Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thinking About Maybe Starting Perhaps...

***We're having Mark's family over for a July 4/birthday party on Sunday. His mom and aunt are twins and their birthday is today! We're just going to combine the celebration. I'm not ready - my house, sheesh! I don't have dust bunnies, they're ponies. Gonna have to get with it here pretty soon.

***Obama's team is worried about his re-election chances. They should be. I can only think of one good thing he's done since he's been in office - giving the order to kill bin Laden. Other than that, everything he has touched has turned sour.

***Still think the protesters really cared about "the children?" Look at what Scott Walker's actions have already produced:

Cost savings from worker contributions to health care and retirement, taking effect today as part of the new collective bargaining laws, will swing the Kaukauna School District from a $400,000 budget deficit to an estimated $1.5 million surplus....  The district... plans to hire teachers and reduce class size.

This was never about education. This was about union power, pure and simple. And most of the teachers were too dumb to realize it. And...they're teaching our children.

***Eek. Parasitic worms may offer hope for MS patients.

***This is what integrity looks like.

Earlier this month Robert Adams from Arlington Heights, Illinois was waiting to us an ATM machine when he discovered something you don’t often see: a clear plastic bag containing $20 and $100 bills resting beside the machine. He later learned that the sack contained a total of $17,000.

Following some research and a trip to a local Chase bank, it was determined that the bag belonged to the Loomis armored truck company.

Mr. Adams says he was never tempted to keep the lost treasure. “I don't care if you put another zero on there, I wasn't raised to take money that isn't mine” he said.

***It pays to be a friend of the Obamas - doesn't matter if you're a crook.

***I'm reading "Decision Points" by George W. Bush, and it's really good. Make it your next read!

***I like Power Line's new look, check it out!

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***Love this one!



***Obama's going back into the old class warfare mode - geez, Democrats are pathetic.

Kids versus corporate jets.
If President Obama's news conference accomplished anything on Wednesday afternoon, it underscored, in striking tones, his strategy for winning the debt ceiling fight with Republicans: Make it a clash of classes.
  • Rich versus Poor.
  • Us versus Them. 
  • Those who support children, food safety, medical research and, presumably, puppies and apple pie versus the rich fat cats who don't.
In Obama's world, Democrats are for kids and Republicans are for corporate jets. That is a sharp distinction that could help put the GOP on defensive, but it may not be enough to persuade Republicans to change their posture on the debt-ceiling talks.

They never change their playbook, and they never come up with any new ideas. Worse, they have nothing but disdain for anyone who DOES come up with a new idea.

***This is a bit hard to believe. Was John Lennon a closet Republican?

***Only Obama would refer to a constitutional argument about his war in Libya as "noise." Gosh, WHERE are all the liberals who were screaming about George W. Bush and the War on Terror? It's mighty quiet on the Left...

***No way.



***
Customer: “Is the chicken caesar sandwich vegetarian?”
Me: “No, ma’am. It has chicken in it. But we can substitute tofu if you’d like.”
Customer: “I don’t want tofu. Don’t you have any vegetarian meat?”
Me: “Vegetarian means no meat, ma’am. Would you like a non-vegetarian option?”
Customer: “No, I’m a vegetarian. Your menu says you have vegetarian options.”
Me: “We do have vegetarian options. Anything can be made without meat.”
Customer: “Why don’t you have any vegetarian meat?”
Me: “Are you sure you’re a vegetarian, ma’am?”

***From "A Gift of Inspiration"

A New Ending 

No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
There isn't promise of days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain, but can promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears, and light for the way.
Disappointments are like road bumps, they slow you down a bit but you enjoy the smooth road afterwards. Don't stay on the bumps too long. Move on! When you feel down because you didn't get what you want, just sit tight, and be happy.
There's a purpose to life's events, to teach you how to laugh more or not to cry too hard. You can't make someone love you, all you can do is be someone who can be loved, and the rest is up to the person to realize your worth. It's better to lose your pride to the one you love, than to lose the one you love because of pride. We spend too much time looking for the right person to love or finding fault with those we already love, when instead we should be perfecting the love we give.
Never abandon an old friend. You will never find one who can take his place. Friendship is like wine, it gets better as it grows older.
Author Unknown

*** Small business comebacks. It is the small business owners who are going to help turn this economy around. That's usually the case, historically. We just need the government to get the heck out of the way, which ain't gonna happen to any serious degree as long as there are Democrats in charge.

***"Those who have been once intoxicated with power and have derived any kind of emolument from it can never willingly abandon it." -- Edmund Burke

***Have a great day! 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Achin'

***Well, actually my scar from my carpal tunnel surgery looks well healed. My hand aches all the time, though. Not pain, just weakness and achiness. Probably because I didn't rest it enough after the surgery and it's going to take a little longer to "come back." Gotta use it though, y'know? I have to go back for my last visit to the surgeon next week - hopefully he'll release me to go back to lap swimming. I miss it!

***I LIKE this idea! From Glenn Reynolds over at InstaPundit:

SHOULD AMERICANS get more time off from work? No, but Congress should. They should meet only 60 days per year, and if they fail to pass a budget they should receive no pay, or expenses, and should be ineligible to stand for re-election.

***Bankers say supporting Obama is "bad for business" and "embarrassing." You should have thought of that in 2008, guys.

***Leftist tolerance on display - Glenn Beck and family attacked in New York.

“These people were some of the most hateful people I have ever seen,” said a distraught Glenn Beck this morning as he described an altercation he and his family had last night while watching a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps in New York’s Bryant Park. Explaining that a group of people yelled at his family, took pictures of them, and kicked a cup of wine onto his wife, Beck said that his security team feels that, had he reacted poorly, things might have “gone off.”

Can you feel the love? Most of those same people were probably howling for "civility" after Gabrielle Giffords' shooting - you know, when people were saying it was a right winger who did it. Well, it turns out it was a psycho leftist, and they all just went silent. Imagine that. Typical liberal. It's okay to be hateful and violent when it's a conservative being attacked.

***Best way to pay off a mortgage.

***My brother's gonna hate this: "Most American" car is a Toyota Camry. Actually, I'd love to have one of those! A white one, if you're feeling generous...

***Balloon Art - these are awesome!!











***Hungary to honor Ronald Reagan for their freedom with the fall of the Soviet Union. They know their American history than most liberals in America, unfortunately.

***Idiot Quote of the Day:

Joe Biden: “We are never going to solve our debt problem if we only ask those who are struggling in this economy to bear the burden and let the most fortunate among us off the hook … this is not populism, it’s just fairness.  Not only is it unfair … but I think it borders on being immoral.” 

Many of those who are "struggling" in this economy don't even pay taxes, you moron. But hey, go ahead and punish the ones providing the jobs. That'll work.

***"Invisible Art." This has got to be a joke, right?

***Jon Stewart versus Fox Facts:

Jon Stewart rhetorically asked Chris Wallace about Fox on "Fox News Sunday" because he thought he knew the answer: "Who are the most consistently misinformed media viewers? The most consistently misinformed? Fox, Fox viewers, consistently, every poll."

In the real world -- outside Stewart's smug bubble -- this is garbage. A 2008 survey by the Pew Research Center asked media consumers three questions: Which party was in control of Congress (Democrats), who was the secretary of state (Condi Rice), and who was the prime minister of Britain (Gordon Brown)?

Let's document how the viewers of "Hannity and Colmes" were better informed than Stewart's "Daily Show" gigglers on basic political facts. Hannity viewers beat Stewart's on the Democratic majority (84 percent to 65 percent correct answers), Condi Rice (a dramatic 73 percent to 48 percent gap) and Gordon Brown (49 percent to 36 percent). Overall, as a percentage getting all three questions right, Hannity won 42-30.

Don't confuse him with the truth, he doesn't know what to do with it.

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***Prosperity is not without many fears and distastes, and adversity is not without comforts and hopes.  ~Francis Bacon

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Rested and Ready!

***My alarm went off at 4:00, but I worked really hard yesterday and am caught up, so I turned that sucker back off and woke up at 5:45. I feel rested for the first time in a few days.

***

It's all a political game to this Bozo.

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The job is too big for him.

***Found kind of a fun blog - Hillbilly Housewife. She has money saving tips and low cost recipes - some of them look pretty good!

***What a sleaze - and the epitome of Chicago politics. Blagojevich guilty on nearly all corruption charges. 

***Billionaire George Soros trying to stack the courts. Of course he is. That's how liberals get their way. They can't win at the ballot box, so they do an end run around the people. That's been happening for years.

***"Project Gunrunner" whistleblower sent termination notice. Actually, he's lucky to still be alive. I think he better watch his back.

***Acoustic invisibility cloak? This is great, check it out!

***Fun fact to know and tell: Male bats have the highest rate of homosexuality of any group of mammals that exist - especially fruit bats. 

'nuff said.

***Wow, check out this 7 star hotel!




Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai, which was opened in 1999, is unofficially billed as a 7-star hotel and is the world's most luxurious and tallest hotel.

Designed to resemble a billowing sail, the hotel soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai coastline. The hotel's own website describes it as the best in the world. With your chauffeur driven Rolls Royce, discreet in-suite check in, private reception desk on every floor and a brigade of highly trained butlers who provide around-the-clock attention, this hotel promises the finest the world has to offer.

Here are a selection of pictures to give you a taste of what you can look forward to as a guest.








***Weird but true:

  • A man sued his doctor because he survived his cancer longer than the doctor predicted.
  • Two robbers were in the process of their crime when one changed his mind and arrested the other.
  • A woman had her husband's ashes made into an egg timer when he died so he could still "help" in the kitchen.
  • Only 68 of 200 Anglican priests polled could name all Ten Commandments, but half said they believed in space aliens.

***20 conservative celebrities. Don't hear much about them, do you? A couple will surprise you - 50 Cent? Most on this list are just "registered Republicans," which of course doesn't make you a conservative, but still, it's a step in the right direction!

***Obama filmed a campaign ad in the White House - which is against FEC laws - but who cares? Certainly not the media. Wonder if George W. Bush would have gotten away with that?

***Study: Being leaner is not always healthier. What??

*** "There is no such thing as a good tax."~~ Winston Churchill

***Have a great day!

Monday, June 27, 2011

I'm Baaaack!

***What a great weekend! Boy, they really went all out. I've never been to a wedding like that. It was lavish. Gift bags in the guest rooms, barbeque Friday night, beautiful wedding, cocktail hour and hors d'oeurves after the wedding, sit down dinner with steak, shrimp, the whole 9 yards (and you should have seen the decorations, sheesh!), jazz band during dinner, pop band afterward (and they were really good!), brunch Sunday morning. We had lots of fun.

***Biggest lie of the week. There's always a lot of competition for that one.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner defended the decision by industrialized nations to release emergency oil reserves into global energy markets, saying on Friday that it was not a political move.

Who are you kidding? Everything the Democrats do is a political move.

***It's against the law to do fundraising in the White House, but as we all know, Barack Obama is above the law.

***Cheapest cities to visit for July 4.



***Summer solstice stuff you didn't know. This is interesting.

***A building floating on the water. Check this out!

Nevada is largely desert, yet a unique new building floats on water there -- and it's raising eyebrows.
It's built of rice hulls, Styrofoam, and recycled tires, and it's still as solid as any other structure -- well, any structure that's literally floating in the middle of a lake. The new operations office for luxury houseboat rental firm Forever Resorts is the world's first "floating building" to register for a gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. 



***Issa introduces bill to restructure the U.S. Postal Service. They're gonna have to do something, they're losing money like crazy.

***The perception that Barack Obama is very intelligent is just plain ol' false.

***Once again, Obama is ruling by executive order. Boy, it would be nice to see these liberals who were calling Bush a fascist for protecting this country man up and at least be consistent. But...hear the crickets chirping?

According to our friends over at HotAir.com, the DREAM Act has been rammed through by an ICE Executive Memo despite its rejection by Congress and the American people twice.

Take your blood pressure medicine and follow the links.

***YIKES moments:







***U.S. Military leaders fear Obama withdrawal will increase soldier deaths. Too bad Obama would rather play "Look at me, I'm a tough guy!" than actually think about his decisions.

***Oh, here's a surprise. Union money flows to Democrats in Wisconsin recalls.

***J.K. Rowling to create "Pottermore" web site. Great news for diehard Potter fans!

***Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught.  ~Author Unknown

***Have a great day!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hello From Bloomington!

***Well, yesterday started out a little rough with a few delays, but we got here on time and it has been great! Emily & Peter got here and we all went to the big barbeque Anne & Derek put together for everyone. The food was delicious! Emily & Johnny beat Peter and I at cornhole, but oh well! Looking forward to doing some shopping at Brown County and around the square here today before the wedding. Gonna be a great day!

***I usually can't sleep in hotel rooms, but I was so exhausted last night I slept like a baby. Never mind that Johnny & Mark keep the room like a refrigerator! I hunkered under the blankets and off I went. Didn't wake up until 5:30 a.m., which is really late for me! I'm sitting here in the dark room listening to Mark snore and watching the sun come up while my coffee brews. These little in room coffeemakers are nice, but I'm such a coffee wimp I have to put lots of cream and sugar in it because it's too strong. Gotta get that coffee taste out, you know!

***Well, this is sad,. New York legalizes gay marriage. Doesn't matter what they call it, two people of the same sex cannot be married in the traditional meaning of the word.

***Nancy Pelosi says tax cuts produce deficits, not jobs. Shut up, Nancy. We've all seen exactly how much you know about the economy.

When the Pelosi Democrats took control of Congress on January 4, 2007, the national debt stood at $8,670,596,242,973.04. The last day of the 111th Congress and Pelosi’s Speakership on December 22, 2010 the national debt was $13,858,529,371,601.09 – a roughly $5.2 trillion increase in just four years. Furthermore, the year over year federal deficit has roughly quadrupled during Pelosi’s four years as speaker, from $342 billion in fiscal year 2007 to an estimated $1.6 trillion at the end of fiscal year 2010.

***San Francisco is at it again. Now they want to ban the sale of pets. They don't want you to be able to buy a pet, oh no. You must adopt them, from a breeder. Unbelievable.

***GOP Rep. Kevin McCarthy says Obama needs to "get off the golf course and get engaged." Good advice.


***Blogger's drivin' me nuts this morning - I keep having to redo posts because they just disappear. I'll leave you with a couple of good pictures...



YUM!







WHEEEE!!!


***Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate.  ~Barnett R. Brickner

***Have a great day!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fast & Furious!

***Gotta make this kinda fast. I got a lot of my packing done yesterday, got the kitchen cleaned (I hate to come home to a bunch of dirty dishes), packed some bariatric friendly snacks, and snacks for everyone else...I'm sure I'll forget something, but I think I got the important stuff. I'm really looking forward to this weekend!

***New Jersey Unions dealt a crushing defeat. This is good news for New Jersey's economy. It's also a good trend. Wisconsin and New Jersey are both liberal states, and have enacted some tough new standards for unions and bargaining. In short, they've returned some sanity to an out of control system that was unsustainable.

***Obama's terrible, embarrassing (to a normal person) mistake.

The President addressing the 10th Mountain Division today at Fort Drum:

"First time I saw 10th Mountain Division, you guys were in southern Iraq. When I went back to visit Afghanistan, you guys were the first ones there. I had the great honor of seeing some of you because a comrade of yours, Jared Monti, was the first person who I was able to award the Medal of Honor to who actually came back and wasn’t receiving it posthumously."

As we all know, SSG Sal Giunta, of the 173rd Airborne, was the first living recipient (2011) of the MOH who fought in Iraq/Afganistan. SFC Jared Monti, 10th Mountain Division, was KIA in Afghanistan in 2006. He was posthumously awarded the MOH by Obama in 2009.

How does the Commander-in-Chief mix these heroes up? He put that medal around Giunta's neck and he stood with Monti's parents as they grieved. These fallen heroes leave such a great legacy, and we should know all their names. The ironic part of the speech, and this comes after the announcement of the politically pressured drawdown of troops in Afghanistan, was Obama's closing remark, "Know that your Commander-in-Chief has your back."

It shouldn't take a teleprompter for the C-in-C to get it right.

As Glenn Reynolds points out, if Sarah Palin had said that it would be EVERYWHERE. The pundits would be outraged, shocked, bemused, even entertained. But it's Obama, so it probably won't even be reported. 

***Geert Wilders acquitted. Good.

***Do NOT mess with me. I haven't had my coffee yet...


***GOP Reps Cathy McMorris Rodgers (left) and Kristi Noem (right) are taking issue with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s (center) contention that the Republican Party is anti-women. As Noem put it, “The Republican agenda is indeed pro-woman. It is pro-woman because it is pro-small business, pro-entrepreneur, pro-family and pro-economic growth."

AMEN.

***Democrats will cheat however they can. This particular group has the help of George Soros.

***I haz a happee!!


***"It is weakness rather than wickedness which renders men unfit to be trusted with unlimited power." -- John Adams, 1788

***Have a great day!








Thursday, June 23, 2011

Gettin' Ready!

***The last couple of days have been really hectic, and today will be no different. We are leaving tomorrow for the weekend, and of course everything has to be done before I go. Sometimes I get really tired of sitting here in my office all day transcribing instead of doing other things, but that's just what is required right now. This weekend will be a nice break. But yeah - I'll take my laptop with me and check up on things, do a little proofreading, etc.

***Amazing. Senate Democrats want new stimulus spending - despite the utter failure of the last two stimulus bills. Or, as Michelle Malkin puts it, the "Captains of the Titanic want one more run at the iceberg before going under."

***Harry Reid endorses Jon Huntsman. Well THAT'S a big red flag...read the whole story and you'll see why.

***FBI nabs "most wanted" gangster.

***You might think this is funny...but it happens!



***This is classic...



***Fried Kool-Aid??

***Cut, Cap, Balance

Federal politicians – Democrats and Republicans – have willfully and recklessly created an enormous and dangerous debt.  Politicians cannot be trusted to be prudent and honest stewards of America’s finances.
America’s debt is at least $14.3 trillion.  President Obama’s 2012 budget intends to increase the debt to $15.7 trillion in 2021.  The President and Congress must be stopped.  A coalition of libertarian and conservative groups are demanding Cut, Cap and Balance.
Cut:  The deficit must be cut immediately.  Latest year’s deficit was $1.6 trillion.  It must be cut by 50% this year.
 Cap:  Federal spending must be capped at 18% of GDP – the historical rate. 
Balance Budget Amendment: Congress and the President must balance the budget, with the exception of emergencies.

It's gotta be done.

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***A Red Lobster in New York is being sued for not hiring a man convicted of three burglaries. The sad thing is, he has a chance to win! New York's getting as screwed up as California.

***Another stupid news item - a man is filing a lawsuit because his daughter didn't make first team all-county in softball. Geez, what an imbecile. Think that kid's spoiled or anything?

***Whoa. Might want to dump some sugar in that lemonade...



***
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take."
~ Wayne Gretzky

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lookin' Forward...

***...to this weekend! My nephew is getting married in Bloomington, and we're going there for the weekend. That'll be as close as we come to a vacation this year. I'm really looking forward to it! They really went all out - big barbeque for everyone on Friday evening, wedding reception with a sit down dinner after the wedding on Saturday, and a brunch on Sunday morning. The bride, Anne, is from California, so there will be a lot of people traveling and they are really taking care of everyone! Gonna be great!

***Rick Perry will be a formidable GOP candidate if he gets in. There are so many things in his favor. Check them out.

***If you're a jewelry freak like me, Amazon is having a jewelry sale!!

***Shielding helicopters with lasers. This is awesome.

***Jon Huntsman brings out the tired old "civility" thing during his announcement. Pfuh. The Democrats aren't interested in civility, they go for the throat and then accuse US of mean-spiritedness and incivility if we dare fight back - which we don't nearly often enough. Here is Ronald Reagan during his announcement in 1980:

REAGAN: The Carter record is a litany of despair, of broken promises, of sacred trusts abandoned and forgotten. His answer to all this misery? He tries to tell us that we're only in a recession, not a depression -- as if definitions -- words -- relieve our suffering. Let it show on the record that when the American people cried out for economic help, Jimmy Carter took refuge behind a dictionary. Well, if it's a definition he wants, I'll give him one: A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his!

Change "Jimmy Carter" to "Barack Obama," and you have what should be our GOP motto!

***Well shoot, for some reason Blogger won't let me upload any pictures. 


***Obama's approval drops 4 points, disapproval climbs 5 points - in one day!
 And the lamestream media wants us to believe he's unbeatable. 



***

Life is for living

Life is a gift we're given each and every day.

Dream about tomorrow, but live for today.

To live a little, you've got to love a whole lot.

Love turns the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Life's a journey always worth taking.

Take time to smell the roses, daffodils and lilacs.

Count blessings like children count stars.

The secret of a happy life isn't buried in a treasure chest . . . it lies within your heart.

It's the little moments that make life big.

So don't wait. Make memories today and celebrate your life!

Author Unknown


***
"The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we hit it."
~ Michelangelo

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Wonderful Day!

***Emily, Johnny, & I had a great day yesterday! We shopped at Fairfield Commons, which is right next to Wright State University. It's a great mall. Penney's was having a really good sale on dresses, and she was able to find two, along with a shrug and a purse. We also went to Claire's and got some hair thingies - one of my many weaknesses. To my credit, I didn't buy any earrings! The nice thing is we had enough with the change I had saved and our yard sale earnings, plus my wonderful Mother chipped in some. We ate at the Food Court, you can get about anything you want there.  All in all, doesn't get much better than that!

***The media hasn't wanted to cover this gunrunning story, but now they have no choice. Rush was on top of it in March, but no one else wanted to pay attention. This is truly outrageous, and shows you what kind of an administration we have. Most of us know that, I'm just hoping more and more get a clue before 2012. More on this story.

***Amazon's bestseller list. What is up with that second one??

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***Sanity prevails. Lawsuit against Wal-Mart dropped. For once, the bloodsucking lawyers lose.

This case was a brilliant move by class-action lawyers who, ever in search of bigger classes of plaintiffs and defendants with deeper pockets, set their sights on Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer. They managed to create a class that consists of all women employed in one of Wal-Mart’s four brands of stores over more than a decade: some 1.5 million women. The problem is that there isn’t a massive problem of discrimination at Wal-Mart stores, so the lawyers needed to come up with a theory that didn’t rely on finding actual discrimination in individual cases. Their theory is that Wal-Mart violated the law because — even though it had a clear anti-discrimination policy — its employees may have been given enough discretion that they secretly ignored the policy and disadvantaged women in hiring and promotion because of surrounding cultural assumptions. But to take this case as a class action, the Court couldn’t even look at the individual cases, and would just have to rely on general statistics. And even those statistics don’t show a pattern of discrimination over all stores in the whole country — in 90 percent of stores there was no real difference between male and female salaries.

***Relative to the gunrunning story above - now Obama is going to nominate an anti-gun activist as head of the ATF. Anyone surprised?

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***Snow's falling in Colorado on the eve of summer solstice! Sheesh.

***More sanity: Supreme Court upholds ban on ACORN funding.

***I keep finding these great cartoons...



***Enthusiasm. Great post by Jim Daly.

Children are great teachers, if only by their innocent and natural actions. In watching my boys bounce about our room yesterday, eagerly awaiting me opening their gift, I was reminded of God’s great gift, which came in the person of His Son. Because Jesus died, I can live with the knowledge and confidence that because I know Him, my debt is already paid. But I’m also challenged to remember the enthusiasm and sacrifice with which this gift of eternal life was given.

As the sun rises on each new day, do I embrace the coming hours with enthusiasm?

***The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do. ~~ Walter Bagehot

***Have a great day!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Gettin' With It...

***...but later than I'd hoped. I set my alarm for 4:00, but turned it off and didn't get up until after 5:00. Emily, Johnathan, and I are going shopping today. Emily & I for outfits for the wedding we're going to this weekend, and Johnny's just taggin' along. We like to have him around, though. :-)

***Here's a big surprise - businesses are leaving California in record numbers.

California currently ranks #49 among U.S. states for "business tax climate" (Tax Foundation) and #48 for for "economic freedom" (Mercatus).  It shouldn't be any surprise then that companies are leaving the "Golden State" in record numbers this year (see chart above) for "golder pastures" and more business-friendly climates in other states. 

Do they get it yet? Nope, they just passed more business-hostile regulations in the past couple of weeks. Socialists are just DUMB.

***Failure to communicate.

Projecting such commonality is not something that President Barack Obama does well.
Given his political sermons during the 2008 campaign, when he wowed even the stoic, that is downright surprising to many.
"His message has been off since the day after he won," said one Democrat strategist in Washington. "He did the politicking flawlessly. Once he took office, his communication skills have been a series of failures."
Take the simple act of weekend golfing.
Most golfers, according to Western Pennsylvania Golf Association spokesman Jeff Rivard, play 20 or so rounds a year. The president has played more than 70 rounds in two years -- amid a recession, three wars, a Mideast meltdown, and an economy not flourishing under his stimulus and bailout programs.
"That is well above average, especially for a man with a schedule like that," said Rivard. "Pretty much double the average."

He told people what they wanted to hear during his campaign, and a lot of people believed him. They didn't bother to actually look into who he was, which was not hard to find out given his past writings, past votes (when he bothered), and past associations. Never mind all that. These are the people I'm angry with, the clueless Obama cheerleaders who thought they were showing everyone how open minded they were. Look what it got us.

***Juan Williams opines that Barack Obama is a role model as a husband and father. I disagree. You don't subject your family to the likes of Jeremiah Wright throughout their entire lives (until it's politically expedient to dump him) if you're a good family man. And...you can't be a good role model if you lie through your teeth every single time you talk to your constituents. Sorry Juan, you've fallen for the rhetoric, too.

***The humble ice pop goes gourmet. Okay, but, avocados?

***Tinkering with the Pledge at the Open. Oh, no. SHAME on you, NBC.

I got this tweet a few minutes ago:
Pledge of Allegiance recited by kids at the start of US Open on NBC left out the words "under God". Shame on you NBC. #USOPEN
Can this possibly be true? Other tweets appear to confirm it. Very bizarre.
UPDATE: It's confirmed, NBC said on-air that their editing "was not meant to offend anybody," per a commenter.

***The difference between Obama's wars and George W. Bush's wars: Bush WON.

  • Whatever one may think of how the peace has gone, it's impossible to dispute that George W. Bush won the "major combat operations" phase of both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. (I argue he also won the peace, as both countries are markedly better off, more democratic, and less a threat to the United States than either was on January 20th, 2001.)
  • When George W. went to war, he led from in front; he didn't try to "lead from behind." He picked the generals, the strategy, he got out front and forcefully defended them, he promised victory, and he delivered. There is no doubt in anybody's mind that Afghanistan and Iraq were America's wars... not NATO's, not the UN's, not France's or Germany's. And Bush stood up like a man and personally took the political hits as the wars "dragged on" longer than the unrealistic expectations of American voters.
  • And again, whatever the merits of Afghanistan and Iraq, and whatever qualms or second-thoughts the Left might have about them now, the indisputable fact remains that Bush got congressional approval for each, as the Constitution requires: A congressional "authorization for the use of military force" has been held to be legally the same as a declaration of war.
***Fun facts to know and tell:

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.


Scientists estimate that the total mass of the Earth's bacteria outweighs all of the plants and animals and all other living things combined.

 
Okay, now you've learned something today!


***Entrepreneur rates the different pre-paid cell phone plans. We use Tracfones to save money. They're certainly not as functional or fun as some of the fancier phones, but all we need to do is make and receive phone calls. Works for us, and saves quite a bit of money. 


***Father and son serving in Afghanistan together. Inspiring story.


***Obama's last stand. Isn't it telling that he's only interested in cutting taxes, etc. - things proven to improve the economy - when he's up for re-election?  C'mon people - get a clue!


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***"But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.  It behooves you, therefore, to be watchful in your States as well as in the Federal Government." -- Andrew Jackson, Farewell Address, March 4, 1837

***Have a great day!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Thank God for Fathers!

***If you still have your Dad, be sure to give him a big hug today. I sure miss mine, he has been gone for five years now. The main things I can think of that he taught me were honesty and hard work. When he was younger, he could work my husband and my brothers into the ground. When he started something, he wanted to finish it no matter how tired he was. He about killed Mark when he would help Dad pick up hay out of the fields and stack it in the barn. That is such hard, hot work, but Dad wouldn't stop until it was done. I think that's where I get my tenacity with my business. I was typing the day after my surgery this week, because it had to be done and somebody had to do it. All four of us are hard workers, and I think that's due to Dad's example.

***Smart investing. I've been saying this for a year - if I had the money, I would be investing in real estate.  Home prices are so low right now, and despite Barack Obama and the Democrats, I believe the market will be back. We had housing dips in the 70s and again in the early 90s, and the housing market came back with a bang. People who can afford, or find a way, to invest in property now will almost assuredly make good money when the market comes back. Case in point:

Use the pastor of my mom’s church in Chico, California as an example. In the early 80’s when the U.S. was facing another economic crisis, the pastor decided to buy properties in his hometown because they were so cheap. People called him crazy, but he took the risk because he knew he couldn’t support his family on his meager church salary.

Today, he owns 6 properties that he can lease for $1400 per month. It has been almost  30 years, so he nearly has the homes paid off. He never refinanced to take the cash out early.
He bought the homes for $85,000 and they are now worth $225,000, even during the 2007 housing crisis that brought home values down by 50% in many parts of California.

The pastor did not make a large salary when he bought the properties, but he did manage to save enough for the down payments, which were $17,000 each at the time. When he ran out of money, he borrowed from people who were looking for a good return on their money, secured to property.

The pastor doesn’t care whether home values go up or down because he doesn’t plan to sell. He lives off the rents that come in every month. Rents have gone up, so the recession has only helped increase his income.

You can call me crazy if you like because that means I’m in the same category as this pastor. He’s paid off his own home and now enjoys over $6000 per month in passive income from his rentals after all expenses are paid. This money is in addition to his pension, but who wants to rely on a pension these days?

He could sell his property if he wanted to, and he would of course be perfectly within his rights to do so. But you know what? He would then be referred to as one of the "evil rich" by Democrats who would be claiming that he made his money on the backs of the poor, when in reality he was just smart with his money. People like this pastor have a target on their backs when it comes to Democrats - they must be made to pay more to make up for the people who don't take chances, who don't risk their money in an attempt to better their lives. See the problem here? You can bet that the $6000 per month he earns as a result of his efforts is taxed to the gills, but that's not enough for the greedy liberals. He must be torn down and referred to as evil in order for them to further their agenda.

***Climate conference faces brush with reality. Will they change their minds? Are you kidding? There's money to be extorted here!

In case you missed it – and judging by the complete lack of coverage on the cable news networks you may very well have – there was yet another climate conference held this week in Bonn, Germany. But rather than the usual singing in the round of Bob Dylan tunes and boisterous plans to alter the world, there was a decidedly depressed tone to the discussions. It’s not that they’ve suddenly begun to question their previously held beliefs concerning anthropogenic global warming, (AGW) but rather a grim realization that most of the nations involved are a bit too busy making sure their economies don’t collapse to dump a significant portion of their GDP into carbon emission control.

They will come up with a way to blame the United States, and demand even more money to perpetuate the hoax.

***Rory McIlroy has an 8 stroke lead at the U.S. Open.

***Rick Perry is looking pretty good as a GOP candidate, in my opinion. We need somebody with a backbone who will not apologize for his/her conservative values. Bachmann is good at that, too. Romney? Not so much.

***Retro Father's Day ads. These are fun!






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***Apparently, gardening can help you get healthier and live longer. In my case, that would NOT be the case for the plants if I were to start gardening...


***Hey, I KNOW you've been wondering:  How to use milk thistle in your diet. Now you know.

***Sheesh, you could make 12 coats out of this guy's wool...



***I shy, leave me 'lone!



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"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Begin it now."
~ Goethe

***Have a great day!