Never Too Late To Celebrate Mothers, And Time For The Second Leg *Weekend Open Thread*

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Thank heavens it is the weekend, am I right? So much happened this previous week from Obama’s “snub summit” at Camp David that did little beyond make Iran laugh at us, and worry our allies, like Israel. Then there was Obama’s “Poverty” Summit in which he declared that the people who were successful were “society’s lottery winners,” implying they got to where they are not because they are hard workers, or smart, educated (though school or the school of hard knocks), dedicated enough, willing to sacrifice enough, and on I could go, to get to where they are today.

Here’s the thing: People just aren’t able to be EQUALLY as successful because some people are just not very smart; some people do not pursue education, academic or trade; some don’t want to put in the hard work and long hours necessary; some aren’t physically or mentally able to be successful; some have tribulations beyond measure that impair their ability to be successful, and more. But Obanma and all those pushing this meme never seem to take those realities into consideration. It is just “luck” that allows people to be the top wage earners. It is simply unrealistic to think that ALL people have EQUAL abilities. That is not to put anyone down, but it is simply true. Not everyone can be a doctor, or a lawyer, or a plumber, or an electrician, etc., etc. People have differing abilities based on a host of reasons from genetics on. While all people should be respected, and their efforts appreciated, it is simply ridiculous to act like those who are in the upper echelons of income just fell into it like a Publisher’s Clearing House win.

But enough of some of the crazy things from this past week. There was also the very real tragedy of the train crash in Philly, and the National Memorial Peace Officers’ service and week of acknowledgement for the work they do, and more. A tough week all the way around, I’d say.

And so, it is time for a change. Earlier this week, I came across an unbelievably moving tribute to a single mother by her son, a Navy Commander. Sure, it is a Teleflora commercial, but it is also real. I figure one day is just not enough to celebrate Mother’s Day anyway, hence this continuation.

Now, I am going to warn you – get some Kleenex or a handkerchief for this. It is powerful indeed. From BizPacReview.com:

A Mothers Day ad for Teleflora has gone viral because it features a real-life mother, her real-life son and tells a real-life heartwarming story of the bond between the two.

The ad begins with a Teleflorist driver handing Cindy, the mother, a tablet containing her son’s Mother’s Day video message. Her son is Navy pilot Cdr. Ryan Breed, and he tells Cindy how much he appreciates all the sacrifices she’d made through the years raising him as a single mother.

Breed, who’s stationed at Norfolk Naval Station, applied for the opportunity to make the ad as a way to show his mom how much he loves her, according to HamptonRoads.com. And he succeeded in every imaginable way.

[…]

Those sacrifices include her choice to raise him over taking a shot at professional field hockey.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

And now, for the powerful, moving, tribute of a son for his mother:

What a beautiful, beautiful tribute from this accomplished son to his loving mother. The end, though, really did me in. What a wonderful moment for these two, wasn’t it? Such a powerful story…

And speaking of power, there will be some major horse power going on at Pimlico in Baltimore on Saturday as the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, is run. American Pharoah, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, will try to take this leg on the way to completing the Triple Crown. It will be a difficult effort since American Pharoah drew the Number 1 post, along the rail. His trainer, Bob Baffert, was not thrilled about that, or his other horse, Dortmund, getting the Number 2 slot. It’s all in the luck of the draw, though, so nothing to be done about it. (And with things like this, it really IS a matter of LUCK.)

There are some other contenders running in this 8 horse field, including emotional favorite, Divining Rod. Divining Rod is owned by the owners of the great racehorse, Barbaro. This will be the first time the Jacksons have brought a horse to the Preakness since Barbaro’s tragic death nine years ago. Divining Rod is also a good horse, so there is every chance he might win it. He has some good kick at the end:

He’s a beauty, isn’t he? And hey, you never know – like I keep saying, it’s horse racing and anything can happen on any given day. It would be great for AP to win, and go on to win Belmont. It is so rare to have a Triple Crown winner, that if a horse can pull it off, it is an amazing feat. Who knows? We’ll see Saturday afternoon!

Meanwhile, I hope everyone has a good and restful weekend. Feel free to comment on any of the news stories that are important to you, or good news stories you want to share, good tunes, or cartoons.

Here is a tune I think is most appropriate for the Second Leg of the Triple Crown, heck just in general:

Nice, right? Templeton has a number of good horse songs, so you know I like her!

Last but not least, Saturday is Armed Forces Day. Thank you to all who are willing to put on a uniform for this country. Your sacrifice and service are critical to this nation, and much appreciated (from USO.org):

Armed Forces Day

Okay, folks – this is your Weekend Open Thread!

Personal Note: I will be going on vacation in Grand Cayman next Saturday for two weeks. I will have a couple of posts up, but for the most part, I am going to try and stay away from the computer as much as possible. If any of you who have blogs are interested in cross-posting a piece, or if someone feels inclined to write a post, that would be great!

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23 Responses to “Never Too Late To Celebrate Mothers, And Time For The Second Leg *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. kenoshamarge Says:

    About that “snub summit”…

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Megan McArdle sets the record straight on Christians and the poor.

    Verily I Say Unto You: Christians Care About the Poor

    So Robert Putnam thinks that family is broken at the bottom of the economic distribution. We talked about that yesterday. Today we’ll talk about what he wants churches to do about it, according to a recent interview: Adopt a more poverty-focused “public agenda” and join the “national conversation.”
    He said: “The obvious fact is that over the last 30 years, most organized religion has focused on issues regarding sexual morality, such as abortion, gay marriage, all of those.

    I’m not saying if that’s good or bad, but that’s what they’ve been using all their resources for. This is the most obvious point in the world. It’s been entirely focused on issues of homosexuality and contraception and not at all focused on issues of poverty.”

    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-05-15/verily-i-say-unto-you-christians-care-about-the-poor

    From what I have observed the left, with their obsession with abortion, is far more interested in aborting babies than feeding them.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      This is a very good piece, Marge. Thank you for that. McArdle absolutely nailed it. I admit, I was responding more to the “public” aspect of which Obama spoke as McArdle noted, though I certainly thought of the food pantries, soup kitchens, and other programs, that MANY churches run to assist the poor.

      The entire claim from Obama was just SO freakin’ ludicrous, it totally riled me up. When I think of ALL the works these churches and their organizations do not just here but in some VERY dangerous areas, it just makes my blood boil for Obama to sit there all sanctimonious and smug, preaching to people who have done more to benefit others than he could even DREAM of doing.

      Dangit – getting myself all riled up again!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Know the “riled up” feeling well. Christians have been feeding and caring for the poor since the “loaves and fishes”. Obama pretends to care for them but takes from others to give to the poor who are in many cases poor and damn apt to stay that way if they continue to inhabit the left’s welfare state.

        Welfare and that insidious government check is a guarantee of never rising to your full potential. To “chose” that life and then blame others for your despair is sad and another path to nowhere.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Well said, Marge. I am all for safety nets for those in need, especially the elderly and those who have lost jobs or homes through no fault of their own (like a downsizing of a company), but to use entitlements as the only income one intends to have is a complete bastardization of the intent of the program. It was NEVER meant to be the ONLY source of income on which people grew up then came to depend on themselves.

          I have said it before, and I’ll say it again – when people are continually handed things instead of having to work for them, they do not value them and take them for granted. That is how you can have people rioting in the streets, looting, and stomping on the American flag in a country that never did anything for them, according to them. That is just wrong.

          There have to be limits, and had been, but those have gone all to hell under Obama.

          Even still, you have churches and other faith groups coming together to help one another, outside the auspices of the government – that is a true gift and rather than be denigrated by the POTUS, it should be CELEBRATED…

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Jonah Goldberg does it again: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/418417/democrats-get-taste-obamas-arrogance-jonah-goldberg?target=author&tid=897

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    Meanwhile the Dems just keep blaming someone else for everything…

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    I watched the entire 22 minutes Ed Helms spoke at the commencement at UVA in addition to the short clip about “Rolling Stone”. I disagree with nearly as much as I agree with, but that’s okay – his speech was still so much better, and more about the students than himself than the politicians manage or FLOTUS’s whine. And his take-down of “Rolling Stone” was masterful IMO.

    Watch Actor Ed Helms’ Glorious 1-Minute Takedown of Rolling Stone During UVA’s Graduation

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      That was a great take down. When he then went into the whole “thug” discussion exonerating the violent behavior of, well, THUGS, in Baltimore, I had enough. I used to watch The Daily Show religiously, and liked him on it. But this revisionism and denial of reality is just too much to swallow.

      You are right, though – what I heard of it was DEFINITELY better than the FLOTUS diatribe, so there is that…

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Michael Goodwin’s great take down of George Stephanopoulos.

    George Stephanopoulos has forfeited all trust as a newsman

    My, my, the bigger they are, the dumber they think we are.

    Dan Rather of CBS was toppled by a phony document scam. Lyin’ Brian Williams at NBC casually mixed fact with self-aggrandizing fiction. Now George Stephanopoulos is caught in a Clinton web of deceit at ABC.

    The hat trick of arrogant anchor scandals helps explain why Americans don’t trust network news. With apologies to Walter Cronkite, that’s the way it is, and the way it is stinks.

    Stephanopoulos shares with Rather and Williams the rotten distinction of fessing up only after being exposed by real journalists. In his case, the Washington Free Beacon uncovered his secret donations to the Clinton Foundation and contacted ABC for a response.

    http://nypost.com/2015/05/16/george-stephanopoulos-has-forfeited-all-trust-as-a-newsman/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Goodwin knocks it out of the park with this one. He is spot on in highlighting the arrogance, and the lack of true accountability, for people at George’s level. That George was not immediately fired for that, and the other revelations abt his Clinton Fdn connections, says EVERYTHING abt ABC News, and none of it good.

      Thanks for this!

  7. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Gee – what a surprise that the White House was not involved in Armed Forces Day – NOT. Thank heavens there were others there who showed the love: http://www.bizpacreview.com/2015/05/17/obama-wh-stiffs-armed-forces-day-celebration-but-vets-turn-out-in-force-for-their-comrades-205169

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      The article mentioned the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team. Here is just a little from yesterday’s event:

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    You gotta give it to him – Bush is funny:

    And he said something that was very important: http://www.ijreview.com/2015/05/323723-2-former-president-bush-tells-some-funny-jokes-and-gives-passionate-defense-of-religious-liberty/

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    GREAT cartoon that sums up George Stephanopoulos and ABC News perfectly: http://townhall.com/political-cartoons/2015/05/17/130603

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