Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Vicarious Fun

I think all parents to one degree or another live vicariously through their children.  Not necessarily in an unhealthy way, although that is quite possible, but in a way that allows them to feel their joys, their hurts, and their excitement as a shared experience.  In the last several days, I have had the pleasure of several events that were all positive, vicarious fun.

It started last Wednesday as we went on a long-awaited and much needed vacation.  We made a few different stops but the ultimate destination was the Gulf Coast, more specifically Port Aransas.  I have been to many beaches and the best ones are not on any coast of Texas.  We are so close to the Mississippi that our ocean views are quite murky and brown.  Our beaches are covered with seaweed and a particular grain of sand that just cannot be fully eradicated from ones body.

But for my kids, it was their first encounter with the ocean.  Through their eyes I was able to experience it all over again and see just how awesome it was.  I was able to remember my many summer visits to Corpus Christi to visit my grandparents and the shear awe I felt when running through the waves and sand dunes.  Its a strange phenomenon but their joy over finding their first clam, their first sand dollar, getting splashed by their first wave, their first REAL sand castle, and their first boogie board ride was literally contagious.  Any good parent wants their children to be happy but there is something more to it than that.  Perhaps it just cannot be described, it is something that can only be experienced.

Just yesterday, though we are back now and already in our normal routines, I had the joy of teaching my twins some Spanish words and phrases.  They simply lit up when they would master the particular sentence we were working on and proudly proclaim, "I can speak Spanish!"  And just when my vicarious bliss tank was nearing full both kids had loose teeth that they asked me to pull...and pull I did.  They spent the next hour jumping around, celebrating the milestone, exited to show their toothless grins and constantly looking in the mirror trying to get used to their new reflection. 

Many more firsts and milestones are yet to come.  Something tells me that I might enjoy every single one of them as much or more than my children will!

Monday, July 30, 2012

A Broken System

Many of you already know that I run a staffing agency.  Those of you that don't, do now.  As such I meet all kinds of out-of-work people that are in search of opportunity.  Most of these experiences are positive and don't warrant a rant on my blog.  This is not one of those times.

Three weeks ago a man filled out one of our applications.  Once finished, I began questioning him about his employment goals and he got me pretty excited when he started talking about his printing experience and former career.  One of my largest and most active clients is a digital printing company.  But then he let the bomb drop.  "I cannot work full time.  I only want 25 hours per week."

I've had people tell me they only want part time before but this was very specific, so I went on to inquire as to his reasons why while simultaneously explaining that my printing opportunities were full time with overtime requirements.  He said he was not interested in anything over 25 hours because he didn't want to lose his SSI benefits.  Knowing this was a Social Security program that pays the disabled, I asked him about his health and potential limitations on the job.  The last thing I want to do is put someone in harms way if we can make special accommodations to prevent further issues from occurring.

He says, "I am not disabled.  I had double pneumonia several years ago and went into a coma.  After two weeks they finally disconnected me from all the breathing equipment and pulled the plug.  Instead of dying, I began breathing on my own and woke up.  At the time I qualified for SSI because I still had a long recovery ahead of me.  They still haven't stopped giving me the benefits even though I am perfectly healthy and have no lingering issues or work restrictions.  But I can only work 25 hours per week or I will jeopardize the benefits and possibly lose them."

So let me get this straight.  This guy has perfect health but continues to get government cheese because of an event that happened years ago?  I have a full time job, immediately available in his field of expertise in this horrid economy that has most people begging me for any available opportunity.  But he has to reject my offer because it will take his cheese away?  I don't know who to hang by their toes first...this poor excuse for a lazy man or the government that enables him!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

MUST HAVE. WANT NOW.

Very few products are able to speak to every facet of my persona.  But occasionally one comes along that does and like a kid in a candy store, I go nuts with desire.  I hereby introduce you to Bug-A-Salt...a shotgun styled, pump action, toy rifle that shoots salt pellets to help eradicate unwanted bugs like house flies.  Did you get all of that?  Yes, its speaks to the little boy in you that wants to squish bugs.  It speaks to the teenager in you that used to have pellet gun fights with the neighbor kids.  It speaks to the man in you that must justify being a boy trapped in a man's body with practical excuses that your wife will believe.  And in this case you have just that.  Its a non-toxic, fun, easy to use bug killer that actually leaves the insects body intact for easy clean-up and disposal.

Shooting approximately a pinch of salt per discharge the reservoir will hold around fifty shots or so.  Unfortunately this product is not yet on the market but it looks like they are starting to accept pre-orders now.  I for one am going to ask my wife to consider purchasing one for Christmas or perhaps my next birthday.  Before long I will be a household Rambo eliminating all six legged invaders of our humble abode.  There will be awards banquets held in my honor and most likely a Presidential invite to the White House that I will have to decline partly due to my bug-killing schedule having little flexibility and partly because...well...its Obama.

In all seriousness, I am not getting paid to endorse this product...although the maker of said gun is more than welcome to hire me to do so.  I just saw the following video recently and thought you and yours might be as excited about it as I was.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Let's Get This Straight - 2

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I have several friends on Facebook that are atheists. And in that group there are several that are at least as vocal about their world view as I am, if not more-so. When they post something like the photo(s) you see above, it is very difficult for me to remain silent. But I don't think Facebook is the forum to iron out our differences or argue. They put up with my preaching and I need to respect their right to preach as well. So I have decided to take examples they use, careful not to reveal their identity and respond accordingly here on the blog. Should they see an example they've used when coming here and want to discuss...I think this site might be a better place to dialog.

So what is wrong with these two ProAtheist photos recently shared on my Facebook Newsfeed?  Besides failing to bring any credible arguments of their own to the table both engage in the same logical fallacy, called Ad Hominem.  This particular technique once again diverts the viewers attention away from the claims in question and places it somewhere else.  In this case the attention is focused on the kinds of people that believe in Christianity.  Say for a moment I grant the atheist community that Goat Herders are not nearly as credible as modern day scientists and that playing chess with someone like me is akin to challenging a pigeon.  What effect do either of these implied insults have on the truth of my world view versus your world view?  If I insult an atheist...have I done anything to affect the truth of his or her claims?  No because what they look like, how they act, or why they believe as they do has no actual bearing on what is and is not true.  At best someone using these techniques can make it unattractive to be part of my faith group because its "not cool", "not politically correct", or appears to be full of deluded idiots practicing blind faith. 

But who isn't able to sling arrows?  If we want to get into an insult contest, let's at least be honest enough to admit that is our intent.  If we want to engage in actual, intellectual discussions that follow the rules of logic, let's quit using logical fallacies and high-fiving our buddies after posting this crap on Facebook and Twitter!  Just a thought.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Funerals & Vacations

I have a mixture of emotions as I write today's post.  I just finished penning a tribute to Rachael's Grandfather and I am literally one day away from finally taking a much needed vacation.  So on one end of the emotional spectrum I have a deep reverence and sense of loss as a great man is for at least the time-being inaccessible.  On the other end of the spectrum is an untamable excitement over what will hopefully be an awesome trip fully balanced with equal shares of relaxation and fun.

It seems odd to have such pendulum swings between both realities.  Perhaps it would be more appropriate to deal with each event on their own at separate times.  But that isn't possible since they are both made manifest on the same exact week.  I can't deal with them separately simply because the timeline won't allow for separation.  I suppose it just serves the old adage "life goes on" to be true.  The world doesn't stop spinning when we experience personal loss although we feel like it should.

People will still go to work, still go out to eat, still celebrate parties, still go on vacations, and still continue living their lives.  It's not meant to betray those that we've lost necessarily.  In some ways it honors them as much as taking several days off work to mourn and hold funeral services.  Continuing to live your life though they lost theirs, is in some ways taking them forward with us.  We have wonderful memories and in some cases such as this, their genetics, character flaws, and inherited talents.  We are a living testimony and legacy to who they were. 

We love you Grandpa! 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Talking To Yourself

We all have that internal voice that bounces around our cranium.  We make to do lists, we evaluate, make decisions, and process everything from the very important to the mundane.  Every now and then we unknowingly verbalize our monolog.  It's not until someone hears you and asks you what is going on that you embarrassingly realize the inner conversation just went to the outer realms.

But that isn't that kind of self talk I want to investigate today.  Instead I want to explore the hypothetical kind that can only exist if we ever master time travel.  If the you of today could go back and talk to the you of yesterday, would you want to?  If so, what would you say?  What would you advise the younger you to take a chance on or to avoid? 

Now what if you could go to the future and talk to an older version of yourself?  Would that conversation be just as thrilling or any different for you?  My assumption is that whichever version of me is the oldest in each scenario is the one to listen to the most.  I debate whether or not I would advise my younger self to do anything different.  Though I have a wake of mistakes and regrets that I would like to erase, those experiences and moments are part of what shaped me.  Furthermore, the butterfly effect is a very real possibility.  You may make one minor change and never meet your amazing spouse and your entire life is different.

Perhaps that is one of just many reasons I am glad we CANNOT make this hypothetical any more of a reality.  But I must give this guy props for coming pretty close.  Take a look at his conversation with himself and enjoy!

LANGUAGE WARNING: There is one cuss word at the beginning you will have to forgive...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Photo Friday Frenzy - 73

Category: DMV

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A Universal Constant

Sick'em Chewie!

What sign?

A VERY long wait...

Renew your license AND get a tetanus shot!

Perpendicular Parking

Why it takes so long!

More training recommended.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The End Is Near 7.0

The idea of this series is to share five links to various sites that show evidence that we are living in the End Times. You will quickly see that for every link that may lead you to a serious article or news coverage that looks to be straight out of Revelation, there will be several more that are just tongue-in-cheek and meant to be funny.

I am not a date setter. Scripture says we will know the "season" of the end but not the time or day. And since a day is to God as a 1000 years is to us...there is really no telling how long a season might be. Here are just a few reasons I think we are in the season of The End...

Machines on the Rise - In the vein of movies like Terminator, one of the categories that is growing quite common in this series is how advanced our technology is becoming. This week, we have one such example:

1. Robot Mosquito

Cases of Injustice- It seems all too often the headlines prove that justice is a hard-to-come-by commodity. These two examples just hit our radar:

2. Man killed by police at wrong address

3. Verizon violates First Amendment Rights

Natural Disasters  - Another common theme in End Time narratives, both Religious and Secular, is the growing frequency and magnitude of naturally occurring devastation.  Take a look at these two examples and let us know your thoughts...

4.  End Times Weather Report

5.  Epic Mudslide, Narrow Escape

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Today's Mailbag 18.0

When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value. Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, they found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.


One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in mags for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem.  And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.


Cranky Old Man.....
What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Let's Get This Straight - 1


I have several friends on Facebook that are atheists.  And in that group there are several that are at least as vocal about their world view as I am, if not more-so.  When they post something like the photo you see above, it is very difficult for me to remain silent.  But I don't think Facebook is the forum to iron out our differences or argue.  They put up with my preaching and I need to respect their right to preach as well.  So I have decided to take examples they use, careful not to reveal their identity and respond accordingly here on the blog.  Should they see an example they've used when coming here and want to discuss...I think this site might be a better place to dialog.

So what is wrong with the hell-bound message above?  Isn't that what ignorant, hateful Christians like me believe?  Not exactly.  This is what is known as a strawman argument.  A strawman tactic is when your opponent sets up your belief system for you (although it misrepresents your beliefs) and argues against the fake version instead of what you actually stand for.  Its a great tactic for those on the outside looking in that don't know any better but it fails horribly if you understand the authentic beliefs that are being attacked.

God does not send anyone to hell...we choose that option by rejecting Him.  Furthermore God LOVES the man that posted this on Facebook every bit as much as He loves me.  Jesus Christ did not come to die for Jim and Jim alone.  He died for ALL people and covers EVERY sin.  Our responsibility is simple.  We can accept His atonement for our sins (let him stand in our place and take the punishment) or we can stand on our own two legs and take it ourselves.  But don't let guys like this fool you...they do have a choice!  Why anyone would rather stand on their own merits instead of Jesus' is beyond me but perhaps that is a different discussion.

Let me illustrate my point with an analogy.  Suppose you decide to drink and drive knowing ahead of time its illegal and carries with it a certain penalty of two days in jail.  Can one then claim..."Your Government LOVES you but wants to send me to jail"?  No...the Government sees me and you as citizens with equal rights under the law.  Our choices are all that distinguish us.  God made a way (albeit it an exclusive way) to avoid the penalty for sin.  But that exclusive method of atonement is an inclusive invitation to ALL.  I sincerely pray that the person that posted this on Facebook comes to know Jesus Christ and uses his free will to choose eternal paradise over eternal punishment.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Heroes & Hope 4.0


We live in trifling and uncertain times. I tend to highlight the more concerning topics fairly often. So in effort to be fair and balanced, it seems appropriate for me to present another series that highlights people, events, accomplishments, and the rays of light God gives us for encouragement sake.

Last week one such story came to my attention about a group of college kids from Texas A&M.  Having burnt orange blood in my veins its not often that I tip my hat toward the long-time rivals of UT.  But in this case I gladly do so and proudly highlight these Aggies as heroic.  You see the Westboro Baptist Church announced that they had plans on protesting Lt. Colonel Roy Tisdales funeral.  If you don't know anything about this group a quick Google search will bring you up to speed. 

Suffice it to say WBC is not a church in my opinion much less a Christian one.  They do not act Christ-like, they don't preach love and grace, they just preach condemnation and hate. They blame good soldiers like this one for the depravity of our current world protesting their funerals instead of allowing the proper honor and respect be given to them in death for their sacrifice for our country.  They are one of the worst kinds of groups around and give true Christian believers a black eye for every outsider they convince that they are authentic.

So my Aggie heroes had a protest of their own.  They formed what is now being called The Maroon Wall around the funeral proceedings.  Had the cowardly Westboro weenies showed up, they would not have been able to interrupt or discourage the family and friends of this fallen soldier because a wall of people stood between them and the services.  But the haters never showed.  They got wind of what they might have to face and went to another funeral that was easier to crash.  I think we can all learn something from these college students. I would love nothing more than to protect every single funeral from these folks!  To those of you in The Maroon Wall...I salute you!

For the full story...click HERE.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Photo Friday Frenzy - 72

Category: His & Hers

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Mugs of wisdom.

Don't forget the loofah!

Its just a day trip!

Parking Perils

His & Her Mini's

What a bright idea!

Color Spectrum

A great read.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Direct TV Spoof 2

You cannot follow me online or know me IRL for long before discovering my sense of humor. To me this is a God-given human trait that unfortunately isn't always shared by fellow Christians. And I get that we need to be serious about important subject matter and not make light of our faith when eternity hangs in the balance. I'll even grant you that certain types of humor stylings are inappropriate and well beyond the borders of a "best representation" of Christ-like behavior. But hopefully you don't see my comedic offerings skirting such a border and appreciate a good laugh as much as I do.

For this particular creation, I have taken the already hilarious Direct TV commercial formula and made it my own...with a Christian twist of course. This (like most of my decent ideas) will most likely become a series. Take a look at this first run and give me your thoughts!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Telemarketing Madness

Anyone on the "Do Not Call" list?  How's that working out for you?  Ever ask one of these sales folks that interrupt dinner to take you off their list, only to field twelve more calls over the next two days from them?  I realize these people have a tough job.  They have to first hope that you pick up the phone instead of screening your calls with caller I.D. Then they have to quickly give their memorized or read sales speech without taking a breath since they know any pauses in their spiel will give you chance to say, "Sorry...not interested."  Then when they finally do come up for air, they have to deal with angry people that do not appreciate one iota of the experience. 

I don't feel too bad for them though.  If you take a telemarketing job and don't realize what you're signing up for, then one eight hour shift will quickly teach you.  And either a thick skin will develop or you will resign by days end.  My wife and I usually are not rude or overly angry with these calls but we can be abrupt and to the point about getting off the phone and voicing our disinterest in new rain gutters, widgets, and extended warranties.  However, I've adopted a different strategy over the past few years that I highly recommend.  Mess with them.

I do this in a variety of ways but my favorite is answering in Spanish.  A typical call goes something like this:

Me:  Bueno?

Telemarketer:  Yes, may I speak with Jim?

Me:  Lo Siento, senior Jaime no esta.  Que quierres?

Telemarketer:  Do you speak English?

Me: Juro fidilidad a la bandera de los Estados Unidos de la America.  A la republica, que representa...

CLICK

Laughter ensues.

Another suggestion is to let really young children answer these calls.  After asking to speak with mom or dad twenty two times, they normally get frustrated and hang up.  The young kids love the chance to practice their phone skills and thankfully cannot legally purchase anything on your behalf.  But just when I thought I was creative and funny with my handling of these calls, I stumbled on this idea (video below) and realized I am just an amateur.  I now have a new strategy my friends.  I recommend we all implement this one.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Waiting On God

With high speed Internet and Google at our fingertips the idea of waiting for any kind of answer seems absurd.  But despite our advances and impressive modern-day tools, we still cannot get everything we need from man.  There are some questions and some prayers that only God can handle.  Whether its seeking purpose and direction for your own life or asking Him for an explanation for certain circumstances, we each have to humbly approach Him and present our concerns & questions.

It's always nice to get a clear cut and fairly immediate answer.  There have been times that while I am praying, the answer comes to mind or my wife will call me and offer the exact information I was asking The Lord to help me understand.  But His ways are not my ways and I am constantly learning His timing is also not my timing.  If my timing were of any importance or concern I would probably have one eight year old and one five year old, with possibly one more on the way or fairly young.  Instead we went through years of infertility.  And upon seeking help several procedures failed to work before finally seeing success.  We have twins, not because it runs in our family but more so because we transferred three embryos and two implanted.  We went through another five years of procedures and ten more embryos before finally experiencing a second pregnancy and a third child.

I am at another crossroads in life right now.  I am asking lots of questions about both my profession and my ministerial role.  I am not getting immediate or clear answers right now and that is admittedly frustrating.  But both my personal history with petitioning The Lord and Scripture itself tells us that we are to wait.  How long?  For the Israelites it was forty years in the desert.  For Habakkuk, he not only got answers he didn't want to hear...he would not get to see his situation improve for the duration of his lifetime.  So this situation may or may not meet with resolution in any high speed way or at all.  The real question is am I willing to remain faithful and continue to wait?

Yes.  Yes I am.  But can we put a rush order on that?

Friday, July 06, 2012

Photo Friday Frenzy - 71

Category: E-Cards

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She's joking again. Right?

High hopes!

The tie that binds us...

You've been informed!

Can I get an "Amen"?

Shoot for five.

Maybe tomorrow.

Self analysis.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

The End Is Near 6.0

The idea of this series is to share five links to various sites that show evidence that we are living in the End Times. You will quickly see that for every link that may lead you to a serious article or news coverage that looks to be straight out of Revelation, there will be several more that are just tongue-in-cheek and meant to be funny.

I am not a date setter. Scripture says we will know the "season" of the end but not the time or day. And since a day is to God as a 1000 years is to us...there is really no telling how long a season might be. Here are just a few reasons I think we are in the season of The End...

Machines on the Rise - In the vein of movies like Terminator, one of the categories that is growing quite common in this series is how advanced our technology is becoming. This week, we have three such examples:

1. A swimming robot

2. Spiderman Super-powers

3. Undefeated Rock, Paper, Scissors android

Cases of Injustice- It seems all too often the headlines prove that justice is a hard-to-come-by commodity.  This example just hit our radar:

4. Criminal cop cannot be fired

Comedy or Crazy? - Opinions often vary as to what is funny vs. what might be just crazy.  Time for you to weigh in on this latest bizarre example. My vote on this case is Crazy.  Perhaps he has some kind of childhood trauma at Chuck E. Cheese that we don't know about.

5. French runner attacks mascots

Monday, July 02, 2012

What Are You Celebrating?

Two hundred and thirty six years ago our ancestors issued the Declaration of Indpendence from the British Empire.  That fact, our foundation, and rich history are indeed something to celebrate.  But on my way to work this morning the question posed in the title of this post continued to plague me.  What am I celebrating on the fourth of July?  Certainly not the current state of America.  Certainly not the continuous social, economic, political, and moral decline we've experienced over two centuries.  And I realize it hasn't been a steep slope straight down.  We've had our highs and lows but the net result in all categories by my estimation is again, a decline.

Also, don't mistake this post as a rant against current administration.  I find it laughable that the GOP thinks putting Mitt Romney in place of Barak Obama will solve anything.  They are cut from the same cloth.  They are of the same ilk.  In a former article of mine I go so far as to call current political candidates on both sides of the isle, Republicrats (save for Ron Paul).  What good is an administration change when the new leadership just continues to ignore what the public wants?  What good is an administration change when its only the faces that actually differ?  Have we really seen a significant positive improvement from Bush to Obama?  My answer is No.  They are both ridiculous.

So what is my answer to the title's question?  I am celebrating The American People.  I still believe in our countrymen even if we've allowed a tyrannical government to infiltrate.  I still believe that there are God-fearing, patriots that will fight for my rights and yours.  I am celebrating family and friends.  I am celebrating the freedoms that we still have (so far) especially the freedom to worship God and proclaim the name of Jesus Christ.  I am celebrating the blessings I have received both personally and corporately.  And most importantly though I will be celebrating what once was a great country...I am celebrating the idea that we can be great again!

Happy Independence Day!