Thursday, April 30, 2009
April 27, 2009
"Last week’s public relations “Victim of the Week” award should go to Carrie Prejean. Her ordeal has gone both viral and global. Made to feel like a twelve-year-old during the Miss California competition, she has now been vilified or immortalized by the press and cable news industry. Whether you believe she should have won the pageant or not, the caustic remarks of Hilton Perez about Prejean on his video blog were obviously uncalled for. Hilton’s statements mark the beginning of a new era of gay marriage activist boldness. To add insult to injury Keith Lewis, co-director of the Miss California USA and who runs the Miss California competition, attempted to moralize about the “right to marry.” I found it ironic that a man who runs a competition that parades women around in scanty clothing could attempt to speak out about gender prejudice and stereotypes.
"Both Perez and Lewis believe that their opinions would not be challenged. They were wrong. In fact, they overplayed their hands this time. Their remarks were just like the intimidation I faced as a child from bullies in the schoolyard. In my experience, the only way to make bullies be quiet is to stand up to them. Just one brave person on the playground can stand down the school bully and break free from their tyranny. In our adult world, however, we need the strength of numbers. When one person stands alone, he can feel overwhelmed. In contrast, when thousands of people stand up for what they believe, they become a force to be reckoned with.
"Gay marriage is not an inevitability in our nation. It can still be halted and turned around. The institution of marriage can be protected, but we need the collective voice. Let me remind you that marriage is worth fighting for. Those of us in the biblical marriage movement are not fighting because we dislike gays. We are fighting for marriage because we realize that whoever’s values shape this law will shape the practices of the next few generations.
"The institution of marriage is unique in our society. It is the one institution that binds women and men together to form a family that serves incredibly important societal purposes. There is little doubt that the best environment for raising children – something that is essential for the very continuation of society – is to be raised by a loving mother and father who are married to each other. The marriage commitment goes beyond the two adults involved, and affects the children, and society as a whole, deeply. The marriage is also a commitment to society that these two adults will take responsibility for raising their children conscientiously so that they become productive citizens. Children thrive in households where their parents are married to each other. Even the Iowa Supreme Court, which legalized same-sex marriage in that state, acknowledged the scientific data pointing to traditional marriage as the ideal relationship for raising children.
"Advocates of same-sex marriage want people to think that it can peacefully coexist alongside traditional marriage. The claim is that allowing gays to marry will have no impact on traditional marriage. But it will have profound impacts. It will create a conflict between people of faith who fervently believe in traditional marriage and the law, which says marriage includes those of the same sex variety. Those conflicts will always be resolved in favor of same-sex marriage because there can be no “conscientious objectors” to the law.
"What are some of those conflicts?
"You can teach your children at home that marriage is between a man and a woman, but your child’s school will teach them that marriage includes same-sex couples. Both are equal marriages under the law.
"You can teach your kids that there are important spiritual and societal reasons to believe in traditional marriage and oppose same-sex marriage. But your kids will be told that gay marriage is a civil rights issue and that those who oppose it are akin to the racists of history who opposed interracial marriage and supported slavery.
"You can believe in traditional marriage, but if you are in a regulated profession – like a counselor, physician, attorney or accountant -- and act in concert with your beliefs you can lose your professional license and your livelihood.
"You can be against same-sex marriage, but if you provide services to the wedding industry, you can be sued or fined for refusing to be part of a same-sex wedding.
"You can be a religious charity faithfully fulfilling your mission by serving your community, such as providing adoption services, but if you refuse to provide those services to a same-sex couple, you have the choice of abandoning your beliefs or ending your mission.
"You can be a church that teaches the faithful in your fold that same-sex marriage is not appropriate, but if you are too active you’ll have people demanding that your tax exemption be revoked.
"The conflicts that legalizing gay marriage will create for all of society are not hypothetical. They have already happened and will become increasingly frequent as gay activists continue to push their marriage agenda forward. The message to people of faith is that the teachings we have come to hold dear and thousands of years of history must take a back seat to political correctness and the influence of gay activists.
"Preserving marriage as we have known it is a battle worth fighting, and we intend to do just that." From the Founder of the High Impact Leadership Coalition
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Also, I should not be forced to deem a lifestyle as more valid or equal to another just based on the fact that gay people want me to. I don't think that the lifestyle of drugs is a good or equal lifestyle. I don't think prostitution is a good or valid or equal lifestyle. These life styles are damaging to the individuals who participate and damage society. Look at a drug invested neighborhood and tell me if you would totally move your family there before there is a great change away from the lifestyle? I think not because responsible people recognize a problem even if it is genetically inclined to affect someone like alcoholism or drug abuse.
Homosexuality has become politicised to the point that the only right view is that homosexuality is equal too or better than any other lifestyle choice and you are damned if you think otherwise.
And with regard to G's choice I will say that we can go all day with what ifs. What if she gets meningitis in school that kills her because someone chose not to vaccinate their own kid? What if she catches the new flu H1N1 because of our porous borders? What if a psycho with a knife or gun goes into her daycare or school? Every one's choices have consequences that affect not just his own self but others too. What ifs are nothing other than situation ethics to make someone believe against the moral authority of this world.
Oh and the moral authority is not mine and is not me (thank goodness). I would prefer a lot less restrictions on me personally but I will be darned if you are going to do something wicked or harmful to me with your less restrictions. Laws are not there to give people rights and entitlements, they are there to keep you from killing me or abusing me in one way or another.
See that is what situational ethics does, it puts the focus all on yourself. It puts your own personal rights and entitlements above truth and above other people's rights. Now, your own personal rights stop right at the end of my nose, so to speak. You have all the rights you want but when those rights interfere with my life then you must curtail your rights and that works both ways. And I will say it again, marriage is not a right, never has been and never should be.
And I will say this, parenting is not a right either. It is easy for some to become parents but it isn't a right. Like I said, I may not agree with the parenting styles of some but as long as the child is not being neglected or abused there is no complaint. I don't agree that a woman with 6 children should have octuplets via invitro but as long as she can care for them in a healthy way best of luck to her. But I digress.
Yes yes I know the arguments that white and blacks couldn't marry and how wrong society and the church was on that issue and I agree they/we were wrong. There was abuse of the Bible's definition of "unequally yolked" all over the place. But gay marriage is very different and homosexuality is handled very differently in the Bible. It is classified as one of many different sins period.
I know my last post was harsh to mean anon. I probably could have been a bit more graceful in my retort. I also know I open myself up to a lot by blogging but he didn't attack me only. He attacked me through my child and I don't open her up to evil treatment. Still though I should forgive which is difficult for me to do (which is a sin y'all.)
By the way, there is no point in my listing all of my sins for you because of the sins of omission I would forget or not know to list half of them. And there is no point in you pointing out my faults and sins because I know me better than you do so my list would be Oh So Much Greater than anything someone reading this blog can come up with.
And you know what? You can believe whatever you want about gay marriage. It is a free country, and you can even vote to change the definition if you wish, but do it legally through the people not the judges. Get it on a ballot then accept the vote. If it is really states choice then California declared it with Prop 8, quit fighting it. Otherwise you show yourself as an entitlement victim and dishonest in the rhetoric like Perez was in claiming that it should be left up to states to decide. And if it is states right to choose it then don't force it on other states.
You don't have to agree with me. But at least be honest in the discussion. Attacking anyone who doesn't view your position the same is not going to get your point made. It just pisses people off, you know? Please disagree with me in clear concise non-name calling, non-racist comments about my kid, terms. I will respect it. Comments will be published even if we disagree unless they are like the anon comment in the last post.
Stick around for tomorrow because I am posting Bishop Harry Jackson's article about Ms. California. I think you will appreciate it whether or not you disagree with her. I will give links tomorrow about it.
But look at this anon poster who is not only not a friend but is a racist as well. It is one thing to direct ugly things toward me the grown up here but to attack a kid is the sign of a monster. It is obvious that in your perverse narcissistic world of homosexuality, you can't even see beauty other than in a perverse way in children.
"I got a good laugh when you suggested your daughter will ever be in that position! You don't have to worry, she will never be in any beauty contest. She lacks severely in the looks department and if she is anything like her stupid adoptive "mother" her intelligence will be lacking as well. China gave you one of their least desirable girls. Your life seems to be cursed all around from reading this blog. You are a moocher that lives off of your parents and my tax dollars! You don't even have a suitor. Who would want you with your crazy, redneck ideals? I bet you never get approached. My boyfriend saw you and your oriental "daughter" and said, "GAH"! They are made for each other. Seriously, she can't help the way she looks but her life is ruined with you as a role model. They shouldn't have allowed you to adopt an Oriental with your backward brain. They have it tough enough with no one in their own country wanting them. She at the very least deserves a real family with a mother and father and parents that can keep a job. You are the most negative person I have ever encountered on blogger. Your mindset reflects your life. M.I.S.E.R.A.B.L.E.. CHANGE YOUR MINDSET AND YOUR LIFE WILL IMPROVE. THINK NEGATIVE...LIVE NEGATIVE. It has been proven. Seek out positive things to blog about and your spirit will lift. Think positive and your borrowed child will have a small chance at a happy existence."
Anon, you are right my daughter does lack a very important part to be able to win a beauty contest and that is white skin which seems to be so prized in such things. Not to mention she has a mom that thinks these contests have deteriorated into a queer haven of girl-wannabees. You and your boyfriend will never be a girl so quit pretending that you have it. Your genes dictate your gender, you perverse freak. Too bad for the girls participating they haven't realized they are strictly there now for the entertainment of queer men.
Second thing is that Oriental is a description of things not people; people would be described as Asian or in her case specifically, Chinese. Rugs could be called Oriental.
And by blogging about Ms. California I did blog about something positive, and that is that morals and values haven't totally left this society or culture. And I am positively sure that she was right, marriage should only ever be between one woman and one man with no deviations.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
"Together we fought long and hard against Sebelius and we should be proud of our efforts. Many Senators were encouraged to speak in defense of Life on the Senate floor while debating this nomination.
"We can find some solace in knowing that our fight against Kathleen Sebelius’ nomination has brought more attention to Obama’s nominees and their radical pro-abortion agenda, and has activated more pro-life Americans to join us in this fight. This grassroots energy will only increase our momentum as we confront the next round of President Obama’s extreme nominees, beginning with radical pro-abortion nominee, Dawn Johnsen.
"Thank you so much for all you are doing in this fight to protect unborn boys and girls."
I saw this in the news and now my migraine is back, seriously. Where are all the Christ followers? Where are the pro-life supporters? Where are the real feminists, you know the ones who really care more about girls and women rather than killing unborn babies?
I think there is total apathy in and no real fight left in the Republicans in the Senate and House. Where are the pro-life democrats? Is your party so important that you turn you back on the children? You know the children who will never be born so that they won't be able to pay the taxes that will be raised in order to pay government salaries? I just have to shake my head. I don't know what God has planned but I believe He has moved His hand from America to leave her to her own devices which is not and never will be good.
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Me: "What do I call you? 'Goose'?"
G: "No, just wuhrds."
Me: "Just words, like what?"
G: "Get still."
Another evening getting ready for bed. G was finished but decided to hang out in the bathroom while I finished combing my hair. I had short sleeved PJs on. G says: "I see your hair."
Me: "My hair!?!?!" Not sure what she was meaning and somewhat afraid of what she would say.
G: "That hair, unduhr your ahrm."
Me: "No you don't. I don't have hair there."
G: "Well, it wooks wike sand but it's not."
Looking at the pencil drawing I did of her finding ad pic, I asked, "Does that look like that picture?" (pointing to the ad)
G: "Yeah but 'cept it's giauhnt" (yes there is a uh sound in a southern girl's giant.)
Monday, April 27, 2009
Most of this didn't see the main stream media's light of day so we regular Joes wouldn't have heard about it! I tell you the Obama administration is going to give me migraines!! I wonder if I can sue them for that, seeing that I don't get migraines normally?
If he effed up this bad in 100 days, it is going to be a long 4 years. Of course I am hoping he will be totally lame duck-ed in 2010 and out in 2012. Surely the people will wake up and punish the dems for their stupidity! If not then politics is more important than people and our nation which would be just sad.
The worst president EVAH: All hail Obama
Thanks to Michelle Malkin for blogging this or even I might not have seen it.
This book could not have come at a more a fortuitous time in my life. If a simple, plain English book was ever needed, now is it. Through this book, Jones has also reached out to me to give me what is needed most perspective. He uses simple line of questioning to bring people to where they can see clearly through the muddle that crisis brings. As he says, "After all, every one of us is always in a crisis, coming out of a crisis or headed for a crisis. Crisis? That's just part of being on this planet."
Another thing Jones asks to a young homeless (hopeless) man, "...life's opportunities for advancement and financial achievement come from people? That verbal or written encouragement comes from people? ...people are the delivery vehicle for opportunity and encouragement. Correct?" See this struck me as so obvious but yet not heeded enough in my own life.
I am a conundrum of sorts, growing up in self reliant America with a spiritual anchor in Christianity. I learned to "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" in a faith that points out we are dependent people. God created us to be dependent on each other and help each other. So here I am looking for the right job opportunity to come from nowhere remotely related to people. I am waiting for the one thing to save myself in this financial mess, and it occurred to me while reading this book, God sent people to give me opportunity to save me from this financial mess. I have to change me so that I can encourage more people and be given the opportunity and encouragement from people.
Is this a self help book? Nope. But it is a very insightful book. And if this Jones was human flesh and bones then God gave him a miraculous gift to help people in life's difficult circumstances find the perspective they need in order to step back, take a breath and move forward.
This is a quick read book because Andy Andrews has a way of telling this story of a man named Jones so that you will not want to stop reading. I picked up this book at 8pm and put it down at 10:30pm when I finished it. There is even a reader's guide in the book that is helpful as an independent study or a group study. I would recommend a few of you get your friends together and read this book together. It is in the bookstores today! Run, don't walk and pick it up, The Noticer: Sometimes, All a Person Needs is a Little Perspective.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
On the way home I asked her why she cried and she said, "Because I thought you and gwammie would be stuck in track." For those who don't speak "G-english" that would be "traffic." She had an elaborate plan of how we had gotten stuck in "track" and couldn't get out. Fear got to her and she cried. It was mainly alleviated by grandad riding her around the yard in the truck and taking walks not to mention playing race track.
Second, Saturday morning we were able to pick our peonies for the first time this year. As G and I were putting them in water I told her how I didn't really like the flowers when my grandmother would bring them in because bugs would come in with them ALL THE TIME. I hate HATE hate bugs. But ants happen to be needed to open the peony bud, isn't God's creative genius brilliant? I digress.
So I told G that the peony came from China and after it is planted can take up to 3 years before it blooms. Without missing a beat G says, "Yeah and 3 yea-uhrs feels wike a thousand."
Third, the other night after her shower as I was drying her off she said, "Mama, why did you pway to God for your baby gurhl for a wong wong time?" Now just so you know, we were not talking about adoption prior to her shower or during her shower or for that matter as much as I remember the whole evening.
I said, "Well I prayed that God would take care of you because although I didn't know who you were yet I knew that He knew and that He could watch over you better than me." Then I became distracted with letting the dog in, getting clean clothes and making sure she had enough conditioner in her hair to comb without pain; when G said, "Well, when I was in China I hoped that you would nevuhr abandage me."
Talk about words to bring you out of distraction. At first I didn't understand what she said and truly almost dismissed it with the distracted mother's "Ummhmmm" answer. You know that answer? The I hear you are making a sound and I am agreeing with that what you said without total comprehension.
But somehow I came 'round and repeated what I thought I heard her say and was right. She did say that while she was in China she hoped I would never "abandage" her. I think this was her way of saying she prayed for me while she was in China too. She had the biggest affirming goofy grin on her face, so I just hugged her and held her close. Sometimes it really is about adoption, you just have to listen without distraction.
And fourth, heard several times after her 5th birthday which was last Wednesday, "I don't feel wike I'm 5."
Saturday, April 25, 2009
G participated in her school's trike-a-thon for St. Jude. G loved to ride. She has recently agreed to wear a helmet and recently not been afraid of falling. This bike is a bit smaller than the one she has at her grandparents but she has been able to ride the bigger bike better because of the stability of the training wheels. I got my dad to fix the training wheels on the smaller bike so she could ride at home too.
Let me just ask why does someone who has sex with the same gender garner more punishment than an elderly man or woman or child when crimes are committed? Did you know that in a country of 300 million people roughly 1550 gay people have been targets of supposed hate crimes? And 1550 is high meaning it is closer to 1525. Think about that number because it is going to get much smaller.
"What Are The Facts About Examples Of Hate Crimes?
"FBI statistics on “hate crimes” against a person’s sexual orientation from 2007 (the latest available) reveal the following: In 2007 there were 1,521 victims of “sexual orientation” bias (Table 7). However, the breakdown of these crimes is listed as:
-335 were crimes of intimidation (shouting or name-calling)
-448 were crimes of simple assault (defined as pushing or shoving without physical injury)
-242 were crimes of aggravated assault (defined as bodily harm)(source: FBI statistics 2007)
"In short, there were only 242 crimes against a person’s sexual orientation that could be considered “violent.” And, twenty-seven of these bias crimes were directed against heterosexuals!
"All together, there were 9,535 victims of bias crimes in 2007. This includes bias against race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity/national origin, disability, or multiple-bias incidents.
"The FBI statistics do not indicate how many of these “violent hate crimes” were committed by homosexuals against other homosexuals – or what provoked the violence.
"Out of a total number of 855,856 cases of aggravated assault in 2007, only 242 were directed at LGBT individuals. This is only 0.02827578411446785% of all aggravated assaults! This is not an epidemic of hate against LGBT individuals." (from the Traditional Values Web site)
And this from the same web site:
"Out of 1,521 bias crimes against LGBT individuals, only 242 resulted in bodily harm.
"Out of 4,956 racial incidents, 908 were anti-white; 3,424 were anti-African American; and the rest were bias crimes against other races.
"Out of 1,628 anti-religious bias crimes, 1,127 were against Jews; 142 against Muslims; 70 against Catholics; 67 against Protestants. The rest were against other religions."
There is no epidemic of hate toward gays and lesbians. They are not having to run across state lines and move to other towns to avoid persecution. Plus all crimes are based in hate, hate of the fellow man. Crimes should be punished harshly no matter what a person decides to call themselves or what color a person is or what religion a person chooses.
The way the bill is written would force pastors to not preach on certain texts in the Bible.
"TVC says H.R. 1913 broadly defines "intimidation" -- and offers up this example: "A pastor's sermon could be considered 'hate speech' under this legislation if heard by an individual who then acts aggressively against persons based on 'sexual orientation.' 'Under those circumstances,' says the group, the pastor could be prosecuted for 'conspiracy to commit a hate crime.'"
From the Traditional Values web site again:
"Homosexual activists are well-known for having staged a number of fake hate crimes throughout the years. Homosexual activists have claimed that a 72-year-old homosexual named Andrew Anthos of Detroit was attacked by an African-American man who called him a “faggot” and struck him in the head with a metal pipe, killing him. Police later learned that Anthos had not been the victim of a hate crime. He had fallen because of a severe arthritic condition in his neck. He was also mentally ill.
"In January, 2007, a homosexual student at Boise State University told police that a man had beaten him in the back of the head and swore at him. He later admitted to police that he’d faked the crime by using a stick and his fists to beat himself. The faking of hate crimes by homosexuals goes back years.
"In 2000, U.S. News & World Report columnist John Leo documented case after case of faked hate crimes by homosexuals. One involved Jerry Kennedy, a homosexual student at the University of Georgia. Kennedy reported to police that he’d been the victim of nine hate crimes over a three-year period – including three acts of arson. He later admitted faking these.
"The objective of LGBT activists is to gain sympathy for their gay agenda or the passage of pro-LGBT legislation such as H.R. 1913. If H.R. 1913 passes, we can expect a flood of these phony hate crimes."
And in case you are wondering how the terms will be used in criminal law and the definitions used by federal law: (again from the Traditional Values website)
"What Do These Categories Mean in Legal Terms?
"Intimidation is defined by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice, as: '...verbal or related threats of bodily harm.' This could be something as innocuous as name-calling and shouting.
"Simple assault is defined as: '...physical attacks without a weapon or serious victim injury.' This frequently involves pushing or hitting.
"Aggravated assault defined as: 'attacks in which the offender uses or displays a weapon and/or the victims suffers serious injury.' (Kevin J. Strom, Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice Special Report, September, 2001.)
“'Bodily injury,' the requirement for H.R. 1913, is an incredibly broad undefined term which could mean anything from a simple assault or a domestic assault to a rape or murder. It does not fit into the FBI categories upon which they base their statistics.
"In criminal law, it is standard for an assault to be defined from the victim’s point of view as opposed to being based only upon the facts of the case. In short, even if a reasonable person would interpret an action as unthreatening, under H.R. 1913, a victim could say they were in fear of bodily injury, thus triggering charges of a so-called hate crime. Local police and sheriffs are already effectively dealing with these crimes as a routine part of their jobs."
Did you see the bold and highlighted in that last paragraph? A victim could say that there was fear regardless of the reality of the situation and trigger "hate crimes" charges.
Remember this, all crimes come from a place of hate. If you didn't hate your neighbor on some level then you wouldn't covet his stuff or cause bad things to happen or take things or whatnot. If we all loved our neighbors then there would be no stealing, murder, rape, pedophilia, assault, drug use etc. We would wish to take care of each other without causing our neighbor harm. So all crimes come from a place of hate. Domestic violence is more prevalent that gay/lesbian violence. Violence against children is more prevalent than gay/lesbian violence.
As Christ followers and truth thinking individuals (not all are Christ followers) we need to get the word out that this is WRONG! Call your house and senate members today. Tell them that this is not needed! Crime is crime period. Let it go at that! Punish criminals and rehab those that can be rehabilitated!! STOP THE FAVORITISM!! And stop riding on the coat tails of the civil rights movement because it is wrong to do so and shameful!
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Friday, April 24, 2009
The kid needs to be in a special school with more one on one attention, rather than in a group of kids with one or two adults. That kid doesn't only lick doors but swallows beads or whatever she can find off the floor, eats chalk and glue, hits teachers and calls them stupid, sticks her finger in her bottom and touches other children with said finger, refuses to go to time out, hits other children for no reason or for a reason she determines right, throws her tray of food when she gets a cup instead of a carton without warning and numerous other things.
This morning one boy pee'd on the floor in the bathroom and when asked if he did that at home he said no because he would get a spanking. I wasn't there but that also gave me indication that it was time to go. Dude pee'd on the floor, just because!! WTHeck?
Then there is ADD boy who really is very young and shouldn't be in the class at all due to age (the only one not going to kindergarten with the rest of the class). Then there is little girl who said she is going to punch a classmate in the face then when caught and put in timeout cried because she said she was joking!! That is just to name a few of the kids that require a gift to teach, and I don't have it.
Nope, daycare is not my forte! I knew it too. I should never have started helping. I have been having nightmares and dreading going, and I was just a volunteer. Seriously, I am not called to be with children all day.
Don't worry, I have never wanted to, nor applied for, nor contemplated working or owning a daycare! Not my bag. I have the patience of a nat and that is totally my fault. I so admire daycare workers that can handle these kids when they make you want to shove hot pokers in your eyes. Many a day I just knew that was a better option than dealing with the issues and problems in the daycare.
The director does know about these problems and have refused admission to siblings of some of the current kids in the same daycare. She also thinks for the majority of these parents they will have a rude awakening in kindergarten.
G's teacher is upset that I won't be back as is G. She thought I was helpful. I tried to be helpful. But I wasn't as helpful as I could have been if I wasn't so high strung and grossed out by door lickers or floor pee-ers or hitting etc. The director did say she appreciated the help but could tell I was getting on the stressed side and could tell it was all building up, and she was right. I was even finding myself quicker to snap at G in the evenings.
So all this to say, daycare workers are underpaid for what they do, and I will not be back other than to drop her off and pick her up. And please get your kids help if there they are licking dirt off the floor! and no it isn't nutrition being missed.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
So a couple of factual things that were given tonight to put our recession in perspective. In 1974 and in 1982 we were in a worse recession than we are now. Both of those recessions saw inflation of between 11% and 13%. In 1974 there was an energy crisis. We right now do not have any inflation and we have no energy crisis (that is if Obama will not do any of his green agenda).
Also, pointed out was that the great depression was pulled out by WWII but credit was given to FDR for the New Deal. Think about it, 1% unemployment in 1944 from 25% in 1938ish. Well, the men had gone to war and the women went to the factories. The work came due to the need to fight. Not that war is the answer just in perspective of history the government spending and deficit spending doesn't work.
We need capitalism with moral restraint to ensure political freedom and social justice. Check Milton Friedman the father of modern day capitalism.
Mainstream media has a socialist, leftist agenda to push and therefore needs the fear of economic crisis to push it through. We need to quit being afraid, fear freezes things. And I am speaking from the bottom, currently going on 4 months of unemployment!!
Dave Ramsey pointed out that we also need to allow failure. Failure, if it is chasing you will push you towards excellent! (courtesy of Dave Ramsey)
Dave Ramsey looked at the foreclosures and said, "60% of the foreclosures occurred in 5 states." Did you read that? Read it again: 60% of all foreclosures occurred in 5 states with 40% spread out in the remaining 45 states. And 35% counties had 50% of the foreclosures. Where do you thing the mainstream media is going for foreclosure stories to make you afraid? The 35 counties not nationwide.
That is like Obama releasing the CIA memos from the Bush administration without also releasing the evidence and information that saved lives. The interrogation methods got information that stopped lots of terrorist acts in the US. More than the obama administration wants to admit because it shows how the left hates Americans and wants to see us all dead or in subjection to foreign rule! (That part was free from me, blog admin, heh).
Back to Dave, he gave three things to do:
1.) Take action, get moving do something
2.) Don't participate in loser talk
3.) Learn to give again. Give time if you are broke or give more money and trust God for the rest.
It was really good and very hopeful! As a Christ follower, I don't put my faith in any government. My hope is not in a government but in God, Jesus has already given me eternal life, what more could I need?
Okay, I have kept my baby up too late to post this so we are now off to bed. Go check out Townhallforhope at twitter.com and townhallforhope.com for more information!
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"Obama CIA Pursuit Exposes Leftist Bent
"Wednesday, April 22, 2009 4:46 PMBy: Ronald Kessler
"Barack Obama came into office promising to be the president of all Americans. As with his claim that his budget moves America “from an era of borrow and spend” to “save and invest,” Obama’s assurance has turned out to be fiction.
"The latest example is Obama’s one-sided release of Justice Department memos revealing CIA enhanced interrogation techniques and his flip-flop on the issue of prosecuting former Bush administration officials.
"On Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel ruled out any such prosecutions. That caused a firestorm on the left, and Obama responded on Tuesday by explicitly raising the prospect that those who formulated the legal opinions justifying enhanced interrogation techniques could be prosecuted, if the attorney general decides it would be appropriate.
"Obama knows that the notion of prosecuting lawyers who give legal opinions is absurd, particularly since they gave guidance on how not to cross the line into the legal definition of torture. But the president is too spineless to stand up to his leftist base.
"In broaching the subject of prosecutions, releasing the memos on interrogation tactics, and condemning the methods used, Obama sent a chill through the intelligence community. Now intelligence officers will be loath to take risks that are necessary to penetrate the enemy.
"Obama has 'demoralized those members of the Clandestine Service that make enormous personal sacrifices and take tremendous risks in the fight to keep our nation safe,' Gary Berntsen, a former CIA officer, says. 'After having served most of my adult life in CIA’s Clandestine Service and having led many important counterterrorism missions, I can say that the rank and file is truly horrified by President Obama’s naive decision-making.'
"That political expediency was behind Obama’s decisions is highlighted by the fact that in releasing the memos describing the interrogation tactics used, the White House redacted details of deadly plots stopped as a result of information obtained by using those tactics.
"Nor has Obama released the minutes of White House briefings of Nancy Pelosi and other leaders of the House and Senate detailing the interrogation tactics as they were being carried out.
"During the Clinton years, the CIA became risk-averse in part because of CIA Director John Deutch’s insistence that CIA officers obtain high-level approval before recruiting assets with what were called human rights violations.
"For example, a potential spy may have murdered someone. But who else would know about terrorist plots except those who were themselves involved in it? The CIA’s risk-aversion in those years contributed to the inability to uncover the 9/11 plot.
"Now Obama is imposing an even more risk-averse atmosphere. Dennis Blair, his director of National Intelligence, has further demoralized the intelligence community by issuing a statement saying that while the “information gained from these [interrogation] techniques was valuable in some instances,” there is “is no way of knowing whether the same information could have been obtained through other means.”
"In other words, the next time a nuclear attack by terrorists is feared, CIA officers should sit on their hands because years later, politicians may look back and say that leads on plots might have been obtained in a more friendly way.
"The reality is that al-Qaida is plotting to wipe out America with nuclear weapons. When another attack occurs, Obama’s pandering to his leftist base will be seen as contributing to the deaths of possibly tens of thousands of Americans."
Ronald Kessler is chief Washington correspondent of Newsmax.com. View his previous reports and get his dispatches sent to you free via e-mail. Go here now.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
"Allie Martin and Jody Brown - OneNewsNow - 4/22/2009 8:50:00 AM
"The first runner-up for Miss USA tells Fox News Channel that she may have lost her chance at the crown because of her answer to a question about same-sex "marriage." However, she says she had to stand on biblical truth.
"On Sunday, Miss California Carrie Prejean, 21, was asked by blogger Perez Hilton, an open homosexual and one of the pageant's judges, about her stance on same-sex marriage.
Responding, Prejean said she personally believed marriage should be between a man and a woman.
"'We live in a land that you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, in my country and in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman,' she said. 'No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised. I think that it should be between a man and a woman.' (See YouTube video)
"Although Miss North Carolina, Kristen Dalton, won the title, Prejean has made the rounds of television news and talk shows, addressing the controversy that her answer may have cost her the Miss USA crown. Prior to the interview segment of the pageant, Prejean reportedly was the hands-down favorite to win.
"Appearing on Your World with Neal Cavuto on Tuesday, Prejean said she had "no regrets" about her answer.
"Cavuto: 'In this day and age, these kinds of views, we're told, are not politically correct -- [that] these are not the modern views.'
"Prejean: 'Right -- and that's the thing I really need to think about: am I trying to be politically correct, or do I want to be biblically correct? And I think that I want to be biblically correct. All I could think about when I was standing there, answering that question was, 'Carrie, what are your beliefs?'
"The pageant contestant says she knew afterwards that she was not going to win because of her answer because she 'had spoken from my heart, for my beliefs, and for my God...' Prejean has shared that she is praying for Perez Hilton and has no animosity toward him -- despite his profanity-laced rant against her that he posted on his website following the pageant. 'I can only say to him that I will be praying for him,' she told the Today show on Tuesday morning. 'I feel sorry for him, I really do. I think he's angry, I think he's hurt. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. He asked me specifically what my opinion was on that subject, and I gave him an honest answer.'
"Prejean, a native of San Diego, is a junior at San Diego Christian College."
If politics have no place in the pagent then the question should not have been asked. But it was so it should have not been considered and Perez Hilton should be fired as a judge of the pagent. I hope one day G will have the moral fortitude to stand up and state her beliefs as well as Ms. Prejean. And G will learn what Ms. Prejean already knows, God made man and woman to wed not man and man nor woman and woman. PERIOD.
By Isaac MacMillen and Robert Romano
"Be afraid. Be very, very afraid.
"That appears to be the Obama Administration's latest tactic to achieve greater government control over liberty, the economy, and mankind's ability to tread water. And again, it's with phony science. Anxieties were raised last week to the highest levels yet about islands sinking into the sea, the elimination of entire nations, and even the reduction of coastlines to certain U.S. states if, of course, carbon emissions are not immediately reduced.
"According to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the earth's temperature is rising so fast that a “very, very scary” scenario will unfold. Island nations, especially those in the Caribbean, may disappear. Portions of Louisiana and Florida will go underwater, reducing the size of those states. New Orleans will be flooded. Said the Secretary, 'I think the Caribbean countries face rising oceans and they face increase in the severity of hurricanes. This is something that is very, very scary to all of us. The island states in the world represent—I remember this number—one-half of 1 percent of the carbon emissions in the world. And they will—some of them will disappear.'
"Fortunately for the American people, the fragile economy, and beachgoers everywhere, Mr. Chu's alarming prediction is based upon a faulty hypothesis: Melting ice caps would cause sea levels to rise. They would not. This is scientifically falsifiable claim. It is, in fact, provably false.
As a matter of fact, ice displaces more water than does its liquid counterpart. According to Chemistry.About.com, “Ice floats because it is about 9% less dense than liquid water. In other words, ice takes up about 9% more space than water…” Therefore, ice—which expands when it freezes—takes up less space when it melts, and could not result in sea levels rising.
"One could even prove it. If Mr. Chu's hypothesis is correct, then one should be able to fill up a glass of water, add some ice, place it in the sun, and then watch as the glass overflows. But it does not. In fact, the volume decreases. Therefore, Mr. Chu's claim is falsified by a simple experiment. He would not even pass a 7th grade earth science exam.
"The only way for the sea levels to rise is if enough water melted off of land masses. To make matters worse for the Hot Earthers, some 97.5 percent of the water is already in the seas and oceans. And for the remaining 2.5 percent to find its way to the oceans is actually impossible, since much of that will always be water vapor trapped in the atmosphere. Also, topography plays a role: Given the presence of lakes, it is clear that not all water has an outlet to the sea. Another obstacle is plate tectonics: How far will mountain ranges be raised by rising plates, thus trapping more water in the form of snow and ice on mountain peaks?
"These are all factors that make sea levels rising at an alarming pace impossible. There is no cause for governmental policies to turn back the tides. King Canute could not do it, and neither can Uncle Sam.
"But never mind all that. Thankfully, Mr. Chu's brand of alarmist sentiment is increasingly being rejected by the American people, who have not yet abandoned all reason for madness. Barack Obama notwithstanding.
"In the past year, the nation has undergone a fundamental shift in its attitude towards “man-made” global warming. At present, only 34 percent attribute it to human activity, while 48 percent believe it to be a “planetary trend.”
"One year ago, the numbers were 47 percent supporting man-made global warming and 34 percent believing it was due to natural causes—a near reversal of the present numbers.
The mainstream media is lamenting the fact that, despite their attempts to push the Hot Earth Theory on the American people, global warming alarmism simply hasn't taken hold, with as many as 41 percent stating that the media exaggerates global warming claims.
"Perhaps the lack of enthusiasm around the issue is causing the current administration to create a “crisis” to allow for government action on behalf of the environment. After all, it is Obama's chief of staff who enumerated “The Emanuel Doctrine” for herding the masses: 'You never let a serious crisis go to waste.'
"Mr. Chu's comments fit right into such a scheme. With the prospect of entire island nations disappearing from our backyard—and with residents in Florida and Louisiana losing some of their own—Americans are expected to follow one course of action: Panic!
"That allows the federal government to step in and comfort us, assuring us that it does indeed have a solution, and if we are willing to pony up a few extra tax dollars, it will solve the problem for us. Sound too good to be true? It is—the bureaucrats have conveniently left out the economic cost, and the fact that their actions are based on phony science, as noted by more than 700 scientists worldwide in a recent Senate minority report.
"The timing of Mr. Chu's comment is perfect. With Congress now beginning work on sweeping environmental regulation legislation, the Administration is attempting to work the American people into a frenzy so as to give Congress the political cover it needs to pass legislation that would fail inspection before a cooler-headed populace.
"But, should Congress fail, the Hot Earthers have a backup plan: The EPA.
"Just this past Friday, the EPA classified the supposed side-effects of “man-made” climate change, including smog, heat waves, and storms, as a danger to "public health and welfare.” Under the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Clean Air Act in the Massachusetts v. EPA case—a clear case of judicial activism based on yet more junk science that defined carbon dioxide as a pollutant—the EPA can now regulate carbon-emitting facilities and industries.
"And the EPA is no doubt more than eager to oblige. After all, its comrades on the environmental fringe just defined fat people as a threat to mankind's survival.
"Additionally, green energy companies would receive massive influxes of federal subsidies. As the EPA ruling was announced, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson stated that '[t]his pollution problem has a solution—one that will create millions of green jobs and end our country's dependence on foreign oil.'
"Unfortunately, this has already been tried, and has failed to work as promised. In Iowa, the ethanol “solution” has proved at least as costly as gasoline, causing demand to be non-existent. Indeed, without the massive government subsidies that prop up the ethanol industry, it would likely fall flat on its face. Much like the Dyersville ethanol processing plan did last year.
"And in California, the heavy carbon regulations have not created the massive 'green' job growth expected; instead, companies are fleeing to less restrictive states, sending the Golden State into further budgetary problems as it grapples with its already-massive deficit. Without federal subsidies, California's green jobs will be condemned to shrivel on the wilting vine.
"A recent study from the University of Rey Juan Carlos in Spain debunks the idea that creating those jobs through the destruction of hydrocarbon industries of oil, coal, and natural gas is a desirable goal. To wit, the most damning finding of all: 'we find that for every renewable energy job that the State manages to finance, Spain's experience cited by President Obama as a model reveals with high confidence, by two different methods, that the U.S. should expect a loss of at least 2.2 jobs on average, or about 9 jobs lost for every 4 created, to which we have to add those jobs that non-subsidized investments with the same resources would have created.'
"Clearly, the idea that “green jobs” will be created is merely an illusion. The jobs that exist rely heavily on federal subsidies of taxpayer dollars, and many of them will simply fail to materialize.
"But in the end, Congress isn't as concerned as it pretends for the well-being of future generations—as if anyone still thought that, after the trillions of debt and deficit spending it has raked in over the past few years. As it broadened a tax credit for companies that used alternative fuels, it made sure to mention that the alternative fuel must be mixed with a (taxable) fossil fuel, leading environmentalists to complain that some companies are needlessly burning fossil fuels in order to quality for the tax credit.
"So despite its pretentious behavior, the federal government is not truly concerned about the environment. It is simply using global warming as a tool to spread panic and achieve its true aim: To seize and direct American industry; i.e. to control the means of production.
"And of that, Americans should be 'very, very afraid.'
"Isaac MacMillen is a Contributing Editor to ALG News Bureau.
"Robert Romano is the Senior Editor of ALG News Bureau.
"ALG CTA: The Congress must never implement any national cap on carbon emissions. Call up your Representatives and Senators today and tell them to knock off the scare tactics. The Capitol Switchboard number is (202) 224-3121."
April 22, 2009
"Free Markets Better for Earth
"Deep in southern Siberia not far from Russia’s border with Mongolia is the “Blue Eye of Siberia” … the deepest and largest (by volume) fresh water lake in the world. Formed in an ancient rift valley, Lake Baikal is home to more than 1,700 species of plant and animals, two thirds of which can be found nowhere else in the world.
"Despite its 25 million year age, Baikal’s life sustaining beauty almost did not survive communist rule. Russian scientists believed that Baikal’s pure water would help produce better rayon cord for airplane tires. The scientists turned out to be wrong and the aviation industry switched from rayon cord to metallic cord in tire production. In a free market system, the plant would have closed and resources would have been allocated elsewhere. But under communism, jobs were the number one priority, and the factory supported 3,500 of them. So it continued polluting the lake for decades, unabated.
"Big government’s failure to balance environmental quality with other economic goods is not limited to communist Russia. Throughout history big government has a well established track record of tolerating and even perpetuating environmental degradation. The left knows this, which is why they have tried so hard to drape their latest big government plans in free market rhetoric.
"The problem is there is nothing free market about carbon cap and trading. New Zealand Climate Science Coalition chair Bryan Leyland explains why:
"So, to my knowledge, carbon trading is the only commodity trading where it is impossible to establish with reasonable accuracy how much is being bought and sold, where the commodity that is traded is invisible and can perform no useful purpose for the purchaser, and where both parties benefit if the quantities traded have been exaggerated. … It is, therefore, an open invitation to fraud and that is exactly what is happening all over the world.
"Carbon is ubiquitous in our lives and in our economy. The only way a cap and trade “market” could work is with round the clock and pervasive big government surveillance and monitoring of everything you do. Does that sound like a “free market” to you?"
Like I have said here before, the whole green movement is a way to control the lives and actions of people in a way to not sound like communism or socialism but is all the same! It will create a greater division between the haves and have nots!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I am hosting another On-LinePoster Print Give-A-Way. There are two ways to get an entry :
First Entry: Leave a comment on how you would creatively use a 16x20 Poster Print High Gloss.
Second Entry: Blog about this giveaway and link back to this post.
Easy Peasy! If you are in the US or Canada you will win one 16X20 Poster Print and pay no shipping. Outside the US or Canada you will pay only shipping.
So while I am singing Happy Birthday to my 5 year old, you can win your own 16X20 poster. Go ahead, you know you want to!
Monday, April 20, 2009
"I am deeply offended that our government, that YOU, Mr. President, would try to take away the right of medical providers to not perform procedures that would guarantee death to unborn babies against their conscience. I thought we lived in a free country, but your policies will guarantee a mass exodus of life-loving medical personnel that will jeopardize all of our medical treatment for years to come. Why would you want to force doctors to break the Hippocratic Oath?
" Surely you can see how your policy will prevent good people from performing life saving measures by bringing in pro-death policies such as yours. Your own conscience about what is right and wrong must be turned totally upside down to want others to be as pro-death as you, Mr. President. We need to stop the culture of death and give life and liberty to all Americans, even those you consider a punishment and a burden, Mr. President.
"While I am airing my grievance I must also request that you fire your Department of Homeland Security Director. Not only has she turned the law against the majority of citizens with her right-wing report, she also has left messages in the in-box so that citizens can't leave complaints.
"Also, with regard to Sebelius: Take away your nomination. She is a tax cheat, liar to congress with regard to her relationship to baby killer Tiller and she is very pro-death. She has aligned herself with a baby killer from whom general abortionists tend to stay away. She will bring shame upon your administration and our government. Please rescind your nomination.
"A Pro-Life Citizen of the U. S. A"
There is so much this administration is trying to do to kill freedoms in America and turn us out to be the pro-death country he wants us to be. E-mail him yourself and your congressmen about the right of conscience of medical providers. Look we will all be in danger when pro-life doctors and nurses leave the profession in droves!!
I called to complain to Napalitano at the DHS and the mail box is conveniently full, hmmm. The covering extension doesn't answer either. Call for her resignation. She has listed all pro-life citizens as extremists who must be watched by the federal government. She listed no specific group but classified us all as dangerous to the US along with returning soldiers.
And Gov. Sebelius of Kansas, she should do the honorable thing and withdraw her nomination. She lied to the government about taxes. She lied (misrepresented is so not as serious as LIED) about the other $23,000, given to her by the baby killer Tiller. She is so not pro-life! Most abortionists at least have some insight to stay away from baby killer Tiller but not Sebelius. She honors him in the Kansas State Capitol. Um, hello! He kills babies that could otherwise survive outside the womb with no regard to life or law! He breaks all the Kansas laws but pays off the governor in order to get away with it.
Just knowing what an embarrassment this president is to our nation gives me a headache!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
G's pre-school teacher came and helped the girls with their necklaces and even took pics of G opening her gifts. This is the cake that has a "blue car on it, don't you memember mama?" When I had asked G to tell her grammie what kind of cake we picked out she told her it has a blue car on it. She kept that up for a week. I was getting a bit worried about it. Needless to say there is no blue car, and I wasn't very happy with the whole "birthday" being squnched up. Everyone that ate it though said it was good.
So I was really to tired to go to the rodeo but we managed to go anyway. Videos posted on the next post.
There are several more videos I want to post of the rodeo or as G says it the "redio." I am not sure why my video takes so long to focus. Maybe the lens needs to be cleaned. We weren't all that close to the action this year either and lots of traffic around us. It was fun though.
A cowboy came up to the people behind us to talk to them and I over heard him talking about why he wasn't riding bulls in this particular rodeo. He wore his 2002 Championship buckle with his name on it (very large and yes I read his name) and he said the bull, Evil Knievel, tore his shoulder up, broken bones, roter cuff, yada, three surgeries to correct, yada, doesn't hurt now when I ride, yada, broken neck in 2003,yada, yada. Unbelievable.
The lady's son came up and said something to the cowboy about his missing front teeth (and yes I noticed that too) to which the cowboy replied, "Yea, that's the mark of a bullrider." This cowboy wants to ride that bull again, the Evil Knievel one. He said, "It'll either kill me or I'll beat it."
What is the drive for these very young men to ruin their bodies for 8 seconds on a bull. The money can't be it because insurance companies won't insure them and pay for things like broken neck surgery. It is a very painful life and the majority of the men are barely men, like 26 is a kind of an old rider, which is what I suspect old snaggle tooth cowboy 2002 champ was. If there was money in it like NFL or NBA players then I could see it but last night's pot of gold was roughly $13,000. 20 riders competing with only one winning.
But then you might ask, "Why do you, RamblingMother, enjoy it and isn't that hypocritical to watch it and critisize it?" Well, I am not critisizing; I do enjoy it (more on TV, closer to the action). I just don't understand it. I wouldn't miss it if there were never another rodeo again. Last night's, like last year's, was free and as long as this one is free, G and I will go.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I am at my mom's computer and for some reason the built in card reader is not reading the pics on the card. So the pics will have to be loaded from home tomorrow or even, dare I say it? Monday!
Tonight we are heading to the rodeo (free) but only for a couple of hours. I hope to sit closer to the action this year, and I hope to get really good video. I didn't realize how tired I would be after the birthday party though, that wiped me out. I really don't want to go to the rodeo because I am so tired, but I have promised G. I feel like I really shouldn't break my promise to her.
Sunday is church and dinner with my parents. For dessert mom is making a blue berry pie (my favorite) that came with the angel food package. They have some really REALLY good options this time round.
So all the girls and one boy who came loved making bead necklaces or earrings or key fobs or whatever. Only two of our regulars weren't there which we missed greatly. One new family friend came, and I was so glad to see little AG. She is adorable!
Everyone seemed to love G's shirt which she wore proudly. G is so glad to be 5 but technically she won't be until Wed. Even her pre-school teacher came to help and was greatly appreciated. So sorry but you will have to wait until tomorrow night or Monday for party pics which is quite disappointing to me too!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Usually when I fix her hair she is busy picking things up on the counter
I think the month old part is interesting because that age plays a big part in her adoption story (I don't know for sure if it is because of this that the age came up in her questioning though). I told her she was a month old and I was a month old and even grammie and grandad were month old babies once.
Then she stunned me yet again. She said, "What was grandad's name before and where was he bought from?" I told her that grandad wasn't bought, "you weren't bought," babies aren't bought and nobody buys babies. (Okay I don't want to go into the whole baby stealing black market thing with her being only 5 days away from age 5).
I just keep thinking that I am talking about adoption the right (if there is a right way) way and G is spitting it back to me way off post. We still have work to do!
Last night I asked her if she didn't go to sleep because she was afraid of having bad dreams, and she said yes. I said, "That is not what you said before." She said, "Well, it is both things." Yea right! So we are back to square one with the reasons for not falling asleep. She will say yes to whatever I ask, heh, if only.
1. Go to the zoo--All the time. We used to see the pandas first and G called them "zoo-ahs" for the longest time.
2. Visit a farm-- not a farm per se but her grandad's garden and a rodeo once, so she has seen the farm animals plus she has been to the farm area at the zoo and to a petting farm type thing at carnivals.
3. Go on a hike-- she goes to the "wilderness" with her grandad a lot which I will consider a hike
4. Play with kittens or puppies-- yep ours and others.
5. Catch a frog-- if she didn't catch it herself her grandad did for her.
6. Make a gigantic mess-- what kid doesn't?
7. Help clean up a gigantic mess-- mostly
8. Master the monkey-bars-- nope probably within the next few years.
9. Swing high up into the sky all by themselves-- yes finally learned the art of pumping on the swing.
10. Try ice-skating-- nope not really a rink around here.
11. Go sledding-- oh yes with Grandad three times in a year which is incredible considering where we live.
12. Make a snow-man-- at least 5 see number 11
13. Blow bubbles-- yep
14. Plant seeds and watch them grow-- yes most recently spinach, marigolds, carrots, gladiola bulbs and sunflowers (haven't come up yet)
15. Have a pillow fight-- with cousins.
16. Jump on a big bed-- yes and earned a big goose egg at her grandparents with her cousins watching.
17. Jump on a trampoline or in a bounce house-- both and both hers
18. Hang out in a tent-- since this isn't specifying outside she has two tents inside and she hangs out in both of them sometimes with me and sometimes even with her grammie and all her carebears.
19. Spend days at the beach-- if you consider a man made beach at a lake we did last summer and plan to this summer.
20. Build sandcastles-- tried with different degrees of success.
21. Go fishing-- her grandad took her and he has the picture proof not digital
22. Go out on a boat-- we did this in China on the Li River cruise
23. Play with blocks and puzzles-- loves loves LURVES her some puzzles. builds with blocks and legos.
24. Read the classic picture books-- yes
25. Read a classic chapter book-- tried, lacks attention but wants to finish right away.
26. Check out library books with their own library card-- no we buy books but we go read books at the library often.
27. Get a passport-- she has her Chinese one and mine expired so we are both due one.
28. Carve a pumpkin-- um, no due to my own sensory issues. Unless she did it with the grandparents and my memory is blocking it.
29. Hold a newborn baby (to see how much they've grown)-- can't remember if she has been around many babies, maybe at school.
30. Love a special doll or stuffed animal-- her carebears but she has a blankie (now two) that go everywhere with her unless they are sick or digging for worms to eat. Click link for a picture.
31. Bake cookies and cakes-- no cakes we don't eat them but cookies yes.
32. Help plan their own birthday party-- Oh yes last year's princess picnic and this year's heart cake that she insists has a blue car on it though she didn't want a boy cake and it has no blue car on it.
33. Go to the circus-- closest is Chinese acrobats
34. Go to a museum on a quiet weekday-- children's museum today, just a handful of cars there.
35. Play hide-and-seek-- yep more than I like too.
36. Play a board game-- current faves- checkers, chutes and ladders and candy land.
37. Do nothing whatsoever all day-- we call those pajama days. but she is still pretty active.
38. Try a sport-- not organized but she can make a basket and dribble a basket ball while walking up and down a full sized court.
39. Watch a sporting event-- rodeo- going again on Saturday.
40. Learn to swim-- took lessons last summer and will again this summer
41. Be tickled in hysterics-- oh yes, a fave game.
42. Paint and draw as much as desired-- um yes and I have drawers of "arc work" around plus much on the walls.
43. Have the use of scissors and glue-- like an expert with one hair cutting incident (so far)
44. Display artworks and other creations around the house-- currently displaying 12 or more lanterns in our livingroom.
45. Learn to use a camera (and keep an album of the results!)-- yes her little fisher price camera. some photos are in a book but not many. Here are two of her fav. subjects to take.
46. Play with clay-- yes
47. Pick flowers-- yes for her teacher and her grammie
48. Climb a tree-- actually yes in her grandad's front yard with his help.
49. Gaze at the moon and stars-- most nights it is out. G claims the moon as hers if we see it so no one else gets it, and it comes home with us.
50. Toast marshmallows-- yes but she doesn't like them toasted. she calls them "washmellows"
51. Learn to eat an ice-cream cone-- not sure I think so, def popsicles
52. Watch a sunset-- sort of, too impatient
53. Learn to write their own names--def
54. Learn their addresses and telephone numbers-- yes this past summer/fall via a song
55. Learn their parents' full names-- yes
56. Set the table-- yes
57. Clear the table-- yes
58. Help wash the dishes-- yes
59. Learn to say their pleases and thank yous and excuse mes-- yes and working on the consistency of it.
60. Watch fireworks-- actually she fell asleep (trauma) at the first pop.
61. Go to the ballet or theater or a puppet show-- puppet show at church. no ballet but a dance recital once does that count? She was mesmerized.
62. Put on a ballet or play or puppet show at home-- no
63. Face paint-- yes
64. Dress up in costumes at will-- no she doesn't play dress up.
65. Learn rhymes and poems and songs by heart-- yes and click for videos of her saying the plede of allegience.
66. Have a dance party-- with mama
67. Enjoy friends at preschool and at the park-- oh yes.
68. Invite friends over to play-- yes
69. Get to know grandparents-- oh yes
70. Play with cousins-- at christmas
71. Become attached to a wonderful preschool teacher and/or babysitter-- ms e.
72. Learn the name of our president-- sadly yes, "rockobama"
73. Know the name of their town, state and country-- yes
74. Be familiar with a map of the world-- yes because of her birthcountry.
75. Listen to music from many different ages and genres-- yes favorite cds change currently her favorite is a Chinese children cd from China.
76. Hear and learn words from a different language-- yes Chinese (mei mei videos) and spanish (dora and school few words)
77. Learn the difference between trash and recycling-- is learning
78. Grow their own vegetables-- just this year
79. Learn to ride a bike (or try!)-- with training wheels
80. Take a road trip-- a couple one to visit cousins and one to St. Louis for agency reunion
81. Draw a self-portrait-- yes all the time as well as family portraits. Here is a video of her self portrait.
82. Slurp alphabet soup-- no don't like soup
83. Learn to twirl spaghetti on a fork-- no we chop it finely
84. Pick apples-- no
85. Star in a home movie-- yes of videos I took of her singing or saying the pledge
86. Learn a magic trick-- saw a magic show and was an assistant
87. Try different hair-dos-- ponies, all up (doesns't like that anymore) and long
88. Practice writing letters-- can write them all correctly, learning some Chinese character (copying)
89. Practice counting to 100-- yes
90. Make up stories-- oh yes see number 30 regarding her blankies
91. Send a letter-- yes to her grammie and one of mama's friends and her summer pal and her Canada friend.
92. Receive a letter-- from her summer pal, friend in Canada, her grammie and cousins.
93. Ride on a merry-go-round-- at the zoo with grandad or someone who doesn't get motion sick like me!
94. Give away toys and books to less fortunate children-- yes
95. Learn the value of coins and bills-- working on it
96. Keep a piggy bank-- yes but usually we head to the dollar tree.
97. Try a musical instrument-- yes her very own flute from Israel
98. Have a heartfelt wish granted-- yes her race track for Christmas
99. Have a heartfelt wish denied-- once she dreamed santa brought her a pink rope and the dream was so real to her she took me by the hand to show me. She was so disappointed when she opened her door to see no rope! I was devastated for her!
100. Receive a million (make that a billion) heartfelt kisses and hugs from their parents!-- oh yes