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The Potential Purchase of Greenland and “I Am the Chosen One”: Thoughts on the Latest News from D.C.

Over the last few years, Americans have sadly gotten used to the out there statements and actions coming from the man whom we elected President.

This week, what he has said and done in the past compared to what he has said and done this week amounts the following saying: “hold my beer”.

He has stated this week that he is interested potentially purchasing Greenland. The offer was quickly and soundly rejected by Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. I don’t know what is worse, the hair brained scheme or the sycophant aides who went along with the idea instead of shutting it down in the first place.

Hypothetically speaking, if the deal had gone through, where would the money have come from? To say that the purchase would have been a colossal waste of tax payer funds is an understatement. Thankfully, the Danish Prime Minister has more sense than you know who.

In response to the rejection, he took more than his usual tantrum. First, he cancelled a planned state visit to Denmark. Then he made the following statement:

“I Am the Chosen One”

This G-d complex he has is not only getting out of hand, it is becoming scary. History has taught us that the slippery slope from a democracy to a dictatorship is much closer than we think it is.

We need to get this man out of office before he ruins this country forever.

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Number The Stars Book Review

As adults, we sometimes forget that our children see the world in a different light than we do.

In Lois Lowry’s classic YA novel, Number The Stars, the reader is experiencing World War II through the eyes of a child.

In 1943, Ten year old Annemarie Johansen has watched her world turn upside down. The Nazis have invaded Denmark and are in the process of “relocating” the Jews. Annemarie’s parents are secretly hiding her best friend, Ellen Rosen, who is Jewish.Β  In a very short amount of time, the Christian citizens of Denmark helped their Jewish neighbors and friends to safety and out of the reach of the ghettos and the gas chambers.

I remember reading this book many years ago and found myself profoundly moved by the story. While many Christian Europeans were easily drafted to the Nazi cause, the Danish Christians put their lives and the lives of their families on the line to save their Jewish friends and neighbors. Denmark is only country whose Jewish population survived the war mostly intact.

There is a very famous quote from the Talmud:

Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if they destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if they saved an entire world.

Thousands of lives and worlds were saved because a brave nation chose to resist the conquering army. While this novel is fiction, it is based on a true story.

I highly recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-The Prince And Me (2004)

There is something about stories of princes and happily ever after that somehow seems to stick around.

In 2004, The Prince And Me was released.

At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Paige (Julia Stiles) is a smart and determined pre-med student. The last thing she wants or needs in her life is Eddie (Luke Mably), a student from Denmark whom she takes an instant dislike to. What Paige does not know is that Eddie is really Crown Prince Edvard of Denmark. Edvard is looking for a real world education before he takes on the mantle of king. As Paige begins to get to know Eddie, his true identity is revealed.

While this movie is not the best movie, it’s a nice fantasy. It’s one of those movies that are perfect for cable, with it’s endless sequels and quickly fading plot lines.

Do I recommend it? Yea, it’s decent.

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