Wicked Commentary

From WND:

The Obama administration has quietly rewritten the rules on how it goes about designating Americans as terrorists, according to a new report by Glenn Greenwald’s Intercept online investigations project.

The report details how Obama has expanded the terrorist watch list system, “authorizing a secret process that requires neither ‘concrete facts’ nor ‘irrefutable evidence’ to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist,” according to a key government document obtained by the Intercept.

Instead of real evidence, all the government need is the nebulous “reasonable suspicion,” which is considered one the lowest standards of proof in the American legal system. It’s less than “probable cause,” which is required to make an arrest.

Greenwald, a former investigative reporter for the U.K.-based Guardian who broke the Edward Snowden story about NSA spying on Americans, left the newspaper late last year to start the Intercept.

A 166-page document obtained by Intercept titled “March 2013 Watch listing Guidance” was issued last year by the National Counter-terrorism Center. It identifies for the first time the government’s secret rules for placing people on

its main terrorist database, as well as the no-fly list and the selectee list, which triggers enhanced screening at airports and border crossings.

The federal government shares its watch list data with local law enforcement, foreign governments and “private entities,” Intercept reported.

WND reported in 2011 that the Department of Homeland Security issued a new public service announcement encouraging Americans to look at their neighbors with a wary eye and report them to authorities if they see any suspicious behaviors.

The DHS suggests a typical woman terrorist would be a Caucasian in her late 20s or early 30s, with brunette hair, stylish clothing, high heels and a shoulder bag. A man? About the same age, short hair, wearing a shirt and slacks and familiar with technology, as he’s wearing an earpiece cellphone. Also Caucasian. This despite the fact that nearly every major act of terrorism in the United States has been carried out by non-Christians from the Middle East or North Africa.

“If you see something silly, say something: Homeland Security video portrays all ‘terrorists’ as white, middle class men,” said a headline on the counter-terrorist website Jihad Watch recently.

But the new rules, exposed by the Intercept report, allow people to be designated as representatives of terror spyingorganizations “without any evidence they are actually connected to such organizations.”  At the same time giving a single White House official the unilateral authority to place entire “categories” of people the government is tracking onto the no-fly and selectee lists.

The report also broadens the authority of government officials to “nominate” people to the watch lists based on what is vaguely described as “fragmentary information.”

Both the Obama administration, and the Bush administration before it, have resisted disclosing the criteria for placing names into the databases, even though the guidelines are unclassified.

In May, Attorney General Eric Holder even invoked the state secrets privilege to prevent watch listing guidelines from being disclosed in litigation launched by an American who was put on the no-fly list. In an affidavit, Intercept reports that Holder called them a “clear roadmap” to the government’s terrorist-tracking apparatus, adding: “The Watch listing Guidance, although unclassified, contains national security information that, if disclosed … could cause significant harm to national security.”

The document’s definition of “terrorist” activity includes actions that fall far short of bombing or hijacking. The guidelines include destruction of government property and damaging computers used by financial institutions as activities meriting placement on a list. They also define as terrorism any act that is considered “dangerous” to property and intended to influence government policy through intimidation. Whether such a broad definition could include, for example, a person taking a picture of a government building, is unclear.

Increasing the scope of what the government considers a “terrorist” can also be counterproductive, as the Intercept report pointed out.

“When resources are devoted to tracking people who are not genuine risks to national security, the actual threats get fewer resources—and might go unnoticed,” the report stated.

“If reasonable suspicion is the only standard you need to label somebody, then it’s a slippery slope we’re sliding down here, because then you can label anybody anything,” David Gomez, a former senior FBI special agent with experience running high-profile terrorism investigations, told Intercept. “Because you appear on a telephone list of somebody doesn’t make you a terrorist. That’s the kind of information that gets put in there.”

The consequences for people who end up on the U.S. government watch list can be severe.

“Once the government secretly labels you a terrorist or terrorist suspect, other institutions tend to treat you as one,” Intercept reports. “It can become difficult to get a job (or simply to stay out of jail). It can become burdensome — or impossible — to travel. And routine encounters with law enforcement can turn into ordeals.”

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Oh, let’s not put Muslims on these Watch Lists, just average Americans.  The real terrorists must find this laughable as they walk over our border to plot and plan their next attack.

President for Illegals in His Jail, Guess What Happens Next

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones said Friday that he sent a letter to Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, charging him for all the illegals in his jail.

What happened next? The Ohio sheriff told Dana Loesch: “The federal government sends me a letter and said I violated a treaty of like, 1790.”

When Loesch asked for more information, Jones continued: “I sent him a bill for the prisoners that are in my jail. They came here illegally. I’ve not gotten any money from them, but I billed them so much. And I’ll tell you what I got in return: my life was threatened.”

Jones said he got a call from the FBI saying there were three sheriffs in the country that were going to be killed by the drug cartels, and he was one of the three.

Jones has also written a letter to President Barack Obama, “asking and pleading with him not to bring these people here to the state of Ohio, and to secure our borders.”

“We’ve had horrendous crimes here in this community,” Jones said. “We had a senior citizen, an elderly lady, molested by a teenager that came over from Mexico. We had another one molested — an eight year old girl. We’ve had drugs pouring in, more so than before the government said the borders were sealed. And we’re being run over by the drug dealers coming to this community. The violence has increased, and we’re a long way from the borders.”

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This story hits very close to me because Butler county was my residence before I moved to this farm in Kentucky.  This illegal problem started years before this story, but the Sheriff had trouble way back before then. The jail in the town of Hamilton, which was about 20 miles from where I lived was overflowing. He begged ICE to pick them out and get them out.  ICE refused.

Rte. 4, one of the main arteries into Hamilton changed before my eyes.  Businesses moved while illegals set up their own businesses. Many of the jobs which Americans once held, (you know the ones Americans won’t take) were replaced with illegals.

After Ron and I moved here we visited my very close friend who lived in the condo above me.  We found out then that the once most visited shopping mall was just about empty.  The illegals moved into that area and it was now too dangerous to shop at the Tri-County Mall.  The entire area around the Mall, which was filled with other businesses such as Hobby Lobby, a Gap store, etc, and lots of restaurants closed while now filled with Mexican restaurants.  It was a ghost town now.  No one wanted to shop there any longer.  This was once the place that Dotty and I shopped all the time as it was close to where we lived.

Fortunately where I lived, in West Chester was not touched and still a very nice place to live.  There was a subdivision where my friend Dotty and I walked our dogs.  There was a house where many Mexicans lived, mostly men, who stood out on the sidewalks with fully viewed guns while they constantly talked to “someone” on their cell phones. Obviously it did not look like any kind of normal family situation which otherwise housed most of the people in this subdivision.

With some trepidation Dotty and I walked our dogs on the other side of the street from this house.  It didn’t take much imagination what was going on at the “Mexican” house.

Meanwhile the company who took care of our lawns during the summer replaced the American workers with Mexicans.  Oh, and on top of it, the lawns and the weeds were not taken care of like the American workers once took such great care. 

They were hostile, ran over our flower beds, and one of them punctured a tire on my Honda. This act being done because I did not park my car in the garage because I had Anna, a toddler at the time in my car.  I had come back after taking Anna, (my grand-daughter) from an outing. She was asleep so I just parked my car in my assigned parking area outside of my condo.  It was easier to get the sleeping Anna out than inside my garage.

One of the Mexicans waved at me furiously and I had no idea what it was about. I got out of the car and he came up to me telling me in broken English that my bumper was partly over the grassy area. I got back into the car and moved it up.  I took Anna back into my condo.  There was no one else home at that time but me.

When I came back out later after Anna’ s nap to take Anna back home to my son’s, I found my tire punctured, flat as a pancake. 

In Hamilton which no one in West Chester had any reason to go there, gang killings were common.  The stories came out in the papers about people found lying on the street with their hearts cut out.  Hamilton was a hot bed of sexual crimes committed.  I used to check the county’s registry of sexual crimes to keep an eye on who was in my area mostly due to having Anna over my condo so much.

Fortunately we didn’t have many in West Chester, but Hamilton was like a whose who full of these rape and molester criminals and all were Mexicans, most likely illegals. The town of Hamilton was no longer a safe place to be and it became a ghetto with Mexican women walking the streets at night prostituting, gangs all over the streets. The sheriff of Butler County ran out of space in the jail with all the Mexican criminals in the filled up jail.  He appeared on Fox news telling his story and how he could not get ICE to remove them.  Now it sounds like he still has the same problem and this has now been 14 years later.

From the Katie Pavlich Tip Sheet:

With no plans to secure the border, President Obama is considering executive action without Congress to grant Hondurans amnesty and to set up a program to screen “refugees” in the country before green lighting them into the United States, cutting out the process of trekking through Mexico. From the New York Times:

The Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal.

If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti and Vietnam, where such programs have been conducted in the past amid war and major crises.

Critics of the plan were quick to pounce, saying it appeared to redefine the legal definition of a refugee and would only increase the flow of migration to the United States. Administration officials said they

believed the plan could be enacted through executive action, without congressional approval, as long as it did not increase the total number of refugees coming into the country.

Huh? What kind of math is this one?  He’s going to sign a plan to have more refugees in this country, but not increase the total amount? Does this make sense to anyone?

This plan contradicts initial claims by the administration children in the United States illegally will be sent back. Not only is the White House not stopping the flow of illegal alien children, they’re planning to increase the number of unaccompanied children in the U.S. with President Obama’s pen.

Last night Senators Jeff Sessions and Ted Cruz ripped the administration’s plan on the Senate floor.

“Know that we are facing an exceedingly grave threat of an unbelievable expansion of his unilateral executive orders of amnesty that go beyond anything we’ve ever seen in this country and threatens the very constitutional framework of our republic and the very ability of this nation to even have borders,” Sessions said.

“The current situation in the Rio Grande Valley is a humanitarian crisis of this Administration’s making. President Obama set the stage for this crisis by refusing to live up to his most basic responsibility to secure our border, imposing huge human and financial costs on border communities and on immigrants who come here illegally,” Sen. Cruz said in a statement. “He has also sent a message to the world that the United States is not serious about enforcing its immigration laws by lawlessly granting amnesty through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program. To solve this problem, we must put a stop to President Obama’s amnesty and give governors all options possible to mitigate this crisis in light of the federal government’s inaction.”

Cruz has introduced legislation , the Protect Children and Families Through the Rule of Law Act, in order to “stop President Obama’s amnesty, reform the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and empower governors to utilize the National Guard to address this specific crisis at federal expense, including authority to arrest violators of federal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism laws.”

Meanwhile, leaders from Central American countries are meeting at the White House today to discuss the ongoing crisis.

President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress remains deeply split over proposals to stem the crisis on the border.

The meeting comes as the administration is considering creating a pilot program giving refugee status to young people from Honduras, White House officials said Thursday. The plan would involve screening youths in their home country to determine whether they qualify for refugee status. The program would be limited and would start in Honduras but could be expanded to include other Central American countries.

Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner sent a letter to President Obama threatening funding if border security is not taken seriously.

What a lying creep the King is.  He never planned on keeping these people out and will continue to wreak havoc on us with tons of more illegals.  This has to be stopped but I doubt anyone will do a thing about it.  The States all better put the National Guard on their borders.  And I don’t mean just the southern borders.  All the States better start using their State Sovereignty to keep these people out. Every state in the county will be completely broke or will have to raise taxes on those of us who are legal here to support all the bennies they will receive.  The plan is complete destruction of America.

 

 

ISIS Now a Real Army

ISIS-isil-iraq-mn-905From the Pamela Geller Files:

When New Yorker editor David Remnick pointed out to Obama during a November interview that years after Osama bin Laden had been killed, “the flag of al-Qaida is now flying in Fallujah, in Iraq, and among various rebel factions in Syria” and “al-Qaida has asserted a presence in parts of Africa, too,” the response he got was either delusional or deceitful.

The president retorted that “if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” (IBT)

Well, the JV team is now a full-blown army that has successfully conquered whole swaths of the Middle East. Today, Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary of state, said that The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) “is al Qaeda… it may have changed its name, but it is al Qaeda. In fact, it is worse than al Qaeda,” at a House Foreign Affairs Committee. McGurk warned that after the jihad organization seized enormous financial and military assets in Iraq, ISIS is “no longer a terrorist organization. It is a full-blown army.”

This is Obama’s catastrophic failure — JV. He’s a JV president — benched.

The Hill: The testimony from senior officials sparked alarm and frustration on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers said more should have been done to counter ISIS sooner.

Over the weekend, Attorney General Eric Holder said the threat of ISIS fighters infiltrating the U.S. was “more frightening than anything I think I’ve seen as attorney general.”

Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge told The Hill on Wednesday that the threat from ISIS had been “blinking red a long time.”

“Now it’s flashing more frequently and is a lot brighter,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of fighters who are from European countries that are visa waiver countries, which means all they have to do is shave their beards and look like normal, responsible civilians and walk into the United States of America without a visa.

“It’s a real challenge for our intelligence community to identify them and get their names on a watch list.”

During Wednesday’s hearing, officials laid out steps for countering ISIS, including pressuring countries in the region to close their borders to stop the spread of fighters and offering U.S. training for local Iraqi security forces and centrist Syrian groups.

But it is still unclear whether the administration is planning any military response. U.S. advisers on the ground in Iraq have yet to begin helping local units as the Pentagon reviews an initial intelligence assessment that found embedded American forces would be easy targets for extremists.

Lawmakers expressed concerns over the delays but also remained deeply divided about what military steps the U.S. should take.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) said the administration had ignored the threat for too long and had rejected Iraqi requests for drone strikes as early as August 2013.

This is the real kicker.  Obama was warned a long time ago about this terrorist group, but he did nothing to stop them before they formed this state.  He did nothing when ISIS were crossing the border into Iraq from Syria where clear strikes on them could have been done before ever entering Iraq, but once again Obama did nothing. Pepp

“What it seems like is the administration is just paralyzed. They just don’t know what to do,” added Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), an Iraq War veteran.

“I’m renewing the call to the administration for massive manned military air strikes to push back this very, very bad cancer that’s encroaching on the Middle East,” he said.

Other lawmakers though expressed caution and said any solution must include political reforms in Baghdad.

“I supported the president’s decision to send assessment teams to Iraq, but I’m cautious of our future action. We cannot end up in another sectarian quagmire in Iraq,” said Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the committee’s ranking member.

Lawmakers cautioned against providing Iraq with more military help until a stable government was in place. Critics of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki say his Shiite-majority government has alienated Sunni and Kurdish minorities and emboldened ISIS. Several lawmakers called for him to step down.

“Maliki is not a good guy just because we installed him. Now we need a new prime minister,” Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) said.

McGurk said the administration had not ignored the threat and had already offered military assistance to Iraq.

“We set up intelligence fusion sharing centers, we helped them with the Hellfire missiles precision strikes, we helped them in terms of training forces on the ground of special operations,” he said.

But he cautioned that the focus should be on supporting an Iraqi unity government, requiring political reforms initiated by Baghdad.

“This is a uniquely Iraqi process, with Iraqi political dynamics. And the outcome will reflect that process,” McGurk said.

“There will not be an exclusively military solution to the threat posed by ISIL,” Slotkin added. Iraqis must do the heavy lifting.”

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OK, now we’ve got this huge threat from ISIS.  So what do we do?  If I were president I would strike this group with everything I had.  We should fight a war like we did in WWII.  War is hell. There is always collateral damage. But we are now fighting wars like pansies with so much “political correctness”.  You just can’t win a war that way.  And we put ourselves at a terrible risk.

This crap about sitting around and trying a political solution now is sheer madness.  The threat is here now.  Can we wait for endless meetings with some political hack in Iraq. Besides that we’ve been invited to hit ISIS from Maliki. What is the King waiting for?  Can’t we just bomb the hell out of them like we did over Germany?

OK, so the Iraqi army ran when ISIS hit. So what? We’ve got a huge threat to us on our hands now and we just can’t depend on Iraqis to do the “heavy lifting”.  Iraq is now a terrorist state.  Thank you Zero for this one. The blame lies solely  on your shoulders for Iraq coming apart.

 

Murder of Jewish soldiers as a “Beautiful Sight”

As hellish as this Islamic war against is, it shows who’s who in the war against the West.
Muslim leaders of terror-tied groups, while widely accepted as moderates are showing us who and what they are. Savage enemies of freedom and free will. Sharia enforcers, end runners for jihad.
AMP Official Defends Hamas, Praises Israeli Casualties by IPT News • Jul 21, 2014
The group American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) does not shy away from its support for the terrorist organization Hamas. The group’s National Campus Coordinator, Taher Herzallah, recently posted Palestine TV photos of injured Israeli soldiers and a destroyed tank to his personal Facebook page. The caption for both photos read: “The most beautiful site in my eyes.” It appears that this post has been removed.
Herzallah proudly lists being part of the ‘Irvine 11′, a group of students arrested after orchestrating a plan to shut down a speech by then-Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren’s 2010 speech at UC Irvine, in his biography.
In another recent Facebook comment, Herzallah justified Hamas rocket fire aimed at Israeli civilians, saying that “in order for them [Israeli society] to feel any compulsion or urge to end the occupation, they need to feel that they are in an abnormal situation. In that regard, Hamas’ rockets are effective even though they don’t kill anyone.”

Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005. It imposed a blockade on the territory after rocket fire targeted its civilians, in an attempt to stem the flow of weapons and bomb-making material coming in.
American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) was formed in 2006 as a nonprofit organization based in Chicago with chapters around the country. Its message omits any mention of peaceful coexistence with Israel, and routinely includes calls for an end for U.S. aid to the Jewish state. The AMP is a founding member of the new U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, joining the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the Muslim American Society (MAS) and the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA).
In April, AMP hosted a fundraiser dinner praising Rasmieh Odeh, a women directly responsible for two deaths in an Israeli grocery store bombing. Odeh was indicted in October and charged with naturalization fraud after failing to disclose her arrest and subsequent imprisonment in Israel for her role in the 1969 bombings by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Other event speakers included a Muslim Brotherhood leader in Jordan who led a Hamas-propaganda arm in the United States and a man listed as a member of the Palestine Committee, the Muslim Brotherhood’s umbrella organization of US-based Hamas-support groups.
Previous conferences featuring AMP speakers demonstrate the group’s radical tendencies with AMP officials repeatedly calling for grassroots efforts to delegitimize Israel in the U.S. and promote Palestinian “resistance.”

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After reading Mrs. Al’s new post, I decided to post this because she asks this: See her post here: http://hardnoxandfriends.com/2014/07/22/how-soon-before-this-happens-in-the-united-states/ Thanks Mrs. Al. for your post which inspired me to put up this one.

We’ve got these dangerous Muslims right here all over our country. I sometimes ask myself when, not if,  will beheading and Sharia law star here when we have these kinds of groups right here who applaud murders of Israelis? Israelis are the little Satan. We are the big catch for them, the Great Satan.
This really causes my blood to boil that these kinds of groups are residing here in our country. They are terrorist groups and should be expelled
from this country as well as the terrorist camps here in the USA.

pamelageller.com/2014/07/american-muslim-leader-applauds-murder-jewish-soldiers-beautiful-site.html/

 

This video is very scary.  I think we already figured out some of what is going on, but this video gives us an insight that goes deeper. We and our children are in a very dangerous situation by our borders not being secured.

Also we have this going on:

Editor’s Note: Gangs from south of the border are becoming a bigger thorn in our side every day. Them firing at our Border Patrol agents is proof that they are becoming bolder.

U.S. Border Patrol agents on the American side of the Rio Grande were forced to take cover Friday night when high-caliber weaponry was fired at them from the Mexican side of the river, sources told FoxNews.com

The weapons were fired at the U.S. side of the riverbank in the area of the Rincon Peninsula across the Rio Grande from Reynosa, Mexico, at about 8:30 p.m., sources said. Bullets ricocheted into an area where Border Patrol agents were positioned, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, told FoxNews.com

Border Patrol sources confirmed Gohmert’s account, and said the shots may have been fired by .50-caliber weapons. 

“We don’t have any armor that can stop a .50-caliber round, so our Border Patrol agents had to take cover when the rounds were ricocheting around them,” said Gohmert, who has been in the area for the last week to get a first-hand look at the border situation.

“When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across,” Gohmert added. “We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants.”

You can view the video at the link below and here the gun shots at our border agents.

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http://clashdaily.com/2014/07/asymmetrical-war-retired-border-patrol-officer-half-right-screwed/

Tranquility

According to the Webster dictionary these are synonyms to describe tranquility:

calmness, hush, peace, peacefulness, placidity, quiet, quietness, quietude, repose, restfulness, sereneness, serenity, still, stillness, calm (or tranquility)

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that President Barack Obama has improved global tranquility.

“There have been a number of situations in which you’ve seen this administration intervene in a meaningful way that has substantially furthered American interests and substantially improved the, you know, the tranquility of the global community,” Earnest said Monday.

Uh, my jaw dropped. Really?  Now we have Syria, Iraq, Iran, Russia, Libya, Israel fighting for their lives against Hamas, ISIS beheading other Muslims with brutality that goes beyond belief. and utter mayhem on our border.  And there are too many other places in turmoil to mention.  Now that is what Mr. Earnest calls “tranquility”???  Or rather I need to say what Earnest was ordered to say.

We all know I’ve had a lot of bumps in the road lately but when I can I take my moments of tranquility and savor them.

dog and baby asleepTRANQUILITY

Now here are some examples of what tranquility is to me:

!. I wake up in the morning by Merlin licking me all over my face and bumping me with his head.  He tells me “Woman it’s time to get up and feed me!” I feel calm and peaceful because I know God let me have one more day on this earth to enjoy.  I say “thank you God”. No matter what time Merlin gets me up anywhere between 5am and 7am, I get up readily awaiting the day ahead of me.  I woke up on the right side of the dirt.

2. I take a hike with Merlin and watch him run so fast and then turn around barreling back to me with joy on his face, his eyes lit up like fire, then bowing his head to me.  He says, “Master, I love you so much”.  I feel tranquil.

3. While I am on this hike with Merlin I can see so many places on the farm, all colored by the sun in different ways. I see the Appalachians to the east in a blue mist. I feel dazzled by the beauty.  There is a hush as I hear nothing because I am so surrounded by so much magnificence that God gave us all to enjoy, but we seldom take that moment. In my quietude, I say a prayer thanking God for giving me so much to enjoy.

4. A pair of swallows built a nest under the eaves of my front porch bringing up their 5 peeps. One day I look out and see all 5 babies on the ground ready to take flight. It’s a moment of quiet and awe for me to be able to watch a flock of swallows all trying to get those peeps up in the air while at the same time ready to dive bomb anything that may come near them. Suddenly they take to the skies and every swallow around is flying with the peeps in joy.  I know I saw a miracle of life recycling itself.  I feel a calmness that all five of these peeps got off the ground and safe.

5. I enjoy a lunch at the Senior Center about once or twice a week. Friends surround me of all ages, me being one of the youngest there.  We laugh a lot making jokes.  One of the women at my table is 98 years old, but you would never know it. She laughs and jokes with the rest of us.  She is a gem as is everyone at the table I sit.  I feel restful sharing with these friends.  I feel calm and relaxed.  I love Stella, (the 98-year-old woman) and just have to hug her and tell her I love her before I leave.  She gives me serenity. And she loves me back.

6. It is quiet on my front porch during the afternoon and I sit out there with Merlin if I am home that day. It may be hot in the house, but the porch always has a nice breeze. The only sounds I hear are the horses clip clopping up or down the road carrying the Amish who smile and wave at me.  Merlin lies at my feet loving his brushing time.  I enjoy the beauty of the Amish horses because they have the best ones. It is utterly peaceful and restful.

7. Last but not the least by any stretch, I recall the hush and peace I felt when my granddaughter, Anastasia, was a baby and I would rock her to quiet her.  I sang to her in a quiet voice, “Little Town of Bethlehem” mainly because I could only remember the words of that song.  It seemed right.  Anna would look into my eyes with her big blue eyes and they told me she loved what I was doing.  We locked eyes, she knew I loved her more than anything in this world,  and then she would peacefully fall asleep.  Another moment of hush, quiet, and serenity for both of us.  I savored every moment I had rocking and singing to her.

Now obviously it doesn’t take much to make me happy.  I don’t have a bundle of money,  I live alone now, but I have my Merlin and out of  every window in this house there is a beautiful scene.  I think to myself how blessed I am to live here in this little rural area.  I grew up in the city and I prefer this place in the country.  It’s not for everyone, but it’s perfect for me “because it is tranquil”. 

When I compare what is tranquil to what the Emperor says is tranquil there is no likeness.

I invite everyone who comes to my blog to share what makes you feel tranquil.  Perhaps your ways of feeling tranquil will give us all new ways to experience it. God only knows we need as much peace of mind we can get when the world is blowing up all around us, including our own country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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