Friday, September 30, 2011

Gettin' With It

***Getting started extra early today. I'm taking our neighbor lady to the hospital for a procedure later this morning, and will probably be there for several hours. This poor woman is very sick and frail and has nobody close to help her.

***Jonah Goldberg over in The Corner at National Review Online has a great piece up.

“This is a great great country that had gotten a little soft and we didn’t have that same competitive edge that we needed over the last couple of decades,” Mr. Obama said in response to a question about the country’s economic future. “We need to get back on track.”
Interesting perspective.  I wonder where America could have lost its competitive edge. It couldn’t possibly have anything to do with a government that blows billions on green energy boondoggles while making it harder to drill for oil while trying to make electricity rates “skyrocket.” It couldn’t have to do with extending unemployment benefits to 99 weeks (and rising), or to bailouts or perhaps advice like this offered by Michelle Obama:
 “We left corporate America, which is a lot of what we’re asking young people to do,” she tells the women. “Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse. Those are the careers that we need, and we’re encouraging our young people to do that. But if you make that choice, as we did, to move out of the money-making industry into the helping industry, then your salaries respond.” Faced with that reality, she adds, “many of our bright stars are going into corporate law or hedge-fund management.”

It has been three years, and it still amazes me that we elected Barack Obama as our President. His was a media-driven candidacy and campaign. He had absolutely NO accomplishments to run on. He ran on rhetoric, and it worked. As Goldberg says toward the end of the piece:

Seriously, in 2008 we elected a community organizer, state senator, college instructor first term senator over a guy who spent five years in a Vietnamese prison. And now he’s lecturing us about how America’s gone “soft”? Really?

***The Urban Jungle Workout: Using your body weight as resistance. This sounds doable!

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***Culture of Corruption. This should come as no surprise.

A Daily Caller investigation has found that in addition to the failed company Solyndra, at least four other solar panel manufacturing companies receiving in excess of $500 million in loan guarantees from the Obama administration employ executives or board members who have donated large sums of money to Democratic campaigns.
And as questions swirl around possible connections between political donations and these preferential financing arrangements, the Obama White House suddenly began deflecting The Daily Caller’s questions on Wednesday to the Democratic National Committee.

***Friends of the Family. Check it out.

***Lincoln Theater faces shutdown. So of course, they're asking for a bailout from the city. It would be a shame for such a historic landmark to close. But...if you can't make it in the free market, you can't make it. Stop asking taxpayers to bail you out!


***Look at this closely. What a snake!!



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Knowledge

There once was an old man from Esser
Who's knowledge grew lesser and lesser,
        It at last grew so small
        He knew nothing at all,
And now he's a college professor.
 
***How would you like this freak to wait your table? I'd lose my appetite and leave.
 
 

***The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.  ~Aristotle
 
***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Soggy!

***It's been pretty wet in my corner of Indiana! It's certainly feeling like fall. That's okay, though, I love wearing warm, comfy clothes like sweatshirts. We usually have beautiful fall weather in Indiana. Hard to believe it's almost October already.

***Doctors and the American Medical Association are at odds over Obamacare.

For more than 160 years, the American Medical Association has served as the self-appointed chief lobbying group for doctors. But the AMA’s lofty status has been under threat over the last several years — and is under attack today. In fact, the AMA now only counts about 17% of doctors as members.
According to a new survey, the majority of doctors do not believe that the AMA represents their views and interests. Much of that dissatisfaction stems from the organization’s support for President Obama’s contentious health care reform package.
That shouldn’t be surprising. The AMA declares that its core mission is to “help doctors help patients.” But ObamaCare undermines that pursuit by making life harder for physicians and driving down the quality of care available to patients.

***Apparently the "enlightened" writers at Grey's Anatomy have written in an abortion for Sandra Oh's character. I got a couple of DVDs of that show to see if I would like it, and I didn't. Of course the creator of the show was all philosophical on how tastefully it was done and how she wanted to present "all points of view." Yeah, right. Here's what one of the commenters said:

What a world. NARAL writes our laws and Planned Parenthood directs our entertainment!
Poor Kevin McKidd. In "Rome," his wife had a son with her brother-in-law after she thought he'd been killed while off fighting with Julius Caesar. Then she killed herself when he found out and came at her with a big knife. "The boy is blameless" were her last words as she fell to her death. The child was blameless on "Grey's Anatomy" as well, but his or her mother's me-centric world view couldn't quite see that.
Anyway, the pro-aborts (or anti-lifers -- I love that!) are starting a new push to remove the "stigma" of abortion. They want to convince us that an abortion is really no different than an appendectomy. Both remove something that's destined to cause problems later on; the appendix, by bursting, and the baby, by living. So what's bad about abortion is not that you are actually murdering a human being, but that society as a whole hasn't accepted what a good and responsible "choice" abortion is. Kool-Aid, anyone?
Expect a lot more abortion on prime time.

***While I liked Chris Christie's speech at the Reagan library, Rush was less than enamored:


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***Cain vs. Unable. I like that.  :-)

***        Iz my kibbles s'posed to move?



***Bomb 'em. Iran says it could deploy its Navy near U.S. Coast. Scared to death of Obama, ain't they?

***Ashton and Demi splitting? Noooo...I'm shocked. SHOCKED!

***"Courageous" starts tomorrow!

***"Wizard of Oz" ruby slippers to be auctioned. Better show up with a lot of money if you want 'em!

***Michael Bloomberg really is an idiot. Look what he sees as government's highest calling:

Speaking on the government's role in diet and health last week, Bloomberg told the UN General Assembly, “There are powers only governments can exercise, policies only governments can mandate and enforce and results only governments can achieve. To halt the worldwide epidemic of non-communicable diseases, governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is ultimately government’s highest duty.”

Really? This is what the Founders had in mind? The government as food police? That Bloomberg calls himself a Republican is an insult even to most RINOs. He's a lefty Democrat, to the bone.

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***Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ~~ George Santayana

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Hey Y'all

***Couldn't get to sleep again last night, so I'm getting a later start than usual again. I don't know what's up with that, but I wish it would stop!

***Sad, but true:



***More from the email my sister sent me a few days ago:

Democracy... is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.

Liberty ... is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. -- Benjamin Franklin

***Excellent piece by Neal Boortz on the "footstools" who keep asking Barack Obama to raise their taxes. An excerpt:


Yesterday I told you my feelings on LinkedIn.  Then we get this ridiculous question that came out of yesterday’s LinkedIn townhall with Barack Obama.  A man by the name of Doug Edwards bellies up to the mic.  Doug Edwards is a liberal, who has donated $300,000 to Democrats over the last decade.  That’s a lot of dough.  What does this man do?  He classifies himself as “unemployed by choice.”  Why?  Because he started out as a little company called Google and had enough money to retire.  Good for him.  But then Doug Edwards comes to the LinkedIn townhall and asks Barack Obama this insipid question: "Would you please raise my taxes?"

Now before we get to Obama’s answer, let’s talk about the question itself.  If Doug Edwards is “unemployed by choice” this must mean that he doesn’t pay income taxes.  It’s hard to have taxable wages when you aren’t working.  We must assume, then, that when Doug Edwards asks for his taxes to be raised, he is talking about capital gains taxes.    

Here’s the big secret for people like Doug Edwards.  Well … apparently it is a secret, because these footstools don’t seem to realize this.  The Treasury Department accepts checks.  You don’t actually have to OWE the IRS money to write a check to the Treasury Department.  If you feel so inclined, you can simply take out your check book and write away!  Any amount will do!  One dollar?  Fine!  One million dollars?  Knock yourself out!  You don’t have to ask Dear Ruler to raise your taxes .. you can set your own tax rate!  The tax rate quoted by the IRS is a minimum!  There is no maximum.  You can even borrow money to pay over 100% of your earnings if you care to!  So just DO IT AND SHUT THE HELL UP! 

Follow the link and read the rest. The biggest whopper told by Obama is that "he doesn't want to punish the rich." That is a bold-faced lie. That's all he's been talking about. He calls it "paying their fair share," but it's punishment nonetheless.

***Whoa, no wonder he's getting desperate. He's even losing the confidence of blacks.

***"Nothing is boring, except people who are bored." I like that.

***"Here's Why No One Reads Your Blog." Interesting blogging advice.

***Double cool!



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***Well, whaddya know: Organic food doesn't decrease cancer risk.

***Christie is not running. Look people, we're not going to find a perfect candidate. I'm so tired of the "we have such a weak field" meme. That is being pushed by the media in order to help the Democrats, and many Republicans are playing right along. There is no perfect candidate, we just have to find the best we have, and there are lots of good ones, and support them. I've said it before and I'll say it again, anyone in the current GOP field would be a vast improvement over Barack Obama.

***Most people seem to hate the new Facebook changes. Talk about some major whining! Look, Facebook is free and you're not forced to use it. I guess if I spent hours a day on Facebook maybe I'd have more interest in the way it's done, but again, there's more to life than Facebook, people!

***Hey, my kind of article!! The 9 best flea market shopping strategies.

***Check it out, a table runner made of toilet paper tubes.



***Woman injured by exploding toilet. Okay, how does THAT happen...?

***Axelrod: 2012 to be a "Titanic Struggle" for Democrats.

RUSH: David Axelrod just told a group of Democrat politicians in New Hampshire that Obama's reelection will be a titanic struggle --  and of course we here are hoping it meets the same fate as the Titanic.  But in order to guarantee that, what do we need?  We need to make sure the GOP puts up the right iceberg.

***Mirth is God's medicine.  Everybody ought to bathe in it.  ~Henry Ward Beecher

***Have a great day!
 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Woops

***Well shoot, it's 5:40. I hate it when I get up late.

***Sad but true:



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***I hate to link to this semi-sleazy site, but you gotta see this. Here's the headline: "Morgan Freeman Free to Marry Step-Granddaughter." Yeah, you read that right.

Morgan Freeman's divorce from his second wife of 26 years, Myrna Colley-Lee, is official. And now that he's a single man, rumors are circulating (thanks to the trusty old, National Enquirer) that he's getting ready to marry again…to his 27-year-old step-granddaughter, E'Dina Hines! Folks, we couldn't make this stuff up if we tried!

***Sign of the times - Hallmark rolls out unemployment/layoff greeting cards. Hope 'N Change!!

***Close to home: Five people found shot to death in Laurel, Indiana.

***What a lowlife: Larry Flynt is offering $1 million for dirt on Rick Perry. Gosh, I don't remember him doing that with Obama, do you? Warning: This link will take you to the Huffington Post, and you may have to delouse your computer when you leave.

***Obama's "new" combative tone? WHERE have you people been? Here's Barack Obama, misleading and lying as usual:

“I mean, has anybody been watching the debates lately?” he asked. Referring to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, who has sought federal aid to fight wildfires caused by a prolonged drought, Mr. Obama said: “You’ve got a governor whose state is on fire denying climate change. It’s true. You’ve got audiences cheering at the prospect of somebody dying because they don’t have health care and booing a service member in Iraq because they’re gay.”

Michelle Malkin's response:



First quick point: So a few stray hecklers at GOP debates are representative of the entire Tea Party, but the Teamster who warmed up Obama’s Labor Day rally crowd in Detroit by urging them to “take these son of a b*tches out” warrant and the Democrats who keep heckling Republicans and Tea Party activists with suicide bomber smears and all the other Big Labor thugs threatening profanity-laced violence against Republicans somehow no comment from the civility police at the White House?
Double standards — it’s what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the Obama 2012 talking points menu.

The Democrats and the major media in this country are truly sickening in their behavior and their double standards.

***Health care law likely heading for Supreme Court. Elections matter, people. We have a slim conservative majority on the Court, but it would be a lot better without the two awful justices nominated by Obama. This will be interesting to watch.

***                      Oh CRAP! I forgot Fifi's birthday...



***From A Gift of Inspiration:

The brilliant you, released!

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                             Written by Fran Briggs

***Shazam! Money just showed up!

***New Poll: Most believe economy is still in recession. Gee, ya think?

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***Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success. ~~ Brian Adams

***Have a great day!
 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Here We Go Again!

***Wow, what a busy weekend. Now here we go into another busy week! No wonder they fly by so fast.

***Obama's biggest lies. Okay, there's a lot of competition here, I admit. But this piece is excellent.

If you work hard, play by the rules, save your money, create jobs, and make a success out of yourself, President Obama and the Democrat party will plunder everything you have worked so hard for, because in their view that is only fair.
That is the meaning of the policies President Obama is espousing as he campaigns for re-election around the country this week. As Mark Steyn has explained, there is no bill yet that the President is demanding Congress pass, it won't create any jobs, and there is no money to pay for it. It is just a traveling road show, and we need to start to hold accountable our relatives, friends and neighbors who would fall for it, and thereby darkly threaten the entire future of America.

Here's what Obama is running around the country saying:

Middle-class families shouldn't pay higher tax rates than millionaires and billionaires. That's pretty straightforward. It's hard to argue against that. Warren Buffet's secretary shouldn't pay a higher tax rate than Warren Buffett. There is no justification for it. It is wrong that in the United States of America, a teacher or a nurse or a construction worker who earns $50,000 should pay higher tax rates than somebody pulling in $50 million. Anybody who says we can't change the tax code to correct that.... They should have to defend that unfairness -- explain why somebody who's making $50 million a year in the financial markets should be paying 15 percent on their taxes, when a teacher making $50,000 a year is paying more than that -- paying a higher rate. They ought to have to answer for it.

This is a farce, and Peter Ferrara sets the record straight:

Let me educate you, Mr. President, even though I am quite certain you are not interested in hearing any answer that contradicts your committed religious beliefs. But the truth is that the unfairness you discuss is a fantasy. The facts are just the opposite.
Even before you were elected, Mr. Obama, under the tax policies adopted by President Reagan, House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and the much vilified President George W. Bush, official IRS data for 2007 showed that the top 1 percent of income earners paid more in federal income taxes than the bottom 95 percent combined! The top 1 percent of income earners that year earned 22 percent of income but paid 40.4 percent of total income taxes. When Reagan became President, the top 1 percent paid 17.4 percent of income taxes, as I note in my recent book, America's Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb. As Jack Kemp used to say, if you want to soak the rich, cut tax rates. Moreover, the bottom 40 percent plus of income earners now pay no federal income tax on net as a group.

The worst part about all this is - the President KNOWS this. He KNOWS he's lying to the American people. And the people who fall for it again, at the risk of sounding like a Democrat, should have their voting rights taken away by reason of insanity. Many of the ones who fell for his blather in 2008 will, no doubt, swallow this lie whole and regurgitate it over and over. The Republican candidates need to hammer him harder on this. The Left and the media are going to call them racists anyway, they need to stop worrying about his color and worry more about his insidious policies that are destroying this country.

***My sister sent me this:

From now thru November 2012 this should be required weekly or at least monthly, reading BY ALL WHO VOTE!!!

Did you notice who Obama threatened when he wasn't getting his way on raising the debt ceiling?

He threatened to not pay: Social Security Retirees, Military Retirees, Social Security disability and Federal Retirees.

Now.. Let this sink in really good -

He did not threaten to stop payments to illegal aliens

He did not offer to fire some of the thousands of unnecessary federal employees that he hired

He did not offer to cut down on his or his wife's frivolous gallivanting around

He did not threaten to not pay the senators and representatives or any of their staff

He did not threaten to take benefits away from welfare recipients

He did not threaten the food stamp programs

He did not threaten to not pay foreign aid

He did not threaten to cut back on anything that involves his base voters



VOTE HIM OUT IN 2012!!


***Michael Savage's new book, "Abuse of Power" debuts at #4 on the New York Times' bestseller list. I'm not a big Michael Savage fan. I don't DISlike him because he is unashamedly conservative, so more power to him, I'm just not real fond of his style. Still, he speaks a lot of truth.


***Things that make you go "What the...??"














***Distractions from the Left. They have it right over at Power Line. The Left cannot win if this presidential race is run on the issues - so they'll do whatever they can to direct the voters' attention away from the economy and foreign policy. Unfortunately, this will work on some of the flatliners who voted for Obama in the first place. Fortunately, there are many who have woken up and seen the error of their temporary insanity in 2008.


***Obama says Republican policies could "cripple America" during his taxpayer-funded campaign stops. Um, Mr. President? Exactly what are YOUR policies doing to America right now?


***Herman Cain calls Morgan Freeman's "racist" remark about Republicans "sad." It's worse than sad, it's just plain stupid.


***Speaking of stupid...check out Michael Moore's latest: "Patriotic" Americans should wait longer for health care. Yes, I'm sure YOU would. What a hypocrite.


***Yet another obesity drug on track for approval.


***If You Bring Love
By Joseph Campbell



At a certain moment in Nietzsche's life, the idea came to him of what he called 'the love of your fate.' Whatever your fate is, whatever the heck happens, you say, "This is what I need." It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge.

If you bring love to that moment - not discouragement - you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow. Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You’ll see that this is really true.

Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like a negative crisis, it is not.

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***The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.  ~William Shakespeare, Othello

***Have a great day!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bleh

***I'm really late getting my blog post up today. I worked really hard on the party yesterday and was SO tired last night...then I couldn't get to sleep. I took one of Mark's extra strength ibuprofen pills because I was so sore and tired, and then didn't wake up until 7:30. I can't remember the last time I slept that late! Just barely had time to get a shower and get ready before I had to be at church for praise team practice. I think I'm getting a cold, I feel really yucky. Too much to do today, though, to lay around. I have my niece's baby shower to go to, then a really, really, REALLY messy kitchen to clean up, then my transcription to get going on. Sheesh. And yes, I'd like a little cheese to go with my whine, please.

***Top 10 states for business:

1. Virginia
2. Texas
3. North Carolina
4. Georgia
5. Colorado
6. Massachusetts
7. Minnesota
8. Utah
9. Iowa
10. Nebraska

***This is crazy:  Lawyers eye unemployed as clients.

Lawyers should be allowed to win financial damages from companies that refuse to hire unemployed people, according to a coalition of Democratic legislators, progressive advocates and entrepreneurial trial lawyers.

  Yep, they want to sue businesses for not hiring the unemployed. Where to start...

***Herman Cain wins Florida straw poll. Now THAT was unexpected...


Ecstatic off a Florida straw poll victory that is sure to elevate his visibility, Republican presidential contender Herman Cain said Sunday that the GOP establishment better start paying attention because he's getting respect from voters.

"The takeaway from Florida, that we took away, is that number one, the citizens movement is more powerful than the establishment wants to give me credit for. So yes, they keep treating me like the Rodney Dangerfield of this primary contest," Cain told Fox News.

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***Bush-era Pentagon officials cleared of wrongdoing. You won't hear much about this in the mainstream media. Think you would have if it had gone the other way?

A three-year government investigation has found no wrongdoing by Bush-era Pentagon officials when they gave war briefings to retired military analysts who served as TV and radio commentators.
The probe by the Pentagon inspector general was a response to a 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning article in the New York Times that implied the former military officers, some of whom worked for or were defense contractors, received financial favors in return for their commentary and that they were tools in a propaganda campaign.

***Green fascism at work.

Sometimes I like to point out that even if catastrophic global warming could be conclusively proven, it would not change one crucial political fact: Al Gore and the environmental left are the last people you would trust to solve the problem.  This is a variation of my axiom that the environment is much too important to be left to environmentalists—they’ll just screw it up further and crush our liberties.

***These guys are nuts!









***"If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too." -- Somerset Maugham

***Have a great day!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Party Day!

***Mark's family is coming this afternoon for our annual cookout and cornhole tournament. I'm really looking forward to it, but I sure ain't ready yet! I did get the desserts made yesterday, and the fiesta dip. Sooo much more to do, though! That's okay, I love having company. They won't care if I miss a few dust bunnies.

***Oh, hey, don't you think you should pay some of that forward, Ms. Warren? The hypocrisy of the Left never ceases to amaze...

Elizabeth Warren was paid 3 times as much as originally reported  ($192,722) for serving as chairman of the committee which oversaw the 2008 federal bank bailout. She's the one I blogged about yesterday as complaining that factory owners didn't get rich by themselves, and should "give some back" as part of the "social contract." So...how much taxpayer money have YOU given back, Ms. Warren?

***101 gadgets that changed the world. Check out this list! At #101 is duct tape. :-)


The alarm clock. The personal computer. The smartphone. The radio. You know the greatest gadgets of all time (and you’ve probably owned most of them), but which has changed the world more than any other? To make our list of 101, a gadget had to be something you could hold in your hands, mechanical or electronic, and a mass-produced personal item. The rest was up to the judges.


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Got my copy of "In My Time." :-)

***Raising taxes on the rich affects job creation. Of course it does - but never let facts get in the way of a good sound bite, right Obama?

*** Yet another Hollywood idiot. This time it's Morgan Freeman - calling everyone who dares disagree with Barack Obama "racist."

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***Simon & Garfunkel's greatest songs. In case you're wondering.

***This looks like a good one - "The Man in the Middle."  From Jim Daly's blog at Focus on the Family:

Our daily broadcast today features a fascinating conversation with my dear friend and colleague Tim Goeglein. Tim is currently serving this ministry as our Vice President of External Affairs.goegleinbook.jpg

Prior to joining the Focus team, Tim was with President George W. Bush for seven and a half years. He knows Washington – but even more importantly, he knows and appreciates the gift of God’s grace and forgiveness. Today’s discussion is a beautiful story from that era about redemption and a remarkable turn of events.
 
 

***NASA to buy space taxis? How would you flag one of THOSE down?



***Top 10 Halloween costumes for your child. Some of these are really cute!

***       I BEEN A BAD KITTY...



***
"Leap and the net will appear. "
~ Zen saying 
 
***Have a great day!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wonderful!

***I had such a nice time yesterday with Emily & Johnathan. It was nice to have an afternoon away from the computer, too. I worked my tail off (not literally, unfortunately) yesterday afternoon so I could get my work done and not have to worry about it the whole time I was gone. I have an absolutely wonderful typist who transcribes for me and made herself available in case one of my clients needed something urgently. I can count on her to do whatever she does correctly, so I could take my mind off of my business for a few hours and relax. Boy, did I need that! We ate at Panera, I really enjoyed that. Emily & Johnny both had soup in bread bowls. That looked really good, but would be a waste for me. No way I could eat all that bread. Then we went shopping & I got Mark's Christmas present. He's gonna love it. :-)

***We lost power for about an hour last night about 10:30. I hopped in the car and drove over to mom's to make sure she was okay...I always picture the worst things! Like her stumbling around looking for a candle and falling, stuff like that. She was fine when I got there, lighting candles and listening to the radio. I still haven't heard what happened, but they had the power back on in about an hour. Amazing how you miss something like that when it's not there!

***Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat candidate for Senator from Massachusetts, is certainly a dyed-in-the-wool socialist. Listen to this:


“I hear all this, you know, ‘Well, this is class warfare,’” she says of Democratic tax policy. “No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody.”
She goes on to cite the proverbial factory owner who relies on public services like roads, schools, and cops. Warren could just as easily have mentioned as contributors to the factory owner’s success freedom and a government strictly bound by the rule of law, but they must not have been top of mind.
She argued that these goods are things “the rest of us paid for,” the “rest of us did.” When it comes to federal income taxes — the focus of the current debate — this isn’t right. About half the country doesn’t pay them, and the top 10 percent pays about 70 percent. Insofar as those taxes fund Warren’s public goods, her rich industrialist disproportionately contributes already.

Never mind that the factory owner pays taxes for those roads, etc. too. Never mind that business owners, "the rich," already pay a disproportionate share of taxes. Never mind that the business owner is the one who took the risks, put up the money, put in the work, and HIRED THE PEOPLE to make his business grow.

Geez, socialists are irritating. Read the whole piece. Here's a reality check, Ms. Warren.

***Best debate line of the night (at the Republican debate last night):

Gov. Gary Johnson:  "My neighbor's dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than Barack Obama."

***Obama touts his jobs plan yesterday at a bridge that won't qualify. What a doofus.

***Terrible News! "All My Children" is ending. Oh no...

***U.S. Delegates walk out on Ahmadinejad's speech at U.N. He shouldn't have even been allowed in the country, in my opinion.

U.S. delegates walked out when Ahmadinejad said "arrogant powers" threatened anyone who questioned the Holocaust and the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States with sanctions and military action. Other Western delegates also left, in what has become an annual feature of Ahmadinejad's U.N. appearances.

***No way.



Check this out:


Christian Bale has nothing to fear.

***Most people are saying Mitt Romney was the clear winner in the debate last night. It's too bad Newt Gingrich is so damaged (some by his own doing, I might add). He is the most articulate and smartest of the bunch. Again, however, anyone on that stage would be a step up from what we have now.

***From Newsmax:

Late Show with David Letterman

Gays are now allowed to openly serve in the military. Maybe our next war could be a musical.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that he is releasing the two American hikers from captivity in Iran on humanitarian grounds. Then he went back to torturing dissidents.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

President Obama’s hometown newspaper, the Chicago Tribune has called on Obama not to run for re-election. He has to run. He knows there are no other jobs out there.

The Solyndra executives are scheduled to testify before Congress, and they’re expected to take the 5th. Why not take the 5th? They’ve already taken $535 million.



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***Here are the labor unions' ideas to save our economy:

  • No benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
  • No more cuts in pay or benefits for federal workers
  • Establish a government-run insurance program known as “the public option”
  • Allow prescription drugs to be re-imported
  • Have Medicare negotiate drug prices
  • Draw down troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • A financial transactions tax
  • A millionaires’ surtax
  • Tax capital gains as ordinary income
I love that tax capital gains as ordinary income thing.  Labor unions want to kill the investment marketplace.  Pretty much par for the course for people who are unable to exist in the workplace without being members of a mob.


***7 baby steps to financial security by Dave Ramsey.

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***Of all the properties which belong to honorable men, not one is so highly prized as that of character. ~~ Henry Clay

***Have a great day!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Coincidence?

***Think it's a coincidence that the three states deemed worst for conducting business are blue states run by Democrats?


Nearly one quarter of the survey's 322 respondents said Illinois had one of the least favorable business climates, according to Development Counsellors International, which specializes in economic development and tourism marketing.

Taxes and high costs were among the factors that contributed to the state's poor showing in the survey. California was deemed to have the worst business climate, followed by New York and Illinois.



Here are some fun facts:

Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina were viewed as having the best business climates, according to the survey. Best and Worst States, Things in Common


  • Illinois, New York, and California all have Democratic governors.
  • Illinois, New York, and California all have governors beholden to public unions.
  • Illinois, New York, and California are not right to work states.
  • Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina are all right-to-work states.
  • Texas, North Carolina, and South Carolina do not have governors beholden to public unions.

***I get to see Emily & Johnny today! We're having lunch at the Greene, then I'm picking up Mark's Christmas present. 

***Have you ever been to the Renaissance Festival in Ohio? We've been there three or four times, it's really something to see! Kinda pricey, but fun!

***Look at me! Look at me!!



***Job-killing regulatory policies. Here's one CEO's story.

In my own business, securities regulations have prohibited me from hiring brokers for more than three years. I was even fined fifteen thousand dollar expressly for hiring too many brokers in 2008. In the process I incurred more than $500,000 in legal bills to mitigate a more severe regulatory outcome as a result of hiring too many workers. I have also been prohibited from opening up additional offices. I had a major expansion plan that would have resulted in my creating hundreds of additional jobs. Regulations have forced me to put those jobs on hold.

Government needs to GET OUT of private business.

***Outrage. Islamic Center opens its doors near Ground Zero. Boy, the terrorists must be laughing their heads off at us. We can't get the Twin Towers rebuilt in a decade, but we can allow the opening of a center dedicated to the Religion of Death, no problem.

***Just ordered a case of Rush Limbaugh's "Two if by Tea." I also entered a contest where the winner has his/her tea delivered personally by Rush & Catherine Limbaugh. How cool would THAT be??

***Great Rick Perry ad: President Zero.  Check it out.

***Kitty Mind Meld:



***Those were the days...



***Taxpayers foot the bill for Justice Dept.'s $16 muffins, among other things. Business as usual.

The Justice Department and several of its agencies engaged in “extravagant and wasteful” spending on food, beverages and event planning for law enforcement conferences, including paying $16 each for muffins, $76 per person for lunch and more than $8 for a cup of coffee, according to an audit released Tuesday by the department’s Office of Inspector General.
At one conference, a workshop on enhancing judicial skills, participants were served snacks of Cracker Jack, popcorn and candy during a break, costing $32 a person, and also were provided a “deluxe” ice cream assortment that cost $10 per person. The 166 people attending a separate conference of U.S. attorneys were fed beef Wellington appetizers at $7.32 per serving.

***Imagine the outcry if a Republican First Lady dared such extravagance:

That was no ordinary bling on the wrist of First Lady Michelle Obama at the DNC fundraiser in New York Tuesday night. Those fancy diamond cuffs were the creation of 23-year-old Katie Decker, whose namesake jewelry line has been making a serious splash since her graduation from Texas A&M two years ago.


The native Houstonian is over the moon with the fab pub that photos of the first lady in Katie Decker are already providing. Michelle Obama's stylist picked up the bracelets at Katie's showroom in Fragments in Soho. You can see more photos of the Obamas from the evening here by checking out the Gotham Hall event.

If you've been saving your nickels and dimes, the cuffs are available locally at Judith Ann Jewels. The First Lady wore Katie's Lotus cuff priced at $15,000 with 2.9 carats of diamonds, her Gothic cuff at $15,350 with 2.17 carats in diamonds and the Quatrefoil bracelet at $11,800 with 1.73 carats in diamonds.

***Can Israel survive? That's a scary question.

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***From A Gift of Inspiration:

Developing your character...

It is something special to be around someone who has real character in all that they do. Below are 10 ways to build your character by adopting a positive attitude in achieving your own level of personal and business success. 

1. Do it even if it's difficult.
2. Take responsibility for your choices, your actions and your consequences.
3. Know why you do what you do.
4. Be honest, and be true to your word, both with yourself and with others.
5. Know your strengths, and work from them. Know your weaknesses even better, and avoid feeding into them.
6. Recognise your choices and use them wisely.
7. Develop self-discipline and know how not to overdo it.
8. Develop the ability to luxuriate, know when it's time to stop, and be able to stop.
9. Know the difference between what you want and what you need.
10. Recognise and respect boundaries. Be clear about your own, and give equal value and weight to those of others. 

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"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -- Edmund Burke

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Determination

***Well, I took a nice long walk yesterday. I took the hillier route, which is a good workout. We have a lot of hills around here, so depending on which way I go I can go up and down several. Good for the butt, which is just what I need.

***This is sickening, and so typical of the mindset of so many Americans.

In short, it's almost impossible to sum up what's wrong with America's economy while standing on one leg.

Unless your name is Mr. EBT. EBT, for those who are too ignorant to know how their tax dollars are spent, stands for Electronic Benefit Transfer. Essentially, state governments distribute welfare payments via a credit card (EBT). Most major food outlets take EBT as a form of cash. States cannot charge sales tax on any items bought with an EBT.
Just who is Mr. EBT, though? He's a self-titled rapper who just came out with a new YouTube sensation titled "My EBT." Yes, he wears the traditional rapper get-up of a straight-brimmed hat and baggy pants. But look beyond the clothing and see something deeper -- the sort of leech who is bankrupting our society.

In a three minute, 51-second song, Mr. EBT champions his eponymous card -- or rather, his sister's EBT card. (Yes, that's fraud.) Because, as we all know, government dependency is a family value. As he wanders aimlessly through the aisles of corner stores, he chants, "Sandwiches, chips, Snickers, Twix ... I'm eating good. Potato chips ... a big box of Oreos ... cereal, Kix ... my EBT, my EBT...walking down the ave', there's food I got a hunger for." He doesn't have a hunger for grammar, but he has hunger for taxpayer cash. "It's the EBT, it's not food stamps," he says. "If I don't have my card, I use someone else's!"

As the writer says later in the piece, so many people just take what is given to them, and feel entitled to it. Your money is their money, hand it over! This is exactly what the liberals want. Make people dependent on the government, then tell them conservatives want to take their goodies away, so they better vote Democrat to keep it coming.

***At least 200 murders in Mexico now linked to Fast & Furious weapons. Just imagine the outcry if this were a Republican administration. There would be Congressional hearings and talk of impeachment, and this is all you'd hear about on every station. As it is, barely a peep. Our media is practicing journalistic malpractice. There is no integrity in our mainstream media any more. Good thing there are alternatives now.

***SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “Obama is great at math. He divides the country, subtracts jobs, adds debt and multiplies misery.”

***Obama Administration seeks to close Gitmo before 2012 elections. Oh no, it's not political...

***Saturn, from the Cassini spacecraft:


This is an infrared picture of a cloud - how cool is that??



The Orion nebula:



View of a sunspot from a Swedish telescope:



A "Cosmic Necklace" as captured by the Hubble space telescope:



Follow the links to see many more. These pictures of space fascinate me.

***This week's Eco-Hypocrisy Award goes to Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick (a Democrat, of course).

“You got me!” grinned the Governor.
He’s talking about video shot by WBZ of Mr. Patrick leaving his Milton home this morning with his assigned state trooper at the wheel for the routine drive into work in his SUV.
One problem.
The Governor himself recently declared this “Car-Free Week,” urging people to ditch their autos in favor of public transportation, biking, walking, or at the very least carpooling — espousing the environmental and health benefits of that switch.
[...]
The Red Line, by the way, is within walking distance of his house — one of three “T” stations within a half mile of home.

***Shock Poll? From Power Line:

That is how Drudge is headlining this McClatchy-Marist survey which finds support for President Obama evaporating, so that “even” Sarah Palin trails him by only five points, 49-44. I would say that if there is a shock, it is that Obama–an awful president who acts as though he barely cares–can lead any Republican contender.
More significant is that, by a margin of 49 percent to 36 percent, respondents said they definitely plan to vote against Obama. What is more, by 52 percent to 38 percent, voters think Obama will lose, no matter who the GOP nominee turns out to be. Under normal circumstances those results really would be shocking, but, given what a disaster the Obama administration has proved to be, the marvel is that they aren’t worse.

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Radio Conversation

This is supposed to be the transcript of an actual radio conversation between a US naval ship and Canadian authorities off the coast of Newfoundland in October 1995. The Radio conversation was released by the Chief of Naval Operations on Oct. 10, 1995. 

- Please change your direction 15 degrees to the North to avoid a collision.
- Recommend you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to South to avoid a collision.
- This is the Captain of a US Navy ship. I say again, divert YOUR course.
- No. I say again, you divert YOUR course.
- THIS IS THE AIRCRAFT CARRIER ENTERPRISE, WE ARE A LARGE WARSHIP OF THE US NAVY. DIVERT YOUR COURSE NOW!
- This is a lighthouse. Your call. 

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***"The only jobs bill that will succeed is when Obama is jobless.  The only jobs bill that will work is when all of his czars and cabinet members are fired by the voters." ~~ Rush Limbaugh

***Have a great day!