Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Eve

***Well, do you have big plans for this evening? We are taking dinner to Mark's mom's house (I'm making chicken & noodles). We'll have dinner, chat, maybe play a board game, and then come home. I'll be in bed by 10:00. I'm a party animal, ain't I?

***Ezra Klein, Constitutional idiot. The Constitution is too old and doesn't speak to our problems today? I guess, like your pal Obama, you'd just like to scrap it and start over. Here's Ann Althouse's take. And...one of the comments to her column:

I used to think the Libs were just pretending to be ignorant of American history so they didn't have to acknowledge their rejection of our founding principles.
Turns out, they're all just idiots.

Couldn't have said it better myself.

***We're gonna freeze to death because of global warming!!


That is the cover of a 2007 issue of TIME magazine. Now, if temperatures WERE a lot hotter than normal, think they would blame it on global cooling? This is really becoming a farce.

***Time to rethink public employee unions. They are a drain on the economy and society in general.

In New York, sanitation workers have reported that their union ordered them to sabotage the city's blizzard cleanup efforts. If that claim is true, the union may be responsible for at least one death. Mayor Bloomberg has vowed to investigate.

It remains to be seen what will come of this particular controversy, but the broader point is coming into ever-clearer focus: it is time to ban public employee unions.

For the large majority of our history, public employee unions have been illegal. It is only since the 1960s and 1970s that they have been allowed. Currently, they are legal in roughly half the states. The United States has carried on a four-decade experiment in legalization, and the results are in: public employee unions are a cancer on our country.

Read the rest.

***2010 in review with Mark Steyn and Hugh Hewitt.

***This is a hand painting. Cool, huh?



***
A New Year’s Prayer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anonymous
Dear Lord, please give me…
    A few friends who understand me and remain my friends;
    A work to do which has real value,
        without which the world would be the poorer;
    A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be not blazed;
    An understanding heart;
    A sense of humor;
    Time for quiet, silent meditation;
    A feeling of the presence of God;
    The patience to wait for the coming of these things,
    With the wisdom to recognize them when they come. Amen.


***Awwww....


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"Fall seven times, stand up eight."
~ Japanese Proverb

***Have a great day!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Quickie!!

***Got up this morning to work about 3:30, but my body said, "I don't think so!" I sat down in the recliner for "just a minute," but that minute turned into an hour. Okay, 4:30, that's still a pretty good starting time. Came into my office and ... my monitor was dead. Couldn't do anything to bring it back to life. I tried hooking the monitor cable to my laptop to use it as my monitor, but must have been doing something wrong. I couldn't even do that myself, had to get Johnny to do it because my right hand is so weak from the carpal tunnel that I couldn't turn the little screws. We finally got the little TV out of our living room and connected the cable to it, and eureka! It works. It'll do for now, I don't really need the expense of another monitor right now so we'll just do without the 2nd TV. Won't bother me a bit, I could do without a TV completely.

***Here is the NRO Symposium of 2011 predictions. These are always fun.

***Remember how they ridiculed the idea that Obamacare provided for death panels? Turns out Sarah Palin was right.

***Civil rights victory in Ohio. Ohio Supreme Court shoots down local gun control. There's one for our side.

***Rocket to nowhere. Here's what government bureaucracy looks like.

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***
"If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down. "
~ Mary Pickford

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

It's Almost Here!

***Hard to believe it's almost 2011. Where does the time go? It seems like just a couple of years ago that everyone was panicked about the "Year 2000 Bug," how all computers were gonna melt down because of the year. What happened? Nothing. Ever notice that what you worry about the most usually doesn't come to pass?

***My sister posted a great post at her blog, Myra's Journey. Check it out. It's all about our obsession with food and how the government trying to regulate what we eat is not the answer. Here's an excerpt:


Have you ever noticed how many of us are obese? It is especially disturbing to notice how many kids are obese. Who/What is at fault? We hear in the news of McDonald's being forbidden to offer toys in happy meals. The government is trying to legislate what we eat. Do they really think that passing laws, adding taxes, creating more bureaucracy will make one iota of difference? Michelle Obama will fail at this. But Democrats are all about the nanny state - entitlements/bailouts/handouts - doing for others what they should do for themselves only makes them dependent. We are so used to not being accountable and independent that when there is something only we can do for ourselves we cannot find the will or the way.

***Voters still don't like Obamacare.  What's the matter with you people? Don't you know the government exists to take care of you from the cradle to the grave?

***The media is trying to spin the just ended 111th Congress as "the most productive ever." Uh huh. Here, via Michelle Malkin, is what they have "produced:"

(CNSNews.com) – The federal government has accumulated more new debt–$3.22 trillion ($3,220,103,625,307.29)—during the tenure of the 111th Congress than it did during the first 100 Congresses combined, according to official debt figures published by the U.S. Treasury.
That equals $10,429.64 in new debt for each and every one of the 308,745,538 people counted in the United States by the 2010 Census.
The total national debt of $13,858,529,371,601.09 (or $13.859 trillion), as recorded by the U.S. Treasury at the close of business on Dec. 22, now equals $44,886.57 for every man, woman and child in the United States.
In fact, the 111th Congress not only has set the record as the most debt-accumulating Congress in U.S. history, but also has out-stripped its nearest competitor, the 110th, by an astounding $1.262 trillion in new debt.

***Useful Idiots, PBS Edition.  We really need to pull the taxpayer plug on these guys. Let them compete in the marketplace like everyone else. They'd never survive without the government subsidizing their propaganda.

***Chris Matthews actually asks a good question for once in his life.

***Have you, like millions of others, vowed to lose weight in 2011? Here are some tips to help you get started. Yeah, I know, you've heard it all before...

***Okay, Christmas is over. I'm ready for this now!


***Yikes, this is right in my backyard.

A 46-year-old Indiana grandmother is under investigation for her possible ties to suspected and convicted international terrorists, FoxNews.com has learned.

Muslim-convert Kathie Smith, 46, a U.S. citizen living in Indianapolis who has blogged about her granddaughter, last year married a suspected German jihadist, and has been flying back and forth between the U.S. and Germany as recently as two weeks ago.
Hope they're keeping a close eye on her.

***

***
One Sunday morning, the pastor noticed little Alex was staring up at the large plaque that hung in the foyer of the church.
It was covered with names, and small American flags were mounted on either side of it.
The seven-year-old had been staring at th e plaque for some time, so the pastor walked up, stood beside the boy, and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex."
"Good morning," replied the young man, still focused on the plaque.
"What is this?" Alex asked.
"Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service."
Soberly, they stood together, staring at the large plaque.
Little Alex's voice was trembling and barely audible when he asked, "Which service, the 9:45 or the 11:15?"

***Hanging is too good for a man who makes puns; he should be drawn and quoted.  ~Fred Allen

***Have a great day! 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Eating Some Crow

***Well, my sister made a believer out of me! I've always been very skeptical about pain relieving magnets, never could figure out how that worked. My wrist and hand have been keeping me up at night and causing me terrible pain, and my sister brought me two magnets to slip under my brace to see if they would help. I was desperate, tired of not getting any sleep, so I slathered on some Unker's (medicated salve I get at the Amish store locally) and slid those magnets under my brace before I went to bed - and lo and behold, I slept all night! First time in a couple of weeks. I don't know if it was the magnets, the salve, or the combination, but you can bet your boots I'll be using them nightly from now on! Thanks Myra!

***Call me what you want, but in my opinion, this is sickening
Jackson Levon Furnish-John was born on Christmas Day, the UK musician and his Canadian husband David Furnish told the Usmagazine.com website.
"Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents," said the couple.

Look, Elton John is free to live his lifestyle as he sees fit, but kids shouldn't be voluntarily handed over to a dysfunctional family. Yes, yes, I know, there are many male-female families who are dysfunctional, too, but they are usually carefully vetted before they are permitted to adopt a child. John and his boyfriend (they are not married in the traditional sense, no matter what they want to call it) are openly dysfunctional, in my opinion, and should not have the privilege of raising a child in that environment. Too bad, too, Elton John is a brilliant musician and I love his music. 

***Well, that worked out well, didn't it? Many bailed out banks are on the edge of collapse. What do we do now, bail them out again?

***Batmobile inspires real world tank design.


Holy Armor, Batman!

***Well of COURSE it's Bush's fault...

The Obama administration is trying to quiet talk about so-called “death panels” after The New York Times reported Sunday that a new Medicare regulation includes incentives for end-of-life-care planning.
The Medicare policy will pay doctors for holding end-of-life-care discussions with patients, according to the Times. A similar provision was dropped from the new healthcare reform law after Republicans accused the administration of withholding care from the sick, elderly and disabled.
However, an administration spokesman said the regulation, which is less specific than the reform law’s draft language, is actually a continuation of a policy enacted under former President George W. Bush.
“The only thing new here is a regulation allowing the discussions … to happen in the context of the new annual wellness visit created by [healthcare reform],” Obama spokesman Reid Cherlin told The Wall Street Journal.

If people don't like something Obama does, they get their heads together and do what they always do - blame Bush! What a bunch of creeps.

***Here's a feel good story for ya. Fifth grader empties her piggy bank to buy clothes for a homeless 10-year-old.

***What is a calorie? I have a few choice names... ;-)


***Cuteness overload!


***Brew me a cup for a winter's night.
For the wind howls loud and the furies fight;
Spice it with love and stir it with care,
And I'll toast our bright eyes,
my sweetheart fair.
~Minna Thomas Antrim


***Have a great day!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Pooped!

***I had 10 people here for dinner yesterday and it was great! I think we dirtied every dish in our house, though, took me over two hours to clean the mess up. It was worth it, though! Must have worked my hands a little too hard - I've been up since 1:00 a.m. with my carpal tunnel pain. I've tried heat and ice - ice seems to help a little more.

***Holiday greetings from George W. Bush. What a classy guy. By the way, his book has already outsold Bill Clinton's.

***Alaska Senate race decided. I can't believe they're sending this RINO heifer back to Washington. Sheesh.

***Latest media spin - Obama is "humble." Uh huh. C'mon, what's the punch line?

***Wow, the Eastern states are really getting pelted!


***Closing the books on the worst Congress ever.

Americans can give thanks in this Christmas season for an end to the reckless and destructive 111th Congress. This is the Congress that passed Obamacare, against the wishes of a substantial majority of the public, on Christmas Eve of last year. In the dead of night, Democratic lawmakers stuffed the monstrous 2,700-page bill with special-interest goodies and political payoffs like the "Cornhusker Kickback" and the "Louisiana Purchase." As we have learned since, most members were still ignorant of the bill's contents three months later, when it gained final passage in the House. No surprise that its immediate results -- both intended and unintended -- have been almost uniformly bad.
Read the whole thing.
***Here's a real blessing - there is no Kennedy in elected office. First time in 63 years. 

***I know Christmas is over - but I just found this and it's awesome! It's from a C.S. Lewis essay, The Grand Miracle.
“He comes down from the heights of absolute being into time and space, down into humanity; down further still…to the very roots and seabed of the Nature He has created.  But He goes down to come up again and bring the whole ruined world up with Him. [He is like a diver,] first reducing himself to nakedness, then glancing in mid-air, then gone with a splash, vanished, rushing down through green and warm water into black and cold water, down through increasing pressure into the death-like region of ooze and slime and old decay; then up again, back to color and light, his lungs almost bursting, till suddenly he breaks surface again, holding in His hand the dripping, precious thing that He went down to recover. You.”

Is that great imagery, or what?

***This fella would be busy at my house!


***I am only one, but I am one.  I cannot do everything, but I can do something.  And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.  ~Edward Everett Hale

***Have a great day!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Afterglow

***Well, we had an absolutely wonderful day yesterday. Family, food, fun, presents - doesn't get any better than that! Today I'm cooking for the whole gang, so as soon as I finish this I gotta get with it!

***Here are a few I haven't seen, but like!






More here - gotta get some mugs & T-shirts...

***Obama visits marines while on vacation in Hawaii. Glad he did it, wish he meant it...

***How refreshing - GOP will open next Congress with reading of the Constitution. Might be the first time the Democrats in Congress have heard/read it all the way through.

***Ice archway found in the middle of the ocean. Neat, huh?




***Petraeus visits troops in Afghanistan.  HE means it.

***Good for him. Officer refuses to sign order for troop indoctrination.

President Obama's repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is already  damaging the U.S. military.
An Army lieutenant colonel has asked to be relieved of command rather than order his troops to go through pro-homosexual indoctrination following the repeal of the policy, which required homosexuals to keep silent about their sexual preference. 

He will be painted as a bigot and a homophobe, just watch.

***A year end tax checklist.

***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!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve!

***It's here! I'm so excited. :-) I woke up in a lot of pain this morning from my carpal tunnel, but it's easing off now. It better, I have a lot to do today! Our family went together and got Mark's uncle a digital picture frame for Christmas, and it's up to me to figure out how to get pictures and music on it. My hand hurt quite a bit yesterday so I didn't get my cleaning done. I have to do it today no matter what. It's good that all my clients are closed today so at least I don't have to transcribe like a fool.

***

Nativity Scenes:

(more commonly called manger scenes.)
Italians immigrating to America because of poverty and social unrest in their land brought with them this tradition in the 1700 and 1800’s. While it is a pivotal religious symbol at Christmastime throughout the world, the Italians were the originators. It seems St. Francis of Assisi commissioned a Nativity Scene to be built and displayed in front of the catholic cathedral in Italy where he was priest. During that Christmas holiday these centuries ago, this scene was to represent the birth of Christ throughout the season and for several days after.
Today it would take more than a week and over an hour each to visit and tour all the Nativity Scenes in Naples and Rome alone.
Nativity Scenes being used as a religious symbol on public property in America today is being argued and ridiculed in our congress as having no place in modern day history. My opinion on that is: Bunk!

*** "The Season of Love" by 4HIM:

Outside on a cold and lonely street
A homeless woman sleeps this Christmas
Tonight, theres a child that dreams of home
In an orphanage alone
For all they really need is a helping hand from
You and me

CHORUS
The season of love
I really believe that this would be much better
And people would come together
If we share the reason for the season of love
The spirit of Christmas will change
This world forever
If we all play our part
Just by giving from the heart I know
Christmas will really become
The season of love

Somewhere, underneath a Christmas tree
Is a simple manger scene this Christmas
And there lying on a bed of straw
Is the greatest gift of all
This Christmas lets let the world know
For all they really need is the love of God
To set them free
REPEAT CHORUS
BRIDGE
Though the holiday passes away
And the lights begin to fade
The spirit of Christmas will remain

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***
Reason for the Season

When eggnog's generously filling
Each and every Christmas mug
And siblings tour miles and miles
To greet you with a hug
There's scarce else I'll be wishing
Than this simple little prayer
Of peace and calm and blessings much
On Christmas Day this year.
 
By Joel Bjorling
 
***Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childish days; that can recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth; that can transport the sailor and the traveller, thousands of miles away, back to his own fire-side and his quiet home!  ~Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers, 1836
 
***Have a great day!  

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Typin' & Cleanin'

***That describes yesterday, and will describe today! Gotta get everything ready for this weekend so I can relax and enjoy it! I'm trying to get my transcription completely caught up so I can give my hands a rest over the weekend. They're waking me up at night, especially my right, my "mouse hand." Might have to break down and go to the doctor and see what can be done about it short of surgery.

***Way to cave, Republicans!

***Hypocrisy personified. It's name is Ben Affleck.

***Abolish the FCC.

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Two Babes In a Manger
   
      

In 1994, two Americans answered an invitation from the Russian Department of Education to teach morals and ethics (based on biblical principles) in the public schools. They were invited to teach at prisons, businesses, the fire and police departments and a large orphanage. About 100 boys and girls who had been abandoned, abused, and left in the care of a government-run program were living in an orphanage. They relate the following story in their own words:

  
It was nearing the holiday season, 1994, time for our orphans to hear, for the first time, the traditional story of Christmas. We told them about Mary and Joseph arriving in Bethlehem. Finding no room in the inn, the couple went to a stable, where the baby Jesus was born, and then placed in a manger.
   
Throughout the story, the children and orphanage staff sat in amazement as they listened. Some sat on the edges of their stools, trying to grasp every word. Completing the story, we gave the children three small pieces of cardboard to make a crude manger. Each child was given a small paper square, which was cut from yellow napkins I had brought with me. No colored paper was available in the city.
 
Following instructions, the children tore the paper and carefully laid strips in the manger for straw. Small squares of flannel, cut from a worn-out nightgown an American lady was throwing away as she left Russia, were used for the baby's blanket. A doll-like baby was cut from tan felt we had brought from the U.S. 
    
The orphans were busy assembling their manger as I walked among them to see if they needed any help. All went well until I got to one table where little Misha sat. He looked to be about six years old and had finished his project. As I looked at the little boy's manger, I was startled to see not one, but two babies in the manger. Quickly, I called for the translator to ask the lad why there were two babies in the manger.
 
Crossing his arms in front of him and looking at this completed manger scene, the child began to repeat the story very seriously.  For such a young boy, who had only heard the Christmas story once, he related the happenings accurately ~ until he came to the part where Mary put the baby Jesus in the manger. Then Misha started to ad-lib. He made up his own ending to the story as he said...
   
"...And when Maria laid the baby in the manger, Jesus looked at me and asked me if I had a place to stay. I told him I have no mamma and I have no papa, so I don't have any place to stay.  Then Jesus told me I could stay with him. But I told him I couldn't, because I didn't have a gift to give him like everybody else did. But I wanted to stay with Jesus so much, so I thought about what I had that maybe I could use for a gift. I thought maybe if I kept him warm, that would be a good gift. So I asked Jesus, 'If I keep you warm will that be a good enough gift?'  And Jesus told me, 'If you keep me warm, that will be the best gift anybody has ever given me.'  So I got into the manger, and then Jesus looked at me and told me I could stay with him ~ for always."
 
As little Misha finished his story, his eyes brimmed full of tears that fell down his little cheeks. Putting his hand over his face, his head dropped to the table and his little shoulders shook as he sobbed and sobbed. The little orphan had found someone who would never abandon nor abuse him, someone who would stay with him ~ for always.

 
I've learned that it's not what you have in your life, but who you have in your life that counts.  "Be joyful always; pray continually; give in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  (I Thes. 5:16-18) 
  
What gifts would you bring to the manger?

***Merry Christmas!

***"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace." ~~ Isaiah 9:6


***Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

So Excited!

***Talked to Emily last night. They are as excited as we are that they will be here for Christmas! What a wonderful day that's gonna be - everybody together again. Wish they could be here for dinner on Sunday too, but hey, ya can't have everything. :-)

***I am SO disappointed that the Republicans are capitulating on the START treaty. It's time for one of my Senators, Dick Lugar, to go. I find myself on the opposite side of him on many issues any more.We are helping the Democrats disarm America, and we're gonna trust Russia to honor this treaty? They NEVER do. Why do we think they will this time?

***You don't say. States with lower taxes, smaller government, fewer unions seeing most growth. Imagine that.

***Apparently we're going to get some more snow in Indiana. I hope so!


***This is not good:

Nearly one-fourth of the students who try to join the U.S. Army fail its entrance exam, painting a grim picture of an education system that produces graduates who can't answer basic math, science and reading questions, according to a new study released Tuesday.

The report by The Education Trust bolsters a growing worry among military and education leaders that the pool of young people qualified for military service will grow too small.

"Too many of our high school students are not graduating ready to begin college or a career — and many are not eligible to serve in our armed forces," U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told the AP. "I am deeply troubled by the national security burden created by America's underperforming education system."
What will their (the unions and the Democrats) remedy be? Why, throw more money at the problem! After all, that has worked SO well, right?

***Hmmm...well, I don't know if this is true, but it's interesting!

 The Hidden Meaning Behind
the 12 Days of Christmas
   
      
This gives a whole new meaning 
to the song...
   
People often think of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' as the days preceding the festival. Historically, Christmas is the season of the Christian Year for the days beginning on December 25 and lasting until January 6 (the Day of Epiphany) when the church celebrates the revelation of Christ as the light of the world and recalls the journey of the Magi.  From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to practice their faith openly. During that era someone wrote 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' as a kind of secret catechism that could be sung in public without risk of persecution.  The song has two levels of interpretation: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of the church. Each element in the carol is a code word for a religious reality.

The "partridge in a pear tree" is Jesus Christ.
   
The two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments.

The three French hens stand for faith, hope and love.

The four calling birds are the four Gospels.

The five gold rings recall the torah (Law) the first five books of the Old Testament.

The six geese a-laying stand for the six days of creation.

The seven swans a-swimming represent the sevenfold gifts of the Spirit.
 
The eight maids a-milking are the eight beatitudes.

The nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Spirit (Gal.5).

The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments.

The eleven pipers piping stand for the eleven faithful disciples.

The twelve drummers drumming symbolize the 12 points of belief in the Apostles Creed.

There you have it...  the hidden meaning of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and the secret behind the song.

***Stores in the UK are putting security tags on turkeys to thwart shoplifters. How on earth could you get out of a store with a turkey, undetected?? I guess you could put it under your jacket and pretend to have a big belly...don't know how else you'd do it.

***Merry Christmas!



***I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.  ~Charles Dickens

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Enjoy It!

***Feels good to have shopping done and presents wrapped. Now in the evening when I just can't type another sentence, I go into the living room, turn on the tree and my little winter houses, and just enjoy the decorations. Last night I watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey version) in the living room on my laptop so I could enjoy the lights at the same time. I love this time of year!

***Chris Christie frees Brian Aitken. Merry Christmas to the Aitkens!

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gave the Aitken family all they wanted for Christmas Monday.

Christie signed a letter ordering Brian Aitken, a New Jersey man sentenced to seven years in jail for having weapons he legally purchased in Colorado, to be released from Mid-State Correctional Facility as soon as possible.

Good move, Gov. Christie.


***What a sicko. "Pedophile Guide" author arrested on obscenity charges. Throw away the key.

***Amelia Earhart found? It's a longshot, but it's possible.

***Who had the worst 2010?

***Merry Christmas!


***Well, I was going to feature Newsmax's list of 2010 heroes, until I saw Michelle Obama on the list. Sorry Newsmax, you blew this one. They admire her "childhood obesity" fight, but it's no more than a nanny state, we're-smarter-than-parents stand, and it certainly isn't admirable, in my opinion.

***I don't really like Jay Leno, but these are pretty good:

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

I grew up in New England, and Christmas is different here in Los Angeles. Last night, carolers came to my door. Which was nice, but then I realized they were lip-syncing.

Congress has voted to extend the Bush tax cuts. Is it me, or is George W. Bush getting more done now than when he was in office?

President Obama met with leaders of 60 American Indian tribes. I don't want to say the country's in bad shape, but he offered to give it back to them.

The president was honored by the Indians with his own Indian name. They now call him, "Dances With Republicans."

***Guess Scott Brown wasn't such a great victory after all...



***Have a great day!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Closer 'n Closer!

***Got the last gift yesterday - I'm officially done Christmas shopping! This week I'll do a little cleaning every day - Mark's family is coming here for dinner on the 26th. His nephew and his fiance will be in town and we don't get to see them very often, so before they go back to I.U. we're going to spend as much time with them s we can.

***Christmas albums through the years. Jay Nordlinger does a wrapup of some classic Christmas albums, fun read! Did you know there was a verse to "White Christmas?" I didn't either! Here's part of it:

The sun is shining, the grass is green,
The orange and palm trees sway.
There’s never been such a day
In Beverly Hills, L.A.

But it’s December the 24th
And I’m longing to be up north . . .

This article is all about the classics, The Messiah, for example. I have a recording of that, it really is hauntingly beautiful. For more recent Christmas music, though, I think my all-time favorite non-classical Christmas album is 4Him's  "The Season of Love."   There are a lot of good ones to choose from - Steven Curtis Chapman's "The Music of Christmas," Michael W. Smith's "Christmastime," Phllips, Craig, & Dean's "Repeat the Sounding Joy,"  but 4Him's has to be my all time favorite. They released it in 1998, and I've worn out three of the CDs. Give it a listen!

***Congress ignores combat troops. Well of course they do. That's what liberals do. They should all be made to spend a day on the ground in Afghanistan.

***Prospects dimming for the ratification of the new START treaty, but they aren't dim enough. I wish we could get rid of the RINO ladies from Maine, Snowe and Collins. They are nearly useless to the conservative movement.

***How to stop snoring. I gotta print this out for Mark...

***Recalling Harry Reid? Oh, what a dream that would be...

***Terry Redlin does beautiful artwork - we have a couple of his paintings in our living room. Think Thomas Kinkade, but a little more realistic. Here's an example:


His stuff is just beautiful, check it out.

***Anybody feel like this?


***"The Christmas Shoes" by Newsong. Love this.

It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Tryin' to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing 'round like little boys do
And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn't believe what I heard him say

Chorus:
Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there's not much time
You see she's been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, "Son, there's not enough here"
He searched his pockets frantically
Then he turned and he looked at me
He said Mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
Somehow I've got to buy her these Christmas shoes

So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out
I'll never forget the look on his face when he said
Mama's gonna look so great

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It's Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there's not much time
You see she's been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

Bridge:
I knew I'd caught a glimpse of heaven's love
As he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me just what Christmas is all about

Repeat Chorus

***The spread of evil is the symptom of a vacuum. whenever evil wins, it is only by default: by the moral failure of those who evade the fact that there can be no compromise on basic principles. ~~ Ayn Rand

***Have a great day!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Up 'n At 'em!

***Lots to do today. My docs decided to use the weekend to catch up on their dictation, so now I gotta hustle for the rest of the day. Oh well, good to have the work!

***Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal passes. The government continues to use the military for social experimentation. Not a good idea, in my opinion.

***C.S. Lewis' popularity endures.

***A brief history of dumb inventions: Check out the rainy day cigarette holder...


C'mon, you know you want one...

***10 dumbest things celebs said in 2010. Wow, bet there was stiff competition for THAT list...here's one gem:


9. Prince. The legendary entertainer must have had moguls, executives, celebrities, world leaders and regular folk losing sleep due to stress earlier this year when he declared worldwide web's days were numbered. 
"The Internet's completely over," Prince told the U.K’s Daily Mirror. "I don't see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won't pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can't get it."
You've got to give it to someone Prince, or nobody will hear it! 
Sheesh.

 
This year's winter solstice — an event that will occur next Tuesday — will coincide with a full lunar eclipse in a union that hasn't been seen in 456 years.

Should be interesting!
 
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Christmas Trees

xmas traditions In 16th-century Germany fir trees were decorated, both indoors and out, with apples, roses, gilded candies, and colored paper. In the Middle Ages, a popular religous play depicted the story of Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
A fir tree hung with apples was used to symbolize the Garden of Eden -- the Paradise Tree. The play ended with the prophecy of a saviour coming, and so was often performed during the Advent season.
It is held that Protestant reformer Martin Luther first adorned trees with light. While coming home one December evening, the beauty of the stars shining through the branches of a fir inspired him to recreate the effect by placing candles on the branches of a small fir tree inside his home
The Christmas Tree was brought to England by Queen Victoria's husband, Prince Albert from his native Germany. The famous Illustrated News etching in 1848, featuring the Royal Family of Victoria, Albert and their children gathered around a Christmas tree in Windsor Castle, popularized the tree throughout Victorian England. Brought to America by the Pennsylvania Germans, the Christmas tree became by the late 19th century.

***How to name your business. Go for it in 2011!

***There are two things to aim at in life:  first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it.  Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts, 1931

***Have a great day!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Crunch Time!

***Well, other than stocking stuffers and a few odds & ends, I'm *done* Christmas shopping. We've cut back quite a bit this year, but it's still going to be nice. I've found that if you start early and look hard enough, you can find nice gifts at very reasonable prices. Like the pretty scented candle in a nice metal holder for $4.95 I got at the Christmas Village in November. Mark's sister will love it, she won't care that it cost under $5.00. We have fallen into the trap many times in past years of thinking we had to spend a substantial amount of money to give a "nice" Christmas. What rubbish! Being together and having fun on Christmas day is the best gift of all. We finally learned that not too many years ago, after stretching ourselves financially to the limit for too many years. Live & learn.

***Feds lose case against an Oklahoma bank. They were trying to make them remove crosses and Bible verses. Wow, good thing we have the government to protect us from that stuff! Fortunately, the bank won this one.

***Chris Matthews gets the thrill back:



Caution: This will make you gag and spit.

***Providing faith comfort for soldiers at war. I love this.

The front lines are nothing like home. But for thousands of religious Americans serving their country overseas, a special MP3 player has become a friend through hard times.

The players are loaded with spiritual messages, courtesy of The Frontline Faith Project. (http://frontlinefaithproject.org/)
It's like "somebody by your side to remind you that there's a higher purpose, to remind you of the hardships that others have had to endure, to make your hardships relatively small and to remind you of your core beliefs," says Lt. Loris Lapri of the U.S. Army's Second Cavalry Division.

***2010: The Year of the Moocher. And that's just how the Democrats like it.

***Funny vintage TV commercials. Some of these are great!

***Merry Christmas!



 ***"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
-- George Orwell

***Have a great day!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas Shopping!

***Emily, Johnathan, & I are going out for lunch at Olive Garden and then to the mall at Fairfield Commons for some Christmas shopping today. Can't wait to see her! It's getting to be crunch time - fortunately, I'm about done.

***Well, they passed the tax bill. I'm glad the tax rates have been extended (they are not tax "cuts," as the Democrats described them), but there is way too much spending in it.

***On the other hand, turning back that pork-laden omnibus spending bill is a great victory.

***An $11 million Christmas tree.



***Great web site - Downsizing Government. What a *big* job.

***Thank God the spending bill is dead.


Conservatives are going to have to stay vigilant, though. They will ram through whatever they can. This current Congress can't end soon enough.

***When Christmas was outlawed.

***Rush on the current Congress:

The Democrats don't care about this country and I'm gonna tell you that without any reservations whatsoever.  They don't care about the country.  This is all about them.  It is all about the last gasp opportunity they have to infect and poison this country with their ideology and their ideas.  They are destroying and hijacking this country right in front of our eyes.  And let's be clear about something.  Brown, Collins, Snowe, other Republicans, the usual suspects in most cases are repeatedly defying the voters, and they pretend to be these old-fashioned fiscal conservative Yankees, but they are big spending, irresponsible politicians who keep larding up the deficit, undermining any notion of fiscal sanity, and they do so under the guise, "Well, we gotta service our constituents."  They know full well what the people of this country said.  I'm talking about Republicans, particularly some of these outgoing Republicans like Bennett from Utah, Voinovich in Ohio.  They don't care, folks, they don't care about the country, and they don't care about you.  And they wonder why they were defeated.  

***
 The Hotel is Full 
A Jewish lady named Mrs. Rosenberg many years ago was stranded late one night at a fashionable resort - one that did not admit Jews. The desk clerk looked down at his book and said, "Sorry, no room. The hotel is full."
      
      The Jewish lady said, "But your sign says that you have vacancies."
      
      The desk clerk stammered and then said curtly, "You know that we do not admit Jews. Now if you will try the other side of town..."
      
      Mrs. Rosenberg stiffened noticeable and said, "I'll have you know I converted to your religion."
      
      The desk clerk said, "Oh, yeah, let me give you a little test. How was Jesus born?"
      
      Mrs. Rosenberg replied, "He was born to a virgin named Mary in a little town called Bethlehem."
      
      "Very good," replied the hotel clerk. "Tell me more."
      
      Mrs. Rosenberg replied, "He was born in a manger."
      
      "That's right," said the hotel clerk. "And why was he born in a manger?"
      
      Mrs. Rosenberg said loudly, "Because a jerk like you in the hotel wouldn't give a Jewish lady a room for the night!"


***The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.  When the world seems familiar, when one has got used to existence, one has become an adult.  ~Eugene Ionesco

***Have a great day! 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Almost Scammed

***I can't believe I almost fell for this. I got an email yesterday from another transcriptionist who also works for a client I have in Virginia. I know her because I trained her on a couple of accounts. It said that they were on vacation in the UK and were robbed and needed some funds immediately. The more I read the email, the more I saw that it wasn't perfectly typed like a transcriptionist would do it, so I checked with my client to make sure she was on vacation before I sent any money, and sure enough, it was a scam. Someone had hacked her account and sent that email to everyone on her email list. That made it look authentic, too, because I knew many of the names on the list. I'm glad I checked it out, I would have felt pretty stupid if I had gone ahead and wired the money. Beware of anything like that and always check it out! This has been a public service announcement...

***One last disgrace:

The 1,924-page omnibus spending bill unveiled yesterday by Senate Democrats is the legislative equivalent of a middle finger, one that reminds us of how richly the Democrats deserved the shellacking visited upon them on Election Day. Rather than pass a simple “continuing resolution” to fund government operations through early 2011, Harry Reid & Co. decided to ignore the backlash against fiscal profligacy and let their pork barons run wild. The result is an orgy of earmarks, rolled out two weeks after most Senate Republicans and seven Senate Democrats voted for a temporary earmark moratorium.

I'll say it again: Nevada, you could have rid us of this idiot, but you sent him back to the Senate for us to deal with for another six years. Thanks a lot.

***This is *amazing*....Mother sues McDonald's for offering toys and enticing her kids. Heaven forbid she has to tell them "NO!" No wonder the Obamas think they can expand the government to the point of telling us what to feed our kids, with parents like this out there.



WASHINGTON—A mother of two from Sacramento, Calif., says that McDonald’s uses toys as bait to induce her kids to clamor to go to McDonald’s and to develop a preference for nutritionally poor Happy Meals. With the help of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, today the mom, Monet Parham, is filing a class action lawsuit aimed at stopping McDonald’s use of toys to market directly to young children. The suit will be filed in California Superior Court in San Francisco shortly after the court opens for business Wednesday morning.
According to Parham, the main reason her six-year-old daughter, Maya, asks to go to McDonald’s is to get toys based on Barbie, i-Carly, Shrek, or Strawberry Shortcake. The food seems almost beside the point to the kids, says Parham, because the toy monopolizes the attention of Maya and her two-year-old sister Lauryn.

Poor Maya and Lauryn - they have a total twit for a mother.

***Facebook co-founder named Time Magazine's Person of the Year.

***Liar.

***Oh my goodness...


***He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.  ~Roy L. Smith

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Can't Get Warm!

***Geez, I've been a weenie for the last couple of days. No matter what I put on, I can't seem to get warm. Oh well. My mom & I are going this morning to do a little Christmas shopping. I'll be doing Christmas *looking*, until I get my next check from one of my clients. That's okay, though, I love the crowds and music and decorations, etc.

***If they don't like the results, they don't report them:

A new ABC-Washington Post poll found ObamaCare sunk to its lowest popularity yet: 52 percent opposed, and only 43 percent in favor. ABC mentioned the poll without fanfare at the end of a Jake Tapper report on Monday’s World News, and Tapper added this was the health law's "lowest level of popularity ever." But Tuesday’s Washington Post reported not one sentence on the poll in the paper – even as they reported in the paper that the same survey found Obama’s tax-and-unemployment-compensation deal has “broad bipartisan support:"

Oh, but they're not biased or anything.

***Rahm Emanuel is a sleazy piece of work. He'd make a perfect mayor for Chicago. He's definitely "Chicago political machine" material. Crooked, lacking in character, dishonest.

***I vote traitor, myself. But...the Berkeley, California city council is considering bestowing hero status on the private who is allegedly behind the Wikileaks scandal. Yeah...put him right up there with our guys putting their lives on the line for our freedom. What a bunch of dolts. They've tabled the decision for now, but the fact that it is even being considered is repulsive.

***Geez, Nevada, you could have rid us of your village idiot, but you sent him back to the Senate instead. Thanks a lot.

***Famous traitors throughout history.

***Why you should eat pineapple.

***Now that's low. Burglar steals family's gifts AND their dog!

***From A Gift of Inspiration:

See it through

 
When you're up against a trouble,
Meet it squarely, face to face;
Lift your chin and set your shoulders,
Plant your feet and take a brace.
When it's vain to try to dodge it,
Do the best that you can do;
You may fail, but you may conquer,
See it through!

Black may be the clouds about you
And your future may seem grim,
But don't let your nerve desert you;
Keep yourself in fighting trim.
If the worst is bound to happen,
Spite of all that you can do,
Running from it will not save you,
See it through!

Even hope may seem but futile,
When with troubles you're beset,
But remember you are facing
Just what other men have met.
You may fail, but fall still fighting;
Don't give up, whate'er you do;
Eyes front, head high to the finish.
See it through!

Edgar Guest


***Here's a 31 ft snowman!


***Famous people as children. Follow the link for a better look.


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***Have a great day!