Get Ready to Rumble!

Finally, all the 20 candidates who are running for President in 2016 have “officially” announced they are running. The fun has begun and it’s going to be a LONG sixteen months.

On the GOP side, The Donald is getting all the press attention because he is “colorful”. Not behaving very presidential, but is saying what people want to hear, even if they don’t approve of the way he says it. He’s attacking everyone … other candidates, the POW’s, the press. Basically everyone except Donald is stupid. We’ll see how that plays out over time.

On the Dem side, Hillary continues her stealth campaign avoiding the press and not answering any questions. Meanwhile the Socialist, Bernie Sanders, is drawing large crowds and challenging Hillary in the polls.

It’s time to stock up on popcorn! :-)

2016 GOP candidates 7/21/15

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2016 DEM candidates 7/21/15

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Is this still America … or are we becoming North Korea!

It seems that since Nov 2014, Obama has been in overdrive acting as a supreme ruler in dictating new executive actions. He bypasses Congress by having the various Federal agencies implement his desired actions. Many of the actions are intended to punish, such as IRS targeting of Conservatives, EPA targeting coal companies or ATF trying to shut down certain popular ammunition.

Many of these actions are made known to the media at the end of the day on Friday. It’s called the “Friday Dump”. In this way, they avoid much attention as Americans are doing other activities on the weekend.

This past weekend was no different. However, the “dump” revelation is extremely troubling. It was revealed that Obama has several agencies participating in a “secret race database”. The agencies will compile extensive personal data for our Housing, Mortgages, Credit Cards, Employment and School. The data will be collected by race: White, Asian, Black and Hispanic/Latino.

The intent is to provide a database for use by activists and lawyers to sue for discrimination if found. The goal is to have everyone equal as in a Socialist country. It will also be used to force zoning law changes to require affordable housing in wealthy neighborhoods. Thus, the value of most people’s biggest asset can be devalued by having low-income homes built within the neighborhood.

This information was written in detail by New York Post. I strongly suggest you READ THE ARTICLE to become aware of what personal info the Obama Admin will be using against you.

Obama follows Saul Alinsky’s “Rules For Radicals“. Alinsky was an activist community organizer. (Hillary also was a devotee of Alinsky in college). It seems one of Alinsky’s Rules is being executed with this secret database.

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.

I found this information very disturbing! Reminds me of Orwell’s books. I feel very sad as to what Obama has done to our America and our Constitutional Rights.

Hold our politicians accountable!

Our representative politicians are about to go on vacation and return back to their districts. Chances are they’ll have some meet-ups with their constituents. Now’s your opportunity to become informed in case you manage to meet one of your reps.

Visit Heritage Action’s website where you can view their SCORECARD to see how the politician voted for various bills. If your rep didn’t vote as you would like, then you’re better prepared to challenge them as to why they voted as they did.

To see how Ohio’s House Representatives and Senators voted on the issues, click here. Once there, click on each person’s name to see their vote for the bills. There are two columns … one shows Heritage Action recommendation and the second column shows how the person actually voted.

The following chart shows the overall score for Ohio’s U.S Representatives and U.S. Senators. The average score for all House Republicans is 67% and the average score for all House Dems was 15%. The average score for all Senate Republicans is 68% and 7% for Senate Dems.

Name Party Score
Rep. Jim Jordan R 96%
Rep. Brad Wenstrup R 83%
Rep. Steven Chabot R 78%
Rep. Bob Gibbs R 74%
Rep Bob Latta R 74%
Rep Jim Renacci R 65%
Rep. Dave Joyce R 54%
Rep. Bill Johnson R 49%
Rep. Pat Tiberi R 49%
Rep. Steve Stivers R 44%
Rep. Mike Turner R 36%
Rep. Tim Ryan D 22%
Rep. Joyce Beatty D 16%
Rep. Marcia Fudge D 16%
Rep. Marcy Kaptur D 16%
Sen. Rob Portman R 35%
Sen. Sherrod Brown D 7%

NOTE: Speaker John Boehner is not included since as Speaker, Heritage does issue a score for him.

What’s that funny-looking bee?

I plant flowers and shrubs that are appealing to birds, bees and butterflies. A few years ago, I planted Bee Balm for the hummingbirds. They love it! Yesterday I noticed two “odd” insects feeding at the Bee Balm and the nearby Phlox.

hummingbird moth

They are called Hummingbird Moths. It was hard to get a good pic of them as just like hummingbirds, they are in constant movement. According to link to the Forest Service, they also like Phlox. I happen to have Phlox planted next to the Bee Balm so they may think they stumbled on a smorgasbord. Per the Forest Service pics, I think the two I saw are the Snowberry Clearwing version.

bee balm & phlox

A word of caution if planning to install Bee Balm – that’s not mentioned in plant web sites. The above plant started as a small single 3″ plant pot. In the 3 years since, I’ve had to divide, give away, plant in other places, as it spreads quite a bit after it’s cut down when the flowers subside. I didn’t know it spread like that! So my suggestions are:

  • Put it in a spot where it can be visible during its blooming time which is 3-4 weeks on either side of July 4. It’s VERY spectacular.
  • Put it behind other shorter plants that will hide the empty space once you have to cut it down after blooming. It’s rather ugly after blooming.
  • Put it in a space where the underground roots can allow it to enlarge but won’t encroach on other plants. It’s not too invasive but can double/triple in size underground after blooming. Dividing is easy and can control the size as the roots aren’t deep.

You can have your neighbors asking “what IS that bright red flower”!







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I’m proud to be an American … Where at least I know I’m FREE!

Hard Work Is Being Rewarded

On May 25 I wrote about the hard work I’ve put into my yard over the years. My LAST project was to put new plants in along the back of my house. I added 900 lbs of top soil to raise the ground level up for proper water drainage away from the foundation. Around each new plant, I used Scotts® special soil for shrubs & trees which includes fertilizer. All the rain we have had has helped enormously!

Here’s what the new plants look like now! The Ligularia haven’t sprouted flowers yet but they are a mid-summer/fall bloomer. I really like the Coppertina Ninebark as it keeps changing colors. It and the Butterfly Bush will eventually grow as tall as the bottom of the windows.

New Plants Are Growing

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Notice that Murph is “supervising” in the background!