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View Thomas E. Simmons on WLOX and get autographed copies of his books the next day at B&N!

Thomas E. Simmons, author of The Quinn Saga (By Accident of Birth, The Last Quinn Standing, and his new release, No Promise for Tomorrow), Forgotten Heroes of WWII, and The Man Called Brown Condor, will be interviewed on WLOX on Friday, 1/25/19 @ 4 pm and is having a book signing at Barnes and Nobel on Saturday 1/26/19 from 2 to 4. Tune in and/or come and meet this extraordinary man and get signed copies of all his works!


Five-Star Plus Review for Thomas E. Simmons’ No Promise for Tomorrow!

No Promise for Tomorrow

By Thomas E. Simmons

Review by Jim Fraiser

Pilot, boat captain, sales engineer, former army officer and two-time Gold Medal recipient for non-fiction books about American soldiers, Gulfport author Thomas E. Simmons has also achieved success as a fiction writer with his first two books in the acclaimed series, The Quinn Saga. His third stand-alone book in the series, No Promise for Tomorrow, is on bookstands now, and readers will find it to be well worth the year long wait since 2017’s The Last Quinn Standing.

Simmons’ saga features the scion of the Vicksburg family that began with Bethany Quinn in the first book, By Accident of Birth, the daughter of a woman impregnated by a Yankee bullet during the Battle of Vicksburg, and continued with the tale of her uncle, Jonathan, a midshipman on the raider CSS Alabama and later a Cuban revolutionary gun runner. The Last Quinn Standing follows up with Jonathan’s putative son, Lt. Ansel Quinn, during World War I.  This third book, No Promise for Tomorrow, introduces Ansel’s new beautiful and headstrong wife, Isabel, and begins with the couple residing on their Vicksburg plantation prior to the United
States entry into WWI. What follows is a thrilling tale of intrigue as Ansel and Isabel, enjoying their long-awaited honeymoon in New Orleans after his release from service due to injuries sustained as a neutral observer at the front in France, are drawn into American intelligence service in Cuba. It is there that Germany seeks to foment revolution that will turn Cuba, as well as Mexico, against America, so as to keep the U.S. too occupied to enter WWI on the allies’ side.

After a pleasant sojourn in the Crescent City, the Quinns sail to Cuba to find out what they can do for America’s nascent intelligence service. Of course, Ansel keeps the true purpose of their trip a secret from Isabel, leaving her to believe their goal is to check up on their sugar plantation interests there. Simmons effectively reveals the terror felt by Isabel as she discovers that their lives are threatened and paints her courage under fire in glowing shades of red and blue. For anyone interested in German machinations in the Western Hemisphere during the early 1900s, and American attempts to quell them, this is easily one of the best books ever written on the subject; made all the more interesting by the very real danger the heroic protagonists face in support of their efforts to blunt German espionage.

From Cuba, the Quinns return to Vicksburg, then visit wartime Washington, D.C., Paris, and New Orleans again. Which brings me to the second aspect of this sweeping sage, and the one that many readers will find most appealing. Simmons not only calls on his past experiences to bring wartime Cuba to life, he goes much farther and brings Vicksburg, New Orleans, and Paris of the decades during and after WWI and up to WWII into sparkling focus. Simmons places the reader in the very heart of, say, New Orleans, where you see the bygone opulence of the old French Opera House at 500 Bourbon Street, or that of the palatial St. Charles Hotel in the Garden District, or the Hotel Monteleone in the Quarter. You can taste the trout almandine and sip the French wine at Antoine’s and Galatoire’s, or visit the café De la Rotunda and the New York Bar in Paris to savor a French 75 and dance with an expatriate flapper. Nor does Simmons forgo visits to the redoubtable Old Ebbits Grill in D.C. or the venerable Weidman’s Restaurant in Meridian.

Simmons offers these treats, while mixing his very likeable Quinn couple with historic characters such as General John Pershing and Ernest Hemingway, recounting the experiences people realized with the deadly Spanish Flu, the stock market crash, the attack of the Boll Weevil, and everything from rum running and revolution in Cuba to Prohibition and prostitution in New Orleans.  The reader has occasion to discover, or recall, for example, life in 1934, and having one’s first refrigerator and indoor toilets in Mississippi, or purchasing a Kodak Brownie camera for $2.60.

Some authors tend to run out of steam with their multi-book sagas by the time they pen the third in their series, but Simmons is decidedly not one of those. For a rambunctious tale of international intrigue, and a riveting trip back to life in the early 20th Century in Mississippi, New Orleans, Cuba, D.C., and Paris, you can’t settle down before your roaring winter’s fireplace with a better book than Tom E. Simmons’ No Promise for Tomorrow.


  • Jim Fraiser is the author of seventeen books of fiction and nonfiction about the history, architecture and culture of the Deep South. He is a federal administrative law judge residing in Pass Christian and has been a freelance book reviewer for numerous newspapers and magazines for the past thirty years.

Tough Talk Christian Radio with Host Tony Gambone and Special Guest Bracha Goetz!

Tough Talk Christian Radio with Host Tony Gambone and Special Guest Bracha Goetz, author of 37 books to help children’s souls shine:  and the new memoir for adults, Searching for God in the Garbage
Listen to the candid and uplifting story of Goetz and her quest of searching for God in the garbage. This is a book that teens to adults, males and females will embrace in their own lives. Through this memoir, Bracha Goetz wishes to help us see that it does not matter what you are lacking in life, what religion you practice, or addiction you have, everyone can find theirs answers in God, in His word. There is only one.

Judge Douglas McCullough, author of Sea of Greed, will be doing the breakfast keynote address at the U.S. Sail & Power Squadron National Convention!

Judge Douglas McCullough, author of Sea of Greed, will be doing the breakfast keynote address at the U.S. Sail & Power Squadron National Convention at the Rosen Resort in Orlando, Florida February 21st @ 7:30 am. Come and hear the story of how he prosecuted Manuel Noriega, from the boat load of marijuana to sentencing and all the drama in between, including movie stars, musicians, producers, pilots, brokers and investors, and the hair-raising transportation escapades. Sea of Greed is being produced into a movie, so keep you eyes open for a near-future release.

God Bless America!

God Bless America!



When we get 100,000,000, that’s one hundred million, willing Christians to BOND together, voice their concerns and vote, we can take back America with God’s help.

Become one of the proud One hundred million Then let’s get 200 million. It can be done just by sending this email to your friends.

Do the math. It only takes a single willing heart and a fed-up SOUL. God Bless America and Shine your light on Her!

In 1952 President Truman established one day a year as a “National Day of Prayer

In 1988 President Reagan designated the first Thursday in May of each year as The National Day of Prayer.

In June 2007, then Presidential Candidate Barack Obama blatantly declared that the USA “Was no longer a Christian nation!

In May 2009 President Obama dismissed our 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House under the ruse of “not wanting to offend anyone”

Sept. 25, 2009, a Muslim Prayer Day was held on the West front of the U.S. Capitol Building, the site where U.S. Presidents have been inaugurated since 1981.. There were over 50,000 Muslims in D.C. that day President Obama dismissed our National Day of Prayer and now it’s okay for an event at our capitol for Islamists?  I for one was offended. But wait, it didn’t stop!!!

February 17-19, 2015, a Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the second day of the White House summit on “Countering Violent Extremism,” but, oddly, no other religious text was presented during the portion of the event that was open to the press. Imam Sheikh Sa’ad Musse Roble, president of the World Peace Organization in Minneapolis, MN, recited a “verse from the Quran” following remarks by Obama administration officials and Democrat members of Congress.

Former President Obama boldly encouraged schools to teach the Quran for extra credit, while at the same time, we’re forbidden  even talk about the Bible, God, pray, or salute the American Flag.

The direction this country was headed should strike fear in the heart of every Christian.

How refreshing and beautiful our wonderful First Lady Melania Trump was in Melbourne, Florida on February 18, 2017. Instead of the normal “pumping up” of the crowd, Melania chose to initiate the rally with the Lord’s Prayer. It sounded more like the start of a football game after the National Anthem rather than what we would expect to hear after a prayer.

Make a “joyful noise unto the LORD thy GOD!” The “sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity” of Madeline Murray O’Hair and ACLU efforts in 1962, “School Prayer was removed from the U.S. public education system by slowly and insidiously corrupting the meaning of the First Amendment through a number of court cases over several court cases should be confronted and reversed.

Worse than we thought

Interesting read of the state of Hillary

December 21, 2018 Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik, MD, PhD

Everyone Should Read this. Slowly, and Patiently.

From 2001 to 2005 there was an ongoing investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
A Grand Jury had been empanelled.
Governments from around the world had donated to the “Charity”.
Yet, from 2001 to 2003 none of those “Donations” to the Clinton Foundation were declared.
Hmmm, now you would think that an honest investigator would be able to figure this out.
Guess who took over this investigation in 2002?
Bet you can’t guess.
Non other than James Comey.
Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?
Guess who was transferred in to the Internal Revenue Service to run the Tax Exemption Branch of the IRS?
Your friend and mine, Lois “Be on The Look Out” (BOLO) Lerner.
Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?
It gets better, well not really, but this is all just a series of strange coincidences, right?
Guess who ran the Tax Division inside the Department of Injustice from 2001 to 2005?
No other than the Assistant Attorney General of the United States, Rod Rosenstein.
Now, that’s interesting, isn’t it?
Guess who was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during this time frame?
I know, it’s a miracle, just a coincidence, just an anomaly in statistics and chances, Robert Mueller.
What do all four casting characters have in common?
They all were briefed and/or were front line investigators into the Clinton Foundation Investigation.
Now that’s just a coincidence, right?
Ok, lets chalk the last one up to mere chance.
Let’s fast forward to 2009.
James Comey leaves the Justice Department to go and cash-in at Lockheed Martin.
Hillary Clinton is running the State Department, on her own personal email server by the way.
The Uranium One “issue” comes to the attention of the Hillary.
Like all good public servants do, you know looking out for America’s best interest, she decides to support the decision and approve the sale of 20% of US Uranium to no other than, the Russians.
Now you would think that this is a fairly straight up deal, except it wasn’t, the People got absolutely nothing out of it.
However, prior to the sales approval, no other than Bill Clinton goes to Moscow, gets paid 500K for a one hour speech then meets with Vladimir Putin at his home for a few hours.
Ok, no big deal right?
Well, not so fast, the FBI had a mole inside the money laundering and bribery scheme.
Guess who was the FBI Director during this time frame?
Yep, Robert Mueller.
He even delivered a Uranium Sample to Moscow in 2009.
Guess who was handling that case within the Justice Department out of the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland.
No other than, Rod Rosenstein.
Guess what happened to the informant?
The Department of Justice placed a GAG order on him and threatened to lock him up if he spoke out about it.
How does 20% of the most strategic asset of the United States of America end up in Russian hands when the FBI has an informant, a mole providing inside information to the FBI on the criminal enterprise?
Guess what happened soon after the sale was approved?
~145 million dollars in “donations” made their way into the Clinton Foundation from entities directly connected to the Uranium One deal.
Guess who was still at the Internal Revenue Service working the Charitable Division?
No other than, Lois Lerner.
Ok, that’s all just another series of coincidences, nothing to see here, right?
Let’s fast forward to 2015.
Due to a series of tragic events in Benghazi and after the 9 “investigations” the House, Senate and at State Department, Trey Gowdy who was running the 10th investigation as Chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi discovers that the Hillary ran the State Department on an unclassified, unauthorized, outlaw personal email server.
He also discovered that none of those emails had been turned over when she departed her “Public Service” as Secretary of State which was required by law.
He also discovered that there was Top Secret information contained within her personally archived email.
Sparing you the State Departments cover up, the nostrums they floated, the delay tactics that were employed and the outright lies that were spewed forth from the necks of the Kerry State Department, we shall leave it with this…… they did everything humanly possible to cover for Hillary.
Now this is amazing, guess who became FBI Director in 2013?
Guess who secured 17 no bid contracts for his employer (Lockheed Martin) with the State Department and was rewarded with a six million dollar thank you present when he departed his employer.
No other than James Comey.
Amazing how all those no-bids just went right through at State, huh?
Now he is the FBI Director in charge of the “Clinton Email Investigation” after of course his FBI Investigates the Lois Lerner “Matter” at the Internal Revenue Service and exonerates her.
Nope couldn’t find any crimes there.
Can you guess what happened next?
In April 2016, James Comey drafts an exoneration letter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, meanwhile the DOJ is handing out immunity deals like candy.
They didn’t even convene a Grand Jury.

Like a lightning bolt of statistical impossibility, like a miracle from God himself, like the true “Gangsta” Homey is, James steps out into the cameras of an awaiting press conference on July the 8th of 2016, and exonerates the Hillary from any wrongdoing.
Can you see the pattern?
It goes on and on, Rosenstein becomes Asst. Attorney General, Comey gets fired based upon a letter by Rosenstein, Comey leaks government information to the press, Mueller is assigned to the Russian Investigation sham by Rosenstein to provide cover for decades of malfeasance within the FBI and DOJ and the story continues.
FISA Abuse, political espionage….. pick a crime, any crime, chances are…… this group and a few others did it.
All the same players.
All compromised and conflicted.
All working fervently to NOT go to jail themselves.
All connected in one way or another to the Clinton’s.
They are like battery acid, they corrode and corrupt everything they touch.
How many lives have these two destroyed?
As of this writing, the Clinton Foundation, in its 20+ years of operation of being the largest International Charity Fraud in the history of mankind, has never been audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

Let us not forget that Comey’s brother works for DLA Piper, the law firm that does the Clinton Foundation’s taxes.


See the person that is the common denominator to all the crimes above and still doing her evil escape legal maneuvers at the top of the 3 Letter USA Agencies.


Let’s learn a little about Mrs. Lisa H. Barsoomian’s background.
Lisa H. Barsoomian, a US Attorney that graduated from Georgetown Law, is a protege of James Comey and Robert Mueller.
Barsoomian, with her boss R. Craig Lawrence, represented Bill Clinton in 1998.
Lawrence also represented: Robert Mueller three times; James Comey five times; Barack Obama 45 times; Kathleen Sebelius 56 times; Bill Clinton 40 times; and
Hillary Clinton 17 times. Between 1998 and 2017, Barsoomian herself represented the FBI at least five times.

You may be saying to yourself, OK, who cares? Who cares about the work history of this Barsoomian woman? Apparently someone does, because someone out there cares so much that they’ve “purged” all Barsoomian court documents for her Clinton representation in Hamburg vs. Clinton in 1998 and its appeal in 1999 from the DC District and Appeals Court dockets (?). Someone out there cares so much that the internet has been “purged” of all information pertaining to Barsoomian. Historically, this indicates that the individual is a protected CIA operative.

Additionally, Lisa Barsoomian has specialized in opposing Freedom of Information Act requests on behalf of the intelligence community. And, although Barsoomian has been involved in hundreds of cases representing the DC Office of the US Attorney, her email address is Lisa Barsoomian at NIH gov. The NIH stands for National Institutes of Health. This is a tactic routinely used by the CIA to protect an operative by using another government organization to shield their activities.

It’s a cover, so big deal right? I mean what does one more attorney with ties to the US intelligence community really matter. It deals with Trump and his recent tariffs on Chinese steel and aluminum imports, the border wall, DACA, everything coming out of California, the Uni-party unrelenting opposition to President Trump, the Clapper leaks, the Comey leaks, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusal and subsequent 14 month nap with occasional forays into the marijuana legalization mix …. and last but not least Mueller’s never-ending investigation into collusion between the Trump team and the Russians. Why does Barsoomian, CIA operative, merit any mention?

BECAUSE….She is Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s WIFE….That’s why!!

George Thatcher

“A great man whom I was privileged to meet several years ago has gone on to be with our lord and savior, Jesus Christ. George Thatcher was a man of honor, someone to admire. His every word I hung on and cherish to this day in my heart. So much like my own father, I wanted to listen to him until he ran out of words. I have an autographed copy of A Decade of Beach Walks, a timeless tome of what he saw and thought those days he walked the beach.

George left an indelible mark on every person he met and has given us much to live up to. I pray the generations in his wake strive to be all he was to us.

God bless the Thatcher family.” — Jeanie Loiacono

Published in The Sun Herald on Dec. 30, 2018

George Thatcher

Gulfport, Mississippi

George Robert Thatcher, longtime Gulfport resident, age 96, died Friday, December 28, 2018 in Gulfport. Son of the late Roberta Bernard Thatcher and the late Walter Robert Thatcher of Gulfport, he is survived by three children, Mrs. Georgia Anne (Cy) Faneca of Gulfport, Mrs. Janie Estelle (Ronald) Holmes of Madison, and Walter Wimberly (Marcia) Thatcher of Columbus, six grandchildren, Robert (Lee) Faneca of Lakeland, FL, Michael (Niki) Faneca of Gulfport, Cheryl Holmes (Miles) Watts of Mandeville, LA, Cliff (Sherry) Holmes of Jackson, MS, Mac (McKenzie) Thatcher of Tupelo, MS and Mark Thatcher of Columbus, and nine great-grandchildren.
Widowed, he was married to the late Mary Annie Jenkins Thatcher for 42 years. After her death he married Mary Elizabeth Sweatt Sutter, who died in 1988.

Mr. Thatcher graduated from Gulfport High School, the University of Mississippi and did graduate study at Indiana University and Oxford University in England. At Ole Miss, he was a member of DKE, ODK, and president of the Interfratenity Council.
In his early career, he was a partner of Clayton Rand in the Rand-Thatcher Advertising Agency and part owner of The Dixie Press, both in Gulfport. Later he was president of Coast Federal Savings and Loan Association, president, coast division, Magnolia Federal Bank, and chairman, the coast division’s advisory board, Union Planters Bank, now Regions Bank, where he had an office at the time of his death.

In 2002, he became a member of St. John Catholic Church. Previously he had been a member of St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church for 80 years, where he had been lay reader, serving twice as senior warden. He had been president of the Episcopal Laymen of Mississippi and for 10 years represented the Diocese of Mississippi on the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief. He was lay canon of St. Peter’s Cathedral in the Anglican Diocese of Northern Malawi, Africa. For 25 years he attended annual retreats at the Jesuit’s Manresa House at Convent, LA. At St. John’s Church, he was a lector and attended daily Mass.

He served in World War II and the Korean War, advancing in rank from private to major. Mr. Thatcher commanded the 1st Battalion, 57th Philippine Scout Infantry Regiment in the Philippine lslands. In combat in Korea, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the Presidential Unit Citation, and two other decorations for valor from the Republic of Korea. He was senior advisor to the 9th ROK Infantry Division at the noted battle of White Horse Mountain in which the 38th Chinese Army was defeated in 1952. He also commanded the 3rd Battalion, 155th Infantry Regiments, 31st Division, Mississippi National Guard.

Active in civic affairs, he had served as chairman or president of the following: Mississippi Arts Commission, Chamber of Commerce, Gulfport Rotary Club, Gulfport Young Men’s Business Club, United Way, Harrison County Library Board, and Century Club. He had served as a trustee of Gulf Park College, and on the board of directors of the Mississippi Economic Council, Memorial Hospital Foundation, Mississippi Historical Society, and the Southern Arts Federation. In 1953 and again in 1993, he was named outstanding citizen of Gulfport. In 1998, the Coast Chamber presented him the Pat Santucci Spirit Award for civic leadership. In 2005 he was statewide “Ageless Hero.” He was a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. In his youth, he was an Eagle Scout.
Having a longtime interest in the arts, he was appointed a trustee of the U.S.
Senate’s art collection. Earlier, he helped select art for U.S. embassies overseas.
Since 1997, Mr. Thatcher had written a daily column, “Scenes from the beach…” in The Sun Herald. He was author of seven books: Beach Walks, Beach Walks II, Scenes from the Beach, A Decade of Beach Walks, and Beach Verses (2014) all published by Quail Ridge Press. In 1953, The Dixie Press published his book, Misrepresentation in Mississippi, an account of unequal legislative representation, which led to the reapportionment of the Mississippi legislature He also edited Prayers in Sickness, published nationally by Morehouse-Barlow, New York City.
An avid tennis player, he placed third nationally in the 85 to 90 age group in the Senior Olympics at Stanford University in 2009.

He was a member of Gulfport Yacht Club, Great Southern Club, Gulfport Rotary Club, Coast Chamber, Bayou Bluff Tennis Club, Gulf Coast Racquet Club, Century Club, and the International Chess Club. His varied interests included tennis, chess, reading, beach walking, classical music, and overseas travel.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday, December 31, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church where friends visited from at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Gulfport.
Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home, 15th Street Gulfport, is in charge of arrangements. View and sign register book at

“We buried George yesterday.  He had coffee with us Wed.  Said he had a doctor’s appointment Thursday.  Doctor sent him to the hospital with pneumonia.  He died Friday at noon. George was truly a man for all seasons, a scholar, author, banker, journalist and

an infantryman, Private to Major, WWII and Korea. He was awarded a Bronze Star in Korea.

I loved him and will miss him greatly.” — Thomas E. Simmons


Marina Kostina interviews Bracha Goetz, author of Searching for God in the Garbage!

Marina Kostina interviews Bracha Goetz, author of Searching for God in the Garbage!

It is not a secret that the US is one of the leading countries when it comes to eating disorders…. In the country with insatiable appetites overall satisfaction with life is extremely low…Why is this happening? Meet a Harvard graduate and the author of 37 (!) books Bracha Goetz for this thought-provoking interview on Searching for God in the Garbage.

Also found here:


Bracha Goetz

Author of 37 books to help children’s souls shine:

and the new memoir for adults,

Searching for God in the Garbage


President Trump knows what he is doing…

All the former presidents, Pelosi, Waters, and Schumer have been pro wall/border/crack down on illegal aliens. The only reason they are not now is they are JEALOUS. Plain and simple. Trump is right, they are wrong and they want to save face. In actuality, they are getting quite muddy and looking ever so stupid in the eyes of the world. My suggestion is for all of them to recant their evil words and actions and back President Trump 100%, unite this country, and show the world we are #1. Quit fighting him. He knows what he is doing. Pray for him and his family. He works nonstop for the whole world by making us great again. He is a numbers man and knows all other countries want to deplete the U.S. to make us weak. Cut off the leeches that are sucking the life out of us. Stop the illegal infiltration of our homeland. Put our families and children first. You do not want to leave your cars and homes unlocked so anyone can take them or come in. NO! So why would you let them cross our borders or stay here without permission to do JUST THAT. People who have no money will take yours at any cost – rape, murder, theft, free healthcare, driving without a license or insurance (have one run into you or kill a family member and see what compensation you get – 0), free food through WIC or other government programs, free education (we are already 30+ children to 1 teacher and many of those children do not speak English, so how do you teach them?), and the list goes on and on. When you come to the U.S., you come to assimilate, to become American, not to wave your old flag and curse this country. Come here legally, learn to speak English, our native language, take the immigration classes, and pledge the Oath of Alligiance: I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.

Trump Digs Up Old Obama Quote To Mercilessly Troll Democrats


A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.

The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father.

He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?”

She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”

Her father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, “Welcome to the conservative side of the fence.”

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Keep guns away from crazies.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced.

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.