Monday, October 31, 2011

Trick or Treat!

***Today's the day...or should I say, tonight's the night! We always have fun handing out candy. We live in a cul-de-sac, up a hill, so we don't get a lot of trick-or-treaters, usually just the ones whose parents are driving them around rather than walking.  We get enough to have a good time with it, though, usually about 20-25. We can give out the little candy bars since we don't have to buy so much, two bags is usually enough.

***Michael Moore is trying to identify with the "99 percenters." How can a multimillionaire claim not to be rich? Well, first you have to be a liar. Check. Then you have to be a pompous windbag. Check. Then you have to convince the rabble that you're "one of them" while living the rich life. Check. Good thing those "99 percenters" are dumb as rocks.

***The attacks on Herman Cain have begun. Remember the "high tech lynching" of Clarence Thomas? The Left is at it again. No sources are given, of course. Where are the calls of racism? Why in the world wasn't the press this curious about Barack Obama's past? Those are rhetorical questions, of course. We all know why.

***They should Occupy Prison. Amen, Don Surber. And the rotten press along with them.

The media has by and large been very supportive of the various Occupy stunts organized by unions and radical groups. The allegations of rape, pimping underage girls and underage drinking are largely ignored by a national press that repeatedly lied about the peaceful, law-abiding Tea Party movement. With Occupy, police have had to arrest more than 1,000 Occupiers — even as police ignore permit violations, camping violations and pot-smoking. I cannot recall police arresting a single Tea Party member, even though there were 100 times as many of them.

My hope is the American people will see through this charade and vote Republican next year in a backlash against this group of freeloaders. We shall see.

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Quick, what comes to mind first? For me? From left to right - Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton.

***The perfect gift! You can get this nickel plated Hawk Rocket lamp with green glass for just $850.00!!


Wow.

***Halloween doesn't have to be a gorge-fest to be fun. But it helps! (I added that last part...)


***I need to get my friend Rebekah to tell me again how to embed a video. Check this out. It's "Hope & Change," sung to the tune of "Glory Days." Great!

***Now THAT'S scary...



***Stone Age: Restaurant serves only food cavemen ate.



Ewww.

***Christiane Amanpour at CNN asks Bachmann something she certainly never asked anyone when Bush entered Iraq, which, by the way, WAS in America's best interest.

Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann appeared on ABC’s This Week today, and Christiane Amanpour put Bachmann on the defensive when she asked the candidate if her non-interventionist Libya position would mean she would have been okay with “hundreds of thousands” of dead civilians in the streets of Libya and Moammar Gadhafi still in power.

Guess it would have been okay to leave Saddam Hussein in power, because of course, nobody was dying or anything. What a pathetic excuse for journalism.

***Scary Halloween house.



***      William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
                      from Macbeth
A dark Cave. In the middle, a Caldron boiling. Thunder.
                Enter the three Witches.
       1 WITCH.  Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd.
       2 WITCH.  Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin'd.
       3 WITCH.  Harpier cries:—'tis time! 'tis time!
       1 WITCH.  Round about the caldron go;
    In the poison'd entrails throw.—
    Toad, that under cold stone,
    Days and nights has thirty-one;
    Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
    Boil thou first i' the charmed pot!
       ALL.  Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
       2 WITCH.  Fillet of a fenny snake,
    In the caldron boil and bake;
    Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
    Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
    Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,—
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
       ALL.  Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
       3 WITCH.  Scale of dragon; tooth of wolf;
    Witches' mummy; maw and gulf
    Of the ravin'd salt-sea shark;
    Root of hemlock digg'd i the dark;
    Liver of blaspheming Jew;
    Gall of goat, and slips of yew
    Sliver'd in the moon's eclipse;
    Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips;
    Finger of birth-strangled babe
    Ditch-deliver'd by a drab,—
    Make the gruel thick and slab:
    Add thereto a tiger's chaudron,
    For the ingrediants of our caldron.
       ALL.  Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
       2 WITCH.  Cool it with a baboon's blood,
    Then the charm is firm and good.

**Have a great day!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Tragedy

***17 killed in Afghanistan, including 12 Americans.

A Taliban suicide bomber rammed a vehicle loaded with explosives into an armored NATO bus Saturday on a busy thoroughfare in Kabul, killing 17 people, including a dozen Americans, in the deadliest strike against the U.S.-led coalition in the Afghan capital since the war began.
The blast occurred on the same day that a man wearing an Afghan army uniform killed three Australian soldiers and an Afghan interpreter in the south -- attacks that show the resiliency of the insurgency and are likely to raise new doubts about the unpopular 10-year-old war and the Western strategy of trying to talk peace with the Taliban.

You cannot "talk peace" with barbarians such as this. They have to be wiped out. 

***Freak snowstorm in Northeast. Hope this isn't a harbinger of things to come!


***On a more positive note, we had a wonderful visit with family yesterday. My chili turned out really well, too! 

***Love this! Click to enlarge:



Something has to be done about the tax code. It's nuts.

***Mark Steyn: There's almost nothing you can't get the government to pay for. And by "government," I mean your fellow taxpayers.

If you’re wondering what sentient being isn’t aware of diapers, you’re missing the point: Connecticut representative Rosa DeLauro is raising awareness of the need for diapers in order to, as Politico reported, “push the Federal Government to provide free diapers to poor families.” Congresswoman DeLauro has introduced the DIAPER Act — that’s to say, the Diaper Investment and Aid to Promote Economic Recovery Act. So don’t worry, it’s not welfare, it’s “stimulus.” As Fox News put it, “A U.S. congresswoman in Connecticut wants to boost the economy by offering free diapers to low-income families.” And, given that sinking bazillions of dollars into green-jobs schemes to build eco-cars in Finland and a federal program to buy guns for Mexican drug cartels and all the other fascinating innovations of the Obama administration haven’t worked, who’s to say borrowing money from the Chinese politburo and sticking it in your kid’s diaper isn’t the kind of outside-the-box thinking that will do the trick?

In fact, the federal government already provides free diapers for at least one lucky American. Stanley Thornton Jr. of California receives Supplementary Security Income disability checks from the Social Security Administration in order to sit around the house all day wearing a giant diaper and a giant onesie, sucking on a giant pacifier and playing with a giant baby rattle. Stanley Jr. runs a website for fellow “adult babies” called BedWettingABDL.com. I believe I first heard of the “adult baby” phenomenon some years ago in London. If memory serves, there was a club, and the members lay around in giant cribs being read bedtime stories by a bosomy nanny. Minor celebrities and possibly backbench Tory members of Parliament may have been involved. In those days, it was what we called a “fetish” and you had to do it on your own dime. Now it’s a “disability” and the United States government picks up the tab. And, if that’s not progress, what is?

Wow. No wonder we're in such a mess.

***Now THAT'S creative!



***Michelle Obama: Hypocrite Extraordinaire:


Given that the federal budget has increased by $2 trillion in just a decade, entitlements are at record levels, and this administration is now running $1.5 trillion annual deficits, it is hard to imagine that any government has told anyone “tough luck.” And it is even harder to suggest that nine months of a Republican-controlled House — voted in as part of the largest midterm correction since 1938 — has had much effect on the Obama employment agenda of nearly three years, the majority of which time Obama controlled both houses of Congress and borrowed nearly $5 trillion in sending unemployment over 9 percent.

And when Ms. Obama charges, “Will we be a country where opportunity is limited to just the few at the top? Who are we?” one wonders, why, then, in the past three years of hard times, did she insist on vacationing, in iconic fashion, at Vail, Martha’s Vineyard, and Costa del Sol, the tony haunts of “the few at the top”? In these rough times, surely a smaller staff, less travel, and budgetary economies would have enhanced her populist message of some at the top enjoying perks at the expense of others.

***Repeating history...:

While Republican presidential candidates are looking forward by proposing variations of a flat income tax, President Obama’s tax-the-rich campaign strategy is looking backward—to Franklin Roosevelt’s 1936 reelection campaign.  FDR won his reelection, but the American people lost: Roosevelt’s new taxes on business and the “economic royalists” gave us the “Roosevelt recession” of 1937-38.

***Obama and the Democrats are campaigning against the "Republican Congress" and blaming them for their troubles...even though only the House has a Republican majority, and it has only been that way for the past year. Nice try, Bozo.

***Private Party It was Halloween night when a driver called our road-service dispatch office complaining that he was locked out of his car. I forwarded the information to a locksmith, along with one more detail: The car was parked at a nudist colony. Of course, the locksmith arrived in record time. But when he called in later, he wasn’t amused. “Figures,” he said. “I finally get to go to a nudist colony, and they’re having a costume party!” – Contributed by Neil Klein

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***This is neat! It's a picture of the building of the Statue of Liberty in France.



Workmen construct the Statue of Liberty in Bartholdi's Parisian warehouse workshop. The statue was assembled in France and then transported to the U.S.

***Outfit Over-Easy The last thing my friend Christy was prepared for was an invitation to a costume party. Eight and a half months pregnant, she was in no shape for any conventional costume. Still, she wanted to go, so she painted a big yellow circle on an extra-extra-large white T-shirt, dug a pair of red devil horns out of her kids’ Halloween junk pile … and went as a deviled egg. – Contributed by Betty C. Hatcher

***Charles Rangel is contemptible.

Now we have the corrupt New York Congressman, Democrat Charlie Rangel, on the “redistribute the wealth” side of the tax the rich.  In a speech on the House floor yesterday, he called for the redistribution of wealth and slammed the rich for benefiting from wars fought by the poor and middle class.

Here is Rangel’s quote:
"Why is it that we know, or that we can suspect, that in this war where we lost so many lives, that so many people have been wounded, that our brave men and women coming home will subject themselves with a lack of funds to deal with their physical or mental problems?  And yet we somehow know that that 1 percent was not involved in defending our great nation.  We can almost know without any investigation that the wealthiest of Americans never found themselves protecting our flag.”

Yes, Mr. Tax Cheat, go all moralist on  us now.

***    "Bad News, Honey. I've been sacked."



***
Nature gave us two ends: one to sit on and one to think with.
Ever since then, man's success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most

Robert Albert Bloch

***Have a great day!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Today's the Day!

***...and I ain't ready! I did get my chili made yesterday, got the brownies baked and the chip dip made, but boy, my kitchen's a disaster. My sister used to say her house looked like a landfill. That cracked me up! I did get the bathroom cleaned yesterday, but I'm up at 4:00 on a Saturday to try to get a little transcription done before I tackle the dishes, etc. I love having everybody over, but it sure is a lot of work! Good thing Mark is great about helping.

***This really is pathetic. Here's the "big statement" the Occupy Wall Street crowd made yesterday. They threw paper airplanes at Citigroup's headquarters. Really?

There is nothing inherently offensive about throwing paper airplanes at buildings, although it is an odd choice in New York ten years after 9/11. But that it became the final plan demonstrates a lack of thought. Ultimately, there is just something asinine about it — something unfathomably childish. More than that, it was pathetic. One hundred people assembled outside an office block and threw paper at the windows; seriously, is this the best that the General Assembly can manage?

***This is being handed out to the chumps at Occupy Chicago from "the Traders." Here's an excerpt, but you really need to follow the link and read the whole thing. It's awesome!

We are Wall Street. It’s our job to make money. Whether it’s a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn’t matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable. I didn’t hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone’s 401k doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, its not a problem until you lose. I’ve never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas.

Well now the market crapped out, & even though it has come back somewhat, the government and the average Joes are still looking for a scapegoat. God knows there has to be one for everything. Well, here we are.

Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you’re only going to hurt yourselves. What’s going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We’re going to take yours. We get up at 5am & work until 10pm or later. We’re used to not getting up to pee when we have a position. We don’t take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don’t demand a union. We don’t retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we’ll eat that.


***Chicago reporter commits a random act of journalism: He actually reports on the anti-Semitic, radical origins of the Occupy movement. He better fear for his job.


***The cheapest car in America? The Nissan Versa.

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***Obama skirts his own fundraising rules. Oh, there's a surprise.

***Everyday Heroes. Here are some uplifting stories.


***                               RAWR! You scared??



***How to avoid eating too many Halloween treats. Er...lock them in a safe?

***Teenage entrepreneur creates man-scented candles. Yo, Occupiers - THIS is how you dig out of your rut, not trying to get other people to bail you out.

Current offerings of ManCans include Sawdust, Coffee, Fresh Cut Grass, Campfire, Bacon, Grandpa's Pipe, New Mitt, New York Style Pizza and Dirt. New scents are created mostly by request, Main says--and there have been some odd ones, like cow manure (when asked if he's going to oblige, Main replies, "Um, no."), and steak or meat scents.

***Here is the liberal take on Herman Cain:



On Martin Bashir's television program this afternoon, Democratic strategist and MSNBC analyst Karen Finney said that Republicans are supporting Herman Cain because of his race:
"One of the things about Herman Cain is, I think that he makes that white Republican base of the party feel okay, feel like they are not racist because they can like this guy," Finney said. "I think he giving that base a free pass. And I think they like him because they think he's a black man who knows his place. I know that's harsh, but that's how it sure seems to me."

Oh yeah, it's the REPUBLICANS who are the racists. Let's see, which side is it that continues to focus on Herman Cain's RACE rather than his views on the issues?

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***
“Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile.”


William Cullen Bryant


***Have a great day!

Friday, October 28, 2011

And Here We Go!


***There's gonna be lots of working and cleaning, cleaning and working going on today! Company coming tomorrow, and I most definitely have to do something with my house! Can't wait, though, I love having company, especially when my kids are involved.

***Double standards.

Richmond, Va. — The Richmond tea party is demanding a refund of about $10,000 from the city, claiming it unfairly charged them for rallies while allowing the Occupy protesters to use the same space for several weeks for free.
The political organization is sending the city an invoice for the charges incurred for three rallies held in Kanawha Plaza over the past three years. The Occupy protesters have been camped in the plaza since Oct. 15.

Any bets on whether the Tea Party will get its money back? Or more importantly, if the Occupiers will be charged? Rhetorical, of course.

***Now Obama's trying to put taxpayers on the hook for student loans. Enough already! Your student loan is your responsibility, people. Believe me, I know. We have quite a bit of debt piled up from putting two kids through college. I don't expect other Americans to foot the bill, though. Apparently, Obama thinks you should. And calls that "fairness."

***Stink bug invasion? Yikes!

***Geez, Steven Tyler was pretty ugly BEFORE he fell in the shower. Now look at him...



Okay, I guess that was mean...

***Cardinals force game 7 in the World Series. I didn't watch it, but that must have been quite a game!

***
 

***Full text of Paul Ryan's speech at the Heritage Foundation. Take the time to read this. Here's an excerpt:


To my great disappointment, it appears that the politics of division are making a big comeback. Many Americans share my disappointment – especially those who were filled with great hope a few years ago, when then-Senator Obama announced his candidacy in Springfield, Illinois.

Do you remember what he said? He said that what’s stopped us from meeting our nation’s greatest challenges is, quote, “the failure of leadership, the smallness of our politics – the ease with which we’re distracted by the petty and trivial, our chronic avoidance of tough decisions, our preference for scoring cheap political points instead of rolling up our sleeves and building a working consensus to tackle big problems.”

I couldn’t agree more.

And yet, nearly three years into his presidency, look at where we are now:

  • Petty and trivial? Just last week, the President told a crowd in North Carolina that Republicans are in favor of, quote, “dirtier air, dirtier water, and less people with health insurance.” Can you think of a pettier way to describe sincere disagreements between the two parties on regulation and health care?
  • Chronic avoidance of tough decisions? The President still has not put forward a credible plan to tackle the threat of ever-rising spending and debt, and it’s been over 900 days since his party passed a budget in the Senate.
  • A preference for scoring cheap political points instead of consensus-building? This is the same President who is currently campaigning against a do-nothing Congress, when in fact, the House of Representatives has passed over a dozen bills to help get the economy moving and deal with the debt, only to see the President’s party kill those bills in the do-nothing Senate.


***Pretty pumpkins. Here's how to do it.



***
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno


We had President Obama on the show last night. I think the president enjoys visiting NBC because we're the only place that has lower numbers than he does.



A man from India has become the first 100-year-old person to run a full marathon. He’s 100 years old, but to be fair, he was 94 when he started the race.


***Wow. 


***When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown
***Have a great day!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Occupy Violence

***When Democrat mayors go after smelly leftists, you know they're in trouble:


“I respect the protesters’ right to peacefully assemble and express their views,” Villaraigosa said. “City officials have been in a continuous and open dialogue with the organizers of Occupy L.A. However, the protesters must respect city laws and regulations, and while they have been allowed to camp on City Hall lawns, that cannot continue indefinitely.”…
In an interview Wednesday, the mayor said county health inspectors recently visited the encampment and expressed concerns over the cleanliness of the camp. In addition, the demonstration is hurting the city’s lawn and trees…
Meanwhile, about a dozen protesters showed up at Wednesday’s City Council meeting to ask lawmakers to allow them to stay. Protester Alex Everett, 26, said he came because he was alarmed by Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s comments to KABC that it was time for protesters “to move on.”
Everett, who moved out of his house and into a tent outside of City Hall two weeks ago, said he thinks many protesters would not leave without a fight. He said if police move in to clear out the protest, like Oakland police did Tuesday, “it will be violent.”

Well, thanks for that warning. Now, wait until you hear them whine about police brutality if there is any pushback. They're supposed to be allowed to do whatever they want, you know? Look further down in the piece. None other than Obama pal Bill Ayers is giving them tips. You couldn't make this stuff up.

More on the Occupiers and some live streaming from Michelle Malkin.

***Global Warming - RIP.

***Another Hollywood idiot shows his true colors. This time its Orlando Jones, who tweeted this:

Celebrities have been known to post tasteless tweets on Twitter, but critics are slamming comedian Orlando Jones for crossing the line when he tweeted that liberals should “Kill Sarah Palin.”
Following the death of Muammar Qaddafi, the MADtv star tweeted, “Libyan Rebels kill Gaddafi, if American liberals want respect they better stop listening to Aretha & kill Sarah Palin (:”

To be fair, he did get a lot of negative blowback. I would be willing to bet, though, that he got some very positive feedback from his Lefty friends.

***Lots of people say marijuana is harmless and should be legalized. However, this study found some troubling effects.

Cannabis causes the same type of chaotic brain activity seen in people with schizophrenia, British scientists found.
Researchers from Bristol University, in western England, made the discovery after measuring the brain neurons of rats that were given the psychoactive ingredient of cannabis.
They found that the drug completely disrupted coordinated brain waves, which are essential for memory and decision-making, in the area across the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex.
The resulting brain activity was uncoordinated and inaccurate, leading to neurophysiological and behavioral impairments similar to those seen in schizophrenia.
The rats exposed to the cannabis-like drug were left unable to make accurate decisions when navigating a maze, according to findings published Tuesday in the Journal of Neuroscience.

I think the recreational use of pot is just plain dumb, anyway. I do, though, think that it should be legal for medicinal purposes. There are many studies which show marijuana is helpful to cancer patients on chemotherapy in that it eases the sickness and nausea which usually accompanies chemo. If a cancer patient can get some relief from cannabis, I think doctors should be permitted to prescribe it. Heck, they can prescribe morphine, and that's a whole lot stronger than cannabis. Just my two cents. 

***Amazing. This is absolutely outrageous. A US border agent has been jailed for "improper arrest" of a drug smuggler. His offense? Raising the smuggler's arms so police could look for drugs.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent has been sentenced to two years in prison for improperly lifting the arms of a 15-year-old drug smuggling suspect while handcuffed — in what the Justice Department called a deprivation of the teenager’s constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force.

Read the whole thing. It will infuriate you.

***Oh My Gosh. Connecticut governor declares "Diaper Need Awareness Day." I kid you not. Now they want us to pay for other peoples' diapers.

***


***
 Unknown Author

I've never made a fortune,
and it's probably too late now.
But I don't worry about that much,
I'm happy anyhow.

And as I go along life's way,
I'm reaping better than I sowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

Haven't got a lot of riches,
and sometimes the going's tough.
But I've got loving ones all around me,
and that makes me rich enough.

I thank God for his blessings,
and the mercies He's bestowed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

I remember times when things went wrong,
My faith wore somewhat thin.
But all at once the dark clouds broke,
and the sun peeped through again.

So Lord, help me not to gripe,
about the tough rows I have hoed.
I'm drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

If God gives me strength and courage,
When the way grows steep and rough.
I'll not ask for other blessings,
I'm already blessed enough.

And may I never be too busy,
to help others bear their loads.
Then I'll keep drinking from my saucer,
'Cause my cup has overflowed.

When I think of how many people
in this world have it worse than I do.
I realize just how blessed most of us really are.



***It's official: Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning. I'm sorry, but how dumb is that? I'll never understand why people drink themselves into a stupor.

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***"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.  The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling that thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.  The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -- John Stuart Mill

***Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Lookin' Forward

***What a weekend I have coming up! We're having a yard sale Friday - mom wants to sell a lot of "stuff" she has gathered over the years. She's a knick knack person, so there's a lot. We had one in the spring, but she has found a lot more since then. I'll be spending the next two evenings getting ready for that. Fortunately, John & I have already cleaned out the garage, so that's a major plus. On Saturday, Emily & Peter & Peter's parents are coming over. Can't wait! I'm just going to do something simple like chili. Hope it's nice enough to play corn hole Saturday. In between all that, my clients are trying to kill me...

***The latest in self-driving cars. Hmmm...






***More madness: Northern California police recognize Mexican IDs as a valid form of identification. California is all but lost.

***Weird shaped homes:








***One term Democrat House member sues for "loss of livelihood." Yep...if you're a liberal, once you've been elected, apparently you're entitled to be "kept" by the taxpayers for the rest of your life, even if you lose. The Susan B. Anthony list reported his voting record during his campaign, and he was thrown out. Therefore, it's their fault that he has "lost" his livelihood." So, your voting record is truthfully made public, so you sue? This is liberal thinking, people. Kinda reminds you of the Occupy Whatever crowd, doesn't it? I deserve it! Give it to me!

***Occupy Boston couple arrested for dealing heroin. Oh, there's a surprise.

***Amazing northern lights show on Oct 24! Wow, I wish I could have seen that.



***Free "Thriving Family" magazine from Focus on the FamilyDid I mention it's free?

***Harris Poll: Obama Inspires Little Confidence. Well duh.

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***If you cannot convince them, confuse them. ~~ Harry S. Truman

***Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Say What?

***Liberals say the darndest things:

Michelle Obama: “Our philosophy is if you live right every day - and I shouldn't say "right," but if you make good choices every day - I tell this to my girls all the time - that when it's time for the holidays and the fun stuff and the birthday party, that you don't have to worry about it because you're doing what you're supposed to do every single day. So we really talk about daily choices that they're making, and balance. Right? Because I don't want them to have to worry about how much candy they eat on Halloween.”

President Obama on his jobs bill which was rejected in Congress by all the Republicans and 2 Democrats: "We've decided, let's let them do the right thing one more time. We're going to give them another chance to do their jobs by looking after your jobs. So this week, I'm asking members of Congress to vote. What we're going to do is we're going to break up my jobs bill. Maybe they just couldn't understand the whole thing all at once. So we're going to break it up into bite-size pieces so they can take a thoughtful approach to this legislation,"

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid: "It is very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing fine. It is the public-sector jobs where we have lost huge numbers. That is what this [jobs] legislation is all about."


President Obama: “I'm here in Detroit visiting workers at a GM plant in the heart of a resurgent American auto industry.”  Experts in video effects said Mr Obama's talk on boosting employment had actually been recorded in front of a neutral "green screen" and the factory background filled in later.  The White House denies this.

Obama: “We're here because this week, Congress passed landmark trade agreements with countries like Korea, and assistance for American workers that will be a big win for our economy...So it was good to see Congress act in a bipartisan way on something that will help create jobs at a time when millions of Americans are out of work and need them now.”  These are the trade agreements negotiated by George W. Bush and have been sitting on Obama’s desk since he became president.

Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif: "I've heard my own colleagues on the Republican side say, `We just want to make Obama look so bad, we don't care how bad the economy gets.'"
Reporter: “You've heard them say that?”
Sanchez: "Yes. They have said that.  They’ve said that.  They've said that behind closed doors to me....’we’re going to make him look bad; we’re going to get rid of him.’"
Reporter: “Who is saying that, congresswoman?”
Sanchez "Well, you know, I'm not. you know, these are actual friends on the other side who`ve said this is what's happening in our conference, in their groupings when they're meeting."

In other words, she made it up.

***Senators question aid to China

China is one of the biggest economies in the world and grew at more than 9 percent over the last year. It also has loaned more than $1 trillion to the U.S. to fund its deficit-spending.
But at the same time, the U.S. sends foreign aid to China, which lawmakers of all stripes say is just plain nuts.
"Why in the world would we be borrowing money and then turn around and giving it back to the countries that we're borrowing it from?" Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said. "If they have enough of a surplus to loan us money, they have enough of a surplus to take care of their own needs."
Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia asked the same question in a recent appearance on Fox News: "Hey, in the crisis that we're in right now, should we really be continuing to send American taxpayer dollars over to China for these purposes?"

Exactly. We're drowning in this economy, and we're sending aid to a country we're borrowing billions from? Duh.

***I like Rick Perry's flat tax plan, but 20% is too much.

***Honda Accord gets 1 million miles? Wow.

***White Chicken Chili recipe. I dunno...chili's supposed to be red...

***This is funny, but also kinda sickening to look at...


Who in their right mind...oh wait, that's the problem...

***All this Tim Tebow controversy is amazing to watch...I think most if it stems from the fact that he's an unashamed Christian, and they just can't deal with it. A good guy in the NFL? C'mon...

***Speaking of the NFL, my Colts are becoming a bit painful to watch...

***Okay, Okay...call Nutrisystem...



***From cancer patient to multimillion dollar beacon of hope. Great story!

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Annabel Lee

by Edgar Allan Poe
(published 1849)
  
It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of ANNABEL LEE;--
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
   Than to love and be loved by me.
She was a child and I was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love--
   I and my Annabel Lee--
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
   Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud by night
   Chilling my Annabel Lee;
So that her high-born kinsman came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
   Went envying her and me:--
Yes! that was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of a cloud, chilling
   And killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
   Of those who were older than we--
   Of many far wiser than we-
And neither the angels in Heaven above,
   Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee:--

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I see the bright eyes
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,
   In her sepulchre there by the sea--
   In her tomb by the side of the sea.

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***We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't.  ~Frank A. Clark

***Have a great day!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Rage On

***Another brilliant piece by Victor Davis Hanson:

I’ve been following the Wall Street protests, in New York and elsewhere. I read as well of the Democratic Party’s sorta interest in turning the anger of a few into a left-wing Tea-Party-like movement of many.
Against that background, I’ve also been counting up Barack Obama’s excuses (ATM machines are to blame and so are the tsunami, the EU, George W. Bush, the nine-month-old Republican House, the Arab Spring, the D.C. earthquake, and rising oil prices). He’s also growing his target list of various insults (everyone and everything from Clarence Thomas, Nancy Reagan, and the Special Olympics to fat-cat bankers, corporate jet-owners, millionaires and billionaires, and “the teabag, anti-government people”).
Out of all that chaos, I think there are two constants that explain the Obama frustration and the current outpouring of invective at Wall Street, “them,” the affluent, and our capitalist system in general.

Read the whole thing.

***Former Rep. Artur Davis sees the light:


I've changed my mind on voter ID laws -- I think Alabama did the right thing in passing one -- and I wish I had gotten it right when I was in political office.
When I was a congressman, I took the path of least resistance on this subject for an African American politician. Without any evidence to back it up, I lapsed into the rhetoric of various partisans and activists who contend that requiring photo identification to vote is a suppression tactic aimed at thwarting black voter participation.
The truth is that the most aggressive contemporary voter suppression in the African American community, at least in Alabama, is the wholesale manufacture of ballots, at the polls and absentee, in parts of the Black Belt.

The Democrats aren't against voter I.D. laws because they're afraid of "voter suppression." They don't like them because they make it harder for them to cheat. Simple.

***A house built for skateboarding. Now that's what I call taking your work home with you.

***Everything you need for Halloween.

***Our Money=Good. Their Money=Bad. Bias. More of the same.

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***I've seen some of these, but some of them are new. :-)

 

· Bertha Belch, a missionary from Africa, will be speaking tonight at Calvary Memorial Church in Racine.  Come tonight and hear Bertha Belch all the way from Africa.

· “Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale.  It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house.  Don’t forget your husbands.”

· "The sermon this morning: 'Jesus Walks on the Water.' The sermon tonight: 'Searching for Jesus."

· "Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered."  

· The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to conflict.

· The sermon this morning: “Jesus Walks on the Water.” The sermon tonight: “Searching for Jesus.”

· Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir.  They need all the help they can get.

· Don't let worry kill you. Let the Church help.

· Thursday night will be a potluck supper. Prayer and medication to follow.

· For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.

·A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

·This afternoon there will be a meeting in the south and north ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.

·Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church. Please use large double door at the side entrance.


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***Key general calls Iraq pullout plan a "disaster." That's my take, too. You don't tell the enemy when you're leaving.

***World Series even at 2-2.

***Technology then and now. Great slideshow!



***I'm convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance. ~~ Steve Jobs

***Have a great day!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Social Contract

***I like this:

SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “The social contract exists so that everyone doesn’t have to squat in the dust holding a spear to protect his woman and his meat all day every day. It does not exist so that the government can take your spear, your meat, and your woman because it knows better what to do with them.”

***Just to keep things in perspective: Obama's failed stimulus cost more than the 9 year Iraq war. Where are the lefties?? Oh yeah, they're trashing Wall Street.  




 
The gospel of Jesus Christ confronts and challenges the modern world with the statement that it alone has the answer to all man’s questions and the solution to all his problems. In a world that is MartynLloyd-Jones.gifseeking a way out of its tragedy and its troubles, the gospel announces that the solution is already available. In a world that is feverishly looking to the future, and talking about plans for the future, the gospel proclaims that the search is not only mistaken in direction, but is also quite unnecessary.

- Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Truth Unchanged, Unchanging)






***Craziest occupier of all? I dunno, this guy has to be missing a few marbles.

Dylan Spoelstra, 24, from Toronto, Canada was brought to Bellevue Hospital for psychiatric evaluation after voluntarily surrendering to the NYPD.
Spoelstra, who had been ticketed by the NYPD for public urination at 3:14 a.m., told his protestor pals that he was going to climb the bright red artwork known as “Joie de Vivre” on Broadway on the west side of Zuccotti Park. Shortly before 6 a.m., after eyeing the ring of cops standing nearby for several minutes, he dashed across the street and clambered up one of the large vertical beams, prompting an officer to call for back up.
“He went up like a ring-tailed lemur,” said Patrick Griese, 41, who held Spoelstra’s jacket for him.

Read the whole thing. What an idiot.

***Here are some great Halloween costumes! I especially like the turtle.







Homemade costumes are always cuter than the ones you buy.

***NFL player fined $10,000 for calling his wife to tell her he was okay.

The NFL fined a player $10,000 for making a call from the sidelines, even though all he wanted to do was assure his wife he was okay after suffering a possible concussion earlier.
Superstar safety Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, whose flowing hair is featured in Head and Shoulders shampoo commercials, was seen talking on a cell phone while sitting on the bench during last week's game against Jacksonville. That's prohibited by the league, and officials were not swayed by Polamalu's extenuating circumstances.
Polamalu borrowed the phone from a trainer Sunday to let his wife know he was alright after leaving the game with concussion-like symptoms, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The league rules say "possession of cell phones, [personal digital assistants] or other electronic equipment in the bench area during a game is strictly prohibited by league policy beginning 90 minutes before kickoff through the end of the game."

I dunno, rules are rules, but that seems a bit harsh, considering.

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***Best dance movies. Great list! I love musicals. Some of these I've never seen, but I definitely agree with their #1 pick, "Singin' in the Rain." Gene Kelley, Donald O'Connor, and Debbie Reynolds do some wonderful dance scenes in this one, and of course there's the most famous one with Kelley singin' in the rain. There's one mistake on the list, though. The wonderful chimney sweep dance scene in "Mary Poppins" is done to "Step in Time," not "Chim-Chim-Cheree." Other'n that, great list!

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***Nobody will ever win the Battle of the Sexes. There's just too much fraternizing with the enemy. ~~ Henry Kissinger

***Have a great day!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Ah, Saturday!

***Okay, I do have quite a bit to catch up on this weekend, but...it's Saturday! It's supposed to be a lovely weekend, weather-wise. Mark has a big carpet cleaning job today, but tomorrow we're hoping to go try out the new disc golf course at New Creations here in Richmond. I've never played that, but it looks like fun! It's basically golf with a Frisbee. The Richmond Disc Golf Association is trying to get the city to put in a disc golf course where the Municipal Golf Course used to be. I hope they succeed!

***Obama: Above the law, above democracy. 

Phil Kerpen understands Barack Obama and what he is up to better than almost anyone else in the country. Kerpen is vice president for policy at the grassroots free market organization Americans for Prosperity and author of the new book Democracy Denied: How Obama is Ignoring You and Bypassing Congress to Radically Transform America – and How to Stop Him (BenBella Books, October 2011).

As Kerpen writes, “In the face of an unprecedented wave of public discontent expressed at the ballot box and throughout his time in office, Obama has remained committed to an extreme left wing agenda.”  But, “Unfortunately, for decades Congress has been delegating away its legislative power to bureaucratic agencies that Obama is now using to bypass Congress and the American people to pursue his agenda.” That includes moving “forward to impose huge ‘cap-and-trade’ style energy taxes via Environmental Protection Agency regulation, to use his friends at the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the Internet, and to pursue his failed union agenda at the National Labor Relations Board.”

Obama simply has to be sent home in 2012. This country can't afford another four years of him.

***Good news! Study finds no link between cell phones and cancer. I wasn't really worried about that anyway, were you?

***Here's a surprise: Communist nations support the Occupiers. And they're PROUD of it.

***Obama's not doing so good, and this is good...(click to enlarge)


It's also why he's announcing a complete troop withdrawal from Iraq by the end of the year. That's a campaign strategy, and nothing more. I'll bet al Qaeda is rubbing its hands together in anticipation...

***NYC residents complaining about Wall Street protesters. Not hearing much about this, are you?

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***From A Gift of Inspiration:

To Risk

  • To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
  • To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
  • To reach out to another is to risk involvement.
  • To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
  • To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
  • To love is to risk not being loved in return.
  • To live is to risk dying.
  • To hope is to risk despair.
  • To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live. Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom. Only a person who risks is free. The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change and the realist adjusts the sails.
William Arthur Ward




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***The Plain of Jars. This is interesting.



The Plain of Jars is one of the oldest archeological mysteries in Southeast Asia. Located on the plateau of Xieng Khouang, in the mountains of Indochina, there are about 90 different jars sites. Each site contains from 1 to 400 jars. It has been estimated that they were created 3,000 years ago, and are made of sandstone, limestone, granite, breccias and conglomerate, with the majority being made of sandstone. The tallest jar is about 9 ft. tall and all are made from their own individual slab of stone. At first glance they appear to be haphazardly placed, with some standing upright and others on their sides, pointing in different directions. Further studies have revealed that the jars are placed in positions that form the constellation patterns of the stars. There has been lots of speculation about the purpose of the jars – drinking glasses for a giant race, being used to collect rainwater, or as burial urns. Most of the jars are empty, but a few have been found with bodies or tools inside, or filled with miniature Buddha statues. Exploration is hard as the area is littered with unexploded bombs from the Secret War.

***Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.  ~Edward R. Murrow

***Have a great day!