Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Half-Baked?

***This will come as quite a shock, I know.

The temperature record from stations across the U.S. has been systematically overinflated due to faulty data manipulation and “encroaching urbanity” -- locations near asphalt, air conditioning and airports -- according to a new study. And if correct, it calls into question just how hot our planet is getting.
Global warming believer-turned-skeptic Anthony Watts, a former TV meteorologist, posted a new report online questioning the reliability of weather stations in the U.S. Historical Climatology Network, a 120-year-old weather system that forms one tent pole of climate measurements. As the country has evolved, building urban metropolises and airports and pouring parking lots, the weather stations haven’t moved -- and poorly cited stations are spoiling the data.

They'll keep preachin', and the believers will keep believin', though.


***Had an interesting conversation with my sister-in-law yesterday. Interesting, but frustrating. We were talking politics, and she says she refuses to vote for Mitt Romney. Now, the whole family realizes what a disaster Barack Obama has been. I asked her why, and she said it's because he's a Mormon. I said, "That's it?" She said yes, and that she is going to write in Rick Santorum. I went through the whole bit about how it's either going to be Obama or Romney, but she doesn't care. She says Mormons don't believe in Christ, and she will not vote for someone to lead this country who doesn't believe in Christ. I understand what she's saying, but couldn't get her to see the bigger picture. Do you REALLY think Barack Obama believes in Christ? I don't. Obviously, I don't know the man's heart, but I can see his actions and hear his words, and I think he has a black heart. Of course I don't agree with the teachings of Mormonism, either. However, I also think Romney is not hostile to other peoples' beliefs, and is the best choice for the country. Again, it's either going to be Obama or Romney. The damage Obama and the Democrats are doing to the country is obviious, and Romney's plans are much more conservative. It's very important, of course, that we elect a majority in both Houses in order to get things done, but again, it's either Obama or Romney. To me, the choice couldn't be clearer.

***Flags from Apollo moon landing still standing. This is neat.

***Dems move to add gay marriage support to party platform. Go ahead, I dare ya.

***Todd & Sarah Palin at Chick-fil-A. Love it! We passed a Chick-fil-A yesterday and the parking lot was packed and the drive-through was wrapped around the building. Thank you, lefties! You've actually been a marketing bonanza for the very people you hate. Idiots.



***Elizabeth Warren ad: "I will do for you what the Communists have done for China." I'll just let you read and digest that one...

RUSH:  It's from the New York Sun.  Massachusetts residents that tuned into the Olympics opening ceremony saw a new 30-second campaign commercial from Elizabeth Warren that said America should be more like communist China.  She is running for the United States Senate and is saying that to help herself win!  She said, "We've got bridges and roads in need of repair and thousands of people in need of work. Why aren’t we rebuilding America?  Our competitors are putting people to work, building a future. China invests 9% of its GDP in infrastructure. America? We’re at just 2.4%. We can do better."

Wow.

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***The Glory of Grace.

        If you find it difficult to live the Christian life you are not alone. Many Christians live second-rate lives with feelings of insecurity, discontent, anxiety and impotency. For them, the joy and victory that the gospel of grace promises seem little more than a theoretical illusion, a fleeting ghost in the face of disappointments that trap them in a syndrome of stress, self-pity and depression. Sadly missing are the confidence, assurance and consistency that come from the life of freedom that faith in Jesus Christ brings for every believer.

        Grace is the answer. Legalism is the enemy. Victory in the Christian life is obtained in the same manner as salvation: by appropriating, receiving, believing-not by works.

Take the time to read this study. It's wonderful.

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***Go often to the house of thy friend; for weeds soon choke up the unused path. ~~ Scandanavian Proverb

***Have a great day!

Monday, July 30, 2012

War on Christians

***Rush is absolutely right in this great piece. He starts off with the insidious banning of Chick-fil-A in Boston and Chicago? Why? Because the owner is a professing Christian who believes in the Biblical defition of marriage. No, he didn't say he hates homosexuals. No, he doesn't ban them from his restaurants. But to listen to many liberals, you'd think he guards the doors of his restaurant with thugs holding assault rifles, daring gays to come in. Read Democrat Underground or Daily Kos, and you'll see what I mean. Rush is not real happy with some conservative blogs, either.. An excerpt from Rush's piece:

I read about it on conservative blogs, and I can't believe what I'm reading! I'm reading intellectual treatises on, "Well, you know, they have the right to say these things, and the solution here is let Chick-Fil-A open a store in Chicago and let's see if the people will visit it." That's not the reaction to have! The reaction to have is, "Who the hell do you think you are, Rahm Emanuel? Who the hell do you think you are? What country do you think you're in?"
Now, we want to have an intellectual debate here over the First Amendment? "Well, the solution to this is to let Chick-Fil-A open a store"? Yeah, let Chick-Fil-A open a store with the mayor of Chicago threatening anybody who walks into one? Meanwhile, this company hires gays. They serve gays. They don't discriminate! It's just that the owner happens to be a publicly professed, witnessing Christian. My God, you would think that he's the worst enemy Chicago ever had and the worst enemy Boston ever had!

Emphasis mine. Read the whole thing.

***Ross Douthat:

It may seem strange that anyone could look around the pornography-saturated, fertility-challenged, family-breakdown-plagued West and see a society menaced by a repressive puritanism. But it’s clear that this perspective is widely and sincerely held.
It would be refreshing, though, if it were expressed honestly, without the “of course we respect religious freedom” facade.
If you want to fine Catholic hospitals for following Catholic teaching, or prevent Jewish parents from circumcising their sons, or ban Chick-fil-A in Boston, then don’t tell religious people that you respect our freedoms. Say what you really think: that the exercise of our religion threatens all that’s good and decent, and that you’re going to use the levers of power to bend us to your will.

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***10 reasons to drop Windows for Mountain Lion. I'm not a Mac user, but I am going to have to replace my laptop soon and this is tempting...

***Here's an Olympic schedule, if you need one.

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***I'm still an atheist, thank God. ~~ Luis Bummel

***Have a great day!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Olympics 2012

***They're on! I didn't watch it, but it sounds like the opening ceremony was really something.



***20 places every American should see. On my bucket list: Mount Rushmore, Old Faithful, Monticello, Grand Canyon.

***Catholic business wins court case against Obama's contraceptive mandate.

***They finally get one right: ACLU backs Chick-fil-A against city bans.

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***From Inspire 21:

"How do you know if a man needs encouragement? If he is breathing."
- Truett Cathy, Founder, Chick-fil-A
With so many people in the world telling us we can't succeed, we need to hear people telling us we can. I remember my high school English teacher telling me not to apply to Cornell University because they wouldn't accept me and even if they did I wouldn't be able to do the work. (It's funny that I'm a writer now). I almost didn't apply but a few days later I saw Ivan Goldfarb, a former teacher, in the hallway and asked him about Cornell. He said, "If you get in, then you go. You can do it." His words made all the difference. I applied, was accepted and majored in Lacrosse :).
Too often we think it's our role to inject a dose of "reality" into someone's life. We think it's our job to protect people from the pain of failure and defeat. We think we must point out how bad the economy is and how horrible the job market is and how the sky is falling. We think that dreams were meant for others.
I say there are enough pessimists and "realists" in the world. The world doesn't need more negativity and impossible thinkers. The world needs more optimists, encouragers, and inspirers. The world needs more people to speak into the hearts of others and say "I believe in you." "Follow your passion and live your purpose." "If you have the desire then you also have the power to make it happen." "Keep working hard." "You're improving and getting better. Keep it up." "The economy is tough but you can still grow your business." "The job market is not great but I believe you'll find the right job for you." "We've hit a lot of obstacles but we'll get the project finished." "Even if you fail it will lead to something even better." "You're learning and growing."
When it comes to encouragement I know that everyone of us loves working for and with people who bring out the best in us. We love being around people who uplift us and make us feel great. And while we'll always remember the negative people who told us we couldn't accomplish something, we will always cherish and hold a special place in our heart for those who encouraged us.
Today I want to encourage you to be an encourager. So often the difference between success and failure is belief. And so often that belief is instilled in us by someone who encouraged us. Leadership, after all, is a transfer of belief.
Today decide to be that person who instills a positive belief in someone who needs to hear your encouraging words. Uplift someone who is feeling down. Fuel your team with your positive energy. Rally others to focus on what is possible rather than what seems impossible. Share encouragement. It matters and we all need it.

*** The 10 worst moments of the Rolling Stones. Only 10? I'd have to count every time Mick Jagger opens his mouth to "sing."

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***The vision must be followed by the venture.  It is not enough to stare up the steps - we must step up the stairs.  ~Vance Havner

***Have a great day!
 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Short & Sweet

***Crunch time! I've been getting up at 2:30 a.m. to get as much work done as possible before our short vacation. I'm feelin' it, too...

***Great piece about Democrat hypocrisy!

The truth of course is that American politicians of both parties are often much wealthier than the people they allegedly represent, and politicians, like most wealthy people, take full advantage of all the tax shelters and deductions their lawyers and accountants can find. The chances are that a great many of our elected representatives invest in companies whose activities would not please the voters back home, engage in various sordid insider trading deals, and send big chunks of their dearly beloved money to various no-tell money motels in places like Switzerland and the Cayman Islands. Most probably don’t commit any crimes; one of the nice things about lawyers is that with enough of them you can pretty much do what you want.
Just as the occasional sexual indiscretion is less of an issue for an abortion-supporting, thrice-divorced Democrat than for a Bible-thumping, God and Family Republican, a tax return full of complicated tax avoidance strategies is less of a problem for a Republican free marketeer than for a Democratic Tribune of the Little People.  The “tar and feather Mitt Romney as a rich tax cheat” posse got into a lot of trouble as soon as the press started asking top Democrats the obvious question: if he shows us his, will you show us yours?

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***Billy Graham, conservatives rally 'round Chick-fil-A. Good. Count me among them.


A Chicago alderman vowed to block a Chick-fil-A proposed in his district, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel supported him, saying, "Chick-fil-A values are not Chicago values."

 I think that was meant to be an insult, but...

***Obama's jaw-dropping immigration record. This guy is insidious. He really is.

***Aaaahhhhh....



***The obscure we see eventually.  The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.  ~Edward R. Murrow

***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Abnormal

***Yep, that's me. Got up at 2:30 a.m. I'm taking my Mom around on her Meals on Wheels route today, so I have to make up that time somewhere! Who needs sleep anyway...??

***Leaks risk US lives. Of course they do.


***Supporters vow to keep cross in veterans tribute. It's unbelievable that this was ruled "unconstitutional." That's crazy.

For decades, there has been a First Amendment battle raging over the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, Calif., where a large cross anchors a tribute to Korean War veterans.
Because it sits on public property, the American Civil Liberties Union has long argued that the cross amounts to an unconstitutional entanglement of government and religion. 

There is no such constitutional ban.

***House passes "Audit the Fed." Any bets on how far this will get in the Democrat controlled Senate?

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved legislation to subject Federal Reserve monetary policy to audits, although the measure is expected to die in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

The legislation written by Republican representative Ron Paul, whose anti-Fed crusade prompted a presidential bid and his grass-roots folk-hero status, passed the House by a 327-98 vote on Wednesday, exceeding the two-thirds majority needed.

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To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket - safe, dark, motionless, airless – it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. The alternative to tragedy, or at least to the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell.
I believe that the most lawless and inordinate loves are less contrary to God’s will than a self-invited and self-protective lovelessness. It is like hiding the talent in a napkin and for much the same reason ‘I knew thee that thou wert a hard man.’  Christ did not teach and suffer that we might become, even in the natural loves, more careful of our own happiness. If a man is not uncalculating towards the earthly beloveds whom he has seen, he is none the more likely to be so towards God whom he has not. We shall draw nearer to God, not by trying to avoid the sufferings inherent in all loves, but by accepting them and offering them to Him; throwing away all defensive armour. If our hearts need to be broken, and if He chooses this as the way in which they should break, so be it.

C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves

***The battle for ballot integrity in Pennsylvania.


Pennsylvania is, for the moment, ground zero in the battle over voter fraud. In March, Pennsylvania’s legislature enacted a law that requires identification for voting. The ACLU has sued to enjoin enforcement of the law; a trial on its lawsuit began today and is expected to last for around a week. This illustrates how low the ACLU has fallen. Voting illegally–that’s a “civil right!” But how about not having your vote canceled by the ballot of an illegal voter? Is that a civil right? Naahh.

 Unbelievable.

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***Gun sales jump in Colorado.

***Obama creating African-American education office. Sheesh...

***"Star Wars" villains raise money for Make-A-Wish.

Sometimes villains can be the good guys. Especially when it comes to helping sick children. An auction of 50 customized stormtrooper helmets at the "Star Wars" Celebration V in Orlando, Florida, raised a little more than $50,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Sunday. Auction organizer Chris Romines, a member of the 501st Stormtrooper Legion, a group of volunteers who dress up as "Star Wars" characters, came up with the idea for the helmet auction about two years ago. For the past 18 months, he dedicated much of the free time he didn't spend dressed up in white plastic to putting together the eclectic group of artists who were given the instructions "Do whatever you want."

***What you don't see with your eyes, don't witness with your mouth.  ~Jewish Proverb

***Have a great day!
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Couldn't Quite Do It...

***I set my alarm for 2:30 a.m. because I'm determined to be caught up when we leave for our short vacation. Laid back down for just a minute...woke back up at 3:30. Darnit. You'd think I'd learn.

***This is funny. Wisconsin Senate is Democrat controlled no more.

16-16-1 now, thanks to Senator Jim Cullen bailing out of the Democratic party.
Democrat John Lehman just barely defeated Republican Van Wanggaard in the June Mega-Recall, with results certified earlier this month and flipping control of the state senate to the Democrats.
After months of screaming, millions blown on recalls up and down the state, and boasting and yelling by every fist-icon-sporting lefty out there, the Democratic victory that was recalling Walker barely flipping the senate (when it isn't in session again until after the November elections which are likely to restore at least two seats to the Republicans) hit an iceberg today.
When the party regained control, Cullen, who had fled with the rest of the Democrats but was willing to work with Walker on reforms after returning to the state, was denied chairman status on any committee. He felt insulted, has walked, and the three-week-long Democratic majority is over.
Three weeks of non-control after tens of millions burned.

Talk about (another) epic union failure...Oh, and have you seen all the media coverage of this? No? Well, imagine if the opposite were true - if a Republican flipped and changed the Senate control to Democrats. Think you'd hear about THAT?

***Oh, she must have gotten a good hand slapping from Obama: Senate Intelligence Committee Head (Diane Feinstein) regrets speculation about leaks.

It's funny when a Democrat accidentally tells the truth.

***This is what you get when you back someone who's not Obama: Romney donor subject of two federal audits. Coincidence? Come on.

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***Sherman Hemsley, RIP.

***New Mac operating system, "Mountain Lion," to be released Wednesday. I don't use a Mac, but it seems like when you find people who do, they love them!

***The best and worst products at Trader Joe's. I keep hearing about this place, but I've never been to one. I think there's one about an hour and a half away, I want to check it out sometime.

***All words, no action. Yup. That describes this President to a "T;" when it comes to protecting this country, that is.

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***Genius is more often found in a cracked pot than in a whole one.  ~E.B. White

***Have a great day!
 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rise and Fall

***That Penn State thing is such a tragedy. An impressive career, a distinguished school, a solid football program - all ruined.

The NCAA handed down sanctions against the football program on July 23. The penalties include a $60 million fine, a four-year postseason ban, and the vacation of all wins dating to 1998.

The damaged Penn State football program faces an uncertain future.
Of course, there had to be punishment. If they knew Sandusky was abusive and didn't do anything about it, that's despicable. Unfortunately, for the next four years the Penn State students have to suffer for the crimes of these men.

***Oh, such tolerance! The owner of Chick-fil-A stands up for what he - and most Americans - believes is right regarding gay marriage, and the hatred from the Left is staggering. Yes, he had the nerve to state publicly what the Bible says about marriage - it's between a man and a woman. Period. The Left whines and cries about "gay rights" and "inequality." Baloney. The law is applied equally. I can't marry a woman. You can't marry someone of your own gender. Of course it's applied equally. The thing is, they want to change the definition of marriage. Nobody's telling them they can't live together, be a couple, etc. But the foundation and definition of marriage is Biblical and spiritual, and again, consists of a man and a woman. I wish we had a Chick-fil-A in Richmond so I could patronize it.

Mike Huckabee is launching a "Support Chick-fil-A" day on Aug. 1. I think I'll drive to Dayton just so I can join in.

***Bad timing: Obama praises himself for ending a war - on the bloodiest day of the year in Iraq.

***3 killed, 28 hurt in shootings since Friday - in Chicago. They have some of the strictest gun laws in the United States. Yeah, that's the answer.

***The Obama Administration is intent on making more Americans dependent on the government. This should be obvious to even the most blinded Obama supporter - but obviously, it isn't. Now he wants to waive the work requirements for welfare. With a wave of his hand. The man thinks he's God.

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***Dispelling gun myths

***Radical generosity. This is neat..

***Michael Jackson's family "dysfunctional." Who knew?

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***In a nutshell: A vote for Obama is a vote for $500 billion tax increase.

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The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

For the first time ever, women are scoring higher than men on IQ tests. Scientists it has something to do with breast implants — not that it makes the women smarter, it just makes the men dumber.

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke told a congressional committee the economic recovery is weakening. But the good news is most Americans will not be affected because they had no idea there was a recovery.

Jobless claims rose again by 35,000 last week. Not good. But it does show that if you're unsuccessful in this country, you didn't do it on your own. You had help. Thank you, President Obama
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***"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty." -- John F. Kennedy 
***Have a great day!

Monday, July 23, 2012

What a Weekend!

***I usually look forward to relaxing a *little* on weekends...sure didn't happen this past weekend! We had a family reunion Saturday for my mom's side of the family. I usually go, but I wasn't planning to this time because I had (have) so much work to do. My sister couldn't go at the last minute, so I took Mom. She's getting to the place where she needs help carrying stuff, etc., and I don't like for her to drive too much, she's not a terribly safe driver. I didn't have time to do it, but she's Mom, y'know? It was a pleasant visit, I'm glad I went with her. We went to see another one of her sisters and my cousin afterward - this aunt is very sick and my cousin is a paraplegic, it's such a sad situation. I don't go and see them often enough. I thought we'd be gone 2-3 hours, but I ended up being gone from about 9:30 until about 3:30 - we had to hit the Amish store first, of course! Oh well, family's family. I did get quite a bit done yesterday.

***Mitt Romney's moment. He needs to have a bunch more of these.

***Newspaper dress.

Fifteen-year-old Jennifer Tran got quite a bit of attention recently when she toured the Newseum in a homemade dress made entirely of copies of The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Love this from an Instapundit reader:

Reader Ric Manhard emails: “I followed your link to the newspaper dress. I’m surprised she wasn’t arrested for indecent exposure since neither the Washington Post nor the NY Times cover anything adequately these days.”



***Ernie Els wins British Open. How sad for Adam Scott!

***World's oldest bra?

***Wealthy hiding $21 trillion in tax havens? Who can blame them?

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***McCain, Colorado governor: Gun laws are not the answer. Of course not. Won't stop the gun grabbers from exploiting the tragedy though, as we've already seen.

***Cousins find $3 million worth of baseball cards in attic. Wow.

***10 best songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. What a talented duo.

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***You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.  ~Leo Aikman

***Have a great day!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Gateway to Dependency

***As Mark Steyn says, Obama has put nothing but roadblocks in the path of opportunity and growth. Best line of the piece: "...America’s chief executive is a man entirely ignorant of business who presides over an administration profoundly hostile to it"

***Knee Jerks: There's nothing the Left won't exploit.

After he booby-trapped his apartment with explosives, James Holmes walked into a theater Friday night and opened fire on a crowd waiting to see the first showing of the new Batman movie. He shot scores and murdered a dozen. Holmes acted for reasons unknown, but his actions were pure evil.
His actions also were his alone.
It doesn’t matter if he was bullied as a kid, recently dumped or whatever else anyone comes up with as a possible motive. Nothing “caused” him to do this other than whatever evil lives inside him.
But that hasn’t stopped many progressive liberals in and out of the media from speculating wildly, and seemingly hopefully, as to his motives and his political affiliation. It hasn’t stopped them from using this event as a platform to score political points on the issue of gun control. It’s sickening … and typical.

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***Fast and Furious stonewalling looks like guilt. Of course it does. And if this were a Republican administration, it would be all over the news, there would be special reports, special committees, etc. etc. etc. As it is? Barely anything.

***Obama: Put more people on welfare!

The Obama Administration has a one-size-fits-all solution for our nation's problems: put more people on welfare!
We've just seen moves like running radio soap operas to encourage people to sign up for food stamps and claiming the right to waive welfare's work requirements.
But that's just the tip of the iceberg!
The federal government actually runs 126 separate anti-poverty programs. They're managed by 13 different agencies.
We use the word "welfare" to describe money that goes to needy people. But the government's war on poverty is a whole lot bigger. And it's rife with waste and redundancy.

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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).
***Love this...



***"When I die, I desire no better winding sheet than the Stars and Stripes, and no softer pillow than the Constitution of my country." -- Andrew Johnson

***Have a great day!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Right On Cue...

***The Left never lets a tragedy go unexploited. Before anyone knew anything about the Colorado shooter, they were blaming Rush Limbaugh, video games, and the Tea Party. Seems they never want to wait and find out the facts before starting their idiotic diatribes. And...they never want to blame the actual shooter. Why, the Right influenced him somehow! They really are beyond despicable.

***Who else, Mr. President? This is a *great* piece.

When President Barack Obama hauled off and slapped American small-business owners in the mouth the other day, I wanted to dream of my father.
But I didn't have to close my eyes to see my dad. I could do it with my eyes open.
All I had to do was think of the driveway of our home, and my dad's car gone before dawn, that old white Chrysler with a push-button transmission. It always started, but there was a hole in the floor and his feet got wet in the rain. So he patched it with concrete mix and kept on driving it to the little supermarket he ran with my Uncle George.
He'd return home long after dark, physically and mentally exhausted, take a plate of food, talk with us for a few minutes, then flop in that big chair in front of the TV. Even before his cigarette was out, he'd begin to snore.
The next day he'd wake up and do it again. Day after day, decade after decade. Weekdays and weekends, no vacations, no time to see our games, no money for extras, not even forMcDonald's. My dad and Uncle George, and my mom and my late Aunt Mary, killing themselves in their small supermarket on the South Side of Chicago.
There was no federal bailout money for us. No Republican corporate welfare. No Democratic handouts. No bipartisan lobbyists working the angles. No Tony Rezkos. No offshore accounts. No Obama bucks.

Read the whole thing, it's worth the time.

***Random fact:


***The real cause of the Colorado shooting. Good piece from Focus on the Family.

***From Inspire 21:

A Soldier's Prayer

-- Author unknown

The soldier stood and faced his God

Which must always come to pass...
He hoped his shoes were shining
Just as brightly as his brass.


"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My Church have you been true?"
The soldier squared his shoulders and Said,

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't...
Because those of us who carry guns
Can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays
And at times my talk was tough,
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But, I never took a penny
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep,
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear,
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here...
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fears.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod...
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God,
"Step forward now you soldier,
You've done your work well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."



U.S. Soldier within flames 
 
***So much for "tolerance." Boston mayor vows to keep Chick-fil-A out of city. Guess that freedom of speech thing doesn't apply if you disagree with liberals. But we all knew that.

The mayor of Boston is vowing to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in the city after the company's president spoke out publicly against gay marriage.Mayor Thomas Menino told the Boston Herald on Thursday that he doesn't want a business in the city "that discriminates against a population."
Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press this week that his privately owned company is "guilty as charged" in support of what he called the biblical definition of the family.

***Bet this is a short list...Celebrities who are proud to be Republican.

There are a few, such as Gary Senise, Chuck Norris, and Ted Nugent, who I'm happy to say are Republican AND conservative. But Arnold Schwarzenegger? Definitely a RINO. I don't know much about the actual views of the others on the list, so I'll withhold judgment. :-)

***Pasta salad tips. I can see a few things I've been doing wrong...
 
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***Gotta give credit where credit is due. This certainly isn't my kind of music, but KISS did a private concert for members of the military at Walter Reed. Bravo, guys.

Friday night marks the official launch of Kiss‘ summer tour, a mammoth cross-country jaunt in support of the band’s upcoming album, “Monster.”
Talk to a local veteran, however, and he’ll tell you that the real tour started on Thursday evening, when Kiss staged a private show for 1,600 members of the U.S. military.
“We owe so much to the brave men and women who voluntarily put on that uniform and go to places where people don’t like them,” Gene Simmons explained earlier this week, several hours before he and his three band mates — Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer — paid a visit to patients at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
“The vets that we’ve met never ask for praise, glory or money,” he added. “They just want to re-enter society and get a job. We do these all-vet shows to show our appreciation, because what they do for us is beyond comprehension.”

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***I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.  ~George Washington Carver

***Have a great day!
 

Friday, July 20, 2012

Takers and Makers

***Great piece by Michael Walsh.

Now that President Obama is out of the closet and stands revealed as a petulant and resentful socialist, who values the collective over the individual and sees the productive class as vampires feeding on the weak and the downtrodden, let’s give equal time to Ayn Rand, via her architect, Howard Roark, in The Fountainhead.
 First, the President: "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Someone else made that happen."
Yeah, right. Only someone who’s never accomplished a thing in his life except get elected to various offices could say something like that. His statement bespeaks anger, pettiness, jealousy, destructiveness and rage — in short, everything we’ve come to expect from the Parasitical Left.

Contrast Obama’s “Kinsley gaffe” (defined as when a politician inadvertently blurts out the truth) with Roark’s famous defense speech from the 1949 movie starring Mr. All-America himself, Gary Cooper. You don’t have to be a Randian to cheer sentiments like these:
The creator stands on his own judgment. The parasite follows the opinions of others. The creator thinks; the parasite copies. The creator produces; the parasite loots. The creator’s concern is the conquest of nature. The parasite’s concern is the conquest of men… The parasite seeks power. He wants to bind all men together in common action and common slavery.
Look at history. Everything we have, every great achievement has come from the independent work of some independent mind. Every horror and destruction came from attempts to force men into a herd of brainless, soulless robots… It is an ancient conflict. It has another name: the individual against the collective.

***NYC's jobless rate hits 10%. What is Bloomberg's priority? Making sure you can't buy a Big Gulp.

***The truth about peanut butter.

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***All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. ~~ Winston Churchill

***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Arguing With a Liberal

***You'd think I'd know better by now. If you've ever argued with a liberal, you know what I mean. You present facts and a reasoned argument, they present insults because they have nothing other than what they hear on the network news or their union propaganda. You try to engage in reasonable conversation, they engage in profanity and brilliance like, "Oh, you just don't get it." My brother actually said in our last "conversation," "Bend over, working man, if Romney gets in." Of course, he didn't give any reasons or facts to go along with that statement. Yep, Obama has been wonderful for the "working man," hasn't he? There are a whole lot fewer men working, that's for sure. And oh, if you're an entrepreneur - you know, those guys who build businesses and create jobs? "You didn't build that, somebody else made that happen." I don't understand the liberal psyche, I really don't. Obama's never earned a private sector paycheck. Romney has owned businesses and created wealth for himself and others...but HE'S the one who is against the "working man." I resent that phrase. I'm a Republican, so I don't "work?" I employ three people...how many jobs have YOU created, Mr../Ms. Liberal?

***Related to the above: They're railing about Romney and his tax records, because that's what the State-run news media is pushing. He has released two years' worth, that's what most candidates do. No matter. The media has to create this monster in order to draw attention away from Obama's miserable failures as president. And what's this? More hypocrisy!

Rep. Nancy Pelosi was emphatic. Mitt Romney's refusal to release more than two years of his personal tax returns, she said, makes him unfit to win confirmation as a member of the president's Cabinet, let alone to hold the high office himself.
Sen. Harry Reid went further: Romney's refusal to make public more of his tax records makes him unfit to be a dogcatcher.
They do not, however, think that standard of transparency should apply to them. The two Democratic leaders of the Senate and the House of Representatives are among hundreds of senators and representatives from both parties who refused to release their tax records.
Just 17 out of the 535 members of Congress released their most recent tax forms or provided some similar documentation of their tax liabilities in response to requests from McClatchy Newspapers over the last three months.

Anybody remember all this outrage about John Kerry's wealth? Of course not! He married his, he didn't earn it as Mitt Romney has. That's anathema to a Democrat.

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***It's what they do: Democrat Chuck Schumer calls for "limits" on First Amendment rights.

***Here's a video about small business owners and taking (or not taking) vacations. I can vouch for the truth of this one. We're going to Virginia Beach for three days a little later this summer, and I'm already stressing about it. The only reason we're going is Mark's aunt has offered to "treat" the family, because she thinks this year is probably the last year she'll feel like doing anything like that. We couldn't have gone otherwise. If we go somewhere, which we rarely do, it's usually over a weekend so we're not gone during too many working days. I will be taking my laptop with me and working every morning, because one of my clients can't let me off for three days. I will still be proofreading and transmitting what my typists do. The first thing I looked for when I booked the rental was WiFi access. That's just the way it is when you have a small business. But...I'm a Republican, so somebody else must be doing this for me, right? I didn't build this!

***Space Shuttle Enterprise to open to public soon. I would love to see that!

***Obama hasn't met with this jobs council in six months. Jay Carney's excuse? "He has a lot on this plate." Right. Like playing golf and attending fundraisers.

***                                   Not the sharpest knife in the drawer...



***To character and success, two things, contradictory as they may seem, must go together... humble dependence on God and manly reliance on self.  ~William Wordsworth

***Have a great day!
 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rewarding Failure, Punishing Success

***That's pretty much the purpose of leftists like Barack Obama. In a nutshell:

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged is in many ways too radical — with dangerous overtones of Nietzsche — but clearly enunciates certain basic insights. In one of her characters’ monologues, Rand expresses the fundamental problem with the Marxist maxim, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.”
What’s wrong with that? It turns “need” into a virtue, a permanent license to take from others, and makes ability a burden.
The resemblance between Marxism and modern liberalism is a subject that conservatives aren’t supposed to mention, nor are we supposed to notice that the Left values loyalty to its agenda over competence or virtue.

Read the whole thing, it's a really good piece.

***Romney doesn't have a "Bain problem," but the media invented one. They'll do anything to keep their Boy Wonder in office. 

***Speaking of Bain, Democrat hypocrites deriding Romney for heading a successful company have taken over $300,000 in donations from them.

***Another hypocrisy update: Mayor Bloomberg thinks hot dog eating contests are fun, but burgers and sodas are evil.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the nation’s leader in regulating unhealthy food choices. He has banned trans fats, pressured companies to reduce salt use, and mandated public calorie counts at restaurants. Last month, he announced plans to restrict soda sales to containers of 16 ounces or less.
But Bloomberg has a weakness: a longstanding partnership with the July 4 Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. Year after year, he has presided at the weighing-in ceremony, congratulated the contestants for gorging themselves, and boasted about the millions of people watching on TV.

Amazing.

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*** I know this is kinda long, but take the time to read it. It's a great story!

-- By Michael Hargrove
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. You know, the kind that sneaks up on you unexpectedly? Well, this one occurred a mere two feet away from me! Straining to locate my friend among the passengers deplaning through the jetway, 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, and movingly 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, diverted his eyes, and replied softly, "Me too, Dad!"
Then the man stood up, gazed in the eyes of his oldest son (maybe 9) and while cupping his son's face in his hands he said, "You're already quite the young man. I love you very much Zach!" They too hugged a most loving, tender hug. His son said nothing. No reply was necessary.
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 babygirl!" 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 and remained motionless in total 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 quietly said, "I love you so much!". They stared into 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 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 were 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 looked at me, still beaming his joyous smile and told me, "Two whole days!"
Two days?! I was stunned! I was certain by the intensity of the greeting I just witnessed that he'd been gone for at least several weeks, if not months, and I know my expression betrayed me. So, 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 an intensity 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!". With that, he and his family turned and energetically strode away together.
I was still watching that special man and his exceptional family walk just out of sight when my friend came up to me and asked, "What'cha looking at?" Without hesitating, and with a curious sense of certainty, I replied, "My future!"

***Wow.



***I've decided that perhaps I'm bulimic and just keep forgetting to purge.  ~Paula Poundstone

***Have a great day!
 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Here's The Quote

***You've all heard about Obama channeling Elizabeth Warren - the statement that small business owners didn't do anything on their own. Here's the actual quote:

"If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet."

I guess somebody else gets up at 3:00 a.m. and starts working. Could have sworn that was me.

This is transparent socialist blather. Not a word there about people who work hard, invest their own capital, spend incredible amounts of time building a successful business. Obama doesn't think anyone is exceptional; heck, he doesn't think America is exceptional. This is a bad man and a bad President. We have to boot him out in November.

***Stephen R. Covey, RIP.

***Worst drought since 1956?

***A little moment of joy. This a wonderful story, and the author claims it is true. It brings tears to my eyes every time I read it. I used this when I led devotions at our ladies' Christmas party at church. It's a beautiful story, take the time to read it.

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***How's that Hope 'n Change working out? Last month, more Americans went on disability than found jobs. That is awful, it really is. And it's just what Obama and the Democrats want: More people dependent on the government for their daily needs. It's a socialist's dream come true.

In the Age of Obama, Americans may be better off faking disability than trying to find a non-existent job. Obamanomics reached the bottom of the barrel last month, when more Americans went on disability than found jobs. That is, apparently, the end point of the welfare state.

***The 2012 Olympics are almost here! I love to watch the Olympics. Here are some basic questions about the Olympics answered.

***Ahhh, that's relaxing...



***Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him, and to let him know that you trust him.  ~Booker T. Washington

***Have a great day!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Priorities

***Wouldn't you think at a time when Iran is trying to develop a nuclear bomb, we still have the threat of terrorism throughout the world, our soldiers are still fighting and dying in Afghanistan, etc. etc. etc...the President of the United States would have enough to do? What has been his main priority? Campaigning and fundraising. In the upcoming month, Obama will be attending fundraisers in Switzerland, Sweden, Paris, and Communist China. Oh, well, certainly he's paying for all those trips out of his own pocket, right? Ha.

From the comment section:

Help me out here. Has ANY US President ever held fundraisers overseas before (supposedly from US Citizens abroad).
BTW, who foots the bill for these trips? Does Obama stop by the US Embassy in Switzerand, shake a few hands then bill us for a “diplomatic trip”? And there is actually a chance this complete tool will get re-elected?
Quick question? Why does the MSM support Obama? Every single media outlet that carries his water is losing money hand over fist. Oprah went from being the Queen of Media to losing hundreds of millions a year since backing him. Young people can’t get jobs. Black people can’t get jobs. Yet they still support him? Honestly are these people suicidal?

All good questions. 

***Egyptians pelt Clinton motorcade with tomatoes. Remember how "everyone hated us" under Bush and Obama's "smart diplomacy" was going to make everyone love us? How's that working out?

Remember how funny it was to the media when George W. Bush had a shoe thrown at him? Haven't heard much about the Clinton pelting, have you?

***Election corruption in Washington DC.

Last week, a campaign consultant to Mayor Vincent C. Gray admitted in federal court the Democratic mayor was elected in 2010 with the help of roughly $650,000 in illicit funds from a city businessman.
The plea follows City Council Chairman Kwame Brown, Democrat, resigning last month after pleading guilty to federal charges of falsifying mortgage documents. And Council member Harry Thomas Jr. is serving a three-year prison term for stealing $353,000 in taxpayer money earmarked for youth programs. He pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges in January.

What? They're Democrats?? I'm shocked, SHOCKED!

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***I got some work done yesterday, but not as much as I wanted to. I spent so much time getting Outlook Express set back up - success, but lost my address book. That's a pain. I spent a couple of hours trying to get my printer to install and I was just about to throw it through the window - Johnny came in, did a couple of things (which I had already done, by the way), and voila! It installed. Bless his little pointed head. There are only a couple of programs now that I have to figure out how to get back, and I'll be good to go as before. At least I can do most of my stuff now. Man, what a pain a hard drive crash is!


***Three "new secrets" to weight loss. These are new? These are secret...?

Three habits are key to weight loss and sustained weight control, a new study finds.
Women in the study who were most successful at losing weight kept track of their food intake in a journal, didn't skip meals and avoided eating out, especially for lunch.

I've heard these a few times. Didn't say I practice 'em...

***In case you were wondering...creative uses for shells.


***                                       Bad to the Bone...



***A nod,
a bow,
and a tip of the lid
to the person
who coulda
and shoulda
and did.
~Robert Brault, "A Poem Missing the Word Woulda," www.robertbrault.com
***Have a great day!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Progress

***Well, I have just about everything back - except Outlook Express and Word 2003. I don't like Word 2007. That's what I have now. I do have all of My Documents restored, so that's a big plus. I also still can't get my printer to install. Don't know what's up with that. I'll have to call Hewlett Packard today and get some help, I have to have my printer and scanner. I got a little work done yesterday, but obviously not as much as I would like to have. Gonna be a busy day.

***Inkjet art:





That second one's kinda neat.

***Florida wins voter purge case. I can't believe there was even a question. Well, with this administration, I guess I can.

Florida election officials will have access to a federal database to help purge its voter rolls of non-citizens under an agreement reached between state and federal officials and welcomed on Saturday by Florida's Republican governor.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will allow state officials to access the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) database.
Florida and federal officials have been battling over access to the database for several weeks. Florida filed a lawsuit against the Homeland Security Department to gain access to the database. The state was hit by a lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department seeking to stop the purge.


***Tebow, Kardashian, and our worship of idols.

***Josh Whedon: Another Hollywood jerk. Notice how people who are worth a gajillion dollars, earned in America, do their best to tear down the very system which allowed them their wealth?

***Disastrous 'do....oh my, Mrs. Clinton...



***Hank Williams Jr. tunes up...here's a sample of the lyrics in some of the songs on his new album:


Country music kingpin and patriot Hank Williams Jr. continues to sing of his politics, not to mention his vision for America and its citizenry. The man’s got a new album out Tuesday titled “Old School, New Rules,” complete with a few lyrics that go a little something like this:

“Don’t tread on me, political correctness has run its course’,” “Barack, pack your bags, head to Chicago, take your teleprompter with you,” “I got a list of taxes I thought were a joke — inheritance, death, say, any quarters in that coffin?” All are gleaned from Mr. Williams‘ 12 new songs; see the collection here: www.hankjr.com.

He’s still rowdy. Consider a few of those titles: “Takin’ Back The Country”, “I’m Gonna Get Drunk And Play Hank Williams” — a duet with Brad Paisley) — plus “We Don’t Apologize for America” and “Stock Market Blues”.

I can't stand country music, but I might have to buy this one just to support Mr. Williams.

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A Debt to Mother

-- By Bill Ronan
We have a massive debt,
it's one we can't repay
It's a debt that we will carry
to our dying day.
For clothing us when naked
and warming us when cold
For giving us protection
within a loving hold
For teaching us the difference
between what's right and wrong
For soothing out our infant worries
with a softly spoken song
For guiding us through childhood
and opening up our eyes
For leading us to adulthood
with words so often wise
For teaching us with honesty
that we were so unique
For laughing at our silly jokes
and listening when we speak
A debt so large and special
the like there is no other
This debt and so much very more
we owe it to our MOTHER!

***He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself.  ~Thomas Paine

***Have a great day!