Death Of George H.w. Bush

16 Dec 18
Checking the Rear View Mirror

I don’t think of myself as someone who has anything in common with the Bush family. Not 41 and not 43. My politics tend to be left of center and I didn’t vote for either of them. Their patrician upbringing couldn’t differ much more from mine. I have grandparents who were Italian immigrants and one […]

16 Dec 18
Sagacious LLC

If only Hillary Clinton had become president, some believe, the United States would have guided the world toward a better future. There is no question that Trump places little value in democracy. However, it is a mistake to see him as the sole cause of the world’s problems. Our present troubles were caused by the decisions made […]

16 Dec 18
ZJAT REDE

I remember, vividly, my earliest days when I started to have a better discernment of the circumambient world. Life was a two-way affair. I would wake up early in the morning, my mom would march me to school. I wouldn’t wait for an instruction so that I rush home after class, it happened automatically. I […]

16 Dec 18
QWERTYness

With the recent death of George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter became only the seventh former US President to outlive both of his immediate successors in office. He also became only the second to do so when both of his successors died post-presidency (meaning at least one successor of the other five died in office). Here […]

16 Dec 18
The Commentator

The 94th Annual Yeshiva University Hanukkah Dinner and Convocation on Dec. 9 raised over $5 million from the dinner journal, marking a 16 percent increase over last year’s dinner and constituting the largest sum in at least six years. The dinner, which is the University’s primary yearly fundraising event, was held at the New York […]

16 Dec 18
The Vitruvian

“Where we goin’, Bake?” former President George H.W. Bush asked, prompted by a visit from longtime friend and former Secretary of State, James Baker. “We’re going to heaven” Mr. Baker responded, “That’s where I want to go” Mr. Bush uttered. It was on that day, only 13 hours later, at 10:10 PM,  that President George […]

16 Dec 18
DROPLETS | blog

A few weeks ago, I attended the funeral of my dear grandmother. As I talked with people at the viewing, it seemed that my impression of my Grandma as someone who loved people and loved her God was shared by everyone. Especially in talking with my Grandpa, the overall feeling in the room was one […]

16 Dec 18
Baer Hanusz-Rajkowski - bipolarelysium.com

15 December, 2018 BE THE BETTER MAN, WOMAN, OR CHILD “Some political people do lie all the time, and step over their friend to achieve the objective themselves. But I’m one who believes that one’s word of honor is about one of the most fundamentally important things there is.” – George HW Bush I have […]

16 Dec 18
Archy news nety

CLOSE From the Queen of the Soul to the former President George H.W. Bush and the former first lady Barbara Bush, we have lost some important icons this year. USA TODAY Fans took time to sign the numerous cards and posters honoring Aretha Franklin in front of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American […]

15 Dec 18

Nothing New Under The Sun 2016

  NEWS In the Western World Truth Is on Its Deathbed – Paul Craig Roberts 2018: Trump’s year of disruption — and danger ahead – Sebastian Smith Obama Regime Tried to Undermine Trump Straightaway in Office – “The city is a swamp too deep to drain, reflecting the its corrupt state, too debauched to fix, […]

15 Dec 18
Brett's Official Site

November 30, 2018 – George H.W. Bush dies

15 Dec 18
The Ukiah Daily Journal
During 60 years of friendship, George H.W. Bush went on countless trips with James Baker III, his secretary of state and a confidant so close that America’s 41st president liked to call him his “little brother.” On the last day of Bush’s life, Baker checked on his friend. The result was an exchange Baker shared several times, including on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Hey, Bake, where are we going today?”, asked Bush, alert after days of struggle. “Well, Jefe, we’re going to heaven,” Baker replied. “Good. That’s where I want to go,” said Bush. Bush died about 12 hours later, surrounded by family and friends, including his pastor, the Rev. Russell J. Levenson Jr. It was a time for prayers and goodbyes, and the priest shared some details in sermons during both the state funeral in Washington, D.C., and the final rites at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, the Bush family’s home parish for 50 years. “It was a beautiful end. It was a beautiful beginning. … The president so loved his church – he loved the Episcopal Church. He so loved our great nation. He so loved you, his friends. He so loved every member of his family,” said Levenson, at Washington National Cathedral. “But he was so ready to go to heaven. … My hunch is heaven, as perfect as it must be, just got a bit kinder and gentler.” The priest turned and addressed the coffin, blending faith with language from Bush’s days as a Navy pilot: “Mr. President, mission complete. Well done, good and faithful servant. Welcome to your eternal home, where ceiling and visibility are unlimited and life goes on forever.” There is nothing unusual about priests discussing heaven during funerals. After all, the Pew Research Center’s massive “religious landscape” study a few years ago indicated that 72 percent of Americans believe in a place “where people who have led good lives are eternally rewarded,” and the number is 82 percent for those affiliated with a religious tradition. But the funeral rites for the 94-year-old Bush – built around scriptures, music and prayers he helped select – were packed with references to Christian faith and belief in life after death, using explicit religious language rarely heard in public life today. There were visions of heaven in classic anthems and hymns sung by great choirs, as well as the Oak Ridge Boys. During the state funeral, for example, granddaughter Jenna Bush Hager read from Revelation, chapter 21: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new Earth, for the first heaven and the first Earth had passed away. … And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared, as a bride adorned for her husband. … God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more.” The Beltway service, of course, offered political intrigue – with President Donald Trump sharing a tense pew with all of America’s surviving presidents and first ladies. And the eulogies in both rites contained family stories, church stories, fishing stories and war stories. There were memories of politics, baseball, the 41st president’s struggles with grammar, imaginary adventures with grandchildren, a vodka-and-steak dinner smuggled into a hospital room and decades of tears and prayers after the loss of a 3-year-old daughter. Fighting with his emotions, President George W. Bush ended his eulogy with images of a heavenly reunion: “In our grief, let us smile knowing that Dad is hugging Robin and holding Mom’s hand again.” This was a topic, Levenson said, that he had discussed with his parishioner during the last years of his life, which included several close calls with death. During a visit several years ago, a stricken Bush opened up. “At the time, he didn’t know how that struggle would end,” said the priest, preaching in Houston. “He put a question to me about as simply as anybody could. He said, ‘What do you think heaven is like?’ “It was a confident statement. … He didn’t want to know if there was a heaven or whether he would be there when the end came. He said he just wanted to know what it would be like. He was ready for heaven, and heaven was ready for him.” Terry Mattingly is the editor of GetReligion.org and Senior Fellow for Media and Religion at The King’s College in New York City. He lives in Oak Ridge, Tenn.
15 Dec 18
Daily Republic

By Gary Abernathy When Donald Trump won the presidency in November 2016, it was a shock to pollsters and most of the media. Many of the nation’s most influential news outlets quickly acknowledged they had missed something and pledged to reconfigure their approach. Some newspapers, such as The Washington Post, expanded the voices on their […]

15 Dec 18
Russia News Now

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began his December 4 speech in Brussels at the German Marshall Fund with “a well-deserved tribute to America’s 41st president, George Herbert Walker Bush,” whom he praised as “an unyielding champion of freedom around the world.” It was fitting that he did so. The heart and soul of Pompeo’s remarks extolling […]