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Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 6:01 pm

Five Pat Robertson Quotes Showing He’s Insane and Has No Business Being On TV
August 28, 2013 By Allen Clifton

I recently read where Pat Robertson was quoted as saying that homosexuals in San Francisco were going around intentionally infecting people with AIDS.  His exact words when discussing homosexuals and AIDS were:

“You know what they do in San Francisco? Some of the gay community there, they want to get people. So, if they’ve got the stuff, they’ll have a ring. You shake hands and the ring’s got a little thing where you cut your finger. Really. I mean it’s that kind of vicious stuff, which would be the equivalent of murder.”

Now anyone who takes this man seriously should have their head examined, but it did get me to ask myself, “how is this man still on television?”  At what point is his nonsense classified as hate speech?  Because it’s not just this quote, there’s a seemingly endless stream of asinine statements anyone can easily find that have come from this ignorant, fear mongering ass clown.

So I decided I’d list 5 of the most ridiculous quotes from Pat Robertson that I’ve ever seen or heard:

“Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.”
“It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-biased media and the homosexuals who want to destroy all Christians.”
“Just like what Nazi Germany did to the Jews, so liberal America is now doing to the evangelical Christians. It’s no different. It is the same thing. It is happening all over again. It is the Democratic Congress, the liberal-based media and the homosexuals who want to destroy the Christians. Wholesale abuse and discrimination and the worst bigotry directed toward any group in America today. More terrible than anything suffered by any minority in history.”
    “I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife, and that’s the way it is, period.”
“I would warn Orlando that you’re right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don’t think I’d be waving those flags [gay pride flags] in God’s face if I were you, This is not a message of hate , this is a message of redemption.  But a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation.  It’ll bring about terrorist bombs; it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes, and possibly a meteor.”

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen — Pat Robertson, former Republican presidential candidate and current peddler of hate, ignorance and the complete perversion of Christianity.

It’s just shocking that this man is still aired on free television.

Oh, but let’s not ignore the fact that this guy has claimed on numerous occasions that “God” has told him certain truths, such as:

The world would end in November 1982—Never happened
In 2006 here would be horrific storms levied against the Pacific Northwest—Never happened
Sometime in 2007 “mass killings” would be levied against the United States in some sort of terrorist attack—Never happened
In 2009 gold would hit $1900 an ounce and oil $300 per barrel—Never happened
That President Obama would be defeated in 2012—Never happened

And those are just a handful of his “God told me…” statements.  Trust me, there are many more.

So, Pat Robertson claims he’s of sound mind, yet seems to constantly have a voice in his head that tells him all sorts of inaccurate information.  A voice which he claims is “God.”

But — he’s not insane?

How is it again that this man is still on television?  I mean I know why — the question is rhetorical.  Because there are still millions of people who look at Pat Robertson as a man of God.  They look at him as a beacon of morality and a compass to guide them through the events in their every day lives.

And that’s an absolutely terrifying thought.



Thanks to the efforts of a lot of good friends, I’m settled into my permanent home at the Palace until such time someone determines I am unable to take care of myself and then they’ll haul me off to one of the other units under this big roof.   That will be an easy move although I hope to avoid it. Living here independently is incentive enough to get stronger, stay mentally alert and be active and involved.

Last Friday the maintenance crew from here moved all my furniture and heavy stuff.  It took them slightly less than 2 1/2 hours. They did a marvelous job.

On Saturday my friends arrived to tackle the hardest part of the move…shuffling  all the stuff that wasn’t moved on Friday.  That included everything in closets, kitchen and refrigerator plus books and odds and ends.  The problem with that was that I was moving in to smaller quarters which was not a good fit.

Greg and his granddaughter, Madison were first to arrive at 9 with Les, Bev, Audrey, Ally and Todd soon to follow.  They made trip after trip retrieving “stuff” from 402 and bringing it to 218.  It was exhausting work.  Bev and Audrey arranged my kitchen the best they could.  They finished with the last loads about mid afternoon.  It will take lots of rearranging on my part, but the move was completed very quickly.  That means I had a minimum amount of time that I was paying for two apartments.   I am so indebted to friends and family for helping me.

I have discovered this part of the Palace isn’t  quite as sound proof as the “tall building”….but it’s not a problem.  I could hear Mabelle’s church service on Sunday morning and Hazel’s TV last night.  Hazel has the apartment next to my living room and Mabelle is next to my bedroom. They are both hearing impaired so have the volume up on their TV’s.  It isn’t a bother to me.  They are both wonderful neighbors.

Thursday we are making another effort to have dinner at Pretty Boy Floyd’s.  We failed at the last attempt because Ellsworth was without power.  Today the sky is clear and other than being a little hot, we should have a good trip to Ellsworth.  Todd, Karen and Ally will meet us there to join us for dinner. Lew and Cindy are stopping by to say hello.  It will be a good experience for all and I’m looking forward to it.

The iron shots I had seem to have kicked in.  I’m feeling much better.  Or it may be that my Lupus has gone in hiding.
Thanks for tuning in …



Filed under: prairie musings, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 5:01 pm

My apartment down in the “hood” on second floor is ready for my meager possessions….consisting mostly of my bed, select teas and paintings.  I don’t really have much of anything else, having rid myself of encumbering and superfluous items before I moved here last November. My surroundings are beautiful from floor to ceiling, all new and spotlessly clean.

The apartment has a large bedroom, large living room, lots of closets and storage shelves/space and a kitchen that is larger than the one I have now, which is more than adequate.  Everything is “ample” and I’m pleased as Punch to be moving.   I think I can fill my bedroom with the furniture I have since I inherited a compter table I use as a “med” table from Lynn and another computer table from the previous occupant which I’ll use for my computer rather than my desk.

The living room is going to need a couple of small chairs to fill in some gaps.  It will be nice to have a little more elbow room when guests arrive.  The new place isn’t that much larger in square feet  but the space is more appropriately utilized as freedom to move about space. rather than a useless hall.  Long term, it is much better.

I love my new appliances…all stainless steel and BIG.  The refrigerator/freezer is a two door upright with ice and water dispenser and all kinds of lights, whistles and electronic touch pad controls.  I won’t have to fill ice cube trays any longer, which didn’t really bother me at all, but this is going to be ever so much more convenient.   The range has a black glass cooktop that will be very easy to clean.  I have new counter tops in the kitchen and bathroom, new carpeting and tile throughout…new ceiling, everything freshly painted “antique gray” that is a favored color of the Palace.

I will lose use my spectacular view than I have enjoyed so much, but I have some beautiful gardens below my windows that are fun to watch as the seasons change.

And, I won’t be spending so much time on the elevators and the location will offer a more quiet atmosphere than where I now live.

They are going to refurbish my present apartment so everything in it is new like the one I’m moving into.  It  is already spoken for and should be ready for the new occupant in October.  It will be a beauty.  As people move out, the plan is to do complete makeovers using the same materials that they used in mine, which serves as a model for all the others.  The Palace is a very comfortable, interesting and delightful place to live.  After I move I’ll post some pictures….

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: prairie musings, restaurants/food — Peg Britton @ 3:17 pm

Ellsworth Steak House & Mexican Grill Is Proud to Announce “Fiesta Grande”.

The Ellsworth Steak House will be featuring a Full Mexican Menu and other Mexican Favorites this weekend.
When: Starting Friday Evening August 23 at 5:00 pm and continuing to Sunday, August 25  at 2:00 pm.
Ellsworth Steak House & Mexican Grill
1416 Foster Road
Ellsworth KS

phone:  785-472-3043

Menu includes:
•    Chimichangas
•    Burritos
•    Tamales
•    Enchiladas
•    Carnitas
•    Chili Rellanos
•    Fajitas
•    Tacos
•    Quesadillas
•    Tostadas
•    Huevos Rancheros
•    And Much More!
Stop in for good Mexican food, cold beer, full bar and an evening with friends.



Filed under: prairie musings, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 12:52 pm

The days living in the Palace are filled with belly laughs.  Endorphins are spewed recklessly.   You’ve  got to laugh at the comments and oddities…and the fact that almost everyone has a hearing problem, so things are easily misunderstood.  If you don’t see the humor in it and enjoy a good joke, you’re very much out of the loop…and in trouble of getting old very fast.

I heard a good one today.  One of my male friends said he was sitting in the lobby the other day when one of our “brothers” said hello.  My friend said it puzzled him that the man had a rope tied around his foot with the other end tie to his belt.  Noticing he appeared to have misplaced his dog, he said something to that effect…”I understand the leash, but you seem to have lost your dog.”

“Oh, no.  I don’t have a dog”.

“Well, then…why the leash”.

“That isn’t a leash, it’s a rope”.

“Oh, what is it for?”

“Well”, he demonstrated, “I pull on this end of the rope to get my foot up in the car.  Then I use it to get my foot off the accelerator.  It works like a pulley.  Ingenious, don’t you think?”

I’d say it would be good idea to stay a couple of car lengths behind this driver.

I can’t stop giggling….



Filed under: prairie musings, Ally Britton — Peg Britton @ 12:49 pm


Call Ally Britton for details at 785.472.7065.




Filed under: prairie musings, restaurants/food — Peg Britton @ 9:50 am

Last night was a new dining experience for Ally and me, and several others, I suspect.  If you are a frequent reader of my blog, you may recall on July 13th I wrote about “ANYONE FOR JAPCHAE OR BIBIMBAB?”, highlighting the Korean Restaurant on south 9th in Salina.  Todd, Karen and I had gone there on the recommendation of friends, Ann and Terry Headrick and Amy Hoffman. We were not disappointed.  At that time, we met and visited with Tim and Joomi Bobbit.  Tim hails from Kanopolis


Tim and Joomi, the very cool owners of the restaurant,  told us about the International Nights they had on a monthly basis and I asked that Tim throw my name in the hat for one.  They had French night last month and I missed it.  Last night was Louisiana Night…Cajun food, prepared by a guest chef who has a restaurant in Herington.

Now, the chef’s story is an interesting sidebar:  his name is Richard McFarlane-Clark. It’s not often a century-old Kansas building gets a new start with owners from the other side of the ocean.  Richard McFarland-Clark and his wife Cheryl traveled from Wales where he was born, to France where he grew up, to Herington to have a fresh start in a little Kansas café, which he won in a poker game, according to dinner conversation last night.    He was the guest chef for the second time and he, along with his wife prepared much of the food. Tim and Joomi also had a hand in the preparation.

The menu last night began with  platters of crayfish and two different kinds of boudin, other items whose names I’ve long forgotten, pickled okra,  and bowls full of chutney to eat on crusty French bread and butter.

Following that came alligator gumbo with shrimp, scallops, crab and all manner of sea food interspersed with sorbet with “spirits”.  Next came a Louisiana favorite, red beans and rice, that was exceptionally good and more crusty bread and butter and three different kinds of rice.



Beef daube came next and to most of us at our end of the table (there were five tables, I think, with 12 at a table) it was the weakest of the dishes, good enough but not good enough to serve for a special occasion.

Maquechoux was next on the menu and whatever it was supposed to be came through as a corn dish, which was also good.
The grand finale included very large individual servings of bananas foster and bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream.

There were some prizes to be won and I came home with a pound of Lousiana community coffee, a favorite of Brit’s and mine for many years.

Finally came the call for help doing dishes.  Four volunteers were needed and four quickly volunteered to wash the mound of dishes that had accumulated during all the various courses.  Terry Headrick was our table waiter who brought all the various family style dishes to our table and cleared the table after each serving.  Needless to say, it was a fun evening.

The room was packed and Ally and I sat with the Headricks in the back facing a wall, which was great except I couldn’t see who was also in the room other than us.  But the room was packed to capacity and was closed to other diners.

Tim and Joomi’s goal, on occasion,  is to serve ethnic food that isn’t available elsewhere in Salina.  Dave, who is a local chef and was our tablemate last night, is the chef for next month.  Along with help from the Headrick’s, he’s making homemade bread and several different kinds of soup for which he’s famous.  That should be fun.

Following that Tim is preparing his family Sicilian dishes and Joomi next will serve a feast of Korean barbecue.

You get on the “invite list” by being a customer and giving Tim your email address.  He blasts the information on the next “International Dinner” to everyone at the same time and then there is a rush to get to the restaurant and pay the required amount to save a place at the table.  Prices vary, but last night’s meal was $25.00.

International night is a family affair, lots of fun and well-supported by the Salina community.  Enjoying the regular fare at the restaurant anytime is a special treat.  Stop by and give it a try.

Thanks for tuning in…

PS… Hi, everyone.
We are going to have our next dinner on September 23rd, Monday at 6:00 PM, “Korean Barbeque.”
There will be beef galbi (short rib), pork galbi, chicken, shrimp, grilled veges, and eat with a lot of vegetables.  We are coming back to healthy meal plan. :-)
Please reply back to us if you like to participate via email or call us at 785-342-2084 or 785-342-0116.



Filed under: prairie musings, political musings, print news, Sam Brownback, Kansas — Peg Britton @ 6:50 am

Letter: Kansans suffer taxation without representation
Posted: August 11, 2013 - 5:45pm

Topeka Capitol Journal
What really riled up the American colonials and convinced them to split from Britain was being taxed by a government that didn’t represent them.

Now, legislators who are supposed to represent Kansas taxpayers are misappropriating state taxes to support the ALEC agenda, which is not in the best interests of most Kansans.

Conservative legislators have already pushed through ALEC-authored legislation hostile to Kansas’ poor and the middle class — disenfranchising voters using the fraudulent excuse of voter fraud, attacking public and private unions, shrinking state financial support for education and the safety net, cutting taxes for the well-to-do and shifting the burden to the middle class. Now they are raiding the state treasury to pay their way to the ALEC convention, where they get their marching orders from their corporate masters.

Our legislators have the right to attend the ALEC clambake, but not on the taxpayers’ dime. ALEC-bound legislators with a sense of honor will reject state money to subsidize their Chicago excursion. It will be interesting and revealing to see which of them do the honorable thing. Kansas voters should find out who among their legislators are taking state money to pay for participation in the ALEC get-together and split with them at the polls.

DON BURT, Topeka



Filed under: prairie musings, BOOKS, Presbyterian Manor — Peg Britton @ 12:00 pm

You just never know what you’re getting in a book, which is part of the pleasure of selecting a new one to read. I know not to judge a book by its cover; beyond that, anything is a guess.

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls came to my attention on a recommended reading list mainly because it was by a new author who seemed to be enjoying its immediate success.   I like to discover a writer’s first book then follow their writing careers.  This seemed like it would be a quick read and pleasant diversion from what I’ve been reading this summer.  Adding to the intrigue, I wondered what a male author could possibly know about a girls’ riding school.

The author,  Anton DiSclafani, “obviously” a male, seemed an unlikely person to know anything about a riding camp for girls.  Well,   Anton DiSclafani grew up in northern Florida, where “she” rode horses, competing nationally. “She” graduated from Emory University, and received “her” MFA from Washington University. “She” currently lives in Saint Louis, where “she” teaches creative writing at Washington University.  I was mistaken about the author’s gender identity.

The book was named a most anticipated book for Summer 2013 by The Wall Street Journal and Publishers Weekly and USA Today and NPR.  It was a People summer reads pick and was called “a lush, sexy, evocative debut novel of family secrets and girls’-school rituals, set in the 1930s South”.  Not exactly the type of book I usually read.

It brought to mind my early exposure to Evelyn Waugh.  I was mistaken there too.  I’ve known men named Shirley.  Why not Evelyn?
While I was picking up the Riding Camp book, which I had on hold, they told me my two other “hold” books were also making upward moves on the list.  I’ve moved to 4th place with the David Sedaris book, “Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls”.  That man just cracks me up so I’m looking forward to reading his latest book.

After getting on the “list” the day after we discovered who the real author was, I’ve made it to third place in line for  “Cookoo’s Calling”, a JK Rawling book that is already in a bidding war for movie rights.    The book was released as Robert Galbraith as the author, but it was too good and too complicated to be someone’s first attempt at writing.  Some clever fellow did a word arrangement analogy and determined JK Rawling was the author, a fact  she reluctantly but quickly admitted was true.  It’s all very confusing.

A book I’d highly recommend to any young couple anticipating family is Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon. “Far From the Tree,” a generous, humane and — in complex and unexpected ways — compassionate book about what it means to be a parent.  It’s a must read.  It came too late for me, but not for young parents.

A little along the same line as being confused about authors names etc.  is my old friend,  THE LATE Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson.  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first book of the Millennium series trilogy, which, when published posthumously in 2005, became a best-seller in Europe and the United States.  Since they were published, I’ve read each book of the trilogy 3-4 times and seen the movies equally as many times.  The puzzling thing is, it was just announced Larsson has a new book on the market.  I want to be first in line to read it….whoever wrote it.

And now, I’m off to read…

Tonight we are going to have some very good entertainment for a change provided by Carolyn Hofer Zimmerman and Leslie Mangrum.  Carolyn is an accomplished pianist whom many of you may also know as Dr. Hofer, the Veterans Administration medical internist.  She was Brit’s VA doctor.   Professor Mangrum is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Kansas Wesleyan University where she maintains a full teaching studio, directs the fall opera, and teaches many classes for voice majors including diction, pedagogy, vocal literature, and acting for singers.

Leslie Mangrum has performed throughout the United Stated in opera, concert, and recital. She has performed at Wichita Grand Opera, Music Academy of the West, Opera in the Ozarks, Music Académie de Villecroze, the Florida State Opera, as well as with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and Salina Symphony. She has performed roles ranging from Handel to Strauss.

Professor Mangrum is equally at home with concert work.  She was recently a soloist with the Salina Symphony and has also appeared with the Salina Chorale as the Soprano soloist.

I’m going to be in my element tonight and very much looking forward to their performance.

Thanks for tuning in…



Filed under: prairie musings, Ally Britton — Peg Britton @ 4:39 pm

By: Ally Britton; Phone:  785.472.7065




Filed under: prairie musings — Peg Britton @ 4:59 pm

A flurry of activities scheduled for this week started today with a watermelon feed on the dining room deck.  The watermelon was good, ripe, sweet and cold.  They also had two different sheet cakes, chocolate and vanilla.  It was a nice gathering and my first held outdoors. Tonight is water walking at Kenwood Cove.  Another pass for me.

Tomorrow they are taking residents to watch the Tri Rivers Fair Parade….and serving corn dogs.  I’ll pass on that.

Wednesday we have good musical entertainment to look forward to…Dr. Carolyn Hofer Zimmerman, pianist, will accompany singer Leslie Mangrum in concert.  I won’t miss that.

Thursday night is movie night…if they get the Cox in-house cable system to work.

Friday is Trivia, which is always a hoot.  And, I think that’s the night I’m gong to the Renaissance for dinner with Lynn.  Not sure…either this Friday or next.  You’d think I’d remember.

They also have trips to the park for band concerts and ice cream.

Also, pitch and bridge, and bingo, and and endless list of things to do including shopping trips attract residents.

They are gearing up for the annual fundraiser soup supper.  Leo Lake asked me to help by taking the plastic covers off the Marcon pies.  I’ll be like Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory, but will give it a try.  I’m sure there will be hundreds of pies…and I’ll be hard-pressed to keep up.  Every little bit helps to raise money for a good cause.

It’s spaghetti for dinner.  Ally made some for me and froze it in individual serving plastic bags.  It’s easy to use and so good.  I’m not a pasta lover so I have mine on good whole wheat bread, when I’m eating alone and get it the way I like it…with a glass of red on the side.

All this and the forecast for rain all week…

Thanks for tuning in…


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