Tuesday, September 30, 2008

I Love Give Aways!!

Check this out. To celebrate their launch Handbag Planet is giving one bag away ever hour on October 15. Go ahead and enter. If you link to your own blog you will receive 25 entries to the contest. All of the bags range in price from $30 to $80. They have some cute bags too, and I haven't bought a new handbag in years!! I think it is about time!

There Is A New Blog

But it is password protected. Beyond Red Threads and Ladybugs is the name. I am helping to keep the adoption (pre and post) discussions going while the main author is out with a family thing. If you are interested e-mail me or leave a comment with your e-mail and I can post what I write there here or add you as a reader. But for those of you who read BRTL (I don't have the e-mail list) there is a new post up.

Lookie-Lookie, Susannah is Home

Having surgery today to repair her heart. Keep her family in your prayers. Click the title of this post to go to the blog. Her heart is being healed emotionally and she is beginning to understand that her forever mom is truly in her corner. She is beginning to understand that she can trust this mom. Isn't this family cute? Susannah has lost so much. But in that loss she will gain health and a forever family.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Telling On Myself

You see this? Well at the time that I took the photo I was patting myself on the back for my brillance. For some reason I needed to make coffee and thought boiling it would be the quickest way until I realized I didn't have a strainer for it, duh. I think my other coffee makers were dirty at the time. So much for being clever huh?

I can't remember now even how I poured it up. I think I ended up pouring it in an old french press given back to me from my mom (one I didn't want to dirty up and use in the first place). The white is the powder blue berry coffee flavor that I am about to not be able to buy anymore. UGH!!

This is Simon who found himself a warm spot on a fall day on top of my computer. Sometimes he looks like a maine coon but I don't think he is. He is very long but not as big as one.

Oh does anyone have a Mickey Mouse costume they would be willing to pass down? G is size 4/5 and has decided she wishes to be Mickey Mouse. Never mind that I don't think she will really actually wear the costume so I thought I would try to borrow rather than buy. If so let me know. I have two really good ideas but this is the first time she has actually said she wishes to be a specific something so I thought I would put it out there.

Thank You Secret Blogging Buddy

Isn't it great?

I Made A Terrible Mistake

And looked up the molluscum virus on the CDC website. Ugh! We are apparently doing everything wrong. We are supposed to cover them with clothing or watertight bandaids when in public. Oh well.

And I think I have it on my hands. I thought the blister things were more like poison ivy bumps that never went away. Now I know I have the stuff on my hands too. Not sure if I gave it to her or she to me. Never mind now. We will get them all taken care of soon enough with the internet order.

CDC is kind of scary to look stuff up since it give all the worst case stuff. Yucky pics and all. Oh and this virus is not just for kids. It is also growing in the US but is not kept up with since it seems to be benign. It can last up to 4 years but is usually run its course in 6 to 12 months.

I decided to give G a day off and help her get more rest so we stayed home today. I am working from home too. The Monday after payroll week for me is pretty slow so I don't feel very guilty though I heard a rumor that more heads are on the chopping block. I really want G to get over this cough without catching something else. And I know parents take their kids to daycare with low grade fevers, I am not the only one.

I am planning to take a nap with her today too. I forgot to take a shower this morning though and I feel kind of gross. I know TMI. I just got dressed and set the computer up instead of doing as I normally do. We are currently watching Blue's Clues and eating pizza and pesto noodles. It is such a lovely day but sans shower we will be staying in the house!! G made this a pajama day.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Conversations With G

G is "writing" me messages and bringing them to me to read. I make up something I want the message to say liek how much I love her or she loves me. Once though I handed it back and asked her to read it to me, she said, "Mom, you know I can't weed."

On the way to the doctor yesterday she fell asleep in the car waking up only when I stopped at the light. She said, "I felled asweep. I need a bed to tate a nap."

At the doctor's office in the bathroom, me: "Did your poopy hurt?" (It is very hard balls usually and has always been). G: "Nope it comed out slicky and smooth."

I forgot to mention that G has molluscom contagiosum. Anybody know what that is? The best I can determine is that it is a virus that is very unpredictable and looks like whiteish clear blisters that just pop up. The doc wasn't going to do anything about it unless they become a nuisance or pop up in a bigger cluster on her body. So I got on line and found that it is from the small pox vaccine, can be very painful (thankfully G's spots are not) and can take years to go away. My mom thankfully purchased for us zymaderm, online, that combines tea tree oils, other things and iodine which is what the CDC claims is the best treatment for molluscom contagiosum.

The thing about it is I watched the progression of G's spots and can tell which popped first and last and they are growing in number on her. I am afraid they will cluster or get on her face or something. They don't bother her right now but one on her arm is being bothered by clothing because what started out as a light white spot/bump is now fire engine red looking irritated. There is not a lot of info about it by the way.

Best Laid Plans

This was going to be such a fun fun weekend. We were going to go to the zoo Saturday morning with this FCC family for the harvest/cultural festival. All of the zoo rides were free to members so G could have ridden the merrygoround a billion times, FOR FREE!

Then Sunday, we had a birthday party of a little friend at the bounce around place that G actually wouldn't have put socks on for; I already knew the drill based on what she did at Cackie's bday party. And Grandad was back in town from his long week away so there was going to be much rejoicing and almost little time for naps.

That is until Friday evening when someone decided it was a good time to sport a temper temper (fever) though low grade with a deep cough and one swollen tonsil landed us not at the zoo but at the doctor on Saturday morning. G has a sinus-bronchial thing going on requiring amoxicillan and rest and fluids.

I told G when we left the pharmacy the second time (I inadvertently left blankie) that we couldn't go to the birthday party because I didn't want her to be sicker. To which she replied, "Why? Oh nebermind I know, 'cuz you wub me best"(in the most exasperated voice.

I said, "Yes that is exactly it." When in reality it is that I wish to sleep and don't do well with a snoring swollen tonsilled child next to me, heh.

So we spent the whole weekend shuffling back and forth between home, grandparents and the doctors. Good thing is we got naps both Saturday and Sunday. She is at the evening service with my parents right now as I came home to have my second latte for the day. I may require the use of nighttime meds myself to get to sleep, "Nyquil, take me away!!"

Go Back In the Closet Mr. Frank and Get Out of Washington!

Rewriting History: Lies that Hurt Us All
by William Wilson

"As Congress and the Administration work to prevent the crisis in the financial sector from spilling over into the larger economy, the vultures are swarming. In an Associated Press article yesterday, the following quote is made by Barney Frank, ultra-liberal Democrat of Massachusetts:
'The private sector got us into this mess…The government has to get us out of it. We do want to do it carefully.'

"This is obscene. This “mess”, as Congressman Frank so eloquently put it, is the fault of government pure and simple. And, it is the personal fault of Barney Frank. For him to now hide his near-criminal behavior by pointing a finger at the entire private sector is the height of arrogance.

"Consider the facts.

"Under rules implemented by the Clinton Administration in 1995, banks and mortgage companies were required to give loans to people who could not afford them. This scheme was welfare pure and simple—hand over money to people everyone knew would not be able to pay it back. The banks and mortgage companies did as required. Otherwise they would face stiff penalties and possibly lose their license to operate. So, they gave out the money to put people in homes they could not afford.

"But the banks had to get the money from somewhere. They got it from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two failed quasi-government organizations. Fannie and Freddie urged, encouraged and bullied banks to give out more and more high-risk loans. They then bought these bogus mortgages and sold them to investors, again with the implied backing of the U.S. Government.

"So, why wouldn’t an investment firm not buy these securities? After all, they were marketed as having the backing of the U.S. taxpayers.

"The Wall Street Journal detailed Barney Frank’s sorted history of defending the scammers:
• In 2000, then-Rep. Richard Baker proposed a bill to reform Fannie and Freddie's oversight. Mr. Frank dismissed the idea, saying concerns about the two were "overblown" and that there was 'no federal liability there whatsoever.'

"• Two years later, Mr. Frank was at it again. 'I do not regard Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as problems,' he said in response to another reform push. And then: 'I regard them as great assets.'
• Again in June 2003, the favorite of the Beltway press corps assured the public that "there is no federal guarantee" of Fan and Fred obligations.

"• A month later, Freddie Mac's multibillion-dollar accounting scandal broke into the open. But Mr. Frank was sanguine. 'I do not think we are facing any kind of a crisis,' he said at the time.
Three months later he repeated the claim that Fannie and Freddie posed no 'threat to the Treasury.' Even suggesting that heresy, he added, could become 'a self-fulfilling prophecy.'

"• In April 2004, Fannie announced a multibillion-dollar financial "misstatement" of its own. Mr. Frank was back for the defense. Fannie and Freddie posed no risk to taxpayers, he said, adding that "I think Wall Street will get over it" if the two collapsed.

"Pretty clear. It was not the “private sector” failing as Congressman Frank declared. It was government that failed. Specifically, it was people like Barney Frank that failed the American people. Moreover, he committed these acts for a pure ideological reason—to advance his warped left-wing vision.

"But it goes deeper still. By attacking the entire “private sector”, Frank is declaring his opposition to small business and to tens of millions of people who labor for the betterment of their families by saving and investing.

"The central issue of the proposed bailout proposed by the Bush Administration—the issue that prompted Barney Frank’s childish and insulting remark—is how to get billions of dollars securities based on the mortgages held by people who cannot afford them out of the system. You can argue over whether to do it or how to do it—but that is the aim of the proposal.

"And what does Comrade Frank now insist is a deal-breaker? More money has to be made available to keep these people in the homes they couldn’t afford in the first place! Oh, and of course, many on his side are demanding that state and local governments who have been spending at double-digit increases every year for a decade be bailed out as well. No, they shouldn’t have to cut the feather-bedding or cut back on the silly-expensive union contracts. Barney Frank wants the American taxpayers to bail them out too.

"Taking the global view, here is what happened and this is where we are. Knowing the American people were sick and tired of the welfare handouts, the liberals devised a backdoor way to funnel billions of dollars to their welfare clients. It was based on a Ponzi scheme that finally went broke. A lot of people made money along the way but the central rationale was always to transfer hundreds of billions of dollars in welfare to low income citizens.

"And now that the game is exposed, the first thing these thieves do is blame the “private sector.” They are using the destruction they have caused to justify giving them more power to do even more damage.

"That is what is at stake. Will we hand our country over to a group of devious, venal socialists who hate private enterprise, individual responsibility and personal freedom? Or, will we step back from the abyss, clean up the mess and set our house in order?

"If he has done nothing else, Barney Frank has at least clarified the issues and made the choice clear for all willing to observe the facts. As valuable a service as this is, it should not be enough to keep him out of a well-deserved jail cell."

Personally a jail cell is too good for Mr. Frank as he would enjoy the company too much.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

G Conversations

Last night G said something about God then she said, "Mama, Jesus is God."

I said, "You are so right baby."

As reported to me by my mother who heard this: G, in response to the mother earth theme of Noggin, "Uh Unh, Grammie, God made the earth and holds it in His hands." That a way baby girl!!

Last night in bed, I called Clementine, my dog, "goose" which is also what I call G so I said, "boy I have lots of gooses at this house."

To which G started naming them, "Clementine, Simon, Abigail, Me and blankie."

The other morning after drinking all of her milk, "I made a happy cup."
Me: "I know baby. That is really good."
G: "Yeah when I drink all my milk, it will help me turn five faster faster."
Me: "Umm nope baby, you will be 5 on April 22 no sooner." (laughing to myself)

G: "No mommy, when I drink my milk it helps me be 5 now."

Ben Shapiro Nails It

Some Jews Ain't So Smart
by Ben Shapiro

"Jews, according to both anti-Semites and philo-Semites, are smart folks. Anti-Semites claim that Jews are highly intelligent -- and therefore threaten the world via conspiratorial monetary and political control. Philo-Semites point out that Jews have provided a vastly disproportionate number of Nobel Prize winners, as well as various leading scientists, philosophers, writers and artists.

"Virtually everyone agrees, then, that Jews are intelligent. And yet for all of our intelligence (I am an Orthodox Jew), large groups of American Jews lack the most basic instinct for self-preservation; they lack the understanding to protect Jews by acting to protect Israel.

"The non-religious Jewish community demonstrates particular blindness. Most non-religious Jews, who see no special value in Jewish identity, distract themselves with "social justice" policies -- policies like abortion-on-demand and gay marriage -- that directly contravene traditional Jewish values. Meanwhile, they ignore existential threats to Jews worldwide -- threats they cannot escape with protestations that they aren't practicing Jews, or that their Judaism only goes as far as the occasional bagel. For many non-religious Jews, political liberalism trumps both Jewish values and Jewish existence.

"How else to explain the disastrous series of events last week in New York? The United Jewish Appeal Federation of New York scheduled an anti-Iran rally highlighting the blatant Jew-hatred of visiting Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Federation invited both Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (R-AK). Palin accepted. So, at first, did Clinton -- but when she learned that she would be appearing on the same stage as Palin, she backed out.

"At that point, the organizers of the rally made a terrible decision: They disinvited Palin. Politico.com reported that the decision was made after Democrats complained that they did not want the rally turned into a partisan event.

"This is the height of idiocy. In the possibility of a nuclear Iran, Jews face the gravest menace since the 1973 Yom Kippur War. They must mobilize every ally, unearth every friend, in order to create a groundswell of support for a military strike against Iran by Israel -- the only true solution to Iranian nuclear ambition. And yet they turned away Sarah Palin -- perhaps the future vice president of the United States, and at the moment, the most popular female politician in the United States -- because they feared offending Democrats.

"Only a baseline allegiance to the Democratic Party -- only a deep-rooted leftist partisanship -- can explain such behavior. Any rational group, seeking to draw attention to the Iranian situation, would leap at the opportunity to host Palin, who routinely draws tens of thousands of fans.
More than that, any rational group would recognize that if high-ranking Democrats withdraw from anti-Iran rallies simply to avoid being seen in public with high-ranking Republicans, then perhaps Democrats aren't the friends of Israel they purport to be. Any rational group would be suspicious that Hillary Clinton is more concerned with Sarah Palin than Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Any rational group would use their anti-Iran rally as a forum for candidates, allowing those with the most pro-Israel message to capitalize politically.

"Instead, the organizers disinvited Palin. In doing so, they demonstrated a political bias unworthy of a pro-Israel organization. More than that: In rejecting Palin, they demonstrated loyalty to Democrats over loyalty to Jewish causes. That became especially clear when the text of Palin's un-given speech was released. 'We gather here today to highlight the Iranian dictator's intentions and to call for action to thwart him,' the speech reads. 'He must be stopped. The world must awake to the threat this man poses to all of us. Ahmadinejad denies that the Holocaust ever took place. He dreams of being an agent in a 'Final Solution' -- the elimination of the Jewish people. He has called Israel a 'stinking corpse' that is 'on its way to annihilation.' … Iran should not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. Period. And in a single voice, we must be loud enough for the whole world to hear: Stop Iran!'

"This is strong stuff. And it is stuff that the rally organizers abandoned when they kowtowed to Democrats rather than recognizing that support for Israel must be a non-partisan issue. It was foolish. It was dangerous. And most of all, it was dishonorable."

Friday, September 26, 2008

Just For Fun

How many dogs does it take to change a light bulb?
1. Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we've got our whole lives ahead of us, and you're inside worrying about a stupid burned out bulb?
2. Border Collie: Just one. And then I'll replace any wiring that's not up to code.
3. Dachshund: You know I can't reach that stupid lamp!
4. Rottweiler: Make me.
5. Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.
6. Lab: Oh, me, me!!!!! Pleeeeeeeeeze let me change the light bulb! Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I? Pleeeeeeeeeze, please, please, please!
7. German Shepherd: I'll change it as soon as I've led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven't missed any, and make just one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.
8. Jack Russell Terrier: I'll just pop it in while I'm bouncing off the walls and furniture.
9. Old English Sheep Dog: Light bulb? I'm sorry, but I don't see a light bulb!
10. Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.
11. Chihuahua : Yo quiero Taco Bulb. Or 'We don't need no stinking light bulb.'
12. Greyhound: It isn't moving. Who cares?
13. Australian Shepherd: First, I'll put all the light bulbs in a little circle...
14. Poodle: I'll just blow in the Border Collie's ear and he'll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.

How many cats does it take to change a light bulb?

Cats do not change light bulbs. People change light bulbs. So, the real question is:
'How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?'

Sent to me by a Boxer's human pet.

We Made The Front Cover

Of our China Province yahoo group here. I think you can look at the front cover though not join if you aren't a guangxi family. Those of you who are waiting, let me tell you something very important: When you get your referral, go immediately and find your orphanage yahoo group and your provice yahoo group. You will thank me later!! These groups are a wonderful source of support and information!! If you aren't on your agencies yahoo group or a waiting family yahoo group get on one. Also, a great source of support through this very long wait!

Just Gotta Whine

Usually on Wed. my dad picks G up, eats dinner with her at the church and takes her to Mission friends. Last week when my dad was out of town on a Wed. night I arranged for G to be taken by the daycare director to the choir kids at the church for dinner then on to Mission Friends. That worked so well but I thought, and told the director, it would be a one time thing.

Little did I know that my dad was going to be in Texas for the Ike clean up/help out stuff this week. So being pro-active I asked a mom of one of the kids in G's class who also happens to work at the church and run the kids choir if she could grab G and take her to choir kids for supper etc. If I had picked G up she would have missed mission friends and I really like her to go. This mom said of course she would no problem. Now this was Monday night I asked her.

Wed. I pick G up and ask her what she had for dinner. She said, "Nuffin'." I said, "Why didn't you eat?"  Well, come to find out the mom forgot, didn't pick her up. I have no recourse because technically I don't have this person as a pick up on the chart though she works for the church where the daycare is located and knows/is friends with the director having a child in the class. Also, the school has my phone number so if there was a problem I could have been reached. I asked G what she did. She stayed in her room that she attends for school and for mission friends with one of the teachers. I had no idea my child didn't get picked up and was left alone.

I was furious at the mom and at myself for trusting her. I called my mom, who was also out of town, and asked if this mom is usually flighty like that. She said that she is known to be. UGH!! I was so hurt for G because she had no dinner and no kid to hang out with for at least 45 mins. And it bothers me that the daycare crew didn't call me either. But again I don't feel like I can do anything because I went through different channels. No worry, won't do that again. Ended up feeding G when she got home and let her stay up later out of my own guilt!

Please Be Aware

"Cologne's Speech-Killing Politico's Reek of 'Fascism'
by Diana West

"Readers of my blog (dianawest.net) know that over this past week, as a maelstrom of buffeting economic crises has sucked the air out of the news atmosphere, I have been all-but-transfixed by events unfolding in the German city of Cologne. With the unabashed fascination of the rubbernecker, I have watched in horror, combing online foreign press reports and a few favorite blogs (Brussels Journal, Gates of Vienna, Atlas Shrugs), as local authorities yielded their charge of freedom of speech and freedom of assembly -- indeed, yielded civic space and civic peace -- to a lawless band of violent leftists, who, in their weekend stint of mob rule, successfully prevented a political rally against the Islamization of Europe from taking place.

"What's more, these same authorities, including the mayor of this fourth-largest German city (about 1 million people), yielded to the mob happily and with much self-congratulation. Indeed, Cologne Mayor Fritz Schramma called the episode 'a victory for the city of Cologne and a victory by the democratic forces of the city.'

"Schramma may well count squelching peaceful political discourse with a violent mob as a victory for his city, but there is nothing "democratic" about it, or about the "forces" responsible. This twisting, weasel-use of language, however, is only one example of the campaign of disinformation waged against reality in Cologne this past weekend.

"In brief, elected officials from several different countries (Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy), politicians who campaign and win elections on the politically incorrect issue of resistance to the spread of Islamic law (Sharia), were invited to speak in Cologne.

"Why Cologne? After a long and contentious battle, the city council last month narrowly approved the construction of a giant mosque complex funded by a group called the Turkish-Islamic Union to serve some portion of the city's 120,000 Muslims. While the American take on any house of worship going up is generally one of approval based on a straightforward belief in freedom of religion, in Europe, given the heavy influx of Islamic populations, there is a political and legal dimension to such mosque construction that we just don't recognize here. For example, Germany's Muslim population is largely Turkish; and it is Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who is infamous for having said in 1998, "The mosques are our barracks, the domes our helmets, the minarets our bayonets and the faithful our soldiers." Such a declaration of, well, religious war from someone who is now a head of state adds the threat of conquest to any serious mosque debate.

"And that's not all. Earlier this year in Cologne, Erdogan declared before 20,000 cheering Turkish expatriates that "assimilation is a crime against humanity." On that same trip to Germany, the Turkish leader also proposed the German formation of Turkish-language schools. What's going on here? If Turkish assimilation is out, is Turkish colonization in? Isn't it the duty of politicians to debate these and other transformational questions within the political process? As a crossroads of Islam and Europe, as a frontline in the colonization of Europe, Cologne becomes the logical meeting-place for such a debate.

"But it wasn't to be, not in "democratic" Cologne. As some 1,500 Europeans prepared to assemble to listen to the political opponents of Islamization make speeches last weekend, many more thousands of counter-demonstrators converged on the city specifically to deny rally supporters their right to assemble, and the politicians' right to speak. And yes, by whatever means necessary.

"The thugs among the counter-demonstrators mounted a rock-and-bottle attack that shattered windows on a river boat plying the Rhine where the politicians attempted to hold a pre-rally meeting. They blocked urban trains in order to keep rally participants away. They ringed the city center with barricades (tolerated by German police), hurled paint bombs, lit fires and launched violent attacks on some of the participants who managed to draw near the rally location. One would-be rally participant, a Jewish man, sent in an account of his ordeal to Gates of Vienna, writing: "I was wearing my kippah and readily identifiable as a Jew; however, they (the leftist counter-demonstrators) screamed at me 'Nazi Raus.'" He reported they also shoved him, spit on him, and called him a fascist pig. "I was pummeled in the head several times and then shoved to the ground where I was beaten and kicked with steel toe boots in plain sight of police who did nothing." He later discovered he had a broken rib.

"And yet, the consensus narrative, dutifully repeated in the mainstream European media, is that it is the silenced and hounded politicians and their supporters who are the "fascists"; while it is the silencers and hounders who are the 'anti-fascists.'

"Such lies and distortions are probably what help convince our own media to ignore such events altogether as just so much marginal "extremism" going on somewhere in Europe. Anyway, how does it affect us? Nothing like that is happening here, right?

"Yes and no. As in Europe, huge mosque complexes are opening across the States -- one very recently in Boston and another in Atlanta. Do they portend the extension and entrenchment of Islamic law in the United States? One difference between the United States and Europe is that we don't have street thugs enforcing a code of silence on the subject. That's because of the other difference: We don't have any political parties willing, or even able to discuss it."

There is a threat and a colonization and it isn't from America but it will be coming once Europe is conquored.

Today's Creation Moment

"The Largest Creature on Earth
Genesis 1:21

"And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

"Many people think that the greatest of the dinosaurs were the largest creatures ever to live on Earth. But while a few of the very largest dinosaurs may have been longer than the blue whale, the blue whale has the largest actual body size of any creature that ever lived. The blue whale can reach a length of 100 feet and weigh up to 170 tons. That's about as much as a whole town of twenty-seven hundred people! It has to eat a million calories a day, which is equivalent to about 1,000 banana splits. The blue whale’s tongue weighs more than an elephant and its arteries are big enough for a man to swim through. Its heart, which has to pump the whale's entire supply of eight tons of blood, weighs 1,000 pounds. In addition to its great size, the whale is intelligent.
"Besides showing forth God's great creative power and imagination, the whale also shows us that neither size nor other standards of human measurement give us an indication of how God places value on things. Though we human beings are not the largest, nor the only intelligent creatures on Earth, we are the only ones responsible to God for the way we live. That is why, when sin separated us from our Creator, He sent His only Son to save and restore us to Himself.

"Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, help me not to measure things in a worldly manner. Instead of focusing on the creation, including myself, let my focus be on You and what You have done for me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
References: So You Think a Dinosaur is Big. Does God Exist? May-June 1989"

Another of God's creations.

Institute for Creation Research

"'Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox. Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly. He moveth his tail like a cedar: . . . His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron. He is the chief of the ways of God.' (Job 40:15-19)

"In this remarkable passage, the Lord has been urging Job and his three philosophizing friends to consider all the marvelous evidences of God's power and wisdom in nature. Finally he calls their attention to "behemoth" (from a Hebrew word meaning "gigantic beast"), the greatest land animal God ever made--'chief of the ways of God.'

"Commentators who have tried to identify a living animal as behemoth have called it either an elephant or a hippopotamus, but it is obvious that neither of these animals "moveth his tail like a cedar." The other descriptions are also inappropriate. It should be obvious that the behemoth is an extinct animal, very probably a great dinosaur. This would be obvious were it not for the widespread evolutionary delusion that dinosaurs became extinct 70 million years ago, with man evolving only about a million years ago. Modern creation scientists, however, have published many well-documented evidences that dinosaurs existed contemporaneously with early humans up to relatively recent times, and that these supposed evolutionary eons of time are pure fiction. Early men, such as Job, could indeed marvel at this gigantic creature of God and also rejoice in God's ability to control the great problems of life as well as His sincere concern with every individual need of His people.

"It is also worth noting that there are several references to dragons in the Bible, as well as in ancient traditions everywhere, and it is likely these also reflect the memories of dinosaurs retained by early tribes after the Flood. HMM"

Financially Better Off Than We Think

Scaring Us to Death
by Walter E. Williams

"There is a H.L. Mencken quotation that captures the essence of this year's politics: 'The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed, and hence clamorous to be led to safety, by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.' The media, economic "experts" and both presidential candidates are making bad-talking our economy key features of their campaign messages. For politicians and their hangers-on, keeping the populace alarmed is a strategy to seize more control over our lives. It's so important that Senator John McCain took his economic adviser, former Senator Phil Gramm, to the woodshed for saying that America had 'become a nation of whiners' and described the current slowdown as a "mental recession." Had Senator Gramm added that economically today's Americans are better off than at any time in our history, he might have lost his job altogether. Let's look at it.

"Dr. W. Michael Cox and Richard Alm, of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, in the July/August 2008 edition of The American, have an article titled "How Are We Doing?". Wages and income are frequently used to measure progress but Cox and Alm say that a better measure is consumption. For example, while gasoline prices have skyrocketed, the average worker has to work about two hours to earn enough to purchase 10 gallons. In 1935, it was six hours and in 1950, over two hours. A basket of groceries that took four hours of work in 1950 to purchase now takes 1.7 hours. Annual hours of work have fallen from 1,903 in 1950 to 1,531 today. Real total compensation -- wages plus fringe benefits, both adjusted for inflation -- have been rising steadily for several generations. Fringe benefits have become a greater share of our earnings, thus dampening statistics on wage increases.

"Today's Americans are healthier than ever. In 1950, life expectancy was 67 compared with today's 78. Death rates from diseases, once considered a death sentence, are in steep decline. With advances in medicine and medical technology we're receiving much better health care. The increase in quality explains part of the higher health care costs. But health care costs would be dramatically reduced if there were more competition and less government intervention and third-party payers. Cox and Alm say that competition works but because of third-party payers, consumers have little incentive to shop around. They point out that prices for Lasik eye surgery, a procedure rarely covered by insurance programs, have fallen in the past decade because consumers shop around and take their business to surgeons who offer the highest quality service at the cheapest price.

"Recall that during President Carter's last year in office in 1980 what was called the "misery index", which was defined as the sum of the inflation and unemployment rates, was about 22 percent: inflation averaged 14 percent; unemployment was 7.5 percent. Today's inflation just became 5 percent, having been between 1 and 3 percent for a decade, and unemployment is 6.1. Cox and Alm say that today's problems "will turn out to be mere footnotes in a longer-term march of progress." They add that, "Since 1982, the United States has been in recession for a mere 16 months, the present slowdown notwithstanding. Over that period, the country more than doubled its inflation-adjusted output of goods and services and created jobs for an additional 50 million workers."

"Things are not nearly as gloomy as the pundits say. Most of today's economic problems, whether it's energy, health care costs, financial problems, budget deficits or national debt, are caused by policies pursued by the White House and Congress. As my colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell suggested in a recent column, we don't look to arsonists to put out fires that they've created; neither should we look to Congress to solve the problems they've created."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

One More-Getting A Handle On the Mortgage Crisis

A Political "Solution"
by Thomas Sowell

"Who was it who said, 'crack-brained meddling by the authorities' can 'aggravate an existing crisis'? Ronald Reagan? Milton Friedman? Adam Smith? Not even close. It was Karl Marx. Unlike most leftists today, Marx studied economics.

"Is the current financial crisis going to lead to crack-brained meddling or to some rational actions? Predicting what politicians are going to do is risky business. We will have to wait and see.

"Saints are no more common on Capitol Hill than they are on Wall Street. We can only hope that the political "solution" does not turn out to be worse than the problem.

"There are times when government intervention can make things better. But that is no guarantee that it won't make things worse. As they say, 'the devil is in the details'-- and we don't know the details yet.

"Probably most members of Congress don't know the details yet-- and many may still not know the details when the time comes for them to vote on this bailout.

"Taking an optimistic view, this biggest bailout of all time may stop the problems in financial markets from spreading into the general economy-- which is currently nothing like the disaster area that the media portray it to be.

"Ninety percent of the people on this planet would exchange their economic situation for ours in a minute. The media love hype, and have been dying to use the word "recession" all year but nothing has happened that meets the definition of a recession.

"The American economy is growing, not declining. Our unemployment rate is up to 6 percent but there are countries that would be delighted to get their unemployment rate down to 6 percent. Our inflation rate is up a little but many countries would love to get their inflation rate down to where ours is.

"Why then is there such a mess in the financial markets? Much of that mess is due to the very people we are now turning to for solutions-- members of Congress.

"Past Congresses created the hybrid financial institutions known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, private institutions with government backing and political influence. About half of the mortgages in this country are backed by these two institutions.

"Such institutions-- exempt from laws that apply to other financial institutions and backed by the implicit promise of government support with the taxpayers' money-- are an open invitation to risky behavior. When these risks blew up in their faces, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taken over by the government, costing the taxpayers billions of dollars.

"For years the Wall Street Journal has been warning that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taking reckless chances but liberal Democrats especially have pooh-poohed the dangers.
Back in 2002, the Wall Street Journal said: 'The time for the political system to focus on Fannie and Fred isn't when we have a housing crisis; by then it will be too late.' The hybrid public-and-private nature of these financial giants amounts to 'privatizing profit and socializing risk,' since taxpayers get stuck with the tab when high-risk finances don't work out.

"Similar concerns were expressed in 2003 by N. Gregory Mankiw, then Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to President Bush. But liberal Democratic Congressman Barney Frank criticized Professor Mankiw, citing 'concern for housing' as his reason for supporting Fannie Mae. Barney Frank said that fears about the riskiness of Fannie Mae were 'overblown.'

"Maxine Waters and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus have also been among the liberal Democrats defending Fannie Mae. Just last year, Senator Charles Schumer advocated legislation to allow Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to increase their already huge role in the mortgage market. Republican Congressman Mike Oxley has also defended these hybrid financial giants.

"Both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have been generous in their contributions to politicians' political campaigns, so it is perhaps not surprising that politicians have been generous to them.
This is certainly part of 'the mess in Washington' that Barack Obama talks about. But don't expect him to clean it up. Franklin Raines, who made mega-millions for himself while mismanaging Fannie Mae into a financial disaster, is one of Obama's advisers."

What a very wise man Thomas Sowell is. He can certainly see through the rhetoric which is Obama!!

I <3 Ann Coulter, Does That Make Me Gay?

They Gave Your Mortgage To A Less Qualified Minority
by Ann Coulter

"On MSNBC this week, Newsweek's Jonathan Alter tried to connect John McCain to the current financial disaster, saying: 'If you remember the Keating Five scandal that (McCain) was a part of. ... He's really getting a free ride on the fact that he was in the middle of the last great financial scandal in our country.'

"McCain was 'in the middle of' the Keating Five case in the sense that he was'exonerated.' The lawyer for the Senate Ethics Committee wanted McCain removed from the investigation altogether, but, as The New York Times reported: 'Sen. McCain was the only Republican embroiled in the affair, and Democrats on the panel would not release him.'

"So John McCain has been held hostage by both the Viet Cong and the Democrats.

"Alter couldn't be expected to know that: As usual, he was lifting material directly from Kausfiles. What is unusual was that he was stealing a random thought sent in by Kausfiles' mother, who, the day before, had e-mailed: 'It's time to bring up the Keating Five. Let McCain explain that scandal away.'

"The Senate Ethics Committee lawyer who investigated McCain already had explained that scandal away -- repeatedly. It was celebrated lawyer Robert Bennett, most famous for defending a certain horny hick president a few years ago.

"In February this year, on Fox News' 'Hannity and Colmes,' Bennett said, for the eight billionth time:
'First, I should tell your listeners I'm a registered Democrat, so I'm not on (McCain's) side of a lot of issues. But I investigated John McCain for a year and a half, at least, when I was special counsel to the Senate Ethics Committee in the Keating Five. ... And if there is one thing I am absolutely confident of, it is John McCain is an honest man. I recommended to the Senate Ethics Committee that he be cut out of the case, that there was no evidence against him.'

"It's bad enough for Alter to be constantly ripping off Kausfiles. Now he's so devoid of his own ideas, he's ripping off the idle musings of Kausfiles' mother.

"Even if McCain had been implicated in the Keating Five scandal -- and he wasn't -- that would still have absolutely nothing to do with the subprime mortgage crisis currently roiling the financial markets. This crisis was caused by political correctness being forced on the mortgage lending industry in the Clinton era.

"Before the Democrats' affirmative action lending policies became an embarrassment, the Los Angeles Times reported that, starting in 1992, a majority-Democratic Congress 'mandated that Fannie and Freddie increase their purchases of mortgages for low-income and medium-income borrowers. Operating under that requirement, Fannie Mae, in particular, has been aggressive and creative in stimulating minority gains.'

"Under Clinton, the entire federal government put massive pressure on banks to grant more mortgages to the poor and minorities. Clinton's secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo, investigated Fannie Mae for racial discrimination and proposed that 50 percent of Fannie Mae's and Freddie Mac's portfolio be made up of loans to low- to moderate-income borrowers by the year 2001.

"Instead of looking at 'outdated criteria,' such as the mortgage applicant's credit history and ability to make a down payment, banks were encouraged to consider nontraditional measures of credit-worthiness, such as having a good jump shot or having a missing child named 'Caylee.'
Threatening lawsuits, Clinton's Federal Reserve demanded that banks treat welfare payments and unemployment benefits as valid income sources to qualify for a mortgage. That isn't a joke -- it's a fact.

"When Democrats controlled both the executive and legislative branches, political correctness was given a veto over sound business practices.

"In 1999, liberals were bragging about extending affirmative action to the financial sector. Los Angeles Times reporter Ron Brownstein hailed the Clinton administration's affirmative action lending policies as one of the 'hidden success stories' of the Clinton administration, saying that 'black and Latino homeownership has surged to the highest level ever recorded.'

"Meanwhile, economists were screaming from the rooftops that the Democrats were forcing mortgage lenders to issue loans that would fail the moment the housing market slowed and deadbeat borrowers couldn't get out of their loans by selling their houses.

"A decade later, the housing bubble burst and, as predicted, food-stamp-backed mortgages collapsed. Democrats set an affirmative action time-bomb and now it's gone off.

"In Bush's first year in office, the White House chief economist, N. Gregory Mankiw, warned that the government's 'implicit subsidy"\' of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, combined with loans to unqualified borrowers, was creating a huge risk for the entire financial system.

"Rep. Barney Frank denounced Mankiw, saying he had no 'concern about housing.' How dare you oppose suicidal loans to people who can't repay them! The New York Times reported that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were 'under heavy assault by the Republicans,' but these entities still had 'important political allies' in the Democrats.

"Now, at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars, middle-class taxpayers are going to be forced to bail out the Democrats' two most important constituent groups: rich Wall Street bankers and welfare recipients.

"Political correctness had already ruined education, sports, science and entertainment. But it took a Democratic president with a Democratic congress for political correctness to wreck the financial industry."

What a Clinton legacy we can be particularly proud of sex in the white house and bringing down the housing market!

Michael Reagan

Let's Get It Right
by Michael Reagan

"Congress is running around in circles trying to figure out how to handle the hot potato the Bush Administration has handed them with its $700 billion bailout proposal, and how they can load it up with their own list of taxpayer-financed handouts.

"If left to their own devices they'll turn it into a giant cookie jar instead of taking the trouble to enact the measures that will boost the economy when it is in deep trouble.

"The bailout is a panic remedy designed to prop up the crumbling mortgage market by buying up mountains of near-worthless paper currently poisoning America's credit system while ignoring the root causes of the nation's economic malaise.

"No matter how it's described, it is a socialistic answer to a capitalist problem. It does nothing to foster the system of free enterprise upon which America's prosperity depends.

"Put simply, that system is shackled around the ankles with chains fashioned by a series of Congresses, many of whose members either don't understand the principles of free enterprise or simply despise it as a mortal enemy of the Marxist dogma many of them embrace with near-religious fervor.

"The clear and simple answer to our current economic dilemma is to take those shackles off and allow our free enterprise system to function unimpaired with unnecessary bureaucratic meddling.

"Turn America's economic engine loose and all by itself it will create the kind of prosperity that saw a rustic combination of 13 British colonies transformed into the wealthiest and most powerful nation in world history.

"'We did it before,' as the World War II song boasted, 'and we can do it again.'
If allowed to, that is.

"American businesses and America's small businessmen and women who make $250,000 a year -- the people who create most of the jobs in the marketplace -- are groaning under the burden of corporate and personal taxation. At a corporate tax rate of 35 percent we have the second-highest in the world.

"There aren't enough people making $250,000 a year to finance Barack Obama's extravagant spending plans, let alone the ability to pay for the $700 billion bailout. He has to look elsewhere -- in this case the only place he can look -- to the middle class.

"Like Willie Sutton, who said he robbed banks because that's where the money is, Obama is going to have go after the middle class because that's where the real tax money is.

"Eliminate capital-gains taxes, cut individual and corporate tax rates to the bone, and watch the economy soar and unemployment shrink.

"Don't allow boneheaded ideas like Barack Obama's plan to increase taxes at a time of economic crisis become a reality. He tells us that his tax plan would reduce the taxes of 95 percent of the American people, but doesn't say how he can give a tax break to the 40 percent of them who don't pay any income taxes at all. Since they can't get a tax refund for taxes they don't pay, he wants the people who pay taxes to send them a check.

"Obama also wants to throw a monkey wrench into the economy by allowing the Bush tax cuts, which set off an economic boom, to expire. That would be a massive tax increase and it would have a deadly effect on the incomes of the very middle class Obama professes to champion.
Congress should waste no time at all in repealing the ill-conceived Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which was allegedly designed to reform American business practices but instead drove scores of American firms abroad to foreign nations.

"Let Congress get out of the way and let the American people and American businesses do what they have always done best -- put their shoulders to the wheel, their ingenuity to work, and perform economic miracles."

I <3 Michael Reagan

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Conversations with G

The other night a friend of mine, G and I went to a women's evening at my former church. It was billed as a Girl's Night Out at the coffee bar in the church with dessert provided and a jazz concert. Because the church has so many musically talented folks I assumed it was going to be like a jazz quartet or something.

I picked G up from school, we changed into semi matching outfits and I explained that we were going to a concert. She asked me what a concert was and I explained that there would be a stage with some performers playing instruments. She asked if there would be dancing and I told her that she and I could dance.

So what it ended up being was one pianist playing like at a piano bar and then she gave her testimony of how God uses her and is involved in her life. We did go visit the book store and there was a very large bear in it that G fell in love with as you can see. I was a bit disappointed in the whole concert thing though. We did play go-fish as there were some cards out and about. That was fun.

But as we were leaving and I was buckling G in the car seat, she said, "Mama, dat was NOT a conceurt!"

This morning she asked me why I don't like "Hannah Ontannah barbies." I didn't know they made them. She said, "Well, Morgan has one. And it's weelly weal, it weelly talks." She even had the head motion you know the side to side wiggle telling me how it is, heh.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Pictures of My Girl

Deep concentration last Monday afternoon while working on her "dot a dot."

Practicing her "smile" for church pictures. Since we moved to a new church we are having directory pics made again this year on Oct. 4.

Just being silly.

These were taken this morning as we were getting ready to leave. She was trying to get her race car to work but apparently it only would work in the kitchen, just where it doesn't belong, heh.

I am playing around with the blog design so bear with me. I love my Asian lily pic in the header and I like this fall background so I may have to find another background or retire the lily for a bit. I can always bring it back later I think.

NOBAMA- And Other Ramblings

Thank you Dennis Prager:

"If Barack Obama loses the 2008 election, liberal hell will break loose.

"Seven weeks before the 2008 presidential election, liberals are warning America that if Barack Obama loses, it is because Americans are racist. Of course, that this means that Democrats (and independents) are racist, since Republicans will vote Republican regardless of the race of the Democrat, is an irony apparently lost on the Democrats making these charges.

"That an Obama loss will be due to racism is becoming as normative a liberal belief as “Bush Lied, People Died,” a belief has generated intense rage among many liberals. But “Obama lost because of white racism” will be even more enraging. Rage over the Iraq War has largely focused on President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. But if Obama loses, liberal rage will focus on millions of fellow Americans and on American society.

"And it could become a rage the likes of which America has not seen in a long time, if ever. It will first and foremost come from within black America. The deep emotional connection that nearly every black American has to an Obama victory is difficult for even empathetic non-blacks to measure. A major evangelical pastor told me that even evangelical black pastors who share every conservative value with white evangelical pastors, including pro-life views on abortion, will vote for Obama. They feel their very dignity is on the line.

"That is why the growing chorus -- already nearing unanimity -- of liberal commentators and politicians ascribing an Obama loss to American racism is so dangerous.

"Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic: “White racism means that Obama needs more than a small but clear lead to win.”

"Jack Cafferty of CNN: “The polls remain close. Doesn’t make sense … unless it’s race.”

"Jacob Weisberg of (set ital) Newsweek and Slate: (end ital) “The reason Obama isn't ahead right now is … the color of his skin. … If Obama loses, our children will grow up thinking of equal opportunity as a myth.”

"Nicholas D. Kristof of (set ital) New York Times: (end ital) “Religious prejudice (against Obama) is becoming a proxy for racial prejudice.”

"Gerald W. McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, in a speech to union workers: “Are you going to give up your house and your job and your children's futures because he's black?”

"Similar comments have been made by Kansas’s Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat, and by writers in (set ital) Time (end ital) magazine. And according to The Associated Press: “A poll conducted by The Associated Press and Yahoo News, in conjunction with Stanford University, revealed that a fairly significant percentage of Democrats and independents may not vote for Sen. Barack Obama because of his race.” If you read the poll, it does not in fact suggest this conclusion. The pollsters assert that any person with any negative view of black life means that the person is racist and means that he would not vote for Obama. Both conclusions are unwarranted. But “Obama will lose because of racism” is how the poll takers and the media spin it.

"Why do liberals believe that if Obama loses it will be due to white racism?

"One reason is the liberal elite’s contempt for white Americans with less education -- even if they are Democrats.

"A second reason is that it is inconceivable to most liberals that an Obama loss -- especially a narrow one -- will be due to Obama’s liberal views or inexperience or to admiration for John McCain.

"The third reason is that the further left you go, the more insular you get. Americans on the left tend to talk only to one another; study only under left-wing teachers; and read only fellow leftists. That is why it is a shock to so many liberals when a Republican wins a national election -- where do all these Republican voters come from? And that in turn explains why liberals ascribe Republican presidential victories to unfair election tactics (“Swift-boating” is the liberals’ reason for the 2004 Republican victory). In any fair election, Americans will see the left’s light.

"If Obama loses, it will not be deemed plausible that Americans have again rejected a liberal candidate, indeed the one with the most liberal voting record in the U.S. Senate. Liberals will explain an Obama defeat as another nefarious Republican victory. Combining contempt for many rural and middle-class white Americans with a longstanding belief in the inevitability of a Democratic victory in 2008 (after all, everyone they talk to despises the Republicans and believes Republicans have led the country to ruin), there will be only one reason Obama did not win -- white racism.

"One executive at a black radio station told me when I interviewed him on my radio show at the Democratic National Convention that he could easily see riots if Obama loses a closely contested election. Interestingly, he said he thought blacks would be far more accepting of a big McCain victory.

"I pray he is wrong on the first point. But it does seem that liberals are continuing to do whatever they can to increase anger at America, or at least at “white America.” For 40 years, liberals have described the most open and tolerant society on earth as racist and xenophobic. If Barack Obama loses, the results of this liberal depiction of America may become frighteningly apparent.

My Name and My Drink (If I Were)-Computer Analysis

What Beverly Means

You are full of energy. You are spirited and boisterous.

You are bold and daring. You are willing to do some pretty outrageous things.

Your high energy sometimes gets you in trouble. You can have a pretty bad temper at times.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are very hyper. You never slow down, even when it's killing you.

You're the type of person who can be a workaholic during the day... and still have the energy to party all night.

Your energy is definitely a magnet for those around you. People are addicted to your vibe.

You are wild, crazy, and a huge rebel. You're always up to something.

You have a ton of energy, and most people can't handle you. You're very intense.

You definitely are a handful, and you're likely to get in trouble. But your kind of trouble is a lot of fun.

You are relaxed, chill, and very likely to go with the flow.

You are light hearted and accepting. You don't get worked up easily.

Well adjusted and incredibly happy, many people wonder what your secret to life is.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

I think there are some way off things here but am not sure.

You Are a Red Wine Woman

You're not a big drinker, and when you do drink, you go for the best.

You probably know a good deal about wines, and you know how to order a great bottle.

When you drink too much, you tend to flirt - but only in a subtle, understated way.

You prefer to date a man who's worldly and wise. He's got to be as sophisticated as you are.

If I were to drink it would be a very good glass of red wine!

Monday, September 22, 2008


"Hacked Emails Reveal Sarah Palin's Poor Emoticon Etiquette
When Sarah Palin was given a court order to turn her private emails over to the Obama campaign, she flatly refused. Now, a resourceful group of patriots have liberated those emails from her illegal and immoral inbox, revealing a dark truth about the Alaskan pigslut that may put the final nail in her political coffin:
Sarah Palin doesn't know how to use emoticons.

"I'll spare you all the gorey details about the actual content of the emails. It's of little consequence when you look at the big picture and realize with shock and horror that the Governor of Alaska and possible Vice PeeResident wouldn't know a smiley from a lipstick-smeared pig.

"First of all, she constantly puts a dashed line indicating a nose in her smiley, which hardly anyone in Washington does anymore:
Killed and gutted a baby moose with my teeth today! :-)

"Palin may think it makes her look like an outsider, but it's really just annoying.
In some emails, the emoticon is backwards, or has too many spaces between the eyes and the mouth:
My daughter's child was conceived with a Kenyan Witch doctor on the altar of Satan! ( - :

"If that's the way Palin draws her smilies, imagine how much more she'll screw up our economy.
In other instances, her sentences are alarmingly missing an emoticon altogether, leaving the reader at a total loss as to whether she was being sincere or sarcastic:
I hope this Down's Syndrome Kid I'm cursing with the gift of life doesn't turn out to be queer.

"Such a lack of transparency in government is par for the Repug course, but Palin goes too far.
We already know that McCain can't use a keyboard. Now he wants to put a woman who doesn't have any clue about proper emoticon usage just a heartbeat away from the Presidency?

"Thankfully, Americans have been awakened to Palin's gross incompetence now, before she managed to steal her way into office.

"Don't get me wrong - I by no means condone what those hackers did. But I find it ironic that the same neocons who turned a blind eye as Bush listened in on Al Qaeda's phone calls, are now crying "invasion of pricacy" when it has happened to someone that progressives don't like."

LOL!! I just love satire.

Susannah Goes Home!

True miracle of miracles, baby girl Susannah gets to go home!! Read it here and continue to pray. This little girl's journey really does just begin. She will have to have several major surgeries to correct her heart problems and her cleft lip/palette. But she is a miracle as is her whole journey to her new family. She is a beautiful soul with a very strong will and a God who loves the littlest of these calling us to do the same.

G and The Weekend

G told me yesterday that she was a "Superstar". Translation: Super hero because she is good at "fighted." Then this morning she told me she was still a "Rockstar."

Saturday, we headed to a cousin's home because said cousin has a little girl little over a year older than G and we get "new" clothes from her. She is so kind. Plus the clothes we get sometimes still have the tags on them and they are two seasons or so ahead. This cousin's mother is extremely wealthy and pours the cash in clothing for this granddaughter. G gets to wear Ralph Lauren stuff as well as some brands I have never heard of. Our sweet cousin sometimes only gets to wear things once because she has literally so much stuff. For me it is all good.

Anyway in this haul were a pair of PJs and a T-shirt all with "Hannah Ontanna." G was beyond thrilled, not that she knows who "hannah ontanna" is. But she did get to see her sing because said cousin played a video while G was over Sat. Oh and G is "as tall as hannah ontanna. Did you know that mom?" G was squealing with glee over getting to wear her shirt today and the jams for the last two nights.

I now have the daunting task of getting the clothes put up and stored until she can wear them. I need to go back through them to make sure everything she can wear now is accessible. I mean that is three black garbage bags of clothes!! And we have a new zip jacket, dress coat and a few winter coats that were desperately needed. I think I will still have to buy new shoes for G because I can't find the shoes she gave us last time (in the house somewhere) and the ones this time are too big. G is still wearing flip flops though right now, heh.

Friday, September 19, 2008

One Evening Being Silly

One night G was getting ready to watch Cinderella but her blankie was being washed and the other one was at school. So she grabbed "blankie's travel buddy," the hat that came with blankie, heh. She said, "Bwankie's twavel buddie will hide me when de scawrie parts come on." She is so funny!


"Report: Playboy Producer Sues Over Sexual Behavior, Racial Comment
Friday, September 19, 2008

"A former producer for the Playboy Radio show "Night Calls" has filed a hostile workplace lawsuit claiming she was subjected to a sexually and racially hostile environment, TMZ reports.
Terri Hughes claims that during a live, three-hour broadcast, she was repeatedly asked to enter the studio and wax the buttocks of co-host Christy Canyon.

"Hughes claims Canyon created a hostile environment by, among other things, "exposing her genitals and breasts to co-workers, making requests to guests and co-workers to touch her genitals and breasts and masturbating herself with her own hands as well as with various sex toys during live broadcasts of 'Night Calls.'"

"Hughes, who is African-American, also alleges that when the host of another Playboy show — who was also an African-American woman — asked to have Hughes to work on her show, the executive producer of Playboy Radio warned, "I don't know how to say this, and it might offend you, but I'm just going to say it anyway — no Negro shows."

"Hughes is seeking unspecified damages, according to TMZ."

You go to work for a sex industry and are harrassed and on some level you are surprised an offended enough to sue? Makes no sense. What the helk did you think they were going to do? Now if the industry is going to be immoral in the sex part why would they be all moral and PC in the race part? This is almost as bad as the Hooter's waitresses filing suit claiming harrassment!! DUH!

Y'all It Is Working- PRAYER WORKS

Check here for the most wonderful videos and update for this baby girl. She really is getting better. Maybe she realizes she has something to live for and the staff realizes people really do love imperfect (looking) children so they are taking better care of her?!?!?!? Her mama and baba are (seemingly) even better in their spirits but are still requesting your encouragement in the form of comments!! They will be making a book for Susannah to have when she is older to understand how much her God loves her and how many people prayed her home!!

For a Wee Bit Of Controversy

But you are used to that now aren't you?

Okay so a fellow blogger has posted about a conversation with a friend in which the friend states that singles shouldn't be allowed to adopt because a two parent family is best. And you know what? I agree. So let me preface this post first.

First of all, any family is better than an orphanage which has no stability period. Even if the orphanage is in the same birth culture as the child, a forever family outside of the child's culture is better than an orphanage. I know lots of adult Korean adoptees would disagree with this statement because they feel they were ripped away from their culture. But that is the point isn't it? They were ripped away and placed where they could then grow up and complain about being ripped away verses those children who continued to grow up in the orphanages to adulthood with no formal forever family, never belonging to anything but the culture.

Plus, there is mistreatment in orphanages. That is not to say that children are necessarily mistreated on purpose, but due to logistics of number of babies to caregivers, there will be neglect. Sometimes there is mistreatment on purpose, and we all hope and pray that was not the case in our own child's orphanage. We all adopt claiming that our child’s orphanage really loved each child and our child was so well cared for because we couldn’t be there and have some sort of misplaced guilt (that is another post).

Second, the two parent family instituted by God is for the best interest of children. It takes both the male and female to give a balanced perspective of God to a child's life. The male gives, among other things, adventure and challenge to help the child grow and take chances; where the female gives, among other things, the nurturing, emotional side to help a child grow into a compassionate adult who cares for others.

Third, single parent adoption is not wrong and is not forbidden even in the Bible. Case in point, Pharoah's daughter adopted Moses (transracial/ethinic adoption) and raised him as her son in line with the throne of Egypt (despite what the cartoon movie indicated) before he returned to his Jewish roots. But even then she found (God provided) Moses' bio mom to nurse him and nurture him for the first 3 years of his life before living full time with the royal family.

Then there is Esther who was raised by her uncle, no mention of his wife, could be assumed he was married but maybe not. Esther became a queen and saved her nation from destruction.

Also, Ruth gave her first born son to her widowed mother-in-law, Naomi, to raise as her own son (familial adoption, cutom/culture) to save her deceased husband’s family’s name in Israel as was custom, and Naomi was relatively old by then. That son became King David's grandfather. Ruth was semi (not formally) adopted by Naomi when Ruth's husband died and Naomi and Ruth returned to Bethlehem.

There are also plenty of single parents listed in both the old and new testaments, two of which are Ishmael's mom (old testament), Timothy's mom (new testament).

So there is not a command against single parents adopting or against being a single parent if the spouse leaves or dies. Now there are direct commands against sex outside of marriage and against sex within the same gender. Both are condemned equally, not one more than the other, but equally condemned.

Based on that explicit command, the conclusion would be to forbid adoption to same sex couples (acting within the relationship), as well as those singles who are living together without the benefit of marriage. Now, if a single person, who chooses to identify herself as a homosexual, wishes to remain celibate, then adoption could be a legitimate option. Same would go for a single person, who identifies herself as a heterosexual, adoption would be an option as long as she remains celibate. It is behaviors that are forbidden or condemned not people.

So now having said all that, I am a single adoptive parent and would do it again if I could. And I would also say it is hard without support systems in place, PERIOD. I agree with the stance China took regarding the two parent family. I wish it didn't have to be. I wish stable couples in China would step up giving the children a forever family within their own culture.

I support singles who adopt. I encourage it in most cases. I also encourage making sure your support systems are in place. I am an adoption advocate because there are too many children who haven’t forever families.

I am sure everyone by now has heard of the single mom who lost her mind and tried to kill her two Chinese adopted children and then herself? She had recently lost a high paying job after doing an extensive (costly) addition to her house. She had gone from job to job, nothing steady apparently due to her age (older single). She had lost both her mom and sister to death, and then her house was going into foreclosure. That seemed to be the last straw. She lost it. She lost reasoning and her ability to see beyond the difficulties. She had no one to reach out to.

Does that happen in two parent families? Yes, one family I remember, the husband killed everyone and then wrecked his car to kill himself. All of the kids were Korean adoptees. He was about to be caught embezzling money from the bank where he worked. He was committing an illegal act. I think there is a huge difference. That difference being that he acted illegally which brought outside pressures into him and his family, he couldn’t ask for help. She on the other hand acted legally, reaching out even to others for help, but received no help or not the help she needed, so her pressures became insurmountable.

I also know of two SAHM's recently returned from China, one killed her baby (Nashville area) and the other either killed her or crippled her from smacking the babies' heads on something out of stress? Pressure? No support system? Depression? Who knows? But the point is as a married person there are alternatives, in-laws, spousal support, within the relationship that could help if asked.

I also realize bio parents mistreat and kill their children too. I am not immune to that. But single adoptive moms have a two-fold issue. First, we chose this route. So we feel an extra sense of needing to prove we can do this alone. I mean this adoption wasn't by accident. No one caused us through an unprotected pen work to complete all that paperwork, submit to humiliating SW visits and get our I-600. So we in a sense have a pressure from inside ourselves to prove that we are capable of handling all the obstacles most parents face and we must do it alone.

Second, most singles are not independently wealthy nor are there many perfect work from home job situations. So by default, single parents must work outside the home. We must leave our children in the care of another person or people for longer than we actually see them awake during the day.

Even if we have relatives caring for our children, we still are not the primary caregiver as that is based on the child’s awake hours. The primary caregiver is the one responsible for care during the majority of the child’s awake time during a week. Guess what? Working parents aren’t it!!

Therefore, single parents by definition of being single, aren’t the primary caregiver, can’t be.
Married couples generally speaking could make the frugal money management sacrifices to allow one partner the benefit of staying home. Are there married couples who must work? Sure, but most married couples are choosing lifestyles that if changed slightly would afford them the luxury of the stay at home privilege. Single parents do not have that option, to eat, we must work.

So if we strictly look at the benefit or rather look at what is in “the best interest” of the child, and not what we as adults want (to be parents), then a single parent is not the best. However, as long as children are left in orphanages to grow up or left in a foster care systems that remain broken, and married couples do not step in to adopt, single people should be given the option to adopt. And I think when looking at the issue of single parent adoption we need to remember it isn’t a matter of what is right or wrong morally speaking, it is a matter of what is in the best interest of the child, a two parent (male and female) home is best.

Just to clarify so there is NO misunderstanding: I am also not saying that because of one single parent situation going badly all single parent adoptions should be banned, because again it is not wrong to be a single adoptive parent.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Working on a Post

I have been working on a post that is scheduled to print (I have changed the time now). Blogger has eaten all of the new stuff I have typed not once but twice. The first time what I wrote was excellent the next time not so much as I forgot what I said and now I can't do it again tonight, ARGH!!!

Instead, I will have some pistachio almond Blue Bell icecream and go to bed!!

Do You Need To Have A Good Cry?

Go here to get an update but then read the comments that have been posted already. Then leave one. Let this family know they are not alone that there is an adoptive community supporting them if only through prayer which seems like so little but truly is the most important thing that can be done. Pray that God will move in the hearts of the hospital staff to care for her correctly and lovingly. Pray for the Ayi who has not left her side. Pray for the government officials to get the paperwork completed quickly. Pray for the family who is adopting her for their strength and guidance. And last but most certainly not least, pray this little girl home to her new US home and pray for her immediate return to good health!! Her life is precious because she is created in the image of our Creator God and if only for that reason, pray!

Conversations with G

So the grandparents are out of town again which put a bit of a cramp in our Wed. night routine. I called daycare (which is located in my parents church) and arranged for G to get dinner and go to choir/mission friends without me having to get over there last night. So when I picked her up before mission friends was over I asked if she had dinner and she said she had. I said, "Well what did you eat?"

I expected pizza but she said, "Hambuhrgah."

I said, "You ate hamburger? You don't eat hamburger."

She said, "No, no, no I eated onwee de bwead."

Then we got in the car and she said, "Mama, will you help me to speuhwah (spell) 'I wuv you, Lord'?" So we did. I called out each letter and she wrote it down.

Then she picked other words to spell one of which was "wyin', you know wike when you hit somebody?" (Translation: Lying, like if you hit somebody and lie about it."

Now when she tells me something that I may be suspicious about she says, "And I'm not teasin'."

We had dirty rice the other night (which today is my lunch) but G didn't like the brown stuff in it or rather the darker brown stuff so I ended up having to separate dirty brown from the really dirty brown. And do you know it almost made me sick. Some of that rice looks like little bugs or worms. Check it out. It is not appealing when you are purposely separating it. And now that I am thinking about that, lunch is over.

I have been very good this week (i.e. broke) and have not gone to starbucks not one time. I have the instant coffee I accidentally purchased, my blueberry and vanilla creamer and sweetner for an afternoon treat. I won't say this will be a permanent situation or at least I hope not but for now it is saving me money.

Right and Wrong- The Origins

Origins: Your Answer Matters!
Hebrews 12:1
"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us…

'What makes something right or wrong? Are things that are sometimes wrong always wrong? Most writers and commentators, even most preachers today, have problems with the question of right and wrong. That seems amazing since only a generation or two ago few people had any problems at all with the issue of right and wrong. About the only act that seems to be universally accepted as wrong today is to claim that there is an absolute standard of morality!
'How did things change so fast? That's not hard to answer. When people accepted that they were made by a Creator, they accepted one important consequence of that fact - the Creator owns us lock, stock, and barrel, and therefore has every right to hold us accountable for our actions. Many people understood that God was determined to steer us from the wrong and urge us toward the right because the wrong hurts us while the right provides us with a sense of fulfilment. So, life cannot be full when the Creator is not included.
'When evolutionists convinced much of the population that this personal Creator was a myth, people began to reason that without a Creator, right and wrong were up for grabs - morality was not absolute. And that is just what the first architects of evolution said would happen if evolution was adopted!"

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Please Continue to Pray

This family is really struggling. This little girl is absolutely precious. This little girl is still struggling. They feel that God is silent and I can see why. The hospital (non-MD doctor) is refusing to let the girl out until Monday. The staff seems not to care even if the oxygen machine isn't working. It is almost like the hospital staff doesn't care if she lives or dies, she is an orphan anyway. But her family is there now and someone in the hospital should be more concerned with saving the baby than saving their own face. Apparently they are in the slowest province to get anything done too.

God is in the miracle working business. He may choose to heal that child perfectly by bringing her home to Himself in which case she would be happy but what a loss to the family. Selfishly or not I am praying that He heal her ever so imperfectly in this world and help her to grow up in the US with her mom and dad. She has a reason for living and God created her for it no matter how many days He has numbered for her.

Keep lifting this family, the child and the child's Ayi (who has not left her side since Monday) to the throne of God. He hears our prayers and cares about us. He loves us and that child more than anything. He can and will hold this family up. Even in China, they are on Holy ground.