This blog posting is an opportunity to honor both fallen soldiers and living veterans across our nation. Only us former veterans who served can understand the bond we share, in the Love and Honor that we render to our country. This blog posting is to honor those veterans who have served our country this Christmas season of 2014. John J. Rigo Served honorably from 1959 to 1963 in the U.S. Air Force in both SAC and the NATO Commands. My fellow veterans, families who have lost loved ones in service for their country, and those of you who Love America this Christmas season, feel free to post your “Like” link to show your support for our veterans.
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(The little boy’s story in the poem is true and a time from my own past.) This Christmas Season of 2014, I was thinking of my Father. This poem mentions him several times. I remember how dirty he was when he came home from work when I was a little boy. My Father was an iron and steel worker. After he came home and took a bath, my Mother would then attempt to clean the ring out of the bathtub from his bath. Many times with close to a half hour of scrubbing, she still could not get it out. In those days, my Father made about a hundred dollars a week. He worked very hard for that money.
*****************************************I remember fondly Christmas’ past our first tree alive with lights before it caught fire later that week. I remember fondly the Christmas with toys. Never before had my brother and I received toys. How angry my Father became when we broke several toys after a few hours of play. It was my Father’s first Christmas bonus as a steel worker. He spent that bonus on toys for us that Christmas. He thought those toys would never break. I remember fondly a special Christmas as a kid when no money was available whatsoever for toys. We found a punch-out cardboard castle in a department store window. One dollar and ninety-eight cents was the price of that castle. My young brother and I played with it for days. A punch-out castle was the best toy we ever had. I remember fondly Christmas past, acting in the church Christmas pageant. I was a little child with the beard of a prophet shaking in a spotlight in the church play. It snowed that night. My best friend and I asked permission to keep wearing the beards. A most beautiful snow floated through the air as we walked home together. The dirty streets of the city were made clean and white with heavy, swirling snow flakes. We sang church carols walking home our arms around each other’s shoulder. How close to baby Jesus we were back then. I remember fondly Christmas’ past when life seemed so much simpler. Joys more easily shared with laughter much deeper than now. Still I thank God that I had those Christmas’ past even to this special day of a new Christmas. Another December which will also will soon be gone into the misty memory of another Christmas’ past.
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my eyes, though weak, seem to become clearer
about what I see about me.
Something about the look of God’s creations
that I did not notice before now
In seeing this creation
a wonderment stops my breath.
Is it the sound of wind singing
that I had not noticed before now?
Is it the vastness of the night skies filled with a beauty
beyond words that I cannot describe?
I find myself noticing beauty in people
a beauty that before
I did not see.
I see beauty in the old, the sick
the visions that I used to turn away from seeing
but no longer do.
I feel the pain and joy of other people
I used to not feel such things.
The laughter of a child
ringing like a heavenly bell,
pealing in a meadow
sounds in my ears.
Is this God’s way of saying
“Look at what you have missed earlier in your life?”
I am not sure
but I do know
now I have become more thankful.
More thankful each day
for the gifts God has given to me.
I seem to be getting closer to heaven each day.
I now know, what I see, hear and Feel
are all but a small part of what will be in God’s world.
I can only hope
that in this twilight of my life
I might become worthy
in the areas that I have been unworthy.
May I be worthy of the love and blessings
He has given me in this life.
Thank you God
for this day.
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If I could be anything
I would be a healer.
A touch of a hand
would render all illnesses healed.
It was then the voice spoke and said,
“You are my healer.
For I will bring before you
those broken of spirit.
By simply sharing your own story
will their spirits be healed.”
It was then I realized
that we all are healers.
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President Obama has purposely thrown the CIA and our National Law Enforcement Officers “Under The Bus.” Why has Obama done this?” The answer is simple enough, it is called the law of Distraction. With Obama’s last two years in office with issues dealing with the “Lies of Obamacare,” using the IRS against elements of the Republican middle class, “Benghazi” and the lost of our ambassador and hired Black Ops, “Fast and Furious” and our suppose “error” in giving high-powered weapons to the cartel, President Obama is prime for charges of treason and impeachment.
We are now a country in the world with our international intelligence network in total jeopardy and law enforcement officers across the country in a negative, dark place in attitudes toward their government and being a law enforcement officer in general. We as middle class America which represents a major portion of this country, need to insist with our representatives in Congress, that charges of Treason and Impeachment proceedings start forward against President Obama.
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Commentary from December 2nd, 2013: To me, the Christmas Season is the time of year for me to remember those who have passed on that were important to my life. Following is another poem about another of those special individuals in my own life.Joe passed away on February 12th, 2010. It was after the record snow storm of February 2010. The power went out in their home. He and is wife, Christine were moving into temporary quarters in the New Comfort Inn of Mabank, Texas when he quietly passed on. Joe would have been 81. Joe was a sweet, loving and very kind man. He loved McKinney, Texas. Whenever he spoke of McKinney his face took on a glow of peace, his childhood, his friends, his memories were many of those days in McKinney. There was a deep longing in his voice for some of those memories. Some of those memories were with extreme joy, while others seemed to carry regret. As with all of us, one could not have lived a full life without a certain amount of regret. I will miss Joe and our talks, when he sat down with us to visit at the “Seasons” restaurant in Mabank, Texas. Joe was proud of his wife Christine. Joe loved Christine with the deepest of love. I myself, only have one regret that I did not have more time to know Joe Burton even more. People like Joe are very special humans. Sadly in this day and age there are not enough special people to go around for us all.
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There is not doubt in any United States citizen, that ISIS as a terror group is the greatest evil to be upon our earth. These are vicious killers who have lost their rights to life itself in their killing of men, woman and children. Killings by burying their prey alive and cutting off their heads in public executions demonstrates that fact.
President Obama please grow some balls as our President. Become all you claim to be as a man and as our President over the last five and half years. Use our limited nuclear arms capacity in field war http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/tactical_nuclear_weapon with ISIS and completely destroy them. As to any captured terrorist, insure no trial but public executions within a day of their capture on the field of battle while insuring all such beheadings are televised.
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Over the eight years that we have had our lake front home on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas on Northwood Shores in Gun Barrel City, Texas, I have taken and shared hundreds of pictures on my WordPress blog. This morning, I felt this recent picture is one of the best. Have a great and blessed day to all! I thought I would share some other additional pictures also taken over time. What is your favorite?
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President Obama’s attitude in his news conference after the Republican Landside and takeover of the Senate was completely negative. As the “king in a barrel,” Obama remains the self-centered, unswerving President bent on changing the nation to a country of his own design and will.
The Republican leadership came across naive and weak in press conferences in believing that President Obama will work with them as a true leader in leading the country on many of the dangerous issues now facing the United States’ precarious future. There is only one path before all America in dealing with this President, he must be brought up on treason charges and impeached. God save America from Obama.
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It is with great pride and humble appreciation that I render my thanks and appreciation to the registered voters of Gun Barrel City, who during early voting and today’s voting defeated the beginning of city taxes for GBC. They, as my wife and I were able to see that these taxes in reality were all for the care, comfort and future security of the management team of the City of Gun Barrel City, Texas. Hopefully, in this 4 to 1 no confidence vote against city taxes, indicated our citizens desire to make a clean sweep of our current city manager of eight years and many current members of our city council, in order to make a brighter and more prosperous future for our citizens.
A special salute to David Webb, editor of the Cedar Creek Lake website: http://cedarcreeklake.com who took time last night at 10 p.m. to personally call me and listen to my take on the good news of the defeat of said taxes with a final tally 971 Against to 268 votes For. It was interesting to read in Mr. Webb’s columne of early this morning, how Mayor Pro Tem Dennis Baade of Gun Barrel City played the “Blame Game” against the citizens of Gun Barrel City in their “No” votes.
Such games have been typical of the Obama administration over the last six years. It is a sign of the piss-poor management that the people of Gun Barrel City has in its city management and its entire city council. “A Fish sinks from the Head down.” A cry of joy in the Republican party finally being in control of the Senate. Perhaps the country will now become blessed in moving forward with treason or impeachment proceedings against President Obama. “Restore America, the land I Love.”
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“Working toward simplicty of thought in poetry is the task of great writing. When one can place a few words to express the wisdom of a bible, then and only then, have they reached the top of the mighty mountain of eternal thought.”
Quote by John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator and Poet
There is a battle for the mind and control of Texas. There is no compromises in this war that President Obama and his Henchmen have planned for Texas. In any election in the State of Texas, voting for a registered Democratic in a local, regional, and state-wise election enables the thieves and crooks power in their desire to take over our state.
Texas represents the “Last Frontier” for the United States. Within its borders, lies unlimited opportunity for growing businesses to Texas. Texas is looked upon as the state, the cartel, the underworld, the corrupt politicians of Washington wish to conquer as the Virginal Bride of our country….Texas….unspoiled and beautiful.
Do not be mislead by the snake words of liberals, they are nothing more than Democrat’s in the clothing of sheep skins upon the disguises of hungry wolves. Avoid like the plague those who claim to “vote for the best candidate” and claim no party affiliation. They are decoys of the Democratic party.
In this coming November State and National elections, let us clean house of all the Democrats at all local levels in government, as well as the national scene. It is the only hope left, that we a “Free Americans” have in saving our country from the likes of Obama and his planned destruction of our country over the next two years.
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