Picnic Postponed, next, Beach

  So the trip to the woods for a picnic got cancelled, much to my relief.  I don’t much care for sitting in the woods trying to grill, while being eaten alive by Dracula’s minuscule cousins, commonly known as mosquitos! 

 But next weekend, I get to make the 2 hour drive to Constanta to see  my husband’s Aunt, who very desperately wants my middle child to stay with them again this summer.  I probably shouldn’t  because all sorts of hellish drama will ensue with my mother in law, who isn’t speaking to her sister, for what reason, I don’t know, and honestly don’t care.  I don’t like being put in the middle of something, especially when I don’t know what is going on – they tell me, but I don’t understand everything they say!  Why can’t this be like the Matrix, where I just jack into some computer program and download a language program to help me communicate?!?  Where is Johnny Mneumonic when ya need him???  WAIT, Keanu Reeves was lead character in that movie too, come to think of it, I think Matrix was just a better written script of that movie, which TANKED!

  Anywho, so I’m  headed to the beach next weekend, where hopefully there won’t be too many women parading around topless – one of the things that annoys me about living in Europe – they are too liberal about nudity!
  Fun, 2 hours with screaming kids in the back seat, on REALLY bad roads!  I kid you not there are pot holes the size of small towns over here!  The E.U. sucks monkey butt, I tell ya!  November is just around the corner people – vote the commies out, especially Pelosi & Reid.  If you can find a way to 86 Obama, get on it!  So that’s it of my political Tirade!  Will try to get some pretty shots of where I am going, which is a little town at the northern end of the coast in Constanta.  The little town is called  Eforie  Nord – reminds me a lot of Galveston, only slightly less cleaner.  Not sure why these people can’t wrap their heads around keeping the streets cleaned, and grass cut.  There is a reason the rest of Europe thinks of Romania as one huge trash heap…..But there are some really very beautiful places to be seen here.  A lot of things are still done the way they were hundreds of years ago, which is really awesome in my opinion, but hey that’s just me!  I’m not against industry and progression,  but I find it sad when we loose some of the old ways, the ways that paved the way for progress and invention!

  So if internet connection cooperates, I should be posting more photos next week, we’ll see how my candid shots of people come out.  I need to branch out to animate objects instead of focusing on the inanimate ones.  Then again there isn’t a lot of cool inanimate objects to really capture where I’m going.  Ah well, C’est la vie, eh?!? 


Living in Darkness, Dying in the Light.


  The title of this post is a line spoken by Ben Kingsley’s character in the 2008 movie “Transiberrian”.  He spoke this in response to Woody Harelson’s  character’s question of if he misses the dark, evil days of Communism.  Living in one of the old Eastern Bloc countries, makes this statement ring true, very loud, and long.

  Democracy and capitalism doesn’t seem to work here.  Honestly, what they run in Europe isn’t really Democracy, which never worked any,  which is why the founders of the U.S. instituted a Republic, cause history had shown repeatedly that Democracy is nothing more than mob rule.  What they have in Europe is Socialized Democracy, sure you have freedom of speech, religion, etc. but not the freedom to pursue happiness, because the people are overworked, severely underpaid, and OVERLY taxed.  I mean we have a 19% VAT – that Value Added Tax added to every purchase, that’s on top of other taxes as well.

  My husband, his friends, and the older people have told me what it was like when Nicolae Ceacescu was in power here.  Yes there was food rationing, electricity wasn’t switched on till the sun went down, and of course there was no freedom of the press, you only got a few hours of Television in a day.  People today would DIE without TV!  Books of course were censored, etc. 

   However there was positive, none of the land went to waste – every square inch of this country was plowed, seeded and harvested.  EVERYONE worked!  During Harvest the school aged kids would be sent out to the fields for a week or two to help harvest.  They were given sleeping quarters and 3 full meals a day.  At the end of the harvest, the kids were given some of the harvest to bring home to their mothers, who would then freeze it, or make juices, wines, or jams.  The company you worked for bought you an apartment when you married, as your family grew, the company bought a bigger apartment.  When the revolution happened, you had to buy the apartment from the company, which was pretty cheap, but with the value of the Romanian Leu falling, it was expensive.  My mother and father in law had a pretty hefty sum of money saved up for their retirement, after the revolution is was pretty much worthless.  they bought a new and some other things for the house.

  If you didn’t work, you went to jail, in jail you learned a skill, when you came out (it wasn’t a lengthy stay), if you couldn’t find a job, the state found one for you!  When you had a baby, you stayed home for a year, with pay, with your child.  Your job was held for you.  Kids played outside! 

  Yes, in Communism there is no God, but the people, especially the older people who were alive pre-Communism, taught their children about God.  The Orthodox church was still allowed to run, out of tradition, and of course the state used the priests as spies to inform on their parishioners who attended regularly, who questioned the state in confessionals, etc.  Yes, there were some truly despicable things that were done in the name of Communism, the late Richard Wurmbrand suffered cruelly at the hands of the Communist regime in Romania because of his faith in Christ.  He wrote a great book called “Tortured For Christ” the goes into detail about how Communism targeted the underground church.

  Despite the bad, there are people here, mainly the people my age and older who actually miss Communism, not for the oppression, but because things seemed to be better then economically, etc.  My husband has told me about when he was young he remembers when Ceasescu was coming to visit, suddenly the markets were FULL of fresh fruits, vegetables, household goods, etc., stuff that normally wasn’t found in the market.  Not because it wasn’t there, but because the farmers, or people running the markets, wouldn’t sell it normally, they hoarded it or sold it for higher prices on the black market.  Ceasescu wanted to know that the people he was governing were well, that they were living well.  In the construction industry, the large trucks, and machines were given a quota of so many gallons of diesel to use every month, if they didn’t use it all, they were in HUGE trouble.  Marius said BARRELS of Diesel were being dumped, because the workers weren’t using it all, mainly because they were loafing.  Yeah bank accounts were monitored, if you suddenly had a huge amount of money in the bank, you were investigated. 

  Communism/Socialism, it’s all great in theory, but in practice, it’s disaster for the most part.  Why???  Well because the heart of man is wicked.  Communists and Karl Marx yelled about the evils of Capitalism.  But the same thing happens in Communism, because there will always be people making those power grabs.  They get dirt, blackmail, lie, cheat, steal and even murder to get more ahead, usually financially, and when you have the financial resources, you can gain power, after all money is what makes the world go round!   Yeah it would be nice if we were all equal, that there were no social classes, but even at the height of Communism, there were still the rich, middle class, and the poor.  

  I don’t think Communism is the right answer for any country, not as long as evil runs free in the hearts and minds of men.  I believe that is why God didn’t institute a formal type government in Israel.  It was only after the cry of the Israelites begging to be like other nations that he instituted the Judges, then the Kings, and we see what happened.  Look at history, ALWAYS the wars are started over a power grab!  Money=Power, and visa versa!

Hospital Politics???

  Okay, so oldest daughter aged 7 years, was sent home yesterday with note from school nurse stating that they thought she might have case of acute appendicitis.  Evidently, she had stomach pains, and feeling like she needed to hurl!

  So off to the hospital I went this morning to get her checked out.  I brought my MIL, since my Romanian is still very limited!  The take her to triage to examin her, I wait in the hall with MIL and other 2 offspring.  Nurse comes out and asks me to come in.  The doctor examining her looks up at me, and asks:
Dr.:  “You are American, yes?”
Me:  “yes.”
Dr.:  “I am Armenian”
Me:  “Cool!”
Dr.:  ” We don’t worry about our countries politics.”
Me:  ” Who cares about politics?!?”

  Okay, obviously I keep up with politics, but honestly, I have absolutely NO clue what the diplomatic relations are between the U.S. and Armenia.  But seriously, why did he even say that?  Maybe he has issues with America, or maybe he thought I had issues with Armenia???  It really threw me for a loop, and I found that comment completely disarming, and completely unnecessary!

  They didn’t think anything was wrong, as Kelly got quiet and suddenly had no more stomach pain.  I think she got scared.  So anyway Dr. Armenia gives me his phone number in case I have questions, or she has problems.  Then after I take the number, he tells me…..Wait for it:

“I am a plastic surgeon”

  I’m thinking oooooookay…..why did a plastic surgeon examin my child for appendicitis?  Was it because he was the only English Speaking Dr. in the hospital, or what?  Secondly, why in the world does the hospital in Tulcea even have a plastic surgeon???

   Strange, strange, strange!

God Hates The World???

So a friend posted a link to a very disturbing site called “God Hates The World”. I’m not going to post a link, cause I don’t want to contribute to that kind of heresy. I have however posted a gadget to sign a petition to have this “church’s” websites shut down. They are completely full of hate and anti-biblical, even though they attempt to use the bible to back up their hate filled rants!

I would ask anyone who reads this blog, to please sign the petition, and get your friends to sign it. If you believe in Christ, God, and the bible, then you know that God doesn’t hate people, he hates sin. He doesn’t want that anyone should perish, but they do have free will to follow him or not.

I have sent the owners of the site and email asking how they can justify what they are spewing, which completely contradicts Christ message of love! I doubt I will receive an answer, but oh well, please join me in shutting these lies down.

It might fly in the face of the freedom of speech, but this isn’t speech, this is hate! It’s a fine line, but people like this give all of us who truly love the Lord a bad name, they are the ones who make us all look like a bunch of wing-nut fringe zealot, lunatics!!!

What tha what?? (double standards)

Okay, so the liberal media is going on and on about the “violent, racist” tea partiers, because they’ve supposedly said somethings that were politically incorrect….question, when did the truth and questioning the lawmakers become politically incorrect???

Anyway, what I want to know is where was the Liberal Media back in the summer when the Dems were sending out their ACORN and Union thugs to the town hall meetings who were physically keeping people out of the meetings, and even seriously injuring a man (who if you remember was black), for simply handing out small flags with the “Don’t Tread On Me” logo on them. The man wasn’t saying a word, wasn’t harassing anyone, was there on public land, paid for by himself, and everyone other tax paying American. He was exercising his constitutional rights. But the left didn’t like that, actually they didn’t like having to go to the Town Hall Meetings because they were faced with an unhappy voting populace who was questioning what exactly they were doing, and why they were trying to cram this bill down their throats.

So where was the Communist News Network, a.k.a. CNN, then?? Why weren’t they crying foul? Why weren’t they chastising ACORN, Unions, and the Democratic Party?? I’ll tell you why, because they were secretly rejoicing, high five-ing, and patting each others backs over it. Can you say double-standard???

Health For All….

So obviously the Health Care Bill is major news this week, with it’s passage. I’m upset that Sen. Stupak didn’t stand his ground for life. Instead he caved to an Executive Order promising that no tax payer dollars will fund abortions. The E.O. isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, according to many attorneys. If Obama has intention of upholding the order, why was the signing of that not broadcast world-wide?? Also, a tel-tale sign is the fact that the heads of the Abortion industry, Planned Parenthood for example, were surrounding the president when signed the massive 2,000 plus page tax hike, er, Health Care Bill!!

Besides the total disregard for human life in it’s weakest state, is the effect that this bill will undoubtedly have on the already frail American economy. The taxes for this bill go into effect IMMEDIATELY, with little to no benefits available to John & Susie Q. Taxpayer anytime soon, or if ever. The people who will immediately “benefit” will be the people already living off of tax dollars.

I understand that some people are down on their luck, working their tails off to make ends meet, and for them, I say help them all you want! But to give insurance to Illegal Immigrants, who aren’t paying taxes, Welfare recipients who aren’t even trying to work, I say, WTC are you guys in D.C. smoking??? Being married to an immigrant, it’s hard for me to come down on illegals. But if they can prove where they pay taxes every year with a tax payer ID number, then I don’t have a problem with them benefiting for something they are obviously paying for!

I know too many people who are self-employed, or small business owner’s. Their taxes are about to go through the roof, and the people that they do employ are going to have to be let go, to compensate for the money they will have to pay out in new taxes. What is this going to do to the economy – sink it even more, because the unemployment and bankruptcy rate is going to sky-rocket like Apollo 13!

Another thing, Medicaid and Medicare are government run Health Insurance Programs – they are failing, MISERABLY! My kids were on Medicaid, and the doctors sucked. Need to see a specialist – GOOD LUCK with that!

The U.K., Canada and other Social Health Programs have high mortality rates. Their income taxes are high, and so are their sales taxes. They are literally taxed to death. I live in a country that has the same type system. Yeah, your medical visits are free, and you get a discount on your prescriptions, but if you need any kind of surgery, you have to pay out of your own pocket. Don’t believe me, I’ll go get sworn affidavits from hundreds of people throughout the city I live in!

Instead of passing this bill, why not start with Tort Reform. And how about capping what hospitals can charge for medications and equipment. I mean, hello, $4.00 for a Tylenol pill?!? Seriously??? What about giving Hospitals and doctors tax breaks for treating patients with no insurance and low incomes?? It’s called Charity for a reason, oh wait that’s right, Obama did away with tax breaks for charitable giving right after he was sworn in…. Okay, well what about Capping costs for prescriptions. It doesn’t take that much money to produce these things, but the mark up is like 110% of the manufacturing cost. I mean, I understand they have to make a profit, to pay their taxes, employees, etc., but instead of a 110% mark-up, how about only like 30% mark-up! How about Rewarding the medical industry by having them use natural sources of medicine. Instead of just treating the symptoms with man-made chemicals, i.e. prescriptions, how about CURING the illness with Natural substances?!? Geee, maybe cause Uncle Sam would start losing all that money the drug companies give them through kick backs.

And if this legislation is so great, how come the president, congressmen, and senators and their families are all exempt from it?!? Can anyone say Communism?!? Cause this is exactly what the Socialists and Communists did!

Thanks to our Troops

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So Xerox is doing this thing called Lets Say Thanks to our troops. They have collected artwork from kids all over the U.S. and made them into cards that they will print out and send our men and women overseas. Whether or not you agree with us being in the Middle East is a moot point. Our military personnel are not draft dodgers, they didn’t get dragged over there kicking and screaming, they willingly signed up, left all that they know to fight for the U.S. even if it is a fake war.

There are terrorists out there, but that isn’t why we are in Iraq & Afghanistan, we are over there as a power play, a way to secure more oil for our nation. Call me crazy, paranoid, cynical, whatever, be the evidence, the PROOF says that it wasn’t Al Queda that terrorized this nation on 9/11, but something more sinister than most of us care to face or even think about. It is a monster that we can’t even fight, because it is a enemy within. I’ll go into that in another post, outlining proof of my statements.

Let me get back to my main point though. Our men and women need our support, and encouragement, especially now with the Christmas season upon us. Please go to http://www.letssaythanks.com and pick a card to send to a soldier. All the men in my family, except for my generation have served in the Armed Forces. I was going to enlist in the service upon completion of High School, I was even in the J.R.O.T.C. program at my high school, but because of bum left ear I was rejected, nevertheless I support what these men and women do, they risk their lives to protect our freedoms, even if their commander in chief is an idiot of gigantic proportions; this would mean the last 4 administrations, at least.

Please send our Troops a Big Thanks!

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