Old church sighting

It’s the First United Methodist Church of Bell Buckle, Tennessee.



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Thursday’s things

For the first time in my life, I strained my lower back yesterday afternoon doing my sweet wife’s gardening chores. Cannot do this morning’s run. Not happy about this.

The Democrats and #fakenews have relentlessly used as a political prop the image of a crying girl whose parents were arrested in a roundup of illegal immigrants. Except they don’t really care about the girl or her family, except for the fact that they might have voted Democrat. You see, a headline appeared the day before yesterday, “ICE: Undocumented immigrants in Md. rape friend’s 11-year-old sister on separate occasions.” You won’t see the Democrats or #fakenews media using that poor girl as a political prop.

The genuinely delusional Stacey Abrams claims Republicans are going to send law enforcement into minority neighborhoods to scare them from voting. Folks, this hasn’t happened since Democrats owned the South decades ago. There is no evidence that things like this occur anymore. Democrats literally have to make these things up to try to score votes with minority voters. Sad!

Ana Navarro, who works for #fakenews CNN, suffers from an advanced stage of Trump Derangement Syndrome. The symptoms are unmistakable. (Just read a few of her tweets.) TDS is sort of like an addiction. A person can overcome it, but you first have to admit you have a problem.

He may report #fakenews, but Chris Cuomo is the real Fredo.

What does it say about CNN that the only Cuomo on staff is the dumb brother?

If Fredo Cuomo truly believes Fredo is a racial perjorative, then it means he perceives himself as a victim. But how can a person be both white privileged and a victim?

Fredo Cuomo’s meltdown is proof that #fakenews reporters couldn’t take 1/10th of the abuse they dish out to our esteemed President. Still, it’s astonishing how thin-skinned Fredo seems to be.

As a person of Italian descent, I am totally NOT bothered by the name Fredo. In fact, I find it quite comical.

Fredo Cuomo’s biggest mistake was telegraphing what bothers him. He will now be known as Fredo.

Margaret Sanger was what you would call a white supremacist.

Illinois public schools will now be required to teach students about gay BLT history. This is a major reason why parents homeschool.

Democrats talk about the KKK like it’s still some sort of monolith. The KKK, at most, is maybe 8,000 strong. Thus, the KKK is even smaller than CNN’s audience.

The Clintons can get rid of witnesses like no one we’ve ever seen. They may very well get away with a legion of crimes in this life. They won’t escape judgment in the next. God possesses the ultimate rap sheet.

If Europeans start putting warning labels on Jewish-made products, are yellow arm bands next?

Hollywood has canceled the release of the movie “The Hunt”; I figured they would.

They make fun of meteorologists’ inability to get the forecast right but then treat as Holy Writ climate predictions made decades in advance.

A Trump supporter organized and carried out a massive clean-up of Baltimore. He was summarily attacked by the Baltimore Sun. Let this serve as proof that the left does not want solutions. They want only political division and outrage.

Courthouse blogging

It has been many years since I posted a courthouse photo. I have photographed more that 60 Tennessee courthouses over the years, but haven’t come across any new ones in quite some time. Of all places, today’s courthouse is in my home county, Gibson County. Yesterday, I passed through Trenton (the county seat) en route to a cemetery, and stopped to snap this picture. I hadn’t been to Trenton since maybe 1997, which is long before I began photographing courthouses. The Gibson County courthouse is an architectural marvel. It is 120 years old and currently looks like a giant LEGO set. And the clock on top still keeps accurate time.

Sunday morning worship

This is the First United Methodist Church in Medina, Tennessee. Mrs. Lefty and I attended here this morning. My father pastored this church from 1986 to 1989. (They have since moved to a new building.) We were married in the old building 25 years ago. One of my groomsmen in that wedding just became the pastor here a couple of months ago. We came to hear him preach and it was a fabulous service. I did see a few people who were here 30+ years ago. Also, I still remember the Apostles’ Creed.

Sometimes life brings you full circle.


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The crack-up deepens

Apparently, Hollywood has made a movie where leftists hunt deplorables with guns, which is ironic and hypocritical in so many ways.

Joe Biden says President Trump is more of a racist than George Wallace.

The rotund Michael Moore has canceled his gym membership over political differences.

And so it goes.

Nothing the left does actually fazes me anymore. Donald Trump has been president more than two-and-a-half years. They haven’t gotten rid of him. They really haven’t depressed his poll numbers like they thought they would after daily relentless #fakenews, hoaxes, harassments, etc. America keeps winning. You cannot imagine how this enrages the left. So now they’re resorting to acting out their fantasies in a movie.

I’ve said before that there is no such thing as a “new low” for the left. When you are intellectually and morally bankrupt, your depravity knows no bounds, and so I just sit back and watch. I don’t engage them. I don’t try to understand them. I don’t attempt to find common ground because there is no common ground between reality and their world of make-believe. The only thing to do is go out and defeat their candidates on Election Day and never, ever let them take away your rights.

Derangement accelerated

Unfortunately, there were two more mass shootings during the past week, in El Paso and Dayton. In the left’s rush to politicize literally everything, they have attempted to lay blame at the feet of President Trump and “white nationalists.” Apparently, the El Paso shooter was a “white nationalist.” But the Dayton shooter was a deranged leftist who supported Pocahontas, yet there’s no mention of that in the #fakenews media.

Apparently, the left has so worn out the “racist” monicker that now we’re “white nationalists” — whatever that is. A white nationalist is sort of like an assault rifle. No one can really define it. It’s just made to sound sinister. Folks, we are living out the plot of Atlas Shrugged. We are surrounded by propagandists who break things and accuse the other side of breaking things.

In the shootings’ aftermath, President Trump urged unity and Democrats wanted no part of it. This is who the Democrats are in 2019. I am convinced that leftists have become so deranged and so blinded by their hatred of President Trump and us “deplorables” that in the depths of their godless souls, they, well, let’s just say they aren’t exactly fretful whenever a mass shooting occurs. It gives them an opportunity to demand gun control and lay blame at the feet of President Trump (and us). I mean, they literally celebrate abortion — even the post-birth variety — so I have trouble believing that they are troubled by the loss of human life. They politicize it, but they don’t grieve over it. Or perhaps they politicize it because they don’t grieve over it. This is who they are.

President Trump had nothing to do with either shooting. And neither did Pocahontas. No political figure incited these shootings. No political figure is responsible for these shootings. We are watching pure evil at work in these shootings. Indeed, the devil is hard at work. That the left has attempted to blame President Trump and “white nationalists” for these acts of evil just shows how deranged they have become. It’s only going to get worse, because President Trump and the U.S. are going to keep winning, and Donald Trump is also going to win re-election next year.

On top of all this, these deranged lunatics want us disarmed — not in order to prevent further loss of life, but in order that we be victims, too.