Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lookin' Forward!

***I have to work for a few hours on this Saturday morning, then I'm going to pick my mom up and go yard saling! After that, our weekly trip to the Amish store. We're supposed to have sunshine today, I'm looking forward to THAT too! I was so busy last week I didn't exercise as much as usual, so I'm going to lap swim this afternoon. Should be a great day!

***Growing numbers of people dissatisfied with Obama's handling of the economy.

The Marist-McClatchy poll found that only 40 percent of registered voters approve of Obama’s handling of the economy, with a considerably higher number of Democrats and independents raising doubts.
Since January, the number of Democrats who disapprove of Obama’s handling of the economy has nearly doubled, growing 12 percentage points to 27 percent, while the percentage of independents casting doubt has grown from 50 percent in January to 63 percent, the poll found.

Yet I keep hearing that Obama would defeat just about any comers if the election were held today. I don't believe it for a minute - that's just another media-driven meme to protect their messiah. You don't coast to re-election with an approval rating in the low 40s

***Court lifts ban on embryonic stem cell research. Even though every major breakthrough has involved adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells have yielded nothing. This is just another way the liberals can target unborn babies. What IS it with these people?

***World's Fastest Car: The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. Only $2.8 million!



***Good reason to buy Johnsonville brats and Angel Soft toilet paper. The union thugs are targeting these companies (and others) because they supported Scott Walker.

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***Think Progress is at it again. Honestly, it's hard to believe people take this stuff seriously, but unfortunately many do. They're exploiting the tragic tornadoes and blaming them on - you guessed it - global warming and the politicians who voted against the EPA's inane carbon dioxide endangerment finding. They can't be honest, of course, so they claim these politicians voted to "pollute the climate." Does THAT make sense to anyone? More here. Love this line - When you "Think Progress" - think stupid.

***Mark Steyn was *awesome* subbing for Rush yesterday. He went on a diatribe regarding the attention to Obama's birth certificate. He said many on the Right are focusing on the one thing that Obama is NOT to blame for - where and to whom he was born - and letting the 53% of people who voted for this rube off the hook. He's right - 53% of the American people lost their collective minds and elected a man with no executive experience, who has never run anything, never accomplished anything but getting himself elected to public office, with a background full of warnings as to his socialist tendencies and complete lack of understanding of how a free nation works, as President of the United States. THAT, people, was stupidity, and we're paying the price. Those people who fell for the Hope & Change garbage are the ones we should be angry with, the blame for what is happening to America right before our eyes is on their shoulders. Obama MUST be defeated in 2012, or we may pass the point of no return and lose this country as we know it. We are well on our way.

***

***San Francisco Chronicle says White House lied. No...say it isn't so!

***Food sprinkle that signals your brain to stop over-eating?

***Fun facts to know and tell:

*If you snore, you can't dream. Certain studies indicate that if a person is sleeping and snores, he/she can't dream.

*The call of the humpback whale is the loudest sound produced by any living animal.

*If the earth were tilted one more degree either way, the planet would not be habitable because the area around the equator would be too hot and the poles would be too cold. (Yeah, but that just happened by chance, y'know...)

*Looking at the Sun Can Trigger a Sneeze and is known as photic sneeze reflex and is yet not explained by science.

*Female black widow spiders eat their males after mating. (Oh, there are SO many jokes that can be made here...)

***Check out these before and afters!

    



Guess there's something to be said for body building!

***I've heard that Soul Surfer is an excellent movie. I'm anxious to see that one. 

***
AN INSPIRING PRAYER
-- Author Unknown
Heavenly Father, help us remember that the jerk who cut us off in traffic last night is a single mother who worked nine hours that day and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with homework, do the laundry and spend a few precious moments with her children.
Help us to remember that the pierced, tattooed, disinterested young man who can't make change correctly is a worried 19-year-old college student, balancing his apprehension over final exams with his fear of not getting his student loans for next semester.
Remind us, Lord, that the scary looking bum, begging for money in the same spot every day (who really ought to get a job!) is a slave to addictions that we can only imagine in our worst nightmares.
Help us to remember that the old couple walking annoyingly slow through the store aisles and blocking our shopping progress are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she got back last week, this will be the last year that they go shopping together.
Heavenly Father, remind us each day that, of all the gifts you give us, the greatest gift is love. It is not enough to share that love with those we hold dear. Open our hearts not to just those who are close to us, but to all humanity. Let us be slow to judge and quick to forgive, show patience, empathy and love.

***Relax! I got this...



***
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
~ Henry David Thoreau

***Have a great day!
 

Friday, April 29, 2011

What We're Up Against

***This kind of idiocy is what we're up against. Rather than simply debating the issues, the Left prefers to harass and intimidate. That's because they do not have a coherent argument. Here is what Paul Ryan is having to deal with:

Citizens Action of Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Labor Council have enlisted a traveling band of seniors to follow Paul Ryan’s every move while he conducts town halls across the state.
“They have been and they will be trailing all his listening sessions and do their best to get themselves heard. They’re speaking out against this insane plan,” said Sheila Cochran, secretary for the Milwaukee Labor Council. “I don’t think Paul Ryan has a clue about the people he’s affecting … his plan could literally kill people.”

No, honey, it's not Paul Ryan who doesn't have a clue.  He's about the only one who understands how serious the economic condition of this country is. Cuts are going to have to be made, period. What was your plan, again?

***Is your brain sleeping while you're awake? Hey, that would explain a lot...

***Yeah, the most transparent administration in history...

Is this really that big of a surprise?  A reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle recorded several anti-Obama protesters who disrupted an Obama fundraiser.  In other words, she was reporting the news.  The Administration's response:  the reporter, Carla Marinucci, was "removed as a [press] pool reporter."

***Here are some ways to help the tornado victims.

***More incompetent boobs to help Obama on immigration. And I mean that literally.




President Barack Obama is enlisting Hispanic celebrities, including actresses Eva Longoria, America Ferrera and Rosario Dawson, today to help push plans to overhaul U.S. immigration laws.
The president listed a revamp of the immigration system as one of the top issues on his agenda in speaking to supporters last night at fundraisers in New York.
Emilio Estefan, the husband of singer Gloria Estefan, and Eddie Sotelo, a Los Angeles radio show host, also were among those invited to this afternoon’s White House meeting.

Guess he doesn't want anyone competent next to him...for obvious reasons.

***THE WEDDING is today. Thank goodness, maybe we can escape the wall to wall coverage now.

***Well of course they say he's racist. Anyone who dares criticize Obama MUST be racist! That word is bandied around as a weapon and it is now meaningless.

***Now this could be effective...



***Voodoo climate science.

***Is weight loss surgery the answer to diabetes? Well, it is for some people. It sure was the answer for my sleep apnea. I no longer have to wear a CPAP at night, thank goodness. I hated that thing. It worked, don't get me wrong, but I hated sleeping with it on.

***


***Muscle man looks like a croissant...



***"We need this in perspective. Obama never had a birth certificate problem. He has a spending problem. He has a redistribution of wealth problem. He has a socialism problem." ~~ Rush Limbaugh


***Have a great day!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Late Start!

***Geez. what a night. Let's just say there wasn't much sleep involved. Gonna be a looong day.

***Okay, let's get this out of the way. Obama released his long form birth certificate. Hooray. Now, can we get on with the business of criticizing him for his policies? That is way more important than dwelling on why he waited, etc. Here's Debra J. Saunders' take:

By asking why President Obama had not released his long-form birth certificate on numerous so-called news shows, Trump had even usually sensible people theorizing over lunch as to why the White House had not released the document. Was there something damning about the president's religion? His race? His parentage?
My theory was simpler. In 2008, Obama released a certificate of live birth. Why did he wait until Wednesday to release the long-form, which birth deniers demanded? Easy. Who doesn't like watching his political enemies look like complete dolts? Obamaland no doubt felt a warm rush of satisfaction every time some nut job right-winger put forth a contorted theory about the president's 18-year-old mother running off to a Third World delivery room to give birth and then, Manchurian-like, falsifying the paperwork. The debate debased conservative opposition.

By the way, have you ever seen a President look more un-Presidential in the way he handled this? He went on Oprah, for heaven's sake, and whined and moaned about "carvival barkers," etc....as if he isn't the Barker-in-Chief. Oh well, par for the course.

***Idiot Alert! A team of "experts" has decided that calling animals "pets" is insulting.

Domestic dogs, cats, hamsters or budgerigars should be rebranded as “companion animals” while owners should be known as “human carers”, they insist.
Even terms such as wildlife are dismissed as insulting to the animals concerned – who should instead be known as “free-living”, the academics including an Oxford professor suggest.

Gimme a break.

***Still believe Obama means what he says about reducing our dependence on foreign oil? It's bunk, just like everything else he says. Check out this story: "Oil Imports Spike as Obama Decreases Domestic Production."

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***Profile in Courage. These Christians in China are showing some real guts - and faith. They need our prayers and support.

The global media spotlight has recently centered on the meeting place of Shouwang Church in Beijing. Since April 10, the unregistered congregation of 1,000 mostly young professionals has been forced to worship outdoors after the landlord of its rented conference hall gave in to mounting government pressure and terminated the church's lease.

During the past three Sundays, numerous uniformed and plainclothes police officers were sent to a public square at Zhongguancun, known as "China's Silicon Valley," where Shouwang worshipers were supposed to gather. Hundreds of Shouwang members were detained, from a few hours to 48 hours. They worshiped—reading the Bible, singing hymns, and praying—after being loaded onto buses or held in police stations. Many others have been under house arrest. The church's leaders, including four pastors and three elders, have been under house arrest for most of the past two weeks. Some church members have lost their jobs or rented homes—or both.

We sometimes forget how good we have it here regarding our freedom to worship as we see fit.

***Yeah, this is how our Marines need to spend their time - learning how to accept gay recruits. Geez.

***Thirsty cat:


***Learn from these social media mistakes.

***Best phones for texting.

***Julianne Moore will play Sarah Palin in new movie. Yeah, that'll be done tastefully. Too bad they can't find a conservative in Hollywood to play any of these parts. Gotta admit, though, she sure looks like Palin! This is Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin:



***The New York City Public Library has just announced that it will make pornography available to all of its patrons. Hey, there's a real step forward.

***Is this the way we feel about our cell phones, or what??



***
Focus more on your desire than on your doubt,
and the dream will take care of itself.
You may be surprised at how easily this happens.
Your doubts are not as powerful as your desires, unless you make them so
Marcia Wieder

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I Hate When That Happens...

***Turned off my alarm again instead of hitting the snooze - instead of getting up at 3:00 a.m., I rolled out at 5:30. Doggone it. I have to get a lot done this morning because I'm taking my mom to the doctor later this morning, then we get to go and have lunch with Emily & Johnny. I ain't missin' that, so I REALLY gotta get with it now.

***Teachers unions working feverishly to organize charter schools. Great. Now the unionized public schools can be as bad as our public schools. 

That’s why it is disturbing to watch labor unions organize charter school after charter school, with little being done about it. Their intent is clear. Consider what United Federation of Teachers Vice President Leo Casey said at the recent socialist Left Forum, courtesy of EAGtv:

“If we do not figure out how to organize charter schools and if we are not successful in doing that, we will end up in the same place as the auto workers. So there is no more key question before us as a union and a broader labor movement with regard to education than how we approach charter schools and our ability to organize them.”

First of all, this jerk was speaking at a socialist Left forum. There's your first clue. Secondly, did you see anything, ANYTHING, in that statement regarding the education of our children? No, and you won't see anything in the rest of the piece, either, because that's the last thing they're interested in. They want power, pure and simple. It's unbelievable to me that these teachers in the charter schools haven't figured that out yet. Or, maybe the ones joining are more interested in the goodies promised by the unions than they are in providing a quality education. 

***The Obama Administration will defend al-Qaeda, but not the Defense of Marriage Act. I ask again, can you think of just one positive thing this President has done for America?

***Mitch Daniels nearing decision on running for president. He's not the most charismatic of candidates, but look what "charisma" got us last time. He's got the best record of anyone considering a run, though, and that makes him my pick.

***How to cook an octopus. Ew.



***2700 year old mummy helping solve crime in Vermont.

***The Left hates oil companies. Of course they do. They hate ANYONE who dares achieve anything. What's amazing is their unlimited, unfettered ability to lie about that which they hate. And nobody does it like the Left.

When oil prices blew sky high in 2008, ExxonMobil paid $36.5 billion in income taxes, $34.5 billion in sales taxes, and $45 billion in other taxes, for a total of $116.2 billion in taxes paid and collected in 2008.
That’s according to Mark Perry at the Carpe Diem blog.
Exxon will report earnings later this week. And while oil prices aren’t quite as high today as they were three years ago, it’s all a bit like 2008.
I read somewhere that either Exxon or the whole oil industry pays more in taxes than the bottom 50 percent of the whole income-tax system.
So while president Obama is out there ragging on oil companies to remove so-called tax subsidies, it’s odd that he doesn’t mention how much in taxes the energy firms actually pay to Uncle Sam.

***They're starting already:

"I said over a year ago that this was going to be, this presidential race, Lawrence, was going to be the ugliest, the nastiest, the most divisive, and the most racist in the history of this Republic," PBS host Tavis Smiley said on MSNBC.

This is how they try to shut people up when they criticize Obama. They immediately call them racist. Never occurs to them, I guess, that our main problem with Obama is his policies, his ineptitude, his dishonesty...shall I go on?

***Teeny Tiny Turtle:



Teeny Tiny Toad:



Teeny Tiny Man:



***Judge who overturned Prop 8 in California discovered to be in long-term relationship with another man. Sheesh.

***Rats. Pacers are out of the playoffs.

***Maxine Waters: Swamp Queen.

"Drain the swamp" is Washington-speak for "Let it fester." While House ethics watchdogs dither, it's shady business as usual for ethics scandal-plagued Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters.

Last summer, the House Ethics Committee charged the entrenched California congresswoman with three violations related to her wheeling and dealing on behalf of minority-owned OneUnited Bank in Los Angeles. The panel accused Waters of bringing discredit to the House for using her influence to seek and secure taxpayer-subsidized special favors for the failing financial institution.

Eight months have passed since the House ethics panel charged Waters. But to date, there has been no action. No trial. No consequences.

And I'll say it once again. Imagine if she were a Republican.

***Look, Beavis' mugshot!



***A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.  ~Benjamin Franklin

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Well Shoot...

***My left wrist and hand woke me up hurting last night. That's the side I haven't had carpal tunnel release surgery on yet - obviously, that's coming. I was hoping to be able to put it off for a while, but I know it's only going to get worse until I do something about it. My insurance did really well with my right side surgery, but I still owe the surgeon some money, so the left side will have to wait until I clear that up. Always something, right?

***Yet another reason not to trust Donald Trump. He gave $50,000 to Rahm Emanuel's mayoral campaign. If he can support a corrupt sleazebag like Rahm Emanuel, he's not the man for us.

***Jimmy Carter arrives in North Korea. Really, why can't the old codger just retire and go away?

***Did Kloppenburg violate the Wisconsin Judicial Code of Conduct? Oh, I'd be shocked. SHOCKED.

***Twisted logic. Okay, try to follow. We are lectured about driving more fuel efficient cars, the electric car is touted...yet now, they're considering a fee if you drive an electric car because you are depriving the government of gas taxes. I'm not making this up, though I wish I were...

***Here's another one I wish I was making up - Van Jones, former Obama advisor and colossal idiot, is now pushing for "rights" for Mother Earth. Oh.My.Gosh.

Van Jones, the Obama administration's controversial former "green jobs czar," has found a new calling: helping to push for a new, global architecture of environmental law that would give Mother Nature the same rights status as humans.

Read and savor that a few times.

***


***Fight like a girl! Kathryn Lopez over at NRO has a great article up about girls dressing modestly. There's something we're not seeing much of these days.

‘I am so glad not to be in high school anymore,” Mary Hardy tells me.
The wise college sophomore was responding to an article I asked her to read about adolescent girls dressing badly.
As in, like sluts.
Mary tells me: “My parents never let me dress like that and I am grateful  — only now — to them, because the boys in high school, although they did not say it, did respect me more, especially at the dances, where no one tried to come up and ‘dance’ with me in the manner they did with the other girls, whose bodies were mostly exposed.”

I never let Emily dress like so many of her classmates were dressing, but then, she never really wanted to. She had enough respect for herself that she wasn't interested in showing off her belly to everyone. I remember chaperoning a homecoming dance and I was absolutely floored at how some of them were dancing. It defies description because it's difficult to describe without becoming graphic. You just wanted to tell them to get a room - and some of them no doubt did after the dance, or at least a back seat. It really saddened me to see so many girls cheapening themselves like that.

***Obama skips Easter greeting - but never misses acknowledging a Muslim holiday. Anyone surprised? He only acknowledges Jesus when it's politically expedient. More on this.

***What up, Yo?



***What money cannot buy:

1. When questions on an exam give away the answers to other questions on the same exam.
2. Songs that bring you back to great moments in your life.
3. Those random good-hair days when you just feel beautiful or handsome.
4. Sitting outside during a thunderstorm. The sound of the thunder, the flash of lightning and the smell of rain to remind you of the beauty of nature.
5. Laughing hysterically with your friends, then pausing momentarily, looking at each other, and then laughing hysterically again.
6. Sleeping right next to someone you truly love.
7. When nobody else uses the public restroom the entire time you're in there.
8. Seeing the person who makes your heart race, even if its just for a few seconds in the hallway.
9. Waking up to good morning texts from someone who makes you smile.
10. Finally being able to pee after you were forced to hold it for a while.
11. The smell of the air after it rains.
12. The fact that no matter what happened during the day, your dog is always insanely happy to see you when you get home.
13. An unexpected compliment from an unlikely someone.
14. Knowing deep down that you made a difference in someone's life.
15. Hearing a song that seems to be written about exactly what's going on in your life right now.
16. Seeing two elderly folks who are madly in love. It’s a sight of love that has surpassed the tests of time.
17. When all of your friends get together after a lot of time and you talk and enjoy all the time you spent together in the hostel.
18. The moment you turn on the radio and your favourite songs has just begun.
19. Marrying the special one you have always loved.
20. Taking your first child in hands and thanking god.

***Baseball's greatest play, 35 years later.


***And then SHE said...






***Num nums!






***Fun Fact to Know and Tell:




***Here's the problem, folks. Environmental wackos. EPA rules force Shell to abandon oil drilling plans.


***
"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."
~ Cherokee Expression

***Have a great day!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Here We Go Again!

***Another week. Had a great day yesterday. Great church service, then dinner at my mother- and sister-in-law's with lots of family there. Always a wonderful time when we get together!

***Gabrielle Giffords is cleared to attend her husband's shuttle launch. Great news!

US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in January, has been declared fit enough to attend her husband's space shuttle launch. 

***Robots at Work and Play:

Building King Kong:




Humanoid robot performing with real dancers:


Kinda creepy - robot designed to simulate emotions:


The "ReWalk," designed to help paralyzed patients walk:


The new Mars rover "Curiosity:"



***John McCain says we have a "responsibility to win" in Libya. I agree with him. If we're going to be there, we need to be there to win, not just help President Obama look tough. Right now he - and the United States - just looks timid. Either fight to win, or get out.

***9 best high protein snacks.

***Hollywood calls for 5 1/2 more years of Obama. What, you're surprised?


***Zombie time.

Zombie also posted this video, made by a Tea Party member named Steve Kemp. She points out that at around the two minute mark, an Obama supporter expresses puzzlement at the fact that the federal government has to borrow money. Can't we just print it? she asks. This is the impenetrable ignorance that the Republicans will have to overcome next year. At the end of the video, "Facebook commands the Palo Alto cops to keep Obama skeptics off its property, but allow Obama fans to approach freely." Which is emblematic, I guess, of the fact that Obama continues to enjoy the support of the establishment:

***Obama's tax hypocrisy. I know, I know...reading about Obama's hypocrisy is becoming a regular thing, but stay with me. You've all heard how those making over $250,000.00 a year should be "doing more" and paying "their fair share," as if 35% of their income is not enough. He wants a 39% tax rate on people at that level. Sooooo....guess what?

For 2010 President Obama earned well more than $250,000 in total family income for the year. In fact the Obama household--after every loophole, donation, and tax exempt charitable donation had been subtracted--recorded a revenue earnings of $1,700,000 and change. To repeat, this wasn't gross earnings, this was adjusted earnings. This is what he was responsible to pay taxes on.
For those of you who could not do the immediate math that's $1,450,000 above the $250,000 that he wished to tax at the maximum level under the Clinton era--39%.
From the reports concerning the President's tax returns he paid roughly $454,000 and change in federal taxes. Sounds like a lot doesn't it?
It is... to most people. But on taxable income of $1,700,000 it only works out to be a tad more than 26%. Woah! Wait a minute... The President--who had a taxable income of $1,700,000--paid what?

Surprised? I'm not.

***Bob Dylan's protest songs. I've never liked his nasally voice, but my daughter is a big fan.

***Franklin Graham asks why Obama doesn't just produce his birth certificate and be done with it? Hard to argue with that.

***


***Famous kids then and now:

Natalie Portman:

Reese Witherspoon


Elijah Wood


Kirsten Dunst


MacCaulay Carson Culkin



***

Believe while others . . .

Believe while others are doubting.

Plan while others are playing.

Study while others are sleeping.

Decide while others are delaying.

Prepare while others are daydreaming.

Begin while others are procrastinating.

Work while others are wishing.

Save while others are wasting.

Listen while others are talking.

Smile while others are frowning.

Commend while others are criticizing.

Persist while others are quitting.


William Arthur Ward

***Four contests offer small business cash, mentoring. If you're thinking about starting a small business, this might be of interest to you. 


***Married couples pet peeves. Some of these will sound very familiar!


***Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company.
George Washington

***Have a great day!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Resurrection Day

***Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulcher, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down, their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.



***A Broken Chrysalis


Monarch Butterfly It's truly amazing what a girl will do for love.
My wife, Jean, and I lived next door to each other for ten years before we were married. My sophomore interest in high school biology had sparked a live caterpillar collection. Their home was a shoe box, covered with screen wire. When I went on vacation, Jean fed them faithfully with leaves from her willow tree. She hated it.

Finally the caterpillars stopped their incessant crawling and chewing, attached their tails firmly to a stick and lay still, sheathed with a shiny leather-like case. For weeks they seemed to be dead, unmoving in their tiny gray wrappings. I removed the screen and waited.
One by one, the gray cases began to twist and turn violently, and suddenly split open. A beautiful butterfly emerged. It stood for hours gently moving its wings, pumping fluids into them to extend them fully. Then the butterfly soared gracefully away on the breezes of summer, leaving nothing behind but a broken chrysalis to indicate its former bondage.

The chrysalis and butterfly suggest the empty graveclothes of our risen Lord. When Peter and John heard the news that the Lord's body was gone from the garden tomb, they ran all the way from their lodging. Peter entered the tomb and "he saw the strips of linen lying there, as well as the burial cloth that had been around Jesus' head. The cloth was folded up by itself, separate from the linen" (John 20:6-7, NIV). The graveclothes once wrapped continuously around the body now lay collapsed, mute testimony that the corpse they had once shrouded had now emerged in life.

The bondage of death is broken. Christ is risen! We can face tomorrow with the assurance that Jesus is in fact alive to help us, to guide us, to give us hope for the future. And since He is living, our problems are not insolvable. The broken chrysalis of His graveclothes proclaims that Christ is Victor even over death. Because He lives, nothing is impossible.

***Philip's Egg

Philip was born with Downs Syndrome. He was a pleasant child . . .happy it seemed . . . but increasingly aware of the difference between himself and other children. Philip went to Sunday school faithfully every week. He was in the third grade class with nine other eight-year olds. 
You know eight-year olds. And Philip, with his differences, was not readily accepted. But his teacher was sensitive to Philip and he helped this group of eight-year olds to love each other as best they could, under the circumstances. They learned, they laughed, and they played together. And they really cared about one another, even though eight-year olds don't say they care about one another out loud. 
But don't forget. There was an exception to all this. Philip was not really a part of the group. Philip did not choose, nor did he want to be different. He just was. And that was the way things were. 
His teacher had a marvelous idea for his class the Sunday after Easter. You know those things that pantyhose come in . . . the containers that look like great big eggs? The teacher collected ten of them. The children loved it when he brought them into the room and gave one to each child. 
It was a beautiful spring day, and the assignment was for each child to go outside, find the symbol for new life, put it into the egg, and bring it back to the classroom They would then open and share their new life symbols and surprises, one by one. 
It was glorious. It was confusing. It was wild. They ran all around the church grounds, gathering their symbols, and returned to the classroom. 
They put all the eggs on a table, and then the teacher began to open them. All the children gathered around the table. He opened one and there was a flower, and they ooh-ed and aah-ed. He opened another and there was a little butterfly.
"Beautiful!" the girls all said, since it is hard for eight-year old boys to say 'beautiful.' He opened another and there was a rock. And as third-graders will, some laughed, and some said, "That's crazy! How's a rock supposed to be like new life?" But the smart little boy who'd put it in there spoke up: "That's mine. And I knew all of you would get flowers and buds and leaves and butterflies and stuff like that. So I got a rock because I wanted to be different. And for me, that's new life." They all laughed. 
The teacher said something about the wisdom of eight-year olds and opened the next one. There was nothing inside. The children, as eight-year olds will, said, "That's not fair. That's stupid! Somebody didn't do it right." 
Then the teacher felt a tug on his shirt, and he looked down. "It's mine, Philip said. It's mine." 
And the children said, "You don't ever do things right, Philip. There's nothing there!" 
"I did so do it right!" Philip said. "I did do it right. The tomb is empty!" 
There was silence, a very full silence. And for you people who don't believe in miracles, I want to tell you that one happened that day. From that time on, it was different. Philip suddenly became a part of that group of eight-year old children. They took him in. He was set free from the tomb of his differences
Philip died last summer. His family had known since the time he was born that he wouldn't live out a full life span. Many other things were wrong with his little body. And so, late last July, with an infection that most normal children could have quickly shrugged off, Philip died. 
At his memorial service, nine eight-year old children marched up to the altar, not with flowers to cover over the stark reality of death . . . but nine eight-year olds, along with their Sunday School teacher, marched right up to that altar, and laid on it an empty egg . . . an empty, old, discarded pantyhose egg. 
And the tomb is empty! 

***Celestial spirit that doth roll
The heart's sepulchral stone away,
Be this our resurrection day,
The singing Easter of the soul -
O gentle Master of the Wise,
Teach us to say: "I will arise."  ~Richard Le Gallienne


***See the land, her Easter keeping,
Rises as her Maker rose.
Seeds, so long in darkness sleeping,
Burst at last from winter snows.
Earth with heaven above rejoices...  ~Charles Kingsley


***Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness.  ~Floyd W. Tomkins

***And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him.  For He departed, and behold, He is here.  ~St Augustine

***The resurrection gives my life meaning and direction and the opportunity to start over no matter what my circumstances.  ~Robert Flatt     

***Have a Wonderful and Blessed Easter! 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ahhh!!

***That wasn't a scream, it was a sigh. I didn't set my alarm this morning and didn't wake up until almost 6:00. That felt good!

***Love this Kyle Olson piece: Dear Unionized Teachers: Quit Yer Bellyachin'!

As state governments continue to grapple with labor and legacy costs, we’ve seen government employee unions respond with massive rallies and publicity stunts.  Some union bigs have even threatenedto turn their job into a “weapon.”
Case in point, of course, is Madison, Wisconsin.  Thousands of union protesters from around the country converged on the state capitol in an effort to intimidate and stop Gov. Scott Walker and his allies from passing a bill that would not only balance the state budget, but allow schools and municipalities to dramatically cut labor costs.
Unionized teachers have been at the head of the line to complain loudly that the public is “ungrateful” for their work.  They speak of being “demoralized” and “undervalued.”  Poor souls.  If the private sector has it so good, go join it and see for yourself.

What a great example some of these teachers were setting! Calling in "sick" in order to attend a rally, bogus excuse slips from a doctor at the rally, etc. If little Johnny came in with an excuse slip from a dude at the playground - would they accept that? 

Teachers unions lately have been employing publicity stunts, such as grading papers in mall food courts.  This has been reported in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, New Jersey and a few other states.  Like misbehaving puppies, we have to have our noses rubbed in what teachers are doing.
Why don’t we hear of cops pulling similar stunts?  I bet if they decided to clean their guns in the mall food court, media would descend from far and wide to tell the cops’ story.  But they don’t do that.  No, they go about their business, risking their lives, just grateful to have jobs.

Do your job, or do something else, people. Let me hasten to say that most teachers don't behave this way. However, enough of them do to make the rest of them look bad. After the sad debacle in Wisconsin, swaths of teachers should have been leaving their unions in protest of how those people make them look. Unfortunately, that's not happening.

Addendum: Wisconsin school employee makes threatening phone call to gas station for selling gas to Republican Senator. These people have lost their collective minds.

***Obamatizing the Church. I had never heard of this guy until I read this article. Rob Bell is trying to change what it means to be Christian in his book Love Wins. It's really not a new concept - emphasizing God's love and ignoring the concept of punishment and hell. As the writer Janice Shaw Crouse states:

Bell makes it clear that he thinks everyone has a place in heaven, with the implication that there is no hell. Thus, by implication, he throws out the doctrine of salvation and the necessity for Christ’s death on the cross for our sins. His views, then, dismiss the need for redemption, repentance, the Church, and much of the rest of Christian doctrine. Such views are not “Christian,” nor are they “evangelical.” Those views fall well outside the Christian faith as it is revealed in Scripture and as it has been taught in churches for more than two millennia throughout Christendom.

If you leave out any of the Bible, you leave it all out. This "feel good" theology is not new, but it is certainly insidious and is apparently gaining ground. We just have to keep proclaiming the whole truth until He comes.

***David Limbaugh: To Retire our National Debt, We Must Retire Obama. That's right. That's the only way it's gonna happen. PLUS, gain a majority in the Senate, of course. 

Everyone but the blind and reckless agrees that the United States faces a dire financial crisis. But only one of the two major political parties is offering a plan that has a reasonable chance of averting this crisis and restoring the nation to financial health.

Obama's ever-changing proposals, allegedly designed to tackle the problem, simply could not work. One of the following must be true: He doesn't agree that the crisis is grave, doesn't understand that his policies can't work, doesn't have the same vision about America as most of us, or doesn't intend for his policies to work. Some people believe he's intentionally damaging America, because they believe he's too smart not to know that we face a crisis and that his policies can't work.

Too smart? I really don't think that's the problem. I think he's simply too arrogant to believe that his policies are the cause of many of the problems in America today.

***"Green" light bulbs linked to cancer. Where do we sign up to sue the government for foisting these curly fry light bulbs on us?

***Overload!



***

Another chance

How often we wish for another chance to make a fresh beginning.
A chance to blot out our mistakes and change failure into winning.


It does not take a new day to make a brand new start,
it only takes a deep desire to try with all our heart.


To live a little better and to always be forgiving
and to add a little sunshine to the world in which we're living.


So do not give up in despair and think that you are through,
for there's always a tomorrow and the hope of starting new.


Helen Steiner Rice

***I like it! A design your own chocolate bar site! It's called Chocri. Check it out! Or how about Giftskins, a custom giftwrapping site.


*** Now THAT'S cool!



***Hey look! Now they're saying coffee doesn't raise blood pressure. THAT'S good news...

***EEK! Ugly bug.




***Gotta have a T-shirt with this on it:



***
Go put your creed into your deed.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

***Have a great day!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Got Me Workin' Workin' Day and Night!

***Remember that Michael Jackson song? Well, that's me. I have to miss out on going with my sister to see "Atlas Shrugged" tonight because I have to stay here and work. It's playing in Muncie. Maybe they'll bring it to Richmond - I hope so!

***The Human Right Not to be Offended. It's getting ridiculous. Seems that many are just looking for something to be offended about. Check out Mark Steyn's take on the subject, and some really silly examples, like this one:

And in Canada the British Columbia “Human Rights” Tribunal has just fined a stand-up comic, Guy Earle, $15,000 for the crime of “offending” lesbians at a comedy club. They were drunk and were heckling him, and he unburdened himself of some putdowns. But they were homophobic putdowns, and so he must be punished. Earle was working for a fifty-buck bar tab and doesn’t have 15 grand, and no comedy club in Vancouver will hire him ever again. He donated money to a gay charity in atonement, but his fellow liberals abandoned him anyway.

The poor little dears.


***Obama's Likability Gap. Well, I never did like him, but I digress...

The Barack Obama we've been seeing lately is a different personality than the one that made a miracle run to the White House in 2008.
Obama.2008 was engaging, patient, open, optimistic and a self-identified conciliator.
Obama.2011 has been something else—testy, petulant, impatient, arrogant and increasingly a divider.

That's because he's in over his head, and he knows it. The true petulant little narcissist is coming out into the open.

***How's that Hope & Change thing workin' out for ya? Nation's mood at lowest in two years.

***Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev, resigns amid ethics probe. Idiot.

***Environmental wackos trying to ban lead in ammunition and fishing tackle. These people are nuts. Fortunately, hunters and fishermen have friends on both sides of the aisle in the Senate who are trying to do something about it.

***Aack! Demon Kitty!



***The "Lord of the Rings" cast. Where are they now? That was one of the most well cast film series ever.

***Rush Limbaugh: Why I Love Michele Bachmann. I'm with you, Rush! It's refreshing to hear someone espouse pure conservatism without getting all shaky and mealy-mouthed.

***Scam artist posed as disabled vet and scammed the government for $16 million. Glad they caught him.

***Liberal professor sends vulgar email to college Republicans. Way to keep it classy and professional, hon. Warning: Bad language. Flaming liberals don't seem to be able to put a sentence together without it.

***


***Apple named "least green" tech company. Guess who's on their Board of Directors? Yep...none other than Al Gore. Let me hasten to say I really don't care how "green" a company is. That stuff is mostly a lot of nonsense, in my opinion. I just wanted to point out the hypocrisy.

***The height of irresponsibility. But we're talking about Democrats here, so that's par for the course. The liberal judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, who lost to David Prosser in Wisconsin by over 7000 votes, is demanding a recount. There is no way she is going to make that up, and it's going to cost the taxpayers over $1 million. They're not going to be able to steal that many votes with so many looking over their shoulders, so I really fail to see what she's trying to accomplish here. Geez, liberals are contemptible.

***I'll be SO glad when this Royal Wedding thing is over...they're going to live stream it on YouTube, for heaven's sake...

***


***Happy Birthday, Susan Boyle!

***I have accepted a seat in the House of Representatives, and thereby have consented to my own ruin, to your ruin, and to the ruin of our children. I give you this warning that you may prepare your mind for your fate.
John Adams

***Have a great day!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Make the Rich Pay!

***It amazes me how many fall for the "rich get richer, poor get poorer" line. So many people think the "rich" don't pay any taxes, send jobs overseas, and just sit back and watch the money roll in. Only if you're a Kennedy. Most "rich" people, (and come on, $250,000.00 a year may be well off, but it ain't "rich") work hard for their money, pay an enormous amount of money in taxes, and provide the jobs in this country. The Left/Democrats have succeeded in creating class envy and making many in the middle and lower classes despise anyone who is doing better than they are, no matter that they may work 50 hours a week to have what they have. Obama's solution? Punish them!



Last week, President Obama reversed course once again and now wants to raise taxes on the "rich" making above $250,000 per year. Obama is in dire need of additional revenue after proposing a $3.8 trillion 2011 budget -- containing the largest deficit in U.S. history at an estimated $1.6 trillion. Yet his latest share-the-wealth proposals make little sense.
Obama never distinguishes between the super-rich and the well-off. At one point in justification, the president scoffed, "I don't need another tax cut, Warren Buffett doesn't need another tax cut."

Dishonest, as usual. He's not talking about people with Warren Buffett's vast fortune, or his own life of privilege, he's talking about hardworking people who make this country work. THOSE are the people he's trying to crush with higher taxes. I believe he knows exactly what he's doing. Drive people to their knees, then let the Democrats pretend yet again to be their saviors. Hopefully the people of this country won't be stupid enough to keep him in power for another 4 years. That would be a disaster for this country, even more than it already has been. I think the damage can be undone, but not if we continue as we are. There is a point of no return, and we're nearing it.

***Arizona's bold new school choice program. Take notes, other states! It can be done.

***Another insidious executive order coming from Obama. See above. We have to get rid of this clown in 2012.

Pres. Obama wanted a campaign finance bill that would take the teeth out of the Citizens United ruling before the 2010 election. Congressional Democrats wrote such a bill, and then watched it slip into a coma. But that wasn’t the end of it. According to a leaked White House memo, Obama plans to create new campaign finance rules via fiat by signing an executive order.
As the Washington Examiner reported yesterday, the EO “would require all companies that sign contracts with the federal government to report on the personal political activities of their officers and directors.”


***The 14-year-old who was heckled during her Tea Party speech emails Ann Althouse about the experience. She is obviously much more mature than the twit who was cursing at her. An excerpt:

It wasn’t until the next day (Sunday, the 19th) that I watched the video of some particularly hate- filled people. (You know who I’m talking about) When I first watched the video of that particularly distasteful man, my first reaction was actually to laugh! I couldn’t believe it! This grown man was soo immature and so small to be calling me those things. I was thinking “That is what you want to say to me? Really? You’re not even listening to what I’m saying, or criticizing my actual logic. You are simply just calling me names because I am on the opposite side.”



***Wassup?


***Facebook is linked to one in five divorces. Wow.

***Unbelievable. Obama tops Christie in New Jersey poll. People amaze me. What is there to like about Obama? I mean, really? I honestly cannot think of a single positive thing he has done since he became President. Christie tells the truth and makes tough decisions. Guess the people in this poll prefer dishonesty and lack of character.

***NRO contributors weigh in on the debt ceiling.

***Well, I didn't think Wonkette could sink any lower, but she has. Now she's making fun of Trig Palin's Down Syndrome. Update: Looks like she is suffering the consequences of her stupidity as three large advertisers pull their ads. Good for them.

***


***Well, this gives new meaning to the term "the throne."



***Idaho bans Obamacare. I love it!

***Yikes! Swarm of bees attacks and kills elderly couple.

***Great American businessman tells the truth about Obamanomics.

***


An Illinois man who left the snow-filled streets of Chicago for a vacation in Florida. His wife was on a business trip and was planning to meet him there the next day. When he reached his hotel, he decided to send his wife a quick email.

Unfortunately, when typing her address, he missed one letter, and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher's wife whose husband had passed away only the day before. When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint.

At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:

 
Dearest Wife, Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

P.S. Sure is hot down here

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***The next time you hear a public sector union thug crying about his circumstances, show him this:



***As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.  ~Henry David Thoreau, "Economy," Walden, 1854

***Have a great day!