Thursday, February 26, 2015

Bug Off Container Garden

Water is the universal solvent. Chemical pest control eventually ends up in our water supply. I try never to use manmade pesticides. Those Frankenstein concoctions are killing our bees. I am always looking for natural solutions to environmental problems.

Rob Sproule of Salisbury Greenhouse writes excellent garden articles. He is doing interesting work in the community with school gardens. Teaching children gardening is one of the better things one can do with one's time. 
“Mosquitos are a fact of life in Canada, but dousing our skin in DEET doesn’t have to be. This container, though non-edible, is perfect to grow on your patio, in your gazebo or anywhere you like to sit and unwind in the evenings. You could also break it up into smaller pots to create a scented perimeter.” – Rob Sproule





Balls Out in Pennsylvania on April 26, 2015

Join the Third Annual
fundraising drive in our home state.

Women’s Medical Fund provides emergency financial assistance for abortions today, and works to protect and expand abortion access tomorrow.

Last year WMF gave assistance to more than 2,100 low income callers, enabling them to access the abortion they needed.

Often WMF is the only ally people have as they try to raise money to pay for an abortion. We are also at the forefront of a dynamic and growing movement that honors the leadership and voices of low-income women, young women, and women of color. Join us!

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Cher Readers - Announcement


Google has backed down from their new Net Censor mode. Yes!

TALK ME DOWN. I AM FREAKING OUT.

I have been told by google that if I have graphic nudity on my blog, my blog will be marked PRIVATE whether I like it or not.

That means you cannot read or post here unless I put your screen name on a list of regular readers. Evidently you would have an extra step to access the blog. You will get an 'adult content warning.'

If the nudity is for educational purposes, it is kool evidently. Is Mapplethorpe educational or cultural?

EVIDENTLY TOADYS AND PEARL CLUTCHERS CAN REPORT ME. I would like to keep my PUBLIC status. I might have to take down the cock pictures.

I am not sure what to do to preserve my blog as it is. If there are more sophisticated NET consumers than me, and that is not hard, please give me any ideas about how to deal with this. Do I need my own domain to preserve content and ease of access?

Adult content policy on Blogger

Starting March 23, 2015, you won't be able to publicly share images and video that are sexually explicit or show graphic nudity on Blogger.
Note: We’ll still allow nudity if the content offers a substantial public benefit, for example in artistic, educational, documentary, or scientific contexts.

Changes you’ll see to your existing blogs

If your existing blog doesn’t have any sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video on it, you won’t notice any changes.
If your existing blog does have sexually explicit or graphic nude images or video, your blog will be made private after March 23, 2015. No content will be deleted, but private content can only be seen by the owner or admins of the blog and the people who the owner has shared the blog with.

Settings you can update for existing blogs

If your blog was created before March 23, 2015, and contains content that violates our new policy, you have a few options for changing your blog before the new policy starts:
If you’d rather take your blog down altogether, you can export your blog as a .xml file or archive your blog's text and images using Google Takeout.

Effect on new blogs

For any blogs created after March 23, 2015, we may remove the blog or take other action if it includes content that is sexually explicit or shows graphic nudity as explained in our content policy.

Monday, February 23, 2015

I am coming out of my closet. I have a role in this video.

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This video is one of the funniest things my friend Beefy has done. Our scene is extemporaneous. We created it on the spot in my back yard and my parlor. I had no idea how our scenes would fit into the larger story.

Beefy is a comedy genius and it was an honor to work with him. This is what a genius can do with no money. Imagine what he could do if he had some bucks. And more than one camera. And some bucks.

This underground video sold like condoms in Philly on the streetcorners. It is a satire on Thug Rap and all the underground Thug videos being circulated.

I thought I hated rap. I did not understand it. Some superior poetry in these freestyle rap battles.

Beefy, call me. Signed: Bubbles.




Sunday, February 22, 2015

Sign of the Month - February 2015

Turkish men have donned miniskirts to denounce violence against women at a protest in Istanbul after a 20-year-old student was beaten to death after trying to fight off a man assaulting her. Video at the link above.

I respect men who love and protect women. For more photographs of these amazing men go HERE. 

Tanrı bu adamları korusun. God bless them just standing there in their socks. If my Turkish is poor, cher Readers, please correct me.

See more at: https://twitter.com/hashtag/ozgecanicinminietekgiy

The Men's Mini Skirt Action



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ghetto Garden Fabulous #2

I have written about my scavenger's garden before. In keeping with the theme established, I have gathered some new tricks that you might find useful in your city garden.

One of the first things I did in my garden was create a path. A garden path gives definition to the garden, aids in forming garden beds and makes it possible to get at those herbs easily when you are cooking. My itty bitty kitchen garden adds a lot of good tastes to my life.

I had a source of old bricks. You may have a source of discarded pallets. One can create beauty out of nothing much.

Every time you pass up commercial pavers and other doodads for creativity with found materials, you save money to indulge in flowers, seedlings and herbs and shrubs that might be otherwise hard on your garden budget. I bought myself fig trees.

One of the persistent problems I have had gardening in the city is Cats, my own and those of my neighbors.They defecate in the exposed earth.

It is partly my own fault. I grow a stand of Catnip which they love to eat and roll in. I solved the problem by using twigs to make mini paths and so they are disinclined to dig.

I am happy to share this neat tip which solves both the problem of cats and recycling plastic utensils. Go to listotic.com for 19 more frugal gardening tips.








The moral of this story is: Use what you have. Save money and save the planet. Make junk into Art.

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need."

(Si hortum in bibliotheca habes, deerit nihil.)
― Marcus Tullius CiceroLetters to His Friends, Vol 2: Books 7-12

World Food Day Posters 2014

Congratulations to the winners of World Food Day Poster Contest 2014 entitled ‘Family Farming’.

I present my favorite posters every year because the children's art is so amazing and energizing. 

Go to the link to see all the posters in the contest and the names of the artists and their ages. You can also find out how to enter your child or your class in next year's contest. 




Friday, February 20, 2015

Paying attention, Hillary? Big Dog and the Repubs did this. - UPDATE


UPDATE: Hillary needs to do something about economic populism and it seems she knows it.

Hillary Clinton Had A Private Meeting With Elizabeth Warren
"... and if you want to improve, you have to recognize where you are. We live in a white patriarchal society and if you are a woman, a child or a minority, you are fucked." - Bob Earll
"Too many women are forced to abort by poverty, by their menfolk, by their parents ... A choice is only possible if there are genuine alternatives." - Germaine Greer:
You can buy the cartoon below on a Tshirt. Barry Deutsch is the artist.

We’re Arresting Poor Mothers for Our Own Failures

You’ve probably heard the name Shanesha Taylor at this point. She’s the Arizona mother who was arrested for leaving her children in the car while she went to a job interview. 

In the mid-1990s, President Clinton signed welfare reform legislation into law that changed welfare in America profoundly. One of the major changes welfare reform brought about was the work requirement. Now, even women with young children were required to be working, or looking for work, in order to receive benefits. In a radio address after signing the bill, Clinton promised that if poor people went to work, “we will protect the guarantees of health care, nutrition, and child care, all of which are critical to helping families move from welfare to work.” Read more at The Nation. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

So glad I voted for Tom Wolf. Way to go, Governor!

“The State is not God. It has not the right to take away what it cannot restore when it wants to.”
- Anton Chekhov
Governor Tom Wolf expanded Medicaid in our State. I cheered. That makes a big difference in my daughter's life and the lives of many young people just starting out in life.

So, I was congratulating myself for voting for him. 

And then I read the article below and I got even more proud that I had the good sense to vote for this good thoughtful man. The American Civil Liberties Union position on the death penalty can be read HERE. 

Courthouse News Service
Execution Moratorium Imposed in Pennsylvania
By DAN MCCUE
Pennsylvania's newly elected governor imposed a moratorium on the state's death penalty Friday, declaring it "anything but infallible."
Governor Tom Wolf's decision surprised many in the state capital of Harrisburg, as capital punishment had not been an issue in his 2014 gubernatorial campaign to unseat the incumbent Tom Corbett. In fact, his campaign website, which is still active, focuses mainly on the state's economy, job creation and education.
Wolf said as currently wielded, the state's capital sentencing system is "riddled with flaws, making it error prone, expensive and anything but infallible." He said the moratorium will remain in effect at least until he receives a report from a legislative commission that has been created to study the administration of the death penalty in the state since 2011.
Read more HERE...

Lesley Gore has died. Rest in Music.






Tuesday, February 10, 2015

STFU Star Parker. Just STFU right now. - Asshats on Parade

"I will kill your Sisters." My Stepfather on my 13th birthday. Little did I know they were told the same thing.
- 21 Men Holding Signs Quoting Their Rapists. 
After rape, men commonly insert foreign objects into the vagina: sticks, sand, rocks, knives, burning wood or charcoal, or molten plastic made by melting shopping bags. Killing the rape victim by firing a handgun or rifle inserted in the vagina is a common practice; some victims have survived.
Mass Rape in the Congo by Ann Jones


Star Parker asserts that a spoken sentence about the history of religious terrorism is the same as rape of a person with a penis or a broken bottle or a gun.

A sentence uttered, however much it may discomfort one, is not a violent crime. Only rape is rape.

Is it important to say here that I am a Christian? Maybe. This woman claims to speak for Christians. I hope I make it clear she does not speak for me.

I am getting really tired of Authoritarians of the religious and secular persuasion who trivialize rape. And then set out to stick things up my vagina for Jesus, family values, my fetus and the American Way. Tired down to the ground.

I am a rape survivor. Only rape is rape.

I am weary of extremists - whatever their ethnic, political, sexual or religious persuasion. Helpless anger is the feeling I get. I do not like feeling this way. I am writing about my issues. I tweeted this woman a link to this article. It is not enough.


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Eat Your Heart Out - Home of the Plum Street Irregulars

You will find everyone and everything in the Comments.



The Ties that Bind Us

Thirty years ago women focused on equality in U.S. church and society. Today that expectation remains largely unfulfilled around the world.
The institutional Roman Catholic Church is widely seen as the epitome of male privilege run amok, covering up some of its leaders’ criminal sexual behavior and illegal financial dealings by focusing on the perceived shortcomings of women.
I fear this current discussion of women, and even the seemingly helpful efforts to eradicate sex trafficking that are being discussed in Rome this week may be more smokescreens than picture windows. I long to be proven wrong. - Mary E. Hunt
Venere Restaurata - Man Ray
The quote above is the closing paragraph in Mary E. Hunt's article Vatican Council on Women Would Be Funny Were It Not So Insulting. The article is a thoughtful analysis worth reading. I think I can support her scepticism graphically.

The Pontifical Council for Culture in Rome, presided over by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi and made up of cardinals and bishops who are all men, discussed “Women’s Cultures: Equality and Difference” from February 4-7, 2015. The council chose Man Ray’s Venus Restored 1936 as the cover illustration for its study document in preparation for the meeting. 

Mary Hunt is a respectable lady and I am not sure she would feel comfortable being quoted in Plum Land. Hat tip from me but no apology. I am underscoring her sense of the absurdity of it all. Not one woman was allowed to speak at that council. 

Tell me, Cher Reader, would you illustrate the cover of a conference on say Men's Cultures: Equality and Difference with this image? And then not allow men to speak about their reactions to such? You think that might cause a wee problem?

At least this image has arms and some fooking clothes on. How tone deaf is the Roman Catholic hierarchy? Catholic women are the church. Why do these celibate men disrespect and marginalize us? What revolting narcissism. 

Bound Man (Hombre atado)

Mexico, 1930
Woodcut on colored tissue paper
The Bernard and Edith Lewin Collection of Mexican Art


Friday, February 6, 2015

Golly, what a day! - Attitude Adjustment

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I sent this to every animal lover I know. Enjoy and pass it on.
I Think I Could Turn And Live With Animals...
I think I could turn and live with animals,
they are so placid and self-contain'd,
I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago,
Not one is respectable or unhappy over the whole earth.
- Walt Whitman, Song of Myself






Thursday, February 5, 2015

Three Sisters - Corn, Squash and Beans

I have been a lazy but thinking gardener ever since I first read Ruth Stout's How to Have a Green Thumb without an Aching Back. Say the words "natural weed control" and I become interested. Add some Native American history to the mix and you have more of my attention and interest. The Three Sisters planting method is featured on the reverse of the US Sacajawea Native American dollar coin. The Three Sisters are Corn, Squash and Beans.

I went hunting in Google Land. It is amazing where a good graphic can lead you. I like things simple. Keep it simple, Sweetie is my motto.


I learned that this garden is simple to do. Except for the getting dirty and doing the digging part.

I cannot think of an activity that would be more fun for parents and children. My children loved digging in dirt and picking the flowers.



Making a Three Sisters Garden is an excellent teaching tool for science classes. There is an entire class lesson plan at the link.
Cultivating these companions in your school garden, a small patch near the building, a barrel, or even indoors, can inspire studies of Native American customs, nutrition, and folklore. As students dig in, investigations of plant growth and relationships will also flourish. - Creating a Three Sisters Garden
I learned a Three Sisters Garden is beautiful and became determined to put this planting into my own small backyard.

February - The Love Month #2

I love poetry. Shameless hot love. I found the Poetry Foundation. 

I went there hunting poems about Love. This poem was listed under Funny Love Poems. The poem comes from the book Bar Napkin Sonnets. 

I have lived this and I ain't laughing. Poem so good it hurts. I am remembering, lusting after and loving all and everyone who was there. Even those who do not talk to me anymore.
Bar Napkin Sonnet #11
Things happen when you drink too much mescal.
One night, with not enough food in my belly,
he kept on buying. I'm a girl who'll fall
damn near in love with gratitude and, well, he
was hot and generous and so the least
that I could do was let him kiss me, hard
and soft and any way you want it, beast
and beauty, lime and salt—sweet Bacchus' pards—
and when his friend showed up I felt so warm
and generous I let him kiss me too.
His buddy asked me if it was the worm
inside that makes me do the things I do.
I wasn't sure which worm he meant, the one
I ate? The one that eats at me alone?
by Moira Egan

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

February - the Love Month #1


since you’ve been gone
since you’ve been gone, I’ve been alone.
like an arm without a bone.
dangling limply like a phone that’s out of charge.
like homer without marge.
like an egg without a spoon.
like a dugong on the moon.
like a clownfish without nemo.
like twilight without emo.
like hardy without laurel.
like high ground without the moral.
like disney without walt.
like battery without assault.
like a pet shop without gerbils.
like hitler without goebbels.
like a dilemma without the di,
just a lemma and a sigh.
like déjà without vu,
I am nothing without you.
till the day that you come back,
I’m like whitney without crack.
- Bill Bailey (via acupofpoetry)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Google Images is the Bomb - Vaginal Probe Keychain


My friend rg9rts coined the phrase 'vaginal probe keychain.' I never heard of such. I asked what it was. Rg9rts allowed as how it was made up. So creative. We were discussing the War on Women.

I thought it was a euphonious phrase, so I googled it. I did that once before with interesting results. This is the result of my google, The best attributions I can find are below or on the images.:


http://atheistuniverse.net/photo/vaginal-probe


https://professorkraz.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/war-on-women-with-legos/

During the height of last year’s outcry over the GOP’s “War on Women,” transvaginal probes became one of the most recognizable symbols of the Republican Party’s overreaching anti-abortion policies. Particularly when Virginia pushed forward with a controversial measure to require all women seeking abortions to undergo a transvaginal ultrasound, women’s health advocates decried the practice as “state-sponsored rape.” Read more at Think Progress.
I do not mean to diss those who enjoy electro sex. It is a shame that the dirty filthy GOP taints all that is good and creative. You can get the bumper sticker below for $1.00 American.



Wednesday, January 28, 2015

FASCIST KITTEH



Musical Interlude for Attitude Adjustment - Ernie Kovacs does Tchaikovsky


Television: A medium. So called because it's neither rare nor well done. - Ernie Kovacs 


Ernie told a lie in this well known quote. Ernie did television well and often. Rest in Laughter.


Monday, January 26, 2015

I have viciously funny friends.

Re: Snowmageddon in Philadelphia - 
Coming Soon! 8-13 inches!

Nick Vanocur

On the bright side, it will be harder for police to shoot people in a blizzard.

MagnaDave
White people.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Singing Show Tunes at Nick's Place

Hello Sarah,......well, hello, Sarah.
It's so nice to have you back to get things wrong.
You're lookin' swell, Sarah.......We can tell, Sarah.
You're still throwin'...you're still blowin'...you're still goin' strong.
I feel my head swayin'......while the tape's playin'
One of your old favourite rants from way back when.
So..... here's her rap fellas.......find her an empty fact, fellas.
Sarah'll never go away again.
- Nick Vanocur

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Barry Goldwater warned us about these Mofos.

Secular theocracy is a bad thing says Mike Huckabee. I guess Huckabee was asleep in English class and missed the lesson on oxymorons.

Secular theocracy is a Frank Luntzian phrase - makes you sound smart to others - unless the others are smart. I want my POTUS to be smarter than me, Huckabee. Epic fail.
“In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot, abetting his abuses in return for protection to his own. It is error alone that needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself.”
~Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to Horatio Spofford, 1814
Huckabee is the guy who told me I have a bad character for wanting birth control covered by my medical insurance. HuckaJesus said good women with self control do not need "Uncle Sugar." In other words, he called me a slut and a prostitute because I do not have the same political and religious opinion he has. Religious authoritarians have very high standards - for others. I would rip his face off for a nickel. 


The Republican Conservative Barry Goldwater said this about folks like the Hucksterbee. Where are the sane Republicans? Come back, come back. Maybe they are all dead?
"Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the [Republican] party, and they're sure trying to do so, it's going to be a terrible damn problem. Frankly, these people frighten me. Politics and governing demand compromise. But these Christians believe they are acting in the name of God, so they can't and won't compromise. I know, I've tried to deal with them.
The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom.... I'm frankly sick and tired of the political preachers across this country telling me as a citizen that if I want to be a moral person, I must believe in 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' and 'D.' Just who do they think they are?... I will fight them every step of the way if they try to dictate their moral convictions to all Americans in the name of conservatism."
- Barry Goldwater, (1909–1998), five-term US Senator, Republican Party nominee for President in 1964*, Maj. Gen., US Air Force Reserves, author of The Conscience of a Conservative.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Baby in a Blender

I think that Abortion Zealots are disordered. And I make that perfectly clear HERE.

I like to keep up with what is going on in the body politic. So I read and post to discussions on the Net. I found this GEM of a comment on a Rolling Stone article about abortion:
Zealot:  Using machines to go into the body and terminate a function the body was already doing isn't really "respecting the body". And thats not even mentioning how DISrespectful it is to the baby in the blender.
This comment is FetusPorn. Baby in a blender? Woman as blender and abortion as whirling blender blades? Shudder. Here are more sadistic comments showed up recently in an abortion discussion. I am collecting them.
Mars Attacks! 
Don't you have some cancer blogging to do? 
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ....Pay for your own uterus scraping 
 Zealots say these things because they care. The issue is how they care. Should these sadistic trolls be free to harass women on American street corners at will? I mean, who else do you think is outside those clinics.
Both studies revealed similar patterns of relations between trolling and the Dark Tetrad of personality: trolling correlated positively with sadism, psychopathy, and Machiavellianism, using both enjoyment ratings and identity scores. Of all personality measures, sadism showed the most robust associations with trolling and, importantly, the relationship was specific to trolling behavior. Enjoyment of other online activities, such as chatting and debating, was unrelated to sadism. Thus cyber-trolling appears to be an Internet manifestation of everyday sadism.  - Trolls Just Want to Have Fun
Look at the rest of the language: "machines go into the body." This person is a sexual freak. It has a rich full fantasy life. Now, the questions I ask myself when I encounter one of these freaks on a message board are:

How far does its madness go? Is its madness confined to keeping the KY and Kleenex there by the computer, so it can whackoff neatly when it types "machines go into the body?" Is it a fan of anime porn only? Or is it an arsonist, assassin, bomber and/or a child molester?

The most poignant delusion this Zealot Freak exhibits is its delusion that It will be seen as caring and moral.

You know what really frosts my cookies? In the Insane Morality Play that is internet "civility censorship," my comments you have just read got sent to "moderation." The Freaks comments sailed right on through. Oh Rolling Stone. How the mighty have fallen. So it goes.



Tuesday, January 20, 2015

PORK!

It is too serious around here. Past time for some Filth and Dirt.

Speaking of swine, I take this opportunity to say we need to regularly and randomly drug test Congress. Start with Steve Cantaloupe Calves King. But I digress.

“Squeal” is the name of the campaign ad Joni Ernst ran during the Iowa GOP primary last year. In the now-famous spot, Ernst said learning how to castrate hogs made her qualified to cut pork (as in federal spending) in Washington.

Fukum says "Joni Ernst is Michele Bachmann with pig testicles." Wrong. Only if she has the testicles in her pocket. 

I have it on good authority that this photograph on the left is a Joni Ernst selfie. Gives new meaning to the verb to pork.

Of course, I am lying. But why should FUX Snooze and Ernst have all the fun?

DESPITE CAMPAIGNING ON PORK-CUTTING FAMILY LIVING “WITHIN OUR MEANS,” SEN. ERNST’S KIN TOOK OVER $460,000 IN FARM SUBSIDIES

Joni Ernst's teeth make me nervous and I am not even male. I am going to stock up on popcorn and beer. I think this woman is a hoot.

This is a Cagle Post cartoon by Taylor Jones. Cagle Post could use some support from lovers of editorial cartoons. They are under political cyberattack. Contribute a little as a buck a month and enjoy guilt free superior cartoon pleasure. See the cartoonist talking about his work in the video below.



Monday, January 19, 2015

The Dream

"Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism." - Martin Luther King 
Countee Cullen is a giant of an American poet. I dream America - I dream her free of racial discrimination of the killing kind - so exquisitely delineated in Cullen's poem.
Countee Cullen
INCIDENT
Once riding in old Baltimore,
Heart-filled, head-filled with glee,
I saw a Baltimorean
Keep looking straight at me.
Now I was eight and very small,
And he was no whit bigger,
And so I smiled, but he poked out
His tongue, and called me, 'Nigger.'
I saw the whole of Baltimore
From May until December;
Of all the things that happened there
That's all that I remember.
Rest in Peace Martin Luther King Jr. The struggle continues.

Lyrics to Lift Every Voice and Sing written by another poet of the Harlem Renaissance James Weldon Johnson. Composer is J. Rosamond Johnson. History of the Harlem Renaissance and its Poets HERE. 

Lyrics:
Lift ev'ry voice and sing,
'Til earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise
High as the list'ning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on 'til victory is won.
Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chastening rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered,
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
'Til now we stand at last
Where the gleam of our bright star is cast.
God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who has by Thy might
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest, our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.