Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ain't It The Truth?

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***Getting a late start again this morning! Wonder if my body's trying to tell me something.

***Bill Maher is disgusting.

Remember the good old days when the family members of politicians were considered off-limits?
That of course is never the case for Republicans as HBO's Bill Maher sadly demonstrated on Friday's Real Time when he depicted Newt Gingrich's wife Callista as a Martian (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Follow the link to watch the video. Imagine if it were Michelle Obama being targeted.

***The vermin at Occupy Providence throw condoms at Catholic schoolgirls. Haven't heard much about this in the media, have you? As Glenn Reynolds points out, if you threw bacon at a Muslim, you'd be a racist. But this? Freedom of speech!

***Well, at least they have their priorities straight. Kansas law would make "Toto" breed state dog. What a waste of time.

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Priceless gifts you can give

THE GIFT OF LISTENING

No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your responses. Just listen.

THE GIFT OF AFFECTION

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, and hand holding.

THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER

Share articles, positive news, funny stories, and cartoons to tell someone, 'I love to laugh with you.'

THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT

A simple and sincere 'You look great in red,' 'You did a super job,' or 'That was a wonderful meal' can make someone's day.

THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE

Be sensitive to the times when others want nothing more than to be left alone.
THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, even if it's just saying hello or thank you.

THE GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP

Without friends life would hardly be worth living, let your friends know just how much they mean to you today.

THE GIFT OF YOUR SMILE

A simple smile breaks all the barriers of language and culture. Smile and the world smiles with you!
Author Unknown

***Michelle Malkin endorses Santorum, torches Newt.  Look, I'd love to see Santorum be the nominee, too. He's the most honest and the most conservative. However, I don't see what good completely trashing the other candidates does. One is going to be the nominee, and if we don't want to see another four years of Obama we had better turn our attention toward HIM, not our own guys.

***Oh my.




Mendelssohn's Wedding March
Sometimes, it’s hard to fathom that tunes such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” and “Happy Birthday” were actually composed. Even the “wha-wha-waaaah” played on the trumpet was composed! Such is the case with Felix Mendelssohn’s wedding march, part of his incidental music for his A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most people would recognize this march as the music played for a newly-married couple’s recessional. 

***Wow.

Almost 50% of the young people in Greece and Spain are unemployed. The growth in unemployment for adults under the age of 25 has skyrocketed, and is a crisis in both Greece and Spain. Now you don’t have to be surprised by all of the photos of youth riots.

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Working at a theater box-office ticket window poses many challenges in dealing with people.

When a disgruntled customer at a window exclaimed, "No Tickets?" What do you mean NO TICKETS?"

The women waiting on him smiled sweeting. "I'm terribly sorry, sir," she replied. "Which word didn't you understand?"

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***To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle. ~~ Confucius

***Have a great day!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Woops!

***I had reset my alarm for 5:00 a.m. yesterday and forgot to set it back to 3:00 or 4:00 for this morning. Rats. Oh well, I got quite a bit done over the weekend, so no harm done really. I also got my office cleaned, which was a big accomplishment. Isn't it funny how you feel more productive when your office is not cluttered? It's also amazing how many times I missed my mouth when eating my trail mix.

***More proof that global warming is a hoax perpetrated by those looking to line their pockets and exert more power over us.


The supposed ‘consensus’ on man-made global warming is facing an inconvenient challenge after the release of new temperature data showing the planet has not warmed for the past 15 years.
The figures suggest that we could even be heading for a mini ice age to rival the 70-year temperature drop that saw frost fairs held on the Thames in the 17th Century.
Based on readings from more than 30,000 measuring stations, the data was issued last week without fanfare by the Met Office and the University of East Anglia Climatic Research Unit. It confirms that the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997.

Notice this story is not in an American newspaper. It's from the UK Mail Online. AP couldn't be bothered to pick it up. 

***Occupy Oakland decries "illegal" police action after 400 arrests. Well of course they should be allowed to riot at will and break into City Hall without being arrested. Go home, freaks.

***And now, from the Fascinating News You Can't Do Without department: 10 Uses For Dry Cleaning Hangers!

Actually, there are some pretty good ideas here...

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***The Super Bowl Village in Indianapolis sounds like lots of fun! Don't know if I'd have the nerve to ride the Zipline, but I'd sure like to go and check out the other stuff. 

***Senate Democrats haven't passed a budget in 1005 days. They're breaking the law, but they're Democrats, so who cares?

***Weird tree...



***Yep, that's an ugly dress...





A woman of modest means and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband's employer's home. The boss was very wealthy, with an estate home and several cars costing more than the average house.

The woman delighted to experience first hand the life of the extremely wealthy. The boss indulged his guests both at home on his estate as well as out as exclusive dining establishments.

On one occasion as they were about to enter an exclusive restaurant, the boss was walking slightly ahead of them. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.

An awkward silence followed. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, a few cigarette butts and assorted litter. Quietly, the rich man reached down and picked up the penny.

He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have of a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the penny bothered her. Finally, she causally mentioned that her son once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been rare.

A smile crept across the man's face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see.

"Look at it." He said. "Read what it says." She read the words "United States of America."

"No, not that; read further."

"One cent?" "No, keep reading."

"In God we Trust?" "Yes!" "And?"

"And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it!

God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him? Who am I to pass it by?

When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!"

***Now there's something you don't see every day...



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Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful 
Annette Funicello

***Have a great day!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

War Heroes Parade

***I was so glad to see this. Thousands turned out for an Iraq War Heroes parade in St. Louis.

***Reuters regrets false Rubio hit piece. Words, words. I'll bet nobody loses his job.

Reuters is still kicking itself over an article about Republican golden boy Senator Marco Rubio that yielded five corrections yesterday and may have warranted more.
One senior staffer at Reuters described the episode to me as a "fiasco," another as a "disgrace."
It was so bad, in fact, that the editors and writer involved have been asked not to talk about it. (I reached out to editors David Lindsey and Eric Walsh, but have not heard back.)
The article, by David Adams, had intended to detail why Rubio was an unlikely pick for Vice President: "Rubio may not be as coveted as Gingrich or Romney would have it appear as they press for votes in Florida, where more than 450,000 Hispanics identify themselves as Republicans," Reuters David Adams wrote. "Despite his reputation as a watchdog over federal spending, Rubio, 40, has had significant financial problems that could keep him from passing any vetting process as a potential vice presidential choice, Republican and Democratic strategists say."
But after pressure from the Rubio staff, Reuters was forced to issue corrections that quickly became a larger talking point than the article itself.
Rubio's staff reached out to the editors and the writer early yesterday, prompting Reuters to issue two corrections. But the Daily Caller's Matt Lewis, who spoke with Rubio's staff as well, wrote an item suggesting that there were at least seven errors or exaggerations that warranted mention, and Reuters ultimately issued three more.

This kind of thing is what we've come to expect from the media today. Never see a hit piece like this about a Democrat, do you? Heck, all they'd have to do is tell the truth, and the Democrats would call it a hit piece.

***Now that's chutzpah: Man who killed three people in a Christmas Day drunk driving accident is suing his victims.

***Prayers for Bella Santorum.


The three-year-old daughter of Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has been admitted to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the candidate has cancelled his Sunday morning campaign events to be at her side.
Santorum campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley said Saturday night that the former Pennsylvania senator and his wife, Karen, were with Bella at CHOP. Gidley said Santorum planned to return to campaigning as soon as possible in Florida, where the Republican primary is Tuesday.
Bella Santorum has Trisomy 18, a genetic condition caused by the presence of all or part of an extra 18th chromosome. Bella was not expected to survive until her first birthday and concerns over her health have canceled previous Santorum campaign events.
During his campaign, Santorum and his wife have spoken openly about the challenges and rewards of raising a child with such a condition.
The Santorums have six other children; they lost a baby boy, Gabriel, shortly after his birth in 1996. Bella was born in 2008; two years later, Santorum wrote about her in an Inquirer column.
“All children are a gift that comes with no guarantees,” he wrote. “While Bella’s life may not be long, and though she requires our constant care, she is worth every tear.”
Bella, whose full name is Isabella Maria Santorum, has become a symbol of his pro-life stance, as he claimed that most infants diagnosed in the womb with Trisomy 18 are aborted.

***Joe Biden the Delusionist:

House Democrats will win the House in November, swinging the gavel back into the hands of Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Vice President Joe Biden predicted Friday.
“Nancy, I think, is not going to be remembered just for being the first woman Speaker,” Biden said, “she’s going to remembered for being the second woman speaker.”
Addressing House Democrats gathered on the Eastern Shore for their annual retreat, Biden said the combination of GOP obstructionism and a strengthening economy will propel the Democrats back into control of the lower chamber after just two years in the minority.
“It’s becoming absolutely clear the decisions that we made … are actually working,” Biden said, speaking softly because he said he’s battling a cold.

 Guess what? He predicted the same thing in 2010.

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***Now here's an idea! Desks for small spaces:


I like this one:







***Turning layoffs into startup businesses. It can happen! These three examples all went into the baking business, but finding something you love and are good at is all you need to start.

***I went to Jazzercise yesterday with my sister. She bought me 12 classes for Christmas (think there's a message there?). Many years ago, before I was married, I went to Jazzercise classes regularly. I like the dancy movements, it's fun and a good workout. It's still a good workout, but geez, the music today sucks. She did play a couple of classic pop tunes, but it was mostly what you hear on the radio today with the same beat, the mechanized voices, the repetitive, dull lyrics. I still enjoyed it, though, and will certainly use the rest of the classes Myra bought for me. I was pooped the rest of the day. I've been lap swimming, but not doing aerobics per se and using weights, both of which she incorporated into the class. I haven't been to a Zumba class, but I'm guessing it's probably pretty much the same thing. I would love to go to a class which only played classic rock/pop songs from the 70s, 80s, and 90s! Boston, Kansas, Electric Light Orchestra, Elton John, Michael Jackson before he went nuts, etc...

***Adbusters calls for Occupy to invade Chicago, and not peacefully:

Adbusters, the radical, Vancouver-based anti-consumerist magazine, credited by many media outlets for launching the Occupy Wall Street protests, has put out an ad calling for 50,000 protestors to “Occupy” the G8 summit in May. And they are not calling for peaceful protest.
The Adbusters ad shows a picture of policemen beating up a defenseless protestor, and comes with the caption: “In the Tradition of the Chicago 8.”  The Chicago 8 were radicals who incited riots in Chicago during the 1968 Democratic convention. The 1968 convention unrest became so legendary that the band Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young) wrote a song about it called “Chicago.” The “tradition” of the Chicago 8 included calling for displays of public fornication and attacking police.
According to the official statement of Adbusters (titled Tactical Briefing #25), “On May 1, 50,000 people from all over the world will flock to Chicago, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and #OCCUPYCHICAGO for a month. With a bit of luck, we’ll pull off the biggest multinational occupation of a summit meeting the world has ever seen.”

I hope they have the military there, ready to tamp them down when they start breaking the law. Where are the liberal twits calling for "civility?"

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Sorry, couldn't resist that one...

***One day a Pastor, a Vicar and an Atheist go on a fishing trip together. They are in the boat and the Pastor says," Oh! No! I left the paddles on shore!" So he proceeds to get out of the boat and walk on the water to the shore to get them. Once he had gotten back into the boat the Vicar says," Oh! No! I left the bait on shore too!" And like the Pastor the Vicer exits the boat and walks on the water to get the bait. When the Vicar climbs back into the boat the atheist yells," Well if you guys can do it so can I!!!" and proceeds to clim out of the boat, but he falls into the water. At this piont the Pastor says," Do you think we should have told him where the rocks are?"

***We'd all like to vote for the best man, but he's never a candidate.  ~Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

***Have a great day!
 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Dwarf-Tossing?

***Have you ever heard of this?


A dwarf-tossing contest scheduled for Saturday at a Windsor, Ontario bar has generated heated controversy but local authorities say there is no law to prevent it.
Barry Maroon, manager of Leopard's Lounge and Broil, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. he saw no problem with the contest and even claimed he had been getting calls from little people anxious to attend.
He also said any human projectiles would wear protection and would not be in any danger.
But othersagreed with Jamie Danforth of Windsor -- the father in a family of four dwarfs -- who called it "ignorance at its highest level" in an email to the CBC.
"It is insane that in today's society we still have this going on," he said. "I don't need my daughters thinking this is the type of thing they have to be subjected to. We wouldn't throw the elderly or people in wheelchairs."
City councilor Ron Jones, contacted by a local resident trying to stop the event, told the Windsor Star, "there's nothing provincially and no bylaws here that would prevent this from going on."
He added that the dwarf to be tossed had his own agent.

There you have it. The little fella is just making a living!

***Obama fanatic threatens to kill Joe Arapao and his family. Where are the leftist pinheads and their calls for civility??

A "fanatical supporter" of President Barack Obama is the prime suspect in an investigation into an Internet death threat against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Adam Eugene Cox, 33, was arrested in Tennessee Friday on an unrelated warrant for assault.

Working with MCSO, deputies in Knoxville, Tenn., served a search warrant and seized evidence from Cox's home on Friday after an investigation into the death threat came to light in October.

In that threat, Cox stated Arpaio and his family would be killed, according to MCSO. His postings read, in part: "I plan to kill Arpaio first. He will be filled with a thousand bullet holes before the year is out. I promise you this. He won’t [expletive] with Obama. He will be buried 10 feet under and his whole family will be murdered along with him."

Can't you just feel the tolerance and love?

***Get it together, guys. Start attacking the REAL enemy rather than each other: Barack Obama and the Democrats.

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***Great exchange between Rush Limbaugh and a caller. Those of us who actually work for a living are a target in this Administration.

CALLER:  I'm calling regarding all the rhetoric that's going on with Obama's administration regarding tax increase and the wealthy pay more.  Rush, my husband is a physician.  We have five children in college.  We don't take handouts.  Meanwhile, thanks to Obama, fewer and fewer charges can be collected.  I mean in terms of receivables or procedures, what you can collect. So the income gets chopped away practically daily, like doctors are evil and they have to be punished.  But yet nobody addresses welfare reform, people who just repeatedly take advantage of the situation. And indeed some of them have issues that prevent them from working or prevent them from educating themselves, and I understand, but some of them just bleed the system dry.  Also unemployment reform.  What about that?  I mean it used to be if you collected unemployment you were expected to take a paper around to the different --

RUSH:  You were supposed to look for work.  The ChiComs still do that, by the way.  If you're unemployed in China you have to prove you're looking for a job.  You have to do it, a lot of other countries, particularly emerging countries, and we used to.  We used to do that.  But see, the answer to your question is simple.  Your husband and you are in the 1%, and as such you've been exploiting all of his patients. You've been overcharging them for years and that's led you to have the money to put your kids in college without a loan or without a handout, as you say.  And you probably have a fairly nice house, and you've done that by exploiting these poor people.  You've charged them much more than they could pay for simple medical care, which ought to be free in a fair and just society.  So these people who aren't paying their fair share of taxes, the poor, the middle class, are paying no taxes, the doctor having his payments, his reimbursements cut back, that's only fair. That's how we're transforming America. That's how we're equalizing.  We're making the 1% finally pay for the exploitation of all these poor people, it's about time you found out what it's like.

***John Wooden on "If You Had One Day to Live Over."


The late UCLA basketball legend John Wooden enjoyed incredible success as a coach.wooden2.jpg He won ten championships in a twelve-year period and finished his career with an astonishing record of 664-162. A man of strong Christian conviction, Coach Wooden received his eternal promotion in 2010 at the age of 99.

He once wrote something that strikes me as a fitting lesson for parents as well as players and coaches.

Can you relate?

If I could go back and pick one single day in my life - in sports - to live over again, my choice might surprise you.

Here's the day I would pick...joyjourney.jpg

I would conduct one more day of practice in the gym. For each day of practice was, by far, the most fulfilling, exciting, and memorable thing I did as a coach - teaching those under my supervision how to achieve success as members of a team. "The journey is better than the inn..." for me. Cervantes had it right. My joy was in the journey.

How about for you?

Is the source of your own happiness - joy?

Is it in your journey or only in the prize, the inn?

- John Wooden

***                        THE CLEANING GUY? (burp) HAVEN'T SEEN 'IM...




***Talk about stealing your thunder! Sergio Garcia sinks a hole-in-one at the Abu Dhabi Championship, then an hour later Jose Manuel Lara did the same thing!

***Marijuana mouth spray coming to U.S.? Rush has a good point. Wonder if the medical marijuana advocates will be as enthusiastic about a form of the drug that doesn't give you a high? Don't get me wrong, I am in favor of the medicinal use of marijuana, especially in cancer patients when it helps with the nausea caused by chemotherapy. However, I think a lot of medicinal marijuana advocates are only interested in the general legalization of mariuana, and just see medicinal marijuana legalization as a gateway. Their response to this mouth spray will be interesting.

***The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.  ~Mark Twain

***Have a great day!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Back To It

***Had a great afternoon yesterday visiting with Emily, Peter, & Johnathan. We met at Max & Erma's close to the Wright State campus, then went to Target.  After shopping a while we went to Starbucks. Sounds exciting, right? Starbucks now has a skinny caramel macchiato, which was really good, and I see on their web site they now have a skinny mocha. That's my next order! I love Target, I miss the one we had in Richmond. It was nice just to get completely away from the computer for the afternoon, and of course wonderful to spend time with the kids. Yes, they're still "the kids," always will be!

***Journalistic malpractice. This is unforgivable.


This Reuters hit piece on Marco Rubio–nowadays, when I talk about Rubio, I have to stop and think whether it’s Marco or Ricky–is an early contender for the title. Reuters’ theme is that Rubio criticizes extravagant federal spending and deficits, but has had financial problems himself. The article is basically one false statement after another, leavened with quotes from Democratic strategists. At the Daily Caller, Matt Lewis deconstructs it:
By my count, there were at least 7 errors or exaggerations:
1. “Rubio also voted against Sonia Sotomayor, Obama’s Supreme Court nominee who is of Puerto Rican descent…”
(Rubio wasn’t even in the senate then.)
2. “He soon had [his house] appraised for $735,000 and took out a second mortgage for $135,000.”
(Rubio did not take out a second mortgage. He took out a home equity line, which is a line of credit secured by the value of the home.)
3. “In 2008, despite earning a declared $400,000 – including his $300,000 salary from the Miami law firm Broad and Cassel – Rubio failed to make a payment on his home for several months”
(Rubio never failed to make payments on his mortgage on his home. He did miss a payment on a second house that he co-owns in Tallahassee because of miscommunication with the bank and the other owner; but it was remedied immediately and was not caused by any financial problems.)
4. “During the same period he did not make payments on a $100,000-plus student loan from his days at the University of Miami, the disclosures said.”
(As far as I can tell, this is simply untrue. He has never missed a payment on his student loans.)
5. “He frequently had used his party credit card for personal use, and later reimbursed the party for about $16,000.”
(Rubio paid American Express directly. The party never paid any expenses, and therefore there was no need to reimburse them.)
6. “Before joining the Senate last year, he was caught up in an Internal Revenue Service investigation of the Florida Republican Party’s use of party-issued credit cards.”
(Rubio’s office tells me they have never been contacted about an IRS investigation.)
7 “Rubio owes far more on his $384,000 Miami home than it is worth, and at times has had difficulty paying his mortgage”
(Senator Rubio has never missed a payment on his Miami home.)
A Daily Caller reader added another one: “Isn’t Reuters statement about Health Care Law wrong too? Passed in 2010. Rubio took office 2011.” That’s right; Reuters wrote that Rubio voted against Obamacare, but, as with Sotomayer’s nomination, he wasn’t in the Senate yet.

Pathetic.

***Hope & Change: FBI to begin monitoring social networks.

***Another stimulus backed company goes bankrupt.  Way to pick 'em, Obama.

***Space shots. These are fascinating.


Jan. 17, 2012: These loop structures are made of superheated plasma, just one of which is the size of several Earths. With its ability to capture the Sun in amazing detail, NASA's SDO spacecraft observed it all in extreme ultraviolet light.


This is the surface of Mars.


Jan. 2, 2012: The Sun erupted with with a good-sized solar flare and a coronal mass ejection (CME). Luckily, the blast was not directed at Earth.


Using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have solved a longstanding mystery on the type of star, or so-called progenitor, that caused this nearby supernova. All ideas involved a white dwarf star that somehow increases in mass to the highest limit. Astronomers failed to find any companion star near the center of the remnant, meaning this Type Ia supernova came from a pair of white dwarfs in close orbit.


***Okay, I gotta admit, that's quite a resemblance:



Newt Gingrich as a college professor, and Dwight what's-his-name.

***Indiana Democrats walk off the job again. They should be fired. The makeup of the House and Senate were voted on by the people of Indiana, and they have no right to do what they're doing. They're acting like a bunch of spoiled children, it's sickening.

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***Top foods adults love and children hate. Asparagus? Not this adult. Ew.


You Might Be Charismatic If ...

  • You think the fire safety slogan "Stop, Drop, & Roll" is the title of a new book on Holy Spirit etiquette.
  • You stay home from church because you’re afraid some prophet will read your mail in public.
  • Your closet is divided into two sections - clothes that are appropriate for falling and those that are not.
  • You try to pray down fire from heaven on the dry cleaning outfit that ruined your suit.
  • When you break a fingernail, you blame it on spiritual warfare.
  • You think that the movie FREE WILLY is an instructional video on deliverance by the Happy Hunters.
  • You develop a slight hand tremor, and 40 people ask for your prayers during ministry time.
  • You lie on the floor to nap through boring sermons and are perceived as super-spiritual when you get up.
  • Your bumper sticker reads, "Tithe if you love Jesus - so I won’t have to."
  • You speak King James English when disciplining your kids ... "Be-hold, thou hast sham-ed thyself , and sham-ed thy Gawd! To thy room!"
  • You praise God daily that your no longer a _______________ (fill in the name of the denomination you came out of).

***                                                               WHOOPSIE!!



***The reason women don't play football is because eleven of them would never wear the same outfit in public.  ~Phyllis Diller

***Have a great day!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

ZZZZZzzzzz....

***Dang, had one of those nights where I was perfectly comfortable, wasn't really nervous about anything, but just couldn't sleep. I hate that.

***Obama is a big baby.


The Blog

Thou Shalt Not Write Bad Things About Obama

Drudge has a story about Obama getting off of Air Force One in Arizona, greeting Republican governor Jan Brewer, and immediately giving her a piece of his mind. Evidently our president did not appreciate something Brewer wrote about him. According to the pool report, they had a testy exchange from which the president walked away as Brewer was still speaking.
Sound familiar? Bobby Jindal got the same treatment when Obama came to visit Louisiana and the governor met him on the tarmac. Jindal would later recount in his book:
I was expecting words of concern about the oil spill, worry about the pending ecological disaster, and words of confidence about how the federal government was here to help. Or perhaps he was going to vent about BP’s slow response. But no, the president was upset about something else. And he wanted to talk about, well, food stamps. Actually, he wanted to talk about a letter that my administration had sent to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack a day earlier.
The letter was rudimentary, bureaucratic, and ordinary. .  .  . We were simply asking the federal government to authorize food stamps for those who were now unemployed because of the oil spill. Governors regularly make these sorts of requests to the federal government when facing disaster.
But somehow, for some reason, President Obama had personalized this. And he was upset.
There was not a word about the oil spill. He was concerned about looking bad because of the letter. “Careful,” he said to me, “this is going to get bad for everyone.”

This job is too big for him.

***From a commenter at Ann Althouse's blog:

I didn't watch the SOTU because I was washing my hair. But please let me be clear, I have never heard anything coming from O which struck my as remotely interesting, including when he gave the greatest speech on race since MLK's "I Had A Dream" in which he threw his white grandmother under the bus while apologizing for America being so racist. You remember the praise he got for that, right? We don't have that short a memory, right?

Let me be clear, O is and always has been an ordinary political hack who was picked up by a brilliant campaign because he happened to be in the right place at the right time. This brilliant campaign ran him, and ever since he's bee trying and failing to lead the country. He's been a failure from the beginning because he's been a fraud from the beginning.

That pretty much sums it up.

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***Newsflash! Bacon cures nosebleeds!

***Yikes! Check out the size of this snail!



***James Farentino, RIP.

***Neat new gadget: The Nike Fuelband.

Leave it to Nike to try and create its own unit of measurement. The Nike+ FuelBand ($150) is a wearable bracelet that uses a built-in three-axis accelerometer to track the time, your daily steps, calories expended, and NikeFuel — a normalized score based on oxygen kinetics that awards points equally regardless of physical makeup. You can track your activity using the Nike+ website by syncing over USB, or hook up with your smartphone over Bluetooth and suck data into an app. Integrated LEDs in the wristband keep you informed of your current status and give you an easy red-to-green goal indicator.



***Love this picture!


Wish I could enlarge it, but does that say it all, or what??


***How's your WOW factor?

When was the last time you stood and stared in awe and wonder?John316photo.JPG

I can remember those early days of fatherhood, when I would quietly slip into Trent and Troy’s room and watch their tiny chests rise and fall with every peaceful breath. It left me reaching for words that never came. Not only was I nearly speechless at the beauty of the new life before me, but humbled that I was blessed to have the new name of “Dad.”

In those moonlit nights, David's words took on new meaning for me:

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful, I know that full well (Psalm 139:14).


***Mitch Daniels' rebuttal to the State of the Union speech was awesome. Read the transcript, if you didn't get to hear it.

***I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881), campaign speech at High Wycombe, England, November 27, 1832

***Have a great day!
 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

State of Denial

***I admit, I didn't watch the State of the Union address. If Obama's lips are moving, he's lying. I honestly can't stand to watch him. After reading the roundup of the speech this morning over at National Review, I can see it was more of the same, just as I knew it would be.

Toward the end of his State of the Union address, President Obama delivered a paragraph that was so blatantly absurd and self contradictory as to actually become clarifying—so incoherent that it shed a bright light on his thinking and his grave dilemma. It’s hard to believe he actually said this, but he did:
I’m a Democrat.  But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed:  That Government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more.  That’s why my education reform offers more competition, and more control for schools and States.  That’s why we’re getting rid of regulations that don’t work.  That’s why our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a Government program.

See what I mean? His administration has been nothing if not a series of tighter government controls and more regulation. The most outrageous part of that statement is that Obamacare is not a government program. That one left my mouth agape. Read the whole piece.

But even more galling than the examples was the very use of the Lincoln quote itself, which makes precisely the opposite point to the one made by the rest of the president’s speech. This speech offered a vision of a profoundly technocratic and activist government, with its hands in every nook and cranny of the nation’s economic life—a government guiding particular business decisions and nudging individual choices through just the right mix of incentives and rules to reach just the right balance between fairness and growth while designing the perfect website for job retraining programs and producing exactly the proper number of “high-tech batteries.” The president described the government’s bailout of the Detroit automakers as a roaring success and then said “What’s happening in Detroit can happen in other industries.  It can happen in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh.”

He actually refers to the government bailout of Detroit automakers as a "success." Hard to believe we elected such a delusional man as president. We simply have to get him out of there.

***Here is the transcript of the rebuttal by Mitch Daniels. I really like this guy, and I'm glad he's our governor.

"The President did not cause the economic and fiscal crises that continue in America tonight. But he was elected on a promise to fix them, and he cannot claim that the last three years have made things anything but worse: the percentage of Americans with a job is at the lowest in decades. One in five men of prime working age, and nearly half of all persons under 30, did not go to work today.
"In three short years, an unprecedented explosion of spending, with borrowed money, has added trillions to an already unaffordable national debt. And yet, the President has put us on a course to make it radically worse in the years ahead. The federal government now spends one of every four dollars in the entire economy; it borrows one of every three dollars it spends. No nation, no entity, large or small, public or private, can thrive, or survive intact, with debts as huge as ours.

Read the whole thing. Here's one of my favorite parts:

"Contrary to the President's constant disparagement of people in business, it's one of the noblest of human pursuits. The late Steve Jobs - what a fitting name he had - created more of them than all those stimulus dollars the President borrowed and blew. Out here in Indiana, when a businessperson asks me what he can do for our state, I say 'First, make money. Be successful. If you make a profit, you'll have something left to hire someone else, and some to donate to the good causes we love.'

***Is Robert Redford reality challenged? Most liberals are. But this is beyond the pale. He says Sundance is for the "99 percent." Uh huh. All those rich celebrities and corporate sponsored events - sure, we see lots of down and out people there. What a doofus.

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***Gabrielle Giffords does the right thing. She's stepping down to allow herself to heal, because she knows she can't do the job she was elected to do. Good for her, and I hope she continues to get better.


A well known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, "Who would like this $20 bill?" Hands started going up. He said, "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up. He then asked, "Who still wants it?" Still the hands were up in the air. "Well," he replied, "What if I do this?" And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now all crumpled and dirty.

"Now who still wants it?" Still the hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20. Many times in our lives, we are dropped, crumpled, and ground into the dirt by the decisions we make and the circumstances that come our way. We feel as though we are worthless. But no matter what has happened or what will happen, you will never lose your value in God's eyes. To Him, dirty or clean, crumpled or finely creased, you are still priceless to Him. Psalm 178 states that God will keep us, "as the apple of His eye." The worth of our lives comes not in what we do or who we are in ourselves, but in WHOSE WE ARE!"

You are special. Have a great day!

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Slithering stupidity... A clumsy crook who made off with a snake from a local reptile park didn't slither far after a forensic investigator found he not only left his phone at the crime scene, he posted a photo of the stolen animal on Facebook.

Wow.

***Bet you didn't know...

More than 10 people a year are killed by vending machines.
Hippo milk is pink.

Women have a better sense of smell than men.

The human brain has the capacity to store everything that you experience.

Ice cream is Chinese food!

Moths are unable to fly during an earthquake.


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***It's simple ... go the extra mile and you will stand out from the crowd
Robin Crow

***Have a great day!
 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Speaking Truth to Power

***I hate that phrase, honestly!  Liberals use it a lot. However, it seems to fit in this instance:  Bruins goalie skips White House ceremony honoring team. Here's what he said:


Tim Thomas posted the following statement on his Facebook page regarding his decision to not attend a ceremony at the White House to honor the Bruins for their Stanley Cup win last June:
“I believe the Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People.
This is being done at the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial level. This is in direct opposition to the Constitution and the Founding Fathers vision for the Federal government.
Because I believe this, today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country. This was about a choice I had to make as an INDIVIDUAL.
This is the only public statement I will be making on this topic. TT”

Good for him. Would that more would stand up so publicly.

***This is a great idea! The liberal moderators at most of the debates have asked the lamest questions I've ever heard.

What keeps the candidates from having every exchange go like this:

Democratic Moderator: Please tell us what restrictions on gay rights you want to impose, and whether you would follow up with legalized segregation.

Republican Candidate: In the time it took you to ask that stupid question, the federal government under Barack Obama incurred an additional $200,000 of debt that will have to be paid by Americans. Here’s my plan to cut spending….

What are they afraid of, getting a failing grade from Brian Williams and not being allowed to advance to the next debate? It would be best to have no moderators present, but a very close second would be to make it clear that they are asking frivolous questions – by providing answers to substantive ones.

***Thinking underwear for warriors. You read that right!


Just don’t call them Underoos.

Technically known as a “wear and forget physiological sensing system,” thinking undergarments may be the next-generation drawers for the modern warfighter.
Gel-free sensors form an electronic network in the fabric to monitor respiration and heart rate, activity, body posture and skin temperature -- relaying that data through the warfighters’ layers of clothing to a central system. The technology could provide an unprecedented capability not just to monitor warfighters during combat and identify critical casualties but also to train and select for missions.

***Click to enlarge, this is fun!






***David Limbaugh says Democrats have an "Unre-electability" problem. Let's hope and pray he's right.

***Democratic Senate staffer charged with betraying national security.

Imagine, just imagine if this happened during a Republican administration.

The Washington Post has the story (without mentioning, however, that the criminal defendant, John Kiriakou, was a Democratic staffer):

The Justice Department on Monday charged a former CIA officer with repeatedly leaking classified information, including the identities of agency operatives involved in the capture and interrogation of alleged terrorists.
The case against John Kiriakou, who also served as a senior Senate aide, extends the Obama administration’s crackdown on disclosures of national security secrets. Kiriakou, 47, is the sixth target of a leaks-related prosecution since President Obama took office, exceeding the total number of comparable prosecutions under all previous administrations combined, legal experts said.

Read the whole piece, and see how the liberal press is trying to tie this more to Bush than they are to Obama despite, well, everything.

***Geez, that's a big dog...



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***This is a bit long, but it's worth  reading! Take the time.

Don’t Hope, Decide!

While waiting to pick up a friend at the airport in Portland, Oregon, I had one of those life-changing experiences that you hear other people talk about — the kind that sneaks up on you unexpectedly. This one occurred a mere two feet away from me.
Straining to locate my friend among the passengers deplaning through the jet way, I noticed a man coming toward me carrying two light bags. He stopped right next to me to greet his family.
First he motioned to his youngest son (maybe six years old) as he laid down his bags. They gave each other a long, loving hug. As they separated enough to look in each other’s face, I heard the father say, “It’s so good to see you, son. I missed you so much!” His son smiled somewhat shyly, averted his eyes and replied softly, “Me, too, Dad!”
Then the man stood up, gazed in the eyes of his oldest son (maybe nine or ten) and while cupping his son’s face in his hands said, “You’re already quite the young man. I love you very much, Zach!” They too hugged a most loving, tender hug.
While this was happening, a baby girl (perhaps one or one-and-a-half) was squirming excitedly in her mother’s arms, never once taking her little eyes off the wonderful sight of her returning father. The man said, “Hi, baby girl!” as he gently took the child from her mother. He quickly kissed her face all over and then held her close to his chest while rocking her from side to side. The little girl instantly relaxed and simply laid her head on his shoulder, motionless in pure contentment.
After several moments, he handed his daughter to his oldest son and declared, “I’ve saved the best for last!” and proceeded to give his wife the longest, most passionate kiss I ever remember seeing. He gazed into her eyes for several seconds and then silently mouthed. “I love you so much!” They stared at each other’s eyes, beaming big smiles at one another, while holding both hands.
For an instant they reminded me of newlyweds, but I knew by the age of their kids that they couldn’t possibly be. I puzzled about it for a moment then realized how totally engrossed I was in the wonderful display of unconditional love not more than an arm’s length away from me. I suddenly felt uncomfortable, as if I was invading something sacred, but was amazed to hear my own voice nervously ask, “Wow! How long have you two been married?
“Been together fourteen years total, married twelve of those.” he replied, without breaking his gaze from his lovely wife’s face. “Well then, how long have you been away?” I asked. The man finally turned and looked at me, still beaming his joyous smile. “Two whole days!”
Two days? I was stunned. By the intensity of the greeting, I had assumed he’d been gone for at least several weeks – if not months. I know my expression betrayed me.
I said almost offhandedly, hoping to end my intrusion with some semblance of grace (and to get back to searching for my friend), “I hope my marriage is still that passionate after twelve years!”
The man suddenly stopped smiling.
He looked me straight in the eye, and with forcefulness that burned right into my soul, he told me something that left me a different person. He told me, “Don’t hope, friend… decide!” Then he flashed me his wonderful smile again, shook my hand and said, “God bless!”

By: Michael D. Hargrove and Bottom Line Underwriters, Inc. Copyright 1997


***"Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it."-- George Bernard Shaw, Maxims for Revolutions, 1903

***Have a great day!




Monday, January 23, 2012

Here We Go Again!

***Another week. Glad for a new day!

***This right to work argument is so simple. Why should a person be forced to pay union dues if he/she does not want to join a union? I should know by now not to get into a discussion about this with union people, but sometimes on Facebook I can't help myself. It's not long, though, before I throw up my hands in exasperation. All they can do is regurgitate their union propaganda, none of which has any root in the truth. Yeah, their jobs are all going to be taken from them if people have the right to choose whether or not to pay union dues. It's really a stupid argument, but it's pretty much all they have. Here is some data to chew on:

Best Workforces are in Right-to-Work States

When it comes to America’s Top States for Business 2011, when it comes to a quality workforce, 18 out of the top 20 states are Right-to-Work states. Moreover, all 22 Right-to-Work states are in the top 25 states for having the best workforces.

Since nine out of 10 of the states cited for having the best education are not right to work states, it appears that those who receive their educations in forced-union states get smart, pack up and leave, leaving the not-so-smart union extremists to invent myths about their own superiority while they pay their forced union dues.

Don't confuse 'em with facts. All you'll get in reply is, "Oh, you just don't understand." Powerful argument, that.

***It's the Giants and the Patriots in the Super Bowl. I'm rooting for the Giants!

***Entrepreneurs plot their way around the Obama administration's insane Keystone Pipeline decision. 

RUSH: From Bloomberg News: "TransCanada Corp. may shorten the initial path for its rejected Keystone XL project, bringing oil from Montana’s Bakken Shale to refiners in the Gulf of Mexico and removing the need for federal approval. 'There certainly is a potential opportunity to connect the Bakken to the Gulf Coast,' Alex Pourbaix, TransCanada’s president of energy and oil pipelines, said in a telephone interview today. 'That is obviously something we’ll be looking into over the next few weeks.'  TransCanada’s $7 billion Keystone XL proposal to bring crude from Canada’s oil sands to the Gulf was rejected yesterday by the Obama administration. The project required U.S. approval because it crossed the border with Canada. The company may seek that approval after it builds the segment from Montana to the Gulf, Pourbaix said."

***In 2011 nearly half the U.S. population received some kind of government benefit. This simply cannot continue. 

While politicians may debate whether or not America is the most "generous" (with other generations' money of course) socialist welfare state in the history of mankind, the undoctored numbers make the affirmative case quite clear and without any chance for confusion. The single most disturbing statistic: in 2011 nearly half of the population lived in a household that receives some form of government benefit, which in turn accounted for 65% of total federal spending, or $2.5 trillion, and amount to 15% of GDP. And yet some people out there still think these people, long since indoctrinated to do little but mooch off the welfare state (which will continue subsidizing its existence so long as debt rates are so low that the government can issue trillions each year without fears of consequences) will halt their iTunes purchases, will voluntarily stop subsisting on the government's teat, or will rebel against a government which is their only source of income? Why? Especially since something tells us that there will be a peculiar overlap between this 50% and the 50% of Americans that pay zero taxes.

***                                         WELL, HI THERE!!!




***                                      GEEEEZ, IT'S COLD...



***From A Gift of Inspiration.

You've probably read this before, but I've always liked this story.

The Star Fish Story

'It made a difference for that one'

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out 'Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?'
The young man paused, looked up, and replied 'Throwing starfish into the ocean.'
'I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?' asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young man replied, 'The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die.'
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, 'But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!'
At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, 'It made a difference for that one.'
So, can I encourage you to take the time to do something that will make difference to someone else's life ... and it doesn't have to be much and they don't need to know. Just take a moment, do something special ... the universe will know and that's enough.
Adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907-1977)


*** Oh, that hair...



***A deathbed blessing. What a powerful story.

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***Have a great day!