Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Love It!

***We have had the most beautiful weather here in my corner of Indiana. August was a wonderful month weather-wise. Kinda made up for the oppressive heat in July!

***Nancy Pelosi says, "Rich oppose tax cuts because they want to be immortal."

No, dear. The rich oppose tax cuts because they have this crazy idea that they should be able to keep what they earn and not have it confiscated by the government. You and your ilk are socialists who favor taking from those who earn it and giving it to those who don't. It boils down to creating a dependent class and then extorting their votes so they can keep their goodies. Working out real well in Great Britain, isn't it? That's where the Democrats are leading us.

Lastly, what's this "they" stuff? You're one of the richest members of Congress. What a hypocritical hag.

***10 job-destroying regulations. Why, you'd almost think they want people out of work...

***Love it! Wausau Mayor says that if union thugs exclude Republicans from Labor Day parade, they have to reimburse the city for expenses.

(Reuters) – The mayor of a Wisconsin town said on Tuesday a local labor council would have to reimburse the city up to $2,000 for a Labor Day parade if organizers exclude Republican lawmakers from attending.
The move in Wausau, Wisconsin, came after a county labor official said last week that Republican politicians were not welcome at the event due to their party’s stance against collective bargaining when state lawmakers voted to curtail it earlier this year.
Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple told Reuters on Tuesday that the decision to exclude elected Republicans “flies in the face of public policy.”
“This is not a political rally, it’s a parade, for God’s sake,” Tipple said, noting that taxpayer money is used by the city to pay for staging the event. Tipple’s office is nonpartisan, and he claims no affiliation with either political party.

***The Hope & Change Hangover. This is a good piece, read it.

Amity Shlaes described in her magnificent "The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression" how President Franklin Roosevelt and his group of political operatives and academic theorists prolonged the terrible times brought on by the Crash of 1929 by endless "innovation."
The uncertainty that resulted drove capital and the entrepreneurs who might have deployed it underground. Unpredictable government was a menace to private-sector planning and investment, but this fundamental truth eluded Roosevelt.
Sadly, Obama, wearing his Alinskyite blinders and advised by his Chicago gang, either didn't read or failed to understand Shlaes' arguments. Every promise he made about every policy and program he proposed has turned to ash, and the national headache is profound and debilitating.

Nobody is arguing that Obama didn't inherit problems when he took office - every president does. His policies, though, have increased those problems, especially the economic ones, one hundredfold, and he either doesn't understand that, or doesn't care. Personally, I think it's both. He's in way over his head and has not a clue what to do. That's what you get when you elect an elite liberal who has never accomplished anything other than get himself elected to office. 

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***Panda poop as biofuel? Man, they're getting desperate!

***This is why elections matter. The President appoints federal judges, and liberals appoint activist liberal judges, like this one:

An injunction has been granted against a law that would require a sonogram for any woman considering an abortion in Texas. Life News has the story:
The new law in Texas allowing women considering an abortion a chance to see an ultrasound of their unborn child beforehand is supposed to go into effect any day now, but that may not happen thanks to an activist judge.

Read the whole thing.

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***We've all heard that we have to learn from our mistakes,
but I think it's more important to learn from successes.
If you learn only from your mistakes, you are inclined to learn only errors
Norman Vincent Peale

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

What a Slacker!

***Wow, I really blew it this morning. Turned off my alarm, and didn't wake up until nearly 6:30. Sheesh.

***My friend Rebekah has a great post up over at Dial R 4 Infinity regarding Ron Paul. He really is a lunatic.

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***Obama's class warfare rhetoric is sounding as fake as he is. If you're going to rail against millionaires, you shouldn't be constantly vacationing like one.

Yet some photos inevitably leaked out of the “redistributive change” statist at his $50,000-a-week rented estate, surrounded by “millionaires and billionaires” who could alone afford such rental prices, many of whom flew in on “corporate jets.” That disconnect appears to the American public as abjectly hypocritical. We all know that for the president to keep pushing his agenda of higher taxes, he will soon inevitably get back to bashing the rich. But we also assume that this time the public has seen the flip side of a one-eyed Jack and wonders, when the president hits up his Vineyard neighbors for campaign cash at his $20 million rented estate, whether he will first make sure that they are not “fat cats” and owners of “corporate jets.”


Hypocrite extraordinaire.

***Jackboots in Wisconsin.


Despite (or perhaps because of) their failed effort to retake the Wisconsin state senate through recall elections, pro-union activists continue to prove that there is no level they won’t stoop to in their campaign of agitation against Gov. Scott Walker (R). Walker’s controversial budget reforms, passed earlier this year, curtailed certain collective bargaining for public sector unions, and as we all know, chaos ensued.

As it turns out, those very reforms are already paying dividends. But that is entirely beside the point as far as Walker’s opponents are concerned. Already this year, union activists have led jeering, zombie-themed protests at a Special Olympics rally and vandalized a Catholic elementary school as Walker read Dr. Suess to children inside. Most recently, the anti-Walker folk seem to have fallen back on a popular, albeit less creative tack, an old favorite among liberal activists: calling your opponents Nazis.

Walker's policies are working...and the unions can't stand it.

***Affirmative action for ugly people? You gotta be kiddin'...

***Obama's uncle charged with drunken driving, held by immigration officials. He tells police that the White House will arrange bail. Heard much about this? Think you would have if this had happened to Bush's uncle?

***"I SAW HER FIRST!!!"



***"Quirky" turns inventors into reality TV stars. This might actually be one worth watching - if I watched TV, that is.

***Obama names new voter initiative after ACORN. Can you believe this guy? He knows the media is not going to call him on it, so he just basically does whatever he wants.

***Is Michelle Obama our Imelda Marcos? It's starting to look like it.

***Oh, that was brilliant...Texas juror thrown off jury for trying to "friend" defendant on Facebook.

*** "I GOT IT! I GOT IT!"



***Another brilliant liberal thinks fracking caused D.C. earthquake.

Liberal radio and television host Thom Hartmann believes fracking, the process of breaking up rock to release natural gas, may have been responsible for the 5.8 earthquake that was felt last week from North Carolina to New York city.
If fracking causes massive earthquakes, then windmills cause hurricanes.

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God's promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine.  ~David Nicholas


***Have a great day!
 

Monday, August 29, 2011

Hard to Believe

***I can't believe August is almost over! Sheesh, where did the summer go?? We had a great visit with Peter, Emily, Johnathan, and Peter's parents yesterday. We finally decided on Olive Garden, and it was really good! I had an appetizer, I couldn't even finish that. I've been having some really "small pouch days" where it seems I can eat even less than usual before I get full. Don't know what's up with that.

***The Desperation-of-Deprivation myth. Why is it liberals continually make excuses for low-lifes and thugs when they rampage, riot, and destroy other peoples' property? From Mark Steyn:

My moment in the spotlight followed a report on the recent riots in English cities, in the course of which an undercover reporter interviewed various rioters from Manchester who’d had a grand old time setting their city ablaze and then expressed no remorse over it. There then followed a studio discussion, along the usual lines. The host introduced a security guard who’d fought for Queen and country in Afghanistan and Bosnia and asked whether he sympathized with his neighbors. He did. When you live in an “impoverished society,” he said, “people do what they have to do to survive.”

Baloney.

In fact, these feral youth live better than 90 percent of the population of the planet. They certainly live better than their fellow youths halfway around the world who go to work each day in factories across China and India to make the cool electronic toys young Westerners expect to enjoy as their birthright. In Britain, as in America and Europe, the young take it for granted that this agreeable division of responsibilities is as permanent a feature of life as the earth and sky: Rajiv and Suresh in Bangalore make the state-of-the-art gizmo, Kevin and Ron in Birmingham get to play with it. That’s just the way it is. And, because that’s the way it is, Kevin and Ron and the welfare state that attends their every need assume ’twill always be so.

Best line of the piece:

To justify their looting, the looters appealed to the conventional desperation-of-deprivation narrative: They’d “do anything to get more money.” Anything, that is, except get up in the morning, put on a clean shirt, and go off to do a day’s work.

First thing they need to do over there is arm the police. It's absolutely crazy that law enforcement in Britain do not carry firearms. Read the whole piece, it's a good one.

***Perfect Storm of Hype. Rats, they were SO hoping for a catastrophe.

***ESPN's bias. Remember when I blogged about how they're going after Paul Azinger for Tweeting the truth about Obama and his neverending golf game? Well, seems they're not quite as upset about political talk if it's from their Lefties. Wow, what a surprise.

***Best sports pix of the week:

Shawn Johnson on the beam:


Inside the park home run!


Snowboard competition:


Double play:



***Are math smarts innate? Well if they are, I certainly got left out.

***MSNBC turned to none other than Ray "School Bus" Nagin for advice regarding hurricane preparedness. Yes, THAT Ray Nagin. I kid you not.

***Don't they ever tire of hypocrisy? The lefty environmentalists? Of course not. The last thing they're concerned with is the environment. This is about socialism, anti-capitalism, liberalism. But I repeat myself.

***Sex education for KINDERGARTNERS in Switzerland. Yep, they have a "Sex Box" with genitalia for the kids to touch. Unbelievable.

***Ron Reagan, Idiot. What a disgrace.

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***Obama job disapproval hits 55%.

***Bonehead Biden says US needs more stimulus. Yes! Let's do more of what clearly has not worked!

***It's the opinion of some that crops could be grown on the moon. Which raises the fear that it may not be long before we're paying somebody not to. ~~ Franklin P. Jones

***Have a great day!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Up 'n At 'Em

***Didn't get as much accomplished yesterday as I'd hoped. Mom & I had a great morning yesterday - we really found some great yard sales! I found some really nice things for Emily & Peter's new home, at of course great prices! When I got back I started feeling a little yucky, not sure what was up with that. I had intended to transcribe all afternoon and ended up on the couch for a while. I did type for a couple of hours when I woke up, but was still feeling pretty blah. One of those days, I guess. Now I have to make up for lost time, and this afternoon is gone because we're going to Dayton to have dinner with Peter, Emily, John, & Peter's folks. Oh well, I'll squeeze it in somewhere.

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No doubt Obama will take credit if Irene is less catastrophic than previously thought. He probably had a talk with God and straightened Him out.

***The Politics of Fear. This is a great piece. Check it out.

“In the hands of a skillful indoctrinator, the average student not only thinks what the indoctrinator wants him to think . . . but is altogether positive that he has arrived at his position by independent intellectual exertion. This man is outraged by the suggestion that he is the flesh-and-blood tribute to the success of his indoctrinators.”
William F. Buckley Jr., Up From Liberalism (1959)


***Remember the story I blogged about yesterday regarding the Feds raiding a Gibson guitar factory? Turns out the CEO is a Republican donor. Makes you wonder, doesn't it?

***7 popular cardio myths.

***Angler fishes out prosthetic leg. Yikes.

***Little help??



***Tea Party Express kicks off fifth national tour. I hope I can get to one of the rallies this year.

***3-foot rat killed in Brooklyn. Ewww...

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God Save the Flag
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
 
Washed in the blood of the brave and the blooming,
Snatched from the altars of insolent foes,
Burning with star-fires, but never consuming,
Flash its broad ribbons of lily and rose.

Vainly the prophets of Baal would rend it,
Vainly his worshippers pray for its fall;
Thousands have died for it, millions defend it,
Emblem of justice and mercy to all;

Justice that reddens the sky with her terrors,
Mercy that comes with her white-handed train,
Soothing all passions, redeeming all errors,
Sheathing the sabre and breaking the chain.

Borne on the deluge of all usurpations,
Drifted our Ark o'er the desolate seas,
Bearing the rainbow of hope to the nations,
Torn from the storm-cloud and flung to the breeze!

God bless the Flag and its loyal defenders,
While its broad folds o'er the battle-field wave,
Till the dim star-wreath rekindle its splendors,
Washed from its stains in the blood of the brave!


***Argh...drives me nuts when Blogger does this...



*** After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done.  ~Author Unknown

***Have a great day!


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Fun!

***Gonna be a good weekend. I do have some work to do, but I'm not overwhelmed as I usually am. I should be able to get it done today and then enjoy the rest of the weekend. Today is, as usual, yard sale/Amish store day with Mom. Tomorrow we get to have dinner with Emily, Peter, Johnathan, and Peter's parents. Looking forward to that!

***Union thugs at work. This is how they do things.

This is the level of left-wing activism we witnessed here in Madison. A justice is despised because his decisions do not please liberals, and so, without thought, they forgot about things liberals like to love themselves for caring about, such as fairness and due process. These are the same people who have been chanting the chant "shame, shame, shame" for months up at the Capitol.

Ann Walsh Bradley should be permanently disbarred for her sickening lies about David Prosser. He has been completely exonerated, but his name has been dragged through the dirt by the same people who scream for "civility" in politics. The level of hypocrisy here is staggering.

***Glenn Reynolds observes: "I’ve also noticed that when the Dow rises by 200 points after dropping 500, reports say that it has “surged” or “bounced back.” If you didn’t pay close attention to the actual index, you’d think it had made up the losses."

Yeah, that's pretty much the way they covered the economy when Bush was president, right?

***Federal overreach - now they're targeting Gibson guitars, for heaven's sake!!

“The Federal Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. has suggested that the use of wood from India that is not finished by Indian workers is illegal, not because of U.S. law, but because it is the Justice Department’s interpretation of a law in India. (If the same wood from the same tree was finished by Indian workers, the material would be legal.) This action was taken without the support and consent of the government in India.”

Now, pay close attention. If Gibson starts manufacturing its guitars out of the country in order to avoid the meddling of the Federal Government, they'll be branded as evil and heartless moneygrubbers for taking jobs overseas. THIS is why companies do it.

***East Coast braces for Irene.

***Slideshow of 7 private islands for sale. Wow...some of these are gorgeous!





***ESPN: Elite Sports Progressives' Network.

Paul Azinger had the nerve to Tweet this: Fact: POTUS has played more golf this month than I have; I have created more jobs this month than he has.

Truer words were never Tweeted. However, the pro golfer and golf analyst at ESPN has come under fire for his "overtly political" Tweet. He has offended the liberal ESPN PC gods, and he will pay! What a bunch of jerks.

***Charles Koch responds to Warren Buffett. You tell 'em, Charles!

Much of what the government spends money on does more harm than good; this is particularly true over the past several years with the massive uncontrolled increase in government spending. I believe my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington.

Amen.

***How not to sustain a recovery:

How many times have I told you that taxes influence behavior?  People want to keep more of what they earn.  It’s as simple as that.  So it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this one out ..
Since the official start of the “recovery,” Illinois employers were moderately adding jobs for months.  That all stopped in January 2011.  Since January, Illinois started losing jobs.  Big time.  In fact, in July 2011, Illinois lost more jobs than any other state in the nation.  It lost 24,900 non-farm payroll jobs in July as its unemployment rate climbed for the third straight month to 9.5%.
So Illinois was steadily adding jobs and then .. bam! .. it is losing more jobs than any other state in the nation.  What happened?

Tax increases.

Liberals just can't help themselves. They think what's yours is theirs.

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***The 5 creepiest ways animals have mastered mind control. This is kind of icky, but very interesting!

***World's oldest person marks 115th birthday in Georgia! Wow. Check out the picture at the link, she looks surprisingly good for 115!

***Well, at least this guy's got a sense of humor!



***Google bans God from nonprofit program. THIS is why I use Dogpile.

Google Inc. pulled the welcome mat out from under churches and other faith-based groups that previously were able to use its office software and popular Gmail for free when it, in effect, banned God from a program..

The Internet search and software giant’s new rules fly in the face of the program title of “Google for Nonprofits,” because it now excludes churches, schools, political think tanks, proselytizing groups and any organization that considers religion or sexual orientation in hiring decisions.

The move has been a blow to cash-strapped churches trying to use social media to keep faith in the Internet mix, according to a report in Christianity Today.

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Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think 
Benjamin Disraeli  


***Have a great day!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Getting There

***I swam laps again yesterday. I've swam twice and walked once so far this week, I'm getting back into the exercise groove (am I dating myself with that expression?).

***More liberal lunacy. North Carolina governor, a Democrat, of course, declares all concealed carry permits invalid until state of emergency regarding Hurricane Irene is over. THAT will stop the looting. You just know all the criminals in the state, who of course have permits and would never carry a gun without one, will give up their guns and abide by the law. Sometimes you just gotta shake your head...

***Back before warning labels: Vintage Cigarette Ads.

***Can you believe they're the same age?



As the writer says, Goldberg seems to go out of her way to look homely. You know what they say, if you're ugly inside...

***6 steps to battling job burnout.

***Warren Buffett to host "Please Raise Our Taxes" fundraiser. How nuts is this??

If you’re wealthy and want to spend $35k to listen to a billionaire argue why Washington should confiscate more of your income, all while your ticket money is dumped into to re-election coffers of the candidate who signed the Bush tax cut extension, Warren Buffett has you covered:

Write the government a check, Mr. Buffett. Leave the rest of us out of it.

***Maxine Waters is racist, hateful, and vulgar. But she's a black female Democrat, so she gets away with it. (language warning)

Waters once said of the then-sitting president: "I would like to ... say ... very clearly that I believe George (H.W.) Bush is a racist." She routinely refers to the Republican Party as "the enemy." She also referred to Republican former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan as a "plantation owner."

She called the 1992 Los Angeles riots a "rebellion," and bellowed, "No justice, no peace!" She defended looters: "There were mothers who took this as an opportunity to take some milk, to take some bread, to take some shoes. Maybe they shouldn't have done it, but the atmosphere was such that they did it. They are not crooks." Waters said: "One lady said her children didn't have any shoes. She just saw those shoes there, a chance for all of her children to have new shoes. Goddamn it! It was such a tear-jerker. I might have gone in and taken them for her myself."

Oh, there's much more. Read the whole thing. This woman is vile.

***NYC Mayor Bloomberg: No clergy at 911 memorial. This guy is a joke...a very un-funny one. It's sickening that he calls himself a Republican.

Religious leaders are calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to reverse course and offer clergy a role in the ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Rudy Washington, a deputy mayor in former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's administration, said he's outraged. Mr. Washington organized an interfaith ceremony at Yankee Stadium shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. "This is America, and to have a memorial service where there's no prayer, this appears to be insanity to me," said Mr. Washington, who has suffered severe medical problems connected to the time he spent at Ground Zero. "I feel like America has lost its way."
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has publicly criticized the mayor about the list of speakers, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has quietly sought to play a larger role.  But the exclusion of religious leaders has struck some as particularly glaring.  City Council Member Fernando Cabrera, a pastor at New Life Outreach International, a Bronx church, said he is "utterly disappointed" and "shocked" by the event's absence of clergy. When the terrorist attacks occurred, people in the city and nationwide turned to spiritual leaders for guidance, he said.

***Irene's projected path:



***95-year-old man stung 600 times by bees. He's recovering, but OUCH.

***Angry unions sever ties with Obama, Democrats. Baloney. You know who they'll vote for...and try to coerce their rank and file to vote for.

***From the Late Show with David Letterman:

President Obama is enjoying the fun and sun in Martha’s Vineyard. It’s really sad when your SPF factor is higher than your approval rating.

***A list of the most stolen vehicles. The Escalade is at the top.

Highest claim rates overall  Frequency Average loss
Cadillac Escalade (4 versions) 10.8 $10,555
Ford F-250 crew 4WD 9.7 $9,496
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 crew 9.2 $4,948
Ford F-450 crew 4WD 7.9 $11,701
GMC Sierra 1500 crew 7.3 $6,022
Chrysler 300 7.1 $5,509
Ford F-350 crew 4WD 7 $9,088
Chevrolet Avalanche 1500 6.4 $6,689
GMC Yukon 6.4 $6,645
Chrysler 300 HEMI 6.3 $8,294



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"My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened."
~ Montaigne

***Have a great day!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

One of Those Days...

***Today's gonna be one of those "How am I ever gonna get all this done?" days.

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***Obama and the "competency crisis."

The rising impatience with the leadership of President Obama was epitomized on Aug. 8 in the middle of one of the now-habitual Wall Street roller coasters. His speech on the economy was 53 minutes late. What showed on TV screens was an empty White House podium, an image suggestive of the absence of leadership. When the president did speak, the best he could come up with was "We've always been and always will be a triple-A country." The market's response was a Bronx cheer, a drop of another 300 points.

Mr. Obama seems unable to get a firm grip on the toughest issue facing his presidency and the country—the economy. He now asserts he is going to "pivot" to jobs. Now we pivot to jobs? When there are already 25 million Americans who are either unemployed or cannot find full-time work? Does this president not appreciate what is going on?

Honestly? I think he has himself in such a privileged cocoon that he really doesn't get it...I mean REALLY doesn't get it. I also think He.Doesn't.Care. He is concerned with his presidential perks, power, and above all, re-election. What a shallow, small man we have as president.

***Check out candidate Barack Obama on the dangers of deficit spending. YouTube never forgets!

***Wow. Somebody in the White House is in trouble for telling on Michelle Obama.

The 'top source' told the National Enquirer: 'It's disgusting. Michelle is taking advantage of her privileged position while the most hardworking Americans can barely afford a week or two off work.

'When it's all added up, she's spent more than $10million in taxpayers' money on her vacations.'

The First Lady is believed to have taken 42 days of holiday in the past year, including a $375,000 break in Spain and a four-day ski trip to Vail, Colorado, where she spent $2,000 a night on a suite at the Sebastian hotel.

And the first family's nine-day stay in Martha's Vineyard is also proving costly, with rental of the Blue Heron Farm property alone costing an estimated $50,000 a week.

The source continued: 'Michelle also enjoys drinking expensive booze during her trips. She favours martinis with top-shelf vodka and has a taste for rich sparking wines.

'The vacations are totally Michelle's idea. She's like a junkie. She can't schedule enough getaways, and she lives from one to the next - all the while sticking it to hardworking Americans.'

Take this all with a grain of salt, as the source is not revealed. But...would any of this surprise you at all? It's very believable just from what we've already seen.

***Food stamp fraud flushes away taxpayer dollars. Just another inefficient bureaucracy, a money pit - just the kind of thing the Democrats love. Try to reform it, and they brand you as heartless.

***10 garage sale secrets. We always do pretty well with ours, but boy are they a lot of work!

***The half abortion - keeping one twin, aborting the other. This literally makes me sick.

***Steve Jobs retires as CEO of Apple. Quite a run he's had.

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***My next book purchase: In My Time, by Dick Cheney

***Yikes. Family with 18 kids is praying for more. And yes, they're their biological kids. Wouldn't want their grocery bill!!

***Rick Perry leaps into lead.

***Your first lunch box.

Do you remember your first lunch box?GIJoebox.jpg

Mine was a G.I. Joe model, used and dented, but I loved it.

Lunch boxes go way back, over a hundred years, in fact. Then they were called “lunch pails” and were usually recycled cans that originally held biscuits or even tobacco. It wasn’t until the 1950s when the Aladdin Corporation struck upon an idea, leading to the explosion of the themed boxes so many of us remember. Realizing that a metal box was durable and thus likely handed down in a family, executives decided to put celebrities and pop culture icons on the side. In other words, they wanted to encourage consumers to keep buying them – even though a perfectly good (but dated) one was in the back of a closet. The first themed box featured Hopalong Cassidy, the popular TV cowboy in 1951. They hoped to sell 50,000 units and wound up moving 600,000 that first year.   

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

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Quickie!

***Gotta make this fast! I have an extra doctor to do today, and we're heading out this afternoon to help Mark's aunt do some things so my time is limited. I think it's supposed to rain today, so maybe I'll get out of window washing... :-) Oh, and I DID get out and take a brisk walk yesterday!

***Another way to look at things - "Almost Everything We're Taught is Wrong." If nothing else, this'll make you rethink some things. An example:

Most people call child labor an unmitigated evil. David Boaz of the Cato Institute and Nick Gillespie of Reason.tv say that's wrong.

"If we say that the United States should abolish child labor in very poor countries," Boaz said, "then what will happen to these children? ... They're not suddenly going to go to the country day school. ... They may be out selling their bodies on the street. That is not an improvement over working in a t-shirt factory."

In fact, studies show that in at least one country where child labor was suddenly banned, prostitution increased. Good economics teaches that as poor countries get richer and freer, capital investment raises the productivity of labor and child labor diminishes. There's no shortcut through government prohibition -- unless you like starvation and child prostitution.

***Our illustrious Vice President in China. I'll let his words speak for themselves:

At the same event, Biden congratulated Sichuan University for counting "amongst its alumni some of the most illustrious figures in recent Chinese history." He then hailed Sichuan's late graduate Zhu De as "one of the most illustrious figures and a founding father of the republic."

Zhu De, in fact, was the commander of the People's Liberation Army and a full partner with Chairman Mao in transforming the world's most populous nation into a communist dictatorship. "Zhu De was one of the most important members of the CPC's first generation of leading collective with Mao Zedong at the core," says the Communist Party of China Encyclopedia.

This "founding father of the republic," as Biden called him, was a key figure in a regime that outlawed the Roman Catholic Church to which Biden himself belongs.

While lauding Chinese communists in China, Biden was tongue-tied in trying to explain the greatness of America and our people.

"It's hard to define what an American is," Biden said in his speech at Sichuan. And apparently it is too hard for Biden.

And they called Bush an embarrassment.

***Details of the earthquake in Virginia.

***Obama's approval 38%.



***Army ranger sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing al Qaeda operative. This is beyond outrageous.

***Yet another idiot black female congresswoman. Honestly, how do these people get elected?

***Joe Biden's family reunion:



***This is not going to end well...



***Marriage is good for your heart!

***Facebook posting techniques that really work.

***If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere.  ~Frank A. Clark

***Have a great day!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

On A Roll...

***Okay, one day's not a roll. But I did get to the pool to swim laps yesterday! Today I'll walk or ride my bike. I always feel so much better when I'm exercising regularly.

***Climate Prostitutes, Charlatans, and Comedians. This is an awesome piece, take the time to read it.

Climate prostitutes, parasites and charlatans have been devouring billions in US taxpayer dollars, year after year, plus billions more in corporate shareholder cash, activist foundation funds and state government grants. The laws, mandates, subsidies and regulations they advance have cost taxpayers and consumers still more billions for “alternative” energy and other schemes that send prices skyrocketing, kill jobs, and reduce health and living standards.

Here's an example of the absurdity:

“Global warming: Is weight loss a solution?” the “peer-reviewed” International Journal of Obesity breathlessly wondered a few weeks ago. Most definitely. Fat people breathe more and thus emit more carbon dioxide. If the world’s 1.5 billion obese and overweight adults all lost 22 pounds apiece and kept if off for a year, the reduction in CO2 would equal 0.2% of global emissions from burning fossil fuels and manufacturing cement. (Translation: “health professionals” deserve more climate research loot.)

Yep, it's the fat people's fault. Unbelievable.

***David Limbaugh: Obama is a Robot That Needs Reprogramming. Amen to that.

***FCC finally kills off Fairness Doctrine. This is good news. There's nothing "fair" about the government telling an independent broadcaster what he may or may not air as far as political discussion. That is as anti-1st Amendment as it gets. This was one way the liberals were trying to get around the fact that millions listen to Limbaugh, Hannity, and Savage and only dozens will listen to liberal talk radio. There's a message there, guys. What they can't win at the ballot box or in the free market, liberals will try to win through the courts or coercion. This time, at least, it didn't work.

***Okay, how is this Bush's fault again? National Debt has increased $4 trillion under Obama.

The latest posting by the Treasury Department shows the national debt has now increased $4 trillion on President Obama's watch.


The debt was $10.626 trillion on the day Mr. Obama took office. The latest calculation from Treasury shows the debt has now hit $14.639 trillion.


It's the most rapid increase in the debt under any U.S. president.

Numbers don't lie, Mr. Obama. Unless the Democrats get hold of them.

***This guy has recorded the lowest score on a Mario Brothers playthrough. Um, congratulations?

***Obama's industrial sabotage is devastating the Gulf.

***The scariest animals in the movies. This is fun.

***Yo, what up??



***Judge says rule of law applies to White House too. Well, he might as well get ready for a visit from the IRS...

A federal judge has ordered the Secret Service to release eight months of White House visitor logs it had previously kept hidden, an estimated "tens of thousands" of records from Obama's first year in office.

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***A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his Mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:

For cutting the grass: $5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
For going to the store for you: $.50
Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25
Taking out the garbage: $1.00
For getting a good report card: $5.00
For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00
Total owed: $14.75

Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he'd written on, and this is what she wrote:

For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me:
No Charge

For all the nights that I've sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you:
No Charge

For all the trying times, and all the tears that you've caused through the years:
No Charge
For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead:
No Charge

For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose:
No Charge

Son, when you add it up, the cost of my love is:
No Charge.

When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said,
"Mom, I sure do love you." And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: "PAID IN FULL"


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***I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. ~~ Douglas Adams

***Have a great day!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Gonna Do It!

***I WILL get to the pool today and swim laps!

***Today's my Mom's birthday. We celebrated as a family Saturday, but today's the actual day. My sister is taking her to lunch today, and I'm gonna tag along! We're going to Ghyslain here in Richmond - I've never been there! Looking forward to it. ADDENDUM: Well, looking at the web site, they're not open on Mondays. Soooo...guess we'll be going somewhere else!

***Here's that new civil tone everyone keeps talking about - this time from that old liberal cow Maxine Waters:

 Waters vowed to push Congress to focus on creating more jobs. "I'm not afraid of anybody," said Waters. "This is a tough game. You can't be intimidated. You can't be frightened. And as far as I'm concerned, the 'tea party' can go straight to hell."

Nice.

***Free entrepreneurs are like wet fish. No, really! 


Just like fish have special under-water breathing gear called gills, entrepreneurs inherently possess creative minds, strong work ethics, optimistic outlooks and perseverance. Yet these personality traits will do little for an entrepreneur if he or she lives in an environment that is over-regulated, rigid and disapproving—just as gills are useless to a fish lying on dry grass.

Basically, entrepreneurs need freedom, flexibility and encouragement in order to build profitable businesses and create jobs just like fish need water and a healthy, barrier-free environment in order to live.

***Anti-Americanism disguised as ethnic studies in Tucson schools.


The program is known as “raza studies,” which means race studies, championed by organizations like the far left organization National Council of La Raza. The course does not simply teach Latino youth about their heritage, it goes well beyond that. The textbooks teach Latino youth that they are mistreated by America, training them to become radical anti-American activists. Textbooks include “The Pedagogy of the Oppressed” and “Occupied America.” Another text "gloats over the difficulties our country is having at enforcing its immigration laws." Benjamin Franklin is vilified as a racist. White people are referred to as “gringos” and “oppressors” of Latino people. “Privilege” is described as related to a person’s ethnicity.

Charming, right? Here is an actual excerpt from one of the textbooks:

My land is lost and stolen, My culture has been raped….we have to destroy capitalism…overthrow a government that has committed abuses….to the bloodsuckers, the parasites, the vampires who are the capitalists of the world: The schools are tools of the power structure that blind and sentence our youth to a life of confusion, and hypocrisy, one that preaches assimilation and practices institutional racism.

Fortunately, parents are rising up and trying to do something about this outrage.

***Koch to Buffet: Who are you to think Government is a better judge of spending money then the earners of that money? 

Amen!

“Much of what the government spends money on does more harm than good; this is particularly true over the past several years with the massive uncontrolled increase in government spending. I believe my business and non-profit investments are much more beneficial to societal well-being than sending more money to Washington. — Charles G. Koch, Chairman and CEO, Koch Industries, Inc.

Amen again!!!

***Amazon.com's picks for Best Books of the Month.

***This is awful: Scout leader fatally stabbed while on hiking trip.

***The USA Pro Cycling Challenge begins today. In case you're interested.

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***Why is Al Sharpton so respected in the Democrat party? As the writer here says, he is one of the most vile men in America today. This is a good piece, take the time to read it.

***On faith and freedom.

***Wonders of Mammoth Cave run deep. I've never been there, but it looks like something I need to see.




***Russia in talks to build more nuclear plants in Iran. For heaven's sake, Obama - DO SOMETHING! I hate to interrupt your nth vacation, but this is kind of important.

***Thatcher film angering conservatives. Come on, what do you expect from Hollywood?

***I like it!



***
If we all did the things we are really capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves - Thomas Edison
***Have a great day!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Day of Rest?

***Hardly. I'm up early to get some work done before church, then I'll be coming back to finish up cleaning the house (with Mark's help, thank goodness) and starting dinner for my mother- and sister-in-law. We haven't had company over for dinner for a while, I'm looking forward to it! I'll have to get busy as soon as they leave, though, as there's no way I'm gonna get all this done this morning!

***Three court decisions that are big victories for conservatives and America:

1.  The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals found that the insurance mandate in ObamaCare is unconstitutional.

2.  For the second time in six weeks, U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal of Wyoming has slapped Interior Secretary Ken Salazar with a stinging defeat for violating existing federal law relative to issuance of drilling permits.

3.  It what has been called "A major victory for Arizona women" the Arizona Court of Appeals upheld the state's 2009 Abortion Consent Act signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer.

Read the whole piece for details.

***Union No! Remember how that picture with crosshairs on it on Sarah Palin’s website caused an unstable, Bush-hating, anti-war leftists in Arizona to murder a bunch of innocent people? Remember how conservative’s words inspired a Unabomber-loving, environmentalist lunatic to murder dozens in Norway? It seems every time someone on the political right opens their mouth it puts lives at risk, according to the media anyway. It’s an easy case to make when not bound by the truth. When the dust settles and the truth is known, many times that the perpetrator is of the Left, but it doesn’t matter. It’s too late. When it’s clear the perpetrator is a liberal from the start, the media will simply ignore it. For example, this story of a business owner being shot because he owns a non-union shop. Have you heard of it? Nope. Hard to pin this one on conservatives so the media has to ignore it.

***Christianity and the presidency.

There was a time when Americans sought presidents who did not just claim to be Christians; they also looked for candidates who reflected Christ in their daily lives. This does not appear to be the case anymore.

Leading into this election, the secular media mocks candidates who have a genuine faith in Christ – and heaven help candidates who seek to live out their Christian faith. In fact, today, some in the media have reached such a low point that true Christian faith is viewed as a liability rather than an asset.
 
***Global warming runs out of gas.  Parasites like Al Gore will never stop beating that horse, though, as long as it has followers who will keep the politicians throwing money at a non-existent problem.

***Pictures from space - these are awesome!

This one is called a cosmic necklace:



The surface of Mars from the rover:


The "Dumbbell Nebula"


Supernova:



The Earth's atmosphere as seen from space:



Another nebula:



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***Wait..stop the presses! Joe Biden actually said something that's right! This was in the primaries when he was running against Barack Obama for the nomination:

But there was that one rare moment in 2008 when both he and then-Senator Barack Obama were vying for the Democrats' presidential nomination. Referring to Mr. Obama's lack of qualifications for the job to which they both aspired, Mr. Biden said, "The presidency doesn't lend itself to on the job training."

True, he hasn't been right about anything since...be we gotta give credit where credit is due.

***Your tax dollars at work: The government is paying ranchers and farmers $112 million to protect a bird that's not endangered. You read that right. Read the piece.

***Obama's backdoor amnesty.

***Chillin'...



***
"Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way."
~ General George Patton

***Have a great day!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Yay!

***Today our family is getting together for breakfast in celebration of my mom's 85th birthday. She's an amazing woman. Independent, loving, strong-willed. She's still feisty and spry at 85, and we love her very much! After breakfast, of course, it'll be off to yard sales and the Amish store!

***How to calculate your worth. This is a great piece about what you should charge for your services.

***Do YOU know how to use ctrl+F?

***The Fresh Diet Company. For $30.00, you can have three fresh meals delivered to your door.

When Zalmi Duchman founded the company they had just 100 customers. The following year, they had 200 clients. Today, 3,000 customers pay $30 per day for three portioned-meals and two snacks delivered in a large, green "cooler," stocked with each packaged item and topped off with a couple of freezer packs to maintain the freshness-integrity.

Sounds like a plan. :-)

***No way. Now there's the "tattooth," tattoos for your teeth! Sheesh.


Always wanted a picture of an eagle on my tooth...not.

***There is nothing more irritating than a condescending liberal, unless it's a rich, Hollywood-type condescending liberal who thinks she's better than you.

Actress Janeane Garofalo — a former comedian turned Republican-bashing sourpuss — appeared on the Current TV talk show of disgraced former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann. Because she has no actual career achievements or noteworthy projects to discuss, the pair turned to one of their favorite topics: bashing the tea party movement, with an ample dish of vast-right-wing-conspiracy-mongering on the side.

***Joe Biden: The Loan Ranger. I like it!

***The New York Times is caught, once again, doing a hit piece on a Republican they don't like, with "facts" that aren't true. Just look at this example. The Times isn't good for anything but fish wrap and lining the bottom of bird cages.

***Obama vacations as economy tanks. Remember the howling when Bush took a few days off? I think Obama's in Martha's Vineyard more than he's in the White House. And guess what? They took his and hers jets, at taxpayers' expense, of course.

***The Green Jobs boom that never happened. Oh, there's a surprise.

***New religious theme park being built in Kentucky call the Ark Encounter. They are building a true to size Ark. That should be interesting!

***People of Wal-Mart. These always crack me up!


Oh my...


No really, don't you own a mirror??


Ditto...


In the parking lot...now that's funny!


AAAAHHH!!!



Well, enough of THAT.

***The only jobs plan Obama has is for illegal immigrants.

***Georgia students required to prove they're legal. Sounds like common sense, doesn't it? So why do so many "rights" groups howl about it?

***8 home remedies that really work.

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***To the lamp of love:  may it burn brightest in the darkest hours and never flicker in the winds of trial.  ~Author Unknown 

***Have a great day!

Friday, August 19, 2011

It's Friday!!

***Big deal. Lots to do today as I had some technical issues yesterday and spent a lot of time trying to convert files rather than typing. Gonna be hard to get everything done today, but I'm gonna try!

***The 50 greatest conservative rock songs. John J. Miller over at National Review Online compiled this list earlier this year. Really interesting read, check it out!

***Obama HHS caught using taxpayer dollars to campaign for Obamacare. This needs to be investigated...but as long as there's a Democrat in the White House and Harry Reid is Majority Leader in the Senate, it won't be.

***Markdowns on school supplies at Amazon - if you're not quite ready yet.

***The Obama administration is bypassing the will of the people yet again. The Dream Act didn't pass, so he's going to implement some of its features piecemeal. This guy has got to go, seriously.

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it would launch a case-by-case review of illegal immigrants slated for deportation, in a move that could grant a reprieve to so-called DREAM Act beneficiaries and thousands of others. 
The DREAM Act is a proposal in Congress to give illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children a chance at legal status if they complete two years of college or military service. Though the bill has not passed, supporters and critics alike suggested Thursday's announcement could serve to unilaterally carry out its provisions.
A spokeswoman with the Federation for American Immigration Reform described the new policy as "blanket amnesty." 


Anybody surprised?

***Now this is a different kind of pole dancing...



***Cadillac parade breaks world record. It's amazing what they have world records for...


New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, whose net worth is in the neighborhood of $50 million, either made a Freudian slip or intentionally issued a clarion call for his own impoverishment (although in the liberal elite dictionary the “we” is defined as “everybody but me and my close friends”):

Check out the video.

***Gotta have one!! Check out the "Magical Misery Tour" T-shirts Mitt Romney's campaign is selling. Picture here.

***Gotta love Allen West!

Now Allen West has said something that I’ve said many times.  Of course I get called a raaaaaacist for saying this.  West has said that blacks are so comfortable on the Democrat Plantation that they don’t really understand that they are captives.  He called himself the Harriet Tubman ready to lead blacks from the plantation to slavery.
In the meantime … Black unemployment is over 16% and not getting lower.

***Here is the dream job of a liberal "progressive" Democrat, in his own words:


my dream job is:
*Strictly 9-5.
*Provides a clear work/life divide.
*Pays a moderate-low amount of money, say $30K, with little or no chance of significant raise or promotion. . . .
*White-collar
*Not client-facing.

Beyond that, I don't really think I have any great career aspirations. I just want to work, get paid, not have quotas to meet, go home, leave all my work @ work and live my life. . . . I'm not showing up on weekends either. 

Wow. Really aims high, doesn't he?

***Obummer Summer - Dow down another 400. 

***Maxine Waters: Blacks "getting tired" of Obama. But they'll vote for him. You can count on that. See Allen West above. 


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***This is nuts - not to mention sad. 32-year-old mother of two wants to be fattest woman ever. She eats 20,000 calories a day. Here is one of her psycho quotes:

Susanne visits the supermarket once a month with sons Gabriel, 16, and Brendin, 12, and spends up to eight hours filling six trollies.

‘It's like a full day's work,’ said Susanne, who uses a motorised scooter, but astonishingly believes she can stay healthy.

She added: ‘The bigger I get, the better I feel. I feel more confident and sexy. Why shouldn't I push the limits and see how fat I can get and stay healthy?’
 First of all, I don't believe it. You can't be that big and and be comfortable or sexy. 


The unemployed mother - who cannot work because of her weight - claims she stays active by doing simple exercises and having regular health checks.

Catch that? She's unemployed. So others have to support her food habit. This is the ultimate in selfishness, in my opinion. 
 
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***Great entry on Jim Daly's blog - The Solution to All Your Problems.
Read Your Bible!

Every conceivable experience which the Christian may have to face has already been met and dealt with somewhere in the Scriptures. There is no such thing as a new experience in the realm of the Spirit; you will find everything catered for here.
- Excerpted from The Life of Joy and Peace
 
***In Indiana, it's back-to-school time at the school of your choice. 
Starting this school year, Indiana offers Hoosier families a sweeping variety of school choice options.  Despite recent efforts by the state’s largest teachers’ union, those options remain in place pursuant to a ruling Monday.  The Indiana Choice Scholarship Program now provides financial assistance for qualifying families to attend any primary school of their choice within the state.  In some situations, that scholarship covers nearly the entire cost of tuition.  This program is the latest in a long line of reforms within the state over the last decade, including the addition of charter schools and providing for payment of transfer tuition.

This is a good thing!

***Fast and Furious agents - promoted!! 
This is outrageous!

***Ironic, isn't it?






***Neat story!
 A 4-year-old's Letter To God
A True Story -- Author unknown
There is a kind soul working in the dead letter office of the U.S. Postal Service somewhere...
Our 14 year old dog, Abbey, died last month. The day after she died, my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God, so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could, so she dictated these words:
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Dear God,
Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick. I hope you will play with her. She likes to play with balls and to swim. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.
Love, Meredith.
(written by the mother of Mer Claire)
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We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to: God in Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letter box at the post office.
A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had. Yesterday there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, "To Meredith" in an unfamiliar hand.
Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers, titled, "When a Pet Dies." Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page was the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:
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Dear Meredith,
Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help. I recognized Abbey right away. Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in, so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.
Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I am wherever there is love.
"Love, God"
 
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"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
~ Theodore Roosevelt

***Have a great day!