Friday, August 31, 2012

Home Run

***Mitt Romney did a great job in his speech last night. Therefore, the Democrats will do whatever they can to lie about it, like they're doing with Paul Ryan's speech. I saw on Facebook people parroting what the liberal "fact checkers" were saying, that Paul Ryan's speech was full of lies. I also linked in my blog to sources showing that, in fact, everything he said was true and blowing apart the Democrats' "arguments." More here.  Doesn't matter. They put the idea in their followers' heads, and that's as far as they'll go. Heaven forbid they think for themselves. It's frustrating. Follow the link above for details about Romney's speech.

***Hannity says Obama's campaign is "beneath the dignity of the office." It is, and so is he.

***Clint Eastwood wasn't too bad, either!

Legendary Hollywood tough guy Clint Eastwood brought down the house with a comic turn Thursday night at the Republican National Convention, telling America it’s time to give a “stellar” businessman a chance to become president and say goodbye to the "attorney."
“I think it may be time for somebody else to come along and solve the problems,” he said to loud applause.
His stand-in for the "attorney," President Obama, was an empty chair on stage that he addressed in a mock interview -- a performance both awkward and uproarious, while being perfectly Clint.
At one point, he told the chair-Obama to “shut up.”

***This is nuts - a three judge panel struck down the Texas voter I.D. law, saying it imposes "strict, unforgiving burdens on the poor." These people are federal judges??!! The Texas Attorney General vows to take this to the Supreme Court.

***Apparently there is going to be a "blue moon" tonight. So THAT'S where that saying comes from...

***I like it:

MARCO RUBIO ON OBAMA: “These are the ideas that people come to America to get away from.”
 
CLINT EASTWOOD: “We all know that Biden is the intellect of the Democratic Party.”
 
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Says one humorist: "Life is unfair. I lost my car keys at a ball game and never found them. I lost my sunglasses at the beach and never found them. I lost my socks in the washing machine and never found them. I lost three pounds on a diet -- I found them and five more."

***Beautiful...



***Politics, it seems to me, for years, or all too long, has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.  ~Richard Armour

***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

We Can Do It!

***Paul Ryan was awesome last night.

“And I’m going to level with you: We don’t have that much time,” Ryan said, as the activists nodded. “But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this.”
“So here we are, $16 trillion in debt and still [Obama] does nothing,” Ryan said. “They have no answer to this simple reality: We need to stop spending money we don’t have.”
 “Obamacare comes to more than 2,000 pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country,” Ryan said. “The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over. That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare.”
  “You are entitled to the clearest possible choice because the time for choosing is drawing near,” Ryan said near the end, his voice rising. “We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles. The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us, all of us, but we can do this.”

More here.

***Navy SEAL talks to 60 minutes about his book detailing the bin Laden killing, "No Easy Day." I'm certainly going to Amazon.com to reserve my copy.

***Seniors suffer under Obama - where's the outcry?
I can answer that - buried in the editor's office. The lapdog Obamamedia is not going to tell the truth about his policies. Period.

***More government school idiocy. Deaf boy asked to change the way he signs his name because it looks like a finger pistol. They say it violates their "weapons in school" policy. I kid you not. Have you ever heard anything more ridiculous?

The parents of a 3-year-old deaf boy from Nebraska say his preschool told them he must change the way he signs his name because it looks like a finger-pistol, but the school says the family has their signals crossed.
The family of pre-schooler Hunter Spanjer said officials at the Grand Island Public Schools told them the manner in which the boy signs his name is a violation of its “weapons in school” policy. The claim they were told Hunter had to modify the way he signs his moniker to comply with the school's zero tolerance code against weapons in school.
“Anybody that I have talked to thinks this is absolutely ridiculous,” Hunter’s grandmother, Janet Logue, told KGIN. “This is not threatening in any way.”
Brian Spanjer, the boy’s father, said the sign is a registered symbol with the Signing Exact English system. The encouragement and support his family has received since reports of the controversy have surfaced has been “amazing,” he said.

Unbelievable.


Poor Mickey Kaus. He's the liberal intellectual (not an oxymoron -- he's the last known living "liberal intellectual") lefties on TV are usually stealing from, but now that this welfare reform maven has concluded that Romney's welfare ad is basically correct, liberals refuse to acknowledge his existence.

The non-Fox media have formed a solid front in denouncing Romney's welfare ad for daring to point out that Obama has gutted the work requirements of the 1996 welfare reform bill.

The New York Times claims that Romney's ad "falsely" charges Obama with eliminating work requirements. CNN rates the ad "false." Underemployed hack Howard Fineman says Romney's ad "is just flat out wrong on the facts" and "that every fair analyst, every fact checker" has said it's "just factually wrong."

When a campaign ad induces this much hysteria, you know Romney has struck gold. On closer examination, it turns out that by "every fair analyst," Fineman means a bunch of liberals quoting one another.

Tell the truth about Obama, and you're either lying or a racist to these people.

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***Fun fact: Did you know that the late Jerry Orbach of "Law and Order" fame was the singing and speaking voice of Lumiere on "Beauty and the Beast?"

***Roger Clemens, 50, to pitch again. Wow.

***From A Gift of Inspiration:

Hold on tightly

Hold on to faith; it is the source of believing that all things are possible. It is fibre and strength of a confident soul.
Hold on to hope; it banishes doubt and enables attitudes to be positive and cheerful.
Hold on to trust; it is at the core of fruitful relationships that are secure and content.
Hold on to love; it is life's greatest gift of all, for it shares, cares, and gives meaning to life.
Hold on to all that you are and all that you have learned, for these things are what make you unique. Don't ignore what you feel and what you believe is right and important; your heart has a way of speaking louder than your mind.
Hold on to your dreams; achieve them diligently and honestly. Do not surrender to deceit. Remember others on your way and take time to care for their needs.
Enjoy the beauty around you. Have the courage to see things differently and clearly. Make the world a better place one day at a time, and don't let go of the important things that give meaning to your life.
Author Unknown

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***Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest.
~Henry Van Dyke


***Have a great day!
 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tough Love

***I didn't watch it, but I read the transcript. You can read about Chris Christie's Convention speech here. He's saying what needs to be said, and I hope the Republican leadership listens. Now is not the time to be squishy and concerned about what the media's going to report. We already know it's going to be biased in Obama's favor, that's just a given.

“America needs Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, and we need them right now,” Christie said. “It’s time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House.”

"Absentee leadership." Ain't that the truth.

***Ann Romney: “I can tell you, he was not handed success. ... No one will work harder. No one will care more … to make this country a better place to live. This man will not fail.”

***NASA rover Curiosity beams new Will.i.am song to earth. Really? They couldn't do any better than that?

***Juan Williams calls Ann Romney a "corporate wife." Oh, but the Republicans are the sexist ones, remember?

 
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Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can't   
 Jerry Rice 

***Have a great day!

 
 
 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Another Hollywood Idiot

***This time it's Samuel L. Jackson. These people really are despicable, and a huge reason I never go to the movies.

Samuel L. Jackson on Monday tweeted it was "unfair" that Tropical Storm Isaac had spared the GOP convention in Tampa and appeared to be heading for New Orleans.
Jackson said in a profanity-filled tweet that he was "not understanding God's plan" given the fact that the storm was not disrupting the Republican gathering.

"Unfair s---," the Oscar-nominated actor known for his colorful language said on Twitter. "GOP spared by Isaac! NOLA prolly f----- again!"
Less than a half-hour later, Jackson apologized for the earlier tweet, writing that it had stirred up a hornet's nest. "Apologies to God, Tampa, da GOP& Isaac(sp)! Who played the Race card?!," he said on Twitter.

What a jerk.

***Obama presiding over "Debt, Doubt, Decline." Couldn't have said it better myself.

***World's oldest person is 116.

***Remote control lifeguards? 

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***Priebus hits back. Good for him.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was not impressed with MSNBC's Chris Matthew's shot at the GOP who said on his Monday evening program, when discussing Mitt Romney's sarcastic reference to President Obama's birth certificate recently:
“That cheap shot about ‘I don’t have a problem with my birth certificate’ was awful. You are playing that little ethnic card there. You can play your games and giggle about it, but the fact is your side is playing that card.”
I spoke with Chairman Priebus who responded, "I didn’t even know that this was that big of a deal. Chris…he wants to be the biggest jerk in the room. That’s fine. He can take that mantle."
Priebus added, "The fact the matter is it’s only hurting his own candidate, Barack Obama, by acting like that. It just highlights the fact that these guys have no message other than being nasty. I don’t really care what he thinks or what he says. He has about ten viewers on his show. He can have them." 
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But despite this electoral history, there were telltale signs that Mr. Davis was different. He voted against ObamaCare. He told me he thought the plan was “too unpredictable, too expensive, and not actually going to help people in the manner it was intended.” He came out in favor of voter ID, which is loathed by most Black officials, adding that 60% of Black voters support common-sense voter ID laws, and that they have been in place for years in Alabama with no negative effects. Davis has little patience for those who accuse opponents of Obama’s policies of racism. He believes that in a democracy, it is the obligation of the opposition to clearly and cogently voice their concerns with the policies of the party in power. To call that racism because the office holder is Black degrades the political process.

Read the whole thing. Great story.

***
Golden Rules:
If you open it, close it.
If you turn it on, turn it off.
If you unlock it, lock it up.
If you break it, admit it.
If you can’t fix it, call in someone who can.
If you borrow it, return it.
If you value it, take care of it.
If you make a mess, clean it up.
If you move it, put it back.
If it belongs to someone else and you want to use, get permission.
If you don’t know how to operate it, leave it alone.
If it’s none of your business, don’t ask questions.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
If it will brighten someone’s day, say it.
If it will tarnish someone’s reputation, keep it to yourself.

***Ahhhh....

 


***Age is no guarantee of maturity. ~~ Lawana Blackwell

***Have a great day!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Monday, Monday

***And here we go again! I have a couple of doctors off this week, so I'm hoping to get completely caught up and STAY caught up.

***Heard much about this from the Obama lapdog media? "Man with machete arrested near GOP convention." Yep, walking with Occupy Tampa. Gosh, wonder if there would be any coverage if a Tea Partier did the same thing near the Democrat Convention?

***2016: Obama's America is doing very well at the box office. That's good news.

We all know the rules when it comes to political films, right? They’re just not worth sinking your money into them because people don’t watch. With the sole exception of one “documentary” by Michael Moore, they don’t cover their own costs and people don’t turn out to the theater for them. This is particularly true if you try to produce one from a conservative point of view in the liberal lock-down atmosphere of Hollywood. Well, hold on to your hats. It looks like the the very unflattering critique of the current administration, 2016 Obama’s America, is set to come in at number three this weekend and turn a profit in the first 24 hours since its wide release. (It actually premiered six weeks ago and was previously in limited release.)

It's playing now in Richmond, & I'm going to get there to see it.

***Cool treehouses:



Follow the link for more, I can't get the rest of them to upload.

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***The 2012 Republican National Convention

***138 skydivers break the world record.


The world record for skydiving has been broken after 138 skydivers fell at top speed of 220 mph in a snowflake pattern over Illinois.  The entire achievement was certified by the Air Sports Federation who viewed the event at the skydiving festival in Ottawa, near Chicago.

***Diet of sponges and soap. Okay, that's weird...

 Kerry Trebilcock of Mylar, Cornwall has a unique craving for sponges and soap, particularly with some tomato and bbq sauce. She prefers sponges with some hot relish, ketchup, mustard and honey, but if shes out of sponges a fruit scented bar of soap will fill the craving.
This peculiar craving is caused by Pica, which causes people to crave objects that are not considered food.
“I have been very particular about the type of sponges and soaps I’d eat and how I’d prepare them. If I went out for the day I’d carry a small plastic bag of cut-up pieces of sponge with some tomato and BBQ sauce in Tupperware. I was never without a ‘snack’,” said Kerry.

Never heard of that.

***Things you never hear your dad say:

"Well how about that?.....I'm lost!  Looks like we'll have to stop for and ask for directions.

You know pumpkin, now that you are thirteen, you'll be ready for unchaperoned car dates. Won't that be fun?

Here's a credit card and the keys to my new car---GO CRAZY

What do you mean you want to play football?  Figure skating not good enough for you, son?

Your mother and I are going away for the weekend... you might want to  consider throwing a party.

Well, I don't know what's wrong with the car. Probably one of those doo-hickey thingies -- you know -- that makes it run or something. We'll just have to have it towed to a mechanic and pay whatever he asks.

Whaddya wanna go and get a job for?  I make plenty of money for you to spend.


***The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.  ~John E. Southard

***Have a great day!
  

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Can America Be Saved?

***This is a great Bible study piece by Richard Jordan regarding what America faces today.

America feels as if it is unraveling. Even amid an era of relative peace and unprecedented comfort there is a mood of foreboding about our long-term future. It seems that our superpower nation is somehow crumbling from within.
In his recent book, Slouching Toward Gomorrah, Robert Bork advanced a very tightly reasoned explanation for what has happened to America. "Every new generation", he writes, "constitutes a wave of savages who must be civilized by their families, schools and churches. An exceptionally large generation can swamp the institutions responsible for teaching traditions and standards."
In other words, when a new generation is large enough--or, we might add, those institutions responsible for "civilizing" is weak enough--that new generation simply overwhelms the culture it emerges into. This has happened more than once in recorded history.

I can't imagine too many people thinking that America is on the upswing and that her moral character is strong and vibrant. We are no doubt being led by "children" at this time. It has happened before:

"For, behold, the Lord, the Lord of hosts, doth take away from Jerusalem and from Judah the stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water,
"The mighty man, and the man of war, the judge, and the prophet, and the prudent, and the ancient,
"The captain of fifty, and the honourable man, and the counsellor, and the cunning artificer, and the eloquent orator.
"And I WILL GIVE CHILDREN TO BE THEIR PRINCES, AND BABES SHALL RULE OVER THEM" (Isa. 3:1-4).


 And who will take their places as the leaders of government and society? CHILDREN!! With no one to "civilize" the emerging band of savages born each year, their society was soon to be ruled by children--not simply children in age but men who as far as their qualifications are concerned are "children" and "babes". Those who should be leading the nation in paths of righteousness had lost their strength of character and will to tell these children, "NO!" --to teach them right from wrong--and thus as the children grow up they remain children in attitude, tastes and actions.

Sound familiar? Follow the link and read on for the reasons we are where we are, and what can be done about it.

***This is going to be another quick blog entry as I have lots to do before church. After we get out I'm taking my mom to see my aunt, who is very ill.

***Neil Armstrong, RIP.

***What the media won't tell you. Well, THAT could fill a few books, but bear with me:

It's 8:21 on a Saturday morning and according to this photo snapped by Sharon Broadie, this is the size of the crowd that showed up in Powell, Ohio, (just outside of Columbus) to see Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan:
Here's a look at the line to get in, and another look at the crowd from another source. And a real jaw-dropper.
Meanwhile, President FailureTeleprompter is relegated to rationalizing his lack of turnout into a "deliberate" desire for smaller, more intimate crowds. Yeah, that sounds like the Mr. Greek Column we've all come to know and grow tired of.
Meanwhile, the media refuses to report on the size of either side's crowds.
Meanwhile, across the country, the documentary film "2016" has just opened wide on over 1,000 screens and in the heart of Hollywood's biggest season hit #3 at the box office.
Meanwhile, though their Media Palace Guards assure us this is not the case, the Obama campaign's increasingly desperate and shrill campaign is acting more and more like a campaign so far behind and so in fear of losing, they feel they have nothing to lose. From "felon" to "chains" to "Mitt killed my wife" to one bald-faced lie after another, President Obama has forsaken the dignity of the office and -- should he win a second term --  all hope of bringing the country together after the kind of scorched-earth campaign only the terrified wage.
Meanwhile, the media is behaving in a manner no less shrill and desperate than their Presidential Master. When the unemployment rate increases, the media tells us that's a good thing. When the economy shrinks from 4.1 to 1.5%, the media still call it "the recovery." When an idiot in Missouri says something stupid about rape and abortion, the media launches into a week-long narrative accusing Republicans of being soft on rape.
Meanwhile, Obama supports infanticide. Romney opposes abortion except in cases of rape, incest and when the mother's life is at risk. Yesterday CNN released a poll showing 62% of the American people agree with Romney and only 32% with Obama.

Read the whole thing. However, as Glenn Reynolds keeps saying, don't get cocky. It's still early. Fight on!

***Gotta agree with this one...



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I Hear America Singing

 
by Walt Whitman

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand
     singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or
     at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of
     the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows,
     robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

***"Talent is God given. Be humble.
Fame is man-given. Be grateful.
Conceit is self-given. Be careful."
-- John Wooden

***Have a great day!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Miss Me?

***I didn't blog yesterday as I was up at 3:00 frantically getting as much done as I could, because I had to leave for Anderson at 6:45 to drive my aunt to and from her colonoscopy, then stay with her for a while afterward. I knew that was pretty much going to take the whole day, and I was right. I got back in town a little after 4:00. I'm looking forward to this morning - gonna go yard saling and Amish store shopping, of course, then my family is meeting at Bob Evans for lunch for my mom's birthday. I'll be catching up my work for the rest of the day after that. Thank God for my co-transcriptionist, she's such a hard worker and covers for me when I have to do stuff like the above. She's a lifesaver.

***Do you have a free email account? Just so you know, you could be supporting liberal causes without knowing it.

One of the benefits of the Internet revolution has been access to free e-mail.  However, as we now know, the supposed "free" e-mail has come at a cost. As a believer in the free market, it is impossible to begrudge online companies their success, however, conservatives are sacrificing privacy and supporting liberal causes.
If you use a Gmail or Yahoo e-mail address and are pro-life, support gun rights and oppose ObamaCare, you are funding activities aimed at trashing your own beliefs.

***Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France titles. This is so sad. I'm sure a lot of kids looked up to him, and now this.



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***70% of Obama's Twitter followers are fake accounts. That would be funny if it wasn't so sad. There is not a "real" bone in his body.

***Art done with a ball-point pen. This is amazing!




Follow the link for more.

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Quotes made by famous people without much thought...
On September 17, 1994, Alabama's Heather Whitestone was selected as Miss America 1995. Here's her answer to her question...
Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever, then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever, which is why I would not live forever." -- Heather Whitestone
"Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can't help but cry. I mean I'd love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff." -- Mariah Carey
"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very important part of your life." -- Brooke Shields, during an interview to become Spokesperson for federal anti-smoking campaign.
 
 "Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country." -- Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC.

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our papers. We are the president." -- Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of subpoenaed documents.

"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a jackass, and I'm just the one to do it." -- A congressional candidate in Texas.
 
"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." -- Al Gore, Vice President

"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." -- Dan Quayle

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do we need?" -- Lee Iacocca
 
"We don't necessarily discriminate. We simply exclude certain types of people." -- Colonel Gerald Wellman, ROTC Instructor.

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." -- Bill Clinton, President

"Traditionally, most of Australia's imports come from overseas." -- Keppel Enderbery

"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992 because we received notice that you passed away. May God bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your circumstances." -- Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina

"If somebody has a bad heart, they can plug this jack in at night as they go to bed and it will monitor their heart throughout the night. And the next morning, when they wake up dead, there'll be a record." -- Mark S. Fowler, FCC Chairman

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***Words from a great man:

“In closing, let me thank you, the American people, for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your president. When the Lord calls me home, whenever that day may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future. I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life. I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead” — Ronald Reagan

***Have a great day!
 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Trapping Season

***Great piece by Cal Thomas.

It's trapping season. The targets are Republicans, whom the Democratic-friendly media (the trappers) hunt in order to smear -- especially the Romney-Ryan ticket -- forcing them off message.
The bait in the latest case is the issue of abortion in cases of rape. The hunter's target was Rep. Todd Akin, a Missouri Republican, who is running for the Senate against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.
Thirty-nine years after Roe v. Wade and subsequent Supreme Court rulings legalizing abortion, one might think a pro-lifer like Todd Akin would be able to see he was walking into a trap when a St. Louis TV reporter asked him whether abortion should be allowed, even in cases of rape. He didn't.
Akin responded that if the rape is "legitimate" the female body "has ways to try and shut that whole thing down," that "thing" being conception. Trap set and sprung. He should have said that while rape is a horrible crime that should be prosecuted, the number of pregnancies from that criminal act pale in comparison to the greater number of unwanted pregnancies ending in abortion.

I really wish he hadn't done that. He could have beaten the liberal McCaskill. Now, I doubt it. We desperately need a Senate majority in order to repeal Obamacare, and Akin made a difficult situation worse. The lapdog media is going to do everything they can to keep stuff like this front and center, and keep the attention anywhere but on Obama's dismal failure as president.

According to Media Research Center:

Following Missouri Congressman Todd Akin's now infamous remarks about rape and abortion on Monday, the liberal media raced to nationalize the ensuing controversy in an attempt to damage presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
In total, the three news networks - ABC, CBS, and NBC - gave Akin's gaffe four times the coverage they gave to Vice President Joe Biden's overtly racist comments last week in Virginia when he told a substantially black audience that a Romney administration would, "put y'all back in chains."

The obsession with Akin gave the liberal media yet another contrived excuse to ignore Barack Obama's terrible economic record, and cast the campaign discourse back into the sewer.
According to our analysis:
- During the first 72 hours of the Akin controversy, ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news shows ran a combined 40 segments totalling nearly 88 minutes of airtime compared to less than 20 minutes for Biden.

- NBC and CBS both immediately attempted to link the "firestorm" created by Akin to Romney even though his campaign openly supports rape exemptions.

- Obama's extreme pro-abortion record - including his support for partial birth abortions - was almost entirely ignored by the networks in 2008.

- The networks have given Akin 10 times more coverage than they gave to credible allegations by Juanita Broaddrick back in 1999 that Bill Clinton actually committed rape.

***GM goes from bad to worse despite Obama bailout. I actually saw someone on Facebook claim that Obama had "saved" GM. Gee, wonder where they get their reading material?

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***This is crazy. Atheist group is claiming first amendment violation because a school allows a church group to feed the football team. Really? Stuff like this should be thrown out without a hearing. Any idiot knows that is not a first amendment violation.

The FFRF is a Wisconsin-based group whose purpose is to “protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church.”
They are demanding the school system launch an investigation into allegations that Coach Mariakis allowed local churches to prepare pre-game meals for his football team. They also allege that the coach prayed with his team, used Bible verses in motivational speeches and on team shirts and participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“Taking public school football teams to church, even for a meal, is unconstitutional,” wrote FFRF attorney Andrew Seidel. “This program is an egregious violation of the Establishment Clause and must cease immediately.”

Their purpose is NOT to "protect the constitutional separation between state and church," a phrase which, by the way, is not found in the Constitution. Their sole purpose is the eradication of anything contrary to their beliefs. Yeah, they're all about freedom, right?  Here is text of the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Tell me how a church group feeding a football team translates to Congress making a law respecting an establishment of religion. What about the "free exercise thereof?" I doubt this group ever brings a lawsuit on anyone's behalf based on THAT part of the amendment.

***Gosh, haven't heard much about THIS, have you? The Akin story involves a Republican, the rest stop sex scandal involves a Democrat. 'Nuff said.

***Not a good choice, honey...



***
---------- Still having a bad day? Just remember, it could be worse.
This was taken from a Florida Newspaper. Read on...
1. The average cost of rehabilitating one seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was $80,000. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were released back into the wild, amid cheers and applause from onlookers. One minute later, in full view of everyone, a killer whale ate them both.
2. A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what looked like a wire running from his waist  towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current she whacked him with a handy plank of wood by the back door, breaking his arm in two places. Until that moment he had been happily listening to his Walkman.
3. Two animal right protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn, Germany. Suddenly the pigs - all 2,000 of them - escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.
And finally...
5. Iraqi terrorist, Khay Rahnajet, didn't pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came back with "return to sender" stamped on it. Forgetting it was the bomb, he opened it and was blown to bits.
Now, YOUR day's not so bad, is it???

***Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work. ~~ H.L. Hunt

***Have a great day!
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Your Tax Dollars at Work

***Stimulus funds being spent on Obama campaign ads. What, you're surprised?

The Labor Department paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal stimulus funds to a public relations firm to run more than 100 commercials touting the Obama administration’s “green training” job efforts on two MSNBC cable shows, records show.
The commercials ran on MSNBC on shows hosted by Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann in 2009, but the contract didn’t report any jobs created, according to records reviewed recently by The Washington Times.

TARP was a Democrat slush fund, nothing more. It had nothing to do with job creation.

***Love it!

When a liberal rag like Newsweek allows this to run, you're in trouble. Niall Ferguson is certainly taking some heat from the Left, but that's to be expected.

Author and historian Niall Ferguson has been savaged in postings by Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, in a lengthy fact check by the Atlantic magazine, Andrew Sullivan and writers from Slate, Salon, and Mother Jones among others.

In a post of his own on The Daily Beast, Ferguson attributes the ire to “liberal bloggers.”

“My critics have three things in common,” he wrote. “First, they wholly fail to respond to the central arguments of the piece. Second, they claim to be engaged in ‘fact checking,’ whereas in nearly all cases they are merely offering alternative (often silly or skewed) interpretations of the facts. Third, they adopt a tone of outrage that would be appropriate only if I had argued that, say, women’s bodies can somehow prevent pregnancies in case of ‘legitimate rape.’

They never let the facts get in the way.

***

***Group aims to silence prayer at football games. Really? Does anyone really believe this is about "freedom?"

For decades, before the first pigskin was passed, before the glee club sang of the “rocket’s red glare,” the crowd would be summoned to their feet. Hats were removed. Heads were bowed. And for just a moment – a hush fell over the stadium as a student delivered an invocation.
But over the past few years the intersection of the Gospel and gridiron has erupted into a storm of controversy. Christians across the Southern states have come under a fierce and relentless attack from outsiders hell-bent on banishing prayer from high school sports.
And so it was on last Friday night when the Desoto Central Jaguars opened their football season they did so without a student-led prayer. The tradition was banished after the school system was threatened with a lawsuit.
School districts across the state of Mississippi received the letter – written by the Freedom From Religion Foundation – a Wisconsin-based group whose purpose is to “protect the constitutional principle of separation between state and church.”

Stuff like this makes me sick, and afraid for the future of our country.

***Death by bra? Now that's bizarre...

***


***

A Character

I marvel how Nature could ever find space
For so many strange contrasts in one human face:
There's thought and no thought, and there's paleness and bloom
And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.

There's weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;
Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain
Could pierce through a temper that's soft to disease,
Would be rational peace--a philosopher's ease.

There's indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds,
And attention full ten times as much as there needs;
Pride where there's no envy, there's so much of joy;
And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy.

There's freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare
Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she's there,
There's virtue, the title it surely may claim,
Yet wants heaven knows what to be worthy the name.

This picture from nature may seem to depart,
Yet the Man would at once run away with your heart;
And I for five centuries right gladly would be
Such an odd such a kind happy creature as he.


William Wordsworth
 
 
***Have a great day!
 

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Bad Reviews

***Obama's performance in his press conference yesterday was bad...really bad:

In an effort to soothe the increasingly peeved White House press corps, the president appeared in the White House Briefing Room today to take a few questions. It was a remarkably ineffective performance, which the White House must hope that few people watched.
Among other untruths, the president insisted, “Nobody accused Mr. Romney of being a felon.” Well, other than deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter. With regard to his super PAC ad claiming that Mitt Romney, in effect, killed a woman, President Obama maintained, “I don’t think Governor Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad. But keep in mind, this is an ad that I didn’t approve, I did not produce, and as far as I can tell, has barely run. I think it ran once.” Well, except the woman’s husband, Joe Soptic, was trotted out for an Obama campaign press conference.
Even more ludicrous was Obama’s answer on welfare reform. He said that Romney’s ad was a lie. But then he offered: “In fact, what happened was that my administration — responding to the requests of five governors, including two Republican governors — agreed to approve giving them, those states, some flexibility in how they manage their welfare rolls as long as it produced 20 percent increases in the number of people who are getting work.” In other words, they will let non-work count for work if the state promises to reduce the welfare rolls by 20 percent.
Obama also cemented his role as a bystander in his own administration. On Syria, he mused, “At this point the likelihood of a soft landing seems pretty distant.”

***Phyllis Diller, RIP.

 ***A hover vehicle? How cool would that be?

***Oh, sounds yummy: Michelle Obama serves cabbage sloppy joes and zucchini fries to kids at state dinner. Yuk.

***Hank Williams Jr. had some sharp words for the president:

Country music legend Hank Williams Jr. did not spare any criticism for President Barack Obama during a weekend performance at the Iowa State Fair.

After the song, “We Don’t Apologize For America” a chant of  “USA, USA” broke out among the 8,500 people at the Grandstand on Friday night, the Des Moines Register reports.

Williams, 63, smiled, telling the crowd that he was their mouth piece before adding, “We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US – and we hate him!”

The crowd roared with loud and enthusiastic cheers, the Register reported.
Whoa. Better watch your back, Hank.

***I have to agree:

"There's a lot of people out there who say that the election may come down to 'likability.' This is a thing that's puzzled me from the beginning about Obama. 'He's an orator! He's a speaker!' Ladies and gentlemen, in my real life day job I produce motion pictures and sometimes Broadway shows. I know what an 'orator' is, and I know what 'likeability' is. I never saw it here." -Doug Urbanski

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***From Focus on the Family:

Do you want to have Christian joy? MLJones.jpg
Meditate on Him; think about Him. Try to think about the glory of this person, this incomparable person. The New Testament is constantly dealing with this. Our Lord told us that the Holy Spirit has been specially given in order to glorify Him: “He shall not speak of himself ... he shall glorify me” (John 16:13-14).
The way to test whether or not our experiences are the work of the Spirit is always to ask what view they give us of Him.

- Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Ultimate Test







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***God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest.  ~J.G. Holland

***Have a great day!
 

Monday, August 20, 2012

Insult to Humanity?

***Iran's psychotic little dictator is at it again:

Israel's existence is an "insult to all humanity," Iran's president said Friday in one of his sharpest attacks yet against the Jewish state, as Israel openly debates whether to attack Iran over its nuclear program.
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said confronting Israel is an effort to "protect the dignity of all human beings."
"The existence of the Zionist regime is an insult to all humanity," Ahmadinejad said. He was addressing worshippers at Tehran University after nationwide pro-Palestinian rallies, an annual event marking Quds (Jerusalem) Day on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan.
The comments are "reminiscent" of a letter written about the Jews and signed by Adolf Hitler in 1919, Rabbi Marvin Hier, Founder and Dean of the Simon Wisenthal Center, says.

Yet our president reprimands Israel for daring speak about attacking Iran because of its nuclear weapons. It's a shame Obama won't stand behind one of our staunchest allies in the Middle East. 

***I'm sure you've heard all about automation and how robots are replacing humans in the workplace. Here is one businessman's take:

In talking with many businessmen around the world I hear a common theme:
One of the major drivers of automation is workers’ comp claims, sick leave, sexual harassment suits, and all the myriad headaches that come with hiring anyone. Unions have brought so many demands for workers it is far simpler to avoid hiring anyone whenever possible. Many companies go to extreme lengths to avoid hiring more workers.

They cause the problem, then squeal at the results of their actions. 

***Failure:

In his inaugural address, Obama promised “not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.” He promised to “build the roads and bridges, the electric grids, and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.” He promised to “restore science to its rightful place and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.” And he promised to “transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.” Unfortunately the president’s scorecard on every single one of those bold pledges is pitiful.

***10 worst hotels and motels in America. Ew, some of this is gross.

***Peggy Noonan: "If Biden were Republican, "Meet the Press's" story would be How Stupid is this Person?" She's absolutely right.

PEGGY NOONAN, WALL STREET JOURNAL: Oh, well I thought everything Rudy Giuliani just said was true. If it had been a Republican vice presidential candidate who had made those gaffes, one after another, so comically, and all on tape, the subject today of the panel would be how stupid is this person, can this person possibly govern?

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***Is there anyone Obama won't betray? Uhhh...nope, can't think of anyone.


The 215-year-old USS Constitution has sailed for the first time since 1997, taking a 17-minute cruise across Boston Harbor to the cheers of thousands of onlookers.The short trip Sunday was to commemorate the Navy ship’s victory over a British warship of a similar size in a fierce battle during the War of 1812. Following the battle, the Constitution was nicknamed “Old Ironsides.”
An elderly carpenter was ready to retire. He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family. He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor. The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end his career.
When the carpenter finished his work and the builder came to inspect the house, the contractor handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” he said, “my gift to you.”
What a shock! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently. Now he had to live in the home he had built none too well.

***                                                   Sorry...these seats are saved.

***
There's work to do, deadlines to meet,
You've got no time to spare.
But as you hurry and scurry,
A.S.A.P. - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.
In the midst of family chaos,
"Quality time" is rare.
Do your best, let God do the rest,
A.S.A.P. - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.
It may seem like your worries
Are more than you can bear.
Slow down and take a breather,
A.S.A.P. - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.
God knows how stressful life is,
He wants to ease our cares.
And He'll respond to all your needs,
A.S.A.P. - ALWAYS SAY A PRAYER.
--Author Unknown

***Beautiful...



***Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air. ~~ John Quincy Adams

***Have a great day!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Beware of the Media

***We're all aware of this, but it bears repeating.

I was outside the Plaza Hotel last night when I re-learned this lesson. It was shortly after Barack and Michelle Obama arrived to speak to the less-than-1-percent who'd paid $10,000 a plate to attend a fundraiser hosted by Sex and the City creator Darren Star. It was the president's second campaign stop of the night: He came to the Plaza directly from the home of Sex and the City star Sarah Jessica Parker, where guests shelled out $40,000 a plate to mingle with the fashionista and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.
One of the journalists in the pool covering the president's appearance emailed a report of the arrival, writing that “the streets were lined w 1000s of people behind barriers trying for a snap of the motorcade on a gorgeous NY night.”
I was on Fifth Avenue when the motorcade came through, and I can say that's not an accurate description of the scene.
There certainly weren't thousands of people lining the streets. I'd guess there were a couple hundred, at most. And at the barrier I was behind, not a single person was there hoping to catch a glimpse of the president—New Yorkers just wanted to get home.

***Learn to love healthy foods. This is a real weakness of mine. There are so many things I don't like that I wish I did. Broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, tomatoes, etc. I've tried, I really have. I just don't like 'em. I know they're healthy, low calorie, all that good stuff. I've tried to eat broccoli raw, steamed, covered with cheese, and all that. I just plain old don't like it. I don't know if any of these tips would help, but who knows?

***Ever heard of a "Sharpie party?" It's a social network thing where people converge on a foreclosed home and trash it. Really? You don't have anything better to do?

In the age of Facebook and Twitter, a new crime has hit America: "Sharpie parties," gatherings of party revelers armed with "Sharpie" magic markers and lured by social media invitations to wreak havoc on foreclosed homes.
Five years into the U.S. foreclosure crisis, Sharpie parties are a new form of blight on the landscape of boarded-up homes, brown lawns and abandoned streets. They are also the latest iteration of collective home-trashing spurred by social media.
At least six Sharpie parties were reported in one California county in recent months, where invitations posted online drew scores to c.
The partygoers are handed Sharpie pens on arrival by their hosts and urged to graffiti the walls - a destructive binge that often prompts other acts of vandalism including smashing holes in walls and doors, flooding bathrooms and ripping up floors.
The California spree follows a similar outbreak earlier this year, when teenagers wrecked homes in states including Texas, Florida and Utah after seeing the movie Project X. The film features a house wrecking party sparked by online invitations.

This is in the same category as smashing mailboxes. Honestly, what kind of loser finds stuff like this fun?


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***Smart workouts. Boy, I have to get myself exercising again. I used to be so faithful to walk, bike, or swim laps 4-5 times a week. Since one of my typists got sick a couple of months ago and passed away recently, I've barely had time to breathe, much less work out. I know, I know....excuses, excuses. I have managed to lose about 8 lbs in that time period, but it's mostly because I just forget to eat (never thought I'd see the day....). There's always someone who needs a report right away, a group of files by a certain time, something like that. I keep thinking, tomorrow I'll just get up and walk for 30 minutes no matter what!! But...it doesn't happen. Even the weekends have been overly busy. Maybe I need an "accountability buddy" to call me and tell me to get up off my butt and outside for 1/2 hour. 

***Obama needs to be a leader regarding Israel...but of course, he won't do what is necessary. The man is a coward.

***                                               "Geez, Mom, you outta Tic Tacs?"


***Conservative offers $20,000 to anyone who can produce Obama's college transcripts. There really must be something in there he doesn't want us to see.

***Facemasks at the beach? Okay, this is just weird.

One way to avoid the dangerous rays of the sun is to stay indoors, another is to apply a healthy layer of sun cream and slap on a wide-brimmed hat.
If you’re in China, however, there is a third option - a 'Face-Kini' complete with a body suit.
The name describes a protective head mask that is being used in Shandong province's East China Sea coast by beach-goers who want to protect their skin from the sun.

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Taken from Actual Resumes and Cover Letters
–Fortune Magazine

 
“I have lurnt Word Perfect 6.0 computor and spreasheet progroms.”
“Am a perfectionist and rarely if if ever forget details.”
“Received a plague for Salesperson of the Year.”
“Wholly responsible for two (2) failed financial institutions.”
“Reason for leaving last job: maturity leave.”
“Failed bar exam with relatively high grades.”
“It’s best for employers that I not work with people.”
“Let’s meet, so you can ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over my experience.”
“I was working for my mom until she decided to move.”
“Marital status: single. Unmarried. Unengaged. Uninvolved. No commitments.”
“I have an excellent track record, although I am not a horse.”
“I am loyal to my employer at all costs. Please feel free to respond to my resume on my office voice mail.”
“My goal is to be a meteorologist. But since I possess no training in meteorology, I suppose I should try stock brokerage.”
“I procrastinate, especially when the task is unpleasant.”
“Personal interests: donating blood. Fourteen gallons so far.”
“Instrumental in ruining entire operation for a Midwest chain store.”
“Note: Please don’t misconstrue my 14 jobs as ‘job-hopping’. I have never quit a job.”
“Marital status: often. Children: various.”
“The company made me a scapegoat, just like my three previous employers.”
“Finished eighth in my class of ten.”
“References: none. I’ve left a path of destruction behind me.”

***                                                "I could have had a V8!!"


***A compromise is an agreement whereby both parties get what neither of them wanted.  ~Author Unknown

***Have a great day!