Sunday, April 03, 2016

Miracles from Heaven (2016)

A wholesome film is rare in America these days. I saw the movie, Miracles from Heaven, last Sunday, Easter. It was an uplifting film. I enjoy message movies, especially those which are based on real life events.
The theme of Miracles from Heaven centers on the effects of a devastating digestive disease on the middle child of a family with three girls. The mother passionately tries to do everything physically possible to find a medical solution to her child’s problem (pseudo-obstruction motility disorder and antral hypomotility disorder). The movie reminds me of an older movie, Lorenzo's Oil (1992), in which the parents tirelessly research and seek a medical intervention for their child, who was suffering from adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).
As the movie unfolds, many minor miracles are occurring leading up to a dramatic event that brings about an earth-shaking change in the girl’s condition. The culminating miracle is only the major miracle in a series of minor miracles. Interspersed within the drama, are moments that will make you laugh as well as touch your heart.

The mother’s faith is challenged during the fight to help save her daughter. She has some support from her husband, however he is extremely busy in trying to keep the family’s head above the water, having just gone into debt opening his veterinarian practice.  The child’s disease comes upon her suddenly, causes her great pain, and stifles her ability to live a normal life. The disease is also very costly and causes a significant financial challenge for the family.
Together the family faces the situation together with love and courage. The movie is a moving account of faith, love and family.
I would give the move ***** out of *****.  The movie is entertaining and inspiring. It is well worth the time and effort to go and see it in the theater or on DVD when it comes out.
History Hollywood has an interesting article about the background of the movie. You can click here to learn more about the movie's characters as well as about the real people on which the movie was based.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Late Night Laughs – This Week in Politics

The jokes that follow are courtesy of which periodically sends out email compilations of jokes from the various late night TV talk shows, few of them are worth repeating . . . these were the exceptions. This current batch of funny monologues all center around the Republican candidates’ campaigns.

· Donald Trump’s campaign manager is facing charges for grabbing a female reporter’s arm. Trump scolded his campaign manager and said, "On my campaign we only abuse women verbally."
Late Night With Seth Meyers
· Donald Trump in a new interview supported the idea of holding back attacks on the wives and children of rival candidates, before adding, “All you have to do is tell that to Ted Cruz because he started it.” Trump then added, “I’m not touching him! I’m not touching him! I’m not touching him!”
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
· According to the State Department, virtually every foreign leader who meets with Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed concern about the Republican presidential primary election. There's no need to be concerned. It's silly. Once President Trump builds a wall around your country, you'll never see us again.
· According to a new NBC News poll, Donald Trump now has support from 48 percent of Republican voters. All the men and none of the wives.
· John Kasich is in third with 18 percent, but he says he won't give up. He's vowed to keep running. He's going to keep running until one person in America can identify him by face and then he will stop

Just today Donald Trump put his foot in his mouth saying that women who get abortions should be punished.  The man has demonstrated a thorough lack of knowledge of the issues facing America. He has a shallow and limited knowledge, just enough to make him dangerous.

I love the twitter hashtag, #HeStartedIt. It reflects MSNBC’s Anderson Cooper’s comment on Trump’s response to the revealing pix of Trump’s wife posted in a tweet by an Anti-Trump PAC. In apparent retaliation, Trump’s posted an uncomplimentary picture of Heidi Cruz and a glamorous photo of his own wife. Cooper told Trump that he sounded like a 5th grader.  Trump becomes less and less desirable as a Presidential candidate with each passing day.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Late Night Laughs - Trumpin’ the Campaign

The jokes that follow are courtesy of which periodically sends out email compilations of jokes from the various late night TV talk shows, few of them are worth repeating . . . these were the exceptions.

This current batch of funny monologues center around the Republican candidate for President Donald Trump and his campaign.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
The hacking group “Anonymous” has apparently declared war against Donald Trump. Of course, hacking him shouldn’t be hard, because if there's anyone who just uses their name as their password, it's Donald Trump.

Late Night With Seth Meyers  
It was reported yesterday that an op-ed written by Donald Trump seems to have been blatantly plagiarized from an article written by Dr. Ben Carson days before. People first became suspicious when Trump’s op-ed began, “As a black doctor…”
Electing Donald Trump would be a hughly bad idea for America. We don't need another narcissist in the White House. And do we really want 4 years of watching a Reality TV "star" playing President on the world stage? No. #NeverTrump!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Late Night Laughts...Protecting America from Donald Trump

The jokes that follow are courtesy of which periodically sends out email compilations of jokes from the various late night TV talk shows, few of them are worth repeating . . . these were the exceptions.

This current batch of monologue jokes center around Republican candidate for President Donald Trump, and security issues surrounding his campaign events.

Electing Trump would be dangerous for America. There already is a narcissist in the White House, do we really want another 4 years of watching a one-act play by a two-bit reality TV actor played out on the world stage? I think not!

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
· At a rally over the weekend, Donald Trump was surrounded by Secret Service agents after a man tried to rush the stage. The Secret Service said the man was dangerous and disturbed, but they had to protect him anyway.
· Proving once and for all, the best way to keep everyone safe and sound is to build a wall around Donald Trump.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Ben Carson for Republican President Nomination

Donald Trump gave campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton when she ran for senator of New York.  He is not pro-life, he does not oppose gay marriage, he is disrespectful and uses unnecessarily inflammatory rhetoric.  A bridge player, I definitely say "NO TRUMP". 

Ted Cruz is not constitutionally eligible because he is not a natural born citizen.  His father was not a citizen of the U.S. at the time that he was born which is the definition of the term.  Cruz is also too much of a hawk on foreign policy. 

Marco Rubio is also not constitutionally eligible because he too is not a natural born citizen.  Though he was born in U.S., neither of his parents were U.S. citizens at the time of his birth.  If you vote for either Cruz or Rubio, then you are helping someone to usurp an office that they are not entitled to.  Also Rubio is very much in support of allowing the government read people’s email, listen in on people’s phone conservations and other invasions of privacy without the proper warrants.

John Kasich supports Common Core, Medicaid expansion, and when he was a congressman, he voted for taxpayer funding of abortions.  He quotes verses in the Bible about giving to the poor and says this means that the government should take care of the poor.  This is very bad theology.

Ben Carson is wishy-washy and talks out of both sides of his mouth.  He is not a constitutionalist.  However, he is constitutionally eligible to become president, his positions on the issues are reasonable in comparison with the other candidates and he seems to be respectful and honest.  At least there is hope for him that he might be a "Good Choice".

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The Next Two Weeks: Stopping, or Struck By -- the Trump Express?


The field of Republican candidates has narrowed significantly. We now have only four candidates with Dr. Ben Carson apparently ending his campaign this afternoon. The next two weeks should narrow the field even further.


The big question that may be answered over the next two weeks is: can Senator Ted Cruz stop the Turbulent Trumpster? Or, will Donald Trump really achieve a hostile takeover of the GOP?

The questions may be answered by the results of the series of next primaries and caucuses. I saw an excellent tweet by Cindy Brown (@LiveFreedomOrDi) tonight which outlined the upcoming primaries and caucuses for the next two weeks. She linked to an article on  That article was such a clear and concise outline that I'm reproducing it below. You can check out the original post at the link below.


Going into the next two week of primaries and debates is another Fox News GOP Debate. The gloves are off. Will Marco Rubio continue to stand up to the school yard bully and exchange personal attacks? Will the moderators guide the debate on real issues or will they feed the personal attack frenzy for ratings? Will Ted Cruz be able to nail down Trump to specifics on any of the issues? The winner of the debate may improve their position in the upcoming contests. 

If interested and you don't have cable access, you can watch the Fox News 2016 Republican Presidential Debate via Live Stream Video Online tomorrow, Thursday, 3/3/2016 at 9 PM ET, from Detroit, Michigan by clicking here.


Below is a list of all the upcoming elections with their 761 delegates that are up for grabs between now and March 15, when most states become Winner-Take-All:

Saturday, March 5 -- 155 Delegates Total

Kansas........40 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Caucus
Kentucky......46 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Caucus
Louisiana.....46 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Primary
Maine.........23 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Caucus

Sunday, March 6 -- 23 Delegates Total

Puerto Rico........23 Delegates, Proportional, Open Primary

Tuesday, March 8 -- 150 Delegates Total

Hawaii........19 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Caucus
Idaho.........32 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Primary
Michigan......59 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Primary
Mississippi...40 Delegates, Proportional, Open Primary

Thursday, March 10 -- 9 Delegates Total

Virgin Islands..9 Delegates, Winner Take All, Open Caucus

Saturday, March 12 -- 57 Delegates Total

Wash. DC......19 Delegates, Proportional, Closed Convention
Guam...........9 Delegates, Unbound, Closed Convention
Wyoming.......29 Delegates, Unbound, Closed Caucus

Tuesday, March 15 -- 367 Delegates Total

Florida.......99 Delegates, Winner Take All, Closed Primary
Illinois......69 Delegates, Winner Take All, Open Primary
Missouri......52 Delegates, Winner Take All, Open Primary
N Carolina....72 Delegates, Proportional, Open Primary
N Mariana Is...9 Delegates, Winner Take All, Closed Caucus
Ohio..........66 Delegates, Winner Take All, Open Primary

Read more:

Dr. Ben Carson Drops Out of 2016 Presidential Campaign

I just now received this email from Dr. Ben Carson. It sounds like he is dropping out of the race for President due to the election results from Super Tuesday:

I have decided not to attend the Fox News GOP Presidential Debate tomorrow night in Detroit.

Even though I will not be in my hometown of Detroit on Thursday, I remain deeply committed to my home nation, America.

I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening’s Super Tuesday primary results.

However, this grassroots movement on behalf of “We the People” will continue.

Along with millions of patriots who have supported my campaign for President, I remain committed to saving America for future generations. We must not depart from our goals to restore what God and our Founders intended for this exceptional nation.

I appreciate the support, financial and otherwise, from all corners of America.

Gratefully, my campaign decisions are not constrained by finances; rather by what is in the best interest of the American people.

I will discuss more about the future of this movement during my speech on Friday at CPAC in Washington, D.C.

Thank you for everything.


Dr. Carson is a great American. He is a wonderful role model for all Americans especially politicians!

 I still would love to see a Ted Cruz - Ben Carson Ticket in November. Maybe this will be one step in that direction.  Dr. Carson has added some civility, maturity and refreshment in this otherwise cantankerous and often uncivil debate and campaign, especially on the part of the front-runner, Donald Trump...

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Late Night Takes – Trumpin’ in Nevada

The jokes that follow are courtesy of which periodically sends out an email compilation of jokes from the various late night TV talk shows, few of them are worth repeating . . . these were the exceptions.
This batch of monologue jokes center around Donald Trump and last night's Nevada caucus. It is my opinion that if we elected this guy we would be gambling on the America's very future. It is not worth putting this nation in the hands of another egotistical narcissist. Just look has happened the last 7+ years when we did!  
 Bombastic Bully Seeking Presidential Pulpit

· Today is the Republican caucus in Nevada, and Donald Trump is projected to win. When asked why they’re voting for him, Americans said, "We’re used to doing things in Nevada that we’ll regret tomorrow."
· Trump is actually doing very well in Nevada. That’s right, Trump appeals to Nevada’s key demographic — people who’ve declared bankruptcy.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!
· It was a big day for Donald Trump yesterday, the Nevada caucuses took place. Voting in the state of Nevada is a little different. In Nevada you pull the lever first and then you find out who you voted for. It is more exciting.
* Donald Trump was heavily favored to win. Not just by Donald Trump, by other people too.