearls, or expensive clothes, but with good works, as is proper for women who profess reverence for God…” 1 Timothy 2:8-10

Paul was first and foremost a Roman.  He was a Roman citizen and probably an attorney.  He knew the law.  As with any goodly Roman of his era, Augustus Caesar was to Paul what Ronald Reagan is to Rush Limbaugh.  Get it?

Paul, if he indeed wrote Timothy, and I don’t think he did, needs to be understood in context.  First, Paul never said, anywhere, that women were to be silent in church.  The passage was added later, and not written by Paul.  Further, it MUST be taken in context.  Todd D. Still (PhD, University of Glasgow) is William M. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures at George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, Texas wrote the following.

“…Where does this comparative study leave us? In a pleasant, if unexpected, place. It likely comes as little to no surprise that Jesus affirmed the dignity of women, treating them as individuals created in the divine image, and that women played a pivotal role both in Jesus’s earthly and post-resurrection ministries. It may, however, come as a surprise to some that Paul’s calling of women/wives to silence and submission is tempered, if not trumped or interpreted, by his affirmation of mutuality and equality of women and wives in marriage and ministry.

Both Jesus and Paul, then, affirmed women in principle and practice. Paul’s prohibitions and restrictions, I would contend, may be at most occasional exceptions to this general rule. As such, they would be contextual, not continual; time-bound troubleshooting, not timeless guidelines; a chapter in a book, but not the entire story. More often than not, there is inclusion and embrace, and it is this trajectory that we trace.21 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: the old has passed away, behold, the new has come” (2 Cor 5:17). “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:27–28)….”

Why is this important?  It’s all about biblical hermeneutics, which is… “the study of the principles of interpretation concerning the books of the Bible. It is part of the broader field of hermeneutics which involves the study of principles of interpretation for all forms of communication, nonverbal and verbal…”

So, once again, the women of Ephesus were Greek.  Unfortunately, Greek women were not the same as Roman women.  I know, it’s all ancient history and who cares?

Right?

Wrong….

Roman women were well educated.  They were allowed to be in business.  They could own property.  They could not actively be in politics, but they sure did meddle. They had quite a bit of power to the point where Augustus tried to reign them in, and try to get them to be more traditional.  Greek women lived much differently.

“…For in real life, respectable Greek wives led a completely secluded life. They took no part in public affairs, never appearing at meals or at social occasions. Recreation was severely limited for them, as were social contacts. Athenian men enjoyed outdoor sports and frequented the agora, the marketplace, which served as the center of city life and communication. Women were excluded from both. The ideal Athenian woman, according to Xenophon, a disciple of Socrates, was one who “might see as little as possible, hear as little as possible, and ask as little as possible.” Even conversation between husband and wife was neither valued nor expected. “Is there anyone to whom you entrust more serious matters than to your wife,” Socrates asked Athenian men, “and is there anyone to whom you talk less?…” (p. 5)

“…Aristotle thus laid a lasting philosophical foundation for the notion that females are inferior to males. He formalized the practice of sexual discrimination and offered learned authority to the belief in sexual inequality. Centuries later, church leaders who themselves were a product of Greek culture and education interpreted Paul’s writings from the perspective of Aristotelian philosophy, even to the point of assuming that when Paul wrote of the husband being head of the wife, he was simply restating Aristotle’s analogy of the husband being to his wife like one’s soul to one’s body. As will be seen, a careful reading of what Paul wrote demonstrates that this apostle was actually challenging Aristotle’s idea instead of supporting it….” (p. 6-7)

This is why Biblical hermeneutics are important.  If you don’t know the historical and sociological context of how Greek women were treated compared to Roman and even Jewish women, you then think that Paul is banning women from the ministry. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

I suspect, considering the later influence of Greek philosophers, who hated women, the very idea of preventing women from being ministers, based on pagan ideas is heresy.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Bristow, John T.. What Paul Really Said About Women: The Apostle’s Liberating Views on Equality in Marriage, Leadership, and Love  HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

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I Know How You Feel http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/07/i-know-how-you-feel/ http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/07/i-know-how-you-feel/#respond Tue, 07 Aug 2018 10:30:44 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49515 Psalm 107
Thanksgiving for Deliverance from Many Troubles

1 O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
those he redeemed from trouble
3 and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south.

4 Some wandered in desert wastes,
finding no way to an inhabited town;
5 hungry and thirsty,
their soul fainted within them.
6 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress;
7 he led them by a straight way,
until they reached an inhabited town.
8 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
9 For he satisfies the thirsty,
and the hungry he fills with good things.

10 Some sat in darkness and in gloom,
prisoners in misery and in irons,
11 for they had rebelled against the words of God,
and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
12 Their hearts were bowed down with hard labour;
they fell down, with no one to help.
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress;
14 he brought them out of darkness and gloom,
and broke their bonds asunder.
15 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
16 For he shatters the doors of bronze,
and cuts in two the bars of iron.

17 Some were sick through their sinful ways,
and because of their iniquities endured affliction;
18 they loathed any kind of food,
and they drew near to the gates of death.
19 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them from their distress;
20 he sent out his word and healed them,
and delivered them from destruction.
21 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
22 And let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices,
and tell of his deeds with songs of joy.

23 Some went down to the sea in ships,
doing business on the mighty waters;
24 they saw the deeds of the Lord,
his wondrous works in the deep.
25 For he commanded and raised the stormy wind,
which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths;
their courage melted away in their calamity;
27 they reeled and staggered like drunkards,
and were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out from their distress;
29 he made the storm be still,
and the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad because they had quiet,
and he brought them to their desired haven.
31 Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
32 Let them extol him in the congregation of the people,
and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

33 He turns rivers into a desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 a fruitful land into a salty waste,
because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
35 He turns a desert into pools of water,
a parched land into springs of water.
36 And there he lets the hungry live,
and they establish a town to live in;
37 they sow fields, and plant vineyards,
and get a fruitful yield.
38 By his blessing they multiply greatly,
and he does not let their cattle decrease.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
through oppression, trouble, and sorrow,
40 he pours contempt on princes
and makes them wander in trackless wastes;
41 but he raises up the needy out of distress,
and makes their families like flocks.
42 The upright see it and are glad;
and all wickedness stops its mouth.
43 Let those who are wise give heed to these things,
and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.

“I know how you feel.”

Over the years, when I would deal with heartache and trauma, then cry out to the Lord, demanding to know “why me”, as do we all, my mother would tell me there was a reason.  To her, that reason was always the ability to later be able to tell someone ‘I know how you feel.’

After an incident, 25 years ago, I realized she was right.  Then, on Sunday, something happened that completely reinforced her philosophy. I’ve never hid the fact that the past eight years have been one financial trauma and disaster after another.  The latest, for me, is the fact that this brown recluse bite on my leg has literally broken me, physically and financially.  I can’t even finish unpacking the things for my house.  And – I can only afford about 10 additional hours of help.  I can’t afford that.  I’m down to about $400 for the remainder of the month.  That will not pay my bills. It is a very frustrating situation.  The money is out there, I just can’t access it until we sell some land.  In this day and age, after the Obama Administration literally destroyed the value of land, it is very difficult.  Thanks to Elizabeth Warren and her draconian banking regulations, I can’t even borrow on what we own.

It is frustrating, to say the least.  The stress is starting to truly get to me. I’ve had about 14 hours sleep since last Tuesday, and four of those hours were on Monday.  Monday morning I woke up about 6AM with tachycardia to the point where I would have gone to the ER if I’d had insurance.  I have none.  I have no one here to even help me get to the ER.  So, I called a friend and asked her to pray. I talked to my sister.  As we talked, I started feeling better.  I realized I was not only exhausted, but extremely dehydrated.  I’ve already been told, during two ER visits years ago, I am one of those people who can have a heart attack if I am dehydrated and have not consumed enough salt.  An hour later, after  consuming a very large glass of ice tea with lemonade mix, the tachycardia went away, telling me it was not a heart attack.

I know how you feel.

On Sunday, I heard from a friend.  He wrote that he knew I would not  understand how frustrating his life has been these past few years.  He has a child in dire need of medical assistance.  His stress level has hospitalized him.  On paper he is worth millions.  But – it is tied up in court.  “I’m worth anywhere between X million, but can’t afford to get the car fixed or deal with medical issues.”  He did not expect me to understand.  I immediately responded that I know exactly how he feels.

It was a moment of healing and triumph for me, spiritually.  I have survived (thus far). I’m not sure how I’m going to make it past the next week or so, but I will.  The Lord has yet to let me down, financially.  It might be nerve wracking, but I think maybe I’ve finally learned that He does endure.

I was telling this to a friend. She is reading a book based on Psalm 107 – His Steadfast Love Endures Forever.

Damn!

There are reasons for what happens in life.  And no, God does not cause bad things to happen.  They just do.  The Lord is there to help us endure and pick up the pieces.  He is there to sustain us and, when we allow it, produce miracles.  It has dawned on me that I’m sick and tired of telling Him what to do. No, I’m not stupid and I know we just don’t sit there, waiting for money to appear in the checking account. If things were to go right, for me, I should have money coming in, any time, but there are times when it just doesn’t work that way.

His steadfast love does endure forever. I’m finally starting to realize that faith is an adventure, not for the faint of heart.  It was designed to take the faint of heart and give us the heart of a lion.  Is that what C. S. Lewis was trying to tell us?

 

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Hang On to Your Old Wicker http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/06/hang-on-to-your-old-wicker/ http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/06/hang-on-to-your-old-wicker/#respond Mon, 06 Aug 2018 10:30:17 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49513 I was going to wax poetic about the new anti-conservative censorship and racism that the left is using to basically doing what they can to destroy anyone who disagrees with them, when I saw a headline on one of the decorator sites about old wicker.  It’s like this, if you still have any, take care of it, don’t sell it, and just hold on, because the prices are going through the roof!

So, now I’m glad I wasn’t able to sell what I have.  I’m still broke, but I have incredible vintage wicker that is the next big decorating thing.

I’m spray painting it different colors.

Is that bad?

I suppose, in the long run, wicker is a bigger deal than far left bigotry.  It also says something about the direction of the country.  Wicker is interesting. In a way it is timeless. It is classic, chic, retro, and goes from one generation to another.  I have a 1900 wicker rocking chair in storage.  It needs to be repaired.  It belonged to my great aunt Mabel.  My patio furniture belonged to the parents.  I’ve painted it.  One reason I’ve painted it is because it’s cool to paint and the paint protects the fragile nature of the piece.  My wicker sofa dates back to about 1980.

One of the other reasons I’m now painting it is that’s all the decorating rage in south Florida.  Okay, I’m from south Florida.  There’s a stupid comedy I like called Modern Housewife.  One of the lines the teenage daughter used against her mother was “You can take the girl out of Florida, but you can’t take Florida out of the girl.”

Guilty as charged.

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Sunday Morning Opera: My Very Favorite Aria Smackdown http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/05/sunday-morning-opera-my-very-favorite-aria-smackdown/ http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/05/sunday-morning-opera-my-very-favorite-aria-smackdown/#respond Sun, 05 Aug 2018 10:30:02 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49508 This is the key to my heart. I love this piece of music.

On Saturday, May 6, 1978 in Atlanta, with the Metropolitan Opera on tour, I lost my heart to opera and a baritone. After this one specific moment, the very course of my life was changed. Naturally, I lost my heart to the Greatest Baritone of Them All – the baritone who put the hunk, in Barihunk.

You will notice I left the very best version out, this time. I tried, but I don’t have the heart to even listen. It still hurts too much. I can’t do it. I relented. I am not, though, doing a video. I can’t handle it. His was the very best version of my very favorite.

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All We Need Is Love http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/04/all-we-need-is-love-2/ http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/04/all-we-need-is-love-2/#respond Sat, 04 Aug 2018 10:31:47 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49505 1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels,
but do not have love,
I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
And if I have prophetic powers,
and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith,
so as to remove mountains,
but do not have love,
I am nothing.
If I give away all my possessions,
and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,
but do not have love,
I gain nothing.
Love is patient;
love is kind;
Love is not envious
or boastful
or arrogant
or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
it does not rejoice in wrongdoing,
but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.
Love never ends.
But as for prophecies,
they will come to an end;
as for tongues,
they will cease;
as for knowledge,
it will come to an end.
For we know only in part,
and we prophesy only in part;
but when the complete comes,
the partial will come to an end.
When I was a child,
I spoke like a child,
I thought like a child,
I reasoned like a child;
when I became an adult,
I put an end to childish ways.
For now we see in a mirror,
dimly,
but then we will see face to face.
Now I know only in part;
then I will know fully,
even as I have been fully known.
And now faith, hope, and love abide,
these three;
and the greatest of these is love.

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The Acceptable Racism http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/03/the-acceptable-racism/ Fri, 03 Aug 2018 10:30:19 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49501

“…i mean, there clearly isn’t institutional racism, and in many cases, fear of white people doesn’t quite amount to racism..”

New York Times writer Sarah Jeong hates white people.  She has no problem spreading her hate, writing or tweeting about it.  She thinks white people smell like dogs.  She thinks that white people should stop breeding.  Racism is a horrible thing, but it is perfectly acceptable if the victim is white, and especially if the gender is male.  To put this in context, actress Rosanne Barr was destroyed for her racist tweet.

Jeong’s tweets include:

oh man it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men”
“#CancelWhitePeople”
“@RepDanMode White people have stopped breeding. You’ll all go extinct soon. This was my plan all along.”
Dumbass fucking white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants”
According to the National Review:

“…Jeong’s Twitter account is replete with racial insults against white people, whom she has described as “groveling goblins,” “bullshit,” “miserable,” and “dogs.”…“Dumba** f***ing white people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants,” Jeong wrote in November 2014. “Are white people genetically predisposed to burn faster un the sun, thus logically being only fit to live underground like groveling goblins,” she wrote a month later….”

The same august publication fired writer Quinn Norton for allegations about once knowing someone who was a neo-Nazi.  She allegedly used derogatory words about people of color and gays.  That was enough for her to be fired.

Did you know it is IMPOSSIBLE to be racist to a white person? Manisha Krishnan wrote:

|”…In April, BLMTO co-founder Yusra Khogali was highly criticized when a tweet of hers that said “Plz Allah give me strength not to cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today” was discovered.

But Morgan said even if all people of colour straight up said they hate white people, it wouldn’t affect a white person’s ability to get a job, an education, or increase the odds that they’d get carded or charged for a crime. “If all white people had that view [of black people], that would have a very dramatic life impact on the material reality of all those people.”

The exclusion of white people in spaces created for minorities is another controversy that sometimes comes up in the media.

Last fall, flyers for a white students union popped up on a handful of Canadian university campuses. On its website, the group behind the campaign, Students for Western Civilization, claims schools are bombarded with the message that “only white people can be racist, because white people are the sole beneficiaries of this white supremecist (sic) system.” To balance things out, a white students’ union “would serve as a platform to promote and advance the political interests of Western peoples.“…”

Florida Gulf Coast University professor Ted Thornhill teaches a course on white racism.

“…‘White racism’ is nothing new. Whether a course is titled “White Racism,”or “The Problem of Whiteness,” or any other appropriate term, in no way diminishes the academic legitimacy of the course. Scholars have used the term for decades.

I’ve taught courses on racial stratification in the U.S. for nearly a decade myself. The course, and others like it, are all anchored in a damning body of historical and contemporary scholarship. That scholarship shows that Europeans and their white descendants colonized what would become the United States as well as other places around the globe. They practiced all manner of inhumanity against non-whites. This has included genocide, slavery, murder, rape, torture, theft, chicanery, segregation, discrimination, intimidation, internment, humiliation and marginalization. This is inarguable.

Most Americans may have a general awareness of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Jim Crow laws, lynchings, housing and labor market discrimination, and police brutality. Where we differ is about the gravity and scope of these white racist practices and the extent to which their effects continue to this day….”

In other words, those of us who are white must atone for guilt by association for something done several hundred  years ago.  What bothers me is the same thing was said about the Jews, a few years backOur media is not allowed to cover the current version if racist genocide that is going on in South Africa. It is not politically correct.  According to a CUNY professor, white families are inherently racist.   Is it possible for people who are Black to be anti-Semetic? Then there are the founders of the women’s march who are inherently anti-Semetic.  Fortunately, there are more people who believe all of us, no matter what the race or religion are the same. Unfortunately, they can be treated like dirt for expressing their opinion.

It is still acceptable to trash ‘white trash’.  And, yes, I am guilty of condemning people who are white trash. What people who aren’t from the South don’t realize is that ‘white trash’ are the lowest rung on the social ladder. I will even admit I referred, this very day, to a family as ‘white trash’.  They are.  People may have laughed about Honey Boo Boo, but they were not the bottom rung of the ‘white trash’ ladder – far from it.  This specific family is pure ‘trash’.  It should be noted that included in my description of ‘white trash’ is the fact that a toddler, whose father is doing life for first degree murder, was molested and brutalized by the teenage step-son of  his grandfather.  The grandfather, a ‘so-called’ minister, had no problem with it.  The step-grandmother would not allow the cops to be called.  The baby’s mother was afraid to call the cops because she did prison time for dealing drugs when she was just eighteen, and had her toddler child with her while dealing drugs.  She was supporting herself because the baby’s father was black and her family kicked her out because she had become pregnant by a black man who was also in prison for armed robbery. But – it’s okay because the family consider themselves very religious.  I swear this story is true.

That is the definition of white trash.  They are.  It isn’t because they are poor.  It is because of their values. I’ve hired the baby mama to help me do housework.  Yes, when you are from the South, you hire white-trash to do housework.  For all the person’s faults, she does not steal.  I feel sorry for her.  The woman is bright, a self-starter, and has a good work ethic.  But – she cannot overcome her ‘raising’.  And, again, this is Southern talk.  Apparently, her mother divorced her father to get away from the family culture.  Fortunately, she had the little boy, who will now be starting to school.  They are living in a different state. The step-mother’s family is a total train-wreck.

Here’s the difference when it comes to race.  If I were to refer to a family as ‘trash’ and they were of a different race or culture, I would be considered racist.  I don’t even consider it ‘racist’ if someone of a different culture discusses ‘white trash’. It is.  These people are culturally low-life.  They are so abjectly ignorant it is tragic.  The woman’s table manners are that of an animal. Yet, she doesn’t even think she is has a problem.  I feel so sorry for her.  At one time, I was going to attempt to help her better herself, but when I heard the story about the toddler, there is no way I can do that.  When a family is so basically depraved that they do not understand that a teenager doing physical things to a toddler is rape, then they are beyond help.

The real problem is that liberals, progressives must divide and conquer in order to gain votes.  They must turn middle-class white people into monsters in order to  make middle class Black people, who are starting to be seduced by the Right side of the political force, see white people as monsters.  For years, political scientists have discussed the fact that once a small percentage of minority voters desert the Democratic Party and begin voting GOP, the Democrats are doomed.  We are starting to see this begin to occur, thanks to Donald Trump.

Interestingly, getting back to Sarah Jeong, she is a highly educated lesbian who hates white men.  She is of Asian descent.  I don’t care if she hates people.  That’s her problem, not mine.  What bothers me is she thinks white people smell like wet dogs.  Well, I’ve known a heck of a lot of white people who have smelled a heck of a lot worse, much worse.  Ms Jeong is allowed to have her opinions and to spout them.  I don’t care about that.  I don’t want her fired from her job. That is a liberal thing, destroying someone who disagrees with you, in order to destroy them.  I just find the left to be increasingly disparate.

What does bother me is when you start dehumanizing people of a specific race, it is just a hop, skip, and a jump from truly dehumanizing people of that race in ways that are horrific.  It was never to happen, again.  But, apparently progressive socialists just don’t quite grasp ‘never again’.

 

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First Lady Fashion http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/02/first-lady-fashion/ Thu, 02 Aug 2018 10:30:00 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49499 By time in her husband’s administration, Michelle Obama was considered a fashion icon.  For some strange reason, liberals like to treat conservative women badly, abusively.  If Michelle Obama had been treated the way Melania Trump is being treated, we would all know about it.

The liberal celeb media might not recognize the iconic status of our current First Lady, but, the knock-off Chinese fashion world does. If you spend fifteen minutes going through the latest things offered up by the purveyors of cheep clothes online, all of them coming out of China, it is obvious how iconic Melania Trump is becoming.

Knock-off versions of what she wears are everywhere, online, for we the little people to purchase. I don’t know what is being sold in stores.  I don’t go shopping.  But I do know what is available online.  And – Melania is dominating women’s fashion.

It’s all there.

It also says something being ignored here in this country.  The woman is having a tremendous impact on what is being worn.  You may not notice it for another six months or so, but trust me, you will. If she is being that effective as a fashion icon, outside of the country, then it is also a commentary on her husband, his administration, and how things are being played.

Our current First Lady has become an icon.  She has done so quietly, with a very small staff, just being herself.  She stays out of the headlines and the lime-light. But, when she do appear in the spotlight, she is exquisite.  The fashion world isn’t stupid.  They may try to practice their hatred, but money talks.  If women are adapting her style, the fashion world will follow.

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The Idiot War on Sugar http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/08/01/the-idiot-war-on-sugar/ Wed, 01 Aug 2018 10:30:01 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49496 One of the top conservative Twitter pundits is bragging about how he doesn’t do sugar.  His followers are describing it as evil.  Of course they are.  All they can talk is high protein and keto burn.  That’s nice if you are healthy, don’t have a cardiac problem, and are watching your blood sugar.

But – when dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease, refined sugar is a gift from God! Sugar is brain fuel.  It produces glucose.  Glucose powers the brain.  The party line is one must not give refined sugar to people with AD.  They must have very complex carbs and high protein. They are also being drugged into oblivion.

When one is dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease, sugar is imperative.  It makes the brain work.  So is caffeine.  The combination is terribly important.  We want the brain of a person dealing with AD to be as active as possible.  It is impossible when that person is drugged into a stupor, turning into a drooling zombie of a shadow of a human.  When the brain starts working, the person with AD is capable of thinking.  We want them to think. We want their brains to work.

All of this goes back to the way those suffering from AD are treated by the medical profession – as sub human.   Depriving them of brain fuel makes things worse, much worse.

 

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That Pesky Racist Label http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/07/31/that-pesky-racist-label/ Tue, 31 Jul 2018 10:30:39 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49491 Is the very act of labeling an innocent person a racist, racism?  Is the act of doing it, to denigrate them politically an act of hatred?  Note that I did not say hate crime. It is legal to shout fire in a crowded room. Calling someone a horrible name is not a hate crime.  It is mean, nasty, and hateful, but it is not a crime.

According to the First Amendment to our Constitution, the jerk who says nasty things about someone, as long as they are not lying nor slandering them is not committing a crime.  Granted, they are being a total and complete jerk. It isn’t a crime, though.  It should not be a crime. Not today, in our highly charged world where just looking at a Millennial the wrong way causes them to have a meltdown which will result is horrific PTSD if they aren’t allowed to cuddle a puppy, quickly.

People have a right to say bad things. They have a right to say hurtful things.  It is a fact of life.  And – there’s not much we can do about it, not really.  The only thing a person can actually do if someone is saying hurtful, nasty things is to avoid them. If it’s bad enough, today, society takes care of it, turning someone like Rosanne, who said what she though into a modern version of a leper from Ben Hur.

Unclean
Unclean
Stay away
Unclean

Our society no longer forgives, especially if the unclean individual who dared to utter something construed as unacceptable, is not part of a specific club, group, party, association, or doesn’t know the proper handshake or password for the day.  Take the “N”-word, please.  I hate that word.  It is a horrible, vile, crude, ignorant, and repulsive word.  But – if it is so bad, why are certain people allowed to use it and others aren’t.

Why is it acceptable for groups who rightfully decry that specific word to practice rank anti-Semitism?  Those same groups have no problem protecting people who have come to this country illegally.  They have no problem supporting Hamas.  If someone dares to mention how oppressive the demands that women who are of the Muslim religion must be covered and morphed into fourth class citizens, they are treated like – well racists.  Yet, there is no end of the hatred and filth these same people can spew against people who are Jewish.

True racism, true hated isn’t found in a word.  It isn’t even found in a terribly trashy joke that might be funny.  True racism is treating people who are different from you – differently.  Strange thing, that.  Bias and discrimination need not be racist.  Any woman who is far from thin understands what bias and discrimination is all about.  She knows what hurtful and painful jokes are about.  We are required to laugh at them and accept the determination we are sub-human because society considers us ‘obese’.  But – that’s okay.

It’s also acceptable, according to Hollywood, which tends to be on the forefront of things to support and defend men who are pedophiles.  It is acceptable for popular comedians, both make and female to make light of pedophiles, and to support a man convicted of raping a minor.  Yet, Rosanne is now untouchable.  She made a nasty tweet, for which she has apologized.

Life is so strange these days.  In order to mask the hidden racism of the left, and to disguise the fact that the KKK was an invention of the Democrats, along with the fact that Democrats openly opposed the Civil Rights act, conservatives must be painted as liberal monsters.  Yet, Republicans must be treated as the evil ones.

Strange, isn’t it.

The worst racist I know – today – is a Democrat.

 

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Memories of Immortality http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/07/30/memories-of-immortality/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 10:30:09 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49488 On Sunday, Chipper Jones became immortal.  I don’t mind admitting I bawled the entire time he was speaking.  There is a reason for that, part of it being baseball sentimentality.  The other is about my father.  You see, Chipper Jones was his all-time favorite player.

He started watching him his rookie season.  I would brag about picking Johnny Bench the first month of his career – to go to the Hall of Fame.  My father would tell me that Chipper would be in the Hall of Fame.  When I was still in SC, I had a dish, the parents did not.  My father would constantly come over to the house.  He’s have his golden retriever and be carrying his cat.  My mother would call and tell me to send them home.  I’d end up fixing him a snack, while he watched the Braves.  When the game was over, he and the dog would go home.  I’d end up keeping the cat and driving her over to the house the next day.

Baseball is about family and tradition.  My niece Rachel is married to Parker, who grow up with Chipper as his baseball hero.  He and his dad would drive down to Atlanta to see the Braves. When my sister and I were growing up, my father would often (reluctantly) drive down to Atlanta to take us to see the Braves.  My mother was a rather vocal Henry Aaron fan.   Me – my heart belonged to My Man Johnny Bench.

Braves fans of my ear have a problem that way.  You will find we’re both Braves and Reds fans.  Until the Braves moved to Atlanta in 1966, which is about the time I discovered baseball. Until then, Cincinnati, was the nearest MLB team.  You would find Braves fans were also Reds fans.

Funny how we look at the Braves.  Their yearly caravan was one of the highlights of my life when I was growing up, about an hour and a half from Atlanta. Watching the ceremony on Sunday, I was so pleased to see Phil Niekro.  He was very good friends with the sports editor of a local paper.  I was the kid who always made a nuisance of myself when Major Leaguers would come to town.  I would end up with my picture in the local paper, which isn’t a good thing when I’d skip school for baseball.  Word to the wise, if you skip school to meet Ted Williams, don’t end up with your photo on the front page of the paper.

We were family.  Fans had an opportunity to get to know Milo Hamilton and Ernie Johnson who did the play by play.  When they came with the caravan, people were just as interested in meeting them.  In those days no one realized in 1974 history would be made, and we would be in the middle of it. No one even thought all that much about Hoyt Wilhelm or Orlando Cepeda doing the caravan. In a few short years, Henry Aaron would not be able to go out and hang with the fans the way he did with us, all those years.

Henry Aaron is special.  He is a part of our lives.  Watching him, watching Knucksie, and even Joe Torre who caught for the Braves, then managed them is like visiting with people we love. That is what baseball is.  Obviously, it is a billion dollar institution, but it is also intimate, small, with players becoming part of our lives.

My father would be thrilled, today.

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Sunday Morning Opera: Simon Keenlyside http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/07/29/sunday-morning-opera-simon-keenlyside-2/ Sun, 29 Jul 2018 10:30:47 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49484 The only possible way to describe the voice of Simon Keenlyside, who has a birthday this week, is elegant. Nothing else works. I love his Giovanni!

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What Is Greatness? http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/07/28/what-is-greatness/ Sat, 28 Jul 2018 10:34:55 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=39668 First published on April 9, 2014

Henry Aaron was the last Major League player to be part of the Negro Leagues.

One of the great benefits of having grown up about a hundred miles from Atlanta, then living there for a time, was the fact that I was fortunate enough to see Henry Aaron hit so many home runs, I don’t even know how many I’ve seen.  Somewhere, I still have all the ticket stubs. I need to find them, then compare them to the record.  He is still baseball’s true home run king  and, in my opinion, he always will be.  I read a comment somewhere that, as far as baseball fans are concerned, Hank Aaron is Mother Theresa and Barry Bonds is Charles Manson.  Yep, I agree.

“…Aaron hit .362 against Koufax and slugged .579 against Drysdale; he hit more home runs against Bob Gibson than any other right-handed hitter and so thoroughly owned the brilliant young lefty Don Gullett (.462/.586/1.346 in 36 plate appearances) that it felt like there was no escape….”

It happened 40 years ago, Tuesday night, on April 8, 2014, at 9:07PM, ET.  I wasn’t there, but I was fortunate enough to see #709.  I saw #703, and dozens of others, leading up to what may still be the most important moment in the history of the most important game in the history of the world.

Life
Life

In the 4th inning, Dodger pitcher Al Downing, a confessed fan of Hammerin’ Hank, was the victim, when Hank Aaron slammed the ball a good 385 feet to left center field.  Downing later said he had tossed a sinker that obviously didn’t sink.

“...No other night in the history of baseball is more deeply embedded in American cultural history than April 8, 1974. The nights that Fisk waved it fair, Buckner missed the grounder, Gibson took Eckersley deep and Ripken broke Gehrig’s record are forever iconic, too. But 1974 was just 10 years after passage of the Civil Rights Act and baseball still was the undisputed national pastime that commanded the attention of America. More than half the televisions in the country were tuned to the previous World Series, contested between the Oakland Athletics and the New York Mets, even though four of the seven games were day games. No sport was bigger than baseball, and no name was bigger than Ruth’s. So big was the potential of a new home run record that NBC, which had the rights to Monday Night Baseball in the summer, scrapped its regular Monday night spring programming and broadcast the game against top 10 CBS shows Maude and Rhoda. The game delivered a strong 22.3 rating and 36 share. (No World Series game has seen that kind of a share since 1997 Game 7.)…”

Barry Bonds made an obscene mockery of Aaron’s authentic record by tainting his with alleged use of performance enhancing pharmaceuticals. He may have passed Aaron’s achievement, but his record is forever tainted.  Unlike Henry Aaron, who is finally being recognized as not only one of the greatest who ever played this great game, but perhaps the greatest, Barry Bonds may never darken the hallowed halls of the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  He doesn’t deserve to be in the same building with men like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Johnny Bench, and my personal hero, Ted Williams.  They did not cheat to achieve their greatness.  They did it the old fashioned way, with blood, sweat, and tears.

Bud Selig, who is not my favorite commissioner, has been a close, personal friend of Hank Aaron for many years.  That much is in his favor.  He wrote a wonderful op-ed about his friend.

“...As the last major league player who was a part of the Negro leagues, he was one of the game’s most prominent bridges to integration. For 23 years on the field, this humble native of Mobile, Ala., represented the game with unfailing grace, overcoming obstacles that most of us could not even imagine. In the years since then, Hank has remained one of the most distinguished and revered figures in American public life.

Forty years after a 40-year-old authored one of the most memorable moments in sports history have never changed him. The Hank Aaron I got to know in the 1960s — before the dawn of my career in baseball — is the same man today. I treasure his loyalty and unwavering support. He lives with the kind of consistency that led him to set the home run record, despite never assembling a 50-homer year. His life is a testament to modesty, dignity and service, particularly to children chasing their dreams.

When I think back to the Braves leaving Milwaukee for Atlanta after the 1965 season, I remember the pain of the void in our everyday routines. The day-to-day rhythms of our baseball team were abruptly gone. In 1970, our Brewers ballclub restored the communal joys of Major League Baseball, and when we brought Hank back to Milwaukee to play for our club in 1975, our city felt more complete. For two baseball seasons, we thanked Hank Aaron for all that he had done for us in Milwaukee.

Hank’s example of consistency, selflessness and dignity shines as brightly as ever. I will never have enough opportunities to thank Hank Aaron for all that he has done for our national pastime….”

NY Daily News
NY Daily News

Bonds may have the record, but Aaron had and still has the hearts and minds of America.  He is what true greatness is all about – quiet, unassuming, self-deprecating, gentlemanly, and honorable.  Joe Posnanski wrote that Aarons’ legacy is not that he was the home run king, but that he had a near perfect baseball career.

The records are amazing:

  • .305 lifetime BA
  • 3,771 hits
  • 755 home runs
  • 2,297 RBIs
  • 6,856 total basis
  • 1,477 extra-base hits
  • 17 consecutive seasons with 150 or more hits

Henry Aaron achieved his record while he dealt with hatred, racism, threats of violence and death.  He handled the treats with dignity.  Maybe that’s the best way to describe the man = dignity.

I remember this moment.  I was watching it on television in my parents library. I think I screamed so hard, that I hurt my throat.

I love baseball!

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Liberals and Health Care Fantasy http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/07/27/liberals-and-health-care-fantasy/ Fri, 27 Jul 2018 10:30:00 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49480 Thursday afternoon I listened to Sean Hannity’s interview with liberal writer Danielle McLaughlin.  She was waxing poetic about Obamacare and how wonderful it was.  I gather the people who live in her little world think universal health care is amazing.  It certainly is.  It is amazing how few people now have access to decent health care.

Oh, you do if you are over 65 and have Medicare and can afford a decent supplement.  I’m just waiting for that day.  Then, I will be able to afford a hysterectomy and the thousand dollars worth of blood tests I need for thyroid.  I can no longer afford the twice yearly body checks I am required to have because of melanoma.  But, evidently someone is benefiting from Obamacare.

If a person has nothing and can skip out on the bill, they get great health care.  I have known a certain woman since early June. From what I know, she had been in various local ERs at least 3 times during that time frame.  I’m dealing with a Brown Recluse bite.  I’ve been dealing with it since mid-December. To put it indelicately, the sore is still oozing puss.  My right leg is a mess.  I can’t afford a doctor.  I have no insurance. I can’t afford the ER.  About 3 weeks ago I desperately  needed an ER visit.  I should have been hospitalized, but I could afford nothing.  If you own your own home and have no insurance, you’d better not get sick.   Try getting people to understand if you can’t afford to pay a bill, and you own something, a hospital will destroy you.

There are times when I truly detest liberals.  When they start extolling the wonders of Obamacare, I truly dislike them.  Before Obamacare, I had wonderful health insurance.  It was $164/month with only a $1200/year deductible.  It did everything and covered everything.  Today, if I could afford it, I would need to pay something like $450/month for a $9000/year deductible – or what basically amounts to a thousand bucks a month.

Sorry, I can’t afford it.

I guess I die young.  But, that’s what liberals want, I swear it is.

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The Problem with Socialists Superstars http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/07/26/the-problem-with-socialists-superstars/ Thu, 26 Jul 2018 10:30:30 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49472 Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a problem. Joe Lieberman is very concerned that she is the future of the Democratic Party. According to him, she’s not even a real Democrat, but a socialist. If she wants to be a socialist,that’s their problem. Like Lieberman said, apparently those in the party are trying to keep up with her socialism. I gather they are that out of touch with reality.

This is funny. You need to watch it before YouTube has it removed.

Seriously, we are dealing with a young woman who is ignorant when it comes to the Constitution. Unfortunately, she is a typical Millennial. She is anti-Semetic. That alone should completely disqualify her from running for Congress in New York. She is also fake, taking money from big banks, etc.

There’s something else that bothers me about her. Watch her movements and how she acts.  I think we’re dealing with a person who gets herself hyped up into an almost manic situation.

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The President and the Vet http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/2018/07/25/the-president-and-the-vet/ Wed, 25 Jul 2018 10:30:56 +0000 http://www.thepinkflamingoblog.com/?p=49474 On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump addressed the VFW conference in Kansas City.  What he did, with this wonderful 94-year-old vet is why we love our President!  It was the dearest, sweetest, most endearing thing I’ve ever seen a President do. I’ve never seen anything like this.

My father would be the same age as Sergeant Alan Jones.  I thought about my father, and how much he loved this country.  It left me in tears.  President Trump honors vets.  It makes me cry, just watching it, again.

It was one of the dearest, sweetest things I’ve ever seen in my life.

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