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11/25/15 10:07 PM #3169    


Phillip Mathewson

OK, so much for Obama’s desire to take in women and orphans.  Turns out that 80% are males between the ages of 18 and 50.  I hope that sends a strong message to someone.

11/25/15 10:21 PM #3170    


Phillip Mathewson


It appears I owe the board an apology.  I checked YouTube and he "Third Row" video was not there anymore.  At least I couldn't find it.  I am happy that you found that and pointed it out to me and others.  Thank you. 





11/25/15 11:52 PM #3171    

Richard Wendling

Looking back, I was reminded how Gov Bradford of Massachusetts Bay Colony (?) recognized that the commune system: give to one's ability and take according to one's need led to starvation. He reorganized so that each family had a plot of land to work as each saw fit. Over abundance followed as did TRADE with the Indians.

Second, here is President Washington 's message to America re Thanksgiving: Oooops, it won't paste. B back in a minute.


11/25/15 11:57 PM #3172    

Richard Wendling

Classmates, President Washington 's message: please have patience to absorb it and see how America has strayed.

Thanksgiving Proclamation
Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”
Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

11/26/15 10:15 AM #3173    

Joseph Kiray

Thanks Rick- I never had read that address from Washington and what an amazing man of God he was. I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and may God Bless each of you, your families, friends and all.

11/26/15 11:13 AM #3174    

Nancy Barnhart (Sage)

Let's forget all the politics for a day and give thanks that we live in a country where we are free to express our diverse interests and opinions.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

11/26/15 11:29 AM #3175    

Victoria Anderson (Breen)

I agree with Nancy!!!!  Also, thank you, Jim, for that magnificent video.   I just realized something while watching it.......I was a "reluctant student" during most of my education.  What a pity......I really could have learned so much more!   It is never too late, however!!!!!   I am so much more interested in a variety of that I am in my "dotage"!!!!!   I have a lot of catching up to do!  Happy Thanksgiving All!!!!!

11/26/15 12:24 PM #3176    


Carolyn Moore (Newberger)

Happy Thanksgiving to all!  I'm making a vegan main (yup, that confirms some folks' bad opinion of me!), my sister-in-law is making turkey with my niece and her wife.  My brother's single daughter is coming with her adorable two year old.  My daughter is making pies with her Cameroon-born husband, their fabulous children, and my twin niece and nephew from Arizona.  That's America for you!  Giving thanks that we all can live in peace in this beautiful country.

11/26/15 10:35 PM #3177    


Phillip Mathewson

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving day.  We did.  For the first time in over 30 years Carol did nt have to cook a big dinner for 20 or more people.  We had a simple dinner with Carol’s sister at the Copper Cellar in Knoxville.  Prime Rib or Turkey were the choices.  Had to pick Prime Rib.  Then we served a Thanksgiving dinner at our church to anyone who wanted to come.  We had about 150 people show up which is a low number tor our weekly “Welcome Table” dinner.  The good thing was that there was no stress, no pre-planning, no cooking, no family squabbles, and no cleanup.  So now that Thanksgiving day is over should we get back to politics or should we talk about something else?  Just askin’….

11/26/15 11:42 PM #3178    


Phillip Mathewson


"Let's forget all the politics for a day and give thanks that we live in a country where we are free to express our diverse interests and opinions."

In today's world letting our guard down for even a minute could result in the total destruction of our country.  We are losing our freedoms one little bit at a time.  Liberals are attacking the 1st and 2nd Amendments to our Constitution and they are wining.  A little bit at a time.  Most people will never notice until it is too late...

11/26/15 11:48 PM #3179    


Phillip Mathewson

Tonight's song...

11/27/15 12:16 AM #3180    


Phillip Mathewson

If this doesn't touch the herts of my classmates I don't know what will.



11/27/15 01:49 AM #3181    

Peter Mills

Well...well...well...Carolyn.  You certainly have a well rounded family.  Good job! 

And, Phil, if all your posts could be as pleasant and reasonable as your recent ones, ours would be a better forum for it. 

Thanks to all who contribute personal news, inspirational photos, videos and other tidbits of enjoyable information.

Best of holidays to all of our extended Mount Lebanon family.

Pete, Janet & Sam.


11/27/15 03:44 PM #3182    


James Flanagan

Beautiful video of the birds of Paradise. Enjoy the photos and sounds.  Jim   



11/27/15 09:18 PM #3183    


Phillip Mathewson

A Country Classic!  I saw him shortly before he died.  He will be missed by all.


11/27/15 09:52 PM #3184    


Phillip Mathewson

By now most Americans know that Hillary is a pathological liar.  Even Democrats are turning away from her.  So why in heaven’s name are there still some people who support her?  Anyone?  Anyone?

11/27/15 10:00 PM #3185    


Phillip Mathewson

I think we ought to give Donald Trump 4 years.  He certainly can’t screw up our country any worse than Obama has and he actually might make some significant improvements.

11/28/15 03:11 PM #3186    


Phillip Mathewson

11/28/15 03:30 PM #3187    


Phillip Mathewson

Finally we hear some truth!





11/28/15 07:22 PM #3188    


Phillip Mathewson

I have wondered why the world refers to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria as ISIS and President Obama refers to it as ISIL.  I finally think I have gotten an answer.  Here it is:

---HERE is an explanation of the difference between the terms ISIS and ISIL. I have been suspicious of the term ISIL to which the administration stubbornly clings.

ISIS = Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.  Iraq is to the east of Jordan (shaped like the hatchet) and Syria is to the north.

ISIL = Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Iraq is still to the east of Jordan, and “the Levant” is a term that comes from “the rising (of the sun, i.e., to the east)” - and is basically the land along the Mediterranean - that includes Lebanon, Israel, and those countries along that region.

By saying ISIL, you “negate” Israel as its own country and lump it in with the rest of the countries along the Mediterranean - and Israel sort of disappears (loses its sovereignty) and becomes part of “the Levant ” - which is therefore part of ISIL.

If you've wondered, as I have, why all government agencies and especially Obama calls it ISIL and even spells it out every time it’s used, instead of ISIS as the rest of the world, here's the answer.

Decoding Obama’s speech reveals some startling revelations. In one press conference after another, when referring to the Muslim terror super-group ISIS, United States President Barack Obama will use the term ISIL, instead of their former name ISIS, or current name Islamic State.

Have you ever wondered about that? Here is the difference: What makes up the near exact center of the Muslim Levant?  Israel.   ISIL stands for the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Now, to us Westerners we don't really make much of a distinction, do we? No, honestly from our perspective it’s all about the same.  But how would a Muslim living in the Middle East view it? Just what is the Levant anyway? Let’s take a look…..

The geographical term LEVANT refers to a multi-nation region in the Middle East. It’s a land bridge between Turkey to the north and Egypt to the south. If you look on a map, however, in the near exact middle of the nations that comprise the Levant, guess what you see? It’s Israel.

When Barack Obama refers over and over to the Islamic State as ISIL, he is sending a message to Muslims all over the Middle East that he personally does not recognize Israel as a sovereign nation, but as territory belonging to the Islamic State.

Now you know why Obama says that he has no plan, no goal, and no stated aim for dealing with ISIS. But he does have a plan, and it’s a really nasty, diabolical one. Obama’s plan is to drag his feet for as long as he can, doing only the bare minimum that Congress forces him to do.  His plan is to buy ISIL as much time as possible to make as many gains as they can.

Listen as Obama, his press secretary, the spokesperson for the State Department, and his Joint Chiefs of Staff painstakingly spell out the letters I-S-I-L so there is no doubt in your mind. And it’s working.

The Islamic State has garnered millions of dollars, a vast cache of weapons, and in their latest foray have captured Syrian fighter jets and now 12 commercial passenger planes. With each passing day that Obama fulfills his stated aim of doing nothing, the Islamic State grows by leaps and bounds.

The ultimate goal, of course, has not changed and will never change. The ultimate goal is the destruction of Israel.

Now you know a little bit more about why Obama chooses his words so carefully.

11/28/15 08:38 PM #3189    


Phillip Mathewson

Isn't this a happy song?  I just love it when people are happy!  I think happy people live longer.

Peter and Dennis would ask me to "PROVE" that happy people live longer but unfortunately I can't.  It is only mu humble opinion...


11/29/15 07:48 PM #3190    


Phillip Mathewson

Is this fair?

11/30/15 10:23 AM #3191    


Phillip Mathewson

11/30/15 12:32 PM #3192    


Phillip Mathewson

We are at war with Radical Islam.  Our economy is in shambles.  And what is our President doing?  He is in Paris talking about the weather.  Go figure…..

“To Forgive The Terrorists Is Up To God, But To Send Them To Him Is Up To Me” - Vladimir Putin

I wish Obama felt this way!

11/30/15 02:49 PM #3193    

Glenn Williams

I am suprised that no one has made a comment to Dennis Sander's #3156 where he shows photos of Obama and the small blue one where it says he was born in Kenya.

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