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Are horses racist – Yay or Neigh?

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There is an old guy living at my house. His once dark hair has faded into a flea-bitten gray with age, and he has only a few teeth left. Except for his enthusiastic rumbling at breakfast and dinner, he is a man of few words. His days are spent eating, standing under the porch, following around the other two old men in residence (he is notably codependent), and swooshing away flies. He also enjoys taking long naps outside in the sun. 

The old guy who lives at my house is friendly, highly sociable, and extremely nosey… always right in the middle of whatever I am trying to get done. Each time I attempt to pick weeds, he eats them! What’s even worse, he has been known to confuse my blonde hair with alfalfa hay!

In case you hadn’t already guessed, the old guy living at my house is a twenty-eight-year-old American Quarter Horse named Sydney.  

At present, there is a debate raging over the USC mascot, a white Arabian named Traveler, who has suddenly under fire for having the same name as Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s horse, Traveller (spelled differently, with 2 L’s).  According to an article at the Independent Journal Review, claims both for and against a possible link between USC’s Traveler and Lee’s Traveller are unsubstantiated. Still, I wondered, could it be possible that the USC’s Traveler is, in fact, a racist? I set out to find the answer.

At EQUINESPOT.COM, “Traveler” is listed among the top 45 horse names beginning with the letter “T.” Another name found on the list of “T” names is “Tiny Tim,” though the website does not specify whether or not this name is of any relation to the character from Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol,” nor does the website indicate whether “Tiny Tim” is only to be used for crippled horses. All I can say for certain is that horses around the country sport the name Traveler.

So, I thought I would ask an expert: Sydney. 

He’s always been a good listener.

Beside the barn we stood as he patiently allowed me to explain the current kerfuffle, listening intently to my questions. “Could Traveler be a racist?” I inquired. After I had finished, he stood there peering into my eyes… not saying a word. The suspense was intense; the pause, agonizing…….. Agonizing!

Finally, after a few minutes of deep consideration, Sydney shook his large head vigorously from side to side, then turned and walked away. While I can’t be certain that Sydney wasn’t just shewing a horsefly away from his nose, I’ll take his gesture as an emphatic, “NO!”

So, no need to fret USC fans… Traveler is not a racist.  And you heard it straight from the horse’s mouth!

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The truth about Thanksgiving

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The truth about Thanksfiving

Thanksgiving for many of us has been presented as a time when diversity worked. When a group of people who came seeking refuge from religious persecution was saved by another group of people. A time when different cultures could come together and share what they had to offer one another, culminating in a feast consisting of corn and turkey that was made to honor that moment.

Sadly, the most recent depiction of this pivotal moment in our history has been turned into an American horror story. A story that depicts white Europeans who came to wipe out all the innocent natives by disease and war. The evil white man brought with them more evil white men who only wanted to destroy and kill, to take land that didn’t belong to them and annihilate anyone who wasn’t white. Because that’s all white people want.

Neither of these versions are remotely true.

The Pilgrims were not fleeing from persecution. Nor did they spread disease or kill an entire village of Native Americans. They simply came to a new world filled with the hope of freedom – freedom to live by the values and principles as defined by the word of God. They came to the new world to give their families that chance rather than being overtaken by a society they felt did not reflect those values. It was so important to them that they risked their lives and the lives of their children to make the voyage. A voyage that landed them far from where they were expecting.

After arriving to the new world it was clear that God had a plan. The circumstances which led up to the first thanksgiving – for both the Europeans and the Native American that helped them – could only be explained by divine providence.

Despite being told this is a time to apologize or to be shameful for our history as a nation, the truth is Thanksgiving should be the most important and revered time for all Americans. A time of remembrance of God’s grace and divine providence for a group of people that risked everything to honor Him, including a Native American by the name of Squanto.

The diversity of God’s grace is what we, Americans, should be celebrating. Not multiculturalism.

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

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Marco Rubio whips out Bible verse that goes after the Florida recount debacle

There are two prevailing opinions pertaining to the Florida election and subsequent recounts. Democrats generally feel like it’s good to “count every ballot” until they win, even if that means “finding” more ballots to add to their candidates’ tallies. Republicans have been fighting against the recounts despite that play coming across ingenuously to voters on both sides.

We should want every valid vote counted. The operative word there is “valid.”

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Catholic, Tweeted a Bible verse that seemed apropos to the current debacle in Florida.

One might even say this draws in one of the favorite punching bags for Republicans, former presidential candidate “Crooked” Hillary Clinton. That wasn’t the intent, I’m sure, but it’s always fun to laugh at Hillary.

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

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3 reasons President Trump should offer Asia Bibi asylum

There are certain political moves that can be considered “no-brainers” for anyone in Washington DC. Offering persecuted Pakistani Christian Asia Bibi asylum is one of them.

The drawbacks of doing so are few but potent. It would enrage hardline Muslims in the United States who may go after Bibi and her family, but that’s a risk she’ll face anywhere she goes. It would put US citizens and military personnel at greater risk than they already are when traveling abroad, especially in Muslim majority nations like Pakistan. Lastly, it would spark negative press against the President who would ask whether or not he would do the same for a Muslim in a similar circumstance.

All of those negatives are mitigated by three important positives.

  1. It goes against the bigotry narrative. Don’t get me wrong. Mainstream media and leftists will still try to paint the act of offering asylum to a persecuted Pakistani family as racist because she’s Christian. Thankfully, most Americans are smart enough to see through that false narrative.
  2. Pakistan won’t mind. If anything, their preference would be for America, which is already evil in the eyes of most hardline Islamic Pakistanis, to accept a burden that will only perpetuate a narrative that already exists.
  3. It’s the right thing to do. Any time the President of the United States can do the right thing, he should. Lately, there just haven’t been many opportunities to do so.

Every day that passes brings Asia Bibi and her family closer to the dangers that are closing in on them in Pakistan. They need to be taken in as soon as possible. Italy, Germany, and even Canada have offered to step up. The United States needs to do the same.

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