Leprechaun Laughs #121 for Wednesday 12/28

LL Irish New Year 1Well we’ve moved on from ‘Decking the Halls with balls of Holly’ to another time honored tradition this time of year namely, ‘Bouncing off the Walls the Corks of Bubbly’. I hope Santa brought you not only the gift you were hoping for but some of the Holiday spirit as well, enough to last until visions of credit card statements begin to dance in your head.

Santa brought Molly who believes baking is a form of stress reduction and therapy, a much hinted for and lusted after Kitchen Aid stand mixer with several optional goodies. In truth, he delivered it just before Thanksgiving for her to have during the “holiday baking insanity” much to her delight and my relief. (I used to be her stand mixer). Mean while he gifted me a Kindle e-Book reader which I have already loaded with 108 books, a mere 3 percent of my electronic library. Of those 108 books I have already laid to rest 3 of them.

Well we here at Casa del Celtic Curmudgeon are very busy compressing a full five days of work into an abbreviated 3 1/2 day work week in anticipation of New Years celebrating next weekend as I am sure most of you are as well so lets get on with it shall we?

 Opening Logo 3

 visions of coffee beans dance

 Keep this wish handy for New Years morning, I suspect most of you will need it quite badly!


A couple was Christmas shopping at the mall on Christmas Eve and the mall was packed. Walking through the mall the surprised wife looked up and noticed her husband was nowhere around and she was very upset because they had a lot to do. She used her cell phone to call her husband because she was so  upset, to ask him where he was.

The husband in a calm voice said, honey remember the jewelry store we went into 5 years ago where you fell in love with that diamond necklace that we could not afford and I told you that I would get it for you one day.

His wife said crying, yes I remember that jewelry store.

He said, well I’m in the bar next to it.


Reader K-Squared sent in this picture of his minimalist Christmas Tree



I’ve seen a LOT of magic tricks labeled “The Greatest Ever” however this is one of the few that I have seen that live up to the label. Definitely NOT your usual run of the mill card trick that’s for sure!



Look carefully, they’re in the same order. Their makeover pictures are below their regular pictures.

It’s just amazing what money can do. Also read below the picture.

This photo below was taken at a competition in June 2008 involving 9 women for best makeover.
They had every possible beauty treatment available to them over a period of 12 hours before the contest.

Look at the before and after photos. Conclusion – there are no ugly women only poor women.
The woman 2nd from the left won the contest.

Please read the bottom comment under the pictures also.


Beer has the same effect, only cheaper!

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Well Christmas has come and gone for another year and aside from an uncertain future in the New Year all we have to look forward to for certain are the bills from celebrating Christmas and the tightening of our budgetary belts to accommodate those bills. So here are a few cheap fast and easy dinner ideas for the new year.

Skillet Picante Beef Stroganoff

image_thumb1 This kicked-up stroganoff gets a burst of great flavor from picante sauce…it’s ready in just 40 minutes, but it’s so good, it tastes like you’ve been cooking all day!

1 pound lean ground beef

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced (about 3 cups)

1 jar (16 ounces) Pace® Picante Sauce

1/3 cup low fat sour cream

4 cups medium egg noodles, cooked and drained

1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • Cook the beef in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until well browned, stirring often to separate meat. Pour off any fat.
  • Add the mushrooms to the skillet and cook until the mushrooms are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the picante sauce and cook until the mixture is hot and bubbling. Stir in the sour cream. Serve the beef mixture over the noodles. Sprinkle with the parsley.

Taco Pasta

image_thumb3 This pasta is Mexican-meets-Italian — a spicy taco meat in a creamy tomato pasta with a splash of chopped cilantro for some freshness. Use a little imagination and the pasta shells look and taste like little miniature tacos. The best part about this meal is that its literally on the dinner table in twenty minutes.

Prep Time: 10 min Total Time: 20 Servings: 6 Servings

1 pound ground turkey or beef
12 ounces medium pasta shells or small pasta shapes
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5 ounces) can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies (or use a medium spicy chunky salsa)
1 packet Taco Seasoning Mix
3 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (or parsley)
salt and pepper


1 Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to the package directions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup of pasta water. Set aside.
2 Meanwhile, in a large skillet or sauté pan, cook the ground meat over medium-high heat until no longer pink. A few minutes before the meat is cooked through, add the chopped onion to the skillet. Once the meat is cooked through, mix in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
3 Add in the diced tomatoes and taco seasoning and let simmer over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.
4 Stir in the cooked pasta, cream cheese, sour cream and reserved pasta water, and continue stirring until the cream cheese is melted and the sauce is well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Simmer over medium-low heat 3-5 minutes to reduce the sauce a bit if it is still too thin.
5 Toss in the cilantro right before serving for some fresh color and flavor. Serve with a green salad.

Molly takes her bowl straight to the fridge to liberally apply shredded cheese of the Monterey & Colby Jack variety or if we happen to have it a 4 cheese Mexican blend.

Quick Lasagna Casserole

Instead of layering the ingredients, this lasagna recipe mixes the pasta and sauce together, then tops with cheese to cut prep time.


  • 12 ounces dried campanelle or cellantani pasta
  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, cut in thin wedges
  • 1 medium yellow sweet pepper, cut in bite-size strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 24- to 28-ounce jar marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed, crushed
  • 1 15-ounce carton ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 8-ounce packaged shredded Italian blend cheeses (2 cups)
Nutritional Information:

Carbohydrate: 47g, Sodium: 1133g, Fiber: 5g, Cholesterol: 112mg, Total Fat: 35g, Calories: 636, Protein: 34g.


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
2. In a large skillet cook sausage, onion, sweet pepper, and garlic until sausage is no longer pink; drain fat. Transfer sausage mixture to a very large bowl. Stir in marinara sauce, fennel seed, and cooked pasta.
3. Transfer the pasta mixture to a 3-quart rectangular baking pan. In a medium bowl stir together ricotta cheese, egg, and 1 cup of the Italian blend cheeses. Spoon the ricotta cheese over the pasta mixture in large dollops. Sprinkle the remaining shredded Italian blend cheeses over the top. Bake, uncovered, for 35 to 40 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Makes 8 to 10 servings.
4. Spoon mixture into 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap. Chill 2 to 24 hours. Remove plastic wrap. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 50 to 60 minutes or until heated through. Let stand as directed.



A delicious chocolate and peanut butter chip cookie cooked right in a cast iron skillet!

Imagine a cookie. A chocolate chip cookie. Except also with peanut butter.

Now make it bigger.

And thicker.

And easier to make.

That’s the cast iron cookie!

It might seem strange to cook a cookie in the same pan that you fry chicken or bacon in, but trust me. It makes for a perfect cookie environment because it distributes heat evenly, and will leave you with a cookie with a slightly crackly crust and a very soft interior.

It might just be the perfect cookie!

Prep Time: 15 min Total Time: 1 hr Servings: 12 Big Cookies


  • 2 Cups Gold Medal All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher salt (or 1/2 Tsp. Table Salt)
  • 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
  • 1/4 Cup White sugar
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla
  • 1 1/2 Cups Mixed Chocolate Chips


  1. In a stand mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.
  2. Slowly beat in egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients, then slowly add dry ingredients to dough.
  4. Once dry ingredients are incorporated, mix in chocolate chips.
  5. Scoop dough into a large cast iron skillet (12-inch size works well). Spread the dough out evenly over the skillet. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes and then slice and serve!


Sayings of a Yiddish Buddha


If there is no self, whose arthritis is this?
Drink tea and nourish life; with the first sip, joy; with the second sip, satisfaction; with the third sip, peace; with the fourth, a Danish.
Wherever you go, there you are. Your luggage is another story.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single Oy.
There is no escaping karma.. In a previous life, you never called, you never wrote, you never visited. And whose fault was that?
Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.
The Tao does not speak. The Tao does not blame. The Tao does not take sides. The Tao has no expectations. The Tao demands nothing of others. The Tao is not Jewish.
Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Forget this and attaining Enlightenment will be the least of your problems.
Let your mind be as a floating cloud. Let your stillness be as a wooded glen. And sit up straight. You’ll never meet the Buddha with such rounded shoulders.
Deep inside you are ten thousand flowers. Each flower blossoms ten thousand times. Each blossom has ten thousand petals. You might want to see a specialist.
Be aware of your body. Be aware of your perceptions. Keep in mind that not every physical sensation is a symptom of a terminal illness.
The Torah says, Love your neighbor as yourself. The Buddha says, There is no self. So, maybe we’re off the hook.


Reader Response and Rebuttal

A week or so ago the Parting Shot concerned the the but steady encroachment by the government and other outside bodies into our lives with regard to how we raise out children and what morals, values and beliefs they are taught. My basis for complaint beside the obvious one of the state usurping our personal and private family rights without just cause in many cases (2 were illustrated) was that often these bastions of child guardianship commit egregious violations and mistakes against all involved and have a more than reasonable expectancy of stonewalling any investigation and getting off scot free. They accomplish this by hiding behind the very child who in fact THEY are causing the harm to NOT the parents by senselessly removing them from their families by citing the child’s right to privacy!

My Parting Shot lead to  a short exchange in the comments area generally all in support of my position. However there was one well argued dissention which I would like to share with you now, along with my response to them and some recent follow up information that has surfaced on the incident we discuss in the exchange.

M C Collett:

Freedom of the way you live you your life and how you may abuse children is not a conflict.
Children have the right and expectation to be properly fed, clothed, and housed.
Do not complicate rights with responsibility.
The 12 yr. old 200 lb child exacts a disregard for life.
Your parents did not do this to you, do not allow others to regard the “freedom”
to abuse their children.



I disagree Mike. Its NOT a sign of “abuse” the child is obviously NOT starving or going hungry. I will concede that a 200# child of that age needs medical treatment but I suspect if the parents are guilty of anything its over providing for their child NOT abuse.

The term ‘ABUSE” is all too frequently misused to gain control of children simply because what a parent is doing or the values being instilled do not agree with the liberal loons in “Social Services”.

There may well be underlying health issues causing the child to be 200# but these were never even discussed examined or looked at as a possible cause from what the article says. Instead an instant determination of “ABUSE!” was Olympic record long jumped to.

Offers of help were not made, Career Social service liberals simply went off half cocked (at BEST case) and ripped a child out of its home and placed a stink & taint on the parents which they did NOT deserve and will prove nigh on impossible ever to be rid of.

Why? Because there is no expectation by those career social service liberals of ever being held accountable for their bad judgment calls.

I have to admit I rather expected this was the end of the topic since nobody chose to publically comment further and Mike apparently (I’m just guessing) decided that further concourse on the issue was not going to prove fruitful in bringing me around to a different course of thought. (To his credit he would have been correct if that was what he was thinking but I have a great deal of respect for his willingness to debate as well as his well constructed argument)

However at the beginning of last week more information on this particular case surfaced. Since it was not in keeping with our holiday theme and mood, I decided to hold off a week and cover it now under the blanket of clearing away “old year business” so the new year could start with fresh topics and subjects.

This link appeared magically in my Inbox via an anonymous re-mailer program:


It lead to this article:

Judge says 9-year-old Ohio boy who weighed 200 pounds will leave foster care, live with uncle
By Associated Press, Published: December 14

CLEVELAND — A boy removed from his mother’s custody over health concerns when his weight ballooned to more than 200 pounds will be taken from foster care and placed in the custody of an uncle, a judge ruled Wednesday.

Judge John Hoffman also said the boy, who celebrated his 9th birthday Wednesday but didn’t appear in court, would be allowed a weeklong visit with his mother for Christmas. His name was withheld by Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

The mother left court without commenting, but the placement with her brother living in the Columbus area had been accepted by all sides before it was announced during a brief court hearing.

The court-appointed attorney representing the boy’s interests, John Lawson, said he was sure the youngster would be happy with the agreement.

“This is only an interim plan because the real goal of everybody here is to get him back in his home with his mother and his sibling,” a brother, Lawson said.

“He’s a very smart boy and I think he’s got goals about himself,” Lawson said, including losing weight.

While in foster care, the boy’s weight dropped from about 200 pounds to 192.

Mary Louise Madigan, speaking for the Cuyahoga County Children and Family Services agency that sought foster care for the boy over weight-related health issues, said having the uncle caring for the boy was part of the county’s goal of getting him to a healthy weight and back with his mother.

“He’s in a least restrictive placement with a family member and I think that’s what the court was looking at,” she said.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio joined the case on the boy’s behalf and said he should be with his family.

“We think it’s a fundamental liberty for a child to be brought up in his home among family and friends,” said the ACLU’s James Hardiman.

Taking a child from the home over weight issues could set a bad precedent, he said.

“We’re concerned that if this were to establish a precedent that it would be a pretty dangerous precedent. So we take it as a basic fundamental civil liberties issue,” Hardiman said.

Please note the section I have highlighted in red italics above. While I respect people who will argue the opposing view point like Mike (especially Mike since he was the ONLY one to speak up from the other side of the fence), I have to ask the following question: If the ACLU, the rabid Rottweiler of liberal values that it has become, has stepped into this and has weighed in supporting MY side of the argument, how TRUELY bad has the situation gotten?

Seriously. Think about it for just a second, the champion of removing public demonstrations of faith and religion from public view and just about every other socialist cause de celebre to come round has come out and in effect said ‘hey this is out of bounds and sets a dangerous precedent even for us, we’re taking the conservative view of this.”

Just HOW badly out of whack and off the tracks has this situation gotten to require them to say such a thing? Better yet how apathetic and cowed have we become to have to have the enormity of this situation pointed out to us by as radically liberal an agendaed group as the ACLU?

A Long Time Ago….



Today Its More Like…





The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxicaton: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
11. Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.
12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
13. Glibido: All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.
16. Beelzebub (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.

And the winners are:

1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
14. Oyster, n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.
15. Frisbeetarianism, n The belief that, after death, the soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
16. Circumvent, n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.


Parting Shot 4


This is a couple years old, but worth repeating this *CHRISTMAS* Season. In fact the way I see it, the cornerstone of logic this entire opinion is based on is valid through out the year regardless of the season!


Apparently the White House referred to Christmas Trees as Holiday Trees for the first time this year [2009] which prompted CBS presenter, Ben Stein, to present this piece which I would like to share with you. I think it applies just as much to many countries as it does to America.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does
not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up,
bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel
discriminated against. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.

It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I
don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto.
In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters
celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there
is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in
Malibu. If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the
Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think
Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people
who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I
have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly
atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it
being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we
should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God? I guess
that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are
wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew
went to.

In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a
little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s
intended to get you thinking.

Billy Graham’s daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane Clayson
asked her ‘How could God let something like this happen?’ (regarding
Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely profound and insightful
response. She said, ‘I believe God is deeply saddened by this, just as we
are, but for years we’ve been telling God to get out of our schools, to get
out of our government and to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman
He is, I believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give us
His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us alone?’

In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc. I
think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body
found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools,
and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.
The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your
neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.

Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they
misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might
damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s [grand] son committed suicide). We said an
expert should know what he’s talking about. And we said okay.

Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they
don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill
strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.
I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’

Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the
world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but
question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail
and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages
regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd,
crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but
public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.

Are you laughing yet?

Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on
your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they
will think of you for sending it.

Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than
what God thinks of us.

Pass it on if you think it has merit.

If not, then just discard it…. no one will know you did. But, if you
discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad
shape the world is in.

My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,

Ben Stein


Until next we meet in the new year~ 


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About lethalleprechaun

I believe in being the kind of man who, when my feet touch the floor in the morn', causes the Devil to say "BUGGER ME! HIMSELF IS UP!" ======== I'm a White Married Heterosexual who fervently believes in the war(s) we are fighting, the Second Amendment which I plan on defending with my last breath and my last round of ammunition as well as Arizona's stringent law on Immigration and the need for the border wall. I'm a right of center Con-centrist with Tea Party & Republican sympathies who drives an SUV. I am a Life Time Member of the NRA, a Charter Member of the Patriots' Border Alliance and North American Hunters Association. If there is a season for it and I can shoot one I'll eat it and proudly wear its fur. I believe PETA exists solely to be a forum for Gays, Vegetarians, Hollywood snobbery to stupid to get into politics and Soybean Growers. The ACLU stopped protecting our civil liberties sometime after the 1960s and now serves its own bigoted headline grabbing agenda much in the same way as the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am ecstatic that WE the PEOPLE finally got mad enough to rise up and take back the Government from WE the ENTITLED and reverently wish the Liberals would just get over the loss and quit whining/protesting all the time. After all they're just reaping what they've sown. I am Pro-choice both when it comes to the issue of abortion AND school prayer. I believe in a government for the people, by the people which represents and does the people's will. Therefore I an Pro States rights and mandatory term limits but against special interest group campaign contributions and soft money. I think that sports teams who allow their players to sit or take a knee during the National Anthem should be boycotted until the message is received that this is not acceptable behavior for role models for children. I believe Congressional salaries should be voted on bi-annually by the people they represent and not by themselves. I think Congress should be subject to every law they pass on the populace including any regarding Social Security or Healthcare. Speaking of the Healthcare bill (or con job as I see it) I hope Trump will overturn it and set things back to normal. I oppose the building of an Mosque or ANY Islamic center at or within a 10 mile radius of Ground Zero in New York. I will fight those in favor of this until hell freezes over and then I will continue to fight it hand to hand on the ice. Further I think the ban on immigrants from certain nations known to harbor and promote terrorism is a justified measure, at least until we can come up with better methods of vetting and tracking those non citizens we allow in the country. We did not inflict this measure on them those who refuse to point out, denounce or fight radical religious terrorism brought this upon themselves.
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6 Responses to Leprechaun Laughs #121 for Wednesday 12/28

  1. Sullivan Anthony British Spammer of Old Blog Posts says:

    A round of applause for the post. Want more.

  2. M C Collett says:

    Thank you for posting my response to the 200lb. child case.
    I appreciate your rebuttal, but please realize, that I am not a Liberal,
    card carrying ACLU member, and never would be one. I believe the ACLU
    has degraded our American society, firstly for a few good causes and getting a good name
    in its early years, and lately
    for their own promotions and self serving agendas, which MUST be increasingly
    ignored by all REAL AMERICANS.
    I am a card carrying Republican, that believes the Tea Party and Libertarians have
    a good position and a need for voice.
    What I am is pro-child.

    I live in southwest Ohio, and recently two cases occurred where Children Services
    returned small children to their families, only to wind up dead in a short time.
    Recently, a trusted family friend in North East Indiana was arrested for killing and
    dismembering a child in his care.
    And just this week a woman was arrested for abusing 2 children in her care.
    A 12 month old with broken bones and cigarette burns on her, and a 12 year old
    with cigarette burns on his head, face and nose.
    Maybe, when any first signs of abuse toward children are noticed, someone
    has to react.
    Maybe the 200lb. boy wouldn’t have gotten that way if his parents, family or neighbors
    had gotten some kind of medical attention. Or knew they should have.
    Maybe, when seeming abuses occur, the parents be required to attend further
    educational training on how to be responsible.

    Hell, I don’t have all the answers to these problems.
    But I am damn sure that siting on the sidelines and pointing fingers, is no solution.


    • lethalleprechaun says:

      Mike- Good reader responses deserve to be seen as debate and discourse are the corner stones (or at least WERE) of our society and one of the best things about Democracy

      While we can agree that all the situations you out lines are regrettable and reprehensible as well as that sitting on the side lines doing nothing is no solution either, I must continue to insist that allowing these people to write their own definition of what “abuse” is based on their individual preconceptions, NOT be supervised by the court system and NOT be held accountable for making serious mistakes is no solution either!

      They must be supervised having a clear LEGAL definition of the things that constitute abuse requiring immediate removal from a family for the child’s safety as opposed to those sort of things which would be better served by family counseling.

      Finally many School Boards and some Teachers need to be shown and put back in their respective places/roles HARD. They are NOT there to dictate their liberal child raising agendas to parents but to see to the education of our children, which given the education numbers I see in the press they are doing an extremely poor job of. They need be required to exercise much better common sense and discretion when setting ‘zero tolerance policies”. ESPECIALLY in the K – 6 grades where education as to why certain remarks attitudes and behaviors are in appropriate and wrong should be the goal rather than punishment.

  3. Happy New Year Gentlemen,

    Ben Stein’s thoughts are always worth reviving.

    The card vid was about the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. Loved it!


  4. Ian Emdee says:

    Re the Ben Stein piece, please can we set the record straight!
    Dr Benjamin Spock’s two sons are alive!

    • lethalleprechaun says:

      An editorial correction has been made just to assuage your anal retentive ire. Thank you for correcting the minor details of such an important piece.

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