My Memorial to my four years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force. Many are not blessed in having a memorial while they are living. Thanks to Mabank, Texas, a small city of class on Cedar Creek Lake in East Texas. Copyright 2014 John J. Rigo
Proposed Cover for my third non-profit poetry book.
There are crosses
across the plains
of my life.
a past love
Memories of them
will always be with me.
The path of coming death
do I also walk.
Thank you Jesus
for rendering the love
of these souls
on the path
that I walk.
I know we shall
all met again
in the glory
in the joy
before us all.
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Within the seeds of humor from this Saturday Night Live beginning program (click link below this commentary; be patient, the video takes about three minutes to download) lies the truth. That truth is that President Obama has done more than any one individual in the history of the United States in destroying the very foundations of what made the United States the greatest free nation on the planet.
There is only one hope and prayer for the United States of America. That hope and prayer is that our country will have the strength and courage to remove President Obama from office as President of the United States.
VIDEO: SNL – 60 Minutes with Obama – “Did you know that ‘I’ Stands For Islamic?”.
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Singing in the rain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Singin’ in the Rain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I am singing in the rain with you.
Our feet dancing between the rain drops.
Our cares belong to tomorrow.
Our hands clenched while skipping over puddles.
Just singing in the rain together.
This is truly what love is all about.
You and me together
with glistening raindrops
upon our laughing faces.
This is our moment of our love together
just singing and dancing
in the rain together.
“Dancing in the Rain” by John J. Rigo, picture courtesy of tumblr.com
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A bright blue sky day.
Water with a spray of diamonds.
Rays of warmth upon my face.
You at my side
with that special smile
that I love above all expressions
that pass over your face each day.
Let us hold this close to us
in what seems not enough time for
just the two of us.
Cherish this day
love this day
with all we have.
For we will never know
of these days are before us.
We have each other
with our love for one another.
What could be worth
more than just this day?
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“Does True Love take an Eternity to Find?” copyright 2014, John J. Rigo. Picture courtesy of Google Image Search.
I awoke this morning with a spirit of bitter lonilness upon me.
It was a chill of my heart I could not explain.
It was a reality check that came upon me.
A realization that the joys of my youth would never be recaptured again.
I would not know the beauty of a kiss in youthful passion again.
That feeling of oneness with another that binds us to happiness.
Is it the creeping years that makes me feel such this day.
Hard as I try to reach back to other times when I felt such
I come up with hollow hands.
Let this day pass quickly.
I am afraid there will many more like this.
Still I pray and hope
sparks of the past
will return again tomorrow
to give me another chance at happiness.
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Stewart-Rigo Winery in East Texas copyright 2015 John J. Rigo
Stewart-Rigo Winery in East Texas copyright 2015 John J. Rigo
Stewart-Rigo Winery in East Texas copyright 2015 John J. Rigo
Stewart-Rigo Winery in East Texas copyright 2015 John J. Rigo
Our vineyard project was moving along beautifully on February 20th, 2015, prior to the great rains we have received since then in the Cedar Creek Lake area of East Texas with the placement of trellises for our future vineyard. A neighbor came into the property “Curiousity Seeking” that afternoon. He is the owner of ten acres in the area.
The neighbor’s comment on entering our open security gate was, “The community is in an uproar as to what is going on here!” I guess he and his friends never seen the beginnings of a vineyard before Lol. When it comes to bottled wine, have no doubt they never drank any wine above “Thunderbird.”
Another great lesson learned, “the old neighbor helping neighbors is a thing of the past in the country these days.” If you fall asleep at the wheel you will quickly find your wallet weighing less with advice from these folks!
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John J. Rigo, Texas' Poet and Commentator:
With the recent revelation on Mrs. Clinton’s e-mails, this posting applies more today than when the article by a WordPress Member was written.
Originally posted on :
Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist and Patriot.
The title of this article was intentionally provocative. With little doubt by her own admission that she is guilty, are there members in congress with the will to see justice is satisfied?
Walid Shoebat is a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood and author of For God or For Tyranny.
Shoebat’s credentials are unassailable. He was taught to hate Jews, then on his own, began to understand he was being taught and living a lie. It was at this point he cut his ties with Islam and the PLO.
Abdel Hakim Belhaj
When Hillary Clinton made the now famous claim, “The buck stops here,” in her arrogance did she believe she would ever be tried and convicted of treason?
A fitting end to a corrupt individuals career of political corruption.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it I’m J.C. and I…
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“My Daily Prayer: Remove Obama From Office” Copyright 2015 John J. Rigo
Each day I begin my morning with a prayer, “Please God, Remove Obama from Office.” Perhaps if we as a nation make this our daily prayer, this Evil upon our land will be removed from the office of President of the United States.
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On this day
the Master revealed
His greatest gift to mankind.
This gift was rendered on a mountain of stone
reflected on a setting sun
to a multitude of many
in one of the many lessons
given to multitudes in those years.
that came toward the end of that day
was, “ Master, what is the greatest gift
that God gives to all of us?” asked the young
man in the multitude of that day.
The Master replied,
“The greatest gift that my Father gives to all
is the secret of Forgiveness.
In rendering forgiveness to ones self
and also forgiveness of others
does a sinner reveal
the keys to heaven
and the eternal Love of our Father.
Forgiveness assures the eternal love of the Father
and being in the arms of His Love forever.”
So said the Master of my life
on this day.
“One of Seven Poems of “The Master‘s Series of Poetry.”
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“A Review of President Obama’ Lies” A Commentary by John J. Rigo. Picture courtesy of Google Image search.
A reading of the comment section of the local Cedar Creek paper in East Texas, The Monitor, occasionally brings a beautifully written commentary by a local resident. In the Sunday, January 19th, 2014 issue such a commentary is written by Jim Romer of Tool, Texas in the “Letters to the Editor” under the heading of “Famous Presidential Lies.”
Nixon: “I am not a crook.”
George W. Bush: “Read my lips, no new taxes.”
Clinton: “I did not have sex with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.”
“I will have the most transparent administration in history.”
“the stimulus will fund shovel-ready jobs.”
“I am focused like a laser on creating jobs.”
“the IRS is not targeting anyone.”
“it was a spontaneous riot about a movie.”
“I will put an end to the type of politics that breeds division, conflict and cynicism;”
“You didn’t build that!”
“I will restore trust in government.”
“The Cambridge cops acted stupidly.”
“The public will have five days to look at every bill that lands on my desk.”
“It’s not my red-line-it’s the world’s red line.”
“Whistle blowers will be protected in my administration.”
“We got back every dime we used to rescue the banks and auto companies, with interest.”
“I am not spying on American citizens.”
“Obamacare will be good for America.”
“You can keep your doctor.”
“If you like it, you can keep your current healthcare plan.”
“Premiums will be lowered by $2,500.”
“I knew nothing about “Fast and Furious” gun running to Mexican drug cartels.”
“I knew nothing about IRS targeting conservative groups.”
“I knew nothing about what happened in Benghazi.”
“I have never met my uncle from Kenya who is in the country illegally and was arrested and ordered to leave country over 20 years ago, and I have never lived with that uncle. (Obama finally admited on December 5th, 2013, that he did know his uncle and that he did live with him).“
The biggest lie of all, “I, Barrack Husein Obama, pledge to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.”
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Commentary from September 25th, 2014: I am reposting what seems to be a popular poem that I wrote regarding our President. Earlier in the year while undergoing a medial procedure, my doctor and I shared our despise for President Obama. Truthfully, I always choke up when I have to use the word “President” before Obama’s name. If anyone in our history was not worthy of the title, Obama is surely the one.
My doctor is of course, an educated man but sadly lives in denial regarding the powers of Obama. His take is that President Obama will never be impeached but is now “boxed in” and will not be able to bring any further harm to our country.
I tend to realize that this is the attitude of the majority of educated individuals that I come upon in my daily life. There seems to be a trend where there is a lot of shouting and crying over the lying regime that Obama has put into place in our country but nothing is being accomplished by the Republican party, a party that has truly lost its way in leadership for our country.
To my way of thinking reality will only set in when the majority of the white middle class of this country are herded into Federal “Care Camps” under Obama as they await the new gas chambers built by his administration. When that day comes I will be dearly holding my American Flag and fighting to the death in an attempt to save my country from the tyranny of Obama.
Somewhere along my journey
I stepped into a time machine.
I do not remember exactly when it happened.
I stepped forward in a strange land where a language
was spoken that did not sound like any tongue I knew.
The beings looked like me.
The planet seemed the same
but it was not.
There was a new god
in this land
in this dimension.
His name was Obama.
I looked closer at the eyes
of those about me.
Their was a strange blankness
in their eyes
an emptiness of spirit
I could not explain.
I eagerly sought a sight of a flag pole
to see what land I might be in.
My eyes sought the Red, White and Blue.
Instead I looked with fright upon a flag
all to familiar from a past election.
It was the flag of Obama.
God did not save us.
- Courtesy of freerepublic.com
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“We are here to glorify the Name of our Lord and Savior which is Jesus Christ.”copyright 2015 by John J. Rigo. Image Courtesy of Google Image Search.
We are all Seekers of the truth of our existence
The question that haunts us all is “Why Am I Here”?
The answer lies in its simplicity.
We are here to glorify the Name of our Lord and Savior
that Name being “Jesus Christ.”
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If I could have been anything I could have been
I would have been a healer in my life.
The placing of my hands upon a sick individual
would bring a healing.
What a wonderful gift it would be
to see the blind have sight
the lame walk
the mentally ill be whole
any stage of pending death
all would be healed
while saying a prayer
in the name of Jesus.
If I could have been anything in my life
I would have been a healer.
I would not ask for this gift for myself
but to render it all those loving individuals
that I meet each day
that truly love Jesus.
Lord grant me the gift of a healer
thru my deeds
thru my poetry words
thru my prayers.
Courtesy of sligofbay.hubpages.com
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Trellises Installs on Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace, Texas, copyright 2015, John J. Rigo co-owner
The picture of several trellises installed this date of February 15th, 2015 is the beginning of 22 rows of such trellises that will be 200 feet long. They are faced running North and South at 10 degrees to maximize sun exposure.
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I recalled this memory.
I was five or six
it was the middle of morning
when I hear my Mother moaning
in the lowest of voices
as to not wake my Brother or me.
“Please John, don’t hit me again.”
“Please don’t hurt me.”
Please….Please, you are hurting me.”
It has been sixty-five years
since that memory.
Still every once in a while
that memory returns
to haunt my very soul.
My Father came in late that night.
He had been drinking.
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“Young pretties working home-improvement counters of local hardware stores” copyright 2015 John J. Rigo. Image courtesy of Google Image Search
“Give me the older, more mature home improvement order personnel in hardware stores” copyright 2015 John J. Rigo. Image Courtesy of Google Image Search
I have been a resident of Gun Barrel City, eight years now. Six of those eight years as a weekender, the last two as a retiree (If I ever get thru my wife’s project goal lists). Generally when it comes to any purchase of a home improvement project or supply over a hundred dollars, I generally get three bids for the items and or work.
What I have observed lately is a disturbing tread in home improvement stores in the area, to wit, Loew’s and Groom and Son in Gun Barrel City and Mabank respectfully. Both stores seems to have their order counters abounding in young pretties, woman 25-30, who in my humble opinion are “Air-Heads.” They have no place behind the counter of a hardware store of any kind.
It must be a new marketing approach of upper management and owners of these local franchisees in the area. Truthfully, as an old crusty business man in my early 70’s, I do not think with what is between my legs when it comes to spending my money. I am not impressed with pretty young things attempting to do price quotes or handle my home or farm improvement projects for my homes or investments in the area.
Give me the “Old Days” when that counter sales person was a “Crusty-Individual” like me, who actually knew what they were talking about and doing in that profession. Lowe’s and Groom and Son in the Cedar Creek lake area of East Texas, get back to being professional again!
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Lowe’s Logo courtesy of Google Image Search. “Is Lowe’s of Gun Barrel City Texas dishonoring working farm Veterans?” copyright 2015 John J. Rigo
There is no doubt about it, Lowe’s the home improvement store located in Gun Barrel City, Texas has the “Only Game in Town.” This is especially so in this Cedar Creek Lake Community 45 minutes North of Dallas, Texas. What is especially interesting that this area is also known for having a large population of “Honorably Discharge Veterans.”
Many are recent returnees from war zones in foreign lands who thru retirement or various disabilities have settled to the Cedar Creek Lake area of Texas. Many of these individuals live on small farms in the area, seeking to make a living off the land in the area with an AG exception in place.
As to myself, I am an honorably discharged Air Force Veteran with four years of active service. My period of service is 1959-1963. I do not fall into the category of a recent veteran from war, but like other honorably discharged members of the military, I qualify for Loew’s 10 percent discount on what Loew’s classifies as “Personal Purchases.”
With my recent retirement at age 70 with my wife of a State Farm Insurance Agency out of McKinney, Texas two years ago, I became additionally blessed with the purchase of a 30 acre farm with an in-place AG exception, nine miles from our eight year ownership of a lake front home in Gun Barrel City. We spent our time between these two homes. The farm produces award-winning hay and is currently in the process of planting a vineyard.
I may also point out that over the last eight years between the extensive remodeling on our lake home and equally extensive remodeling on our farm and ranch, my wife and I have spent a good-sized fortune with Lowe’s in Gun Barrel City, Texas. Up until this past Monday, we were always pleased with Lowe’s and her service
My background is fifty years experience in sales and sales training has served me well over the years and has brought me to the observation that one of the huge problems with our current economy in the United States is that “Bean Counters” control the county, as well as corporate America, many times to their disadvantages.
Hence we come to a Lowe’s Corporate rule that I came across this past Monday while making a substantial purchase of home improvement material for our farm which currently has an in-place AG tax exemption. It seems Lowe’s would not render me “Both the exception from taxes on my farm material purchase ‘AND’ still give my ten percent veteran’s discount.” A corporate program, I personally find both “stupid and ridiculous.”
When I asked to speak to the actual store manager regarding this, all I found myself was surrounded by what I felt were a bunch of ill-informed and “flunky-type, so-called assistant managers.” After an hour of being given the “run-around” I elected to take my ten percent discount and withdrawn my tax exception certificate for use on our farm.
Discounts in the area for veterans are common place in the Cedar Creek Lake area because of the huge veterans population. Even the local Denny’s gives a ten percent discount to Vets on meals. With all the current governments noise about serving “returning vets,” it would seem to me, that in a county where we have declining farms and job opportunities for vets, that a veterans who owes a farm with an in place AG tax exemption should be able to have their tax exemption honored and receive their ten percent discount. What is your take on this?
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At times it would be nice
to have a pair of magic red shoes.
Just clicking them together three times
would do the trick.
Suddenly I would be transported
to wherever my mind of memory
would wish to go.
At this very moment
I could easily think of a dozen places
I would love to be at this moment.
Each time frame
would place me at a time and place
where I felt greatly loved.
Where there was a skip in my step
and a constant grin on my face.
I can easily bring to mind
scenes of such places in my past.
Skipping through a mall with her
like a school child.
Dancing with her
for the first time
with my arm around her waist.
Ah yes then their were those
in the way those kisses went to my toes.
Truthly knowing what I know now
would I have taken more time
to savor every moment.
Time in remembering every detail
of the places of my youth
where my magic red shoes
would have taken my heart.
Courtesy of favena.blogspot.com
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Commentary for January 10th, 2015: Much is said about spousal abuse, especially about husbands abusing their wives. Rarely is addressed is a wife’s abusive behavior toward her husband, especially in the area of verbal abuse. In my own life’s experience, nothing kills love quicker that the nasty and bitter tongue of a woman toward her man.
Example of such behavior, is the wife, who just getting ready to turn over in bed at night, after the mandatory kiss, has to open her trap to make some criticism of her man before going to sleep. Sometimes, I start to actually believe that certain religions that treat woman like luggage, are truly on the right track!
The words were hammered blows to my heart.
A stranger would dare not speak such words to me
crushing fists would they find
quickly pounding their bodies.
The slap of the glove upon their face
to face certain death on the field of honor.
The answer to your acts are simple enough
you are an abuser.
Your love of God and Jesus
but a front
a lie to all.
Deep within your heart lies hate
pouring on one who has loved you
beyond all others.
A faithful friend
you no longer are to me.
I have seen your soul.
It is dark
ridden with the shit of the world
upon your lips.
did my love go.
You are without honor
in your declared love.
“The Abuser” A Poem by John J. Rigo
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The night sky was a deep black with blazing stars
over the Master and His disciples
this particular night along the sea of Galilee.
It was a time of quiet contemplation of the beauty of God’s work.
Within the group of His disciples
one disciple had a troubling question.
With reverence he approached the Master with his question.
“Does God’s Love for us have bounds when remembering our sins in His Eternal Memory?”
asked the disciple quietly as to not disturb the other men in the group.
The Master lifted His Head toward the night sky
and pointed His finger to a bright star saying,
“As you look upon the stars in the night sky
many have long changed in form
and are no more.
The distance is so great in the travel of that light
that we still see those suns prior to their changing of form.
So it is in the breath of God’s Love for us
it is also beyond the width
depth and height of such distances from us.
Since His Love for us is unconditional
so is His memory of our sins.
In asking His forgiveness of our sins
their memory no longer exists in eternity.”
So spoke that night
the Master of My Life.
“………..pointing to a star”
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Unloading VSP Trellis for vine wire. Average weight 300 lbs. Hole for each nine inches each. Will encompass an acre and a half. Copyright 2015 John J. Rigo, Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace, Texas.
VSP Trellis for wine wire hanging system. Start of planting project for acre and half. Copyright 2015, John J. Rigo, Stewart-Rigo Winery in Eustace, Texas.
Starting a vineyard is much more than starting a vegetable garden. The success or most of time, failure of such a dream is common. Many a started vineyard today has rows of wood posts with wire and no plants or at best the dying remains of once was a dream in a vineyard.
We have prepared long and hard for our dream. 185 hours of study thru UC at Davis, out of California. Knowledge is power in the wine growing business. There are no short-cuts. Finding the right soil in the right location, with the right water is a must. That is why our search took two years when the dream started over twenty years ago.
Two years ago, we found our farm. It is on the Wilcox Aquifer, some of the greatest water in Texas, it was number one in our search for a farm. What you see above is pictures of the VSP Trellis System being unloaded. There will be three more loads like this for the complete system.
It is two and seven-eights inch new pipe. It was a purchase of brand new pipe costing about $5,000 and taking two men, two months to cut and fit this piping. This system will be there for a hundred years for this vineyard.
(Special Note: Infrared and daytime camera’s constantly patrol the property for an instant alarm in an attempt to tamper with said equipment. The instant alarm goes to the Henderson County Sheriff Department. The “Castle Law” applies in any and all trespassing).
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If I could create the perfect poem
my poem would remove sorrow from the world.
It would bring smiles where there were tears.
Mend broken hearts and return love again.
The perfect poem
would replace all loneliness
with the Joy of God’s Love.
Friends would never be lost again
but be eternal in their friendships with us.
Each day would start with the songs of birds.
Each night would end with the sighs of night.
Every soul would find God
and never again be separated from His Love.
Every kiss would be with true love
and never of betrayal.
The Devil would be finally destroyed by God.
We would all reign in Paradise
in the mist of joy
Courtesy of guardian.co.uk
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John J. Rigo, Texas' Poet and Commentator:
John J. Rigo, WordPress Blogger, Texas’ Poet and Commentator, copyright 2015 John J. Rigo
It has been a while that I have visited “Freshly Pressed” on the WordPress program. Several years ago, I had issues with some of the selected WordPress blogs, hence a form of disconnect on my part on this portion of so-named WordPress high-profile selections. I found this selection “interesting” in pointing out the various forms of poetry from ancient history. It is hard reading, but bits of insight to poetry writing can be found if one practices patience in its reading. To my way of thinking the best of what should represent the best of “Freshly Pressed” should come from the “Most humble of us WordPress Posters.” The majority of us are not professional writers, nor art-enabled posters who wish to demonstrate the “higher priced” programs WordPress sells in its marketplace. Again, this my own “humble take with seven years now with WordPress; WordPress is my only “social network.”
Originally posted on Interesting Literature:
Looking for some great short medieval poems which are easy to read? Look no further than this, our latest post…
Medieval poetry can be a daunting field to dip into (to mix our metaphors terribly). Although Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Dante’s Divine Comedy are masterpieces and essential reading, perhaps the best route into medieval poetry – as with any poetry – is to start small. What follows is our pick of the best short medieval poems written in English.
They are all presented in the original Middle English, because here at Interesting Literature we believe that that’s the best way to read the poems. This does mean that several words/phrases need glossing, so we’ve done this briefly before each poem. All of these poems were written (or at least written down) some time during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries: our source for them is the excellent Penguin book of Medieval…
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John J. Rigo, Texas' Poet and Commentator:
Of special note on February 5th,2015: This WordPress Blogger has attempted to hide the offensive posting mentioned in this posting by burying it below about two dozen postings. Patience will reveal it.
This Reblog on the Cola signs is misleading by this WordPress member who has become a follower of my site. Going just past the posting you will come across a posting that attacks the Jewish Nation with “hints” that the posting is “ISIS” inspired. A posting showing the flag of Israel in a Toilet, and a nude little boy pissing on the Flag of Israel. One of the reasons I have removed the “Likes” posting ability off my poetry site is that I have a feeling like all media in this country, the ISIS terrorist are using the WordPress platform for communication between themselves. Hopefully, the CIA and FBI will take a closer look at this individual and observe why his “following posting” cannot be Reblogged. I myself am a retired Catholic and think of myself still as a Christian who believes Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. I have asked this jerk to unfollow me. His “respect” comment on his blog site is strictly a ploy and misleading. What he reposts shows his hate for both Christianity and the Jewish Nation, which I believe is the United States closest friend in the world in spite of President Obama. If anyone can advice me on how to block a “Follower” I would be appreciative.
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Today was my Birthday.
Approaching three-quarters of a century
on the planet Earth.
Praise to my Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ for the many blessings
He has rendered me.
Author unknown. Courtesy of Google Image search.
My thoughts turned to God today.
I thought how many tears He shared today.
on the sadness of man upon the earth.
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Today the United States of America is on a dangerous path in its future. On our current course we now have a nation where the average ethics, approach to excellence, average intelligence of our citizens is falling to new lows within U.S. society. By the very nature of our immigration programs, have we brought the strength of our country to a new low.
A country that allows its borders open to any illegal immigrant looking to drop their child on U.S. soil speaks volumes of the changes that need to be made to our immigration laws. Defining what makes a true U.S. citizen should go beyond dropping a baby on our soil.
Each child that is born on our shores by an illegal in this country represents hundreds of thousands of dollars in “Freebies” in community services, education and food stamps over the lifetime of now, what is now a “Legal, U.S. Citizen Child.” This is a burden that the middle class U.S. Citizen of our country can no longer afford.
We, as a country need to redefine what constitutes a legal U.S. Citizen. A child born of a mother who is not a U.S. citizen should not automatically become a U.S. Citizen. In fact the requirement should be for a child to have the status of a U.S. citizen should be that both parents be U.S. citizens at the time of the birth of that child.
By Line: John Rigo is a first generation Italian. Mr. Rigo’s Father came to the U. S. at age 16 thru Ellis Island from Northern Italy in 1926. Mr. Rigo fondly remembers that his Father had two main goals in life. One, was to become an American citizen, and Two, to speak excellent English to where no one would know he was a foreigner, he achieved both goals.
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Chris Kyle Day on February 2nd, 2015 in the state of Texas. A salute by a Texas’ poet and Commentator, John J. Rigo, copyright 2015. Picture courtesy of Google Image Search.
The new Governor of Texas has declared February 2nd, 2015 as Chris Kyle Day. To the family and friends of Chris, our condolences at their loss. A special salute to Chris this day from our family to you, for being the hero, that we only hope to be, in the love, the passion and heroism you demonstrated for America.
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The Evil Face of ISIS. Picture courtesy of Google Image Search.
Courtesy of crocodilestament.com “If Regan were here today, ISIS would not exist.” quote by John J. Rigo, copyright 2014 Texas’ Commentator
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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Courtesy of nosmokeblown.com
“Can Impeachment of Obama Save the United States?” A Big “Yes” to this question.
The middle class of America is slowly awakening.
Our flag is America.
It is not the flag of Mexico.
It is not the flag of the Muslim world.
Close our borders.
Close all Mosques within our borders
that support ISIS.
Defend the country we all love.
We stand for America not in just words but deeds.
America is not only about its Negro population.
America is not only about its Hispanic population.
America is also about its Caucasian population.
America cannot stand two more years of Obama.
Remove President Obama from office.
We must remove the Henchmen of the Democratic Party
from the government of America.
“Yes Obama…… Has” picture courtesy of Google Image Search
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The UPS (United Parcel Service) Customer Center on 4200 Samuell Boulevard in Mesquite, Texas. Image Courtesy of Google Image Search.
This is a Cease and Decease order directed toward the supervisory personnel of the UPS (United Parcel Service) of the Mesquite Customer Center located at 4200 Samuell Boulevard in Mesquite, Texas. It also applies to the two UPS delivery personnel who “attacked” the door of my home at 104 The Lee Way, Gun Barrel City, Texas 75156 on January 7th, 2015; additionally, Danijela Zuza, Claims Specialist of Liberty Mutual Insurance part of Helmsman Management Services representing UPS who is not qualified to do an insurance adjustment on a dented waste basket. Exception to this order is the UPS Store located in Gun Barrel City, Texas and its owner and working personnel; also included in this exception is the website: http://buildasign.com
You are hereby directed this date of January 27th, 2015 to cease and decease all harassment by any and all means of communication, including e-mails, text messages, any and all social medias and any and all personal phone calls from all directed personnel in this notice toward me, my family and/or my homes in the East Texas area, including Gun Barrel City and Eustace, Texas. Violation of this order will result in the filing of both civil and criminal charges against the parties involved.
Signed This Date of January 27th, 2015,
John J. Rigo
104 The Lee Way
Gun Barrel City, Texas 75156
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John J. Rigo, Texas' Poet and Commentator:
Many times we tend to forget that the beauty of God’s Love for us is simple and direct. There is no great Secret to It. It exists as the universe exists.
Originally posted on a north east ohio garden:
and other idle speculations. if naming a flower id or ego which would you choose ? no answer. just the question. here is the flower. oh if you simply must know look to the bottom. the hybridizer’s answer lies there…
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John J. Rigo, Texas' Poet and Commentator:
A Special “Thank You” to http://gunnyg.wordpress.com for having this Reblog on his site.
When one reads between the lines, what is happening within our own borders in the United States, the Obama Administration has encouraged and expanded “No-Go-Zones” for both the Black Community and the quickly growing Muslim communities, whose main goal in the future of “Middle-class America,” is their “Total Destruction” as a ‘Class’ in our country.
All of this is being done, while at the same time the Obama administration is attempting by “Executive Orders” and thru the Democratic Congress to remove all guns from the “Middle-Class,” so that they will not be able to defend themselves from the future attacks from both the “No-Zone Black and Muslim Communities.”
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John J. Rigo, Texas' Poet and Commentator:
Shortly after posting our signs for both our future vineyard and winery and farm and ranch we discovered that the name of “Silver Star” was associated with many low quality products in the State of Texas, hence our name change to “Stewart-Rigo” which represents the proud maiden name of my wife and my last name. The beautiful picture on the new farm and ranch sign actually comes from a picture taken of our farm and ranch.
Originally posted on Stewart-Rigo Farm and Ranch of Texas:
New Sign for Stewart-Rigo Farm and Ranch of Texas formerly “Silver Star” copyright 2015 John J. Rigo
We are proud to announce that our new name of our farm and ranch is now posted. After research and finding the name of “Silver Star” itself was associated with many low quality products in Texas, we decided to change our names on both our future winery as well as our farm and ranch. The name consists of the proud maiden name of my wife and my last name. The view on the sign comes from our own ranch.
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Stewart-Rigo Farm and Ranch of Texas, copyright 2015, John J. Rigo
Poetry writing for me fills many needs. First, it is a creative outlet for me. Two, it is my way of the sharing of my life’s walk through the mercy and love of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Three, it is a way of giving back thru the charity work that my wife and I do for the communities we currently live in (Henderson County, Texas) and have lived in (Collin County, Texas) and the pride we share this date in our past remodeling project of one of Texas’ most beautiful homeless shelters, the Samaritan Inn of McKinney, Texas.
There is no ego trip on my part in sharing the count amount of hits on my blog site, surpassing over 65,000 hits as of this posting, but a desire to share my blessing and the knowledge of Jesus’ Blessings with as many persons, as I can.
In that light, I request my 477 Followers to Reblog postings of those poems thru their own WordPress Blog sites on poems that that carry special meaning to them. Thank you for your Support over the last two years.
Blessings in each of your Journey’s,
John J. Rigo
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John J. Rigo, Texas' Poet and Commentator:
Beauty abounds on WordPress when it comes to poetry. Poetry of every kind and type. Read, Enjoy, Think…..Bless in enlightment.
Originally posted on Passion through Poetry:
Fingers of ice
Extend from the frozen landscape of my life
Wrapping their tentacles around the warm blood of my heart
As they tighten and constrict, threatening to freeze all that they
Would wrap around – like a Boa wraps around its prey –
The life force breathed into me offers a resistance
So strong, that any ice would be unfrozen before destruction
Could occur, and at the end, the heat of my beating soul powers
The melting of iced tentacles, so that life and hope and joy
Emerge forth as the victors of this battle that is fought with
Every beating of my heart
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