The Battle for our National Soul

In 1982 I began attending Des Plaines Evenagelical Free Church. Sometime in the next year Lindy Scott became the Pastor of that church. In the 35 years that have followed Lindy has been many things, A Pastor, A Missuonary to Mexico, A College Prfoesor and a Democratic Congressional Candidate (He ran against Tammy Duckworth in a 2006 Democratic Primary).

I really appreciate Lindy’s blog. He makes difficult issues understandable. I don’t always agree with Him but his thoughts and feelings are so much better than the rhetoric that passes for commentary on both sides these days.

Lindy Scott

I believe that we are in a battle for the soul of our nation. It is a battle for our hearts and minds. It is a battle for the truth.

President Trump has repeatedly claimed that the Mueller Report gave him a threefold clean bill of political health. 




Claims like these need to be examined under the light of the truth. The first claim is mostly accurate. The Mueller Report did find that the Russian government wanted to help Trump win, but there was not sufficient cooperation by the Trump campaign to bring a charge of complicity.

The second and third claims are deliberate distortions of the Mueller Report findings. The Report is quite clear when it states, “IF WE HAD CONFIDENCE AFTER A THOROUGH INVESTIGATION OF THE FACTS THAT THE PRESIDENT CLEARLY DID NOT COMMIT OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, WE WOULD…

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Sherman Brothers A to Z: Zis for Zuckerman’s Favorite Pig (Q is for Quintessential) *M*is*for*mono*person*multi*track*

The Word for today is quinteseential. I know that I have already used Q for Quintessential earlier in the A to Z Challenge when referring to Jolly Holiday. While Jolly Holiday is a perfect example of a Sherman Vrother’s tune. Zuckerman’s famous pig is an ideal example of a barber shop quartet song. I’m not sure why, but I’m a big fan of one person multi-tracks so here is one for ZFP.

He’s…some pig…some pig

Some terrific, radiant, humble pig

He is some pig

Oh wow look at him now Zuckerman’s famous pig

Sooey, what do you see

The greatest hog in history

Fine swine wish he was mine

What if he’s not so big

He’s some terrific, radiant, humble

Thingamajig of a fine phenomenon

My land isn’t it grand

Zuckerman’s famous pig

Golly, you got to agree

He’s a real celebrity

Fine swine, wish he was mine

What if he’s not so big?

He’s some terrific radiant, humble

Thingamajig pig

The terrific….radiant…

(Humble x2)

Zuckerman’s x5

Zuckerman’s famous pig

It has been a real pleasure to crank out a month’s worth of Sherman songs. I’ll be back soon with a Sherman sign-off. for more A to z blogs just click


Sherman Brothers A to Z: Y is for You Two (P is for Penultimate) *C*is*for*Chitty*Chitty*Bang*Bang*

I have decided to use one of my favorite words in each and every post I do this week. The word for today’s post is penultimate. which means 2nd to last. Y is the penultimate letter in the English alphabet. Making this the penultimate post in the A to Z Challenge. We are featuring the song You Two from the 1968 film: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Caractacus: To me, the answer’s clear; it’s having someone near; someone dear.

Someone to care for; to be there for. I have You Two!

Someone to do for; muddle through for. I have You Two!

Someone to share joy or despair with; whichever betides you.

Life becomes a chore, unless you’re living for.

someone to tend to be a friend to. I have You Two!

Someone to strive for, do or die for, I have You Two!

Could be, we three get along so famously,

’cause you two have me, and I have You Two too.

(Breakfast is behind made, then Caractacus sneezes)

Kids:  Someone to care for; to be there for.

Caractacus:  I have You Two!

Kids:  Someone to do for; muddle through for.

Caractacus:  I have You Two!

Someone to smile once in awhile with; whenever you’re lonesome.

I’ve a happy lot, considering what I’ve got.

But, I couldn’t do more, Than you do for your poor Father.

(Kids: Daddy!)

Things go asunder and I wonder why you bother.

All: Could be, we three get along so famously ’cause…

Kids:  we two have you, 

Caractacus:  and I have You Two…

All:  too.

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Sherman Brothers A to Z: X is for xpialidocious

A to Z challenge is now 12/13th finished. There is almost nothing left to say. So why not take time for a word you say when you have nothing else to say?

Song: supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Film : Mary Poppins

Year: 1964

Notable Lyrics:

But better use it carefully Or it could change your life.

For exemple, One night I said it to me girl, And now me girl’s my wife!

And What a lovely thing she is!

Full Lyrics are found here

A to Z Challenge Spread Sheet can be found here.

Sherman Brothers A to Z: W is for Wonderful Woozles

Heffalumps and Woozles

W at the A to Z challenge should mean that today you should see double. So I have 2 W songs for the price of 2. It’s also 2 for the price of one since there is no cost for either song and 1 times zero and 2 time zero both equal zero.

Songs: The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers

Heffalumps and Woozles

Film: Winnie The Pooh and The Blustery Day

Year 1968

Notable Lyrics

Wonderful Thing About Tiggers:

Tiggers are cuddly fellas, Tiggers are awfully sweet, everyone else (pronounced ellis) is jealous, and that’s why I repeat , repeat …

Heffalumps and Woozles

If honey is what you covet you’ll find that they love it Because they guzzle up the thing you prize– prize – prize – prize 

I am including 2 w songs today because they are a ) two of my all time favorite Sherman selections. b) both originated in the same film. and c) Both songs are Tigger driven. Obviously It’s A WOnderful Thing About Tiggers, but it’s good to remember that it is Tigger who put the notion that Heffalumps and Woozles not only exist but they exist to steal honey.

Lyric Links

The Wonderful Thing about Tiggers.

Heffalumps and Woozles

Also check out the a to z spreadshet for other blogs that are participating this year