Thursday, September 30, 2010

Bright-Eyed and - No, Not Really...

***God made 3:00 a.m. WAY too early. Gotta get my work done early, though, today is Meals on Wheels day with Mom.

***Republicans hang tough - no Obama recess appointments during this recess. At least we won't get any more appointments like this one.

***"Happy Coffins." No, really.

***Here is what the Left really thinks of the Constitution. It's "weird" that Congresscritters should consider the constitutionality of their bills before passing them. Huh?

***Dad objects to Pee Wee Football League's midfield pre-game prayers. Idiot.

***Patty Murray - it's amazing to me that someone this dim is a U.S. Senator. But then, we also have Al Franken...

***10 most overpriced products. Yeah, but I don't like to cut up vegetables!! And seriously, don't *even* try to take away my bottled water...

***The Complete Inventor's Guide. I'm glad to see this. I have an idea for a cool product, and have no idea how to go about making it a reality. This article is a good start!

***Is this cool, or what??

Bridge between Sweden and Denmark showing the part
above the water that leads to the tunnel below the water. ...


***When you say that you agree with a thing in principle you mean that you have not the slightest intention of carrying it out in practice.  ~Otto von Bismarck

***Have a great day! 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Catchin' Up

***I had an appointment with my bariatric surgeon and nutritionist yesterday in Indianapolis, and I'm doing very well. Not losing as much or as quickly as I'd like to, but that's normal at 2 1/2 years out. I lost 3 lbs, but that ain't much in 3 months. They gave me some suggestions - one of them I knew was coming, the coffee. I drink a lot of sugar free vanilla lattes and mocha lattes. I nearly always get the sugar free version, but I get large ones and at least two a day. Those calories add up. I'm really hooked on them, though, but I have to cut down to one a day. I'm sure that will help jump start my weight loss again. In addition, I'm starting to get a little snacky. Not terribly so, but it's a habit I don't want to get into, so I'm gonna nip it in the bud. Other than that, my blood work, etc., is excellent.

***Check out Entrepreneurship.org. Lots of good stuff there, and it's free.

***When Lefty bloggers are criticizing you and you're as far to the left as Obama, you're in bad shape. Too bad, little fella.

***European terror plot foiled.

***Transcript of Rush Limbaugh's appearance with Greta Van Susteren. Good stuff. Like Rush says - I like Greta because when she asks a guest a question, she lets him/her answer it. Too many - on both sides, unfortunately - ask a question and then interrupt when the guest tries to answer. That's so annoying to me.

***Good reason to get up early:


Gorgeous, huh? This is taken from an airplane - that's a wing you see at the bottom. :-)

***This is a good one:



***Deconstructing Stephen Hawking. Isn't it amazing the completely implausible thinking that a so-called genius can have? These teenagers figured it out, but he can't?

***Sigh...how quickly we forget. President Clinton has the most positives from Americans in this poll. C'mon, people.

***Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.
~Emily Dickinson

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Friendship

***I was thinking about our get-together we had Saturday night. These two couples have been friends of ours for many years. We don't see each other as much as we'd like, but when we do see each other again, even if it has been months and months, it's like no time elapsed. That's the mark of a great friendship!

***Big DVD sale at Amazon!

***This will leave you staring at the screen with your jaw dropped. Apparently, passing out Christian tracts a couple of blocks from a Muslim celebration is unconstitutional. I'm...speechless.

***Another reason to love Chris Christie.

In July Governor Christie vetoed a bill that would restore the $7.5 million of state funding that the legislature tried to implement after Christie removed that funding from the budget. Democrats in Trenton thought they had enough votes to override Christie’s veto, but at the last minute state Republicans backed out of signing onto the override.

***Then and now. President Obama keeps saying we can't afford to go back to the "failed policies" of the past. Okay, let's take a look:



  • In January 2007 before the Democrats took over Congress, unemployment was 4.6 percent; now it's 9.6 percent.

  • In January 2007 there were 7.1 million unemployed people in America; now there are 14.9 million.

  • In January 2007 the median home price was $210,600; today it's $179,300.

  • In January 2007 the Dow Jones Industrial Average was at 12,500; today it's at 10,840.

  • In January 2007 the gross federal debt was $9 trillion; today it's $13.5 trillion.

  • The poverty rate in 2006 was 12.3 percent; now it's 14.3 percent

  • In the final budget created by a GOP-controlled Congress, the deficit was $160 billion; now it's $1.6 trillion.


  • Mr. President, what we can't afford is YOU.


    ***More celebrities than ever are carrying firearms. I have no problem with that. My problem is that many of these liberal celebrities stump for politicians who want to take guns away from the rest of us.

    ***Love this one...


    ***Well done is better than well said.  ~Benjamin Franklin
     
    ***Have a great day!

    Monday, September 27, 2010

    Here We Go Again!

    ***Another Monday, and plenty to do! I actually got quite a bit done yesterday afternoon, so I should have time to stop and go lap swim at 6:00.

    ***I have a feeling stuff like this is going to be a real problem in the close races this November. The Democrats will steal what they can't win legitimately.

    ***10 Worst Celebrity Business Owners.

    ***There are many to choose from, but I have to choose Alan Grayson as Congress' most despicable character.

    ***What we already know. The major media will bend over backwards to protect The One.

    ***Bet you didn't know that Larry the Cable Guy has a charitable Git-R-Done Foundation!

    ***Colbert was an "embarrassment." Well duh.

    ***Hmmm...a glove that helps you play the piano?

    ***Character is higher than intellect.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

    ***Have a great day!

    Sunday, September 26, 2010

    What a Great Time!

    ***I love having friends over! First of all, our house gets really clean! Secondly, I love the fellowship! I cooked out steaks and pork chops and they were really good, if I do say so myself. I also made a banana pudding, which I ate a couple of bites too much of and was nauseated for about 15 minutes. We played cornhole, and then lit a fire in the fire pit and made s'mores. We have quite a bit of banana pudding left, so we invited Mark's mom & sister over this evening to help us finish it off. Somewhere in between church and then, I have to get some work done!

    ***Another great thing happened yesterday - we found a great used washer & dryer pair at a yard sale for Emily & Peter. They spend so much money at the laundromat, and we got this pair for $100.00! For BOTH machines! They're Whirlpools, and they're almost exactly like my set. They look like new - the guy said they bought a bigger capacity set and just wanted to get rid of them. I'm glad we were among the first to get to their sale, because when we went back later with the truck to pick them up, they said they could have sold them 10 times. Emily is so excited to have a washer & dryer now!

    ***What a jerk! John Kerry sums up the Democrats' woes: Voters are stupid.

    ***Oh my gosh, this is just scary. Check out the First Lady of Camaroon's hair. Sheesh.

    ***Susan Estrich thinks Carl Paladino isn't qualified to be governor of New York. This from an Obama voter.

    ***This is an interesting web site for growing Christian families - Quiverfull.com.

    ***Cute!



    ***Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

    ***Have a great day!

    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    Wild Weekend!

    ***Gonna be another one of those days! We went to dinner with Peter, Emily, & Johnny last night, so today's the day we gotta get ready for our company tonight! We have quite a bit to do, but we'll get it done. We always do. We had a great time at Brio last night with the kids, what a nice restaurant! They had a band playing out in the big open area of the Greene, and it was a nice evening. We just talked and listened to the band after we ate, what a blessing to be with them! It was worth all the rushing we'll be doing today.

    ***This is why I seldom go to movies any more. People like Oliver Stone comprise most of the "talent" in Hollywood, and it's a cesspool. Here Oliver Stone equates the Tea Party with the Klan! I mean, how *dumb* can one person be? This man is a millionaire, living the high life in America, and he obviously hates the very system that allows him his wealth - like so many of his co-conspirators in the arts. This is a man who makes documentaries, and he knows no more about history than this? No wonder they're all works of fiction. When you're unfamiliar with the truth, you have to make it up.

    ***Did you know Missouri is now requiring that this be included in all abortuary literature?

    The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique, living human being.

    Wow, they finally figured it out. follow the link and read the heartbreaking story of a woman who had an abortion decades ago, and is still feeling the effects.


    ***Why did they invite him there in the first place?? Steven Colbert invited to speak regarding immigration policy, and they're surprised he made a mockery of the whole hearing? You just can't make this stuff up.

    ***Reid and Angle are tied in Nevada. You know what bugs me? If the vote is close, the Democrats will do their level best to steal the election. They've shown they can do it, think Al Franken and Christine Gregoire. The Republicans had better have a plan.

    ***Obamacare six months later. Everything that has happened so far in relation to Obamacare is bad. Everything.

    ***10 foods to help boost your brain power. Who can't use that?

    ***Leadership is no longer about your position.
    It's now more about your passion for excellence and making a difference

    You can lead without a title
    Robin Sharma

    ***Have a great day!

    Friday, September 24, 2010

    Lots Going On!

    ***We're having some minor work done today in our house, and then this evening my daughter and her husband are taking us out for my belated birthday dinner. Can't wait to see them! We're having company for dinner tomorrow, so we'll have to do some major cleaning in the morning. Mark is really anal about the house when company's comin'.

    ***The more I read about the Republican Pledge to America, the more I like it. Here's Rush's take. As he says, they gotta follow through.

    ***Oh, for heaven's sake. There's a feminist group all up in arms over Harry Reid saying Sen. Kirsten Gillebrand is the "hottest" member in the senate. C'mon, he's said a lot worse. This is silly.

    ***What a total jerk. This guy is *teaching* college students. Check out his manifesto against remembering 9-11 victims during a football game:

    The vast majority of 9/11 observances in this country cannot be seen as politically neutral events. Implicit in their nature are the notions that lives lost at the World Trade Center are more valuable than lives lost in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine and elsewhere; that the motives of the 9/11 attackers had nothing to do with genuine grievances in the Islamic world regarding American imperialism; and that the U.S. has been justified in the subsequent killing of hundreds of thousands in so-called retaliation.

    The observance at Saturday’s football game was no different. A moment of silence was followed by a military airplane flyover; in between, Block-I students chanted “USA, USA.” This was neither patriotism nor remembrance in any justifiable sense, but politicization, militarism, propaganda and bellicosity. The University is a public institution that encompasses the political views of all, not just the most (falsely) “patriotic.” Athletic planners should cease such exploitation for political purposes. They might at least consider how most Muslim students, American or otherwise, would respond to this nativist display; or better, Muslims and others that live their lives under the threat of our planes, drones and soldiers.

    The overwhelmingly white, privileged, Block-I students should be ashamed of their obnoxious, fake-macho, chicken-hawk chant, while poverty-drafted members of their cohort fight and die in illegal and immoral wars for the control of oil. University administrators need to eliminate from all events such “patriotic” observances, which in this country cannot be separated from implicit justifications for state-sponsored killing.

    I'll say it again. This guy is a "University Academic Professional" at the University of Illinois. Scary stuff.

    ***Love this column by Ann Coulter. She certainly has a way with words, and is not afraid to call out conservatives as well as liberals in their hypocrisy. Check it out.

    ***Rats abandoning sinking ship.


    Um, wow.

    ***I'm gonna be sick...

    ***A morning without coffee is like sleep.  ~Author Unknown

    ***Have a great day!

    Thursday, September 23, 2010

    The Republican Pledge to America

    ***This is definitely a step in the right direction. Here is a breakdown by the NRO editors of the successor to the Contract with America that helped sweep Republicans to a congressional majority in 1994. The Pledge to America is even bolder, and is, frankly, brilliant, in my opinion. Check it out.

    ***This really frosts me. The replacement of the incandescent bulb by those stupid, mercury-containing "green" bulbs irritates the fire out of me. I'm building up a stockpile of incandescents before they're gone. It's amazing that people think those compact fluorescents are going to save the planet. Baloney. It's just another way to control us. I'm not going to play until I have no choice.

    ***More on the Pledge to America.

    ***E.J. Dionne is in denial.  Apparently the Tea Party movement is a scam and not really that big a deal at all. Really? Tell that to Lisa Murkowski and Mike Castle.

    ***Another Democrat caught in a lie. What a surprise.

    ***The rich say the darndest things. This isn't a slam on rich people, I want to be one someday. This is a slam on CLUELESS rich people. Think Paris Hilton.

    ***76-year-old salsa dancer makes Guinness Book of World Records.

    ***heehee!

    ***Don't find fault.  Find a remedy.  ~Henry Ford

    ***Have a great day!

    Wednesday, September 22, 2010

    Ow!

    ***My biceps tendinitis is really flaring this morning, I guess because I went lap swimming Monday. I rode my new bike yesterday - love it, except for the teeny tiny saddle. I need a tractor seat!

    ***Oh my gosh, this sounds like something Obama would come up with. UK Proposes all Paychecks go to the State FIRST....they'll take what they deem is the correct tax, and THEN give the worker what's left. I'm not making this up.

    ***Obama still insists "we're moving in the right direction." Not too many people believing that line anymore.

    ***Paris Hilton denied entry into Japan. Now if we could just keep her out of the US...

    ***Rush Limbaugh: From Yes We Can to Franks and Beans.

    ***Ewwww....175 cats taken out of a home in Colorado, and 85 of them were dead.

    ***I heard this song on the radio yesterday and boy, does it hit home!

    If We've Ever Needed You lyrics
    Songwriters: Hall, John Mark; Herms, Bernie;

    Hear our cry, Lord, we pray
    Our faces down, our hands are raised
    You called us out, we turned away
    We've turned away

    With shipwrecked faith the idols rise
    We do what is right in our own eyes
    Our children now will pay the price
    We need Your light, Lord, shine Your light

    If we've ever needed You
    Lord, it's now, Lord, it's now
    We are desperate for Your hand
    We're reaching out, we're reaching out

    All our hearts, all our strength
    With all our minds, we're at Your feet
    May Your kingdom come in our hearts and lives
    Let Your church arise, let Your church arise

    If we've ever needed You
    Lord, it's now, Lord, it's now
    We are desperate for Your hand
    We're reaching out, we're reaching out
    We're reaching out

    If we've ever needed You
    Lord, it's now, Lord, it's now
    We are desperate for Your hand
    We're reaching out, we're reaching out

    If we've ever needed You
    Lord, it's now, Lord, it's now
    We are desperate for Your hand
    We're reaching out, reaching out

    We need You now
    Revive us now
    We need You now

    ***A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked.  ~Author Unknown

    ***Have a great day!

    Tuesday, September 21, 2010

    Good News & Bad News

    ***Well, thanks to my friend at Dial R 4 Infinity, I was able to embed a video below. Thank you!! However, I couldn't post anything after it, so I'm gonna have to ask her how to do that.

    ***What a dork.

    ***Monet's La Grenouillere (1869)


    Beautiful.

    ***Heidi hair - Yuk.


    ***How to become a personal trainer.

    ***A bargain is something you can't use at a price you can't resist.  ~Franklin P. Jones

    ***Have a great day!

    Good Morning!

    ***Gonna be a busy day today - I couldn't get connected to my biggest client's computer yesterday and didn't get the problem resolved until yesterday afternoon. Now I gotta make up what I didn't get finished! Rats.

    ***Check this out. Andrew Breitbart asks protesters why they're protesting he & Glenn Beck's rally, and they can't answer him:



    Monday, September 20, 2010

    Here We Go Again!

    ***Another week! Nothing special going on today other than work, stop to go do my lap swimming at 6:00, then work some more.

    ***Great. Obama is going to attack his fellow Americans again - this time it will be the Tea Party activists. I was proud to work the Tea Party booth yesterday at the festival, and everything went very smoothly. We just talked to people and informed them. No arguing, no bullying, just talk. It was great. Obama and his media minions want people to believe that we're violent haters, but ignore the union thugs they recruit who really *are* violent haters. Bring it on, Mr. President. Keep showing America your true colors.

    ***Good idea - deprive the White House's dirty plans of funds. Anything to stop this juggernaut of spending.

    ***Deepwater Horizon well effectively dead.

    ***Check out this video:

    This one somehow slipped through the cracks earlier in the week. Bernie Marcus, the co-founder of Home Depot, is tired of clueless dilettantes who couldn’t operate a lemonade stand without ending up a hundred grand in debt portraying the business community as “the problem.” Marcus was on CNBC and profusely apologized — tongue-in-cheek of course — for helping to create over 300,000 jobs.

    ***I never watch late night TV, but these lines are good!

    Here are some more from Leno, Fallon, Letterman, and Conan O'Brien:

    Have you heard about McDonald’s new Obama Value Meal? Order anything you like and the guy behind you has to pay for it.

    What does Barack Obama call lunch with a convicted felon? A fund raiser.

    What’s the difference between Obama’s cabinet and a penitentiary? One is filled with tax evaders, blackmailers and threats to society. The other is for housing prisoners.

    If Nancy Pelosi and Obama were on a boat in the middle of the ocean and it started to sink, who would be saved? America!


    What’s the difference between Obama and his dog, Bo? Bo has papers.

    What was the most positive result of the “Cash for clunkers” program? It took 95% of the Obama bumper stickers off the road.

    ***
    Hee hee!

    ***Gee, I wonder why?

    ***The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons. ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

    ***Have a great day!

    Sunday, September 19, 2010

    Great Time!

    ***We had a wonderful dinner yesterday with Peter's parents and Emily. We don't spend much time with them and it was good to talk to them for a while. Johnny was home last night too, so it was an all-around good day!

    ***Susan Boyle gets three entries in the Guinness Book of World Records.

    ***From Dr. Zero at Hot Air. Does he nail it, or what?

    Obama would be making a deadly mistake by calling out Sarah Palin for a political cage match.  Let me put this bluntly: virtually no one in America gives a damn what Barack Obama says about anything at this point.  What could be more predictable, and less interesting, than Obama’s opinion on any given subject?  Who wants to contemplate the economic wisdom of a guy who looted the Treasury for a trillion dollars, with less benefit than we could have achieved by stuffing hundred dollar bills into random cereal boxes?  Who’s excited to hear about the next plan to convert taxpayer dollars into Democrat campaign funds?  Who’s hungry for another hour of tedious excuses about permanently broken markets and the titanic dead hand of George W. Bush?  Who wants a lecture on ethical business practices from the titular head of the party that gave us Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters?  What use is another hollow foreign-policy speech from a man who sees no global adversary to rival the menace of Arizona?  Even Obama’s supporters don’t hear anything he says any more.  There’s nothing left to hear.

    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    ***Know how the Left gets its knickers in a twist over school prayer? Well, if you're praying to ALLAH, it's okay. Muslims good, Christians bad. Got it?

    ***Here's a fun article on old TV series the writer would like to see come out on DVD. Some of these I've never heard of, but many I have. I've never been much of a TV watcher, but this is interesting to read.

    ***Who's still kickin'? Great slideshow of what is going on (or not) in the lives of past celebrities.

    ***Dem candidate urges Pelosi to step aside. Don't hold your breath, dude.

    ***I'm working the Tea Party booth at Levi Coffin Days in Fountain City today. This is a first for me & I'm looking forward to it! Hey, I might even have time to walk around and look at some of the booths...maybe even find some treasures that I can't live without!

    ***Rep. Mike Pence from Indiana wins conservative presidential straw poll. I've said for a long time that Pence would make a great president.

    ***Oh, it's home again and home again, America for me!
    I want a ship that's westward bound to plough the rolling sea
    To the blessed land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars,
    Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.
    ~Henry Van Dyke

    ***Have a great day!

    Saturday, September 18, 2010

    Play, Then Work

    ***We get to see Emily today! We're meeting for dinner with Peter's parents and Emily at Lone Star Steakhouse in Dayton. After that, I'm going to have to get some work done. I lit a fire in the fire pit last night and we roasted marshmallows. I can eat one, but that one is sooo good! Think I'll do that again this evening. I love fall!

    ***Weasel Lisa Murkowski proves that Alaskan voters were right in rejecting her. She intends to run anyway, as a write-in candidate. The only thing that will do is siphon votes from Joe Miller. It's obvious where her loyalties lie - in herself.

    ***Robert Gibbs' veiled threat to Forbes magazine. He objects to the D'Souza piece I referenced yesterday. The truth hurts, doesn't it Mr. Gibbs?

    ***Hey, I'll have to get one of these. The Great American Conservative Women calendar!

    ***Caught in the act. Democrat operatives depict Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck as Hitler. Not only does it put their poor taste on display, it also proves their poor grasp of history, but I digress. These are the same people who claim to abhor personal politics, who say the Tea Party is furthering hatred and divisiveness. We all see you for what you are, Democrats. Hypocrites of the worst sort.

    ***Awwww....33 inch cow. Bet you've never seen one of those!


     ***'You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore' - Christopher Columbus

    ***Have a great day!

    Friday, September 17, 2010

    Sore Loser

    ***Mike Castle won't endorse Christine O'Donnell in Delaware Senate race. Keep it classy, man. Guess it's better to let the bearded Marxist Chris Coons win. Mike Castle is sounding a lot like our man-child president these days. Good riddance.

    ***I've linked to Dinesh D'Souza's article on Obama before, but it's good enough that I want to do it again in case you missed it. It is the best summary of Obama's thinking I've seen to date. Read it.

    ***Oh, now it's "Global Climate Disruption." Got it. It's a sham no matter what you call it.

    ***This is a neat story. High school sophomore rides his horse to school every day.

    ***Here's a list of the most recession-proof cities in the USA. Unfortunately, none of them are in Indiana.

    ***
    Risk more than others think is safe.
    Care more than others think is wise.
    Dream more than others think is practical.
    Expect more than others think is possible.
    Claude T. Bissell 

    ***Have a great day!

    Thursday, September 16, 2010

    Soft Rain

    ***Hey, we're finally getting some rain here in Indiana. It has been pretty dry lately, we certainly need it.

    ***Rush unloads on Karl Rove and the GOP establishment who are being so harsh on Christine O'Donnell. I can't wait to send her campaign money. I'm going to do that today, along with money to Sharron Angle. Follow the links if you want to do the same.

    ***Creepy Harry Reid.

    ***Biden's chief economic adviser says rich people "don't need the cash." Who the HECK does he think he is?

    ***Tea Party protesters put on terror list. This is really becoming surreal.

    ***Cuba gets it more than Obama does.

    ***Heehee!


    ***10 businesses you can start from your Smartphone.

    ***Character is doing the right thing when nobody's looking.  There are too many people who think that the only thing that's right is to get by, and the only thing that's wrong is to get caught.  ~J.C. Watts

    ***Have a great day!

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    A Force to be Reckoned With

    ***If anyone thought the Tea Party movement was just a flash in the pan, I'll bet they're thinking differently now that Christine O'Donnell has beaten Mike Castle for the Republican nomination in Delaware. There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth on the more centrist Republican side, even from some conservatives that I respect, such as Karl Rove and Charles Krauthammer. If she can beat the odds and beat RINO Mike Castle, why give up and say she can't win in November? She's a surprise winner today, and she certainly could do it again in November. Don't give up so easily, guys. This is worth it.

    ***Brilliant. This is why I don't send money to the Republican National Committee, but rather to individual candidates.

    Party fractures on full display, Republican aides told Fox News Tuesday that O'Donnell would not be getting national fundraising support. State party leaders had warned that O'Donnell cannot compete against Democrat Chris Coons and vigorously backed Castle, a nine-term congressman and former governor. 

    Good strategy, guys. That'll help us win for sure.

    ***Idiots in New York nominate Rangel again.

    ***ObamaCare follies. What a disaster.

    ***Lame First Lady. Now she wants to tell restaurants how to run their businesses. Not surprising, actually. She and her husband know what's best for you, now just shut up and take it!

    ***Check out Citizen Link, a Focus on the Family site dedicated to keeping Christians informed on current events.

    ***How'd he do that??



    ***How to jumpstart your fitness.

    ***"You cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves." ~~ Abraham Lincoln

    ***Have a great day!

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

    Happy Birthday to Me!

    ***I'm 52 today. Geez, I'm getting to be an old broad...

    ***Good news going forward. This is an interesting column by Rich Tucker. He has some really good points. This is America, full of innovation and promise. The biggest obstacle to progress is the government. Bureaucracies, meaningless, costly regulations, taxes - government intervention stifles growth and American ingenuity. If Obama and the Democrats would stop trying to "fix" the economy by putting us ever deeper in debt and just get out of the way, the American people could pull us out of this mess. In his arrogance, though, Obama thinks he's the only one who can save us.

    “Strong governments are, by definition, monopolies and monopolies always grow complacent, stagnant and self-serving,” he writes. “They also fall for the perpetual fallacy that they can make business work more efficiently if they plan it rather than allow and encourage it to evolve.” Look no further than the “recovery summer,” promised by the Obama administration.

    ***Rafael Nadal wins US Open and completes Grand Slam.

    ***Oh my gosh. Lighting via dog poo.

    ***Reasons to hope Christine O'Donnell topples Mike Castle today.

    ***Well THIS is sad. 11 million people watched the MTV awards. I'm sorry, but what a bunch of freaks! The music kids listen to today is *so* bad. I have to listen to it when I'm at the gym. I know our parents said the same thing about our music back in the day, but I think today's pop music has really hit a new low. The combination of bad lyrics and worse voices is just unlistenable, in my opinion.

    ***Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.  ~Dwight D. Eisenhower

    ***Have a great day!

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    Resurrection Painting

    ***A friend sent this to me. Ron DiCianni is a Christian painter who has done some beautiful work. Check out his painting of the Resurrection, it truly is beautiful.

    ***The shame of Ground Zero.

    ***Even the Left is starting to get over Obama. Oh, not the fringe kooks who would cheer if he urinated on the Bible, but the more sensible ones who at least take the time to pay attention now and then. Obama was a fad, and fads change fast. Unfortunately, this fad has the power to do a lot of damage.

    ***Scenes from the St. Louis Tea Party rally. My husband and I joined our local Tea Party chapter, but hadn't really done anything. We decided to get off the sidelines and will be manning the Tea Party booth at one of the local festivals this weekend. Time to stop talking and get moving!

    ***This is a long read, but it is the most insightful one on Barack Obama that I've ever read.

    ***Yup.


    ***O'Donnell takes the lead in Delaware over Mike Castle.

    ***Take the Heritage quiz! I missed one, the last one. It's worse than I thought.

    ***US wins world basketball championship. I have to admit, I didn't even know it was going on...

    ***In Seattle you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running.  ~Jeff Bezos

    ***Have a great day!

    Sunday, September 12, 2010

    Candles!

    ***Okay, it's cooling off and time to start lighting my candles again! I love candles, but don't light them too much during the hot weather - candles just seem more of a cool weather thing to me. Okay, so I'm a little silly.

    ***Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior. This is a very interesting, if disturbing, article regarding Obama's behavior since in office. It really makes a lot of sense, check it out. An excerpt:

    “This is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president,” Gingrich tells us.

    “I think he worked very hard at being a person who is normal, reasonable, moderate, bipartisan, transparent, accommodating — none of which was true,” Gingrich continues. “In the Alinksy tradition, he was being the person he needed to be in order to achieve the position he needed to achieve . . . He was authentically dishonest.”

    "Authentically dishonest." That's an interesting term. Something to think about.

    ***I was afraid this would happen. Not much violence, but still shouln't have happened.

    ***Love this image:


    ***Hmmm, this sounds good. Slow-cooked Tex-Mex chicken & beans.

    ***Fashion flops. Oh my gosh, some of these are awful...

    ***Why the Bush tax cuts worked - and why they must demonize them...because they DID work.

    ***The $150.00 cheese sandwich. Um, I'll pass.

    ***Entrepreneur's 10 Best Small Business Workplaces.

    ***If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it. ~~ Immanuel Hermann Fichte

    ***Have a great day!

    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    Remembering 9-11


    Never, never forget.

    Here are some poignant remembrances.

    I hope the Mosque protests don't disrupt the 9-11 ceremony today at Ground Zero. There is a time and place, and this ain't it.

    ***Above and beyond the call of duty. Staff Sargeant Salvatore Giunta will be awarded the Medal of Honor. More from Mark Levin.

    ***Burning the Koran does not illuminate the Bible. Indeed.

    ***Check this out. At a Florida college, a conservative group was asked to leave an event because they were trying to recruit members for a conservative student organization. They had permission to be there, but the administrators don't agree with them, so they chased them off. RIP, free speech.

    ***Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.  ~Winston Churchill

    ***Have a great day!

    Friday, September 10, 2010

    What Fun!

    ***Wow, yesterday was quite a day. Started at 3:00 a.m. working because I knew we'd be gone all afternoon visiting with Emily & Peter, and Johnny joined us too! Always great to get to see them both. I did Meals on Wheels with my mom in the morning, we took the necessary papers and signed the loan for the Tahoe afterward, went to the Green with the kids, then picked up the Tahoe when we got home. It really is nice. I like big vehicles, and it certainly is that!

    ***What a mess. This pastor wanting to make an event out of burning the Koran has certainly caused a stir. While I share his sentiments, doing what he planned to do serves no purpose. I hope his plans continue to be "on hold" indefinitely.

    ***JFK vs. Obama on taxes. Watch this, it's good.

    ***Entrepreneurs under attack. You know, the people who create jobs in this country.

    ***Students recruited to fill seats at Obama event. The thrill is gone.

    ***Five fast, healthy weekday breakfasts.

    ***No special reason for this, I just think it's a beautiful picture.


    ***If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.  ~Benjamin Franklin

    ***Have a great day!

    Thursday, September 9, 2010

    New Tahoe!

    ***Okay, well not a NEW Tahoe, but new to us! We're buying one today. We need something Mark can put all his floor cleaning supplies in the back of. Gonna be a full day...we're also meeting Peter & Emily for lunch.

    ***President Obama is indeed tone deaf. In the middle of this political environment where people are seeing him for the huckster he is, he still wants to use the "hope" mantra. Speaking in Ohio, he said this:

    President Obama, in Cleveland to deliver an aggressive campaign-style speech, urged voters not to buy the economic plan Republicans are selling, casting the upcoming election as one of "fear versus hope." 

     His whole speech is like that...silly slogans mixed in with half truths and outright lies. Keep at it, Mr. President.

    ***This is awesome. Swiss grandmas knit sweater for Smart Car! I can't get the image to paste here, so be sure and go check it out at the link!

    ***Rags to Richest. This slideshow focuses on 10 people who overcame great odds to become some of the world's richest people. What always befuddles me is how many of these people are liberals, not recognizing that this country and the free enterprise system is what enabled them to get where they are. Liberalism stifles the free market. How can they not see that?

    ***Facts don't lie:

    In the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt held by the public increased by $2.5260 trillion, which is more than the cumulative total of the national debt held by the public that was amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan.

    ***Awesome story. Brotherhood of the traveling flag.

    ***They claim red meat is bad for you.  But I never saw a sick-looking tiger.  ~Chi Chi Rodriguez

    ***Have a great day!

    Wednesday, September 8, 2010

    I Hate Bugs!

    ***Grilled out some pork chops last night and now I have mosquito bites all over me. I hate those things.

    ***Interesting study in the UK about how much money giving obese patients more access to obesity surgery could save the government. The study was commissioned by a group of bariatric surgeons, though, so I guess the results should be taken with a grain of salt. For what it's worth, it certainly worked for me. Don't let anyone tell you it's the easy way out, though. It's not. You lose a lot of weight in the first year that you wouldn't have otherwise, but maintenance is difficult.

    ***Here's a small example of how elections get stolen.

    ***Yet another power grab. They never stop, do they?

    ***Here are just a few ways the money from the first flop of a Stimulus was spent:


    Kinda makes you want to scream THROW 'EM OUT! doesn't it?

    ***Here's what small business does for America.

    ***Man arrested in New York for protecting his family with an AK-47. Hey, if I had one of those and a gang was outside my door threatening to kill my family, I don't think it would have been warning shots into the grass.

    ***Private sample-sale web sites are soaring, check this out.

    ***I can't resist...


    These pictures crack me up. More at lol.cats.

    ***As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration.  I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children.  ~John Adams

    ***Have a great day!

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010

    Back to Normal

    ***Whatever THAT is. I got a lot accomplished yesterday. Mark went to his mom's house to do some work for her in her yard, I stayed here and transcribed - plus did some major cleaning to Johnny's room. What a pit! I'd type a while, clean a while, type a while, etc. It was so nice out, though, that along about 5:00 I went to Tim Hortons, got a coffee, and sat out on the patio and read for about an hour and a half. That was relaxing!

    ***What a child. "They talk about me like a dog." There's a reason for that, President Obama.

    ***It's always amazing to listen to Obama's lap dogs try to defend him and try to tell us he's doing a good job. Sure, I know that's their job, but at some point doesn't principle step in? I know...first you gotta have some before it can step in...

    ***Here's a picture of a sunspot.


    Looks like the Eye of Sauron, doesn't it?

    ***Stephen Hawking picks physics over God for Big Bang. He claims that something can come from nothing. So nothing blew up, and here we are. Makes sense to me.

    ***Oh PuhLeeze. Obama actually uttered the words, "The buck stops here!" Then why do you blame George W. Bush for everything that happens?? Give us a break.

    ***Next time you hear someone crying about the lack of education funding, show this to them.

    ***Colorado high school student told to remove American flags from truck. Somebody remind this doofus school security person that this is AMERICA.

    ***Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses. ~~ Unknown

    ***Have a great day!

    Monday, September 6, 2010

    Happy Labor Day!

    ***I'm going to be spending the day at my computer, mostly. I did a little bit yesterday, but not as much as I could/should have. I enjoyed the weather, though, took a nice bike ride yesterday afternoon, then sat out on our patio and read.

    ***Tea Party news roundup.

    ***From bad to worse:


    ***What a sweetheart: Joran Van Der Sloot admits to extorting $250,000.00 from Natalie Holloway's parents for her burial location. Is that SICK, or what? Extorting money from the parents of a woman you killed? Words fail me.

    ***Um, fried beer? Texas State Fair comes up with a new finger food.

    ***Double hand transplant patient doing well. It really is amazing what our medical community can do.

    ***Everybody's a fiscal conservative these days, even Democrats up for re-election who voted for every spending scheme Obama and his minions have come up with. Sorry, guys, it ain't gonna fly this time.

    ***Oh, this is good. The Obama Administration held a workshop to help Muslim groups gain taxpayer funding for their activities. Just keeps getting better and better, doesn't it?

    ***Here's a place to go if you're bored - Bored.com has lost of games you can play for free.

    ***Nothing worse than a Marxist with money.

    ***
    When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really
    such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful
    motivation - it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams
    Les Brown

    ***Have a great Labor Day!

    Sunday, September 5, 2010

    Beautiful Sunday

    ***Well, it will be if it's like the last few days. I love fall weather! We had a great time yesterday evening. Johnny will be going to back school this week, so we took him out to eat at Galo's, a local Italian restaurant, along with one of his grandmas and two aunts. Had a great meal, that place is awesome! Then we went college school clothes shopping. It's always nice to spend time with him because we don't get to see him nearly as often as we'd like, and it'll be even less when he goes back to school.

    ***The Audacity of Dope.

    ***What feminazis are really about. Now they're attacking Taylor Swift because she writes about love and isn't turning into a pop tart like Brittney Spears or Lindsay Lohan. Read the article and the "feminist" comments about her. Apparently if you dare love a man and write about it, you're SO not a feminist.

    ***So, this woman who wants to put a shock collar on Glenn Beck is supposed to be a comedian? Now THAT'S funny.

    ***For what it's worth, I think this church is wrong:

    Thousands of Indonesian Muslims rallied outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Saturday to denounce an American church's plan to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by burning copies of the Koran.
    The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida, said it will burn the Islamic holy book Wednesday, the ninth anniversary of the terror attacks. Local officials have denied a permit for the bonfire on the church's grounds, but the center — which made headlines last year by distributing T-shirts that said "Islam is of the Devil" — insists it will go ahead with the plan.

    Yeah, I believe the Koran is evil, of course.  I just don't think this is the way to go about educating people about it. They are going to advance the idea that Muslims are the victims here, rather than commemorate the people who lost their lives on 9-11. C'mon, people, think about the consequences of your actions.

    ***Here are some good tips on tax write-offs if you own your own business and work from home. I'm glad I have an accountant to maneuver all of the ins and outs of this stuff.

    ***

    How's that hope & change workin' out for you?

    ***"Nobody wants to discuss the merits of the health care bill on the Democrat side. They just want to demonize you as racist, homophobe, and misogynist, because that's easier than having a debate." -- Mark Steyn

    ***Have a great day!

    Saturday, September 4, 2010

    Long Weekend!

    ***And it's going to be a beautiful one here in Indiana. We have had near-perfect weather for the past couple of days, and it's supposed to continue through the weekend. I went for a walk yesterday rather than lap swimming so I could enjoy it. Today's yard sale and Amish store day with my mom, and we're going to have a great day for it! I'm going to get my annual giant mum for our front landscape area today at the Amish store. I love fall!

    ***Wiping out the health care industry. Don't think this isn't being done on purpose. This president is bent on the government being the center of all our lives.

    ***Oh my gosh. Check out Harry Reid's lame excuse for declaring "The War is Lost!" C'mon, he was only doing it to make Bush fight harder!

    ***Wouldn't it be nice if the administration were as intent on fighting illegals as it is on fighting Arizona?

    ***Mars image gallery. This is neat! Here's one:


    ***Okay, this is a good one:


    I think the guy in the second cartoon is from the place in the first picture...

    ***Nice. Brawl erupts at US Open.

    ***Here are some teasers about the next Harry Potter movie, which will be released in November.

    ***You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you. ~~ Dale Carnegie

    ***Have a great day!

    Friday, September 3, 2010

    Quickie

    ***Hey, gonna have to just say hello and scoot! I was up at 3:00 a.m. to work, but my internet was down and I just got it back at 8:45. Boy, does that mess with my schedule!

    ***I'll leave you with a great inspirational story from A Gift of Inspiration:

    Forgiving without condoning or forgetting

    I suspect all of us have been hurt in deep and lasting ways by the words or acts of another. It's normal in such situations to feel hostility toward the person who hurt us. If we allow the offense to linger, we may carry the hurt and resentment in the form of a grudge. Usually this causes more unhappiness for us than the person we're mad at. 

    Some religions speak of forgiveness as a moral duty, others as a worthy virtue, and still others impose preconditions on the wrongdoer before he or she is entitled to be forgiven. Whatever your religious views, psychologists say the ability to forgive is closely correlated to happiness and mental health. 

    Some people refuse to even entertain the idea of forgiveness because they don't think the person they resent deserves to be forgiven. Others don't want to appear to condone or excuse the conduct and certainly don't want to reconcile with the person. 

    The essence of forgiveness is a voluntary decision to abandon continuing resentment, to let go of anger, and to move on. It doesn't require or imply condoning, excusing, or forgetting. Nor does it require that the forgiver re-establish a relationship with the wrongdoer. 

    According to Dr. Ben Dean, the capacity to forgive is related to the character strength of empathy. People who can empathize with an offender and see things from that person's perspective are much better able to forgive. He also says that the older we get, the more forgiving we're likely to become. 

    Hmmm. We usually get wiser, too. So maybe it's wise to forgive. 

    Written by Michael Josephson 

    ***Any fool can count the seeds in an apple.  Only God can count all the apples in one seed.  ~Robert H. Schuller

    ***Have a great day!

    Thursday, September 2, 2010

    Yowch!

    ***Remember the biceps tendinitis I was telling you about a few posts back? Well, apparently my lap swimming is the biggest culprit. I swam about 1/2 mile yesterday morning and last night my shoulders and biceps were REALLY hurting, and they still are. Great, my favorite way to exercise and now it hurts!

    ***Harry Reid soundboard. This is funny. This is a collection of some of Harry Reid's less than stellar remarks.

    ***The gunman at the Discovery Channel yesterday was a left-wing enviro-nut. Imagine if he had been a member of the Tea Party. How do you think the coverage of THAT would be?

    ***Deval Patrick wishes it wasn't a free country - well, for conservatives, anyway. How charming.

    ***More reasons to support Carly Fiorina against Barbara Boxer. She is a disgrace to the Senate.

    ***Michael Douglas has stage 4 throat cancer.

    ***Ever read Guideposts? There are some great inspirational stories there - here is their web site.

    ***This is neat - it's an arch made of elk antlers in Wyoming.


    ***Yikes...here come Hurricane Earl!

    ***The advance of liberty is the path to both a safer and better world. ~~ George W. Bush

    ***Have a great day!

    Wednesday, September 1, 2010

    Mornin'!

    ***Just back from my 6:00 a.m. lap swim, that's a great way to start the day! Got my sugar free mocha latte and now I'm ready to roll! Good thing, too, 'cause I got lots to do, as usual.

    ***Golfer's errant swing causes forest fire. Now that's what I call having a bad day...

    ***Joe Miller pulls out a victory in Alaska. Good news!

    ***Okay, Ed Schultz, let's see you do it.

    ***Obama then and now.

    ***


    This has gotta hurt - from Public Policy Polling:

    We’ll start rolling out our Ohio poll results tomorrow but there’s one finding on the poll that pretty much sums it up: by a 50-42 margin voters there say they’d rather have George W. Bush in the White House right now than Barack Obama.

    The difference between the two is striking. Bush is a good man who loves his country. He made mistakes, of course, but he was doing what he thought was right for the country, not trying to elevate himself and his party above all else. I think people are recognizing that.

    ***Seven easy ways to cut 500 calories a day.

    ***Here is Mike Gallagher's web site. He's a conservative talk show host - not my favorite, I must admit, but he does have some good points to make. Check him out. 

    ***The only consistency in the tax system is that once a tax is imposed, it's never rescinded. - Ronald Reagan

    ***Have a great day!