Monday, January 31, 2011

Here We Go!

***Up at 3:00 a.m., sippin' my Click, ready for another busy day!

***Sound familiar? Greek entrepreneur is bound by archaic laws and government bureaucracy. He wants to build a factory, create jobs, boost the floundering Greek economy - but the government is in the way. Endless regulations, stupid laws - sounds very, very familiar.

***Italy's $1.4 million car. Sheesh!


***The world's most ridiculous frozen foods. Microwavable pork rinds? Pickle juice popsicles? Ewww....

***A uniquely vicious corruption. Can't think of a better description of Obamacare.

***Michael Barone sees a good trend for the GOP in 2012. Don't blow it, guys.

***Ronald Reagan would have been 100 years old on Feb. 6. The Ronald Reagan Foundation is planning a big gala - fitting for the best president in my lifetime.

"If we're free to dare - and we are - if we're free to give - and we are - then we're free to shape the future and have within our grasp all that we dream the future will be." ~~ Ronald Reagan

***Snow rage? C'mon people...think good thoughts...



***Well, that's inventive. Drug smugglers caught catapulting pot over the border.

***A Master's Degree in Beatles studies. Yep, THOSE Beatles. Wow, what an accomplishment. (?)

***"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
~ Margaret Mead

***Have a great day!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem...

***...LAZY bones! I didn't get up until 6:45 this morning. Sheesh! Half the day's gone! That's what I get for not setting my alarm.

***Chris Matthews, the jerk who derides Sarah Palin as stupid and Michelle Bachmann as a bubble headed idiot (real civil there, Chris), says that the Panama Canal is in...EGYPT! Sure, he probably just misspoke - but just imagine the derision Sarah Palin would endure if she made the same mistake. Aren't liberals wonderful?

***Good idea - the private sector is where innovation is, certainly not in government. Some states are figuring that out.

***They figured out what killed 200 cows all at once in Wisconsin - spoiled sweet potatoes!

***We're gonna get it again - snow's a'comin'!!


***From home cooks to gourmet startups. These Jazzed Up Marshmallows sound good!

***Obama says he won't refight battle over health care. Oh yes you will.

"Health reform is part of deficit reform," Obama told a Friday meeting of Families USA, a group that advocated for healthcare reform. "We know that health care costs, including programs like Medicare and Medicaid, are the biggest contributors to our long-term deficit. Nobody disputes this. And this law will slow these costs."

What a crock of lies. This law does nothing to decrease the cost of anything. Geez, he's a bigger liar than Clinton, and that's saying something.

***Thank you, job-killer Obama: Deepwater rigs moving out of Gulf of Mexico:
Some of the 30-plus deepwater rigs that were in the Gulf of Mexico have moved to other markets, first because of a U.S. halt called last May after BP Plc's (BP.L: Quote) well blowout, and then because of the lack of permits once the moratorium was lifted.

***Need more proof that Democrats=socialism? Read this quote from Dem. Rep. Jim Moran:

"... because we have been guided by a Republican administration who believes in the simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it and they have an antipathy towards means of redistributing wealth."

Yes, we are misguided because we believe that people who earn their money are entitled to keep it. Moran is a Moron...but unfortunately he reflects the views of most in his party.

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***About the Make-A-Wish Foundation. There are some really neat stories here.

***"Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best" ~ Henry Van Dyke

***Have a great day! 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday!

***Boy, am I glad it's Saturday. I still have a lot to do, but the pressure's off a bit on the weekend. I was really busy yesterday, my surgeons' group needing some reports stat that I had to find, transcribe, and send in a hurry. All part of the job, but some days are worse than others. Since I had to do that, I couldn't get my other clients done. Guess what I'll be doing today?

***Needs no commentary - this is perfect!


***Check out VetsCor Portraits of Freedom, honoring the men and women of our military, past and present:



"Our Armed Forces have turned the tide of world wars.

Young men and women from our great country's four corners
have humbled history's worst tyrants.

We carve our thanks in stone.
We stamp it into medals.

We carefully tend to vast fields where the men and women who
gave their lives for our freedom now lay.

More than ever in our history, we cannot fail to pass these stories of courage to the next generation.

We must capture their imaginations while paying tribute to all those willing to die for the preservation of our way of life."



***Obama's Justice Department is about anything but justice. It is corrupt and completely politicized. Read about it over at Power Line:

The corruption of the Department of Justice under Barack Obama and Eric Holder is one of the saddest of many sad stories that have emerged from the Obama administration. Under Obama, the Department has been politicized to a degree this country has never experienced; certainly not in its modern history.

Yesterday the Civil Rights Commission released its final report on its investigation of the New Black Panthers case. That case presented the question--seemingly not a difficult one--whether it is permissible for political partisans, at least one of them an official of the Democratic Party, to wield weapons and make threats outside a polling place on election day for the purpose of deterring members of an opposing political party from voting.

Yet it seems that Barack Obama and Eric Holder approve of such threats of violence and want them to continue in the future, as long as the clubs are wielded on behalf of the Democratic Party.

Read the whole thing. It will nauseate you.

***Teachers' unions, namely the NEA and AFT, are mostly to blame for the failure of our education system. Their focus is on union power, not the education of our children. They do their level best to block any kind of parental involvement in the choosing of the education of their children. The unions see that as a threat to their power, and fight anything to do with school choice. It doesn't matter that we're graduating illiterates. As long as union dues are filling union thugs' (read: Democrat) coffers, all is well.

***Egypt is a mess, and our President is clueless.

***

***

Shaved

A church in a rural community was so small that the pastor also doubled as the local barber to make ends meet.
There happened to be a man in this small community who had invested wisely and was enjoying his newfound comfort. This man got out of bed one day to go through his daily routine. He looked into the mirror as he was about to shave and decided, “I make enough money now, I don’t have to shave myself. I’ll go down to the barber and let him shave me from now on.”
So he walked into the barber shop and found the preacher/barber was out calling on shut-ins. His wife, Grace, said “I usually do the shaves anyway … sit down and I’ll shave you.” So he did.
After she shaved him, he asked, “How much do I owe you?”
“$25,” Grace replied.
The man thought that was a bit expensive, especially if he got a shave every day. Nonetheless, he paid Grace and went on his way.
The next day, he woke up and found his face to be just as smooth as the day before. No need for a shave today, he thought, well, it was a $25 shave.
The next day he awoke to find his face as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Wow! he thought. That’s amazing, as he normally would need to shave daily to keep his clean-shaven look.
Day 3, he woke up and his face was still as smooth as the minute Grace had finished. Now, somewhat perplexed, the man went down to the barber shop to ask some questions.
This time the pastor was in. The man asked him why his face was as smooth as it was the first day it was shaven.
The kind old pastor gently retorted, “Friend, you were shaved by Grace … and once shaved, always shaved.”

***5 Worst Blizzards in US History.

***The speed of communications is wondrous to behold. It is also true that speed can multiply the distribution of information that we know to be untrue. ~~ Edward R. Murrow

***Have a great day!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Still Catchin' Up

***I'm really paying for that half day off we took to go see Emily & Peter Wednesday! Still trying to catch up, but it was worth it.

*** "After a while, the snow just isn't fun anymore..."


Fortunately, we don't have this much here in Indiana!

***My soldier sent me a picture of him and an email! That was a treat - most of the time they don't have time to correspond. It was so neat to hear from him and see what he looks like. They really do appreciate knowing that we haven't forgotten them and that we are grateful for what they're doing. Adopt a soldier at Soldiers' Angels.

***25th Anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger disaster.

***Great story! I never watch American Idol, or any TV for that matter, but I saw this over at FoxNews.com and wanted to pass it along. Chris Medina is singing for his brain-damaged fiancee.

***The Dumbest CongressCritter in Washington says her constituents are uninformed. The writer has a good point - she may have a point here. They keep sending her to Washington, don't they?

***Mike Pence has decided not to run for president in 2012. Too bad, he'd make a great one. He may instead run for governor. While he'd make a great governor, too, I'd love to see him stay in Washington. Good men are hard to find in that town.

***Here's a big surprise: Rahm Emanual back on Chicago mayoral ballot. The thugs really do run that town.

***


***Actual letter to God from "Joyce"


***You don't see this every day: Baseball player [Gil Meche] quits, says, "I don't deserve $12 million." Wow.

***Well, Mark's in the right business - the top 10 fastest growing franchises includes 7 cleaning services.

***Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things.  ~Author Unknown

***Have a great day!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ruh Roh!

***Got some rather distressing news from my doctor yesterday. My EMG/nerve conduction test results were not good. I have moderately severe carpal tunnel syndrome on the left, which is not even symptomatic, but it was described as very severe on the right, to the point that there is probably already some irreversible damage. He said I have to have surgery as soon as possible. Oh my goodness, that's a problem. I have an appointment with a surgeon Wednesday, so I have to come up with a way to cover my clients while I'm out of commission, and fast. Dr. Royer wasn't sure how long I will be unable to transcribe...hopefully I can at least still proofread, correct, etc. I'll have a lot of questions for the surgeon. Geez, this is not good news...

***You've got to be kidding. The Evil Elf, Dem. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, is suing a congressional cafeteria:

Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio is suing a congressional cafeteria for dental damage he says he suffered after biting into an olive pit in a sandwich wrap he bought there.

Wow. I'm speechless.

***Walter Williams asks, "Can Our Nation be Saved?" READ THIS.

***Keep waking up, people. Obamacare is a scam and very, very bad legislation. Plus, it's a great way for Obama to pay back his union thug buddies. Check it out - more waivers!


***Dems angry over Obama's anti-earmark stance. Come on, people, it's not like he meant it.

***More people eating at home nowadays. I know we are. I've been trying to learn to cook more things, and I find I'm really enjoying it!

***From A Gift of Inspiration:

The brilliant you, released!

You're a remarkable person. But, you knew that already. Still, buried among apathy, unbelief and inhibition, is the brilliant "you" waiting to be released. You already knew that, too.
A few disappointments here, several temporary defeats there, and POOF! just like that, you settled for being a risk-conscious, opportunity: self-denied, generality. Nobody has ever made any progress by standing still. You're not an exception; and you're not alone. In fact, you have plenty of company. But, why settle for a life that looks like just about everyone else's? Do something magnificent with your God-given gifts and boldly distinguish yourself from the masses. Decide-on this day-to connect with your brilliance, within.

Paramount in your quest for brilliance is the personal development and daily utilization of your talents and abilities. As a matter of fact, it's required. It's not necessary to be perfect. Striving for excellence in everything you do is enough to release your brilliance.

Trust me. You were not born to be "mild." So cut it out! There's an entire universe out there starving for your gifts. How long will you continue to wait to take those last four classes needed for your degree? What career have you just been "wishing it were so" about? If all you can see is yourself remaining 16 units short of your degree, how can you possibly prepare for an exciting future? If you can't believe for a meaningful vocation now, will you have the passion to believe for one later?

Challenge yourself. Commit to do just two things this hour that will untap your brilliance. Revamp your resume; make a phone call to your advisor. Even a modest amount of brilliance unreleased, would relay the message to your brain: "Wow, she's serious!"

Ignite your passion. Inhale, then excel. Stand and deliver! See, then be!

Your life matters. Visualize your brilliance totally released. Then boldly, step into the vision.

Written by Fran Briggs

***Gorgeous!


***Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
~William Wordsworth, 1806


***Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

RATS!

***Doggone it, I wanted to get up at 3:00, finally made it up a little before 5:00. We're going to see Emily & Peter today & I wanted to get all my work done early. I meant to do it last night and tried, but I had just worked my hand too hard yesterday and it was really bothering me. Oh well...I can still get it done. Just won't get anything ELSE done! :-)

***The Editors over at National Review Online regarding the State of the Union speech: "Where Obama was not vague, he was wrong." Sounds about right.Great breakdown of the speech by Kevin McCullough - from the most surprising moment to the most ridiculous, and everything in between.

***Rep. Paul Ryan's response.

***The Chicago Way: Rahm Emanuel back on mayoral ballot. What, you doubted he'd get that done? Come on.

***A roundup of book reviews. This is interesting, if you're an avid reader.

***

***Fighting snow with...pickle juice?

***Oh, to have this man back again....or at least a reasonable facsimile...


***10 signs you're an Internet geek:

10. When filling out your driver's license application you give your IP address.

9. You no longer ask prospective dates what their sign is, instead your line is "Hi, what's your URL?"

8. Instead of calling you to dinner, your spouse sends e-mail.

7. You're amazed to find out spam is a food.

6. You "ping" people to see if they're awake, "finger" them to find out how they are, and "AYT" them to make sure they're listening to you.

5. You search the Net endlessly hoping to win every silly free T-shirt contest.

4. You introduce your wife as "my lady@home.wife" and refer to your children as "client applications".

3. At social functions you introduce your husband as "my domain server".

2. After winning the office super bowl pool you blurt out, "I feel so colon-right parentheses!"

And the number one sign you are an Internet Geek:

1. Two Words: "Pizza's Here!"

***"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand." - Milton Friedman

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Between Those Ears

***Saw this graphic over at National Review Online - love it! You''ll have to go to NRO to actually see the video because I'm still a rookie and can't get it to embed.


***March for Life 2011. What? You haven't seen much coverage? Well, imagine that. 



***Frances Fox Piven's violent agenda. Typical liberal.

A leading light of the Democratic Socialists of America claims she is not a socialist and, after urging the unemployed to emulate the Greek rioters, claims she is not inciting violence.

Project onto others your negatives, and lie through your teeth. She's got it down pat.

***The Christian Science Monitor asks:

Since the Tucson shooting on Jan. 8, federal gun control advocates have made little headway and many states are considering expanding gun rights. Why?

Glenn Reynolds answersBecause people have figured out that gun control is a scam that costs liberty while making crime worse and leaving citizens defenseless.

***

 

***Rahm Emanuel not a Chicago resident, will not be on mayoral ballot. This is awesome. More at Drudge Report.

***This is encouraging:  

A school district in southwestern Virginia is re-posting copies of the Bible's Ten Commandments in all county schools, despite concerns that doing so is unconstitutional.

The five-member Giles County School Board voted unanimously to restore the framed, 4-foot-tall, biblical texts after parents and local ministers complained about their removal from the district's five schools and its technology center. The decision was made even though the board's attorney advised that such Christian displays represent unconstitutional government endorsement of religion.

The Ten Commandments were up on school walls in Giles County for at least a decade next to framed copies of the U.S. Constitution. School officials took them down and replaced them with the Declaration of Independence in mid-December after a resident complained. The board reversed that decision Thursday after several parents and pastors, joined by a throng of supporters, told the board that the schools had a moral obligation to reinforce God's teachings.

We have to stop letting ourselves be intimidated by people who claim the Constitution orders us not to celebrate our Christian heritage in this nation.

*** Snorting bath salts? Come on, people. Get a hobby.

***The most pleasant and useful persons are those who leave some of the problems of the universe for God to worry about.  ~Don Marquis

***Have a great day!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Well Darn!

***Alarm went off at 3:00, I rolled out at 5:00. Darnit, I hate when I do that. I wanted to get my work done a bit early today. Oh well, now I gotta hustle.

***Jack LaLanne, R.I.P. I remember mom watching his exercise show, just barely. (I mean I barely remember his show, not that Mom was bare when she watched it...)

***Looks like I retired just in time - the Post Office is really in the red. Most people don't realize that they have to operate under a lot of regulations that other businesses don't have to deal with. One is that by law they can't close unprofitable post offices in rural areas. They are mandated to serve every address in the United States. They are lobbying to change that law because they're losing so much money on little tiny post offices where they still have to pay a Postmaster. I can see both sides of that argument. Read the article, it's interesting.

***Enter the new gadget age! Check out these things you just can't do without - like the see-through toaster and the portable fireplace.

***Tiger Woods drops to #3. Didn't think that would happen for a while.

***It's the Packers vs. the Steelers in the Super Bowl. Go Packers!

***Well, we got a little more snow last night, but not this much. Looks like fun, though!




***First they were pushing legislation like the world was going to end if it wasn't passed within a week, now the Senate Democrats don't want to allow a vote on Obamacare. Yeah, they're really looking out for the good of the country, aren't they?

***Christie 1, Schumer 0. I love it when that blow-hard Schumer is called in the carpet. It doesn't happen nearly enough.

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***Teens who robbed people stuck in the snow in Kansas get busted when they get stuck themselves. Karma's a *#*&@, ain't it?

***Organized crime still has a firm grip on unions. Oh, there's a surprise.

***
"I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!"
~ Dr. Seuss

***Have a great day!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Yum!!

***Dinner at Texas Roadhouse last night was awesome!They were really busy, but they hustle there and we only had to wait about 15 minutes. Kinda bummed that I didn't have room for those awesome rolls or the steak fries with my pulled pork, but hey, I still enjoyed myself! This is why my bariatric surgeon and nutritionist preach EAT PROTEIN FIRST. When I do that, I don't have room for the bad (but very, very GOOD) stuff.

***

***Jonah Goldberg nails it.Our energy solution is in our own back yard, if Obama and the Democrats would just embrace it. We need to drill for or OWN oil. It really couldn't be simpler.

If that’s the case, the solution is right in front of the president’s face. To echo a chant from the 2008 Republican convention, “Drill, baby, drill!”

The objective case for developing our oil and gas wealth is pretty straightforward. With the exception of climate change, pretty much everything the Obama administration considers a major problem would be improved by opening the floodgates to new exploration.

***When I first saw the headline "FoxNews Hires Keith Olbermann" I nearly fainted. Then I clicked and saw the graphic:


Frankly, I wouldn't even hire him as a janitor.

***Blessing or curse? You decide.

***Warning: This story about the Philadelphia infanticide factory will nauseate you, as will the accompanying picture. All in the name of "choice."

***More on the GE/Obama merger. This, also, will nauseate you.

The alliance between big government and big business should raise the hackles on the necks of ordinary citizens. In the cases of GM and Chrysler, we have seen a variety of wrongs committed with government power and taxpayer money. Harnessed to the power of government, big business can really get cracking.


It can sell products to big government. It can bulk up on direct and indirect subsidies derived from the labor of ordinary citizens. It can take pressure off pricing by creating barriers to entry for potential competitors. It can mitigate the difficulty of persuading ordinary citizens to buy what they are selling at a price that reflects market value.


***This is awesome...


***Gonna be a c-c-c-cold Jets-Steelers game!!

***This is the one I'm interested in, though, Packers-Bears. Go Packers!

***5 Foods You Thought Were Good for You.

***Speed, strength, and the inability to register pain immediately.  ~Reggie Williams, when asked his greatest strengths as a football player

***Have a great day!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Weird Weekend

***Okay, this is strange. Usually on Saturday we're having someone over for dinner, or going someplace/have something planned. But today? No plans! I love it! Don't get me wrong, I have plenty to do. I just won't have to save it all for Sunday afternoon and evening now. Look out office, here I come! You need a thorough cleaning!

***Remembering the Sanctity of Life. This is Sanctity of Life month. There are some exciting things happening.

These exciting pro-life measures are being brought back into the national spotlight now that the House is controlled by pro-lifers.
Here is a look at some of the bills we are already seeing this year:

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would remove all public funding for abortion. This is an 'umbrella measure' that will cover all funding restrictions in one bill.

The Protect Life Act, which would remove funding for abortion and abortion coverage from the new health care law.

The Dornan Amendment, which would restrict funding for abortion in Washington, D.C.

We have also seen a bill introduced to defund Planned Parenthood®, as well as a bill that offers women free access to view an ultrasound image of their preborn baby prior to making the life-altering decision to have an abortion.

More info at CitizenLink at Focus on the Family. Especially read the story about former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson, and how God opened her eyes and is now using her for the cause of Life. Here's a teaser:

1. You started at Planned Parenthood during college. Did you ever think you’d leave?
I was there for eight years. There are many people that believed I was going to be a lifetime employee at Planned Parenthood. There are people that believed that my heart was hardened to the point that I would never leave.
But God can penetrate any heart. There is no heart that is too hard for God.

Amen to that.



***Big, dumb Puma County sheriff Clarence Dupnik facing recall bid. Maybe he should have been doing his job rather than being a leftist hack.

***Goodbye to one of the world's worst people - Keith Olbermann. Good riddance.

***Another example of the "religion of peace."

The brother of the Muslim actress Afshan Azad, who played Padma Patil in the “Harry Potter” films, was sentenced to six months in prison Thursday for beating his sister after he heard her talking to her Hindu boyfriend.

Ashraf Azad, 28, called his sister a “prostitute” and screamed ''Marry a Muslim or you die!''
during a three-hour beating, during which, the actress said in a Manchester, England court, she feared for her life.

Sounds more like the religion of savages to me.

***General Electric - bought and paid for by Barack Obama. This definitely should be investigated. How much clearer could it be? More from Rush.

***Ha! That was a good one!
***Four trends startups need to know now.  Some good tips here if you have a small business or are planning to start one. I've been meaning to get Premium Carpet Care (Mark's business) up on Facebook as soon as I get a little better at using it. I don't have much time to play on it, but I'm getting better at getting around and leaning how to do things with it. Seems that you simply have to have a web presence if you're in business. We are working with Yellow Book, who will design a web page for him as an add-on to his Yellow Pages advertising. Hopefully it'll help grow his business.

***I definitely want this edition of Newsmax Magazine:




***Have a great day!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Snow!

***Well, Wayne County is immersed in a blanket of white. It really is pretty. Since we have the Tahoe and can pretty much go as we please, even in bad weather, it doesn't bother me when it gets bad out. It's kinda fun to drive in, actually.

***Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It. Sounds like another Atkins Diet book, but read the first review. It really does make sense. Before my weight loss surgery, when I stuck to the Atkins Diet I lost weight very quickly. It, admittedly, is hard to stick with. But then, so is any diet. Check it out.

***Some follow up thoughts to the above.

***Here's another reason my kids were never allowed to watch MTV at home. We had it blocked, because of shows such as this. We didn't want that garbage in our home.

***Tucson restaurant to offer African lion tacos. Ummm, I'll pass.

In the six months since it launched Exotic Taco Wednesdays, Boca Tacos y Tequila has served up python, alligator, elk, kangaroo and rattlesnake.
Frog legs, turtle, duck and Rocky Mountain oysters have also made appearances.
"We've done just about anything we can get our hands on," said owner Bryan Mazon. "Every Wednesday we do something a little bit different."
Last week he announced on Boca's Facebook page that the UA-area taco shop was accepting prepaid orders for African lion, to be served on Feb. 16. Orders must be placed by 3 p.m. Feb. 7.


***Dem. Rep. Steve Cohen finally apologizes for his remarks linking Republicans to Nazis, but read it yourself. It's not really an apology, it's a "cover my butt" - ology.

***Wheeee!! I'd love to try this sometime.



***Dependence Day by Mark Stein. Heavy reading, but if you have time, do it.

***

***

50 Dollars is 50 DollarsFunny Short Story - Jokes 50 dollars

Morris and his wife Esther went to the state fair every year, and every year Morris would say, 'Esther, I'd like to ride in that helicopter. 'Esther always replied, 'I know Morris, but that helicopter ride is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars.'
One year Esther and Morris went to the fair, and Morris said, 'Esther I'm 85 years old. if I don't ride that helicopter, I might never get another chance.' Esther replied, 'Morris that helicopter is 50 dollars and 50 dollars is 50 dollars.' The pilot over heard the couple and said, 'folks I'll make you a deal. I'll take the both of you for a ride; if you can stay quiet for the entire ride and not say a word I won't charge you! but if you say one word, it's 50 dollars.'
Morris and Esther agreed and up they went. the pilot did all kinds of fancy manoeuvres, but not a word was heard. he did his dare devil tricks over and over again, but still not a word. When they landed, the pilot turned to Morris and said, 'by golly, I did everything I could to get you to yell out, but you didn't . I'm impressed!'
Morris replied, 'well I almost said something when Esther fell out, but, you know, 50 dollars is 50 dollars!'

***
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory
Freidrich Engels

***Have a great day!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

They Did It!

***House votes to repeal Obamacare. Of course, it won't pass the Senate since it's still controlled by the Democrats, but the Republicans need to keep this fight front and center and continue educating America regarding just how bad this bill is. The more people know about it, the less they like it. Keep the pressure on, GOP.

***Another crazy House Democrat - this time he compares Republicans to Goebbels and the Nazis. These guys are losing it.

***Rush answers the question the media keeps posing, "What should be cut?" Okay, here's a start:

Let's look at it this way.  Let me just give you an off the top of my head ballpark list of things to cut.  We're gonna cut Obamacare.  That's gonna save several trillion.  We're gonna cut the EPA, which has had a budget increase of about 130% over the last two years, and the EPA is getting in the way of the private sector.  The EPA now has dictatorial powers over carbon dioxide emissions and the FDA is getting close to having that kind of power on drugs and the things that they oversee.  So cut the EPA, not eliminate, just cut it.  We're gonna cut the number of bureaucrats by 20%.  We're gonna cut their salaries to bring them more in line with the private sector.  We're gonna cut government across the board by at least 10%.  We're gonna abolish the FCC, and the reason we're gonna abolish the FCC is because the FCC's getting into the control of free speech business, and that's not their charter.  We will abolish the Federal Election Commission.  There's nothing more worthless than the FEC.  They deal with complaints after the fact, and if anything a slap on the wrist happens, all the policing power, all the intimidation that they claim to have doesn't intimidate anybody into anything.  Besides that, the FEC seeks to control political free speech, so you get rid of that. 

We'll abolish all of Obama's czars.  They're not even constitutional.  We will abolish stimulus spending and TARP.  We'll sell off 20% or more of the federal landmass that the federal government owns.  The federal government owns about 25% of all the land in the United States.

Sounds like a great start to me.

***We got more snow comin' to Indiana...



***Whoever heard of an "elegant" desk phone? Well, here's one: The Moshi Moshi 041.



***This is amazing! Rep. Gabrielle Giffords stands up, looks out her hospital room window. Great news!

***How to start and run a business from your closet.

***From A Gift of Inspiration:


When you thought I wasn't looking (Part Two)

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you take care of our house and everyone in it and I learned we have to take care of what we are given. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw how you handled your responsibilities, even when you didn't feel good and I learned that I would have to be responsible when I grow up. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw tears come from your eyes and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it's alright to cry. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw that you cared and I wanted to be everything that I could be. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, I learned most of life's lessons that I need to know to be a good and productive person when I grow up. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, I looked at you and wanted to say, 'Thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn't looking.'

Each of us (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, teacher or friend) influence the life of a child. How will you touch the life of someone today?
Written by a former child
Author Unknown

 
With Congress and the White House gearing up for a major battle over the future of education policy, the comedian who famously criticized academic failings in the black community added his voice Wednesday to that of House Speaker John A. Boehner and others who want to give parents a bigger say in their children's education. 

***After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music. ~~ Aldous Huxley

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Just Rollin' Along...

***Up and at 'em again...but not as early as usual! Didn't wake up until 5:30 - heck, half the day's gone!!

***Contrasts in Black and Red. Absolutely great column by Cal Thomas contrasting the fiscal situation in Red and Blue states. For example:

In Illinois, Democratic legislators and a Democratic governor pushed through a massive 67 percent personal income tax hike (and a 46 percent boost in corporate taxes), claiming an accompanying "cap" would mean no new spending. Sure.

Compare that to Indiana, my state:

In his State of the State address last week, Indiana Republican Mitch Daniels, properly took credit for policies that have placed his state among the financially strongest in the nation: lowest property taxes in the country and matching spending to income by eliminating "nice to do" programs, focusing instead on "must do" ones.

Daniels noted, "Elsewhere state government payrolls have grown, but here, we have the nation's fewest state employees per capita, fewer than we did in 1978." He said that during the current recession "at least 35 states raised taxes, but Indiana cut them. Since '04, the other 49 states added to their debt, by 40 percent; we paid ours down by 40 percent." Other states went into the red, he said, but in Indiana "our savings account remains strong, and our credit AAA."

It can be done, but Democrats simply will not do it.

***Top 10 Movie Explosions of all Time!

***The House is voting on repeal of Obamacare today. Let's hope they do it! Make the Democrats defend it. Heck, most of them haven't even read it.

***Invisible tanks in the future?



***Sen. Joe Lieberman will not seek re-election in 2012. Can't say that I'll miss him. The only thing he has ever gotten right is his support of the War on Terror...but he wasn't adamant enough to stop caucusing with the Democrats when Bush was in office, so it means little. Good riddance.

***Balancing act.



***From A Gift of Inspiration:

When you thought I wasn't looking (Part I)

A message every adult should read, because children are watching you and doing as you do, not as you say. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator and I immediately wanted to paint another one. 

When you thought I wasn't looking I saw you feed a stray cat, and I learned that it was good to be kind to animals. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make my favourite cake for me and I learned that the little things can be the special things in life. 

When you thought I wasn't looking I heard you say a prayer, and I knew there is a God I could always talk to and I learned to trust in God. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you make a meal and take it to a friend who was sick, and I learned that we all have to help take care of each other. 

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you give of your time and money to help people who had nothing and I learned that those who have something should give to those who don't. 

Written by a former child - Author Unknown

***More proof that the Left creates a climate of hate. 

***I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.  ~Michelangelo

***Have a great day!  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Not Good!!

***Well, the technician who did my EMG yesterday kept shaking her head. They can't really tell you too much while they're doing the test, they're not allowed to, but she said, "This has been going on for years, you waited way too long." Yikes. I got the feeling when Dr. Parnell did the needle part that she doesn't think an injection is going to do the trick. Again, she wouldn't give me a final diagnosis, she'll let Dr. Royer do that, but I get the feeling that the news isn't going to be good. Surgery??!! Geez, where am I gonna fit THAT in? Oh, and by the way, that test hurts!

***Time for one of my Senators, Dick Lugar, to go. He used to be very conservative, but as the years go by he gets more and more moderate. Now he's calling for an assault weapons ban. One more reason I'm all for term limits.He is up for re-election in 2012. I hope someone primaries against him.

***Dem. Rep. James Clyburn: “We’ve had some incidents where TSA authorities think that congresspeople should be treated like everybody else,” he said. “Well, the fact of the matter is, we are held to a higher standard in so many other areas, and I think we need to take a hard look at exactly how the TSA interact with members of Congress.”

You gotta be kidding! They want to treat members of Congress like the rabble they represent? The NERVE!!

***Britain is backing off nationalized health care because IT DOESN'T WORK. And here we are - running toward it. What's wrong with this picture??

***Baby, it's cold outside!!


***Flashback: A lesson in civility from our President.

***Dick Cheney is back! I love this guy. He's not looking too healthy, though, is he?

Dick Cheney is back. The former vice president, giving his first interview since major heart surgery earlier this year, predicts that President Obama will be a one-termer, but one who has learned the hard way that Bush administration policies worked in the war on terrorism.

In an interview to air Tuesday on NBC's “Today” show, Cheney said that the president’s big government approach to domestic policy will bring him defeat in 2012. He specifically cited Obama's "overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government over the private sector."

***"No kidding! And then SHE said..."



***The 2011 Index of Economic Freedom. This is a travesty, and must be reversed. The United States at number 9???

Rank Country Overall Change
1 Hong Kong 89.7 0.0
2 Singapore 87.2 1.1
3 Australia 82.5 -0.1
4 New Zealand 82.3 0.2
5 Switzerland 81.9 0.8
6 Canada 80.8 0.4
7 Ireland 78.7 -2.6
8 Denmark 78.6 0.7
9 United States 77.8 -0.2
10 Bahrain 77.7 1.4

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Thoughts on living with excellence

Skill to do comes of doing. Do the thing and you will be given the power.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or find it not. What you are comes to you.
Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. Set down nothing that will not help somebody.
Put your trust in ideas and not in circumstances. Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it well and serenely.
To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
Unless you do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will not grow. We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
~~Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson

***Professor Johnston often said that if you didn't know history, you didn't know anything.  You were a leaf that didn't know it was part of a tree.  ~Michael Crichton, Timeline

***Have a great day!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Inspiration

***Gabrielle Giffords' survival and recovery is a source of hope and inspiration. Here is Michael Barone's take.

***Glad I looked at my appointment sheet yesterday - my EMG is this afternoon, not tomorrow! I hope he refers me for a shot quickly, I'm tired of sleeping on the couch! I didn't sleep well last night at all.

***Grace and dignity. John Green, the father of the 9-year-old girl who was killed in the Tucson massacre is a source of inspiration himself.

Speaking through tears as he was interviewed on NBC’s “Today’’ show and on the Fox News Channel, Christina’s father refused to pin his daughter’s murder on the “climate of hate’’ and “vitriolic rhetoric’’ so many others were eager to indict. Unlike the local sheriff who seized the moment to smear Arizona as “a mecca for prejudice and bigotry,’’ John Green said the killings were “such a rare thing to happen in Tucson, Arizona, which is a wonderful city — and the northwest side is a wonderful community.’’
The chattering class spent much of the past week calling for new laws and tighter regulations. There were proposals for (among other things) a ban on carrying guns within 1,000 feet of a member of Congress, resurrecting the long-discredited broadcast Fairness Doctrine, funding more outpatient clinics to treat the mentally ill, and prohibiting ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds. John Green endorsed none of them. “We don’t need any more restrictions on our society,’’ he said. “New laws and limitations cannot prevent every horror, and if we want to live in a country like the United States, where we are more free than anywhere else, we are subject to things like this happening.’’
No one would have faulted Green if, in his heartbreak, he had raged against the monster who shot Christina. Instead he expressed gratitude for “the friends and family we have surrounded ourselves with,’’ and added, with almost incomprehensible generosity: “If maybe that fellow who was shooting everybody — if he had had some friends and family around him, maybe this wouldn’t have happened.’’

Grace in the midst of turmoil and heartbreak.

***Amen, Don Surber:

For a decade, from the election of Bush 43 forward, the Left has lied and cheated as it tried to return to power. Al Gore made a mockery out of the American electoral system by being a spoilsport over Florida, which Bush indeed won by 537 votes. Dan Rather forged a document to try to derail Bush’s re-election. Twice Democrats stole U.S. senators from the Republicans. After voting to support the war to get by the 2002 election, many Democrats quickly soured on the war. The profane protests were cheered by liberals who misattributed “dissent is the highest form of patriotism”to Thomas Jefferson; the words belong to the late historian Howard Zinn.

Once in power, liberals were the opposite of gracious.

For two years now, I have been called ignorant, racist, angry and violent by the left. The very foul-mouthed protesters of Bush dare to now label my words as “hate speech.”

Last week, the left quickly blamed the right for the national tragedy of a shooting spree by a madman who never watched Fox News, never listened to Rush Limbaugh and likely did not know who Sarah Palin is.
Fortunately, the American public rejected out of hand that idiotic notion that the right was responsible.
Rather than apologize, the left wants to change the tone of the political debate.

The left suddenly wants civil discourse.

Further down, there's this:

It’s my turn now. I am not going to scream back. But I refuse to allow anyone to dictate what I say or how I say it. I refuse to allow the same foul-mouthed, foul-spirited foul people who dumped on me to now try to tell me what I may or may not say.

And again I say, AMEN!

***Starbucks to roll out the "Trenta" size drink - 31 oz.!

***Well, I hear the Golden Globes were on last night. Honestly, I couldn't possibly care less. Hollywood is a cesspool and the "stars" are plastic people. Ugh.

***Who can't use this?? 25 Instant Energy Boosters.

***

***
A priest and a nun are on their way back home from a trip when their car breaks down. They are unable to get it fixed, so they decide to spend the night in a hotel. The only hotel in the town has only one room available.

Priest: "Sister, I don't think the Lord would have a problem, under the circumstances, if we spent the night together in this one room. I'll sleep on the lounge and you have the bed."

Nun: "I think that would be okay."

They prepare for bed and each one takes their agreed place in the room. Ten minutes later...

Nun: "Father, I'm terribly cold."

Priest: "Okay, I'll get you a blanket." (He does)

Ten minutes later...

Nun: "Father, I'm still terribly cold."

Priest: "Okay Sister, I'll get you another blanket." (He does)

Ten minutes later...

Nun: "Father, I'm still terribly cold. I don't think the Lord would mind if we acted as man and wife just for this one night."

Priest: "You're probably right...get up and get your own blanket."

***Well, this is good news: Patriots defeated by Jets yesterday. I don't like the Jets, but I dislike the Patriots more. Since my Colts are out, I'm rooting for the Packers.

***The 50 most dangerous liberals in America. Slideshow at Townhall.com. Check it out.

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***It's not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required. ~~ Sir Winston Churchill

***Have a great day!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Great Time!

***Had a nice visit with family who came over for Johnny's birthday yesterday. Always nice to get everyone together.

***Great news! Congresswoman Giffords taken off respirator.

***Well well well. Tucson Tea Party Leader Threatened by Unhinged Leftist. Don't hold your breath for coverage of this.

Trent Humphries has been receiving death threats all week since the national media and their leftist cohorts began blaming the tea party for the shooting by the leftwing pothead. Currently, government officials are checking his mail for him due to the threats.

Seems the media believes words have consequences...unless you're talking about THEIR words.

***Could this guy have been the next crazed killer? Thank God he's behind bars.

***


***  WELL, HI THERE!!



***

Illinois mom gives birth to twins in different years


Talk about a New Year's countdown - a northern Illinois couple welcomed their new daughter to the world in the last minute of 2010 — and a twin son in the first minute of 2011.
Ashley Fansler gave birth to Madisen Carin Lewis at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve in Machesney Park, 85 miles northwest of Chicago. Aiden Everette Lewis was born a minute later, at 12 a.m. on New Year's Day.
The Rockford Register Star reports that Fansler wasn't due until the end of January but doctors at Rockford Memorial Hospital scheduled a cesarean section for Friday evening to avoid complications.

***10 Deadly Blogging Blunders  Hmm...I see I have a little room for improvement... :-)

***We've got the most prosperous culture in human history and we've also got the biggest spiritual hole in human history.  ~Mark Victor Hansen

***Have a great day!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Another Party!

***I do this a lot, don't I? Today my mom and Mark's family are coming over for Johnny's birthday. He turned 22 on Wednesday. Hard to believe my baby's 22! He picked an easy menu - hamburgers, salad, and mashed potatoes. Oh well, at least it's easy!

***77% of Americans think government spending should be cut. Well, that's a good start.

***"Together We Thrive" Arizona memorial theme was a recycled Obama campaign slogan. How tacky.

***Imago Dei. In this Focus on the Family column by Jim Daly, he explores the Right to Life and human rights. This is a quote from Dr. Peter Singer, an ethics professor at Princeton University:

When articulating his support for legalized abortion, Peter Singer admits his valuation of human life is based on a person’s capacities instead of it being measured on the Christian belief that life is made in God’s image, and thus worthy of protection. In other words, if a person has little or no capacity to think, walk, speak or write, his or her life, according to Dr. Singer, is inferior, and thus dispensable.

He realizes his perspective is radical, but still believes it’s right. In talking about his campaign to change people’s minds on this topic he said, "We are trying to overturn 2,000 years of Christian tradition."

An ethics professor, advocating the dispensability of human life based on a person's abilities, or capacities. Kinda hard to wrap my mind around that, but there it is. Further down in the article, a rebuttal:

Interestingly enough, the mainstream pro-abortion movement is very uncomfortable with Dr. Singer’s blunt line of reasoning. But as Dr. Tim Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, has said, Dr. Singer’s reasoning presents a logical crisis for those who support abortion rights:

If you don't believe in the image of God, what are you going to ground human rights in? You're going to ground it in capacities. If you can't protect the unborn you can't protect the newly born, you can't protect the mentally handicapped, you can't protect old people. It's a fact. It's logical. If you go back to the beginning of the Christian church, here's what you saw: they came into a Greco-Roman world that also grounded the idea of rights on capacities.  Aristotle said that some races are too emotional, they couldn't reason because they didn't have the capacity for higher reason. They deserved to be slaves. And in the Greco-Roman world you had slavery, you had terrible poverty, you had lots of abortion, you had infanticide. It was perfectly legal…girl babies died of exposure. And you took the elderly and sick poor people and just let them die. And that was all legal; and it was done all the time. 

Read the rest of the article. It's very interesting.

***Remember "The Hollywood Squares" game show when Peter Marshall hosted it? It was great. Admittedly, some of these are a little tacky, but they're hilarious! These are some actual answers given on the show:

The Original Hollywood Squares and its comics...this may bring a tear to your eyes. These great questions and answers are from the days when "Hollywood Squares" game show responses were spontaneous and clever not scripted and (often) dull, as they are now.

Peter Marshall was the host asking the questions, of course.

Q. Do female frogs croak?
A. Paul Lynde: If you hold their little heads under water long enough.

Q. If you're going to make a parachute jump, at least how high should you be?
A. Charley Weaver: Three days of steady drinking should do it.

Q. True or False, a pea can last as long as 5,000 years.
A. George Gobel: Boy, it sure seems that way sometimes.

Q. You've been having trouble going to sleep. Are you probably a man or a woman?
A. Don Knotts: That's what's been keeping me a wake.

Q. According to Cosmopolitain, if you meet a stranger at a party and you think that he is attractive, is it okay to come out and ask him if he's married?
A. Rose Marie: No; wait until morning.

Q. Which of your five senses tends to diminish as you get older?
A. Charley Weaver: My sense of decency.

Q. In Hawaiian, does it take more than three words to say "I Love You"?
A. Vincent Price: No, you can say it with a pineapple and a twenty.

Q. What are "Do It," "I Can Help," and "I Can't Get Enough " ?
A. George Gobel: I don't know, but it's coming from the next apartment.

Q. As you grow older, do you tend to gesture more or less with your hands while talking?
A. Rose Marie: You ask me one more growing old question Peter, and I'll give you a gesture you' ll never forget.

Q. Paul, why do Hell's Angels wear leather?
A. Paul Lynde: Because chiffon wrinkles too easily.

Q. Charley, you've just decided to grow strawberries. Are you going to get any during the first year?
A. Charley Weaver: Of course not, I'm too busy growing strawberries.

Q. In bowling, what's a perfect score?
A. Rose Marie: Ralph, the pin boy.

Q. It is considered in bad taste to discuss two subjects at nudist camps. One is politics, what is the other?
A. Paul Lynde: Tape measures.

Q. During a tornado, are you safer in the bedroom or in the closet?
A. Rose Marie: Unfortunately Peter, I'm always safe in the bedroom.

Q. Can boys join the Camp Fire Girls?
A. Marty Allen: Only after lights out.

Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

Q. If you were pregnant for two years, what would you give birth to?
A. Paul Lynde: Whatever it is, it would never be afraid of the dark.

Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.

Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?
A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn't neglected.

Q. Back in the old days, when Great Grandpa put horseradish on his head, what was he trying to do?
A. George Gobel: Get it in his mouth.

Q. Who stays pregnant for a longer period of time, your wife or your elephant?
A. Paul Lynde: Who told you about my elephant?

Q. When a couple have a baby, who is responsible for its sex?
A. Charley Weaver: I'll lend him the car, the rest is up to him.

Q. Jackie Gleason recently revealed that he firmly believes in them and has actually seen them on at least two occasions. What are they?
A. Charley Weaver: His feet.

Q. According to Ann Landers, what are two things you should never do in bed?
A. Paul Lynde: Point and laugh.

***Reince Priebus is the new chairman of the RNC.

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***However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results. ~~ Sir Winston Churchill

***Have a great day!