Author: Patti Bankson

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August 12, 2013

Standing MY Ground

Filed under: Second Amendment - 12 Aug 2013

Every now and then celebrities and various “leaders” step down from their pedestals to reveal their ignorance, amorality, self-absorption, and, last, but not least, their hypocrisy.

August 11, 2013

Giving In and Giving Up

Filed under: Foreign Countries & Policy - 11 Aug 2013

This week I’ve listened toSecretary of State John Kerry talk about bringing the parties together in the Middle East to talk Peace, and being lauded for doing a good job. Applause? Already? It’s not like bringing them together hasn’t happened …

July 20, 2013

The Ten Commandments: Why and Why Not?

Filed under: Religion & Faith - 20 Jul 2013

Our domestic “war” continues. It’s in our news, daily… violence, abuse, mass killing of innocents. We keep asking “Why?” Well, whether you believe our country’s founded on Judeo-Christian principles, or not, examine with me the wisdom, or lack thereof, of …

July 9, 2013

Staying Free

Filed under: American Society & Heritage - 09 Jul 2013

Every time I hear someone explain away the danger of an aggressive government over-reach, I cringe. Their favorite line is that we have to give up a “little” of our liberties in order to be protected… supposedly from terrorists. Obviously, …

July 3, 2013

An Ideology of Dishonesty and Betrayal

Filed under: In The News - 03 Jul 2013

The president’s chief of staff and two senators went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, last week. You may, or may not, know the prisoners there have been on strike. The prison holds 166 prisoners, 104 of whom are considered to be …

June 19, 2013

What We Really Mean

Filed under: Political Correctness Run Amok - 19 Jun 2013

I’m not sure when, exactly, political correctness took over the dialog in our country, and our “conversations” about any given thing became reduced to euphemisms and mincing-around-ugly-facts. The when of it is pretty irrelevant… what’s more relevant is that that’s …

May 29, 2013

Today’s Paul Reveres

Filed under: American Society & Heritage - 29 May 2013

So through the night rode Paul Revere;

And so through the night went his cry of alarm…

To every Middlesex village and farm,

A cry of defiance and not of fear, A voice in the darkness,

a knock at the door, And a word …

May 26, 2013

Is THIS the Best We Can Be?

Filed under: American Society & Heritage - 26 May 2013

A gazillion discussions/arguments have been had over time about how our world, and Man, came to Be. Creation? Or Evolution? Before going on, you need to know I believe you have the right to believe whatever. You can believe your …

May 4, 2013

When Tragedy Knocks

Filed under: War On Terror - 04 May 2013

I agree with President Obama’s description of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing(s) as a “Heinous Act of Terrorism”. As we know, it’s not the first heinous act of terrorism that’s been inflicted on our country, not to mention many other countries …

February 13, 2013

One Nation Under…

Filed under: American Society & Heritage - 13 Feb 2013

When all is said and done… when the current evolution of our country is complete… when the result of that evolution has changed America from a well-respected Super Power, a nation under God, to nothing more than another third-world country, …

November 2, 2012

Character Counts

Filed under: Politics In General - 02 Nov 2012

When I sat down to write this, my first thought was to tackle the “He Said, He Said” issue of Monday night’s debate. In fact, I was ready to email it to the newspaper, when my husband read something to …

October 9, 2012

Promises, Promises… But Can They Deliver ?

Filed under: Politics In General - 09 Oct 2012

Many people don’t realize most political talk is about “tickling” our ears – saying what the candidate knows people want to hear. Consequently, this painful truth must be understood, it is just NOT POSSIBLE for a presidential candidate to …

July 7, 2012

The Wussification of America

Filed under: Politics In General - 07 Jul 2012

We’ve all heard the story about how a frog willingly commits suicide: If you bring a pot of water to the boiling point, and drop the frog into the boiling water, it will, allegedly, jump out and save itself from …

July 6, 2012

Constitution? What Constitution?

Do you ever talk back to people on radio and TV? I do! Just as often, I shake my head in disbelief, and ask (rhetorically), “Where did these people come from?”

No, contrary to what some readers want to believe, I’m …

May 12, 2012


3½ years into Obama’s 1st (and, please, God, Last!) term, I’m stunned when I hear someone say they voted for him, and would do it again… Obviously those people see a real, or perceived, benefit, to a 2nd term. Obviously, …

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